Memories from Indochina

Memories from Indochina

This tour won’t certainly allow you to miss the essentials of Vietnam and Cambodia. The tragic past of the war shared by both countries after the French colonization has never been forgotten in the memories of the local people. From them, during your journey you will hear some of their poignant life stories. As you discover the impressive cultural heritages, the locals will share a time to show you their daily activities. You will never be so close to the heartland of Vietnam and Cambodia once your feet will get here.

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

On arrival in Hanoi you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening, get to know the destination with a welcome dinner.

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Day 2: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

This morning enjoy a scenic drive through beautiful rice fields of Red River Delta. 
On arrival in Ha Long, embark on the junk for your overnight stay on Ha Long Bay. Admire the fascinating rock formations of the bay, visit caves and cruise to island for swimming, kayaking or relaxing on the beach. Stay overnight on the junk with full board seafood meals served.

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Day 3: Ha Long Bay - Phat Tich Pagoda and Do Temple - Hanoi 

Experience the exquisite beauty of Ha Long Bay at sunrise. Visit Vung Vieng fishing village, meet the locals and pass through the floating school and fish farms before disembarking.

On the way back to Hanoi, visit Phat Tich Pagoda – a special National monument of Vietnam – and Do Temple where is worshiping the kings of Ly dynasty.

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Day 4: Hanoi - Hue 

This morning, we will reveal you the orientation of this historic city with a cyclo ride. The ride will take you along the narrow streets in the Old Quarter and you can see many activities of locals along your ride. Visit some of the city landmarks such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature or Ethnology Museum before flying to Hue. 

On arrival in Hue, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax or explore on your own.

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Day 5: Hue Citadel and garden house

The ancient citadel of Hue – a well-known historical monument - is your first sight in the morning. Take a boat cruise to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most ancient architectural structures for religious worship.

Proceed to Dong Ba market, the biggest market in town; Visiting local market is a great way to get to know a local life. Leaving Thien Mu for Princess Ngoc Son’s home. Princess Ngoc Son was a daughter of Emperor Dong Khanh; When she married, her father granted her the land to build a home. Today, it is one of the best garden houses and has been maintained largely in its original form. The house is a classic structure with three bays and two wings. The highlight is a small artificial rock garden.

Last stop at Dong Thien Pagoda where is a very green, peaceful and quiet pagoda. It has a beautiful yard and a very interesting garden that can supply vegetables for the nuns. Chat with the nuns getting to know more about their lives in the pagoda.

 

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Day 6: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An

Take time out to visit the tomb of King Thieu Tri – an unique architecture with green trees and rice fields - that is surrounded the tomb ranging from the Huong River to Lim Bridge.

Say farewell to Hue, then get your camera ready for the spectacular and breathtaking Hai Van Pass before continuing to Hoi An. You will perhaps notice that more than any other places in Vietnam, Hoi An has well preserved the remains of the past which will envelope you as you explore the town.

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Day 7: Exploring My Son - Hoi An 

Start a day to visit My Son where is a cluster of Hindu temple ruins constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa and served as a site for their religious ceremonies. The overgrown ruins remain today as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the My Son Sanctuary.

Return to Hoi An town, visit the local market before stopping by the Japanese covered bridge, overlooking Phuc Kien Assembly Hall and an ancient house. 

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Day 8: Hoi An – Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City

Your guide will meet you at your hotel after breakfast and transfer you to the airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon.

Upon arrival we will take a tour to Reunification Palace, outside Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post office. Lunch will be served with Pho, a famous Vietnamese food.

In the afternoon, visit FITO Musuem, the first museum of Vietnamese medicine. The museum regularly screens a documentary about the history of medicine.
Then to Thien Hau Pagoda, where hundreds of local people come and burn the incense for their luck, prosperity and happiness. After that, take a walk around Cho Lon, the biggest whole sale market in town. It is great combination of busy and bustle atmosphere of the market and traditional Chinese Architecture there.

In the evening, you will join in the tour to discover Saigon in a very special way. You will experience the nightlife of Saigon in the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Stops include drinks at a coffee shop to watch “the world goes by” (according to Lonely Planet), dinner with a sampling of Saigon’s best authentic street/local food. Finally, wrapping up the evening at one of the many local nightclubs (with live music), where the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique style.

 

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Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho

Today after your arrival to Cai Be, explore the waters of the Mekong Delta. You will take a boat trip along one of the small branches of the river. 

After disembarking, visit local factories, fish farm and rice paddies. Then, stop by a lush orchard which has diverse tropical fruits: there, chat with the owner, a former veteran to hear stories of his life and walk with him around his garden to taste his fresh fruits.

Embark on a sampan ride to visit the residents of a local 100-year house and enjoy hosted lunch with traditional dishes of Mekong. End your exploration off the beaten fields with a cycle ride around the village before being transferred to Can Tho.

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Day 10: Can Tho - Chau Doc

Wake-up early and travel by boat to the township of Cai Rang to see the hustle and bustle of a floating market. Watch as vendors hawk their wares from boats teeming with produce and buy a coffee from one of the floating cafes. Then, drive approximately three hours to the township of Chau Doc, a colourful and sleepy town near the Vietnam-Cambodia border.

This afternoon drive approximately 20kms from Chau Doc to Tra Su Forest and travel by sampan through endless waterways flanked by mangroves and lush greenery. This eco reserve spans 850 hectares and is an ecological haven for fauna and flora, with more than 100 species of water birds and colonies of bats. The best time to visit Tra Su is from September to November when the water is high, although it is accessible all year round. 

On the way to the forest you will visit a small village of ethnic Khmer, where you will learn about the importance of Buddhism in the community and have the opportunity to chat with monks at the local monastery.

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Day 11: Chau Doc

The Mekong Delta is a land of winding waterways, lush paddy fields and floating markets where life is governed by the ebb and flow of Vietnam’s most iconic river. Today wake-up early and cruise aboard a small boat to the fascinating Vinh Te Canal built from 1819 to 1823 by Emperors Gia Long and Minh Mang from the Nguyen Dynasty. Arrive at the banks of Sam Mountain and visit two of the iconic temples that draw pilgrims from miles around. Visit Chau Doc’s famous floating market; Traders and farmers from the surrounding countryside come with their products such as fruits, vegetables and fish, then bought and sold en mass. Lunch at a local restaurant, with spectacular panoramic views of the countryside below.

Continue past the floating fish farms on your way to a local Cham Village, where you will hear the story of one of Vietnam’s most fascinating people. The lush green paddy fields of Chau Doc are the perfect place to escape the modern life and discover the authentic Mekong Delta at its very best. Cycle out along quiet dirt tracks, through villages where life has changed a little over the decades and through fields busy with hardworking farmers and water buffalo. Stop along the way for a chat with locals and some of the best views Southern Vietnam has to offer. 

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Day 12: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

Travel by boat four and half hours up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh the capital city of Cambodia. See the jewels of the Silver Pagoda with its floor made of silver and Buddha’s studded in diamonds. Hear the moving stories of the prisoners of Tuol Sleng and end your day on a lighter note as you shop for trinkets at the central market.

Day 13: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

After breakfast, we drive a long highway road No. 6 to Siem Reap.  Along the way, we will have an opportunity to see how the daily life of local people in the countryside.  

We stop en-route to visit Kampong Kdei bridge that used to be the longest corbelled stone-arch bridge in the world, with more than twenty narrow arches spanning 285 ft (87m). The bridge was built in the 12th century during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. It is one of the few Khmer empire era bridges that have survived to the modern day.  Upon arrival check in at hotel.  

In the afternoon, visit the Roluos group of temples dating between the 9th and 10th centuries, including Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei Temples.

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Day 14: Siem Reap

Enter Angkor Thom via the Southern Gate and explore the ancient city. Then proceed to visit the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace. 

In the afternoon, visit the Bantey Kdei with its rarely seen sculpted female deities, the Lake of Srah Srang. Visit the Ta Keo, Chau Say Tevada and Thommanon Temples before returning to the hotel.

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Day 15: Siem Reap

In the morning, visit the graceful 11th century Temple of Shiva - Banteay Srei - and the Banteay Samre Temple. On the way back, swing by the Ta Prohm Temple which is mystically enveloped in the jungle. 

In the afternoon, we drive to a local monastery and meet the resident monks and participate in a private good luck blessing ceremony and wishing you good health and a safe journey, performed by local monks. Sit on the mat while the monks chant blessings and sprinkle holy water on you – a traditional way which is believed pass on the good luck of the gods. Afterwards, a sacred thread will be tied around your wrist. This will protect you from any evil spirits or accidents – a memorable experience!

End the tour by relaxing after a long day of climbing around temple ruins as you get pampered with a rejuvenating traditional an-hour Khmer or foot massage.

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Day 16: Farewell from Siem Reap

Your holiday concludes today after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport to connect with your onward flight.

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Inclusions:

  • Accommodation at selected hotels with daily breakfast;
  • Check-in time is 2.00PM and check-out time is 12.00PM (Early or late service is subject to availability with surcharge);
  • Meals as mentioned;
  • Experienced English speaking guide;
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle;
  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time;
  • Boat cruises mentioned (group join-in for Halong and Mekong);
  • Domestic flights as program (economy class);
  • Service charge and current government VAT tax.

Exclusions:

  • Entry visas and stamp fees;
  • Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request);
  • Tips and gratuities;
  • Services and meals if not mentioned in itinerary;
  • All other drinks not mentioned in the inclusion;
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature;
  • Mineral water, cool tissues on touring days;
  • Travel insurance; 
  • All other expenses not mentioned in the inclusion.
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