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12N / 13D IMPRESSIVE LAOS-VIETNAM-CAMBODIA

13 DAYS BEST OF LAOS-CAMBODIA-VIETNAM

DEPARTURE KOLKATA: 23 JANUARY, 2019
RETURN TO KOLKATA: 04 FEBRUARY,2019

VIENTIANE → LUANG PRABANG → SIEM REAP → PHNOM PENH → HOCHIMINH CITY → SAIGON → HANOI

LAOS
VIENTIANE
The oldest temple Wat Sisaket
The former royal temple of Wat Prakeo
The famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa
Patuxay Monument
Lao’s national precious heritage
The central market known as Talad Sao
LUANG PRABANG
Phousi Market
Ban Ouay
Ban Thapene
Khuang Si Waterfall
Mekong River
Pak Ou Caves
Ban Xanghai
Mount Phousi
National Museum
Wat Visoun
Wat Aham
Wat Sene
Wat Mai
Wat Xiengthong
CAMBODIA
SIEM REAP
South Gate of Angkor Thom
Angkorian Empire
The famous Bayon Temple
Royal Palace Area
Phimeanakas
Prohm temple
Angkor Wat temple
Suryavarman
Banteay Srei
Citadel of the women
Banteay Samre
Comparatively flat temple
Roluos group
Built by King Indravarman
Originally called Hariharalaya
PreahKo
Bakong
Lolei
PHNOM PENH
The impressive colorful Khmer-style royal palace complex
Silver pagoda (the emerald Buddha temple)
Independence monument
National museum
The river-front park
Phnom Daun Penh
Central Market
VIETNAM
HOCHIMINH CITY
Cu Chi tunnels
Numerous trap doors
Constructed living areas
Storage facilities
Weapons factories
Field hospitals
Command centers & kitchens
MEKONG DELTA
Ben Tre
Boat cruising along beautiful zigzag canals
A local family who earns living by rice paper and coconut candy
Rowing-boat along water palm creek
The beautiful Vinh Trang pagoda
SAIGON
The ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville)
The old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside)
The neo-Romanesque Notredame Cathedral
The Central Post Office
The Reunification Palace
Ben Thanh market
HALONG BAY
Red River Delta
Tuan Chau Wharf
Limestone islands
Amazing Sung Sot Cave
Kayak
Sunset
Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt
Titov Island
HANOI
HoanKiem Lake
Ngoc Son Temple
The Old Quarter
Unique fascinating show of Water Puppetry
A traditional stage art of Northern Vietnam
Ba Dinh Square
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum
the One Pillar Pagoda
Temple of Literature
Vietnam’s first university

ITINERARY

DAY 01 (23 JAN. 19): VIENTIANE – ARRIVAL (L/ D)
Upon arrival, greetings at the airport and transfer to have lunch at an Indian restaurant. Then transfer to our centrally located hotel to check in. After a short rest, a city tour acquaints us with the capital, we start visiting some the major sights; including the oldest temple Wat Sisaket, an amazing structure featuring remarkable frescoes and Buddha images. We also visit the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En-route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. If time permits, visit the central market known as Talad Sao which is great place for browsing antiques, handmade textiles and gifts. Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Vientiane.
DAY 02 (24 JAN. 19): VIENTIANE – LUANG PRABANG (B/ L/ D)
After breakfast and check our hotel, we leave for Luang Prabang. Drive through mountainous landscape, and hairpin bends in the mountains. Lunch will be served at local restaurant on the way. On arrival in Luang Prabang in later afternoon, check in hotel and relax. Dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
DAY 03 (25 JAN. 19): LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVES & KHUANG SI WATERFALL (B/ L/ D)
After breakfast, we visit the morning Phousi Market, where we 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. 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, a Khmu village. This then takes us to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where we can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang for lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon, we embark on a cruise upstream 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. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. A visit to Luang Prabang would be incomplete without ascending 329 steps to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa and to enjoy a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
DAY 04 (26 JAN. 19): LUANG PRABANG – CITY TOUR – DEPARTURE (B/ L/D)
After breakfast and check out hotel, we visit to the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. Today we explore some of the major sights in this fabulous city, including the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham, the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and Wat Mai. We also visit these sights as well as the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, its exterior architecture is remarkable with decorated guilded stuccoes and doorways, a “tree of life” mosaic pattern set in colored glass on the back wall and its three tiered roofs sweeping low to the ground representing classical Laotian architecture. Lunch at an Indian restaurant. This afternoon, we transfer on time to the airport for flight to Siem Reap by VN 931 @ 1435 1605.Arrival to Siem Reap, pick up and transfer to hotel for checking in. Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 05 (27 JAN. 19): SIEM REAP – ANGKOR TEMPLES – SIEM REAP (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we explore South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, 3km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire, The famous Bayon Temple was an architectural muddle, in part because it was constructed in a somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century. Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and gradual that spans the heart of Angkor Thom in front of Baphuon - huge temple mountain in the heart of Angkor Thom, Royal Palace Area and Phimeanakas - impressive rite and sandstone pyramid. Terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants, a double terrace wall with deeply carved nag as, demons and other mythological beings. Last visit Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty! Giant trees have grown here for centuries! Lunch at an Indian restaurant. This afternoon we visit Angkor Wat temple, the founder of the temple was Suryavarman II who reined Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century to dedicate to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys, ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction. Dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight in Seam Reap.
DAY 06 (28 JAN. 19): SIEM REAP – ANGKOR TEMPLES
After breakfast and check out hotel, we visit Banteay Srei, loosely translates to “citadel of the women, but this is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. On the way we will visit people doing palm sugar before continue to visit Banteay Samre - large, comparatively flat temple displaying distinctively Angkor style architecture and artistry. Back to the town to have lunch at an Indian restaurant. Afternoon visit Roluos group, was one of the earliest Angkor capitals, built by King Indravarman and originally called Hariharalaya. Today there are three Hindu sanctuaries: Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei. All three temples were built of brick and though they are not as spectacular as the other temples of Angkor, they are well preserved and worth a visit to offer the visitor a chronological perspective on the development of Angkor. Dinner and overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 07 (29 JAN. 19): SIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH CITY TOUR (B/L/D)
After breakfast and check out hotel, transfer to Phnom Penh. Lunch at the restaurant, then start city tour. We visit the impressive colorful Khmer-style royal palace complex build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom. Nearby is Silver pagoda (the emerald Buddha temple), where contain plenty of Buddha Statues decorated and made by gold, diamond, gemstone and silver. We stop at Independence monument and explore the National museum; a beautiful Khmer architecture building contains more than 5000 art antiques made by bronze, wood, gold, silver, copper, sandstone and others. We pass through the river-front park where 4 rivers met at a junction include mystical Mekong. Walk up to sacred hill Phnom Daun Penh – also the name of a pagoda and name of the capital nowadays. Last visit Central Market, a large market constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. Initial design and layouts are from French architect Louis Chauchon. Check in hotel. Dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
DAY 08 (30 JAN. 19): PHNOM PENH – CROSS THE BORDER TO VIETNAM – CU CHI TUNNEL – HOCHIMINH CITY (B/L/D)
After breakfast and check out hotel, leave Cambodia to Vietnam. Reach to border after 3 hours driving, meet our Vietnam guide. Transfer to restaurant for lunch (local food). Afternoon start going to visit to Cu Chi tunnels. Located 60km from Saigon, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists - the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. Before discovering the tunnels we watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. Spend the next hour exploring the tunnels, then transfer to Hochiminh city. Check in hotel. Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Hochiminh city.
DAY 09 (31 JAN. 19): SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA – SAIGON (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we leave Saigon for Ben Tre, in the heart of Mekong delta. Arrive in Ben Tre province, we board a boat cruising along beautiful zigzag canals. Then take a motor cart through some tranquil villages where we could admire rice fields, vegetables gardens… visit a local family who earns living by rice paper and coconut candy. Have lunch at a riverside restaurant. After a short rest, take a rowing-boat along water palm creek before we leave Ben Tre to return to Saigon, with stop to visit the beautiful Vinh Trang pagoda on the way. Evening dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 10 (01 FEB. 19): SAIGON CITY TOUR - HANOI (B/L/D)
After breakfast, begin our city tour by strolling along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside), and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notredame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Continue to visit the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates. Then visit Ben Thanh market – the most famous market in Hochiminh city. Lunch at Indian restaurant. Transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi by VJ136 @12.20 – 14.25 Pick up & transfer to hotel for checking in, Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 11 (02 FEB. 19): HANOI – HALONG BAY – OVERNIGHT ON BOARD (B/L/D)
After breakfast and check out hotel, 08h00, we depart for Halong Bay. The 3.5 hours journey takes us through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta. Upon arrival at Tuan Chau Wharf, transfer by tender to our overnight cruise.
12h30 – 13h00, embark on our overnight cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13h30 – 14h30, savor a delectable lunch as we cruise among the limestone islands.
15h00 – 16h00, explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave - the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
16h00 – 17h00, kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Man’s Head Islet area.
17h00 – 17h30, return to the main boat and continue cruising to the area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way.
17h30 – 19h00, admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.
19h00, dinner is served on board. Evening: socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around. Overnight on board.
DAY 12 (03 FEB. 19): HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L/D)
06h30 – 07h15, start our day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07h30 – 08h30, have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
09h00 – 10h00, cruising to Titov Island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
10h15, return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of our cabin.
10h15 – 11h00, continue our cruise exploring the beautiful parts of the Bay.
11h00 – 12h15, while heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12h15 – 12h30, disembark the cruise and transfer back to Hanoi with a short break on the way.
15h30 – 16h00, group arrives in Hanoi, transfer to visit HoanKiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Later, enjoy a unique fascinating show of Water Puppetry, a traditional stage art of Northern Vietnam. Have dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 13 (04 FEB. 19): HANOI CITY TOUR – DEPARTURE (B/L)
After breakfast and check out hotel, we will begin a fascinating day with visits to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, inclusive of Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, as well as his private residence from 1954 until 1969. The wooden ethnic minority style house, which was built on stilts, is surrounded by lovely peaceful gardens. In the same complex you will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Our next stop will be the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Lunch at Indian restaurant. In the afternoon, free for shopping till transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to your onward flight.

 

Note:
Above is tentative program, the actual will follow program of confirmed before journey

 

Tour Price:
RS.155500/- PER PERSON (ON TWIN SHARE BASIS)
(ROE CALCULATED @ RS.67.00 PER USD)

PAYMENT TERMS: 
Rs. 30000/- per person at the time of booking confirmation. Rs. 50000/- within next 30 days and balance 30 days prior to departure date.

TOUR PRICE INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation in double/ twin share as indicated above
  • Private transportation with air-conditioned
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation on double/twin sharing room with daily ABF
  • 1 night on Halong Bay cruise
  • Local English Speaking guide 
  • Sightseeing excursions with guide 
  • Entrance fees as per above program
  • Private boat trip as stated in above sight (Pak Ou& Mekong Delta
  • Meals as above mentioned (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner)
  • Mineral water on transfer during tour 2*500ml/person/day

TOUR PRICE EXCLUSIONS:

  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Early check- in or late check-out (except as indicated)
  • Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program
  • Optional excursions and entrance fees and permits during free time
  • Additional transportation required due to any emergency situation
  • Tipping/guide extra
  • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills, shopping…
  • Excess luggage charges
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.
  • Other items not mentioned in above
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