Join us as we travel into the heart and soul of Indochina. Starting off in Vietnam, exploring the dramatic landscapes, learn about the histories of Vietnam and Cambodia and experience the enticing flavours. On this 12 day trip have a glimpse of the wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures. The trip offers a perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore beaches, ruins, urban culture, and awe-inspiring landscapes.
Upon arrival at the International Airport after taking the exit, meet and greet the representative holding the placard of your name. The representative will then escort you to the hotel. Check in and relax for some time. Later you can explore the unique city on your own and as per your convenience. Spend overnight in the comfort of your bed at the hotel in Luang Prabang.
The morning comes with the breeze of a new day when our local guide picks you up from the hotel to experience Luang Prabang in its extreme tranquility and also the Tak Bat ceremony, monks' alms procession, that takes places early in the morning on the street.
You will see monks in saffron robes walking in long silent processions searching for offerings left to them by the faithful. Under the guidance of an expert, enjoy these ceremonies in style. Next, you will walk to the morning market and take in the vibrant atmosphere trying some local tasty food at your own expense. Afterwards, you will visit the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, a unique Buddhist temple with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, indicating an example of classical Laotian architecture. Explore the temple culture and proceed to a cruise upstream on the Mekong River. Then head to the holy Pak Ou Cave. Pak Ou is not only a particular destination but also a place which shelters historic cultural values. This is the home for thousands Buddhist statues with numerous dimensions.
While coming back, stop at the village of Ban Xanghai which is famous for local rice wine. Head back to the city and proceed to visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts; before ascending the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. What about shopping? You can shop at the eclectic Night Market- famous for elegant and a vast collection of handmade textiles by locals and various hill tribes.
When the tour ends, you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Have scrumptious breakfast and head out to visit most beautiful natural setting in the country, if not the region. The long, windy hour-long journey from Luang Prabang is serene and scenic in and of itself. Kuang S Waterfall is considered as one of the most attractive destination in Laos. Visitors reaching here will have the opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty. If weather permits, we can immerse into the water, swim for entertainment. That absolutely will be a nice experience to visitors. Splash around the turquoise pool or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the forest paths. While coming back to Luang Prabang, visit the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park. En route, have lunch and get transferred to the airport to board flight for Hanoi.
Upon arrival at Hanoi meet the representative who will escort you to the hotel. Check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Post breakfast set out for private full-day Hanoi tour. Hanoi is known as the 'Paris of the East' and is one of Asia's most charming cities. Starting in the morning the first stop is the Ho Chi Minh Complex. The complex comprises of Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh museum..
Next, visit the Temple of Literature, originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam's first university dating back to 1070. Inside are the stone steles mounted on the backs of turtles, inscribed with the names of the university's graduates. The complex is divided into five courtyards with different paths. One of the courtyards contains the statue of Confucius guarded by two beautiful bronze storks standing on turtles.
After a sumptuous Vietnamese lunch, tour the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the Vietnam which houses a display dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority peoples. Afterward, head to Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. The Ngoc Son temple dates back to the 13th century and the lake itself is a picturesque focal point of Hanoi.
End the day with a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter. Also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities. Thereafter, you will return to your hotel.
Post breakfast, get picked up from the hotel at 8AM. Enjoy the interesting 3.5 hours drive to Halong city and upon arrival in Halong city, embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise. Devour the flavors of Vietnam and have delectable lunch at V’Spirit Classic Cruise along the limestone islands. : Proceed to the mazing Sung Sot Cave and explore one of world’s seven natural wonders. Kayak along the hidden areas of the bay and cruise back to the main boat for a shower. As the sun starts to set, relax, as dinner will be served. Spend the night at the junk.
Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt and have healthy breakfast. Cruising to Soi Sim Island, go swimming and relax at the beach of Soi Sim. Climb up to the top of the island for a panoramic view of Halong Bay. Return to the boat, freshen up and check out of the cabin. Continue the cruise, exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet and many more exciting locations. While heading back to the harbor, participate in a cooking demonstration and enjoy traditional Vietnamese lunch. Get transferred to Hanoi and take the domestic flight back to Danang. Upon arrival at Damang airport, meet your tour guide and get transferred to Hoi An town. Stay overnight at Hoi An
Early morning set out for a day of sightseeing around Da Nang and Hoi An. The tour starts with a visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang which was once the centre of the ancient Cham civilisation. Hindu in origin, the Cham people left a legacy of excellent sculptures, now housed in the only museum if its kind in Da Nang. Built in 1915, it now houses the largest collection of the Champa sculpture and artwork in the world, the Marble Mountains with their caves and sculpture village and the white sandy beach.
Continue your to Hoi An- a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Hoi An was a prosperous and wealthy seaport between the 16th and 18th centuries. Nowadays it's an open-air museum featuring a unique mixture of Eastern and Western influences in the form of its architecture and cultural legacy. You will visit the Hoi An colorful local market: Tan Ky old hous- a good example of 18th-century merchant's residence, the Assembly Hall of Phuc Kien, founded in 1690 that served the largest Chinese ethnic group in Hoi An and the emblematic 420-year-old Japanese covered bridge.
You will also see how local residents raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An's burgeoning textile industry. Continue to the Marble Mountains for a photo stop en route to Hoi An. These five rocky outcrops are said to represent five natural elements, and are the source of many intriguing legends, as well as housing temples and once even an army hospital! You will see skilled artisans carving all manner of statues from marble sourced locally at the mountains' base. Take in the breathtaking views of the Da Nang coastline from the top of the marble mountain. Later the tour is at an end and you will be dropped off at your booked hotel / resort.
Have breakfast and enjoy the morning at leisure until transfer to Danang Airport for domestic flight to Saigon. Meet up our guide and driver at airport and get transferred to city centre. Wind through District One before heading to the famous Saigon landmarks, the post office and the Cathedral of Notre Dame as well as the Centre Post Office. Visit The Unification Palace which formerly was Independence palace of the South Vietnamese President, War Remnants Museum and finally visit China Town & shop at Ben Thanh Market. Have lunch in between and head back to hotel in Saigon.
Leaving the hustle and bustle of the City behind, take a 2.5-hour journey west towards the Cambodian border bound for the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi tunnels were built by local fighters during the Indochina conflict as a base from which the Viet Cong could operate from close to the Southern Vietnamese capital. The Cu Chi tunnel complex was estimated to consist of 200km's of tunnels. It included hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens and sleeping quarters. Life was difficult for the inhabitants and to protect against outside intruders bobby traps were laid throughout the complex. The local guide will take you on a fascinating tour around the Cu Chi Tunnels where you'll learn more about the conditions the Vietnamese people lived in, the hardships they faced and the amazing ingenuity employed to maintain life in the tunnels.
Head back to Saigon in the afternoon to take a flight to Siem Reap. Arrive at the Siem Reap and get transferred to the hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of your time at leisure. Stay overnight in Siem Reap.
Depart from your Siem Reap hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and enjoy the scenic surroundings on your way to the Angkor region. Stop first at the majestic Angkor Wat, a structure considered the masterpiece of the entire Khmer empire; marvel at its reflective pools and vast moat, then stroll through the galleries to see impressive bas-reliefs (carvings) depicting scenes of Ramayana, an epic Hindu poem. Next, venture to Bayon to become hypnotized by the smiling stone faces of the temple. Gain a fascinating insight into the temple’s ancient origin from your guide, hearing of vicious battles and attempting to decipher the intricate bas-reliefs that detail scenes of cockfighting and childbirth. Continue through the South Gate of Angkor Thom and marvel at the line of 54 gods and demons that create a dramatic spectacle beside the road. Conclude your tour with a stop at Ta Prohm, a mystical enclave in which tree roots intertwine with ancient ruins. Return to the minivan and relax during the journey back to your hotel in Siem Reap, where the tour concludes.
Post breakfast, head out of town and make way by traveling on a newly paved road to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way stopover at the Preah Dark village and follow with a visit to Banteay Samre Temple. Afternoon, visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap and take a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake. The "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia will surely be a serene experience. Spend the rest of day visiting the "Chantiers Ecoles - Les Artisans d'Angkor" which provides training to young Cambodians in an effort to revive the ancient Khmer traditions of stone carving and wood sculpting. Stay overnight at Siem Reap.
Have breakfast at the hotel and get transferred to the airport for your flight back home. Have a safe flight and keep the memories of Vietnam in your heart forever.