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HANOI – SAIGON – SIEM REAP – LUANG PRABANG (15 Days/ 14 Nights)

VIETNAM - CAMBODIA - LAOS
 
HANOI – SAIGON – SIEM REAP – LUANG PRABANG
(15 Days/14 Nights)
 
 
 
Day 1: Hanoi (Vietnam) Arrival (D)
Upon arrival at airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the city. Check in hotel and free at your own leisure. Dinner and stay overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the old citadel, President Palace, Long Bien Bridge, Bat Trang Ceramic Village and the old quarter. Dinner and stay overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Halong Bay. Check in on board upon arrival at the harbor. You will take a boat cruise to visit Halong Bay – a World Natural Heritage and World’s New Natural Wonder. You will enjoy the beauty of Halong Bay and the scenery of the islands, grottos and the sea. Stay overnight on board in the bay.
 
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Saigon (B/L)
Early risers can enjoy a morning view of Ha Long Bay's landscapes with a cup of tea or coffee and fresh fruit. From the upper deck of the junk you will be amazed at the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising up from the crystal-clear water. Explore the Sung Sot (Amazing) cave for an hour, then swim and relax at Titop beach before cruising back to the mainland at 9.30am while enjoying a brunch buffet from 10.30am to 11.30am. Disembark the harbor around noon then drive to Hanoi airport for a flight to Saigon. Picked up and transferred from airport to the hotel. Free at your own leisure. Stay overnight in Saigon.
 
Day 5: Saigon City Tour (B/L)
Full day city tour visiting the former Presidential Palace, the War Remnants Museum, and the famous architecture and buildings in the city center including Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall, the Municipal Theater, and Xa Loi pagoda, ending with stops at Ben Thanh market and China town, Cholon. Stay overnight in Saigon.
 
Day 6: Saigon – My Tho – Can Tho (B/L)
After breakfast, you will be transferred by coach to My Tho to board a motorboat and travel along the Bao Dinh canal lined with stilt-houses and fruit plantations. Visit the My Tho wholesale fruit market and Turtle Island then take lunch served in the heart of an orchard. Relax to enjoy the boat ride through Tan Tach canal in Ben Tre, cruising under the shadows of water coconut trees. Visit family businesses and learn about the agricultural lifestyle. Walk through the fruit plantations on Thoi Son Island and take rowboats along the various creeks before returning to My Tho by row-boat. You will then be transferred to Can Tho and check in the hotel upon arrival. Stay overnight in Can Tho.
 
Day 7: Can Tho – Cai Rang – Chau Doc (B/L)
After breakfast, take a morning boat to visit the bustling Cai Rang floating market and cruise through the intricate network of small canals to a village specializing in making rice noodles, see the Delta's delicate "monkey bridges" and visit another floating market in Cai Rang. Break for lunch in Cai Rang then drive to Chau Doc. Take a city tour before check in hotel. Stay overnight in Chau Doc.
 
Day 8: Chau Doc – Speed Boat to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) (B/L)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the harbour for a speed boat trip to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you’ll be picked up at the airport and transferred to Phnom Penh. Visit to the Royal Palace compound built in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom. It is the most conspicuous feature and also one of impressive colorful Khmer-style Palaces. Nearside the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple), display plenty of Buddha Statues that were decorated and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver. Travelers will proceed to visit Independence Monument which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony, continuing visit to National Museum, the distinctive red building with a beautiful Khmer architecture was built since 1917 and contains more than 5000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver, copper, wood and others. Visit Tuol Sleng prison (Genocide Museum) was the most secret organ of the Khmer Rouge regime. S-21 stands for "Security Office 21. Stay overnight in Phnom Penh.
 
Day 9: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B)
Travel by road from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. On route you will witness the everyday lives of Cambodians as passing through interesting provincial towns, bucolic villages, and delightful scenery. This is no ‘freeway dash’ as you will often slow down to let cows and water buffalo wander across the road, pass horse drawn carriages, and school kids walking and cycling to/from school. You may choose to stop at Skoun, also known as ‘Spider vile’ due to the deep fried tarantula that is the local delicacy, are you adventurous enough to try one?
On route you may wish to stop off in Kompong Kdei, to look at Spean Pratos – an ancient Angkorian bridge. Before arriving in Siem Reap you’ll discover Kampong Khleang, the largest floating village near Siem Reap but only few tourists go there. Depending on the season, the experience will never be the same. During dry season, from January till July you can walk between the stilts on which the houses are built, rising up to 10 meters in the air. In wet season, when the lake is at peak level, the water rises within one or two meters of the building floors. A local family will take you by boat on a tour and discover the splendor of these houses before continuing to Siem Reap. Stay overnight in Siem Reap.
 
Day 10: Sunrise at Ta Prohm & Banteay Srei & Landmine Museum Wat (B/D)
Rise early to beat the crowds at the photogenic of Ta Prohm "Tomb Raider" fame, to avoid the masses of crowds and provide a unique visit in this incredible temple.
We head further out through rural countryside to the small but beautiful temple of Banteay Srey. This temple is largely built of pink sandstone, a harder rock that can be more elaborately carved and better survives the rigors of time. This is an opportunity to capture some good photographs of the clear and detailed carvings.
For the later afternoon, head back into main Angkor Park and journey to Tasom. Tasom offers some beautiful photo spots, especially the rear entrance where tree roots adorn the gateway. Stay overnight in Siem Reap. Dinner with Apsara Dance show at local restaurant.
For those travelers thirsting for cultural highlights of Cambodia, No visit to Cambodia is complete without attending at least one traditional Khmer dance performance, often referred to as 'Apsara Dance' after one of the most popular Classical dance pieces. Traditional Khmer dance better described as 'dance-drama' in that the dances are not merely dance but also meant to convey a story or message. Stay overnight in Siem Reap.
 
Day 11: Bike Tour to Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm & Angkor Wat (B)
Start on our bike and cycle to world heritage areas on the roads less travelled. Ride among the jungle passing local village and local shop. It’s a very special and acting day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass tourist.
- The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century)
- See the South Gate, Bayon Temple – unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara
- Baphuon temple lying just to the north of Bayon a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru
- We step to see our old palace as Phimeankas temple in huge complex that was used for our king in the past time.
- Then Elephant terrace is platform for king and officer viewed show and people meeting.
- Preah Palilay was is older than Angkor Thom was nearby, deeply in forest and on path back You see monk sprinkle water to people.
 
You'll continue to visiting to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology.
Enjoy foot massage 1hour and walking at busy pub street where you can find many bars for cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night Market.
 
Day 12: Siem Reap – Flight to Luang Prabang (Laos) (B)
Free at your own leisure until transferred to Siem Reap Airport for your flight to Luang Prabang (Laos). You’ll be picked up at the airport by Lao guide and transferred to your hotel for check in and the rest of your day is free at leisure. Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.
 
Day 13: Luang Prabang (B/L)
After breakfast, you’ll watch Takbat, a Buddhist ceremony where locals offer the monks’ food, flowers or other sacred items. Then you’ll board a boat at the Luang Prabang pier and travel upstream on the Mekong River to visit the sacred Buddha caves of Pak Ou. Once at the caves you’ll disembark to visit the Tham Ting and Tham Phoum caves, which house hundreds of Buddha statues. You’ll continue cruising along the Mekong to a quiet spot where we drop anchor and enjoy lunch onboard. After lunch, you’ll cruise to the picturesque village of Thin Hong to witness the daily life of the locals, which includes home industries such as rice wine distillation and weaving. Take a stop at Ban Xang Khong, known for its handmade paper, and enjoy a short walk around the village returning to Luang Prabang town for this afternoon you’ll will stop at Wat Visoun, the holiest temple of the city, which was entirely rebuilt in 1887 after being destroyed by the invading Black Flags from Southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa, shaped like the fruit from which it takes its name. Continue walking through the old town to Wat Xieng Thong, the most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang dating back to the 16th Century. Later you’ll climb up Phousi Hill and watch the sun set over the city, its surroundings hills and the Mekong River and transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.
 
Day 14: Luang Prabang (B/L)
After breakfast you’ll visit the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace, where you’ll learn about the history of Laos. Then drive west to Kuangsi Waterfalls, visiting the H’mong village Ban Na Ouane en route. Once arrive, you’ll take a short walk through the forest to the waterfall where you enjoy a picnic lunch and have the chance to go for a swim in one of the nearby clear pools. On the way back to Luang Prabang you’ll visit Ock Pop Tok weaving centre. Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.
 
Day 15: Luang Prabang – Departure (B)
After breakfast at hotel, you can explore Luang Prabang town on your own until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
 
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Package Price: from US$1,569 per person
Minimum 2 persons. Valid until 31/12/2015
Surcharge during Christmas, New Year and national holidays may be applied.
 
Inclusive:
- Hotel accommodation as indicated, twin/double (or triple) sharing room.
- Accommodation on boat to visit Halong Bay.
- All land transport by air-conditioned vehicles.
- Local air-ticket (Hanoi – Saigon)
- Speed boat ticket from Chau Doc (Vietnam) to Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
- 1 dinner with Apsara dance show at local restaurant.
- 1-hour foot massage as indicated in the program.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner).
- English speaking local guide (other languages on request).
- Boat ticket as indicated in the program.
- All entrance fees during guided time.
 
Exclusive:
- International air-tickets and airport taxes in/out Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
- Entry visa to Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos.
- Travel insurance.
- All other services, which are not mentioned above and personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drink etc.
- Tip for guides and drivers.
 
Note: Price is subject to change without prior notice.
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