This trip offers a thorough exploration through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. You will be exposed to as much splendid tropical nature, interesting old-fashioned daily life, colourful Buddhist cultures, and well-known historic sites as possible.
DAY 1: HANOI
Arrival in Hanoi, the centuries-old beautiful capital of Vietnam, airport pick-up, hotel check-in, time at leisure. Enjoy a fantastic rickshaw ride through the bustle and hustle of Hanoi Old Quarter and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI
Full day for exploring the fascinating city of Hanoi where old and new things blend together, Vietnamese, Chinese and French cultures mix together. Activities: a pleasant walk around the peaceful Ho Chi Minh area, visit HCM Mausoleum, HCM’s stilt house and garden, the One Pillar pagoda. Take another pleasant walk at the beautiful Temple of Literature, and visit at the Fine Arts Museum. Finally take a fascinating walk through the famous 36 busy streets of the Old Quarter and shopping. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY
Morning check out the hotel, transfer to Halong Bay, a World Natural Heritage site. Upon arrival, check in aboard a deluxe junk and start cruising. Enjoy fabulous seafood, stunning sceneries, and water activities: swimming, kayaking (exclusive), and fishing. Overnight aboard Note: In case of small parties from 2 pax to 7 pax, we will not send a guide to Halong or on train to Lao Cai. We will use shuttle bus from the cruise company and share a junk with other guests. For any parties from 8 pax up, we will send a guide to Halong and on train to Lao Cai. Wee will arrange private transport and charter a junk in Halong. More options can be discussed case by case.
DAY 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI – LAO CAI BY NIGHT TRAIN
Morning continue the cruise along simply gorgeous sceneries including a very delicious lunch on board. Afternoon: drive back to Hanoi, boarding on the night train after dinner. Overnight on the train - 4 pax share a business air-conditioning cabin.
DAY 5: LAO CAI – MOUNTAIN MARKET – SAPA
Morning: early arrival at Lao Cai railway station, then take a scenic drive up the mountains to a colourful mountainous market of hill tribes in Muong Khuong/ Cao Son / Coc Ly etc. (depending on which date). Afternoon: drive back to Lao Cai and go on to Sapa, a tourist hub in North Vietnam. Hotel check-in and overnight in Sapa
DAY 6: SAPA
9:00 after breakfast, start a nice trekking day to Y Lin Ho village and Lao Chai village of Black H’mong people and Ta Van village of Giay people. Then transfer back to Sapa by coach. Have lunch in Sapa. Relaxation till dinner. Overnight in Sapa
DAY 7: SAPA – NIGHT TRAIN BACK TO HANOI
Morning: great soft trekking to Cat Cat village of the H’mong tribe After lunch, check out and transfer to Ta Phin village of Red Dao people. Enjoy a nice walk here. Then transfer to Lao Cai. Boarding the night train after dinner in Lao Cai. Overnight on the train - 4 pax share a business air-conditioning cabin.
DAY 8: HANOI – HUE
5:00 Early morning arrival in Hanoi, go to observe the Hanoi people doing exercises around the Hoan Kiem lake, and enjoy breakfast at the restaurant by the lake. 9:00 transfer to the airport to take a flight to Hue at 1100 - 1210, the last Royal capital of Vietnam, a World Cultural Heritage Site. Transfer to check in a hotel and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit the Royal Citadel of Hue, enjoy a pleasant walk in this interesting area, then visit the amazingly full Dong Ba market. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Hue
DAY 9: HUE
Full day enjoy Hue’s typical features: peaceful, traditional and beautiful. Activities: lovely boat trip on the Perfume River to the beautiful Thien Mu pagoda, King Tu Duc’s tomb, King Khai Dinh’s tomb. Afternoon: excellent motorbike trip with drivers to interesting traditional villages and beautiful sceneries around Hue. Dinner at a local restaurant and Overnight in Hue
DAY 10: HUE – HOIAN
Morning check out the hotel and enjoy scenic drive to Hoi An via Danang, stop at the Fine Arts Cham museum and Marble Mountains in Danang. Arrival in Hoian, a very charming ancient town, another World Heritage site in Vietnam, check in a hotel and rest till dinner. Dinner and overnight in Hoian
DAY 11: HOIAN
Morning enjoy a relaxing city walk to more than 200 years-old temples and houses. Enjoy pleasant shopping with much variety, low costs and friendly hosts. Afternoon take a fantastic bicycle ride to explore interesting villages and the beautiful countryside, or free time for shopping or swimming in the South China Sea. Overnight in Hoian.
DAY 12: HOI AN – HCMC
Morning transfer back to Danang airport to take a flight to HCMC. Upon arrival, meet our guide and drivers and transfer to check in hotel, have lunch at the popular Pho 2000 restaurant where Bill Clinton had enjoyed local specialties: noodle soup, spring rolls, etc. Afternoon city tour, visit China town, Cho Lon market, Thien Hau temple, the Reunification Hall, the War Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral (1880) and Old Post Office (1886), and the Ben Thanh market. Enjoy dinner cruise on the Saigon River.Evening optional treatment with wonderful massage and spa, or shopping in the city center. Overnight in HCMC
DAY 13: HCMC – TAY NINH – CU CHI
Full day excursion to visit two contrast sites: the colourful Cao Dai Holy See of the most egalitarian religion combining 5 religions (Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Catholicism, and Islam) and the impressive Cu Chi tunnels system, one of the most violent battlefields of the Vietnam War. Overnight in HCMC.
DAY 14: HCMC – CAI BE – VINH LONG – CHAU DOC
After breakfast, transfer to Cai Be town located on the Mekong River riverside. Enjoy boat cruising by Cai Be floating market, visiting local work shops of making pop rice, pop corn, coconut candies, rice papers, etc. Lunch to be served with the Mekong Delta specialty - Deep Fried Elephant ear fish, big legged shrimps and more. Then continue the boat tour to visit a fruit garden, ceramic factory, arrival in Vinh Long, continue by road to Chau Doc. Overnight in Chau Doc.
DAY 15: CHAU DOC – PHNOM PENH
Morning transfer by Hang Chau Express boat (shared boat) to the border with Cambodia, cross the border and continue to Phnom Penh. Arrival in Phnom Penh in the afternoon, lunch, city tour visit the most popular attractions: Toul Sleng Museum, Wat Phnom, the Royal palace and Silver pagoda, and the Russian market (time permitting). Overnight in Phnom Penh.
DAY 16: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP
Morning check out the hotel and take a flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, meet your guide and start sightseeing at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the Bayon and Baksei Chamkrong, the Elephant terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Then transfer to check in a hotel. Afternoon tour enjoy the amazing Angkor Wat till sunset. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 17: SIEM REAP
Visit more temples: Ban Tey Srey, Bantey Samre, Ta Prohm, Eastern Mebon, admiring the sun rise, etc. Afternoon take boat trip on Tonle Sap river and visit a charity vocational school Enjoy Apsara Dance show at Apsara theater. Overnight in Siem Reap
DAY 18: SIEM REAP – VIENTIANE (VTE)
Morning transfer airport to catch the flight to Vientiane, a small charming capital city of Laos. Afternoon city tour: start visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument , which is well known as Vientiane ’s own Arc de Triumph. Dinner with music show. Overnight in Vientiane
DAY 19: VTE – LUANG PRABANG
Breakfast at hotel , visit Talat Sao market, then transfer to airport for flight to Luang Prabang. 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 Asia. UNESCO registered it in 1995 as World Cultural Heritage City. Check in a hotel and start seeing the National Museum. Climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang
DAY 20: LUANG PRABANG
Today, we enjoy a guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang
DAY 21: DEPARTURE HOME SWEET HOME
Transfer to LPQ international airport for flight to Bangkok or Vientiane and then connecting flight to home. End of service.