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VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & LAOS

 

NOV 16 - DEC 2
17 days
$5475 +$200 tax

Day 1: Canada - Hong Kong
Depart from Canada to Hong Kong

Day 2: Hong Kong - Hanoi
Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer to the hotel (Check in time: 2PM). Rest of the day is free time to explore Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Pick up at hotel lobby and transfer to Ha Long City. Upon arrival, embark on an overnight cruise and set sail on a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, taking in the spectacular scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Lunch is served as you cruise by impressive rock formations with unusual names and shapes. In the afternoon you will start to discover Ha Long Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known as “Dragon descending to the sea”. Depending on each cruise’s itinerary of the day, you may visit a beautiful cave, have some swimming. When the sun sets, your boat will drop anchor for the night. You may attend a cooking demonstration before having dinner. Accommodation on-board the overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay.

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B/L/-)
Early riser may join a Tai Chi session on the sundeck (depending on each cruise’s programme) and enjoy watching the sunrise in the Bay. Afterward your boat will weave its way back to the pier. Disembarkation at around 10:45 hrs. Pick up at Tuan Chau pier and transfer back to Hanoi.Orientation tour, incl .1hour cyclo ride navigating Hanoi’s charming, colorful & lively Old Quarter, known as the city’s historical centre.

Day 5: Hanoi - Hue (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel, then check out and transfer to Hanoi airport for the morning flight to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, meet and transfer to the hotel. Re-joined the group and have lunch at restaurant and enjoy a half-day city tour. Visit the Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, a senic boat trip on the Perfume River, to Hue.

Day 6: Hue - Danang - Hoi An
(B/L/-)
After breakfast, visit Tu Duc Royal Tomb. Each ruler of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign and today you will visit one of the most beautiful mausoleums. Drive to Danang over the famous Hai Van Pass. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to visit Cham Museum and have a photo stop at the Marble Mountains. Arrive in Hoi An, the town was known as the trading centre in Southeast Asia fromt he 16th - 18th centuries. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An (B/-/-)
Take a short boat ride across the river to a boat builder’s yard and woodcarvers. You will also visit a pottery and brick-making village. Return to the town for a discovery tour on foot through Hoi An Ancient Town which has been enlisted as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1999. You will visit some of the historic merchant and community houses, places of worship and the famous Japanese covered bridge. In the afternoon, have free time for relaxation or for further discovery of the ancient town on your own. Accommodation at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/-)
Morning stroll through the anicant town of Hoi An with visit to the old house, Chinese community house and Japanese Bridge. Continue to visit the Hoi An Silk Village and lunch there. After, flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Free for leisure for the rest of the day. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap
(B/L/D)
Morning drive to Cu Chi district (75 km from HCMC) and visit the amazing complex of underground tunnels at Cu Chi. There are more than 200 kilometres of underground tunnels. You have the chance to crawl through this amazing system of tunnels before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch. After lunch, have some free time before transfer to Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight to your next destination. Arrive Siem Reap, meet and transfer to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 10: Siem Reap (B/L/-)
Drive off towards the Angkor Archeological Park. Start by visiting the last capital of the Khmer Empire: Angkor Thom, built in the 12th century and deserted most likely during the 16th century. Inside its walls, visit: the South Gate, Bayon Temple, Baphuon, Terrace of the Elephants, Ta Prohm and the most famous Angkor Wat. Transfer back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 11: Siem Reap (B/L/-)
You will be driven to Soutr Nikum District (pronounced So Nikum) which occupies a long stretch of shore on the Tonle Sap Lake and is home to one of the largest communities on the water, Kompong Khleang. Once you have finished exploring Kompong Khleang, drive towards Beng Mealea. Enjoy a homemade lunch at a local family house located behind Beng Mealea. After lunch, take a digestive walk on the red dirt road to a small atmospheric satellite temple of Beng Mealea, named Prasat Chhrey, before exploring the long-abandoned ruins of Beng Mealea (11th century), still strangled by the overgrown jungle. Return to the hotel after.

Day 12: Siem Reap
(B/L/-)
This morning, see the real Siem Reap by scooter-like Honda motorbike. Visit the local market, Les Artisans d’ Angkor, Rehash Trash and a 2 hours workshop to learn how to use plastic bags to make your own creation. After lunch, visit Sombai Liqueur. Discover the local taste of Siem Reap through a wide range of home-made and artisan products by trying 11 different flavours of liqueur (or as many as you can handle!). It will be a pleasure for the eyes and taste buds. Return to the hotel

Day 13: Siem Reap - Luang Prabang

Fly from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide in the arrivals hall who will drive with you to the hotel and assist with check-in. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Stay three at the Villa Santi Hotel (4-star).

Day 14 Luang Prabang (B/L)
Today’s early rise will give you the opportunity to participate in the early morning daily ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the locals. Afterwards, return back to the hotel for your breakfast. After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a full day city tour including visits to the former King’s palace which is now the National Museum, the food market, and Wat Mai. Take a drive outside of the town to see the Kuang Si Waterfalls, including village visits for insight into local traditions. Time is available to visit other temples this day dependent on your interest. This evening, climb up Mt. Phousi for a spectacular panorama of the town of Luang Prabang. NOTE: Royal Palace is closed on Tuesday.

Day 15 Luang Prabang (B/L/D)
Take a boat trip on the mighty Mekong River and visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves carved into towering lime-stone cliffs along the riverbank. Inside the caves are thousands of statues of Buddha. Continue down river to Ban Xang Hai village, where the local residents create a unique rice wine called lao lao, and in the afternoon return to Luang Prabang for a short visit to traditional Lao villages at Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xiang Lek. This evening, enjoy a traditional Baci ceremony and dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 16 Luang Prabang - Depart for Canada (B)
After breakfast, meet your local guide in the hotel lobby at the appointed time and then transfer to the airport for your departure flight


 

 

 

 
 
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