Day 1

Arrival Hanoi - Welcome Dinner (D)

Welcome to Hanoi – the antique and dynamic capital of Vietnam!

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, our guide and driver will be welcoming and transferring you to hotel for check in.

Enjoy welcome dinner at Indian restaurant.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Please note: Check-in time is around 14:00.

Day 2

Hanoi City (B/D)

After having breakfast, pay a visit to the Complex of Ho Chi Minh (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts and fish pond, and the One-Pillar Pagoda). Then, enjoy a panoramic tour around the Old Quarter Area on cyclo and observe the Hanoians in their extremely exciting routine life, stop to visit Ngoc Son Temple sitting on an islet in Hoan Kiem Lake. After lunchtime, drive northwest toward Ethnology Museum, where we can learn much about the culture and traditions of 54 ethnic groups living in Vietnam, amongst whom so many groups are skillful in making sophisticated handicrafts. This is the most recent yet probably the largest and undoubtedly the most interesting Museums in Hanoi. Proceed to Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam, its gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. For the last part of the tour we’ll back to Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration. Lunch at your own arrangement, dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3

Hanoi – Halong (B/L/D)

This morning, journey through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay, a World Heritage with thousands of limestone and dolomite island and islets. Upon arrival, embark a traditional wooden junk for cruising through the Bay, visit its breathtaking seascape created by rocky islands and emerald serene water, with stopovers to discover grottoes inside islands. You will have chance to hike up steps in caves, relax and have sunbath on beach, go swimming or take part in some beach activities. Lunch and dinner served on board. Overnight on board on the sea.

Please note the program may be little varied upon the cruise you choose. No Indian food available on the boat so pork-free menu will be served.

Day 4

Hanoi – Fly to Saigon (B/D) VN255 HANSGN 17:55-20:05

The Vietnamese call the “East Sea” by a point-oriented name “Eastern Sea”, so you may guess how miraculous seeing the sunrise over the islets of the Bay. Our boat will continue to cruise in marvelous areas, where almost each islet has its own name, adopting its shape or reminiscent like Sail island, Fisherman's head rock, Butterfly rock or Turtle islet, etc. Disembark the boat and transfer back to Hanoi. Then go straight to Noi Bai airport for flight to Saigon VN255 HANSGN 17:55-20:05 (tentative flight).

Upon arrival in Tan Son Nhat airport, our guide and driver will greet and transfer you to an Indian restaurant for dinner. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 5

Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnel – City Tour (B/D)

After breakfast at hotel, our guide and driver will pick you up to Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments to the Vietnam War. Beneath the ground lie 200 km of tunnels, dug by hand and inhabited by the forces of the Vietnamese guerillas during the conflict. At its peak, prior to the Tet Offensive in 1968, the tunnel complex was base to almost 10,000 troops. To this day, it remains one of the most impressive examples of how fierce the war used to be. Return to Saigon. This afternoon, we will have a short city tour. Visit the Reunification Palace, the witness of the fierce Vietnam War ended in 1975. The grand building today is a Museum and Hall of official receptions. Nearby the Palace are the colonial-styled Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks. Lastly, we will drop by the cavernous Ben Thanh - a bustling market in the daytime and a social center after sunset. Lunch at your own arrangement, dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 6

Saigon - Mekong Delta – Saigon (B/D)

This morning, we leave Saigon for My Tho, in the heart of Mekong delta with visit to the beautiful Vinh Trang pagoda on the way. Upon arrival, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, take on our view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages on the river banks. Proceed to Tortoise islet and have lunch in an orchard garden. This afternoon, continue on a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea in the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by the local people. We then visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy and observe the pastoral life as we roam through the fruit plantations and villages. Return to Saigon, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the city by night. Lunch at your own arrangement, dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 7

Saigon – Fly to Siem Reap (B/D) VN3825 SGNREP 12:00-13:00

Breakfast at hotel. Free time until get transferred to Tan Son Nhat airport for your flight to Siem Reap VN3825 SGNREP 12:00-13:00 (tentative flight).

Welcome to Cambodia - Siem Reap, the treasures of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Upon arrival at the airport, greeted by our guide and get transferred to hotel for check in. Then visit West Baray Big Pond, a “baray” is a water reservoir built by the ancient Khmer people. It is time to visit Pre Rup temple for a romantic sunset view. Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap!

Please note: Check-in time is around 14:00.

Day 8

Siem Reap - Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat (B/D)

Breakfast at hotel, explore South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, 3km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire, The famous Bayon Temple was an architectural muddle, in part because it was constructed in a somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century. Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and gradual that spans the heart of Angkor Thom in front of Baphuon - huge temple mountain in the heart of Angkor Thom, Royal Palace Area and Phimeanakas - impressive rite and sandstone pyramid. Terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants, a double terrace wall with deeply carved nag as, demons and other mythological beings. Last you will visit Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty! Giant trees have grown here for centuries. Afternoon visit Angkor Wat temple, the founder of the temple was Suryavarman II who reined Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century to dedicate to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys, ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction. Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap!

Day 9

Siem Reap - Floating Villages (B/D)

Breakfast at hotel, morning visit Wat Thmei (Killing Field) contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some of the bones were recovered from a nearby well while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield. Come back to visit the "Les Artisans d'Angkor – Chantiers Ecole" the Finest Authentic Khmer Arts and Crafts. Afternoon visit Floating Villages, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap! Take a ride in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia and the largest in Asia. Here you’ll see plenty of examples of the Khmer way of life on the Tonle Sap. Then visit Wat Bo founded in the 18th century, a highly respected pagoda contains very unique wall paintings of the Reamker (Ramayana) that are said to be late 19th century and Local Market. Dinner at Indian restaurant and overnight in Siem Reap!

Day 10

Siem Reap - Fly to Luang Prabang (B/D) VN930 REPLPQ 16:55-19:00

Breakfast at hotel, free leisure on own arrangement until time transfer to airport for flight onwards! On the way we will visit Puok, the real and original place of the Artisans d’Angkor silk, where you will see the full process of silk producing, from the silk worms munch on the Mulberry leaves to spin their cocoons which used to make silk warp. You of course will see the weaving work and purchase the high quality silk products as a beautiful Cambodia souvenir. Straight to Siemreap airport for your flight to Luang Prabang VN930 REPLPQ 16:55-19:00 (tentative flight).

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city or simply relax. Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 11

Luang Prabang - City Tour (B/D)

Breakfast at hotel. It is worth a visit to the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. Today we explore some of the major sights in this faboulous city, including the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham, the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and Wat Mai. We also visit these sights as well as the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, its exterior architecture is remarkable with decorated guilded stuccoes and doorways, a “tree of life” mosaic pattern set in coloured glass on the back wall and its three tiered roofs sweeping low to the ground representing classical Laotian architecture. A visit to Luang Prabang would be incomplete without ascending 329 steps to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa and to enjoy a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 12

Luang Prabang – Kuangsi Waterfall – Departure (B)

Today we visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village. This then takes us to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of services.


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