Vientiane Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 252

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Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 1: Saigon

Welcome to Vietnam. Today is the start of your South East Asia adventure, we will pick you up from the airport around 18.50 and transfer you to your hotel for check in. The remainder of the day you have at your leisure.

A street trader in Saigon

Day 2: Saigon

Today after breakfast you have a half day walking tour of the city - we will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post office and the sobering War Remnants Museum. This evening is at your leisure.

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 3: Saigon - Chau Doc

This morning we transfer to Vinh Long where we will begin our cruise of the Mekong Delta. Boarding our boat, we cruise amongst the local sampans selling their fruit and vegetables at the Cai Be floating market, with buyers and sellers travelling from provinces all over the delta. As the boat resumes its course, we pass the beautiful church of Cai Be before stopping at some home factories selling local products.

Day 4: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

After breakfast this morning, we will board our speedboat for the journey to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel for you check in and the remainder of the day you will have at your leisure.

Day 5: Phnom Penh

After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our city sightseeing tour with a visit to the Royal Palace, the incredible solid silver-floored Silver Pagoda and the National Museum - a treasure chest of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts. We continue to visit the Wat Phnom pagoda, the Independent Monument and Wat Ounalom, the pagoda dedicated to Ounalom, a famous monk in the historical of Buddhist History in Cambodia. In the afternoon, free at leisure for shopping at Russian Market for local products bring from provincials surround Phnom Penh. In the evening, enjoy a 1 hour boat cruise on Mekong River to experience the night life of local people.

Day 6: Phnom Penh - Kompong Thom

After breakfast we leave Phnom Penh and travel to the Kompong Thom province. This province is large in size, some 13,814 square kms making it the second biggest province of Cambodia. It is one of the most popular historical and cultural sites to explore due to its pre Angkorian temples. Later today visit Sambor Prei Kuk, the most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments in Cambodia.

A pre Ankorian Sambor Prei Kruk

Day 7: Kompong Thom - Siem Reap

Today we continue onto Siem Reap to visit Angkor Wat Temple. Covering 81 hectares, it is one of the largest religious monuments ever built. Angkor Wat, the biggest Hindu temple in the world and one of the largest religious monuments in the world, was built between the 9th–13th centuries. In the early evening climb to Bakheng Hill to enjoy the superb view as the sun sets over Angkor Wat.

Day 8: Siem Reap

Today is spent further exploring the Angkor Wat complex. Entering the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple, marvel at the wonders of the eerie Bayon, the Terrace of Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Afterwards, we continue to visit Ta Prohm temple, shrouded in jungle and left just it was founded by French explorers in 1850s. This afternoon we set out for a cruise on the beautiful Tonle Sap Lake.

Day 9: Siem Reap

Today we travel to Banteay Srey, one of the most unusual temples of Angkor. Later take in Ta Keo, an incomplete temple in the Khleang style built as the state temple of Jayavarman V. Finally we finish with Thommanon Temple, one of a pair of Hindu temples built in the end of the 11th century.

Day 10: Siem Reap - Luang Prabang

After a leisurely breakfast and check out, we fly to Laos. Upon arrival at the airport you will be greeted by your local guide and driver and transferred to your hotel. Late afternoon offers free time, take a walk around this quaint town and take the time to explore the Luang Prabang Night Market, where you can find an array of handmade textiles made by local villagers and the hill tribes of the area.

Day 11: Luang Prabang

After breakfast we explore Luang Prabang by bicycle, a fun and eco-friendly way of exploring the town. We visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace which displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. Then we continue to the temples of Wat Visun, Wat Aham and the beautiful Wat Xieng Thong, famed for its intricate mosaics and painted figurines. Continue to visit local villages where silk and Saa (Mulberry) Paper are made. Late this afternoon, witness Luang Prabang's stunning temple tops fade as the sun sets from Phou Sy Mountain.

Day 12: Luang Prabang - Vientiane

This morning is free. Late this afternoon we return to the airport for our flight to Vientiane. Arrival transfer to your hotel.

Day 13: Vientiane

Today we visit the Vientiane Orchid Centre which hosts one of the largest orchid collections in the world. We then jump in a tuk-tuk to tour Vientiane visiting Wat Sisaket, one of the oldest temples and home to thousands of miniature Buddha statues; the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image; Wat Wat Si Muang and the Lao National Museum before visiting the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa; Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Optional, if time permits, we can visit the Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow.

Day 14: Vientiane - Khong Island

Today fly to Pakse, the laid back provincial capital of Champasack and drive to the ancient temple of Wat Phou, one of the oldest archaeological sites in Laos. Enjoy the beautiful, lush scenery as you take a boat across the Mekong to Khong Island. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure exploring this sedate and picturesque island and its villages on foot or by bike.

Day 15: Khong Island - Pakse

Set sail this morning on a scenic 4000 Islands boat trip, where you may spot the rare Irrawaddy Mekong Dolphin! Later return to Pakse, en route visiting thundering Khone Phapeng - Southeast Asia’s largest waterfalls.

Day 16: Pakse - Saigon

Today we transfer for our onward flight to Saigon. The remainder of your stay here is at your leisure to maybe pick up some last minute souvenirs.

A street trader in Saigon by William Cho

Day 17: Saigon

We will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.