Indochina Grand Circle 15 Days

  • $ 2599.00 USD Per Person
    • Tour Code:SAIC-15D
    • Duration:15 Day
    • departure:
    • destination:
  • Phnom Penh/Siem Reap/Saigon/Hoi An/Hue/Hanoi/Vientiane/Luang Prabang

    Var.A US$2599 3-4* Accommodations
    Var. B US$2999 3-5* Accommodations
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1 days
PHNOM PENH
Itinerary
Sightseeing in Phnom Penh (4 hours)
Explore Phnom Penh, a chaotic, energetic and always fascinating city. Graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras; today they teem with life and activity, as motorcycles weave in and out of traffic, vendors hawk their wares, and pedestrians go about their business. Start the tour with an insight into Cambodia's cultural heritage with a visit to the Royal Palace, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoi and the adjacent Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha. Continue to the elegant National Museum, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer Art. Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh's two great markets, the Central Market, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building or the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from Cds and Dvds to silks, crafts, jewellery and more.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Attractions
  • PHNOM PENH

Hotel
Var. A: Ohana Hotel 4* Deluxe
Var. B: The Juliana Hotel 4* Deluxe
2 days
PHNOM PENH - SIEM REAP
Itinerary
Transfer (8 kms)

Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Transfer (6 kms)

Sightseeing in Angkor

Visit Angkor Wat (2 hours)
The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. Upon entering the main structure, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted from the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones.

Visit Angkor Thom (2.5 hours)
The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats; the city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down from every angle.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Attractions
  • PHNOM PENH

  • Siem Reap

Meal
(B)
Hotel
Var. A: Royal Empire Hotel 4* Superior
Var. B: Sokha Siem Reap Resort & Convention Center 5* Deluxe Garden View
3 days
SIEM REAP
Itinerary
Sightseeing in Angkor

Visit Banteay Srei Temple (90 minutes)
Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Because of its small size, wondrous atmosphere and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture, this temple is often a favourite with visitors.

Visit Banteay Samre (30 minutes)
Banteay Samre is a mid-12th century temple dedicated to the god Vishnu.

Visit Ta Prohm temple (2 hours)
Ta Prohm is one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.

Visit Ta Keo (30 minutes)
Ta Keo was built by Jayavarman V who ruled from 968 to 1001, it was the first Angkorian monument built entirely of sandstone and was dedicated to Shiva. The summit of the central tower is 50 metres high and is surrounded by four lower towers.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Attractions
  • Siem Reap

Meal
(B)
Hotel
Var. A: Royal Empire Hotel 4* Superior
Var. B: Sokha Siem Reap Resort & Convention Center 5* Deluxe Garden View
4 days
SIEM REAP - SAIGON
Itinerary
Sightseeing in Angkor (35 kms)

Visit Chau Say Tevoda
Chau Say Tevoda was built during the second quarter of the 12th century opposite Thommanon, it was dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.

Visit Banteay Kdei Temple (45 minutes)
A massive Buddhist temple dating from the second half of the 12th century, Banteay Kdei is surrounded by four concentric walls, the outer walls measuring 500 by 700 metres.

Visit Neak Pean Temple (40 minutes)
Neak Pean was built by King Jayavarman Vii (ruled 1181 to 1201), it is a Buddhist temple consisting of a square pool with four smaller square pools arranged on each axis. In the centre of the large central pool is a circular island encircled by two nagas with intertwined tails.

Visit Srah Srang (30 minutes)
Srah Srang is a basin east of Banteay Kdei measuring 800 by 400 metres with a tiny island in the middle where only the stone base remains of what was once a wooden temple.

Visit Prasat Kravan (30 minutes)
Prasat Kravan: the five brick towers were built for Hindu worship in 921 and are notable for the bas-reliefs cut into the bricks on the interior walls.

Transfer (6 kms)

Flight from Siem Reap to Saigon

Arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Transfer

Overnight in Saigon
Attractions
  • Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City

Meal
(B)
Hotel
Var. A: Saigon Hotel Villa* Deluxe
Var. B: Equatorial Hotel 5* Deluxe
5 days
SAIGON
Itinerary
Sightseeing in Saigon [Half day] (4 hours)
A vibrant metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. Begin with a tour of the historic centre, strolling along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by 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), and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.

Afterwards dive into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style 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. Finally, visit the Emperor Of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon's most interesting pagodas.

Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels (5.5 hours)
Never discovered by American forces, the Cu Chi 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 weapons factories. Today, walk through the area and learn about the day to day life of the Vietcong, bear witness to the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists.

Overnight in Saigon
Attractions
  • Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City

Meal
(B)
Hotel
Var. A: Saigon Hotel Villa* Deluxe
Var. B: Equatorial Hotel 5* Deluxe
6 days
SAIGON
Itinerary
Excursion to Ben Tre with boat trip on Mekong River (Full day) (8 hours)
After a journey through Ben Luc and Tan An, proceed to Ben Tre to take a boat trip on the Mekong River to Vam Xep canal where local handicrafts and coconut sweets are produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits, a performance of traditional songs, and observe the local life. Take a short ride on motor cart to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea. Proceed by sampan through the small canals to observe the daily life of local people along the riverbanks with some stops for a leisurely stroll.

Overnight in Saigon
Attractions
  • Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City

Meal
(B)
Hotel
Var. A: Saigon Hotel Villa* Deluxe
Var. B: Equatorial Hotel 5* Deluxe
7 days
SAIGON - DANANG - HOI AN
Itinerary
Journey south past the Marble Mountains and small villages.By vehicle from Danang to Hoi An (30 kms)Flight from Saigon to DanangTransfer (15 kms)Non Nuoc Beach was a famous surf spot for American soldiers during Vietnam War in 1960s. The beach gently slopes towards the calm, clear, blue sea and the clarity of the water attracts visitors who come to bathe and enjoy the seafood. This fine sandy beach with sunshine all the year round makes it suitable for holiday-makers in all four seasons.Visit Non Nuoc Beach (30 minutes)The Cham Museum houses probably the best collection of Cham art to be found anywhere in the world. There are more than 300 artefacts in the museum, many dating to the 4th century. There are beautiful sculptures reflecting the 1000 year Cham period.Visit Cham Museum (45 minutes)

Visit Marble Mountains (2 hours)
The Marble Mountains consist of 5 stone hillocks, once islands, made of marble. Each is said to represent one of the five elements of the universe. The largest and most famous, Thuy Son, has a number of natural caves in which Buddhist sanctuaries have been built over the centuries. When the Champas ruled this area, these same caves were used as Hindu shrines.

Sightseeing in Hoi An (2.5 hours)
Hoi An, a picturesque riverside town, was one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. This walking tour includes many of the town's highlights. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. Near the bridge is Sa Huynh Museum which houses exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. Wander into the Tran Family Chapel, a 200 year old house built for worshipping ancestors. Visit Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of the Chinese clans in the Hoi An area and is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau, the Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen. Also enter into a Lantern Making Workshop to see how the frame is made and the silk cloth put onto the lantern.

Overnight in Hoi An
Attractions
  • Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City

  • Da Nang

  • Hội An

Meal
(B)
Hotel
Var. A: Mercure Hoi An Royal 4* Standard
Var. B: Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An 5* Deluxe
8 days
HOI AN - HUE
Itinerary
By vehicle from Hoi An to Hue (140 kms)
Drive from Hoi An to Hue along scenic mountain roads with spectacular views over the coastline. Highlights along the way include the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of North and South Vietnam; Lang Co, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the East Vietnam Sea; and the large coastal city of Danang.

Sightseeing in Hue
Hue served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices. It was established in the 17th century.

Visit the Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh (2 hours)
Venture into the countryside around Hue to the Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc. Tu Duc, the longest reigning Vietnamese emperor, designed and built this elegant tomb during his lifetime, using it as a retreat for meditation, reading and theatre performances. Take some time to soak in the tranquil atmosphere, wandering among the gracefully proportioned pavilions, courtyards and lotus ponds. Afterwards visit the Imperial Tomb of Khai Dinh, dramatically located on a hillside. The last of the monumental tombs of the Nguyen dynasty, completed in 1931, this tomb incorporates distinct European elements into traditional Vietnamese architecture.

Overnight in Hue
Attractions
  • Hội An

  • Huế

Meal
(B)
Hotel
Var. A: Muong Thanh Holiday Hue Hotel 4* Deluxe
Var. B: Imperial Hotel, Hue 5* Deluxe City View
9 days
HUE
Itinerary
Excursion to Thien Mu Pagoda and Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang with boat trip (3.5 hours)
Enjoy a leisurely boat ride down the Perfume River, stopping first at the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue's most widely recognizable monument. Continue cruising into the countryside to the Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions and temples in a beautiful natural setting.

Sightseeing in the Old Imperial City (3 hours)
Located in the heart of Hue is the Imperial Citadel, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modelled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking Flag Tower, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing Ngo Mon Gate, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure. Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and stroll around the Dien Tho Residence (Dien Tho Palace) where the Queen mother lived. Visit the Thai Hoa Palace, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the original Nine Dynastic Urns, among other sites.

Overnight in Hue
Attractions
  • Huế

Meal
(B)
Hotel
Var. A: Muong Thanh Holiday Hue Hotel 4* Deluxe
Var. B: Imperial Hotel, Hue 5* Deluxe City View
10 days
HUE - HANOI
Itinerary
Transfer (15 kms)

Flight from Hue to Hanoi

Transfer (35 kms)

Sightseeing in Hanoi (4 hours)
Visit the Hoan Kiem Lake to see Ngoc Son Temple and the tiny Tortoise Pagoda. Walk through the Old Quarter, a fascinating network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as "The 36 Streets" - each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts and from medicines to tombstones. A handicraft-lover's paradise and a endlessly interesting place to explore local life. Afterwards, visit the Vietnam National Museum of History (Bao Tang Lich Su Quoc Gia) a museum of the Ecole Française d'Extreme-Orient which was built in 1926 and completed in 1932. In 1958, the Vietnam Government officially took over this cultural building and started to research, collect and supplement materials and objects, converting the contents from eastern arts into national history. The main exhibition system is the historical books of Vietnamese nation from the prehistory (about 300,000-400,000 years) to the August 1945 Revolution. The basic storehouses now keep more than 100,000 specimens and artifacts of different materials, including many rare and valuable items, especially the collections of objects dating back the ancients cultures (Hoa Binh-Bac Son, Dong Son), Vietnamese ancient glazed ceramics, Champa stone sculptures, bronze items under the Le-Nguyen Dynasties.

Overnight in Hanoi
Attractions
  • Huế

  • Hanoi

Meal
(B)
Hotel
Var. A: Flower Garden Hotel 4* ROH
Var. B: Hotel Nikko Hanoi 5* Deluxe room
11 days
HANOI - VIENTIANE
Itinerary
Transfer (35 kms)

Flight from Hanoi to Vientiane

Arrival in Vientiane

Transfer

Sightseeing in Vientiane
Vientiane, the capital of Laos, has a relaxed charm with tree-lined boulevards, interesting temples and colourful markets. Experience the city's highlights, including the gleaming golden stupa, Pha That Luang, perhaps the most important national monument in Laos; Ho Pha Keo, the formal royal temple, now a museum with beautiful examples of Buddhist sculpture; the temple of Wat Si Saket; and Patuxai, a monumental arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, but executed with Lao motifs.

Overnight in Vientiane
Attractions
  • Hanoi

  • Vientiane

Meal
(B)
Hotel
Var. A: Lao Golden Vientiane Hotel 3* Superior
Var. B: Lao Golden Vientiane Hotel 3* Deluxe
12 days
VIENTIANE - LUANG PRABANG
Itinerary
Transfer

Flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Transfer

Sightseeing in Luang Prabang (half day) (4 hours)
Set between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. The entire town was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1995. Begin your tour with Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat). The oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas. Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to Wat Xieng, the crown jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaic and gold-stencilled murals. From there, stroll down the main street (Wat Street) of Luang Prabang. Time permitting, stop at some of the many temples that line its sides, including Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene.

Visit Mount Phousi for sunset
Climb 328 steps starting from the entrance on the opposite side of National Museum, or 410 steps on the other side of Khan River to the small temples atop Phou Si. The hill is 150m high and sits in the middle of the town, offering beautiful views over the temples and river.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Attractions
  • Luang Prabang

Meal
( B )
Hotel
Var. A: Treasure Hotel Laos 3* Studio Courtyard
Var. B: Maison Dalabua 3+* Classic Room
13 days
LUANG PRABANG
Itinerary
Excursion by boat to Tham Pak Ou Caves (5-6 hours)
Travel up the Mekong River to the steep limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers, home to the Tham Pak Ou Caves. These extraordinary caves are filled with Buddha images, of every style and material imaginable. On the way to Pak Ou Cave, stop at Ban Xang Hai Village (If time permits, open 6.00 am - 15.00 pm and closed every major Buddhist holiday), a local village famous for the production of lao lao, the local rice wine whisky.

Visit the weaving village of Ban Xang Khong
Visit Ban Xang Khong, a village near Luang Prabang well known for its traditional handwoven cotton and silk, as well as production of the local sa (mulberry) paper.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Attractions
  • Luang Prabang

Meal
(B)
Hotel
Var. A: Treasure Hotel Laos 3* Studio Courtyard
Var. B: Maison Dalabua 3+* Classic Room
14 days
LUANG PRABANG
Itinerary
Visit the National Museum (former Royal Palace)
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. Then, visit Hor Phrabang. In the right front corner room of the Palace which opens to the outside, is a collection of the palace's most prized art, including the Phrabang, cast of a gold, silver and bronze alloy. This Buddha stands at 83 cm tall and weighs around 50 kg.

Excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls (3 hours)
From Luang Prabang, travel by vehicle to to Kuang Si Waterfall. This waterfall is located in a perfect natural setting near Luang Prabang, this multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools. Enjoy swimming in the clear water or just relaxing in the natural environment. Visit a local village (Ban Ou or Ban Na Ouane) on the way, before returning to Luang Prabang by vehicle.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Attractions
  • Luang Prabang

Meal
( B )
Hotel
Var. A: Treasure Hotel Laos 3* Studio Courtyard
Var. B: Maison Dalabua 3+* Classic Room
15 days
Last Day
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Time at Leisure
Attractions
Meal
(B)
Hotel
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Tour Fee(USD)

Package price quoted NETT PER PERSON in US Dollars based on twin share.
Adult(12+Yrs)
$2599

Var.A or B
Var.A US$2599
Var. B US$2999
Terms
INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS
1) English-speaking guide.
2) Accommodation in hotels as mentioned above or equivalent.
3) Meals according to itinerary / Breakfast box in lieu of ABF when early morning flight
4) Flight ticket(s) as mentioned in the itinerary.
          
Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
         
Flight from Siem Reap to Saigon
         
Flight from Saigon to Danang
         
Flight from Hue to Hanoi
         
Flight from Hanoi to Vientiane
         
Flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang
5) Current fuel surcharges are included, however, these are subject to change prior to tour start date.
6) Boat ticket(s) according to the itinerary.
7) Ground transportation in private A/C vehicle.
8) 1 complimentary bottle of drinking water and 1 cold towel per person per half day tour/ 2 bottles of water and 2 cold towels per person per full day tour.
9) Sightseeing incl. admission fees according to itinerary.

EXCLUSIONS
1)International air fare and taxes from home city.
2) Visas
3) Travel Insurance
5) Meals and drinks not listed in the itinerary

Remarks
  • Flight ticket penalties may apply if changes or cancellations are made outside of 31 days prior to arrival date. You will be advised of ticket issuance deadlines if any are outside of our cancellation policy time frame.
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