TREASURES OF INDOCHINA

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

Overview

TOUR CODE: TREIDC

Trip Type: Independent Journey

Discover the beauty, history, and culture of Indochina on this 15 days grand adventure. Begin in Vietnam’s bustling capital of Hanoi, visiting iconic and historic landmarks, before venturing on to majestic Ha Long Bay. We board a classic junk-styled ship cruising the world-famous Halong Bay. We will also explore lesser-known treasures, including the ancient port city of Hoi An and My Son Sanctuary, 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 as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its many beautiful temples and attractions. Our adventure will conclude in Thailand’s bustling capital Bangkok, where we will visit the stunning Royal Palace and other famous sights.

What’s Included

Standard Package:

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities (for air and land package)
  • Internal flights – Hanoi/Hue, Da Nang/Siem Reap/Luang Prabang/Bangkok
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe room at the Silk Path Hotel Hanoi
  • 2 days/1 night Halong Bay cruise in a Deluxe cabin onboard the Bhaya Classic Cruise
  • 1 night in Colonial Deluxe room at Hotel Saigon Morin in Hue
  • 2 nights in a Superior room at Boutique Hoi An Resort
  • 3 nights in a Superior room at the Tara Angkor Hotel Siem Reap
  • 2 nights in a Palace room at the Victoria Xiengthong Palace Luang Prabang
  • 2 nights in an Avani Riverview room at Avani+ Riverside Hotel Bangkok
  • 23 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Transfers and sightseeing tours as specified in the itinerary
  • All taxes, fees, and carrier-imposed surcharges

Upgrade Package:

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities (for air and land package)
  • Internal flights – Hanoi/Hue, Da Nang/Siem Reap/Luang Prabang/Bangkok
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe room at the Melia Hotel in Hanoi
  • 2 days/1 night Halong Bay cruise in a Superior cabin onboard the Heritage Line Jasmine Cruise
  • 1 night in Superior room at the Pilgrimage Village Resort in Hue
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe room at the Hotel Royal Hoi An
  • 3 nights in a Deluxe room at the Jaya House River Park in Siem Reap
  • 2 nights in an Avani Deluxe room at the Avani+ Hotel in Luang Prabang
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe room at Anantara Riverside Resort Bangkok
  • 23 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Transfers and sightseeing tours as specified in the itinerary
  • All taxes, fees, and carrier-imposed surcharges

Itinerary

DAY 01

DEPART U.S. FOR HANOI, VIETNAM

Today we board our flight to Hanoi, Vietnam.

DAY 02

ARRIVE HANOI

Upon arrival in the Vietnamese capital, meet your guide at the airport for your transfer to the hotel, where you can rest well for your upcoming tour.

DAY 03

HANOI (B/L)

Our morning sightseeing in Hanoi begins with a tour to the Museum of Ethnology, which showcases art, traditional clothing, and reconstructions of traditional longhouses from 54 different ethnic groups. Next, explore 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. Then, we wander through Ba Dinh Square, a famous complex of the 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. This afternoon is free at leisure.

DAY 04

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 onboard as we set sail and cruise into the bay. Savor your first hour in the bay on the sun deck and let your eyes wander over the breathtaking scenery. We continue 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 onboard activities: sunbathing and photo opportunities. In the evening, the chef will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood and other traditional dishes.

DAY 05

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 06

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 the Tomb of Tu Duc and Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. We wander through 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 07

HOI AN (B/L)

Hoi An, a picturesque riverside town, was one of Southeast 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 city 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 clan in the Hoi An area dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau, the Goddess of the Sea and protector of sailors and fishermen. At a lantern-making workshop, we will learn how to make a lantern from scratch. After the workshop, we return to our hotel for a free afternoon at leisure.

DAY 08

MY SON SANCTUARY/SIEM REAP (B/L)

Enjoy this morning at leisure. We spend the afternoon at My Son Sanctuary, the former religious center of the Champa Kingdom, a sophisticated civilization that 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, the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia.

DAY 09

SIEM REAP (B/L)

Siem Reap, home of the Angkor Wat, is known around the world for the awe-inspiring collection of ancient temple ruins. 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 of over 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 passes along a narrow causeway 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 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 to 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. The 49 towers on the third level are stunning and decorated with 172 smiling faces of the omnipresent Avalokitesvara. This temple marks the exact center 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. It was built in the Bayon style under Jayavarman VII, though its modern name derives from a 15th-century sculpture discovered at the site. The statue depicts the Hindu god Yama, the god of death. We continue to the 12th century Preah Khan temple located northeast of Angkor Thom. 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. We will conclude our afternoon’s sightseeing by paying a visit to the jungle temple Ta Prohm. This temple is covering by the trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surrounding, creating an astonishing merger of nature and architecture.

DAY 10

SIEM REAP (B/L)

This morning, rise early to view the sunrise over the beautiful 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 from 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 most significant 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 Hindu cosmology devoted to god Vishnu. The five towers of Angkor Wat are the symbol of the five peaks of Mount Meru, home of the gods, and center 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 facilities and escape the midday sun.

DAY 11

SIEM REAP/LUANG PRABANG (B/D)

Today, we board our flight to Luang Prabang, a Unesco World Heritage town in northern Laos.

DAY 12

LUANG PRABANG (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 fascinating insight into the 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, make a stop at the village of Baan Xanghai, where they distill rice wine. Continue to Kuang Si Waterfall, a breathtaking waterfall nestled amidst primitive hill tribe villages in the mountainous jungles on the outskirts of Luang Prabang. With proximity to the waterfall is the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene. Take a walk around the town for a glimpse of their lifestyle.

DAY 13

LUANG PRABANG/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 14

BANGKOK (B)

Take in the breathtaking sights of Bangkok with a relaxing long-tail boat cruise on the Chao Phraya river. This boat trip will provide you with an insight into the lives of people who live along the klongs (canals). We stop at Wat Arun (Temple Of Dawn), located on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River and one of Bangkok’s most iconic structures. The main feature is the imposing 219 feet Khmer-style spire made from broken, multihued Chinese porcelain. From the top of the tower, you can see the winding Chao Phraya River and the Grand Palace and Wat Pho opposite. We cross the river to explore the splendid Grand Palace complex, the most important and impressive royal palace in Thailand. Your guide will show you the courts used for different occasions, including the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Appropriate dress is required.   

DAY 15

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

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    2021
    Mar 01 - May 15$3,599$4,299$4,299$4,399$1,899
    May 16 - Jul 01$3,599$4,699$4,699$4,799$1,899
    Jul 02 - 31$3,599$4,499$4,499$4,599$1,899
    Aug 01 - Oct 16$3,599$4,299$4,299$4,399$1,899
    Upgrade Package
    2021
    Mar 01 - May 15$4,399$5,099$5,099$5,199$2,499
    May 16 - Jul 01$4,399$5,499$5,499$5,599$2,499
    Jul 02 - 31$4,399$5,299$5,299$5,399$2,499
    Aug 01 - Oct 16$4,399$5,099$5,099$5,199$2,499
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. A $75 weekend surcharge will apply for each way based on outbound and inbound dates applicable for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Inbound air peak season surcharge of $100.00 per person from Jan 01-10 and Jul 12-Sep 10. Land only package includes Internal flights. Tour prices include all taxes, fees, and carrier-imposed surcharges.
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