15-DAY INDOCHINA TOUR OF VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & LAOS

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OVERVIEW

Embark on a 15-day Indochina tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, travel into the heart and soul of Indochina.

You’ll begin your trip in the dreamy clutches of Hanoi, a modern yet ancient city, and sail on amazing Halong Bay with over 3000 mountainous lush green islands jutting out the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. You’ll then head to the Imperial city of Hue for your fix of grand temples, royal tombs and palaces.

For an equally enrapturing experience, you’ll visit Hoi An and allow yourself to be seduced by the charm that oozes through the ancient city and gets swept away in the fun-loving charisma of its inhabitants. You’ll then explore in Vietnam’s south, cruise the Mekong Delta and discover some of the islands.

You’ll immerse yourself in the cultures of Cambodia and Laos through these beautiful countries and explore the incredible Angkor complex and pay your respects with a visit to the Wat Thmei Pagoda (Killing Fields). Then, you’ll head to Laos and tour the breathtaking scenery around Luang Prabang before finishing up in the atmospheric city of Vientiane.

Combining the highlights of three countries, this Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos tour will open your eyes to the delights of Indochina and leave you awe-struck by these magical locations.

Day 1: Begin Your Indochina Tour of Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos
Day 2: Hanoi to Halong & Overnight Cruise
Day 3: Halong Bay back to Hanoi
Day 4: Fly to Hoi An via Da Nang
Day 5: My Son Sanctuary & Hoi An City Tour
Day 6: Hoi An to Hue
Day 7: Explore Hue & Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 8: Cu Chi Tunnels & Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Day 9: Explore the Mekong Delta & Fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia
Day 10: Explore Siem Reap & Tonle Sap
Day 11: Explore the Angkor Wat Temples
Day 12: Siem Reap to Luang Prabang in Laos
Day 13: Explore Luang Prabang
Day 14: Luang Prabang to Vientiane
Day 15: Buddha Park & Vientiane Departure

INCLUDED

– 14 nights accommodation
– 53 activities
– 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 2 dinners
– Airport transfer
– Domestic flights
– Entrance fees
– Ground transportation
– Licensed English speaking guides

EXCLUDED

– Travel insurance
– International flights
– Entry visas / airport departure tax
– Alcohol beverages
– Gratuities
– Personal expenses
– Laundry
– Trekking permits

NOTES

Please note: The hotels in this itinerary are subject to change at the same level without prior notice, depending on the hotel’s availability upon request and confirmation.

DURATION
15 days, 14 nights

DESTINATIONS
Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi,
Tien Giang, Quang Nam
Province, Quảng Ninh
Province, Thua Thien Hue, Ben
Tre, Hạ Long, Da Nang, Hoàn
Kiếm, Haiphong, Hội An
Cambodia: Siem Reap, Siem
Reap Province, Banteay Srei
Laos: Luang Prabang Province,
Luang Prabang, Vientiane

TRAVELLERS
4 travellers

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DAY 1: BEGIN YOUR INDOCHINA TOUR OF VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & LAOS

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On arrival at Hanoi international airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel for check-in and refreshment. Afterwards, you will embark on a short orientation tour of the city. On the tour, you’ll visit the St Joseph Cathedral, Hoan Kiem Lake, the Jade Temple and the Temple of Literature. In the late afternoon, you’ll hop on an hour rickshaw tour around the Old Quarter before enjoying a local dinner.

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Private Driver
12:00 to 13:00

From: Noi Bai International Airport
To: Hanoi

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Lan Vien Hotel
13:00 check-in
08:00 check-out (Day 2)
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A warm welcome awaits you at the Lan Vien Hotel, a new fourstar hotel situated in the heart of Hanoi, Hang Bai street and Ly Thuong Kiet street.

A great location allows you to explore and connect to this wonderful city over 1,000 years old. You can stroll out of the hotel doors and enjoy the surrounding shopping area, located just three minutes from the stunning views of the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake and the famous Opera House.

Featuring a rooftop pool and gym, the Lan Vien Hotel offers the perfect combination of modern luxuries, impeccable service and excellent value for the business or pleasure travellers.

Address: Lan Vien Hotel, Lý Thường Kiệt, Hàng Bài, Hanoi, Northern Vietnam, Việt Nam

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Hoan Kiem Lake
13:30 to 13:45
15 minutes

Hoan Kiem Lake, meaning “Lake of the Returned Sword” is also known as Hồ Gươm Sword Lake, is a lake in part of the historical centre of Hanoi.

The famous story that plays an important part in Vietnamese culture that of Le Loi, boating around Hoan Kiem Lake when a Golden Turtle God approach him and asked for Heaven’s Will, the magic sword.

The God had given the sword to Le Loi to fight off the Ming dynasty. The lake and the tower in the centre of the lake were named to commemorate the legend.

Address: Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

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Ngoc Son Temple
13:45 to 14:15
30 minutes

On the northern part of the stunning Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple is considered to be the most visited temple in Hanoi.

Translating to Jade Mountain Temple, the temple is perched on an islet of the same name, connected to the mainland by an arched bridge, decorated in religious figures. Isolated by the calm waters of Hoan Kiem, walking around the lake to observe the temple in evening light is a spectacle in itself.

Built in the 19th century, the temple honours Tran Hung Dao, the 13th-century military leader to access the temple you must walk across Huc Bridge and through Ba Tam Quan, the three-gate passage.

Address: Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

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St Joseph Cathedral
14:15 to 14:30
15 minutes

Established in the late-19th century, St Joseph’s Cathedral is a Neo-Gothic cathedral representative of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, today it is the meeting place for Catholic congregations from around the city, particularly for mass on Saturday evening.

Directly influenced by the Notre Dame in Paris, it was built by the French colonial government of what was then regarded as Indochina. Stain glass windows were imported from France, and the ceiling of the structure replicates those seen in medieval Europe. Having opened in 1886, it’s the oldest church in the city.

Today, the square outside the cathedral is a hub of activity from morning till night. The square is lined with coffee shops selling traditional egg coffee and a popular snack, sunflower seeds, which you have to crack with your teeth to open.

Pulling up a tiny stool in the area is a great way to pass an hour or two people-watching.

Address: 40 Nhà Chung, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

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Hanoi Opera House
14:45 to 15:00
15 minutes

The Hanoi Opera House was erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911.

The Hanoi Opera House is a phenomenal piece of neo-classical French architecture featuring Gothic themes on the doors, domes, pillars; shuttered windows, balconies and a glass room.

Musicians, actors and dancers play to a 600-strong audience delivering powerful operatic and classical performances, making it a very popular theatrical attraction for both locals and tourists looking to enjoy performances.

Address: 01 Tràng Tiền, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

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Temple of Literature
16:00 to 17:00
1 hour

The Temple of Literature is the site of Vietnam’s oldest university and is dedicated to one of the world’s most famous scholars, Confucius.

Inside the temple grounds, huge steles rest on the backs of even larger stone turtles, in Vietnam’s culture, the turtle represents longevity. The steles recorded the names of the successful candidates who later became mandarins in the Emperor’s court.

The Temple of Literature is often cited as one of Hanoi’s most picturesque tourist attractions. Originally built as a university in 1070, at the time of Emperor Lý Thánh Tôn, the building is extremely well preserved and is a superb example of traditional-style Vietnamese architecture.

The various pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of doctors are places where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Đại Việt took place. Just before the Vietnamese New Year celebration of Tết, calligraphists will assemble outside the temple and write wishes in Hán characters. The artworks are given away as gifts or are used as home decorations for the special occasion.

Address: 58 Quốc Tử Giám, Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội,
Vietnam

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Old Quarter Exploring By Cyclo
17:00 to 18:00
1 hour

Dating back to the Imperial era, the Old Quarter is apt; it’s one of the oldest parts of the city. Formerly established as part of the exterior of the Citadel of Thanh Long, the historic commercial centre for many years, particularly thriving during the Ly and Tran dynasties. Your hour-long cyclo tour takes you through the ancient streets with street names that amusingly translate to ‘mattress’ or ‘fish’.

Today, it is a thriving tourist area for those wishing to witness an architectural timeline of Hanoi’s activity. From morning ’til night, the streets are bustling with tourists marvelling at French-colonial architecture while locals sip on coffee and Bia Hoi on street corners, the perfect opportunity for some people watching.

From your cyclo, you’ll have a great opportunity to witness the romantic aura of the yellowish tinge of the buildings coupled with green shutters while your driver takes you around the city streets. Cyclo’s were a popular form of transportation in the northern cities, now a great way to observe one of the oldest areas in the country.

Address: Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

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Quan An Ngon Restaurant
18:00 to 19:30
1 hour 30 minutes

A thriving success among locals and travellers alike, Quan An Ngon prides itself in delivering local dishes with the freshest ingredients to all that come through its doors.

With an extensive menu, hungry customers looking to sample all that Vietnam has to offer will be blown away in the diversity in flavour that each of the three regions has to offer. When travelling in Vietnam, you’ll never truly eat the same dish twice: in Quan An Ngon, you won’t have to travel!

Address: 18 Phan Bội Châu, Cửa Nam, Hà Nội, Vietnam

DAY 2: HANOI TO HALONG & OVERNIGHT CRUISE

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Today, you’ll check out and travel around four hours to Halong Bay where you’ll embark on your overnight cruise. This is a traditional junk, perfect to sit near the window and admire the scenery at a slow pace. After lunch, you’ll stop at the Surprise Cave and enjoy some beach activities at Ti Top or Soi Sim Beach. In the evening, you’ll have a delicious dinner on board and then relax and chat with other passengers or try your hand at squid fishing.

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Minivan
08:00 to 12:00

From: Hanoi
To: Halong Bay

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Bai Tho Junk
12:00 check-in
11:45 check-out (Day 3)
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Bai Tho Junk is a traditional junk, small enough to be intimate but large enough to be comfortable and is the perfect way to explore Halong Bay.

Started in 1991, Bai Tho is now a well-known name in Halong Bay for their beautiful wooden, limited-capacity boats. They now provide overnight boat trips and were one of the first in Halong Bay to offer this.

The Bai Tho boats range between 10-18 cabins which are all air-conditioned with en-suites. The junk also features a glorious picture-window salon with sofas and chairs to relax in. Enjoy the comfort of this vessel as it elegantly explores the islands and bays.

Address: 74 Hàng Bạc, Hàng Đào, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam

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Halong Bay Cruise
12:15 to 13:15
1 hour

Cruising between limestone karsts you’ll pass by fishing villages who interestingly use their feet to paddle their boats, continuing on you’ll go past other cruises, caves, strangely shaped islets, and oyster farms.

The bay is a plethora of floating karsts: some accessible, some not. During your cruise, you’ll see the best of Ha Long, including the largest caves, a pearl farm, a floating village and an opportunity to kayak through spaces that the cruise cannot.

Address: Hạ Long Bay, Thành phố Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam

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Bai Tho Junk
13:30 to 14:45
1 hour 15 minutes

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant on Bai Tho Junk does not disappoint. Let the chefs onboard Bai Tho Junk take you on a journey of culinary discovery.

With a wide variety of meat and vegetable dishes available, you’ll also enjoy seafood and fish as fresh as the day they are caught! Vietnamese food varies from region to region and you will be able to experience this through the many different dishes infused with various herbs and flavours.

Address: Khe Cá, Hà Phong, Tp. Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam

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Surprise Cave
15:00 to 16:00
1 hour

One of the largest and most beautiful among the 7,000 islands, Sung Sot – Surprise Cave, is one of the many staggering results of the 500 million-year-old formation that is Halong Bay. The name was given upon its first international discovery when a French person claimed that it was a cave full of surprises.

A vast open accumulation of stalactites and stalagmites, the rocks appear to be dripping down from the ceiling formed from Karst limestone. When first entering the cave, some feel disapointed by its small size, but little do they know what is waiting for them inside, as the cave reveals itself as a never ending grotto that feels like it has been separated into two “rooms”.

Address: Unnamed Road, Cát Hải, Hải Phòng, Vietnam

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Soi Sim Beach
16:15 to 17:45
1 hour 30 minutes

Situated on one of the most beautiful islands in Halong Bay which goes by the same name, Soi Sim Beach is a white sandy crescent-shaped stretch that hugs the outline of this petite island.

On the beach, you can kick back, relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery. Covering an area of 8.7 hectares, the island is small and covered largely by primitive forest home to a variety of flora and fauna and plants which are endemic to Halong Bay ecology.

Address: Soi Sim, Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam

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Bai Tho Junk
18:30 to 20:00
1 hour 30 minutes

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant on Bai Tho Junk does not disappoint. Let the chefs onboard Bai Tho Junk take you on a journey of culinary discovery.

With a wide variety of meat and vegetable dishes available, you’ll also enjoy seafood and fish as fresh as the day they are caught! Vietnamese food varies from region to region and you will be able to experience this through the many different dishes infused with various herbs and flavours.

Address: Khe Cá, Hà Phong, Tp. Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam

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Squid Fishing
20:30 to 22:00
1 hour 30 minutes

Squid fishing is a great evening activity that is a lot more difficult than the skippers on board will make it look!

Grab a net and try your hand at squid fishing – the prime time to try this is in the evening when the squid come to the surface in search of some food.

Address: Hạ Long Bay, Tuần Châu, Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam

DAY 3: HALONG BAY BACK TO HANOI

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After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll take a small bamboo boat to visit the Luon Caves. Passing through the entrance, you come across a tranquil lake surrounded by limestone mountains. Afterwards, it’s back to the Junk to explore the natural wonders of the area before checking out and having an early lunch while cruising back to the mainland. Your driver will take you back to Hanoi.

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Luon Cave Kayaking
08:00 to 09:00
1 hour

Not far from Sung Sot Cave, Luon Cave is the quintessential Ha Long experience found on Bo Hon Island.

An open-air grotto, Luon Cave is only accessible by kayak or boat, to go inside the cave, you’ll have to pass through a 100- metre long archway which is wide enough to feel at ease while gliding through. Once inside, you’ll be able to enjoy the rich and unique ecology, as well as fish and shellfish below you.

Address: Luon Caves, Thành phố Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam

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Bai Tho Junk
10:30 to 11:45
1 hour 15 minutes

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant on Bai Tho Junk does not disappoint. Let the chefs onboard Bai Tho Junk take you on a journey of culinary discovery.

With a wide variety of meat and vegetable dishes available, you’ll also enjoy seafood and fish as fresh as the day they are caught! Vietnamese food varies from region to region and you will be able to experience this through the many different dishes infused with various herbs and flavours.

Address: Khe Cá, Hà Phong, Tp. Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam

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Minivan
12:00 to 16:00

From: Halong Bay
To: Hanoi

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Lan Vien Hotel
16:00 check-in
08:00 check-out (Day 4)
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A warm welcome awaits you at the Lan Vien Hotel, a new fourstar hotel situated in the heart of Hanoi, Hang Bai street and Ly Thuong Kiet street.

A great location allows you to explore and connect to this wonderful city over 1,000 years old. You can stroll out of the hotel doors and enjoy the surrounding shopping area, located just three minutes from the stunning views of the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake and the famous Opera House.

Featuring a rooftop pool and gym, the Lan Vien Hotel offers the perfect combination of modern luxuries, impeccable service and excellent value for the business or pleasure travellers.

Address: Lan Vien Hotel, Lý Thường Kiệt, Hàng Bài, Hanoi, Northern Vietnam, Việt Nam

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Hanoi Old Quarter
18:45 to 21:00
2 hours 15 minutes

Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, it is easy for you to walk from your hotel.

Tempt your taste buds with the famed Hanoi dishes such as Bun Cha Hanoi or Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Hanoi street food shops are found in the many of the narrow streets of the old quarter.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: Hanoi Old Quarter, Yên Thái, Hà Nội, Việt Nam

DAY 4: FLY TO HOI AN VIA DA NANG

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This morning, you’ll enjoy some shopping before transferring to the airport for a short flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, your driver will pick you up at Da Nang airport and take you to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. You’ll then drive to the Marble Mountains, named after the five elements: Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). Afterwards, you’ll transfer to Hoi An to your luxury hotel and the rest of the day will be free for you to enjoy however you wish.

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Hanoi Old Quarter
08:15 to 09:30
1 hour 15 minutes

Dating back to the Imperial era, the Old Quarter is aptly named; it’s one of the oldest parts of the city. Formerly established as part of the exterior of the Citadel of Thanh Long, the Old Quarter was the historic commercial centre for many years, particularly thriving during the Ly and Tran dynasties.

Today, it is a thriving tourist area for those wishing to witness an architectural timeline of Hanoi’s activity. From morning until night, the streets are bustling with tourists marvelling at French-colonial architecture while locals sip on coffee and Bia Hoi on street corners, looking onto the charming cobbled streets.

In the evening, the central area becomes a walking street, bursting with the locals and tourists searching for some beers and snacks.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: 7 Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 110213, Vietnam

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Private Driver
09:30 to 10:15

From: Hanoi Street Train
To: Noi Bai International Airport

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Plane
11:00 to 12:15

From: Noi Bai International Airport
To: Da Nang International Airport

Take a flight from Hanoi to Da Nang.

+ optional (not included in price)

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Private Driver
12:30 to 15:30

From: Da Nang International Airport
To: Hội An

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Marble Mountains
14:00 to 15:00
1 hour

Between Hoi An and Da Nang, just off the coastal road, the Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son) are five craggy limestone and marble outcrops topped with pagodas. The sight of these mountains will leave you in awe as they jut out from the relatively flat landscape around them.

The mountains are named after five elements; metal, water, wood and earth. Home to many accessible caves, it is also possible to climb the water mountain, Mt. Thuy. There are many activities surrounding the Marble Mountains and they are one of the must-see attractions in central Vietnam.

Address: Da Nang, Hòa Hải, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Da Nang, Vietnam

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Hoi An Historic Hotel
16:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 6)
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Established in 1991, the Hoi An Historic Hotel is admired for its location, charm and world-class facilities. Guests can access the stunning Cua Dai beach by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs every fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the Old Town (where clients will inevitably go to visit the tailor’s).

The hotel provides 150 international-standard rooms and suites in low rise blocks spaced throughout lush, shady grounds. The four-star hotel also offers the use of a vast, outdoor pool with poolside recliners, jacuzzi, tennis courts, souvenir shop and art gallery, beauty salon and a tour desk. Children can frolic in the Kid’s playground, while corporate guests have access to conference rooms, business centre and WiFi.

Dining options consist of barbecue parties, as well as a garden restaurant specialising in some of Hoi An’s most renowned cuisine and traditional folk dance performances. Guests can also take part in daily cooking classes to create authentic Vietnamese culinary masterpieces.

Address: Hoi An Historic Hotel, Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

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Streets Restaurant
19:00 to 20:30
1 hour 30 minutes

Founded in 2007 and based in Hoi An, Streets is a comprehensive and fully-supported 18-month culinary and hospitality training program. Disadvantaged and vulnerable youth living in poverty are chosen to participate in this no-cost program.

Each trainee participant is provided classroom instruction with hands-on experience in the culinary arts and/or hospitality services, nutritious meals; supervised housing, clothing; uniforms, an active community, monthly allowance, and basic medical care.

With Vietnamese food inspired by chefs from around the world, Streets Restaurant Café features the highest standards of contemporary Vietnamese and international cuisine.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: 17 Lê Lợi, Minh An, Hoi An City, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

DAY 5: MY SON SANCTUARY & HOI AN CITY TOUR

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After breakfast, you’ll visit My Son Sanctuary, a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed by the Kings of Champa. You’ll then have lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant, followed by a visit to Quan Cong Temple, the Old House of Tan Ky, the Japanese Covered Bridge. Then, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. After dinner, you can take in the nightlife of the vibrant ancient town admiring the boats on the river and the lanterns all around.

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Private Driver
08:00 to 12:00

From: Hội An
To: My Son Sanctuary

Your tour guide and driver pick you up at your hotel to visit My
Son Sanctuary and then transfer back to Hoi An ancient town.

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My Son Sanctuary
09:15 to 10:45
1 hour 30 minutes

The Champa Kingdom came to what is now known as Central Vietnam between the 4th and 13th centuries. Its spiritual origins were developed from Indian Hinduism, spreading across much of the coastline of the area.

There are a series of intricately designed temples within Central Vietnam that actively document this cultural existence which is still worshipped by some today. The remains of My Son mark the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom which held power for the entirety of the Cham era.

Address: Thánh địa Mỹ Sơn, Duy Phú, Huyện Duy Xuyên,, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

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Little Faifo Restaurant
12:15 to 13:30
1 hour 15 minutes

Little Faifo Restaurant is a cafe and bistro in Hoi An which prides itself on producing authentic Vietnamese cuisine. The chefs use their ancestor’s recipes and the highest quality locally-sourced ingredients to create their delicious dishes.

Little Faifo promises to ignite your taste buds with mouthwatering dishes paired with fine wine. The magnificent little balcony overlooking the tiny street makes this a very special experience.

Address: 66 Nguyễn Thái Học, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

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Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
14:00 to 14:45
45 minutes

Fujian (Phuc Kien) Assembly Hall was built around 1690 as a point of congregation for the Chinese ethnic group from Fujian. It was transformed into a temple at a later date as a shrine to the deity named Thien Hau – the goddess of sea who protects fisherman from danger.

An old folk story among locals says that the Chinese of Hoi An found a statue of the goddess on the beach and decided to build a temple to worship it.

Address: 46 Trần Phú, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

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Hoi An Museum of Folk Culture
15:00 to 15:30
30 minutes

The Hoi An Museum of Folk Culture belongs to the Relic Preservation Center of Hoi An and is located in Hoi An ancient town. This is the first place in the country that has a museum on this subject.

This museum has collected over 600 objects, but only displays about 500 of them. 90% of these objects are original, sorted by topics: folklore, traditional occupation, traditional clothing, folklore games etc.

The exhibition is special as this is the first time such a collection of original objects has been displayed. All more than 100 years old, the objects depict the local daily life: Vietnamese family customs, Chinese family customs, songs and dances. This museum has made it possible for all these to be introduced to the public.

Address: 33 Nguyễn Thái Học, Thành phố Hội An, Quảng Nam, Việt Nam

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Old House of Tan Ky
15:45 to 16:15
30 minutes

Tan Ky Old House is an almost perfect example of an 18thcentury merchant home.

In spite of financial hard times and the devastation brought by annual floods, seven generations of the family have managed to keep the house in good condition. So, although it is not the oldest building in Hoi An, it is certainly one of the best preserved.

Address: 101 Nguyễn Thái Học, Minh An, Tp. Hội An, Quảng
Nam, Vietnam

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Japanese Covered Bridge
16:30 to 17:00
30 minutes

Symbolic of Hoi An, this stunning 16th-century Japanese bridge is one of a kind – its the only covered bridge in the world to house a temple, joining the Chinese quarter to the Japanese.

Although the architect of the bridge is unknown, the bridge is considered representative of the Japanese community of Hoi An, as well as being owned by them. Having been fully restored to its arched originality –having previously been trampled down to make way for cars– the bridge is a stunning example of Japanese architecture with thousands treading its path each day.

For an alternative view of its wonder, you can view the bridge from the riverside.

Address: Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Cẩm Phô, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam

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Free Time in Hoi An
18:00 to 22:00
4 hours

Hoi An, formerly known as Fai-Fo or Faifoo, is located in Viet Nam’s Quang Nam Province and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Between the 17th and 19th centuries, the ancient town was a busy international trading port for the Chinese and Japanese.

The ancient town of Hoi An is exceptionally well-preserved today and visiting gives travellers a chance to contemplate and admire the historical beauty of this town. Between the architectural vestigates, yellow merchants houses, the canal, the temples and riverside markets, there is lots to see and do in Hoi An.

You have some free time to explore, relax and spend as you wish in Hoi An. If you’ve explored enough you may want to cycle or walk to the beach and spend the day soaking up the sun and views. Perhaps you may want to go shopping and explore the silk markets.

Hoi An is also one of the best places in Vietnam to have something made quickly, including clothing, shoes and bags! If you have time, pop into the tailors and see if you can have something made to preserve your memories of Hoi An.

Please note that tailors require a full day to make your new outfit.

Address: Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

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Lantern Town Restaurant
19:15 to 20:30
1 hour 15 minutes

Hoi An, also called the Town of Lanterns, is famous for its charming beauty, friendly people and tasty local food.

Lantern Town & The Hoianian restaurant are typical Vietnamese restaurants located in the middle of Hoi An Ancient Town, specialising in authentic Vietnamese food, Hoian’s specialities and unique fusion dishes.

An old Vietnamese saying tells us:”if you want to eat good food, roll into the kitchen.”

When you are in Lantern Town & The Hoianian, you’ll share your passion for good food but let them “roll into the kitchen” to prepare it for you as they have truly passionate and experienced chefs.

Lantern Town believes that food does not taste good without fresh ingredients and clean preparations. All food and drinks are prepared from fresh local fruits and vegetables with the aid of a water filtration system. Ingredients are provided by certificated reliable suppliers and the water for washing, making ice and drinking is purified. No MSG or preservatives are used to ensure the real taste.

At the Lantern Town & The Hoianian restaurant, the tasty, traditional Vietnamese and Hoi An cuisine is the top priority as the foundation of the restaurant concept. The open kitchen welcomes you to share and experience culinary secrets.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: 49 Nguyễn Thái Học, Minh An, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

DAY 6: HOI AN TO HUE

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After breakfast, you’ll cycle to a local farm in the charming little village of Tra Que. Here, you’ll talk to the farmers, join in preparing the land and fertilising it with seaweed from the local lake. You’ll enjoy a hands-on experience helping to prepare some local dishes with your local chef and enjoy your cooking straight after. Mid-afternoon, you’ll leave Hoi An and head to Hue, your next destination. After dinner, you will take a boat cruise on the Perfume River.

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Biking to Tra Que Village
10:00 to 12:00
2 hours

Tra Que is a charming little village on the edge of Hoi An, the village is named after the sweet scented vegetables that spice up the everyday meals of the Pho Hoi people.

Taking your bike from the Ancient Town, you’ll cycle through the charming streets before reaching the countryside where you’ll be met with row-upon-row of rice paddies, vast empty spaces and even the off water buffalo!

Address: Tra Que Vegetable Village, Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

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Tra Que Village
12:00 to 13:30
1 hour 30 minutes

Get ready to prepare lunch with a local family. Featuring many local delicacies, such as tam huu spring rolls, banh xeo local pancakes; you’ll have the opportunity to join in the food preparation in a hands-on cooking class!

Address: Tra Que Culinary Village, Thành phố Hội An, Quảng Nam, Việt Nam

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Private Driver
14:00 to 17:30

From: Hội An
To: Hue

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Hotel Romance
17:30 check-in
12:00 check-out (Day 7)
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Located in the heart of Hue City – a UNESCO listed World Heritage site, Romance Hotel has an ideal location, just steps away from the Perfume River on a street with several tourist information spots.

As well as two restaurants you can enjoy throughout the day, the hotel also features an outdoor swimming pool and two bars as well as a spa.

With the slogan “A lifetime of happiness”, the hotel’s aim is to ensure that you will have the most comfortable, enjoyable and truly unforgettable time in Romance Hotel.

Address: Hotel Romance, Nguyễn Thái Học, Hue, Vietnam

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Boat Trip on Perfume River
20:00 to 21:00
1 hour

A relaxing boat trip along the Perfume River will take you from the Imperial City to Thien Mu Pagoda in the northwest of Hue.

Along the way, as we journey away from the centre, you’ll see green grass, rice paddies and vegetation, with mountains in the background, you’ll see occasional water buffalo lazily grazing along the river banks.

Address: Perfume River, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam

DAY 7: EXPLORE HUE & FLY TO HO CHI MINH CITY

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Today, you will be taken on a half-day tour of Hue to take in the main sights. An important centre for Vietnam and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Imperial city of Hue has plenty to explore, from amazing citadels to royal tombs such as Minh Mang and Tu Duc. After a local lunch, you’ll transfer to Hue airport for your short flight to Ho Chi Minh City, your next destination. Upon reaching the city, you’ll have the rest of the evening free to relax or explore on your own.

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Hue Imperial City
08:15 to 09:30
1 hour 15 minutes

Built by geomancers of the Nguyen Dynasty, the construction of the city buildings began in 1804, with many buildings being added over the years of Emperor reign. The Citadel was built as a walled fortress containing a staggering 160 building, orientated to face the Huong River to the southeast.

The reign of the last Vietnamese Emperor ended in the mid-1900s. At the time, the Imperial City (also known as the Purple Forbidden City) had many buildings and hundreds of rooms. It suffered from termite and cyclone damage but was still very impressive.

Major losses occurred in 1947 when the Citadel was seized. The French-led a counter-attack and the six-week battle destroyed many of the major structures. The core of the city including the Imperial Palace was burned. The Citadel came under fire again in the early morning hours of the 31st of January, 1968, as part of the Tet Offensive.

The battle caused extensive damage; out of 160 buildings, only 10 major sites remain, such as the Thái Hòa and Cần Thanh temples; Thế Miếu and Hiển Lâm Các. Many bullet holes left over from the Vietnam War can be observed on the stone walls in the remnants left in the centre of the palace.

The city was made a UNESCO site in 1993. The buildings that still remain are still being restored and what was left of the 10 buildings are well-preserved.

Address: Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam

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Tu Duc Tomb
09:45 to 11:00
1 hour 15 minutes

Constructed between 1864 and 1867, Tu Duc Tomb is one of the most impressive of the royal mausoleums in Vietnam. It is said to be one of the most beautiful and picturesque examples of Nguyen Dynasty architecture, who ruled Vietnam from the capital city of Hue for 140 years.

Designed by Emperor Tu Duc, the tomb was to be used before and after his death, before as a retreat where the emporer would go hunting, write poetry or relax in the vast grounds. One of the largest works of architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty, Tu Duc tomb is reflective of the king’s romantic characteristics.

The huge complex which holds the tomb, a lake, several gardens and temples required a huge amount of labour and money to complete. The immense labour resulted in a coup plot but it was discovered and suppressed before being carried out.

Interestingly, the Tu Duc tomb is not where the emporer was actually laid to rest. His actual tomb was built in secret and those that built it were killed following its completion so that its actual location could never be revealed.

Address: 17/69 Lê Ngô Cát, Thủy Xuân, Tp. Huế, Thừa Thiên
Huế, Vietnam

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Thien Mu Pagoda
11:15 to 11:45
30 minutes

A magnificent example of Vietnamese architecture, this is an iconic seven-story pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the city with a unique folklore story behind it.

According to royal records, Nguyen Hoang of the Ly Dynasty was told a local legend of an old lady, known as Thiên Mụ (literally “celestial lady”), dressed in red and blue who sat rubbing her cheeks. She foretold that a lord would come and erect a pagoda on the hill to pray for the country’s prosperity.

She then vanished after making her prophecy. Upon hearing this, Nguyen Hoang ordered the construction of a temple at the site, founding Thiên Mụ Pagoda to fulfil her wishes.

Address: 144 Đường Văn Thánh, Hương Hòa, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam

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Ancient Hue Restaurant
12:00 to 13:00
1 hour

The restaurant was established in 2007, with the conception of the idea to take guests a step back in time to ancient Hue. With finely carved exteriors and interiors, you’ll go back to the times of Kim Long of the Ngueyn Dynasty.

Hidden by blossoming fruit trees, the restaurant’s finelytrained chefs take you on a culinary and seasonal journey, utilising local ingredients only at their finest time of year. Ancient Hue Restaurant is one of the finest dining and cultural experiences of the city. This a meal not to be missed when visiting Hue.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: 47 Kiệt 104 Kim Long, Kim Long, Tp. Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam

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Private Driver
13:15 to 14:00

From: Hue
To: Phu Bai Airport

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Plane
15:00 to 16:15

From: Phu Bai Airport
To: Tan Son Nhat International Airport

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Private Driver
16:30 to 17:00

From: Tan Son Nhat International Airport
To: Nguyen Hue

Your driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to
your hotel for check-in.

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Palace Saigon
17:00 check-in
08:00 check-out (Day 9)
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Whether you are looking for a business destination or sophisticated leisure hotel in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city, Palace Hotel Saigon is the one.

Located on a very desired address of the renowned street, Nguyen Hue Boulevard, it is just eight kilometres from Tan Son Nhat International Airport, a few steps for shopping areas, traditional boutique shops and entertainment venues of Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue Streets.

It is also walking distance to Saigon River, the Opera House, Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City Town Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace and many more attractions.

As well as a restaurant serving Vietnamese and western cuisine throughout the day, the hotel also has an on-site gym and an outdoor swimming pool.

Address: Palace Hotel Saigon, Nguyen Hue, Bến Nghé, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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Nam Viet Restaurant
19:00 to 20:00
1 hour

The exceptional cuisine of the Nam Viet Restaurant was developed by applying family culinary secrets and experience in satisfying local and foreign customers. With over three generations having ran this restaurant, dining here will give you a truly local experience.

French and Southern Mekong Delta flavours and the exceptionally fine quality of ingredients will come through in the original “Can-Tho-nese” style cooking.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: 98G Bến Nghé Quận 1, Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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Nguyen Hue
20:30 to 21:30
1 hour

Fronted by the Ho Chi Minh City Hall and a statue of Ho Chi Minh himself, Nguyen Hue street is a popular walking street for travellers and locals, particularly on evenings and weekends.

With a walking area in the middle and streets either side, Nguyen is lined by top-end shops, malls, hotels and restaurants, among them is The Rex, popular for its role during the Vietnam War as a host to new reporters.

In the evenings on the weekends, the street is closed to motorbikes and cars so visitors can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, street shows, photo opportunities and fountain light shows. During New Year, the street hosts a party for the countdown.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: 86 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

DAY 8: CU CHI TUNNELS & HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR

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This morning, you will visit the tunnels of Cu Chi, which are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in South Vietnam. The tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War. After lunch, you’ll visit the Reunification Palace, the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, then to Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office, perhaps the grandest one in all of Southeast Asia.

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Private Driver
08:15 to 09:45

From: Ho Chi Minh City
To: Cu Chi Tunnels

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Cu Chi Tunnels
10:00 to 11:30
1 hour 30 minutes

The Cu Chi Tunnels are a network of tunnels, stretching for over 200km, that became legendary during the 1960s. The tunnels played a vital part in the U.S.-Vietnam War in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border.

The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specifically constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Today, the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life during the war must have been like.

The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise, we would not be able to enter them!). For those interested, there is even the opportunity to try an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.

Address: TL6, Phú Hiệp, Phú Mỹ Hưng, Củ Chi, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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Private Driver
13:15 to 14:45

From: Cu Chi Tunnels
To: Ho Chi Minh City

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Independence Palace
15:00 to 16:15
1 hour 15 minutes

Of all of Vietnam’s tourist attractions, the one you should not miss is the iconic Reunification Palace. It was first designed as the residence and workplace of the U.S backed former Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem until his death.

During the fall of Saigon in 1975, the North Vietnamese Army manoeuvred a tank and crashed through the main gate of the palace, signifying the end of the Vietnam War.

The place was designed by award-winning French architect and is said to be in harmony with Feng Shui principles. Lush tropical gardens surround this five-level building, which hides secret rooms, entertainment lounges, telecommunications centre and a basement housing a warren of tunnels.

Interestingly, the war command room still has huge maps and old communication pieces of equipment intact, along with the basement labyrinth. To date, the conference room still hosts important national events, such as the recent APEC summit and the signing of the WTO accord. The building has been left largely as it was, so history buffs can have a deep exploration of the global history here.

Address: 135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Bến Thành, Quận 1, Bến Thành, Ho Chi Minh City, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
16:15 to 16:45
30 minutes

Officially Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception, the unique colour of this cathedral makes it stands out from its surroundings within the downtown part of the city.

Built between 1877 and 1883, Notre Dame Cathedral rises up romantically from the heart of Ho Chi Minh City facing Dong Khoi Road, one of the oldest streets in what was once Saigon. This reddish brick, neo-Romanesque church is fronted by two square towers topped with iron spires, surrounded by gardens and a statue of the Virgin Mary.

All of the building materials were imported from France; the exterior of the cathedral was made with bricks from Toulouse. Although the contractor did not use coated concrete, these bricks have retained their bright red colour until today. The walls of the interior are inlaid with devotional tablets and some stained glass windows.

Address: 01 Công Xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Bến Nghé, Ho Chi Minh City, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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Saigon Central Post Office
16:45 to 17:15
30 minutes

Neighbouring the basilica is the city’s post office, a typical example of French-colonialist architecture that is emblematic of the city.

Designed by Alfred Foulhoux, the post office is often erroneously credited as being the work of Gustave Eiffel, or a collaboration between Foulhoux and Hanoi-based Auguste Henri Vildieu.

The Gothic-styled Saigon Central Post Office began its life in 1886 and remains one of the country’s most celebrated structures. Inside, beneath a long, domed roof, the walls decorated with French colonial maps met by a portrait of Ho Chi Minh, while the elaborately tiled floors complete the refined look, typical of the era. Today, the post office not only remains fully functional but impressively well-preserved.

Address: 2 Công xã Paris Bến Nghé Quận 1, Bến Nghé, Ho Chi Minh City, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City
17:30 to 18:30
1 hour

The largest metropolis in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City (locally known as Sai Gon) is a hub of excitement and activity. Through winding traffic, beeping horns and bright lights; the city never sleeps.

Navigating your way through District 1, the city’s business district, you’ll find most of the attractions alongside grand hotels that neighbour street food stalls and coffee shops that consist of the nothing more than a few miniature stools. The city exhibits a clear sign of major developments, with skyscrapers such as the infamous Bitexco yet never seems to leave the local feel, with small “quan” restaurants selling only one dish at every given opportunity.

Walking around in the Saigon heat of the south, you’ll find you can take a rest in one of the parks, hide from the sun in the air-con of a mall or get to know some locals who are looking to practice their English in a coffee shop.

This is the best way to take in the vibes of the city, along the way you’ll find traces of colonial rule in the oldest part of the city – District 1. If you want to go a little further, a day wondering around District 5 is a stunning insight into local culture and the remnants of the large Chinese area in the country.

Address: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Indochine Restaurant Ho Chi Minh City
19:00 to 20:15
1 hour 15 minutes

Inspired by the movie “Indochine” by director Régis Wargnier, the Indochine Restaurant was opened right in the heart of a bustling street, yet still retains its isolated nature. Leaving behind any daily worries, customers will go on a pleasant journey as soon as they step into the grandiose old 19thcentury villa where Indochine Saigon is located.

Following the unique and excellent design, the Indochine Restaurant is skillfully divided into different room sections, from the separate cosy dining rooms to spacious and elegant ones, as if to bring customers back to the old Saigon.

With a wealth of experience and passion in their expertise, chefs in Indochine Restaurant have spent an adequate time to visit any corner of this country to discover, experience and, literally cook with regional inhabitants.

From what they have experienced, chefs in Indochine Restaurant will capture the very essence of every meal they have tried and create such an extensive and colourful menu that they currently have. Customers can detect distinguishing smell and taste of different unique meals which could only be found in this restaurant.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: 32 Phạm Ngọc Thạch, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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Explore Saigon by Night
20:15 to 21:45
1 hour 30 minutes

Pham Ngu Lao street or also called Pho Tay street has become a familiar spot and gathering place for foreign visitors in the city. You can walk around and find a local restaurant for dinner with Vietnamese food and sip on some local beer.

There are an abundance of Vietnamese restaurants, coffee shops and bars on this street, if you want to be in the thick of the action this is where you should head in the evening.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

DAY 9: EXPLORE THE MEKONG DELTA & FLY TO SIEM REAP IN CAMBODIA

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After breakfast at your hotel, you will drive to My Tho, located near the Mekong Delta. Here, you’ll take an interesting boat journey to Unicorn Island to visit a bee farm. Then, you’ll change to smaller rowing boats to glide along the canals to the delicious smells of the coconut candy factory. For lunch, you’ll try the local speciality “Tai Tuong”. Afterwards, you’ll head back to Ho Chi Minh City to catch a short flight to Siem Reap, the next destination on your Indochina tour.

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Private Driver
08:00 to 09:30

From: Ho Chi Minh City
To: Mỹ Tho

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Unicorn Island
09:30 to 10:15
45 minutes

The biggest of the four holy islands in the Mekong Delta – Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix Island – Unicorn Island is a beautiful island with a path leading through it flanked by fruit trees bearing plums, mangoes, and longans.

You’ll travel on a private wooden motorboat to Unicorn Island. On this boat along the river’s bank, you’ll be passing through natural creeks and quiet villages and watch rural people going to work. You will also see an interesting fishermen’s port and some stilt houses.

Address: Cồn Quy, Châu Thành, Bến Tre, Việt Nam

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Bee Farm My Tho
10:15 to 10:45
30 minutes

The Mekong Delta is known for producing beautiful honey and My Tho is second to none.

You’ll visit a bee farm where you have a chance to taste local honey tea and learn about the beekeeping in My Tho and how it is exported across the country due to high demand for this unique flavour. Leaving the bee farm, take a short walk around the village to sample other local confectionery.

Address: Cồn Quy, Châu Thành, Bến Tre, Việt Nam

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Mekong Delta Boat Ride
10:45 to 11:15
30 minutes

For this part of the tour, you’ll change to a small rowboat, an interesting mode of transportation of the Mekong Delta people.

On this journey through the quiet and serene Mekong Delta canals, you’ll enjoy the fresh air, the beautiful scenery of coconut plantations and the company of a local.

Address: Cồn Quy, Châu Thành, Bến Tre, Việt Nam

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Coconut Candy Village
11:15 to 12:15
1 hour

Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta is so famous for its coconut candy that it has been said to originate from this very area that you will visit today.

As you approach, you can smell the flavour of coconut candy being made many yards away. During this visit, you’ll see how the village people make candy and many handcrafted items from coconuts. Your visit to the village will end in a small local shop where you will be able to purchase all of these products.

Address: Thới Sơn, Thành phố Mỹ Tho, Tiền Giang, Việt Nam

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Private Driver
13:30 to 15:00

From: Mỹ Tho
To: Ho Chi Minh City

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Plane
17:30 to 18:30

From: Tan Son Nhat International Airport
To: Siem Reap International Airport

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Private Driver
18:45 to 19:15

From: Siem Reap International Airport
To: Krong Siem Reap

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Angkor Holiday Hotel
19:30 check-in
12:00 check-out (Day 12)
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Angkor Holiday Hotel conveniently and perfectly situated at the heart of Siem Reap’s business district, Angkor Holiday Hotel offers tremendously convenient access to banks, healthcare, restaurants, bars, cafes, convenience stores and shops.

At Angkor Holiday Hotel, they pride themselves on service quality of a genuinely high level and on attending to guests’ every need with courteousness and warmth. The cuisine at the Pavilion Restaurant comes from around the world and is delicately prepared by the renowned chef who, with his team, can bring any dishes into the limelight and turn each meal into a fine dining experience.

Both the world famous Angkor Wat and Siem Reap International Airport is only 15 minutes drive and the Royal Palace is 2 minutes away.

Address: Angkor Holiday Hotel, Sivatha Road, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Yellow Mango Restaurant
20:00 to 21:00
1 hour

A hot spot in Siem Reap, Yellow Mango balances the flavours of Cambodian cuisine to give you a refined edge to street food delights, family favourites and everything in between.

For those looking for a taste of home, Yellow Mango takes pride in its approach to western cuisine that will have you wishing you had room for more!

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: 141, Pokambor Ave, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Angkor Night Market
21:00 to 22:00
1 hour

Angkor Night Market is Siem Reap’s most renowned shopping venue, housing over 200 bamboo huts selling a wide range of clothing and handicrafts by local communities and nongovernmental organisations.

Located a stone’s throw from the famous Pub Street in downtown Siem Reap, the market was first opened in 2007 to help preserve Khmer handicrafts and improve the lives of the local people.

As you explore the market, you’ll see lots of unique goods, souvenirs and crafts such as silk paintings, shadow puppets, and intricate stone carvings embellished in silver or brass. Of course, like any market in Southeast Asia, there’ll be a good amount of ‘tat’ from China in the market.

The market is fun to browse, perhaps pick up some souvenirs and interact with the local Khmer people. Once you’re done shopping you can head out onto the street to enjoy some tasty Khmer street food and have a few drinks on the notorious Pub Street.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: Angkor Night Market St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

DAY 10: EXPLORE SIEM REAP & TONLE SAP

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After breakfast, you will visit Angkor Silk Farm then continue to Angkor National Museum, two highlights of an extended visit to Siem Reap. After lunch in a local restaurant, you’ll take a boat cruise on Tonle Sap Lake connecting to Mekong River. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Siem Reap town where the rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at your own pace. In the evening, you may want to head to the lively Pub Street.

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Tuk-Tuk
08:15 to 08:45

From: Krong Siem Reap
To: Angkor National Museum

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Angkor Silk Farm
08:45 to 09:45
1 hour

Located in one of the most beautiful and peaceful locations in the Cambodian countryside, the Angkor Silk Farm is where you can learn about the ancient tradition of silkworm breeding and harvesting.

At this silk farm, you’ll learn all about the silkworm harvesting techniques, the silkworm breeding process, and even about the artisans who work at this eco-friendly silk farm.

The silk farm and workshop belong to the social enterprise known as ‘Artisans Angkor’ who aim to revive ancient Cambodian Arts & Crafts while improving the lives of thousands of people living in rural areas.

Don’t forget to pick up a few souvenirs while you are here, as there a ton of various artefacts and beautiful silk products for sale.

Address: Puok, Cambodia

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Angkor National Museum
10:00 to 11:45
1 hour 45 minutes

This archaeological museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and presentation of Angkorian artefacts. The Angkor National Museum also provides useful information and an in-depth education on the art and culture of Khmer civilisation, with collections dating back to the Khmer Empire’s Angkor period from the 9th to the 14th century.

The museum also holds many items that are borrowed from other museums so it offers you an all-encompassing opportunity to learn about and experience the regions rich history and culture.

Opened in 2007, the museum is arranged so that visitors can move from one gallery to another in a themed and organised manner. The gallery of 1,000 Buddha is a particular highlight for many visitors as well as the galleries dedicated to ancient clothing and the great Khmer kings.

The museum is ideally located on the road to the Angkor ancient city so gives you a perfect opportunity to learn more about the complex before visiting the ancient site.

Address: Charles De Gaulle, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Tonle Mekong Restaurant
12:00 to 13:00
1 hour

This countryside eatery offers a buffet that no one can resist. With a combination of Khmer and western dishes to choose from, you are free to eat as much as you wish. But, be warned once you start you may just want to try everything.

In the corner of our buffet hall, they also have some of the highly skilled chefs ready to prepare a dish of something truly delicious right there in front of you. For those of you who’d like something special, they have a selection of different dishes; noodles, Papaya Salad, Pad Thai, Stewed Pork Leg with Fried Vegetables and Kui Cha.

Address: National Route 6 (Airport Road), Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Tonlé Sap
13:30 to 15:15
1 hour 45 minutes

Five provinces circle Tonle Sap Lake, totalling around three million people around its banks; 90% of them earn a living by catching fish and farming.

Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater in South East Asia and its dimension changes depending on the monsoon and dry season. During raining season from June to October, the lake is filled by water flowing from the Mekong with 14 metres in depth and expands the surface of 10,000 square kilometres. In dry season from November to May it is around 3,000 square kilometres with two meres in depth and water flows out from the Lake to the Mekong, in and out flowing is the natural phenomenon occurrences.

The flooded forest surrounding the edge of the lake is the best shelter and also very important for all kinds of fish spawned and breeding babies. This lake provides a home to much biodiversity; over 300 species of freshwater fish, snakes, crocodiles, tortoises, turtles and otters. There are more than 100 varieties of water birds including storks and pelicans.

During your boat trip on Tonle Sap, you will see a fishermen’s floating village with floating schools, police stations, pagodas and many houses. The floating village moves from place to place following water levels and current.

Address: Tonlé Sap, Cambodia

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Tuk-Tuk
15:15 to 15:45

From: Tonlé Sap
To: Krong Siem Reap

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Pub Street
19:00 to 21:00
2 hours

During your free time, you may want to explore Cambodia’s famous Pub Street. Siem Reap’s nightlife scene comprises lively bars, cocktail lounges, international restaurants and vibrant nightclubs that stay open (and busy) until 4 am every day.

For backpackers, Pub Street in downtown Siem Reap is ideal for a night out of bar-hopping with like-minded travellers as its numerous bars are easily accessible on foot while sampling unique cocktails and beers.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: Street 08, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

DAY 11: EXPLORE THE ANGKOR WAT TEMPLES

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Today you will be taken on a full-day tour of the famous Angkor temples in Siem Reap such as majestic Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and Banteay Srei Temple. Before visiting Banteay Srei Temple, a delicious local lunch will be served. After visiting the Landmine Museum, the rest of the day will be free for you to spend however you wish, it may involve a little trip to the night market to shop for souvenirs. Today will be sure to be a highlight of your Indochina tour!.

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Tuk-Tuk
08:00 to 08:30

From: Krong Siem Reap
To: Angkor Wat

Enjoy a private driver and some wonderful sightseeing.

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Angkor Wat
08:30 to 09:30
1 hour

Angkor Wat is the largest and undoubtedly the most famous religious complex in the world.

The first temples were constructed to be dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu for the Khmer Empire in the 12th century. However, this complex gradually transformed its focus to Buddhism.

Angkor Wat was revolutionary of its time as it broke Shaivaite tradition; it is dedicated to Vishnu as opposed to the deity Shiva. As the most well-preserved temple in Angkor, it has remained a significant place of worship since its inception.

Angkor Wat combines two styles of Khmer architecture: the temple mountain and the galleried temple. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, a five-peaked mountain of Hindu and Buddhist cosmology. Angkor Wat is also oriented to the west, which has baffled religious scholars for decades.

Angkor is an architectural and spiritual wonder with intricate bas-reliefs and numerous devatas, it truly is a wonder.

?guided

Address: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Ta Prohm
09:30 to 10:30
1 hour

Ta Prohm is arguably one of the most atmospheric temples in the whole of the Angkor complex. It is world famous for the jungle trees and huge roots that have intertwined themselves through the walls and stones of the temple. This temple is also commonly referred to as the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ for its appearance in the Lara Croft movie.

Originally built as a Buddhist monastery and university in the 12-13th centuries during the reign of Khmer King Jayavarman VII, it was later abandoned like most temples in Angkor and left for the jungle to envelop it. Ta Prohm stands as a mighty symbol of how when empires fall, the glorious power of nature continues regardless of what is in its path.

The temple was intentionally left in much the same way as it was built, only the most necessary work to prevent further deterioration and collapse was done. However lately, things have changed at the Ta Prohm. A number of trees have been removed, with additional restoration efforts carried out to protect the temple being damaged by the roots and from the danger of falling trees destroying the monument. The temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

?guided

Address: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

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South Gate of Angkor Thom
10:45 to 11:00
15 minutes

The South Gate of Angkor Thom is the best-preserved gate of the five gates within the Angkor complex. Its fine preservation means that the South Gate is kept high of the list of attractions within Angkor.

It is approached from the outside via a causeway that extends around 50 metres across a moat. On each side of the causeway are railings fashioned with 54 stone figures engaged in the performance of a famous Hindu story known as ‘the myth of the Churning of the Ocean’.

The mythical beings guard the city with their grimacing expressions, almond shaped eyes and conical headdresses. Wherever you move, their eyes seem to follow you.

It was built under King Jayavarman VII and its religious symbolism and feature have close similarities to the Bayon Temple, which was built under the rule of the same king.

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Address:  នេ ង ងតូង, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Bayon Temple
11:00 to 12:00
1 hour

Perhaps the most famous temple in Cambodia after Angkor Wat, Bayon temple is actually one of the most unique temples in the country. Located in the centre of the Angkor Thom ancient city within the mighty Angkor Complex, it was once the state temple for Jayavarman VII and the temple definitely epitomises this celebrated king.

This 12th-century work of art, also known as Prasat Bayon, is best known for its 54 gothic towers featuring 216 big stone smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara peering down at its visitors. The temple is also enhanced by the 1.2-kilometre stretch of raised carvings, known as bas-reliefs, featuring 11,000 figures.

Built primarily as a Buddhist temple, following Jayavarman VII’s death it was consequently altered by the monarchs that followed. Most notably, during King Jayavarman VIII’s reign, the Khmer empire reverted back to Hinduism, therefore changing the temple.

Further alterations were made in the centuries that followed when the dominant religion became Buddhism once again but eventually, the temple was abandoned to be shrouded in jungle growth. During the 20th century, the temple was once again rediscovered and restored to its former glory you’ll see today.

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Address: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Por Cuisine
12:30 to 13:30
1 hour

Por Cuisine a rice to riches story for the owner, Por. In 1983, Por had a vision of owning a fine dining restaurant. He started by opening a humble kiosk serving his traditional noodle creations to the people of Siem Reap. His simple dish became an essential part of the community food chain, a taste that made his family well known and celebrated.

Now 30 years later, the dream and the flavours have come to life. The family tradition continues but with a state of the art modern classic restaurant design and an exciting array of enticing flavours from both the East and the West.

Por Cuisine also serves individual set lunches, dinners, many choices of a la carte menu and personalised dinners. Each night there is a traditional Apsara dance show from 7.30-8.30pm in the tropical fresh air and green garden landscape.

The venue is popular with both locals and international visitors. The restaurant was formally opened in January 2014 and the design, fit-out and facilities would not be out of place in one of the upmarket Burroughs of New York.

Address: 298, Sangkat Sala Kamroeuk, St. 22, កងេសមប 17254, Cambodia

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Banteay Srei Temple
14:00 to 15:00
1 hour

Banteay Srei is a 10th-century Khmer temple dedicated to the Hindu God, Shiva. This temple, of which the name means ‘Citadel of the Women’, is particularly unique to the other temples in Angkor due to being constructed of pink sandstone and for being unusually small in size by Angkorian standards.

The sandstone enables you to observe the elaborate and decorative wall carvings that are some of the finest found in the world; you can still see them today. The temple is prided as some of the most stunning achievements of Angkorian and Khmer artisan work and is one of the most well-preserved temples in Cambodia.

Construction of Banteay Sri began in AD 967 and the name denotes that the temple must have been built by a woman, especially as the hand carvings are suspected to be too delicate to have been done by a man. The carvings feature women with lotus flowers in hand wearing traditional skirts and both male and female divinities.

Almost every centimetre of this building is covered in intricate carvings. Interestingly, this temple is one of the only temples to be commisioned by a brahman, a tutor to Jayavarman V. It was one of the first temples to be restored using the anastylosis method and was a major success leading to many other larger temples being restored with the same techniques.

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Address: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Landmine Museum
15:15 to 16:00
45 minutes

Striving to educate visitors about the importance of clearing landmines in Cambodia, the Landmine Museum is primarily an education centre for visitors and young people, founded by a man who was a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge.

With potentially 5,000,000 still in the ground, landmines have immensely impacted the history and culture of this amazing society. The collection of thousands of landmines is impressive and thought-provoking, giving a true insight and realisation of just how recent Cambodia’s atrocious history is.

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Address: 67, Cambodia

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Tuk-Tuk
16:00 to 17:00

From: Cambodia Landmine Museum
To: Krong Siem Reap

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Angkor Night Market
20:00 to 21:00
1 hour

Angkor Night Market is Siem Reap’s most renowned shopping venue, housing over 200 bamboo huts selling a wide range of clothing and handicrafts by local communities and nongovernmental organisations.

Located a stone’s throw from the famous Pub Street in downtown Siem Reap, the market was first opened in 2007 to help preserve Khmer handicrafts and improve the lives of the local people.

As you explore the market, you’ll see lots of unique goods, souvenirs and crafts such as silk paintings, shadow puppets, and intricate stone carvings embellished in silver or brass. Of course, like any market in Southeast Asia, there’ll be a good amount of ‘tat’ from China in the market.

The market is fun to browse, perhaps pick up some souvenirs and interact with the local Khmer people. Once you’re done shopping you can head out onto the street to enjoy some tasty Khmer street food and have a few drinks on the notorious Pub Street.

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Address: Angkor Night Market St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

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This morning, you’ll have some free time for last-minute shopping or exploring Siem Reap one last time at your own pace. After lunch, you’ll visit the Wat Thmei, which was formerly a site of killing fields in Siem Reap during the Khmer Rouge era. You’ll then transfer to Siem Reap airport to take a short flight to Luang Prabang in Laos where you’ll be staying for the next couple of days. Upon arriving at your resort, you’ll have the evening free to relax.

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Free Time in Siem Reap
09:00 to 11:00
2 hours

Siem Reap is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th–15th centuries, but there is also a lot more to see in this town. You may want to visit a local market, artisan or local gallery. The Made in Cambodia Market is open daily from midday until the evening and is a good place to buy local products.

Artisans Angkor also offers a free visit to their workshop to see sandstone, wood, silk and lacquer-ware being produced. You may want to make another visit to the temples or visit the National Museum or perhaps do some souvenir shopping.

You can also hire a bicycle and explore the interesting streets along the river, or why not visit the bustling night markets where you can haggle with the local vendors and try the delicious local food.

Address: Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Tuk-Tuk
12:00 to 12:15

From: Krong Siem Reap
To: Krong Siem Reap

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Private Driver
14:30 to 15:00

From: Krong Siem Reap
To: Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport

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Plane
17:00 to 18:00

From: Krong Siem Reap
To: Luang Prabang

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Private Driver
18:15 to 18:45

From: Luang Prabang Airport
To: Luang Prabang

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Chanthavinh Resort & Spa
19:00 check-in
07:00 check-out (Day 14)
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Chanthavinh Resort is a deluxe resort situated directly on the banks of the Mekong River with magnificent and romantic views.

Located at Ban Chan Village, the historic village of pottery in Luang Prabang Province, the resort is an elegant mix of a 19th-century traditional Luang Prabang style house and modern western facilities. The resort offers a quiet and peaceful atmosphere with spectacular views, beautiful flowers and the greenery of nature.

The restaurant offers an extensive menu of typical Luang Prabang food as well as Asian and Western-style specialities that will set a standard for your excellent culinary journey. At the riverside restaurant, you will enjoy spectacular views of the river and mountain scenery as well as a beautiful sunset together with a delicious array of food and drinks.

Address: Banchanh Village,chomphet District,, Luang Prabang , LAO PDR, Laos

DAY 13: EXPLORE LUANG PRABANG

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An early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms from the faithful residents. Then, you’ll embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River to see the mystery Pak Ou Caves with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues in various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. After lunch, your city tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Mount Phousi.

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Luang Prabang Morning Market
06:00 to 07:00
1 hour

Whilst its the night markets that are typically geared up for tourists, its the morning markets in Southeast Asia where you’ll see the locals coming to do their shopping.

The Luang Prabang morning market is a particularly wonderful place where you’ll find an array of interesting and authentic food. Fresh locally grown vegetables, meat and freshly caught fish as well as an abundance of snacks for breakfast, Luang Prabang morning market is a hive of activity.

Address: Luang Prabang Morning market, Luang Prabang, Laos

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Boat
08:45 to 09:45

From: Luang Prabang
To: Ban Xang Hai

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Ban Xang Hai
09:45 to 10:15
30 minutes

Located on the banks of the Mekong River around 1.5 hours upstream of Luang Prabang, you’ll find the village of Ban Xang Hai. This Mekong village is particularly famous for its whiskey, known as Lao-Lao, the beloved whiskey of the country.

The method, which the villagers refuse to change, remains very traditional. The whiskey is still made using an open fire and earthen jars made in the pottery village of Ban Chan. Scattered along the river in Ban Xang Hai, you’ll find various Lao-Lao producers.

Whilst in the village, you’ll see the process of making Lao-Lao and don’t be surprised if you are offered a little shot of it – it’s a sure-fire way to make friends with the locals!

Address: Laos

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Pak Ou Caves
10:30 to 11:30
1 hour

Overlooking the Mekong River, Pak Ou Caves are one of the most respected holy sites in Lao.

Dating back thousands of years, the twin caves are packed with over 4,000 Buddha icons, the caves host a shrine to the river spirit of ancient Lao beliefs as well as the Lord Buddha which represent the belief of Lao people throughout the ages and is still highly respected in Luang Prabang and around the country.

Set in a dramatic limestone cliff at the point where the Mekong joins the Nam Ou River, the Pak Ou Caves are known individually as Tham Ting (lower) and Tham Theung (upper), both of which have a variety miniature Buddhist images in various positions lining the caves to lead to a shrine.

Address: Pak Ou Caves, Laos

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Royal Palace Museum
14:00 to 14:45
45 minutes

Looking onto the river, the Royal Palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens, neighbouring one of the most popular streets in Luang Prabang. The structure itself is a combination of Laotian architecture and French-Beaux style, collaboratively giving the aura of grandeur, as the kings former residence.

Within the palace complex has been transformed into a museum that offers an insight into the history of the area, as well as the history and culture of the country as a whole. The exhibition dates back to the Lan Xang Kingdom, builds up through the colonial era and into the present day with a collection of objects, photographs and artworks.

Address: Royal Palace, Luang Prabang, Laos

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Wat Xiengthong
14:45 to 15:45
1 hour

With intricately carved walls and a Tree of Life mosaic, Wat Xiengthong is an extraordinary example of Luang Prabang architecture. Also known as the ‘Golden Tree Monastery’, the temple is of great historic importance as the coronation site for Lao Kings as well as holding rare Buddhist deities.

The Tree of Life mosaic tells the tale of two monks who wanted to create a sanctuary at the conflux of two rivers, next to a flame tree – the story of the founding of the temple, which was constructed in 1560. Although many additions and some renovations have been done, much of the original temple remains.

As one of the most highly architecturally revered buildings in Luang Prabang, there are many beautiful parts to discover, the temple gradually unfolds itself, with artistry to be found on every corner. The main highlight has to be the enormous funeral carriage that was once walked along the streets of Luang Prabang to pay respect to those who had passed.

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Address: Khem Khong, Luang Prabang, Laos

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Mount Phousi
16:00 to 17:00
1 hour

Towering 100 metres high above Luang Prabang, a trip to the ancient city is not complete without a hike up Mount Phousi. The unmissable mount is in the heart of the old city, surrounded by rivers Nam Khan and the Mighty Mekong.

Although not the easiest of hikes, conquering Mount Phousi is incredibly rewarding, with a stunning panoramic view of the city waiting for you at the top. To break up the journey, you’ll be met by Wat Tham Phou Si and Wat Chom Si, both of which provide alternate views of the Laotian countryside in the distance.

Address: Luang Prabang, Laos

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Luang Prabang Night Market
20:00 to 21:00
1 hour

Running from Wat Mai all the way down Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang Night Market like the town is a quiet, sleepy market yet still filled with all the souvenirs you could want, along with some interesting additions. Filled to the brim with hand-woven fabrics and unique handmade souvenirs – it’s a feast for the senses, particularly if you make your way to the food alley!

Starting around dusk and running until midnight, the market brings the quiet city to life as hill-tribes women and city dwellers alike come to sell their crafts. If you want to try the vegetarian buffet or any other food for that matter, it is advised to go to eat early.

Address: cnr Th Sisavangvong & Th Kitsarat, Luang Prabang, Laos

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This morning, you’ll depart to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or a walk along the forest trails, then learn about butterflies and local flora at Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park. You’ll then take a short flight to Vientiane. After lunch, on your tour, you’ll visit Wat Si Saket, Wat Pha Kaew and That Luang Stupa. End your day by watching the sunset over Mekong River and perhaps visiting the night market.

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Tuk-Tuk
07:00 to 07:45

From: Luang Prabang
To: Kuang Si Waterfall

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Kuang Si Waterfall
07:45 to 09:45
2 hours

Following the shallow pools in a hillside, you’ll eventually reach this multi-tiered waterfall, stretching up to a great 60- metre height.

The trail past the pools takes you to a well-built wooden bridge that leads you around the falls where you’ll learn about the environmental efforts to protect the beauty of the waterfalls and the nature that surrounds it.

The gushing of Kuang Si Waterfalls creates a resounding sense of calm, however, they do become busy throughout the day, as one of the most famous sites in Laos.

For a more calming experience, you may want to hike up to the source of the waterfall, a challenging, yet reward hike that takes you up a steep incline and through a waterfall staircase before you reach the option to go to some caves or on a short boat ride to the source. Remember to take your shoes, so you can come out the other side!

When back to the main pools of the waterfall, you may want to swim to cool down – be warned, it really is cold!

Address: Unnamed Road, Laos

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Kuang Si Butterfly Park
09:45 to 10:45
1 hour

Just moments from Kuang Si Waterfall, Kuang Si Butterfly Park was started by two passionate Dutch people who wanted to create a research centre and publish extensive research about Laos’ butterflies.

In the park, there are a host of plants that act as a stage for these beautiful insects to shine. You’ll also find some information boards that tell you a little about the efforts to preserve the plants and insects found here that are affected by the environmental issues in Laos.

Address: Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, Luông Pha Bang, Lào

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Private Driver
10:45 to 12:00

From: Kuang Si Waterfall
To: Luang Prabang Airport

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Plane
13:00 to 14:00

From: Luang Prabang Airport
To: Wattay International Airport

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Private Driver
14:00 to 14:30

From: Wattay International Airport
To: Vientiane

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Wat Si Saket
15:15 to 16:00
45 minutes

The last remaining temple after the Siamese occupation destroyed the city in 1828, Wat Sisaket and the 7,000 sculptures inside date between the 16th and 18th centuries. The temple neighbours Wat Phra Kaew, which once held the sacred Emerald Buddha.

The temple is noted for its Siamese Buddhist style, with 5 tiers on the roof and the cloisters that surround the temple that holds 2,000 Buddha images. This could be the only reason that the temple was spared in 1828.

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Address: Ave Lane Xang, Vientiane, Laos

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Patuxay Monument
16:00 to 16:15
15 minutes

A war monument that centres the city, Patuxay was built between 1957 and 1968, it was known to the French as Monument Aux Morts, its name literally translates to mean Victory Gate.

Designed in typical Laotian style, the monument is dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence against the French. In the monument’s design, you’ll notice the kinnari, a Hindu mythological creature that is half-woman, half-bird who are thought to have come from the Himalayas to protect humans from danger.

The monuments five towers have dual representation; the five principles of peaceful coexistence of the 5 nations of the world and the 5 principles of Buddhism. Both of the sets of principles overlap in many ways. Each part of the monument and the gardens that surround it add to this concept, creating a harmonious dedication to those who fought.

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Address: P.D.R, ວຽງຈັນ, Laos

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Haw Phra Kaew
16:15 to 16:45
30 minutes

Having moved the capital from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, Ho Phra Kaew was built in 1565 under the orders of King Setthathirath.

The Royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha which can now be seen in Bangkok, Thailand. However, His Majesty the King of Laos originally brought the figure from Chiang Mai. The Emerald Buddha remained here for 200 years before the temple was destroyed by the Siamese.

Over the years, the temple experienced much turbulence; it was destroyed several times before reaching its present state, each time the restoration was based on the remains of the original structure, although, today it exhibits a 19th-century Thai style.

In the 1970’s, it was converted from a religious space to a museum, housing some of the best examples of religious art in the country, with some pieces dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries.

Address: Wat Phra Kaew, Vientiane, Laos

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Pha That Luang
17:00 to 18:00
1 hour

Found in the centre of the city, Phra That Luang is a goldcovered stupa that is thought to date back to the 3rd century although the people of Lao believe it was first a Hindu temple in the 1st century.

Regarded as a national symbol and one of the most important Buddhist monuments in Laos, Pha That Luang has undergone a lot of reconstruction due to foreign invasions over the centuries. In fact, over the years it has seen many transformations before it fell to ruin as a Khmer temple in the 13th century.

When Vientiane became the capital of Laos in the 16th century, King Setthathirat ordered the construction of Pha That Luang at the end of the road of the same name, it was surrounded by 30 smaller stupas. The temple contains many references to Lao culture and identity as well as its dedication to Buddhism which inherently gave its importance.

Over the years the stupa was attacked by the Burmese, Siamese and Chinese before being almost completed destroyed in 1828. The French eventually restored it in 1900 based on drawings from a French architect from 1867. After the Franco-Thai War and World War II, it was restored once more.

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Address: Vientiane, Laos

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Xaysomboune Hotel
18:00 check-in
08:00 check-out (Day 15)
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Located only a 5-minute walk from the Morning Market in Vientiane, Xaysomboun Boutique Hotel offers charming rooms decorated in a French-colonial style.

A range of relaxing massages and spa services await guests at The Elegance Spa and the hotel also has an outdoor pool that overlooks the city.

The romantic rooms are all fully furnished and are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a mini-fridge. The private bathrooms have free toiletries, fluffy towels and feature a bath or shower.

Address: Xaysomboune Hotel, Vientiane, Laos

DAY 15: BUDDHA PARK & VIENTIANE DEPARTURE

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his morning, you’ll check out of the hotel and visit the Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe. Afterwards, you’ll transfer to Vientiane airport for your flight home marking the end of your Indochina tour.

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Tuk-Tuk
08:00 to 10:00

From: Xaysomboun Boutique Hotel
To: Wattay International Airport

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Buddha Park
08:30 to 09:30
1 hour

An enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures, Buddha Park is a famous sculpture park home to more than 200 religious statues which date back over 500 years.

Situated on the Mekong riverside near the Friendship Bridge, the park itself was created by a mysterious monk known as Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, who wished to spread his philosophy on life and his ideas about the universe in 1958.

One of the park’s highlights in the 40-metre-high reclining Buddha statue and the view from the top of the pumpkin statue over the park.

Address: Laos