Detailed itinerary for Vietnam Cambodia Laos Holiday Package, Book vacation package Vietnam Laos Cambodia. Reasonable price, No hide cost, Best services, Pro, Unique organized tour. Book Today! To get Special Price, Save cost. Destinations included: Starting from Ho Chi Minh city in Southern Vietnam Ho Chi Minh city tour, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong River Delta, Danang city, Hoi An Old Quarter, Hue Royal city, Hanoi city, Halong Bay, … in Vietnam | Vientiane City, Luang Prabang City in Laos | Siem Reap city, South Gate of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat in Siem Reap City, North-east Angkor Wat & Chong Khneas floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, Phnom Penh city tour.... Departure from Phnom Penh city in Cambodia.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival
Upon arriving to Sai Gon Airport (for Vietnamese people it called Tan Son Nhat International Airport), you will be warmly welcomed by tour experts of Rosanta Travel Company: an English speaking guide of us who holds a signboard with your name on it when you reach to gate-out at the airport lobby, you will meet him, and a driver of us. Then head to Ho Chi Minh (Sai Gon) City centre. Check in the hotel. The rest of the day is time at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh (former Sai Gon) City
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh (Sai Gon) City Tour
8.00AM the tour guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel and then take you to visiting Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi Tunnels is a defense system in the ground in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City approx 70 km to the Northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. This system of tunnels was dug the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam during the war in Vietnam. Tunnel system includes the medical stations, many rooms for stay, kitchens, storage, working rooms, tunnels system underground. The tunnels system is about 200km long tunnels and it was built with well-aired systems under the bushes. Cu Chi Tunnels were built on land known as the "land of steel", located at the end of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. During Tet 1968 Campaign, National Liberation Front of South Vietnam has used the tunnel system to attack in Saigon.
Cu Chi tunnel has been used by the Vietnamese during the Vietnam-American war. This secret underground life will give you an unique experience as exploring one of the greatest invention that had ever been created by human strength.
Upon arrival in Cu Chi, start your tour of the tunnels by watching a movie about the Vietnam War. Then, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels site, including the tiny entrance gates, traps, underground hospitals, worships, kitchens and bunkers. Crawl through a section of the tunnels to experience first hand what life was like under the ground for the Viet Cong… and you will also be given the chance to fire with an M-16, AK-47 or a carbine (own expense).
After that, we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City arriving at approximately 1.00pm. After lunch, we head back to Ho Chi Minh city and take city tour a half day. We start by looking at the Notre Dame Cathedral that was built between 1877 and 1883. This is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Nearby is the Old Post Office that is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country’s largest post office.
Then, we move on to see the Reunification Palace. This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30th 1975 the ‘American War’ officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. After that, we continue to visit War Remnants Museum - Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, this is a poignant display of the futility of war.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Flight ticket: Ho Chi Minh (SGN) – Da Nang (DAD)
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Mekong River Boat Trip
After the breakfast at the hotel, the tour guide and driver will pick you up for a visiting to the Mekong River Delta to exploring lush fluvial landscape in the Mekong River Delta. You will visit Ben Tre coconut area in Ben Tre province which is a wildest area in the Mekong River Delta currently.
Ben Tre is situated in the Mekong River Delta approx 85KM to Southwest of Ho Chi Minh City. It shares its border with Tien Giang in the north, Vinh Long in the west and south - west, and Tra Vinh in the south. The four main rivers are Tien Giang, Ba Lai, Ham Luong, and Co Chien. Ben Tre has complex network of rivers and canals, so Ben Tre is the granary and fruits depot of Mekong Delta. There are agriculture productions such as rice, corn, pineapple, custard-apple, star apple, durian, mango, longan, and many more. Industrial trees are tobacco, sugar-cane, and cotton. Especially, Ben Tre is homeland of coconut. It is well known with special fresh coconuts candy in Vietnam.
Upon your arrival at Hung Vuong harbor in Ben Tre City you will get on the boat and you will cruise along the Ham Luong River (a branch of the Mekong) (30 - 40 minutes) through a lot of villages in countryside and you will have a great views and insight about day to day life of local people; fruit orchards with hundreds of hectares coconut, mango, pineapple, custard-apple, star-apple, durian, longan, corn… of Mekong Delta on both sides of the river banks.
Then the boat will stop at a traditional handicraft village with coconut candy located riverside, you will visit processing workshops of coconut, coconut candy, other produce from coconut, rice… enjoy local special fruits of Mekong Delta like coconut, mango, pineapple, custard-apple, star-apple, durian, longan, corn…
Get back the boat continuing cruising along river (30 minutes) to other traditional handicraft villages with workshops making sedge mat, making brick-clay, all of them are still painstakingly made traditional style by hands, and going local market see one sale agriculture productions as custard-apple, star-apple, durian, longan, coconut, mango, pineapple… you can have chat with local people; trying local special fruits of Mekong River Delta.
Then, you can choose biking a short way (4KM) or get on the Tuk Tuk (cart-motor) to go to a local restaurant, the lunch will be served with local special foods of Mekong River Delta such as river-fish; river-shrimp, vegetable, fruits…
After lunch you will visit a typical forest region of Mekong River Delta by rowing-boat on narrow creeks/canals, it'll be a great experience to you. Then getting back the boat and the boat will take you back to Hung Vung harbor and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – fly to Da Nang City and Staying Hoi An City
After breakfast, the tour guide and driver will take you to Tan Son Nhat Airport to catch your flight to Da Nang City. Upon arrival in Da Nang City, the tour guide and driver will pick you up at the lobby of the Da Nang Airport and then take you to visiting My Son Sanctuary which is one of the World Culture Heritage in Quang Nam province, Vietnam approx 50km from Hoian City. My Son Sanctuary which is complex of temples of Cham minority with over 70 old towers monuments and 32 epitaphs. My Son was considered as the sanctuary of the Cham Kingdom. The constructions were built from the 4th to the 13th centuries under the reign of Bhadravarman for the worship of God Shiva-Bhadresvara. Each new monarch came to My Son after his accession to the throne, for the ceremony of purification and to present offerings and erect new monuments.
Continuing to visits Hoian Old Quarter one of the World Culture Heritages. Hoi An is an old downtown located on riverside of the Thu Bon River in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, approx 30km from Da Nang City. Hoi An is surrounded by peaceful villages that has crafts such as carpentry, ceramic, bronze making,... Hoi An used to be known on the international market with many different names such as Faifo, Hoai Pho, Lam Ap, and Hoi An.
From the 16th to 18th centuries Hoian was a thriving international port frequented by Dutch, Portuguese, French, Japanese and Arab... traders, who came to trade in the high quality silk, ceramic, bronze... Nowadays, Hoian is a famous relaxing resort for tourists for its architecture. Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Cham Towers have been recognized as the World Cultural Heritages by UNESCO since Dec in 1999.
Arrival in Hoian Old Quarter, you’ll have a walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient town centre, visiting highlights of Hoian Old Quarter. Coming there, you can see a series of old-architecture lanes and houses with nearly 100% left from their initial buildings with moss-grown walls, deeply plain roofs, old furniture in their original past arrangement etc. Most premium oriental and western style of architecture meet together here, making a unique ancient Hoi An, absorbing all tourists who are eager for classic beauty! Even you are not classic styled you still want to see by yourself how a lively ancient world can survive in this new modern and high-tech era!
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian Old Quarter
Flight ticket: Ho Chi Minh (SGN) – Da Nang (DAD)
Day 5: Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue City
08.00AM our guide and driver pick you up at your hotel to depart for Hue. On the way, we will stop en-route to visit famous My Khe Beach, better known as R&R of the US army officials and soldiers during the Vietnam War. Then you will visit the Marble Mountain nearby My Khe Beach in Vietnamese they are called “Nui Ngu Hanh Son” which translates to “Mountains of the Five Elements”. The small sandstone and marble mountains are named – Nui Thuy Son (water), Nui Tho Son (earth), Nui Kim Son (metal), Nui Hoa Son (fire) and Nui Moc Son (wood). It made of limestone and marble, they look like 5 fingers. There are several caves, caverns, pagodas, many stairs and 2 spectacular viewing points. They are also home to several Buddhist sanctuaries and Hindu grottoes which are much visited places of worship for the local population. The Marble Mountain has become one of the must-see destinations for those who enjoy the beauty of nature and want a respite from the busy urban areas.
Then you will pass by Da Nang City - the 4th large city of Vietnam. Here you will visit fascinating Cham Museum – museum of ancient Champa kingdom’s sculptures and artifacts.
After lunch you will head to Hue. On the way to Hue you will be crossing Hai Van Pass. At the high of 450 meters above sea level Hai Van pass is the highest pass in the central coast of Viet Nam. Here you can enjoy the magnificent view of the central coast. The soft adventure drive over the 23 km long pass will add more highlights for this trip. Arrival in Hue City at the afternoon, check in the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue City
Day 6: Full Day Hue Royal Palace Tour – Fly to Hanoi @19.20 -20.35 VN1544
Hue City constitutes the cultural, political and economic centre of Thua Thien Hue province, and was the old imperial city of Viet Nam under the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. The old capital of Vietnam has plenty of wonderful places to visit. The first place is Imperial City with many gates of the fortress, including the famous forbidden Gate of the Noon (Ngo Mon) and many temples and worship places (Trieu Mieu, Hung Mieu, Thai Mieu) inside the City. Moreover, the Purple Forbidden City is the home to many emperors, queens and royal families of Nguyen Dynasty in 19th century. Another notable place is the complex of mausoleum of Nguyen emperors, including Gia Long Mausoleum, Tu Duc Mausoleum, Minh Mang Mausoleum, Dong Khanh Mausoleum, Khai Dinh Mausoleum... and beautiful pagodas and temples. Visiting Hue City is synonymous with learnning more about life style from old times.
Complex of Hue's monuments lies along the Perfume River belonging in Hue City and some adjacent areas of Thua Thien Hue Province. December 11, 1993, UNESCO has come to the decision of recognizing the architectural ensemble of Hue as a world cultural heritage.
After breakfast, you will check out your hotel. 08.00AM our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel for visiting Dong Ba Market and Hue Royal Palace and Hue citadel; some highlight mausoleums of Kings of Nguyen Dynasty in Vietnam.
Dong Ba Market is the biggest commercial center of Hue City as well as Thua Thien Hue Province and the adjacent regions (Dong Ba Market is usually very crowded/bustling in the morning daily). It is located on the north bank of Huong River, on Tran Hung Dao Street of Hue City.
This market was built in 1899. All of the most special cultural gifts and souvenirs of Thua Thien Hue that remain until today can be found in Dong Ba Market. They include “non la bai tho” (palm-leaf conical hats having poems woven into their design) from Phu Cam Village, which is made of latanier leaves; me xung (candies), Truoi berries, Tuan tea, tom chua (Hue Sour Shrimp), lotus seed of Tinh Tam Lake, etc. Traditional food such as mussel rice, beef vermicelli, leaves cakes, etc. can be purchased in the market, too.
It’s said that Dong Ba Market is where people can get most of Hue’s delicious dishes within a place – its food courts, and at a high quality standard. Don’t miss these street vendors on the ground of the market (under the stair). They’re really worth a try.
Nowadays, Dong Ba Market still holds an important position in the economy and trade of the city, though many supermarkets have been established. Apart from providing food and other goods for the cities, it’s also a must-stop of visitors to discover typical trading methods as well as buying some specialities of the local people.
Continuing you will visit Hue Royal Palace and Hue citadel. Hue citadel which’s within 21 metres-thick and 10 kilometres-long walls that you’ll find several of the city’s best sites, from the many ornate pagodas to the Forbidden Purple City. Most of the buildings were destroyed by bombs during the French War and American War, and nowadays they are under restoration.
Hue Royal Palace and Hue citadel which is one of the World Culture Heritages in Vietnam, this construction stared in 1805 under the reign of Emperor Gia Long and completed in 1832 under the reign of Emperor Ming Mang. Under Nguyen' reign, Kings have ordered to build ramparts, palaces and constructional works of royal. Over 200 years to now, it is still original with nearly 140 small and large constructions. The Citadel, square in shape and almost 10 km in circumference, 6 m high, 21 m thick and 10 entrances. On the top of the walls that surround it, 24 bastions are established for defensive purposes.
Royal Palace consists of more 100 beautiful constructional works divided many sectors: From the Ngo Mon to the Thai Hoa Palace: This is the place for setting up various grand ceremonies; Sector for worship shrines of the Kings of the Nguyen dynasty: Trieu Mieu, Thai Mieu, Hung Mieu, The Mieu and Phung Tien place; Sector for internal affairs office: Storehouse for precious objects, workshop for manufacturing various useful articles; Sectors for the Kham Van palace and the Co Ha garden: place where the princes are studying or enjoying…
Then you will have short walk to Hue traditional crafts village to learn more about how to make Hue’s palm-leaf conical hats; kites; paper flowers, paintings...
Continuing the trip, you will have short Dragon-Boat cruise trip around 5km along poetic Perfume River to enjoy beautiful views of Hue City and visiting Thien Mu Pagoda and beautiful temples complex that is located on a hill overlooking out the poetic Perfume River. The driver will then pick you up to back for visiting some highlight mausoleums of Kings of Nguyen Dynasty in Vietnam (since 1802 to 1945) such as:
+ The most majestic mausoleum of King Minh Mang – This majestic tomb is well-known for its architecture and sublime forest setting in beautiful quite area. This mausoleum was planned during his reign (since 1820–1840) but built by his successor, King Thieu Tri (since 1841-1843).
+ The most picturesque mausoleum of King Tu Duc which is considered as one of the most beautiful and picturesque mausoleums. its architectures looks like his dynasty royal palace.
+ The most elaborate mausoleum of King Khai Dinh, the mausoleum’s area is much smaller than other mausoleums. However, this mausoleum is far more elaborately designed than others of its era, being a mix of a number of architectural styles: Vietnamese, Indian and European Architectures.
Then transfer to Phu Bai Domestic Airport in Hue City for Vietnam Domestic flight to Hanoi City.
Upon arrival to Hanoi Airport (for Vietnamese people it called Noi Bai International Airport because it located in Noi Bai commune far from Hanoi centre around 35KM), you will be warmly welcomed by tour experts of Rosanta Travel Company: an English speaking guide of us who holds a signboard with your name on it when you reach to gate-out at the airport lobby, you will meet him, and a driver of us. Then head to the old quarter in Hanoi city centre. Check in the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
Flight ticket: Hue (HUI) – Hanoi (HAN)
Day 7: Full Day Hanoi City Tour
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and it is center of tradition, history and culture. The city is well-know with Hanoi Old Quarters - ancient-narrow streets where is lovely to walk around this area & an ideal place for travelers go shopping anything… You will have a chance to visit all highlights of Hanoi City such as: The Ho Chi Minh Complex; War Remnants Museum; the Temple of Literature; the Fine Arts Museum or Vietnam Ethnology Museum; Hoan Kiem Lake.
The Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, President Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969, Ho Chi Minh museum, the Presidential Palace, Vietnam National Assembly' Building, and the One Pillar Pagoda which was built in square water lake middle that is Hanoi’s oldest and finest pagoda, dating back to 1049.
Continuing your trip visiting War Remnants Museum in Hanoi City that is formerly known as the museum of war crimes, this is a poignant display the futility of war and you will also visit the underground hideout cellar relics of Vietnam Army headquarters "Hanoi tunnel of Vietnam Defense Department" during the war in Vietnam from 1945 to 1975.
Visiting the Imperial Citadel of Thanglong Hanoi which is one of the World Culture Heritage. (in Vietnamese: Hoàng thành Thăng Long) is the cultural complex comprising the royal enclosure first built during the Ly Dynasty (1010) and subsequently expanded by the Tran Dynasty, Le Dynasty and finally the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 - 1945).
After having lunch at a nice restaurant, you will visit the Temple of Literature - a temple to Confucius, this is also known as Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070. Continue the trip to visit Museum of Ethnology that is widely acknowledged as the best museum in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. As well as the comprehensive array of exhibits inside, there are also traditional tribal houses reconstructed within the ground.
15:00PM the tour guide will take you to the Dong Xuan Market that is one of largest market in North Vietnam as well as in Hanoi City. 16:00PM you will have a dinner by a Hanoi Street Food Tour with detail itinerary: walking on the old quarter of Hanoi your tour guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes.
Walking through narrow streets, small alleys that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, continuing into the centre of the Old Quarter, where you can see local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago. And you will try the famous Hanoi's dishes on a popular street such as Banh Cuon, Bun Cha, Phở (noodles with beef well done), Bia Hoi (fresh beer), Vietnam fresh fruit or fresh fruit mix with milk, then your guide will take you to one of Hanoi’s best-known coffee shop where you will have choices of egg coffee or milk coffee. These specialties are one not to be missed whenever visiting Hanoi.
18:30PM enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show at the Thang Long Opera Theatre – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture. You will have a chance to experience an overview of daily life in Vietnam's rural areas in dramatic form.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
Day 8: Experience Life of Vietnamese Farmer - in Red River Delta, North Vietnam
8:00AM our tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel then depart for the tour. It takes about 1.5 hours (65km) to drive to a village. You will drive through a lot of towns, villages and countryside and you will get a great views and insightfully about Vietnam country as well as day to day life of Vietnamese people on both sides of the way. You will see the farmers on the fields they are on busy on their rice field with traditional cultivation methods which have had since thousands years ago in Vietnam.
9:45AM you will reach in the village, having a cup of tea with the local family, have short rest… Then you will start to join on the activities on rice filed with some of suggestion of tour guide and local farmers. You will try to become a real Vietnamese farmer working on rice filed in authentic Vietnam farmer clothes with activities such as: (plowing the soil) plough/ plow a rice paddies; harrow a rice paddies with a big water buffalo … Just be prepared to get muddy! and you can also ride on a water buffalo if you want; to bail/take water into a rice paddies with a scoop; farming a small rice paddies with untimely rice (cultivating rice);…et … and listen to the farmer explains the farming process of the wet rice.
Come back the local family for a short biking around the villages to see some of traditional old houses, old temple, enjoying the peaceful lifestyle of the local people. This is a great way to interact, explore the rural Vietnamese architecture and traditional culture.
Return the local family, you will take part in cooking class, you will be tried making authentic Vietnamese’s dishes with some suggested recipes. You will also learn about the recipes and techniques that create this popular dish of Vietnamese people and you will enjoy products that you made them. The lunch is served at local family with plentiful food.
15:00PM the guide and driver will take you to a big lake, this is a great time to enjoy a sampan-boat trip around the stork island. The island located in the middle of a large lake with thousands of stork and herons residing and nesting. The stork island is the home for 20.000 storks more than 7000 herons of various kinds and precious birds such as pelicans and teal residing together.
After visiting the stork island, the guide and driver will take you come back to Hanoi. Arrival at Hanoi Old Quarter at about 18:00PM.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
Day 9: Hanoi City - Halong Bay (overnight on the cruise 3star or 4star)
8:00AM the guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and then depart for Halong Bay. It will take about 3.5 hours to drive to there. The trip to Halong Bay from Hanoi is rather long but extremely interesting. You will go through lots of towns, villages and countryside and you get a great views and insight to the country and day to day life of Vietnamese people on both sides of the road (165km).
12:30AM reach Halong harbor, you will get on the cruise welcome drink is served while enjoy the amazing scenery of Halong Bay and the cruise’s manager who will give you a short briefing and instruction about safety and notes before you start to check into your cabin,… you will then explore center area of the world natural heritage of Ha Long Bay - one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. We prepare a special delicious lunch (international cuisine) which will be served in the restaurant while you can enjoy the amazing scenery of Halong Bay. Cruising amongst the hundreds of islands, you will pass through floating villages and a lot of islands and islets highlighted with fanciful names: Fighting Cock islet (symbol of Halong Bay), Duck islet, Swan islet, Incense Burner islet, and Stone Dogs islet, Stone Cat islet, Finger Islet, and Frog Islet...
Stop at the center area of the World natural heritage of Halong Bay for kayaking around the breathtakingly beautiful limestone island formations or for a rowing boat trip to visiting a beautiful tunnel cave on the water “The Luon cave”. If you are lucky, you can see monkey herds/flocks on the limestone mountain in Halong Bay.
Then the boat will take you to a beautiful limestone island which named the Titop island. There you can swim on the Titop beach, and walk to the top of island to see the bay from the top of this mountain with a height of over 100 meters above sea level, you will have a panorama on Halong Bay. Get back the cruise and the cruise will take you to where the night’s anchorage of the cruise. While the cruise moving you will enjoy a sunset party with juices, cocktails, red vine and fruits on the sundeck of cruise and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set. or you can also enjoy everyday promotion HAPPY HOUR - BUY 2 GET 1 FREE for all other beverages at the bar of the cruise.
18:00PM to18:30PM you will take part in cooking class at the restaurant of the cruise, you will be guided directly by Chef of the Cruise, you will be tried to making a authentic spring-roll dish of Vietnamese people with some suggested recipes. You will also learn about the recipes and techniques that create this popular dish of Vietnamese people. Then enjoy a happy hour (buy one drink gets more one Free) and It’s also the time for have a chat and relaxes…
19:30PM Dinner will be served with special foods (you can see more photos) at the restaurant of the cruise in middle romantic quite bay. The dining room is open so that guests could admire the views during meals.
21:00PM After dinner, it's time for entertainments, the activities included such as: Leisure time to enjoy a chat around the bar, watching movies and many sorts of Vietnam cultural films, relaxing, playing cards, chess are available,... or you can play your own favorite live music by yourself with a drum kit on the cruise, or you may also try your luck at squid fishing & fishing from the cruise.
Accommodation: Overnight on the cruise in Halong Bay
Day 10: Halong Bay - Hanoi City
6:30AM early morning, enjoy landscape of Halong Bay and join on the Tai-Chi session on the sundeck of the cruise. The Tai-chi exercises combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and smooth movements. These exercises are so good for human health. 7:00AM the breakfast will be served at the restaurant with delicious foods and pastries, Coffee, tea...
After having breakfast, sailing to an impressive cave of Halong Bay, a long cave and large which named Sung Sot cave (Surprising cave) with amazing stalactites and stalagmites, everything are created by naturally. The Sung Sot cave is one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. This cave requires some moderate climbing. On exiting from the cave at the top, you'll not regret climbing as you are treated to a picture postcard view of Halong Bay.
Come back the cruise for relaxing and admire the stunning Halong Bay views once again when the sailing itinerary gets back to the harbor. The lunch will be served at restaurant on the cruise during cruising towards the harbor. Arrival at the harbor at approx 12:30PM and you will then get back to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi Old Quarter at approx 16:00PM. Check in hotel and relax.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
Day 11: Hanoi City – fly to Vientiane City in Laos Country @09.55 – 11.05 VN921
After breakfast, you are free at leisure until being transferred to Hanoi International Airport for Vientiane international flight to Vientiane City in Laos.
Upon arrival to Vientiane International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by tour experts of Rosanta Travel Company: an English speaking guide of us who holds a signboard with your name on it when you reach to gate-out at the airport lobby, you will meet him, and a driver of us. Then head to the old quarter in Vientiane City centre. Check in the hotel. The rest of the day is the time for a rest or you can walk around on streets nearby your hotel if you want.
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane City, Laos
Day 12: Vientiane City Tour – fly to Luang Prabang City in Laos
In the morning, you will discover the beauty of Vientiane – a quiet capital in Laos. Your tour begins with Wat Sisaket – the oldest temple in Vientiane which still maintains its original form. With almost 7000 Buddha statues in its interior, Wat Sisaket is one of the most popular points of Vientiane.
Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo. It is used as a religious museum displaying a collection of both Laos and Khmer art works. Proceed to the Presidential Palace to get a glimpse of its structure which was once served as the French governor’s palace. Continue visiting COPE - an association working to help landmine victims to get an in-depth understanding about the history of American/Vietnam war.
Afternoon you will start with a visit to Patuxay monument where you can get to the roof for panoramic views of the city. The next site is That Luang – a national symbol and also the most sacred monument in the country.
In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to Vientiane Airport for domestic flight to Luang Prabang City in Laos.
Upon arrival to Luang Prabang Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by tour experts of Rosanta Travel Company: an English speaking guide of us who holds a signboard with your name on it when you reach to gate-out at the airport lobby, you will meet him, and a driver of us. Then head to Luang Prabang City centre. Check in the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang City
Day 13: Luang Prabang City and Pak Ou Caves in Laos
In the morning, visit Phousi Mountain where you also can have a nice panorama of the city.
Enjoy a short drive to visit Vat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City- one of the most important of Laos monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art.
Then continue to Wat Visoun – an unusual structure which represents the earliest Lao style.
Afterwards, pay a visit to Wat Mai, a beautiful temple located nearby Royal Palace and built in the 18th century. It is the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang.
In the afternoon, transfer to the pier and take a long-tailed boat for an upstream cruise. During the cruise, you will be treated a stunning of nature along the river. From the distance you can see limestone cliffs where the hidden Pak Ou Caves are located. The cave is home to thousands of Buddha statues which make the region a revered one. Take your time to explore numerous images hidden in the cave.
Then, make your way back to the city. En-route stops to visiting Ban Xang Hai village to learn more about the making process of the traditional Lao rice whisky. It is a great chance to taste its unique flavor. Move onto Ban Xang Khong village- famous for its wood paper and Lao silk weaving.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang City
Day 14: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall in Laos – fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia
In the morning, you will visit Kuang Si Waterfall a stunning turquoise waterfall. Kuang Si (Xi) Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. On the way, you will pass through rice fields and beautiful small villages dotted along country road. Make a stop at some of the villages. Take a fresh swim to refresh yourself in many basins. Then return to Luang Prabang airport for the international flight from Luang Prabang City in Laos to Siem Reap City in Cambodia. @14:15 - 16:10 VN931
Upon arrival to Siem Reap International Airport in Cambodia, you will be warmly welcomed by tour experts of Rosanta Travel Company: an English speaking guide of us who holds a signboard with your name on it when you reach to gate-out at the airport lobby, you will meet him, and a driver of us. Then head to Siem Reap City centre. Check in the hotel. The rest of the day is the time for a rest.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap City in Cambodia
Day 15: Visiting South Gate of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat in Siem Reap City
Today, you will spend a full day exploring the South Gate of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat temples.
In the morning visiting Angkor Thom area:
You will visit some highlight architectures of Angkor Thom area such as: the impressive Bayon Temple, Royal Enclosures, The Terrace of the Elephants, The Terrace of the Leper King, Phimeanakas Temple, Ta Prohm Temple…
Angkor Thom is a temples complex at Angkor, located in Siem Reap City, present-day Cambodia which lies on the west bank of the Siem Reap River, a tributary of Tonle Sap, about a quarter of a mile from the river. The south gate of Angkor Thom is 7.2 km north of Siem Reap City, and 1.7 km north of the entrance to Angkor Wat. It was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. It was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII.
The Bayon Temple was built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Angkor Thom. The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. The temple is known also for two impressive sets of bas-reliefs, which present an unusual combination of mythological, historical, and mundane scenes.
The Terrace of the Elephants is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom. The terrace was used by Angkor's king Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army. The terrace is named for the carvings of elephants on its eastern face. The 350m-long Terrace of Elephants was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king's grand audience hall. It has five outworks extending towards the Central Square-three in the centre and one at each end. The middle section of the retaining wall is decorated with life size garuda and lions; towards either end are the two parts of the famous parade of elephants complete with their Khmer mahouts.
The Terrace of the Leper King is located in the northwest corner of the Royal Square of Angkor Thom. It was built in the Bayon style under Jayavarman VII, though its modern name derives from a 15th-century sculpture discovered at the site.
Phimeanakas Temple (celestial temple) is a Hindu temple in the Khleang style, built at the end of the 10th century, during the reign of Rajendravarman II (from 941-968), then completed by Suryavarman II in the shape of a three tier pyramid as a Hindu temple. On top of the pyramid there was a tower, while on the edge of top platform there are galleries. Phimeanakas is located inside the walled enclosure of the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom north of Baphuon Temple. The tower must originally have been crowned with a golden pinnacle, as Zhou Daguan described it in his report. According to legend, the king spent the first watch of every night with a woman thought to represent a Nāga in the tower, during that time, not even the queen was permitted to intrude. Only in the second watch the king returned to his palace with the queen. If the naga who was the supreme land owner of Khmer land did not show up for a night, the king's day would be numbered, if the king did not show up, calamity would strike his land.
Ta Prohm Temple was built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara. Located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors. UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm Temple on the World Heritage List in 1992. Today, it is one of the most visited complexes in Cambodia’s Angkor region. There are enormous Fig Trees and gigantic Creepers which embraces themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of Ta Prohm Temples.
In the afternoon visiting Angkor Wat area:
You will visit largest Hindu Temple on earth as well as most of temples of Angkor Wat. You will have a stroll around this massive edifice to learn more about Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat is a temples complex at Angkor, located in Siem Reap City present-day Cambodia. which lies 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) north of Siem Reap City and 1.7 km from Angkor Thom. It is the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres). As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation — first Hindu, dedicated to the god Shiva, then Buddhist. It was established in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II.
Day 16: Visiting Temples of North-east Angkor Wat & Chong Khneas floating village on Tonle Sap Lake - fly to Phnom Penh City in Cambodia
Today, you will spend a full day to visiting some hightlight temples in north-east Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom and Chong Khneas floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. Then fly to Phnom Penh City.
In the morning visiting some temples in north-east Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.
You will visit some highlight architectures such as: Banteay Srei Temple, Eastern Mebon Temple, Pre Rup Temple, Banteay Kdei Temple, Prasat Kravan Temple, Srah Srang reservoir/lake
Banteay Srei Temple was built in 10th-century, located in north-east of Angkor Thom, around 30km from Angkor Thom. This temple dedicated to the Hindu God - Shiva.
Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a "precious gem", or the "jewel of Khmer art".
Eastern Mebon Temple is located in north-east of Angkor Wat, around 10km from Angkor War. This temple was dedicated to the Hindu god - Shiva and honors the parents of the king. Its location reflects Khmer architects’ concern with orientation and cardinal directions.
Eastern Mebon Temple was built in 10th-century during the reign of King Rajendravarman. The materials includes the full beautiful durable construction materials of Khmer people such as: sandstone, brick, laterite and stucco. At the top is a central tower on a square platform, surrounded by four smaller towers at the platform’s corners.
The sculptures at the Eastern Mebon Temple are varied and exceptionality, carving is particularly elegant, including two-meter-high free-standing stone elephants at corners of the first and second tiers. Religious scenes include the god Indra atop his three-headed elephant....
Pre Rup Temple is located in north-east of Angkor Wat, around 9km from Angkor War. This temple was built in the mid-10th-century. It is a temple mountain of combined brick, laterite and sandstone construction.The temple’s name is a comparatively modern one meaning "turn the body".
Srah Srang Reservoir is located in north-east of Angkor Wat, around 8km from Angkor War. Srah Srang Reservoir was dug in the mid-10th century, by initiative of Kavindrarimathana, Buddhist minister of Rajendravarman II. Srah Srang was also amended in 1200 by Jayavarman VII who also added the laterite landing-stage at its western side.
Banteay Kdei Temple is located in north-east of Angkor Wat, around 7km from Angkor War. This temple was built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries AD during the reign of Jayavarman VII (who was posthumously given the title "Maha paramasangata pada"), it is in the Bayon architectural style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller. Its structures are contained within two successive enclosure walls, and consist of two concentric galleries from which emerge towers, preceded to the east by a cloister. This temple is a Buddhist temple (Khmer language: Prasat Banteay Kdei means "A Citadel of Chambers", and also known as "Citadel of Monks' cells".
Prasat Kravan Temple was built in 10th-century, located in north-east of Angkor Wat, around 5km from Angkor War, consisting of five reddish brick towers. The temple was dedicated to Vishnu God according to an inscription on doorjambs.
The sanctuary's interiors are remarkable for the large bas-relief depictions of Vishnu and Lakshmi that have been carved into the walls of reddish brick, connected by a vegetable compound. This type of sculptured artwork is rather common in Cham temples, but rare in known Khmer monuments
In the afternoon you will visit Chong Khneas’s floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, located 10 kilometers to the south of Siem Reap City.
Tonle Sap Lake is a largest fresh-water lake in Combodia and South East Asia, and it is also one of the largest lakes in Asia. its water flows into the Tonle Sap River and it will be incorporated with the great Mekong River in Phnom Penh City, Cambodia.
Our tour guide and driver will take you to Chong Khneas then you will get on a motorized wooden-boat (private boat and guide) to visiting Chong Khneas’s floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake.
You will cruise through the fishing villages of Chong Khneas on the Tonle Sap Lake to discover the natural splendor and old lifestyle of this area. You can see fishermens, floatting schools, fish farm, crocodile farm etc... it look like a big village on land floating on a big lake.
Then transfer to Siem Reap Airport for domestic flight to Phnom Penh City.@19:20 - 20:05 Cambodia Angkor
Upon arrival to Phnom Penh Airport in Phnom Penh City, you will be warmly welcomed by tour experts of Rosanta Travel Company: an English speaking guide of us who holds a signboard with your name on it when you reach to gate-out at the airport lobby, you will meet him, and a driver of us. Then head to Phnom Penh City centre. Check in the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh City, Cambodia
Day 17: Full Day Phnom Penh City Tour
In the morning: you will visit Tuol Sleng Museum (also known as S-21 prison). This former school was used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeng Ek to be executed.
Then drive to visit the “Killing Fields” of Choeng Ek (15 km to the south of Phnom Penh City). Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) were detained and tortured at the S-21 prison and transported to extermination camp of Choeng Ek.
In the afternoon: you will visit the best highlight places in Phnom Penh City such as:
Cambodia Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum of Cambodia, Wat Phnom Pagoda Independence Monument, Phnom Penh Central Market, Toul Tom Poung Market ( or called Russian Market).
Cambodia Royal Palace is a royal residence now where the King of Cambodia now and the royal families live. It is like a small town of royal dynasties of Cambodia. This palace was built in 1866 by King Norodom.
Silver Pagoda: located within the grounds of the Royal Palace. The Silver Pagoda has named because of its floor which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside including a Buddha statue in Gold, weighing 90kilograms and encrusted with 2086 of diamond tablets .
National Museum of Cambodia: The museum buildings inspired by Khmer temples architecture, were constructed between 1917 and 1924, the museum was officially inaugurated in 1920. The museum houses are one of the world's largest collections of Khmer art, including sculptural, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects. Its collection includes over 14,000 items, from prehistoric times to periods before, during and after the Khmer Empire.
Wat Phnom pagoda: was built in 1372, it is the tallest religious structure in the city. Wat Phnom pagoda is on of the most important pagodas in Cambodia and it is also the central point of Phnom Penh City.
The Independence Monument in Phnom Penh City, capital of Cambodia, was built in 1958 to memorialize Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. It stands on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city where you can enjoy views of Phnom Penh City. Independence Monument is in the form of a lotus-shaped stupa, of the style seen at the Khmer temple at Banteay Srei and other Khmer historical sites. The Independence Monument was designed by the Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann. During national celebrations, The Independence Monument is the center of activity. A ceremonial flame on the interior pedestal is often lit by a royal or high official on these occasions, and floral tributes line the stairs.
Phnom Penh Central Market (or called "Psah Thom Thmey", or "New Grand Market"), is a large market, constructed in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. Initial design and layouts are from French architect Louis Chauchon.
It is located in Phnom Penh City, the capital of Cambodia. When it first opened in 1937, it was said to be the biggest market in Asia; today it still operates as a large market. From 2009 to 2011, it underwent a US$4.2 million renovation funded by the French Development Agency.
Toul Tom Poung Market (Russian Market) (add: St 444, Phnom Penh, Cambodia), the market has gained reputation for cheap clothing, a large selection of Buddha images and woodcarvings, betel-nut boxes, silk, silver jewelry, and classic music instrument...
“The Toul Tom Poung Market (or called Russian Market) is definitely worth a visit. Fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, at the same time textile handicrafts, leather, etc. all under one roof. One said that fantastic prices here!!! I have been to many markets similar in other countries over the years but the prices here were the best - frankly they started so low I didn't even bother to haggle”!
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh City, Cambodia
Day 18: Phnom Penh - Departure
After breakfast, it’s free time until transfer to airport for departure your international flight to next destination of you.