16 DAYS WONDERS OF INDOCHINA PACKAGE TOUR
- Tour code: IP09
- Duration: 16 DAYS 15 NIGHTS
- Discover Ha Noi city - the capital of Viet Nam.
- Explore Sapa, trekking to discover some ethnic village, view beautiful terraced rice filed
- Discover Ha Long Bay World Heritage, visit caves, enjoy view in cruise, kayaing and swimming
- Explore Hoi An ancient town, explore around rural Vietnamese life on bicycle, experience daily local life by visiting families, board a river boat to Thuan Tinh Island
- Explore Cu Chi tunnel
- Exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone.
- Discover KUANG SI WATERFALLS where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the clear waters, or walk along the forest trails.
Day 1: ARRIVAL AT HANOI
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, our local representative will pick you up for transfer to the hotel in Hanoi. After the check-in, have your own free time to relax in the hotel or roam around the city.
Day 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B,L)
After breakfast, our tour guide will come and meet you at the hotel to begin the city tour. First, visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the beloved national hero Uncle Ho, and President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969. You also get to visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum, where you can learn about this remarkable man, and what he did for Vietnam and the world.
Next, visit One Pillar Pagoda, which is actually a group of unique structures that collectively form a pagoda, built over the water in the middle of a square lake. Next, continue to explore Tran Quoc Pagoda, located at the shore of West Lake. From there, take a short drive to the Temple of literature, which was Vietnam’s first university and is dedicated to Confucius, a well-known philosopher in the Chinese history.
After lunch, visit Hoan Kiem Lake, which serves as the main focal point of the lifestyle of Hanoians. We will stop over at the nearby theatre to catch the traditional water puppet show, before heading to train station for the night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight in the train cabin.
Day 3: SAPA – LAO CHAI – TA VAN (B,L,D)
After arrival at Lao Cai Train Station, a mini bus will take you to Sapa for hotel check-in and breakfast. After a short rest, you begin trekking for 6km down to the southeast of Sapa, along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. Continue on for 2km down to Lao Chai village of the H’mong, before we break for a picnic lunch at a local family. After lunch, you walk through the terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people, where we stay for the night. This gives you a good opportunity to learn about the local house architecture that uniquely tells many untold stories of their daily lifestyle and custom practices.
Overnight at homestay in Sapa.
Day 4: CAT CAT – SIN CHAI – SAPA(B,L,D)
After breakfast,trek down to the southwest of Sapa (around 4km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the foot of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station, which was constructed by the French during colonial period in Vietnam.
Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river and then continue a couple kilometers to Sin Chai, a village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, which is popularly known as “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. Return back to Sapa, where the bus will take you to the train station in Lao Cai for the ride back to Hanoi
Day 5: HANOI – HALONG BAY(B,L,D)
After breakfast, we head towards Halong Bay city. At about noon, we arrive in the city where you will be transferred to the cruise ship at the harbour. Upon boarding, you will be provided with a welcome drink, followed by a cruise and safety briefing session before cabin check-in. The cruise begins.
Have lunch on board the ship while cruising and passing by fascinating sights, such as the Dog islet, Fighting Cock islet (symbol of Halong Bay), Hoa Cuong fishing village, and Swan islet. The ship continues exploring the wonders of Halong bay, passing by countless islands including Soi Sim beach, and Coconut Tree Island. Anchor at Frog Pond area, where you have the chance to explore this hidden gem, either kayaking through the majestic scenery, or swimming in emerald coloured water.
Before dinner, either relax on the sundeck with cocktails or attend a cooking demonstration with our Chef, to learn how to prepare the popular Vietnamese food - spring rolls. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board. After that, you can either relax at your own time. You can also go squid fishing, use our spa services or dip in the hot Jacuzzi.
Day 6: HALONG BAY – HANOI – FLIGHT TO DANANG – HOI AN (B,L)
Wake up to an energizing morning, participating in the Tai Chi class, among the peaceful surroundings of Halong Bay. After the light exercise, have a small breakfast, followed by a short rest before you visit Sung Sot Cave. Climb up and down 600 steps, to the magnificent limestone formations of the most beautiful and biggest cave in Halong bay.
Have an early check-out with brunch served right after as we head back to the Halong harbour. Our bus will pick you up and return back to Hanoi.
Upon arrival at the drop-off point in Hanoi, we will bring you to the domestic airport for the flight to Da Nang. Our local representative will receive you at the airport in Da Nang and transfer you to the hotel in Hoi An.
Day 7: HOI AN BIKING TOUR(B,L)
After breakfast, our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel at 8am by bicycle. Ride to the pier where you take a 10-minute ferry ride to reach Tra Nhieu Village. Upon arrival, you continue to explore around rural Vietnamese life on bicycle. Along the way, we will pass along quiet village roads and cool shady paths, with peaceful green fields.
It is also a good opportunity to snap unforgettable memories of the nature. While visiting the village, you will learn how the wooden fishing boats are made, using traditional methods. You can also experience daily local life by visiting families who make their living by producing rice paper or weaving colorful mats by hand.
Get to paddle “Thung Chai”, a special bamboo basket boat,which is iconic of rural Vietnamese life. Make your way through the bamboo bridge, while enjoying the natural beauty of the water coconut marsh.
Enjoy lunch with a local family, then make your way back to Hoi An on a 30-minute boat ride, observing river life along the Thu Bon River. You will return back to your hotel in the afternoon and have your own free time for the rest of the day.
Day 8: HOI AN COOKING CLASS– FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH (B,L)
Begin the morning with a trip to the market, where you can see different types of fresh produces sold by the locals. Then we board a river boat for a relaxing 30-minute ride to Thuan Tinh Island, which is recognized as an official ecological zone, in Vietnam. We then walk through the gardens to visit Ms. Hoa's house, to meet her family and snack on grilled rice cakes and iced tea.
Proceed to the open-air cooking class, overlooking the water coconut trees and river. Our local chefs will show you how to prepare Vietnamese food, while you enjoy the cool breeze and peaceful setting. Our chefs have prepared a 4-course cooking class of traditional Vietnamese dishes. They will demonstrate how to prepare them, followed by your turn to prepare your own tasty Vietnamese lunch. We start with a homemade passion fruit juice soda to whet your appetite. After lunch, have your own free time is Hoi An town until our driver transfers you to Da Nang airport.
Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City, our local representative will meet you and take you to the hotel for check-in. Have your own free time in the evening.
Day 9: HOCHIMINH CITY – CU CHI TUNNELS (B,L)
After lunch, we begin the trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Located at 60km from Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district, for its important role during the American war, in Vietnam. The astonishing network of tunnels extends over 220km, and is now a popular destination for both Vietnamese and foreign tourists.
Return to the hotel and rest for the day.
- Day 10: HO CHI MINH CITY – FLIGHT TO SIEM REAP(B)
Day 11: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT – ANGKOR THOM(B)
Begin the sightseeing tour of Angkor area where you will spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King, and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. Stroll around this massive edifice, view the galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards, and ponds reflecting the towering temple. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 12: SIEM REAP – BANTEAY SREI – BANTEAY SAMRE – ROLUOS GROUP(B)
In the morning, head out of the town as we make our way to the intricately carved and well-preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way, we will have a stopover at the Preah Dark village, followed by a visit at the Banteay Samre Temple, which is adorned with impressive depicting scenes of Vishnu, as well as Krishna legends.
After lunch, visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos served as the capital of Indravarman I (877 - 889). Preah KO was erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century, dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong, the largest and most interesting temple of the Roluos Group, is located with his active Buddhist monastery, just north of the east entrance. Lolei was built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, who was the founder to the first city at Angkor.
Day 13: TONLE SAP LAKE – FLIGHT TO LUANG PRABANG(B)
On day 13, you will take a wooden boat to visit the floating village at the Tonle Sap Lake. This is the largest permanent freshwater lake in southeast Asia, which flows into the Tonle sap River, joining the Mekong River in Phnom Penh.
Local fishermen, floating schools, floating police station and many other facilities can be sighted. It is like a huge village floating on the lake, with the interesting fact that it can move from one place to another following the water level.
Continue to visit Chantier sEcoles - Les Artisans d'Angkor", which provides training to young Cambodians in an effort to revive ancient Khmer traditions of stone carving and wood sculpting. After the tour, take the transfer to airport for your flight to LuangPrabang
Day 14: LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SI WATERFALLS(B)
An early start of the day gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks, collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, as it is the only Buddhist nation still preserving such procession. From there, we will take a short visit to the morning local market near the Royal Palace. At the market, you can find anything, from rice, fresh vegetables, steamed fish, frogs, to anything else that could be the day’s catch. This is really the chance for you to taste the real flavor of the local culture.
After breakfast at the hotel, we ascend 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River. Then visit Wat Visoun, dating back to 1513 during the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun), which is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and was once home to the Prabang Buddhas.
Next, you visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall, where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the clear waters, or walk along the forest trails. Before returning to LuangPrabang, stop by to visit the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park, one of the interesting places to learn about the butterflies and local flora.
Laos is also known for its traditional crafts. We take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, where there will be a short informative tour about silk weaving.
Overnight in LuangPrabang
Day 15: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVE(B)
After breakfast, you begin the adventure around Luang Prabang with a short 20-minute drive out of town and into the Lao countryside.
Your knowledgeable local guide will bring you straight to the elephant camp, for the first part of today’s activities. The elephant camp is located in the middle of a dense forested, mountainous area, at the banks of the scenic Nam Khan River. Enjoy a new perspective of experience from riding on the top of an elephant. Stunning landscapes and quietness of the nature complete a relaxing ride on the back of an Asian elephant.
In the afternoon, we embark on a leisurely cruise upstream along the Mekong River, giving us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, with two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xang Hai, where they make the local rice wine. Grab this opportunity to taste the unique rice wine only available from the village.
After dinner, return to the hotel for a good night rest.
Day 16: LUANG PRABANG – INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT(B)
On the last day, you have your own free time until our driver meets and picks you up at the hotel for the airport transfer for your flight back home.
- Private vehicle with AC for airport transfer & private tour
- Transfer by bus for group tour
- Carefully selected accommodation with daily breakfast
- Meals at local restaurant as indicated (B:Breakfast, L: Lunch, D:Dinner)
- English-speaking local guide
- Tour activity as mentioned
- Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
- Train ticket : Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi
- Boat cruises as mentioned
- Vietnam & Cambodia & Laos visa
- Flight ticket: Hanoi - Danang – Hochiminh – Siem Reap – Luang Prabang
- International flights
- Compulsory dinner for New Year & Christmas
- Travel insurance
- Late checkout, early check-in
- Drinks, laundry, tips, personal expenses
- Other not stated above