Delightful Indochina of Vietnam - Laos - Cambodia

This is an authentic itinerary to discover Indochina in 10 days in very reasonable pacing. We offer you a chance to visit beautiful highlights of Northern of Vietnam, Luang Prabang and Siem Reap.

DELIGHTFUL INDOCHINA OF VIETNAM - LAOS - CAMBODIA

DAY 1: ARRIVAL – HANOI

Fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival to the airport, you well be met by our guide and transfer to you hotel. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

DAY 2: FULL DAY OF HANOI CITY TOUR (B,L)

Morning start our tour to discover Hanoi, a peaceful city with beautiful trees and lakes, the city has thousand years of history and culture. We will have the first impression of the city by authentic Cyclo ride from your hotel to Hanoi Old Quarter – where you can experience the real daily life activities of local people in the oldest area of Hanoi. Then you will ride by the French Quarter along wide and green typical French boulevard that can explain to you why this city so called “Paris of the East” before taking a walk to Ngoc Ha village. You can see the village as an Oasis in the middle of the city, that still keep all the typical daily life activities as well as the typical community sense of the village in Red river Delta along your walk. Then visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – the symbol of the country and Presidential Palace, Presidential Garden, his House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. After that, visit Temple of Literature – the central of culture of Hanoi that worship to Literature – the only subject for student to study in the feudal system just hundred years ago and Confucius. At lunch, enjoy the typical and authentic cuisine at local restaturant.

Afternoon visit Ethnology Museum in which you can study the great outline of 54 ethics people living in Vietnam. This museum is the only one in Vietnam that many artifacts display in there still exist in the life of local people but not extinct like most of the museums, that will create very good reflection about the life, culture, customs, religions and costumes of Vietnamese people. Back to the center of the city for the short walk to discover the Old Quarter & enjoy water puppet show. Have dinner and stay overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B, L, D)

In the morning drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay by Red River Delta with beautiful rice field and activities of local people along the way. Upon arrival to Halong, embark to the Junk on Hon Gai International Harbour. You will be welcomed by the cruise staff, enjoy the welcome drink, cruise briefing then check in your cabin. The junk will start cruising on magnificent Bai Tu Long bay while you enjoy lunch on board. It also a great chance to admire the fascinating rock formations in the bay. In the afternoon you will visit the secluded cave of Thien Canh Son then take a short cruise to Hon Co Island where you can relax on a white sandy beach, swimming or kayaking. Back to the Junk, relax and get ready for dinner. Overnight on cruise.

DAY 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI – LUANG PRABANG (B,L)

In the morning you can admire the sunrise on the bay from sun deck of the Junk. Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee then have the breakfast in the open air. After breakfast, you will have a chance to visit Vung Vieng fishing village in a rustic rowing-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and fish farms. Then back to the junk for more leisure time for swimming in the middle of the bay. The cruise will be back to the harbor while an a la carte lunch is served. At noon, disembark to the port and drive back to Hanoi for flight to Luang Prabang – Situated in the centre of northern Laos, Luang Prabang is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding cultural, historic and architectural values and its harmonious relationship between the natural and built environment.

Upon arrival, our guide and driver will meet you at airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.

DAY 5: LUANG PRABANG & PAK OU CAVE (B,L)

After breakfast, we drive directly to Ban Xang Hai, which is famous for the traditional rice whiskey distilled.

From there, we enjoy the 30-minute elephant ride exploring the Mekong river at the nearby elephant camp.

Continue driving to Ban Pak Ou, and take the boat crossing the Mekong river to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.

We then take the boat downstream the Mekong river back to Luang Prabang.

Upon arrival, you will visit Royal Palace Museum, which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. We then visit the nearby magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.

We may have time to Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday) to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures

Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 6: LUANG PRABANG – KUANGSI WATERFALL (B)

Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alms giving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temples to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets.

From there, we will visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, to vegetable, to fish, or chicken. This is the best chance to experience the flavor of local life

An morning breakfast, before we take a drive (30 km South) to visit Kuangsi Waterfall, which, though not very high, is spectacular and really beautiful with its green surroundings as the preserved National park. We stop en-route, to visit a fresh produced market namely TaladPhosy, and also visit Ban Na Oune, a small village of a hill-tribe group “Hmong”, probably the best-known minority group in Laos. Just before arriving at Kuangsi waterfall, there is another village of Khmu minority group, namely Ban Tha Pane that we will visit. Our lunch is served at the Butterflies Park nearby Kuangsi waterfall. There is plenty of time for relaxing and a swim in cool water, before we head back to LuangPrabang in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is spent by visiting various craft-shops, including silver smiths’ and alsoHmong market in town, where some skilled embroidery-works of Hmong ladies can be seen. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 7: LUANG PRABANG – PHA TAD KE GARDEN  – SIEM REAP (B)

The Pha Tad Ke boat departs Ban Wat That at 9:00 (please be at the pier at 8:45). Enjoy a 15-minute leisurely boat trip down the Mekong River. Upon arrival at Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden reception you will be given a short presentation about the gardens. After that walk through the Ginger Garden and the Ethno-botanic Garden, which is the centrepiece of the garden. Follow the path through the Limestone Walk and take in the amazing mountainous Mekong landscape. Learn how to make a bamboo stick animal at the site of the hunting lodge of the former royal family. Then continue your tour of Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden walking through the Arboretum, Palm Garden and Bamboo Garden to our viewpoint that overlooks the rice fields. Stop by the Mist House where you will learn more about the importance of biodiversity conservation. Finish your excursion with an optional orchid talk at Pha Tad Ke Nursery. All of the gardens will have introductory panels and labels. You can always ask our expert staff should you have any questions or require more information. Enjoy a delicious Lao set lunch at the Pha Tad Ke café before taking the boat back to Luang Prabang for flight to Siem Reap. 

Upon arrival, guide and driver welcome you and transfer to hotel for check-in. Overnight at a hotel in Siem Reap.

DAY 8: ANGKOR WAT AND ANGKOR THOM (B)

After meeting our tour guide, then we drive to Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Charms from 1177 to 1181, the new king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire.

We begin to visit Bayon Temple. At the exact center of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), which bear more than a passing resemblance to the king himself.

We continue to visit Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium and the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death. We continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances and traditional sports. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the reign of Uditayavarman 1 in the 11th century.

We continue to visit Ta Prohm “Tomb Raider” fame. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy.

We journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is most famous temple at Angkor.

Enjoy foot massage 1hour & walking at busy pub street where you can find many bars for cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night Market. Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 9: SIEM REAP – KAMPONG KHLEANG FLOATING VILLAGE (B)

Morning: Kampong Khleang is located on the northern lake-edge about 55 km east of Siem Reap town, more remote and less tourist than Kampong Pluk. Visitors to Kampong Khleang during the dry season are universally awestruck by the forest of stilted houses rising up to 10 meters in the air. In wet season the waters rise up to one or two meters of the buildings. Like Kompong Pluk, Kompong Khleang is a permanent community within the flood plain of the Lake, with an economy based in fishing and surrounded by flooded forest. But Kompong Khleang is significantly larger with nearly 10 times the population of Kompong Pluk, making it the largest community on the Lake.

Afternoon, we will take the beautiful drive along then beautiful scenery of rural area in Siemriep with green rice field and sugar palm trees to visit Banteay Srei – the unique and beautiful temple was built from Pink Sandstone with very sophisticated carving. On the way drive back, visit Baneay Samre before coming back to Siemriep. Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 10: SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE (B)

Morning is free at leisure until transfer to Siem Reap Airport for departure flight. End of Delightful Indochina Tour 10 Days.

TOUR PRICE: Available upon Request 
Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

TRIP INCLUSIONS: 
- Accommodation in hotels (double/twin shared room)
- Air tickets: Hanoi – Luang Prabang , Luang Prabang – Siem Reap
- Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
- Meal as mentioned
- English speaking guide
- 2 days boat cruise in Halong Bay
- Entrance fee to indicated sights
- Boat trips

TRIP EXCLUSIONS: 
- Other meals, tip, drinks, international flights & airport tax, single room, personal expenses, insurance…

REMARKS:
- The tour prices are subject to change during Christmas and New Year Eve (24 and 30 Dec)


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