Laos vietnam Cambodia best of Laos Vietnam Cambodia 19 days tour
Day 1: LUANG PRABANG ARRIVAL and VISIT
Meet upon arrival at Luang Prabang airport, transfer and check-in at the hotel.
The crown jewel of Laos and former Lanexang, Luang Prabang, is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in South East Asia. Magical and charming, it has preserved its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with its splendid natural scenery and sense of timelessness. In 1995 UNESCO voted Luang Prabang as a World Heritage City. Visit with private guide and car, Vat Visoun, the site of an impressive stupa,Vat Makmo, more Srilankalese style than Lao. Then walk to the nearby Vat Aham, which is one of the city’s major tutelary shrines, dedicated to Deveta Luang (spirit) Pu Gneu Ya Gneu (ancestors). Climb Vat Phousi hill for an outstanding view over the city. Continue to visit Vat Mai, built in 1796, famous for the five – tiered roof of its wooden sim built in the standard of Luang Prabang style. Sunset at Vat Siphouthabath located along the Mekong River. Overnight accommodation at the MUANGLUANG hotel
Day 2: LUANGPRABANG- PAK OU -LUANGPRABANG
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit with private guide and car, Vat Xieng Thong, considered as the most beautiful temple. The sim of the Vat represents the classic Luang Prabang temple architecture with roofs that sweep low to the ground. In the compound stand several small chapels housing bronze Buddha images, which were displayed in Paris in 1911. Near the East gate stands the Royal Funeral Chapel. Inside are an impressive 12-meter high funeral chariot and various funeral urns of each Royal Family’s member. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts a semi-erotic episode from Ramayana. Then board a traditional riverboat for a trip upstream the Mekong River to visit the famous caves of Pak Ou housing thousands of statues representing Lord Buddha. Return to Luang Prabang and car to visit teh village of Ban Xangkhong, the well-known village for its wood paper making and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes.
Day 3 / LUANG PRABANG
Departure by road with guide and private car to the Khuang Xi Waterfalls (30 kms, approx. 1 hour drive). The waterfalls tumble over multi – tiered limestone formations into cool, clear pools ideal for swimming and relaxing. On the way to the waterfalls, visit the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene for a glimpse into their lifestyle. Return to Luang Prabang and visit of Vat Sene monastry built in the year 1718. Accommodation at the MUANGLUANG hotel.
Day 4: LUANGPRABANG- VIENTIANE
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the National Museum (former King’s Palace) displaying a collection of personal artifacts of the Royal Family: photos, musical equipment and gifts received from foreign countries. Visit local market/ Transfer to the airport for flight to Vientiane. Meet upon arrival at Vientiane Wattay airport, transfer and check-in at the hotel. Vientiane’s major attractions are the serene Buddhist monasteries that dominate the center of town. The city has kept its timeless charm with tree-lined avenues, brightly painted temples and quaint French architecture.
With private guide and car, Visit Vat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane. Built in 1818, Vat Sisaket is the sole survivor of an invasion in 1828. Vat Sisaket features remarkable frescoes and 6,840 Buddha images. Nearby is Ho Phra Keo, once the royal temple of Lao monarchy. Built in 1565, Ho Phra Keo has been used as a museum since 1970 and contains some of the finest Buddhist sculptures and artifacts in the country. The main structure originally housed the famous Emerald Buddha that now resides in Bangkok’s Wat Phra Keo. One of the most photographed images of Vientiane is Patousay, the victory gate also known as Anousavari. Constructed in 1958, its architecture is inspired by the Arc of Triumph in Paris. Another famous Vientiane landmark is the that Luang Stupa. King Setthathirath built this great sacred stupa in 1566. Its central structure is 45 meters tall and echoes the curving lines of an elongated lotus. The original stupa was said to contain relics of Lord Buddha. Acommodation at the NOVOTEL hotel 3 star superior.
Day 5 / VIENTIANE – HANOÏ (price of plane not included)
Ventiane, free time at leisure and transfer to airport for your flight to Hanoi in Vietnam. at arrival transfer to hotel. overnight in hotel.
Day 6: HANOI VISIT
visit of the town, capital of Vietnam. and discover its colonial and traditional places including: Sword Lake, Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple by the West Lake.
and visit ethnology museum, then have stroll in the trishaw in the colonial districts around the “36 corporation” quarters of the city, and visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. In the evening, water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 7 / HANOÏ – NAM DINH – HAIPHONG- CAT BA
morning depart with private car and guide, following the Red River to Nam Dinh, visit of Tuc Mac et Pho Minh sanctuary and arrive Haiphong. Board on a hydrofoil to travel to Cat Ba Island. Night in Cat Ba island
Day 8 / HALONG – Cruise in HALONG BAY -HANOÏ
Departure with private boat and guide for a cruise of 6 hours on the clear and emerald water through the extraordinary landscapes of Halong Bay with nearly 3000 small islands and various types of limestone and natural caves with various shape of stalagmites such as Thien Cung, Dau Go. Lunch on board served with fish and seafood. Return to Hanoi. Night Hanoi
Day 9/ HANOÏ – HUE
Short visit of Hanoi and departure by plane to Hue. At arrival, transfer to hotel and visit with private guide and car, of the Imperial city Imperial City of the Nguyen Dynasty, and visit Dongba market
Day 10: HUE
After breakfast we embark on a private Sampan boat for cruise upstream on the Perfume River which also gives us a taste of the scenic countryside as well as an enjoyable visit to The beautiful pagoda of Thien Mu. Upon leaving this symbol of Hue we continue navigating to the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. The next stop of our trip is the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and the famous pagoda of Tu Hieu. On return to the city, we then take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market and pass many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies Night in Hue. (B)
Day 11 : HUE – HO CHI MINH Ville (Saigon)
time at leisure, then we take a short fligh to the south. Ho Chi Minh City ,contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés. An afternoon city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, (still called Saigon) Ben Thanh , China town, Ba pagoda, Ngoc Hoang temple. Night in Saigon
Day 12 : HO CHI MINH Ville – MEKONG DELTA – CHAU DOC
Heading out of the town, we travel by roads with private guide and car, to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up. The exciting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving on an island. Here we have opportunities to visit some fascinating local industries, stroll around an orchard and taste many seasonal fruits. After feasting on a huge lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh, stopping off along the way to see the beautiful Ving Trang Pagoda and the Cho Lon, Saigon’s Chinatown, which is crammed with fascinating temples and mysterious, narrow lanes. Departure to Chau Doc towne. O/N in Chau Doc.
Day 13 / CHAU DOC – PHNOM PENH (Cambodia) by boat
Morning departure by boat for a 5 hours cruise from Chau Doc to Phnom penh in Cambodia. On the way we pass the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. At Arrival in Phnom penh, your Cambodian guide is waiting for you, and transfer to hotel. Start visits of Phnom penh with private car and guide. we will visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda . The Palace is a magnificent example of Khmer architecture, it was built in 1866. You will see the Throne Hall and the Napoleon III Pavilion. Silver Pagoda is one of the richest shrines in the world . The floor is made of 5.000 silver tiles, the, visit of central market. Night Phnom penh
Day 14 / PHNOM PENH
With your professional guide and prived car we start to visit Phnom Penh . Situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, the Cambodia’s capital city look like a big village- town where French colonial influences can still be seen in old buildings restored. We will first go to see Wat Phnom Temple. Then, we will visit of the National Museum, a Khmer red pavilion, which is dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority are from the Angkor period (9th to 15th century), and some from the 4th century. If you would like to see, you will visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the russian market. we will enjoy a boat cruise on the Mekong River to see Phnom Penh from the river, and watching the sunset over Phnom Penh. overnight in hotel
Day 15: PHNOM PENH /SIEM REAP
Transfer to the the harbor at 6 AM transfer to the speed boat to Siem Reap-Angkor. (about 5 hours boat) . Landscape and scenic views of the Cambodian rural life along the riverbank (optional by air, extra 72 dollars). At arrival in Siem Reap Port, Transfer to your hotel in Siem reap. Begining of visit with you private guide and car. Visit of Siem reap town and market and at 14h30 departure to the Angkor site to see Angkor Wat from outside when the sunlight its the best and will visit Bakheng Temple on the top of a hill with spectacular views over Angkor Wat and watch sunset on all Angkor site. overnight in hotel
Day 16: ANGKOR VISIT
Siem Reap is the nearest town to the temple complex of Angkor. From the 9th to 13th Century, Angkor was the heart of a rich and sophisticated civilization. You will see massive stone monuments, wide majestic causeways, imposing gateways and towers – all in a wonderful jungle setting.
Morning you will visit with your prived professional guide, the “Great City” of Angkor Thom, visits include the famous Bayon Temple, Phimeanakas Temple within the Royal Palace enclosure, Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Afternoon dedicated to visit the most famous & magnificent Angkor Wat temple.
This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares.With many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water, carved bas-reliefs about Ramayana Story and day-to-day life at the time of Angkor’s construction.
Day 17: ANGKOR VISIT
Morning visit with private guide and car, of a selection of temples, including the Royal City of Preah Khan whi impressive sculptures, Neak Pean built on a small circular island, Ta Som, East Mebon, Preah Rup.
Afternoon we will continue our visits by Thommanon temple , Ta keo , one of Angkor’s great temple mountains, Ta Prohm with a part of the jungle, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang a Royal bathing place, Prasat Kravan with unique brick sculpturesWe will visit Les Chantiers Ecole, a handicraft center located in the center of Siem Reap. Les Chantiers Ecole was founded in 1992 and its goal is to revive that ancient Khmer art. This organization gives young people the opportunity to learn the art of stone, wood carving, and silk weaving .
Day 18: VISIT BANTEAY SREI / ROLUOS
Morning we will visit with private guide and car, the enchanting Banteay Srei. It appears that the temple was designed to leave no space undecorated, and the fine carvings in pink sandstone are quite unique. The second visit will be to Banteay Samre, with elaborate architecture and exceptional carvings, and we will visit of a local village. Afternoon, we will visit the earliest temples of Angkor area a the Roluos group. The three Roluos temples have been in years 877 to 889. They are the Bakong Temple Mountain with beautiful carvings on the false doors and lintels, the funerary temple of Preah Ko, and Lolei Temple.
Day 19: BOAT RIDE on TONLE SAP LAKE / SILK CENTER / DEPARTURE
This morning we will enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap lake. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fisherman “floating village” with floatting schools, floatting police station, etc. It is same as a big village floatting on the lake, and the “village” move from place to place following water levels and curant.
Time permitting, we will visit Siem Reap central market and the Silk Farm in Puok, established by a French NGO to revive Cambodia’s beautiful silk production. We can see every step of silk production . Transfer to Siem Reap Airport. 2hours before your departure with international flight.
The price include: All domestic flight in Laos and Vietnam (Luang Prabang – Ventiane, Hanoi-Hue, Hue-Saigon). All transfer and transport in private car with private professional guides in Laos Vietnam and Cambodia . All 3 stars hotels with Breakfast included. All temples, museums, pagodas, indicated with entry fee and special visit permit in Angkor. Private boat in Laos Vietnam and Cambodia as indicated, and boat (ferry) from Chau Doc to Phnom penh and Phnom Penh to Siem reap.
The price dont include: The international flight from your country to Luang Prabang -the flight Ventiane- Hanoi and flight Siem Reap to your country. The lunchs, dinners and drinks. personnal expenses and tips. All visas.(you can easely obtain the Laos Visa at arrival in Luang Prabang, cost 30 dollars and 2 photos, but you have to make in your country the Vietnam visa. You can obtain Cambodian Visa on day 13 at the border Vietnam-Cambodia, when you go with the boat,cost 25 dollars and 2 photos)