11 Days , 5 Cities
Welcome to Siem Reap, the Treasures of the Kingdom of Cambodia
Welcome to Siem Reap, the treasure of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, pick up by our local tour guide from the airport and transferred to check-in at the hotel. Afternoon, transfer to visit West Baray Big Pond, a “Baray” is a water reservoir built by the ancient Khmer people. Then turn to visit Wat Thmei (Killing Field) contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some bones were recovered from a nearby well, while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield.
Continue to visit the “Les Artisans d’Angkor – Chantiers Ecole,” the Finest Authentic Khmer Arts and Crafts. End of the day, drive to visit the Pre Rup temple for a romantic sunset view. Welcome dinner with a local buffet menu and Apsara Dance, the traditional Khmer dance-drama performance, which is not merely dance but also tell a story.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap - Visit the Ancient Capital of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat
After breakfast, visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom, starting with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. Bayon Temple – unique with its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces, Baphuon temple in the North of Bayon represents holy Mount Meru, the residence of the gods in Hindu tradition. Continue the visit to this ancient city by going around The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King. Your lunch will be served after the visit to the jungle-covered temple of Ta Prohm. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure, giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. This temple is famous for being chosen for major activities of Tomb Raider acted by Celebrity Angelina Jolie.
Afternoon continue visit at Angkor Wat, highlighted by the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, carved on the walls and tell the stories of Hindu legends. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covered an area of about 210 hectares. Strolling around this massive edifice, seeing many galleries with Columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards, and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Return to Siemreap downtown.
Transfer to your hotel overnight.
Luang Prabang - Explore the Kampong Phluk Floating Village
This morning, we visited Kampong Phluk Floating Village. Kampong Phluk is about 20 km (13 miles) from Siem Reap Town. Arrive at the dock, and take a boat trip along a small stream to the village. Over 3000 inhabitants are real Khmers, their households made of wood and bamboo built on stilts of about 6m to 7m high. Those buildings look like skyscrapers during the dry season when the lake is low and lacks water. At this time of the year, many villagers move out onto the lake and build provisional stilted houses. In a wet season, while the water level rises again, the dwellers move back to their permanent houses on the flood plain, the stilts now hidden under the water. People made a living by catching fish produce and smelly fish paste, fermented fish, smoked fish, dried fish, dried prawns, etc.
Last, we will visit Puok, the authentic and original place of the Artisans d’Angkor silk, where you will see the process of silk production, from the silkworms munching on the Mulberry leaves to spin their cocoons which are used to make silk warp. You, of course, will see the weaving work and purchase the high-quality silk products as a beautiful Cambodia souvenir. Straight to Siemreap airport for your departure to Luang Prabang.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is leisurely exploring the city or simply relaxing. Overnight is in Luang Prabang.
Luang Prabang - Visit to the National Museum at the Former Royal Palace
It is worth a visit to the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. Today we explore some of the major sights in this fabulous city, including the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham, the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene, and Wat Mai. We also visit these sights as well as the magnificent Wat Xiengthong. Its exterior architecture is remarkable with decorated gilded stuccoes and doorways, a “tree of life” mosaic pattern set in colored glass on the back wall, and its three-tiered roofs sweeping low to the ground representing classical Laotian architecture. A visit to Luang Prabang would be incomplete without ascending 329 steps to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa and a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Luang Prabang - Enjoy the Experience in the Elephant Village Camp
Pick up by our English-speaking guide from your hotel lobby. Arrival at the Elephant Village Camp: Welcome greeting by our camp manager and participate in a short briefing about elephants. Ride the Elephant: Enjoy the impressive experience of a 3 km elephant ride on the howdah (elephant seat) or your elephant’s neck! 2 per elephant. Elephant ride without How Dah (elephant’s seat).
Boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall: Ride in a traditional Lao long boat to the Tad Sae Waterfall and relax or swim in the clear water (swimsuit recommended!). Buffet lunch at the Elephant Camp restaurant. Transfer back to your Hotel in Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Hanoi - Discover the Phousi Market and Fly to Hanoi
Today we visit the morning Phousi 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. Today, you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouray, 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.
Transfer to the airport for boarding the flight to Hanoi. Welcome to Hanoi – the Capital City of Vietnam! The tour guide & driver will be welcoming you at Noi Bai airport; it takes us a 35-minute drive to the center of Hanoi, then check-in at the hotel. Your time at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Night activities suggestion: enjoy local beer at Ta Hien Streets, experience the ambiance of sleepless streets with live music, the young people of Hanoi, and foreign tourists. Hundred of bars and pubs in the Old Quarter are also at your disposal. Or simply spend your time at shopping malls or various boutique Shops.
Lao Cai - City tour in Hanoi & Overnight Train
Today, we will start our city tour from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his simple house-on-stilts, and the One-Pillar pagoda near Ba Dinh Square, where the most solemn ceremonies of Hanoi take place. Go to the Temple of Literature, the first high school for Vietnam Scholars and a temple dedicated to Confucious. Have lunch at KOTO Van Mieu restaurant, which provides hospitality and life skills to disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. In the afternoon, we will move on to the Museum of Ethnology, where you can find an entire collection of 54 ethnic groups living in Vietnam and the wonderful implications of artifacts and patterns from their traditional handicrafts and clothes.
Late afternoon, have an overall view of the capital by a “cyclo” visit, which will go through the fascinating network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as ‘The 36 Streets’ – each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts and from medicines to tombstones. Drop by at Ngoc Son Temple, located on Hoan Kiem Lake. End of the day, we will enjoy a unique, fascinating show of Water Puppetry, a traditional stage art of Northern Vietnam. Then we depart for the night train to Lao Cai for Hanoi train station. Overnight on train.
Sapa - Admire the Largest Rice Paddy Terraced
Upon arrival at the train station, you will be picked up by a local tour guide and drive to Sapa. Have breakfast at a local restaurant. You will commence your short journey by moving south toward Muong Hoa valley. You will then start your walk by descending into the valley, the largest rice paddy terraced in the Sapa area. The guide can provide you with interesting information about rice. Visit the valley sometime between May and October. You will be able to observe and experience how the locals do planting and harvesting, one of the most important activities in daily life. The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of the Giay minority, including a visit to the local Catholic Church. After visiting Ta Van, the car will return you to Sapa.
The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Sapa.
Hanoi - Discover Dozen Tribes living in surrounding Sapa & Overnight Train
Early morning we will drive toward Bac Ha, about 110km (65 miles) from Sapa. With a dozen tribes living in the surroundings, including Flower Hmong, Chinese, Nhang, Dzao, Nung, Phu La, Thai, and King (or Viet), the market is fascinating, esp. in the early morning. The winding road to Bac Ha helps maintain the area’s colors (in both literal and figurative sense). The distance to Can Cau and Coc Ly from Bac Ha is 50 km (30 miles). In all these markets, we can meet hundreds of beautiful women from the Flower Hmong tribe, who are famous for their wonderful craft and hand-made flowering clothes and textile fabrics or intermingle with people from Black Hmong, Dzay, Dzao, and other ethnic groups coming to the market not for purchasing kinds of stuff, but for meeting and chatting – just once a week – like in an authentic cultural center. After lunchtime, we can hike around, following the mountain people to their villages for a visit, or take our car heading to further hamlets in Ban Pho, Trieu Cai, or Na Hoi. Back to Lao Cai Station later and take the night train from Lao Cai to Hanoi.
Ha Long - Overnight Cruise to Discover the Magnificent Beauty of this “Descending-Dragon” Bay
Upon arrival at Hanoi train station, you will be picked up and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast and a short relaxation before transferring to Halong Bay. At 9:00 am, head East for nearly 3 hours to Halong Bay, the pride of the Gulf of Tonkin, a Natural World Heritage designated by UNESCO in 1994 and 2006. Upon arrival in Halong, check in the overnight cruise to discover the magnificent beauty of this “Descending-dragon” bay, created by thousands of odd-shaped limestone rocks and karst grottoes.
After lunch on board, we can visit the Grottos, stop for swimming or kayaking, passing floating houses, and approach islets to enjoy their beauty at a close distance. Back to the cruise, enjoy cooking demonstrations before having dinner. Evening attends activities on the boat or relaxes at your leisure. Overnight on the cruise.
Hanoi - Cruising between the many Islets
Wake up early to enjoy the dawn on the sea in the early morning. The Vietnamese call the “East Sea” by the point-oriented name “Eastern Sea.” After breakfast, our boat will continue to cruise in marvelous areas, where almost every islet has its own name, adopting its shape or reminiscent like Sail Island, Fisherman’s head rock, Butterfly rock, Turtle islet, etc. Check out your room and have brunch on board while the cruise comes back to the pier. Return your Hanoi hotel for re-check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Depart to Hanoi Airport for Home
After breakfast at the hotel, leisure time until transfer to Noi Bai international airport for your departure flight back home.
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- 9-night hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
2-night in Siam Reap – Cambodia
3-night in Luang Prabang – Laos
1-night in Hanoi – Vietnam
1-night in Train – Vietnam
1-night in Sapa – Vietnam
1-night in Train – Vietnam
1-Night in Cruise – Vietnam
1-Night in Hanoi – Vietnam
- 2-night train accommodation
- 1-night cruise accommodation
- Local English-speaking guide(s) in each region
- Meals, as mentioned in the program
- 11 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner
- All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program.
- Flight Luang Prabang – Hanoi
- Flight Siem Reap – Luang Prabang
- Transportation by vehicle with A/C
- Cruise on Non-private junk in Ha Long Bay
- Bottle of water during tour days.
- 24/7 support service during your trip
Sightseeing Highlights Included
- Visit West Baray Big Pond, a “Baray” is a water reservoir built by the ancient Khmer people
- See the “Les Artisans d’Angkor – Chantiers Ecole,” the Finest Authentic Khmer Arts and Crafts
- Welcome dinner with a local buffet menu and Apsara Dance
- Visit the Ancient Capital of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat
- Explore the Kampong Phluk Floating Village
- Discover Puok, the real and original place of the Artisans d’Angkor silk
- Visit the National Museum at the Former Royal Palace
- Enjoy the Experience in the Elephant Village Camp
- Discover the Phousi Market and Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam
- City tour in Hanoi
- Admire is the Largest Rice Paddy Terraced in the Sapa Area
- Discover a Dozen Tribes living in surrounding Sapa
- Overnight Cruise to Discover the Magnificent Beauty of this “Descending-Dragon” Bay
- Cruising between the many islets
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