14 DAYS VIETNAM – CAMBODIA – LAOS

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14 DAYS - 13 NIGHTS
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Coming to Viet Nam means you are traveling to the “S” shape country located in the Southeast Asia, sharing the border with both Cambodia and Laos. Thus, it is fabulous to have your trip mixed up with all of the main attractions in these 3 nations. North Vietnam is well known for being more traditional lifestyle compared to the South region which tends to be more modern. In 1954, the Vietnamese declared victory in the battle of Dien Bien Phu which took place between March and May 1954 and culminated in a major French defeat. Thereafter, Vietnam was divided politically into two rival states, North Vietnam (officially the Democratic Republic of Vietnam) and South Vietnam (officially the Republic of Vietnam). Conflict between the two sides intensified in what is known as the Vietnam War with heavy intervention by the United States on the side of South Vietnam from 1965 to 1973. The war ended with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975. About Cambodia, this country’s minority groups include Vietnamese, Chinese, Chams and 30 hill tribesThe capital and largest city is Phnom Penh, the political, economic and cultural centre of Cambodia.  Laos, the only country does not have coastal areas in Southeast Asia. Present-day Laos traces its historic and cultural identity to the kingdom of Lan Xang Hom Khao (Kingdom of a Million Elephants Under the White Parasol), which existed for four centuries as one of the largest kingdoms in Southeast Asia.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Noi Bai International Airport / Luang Prabang International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED

Accomodations Transportation Entrance fees
Professional guide Meals specified in itinerary
NOT INCLUDED

Airfare Guide gratuity
Travel Insurance Meals not specified in itinerary

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Day 1: Ha Noi – Arrival (D)

When arriving, welcome at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel. Take a rest after the flight. Early in the evening. join a water puppet show, a distinct Vietnamese art in which a split-bamboo screen obscures puppets which stand in water and are manipulated using long poles hidden beneath the water. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 2: Ha Noi – City tour (B)

After breakfast, spend your day taking a tour around the capital and visiting such sites as. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside),a large memorial in Hanoi, located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. His former residence, stilt house of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam, fondly known as “Uncle Ho”.

One Pillar Pagoda, the emperor Ly Thai Tong constructed the temple in gratitude for this in 1049 by erecting a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower.

Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in the city,originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De, thus giving it an age of 1,400 years. With its harmonious architecture taking advantage of the watery landscape, the pagoda is a picturesque attraction. The sunset views from the temple grounds are renown.

Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place. Built in 1070 at the time of King Ly Nhan Tong, it is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. Lunch on your own

In the afternoon, continue to the Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. Discover Hoan Kiem Lake, meaning “Lake of the Returned Sword” , where emperor Le Loi was boating on the lake when his magic sword, Heaven’s Will, was grabbed by a turtle who quickly disappeared into the depths.

Ngoc Son Temple, being built on the Jade Islet and dedicated to Confucian and Taoist philosophers and the national hero, Tran Hung Dao, and enjoy a rickshaw tour in the Ancient Quarter with its antique shops. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 3: Ha Noi / Ha Long (B/L/D)   (160km – 3h30)

After breakfast, transfer to Ha Long Bay – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bai Tu Long bay to the northeast, and Cat Ba islands to the southwest. These larger zones share similar geological, geographical, geomorphological, climate, and cultural characters.

Arrive around 12:30 pm and take a junk for a memorable cruise through the mystical Ha Long Bay. Enjoy fresh seafood set lunch while our Ha Long Sail is peacefully passing Burn of Incense, Dog, Fighting Cock Island and Ha Long fishing village.  Visit the most magical and beautiful cave – Sung Sot Cave, means Surprised Cave or Amazing Cave which is on Bo Hon Island and is one of the most spectacular and largest grottoes of Ha Long Bay. The mouth of the grotto is reached by ascending about a hundred stone steps.

Trek and swim at Titop Island, which gives you a chance to view panorama view of Ha Long bay from the top and do kayaking nearby. Enjoy fresh seafood set dinner on the bay. Enjoy films or squid fishing at night if requested. Overnight on the junk.

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Day 4: Ha Long / Ha Noi/ Hue (B/L) / by night train

Wake up in the next morning at sunrise. Enjoy an energizing breakfast. Visit Luon Cave by small boat and then the boat passes Man Head Island, which resembles a man standing and looking towards the mainland.  Tortoise Island,  check out the cabin and clear the bills. Demonstration of cutting flowers from fruits and roots.

Check out the boat to transfer to Cua Vang for lunch or lunch at boat. Come back to Hanoi. Dinner in your own. After time to freshen up we board our overnight train (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) on the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line to Hue. Overnight – Sleeper train.

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Day 5: Hue – Discovery (B/L)

After breakfast, take a boat for a cruise on the gentle Huong River passing Dong Ba market and visit Thien Mu pagoda on the riverbank and Emperor Minh Mang’s tomb,  ponds and gardens is known for its perfect harmony between architecture and its natural environment. It began to be built during his reign (1820-1841) and was completed only in 1843, two years after his death by his successor Thieu Tri.  Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel, City of the Nguyen Dynasty (1804-1945), Visit some of the most highly revered site in this World Heritage area; The Flag Tower, South Door, Edict Pavilion, Supreme Harmony Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City.

Discover Emperor Khai Dinh’s mausoleum, which is unique among the royal tombs in Hue, Vietnam. Where other royal tombs are expansive and invite respectful reflection, The Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh built his final resting place to be monumental in style and bombastic in execution. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Hue.

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Day 6Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B) / 100 km – 2h

After breakfast at hotel, discovery of the Imperial Citadel, city of the Nguyen Dynasty (1804-1945), Visit some of the most highly revered site in this World Heritage area; The Flag Tower, South Door, Edict Pavilion, Supreme Harmony Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City. Transfer to Da Nang through Hai Van Pass and through the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. Continue to the riverside town of Hoi An, an important trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries and officially listed as a World Heritage Site. Lunch on your own.

In the afternoon, walk around Hoi An ancient town and exploring its treasures : Quan Cong temple – the brave and loyal Chinese General. Phuc Kien pagoda, This is the most well-known assembly hall in the ancient town. Fukjianese were Chinese traders who first came to Hoi An in great number, at least in the XVII century. That was the reason why all above mentioned gods were worshiped in this pagoda after the collapse of the old pagoda.

The Japanese Bridge, Hoi An’s signature landmark used widely as an emblem of the town. It was built by Japanese merchants in the 16th century. Tan Ky ancient house, the most popular of Hoi An’s old houses. Hoi An port, the World Heritage listed by UNESCO.  Dinner on your own.

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Day 7: Hoi An / Da Nang / Ho Chi Minh (B) (1000 km – 1h15 by plane)

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh city, under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochin-china and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam from 1955–75. On 2 July 1976, Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City, name of Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader who was prime minister (1945–1955) and president (1945–1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).

When arriving in Ho Chi Minh, transfer to your selected hotel. In the same morning, discover a busy Saigon: enjoy a tour in the Old Colonial Residential Quarter and visit the City’s old Hotel, a palace built by the French architect Paul Gardès of 1902-19081 in the center of Saigon in Indochina at the time.

The Opera House, inspired by the architecture of the Opera Garnier in Paris, which was built in 1900. The facade of the opera is a replica of the Petit Palais in Paris. Notre-Dame Cathedral, The famous central Saigon Cathedral, built in 1877, is one of HCMC’s architectural marvels, built with materials imported from France. Post Office signed by Gustave Eiffel. Lunch on your own

In the afternoon, discover the Chinese quarter “Cho Lon” and its impressive Binh Tay market. End of the day with a visit to a lacquerware factory. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Saigon.

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Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City / Ben Tre / Mekong (B/L) (85 km – 2h00)

Ben Tre is a province of Vietnam  It is one of the country’s southern provinces, being situated in the delta  of the Mekong River.Ben Tre  is wedged between the two main branches of the Tien Giang –Upper River, which is itself one of the two main branches of the Mekong. The entire province is crises-crossed with a network of smaller rivers and canals &  on average, only 1.25 meters above sea level. In the  morning transfer to My Tho town, continuous to Ben Tre by  passing to  Rach Mieu beautiful bridge.

Arrival in Bentre town, take a boat trip around Ben Tre River. Enjoying Sightseeing local activities on river. Stop to see how people make bricks, & coconut workshop. Cycling trip to Mr. Sau Khanh’s home– local ancient porcelains collected. Boat on Cai Son and Nhon Thanh creeks to see some family making mats. Take a motor cart (xelôi) 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. Stop at  local restaurant by the river  for lunch.

In the afternoon, take rowing boat along water palm creek and a long Cai Coi creek. Back to Ben Tre town, where our vehicle is waiting to return to Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Saigon.

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Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap (B/L) / by plane

In the morning you will take a flight to Siem Reap in Northern Cambodia to visit the fabulous ancient sites of Angkor, one of the wonders of the world. Upon arrival, meets and transfers to hotel for check in (Early check-in is NOT included and subject to hotel’s availability). Siem Reap Orientation visit local main shrine of Preah Ang Chheck/Chhom temple, drive to southern party of Siem Reap to embark on a short cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia’s biggest natural water body. The experience is wonderful as we pass by floating village, friendly children in small boats and fishermen at work. Lunch at Local Restaurant.

Afternoon, visit to the Ganesha which is a boutique shop selling all Cambodian products and is 100% real from Cambodia.

  • Meals: None.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
  • Overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 10: Siem Reap – Rolous Group – Banteay Srei (B/L)

This morning we visit the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya which flourished in the late 9th and earlier 10th centuries. These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to the Rolous group (Lo Lei, Preah Koh, and Bakhong Temples). Lunch with the local family and then we will continue to drive to the rural outskirt 35km from Angkor area to visit the smallest, but magnificent, Banteay Srei built in the 10th Century and dedicated to Shiva. The temple was the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture and the bas-relief work is the best example of Khmer classical art remaining. The pink sandstone structure bears a series of striking and beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes. Khmers say the temple must have been carved by women for the details are too fine for the hands of a man. On the way back to Siem Reap we will visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive reliefs depicting scenes of Vishnu as well as Krishna legends.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
  • Overrnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 11: Siem Reap – Angkor Tours (B)

Early morning, visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. And continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat – one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.

At 09:00 AM come back to hotel for breakfast and rest in the noon to avoid of the heats of the day until 15:00 PM continue exploring the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom. City & Bayon Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit to the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou, Elephant Terraces, Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place area and visit one more ruin in Angkor Area of Preah Khan temple, built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and it is the same style to Ta Prom Temple.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

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Day 12: Siem Reap – Luang Prabang (B/L) / by plane

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for a flight to Luang Prabang. Meals on your own. You will be welcomed to Luang Prabang by your guide. Once the heart and soul of the ancient kingdom of Laos, Luang Prabang is now a designated World Heritage-listed site. The city is filled with ornate temples, French colonial architecture and has a truly magical feel about it. You will visit major sites including the National Museum, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong.

You will then climb up to the top of Phousi Mountain for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa, as well as see a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, you will go to explore the Night Market, where you can find lovely crafts and handmade textiles sold by local and hill tribe people from the surrounding area.

  • Lunch at local restaurant.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Luangprabang.

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Day 13: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou cave (B/L)

Breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then board a boat embarking 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. Lunch in a local restaurant.

Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we overland local villages at Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan continue seeing the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, which once belongs to royal family patronage and near by Sackarine Caves. We cross to city and take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving. Dinner on your own. Overnight in hotel in Luang Prabang.

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Day 14: Luang Prabang – Departure (B)

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

 

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