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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival
Upon your arrival at the Ho Chi Minh’s Tan Son Nhat international airport, we will be met and then transferred hotel in downtown.
Ho Chi Minh, formally called Saigon is an electrifying cosmopolitan city. It is an exciting and exotic city where the pace of the life never dims and which is now looking forward with great optimism after its tumultuous 20th century. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Saigon City tour (B, L)
In the morning, we will take guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City. The tour begins with a visit to Central Post Office and the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877and 1883. Neo-Romanesque in form, the Notre Dame is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern. We continue our tour to visit the moving War Remnants Museum. This is a poignant display of the futility of war. We pass by the Reunification Palace. Here on April 30th 1975 the war officially ended when tank 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time, the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.
In the afternoon, discover Cholon, the city’s historic Chinatown, with its narrow streets lined with delis and homes of prestigious local businessmen. Then stop at the Thien Hau Pagoda, the most important in the city. Return to the hotel in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3: Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple (B, L)
We start our day with a visit to Cao Dai Temple located in Tay Ninh. After a two three hour drive, we arrive at the Holy Temple. Then, attend the fantastic mid-day service together with the followers. Later, have lunch in a local Vietnamese restaurant.
After lunch, we continue our day with another two hour drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, a key Vietcong resource during the Vietnam War. They span hundreds of miles underground and accommodated the Vietcong for up to two weeks at a time. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – My Tho – Sa Dec – Can Tho (B, L, D)
Morning depart Saigon, we drive through the lush gardens and green fields to Mekong Delta. Upon arrival at the township of My Tho, we will embark on a private boat to discover the beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. Visit the local orchard farms and cottage industries before stopping at a garden restaurant at a local house for Vietnamese lunch. The boat cruises 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, see round a distillery, explore the local coconut candy production process, taste candy & coconut pulp, then transfer to visit Sa Dec town, where Margueritte Duras's famous novel Lover was set and made famous by the film L’Amant, the Marguerite Duras story. Sa Dec is a peaceful town of tree-lined streets, fading colonial villas and orchards and flower markets outside of town. It has a small degree of fame as the setting for The Lover, a film based on the novel by Marguerite Duras. Two of the classic French villas used in the film can be seen across the river from the market area. In the evening, enjoy the fun of cooking with the family of homestay. Stay overnight in Can Tho Homestay.
Day 5: Can Tho – Market visits – Saigon - Fly to Da Nang/ Hoi An (B, L)
After breakfast at homestay, we take a two-hour boat trip to visit the Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets. Wander into the villages to visit the rice paper mill and the rice noodle making factory. Learn how to cross the "Monkey Bridge'' which is made from a single bamboo. We continue cycling through the villages to enjoy the beautiful rural scenery. Lunch will be served in local restaurant.
Depart Can Tho we wind our way straight back to Tan Son Nhat airport to catch a short afternoon flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival in Da Nang airport, we will be met and welcomed by our tour guide and driver. Transfer to hotel in Hoi An. Free at leisure after hotel check in.
Stay overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoi An – A Vietnamese Day (B, L)
After breakfast at hotel, we kick off for an interesting bike (pushbike) ride to visit Hoi An's major attractions: which includes Japanese Bridge, Old Merchant House, China Assembly Halls and some other interesting shops.
Hoi An was once a flourishing port under the Nguyen lords. Today, the charming town retains the spirit of a bygone era, with tile-roofed wooden buildings and ancient winding streets. Riding through this pedestrianized town, losing ourselves in the potpourri of vendors selling colorful handmade lanterns (a Hoi An specialty), tailor shops with local fashions on display and the intoxicating aroma of Vietnam’s undeniable cuisine.
In the afternoon, a fisherman will greet us at the shore and help us to step on Hoi An’s special boat: Basket Boat. The basket-shaped transportation is widely used in Southern Vietnam; sitting in one would be one of the precious fun moments in your Vietnam holiday. Just as other fishermen, you will be back to shore with a boat-load of fish when sunset. What a harvest!
Stay overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An – Day trip to My Son Holy Land (B)
Depart Hoi An, we take an one hour drive to My Son Holy Land, considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. My Son is a former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled central Vietnam between the second and thirteenth centuries. The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. After visit the temple complex and take plenty photos, we return to Hoi An by boat. Arrive back in town at around mid-day. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town, visit the local markets or simply enjoy the last shopping.
Stay overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An – Da Nang – HUE (B, L)
Depart Hoi An, we drive towards Hue which is about 120km from Hoi An town. Passing Danang, a stop will be made at Cham Museum which has an open air collection of Cham sculptures. Many of the sandstone carving are breathtaking. Visit the marble mountain. We also stop at the famed China Beach for some quick photos.
We then travel through Hai Van pass, and Lang Co beach - one of the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam. Arrive in Hue and check into our hotel.
After lunch we visit the Imperial Citadel, a 19th-century walled fortress taken by North Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War, shocking South Vietnamese and U.S. forces. Later we embark in a boat cruise along Perfume River to vist Thien Mu Pagoda and admire sunset on boat. Stay overnight in Hue.
Day 9: Hue Imperial City Tour – Fly to Hanoi (B, L)
This morning, continue your exploration of Hue. Visit Emperor Tu Duc’s tomb, a complex of terraces and pagodas. Then set off to discover Emperor Khai Dinh’s mausoleum — though smaller than Tu Duc’s, it is far more elaborate. Stop at Vong Canh – Bird’s eyed view point to admire the wonderful scenery of the perfume River. Stop at the local workshop to see people making joss sticks and conical hats.
Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch buffet in a local Buddhist monastery. After lunch, we drive straight to Hue airport for a short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival at Hanoi, meet the tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Stay Stay overnight in Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi City Tour - Street food discovery - Night train to Sapa (B, L)
We set out at 6:00 am and head off to the Hoan Kiem Lake where you will catch a glimpse of Hanoi residents performing their morning exercise routines, perhaps you can join in a random Tai Chi or Aerobics class to stretch your tired limbs.
Leaving the lake we go to an authentic Vietnamese restaurant, frequented by the "locals" for breakfast. Here you will enjoy a bowl of our famous "Pho" noodles. Some of the local people call this world famous Noodle soup “Mac-Noodles" since it is as popular here as MacDonalds is in other parts of the world! At the restaurant your tour guide will explain the routine during Vietnamese meal times, and also tell you which special ingredients are needed for you to make an excellent Pho back home.
After breakfast your tour guide will take you to one of the oldest coffee shops in Hanoi to enjoy a cup of coffee and learn about Hanoi's coffee culture. This coffee shop is where many Hanoi residents come to relax, slowly sipping coffee and chatting for hours with old friends about times gone by!
We continue this wonderful tour through the Hom market. Here we stroll up 'food alley' to see the mouth-watering foods they have on display! We also visit the vegetable stalls, which have an array of freshly picked fruits and vegetables, and where you will see the most common herbs used in daily Vietnamese cooking.
8:00 we will visit to the Soviet-style Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh read out the declaration of the nation’s independence in 1945. We visit the museum dedicated to Ho Chi Minh before passing through his Mausoleum; escorted by the soldiers in full regalia (you will be asked to remove hats if entering, and no shorts or vests are allowed either). As you leave, you will be able to walk through the gardens of the Presidential Palace before seeing “Uncle Ho’s” house; the humble dwelling he built (based on a traditional Vietnamese stilt house) and where he lived for the last ten years of his life.
We will then continue to the One Pillar Pagoda and the 900-year old Temple of Literature, the principal Vietnamese Confucian sanctuary, and its historical centre of learning. Made up of five courtyards, this is one of the few remnants of the original city. Lunch will be at a local Hanoi restaurant, where you will be served a delicious Vietnamese style lunch.
In the afternoon, we visit the Hoa Lo Prison, the highest security prison of Indochina during the French colony. It was where the Vietnamese patriotic soldiers were detained by the colonialists and was later known as the “Hanoi Hilton” for American pilots during the American War.
You will wind through the narrow alleyways of the Old Quarter and discover many other streets selling Hanoi specialties, and sample some of the local Vietnamese treats such as Omai, Nom, Banh Cuon….etc.
This tour will also include visiting some of our very special historical sites such as the beautifully faded St Josephs, the Old Well at Nha Tho Street and the Bach Ma Temple!
The service will conclude once we return to our hotel.
Tonight we are transferred to Hanoi Railway station for to catch nine hour train journey to the Lao Cai a border town to China.
Stay overnight on train – 4 berth cabin – Soft sleeper with A/C.
Day 11: Sapa Hill Tribe (B, L, D)
Morning arrive at Lao Cai, we take a short transfer ascending to the former hill-station town of Sapa. At an elevation of 1,500 meters, Sapa was once a hill resort of French administrators when the summer heat became unbearable. The remoteness and the simple lifestyle of ethnic minority people are a highlight of Sa Pa although conditions are basic.
Freshen up and enjoy a breakfast and then take a leisure walk to visit to Sapa town, Sapa market. After that we proceed to Lao Chai – Ta Van villages. Take a walk through the dirt trails of the villages, meet and talk with the hill tribe people and explore their daily life and beautiful landscape. Return to Sapa for lunch and the rest of the day is at leisue. Stay overnight in Sapa.
Day 12: Sapa - Market tours - Overnight train to Hanoi B, L)
After breakfast we depart part Sapa with our entire lugagge to the local markets. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant.
After the tour we drive back to Lao Cai station. Have dinner (optional) at a restaurant nearby the station before catching the overnight train again to get back Hanoi. Stay overnight on train – 4 berth cabin – Soft sleeper with A/C.
Option 1: Cao Son - Wednesday Market.
Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive to visit the Cao Son market. We take a dirt road which leads up into the mountains through the pine tree forests and villages that surround the tiny markets. Flower H'mong, Tu Di, Tay and Giay are ethnic minorities who come to trade local products such as food, agricultural supplies and fabric here. After exploring these markets our car will take us back to Muong Khuong for lunch. After lunch in a local restaurant we will visit the most secluded peaceful villages, and have the opportunity to observe traditional practices such as distilling wine from corn and making bacon. We will be offered a special corn cake when you stop by a local house.
Option 2: Bac Ha - Sunday Market.
Leaving Sapa we drive to Bac Ha market (approximately 3 hours). Arriving at Bac Ha, we visit the big market and the colorful ethnic people of the Flower H'mong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen minorities, who gather here to buy and sell their handicraft products. After spending the morning exploring the market our lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch we drive downhill to start a short walk to Trung Do Village which is home to the Tay minority. Here we can visit a traditional Tay house. We will then travel by boat through amazing countryside to Bao Nhai Village.
Option 3: Can Cau Market - Saturday market.
We will take a 3 hour drive to Can Cau market. Our journey will take us through the mountainous border area between Vietnam and China. Situated 20 kilometres from Bac Ha, Can Cau is a small but very colorful market. Opening only on Saturdays, it always delivers a very photogenic display of Flower Hmong, Nung and Phu La ethnic costumes. After spending the morning exploring the market, we will leave for Bac Ha town where we will have lunch. From Bac Ha we drive downhill (1/2 hour) to start a short walk to Trung Do Village which belongs to the Tay minority. Have the opportunity to visit a traditional Tay house. We will then travel by boat through the amazing countryside to Bao Nhai Village.
Option 4: Coc Ly Market – Tuesday market.
Drive from Sapa (3hrs) to Coc Ly market situated between the stunning mountains by the Chay River. Every Tuesday morning, the people from the surrounding ethnic villages such as Flower H’mong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen gather to sell and buy their products. Having explored the market, we will have a boat trip to Flower H’mong village of Na Nen then trek to Trung Do village of Tay minority people. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a local house with the Tay people. From there we can travel by boat, down the river, and experience the magnificent sights surrounding the beautiful river banks.
After the markets we are transferred back to Lao Cai station for our night train journey back to Hanoi. We can drop your bags at a local restaurant near the station where we can have dinner (not included) before boarding the train. Overnight on the air conditioned train.
Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (B, L, D)
Upon arrival at the station, we are transferred to the mini hotel for rest and shower. After that you are taken to a local restaurant for breakfast.
Depart Hanoi with a small backpack with all necessity for the overnight trip (the main luggage is stored in the hotel and we collect upon our return). We drive about 3 hours through rustic Vietnamese countryside to Halong Bay, one of the 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites. With hundreds of giant limestone peaks jutting out of the water at the Bay of Tonkins – it is indeed an impressive sight.
Board our cruise and after a delicious seafood lunch has been served, we take a short trek to a nearby summit to enjoy the panorama view of the bay. As the day wanes, slip into a swim in the cool water before enjoying a sumptuous dinner under the moonlit sky. (Note: Program may differ slightly base on cruise ships)
Day 14: Halong – Hanoi – Fly to Luang Prabang (B, L)
Rising to the sound of the bay, we enjoy an elegant breakfast before we visit a beautiful limestone grotto to admire its many unique rock formations. Then it’s back to the boat to form your final lasting impression of Halong Bay’s awe-inspiring beauty as we cruise back to the dock and, drive directly to the airport which takes about 4 hours, then take a short flight to Luang Prabang.
On arrival in Luang Prabang, we are met at the airport and then transferred to hotel. Then Free time for you.
Stay overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 15: Luang Prabang City Tour – Khuangsi Waterfall (B, D)
An optional early start gives us 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 visit the morning Phosi Market, where we will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
After that, back to the hotel for breakfast. We continue touring the ancient town of Luang Prabang with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We also have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai.
Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today we will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village. This then takes us to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang.
Day 16: Luang Prabang – Ban Khia Luang – Pak Ou Cave (B, D)
The day starts head north by car along route 13, before taking an unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. We then have ample time to visit the school, play with the kids. We also take some time to explore the rest of the village, where you can see weaving and visit the local temple. We stop for lunch at the village, which can either be a western picnic lunch, or traditional Lao food such as sticky rice, laap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers.
After lunch we say good bye to the village and drive to Ban Khoklin, which takes us through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields. At Ban Khoklin we then board a private boat down the Nam Ou River for 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims and continue down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang. Arrive back into town in the late afternoon.
Stay overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 17: Elephant and soft hiking tour to Khmu village (B, L)
After breakfast we take a short drive to the Spirit Resort where we will experience the protected Elephants at the “Elephant Park Project” along the Nam Khan riverbanks. From here we can enjoy the 1 hr. Elephant ride on the back of a protected Asian Elephant.
It is then followed by a short and easy hiking tour will lead us out into the Fair Trek project area where villages profit directly from our visit. A small Khmu community lives below a high rising mountain range. Depending on the time available a Lao style Lunch will be served at Ban Houay Fai and return to Tad Sae waterfall, boat ride back to Lao Spirit Resort. Then we are taken back to Luang Prabang
Stay overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 18: Luang Prabang – Drive to Vang Vieng (B, L)
After breakfast we visit The National Museum (close Tuesday) and the Central market. Then we travel by roads to mountainous town of Vang Vieng. Today our intrepid journey will be strenuous as we drive along one of the most scenic but also one of the roughest routes in Asia. In the afternoon we arrive in Vang Vieng, a small and tranquil town, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism. After check into our hotel room, we will embark on a boat for a well-paced trip along the Nam Song River, exploring the breathtaking mountain landscape.
Stay overnight in Vang Vieng
Day 19: Vang Vieng – Tham Phoutham – Kayaking & Tubing (B, L)
After breakfast, we start our board on a local tractor through paddy field areas heading to Tham Phoukham caves, where our breath will be taken away seeing the most beautiful and famous limestone cavern, surrounded by natural forests. Along the way, we will have chance to explore the local cultures by greeting the local villagers and learning about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool in front of the caves where we can take a swim to refresh ourselves from the hot climate or explore the nearby area. After spending the day at the caves and its surrounding areas, we make our way returning Vang Vieng town, using local transportation or tractor. En route, we visit the ethnic minority villages of Hmong, Souay and Taidam villages meeting the warm and friendly hill tribe people and observing their traditional tribal costumes.
In the afternoon we enjoy kayaking combine tubing along Song river about 3hour along Song river visit temples and local caves, other enjoy tubing 1hount through Tham Lom cave. Return to our hotel after an exciting day.
Stay overnight in Vang Vieng
Day 20: Vanvieng – Vientiane – City Tours (B, L)
Early morning, we drive out of town to Vientiane. Along the way we make a stop to visit Vang Xang, a famous archeological site dating back 11th century. After about 2 hours drive we will get to Vientiane, the charming and fascinating capital of Laos. This small town conjures up exotic images, with the curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences.
This afternoon we will explore the town; with Wat Sisaket which is the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha images. We continue sightseeing by visiting Haw Prakeo, the former royal temple of Laos monarchy, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Statue. Then visit the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph before continuing to the famous That Luang Stupa. Return to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Stay overnight in Vientiane.
Day 21: Vientiane –– Siem Reap (B, L)
Free morning until we are transferred to Vientiane airport for s short flight to the next destination – Siem Reap.
Upon arrival, you will be met and warmly welcomed by our local guide. Then we transfer to the hotel for check in. Then we set off in the late afternoon for an exploration of one of the famous sites in Siem Reap, the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers after that.
Enjoy walking at busy pub street where you can find many bars for cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night
Market Stay overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 22: Angkor Thom Wonder (B, L)
We start on our bike and cycle (45 minutes for cycling) or drive to world heritage areas on the roads less travelled. Ride among the jungle passing local village and local shop. It’s a very special and acting day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. You will visit 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
The tour continues with the major visit to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. We end up our day with a visit to Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng hill.
Stay overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 23: Cambodia Village – Tonle Sap Lake (B, L)
Early morning at around 5:30am, we start our day with a sunrise watch over Angkor Wat temple and listening singing birds over the ancient land of Angkor area. We walk to nearby Pagoda and offering food to monks. Spend your own time talk to the monk and nuns to exchange the culture or relieve. We return to hotel for breakfast.
Moving in tune with the rhythm of the great annual flood of Tonle Sap, take a boat ride to the village of Kompong Phhluk on stilts this afternoon. Explore this great ecosystem by way of canoeing and hear the calls of the macaque monkeys while observing the forest beneath the lake’s surface.
Then free time for you in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 24: Siem Reap – Kampong Thom –Phnom Penh (B, L)
After breakfast we drive to Phnom Penh around 5 – 6 hours via Kampong Thom, travel just outside Kampong Thom to see key archeological sites, starting with Sambor Prei Kuk, perhaps the most important grouping of pre-Angkorian monuments in Cambodia. Before the rise of the Angkor, this was the capital of Chenla during the sixth century, known as Isanapura. Today over 100 small temple ruins sit peacefully in a forest setting. Explore the main central complex and gain an insight into the early architectural styles of Cambodia. On the way visit archeological “Naga Bridge” at Kompong Kdei.
We arrive in Phnom Penh in the late afternoon. Check into the hotel and free to relax afterwards. Stay overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 25: Phnom Penh City Tour – Killing Fields (B, L)
After breakfast we drive out of town to visit Choeung Ek museum, between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants detained and tortured at S-21 prison were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek.
We then return to town to visit the National Museum, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Independence Monument, Russian Market, & Wat Phnom. Then back to the hotel, a free night to explore the city yourself or relax. Stay overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 26: Phnom Penh Departure – Saigon/Bangkok (B, L)
Breakfast is at the hotel. The whole morning is at leisure until you are picked up by our guide and driver, and then taken to Phnom Penh airport for the departure flight home. End of the journey.
Wishing you an unforgettable holiday with us!
|Name of Hotel||Location||Star Rating||Room Type|
|First Class (3 Star)|
|Saigon Sanouva Hotel||Saigon||3 Star||Superior|
|Ha An Hotel||Hoi An||3 Star||Standard|
|Asia Hotel||Hue||3 Star||Superior|
|Skylarks Hotel||Hanoi||3 Star||Deluxe|
|King Express Train||On overnight train||3 Star||Deluxe|
|Sapa Elegance Hotel||Sapa||3 Star||Superior|
|Dragon Pearl Cruise||Halong||3 Star||Deluxe Cabin|
|Villa Chitdara Hotel||Luang Prabang||3 Star||Superior|
|Thavonsouk Vieng||Vang Vieng||3 Star||Superior|
|Laos Orchid Hotel||Vientianne||3 Star||Superior|
|Anis Hotel||Phnom Penh||3 Star||Superior|
|Royal Empire Hotel||Siem Reap||3 Star||Superior|
|Superior (4 Star)|
|Liberty Central Hotel||Saigon||4 Star||Superior|
|Vinh Hung Resort||Hoi An||4 Star||Superior|
|Hue Gerbera Hotel||Hue||4 Star||Deluxe|
|Prestige Hotel||Hanoi||4 Star||Superior|
|Sapaly Train||On overnight train||4 Star||Deluxe|
|Victoria Sapa Resort||Sapa||4 Star||Superior|
|Emotion Cruise||Halong||Deluxe||Deluxe Cabin|
|Villa Santi||Luang Prabang||4 Star||Superior|
|Vansana Vang Vieng||Vang Vieng||4 Star||Superior|
|Laos Plaza||Vientiane||4 Star||Regular|
|River Palace Hotel||Phnom Penh||4 Star||Deluxe City|
|Somadevi Hotel||Siem Reap||4 Star||Superior|
|Deluxe (5 Star)|
|Lotte Legend Hotel||Saigon||5 Star||Premium|
|Amantara Resort Hoi An||Hoi An||5 Star||Superior|
|Best Western Indochina Palace||Hue||5 Star||Palace Deluxe|
|Hanoi Sheraton Hotel||Hanoi||5 Star||Deluxe|
|Victoria Train||On overnight train||4 Star++||Superior|
|Victoria Sapa Hotel||Sapa||4 Star++||Superior|
|Ginger Cruise||Halong||5 Star||Deluxe Cabin|
|Villa Maly||Luang Prabang||5 Star||Deluxe|
|Riverside Boutique Hotel||Vang Vieng||5 Star||Deluxe|
|Settha Palace||Vientiane||5 Star||Deluxe|
|Intercontinental Phnom Penh Hotel||Phnom Penh||5 Star||Deluxe|
|Sokha Hotel& Resort||Siem Reap||5 Star||Deluxe|
We, at Indochina Pioneer, are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. As the hotel cost will be the major expense of your vacation in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, it is essential that all of the hotels chosen by us are the highest quality for the price paid. All of our prices are based on twin, double or queen shared rooms.
Below is an explanation of the Hotel "star" ratings:
First Class/ 3 Star (from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/night )
The First Class/ 3 Star Hotels are good value and normally centrally located. They all have comfortable en-suite rooms, good amenities and public areas to relax in. They are usually family run hotels, so offer great personalized service for your enjoyment and comfort. Most first class properties offer an in-house restaurant, and some may even have a swimming pool!
Superior/ 4 star (from US$ 80 - US$ 110/ per room/night)
The 4* superior Hotels offer a wide range of services. Many superior hotels feature a choice of several in-house restaurants. In addition virtually all of them have a swimming pool. Some may even feature a spa or health club. This grade of hotel offers more for your enjoyment and comfort, while still remaining affordable.
Deluxe/ 5 Star (from US$120 - US$ 180++/ per room/night)
These 5* Deluxe hotels are usually owned by Worldwide, well known Hotel chains. The deluxe hotels feature excellent locations, offer the highest standards of service and facilities, and are known as the best hotels in each region. Facilities such as swimming pools and spas are the norm, and guest rooms are luxurious. These hotels offer first class service and amenities throughout.
This is a PRIVATE TOUR and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. The prices quoted are in US dollars and are charged on a per person basis. The final price quoted will be based upon the total number of travelers in your private group, the dates chosen, the total days of travel and the grade of hotel rooms chosen, together with any other detailed services.
Please click on the “Request” button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!
|Category||Price per person in USD for private party of|
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|From Oct.01 - Apr.30, 2014 (High season)|
|First Class (3 Star)||$6,438||$4,087||$3,371||$3,095||$3,060||$2,896||$665|
|Superior (4 Star)||$6,853||$4,276||$3,572||$3,301||$3,266||$3,038||$938|
|Deluxe (5 Star)||$9,074||$5,525||$4,802||$4,523||$4,487||$4,323||$1,884|
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1. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:
» First Class = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/night
» Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/night
» Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 180++ per room/night
2. Sgl Sup = Single Supplement or Single room surcharge.
3. Tour price based in twin/full/queen shared basis.
4. Tour price shown is base price, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
5. More people = lower prices. Please ask for a quote based on your group size.
6. The above rates do NOT include "peak season" hotel surcharges, nor the charge for any compulsory festive gala dinners. Please email us to check availability, together with the cost of any "peak season" surcharges if applicable.
7. Child policy: Under 2 years old are free of charge for tour & pay 50% of airline charges, from 2 to 5 years old 50% charge for tour & 75% of airline charges, from 5 to 12 years old 75% for tour & airline full charges. 12 years old & up = 100% (charged as an adult).
♦ TOUR INCLUDES:
|CAN THO||1 night|
|HOI AN||3 nights|
|TRAIN on Board||2 nights|
|HALONG BAY||1 night|
|LUANG PRABANG||3 nights|
|VANG VIENG||2 nights|
|SIEM REAP||3 nights|
|PHNOM PENH||2 nights|
Hotel: We offer 3 categories of accommodation for you to choose from, according to you budget. Our suggestions for hotels are based on our knowledge of the hotel, accommodation type, and the best value for money. However, if you prefer to choose your own hotels, we will be more than happy to accommodate you. Basically the hotels we choose feature:
- Quiet, spacious, clean rooms.
- Comfortable beds of course, with your choice of single, double or queen beds.
- Exceptional Customer Service and personal attention at all hotels chosen by us.
- Location, location, location!
- Hotels with rooms to suit families, honeymooners, couples, groups or business stay.
- Non-smoking room. Smoking rooms can be arranged upon request.
- High quality breakfast, offering Asian and Western choices.
Local homestay: The homestay used on this tour is in very basic accommodation. Usually in a medium size dormitory style room, where everyone sleeps together. Clean bedding and mosquito nets will be provided by your host family, but please expect LIMITED private space. There may NOT be hot water, but most will have western toilets. Don't expect late, lazy mornings! You may be wakened by roosters, village activities or local loud speakers.
Note: There may be some “codes of conducts” you need to know during your stay with the local host family. Please ask your tour guide for advice.
Breakfasts: Breakfasts are always included unless specified. Breakfasts are usually served buffet style with a good mix of local and international food.
Lunch: There are 22 lunches included on this tour. Meals provided are "local style" in Vietnamese, Laos and Cambodian restaurants, allowing you to savor authentic local cuisine. However, if you are not keen on local food, our tour guides will be more than happy to offer you alternatives for a surcharge. Note: Please advise us if you have any special dietary requirements.
Dinner: There are 5 dinners included on this tour. Same format as for lunch. If you do not like the local food, we can recommend other restaurants such as Indian, Japanese and Italian where you can dine for a surcharge.
One seafood meal will be served on board the overnight junk on Halong Bay. This will be a set menu, offering the freshest fish (caught that day) and always receives rave reviews from our clients! Vegetarians can request a non-fish meal.
Note: Lunches and dinners provided are all set menus, with various dishes which are sure to please most. However if you prefer a la carte this can be arranged for a small extra charge. The restaurants will be chosen by us using our knowledge and experience of them, to ensure quality and value, whether a set menu or a la carte.
Please let us know in advance if you require vegetarian or vegan meals so this can be arranged for you. It will also help if you let us know if anyone in your group is allergic to any type of food.
Drinks are at your own expense with all meals.
We use modern air-conditioned cars for 1-2 people and small comfortable vans for 3 -7 people. Modern A/C buses are used for groups of 10 or more. All vehicles used by us are well-maintained and meet national safety regulations. All of our drivers have 5 or more years’ experience, and always ensure a safe and comfortable ride for their passengers.
5. TOUR GUIDES:
All of our Tour Guides are University educated. They were born and raised in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, thereby having first-hand expert knowledge of their country. They are friendly, fun, and most of all they are flexible, allowing you to choose the pace of your tours.
They will meet you at the airport with your driver, deliver you to your hotel for check-in, and accompany you on all of your private tours. And, of course, speak your language!
It’s normally cold (7 – 16 Degree Celsius with around 90% of humidity) in the North Vietnam and Northern Laos from November until April so bring a (delete peace) light warm jacket with you if you travel within this time.
For the southern part of Vietnam and Cambodia, the heat can be a challenge from May to August. For the rest of the time the temperature does not change much. The rainy season makes it favorably cool for your adventure.
Sunblock, swimsuits and a light raincoat is advised all year round.
7. FLIGHTS & TRAINS:
International Flights: International flights are NOT included in our prices. You should buy return tickets from your home Country to Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos, according to your arrival/departure points, and your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival.
On Tour Domestic Flights: Domestic flights ARE included in the tour price, if internal flights are on your tour itinerary. We use Vietnam Airlines.
Local Trains: is the Russian style trains that have been recently upgraded by Vietnam’s railway authority offer soft sleepers and air-con. You are expected to share the cabin with other passengers. Private cabin is upon request.
8. VISA & PASSPORTS:
Vietnam: For any booking of 10 days or more we will apply for a Visitor’s Visa, on your behalf, at no charge to you. However, you will still be required to the pay the visa stamp fees (USD 45 per person at time of writing) when picking up your Visa at the Airport upon arrival. Your passport must be valid for 6 months at the time of arrival.
Please note: Vietnam Visa on Arrival applies to air travel only. Those who check in at land border immigration checking points are requested to have your visa ready.
If there is a Vietnam Embassy or Consulate near where you live you can apply for a visa there. You can also apply to the Vietnam Embassy online. Please ensure you apply for your visa well in advance of your trip.
Laos and Cambodia: There is no need to pre-arrange for your visa to Laos and Cambodia, but please ensure you have USD 20 CASH per person for entry.
For Laos please check their tariff for charges, depending on your own nationality. You will need CASH for visa fees and 01 Passport photo for your Visa at the immigration point.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all of our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that your policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. Travel agents and Airlines usually offer travel insurance, or will advise you where to obtain it.
When your trip is confirmed, we will request detailed insurance information from you for our files, which will also allow us to complete the necessary paperwork here in Vietnam.
10. HOW TO BOOK:
1. Contact INDOCHINA PIONEER.
Whether you wish to book your trip with this pre-arranged Tour or you have other ideas, please contact us.
- By phone a hotlines: +84 982 116 630 (Mr. Lam) or +84 983 145 799 (Mr. Quyen)
- Or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If using the REQUEST or BUILD YOUR OWN TRIP forms on our website, a travel consultant will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your requirements.
2. Discuss your requirements
All of our trained travel consultants have the expertise required to make your dream vacation become a reality! They will answer all of your questions, offer suggestions and give knowledgeable advice, helping you to make the most of your time and budget while here in Vietnam.
3. Fine-tuning your tailor-made itinerary
Your request will be handled by ONE travel specialist from start to finish. After carefully designing your trip they will create a detailed itinerary for you. Please keep in mind this is YOUR PRIVATE TOUR so feel free to ask Indochina Pioneer’s travel specialist to make any changes you wish to make, at any time!
Once you are satisfied with the itinerary, we will secure the services and you will be required to pay a deposit of 20% of the total cost of your trip. The balance of payment can be paid either by CASH UPON ARRIVAL in Vietnam, or by credit card/ bank transfer/Western Union 45 days before arrival. Please discuss these payment options with your Indochina Pioneer travel specialist, for more detailed information.
5. Staying in touch
Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions, so please feel free to contact your Indochina Pioneer specialist at any time. We LOVE to hear from you! YES….even while you are on your tour, we will be more than happy to make changes, or correct anything you are not completely happy with.
Contact Person: Mr. Quyen
Call Us: +84 43715 3627 | Fax: +84 43715 3626
Contact us | Hotline: +84 983 145 799
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