Grand Indochina Vacation

22 Days | Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
Classic Tours - Cruise

OVERVIEW

Hanoi, Saigon, Halong Bay, Sapa, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Dalat, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Luang Prabang

The “Grand Indochina Vacation” takes you to all of the most beautiful and cultural sites of the 3 countries. Starting from Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, we travel up to Luang Prabang for a visit to Kuan Si Fall. The journey will take us to Vietnam, a coastal country with the many and varied cultures of 54 various groups of people. Finally, you will stop in Cambodia and visit the mythical Angkor Temples and the capital City – Phnom Penh. So that this trip will help you to gain more experiences combine cultural each destination and local people.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the charming and fascinating Capital city Vientiane.
  • Experience the cruise along a Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves.
  • Discover  the beautiful Kuan Si Waterfall.
  • Absorb the French charm of Hanoi.
  • Explore and enjoy Halong Bay – the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World by a traditional Junk boat.
  • Bask in the beauty of Halong Bay’s emerald waters.
  • Trek through the tribe villages meeting 3 different hill tribes and discover the local life in Sapa.
  • Explore the imperial sites of Hue, former capital of the Nguyen Dynasty and the mausoleums of Emperor Tu Duc and Emperor Khai Dinh.
  • See the UNESSCO World Heritage listed streets of Hoi An.
  • Explore and enjoy the beautiful beaches in Nha Trang.
  • See the busy hustle and bustle of Saigon.
  • Visit the world’s largest Hindu temple – Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Vientiane – Welcome Dinner

Welcome to Vientiane, the capital city of Laos!
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening, visit Wat Sisaket, Wat Simuang and Wat Prakeo. Continue to explore the huge golden That Luang monument, Vientiane’s own Victory Monument, which looks like the Arc de Triumphe.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

Day 2: Vientiane – Luang Prabang

Take an evening flight to Luang Prabang. Arrive at the airport, Far East Vacation’s private transport picks you up to transfer to the hotel for check in.

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall

Transfer to the ancient town of Luang Prabang to explore Wat Visoun. Afterward, climb up 350 steps to the top of Phou Sii for enjoying the commanding views of this city. Complete the day by strolling around the town to explore the night market and observe the daily life of locals.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Mekong River cruise – Pak Ou Caves

Visit the National Museum before enjoying a boat trip on mighty Mekong River to visit the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. Drop by Por Sa Paper Handicraft & textile area at Ban Xang Khong before transferring back to Luang Prabang.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 5: Luang Prabang – Hanoi

After breakfast, take a drive to Tad Kuang Si Waterfall and enjoy magnificent view of the falls cascade over many calcified tiers. Enjoy a picnic lunch and return to the hotel in the evening for relaxing or explore the town on your own. Later on, take a flight to Hanoi.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotelin Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay

After breakfast, we journey to Halong Bay – one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Arrive at noon, embark to a traditional style Vietnamese Cruise to visit “Surprising” Grotto – one of the largest grottos in Halong Bay and stop at a clear emerald beach stop where perhaps you may want to take a swim or dip in the water of the Gulf of Tonkin. In the evening enjoy a fresh seafood dinner and some interesting activities on board cruise.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Overnight on board Junk..

Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Watch for beautiful islands and have brunch before disembarkation for the transfer back to Hanoi. Free at leisure in the evening and overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 8: Hanoi – Night train to Lao Cai

After breakfast, spend a full day visiting the historical city with many beautiful famous places such as Ho chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his Stilt House, one pillar pagoda and temple of Literature. Continue to visit Vietnam Museum of Ethology and Hoa Lo prison. Complete the day by enjoying a traditional puppet performance before we transfer to Hanoi railway station for night train to Lao Cai.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Overnight on night train.

Day 9: Lao Cai – Sapa - Visit the tribe villages

Arrive in Lao Cai, transfer to Sapa for visiting Black H’Mong and Dzay Ethnic Groups. On the way you will have a chance to view beautiful scenery of ladder field and valleys.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

Day 10: Sapa – Bac Ha Fair market – Night train back to Hanoi

Explore Bac Ha Fair market (if on Sunday) where you can wander through the district market. Drive back to Lao Cai town for relaxing or strolling around the town before get on board train for night train back to Hanoi.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Overnight on night train.

Day 11: Hanoi – Hue

Arrive in Hanoi railway station in the morning, visit FLOWER NIGHT MARKET before transferring to the airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival, visit the former imperial city of Hue, the imperial tombs of Tu Duc, the Khai Dinh with a superb location on the slopes of Chau Mountain. Then conclude the tour by taking a half-hour boat ride on the Perfume River to the 7- storey Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang.

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.

Day 12: Hue – Hoi An

This morning, we drive south to Danang through the Hai Van Tunnels and stop over at the Cham Museum. Continue driving to Hoi An, the picturesque riverside town that was one of Southeast Asia’s major international ports from the 17th to the 19th Centuries.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.

Day 13: Hoi An – Nha Trang

This morning, we will visit Hoi An town, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because of its unusually well-preserved ancient streets and homes. Sites include the Japanese Bridge, the Chinese Temple, and Phung Hung Chinese-trading house. Return to Danang for short flight to Nha Trang in the late evening.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang.

Day 14: Nha Trang Island Tour

Today visit Oceanographic Institute then embark on board junk to discover Mun Island, the beauty of the live coral reefs, sea plants & creatures of Nha Trang Bay. Enjoy your leisurely time and seafood lunch on Con Se Tre Island. Visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium before returning to Nha Trang.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang.

Day 15: Nha Trang – Dalat

Journey to “The City of Eternal Spring” – Dalat. Upon arrival, visit the Cuong Hoan Traditional Silk Centre to learn about this ancient product and see some of the exquisite silks produced here. Then enjoy a relaxing walk through the Dalat Flower Gardens, including the orchid houses.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dalat.

Day 16: Dalat – Saigon

Morning flight to Saigon. Arrive in Saigon, explore the bustling Saigon with many options such as: Chinatown and French Colonial areas including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House, City Hall, the Central Post Office and the War Remnants Museum.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Day 17: Saigon – Mekong Delta Excursion (Ben Tre)

After breakfast, we meet you at the hotel and drive from Saigon to Ben Tre. On arrival discover the cottage industries before take a boat along the Mekong River and its tributaries. Lunch will be in a local house set amongst fruit orchards and bonsai trees. In the late afternoon, we will return to Saigon. Spend your time and overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Day 18: Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon – Siem Reap

Spend half day visiting the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a Byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong. Afterward, return to Saigon for an international flight to Siem Reap.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 19: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples

Today, take a walk along the Siem Reap Riverside before visiting the Fruit-bat in front of the Residence of King. Explore, the magnificent Angkor Wat in the evening then we will get the blessing ceremony in Wat Bo.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 20: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Phnom Penh

Transfer tp Chong Kneas and embark speed boat to Phnompenh. On the way, we will visit floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 21: Phnompenh City tour

Explore Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Choeung Ek “Killing Fields”. Continue to visit National Museum – an excellent introduction into ancient Khmer art & civilization and the Royal Palace, home to the royal family and the opulent silver pagoda.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 22: Phnompenh – Mekong Island Cruising – Departure

In the morning transfer to Mekong Islands with is bout 20km from Phnompenh to the north. Then embark boat to Mekong Island by crossing Mekong River. Visit the local life and these villages most of villager are making farm plantation for living and especially is making silk. We return to Phnompenh in the afternoon for lunch and free leisure time at hotel to swim in pool before transfer to airport for your onward flight.

IMPORTANT

  • Accommodation in a shared twin/double room.
  • Board cruise in Pak Ou, Halong Bay, Mekong Delta, Tonle Sap lake.
  • Daily breakfast and all meals as the itinerary.
  • Vietnam Visa Approval letter.
  • Expert English speaking tour guide (other language upon request).
  • Private transport with air-conditioning vehicle.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Bottle water.
  • All in-tour flight:
    + Vientiane – Luang Prabang
    + Luang Prabang – Hanoi
    + Hanoi – Hue
    + Danang – Nha Trang
    + Dalat – Saigon
    + Saigon – Siem Reap
  • International flights and departure airport taxes.
  • Vietnam Visa Stamp fee (45$ for single entry & 01 passport-sized photo).
  • Cambodia Visa (20$ for single entry and 01 passport-sized photo).
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone…).
  • Surcharges for compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons.
  • Peak season surcharges (which will be advised at time of booking).
  • Tipping.
  • Laos Visa (rate is depend on each nationality).

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