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Laos Vietnam and Cambodia Tour – 16 Days

The tour is ideal for those want to capture best highlights of Indochina Peninsular in limited time budget. Leaving the ancient Luang Prabang to the North of Vietnam, the first place visiting is charm Hanoi capital city and enjoy the magnificent scenery of thousands of limestone dotted on the emerald water of Ha Long Bay – The World Heritage Site. Moving to the country’s center, visit Hue - the cultural, religious and economic capital of the Nguyen Dynasty and World Heritage Sites Hoi An recognized by UNESCO. Come to the South of Vietnam, where we will have city tour of Ho Chi Minh city and massive underground Cu Chi tunnels used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war, drive to Vinh Long to explore the daily life of people living along Mekong Delta and visit colorful Cai Be floating market.

The end of the tour is Siem Reap, Cambodia to explore the incredible Angkor ruins with unique architecture art and mystery stories about it.

Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Starts/Ends: Luang Prabang (Laos) / Siem Reap (Cambodia)
Tour Type: Landscape and Nature, Halong Bay Cruise Holidays, Angkor Temple and Folk Arts
Activity Level: Regular itinerary, Moderate walking
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Day 01: Arrival Luang Prabang
Day 02: Luang Prabang (B, L)
Day 03: Luang Prabang – Pakou Caves and Xiengmene (B, L)
Day 04: Luang Prabang – Hanoi (B)
Day 05: Hanoi City tour (B, L)
Day 06: Hanoi – Ha Long bay (B, L, D)
Day 07: Ha Long Bay – Noi Bai airport – Hue (B, L)
Day 08: Hue (B, L)
Day 09: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B, L)
Day 10: Hoi An (B, L)
Day 11: Hoi An – Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh (B, L)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh city (B, L)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi – Siem Reap (B, L)
Day 14: Siem Reap – Angkor Temple (B, L)
Day 15: Siem Reap – Banteay Srey (B, L)
Day 16: Siem Reap – Boat Trip Tonle Sap Lake - Departure (B)

Day 01: Arrival Luang Prabang
Arrival Luang Prabang - one of the most beautiful places in Asia, which was the capital of Laos, and now is a mixture of preserved French colonial architecture and ancient Buddhist temples. After arriving at the hotel, we will make a photographic exploration of the local market and streets. Theme gallery: mountainous landscapes, scenes on the Mekong River, people, markets.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 02: Luang Prabang (B, L)
Offering food & money for monk in early in the morning: transfer by Tuk Tuk (maximum 6 pax/tuk tuk/ included on the package price) and for foods offer to monks you can buy it by yourselves (our guide will advise you)
Get up early to photograph the daily collection of donations to many monks in the city. Basically the day will be done on foot through the city.
Your full day city tour begins after breakfast, with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then 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. Today, we also visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham. Following lunch, we visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures before we head out of town to see the weaving villages of Ban Xiengkhong and Ban Xienglek. We then return to the city for a visit to 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. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Note: the Royal Palace Museum is closed on Tuesdays. Tour finished
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Pakou Caves and Xiengmene (B, L)
After breakfast, we then 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.

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. The Khouangsi Waterfall setting really illustrates paradise. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Note: during the rainy season, the itinerary is subject to change due to the weather conditions, an alternative programme is available. .

Luang Prabang Laos
Luang Prabang
Pak Ou Caves Laos
Pak Ou Caves

Day 04: Luang Prabang – Hanoi (B)
Today we are free time at your leisure until your transfer to the airport for departure. Arriving Hanoi, check in hotel and take cycle tour around the old quarter of Hanoi and attend water puppet show.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 05: Hanoi City tour (B, L)
This morning, we start our journey to visit famous Ho Chi Minh complex comprising his Mausoleum, former residence, the impressive house on stilts and view the One Pillar Pagoda. Learn more about the historical and cultural events at the peaceful Temple of Literature, known as the Vietnam’s first university since the 11th century. In the afternoon, we visit Ethnographic Museum. To finish the day off, we take an hour by cycle around the old quarter and attend the performance of the unique water puppetry. This is a must and will provide the first not to be forgotten insight into Vietnam.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 06: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
This morning, we depart for Halong Bay. Passing through the rich farmland of the Red River Delta, we enjoy the lush scenery and photo opportunities. We arrive at Ha Long Pier, board a traditional wooden junk and cruise through the spectacular sights of islands rising from the tranquil emerald sea. Enjoy a sumptuous on-board lunch of special seafood and explore Sung Sot Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in the bay. Witness a splendid sunset.
Dinner and overnight on boat.

Day 07: Ha Long Bay – Noi Bai airport – Hue (B, L)
Early morning coffee and tea will be served on the sundeck followed by a Tai Chi class. We continue exploring the magnificent Ha Long Bay. Change to a small motor or rowing boat to discover the Luon Cave and pass through a pretty entrance which leads to a tranquil round lake, surrounded by luxuriant trees and high stone walls. Upon return to the junk, a sumptuous combining Vietnamese and Western cuisine will be served. After we leave the cruise, we transfer to Bac Ninh province to visit Do temple and enjoy traditional music show “Quan Ho” or called Quan Ho folk song. Drive to the airport for domestic flight to Hue.
Overnight in Hue.

One Pillar Pagoda
One Pillar Pagoda - Hanoi Vietnam
Halong Bay
Halong Bay Vietnam

Day 08: Hue (B, L)
We visit the impressive tombs of King Minh Mang and Tu Duc together with Tu Hieu Pagoda, and then cruise on the Perfume River to see the Old Thien Mu Pagoda. In the afternoon, we visit the Forbidden Citadel and the crowded market of Dong Ba, where we can bargain for anything from souvenirs and bronze goods, to Hue sesame sweetmeat and conical poem hats.
Overnight in Hue.

Day 09: Hue - Da Nang – Hoi An (B, L)
We will drive south to the famous My Khe beach, crossing the spectacular Hai Van pass to reach Hue. On the way, we will stop to see the Cham museum and Marble Mountain. Continuing on, we will arrive Hoi An, check in the hotel and free time.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An (B, L)
This morning, at 09:00 we will start our Hoi An Discovery tour. Hoi An seems to appeal to everyone. This charming town still retains a variety of heritage houses making a stroll around the streets a fabulous option. Guided tour of Hoi An sites includes the Quan Cong Temple, the Quang Dong Pagoda, The Phuoc Kien Pagoda, the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Tran Family Chapel, Sa Huynh Museum, and Phung Hung House. Back to the hotel and free at your leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Thien Mu Pagoda
Thien Mu Pagoda - Hue
Hoi An Ancient Town
Hoi An Ancient Town

Day 11: Hoi An – Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh (B)
Free at your leisure until transfer to the airport for fight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, meet then transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh city (B)
Today we have the opportunity to visit the controversial War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Post office. In the afternoon, we will see Thien Hau Pagoda, Chinatown and its busy market of Cho Lon. This busy modern city on the Saigon River boasts some of the most ornate Pagodas in the country. Don’t miss Ho Chi Minh City’s atmosphere by night. This city lives up to its exciting and often mischievous reputation.
Ovenight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi – Siem Reap (B, L)
In the morning, we drive west to explore the underground tunnels in Cu Chi which were used by Vietnamese guerrillas during the war against the US and French forces then transfer to the airport for flight to Siem Reap.
Upon arrival at airport, welcome by tour guide and transfer to hotel for check in.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Reunification Palace
Reunification Palace - Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Cu Chi Tunnel
Cu Chi Tunnels - Vietnam

Day 14: Siem Reap - Angkor Temple (B, L)
Visit to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Preah Khan temple, Built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Lunch at local restaurant
Visit to Banteay Srey temple, located 35 kms from Siem Reap, known as Citadel of Woman and Banteay Samre temples.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 15: Siem Reap – Banteay Srei (B, L)
We drive to Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
It is time to visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Enjoy wonderful sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hills.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Angkor Temple
Angkor Temple - Cambodia
Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei - Cambodia

Day 16: Siem Reap –Boat Trip Tonle Sap Lake - Departure (B, L)
This morning we will enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap Lake. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen's "floating village" with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the "village" move from place to place following water levels and current.
Transfer to the airport for departure flight. End of services.

Boat Trip Tonle Sap Lake
Tonle Sap Lake - Cambodia
Boat Trip Tonle Sap Lake
Boat Trip Tonle Sap Lake - Cambodia

What's included ?

- 15 nights hotel accommodation at noted or similar
- 01 night on the Boat in Halong Bay
- Meals as listed in the itinerary: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner
- Transport with air - conditioned vehicles through the tour
- Boat cruise as stated
- All entrance fees as stated
- Local Spanish speaking guide
- Cool mineral water and tower during the tours
- Special gift from Ciao Asia travel
- Vietnamese visa approval letter
- 1FOC for T/L for 15paying pax up in half TWN shared

What's Excluded ?

- Visa to Cambodia and Vietnam (Get in advance)
- Meals and drinks, except those mentioned
- International flights
- Insurance, Tipping and other personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- Early check-in and late check-out
- Other services not mentioned in the itinerary

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