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THE BEST OF INDOCHINA 14 DAYS

Our "Best of Indochina" gives you the chance to really explore most of outstanding highlights of Indochina in 14 days. Visit Saigon - a modern city intertwines with French-colonial grandeur and traditional mystique. Venture deep into the Mekong delta and get a real taste of local life. Discover the history of elegant Hue... Soak up the atmosphere in the picturesque town of Hoi An before reaching Cambodia, where you explore the archaeological wonders of Cambodia's Angkor Wat, an amazing set of ruins that reflect the cultural heritage of Cambodia's former Khmer Empire. Explore the beauty of UNESCO World Heritage listed Luang Prabang, one of Asia's best kept secret. Visit Hanoi, the Paris of the Orient, cyclo tour around the fascinating Old Quarter and enjoy the water puppet show. Relax amongst the 3000 stunning limestone islets traditional cruise boat on Ha Long Bay…

Quick Reference Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Saigon Arrival
  • Day 2 - Saigon - My Tho, Ben Tre “Coconuts homeland”
  • Day 3 - Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Day 4 - Saigon City - Fly to Hue
  • Day 5 - Hue Imperial city
  • Day 6 - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An
  • Day 7 - Hoi An - Da Nang - Fly to Siem Reap
  • Day 8 - Siem Reap - Angkor Temples
  • Day 9 - Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake - Fly to Luang Prabang
  • Day 10 - Luang Prabang - City tour - Local villages
  • Day 11 - Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Fly to Hanoi
  • Day 12 - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
  • Day 13 - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Tho Ha village
  • Day 14 - Hanoi city - Departure
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Trip Highlight

v   Explore major sights in Ho Chi Minh City.

v   Explore the famous Cu Chi tunnels.

v   Explore the vast network of canals in the Mekong delta.

v   Enjoy dinner on traditional wooden junk on Saigon River.

v   Discover the history of elegant Hue.

v   Journey over the dramatic Hai Van Pass, also called “the Pass of Ocean Clouds”.

v   Explore the historic town of Hoi An (World Heritage).

v   Explore the magnificent temple complexes of Angkor.

v   Enjoy the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang.

v   Experience cyclo ride through the laneways of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

v   Explore the picturesque bays, limestone cliffs and small fishing villages on a scenic cruise through Ha Long Bay.

     
  • Saigon Arrival

    Day 1: Saigon Arrival

    Arrive Tan Son Nhat international airport. After completing immigration formalities and clearing customs you will be met by our guide outside the baggage claim area who will escort you to a private waiting vehicle for your transfer to your hotel (approx. 45 minutes). Our guide will be holding a welcome board with your name.

    Check in hotel. Free your time at leisure. Overnight in Saigon.


  • Saigon - My Tho, Ben Tre “Coconuts homeland”

    Day 2: Saigon - My Tho, Ben Tre “Coconuts homeland”

    Breakfast at hotel. Journey south to the Mekong delta, known as the ‘rice bowl of Vietnam’, and spend a full day exploring one of Vietnam’s most fertile regions and the main cultivation area of rice and tropical fruits.

    We transfer to My Tho City (70 km & approx. 02 hours). It‘s famous for its extensive orchards and immense rice fields. On the way passing rice fields to discover rural activities of the local people, gardening, fish pond, rice planting. On arrival, take a leisurely boat trip around the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands (04 sacred animals of Buddhism). Enjoy a rowing boat ride in the shadows of the water-coconut palms along the tiny canals. Enjoying fresh coconut juice on the boat. We will visit the picturesque orchards and sample the freshly picked fruit at the invitation of friendly local farmers. Spend some time in the villages to learn about the daily lives of the inhabitants, enjoying some kinds of tropical fruits while listening Southern traditional music.

    We continue to “Coconuts homeland”, Ben Tre - Where you can learn how to make coconut candy. You can try some candies, visit the honey bee farm and try the honey, banana wine, ginger jams, soy beans… made by the villagers. Enjoy a horse-cart around the village to have a look at the orchards and visit local people’s house. Enjoy a relaxing cup of honey tea before returning to My Tho via a natural canal, cruising under the shadows of water coconut palms. You will have a chance to enjoy the famous dish “Fried Mekong Elephant Ear Fish”.

    Enjoy the lunch at Mekong Rest Stop restaurant. 

    Transfer back to Saigon city. We then enjoy a walking tour to visit the famous Ben Thanh Market, this will give you a good insight into the Vietnamese markets as well as an opportunity to interact with locals. Find the missing words of a local recipe, take a picture of different souvenirs representing North, South and Centre of Vietnam

    Free your time at leisure. Overnight in Saigon.


    Meals:  B,L
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels

    Day 3: Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels

    Breakfast at hotel. We transfer to Cu Chi district, 50 km to the northwest of Saigon city (approx. 01 hour 30 minutes). The incredible underground network in Cu Chi stretched over 200 kilometers and became legendary during the American war. The extensive tunnels have been specially constructed with living areas, storage facilities, weapon factories, filed hospitals, command center, plus accommodation. Upon arrival to the Cu Chi Tunnels, watch a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels, you will even have a chance to crawl through the tunnels. Also on display are various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers. For those interested there's even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. Transfer back to Saigon city.

    Have your lunch at Viet Village restaurant.

    The following program is a sightseeing of major sights in Ho Chi Minh City. First stop is the National History Museum, Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral and short visit to French built post office nearby and then we will visit the War Remnants Museum, which primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. We continue to visit the Reunification Palace. Discover the history and fascinating street life of Saigon on a walking tour along Dong Khoi Street, known as Rue Catinat in French-colonial times. 

    Enjoy your special dinner on Indochina junk, cruise along Saigon River, enjoy your dishes and listening to traditional folk music, sing and dance. You will have relaxation-time to catch the over view of the city, people working at Saigon port. Along both sides of the river are mansions, life of the civilians…

    Have dinner with Western set menu on Indochina junk.


    Meals:  B,L,D
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Saigon City - Fly to Hue

    Day 4: Saigon City - Fly to Hue

    Breakfast at hotel. Then we enjoy a completely mesmerising tour that will give you a fascinating insight into the history, culture, and the daily life of the locals in this busy, buzzing city. We will explore the China Town called “Cho Lon”, meaning “big market”. This area is one of the busiest commercial districts of Ho Chi Minh City and its atmospheric streets are home to some of the city’s most interesting sites. Here we will visit the Thien Hau Temple, which was built in the early 19th century and dedicated to the goddess of seafarers. We delve deeper into Chinatown, visiting the amazing Cho Lon and Binh Tay Markets, which are full of energy and dazzling array of goods.

    Have lunch at Vietnamese “Ganh buffet” with over 60 meticulously cooked dishes of the Mekong Delta.

    Free your time at leisure. Our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to the airport to take a short flight to Hue (approx. 01 hour 10 minutes), upon arrival, you are welcome and then be transferred to your hotel for check in.


    Meals:  B,L
  • Hue Imperial city

    Day 5: Hue Imperial city

    Breakfast at hotel. This morning an excursion boat trip along the romantic Perfume River carries us through a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes, where Hue’s best known religious sites are located. We will visit Thien Mu Pagoda - one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious work ship in Hue. We continue to visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. This impressive landmark reflects the beautiful architecture, intricate decor and mysterious statues.

    Have you lunch at Tinh Gia Vien restaurant.

    In the afternoon. We will explore the Hue Citadel Complex including Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel - UNESCO World Heritage sites, set up by Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945. We will visit the striking Flag Tower, the imposing Ngo Mon Gate, Dien Tho Residence (Dien Tho Palace), Thai Hoa Palace, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the original Nine Dynastic Urns

    The sightseeing continues with a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market - fantastic to wander boulevards, verdant parks and ochre buildings that retain an old-world around. It sells all manner of items and is a lively place to spend a couple charm, Dong Ba is also famous for the best conical hats in Vietnam.

    This evening you may wish to enjoy “Royal Dinner” at Ancient Hue - Royal Cuisine & Gallery. Enjoy a delicious food while listening to melodious music and having a feeling of being the King and Queen. All wear traditional royal clothes. All the served food is royal including dishes reminding dragon, phoenix, or peacock...Overnight in Hue.


    Meals:  B,L,D
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An

    Day 6: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An

    Breakfast at hotel. We leave Hue to Hoi An (145 km & approx. 03 hours 30 minutes). Enjoy a three-hour journey that hugs the ocean coastline, winds through Emerald-green rice fields and climbs over the dramatic Hai Van mountain pass.

    On the way, you’ll have a brief look at the remarkable Hindu statuary in the Cham Museum - One of the largest collection of Cham sculpture and artwork in the world. The museum is officially known as the Museum of Champa Sculpture. We will explore a nearby stone-cutting craft village

    You will have time hand in hand wander around the town to discover Hoi An on your own. You also can visit Thu Thuy Silk shop, the most prestigious tailor in town that can make your suit within a day with great quality or wandering around the town to buy some souvenir for your beloved.

    You can enjoy cycling around Hoi An town, relax at Swimming pool or shuttle buses of Hoi An hotel will transfer you to the Cua Dai beach.

    Have your dinner with Western set menu at Hoi An Brother Cafe.

    Free your time at leisure to explore Hoi An life. Overnight in Hoi An.


    Meals:  B,D
  • Hoi An - Da Nang - Fly to Siem Reap

    Day 7: Hoi An - Da Nang - Fly to Siem Reap

    Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a walking tour around the historic town. Soaking up the atmosphere. Exploring the many Chinese assembly halls and fascinating ancestral homes, some of which have been occupied by the same family for fifteen generations. One of the most spectacular Assembly Halls is the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, built in 1690. The pagoda inside contains intricate statues and artwork, in part dedicated to Thien Hau Than Mau, the Goddess of the Sea and protector of fishermen. Walking tour of the ancient town center takes us to the sites of former merchants’ homes, the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge - The symbol of Hoian. The Japanese Covered bridge was the first bridge in Hoian and was constructed in 1593. It was built by the Japanese community of Hoian to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream. We continue to visit the Chua Ong Pagoda and the 200 year old Tan Ky ancestral house

    Our guide and driver pick you up and transfer to Da Nang airport to take a short flight to Siem Reap (approx. 01 hours 30 minutes). You are welcomed at the airport the transfer to the hotel for check in. Overnight in Siem Reap.


    Meals:  B
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples

    Day 8: Siem Reap - Angkor Temples

    Breakfast at hotel. We visit the largest and most impressive temple - Angkor Wat - one of the most beautiful and fascinating places on the planet. Angkor Wat was built between 1112 and 1152 by King Suryavarman II. Angkor Wat with its five towers, perfect symmetry and exquisite bas-reliefs is one of the most inspired religious monuments ever built. The five towers that dominate the scene are said to represent the five peaks of Mount Meru, the mythical home of the omnipotent Hindu deity Shiva. Beautiful bas beliefs and carvings adorn the inner sanctuaries depicting various Hindu mythological epics, including the longest continuous bas relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls.

    We then visit the fortified Royal city of Angkor Thom, constructed by King Jayavarman II at the end of the 12th century, not long after the completion of Angkor Wat. It is surrounded by a massive perimeter wall and a moat with five monumental gates and covers an area of more than ten square kilometers, indeed Angkor Thom means ‘Great city’. The most important monuments are located in the center of the city, namely the Bayon, Baphoun and the Terrace of Elephants. The Bayon in particular is a fascinating piece of architecture and one of the most photographed. It is a bizarre structure, with a total of 54 towers elaborately decorated with over 200 enigmatic smiling faces.

    We proceed to Ta Prohm Temple Kingdom of Trees”, whose principal attraction is that it has not been rescued from the thick jungle, as the rest of the Angkor Complex. It looks much the same as it would have done when the French explorers came here 140 years ago, shrouded in undergrowth and the huge roots of old Banyan trees. We continue to visit Artisans d’Angkor (If time permitted).

    Enjoy your dinner at Por Cuisine Restaurant with Cambodian traditional show.


    Meals:  B,D
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake - Fly to Luang Prabang

    Day 9: Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake - Fly to Luang Prabang

    Breakfast at hotel. Early morning, we drive out to the Tonle Sap Lake, where we will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonlé Sap is Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season. We continue our trip to floating villages to see the “floating lives”. The stilted village is the best place to witness the authentic life of the local fisherman and their families who live amongst the petrified mangrove forest. We will meet Cambodian children at a floating school on Tonle Sap Lake & enjoy the beautiful scenery dominated by the tranquility of the lake.

    Free your time at leisure unstill you are transferred to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang (approx. 03 hours 20 minutes). You are welcome at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check in. 

    Free your time at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.


    Meals:  B
  • Luang Prabang - City tour - Local villages

    Day 10: Luang Prabang - City tour - Local villages

    After breakfast, with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum (Closed on Tuesdays), which hosts a range of interesting artifacts and then visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures before we head out of town to see the weaving villages of Ban Xiengkhong and Ban Xienglek. We then return to the city for a visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. We then visit the Ock Pop Tok.

    We climb to the top of Mount Phousi for an exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River. You can explore the night market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the local and hill tribe people surrounding the city. Free your time at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Have dinner at Coconut Garden with Lao traditional show.

    Free your time at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.


    Meals:  B,D
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Fly to Hanoi

    Day 11: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Fly to Hanoi

    Worth getting up early in the holy city: early in the morning the monks move into your striking orange robes through the streets and are supplied by the citizens of rice and other food donations. We transfer to the serene Wat Sibounheaung; a nearly century old temple. Our guide will prepare offerings such as fruits, candles and incense sticks to offer to the monks before enjoying a morning blessing ceremony that is believed to bring health, happiness and longevity. Here you can learn more about a Buddhist monk’s life by interacting with a young monk. You will learn about the influence of Buddhism in daily local life. Transfer back to your hotel for breakfast.

    After breakfast we then enjoy a short-guided tour seeing 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 and we then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong river, which also gives us a panorama view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the small village of Ban Xanghai, where the local rice wine is distilled.

    We then return to the city and have your lunch at 3Nagas restaurant - One of the best restaurants in Luang Prabang (Lao set). 3 Nagas Restaurant.

    We transfer to airport for a flight to Hanoi (approx. 01 hour). Upon arrival, you are welcome at the airport then be transferred to your hotel for check in. 

     


    Meals:  B,L
  • Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

    Day 12: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

    You may wish walk to Hoan Kiem Lake to witness and/or participate in a Tai Chi exercise. It’s a great chance for you to take pictures of local people and enjoy the sunrise from the western side of Hoan Kiem Lake. Transfer back to the hotel and enjoy your breakfast.

    We depart for Ha Long city to visit Ha Long Bay - A World Natural Heritage site and a World of New7Wonders (170 km & approx. 03 hours 30 minutes). Ha Long bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes with 1969 islets. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves, other support floating villages of fishermen. You have chance of observing scenic country side of Vietnam dominated by enormous lush rice field.

    Upon arrival. Check-in between 11:30 - 12:00 at the boat port. Enjoy a refreshing “Welcome cocktail” upon check-in on the sun deck. Enjoy your lunch as the vessel sails to Ha Long Bay passing the Fighting cocks Islet, the Elephant leg Islet, the Castle Islet, the Soi Sim Island.

    Arrive at Surprise Grotto - one of the most famous grotto in the entire Ha Long, we will visit the cave by Tender. After taking a lot of photos and admire the beauty of the cave we will visit the fishing village by local rowing boat (1 hour) with the opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations then we return to the vessel for free time at your leisure. 

    You can swim in the clear emerald waters, soak up the sun over a cool beer on the top deck sun lounge or try your hand at some kayaking (your account) amongst the huge limestone outcrops that surround us. We retire to the junk and relax on the top deck and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar. Enjoy and learn the Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the sundeck, you can attend the chef's cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking. Your delicious seafood dinner will be served at the restaurant. Stay overnight on cruise for a more in-depth experience.

    (The itinerary above may be changed depending on the cruises we choose and weather permitting).


    Meals:  B,L,D
  • Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Tho Ha village

    Day 13: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Tho Ha village

    Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. Sitting on the upper desk we can enjoy the breath - taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. We can hear the birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze. International brunch buffet served in the restaurant. Check-out on board and disembarkation at boat port.

    Our tour guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to Hanoi. On the way back to Hanoi, visit Tho Ha Village of terracotta products before 20th century. Discover village through narrow and zigzag alleys with the old houses had been constructed from broken part of terracotta from the past. Walking over village cemetery to the dike, where you can see the village from distance over the beautiful lake.

    This evening we will enjoy a traditional water puppet performance (Roi Nuoc). The stage is actually a large container of water where the characters (carved wooden puppets} “act” out the story. Most of the stories are whimsical and fun, and the puppeteers stand in waist deep water behind a screen controlling the puppets with rods that mostly are under the water.

    Free your time at leisure, walking or shopping around the old quarter. Overnight in Hanoi.


    Meals:  B,L
  • Hanoi city - Departure

    Day 14: Hanoi city - Departure

    Breakfast at hotel. We will visit Hanoi city, we will visit Hanoi city, starting with the Ho Chi Minh complex (Closed on Mondays and Fridays mornings and whole September and October for annual repairs).

    We then visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology - The museum has successfully recreated the daily life together with the religious rituals and the symbolic festivals of each ethnic group in Vietnam. Visitors have the opportunity to admire costumes, embroidery as well as outside stilt houses and habitats from the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam.

    We continue to visit Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070. The temple is dedicated to one of the world’s most famous scholars, Confucius. Inside the temple grounds huge stone stele rest on the backs of even larger stone turtles (in Vietnamese culture the turtle represents longevity).

    Have your buffet lunch at Brother Café Hanoi restaurant.

    We then enjoy a cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as “36 streets.” This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you. We will travel around the famous Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword.) - The heart of Hanoi Capital.

    Transfer to Noi Bai airport to take your departure flight.


    Meals:  B,L
    Hotel:
      As Above
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