VIETNAM – CAMBODIA -LAOS
Vietnam officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 87.8 million inhabitants as of 2011, it is the world’s 13th-most-populous country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian country. The name Vietnam translates as “South Viet”, and was officially adopted in 1945. The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976.
The Vietnamese became independent from Imperial China in 938 AD, following the Battle of Bạch Đằng River. Successive Vietnamese royal dynasties flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. The First Indochina War eventually led to the expulsion of the French in 1954, leaving Vietnam divided politically into two states, North and South Vietnam. Conflict between the two sides intensified, with heavy foreign intervention, during the Vietnam War, which ended with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.
Vietnam was then unified under a Communist government, but was politically isolated and impoverished. In 1986, the government initiated a series of economic and political reforms, which began Vietnam’s path towards integration into the world economy.By 2000, it had established diplomatic relations with most nations. Its economic growth has been among the highest in the world since 2000,and according to Citigroup, such high growth is set to continue. Vietnam has the highest Global Growth Generators Index among 11 major economies,and its successful economic reforms resulted in it joining the World Trade Organization in 2007. However, the country still suffers from relatively high levels of income inequality, disparities in healthcare provision, and poor gender equality.Climate:
Because of differences in latitude and the marked variety in topographical relief, the climate tends to vary considerably from place to place. During the winter or dry season, extending roughly from November to April, the monsoon winds usually blow from the northeast along the Chinese coast and across the Gulf of Tonkin, picking up considerable moisture. Consequently, the winter season in most parts of the country is dry only by comparison with the rainy or summer season. The average annual temperature is generally higher in the plains than in the mountains, and higher in the south than in the north. Temperatures vary less in the southern plains around Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, ranging between 21 and 28 °C (69.8 and 82.4 °F) over the course of the year. Seasonal variations in the mountains and plateaus and in the north are much more dramatic, with temperatures varying from 5 °C (41.0 °F) in December and January to 37 °C (98.6 °F) in July and August.
Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Its total landmass is 181,035 square kilometres (69,898 sq mi), bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.
With a population of over 14.8 million, Cambodia is the 68th most populous country in the world. The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, which is practiced by approximately 95% of the Cambodian population. The country’s minority groups include Vietnamese, Chinese, Chams and 30 hill tribes. The capital and largest city is Phnom Penh, the political, economic, and cultural center of Cambodia. The kingdom is a constitutional monarchy with Norodom Sihamoni, a monarch chosen by the Royal Throne Council, as head of state. The head of government is Hun Sen, who is currently the longest serving leader in South East Asia and has ruled Cambodia for over 25 years.
Cambodia’s ancient name is “Kambuja” (Sanskrit: कंबुज). In 802 AD, Jayavarman II declared himself king marking the beginning of the Khmer Empire which flourished for over 600 years and allowing successive kings to dominate much of Southeast Asia and accumulate immense power and wealth. The Indianized kingdom built monumental temples such as Angkor Wat and facilitated the spread of first Hinduism, then Buddhism to much of Southeast Asia. After the fall of Angkor to Ayutthaya in the 15th century, Cambodia was ruled as a vassal between its neighbors until it was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. Cambodia gained independence in 1953.
The Vietnam War extended into Cambodia, giving rise to the Khmer Rouge, which took Phnom Penh in 1975. Cambodia reemerged several years later within a socialistic sphere of influence as the People’s Republic of Kampuchea until 1993. After years of isolation, the war-ravaged nation was reunited under the monarchy in 1993 and has seen rapid progress in the economic and human resource areas while rebuilding from decades of civil war. Cambodia has had one of the best economic records in Asia, with economic growth averaging 6 percent for the last 10 years. Strong textiles, agriculture, construction, garments, and tourism sectors led to foreign investments and international trade. In 2005, oil and natural gas deposits were found beneath Cambodia’s territorial waters, and once commercial extraction begins in 2013, the oil revenues could profoundly affect Cambodia’s economy.Climate
Cambodia’s climate, like that of the rest of Southeast Asia, is dominated by monsoons, which are known as tropical wet and dry because of the distinctly marked seasonal differences.
Cambodia has a temperature range from 21 to 35 °C (69.8 to 95 °F) and experiences tropical monsoons. Southwest monsoons blow inland bringing moisture-laden winds from the Gulf of Thailand and Indian Ocean from May to October. The northeast monsoon ushers in the dry season, which lasts from November to March. The country experiences the heaviest precipitation from September to October with the driest period occurring from January to February.
Cambodia has two distinct seasons. The rainy season, which runs from May to October, can see temperatures drop to 22 °C (71.6 °F) and is generally accompanied with high humidity. The dry season lasts from November to April when temperatures can rise up to 40 °C (104 °F) around April. Disastrous flooding occurred in 2001 and again in 2002, with some degree of flooding almost every year.
Laos officially the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west. Its population was estimated to be around 6.5 million in 2012.
Laos traces its history to the kingdom of Lan Xang, which existed from the 14th to the 18th century when it split into three separate kingdoms. In 1893, it became a French protectorate, with the three kingdoms, Luang Phrabang, Vientiane and Champasak, uniting to form what is now known as Laos. It briefly gained independence in 1945 after Japanese occupation, but returned to French rule until it was granted autonomy in 1949. Laos became independent in 1953, with a constitutional monarchy under Sisavang Vong. Shortly after independence, a long civil war ended the monarchy, when the Communist Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975.
Laos is a single-party socialist republic. The capital city is Vientiane. Other large cities include Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, and Pakse. The official language is Lao. Laos is a multiethnic country with the politically and culturally dominant Lao people making up approximately sixty percent of the population, mostly in the lowlands. Various Mon-Khmer groups, the Hmong, and other indigenous hill tribes, accounting for forty percent of the population, live in the foothills and mountains. Laos’ “strategy for development is based on generating electricity from its rivers and selling the power to its neighbours”, namely Thailand, China, and Vietnam.Its economy is accelerating rapidly with the demands for its metals. It is a member of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), East Asia Summit, and La Francophonie. Laos applied for membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1997, but as of 2012 the country is only an observer state
1N Vientiane – 2N Luang Prabang – 2N Hanoi – 1N Halong Bay –2N Hoian –1N Hue – 3N Hochiminh– 1N Can Tho –3N Siem Reap
VIENTIANE ARRIVAL (D)
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. We then head to where you will learn about the UXO problem in Lao PDR and the work undertaken by COPE and the PMRC to provide disability services for people affected by UXOs. As part of the exhibition you can watch a number of excellent documentary films about UXOs and COPE. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Vientiane
VIENTIANE – FULL DAY CITY TOUR – LUANG PRABANG (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we explore Vientiane capital by visiting its major sights including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. . En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Lunch at local restaurant In the afternoon we continue visiting the rest of Vientiane by foot, including Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. We pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale; including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques. We then transfer to the airport for your late afternoon flight to Luang Prabang. Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you have the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Luang Prabang
LUANG PRABANG – BIG BROTHER MOUSE – BAN KHIA LUANG – PAK OU CAVES (B/L/D)
The day starts with a visit to the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the village visit. We then head north by car along route 13, before taking a unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. We then have ample time to visit the school, play with the kids and watch them enjoy their new books. We also take some time to explore the rest of the village, where you can see weaving and visit the local temple. We stop for lunch at the village, which can either be a western picnic lunch, or traditional Lao food such as sticky rice, laap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers. Lunch at local restaurant After lunch we say good bye to the village and drive to Ban Khoklin, which takes us through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields. At Ban Khoklin we then board a private boat down the Nam Ou river for 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Continuing down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang, arriving back there by late afternoon. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Luang Prabang
LUANG PRABANG – HANOI (B/L/D)
ABF, there will also be time for us to visit Ock Pop Tock, which means East Meets West in Lao language. At Ock Pop Tock, you can take a glance and learn a little bit about the Lao textile production. The tour ends after your transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi by … On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, welcome to Vietnam by our guide and transferred to hotel for check in. Ha Noi, Vietnam’s capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia ‘s most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks make for relaxing atmosphere. Depending on arrival time optional activities can be arranged on this day. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Morning, full day sightseeing in Hanoi to visit Hochiminh Complex containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (closed on Monday, Friday and the whole months of October-November), the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s former home and the One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam built in 1070. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, continue to visit the Ethnological Museum, the most interesting museum in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hoan Kiem with Ngoc Son Temple, take 1-hour Cyclo trip around with 36 streets of Ha Noi old quarter and enjoy the performance of the famous Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry at Thang Long theatre. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Hanoi
HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
You will be picked up at 8am for your private transfer to Halong City. This takes roughly 3,5 hours. You may stop en route to admire the local scenery. Arrive at the port around 11:30am and board the ship. Begin sailing and pass through magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board enjoy a lavish dinner. Overnight Stay on board in Ha Long
HALONG BAY – HANOI – DANANG – HOIAN (Brunch/L/D)
Wake up to Tai Chi exercises on the sun deck and continue cruising the bays. Breakfast buffet will be served in the restaurant. Then you will visit the limestone grotto. Disembark in Halong City around 11am and transfer back by private vehicle to Hanoi & Airport for flight to Danang by…Arrival Danang, you are met our tour guide and driver south to Hoian which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Hoian
HOIAN TOWN (B/L/D)
Morning, walking tour of Hoi An, discover the historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries. Visit Hoi An’s colourful local market, Tan Ky old house, Fukien Assembly Hall, and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge.Travelers can also see local residents raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry. Afternoon, relax at hotel or on the beach Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Hoian
HOIAN – HUE (B/L/D)
Morning, leave Hoian we drive south to Hue – was the capitol of Vietnam, from 1744 until 1945, when the last emperor abdicated. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. On the way, stop to visit Cham Museum in Danang city – founded in 1915 as the Musée Henri Parmentier during the colonial French era to preserve the finds of the ancient Champa kingdom and is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to this era. It houses the largest collection of Cham sculpture.Arrival Hue, take a boat cruise along the Perfume River. Enjoy this romantic cruise and visit the Minh Mang Tomb and Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Hue
HUE– HOCHIMINH (FLIGHT 1HR) (B/L/D)
Morning, transfer to visit Hue Citadel – Vietnam’s former imperial capital and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel) and Khai Dinh Tomb _ is the result of the interminglement of many architectural trends: European and Asian, as well as ancient and modern. Stop to visit Tu Duc Tomb and Dong Ba market for shopping.Afternoon, free at leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Hochiminh by …
Arrival Hochiminh, meet our guide at airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Lunch at local restaurant After lunch, take a short time to visit visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office , a neo-Romanesque cathedral constructed between 1877 and 1883 using bricks from Marseilles and stained-glass windows from Chartres; Cholon, the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Hochiminh
HOCHIMINH CITY TOUR – CUCHI TUNNELS (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel, drive to visit Cuchi tunnels (75 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City) an important base during the American War, because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built a 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, and shelter and weapon factories. Dug out of hard laterite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was never discovered. Lunch at local restaurant Afternoon, visit Chinatown, Thien Hau Pagoda, the History Museum (in case this visit falls on Monday we will visit the War Remnants Museum instead) and make a quick photo stop at the former Presidential Palace. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Hochiminh
HOCHIMINH – CAI BE – VING LONG – CAN THO (Drive) (B/L/D)
Morning depart from Saigon and drive overland to Cai Be, in the heart of the Mekong Delta. On arrival, board a sampan for a cruise on the Mekong River and its multiple canals to Vinh Long. Visit Cai Be floating market, an old colonial house, a rice corn factory and taste local specialties for lunch. Transfer by coach to Can Tho and check in at the hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Can Tho
CAN THO – HOCHIMINH(B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating market. Afterwards visit a fruit orchard and taste the tropical fruits of the Mekong Delta. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon (4 hours). Lunch en route. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Hochiminh
HOCHIMINH – SIEM REAP (BY FLIGHT) (B/L/D)
Today you are transferred to airport for flight to Siem Reap by VN 827 SGN REP 1135 1235. Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport you will meet tour guide and transfer to local restaurant for lunch then check in. Afternoon, excursion to visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floating schools, floating police station etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the “village” move from place to place following water levels and current. Next visit the Old Market where you can see the fresh local produce being sold as well as browse the souvenir stalls.
Dinner at local restaurant with Apsara dance show. Overnight stay at hotel in Siem Reap
SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT (B/L/D)
This morning, Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk) the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) and then take elephant ride around 15 – 20 minute to Bayon temple, you will enjoy beautiful natural view along the road then visit 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 then visit the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple which is embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit the 7th world heritage, Angkor Wat a unique and stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, an enduring example of man’s devotion to his Gods. It is the largest and undoubtedly the most breath taking of the monuments of Angkor and it is widely believed that it is the largest religious structure in the world. In the late afternoon, you will walk to the top of Phnom Bakheng to view the amazing sunset over Angkor Wat and other surrounding ruins. Dinner at local restaurant Overnight stay at hotel in Siem Reap
SIEM REAP – BANTEAY SREI (B/L/D)
Morning, visit to Banteay Srei, the beautiful ‘Women’s Citadel’. Located 32 kms. From Siem Reap town, this was Cambodia’s last major Khmer temple to be re-discovered, then move to Banteay Samre built in the third quarter of the 12th century. Lunch at local restaurant Afternoon, explorer to grand circle: Preah Khan temple, built by the King Jayavarman VII and, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Ta Som temple, East Me Bon, is a large temple-mountain-like ruin, rising three levels and crowned by five towers. Jayavarman IV, a usurper to the throne, moved the capital from Angkor to Kh Ke in 928AD. Sixteen years later Rajendravarman II returned the capital to Angkor and shortly thereafter constructed East Mebon on an island in the middle of the now dry Eastern Bary. The temple is dedicated to Shiva in honor of the king’s parents. Then move to the major Pre Rup temple, built by Rajendravarman II in late 10th century. Dinner at local restaurant Overnight stay at hotel in Siem Reap
SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE (B)
Today you are transferred to Siem Reap airport for the flight depart
Price / Inclusion
|PRICE FROM||USD STANDARD||USD FIRST||USD SUPERIOR||USD DELUXE||USD LUXURY|
|Adult (Sharing 2)||$ 2190||$ 2227||$ 2485||$ 3054||$ 3648|
|Child with Bed||$ 1424||$ 1448||$ 1615||$ 1985||$2371|
|Infants 0-23 Months||$ 240||$ 240||$ 240||$ 240||$ 240|
|Single Traveller||$ 2787||$ 2761||$ 3293||$ 4421||$ 5558|
|CITY NAME||HOTEL NAME STANDARD||HOTEL NAME FIRST||HOTEL NAME SUPERIOR||HOTELNAME DELUXE||HOTEL NAME LUXURY|
|Hanoi||Boutique 2 Camelia Hotel||Royal Gate Luxor Hotel||Sunway Hotel Lan Vien Hotel||Nikko Hotel Melia Hotel||Sofitel Plaza Hilton Hotel|
|Halong bay||Golden Halong/ Bai Tho Junk||Halong Spring/ Bai Tho Junk||Royal Halong/ Victory Cruise||Saigon Halong/ Indochina Sails||Novotel Halong/ Jasmine|
|Cruises Hue||Mondial Hue||Mondial Hue||Green View||Mercure Gerbera||Imperial Hotel Hoian|
|Van Loi Hotel||Ancient House||Hoian Trails||Hoian Beach||Palm Garden Hochiminh||Hoang Phu Gia Gia Linh Hotel|
|Hoang Hai Long||Kingston Hotel||Golden Central Grand Silverland||Grand Hotel Rex Hotel||Majestic Hotel||XYZ|
|New World Hotel Cantho||Saigon Cantho||Saigon Cantho||Ninh Kieu 2||Golf Cantho||Victoria Cantho|
|Siem Reap||Royal Empire||Angkor Home||Empress Angkor||Sokha Angkor||Victoria|
|Hotel Vientiene||Phasouk Residence||D'Rose Hotel||Ansara Hotel||Green Park Boutique Hotel||Settha Palace Hotel|
|Luang Prabang||My Dream Resort||Villa Chitdara||Villa Santi Resort & Spa||Maison Souvanna Phoum Hotel||Luang Say Residence Hotel or similar|
- 15 nights hotel accomodation (Standard Rooms) as mentioned in the itinerary above.
- One night accommodation on board in Halong based on twin sharing
- Private transportation and tours with English speaking guide
- Private boat for sightseeing in Hue.
- Entrances fees + sightseeing as indicated.
- Indian & vegetarian food at restaurant as specified in the program. (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Bottle of water available on coach (02 bottle/pax/day)
- Surcharge for domestic flight ticket:
- Flight from Vientiane – Luang Prabang: US$ 110 per person
- Flight from Luang Prabang – Hanoi : US$ 185 per person
- Flight from Hanoi – Danang: US$ 99 per person
- Flight from Hue – Saigon: US$ 99 per person
- International & domestic air ticket with taxes
- Visa to Vietnam (Approval letter at US$ 30 per person and US$ 25 for stamping fees at the airport)
- Visa to Laos (US$ 35 payable at the airport)
- Insurance, drinks, personal expenses, others not mentioned in details, suggested tips $3 to $4 per day per person.
- 1USD = 58.
- All rates are based on minimum 2Pax traveling together at all tours.
- Child age between 2-11 years.
- Above 9 years is considered as an adult.
- All rates and availability are subject to change at the time of booking.
- Hotel Check in 4pm & Check out 11am, Breakfast time: 6:30 Am to 9:30 Am
- Early check in and late check-out subject to availability.
- Breakfast As provided by Hotel, Dinner Indian / International (Set Menu at Restaurant or Delivery at Hotel if the hotel is away from Restaurant). Dinners are pre-arranged and will not be change or refunded for missing any meals.
- Dinner provided will be a 3 course meal (1 appetizer, 1 Entrée, 1 Dessert).
- Any Additional menu must be paid by clients
- Above price is not applicable during Convention Period, High season, Festivals or Fairs. Surcharge may be applicable.
- We reserve the right to use alternative accommodation, sightseeing tours and transfer of equal or higher standers.
- No refunds either in part or full will be made for any unused services in above package like ground transportation, meals, accommodation, sightseeing tours.
- The passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure.
- We are not holding any air seats and hotel bookings at this point of time
- Confirmation of Hotels and other services is subject to availability.
- We are not responsible for any missed breakfast due to flight timings.
- No Intercity surface transfers are included unless specified in the package.
- We are not responsible for any baggage charges by any airlines for the clients.
- Payment for the tour must be made as per the invoice & payment terms & conditions
Itinerary : THREE COUNTRIES LAOS, VIETNAM AND COMBODIA 17DAYS / 16NIGHTS