Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City
On arrival you are met by our guide then she/he takes you to hotel for check in. It is much depending on your arrival time and if the time is permitted, you will take an orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City and also visit some highlight buildings such as: Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, City Hall and Opera House, or just relax at your hotel.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi (B)
Today we drive out to Cu Chi tunnel which is the most complicated underground system in Vietnam built in early 1948 and completed its 250km long around 1960. This is an amazing place where we are absolutely admired the way of the guerrillas’ living and fighting for their mission. Before examining this historic site such as a private entrance of the tunnel, Commander Bunker, Fighting Bunker, Meeting Bunker and Health Care Bunker, we will watch a short documentary film about this special place to have an idea why it was named as an “Iron Land”. After that we walk to see the site. Our first place in our visiting list is original private entrance which is 25cm width and 30cm length then we head to Fighting bunker where we actually get down the tunnel. Next we will have a chance to view the booby trap gallery, all kinds of traps were used by guerrillas to stop the attack from their enemy. The smokeless Hoang Cam kitchen where we will have a chance to taste the guerrilla’s food, the steamed cassava associated with peanut, salt and sugar is an incredible bunker to visit. Mr. Hoang Cam designed this special kitchen during the French-Vietnam War in Dien Bien Phu battle field and it became very popular as its smokeless chimney system in a later war. After finishing our visit to this site, we drive back Saigon for an afternoon city tour. The War Remnant Museum is a must for us to see and to learn more about the sorrow of this war that left unpleasant after- effect to the people and environment for years.
We finish our day with a visit to Thien Hau Temple in China town and Binh Tay Market.
Return our hotel then free at leisure.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho (B,L)
Today we will enjoy the beautiful scenery in Mekong Delta, hundreds of canal and river system and the most productive farm in Vietnam. We just take 2 hour drive to My Tho City, which is located on the bank of Mekong River, one of the longest rivers in the world then take the boat cruise to Thai Son Island for visiting fruit farm, bee farm and local handicraft. We not only enjoy the fruits at the farm and honey tea but also entertain the traditional music show, “Don Ca Tai Tu” which has been selected as the World Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Just enjoy a peaceful moment on our rowing sampan under a shady water coconut palm on both sides of canal, a fantastic view of the river, a cheerful smile and the hospitality of the local people, we are awarded to have them all. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh City, we will have lunch at Mekong Rest Stop restaurant and enjoy local specialty.
Seat back and relax on our way back to the hotel.
Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Hoi An (B)
A new exciting day for us to discover the World Cultural Heritage site, Hoi An ancient city, we just take a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang then proceed to our destination. Hoi An, a lovely ancient seaport city located on the bank of Thu Bon River is not only famous for its architecture, temples, pagodas, ancient trading houses, tailor shops but also the hospitality and friendly people of this place. This pleasant city is a great experience that will last lifetime, we just spend our day to troll along the streets, talking to local people, visiting some local attraction sites; Thien Hau Temple, Japanese Bridge and Tan Ky House. Late afternoon we take an hour boat ride on Thu Bon River and this is a time for us just relaxing and enjoying the scenery.
Rest of the day is free at leisure. If we are lucky enough to be in Hoi An on the full noon night, there will be a lantern festival which is very interesting to take part in. We also have a chance to join “Bai Choi” game, it is a kind of traditional folk game accompanying with singers, drummer and game conductors on the streets. You may find it similar to the game of bingo in some stages.
Day 5: Hoi An – My Son (B)
Morning we take a half day trip to a World Cultural Heritage site My Son Sanctuary of Champa Kingdom, which was very powerful and prosperous Kingdom in Southeast Asia from 4th century to 11th century. We drive 2 hours through rural area, rivers, paddy fields, mountains to this site for visiting these fantastic monuments of the Cham people and also have a chance to entertain Champa Traditional Dance show. After visiting this site we drive to Da Nang City for our lunch and then visit to Cham Museum which all artifacts were collected in My Son area and it is absolutely amazing collection of art and culture. We will end our day by stopping at Marble Mountains for our sightseeing. Taking steps up to Huyen Khong Cave, which was used as the hospital during the American and Vietnam War. It is actually the pagoda which has a giant marble Buddha statue seating on the rock and facing the main entrance inside the cave. Continuing our walk up the steps to Thien Phuoc Pagoda on the side of this mountain facing the ocean. It is a fabulous sea view from this site. Finishing our day with a stop at the stone carving village where we may have some souvenir gifts for our trip. Then we get back our hotel and free at leisure
Day 6: Hoi An – Hue (B)
Today we will enjoy the most beautiful distance in Central part of Vietnam on our way to Hue, a World Cultural Heritage site. It is only 140 km long but there are so many things for us to see. First we again have a chance to view The Marble Mountains, Non Nuoc Beach and Da Nang City on our way to Hue. Second we will have the most scenic view of mountain and ocean as approaching to the top of Hai Van (Ocean and Cloud) Pass. Third a picturesque Lang Co fishing village in the bay as we are getting down the pass is a must for a photo stop. Next is Tam Giang Lagoon and Hue City, a lovely and romantic city located on the bank of Huong (perfume) River. Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945 and famous for the Citadel, Imperial City, Forbidden City and the Royal tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty, the last feudal regime of Vietnam. After check in our hotel we start our excursion by taking a boat trip on Huong River to Thien Mu Pagoda which was built in 17th century on the top of the hill overlooking the river and Truong Son mountain range. Then we drive to the Imperial and Forbidden City of Hue, most of the contraction sites of a heyday royal dynasty were destroyed during the turmoil of the war for many years but there is still the sense of grace and majestic of the rulers. Enjoy Vietnamese royal court music show, a World Intangible Heritage of Humanity (showtime is subject to availability) and then we drive to the royal tombs, the place were used during both the life and dead of the Nguyen Rulers. A lovely traditional architecture royal tomb of King Tu Duc built in three years from 1864-1867 is located outskirt of Hue among the fine forest, lakes and ponds meanwhile King Khai Dinh’s tomb is located on the hill step of Chau E mountain, the tomb is a blend of Western and Eastern architecture style and built in 1920.
Return to our hotel then free at leisure.
Day 7: Hue – Ha Noi (B)
Morning we take a short flight to Ha Noi Capital, a cradle of Vietnamese culture and the heart of all Vietnamese. This thousand year old city is definitely a great place for us to stroll around 36 ancient commercial streets in which each street is named basing on the produce that is sold as Hang Bac (Silver Street), Hang Giay (Shoes street), Hang Dieu (Tobacco street), Hang Đao (Silk street).. and countless culture and historic sites for us to discover. On our arrival we will take an hour cyclo (pedicab) to the ancient quarter of Ha Noi. It is an incredible way to discover this city and there are hundreds of photo opportunity; every corner of the street, shop keepers, vendors, street foods, a bustle and hustle of Dong Xuan Market and so on for us to take. We finish our ride at Thang Long theater and walk around Hoan Kiem Lake then visit to Ngoc Son Temple. Check in hotel then free at leisure.
Evening we will entertain the Water Puppet Show, a unique northern Vietnamese art performance that we cannot be missed on our schedule for today. We will have a chance to learn more about the rural life of Vietnamese peasants and national heroes via a series of history story which were beautifully demonstrated by the artists who play with the water puppets.
Day 8: Ha Noi (B)
Start our day with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, this is a very special place for all Vietnamese and also famous for foreigners around the world to see the whole complex, Uncle Ho’s house on stilt where he lived and worked from 1958-1969, his fishing pond and his garden. Then we just take a short walk to One Pillar Buddhist Pagoda built in 1049 by King Ly Thai Tong who ruled from 1028 to 1054. Ly Thai Tong was childless and dreamt that he met the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshava, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower. Ly Thai Tong then married a peasant girl that he had met and she bore him a son. The emperor constructed the temple for the gratitude for this miracle. Further on our excursion, we visit to Van Mieu, Temple of Literature to dedicate to Confucius and his four best disciples. This was also the first national university of Vietnam built in 1076 within the temple to educate Vietnamese bureaucrats, nobles, royalty and other members of the elite. This university remained open from 1076 to 1779. The interesting thing in this place is the collection of steles of doctorates whose names, birth place, year of the examination, and the rank of diploma were engraved onto the marble stone stele placing on the top of the turtle. There are 1307 graduated doctor names on 82 steles in this place. After visiting this wonderful place, we will have lunch at local restaurant and refresh. Later in the day we visit to Ethnology Museum which is very rich culture collection of 54 ethnic groups living in Vietnam. The simple agriculture stools, fish traps, hand weaving cloths, crafts, festivals, folk arts, traditional houses, and lively activities of each tribe are all here for us to discover. Finish our day at History Museum, we not only see the exhibits from stone age, bronze age and rehistoric era to prove that there were the ancient Vietnamese living in Ha Noi but also the modern artifacts to show how the Vietnamese has been strugling for the independence, peace and love.
Return our hotel then free at leisure.
Day 9: Ha Noi – Luang Prabang (B)
Morning enjoy our breakfast at hotel then depart for Noi Bai Airport to fly to Luang Prabang, Laos. On arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After you have had time to rest and freshen up we will head off on bicycles to see some of the highlights of Luang Prabang including a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts from the Royal period in Luang Prabang. Cycling on, we are seeing the city’s oldest temples, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Lao architecture, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham. Your evening to free to explore the town and night market or relax at the hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 10: Luang Prabang (B)
After breakfast back at the hotel we begin our journey to Kuang Si Waterfall stopping along the way to visit the morning Phousi Market, this where all locals of Luang Prabang come to do their daily shopping. You will see a variety of local foodstuffs and products including dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, fish, vegetables and fruit, everything needed for daily life in Laos.
On arrival at the Kuang Si Falls you will have the opportunity to cool off with a refreshing swim in the topaz pools below the falls, walk along the forest trails and visit the Bear Sanctuary. You will also enjoy a picnic lunch below the falls.
Upon return to Luang Prabang we board our private boat for a pleasant and scenic cruise up on the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. These caves are an ancient pilgrimage site and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha images left there over hundreds of years.
Returning to Luang Prabang we disembark our boat and have the option of taking a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village famous for its hand weaving or returning to the hotel for free time to relax.
Day 11: Luang Prabang – Vientiane (B)
You are free this morning to relax at the hotel, get a massage or spa treatment, go shopping or grab a
bicycle and go exploring before your afternoon flight to Vientiane.
Arriving in Vientiane you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. Time permitting (depending on your arrival time) your half day city tour enables you to see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit the national icon of Laos, That Luang Stupa, stopping along the way to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
We will end up on the waterfront with its many restaurants, bars and night market for you to explore.
Day 12: Vientiane (B)
This morning you have the option to continue our tour of Vientiane by bicycle, we will ride the capital
taking in sites such Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok, the main shopping district and
Vientiane’s Central Market, Talad Sao.
Returning to the hotel your afternoon is free to relax or take in some more sights of Vientiane and enjoy
the sunset over a few drinks on the riverfront.
Day 13: Vientiane – Phnom Penh (B)
Morning breakfast at hotel then drive to Airport to fly to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. We meet the local guide and driver then visit Royal Palace, built by the French in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, located within Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles, the treasures are a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilos and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1920. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art-notably sculptures-throughout the ages (although some periods are not represented). Most of the exhibits date from the Angkor period but there are several examples from the pre-Angkor era.
Lunch and Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 14: Phnom Penh (B)
Breakfast at hotel.
Half day Cooking Class @ Frizz restaurant (arrange by Cambodia Cooking Class).
Timing: 09:00 am-13:00 pm (can only make two dishes).
++ 09:00 am: The group will gather at frizz restaurant in central Phnom Penh. We then go to the local Kandal Market where our instructor will tell and show you Cambodian fruits, vegetables and spices.
++ 10:00 am: Time to take a tuk-tuk ride to the Cambodia Cooking Class, which is located on a cool open-air rooftop terrace, very near to frizz restaurant.
++ 10:15 am: Arrival at the Cooking School where a refreshing lemon juice drink and towel is waiting for you.
++ 10:30 am: Theory Class. Here the instructor will present a cookery demonstration of the dishes that you are going to prepare. Each participant will receive a booklet with the recipes of the course.
++ 11:00 am: Time to put your hands on the cooking utensils. The open-air roofed cooking school provides for a cool breeze, while you are cooking. Each student has his own cooking station and wok. Assisted by our instructor you will learn and experience the culinary technique of Cambodian cuisine. For lunch, two not too difficult dishes are waiting to be prepared by you!
++ 12:30 pm: Lunch. Now you can taste and enjoy your own culinary creation.
Visit Toul Sleng ,was used as S-21 prison ad interrogation facility during Pol Pot Regime. The building now serves as a museum, a memorial and a testament to the madness of the Khmer Rouge regime. And then continues to visit Wat Phnom Temple, is the symbol of the Phnom Penh Capital built in 1434, from where you can enjoy views over the Tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh
Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 15: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B)
Today we take a lovely bus trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap via the rural area which is fantastic scenery, local villages, paddy fields, schools and street markets along the way. Midday we arrive Siem Reap then check in hotel.
Afternoon we drive outskirt Siem Reap City to visit to Floating Villages, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a ride in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia and the largest in Asia. Here you’ll see plenty of examples of the Khmer way of life on the Tonle Sap. Continue to visit Wat Bo founded in the 18th century, a highly respected pagoda contains very unique wall paintings of the Reamker (Ramayana) that are said to be late 19th century.
Day 16: Siem Reap (B)
Breakfast at hotel, and then start to explore South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, 3km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire, The famous Bayon Temple was an architectural muddle, in part because it was constructed in a somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century. Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and gradual that spans the heart of Angkor Thom in front of Baphuon-huge temple mountain in the heart of Angkor Thom, Royal Palace Area and Phimeanakas-impressive rite and sandstone pyramid. Terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants, a double terrace wall with deeply carved nag as, demons and other mythological beings. Lunch local restaurant.
Afternoon Ta Prohm Temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty. Giant trees have grown here for centuries and Angkor Wat Temple, the founder of the temple was Suryavarman II who reined Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century to dedicate to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys, ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction.
Buffet dinner with Apsara Dance Show at local restaurant.
Day 17: Siem Reap (B)
Breakfast at hotel, pick to visit Floating Villages, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a ride in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia and the largest in Asia. Here you’ll see plenty of examples of the Khmer way of life on the Tonle Sap. Continue to visit Wat Bo founded in the 18th century, a highly respected pagoda contains very unique wall paintings of the Reamker (Ramayana) that are said to be late 19th century. Then come back to visit the "Les Artisans d'Angkor-Chantiers Ecole" the Finest Authentic Khmer Arts and Crafts.
Afternoon visit Wat Thmei (Killing Field) contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some of the bones were recovered from a nearby well while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield, visit ;ocal market and transfer to Pouk to visit weaving village (Silk Farm). Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 18: Siem Reap – Departure (B)
There is no activity until your departure flight.
All accommodation basing on double/twin room with daily breakfast
Private transportation as specified in itinerary
English speaking guide for day tour
All entrance fee for sightseeing
All boat trips as specified in itinerary
Meals as specified in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Drinking water on coach
International air ticket to/from Vietnam
Visa fee to Vietnam/Laos/ Cambodia
Domestic air tickets
Things are not indicated in itinerary