Treasures of Indochina - 15 days
Uncover this vast, spectacular region of contrasts in comfort on a private journey that visits all the major attractions and some little-known gems. From colonial Saigon, travel north to Hanoi and Halong Bay, discover the towering golden temples and laid back lifestyle of Luang Prabang before flying onto Siem Reap - gateway to the overwhelming collection of temples at Angkor Wat.
Welcome to Saigon! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Saigon is a bustling, dynamic and industrious urban center. It is the largest city in Vietnam, the economic capital and the cultural trendsetter whilst within the teeming metropolis are the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. This evening join your tour guide for a welcome dinner.
Overnight: Saigon | Dinner
Saigon - Mekong Delta - Saigon. Explore the beautiful Mekong Delta today! Early this morning drive to Ben Tre and travel through the beautiful countryside of the Mekong Delta where we take a traditional sampan boat ride to explore the peaceful waterways. During the boat trip, visit a local cottage industries making bricks, producing rice paper and Mr. Sau Khanh’s house - who has been collecting antiques which include ancient and valuable ceramics, pottery pieces like bowls, dishes and vases, to ceiling lights, sculptures and Buddha statues.
In the afternoon we return to Saigon and tonight remains free for you to further explore the city.
Overnight: Saigon | Breakfast, Lunch
This morning discover the Saigon, taking in the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office. In the afternoon transfer to the airport to take a short flight to the imperial city of Hue. On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy some free time.
Overnight: Hue | Breakfast
Today take a boat ride along the romantic Perfume River and stop off at the Thien Mu Pagoda on the banks of the river to see the 7-storey Stupa, the pagoda is also home to the old Austin car driven to Saigon by the Venerable Thich Quang Duc. A Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who in 1963 protested against the Roman Catholic persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam's Ngo Dinh Diem Roman Catholic administration, by self-immolation.
Our next stop is Thuy Bieu Village to enjoy relaxed walk and bike around the village, where well see the garden houses, communal house, temples and meet an incense making family and discover the daily life of locals. Continuing, we visit the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang (1791-1841), built between 1841 and 1843. The Emperor’s mausoleum complex consists of 40 constructions (palaces, temples, pavilions) designed on a symmetrical axis. Lunch is a special vegetarian meal with the nuns of Dong Thuyen Pagoda.
Later we visit the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City, created in the 19th century for the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Enjoy some free time at Dong Ba Market before transferring back to your hotel.
Overnight: Hue | Breakfast, Lunch
Today visit the mausoleums of Khai Dinh, then on the way to Danang, we'll stopp for a refreshment at Lang Co beach en-route, one of the World’s most beautiful bays. In Danang visit the Cham Museum before continuing to the World Cultural Heritage Site of Hoi An before checking in to your hotel.
This evening enjoy some free time exploring the narrow lanes of the town, lined with century-old buildings and illuminated at night by hundreds of colourful lanterns.
Overnight: Hoi An | Breakfast
In the morning take a half-day excursion to My Son Sanctuary, a religious site dating back to the Kingdom of Champa, and also a burial place of Cham royals and Vietnamese 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.
After lunch at a local restaurant the afternoon is free to explore Hoi An Ancient town. Why not join our optional cooking class and learn the secrets to Vietnamese cooking, alternatively head to nearby An Bang beach or observe local life on a sunset cruise on the peaceful Thu Bon River.
Overnight: Hoi An | Breakfast, Lunch
In the morning transfer to Danang airport for the short flight to Hanoi. On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Renowned as the ’Paris of the East’, Hanoi is one of Asia’s most fascinating cities. Rich in culture and history, this diverse city draws on its influences from both French and Chinese culture. Visit Van Giang Village to attend a cooking demonstration given by a local family. Afterwards join the Vietnamese family in their home for a delicious lunch before driving back to Hanoi to take a walk through the winding and bustling streets of the atmospheric Ancient Quarter (otherwise known as the 36 Streets) and enjoy a unique water puppet show. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight: Hanoi | Breakfast, Lunch
Depart Hanoi in the morning for the scenic drive through the countryside to Ha Long Bay, a natural wonder with thousands of islands rising out of the water creating a unique and beautiful landscape.
On arrival, board one of the traditional vessels for an overnight cruise through the 3,000 limestone islands, many punctuated by caves and grottoes. Savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch as your junk boat heads to Bai Tu Long Bay passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets.
Opt to take a row boat to visit the Vung Vieng fishing village or enjoy a range of fantastic recreation or relaxation activities onboard - a cooking demonstration, traditional massage, swimming, kayaking and more. Finish the day off with a sumptuous set-menu dinner in perfect exotic surroundings.
Overnight: Onboard cruise boat | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today's cruising takes you through the Bay passing the beauty spots of Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves and Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet. Explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot) before a buffet brunch is served onboard.
Later we cruise leisurely back to Halong harbor where upon disembarkation transfer back to Hanoi where a visit to the Temple Of Literature, dating back to 1070 and the first university in Vietnam. This evening is free to explore Hanoi further, or why not opt for Optional Taste of Hanoi tour, where you will take a walking tour of the City to discover the unique flavours of the Vietnamese cuisine and encounter Hanoi’s local specialties such as Bun Cha and Cha Ca.
Overnight: Hanoi | Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the short flight to Luang Prabang, perhaps the best preserved traditional city in all of Southeast Asia. On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
In the late afternoon we'll visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, and the classic, symbolic architecture of the Luang Prabang temples. The impressive Stupa of Wat Visoun. To top it all off climb to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded Stupa as well as a superb view over the town and Mekong River. This evening we walk through Luang Prabang to visit the lively night street markets.
Overnight: Luang Prabang | Breakfast
Pak Ou Caves
Early this morning, an optional alsm giving excursion is available to book locally. An early wake-up call will allow you to join the locals lining up to give food to hundreds of Buddhist monks returning from theui morning prayers. After taking part in this solemn everyday ritual, stroll through Ban Pakham morning market.
Today take a boat ride upstream on the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered statues of the Buddha in various postures and sizes. En-route stop off at the village of Ban Xanghai, renowned for producing local rice wine.
On return stop at the weaving village of Ban Xieng Khong then cross the river to visit Ban Xiengmen, walk to see the royal temple at Wat Loungkhoun, which once belonged to the royal family and then visit the nearby Sackarine Caves. Time permitting, we continue further downstream to visit Ban Chan, the pottery village and amaze the sun down as cruising back to town. This evening is at your leisure, why not opt to see a Ramayana dance show, one of the best traditional dances in Laos.
Overnight: Luang Prabang | Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the short flight to Siem Reap. After being met on arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. This afternoon, we enter the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple to be met by the marvellous wonders of the eerie Bayon, Phimean Akas, the terrace of Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King.
Overnight: Siem Reap | Breakfast
This morning we visit famous Angkor Wat, built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The largest and best preserved of the Angkor temples, it is also the most well-known worldwide and a source of pride for the Khmer people, Angkor Wat has appeared on the Cambodian flag for almost 150 years.
Our next stop is Ta Prohm Temple, which unlike most of the other Angkor temples, has not been repaired, restored or preserved but has been left as it was found. The jungle trees and roots growing in, out and through the ruins have made this temple ruin a favourite among visitors. Journeying to Banteay Srey, one of the most unusual of the Angkor Temples, it lies approximately 20km north of the main group of temples and is constructed from elaborately carved red sandstone.
We then join the support efforts for the Cambodian reforestation and plant a tree in Preah Dak Village. We maybe planting a jackfruit or mango tree, which will help carbon offsetting and directly benefit the local community. On your way back to Siem Reap, we take in the sunset from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup.
Overnight: Siem Reap | Breakfast
Arrangements end after breakfast and onwards departure transfer to the airport.
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Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.Read More
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