Trip Itineraries

Indochina 2018

March 30, Fri.

DEPART LOS ANGELES
MEALS: N/A

March 31, Sat.

ARRIVE HANOI – VIETNAM
Airlines – Flight number

Your driver and guide will welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel in center.
Your guide will take you to some attractions in Hanoi depending on arrival time:
The Temple of Literature; the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake and Hoa Lo Prison.
Accommodation: Tirant Hotel (4 Star) – Deluxe Room – Hanoi (1 night of 2)

April 01, Sun.

HANOI – CITY TOUR
MEALS: B

Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: The Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace.

In the afternoon, you will see another side to Hanoi with a half-day cycling trip that takes you away from the busy chaos of Hanoi’s city center and into the nearby countryside. Observe local life as you cycle through villages and along the banks of the Red River. Take a rest stop at a very small local pottery village and flower gardens before cycling around West Lake. Sip a cup of coffee and admire the lakeside views before pedaling back into the city past the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.

Accommodation: Tirant Hotel (4 Star) – Deluxe Room – Hanoi (2 night of 2)

April 02, Mon.

HANOI – HALONG BAY CRUISE
MEALS: B,L,D

After breakfast at the hotel, set out for a 3.5 hours drive to the World Heritage Site: Halong bay.

12:00 Arrive at Bhaya Cruise Centre at Tuan Chau International Passenger Port

12:45 Board the boat. Enjoy welcome drinks during a quick briefing of the itinerary and safety information by Cruise Manager.

13:00 Let the vacation begin with a lunch buffet as the boat cruises towards South East Halong Bay.

14:45 Kayaking or using bamboo boat to explore “Luon” cave with the cliffs stretch vertically out of the pure blue and smooth water

16:00 Swim or hike on Titov Island.

17:00 Optional onboard activities traditional spa (chargeable) or sunbathing on board (free ).

17:30 Bar opens for the Happy Hour “Buy one get one free”.

18:00 Masterchef Competition show and fruit carving demonstration on sundeck (in the restaurant in case of inclement weather) while boat cruises to overnight anchorage area. 19:00 Sumptuous set-menu dinner will be served in the restaurant.

21:00 Relax in your cabin or join our staff at the reception for squid fishing. Overnight onboard Bhaya Premium Cruise

Accommodation: Bhaya Premium Cruise – Deluxe – Halong Bay (1 night)

April 03, Tue.

HALONG BAY CRUISE – HANOI – FLY TO DANANG – HOIAN
MEALS: B

06:15 Early start for a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck

07:00 Light breakfast will be served in the restaurant

08:00 Discover “Sung Sot” cave – the biggest cave in Halong Bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites

09:00 Check out, settle bill at reception desk.

09:15 Brunch is served in the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor. Our boat passing Dam Nam Island, Van Boi Island, Hoa Cuong cave, Ba Ha village.

10:30 Disembark at Bhaya Cruise Centre, Tuan Chau International Passenger Port. Your driver will meet you and take you to the airport for flight to Danang. Arrive in Danang, pick up and check in hotel in Hoian

Accommodation: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort (4 Star) – Deluxe River View (1 night of 3)

April 04, Wed.

HOIAN
MEALS: B

Immerse yourself in the tranquility and charm of this sleepy riverside town. From the 16th to 18th centuries Hoian was a thriving international port frequented by Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders, who came to trade in the high quality silk still produced in the region. Today, Hoian is a relaxing resort popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, skilled tailors and numerous cafes. Take a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient town center, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. After lunch, take a short boat trip to a nearby island and visit a handicraft village specializing in ceramics. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy a free evening at your leisure.

Accommodation: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort (4 Star) – Deluxe River View (2 night of 3)

April 05, Thur.

HOIAN – FARMER TO FISHERMAN (JOIN IN GROUP TOUR)
MEALS: B/L

Farming & Fishing is a very special tour promising to bring visitors the most beautiful sceneries of the countryside of the Farmer and Fishermen life in Hoi An town – Viet Nam.

By exploring the typical and narrow roads along the countryside by bicycle you will see; water buffalos, rice paddle fields, plenty of organic vegetables and local farming people. You will be amazed by the very peaceful sceneries and realize how friendly people are.

Touching into the local fishing life by using the fishing net, riding funny basket boat and visiting water palm coconut paradise and learning some history about the Vietnamese people throughout daily activity is a great thing to experience. From Farmer to Fisherman tour will be the special and unique tour that is committed to providing you “A unique cultural window into the Vietnamese way of life”

Our Farming & Fishing Life Tour provides you with a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities. Accompanied by your tour guide, you commence the day leisurely cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand, discovering all manner of photo opportunities – maybe a water buffalo working in a rice paddy field; seeing ducks swimming along the rice farm or farmers tending their crops. The photo opportunities are endless. As well you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. Later you will board our Hoi An Eco-tour boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat while exploring coconut-palm flanked waterways. This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of both our farming and fishing communities.

Accommodation: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort (4 Star) – Deluxe River View (3 night of 3)

Apr 06, Fri.

HOIAN – MY SON HOLLY LAND – FLY TO SIEMRAP
MEALS: B

Today you travel 40km outside of Hoian to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: My Son. Surrounded by the Cat’s Tooth Mountains, My Son is home to the ancient Cham ruins and is often referred to as Vietnam’s Angkor Wat. Return to Hoian in time for lunch then enjoy a free afternoon, for shopping, exploring or beachside relaxation.

Then take a flight to Siemreap. Up on arrival, pick up and check in hotel. Free and relax.

Accommodation: Borei Angkor Resort (5 Star) – Landmark (1 night of 3)

Apr 07, Sat.

SIEMRAP – ANGKOR TOUR
MEALS: B/L/D

Enjoy an entire day devoted to the mystical and ancient Angkor Temples. After an early breakfast at the hotel you set out to Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Next, visit Bayon temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Leaving Angkor Thom by the North Gate, you travel to Preah Khan (Sacred Sword), one of Angkor’s largest temples, constructed in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII. After a delicious lunch of traditional Khmer food, head to the mystical, jungle-entwined Ta Prohm temple and then on to the most famous Khmer temple: Angkor Wat. Constructed as a Hindu monument, later dedicated to Buddha, Angkor Wat is the largest temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architecture. Enjoy dinner with Apsara dance at Apsara Theatre Restaurant.

APSARA DANCE: No visit to Cambodia is complete without at least a quick glimpse of women performing the ancient art of Apsara dance, as depicted on the walls of Angkor’s temples. Wearing glittering silk tunics, sequined tops (into which they are sewn before each performance to achieve the requisite tight fit) and elaborate golden headdresses, they execute their movements with great deftness and deliberation, knees bent in plié, heels touching the floor first at each step, coy smiles on their faces. Every position has its own particular symbolism – a finger pointing to the sky, for instance, indicates “today”, while standing sideways to the audience with the sole of the foot facing upwards represents flying.

Accommodation: Borei Angkor Resort (5 Star) – Landmark (2 night of 3)

Apr 08, Sun.

SIEMRAP – KULEN MOUNTAIN – BANTEAY SREI
MEALS: B/L

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then set off on a drive to the tranquil countryside around Kulen Mountain—the Khmer Empire’s capital in the early 9th century. Here we visit countless ancient temples, the River of 1000 Lingas, a reclining Buddha and cascading waterfall. Enjoy your day hiking and exploring this nature reserve.

After that, have lunch with a local family at Bong Thom Homestay.

Then take a visit to Banteay Srei, home to Angkor’s finest stone carvings, followed by Preah Khan (Sacred Sword): one of Angkor’s largest temples, constructed in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII.

Accommodation: Borei Angkor Resort (5 Star) – Landmark (3 night of 3)

Apr 09, Mon.

SIEMRAP – SUNRISE OX CART TOUR – FLY TO LUANG PRABANG
MEALS: B

Sunrise Ox Cart tour: The Sunrise Tour is a special tour where you will not only enjoy the sunrise, but also see the village come to life. This tour starts early, around 5:00 am (start times vary depending on the season), to ensure enough time to arrive at Chreav village, and travel by ox cart to a prime position to enjoy the sun rise over the rice fields.

After enjoying the sunrise, we will tour through the village, seeing local people going about their daily life. At the end of the tour we will bring you back to your hotel, around 7am.

Then leave Siemreap for Luang Prabang by flight. Arrive in Luang Prabang, our driver will meet you and take you to the hotel for check in. Free and relax.

Accommodation: Villa Santi Hotel (4 Star) Deluxe (1 night of 2)

April 10, Tue.

LUANG PRABANG – CITY TOUR – KUANGSI FALL
MEALS: B

After breakfast, we begin with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong—representative of classic Laotian architecture, before seeing the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham. Then ascend the 328 steps to the top of Phou Si Mountain that offers a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding rivers and cityscape before wandering through the bustling Hilltribe Market for traditional textiles and handicrafts made by the hill tribes.

We drive to Kuang Si Waterfalls for an afternoon of fun and relaxation. The remainder of the day is spent at your leisure, relaxing in one of the city’s many quirky cafés or strolling along the beautiful riverbank.

Accommodation: Villa Santi Hotel (4 Star) Deluxe (2 night of 2)

April 11, Wed.

LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVE – FLY TO HANOI
MEALS: B/D

Take a morning cruise along the Mekong River, about two hours upstream from the center of Luang Prabang, and discover the numerous Buddha images at Pak Ou Caves. Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river) the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are caves overlooking the founder name Mekong River. They are a group of caves on the right side of the Mekong River. It is then only a short distance from the caves to the village of Ban Xangkhong to see paper making village. Then the driver takes you to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi. Upon your arrival, meet our guide and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi.

8:00 PM: Farewell Dinner

Accommodation: Tirant Hotel (4 Star) – Deluxe Room – Hanoi

April 12, Thu.

LUANG PRANG – DEPARTURE FLIGHT FOR LOS ANGELES
MEALS: B

Free until time transferred to the airport for your departure flight home. Have a good journey.

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR THIS TRIP

VIETNAM REQUIRES a VISA: All travelers will be provided a letter from our travel agency. The letter will allow each traveler to obtain a Visa upon arrival at the airport in Vietnam. The Visa Multiple Entry fee (not included) is US$50.00 per person and must be paid in cash directly to the officer.

CAMBODIA AND LAOS REQUIRE A VISA: No letter required. Each Traveler will need to fill in a form at the airport upon arrival and pay a Visa fee (not included) of US$35 in each country in cash directly to the officer. The Visa will be issued within 10 minutes.

ALL Travelers must bring 6 Passport Photos (3 cm x 4 cm) with their valid passport. Recently taken photos in 4×6 cm size, with white background, front view, bare head, without sunglasses (for Vietnam one on the form and the other separate)

TRAVEL TOUR: $5,475.00
Cost based on double occupancy
(Airfare is subject to change without notice) (Tour price subject to 2 to 5% fluctuation)

Booking, Payment plan per person and Deadlines:

September 15, 2017: $2,800.00 nonrefundable deposit to confirm your booking
October 20, 2017: $2,675.00 final payment

Checks are payable to: Corinne or Gilles Madelmont

What you need to know:

  • No booking has been made: accommodation and services subject to availability at the time of booking.
    Tour price subject to 2-5% fluctuation.
  • Valid Passport required: Expiration date must be at least 6 months after date of Return.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included, but is available for your protection. You can check www.travelex-insurance.com.

Included:

  • Round trip Airfare LAX to HANOI – coach –
  • Hotels 4 or 5 stars.
  • Buffet breakfast (B) Lunch (L) Dinner (D) as indicated.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles according to itinerary and group size.
  • All Flight Tickets between countries:
    1. HANOI (Vietnam) to DANANG (Vietnam)
    2. DANANG (Vietnam) to SIEMREAP (Cambodia)
    3. SIEMREAP (Cambodia) to LUANG PRABANG (Laos)
    4. LUANG PRABANG (Laos) to HANOI (Vietnam)
  • English speaking guides throughout trip according to itinerary.
  • Porterage in all hotels and at the airports.

Not Included:

  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Visa fees

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Corinne Madelmont at: cmadelmont@roadrunner.com or call (cell phone) 714-767-6655

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