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MARVELLOUS VIETNAM – LAOS – CAMBODIA – 17 days / 16 nights

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Itinerary

Day 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL

Upon arrival your guide will greet you and transfer by private car through the city to your hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is easy and rest. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Day 2: CU CHI TUNNEL – HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR (B/L)

Depart from Ho Chi Minh City at 08:00 in the morning for the drive to Cu Chi district. Arrive and start the visit of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47’s. After lunch, Head back into the centre of the city visit the War Remnants or History Museum and take a glaze at the former Presidential Palace, from there to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Ho Chi Minh City Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.    

                                                                                                 

Day 3: MEKONG DELTA DISCOVERY (B/L)

Leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for more than 2 hour drive to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta that is home to a colourful floating market, vast emerald rice fields, luxuriant orchards and lush back waterways.

Take a boat cruise to visit to the fascinating Cai Be floating market where hundreds of boats gather for selling and buying fresh local produce.

Also, we visit to local village where you will observe locals making traditional stuffs such as rice paper cakes, fish sauce and pop rice.

Continue your cruise along meandering canal for sightseeing of local life on water and the two banks. Visit to local home, orchard and sample fresh tropical fruits. Lunch with local specialties of Mekong and enjoy a sampan rowing along shady creek.

Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon.

 

Day 4: HO CHI MINH – DA NANG – HOI AN (B/D)

Take a morning flight to Da Nang then a short transfer to Hoi An.

Located by the bank of Thu Bon River, Hoi An attracts people by its peaceful charms of ancient streets and houses that built centuries ago when the town was an important seaport, the friendliness, great foods and excellent shopping

In the afternoon we will take a walking tour of Hoi An ancient town for sightseeing of its attractions such as Hoi An market, Tan Ky ancient house, the covered Japanese bridge, Chinese assembly hall and so on…

The rest of the day is for great shopping.

 

Day 5: COUNTRYSIDE – COOKING CLASS (B/L)

Enjoy an eco-cycling tour along the little paths through rice paddies, farms and peaceful villages where you will see buffalos, local working with traditional tools and friendly children waving at you along the way. Visit to Tra Que, a vegetable growing village that is famous for its green herbs where you can join with locals on their farm to learn how the best herbs and greens are grown.

Later we will take a tour to Hoi An central market to experience amazing sights, sounds and get introduction about ingredients available there before going to the cooking centre for the cooking class. The chef will introduce you how to play with ingredients and very detail of each step in the cooking process.

It is then time to enjoy lunch of your own creation and check how wonderful cook you are.

The rest of the day is to enjoy shopping around the town.

Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 6: HOI AN – HUE IMPERIAL CITY (B/L)

After breakfast at hotel, take a drive through verdant mountains and quaint villages to Hue – the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam with some stops along the way for sightseeing of Marble Mountains and Hai Van Pass.

In the afternoon we visit to Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City that built between 1802 – 1833, where Kings of Nguyen Dynasty lived and ruled the country. This place reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today.

Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 7: HUE SIGHTSEEING – NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI (B/L)

Board a “dragon boat” and float on Perfume River to visit to iconic Thien Mu pagoda, the oldest pagoda and symbol of Hue with its 7 storey Phuoc Duyen tower, the huge bell from early 18th century whose sound can be heard from miles away and an Austin car that used by Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc on his journey to Saigon centre where he burnt himself to death to protest Buddhism discrimination policy by the Ngo Dinh Diem regime in 1963. Continue with a visit to one of Emperor Tombs of special architecture that built in line of Royal city within beautiful natural setting.

This mid-afternoon you will get transferred Hue Railway station for night train to Hanoi. Overnight soft-sleeper air-conditioner 4berths cabin.

 

Day 8: ARRIVAL HANOI – EXPLORE HIGHLIGHT OF HANOI (B/L)

Arrival Hanoi in early morning, your tour-guide will welcome you at Hanoi Railway station. After a quick briefing, we will drive to explore Sunrise Hanoi by visiting night flower market that usually starts around 2am and ended at 7am where you can admire thousands of flowers from all over the country, catering to Hanoi in mystery atmosphere.

A short ride brings you through the parks filled with colourful sports, where the old people is doing Tai Chi and young people is dancing … In particular, you will experience the extraordinary Hanoi sunrise from lakes. You will find out why Hanoi is proclaimed as the most peaceful and charming city in Vietnam.

We then entertain you taste-bud with Hanoi specialties – Pho or Bun Rieu Cua. Witness with your own eyes how stall-owner makes this great food. You will have an exclusive opportunity to take photos and explore of Hanoi reality beauty.

After breakfast, we continue transfer for sightseeing tour of Hanoi’s highlights including the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam’s first university that dates back to 1070, Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, One Pillar Pagoda, the 6th century Tran Quoc Pagoda and the Hoa Lo prison nicknamed as Hanoi Hilton by American pilots.

In the afternoon enjoy a cyclo tour around fascinating Old Quarter where full of exciting scenes of local life with thousands of photos opportunities around you.

Overnight in hotel in Hanoi.

 

Day 9: HANOI – HALONG BAY CRUISE (B/L/D)

Depart Hanoi for a 3 ½ hour drive through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay that dotted with thousands of limestone islands of special shapes that formed by winds and waves through millions of years.

Board the wooden junk and wind your way through spectacular bay of dramatic islands, floating villages and mirror like water. Visit a huge limestone cave with full of stalactites and stalagmites and enjoy the rest of the day to swim and paddle kayak or just simply relax on the top desk in spectacular sunset.

Dinner and overnight on board in private en suite cabin.

 

 

Day 10: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L)

Enjoy a morning view of bay’s landscape at sunrise and after breakfast, set sail for further cruise to explore the other part of Halong. Visit to a floating village and a peal oyster farm before cruising back to the harbor. Lunch is served on your way back. Disembark the boat before 12.00 and take drive back to Hanoi. Arrive back in Hanoi at around 4.00PM and the rest of the day is free at your leisure for more sightseeing of the city.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

 

Day 11: HANOI – FLY TO LUANG PRABANG (B)

Breakfast at hotel and enjoy free time until our transfer to airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.

On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel.

After a soft rest, your city tour begins with a visit to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. After that, you will visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artefacts. From there, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for the panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River.

The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

 

Optional: Enjoy a private Baci ceremony after sunset at a local family. The Baci ceremony as a traditional ritual of the Lao people expresses the spirituality of the country and is a highly memorable experience and a deep insight into Lao culture for the participants.

 

Day 12: MEKONG BOAT TRIP – PAK OU CAVE (B/L)

Today, we will first visit the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene. After that, we embark on the leisurely cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breath-taking 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.

On arrival back in the city, we visit Wat Visoun, dating back to 1513 during the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun), this is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and was once home to the Prabang Buddha. From there we stroll around to visit Wat Aham, which was once the residence of Sangkharat, the supreme head of Lao Buddhism. Our last stop today is the Traditional Art and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. Overnight in Luang Prabang

 

Day 13: VISIT KUANG SI WATERFALL & KHAMU VILLAGE (B)

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there, we will take a short visit to the morning local market near the Royal Palace. At the market, you can find anything from rice, to fresh vegetables, to steamed fish, frogs, and anything else that might be the day’s catch, just set up on the ground, this is what the locals do every day. This is really the chance for you to get a real flavour of the local culture.

After breakfast, we transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails.

Before returning to Luang Prabang, we stop to visit the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park (closed on Tuesday), one of the must-visit spots, where you can have an optional 15 minute tour to learn about butterflies and local flora.

Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Centre, where you will have a short tour so you get information about Silk, about weaver, about the Women that work in the Centre.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

 

Day 14: LUANG PRABANG – SIEM REAP (B)

Today is departure day. Enjoy your free time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Siem Reap, the gate way to the World Wonder – Angkor. Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel for check in procedure and have quick relax. Evening: Enjoy welcome dinner at local restaurant with Apsara Show. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Day 15: SIEM REAP – SIGNIFICANT ANGKOR TEMPLES (B/L)

Today, we will explore the biggest and the most significant temples in Angkor Complex. You will start from the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass tourist. The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate, Bayon Temple – unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara Baphuon Temple: lying just to the north of Bayon, a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru, The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Visit Preah Khan temple, located 2 kilometres north-east of Angkor Thorn on the Grand Circuit. The temple was built in the second half of the 12th century in AD 1191 by King Jayavarman VII, dedicating to his father Dharanindravarman. In the afternoon, we continue to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Ta Prohm was built in the 12th century. It’s a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of King Jayavarman VII. Explore Bantey Kdei temple, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries AD during the reign of Jayavarman VII, and also with the Bayon architectural style. Visit the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendour. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. Admire sunset over Angkor Wat before returning to the town. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 16: SIEM REAP FREE CHOICE (B)

A day free for relax or self-explorer. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Optional full day excursion:

This morning, visit Banteay Srei. Built of fine grained rose-pink sandstone, Banteay Srei is the most elaborately decorated of all Angkor’s monuments, its walls, false doors, lintels and exotic soaring pediments all richly embellished with floral motifs and Ramayana tales. It is also unusual as being constructed and built by two local dignitaries under permission and land grant by King Rajendravarman. Continue to Banteay Samre – one of the most complete complexes at Angkor dedicated to Hindu.

After lunch, visit Rolous Group. This group include many temples, located 13km from Siem Reap town. Most visited temples are Preah Ko, one of the oldest funerary temple; Bakong Temple with wonderful carvings on the false doors and lintels. The temples were from the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya, flourished in the late 9th and early 10th Centuries.

Later in the afternoon, enjoy a ride on Tuk Tuk to Local Night Market, where you will see a variety of local food, snacks, fruits, clothes on display on the roads for sales. Walks through the market, you may get the Cambodian snacks with all fries includes grasshoppers, spiders, cockroaches, crickets, baby frogs, and so on. These are all Cambodian favourite. Try it out and take a picture of it to show your friends back home.

 

Day 17: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE (B)

You will be free in Siem Reap until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Optional half day excursion:

After breakfast, take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. The trip will take you to discover the floating village on how people live and trade. This village is home to thousands of families, and it’s the largest floating village in Tonle Sap.

 

***END OF SERVICES****

Pricing
Supplement guide other languages per group per program
German  20USD/day/group
Italian / Spanish  25USD/day/group
City Standard (3*) Superior (4*) Deluxe (5*)
Ho Chi Minh City Blue Diamond Muong Thanh Central Majestic
Hoi An Field Villas and Spa Hoi An Bella Maison Hadana Resort Sunrise Beach Resort
Hue Rosaleen Boutique Hotel Romance Hotel Eldora Hotel
Night Train Sleeper Livitrans Express or similar
Hanoi Spring Flower Chalcedony Sheraton
Halong Renea Syrana Cruise Athena Cruise
Siem Reap Dinata Amgkor Boutique Treasure Oasis Angkor Miracle Resort & Spa
Luang Prabang My Dream Resort Maison Dalabua Satri House
Details

Price includes

  • All Tours transfers in private air condition car
  • Accommodation/hotel throughout the trip as mentioned above
  • Meals as mentioned in each day (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
  • Regional English speaking guides for the entire trip except leisure time
  • Train tickets – round trip – private cabin
  • Domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh to Danang
  • Package Halong cruise with en-suite private cabin
  • Private boat cruise as dedicated in itinerary
  • All entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Sightseeing tickets and local payment
  • Local guide where needed
  • A bottle of water and tissues for day with tours

Price not includes

  • Other services than mentioned
  • All international flight tickets
  • Personal expense (Laundry, expenditure of a personal nature)
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Surcharge for Spanish speaking guide which is calculated separately

Note

  • All prices quoted are on a net basis and in United States dollars and valid according to the date specified on the quotation. Prices are subject to change in line with market, tax or currency fluctuation with or without prior notice.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • In case some services cannot be confirmed at the moment of booking, you will be informed immediately and offered with an alternative with similar service quality in order to avoid changes to the program.

Terms and conditions

  • Deposit and Payment: 30% of total invoice should be deposit by credit card, bank transfer at the time of booking for guarantee. Final payment is no later than 7days in advance of arrival date.
  • Cancellation: If cancelling less than 15 days, the deposit is non-refundable. After final payment is received, a cancellation fee of approximately 75% applies. This percentage may be less depending on the date of cancellation. A cancellation fee of 100% is applicable within 03 days of travel.
  • Pricing: All prices are shown in American dollars and are current at the date of printing this itinerary. If there is a dramatic fluctuation in the exchange rate or the price of services provided, which are beyond the control of Fantasia Asia, Fantasia Asia reserves the right to adjust tour prices accordingly, even though the balance of payment may have been made. This would only happen in unusual circumstances.
  • Itinerary Validity and Content: This itinerary is valid until 30th Sept 2019, unless otherwise specified. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. Fantasia Asia shall not be liable for any injury, damage or loss caused by any inaccuracy. Fantasia Asia reserves the right to change tour arrangements or accommodations due to safety or security reasons, and will endeavour to provide alternative arrangements of the same standard as that originally booked.
  • Special Requirements: Please advise Fantasia Asia of any special requirements such as Special Meals, Medical Requirements etc., as soon as possible. If you get motion sickness, it is imperative that you bring with you motion sickness pills as we travel by coach and boat sometimes in our tour.
  • Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend you organize travel insurance before departure in your country. Insurance covers cancellation fees payable for airline tickets, accommodation, loss of deposit, luggage etc.
  • Clients’ Responsibilities: It is your responsibility to obtain passports, health certificates or other travel documents where required for the tour. It remains your responsibility to ensure that these documents are in order and to meet any additional costs incurred as a result of failure to comply with such requirements. It is also your responsibility to obtain any vaccinations that may be required to travel.
Policy
Cancellation policy for Tours & Hotels

Travellers can cancel the tour before the deadline of cancellation; charges will be applied according to the cancellation deadline. The date of cancellation is the date in which the written communication od cancellation is received by the company.  Charges are a percentage of the total tour price per person, including surcharges but excluding any amendment charges and any insurance payment.

Cancellation fees:

15 to No show 100 % charge

24 to 16 days 50 % of the tour price

29 to 25 days up 10 % of the tour price

30 days up no charge

Policy for Children:

Child from 1 – 5 year: Free of charge if sharing bed with parents

Child from 6 – 7 year: charge 50% of adult price if sharing bed with parents

Child from 8 – 9 year: charge 90% of adult price if using extra bed/mattress in parents ‘room 

Child from 10 year up: adult rate