Departures and Arrivals

Vietnam, Laos and Camboja

Description of itinerary

  • Siem Reap;
  • Ho Chi Minh City;
  • Cu Chi Tunnels;
  • Mekong Delta / My Tho;
  • Hue Royal City;
  • Da Nang;
  • Hoi An Ancient Town;
  • Hanoi;
  • Halong Bay;
  • Luang Prabang;

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Package

Day 1 – Arrival In Siem Reap (by A/C car)

Arrival in Siem Reap. Warm welcome to everybody, a moment of courtesy meeting then self-introduce with tour guide in the meeting points Siem Reap Airport.

Siem Reap – The Cradle of Angkor Civilization – Where Cambodian were Born, this is also a famous Archaeological City, as named as one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the World. Covering approx 600 sq km, it contains more than 100 fabulous ancient monuments and over dozen major compound Temples, which were built during the most splendid Era of the Khmer Dynasty between the 9th – 13th centuries and were the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire. The constant building program undertaken by successive Khmer kings can be compared favourably with the pyramid construction projects of the Pharaohs in Egypt. Similar to the Pharaohs, the Khmer kings made use of a vast force of slave labour. Each new “project” was made possible by the 750,000 people estimated to have lived at Angkor during the 12th and 13th centuries. Here, travellers will have experiences about Cambodian’s Spirit value worth through Ancient Temples (worshipping Shiva-Hindu, or Buddha, Khmer Kings), the stately vestiges of Old Palaces, Royal Courts, ancient Terraces, Public Building, collapsed citadels and antique Towers.

Our experienced tour guide will transmit you the loveliest aspects of Angkor Temples – during 25′ by coach from the Airport to your hotel in the centre of town. Check-in and room-keys are being available.

Note of check-in / check-out procedures: Please note that standard check in time is 14.00, check out at 12.00. Early check in or late check-out is subject to room availability. Hotel can guarantee early check in or late check-out at 50% of the room rate or full charge as depend on the state at that time.

Afternoon, the trip can be followed up to the floating village of the Chong Khneas port near Phnom Krom, located 15 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap rivers, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia and the largest in Asia, its extraordinary bio-diversity and hydrology make it an ecological wonder of the world, offer visitors an insight into the old tradition of riparian life and natural splendour of Cambodia. After a tour of Tonle Sap, stopover to have a look at the Old Market & colonial quarter, take your time to enjoy a busy market day, communicating with the local sales and all sorts of their products. It is quite a sight to see, to give somewhat a picture of Cambodian social living.

You shall not miss a welcoming buffet dinner with “Apsara Dance”. For those delegates thirsting for cultural highlights of Cambodia, No visit to Cambodia is complete without attending at least one traditional Khmer dance performance, often referred to as Apsara Dance after one of the most popular Classical dance pieces. Traditional Khmer dance is better described as dance-drama in that the dances are not merely dance but are also meant to convey a story or message.

Evening is the time of an exclusive Cultural Show-Dinner on buffet (see supplement), with the most traditional surrounds accompanied with the best of regional Cambodian cuisine in a local restaurant. Your clients will enjoy able the tradition Royal musical instruments of Cambodia. A traditional music band will sow in your mind the most memorable moments of lifetime thru the folk-music, folk-singers, folk-songs and folk-dances of Apsara dancers during dinner.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 2 – Siem Reap – Full day tour (by A/C car)

Today, let’s experience a full day tour to discover Siem Reap. Morning, visit to the the wonderful Angkor Wat – one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the world. Angkor Wat is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. Angkor Wat is the centerpiece of any visit to the temples of Angkor, as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman II at the peak of the Khmer empire in early – Mid 12th century C.E., Angkor Wat is probably the best-preserved of the Angkorean temples, with a central tower surrounded by four smaller towers, a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. The central monument represents the mythical Mount Meru, the holy mountain at the centre of the universe, which was home to the Hindu God Vishnu. The whole complex covers 81 hectares, a rectangular wall measuring 1025 meters by 800 meters borders the inner edge of the moat, and temples.

Afternoon continuing visit to the Angkor Thom (Big Angkor) on late 12th – early 13th century C.E., is a 3km2 walled and moated royal cities and was the last capital of the Angkorian empire. There are five entrances (gates) to the city, one for each cardinal point, and the victory gate leading to the Royal Palace area. Each gate is crowned with 4 giant faces; first stop for visiting is The South Gate, then Bayon – the Angkors greatest temple. The giant stone faces of Bayon have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. There are 37 standing towers; the best of Bayon are the bas-reliefs on the exterior walls of the lower level and on the upper level where the stone faces reside. Proceeding to visit a double terrace wall are the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of the Elephants, the walls display some particularly fine sculpture including the five headed horse and scenes of warriors and dancers, with deeply carved nagas, demons and other mythological beings.

Finally, in the late afternoon, coming to the Phnom Bakheng temple, is the first temple in Angkor region build by the YacovarmanI King in the first of 9th century, located on a slope gently hill where thousands tourist are grouping on the hilltop to catch a memorable time of life when viewing the marvellous sunset, the distant Angkor Wat in the jungle and Tonle Sap Lake.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

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Day 3 – Siem Reap / Ho Chi Minh City (by A/C car, plane)

After breakfast, check out then transfer to visit to the Gate of the Death, Thommanon, small, attractive temple in very good condition, built at the same time as Angkor Wat. It’s Angkor Wat style is most easily seen in the style of the carved apsaras and the shape of the tower, Chaosay Tevoda, it seems to stand in partnership with Thommanon but actually was built much later in Suryavarman II’s rule than Thommanon, Banteay kdei Then visit Kravan, Srash Srong, & especially Ta Phrom Temple, was a monastery built by Jayavarman VII as a residence for his mother. Ta Prohm has been controversially left to the destructive power of the jungle by French archeologists to show how nature can destroy mans work. It has been largely overgrown by the jungle and as you climb through the dilapidated stone structures you see many giant trees growing out of the top of the temple itself. Ta Prohm looks as many of the monuments did when European explorers first laid eyes on them.

After that, transfer to the Siem Reap airport for departure flight to Saigon by VN826 at 13.30-14.50.

Arrival in Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City. Warmly welcome to everybody, a moment of courtesy meeting then self-introduce with tour guide at the meeting points Tan Son Nhat Airport. Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City, a young city with the age of more than 300 years, a center of culture, education, commerce and tourism of Vietnam, the biggest city of Vietnam mix with the West and the Orient, and once known as the “Pearl of Far East”.

On the way to hotel, take a stop-over at Neo-Roman Notre Dame Cathedral – one of the most splendid and typical of the beautiful French-built churches in Ho Chi Minh city, next Municipal Post Office – Saigons French-style main post office to admire and take photos of its nice architecture that is one of the Ho Chi Minh CITYs symbolizing images. Then drive slowly along a historical boulevard which the impressive buildings as the old US Embassy the Prime Ministerial building and many more, there are like the historical witnesses to the ups and downs, political upheavals of a Nation and its generations. Later, pass by Ho Chi Minh City People Committee (also the old French City Hall before 1975), and Municipal Theatre built in 1899.

Transfer to hotel for check-in and free time for your own activities.

You shall not miss an Outdoor dinner at Binh Quoi Village. For those travelers thirsting for cultural highlights of Vietnam, try dinner at Binh Quoi village for the most traditional surrounds accompanied with the best of regional Vietnamese cuisine.

Evening is the time of Cultural Show-Dinner, is an fantastic dinner in a garden-riverside restaurant on buffet or set-menu, transfer to Binh Quoi tourist village, and enjoy a traditional show of wedding ceremony before having buffet dinner on the riverside restaurant with a very pleasant setting. The show will tell you the Southern Vietnamese traditional wedding with folk music and classic melodies, rites expressing Vietnamese humanity, a cup of reception herbal tea is good beginning to wake-up your mind for a night show. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 4 – Ho Chi Minh City / Cu Chi Tunnels (by A/C car, 70km)

Morning excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels located at the threshold of Saigon and adjacent to the revolutionary base, played an important role in the two wars on before 1975. Visitors will have a lot of questions as knowing that Cu Chi was an “underground village” with its labyrinth of interlaced tunnels having a combined length of more than 200 km of tunnels built here by the Communist guerillas are the highlight of South Vietnam tours. You will be guided to the bedrooms, meeting rooms, air-raid shelters, smokeless kitchens, and experience life underground during your short visit to this extraordinary tunnel complex. Opportunity to crawl into the tunnels for discovering and hearing all things of it. You can also try shooting with real bullets here (your own account).

Return Ho Chi Minh City and visit the Reunification Palace – a symbol of Saigon old Government before 1975, (also called former President Palace) to learn the sorrowful historic of Vietnam Ideology War from 1954-1975. Then have a quick tour at a lacquerware / Silk factory of Handmade Workshop where the skillful artisans will explain and show you the whole interesting and complicated process to produce a beautiful lacquer ware from wood, egg shell, oyster shell, lacquer, and sewing the long-dress (Ao Dai)… For the rest of the day, enjoy shopping in the busy Ben Thanh Market – a most typical market of Vietnam, with how many things are available for your choice: jewelry, gold and silvers items, silk, lacquer-ware, woodcarving, ready-made clothes… all at extremely attractive price.

Evening, you will have an interesting dinner cruise (see supplement) on Saigon River in a floating restaurant and getting the admirable feel of the charming views of Saigon river and city-by-night during a short river-cruising.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 5 – Ho Chi Minh City / Danang / Hoi An Ancient Town (by plane, A/C car 30km)

This morning, early check out then transfer to airport for a flight of VN322 at 11.30-12.40 to Danang airport.

Arrival Da Nang, an ancient land closely connected with cultural traditions, mixing the famous beautiful sites, the white sand beaches. Take a brief visit to the Museum of Cham Sculpture. This is the only museum dedicated to preserving the unique Champa sculptural heritage in South East Asia. There are about 300 items of sculpture exhibited here. Most of them are original works carved in sandstone, some are terracotta. Items exhibited include altars statues and decorations from Cham towers and palaces. The statues include the Gods Siva Vishnu Brahma as well as the brahmanists Buddhas dancers and musicians elephants lions the holy cow Nandin and the holy bird Garuda. These date from the 7th century to the 15th century. Then stone carving villages at Marble Mountains, where visitors will see the skilful artisans working on the products of marble / granite and visitors can choose a collection of excellent stone products for souvenir.

From Da Nang you continue to Hoi An ancient town, lies on the banks of the Thu Bon River, 30 km south of Danang, has a distinct Chinese atmosphere with low, tile-roofed houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets still remains almost intact. Occupied by early western traders, Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. All the houses were made of rare wood, decorated with lacquered boards and panels engraved with Chinese characters. Pillars were also carved with ornamental designs.

Transfer to hotel for check in and free at leisure for your own activities. Overnight in Hoian.

Day 6 – Hoi An Ancient Town / Hue Royal City (by A/C car 135 km)

After breakfast, enjoy an interesting walking town-tour. It is the best way to discover Hoian ancient town, visit The Japanese Covered Bridge where retains a harmony of architectural styles, combining Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese cultural characteristics. Ong Pagoda is one of the typical pagodas in Hoi An’s old quarter, built in 1653 and is dedicated to Quan Thanh De Quan (Quan Van Truong). Fukien ESE Assembly Hall was built in 1692 by Chinese Phuoc Kien merchants, is architecturally unique with its artistic ornaments and beautiful statues, Chinese architectural style combined with Vietnamese workmanship has enriched it with Hoi An’s cultural character. Tan Ky Ancient House, constructed almost two centuries ago as the house of a Vietnamese merchant. It has always been lovingly preserved and now looks almost exactly as it did in the early 19th century, Hand-made Silk workshop as a last destination.

Proceeding to Hue Royal City – the Complex of Monuments, the heart of central Vietnam served as Vietnam’s political capital 1802 to 1945 under the 13 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty and was recognized as the World Cultural Heritage Site. Hue – has been the Capital of a unified Vietnam, built at about the beginning of the 19th century, combines the oriental philosophy with the traditions of Vietnam. Intimately mingled with the natural environment, the beauty and special richness of the architecture and decorative art of the building are an original image of the Vietnamese monarchy at its most prosperous period.

The trip passes many spectacular scenarios along the National Highway 1, via the breathing Hai Van Pass, literal meaning is “Sea and Cloud”, is the highest and longest pass in Vietnam with the north- south national highway zigzagging through it for almost 20 km. Reaching to a height of 496 m above sea level the pass seems to be lost in the clouds almost all of the time. In the 15th century King Le Thanh Ton when stopping here to admire the dreamy and majestic scene of sky cloud and sea called it “De Nhat Hung Quan” (the First Grandiose Landscape of the country). From the highest point of the pass you get a bird’s eye view of the rich lowlands encircling the city of Danang with its image reflected on the waters of Han River. To the south and at the foot of the mountain lies the Nam O seashore where there is a fine beach with gentle waves and fishing boats crowding the water front.

Photo-stop somewhere in the Pass, get your perfect pictures of Lang Co beach, a spectacular landscape & peaceful fishing hamlet.

Upon arrival in Hue, check in and free evening for individual exploring in dreamlike Hue.

This evening, you may enjoy a most impressive dinner with ROYAL FORMALITIES at DUYET THI DUONG THEATRE inside the CITADEL, there is the former Royal Theatre for the Lords of Vietnam from mostly 200 years ago, and the oldest of Vietnamese traditional stage that remained.

The lovely lantern lights on the way will highlight the road towards the Citadel. Welcome by royal cocktail then experience ROYAL DINNER with 10 Course banquet menus. Enjoy Vietnamese court music and royal dances, which proclaimed as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. We are staying Hue so this is the good time to look-back then taste the forbidden palaces’ environment as the Oriental Lords, the Kings and Mandarins in its golden time.

Let vote one Lady and one Gentleman in your group to be the King and the Queen as well, the rests will surely are the high ranking Civil / Military Mandarins. The ceremonial music band and traditional dance will perform during dinner (see supplement).

Overnight in Hue.

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Day 7 – Hue Royal City / Hanoi (by A/C car, boat, plane)

This morning, enjoy the exciting historical tour by a visit to the Royal Tomb of Tu Duc King, its serious sceneries, impressive architectures to remind a splendid monarchy and the circulate widely false news of the real tomb of Tu Duc remains hidden for future generations to discover. Then strolling around the mighty Imperial City, photo-stop at the Royal National high-school and its Royal Stele on the bank of Perfume River, which was the most famous National school in Vietnam, visit The Imperial City – Purple Forbidden City, is the best-preserved remnant of a vast citadel and royal quarters that once existed on the site. To put the ruins into context, it is important to consider how they were originally used., there are a network of palaces, gates, and courtyards that served as The Emperor’s home and the administrative core of the Empire, visit The Flag Tower – a huge structure of three flat-top pyramids, the nine holy cannons are housed in two buildings beside the The Nhan and Quang Duc Miradors in the Citadel of Hue, Palace of the Supreme Harmony, was the building for great court’s meetings. It faces the Noontime Gate (Ngo Mon Gate) and lies right on the central axis of the Citadel, The Mieu Temple is situated southwest of the Citadel and facing south, dedicated to ten Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, then The Royal Theater – DUYET THI DUONG was the oldest of Vietnamese traditional stage that remained.

Transfer to the Royal Marina and continuing boat upstream to visit Thien Mu Pagoda (Pagoda of Heavenly Lady).

While the wind smoothly moves the bamboo branches. One hears the Thiên Mu bell, and the Thá»?-Xuong roosters song.

Thien Mu Pagoda located on a sloping pine hill with the front side facing the Perfume River, was firstly built in 1601 which its 21-metre-high tower of seven storeys and refined bell are always the most beautiful sceneries of the ancient pagodas in whole country, and the highest spirit of Vietnamese also, a moment enjoy the beautiful views of sunset, the sun is setting down along the Perfume river and the tinged clouds becoming dim on horizon. Lets put in your mind the sceneries surroundings…they may be a shine star of lifetime and memorable feelings.

Now, straight up to the Phu Bai airport for your domestic flight to Hanoi by VN246 at 21.35-22.45.

Hanoi – its legendary beginnings from 1,010 to 15th century then before the World War II, after 1954 as well, is the cradle of Red River Delta civilization with green rice-fields, its Old streets and colonial Quarter, its calm lakes, the shaded boulevards, its verdant public parks and sunny smiles with truly Far-East Asian faces …Our experienced tour guide will transmit you the most lovely aspects of Hanoi – the ancient city of 1,000 yrs, during 45 by coach from the Airport to your Hotel in the centre city.

Transfer to hotel for check-in and free time. Overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 8 – Hanoi – Full Day Tour (by A/C car, rickshaw)

After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of Hanoi, let’s experience the basic concepts of political Vietnam currently by visit to the Chairman Palace area, there are Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Ba Dinh National square, Stilt House; One Pillar Pagoda, a nice group picture should photo in the parade yard of Ba Dinh National square with the great back view of Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. Continuing to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple are located on an islet of West Lake, then the Temple of Literature, is a classic Confucianism temple from the category “Confucianism”, was founded as a Confucian Temple and a huge statue and alter to Confucius remain there today, the first university in Viet Nam was founded here and many rows and rows of big stone slabs that sat on the backs of stone tortoises. These slabs are actually the stele of the school’s successful doctorate candidates.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology where contains more than 10,000 objects which depict all aspects of life, customs, and habits of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Then enjoy an interesting tour by traditional Pedicabs, the best and most stylish way as far more charming to see Hanoi and to take in the sights and sounds of the Old quarter is by Cycle (a tricycle), your people will enjoy 1 hour cycle tour the Old Quarter and shopping streets to watch the daily lives of the people living on and around the busy areas, the small rickshaws will carry you strolling around the Old Quarter and shopping streets, to relax and view to daily-life surrounding or communicating is a good way to have a full impression of the city, catch the spirit of Vietnam. Rickshaws will return back at the Garden of Hoan Kiem Lake – the Return-Sword Lake, to visit Ngoc Son – Heroic Temple, But Tower, where you will be fascinating with legendary stories from 600 years that a turtle stole a king’s sword and took it to the bottom of this lake.

A moment free in Garden of Hoan Kiem Lake to enjoy the lovely Hanoi landscapes in the sunset until the time of water puppet show, a unique art form of Vietnamese, at Thang Long Water Puppet Troupe, and you will also experience more about a specific culture in South-East Asia coming from the civilization of the agriculture of wet rice during the performance.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 9 – Hanoi / Halong Bay (by A/C car 175 km, a Cruising tour by wooden junk)

This morning, check-out right after breakfast, and drive straight up to Halong Bay, the highway is smoothly and cost you of 3.5 – 4 hours usually, since we have to stop somewhere for the rests or visiting also. Landscapes en route are very interesting with the immense rice-fields, farmers are working in the fields, small and peace villages ….there are the sweet beginnings to talk with then explaination of Vietnam by our tour guide.

Arrival Halong Bay, come to the Marina for a cruising tour 5 hours by a big wooden Junk on Halong Bay, this is a golden time for your voyage – a masterpiece of Nature. Ha Long Bay is constituted by 3000 small and big islands of all shapes.

In 1994 UNESCO classified Halong Bay as a World Natural Heritage and in November 2000, the World Heritage Committee reconfirmed this classification, your excursion to Halong Bay will re-evaluate the classification of UNESCO to this fairyland

In the book intituled “Wonders of the World” published in 1950. The French marshal Lyautey compared it with Venice rocks in the “Letters of Tonkin and Madagascar” (June 24, 1895).

The French novelist Yvonne Schultz did not hesitate to praise the miraculous beauty of this bay: “All heights and ten thousand forms; imagination, imitation, pagodas, Hindu temples, menhirs, Chinese towers, pieces of chess-board or true immense mountain. And the extraordinary flows simulating the ruined keeps, the broken down bastions, a succession of palaces with the open belly and tribes of mutilated idols.”

HALONG BAY is nearly a hidden bay with thousands of limestone islands densely rising from the blue jade water in a sea area of over 1500 square kilometers. Its 1969 green islands enfeeble the strong winds blowing from the ocean to leave the transparent water of the bay often calm in cool and healthy air. From time to time, sailing Junk appearing and disappearing between the islands make the poetic sight more colorful like sparkling pearls or coral reefs found out in the bay. The beauty of the bay is not monotone, at different positions of viewing, it will astonish viewers with quite different fascinations. In the caves and grottoes of stone islands, visitors will discover and admire how many impressive stalactites and stalagmites. The caves have strange but very accurate names, have their own legends in their names as Thien Cung (Heaven Palace) grotto, Dau Go (Wooden Head) grotto, stop-over to visit the caves, your sailing Junk will continue to visit around the shapely islets of fighting cock, incense-burner and others. Landing in Titop Islet, there is the calm and so clean sand & transparent beaches, somewhat little rocky mountains and a beautiful tall terrace, enjoy sun-sea bathing there that always waits to give you the most wonderful sea bathing in calm, transparent water under the sunlight.

We shall suggest you do not miss a romantic lunch with very fresh sea-food on-board, since after visit the floating-rafts/houses of living sea-food, taste the specilities of Halong Bay is quite a life-time experience (see supplement).

The Junk sailing back to Marina and transfer to your hotel for check-in.

(we highly recommend a strolling walk along the shore of Halong Bay while the sun is setting down, enjoy yourself the pure breeze, beautiful view of glow of sunset in the sky… is the perfect compensation to the busy days recently).

Overnight in Halong Bay.

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Day 10 – Halong Bay / Noi Bai Airport / Luang Prabang (by A/C car, plane)

After breakfast, free at leisure until check-out, return to Hanoi and you will enjoy shopping at Dong Xuan Market, the biggest market in Hanoi.

Then, straight-up to the Noi Bai airport for a departure flight to Luang Prabang by VN867/ QV323 18.25–19.25.

Welcome to Luang Prabang – the ancient capital of the Lao Kingdom, list by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 1995. Luang Prabang today is a small, peaceful town with a remarkably well-preserved combination of Lao and colonial French architecture, which led to UNESCO World Heritage in 1995. Though virtually nothing of the magnificent 14th century capital of Fa Ngoum has survived the ravages of time and numerous invasions, the city is still a veritable treasure trove of beautiful temples, and historical monuments of the kingdoms that rose and fell in the centuries that followed.

Transfer to hotel for check-in and free leisure at night. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 11 – Luang Prabang – Full day tour (by A/C car)

After breakfast, a full day sightseeing around Luang Prabang including visit National Museum at the former royal Palace which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao cultural dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. Then visit the weaving village of Lu ethnic at Ban Phanom which is well known for its hand weaving.

Afternoon you will visit some royal temples such as: Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple; Heading out of this area, we explore some other major sights including the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, inside you will see the stupa which is know as that Makmo because the form is like the half of Watermelon, the temple structures are decorated in various ways with gilded stuccoes and doorways. Continue to Wat Aham, which was formerly the residence of the Sangkharat (Supreme Patriarch of Lao Buddhism). Two large banyan trees grace the grounds, which are semi deserted except for the occasional devotee who comes to make offerings to the towns most important spirit shrine at the base of the trees. Followed-up is a visit to Wat Mai – largest temple in Luang Prabang with a gorgeous atmosphere, playing the role of a temple for the royal family until 1875. If enough time, enjoy shopping at the central market and strolling around the shopping area, take your time to enjoy a busy market day, communicating with the local sales and all sorts of their products. It’s quite a sight to see, to give somewhat a picture of Lao social living. Finally, you climb up to the top of the Phousi temple with 382 steps up to take a good view of the beautiful sunset, of greater Luang Prabang and Mekong rivers on surrounding. On early evening, we explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Back to your hotel and free at leisure at night. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 12 – Xieng Khuang – Vientaine (by car A/C, plane)

Breakfast, we will drive to visit the Plain of Jars, the archaeological stone Jars (site 2 and 3). There are over 300 giant stone jars scattered across the misty plateau, hey weight between one and six tons each. A legendary story from solid rock around 3,000 years ago of an Bronze Age civilization is really amazing you. The jars are about 2,000 years old but nobody knows the true story about them or how they came to be there. Local legend says that they were made to ferment rice wine after a victory against a wicked chieftan in the 6th century.

Transfer to Xieng Khuang airport for a flight back to Vientiane via QV402 at 14.40- 15.10. Rest of day would probably experience the most traditional and busiest market in Vientiane – Sang Market… until the late afternoon. Overnight Vientiane.

Day 13 – Vientaine – Fly beck home (by car A/C, plane)

After breakfast, free at leisure until the time of check-out, then transfer to Vientiane airport for a flight back home via Bang Kok or Hanoi.

It’s timely, you have to say goodbye Cambodia, Laos, Good-bye Indochina. We thank you very much for your choice of our company as your ground handler in Cambodia & Laos, then South East Asia countries on further, be sure all our people are your best friends always and beyond. May we will meet and honoured welcome you have other voyages to Indochina in the days coming, continuing to discover, to experience the endless imposing landscapes, then get the really restful moments in a diversified World and a this colourful Sub region of the Mekong River: VIETNAM – LAOS – CAMBODIA – THAILAND – MYANMAR!

Good-bye and see you again!

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Prices in U$ Dollar

Tour Rates

Rating Hotels 2 3 4-6 7-10 11-14 15+1 20+1 25+1 Single Suppl.
Deluxe 5* 2450 2219 2074 1928 1853 1837 1776 1735 1136
1stClass 4* 2067 1839 1693 1545 1440 1425 1370 1333 866
Supplement of Meals in the local restaurants ( including transfers ):
  • US$15/ pax / lunch;
  • US$20 / pax / dinner;
  • US$25 / pax / Saigon river cruising dinner;
  • US$28 / pax / dinner with Traditional Wedding Show in Saigon (available on Tue, Thu & Sat);
  • US$65 / pax / dinner with ROYAL FORMALITIES at DUYET THI DUONG THEATRE inside the CITADEL (for group-size over 25 paying paxs);
  • US$25 / pax / dinner with Apsara traditional show in Angkor Village Apsara Theatre www.angkorvillage.com (available on Tue, Thu & Sat);
  • US$25 / pax / dinner with Apsara traditional show in local restaurants;
  • VICTORIA HOTELS & RESORTS: US$25 – 35/LUNCH or DINNER (set menu)/pax/meal. For group over 15 Pax staying in Victoria Hotels & Resorts, 01 compulsory Lunch or dinner is required to take place inside.

Supplement of the airfares for inner flights on Economic Class:

  • Siem Reap / Saigon: US$170/PAX exclusive of departure airport tax US$25/PAX
  • Saigon / Danang: US$110/PAX inclusive of departure airport tax
  • Hue / Hanoi: US$110/PAX inclusive of departure airport tax
  • Hanoi / Luang Prabang by VN: US$ 195/PAX inclusive departure airport tax
  • Hanoi / Luang Prabang by QV: US$ 175/PAX inclusive departure airport tax

REMARK: The airfare ticket may change without prior notice, unless tickets issue.

Inclusive of

  • Private transportation between areas by air-conditioned vehicles, boat, rickshaw as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation based on twin or double – sharing room with daily breakfast.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary on travelling days.
  • Regional English speaking guides during tour on travelling days.

Exclusive of

  • International / inner flights and its departure airport taxes.
  • Visa arrangement fees (Visa on upon arrival is available; PLEASE ASK US FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCES).
  • Insurances.
  • Personal expense such as telephone calls, fax, laundry, beverages and meals, and highlights or sightseeing which are not indicated in the program.
  • Lunch & Dinner in the good local restaurants (see supplements).
  • An extra fee for French / Russian / German / Spanish / Italian speaking guides.
  • Excess baggage charges. Tips to guides, porterages & drivers.

Child policy: Sharing room with parents

  • Child under 6 YRS without extra bed : 40% of adult’s rate, with extra bed : 65% of adult’s rate
  • Child from 6-10 YRS without extra bed : 60% of adult’s rate, with extra bed : 80% of adult’s rate.
  • Child from 10 YRS without extra bed : 80% of adult’s rate, with extra bed : 100% of adult’s rate.

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Hotel List

Hotels per type

Cities Deluxe First Class
Siem Reap Sofitel Royal Angkor Golf & Spa

Le Meridien Angkor

Tara Angkor

Prince D’angkor

Ho Chi Minh City New World

Equatorial

Windsor Plaza

Rex

Kim Do

Hoi An Ancient Town Palm Garden Resort

Golden Sand Resort

Hoi An Beach Resort

River-Beach Resort

Hue Royal City Imperial

Saigon Morin

Huong Giang

Park View

Hanoi Meliá

Horison

Sheraton Hanoi

Sunway

Lake Side

Thang Loi

Flower Garden

Halong Bay Halong Plaza

Saigon Halong

Mithrin

Grand Halong

Luang Pra Bang Villa Santi Hotel & Resort Muang Luang

Parasol Blanc

Notes

  • Other similar hotels are replaced if the mentioned hotels are fully booked.

The Mysterious Wonders of Indochina

Conditions of tour

Validity

The offered prices have been just estimated only, might valid from APRIL 2009, subject to change prior by room abilities before departure date without any notice, kindly to ask a final rate as tailor-made for your group size and supposed departure day.

Notes of payment

Please be informed that payment by Bank Draft is NOT accepted.

Deposit

Deposit representing of a 30% estimated charge for the whole is to be submitted when tentative confirm and the balance will be paid at least 15 days prior to arrival.

Rooming List/Name List

A rooming list/Name List for the group or individual bookings must be submitted to the HOTEL/INNER AIR CARRIERS at least 30 days prior to the groups or as soon as if it is available.

Cut-off Date

30 days prior for the groups arrival.

Cancellation Policy

  • Within 30 days prior to arrival, 30% charge will be applied;
  • Within 21 days prior to arrival, 50% charge will be applied;
  • Within 14 days prior to arrival, 70% charge will be applied;
  • Within 7 days prior to arrival, 100% charge will be applied;

Responsibility

In cases of Force Majeure, unpredictable events (natural calamity, epidemic diseases, delayed flights, etc.) which are powerless or out of control. We will not compensate any service influenced. The parties concerned nevertheless just try the best in order to limit potential loss or damage.

Passengers will pay all expenses as the extra for any change, which is made by the Clients themselves during the on-going tour.

During the on-going tour, any cut of services, which is made by Passengers themselves, will not be refunded at all.

The responsibility of our company and land partners is limited. We will not accept any responsibility in the event of damage, loss, accident, illness, delay or other irregularity due to defects in any vehicle used for transportation or the fault or default of any company or person employed in the organization of the transportation. We are not responsible for any consular, political or military complications created voluntarily or involuntarily by the passengers or any other person. We cannot be held responsible for any fault or default or negligence by hotels owners or his employees. We reserve the right to decline, to accept or retain any person and to change or cancel the tours, if necessary, for any reason. The airline tickets shall, when issued, constitute to the sole contract between the passenger and the airline. The airline is not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event, when the passengers are not on board its aircraft. Any deposit will represent acceptance of all the above mentioned conditions.

Ask the expert, your travel agent

When you plan your vacation to IndoChina or ASIA countries, let a professional help you. Your local agent will put your mind at ease answering any questions you may have about currency, climate, passports, health regulations, etc. Let your argent make all your travel arrangements.

The Mysterious Wonders of Indochina

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