LUANGPRABANG - PAK OU CAVE – HANOI - HALONG – HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNEL – MEKONG DELTA - SIEM REAP
This tour to the highlights of 3 countries: Viem, Laos and Cambodia
From AUD 3075 pp* (4 star)
Cost Includes: Accommodation for 9 nights , transfers, excursions and sightseeing with English speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and monument entrance fee as per itinerary. Meals as per itinerary. Internal airfares and taxes.
Hotels Standard: 4 star
DAY 01 : ARRIVAL - LUANG PRABANG (L,D)
Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to the hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang
DAY 02 : LUANG PRABANG - PAK OU CAVE (B,L)
After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the distillation of local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving.Overnight in Luang Prabang.
DAY 03 : LUANG PRABANG – Hanoi (B/D)
The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign, and the Central Market are not to be missed. After visiting these sights in the morning, you will have free time for your own exploration of the town and strolling around the shopping area. The tour ends after your transfer to the airport for flying to Hanoi. You are warmly welcomed by our Tour guide at Noibai Airport and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi capital. Be free and relax after long journey. In the evening, attend Water Puppet Show and enjoy welcome dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong - Hanoi (B/L)
Leave Hanoi at 8:00 for Halong Bay, on arrival at Halong city at about 11.30am, get on a private boat. Have seafood lunch on boat while the boat cruising caves, grottoes, floating villages and beaches. Stop to visit Surprise Caves, one of the biggest, nicest cave in Halong Bay. Finish cruise about 15.30pm. Drive back to Hanoi and end tour at 19:00.
Day 5: Hanoi – City tour – Ho Chi Minh (B/L)
Start at 8:00 from your hotel by car to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, One pillar pagoda, Tran Quoc pagoda. After lunch, visit to Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam, Army museum (or Art museum, History museum, Women museum is at your choice). Hanoi Flag Tower. Wonder around Hoan Kiem lake, visit Ngoc SonTemple. Then we transfer to airport, take the flight to Ho Chi Minh. The local guide welcome you and transfer to hotel. Check in hotel and relax. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh - Cu chi tunnel – city tour (B/L)
Drive a long way on the country side of Vietnam to Cu Chi Tunnel, the incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Return to Ho Chi Minh. Have lunch at restaurant. Then we go to city tour. The tour begins with a visit to Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral. On the way back, stop at Chinatown which should not be missed. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong delta- Ho Chi Minh (B/L)
Leave at 8:00 from your hotel for My Tho, on arrival, get on a private boat cruising Floating Fish Market and along small creek to Mekong River estuary, to Phoenix Island and stop at a garden restaurant for Vietnamese lunch. The motorized boat cruises more along natural creeks and quiet village in Ben Tre Province. Visit orchards, bee - keeping farm, taste natural honey and honey wine, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music, wonder around a distillery, explore the local coconut candy production process, taste candy & coconut pulp. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh, stop at a bonsai garden in My Tho. End tour in the late evening.
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh – Phnom Penh (B/L)
After breakfast at hotel, we will transfer to airport, take the flight to Phnom Penh
Upon arrival at Phnom Penh airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Visit to Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Independence Monument, National Museum and Wat Phnom. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.
DAY 9: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP (B/D)
Breakfast at hotel, then transfer to Phnom Penh Ferry for departure to Siem Reap (0730 – 13300730 – 1330). Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met and transfer to hotel. It is time to visit the world wonder of Angkor Wat and sunset from Phnom Bakheng Hill. Dinner show at local restaurant. O/N at hotel in Siem Reap
DAY 10: SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel, We continue to visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphoun, the Terrace of Temple, Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, Pre Rup, East Mebon, Neak Poan. Transfer to Siem Reap Airport for departure
THE BENELUX BONANZA
The journey I was about to undertake would not only in geographical terms span vast distances over land and sea......it was an odyssey which would cover a period of over four hundred years and one in which I would try to establish a "connection" with my ancestors.