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Jewels of Indochina 19 Days/18 Nights

Visit: Saigon - My Tho - Mekong Delta - Siem Reap - Angkor Tours - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Da Nang - Nha Trang - Da Lat.

Prepare to be awed by the ruins of Angkor in Siem Reap on this sixteen-day journey among the marvels of Southeast Asia. Travel through dense jungle, towering limestone peaks, and emerald rice paddies, as you take in ancient world heritage sights and natural wonders as you enjoy the best that Indochina has to offer.Fly to Saigon, the frenetic economic capital of the country, home to impressive gems of French colonial architectural, tree-lined boulevards and pulsating markets, admire the stunning architecture of the Imperial Citadel in Hue, and unwind among the serene winding lanes of Hoi An. Next we're off to Hanoi, cultured capital of Vietnam. As we travel from north to south through this fascination country, you will view the splendor of the thousands of karst islands at Halong Bay. Our last destination is the town of Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the ruins of Angkor. Marvel at how these incredible stone structures have managed to survive centuries of jungle encroachment as you explore one of the most important religious monuments in the world.

Day 1: Saigon City Arrival

Our representative/tour guide will meet and greet you at the airport. Transfer to the city for hotel check-in. You will be free at leisure for the rest of time. Stay overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 2: Saigon - My Tho - Mekong Delta (B, L, D)

Leave your hotel at 7.30 for a 3-hour drive to Cai Be with stop en route at Trung Luong Bonsai garden for a tea break. Upon arrival, board a motorized boat to visit the popcorn cake, rice paper making family before visiting the lively floating market of Cai Be. Then continue by boat towards Vinh Long province to see the diverse fish traps in order to learn a kind of lazy fishing. After cruising along small shady canals, we step ashore and take a chance to watch a typical and interesting music show of the Mekong cultural life. Lunch is at the home/ bonsai garden. Afternoon, take a walk for about half an hour to enjoy the rural peaceful atmosphere of the countryside life, on the way we can also stop en route to learn more about fruit trees. Drive back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 3: Saigon - Siem Reap (B, L, D)

Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, meets and transfers to hotel. Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), Bayon Temple (the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the Angkor plain: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five tower symbolize Meru's five peaks, the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat symbolizes the ocean beyond Sunset from Phnom Bakheng, one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat.

Day 4: Siem Reap - Angkor Tours (B, L, D)

In the morning, you will continue your temple visits. Included are Prasat Kravan (with its unique brick sculptures), Srah Srang ("The Royal Boths" was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by four concentric walls), Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation) and the "Mountain Temple" of Pre Rup. In the afternoon, transfer to the archaeological site and continue to the temple tour. Visit Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in the area. Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery, then, visit Takeo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda temples. Stay overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 5: Siem Reap - Hanoi (B, L, D)

Visit the floating village of the Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia and the largest in Asia. In the afternoon, visit "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" of Siem Reap and time at leisure at the local market (if time permits) Transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure to Hanoi. Pick up upon arrival and transfer to hotel in the city for check-in. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi Half Day Tours (B, L, D)

Morning at leisure to refresh. Half day city tour to see Hanoi with landmarks (The Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh historical relics, Hanoi Hilton Museum, Hanoi old quarters. Tour will be finished after the water puppetry show at around 07: 00 PM). Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 7: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L, D)

Morning depart for Halong Bay, we go through the scenic countryside. The wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting five hour cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3, 000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Transfer back to Hanoi at 08: 00 pm. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 8: Hanoi - Perfume Pagoda (B, L, D)

The Perfume Pagoda is one of the most important religious sites in Buddhist Vietnam. Every spring thousands of pilgrims come here to pray for all the health and prosperity they need to get them through the coming year. The pagoda itself is built into limestone cliffs and can only be reached by boat or on foot, as there are no roads into the area. Float by boat along scenic waterways and walk up mountain paths visiting the pagodas and temples that were built in this area over the centuries. Departing Hanoi we have a two hour drive through the picturesque countryside and back roads to the village of Duc for some refreshments before boarding our boats for a 1.5 hour ride along the scenic Yen River. After this we walk to the Thien Tru Pagoda (Heavens Kitchen) and the Perfume Cave and Pagoda - one hour walking in total. On our return, we visit Giai Oan and Tuyet Son Pagodas. Lunch will be at one of the little food stalls near Thien Tru Pagoda. After lunch the boat will take us back to our bus for the drive back to Hanoi.

Day 9: Hanoi - Hue (B, L, D)

Transferring to the airport to catch mid-day flight to Hue. Check-in hotel upon arrival and take refresh for a while. This quiet city is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen Dynasty. We visit the major sites including the Imperial Citadel with Forbidden Royal City like in Beijing. Free shopping in Dong Ba market. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Day 10: Hue Sightseeing Tours (B, L, D)

Boat trip on Perfume River to see Thien Mu Pagoda and Ming Mang Emperor's Mausoleum. Rest of time you will be free at leisure.

Day 11 Hue - Hoi An (B, L, D)

This morning we drive to Hoi An, we will cross Hai Van Pass where you will have magnificent view of the East Sea. Stop at Lang Co to have break. Visit the fascinating Cham Museum, famous East Sea and the Marble Mountains en route to charming Hoi An. Known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports and today it still retains that special old-world feel.

Day 12: Hoi An Tours (B, L, D)

Enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter to visit its landmarks of Japanese Covered Bridge, Assembly Hall, Phuc Kien Chinese styled Temple, local market. Hoi An is also famous for its large number of tailor shops, so if you want to have a new wardrobe made up, this is the time to do it. In the afternoon we take a boat trip on Thu Bon River to see handicraft villages. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 13: Hoi An - Da Nang - Nha Trang (B, L, D)

Flight to Nha Trang. Private airport pick up and transfer to hotel in Nha Trang City. Nha Trang has a 7 km white sand beach fringed by palms and casuarina trees, is one of nicest municipal beaches in Vietnam. The turquoise waters around Nha Trang are almost transparent, making for excellent fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. You will be in Nha Trang around 14: 00 PM. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 14: Nha Trang at Leisure (B, L, D)

NHA TRANG The fabulous sunny weather, turquoise water surrounding a string of islands and white sandy beach stretching the whole length of the city make Nha Trang one of Vietnam's premier beach resorts. The usual water spots such as fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving are also available. On these free days, you can soak up as much sun and sea as you want by spending your time on the turquoise water enjoying swimming or lazing on a beach.

Day 15: Nha Trang at Leisure (B, L, D)

NHA TRANG The fabulous sunny weather, turquoise water surrounding a string of islands and white sandy beach stretching the whole length of the city make Nha Trang one of Vietnam's premier beach resorts. The usual water spots such as fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving are also available. On these free days, you can soak up as much sun and sea as you want by spending your time on the turquoise water enjoying swimming or lazing on a beach.

Day 16: Nha Trang - Da Lat (B, L)

5 hour drive to Dalat (~205 km). The first part of the journey was through agricultural scenery - rice paddies and vegetable fields, with hills arising the background. Late in the morning, we stopped at the Po Klong Garai Cham towers. The sites, at the top of a cactus covered hillside, date from the 13th century and enjoy magnificent view from Ngoan Muc Pass. Free at leisure for the rest of day at hotel in Dalat. Overnight at hotel in Dalat.

Day 17: Da Lat Sightseeing Tours (B, L, D)

Enjoy a full day sightseeing visiting the Lat village, the Mad Monk, Vien Thuc and take a scenic train ride to Trai Mat for sightseeing. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight in Dalat

Day 18: Da Lat - Saigon City (B, L, D)

Free at leisure until you will be transferred to Dalat airport to take 1-hour flight to Saigon City. Stay overnight in Saigon.

Day 19: Saigon City Departure (B)

At leisure and transfer to airport for departure flight. HOME SWEET HOME. End of service.

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Trip Included:


  • Accommodation (double/twin sharing)
  • Private pick up and transfer (A/C van)
  • Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner
  • Regional and domestic flight
  • English/French speaking tour guide
  • Meals specified in tour program
  • All Internal/domestic air tickets per program
  • Boat trips specified the tour program 
  • All entrance, permission and visiting fees 

Trip Excluded:

  • Visa to Vietnam & Cambodia (Request)
  • Departure airport tax
  • Meals which do not specify in the program
  • Personal travel insurance
  • All other international flights to and from Vietnam
  • All personal expenses
  • All gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide.

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