Grand Indochina Tour

If you are looking for a long tour to discover some exotic countries in the South-East Asia, you seem to find nothing else better than the 28-Day Grand Indochina Tour. Yes, this cultural tour will takes you to wonderful natural landscapes, exotic cities and several UNESCO World Heritages of 3 countries: Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The most favorable sites to be visited include Ha Long Bay, Hue Imperial City, Hoi An Ancient Town, Angkor Temples Complex and Luang Prabang Old City. Furthermore, this trip will offer you unique exclusivities such as discovery of Duong Lam Village, home-stay in Thais House at Mai Chau Valley, Vietnamese cuisine cooking class, and boat trip upstream the Mekong River…

Destinations: Hanoi – Tay Phuong – Duong Lam – Mai Chau – Xa Linh – Halong – Tho Ha – Hue – Hoi An – My Son – Saigon – Cu Chi – Cai Lay – Can Tho – Chau Doc – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Luang Prabang – Xieng Khouang – Vientiane

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Grand Indochina Tour
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DAY 1: ARRIVAL – HANOI

Fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival to the airport, you well be met by our guide and transfer to you hotel.

Meals: Non
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 2: FULL DAY OF HANOI CITY TOUR

Morning start our tour to discover Hanoi, a peaceful city with beautiful trees and lakes, the city has thousand years of history and culture. We will have the first impression of the city by authentic Cyclo ride from your hotel to Hanoi Old Quarter – where you can experience the real daily life activities of local people in the oldest area of Hanoi. Then you will ride by the French Quarter along wide and green typical French boulevard that can explain to you why this city so called “Paris of the East” before taking a walk to Ngoc Ha village. You can see the village as a Oasis in the middle of the city, that still keep all the typical daily life activities along your walk. Then visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – the symbol of the country and Presidential Palace, Presidential Garden, his House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. After that, visit Temple of Literature – the central of culture of Hanoi. Lunch at Season of Hanoi Restaurant.
Afternoon visit Ethnology Museum in which you can study the great outline of 54 ethics people living in Vietnam. Back to the center of the city for the short walk to discover the Old Quarter. Your tour will be concluded with great experience of Water Puppet show – the unique art of Vietnamese people from Red River Delta.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 3: HANOI – TAY PHUONG PAGODA – DUONG LAM VILLAGE

Morning we will take one hour drive to Tay Phuong, one of ten most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam. Located on the top of the hill, this pagoda is very famous about the collection of Buddha and Arhat statues from 17th century and unique architecture. Then take 45 minutes bike ride the rural area nearby the Pagoda through green rice field, local villages. This is the great chances for you to discover the daily life activities in the Red River Delta, interact to local people and feel the real atmosphere of rural area. After that, back to the car for driving to the ancient village of Duong Lam, the place so called “Hoi An of the Red River Delta” as still preserve many hundred-year-old houses constructed by laterite stone – the unique material just can be found in this area. That is the reason why Duong Lam also has the name “The laterite ancient village”. Upon arrival, take the pleasant walk by the gate of the village to Mong Phu Communal House. This is one of very few village gates still remained intact locates by the old Banyan Tree as the typical image of the village in the Red River Delta. After visiting the Communal House, just take a seat at the tea house nearby and enjoy some local fresh green tea and special candy made from sticky rice flake. This is the oldest Tea House in Vietnam as the villagers made used of the spare material from constructing the Communal House to build this Tea House from 400 years ago. Then our guide will take you to walk along some small alleys in the village. The village has constructed very special system of alleys in “fish bone” style that every single alley comes to death end for the security reason. That could be the reason why many families in the village still using the old gate with the handle from outside to help the guests open the gate themselves. The walk will concluded by the visit of the most beautiful ancient house in the village of Mr. Huyen family and enjoy the authentic home hosted lunch prepare by hospitable people in his family.
After lunch, we will take another bike ride in the rural area around the village that lead you to green rice field, interesting resting house had been constructed hundred years ago for people working on the field to rest in the shade and breeze in the hot summer day. You also can visit the thousand year old tree line that had been recognized as Heritage Trees in Vietnam before coming back to the village for the drive back to Hanoi. Return to the city in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 4: HANOI – MAICHAU

Depart from Hanoi to Mai Chau – the peaceful green valley in the West of Hanoi. This trip gives you a lot of photo opportunities with spectacular scenery of mountain area and rice fields. Drive up to Luong Son then turn to Kim Boi on beautiful drive along peaceful rice field between impressive scenery of limestone mountain on the hidden road. This is much more authentic drive than the regular way to Mai Chau via Hoa Binh. Upon arrival to Mai Chau, check in and have lunch at local house of Thai people in Pom Coong village. Afternoon we will take a walk around the valley to visit some nearby villages, carpet green rice fields and Mai Chau town. After dinner, enjoy traditional music show performed by local people in the village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay at Thai Village

DAY 5: MAI CHAU – HANOI

In the morning you can say good bye to our very hospitable host then drive up to Xa Linh area about 30 kms away from Mai Chau. First, we will visit Na Bai – the traditional village of Muong People locates on the beautiful plateau on the bank of Hoa Binh reservoir, this village is hidden from tourist and very friendly to the visitors. You will have lots of chances to interact to hill tribe people there. Then transfer to visit the village of Mong people at Xa Linh. We will have lunch at local restaurant on the way back to Hanoi. Arrive back to Hanoi in late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ha Noi

DAY 6: HANOI – HALONG BAY

In the morning drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay by Red River Delta with beautiful rice field and activities of local people along the way. Upon arrival to Halong, embark to Dragon Pearl – an authentic Junk on Halong Bay. You will be greeted by the hospitable cruise. Enjoy the welcome drink and cruise briefing on board. Check in your lovely room then enjoy lunch while the Junk start sailing to Bai Tu Long Bay with beautiful topography and scenery of lime stone mountain. The Junk will cruise to Cap La and anchor by the fishing village there. From here, you can have a beautiful one and half hour discovery of Halong Bay on the Kayak. Back to the junk for swimming in emerald water of Halong Bay. Then you can relax on the sun deck and enjoy the beauty of Halong in the sunset while the Junk sailing to Cong Do.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: on cruise in Halong

DAY 7: HALONG BAY

You can great the sunrise of Halong Bay on the sun deck with cup of tea or coffee available on the junk. Then enjoy the breakfast in fresh air and beautiful scenery of the Bay. The Junk will start cruising to Cong Dam while discovering geological values of Bai Tu Long Bay. Upon arrival, you can enjoy kayaking through the hidden lagoons and geological park in Cong Dam then back to the Junk for sunbathing, relaxing or swimming before lunch on the junk. After lunch, we will sail to Cong Dam Fishing village. The villager will take us to their village on the traditional basket boat, rowing by their village, visit the beautiful lagoon then visit the school, local fish farm and interact with local fish man in the village. The basket boat will take us back to the junk then we sail back to Cong Dam area. In the evening, enjoy the impressive private dinner in the Thien Canh Son Cave. It will be one of the highlight on your trip in Halong.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: on cruise in Halong

DAY 8: HA LONG BAY – THO HA VILLAGE – HUE

In the morning we will cruise around Bai Tu Long Bay. The junk will stop in a beautiful place for your last swim on the cruise. Then we will cruise towards the harbor while A la carte lunch is served. On the way back to Hanoi, visit Tho Ha the famous village of terracotta products before 20th century. Upon arrival, take a short local ferry to the village. Visit a local home of Mr. Viet, where you can see how rice paper has been made and have the interesting talk with him about his family and his life. Mr. Viet was NVA (Northern Vietnamese Army) who liberate Saigon in 1975. After spend time in his house and talk to the owner for deeper understand about life of local people in the village, we will visit 400 years old pagoda that still remains all original architecture and Buddha statues, specially the holly and peaceful atmosphere that have not been touched by the tourist. Discover village through narrow and zigzag alleys with the old houses had been constructed from broken part of terracotta from the past. Walking over to the end of the village to the dike, where you can see the village from distance over the beautiful lake. Drive to Noi Bai Airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival, take the half hour drive to Hue and check in your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

DAY 9: HUE CITY TOUR

We will start our day by the cyclo trip from your hotel over famous Trang Tien Bridge to Dong Ba –the famous whole sales market in Hue. The cyclo even can take you by the area selling food in the market along Perfume River. From the market, we will follow the river bank toward to the area around the ancient citadel of Hue, getting over the streets, local shops for the over view of daily life and architecture of this famous citadel. The ride will be ended at Noon gate – the main entrance of Imperial Citadel for the walking tour to the inner area of the citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945 including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City. At noon, visit Dong Thien Pagoda then experience the vegetarian lunch prepared by the nun. The Pagoda also run some kinder gartens for poor children and our visit will contribute directly to children in these classes. You also can interact with the nuns before visiting Tu Duc Tomb, discover beautiful and impressive architecture of this unique construction in Hue as well as the story of the King there. Back to the hotel and the rest of the day is free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

DAY 10: HUE – DANANG – HOIAN

Morning visit Thien Mu pagoda – the symbol of Hue city before take a walk around Kim Long Village. It will be great chance to learn about lifestyle of local people there. Visit the hundred years old ancient house that belong the Mandarin of Royal Court in the village and talk to 84 years old lady – the granddaughter of the mandarin in the house. After that, depart to Danang through famous Hai Van Pass. Upon arrival, visit Cham Museum with great collection of sand stone artifact from 4th to 13th century then enjoy lunch at Apsara Restaurant. Drive to Hoi An, the little attractive town very famous as living museum which was originally one of major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Check in your hotel in Hoi An. In the evening, take the orientation in ancient town of Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

DAY 11: FULL DAY HOI AN CITY TOUR

Morning take a walking tour to Hoi An ancient town. Visit Thang Loi Handicraft workshop in Phan Chu Trinh Street. You will have the chance to experience all the typical traditional handicraft of Hoi An, such as wood carving, mat weaving, lantern making, silk worm raising, spinning and weaving, table cloth making and embroidery picture. These handicrafts made great contribution to upgrade living standard of local people since Hoi An turn to be popular destination for the tourists. Then take a walk to Hoi An ancient town. We will start the walk from small alley from Phan Chu Trinh Street to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. This is the typical ancient street of Hoi An, that can show you great atmosphere of the ancient town. Visit the Japanese Cover Bridge – the symbol of Hoi An. After that visit Tan Ky, the most well-known and authentic ancient house in town. Then take a walk along the Nguyen Thai Hoc – the ancient street of Hoi An to the market of the town. Visit the local market and Phuc Kien Congressional Assembly Hall, the communal place for Chinese community from Fukien province in China as well the worshiping temple to Thien Hau, the Goddess protecting people on the sea – that was so important for the Chinese Merchant and Fishman in the past. Then enjoy the cooking class in Morning Glory Restaurant.
Afternoon depart for the cyclo trip to Cam Nam Village (this is exclusive discovery feature of ICT). The cyclo will take you from the town to Cam Nam Bridge. You will have the first stop for the photo opportunity of the activities and scenery on the Thu Bon River. Then the cyclo will take you along the Thu Bon River bank, where you can have another photo stop for panorama view of Hoi An from other side of river. You will ride along the riverside and cycle through local villages of Cam Nam. This is untouched area by tourism with very friendly and hospitable local people. You can see their daily life activities or even viewing the interior of their house and their life through always opened doors. The cyclo trip will be ended at green small canal covered by water coconut trees. Embark on the boat and take a cruise to Thu Bon River. You can experience the local daily life along river, such as fishing, farming, catching clam …. Come back to Hoi An around sunset time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

DAY 12: HOI AN – COOKING CLASS – MYSON – HOIAN

In the morning, you will join to authentic cooking class in The Market Restaurant. We visit Hoi An’s colorful and bustling market where participants learn about the uses of different fresh noodles, how to recognize and buy fresh fish, herbs and their uses in Vietnam, fresh and dried spices – their uses in our recipes and medicinal purposes, rice and grains, see and taste exotic fruits.
On our return to The Market Restaurant we tour the many different Street Food counters, seeing live cooking demonstrations, learning how to make many different recipes with food tastings along the way. See bread for our Banh Mi or baguettes being made in front of you and then taste the baked bread fresh from the oven. Rice and water being ground to make rice water to make noodles, rice flour crepes, dumplings and rice paper dried on bamboo and grilled to eat with Hoi An chilli sauce. See our famous dish of Cao Lau, the noodles being made by hand and steamed over an open fire. We offer a choice of traditional Vietnamese teas served with homemade Hoi An cupcakes made freshly in front of you. Taste sweet treats and candy that we eat at Tet our Vietnamese New Year celebrations. And much more …..
The cooking lesson runs about 2.5 hours – our cooking teachers first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dishes ourselves. After the lesson we sit down and eat what we have cooked. You will receive a copy of the recipes and a Vietnamese cooking utensil to take home.

Recipes: (Vegetarians are provided with replacement ingredients).
1. Cabbage leaf parcels shrimp mousse in broth
2. BBQ chicken & lime leaves
3. Mango salad with prawns
4. Crispy Hoi An Pancakes with pork, prawns & bean sprouts

In the afternoon, we will drive to My Son, the Holly land of Champa kingdom date back from 4th to 13th century. Arrive to My Son before sunset and not many other tourist, you will have great chance to discover and feel the great ancient atmosphere of the complex of nearly 70 difference towers there, where you can find the best brick sculpture in the world and learn about the influences of Hinduism to their. My Son also had been recognized to be culture world Heritage in 1999. Back to Hoi An in late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

DAY 13: HOI AN – DA NANG – SAIGON

Morning transfer to Danang airport for the flight to Saigon. Upon arrival take tour to Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post office. Lunch at Pho 2000 Restaurant. Afternoon, take a tour to China town, the special identity of Saigon. Visit Thien Hau Pagoda, where hundreds of local people come and burn the incense for their luck, prosperity and happiness. The photo of the incense burner taken in this temple was appeared on the first edition of Lonely Planet of Vietnam. Then we will walk to the street where the movie “The Lover” had been taken with very interesting local cafeterias that very popular to local people and the street that selling all the colorful decoration items for ceremony made from paper. After that, take a walk around Binh Tay, the biggest whole sale market in town. You can find most of the product in town selling in this market. The market was constructed by Quach Dam – the wealthy Chinese man for his community in 1930 and you still can see his statue and his tomb in the central of the market. It is great combination of busy and bustle atmosphere of the market and traditional Chinese Architecture there.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 14: HALF DAY TO CU CHI TUNNELS

Morning depart for Cu Chi, the famous network of tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The Cu Chi Tunnels consist of more than 250km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels, the tunnels are between 0.5 to 1m wide, just enough for a person to crawl along. Back to Saigon for lunch at Al Fresco Restaurant. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 15: SAIGON – CAI LAY – CAN THO

Morning we drive 2 hours from Saigon to Cai Lay, a small but fertile town in the Mekong Delta through the new national free way. Upon arrival, drop off at the town’s local pier and start boarding our small motorized boat for a 30 min boat trip on one of the small branches of the Mekong River. Witness the lively life on the water of the locals. Disembark at Cam Son bridge where you start a leisure cycling trip (alternative transportation is our “xe loi”, a fun local transportation) into a deep Mekong Delta exploration. The ride is about 7km on shady narrow village roads curving over tiny canals and past fruit gardens and sleepy villages. Many kids will greet you with a big smile and “xin chao” or Hello. During the village road, you will have a chance to stop and visit local factories, fish farm, rice paddies to learn briefly about the local economy, business. Arrive at a lush orchard with diverse tropical fruits. Have a friendly chat with the owner – a former veteran with interesting topics about his motherland as well as his daily life both past and present. He will be very happy to walk you around his garden. Enjoy the opportunity to taste fresh fruits picked right from the trees. Then relax with a sampan ride to visit a local ancient house, have a brief interaction with these friendly residents in their 100 year‐old house before tasting their hosted lunch with traditional dishes of the Mekong land. Bid farewell to the family then drive to Can Tho – the capital city of Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, check in your hotel in Can Tho.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho

DAY 16: CAN THO – CHAU DOC

Morning take the early boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating market where local people whole sale all product of Mekong Delta. It will be great chance for taking part to the local activities and taking pictures. The boat will take you around the floating market 2 times to make sure that you will have enough opportunities for taking photos here. Then the boat will take you to visit the local bustling inland market where you can see all local products of Mekong Delta selling here. From the market, take the short ride on boat to the small local alley that you can walk along and experience the real daily life activities of local people here. Take the pleasant walk along the local village by the river bank and integrate with local people there before getting to local Rice Processing Factory. You will know exactly how the white rice had been made from paddy rice in here. You will meet the car then transfer to Chau Doc – the charming town by Mekong River next to Cambodia border.. Upon arrival to Chau Doc, enjoy lunch at local restaurant. Then take the short drive to visit the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, a protected National Park in the Mekong Delta region. About an hour’s drive away, you will enter a beautiful and well preserved flooded forest area. Take a boat ride to the middle of forest to observe various kinds of birds like Stork, Heron, Waterhen or Kingfisher. Head up to a 23 m high observation tower where you can have a panoramic view of canopy trees and flocks of birds. Drive back to Chau Doc and take a walk to visit the local market and central area of the city. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Chau Doc

DAY 17: CHAU DOC – PHNOMPENH

This morning we will take the four and half hour trip on speed boat travel from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. You can enjoy the typical scenery of Mekong Delta along the riverside on the boat trip. Upon arrival to Phnom Penh, check in your hotel then enjoy tour late lunch in the hotelIn the afternoon, visit to the Central Market of Phnom Penh (locally known as PhsarThmei in Khmer and a ‘New Market’ in English). We then continue to visit Wat Phnom (or Hill Temple), the most famous temple in the city. A small hill crowned by an active wat (pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom Penh.
After that, we take 1 hour sunset cruise on the Tonle Sap & Mekong River, getting the picturesque view of the Royal Palace, National Museum, parks and the floating fishing villages.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 18: PHNOM PENH CITY TOUR

Morning visit Royal Palace, This graceful structure is very much a focus of the city. Standing on the site of the former citadel, it was built for King Norodom in front of the Mekong. Inside its walls are the Throne Hall, the Chan Chaya Pavillion, the Napoleon III Pavillion, and the King’s and Queen’s residential quarters. Today, only the Silver Pagoda is open. The Silver Pagoda is a gilltering chamber of royal treasures, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha. Inside, its floor is made up of 5,000 silver tiles, each weighing 1kg. Inside are some of the country’s most cherished treasures, including a life-size gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds, the largest weighing 25 carats. There is also a delicate emerald Buddha made of baccarat crystal, which gives the temple its Khmer name of Wat Preah Keo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). The walls enclosing the pagoda are covered with ancient frescoes depicting episodes from the Ramayana. Lunch at Khmer Surin restaurant.
Afternoon transfer to 12 Km from Siem Reap to visit Killing Fields. Most of the 17,000 people detained at Tuol Sleng were eventually transported to Choeung Ek, a mass grave site located 15km outside Phnom Penh. Known to locals as the Killing Fields, Choeung Ek serves as a memorial to those killed under the Khmer Rouge rule. An old Chinese cemetery, Choeung Ek was turned into an extermination camp for political prisoners. The remains of 8985 people were exhumed from mass graves and are kept in a memorial stupa here. Despite the horrors of the past, it is a peaceful place to go and a tranquil spot to reflect on the tragic events that engulfed Cambodia and its people. Back to your hotel in Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 19: PHNOMPENH – SIEMREAP

Morning we will take the short flight from Phnom Penh to Siemreap. Upon arrival, check in the hotel.
In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat. This temple is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Angkor Wat is surrounded by a moat and an exterior wall measuring 1300 meters x 1500 meters. The temple itself is 1 km square and consists of three levels surmounted by a central tower. The walls of the temple are covered inside and out with bas-reliefs and carvings. Nearly 2000 distinctively rendered Apsara carvings adorn the walls throughout the temple and represent some of the finest examples of Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.
The temple interior is not as densely carved as the first level exterior, but still sports hundreds of fine carvings of Apsaras and scenes from Hindu mythology. At the upper-most of your tour of the temple, the central tower on the third level houses four Buddha images, each facing a different cardinal point, highlighting the fact that though Angkor Wat was constructed as a Hindu temple, it has served as a Buddhist temple since Buddhism became Cambodia’s dominant religion in the 14th century. Some say that it is good luck to pay homage to all four Buddha images before departing Angkor. This is also the best place in Siemreap for viewing and enjoy the sunset. Return to Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 20: SIEM REAP (ANGKOR)

In the morning, we will visit Angkor Thom (Big Angkor), is a 3 km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorianempire. After Jayavarman VII recaptured the Angkorian capital from the Cham invaders in 1181, he began a massive building campaign across the empire, constructing Angkor Thom as his new capital city. There are five entrances (gates) to the city, one for each cardinal point, and the victory gate leading to the Royal Palace area. Each gate is crowned with 4 giant faces. The South Gate is often the first stop on a tour.
After visiting Bayon, stop to have the quick visit of Terrace of the Elephants – an impressive, two and a half-meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and garudas spanning the front of Baphuon, Phimeanakas and the Royal Palace area at the heart of Angkor Thom. Then transfer to visit Ta Prohm – the jungle temple. Intentionally left partially unrestored, massive fig and silk-cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors offering some of the best ‘tree-in-temple’ photo opportunities at Angkor. Flocks of noisy parrots flit from tree to tree adding to the jungle atmosphere. Ta Prohm is well worth an extended exploration of its dark corridors and open plazas. The temple was originally constructed as a Buddhist monastery and was enormously wealthy in its time, boasting of control over 3000 villages, thousands of support staff and vast stores of jewels and gold. This is also the place where the movie Tomb raider had been filmed. Enjoy lunch at have Cafe Angkor restaurant.
In the afternoon we will take the beautiful drive along then beautiful scenery of rural area in Siem Reap with green rice field and sugar palm trees to visit BanteaySrei. BanteaySrey loosely translates to ‘citadel of the women, but this is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. The walls are densely covered with some of the most beautiful, deep and intricate carvings of any Angkorian temple. The temple’s relatively small size, pink sandstone construction and ornate design give it a fairyland ambiance. The colors are best before 10:30 AM and after 2:00 PM, but there are fewer tourists in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 21: SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP

Morning boat trip to Chong Knies village, the floating village on Tonle Sap. On the way you can stop to experience the Ox Cart ride along the typical scenery of rural area in Siem Reap along rice field and local villages. The highlight of the tour will be the villages, the enjoyable off road track, the people and the wonderful smile of the children. Drive to boat station then take the boat trip along the canal leading too Tonle Sap – the biggest fresh water lake in South East Asia. Enjoy the rural scenery as well as activities of local people along the ride before getting to the floating village of Chong Knies. In here, people living in the floating house that can be moved based on the water level of the lake, so the village is much closer in the rainy season then the dry season. You also can see the local school, Buddhist Monastery and fishing boat along your boat ride. The boat also will stop at the local crocodile farm for you to visit before getting back to Siemreap for lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, our guide will take you for the walk in the central of Siemreap by well-known Pub Street and authentic Old Market of the town that selling all the interesting local food and products as well as some souvenir shops. Then visit the National Museum, they can provide you great outline and summary about history, religion as well as Angkor Temples at the end of your trip.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 22: SIEM REAP– LUANG PRABANG

Morning transfer to the airport for the short flight from Siemreap to Luang Phrabang. Meet upon arrival, you are welcome to Luang Prabang, the ancient first capital of Lane Xang kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos and today the World Heritage City. Transfer to the town and check in your hotel.
In the afternoon, we take a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of temples, of which nearly fifty temples still remain in the town and surrounding areas. Visit Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Aham, the early 19th century temple, whose two guardian figures at the foot of the steps which represent two characters from the Ramayana – Hanuman, the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa; Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple which, more than any temples in LuangPrabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of LuangPrabang architecture; Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi hill that dominates the sky-line of LuangPrabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole LuangPrabang.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

DAY 23: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVE

Following breakfast, we depart hotel to the boat landing, and take an excursion (a few hours) by boat, upstream on the Mekong to visit Pak Ou cave in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height.
En route, Lao typical villages are barely visible behind a screen of foliage. Slender canoes bobbing by the shore, bamboo poles and floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. Our first stop will be at Ban Muangkeo, a well-known village for Lao traditional rice whisky, namely Laoh-Khao to be distilled. We are welcome to taste it and also take away. Lunch is at a riverside restaurant.
We arrive back at LuangPrabang in late afternoon, and continue by car to outskirt of town to visit Ban Xangkhong, a well-known village for its wood paper making and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

DAY 24: LUANG PRABANG – KUANGSI WATERFALL

A morning breakfast, before we take a drive (30 km South) to visit Kuangsi Waterfall, which, though not very high, is spectacular and really beautiful with its green surroundings as the preserved National park. We stop en-route, to visit a fresh produced market namely Talad Phosy, and also visit Ban Na Oune, a small village of a hill-tribe group “Hmong”, probably the best-known minority group in Laos. Just before arriving at Kuangsi waterfall, there is another village of Khmu minority group, namely Ban Tha Pane that we will visit.
Our picnic lunch is served at the shady park nearby Kuangsi waterfall. There is plenty of time for relaxing and a swim in cool water, before we head back to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is spent by visiting various craft-shops, including silver smiths’ and also Hmong market in town, where some skilled embroidery-works of Hmong ladies can be seen.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

DAY 25: LUANG PRABANG – XIENG KHOUANG

After breakfast, we take our long trip by road about 8-9 hours from Luang Prabang over the high land through beautiful nature and scenic views to Xiengkhouang, the province which is best-known for having been heavily bombed during Indochina War, apart from the famous historic Plain of Jars. Arrive in Phonesavanh (Xiengkhouang), transfer to our hotel for check-in.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Xieng Khuang

DAY 26: XIENG KHOUANG

After breakfast, we drive (10 km SE of Phonesavanh) to visit the Plain of Jars, the archaeological stone Jars, which dated back at least 2000 years ago and also continue to visit the Plain of Jars (site 2). We en-route visit villages of Hmong minority group, where we can learn more about their housing, living and working conditions which are completely different from others.
In the afternoon, we drive to Muang Khoune, the old capital of Xiengkhouang, which was heavily damaged during the war, but there are still some former French settlement and hospital to be seen as well as the damaged famous temple of Wat Phia Wat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Xieng Khouang

DAY 27: XIENGKHOUANG – VIENTIANE

Breakfast at hotel, before waving good bye to Xiengkhouang, it is also interesting to visit both food and central markets in town. Transfer to airport for departure by QV flight to Vientiane, the city of the moon – an ancient city, situated on the bend on the left bank of the Mekong as the largest city and the capital of Laos.
Arrive in Vientiane and transfer to hotel for check-in.
In the afternoon, we take a sightseeing tour of Vientiane, to visit religious museums of WatSisaket, the oldest temple to have been survived from the Siamese war of 1828 and its cloister contains more than 8000 Buddha statues; Wat Ho Prakeo, the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue or PraKeo, but today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and all artifacts found in around Vientiane; That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha; Patouxay (Arch de Triumph), built quite recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars in the past and it is today as the land-mark of Vientiane.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

DAY 28: VIENTIANE – DEPARTURE

You will have free time at leisure for discovering Vientiane on your own till your departure time to the airport for the flight home. End of 28-Day Grand Indochine Tour.

Meals: Breakfast

End of Services

Services included:

• Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Air tickets Hanoi- Hue; Danang-Saigon, Phnompenh – Siemreap, Siemreap – Luangphrabang, Xiengkhouang – Vientiane
• Speed boat Chau Doc – Phnompenh
• Accommodation in hotels (shared twin room)
• Meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D= Dinner
• English speaking guide
• Entrance fee to indicated sights
• Water puppet show
• Cyclo tour, boat trips
• Join cruise on Halong Bay
• Waters & cool towels on the van

Services excluded:

• Other meals, drinks, international flights & airport tax, personal expenses, insurance…

Remarks:

• The tour prices are subject to change during Christmas and New Year Eve (24 and 30 Dec)

Price per person in US$
Valid till 31 December 2015 (subject to change on 24 Dec and 31 Dec)
Private party of First Class Superior Class
2 participants  4081  5343
3-6 participants  4073  4735
7-10 participants  3468  3799
11-14 participants  3194  3857
15-19 participants  3106  3848
20 participants and above  3049  3773
Single Supplement  855  1631
Trip Highlights
5 UNESCO World Heritages

Visit peaceful city of Hanoi and bustling city of Saigon, discover Hue –the ancient capital of Vietnam from feudal time, relax on the junk overnight on the nature wonder of Halong bay, indulge with charming atmosphere of Hoi An and Luang Prabang ancients town, discover Mekong Delta in the south of Vietnam as well as amazing nature surrounded Luang Prabang, visit Angkor Temples in Siem Reap, the place you should be there once in your life…

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