AllExpeditions Private Thailand and Indochina Travel vacation tour

13 Day THAILAND AND INDOCHINA EXPERIENCE

13 day THAILAND & INDOCHINA STOPOVER TRAVEL TOUR

Tour Route:

Hanoi – Bangkok – Luang Prabang – Siem Reap – Hanoi – Halong – Ho Chi Minh

Highlights

Bangkok: Grand Palace
Luang Prabang: National Museum, Wat Mai, Boat trip on Mekong river and Pak Ou Caves.
Siem Reap: Bayon Temple, the Elephant and Leper King Terraces, Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor National Museum, Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre, Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap Lake.
Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake and Water Puppet Show.
Halong Bay: Boat trip on Halong Bay
Ho Chi Minh: The neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, City Hall, Opera House, Cu Chi Tunnel and Cao Dai Temple.

REF: VN-AR 002

Length: 13 days / 12 nights

TOUR ROUTE:

Bangkok - Luang Prabang - Siem Reap - Hanoi - Halong - Ho Chi Minh

 

FROM $2051,00 double sharing basis (2 adults)

We can provide you a special discounted price for more than 2 passengers.  3-4-5* Hotels

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ITINERARY


DAY 01: BANGKOK ARRIVAL

Arrive in exotic and bustling Bangkok - well known as the City of Angels, Bangkok is the present capital city and the focal point for Thailand. Upon arrival, meet with our local tour guide and transfer to hotel for checking in. Overnight in Bangkok.

Meals included: None



DAY 02: BANGKOK CITY TOUR

This morning, your sightseeing in Bangkok begins with a visit to the Grand Palace. It is an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining, colorful mosaics, and the previous residence of the Kings of Thailand (from the 18th to the mid-20th century). You will see palaces once used for different occasions; the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Throne Hall, the Royal Guest House and Wat Phra Kaew. The architecture is predominantly Thai, though there are some European influences. The most famous building within the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew, as it is regarded the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The main temple building houses the Emerald Buddha, the most revered object in Thailand, carved from a single piece of jade. Afterwards, return to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Overnight in Bangkok.

Meals included: Breakfast



DAY 03: BANGKOK LUANG PRABANG (EXCLUDED AIRFARE)

Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, the “Land of a Million Elephants.” Upon arrival, you are transferred to your accommodations overlooking the town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, visit Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat). The oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas. Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to Wat Xieng Thong, the crowning jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaic and gold-stenciled murals. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals included: Breakfast



DAY 04: LUANG PRABANG CITY TOUR

Today, you will first visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then embark on the a leisure cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious 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 village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. Afterwards, we will visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. From there, we will transfer to visit Wat Prabath to admire the sunset; this is the really peaceful place to catch the last beauty of the day. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals included: Breakfast



DAY 05: LUANG PRABANG SIEM REAP (EXCLUDED AIRFARE)

Today you are free until check out hotel and fly to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, meet our local guide and transfer to hotel for checking in. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals included: Breakfast



DAY 06: SIEM REAP ANGKOR WAT TOUR

This morning, you will visit the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom, last capital of the Khmers, with its Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the stunning Bayon temple. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very centre of Angkor Thom and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. Continue to visit Thommanon, Ta Keo and Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm, the temple that has been left largely in it's natural state since its 're-discovery' by French explorers. Surrounded by jungle, its labyrinth of stone hallways is overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees. This afternoon, you will visit to Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world, with a volume of stone equalling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. It is unlike all the other Khmer temples in that it faces west, and is inspired by 12th Century Hinduism. Late afternoon climb up the Phnom Bakheng temple; see the stunning sunset. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals included: Breakfast



DAY 07: SIEM REAP TONLE SAP LAKE

This morning, you drive to Banteay Srei; the citadel of women a tiny, enchanting temple, which is one of the jewels in this remarkable city. Built of red sandstone in the tenth century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, the carved male and female figures in the niches are exquisitely executed in both style and proportion. This is the most Indian of all the temples in Angkor and in the words of H.W. Ponder, is a fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest. Continue to Banteay Samre, is built under Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century, it is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. Named after the Samré, an ancient people of Indochina, the temple uses the same materials as the Banteay Srei. This afternoon, drive to a development project teaching young adults, stone carving, wood carving and lacquer application, Les Artisans d' Angkor is a heart warming reminder that progress in Cambodia can go hand in hand with traditional crafts. Then continue to Tonle Sap Lake, the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia, is the lifeblood of the Cambodian fishing industry. The Mekong River, from as a far away as Phnom Penh, reverses the direction of the Ton Le Sap river to bring an overflow of water and silt to support both rice growing and the breeding fish of many sizes and varieties. Hopping on board small shaded vessels and moving between the floating homes and small fish farms you will experience close up, daily lake life. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Meals included: Breakfast



DAY 08: SIEM REAP HANOI (EXCLUDED AIRFARE)

Free at leisure until transferring to Siem Reap Airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Noi Bai International Airport, you will be greeted by local guide and transfer you to your hotel in Hanoi that is Vietnam's capital, ranks amongst the world's most attractive and interesting cities. It was first the capital of Vietnam in A.D. 1010, and though the nation's capital moved to Hue under the Nguyen dynasty in 1802, the city continued to flourish after the French took control in 1888. In 1954, after the French departed, Hanoi was declared Vietnam's capital once again. The remnants of over 1,000 years of history are still visible here, with that of the past few hundred years wonderfully preserved. After checking in hotel, you are free at leisure. There’s plenty to do and see or you may choose to find a spot on the lakeside and just watch the world go by - Hanoi is a truly unique city. In the evening you can choose from one of the many restaurants near Hoan Kiem lake or in the Old Quarter. Hanoi is also a fascinating city to enjoy an alfresco drink. Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals included: Breakfast



DAY 09: HANOI CITY TOUR

This morning enjoy a full day city tour of Hanoi. First, visit Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the marble and granite mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state (closed every Friday & Monday and in October & November). See the simple cottage where Uncle Ho lived and worked. Nearby, visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum, an extraordinary tribute in abstract form to the life of the 'father of the country' and the evolution of Vietnamese independence. French architecture is a feature of Hanoi, and the nearby former Governor's Residence is a fine example as well as the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and then dedicated to Confucius, it is a serene retreat from the busy streets outside, and later became Vietnam's first university. This afternoon, enjoy an orientation of the tree-lined streets of Hanoi, resplendent with French colonial architecture, including the recently restored Opera House. Pass by Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Lake of the Restored Sword from the legend that surrounds it en-route to one of the city's fascinating museums. Then take to the streets on foot for a walking tour of the Ancient Quarter or 36 Streets District. This densely populated corner of the city was once a centre of commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild. Still a thriving community of sellers today, you will see street names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street. Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with stores in this souvenir hunter's paradise! Enjoy a performance of the renowned Water Puppet show an ancient Vietnamese form of entertainment, which enables the puppeteers to control their active marionettes by levers hidden under the water. Water puppet skits generally enact ancient folklore and legends that are rural in origin, and the theme of water is often present, as it defines so much of Vietnam’s landscape. Drive to your hotel and overnight in Hanoi.

Meals included: Breakfast



DAY 10: HANOI HALONG BAY HANOI

08h00: drive to Halong Bay, Quang Ninh Province which is located in East Hanoi about 170 kilometers (approximate 3,5 hours). In 1962, Ha Long Bay was recognized as a vestige and beauty spot of national significances by Ministry of Culture and Information of Viet Nam and was also recognized as a world national heritage site twice by UNESCO Organization. The first time, in 1994 for the exceptional and universal value of the landscape and the second time in 2000 for the special value of geology and geomorphology. 11h30: Arrive at Halong Wharf, take the 4 hours boat trip. During cruising time, boat will through the emerald waters between the limestone outcrops and long corridors and stop to visit Thien Cung cave (the cave of the heavenly palace - famous for its stalagmites and stalactites) the cave has only opened to the public since 1998, Dau Go grotto (wooden stake cave-where in 1288 one of Vietnamese most famous Generals Tran Hung Dao amassed hundreds of stakes deep inside the cave prior to a battle with an invading Mongol army). Cruise back to Halong wharf where driver are waiting for you to be back to Hanoi. Overnight at hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast



DAY 11: HANOI HO CHI MINH HALF DAY CITY TOUR (EXCLUDED AIRFARE)

Take a domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival in Tan Son Nhat Airport, you will be greeted by local guide and transfer you to your hotel in Sai Gon - a vibrant metropolis, Sai Gon teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorcyles, chatting on cellphones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshippers pray amidst clouds of incense. Take a short orientation tour includes a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office. Strolling along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Sai Gon, passing by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside). China Town (Cholon) - the sprawling, densely packed Cholon retains a traditional Asian feeling, unlike the more modern Sai Gon city center. Explore the highlights of this fascinating area, beginning with a visit to Thien Hau Temple, build by the Cantonese congregation and dedicated to the heavenly goddess. Continue to visit Binh Tay Market, the vast wholesale market selling every kind of good from dried foods to T shirts to electronics. The remainder your day is at leisure. It’s a great city to explore at night, lots of bars and great restaurants...you’ll be spoilt for choice! Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Meals included: Breakfast



DAY 12: HO CHI MINH CU CHI TUNNEL CAO DAI TEMPLE

Breakfast at hotel and today you will start your journey with a 3-hour drive northwest of Sai Gon to the Cao Dai Great Temple. This modern sect, founded in the 1920s, is a fusion of Buddhism, Confucism, Taoism, and Christian beliefs, with a dash of Islam thrown in. The temple holds a very colorful service at midday which outsiders can observe. Followed by another 1.5 hour drive to the Cu Chi tunnels to have lunch at local halal restaurant. This tunnel complex was dug in 1948 for the guerrillas to hide from French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as communication routes, food and weapon caches, and as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the American war. Visit the underground villages to better understand the tunnels’ history, life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese people’s resilience during combat. Return to Sai Gon for the evening. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.

Meals included: Breakfast



DAY 13: HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE

After having a breakfast at your hotel, free at leisure until transferring to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for departure flight back to your home. End of services.

Meals included: Breakfast

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation based on twin or double sharing room with daily breakfast
  • Transfer in private A/C vehicles
  • Regional English speaking tour guides
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary at local restaurant
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
  • 01 bottle of pure water per pax per day (500 ml) & 01 cold tissue per pax per day
  • Private boat trip visit Halong bay and on Tonle Sap lake in Siem Reap
  • Water Puppet show
  • Reconfirmation of flight ticket

 

NOT INCLUDED

 

  • International air ticket from your country to Bangkok and from Ho Chi Minh city back to your country
  • Domestic air ticket: US$ 168.00 / adult (included all taxes) for Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh the flight operated by Vietnam Airlines
  • International air ticket: US$ 249.00 / adult (included all taxes) for Bangkok - Luang Prabang the flight operate by Thai Airways or Laos Airlines and US$ 211.00 / adult (included all taxes) for Luang Prabang - Siem Reap the flight operated by Vietnam Airlines and US$ 355.00 / adult (included all taxes) for Siem Reap - Hanoi the flight operated by Vietnam Airlines (Rates may change depending on traveling dates)
  • Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime
  • Optional visits
  • Personal expenses (Telephone, laundry...)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips for guides & driver and for hotels' porters
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Vietnam, Thailand & Cambodia Visa
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusion above

 

Special rates for more than 2 passengers avaiable.

This is a private cuztomizable tour.

Is there any flight on tour ?

Yes, there is. Airfare is an optional choice and from National Airlines for you so it is indicated on the part of Services Exclusion. You can make decision if you want to make a flight booking via us or yourself.

    • Domestic flight: Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh

    • International flight: Bangkok - Luang Prabang & Luang Prabang - Siem Reap & Siem Reap - Hanoi

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