The Mekong Delta Holidays

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Day 1: Luang Prabang

Welcome to Laos and the start of Epic South East Asian adventure! Upon arrival you will be greeted by your guide and driver at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Late afternoon we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, we then climb up to the top of Mt Phousi before exploring the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Today discover the 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. After we cruise on a boat to the incredible Pak Ou Caves. Here, hundreds of tiny gilded statues of Buddha, worshipped for centuries teeter on stone shelves in the cave walls. Visits are also made to the local villages of Ban Xanghai and Ban Muangkeo.

Day 3: Luang Prabang

This morning you have the opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. After, explore Phosi Market then visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turqoise pools or walk along the forest trails. We continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for its silk weavings and for its Saa (jute) Papermaking.

Day 4: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap

This morning explore the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, we also see the Central Market is not to be missed. After that, we transfer to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival you are greeted by our guide and driver at airport for your transfer to the hotel.

Day 5: Siem Reap

Wake up early, have breakfast at the hotel and head out with our cameras for a day filled with amazing sights and experiences. We start at the South Gate of Angkor Thom City and make your way to the Bayon, onward to Ta Prohm Temple which is unlike most of the other Angkor temples. In the afternoon you further explore Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex.

Day 6: Siem Reap

Early morning transfer to visit Kbal Spean is an ancient Angkor ruin that is a 90-minute bumpy ride from Siem Reap. We continue to Banteay Srey – the Citadel of Women which displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art and Banteay Samre temple – named after the Samré, an ancient people of Indochina. We continue to explore Banteay Kdei before heading to Pre Rup Temple for a spectacular sunset over the Angkor Archaeological Park and its surroundings.

Days 7-13: Siem Reap - The Mekong Delta

Hotel check out is 12 noon - end of our arrangements until the 20th December

Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 14: Saigon

Make your own way to the hotel in Saigon. Check in available from 12 noon onward.

A street trader in Saigon

Day 15: Saigon

In the morning we explore Saigon city including Reunification Palace, War Ramnant museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post and Ben Thanh market. In the afternoon we head out of town to explore the legendary Cu Chi tunnels.

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 16: Saigon - Phu Quoc

This morning we are off to the airport for our flight to Phu Quoc, where on arrival our driver waits to take you onto your hotel.

Days 17-19: Phu Quoc

Spend the next days at leisure enjoying the Sun, Sand and Sea.

Day 20: Phu Quoc - Dalat

Today we fly to Dalat (Via Saigon) Transfer are organized both ends by our friendly local teams.

Day 21: Dalat

At an altitude of 1500m above sea level, Dalat was dubbed the “city of spring”, with its ideal climate for horticulture. It’s famous for its lakes, waterfalls, pine-tree forests, vegetable gardens and flowers all of which you see firsthand today visiting Elephant falls, Railway station, Linh Phuoc pagoda and the Dalat flower garden.

A woman rowing a boat to Can Tho floating markets

Day 22: Dalat - Hoi An

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore. Later we catch a flight to Da Nang, arrival transfer awaits to take you to your hotel in Hoi An.

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Day 23: Hoi An

This morning we start with a drink at Hai Scout Cafe. Then off to visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We then head to Red Bridge Cooking School cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chef’s, before we prepare the same dish ourselves. In the afternoon we walk around the ancient town to visit 400 years old Japanese Bridge, 300 years old Chinese temples, 200 years old Vietnamese former merchants' houses. Get back to our hotel after that and relax.

A bridge in Hoi An

Day 24: Hoi An

Today we enjoy an excursion to My Son Sanctuary. My Son is s religious site dating back to the Kingdom of Champa, and also a burial place of Cham royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost remaining examples of Hindu influence in South East Asia and is the most prominent heritage site of this nature in Vietnam.

A local man in front of an ancient building in Hoi An

Day 25: Hoi An - Hue

The morning is spent at leisure. Today we take the scenic Hai Van Pass to the city of Hue (Road of the Ocean Clouds), which offers magnificent views of beaches to one side and lush hills to the other.

The Perfume River in Hue

Day 26: Hue

Take a city tour around Hue city including visits to Hue citadel, the 2 famous King tombs and Thien Mu pagoda. Late afternoon we enjoy a boat trip on perfume river for sunset view.

Women trading at Dong Ba Market by Tormod Sandtorv

Day 27: Hue - Hanoi

This morning we take a flight to Hanoi. Transfers are organized both ends by our friendly local teams.

Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 28: Hanoi

Enjoy a tour around Hanoi city including Hochiminh complex, One pillar pagoda, Temple of literature and Hoa Lo museum. After that we take a cyclo tour around French quarter to get an overview of the local life.

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 29: Hanoi

This morning we travel to the Perfume Pagoda which is around 70km far from Hanoi. We enjoy a short row boat ride then explore Thien Tru Pagoda (the God of Kitchen pagoda) area where we can choose cable car or trek up to the Perfume Cave. we will return to Hanoi in the earlier evening.

The Huc Bridge

Day 30: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Bat Trang ceramic village is just about 18 km from Hanoi city center. It is famous for plenty of ceramic products. Enjoy a half day tour to visit the village and you can try your hand with pottery making if you want.

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 31: Halong Bay

The flower market is gathered very early everyday. We can start at 5:30 am to see it and get back to the hotel for breakfast, then transfer to Halong Bay. Board junk boat for overnight. On board activities include cooking demonstration, swimming and boat trips to caves and floating villages.

Halong Bay at sunset

Day 32: Halong Bay

Today we get on a small boat to transfer to Cat Ba island. In the afternoon we enjoy a tour to Cat Ba National park and visit Hospital cave. Rest of the day is free at leisure

One of Halong Bays beautifully illuminated caves

Day 33: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Leisure day at beach, then we take the speed boat to Hai Phong city to return by car and drive back to Hanoi thereafter.

Day 34: Hanoi

Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.