Itinerary in Brief: Day 1: Luang prabang arrival ( D ) Day 2: Luangprabang – Pak oucave ( B, L ) Day 3: Luang prabang – Hanoi ( B, L ) Day 4: Hanoi city tour ( B, L ) Day 5: Hanoi – Halong bay cruise ( B, L,D ) Day 6: Halong bay – Hanoi – Ho chi minh flight ( B, L ) Day 7: Ho chi minh city ( B, L ) Day 8: Ho chi minh – Mekong delta – Ho chi minh ( B, L ) Day 9: Ho chi minh - Siemreap ( B,D ) Day 10: Siemreap Angkor tour ( B , L ) Day 11: Siemreap departure ( B )
Itinerary in Details: Accommodation Options
Day 1: Luang prabang arrival ( D )
Upon arrival at Luang prabang international airport, you will be warmly welcomed by private Asia View Travel’s English speaking guide, transfer to hotel in city center.
We then climb up Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi hill that dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang. From there, we explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 2: Luangprabang – Pak oucave ( B, L )
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning ritual of alms giving to saffron clad monks. This tradition is unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. Following breakfast, we board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. Along the way we stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. During the day, we will also visit a few local villages, including one that makes rice wine and the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun. Once back in the city, we finish the day by driving to Ban Phanom, a village well known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Luang prabang – Hanoi ( B, L )
This morning we start city tour, visit Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Aham, the early 19th century temple, whose two guardian figures at the foot of the steps which represent two characters from the Ramayana - Hanuman, the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa; Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple which, more than any temples in Luang Prabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture;
visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, gifts received from foreign dignitaries…etc,
Transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi. Arrive at Noibai international airport, you are warmly welcomed and transfered to the hotel in city center, check in, relax. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi city tour ( B, L )
Breakfast at hotel, This morning we start city tour with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on Monday, Friday & October for annual maintenance), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the impressive Ethnology Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. We continue to visit the Restored Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple, do a cyclo tour around around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. Enjoy water puppet show- a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 5 : Hanoi – Halong bay on board ( B, L, D ) – 180km around 3,5 hour drive
Breakfast at hotel, then 8:30 AM start a 3. 5 hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Comfort stop en route for photos and coffee ( by your own ) before arriving to Ha Long City.
12:00 – 12:15: Arrive in Ha Long city, board our traditional wooden junk boat for an overnight journey. Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin your cruise through the bay.
13.00: Start sail from Bai Tu Long Bay area, Feast on a delicious lunch as you cruise among beautiful of islets (Tea pot islet, Mat Quy –Monster Face islet, Yen Ngua islet, Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet etc.) to discover unspoilt pockets of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sot - Amazing cave, one of the most imposing grottos of the Bay. Swim at Soi Sim beach or Titov beach or a short trek to the top of Titov mountain (426 Steps) for a magnificent panorama scenery.
17.30: Fresh fruits serve at lounge or sundeck
Enjoy vegetable/fruit carving & Folding Napkin
19.30: Enjoy your dinner on board.
21.00: Squid fishing or relax and chatting with your partner, friends, family.
Overnight on Ha Long Bay aboard Junk.
Day 6: Halong – Hanoi – Ho chi minh flight ( B, L )
06.20: Tai Chi Exercise with an opportunity to admire the magnificent scenery of sunrise over the Bay.
07.00: For early riser complimentary tea, coffee and break fast are served.
08.00: Visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat paddle by out crew staff and enjoy the quiet atmosphere enclosed by high islets and mountains. Be back to our Junk. Sail past rock formations such as and passing Finger islet, Hoa Cuong fishing village area, Ga Choi – Fghting Cock islet, Dinh Huong Islet, Little Dog islet. Enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the way back to Ha Long city, etc.
09.00: Arrange your luggage and do the check out onboard.
10.15: Enjoy a lunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations.
11:30 – 12:00: We will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a drive back Hanoi. We transfer directly to the airport for flight to Ho chi minh city. The guide in Ho chi minh will pick you up, transfer to hotel, check in, relax.
Day 7: Ho chi minh city ( B, L )
We spend the whole day to visit the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office, Opera House before we shall see the exhibition on Vietnam War to the famous War Museum. We pass a place with its famous lacquers and the city's finest shopping street, Dong Khoi Street and the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. Overnight at hotel in Ho chi minh.
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta - Ho chi minh (B, L) – 80km for 1 way, around 2 hours on road / 1 way.
You will be picked up at hotel, transfer to My Tho, 80km from Ho chi minh city. It takes you around 2 hours to get the area. This trip provides a look at a wide variety of the life and scenery on Vietnam River from the peaceful Delta. The huge ships, which come from many different countries moving slowly, quietly along the river is what you will see at the Saigon River. Do not miss this sight! On the way you will see daily activities of local people along the river sellers and buyers bargaining, exchanging fish, the products that they got from their working on the sea. From My Tho, you will ride on a local motor boat around Dragon Island, Unicorn Island, Phoenix Island, Turtle Island and stop at the famous Unicorn Island. While at the Unicorn Island, you will take a short trek and go for a rowing boat trip. You will also enjoy lunch, tropical fruit and free time bike ride in the rural village. From there, you will continue your motor boat trip to Ben Tre province to visit a handmade coconut candy workshop. Then transfer to a small motor boat and travel along the lush, green canals that are so beautiful for photography. Take 2 hour drive back Ho chi minh city, check in, relax.
Day 9: Ho chi minh - Siemreap ( B,D )
Breakfast at hotel, free until transfer to airport for flight to Siermeap. Arrival in Siem Reap airport and transfer to the city center.
This afternoon we visit the graceful 11th century Temple of Shiva – Banteay Srei – and the Banteay Samre Temple. On the return trip, experience the impressive Ta Prohm Temple which is mystically enveloped by the jungle. Dinner at local restaurant and enjoy Apsara Dance Show.
Day 10: Siemreap Angkor tour ( B , L )
Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.
Lunch at restaurant.
Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara).
Day 11: Siemreap departure ( B )
Breakfast at hotel, we visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. We take a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Transfer to airport fo your departure flight. End of tour.
| Location || Standard 3* || Superior 3* || First class 4* || Deluxe 5* |
| Hanoi || Le Carnot 3* || Le Carnot 3** || Lan Vien 4* || De L’ Opera 5* |
| Halong boat || V Spirit 3* || V Spirit 3* || Pelican 4* || Starlight 5* |
| Saigon || Ruby River 3* || Tan Hai long hotel &spa 3* || Grand Silverland 4* || Majestic 5* |
| Siem reap || Casa angkor 3* || Central Boutique 3* || Prince D'angkor 4* || Borei Angkor 5* |
| Luang prabang || New Daraphet 3* || New Daraphet 3* || Villa Stanti hotel 4* || Villa Maly 4* |
- All accommodation in double / twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- 2 days 1 night cruise in Halong Bay ( private cabin – sharing boat )
- All tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
- Private English or French speaking guide
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary with local foods (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- Boat cruise as stated
- Airfare & aiport taxes: Luang prabang – Hanoi, Hanoi – Ho chi minh, Ho chi minh – Siemreap
- Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
- Mineral water & towel
- Government taxes & Service charges
- International flights that not mentioned above
- Vietnam visa arrangement (We can apply Visa on arrival if you request)
- Cambodia Visa (available at the airport at 20 USD/person)
- Laos Visa ( available at airport at 30 USD / person )
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Surcharge on 24,31 December and Lunar New Year
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills, drink during meals
- Tips and gratuities