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Day 01: Hanoi arrival (L.D)
Day 02: Hanoi City Tour (B.L.D)
Day 03: Hanoi – Hoa Lu (B.L.D)
Day 04: Hoa Lu – Ha Long (B.L.D)
Day 05: Ha Long – Da Nang – Hoi An (B.L.D) by flight
Day 06: Hoi An (B.L.D)
Day 07: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue (B.L.D)
Day 08: Hue (B.L.D)
Day 09: Hue – Ho Chi Minh city (B.L.D) by flight
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho (B.L.D)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Siemreap (B.L.D) by flight
Day 12: Siemreap – River of thousand Lingas (B.L.D)
Day 13: Siemreap (B.L.D)
Day 14: Siemreap (B.L.D)
Day 15: Excursion on Tonle Sap lake (B.L.D)
Day 16: Siemreap – Phnompenh (B.L.D)
Day 17: Phnompenh – departure (B.L)
INDOCHINA DISCOVERY 17 DAYS

 

Day 01: Hanoi Arrival
Arrive at Noi Bai airport, welcomed by our tour guide and transfer to Hanoi, visit Restored Sword Lake, Ngoc Son temple and The Huc Bridge. Then visit the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, each street named after the trade that used to take place there. Almost entire city was transformed by the French when it became a French protectorate in the 1880s and there are wide boulevards and large colonial buildings which are now home to government departments and foreign embassies. Have a welcome dinner and stay overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 02: Hanoi City Tour
After have breakfast at hotel. Visit today Vietnam’s capital, including Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, traditional stilt house, the revered One-Pillar Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple and walk along the shore of West Lake, next visit Tran Quoc Pagoda. Have Lunch at local restaurant. Then, visit the Vietnam’s first university (the thousand year old Temple of Literature), Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple and enjoy a wonderful rickshaw in the Old Quarter of Hanoi to explore the very busy part of Hanoi. In the evening, you will take part in the water puppet show. Have dinner at local restaurant and stay overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Hanoi - Vietnam

Day 03 : Hanoi – Halong Bay (B.L.D)
After breakfast at hotel and then depart for Halong bay through the scenic countryside. The wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Arrive in Ha Long around noon, we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone kart formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Have dinner and stay overnight on boat in Halong Bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight on boat

Day 04 : Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue by Flight
Wake up in the early morning and enjoy the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast on boat, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong bay while cruising back to the pier, our car will pick you up at the pier and transfer back to Hanoi, then go directly to the airport to catch flight to Hue. Arrive in Hue, welcomed and transferred to Hue. Have Dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Hue.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Halong bay - Vietnam

Day 05 : Hue
After breakfast at hotel and then discover Hue which was Vietnam’s capital under the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945 and the city’s regal past can still be seen inside the walls of the Citadel and the Imperial City. Both were heavily damaged during the Tet Offensive of 1968. Visit the ancient Imperial Citadel and visit Thien Mu, a beautiful pagoda located right on the bank of Perfume River. Then we will drive through countryside and visit Tu Duc and Khai Dinh Royal tombs. Have Dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Hue.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 06: Hue – Hoian
After breakfast at hotel. We drive towards Hoian via Hai Van Pass where you will have magnificent view of the China Sea. Stop at Lang Co to have short break time, Lang Co is one of the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam. Have lunch at local restaurant. Then, visit the fascinating Cham Museum, famous China Beach and the Marble Mountains on the way to charming Hoian Known as Faifo to early Western traders; Hoian - an ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South- East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Have dinner at local restaurant and stay overnight at hotel in Hoian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Hoian - Vietnam

Day 07: Hoian
After breakfast at hotel and then walk to discover Hoian with first stop is the bustling fish and vegetable market and then we will go through the old quarters to see the town’s landmarks of Japanese Covered Bridge, ancient Assembly Hall, Phuc Kien Temple. Have lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will take a river trip and you will enjoy the scenery along the Thu Bon River and the general view of Hoian  - Ancient Town. Have dinner at local restaurant and stay overnight in Hoian.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 08: Hoian– Saigon City tour by Flight
After breakfast at hotel. Take your time until being transferred to Danang airport for the flight to Saigon, Vietnam’s biggest city. Arrive in Saigon, our tour guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Have lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit all interesting sites and landmarks in Saigon such as Notre Dame Cathedral, French built Post Office nearby, the Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace governed by the US-pro government of Republic of Vietnam. Then, visit the War Remnants Museum, which primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. Have dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Saigon - Vietnam

Day 09: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Can Tho
After breakfast at hotel. Depart for My Tho that is located on the northern banks of the Mekong river and is the closest town in the Delta area to Ho Chi Minh City, around the My Tho area you will find a maze of small canals that can be explored on one of the many organized boat tours. Enjoy a boat ride on the Mekong River visit islands. Have lunch at local restaurant, then visit an orchard on an island and boat trip through the canals. Back to the car and depart for Can Tho. Arrive in Can Tho at the end of the day, check in hotel and stay overnight at hotel in Can Tho.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho

Day 10: Saigon – Siemreap  by Flight
After breakfast at hotel and it is free time until being transferred to the airport and take a flight to Siemreap, arrive in Siemreap, welcomed by our local guide and transferred to hotel for check in. Have Lunch at local restaurant. Visit Roluos Group include with Lolei, Preah Kô, Bakong – Located in the center of the first large scale Baray constructed by a Khmer King, that is an island temple consisting of four brick towers on a double late rite platform. Enjoy welcome dinner with Apsara Dance show at local restaurant, and stay overnight a in SiemReap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Siem Reap - Cambodia

Day 11: Siemreap Exploration
In the early morning you will have chance to enjoy sunrise over Angkor Wat temple and listen to singing birds over the ancient land of Angkor area. We walk to nearby Pagoda and give 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.
+ Banteay Srei: nearly everyone’s favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of it decorative carving
+ Banteay Samre: Its rose-colored sandstone walls are decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs, which are among the most accomplished Angkor has to offer.
+ Prasat Kravan – With its unique brick sculptures
+ Srah Srang – The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing
+ Banteay Kdei – Surrounded by four concentric walls
+ Thommanon and Chaosay Tevorda temple

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 12: Siemreap exploration
We start on our bike and cycle (45 minutes for cycling) to world heritage areas on the quiet roads. 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 start with the visiting 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, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng hill. Enjoy foot massage in 1 hour and Enjoy walking at busy pub street where you can find many bars for cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night Market.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Siem Reap - Cambodia

Day 13 : Siemreap – Cruise on Tonle Sap lake – Vientiane by Flight
We board on boat in Tonle Sap Lake. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals. Then we visit Puok – which is home to the Artisans d’Angkor Silk Farm. Have Lunch at local restaurant. Then, transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure to Vientiane. Arrive in Vientiane, welcomed by our local guide and transferred to hotel. Enjoy an orientation walk around the hotel area or the guide will show you the river bank area where you could view the sun sink over the Mekong. Have Dinner at local restaurant and stay overnight at hotel in Vientiane.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

Day 14 : Vientiane City Tour
After breakfast at hotel. Explore Vientiane with the key sites as National Museum, Wat Sisaket and Haw Phra Kaeo. This large temple is beautiful both interior and exterior, it was built to house the famed Emerald Buddha in courtyards filled with frangipani trees. Have Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon a stop at the older part of Morning market is recommended before the visit Pha That Luang. The giant golden stupa is a sight to see as the bright gold holds a sharp contrast to the pure blue sky. Next you will go to climb the Arch of Triumph of Laos, Patuxai. The massive arch has a beautiful mosaic tiled ceiling and once at the top you can see for miles around Vientiane. Have Dinner at local restaurant and stay overnight at hotel in Vientiane.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

Pakse - Laos

Day 15 : Vientiane – Luang Prabang by Flight
After breakfast at hotel and then transfer to the airport for the flight to Luang Prabang. Arrive at the airport, welcomed and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day we will visit The Royal Palace (official name “Haw Kham”) which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. Before sunset, 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 Hill tribe Market for traditional textiles and handicrafts made by the hill tribes. Have Dinner at local restaurant and stay overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 16 : Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves
After breakfast, you will take the cruise along a Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves, where you will discover gold-lacquered Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes nestled deep in the limestone caverns. Embark on a cultural tour of Luang Prabang in the afternoon, you will explore the gilded temples such as Wat Mai, Wat Sensoukarahm and Wat Xieng Thong dotted across the city. Have Dinner at local restaurant and stay overnight at hotel in LuangPrabang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Vientiane - Laos

Day 17 : Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall – Departure
Wake up in the early morning to observe long rows of monks in saffron robes collecting alms from the locals at dawn. Following is your breakfast. On this day, you can gain a deeper understanding of Lao culture at Wat Visoun with its iconic Watermelon Stupa and Wat Aham with the altar of Luang Prabang’s two respected geniuses. At Kuang Si Waterfalls, you enjoy a spectacular view of water cascading into the clear turquoise pools at its foot. Back to Luang Prabang and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A

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  • Activities during the trip: two programs with the same duration and at the same time can have two different prices, depending on the activities in the program.
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kami_kara
kami_kara
Rating 5

I was referred by a friend to Mr. Ha Nguyen at Vietnam Original Travel - Hanoi Branch and I’m so very very pleased that I was. From the beginning of our correspondence, he went to great lengths to help me prepare my itinerary and gave me many tips to make sure I was travel smart in the busy streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Never was he pushy and many a time, when conversing over Skype chat did he contact me outside of his working hours. He even went so far as to meet me on a Sunday to take me around Hanoi. I cannot guarantee by any means that travel agents from VOT will do this for you as we had connections via friends, but what I do know is that they will go up and beyond to make sure you have a lovely holiday. Thank you Ha!

Visited January 2015
Max_Lhb
Max_Lhb
Rating 5

Found this trip organiser on forums/websites and thank to some very good reviews, my friend and I were looking to discover the Vietnamese's soul meanwhile going in such wonderful places: 100% success! 
From the beginning, the agency's team was helpful & replied us very quickly. They organised us a very convenient 5-days-trip from Saigon (HCMC) to Phnom Penh by the Mekong Delta, their proper accommodation in Mekong Garden. We've been in such traditional places far away from all others tourists, at any moment we were forced to buy something. Our guide was nice, so experienced and a good both English & French speaker. He introduced us ethnical peoples, they were so friendly, generous, welcoming with us. Amazing :)
Well organised agency which knows how to satisfy their clients, recommend it. Thank you VOT & see you hopefully in few years!

Visited January 2015
Gaffer B
Gaffer B
Rating 4

We had an wonderful time from the off beaten track in the North to the bustling cities in the South. A two weeks trip couldn't take us to every corner in Vietnam but to some extent we discovered a beautiful country and saw smiling welcoming and generous people. Thanks to Mr. Manh for great service

Visited October 2013
maijoucki
maijoucki
Rating 5

if you want to travel without making you worry, this agency is to recommend. Everything is well organized and you can be confident in every way.

no forced shopping, happiness. The driver was very careful and he introduced me to this country as much in kind as far as food, I have very fond memories, to remake

Visited September 2013
WildlifeFan01
WildlifeFan01
Rating 5

We pre-booked a short trip around Northern Vietnam with Vietnam Original tours. They responded very quickly to email and were very helpful. Our guide was excellent and we really enjoyed the activities they arranged for us. Our boat trip around Cat Ba island in particular stood out as being excellent and we also really enjoyed Van Long National Park.

Visited December 2014
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