After breakfast, we will head to Mekong Delta for Ben Tre exploration (130km from Ho Chi Minh city). Reaching Phong Nam Pier, get on the boat and float along the river to various regional working areas. There give you time to observe a picture of the local economy when visiting the brick kilns; coconut activated charcoal factory where coconut shell is put into high heat kiln to produce coconut wood coal; a coconut processing workshop. Certainly, you can try the fresh coconut and you will be impressed with the way every single of this versatile nut is turned into daily foods and other products.
Subsequently, the boat will give you a deliberate excursion floating through the small canal and witness the local life. Stopping at a peaceful village, let’s pay a walking trip to have an exhaustive look at Delta village life. You should also visit a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a handloom – you can even have a go at weaving yourself.
Next, we will board "xe loi" (a kind of motorized rickshaw) or ride a bicycle into another village where you can enjoy a verdant picture of farms, rice fields, and vegetable plans. Once satisfied with your eyes, we will stop at a local house and savor a delicious lunch including regional specialties as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp with some cold drinks and beers before taking a short rest.
In the afternoon, we will embark a sampan to relax when drifting along narrow canals. Then we will return to Pier and transfer to the main road for driving to Cai Be. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4: FLOATING VILLAGE VISITING - DANANG - HOIAN (B, L)
The day of the tour will start a trip in Cai Be to embark on a boat to the Mekong Delta. The legend Mekong River will be a charm to visitors thanks to its quaint byways as well as immerse yourself in daily life at Cai Be Floating Market.
Don’t forget to try some kinds of fresh-picked exotic fruits in a variety of local orchards. You will have a chance to enjoy lunch in an inhabitant’s orchid garden. Talking to the locals, you will understand more about traditional rice paste making, rice popcorn, coco candies, and longans drying process or even visit some local home factories
Transfer back to the hotel for check out and head to Ho Chi Minh Airport for a short flight to Danang. Check-in for your room at the hotel in Danang. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 5: TRA QUE VEGETABLE VILLAGE – HOIAN TOWN (B, L)
Starting a biking tour to Tra Que organic village which is an assembly point of the diversity of herbs and vegetables and views the peaceful beauty on the way.
In breaking time, you will have time to savor some particular local herb juice before continuing the route on the bike to Cam Thanh coconut village. Many beautiful rice fields and sweet hamlets on the way will welcome you by their beauty. Arriving Cam Thanh, your first sight will be a world of bamboo products or even bamboo bicycles. A lunch with a local family or floating on regional fishing basket boat will surely memorable experiences to you before you come back to your bike, cycle through pretty hamlets again and return Hoi An ancient town.
After a short rest, we will start a walking trip with our tour-guide around this attractive port town. Deliberately walking here, you will see the ancient houses built following the Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures along the narrow lanes. The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, the local fish market are some indispensable places that you should visit in Hoi An. Let’s stop off at a tailor-made shop to get yourself a favorite clothes/suits/dresses done in just a few hours.
Transfer back to the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 6: HOIAN - DANANG - HANOI (B)
Free time at your leisure after breakfast until we transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi. Room at hotel in Hoian is at disposal by noontime only. Reaching Hanoi, welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check-in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards.
In the afternoon, we will enjoy a walking tour around Hanoi. You will be surprised with a variety of architectural works in our capital and its well-known 36 streets of the Old Quarter. Transfer back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 7: HANOI (B)
In the morning, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday), the traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda. Leaving here, we will transfer to the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, the famous first university in Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating.
Charge yourself with lunch and a short rest before we start our afternoon for a visit to the Ethnology Museum (closed on Monday). Here, you can deeply explore the diversity of Vietnam’s many ethnic groups before enjoying a traditional water puppet show performed after the sunset.
Meals on your own and take a sound sleep for the following day!
DAY 8: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi for a 180-km journey to Ha Long Bay, one of UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3000 islands located in a background of limestone in Gulf of Tonkin.
Reaching Ha Long, you will enjoy an overnight cruise on a wonderful boat floating on Ha Long Bay and savoring a special menu of fresh seafood will bring you the best moment you have ever had.
You will be served with lunch and dinner on the boat. Overnight onboard.
DAY 9: HALONG - HANOI - LUANG PRABANG (B)
You are recommended to wake up early in the morning on this day because that is the most wonderful time for you to contemplate aquamarine water of the bay at its best. Once satisfied with the tea break, you will continue the onboard excursion through impressive limestone here. Don’t forget to take some nice photos of this unique land.
Then we will come back to Hanoi Airport for flight to Luang Prabang. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check-in. Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 10: LUANG PRABANG (B)
On this day of the tour, we will visit the city located on the left bank of the Mekong River. Luang Prabang used to be a religious capital of Laos, thus it is the concentration of more than 100 temples. Particularly, visitors will discover Vat Xieng Thong (means “The Golden City”) or Temple of the Royal city, the oldest, most important and most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang. It was built under the reign of the King Setthathirat (1559-1560) with a picturesque scenery surrounding.
Next, we will come to Vat May Temple. Erected at the end of the 18th century, the temple is a capped sanctuary featuring a five-sided roof surmounted by three parasols. Another temple we will visit is Vat Visoun which is particular with its wooden windows designed according to the architecture of the Khmer Temple of Vat Phou. We will also visit Vat Aham temple, which is next to Vat Visoun. Transferring to Vat Senna, the first monastery of which roof was covered with yellow and red tile that made it colorful.
At the end of the afternoon, let’s climb Mount Phousi to contemplate the fantastic picture of the sunset. It’s an ideal time to take some nice photos. On the way back to the hotel, we will visit the H’mong Night Market for exploration and buy some lovely souvenirs. Transfer back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 11: KHUANG SY WATERFALL – PAK OU CAVE (B, L)
After breakfast, we will excurse to Khuang Sy Waterfall. On the way, you will see the picturesque landscape of the country with villages and verdant paddy fields. Don’t forget to take some nice photos!
Khuang Sy Waterfall is considered one of the most attractive destinations in Laos. Visitors reaching here will have the opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty here. If weather permits, visitors can immerse themselves into the water, swim for entertainment. There will be a picnic lunch among the picturesque waterfall landscape. What a beautiful experience!
We will come back to the city and transfer on a pretty traditional boat and cruise along the Mekong towards Pak Ou Cave. Located near the center of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou is not only a particular destination but also a place that shelters historic cultural values. Visiting the cave, you will see that this is the home for thousands of Buddhist statues with numerous dimensions. This must be a memorable experience for visitors.
On the way back to Luang Prabang, if time permits, we will drop off at Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xang Hai. There will give you a chance to observe the manufacturing rice wine “Lao” making the process of locals. Certainly, you can sample the wine before we enjoy the sunset on the way cruising back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 12: LUANG PRABANG - SIEM REAP (B)
Free time at your leisure until we transfer to the airport for flight to Siem Reap. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check-in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 13: ANGKOR WAT – BANTEAY SREI – TA PROHM (B)
This day of the tour will lead us to Angkor Wat Temple first, the largest and most beautiful Temple in Angkor Archaeological Site. Constructed in the 12th century (1112-1152) under the reign of Suryavarman II in honor of Vishnu, Angkor Wat is currently the soul and symbol of the Cambodian Nation and appears on the flag of the country. UNESCO recognized Angkor Wat as a World Heritage, which needs preserving.
With many embossments surrounding this religious monument, it describes the legend of Hindu divinities and immortal life. Visitors will easily notice a disproportionate scenery of squares, stairs, towers and imagine the magnificent age of the Khmer Empire. Different from other temples in Angkor, Angkor Wat is still an important Buddhist work and home for numerous Buddha statues although it used to be left fallow in the 15th century.
Our next destination is to Banteay Srei, one of the smallest temples in Angkor. However, it is an attractive point for tourists thanks to its beautiful carving. Banteay Srei is celebrated as a gem of Khmer art. Erected from pink sandstone, the temple’s wall was decorated with flowers and Ramayana epic vignettes. Banteay Srei is at its best in the sunset.
We will continue to visit the ancient monastery Ta Prohm. The Ta Prohm Temple, which was built in 1186 particularly for the mother of King Jayavarman VII, used to be home of more than 12.500 people, including 18 priests and 80.000 Khmer people. However, the collapse of the Khmer Empire led to the current situation of Temple: ignored and covered by tropical forests. This excursion will make you feel as you are the first adventurer who explores the ancient temple.
The visitor will find a unique chance to see splendidly carved vestige and breathe an atmosphere truly fresh. Transfer back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 14: KOMPONG KHLEANG – ANGKOR THOM (B, L)
In the morning, we will come to visit Kompong Khleang floating village. This village is also an interesting place to explore thanks to its fresh air as well as the pure and peaceful beauty. This is an ideal place for those who would like to escape from the daily noise.
After that, we will take a boat and pass the canals to a larger part of the lake to visit the Vietnamese’ temporary accommodation when they are displaced from their homes because of the seasons. Getting back to the village, let’s enjoy a picnic lunch in a villager’s home and listen to their interesting stories to have an exhaustive look at their daily lives.
After a short rest, we will return to Siem Reap in the afternoon and pay a visit to Angkor Thom (means “Great City”) which was built in the late of the 12th century under the reign of King Jayavarman VII. This place was the final and the most long-lasting capital of the Khmer Empire. With an area of 9 square kilometers, Angkor Thom contains many temples erected in the former ages by Jayavarman and his later generations.
In the heart of Angkor Thom is the National Temple of Jayavarman, the Bayon Temple with many other relics around the Victory Plaza. An excursion here will give visitors a chance to observe many ancient sculptures.
Transfer back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 15: SIEM REAP - DEPARTURE (B)
You are free at your leisure until we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. The room is at your disposal until noontime only. Meals on your own. Goodbye!