Vietnam Holidays - Grand Indochina 3 Tour
|Grand Indochina 3 – 17nts
- Transportation by Air - Conditioning car or mini bus
- Accommodation with daily breakfast (dbl/twin room)
- English speaking guide
- Meals as indicated (Breakfast, 6 Lunch, 3 Dinner)
- Entrance fees, Boat, Train
- All local flights: HCMC – Hue, Danang – Hanoi, Hanoi – Luang Prabang – Siem Reap
- Letter of Introduction to get Vietnamese Visa on Arrival
- 2 bottles of water/ pax/ day
- Hanoi: 2 night at Hong Ngoc 5 hotel (BB)
- Train: 2 nights at King Express, Sapaly, Tulico,…
- Sapa: 1 night at Bamboo Sapa hotel (BB)
- Halong: 1 night at Huong Hai, Annam Junk (BB)
- Hue: 1 night at New Star hotel (BB)
- Hoi An: 2 nights at Vinh Hung 3 hotel (BB)
- HCMC: 3 nights at Le Duy hotel (BB)
- Siem Reap: 2 nights at Angkor Holiday hotel (BB)
- Laos: 3 nights at New Daraphet hotel (BB)
- International Flights: London – HCMC, Siem Reap – London, From £670
- Visas (Vietnam: USD25, Cambodia: USD25, Laos: USD35) will be paid on Arrival
- Airport Tax ( Cambodia: USD25) will be paid on Arrival
- Services not mentioned, Personal costs, Insurance
Min – Max Pax: 2 - 12
Trip Grading: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility.
Exclusivity Fee: £99 per person – this guarantees that your party enjoys absolute privacy during the whole tour with the exception of the Halong Bay Junk (boat) which may be shared with a maximum of 12 people including your party. This is still a very private atmosphere if considered that most boats have more than 10 rooms.
Remarks: During the months of October, November and all Mondays of the year the Mausoleum Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi will remain closed and will be replaced by a panoramic visit.
Policy: We have a right to change the departure date, it depends on the availability of the accommodation, flight status and numbers of clients.
|Day by day Program
Day 1 - HCMC ON ARRIVAL
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airport, meet a tour guide and transfer to your hotel, leave your luggage. Free for leisure.
Check in at 14:00, early check – in may have a surcharge.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2 - CUCHI TUNNELS – CITY TOUR (B)
Take morning tour to Cu Chi Tunnels -70km Northwest of HCMC - well-known with a system tunnels deeply underground with several floors, seeing document film, getting inside tunnels “as an architectural structure”, visiting Hoang Cam smokeless kitchen, many fighting bunkers, some booby traps, firing gun with real bullets (personal) at National Defense Shooting Range Sport, enjoying the guerilla’s food and tea, visiting rice paper village where tourist can learn how to make it.
Back to Saigon for lunch. Afternoon, visiting The Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office as well as History Museum, a short visit Ben Thanh Market.
Overnight in HCMC.
Day 3 - MEKONG DELTA (B/ L)
Take a day trip to Mekong region, comprises a cruise on the Mekong river, a visit to local farmhouse and orchards, a sampan ride on palm shade creeks, a taste of seasonal fruits and a performance of traditional southern singing.
Lunch with Mekong specialties is served before returning to HCMC.
Dinner and Overnight in HCMC.
Day 4 - HCM CITY – HUE CITY (B)
Hue, used to be the capital of Vietnam from 17th century to 20th century and it now is also the World cultural Heritage site.
Transfer to International Airport for morning flight.
Afternoon, visit Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue Citadel, this is the Citadel under the Nguyen Dynasty and over 150 royal palaces built within 30 years. It consists of Imperial City and Forbidden City, which was used by the Emperors and Emperor’s family only. Hue is also well-known during the war in Vietnam as the bloodiest battlefield in 1968 and almost royal palaces in the imperial City were totally destroyed.
Back to hotel and free at leisure. Overnight in Hue.
Day 5 - HUE – HOIAN (B/ L)
AM: visit the Emperor’s tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Transfer to Hoi An.
Stop for lunch at Lang Co Beach.
PM: Arrive in Hoi An. Free for leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6 - HOIAN TOWN (B)
Morning city tour of Hoi An visits the Cantonese Communal House, Thien Hau temple, Japanese Bridge and Tan Ky ancient commercial house.
PM: Free for leisure . Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7 - HOI AN – HANOI (B)
Free for leisure or shopping.
Afternoon, visit Marble Mountain in Danang on the way to the airport Transfer to Danang for a flight to Ha Noi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 8 - HANOI CITY TOUR (B)
Breakfast at hotel.
Take full day city tour of Ha Noi, the highlights will be Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum (opened from December to September, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and at weekend) and his living complex, One Pillar Pagoda,Ho Chi Minh Museum, Temple of Literature.
Visit the Fine Arts Museum, Ethnological Museum and Tran Quoc pagoda.
OPTION FOR DAY 9 and 10.
Day 9 - HALONG – HUONG HAI JUNK (B/L/D)
After having breakfast in Ha Noi, we depart for Ha Long city, the World Natural Heritage with over 3000 limestone islands and islets scattering an area of 1500 sq km in Tonkin Bay:
12h15: Board Huong Hai junk, check-in resignation. Welcome drink to serve
12h45: Start cruising
13h00: Have lunch with welcome wine.
13h30: A fantastic cruise in Ha Long bay, visit Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi Island, Dog island, Sail island, Sung Sot cave and a swim at Titov beach.
17h30: Enjoy dinner on board while watching sunset.
19h30: Enjoy dinner on board.
21h00: Fishing, drinking Vietnamese wine and spending a night on junk.
Day 10 - HALONG – HANOI – SAPA (B/D)
7h00: Have breakfast.
7h30: Another wonderful cruise to visit Tortoise island Mans head island, visit Luon cave by a small bamboo boat, Bai Tu Long Bay.
10h00: Arrange luggage and check – out at 10h30.
11h00: Have lunch on board.
11h45: Arrive Halong wharf. End the trip.
Drive back to Hanoi and visit Dong Trieu pottery en route. Transfer to Hanoi. Tonight, take night train to Lao Cai (accommodation on train is an air-con equipped compartment of 4 persons).
Overnight on train (Sleeper Cabin)
OR Indochina Sails, Bhaya, Paradise Cruise. Surcharge £59 pp
Day 9 - Ha Noi – Ha Long – Bhaya Junk (B/L/D)*****
After having breakfast in Ha Noi, we depart for Ha Long city, the World Natural Heritage with over 3000 limestone islands and islets scattering an area of 1500 sqkm in Tonkin Bay:
12:00 – 12:30: Check-in at Bhaya Cafe, Halong City. Embark on Bhaya Classic for a Welcome Cocktail followed by a cruise briefing.
13:00 – 15:30: Savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch as Bhaya Classic heads to Bai Tu Long Bay passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village.
15:30 – 17:00: Visit the fishing village by local rowing boat (01 hour) then return to the vessel for free time at your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Kayak into the village or swim near the boat; Optional onboard activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, etc…; Trip by tender to an isolated pristine beach for swimming.
17:00: Bhaya Classic cruises through the Bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien. Happy Hour and Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the Sundeck.
19:30: Sumptuous Seafood Set-dinner onboard.
21:00: Retire to your cabin or join the fishing program.
21h00: Fishing, drinking Vietnamese wine and spending a night on junk.
Overnight onboard Bhaya Classic.
Day 10 - Halong – Hanoi – Sapa (Brunch)
06:15 Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary Tea and coffee are served.
07:00 Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong(Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc.
08:30 Explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot).
09:30 Return to Bhaya Classic. Buffet brunch is served onboard. The vessel cruises leisurely back to harbour.
11:00 Disembark at Bhaya Cafe, Halong City.
Come back to Hanoi, visit Dong Trieu pottery en route.
Tonight, take night train to Lao Cai (accommodation on train is an air-con equipped compartment of 4 persons).
Overnight on train (Sleeper Cabin).
Day 11 - LAO CAI – SAPA (B)
Arrive in Lao Cai, have breakfast and transfer to Sa Pa.
Visit Tapin Minority Village on the way. Arrive in Sa Pa.Take a walking tour of Sa Pa visits the busy market where Red Dao, Black H’mong and other ethnics from surrounding countryside to sell their embroidery, silverware and handicraft and to buy provision.
Afternoon visit nearby hill tribe villages such as Cat Cat and Cau May.
Overnight in Sa Pa.
Day 12 - LAO CAI – SAPA (B)
Light trekking or mountain bike riding to explore some hill tribes surrounding Sa Pa.
Late afternoon transfer to Lao Cai railway station for the night train to Ha Noi. (Accommodation on train is an air-com equipped compartment of 4 persons).
Day 13 - HANOI – LUANG PHRABANG (B)
Go to the airport, then take a morning flight to Luang Phrabang.
After a short rest, we visit the National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign and the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai.
Climb up to the top of Mount Phousi 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 the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the hill tribe and local people in Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 14 - LUANG PHRABANG – PAK OU CAVE(B)
Today, a short-guided tour seeing the city's oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture and then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, firstly stopping at Xiengmene, where we visit Wat Long Khun, and the limestone cave Tham Sakkarin, and a tour around Ban Xiengmene village.
A picnic lunch, we then continue by boat up to Mekong which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well. Time to explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make local rice wine.
On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving. Night in Luang Prabang.
Day 15 - LUANG PHRABANG (B)
Today we cross the Mekong River by boat, to the picturesque village of Ban Chan, a pottery village.
We then visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, Khmu villages.
This then takes us to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 16 - LUANG PHRABANG - ANGKOR WAT (B/-/D)
You are free at leisure or go shopping. Then, take a flight to Siem Reap – Angkor Wat.
After arriving at Siem Reap airport transfer to Hotel, check in hotel.
17h00 Sunset at Bakeng Hill.
Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 17 - ANGKOR FULL DAY (B/L/D)
Breakfast at Hotel then Visit South Gate of Angkor Thom temple: Bayon temple, Bapuon temple, Phimean Akas temple, Terrace of the Elephant, Royal Enclosure & Terrace of Leper King Temple.
Afternoon visit Angkor Wat temples.
Buffet dinner with local traditional dance Apsara show.
Day 18 - ANGKOR FULL DAY (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Preah Khan temple, Neak poan temple, Ta Som temple, Pre Rup temple.
Afternoon Banteay Srey, and Ta Prom temple and transfer to airport for your flight home or any destinations.