EXPLORE THE UTMOST OF VIETNAM LAOS AND CAMBODIA

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Indochina is a land of legends and myths that seduce the soul of travelers around the world. Are you an enthusiast for archeology? Do you want a chance to travel back in time to see, with your own eyes, the architecture of the past? If you go for a “Yes”, let’s join in An Indochina Odyssey Throughout Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia within 16 days. This fortnight journey will enable you to explore the most ancient aspect of this long civilized peninsula with the highlight on some of the oldest cities, namely: Saigon, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi in Vietnam, Luang Prabang of Laos, finally Siem Reap in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

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You start your epic excursion around Indochina in Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh city, where there is a fusion between Vietnamese and French culture. Next, you with join in a boat trip on the greatest river of Indochina Peninsula, the Mekong River. A flight to the ancient town of Hoi An is waiting for you after that. And before you complete Vietnam in the more than 1000-year capital city of Hanoi, you will explore Hue, the citadel with alluring beauty. Goodbye to Vietnam, Luang Prabang will welcome you with the significant nature of Laos. Your journey rounds up in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which has the majestic traits of Angkor culture.
Day 1: Warm Greeting from Ho Chi Minh city
After quite a long flight to Ho Chi Minh city, an English-speaking guide will welcome you at the Tan Son Nhat international airport and take you the hotel, helping you check-in and giving some additional guides. A welcome dinner is arranged for you at the accommodation.

Meal(s): D

Day 2: Some remaining marks of the Vietnam War in Ho Chi Minh
Get ready for a boat trip to Cu Chi tunnel which used to be a crucial location for the Vietnamese revolution against American colonization. You will have lunch before coming back to the city center where you can visit the remaining French-styled buildings after the French colonial rule, namely: Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Old Post Office, The City Hall, War Remnant Museum.

Meal(s): B/L

Day 3: A boat trip to the Mekong River area
From your luxurious hotel in Ho Chi Minh, you will be taken to the South-west area of Vietnam. This is where you can see the rich culture of the local people living by the Mekong river on a boat tour from Cai Be to Vinh Long. Lunch will be served on board before a car picks you up and travel back to Ho Chi Minh. You will have a free evening to try local restaurants and walk around the surrounding area.

Meal(s): B/L

Day 4: An overview of Hoi An ancient town
To get to the ancient town of Hoi An, you will fly from Ho Chi Minh to Danang, then traveling by car to Hoi An. After having lunch, our English-speaking tour guide will lead you through the most iconic structures of Hoi An, such as Japanese Bridge, Old House, Thang Loi Silk.

Meal(s): B/L/D

Day 5: Get to know the earliest Hindu temple of Vietnam in My Son
My Son Sanctuary is the focus of this day trip. You will be amazed at the breath-taking scene dated from the 4th century. This is regarded as the foremost Hindu heritage in Vietnam and has been recognized as one of the UNESCO Site since 1999.

Meal(s): B/L

Day 6: Explore the romantic and poetic Hue
Go through Hai Van Pass, where you can have a stunning view of the seascape, you will reach Hue, the last capital city under feudalism. Enjoy a generous mid-day meal to revive yourself for a walk around the Imperial Citadel, the last palace ever exists.

Meal(s): B/L

Day 7: Hue as the capital of the last Vietnamese Dynasty
You will the last morning in Hue to soak in the religious vibe of Thien Mu Pagoda and the tomb complex of some emperors in Nguyen Dynasty. In the afternoon, a flight is waiting to transfer you from the ancient capital to the current one of Vietnam.

Meal(s): B/L

Day 8: The very first impression of Hanoi
Hanoi will warmly welcome you with a wide range of activities. A city tour will keep you busy around top visited destinations. From the first university of Vietnam, Temple of Literature to the memorial of the national hero, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, from the Ethnology Museum with the display of the national treasures to Hanoi Old Quarter with Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. You also have a chance to watch a water puppet show, the art form only available in Vietnam. Breakfast and lunch with Hanoian food will be served in between.

Meal(s): B/L/D

Day 9: A splendid overnight cruise in Halong
After exploring the capital of Vietnam, you will be transferred to Halong Bay, one of the New Seven Wonders. Get onboard then enjoy kayaking, swimming, and an overnight cruise on the incredible sea in Halong.

Meal(s): B/L/D

Day 10: Hanoi is waiting for your own exploration
A farewell to the serene Titop Island and the magnificent Halong, today, you will be back to Hanoi because there are still a lot of things to discover in the city of more than 1000 years of civilization. The best part is that you can do it all by yourself. With some instructions from our guide, you have the full right to decide how you will explore the city.

Meal(s): B/Brunch

Day 11: Say hello to Luang Prabang with a traditional ceremony
Say goodbye to Vietnam, you will fly to the capital of Laos, Luang Prabang. As a hearty greeting, you will join in Baci ceremony, a long-established ritual in big and important events, prepared by the hotel staffs.

Meal(s): B/L/D

Day 12: Another boat trip on Mekong River with religion focus
A car will pick you up early in the morning so that you can catch the fantastic sunset from Phousi Mount. When you already finish lunch, you will get on a boat to take you to Pak Ou cave on the Mekong riverside. A number of miniature sculptures of Buddha will gradually arouse your curiosity.

Meal(s): B/L

Day 13: Nature indulgence and elephant interaction
Today’s schedule will take you closer to Mother Nature. After indulging yourself in the tranquility of Khuang Si Waterfalls, you are given the opportunity to make friend with elephants in an ethical elephant camp.

Meal(s): B/L

Day 14: Siem Reap and the community activities
Here you get to the final destination, Siem Reap. A car will pick you up at the airport to bring you to Tonle Sap Lake. Before doing any exploration, you will get involved in some volunteering work for the local school. This is the best way to really get to know the local lifestyle. To show gratefulness, native people will prepare a feast for dinner and perform Apsara Dance at the hotel.

Meal(s): B/L/D

Day 15: Angkor culture in a nutshell
As Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor region, known as the capital of the ancient Khmer Empire, you will have one single day to wander around the mysterious temples and pagodas. Due to a large number of architectures, it can be difficult to set your foot on every place, but don’t miss Angkor Thom, Bayon Temples, Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat. Finally, remember to get to Bakheng Hill for a magical sunset.

Meal(s): B/L

Day 16: The unbelievable nature of Siem Reap
One day is not enough to see the real Siem Reap. Today, you will be taken to a Cambodian temple dated back to the 10th century. The particular design of Banteay Srei is to worship Shiva, one of the most powerful gods in Hindu. Then, you will visit Kulen Waterfalls, well known for the rock formation similar to 1000 Lingas, a religious symbol in Hindu.

Meal(s): B/L

Day 17: It’s time to say goodbye
On the last day of the journey, a breakfast with locally grown ingredients is served before you are taken to the Siem Reap airport and come back home with a refreshed mind full of memorable moments in Indochina.

Meal(s): B

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