The Indochina Grand tour

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The Grand Tour of Indochina encompasses the three countries that once made up French Indochine. This tour enables you to experience and understand the diversity of the culture, people, geography and history of the three countries. Travellers explore the mountainous North of Vietnam, before heading to peaceful land of Laos and step in the famous Angkor Wat temple complex and Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. An adventurous and flexible personality is essential for these trips, be prepared for home-stays, local food and bumpy roads!

The Indochina Grand tour

The Grand Tour of Indochina encompasses the three countries that once made up French Indochine. This tour enables you to experience and understand the diversity of the culture, people, geography and history of the three countries. Travellers explore the mountainous North of Vietnam, before heading to peaceful land of Laos and step in the famous Angkor Wat temple complex and Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. An adventurous and flexible personality is essential for these trips, be prepared for home-stays, local food and bumpy roads!

HANOI – SAPA – TAM DUONG – HALONG – NINH BINH – VIENTIANE – LUANG PHRABANG – SIEMRIEP – PHNONG PENH – CHAU DOC – CAN THO – SAIGON

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DAY 01 : HANOI ARRIVAL (D)

Upon arrival in Hanoi airport, you will be met by tour guide and transferred to your hotel.

Depend on your time, you will have a short city tour includes Temple of Literature, visit Lake Of  Restored Sword. In the evening enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 02 : HANOI - DUONG LAM - THAY PAGODA - HANOI (150 km) (B/L)

You have all day to visit Hanoi surrounding, Duong Lam village and Thay pagoda. In the morning, departure to Duong Lam (60km - 2h from Hanoi). Arrive in Duong Lam, stroll by bicycle around the village and visit Mia pagoda, Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung King' temple. Lunch in local house. In the afternoon, on the road back to Hanoi, we will visit Thay pagoda - one of typical pagoda in Red River Delta and a pilgrimage of Vietnamese people. Arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 03 : HANOI city tour, Night train to LAO CAI ( B)

Full day is spent on the visit to Hanoi - capital of Vietnam. In the morning, you will visit mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh President (close on Monday and Friday), and the One Pillar Pagoda, which is famous for the unique architect of Buddhism belief and the Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest of the country and the Quan Thanh Temple, founded between 1010 – 1225 are on the program. 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 lak. In the evening, we catch a train to Lao Cai. Night on train with soft berth.

DAY 04 : LAO CAI ARRIVAL – SAPA (40 km) ( B)

Arrival in Lao Cai, at 05h30, you have breakfast in the local restaurant. Departure for Sapa, you admire the picturesque landscape on route. In the afternoon, relax or walk to visit of adjacent areas to the old colonial station. Visit church and climb on Ham Rong mountain to enjoy the panorama of Sapa Townlet. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 05 : SAPA – LAO CHAI – TA VAN - SAPA (B/L)

All day to visit of Muong Hoa' valley, Lao Chai and Ta Van village – home of Black H’Mong minority with splendid terraced fields. Overnight in Sapa hotel.

DAY 06 : SAPA –TAM DUONG ( B/L)

Morning you leave Sapa for Phong Tho using the spectacular Hoang Lien Pass (2,500m). You will stop at the Sunday markets of Binh Lu and Tam Duong where ethnic groups come to exchange their agricultural and handicraft goods. Upon arrival in the Tam Duong Valley you will hike to a H’mong village. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 07 : TAM DUONG treking ( B,L )

Tam Duong is a frontier town, situated in a beautiful valley between limestone formations. This mountainous region is home to many minorities, including H'Mong, Man Tien, Lu and Dzao. A full day of trekking allows you to learn how self-sufficient life is in this area. Overnight in Tam Duong guest house.

DAY 08 : TAM DUONG – LAO CAI, Night train to HANOI ( B,L)

On the road for Lao Cai, you will have a stop on the way to visit the Lu minority village of ‘Ban Hon’. The people here have a bizarre custom, they dye their teeth black! Having black teeth here is considered as a symbol of beauty. Arrive in Lao Cai and catch a train to Hanoi. Overnight on train.

DAY 09 : HANOI – NINH BINH (B)

Arrival in Hanoi railways station early morning. Pick up and transfer to city for breakfast and make a shower at a hotel. No room for day use. After breakfast you will drive to Ninh Binh. Visit Phat Diem cathedral, harmonious coordination between pagoda's and temple's architecture. Transfer to Trang An, referred as ' the Halong Bay on land’. Embark on small boat to discover the spectacular rice-field (about 2h). Continue to visit 2 temples dating from the 11th century dedicated to kings Dinh and Le. Overnight in Ninh Binh.

DAY 10 : NINH BINH - HALONG (B/L/D)

You will leave Ninh Binh tp departure to Halong Bay via Thai Binh and Nam Dinh. Arrive in Bai Chay around noon, you will embark our traditional wooden junk to discover this spectacular site. Halong Bay is a natural wonder, with numerous islands and lime-stones rising from the emerald water. Fresh seafood lunch and dinner are prepared by our cooks and served on board. Overnight on the Halong junk boat.

DAY 11: HALONG - HANOI (B/L)

You will visit the floating fishermen's village and continue to visit Ha Long Bay with numerous islands. Around noon, you will return to the port and and drive back to Hanoi in the afternoon. On the road, visit Dong Trieu potery village. Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 12 : HANOI – VIENTIANE (B)

Free time until the transfer to the airport for a flight to Laos’ capital of Vientiane.

You will be met by the local guide and transferred to city. Check in at the hotel. In the afternoon you will have a city tour to visit the highlights: Wat Sisaket, Wat Ho Prakeo temple, That Luang. Overnight in Vientiane.

DAY 13 : VIENTIANE – LUANG PRABANG (B)

Transfer to the airport for flight to Luang Prabang, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient royal city is surrounded by densely forested mountains and situated on the junction of the Mekong River and the Khan River. You will visit Luang Prabang city in particularly: Wat Visoun, Wat Aham, Wat Xiengthong and Phousi Hill. Overnight in hotel of Luang Prabang.

DAY 14 : LUANG PRABANG - PAK OU – LUANG PRABANG (B/L)

Morning you will go to the Pak Ou cave. A stop is scheduled at Ban Muangkeo village, famous with its rice whisky, called Laoh-Khao. After lunch in a riverside restaurant you return to Luang Prabang to visit the village of Ban Xangkhong, specialized in silk production. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 15 : LUANG PRABANG - KUANGSI – LUANG PRABANG (B/L)

Morning you will visit the Kuangsi waterfall. On the way you will visit the Talad Phosy fruit market, the village of Ban Na Oune, home of H’mong minority and the village of Ban Tha Pane, of Kh’me minority. We return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon to discover the traditional H’mong market.

DAY 16 : LUANG PRABANG – SIEM RIEP ( B/L)

Transfer to the airport for flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to the infamous Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. You ưill be met by the local guide and transferred to hotel fỏ check in.

In the afternoon, visit Rolous Group: Bakong, Lo Lie and Preah Ko Temple. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 17 : SIEM RIEP (B)

You have full day Angkor tour with visiting South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple complex, Terrace of Elephant and Leper King, Phimean Akas in the morning. In the afternoon, transfer to visit Angkor Wat Temple the wonder of the world and in the evening enjoy watching sunset over the Bakheng Hill. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 18 : SIEM RIEP (B/L)

In the morning, departure to Kbal Spean (the River of 1000 lingas), was built between the 11th and 13th centuries. Kbal Spean is around 55km from Siem Reap. You join the site after 45 minutes of walk through the forest. Lunch in a local restaurant. Then, continue to Banteay Srei basically means “citadel of the women” and Banteay Srey has some of the best carvings of all the temples. Return to city and visit of Sras Srang "the Royal Bath ", Banteay Kdei. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 19 : SIEM RIEP – PhNOM PENH (B/L)

You will leave Siem Reap to depart for Kampong Thom. En route, visit traditional villages and stop at the ancient Naga Bridge (Spean Pratpo), located 40 Km from Siem Reap. Arrive at Kampong Thom and lunch at local restaurant. Then, depart to visit of Sambor Prei Kuk, located 35km northeast of Kompong Thom. Continue on route to Phnom Penh, en route visit Wat Kohear Nokor (11th century). Arrive in Phnom Penh in late afternoon. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 20 : PHNOM PENH – CHAU DOC by speed boat (B/L)

In the morning, visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Time at leisure at the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Tom Poung). Lunch in a local restaurant. Then, take a speed boat to Chau Doc and arrival in late afternoon. Check in at the hotel. Overnight in Chau Doc.

DAY 21 : CHAU DOC – CAN THO (130 km)  (B/L)

After breakfast you will visit the Sam hill, the Xu Goddess temple, the Tay An pagoda, the Thoai Ngoc Hau grave. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then, transfer to Can Tho, arrival in late afternoon. Overnight in Can Tho.

DAY 22 : CAN THO – SAIGON (150 km) (B/L)

In the early morning you will visit the floating market. This lively delta market is set in amazing scenery, you have a chance to explore the  real life of the local people with the cruise a long the canals. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Saigon, check in hotel and overnight.

DAY 23 : SAIGON DEPARTURE (B)

Free time until departure time to the airport for flight to your home.

 

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