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Indochina Legend - 21 Days (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam)

Trip Duration: 21 Days/ 20 Nights
Type of trip:
Private
Starting:
 Bangkok City, Laos, Cambodia
Finishing:
 Hanoi, Vietnam
Trip Grading:
 Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Tour Operates: Year Round
Trip price:
 Available up on request 
Prices vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based uponyour travel period and specific touring requirement.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Bangkok - Arrival
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour – Flight to Chiang Rai
Day 3- 4:  Mekong River Cruise to Luang Prabang
Day 5: Luang Prabang City Tour & Kuang Si Falls
Day 6: Plain of Jars Tour
Day 7- 8: Vientiane City Tour
Day 9 - 11: Siem Reap Angkor Tours
Day 12 - 13: Phnom Penh City Tour
Day 14 - 15: Saigon City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 16 - 17: Hoi An Walking Tour
Day 18: Hanoi City Tour
Day 19: Overnight cruise on Halong Bay Junk

Day 20 – 21 Hanoi

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Detail Itinerary:

Day 1: Bangkok – Arrival
Arrive in Bangkok International airport where you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver. You will then be transferred to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Rai (B)
After breakfast, City Tour including the impressive Grand Palace (former residence of the Thai monarchy), Wat Phra Kaew (home of the Emerald Buddha) and Wat Po (housing Thailand’s largest reclining Buddha at 46m long and 15m high). This morning we will travel like a local using the elevated BTS (Sky train) and the Chao Phraya River public ferry.

This afternoon, we transfer to the airport for the flight Chiang Rai – the main commercial centre of Northern Thailand serving the Golden Triangle border region of Thailand, Myanmar & Laos. This evening visit the colourful Chiang Rai Night Bazaar where many local hill tribe minorities will be happy to sell you an amazing selection of various hand made products. Overnight in Chiang Rai

Day 3: Chiang Rai to Pakbeng – Mekong River Cruise to Luang Prabang (B/L)
Today, we travel to the Thai border town of Chiang Khong (about 2 hrs). After completing the Thailand border formalities, we take a small boat across the Mekong River to Huay Xai, where we are stamped into Laos. We then board our private slow boat for the 2 day cruise down the Mekong River. The pace is relaxed and the scenery is beautiful - a perfect way to observe the local river lifestyle close up.

We arrive in the late afternoon at Pakbeng; a colorful village situated at the junction of the Mekong River. We spend the night in simple basic lodgings – please bear in mind that you are travelling in a remote area so keep an open mind and come with an adventurous spirit!

Day 4: Pakbeng to Luang Prabang (B/L)
We continue cruising south along the Mekong River and stop to stretch our legs and explore the amazing Pak Ou Caves, which contain hundreds of Buddha statues, before arriving in Luang Prabang late afternoon. Luang Prabang has been claimed by UNESCO to be ‘the best preserved city in South East Asia’ and is the perfect place to wander the streets and back alleys and discover why so many people fall in love with this beautiful town with its gleaming temple roofs, fading French architecture and stunning mountain backdrop. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 5: Luang Prabang city tour and Kuang Si Falls (B)
We get up early morning to watch the locals making merit, giving alms and receiving blessings from the long procession of colourfully robed monks from the local temples. After breakfast our tour guide will take us on a walking tour where we will visit Wat Xieng Thong (with its impressive ‘Tree of Life’ mosaic), Wat Wisunalat (also known as the ‘Watermelon Stupa’ due to its semispherical shape) and Mount Phu Si (a 100m high scenic viewpoint in the centre of the old town). In the afternoon we visit the beautiful Kuang Si Falls.


Day 6: Plain of Jars Tour (B)

Today we travel to remote Xieng Khuang Province, an area of Laos that was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973 – part of the so called ‘secret war’ waged by the U.S Air Force and the CIA to try and halt the communist advance and insurgency. The high altitude means that the weather will be relatively cool. We visit the province’s old capital of Muang Khun that was largely destroyed in the bombing raids, as well as the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe who have an interesting local culture and a colourful history. The Hmong people wear distinctive costumes and live at high altitudes. We spend the night in a simple hotel in the small town of Phonsavan, which is the province’s current capital.

Day 7: Phonsavan – Flight to Vientiane 
Today, we visit the Plain of Jars, an archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. It is said that these jars are over 2000 years old, but there is no reliable way of dating them and archaeologists are still mystified as to their original purpose (opinions vary from burial urns to rice whisky vats).

We take a flight to Vientiane - the Laos capital located on the banks of the Mekong River. Despite a period of prosperity from the 14th Century during the Kingdom of Lane Xang, Vientiane lost its independence at various times over the succeeding years to Vietnamese, Burmese, Siamese and Khmer forces. When Laos became a French protectorate in the late 19th Century, Vientiane was named as its capital. It remains so today, under communist rule. This small and laid-back capital is easily explored by bicycle or on foot. At sunset join the throngs of locals (and tourists) heading to the Mekong River to wash away the dust of the city with a Beer Lao and a meal from one of the many food stalls that descend upon the river banks each night.

Day 8: Vientiane City Tour
(B)
This morning we enjoy a city tour of Vientiane, starting with the oldest remaining temple in the city, Wat Si Saket, constructed around 1818. We then visit Haw Pha Kaew, the former royal temple of the Laos monarchy and home to some of the best examples of Buddhist sculptures to be found in Laos. We also visit Pha That Luang, the most important national monument in Laos and symbol of both the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. The morning concludes with a visit to Patuxai Monument – Vientiane’s answer to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris – where you can ascend the stairs for a wonderful view of the city. The afternoon is free for further exploration or perhaps a bit of shopping at Talat Sao, or Morning Market - which also happens to be open in the afternoon as well.

Day 9: Vientiane to Siem Reap City (B)
Today we fly to Siem Reap – home to the magnificent Angkor temple complex.
Arrive at Siem Reap International airport where you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
The same day, visit the great capital of Angkor Thom, South Gate, the magnificent temple of Bayon, originally there were 54 towers decorated with 216 enigmatic smiling faces, Baphoun, Royal Enclosure, Phimean Akas, Terrace of Elephant, and Terrace of Leper King.

Before having lunch, continue to the jungle temple Ta Prohm, one of the most fabulous temples in the area. The temple has been left several centuries and it was overgrown by vegetations, gigantic tree roots, creepers covering all over temple towers.

In the afternoon, visit one of the modern seventh wonders of the world Angkor Wat, the most famous and the best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex. This late afternoon view the twilight on hilltop of Phnom Bakheng. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 10:  Explore Angkor Temples (B)
Today, we drive through the typical Khmer countryside to the exquisite Banteay Srei (Citadel of the Woman), the temple was made of pinkish sandstone with delicate carvings. On the way back to hotel, make a stop at local communities to observe how they produce rice products, sugar palms and other commodities. Banteay Samre, Pre Rup and return to your hotel for midday break. 

We head out to the Grand Circuit in the afternoon, to visit the others amazing temples with different architectural art styles as well as Preah Khan, Neak Pean, an island temple with five square ponds set right middle of the last Baray, East Mebon and enjoy sunset drink at Angkor Wat moat. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 11: Floating Village, Workshop (B)

After breakfast, drive to the Great Tonle Sap Lake and take a boat trip to explore floating villages. On the way back, visit workshop of Artisans d' Angkor or additional shopping at local markets. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 12: Flight to - Phnom Penh (B)

Take a domestic flight to Phnom Penh.  Arrive at Phnom Penh airport where you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver. You will then be transferred to your hotel.

After relaxing for a while in your hotel, we start city tour with a Cyclo (Rickshaw) including Independence Monument, the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and National Museum. In the afternoon, visit Wat Phnom, the Central Market. Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 13: Phnom Penh Visit (B)
This morning continue your exploration of the capital as well as visit the Genocide Museum known as Tuol Sleng Museum and Choeung Ek Killing Fields. Return to hotel for midday break after having lunch. This late afternoon experience sunset cruise on theTonle Sap and Mekong Rivers. 

Day 14: Flight to Saigon (B)
Today, take a flight to Saigon. Officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City after reunification in 1975, most people here still prefer to use the old name, Saigon. Once referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Saigon. The remainder of the day is at leisure – perhaps a stroll along fashionable Dong Khoi Street – formerly known as Rue Catinet during French colonial times. Overnight in Saigon

Day 15: Saigon & Cu Chi Tunnels (B)
This morning we drive to the former Viet Cong stronghold of Cu Chi Tunnels. Begun by the Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong, Cu Chi’s tunnels were constructed to conduct covert operations and then quickly hide from the enemy. There are reputed to be around 200 kilometers of underground tunnels within the area, and in some places they even managed to penetrate the perimeters of nearby US military bases. We’ll actually be given the opportunity of crawling through a section of the tunnels while we’re here, and learn how the brave men and women of Cu Chi built underground hospitals, kitchens and meeting rooms during their struggle for a unified Vietnam. Returning to Saigon we will visit the Reunification Palace (formerly South Vietnam’s Presidential Palace), War Remnants Museum (with its graphic depiction of the horrors of war), the French built Notre Dame Cathedral and the Gustav Eiffel designed Central Post Office. Overnight in Saigon

Day 16-17: Hoi An Walking Tour (B)
This morning we fly to Danang then drive about 45 minutes to Hoi An - passing the massive former US airbase that was, in 1968, the busiest airport in the world with all manner of aircraft coming and going in support of South Vietnam’s war effort. The ancient and historic town of Hoi An was for three centuries one of the most important ports in Central Vietnam, visited by sailing ships from all over the world seeking trade in silk, ceramics and spices. In the late 19th Century, the Tu Bon River, linking the port to the open sea, began to silt up and became un-navigable for large vessels. Trade moved up the coast to Tourane, now modern day Danang, and Hoi An went back to being a sleepy little fishing and rice farming community. Today however, Hoi An’s fortunes are once again riding on the crest of the wave as Vietnam’s number one tourist destination. This is largely due to the fact that UNESCO has listed the Old Town as a World Heritage Site with its quaint narrow streets packed with ancient Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese styles of architecture that has changed little from its heydays as a major port of trade. In Hoi An we include a walking tour of the Old Town where you can visit an Ancient House, a Chinese Assembly Hall, the Japanese Covered Bridge and a Museum. In your free time you can rent bicycles and set off to explore the surrounding countryside, take a boat trip on the Tu Bon River, relax on the nearby beach, enjoy the wonderful cuisine on offer at some of the town’s numerous cheap cafes, or have some clothes made up. Hoi An has nearly 100 silk shops offering same-day service for tailor made clothes at low prices.

Day 18: Hanoi City Tour (B)
Today, we fly to Hanoi. Hanoi was developed as their colonial Indochinese capital with many of the ancient and historical structures being razed to make way for new French buildings. Today, the people of Hanoi take a lot of pride in their grand old colonial buildings which, together with the wide spacious boulevards and tree-lined lakes, help make Hanoi one of the most graceful and charming cities in South East Asia. This afternoon we enjoy a city tour including the One Pillar Pagoda which is near to the Soviet-inspired Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. One Pillar Pagoda was first constructed in 1049 and is one of Hanoi’s oldest structures. If it doesn’t look that old, it’s because the French blew it up in 1954 as a parting gesture and the current building is a replica. Afterwards, we’ll visit the Temple of Literature. Founded in 1070, it was Vietnam’s first institute of learning and the place where candidates for the position of Mandarin were examined. Finally we’ll visit the Hoa Lo Prison, better known to many as the ‘Hanoi Hilton’. These days the prison serves as a museum and a reminder of the Vietnamese who were incarcerated here by their French masters and, later, American pilots shot down over North Vietnam airspace during the Vietnam War. The afternoon is free to wander around and one of the best places to do this is the city’s Old Quarter, situated to the north of  Hoan Kiem Lake – a great (and easy) place to get lost in for a couple of hours.

Day 19: Overnight cruise on Halong Bay Junk (B/L/D)
Halong Bay became firmly entrenched as one of the “must see” sights of Vietnam after the filming of the 1992 French movie, “Indochine” (starring Catherine Deneuve) and later the 1997 James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies” (starring Pierce Brosnan). The images of red sailed junks navigating through the 3000+ limestone karsts (islands) jutting out of the bay are nothing short of spectacular. It’s approximately a three-hour drive from Hanoi to Halong port where we board our boat and head out into the bay enjoying a seafood lunch (non-seafood also available) on the way. During the cruise we will stop to visit a cave and, in the warmer months, there is a chance to enjoy a swim and maybe do some kayaking (optional and extra cost involved). After we have moored up in the bay for the night our crew will busy themselves preparing a sumptuous dinner whilst, weather permitting, we watch an incredible sunset. Conditions are more communal compared to staying in a hotel, however it is a wonderful experience to be spending a night on the bay. All boats have twin-share cabins with en suite facilities and bedding and towels are provided.

Day 20-21: Hanoi (B)
In the morning we cruise back to Halong port, where we disembark and drive back to Hanoi. The afternoon is free to do your own thing. There is time to explore some of the many temples, pagodas and museums, or perhaps just relax beside a lake and take a stroll along a shaded boulevard. Hanoi has many interesting restaurants, some of them in old French colonial houses or tucked away in the old part of town, and our final night gives us a chance to go out for a farewell dinner (optional) in one of these places. Your journey through Indochina finishes after breakfast on Day 21.

Please kindly read carefully with the below Price Included & Price Excluded. 

Price Included:
Accommodation with daily breakfast (Base on Twin sharing)
Tours with English speaking guide
Ground transport with air-con vehicle as stated in itinerary
All Entrance Fees to tour sites throughout
Boat Cruise
Mineral Water,2 bottles per person per day
Cold tissues during the tour

Price Excluded:
International airfare
Domestic & International Airport taxes
Visa and visa Fees
Meals and Beverages
Personal expenses, such as laundry, camera, telephone, drink etc....
Tips and gratuities 
Personal Insurance
Peak season surcharge during Dec and Jan
Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve
All other accounts are not mentioned in the above inclusion

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