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Vietnam - Laos & Cambodia 11 days/ 10 nights

Destination: Saigon, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, My Tho, Siem Reap, Ha Long Bay, Vientiane

From US$ 693 to US$ 3,274 11 days excluding flights

Itinerary in brief:


Day 1, Arrival in Saigon

Day 2,Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels  & City tour (B)

Day 3, Saigon – My Tho – Flight to Hanoi (B,L)

Day 4, Hanoi city tour (B)

Day 5, Hanoi – Halong Bay cruise (B,L,D)

Day 6, Halong cruise – Hanoi – Flight to Luang Prabang (B)

Day 7, Luang Prabang  (B)

Day 8, Luang Prabang – Vientiane (B)

Day 9, Vientiane– Flight to Siem Reap (B)

Day 10, Siem Reap – Angkor (B)

Day 11, Siem Reap – Saigon – Departure (B)


Itinerary in details:


Day 1, Arrival in Saigon

Arrival in Saigon airport, pick up and transfer to hotel in Saigon, time for free. Overnight in Saigon.


Day 2,: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels  & City tour (B)

Morning after having breakfast, depart for the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war.  Afternoon, we take a half day of city tour to visit all famous sites of this bustling city. The first destination is the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, followed by some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral. Apart from the religious meaning, the even more special captivating point of this Cathedral is its special neo-Romanesque style of architecture. Next, it is on to the Old Saigon Post Office. After visiting the Jade Emperor Pagoda, we continue our trip to the bustling Ben Thanh Market, which is firstly well-known as the place for real Vietnamese food. There are a number of vendors and food stalls in the market food section that offer guests many freshly delicious dishes. You also can find any goods for daily use as well as variety of eye-catching local handicrafts, souvenirs here. Overnight in Saigon.


Day 3 : Saigon – My Tho – Flight to Hanoi (B,L)

Morning depart from the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City to the area referred locally as ‘the rice bowl of Vietnam’.  On arrival in Ben Tre Province head towards Tien Giang where you will board your local boat for a cruise among the aptly named Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix Islands. En-route visit a small factory producing handicrafts made of coconut and Turtle Island, where a stop will be made in a tropical orchard to taste some exotic fruit.  After the boat trip, take a ride on a horse driven cart along country roads to a famed garden  for a honey tasting session. Continue on a smaller rowing boat for a more adventurous cruise on the Xep Canal which is set amongst a forest of palm trees.  Lunch and transfer to Saigon for flight to Hanoi VN262 16:55/17:00.  Overnight in Hanoi


Day 4 : Hanoi city tour (B)

Today we enjoy a full day city tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. We visit out side of the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on Monday, Friday & November), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam. In the afternoon, visit the impressive Ethnologic Museum, dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups several. Visit Hoan Kiem lake and take cyclo tour in the old quarter. Overnight in Hanoi.


Day 5 : Hanoi – Halong Bay cruise (B,L,D)

Breakfast at hotel and then start a 3-hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Comfort stop en route for photos and coffee before arriving to Ha Long City. We then transfer to a refurbished wooden sailing junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, giving us the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site. While on board we will be served a sumptuous fresh, local seafood lunch followed by a swim and exploring some of the limestone caves in this area. When the sun comes down we drop anchor for the night nearby a remote island.  Dinner on board. Overnight on Junk


Day 6, Halong cruise – Hanoi – Flight to Luang Prabang (B)

Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay we have time for an early morning dip with joys and emotions for watching sunrise on sea followed by breakfast. This morning we continue to move around the bay to find more secluded areas. The junk will be near us at all times serving as a back up vessel for those that require it. At around midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour journey to Noi Bai airport for flight to Luang Prabang. Ovenight in Luang Prabang.


Day 7, Luang Prabang  (B)

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. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving. Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang.


Day 8, Luang Prabang – Vientiane (B)

Morning visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, and the Central Market. Then transfer to airport for flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival, we see the major temples including the oldest Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous, sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph, sunset by Mekong Riverside and late evening. Overnight in in Vientiane


Day 9, Vientiane– Flight to Siem Reap (B)

After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I, Preah KO, Bakong, Lolei. In the afternoon, continue your temple tour. See the unique interior brick sculptures Prasat Kravan, the Srah Srang reservoir (known as "The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei , Eastern Mebon and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup until sunset. Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap


Day 10 : Angkor Temple  (B)

In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Lunch in the local restaurant. Visit the South Gate, the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset at Angkor Wat.  Overnight in Siem Reap.


Day 11 : Siem Reap – Departure (B)

Morning after breakfast time free and transfer to airport for flight home. End of service

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