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DAY 1 -HANOI ARRIVAL - HALF DAY CYCLO (D)

After arriving at Noi Bai International Airport by our local guide then transfer to visit The One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi.Close by is the Mausoleum of the historic Father Figure of modern Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh (view from outside), and the Former President's House on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary

Afterthat, enjoy one hour of cyclo tour through the streets of this fascinating city, you will meet face to face with the daily lives and activities of Hanoi’s streets as you pass through the congested, but delightful, Old Quarter. Ride pass the fascinating streets, which still bear the names of the shops that could be found in them in the 15th to 18th centuries 

Tour continue to explore the famous Dong Xuan Market, where you can purchase souvenirs for your beloved ones   

Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi

 

DAY 2 -HALONG BAY OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE (B/L/D)

Following an early breakfast, enjoy a drive to Halong Bay, Vietnam’s most popular UNESCO World Heritage site! The name ‘Ha Long’ means ‘Bay of Descending Dragons’ and owes its origins to a Vietnamese myth. The towering limestone karsts represent the dragon’s back, surrounded by jade green water creating an unforgettable site. There are more than 1,600 limestone islands and islets with different shapes jutting out from the sea.

Arrive at the Halong Bay jetty around noon and proceed with check-in formalities before boarding a boat for an unforgettable overnight cruise on Halong Bay. After being welcomed onboard, a lunch of Vietnamese food. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. End of the day the boat sets anchor for the night stay at karst formations. Dinner on the board. Overnight on board at Halong Bay (private cabin on-board the join-in boat cruise).

 

Remarks:

# Caution of bad weather conditions, high winds, monsoons, thunderstorms, cyclones, storms, etc., the management board has the authority to cancel all cruises to guarantee the safety of tourists. Should this happen, accommodation will be at Ha Long City Hotel instead 

# The above itineraries are subject to change without notice based on weather conditions and following the seasons

#  Local food will be served on cruise

 

DAY 3 -HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/BR/D)

Enjoy the fresh morning in the middle of the bay, the sun rises on Halong in the morning and breakfast is served (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruise slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Free on your own leisure until dinner at Indian restaurant.

 

DAY 4 -HANOI – FLY TO HO CHI MINH – HALF DAY CITY (B/L/D) (NOON FLIGHT)

Domestic airfare from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh is not included. 

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Noi Bai airport to take domestic flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh.

Before arrival, lunch at Indian restaurant. Then you will visit Mariamman Hindu Temple- which was built by traders from Tamil Nadu. Then visit Binh Tay market before transferring to enjoy dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

 

DAY 5 -HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNELS – HALF DAY CITY (B/L/D)

Morning you will enjoy the journey to of 75 km from Saigon to Cu Chi Tunnels - a complex of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. There are more than 200 km of tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. You have the chance to crawl through this amazing system of tunnels. For a more thrilling experience, you can even test your shooting skills on original AK47s and other guns from past war times (subject to a surcharge). 

Lunch will be served at local restaurant before journey back to Ho Chi Minh. Tour continues to to visit Independence Palace (Reunification Palace). Afterwards, stroll through the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral inaugurated in 1880 became the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in the Orient as was the Post office designed by Gustav Eiffel and resembling a grand railway station, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee (formerly Hôtel de Ville) which is one of the most photographed buildings in Vietnam - notable for its gardens, ornate facade and elegant interior lit with crystal chandeliers. 

 

End of day you will explore the famous Ben Thanh Market, where you can purchase souvenirs for your beloved ones. Dinner will be served at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

 

DAY 6 -HO CHI MINH - FLY TO LUANG PRABANG (B/L/D) (Morning flight)

On arrival at the airport, you will be met our guide and transferred to enjoy lunch at Indian restaurant before check in the hotel.

After a soft rest, visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.
If time permits, we will take a short walk around the small streets of city center, watching the life of local people. Late afternoon, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable

exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic sunset view of the city and the Mekong River.  The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang

 

DAY 7 -LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVES (B/L/D)

Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alms giving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temple to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets.

From there, we will visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, to vegetable, to fish, or chicken. This is the best chance to experience the flavor of local life

Breakfast at the hotel, we will first visit the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene. After that, we embark on the leisurely cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, a 16th century cave monastery filled with thousands of Buddha images, which locates 25 Kilometers North of Luang Prabang in the limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong river.  En route, you will stop at Ban Muang Keo, a well-known village for its traditional Lao rice whisky distilling. You will arrive back in Luang Prabang.
On arrival back in the city, visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong a superb piece of Lao temple architecture, which presents a sweeping two-tiered roof and ornate mosaics including a beautiful ‘tree of life ‘glass montage on the rear temple wall. Our last stop today is the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday) to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. Overnight in Luang Prabang

 

DAY 8 -LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SI WATER FALL - FLY TO SIEM REAP (B/L/D)

International airfare from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap is not included.

After breakfast at the hotel, we visit the Buffalo Dairy Farm, which is the first of its kind in Laos. The farm helps Lao farmer have benefits from the dairy products from their buffaloes, that they cannot imagine before. This then takes us to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls which is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists & locals.
You have the rest of the afternoon to refresh with the cool clear water, or hiking to the top of the waterfalls.There is also the chance to walk to the nearby village of Ban Thapene, and explore the hidden waterfalls, which is rarely visited by other tourists. Then transfer to Siem Reap airport to take the flight departure to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, welcome by tour guide in Siem Reap, transfer to have lunch and check in hotel. Then visit
Wat Thmei (Killing Field) contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some of the bones were recovered from a nearby well while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield. Come back to visit the Les Artisans d'Angkor – Chantiers Ecole the Finest Authentic Khmer Arts and Crafts. After the short rest we would have welcome dinner with Apsara, the traditional Khmer dance - drama performance, which are not merely dance but also telling a story. Overnight in Siem Reap!

 

DAY 9 -SIEM REAP – FULL DAY ANGKOR TEMPLES (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel, explore South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, 3km 2walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire, the famous Bayon Temple was an architectural muddle, in part because it was constructed in a somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century. Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half meter tall, 300-meter-long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and gradual that spans the heart of Angkor Thom in front of Baphuon - huge temple mountain in the heart of Angkor Thom, Royal Palace Area and Phimeanakas - impressive rite and sandstone pyramid. Terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants, a double terrace walls with deeply carved nag as, demons and other mythological beings. Lunch at local restaurant!

Afternoon visit Angkor Wat temple, the founder of the temple was Suryavarman II who reigned Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century to dedicate to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys, ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction. Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap!

 

DAY 10 -SIEM REAP – TA PROHM (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we visit Small Circuit including: visit Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty! Giant trees have grown here for centuries and Prasat Kravan was originally constructed by noblemen rather than a king. Banteay Kdei was built in sandstone, which has deteriorated quite badly. However, there remain some very beautiful lintels and pediments. Srah Srang is a royal pool was the King's bathing pond, where he washed with his many concubines each day.  Takeo - King Suryavarman I commissioned this temple in the 10th Century, but it was never completed so has no elaborate decoration like its contemporaries. It is a pyramid on 5 levels and is dedicated to Shiva. Thommanon - small attractive temple in very good condition, built at the same time as Angkor Wat. Chau Say Tevoda built during the second quarter of the 12th century opposite of Thommanon, it was dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. Lunch at local restaurant!

Afternoon overland trip to visit the highlights of the Grand Circuit including: Preah Khan - meaning The Sacred Sword, this temple was also built by Jayawarman VII and is famous for its immensely long cruciform corridors and delicate carvings. Neak Pean - This temple is a delicate highlight of Khmer art. Built by Jayavarman VII, this temple is the perfect representation of the heavens on earth. Ta Som was a small classic Bayon style monastic complex consisting of a relatively flat enclosure. East Mebon was built in the 10th Century by Rajendravarman; this temple was situated on a small island in the middle of the Oriental, or Eastern, Baray. Last visit Pre Rup was built in the 10th Century by Rajendravarman and view lovely sunset there. Dinner and overnight in Siem Reap!

 

DAY 11 -SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at hotel, free leisure on own arrangement until time transfer to airport for flight onwards! On the way if there is time we will visit Puok, the real and original place of the Artisans d’Angkor silk, where you will see the full process of silk producing, from the silk worms munch on the Mulberry leaves to spin their cocoons which used to make silk warp. You of course will see the weaving work and purchase the high quality silk products as a beautiful Cambodia souvenir. Straight to Siem Reap airport for your departure!

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INCLUSIONS:

Our tour prices are inclusive of accommodation in shared Twin/ Double/ Triple room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom, mealsas stated in the programme [B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner], transfers and tours with local English speaking guides in private air-conditioned vehicles, all entrance fees as mentioned in the programme, Vietnam visa approval letter, mineral water of 2 bottles on bus per day.

 

EXCLUSIONS:

Not included are international flight, domestic flight,optional tours, personal travel insurance, personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc., meals and services other than mentioned in the programme, drinks with meals, compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking, early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme.

About the Place

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. 

Itinerary in brief

Day 1 -  Hanoi Arrival - Half Day Cyclo (D)

Day 2 -  Hanoi - Halong Bay Overnight On Cruise (B/L/D)

Day 3 -  Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/BR/D)

Day 4 -  Hanoi – Fly to Ho Chi Minh – Half day city (B/L/D)

Day 5 -  Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Half day city (B/L/D)

Day 6 -  Ho Chi Minh - Fly To Luang Prabang (B/L/D)

Day 7 -  Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (B/L/D)

Day 8 -  Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall - Fly To Siem Reap (B/L/D)

Day 9 -  Siem Reap – Full day Angkor Temples (B/L/D)

Day 10 - Siem Reap – Ta Prohm (B/L/D)

Day 11 - Siem Reap – Departure (B)

About Vietnam

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. 

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