Tour Code: IGT-IND-08
Duration: 16Days/15 Nights
Price: US$ 1,186- 1,968/ Pax
Designed by Annie (Ms) – Email: annie@indochinagrandtour
* Please find detailed information about tour by click on the tabs: “Brief & Price” – “Detail Itinerary” – “Accomodation”
- Day 1: Siem Reap arrival ()
- Day 2: Angkor complex (B,L)
- Day 3: Angkor complex (B,L)
- Day 4: Tonle Sap Lake – Luang Prabang (B,L)
- Day 5: Luang Prabang – Khuangsi Fall (B,L)
- Day 6: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Hanoi (B,L)
- Day 7: Hanoi city tour (B,L)
- Day 8: Hanoi – Halong (B,L,D)
- Day 9: Halong – Hanoi – Hue (B,L)
- Day 10: Hue city tour (B,L)
- Day 11: Hue – Hoi An (B,L)
- Day 12: Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An (B,L)
- Day 13: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh city motorbike tour (B,L)
- Day 14: Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong delta (B,L)
- Day 15: Cu Chi tunnel afternoon tour – farewell dinner (B,D)
- Day 16: Ho Chi Minh departure (B)
Land price per person for private tour (in USD):
|Hotel||2–3 pax||4-7 pax||8-10 pax||11-15 pax||>>15 pax||Single Sup|
Supplement flight tickets:
- Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city, Siem Reap to Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang to Hanoi, Hanoi to Hue, Danang to Ho Chi Minh: According to publish of Airline at the time request
Land price Included:
- Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
- All private transfer and transportation
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
- English speaking guide each destination
- Boat trip as itinerary
- Entrance fee as first time visit
- Water daily
- Approval letter for landing visa to Vietnam: single entry, one month valid
Price excluded :
- All flight tickets
- Drinks and other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- VISA fees
- Early check in and late check out
- Single room supplement
- Payment fee
- Travel insurance
- Tipping and additional expenses
- Others not mentioned in the itinerary
Day 1: Arrival Siem Reap ()
On arrival in Siem Reap airport, transfer to hotel for check in (early check in not included). Enjoy your leisure time. Overnight in hotel
Day 2: Angkor Complex (B,L)
AM: We will start the day with the infamous and treasured legacy of Angkor Wat. The masterpiece and holy grail of the temples of Angkor, Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious building and an insurmountable legacy left by Suryavarman II. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, there is almost one kilometer of exquisitely detailed carvings which depict the intricacies of the Khmer empire through dramatic and humorous stories of love, life, war, religion and mythology, before accessing the inner complex to experience the powerful energy that this sublime temple inspires. Marvel at the quincunx of towers, admire the carvings and architectural detail of the complex as a whole, as it seemingly defies with its beauty and symmetry the fact that it’s a man-made creation almost 1000 years old.
We shall continue our visit Ta Prohm. Of Tombraider fame, Ta Prohm is an Angkorian treasure, and it’s going to stay that way. One of the most fascinating things about Ta Prohm (except for its size, beauty and pleasantly eerie atmosphere) is that today it can be appreciated perfectly as it would have been in its day, a mere 900 years ago, as it has been ‘left as it was found’ by the French explorers who discovered it in the 19th century. Ta Prohm is a sight to behold, a veritable maze with gigantic golden trees strangling the stone foundations at every juncture, fine carvings, prominent galleries and a layout that will bring out the explorer in you.
PM: After lunch we commence our exploration of Angkor Thom. Known as the ‘Great City’, Angkor Thom was Jayavarman VII’s ultimate creation, his true expression of design excellence. Angkor Thom was an entire city built in the 12th century which at one point was believed to house up to 150,000 people across an area of nine square kilometers and which thrived upon a complex system of agriculture and waterways. 5 magnificent gates which stand 23 metres high and are spiritually guarded by faces reminiscent of the Bayon, and we will enter through the Victory Gate, complete with a causeway with two emanating rows of Devas and Asuras, both of which are wrestling a powerful Naga. From here we will converge upon the centre of this extraordinary city, and begin to explore its elements, starting with the Elephant Terrace, a royal platform used as a viewing gallery for grandiose royal spectacles, decorated wonderfully with statues of elephants and perfect carvings. Adjacently sits the Terrace of the Leper King, decorated in much the same way but unique for possessing the statue of Yama (the Leper King), god of Death. From here we will proceed through the forest to Preah Palilay. Guarded by a large Buddha this is a small but beautiful temple from the 13th century. Afterwards we will proceed to Phimeanakas, a 10th century largely uncarved but beautifully constructed pyramid temple affording terrific views, before Baphuon, an imposing 50 metre tall temple dedicated to Shiva which houses one of the world’s largest reclining Buddhas. And finally to Bayon, arguably the most stunning of all the Temples of Angkor, adorned with 37 towers decorated with wonderful giant stone faces and beautifully decorated carvings throughout.
O/N in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Angkor complex (B,L)
AM: Breakfast at the hotel, then travel 45km to Kbal Spean, or valley of the 1000 lingas; a remarkable place where natural meets man-made phenomenon – 1000 hand carved lingas lie on the bed of the Kbal Spean River downstream from the stunning waterfall, placed there to fertilize the river during ancient times.
You have lunch at a local restaurant.
PM: After lunch we will continue to Banteay Srei; 30km from Siem Reap, Banteay Srei is a unique and exquisite temple, glowing red and in perfect symmetrical detail, which possesses a truly unrivalled beauty all of its own. The carvings here are undoubtedly the most detailed of any of those in Angkor, and the perfection and attention to detail are remarkable. Then on to Banteay Samre, or Citadel of the Samre, a smaller temple located in the jungle in the style of Angkor Wat. On our return we will also stop at Srah Srang – a vast and beautiful man-made lake where the Royals of Angkor would bathe, relax and unwind, before returning to Siem Reap.
Sun set great view at Pre Rup Temple.
O/N in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Tonle Sap Lake – Luang Prabang (B,L)
Visit to the Great Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. After travelling through beautiful countryside to reach the water’s edge, we will transfer to our boat and proceed to sail through mangroves, visit floating and stilted villages, and experience a fascinating, traditional and unique way of life. This lake with an area of 16000 square kilometers during the height of the wet season is an astonishing place, so significant to Cambodia and Southeast Asia as a whole, and it’s home to great number of rare species of wildlife and some of the most resourceful communities on this earth. On the way back stop at local temple Wat Artvea where you will know how Cambodia monks are living.
After the lake we’ll visit Chantier Ecole-Artisan d’Angkor, a museum and vocational centre dedicated to the revival of Khmer art. Founded on the idea that Cambodia must endeavour to keep its heritage of skilled craftsmanship alive despite the loss of a large body of expertise during Cambodia’s recent history, Artisans d’Angkor was set up by CEFP (Chantiers-Ecoles de Formation Professionnelle) to provide instruction and employment to some of the poorest members of the community in such art. Visitors can observe modern day professionals employing ancient techniques in the production of metalwork, stonework, lacquer and silk.
PM : Visit the Old Market and bustling Siem Reap town before transfer to the airport for flight to Luang Prabang.
On arrival of Luang Prabang, check in and overnight in hotel in Luang Prabang.
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Khuang Si Fall (B,L)
UNESCO World heritage inscription date: 1995
After breakfast, before we take a drive (30 km South) to visit Kuangsi Waterfall, which, though not very high, is spectacular and really beautiful with its green surroundings as the preserved National park. We stop en-route, stop to visit a fresh produced market namely Talad Phosy, and also visit Ban Na Oune, a small village of a hill-tribe group “Hmong”, probably the best-known minority group in Laos. Just before arriving at Kuangsi waterfall, there is another village of Khmu minority group, namely Ban Tha Pane that we will visit. Our picnic lunch is served at the shady park nearby Kuangsi waterfall. There is plenty of time for relaxing and a swim in cool water, before we head back to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Luangprabang.
We depart hotel to the boat landing, and take an excursion by boat upstream on the Mekong to visit
Pak Ou cave in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height. En route, Lao typical villages are barely visible behind a screen of foliage. Slender canoes bobbing by the shore, bamboo poles and floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. Our first stop will be at Ban Muangkeo, a well-known village for Lao traditional rice whisky, namely Laoh-Khao to be distilled. We are welcome to taste it and also take away. Lunch is served at a riverside restaurant. We arrive back at Luang Prabang in late afternoon, visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, gifts received from foreign dignitaries…etc,
Proceed to airport for onward flight to Hanoi.
Pick up in Noi Bai airport, transfer to hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
Day 7: Hanoi city tour (B,L)
Breakfast, start your city tour from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi . Lunch.
PM : After lunch proceed to visit the Imperial Citadel Thang Long – Ha Noi (UNESCO World heritage inscription date:2010), continue to visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam. Vietnam’s first university constructed in 1070, its gardens and well-preserved architecture offers a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. We will take you past Hoan Kiem Lake, see the peaceful waters, and for the end of the tour journey visit by cyclo trip along the Hanoi Old Quarter. Overnight in hotel in Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi – Halong (B, L, D)
UNESCO World heritage inscription date: 1994, Extension: 2010
Am: Be picked up at your hotel from 8h00 for 3.5 hour bus ride through the country side of the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Upon arrival, aboard Halong Phoenix Cruiser, fresh seafood lunch (vegetable menu available) would be served while the boat is gliding out.
Pm: A short tender ride from the middle of the bay to an island for the famous Sung Sot Cave, followed by visiting Ti Top island, relax on its beach or walk up to the top for the panoramic view of the anchorage area. As the sun sets over the bay, just relax on sundeck with your favorite drink. Dinner is served with typically local seafood. Overnight on board
Day 9: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi. (B, L)
Am: Rise up for a breathtaking on sundeck then be ready with fun kayaking around the area for a stunning vista in the serene bay. Back to boat, you learn recipes and techniques that go into the most popular dish of the Vietnamese food just before lunch time. Lunch would be served when cruising back to the harbor.
Pm: Our bus is waiting on the harbor to take you back to Hanoi. Trip ends at your hotel around 17h00.
Continue to transfer to Hue on a short flight.
Overnight in hotel in Hue.
Day 10: Hue city tour (B,L)
UNESCO World heritage inscription date: 1993
Am: Your trip starts at 8.00 am from hotel, our driver and guide will take you to the boat landing on the river to make a trip on Perfume River for visiting Thien Mu pagoda, which is the most ancient one in Vietnam, was established under a mysterious legend. Along the river on the boat called “Dragon” – one of the animals have super natural power – according to oriental conception, you will enjoy the tranquil feeling with two sides of green banks’ river and see the daily life of local people. This is the harmonious picture with the active life of fishing boats and the peaceful scene of green fruit gardens like paddy fields, maize fields, or grape fruit fields. A pure and blue water of Perfume River bring you to have a feeling for enjoyment of nature.
Next, you will be transferred back Hue city centre to visit the Imperial Citadel where Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 with numerous of attractive places to see like Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City. Have an overview of Palace of Nguyen Kings and architectures of Orient. If you wish you could enjoy Royal Music, which called “Nha Nhac Cung Dinh”, let enjoy the performance in Duyet Thi Duong royal theater to have more knowledge of a kind of traditional royal music in Hue with it own melodies and rhythms nowhere has. Lunch in hotel.
Pm: This afternoon you continue visiting the complex of Nguyen Kings’ mausoleums such as Tu Duc tomb, next is handicraft villages such as hat-making, bronze-casting, incense-making, and last Minh Mang tomb. In fact, there are 6 tombs still keep original architectures of Nguyen King, but you will have chance to visit two of them. Each tomb brings unique of each King about his palace with his orient. Six royal tombs sprinkled across land to the south east of the Citadel on the other side of the Perfume River and one on the same side. They are monuments to nine of the thirteen rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty, mostly built during the Emperor’s lifetime. If the tomb of Khai Dinh is magnificent, tomb of Minh Mang is the combination of natural features; tomb of Minh Mang approaches the level of unity of the elements. You are back hotel around 5.00 pm.
Day 11: Hue – Hoi An (B,L)
After breakfast, drive to Danang – Upon arrival visit Cham Museum, Marble Mountains and Da Nang Beach before proceed to Hoi An ancient town (UNESCO World heritage inscription date: 1999). Lunch at local restaurant – Discover the historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries. Its sizeable community of foreign merchants resulted in a unique architectural style with Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences.
Walking tour in Hoi An to Chinese Assembly Hall & Temples, old houses & Japanese Covered Bridge. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 12: My Son – Hoi An (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Begin the day with an excursion to My Son Sanctuary (UNESCO World heritage inscription date: 1999) of the former Cham Kingdom (the ruins of the former Cham Capital in the 4th century), also the place remains of Vietnamese and US war. Lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon you will be taken on a boat ride on the Hoai River to Cam Ha Pottery village. At every turn you will see the remarkable tenacity of the local people as they work at their craft that has been handed down through generations. Courtyards are lined with hand cut bricks, drying in the accommodating sun. Village elders turn the potting wheels whilst their children shape the vessels.
Dinner at local restaurant and Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 13: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh city motorbike tour (B,L)
Breakfast, transfer to Danang airport for short flight to Ho Chi Minh. Welcome at hotel, transfer to the young city of Vietnam. Goodbye all the ancient heritages, it’s time joined back in the dynamic city of modern time: Ho Chi Minh city.
After lunch, we will start the city tour with our motorbike ladies. Some of the places included on this tour are The Central Post Office, The Notre Dame Cathedral, The Reunification Palace, The Jade Emperor Pagoda, The Secret CIA Building, Tan Dinh Market, The Thich Quang Duc memorial, Cholon (Chinatown), The Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Pagoda, The People’s Committee Building, etc.
Back to hotel and overnight.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong floating market – Ho Chi Minh (B,L)
After breakfast, 8h00 start driving to Caibe, This trip provides a look at a wide variety of the life and scenery of the Delta. On the way you can see green rice paddy fields stretching towards the horizon. After arrival in Cai Be, take a sampan cruise to visit Cai Be floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging their goods from their boats, and visit the puffed rice cakes and a rice paper-making workshop, popcorn and coconut candy Mill.
And then Followed continue to Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet, the green pearl of Vinhlong, enjoy town through the lush green vegetation of canals to the orchards where you can immerse yourself in nature, Have lunch with fresh river food & tropical fruit served in the heart of garden accompanied by traditional souhthern Vietnamese folk music, a boat rides on the maze of shady canals visiting the An Binh islands (Vinh Long). you will enjoy the local tropical fruits and listening folk music,… and turn back Hochiminh City.
Day 15: Cu Chi tunnel afternoon tour – farewell dinner (B,D)
Today you will take rest until 10a.m before we start the tour to Cu Chi tunnels. The heritage of Vietnam’s history.
Hotel pick-up and go on to enjoy a half day excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of tunnels which stretched for over 200 km, became legendary during the 1960′s. The Cu Chi Tunnels played a vital part in the Vietnam War in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area just 30 to 40 km away from Sai Gon. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, consists of innumerable trap doors, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens.
The tunnels are between 0.5 and 1m wide, just enough for a person to crawl along, which give the visitors a unique experience and feel of what underground life in the Vietnam War must have been like. For those who are interested, there’s even an opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
17:00 Transfer to the Sai Gon cruise in Bach Dang port for a wonderful farewell party on cruise, along the river.
20:00 Back to hotel for overnight.
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh departure (B)
Free until transfer to airport for departure flight.
Overnight at hotel as below or similar:
|Destinations||Hotel 3*||Hotel 3* plus|
||Angkor Empire||Angkor Empire|
||Le Bel Air hotel||Le Bel Air hotel|
||Phoenix cruiser, Oriental Sail||Canary, Glory cruise|
||Authentic Hotel, Boss Hotel, Gia Bao Palace hotell||Flower Garden hotel|
|Ho Chi Minh
||Sapphire hotel||A& Em hotel|
||Asia hotel||Asia hotel, premier room|
||Hoi An Lantern hotel||Hoi An Lotus hotel|