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13 DAY(S) TOP SELLING TOURS

Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Halong - Sapa - Saigon - Tayninh - Cu Chi - Siemreap - Angkor - Siemreap

Tour designed for the first-time visits in Indochina, within a tight schedule, with remarkable highlights and differences that unrepeated during the day tours of each country.

Highlights

  • Explore charming Luang Prabang, a mixture of local traditional design and French architecture, “the best preserved town in South East Asia”. 
  • Cool off with a refreshing swim in little turquoise pools at natural Khouangsi Waterfalls. 
  • Discover Hanoi and its unique, best of Indochina, stage art shows. 
  • Visit thousand odd-shaped islands at Halong Bay by a sea cruise. 
  • Trek thru artificial soil terrace full of rice and hill tribal villages in the outskirt of Sapa.
  • Admire great Angkor complex  and enjoy sunset on Phnom Bakheng mountain Buddhist temple. 

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1 – Day 3
    Contemplating the charming town of Luang Prabang and its suburb with many famous sites and original villages.  
  • Day 4 – Day 7
    Visiting historical sites of Hanoi and cruising Halong Bay.  Discovery by trekking at Sapa and visiting a market at Bac Ha area.
  • Day 8 – Day 10
    VisitingTayninh Holysee and Cu Chi Tunnels, then relaxing at the modern, fascinating Saigon.  
  • Day 11 – Day 13
    Admiring the great treasure of the world: Angkor Complex. 
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Inclusion

  • English-speaking professional Tour guides. 
  • Land transfer by air-con vehicles. Mineral water during transfer. 
  • Accommodation on twin/double-shared rooms with daily breakfast.
  • Lunch, dinner as mentioned in program.
  • Boat trips on the Mekong river in Luang Prabang
  • Boat trip on Halong Bay
  • Entrance fee, cruising fee. 
  • Theatrical show tickets as mentioned in program.

Exclusion

  • Airfare. 
  • Visa arrangement and stamp fee (Laos - USD 50/person, Vietnam - USD 25/person, Cambodia - USD 30/person for visa-upon-arrival service), visa fast track (to be arranged upon request). 
  • Personal expenses (early check-in, late check-out, drink, tips).
  • Other meals and services not mentioned in the program 

Welcome to Luang Prabang!

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our guide in Laos. Being considered by UNESCO as “the best-preserved city in South East Asia”, the city is a mixture of old colonial styled charm with many villas left from the French Indochina time (mid-19th to mid-20th century) and religious contruction with Laotian traditional style. We will start our visits at the impressive grand Wat Xieng thong, then go on to Wat Mai temples, both are incredibly designed with Luang Prabang Buddhist temples' typical style. Opposite Wat Mai, we will climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of sacred temple and stupa here, getting a green panoramic view of the city and the Mekong at the sunset before going down to the Night Market. Here we can find lovely collections of handy crafts made by local and hill tribal people living near the town.
Dinner and overnight in Luang Prabang. 

Morning enjoy a river trip by boat to explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, with two linked caves crammed with thousands of small but sacred Buddha statues contributed by the pilgrims. (Lunch at a big local restaurant opposite Pak Ou cave with local river fish and traditional Laos tasty foods). On the way to come or even on the way back, we can stop en route  at some villages located by the bank: Ban Xanghai, Ban Phanom, to meet friendly and warm hearted Laos people to discover their life, and visit places where they produce hand textile on the spot, or local wine lao-lao, a kind of good local whisky. Experiencing the local life can be a memorable part of our trip during Laos' days. Back to Luang Prabang in the afternoon to overnight. 

Please note!
Depending on your arrival flight, the prograsm on Day 1 and Day 2 can be adjusted. 

Early morning is a great time on the streets of Luang Prabang, with tranquil roads and alleys full of flowers and trees for jogging and biking, also easy to enjoy meeting queues of saffron-clad monks in their Theravada custom of collecting almz from Buddhists (usually vegetarian foods, rice). From the main streets we can visit the morning Phousi Market, where  concentrate diverse commodities from buffalo skin, local tea to vegetables and hill-tribe weaving product.
Back to hotel for breakfast before our Tourguide greet us to transfer to the famous Waterfalls today.
On the way, we will enjoy stops at some other villages like Ban Ouay, a Hmong Village, Ban Ou, a Laoloum village or Ban Thapene of Khmu ethnic people. Afterwards head to beautiful multi level Khouangsi Waterfalls, where we can cool off with a refreshing swim in its turquoise pools for refreshing. After relaxing, we will return to the downtown in the afternoon with stop at remarkable Ban Xangkhong, a village renown for weaving and for its Saa paper made of jute. Back to the town by evening. If time available, we can enjoy the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang. 

Please note! Keep distance and respect to the monks and religious people. 

Depending on flight schedule, we may have enough time for a visit at The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts, reflecting the rich Lao culture from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. 
Transfer to the airport by our Guide and take short direct flight to Hanoi. 

Welcome to Vietnam!
Our professional Guide will see us at Noi Bai (Hanoi) airport, transfer to the city and have a short tour - an essential preparation for our next excursions. Have a look at the Old Quarter of Hanoi, stop at Ngoc Son Temple located on the Hoan Kiem Lake (aka the “Sword” Lake), and enjoy a unique fascinating show of Water Puppetry, a traditional stage art of Northern Vietnam late afternoon or evening.
Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.  

After breakfast, we will checkout and head to Halong Bay by the highway (2hrs transfer). Being a World Heritage as designated by UNESCO in 1994 and 2006, with thousands islets and poetic landscape in all kinds of weather, Halong attract all visitors to Vietnam. Upon arrival, take a boat trip for about 5hrs to cruise the Bay, whose width is appx. 1,500 sq. km, to enjoy its splendid seascape of thousands odd-shaped rocky islands, visit the inside-island grottoes or stop for swimming. Lunch of fresh seafood onboard served by the crew. Late afternoon we'll be back to Hanoi for dinner before transfer to the Railway Station to take a night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on the Train.

At around 06.00am, we'll arrive at Lao Cai Railway Station and transferred to Sapa by our local Guide. The road is 40km long and sight-worthy with terraced paddy fields, small waterfalls and pinewoods. Have breakfast at our hotel in Sapa before go trekking to Ta Phin and Ma Tra villages, intermingling with the local friendly and hospitable people with traditional customs when admiring magnificent natural beauty of the valleys on the way. Lunch at a village with local tasty foods. Afternoon we will be back to Sapa to check in hotel and have a rest. Overnight in Sapa. 

Please note! 
Depending on your health, the trek can take 6hrs or more. Optional lighter trekking to Cat Cat and Sin Chai villages. 

Optional tour: It will be best if today is Saturday, Sunday or Tuesday. Any of these offers us a good weekly market of the hill tribes living surrounding Bac Ha areas. [Can Cau market on Saturday, Bac Ha on Sunday and Coc Ly on Tuesday].
For Bac Ha town market, the biggest one, it'll take us 3hrs driving from Sapa after an early breakfast. Hundreds of people from tribes Hmong, Tay, Dzay, Dzao, Kinh gather hereby for hanging around. The marketplace is also a great rendezvous to meet each others every week, talking and selling their with lovely handmade crafts or castles and welcome visitors in hospitable way. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon we will go to Bac Ha, visit Hoang A Tuong palace - a nice 4,000 sq. meter French styled villa, where the last King of local ethnic people live in early 20th century, before returning to Lao Cai. At times, custom of making local wine can be presented to the guests at the palace backyard. Back to the Station after the visit for dinner (at own cost) and board our train to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.  
 

Arrive Hanoi about 06.00am and welcomed by our Guide in Hanoi to hang around for a short photo tour in very early morning, the best time for photo before the city wakes up. Head to Tu Lien - Quang Ba wholesale Flower Market to enjoy watching the traders in their daily busy jobs, before seasonal flowers distributed to retailsales local markets. The market is specially exciting one day before festive days or anniversaries. From Tu Lien, have a short walk on Long Bien bridge for another photo stops from above the city. Long Bien bridge, so-called ''the Bridge connecting two centuries'' of Hanoi, offer us a good view to see and witness the morning wakening of the city downstair. Back to the center and hang around Hoan Kiem Lake to enjoy an exciting morning view of the people in their jogging, dancing, martial arts or yoga exercises. Have breakfast with local street foods (optional of Pho - Noodle soup, Bun Cha - vermicelli, or French barguettes, then enjoy a strong Hanoi coffee), we will be transferred to Noi Bai airport for flight to Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City. 

Welcomed to Saigon!
Depending on the flight time, we will start our visits to enjoy a very different ambience of the fastest-growing city in Indochina. After checkin, we will head to the center of District 1, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Post Office contructed by Gustave Eiffel's company. Continue to the bustling China Town in District 5 with "the Big Market" (Chợ Lớn) and Thien Hau Temple of the Chinese community to enjoy daily life of Saigon nowadays. Dinner with delicious local foods. Overnight in Saigon.

After breakfast at hotel, we will have a rest before our Guide greet and escort us to Tayninh Holysee, about 2hrs from Saigon, the centre of Caodaism, a local sect of Buddhism founded by a Vietnamese countryman in early 20th century. Arriving at noontime, we will have the chance to join a daily solemn ceremony at one of the biggest temple of Cao Dai religion, often called "Tayninh Holysee". Lunch at local restaurant. On the way back to Saigon, we will stop to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments to the fierce Vietnam War. An adventurous experience is offered here for anyone who wanna crawl inside a part of the tunnel to understand the real life of the Vietnamese guerrillas during the war. Late afternoon return to Saigon. At leisure and overnight in Saigon.

At leisure for relax and shopping until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport to fly Saigon - Siemreap.
Welcomed to Cambodia!
Our professional guide will see us at Siemreap and transfer to hotel to check-in. Afternoon depart to visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, which is 7km from Siemreap: the Bayon temple with everlasting smile and mistery of how the Khmer artists had created these masterpieces, the Baphuan temple, Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. View the sunset over Angkor complex on the top of Phnom Bakheng mountain. Dinner enjoying Apsara traditional dance. Overnight in Siemreap.  

After breakfast, visit the Ta Prohm temple, which is a wonderful combination of human construction genius and natural beauty of giant trees with incredible system of roots and tree trunks grown up on the traces of the ancient temple for nearly ten centuries. Go on to visit Ta keo, dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and was built at the end of the 10th century, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda temples and the natural lake of Sra Srang. Have Lunch before visit Angkor Wat; the founder was Suryavarman II who reigned Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century and dedicated them 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. Back to Siemreap for overnight. 

After breakfast, spend the entire morning in one of the jewels of Angkor, the Banteay Srey Temple which means "Citadel of Women", made of pink sandstone and presents the most graceful carvings in stone we might ever seen in our life. After a picnic lunch near the site, continue to Kbal Spean, the river of thousand Lingas, the phallic symbol of the God Shiva. Arrival near the site, walk for an hour through the forest to arrive at Kbal Spean. Return to Siemreap for our last night in Cambodia. (dinner at your own arrangement).

After breakfast, have your own time until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

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