Day 01: Arrival in Siem Reap (D)
Arrival airport/ time: Siem Reap International airport.
Welcome up on arrival by local tour guide and driver, then be escorted to the hotel in Siem Reap.
In the afternoon, we will proceed to visit the amazing Angkor Wat temple, that is surrounded by a gigantic man made moat, which is the symbol of Nirvana. Furthermore, we will also enjoy the sunset view at Prasat Chroung on the wall of Angkor Thom with a bottle of champagne and fruits. After the sun wanes, we will return by the royal boat journey through the ancient moat.
Tonight, we will enjoy the Apsara Performance that depicts the Khmer mythology at Angkor Villa ( Apsara theater ).
We are taken back to hotel for relaxing & staying overnight.
Day 02: Siem Reap - Day tour visit Angkor Temple complex (B)
Activities: Walking and short cycling & Cycling distance about 7km.
Getting up early this morning to visit the temple that is surrounded by a dense jungle named " Preah Khan", where we enjoy the sounds of birds, gibbons and monkeys that are chatting early with the sun glimmering on the water and trees. Take a short cycling to the Tanai temple and enjoy a picnic breakfast. After that, we continue to visit the jungle temple of Ta Promh and the Angkor National Museum. The Angkor National Museum takes pride in revealing the royal historical path of the Golden Era of Khmer Kingdom, through the state of the multimedia art technology that provides the visitors a full picturesque story of the legend that will provide a deep pleasure. In the afternoon, we explore Angkor Thom, which was the last capital of the Khmer Empire. Entrance will be from the Western Entrance, where the four faces of Buddha and the flanking statue of gods and demons can be seen. Then we discover the Terraces of Elephant and the Leper King to the Baphuon temple just re-opened to the public on 2011 June after 50 years of restoration. The day will be finished by visiting the main temple of Bayon, who has similarities of the 216 gigantic faces of the temple's towers to other statues of the king, which has led many scholars to the conclusion that the faces are the representations of Jayavarman VII himself, and others have stated that the faces belong to the bodhisattva of compassion called Avalokitesvara or Lokesvara.
The tour is finished at hotel in the afternoon; at your own leisure & stay overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 03: Siem Reap – Car Transfer to Phnom Penh (B)
Guide & driver pick –up at around 8:00AM.
We are leaving from hotel early in the morning and visiting the floating village of Chong Khneas, where we will see the fisherman and fishmongers barter their products in the busy traffic on the water ways and the fisherman return to the dock from fishing. Young students row their wooden canoe to the floating school, boat trader sell their vegetable or meats to the habitants of the village, who live a simple and happy life, followed by our seasonal fruits basket.
Return to the hotel for breakfast, then we transfer to Phnom Penh by private vehicle & no need to have tour guide escort to Phnom Penh. After 5 hour driving, we arrive at hotel in Phnom Penh where we meet our new tour guide there.
We are checking in the hotel, relax and staying overnight at hotel here.
Day 04: Phnom Penh – Sightseeing tour (B/D)
Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. After the civil war ended more than 15 years ago, Cambodia has become an emerging city filled with modern buildings and distant memories.
Today, we are taking a city tour & will visit the ornate Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda with a floor that is laid with more than 5,000 silver tiles!
Testament to the horrifying legacy of the Khmer Rouge, a tour the Tuol Sleng museum, a former school turned concentration camp will be provided. Move on to the Russian market, where the sights and smells will fill your senses in the narrow aisles and passionate locals.
Tonight, we enjoy the special dinner on the Kanika boat cruise along Mekong & Tonle Sap Rivers. The tour is finished at hotel & at your own leisure & stay overnight.
Day 05: Phnom Penh – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (B, D)
Departure airport/time: Phnom Penh/ 14:15 & Arrival airport/time: Tan Son Nhat/ 15:00.
Note: Flight time - subject to change.
Today, the tour guide and driver in Phnom Penh will escort us to the airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. End of tour in Cambodia.
Welcome up on arrival by local tour guide and driver we then transfer to hotel.
Checking in and relax. Tonight, we enjoy our dinner at a fine local restaurant in town.
Day 06: Ho Chi Minh city tour with sightseeing (B/L)
The guide & driver pick you up at hotel at 8:30AM.
The tour today around Ho Chi Minh city with the first place is the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam. After that we'll visit the War Remnant Museum, where we can see countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting about the second Indochina war.
We are enjoying a nice lunch at a fine local restaurant with local food.
En of the morning, we stop at Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office to get our good shots for our memory of the biggest city in Vietnam. In the afternoon we will visit Ben Thanh market, Cho Lon, Chinese town and market, where we can experience our Vietnamese Southern daily life.
Day 07: Ho Chi Minh /Saigon - Mekong Delta day tour (B, L)
The guide & driver pick you up at hotel at 7:00AM.
We visit Cai Be & Vinh Long in Mekong Delta.
Tour to Mekong Delta with Cai Be floating market is one of the most interesting one when traveling Vietnam. The boat will take us among local barges full of fruits and vegetables, then we have chance to see how rice paste, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn is made. More and more experience that we take the rowing boat deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time, to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers like catching fish... Lunch will be served at a local home. In the afternoon, we are relax with walking around and enjoy some kinds of fruits while listening to the traditional music. One more thing to do in this trip is biking. It will be so amazing to bike on village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta. Lastly we take the cruise back to Vinh Long city to take our own vehicle back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 08: Ho Chi Minh city - Fly to Danang, transfer to Hoi An - Walking tour (B)
Departure airport/time: Tan Son Nhat airport/ 09:15 & Arrival airport/time: Danang airport/ 10:25.
Note: Flight time - subject to change.
The tour guide and driver will take us to the airport for our short domestic flight to Danang.
Meeting local tour guide and driver up on arrival, then we transfer to Hoi An.
Today we have our afternoon walking tour around the ancient town to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance.
Free time after tour & stay overnight in Hoian.
Day 09: Hoi An – free day (B)
Free at leisure today for shopping, biking, cooking or relaxing at the swimming pool or beach….
(Optional tours availble).
Day 10: Transfer to Hue – Half day Hue tour (B, D)
Escorted jouney to Hue via Hai Van Pass, we will stop in Danang to visit Cham Museum, the Marble Mountain and Lang Co beach.
After around 4 hours on drive; we arrive in Hue in the early afternoon; check in the hotel firstly.
Afternoon: Guide & driver take is on Tour to the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City and Dong Ba market before we have our nice dinner at local restaurant.
After dinner, you are free & stay overnight in Hue.
Day 11: Hue Tour – Night train to Hanoi (B)
Departure train station/ time: Hue Railways station / 16:28.
Arrival train station/ time: Hanoi Railway station/ 04:30 next morning.
Note: Train time - subject to change.
Morning boat trip along the Perfume river to visit Thien Mu pagoda, then our awaiting vehicle will take us to Tu Duc King's tomb, which is one of the most beautiful works of Royal Architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. The tomb lies in a boundless pine forest.
In the afternoon: We check –out Hue & transferred to the train station to catch the overnight train to Hanoi. Stay overnight on the train.
Day 12: Arrival - Hanoi city tour visit highlights (B, L/D)
Arriving in Hanoi very early morning, we are welcomed by local tour guide and driver at outside of the Railways gate, transfering to the hotel. Checking in up on arrival and relax.
Today we visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, where we will spend a couple of hour to visit: Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh museum and one pillar pagoda. Keep going to see the Temple of Literature which originally built as a temple to Confucius. This is the site of Vietnam's first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education.
Lunch will be at a good local restaurant with local food.
In the afternoon, we will visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam; Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam's 54 Ethnic minority people. After that; we get back to city center where we take one-hour cyclo around the Old Quarter, known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Before we go back to hotel, we will have chance to enjoy the unique Water Puppet show to hear to know Vietnamese traditional instruments and singing from the live musicians who play throughout the show. Dinner at a fine local restaurant.
Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay (overnight on deluxe junk cruise) (B, L, D)
Notes: The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels.
We are taken care by private car/van & tour guide from Hanoi to Ha Long & back. We join the big boat cruise with other people on Ha Long 2 days.
After breakfast, we head to Halong Bay along the Red River Delta. Arriving at Tuan Chau jetty, we transfer to the junk by tender. Enjoying welcome drink delivered by crew team and checking room. The cruise starts through Cho Da, Dinh Huong, Ga Choi and Hoa Cuong limestone islets while our lunch is served on board. Passing thousands of the islands and islets, we will explore Sung Sot Grotto (the "Cave of Surprises"). Trying to swim at Titov Beach or Soi Sim Beach's pristine waters, then back to the cruise for reaching its overnight anchorage location near Ho Dong Tien or Luon Cave. Enjoy the sunset from the sundeck before having our delicious seafood dinner. Stay on boat & on the bay.
Day 14: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi – Fly to Vientiane in Laos (B, D)
An ultimate experience we may always have dream of waking up early amidst Halong Bay and practicing a Tai Chi session on the sun deck at dawn, while the Natural Wonder around us is slowly waking up! It's ideal for our body balance and rejuvenation, and a proven technique to reduce stress and enhance our psychological health. Breakfast with stunning scenery, then a small boat will take us to visit Luon Cave. Last lunch is served on board while the cruise goes back to Tuan Chau jetty for disembarking at noon time.
At around 12:00; we are picked –up back & transfer directly to Noi Bai airport of Hanoi for our flight to Vientiane, Laos.
Departure airport/time: Hanoi International airport/ 17:25.
Arrival airport/time: Danang airport/ 18:35
Note: Flight time - subject to change.
Welcome up on arrival by Laos tour guide and driver, transfer to the restaurant for our dinner before checking in hotel.
Day 15: Vientiane day tour of sightseeing (B)
The tour is started at 8:00am & finished at around 17:00.
Tour guide & driver pick –up at hotel.
Being Laos' largest and capital city, there is much to see and do. There are religious museums like Wat Sisaket, the oldest city temple, which survived the 1828 Siamese war. Its cloister contains more than 8000 Buddha statues. Wat Ho Prakeo is the former home-temple for the Emerald Buddha statue, and today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and artifacts found in and around Vientiane. That Luang Stupa is the single most important monument in Laos, as it is said to contain a piece of the Buddha's chest bone. Patuxay (Lao Arc de Triomphe) was built in commemoration of those who died during past wars and today it is the city's main landmark. During the tour, we will make sure to stop at all of these attractions, spending time learning more about Laos' fascinating culture and history. We will also visit Mrs. Carol Cassidy's weaving studio. She is an American who arrived in Vientiane in 1989 as part of a United Nations project to promote traditional weaving. She remained and formed the Lao Textiles Studio that today employs over 40 weavers, creating naturally dyed, woven silk pieces reflecting reinterpreted traditional Lao design. Her textiles are seen at the NA DAO restaurant and mix tapestry, brocade and ikat techniques (meeting Carol is of course subject to her availability).
Upon the tour is finished at hotel; you are free on your own & stay overnight in Vientiane.
Day 16: Vientiane - Fly to Luang Prabang (B, D)
Departure airport/time: Vientiane International airport/ 11:40..
Arrival airport/time: Luang Prabang airport/ 12:25.
Note: Flight time - subject to change.
Morning time: Our local tour guide and driver will escort us to the airport today for our short domestic flight to Luang Prabang, which 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.
Upon arrival at the airport of Luang Prabang; welcome up & transfer to the hotel. After checking into our hotel, we visit the impressive stupa, Wat Visoun and the shrines Wat Aham and Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. From here, we explore the Night Market, where we can browse through a lovely selection of handmade textiles.
We are enjoying a nice welcome dinner in Luang Prabang at a good local restaurant and then back to hotel for relaxing & overnight.
Day 17: Luang Prabang – Sightseeing city tour (B)
After breakfast, with pick –up at hotel by our guide & driver; we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city, seeing the things we missed the day before. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panorama of the tranquil countryside. We'll stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. On our way back to the city, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village well known for its crafts, pottery and hand weaving.
The tour is finished at afternoon at hotel; at your own leisure & stay overnight.
Day 18: Departure Luang Prabang/Fly out (B)
Today our awaiting vehicle/private car & guide will take us back to the airport for our flight to home. Trip ends. Say goodbye to Indochina & have a very nice flight.
Departure airport/time: Luang Prabang International airport. Arrival airport/time: Your next destination.
List of hotels recommended by Viet Vision Travel
||4 Star Hotel
||3 Star Hotel|
||Tara Angkor Hotel
||Steung Siem Reap Hotel|
||River Palace Hotel
||Salita Hotel |
|Ho Chi Minh City
||Hoi An Historic hotel
||Vinh Hung 2 hotel|
||Saigon Morin Hotel
||Lan Vien Hotel
||Lao Plaza hotel
||Sengtawan Riverside hotel|
||Le Palais Juliana hotel
||Ancient Luang Prabang hotel|
Notes: All accommodation above is subject to availabilities. In case they are full and we will replace by equivalent one(s).
Price & Included Features
The price is valid from 1st October 2013 to 30th April of 2014
Price is quoted in USD rate based on the newest exchange rate.
Price USD/Per person
|3 Star Hotel
||4 Star Hotel|
|3 - 5 People
|6 - 8 People
|9 - 12 People
|Single Room Supplement
• This is a cash price. Credit cards incur a 2.5% is service charge of bank for transaction.
• Absolutely no hidden other charges.
What's included ?
Entrance Fees: To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary
Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary with authentic Vietnamese (Khmer/ Laos) food.
Private Transfers: Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above). Your comfort is our priority!
Guide: As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
Hotels: Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily Western or Local breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
Flight Tickets :
Phnom Penh – Saigon: Economy flight ticket
Saigon – Danang: Economy flight ticket
Hanoi – Vientiane: Economy flight ticket
Vientiane – Luang Prabang: Economy flight ticket
Train Tickets :
Hue – Hanoi: Train ticket - soft sleeper cabin of 4 berths (Shared cabin)
Airport Tax and Fuel Fee
Service Charge & Government Taxes
Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
Boat trips as indicated in the Itinerary
What's included ?
Excess Baggage Charges. Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg . The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm
Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary
Meals: Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary
Single Room Supplement.
If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Viet Vision Travel can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes
Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
Breakfast - Each breakfast will be served in your hotel. Breakfast selections include both Vietnamese and Western dishes to meet every diner's taste.
Lunch - Lunches are normally arranged at the Vietnamese restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. Most are Vietnamese dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners' tastes. At some of the meals one complimentary soft drink is served.
Dinner - Same as lunch. If you prefer to not eat Vietnamese food, Viet Vision Travel suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the area.