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Laos - Vietnam - Cambodia
Fascinating Indochina
  • Duration: 23 days - 26 days
  • Highlights: Visit Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang - Khuang Si Waterfall - Pak Ou Caves - Hanoi - Hoa Lu, Tam Coc - Sapa - Halong Bay with an overnight stay on-board a traditional wooden junk - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta - Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

    This 26 day tour can be reversed starting either from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Tour prices are subject to change depending on the flight schedule.
     

    ITINERARY



    DAY 1: ARRIVE IN VIENTIANE, LAOS


    On arrival at the airport you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide and then transferred to the hotel for check-in. Embark on a half day city tour to visit the major temples of Vientiane including the Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Continue to visit Lao national icon, That Luang Stupa, and we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Evening at leisure.

    Stay overnight in Vientiane.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel.



    DAY 2: VIENTIANE - VANG VIENG (B, -)

     


    Following breakfast leave the capital early morning for our journey northbound; we will see some breathtaking scenery enroute as we pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region. Along the way visit the busy and colourful market of Thalat where various hill tribes come to trade goods and buy provisions. Next stop of our trip is Vang Xang, famous for its archeological site dating back to the 11th century. Reach our final destination Vang Vieng, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Evening at leisure.

    Stay overnight in Vang Vieng.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel.

     

    DAY 3: VANG VIENG - LUANG PRABANG (B, -)


    As part of our half day tour of Vang Vieng, we explore the famous caves of Tham Jang, which was once used by the local people as a hideout from Chinese invaders. We also cross the river to Ban Huai Ngai, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different lifestyles of the locals.
    Following lunch, we head north up route 13 to Luang Prabang. The stunning mountain scenery makes for an interesting journey. After a couple of photo stops, we arrive in Luang Prabang early evening. Evening at leisure.

    Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel.

     

    DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG (B, -)
     


    Start your day with a visit to the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum (closed Tuesdays), which hosts a range of interesting artifacts then to the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. Continue to the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham. 

    After lunch and break visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures before we head out of the town to see the weaving villages of Ban Xiengkhong and Ban Xienglek. Return to the city for a visit to Wat Mai. Next, climb up the 328 steps to the top of Mt Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River.

    Finish the day with a visit to the colourful night market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Evening at leisure.
    Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel.

     
     

    DAY 5: LUANG PRABANG - KHUANG SI FALLS - PAK OU CAVES (B, -)
     


    Following breakfast we visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, Khmu villages. Continue to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall with multi-tiered pools and cascading falls, ideal for swimming and relaxing or walk along the forest trails. Return to Luang Prabang.
    In the afternoon, we embark a wooden river boat for a cruise up stream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Stop en-route to visit the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we disembark the boat to visit traditional villages, and take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village famous for its hand weaving. Evening at leisure.
    Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel.

     
     

    DAY 6: LUANG PRABANG - FLIGHT TO HANOI, VIETNAM (B, -)


    After breakfast, free till transfer to the airport for departure flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, a city that celebrated 1,000 years in 2010 has countless fascinating cultural and historic sites. Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

    Stay overnight in Hanoi.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel.

     
     

    DAY 7: HANOI - HOA LU & TAM COC - HANOI (B, L, -)
     


    08h00
    You will be picked up from your hotel lobby by our guide and driver then depart for the 2 and half-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam's first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometers.
    In the late morning depart for Tam Coc Town for a Vietnamese lunch, along the way stop where you wish to take photographs of local villages and the stunning landscape.

    After lunch board your sampan to visit Tam Coc (see other option* below). Tam Coc are three limestone caves stretching along Ngo Dong River. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise to other name, ‘Halong on Land’.


    For those who want to do biking can cycle for an hour on quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops from Tam Coc to Bich Dong (around 5 km) - extra charge 3
    US$ per person as optional.


    Should you feel adventurous climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, dating to 1428 and comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order.
    Return to Hanoi where your full day trip ends at around 18h00.

    * Optional:

    Trang An: situated near to Tam Coc, Trang An is a nature reserve similar to Tam Coc however less visited. Limestone hills surround a peaceful river which passes through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). An ‘eco tourism’ area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal clear river.

    Stay overnight in Hanoi.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.

     
     

    DAY 8: HANOI CITY TOUR - NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI - SAPA (B, L, -)

     


    08h30
     You will be picked up from your hotel lobby and depart for the city tour with visit to the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam's most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov) and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969, his former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary.
    Continue your visit to the Taoist Temple (Quan Thanh Temple) which is dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism or visit Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda, was built in the sixth century (means “Stabilizing the Nation”). Lunch will be had in one of the city's finest restaurants.
    After lunch visit the Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first university, also referred to as Van Mieu, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam's past.
    Next we go to visit Hanoi Old Quarter also known as the '36 streets'. Take a walking tour around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore life-style of Hanoians, culture or architecture with plenty of photo opportunities all around you.
    Your leisure time until transfer to Hanoi station for a night train to Lao Cai (40km from Sapa town) leaving at 21h10 (9 hour duration).
    Stay overnight in air-conditioned soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 berth compartment or 2 berth compartment on request).

    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.

     

    DAY 9: LAO CAI - SAPPA - CAT CAT & SIN CHAI VILLAGE (B, L, -)
     


    06h00 Arrive to Lao Cai train station. Pick up and take a drive of 40km for over an hour drive uphill to Sapa town. After freshen up and Breakfast in a local restaurant you will enjoy a walk around this charming town, paying visit to Sapa market and the old cathedral where you can meet a lot of local ethnic minority peoples such as Black H’mong and Red Zao wearing their traditional colorful dresses selling their farming and gathering products and handicrafts for souvenir.

    Check in your hotel, having lunch and noon break before departing for a walk to Cat Cat village locating near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of FansipanPeak. Spectacular scenery of mountains and terraced rice paddies changes after every corner as you walk downhill. Getting through Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong, you will pay visiting to some local homes, witnessing their daily life activities and experiencing their hospitability. Continue walking down to the valley bottom, having a break at a stunning waterfall where the French built a hydraulic power station. After that you will walk uphill and make a loop around the valley to visit Sin Chai village - the village of H’mong people and then back to Sapa in late afternoon. Dinner will be on your own. In the evening, you’re free to do as you wish. You can explore the town of Sapa at night.

    Stay overnight at hotel in Sapa town.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast and Lunch at local restaurant.

     

    DAY 10: SAPA - LAO CHAI - TA VAN & GIANG TA CHAI VILLAGE - NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI (B, L, -)
     


    After breakfast check out your hotel room. You will be picked up from your hotel lobby at 09h00 in the morning and transferred south towards Muong Hoa Valley, then descend by foot through the largest terraced rice paddy area in the Sapa region. Our walk takes us through the village of Lao Chai, home to the Black Hmong minority, then on to Ta Van village, inhabited by the Giay minority. We have a great opportunity to observe the daily life and traditional hospitality of these people and then stop to rest and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your guide in a local house.
    After lunch, continue your walk on a hilly trail through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai village, a Red Dao ethnic minority village. Take a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, climb uphill to where your car will be waiting for your journey back to Sapa town. Have dinner on your own.
    Late afternoon you will be transferred to Lao Cai railway station to catch the overnight train back to Hanoi.
    Stay overnight in air-conditioned soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 berth compartment or 2 berth compartment on request).


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel and picnic lunch.

     

    DAY 11: HANOI - HALONG BAY, THE WORLD HERITAGE - OVERNIGHT ON BOARD (B, L, D)


    05h00 Arrive in Hanoi station. Walk to Hanoi View 2 Hotel (5 minutes) for check-in and have breakfast (we offer you rooms at this hotel to check in early on arrival for relax and short sleep before leaving for Halong).

    08h00 You will be picked up from your hotel lobby for for a 3hr30mins drive to Halong Bay including a 20-minutes stop on the way. Arrive at your jetty in Halong City towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities. After your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. 

    In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations.  Dinner is served on board.

    Stay overnight on board. 
     

    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch and Dinner on board.



    DAY 12: HA LONG BAY - HANOI - FLIGHT TO HUE (B, L, -)


    Rising to the sound of lapping bay waters, we have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. On your return to Halong City enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat wends through strange-shaped limestone rock formations. Upon disembarkation your driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi.

    17h00 Arrive at your hotel.

    Your leisure time until transfer to Noi Bai airport for 1hr10min flight to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Its mesmerizing tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam reveal fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war) but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today. 
    Arrive in Hue and check in your hotel.

    Stay overnight in Hue.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.


     

    DAY 13: HUE CITY TOUR (B, L, -)


    08h00 You will be picked up from your hotel for a full day Hue city tour with a visit to the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Then depart for Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River constructed in 1601, the 21-meter tower is the centerpiece of the pagoda and represents seven reincarnations of Buddha. On the pagoda grounds is the famous Austin car a resident monk drove to Saigon in 1963 to protest against the southern regime. The photo of his self immortalization is one of the most well known images of the war. Have lunch in local restaurant with Hue cuisine.

    In the afternoon see the tomb of the former emperor Minh Mang which is located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds. Journey on to Khai Dinh’s Tomb which is traditional Vietnamese in design with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue.
    Before heading back to your hotel take time to stroll around Dong Ba Market with your guide. The market is another of the must see sites in Hue, the stalls are teeming with color and a great place to catch a glimpse of everyday life.

    Return to your hotel where the full day explorer ends at about 17h30. 

    Stay overnight in Hue.


    Meals included
    Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.


     

    DAY 14: HUE - DAY TRAIN TO DANANG - HOI AN (B, -)
     


    Following breakfast transfer to Hue station for a spectacular train trip to Danang (2.5 hour duration). Out-the-window views are ricefields, mountains, the long beach and deep blue sea. On arrival at Danang station you will be picked up and transferred to Hoi An, which was originally one of major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Stop on the way to visit the Marble Mountains and Cham Museum (rich collection of Cham sculptures from in 14-15 century back with Indian influences).
    Check in your hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax by the pool or on the sandy beach (Cua Dai beach is 3km far from Hoi An town) or wander the streets and discover Hoi An.

    Stay overnight in Hoi An.
     

    Meals includedBreakfast at hotel.
     

     

    DAY 15: HALF DAY HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN (B, L, -)


    This morning we take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colorful market. Hoi An is a destination with two faces – the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses, and the beach with its new resorts and long stretch of clean white sand. In keeping with Hoi An’s heritage as a trading port, the town’s tiny shop houses now host a range of craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors. Despite the passing of 200 years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday. Have lunch then return to your hotel.

    The afternoon is left free to relax in this beautiful area. You could take a taxi or make the easy five-kilometre bicycle ride through the rice paddies and shrimp ponds to Cua Dai beach. Alternatively Hoi An is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs, especially if you’re looking for t-shirts, paintings or ceramics. For those interested in getting clothes tailored, this is definitely the place to shop. Another good idea is to take a boat trip out to a village specialising in ceramics and boat-building (optional).
    Stay overnight in Hoi An.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.

     


    DAY 16: HALF DAY HOI AN PEDICAB RIDING & BOAT TOUR (B, -)


    Have this morning at leisure to relax.

    13h00 Pick up from your hotel for a relaxing cyclo* (also called pedicab) tour through the opposite site of Hoi An River bank, the tiny lanes of Hoi An countryside, passing the fields of corn, sweet potatoes, beautiful local fruit-garden... Stop over the local fishing village then embark on 2 hour boat cruise streaming down the Cua Dai estuary to enjoy the sunset on the river.

    * “Cyclo" is three wheeled rickshaws, operated by pedal-power, with a seat attached to the front.


    Return to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon at leisure.

    Stay overnight in Hoi An.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel.


     

    DAY 17: HOI AN - DANANG - FLIGHT TO NHA TRANG (B, -)


    Have this morning at leisure for last minute shopping or sighseeing on your own until transfer to Danang airport for one hour flight to Nha Trang - the beach capital of Vietnam also well known for its beaches and scuba diving.
    Arrive at Cam Ranh airport where you will be met then taken 45-minute transfer by private car to your hotel in Nha Trang. Rest of the day is at your leisure.
    Stay overnight in Nha Trang.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel.

     


    DAY 18: NHA TRANG ISLANDS & SNORKELLING TOUR (B, L, -)
     


    08h30
    Depart from your hotel to Cau Da port. Embark on a boat trip to Mun Island - the best island for snorkeling where you can see lots of lives colorful corals and fish. Then go to Mot Island for fishing, relaxing, swimming & doing water sports or other activities (optional). Next we go to Con Se Tre Island where a delicious lunch of seafood is served.
    After lunch, you can relax and sunbathe on a deck chair in a hut or on the beach while drinking Vietnamese coffee.
    15h00 Return to the harbour where the bus awaits to bring you back to your hotel. Have dinner on your own and free in the evening.
    Stay overnight in Nha Trang.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch on Con Se Tre Island.



    DAY 19: NHA TRANG - FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH CITY (B, -)


    The morning is free to relax by the pool or on the sandy beach. It is not only the blissful beaches and glorious coastline that define Nha Trang. There are some more sedate activities on offer beyond the waters. Try an old-school spa treatment with a visit to a mudbath or explore centuries-old Cham towers still standing in the centre of town. Or throw culture to the wind and experience Vinpearl Land, Nha Trang’s attempt at Disneyworld. Nha Trang has something for everyone.
    Early afternoon transfer to Cam Ranh airport for 55-minute flight to dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by the locals. Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport) you will be picked up and transferred through the city to your hotel for check-in. The busy city of Saigon, used to be the capital of South Vietnam, is the biggest commercial and cultural centre of Vietnam. Free and easy.
    Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel.

     

    DAY 20: CU CHI TUNNELS AND HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR (B, L, -)
     


    You will be picked up from your hotel lobby and depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08h00 in the morning for the drive to Cu Chi district. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam.
    Arrive and start the visit of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47's on display.

    Journey back to Ho Chi Minh City around noon and have lunch at a local restaurant.
    After lunch embark on a half day tour of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. Your program includes the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace it was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese tanks seized on the morning of April 30 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. From there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. After this historical visit continue to the War Remnants Museum where exhibition halls display imagery of both the French and 'American' wars.

    Finish the day with visit to Ben Thanh Market where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered. Simply stroll through the market seeing and enjoying the variety of goods for sale. Return to your hotel where the full day explorer ends. You will have dinner on your own.
    Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.

     
     

    DAY 21: HO CHI MINH CITY - CAI BE FLOATING MARKET - CAN THO (B, L, -)

     
    This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 2 hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be. The local traditional wooden boats, vast emerald rice fields and lush back waterways; these are the things that make Cai Be such a desired destination.
    On arrival board your boat for a cruise of Cai Be floating market. Traders work the river and some have been living on these waters for generations. Produce at the market are hung on a pole in front of boats to attract customers and make it easier for people to see from afar what is on offer. Immerse yourself in a world of lush vegetation from the Mekong Delta as you pick through the fascinating and lively market, watching buyers bargaining for produce.

    After visiting the market continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Tan Phong Island. Next, take a rowing boat along the maze of shady canals. Head for a local orchard to enjoy the local tropical fruits, and visit artisan workshops to see the handicraft producers of the village at work.
    Break for lunch at an orchard garden. Lunch will be local Mekong style serving specialties of the area. Enjoy traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Afterwards, you will ride bicycles to villages, sightseeing and soaking up the rural ambiance or enjoy cooking class. If you prefer to relax, you can laze in a hammock.

    Following your cruise drive in the late afternoon to Can Tho where you will spend the night.

    Stay overnight in Can Tho.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.

     


    DAY 22:
    CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET - HO CHI MINH CITY (B, L, -)


    Following breakfast take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then cruise to the colorful Cai Rang floating market which bustles with wholesalers on big boats. Here, during the early morning market hours, larger sized boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of. The main items sold here are fruit and vegetables and every boat has a long upright pole at its bow from which samples of the goods for sale are hung. The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even floating pho vendors.

    Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to pass a "Monkey bridge" which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden and stop for lunch.

    Return to Can Tho by boat through the back canals and waterways where you’ll get a view of everyday life of the locals. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh City the last stop is to see how incense sticks are made (optional visit to Mangrove forest which was a former Viet Cong base used by the guerillas during the War can be arranged on request).  Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at around 17h00. The rest of the evening at leisure.
    Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.
     

     

    DAY 23: HO CHI MINH CITY - FLIGHT TO SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA (B, L, -)

     


    Following breakfast transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for one hour flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Arrival and transfer to the hotel for check-in (hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in). After a relaxing break, we will visit the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Preah Khan, Kravan, Neak Pean, Krol Ko, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Rup Temples, where you will view the temples at sunset. Return to the hotel.
    Stay overnight in Siem Reap.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.


     

    DAY 24: SIEM REAP (B, L, D)


    Breakfast at hotel then start your tour with a visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8m high wall, with each side of the city being 4km long, drawing a perfect square. You will enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giants. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.
    From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. The particularity of this monument is the 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.
    Next, depart on a very special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. The divine residence of Vishnu, the King himself was to reside here after his death. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Return to the hotel.
    Stay overnight in Siem Reap.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch and Dinner at local restaurant.


     

    DAY 25: SIEM REAP - FLIGHT TO PHNOM PENH (B, L, D)


    Following breakfast head out of the town and travel on a newly paved road to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei with stopover at the Preah Dark village. Next, visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends. 

    This afternoon, enjoy Tuk Tuk ride (the locally common taxi in Cambodia) to visit the Chong Khneas village located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap then embark on a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake - the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia passing floating houses and flooded forests. Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Phnom Penh.

    On arrival in Phnom Penh, your local English speaking guide will greet you and accompany you to the hotel for check-in.

    Stay overnight in Phnom Penh.


    Meals included
    : Breakfast at hotel, Lunch and Dinner at local restaurant.


     

    DAY 26: PHNOM PENH - DEPARTURE (B, L, -)
     


    Start your day with a visit to Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and was the last palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.
    Continue to the Toul Sleng museum (S-21) and the killing field of Choueng Ek, which is about 35km away from the city. 

    Finish the tour with transfer to the airport for your onward flight.


    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant.

     

    End of services.

     

    INCLUDES:
    - Transportation by air conditioned vehicle as tour program indicated.
    - Entrance fees to indicated sights.
    - Boat trips as stated in above sights.
    - All excursion trips and activities as tour program indicated
    - Local English-speaking guides (for other languages supplements apply).
    - Meals as stated in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
    - Tuk Tuk ride.
    - Accommodation in shared twin or double bedded room.
    - Train ticket Hanoi-Lao Cai-Hanoi in air conditioned soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 berth compartment).
    - Train ticket Hue - Danang (air conditioned soft seat).
    - Cyclo.
    - Flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh included airport tax.
    - Mineral water and chilled tissue served on trip.
    - The written approval letter for a Vietnamese visa on arrival (single entry).

    EXCLUDES:
    - Visa stamping fee on arrival (in Laos: 25 US$ per person, in Vietnam: 45 US$ per person; in Cambodia: 20 US$ per person). Vietnamese visa must be obtained in advance before arrival.
    - All air tickets not mentioned in the program and above quotation.
    - Optional tours.
    - Surcharges for other language guides.
    - Personal travel insurance.
    - Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc…
    - Meals and services other than mentioned in the program.
    - Drinks with meals.
    - Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program.


    NOTE:

    - Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Christmas period (Dec 24-26), New Year period (Dec 31-Jan 02).
    - For additional hotel night cost to the packages or higher accommodation standards, please contact us for the rates.
    - Flights of Luang Prabang - Hanoi, Hanoi - Hue, Danang - Nha Trang, Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh and Ho Chi Minh - Siem Reap at extra cost US$ per person/ 5 routes on request (subject to availability at the time of final confirmation).
    - This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan. You can also disregard full package tours and choose whatever travel items you need or a mix of private and group tours to minimize the cost. We can quote the tours you really want. Usually travel insurance is not covered in our quotations.
    - Keep your luggage and money by yourself.
    - Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
    - Take original passports, good and comfortable trekking shoes, insect repellent, sun scream and rain gear. All customers must obey the order of your guide for your safety.

    ADDITIONAL NOTES:
    - Child definition: from age of 3 to 7 Years (usually enjoying 10%-20% discount. Contact us for the actual discount for your case). 8 Years old and above will be charged as Adult Price.
    - All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides. For other languages, please contact us for new quotations.
    - Itinerary Change to the confirmed itinerary may happen because of traffic, weather, or any other conditions not under our control such as war, strike, fire, acts of government, riot, etc. We will do our best to make sure that all the travel will be similar. Viet HighlightsTravel can substitute the itinerary upon your agreement.
    - Transportation and Restaurants: The cars, vans or coaches for the land transportation should be in good shape with air conditioner. All restaurants should be tidy and clean.

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