Indochina and the Mysteries

Saigon - Siem Reap - Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Saigon

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Taking this great tour, you will get a great opportunity to travel through the mysteries of Vietnam, the famous temples of Laos and the hidden gems of Cambodia. During the journey, there are various chances to soak up in the stunning landscapes, explore the ancient architecture and learn about the local culture. This tour will not disappoint you.

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Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city – the most bustling city in Vietnam. Our guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check in. Room is at your disposal at 1.30pm. Free to relax after a long flight. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Today is spent exploring the hidden treasures of this vibrant city with a visit to the fascinating colonial landmarks and the Reunification Palace- an important place in Vietnam during war time. After that, visit Ben Thanh market and have some shopping tips from our guide. Back to your hotel at the early afternoon. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and make your way to the lush Mekong Delta. You will explore this fertile region with a cruise through various waterways and wetlands. You are offered a special chance to see the floating markets – a typical feature of the region, fruit orchards and a number of small islands.

After that, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local house and enjoy the fresh air of fruit garden. You will have more time to explore the rural areas by walking or cycling. At the end, enjoy a slow local boat back to the pier for a tranfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap – home to spectacular temple complex of Angkor. Welcome on arrival and transfer to the hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Set off your temple exploration today with a visit to the famous Angkor Thom which is no doubt the expression of highest genius. The stunning architecture of the structure in all dimensions challenges the talent of any painters. Continue your trail to the unusual Angkor Wat - the most famous and largest temple complex in Cambodia and in the world as well. The complex is considered the architectural masterpiece thanks to its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief's and sculpture. As the day comes to a close, take your time to soak up in the stunning views of the iconic monuments. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Enjoy your free day to do your leisure activities. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, pay a visit to the JWOC Community Centre to meet local children before transferring to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang – the capital city of Laos. On arrival, meet your local guide and be transferred to your hotel in town center for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Start your city sightseeing tour with a visit to some beautiful temples of the city including Wat Sen and Wat Visoun - the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples of LuangPrabang. Afterwards, head out of the city to visit Kuang Si Waterfall. On the way, you will see the picturesque landscape of the country with villages and verdant paddy fields. As one of the most famous waterfalls in Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Waterfall is an attractive destination with the endless charm of nature. After relaxing at the cave, proceed to Mount Phousi where you can get the spectacular views over the region. You also have some time to explore the colorful night market. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, you will explore this beautiful town in a different perspective. You will embark a traditional boat for a leisurely cruise along the mighty Mekong River. Along the way, there are some stops to visit small villages to get an authentic glimpse of local life. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Take the great chance this morning to attend the traditional ritual of alms giving taking place on the streets of the city from the break of dawn. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. Meet your local guide at the airport and drive to your hotel in city center for check in. The balance 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.

Take the full day today to explore the charming city of Hanoi. The city remains a great place to discover the stunning structures influenced by different architectures. Enjoy a cyclo tour around the bustling streets to get an exciting insight into the life here. At the end of the day, enjoy a traditional water puppet performance to learn more about this special art form. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, after breakfast, leave the fascinating land of Hanoi for a scenic drive to the dreamy land of Halong Bay – the UNECO Heritage Site. The thousands of islands located in a background of the Gulf of Tonkin make the bay a picturesque seascape. Visiting the bay, you will delve into the endless charm of different types of scenery.

You will embark on a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on the magical bay. Staying on board, you are also offered a great chance to savor special menu of fresh seafood in the natural beauty of limestone formations. This is surely the best moment you have had in your journey in Vietnam.

Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

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

Start your new day with an early Tai Chi exercise on the upper deck before having a light breakfast. After lunch on board, take the last chance to enjoy the impressive views of the beautiful limestone as the ship cruises through the numerous limestone.

After getting to the harbour, transfer back to Hanoi. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

After breakfast, spend time relaxing until being transferred to Hanoi airport for a short flight to Hue- the ancient city of Vietnam. Welcome on arrival and transfer to your hotel for check in. The room is at your disposal at 2 pm.

After a short rest, set off your exploration of the royal city with a visit to the famous Hue Citadel. The complex is located on the north bank of Perfume River and consists of 3 walled enclosures: the Citadel, Kim Thanh Hue, the Yellow Imperial City, Hoang Thanh. In the center of the complex is the Forbidden Purple City – Tu Cam Thanh. With the long lasting history and the importance to Vietnamese history, the whole complex has been recognized as the World Heritage Site.

At the end of the day, head back to your hotel for relax. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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

At the good time in the morning, you will be picked up for a transfer to Hoian via the scenic Hai Van Pass looking over the central coastline which offers you a unique chance to enjoy the amazing sceneries of Vietnam. Transfer to your hotel in Hoian. The rest of the day is free to relax. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hoian.

♣ 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

Today is free to relax the town on your own. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hoian.

After breakfast, transfer to Danang for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Meet our guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check in. Spend the evening exploring this bustling metropolis. The city is the hub of commerce and culture of the country where temples and skyscrapers line the streets. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

It’s time to say goodbye to the vibrant city. Our driver you transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Meals on your own. END OF SERVICES.

If you wish to do sightseeings on this day, you may consider a half day city tour or half day Cu Chi Tunnels. Please contact with our travel consultant for more details.

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
Hue Alba Hotel Alba Spa Hotel Eldora Hotel Indochine Hue
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
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

In Vietnam

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

In Cambodia

Siem Reap Mother Home Inn
Siem Reap Claremont
Siem Reap Tara Angkor
Siem Reap Angkor Palace Resort

In Laos

Luang Prabang My Laos Home
Luang Prabang Villa Chitdara
Luang Prabang Maison Dalabua
Luang Prabang Satri House

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

  • 19 day tour start and end from the South of Vietnam.
  • 18 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laos cuisine with 23 meals included.
  • 5 x domestic/ regional flights: Ho Chi Minh - Siem Reap/ Siem Reap - Luang Prabang/ Luang Prabang - Hanoi/ Hanoi - Hue/ Danang - Ho Chi Minh (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
  • Shuttle bus Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • All local slow boats as mentioned
  • 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: 45USD per person for multi entries
  • Cambodia Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Laos Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

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