TREASURES OF INDOCHINA

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap & Bangkok

Overview

TOUR CODE: TREIDC

Discover the beauty, history and culture of Indochina on this grand adventure. Begin in Vietnam’s bustling capital of Hanoi, visiting iconic and historic landmarks, before venturing on to majestic Ha Long Bay. We will also explore lesser known treasures including Hai Phong, Lan Ha Bay and ancient My Son, before moving on to charming Siem Reap in Cambodia. From this base, we will explore the historic Angkor temples including mesmerizing Angkor Wat, soaking in the history and intrigue of this beautiful place. We will then journey on to the Laotian city of Luang Prabang, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its many beautiful temples and attractions. Our adventure will conclude in Thailand’s bustling Bangkok, with its stunning Royal Palace and other sites.

What’s Included

Superior Option:

  • Internal flights – Hanoi/Hue, Da Nang/Siem Reap/Luang Prabang/Bangkok
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at Silk Path Hotel in Hanoi
  • 2 days/1 night Halong Bay cruise in a Deluxe Cabin onboard the Bhaya Classic Cruise
  • 1 nights in Colonial Deluxe Room at Hotel Saigon Morin in Hue
  • 2 nights in a Superior Room at Boutique Hoi An
  • 3 nights in a Superior Room at Tara Angkor in Siem Reap
  • 2 nights in a Palace Room at the Victoria Xiengthong Palace  in Luang Prabang
  • 2 nights in a Superior Room at Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel in Bangkok
  • 23 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Transfers and sightseeing tours as specified in the itinerary
  • All taxes, fees and service surcharges

Deluxe Option:

  • Internal flights – Hanoi/Hue, Da Nang/Siem Reap/Luang Prabang/Bangkok
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at Melia Hotel in Hanoi
  • 2 days/1 night Halong Bay cruise in a Superior Cabin onboard the Heritage Line Jasmine Cruise
  • 1 nights in Superior Room at Pilgrimage Village in Hue
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at Hotel Royal Hoi An
  • 3 nights in a Deluxe Room at Jaya House River Park in Siem Reap
  • 2 nights in a Avani Deluxe Room at Avani+ Hotel in Luang Prabang
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at Anantara Riverside Resort in Bangkok
  • 23 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Transfers and sightseeing tours as specified in the itinerary
  • All taxes, fees and service surcharges

Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVE IN HANOI

We arrive in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Meet our guide at the airport for your transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 02

HANOI (B/L)

Our full-day sightseeing in Hanoi begins with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology which showcases art, traditional clothing and reconstructions of traditional longhouses from fifty four different ethnic groups. Next, visit the Temple of Literature with its walled courtyards and graceful gateways. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university. Visit the Ba Dinh Square, a popular complex of cultural and historic site, including the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House. Continue to the infamous Hoa Lo Prison built by the French to imprison political prisoners, Hoa Lo was sardonically nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War by American POWs.

DAY 03

HANOI/HALONG BAY CRUISE (B/L/D)

Depart the city in the morning and head to the seaside port of Halong Bay. Board a traditional junk boat and get acquainted with the facilities on board as we set sail and cruise into the bay. The cruise continues cruising through a fishing village on the bay and passes the spectacular limestone caves dotted around the bay. Soak up the sun on the top deck with optional on-board activities: sunbathing, and photo opportunities. In the evening the chef will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood and other traditional dishes. Overnight on-board.

DAY 04

HALONG BAY/HANOI/HUE (B)

Greet the day on deck with a tai chi session as the sun rises, followed by breakfast in the restaurant. Spend the morning cruising through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before returning to the wharf. Disembark and drive back to Hanoi for your flight to Hue, Vietnam’s imperial past.

DAY 05

HUE/HOI AN (B/L)

Today, we explore the ancient imperial city of Hue. Take a boat cruise along the romantic Perfume River, visit the elaborate mausoleums of Tomb of Tu Duc and Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. We explore the grounds of the citadel complex and observe high stone walls and the refined palaces and temples behind them. Stroll through the traditional Vietnamese Dong Ba market before traveling to Hoi An.

DAY 06

HOI AN (B/L)

Hoi An, a picturesque riverside town, was one of South East Asia’s major international ports during the 17th to 19th centuries. Our morning walking tour includes many of the town’s highlights. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. Near the bridge is Sa Huynh Museum which houses exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An’s history. Wander into the Tran Family Chapel, a 200 year old house built for worshipping ancestors. Visit Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and enlarged in 1900. It is a typical Chinese clans in the Hoi An area and is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau, the Goddess of the Sea and protector of sailors and fishermen. We also visit a lantern making workshop to see how the frame is made and the silk cloth put onto the lantern. We return to our hotel for a free afternoon at leisure.

DAY 07

MY SON SANCTUARY/SIEM REAP (B/L)

Enjoy this morning at leisure. Our afternoon excursion to My Son, the former religious centre of the Champa Kingdom, a sophisticated civilization which held sway over the region from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Today, all that is left are five archaeological sites from different periods, in a beautifully green setting of hills and winding streams. After a brief visit to the Visitor’s Centre for an overview of Cham history and culture, visit each ruin in turn, walking along forested paths. Afterward, transfer to Danang for our flight to Siem Reap.

DAY 08

SIEM REAP (B/L)

We begin our sightseeing at Angkor Thom, the heavily fortified city built in the 10th century by the greatest of the Khmer rulers, King Jayavarman VII (1181 – 1201). With a population in excess of one million inhabitants, Angkor Thom covered an area of 3.8 square miles. Enter via the South Gate of Angkor Thom, one of the five 65-foot high gates. Pass along a narrow causeways over the city moat flanked by the statues of 54 gods on the left and 54 devils on the right. They are seemingly engaged in a game of tug of war, yet in fact they are enacting the famous scene from the Churning Sea of Milk bas-relief. After walking through the causeway and gate, you will have entered Angkor Thom. From Angkor Thom’s southern gateway continue onto visit the Bayon Temple. The structure is staggering in its construction and most Angkor specialists agree that it is one of the finest examples of classic Khmer architecture. Its third level is stunning; its 49 towers are adorned with 172 smiling faces of the omnipresent Avalokitesvara. Constructed during the reign of King Jayavarman VII, this temple marks the exact centre of Angkor Thom, thus it is the most venerated of the city’s temples and also the most mysterious. Leaving the Bayon, take a brief stop at the Royal Enclosure to see the Elephant Terrace, the terrace takes its name from the exceptional depiction of elephants and of an elephant hunt, which takes up the majority of the frieze. A little north of the main terrace is another, known as the Terrace of the Leper King after a statue found above it. We will conclude our afternoon’s sightseeing by paying a visit to one of the larger temple sites within Angkor, Preah Kahn. Constructed as a monastery and teaching complex in 1191 by Jayavarman VII, it is unique in its sense of religious tolerance, with sections dedicated to Buddhism, ancestor worship, and the Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu.

DAY 09

SIEM REAP (B/L)

This morning, rise early to view the sunrise over the wonderful ruins of Angkor Wat. Imagine centuries ago the markets and temples coming alive with the dawn of a new day.  After this memorable experience, enter Angkor Wat’s main enclosure to experience Angkor in an entirely different perspective, with the grounds almost deserted of visitors you will feel like Angkor Wat is yours to explore. Constructed under the reign of Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious structures in the world, covering an area 480 acres encircled by an enclosure wall nearly four miles long.  Angkor Wat is a representation of the Hindu cosmology and is dedicated to the god Vishnu. The five towers of Angkor Wat are the representation of the five peaks of Mount Meru, home of the gods and centre of the Hindu universe. The temple’s greatest sculptural treasure is its one mile long bas-relief that wraps around the walls of the outer gallery along with the figures of Khmer Devas and Apsaras. Return to your hotel for breakfast. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to enjoy the hotel and escape the midday sun.

DAY 10

SIEM REAP/LUANG PRABANG (B/D)

Enjoy this morning at leisure until our afternoon flight to Luang Prabang, a Unesco World Heritage town in northern Laos.

DAY 11

LUANG PRAGANG (B/D)

Rise early to witness the daily morning ritual of ‘Tak Bat’, a local custom of giving alms to monks. This unique ritual is still followed by locals in Luang Prabang and offers a wonderful insight into local culture. After breakfast, take a boat trip to the spectacular Pak Ou Caves. A jagged hole in the cliff face reveals a cave filled with hundreds of statues of the Buddha. For at least the last 500 years, kings and pilgrims have worshipped at Pak Ou’s lower cave, Tham Ting. Along the way stop at the village of Baan Xanghai where they distill rice wine. Continue to Khoung Si Waterfall, a breathtaking waterfall nestled amidst primitive hilltribe villages in the mountainous jungles on the outskirts of Luang Prabang. With close proximity to the waterfall is the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene. Take a walk around the village for a glimpse of their lifestyle.

DAY 12

LUANG PRAGANG/BANGKOK (B)

After breakfast, our first stop today is Mount Phousi, the highest point in Luang Prabang, home to a thriving Buddhist monastery. Wat Phuosi offers spectacular 360 degree views of the old town. Leaving the highest point in Luang Prabang, continue to the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace. Constructed as a palace between 1904 and 1909 during the reign of King Sisavangvong, and now turned into a National Museum, it houses the royal throne of Lan Xang kingdom in its original splendor and many other religious treasures. In the afternoon, board our flight to Bangkok, the bustling Thai capital.

DAY 13

BANGKOK (B)

After breakfast, we travel by boat on the Chao Phraya River (The River of Kings) and on through the Klongs (canals) of Thonburi. You will have the chance to observe and photograph the serene family homes and temples along the waterways, which gave the city the name “Venice of the East”. Then, we visit the Grand Palace, the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Continue to Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the sacred Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most revered religious image. Continue our visit to one of the most photographed sights in Bangkok, the Wat Arun. The majestic shrine has a pagoda of 249 feet high. It is decorated with glazed ceramic pieces, that reflect the rising sun and gave the temple its name. This afternoon is free at leisure. We will have the afternoon at leisure.

DAY 14

BANGKOK DEPARTURE (B)

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals: B= Breakfast   L= Lunch    D=Dinner

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Dates & Prices

Per person, based on double occupancy

    Land Only
    2019SuperiorSingle SupplementDeluxeSingle Supplement
    Nov 15 - Dec 13$3,399$1,999$4,199$2,699
    Dec 14 - 22$3,499$1,999$4,199$2,699
    Dec 23 - 31$3,499$1,999$4,499$2,699
    2020
    Jan 06 - Mar 20$3,399$1,999$4,199$2,699
    Mar 21 - Oct 17$3,399$1,999$4,099$2,699
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. This is a land only package without International airfare. Tour prices include hotel taxes and service charges. (LO/111119/C-10)

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