Ha Noi arrival
Transfer: (30 km - 45 minutes)
Arrival at Hanoi airport by your morning flight. Welcome by your guide and transfer to the hotel in the center of the city. Installation at the hotel and free time to relax until 3:00 p.m.
The end of the afternoon is spent for a short tour of the Vietnamese capital by tramway. You will discover a city of poetry, a market town, a city that will amaze you with the lives of its inhabitants, a city toggling between tradition and modernity.
Return to your hotel after a stop at Hoan Kiem Lake, in the heart of Hanoi. Visit Ngoc Son temple located on the shores of the lake. Overnight at hotel.
Ha Noi visit
Start your day of exploring Hanoi with a walk in the gardens of the former Palace of the Governor of Indochina, now become the Presidential Palace. Discover the One Pillar Pagoda on stilts of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam, and the inside of his Mausoleum (except Monday and Friday when visiting the interior is impossible).
You can also visit the pagoda Tran Quoc at the edge of the large Lake (West Lake), and the Museum of Ethnography, which offers a way of life, customs and habits of the 54 ethnic minorities populating Vietnam.
In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, the first national university in the original architecture built in the eleventh century and now dedicated to the worship of Confucius and the Scholars. This Temple has become the symbol of Hanoi and the Vietnamese Culture.
In the evening, you will enjoy a puppet show on the water, folk art of the peoples in the Red River Delta. Overnight at hotel
Ha Noi – Tam Coc – Thung Nham
Transfer:140 km, 3 hours
Bicycle: 45 minutes
Breakfast in hotel then transfer to Ninh Binh province. Arrival in Hoa Lu, you will visit Dinh and Le temples then drive to Tam Coc( Ha Long bay on land), check in hotel and lunch in local restaurant. Then you take 2 hours boat trip in the beauty of the karsts formations as you pass along their base and row into three caves carved through the limestone.
Upon you arrival the Thung Nham around 16 h, you will surprise with a myriad of flowers blooming from the gates of the Valley. You visit the Bird Valley, will find really amazing how the heart of the city of Hoa Lu Town has 1 so peaceful valley like this, with numerous species of birds: egret, cranes and many more. Overnight in hotel
Tam Coc – Ha Long bay
Transfer: 250km – 4.5 hours
After breakfast, departure to Halong Bay. On arrival around noon, check in a beautiful wooden junk for a cruise enchanting 2 days/ 1 night in Halong Bay.
During this cruise, you can explore this vast chaos of karst mountains, caves, lagoons with all these ghostly shapes that can be seen from far away. It is so nice to feel completely lost and discovering every second new forms of increasingly tormented rocks. In addition, the play of light, clouds and mist creates unexpected atmospheres. It is the same life on the bay with all its fishing boats, whole families who either live in floating houses or aboard simple craft.
In late afternoon, the ship dropped anchor for the night in the bay. It is then possible for you to swim in the emerald sea or kayaking.
The lunch and dinner are served on the junk menu with excellent seafood
Overnight on board the junk in private cabin.
Ha Long bay – Phu Lang pottery village - Ha Noi
Transfer:250km –4.5 hours
Morning in the bay, this is a special time for meditation and take a morning bath.
The buffet breakfast is served while the junk starts up slowly towards the pier. The return cruise allows you to discover other parts of the bay, including the Heavenly Palace Cave or the Cave of Surprise.
Landing at 11:30 and taken the road towards Hanoi. Direct transfer to the airport. On the road, visiting a traditional pottery village. This village, which stays away from mass tourism, still keeps the shapes of the oldest villages of the Red River Delta. Transfer to the hotel.
Ha Noi – Luang Phrabang
Flight: 1 hour
After breakfastat hotel, transfer to Noi Bai airport. Flight to Luang Prabang, the ancient religious capital of the Kingdom of a Million Elephants.
Arrival in Luang Prabang airport, you will be welcomed by your guide in Luang Prabang. Transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon, visit the National Museum, which is the former royal palacebuilt in 1904 under the French protectorate. Inlate afternoon, climbing Mount Phou Sito observe the most beautiful panorama of the city and enjoy the sunset.
Backto the hotel. The evening is free time you can visit the night market throughout Sisavangvong street, where they sell the finest Laotian tissues. Overnight at hotel.
Luang Phrabang discovery
From the first light of day ( between 6:00 and 7:00 am) you will have the opportunity to observe the monks reras, a Buddhist ritual millennium many monks dressed in saffron robes silently through the old town to beg for food as had done the Buddha: this is the scene of life that offers visitors the most beautiful travel photos. Back to the hotel for breakfast.
Discover the fresh food market Phousi, true mosaic of colors and scents, ethnological museum (closed on Monday) founded in 2006 whose purpose is to promote understanding of different lifestyles and traditions of the fabulous ethnic mosaic form the Lao people. If time permits, explore the UNESCO side will continue during this late morning. Lunch at local restaurant.
The afternoon exploration of the most beautiful temples in the city. We will go to Xieng Thong Temple, built in 1560, certainly the most beautiful and richest temple in the city. Transition to Wat Aham and Wat Visoun, which are the oldest temples in Luang Prabang. If time permits, visit other temples historic area filled some one of the finest architectural jewels of the country. Return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Luang Phrabang – Pak Ou – Kuang Xi – Luang Phrabang
The morning is spent for a trip upstream the Mekong River to the Pak Ou caves.
After breakfast, embark on a small motor boat for a nice walk during which you can watch the lifetime in waterfront. A halfway stop visit to the village of Ban Xan Hai specialized in the production of rice wine - the most popular Laotian drink. Continue cruise to the Pak Ou caves which are the most famous Buddhist site near Luang Prabang. Exploration of all these caves loaded legends with their many statues of Buddha. Pak Ou lunch before heading back to return to Luang Prabang by late morning.
The afternoon is spent for a trip to the waterfalls of Tad Kwang Si, 30 km south of Luang Brabang by a good road that passes through villages H'mongs. The waterfall which forms many pools is a particularly nice place for nature lovers.
Return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon. Overnight at hotel.
Luang Phrabang – Siem Reap
After breakfast athotel, transfer to airport for flight toSiemReap (1:30 flight). Pick up at the airport of Siem Reap by our guide and transfer to your hotel.
According to the time of your arrival, we will arrange a visit to the museum of Angkor to give you a general view on the civilization and the Khmer art
Buffet Dinner at the local restaurant accompanied by a traditional dancing show of the Khmer: The Apsara dance. Overnight at the hotel.
Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom
Departure in the morning for the visit of the wonderful temple of Angkor Wat, inscribed on the world heritage of humanity by UNESCO. With its soaring towers and its bas-reliefs unique, it is one of the monuments the most extraordinary ever conceived by the human mind, erected in the 12th century in honor of Vishnu. Compared to all the other temples, Angkor Wat is the most famous and the most majestic.
After lunch in town, visit of Angkor Thom starting by the terrace of the Leper King, platform which presents several admirable carved figures of Apsaras emerging out. Your tour continues along the terrace of the Elephants who hosted the pomp of the royal hearings and public ceremonies. Continuation to the south portal with the famous Bayon Temple, the enigmatic and enchanting temple composed of 54 gigantic towers decorated by 216 faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of compassion). On the return path, you will also visit the With Ta Prohm, temple invaded by the jungle and discovered in 1860 by the French explorer Henri Mouhout.Return to your hotel. Free time.
Siem Reap - Banteay Srei - PreahKhan - Meak Péan
Transfer: 49km – 1 hour
After breakfast at the hotel, departure for the excursion to Kbal Spean (the river of thousand lingams) 49 km to the north of Angkor. It is of carrres of stone which were used to bless the waters before they arrive at the royal city. The peaceful environment of the place allows you a beautiful promenade
Continuation of visits with the mythical temple of Banteay Srei whose name means: "The citadel of women". This gem of pink sandstone contains remarkable lintels carved in incredible state of conservation.
In the late afternoon, on the way back to Siem Reap, visit the romantic temple Bantey Samre, nicknamed "Angkor Wat thumbnail", of the ancient city of Preah Khan (city of the royal fortune victorious) and Neak Pean, a surprising site built in the 12th century.Return to Siem Reap, overnight in the hotel.
Siem Reap –Tonle Sap - Kompong Phluk village
After breakfast, departure to the Tonle Sap Lake to take aboat to KompongPhluk, a Khmer isolated community, composed of three villages with houses on stilts are between six and eight meters. These villages with 3000 inhabitants are flooded half of the year allowing navigation through the mangrove forest. The unique ecosystem survives in soilsoaked forseveral months supporting a variety of wild life in cluding crab - eating macaque. Several villagersabandoned their homes during the dry season.
Back to Siem Reap to visit Wat Bo Pagoda, Old Market,SCHOOL OF ARTISANS ANGKOR located in the heart of the city. Supported by the Ministry of Education, this center, founded in 1992, seeks to revive the ancient Khmer art. Overnight in hotel
Siem Reap – Phnom Penh by road
Transfer: 6 hours
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Phnom Penh by road. Arrive in Phnom Penh in early afternoon at your hotel.
The rest ofthe day is spent exploring the Cambodian capital program with the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom Pagoda and Independence Monument. Stroll in the Central Market before returning to the hotel late in the day. Overnight at hotel.
Phnom Penh -Silk Island
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue your visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum S21. Then, stroll through Central Market "Style Art Deco" and Russian Market. KOHDACH visit the island, the French island of Silk. It is located a short distance from the center of Phnom Penh, but the moment you are on the tray, you will be thrown into a film of the last century. You will observe the work of weavers, the Pagoda, tropical plantations of the island, schools, market, and rice fields, go to the beach to meet the fishermen...Overnight in PhnomPenh.
Phnom Penh – Chau Doc by speed boat
Speed boat: 4 hours
The morning is spent for a visit of the beautiful Silver Pagoda and the National Museum of Fine Arts, an architectural master piece containing beautiful pieces that once adorned the temples that we know today.
After lunch, depart PhnomPenh by speed boat to wards Chau Doc on the Mekong River. Villages, fields but peerages succeed. Prepare your camera to capture scenes of life of fishermen and villagoiseson the banks.
Arrival at Chau Doclate in the day after the entry at the border crossing for malities. Pick up by your driver and transfer to hotel.
Chau Doc discovery
After breakfast, you will take a sampan to sail along the river as a local to get a better view of life around the delta. The first stop is the floating market where fruit and vegetables are sold to the local market. You will then go to the fish farm through fishermen and floating villages. Then you go to Cham Muslim village. The Chams are a group from the kingdom of Champa, an empire that stretched from Hue south of the Mekong between the 7th and the 18th century. You will leave your boat to explore the village and see a Cham traditional house on stilts, a local mosque. You will learn more about the customs and traditions of the Chams. The ship then sails to the Vinh Te canal that extends 87 km from Chau Doc in South China Sea. The canal dates back to 1824 and mobilizes 80,000 local and Cambodian workers. Channel plays an important role for communications in southern Vietnam and Cambodia. The afternoon ends at Sam Mountain where you will see beautiful landscapes. Overnight in hotel
Chau Doc– Natural reserve of Tra Su – Can Tho
Transfer: 150 km – 3 hours drive
Morning departure by car tothe natural reserve of TraSu, an ecological paradise that is home to colonies of bats, more than 100 species of marine birds and water ways out of sight and abundant vegetation. You browse the isolated foot and by boat forest amid tree shalf submerged. This will bethe perfect opportunity to relax and get closer to nature, in apeaceful afternoonin this protected reserve. You can observe the flora and fauna, including species of birds, all with the help of your guide! Then drive to Can Tho in the afternoon. Check in and overnight in hotel
Can Tho – Phong Dien & Cai Rang market – Sai Gon
Transfer: 200 km – 4 hours drive
After breakfast in hotel then, you will go for a boat trip to visit the Phong Dien floating market where people exchange their products. On a sampan, you will continue the journey through the small channels system. Then you walk through the village to see how local people make rice leaves and rice noodles in a traditional way. Experience Monkey Bridge. You will then visit Cai Rang, the largest in the wholeMekong Delta. Return to Saigon. Stop on the road to visit the bonsai garden in My Tho. Dinner and free evening. Overnight in hotel
Sai Gon – Cu Chi – Tunnels
Transfert: 20km – 4 hours drive round trip
Morning departure to Cu Chi tunnels from your hotel. Upon arrival, you will view short video film and presentation about Cu Chi tunnels, before try a real experience with the world well known tunnels. After that travelers can try delicious manioc which is the main food in Cu Chi during the war. For those interested there is an opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Back to Sai Gon in the afternoon. This afternoon visit the War Remnants and the former Presidential Palace, Stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. At the end of the afternoon head back to your hotel. Finish your day tour in Ben Thanh market. Overnight in hotel
Cu Chi tunnels tour can be made by spped boat from Sai Gon but this tour is non private. You can see below the detail. Pick up at your hotel and you will transferred to the spped boat. Your English-speaking guide will introduce you to life along the banks of the Saigon River as your boat gracefully slips through knots of floating water hyacinths on this scenic one-hour boat trip. After a short documentary, your guide will lead you through the historic Cu Chi Tunnels, dug by resourceful guerrilla fighters provide communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters during numerous conflicts. A traditional Vietnamese lunch or dinner of local specialties like lemongrass chicken and caramelized clay pot pork will be served after your visit to the tunnels. 7:00 AM or 1:15 PM departure. Tour length: 5 hours
Sai Gon - departure
Free time in Sai Gon for your personal activities.Transfer to the airport for your flight home.