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Indochina's Greatest Legacy

Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Hoian, Hanoi, Halong Bay,Luang Prabang, Siem Reap
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The Indochina's Greatest Legacy tour offers you a chance to discover some highlights of Indochina. Explore Vietnam when floating on the Mekong Delta River, trying farming-work in Tra Que – Hoi An or enjoying the beauty in Ha Long Bay will surely satisfy you. Additionally, visiting some famous temples in Cambodia like Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom or excursing in Luang Prabang of Laos will absolutely very interesting experiences for visitors. Give a try, you will never regret!
Highlights:
 
  • Visit Luang Prabang, the historical religious capital and the proud of Laos.
  • Explore Pak Ou Cave, the home for thousand ancient Buddhist statues.
  • Swim and contemplate the beauty in Khuang Sy Waterfall of Laos.
  • Excurse in Hanoi, the Vietnam’s capital and some famous place here like Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum …
  • Cruise onboard along Ha Long Bay, the World Heritage by UNESCO.
  • Experience the daily life of locals in Tra Que Village in Hoi An.
  • Discover around Ho Chi Minh city, one of two biggest cities in Vietnam.
  • Visit some famous temples in Cambodia such as Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei and so on.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Day 2
Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Day 3
Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Cai Be (B,L)

Day 4
Floating village visiting - Danang - Hoian (B/L)

Day 5
Tra Que Vegetable Village – Hoian Town (B,L)

Day 6
Hoian - Danang - Hanoi (B)

Day 7
Hanoi (B)

Day 8
Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Day 9
Halong - Hanoi - Luang Prabang (B)

Day 10
Luang Prabang (B)

Day 11
Khuang Sy Waterfall – Pak Ou Cave (B/L)

Day 12
Luang Prabang - Siem Reap (B)

Day 13
Angkor Wat – Banteay Srei – Ta Prohm (B)

Day 14
Kompong Khleang – Angkor Thom (B/L)

Day 15
Siem Reap - Departure (B)

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city, our guide will pick you up at Ho Chi Minh Airport and take you to hotel for check in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. Balance the day as your leisure. Meals on your own and take a sweet night for our tour!
 
Day 2: Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 2: Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
In the morning, you and our tour-guide will head to Cu Chi. Here used to be a network of tunnel constructed by Vietnamese soldiers during the war. You can even try creep through this shelter to experience the fighting-life of Vietnamese fighters. 
 
Afterwards, we will back to Ho Chi Minh city and set out an exploration of this dynamic metropolis. Let’s visit some historic sites of the city such as the Old Post Office of Saigon, the Notre Dame cathedral , Dong Khoi street and the Chinese District of Cho Lon as well as astonishing Binh Tay Market. Thien Hau pagoda is also an interesting destination for peaceful feeling that you should not miss.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Cai Be (B,L)
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Cai Be (B,L)
After breakfast, we will head to Mekong Delta for Ben Tre exploration (130km from Ho Chi Minh city). Reaching Phong Nam Pier, get on boat and float along the Chet Say River to various regional working areas. There give you time to observe a picture of local economy when visiting the brick kilns; coconut activated charcoal factory where coconut shell is put into high heat kiln to produce coconut wood coal; a coconut processing workshop. Certainly, you can try fresh coconut and you will be impressed with the way every single of this versatile nut is turned into daily foods and other products.
 
Subsequently, the boat will give you a deliberate excursion floating through the small canal and witness the local life. Stopping at a peaceful village, let’s pay a walking trip to have an exhaustive look at Delta village life. You should also visit a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a handloom – you can even have a go at weaving yourself.
 
Next, we will board xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) or ride bicycle into another village where you can enjoy a verdant picture of farms, rice fields and vegetable plans. Once satisfied with your eyes, we will stop at a local house and savour a delicious lunch including regional specialties as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp with some cold drinks and beers before taking a short rest.
 
In the afternoon, we will embark a sampan to relax when drifting along narrow canals. Then we will return to Pier and transfer to the main road for driving to Cai Be. Check in at hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 4: Floating village visiting - Danang - Hoian (B/L)
Day 4: Floating village visiting - Danang - Hoian (B/L)
The day of tour will start at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city for a trip to Cai Be to embark a boat to the Mekong Delta. The legend Mekong River will absolutely be a charm to visitors thanks to its quaint byways as well as immerse yourself in daily life at Cai Be Floating Market. 
 
Don’t forget to try some kinds of fresh-picked exotic fruits in a variety of local orchards. You will have chance to enjoy a lunch in an inhabitant’s orchid garden. Talking to the locals, you will understand more about traditional rice paste making, rice popcorn, coco candies, and longans drying process or even visit some local home factories
 
Transfer back to hotel for check out and head to Ho Chi Minh Airport for a short flight to Danang. Check in for your room at hotel in Danang. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 5: Tra Que Vegetable Village – Hoian Town (B,L)
Day 5: Tra Que Vegetable Village – Hoian Town (B,L)
Starting a biking tour to Tra Que organic village which is assembly point of diversity of herbs and vegetables and view the peaceful beauty on the way.
 
In breaking time, you will have time to savour some particular local herb juice before continue the route on bike to Cam Thanh coconut village. Many beautiful rice fields and sweet hamlets on the way will welcome you by their beauty. Arriving Cam Thanh, your first sight will be a world of bamboo products or even bamboo bicycles. A lunch with a local family or floating on regional fishing basket boat will surely memorable experiences to you before you come back to your bike, cycle through pretty hamlets again and return Hoi An ancient town.
 
After a short rest, we will start a walking trip with our tour-guide around this attractive port town. Deliberately walking here, you will see the ancient houses built following the Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures along the narrow lanes. The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, the local fish market are some indispensable places that you should visit in Hoi An. Let’s stop off at a tailor-made shop to get yourself a favourite clothes/suits/dresses done in just few hours.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 6: Hoian - Danang - Hanoi (B)
Day 6: Hoian - Danang - Hanoi (B)
Free time at your leisure after breakfast until we transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi. Room at hotel in Hoian is at disposal by noontime only. Reaching Hanoi, welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. 
 
In the afternoon, we will enjoy a walking tour around Hanoi. You will be surprised with a variety of architectural works in our capital and its well-known 36 streets of the Old Quarter. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 7: Hanoi (B)
Day 7: Hanoi (B)
In the morning, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday), the traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda. Leaving here, we will transfer to thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, the famous first university in Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating.
 
Charge yourself with a lunch and a short rest before we start our afternoon for a visit to the Ethnology Museum (closed on Monday). Here, you can deeply explore the diversity of Vietnam’s many ethnic groups before enjoying a traditional water puppet show performed after the sunset.
 
Meals on your own and take a sound sleep for the following day!
 
(Remark: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes from 08 September to 08 November for annual maintenance. Outside visiting will be arranged)
 
Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi for a 180-km journey to Ha Long Bay, one of UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3000 islands located in a background of limestone in Gulf of Tonkin.
 
Reaching Ha Long, you will enjoy an overnight cruise on a wonderful boat floating on Ha Long Bay and savouring special menu of fresh seafood will absolutely bring you the best moment you have ever had.
 
You will be served with lunch and dinner on boat. Overnight onboard.
 
Day 9: Halong - Hanoi - Luang Prabang (B)
Day 9: Halong - Hanoi - Luang Prabang (B)
You are recommended to wake up early in the morning on this day because that is the most wonderful time for you to contemplate aquamarine water of the bay at its best. Once satisfied with the tea break, you will continue the onboard excursion through impressive limestone here. Don’t forget to take some nice photos of this unique land.
 
Then we will come back to Hanoi Airport for flight to Luang Prabang. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 10: Luang Prabang (B)
Day 10: Luang Prabang (B)
On this day of tour, we will visit the city located in the left bank of the Mekong River. Luang Prabang used to be a religious capital of Laos, thus it is the concentration of more than 100 temples. Particularly, visitors will discover Vat Xieng Thong (means “The Golden City”) or Temple of the Royal city, the oldest, most important and most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang. It was built under the reign of the King Setthathirat (1559-1560) with a picturesque scenery surrounding. 
 
Next, we will come to Vat May Temple. Erected at the end of the 18th century, the temple is a capped sanctuary featuring a five sided roof surmounted by three parasols. Another temple we will visit is Vat Visoun which is particular with its wooden windows designed according to the architecture of the Khmer Temple of Vat Phou. We will also visit Vat Aham temple, which is next to Vat Visoun. Transferring to Vat Senna, the first monastery of which roof was covered with yellow and red tile that made it colorful.
 
At the end of the afternoon, let’s climb Mount Phousi to contemplate the fantastic picture of sunset. It’s ideal time to take some nice photos. On the way back to hotel, we will visit the H’mong Night Market for exploration and buy some lovely sourvenirs. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Khuang Sy Waterfall – Pak Ou Cave (B/L)
Day 11: Khuang Sy Waterfall – Pak Ou Cave (B/L)
After breakfast, we will excurse to Khuang Sy Waterfall. On the way, you will see the picturesque landscape of the country with villages and verdant paddy fields. Don’t forget to take some nice photos! 
 
Khuang Sy Waterfall is considered as one of the most attractive destination in Laos. Visitors reaching here will have opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty here. If weather permits, visitors can immerse into the water, swim for entertainment. There will be a picnic lunch among the picturesque waterfall landscape. What a beautiful experience!
 
We will come back to the city and transfer on a pretty traditional boat and cruise along the Mekong towards Pak Ou Cave. Located near the center of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou is not only a particular destination but also a place which shelters historic cultural values. Visiting the cave, you will see that this is the home for thousands Buddhist statues with numerous dimensions. This must be a memorable experience to visitors.
 
On the way back to Luang Prabang, if time permits, we will drop off at Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xang Hai. There will give you chance to observe the manufacturing rice wine “Lao” making process of locals. Certainly, you can sample the wine before we enjoy the sunset on the way cruising back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 12: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap (B)
Day 12: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap (B)
Free time at your leisure until we transfer to the airport for flight to Siem Reap. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 13: Angkor Wat – Banteay Srei – Ta Prohm (B)
Day 13: Angkor Wat – Banteay Srei – Ta Prohm (B)
This day of tour will lead us to Angkor Wat Temple first, the largest and most beautiful Temple in Angkor Archaeological Site. Constructed in the 12th century (1112-1152) under the reign of Suryavarman II in honour of Vishnu, Angkor Wat is currently the soul and symbol of the Cambodian Nation and appears on the flag of the country. UNESCO recognized Angkor Wat as a World Heritage, which needs preserving.
 
With many embossments surrounding this religious monument, it describes the legend of Hindu divinities and an immortal life. Visitors will easily notice an disproportionate scenery of squares, stairs, towers and imagine the magnificent age of Khmer Empire. Different from other temples in Angkor, Angkor Wat is still an important Buddhist work and home for numerous Buddha statues although it used to be left fallow in 15th century.
 
Our next destination is to Banteay Srei, one of the smallest temples in Angkor. However, it is an attractive point to tourists thanks to its beautiful carving. Banteay Srei is celebrated as a gem of Khmer art. Erected from pink sandstone, the temple’s wall was decorated with flower and Ramayana epic vignettes. Banteay Srei is at its best in sunset. 
 
We will continue to visit the ancient monastery Ta Prohm. The Ta Prohm Temple, which was built in 1186 particularly for the mother of King Jayavarman VII, used to be home of more than 12.500 people, including 18 priests and 80.000 Khmer people. However, the collapse of Khmer Empire leaded to the current situation of Temple: ignored and covered by tropical forests. This excursion will make you feel as you are the first adventurer who explores the ancient temple.
 
Visitor will find an unique chance to see splendid carved vestige and breathe an atmosphere truly fresh. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 14: Kompong Khleang – Angkor Thom (B/L)
Day 14: Kompong Khleang – Angkor Thom (B/L)
In the morning, we will come to visit Kompong Khleang floating village. This village is also an interesting place to explore thanks to its fresh air as well as the pure and peaceful beauty. This is an ideal place for those who would like to escape from the daily noise. 
 
After that, we will take a boat and pass the canals to a larger part of lake to visit the Vietnamese’ temporary accommodation when they are displaced from their homes because of the seasons. Getting back to the village, let’s enjoy a picnic lunch in a villager’s home and listen to their interesting stories to have an exhaustive look at their daily life.
 
After a short rest, we will return to Siem Reap in the afternoon and pay a visit to Angkor Thom (means “Great City”) which was built in the late of 12th century under the reign of King Jayavarman VII. This place was the final and the most long-lasting capital of Khmer Empire. With an area of 9 square kilometers, Angkor Thom contains many temples erected in the former ages by Jayavarman and his latter generations.
 
In the heart of Angkor Thom is the National Temple of Jayavarman, the Bayon Temple with many other relics around the Victory Plaza. An excursion here will give visitors chance to observe many ancient sculptures. 
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 15: Siem Reap - Departure (B)
Day 15: Siem Reap - Departure (B)
You are free at your leisure until we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal until noontime only. Meals on your own. 
 
End of the tour!
 
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Indochina's Greatest Legacy

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Inclusion:
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Regional and internal flight in economy class (Ho Chi Minh City - Danang: US$ 110; Danang - Hanoi: US$ 110; Hanoi – Luang Prabang: US$ 180; Luang Prabang - Siem Reap: US$ 220)
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary (Non private boat of Halong Bay cruise)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

 

Exclusion:

  • International flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Laos visa
  • Cambodia visa
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
Important notes:
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Laos.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. After this date, price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Laos New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 14.00 on arrival day till 12.00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
Visa:
You will require a visa to enter Laos. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
 
Passport:
Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
 
Booking Procedure:
Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
 
Money Exchange:
Laos’s currency is called the KIP, pronounced “kip”. 
Bills that represent Kip are broken down into 500; 1000; 2000; 5000; 10000; 20 000; 50, 000 and 100, 000 KIP denominations. Please be aware that the KIP is a non-convertible currency and cannot officially be exchanged abroad. The official exchange rate in Laos is around 8,000 Kip = 01 USD (as of July 2014).
Foreigner currencies such as US Dollars, Euros, Thai Baht, Australia Dollars…are popularly accepted in Laos to be exchanged in KIP and tourists are entitled to exchange easily money at the current market rate at the banks, airport or at any licensed moneychanger. The presentation of your passport is sometimes requested. Please ask your tour guide for assistance in case you need.
 
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). 
Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Notes should be 2006 series onwards. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap and also dispense in both KHR and US$. 
 
The official currency of Vietnam is Dong (VND).
Some establishments will accept US currency (USD), but usually only for large purchases and in some restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists. It's not possible to exchange Vietnamese Dong outside the country, so convert or spend all your Dong before leaving.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques are unacceptable to change. 
 
Tipping:
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Asia destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
 
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
- Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
- Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
- Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
 
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.

 

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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
Day 2: Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Cai Be (B,L)
Day 4: Floating village visiting - Danang - Hoian (B/L)
Day 5: Tra Que Vegetable Village – Hoian Town (B,L)
Day 6: Hoian - Danang - Hanoi (B)
Day 7: Hanoi (B)
Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 9: Halong - Hanoi - Luang Prabang (B)
Day 10: Luang Prabang (B)
Day 11: Khuang Sy Waterfall – Pak Ou Cave (B/L)
Day 12: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap (B)
Day 13: Angkor Wat – Banteay Srei – Ta Prohm (B)
Day 14: Kompong Khleang – Angkor Thom (B/L)
Day 15: Siem Reap - Departure (B)

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This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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