Grand Indochina 19 days/ 18 nights

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    Day 1 : Luang Prabang Arrival (D)

    Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. During our time here, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, we then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River. Dinner at the local restaurant. OVERNIGHT IN LUANG PRABANG

    Pak Ou caves

    Day 2 : Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Khouangsi Waterfall (B,L)

    After breakfast, we board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a panaromic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the small village of Ban Xanghai, where the local rice wine is distilled. We return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon, on the way we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village well known for its hand weaving. In the afternoon, we continue our excursion toward Khouangsi Waterfall, en route, we visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for silk handweaving and for traditional Saa Paper making. OVERNIGHT IN LUANG PRABANG

    Day 3 : Luang Prang – Vientiane (B,L)

    After breakfast, you visit the National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. The National Museum and the Central Market are not to be missed. We visit these sights in the morning before catching our flight back to Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane, we see the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop enroute to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. We watch the sunset by Mekong Riverside and spend the evening here absorbing the city’s nightlife. OVERNIGHT IN VIENTIANE

    Day 4 : Vientiane – Hanoi (B)

    After breakfast, we visit the Morning Market and the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong. Then transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to relax or to explore the city’s ancient streets. OVERNIGHT IN HA NOI

    Hoan Kiem Lake

    Day 5 : Hanoi City tour (B,L)

    A full day city tour starts with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh ( Close on Monday & Friday), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pilar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the Temple of Literature “the first university in Vietnam”, founded in 1076, and the Hoa Lo Prison. In the afternoon, we visit the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Monday), featuring a wonderful collection of art and objects from throughout the country and different tribes. Then, we make a cyclo tour (1h) through Hanoi’s Old Quarter and visit of Ngoc Son temple and Hoan Kiem lake. In the evening you can enjoy a performance of the traditional Water Puppet show. OVERNIGHT IN HANOI

    Ha Long Bay

    Day 6 : Hanoi – Ha Long (B,L,D)

    Departures for Halong Bay for 3-hour drive, comfort stop en route for photos and coffee before arriving to the city. We then transfer to a luxury wooden sailing junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, giving us the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site. While onboard we will be served a sumptuous fresh, local seafood lunch followed by a swim and exploring some of the limestone caves in this area. When the sun comes down we drop anchor for the night nearby a remote island. OVERNIGHT ON BOARD

    Day 7 : Ha Long – Ha Noi – Hue (B)

    The wondrous Ha Long Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. We relaxe and enjoy on boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. On the way to airport for flight to Hue, we visit But Thap Pagoda. Then fly from Hanoi to Hue. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. OVERNIGHT IN HUE

    Day 8 : Hue Imperial (B,L)

    After breakfast at hotel, we start our city tour to visit Citadel and Imperial purple city, imposing Thien Mu pagoda and board the trip from here for a cruise on perfume river. Visit Honchen temple and Minh Mang tomb. We then disembark the board for a visit to Tuduc royal tomb, time permitting we visit Phu Cam and Notre Dame Cathedrals, Dong Ba Market. OVERNIGHT IN HUE

    Lang Co Beach

    Day 9 : Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B,L)

    From Hue, take the coastal road to Hoi An as it climbs up and over a mountain pass. Stop en route at the photogenic fishing village at Lang Co. Continue on our way down the other side and into Da nang where we will stop at the Cham Museum, the famed China Beach, and the Marble Mountains. Upon arrival in Hoi An embark on a walking tour of this charming town, visiting ancient merchants’ houses, a Hokkien temple, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and the colorful riverside market. Visit a workshop where artisans make Hoi An’s famous lanterns and learn how they are made before having the chance to create your own. OVERNIGHT IN HOI AN
    Day 10 : Hoi An – Cooking Class (B,L)

    Breakfast at hotel and then start our Cooking Vietnamese lesson first by visiting Hoi An’s colorful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. Then we board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy. On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chef’s, before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat exactly what we have cooked. Then transfer back to Hoian centre. OVERNIGHT IN HOI AN

    War Remnants Museum

    Day 11 : Hoi An – Da Nang – Sai Gon (B)

    You are free until transfer to the airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh, you are picked up and transferred from Tan Son Nhat Airport to the hotel in the city centre. In the afternoon, the first place visiting is the War Remnants Museum in Dist 3, Ho Chi Minh. The War Remnants Museum was established in September 1975 in Ho Chi Minh City. It contains countless artifacts, photographs, and pictures documenting American war crimes. Such documents illustrate the killing of civilians, spreading of chemicals, torturing of prisoners, and the effects of the war on the north. Planes, tanks, bombs, and helicopters are also on display. Outside the museum are some rooms displaying cultural products of Vietnam. Over the last 20 years, over 6 million visitors entered the museum. Among this number, nearly 1 million were foreign visitors, including American tourists, then continuing to visit General Post Offlice and Notre Dame Cathedral. OVERNIGHT IN SAI GON

    Day 12 : Sai Gon – Tay Ninh Temple & Cu Chi Tunnels – Sai Gon (B,L)

    After breakfast we travel by roads to Tay Ninh to see the ornate temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Afterwards we continue to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. OVERNIGHT IN SAI GON

    Day 13 : Sai Gon – Cai Be – Can Tho (B,L)

    After breakfast at you hotel, you drive to Cai Be. Embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people selling, buying, exchanging goods from their boats. Visit local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisped workshop, etc. Stop for a rest, a free Vietnamese lunch including tropical fruits, traditional music. Boat through a village to see the peaceful tranquil life of villagers; admire marvelous natural setting of Mekong Delta region. Take a boat trip through some islets and cross Mekong river to Vinh Long. Crossing lower Mekong river to view Can Tho city by ferry. OVERNIGHT IN CAN THO

    Floating Market

    Day 14 : Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Chau Doc (B,L)

    Rising early to the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day, we breakfast and start our trip with a boat cruise on sparking streams along the endless waterway of Mighty Mekong River to Cairang floating markets. There will be hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostling for trade. Sellers advertisers their wares by crying out across the waters. We visit the lush orchards and are treated to a delicious tropical fruits. Afternoon continues to ChauDoc with a stop over at the stork garden near Thot Not. Late pm hike up to Sam mountain with its panoramic view over the vast plains into Cambodia. OVERNIGHT IN CHAU DOC

    Royal Palace

    Day 15 : Chau Doc – Phnompenh (B)

    This morning we will have a boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh departing at 7:30am. The boat takes us along the Mekong River. It continues on to the Vietnamese (Vinh Xuong) – Cambodian (Kaom Samnar) border and then to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. The journey takes more than 4 hours. Arrival transfer our hotel in Phnompenh. To visit to Phnom Penh is a very interesting experience indeed. It is a city with an interesting pulse and it gives you a very true taste of Asia. We will visit Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, Independence and the Victory Monument through garden park. OVERNIGHT IN PHNOMPENH

    Day 16 : Phnompenh – Siemreap (B,L)

    Breakfast at hotel, Visit Watphnom the historical of the Phnom Penh Capital, then you will discover to the Khmer traditional cultural at National fine-art Museum, after lunch we will be shows the truth in face of the Khmer-rouge genocidal regime by visit to Toulsleng S21 and Cheuong Ek Killing fields. Transfer to the airport for short flight to Siemreap. OVERNIGHT IN SIEMREAP

    Day 17 : Siemreap – Angkor Temple (B,L)

    Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, continue to visit your temple tour to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation), and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup until sunset. OVERNIGHT IN SIEMREAP

    Angkor Temple

    Day 18 : Siemreap – Banteay Srei – Ta keo – Siemreap (B,L)

    Proceed to the Banteay Srei temple regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Then visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue the temple tour to Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda and Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. OVERNIGHT IN SIEMREAP

    Day 19 : Siemreap Departure (B)

    The morning is free for rest or exploration. Transfer to airport for your next destination. End Vietnam Hidden Charm’s service .. More information to visit here , please
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    Cambodia:Siem Reap, Anlong Veng, Preh Vihear, Angkor Wat

    Enjoy a private tour focusing on Indochina to explore the world heritage of Halong Bay, the wonder of Angkor Ruins and the hidden jewel of Luang Prabang. Come with us to meet the people, experience the culture and savour the cuisine.
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    7 Days / 6 Nights

    * Day 1 - Siem Reap
    * Day 2 - Siem Reap - Angkor Thom
    * Day 3 - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat
    * Day 4 - Siem Reap - Anlong Veng
    * Day 5 - Anlong Veng - Preah Vihear
    * Day 6 - Preah Vihear - Siem Reap
    * Day 7 - Siem Reap

    * Day - 1
    * - Siem Reap

    Siem Reap Arriving in Siem Reap you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, we start with a tour to the Angkor Wat complex. Then we continue to the hilltop temple of Phnom Bakheng for a truly memorable sunset. Overnight in Siem Reap.

    * Day - 2
    * - Siem Reap - Angkor Thom

    Siem Reap - Angkor Thom Today we visit more of the amazing Angkor complex, including Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm temple. Also included in today's itinerary are Takeo, Thammanon, Chau Say Tevoda, and Banteay Kdei. Overnight in Siem Reap

    * Day - 3
    * - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat

    Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Early in the morning, there will be a sunrise visit to the Roulos group of temples. The Roulos Group are the oldest temples in the complex, dating from 879-893. In the afternoon we will visit the Neak Prean, Preah Khan, Ta Som, Pre Rup and Mebon temples. Overnight in Siem Reap

    * Day - 4
    * - Siem Reap - Anlong Veng

    Siem Reap - Anlong Veng Following a transfer from your hotel to HC base camp and a brief of the tour, guest travel through the Angkor complex north to the small town of Anlong Veng, 130 km north of Siem Reap. The beautiful Dangrek escarpment, 16kms further and part of the Dangrek mountain range, provides a natural border between Thailand and Cambodia. This town and area was the last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge. Enjoy an excellent lunch in the town before driving up the escarpment. Pol Pot lived here during his last years and died in his jungle hide out on the mountain in 1998. Tour of the mountain, Pol Pots grave and bunker and the remains of the house he was tried in, visit with local people, dinner and over night in a spectacular mountain camp in comfortable wooden bungalows. Overnight in Anlong Veng.

    * Day - 5
    * - Anlong Veng - Preah Vihear

    Anlong Veng - Preah Vihear Following a hearty breakfast and a tour of Ta Mok's villa in the town, continue east to Preah Vihear temple, a stunning temple located on a mountaintop, overlooking Thailand and Cambodia. The 120km journey passes through Kulen Prum Tep Wildlife Sanctuary on a newly constructed road to the base of this isolated temple in the sky. Preah Vihear Temple was built over the ninth to the twelfth century and juts out over the surrounding countryside on a cliff. At the base of the temple, on the mountain top, there is a small community of families who run the busy market, our resting spot. We stay with a prominent local family in the village. Facilities are basic - shared bathroom, thin mattresses but welcoming. Overnight in Preah Vihear.

    * Day - 6
    * - Preah Vihear - Siem Reap

    Preah Vihear - Siem Reap Full days ride back to Siem Reap with numerous stops and detours. Back in Siem Reap before sunset and in good time for a celebration dinner and some refreshments.Overnight in Siem Reap

    * Day - 7
    * - Siem Reap

    Siem Reap After breafast at hotel, transfer to Siem Reap airport for flight back home. End of the service.
    Tour ends

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