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Indochina Loop tour

Destination: Bangkok- Chiang Rai- Goldern Triangle- Chiang Rai- Pakbeng- Luang Prabang- Vang Vieng- Vientiane-Hanoi-Ha Long Bay-Hanoi- Hue- Danang- Hoi an- Ho Chi Minh- Can Tho- Chau Doc- Phnompenh- Seamreap
Transport: Private car, sharing highspeed boat, flight
Start: Bangkok
Finish: Seamreap
Accommodation: 23 nights in hotel, 1 night on boat
Meals: 24 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Type: Private tour, depart at any date as you wish
Physical Rate: Moderate
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Overview:
 
This tour will take us into the heart and soul of Indochina. We start to explore the cities of Bangkok and Chiang Khong in Thailand. Cruise along the Mekong River to reach formal royal ancient town Luang Prabang. In Vietnam, cruise through dramatic karst scenery on a boat tour of Halong Bay, discover the charming Hoi An town, ancient Hue city and bustling Ho Chi Minh City, continue cruise along Mekong river to reach Phnompenh, then discover Cambodia's fascinating history and culture in Phnom Penh's heaving streets and in the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor, before wrapping up the adventure back in Thailand.
 
Itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Arrival Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok tour (B)
Day 3: Bangkok- Chiang Rai- Goldern Triangle (B)
Day 4: Chiang Rai- Huayxai- Pakbeng (B,L,D)
Day 5: Pakbeng- Pak Ou - Luang Prabang (B,L)
Day 6: Luang Prabang (B)
Day 7: Luang Prabang- Vang Vieng (B,L)
Day 8: Vang Vieng (B,L)
Day 9: Vang Vieng- Vientiene (B,L)
Day 10: Vientiane - Hanoi (B) 
Day 11: Hanoi city tour (B,L)
Day 12: Hanoi- Ha Long Bay (B,L,D)
Day 13: Ha Long Bay- Hanoi (B,L)
Day 14: Hanoi- Hue (B)
Day 15: Hue- Da Nang- Hoi An (B)
Day 16: Hoi An – Free leisure time (B)
Day 17: Hoi An- Da Nang- Ho Chi Minh (B)
Day 18: Ho Chi Minh- Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)
Day 19: Ho Chi Minh- Cai Be- Can Tho (B,L)
Day 20: Can Tho- Chau Doc (B,L)
Day 21: Chau Doc- Phnompenh (B)
Day 22: Phnompenh- Seamreap (B)
Day 23: Seamreap (B)
Day 24: Seamreap (B)
Day 25: Departure
 
Itinerary in details: 
 
Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 1: Arrival Bangkok
Meet and greet upon arrival to airport. 
Transfer to our hotel. Check-in to your hotel and head straight out to explore the massive, buzzing city of Bangkok. It’s a busy urban mix in this city: tuk-tuks flash past shrines and street side BBQs, traditional long-tail boats cruise past high rises, and locals, businessmen, travellers and monks share the streets. Free leisure time. Overnight in Bangkok.  
 
Day 2: Bangkok tour (B)
This morning we take a short walk to the Chao Praya river where we board a long tail boat for a tour of the local canals. Bangkok was once known as the Venice of the East because of its intricate canal network. We get a glimpse of daily life as we pass locals selling their wares by the river. We will visit what to this day remains the home of the Thai Royal family at the Royal Palace complex followed by Wat Phra Kaew, home to the Emerald Buddha, one of Thailand's most venerated images. Another highlight is Wat Po, the largest temple in Bangkok, housing a 46m long, 15m high gold-plated reclining Buddha. We then head back to our hotel. This afternoon is free for personal exploration. Overnight in Bangkok.
 
Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 3: Bangkok- Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle (B)
This morning we fly to Chiang Rai and then visit the Golden Triangle, an area so named after the fact that the opium that moved through was worth more than gold pound for pound. We stand at a view point overlooking Burma (Myanmar), the mighty Mekong and Laos. The area's chequered past is covered in the Opium Museum where we learn about the dark history of this beautiful and rich region of Northern Thailand, and we pause to visit the impressive red brick stupa of Wat Chedi Luang. We then transfer to the town of Chiang Khong (approx 2 hours) where we overnight. Overnight in Chiang Khong.
 
Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 4: Chiang Rai- Huayxai- Pakbeng (B,L,D)
Today, cross the border into laid-back Laos ( You will be welcomed by your local guide on the Laos side of the border). Laos, South East Asia’s only land-locked country, having recently opened its doors to foreigners, Laos has pretty much kept its traditional lifestyle alive with lots of untouched nature and really friendly locals.
Travel down the famous Mekong River with Luang Say boat. It leaves Huay Xai pier at 9.30am for a cruise down the Mekong River to Pakbeng. En route, one stop is made to observe rural life along the Mekong and observe minorities. A buffet lunch is served on board. We arrive in Pakbeng before sunset and check in at the Luang Say Lodge. Dinner on the terrace, overlooking the Mekong River.

Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 5: Pakbeng- Pak Ou - Luang Prabang (B,L)
You will enjoy a full breakfast at the Lodge from 7.00am. (Optional: walk to Pakbeng market, where people from the surrounding village of minorities sell their goods, please ask at Luang Say lodge). At 8.00am board the boat for the second leg of the cruise. A short stop is made to visit a hilltribe village where you can watch the traditional process of Lao whiskey production before having a buffet lunch on board. Continue to Pak Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River, where you visit the Tam Thing Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. Arrive at Luang Prabang around 16h00 or 17h00.
Later, if you feel energetic, 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. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 6: Luang Prabang – Khuangsi Waterfall (B)
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This procession is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the tradition.
 
After breakfast, 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.
 
Laos is also known for its traditional handicrafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Hill tribe, Ban Ou, Lowland Lao and Ban Thapene of Khmu village. After we head towards the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can take a dip in the large turquoise pools or walk along the forest paths. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Phanom, a well-known tradional weaving village, and then return to the city by late evening for observing the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 7: Luang Prabang- Vang Vieng (B,L)
After breakfast, we will visit Royal Palace museum for a taste of local history before departure from Luang Prabang and drive to the township of Vang Vieng. Surrounded by lime karsts and set on the banks of the Nam Song (Song River), it is a beautiful location. The stunning drive will take approximately 6 hours to complete on roads that wind their way through the surrounding hills and limestone mountains jutting sharply above the flat river valleys. Watching the sun set on the banks of the Nam Song with a cold drink is ample reward for the journey. Overnight in Vang Vieng. 
 
Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 8: Vang Vieng (B,L)
This tourist-friendly town is set between limestone karst towers that pierce the countryside and rolling hills. In the morning we climb the 136 steps to the Tham Jang caves, used as a hideout by the local community during periods of war. The rest of the day is free to explore. Optional excursions and activities are easily arranged and there are plenty of opportunities for walks in the surrounding hills, day visits to the numerous caves that punctuate the limestone scenery, or for kayaking down the Song river or trekking to some of the surrounding caves. There are a number of Lao and minority tribe villages in the area, which can also be easily reached in a day trip. Bicycles can also be hired for those who wish to tour the beautiful countryside on two wheels. Alternatively just sit back, relax and soak up the beautiful view.
Overnight in Vang Vieng. 
 
Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 9: Vang Vieng- Vientiene (B,L)
We leave Vang Vieng in the morning and descend from the hills to the capital Vientiane and our hotel located near the banks of the Mekong River- the name of the city translates as Sandalwood City. We take an afternoon sightseeing tour of this relaxed low-rise city including Wat Sisaket, and Haw Pha Kaew. The temples themselves are noticeably different in style and character from those found in Thailand and there are certainly fewer tourists! In the evening the perfect option is to retire for a refreshing beverage and watch the sunset over the Mekong River.
 
Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 10: Vientiane - Hanoi (B) 
Free leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi. Meet and greet upon arrival to airport. 
Transfer to our hotel in old quarter. The rest of your time is at leisure before starting your trip the next day. Dinner will be arranged on your own to have your leisure time. 
Overnight at hotel in Ha Noi.
 
Day 11: Hanoi city tour (B,L)
As the capital of Vietnam for a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural center of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint. Even though some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still remains many interesting cultural and historic monuments.
8.00 AM: Our guide & private car will pick you up at your hotel to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Complex with Mausoleum, Museum, President Ho Chi Minh Stilt’s house – Where Uncle Ho lived on and off from 1958 to 1969.  
09.30 AM: The next stop is One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and tower built in the middle of square lake. Then continue to visit the Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam’s first University and the place dedicating to Confucian. 
12.15 AM: We will have lunch in the local restaurant. 
1.00 PM:  Visiting Ethnology Museum* - is both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. Then visit the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem (Restored Sword Lake) with its sacred Ngoc Son Temple, 1 hour cyclo around the Old Quarter Streets will give you the opportunity to gain insights of local and busy life and we finish the tour by enjoying a Water puppet show. 
Overnight in Hanoi.
 
Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 12: Hanoi- Ha Long Bay (B,L,D)
8h30: After breakfast at hotel and pick you up and transfer to Halong Bay, which will take about 3 hours. 
Arrive Halong bay, a traditional junk is waiting for you in the harbor, after check in the boat, you will have a seafood feast lunch when cruising around Halong bay and soak in the misty atmosphere of this world heritage site.  Halong bay is a breathtaking secluded bay with over 3,000 limestone islands rising from the clear emerald waters of the Bac Bo gulf. It is one of the most magnificent scenic regions in Vietnam and has been referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. The area of about 1500sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottoes, created over thousands of year by the waves and wind. During your Halong Bay cruise you'll visit one of the largest ‘hidden’ caves in the area. The bay view from the cave entrance will give you a great impression of how unique this area is. Later in the afternoon you can go swimming in the clear azure blue waters. Of course, you can also simply enjoy the view from the deck or help the cook catch dinner. Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck with a traditional rod and tackle. You can also get out on the water and have a look around on your own. For a small own fee you can paddle out to the islands in one of several kayaks out on deck.  We will continue our excursion around this stunning bay until the sun comes down. Overnight on boat.
 
Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 13: Ha Long Bay- Hanoi (B,L)
Early wake-up for a breakfast with stunning scenery, you’ll continue sailing past fascinating rock formations for a while. An early lunch will be served on board while the cruise goes back to Halong City for disembarking at noon time.  You’ll arrive back in Hanoi mid afternoon. 
Overnight in Hanoi. 
 
Day 14: Hanoi- Hue (B)
Transfer to airport for the flight from Hanoi - Hue. You will be picked up at the airport by a private driver and our tour guide and transferred directly to your hotel in Hue. You have just only one night to stay here but your hotels is within walking distance to Perfume River, shopping district, art galleries, and entertainment center and offers convenient access to major tourist attractions. 
 
Hue is renowned for its stately Royal Citadel, enclosed within a formidable square of walls. These incredible structures measure a whopping 10km long, 6m high and 2m thick. The ancient monarchs of the Nguyen dynasty ruled from their thrones from within this walled fortress. Hue is divided into two halves by the Perfume River. One side is home to the Imperial Citadel, while the French colonial town with most of the hotels and restaurants is situated on the opposite bank.
 
In the afternoon, 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 Minh Mang Royal tomb. We then disembark the board and visit to the raucous Dong Ba market, where there's a mind-boggling variety of local products and delicacies on sale. Overnight in Hue.
 
Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 15: Hue- Da Nang- Hoi An (B)
As we bid Hue farewell this morning we continue our south bound journey, this time in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. Today's destination is the old trading town of Hoi An. Along the way though we will stop at Lang Co beach for coffee and refreshments. From here we head up to the Hai Van pass, stopping at the top to take in the stunning views north over Lang Co beach and south over Danang city. Continuing 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. Arriving in Hoi An we spend the rest of the afternoon exploring and relaxing. Overnight in Hoi an.
 
Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 16: Hoi An – Free leisure time (B)
There's plenty to do in Hoi An. You can take a bike ride past the rice paddies to a quiet palm-fringed beach nearby, arrange a trip to the historic temple complex of My Son, or You can spend your time  walking around exploring the many Chinese  assembly halls and  fascinating ancestral  homes, some of which have been occupied  by the same family for fifteen genera ions, lazily browse the streets looking for a friendly tailor to sew your made-to-measure outfit. You can also join a Vietnamese cookery lesson with fresh local ingredients for some hours or you might like to take a boat ride with one of the local women across the Thu Bon River.One thing is for sure - there is no shortage of things to do in this town.
Hoi An is also jam-packed with tailors and you can have a good made-to-measure suit made with very reasonable prices. However this is also the best place to purchase dresses, trousers, shirts etc. The perfect opportunity to update your wardrobe!
Overnight in Hoi An.
 
Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 17: Hoi An- Da Nang- Ho Chi Minh (B)
Free leisure time until trasfer to airport for the flight from Danang to HCM city. At leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
 
Day 18: Ho Chi Minh- Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)
Drive to visit the Cuchi Tunnels. At the height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system stretched from the outskirts of Saigon  all the way to the Cambodian border of over 250 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built over 25 years starting in the 1940s,  let the Viet Minh  and, later, the Viet Cong, control a huge rural area.  It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers.  In places, it was several  stories deep and housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth,going to school. The ground here is hard clay, which made this whole thing possible.  But even so, the planning and construction was incredible.  People dug all this with hand tools, filling reed baskets and dumping the dirt into bomb craters.  They installed large vents so they could hear approaching helicopters, smaller vents for air and baffled vents to dissipate cooking smoke.  There were also hidden trap doors and gruesomely effective bamboo-stake booby traps. Today, the trees and bushes have grown back.  And since 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors.
Afternoon visit Reunification Palace, War Remmants Museum, Emporor Jade pagoda, and visit Dan Sinh Market to buy military memorabilia.  Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
 
Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 19: Ho Chi Minh- Cai Be- Can Tho (B,L)
8am pick up from your hotel in Saigon and  we set off for a drive through the Mekong Delta to the town of Cai Be, well-known for it's floating market. Here we will board our private boat for a cruise along the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long. We will stop at the home of a Bonsai gardener for a sumptuous Delta lunch, including the popular dish of 'Elephant ear fish', before continuing our exploration of the tributaries and canals of the delta. Towards the end of the day we arrive in Cantho. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 20: Can Tho- 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 and Phongdien 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 drive to Chau Doc and overnight in Chau Doc.

Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 21: Chau Doc- Phnompenh (B)
This morning we will have a boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh departing at 8am. 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 approximately 4 hours. Pick up and transfer to the hotel check in. Later in the afternoon, we will visit Wat Phnom and city tours for the rest of day. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 22: Phnompenh- Seamreap (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Continue your visit to Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Afternoon, visiting Toulsleng prison (also known as S21) and the killing field of Choueng Ek, where is about 12km away from the town. Later afternoon, you will be transferred to Siem Reap by a short flight from Phnom Penh international airport. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 23: Seamreap (B)
Breakfast at the hotel - Breakfast at hotel, Heading out of town we make our way by traveling on a newly paved road to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way we make stopover at the Preah Dark village and we follow these with a visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends. Afternoon, we explore the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We also explore the grand circuit with Preah Khan, Kravan, Neak Pean, Krol Ko, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Rup Temples where we will view the sunset for the end of the day. Overnight in Siem Reap

Indochina Loop tour, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 24: Seamreap (B)
An early bird special: Transfer to Angkor for sunrise earlier in the morning. Return for breakfast at the hotel. Continue your visit to the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with Colums, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Early evening, you will be taken by Tuk Tuk, a small open-sided taxi common in Cambodia, to cruise around the suburb of Siem Reap town and for a blessing ceremony by Buddhist monks for happiness, prosperity and safety for your journey. Overnight in Siem Reap.
 
Day 25: Departure (B)
Free leisure until transfer to airport for flight departure.
 
  Caption : B = Breakfast ; L = Lunch ; D = Dinner



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  • Explore Asia's backroads and rivers
  • Visit bustling Bangkok and board a long tail boat to canals
  • Visit the Golden Triangle
  • Cruise slowly down the Mekong, explore river caves and admire the temples in dreamy, monastic Luang Prabang
  • Discover Vang Vieng, the outdoor activity destination for climbing, caving and kayaking
  • Experience quintessential Vietnam: Hanoi with its colonial charm, natural wonder Halong Bay, the royal city of Hue, the ancient Hoi An and the lively Ho Chi Minh City
  • Explore the beauty of colonial charm city Phnompenh and the Angkor complex temples
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