Treasures of Indochina
Description of itinerary
- Luang Prabang;
- Siem Reap;
- Phnom Penh;
- Mekong Delta / Chau Doc;
- Can Tho;
- Ho Chi Minh City;
- Cu Chi Tunnels;
- Hoi An Ancient Town;
- Hue Royal City;
- Halong Bay;
Day 1 – Arrival in Bangkok (By A/C Car)
Arrival at the airport. Welcome to Bangkok – the “Land of Smiles”, one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities, a national treasure house and Thailand’s spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic centre.
Note: check-in time is after 14.00HRS. Early check in will be charged extra of 50% or 100% of one night depending on your check in time.
We will be transferred to our hotel for check in and free at leisure time. Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 2 – Bangkok / Vientiane (By plane & A/C Car)
After breakfast, transfer to Bangkok airport for flight to Vientiane via TG690 at 11.45 – 12.55. Welcome to Vientiane – the Capital of Laos – the only land – locked country in Southeast Asia’s land and one of the last places to see old Indochina.
Upon arrival enjoy a brief city tour around Vientiane. Visit the most sacred temples of Wat Sisaket, built in 1818 by Chao Anou – the very king responsible for incurring the wrath of the Siamese and causing his capital’s obliteration. Then we will see Patouxai war memorial. Inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Patouxai is adorned with an array of rough hero Lao historical imagery and offers a splendid, panoramic view of the city from its top. Proceeding to That Luang – most important national monument in Vientiane, a symbol of both Buddhism and Lao sovereignty, was constructed in 1566 by King Setthathirat.
Then transfer to hotel for check – in and time of rest. Evening dinner at local restaurant with Lao Traditional dance. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 3 – Vientiane / Luang Prabang (By A/C Car, plane)
After breakfast we drive along the bank of Mekong River to visit the Buddha Park, containing a combination of hundred statues of Hindu divinities and Buddha. Today we will also visit Ban Nong Boua Thong – a famous weaving village in Vientiane and Morning Market where we can find the antique items and handmade textile.
Afternoon, transfer to airport for flight of QV103 at 18.30 – 19.10 to Luang Prabang – the ancient capital of the Lao Kingdom, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 1995. This small, peaceful town is 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 your dinner will be served at good local restaurant. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 4 – Luang Prabang full day tour (By A/C Car, boat)
After breakfast enjoy a full day sightseeing around Luang Prabang. In the morning, take an excursion by boat, upstream on the Mekong to visit Pak Ou caves in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. Our first stop will be at Ban Xanghai, a well known village for Lao traditional rice whisky. We are welcome to taste and take it away. Return to Luang Prabang and continue visit to the National museum at the formal Royal Palace. Proceeding to the Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. This evening we will enjoy an impress dinner with Baci Ceremony inside a good local restaurant. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 5 – Luang Prabang / Siem Reap (By A/C Car, Plane, boat)
After breakfast, transfer to Luang Prabang airport for a flight of QV869 at 10-35 – 12.15 to Siem Reap, the Cradle of Angkor Civilization, where Cambodian was born. This is also a famous Archeological City, named as one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the World. Covering 600 sq km, it contains more than 100 fabulous ancient monuments and over dozen major compound Temples, which were built between the 9 and 13 centuries and were the ancient capital of Khmer Empire.
Transfer to hotel for check in and a rest time. In the afternoon, visit floating village of the Chong Khneas. 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 biodiversity and hydrology make it an ecological wonder of the world. Followed up, visit to “Les artisants d”Angkor – Chantiers Ecoles and doing shopping at Old Market & Colonial Quarter.
You shall not miss a welcoming buffet dinner with Apsara Dance.
For those travelers 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.
We would strongly recommend a Cultural Show-Dinner on buffet, 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 6 – Siem Reap full day tour (By A/C Car)
After breakfast enjoy a full day excursion to discover Angkor Temples. We will visit the wonderful Angkor Thom (the great city), famous Bayon Temple composed of 54 gothic towers decorated with 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara. Baphuon temple is a pyramidal representation of mystical Mont Meru. Terarce of Elephants used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall. Afternoon we will visit the wonderfull Angkor Wat – one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the world, as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman II at the peak of the Khmer empire in the first half of 12TH century.
In the late afternoon, coming to the Phnom Bakheng temple, is the first temple in Angkor region build by the Yacovarman I King in the first of 9TH century. Back to hotel and free at night. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 7 – Siem Reap full day tour (By A/C Car)
Full day tour of Angkor complex. Morning visit to Thommanon, small, attractive temple in very good condition, built in the same time as Angkor Wat. Then visit Kravan & especially Ta Phrom Temple, was a monastery built by Jayavarman VII as a residence for his mother. Ta Prohm has controversaly left to the destructive power of the jungle by French archeologist to show how nature can destroy man’s work. It has been largely overgrown by the jungle and as we climb through the dilapidated stone structures, we will see many giant trees growing out of the top of the temple itself. Ta Prohm looks like many of the monuments did when European explores first laid eyes on them.
After that visit Pre Rup, traditionally believed to be a funeral temple, but in fact the state temple of Rajendravarman II. Mebon, architecturally and artistically superior temple – mountain. Small but classic Jayavarman VII temple, Neak Pean, which means “coiled serpents” from the uncoiled nagas that encircled the temple. The temple is faces by a statue of the horse, Balaha, saving drowning sailors and Preah Khan, Preah Khan means “sacred sword”. In harmony with Ta Prohm, which was dedicated to Jayavarman VII’s mother, Preah Khan is dedicated to his father.
Dinner will be served at good local restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 8 – Siem Reap / Phnom Penh (By A/C Car, plane & cycle)
This morning, check out right after breakfast. And transfer to Siem Reap airport for a flight of FT993 at 10.10 – 11.20 to Phnom Penh. This city retains its traditional Khmer and colonial charm. French villas along tree-lined boulevards remind us that the city was once considered the gem of Southeast Asia.
Transfer to hotel for check in and a moment of rest. Later in the day we will enjoy 1 hour cycle tour along the Tonle Sap riverfront to watch the daily lives of the people. The Tonle Sap is a bustling promenade and home to many international style bars and restaurants, many of them set in restored colonial villas dating back to the 19 TH centuries. Rest of the day, have a look at Toul Tompong Market, called Russian Market because of the prevalence of items from Eastern Block in past times.
Back to hotel and free at leisure. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 9 – Phnom Penh full day tour (By A/C Car)
After breakfast we will enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of the city. We will visit Killing Field (Choeung Ek), the memorial. During the Khmer Rouge regime it became one of the killing fields of more than 17, 000 individuals. After we will visit Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, which used to be a high school but was converted by Khmer Rouge into prison.
Afternoon visit to the National Museum which contains more than 5000 art objects. We will also visit Wat Phnom Daun Penh – the name of a pagoda, was built by lady Daun Penh in 1372 on a little hill. Legend has it that after a particularly heavy flood, a wealthy Khmer woman named Daun Penh found a tree on the banks of the Mekong with four statues of Buddha hidden inside. Today Wat Phnom remains the highest artificial hill in Phnom Penh and the center of many forms of leisure activity.
Dinner will be served at good local restaurant. Back to hotel and free at leisure for your own activities. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 10 – Phnom Penh / Mekong Delta / Chau Doc (A/C Car, Speed boat)
This morning, check out then take photo-stop at Independence Monument – the Independence Monument commemorates the end of Cambodia’s ruled by France in 1953, which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony. Continue to visit the Royal Palace compound, was built by King Norodom in 1866, inside its gleaming yellow walls are most conspicuous feature and impressive colourful Khmer-style Halls for the Royal family, then visit Silver Pagoda, located in the compound of the Royal Palace. Inside its floor is constructed of 5000 silver tiles. In the centre of the pagoda there is a magnificent 17th-century emerald Buddha statue made of baccarat crystal and its walls enclosing are covered with frescoes depicting episodes from the Khmer version of the Ramayana.
After that, transfer to the harbour for a speed-boat trip to Chau Doc, Vietnam (ETD 13.30 – ETA 17.00). Arrival in Chau Doc, a boundary-town and confluence of Mekong Rivers and Vietnam-Cambodia frontier, right on the banks of the Bassac River at the Three River Crossing, enjoys the bustling life which is typical of the rivers which is typical Mekong Delta.
Check-in and free at leisure for your own hobbies. Overnight in Chau Doc.
Day 11 – Chau Doc / Can Tho (By A/C Car, 117 km)
This morning, we will be driven to the mystic Sam Mountain. Explore this 230 metre high sacred hill and its hundreds of temples, pagodas and tombs, with a mix of Chinese, Cham and Khmer cultures. Today, Sam Mountain is a pilgrimage site for Buddhists coming to pray and retreat from all over Vietnam. Visit the main pagoda, the “Blessed Lady” at the bottom of the hill. In the midst of the incense’s fragrance and smoke, you will see people touching the cape of the statue for blessing.
Then drive directly to Can Tho – the capital of Mekong Delta.
Arrival in Can Tho, check in then take your time to free at leisure, enjoy yourself the romantic and pleasant views of Vietnam countryside. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 12 – Can Tho / Ho Chi Minh City (by A/C car 180km, motor-river boat)
This morning, after breakfast, transfer to the pier then embark on an elegant traditional Mekong wooden ship, and cruising during sunrise, visit Cai Rang floating market where thousand commercial boats on the busy river are exchanging their specialities of Mekong Delta. Explore the treasures, strange-looking views of Mekong Rivers. Back to our hotel, check-out then stop-over Ninh Kieu wharf on the bank of Lower river – is a beautiful city garden where hundreds of shuttle-boats are waiting the passer-by, a good and memorable Group-picture should be take place, visit a superb ancient house once a setting for the famous French film “L’amant”, the house is dated 1800s with baroque detail.
Straight-up to Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City, a young city with the age of more than 300 years, a centre 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”. Transfer to hotel for express check-in and free at leisure for the rest of day.
Evening, we will have an interesting dinner cruise 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.Back to the hotel for good night. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 13 – Ho Chi Minh City / Cu Chi Tunnels (by A/C car 70km)
Morning taking an 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. 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 guerrillas are the highlight of South Vietnam tours. We 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. You can also try shooting with real bullets here.
Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the loveliest aspects of Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City. 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. Nearby is the 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. Then shopping at the 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.
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 a fantastic dinner in a garden-riverside restaurant on buffet or set-menu, transfer to Binh Quoi tourist village, and enjoys 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 (see supplement). (The wedding show is available on Tue, Thu and Sat only). Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 14 – Ho Chi Minh City / Danang / Hoi An ancient town (by Plane & A/C car, 30km)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for a domestic flight of VN322 at 11.30 – 12.40 to Da Nang City, an ancient land closely connected with cultural traditions, mixing the famous beautiful sites, the white sand beaches.
Upon arrival in Danang, we visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture, began in 1915. 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 we will see the skilful artisans working on the products of marble / granite and we 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 centres 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. Check in the hotel and then enjoy your dinner at local restaurant.
Back to your hotel and free at leisure at night. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 15 – Hoi An Ancient Town / Hue Royal City (by A/C car, 135km)
Morning check-out then enjoy an interesting tour by walking, 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 Ans old quarter, built in 1653 and is dedicated to Quan Thanh De Quan (Quan Van Truong). Fukienese 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.
Then depart 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 we 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, we will have a visit at the busy market of Dong Ba, take our time to viewing, happy communicate with the jolly salesgirls who are quite well on speaking foreign languages. Here you can buy some handicrafts for souvenir, first and foremost Hue palm-leaf conical hat.
Transfer to hotel for check-in and and then enjoy your dinner at local restaurant. Back to your hotel and free evening for individual exploring in dreamlike Hue. Overnight in Hue.
Day 16 – Hue Royal City full day tour (by A/C car, boat)
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. Continue to visit the Royal Tomb of Khai Dinh King, is the final resting place of the Emperor of Vietnam from 1916-1925.
Afternoon, you spend time 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 Theatre – 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 Má»¥ 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.
Dinner will be served at local restaurant. Back to your hotel and free evening for individual exploring in dreamlike Hue. Overnight in Hue.
Day 17 – Hue Royal City/ Hanoi / Halong Bay (by Plane & A/C car, 175km)
After breakfast, transfer to the Phu Bai airport for a flight of VN244 AT 12.10 – 13.20 to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi.
Right from Noi Bai airport then 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 explanation of Vietnam by our tour guide.
Arrival Halong Bay, check-in then takes your time to free at leisure.
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.
Day 18 – Halong Bay / Hanoi (by A/C car 175 km, a Cruising tour by wooden junk)
Early get in the bus at 06h30, breakfast in boxes will be prior placed in your luxury Junk. Transfer to the 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 kilometres. 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 colourful like sparkling pearls or coral reefs found out in the bay. The beauty of the bay is not monotonous, 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 specialties of Halong Bay is quite a life-time experience. The Junk sailing back to Marina and then transfer back to 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….
Transfer to hotel for check in and free at leisure for your own activities. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 19 – Hanoi full day tour (by A/C car, trishaw)
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 schools successful doctorate candidates.
In the afternoon, you visit to 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. You will enjoy later 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 kings 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 agriculture of wet rice during the performance.
Back to hotel and free leisure at night. Overnight in Hanoi.
Note: Due to the hotel’s regulations, a Compulsory Gala Dinner will be applied for every guest who is staying the hotel during this New year Eve, thus rate of Compulsory Gala Dinner will be informed soon as an extra.
Day 20 – Hanoi / Bangkok (by Plane, A/C Car)
Today, take time to free at leisure until the time of check-out, transfer from your hotel to the Noi Bai International airport for your departure flight to Bangkok via VN 831 at 09.30 – 11.20 or TG 683 at 10.40 – 12.30. Upon arrival to Bangkok transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Note: check-in time is after 14.00HRS. Early check in will be charged extra of 50% or 100% of one night depending on your check in time.
In the evening, we highly recommend a welcome dinner with THAI DINNER & DANCES – A Thai cultural dance and music performance with delicious Thai dinner in traditional setting at Piman Restaurant. Even though Piman is palatial, the atmosphere is warm and friendly, and you dine in air-conditioned comfort too. The delicious authentic Thai food at Piman show inside the Theatre-Restaurant is genuine antiques of Sukhothai period 13th century A.D.
Back to your hotel and free at leisure for your own activities. Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 21 – Bangkok / Hong Kong / Toronto (by Plane, A/C Car)
This morning, check out right after early breakfast and then transfer to the Bangkok Airport for a departure flight back home. Have a safe trip come home!
It’s timely; you have to say goodbye Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam, 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!
Prices in U$ Dollar
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- US$17 / pax / lunch.
- US$20 / pax / dinner.
- US$20 / pax / dinner with Traditional Wedding Show in Saigon (available on Tue, Thu & Sat)
- VICTORIA HOTELS & RESORTS: US$25- 35/LUNCH or DINNER (set menu)/pax/meal. For group over 15 Pax staying in Victoria Hotels & Resorts, 01 compulsory Lunch or dinner is required to take place inside.
Supplement of airfares for the inner flights (Economic Class):
- Bangkok/ Vietiane by TG: US$ 190/pax inclusive departure airport tax;
- Vietiane / Luang Prabang: US$ 98/pax inclusive departure airport tax;
- Luang prabang / Siem Reap: US$ 225/pax inclusive departure airport tax;
- Siem reap / Phnom Penh: US$115/pax exclusive of departure airport tax US$6/pax;
- Saigon / Danang: US$ 110/pax inclusive departure airport tax;
- Hue / Hanoi: US$ 110/pax inclusive departure airport tax;
- Hanoi / Bangkok by VN: US$ 249/pax inclusive departure airport tax;
- Hanoi / Bangkok by TG: US$210/pax inclusive departure airport tax.
Note: The airfare ticket may change without prior notice, unless tickets issue.
- Private-transportation between areas by air-conditioned vehicle, boat, rickshaw as indicated in the itinerary.
- Public speed – boat ticket from Phnom Penh – Chau Doc.
- Accommodation based on twin or double – sharing room with daily breakfast.
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary on travelling days.
- 01 lunch & 12 dinners at good local restaurants as indicated.
- Regional English speaking guide on travelling days.
- International flights and departure airport taxes.
- Visa arrangement fees. (Visa on upon arrival is available; PLEASE ASK US FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCES).
- Personal expense such as telephone calls, fax, laundry, beverages and meals, and highlights or sightseeing which are not indicated in the program.
- Other lunches & dinners at local restaurants (see supplements).
- An extra fee for French / German / Italian / Spanish / Russian 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.
|Bangkok||Le Bua At State Tower|
Sofitel Silom Bangkok
|Vientaine||Don Chan Palace||Novotel||Lanexang|
|Luang Prabang||Villa Santi Hotel & Resort||Muang Luang|
|Siem Reap||Angkor Palace Resort||Somadevi Angkor|
|Chau Doc||Victoria Chau Doc||—||—|
|Can Tho||Victoria Can Thol||Golf Can Tho||Hoa Binh|
Saigon Can Tho
|Ho Chi Minh City||New World|
|Hoi An Ancient Town||Palm Garden Resort|
Golden Sand Resort
|Hoi An Beach Resort|
|Hue Royal City||Imperial|
|Halong Bay||Halong Plaza|
- Other similar hotels are replaced if the mentioned hotels are fully booked.
Conditions of tour
The offered prices have been just estimated, might valid until MARCH 2009, Subject to change prior by room abilities before departure date without any notice, especially on Christmas – New Year Days, Lunar New Year & Public holidays periods, kindly to ask a final rate as tailor-made for your group size and supposed departure day.
Form of payment
We accept Remittance only.
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 group’s or as soon as if it is available.
30 days prior for the groups arrival.
- 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;
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.
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