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Trip Name: Jewels of Indochina 22 days
Type of trip: Private
Trip Duration: 22 days
Starting: Bangkok, Thailand
Finishing: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Trip Grading: Regular itinerary, moderate walking, beach break
 
Hightlights:
-       Discover the glittering temples of Bangkok and beautiful white sandy beach of Phu Ket, Thailand.
-       Visit charming town of Luang Prabang, relaxing riverside break of spectacular Vientiane, Laos
-       Admire one of the seven new world wonders Ha Long Bay, Vietnam on cruising trip
-       See the World Heritage of Hue Imperial.
-       Visit Hoi An as one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia in the 15th century.
-       Visit the incredible system of Cu Chi tunnels.
-       Experience the local life on the mighty Mekong river.
-       Explore the ruined Angkor temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
 
Destinations: Bangkok – Phuket – Vientiane – Luangprabang – Hanoi – Ha Long – Hoi An- Sai Gon – Siem Reap – Phnompenh – Bangkok

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok arrival

Day 2: City Temple Tour – Royal Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha. (B/L)

Day 3: Half Day Tour Damnoensaduak Floating Market. (B)

Day 4: Bangkok – Phuket – PhangNga Bay (B/L)

Day 5: Full Day Join Phi Phi Island Tour. (B/L) 

Day 6: Full Day Join Phi Phi Island Tour. (B/L) – flight to Bangkok to connect flight to Vientiane (B)

Day 7: Vientiane-City Tours-Buddha Park

Day 8: Vientiane - Laung Prabang-City Tours (B)

Day 9: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave (B)

Day 10: Luang prabang – Kuang Si Fall - Depart - Hanoi arrival (B)

Day 11: Hanoi City tour (B/L)

Day 12: Hanoi - Ha Long (B/L/D)

Day 13: Ha Long – Fly to Hue (B)

Day 14: Hue City tour (B/L)

Day 15: Hue - Danang - Hoi An – city tour (B/L)

Day 16: Hoi An - Danang – fly to Ho Chi Minh (B)

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh city tour - Cu Chi Tunnel Tour (B/L)

Day 18: My Tho - Mekong Delta Boat Trip – Dinner on cruise (B/L/D) 

Day 19: Sai Gon – fly to Siem Reap (B/D)

Day 20: Angkor Tour (B/L)

Day 21: Tonle Sap lake tour – Flight to Phnom Penh  (B/L)

Day 22: Phnom Penh city tour  – Departure flight  (B/L) 
 Day 1: Bangkok arrival
 Upon arrival, meet & greet with Asia Top Travel staff at the airport then transfer to the hotel. Checking in time at hotel is 14:00pm. After check in, free & relax on your own.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok
 
Day 2: City Temple Tour – Royal Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha. (B/L)
Breakfast is at hotel and then sightseeing tour to visit: At first visit to Wat Traimit, the Temple of the Golden Buddha, the temple is famous for its 900-years old five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image, and then continue to visit Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn, is one of the best known landmarks and one of the most published images of Bangkok. After that, visit to Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, as well as the largest single Buddha image: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas). The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage Reclining Buddha. Lunch at local restaurant, after lunch, we continue to visit the most famous tourist places in Bangkok, Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace adjoins Wat Phra Kaew in a common compound, and is where you will end up after exiting Wat Phra Kaew. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the very Thai Wat Phra Kaew and the more European inspired designs of the Grand Palace (the roof being the exception). After this place we back to the hotel and free at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Day 3: Half Day Tour Damnoensaduak Floating Market. (B)
Today early morning, pick you up at the hotel and then transfer to one of the most attracting floating market of Thailand namely Damnernsaduak Floating Market. There you have a chance to take a boat observing the lifestyle of local people along the small canals. Not only do you visit the coconut farm and taste some coconut juice but also you will find the variety of seasonal fruits such as rumbutan, mangoes, papaya and etc. Then, we return back to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok
Meal: Breakfast
 
Day 4: Bangkok – Phuket – PhangNga Bay (B/L)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight departure to Phuket. Arrive at Phuket airport, meet and greet with Asia Top Travel driver , after that transfer you to Cashew Nut Factory and wait here till 10.45amfor pick up to PhangNga. ( your luggage will transfer to hotel by our driver). We will visit Suwannakula Temple, exploring Buddha Cave, Stalactites, Stalagmites; a lot of monkeys will be waiting to welcome you in front of the temple. Then take boat cruise around PhangNga Bay en-route National Park, Mangrove swamps. Visit the renowned Lord Cave. When you emerge from the cave, observe the rocky statue of the Khao Ma Ju, Khao Nom Sao and Khao Chang. You can see glimpse of daily life in sea-Gypsy Village and pass two mountains of Khao Ta Poo before reaching the Island of Ping-Kan, better known as James Bond Island. Enjoy your lunch with fresh seafood, fruits, tea and coffee at Panyee Village. Then transfer to hotel for check in.
 Overnight in Phuket
Accommodation: Hotel in Phuket
Meal: Breakfast
 
Day 5: Full Day Join Phi Phi Island Tour. (B/L) 
 Breakfast is at Hotel.
07.45AM  Pick up from hotel
09.00AM      Departs from Pier to “Phi Phi Islay Island” for swimming and sightseeing at “Maya Bay” (The Beach of movie was taken here). Enjoy snorkeling and feeding colorful fishes at “LohSamah Bay”. Sightseeing at “Peleh Cove” and Viking Cave”
12.00PM      Arrive at “Phi Phi Don Island” enjoy feeding the Monkey by a piece of bananas.
12.30PM      Lunch will be served at Phi Phi Don.
02.00PM    Enjoy swimming with crystal clear water and snorkeling with plentiful coral reefs and feeding fishes at Monkey Beach
03.00PM      Arrive at “KhaiNok Island” enjoy your activities like swimming, sunbathing and feeding fishes.
04.00PM      Back to Pier and transfer to your hotel.
 Overnight in Phuket
Accommodation: Hotel in Phuket
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Day 6: Full Day Join Phi Phi Island Tour. (B/L) – flight to Bangkok to connect flight to Vientiane (B)
 After breakfast, pick you up by Asia Top Travel guide at 10.00am. After that, sightseeing visit to Phuket City take in the islands natural beauty as we drive along the beach roads through Patong, Karon, Kata and Rawai. Visit to View Point where you can witness the beautiful bays of Kata Noi, Kata, Karon and Kho Poo Island, one of the island's best scenic spot. This tour gives an insight into the highlights of the "Pearl of the Andaman". Leisurely drive around Phuket town to view the Sino-Portuguese style buildings. Other attractions visited are Wang Thalang Lapidary gem factory, WatChalong, Phuket's most beautiful and renowned monastery, the Gypsy Village at Rawai Beachwhere you may sample the culinary delights on offer and the famous sunset viewpoint at Phromthep Cape, one of the most beautiful panoramas on the island. After that, transfer back to Phuket Airport for flight to Bangkok then connecting flight to Vientiane.
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Meal: Breakfast
 
Day 7: Vientiane-City Tours-Buddha Park (B)
After a breakfast, we start visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
 Afternoon, we start to visit the major sight out of town about 30 km, visit Buddha Park, a blend of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by mystical monk on parkland located by the Mekong River and the impressive Lao- Thai Friendship Bridge. En route stop at Lao/Thai Bridge, taking photos before continue to the park.
Overnight in Vientiane.
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Meal: Breakfast
 
Day 8: Vientiane - Laung Prabang-City Tours (B)
After breakfast, take a short flight to Luang prabang. Upon arrival meet your guide, transfer to your hotel. After a short break visit National museum,  we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; visit Wat Xieng Thong, 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 Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Meal: Breakfast
 
Day 9: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave (B)
After breakfast, we enjoy 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. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the distillation of local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong, well known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Meal: Breakfast
 
Day 10: Luang prabang – Kuang Si Fall - Depart - Hanoi arrival (B)
After breakfast drive out of town 30KM to the beautiful Kuang Sii Fall, where you can swim, relax, soft trek to the top of the fall. On return short stop at Black Hmong Village, where hill tribe hand-made handicraft as souvenirs for visitors pass by. Arrive in the town, transfer you to airport for your departure flight to Hanoi upon arriving in Hanoi, Asia Top Travel tour guide will personally meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is time at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Meal: Breakfast
 
Day 11: Hanoi City tour (B/L)
Breakfast is at the hotel
Today features the most highlights of Hanoi, including Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, His House-on-Stilts, One Pillar pagoda…
Enjoy an hour Cyclo Tour through Hanoi Opera House, the Old Quarter of Hanoi, the old quarter is also known as the 36 streets and guilds, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the street’s names was related to the products being sold there.
After that we will visit the Temple of Literature - a temple to Confucius, this is also known as Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070.
Lunch today is at local restaurant.
After having lunch, we will visit Vietnamese Museum which is one of Hanoi's most overlooked museums and is also one of its best. Then, we back to the center of Hanoi to visit Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake: The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century. The temple is reached by crossing the The Huc Bridge which literally means the ‘Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams’. The Hoan Kiem Lake is the local point of the city and the source of many legends. At the end of the day, you can enjoy the famous traditional water puppetry show in Thang Long Theatre where you will have a chance to experience an overview of daily life in Vietnam's rural areas in dramatic form.  Back to the hotel and overnight in Hanoi.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Day 12: Hanoi - Ha Long (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we will depart for Halong Bay – designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasting scenery made famous by the French film “Indochine”.  Wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights.  We embark on a boat to explore some of the many beautiful islands and grottos.  Sailing past the evocatively shaped islets and dramatic caves of Ha Long bay can be a magical experience. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs.  
Accommodation: Overnight on boat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 13: Ha Long – Fly to Hue (B)
We will wake up in the morning to the calming sound of the waves breaking on the nearby islands. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and relax. Sitting on the upper deck, we can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear waters of the Bay.  The peace here is absolute; we can hear only birds singing, cicadas chirping and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze. 
Later, we will explore Sung Sot (Amazing) cave and then swim and relax at Titop beach. The boat will then start cruising back and brunch buffet will be served.  After arriving back at harbor by 12:00 noon, we are back to Hanoi and our driver will drive to airport for boarding a flight to Danang. Upon arrival, our driver will transfer to Hoi An for checking in.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Meals: Brunch
 
Day 14: Hue City tour (B/L)
We will take a dragon boat to cruise along the Perfume River heading down to Thien Mu pagoda. Off the boat, we then visit Thien Mu pagoda, one of the best-loved architectural pagodas in Vietnam considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue. It is an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601.
Then we go to a pagoda for a well-prepared vegetarian lunch, served by nuns in a much more the life of religious people in the central area. After lunch we continue to visit a tomb monument of King Tu Duc which is located in a very special area. More than just a tomb visiting, it’s the chance to learn more about Nguyen King and the landscape is spectacular. Back to hotel in the late afternoon.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Day 15: Hue - Danang - Hoi An – city tour (B/L)
This morning, we drive to Hoi An, we will cross Hai Van Pass where you will have magnificent view of the East Sea. Stop at Lang Co to have break. Visit the fascinating Cham Museum, famous Da Nang beach and the Marble Mountains en route to charming Hoi An. Known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports and today it still retains that special old-world feel. Enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter. Hoi An is also famous for its large number of tailor shops, so if you want to have a new wardrobe made up, this is the time to do it.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Day 16: Hoi An - Danang – fly to Ho Chi Minh (B)
Breakfast is served at the hotel
Then our guide and driver will transfer you to Da Nang airport for boarding a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh, our driver and our guide will pick you up and transfer you to the downtown hotel for check in. The rest of the day you are free at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Meal: Breakfast
 
Day 17: Ho Chi Minh city tour - Cu Chi Tunnel Tour (B/L)
Breakfast is served at the hotel
A full day tour to Cu Chi, located about 70 km from Saigon, where you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the former stronghold of the Viet Cong with a network of tunnels three levels deep stretching over 200 km. Then return to Saigon for a half-day city tour includes the Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, and the Museum of History to see some interesting displays and photographs following the path of the revolution. Then visit the Reunification Palace for a glimpse into the lifestyle of the democratic regime of former South Vietnam.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
  
Day 18: My Tho - Mekong Delta Boat Trip – Dinner on cruise (B/L/D) 
8:00 AM: Our tour guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city with a drive to My Tho, the capital of Tien Giang Province 72 km from Ho Chi Minh City (Former Saigon). You will take time to visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the most beautiful pagoda of the province with mixture structure of many styles.
Then take a boat trip round 4 beautiful islets: Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Tortoise. The boat brings you through Vam Xep canal where you will discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life.
Stops on the way can be made upon request for particular visits or photos making. Visit traditional house at Quoi An village (all make from coconut). See coconut collection set and how locals make handicrafts from trunk and shell, guests can see that they waste nothing, coconut even useful from wedding to funeral.
Enjoy seasonal fruit and listening to traditional music. Take horse cart on village path and stop at Ben Truc orchard, taste honey with tea or Mekong whisky (they have a funny rule for guests to get in). Also, we will visit coconut candy mill (special product of Ben Tre province). Enjoy a fantastic lunch at local restaurant. Then we will take small boat through Vam Chua small canal. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh in the late afternoon. We can have a bath before our tour guide comes back to transfer you for farewell dinner on the cruise, passing Sai Gon River and you can enjoy the meal and see Sai Gon by night.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 19: Sai Gon – fly to Siem Reap (B/D)
Our driver will transfer you to airport for flight to Siem Reap. On arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. After check in, you will be taken by Tuk Tuk, a small open-sided taxi common in Cambodia. The pre-orientation of Siem Reap will be conducted at Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chom, where is the holy place for worship at every religious day that Cambodian consider as important part of their life and continue to Wat Bo, a large, highly respected pagoda, founded in the 18th Century. Like the Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, the vihear of Wat Bo contains unique wall paintings of the Reamker that are said to be late 19th Century. Look for the daily-life market scenes such as an opium smoking Chinese merchant, the colonial era French officer at the market and the French soldiers attending a traditional dance performance. Also of interest is the large collection of Buddha statues located behind the main Buddha. Here you will have a blessing ceremony by Buddhist monks for happiness, prosperity and safety for your journey. Overnight in Siem Reap. Tonight we enjoy dinner with Apsara dance performance. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner
 
Day 20: Angkor Tour (B/L)
Breakfast is at hotel. We start the sightseeing tour of Angkor area we spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with colums, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple and the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. Tonight, we enjoy the amazing circus performance by www.pharecambodiancircus.org. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Day 21: Tonle Sap lake tour – Flight to Phnompenh  (B/L)
Breakfast is at hotel. We visit Mechhrey village, where a boat will transport you across the Great Lake of Tonle Sap to visit a fascinating floating village where you will see the daily life of the lake-dwelling Cambodian people. A visit to the lake’s flooded forest rounds off the day, or if you prefer. Here you will have chance to experience ox cart ride in the village. You will continue to Pouk to visit silk farm, a fascinating farm/workshop where you can see the entire silk creation process including growing the food for the silk worms, breeding the worms, silk extraction and refinement, traditional kit dying pattern creation and looming. Retail silk and souvenir shop. Lunch is at local restaurant. Afternoon, we visit visit Cambodian Cultural Villages including Wax Museum, Miniatures, former capital Ou Dong, Royal palace, National Museum, Wat Phnom, Phsar Thmey, 12th century Kompong Kdey Bridge, 16th century reclining Buddha and Independent Monument. Also includes Carving, Traditional Dances Show and Villages. Then we transfer to airport for boarding a flight to Phnompenh.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnompenh
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Day 22: Phnom Penh city tour  – Departure flight (B/L)
Breakfast is at hotel. Today, we visit Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Then we continue to explore the Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek-both grim reminders of Cambodia's bloody past under Pol Pot. It is almost inconceivable to confront the nature of true evil here in this gentle land, but the Buddhist memorial at Choeung Ek, commemorates the 1.7 million victims of the 1975-79 Pol Pot regime. This excursion may prove distressing for some. It is, however, an important piece of this country’s historical and cultural puzzle. We will also visit Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset.
Then we transfer to airport for your departure flight. End of the trip.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Trip cost depends on your group size, travel period and your specific tour needs. Please send us an enquiry for availability and the most updated price. Our travel consultants will contact you shortly.
 
Trip price inclusive of:
  • Full transportation by air-conditioned car or bus as tour program indicated.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Comfort accommodation twin room with daily breakfast
  • Sharing boat trip in Ha Long Bay
  • Domestic flight tickets Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Sai Gon by Vietnam Airlines.
  • Flight ticket from Bangkok – Phuket-Bangkok, Bangkok – Vientiane, Vientiane – Luang prabang, Luang prabang – Hanoi, Sai Gon – Siem Reap, Siem Reap – Phnompenh.
  • English - speaking guide in region
  • Entrance fees
 
Trip price exclusive of:
  • Visa
  • Airport taxes 
  • Personal travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, tips, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, emergency transfers & etc.
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