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Indochina

13 Nights - 14 Days, February – November | Flights included (0)
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Indochina

Indochina has a diverse tropical climate, and is abundant in natural resources. There are three sparkling jewels in the crown of the former French Indochina; Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. All three countries have survived a tumultuous and often violent past, marked by wars, restrictive colonialism and brutal dictatorship. But all three countries have emerged as premier tourist destinations, each with its own special Asian mystic flavour

 

*Sightseeing tour of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Luang Prabang, Siam Reap, Phnom Penh
*See the Ho Chi Minh Complex and Mausoleum, Temple of Literature and the Museum of Ethnology
*Visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple
*Traditional Water Puppet Show in Hanoi
*Luxury overnight boat cruise at Halong Bay
*See the oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong
*Visit Wat Visoun and Wat Aham
*Visit the Pak Ou Caves, Ban Xangkhong village, Chong Kneas
*Cruise through the fishing fishing villages of the Tonle Sap Lake
*Visit Angkor Thom & the South Gate of of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple

Day 1: Flight from London – Hanoi, Vietnam

Meals: As per flight schedule

Day 2: Hanoi Arrival

One arrival at the airport you will be met by your local guide and transfer to hotel for check in.
Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: None

Day 3: Hanoi City Tour

We drive to Ho Chi Minh Complex, spend a couple of hours to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (close on Monday, Friday mornings and every afternoon), We continue to the Temple of Literature originally built as a temple of Confucius. This is the site of the Vietnam first university dating back to 1070, the Temple highlights the importance of education. Visit the Museum of Ethnology, the most interesting museum in Vietnam, showing the diverse cultures of 54 ethnic groups in the country. Let your kid explore Vietnam cultural values; play with sample huts and outdoor playground there. Visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple. Explore the fascinating Old Quarter by 1 hour cyclo
Enjoy traditional water puppet show
Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise

This memorable day takes you to the awe-inspiring Halong Bay, a recognized by World Heritage Site, where you will explore the tranquil islands on a luxury cruise boat. The transfer to Halong Bay will take about four hours, with a break en-route. The Victory Cruise starts with a welcome drink before floating past local towns and intricate limestone formations. The boat will visit Vung Vieng, a traditional fishing village with nearby floating villages. A seafood lunch will be served. Anchoring at Ho Dong Tien, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration will take place on the sundeck, followed by a five course dinner on board before you retire to the your cabin for the evening.
Overnight on Cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Halong Bay Cruise - Hanoi

Start your day with some calming Tai Chi, an ideal time to enjoy the panoramic views and, on a clear day, take in the sunrise. Your ship then journeys to discover the prehistoric Me Cung Cave before cruising through the labyrinth of islandas on your way back to the mainland. In the afternoon you will travel back to Hanoi by coach for a local dinner and your overnight stay
Overnight in Hano

Meals: Brunch and Dinner

Day 6: Hanoi – Flight to Luang Prabang

Free at leisure till time transfer to airport for flight to Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility 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. Today is free at your leisure to explore.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Suggested Flight: VN931 HAN LPQ 12:40 13:45 (Airfare is not included on our price)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Luang Prabang City Tour

Your full day city tour begins after breakfast, with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then visit Wat Visoun, dating back to 1513 during the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun), this is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and was once home to the Prabang Buddhas. From there we stroll around to visit Wat Aham, which was once the residence of Sangkharat, the supreme head of Lao Buddhism.
We continue our visit to the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. Late afternoon, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8: Luang Prabang – Pak Our Cave

An early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there, we will take a short visit to the morning local market near the Royal Palace. At the market, you can find anything from rice, to fresh vegetables, to steamed fish, frogs, and anything else that might be the day’s catch, just set up on the ground, this is what the locals do every day. This is really the chance for you to get a real flavor of the local culture.
After breakfast, we embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, you will stop at Ban Muang Keo, a well-known village for its traditional Lao rice whisky distilling. You will arrive back in Luang Prabang in the late afternoon and continue by car to the outskirts of town to visit Ban Xangkhong , a village well-known for its wood paper making and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes.
If time permits, we will take a stroll around the city to visit Big Brother Mouse, which is the most famous bookshop in Laos.
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Luang Prabang – Flight to Siemreap

Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel check in. Afternoon, visit Chong Kneas to visit the fishing village by a private boat. Cruise through the fishing villages of the Tonle Sap Lake to discover the natural splendor and old lifestyle of the country.
Early evening, you will be taken by Tuk Tuk, a small open-sided taxi common in Cambodia, to cruise around the suburb of Siem Reap town and for a blessing ceremony by Buddhist monks for happiness, prosperity and safety for your journey.
Overnight in Siem Reap

Suggested Flight: QV513 LPQ-REP 10:55 14:20 ( Airfare is not included on our price)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Siemreap Tour – Private Car to Phnompenh

After breakfast, visit Angkor Thom, the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, built from the late 12th century to the early 13th century by King Jayavarman VII and consists of 54 towers, the Royal Enclosure, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. If time permits, we will also visit the jungle temple of Ta Prohm.
Afternoon, transfer to overland to Phnom Penh.
Dinner at local restaurant in Phnom Penh.
Overnight in Phnom Penh

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11: Phnompenh Tour

After breakfast, Visit Royal Palace is a royal residence now where His Majesty, the King of Cambodia, and the royal families live. it is like a small town of royal dynasties. Continue to Silver Pagoda, serves less as a functioning temple than a repository for cultural treasures such as 90 kg golden Buddha encrusted with 2086 diamonds.
Afternoon, take Cyclo ride from you hotel to visit Wat Phnom Temple is one of the most important pagodas in Phnom Penh. Built in 1373 on an artificial hill by the wealthy widow Daun Chi Penh and followed by local market of Psa Thmey.
Later this afternoon, enjoy Sunset Cruise on the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers in Phnom Penh, it bursts into 4 branches.
Overnight in Phnom Penh

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12: Phnompenh Tour

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to visit the “Killing Fields” of Choeng Ek (15 km south of Phnom Penh). Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) were detained and tortured at the S-21 prison and transported to extermination camp of Choeng Ek. Afternoon, visit Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 prison). This former school was used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeng Ek to be executed. Then Visit Russian Market (Toul Tumpong Market), the Market has gained reputation for cheap clothing, a large selection of Buddha images and woodcarvings, betel-nut boxes, silk, silver jewelry, and classic music instrument
Overnight in Phnompenh

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13: Phnompenh Departure

Breakfast at the hotel – Free and transfer to the airport for the flight departure

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14: Return to UK

*Return Economy airfare
*Accommodation in the category chosen or similar (subject to availability).
*Meals as mentioned in the program. B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner.
*All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program.
*Private transportation by vehicle with A/C
*Cruise on Non-private junk in Ha Long bay
*Waters during tour day
*Local English speaking guide(s) (different guides in different cities). Station guide on cruise in Halong Bay.

*Visa on arrival
*Any flight does not mentioned and international tax
*Bus ticket Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (USD 18/ticket)
*Travel insurance
*Early check-in and late check-out. Hotel/Room upgrade
*Festivity surcharge & festivity compulsory service by hotel(s) if any
*Detour(s)
*Tip, drinks, personal expenses and any service not clearly mentioned in the program

*Tour Manager will be for the duration of the tour only for groups of more than 20 passengers
*High Season: 01 Jan to 04 May 2017 & 01 Oct to 31 Dec 2017
*Low Season: 05 May – 30 Sep 2017
*Vietnam Lunar New Year: : 25 Jan 2017 – 06 Feb 2017
*Christmas Eve & New Year Eve: 20 Dec 2016 – 5 Jan 2017 & 20 Dec 2017 – 5 Jan 2018
*Compulsory Gala Dinner on 31 Jan 2017 & 24 Dec 2017