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HANOI – SAIGON – SIEM REAP – LUANG PRABANG (17D/16N)

VIETNAM - CAMBODIA - LAOS
 
 
HANOI – SAIGON – SIEM REAP – LUANG PRABANG
(17 Days/ 16 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 – Night Train to Sapa (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. After dinner, you will be transferred to station to take a night train to Sapa. Stay overnight on train.
 
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat Village (B/L)
Train arrives at Lao Cai Railway Station early in the morning. You will be transferred to Sapa. Have breakfast at the hotel and relax. Then you will take a short trek to Cat Cat village, the village of H'mong tribe in the valley, which remains very generally uncorrupted outside forces. Excellent views of the valley, the magnificent limestone and paddy fields of H'mong village. Enjoy some visits to local families and reach their customs. After the village down into the valley, the Cat Cat waterfall will be visible. A "White curtain "cascade appears, surrounded by flowery valley and deep-green pines. The rocks near the river and waterfall provide a marvelous place for picturesque photos and sunbathing during good weather. Rest of the day is free for you to discover Sapa and see the ethnic people activities and life in Sapa. Stay overnight in Sapa.
 
Day 4: Sapa – Night Train to Hanoi (B/L)
You will be free to explore Sapa in the morning. After lunch, you will trek to visit Ta Phin (Red Dao and Black Mong tribes) village for 1-2 hours. You will visit a local house of Red Dao people where you have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Then you will be transferred to Lao Cai for night train to Hanoi. Stay overnight on train.
 
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Upon arrival in Hanoi early in the morning, you will be transferred to a hotel for a short shower. 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: Can Tho – Cai Rang – Saigon (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 back to Tan Son Nhat Airport in Saigon to catch the late afternoon flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in. Stay overnight in Saigon.
 
Day 10: Saigon – Moc Bai Border Gate – Phnom Penh (Cambodia) (B/L)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Moc Bai Border-gate with Cambodia. After immigration, you will be warmly welcomed at Moc Bai border by Cambodian tour guide who will accompany you to Phnom Penh. Check in hotel upon arrival. Stay overnight in Phnom Penh.
 
Day 11: Phnom Penh City Tour – Siem Reap (B/D)
Visit to the Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, 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, 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. Travelers will proceed to visit Independence Monument, which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony.
Transfer to the bus station for taking Mekong Express bus to Siem Reap. It will take about 6 hours on 314km road and it will goes through 3 provinces like Kandal, Kampong Cham, and Kampong Thom Province. There’ll be a stop at Kampong Thom provicial town about 30 minutes for break. Upon arrival at the bus station in Siem Reap, you are met our guide and transfer to your hotel. Stay overnight in Siem Reap.
 
Day 12: Angkor Thom – Bayon – Angkor Wat (B/L)
Begin your tours to 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, The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King, Angkor Wat.
Enjoy foot massage 1 hour & walking at busy pub street where you can find many bars for cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night Market. Stay overnight in Siem Reap.
 
Day 13: Ta Prohm & Banteay Srei (B/L)
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.
 
Day 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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$1,759 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).
- 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 & 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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