ANGKOR WAT / LUANG PRABANG / HANOI / HALONG BAY / HOI AN / SAIGON
Witness the traditions, scenery and sights of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Stand astounded by the intricacies of Angkor, the majesty of Halong Bay and the tranquillity of Luang Prabang. Travel through the mountainous regions of Vietnam and be among the ethnic minorities of Sapa. This trip have been designed for traveler with time to explore culture, life-style while visiting must see destination as well as some of the adventure trails of the Indochina.
Fly to Saigon for a three-night stay. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 2 – This morning, Discover the history of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. Visit the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, and the chilling War Remnants Museum.
Travel to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong Delta. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’ – paddle through the maze of palm- lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Lunch on typical Mekong fare. Return to Saigon for overnight stay.
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of Hoi An including the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the workshop of social enterprise Reaching Out. The next morning visit the beautiful rural Tra Que Village to experience local farming life style.
Travel the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the UNESCO Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. The next day explore the imposing Imperial Citadel before seeing Thien Mu Pagoda and cruising along the Perfume River.
Fly to Hanoi. Vietnam’s capital brings all the charms of the past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet re ned city. Take an exciting cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and enjoy a Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. In the evening watch a water puppet show.
On day 7 – Spend the morning at leisure. Later, explore the Museum of Ethnology and Temple of Literature, before boarding an overnight train to Sapa.
Spend the next two days discovering this verdant and beautiful area of rolling hills and rice terraces exploring colourful markets, minority villages including Cat Cat and tribal architecture. Board the overnight train back to Hanoi day 11.
Arrive in Hanoi this morning. After some time to freshen up, continue to Halong Bay. Spend two days cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters. Return to Hanoi on the late afternoon of day 13.
Visit Hanoi’s Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda, with the afternoon free to do a little shopping. Fly to Luang Prabang in Laos, arrive and check in.
Rise early to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat. Ascend Phousi Hill for city views and visit Wat Xieng Thong. Take to the waters of the Mekong to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou.
This morning visit the National Museum. Marvel at the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls before returning to Luang Prabang via Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre.
Fly to Vientiane. Nestled in a languid bend in the Mekong, Vientiane is more a friendly backwater than chaotic capital. Visit Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa, and the Patuxai Victory Monument. Enjoy dinner with a traditional Lao music and dance performance.
Fly to Phnom Penh. A city of airy boulevards and colonial villas, it is a pleasurable place to be. Today’s visits include the magni cent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Later on, admire the artefacts of the National Museum.
On day 19 – Visit the children of the Apsara Arts Association and the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum, later exploring the Russian and Central markets
Ascend to the hilltop Wat Phnom before transferring to the airport to y to Siem Reap. Visit the captivating Banteay Srei – a richly-embellished rose-coloured sandstone temple, before watching the sun set from the summit of Pre Rup.
Beginning at Ta Prohm, continue to Angkor Thom and pass through the South Gate to reach the enigmatic Bayon, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. This afternoon is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat.
High water season (Aug to Feb) – Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the community of the oating village of Kampong Kleng. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D’Angkor, an organisation working to revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts. This evening enjoy dinner and an Apsara dance show.
Low water season (Mar to Jul) -Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Drop by Artisan D’Angkor after visiting the oating village of Chong Kneas. This evening enjoy dinner and an Apsara dance show.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.