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Grand Indochina Tour- 15 Days

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Adventure2Blending South Vietnam’s Mekong landscape with the history of the ancient Khmer Kingdom and Laos’s picturesque charm; this trip combines the very best of Indochina, crafting a unique and enchanting vacation experience.


 




PRIVATE TOUR RATE: Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy. 

Group Size 2 Persons 4 Persons 6 Persons 8 Persons Single Sup
Land Tour 1,695
1,360
 1,235  1,160 375
Flights 305
 305  305 305
 
Total 2,000
 1,665  1,540  1,465  


Brief Itinerary



ITINERARY

Blending South Vietnam’s Mekong landscape with the history of the ancient Khmer Kingdom and Laos’s picturesque charm; this trip combines the very best of Indochina, crafting a unique and enchanting vacation experience.

Day 1: Saigon Arrival.
Welcome to Vietnam’s modern metropolis: Saigon. Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an orientation tour through Ho Chi Minh City’s bustling streets en route to the hotel. Have lunch at a downtown restaurant of your choosing then set out on a guided city tour.  In the afternoon we will visit such sites as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Meals: N/A.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Day 2: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temples.
Today we travel outside of Saigon to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels are an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. Next we will visit the beautiful Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh and partake in the noontime prayer service. This large and colorful compound is home to the hybrid religion founded in the 1920s: Caodaism, which combines elements of Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam in order to promote peace. Have lunch in Tay Ninh and return to Saigon in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Can Tho.
Today we leave Saigon and travel to the Mekong River Delta. Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before driving to the riverside town, Cai Be. Along the way, stop at a candy factory and orchard garden, where you have an opportunity to listen to traditional music. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at a riverside restaurant, then cross the Mekong by motorized boat to visit some fluvial islands and explore the countryside by bicycle. Our driver and guide will meet you at Vinh Long pier and take you to Can Tho City for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho.

Day 4: Can Tho – Floating Market – Chau Doc.
Start early morning on a private boat to discover famous CaiRang floading market.  Today we travel to the riverside town, Chau Doc, situated along the Cambodian border. After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive northwest to Chau Doc. Check in hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon, bored a boat to tour the Mekong River and learn about local culture, stopping to see the stilt houses of a Cham village as well as a local fish farm.  Return in the evening and drive up Sam Mountain to watch the sunset in the distance over the Cambodian border.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chau Doc.
Day 5: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh by speedboat.
This morning we travel by speedboat up the Mekong to Cambodia’s capital: Phnom Penh. The total trip takes about four and a half hours (including visa formalities). Visas are easily obtained at the border between Vietnam and Cambodia and cost $22 (including the processing fee). Our guide will meet you at the dock in Phnom Penh and take you to the hotel. Despite its recent turbulent history, Phnom Penh’s wide tree-lined boulevards and faded colonial mansions hold an undeniable charm. After lunch at a downtown restaurant, take a leisurely tour to visit the Russian Market and try out your best bargaining skills.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 6: Phnom Penh City Tour.
Spend the day on a tour of Cambodia’s vibrant capital city. Start by learning about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s recent, bloody history on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Choeung Ek “Killing Fields”. Enjoy lunch at a downtown restaurant, and then conclude the day with a cyclo ride down Sihanouk Boulevard to visit the National Museum and the Royal Palace – home to the royal family and the opulent silver pagoda.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 7: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Angkor Wat.
Today we travel to Siem Reap, the gateway into the ancient Angkor temples. After breakfast our driver will meet you at your hotel and take you on the 5 hour drive along the Mekong River. The journey offers an excellent opportunity to observe rural Cambodia up-close. Stop along the way and visit a market, where every assortment of street food is available, including the Khmer favorite: fried spiders! Once we arrive in Siem Reap, check in at the hotel then enjoy lunch at a downtown restaurant.
In the late afternoon, stare in wonder at the intricate carvings of Angkor Wat and then take a microlight flight for an aerial view of the temple and its surroundings. Soar over the skies and admire the picturesque Cambodian countryside with its rice fields and villages, the highlight of your sightseeing in Angkor!
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 8: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples.
Enjoy an entire day dedicated to discovering the mysterious Angkor temples. Wake before dawn and take a tuk-tuk ride to visit the jungle-entwined temple, Ta Prohm. Sunrise is one of the most beautiful and haunting times to visit the temples, whose ancient sandstone blocks are painted orange by the early morning rays. Return to the hotel for breakfast then set back out on a full day temple tour. Starting with the magnificent Angkor Wat – the largest Khmer temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architecture, we proceed to Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Next, visit Bayon temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King before returning to town for an afternoon at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 9: Siem Reap – Rolous Group – Beng Melea Temples.
Today we visit some of the oldest temples in the Angkor complex. After breakfast drive out of town to the ancient capital of King Indravarman I (877-889), now referred to as the Rolous Group and known as the birthplace of classical Khmer art and architecture. Stop for lunch then continue on to visit the incredible jungle-covered temple: Beng Mealea. This distant temple is a gem in the midst of the jungle; half strangled with vines and decorated by lichen, Beng Mealea is the true adventure experience. On the way back to Siem Reap, visit a shadow puppet workshop and enjoy a traditional performance put on by the “Little Angels” orphanage and school. Return to Siem Reap in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 10: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Fly to Luang Prabang.
Today we visit Cambodia’s largest fresh-water body, Tonle Sap Lake. Have breakfast at the hotel then drive outside of town to the dock, where we will take a traditional wooden boat on a tour along the lake to visit the local floating village.
Enjoy free time for lunch or shopping before driving to the airport to catch your flight to Luang Prabang, Laos. Our driver and guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. You are free to explore the Night Market, where you can find an expansive collection of textiles, hand-woven by the local hill tribe peoples.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 11: Pak Ou Caves – City Tour.
After breakfast, transfer to pier for a cruise up the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves home to thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues. Stop on the way back at Ban Xang Hay, a village specializing in making rice alcohol. Your afternoon city tour begins with a visit to the National Museum, former Royal Palace, where you will explore the history of Laos. Continue on foot to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade. Today concludes with a visit to the Wat Xieng Thong, Laos' most photographed temple, built in 1560 by King Setthathirat.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 12: Luang Prabang – Xieng Khouang.
Enjoy breakfast and your free time until transfered around six hours through the stunning mountains to Xieng Khouang, the gateway to the Plain of Jars. Referred to locally as “Phonsavan”, this small town has been completely rebuilt after suffering extensive destruction during the war in the 1970s. Rest of the day you are at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Xieng Khuang.

Day 13: Xieng Khouang – Plain of Jars.
Visit the mysterious Plain of Jars and wander amongst these mysterious jars from sunrise until lunch. Visiting The Plain of Jars is a serene inspiration. The ritual burial jars with their minimalistic Iron Age aesthetics are an ever-present part of the landscape and the only remaining witnesses to a vanished civilization. Little is known about these giant urns, as archaeologists have only recently been able to start their investigations. In the 1930’s a French conservationist did some preliminary work which revealed that the jars were more than likely used for funeral purposes. Their composition remains a mystery with theories suggesting the jars were made from sand and buffalo skin then fired in a kiln.
After lunch, travel to Muang Khoun, the former provincial capital, and explore the ruins, ancient pagodas, and beautiful scenery of the area before returning to Xieng Khouang.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Xieng Khouang.

Day 14: Xieng Khouang – Vientiane.
Following breakfast, take a short flight to Vientiane. You have the rest of the day to explore Laos’ tranquil and beautiful capital from the peaceful Wat Sisaket to the golden stupa of That Luang. Also stop at Laos' own “Arc de Triomphe” and also visit Wat Ho Phra Keo to see their display of Lao and Khmer art. The blend of French architecture, tree lined boulevards, and Buddhist temples make Vientiane and unique capital city.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

Day 15: Vientiane Departure.
Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
Good bye & safe travels!
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.

 
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