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Indochina Explorer (21 days) From Cambodia to Laos Vietnam


Duration:   21 days /20 Nights
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Start Date: Upon Request
Depart From: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Destination(s) to visit: Phnom Penh (Cambodia) - Siem Reap (Angkor) - Vientiane (Laos) - Luang Prabang -Hanoi - Halong Bay- Sapa - Bac Ha - Lao Cai- Hue - HoiAn -HCMC - Tay Hinh - Cu Chi - Mekong Delta
Tour Code: ATT260
Tour description:

21 day tour of the 'must-see' sights of Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam!

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Tour Program:

Day 1. Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Arriving Phnom Penh, our guide will be at the airport to welcome you & transfer you to your hotel. Today's city tour includes the Royal Place, Silver Pagoda, Independence monument. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit Toul Sleng Museum of Genocide. (L)

Day 2. Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (Angkor)
Morning visit to Central & Russian Markets, then transfer to airport for your short flight to Siem Reap. Pick up & transfer to hotel. After lunch at local restaurant, take a boat trip & enjoy the wonderful views of Tonlesap Great Lake in the afternoon, also visit the beautiful Phnom Krom temple by the ake. Evening dinner at local restaurant with traditional Cambodian dance performance on stage. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B/L/D)

Day 3. Siem Reap (Angkor)
Full day visit to the ancient royal capital of Angkor Thom: Bayon Temple, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda, Terrace of Elephants and Leper king and Taprohm temple. Lunch. Afternoon visit the 7th World heritage wonder, Angkor Wat, and the Ta Som, Ta Keo, Pre Rup temples. Return to town. (B/L)

Day 4. Siem Reap (Angkor)
Morning trip to Phnom Kulen where the river of 1000 lingas features thousands of carvings engraved into the sandstone rocks under the water. We also visit the Rock temple with a large reclining Buddha. There will be a picnic lunch by the waterfall. Afternoon trip to see the oldest temple in Angkor, Banteay Srei. This temple has the best engravings among all the ruins. (B/L)

Day 5. Siem Reap - Vientiane (Laos)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Laos. Arriving Vientiane, our Laos representative will be at the airport to welcome you & transfer to your hotel. After lunch in a local restaurant today city tour includes Wat Hoprakeo, built in 1566 by King Setthathirat to house the Emerald Buddha, Wat Sisaket, the only temple in Vientiane that survived the destruction of the city by the Siamese (Thai) in 1828; ThatLuang Stupa Museum shrine (great Sacred Stupa) ,the most important national monument in Vientiane, with a golden stupa believed to contain a relic of Lord Buddha; Pratuxay Monument situated in the centre of Vientiane prefecture, its architecture inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and incorporating typical Lao motifs. Finally see the sunset at Mekong riverside. (B/L)

Day 6. Vientiane - Luang Prabang
Transfer to airport for your flight to Luang Prabang, pick up & & transfer to your hotel. Today city tour of the former Royal capital, Luang Prabang, the crown jewel of the ancient Lane Xang Empire (pronounced 'lane sang' - the Land of a Million Elephants). Visit Wat Visoun, the site of the impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao. Phou Sii hill stands right in the centre of this small city. Climb its 350 steps to enjoy commanding views for many miles in each direction. Wat Phu Sii sits atop the mountain, alongside the skeletons of Indochina war anti-aircraft guns! Then continue to visit Wat Mai. Built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) emphasizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Wat Xieng Thong is considered to emphasize & characterize the uniqueness of Luang Prabang's local style: its several roofs sweep low to the ground. See also the impressive "tree of life" mosaic here. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts semi-erotic episodes from the Ramayana; visit the National Museum, which was once a king's palace. Displayed inside is a collection of personal artifacts of the former royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from dignitaries of foreign countries. Dinner at local restaurant and evening walk of night market. (B/L/D)

Day 7. Luang Prabang
After breakfast, begin a full day boat trip on the mighty Mekong River to visit the Pak Ou Caves with their lacquered Buddha statues. Then make a visit to the village of Ban Phanom where traditional Lao textiles are woven on ancient wooden looms & the paper making factory. (B/L)

Day 8. Luang Prabang
Today we visit the Tad Khuang Sii waterfall. On the way we visit Hmong village & Ban Ouh village for the Lao & Lu hill tribe people. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. The water here has a clear blue-green tint due to the high mineral content. You can climb the stairs and look down from various high viewpoints on the way to the top! Enjoy a picnic lunch & afternoon at leisure. (B/L)

Day 9. Luang Prabang - Hanoi (Vietnam)
If you like, we can take you into the centre of Luang Prabang at 5:30 in the morning to watch local people give food & rice to the hundreds of monks who line the street. You can also give rice to the monks - your guide will provide sticky rice for you to give. (This dawn tour is optional - a very early start!) Afterwards a stroll though the morning market before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Transfer to airport for your flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. Arriving at Hanoi, our Hanoi guide will be at the airport to welcome you & transfer to your hotel. In the evening, see the world-famous Vietnamese Water Puppet show in the theatre & dinner at local restaurant. (B/D)

Day 10. Hanoi
Full day city tour includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and the whole October-November) and Residence, One-Pillar Pagoda, Army Museum. Lunch at local restaurant. Visit Temple of Literature, built in the 11th century as Vietnam’s first university, Fine Art Museum, Quan Thanh Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.(B/L)

Day 11. Hanoi - Halong Bay
Morning at leisure. Afternoon about 3 to 4 hours drive to Ha Long Bay. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Dinner at local restaurant.(B/D)

Day 12. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Sapa
A morning cruise in a private junk on the emerald green waters of Halong Bay, among the 3,000 spectacular limestone islands. The cruise ends with a fresh seafood lunch on board. Return to Hanoi by road in the afternoon. In the evening transfer to railway station for your overnight train to Sapa. (B/L)

Day 13. Sapa
Upon arrival in Lao Cai, drive 40km on coach to Sapa. Enjoy the picturesque scenery along the way leading to Sapa, a mountainous area of stunning natural beauty and diverse ethnic minorities. Transfer to your hotel for check in. Breakfast at hotel. Walking tour to visit Saturday 'mountain market'. Lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to Ta Van village, about 8 km of twisty road from Sapa town. Along the road you will see many H’Mong, Dzay, Dzao ethnic people dressed in their traditional colourful costumes. Two-hour trekking tour through a terraced paddy field to discover the lifestyle of the Dzay minority. (B/L/D)

Day 14. Sapa - Bac Ha - Lao Cai
Transfer to Bac Ha. View the 'mountain market' full of montagnards from surrounding villages. They dress in their most colourful costumes and head to the market to exchange goods or sell self-made crafts. Lunch. Walking tour at Ban Pho village then set off for Lao Cai to board the train for Hanoi. Dinner at local restaurant & overnight on train. (B/L/D)

Day 15. Hanoi - Hue
Arriving back Hanoi in the early morning. Pick up & transfer to airport for your flight to Hue. Arriving in Hue, pick up & transfer to your hotel. Today our city tour includes the mausoleum of former emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. In the afternoon visit the elaborate mausoleums of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh and the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. (B/L)

Day 16. Hue - Hoi An
This morning's tour starts with a boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River to visit Hue's best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda. Afterwards drive to Hoi An via Danang. The scenic route climbs over the Pass of Ocean Clouds before dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. After lunch in Danang & city tour, on the road from Danang to Hoi An visit five sacred hills known as the Marble Mountains containing dozens of Buddhist shrines. On arrival in Hoi An in late afternoon, transfer to hotel. (B/L)

Day 17. Hoi An
Hoi An was a major Asian trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and its picturesque architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants' houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market. Afternoon trip to visit the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. Here, 40km southwest of Hoi An, in a lush green valley, are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the seventh and thirteenth centuries. (B/L)

Day 18. Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City
This morning drive back to Danang & transfer to airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Pick up & transfer to your hotel. Today city tour includes a tour of The Reunification Palace (former Presidential Palace), Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Lam Son Square, Ben Thanh Market, Thien Hau pagoda, The Museum of HCM Campaign, China Town (Cholon) & Binh Tay Market etc. Dinner at local restaurant.(B/L/D)

Day 19. HCMC - Tay Hinh - Cu Chi - HCMC
Enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the west of Vietnam. At Tay Ninh visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail. Lunch. In the afternoon visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. (B/L)

Day 20. HCMC - Mekong Delta - HCMC
A full day trip to the watery world of the Mekong Delta, just a couple of hours by road from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City's streets. Depart for Vinh Long, 150km southwest Ho Chi Minh city. A motor-boat takes you along the Mekong river and follows small canals flowing sluggishly between banks of luxuriant vegetation to Cai Be floating market, one of the most typical floating markets of the Mekong Delta. Experience the exotic sights, sounds and smells. Lunch at a bonsai garden with speciality food - "Elephant's Ear" fish. Visit a ceramic tile factory, a tofu and fish sauce factory etc before returning to HCMC & overnight.(B/L)

Day 21. HCMC - Departure
Free at leisure until transfer to airport for your departure flight to UK or next destination. (B)
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Tour Prices(Price per person and in US$)

Indochina Explorer (21 days) From Cambodia to Laos Vietnam

Includes: International flights
Accommodation with breakfast daily.
Lunch and Dinner where shown in the programme.
Transfers, tours with English speaking guide.
All entrance fees and boat fees.
Service charges, rooms tax and handling fee.
Domestic flights
Sapa return train ticket in private compartment
Water puppet show ticket.
Excludes: Visa fees
Drinks with provided meals
Departure taxes
Tips, personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.

Please note that, whilst every effort will be made to carry out the programme shown above, small changes may sometimes be necessary.

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