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    Grand Indochina 19 days/ 18 nights

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    hiddencharm
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    Post by hiddencharm on Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:12 am

    Day 1 : Luang Prabang Arrival (D)

    Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. During our time here, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, we then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River. Dinner at the local restaurant. OVERNIGHT IN LUANG PRABANG

    Pak Ou caves

    Day 2 : Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Khouangsi Waterfall (B,L)

    After breakfast, we board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a panaromic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.

    Day 3 : Luang Prang – Vientiane (B,L)

    After breakfast, you visit the National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign.

    Day 4 : Vientiane – Hanoi (B)

    After breakfast, we visit the Morning Market and the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong. Then transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to relax or to explore the city’s ancient streets. OVERNIGHT IN HA NOI

    Hoan Kiem Lake

    Day 5 : Hanoi City tour (B,L)

    A full day city tour starts with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh ( Close on Monday & Friday), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pilar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the Temple of Literature “the first university in Vietnam”, founded in 1076, and the Hoa Lo Prison.

    Ha Long Bay

    Day 6 : Hanoi – Ha Long (B,L,D)

    Departures for Halong Bay for 3-hour drive, comfort stop en route for photos and coffee before arriving to the city. We then transfer to a luxury wooden sailing junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, giving us the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site.
    Day 7 : Ha Long – Ha Noi – Hue (B)

    The wondrous Ha Long Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. We relaxe and enjoy on boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water.

    Day 8 : Hue Imperial (B,L)

    After breakfast at hotel, we start our city tour to visit Citadel and Imperial purple city, imposing Thien Mu pagoda and board the trip from here for a cruise on perfume river. Visit Honchen temple and Minh Mang tomb. We then disembark the board for a visit to Tuduc royal tomb, time permitting we visit Phu Cam and Notre Dame Cathedrals, Dong Ba Market. OVERNIGHT IN HUE

    Lang Co Beach

    Day 9 : Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B,L)

    From Hue, take the coastal road to Hoi An as it climbs up and over a mountain pass. Stop en route at the photogenic fishing village at Lang Co.
    Day 10 : Hoi An – Cooking Class (B,L)

    Breakfast at hotel and then start our Cooking Vietnamese lesson first by visiting Hoi An’s colorful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market.

    War Remnants Museum

    Day 11 : Hoi An – Da Nang – Sai Gon (B)

    You are free until transfer to the airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh, you are picked up and transferred from Tan Son Nhat Airport to the hotel in the city centre. In the afternoon, the first place visiting is the War Remnants Museum in Dist 3, Ho Chi Minh.

    Day 12 : Sai Gon – Tay Ninh Temple & Cu Chi Tunnels – Sai Gon (B,L)

    After breakfast we travel by roads to Tay Ninh to see the ornate temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Afterwards we continue to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. OVERNIGHT IN SAI GON

    Day 13 : Sai Gon – Cai Be – Can Tho (B,L)

    After breakfast at you hotel, you drive to Cai Be. Embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people selling, buying, exchanging goods from their boats.

    Floating Market

    Day 14 : Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Chau Doc (B,L)

    Rising early to the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day, we breakfast and start our trip with a boat cruise on sparking streams along the endless waterway of Mighty Mekong River to Cairang floating markets. There will be hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostling for trade. Sellers advertisers their wares by crying out across the waters.

    Royal Palace

    Day 15 : Chau Doc – Phnompenh (B)

    This morning we will have a boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh departing at 7:30am. The boat takes us along the Mekong River.

    Day 16 : Phnompenh – Siemreap (B,L)

    Breakfast at hotel, Visit Watphnom the historical of the Phnom Penh Capital, then you will discover to the Khmer traditional cultural at National fine-art Museum, after lunch we will be shows the truth in face of the Khmer-rouge genocidal regime by visit to Toulsleng S21 and Cheuong Ek Killing fields. Transfer to the airport for short flight to Siemreap. OVERNIGHT IN SIEMREAP

    Day 17 : Siemreap – Angkor Temple (B,L)

    Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, continue to visit your temple tour to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation), and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup until sunset. OVERNIGHT IN SIEMREAP

    Angkor Temple

    Day 18 : Siemreap – Banteay Srei – Ta keo – Siemreap (B,L)

    Proceed to the Banteay Srei temple regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art.



    Day 19 : Siemreap Departure (B)

    The morning is free for rest or exploration. Transfer to airport for your next destination. End Vietnam Hidden Charm’s service .. More information to visit http://vietnamhiddencharm.com/vietnam-tours/discovery-tour/grand-indochina-19-days-18-nights.html , please

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