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Elegant Indochina Discovery32 days / 31 night

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    32 days / 31 night

  • Hanoi sightseeing highlights

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  • HISTORICAL HUE EXPLORATION

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  • EXPERIENCE PEACEFUL HOI AN COUNTRYSIDE

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  • EXPLORE CULTURAL ANCIENT HOI AN

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  • HO CHI MINH CITY HIGHLIGHTS DISCOVERING

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  • BUSTLE CAI BE FLOATING MARKET

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  • PHNOM PENH SIGHTSEEING

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  • CRUISING FROM PHNOM PENH ā€“ KAMPONG CHAM

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  • SIGHTSEEING WAT HANCHEY

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  • SIGHTSEEING WAT HANCHEY CRUISING KAMPONG CHAM ā€“ TONLE RIVER

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  • VISIT SPLENDOUR WORLD HERITAGE ANGKOR

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  • VIENTIANE SIGHTSEEING

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  • Luang Prabang history look back

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  • Most beautiful Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang

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  • Awesome Kwang Si waterfall

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  • Halong bay cruise and Kayaking

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  • TYPICAL HANOI CULTURE EXPERIENCE

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Our delight to recommend the magnificent holiday discovered graceful Indochina. With brilliant gathering, the incredible holiday offer a genuine experience of Oriental charm - Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
In Vietnam, cruising the bay of thousand limestone islands call “the land of descending dragon” Ha Long Bay, drive along scenic coastline from Hue to Hoi An and relax in picturesque beaches. Relish the finest authentic local warmth atmosphere and culture by 8days superior cruising along Mekong River.
Following spectacular natural landscapes, you will experience mysterious friendly thousand-year history of Siem Riep, Phnompenh in Cambodia and Luang Prabang, Vientiane in Laos.
Providing sophistication and luxury standard, the holiday created for your great relaxing, escape from bustle to melt in warmth.

 

OUTLINED HOLIDAY

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Transfer: 50mins
Transportation: Private car
Meals: None
Recommend accommodation: Sofitel Metropole hotel

DAY 2: HALF DAY EXPLORE HANOI HISTORY  

Transfer: 50mins
Transportation: Private car/Xich Lo cycle
Activity: Sightseeing 4hours
Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Recommend accommodation: Sofitel Metropole hotel

DAY 3: HANOI DEPARTURE – HUE ARRIVAL

Transfer: 50mins driving & 1mins flying
Transportation: Private car
Activity: Sightseeing 3-4hours
Meals: Breakfast & dinner
Recommend accommodation: La Residence hotel

DAY 4: HUE – DEMILITARIZED ZONE    

Transfer: 2hours driving
Transportation: Private car
Activity: Explore Vietnam war
Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Recommend accommodation: La Residence hotel

DAY 5: HUE DEPARTURE - HOI AN ARRIVAL

Transfer: 2,5hour driving
Transportation: Private car
Activity: Sightseeing 3hours
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Recommend accommodation: Alma Courtyard Hoi An Resort and Spa

DAY 6: EXPERIENCE PEACEFUL HOI AN COUNTRYSIDE

Transportation: By bike or boat/walk
Activity: Sightseeing 4hours
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Recommend accommodation: Alma Courtyard Hoi An Resort and Spa

DAY 7: EXPLORE CULTURAL ANCIENT HOI AN

Transportation: Walk
Activity: Sightseeing 4hours
Meals: Breakfast

Recommend accommodation: Alma Courtyard Hoi An Resort and Spa

DAY 8: HOI AN FREE & EASY – SUNSET CRUISE

Transportation: None
Activity: Sunset cruise
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Recommend accommodation: Alma Courtyard Hoi An Resort and Spa

DAY 9: HOI AN DEPARTURE – HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL

Transfer: 50mins driving & 1hour flying
Transportation: Private car & Flight
Meals: Breakfast

Recommend accommodation: Sofitel Saigon hotel

DAY 10: HO CHI MINH CITY HIGHLIGHTS DISCOVERING

Transfer: 50mins driving & 1hour flying
Transportation: Private car & Flight
Activity: Sightseeing 5-6hours
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Recommend accommodation: The Reverie Saigon hotel

DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY FREE & EASY

Transportation: None
Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Recommend accommodation: The Reverie Saigon hotel

DAY 12: HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE – MEKONG RIVER CRUISE

Transfer: 1,5hours driving & boat cruise
Transportation: Shuttle bus
Activity: Embark the boat
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Recommend accommodation: En-suite cabin on Johan cruise

DAY 13: BUSTLE CAI BE FLOATING MARKET – CRUISE TO CHAU DOC BORDER

Transfer: Boat cruise
Activity: Sampan boating explore floating market & water-life in Mekong Delta
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Recommend accommodation: En-suite cabin on Johan cruise

DAY 14: CHAU DOC BORDER CROSSING – PHNOM PENH ARRIVAL

Transfer: Boat cruise
Activity: Villages & local market visiting
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Recommend accommodation: En-suite cabin on Johan cruise

DAY 15: PHNOM PENH SIGHTSEEING

Transfer: Boat cruise & car
Activity: Explore Phnom Penh city 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Recommend accommodation: En-suite cabin on Johan cruise

DAY 16: CRUISING FROM PHNOM PENH – KAMPONG CHAM

Transfer: Boat cruise
Activity: Visit local villages along Mekong River 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Recommend accommodation: En-suite cabin on Johan cruise

DAY 17: DISEMBARK BOAT - SIGHTSEEING WAT HANCHEY

Transfer: Boat cruise
Activity: Experience cultural, ancient pagodas & temple
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Recommend accommodation: En-suite cabin on Johan cruise

DAY 18: CRUISING KAMPONG CHAM – TONLE RIVER

Transfer: Boat cruise
Activity: Visit traditional handicraft village & fishing village.  
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Recommend accommodation: En-suite cabin on Johan cruise

DAY 19: CRUISE TONLE LAKE – SIEM RIEP

Transfer: Boat cruise & private car
Activity: Free to relax
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Recommend accommodation: Belmond La Residence

DAY 20: VISIT SPLENDOUR WORLD HERITAGE ANGKOR

Transfer: Private car/Tuk tuk
Activity: 4-5hours sightseeing
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Recommend accommodation: Belmond La Residence

DAY 21: BACK TO THE PAST AT MYTERIOUS SIEM RIEP

Transfer: Private car/Tuk tuk
Activity: 4-5hours sightseeing
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Recommend accommodation: Belmond La Residence

DAY 22: SIEM RIEP – VIENTIANE

Transfer: 20mins driving & 1hour flying
Transportation: Private car & flight
Meals: Breakfast

Recommend accommodation: Green Park Boutique Hotel & Resort

DAY 23: VIENTIANE SIGHTSEEING

Transportation: Private car
Activity: 4-5hours sightseeing
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Recommend accommodation: Green Park Boutique Hotel & Resort

DAY 24: VIENTIANE – LUANG PRABANG

Transfer: 30mins driving & 50mins flying
Transportation: Private car & flight
Meals: Breakfast

Recommend accommodation: The Belair Boutique Hotel & resort

DAY 25: LUANG PRABANG CAN’T-MISS VISITING

Transportation: Private car & flight
Activity: 4-5hours explore Luang Prabang highlights 
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Recommend accommodation: The Belair Boutique Hotel & resort

DAY 26: LUANG PRABANG – KWUANG SI WATERFALL

Transfer: 40mins driving
Transportation: Private car
Activity: 4-5hours visiting Kwuang Si Waterfall
Meals: Breakfast

Recommend accommodation: The Belair Boutique Hotel & resort

DAY 27: LUANG PRABANG – HANOI

Transfer: 50mins driving & 1hour flying
Transportation: Private car & flight
Meals: Breakfast

Recommend accommodation: Sofitel Metropole hotel

DAY 28: HANOI – HA LONG BAY CRUISE

Transfer: 3,5hours driving
Transportation: Private car
Activity: Floating village/cave visiting & swimming 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner 

Recommend accommodation: Jasmine cruise Ha Long Bay

DAY 29: HA LONG BAY KAYAKING & CYCLING

Transportation: Boat cruise
Activity: Kayaking & cycling/walking & swimming 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner 

Recommend accommodation: Jasmine cruise Ha Long Bay

DAY 30: HA LONG BAY CRUISE – RETURN HANOI

Transfer: 3,5hours driving
Transportation: Private car 
Activity: Amazing cave visiting
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Recommend accommodation: Sofitel Metropole hotel

DAY 31: TYPICAL HANOI CULTURE EXPERIENCE

Transportation: Private car 
Activity: 4-5hours explore Hanoi culture & great food
Meals: Breakfast & dinner 

Recommend accommodation: Sofitel Metropole hotel

DAY 32: HANOI DEPARTURE

Transportation: Private car 
Activity: Free for shopping & relax
Meals: Breakfast

Transfer: 2hours driving
Transportation: Private car
Activity: Explore Vietnam war
Meals: Breakfast & lunch
 

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Warmly welcome you at Hanoi airport by your guide and lovely girl in Ao Dai dress who will escort you to the hotel for check in procedure. Take your rest before meet your private travel consultant to brief your holiday and get your all documents. You then free to relax or indulge spa and massage treat.

Evening is your to sipping cocktail at Summit Lounge and enjoy the unrivalled panoramic views of Hanoi. 

DAY 2: SIGHTSEEING HANOI HIGHTLIGHTS

Morning is yours to relax after a long flight. At noon, your guide is at your proposal to depart for slightly sightseeing elegant Hanoi.

Recommend to take a cyclo ride thru fascinating Old Quarter and French Quarter for sightseeing of local life scenes with thousands of photo opportunities around you. Finish your easy day with Water Puppet Show or amazing coffee at legendary Hoan Kiem (Sword Lake).

DAY 3: HANOI DEPARTURE – HUE ARRIVAL

Today you will free at leisure till transfer to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue. At beginning of work, your private consultant will send you flight schedule for your choice, we then following your advice to arrange the departure time, book the flight ticket.

Landing in Hue airport, your tour guide will welcome you, transfer to hotel and help you convenience get your room. You then take some hours to visit can’t-missed attraction or simply relax at the hotel.

In the evening, your welcome dinner with delectable selection is waiting for you in warm ambience of traditional-garden style décor restaurant.

After dinner, as your interest drive along romantic Perfume River for a cup of coffee or return your hotel for a rest.

DAY 4: HISTORICAL HUE EXPLORATION

We have some recommendation for your choice today, of course, you decide or advise your own idea.

Option 1: Take 8hours trip to DMZ: A historical site about the war between Vietnam and USA during the years from 1954 to 1975, the place separated Vietnam into 02 “countries”.   Following branches of the legendry Ho Chi Minh Trail leading, we will visit the complex Khe Sanh Combat Base, Ben Hai River - the river that was the only true physical demarcation line between the two Vietnams and Vinh Moc tunnels - the refuge of some 400 North Vietnamese refugees during the bombing operation "Rolling Thunder."

Option 2:  Enjoy 5hours trip explore tranquillity Hue countryside, visiting the Thanh Toan charming ancient covered bridge - one of two covered bridges remaining in the country (the other being in Hoi An) - Built as a tribute to the villagers by the wife of a high ranking Mandarin, the bridge has survived storms, floods and wars however after it was damaged, the villagers always contributed to repair, renovate and preserve it. Spend some time to explore the nearby little agriculture museum to get to know about how people live and work then why not taking a sit under the roof of ancient bridge and have your fortune told.

Leave Thanh Toan village for the ride up and down verdant hills and visit to a secluded pagoda where you will have a chance to attend chant with sounds of gongs and colors of Nirvana reflects on lacquer statues and incense smoke. 

Continue your adventure to traditional handicraft villages before taking a visit to one of Emperor’s mausoleums to learn about royal life and death as well as the importance of geomancy.

Option 3:Visit Imperial capital during Nguyen Dynasty - Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war) but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today.

And finally the seven – storey Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Return by boat on the gentle Perfume River.

DAY 5: HUE DEPARTURE - HOI AN ARRIVAL

Stay as long as you like at hotel before check out to depart to Hoi An. You private car & guide will meet you at appointed time, help you check hotel then heading for last minutes explore Hue with visiting Khai Dinh’s Tomb which is traditional Vietnamese in design with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue.

Then, drive along spectacular coastline to Hoi An with photo-stops at Lang Co beach, on top of Hai Van Pass for photo hunt. Check in your hotel then relax with spa – massage treat.

DAY 6: EXPERIENCE PEACEFUL HOI AN COUNTRYSIDE

It is under your control to depart for experience countryside about 4-5hours. You also choose to travel by cycle/ boat/car to visit villages. Join with local on their farm and learn how the best herbs and greens are grown. Continue to cycle along the little paths through rice paddies, farms and peaceful villages where you will see buffalos, local working with traditional tools and friendly children waving at you along the way.

Back to the Hoi An town, your own to chill out at a riverside café or enjoy shopping with tailor-made clothing, shoes and lanterns.

DAY 7: EXPLORE CULTURAL ANCIENT HOI AN

Suggested start your walking tour at 11am, you guide will meet you at the hotel then lead you around the ancient town for visits to central market, temples and pagodas, ancient houses, museum and so on… 

After lunch with Hoi An amazing food, estimate 3pm, you are free to relax at swimming pool, indulge spa or driving to Thuan An beach/Cua Dai beach to change your atmosphere with smooth sandy.

DAY 8: HOI AN FREE & EASY – SUNSET CRUISE

Today, you will take a rest, simply relax on beach or go shopping – Hoian is an ideal place for shopping actually and you should not miss.

Late afternoon, have a boat cruise on the Thu Bon river.  Here, on this stunning river dotted with green islands you will see and learn about local water life, how they fish with traditional fishing tools and methods employed for centuries here. Enjoy stunning scenery of sunset on the backdrop of mountain afar. Back to the boat for a cruise back to Hoi An town when the last sun’s rays linger to the peaceful scenery and catch up the infinite hue of colors and reflections of Hoi An town at dusk.

DAY 9: HOI AN DEPARTURE – HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL

You will be free to shopping until transfer to Da Nang airport to catch flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest commercial hub of the country that characterized by a vast array of sights and sounds with people rushing about their life from early morning until midnight. The city contains in it a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West and is home to great local cuisine. Upon arrival get pick up by driver and transfer to the hotel to check in and get ready for discover Ho Chi Minh City next day.

DAY 10: HO CHI MINH CITY HIGHLIGHTS DISCOVERING

Holiday is yours so all activities are as your approval. We will spend today to visit Ho Chi Minh City highlights and you choose the places you are interest.

It may be 5hours trip to Cu Chi Tunnel, where thousands of Vietnamese people lived in an elaborate network of underground tunnels that dug by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and played a major role in North Vietnam winning the war.

Or, easy 4hours visit can’t-missed attraction within city center, such as: Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall, Giac Lam Pagoda, museum…

DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY FREE & EASY

Today, you are free to do anything at your interest, relax or shopping or sightseeing… Of course, if you want to take the car for go around, your private driver will be as your direction.

DAY 12: HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE – MEKONG RIVER CRUISE

You will leave Ho Chi Minh City today for starting 8days-7nights cruise along Mekong River from Vietnam to Siem Riep in Cambodia on luxury Johan ship. It must be unforgettable memory, experience deeply culture and local lifestyle that only available by cruise.

11:45 Check out hotel, guide & car pick up to transfer to Johan Cruise meeting point in Ho Chi Minh City then say goodbye to you.

12:30, boarding Johan registration in Ho Chi Minh City then take their shuttle bus to transfer My Tho, embark Johan boutique ship on arrival. You will be served a refreshing welcome drink and as the ship steadily glides along the Mekong. The time is yours to bathe in the fading sunset on the balcony followed by a briefing at the lounge. Later, a welcome dinner awaits you. When approaching Cai Be, the Ship drops anchor to moor midstream where the river is several kilometres wide.

DAY 13: BUSTLE CAI BE FLOATING MARKET – CRUISE TO CHAU DOC BORDER

The day – in fact everyday – starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck, just as the sun begins its gentle glow. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. The day’s tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market on board a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat). During the languid ride, discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta.

The cruise will halt intermittently to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the Longan fruit drying process. After touring the canals, we head to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards before heading to the Ship for lunch. In the afternoon, we cruise to Sa Dec.

Upon arrival, we embark a traditional sampan to tour Binh Thanh Island and its manmade canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fiber floor mats and rattan baskets. We then board the Ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards Chau Doc. Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ship will moor midstream overnight near Chau Doc.

DAY 14: CHAU DOC BORDER CROSSING – PHNOM PENH ARRIVAL

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony.

Due to high water in the Mekong Delta between July and December, your morning will start excursion on a local boat (sampan) and discover the border town of Tan Chau.

Firstly, the journey takes you to the “evergreen” islands where you will be thrilled to learn the life of the locals.

The inhabitants of these islands live on houses poised on high stilts – a centuries-old tradition in this part of the Mekong Delta. We stop to visit a fish farm located in the Tan Chau canal – this farm consists of floating houses and the villagers make their living by cultivating fish.

You continue by boat to Tan Chau pier, disembark here and stroll around this colorful local market with lots of regional products. You return to the cruise Ship after your market visit for a lunch.

By mid-afternoon, the cruise liner will make its way to the border for Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. It is an opportune time to relax on board, sharpen your culinary skills with our hands-on cooking classes or tour the ship with our impeccable Cruise Director.

Or, better yet, do all three. “The Highway Blues” beckons as we float into a state of mild bliss caused by the hypnotic murmur of the ship’s engine. After hours of cruising, we will feel the rush of entering into a new country and to embrace new adventures. Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh.

DAY 15: PHNOM PENH SIGHTSEEING

Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history. This will be followed by a city tour of this dynamic, historical capital city of Cambodia which has managed to preserve huge slices of its French colonial allure.

Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Genocide Museum and the Killing Field in town. Be prepared to be heart wrenched by this stark reminder of the genocide that transpired during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime.

We go back to the Ship after our museum visit.

Take a rest on your cabin balcony or the lounge and get prepared for an exciting evening event. The evening starts with a variety of cocktails served on the sun deck. Take a seat and enjoy the following Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a barbeque on the sun deck. It is indeed a truly marvellous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.

DAY 16: CRUISING FROM PHNOM PENH – KAMPONG CHAM

We will depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village. We will then return to the Ship and will cruise past the Mekong’s tranquil villages, exhilarating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their shift boats.

We will tour the rural Angkor Ban village where time stood still. We are transported back a hundred years into an era no nullified by modernity. The houses here are truly rustic, made by hand and without any concrete. But most of all, we feel overwhelmed by the unbridled warmth of the villagers.

You can take part in the daily activities of the villagers to experience village life first hand. Then, we are back to the Ship to cruise towards Kampong Cham. Overnight in Kampong Cham.

DAY 17: DISEMBARK BOAT - SIGHTSEEING WAT HANCHEY

We will wake up in the small hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. It is your choices either take a motor-taxi or climb 291 steps to the top. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breath-taking views in Cambodia. Built in the 8th century, this ancient structure, together with a bigger and newer addition underscores the superb architecture of the Chenla Empire which predates the mighty Angkor temple complex. We even get to engage in light banter with some of the monks in the area.

We will return to the Ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks.

When the tide allows, we will enjoy a surprise sojourn in our zodiacs (inflatable boats) to the nearby bank to swim in the tea-coloured Mekong River, an experience that will, no doubt, dominate dinner conversations in the weeks to come. We will then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. On the way back to the Ship, we will visit an orphanage. Along the way, we will have to manoeuvre a 2-kilometer rickety bamboo bridge. Our sense of balance lies in the balance! Overnight cruise to Kampong Cham.

DAY 18: CRUISING KAMPONG CHAM – TONLE RIVER

Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang on the Tonle River – an amazingly narrow river – which glides through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. We are greeted by cacophonous children who waive enthusiastically early in the morning when they bring their livestock for a bath in the meandering Tonle River. Then we approach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water-world” where everything is on stilts balanced on water rich soil– it’s an awesome sight whilst practising Tai Chi on the deck.

Here we take a motorboat excursion to the landing, followed by a short bus trip to see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village.

Then, it is back to the river for an adventurous motorboat excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region.

We then return to the Ship for lunch whilst cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle River. Your floating sanctuary will then cruise gently, in the afternoon, along the narrow and meandering Tonle River. In the evening, a sumptuous spread will be served. And for the big surprise – bring along your dance shoes and learn to jiggle the Cambodian way with our staff doubling up as dance instructors. (If you can’t dance, do not fret. Neither can our staff).

DAY 19: CRUISE TONLE LAKE – SIEM RIEP

This great lake dominates Cambodia and is the largest freshwater lake in Asia with abundant birdlife. This lake is so wide that one cannot see its shores from the middle of the lake.

Enjoy the stillness of the water and the quiet tranquillity on the way to Siem Reap.

The water level varies a great deal according to the time of the year and the amount of rainfall recorded. Thus, minor changes to the itinerary may occur during different seasons.

We will cross the Tonle Lake at dawn and at 9.00h for disembark at the Siem Reap Port. Car & guide are waiting for you at the port, transfer to hotel to check in and enjoy your time at leisure to refresh and roam around this charming town.

Enjoy your welcome dinner with Aspara show at Angkor Village Theatre.

DAY 20: VISIT SPLENDOUR WORLD HERITAGE ANGKOR

After breakfast, take a visit to Angkor Wat, the most notable temple due to its size, architecture and art. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.

Continue to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey, which remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia that displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. Go further to explore Kbal Spean.

Free at your leisure the rest of time or take part in interesting Phare Circus.

DAY 21: EXPLORE EAST GATE OF ANGKOR THOM & TA PROHM TEMPLE

We will take around 5-6hours visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire under the reign of King Jayavarman VII in the late twelfth century. Take an elephant ride through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces.

Continue your ride to visit Bayon Temple and then the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.

This afternoon, take a tour to the temples of Little Circuit by local tuk tuk. Discover the most illustrious temple – Ta Prohm. This is one of the most popular temples after Angkor Wat and the Bayon because of the beautiful combinations of wood and stone. It is also the place where pop culture fans may recognize a few scenes from Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raider.

End your day with a visit to Siem Reap’s colorful local markets then free as your leisure.

DAY 22: SIEM RIEP – VIENTIANE

Breakfast at your hotel and free at leisure until getting a transfer to the airport for a flight to Vientiane of Laos People Republic.

Located nearby the bank of the Mekong River, Vientiane is the charming and fascinating capital of Laos. This small town conjures up exotic images, with the curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences.

Enjoy your time to discover the laid back Vientiane or simply relax at hotel.

DAY 23: VIENTIANE SIGHTSEEING

Today we will take about 5hours visiting the city highlights. As your choice, we will explore some suggested attraction as following:

  • Vat Sisaket, the only original temple in Vientiane (built in 1818 -  it is the sole survivor of a Thai invasion in 1828).
  • The Ho Phrakeo, the former Royal Chapel where an Emerald Buddha dating back to the time of the Lane Xang Kingdom was enshrined, the Patouxai and That Luang stupa (The Symbol of LAO PDR.
  • National Museum, formerly known as the Lao Revolutionary Museum, this museum contains artifacts and photos from the Pathet Lao's (PL) lengthy struggle for power.
  • Kaysone Phoumvihan Museum, this museum contains pictures of Laos's most important cultural and historic sites. Another contains a mock-up of Kaysone's childhood
  • Ta Lat Sao market, this lively shopping market has become the commercial center of Vientiane. A large variety of goods are sold including Lao Antiques, textiles, souvenirs, handicrafts, jewelry  and products imported from abroad.
  • That Luang - The Great Sacred Stupa that said to contain relics of the Lord Buddha and is the country’s most cherished religious monument.
  • Ban Nongbuathong weaving village

DAY 24: VIENTIANE – LUANG PRABANG – HISTORY LOOK-BACK

Have breakfast at your hotel then free for shopping or continue explore any places mentioned but not have time to visit on day before. Then, transfer to the airport for short flight to Luang Prabang - the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquillity and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos, maybe in Indochina.

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, your tour-guide will waiting for you at arrival hall. He/she will take you to hotel and discuss with you about your time in Luang Prabang.

In late afternoon, as your approval, stroll around Old Quarter Luang Prabang – a timeless charm of mixture of Buddist temples, French colonial architecture, Laotiam buildings, restaurants, markets, craft shops , bakeries- fantastic walk to soak in the atmosphere of old town. Enjoy your warm dinner in lovely local restaurant in Old Quarter Luang Prabang.

DAY 25: LUANG PRABANG CAN’T-MISS VISITING

We suggest you relax and enjoy breakfast at hotel until 11am. Your guide and driver will see you at your hotel and starting about 4hours visiting can’t-miss attraction in Luang Prabang, recommended Vat Mai Temple, which was the residence of a Buddhist patriarch until 1975. Then, continue to the National Museum (formerly the Royal Palace) with its collection of personal artifacts of the Lao Royal Family.

Visit Wat Xieng Thong, regarded as the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang with low sweeping roofs. Later in the day you visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.

After lunch, you are free to relax or immerge peaceful atmosphere at Old Quarter/garden with a cup of coffee.

DAY 26: LUANG PRABANG – KWUANG SI WATERFALL

If you wake up early, don’t miss the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people.

The afternoon, we spend in relaxed atmosphere and continue to visit the Kwuang Si waterfall, you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. On the way back, we make some stops to visit local villages.

Back to the town in late afternoon, rest of the day is devoted for free.

DAY 27: LUANG PRABANG – HANOI

After your breakfast, as your choice to stroll on the Phousi Market where you see many local products such as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.

You can also do last shopping at the Old Quarter where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Take suggested flight in afternoon to Hanoi. Welcome by your familiar driver, transfer to hotel for check in procedure and free at your leisure. Overnight at Sofitel Plaza hotel in Hanoi.

DAY 28: HANOI – HA LONG BAY CRUISE

08:30 your private English Speaking driver will pick you up at the hotel for driving to Ha Long Bay, it takes around 4hours driving with stop en-route. On arrival, embark Jasmine cruise for 3days – 2nights package on board  cruise Ha Long Bay. Allow your eyes to swim through the azure waters of this magical place, where thousands of sculpted limestone and islands rise from the water like gigantic teeth of dragons. Pass through picturesque areas like the Mat Quy and Am islets.

A delectable buffet lunch is served shortly upon boarding and you find yourself getting acquainted with the facilities of the boat. The boat starts to cruise into the Bay and within the first hour you can enjoy this World Heritage Site. A first visit will take our guests by tender to the Tien Ong Cave.

The Cave is huge – about 2.000 sqm –and is peppered with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, formed out of ancient limestone karsts about 700,000 years ago. The cave is four meters above sea level. This visit will last approximately 20 minutes (we strongly recommend that you do not wear high heel shoes for this excursion).

The voyage continues with the arrival at the Cua Van Fishing Village, the biggest and oldest fishing village in Halong Bay via a pleasant boat ride (a maximum of four persons per boat).

You will pass by this ancient village which comprises floating houses and floating schools – simply irresistible.

After returning to the boat in the late afternoon guests can sharpen their culinary skills at our cooking class performance conducted by energetic chef. Surely you can give him a helping hand any time and try your skills in preparing special Vietnamese dishes. Dinner will be served at around 07:00pm.

The night is yours – kick back on a comfy pillowed bench and inhale the surreal beauty whilst sipping a glass of wine. Not many places in the world offer those special feelings. The mooring place is a fantastic overnight spot with glittering lights from the other boats and a calm sea, perfect for your first dream in the middle of the Bay where once Dragons played amid sparkling jewels. Overnight at deluxe cabin in Jasmine Cruise.

DAY 29: HA LONG BAY KAYAKING ADVENTURE

Today, you will have day with Sunset cruise exploring Ha Long Bay with kayaking in untouched areas, deep in Lan Ha Bay, take a light bike ride along the coast line of Cat Ba, through the rain forest to the Viet Hai village -a fantastic way to get in touch with the nature of the biggest Halong island, visit Sung Sot cave, swim at the Hai Quan lagoon area and Soi Sim beach.....Your activities may be changed due to weather and tidal.

In the afternoon, the Sunset cruises back via several Halong Bay sights – Cua Van fishing village – Soi Sim – Dau Xuoi channel and Toad Islet – before boarding the mother junk again for the overnight. Overnight at deluxe cabin in Jasmine Cruise.

DAY 30: HA LONG BAY CRUISE – RETURN HANOI

For early risers complimentary tea, coffee and pastries are served in the restaurant followed by – if you so desire – a Tai Chi Class on the terrace deck (7.00h). A great morning activity to feel one with this natural wonder.

Then it is time for an early morning bath – in the Bay.

By tender boat we bring the guests to a natural white sandy stretch of a beach with crystal clear water. Sporty ones can climb up to a hill top to have a last view from above over the Halong Bay before we return to the boat and cruise slowly back to Halong City, passing picturesque areas like the Ti Top Island, the Tam Cung Cave and Poem Mountain.

During our trundle, a buffet brunch is served before we arrive at the shore at around 11.00h. The crew will bid you farewell and you disembark with our tender boat to the Royal Park Pier. Private car with driver pick you up for driving back Hanoi.

DAY 31: TYPICAL HANOI CULTURE EXPERIENCE

You spend last day in Hanoi to explore the charming city with elegant lakes, mighty Red River and the romantic tree-lined roads boulevard.

Suggested start at 10:00am to visit some of following attractions:

  • Literature of Temple – the first university in Vietnam and a symbol of Hanoi. Surrounded by a wall isolating the attraction from the busy city with beautiful gardens and nice statues, wonderful architecture.
  • Ho Chi Minh Complex: A beautiful area included mausoleum, President Place and small house-on-stilt that seem be a movie about Ho Chi Minh president life.
  • Ethnology Museum: Amazing out-door exhibition to gain a deeper insight into the diversity of Vietnamese ethnic groups with their uniquely tradition and customs.
  • Women museum: Lots of costumes, artifacts and history all packed together gives you a good insight into the experiences and contributions of Vietnamese women to political and social life. It covers everything from babies to revolution.
  • Fine Art museum: Display artworks from old to current art give insight into the recent past as well as the traditional lifestyle of the people of Vietnam
  • Tran Quoc pagoda: A tranquil pagoda in West Lake, with history dated back to the 16 or 17th century. Provided a really good view over the lake, with beautiful architecture.

If you interest any places, simply share to your travel consultant or tour-guide, they are all more than happy to help you experience.

Evening, enjoy your farewell dinner with amazing Vietnamese food at graceful ambience and superlative hospitably restaurant. 

DAY 32: HANOI DEPARTURE

You are free today for relax or last minutes shopping before transfer to Hanoi airport to fly back home. Of course, your private driver is ready as your proposal.

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INCLUSION

  • Private transfer as specified in the itinerary & as your proposal
  • Entrance fees & boat trips as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities and services for the days on tour
  • Package 3days – 2nights on Jasmine cruise, Ha Long Bay. Private cabin but junk shared.
  • Package 8days – 7nights on Johan cruise, Mekong River. Private cabin but ship shared.
  • Private regional English speaking guide(s) except on free days
  • Accommodation at suggested hotels with daily breakfast
  • Cooking classes and demos
  • Dining cruise
  • Xich Lo Cyclo in Hanoi.
  • Water Puppet Show in Hanoi.
  • Meals specified in program
  • Domestic air tickets in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia
  • International flights: REP – VTE & VTE - LPQ – HAN
  • Visa to Vietnam.
  • Visa to Cambodia & Laos
  • All entrance permission and visiting fees
  • Phnom Penh Port authority tax
  • Mineral water & Tissue

EXCLUSION

  • International airport tax (If any)
  • Insurance
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Any services not mentions in the included portion.

BOOKING CONDITION

  • Deposit and Payment:  30% of total invoice should be deposit at the time of booking for guarantee. Final payment is no later than 7days in advance of arrival date.
  • Cancellation: If cancelling less than 15 days, the deposit is non-refundable. After final payment is received a cancellation fee of approximately 75% applies. This percentage may be less depending on the date of cancellation. A cancellation fee of 100% is applicable within 03 days of travel.
  • Pricing: All prices are shown in American dollars and are current at the date of printing this itinerary. If there is a dramatic fluctuation in the exchange rate or the price of services provided, which are beyond the control of Ciao Travel, Ciao Travel reserves the right to adjust tour prices accordingly, even though the balance of payment may have been made. This would only happen in unusual circumstances.
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