Essences of Indochina( 13 days/12 nights)

Code: #TA22

Duration: 13 Days - 12 Nights

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Tour code:  TA22.
Duration:  13 days \.
Saigon I Cuchi Tunnels I Mekong Delta I Hanoi I Halong Bay I Luang Prabang I Pak Ou I Siemreap I Angkorwat ITonle Sap.

Tour features and highlights:

  • Explore the streets of bustling Hanoi or Saigon
  • Enjoy the charm of historic Hoi An and Hue
  • Magnificient cruise and overnight on traditional junk in Halong Bay
  • Memorable walk into the fascinating lives of the ethnic minority villagers in Sapa. Attend a hilltribe market and do homestay in village of Giay
  • Discover the laid-back city of Luang Prabang
  • Discover the magnificiences of well-know ancient Angkor Temples.
  • Get to know about  Vietnamese spirit through visits to famous Cu Chi tunnels
  • Amazed at the traditional way of life still thriving in the tranquil Mekong delta
  • Early morning boat trip to visit CaiRang -the busiest floating market in South East Asia
  • Experience the relaxed lifestyle of the Mekong delta on an overnight home-stay.
  • Overnight at  homestay in Mai Chau among local minorities and breathtaking scenery.
  • Join in with local fishermen with their fishing day and have nice seafood lunch on board.
  • Lots of opportunities to immerse in the local daily life and interact with hospitable locals
  • Enjoy Vietnamese cuisines in authentic local restaurants thoughout the country
  • Numerous authentic local market visit
  • Experience guided tours through local markets, test your skills in cooking schools, and enjoy lavish meals at some of the country’s best restaurants
  • And SO MUCH MORE !

Unique experiences:

  • Cyclo ride around 36 known streets of Hanoi and and gain insights of local life
  • Have a bowl of “Pho” in an authentic Pho restaurant
  • Short visit to local kindergarten and be surrounded by innocent local kids
  • Watching colourful traitional dancing show performed by locals youngs in the evening in Maichau
  • Sampan ride or kayacking around floating villages and explore lagoons with tunnels in Halong Bay
  • Have imperial dinner with royal costumes in Hue
  • A full day cooking class at the Red Bridge Cooking School in Hoi An uncovers the cuisine of Central Vietnam.
  • Walk around hilltribe market in Sapa and watch colourful locals of different ethnic group going to the market with their exotic exchanges.
  • Sample fruit picked straight from the orchards of the Mekong Delta.
  • Overnight in  Mekong Lodge or homestay with welcoming locals and experience the vibrant floating market in the morning.

Essences of Indochina( 13 days/12 nights)

Day 1: Saigon arrival (B)

Our local guide and driver pick you up and transfer to your hotels in Saigon. In the evening, we'll have a special dinner out at a stylic restaurant, where our guide will summarize the itinerary for coming days

Day 2: Saigon city tour and Cu Chi tunnels (B)

Morning visit to the famous Cu Chi tunnels to experience how the Viet Cong lived underground during the American war. Lunch during visits. Afternoon, Saigon city tour will include an orientation tour of Saigon’s main boulevards, Notre Dame Cathedral, the splendid Post Office, the bustling Ben Thanh market and ChoLon China town. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Saigon- Mekong Delta day trip (B)

Depart by road to My Tho province. On arrival board a motor-boat and leisurely cruise along the small canals in the Mekong Delta passing by lush green vegetation. Off the boat enjoy a stroll in a village road leading to an orchard, home to southerner farmers and various fascinating local industries. After feasting on a huge lunch with the unmissable crispy elephant ear fish, seasonal fruits, return to Ho Chi Minh for overnight.

Day 4: Saigon flight to Hanoi- Half day Hanoi city tour (B)

Morning flight to Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. Aternoon visit some of the most prominent historical sites of Hanoi and take activities which helps you explore the landmarks and also daily life of the locals. That includes: Visit Hochiminh complex, Sacred One-Pillar Pagoda. Strolling around Temple of Literature- a former well-known " schooll for the sons of the Nation" and an interesting local market vegies nearby .

Day 5: Hanoi drive to Halong Bay- Halong Bay cruise. Overnight on traditional Junks (B,L,D)

Take a scenic drive for 3.5 hours to Halong city with stop to have to see authentic locals farming rice and taking photos. Our cruise will start at noon and take you to explore the magnificiences of Halong Bay World Heritage sites passing hundreds of tiny limestone karsts, local floating villages, running in to local fishermen living on their sampan and visit Sung sot Grotto- the biggest dry grotto in Halong Bay with its amazing insights. Have a chance for swimming in the bay. Overnight on Traditional Junk.

Day 6: Halong Bay drive back to Hanoi. Enjoy Waterpuppet performance (Brunch)

You’ll spend the morning cruising the spectacular Halong Bay with it’s thousands of limestone islets that rise out of the sea before enjoy a nice seafood lunch onboard and  take a drive journey  back  to Hanoi. Enjoy waterpuppet performance in a theatre nearby historical Hoankiem lake.

Day 7: Hanoi flight to Luang Prabang- Luang Prabang visit (B)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Luang Prabang – Laos’ most beautiful and engaging city.

You will begin your journey with a short walking tour around the ancient town of this fabled city to sample some of Luang Prabang’s most exquisite temples, including serene Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai. Have the opportunity to chat with a monk at the famous Wat Mai to gain a unique insight into the intriguing Buddhist faith.

Afternoon visit to Wat Pha Bhat Tai on the banks of the mighty Mekong River.

Day 8: Luang Prabang visit and boat trip to visit Pak Ou caves (B)

Boat excursion to the holy caves of Pak Ou where there is a collection of hundreds of Buddha statues. Lunch en route. Visit to ethnic villages producing local rice wine. Evening enjoy sunset panoramic view from Phousi mount and Luang Prabang night market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9; Luang Prabang flight to Sieamreap- Half day Siemreap visit (B)

Transfer to airport for morning flight to Siem Reap. Explore the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and the Bayon all surrounded by dense jungle. Lunch at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Siemreap – Boat Ride on Tonle Sap(B)

Visit to temples of East Mebon, Prerup, Tasom, NeakPoan. Afternoon visit to Wat Athvea and enjoy a boat trip on Tonle Sap river with stops at local floating villages. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 : More Sieamreap Exploration (B)

Further visit to Taprohm, the famous jungle temple and Bantay Srei, the pink temple of an Elegant Lady built in the 10th century. Climb up the Kbal Spean hill (1 hour) where you can see the images of Hindu gods carved on stone in the river bed. Overnight at  hotel.

Day 12 : Sieamreap departs (B)

Transfer to the airport for your onwards flight home

( Legend:  B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Diner)

Notes:

  • To customize this  sample itinerary to suite your travel plan and personal interestes, please send your request to : info@travelauthentic.com
  • Our tour operation depends on many factors some of which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to amend programmes in case of unexpected problems caused by weather, airlines, transport companies and local organisations. For Tailor Made options please enquire. Price is per person sharing twin or double room. 

 

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