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Treasures of Indochine

From $5,495

  • Join MTS on an exclusive, comprehensive itinerary through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam!
  • Explore fascinating temples and ruins, including the magnficent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat, the largest religious edifice in the world
  • Take an overnight cruise on Halong Bay, where towering limestone peaks rise from emerald-green water
  • Discover the untouched 4,000 Islands region of the Mekong River and catch sight of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin

indochine galleryThis unique journey through Southeast Asia encompasses our favorite places in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam in one comprehensive itinerary. As you skip across the Indochina Peninsula, you'll have the chance to visit all of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the mystical ruins of Angkor Wat, the Buddhist temples of Luang Prabang, and the dragon-like islands of Halong Bay. You'll discover lost cities enveloped by creeping vines, explore steep limestone hills, lush river valleys, and mysterious caves, and enjoy genuine encounters with locals in remote, tribal villages—all accompanied by your expert MTS guide Sylvain Curtil. Our one-of-a-kind Treasures of Indochine itinerary offers an unforgettable experience in spectacular Southeast Asia!

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok

Welcome to Bangkok! Since most flights arrive in the evening, we encourage you fly in at least one day ahead of schedule to help overcome jet lag before the tour actually starts. You may even choose to fly in a few days early to explore this fascinating city, which has many sightseeing possibilities.

From the airport, you can catch a complimentary shuttle to the hotel or take the five-minute walk via an air-conditioned underground walkway. Your trip leader will leave instructions at the hotel for your rendezvous the following day.

Please note that this entire trip is below 6,000 feet elevation.

  • Accomodation:Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

Day 2: Fly to UNESCO-listed Luang Prabang

We’ll meet this morning in the hotel lobby and take the shuttle to the airport for the flight to Luang Prabang, capital of the first Lao kingdom and now under UNESCO protection as a World Heritage Site. Located on the Mekong River in a lovely mountain-encircled setting, Luang Prabang is renowned for its historic Buddhist temples, with about 32 original temples dating from the 14th century still standing.

Luang Prabang is probably the most unhurried, relaxed city in Asia, with few cars, no pollution or traffic jams, and some of the friendliest people you could hope to meet anywhere. It’s the perfect place for a leisurely stroll through ancient lanes and alleyways, and to absorb the timelessness of this still relatively undiscovered part of the world.

Upon arrival, we'll transfer to the hotel and have the day free to relax, then we'll meet up in the evening for a welcome dinner.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Villa Maly

Day 3: Explore the temples of Luang Prabang and take a scenic cruise up the Mekong River

After breakfast at the hotel we'll venture to the peninsula, where the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers merge, to see the beautiful Wat Xieng Thong. After exploring the temple with its golden gates, ornaments, and colorful murals, we'll board a private longtail boat for a scenic two-hour ride up the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves, locally called Tam Ting. Here you'll see thousands of gold-lacquered Buddha statues—ranging in size from a few centimeters tall to the size of a human—crammed into two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. The caves also provide sweeping views of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers.

In the afternoon, we'll take a walking tour of the city, starting at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum. We'll visit Wat Mai, with its unique five-tiered roof and golden bas-reliefs, and Wat Sene, with its beautiful golden façade. After climbing the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside, we'll finish the day with a stop at the evening hill tribe market.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accomodation:Villa Maly

Day 4: Fly to Champasak and visit the ancient ruins of Wat Phou

After breakfast, we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Pakse, in Southern Laos. From there, we'll drive to Champasak and check into our hotel before setting off on a visit to the ancient ruins of Wat Phou. This Khmer Hindu temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site was the most important economic and political center in the region when it was built more than a thousand years ago. Today, its unique architecture makes it a fascinating place to explore.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:The River Resort

Day 5: Take a Mekong River journey to the peaceful islands of Don Det and Don Khon

After breakfast, we'll drive to Khong Island, and take a two-hour boat ride along the Mekong River to the peaceful islands of Don Det and Don Khon, located in the southern part of Laos near the Cambodian border. These laid-back islands, linked by an old railroad bridge are very quiet, thanks to the absence of cars and electricity, which is provided only in the evening.

While here, we'll stroll through palm-fringed villages and visit Tat Somphamit, also known as Li Phi Waterfalls. The name Li Phi means "spirit trap," and locals say the raging rapids act as traps for bad spirits, which are washed down the river. We'll then continue to the southernmost part of Laos and the imposing Khong Phapheng Waterfalls, close to the Cambodian border.

Finally, we'll take a boat excursion to see the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins before returning to Champasak in the evening.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accomodation:The River Resort

Day 6: Fly to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor region

We'll enjoy a leisurely morning before taking an early-afternoon flight to Siem Reap. This former capital of the Khmer empire—which ruled vast areas of Indochina between the ninth and thirteenth centuries—is now the gateway to the most popular tourist attraction in Cambodia: the Angkor region and the temples of the Angkor complex, which we'll spend the next couple of days exploring.

Today, we'll start with the temple of Prasat Kravan, where you'll see unique bas-reliefs carved into its five brick towers. We'll then visit one of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm, which has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its original mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the way most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:Angkor Village Resort

Day 7: Visit the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom

Today we'll visit the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom, once a city of a million inhabitants and the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire. After walking along an entrance path lined with statues of 54 demons and 54 guardian gods pulling the sacred Naga snake in opposite directions, we'll enter through the South Gate, which is made of stone and carved with elephants and four giant faces.

In the center of the city is the Bayon Temple, where massive stone faces adorn 54 towers representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. We'll also visit the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, both of which are known for their intricate bas-reliefs, and the pyramid-shaped temple of Baphuon. In a small contemporary pagoda in the vicinity of these famous monuments, orange-robed Buddhist monks will perform a private blessing ceremony for us, wishing us health and a safe journey—a very special experience!

This afternoon, we'll travel to the “precious gem” of the Angkor area, the temple of Banteay Srey, or Citadel of the Women. Built between the 11th and 13th centuries of pink sandstone that's seen nowhere else in Angkor, this temple is the best preserved in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art and is noted for its intricately carved bas-reliefs depicting the Hindu god Shiva.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:Angkor Village Resort

Day 8: Watch the sun rise over majestic Angkor Wat

Today we'll get up early for one of the highlights of our tour: Visiting the temple complex of Angkor Wat at sunrise. Nothing prepares you for your first view of Angkor Wat, and you can't help but feel moved as you watch the first sunbeams glow over the largest religious edifice in the world. After taking in this awe-inspiring sight, we'll have breakfast, before returning to explore the temple in depth.

A source of national pride for the Cambodian people, Angkor Wat symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people and is the main figure on the Cambodian flag. It was built in the early 12th century during the reign of King Suryavarman II as a representation of Mount Meru, the Mount Olympus of the Hindu faith. Construction is thought to have taken around 30 years of intensive labor, and the result is a magnificent achievement of architecture and artistry. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with a stunning array of stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting mythological and historical events. In addition, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple.

In the early afternoon, we'll transfer to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:Renaissance Riverside Hotel

Day 9: Tour the vibrant city of Saigon and fly to Hue

After breakfast, we'll take a half-day tour of vibrant Saigon, including the landmark Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. Your tour also includes the red-brick Catholic cathedral of Notre-Dame and the nearby 19th-century Empire-style Post Office. You’ll also visit Ben Thanh, the central market for the city and one of its liveliest and most colorful areas.

We'll then transfer to the airport and fly to the ancient imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue. As Kyoto is to Japan, Hue is to Vietnam. This intellectual center situated along the Perfume River has twelve educational academies and is home to fascinating, 19th-century Imperial ruins, many of which remain damaged and serve as reminders of the Tet Offensive of 1968.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:La Residence Spa

Day 10: Explore the ancient sites of Hue

Today, we'll visit the ruins of the Imperial Palace (the Citadel) and the unusual royal tombs of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, monarchs during the last dynasty of Vietnam. You'll also explore the town's market and view colonial architecture.

After lunch, we’ll drive on a winding road until we reach the graceful Thien Mu pagoda on the banks of the Perfume River. Here, we take a local dragon boat trip to visit the majestic Minh Mang Mausoleum, set in a forest on the west bank of the river. In the evening, we'll visit a typical garden house and enjoy a two-hour cooking class, during which we'll have the chance to prepare traditional dishes and sample additional dishes prepared by the chef.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accomodation:La Residence Spa

Day 11: Fly to Hanoi and explore the old town on foot

This morning, we'll transfer back to Hue airport for the flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, we'll be immersed in this great governmental center of almost three million people. Founded in 1010 A.D. as Thang Long, Hanoi's narrow tree-shaded streets are filled with lovely examples of French colonial architecture. We’ll spend some time exploring the old town on foot, visiting streets that specialize in hardware, funerary items, carpentry, and textiles. If you wish, you can enjoy a folk performance with traditional water puppets, a tradition that dates back to the 11th century.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:Sofitel Metropole Hotel

Day 12: Visit the highlights of Hanoi

This morning we'll continue our tour of Hanoi, visiting Ho Chi Minh's tomb and the One Pillar Pagoda, an iconic Buddhist temple built on a single stone pillar in the middle of a lotus pond. We’ll also see the Lake of the Restored Sword and the "Hanoi Hilton" Prison. We'll continue to the Temple of Literature and the Fine Arts Museum, where we can see displays of classical temple sculptures and statues of Vietnam, plus some modern art paintings.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:Sofitel Metropole Hotel

Day 13: Embark on an overnight cruise in Halong Bay

After breakfast, we'll take a three-hour drive to Halong Bay, where we'll board a boat for an overnight cruise on a junk, a wooden Chinese sailing ship. From the water, we'll enjoy spectacular views of this UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its emerald-green waters and its mystical landscape of 3,000 towering limestone islands.

We’ll take a short hike to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with deluxe golden sails. You can also choose to go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Late in the afternoon, we’ll visit a fishing village and experience the daily life of local people. In the evening, there is time to enjoy the spa services or relax at leisure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Jasmine Cruise Junk

Day 14: Cruise Halong Bay and return to Hanoi

After awakening on board the boat, we'll greet the day with a morning tai chi exercise and an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, we'll visit a beautiful limestone grotto, and return to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. We'll then return to Hanoi and enjoy a farewell dinner with the group.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Sofitel Metropole Hotel

Day 15: Depart for home

After breakfast, you'll transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast

Nov 07 - 21, 2015

Dec 19, 2015 - Jan 02, 2016

Feb 28, 2016 - Mar 13, 2016

Nov 07 - 21, 2016

Dec 19, 2016 - Jan 02, 2017

pricing

2015 Prices

$5,495 (11-15 members)

$5,895 (7-10 members)

$6,495 (5-6 members)

$1250 internal airfare – Bangkok/Luang Prabang/Pakse/Siem Reap/Ho Chi Minh City/Hue/Hanoi
$1700 single supplement

2016 Prices

$5,595 (11-15 members)

$6,295 (7-10 members)

$6,595 (5-6 members)

$1250 internal airfare – Bangkok/Luang Prabang/Pakse/Siem Reap/Ho Chi Minh City/Hue/Hanoi
$1800 single supplement

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Angkor Village Resort — Siem Reap


Jasmine Cruise Junk — Halong Bay


La Residence Spa — Hue


Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel — Bangkok

The Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport is a 4 star hotel located 10 min walk from Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. Boasting 612 comfortable and contemporary rooms, the hotel also offers 2 bars and 4 restaurants. With a 24 hr airport shuttle every 10 min from Gate 4 Level 2 and parking available, there is no better place to stay.

Renaissance Riverside Hotel — Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)


Sofitel Metropole Hotel — Hanoi


The River Resort — Champasak


Villa Maly — Luang Prabang


  • Join MTS on an exclusive, comprehensive itinerary through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam!
  • Explore fascinating temples and ruins, including the magnficent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat, the largest religious edifice in the world
  • Take an overnight cruise on Halong Bay, where towering limestone peaks rise from emerald-green water
  • Discover the untouched 4,000 Islands region of the Mekong River and catch sight of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin

indochine galleryThis unique journey through Southeast Asia encompasses our favorite places in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam in one comprehensive itinerary. As you skip across the Indochina Peninsula, you'll have the chance to visit all of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the mystical ruins of Angkor Wat, the Buddhist temples of Luang Prabang, and the dragon-like islands of Halong Bay. You'll discover lost cities enveloped by creeping vines, explore steep limestone hills, lush river valleys, and mysterious caves, and enjoy genuine encounters with locals in remote, tribal villages—all accompanied by your expert MTS guide Sylvain Curtil. Our one-of-a-kind Treasures of Indochine itinerary offers an unforgettable experience in spectacular Southeast Asia!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok

Welcome to Bangkok! Since most flights arrive in the evening, we encourage you fly in at least one day ahead of schedule to help overcome jet lag before the tour actually starts. You may even choose to fly in a few days early to explore this fascinating city, which has many sightseeing possibilities.

From the airport, you can catch a complimentary shuttle to the hotel or take the five-minute walk via an air-conditioned underground walkway. Your trip leader will leave instructions at the hotel for your rendezvous the following day.

Please note that this entire trip is below 6,000 feet elevation.

  • Accomodation:Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

Day 2: Fly to UNESCO-listed Luang Prabang

We’ll meet this morning in the hotel lobby and take the shuttle to the airport for the flight to Luang Prabang, capital of the first Lao kingdom and now under UNESCO protection as a World Heritage Site. Located on the Mekong River in a lovely mountain-encircled setting, Luang Prabang is renowned for its historic Buddhist temples, with about 32 original temples dating from the 14th century still standing.

Luang Prabang is probably the most unhurried, relaxed city in Asia, with few cars, no pollution or traffic jams, and some of the friendliest people you could hope to meet anywhere. It’s the perfect place for a leisurely stroll through ancient lanes and alleyways, and to absorb the timelessness of this still relatively undiscovered part of the world.

Upon arrival, we'll transfer to the hotel and have the day free to relax, then we'll meet up in the evening for a welcome dinner.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Villa Maly

Day 3: Explore the temples of Luang Prabang and take a scenic cruise up the Mekong River

After breakfast at the hotel we'll venture to the peninsula, where the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers merge, to see the beautiful Wat Xieng Thong. After exploring the temple with its golden gates, ornaments, and colorful murals, we'll board a private longtail boat for a scenic two-hour ride up the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves, locally called Tam Ting. Here you'll see thousands of gold-lacquered Buddha statues—ranging in size from a few centimeters tall to the size of a human—crammed into two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. The caves also provide sweeping views of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers.

In the afternoon, we'll take a walking tour of the city, starting at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum. We'll visit Wat Mai, with its unique five-tiered roof and golden bas-reliefs, and Wat Sene, with its beautiful golden façade. After climbing the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside, we'll finish the day with a stop at the evening hill tribe market.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accomodation:Villa Maly

Day 4: Fly to Champasak and visit the ancient ruins of Wat Phou

After breakfast, we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Pakse, in Southern Laos. From there, we'll drive to Champasak and check into our hotel before setting off on a visit to the ancient ruins of Wat Phou. This Khmer Hindu temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site was the most important economic and political center in the region when it was built more than a thousand years ago. Today, its unique architecture makes it a fascinating place to explore.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:The River Resort

Day 5: Take a Mekong River journey to the peaceful islands of Don Det and Don Khon

After breakfast, we'll drive to Khong Island, and take a two-hour boat ride along the Mekong River to the peaceful islands of Don Det and Don Khon, located in the southern part of Laos near the Cambodian border. These laid-back islands, linked by an old railroad bridge are very quiet, thanks to the absence of cars and electricity, which is provided only in the evening.

While here, we'll stroll through palm-fringed villages and visit Tat Somphamit, also known as Li Phi Waterfalls. The name Li Phi means "spirit trap," and locals say the raging rapids act as traps for bad spirits, which are washed down the river. We'll then continue to the southernmost part of Laos and the imposing Khong Phapheng Waterfalls, close to the Cambodian border.

Finally, we'll take a boat excursion to see the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins before returning to Champasak in the evening.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accomodation:The River Resort

Day 6: Fly to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor region

We'll enjoy a leisurely morning before taking an early-afternoon flight to Siem Reap. This former capital of the Khmer empire—which ruled vast areas of Indochina between the ninth and thirteenth centuries—is now the gateway to the most popular tourist attraction in Cambodia: the Angkor region and the temples of the Angkor complex, which we'll spend the next couple of days exploring.

Today, we'll start with the temple of Prasat Kravan, where you'll see unique bas-reliefs carved into its five brick towers. We'll then visit one of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm, which has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its original mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the way most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:Angkor Village Resort

Day 7: Visit the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom

Today we'll visit the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom, once a city of a million inhabitants and the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire. After walking along an entrance path lined with statues of 54 demons and 54 guardian gods pulling the sacred Naga snake in opposite directions, we'll enter through the South Gate, which is made of stone and carved with elephants and four giant faces.

In the center of the city is the Bayon Temple, where massive stone faces adorn 54 towers representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. We'll also visit the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, both of which are known for their intricate bas-reliefs, and the pyramid-shaped temple of Baphuon. In a small contemporary pagoda in the vicinity of these famous monuments, orange-robed Buddhist monks will perform a private blessing ceremony for us, wishing us health and a safe journey—a very special experience!

This afternoon, we'll travel to the “precious gem” of the Angkor area, the temple of Banteay Srey, or Citadel of the Women. Built between the 11th and 13th centuries of pink sandstone that's seen nowhere else in Angkor, this temple is the best preserved in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art and is noted for its intricately carved bas-reliefs depicting the Hindu god Shiva.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:Angkor Village Resort

Day 8: Watch the sun rise over majestic Angkor Wat

Today we'll get up early for one of the highlights of our tour: Visiting the temple complex of Angkor Wat at sunrise. Nothing prepares you for your first view of Angkor Wat, and you can't help but feel moved as you watch the first sunbeams glow over the largest religious edifice in the world. After taking in this awe-inspiring sight, we'll have breakfast, before returning to explore the temple in depth.

A source of national pride for the Cambodian people, Angkor Wat symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people and is the main figure on the Cambodian flag. It was built in the early 12th century during the reign of King Suryavarman II as a representation of Mount Meru, the Mount Olympus of the Hindu faith. Construction is thought to have taken around 30 years of intensive labor, and the result is a magnificent achievement of architecture and artistry. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with a stunning array of stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting mythological and historical events. In addition, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple.

In the early afternoon, we'll transfer to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:Renaissance Riverside Hotel

Day 9: Tour the vibrant city of Saigon and fly to Hue

After breakfast, we'll take a half-day tour of vibrant Saigon, including the landmark Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. Your tour also includes the red-brick Catholic cathedral of Notre-Dame and the nearby 19th-century Empire-style Post Office. You’ll also visit Ben Thanh, the central market for the city and one of its liveliest and most colorful areas.

We'll then transfer to the airport and fly to the ancient imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue. As Kyoto is to Japan, Hue is to Vietnam. This intellectual center situated along the Perfume River has twelve educational academies and is home to fascinating, 19th-century Imperial ruins, many of which remain damaged and serve as reminders of the Tet Offensive of 1968.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:La Residence Spa

Day 10: Explore the ancient sites of Hue

Today, we'll visit the ruins of the Imperial Palace (the Citadel) and the unusual royal tombs of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, monarchs during the last dynasty of Vietnam. You'll also explore the town's market and view colonial architecture.

After lunch, we’ll drive on a winding road until we reach the graceful Thien Mu pagoda on the banks of the Perfume River. Here, we take a local dragon boat trip to visit the majestic Minh Mang Mausoleum, set in a forest on the west bank of the river. In the evening, we'll visit a typical garden house and enjoy a two-hour cooking class, during which we'll have the chance to prepare traditional dishes and sample additional dishes prepared by the chef.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accomodation:La Residence Spa

Day 11: Fly to Hanoi and explore the old town on foot

This morning, we'll transfer back to Hue airport for the flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, we'll be immersed in this great governmental center of almost three million people. Founded in 1010 A.D. as Thang Long, Hanoi's narrow tree-shaded streets are filled with lovely examples of French colonial architecture. We’ll spend some time exploring the old town on foot, visiting streets that specialize in hardware, funerary items, carpentry, and textiles. If you wish, you can enjoy a folk performance with traditional water puppets, a tradition that dates back to the 11th century.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:Sofitel Metropole Hotel

Day 12: Visit the highlights of Hanoi

This morning we'll continue our tour of Hanoi, visiting Ho Chi Minh's tomb and the One Pillar Pagoda, an iconic Buddhist temple built on a single stone pillar in the middle of a lotus pond. We’ll also see the Lake of the Restored Sword and the "Hanoi Hilton" Prison. We'll continue to the Temple of Literature and the Fine Arts Museum, where we can see displays of classical temple sculptures and statues of Vietnam, plus some modern art paintings.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:Sofitel Metropole Hotel

Day 13: Embark on an overnight cruise in Halong Bay

After breakfast, we'll take a three-hour drive to Halong Bay, where we'll board a boat for an overnight cruise on a junk, a wooden Chinese sailing ship. From the water, we'll enjoy spectacular views of this UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its emerald-green waters and its mystical landscape of 3,000 towering limestone islands.

We’ll take a short hike to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with deluxe golden sails. You can also choose to go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Late in the afternoon, we’ll visit a fishing village and experience the daily life of local people. In the evening, there is time to enjoy the spa services or relax at leisure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Jasmine Cruise Junk

Day 14: Cruise Halong Bay and return to Hanoi

After awakening on board the boat, we'll greet the day with a morning tai chi exercise and an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, we'll visit a beautiful limestone grotto, and return to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. We'll then return to Hanoi and enjoy a farewell dinner with the group.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Sofitel Metropole Hotel

Day 15: Depart for home

After breakfast, you'll transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast

Angkor Village Resort — Siem Reap


Jasmine Cruise Junk — Halong Bay


La Residence Spa — Hue


Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel — Bangkok

The Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport is a 4 star hotel located 10 min walk from Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. Boasting 612 comfortable and contemporary rooms, the hotel also offers 2 bars and 4 restaurants. With a 24 hr airport shuttle every 10 min from Gate 4 Level 2 and parking available, there is no better place to stay.

Renaissance Riverside Hotel — Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)


Sofitel Metropole Hotel — Hanoi


The River Resort — Champasak


Villa Maly — Luang Prabang


Dates and Pricing

Nov 07 - 21, 2015

Dec 19, 2015 - Jan 02, 2016

Feb 28, 2016 - Mar 13, 2016

Nov 07 - 21, 2016

Dec 19, 2016 - Jan 02, 2017

pricing

2015 Prices

$5,495 (11-15 members)

$5,895 (7-10 members)

$6,495 (5-6 members)

$1250 internal airfare – Bangkok/Luang Prabang/Pakse/Siem Reap/Ho Chi Minh City/Hue/Hanoi
$1700 single supplement

2016 Prices

$5,595 (11-15 members)

$6,295 (7-10 members)

$6,595 (5-6 members)

$1250 internal airfare – Bangkok/Luang Prabang/Pakse/Siem Reap/Ho Chi Minh City/Hue/Hanoi
$1800 single supplement

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