1: ARRIVAL LUANGPRABANG (B)
Upon arrival at the airport, you are met
and transferred to the hotel. Luang Prabang is the first stop for your
Indochina Tours, perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia.
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 Laos.
Overnight at hotel in Luangprabang.
2: LUANG PRABANG (B/L)
Luang Prabang is the well-preserved
ancient capital of the Lao Kingdom the jewel in the crown of South East Asia
for many who travel here. Today it is a delightful, tranquil village easily
explored on foot. Wedged between the Mekong and Khan rivers, it has been
nominated as a World Heritage site andis famous for its many Wats (temples) -
32 of the 66 that were built before French colonisation still stand. All of
them are well kept and in use, with numerous monks in residence. The most
beautiful Wat is Zieng Thong overlooking the Mekong. After breakfast we board
our small boat and head to the holy caves of Pak Ou. This cave system is
crammed with images made in the likeness of Buddha. It's a good idea to bring
along a head torch as the more adventurous of our party have the opportunity to
head to the deep upper cave known as Tham Phum. On the way home we stop to
visit the traditional home made rice wine village of Ban Xang Hai. On return,
we also have time visiting Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek, villages of Jute Sar
paper hand making, known for its hand made paper quality. This afternoon is at
leisure to enjoy this charming town.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
3: LUANG PRABANG - HANOI (B)
After the breakfast, your are free at
leisure until our private Indochina tour guide and driver in Luang Prabang
transfer you to airport for the flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, our private
Vietnam Tour guide and driver will welcome your Indochina Holiday, pick up and
transfer to the hotel for check in. Hanoi, a city where the exotic chic of old
Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern
co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an
architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than
bulldozing through like many of the region's capitals. Hanoi is where
imagination becomes reality. Free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
4: HANOI - TRAIN TO SAPA (B/L)
Hanoi is choice for any Vietnam Tours.
Today we enjoy a full day Hanoi city tour of this charming capital city
including the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh (close on Monday
& Friday), the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, the
One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the impressive Ethnologic Museum,
the beautiful West Lake, the Tran Vu Pagoda, the peaceful lake of the Restored
Late afternoon we take a cyclo tour for a
short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the
specific goods once offered for sale at these places. In the evening, we end
Hanoi city tour with a fantastic traditional water puppet show. In the evening,
we take the overnight train to Lao Cai.
5: LAO CAI - SAPA - TOPAS ECOLODGE (B/L)
Arrive in the early morning in the border
town of Lao Cai where it's a short transfer to Sapa. In the terraced hills and
mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is
enlivened by the colours of its hill tribe population. It is here you will find
hands stained with colour from fabric dyes and shades of blue, red and green
intricately embroidered and stitched into jackets, waistcoats, pants, skirts,
caps, purses and leggings.
After breakfast, we will do one of the
most beautiful sapa tours by driving to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van village of
the Black H'mong and the Day people where you can enjoy fresh air, amazing
scenery of the imposing mountain range, trek down world's most beautiful
terraced rice fields, visit some local family on the way and learn unique
culture and life of these ethnic groups. Continue to Topas Ecolodge. Have
breakfast upon arrival at Topas Ecolodge. The rest of the day is at your
leisure. Dinner and overnight at Topas Ecolodge.
6: TOPAS ECOLODGE - SAPA (B/L)
After breakfast, pick up by our private
guide and driver and continue our visit to Ban Ho village of the Tay people who
live on the unique house on stilts. It is here, we have coffee break while
enjoy beautiful view before trekking to explore Nam Toong village of the Red
Dao ethnic group, learn about the interesting culture and life... Back to Sapa,
free at leisure and Overnight in Sapa at Voctoria Hotel & Spa.
7: SAPA - TOUR TO MARKET - LAO CAI & TRAIN TO HANOI (B/L)
The markets in the Northern Vietnam are
always the colorful meeting places for the hill tribes, spotlight for any Sapa
Tours and of course, your unique Vietnam Tours experience. Minority people come
down from the mountains to sell their products, or just for catching up on the
latest news, gossip, drinking away troubles or seeking for lover. In the
morning, drive to visit one of the areas weekly markets;
Can Cau Market - Saturdays
Bac Ha Market or Muong Hum Market or
Muong Khuong Market - Sundays
Cao Son Market - Wednesdays
Lung Khau Nhin Market - Thursdays
Coc Ly Market - Tuesdays
In the late afternoon, your Sapa tour
guide and driver transfer you back to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to
Hanoi. We hope that you have enjoyed your Sapa Tours with us. We say goodbye
with sincere thanks and looking forward to welcoming you again for your coming
Vietnam Tours and Sapa Tours. Overnight on the train.
8: HANOI - HOA LU - TAM COC (B/L)
Pick up from the train station and
continue your impressive Vietnam Tours by heading south for the two hour drive
along Highway One. We spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le sanctuaries.
These are the two remaining temples of the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The first
is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang (also known as Dinh Bo Linh), an Emperor from
the Dinh Dynasty. The second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty. Dinh Bo
Linh successfully conquered Vietnam's first independent rulers, the Ngo
Dynasty. On his death in 980, General Le Hoan wisely married Dinh's widow and
established the Le Dynasty and enlarged the citadel.
We then move on to Tam Coc - Poetically
penned Halong Bay on the rice paddies, the area around Tam Coc boasts
stunning scenery. While Halong Bay has rugged rock formations jutting out of
the sea, here they soar skywards from a sea of green. After a three hour boat
trip along the Boi River, we do beautiful bicycle trip to Bich Dong pagoda for
visit to a very nice pagoda and cave. Overnight in Tam Coc.
9: NINH BINH - HA LONG BAY (B/L/D)
This morning, after breakfast, we drive to
Halong Bay, Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site
and highlight of any Vietnam Tours. Upon arrival, board your traditional wooden
junk. Welcome drink on board. After a relaxing break, enjoy a delicious seafood
lunch while cruising through the wonderful Ha Long bay visiting its amazing
grottoes and caves. Opportunity to dive off the boat and have a pleasant
swimming in the deep blue water of East Sea before relaxing on your sun deck to
view a Halong sunset. Dinner on board with excellent fresh seafood.
Overnight on board.
10: HA LONG - HANOI -HUE (B).
People said that your Vietnam Tours would
not have been done without a trip to Halong Bay and a romantic night on Halong
Cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and
imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is
Halong Bay. Imagine 3000 or more incredible islands rising from the emerald
waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty.
Halong Bay is pure art, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn
from the hand of nature. It is absolutely true when you get up early to catch
the sunrise on the bay, doing Ta Chi on sundeck and relax with a cup of hot
coffee or tea when the boat cruising to explore more of Halong Bay. All make
your Vietnam Holiday with full sweet memory. Back to Halong city, end of your
beautiful Halong Bay Cruise at around noon where our private guide and driver
are waiting for the transfer back to Hanoi Airport for afternoon flight to Hue.
Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to the hotel for check in. Free at
leisure. Overnight in Hue.
11: HUE TOUR (B/L)
Hue is one of places, which has many
cultural heritages. Up to now, there is no place like Hue remaining a lot of
originally historical vestiges as in this ancient Capital City and an enjoyable
stop for your Vietnam tours. After breakfast, our tour starts with the visit to
Imperial Citadel before taking the beautiful boat trip on the romantic Perfume
River and visit Hue's best-known religious site-Thien Mu Pagoda and the
Mausoleum of former emperor Minh Mang in a tranquil setting of gardens and
lakes. Return to the hotel. Free at leisure. Overnight in Hue.
12: HUE - HOI AN (B/L)
After breakfast, we drive to Hoi An,
a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture
and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years and for sure, Hoi An is
the most favorite destination for all kinds of Vietnam Tours. This scenic drive
passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of
Ocean Clouds. Along the way, stop in Danang to visit the Cham Museum which
contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. Upon arrival in
Hoi An, free to take walking tour of the Hoi An ancient town centre. Overnight
in Hoi An.
13 & 14: HOI AN (B)
Hoi An Ancient Town The most interesting
break for any Vietnam Tours and no Vietnam Tours maker would skip, is an
exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating
from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect
the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this
unique heritage site.
Day free to cycle through rice paddies in
the countryside of Hoi An ancient town, shop for souvenirs among the antique
shops and art galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the
atmosphere of this quaint town. Or relax on the white sandy beach of the famous
Da Nang Beach. Overnight in Hoi An.
15: HOI AN - DA NANG - HO CHI MINH CITY (B)
After breakfast, our Vietnam tour guide
and driver in Hoi An will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi
Minh city. Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, welcome by our private Vietnam tour
guide and driver and transfer to you hotel for check in. Ho Chi Minh, the most
exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a chequered
history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and
boulevards make it one of the most delightful Vietnam Tours and cities to visit
in Vietnam. Free at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
16: HO CHI MINH CITY - CU CHI TUNNELS (B/L)
Morning pick up from the hotel for Cu Chi
Tunnels tour, en route to visit the bustling market at Thu Dao Mot. Upon
arrival in Cu Chi, we visit the incredible underground tunnel network of
approximately 200 kilometres hand-constructed by Vietnamese guerillas during
the long struggle for independence where you will understand more about the
Vietnam War or American War, a must see Vietnam Tour for any tourists to learn
about Vietnam past and present days. Afternoon drive back to Ho Chi Minh.
17: HO CHI MINH - CAN THO (B/L)
Today we will start our exploration of the
Mekong Delta, a major rice producing area. This must be one of the most
fascinating riverine deltas in the world. The Mekong splits into nine major
arteries. A vast network of rivers and waterways with thousands of ships of all
sizes plowing the waters gives the Mekong Delta a very special atmosphere and
no doubt one of the most favorite destinations for Vietnam Tours. On arrival,
we will make a boat trip to the Cai Be floating Market, visit villages and meet
the people of the Mekong Delta. Continue your boat trip to An Binh Island for
Lunch in a local family and bike trip in the afternoon. Continue to Can Tho â€“
the heart of Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Check in on your arrival, free at leisure
and overnight in Can Tho.
18: CAN THO - HO CHI MINH - SIEM REAP (B)
In the morning, we make the boat cruise to
see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats),
truly spotlight of your Vietnam Tours where you will enjoy the beautiful
scenery and see the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong
canals and later, you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking
mill, a rice noodles making shop which are nice chances to discover the daily
life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. Have lunch at local restaurant (on
own) before driving back to Ho Chi Minh City for your flight to Siem Reap Pick
up and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
19: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR THOM - ANGKOR WAT (B/L/D)
Siem Reap is the last stop and a surprise
for your Indochina Tour. Morning visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon,
Baphoun, Terrace of Elephant, Terrace of Leper King and Pimean Akas. Lunch at
Afternoon visit to the famous temple of Cambodia,
Angkor Wat then continue to visit the Bakheng Hill temple with Sun Set included
from the top of this hill, back hotel.
Dinner at local restaurant and enjoy
Apsara Dance & Overnight in Siem Reap.
20: SIEM REAP - TONLE SAP CRUISE - PHAUK VILLAGE (B/L)
This morning, we do another beautiful Siem
Reap tour with a wonderful cruise on Tonle Sap Lake for 1hour, visit floating
village and fisherman life, then back to visit Chantie Ecole-Artisan
D'Angkor and Old Market. Lunch at local restaurant.
This afternoon, transfer to visit the base
of Silk Village Phauk, it's the village of Marble work, silk weaving and silk
sewing and back to visit West Baray. Back hotel. Dinner at local &
Overnight in Siem Reap.
21: DEPARTURE (B).
Free time at leisure for you to wrap up
your memorial Indochina Holiday until our private guide will see you off at the
airport with the sincere thanks for traveling with us. We hope that you have
enjoyed your Indochina
Tours with us and look forward to
organizing your future Indochina tours. Indochinavalue says goodbye and see you