Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos - 15 Days

Day 1:  Hanoi arrival  

Upon arrival at Hanoi's Noi Bai International airport, you will be greeted by our guide and transferred to your hotel. You will have a welcome dinner followed by a water puppet performance and an overnight stay in Hanoi.

Meals: Dinner
 

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay on cruise  

Today you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay (a World Natural Heritage site) via the Red River Delta. Upon arrival, you will set out on a junk cruise on the bay while lunch is served. You will pass through the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons' teeth. After lunch, you will take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay, swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. At sunset, you can kayak or simply take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board, you can enjoy watching the peaceful sunset and later unwind at a restaurant. You will stay overnight on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
 

Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi 

 You'll wake up on the bay to the sounds of waves and birds welcoming the new day and take part in Tai Chi Class. You will have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay and after breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto. You will have a walk back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Then you will drive back to Hanoi and stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 4:  Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City  

This morning city tour will have you drive to Ho Chi Minh's complex, including the mausoleum of the nation's founder and leader. The Presidential Palace and Uncle Ho's wooden stilt house can also be seen here. One of must-see places in the complex is the One Pillar pagoda dating back to the 11th century. The next stop is the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam's oldest university and dedicated to one of the world's most famous scholars, Confucius. Inside the temple grounds, huge steles rest on the backs of even larger stone turtles (in Vietnam's culture, the turtle represents longevity). The stele recorded the names of the successful candidates who later became mandarins in the Emperor's court. You will be greeted by your guide upon arrival at HCMC's Tan Son Nhat International airport. You will then be escorted to your hotel in town for stay. You’ll then have a relaxing day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels  

In the morning you will visit the Reunification Palace, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville. If desired, you can also visit the moving War Remnants Museum. You’ll also be able to explore Dong Khoi Street, the city's main shopping boulevard with shops selling clothes and accessories by new Vietnamese designers, hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and housewares. In the afternoon you will take a drive to visit Cu Chi tunnels - At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250km. from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam American must have been like. Back to HCMC. At leisure. Overnight in HCMC.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

Day 6: Mekong Delta Excursion  

The Mekong Delta is the southernmost region of Vietnam and is often referred to as the rice bowl of Vietnam as it produces three crops of rice per year. The fertile Mekong Delta is also famous for its tropical fruits and flowers.

You will leave HCMC to lush My Tho, where you will board a private boat to go through the green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where guests are treated to a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the heart of the Mekong, complete with succulent tropical fruits. You also visit the snake farm, Dong Tam, that breeds snakes for, among other things, snake wine. Then you will head back to HCMC for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh - Flight to Siem Reap 

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll have free time until transferring to the airport for your onward flight to Siem Reap.

Welcome to Siem Reap is the center of Angkor!

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to visit Silk Farm: the place of Khmer silk production by traditional productivities. Continue to West Barray, man-made lake built in 11th century. Lunch at local restaurant.

PM: Visit Wat Thmei, Killing Field, The wat contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some of the bones were recovered from a nearby well while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield. Visit Wat Bo which is a large, highly respected pagoda, vihear of Wat Bo contains very unique wall paintings of the Reamker that are said to be late 19th century.

Return to hotel for refresh then heading to dinner in local restaurant and enjoy 01 hour shopping at Angkor Night Market & stroll along Pub Street. Overnight in Siem Reap, at your selected hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 8: Siem Reap - Angkor complex 

AM: Enter the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple and marvel the wonders of the eerie Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Elephants terrace and terrace of Leper King. Before lunch, visit Ta Prohm Temple unlike most of the other Angkor temples, the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors. Lunch will be served at local restaurant.

 

PM: Visit the famous Angkor Wat, built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. The largest and best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center—first Hindu, then Buddhist—since its foundation. Experience super sunset view at Angkor Wat.

 

Note: During the visit of the Bakan Tower of Angkor Wat Temple

  • Visitors are required to wear proper attire, covering shoulders and knees (no short, miniskirt or short trousers).

  • Children under twelve years old are not allowed to climb up this tower.

  • It will be closed on the Buddhist Sabath Days, the Buddhist religious days (four days a month).

 

Enjoy Buffet dinner with varieties of food in local restaurant with our traditional Apsara performance. Overnight in Siem Reap, at your selected hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Siem Reap - Banteay Srei

Breakfast at hotel.

AM: Spend your last day to visit Banteay Srey loosely translates to ‘citadel of the women,’ but this is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. Built at a time when the Khmer Empire was gaining significant power and territory, the temple was constructed by a Brahmin counselor under a powerful king. Next, Banteay Samre: The style of the towers and balustrades bear strong resemblance to the towers of Angkor Wat. Then have lunch at local restaurant.

 

PM: Visit Roluos Group is a collection of monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire. It has become known as the ‘Roluos Group’ due to its proximity to the modern town of Roluos. Roluos Group contains brick temple of Lolei, continue to Preah Ko Temple, that named in honor of Shiva’s mount. And Bakong temple is a giant pyramid, its cardinal points marked by giant elephants. It is surrounded by typical Cambodian scenery of rice paddies and sugar palm trees. Return to hotel for refresh then heading to Dinner in local restaurant.  Overnight in Siem Reap, at your selected hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Siem Reap - Fligh to Luang Prabang

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll have free time until transferring to the airport for your onward flight to Luang Prabang.

 

On arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After you have had time to rest and freshen up we will visit some of the highlights of Luang Prabang including a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts from the Royal period in Luang Prabang. Cycling on we are seeing the city’s oldest temples, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Lao architecture, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave

After breakfast at your hotel, you will first visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.  We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.  Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Luang Prabang - Kuangsi Waterfall

After breakfast at your hotel, we visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.  Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village.  This then takes us to the beautiful Khouang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang.

In the afternoon, we still have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham before ascending the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang .

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12:  Luang Prabang - Departure

Breakfast at hotel & check-out. Transfer to airport for boarding flight to the next destination. 

Meals: Breakfast

      INCLUSION:

  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services

  • All private transportation

  • Accommodation shared in Double/Twin room with daily breakfast

  • Experienced English speaking guide

  • Private boat trip as per tour

  • 1 night sleeping on Ha Long bay cruise

  • Meals as stated in the itinerary 

  • All sightseeing tickets

  • Tissues and water on coach

  • Services charges and government tax

  • No extra charge after services confirmation

  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

    EXCLUSION:

  • International/ Domestic air ticket

  • Travel insurance

  • Visa fee

  • Beverage

  • Personal expenses

  • Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any

  • Tipping ( US $3/day/pax)

  • Others not mentioned nor specified above

   

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