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Patrick and I had a wonderful time in Vietnam - a holiday to remember. We loved the whole experience from the beautiful scenery, the delicious food, the friendly people and all the different modes of transport! By the end of the holiday we'd travelled by plane, boat (stunning trip around Halong Bay), train, car, horse & cart!!! The tour was very well organized. Our guides were always on time to meet us (this was especially good when arriving at stations after long train journeys) and were well informed. A special mention must go to our guide for the central region around Hue & Hoi An, Mr Chun (can't remember the correct spelling). He was exceptional. He had an amazing knowledge of the history, people and area and really impressed us. All the guides were friendly and helpful, however Mr Chun stood out for us.
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Highlights: Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoian, Saigon,
    CuChi, CaiBe, VinhLong, CanTho, ChauDoc, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap,      
    Angkor Temples

Duration: 16 days/15 nights
Tour Type: Private Tour / Daily Departure
Cost from:
Start from: Luang Prabang or can be reverted.
 
 
BRIEF ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Luang Prabang - Welcome to Laos
Day 02: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave - Kuangsi Water Fall (B)
Day 03: Luang Prabang - Hanoi (B)
Day 04: Hanoi (B)
Day 05: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Day 06: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (B/L)
Day 07: Hanoi - Hue (B)
Day 08: Hue - Hoian (B)
Day 09: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City B)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi (B)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Can Tho (B/L)
Day 12: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Chau Doc (B)
Day 13: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B)
Day 14: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B)
Day 15: Siem Reap - Angkor Temples (B)
Day 16: Siem Reap - Departure (B)
 
 

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang - Welcome to Laos
Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to the hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos . After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 2: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave - Kuangsi Water Fall (B)
After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city's oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then board 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.
In the afternoon, drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths, return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Phanom, a well known weaving village. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 3: Luang Prabang - Hanoi (B)
Free time for relax until time for transferring to airport for flight to Hanoi. Once again our guide will meet you and transfer you to Hanoi city. Take an orientation walking tour around the Old Street of Hanoi. Overnight in hotel in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi (B)
In the morning to visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, House on Stilt, Tran Quoc pagoda, Army Museum and Hanoi Flag Tower. In the afternoon, visit Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (The First National University established in 1076). Later on we take one hour cyclo ride around the trading area in Hanoi Old Quarter, and stop at Ngoc Son Temple for a short visit. The day tour ends with Water Puppet show at Thang Long theatre. Overnight in hotel in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Today we leave Hanoi to Halong Bay, "Dragon Descending to the Sea". Upon arrival, we will embark to a junk /boat for a cruise around Ha Long Bay. While the junk cruising caves, grottoes, floating villages and beaches on Ha Long bay, having fresh seafood lunch on boat. Stop for a while for an excursing to Surprise Caves, (Grotto of Surprises) and Swimming, Kayaking (kayak cost is not include in this package) if weather permitted. Have dinner on board. In the evening, enjoy the night fishing (if weather permitted). Overnight on board.

Day 6: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (B/L)
In the morning, cruising more in the Halong bay before return to the Halong pier. Have lunch on boat and arrive at Ha Long wharf about 12.00 noon. Return to Hanoi by private car, on the way you may like to take a short visit to Dong Trieu Pottery Villages. Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi around 17:00.

Day 7: Hanoi - Hue (B)
Free time in the morning before transfer to the airport of Hanoi for noon flight to Hue. Transfer to a local restaurant in the city for lunch before check in. In the afternoon we pay a visit to the Imperial Citadel, constituted from the Real Fortress and the Forbidden City, and the market of Dong Ba. Overnight in Hue.

Day 8: Hue - Hoi An (B)
In morning we embark on a dragon boat sail along the Huong River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, and the tomb of Khai Dinh Kinh. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to Hoi An through the famous of Hai Van Pass. Passing Danang, the car will stop for the visit to Cham Museum where display an open air collection of Cham sculpture. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
In the morning, you will walk to visit ancient tiny town Hoi An. The visit will includes Japanese covered bridge, some Chinese Assembly Halls, and some typical Vietnamese houses of 18 century. In the afternoon, transfer to Danang Airport for late flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi (B)
In the morning drive to Cu Chi, one incredible city basement constituted from one series of tightened tunnel, used from the Vietcong during the war with the Americans. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon pause to the colonial buildings of Saigon like the Independent Palace, Post Office and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Can Tho (B/L)
Our car will pick up at your hotel in early morning. Upon arrival at Cai Be, embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people being selling, buying, exchanging goods from their boats. Visit local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisped producing process... After lunch taking a cruise along river to see peaceful tranquil life of villagers, admire marvelous natural setting of Mekong Delta region. About 3 pm, the boat will arrive at Vinh Long, walking around to explore Vinh Long Market. Then transfer to Can Tho City for overnight.

Day 12: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Chau Doc (B)
Cruising along the small and picturesque tributaries by boat, we will see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. Then continue going to Chau Doc via Long Xuyen. Check in on arrival. Visit the Sam mountain to enjoy the breath-taking view on the Vietnamese-Cambodian border with flat rice fields and nice canals, visit caved pagoda. Over night in Chau Doc.

Day 13: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B)
After breakfast, get on speed boat to Phnom Penh, going back one of the arms of the Mekong. Arrival and lunch. In the afternoon, visits of the city, in particular of the National Museum, rich art of Khmer, of the Silver Pagoda, inserted in the fencing of the Royal Palace, Preahkeo Morokot and Central Market. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 14: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B)
In morning departure by flight to Siem Reap and transfer your hotel in the city. Angkor, luminous understood them of the great reign Khmer, is one of more important testimonies that the human genius knew to create in the field of the limbs, the architecture and the urban planning. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, we visit Banteay Srey (40km from Siem Reap town), means "citadel of the women". But is is appellation refers to the delicate beauty of the caving. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 15: Siem Reap - Angkor Complex (B)
Breakfast at hotel, then visit the Angkor Thom: South Gate, Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of Leper King and Phimean Akas temple. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue to visit famous temple of Angkor Wat with enjoying sunset from top of Bakheng Hill. Tonight we suggest your own dinner at local restaurant with Apsaras show and overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 16: Siem Reap - Departure (B)
After breakfast, transfer to take the Tonlé Sap for a cruise on the lake with the visiting to floating village to explore the fish man life. Then visit Chantier Ecole-Artisant d’Angkor. Free time for shopping before departure home. Say farewell to Riem Reap and Cambodia.

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TOUR COST:
The cost is quoted in US Dollars per Person (Pax) base on TWIN/DOUBLE share basic, and applied for private tour.
Peak season surcharge may be applied for Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, Tet Holiday.

Class/Group of

2 pax 3-5pax 6-7 pax 8-12 pax Single Supplement  
Standard (3* hotel) 1948 usd 1766 usd 1700 usd 1660 usd 360 usd Contact
Superior (3+4* ht) 2030 usd 1854 usd 1793 usd 1749 usd 450 usd Contact
Deluxe (4* hotels) 2315 usd 2136 usd 2076 usd 2032 usd 735 usd Contact
Luxury (5* hotels) 2920 usd 2746 usd 2687 usd 2644 usd 1380 usd Contact

Include:
Hotel accommodation as specific or similar
Private car/mini van with A/C
Junk/boat in Mekong - Lao, Halong, Hue, Mekong - Vietnam, Mekong - Cambodia
All domestic flights
All entrance fees
English/ French speaking guide. Other languages can be arranged upon request
All meals as per program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

Exclude:
International flights and international airport tax
Travel Insurance
Personal expenses and Tips
Drinks, except otherwise mentioned
Lao Visa - apply and issue at airport with cost 30$/pax
Vietnam Visa (upon request: 15 US$/Person)
Cambodia Visa - apply and issue at airport with cost 20$/pax

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