The Untold Stories of Indochina

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hoi An - Saigon - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Vientiane - Luang Prabang

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This 14 day tour with the most highlighted sites in Indochina will be an experience you should try. The journey is a perfect combination between the cultural and natural values in each country. From the must see destinations in south Vietnam, you will explore the great land of Cambodia with the exceptional Angkor complex followed by an escape to the laid back city of Luang Prabang - the spiritual capital of Laos.

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Welcome on arrival in Hanoi, you will be met by our local guide. After a short introduction, you will be transferted to your hotel in city center for check in. Room is at your disposal at 2.00pm. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

♣ Please check our selected hotels in Hanoi for your reference.

This morning, leave Hanoi and depart for the magical land of Halong Bay – the UNECO Heritage Site which is famous for thousands of islands scattering over the Gulf of Tonkin. You will enjoy an overnight cruise amongst the numerous amazing islands on our beautiful traditional junk. There are various activities for you to take part in including swimming, kayaking, sunbathing or exploring the cave. You also enjoy fabulous fresh Vietnamese seafood on board.

♣ Please check our selected cruises on Halong Bay for your reference

Try to wake up early this morning to take in the best views of the bay. You will then explore a magical cave to admire its magnificent stalagmites and stalactites. After lunch on boat, you will check out the cruise and be transferred back to your hotel in Hanoi center. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

At good time, be transferred without guide to the airport for your short flight to Danang. On arrival, meet your local guide and then be trasnferred to your hotel in Hoi An town for check in. 

Hoi An is one of the most charming town in Vietnam. Hoi An can satisfy all of travelers by its' natural beauty and authentic local culture. Moreover, from Hoi An town, you can access to the An Bang beach very quickly and easily.

In the afternoon, set out your walking tour of the charming town along the filled – lantern streets and admire its impressive architecture through some interesting attractions. Meals on your own and overnight at the hotel.

♣ Please check our selected hotels in Hoi An for your reference.

Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the meeting point.

We will cycle through peaceful green paddies to reach the local market (Ba Le market). The tour guide will show you where the ingredients of the cooking courses come from and you will have chance to capture the hustle and bustle trading lives of local people. After that, we head back to the restaurant where the chef and the cooking course are waiting for you.

Upon arrival, you will have a break with a Vietnamese coffee to cool down and relax. Then, let’s join a fun bamboo basket boat ride through small creeks in water coconut fields and the folk game “bit mat dap noi”

Once you get back, we will start to cook a variety of local dishes following the given menu. Our Chef and Tour Guide will instruct and assist you to cook during the class. Afterwards we enjoy our delicious and mindful dishes together.

After lunch, we will take a lazy boat back to Hoi An Ancient Town. Sit back and enjoy the scenery and local life of fisherman along the riverside. Back to your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration: 7 hours

Menu: (vegetarian menu available upon request)

1. Fresh Spring Rolls

2. Rice pancake

3. Papaya Salad with Shrimp and Pork

4. Braised Chicken with Chili and Lemongrass

In the morning, drive to Danang Airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh city – the most bustling city in Vietnam. On arrival, meet your local guide and be transferred to your hotel in city center for check in. With a bustling mix of commerce and culture, temples and skyscrapers, where the streets are lined with food stalls and French architecture – Ho Chi Minh City has plenty to explore.  You will enjoy a guided tour of the city to feel the bustling atmosphere of the city. In the evening, enjoy Saigon by night on a dinner cruise along the Saigon River. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, head out to explore the magnificent architecture as well as the unique religion of Cao Dai Temple. Continue onto the famous Cu Chi Tunnel - an impressively historical site in south Vietnam. 

This fantastic network stretches over 250 km and is the shelter of Vietnamese soldiers during the wars. The system was served as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living areas for Vietnamese fighters throughout the war. Take your time to descend into the tunnels to discover the wonderful tunnels and the harsh conditions of Vietcong guerrillas. Head back to the city. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap - famous for its great Heritage Site. In the afternoon, set off your journey to explore the atmospheric temples of Angkor. Wrap your day with a breathtaking sunset from the top of one of the ruins. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

There is plenty of time in these two days to explore the timeless mystery of the great Angkor temples. Take the chance to admire the grandeur of these spectacular ruins. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, transfer to the airport and fly to Phnom Penh. As the largest city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the center of economy, industry as well as politics and cultural heritage of the country. That's why it is a must-see destination in any trip to Cambodia. In the afternoon, explore the city with a tour around the interesting sights. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Say goodbye to Cambodia and take a flight to Vientiane- the charming and fascinating capital of Laos, one of the classic Indo Chinese cities which conjure up exotic images, with its intriguing mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, American and Soviet influences. Go for a short tour of the city to discover the great mix of architectural styles before enjoying sunset over the mighty Mekong River. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, there are some time to explore the great temples of Vientiane followed by a flight to the atmospheric town of Luang Prabang-  the city located in the left bank of the Mekong River. Luang Prabang used to be a religious capital of Laos, thus it is the concentration of more than 100 temples. On arrival, free at your leisure to explore the town. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Get more local experiences today with a visit to museums, markets and a weaving village. Afterwards, cruise up the Mekong River to the mouth of the Ou River. Visit the sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. This cave is a popular destination which holds the historic and cultural values. Locals make pilgrimages to this site to place Buddha images inside the caves to make merit.

Back to your hotel at the end of the day and free to explore the night market. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

For early birds, we recommend to take the chance to see the special ritual of alms giving on the streets of the city. You could also spend time exploring the monasteries and temples of the town before taking a flight to home. Room is at your disposal until noon time. Meals on your own. END OF SERVICES.

List of hotels we use: Best price, strategic locations, carefully-checked.

In Vietnam

Hotel
Category
Destination
Budget 3 - Star 4 - Star 5 - Star
Hanoi L'Heritage Quoc Hoa May De Ville Old Quarter Apricot
Halong Bay V'Spirit Cruise V'Spirit Cruise Glory Cruise Pelican Cruise
Hoi An Kim An Hoian Silk Boutique Thanh Binh Riverside Sunrise Hoian
Saigon Le Duy Grand Ruby River Muong Thanh Centre Majestic Saigon

In Cambodia

Hotel
Category
Destination
Budget 3 - Star 4 - Star 5 - Star
Phnom Penh Salita Hotel KoLab Sor The Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel Himawari Hotel
Siem Reap Mother Home Inn Claremont Tara Angkor Angkor Palace Resort

In Laos

Hotel
Category
Destination
Budget 3 - Star 4 - Star 5 - Star
Luang Prabang My Laos Home Villa Chitdara Maison Dalabua Satri House
Vientiane SP Vientiane Hotel Vientiane Garden S Park Design Green Park

In Vietnam

Hanoi L'Heritage
Halong Bay V'Spirit Cruise
Hoi An Kim An
Saigon Le Duy Grand
Hanoi Quoc Hoa
Halong Bay V'Spirit Cruise
Hoi An Hoian Silk Boutique
Saigon Ruby River
Hanoi May De Ville Old Quarter
Halong Bay Glory Cruise
Hoi An Thanh Binh Riverside
Saigon Muong Thanh Centre
Hanoi Apricot
Halong Bay Pelican Cruise
Hoi An Sunrise Hoian
Saigon Majestic Saigon

In Cambodia

Phnom Penh Salita Hotel
Siem Reap Mother Home Inn
Phnom Penh KoLab Sor
Siem Reap Claremont
Phnom Penh The Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Siem Reap Tara Angkor
Phnom Penh Himawari Hotel
Siem Reap Angkor Palace Resort

In Laos

Luang Prabang My Laos Home
Vientiane SP Vientiane Hotel
Luang Prabang Villa Chitdara
Vientiane Vientiane Garden
Luang Prabang Maison Dalabua
Vientiane S Park Design
Luang Prabang Satri House
Vientiane Green Park

Our prices are valid for daily departures (except some special case as explained below) for group from 1 to 6 pax. If your party has more than 6 adults, please send us an email, we will advise our best price for your group.

For children, please note:

+ Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (maximum 2 adults with 1 child under 2 years old)

+ Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% price of adults

+ Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% price of adults

+ Children from 12 years old: as adult

Our prices are not valid for some special occasions and peak season as below:

° Christmas and New Year (normally, there will be surcharge for Gala Dinner on 24.Dec and 31.Dec Eves – applied for 4 and 5 star hotels)

° Easter Holidays - from 11.Apr.2018 - 19.Apr.2018 – some 5-star hotels in Hoian will have surcharge for Easter Holidays

° Vietnam Lunar New Year – from 13.Feb.2018 – 18.Feb.2018 – if you travel during this period, there will have surcharge for some services – we will advise you clearly at the time of booking

Inclusions

  • 14 day tour from the South to the North of Vietnam.
  • 13 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese, Cambodia and Laos cuisine with 18 meals included.
  • Shuttle bus Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi
  • All local slow boats as mentioned
  • 6 x domestic/ regional flights: Hanoi - Danang/ Danang - Ho Chi Minh/ Ho Chi Minh - Siem Reap/ Siem Reap - Phnom Penh/ Phnom Penh - Vientiane/ Vientiane - Luang Prabang (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
  • All airport transfers
  • English speaking guide (in each location you will have a different guide).
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • VIETNAM VISA LETTER
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

Exclusions

  • International flight tickets – We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from South Africa to Vietnam/ Laos/ Cambodia are approximately $700-$1400 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! Let’s contact us for more details.
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee: 25USD per person for single entry
  • Cambodia Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Laos Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

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