Spirit Of Indochina 19 days
Tour code: VCLA- 19
Fire your imagination and discover the essence of Indochina as you journey through Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos. As we travel the highlights of these three countries, spectacular scenery and aweinspiring monuments combine with history, culture and religion to make this an enriching and memorable experience.
HA NOI - HA LONG BAY - HUE - HOI AN - HO CHI MINH CITY - CHU CHI TUNNELS - MEKONG DELTA - SIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH - VIENTIANE - LUANG PRABANG
DAY 1 ARRIVE HA NOI
on arrival at ha Noi Noi Bai Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. A welcome drink and tour brieﬁng is followed by a city orientation tour of the old quarter by cyclo and a performance of Water Puppetry.
DAY 2 HA NOI
Tour President ho chi Minh’s Mausoleum and house on Stilts, the one Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, followed by tour of the Museum of Ethnology and hoa Lo Prison Museum. After enjoying a quiet coﬀee near tranquil hoan Kiem Lake you are free to explore ha Noi’s old Quarter.
DAY 3 HA NOI - HA LONG BAY
Travelling to the World heritage site of ha Long Bay in the morning board your junk and enjoy a welcome drink followed by a seafood lunch while cruising through the bay. You also explore one of the many beautiful grottoes, swim and after dinner try some night ﬁshing.
DAY 4 HA LONG BAY - HA NOI - HUE
More swimming and enjoy brunch while cruising to the harbour for return trip to ha Noi. Stop at Dong Trieu ceramic village, see artisans create superb vases and other masterpieces using centuries old skills. Then take a ﬂight to hue and the rest of the time is free at leisure.
DAY 5 HUE
This morning stroll the paths of the Imperial citadel and glimpse the royal splendour of a bygone era. Later visit the ornate tomb of King Khai Dinh, followed by a boat ride on the Perfume River to serene Thien Mu Pagoda and the majestic tomb of King Ming Mang.
DAY 6 HUE - DA NANG - HOI AN
A drive along the highway one takes you over the hai Van Pass and into Da Nang where you see the famous cham Museum and then on to Marble Mountains for a panoramic view over the South china Sea.continuing on travel to the old Merchant Town of hoi An.
DAY 7 HOI AN
This morning have a guided introduction to hoi An, where restored shop houses, chinese Assembly halls, Pagodas, shared water wells and the Japanese covered bridge paint a vivid picture. The remainder of the day is free to explore at your own pace or relax under an umbrella at nearby cua Dai Beach.
DAY 8 HOI AN - HO CHI MINH CITY
Today you wander through the town which was once a ﬂourishing port during Nguyen dynasty until transferring to the airport in Da Nang for your ﬂight to ho chi Minh city. Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.
DAY 9 HO CHI MINH CITY - CU CHI TUNNELS
Explore the city’s historic landmarks including Notre Dame cathedral, the former uS Embassy and experience the excitement of market activities in cho Lon, ho chi Minh city’s chinatown. In the afternoon explore the phenomenal underground tunnel network at cu chi.
DAY 10 VINH LONG - CAN THO
heading south to Vinh Long board a motor boat and travel up the Mekong River to explore cai Be Floating Market. A visit to the industries and orchards of Vinh Long is followed by a lunch of local specialties, before travelling & to can Tho.
DAY 11 CAN THO - HO CHI MINH CITY
A morning boat ride take you to the fascinating ﬂoating market at cai Rang and then continue up the leafy waterways to a fruit orchard and can sample delicious tropical fruits and learn about the Delta ‘s way of life from your friendly local hosts before returning to ho chi Minh city.
DAY 12 HO CHI MINH CITY - SIEM REAP
You are free until transferring to the Airport for your ﬂight to Siem Reap. upon arrival meet your cambodian tour guide and transfer to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is free to visit this city at your own pace.
DAY 13 SIEM REAP
This morning set out for nearby Angkor Thom city with its 600 years old temples and complete this mornings exploration with a visit to The Bayon. Before returning to your hotel climb a top hill temple to enjoy a wonderful sunset over the 12th century - built Angkor Wat.
DAY 14 SIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH
Enjoy a morning cruise the ﬂoating ﬁshing villages of Ton Le Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia before transferring to the airport for ongoing ﬂight to Phnom Penh. upon arrival meet your guide and drive to your centrally located hotel for refreshment.
DAY 15 PHNOM PENH - VIENTIANE
You take a sobering journey into the darker side of recent cambodian history as you visit the chilling Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of choung Ek. There is time to explore the colourful central and Russian Markets or Silver Pagoda before transferring to the Airport for your ﬂight to Vientiane.
DAY 16 VIENTIANE
Visit the striking monument of Pha That Luang, the historical Wat Si Saket and Wat Ong Teu with its huge bronze Buddha. There is also time to explore the busy‘morning’market, admire Vientiane’s fading French architecture and relax on the banks of the Mekong River for sunset.
DAY 17 VIENTIANE - LUANG PRABANG
A morning ﬂight brings you to Luang Prabang. Nestled in the arms of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers with a dramatic mountain backdrop, historic temples and the busy traﬃc of hill tribe traders, Luang Prabang is very bewitching. Visit the market, Wat Xieng Thong and late afternoon Mount Phu Si for a superb view of sunset.
DAY 18 LUANG PRABANG
Visit the Royal Palace Museum which oﬀers a glimpse into Lao’s Royal Past before taking a boat up the Mekong River to the Buddha ﬁlled caves of Pak Ou. Also visit a weaving village displaying elaborate and colourful Lao textiles as you make your way to the beautiful Kuang Si Falls.
DAY 19 DEPART LUANG PRABANG
Free until transferring to the airport for your onward ﬂight.
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Name your destination, we will bring you you there!
16 nights hotel accommodation 1 night on board the junk
1 night on board the Express Train Breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 1 dinner
Train ticket for air con., 4 berth compartment Air-conditioned vehicles & boat cruise Entrance fees and sightseeing as speciﬁed
Local English/French speaking guides
* personal expen