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Saigon - Mekong Delta - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Luang Prabang - Siem Reap

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The tour is designed to explore the best of three countries in Southeast Asia area including Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. This package tour will take you from the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, passing through the numerous destinations in Asia to the spiritual city of Luang Prabang. All you need to do is just to get ready to experience these treasures of Asia.

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Welcome to the metropolis of Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to the hotel for check in. Overnight at the hotel.

This morning, leave the bustle of the city behind and depart for My Tho – a sleepy town located on the Mekong River. This city is surrounded by the lush orchards and rice paddies which remain the major bowl of rice of the whole country. You will have chance to visit one for two islands to explore the amazing traditional handicrafts, coconut and bee farms. Later, enjoy a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River to visit the small pagoda of Vinh Trang – the oldest pagoda in the region. Head back to Ho Chi Minh city. 

Today is spent exploring the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh. The city embodies for the great blend of the past and the present architecture, of the temples and skyscrapers lined on the streets. Start your city tour with a visit to Cho Lon to soak up the bustling atmosphere to the market. Move onto Notre Dame Cathedral– an impressive landmark of the city. It is also a favored place for Vietnamese couples to take their wedding photos. Proceed to the Central Post Office to have a closer look at its stunning architecture designed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel.

The City Hall is a great place to discover the typical of the French architecture. You also visit the War Remnants Museum where you can explore the hidden stories of the country’s history in the dark period of war. Later, head out of the city to visit Cu Chi Tunnels for a short exploration of the Vietnam history and war. After the visit, make your way to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. In the evening, arrive in the capital city of Hanoi. Welcome on arrival and transfer to the hotel for check in.

The capital city of Hanoi is home to interesting culture handed down from centuries ago. In this full day city tour, you will be taken to some of the must see places including One Pillar Pagoda – featuring a unique architecture, the Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam. Make a stop for a sight of Hoan Kiem Lake – the symbol of the city with a tiny Tortoise Pagoda in the midst. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant followed by a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Opera House and St. Joseph Cathedral. At the end of the day, pay a visit to the History Museum to explore the long – lasting history of Vietnam through a wide range of artifacts. You also have chance to enjoy water puppet show and get a glimpse of the Old Quarter with a cyclo ride. Overnight in Hanoi.

In this early morning, leave Hanoi for a drive to the dreamy land of Halong Bay – the World Heritage Site with thousands of limestone karsts and peaks. Exploring the cave, you will marvel at the breathtaking views of the numerous islets rising from the jade water of the bay. You will enjoy an overnight cruise with meals on board on the traditional boat. While staying on board, you will enjoy the comfort of the boat featuring wooden interiors and air conditioned cabins.

During your cruise, you have a great opportunity to explore the most impressive attractions with plenty time to relax or join different activities including swimming or visiting some beautiful caves on the bay. You are sure to get a once- in- a –life time experience in your journey in Asia. Overnight on board.

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

Get up early this morning to soak up in the tranquility of the water, dip in the sound of the lapping waters. Afterwards, enjoy breakfast in the magnificent views of the rocky islands scattering over the bay. After breakfast, cruise through numerous islands to visit Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in the bay. There is some time for you to relax and enjoy refreshing swim before cruising back to the harbor.

On the way back, a brunch will be served on board while the boat cruises through stunning rock formations. Upon reaching the harbor, it’s time to check out and disembark. Transfer back to Hanoi. In the afternoon, arrive back in the city. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

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

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang. Welcome on arrival and transfer to the hotel for check in. Luang Prabang used to be a religious capital of Laos, thus it is the concentration of more than 100 temples. Today you will explore the city located on the left bank of the Mekong River starting with a visit to Wat Visoun - noted for its wooden windows designed in the architecture of the Vat Phou, Wat Aham and Wat Mai - featuring a five sided roof surmounted by three parasols.

As the day comes to a close, make your way to Phousi Mountain for a fabulous sunset before visiting the H'mong Night Market on the way back to the hotel. You could buy some beautiful souvenirs as gift when you come back home. Return to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Optional: For early risers, take the chance to observe the interesting ceremony of alms giving taking place from the break of dawn daily. After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the oldest temples in the city such as Wat Sene and  Wat Xieng Thong-  a significant monastery of Lao which holds the spirit of religion and traditional art. Afterwards, board a boat for a cruise upstream along the Mekong River.

As cruising on the river, you are offered a great view of quaint countryside. Make a stop at the Pak Ou Caves. Located near the center of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou is not only a particular destination but also a place which shelters historic cultural values. Exploring the cave, you will amazed by the thousands of Buddha statues in different sizes and shapes. There are also a few stops at small villages including Ban Xanghai which is famous for the great rive wine. Cruise back to Luang Prabang with a stop en-route to visit the royal temple of Wat Longkhoun. Overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang.

This morning, pay a visit to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre to admire the beautiful artifacts and traditional clothing of the different minority groups in Luang Prabang. In the late morning, head out to Phosi market to explore a great selection of souvenirs and foodstuffs. Continue your trip to some ethnic minority villages to get an authentic insight into the local culture.

Afterwards, drive out of the city to visit the famous Kuang Si Waterfall - one of the most impressive attractions in Luang Prabang. Once reaching the waterfall, enjoy your time to take in the tranquility of the nature and the fresh air. Proceed to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek to explore its traditional crafts of silk weaving and paper making. In the late afternoon, transfer back to Luang Prabang in time to watch sunset at Wat Phabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang .

After breakfast, pay a visit to the National Museum where remains a collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments…. You also visit the Central Market to get a glimpse of local life. Afterwards, you are free to explore the town and wander around the shopping areas before being transferred to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap. In the afternoon, arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to the hotel for check in. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

Your full day tour is spent exploring the great ruins of Angkor Temples. Your first stop is Angkor THom- a great historical structure of the city. Built in the late of 12th century, this is the final and also the most long-lasting capital of Khmer Empire. Spanning on the area of 9 square kilometers, Angkor Thom consists of many other ancient temples. Continue onto the nearby Terrace of Elephants with 300 meters long through the core of Angkor Thom. Take a few steps to the terrace of the Leper King a double terrace located at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants. 

Take some time to visit Baphuon, Royal enclosure and Phimeanakas before visiting the famous Bayon Temple. Located in the heart of Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple features many other relics which offer a great chance to observe ancient sculptures. From the structure, discover the marvelous temple of Angkor Wat, a world heritage site with soaring towers and extraordinary bas reliefs. It is one of the most amazing monuments ever conceived by man, erected in the 12th century. The massive scale with beautiful layout as well as the intricate carvings with delicate artistry makes the Angkor temples worth a visit for anyone travelling to this country. To get in to the temple, you will cross the vast moat and follow a broad causeway. Once in the main building, continue pass through a number of galleries and courtyard to reach the central sanctuary with the beautiful views of the surroundings.

En-route, make a stop to admire the sophisticated stone carvings with thousands of Apsaras sculpted on the wall. At anytime of the day, Angkor Wat still exposes its timeless mystery but the sunrise and sunset maybe the best. Take some time to visit Built in 1186, the temples was once home of thousand people including Khmer people. Then, due to the collapse of Khmer Empire, the temple now is abandoned and covered by tropical forests. This ancient temple makes you feel like you are dating back to centuries ago. From the upper terraces of the ancient temple, you will watch the breathtaking sunset over the Cambodian countryside.

After breakfast at the hotel, continue your temple exploration with a visit to Banteay Srei- a small temple in Angkor region. Still, it remains an interesting spot to explore thanks to its beautiful carvings. . Banteay Srei is considered a gem of Khmer art with the wall decorated with flower and Ramayana epic vignettes. The temple is an excellent example of Khmer sculpture with small size and fairy – like ambiance. After exploring the temple, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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
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
Saigon Le Duy Grand
Hanoi Quoc Hoa
Halong Bay V'Spirit Cruise
Saigon Ruby River
Hanoi May De Ville Old Quarter
Halong Bay Glory Cruise
Saigon Muong Thanh Centre
Hanoi Apricot
Halong Bay Pelican Cruise
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

  • 12 day tour from the South of Vietnam to Siem Reap.
  • 11 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laos cuisine with 18 meals included.
  • Shuttle bus for Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • Local slow boat as mentioned
  • 3 x domestic/ regional flights: Ho Chi Minh - Hanoi/ Hanoi - Luang Prabang/ Luang Prabang - Siem Reap (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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