Oriental Essences

Oriental Essences

3 countries Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos that settled Indochina before are independent today. Myanmar which was closed and hidden before is widely opening its doors to the world. Throughout your journey in these 4 countries, you will meet and hear the meaningful stories of the inhabitants here and there, will face the different cultures and mindsets, and discover the different values and heritages of the 4 countries that drink together water of the Mekong River. A trip beyond borders!

Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap

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

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Day 2: Siem Reap

Visit the Temple of Shiva, Banteay Srei, the Banteay Temple and the Ta Prohm Temple. You will have the chance to meet the resident monks in a local monastery and participate in a private good luck blessing ceremony. Enjoy the rituals such as sitting on the mat while the monks chant blessings and sprinkling holy water on you. Your day ends with a relaxing traditional Khmer foot massage.

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Day 3: Siem Reap 

Today you’ll be transferred to Srah Srang (lake within the Angkor compound formerly used for ritual washing). Appreciate your gourmet breakfast (baked croissants and fresh fruits, eggs and Cambodian fried rice with fresh juice, tea or coffee) at the well-renown Heritage suites and the best in Siem Reap. Get to know the most famous landmark of Cambodia, the Angkor temples. You’ll end your day of sightseeing with the excellent Landmine Museum of Mr Akira.

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Day 4: Siem Reap

Morning transfer out of the Siem Reap town to a beautiful village in the countryside, you will start to walk through the village houses, witness with very nice and different activities from the locals for their daily life. Just as some examples: how the locals wash vehicles, selling gasoline in whiskey bottles or the small shops where the locals sell food on the side of small streets.

On the way, you can take some fruits from the plants, enjoy a view of this wonderful area and interact with very kindly people in the village, a 30-minute old mean vehicle ox-cart ride through the rice paddies to reach at one big local house to see how this family doing daily work such as making rice wine and handicraft works meanwhile the member of the family will offer you of fresh coconut and some manmade rice wine to taste. Hop in your van for driving onward to the next destination, a floating community, Mechrey village where you take boat cruises through houses, schools and even shops all sit bobbing on the water — though not in the dry season — as locals paddle around in traditional wooden boats. Return to the pier and drive back to Siem Reap for your late lunch. Drop off at your hotel and rest of the day is free at leisure.

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Day 5: Siem Reap - Luang Prabang

Fly to Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Laos. Explore the city landmarks with the National Museum (former Royal Palace)Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Sen and Wat Visun. The must-see sunset from the top of Mount Phou Si will delight your eyes. Get around the Night Market where local hill tribe people sell their wares.  

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Day 6: Luang Prabang

Embark a boat trip on Mekong River to explore villages at Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan. Discover the incredible heritages as you come in the Royal Temple at Wat Longkhoun and the Sackarine Caves. Continue your exploration as you relax on a cruise to Pak Ou Caves. After your excursion into the caves, cross the Mekong River at Ban Ou for lunch. Return to Luang Prabang by car, stop en route to pay a visit at Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek (well known for its handmade Jute Sar paper).

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Day 7: Luang Prabang - Vientiane

This morning, visit the Luang Prabang Market, selling antiques and silver jewellery made by mountain tribes before flying to Vientiane. 

On arrival, discover Wat Simuang, the religious museum at Wat Sisaket, Wat Pra Keo, the 16th century That Luang Golden Stupa and the Patuxai Gate. Watch the great sunset on the banks of the Mekong River to conclude your day. 

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Day 8: Vientiane - Hanoi

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. One arrival in Hanoi, pick-up and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax or explore the capital on foot.

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Day 9: Hanoi - Halong

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 10: Halong - Phu Lang Village - 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, discover discover Phu Lang pottery village where has many beautiful mountains, creating a charming marine landscape in Bac Ninh. 

Conclude your day with a walk to the dike for the amazing view of the village over the lake and have a relaxing chat with villagers. Enjoy water-puppet show in the late afternoon in Hanoi.

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Day 11: Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An

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 Danang for your transfer to Hoi An. 

On arrival in Hoi An, 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 12: Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An

Drive to visit My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a great sample of the ancient Champa civilization located in the southern part of Vietnam. It was an independent state from around the 2nd to the 17th century, at which time it was occupied by Vietnam. The impressive Hindu-themed ruins feature many beautiful stone sculptures, temples and towers in tropical jungle surroundings. Back to Hoi An town.

At the ancient town, visit the local market before stopping by the Japanese covered bridge, overlooking Phuc Kien Assembly Hall and an ancient house. Explore Hoi An under beautiful lantern lights at night. Get around and visit the lantern market before enjoying Vietnamese folk dancers and musicians perform traditional pieces.

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Day 13: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City 

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, board your private car for the short city tour to the Reunification Palace, outside Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. 

Continue visiting to FITO Museum – the first museum of Vietnamese medicine. Admire the many documents and books on display that deal with traditional Vietnamese medicine. Fito Museum regularly screens a documentary about the history of Vietnam's traditional medicine called 'A Century of Health Care Experiences'.

Heading to Chinatown – the convergence of the Chinese in Saigon, which has kept and preserved their priceless values on culture, religion and architecture. Experience the locals’ nightlife of Saigon on the back of a motorbike. When you will perhaps be thirsty, appreciate a drink at a coffee shop like locals do. Finally, enjoy your night in one of the many local nightclubs frequented by Vietnamese new generation.

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Day 14: Mekong Delta Tour 

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 lunch with traditional dishes of Mekong. End your exploration off the beaten fields with a cycle ride around the village before going back to Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels

Spend the morning to visit Cu Chi Tunnels - a historic war site - on a luxurious speedboat. There, discover weapons and underground bunkers. If you wish, you can crawl through the authentic Viet Cong tunnels and try the local cassava which fighters sustained themselves on for years. Enjoy Vietnamese lunch by the river before going back to Ho Chi Minh City. 

Once arrived, stop at a hidden relaxing Buddhist Pagoda to pay a short visit before shopping at Ben Thanh market. 

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Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City - Yangon

Transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for flight to Yangon.

On arrival in Yangon, you will have free time to rest or get around until late afternoon. Visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda where you can enjoy the amazing sunset. Continue on exploring the many shrines surrounding the pagoda and the food markets to try Yangon cuisine.

At the night, your eyes will stare at the golden surface of the pagoda illuminated by floodlights. Get to know the lively district of Little India in Yangon home to fantastic restaurants and stalls. You’ll then wander around Chinatown, the night market and the Cantonese Kwan Yon (Guanyin) temple. Reach the 19th st. and have a cold beer and a plate of cooked street food to enjoy this happy night.

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Day 17: Yangon - Mandalay

This is now the time to fly to Mandalay. On arrival, you will have free time to rest or get around until late afternoon.  

Visit the iconic U Bein teak bridge claimed to be the world’s longest teak bridge and watch the sunset over this bridge. This evening is at your leisure. During your free time, you can explore the night market and try specialties across the city. 

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Day 18: Mandalay - Bagan

Transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Bagan. When you arrive in the land of thousands pagodas, take the time to soak up the atmosphere that will give you a special nostalgic feeling.

You will have time to discover the colourful Nyaung Oo Market, Shwezigon Pagoda, the elegant Htilominlo Temple (noted for its plaster carvings) and the Tharaba Gate. Explorations of Bagan continue in the afternoon including visits to Ananda temple (an architectural masterpiece of early-style temple), Ananda Okkyaung (one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period), Thatbyinnyu Temple (the highest temple in Bagan, rising to 61 m) and Dhammayangyi Temple (noted for its remarkable brickwork).

Enjoy sunset over one of the watching hills. We ensure you will have an unforgettable experience.

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Day 19: Bagan

Say hello to the inhabitants of Myinkaba village and get to know the traditional lacquer ware workshop, one of the best-known Myanmar handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan. You’ll continue your visit with Myinkaba Gubyaukkyi, Manuha and Nanpaya temples before an excursion to the countryside village of Minnanthu. If time, visit other temples: Payathonzu, Lemyethnar, Sinbyushin, Nandaminnya and Minnanthu monastery. Enjoy sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River at Bupaya.  

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Day 20: Bagan 

Today you are free for relaxation or for own exploration in Bagan. 

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Day 21: Departure from Bagan

On your last day, no activities are scheduled until sending off. Your holiday concludes today after breakfast. Transfer to Yangon airport for 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.

 

Itinerary Exclusions

Please note that, unless otherwise specifically stated in your itinerary, airfares, airport transfers, departure taxes, early/late hotel check-ins, gratuities, personal expenses and some meals are excluded from the tour price. We would be happy to provide you with a quote for air tickets, airport transfers, early check-in or any additional services you might require.

Visa

You may require a visa to enter Vietnam. Please check the list of visa excempted nationalities as below:

  • Myanmar, Brunei: 14 days
  • Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, UK: 15  days
  • Philippines: 21 days
  • Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore,Thailand: 30 days

We would be happy to advise you on visa requirements (if requested).

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Travel Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Mention it in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

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