INDOCHINA ESSENTIAL 15 DAYS
Tour type: Local life, Nature, Cuisines, Heritages site, Wildlife
Duration: 15 days for 3 countries
Admire authentic experience and extraordinary natural landscape of Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos
Cover all heritage sites and attraction that shouldn’t be missed in Indochine: Angkor Wat temple complex, Luang Prabang ancient town with elephant ride, Halong Bay
Challenging yourself to explore the colorful multi-culture of 3 countries within your once-a-life-time journey
Stunning beach relaxation with 2 day 1 night cruise trip through-out Halong bay & Bai Tu Long bay
DAY 01: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL (None)
Upon arrival, our guide will welcome you at the airport by hanging up Welcome signboard with your name and our logo on it. Then transfer to hotel for check-in.
Free time to rest and sample special menu of Yin Yang food for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoying half day city tour with these interesting tourist sites:
Visit Notre Dame Cathedral
The historic Central Post Office
Followed by exploring the Reunification Palace.
We will end our trip today with amazing visit China town for impacting the local community as well as shopping around before return to your hotel for relaxing.
Stay first night in the hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY 02: HO CHI MINH – CRUISE ON MEKONG RIVER (B/L)
Around 08:00, Our guide will meet you up at hotel’s lobby then transfer to Ben Tre - Ham Luong pier for the scenic boat trip through the thick network of canals to understand more about floating life around Mekong Delta and immerse yourself into the restful and transquil atmosphere.
Along the scenic boat trip, we can challenge ourselves to paddle the bamboo boat if we want. Next is to watch the folksong musical performance from the local while tasting the tropical fresh fruits inside the beautiful gardens.
Right after the boat trip, jump off your private car and return to Ho Chi Minh city for second night in the hotel.
DAY 03: HO CHI MINH CITY - FLY TO PHNOM PENH (B/D)
Get Breakfast box at hotel’s receptionist, then transfer to airport for morning flight to Phnom Penh (the flight time is flexible to change onto later time).
Upon arrival, meet our local expert and reach to the city center for check-in hotel. Lunch is on your own arrangement.
In early afternoon, kickoff half day historical city tour which covering the top tourist sites of this capital city:
Learn more about Cambodian culture and architecture by drop-in the Independent Monument Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom
Explore the rich history of Cambodia by visiting Toul Sleng Museum, National museum
End your day with stop-in Pailin Souvenir Shop before transferring to your hotel. Stay a restful night in the hotel in Phnom Penh.
DAY 04: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP BY PRIVATE TRANSFER (B/D)
At 07:00 Proceed to Siem Reap Province on road (available to take flight or by boat to get there). On half of way, we have one stop in Kompong Thom.
We are planning to arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon, check into hotel for short rest before hanging around the local market & free at own leisure.
At 18:00 Having Buffet Dinner with Apsara dance traditional performance at the huge local restaurant. Stay a restful night in the hotel in Siem Reap.
DAY 05: ANGKOR WAT (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel. Kickoff your day with visiting Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat which is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Right after the Hollywod film of "Tom Raider" in 2001 with Angelina Jolie famous actress, Cambodia becomes an emerging worldwide tourist site.
Firstly, visit Angkor Thom, the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, built from the late 12th century to the early 13th century and consists of 54 towers with different sculpture.
Subsequently, our group comes by the Royal Enclosure, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Next is to stop-in Ta Prohm which is surrounded by the evergreen jungle. Visit Angkor Wat, the largest temple in world and covers a huge area of 199 hectares and surrounded by an exterior wall measuring 1300 meters x 1500 meters. Stay another night in Siem Reap
DAY 06: VISIT ANGKOR - FLY TO LUANG PRABANG (B/L)
Start your new day with heading to the outskirt to visit the famous temple of Bantey Srey “the Citadel of Women”. This small pink sandstone temple (late 10th century) is considered to be the valuable thing of Khmer art because of its spectacular carvings. This carvings are the oldest and most sophisticated of all the temples in Cambodia as well as the most well protected carvings.
Later this afternoon, we will explore the local market as well as Artisan Dangkor workshop for some fine souvenirs. Balance your time to be transferred to the airport for the flight departure.
Upon arrival, our guide will meet you up at the airport and transfer to hotel for check-in Enjoy your first night in Luang Prabang.
DAY 07: LUANG PRABANG – CITY TOUR – KUANG SI FALL (B/L)
Early wake up to wait for very special ritual of Aims Giving to Monks which is still kept unchanged until nowadays. This ritual finishes around 08:00 then we enjoy short walk to Morning Local Market - one of must-see-thing in this lovely city.
Later on, return to hotel, have buffett breakfast before visiting National museum, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; visit Wat Xieng Thong. Balancing your life with our special lunch of Yin Yang food menu.
In afternoon, reaching to Kuangsi fall for 3-hour drive to get there. In this place, you can swim, relax, soft hiking to the top of the fall or just sightseeing the waterfall at all level with its unique torquoise blue water. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Accommodation: Villa Saykham/Standard room
DAY 08: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVE – DEPARTURE TO HANOI (B/D)
Today at 08:30am, we enjoy a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the distillation of local rice wine. Arrive in town, transfer you to the airport for your departure flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, our guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer to city center for hotel check-in.
Note: From Luang Prabang to Pak Ou Cave, we can take round trip by bus or one way by boat and other way by bus to bring more sightseeinng value to the tourists.
DAY 9: HANOI – HALONG (B/L/D)
After breakfast, at 08:30, we will directly depart to Halong for 2 day 1 night. Activities on boat: visiting Sung Sot cave, swimming, kayaking, floating village…Overnight on cabin on boat.
Note: Should bring necessary stuffs with you for Halong bay 2 day 1 night on cruise, other big luggage we can leave it in the store at your hotel.
DAY 10: HALONG – HANOI (B/L)
Continue to visit further on Halong bay. Take tons of photo opportunity here. After lunch on boat, we take private transfer back to city center for short city tour:
Temple of Literature
St Joseph cathedral
Ngoc Son temple, Hoan Kiem lake then check-in hotel.
At 18:00, our guide escort you to walk around Hanoi Old Quarter, taste famous street food which is highly ranked on Trip Advisor such as: Noodle soup with beef, barbecued pork meat, mix of fresh fruits, local beer, egg coffee…Then back to hotel for relaxing or guide can suggest you the suitable bars and pubs if you prefer to do it (your personal expenses in bar/pub is on your own cost). Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 11: HANOI CITY TOUR – FLY HUE (B/D)
At 08:00, we will start city tour with some highlighted visiting places:
Hoang Thanh ancient citadel
One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot)
Ho Chi Minh residence and mausoleum, Stilt house.
Then transfer directly to the airport for fly to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue city, check-in hotel. Enjoy welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hue.
DAY 12: HUE CITY TOUR – DRIVE TO HOIAN VIA HAI VAN PASS (B/L)
Located centrally in Vietnam, Hue is much different with the busy cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. All citizen always move in an energetic and busy manner in contrary to the quite and slow atmosphere in this city.
At 8.00: Our guide will meet you up at your hotel. Kick off your day by visiting the Minh Mang tomb which offers a balance of landscape and ancient royal architecture that is quite unique when comparing with other regular tombs in this place.
Then heading to visit Citadel by short drive, founded by Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945. It was declared as UNESCO cultural heritage site because of its ancient Capital which attract many tourist attention. Afterward, your private car takes you to Hoian for 4-hour drive (with driver only) from Hue to Hoian passing through Hai Van pass (marvelous pass in Vietnam with picturesque scenery), Lang Co beach … Arrive to Hoian, check-in hotel. Overnight in Hoian.
DAY 13: HOIAN ANCIENT TOWN – MY SON – HOIAN (B/L)
In the center, Hoian - Danang - Hue creates the mystical heritage lines of Vietnam which linking the UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites of Hue Forbidden Citadel, Hoian ancient town with the marvelous Danang beach city.
At 08:00, our representative will meet you up at the hotel's lobby then heading to My Son Holy Sanctuary of the Cham people, one of the most typical existing relics of Hindu affection in SE Asia. Upon arrival, you can recognize although almost was destroyed during the war, the remain is still lively with complex of Hindu architecture temples which look similar with Angkor Wat of Cambodia and Ayutthaya Historical Park in Thailand. After hearing brief introduction about the history and colorful culture of Cham Kingdom, we continue visiting the remains of the refine-crafted red brick temples with indoor exhibition for monument and epitaphs also.
Later on, departing to Hoian ancient town for having delicious lunch with Hoian refine cuisines. After short break, walking around charming town which are outlined with Chinese traders' homes and wooden houses renovated and reused as restaurants, coffee stores and outlets for local artists, artisan and outfitters. Explore the iconic symbol of the famous trading port in the past, they are the extraordinary 16th century Japanese Bridge and Unique unification of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture is exhibited in this peaceful town. If time permits, we will enjoy last minute shopping around for thousands of silk, fashionable outlet and accessories. Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 14: HOIAN – DANANG – FLY TO HO CHI MINH (B/D)
Breakfast at hotel, free for your last minute shopping around. Then transfer to the airport for flight back to Ho Chi Minh city.
Spend your last day in Vietnam for shopping around or exploring this hustling city on your own style.
Enjoy farewell dinner at luxury restaurant to upscale your taste before leaving this lovely country. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 15: HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE (B)
Morning free and transfer to airport for flight back home. Leaving Indochine with a bag of full memories. "Tam biet" - See you again!
· All private transfer and transportation
· Accommodation in shared twin/double room with daily breakfast
· Experienced English speaking guide, except the free days as mentioned
· Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
· All sightseeing tickets and permits.
· Water on car.
· Services charges and government tax.
· No extra charge after confirmation
· 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
· Bottled mineral water on bus
· All flights in tour
· Other meals and drinks
· Travel insurance
· Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
· Vietnam visa stamp fee
· Others not mentioned above
· Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
· Please bring with you some necessary stuffs on tour such as: anti-insect repellents, anti-sun cream, sung-glasses, good shoes and swimsuit