Classic Indochina and Bangkok

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Classic Indochina and Bangkok

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Destination for this trip:

Bangkok, Thailand; Cambodia; Hanoi, Vietnam; Hue, Vietnam; Luang Prabang, Laos; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Thailand; Vientiane, Laos; Vietnam

Length of trip:

19 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 500 to $ 5000

Best travel dates to go:

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November


Detailed Description of this trip:

The Cultural Highlights of Classic Indochina and Bangkok tour includes the following activities: Vientiane: Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Reliquary or Great Stupa), the local market. Luang Prabang: Pak Ou Caves, National Museum, Phu Si, Mouhot’s Tomb Halong: Cruise Hanoi: One Pillar Pagaoda, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and St. Joseph Cathedral. Hue: Imperial City, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Halls of the Mandarins, Nine Dynasty Urns, Forbidden Purple City, TuDuc Tomb and Dong Ba market. Danang: Cham Museum, China Beach and Marble Mountains. Saigon: Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, City Hall, War Remnants’ Museum Thien Hau Pagoda and Cholon. Phnom Penh: Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Wat Phnom, Wat Ounalom, Tuol Sleng Museum and Central Market. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon and Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre, Ta Keo, Ta Prohm, Sras Srang, Ta Som, and Eastern Mebon. Bangkok: Wat Traimitr, Wat Pho, the Marble Temple.


Trip Properties:


Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - On the Plane

    USA - Bangkok.
    Commercial Flight

    Embark on your transpacific flight from Los Angels to Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Day 2 - Bangkok

    Arrive Bangkok.

    Upon arrival in Bangkok – the “Land of Smiles”, you will be met and escorted to your hotel.

    Hotel

    Stay at Imperial Queen’s Park.

  • Day 3 - Vientiane

    Bangkok - Vientiane.
    Commercial Flight

    After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Vientiane, capital of Laos. Situated in a bend of the Mekong River amidst fertile alluvial plains, Vientiane is a laid-back city with interesting temples and lively markets.

    Sightseeing

    Today you will visit some of these temples including Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Reliquary or Great Stupa) - the most important national monument in Laos - functioning as a dual symbol of the Buddhist religion and the Lao nation.

    Shopping

    You will also visit Talaat Sao - the local market that sells a wide range of fabrics, jewelry and electronic goods. (B).

    Hotel

    Stay at Chanthapanya Hotel.

  • Day 4 - Luang Prabang

    Vientiane - Luang Prabang.
    Commercial Flight

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will take a short flight to Luang Prabang, an ancient capital city of the Lan Xang Kingdom. It is famous for its historic temples and beautiful setting surrounded by mountains. In 1995 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Sightseeing

    Tour to the temples of various styles and appreciate some ancient masterpieces of Lao art. (B).

    Hotel

    Stay at Mouang Luang Hotel.

  • Day 5 - Luang Prabang

    Sightseeing

    Today you will take a boat excursion to the Pak Ou Caves. Located in the steep rock cliff at the confluence of the Mekong River and Ou River, these two caves are filled with Buddha images of varying styles, ages and sizes.

    Sightseeing

    Later, visit a village near the Pak Qu Caves and then the recently excavated Thing Hong cave. (B).

  • Day 6 - Vientiane

    Luang Prabang – Vientiane.
    Sightseeing

    Explore the National Museum, originally constructed as the Royal Palace that now houses the Royal throne of the Lan Xang Kingdom and many other pieces of regalia and religious treasures.

    Sightseeing

    Later visit Phu Si to enjoy an excellent view of the town. Continue to Ban Phanom, a village well known for hand weaving cotton and silk. Tour Mouhot’s Tomb – holding the remains of the French explorer Henri Mouhot, known as the man who discovered Angkor Wat.

    Commercial Flight

    Fly back to Vientiane. (B).

  • Day 7 - Vientiane

    Vientiane - Hanoi – Halong.
    Commercial Flight

    Fly from Vientiane to Hanoi and then transfer to Halong Bay. (B).

    Hotel

    Stay at Halong Pearl Hotel.

  • Day 8 - Hanoi

    Halong – Hanoi.
    Small Ship or Yacht Cruise

    Today you will discover Halong Bay – “Bay of Descending Dragon” on a 4-hour boat cruise. The picturesque Halong Bay is comprised of over 3,000 small jagged limestone islands that arise from the South China Sea. (B).

    Hotel

    Stay at Green Park Hotel.

  • Day 9 - Hanoi

    Sightseeing

    Hanoi, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and public parks, is the capital of Vietnam. It is a very attractive city with French style buildings and less traffic than other cities in Asia.

    Sightseeing

    You will explore Hanoi’s cultural and historic highlights via a tour to One Pillar Pagaoda, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and St. Joseph Cathedral. (B).

  • Day 10 - Hue

    Hanoi – Hue.
    Commercial Flight

    Fly from Hanoi to Hue.

    Sightseeing

    Enjoy an included tour to Imperial City, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Halls of the Mandarins, Nine Dynasty Urns, Forbidden Purple City, Tu Duc Tomb and Dong Ba market. (B).

    Hotel

    Hotel : Stay at Hue Heritage.

  • Day 11 - Hue

    Hue – Danang.
    Sightseeing

    This morning, you will take an excursion on the Huong Giang River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. Then drive to Danang via Hai Van Pass and Lang Co. The famous Hai Van Pass is an incredible mountainous stretch of highway with spectacular views. Lang Co is a pretty island-like stretch of palm-shaded sand with a crystal- clear lagoon on one side and beach-front facing the South China Sea.

    Sightseeing

    Arrive in Danang - Vietnam's fourth largest city. You will tour Cham Museum, China Beach and Marble Mountains. (B).

    Hotel

    Stay at Royal Danang.

  • Day 12 - Vietnam

    Danang – Saigon.
    Sightseeing

    This morning, you will take a walking tour through Hoi An, a picturesque riverside town south of Danang. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of Southeast Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

    Commercial Flight

    Afterwards, fly to Saigon. (B).

    Hotel

    Stay at Chancery Hotel.

  • Day 13 - Vietnam

    Sightseeing

    Saigon is the largest Vietnamese city, with the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life visible everywhere. There are street markets, sidewalk cafes and sleek new bars. The city churns and bubbles. Yet within this teeming metropolis are 300 years of timeless traditions and the beauty of an ancient culture. City tour includes Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, City Hall, War Remnants Museum, Thien Hau Pagoda and Cholon – the “Big Market”. (B).

  • Day 14 - Phnom Penh

    Saigon - Phnom Penh.
    Commercial Flight

    Fly across the border to Cambodia’s capital – Phnom Penh. The city is considered to be the loveliest of the French-built cities of Indochina.

    Sightseeing

    Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Wat Phnom, Wat Ounalom, Tuol Sleng Museum and Central Market. (B).

    Hotel

    Stay at The Juliana Hotel.

  • Day 15 - Siem Reap

    Phnom Penh - Siem Reap.
    Commercial Flight

    After a short flight, arrive at Siem Reap, where the stunning Angkor Wat complex is located.

    Sightseeing

    Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon and Ta Prohm. (B).

    Hotel

    Stay at Lotus Angkor Hotel.

  • Day 16 - Siem Reap

    Sightseeing

    You have a full day to explore Angkor Wat by visiting the following: Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre, Ta Keo, Ta Prohm, Sras Srang, Ta Som, and Eastern Mebon. (B).

  • Day 17 - Bangkok

    Siem Reap - Bangkok.
    Commercial Flight

    Today we bid farewell to Angkor Wat as we fly to Bangkok.

    Hotel

    Upon arrival you are met and escorted to your hotel. Rest of the day is free. (B).

  • Day 18 - Bangkok

    Sightseeing

    Today you will discover Bangkok by visiting three of the most gorgeous Buddhist temples in Bangkok: Wat Traimitr with its impressive 3-metre tall, 5-ton heavy solid gold Buddha image which gleams like no other gold artifact; Wat Pho, Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple, featuring the largest reclining Buddha, and the Marble Temple, a prime example of modern Thai architecture. (B).

  • Day 19 - Bangkok

    Bangkok - Los Angles.

    Today our journey comes to an end as we board our flight home. (B).

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