OVERVIEW

Highlights of Indochina

Our two week luxury Indochina tour consists of staying in some of the best hotels and resorts in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, where you can experience a pure relaxation and culture in style and comfort. This particular itinerary has been designed for only the most exquisite of tours so think personal butlers, premium vehicles, helicopters, VIP touches all the way and enjoy a truly unforgettable experience.

ITINERARY

Hanoi | Halong | Ho Chi Minh | Ben Tre | Siem Reap | Luang Prabang 

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Day 01

Hanoi Arrival

Welcome to Hanoi!

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Not included

Upon arriving in Hanoi, our driver and guide will personally meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is time at leisure.
Day 02

Hanoi City Tour

Visit the highlights of Hanoi on a complete city tour

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

In the morning, guided tour of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh Complex, completed in 1975 and featuring the Presidential Palace, House-on-Stilts, and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Discover the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first University.
 
Lunch in a restaurant.
 
Continue you tour in the Museum of Ethnology with a display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minorities. Back to the center of Hanoi, cross Huc Bridge to reach Ngoc Son Temple on a tiny Island of Hoan Kiem Lake.
A 45 minutes Cyclo Tour takes you through the bustling Old Quarter.
Before heading back to your hotel, enjoy a traditional water puppet show at Thang Long Theartre.
Day 03

Hanoi - Halong Bay

Make the most of Halong Bay on a cruise

Accommodation: Overnight on Halong bay cruise

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, departure for Halong Bay through the scenic countryside. The world heritage site Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town, embark on a traditional Chinese style junk for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay.

A seafood lunch will be served while cruising through the bay. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches.

Explore the Surprising Sung Sot cave reserving amazing stalactites and stalagmites.
Day 04

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh

Say goodbye to Halong Bay and fly to Ho CHi Minh city

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Wake up in the morning with the calming sound of the waves crashing on the nearby islands. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and relax. Sitting on the upper deck, enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. The quiet is almost eerie, you can hear birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze. Explore Luon cave.

The boat starts cruising back while a brunch buffet is served on board.

Arrive at the harbor by noon, your private tour guide will transfer you to the airport for your next flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you are picked up and transfered to your hotel for check-in and relax. 
Day 05

Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre

Enjoy a boat trip to the Coconut capital

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the Capital of Coconut": Ben Tre.
On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier (Ben Tre town). Take a boat on Ben Tre river – one tributary of Mekong river, observe lively activities along river as fishing, water transfering, etc. Stop at brickwork to see how to make bricks in handy traditional style by printing and baking. Visit a coconut processing workshop located along Cai Son canal. Turn on natural scissors creeks where they look smaller and smaller to go to Nhơn Thạnh village. Take a walk to a family workshop making sleepmats and enjoying some fruits.
 
Take a tuk tuk or ride on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from Peasants.

Lunch at local restaurant.

On the afternoon, take rowing-boat along water palm creek and boat along Cai Coi creek back to Hung Vuong Pier where your driver is waiting you for a transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 06

Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap

Say goodbye to Ho Chi Minh City and fly to Siem Reap, gateway to the incredible Angkor temple

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

In the morning, your guide and driver meets you at the hotel lobby for a full day tour to Cu Chi, located about 70 km from Ho Chi Minh City, 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 Ho Chi Minh City for a half day city tour including 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.
 
Then, transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for a flight to Siem Reap.
Upon your arrival at the airport, meet up with your tour guide and driver for a transfer to the hotel. The rest of the days is free at your own leisure. 
Day 07

Siem Reap - Angkor Temple

Visit the historical and mysterious Angkor temple

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast

Start your sightseeing tour of Angkor area at South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. Visit 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. Stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, 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. 
Day 08

Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake

After a last visit in Siem Reap, sail on the biggest lake of the country

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, your guide picks you up at your hotel lobby to head out of town. Make your way by traveling on a newly paved road to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way, stop at the Preah Dark village and visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends.

In the afternoon, visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 km south of Siem Reap. 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. 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.
Day 09

Siem Reap - Luang Prabang

Say goodbye to Siem Reap after a guided tour and fly to Luang Prabang

Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, take a short walk along the road in front of the King’s Residence to see the Main Shrine, where the local people usually worship, with its statue of Yeay Teap, Preah Ang Chek and Preah Ang Chorm. Buying jasmine and lotus flowers to worship is very important for the Cambodians. Continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Chars, also called the “Old Market”, where anything and everything is for sale! 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. 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. End of the tour, transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, you will be picked up and escorted to hotel.
Day 10

Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall

After a few cultural visits, swim at the beautiful waterfall

Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, climb the famous Phousi Mountain to enjoy stunning panoramic view over the city. Then, visit visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre located in a historical building preserved by UNESCO. The exhibition here consists of traditional clothing, religious artifacts and daily working tools of Lao minorities that will help you understand more about their lifestyle and traditions. Explore the old city with numerous ancient temples including Vat Xieng Thong, perhaps the most photographed temple in LuangPrabang and Wat Sene- one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang.

In the afternoon, make your way to Khuang Sy waterfall, a stunning waterfall. On the way, you will pass through rice fields and beautiful small villages dotted along country road. Make a stop at some of the villages before relaxing at the waterfall. Take a fresh swim to refresh yourself in many basins.
 
In the late afternoon, transfer back your hotel, on the way back, make a stop at H’mong Night Market to admire various Lao-style souvenirs displayed on stalls.
Day 11

Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave

Discover the intriguing Pak Ou cave and a traditional village

Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast

Today set off your exploration with a visit to the Royal Palace also known as the National Museum to learn more about the long-lasting history and culture of the region.
 
Afterwards, transfer to the pier and take a long-tailed boat for an upstream cruise. During the cruise, you will be treated a stunning view of the nature along the river. From the distance you can see limestone cliffs where the hidden Pak Ou Caves are located. The cave is home to thousands of Buddha statues which make the region a revered one. Take your time to explore numerous images hidden in the cave.

Then, make your way back to the city. En-route, stop to visit Ban Xang Hai village to learn more about the making process of the traditional Lao rice whisky. It is a great chance to taste its unique flavor. Move onto Ban Xang Khong village- famous for its wood paper and Lao silk weaving.
Day 12

Luang Prabang Departure

Say goodbye to Indochina

Accommodation: Not included

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, free time at your own leisure until transfer to the airport for your flight departure.

Note

Optional: Hanoi street food tour on day 1 (depending on your arrival time, recommended in the evening)
Sample delicious Vietnamese cuisine just like the locals do - on the street
Stroll through hidden alleyways and bustling markets of Hanoi’s charming old quarter
Learn more about Hanoi’s unique food culture
Try local specialties with influences from French and Chinese cuisine
Take in a spectacular night view of Hoan Kiem lake from a secret café

The itinerary of the cruise in Halong Bay can change depending on the company you choose.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

For your peace of mind, our tours are designed to include as much as possible in the price, but also to
give you the freedom to find a special place to eat or to seek out an independent adventure that especially appeals to you.
Trip Inclusions
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Full transportation by private car or joining shuttle bus
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Double /twin sharing room accommodation with daily breakfast (AC room)
  • Internal flight tickets
  • Goverment tax
Trip Exclusions
  • Visa fees and arrangement
  • International flight tickets
  • Airport taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc.
  • Others services not mentioned

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