12days UNESCO Sites of Indochina

Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hoi An - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat

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Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Fly to Luang Prabang - Half Day City Tour Breakfast
Day 2 Cruise Mekong to Pak Ou Cave Breakfast
Day 3 Kuang Si Waterfall Breakfast
Day 4 Luang Prabang to Hanoi Breakfast
Day 5 Hanoi City Tour Full Day with Water Puppet Show Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Fly to Da Nang Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Hoi An - Walking Tour - Foodie Tour Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary Breakfast
Day 10 Hoi An - Da Nang - Fly to Siem Reap Breakfast
Day 11 Angkor Tour Breakfast
Day 12 Tonle Sap Lake - Departure Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Luang Prabang - Half Day City Tour

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Luang Prabang has been claimed by the UNESCO to be ‘the best preserved city in South East Asia’. During our time here, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; we then climb up to the top of mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 2

Cruise Mekong to Pak Ou Cave

Today, 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 represents classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well as explore 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 return, we take a short drive to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for its silk weavings and for its Saa (jute) Papermaking and Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Kuang Si Waterfall

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 you will visit the morning Phosi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. We return to the city by late afternoon to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

Luang Prabang to Hanoi

Today, free at leisure untilt transferred to airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our driver and transfer to hotel for check in. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Hanoi City Tour Full Day with Water Puppet Show

After breakfast, our guide pick up at hotel at 8.00AM. Sightseeing today includes explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, start a Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). End the day’s explorations; watch a traditional puppet show on water that shows off an ancient art form

NOTES:

  • Ho Chi Minh mausoleum will be closed on Mon/ Fri & in the afternoon every day.
  • Ho Chi Minh mausoleum will be closed from SEPT to NOV every year for renovation activities 
  • Vietnam Ethnology will be closed on all mondays and during Vietnam Lunar New Year 
  • Do not wear shorts when entering HCM mausoleum please (Tue/ Wed/ Thu/ Sat/ Sun)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

Our guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at lobby of hotel at 8.00 - 8.20AM and start journey east to Halong Bay, through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where we see every day Vietnamese village life. On arrival, we board a beautiful traditional junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay’s 3000 magnificent limestone islets. In the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and later there is opportunity for an evening swim from the side of the boat. Spend the night on our luxurious boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Fly to Da Nang

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier to get back Hanoi airport for flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, our driver will pick you up and transfer to hotel in Hoi An for check in. Overnight in Hoi An. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Hoi An - Walking Tour - Foodie Tour

After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up at the lobby of the hotel to go to the center of Hoi An city, where you will visit the town’s major attractions such as Hoi An Museum, Ancient Houses, Assembly Hall with Chinese influence, handicraft workshops, and the Japanese Bridge.

Next, this tour take you a chance to enjoy local foods with our experts such as: white rose dunplings, fried wonton, Banh Bèo - Vietnamese Waterfern cake, local beef noodles, vietnamese sandwich, coffee...etc. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary, situated around 50km away from Hoi An, is another Cultural Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1999 with 32 epitaphs and 71 monuments. The unique Hindu sanctuary is the perfectly ideal destination for those who want to learn everything about the Champa Ancient Kingdom including the history, culture, and architecture.

This morning (afternoon), you will set out on a drive to the southwest of Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary for a My Son half day tour. This is where the Cham culture in Central Vietnam started in the 4th century, declined in the 13th century, and ceased to exist in the 15th century. The once capital of the Champa Kingdom dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva is now a cluster of partially ruined and heavily damaged Hindu temples, with only 20 left, due to age and bombing during the Vietnam War. This unique and majestic sanctuary stands as a witness to a glorious bygone era of the once-thriving Cham culture

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

Hoi An - Da Nang - Fly to Siem Reap

Enjoy your free time until transfer to the airport for a short flight to Siem Reap. Pick up and transfer to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11

Angkor Tour

Beat the crowd early morning by 7 am; visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. And continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat - one of the world’s most impressive ruins.  The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art. 

Lunch is on own account.

Afternoon, explore the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom & Bayon Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another one, until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit to the surroundings of the complex including the Baphuon, Elephant Terrace, Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place  area. 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12

Tonle Sap Lake - Departure

Morning transfer out of the Siem Reap town to a beautiful village in the countryside, you will start to walk through the village houses, witnessing very nice and different activities from the locals for their daily life. Just as some examples: how the locals wash vehicles, selling gasoline in whiskey bottles or the small shops where the locals sell food on the side of small streets. 

Enjoy a view of this wonderful area and interact with very kindly people in the village. Leisurely walk through the rice paddies and see how this family doing daily work such as making rice wine, handicraft works meanwhile a member of the family will offer you a fresh coconut and some homemade rice wine to taste. 

Hop in your van for driving onward to the next destination, a floating community, arrive at the quay for embarking on a motorized boat to visit floating houses village offering an incredible natural phenomenon of making their lives from the lake in a respectful and meaningful way. This is a great chance to witness one of Cambodia and the world’s most amazing natural wonders. Drive back to Siem Reap. (Note***floating community is recommended from September to February)

At your choice, Kayaking is available on request on Tonle Sap Lake at additional cost.

Transfer to airport (without guide) for your departure flight. 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Notes

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Hanoi

Gondola Hotel

Tirant Hotel

Melia Hotel

Halong Bay

Swan Cruise

Huong Hai Sealife Cruise

Orchid Cruise

Hoi An

Calla Villa

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort

Siem Reap

Sokha Roth Hotel

Tara Angkor Hotel

Sokha Angkor Resort

Luang Prabang

Chitchareune Mouangluang Hotel

Villa Santi Resort

Luang Prabang View Hotel

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