Majesty of Indochina 20 Days 21 Nights Tour from Hanoi -- Luang Prabang

Majestic of Indochina

Destination: Hanoi- Sapa- Hanoi- Ha Long Bay- Hue- Danang- Hoi An- Saigon- Can Tho- Chau Doc- Phnompenh- Seamreap- Luang Prabang
Transport: Private car, sharing overnight train (train ticket), flight , sharing highspeed boat
Start: Ha Noi
Finish: Luang Phrabang
Accommodation: 17 nights in the hotel, 2 nights on train, 1 night on boat
Meals: 20 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Type: Private tour, depart at any date as you wish
Physical Rate: Moderate
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Overview: This 21 days Indochina tour is a revelatory and unforgettable experience of the best way to visit Vietnam in details, highlights in Cambodia and Laos. You will visit from North to South in Vietnam with all the most beautiful destinations, the highlights great attractions in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Luang Prabang .

Itinerary in brief:

Day 01; Arrival Ha Noi
Day 02; Ha Noi city tour - night train to Sapa (B,L)
Day 03; Sapa tribal village (B,L)
Day 04; Sapa tribal village- night train to Ha Noi (B,L)
Day 05; Ha Noi- Ha Long Bay (B,L,D)
Day 06; Ha Long Bay- Ha Noi – Hue (B,L)
Day 07; Hue city tour (B,L)
Day 08; Hue- Da Nang- Hoi An (B)
Day 09; Hoi An- Free leisure time (B)
Day 10; Hoi An- Da Nang- Sai Gon (B)
Day 11; Sai Gon- Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)
Day 12; Sai Gon- Cai Be- Can Tho (B,L)
Day 13; Can Tho- Chau Doc (B,L)
Day 14; Chau Doc- Phnompenh (B)
Day 15; Phnompenh- Seamreap (B)
Day 16; Angkor Wat (B,L)
Day 17; Khmer Village (B,L)
Day 18; Seamreap- Luangprabang (B)
Day 19; Luang Prabang (B)
Day 20; Luang Prabang (B)
Day 21; Luang Prabang - Departure (B)


Itinerary in details
Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 01;  Arrival Ha Noi
Meet and greet upon arrival to airport.
Transfer to our hotel in Ha Noi. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 02; Ha Noi city tour - night train to Sapa (B,L)
8.am: need car: you will have full-day tour of Ha Noi.You will visit the house on-stilts of Ho Chi Minh (this is where our uncle Ho spent the rest of his life) and the One Pillar Pagoda and the Litterature temple, the Museum of Ethnology.
PM: walking and cyclo
After lunch, pay visit to the Hoan Kiem lake with its Ngoc Son Temple. Continue to visit the Old Quarter of Ha Noi by cyclo. Enjoy a kind of traditional Vietnamese stage-art: puppet show.
And transfer to train station for night train to Sapa. Overnight on train.

Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 03; Sapa tribal village (B,L)
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 06:00. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa.  The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours to make our way up the mountains. Once at Sapa, we will check into hotel , we have a freshen up and breakfast at the hotel. At 10am from the hotel there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, and Sinchai villages home to the Hmong hill tribes minority peoples. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area.  Return to Sapa in the afternoon. Overnight in Sapa.

Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 04; Sapa tribal village- night train to Ha Noi (B,L)
Following breakfast at the hotel we embark on a lovely  walk  that will take us along small paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is a absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Stopping for a picnic lunch on the way at a family in Ta Van village. We continue onto Red Dzao villages  and meet with local people and sample their culture. Transfer to train station for night train to Ha Noi. Overnight on train.
 
Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 05; Ha Noi- Ha Long Bay (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will be transfered to Halong Bay, which will take about 3 hours. Arrive Halong bay you will board to cruise 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. You will have the opportunity to swim from your boat and explore some caves. You will enjoy a seafood feast for lunch on board. We will continue our excursion around this stunning bay until the sun comes down.
Overnight on boat.

Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 06; Ha Long Bay- Ha Noi – Hue (B,L)
We have a whole morning on boat exploring the amazing limestone backdrops. Drive transfer to airport for flight to Hue. At leisure. Overnight in Hue.

Day 07; Hue city tour (B,L)
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 and visit Phu Cam and Notre Dame Cathedrals.
Overnight in Hue.

Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 08; Hue- Da Nang- Hoi An (B)
This morning we head out on a lovely journey southbound to Hoi An. Visit to Cham Museum in Danang, where display finest Cham artefacts, statues in sandstone, marble stone in the world. We have a look at a craft village before arriving in Hoi An. Hoi An is a charming little township. Between the 17th and 19th centuries Hoi An was thriving international trading port. You can spend your time walking around the historic town, exploring the many Chinese assembly halls and fascinating ancestral homes, some of which have been occupied by the same family for fifteen generations. The riverside market is always a hive of activity, especially in the early morning when the day’s catch arrives. One thing for sure, there is no shortage of things to do in this town! Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 09; Hoi An- Free leisure time (B)
Hoi An at leisure. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 10; Hoi An- Da Nang- Sai Gon (B)
At leisure. Transfer to Airport to catch flight to HCMC. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.  Overnight at hotel in Saigon

Day 11; Sai Gon- Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)
AM: 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.
PM: Visit Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, History Museum.
Overnight in Sai Gon.

Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 12; Sai Gon- Cai Be- Can Tho (B,L)
Our car will pick up at your hotel in early morning. Upon arrival at My Tho, cruising along small creek to Mekong River estuary, to Con Phung (Phoenix Island) and stop over a garden restaurant at a local house for Vietnamese lunch. The motorized boat cruise more along natural creeks and quiet village in Ben Tre Province. Visit orchards, bee - keeping farm, taste natural honey and honey wine, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music, see round a distillery, explore the local coconut candy production process, taste candy & coconut pulp. Then transferring to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.

Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 13; 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.

Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 14; 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. Arrival transfer our hotel in Phnompenh, the capital of Kingdom of Cambodia.
Visit to Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Russian Market. Overnight in Phnompenh.

Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 15; Phnompenh- Seamreap (B)
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to airport for departure to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport, meets and transfer to hotel for check in. Orientation of Siem Reap at Preah Angkor Chheck, Preah Angkor Chhorm in front to King's residence. 16:30 visit to Angkor Wat temple. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.   

Day 16;  Angkor Wat (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel, visit to Angkor Thom City by West gate of Angkor Thom, Terrace of Elephant, Lapper King Terrace, one of the memory that can not forget of the blessing ceremony by monk will take place at Palilay temple then we continue to visit the Royal Palace and Bayon temple (216 faces – by King Jayavarman VII). Proceed to Ta Prohm temple, lunch at your won at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit to Preah Khan, Bantanteay Srei temples and sunset at Pre Rup temple.  Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 17; Khmer Village (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel, transfer directly the villages to eat-south of Siem Reap Town (20km). A day trip to the remote area can provide a glimpse of (real Cambodian) - picturesque, bucolic scenery, rice paddies and water buffalo, countryside pagodas, and little villages, filled with traditional stilted houses.... Then we enjoy the lunch box in the village, later on starting any activities with the villagers by riding the ox-cart/making food/planning rice/cutting rice/ until evening. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap


Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 18; Seamreap- Luangprabang (B)
Free leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Luangprabang.
 PM: The rest of the afternoon will be spent visiting the National Museum (close Tuesday), former Revolutionary Museum, which boasts a collection of antique items and the history of Laos’s fighters and leaders who were displaced from the ancient times through to the new revolution period. We then board a short flight to Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best - preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. UNESCO registered Luang Prabang as a World Cultural Heritage City in 1995. The tranquility and charm of this city, with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Asia. On arrival, we transfer you to your hotel. After a short rest, we will stroll around the Night Market, where you will find a lovely selection of local handmade textiles. We then hike to the top of Mount Phousi for an exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa and the exasperating, beautiful panorama views of the sun setting over this once royal ancient city and the Mekong River. You will stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 19; Luang Prabang (B)
After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple, Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low representing the classical architecture of Luang Prabang. We then embark on a boat journey upstream along the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local speciality of rice wine is produced. On our return, we stop at the local villages of Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan then continue to see the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, which once belonged to the royal family near the Sackarine Caves. Once back in Luang Prabang city we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 20; Luang Prabang (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 tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there you will visit the morning Phosi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will 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 cool off with a refreshing swim in the turqoise pools or walk along the forest trails. After returning to Luang Prabang by late afternoon, we continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for its silk weavings and for its Saa (jute) Papermaking. We return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang          
 
Majestic of Indochina, Multi Contry Tours | Indochina ToursDay 21; Luang Prabang - Departure (B)
After breakfast we visit The National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which 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, Also the Central Market is not to be missed. After visiting these sights in the morning, you have free time to explore the town and stroll around the shopping area.
Transfer to airport for flight departure.
 
Caption : B = Breakfast ; L = Lunch ; D = Dinner

TOUR MAP
Unique experience
  • Cyclo ride around 36 known streets of Hanoi and gain insights of local and busy life
  • Memorable walk into the fascinating lives of the ethnic minority villagers in Sapa
  • Enjoy a lot of originally historical vestiges in Hue
  • Discover the charming Hoi An town and  bustling Ho Chi Minh City with its former Viet Cong underground stronghold Cu Chi Tunnel
  • Swimming in the crystal clear waters, kayaking between the magical archipelago bays and relaxing on a white sand beach in Ha Long Bay
  • Experience the real life of people along Mekong river and river crossing links Vietnamese with Cambodia
  • Explore the beauty of cononial charm city Phnompenh and the Angkor complex temples
  • Remote to see a glimpse of real Cambodian and learn more about Khmer culture
  • Explore Luang Prabang – the former royal capital with over 30 gilded temples and its mysterious Pak Ou Caves and beautiful Khuangsi Waterfall
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