Indochina Splendid

Day 1: Arrival Luang Prabang1

Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to the hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 2: Luang Prabang (B)

Luang Prabang is the well-preserved ancient capital of the Lao Kingdom – the jewel in the crown of South East Asia for many who travel here. Today it is a delightful, tranquil village easily explored on foot. Wedged between the Mekong and Khan rivers, it has been nominated as a World Heritage site andis famous for its many Wats (temples) – 32 of the 66 that were built before French colonisation still stand. All of them are well kept and in use, with numerous monks in residence. The most beautiful Wat is Zieng Thong overlooking the Mekong. After breakfast we board our small boat and head to the holy caves of Pak Ou. This cave system is crammed with images made in the likeness of Buddha. It’s a good idea to bring along a head torch as the more adventurous of our party have the opportunity to head to the deep upper cave known as Tham Phum. On the way home we stop to visit the traditional home made rice wine village of Ban Xang Hai. On return, we also have time visiting Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek, villages of Jute Sar paper hand making, known for its hand made paper quality. This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this charming town.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Hanoi (B)2

Transfer to airport for the flight to Hanoi. Arrival transfer to our hotel in town. Free time to walk around old quarter to do shopping.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
 
Day 4: Hanoi (B)

Today, we have full-day tour of Vietnam’s capital city. You will visit the house on – stilts of Ho Chi Minh (this is where our uncle Ho spent the rest of his life) and the One Pillar Pagoda (it was constructed in 1049) and the Litterature Temple (a habitual symbol of Hanoi), the Museum of Ethnology. After lunch, pay a visit to the Hoan Kiem lake with its Ngoc Son temple. Continue to visit  the Old Quarter of Hanoi by cyclo.  Enjoy a kind of traditional Vietnamese stage-art: Tonight we attend the water puppet show. overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B)3

Drive to Ha Long Bay for ½ day cruise to visit the bay, limestone island, fishing village and beach. Enjoy seafood lunch on boat. Return to Hanoi

Day 6: Hanoi – HCM City (B)

Transfer to airport for the flight to Saigon. On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Ho Chi Minh City.
At leisure to enjoy the city, explore its curiosities, its markets and the sourrounding and shopping  Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi Tunnels (B)

Am:  explore Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
AM: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the city and shopping  shopping

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh city – Angkor Wat (B)

A half day tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Sai gon by many locals takes in the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Sai gon Post Office, a lacquer ware factory. Transfer to airport for departure flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, pick up by our tour guide and transfer to hotel for check in.Tour of Angkor Wat  and visit to the Rolous group, the ancient capital of the 9th century, including the temples of Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei. . From here you will then make your way to visit Ta Prohm before an afternoon visit to Preah Khan, Neak Pean, East Mebon and Pre Rup temples. Overnight at hotel in Siemriep

Day 9: Angkor Wat (B)4

Morning visit  Angkor Thom, the South Gate, Bayon, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the. Terrace of the Leper King. Free time  to do shopping Artisan craft weaving workshop

Day 10: Departure (B)

At leisure. Transfer to airport for the departure flight.

Cost in US$ per person

Group 6 pax 4 pax 2 pax Single Supplement
Superior Hotels 1,790 1,800 1,870 690

Hotels to be used:

City Superior 5-star
Luangprabang Maison Souvanouphum
Hanoi Hilton Opera
Saigon Caravelle
Siemreap Victoria Angkor

Trip includes:

- All accommodation on double/twin  basis with daily breakfast
- Meals as indicated  (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Diner). Special requirements  (vegetarian, diet etc.) could be arranged upon request
- All transfers/ transport
- Tours with entrance fees, boat cruise, transfers and  English speaking during guided time
- Flight tickets from:  Luangprabang – Hanoi – HCM City – Siemreap
- Boat cruise in Halong bay

Trip excludes:

- International airfares & airport taxes
- Pre/post trip arrangement
- Visa and visa arrangement
- Travel insurance
- Meals not indicated
- Other personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities