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15 days The best of Indochina Code : INC-T-15
Itinerary (Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Halong - Danang - Hoi An - Hue - Saigon - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap)



Joint tour : Departure from Vientiane (minimum 2 persons) on :
Private tour: Departure everyday from Vientiane.


Day  1
Vientiane (-/-/-)
Arrival in Vientiane. Transfer to your hotel
The capital city of Laos, Vientiane still feels like a sleepy city with relaxed charm, tree-lined boulevards, interesting wats and colorful markets.
Tour the different highlights of the city, including PHA THAT LUANG, a gleaming golden stupa which is perhaps most important national monument in Laos; HO PHA KEO, the formal royal temple, now a museum with beautiful examples of Buddhist sculpture; WAT SI SAKET; and PATUXAI, a monumental arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, but executed with Lao motifs.
Overnight in Vientiane.

Day  2
Vientiane - Luang Prabang (Breakfast/-/-)
Flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang.
Set between the Nam Khan and Nam Ou rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. The entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Begin your tour with WAT VISOUN (Wat Wisunalat). The oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas.
Visit the nearby WAT AHAM before continuing to WAT XIENG THONG, the crowning jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaic and gold-stenciled murals.
From there, stroll down the main street ("Wat Street") of Luang Prabang. Time permitting, stop at some of the many temples that line its sides, including WAT SIBOUNHEUANG, WAT SI MOUNGKHOUN, WAT SOP and WAT SENE. ,br> Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day  3
Luang Prabang (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast excursion by boat to Pak Ou Caves.
PAK OU CAVES: this are two caves (Tham Thing – lower cave and Tham Phum) located in the steep rock cliff at the confluence of the Mekong River and Ou River. They are full of Buddha images of varying styles, ages and sizes.
BAN XANG HAI: located near the Pak Ou Caves, this village was once a Jar-Maker Village and nowadays the community fill the jars (which come from elsewhere) with láo-láo, the local rice whisky.
Climb the hillside stairs to the small temples atop PHOU SI, the 100m high hill which sits in the middle of the town, offering beautiful views over the temples and river.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day  4
Luang Prabang (Breakfast/-/-)
In the morning, visit a LOCAL MARKET to see the bustle and activity of the early morning. Continue to the NATIONAL MUSEUM (ROYAL PALACE), a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs. This turn-of-the century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos. (Closed on Tuesdays).
Afterwards, visit WAT MAI.
Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day  5
Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Halong (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast transfer to airport. Flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi then drive from Hanoi Airport to Halong.
Overnight in Halong.

Day  6
Halong - Hanoi (Breakfast/-/-)
On the morning cruise on a traditional wooden boat among the emerald waters and craggy limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, stopping to explore one of the many caves in this area. Sail past picturesque islands, floating villages, fishermen casting their nets and pearl fisheries and observe the rhythms of daily life on the bay.
In the afternoon transfer from Halong to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day  7
Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An (Breakfast/-/-)
Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, HANOI still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shophouses invite exploration by cyclo, while its many beautiful public spaces lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards and monuments give the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals.
Begin your day visiting the TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and one of the best surving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture.
Continue to the miniature ONE PILLAR PAGODA. Today it stands near the vast HO CHI MINH MEMORIAL COMPLEX, a lovely park setting which is home to Ho Chi Minh's final resting place, as well as a museum and other memorials.
Begin at the HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM, where visitors can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh.
The Mausoleum is closed in the afternoons, on Mondays and Fridays, and closes annually in October and November for restoration (can only view from the outside).
Continue through the park to HO CHI MINH'S STILT HOUSE, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1948 until his final days.
Finally, discover the OLD QUARTER of Hanoi by cyclo. This fascinating network of narrow alleys and shophouses is also known as 'The 36 Streets,' each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts to medicines to tombstones. A handicraft-lover's paradise and a endlessly interesting place to explore local life.
Transfer to the airport. Flight from Hanoi to Danang. Arrive in Danang. Drive from Danang to Hoi An. journey south past the Marble Mountains and small villages.
Overnight in Hoi An

Day  8
Hoi An (Breakfast/-/-)
The exquisitely preserved merchant town of HOI AN was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Its colorful shophouses and temples reflect a diverse heritage, dating back to the 16th and 17th century, when it was a major port for Western, Chinese and Japanese traders. Today it is a thriving center of traditional crafts and a shoppers’ paradise, best explored on foot.
Wander through the cobbled streets, past low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central MARKET and the small HARBOUR where colorfully painted boats are moored. The walking tour will include visits to a PRIVATE HOUSE, where members of the same family have lived continuously for centuries in a traditional setting; to one of the FAMILY CHAPELS built by prominent merchant or official families as centers for ancestor worship; and to a typical CHINESE-STYLE PAGODA or ASSEMBLY HALL.
Finally, continue to the famous JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE, first constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day  9
Hoi An - Hue (Breakfast/-/-)
On the morning from Hoi An begin driving north, stopping just outside Danang to visit the MARBLE MOUNTAINS, five stone hillocks, once islands, that now rise sharply from the surrounding ricefields. Riddled with caves and shrines, they are said to each represent one of the five elements of the universe.
Continue to the city of DANANG, briefly passing CHINA BEACH, spot for American soldiers during the Vietnam-American War, and touring the CHAM MUSEUM an elegant colonial building which now houses the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world.
From Danang, journey north past LANG CO, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the South China Sea, before arriving at Danang. ,br> Continue along steep mountainous roads with spectacular views of the coastline, crossing the dramatic HAI VAN PASS, the high dividing line between the climate zones of north and south Vietnam.
Arrive in Hue.
Hue served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices. It was established in the 17th century.
Embark on a local boat and cruise down the PERFUME RIVER to the iconic THIEN MU PAGODA, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue's most widely recognizable monument.
Overnight in Hue.

Day 10
Hue - Saigon (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast visit the Old Imperial City.
Located in the heart of Hue is the IMPERIAL CITADEL, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modelled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Approach the city past the striking FLAG TOWER, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing NGO MON GATE, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure.
Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and visit THAI HOA PALACE, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the HALLS OF THE MANDARINS, and the original NINE DYNASTIC URNS, among other sites.
Visit Dong Ba Market a local market near the Imperial City.
Transfer to airport. Flight from Hue to Saigon. Arrive in Saigon. Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Saigon.

Day 11
Saigon (Breakfast/-/-)
A vibrant metropolis, SAIGON teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorcyles, chatting on cellphones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshippers pray amidst clouds of incense.
Begin your tour of this exciting city with a tour of the historic center, 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 NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and the CENTRAL POST OFFICE.
Afterwards dive into modern history with a tour of the REUNIFICATION PALACE.
Continue to the harrowing WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, which comprehensively documents the travails of the long Vietnam- American War. A powerful experience, this museum is guaranteed to provoke strong emotions.
In the afternoon, head out to CHOLON (CHINATOWN), stopping to visit two of Saigon's most interesting pagodas, the JADE EMPEROR PAGODA and GIAC LAM PAGODA, the oldest in the city. The sprawling, densely packed Cholon retains a traditional Asian feeling, unlike the more modern Saigon city center. ,br> Explore the highlights of this fascinating area, beginning with a brief visit to BINH TAY MARKET, the vast wholesale market selling every kind of good from dried foods to T shirts to electronics.
Continue to THIEN HAU PAGODA, build by the Cantonese congregation and dedicated to the heavenly goddess.
End your tour at the central BEN THANH MARKET, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.
Overnight in Saigon.

Day 12
Saigon - Phnom Penh (Breakfast/-/-)
Flight from Saigon to Phnom Penh. Arrival in Phnom Penh.
Explore PHNOM PENH, a chaotic, energetic and always fascinating city. Graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras; today they teem with life and activity, as motorcycles weave in and out of traffic, vendor hawk their wares, and pedestrians go about their business.
Start your tour at WAT PHNOM, the birthplace of the capital; according to legend the city began here when a woman named Penh found four Buddha statues and built the temple to house them.
Afterwards, see the splendor of Cambodia's royal heritage by visiting the ROYAL PALACE, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoi, the adjacent SILVER PAGODA, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha, and the elegant NATIONAL MUSEUM, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer art. In the afternoon, learn about a chapter from Cambodia's more recent, tragic, past at the TUOL SLENG MUSEUM (Museum of Genocide). Kept largely unchanged, this prison museum now showcases photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through these doors - only seven of whom came out alive.
Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh's two great markets, the CENTRAL MARKET, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building, and the sprawling RUSSIAN MARKET, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewelry and more.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 13
Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (Breakfast/-/-)
Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Arrive in Siem Reap.
The fortified city of ANGKOR THOM covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights.
Enter by the monumental SOUTH GATE over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga.
Continue to the TERRACE OF THE ELEPHANTS and the TERRACE OF THE LEPER KINGS, former spaces for public cermonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs.
Visit the ruined BAPHUON, ROYAL ENCLOSURE and PHIMEANAKAS before continuing to the mysterious BAYON TEMPLE. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where you will find giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down at you from every angle.
Watch the sun set over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 14
Siem Reap (Breakfast/-/-)
The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, ANGKOR WAT is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings.
To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. As you enter the main building, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside.
On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stonecarvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones.
Visit TA PROHM: one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.
Visit Banteay Srei Temple Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, BANTEAY SREI is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Because of its small size, fairy-like atmosphere and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture, this temple is often a favorite with visitors.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 15
Siem Reap (Breakfast/-/-)
Breakfast. Time at leisure. Transfer to airport for your next destination

ALL PRICES ARE NET INCLUSIVE OF TAX & PER PERSON. THEY ARE IN DOLLARS U.S.


JOINT TOUR (Minimum 2 persons. Price per person in sharing twin / double room)

HOTEL CATEGORY MINIMUM 2 PERSONS SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Standard / First - -
Superior - -
Deluxe - -
Validity: Our package tour rates are valid from January 1st 2016 to April 30th 2016 Contact us to get more info about this tour Book now !

PRIVATE TOUR (Number of persons. Prices per person sharing twin / double room)

HOTEL CATEGORY  1 PERS.     MIN. 2 PERS.   MIN. 3-6 PERS.   MIN. 7-10 PERS.   SINGLE SUPPLEMENT  
Standard / First - - - - -
Superior - - - - -
Deluxe - - - - -
Validity : Our package tour rates are valid from January 1st 2016 to April 30th 2016 Contact us about this tour Book now !
OUR PRICES ARE INCLUSIVE OF:
Accommodation and meals as described, all international and domestic flights specified in the program, all transfers within the journey, all tours as per program, all entrance fees, English, French or German speaking guides (other languages available upon request)
OUR PRICES ARE EXCLUSIVE OF:
Personal travel insurance. others meals that these included in the program, personal expenses, others flights than thoose stated in the program, tips, laundry ..
Note :
CATEGORY OF HOTEL : 1) STANDARD , 2) SUPERIOR , 3) DELUXE

Vientiane : 1) B & P Hotel 2-3* (Standard), 2) Vansana Vientiane Hotel 3* (Standard), 3) Don Chan Palace 4-5* (Superior Room)
Luang Prabang, : 1) Ancient Luang Prabang Hotel 2-3* (Standard), 2) Le Parasol Blanc Luang Prabang 3* (Standard), 3) The Grand Luang Prabang Hotel & Resort 4* (Deluxe)
Halong : 1) Van Hai Hotel (ROH), 2 ) Halong Pearl Hotel (Superior), 3) Tuan Chau Resort (Pine Hill Villa - Deluxe)
Hanoi : 1) Ha Long Hotel Hanoi (ROH), 2) ICC Hanoi Hotel (Standard), 3) Sofitel Plaza Hanoi (Deluxe)
Hoi An : 1) Phu Thinh2 Hotel2* (Run of House), 2) Ancient House Resort 3* (Superior), 3) Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa 4-5* (Superior Gardenview)
Hue : 1) Huong Hotel 2-3* (Run of House), 2) Huong Giang Hotel 4-5* (Superior Gardenview), 3) Saigon Morin Hotel 4*(Superior )
Saigon : 1) Saigon Star Hotel (ROH), 2) Vien Dong Hotel (ROH ), 3) Windsor Plaza Hotel (Deluxe)
Phnom Penh, : 1) Princess Hotel Phnom Penh (Standard) or New York Hotel (Standard), 2) The Juliana Hotel (Superior), 3 ) Inter Continental Hotel (Deluxe)
Siem Reap : 1) Soria Moria Boutique Hotel (Executive), 2) Lotus Angkor Hotel (Deluxe ), 3) Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (Superior )

For bookings of roundtrip or module packages, we will confirm one of the hotels mentioned above according to the selected category. Please note that compulsory gala dinners and peak season surcharges may apply during peak periods surrounding the public holidays of Christmas and New Year - these surcharges will be confirmed at the time of booking.
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