3 nations with 3 cultures and 3 different treasures that no one can see exhaustively without flying to Indochina and discover. And you? Are you ready for this Cambodia – Laos – Vietnam journey?
- Discover the tremendous architecture of Angkor Archaeological Complex, particularly Angkor Wat.
- Visit the fishing villages on Tonlé Sap and comprehend the daily life of locals.
- Visit the floating markets along the Mekong Delta and learn about the river life.
- Experience the charismatic streets of the ancient merchant city of Hoian.
- Wander through the extensive imperial history of Hue and explore some amazing tombs.
- Visit Khuang Sy Waterfall in Laos as well as immerse in the aquamarine water here.
- Revel in Luang Prabang, the city which is the Pearl of Asia.
- Try making and enjoying the flavours of Vietnam.
- Discover the natural beauty in Halong Bay, UNESCO World Heritage.
Day 1: A Sitting Pearl
Arriving at Phnom Penh Airport, welcome on arrival anf transfer to hotel for check in then we will start discovering this capital city. This city used to be called “The Pearl of Asia” which attracts numerous tourists from all over the world. The city contains many buildings influenced by French architecture with many other particular Khmer monuments. Phnom Penh deserves to be the proud of Cambodia.
We will come to the Royal Palace built in 1866 and Silver Pagoda located within the Royal Palace compound. They are considered as the gift for the King of Cambodia from many other countries. Particularly, two of the most valuable treasure among them are the solid gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds and weighing 90 kilos and a crystal Buddha dated back to the 17th century.
Afterwards, we will explore around the Post Office before coming to the Central Market area to comprehend the locals’ daily life. Pass by some particular buildings with unusual religious architecture. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: The Khmer Trend
Enjoy a breakfast with a cup of coffee in the Pearl city before we depart our adventure to learn about the Khmer secret at the National Museum of Art located in the heart of Phnom Penh.
Completed in 1920 after 3 years constructed, the museum reflects a unique style thanks to the mixture between Khmer and French architecture. Additionally, it is the most valuable archaeological and historical cultural museum which shelters over 5000 of exhibits, collections, archaeological and religious objects dated back to the Khmer era (from 4th to 13th century).
The museum might be said to be an ideal destination for those who love discovering about the history of Cambodia in many ages.
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: The Majesty of Temples
Satisfy your tummy with breakfast and you will be transferred to Siem Reap by private vehicle. Reaching Seam Reap, we will check in hotel before visiting the Angkor Archaeological Complex.
We will visit Angkor Wat Temple, the largest and most beautiful Temple in Angkor Archaeological Site. Constructed in the 12th century (1112-1152) under the reign of Suryavarman II in honour of Vishnu, Angkor Wat is currently the soul and symbol of the Cambodian Nation and appears on the flag of the country. UNESCO recognized Angkor Wat as a World Heritage, which needs preserving.
With many embossments surrounding this religious monument, it describes the legend of Hindu divinities and an immortal life. Visitors will easily notice an disproportionate scenery of squares, stairs, towers and imagine the magnificent age of Khmer Empire. Different from other temples in Angkor, Angkor Wat is still an important Buddhist work and home for numerous Buddha statues although it used to be left fallow in 15th century.
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 The Connected Complex
Savouring your breakfast and we will continue visiting the Angkor Complex again for explore the Bayon Temple. The Temple was constructed in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII as an expanse of the former Angkor Thom capital. Located in the heart of Angkor Thom, Bayon was mostly built for Buddhism. However, following the death of King Jayavarman, the temple was mended by Hindu.
Visiting this temple, visitors will be admired with the mysterious religious feeling of this temple. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: The Embodied Lake
We will start this day of tour by a driving departure to a village out of the Siem Reap Town, Tonlé Sap village. This floating village is located on the famous Great Lake Tonlé Sap and is also the concentration of dozens kinds of particular house such as boating houses (house on boats), palm houses, wooden houses on stilts, genius houses and so on.
Visiting this village, you will have chance to take an exhaustive look at local daily life, a peaceful spectacle of anglers working on the lake. Moreover, you can talk to the locals here to understand more about this interesting village when enjoying the picnic lunch in their houses.
Saying goodbye to the inhabitants, we will transfer to a nearby temple to experience a traditional blessing made by the monks in exchange offering (non-touristy at all). Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: The Size of Saigon
After your breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards.
Ho Chi Minh City is the largest centre of economy, politics and culture in the south of Vietnam and also an attractive touristic destination. Thanks to its numerous of monuments associated to the wartime and massive works containing colonial architecture, visitors will never regret when visit this amazing city. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: The Spirited Streets
The aroma from a cup of coffee will wake you up for your breakfast. Then we will walk around the city and visit the Central Post Office, a not-to-be-missed place for visitors.
Built in 19th century and designed by the famous architect Gustav Eiffel – also designed the architecture for Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi and Eiffel Tower in Paris, the office with roof and windows at vault reminisces about the images of the first railway stations in Europe. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: The Culture of the River
After breakfast, we will depart to Cai Be District for a cruise in Mekong Delta. As soon as arriving Cai Be, we will visit the Cao Dai Temple Cai Be with the Caodaism, a unique religion in this area; as well as the Cai Be Catholic Church. Subsequently, you will continue the tour by boat to visit not only Cai Be land market but also floating one. Observing the regional life or distinguish the above markets is also an interesting experience to visitors.
Saying goodbye to the two markets, the tour offers you a chance to enjoy a new experience: visit the criss-crossed canals by hand rowing. Moreover, the “mysterious” Mekong lush orchards are waiting for you ahead.
Back to the boat and transfer to Tan Phong island, fill up your energy by enjoying regional fruits for the next cycling tour and travel roundabout the island. If you are a shopaholic, you will never find somewhere else more appropriate than traditional handicraft workshops of handbags, rice papers together with wooden furniture. In village school, regional lovely and gentle children are always eager with visitors. You will be welcome at local farmer’s house, relax with a cup of tea, regional dainties of banana candies as well as pluck the fruits while talking to host about their measure for garden – caring.
Leaving their friendly home, we continue the discover tour on bike to the bang conical hat workshop before transfer back to Ho Chi Minh in the afternoon. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Small Town Charm
Leaving the astonishing Ho Chi Minh City, we will depart to airport for flight to Danang and head to Hoian in the central Vietnam. Transfer to hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: The Flavors of Town
In 16th century, Hoian used to be the national trading center for East-West commercial itinerary. It seems to be the assembly point for diversity of ancient streets and homes. Particularly, the quaint cobblestone streets with more than two-century-old Chinese houses are indispensable subjects to visit and explore. You will see the ancient houses built following the Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures along the narrow lanes. The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge built by Japanese merchants in 16th century, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, and the local fish market are some indispensable places that you should visit in Hoi An. Let’s stop off at a tailor-made shop to get yourself a favourite clothes/suits/dresses done in just few hours if you are interested.
Enjoying the flavour of tradition food is always a memorable experience which visitors should try. Specially, the port town Hoian is famous for the dish named Cao Lau, the proud of Hoian cuisine. Cao Lau is said to be the soul of Hoian flavour thanks to its attraction. It is a kind of yellow noodle containing a little Chinese and Japanese style. The dish combines shrimp, pork and some kinds of traditional vegetables and herbs. Once you try this cuisine, surely you will never forget it! Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Passing to the Imperial
Following your breakfast, we will transfer to Hue with many chances on the way for some amazing photos. Reaching Danang city, we will visit Marble Mountain, a cluster of five marble mountains near the sea and also transfer to enjoy the beautiful white sandy beach in Son Tra. You also can visit the tallest tallest standing Buddha statue in Vietnam. Standing on the top of mountain, you can contemplate the nice view of Danang City, Marble Mountain and Ba Na Mountain.
Afterwards, we will transfer to Hue via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Here gives you a unique time to contemplate one in many fantastic picturesque sceneries of Vietnam as you look out over the central coastline. Arriving Hue City, transfer to hotel for check in. Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Where the Emperors Stay
After your breakfast, we will catch a cyclo to the Imperial Citadel – the World Heritage Site known as a not-to-be-missed destination for anyone in Hue. The route will lead us to the Purple City known as Forbidden City in the heart of the Imperial Citadel. Having built in 1804 under the reign of King Gia Long III, the citadel continued to be built more until it was renamed in 1822 under the reign of King Minh Mang III. Inside the citadel, there are over 50 architectural monuments with different functions.
Being the accommodation of the King with family, Forbidden Citadel was strictly protected from not only the civilians but also unauthorized officials. Thus, the life inside the citadel has been a secret. The wall architecture is decorated with nature patterns that makes it once the grand center of the ancient capital. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: The Modern Luxuries of Hanoi
Enjoy breakfast and we will transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Then we will stroll around the city and visit Hoan Kiem Lake, a famous natural fresh lake in the heart of Hanoi.
Sit on the bank of river and relax with the breeze flow through your hair, surely you will find a little peace in your time here. Enjoying the cool weather and contemplating the beauty of trees looking themselves in the water and also visiting Ngoc Son Temple are interesting experience you should not bypass. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: The Past in the Present
In the morning, visit thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, the famous first university in Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating.
This ancient monument is dated back to 11th century and continues mesmerizing visitors alike in its connection with the past and the architecture continued beauty. Its structure combines between the Le and Nguyen Dynasty style. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15: A Night on the Bay
After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi for a 180-km journey to Ha Long Bay, one of UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3000 islands located in a background of limestone in Gulf of Tonkin. Coming to Halong, visitors will be impressed with the beauty of natural achievement and many wonderful types of scenery.
You will enjoy an overnight cruise on a wonderful boat floating on Ha Long Bay and savouring special menu of fresh seafood will absolutely bring you the best moment you have ever had. You will be served with lunch and dinner on boat. Overnight onboard.
Day 16: The Flavors of the Bay
You are recommended to wake up early in the morning on this day because that is the most wonderful time for you to contemplate aquamarine water of the bay at its best. Once satisfied with the tea break, you will continue the onboard excursion through impressive limestone surrounding the bay. Don’t forget to take some nice photos of this unique land.
Besides, enjoying the flavour of seafood onboard in Halong Bay is one of many experience visitors should never forget. Additionally, you can even visit the kitchen onboard and witness the chef carefully choose appropriate ingredient for making a special menu that you will enjoy. Returning to the Harbour, we will transfer back to Hanoi. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 17: Into the Ancients
After breakfast, we will transfer to airport for flight to Laos and visit Luang Prabang city located on the left bank of the Mekong River. Luang Prabang used to be a religious capital of Laos, thus it is the concentration of more than 100 temples.
Specifically, the route will lead us to Wat Wisunarat which is an particular ancient temple here. The temple is the home for numerous stone statues of Buddha. It is a simple architectural one in many other temples but thanks to its decorative patterns on the roof, the temple owns a plain and peaceful beauty. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 18: The Allure of Water Falling
After breakfast, we will excurse to Khuang Sy Waterfall. On the way, you will see the picturesque landscape of the country with villages and verdant paddy fields. Don’t forget to take some nice photos!
Khuang Sy Waterfall is considered as one of the most attractive destination in Laos. Visitors reaching here will have opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty. If weather permits, we can immerse into the water, swim for entertainment. That will be absolutely a nice experience to visitors. Moreover, we will enjoy a picnic lunch while feeling interesting in the flying butterflies around. The nature is delightful. Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 19: Over the River, Inside the Mountain
Today, we will continue the trip on a traditional boat and cruise along the Mekong towards Pak Ou Cave. Located near the center of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou is not only a particular destination but also a place which shelters historic cultural values. Visiting the cave, you will see that this is the home for thousands Buddhist statues with numerous dimensions.
On the way back to Luang Prabang, we will drop off at Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xang Hai. There will give you chance to observe the manufacturing rice wine “Lao” making process of locals. Certainly, you can sample the wine before we enjoy the sunset on the way cruising back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 20: The Far Side of Home
In the early morning, the local guide will take you to Vat Nong Temple to witness the Tak Bat ceremony of monks. During the ceremony, devoted locals will stand on the sidewalk and there are bearing food in their arm. When a procession of monks wearing orange robes passes, the locals will offer the foods to them. If you concentrate to witness, you will easily realize that the ceremony occurs in a quiet and respectful ambience and there is no word between monks and locals. As a tourist, we should not wear revealing clothes and we should pose photos from a suitable distance to show respect.
Afterwards, turn back to the hotel for breakfast and we will transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of the tour!
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