Treasure of Indochina
Fascinating Myanmar & Laos
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Days : 9 | Nights : 8Luang Prabang , Indochina
Laos and Vietnam have become major tourist destinations owing to their natural as well as man-made beauty. The two countries have enchanted visitors from all the parts of the world.
The Laos and Vietnam tour packages will begin with Luang Prabang which is a picturesque town famous for its Buddhist temples such as Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai. Pak Ou caves are beautifully nestled at Luang Prabang, Laos in the north. They are a group of two caves along the western part of the Mekong River. Laos and Vietnam holidays will let you explore the panoramic countryside of Laos and take you to visit the Kuan Si waterfalls and villages of Hmong, Khmu, and Lao. You can see the traditional alms giving ceremony here and shop at the Phosi Market.
The Laos and Vietnam tours will allow you to take a tour of Ho Chi Minh city of Vietnam which is famous for Bến Thành Market, War Remnants Museum, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Suối Tiên Amusement Park, Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens etc. The Mekong Delta in Vietnam is famous for its floating markets, rivers, swamps, and islands. Phú Quốc Island, Tràm Chim National Park, Sao Beach, and Vĩnh Tràng Temple, etc are some its important attractions.
Day 01: Arrival Luang Prabang
You will be met by our staff and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. We’ll visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. From there, we visit the Night Market, where you can browse through a lovely selection of handmade textiles. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 02: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning alms giving ritual to saffron clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving this procession.
After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city's oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong where you can see the impressive “tree of life” mosaic set in colored glass. We then board an upstream cruise on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. We’ll make sure to stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. We will also stop at a few villages during the day, including Ban Xanghai where the local rice wine is produced. On our way back, we pass by a few more local villages and see the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 03: Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfalls
Breakfast at the hotel. Start your day with a visit to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre where you are able to observe valuable artifacts and traditional clothing and implements from each of the 20 ethnic minority groups which inhabit the Luang Prabang area. Later in the morning we go to Phosi Market, which has an eclectic selection of foodstuffs and souvenirs. Afterwards, we head out to visit some ethnic minority villages and see how these colorful people live. We then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfalls where you can swim in the turquoise pools or walk along forest paths. We continue to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek - small villages well known for silk weavings and Saa (jute) Papermaking, and return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 04: Luang Prabang – Hanoi. Hanoi city tour
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, visit Temple of Literature, founded by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong and the beautiful bridge on Sword Lake. Enjoy the Water Puppet Show, cyclo ride around the Old Quarter. Check into your hotel. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
Day 05: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise & stay overnight on Board
Breakfast at the hotel. Early this morning, we’ll drive from Hanoi to one of the most magnificent scenic environments in the world, Halong Bay. Covering 577 square miles, this vast bay is filled with more than 3,000 limestone “peaks” or karsts that jut from the deep blue water as far as the eye can see. We’ll spend a day and a half, including an overnight with dinner and breakfast onboard, exploring this overwhelming seascape from the decks of a traditional Vietnamese boat. Comfortable and intimate, your boat features hand-crafted wooden interiors including a dining room and pleasant air-conditioned cabins with private baths. Since we’re overnight on the water, we’ll be able to explore Ha Long Bay’s most beautiful spots with time to swim and even visit some of the largest rock formations and caves. This promises to be one of your most memorable travel experiences in Asia. Stay overnight on Boat.
Day 06: Halong – Hanoi airport ñ Ho Chi Minh city
Breakfast at the hotel. Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some delights with a light breakfast and follow by a colorful brunch. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. After the tour, transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Saigon in the late afternoon. Stay overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Day 07: Cu Chi tunnels – Saigon city tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Guide and vehicle pick up clients from hotel lobby and enjoy the visit.
The Cu Chi Tunnels are an immense network of interconnected tunnels near Saigon that are part of a much larger network lying below much of the country. A guided visit to these tunnels provides a better understanding of their history, the hardship of life underground and the resilience of the Vietnamese during combat.
The tunnels were built and used initially by the Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots to protect them from the French air and ground sweeps. They later served as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living quarters for the guerrilla fighters throughout the Vietnam-American war.
You're invited to enter a section of the tunnels to witness the secrets of the tunnels firsthand. Your guide will also show you various mantraps employed from this period, the remains of an American tank and numerous B52 bomb craters. There is also the opportunity to fire an M60, M16 or AK47 rifle at the range next to the tunnel complex.
After returning to Saigon, learn about the city’s historic landmarks as you tour the city with your guide. Visit the former Presidential Palace, headquarters to the Saigon Government during the Vietnam-American war. You may also like to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight into the Vietnam-American war from a Vietnamese perspective. Next stop is the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick building with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris, then head across the square to the Central Post Office designed by the French architect Gustav Eiffel. Stay overnight in Saigon.
Day 08: Mekong full day tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Today takes you to My Tho, the capital of Tien Giang Province. Situated on the Mekong River, 75 kilometers southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, the city is surrounded by orchards and rice fields, which produce grain for the entire country. Visit one or two of the islands that produce traditional handcrafts, coconut candy and bee farms. Visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, the oldest one in the delta on your boat trip on the Mekong River. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in hotel & stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 09: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Free at leisure until your private vehicle & guide will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to Tan Son Nhat airport for departure flight.
Days : 9 | Nights : 8