Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights
Price from: $1268
"Essence of Indochina" covers the popular destinations across Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. We learn about the diverse cultures of local people through our discovery in each place from Luang Prabang to Hanoi, from Saigon to Siem Reap. We also explore the lifestyle of inhabitants in each country which formed Indochina under French time. Come to explore, experience and learn about Essence of Indochina.
Day 1: Arrival - Luang Prabang
Day 2: Luang Prabang
Day 3: Luang Prabang - Vientiane
Day 4: Vientiane - Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi City Tour
Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoian
Day 8: Hoian City Tour
Day 9: Hoian - Danang - Hue
Day 10: Hue - Saigon
Day 11: Saigon - Cuchi tunnels
Day 12: Saigon - Mekong Delta - Phnom Penh
Day 13: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Day 14: Siem Reap - Angkor Thom
Day 15: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat
Day 16: Siem Reap - Departure
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Day 1: Arrival - Luang Prabang (-/-/D)
Arrive in the mountain kingdom of Luang Prabang, the centre of religious life in. Transfer to your hotel to drop off your luggage before you start sightseeing in the sacred city of temples, of which nearly fifty still remain in the town and surrounding areas.
Visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, some of the temples that span centuries of history, Phousi Hill where the 328 steps leading to the summit which offers the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang.
After this you will enjoy dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 2: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves (B/ L/-)
After breakfast, travel by boat on the Mekong River to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves in the side of a lime stone cliff. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which are up to two metres in height.
Visit Ban Xanghai, a well-known village for Lao traditional rice whisky to be distilled and tasted.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the banks of the Mekong river before returning to Luang Prabang.
Then continue by car to Ban Xangkhong, known for its wood paper making and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Luang Prabang - Vientiane (B/L/-)
After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and drive to the spectacular Kuangsi Waterfall. En route, you will stop to visit a fresh produce market where most of the local food comes from and also visit Ban Na Oune, a small village of a hill-tribe group H’mong and the village of Ban Tha Pane followed by the Kuangsi waterfall. Your picnic lunch is served at the shady park near Kuangsi waterfall and there is plenty of time for relaxing and a swim in cool water before heading back to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.
Upon returning to town, you will be transferred directly to Luang Prabang Airport for your flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 4: Vientiane - Hanoi (B/L/-)
After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city’s major historic sites including the religious museums of Wat Sisaket, Wat Ho Prakeo and Patouxay (Lao Arc de Triomphe). Then visit the local market to enjoy the local daily life.
In the afternoon you will transfer to Vientiane Airpoirt for flight to Hanoi.
Welcome to Hano, Vietnam !
You will be met and greeted at Hanoi International Airport by our local tour guide and transfer to the hotel for check in. The rest of day is at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi City Tour (B/L/-)
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of the city:
We first visit the Museum of Ethnology where you can learn about Vietnam’s diverse culture, Tran Quoc pagoda, the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda containing a statue of the Goddess of Mercy with its legendary thousand arms and a thousand eyes.
This is followed by a visit the Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo central prison which was named "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War.
You will finish the day with a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show in the evening. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/ L/ D)
After breakfast, enjoy 3h30 drive to Halong Bay with a coffee break en route at the Sao Do handicraft centre to watch handicapped masons and woodcarvers at work.
Arrive in Halong Bay by noon at the dock, board your deluxe junk and enjoy a welcome drink. Savour a delicious seafood lunch while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay. In the late afternoon you have the opportunity to trek or swim on Soi Sim Island. Afterwards, cruise to the Hang Doi water tunnel by rowboat, and then dock for your overnight and enjoy dinner on board. Overnight in Halong Bay.
Day 7: Halong Bay – Danang - Hoian (B/L/-)
Get up early to catch the sunrise over Halong Bay and enjoy Tai Chi on the sun deck.
Relax with a cup of hot coffee or tea before we depart for a visit to the splendid Sung Sot grotto. Enjoy a buffet brunch on board while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier.
You will then transfer to Hanoi Airport for a flight to Danang, enjoying a late lunch en route.
We will stop en route in ceramic-making village of Phu Lang to observe the century-year old trade of ceramic production.
Upon arrival in Danang, you will be transferred to Hoian for check in. Leisure time. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 8: Hoi An (B/-/-)
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of Hoi An, exploring the rich history and culture of this ancient Japanese, Chinese and European port of trade. Much of Hoi An’s rare wooden architecture remains in this small, pleasant town typically a favourite stop for its elegant pagodas, bustling riverfront marketplace, delicious cuisine, and beach combing on the scenic Cua Dai Beach. You will take in the former merchants house, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market with its stalls brimming with tropical specialties.
The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 9: Hoi An - Danang - Hue (B/L/-)
Morning, depart Hoi An for Hue via Danang.
The 2h30 drive takes you over the Hai Van cloudy pass where a spectacular panorama of the central coastline can be viewed. You will stop en route to visit the Cham Museum, the best collection of the Cham ruins dating from 2nd to 15th century representing the architecture and sculpture of the Hindu influenced ancient civilization of Champa, Non Nuoc Beach.
Upon arrival in Hue, take a dragon boat upstream to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s most preserved religious monument standing on the riverbank with its seven-floor tower.
Check in at the hotel. Leisure time for your refreshment. Overnight in Hue.
Day 10: Hue – Saigon (B/L/-)
After breakfast enjoy the walking tour to the most elaborate mausoleum of Emperor Khai Dinh. Then take a stroll around the Dong Ba central market. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afterwards, visit to the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen emperors once ruled Vietnam.
Transfer to Hue Airport for flight to Saigon.
You will be met & greeted by our local tour guide at Saigon Airport, transfer to the hotel for check in. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 11: Saigon – Cuchi tunnels (B/L/-)
In the morning, enjoy a rural drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Cu Chi district where you will experience the incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence of Cu Chi guerrilla fighters.
Afterwards transfer to Saigon to check into the hotel and take a break for lunch (payable locally).
In the afternoon, enjoy tour of the city taking in Saigon historic landmarks including the Old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, the former Presidential Palace and Cholon to enjoy the bustling wholesale quarter of Saigon and Thien Hau temple. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 12: Saigon - Mekong Delta/ Saigon - Phnom Penh (B/L/-)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and set out on an excursion to My Tho in Mekong Delta.
Enjoy a 2 hour scenic drive passing paddy fields and tributaries.
On arrival, board your motorized boat for a river cruise on the upper part of the Mekong River where you will experience a taste of agriculture life, visiting a fish-raising village before entering the Vam Xep canal with its beautiful scenery. Disembark the boat, stroll around the Quoi An fruit orchard and take a horse-drawn cart ride along the village road.
Upon arrival at Ben Truc Phong Phu garden, sample Mekong Delta fruit while enjoy local traditional music. Your trip will end with a row boat to explore the water palm canals before returning to the main boat and transferring back to My Tho.
Enjoy lunch at the Mekong Rest stop restaurant serving Mekong specialities.
Drive back to Saigon and transfer directly to Saigon International Airport for flight to Phnom Penh.
Welcome in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia !
Upon arrival, meet our local tour guide at Phnom Penh Airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight Phnom Penh.
Day 13: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B/-/-)
After breakfast you will go on a tour of the city, visiting the National Museum, housing Khmer art and sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history, the Royal Palace, built in 1866 by King Norodom, the Silver Pagoda with its floor made up of 5,000 silver tiles and Wat Phnom pagoda.
Then transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for flight to Siem Reap.
Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel for check in. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 14: Siem Reap - Ta Prohm - Banteay Srei (B/L/-)
After breakfast, you will begin your sightseeing with a visit to the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains an overgrown and oddly haunting, exotic scene. In the afternoon enjoy a drive to the rural outskirts of the Angkor area to visit the small, but magnificent Banteay Srei built in the 10th Century. The temple was the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture. The pink sandstone structure bears a series of striking and beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes.
Afterwards, return to town with a stop for shopping at the Artisans D’Angkor studios carving and silk. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 15: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat (B/-/-)
Continue exploring the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom with its 50-tower temple an awesome sight. You will also visit the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou, Elephant Terraces, Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place area.
In the afternoon, continue your exploration of the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat one of the world’s most impressive ruins.
Finish off the day at Phnom Bakheng hill, the first major temple to be constructed in the Angkor area. The Bakheng hilltop location offers a panoramic view of Angkor Wat and West Baray making it a most popular place to see the sunset. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 16: Siem Reap - Departure (B/-/-)
After breakfast spend some time at your leisure before being transferred to the airport for your flight home. End of services.
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Essence of Indochina presents all major highlights of Indochina which has to offer. Each city has its own beauty and charme to see, its own atmosphere to admire and its own cuisine to taste. You can discover 3 countries on one journey covering Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. You also can change any sightseeing or excursion to fit your travel preferences. Please contact our Tour Managers for more assistance today.
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