Indochina Odyssey Tour 21 Days - Viet International Travel and Trade Co., Ltd

21 days 20 nights

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Cambodia - Laos - Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Phu Quoc

Overview

Indochina Odyssey Tour is especially designed for travelers who want to enjoy the charm of Indochina (Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam). With this 21 day- journey, you will experience the great temples of Angkor and the splendid history in Cambodia; the fascinating culture in Laos as well as the colorful landscape and the gorgeous culture relics in Vietnam.

Viet International Travel & Trade Development Co., LTD

No. 158 Phan Ke Binh, Cong Vi, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam

Hotline: (+84)866 028 800

Email: tours@vitravel.com.vn

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Indochina Odyssey Tour 21 Days

ITINERARY

Day

01

Siem Reap - Arrival

You will be welcomed by ViTravel's tour guide and driver at Siem Reap airport and be transferred to the city center for check-in your hotel. Free at own leisure to explore the city.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day

02

Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Tour (B)

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

Start your sightseeing tour of the Angkor area by exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. Visit the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. Strolling around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple and the jungle-covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight.

Depending on the timing, walk up to Phnom Bakheng Hill for a view of the spectacular sunset over these sandstone monuments. Lunch and dinner are your own arrangement (our tour guide can suggest you some restaurants).

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day

03

Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake - Flight To Luang Prabang (B)

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

In the morning, we visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia. Spend the rest of the day visiting the "Chantiers Ecoles - Les Artisans d'Angkor" which provides training to young Cambodians in an effort to revive the ancient Khmer traditions of stone carving and wood sculpting.

You will then transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your flight to Luang Prabang (Laos).

On arrival at the Luong Prabang International airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel. The rest of the day is your own time at leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day

04

Luang Prabang - Shangri Laos Expedition - Baci Ceremony (B/L)

As an option, today you may want to get up early to participate in an arm-giving, hundreds of monks walking alongside walk to collect rice and food from laymen. We then visit the fresh morning market at Prakham village to see local lives.

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

Around 8:00 – 8:30 AM, our guide will pick you up at your hotel in Luang Prabang and transfer you to the Shangri-Laos Explorer Camp 15 km outside of Luang Prabang City.

Upon arrival, you will receive an introductory tour of the camp where your guide will teach you about elephants.  You may talk with our veterinarian at the elephant hospital, feed the elephants or relax by the riverside. Your adventure begins with an elephant ride across the Nam Khan River and continues through teak forests, dense jungle and over hills to reach the protected Huay Sae Valley.  Stop along the way at the scenic overlook to take in the stunning view of the Nam Khan River valley. After reaching the Huay Sae valley, you leave the elephants and relax at our jungle sala.  Enjoy a luxurious lunch with traditional Laos food and wine near a secluded waterfall.  You may even take a refreshing swim in the natural pools if you would like. Continue your expedition by trekking on foot along the marvellous Huay Sae mountain stream down to the Nam Khan River.  This stunning trail crosses bamboo bridges and passes by many waterfalls with fantastic limestone formations and turquoise-blue pools in the dense jungle.  Along our educational trail, you will learn more about this important jungle ecosystem. At the bank of the Nam Khan River, a luxury bamboo raft is waiting to carry you back to camp.  As you slowly drift down the Nam Khan, relax and enjoy a coffee while watching the traditional village life of farmers and fishermen along the riverbank.  You may also take advantage of an optional 30 min stop at the beautiful Tad Sae Waterfall. Around 4:30 – 5:00 PM:  Leave the camp and return to your hotel in Luang Prabang City.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day

05

Luang Prabang - Rice Experience - Kuang Si Falls (B/L)

As an option, today you may want to get up early to participate in an arm-giving, hundreds of monks walking alongside walk to collect rice and food from laymen. We then visit the fresh morning market at Prakham village to see local lives.

After breakfast, we drive to Living Land Laos Organic Farm at Phoung Van village.

Upon arrival, your guide and the representative of the farm will brief you about the history and activity of the farm.

After that, it is your chance to experience the real activities and life of a Laos farmer. You will really have your hand on all the activities including ploughing, seeding, and manuring until reaping the harvest. For sure you will know how hard to grow rice. Last but not least, we will have a short visit to the vegetable garden and the guide will teach you how to realize many types of vegetables. It is really exciting to learn all those things for the first time.

Later on, we drive to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. Before coming back to Luang Prabang, we still have time to visit Kuang Si Falls Butterflies Park, newly opened in January 2014; it is now one of the must-see spots in Luang Prabang. Overnight in Hotel in Luang Prabang. Enjoy a private Baci ceremony after sunset at a local family. The Baci ceremony as a traditional ritual of the Laos people expresses the spirituality of the country and is a highly memorable experience and a deep insight into Laos culture for the participants.

Overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day

06

Luang Prabang - Flight To Hanoi (B)

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

You are free at leisure for shopping or walk around the city on your own until being picked up and transferred to the airport for a flight to Hanoi.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, meet our ViTravel tour guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in and relaxation.  The rest of the day, you are free at leisure.

Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi.

Day

07

Hanoi - City Tour (B/L)

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

After breakfast, check out hotel but leave your luggage, we will first take a visit to the outside of the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum then stroll through the garden to the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until he passed away in 1969. This simple two-room dwelling has been preserved in the same condition as during his life and can be viewed through the windows. Continue to the special architecture 11th century One Pillar Pagoda which was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954.

Secondly, visit the Temple of Literature – The first royal academy in the country.

The Temple of Literature has a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and this monument is one of the best-preserved examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university. In one courtyard, giant stone tortoises bear steles on their backs, listing the accomplishments of graduating scholars.

Break for lunch at a local restaurant.

Thirdly, visit the Museum of Ethnology (Hoa Lo Prison if you visit on Monday) – one of the 25 most attractive museums in Asia. The museum was opened in 1997 to preserve and introduce most of the richest cultures, and traditions of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. It is a place which is combined with a very green and tranquil garden behind where you can see and learn more about some of the very popular architectures as King people’s traditional house, Ede tribe’s longhouse, Bana tribe’s communal house, Stilt house of Tay tribe…

Hanoi is a blend of long-established traditions and modern imprints of Western colonization. Tree-lined boulevards and colonial buildings give the city a touch of Western elegance, while crowded blocks of tiny old houses and narrow lanes full of daily life bear the charms of the past centuries. Take 45 minutes Cyclo Tour through the Old Quarter: Also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the 36s names’ was related to the products being sold there. It’s a great place to explore on foot with numerous photo opportunities. Before coming back to your hotel, we will watch a water puppet show. Dinner is on your own arrangement.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day

08

Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Trang An (B/L)

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

After breakfast, our tour guide picks you up at your hotel and drives you to Hoa Lu. Along the way, photo stops and refreshments while enjoying the rural stunning scenery.

Arrival in Hoa Lu, the former capital of Vietnam (968 – 1009) under the Dinh and Le dynasties, visit Dinh temple, Le temples and surroundings.

Have lunch at a local restaurant.

Take an amazing boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam. While rowing through Trang An grotto in the quiet, fresh air of the highlands, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains upon which graze white goats, visitors enjoy a heaven on earth.

Leave Trang An and return to Hanoi. Free and leisure at your hotel in Hanoi.

Day

09

Hanoi - Halong - Overnight On Cruise (B/L/D)

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

Morning, our tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby and depart for Halong Bay. Sit back and enjoy the peaceful countryside symbolic of the Red River Delta. We will arrive at Halong Bay’s wharf around noon and board a cruise to go through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Halong Bay. Here we enjoy the striking scenery of this World Heritage Site. While being on board, we will be served fresh local seafood lunch followed by swimming and exploring some of the limestone caves in this area. Witness one of the world’s best sunsets before you sit down for a lush dinner. The captain then will anchor for the night nearby a remote island where you’ll have the option of night fishing or just sitting out on the deck and relaxing under the stars.

Day

10

Halong - Hanoi - Flight To Hue (B/L)

Waking up surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the bay, we have time for an early morning dip with joys and emotions for watching the sunrise on the sea followed by breakfast. The cruise continues to move around the bay for us to discover more secluded areas, we then take kayaking and swimming in the stunning bay. The junk will be near us at all times serving as a backup vessel for those that require it. At around midday, we will return to the main harbour before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour journey to Noi Bai airport for a flight to Hue.

Upon arrival at Hue airport, our driver will meet and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Day

11

Hue - City Tour (B/L)

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

After breakfast at hotel, we set out for the exploration of Hue's famous highlights, starting with a boat trip on the Perfume River to reach the picturesque Thien Mu otherwise known as Heavenly Lady Pagoda. One of the most poignant displays here is the car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its treatment of Buddhists. We then disembark the boat for a visit to the elaborate tomb of former emperor Tu Duc, which was built between 1864 and 1867 by 3000 soldiers and workers. It includes fifty monuments surrounded by a 1500m long wall covering.

We then head back to Hue for your lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we visit Hue Imperial City, the last royal city of Vietnam with various beautiful structures including the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Forbidden City or Tu Cam Thanh. Built-in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. We then do the walking and shopping in Dong Ba Market to enjoy the speciality of Hue city.

Overnight at a hotel in Hue.

Day

12

Hue - Hai Van Pass - Hoian Ancient Town (B)

After breakfast at hotel, we bid Hue farewell and continue our south bound journey to the old trading town of Hoian via Danang. Along the way, we will stop at Lang Co beach for refreshments. From here we head up to the Hai Van pass, stopping at the top to take in the stunning views north over Lang Co beach and south over Danang city.

Upon arrival Hoian, we take a walking tour to Hoi An Ancient Town – an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. We start our day with the Japanese Covered Bridge – one of Vietnam’s most iconic attractions. Created by the Japanese living in Hoian in the 1590s as a way to reach the Chinese quarter across the water, the bridge is a beautiful historical piece of Japanese architecture. It would be a shortcoming without a visit to Tan Ky House - one of the many ancient houses that making up Hoian Ancient Town. Built two centuries ago with both Japanese and Chinese influences on architecture, this house has been preserved through seven generations. While walking, we will encounter pretty houses of Chinese merchants. Another must-see destination is Phuc Kiem Assembly Hall - an excellent work of architecture considered as a heritage of historical significance. Built in 1690, this Assembly Hall is in fact a temple dedicated to the sea goddess Thien Hau. Back to your hotel late afternoon. Overnight in Hoian.

Day

13

Hoian - Free Day (B)

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

Today you are free at leisure. You can cycle/ walk around the Old town to enjoy the peaceful moment.

Overnight in Hoian.

Day

14

Hoian - Danang - Flight To Ho Chi Minh (B)

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

Today, you are free at leisure until being picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city.

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh, meet our driver and we transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax (We can arrange a Saigon jeep tour by night or a scooter evening tour… on your request).

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day

15

Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - City Tour (B/L)

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

8:00 AM: Our guide & driver pick you up at hotel.

A half-day tour to Cu Chi, located about 70 km from Saigon, where you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the former stronghold of the Viet Cong with a network of tunnels three levels deep stretching over 200 km.

Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the U.S.-Vietnam War in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from former Saigon.

At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens.

Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life during the war must have been like.

The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested, there's even the opportunity to try an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. (At your own cost)

Your lunch will be served at a local restaurant en route.

Your afternoon begins with the exploration of Ho Chi Minh City, including the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 30, 1975. Then, continuing our trip to the War Remnants Museum that is formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes. This is a poignant display of the futility of war. Close to the museum, we go to visit the Central Post Office which is the country’s largest post office built in 1891. It is a fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam's largest post office. Back to your hotel and free on your own.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day

16

Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta Tour (B/L)

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

08:00 AM: our guide and driver pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the “Capital” of Coconut – Ben Tre. It takes about 2-2.5 hours to transfer on the way to Ben Tre.

On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier (Ben Tre town). Take a boat on the Ben Tre river – one of the tributaries of the Mekong river, Sightseeing lively activities along the river as fishing, and water transferring... Stop at brickwork to see how to make bricks in handy traditional style by printing and baking. Visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along the Cái sơn canal. Turn on natural scissors creeks where they look smaller and smaller to go to Nhon Thanh village. Take a walk to the family workshop make sleep mats and enjoy some fruits.

Take a tuk-tuk or ride on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from Peasants. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon -  Take a rowing-boat along water palm creek and a boat along Cai Coi creek back to Hung Vuong Pier where our driver awaits for you to transfer you back to your hotel.

Relax and overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day

17

Ho Chi Minh - Flight To Phu Quoc Island (B)

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

You are free at leisure until being picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to Phu Quoc Island. Phu Quoc is a paradise for sun and sea lovers. Here, you can spend a whole day swinging away in a hammock on a deserted beach, listening to the sound of the surf and then witnessing a mesmerising sunset. Those members of the family who love being active can keep themselves busy with cycling, trekking, snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing.

Upon arrival, the resort’s shuttle bus will pick you up and transfer you to your resort for checking in. You will have free time to relax and explore the island on your own.

Day

18

Phu Quoc - Free On Beach (B)

Relax and enjoy your Phu Quoc sandy beach: swim, sunbathe and take in the delights of this beautiful holiday resort.

Optional sightseeing or a visit to offshore islands, scuba diving and other water sports are available. Or, just relax and enjoy the resort facilities.

Day

19

Phu Quoc - Free On Beach (B)

Relax and enjoy your Phu Quoc sandy beach: swim, sunbathe and take in the delights of this beautiful holiday resort.

Optional sightseeing or a visit to offshore islands, scuba diving and other water sports are available. Or, just relax and enjoy the resort facilities.

Day

20

Phu Quoc - Free On Beach (B)

Relax and enjoy your Phu Quoc sandy beach: swim, sunbathe and take in the delights of this beautiful holiday resort.

Optional sightseeing or a visit to offshore islands, scuba diving and other water sports are available. Or, just relax and enjoy the resort facilities.

Day

21

Phu Quoc - Flight To Ho Chi Minh - Departure (B)

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

Free morning at your own leisure until the transfer to the airport for your flight departure. (It’s up to your flight departure, we will assist you to book a domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi city).

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ViTravel goodbye and see you again.

Tour Policy

Tour Inclusion

  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services as stated in program
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary 
  • All sightseeing tickets as program
  • Tissues and water on coach
  • Services charges and government tax
  • Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
  • All domestic flights and International flights (if any)
  • Boat trip as per tour (if any)
  • Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter (if any)

Tour Exclusion

  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverage
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$ 25 & 1 passport photo for each person)
  • Other services not mentioned above
  • International flights & departure taxes (if any)
  • Peak season or public holidays surcharge (if any)
  • Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year (if any)

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