Tour Code: IGT-IND-06
Duration: 21Days/ 20Nights
Price: US$ 1,667 – 2,357/ Pax
Designed by Evelyn (Ms) – Email: evelyn@indochinagrandtour
* Please find detailed information about tour by click on the tabs: “Brief & Price” – “Detail Itinerary” – “Accomodation”
- Day 1: Yangon arrival (D)
- Day 2: Yangon city tour (B/L)
- Day 3: Yangon – Bagan (B/L)
- Day 4: Bagan – Inle Lake (B/L)
- Day 5: Inle Lake (B/L)
- Day 6: Inle Lake – Yangon – Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (B/L)
- Day 7: Mekong Delta Tour (B/L)
- Day 8: Ho Chi Minh fullday city tour – Cu Chi tunnel – Fly to Hue (B/L)
- Day 9: Hue temples tour (B/L/D)
- Day 10: Hue – Hai Van pass – Hoian (B/L)
- Day 11: Hoi An – Da Nang – Fly to Hanoi (B/L/D)
- Day 12: Hanoi – World heritage site Halong , overnight on cruise (B/L/D))
- Day 13: Halong – Hanoi – night train to Lao Cai (B/L)
- Day 14: Love waterfall – Heaven Gate (B/L)
- Day 15: Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai Ta Van village– night train to Hanoi (B/L)
- Day 16: Hanoi city tour – Fly to Luang Prabang (B/L)
- Day 17: Luang Prabang – Elephant riding – Kuangsi Waterfall (B/L)
- Day 18: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou cave –fly to Siemriep (B/L/D)
- Day 19: Siem Reap – National Museum – Angkor Wat by Tuk Tuk (B/L)
- Day 20: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Sunset at Bakheng Hill (B/L)
- Day 21: Siem Reap – free at leisure – Departure (B)
Land price per person for private tour (in USD):
|Hotel/ Group||2-3 pax||4-7 pax||8-10 pax||11-15 pax||>15 pax||Single SUP|
Supplement flight: According to publish of Airline at the time request
- Yangon-Bagan-Heho (Inle Lake)-Yangon
- Yangon to Saigon
- Saigon to Hue
- Hue to Hanoi city
- Hanoi to Luang Prabang
- Luang Prabang to Siem reap
Land price included:
- Accommodation in TWN or DBL standard sharing room with daily breakfast
- Check in time: 14:00 / Check out time: 12:00 noon
- Private vehicle as itinerary
- Local guide each destination
- Adjoining tour to Halong Bay
- Meals as mentioned: B- breakfast; L- lunch; D- Dinner
- Entrance fee as itinerary first time entrance
- Boat trip as itinerary
- A bottle water daily on vehicle
- Elephant ride in Luangpra Bang
- Pupet show in Hanoi
- Boat trip in Mekong delta
- Tuk Tuk in Angkor
- Visa all country
- All international, domestic flight ticket
- Single room supplement
- Travel insurance
- Payment fee
- Drinks, tips, and personal expenses
- Others not mentioned above
Day 1: Yangon Arrival (D)
Arrival Yangon, our guide and car will pick you up and transfer to hotel for check in (early check in not included). Dinner at the restaurant.
Overnight in hotel 3*
Day 2: Yangon city tour (B,L)
Start downtown sightseeing visit to Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda, Maha Pasana Cave, Chauk Htat Gyi Recycling Buddha. Check in Hotel. Then proceed to Sule Pagoda to take a photo shot for a panoramic view of city, Mahabandoola Park with Independent Monument, have a memorable scene of Colonial Building. Straightly drive to Shwedagon Pagoda. Before going to Hilltop Pagoda Compound, if time allows, you can visit at other locations around the Shwedagon, people make offerings to a particular Buddha or nat statue to seek spiritual help in passing an important examination, or to conceive a child, or to help them through some particularly hard time at the direction of a behdin saya (psychic), again based on the date and time of their birth. Along the four large and ornately-decorated stairway halls located along the cardinal directions that lead up to the hilltop pagoda compound, the numerous vendor stalls selling temple offerings, Buddha and Nat statues, and a variety of traditional handicraft along the stairway convey an almost festive atmosphere. Then go to the uphill of Shwedagon Pagoda. Then back to hotel.
Overnight in hotel 3*
Day 3: Yangon – Bagan (B,L)
Then start your full day Bagan sight with a visit to the colorful NYAUNG OO MARKET. Then visit to the SHWEZIGON pagoda and its magnificent golden stupa, Wetkyi-in GUBYAUKGYI, a cave temple with exquisite jetakas murals paintings and the elegant HTILOMINLOtemple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, visit to ANANDA, an architectural masterpiece of the early – style temple with four impressive standing Buddha images, and THATBYINNYU the highest temple in Bagan rising to 81 meters. End the day at SHWESANDAW Pagoda to watch the sunset over the old Bagan.
Overnight in hotel 3*
Day 4: Bagan – Inle Lake (B,L)
Drive to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake. Arrive Nyaung Shwe Jetty and board your own local boat to take you to your hotel. The scenic beauty with wonderful floating Gardens. Visit PHAUNG DAW OO Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State and housing five sacred and almost shapeless Buddha images. See traditional handicrafts – SILK WEAVING FACTORY in Inphawkhon Village and Knife Making by BLACK-SMITH in Phekhon Village. Then visit to NGA PHE CHAUNG MONASTERY, better known as “Jumping Cat Monastery”, a beautiful old teak wood building.
Overnight in hotel 3*
Day 5: Inle Lake (B,L)
Breakfast at the restaurant then, This morning, visit one of the 5 DAYS ROTATION MARKET (only on market day).. Then visit to village of MAING THAUK on the edge of Inle Lake by boat. Walk up a track through the village till to Orphanages. The walk takes around 2 hours round trip and the route is no need to steep at local monastery. Then by boat to south coast of Inle Lake to see people are more origin, typical style cottages and nature. In the afternoon, boat trip to INTAIN VILLAGE, the west coast of Inle Lake. And then visit shwe intain pagoda to see old stupas; take a walk and cross BEAUTIFUL BAMBOO FOREST and SMALL DAM. Continue to visit BAMBOO SHEETHAT MAKING WORKSHOP. Return to hotel. Overnight.
Overnight in hotel 3*
Day 6: Inle Lake – Yangon – Flight to Saigon (B/L/D)
Flight: Yagon – Saigon
Breakfast at your hotel. Leave your hotel and drive to Heho Airport. Domestic flight from Heho to Yangon.
Visit to CHAUK HTAT GYI Pagoda to see a huge reclining Buddha image. Then visit to BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MARKET (formerly known as Scott market to the British) (close on public holidays) to see Myanmar traditional handicrafts, cloths, snacks and famous Myanmar jewellery abounded in stalls of the market. Transfer to Yangon International Airport flying to Saigon then we will transfer to you hotel
Overnight in hotel 3* in Saigon
Day 7: Mekong Delta Tour – Cai Be floating market (B/L)
After breakfast, 8h00 start driving to Caibe, This trip provides a look at a wide variety of the life and scenery of the Delta. On the way you can see green rice paddy fields stretching towards the horizon.
After arrival in Cai Be, take a sampan cruise to visit Cai Be floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging their goods from their boats. and visit the puffed rice cakes and a rice paper-making workshop, popcorn and coconut candy Mill,
And then Followed continue to Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet, the green pearl ò Vinhlong, enjoy town through the lush green vegetation of canals to the orchards where you can immerse yourself in nature,
Have lunch with fresh river food & tropical fruit served in the heart of garden accompanied by traditional souhthern Vietnamese folk music, a boat rides on the maze of shady canals visiting the An Binh islands (Vinh Long). you will enjoy the local tropical fruits and listening folk music,… and tủn back Hochiminh City
Overnight in hotel 3* in Saigon
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh fullday city tour – Cu Chi tunnel – Fly to Hue (B/L)
After breakfast, we will pick up from your Hotel, enjoy a half day excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of tunnels which stretched for over 200 km, became legendary during the 1960′s. The Cu Chi Tunnels played a vital part in the Vietnam War in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area just 30 to 40 km away from Sai Gon. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, consists of innumerable trap doors, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens.
The tunnels are between 0.5 and 1m wide, just enough for a person to crawl along, which give the visitors a unique experience and feel of what underground life in the Vietnam War must have been like. For those who are interested, there’s even an opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Then we will watch a documentary film about Cu Chi from 10 – 15 minutes. Lunch at the restaurant then we will transfer to Saigon for City tour.
Afternoon: turn back Take a short city tour, visiting Reunification Palace (Ex-Presidential Palace) that was built in 1963 and is well-known as an outstanding example of 1960′s architecture, obtaining the mark of France in the hustling city through sites of Notre Dame Cathedral, Post office, Opera house, the building of City People’s Committee. Then we will transfer you to airport for flight to Hue
Overnight in hotel 3* in Hue
Day 9: Hue temples tour (B/L)
Am: After your breakfast, at 8.00 am our guide will welcome you at hotel and take you to the boat landing for visit Thien Mu pagoda by dragon boat. Along this famous river you will have chance to enjoy the beautiful landscapes along two banks of river. Step on to visit the most ancient pagoda of Viet Nam – lies on Northern of Hue city. Next, you go on visiting The Citadel where Nguyen Kings lived in the past including Flag Tower, the Forbidden Purple City such as Five Phoenix Tower, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Urn Dynasty… After that, you can have a short time to return past travels of Hue people on cyclo and you can have time to talk more with local people. Lunch.
Pm: this afternoon you continue visiting the complex of Nguyen Kings’ mausoleums for more experiences of architecture of Kings. Factually, there are three mausoleums still keep original architecture. You can choose two of them for visiting including Tu Duc, Khai Dinh or Minh Mang. You can have chance to see more special of Hue is handicraft villages such as conical hat-making, incense – making. Back to hotel at about 5.00 pm.
Overnight in hotel 3*
Day 10: Hue – Hai Van pass – Hoian, ancient town Heritage site (B/L)
After breakfast at hotel, at around 08:00 a.m we will drive to Hoian via Hai Van Pass, admiring the mountainous terrain and the sea on our way to Hoian. We visit Lang Co beach – one of the best beach in the Central of Vietnam then head to Lang Co fishing village to chat with locals and see their life on sea.
Arrive Hoian, you are check in hotel and we will take lunch at restaurant. Afternoon, we visit Hoian ancient town, World Heritage site walking-tour to visit 400 years old Japanese Bridge, 300 years old Chinese temple, 200 years old Vietnamese former merchants’ house with free cultural show (subject to availability) and Chua Ong Pagoda . Then we drive back to hotel.
Overnight in Hoian 3*
Day 11: Hoi An – Da Nang – Fly to Hanoi (B)
Flight: Danang –Hanoi by Vietnam airlines
After your breakfast, free on your own leisure before we move to your hotel and transfer to Danang airport to take flight to Hanoi.
Overnight in hotel 3*
Day 12: Hanoi – World heritage site Halong , overnight on cruise (B/L/D)
Halong Bay has been pursuing unsustainable development and wholesale commercial tourism, and it is now over-used by both day and overnight boats – weaving everyday through the same well-worn mass cruising route starting from old harbor.
However, there is still an alternative – Tuan Chau Marina, from which boats will cruise on less crowded route to approach the centre area. The cruising route take you through lots of well-know islands that tourist cruising on other routes can only imagine, Halong Phoenix Cruiser is now proud to bring this alternative to you!
Day 13: Halong Bay day cruise by Phoenix cruiser (Join tour) (L/D)
Am: We pick you up from your hotel at around 8h00 – 08h30 (we may do several picks up) for 3.5 hour driving North East; the bus ride will take you over the Red River and through the country side of our second biggest delta to reach Halong Bay.
You would be first dropped off at Tuan Chau International Marina – harbor of Halong’s biggest island. From which you will be tendered to our Halong Phoenix Cruiser, welcome drinks would be immediately served for your refreshment while we hand over your cabin’s key.
Pm: When you are putting all of your stuffs into your cabin, our boat starts gliding out to the centre of the World Heritage Site. Your lunch, at the boat’s restaurant, is would be served with fresh local seafood, but vegetable menu is always available at your request.
From the marina area, our cruiser passes by Dog Head and Swan Islands, Ba Hang Floating villages (with floating houses), Incense Burner then Thumb Islands before reaching Surprising (Sung Sot) Cave.
At around 15h00, our boat will anchored for a short tender ride from the middle of the bay to an island for your visit to famous Sung Sot Cave. The cave visiting will take you about 1 hour (walking inside the limestone cave), then we tender you to visit and swim on Titop Island, which is not far from the cave. Here you can still challenge yourself by climbing up to the top, for a panoramic view, before heading back to swim on its sandy beach.
As the sun sets over the bay, we head back to our cruise and relax. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink from our bar.
Halong Phoenix Cruiser keeps cruising to Coconut anchorage area, which is away from the crowded centre – where most other boats stay, for our overnight escape.
Dinner would be served with typically local seafood, you are then free to either drink or experience squid fishing before heading to your bed.
Overnight on cruise
Day 13: Halong – Hanoi – night train to Lao Cai (B/L)
Am: You would love to rise a bit early for a breath taking and practicing Tai Chi on sundeck, the stunning vista of the serene bay is always best experience of staying overnight on boat. We serve you buffet breakfast from 7h30, then we have time to gear up for one hour kayaking around Luom Bo area (provincial border between Quang Ninh province and Cat Ba National Park of Hai Phong).
Our guide will show you some basic safety guidelines and techniques to paddle before helping you to sit on our brand new sit-on-top kayaks. Kayaking area is so quite that you will feel like the bay is remaining untouched, you will see neither other boat nor other kayakers beyond your group and our Phoenix Cruiser.
On the cruising way back, we cruise on a different way so that you can see new areas and viewing islands from a different side. At around 10h00, we arrange a cooking demonstration on boat to show you how to make real Vietnamese spring rolls, just before lunch time: you will learn recipes and techniques that go into the most popular dish of the Vietnamese food.
Lunch would be served on boat when you are close to the harbor. You say goodbye to Halong Phoenix Cruiser at around 12h00, we tender you back to the harbor.
Pm: Our bus is already waiting for you at the marina to take you back to Hanoi, we leave Halong Bay and Tuan Chau Island around 12h30.
Trip ends at your hotel around 16h30.
Tips: For your own convenience during 2 day trip, please kindly leave your big suitcases at your hotel. Your receptionist would be delighted to keep your stuffs in their storage until you come back next day.
Then we will transfer you to Hanoi railway station for night train to Sapa. We will check in mini hotel
near the station for taking shower before catch a night train at around 21:00
Overnight on train (4 sleeper berths with aircon, sharing with others)
Day 14: Love waterfall – Heaven Gate (B/L) *4-5 km trekking*
Meet up at Lao Cai Railway by local guide and driver at around 05:00 and then transfer to Sapa. It will take you around 45 minutes then depart for the Silver Waterfall. The Silver Waterfall is located about a half hour from Sapa town which offers stunning views over surrounding mountains and lush forests belonging to Hoang Lien National Park. You are advised to stop by a farm for a cup of tea and talk with people to understand their local life. Then we continue our drive uphill to the Heavens Gate, the highest stretch of road in Vietnam as well as the provincial border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces. Enjoy fantastic view over the valley! Enjoy breakfast and lunch on the way.
Overnight in Hmong Sapa hotel 3* in Sapa
Day 15: Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai Ta Van village – night train to Hanoi (B/L)
After breakfast at your hotel, The day is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sa Pa valley. Start by road that descends in the wake of the street Cau May (6 km) En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.
Follow a small track and cross Muong Hoa River and pass well tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you will reach the village of Ta Van Giay. As you continue your trek along the Muong Hoa River you will cross a small suspension bridge, roughly 2km from the settlement. Here you can discover a fascinating collection of rock carvings. These engravings depict some beautiful images of man, stilt houses and some beautiful decorative patterns. We take lunch in the village. After lunch the walk continues through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Lao Cai railway. (You can do talking shower in Hmong Sapa for free )
Overnight on train (PRIVATE 4 berth cabin with aircon, sharing with others)
Day 16: Hanoi city tour – fly to Luang Prabang (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel and then our tourguide will pick you up to take a full day city tour starting with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum including Ba Dinh Square, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda to study about Vietnam political system and then we will visit Temple of Literature. Lunch at restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit The Hoa Lo Prison, later known to American prisoners of war as the “Hanoi Hilton”, was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. We move to Hoan Kiem Lake. Then we will move to airport for taking flight to Luang Prabang
Arrival in Luang Prabang, we will do check in hotel and free at leisure
Overnight in hotel 3*
Day 17: Luang Prabang- Elephant Riding at Xienglom Camp-Kuang Si Fall (B/L)
After breakfast your guide will meet you for the 45-minute drive to the Elephant Camp. You will descend a steep flight of steps to board a bamboo raft for the three-minute ride across the river. After disembarking, you will take a seven-minute walk up a rutted incline that will open onto a clearing, where you will find the camp’s five elephants, all of whom used to be employed as logging beasts and now spend their days giving rides to tourists. You will take a 45 minutes lumber atop your elephant ride through teak forests so thick the sun is blotted out, down a heart-clenching steep slope to the river, and up again, passing through clouds of flitting yellow and white butterflies. You are off to the Khouansi Waterfall for another 1hrs drive. The beginning of the park holds two unusual attractions. The first is a caged playground with ten Asiatic black bears that were discovered in the forest above and rescued from poachers. Just up the path from them is an even rarer sight a young Asian tiger, found as a sick and hairless cub that had already passed through several traders’ hands. Your hike up to the falls continues from here, the way marked by a succession of natural swimming pools, each a milky, inviting sapphire and each accompanied by a plashing waterfall. At the second pool, about a 10 minutes hike from the tiger’s cage, wiggle into your swimsuit in the changing stall and take a quick dip before moving one tier up, where two stepped pools are joined by a small waterfall. Another 10 minutes up is the real cascade, a glorious 200-foot-high churn of water frothing into a pool of cloudy opal. We return to town by late afternoon.
we explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Overnight in hotel 3*
Day 18: Pak Ou cave (B/L) – flight to Siemriep
We depart hotel to the boat landing, and take an excursion by boat upstream on the Mekong to visitPak Ou cave in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height. En route, Lao typical villages are barely visible behind a screen of foliage. Slender canoes bobbing by the shore, bamboo poles and floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. Our first stop will be at Ban Muangkeo, a well-known village for Lao traditional rice whisky, namely Laoh-Khao to be distilled. We are welcome to taste it and also take away. Lunch is served at a riverside restaurant. We transfer to airport for flight to Siem Riep.
Tonight we will take Dinner with buffet with Aspara show
Overnight in hotel 3*
Day 19: Siem Reap – National museum – Angkor Wat by Tuk Tuk (B/L/D)
AM: We will start the day with the infamous and treasured legacy of Angkor Wat. The masterpiece and holy grail of the temples of Angkor, Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious building and an insurmountable legacy left by Suryavarman II. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, there is almost one kilometer of exquisitely detailed carvings which depict the intricacies of the Khmer empire through dramatic and humorous stories of love, life, war, religion and mythology, before accessing the inner complex to experience the powerful energy that this sublime temple inspires. Marvel at the quincunx of towers, admire the carvings and architectural detail of the complex as a whole, as it seemingly defies with its beauty and symmetry the fact that it’s a man-made creation almost 1000 years old.
We shall continue our visit Ta Prohm. Of Tombraider fame, Ta Prohm is an Angkorian treasure, and it’s going to stay that way. One of the most fascinating things about Ta Prohm (except for its size, beauty and pleasantly eerie atmosphere) is that today it can be appreciated perfectly as it would have been in its day, a mere 900 years ago, as it has been ‘left as it was found’ by the French explorers who discovered it in the 19th century. Ta Prohm is a sight to behold, a veritable maze with gigantic golden trees strangling the stone foundations at every juncture, fine carvings, prominent galleries and a layout that will bring out the explorer in you.
Overnight in hotel 3*
Day 20: Angkor Thom by Tuk Tuk (B/L)
We commence our exploration of Angkor Thom. Known as the ‘Great City’, Angkor Thom was Jayavarman VII’s ultimate creation, his true expression of design excellence. Angkor Thom was an entire city built in the 12th century which at one point was believed to house up to 150,000 people across an area of nine square kilometers and which thrived upon a complex system of agriculture and waterways. 5 magnificent gates which stand 23 metres high and are spiritually guarded by faces reminiscent of the Bayon, and we will enter through theVictory Gate, complete with a causeway with two emanating rows of Devas and Asuras, both of which are wrestling a powerful Naga. From here we will converge upon the centre of this extraordinary city, and begin to explore its elements, starting with the Elephant Terrace, a royal platform used as a viewing gallery for grandiose royal spectacles, decorated wonderfully with statues of elephants and perfect carvings. Adjacently sits the Terrace of the Leper King, decorated in much the same way but unique for possessing the statue of Yama (the Leper King), god of Death. From here we will proceed through the forest to Preah Palilay. Guarded by a large Buddha this is a small but beautiful temple from the 13th century. Afterwards we will proceed to Phimeanakas, a 10th century largely uncarved but beautifully constructed pyramid temple affording terrific views, before Baphuon, an imposing 50 metre tall temple dedicated to Shiva which houses one of the world’s largest reclining Buddhas. And finally to Bayon, arguably the most stunning of all the Temples of Angkor, adorned with 37 towers decorated with wonderful giant stone faces and beautifully decorated carvings throughout.
Finally we will proceed to Bakheng Hill, an iconic temple setting where we will admire the sun set over this ancient land, with views across the great Tonle Sap Lake, the West Baray, and of course, Angkor Wat. If times permits, you will visit to Akira Landmine Museum, Akira who is the hero of CNN, he works in demining team in Siem Reap, where you will discovery of history of war and weapons which were used in Cambodia war from 1970 – 1993.
Evening, you can free at leisure to visit Pub street, night market…
Overnight in hotel 3* in Siemriep
Day 21: Free at leisure – departure (B)
Free for shopping until we will transfer you to airport for your flight home
Overnight at hotel as below or similar:
|Destinations||Hotel 3*||Hotel 3*Plus|
|Yangon||Business Alliance Hotel||Business Alliance Hotel|
|Bagan||Sky Palace Hotel||Sky Palace Hotel|
|Inle Lake||Inle Resort Hotel||Inle Resort Hotel|
|Luangprabang||Luangprabang inn||Luangprabang inn|
|Hue||Hue serene palace||Asia Hue|
|Hoian||Vinh Hung||Ancient Hoian|
|Saigon||Saigon Beautiful 3||Shappire|
|Seam Reap||Angkor hotel||Angkor hotel|