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Indochina Discovery 14days
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(14 Days - 13 Nights)
Day 1: Pick up Saigon Airport
Pick up from The Airport & transfer to the Hotel

Day 2: Saigon (Breakfast)
Sightseeing in Saigon
A vibrant metropolis, SAIGON teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorcycles, chatting on cell phones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshipers pray amidst clouds of incense.
Begin your tour into modern history with a tour of the REUNIFICATION PALACE. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates. Continue to the harrowing WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, which comprehensively documents the travails of the long Vietnam- American War. Inside are detailed photographic exhibitions; outside is a collection of tanks, planes and weapons. A powerful experience, this museum is guaranteed to provoke strong emotions. Afterwards driving to the historic center to visit EMPEROR OF JADE PAGODA, one of Saigon's most interesting pagoda. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and the CENTRAL POST OFFICE. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate CITY HALL (HOTEL DE VILLE), the old OPERA HOUSE (both may only be viewed from the outside). Finally, end up at the central BEN THANH MARKET, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.
Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels
Afterwards, continue to the CU CHI TUNNELS. Never discovered by American forces, these tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Today, you can walk through the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the VC, see the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists. Return to Saigon in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Saigon

Day 3: Saigon - Cai Be - Can Tho (Breakfast)
Transfer Sai Gon – Cai be by vehicle. Boarding the Cruise at 12.30 in Cai Be. When lunch is served, the Cruise will start cruising around the Delta. You can enjoy the flow of the daily life on the Mekong. The boat heads south to Cai Nhum. Should you be interested in, we can organize a little hike to the village. Then we continue to Tra On where the boat will anchor for the night.
The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner.

Day 4: Can Tho (Breakfast)
Early Breakfast on boat at 06:30, as the ship is resuming its cruise the Tra On floating market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho. Arrival in Cai Rang floating market, check out and transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, the nearby arroyos and gardens and return to the Ninh Kieu pier. Check in hotel. Free in afternoon ( no guide, no car ) at disposal.

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 5: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.
Early Check-out &. Pick up at hotel & transfer to Cai Rang. Biking tour from Cai Rang to Omon . Pick-up at Omon & then transfer to Chau Doc. Late Check- in hotel.
Overnight in Chau Doc.

Day 6: Chau Doc (Breakfast at hotel restaurant)
Boat trip to visit Cham village. Sam mountain tour Tra Su forest in the afternoon.
Overnight in Chau Doc.

Day 7: Chau Doc (Breakfast)
Chau Doc - PP by Speed boat. Arrival in Phnom Pen in the afternoon, transfer for the sightseeing to the most remarkable sites of Phnom Penh, including of the Independence Monument, the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and Wat Phnom Temple.

After the visit, transfer to Phnom Penh airport for the flight to Siem Reap.
Arrival in Siem Reap, transfer to the hotel for check-in
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 8: Angkor Wat (Breakfast)
In the morning, explore to the kingdom of Angkor by visiting the last capital of Angkorian Empire, Angkor Thom via the South Gate, the giant stone faces city temple of Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace and the Lepper King Terrace. Start the visit of the epic centerpiece of Angkor Wat temple with its extraordinary architecture and bas-reliefs. End of the day, enjoy the sunset view over Angkor Wat from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hill.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 9: Free at day leisure (no guide & car at disposal).
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 10: Free until transfer to airport. Take flight to Luang Prabang
Check in Hotel and free at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 11: Luang Prabang
Give alms to the monks (early morning)
Giving food and offerings to the monk in the early morning.
In the morning meet at Tum Tum Cheng restaurant. Visit market Pho See. After that Learn how to chop and cut the different ingridients, spices and vegetables. Cooking shared tasks e.g. rolling spring rolls, or wrapping meat in banana leaves. Preparation of sticky rice and steamed rice History of Lao and the neighboring countries, Lao rice vodka tasting. Cooking by yourself and cooking demonstration by chef. Lunch starts when all your dishes are done, we serve you drinks and tell you about Lao culinary traditions and eating habits. Receive Certificate of Achievement at the end of the class. Sightseeing in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang, the ancient capital city of the Lan Xang Kingdom, is famous for its historic temples and beautiful setting surrounded by mountains. In 1995 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit the National Museum (former Royal Palace, closed on Tuesdays)
Visit the NATIONAL MUSEUM (ROYAL PALACE), a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs. This turn-of-the century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos. Visit Wat Mai constructed in 1821 during the reign of King Manthatourath, it was once the residence of Phra Sangkharaj (the Patriarch of the Buddhist clergy).
Visit Wat Xieng Thong built in 1560 and situated on the banks of the Mekong River, it is the most beautiful monastery in Luang Prabang and shows the typical Lao art style with old religious artifacts and some ancient masterpieces of Lao art.
Visit Mount Phousi for sunset. Climb the hillside stairs to the small temples atop PHOU SI, the 100m high hill which sits in the middle of the town, offering beautiful views over the temples and river.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 12: Luang Prabang (Breakfast)
Excursion to Tad Sae Waterfall with elephant ride at All Lao Elephant Camp and nature trekking :
Transfer to All Lao Elephant Camp. Enjoy (approx. 1.5 hour) elephant trek into the rain forest and down to the Nam Khan River. You will be able to feed elephants bananas. Drive to BAN XEING LOM or Ban SUAN VILLAGE. Start trekking to see a KHAMU village. Lunch will be served at this Khamu village. Arrive at TAD SAE WATERFALL which is a series of low cascading falls with large pools for swimming and monkey jumping. Return to BAN EN SAVANH by longtail boat, then transfer back to Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 13: Free at leisure/ own discovery.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 14: Free until transfer to airport for flight.

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Monica Thorman It is really interesting & informative trip. Loved seeing Mekong life on boats & floating markets, seeing Taphrom covered in tall trees & Angkor Wat in moonlight. It was great atmosphere of Luang Prabang including monks, temples, kind people, good food! The hotels are excellent. We have really enjoyed all excursions & had lots of fun :-) Viet Holiday services has been excellent & we would not hesitate to recommend them to others - would not change anything.
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