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  • Indochina Panorama

    This memorable journey visits the main highlights of Indochina, including enchanting towns, bustling cities, historic temples, ancient monuments and spectacular scenery.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Discover the Hanoi Capital in depth
    • Cruise along the boat then admire the beauty of Halong Bay
    • Explore Ben Tre Town - where the Vietnam War began
    • Climb inside the narrow passageways utilized during the war in Cu Chi
    • Relax seaside on the soft white-sand beaches in Hoi An
    • See the last of the Nguyen Dynasty as you visit the beautiful, well-preserved Citadel

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Arrive in Laos’ charming UNESCO-listed city. Begin exploring with a visit to the stunning 16th-Century temple of Vat Xieng Thong, the former King’s Palace. Climb Phousy Hill to watch the sun set over the city and the Mekong River. Enjoy a welcome dinner in the evening.

    Recommended Hotels in Luang Prabang:

    - Villa Maly
    - The Apsara Luang Prabang Hotel

     Vat Xieng Thong, Phousy Hill


    Day 2

    Rise early to witness the morning ritual of ‘Tagbat’, the daily collection by monks of alms through the town. Your full day of sightseeing continues with a cruise on a traditional boat upstream to the Pak Ou Caves, home to hundreds of Buddha statues. On the way you will stop at a pretty village and a rice wine distillery. Return to Luang Prabang by boat via the village of Ban Xiang Khong. Later, visit an ethnic museum and weaving workshop.

     River cruise to Pak Ou Caves, ethnic museum and weaving workshop


    Day 3

    Visit the H’mong village of Ban Na Oune on the way to Kuang Si Falls. A short walk through the forest leads to the waterfalls and you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural pools. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

    Recommended Hanoi Hotels:

    - Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel
    - Oriental Suites Hotel

     H'mong village of Ban Na Oune, Kuang Si Falls (Laos)


    Day 4

    Explore the city with visits to Ho Chi Minh’s former residence, the One Pillar Pagoda, a marble mausoleum housing his embalmed remains (closed on Monday, Friday and throughout October and November), and the Temple of Literature. Soak up the atmosphere during a cyclo tour around Hoan Kiem Lake and through the Old Quarter. In the evening, enjoy a short talk on Vietnamese history before dinner and a traditional water puppet show.

     One Pillar PagodaHo Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature


    Day 5

    Depart early for one of the highlights of your tour – a tranquil cruise in stunning Halong Bay. Board a traditional wooden junk and enjoy lunch on board while admiring the breathtaking scenery – emerald waters dotted with limestone karsts. Sunbathe on the deck, arrange a massage or choose from the following activities: kayaking, swimming or visits to a local fishing village or secluded beach. A sumptuous seafood dinner is served on board in the evening.

    Best Halong Bay Cruises

    - Bhaya Legend 2 Cruise
    Red Dragon Junk


    Day 6

    Rise early for an energising Tai Chi session on deck and cruise to Surprise Cave before brunch. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi for your flight to Hué, the former royal capital.

    Recommended Hotels in Hue City:

    - Romance Hue Hotel
    Eldora Hotel Hue


    Day 7

    Pick up from hotel by cyclo and head to dai noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax; full of lotus flowers in summer there are many local style coffee shops around the lake where university students come to study.

    Continue by cyclo to Tay Loc Market which is located in the northwest part dai noi. This market is mostly for locals and is rarely visited by tourists.

    From Tay Loc transfer by vehicle to the beautiful pagoda which dates back to 1843. What is most interesting at the pagoda are the eunuch tombs from the former Royal Court which in the whole city of Hue are only found here. If in Hue on Thursday or Sunday mornings between 09.00-10.00 it is the gathering place for up to 20 Buddhist monks and nuns who gather together to pray and read aloud scriptures. This is a fascinating time and highly recommended. Ho Quyen, which was an arena where duels between elephants and tigers were fought for the entertainment of former Kings, will be visited next. The last fight was held here in 1904 and although small, you can climb the nearby ramparts and gaze down upon the area where the animals once fought. At the end of the tour visit the recently restored An Dinh Palace where magnificent murals can be seen, as well as the stunning façade where oriental and European designs are integrated.

    In the afternoon see the tomb of the former emperor Khai Dinh before journeying to the charming city of Hoi An via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Upon arrival you will have time to relax.

      Cyclo tour to Tay Loc Market, Visiting Imperial Citadel


    Day 8

    Discover the highlights of this former sea port city that features an eclectic range of architectural influences which reflect its Asian and French-colonial heritage. Visit the Phuc Kien Hall, the Japanese Covered Bridge and a traditional workshop. In the afternoon there is an optional tour to My Son Sanctuary.

    Recommended Hoi An Town Hotels:

    - Hoi An Trails
    - Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

     Phuc Kien Hall, Japanese Bridge, My Son Sancturay


    Day 9

    Enjoy a whole day at leisure. You may choose to unwind on a white-sand beach, soak up the atmosphere in a pavement café or book a cooking class.


    Day 10

    Transfer to Danang for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You will have great opportunities to learn about the legacy of war at the dramatic War Remnants Museum. The Requiem photo exhibition showcases the work of the era's most famous combat photographers and is a must. You will also visit Reunification Hall, formerly the Presidential Palace of South Vietnam. It was here that a North Vietnamese tank famously crashed through the gates bringing an end to the long Vietnam War and the building has been preserved exactly as it was in 1975. You will then take a stroll around the impressive old French-built post office and Notre Dame Cathedral before continuing to the City Hall area, another grand old colonial-era relic. Break time for lunch at PHO 2000 and then we will proceed to China town where you will visit Thien Hau Temple. Back to the city centre and you will be free to go shopping at Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Recommended Hotels in Saigon:

    - Northern Hotel Saigon
    Little Saigon Corner

      Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, Thien Hau Temple


    Day 11

    Drive to My Tho for a boat ride along the Mekong Delta and a traditional horse and cart ride in the countryside. Visit a local village and Con Lan island where you can enjoy fruit, coconut candy and honey tastings. Return to Ho Chi Minh City then rest.

     Boat ride along the Mekong Delta, Con Lan Island


    Day 12

    The morning is at leisure with the option to join a tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground city dug out during the Vietnam War. This afternoon fly to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

    Recommended Phnom Penh Hotels:

    - Anise Phnom Penh Hotel
    - Palm Boutique Hotel & Residence


    Day 13

    Visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to discover Cambodia’s harrowing past. This afternoon explore the city on a tour which includes visits to the Khmer-style Royal Palace, National Museum, Wat Phnom and the Silver Pagoda. Fly to Siem Reap in the evening.

     Killing Fields, Tuol Sleng Prison Museum, Royal Palace


    Day 14

    This morning visit the Angkor National Museum to learn about the Golden Era of the Khmer Kingdom. One of the highlights of your tour is a visit to Ta Prohm – remarkable temple ruins swallowed up by the jungle. This afternoon explore some of the region’s most renowned temples and sights including the South Gate of Angkor Thom. You will travel by 15-seater bus to the Angkor Thom area.

    Recommended Hotels in Siem Reap:

    - Angkor Village Resort
    - Frangipani Villa Hotel

     Angkor National Museum, Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor Thom Complex


    Day 15

    Visit the more isolated Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre temples. There’s also an optional excursion to the Golden Silk Farm. Your afternoon visit to Angkor Wat is undoubtedly one of the tour highlights. There’s a choice of two optional tours before your farewell dinner: an enchanting gondola ride as the sun sets over Angkor Thom or an energetic performance by the Cambodian Circus.

     Angkor Wat Complex, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre temples


    Day 16

    Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your stay.

     

     

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    Notes:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Vietnam Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Vietnam Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    HANOI
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    Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel

    • Established in 1994, Hong Ngoc Hotels group quickly became the rendez-vous for staying and discovering the memorial time of colonization in the first half of the 20th century.
    • Offering 150 rooms & suites at 3 different hotels in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter together with Vietnamese and international restaurants, lounge & bar, wellness center and the luxurious Le Spa de Hong Ngoc, Hong Ngoc Hotels group is an ideal choice whether for leisure or business.
    • The hotels are 40 minutes drive away from Hanoi Noi Bai International airport. There is so much to be seen and visited within the area.

    HALONG BAY
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    Bhaya Legend 2 Cruise


      • Bhaya Classic Cruise

    • Style: Modern + traditional Vietnamese.
    • Service is recognized as the 4 star quality standard.
    • Decoration is bright, impressive.
    • Food and drinks are so lovely.
    • Staff is professional, helpful and friendly.
    • Be a perfect journey which includes all must-see sites: Cave, beach, fishing village.

    HUE
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    Romance Hue Hotel

    • Aside from the well-sized rooms and great value suites, many with balconies and city views, there is a very welcoming swimming pool and terrace on the 11th floor roof.
    • The location is also good, situated as it is close to a number of Hue's best restaurants and within easy walking distance of the Perfume River and the famous Imperial Citadel.

    HOI AN DA NANG
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    Hoi An Trails

    • Set around a well-sized swimmimg pool and gardens, the resort has a good standard of overall facilities, including a spa and beauty centre, a basic gym and well positioned restaurant.
    • The guest rooms and suites are furnished in a contemporary Vietnamese style and all have views over either the pool, gardens, coconut groves or rice fields which surround the hotel.

    SAIGON
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    Northern Hotel Saigon

    • An added bonus at the Northern Hotel is the good sized rooms that feature large windows to make the most of those city views. Incidentally, all of the rooms have external windows, which is quite unusual in Saigon.
    • The décor is contemporary and easy-on-the-eye, with modern-style marble bathrooms and all the facilities you require to make your stay comfortable.
    • The Northern Hotel prides itself on its service levels: you’re guaranteed a warm welcome, with nothing too much trouble. Facilities include a pleasant mezzanine-floor restaurant and a small gym.