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Treasure of Mekong River 16 Days/15 Nights

Visit: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave - Kuangsi Water Fall - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Can Tho - Cai Rang - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap.

There are few regions in the world that can claim as rich a cultural and historic past as Indochina; the countries of Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia are home to some of the oldest temples in existence, the site of great humanitarian tragedy, and also spectacularly beautiful. This tour allows you to visit all of them over a period of 16 Days, taking in the most special and unique sights that each one has to offer.

Day 1: Luang Prabang - Arrival (D)

Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to the hotel. Luang Prabang is 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. After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
 

Day 2: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave - Kuangsi Water Fall (B, L)

After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city's oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. In the afternoon, drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths, return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Phanom, a well known weaving village. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
 

Day 3: Luang Prabang - Hanoi (B, D)

Free time for relax until time for transfering to airport for flight to Hanoi. Once again our guide will meet you and transfer you to Hanoi city. Enjoy welcome dinner & overnight in hotel in Hanoi.
 

Day 4: Hanoi (B, L)

In the morning to visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, House on Stilt, Tran Quoc pagoda, Army Museum and Hanoi Flag Tower. In the afternoon, visit Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam (The First National University established in 1076). Later on we take one hour cyclo ride around the trading area in Hanoi Old Quarter, and stop at Ngoc Son Temple for a short visit. The day tour ends with Water Puppet show at Thang Long theatre. Overnight in hotel in Hanoi.
 

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Today we leave Hanoi to Halong Bay, "Dragon Descending to the Sea". Upon arrival, we will embark to a junk /boat for a cruise around Ha Long Bay. While the junk cruising caves, grottoes, floating villages and beaches on Ha Long bay, having fresh seafood lunch on boat. Stop for a while for an excursing to Surprise Caves, (Grotto of Surprises) and Swimming, Kayaking (kayak cost is not include in this package) if weather permitted. Have dinner on board. In the evening, enjoy the night fishing (if weather permitted). Overnight on board.
 

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L)

In the morning, cruising more in the Halong bay before return to the Halong pier. Have lunch on boat and arrive at Ha Long wharf about 12.00 noon. Return to Hanoi by private car, on the way you may like to take a short visit to Dong Trieu Pottery Villages. Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi around 17: 00.
 

Day 7: Hanoi - Hue (B, L)

Free time in the morning before transfer to the airport of Hanoi for noon flight to Hue. Transfer to a local restaurant in the city for lunch before check in. In the afternoon we pay a visit to the Imperial Citadel, constituted from the Real Fortress and the Forbidden City, and the market of Dong Ba. Overnight in Hue.
 

Day 8: Hue - Hoi An (B, L)

In morning we embark on a dragon boat sail along the Huong River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, and the tomb of Khai Dinh Kinh. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to Hoi An through the famous of Hai Van Pass. Passing Danang, the car will stop for the visit to Cham Museum where display an open air collection of Cham sculpture. Overnight in Hoi An.
 

Day 9: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City B, L)

In the morning, you will walk to visit ancient tiny town Hoi An. The visit will includes Japanese covered bridge, some Chinese Assembly Halls, and some typical Vietnamese houses of 18 century. In the afternoon, transfer to Danang Airport for late flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
 

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi (B, L)

In the morning drive to Cu Chi, one incredible city basement constituted from one series of tightened tunnel, used from the Vietcong during the war with the Americans. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon pause to the colonial buildings of Saigon like the Independent Palace, Post Office and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
 

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Can Tho (L)

Our car will pick up at your hotel in early morning. Upon arrival at Cai Be, embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people being selling, buying, exchanging goods from their boats. Visit local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisped producing process... After lunch taking a cruise along river to see peaceful tranquil life of villagers, admire marvelous natural setting of Mekong Delta region. About 3 pm, the boat will arrive at Vinh Long, walking around to explore Vinh Long Market. Then transfer to Can Tho City for overnight.
 

Day 12: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Chau Doc (B, L)

Cruising along the small and picturesque tributaries by boat, we will see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. Then continue going to Chau Doc via Long Xuyen. Check in on arrival. Visit the Sam mountain to enjoy the breath-taking view on the Vietnamese-Cambodian border with flat rice fields and nice canals, visit caved pagoda. Over night in Chau Doc.
 

Day 13: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B, L)

After breakfast, get on speed boat to Phnom Penh, going back one of the arms of the Mekong. Arrival and lunch. In the afternoon, visits of the city, in particular of the National Museum, rich art of Khmer, of the Silver Pagoda, inserted in the fencing of the Royal Palace, Preahkeo Morokot & Central Market. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
 

Day 14: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B, L)

In morning departure by flight to Siem Reap and transfer your hotel in the city. Angkor, luminous understood them of the great reign Khmer, is one of more important testimonies that the human genius knew to create in the field of the limbs, the architecture and the urban planning. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, we visit Banteay Srey (40km from Siem Reap town), means "citadel of the women". But is is appellation refers to the delicate beauty of the caving. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. Overnight in Siem Reap.
 

Day 15: Siem Reap - Angkor Complex (B, L, D)

Breakfast at hotel, then visit the Angkor Thom: South Gate, Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of Leper King and Phimean Akas temple. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue to visit famous temple of Angkor Wat with enjoying sunset from top of Bakheng Hill. Dinner at local restaurant with Apsaras show & overnight in Siem Reap.
 

Day 16: Siem Reap - Departure (B)

After breakfast, transfer to take the Tonlé Sap for a cruise on the lake with the visiting to floating village to explore the fish man life. Then visit Chantier Ecole-Artisant d’Angkor. Free time for shopping before departure home.
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Trip Included:

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  • Hotel accommodation as specific or similar
  • Transportation
  • Junk/boat in Mekong - Lao, Ha Long, Hue, Mekong - Vietnam, Mekong - Cambodia
  • All entrance fees
  • Domestic flight
  • Hotel accommodation based on 2 guests sharing a Twin or Double room
  • Half board package meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • English/ French speaking guide. Other languages can be arranged upon request
  • All meals as per program

Trip Excluded:

 

  • Domestic & International flight and all airport taxes
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses & Tips
  • Drinks, except otherwise mentioned
  • Lao Visa - apply and issue at airport with cost 30$/pax
  • Vietnam Visa - this can be done with our Visa service

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