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Jewels of Indochina 22 days

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


 
Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
Upon arrival, meet and 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 and relax on your own.
 
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok
Meal: No


Day 2: City Temple Tour – Royal Grand Palace And 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 10.45am for 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.
 
Accommodation: Hotel in Phuket
Meal: Breakfast, lunch
 
Day 5: Full Day Join Phi Phi Island Tour (B/L) 
Breakfast is at Hotel.
07.45 AM: 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 fish 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 fish.
04.00PM: Back to pier and transfer to your hotel.
 
Accommodation: Hotel in Phuket
Meal: Breakfast, lunch
 
Day 6: Phuket Free Day -  Fly Bangkok  - Take Connecting Flight To Vientiane (B)
You are free till transfer to the airport for the flight to Bangkok. From here you will take a connecting flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival Vientiane, you will be picked up and transfer to hotel for check-in. The rest of day is your free time at leisure
 
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. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Vientiane
 
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Meal: Breakfast
 
Day 8: Vientiane - Luang 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 Sii Falls - Fly To Hanoi (B)
After breakfast, we will drive out of town 30KM to the beautiful Kuang Sii Falls, 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)
8.30am, Asia Top Travel's tour guide will welcome you at your hotel lobby departing for an exciting city tour of Hanoi's significant highlights.

Morning, you will visit:

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is the final resting place of Vietnamese Revolutionary leader President Ho Chi Minh (It is closed on Monday and Friday). 

Ba Dinh Square in front of the mausoleum is noteworthy as the site where President Ho Chi Minh declared the independence of Vietnam on September 2, 1945. 

Presidential Palace was constructed between 1900 - 1906 by French architect Auguste Henri Vildieu, was intended to be Ho Chi Minh’s official residence but he had opted for a traditional Vietnamese stilt-house instead. 

The humble traditional House-on-Stilts where president Ho Chi Minh lived intermittently from 1958 to 1969 is set in a well-tended garden adjacent to a carp-filled pond and has been preserved just as Uncle Ho left it. 

Temple of Literature was originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society place then and now on education.  

Lunch will be served at the local restaurant.

Afternoon, you will visit Museum of Ethnology is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. As well as the comprehensive array of exhibits inside, there are also traditional tribal houses reconstructed within the ground.

Ngoc Son Temple is located on a jade 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.

45 minutes - Cyclo Tour through the Old Quarter that is also known as the 36 streets. This bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the 36s names’ was related to the products being sold there. It’s a great place to explore on foot with numerous photo opportunities.

Water Puppet Show, before heading back to your hotel, you will enjoy a traditional art performance at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. Overnight in Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Meal: Breakfast, lunch

 Day 12: Hanoi - Halong (B/L/D)
The below itinerary is sample. It is changed depending on the cruise you choose

07:45 - 08:15 Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi. After that we leave Hanoi for a 3.5 hour to reach Halong Bay.
12:00 - 12:30 At Tuan Chau International Marina, a tender boat will take you to our Halong Phoenix Cruiser. A refreshing welcome drink is served and you can check into your cabin.

13:00 When you are putting all of your stuffs into your cabin, our boat starts gliding out to the centre of the World Heritage Site. Your lunch, at the boat’s restaurant, is would be served with fresh local seafood, but vegetable menu is always available at your request. From the marina area, our cruiser passes by Dog Head and Swan Islands, Ba Hang Floating villages (with floating houses), Incense Burner then Thumb Islands before reaching to Luon cave area for kayaking.
14:30 - 15:00 we have time to gear up for one hour kayaking around Luon cave area .Our guide will show you some basic safety guidelines and techniques to paddle before helping you to sit on our brand new sit-on-top kayaks.After that our boat will help you visit the Titop Island one hour for swimming, sun-bathing or getting a panoramic view on island peak.
17:00 As the sun sets over the bay, we head back to our cruise and relax. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink while our boat cruises to the night’s anchorage area.
19:00 Dinner will be served with local seafood. After dinner you may choose to enjoy drinks from the bar or top deck or experience squid fishing before retiring.

Accommodation: Overnight on boat
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
 
Day 13: Ha Long – Hanoi - Fly To Hue (B, L)
07:00 - 07:45 Enjoy the morning view of the beautiful landscape with a cup of coffee or tea. Have breakfast in the fresh air.

08:00 - 09:00 You will visit the impressive Cave of Halong Bay – Surprising Cave (Sửng Sốt) with your tour guide, a truly awesome and amazing cave to experience.

10:00 Check out of your cabin and settle your bill as our boat begins cruising back to the harbor. Experience more views of Halong Bay such as Fighting Cocks Island (Symbol of Halong Bay), Incense Burner and Stone Dogs Islands.

10:20 A cooking demonstration onboard shows you how to make authentic Vietnamese Spring rolls. You will learn about the recipes and techniques that create this popular dish of Vietnamese people.
10:45 Lunch is served on board during cruising towards the harbor.

11:20 Depart the Halong Phoenix Cruiser and travel by tender boat back to Tuan Chau International Marina where you then transfer to Hanoi airport for the flight to Hue. Welcome to Hue, you will be picked up and transfer to the hotel in town for check-in. Overnight in Hue

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (or brunch)
 
Day 14: Hue City Tour (B/L)
08h00 In the morning, taking boat trip along poetic Perfume River, breathing the fresh-air of the New Year spreading everywhere and reach to ancient Thien Mu pagoda, a special cultural - historical site where still preserves a legendary tale about the Heaven Fairy Lady since Nguyen Dynasty. Then, car will pick us up to Hue Citadel. Here you will walk around and take a look into the special feudal relics of immense architectural and cultural values.

Then, we visit the major sites including the Imperial Citadel with Forbidden Royal City.

We then visit another pagoda for an elaborately prepared vegetarian lunch, which will be served by the nuns of the pagoda. This gives a fascinating insight into the life of religious people in the area.  After lunch we visit the tomb and monument of King Tu Duc which is located in a very beautiful area. This is an opportunity to learn more about Nguyen Kings and to enjoy the spectacular landscape. Back to hotel in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Meal: Breakfast, lunch
 
Day 15: Hue - Danang - Hoi An – City Tour (B/L)
Check out in the morning, we leave Hue for Hoian.
We will cross Hai Van Pass where you will have magnificent view of the East Sea. Stop at Lang Co to have break.
You drive pass by Da Nang city - the 4th large city of Viet Nam. Here we pay a visit to the fascinating Cham Museum – museum of ancient Champa kingdom’s sculptures and artifacts. Then you visit the Marble Mountains.

You then stop en route to visit famous Beach, better known as R&R of the US army officials and soldiers during the Vietnam War.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour in Hoi An town, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because of its unusually well-preserved ancient streets and homes. Set out to explore the quaint cobblestone streets of the town with more than two-century-old Chinese houses. Sites include Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the Japanese Bridge.

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 - Cu Chi Tunnels - City Tour (B/L)
8.00 AM meet Asia Top Travel tour expert at your hotel lobby and depart for driving through pleasant countryside before arriving at Cu Chi.
We then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels where the Vietnamese could escape bombings, hide from enemy, and mount surprise attacks. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.
Lunch at a local restaurant
After lunch, we head back to Ho Chi Minh city and take city tour a half day. We start by visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral that was built between 1877 and 1883. This is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Nearby is the Old Post Office that is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country’s largest post office.
Then, we move on to see Reunification Palace. This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30th 1975 the ‘American War’ officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. After that, we continue to visit War Remnants Museum - Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, this is a poignant display of the futility of war. Visit Jade Emperor pagoda before coming back to hotel in the late afternoon, dinner is on your arrangement.
 
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Meal: Breakfast, lunch
  
Day 18: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong - Ho Chi Minh (B/L)
Meet the tour guide in the morning, we depart for Mekong Delta
The program will start with a visit of Cai Be floating market. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn...

The rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish...

After lunch, we can walk around and then we will enjoy some kinds of fruits when listening to the traditional music
One more thing to do in this trip is biking! It will be so amazing to bike on village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta. The cruise will end at Vinh Long city, transfer back to Ho Chi Minh for overnight.
 
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
 
Day 19: Ho Chi Minh – 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: Siem Reap - 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 Fly To Phnom Penh  (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 Phnom Penh.
 
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh
Meal: Breakfast, lunch
 
Day 22: Phnom Penh City tour  – Departure  (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.
 
Accommodation: No
Meal: Breakfast, lunch
 
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Trip price inclusive of:
  • Private AC transportation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Sharing boat trip in Halong Bay
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
 
Trip price exclusive of:
  • Visa service (on request)
  • International flight tickets
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips, beverages and personal expenses
  • Others not mentioned in inclusions
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