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Treasures of Indochina 16 Days/15 Nights

Hoan Kiem Lake - Hanoi Sunset on Halong Bay Hue Catidel Da Nang City Hoi An Ancient Town Saigon Reunification
Cao Dai Temple Cu Chi Tunnels - Siem Reap My Tho - Vietnam Can Tho Bayon Temple - Siem Reap Angkor Wat - Siem Reap
Destination: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Can Tho - Cu Chi Tunnels - Tay Ninh - Siem Reap
Starting: Hanoi - Vietnam
Ending: Siem Reap - Cambodia
Rate: $1575 - $3045

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Pick up upon arrival and transfer to the city for hotel check-in. Free at leisure.
 
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
 

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B)

Enjoy 5 hour sightseeing tours to visit the city's landmarks such as: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, The Temple of Literature (First University built in the 11 Century), Hanoi Hilton Museum. Free walking around Hanoi old quarter for shopping and short visit Dong Xuan market. Enjoy 1 hour cyclo tours around the Hanoi City's old quarters and the traditional water puppetry show. Transfer back to your hotel.
 
Overnight in Hanoi.
 

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

08:00 Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta.
10:30 Stopover on the way for short break
12:30 Arrive at Hon Gai wharf - Meet the captain, crews and join us for a welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions and check-in cabins.
13:00 Lunch with fresh seafood is served while cruising towards Vong Vieng floating village, passing through extraordinary shaped-islands.
15:30 Drop anchor at Vong Vieng: visit local houses, fish farm, schools and have a chat with the friendly fish men. (You also swim here if you like) The other option is to travel by kayak (passenger row kayaks for themselves). The kayaking option is $10.00 per person unless pre-booked. 
17:00 Back on board, enjoy the sunset and continue cruising to Luom Bo for anchoring.
19:00 Dinner is served.
21:00 Enjoy the comfort in your cabin or night fishing… and overnight on junk.
Overnight on the junk.
 

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)

06:30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
07:30 Lightly breakfast is served.
08:30 Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
09:30 Back on board, continue cruising, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and relax.
10:30 Lunch is served on board while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier.
11:30 Check-out
12:00 Arrive Hon Gai wharf. Farewell.
12:30 Return from Halong to Hanoi.
14:30 Stop-over in Dong Trieu town to visit a ceramics workshop.
16:30 Arrive in Hanoi.
 
Overnight in Hanoi.
 

Day 5: Hanoi - Hue (B,L) - by flight

Transferring to the airport to catch morning flight to Hue. Check-in hotel upon arrival and take refresh for a while. This quiet city is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen Dynasty. We visit the major sites including the Imperial Citadel with Forbidden Royal City like in Beijing. Free shopping in Dong Ba market.
 
Overnight in Hue.
 

Day 6: Hue city tour (B, L)

08:30: Our guide and driver will pick you up at hotel
09:00: Visit the Imperial Citadel – the grand complex of palaces built by Nguyen Dynasty (the last Dynasty of Vietnam feudalism).
10:00: Transfer to visit Thien Mu Pagoda –-symbol of Hue tourism
11:00: Experience local market in Hue at Dong Ba Market.
11:40: Transfer to restaurant for lunch.
12:00: Have lunch with Hue specialities.
13:30: Tranfer to visit two of the most beautiful royal tombs of Nguyen Dynasty Kings: Khai Dinh and Tu Duc tombs.
16:00: Drop in an incense traditional village for photos stop.
 
Overnight in Hue.
 

Day 7: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (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 East Sea 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 and try some of the local specialties. 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.
 
Overnight in Hoi An.
 

Day 8: Hoi An (B)

Morning tour to visit local market and boat trip on Thu Bon River to visit handicraft villages. Back to hotel and you will be free at leisure on the beach or wandering around the town for the rest of day.
 
Overnight in Hoi An.
 

Day 9: Hoi An - Saigon (B) - by flight

Free at leisure until transferring to Da Nang airport to take flight to Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam's largest city has an exciting buzz as millions of people rush around on their daily business. We'll see the historic Reunification Palace and some great examples of French colonial architecture from the comfort of a cyclo. You will be free at the rest of day to make your own exploration to discover the city.
 
Overnight in Saigon.
 

Day 10: Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Can Tho (B, L)

Leave your hotel at 07:30 for a 3-hour drive to Cai Be with stop en route at Trung Luong Bonsai garden for a tea break. Upon arrival, board a motorized boat to visit the popcorn cake, rice paper making family before visiting the lively floating market of Cai Be. Then continue by boat towards Vinh Long province to see the diverse fish traps in order to learn a kind of lazy fishing. After cruising along small shady canals, we step ashore and take a chance to watch a typical and interesting music show of the Mekong cultural life. Lunch is at the home/ bonsai garden.
 
Afternoon, take a walk for about half an hour to enjoy the rural peaceful atmosphere of the countryside life, on the way we can also stop en route to learn more about fruit trees. Continue by boat to visit the brick and pottery factories. Back in the car at about 3 pm to drive to Can Tho. On arrival in the capital city of the Mekong Delta, do a walking city tour, including the local evening market to take photos of the busy trading activities before checking in the hotel.
 
Overnight in Can Tho.
 

Day 11:  Can Tho - My Tho - Saigon (B, L)

Early morning board for a 3-hour cruise to Cai Rang - big floating markets with stops at a Bun Tau noodle factory and a short trek before arriving at a rice-husking mill. You can even try passing one of the many fragile monkey bridges along the canals photo shot. At the floating markets, you will discover a typical way of displaying and advertising farm products of local people gathering on the Mekong river to trade their goods. Drive back to Saigon with a lunch stop at My Tho.
 
Overnight in Saigon.
 

Day 12: Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels - Tay Ninh (B)

Enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Cu Chi district, and Tay Ninh Province. Upon arrival in Cu Chi district, make a couple of stops for photo opportunities and a visit to a rice paper making factory at Tan Phu Trung Village. Experience ourselves the underground village of Cu Chi guerrilla fighters, which is simply a network of tunnels built during the long years of wars. Continue to drive another an hour and half from Cu Chi towards Tay Ninh to visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, and attend the noon time service with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail; photo opportunities during the ceremony. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Drive back to Saigon and arrive at 4 pm. Free at leisure for the rest of day.
 
Overnight in Saigon.
 

Day 13: Saigon - Siem Reap (B) - by flight

Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, meets and transfers to hotel. Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), Bayon Temple (the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
 
In the afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the Angkor plain: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat's five tower symbolize Meru's five peaks, the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat symbolizes the ocean beyond Sunset from Phnom Bakheng, one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat.
 
Overnight in Siem Reap.
 

Day 14: Siem Reap - Angkor Tour (B)

In the morning, you will continue your temple visits. Included are Prasat Kravan (with its unique brick sculptures), Srah Srang ("The Royal Boths" was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by four concentric walls), Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation) and the "Mountain Temple" of Pre Rup.
 
In the afternoon, transfer to the archaeological site and continue to the temple tour. Visit Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in the area. Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery, then, visit Takeo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda temples.
 
Overnight in Siem Reap.
 

Day 15: Siem Reap - Kompong Phluk (B, L)

This half day trip will take you into the heart of mangrove forests on the margins of the Tonle Sap Lake to the incredible stilt village of Kompong Phluk and Kompong Khleang. Kampong Phluk  is a cluster of three villages of stilted houses built within the floodplain of the Tonle Sap about 16 km southeast of Siem Reap. The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3000 inhabitants between them. Flooded mangrove forest surrounds the area and is home to a variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques. During the dry season when the lake is low, the buildings in the villages seem to soar atop their 6-meter stilts exposed by the lack of water. Kampong Phluk sees comparatively few foreign visitors and offers a close look at the submerged forest and lakeside village life as yet unperturbed by tourism. Back to the town.
 
Overnight in Siem Reap.
 

Day 16: Siem Reap - Departure (B)

Morning at leisure until we transfer you to the airport for departure flight onward.
 
End of service.
Tour cost in US$ per person
Hotel Class Number of persons in group
2 3 4 5
3 Star 2030 1825 1680 1575
4 Star 2315 2085 1965 1845
5 Star 3045 2765 2692 2545

What’s included

  • Private tour 
  • Accommodation at selected hotels with daily breakfast 
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner) 
  • All transfers and transportation as indicated in program
  • All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary 
  • English speaking tour guide at places as indicated in program
  • Boat trip as indicated in program
  • Air tickets: Economy class - Vietnam Airlines 
    • Hanoi - Hue 
    • Da Nang - Saigon
    • Saigon - Siem Reap

What’s not included

  • Surcharge on Chirstmas Eve and New Year Eve
  • VISA to Vietnam (Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity. We can help for visa on arrival if request)
  • VISA to Cambodia
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Late check out or early check in at all places (Normally check in at 14:00 and check out at 12:00/ surcharge if request)
  • Insurance travel
  • Tips & gratuities
  • All other services are not made on the written form
Destination Hotel/Resort/Cruise Class
3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
Hanoi Indochina Legend Hotel (Superior room) or similar Prestige Hotel (Superior room) or similar Moevenpick Hotel (Superior Deluxe room) or similar
Halong Bay Bai Tu Long Junk (Deluxe cabin) or similar Glory Cruise (Deluxe cabin) or similar Indochina Sails Junk (Superior cabin) or similar
Hue Hue Queen Hotel (Classic room) or similar Romance Hotel (Superior room) or similar Imperial Hotel (Deluxe city view room) or similar
Hoi An Lotus Hotel (Superior room) or similar Hoi An Riverside Resort (Superior room) or similar Palm Garden Resort (Superior room) or similar
Saigon Elios Hotel (Superior  room) or similar Kim Do Royal City Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar Majestic Hotel (Colonial Superior room) or similar
Siem Reap Angkor Holiday Hotel (Superior room) or similar Tara Angkor Hotel (Superior room) or similar Victoria Angkor Resort (Superior room) or similar

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