INDOCHINA HIGHLIGHTS 19DAYS/18NIGHTS-AVT14

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This best  seller tours that you can  Experience a 19-day Highlights Indochina with the very best of VietnamCambodia and Laos. Starting  from nothern  to southern Vietnam with a thorough look into the country natural beauty and culture of   most interesting cities and countryside as  you can explore the colonial elegance of Hanoi , amazing stunning  Halong bay , Sapa – with magnificent mountainous views and opportunities to meet with H’mong and Dzao hill tribes.. , Hoian – a magical lantern-lit town for all tourist alike, our beloved Mekong Delta – the lush forests and major cultivation area for Vietnam, Can Tho – a discovery of daily life in the delta, and finally, the bustle of Ho Chi Minh city.to Ho Chi Minh City, before crossing into Cambodia to discover the majestic Angkor Wat complex and the capital Phnom Penh. The trip ends in magical Laos with stays in laid-back Vientiane and Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of this former French colony.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Airport pickup & tour briefing

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Take a night train to Laocai

Day 3: Laocai – Visit Sapa

Day 4: Sapa Trekking -Homestay

Day 5: Sapa visit – Laocai – Drive back to Hanoi

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise

Day 7: Halong Bay cruise – Hanoi – Fly to Danang – Hoian

Day 8: Hoian – Walking tour

Day 9: Hoian- Easy riding cycling –relaxing

Day 10:Hoian-Danang -Ho Chi Minh City -Cu Chi tunnels

Day 11: Saigon city tour

Day 12:Saigon -Ben tre -Can tho

Day 13: Can tho -Saigon -Phnom penh

Day 14: Killing Field –S21 tours-Siemreap

Day 15 :Sunrise at Angkor and Temple tours

Day 16: Temple tours – Floating Village on Tonle Sap

Day 17 :Siemreap- Luangprapang –Walking tours with Sunset

Day 18: Cruise on Mekong -Pak Ou caves – Kuang Si waterfall

Day 19 Morning Alms giving observation-Departure day

DETAILED PROGRAM

 Day 1: Hanoi Arrival: Xin Chao Vietnam!Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, enjoy an orientation walk, visiting some of Hanoi’s main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening, savor a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese food at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants.

Meals: Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Laocai.

Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature; the Quan Thanh Temple, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture – before heading to the train station to catch your night train to Laocai.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: on train (shared 4 soft berths cabin with A/C).

Day 3: Laocai – Sapa.

The train arrives at the Laocai railways station in the early morning. Your guide and driver will meet you there and take you on the 40km drive to Sapa – Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then catch a few hours of rest before beginning your adventure in this beautiful mountain landscape and home to many minority hill tribe peoples. In the late morning, your guide will take you on a two hour trek through the terraced rice fields to visit the villages Cat Cat and Sin Chai, where you will learn about local traditions and daily life. Rest of the day, you are free at leisure or explore the town on your own.

Enjoy Vietnamese Hot Pot with  Mixed food of Local Salmon or Sturgeon Fish, Chicken, Beef, Fresh  Sapa Vegetable

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

Day 4: Sapa – Visit hill tribe villages.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty. Take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. You have three trekking options to choose from: Soft trek (~ 3 km), medium trek (~ 6km) and long trek (~ 12km). Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. Have lunch at a hill tribe village with homestay!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner

Accommodation: Basic Homestay 

Day 5 Homestay- Sapa-Hanoi

After breakfast, say goodbye to the host family and walk to a nearby village where we board a bus to take us back to Sapa, relax and enjoy more Sapa and then onward to Hanoi by bus  for the night, great way to see beautiful and peaceful countryside on the way!

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.

After breakfast we drive 3 to 4 hours  to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Relax on Boat. Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: on cruise.

Day 7: Hanoi – Transfer to Airport to Danang- Hoian
Awake early or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore the nearby islands by rowboat. Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and climb up to the top island for stuning Paanorama view of the bay . Return to the junk for brunch then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bay as we navigate back to Halong City, where driver will meet you at the dock and take you to Noi Bai Airport to take a short flight to Danang. Get transferred to your hotel in Hoian Ancient Town

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch .

Accommodation: Hoian 

Day 8: Hoian Walking tour 

Enjoy time for relaxation as you immerse yourself in the tranquility and charm of this sleepy riverside town. From the 16th to 18th centuries Hoian was a thriving international port frequented by Chinese, Dutch, French…., Hoian is a relaxing resort popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, skilled tailors and numerous cafes. Take a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year-old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge.

Free in the afternoon , relaxing , shopping…

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hoian

Day 9: Hoi An -Easy biking tour
After breakfast , Easy Rider Biking Tour to Countryside in Hoian with local man , Visiting Vegetables Villages , Farming as Locals ,talking with people , seeing Water Buffalo, taking Round Bamboo Basket boat in Coconut Farm , lots of funnnn then keep cycling to take River Cruise with fresh fruits back to Ancient town

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hoian

Day 10 :Flight to  Ho Chi Minh City-Cu chi tunnels
After breakfast , we drive to airport to Fly to the bustling modern capital of Ho Chi Minh City ,formerly Saigon.

Arrival , drive straight to explore the famous historic Cu Chi Tunnels which  are an underground labyrinth of passageways-250km , used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or American War as its referred to here) as protection against American air raids, especially attack  Saigon during Tet offensive 1968. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. Then drive to Hotel in Saigon for overnight .

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Saigon 

Day 11: Saigon city tour

Enjoy a full day to tour Ho Chi Minh Citys diverse attractions. Start with a visit to Saigon through the amazing array of goods at Ben Thanh Market. ,Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Post Office and Ben Thanh Market.

Discover the story of Saigon, from the days of the French rule to the war years with America – this is one city with a tale to tell! See all the main sights including the Reunification Palace, the Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. End your day with a speedboat trip down the river to see a different side of the city.

We will visit such sites as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum-Great to understand another side of War !

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Saigon

Day 12:Saigon – My Tho –Ben Tre – Saigon

Today you leave Saigon and travel to the Mekong River Delta. Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before driving to the riverside town, : visiting tropical fruit garden , trying local Fruits with Traditional Music, coconut candy factory,Bee farm ,taking rowing boat along peaceful Water coconut farm, Take Motor Cart – Great Fun Fun around fruit Gardens , having lunch on one of the beautiful island. then take your private vehicle back to Saigon for last night in Vietnam.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cần Thơ 

Day 13:Saigon -Phnom Penh

After breakfast, check-out the hotel , Bid farewell Vietnam , we drive to Airport for Cambodia – Phnom Penh’s wide tree-lined boulevards and faded colonial mansions hold an undeniable charm ,also called Ghost city under Polpot Regime . Arrival and check in .

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 14:Phnom Penh  city tour – Siem Reap.

After breakfast, we visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek. A visit to these sights provides a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. Lunch on your own Then your driver and guide will drive to Siem Reap for the gateway into the ancient Angkor temples. Enjoy great drive through peaceful countryside , stop to see local life ,Do you dare to try Insects as Spiders , Crickets , Frogs..?

Arrival , check in and enjoy your free time to see bustle Siemreap town with numerous Bars , restaurants….

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

 Day 15:Siem Reap – Angkor Temples.

Enjoy an entire day starting Sunrise at Angkor and touring  ancient Angkor Temples sites . Back to Hotel  breakfast , relaxing and set out to Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Next, visit Bayon temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Leaving Angkor Thom by the North Gate, you travel to Preah Khan (Sacred Sword), one of Angkor’s largest temples, constructed in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII. After a delicious lunch of traditional Khmer food, head to the mystical, jungle-entwined Ta Prohm temple and then on to the most famous Khmer temple: Angkor Wat. Constructed as a Hindu monument, later dedicated to Buddha, Angkor Wat is the largest temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architect.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch 

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 16:Temple tours – Floating Village on Tonle Sap

After breakfast at hotel , we spend another morning to visit more Temples to have deeper understanding about amazing Ancient Khmer Empire Archictecture  , back to hotel to relax . Afternoon we drive to visit floating villages on Tonle Sap lake -biggest lake in Asia with thousands of people live , observe daily life.Enjoy anther night in Siemreap

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 17: Siem Reap – Flight to Luang Prabang 

Goodbye Kingdom of Wonder , say hello to Peaceful Laos – Luang Prabang, with its golden temples with glittering spires.Please in Laos ,don’t RUSH !

Check in your room at hotel .Starting City tour to Explore the temples of Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai the spiritual hub of Luang Prabang with their sweeping roofs and gilded facades Visit the National Museum that was once the former Royal Palace to view the relics from Laos’ royalist past then take a walk to Phusi Mount to enjoy great view to town and Sunset

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Luangprapang

Day 18: Luang Prabang
After breakfast ,we  drive to  take a Cruise on  the Mekong River to reach Pak Ou caves.,along the way enjoy beautiful scenery . The caves are home to hundreds of statues of Buddha, big and small, that have been left by devotees.  You’ll be amazed to see how many are crammed in!  then  you will stop at a riverside village to see weavers working on ancient looms.Afternoon we  head out of town to the Kuang Si waterfall, where the cool turquoise pools have a magical appearance and visit the Sun Bear refuge centre to say hello to the furry residents.  Pop into the Living Crafts Centre, where artisans are keeping traditional crafts alive and arrive back into Luang Prabang later in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Luangprapang

Day 19: Luang Prabang Departure

Wake up early to observe Alms giving to the monks walking silently down the street to collect their daily alms  then back to Hotel for  breakfast

Free till departure time .We trust you have great holiday with amazing experiences !