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Indochina Overland Tour 18 Days/ 17 Nights

 
Hanoi - Hai Phong - Halong Bay - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Quy Nhon - Nha Trang - Sai Gon - Moc Bai - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Rate: from $1242 - $3195

This unique 18-day tour covers all the highlights of Vietnam (from north to south) and then transports you to Cambodia via the Lower Mekong River. Cruise up the Tonle Sap River, explore Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, and finally experience the magic and majesty of Angkor Wat, known locally as the Seventh Wonder of the World.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)

Arrival in Hanoi. Transfer to the hotel. Free time and relax. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi - Perfume Pagoda (B, L)

Excursion to Perfume Pagoda (Chua Huong Pagoda). Journey first by road and then by boat along a scenic waterway. Perfume Pagoda: a complex of pagodas and Buddhist shrines built into the limestone cliffs of Huong Tich Mountain. Among the better known sites here are Thien Chu (Pagoda Leading to Heaven) and Giai Oan Chu (Purgatorial Pagoda). Pilgrims and other visitors spend their time here boating, hiking and exploring the caves. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Hai Phong (B, L)

By vehicle from Hanoi via But Thap Pagoda to Hai Phong. Journey northeast from Hanoi in Bac Ninh Province. VAN PUC PAGODA: surrounded by hills considered noteworthy for their beauty, this pagoda was founded in 1037. But Thap Pagoda: also known as Ninh Phuc Pagoda, this pagoda is famous for its four story stone stupa dedicated to the monk Chuyet Cong. The pagoda was rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries according to a traditional layout. Sightseeing of Hai Phong, Vietnam's third most populous city. It is the north's main industrial center and one of the country's most important seaports. Time permitting, visit one or two of the most famous attractions in town. Dinh Hang Kenh: a communal house on Pho Hang Kenh known for its 500 relief sculptures in wood. The surrounding area was once part of the village of Kenh. Du Hang Pagoda: founded 3 centuries ago and rebuilt several times, this is a good example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Overnight in Hai Phong.

Day 4: Hai Phong - Halong - Hanoi (B, L)

Excursion by boat from Hai Phong through the Halong Bay. This boat trip around Halong Bay and past the islands of Trong, Mai, Am, Chen and Cong Troi (Heaven Gates) will include a stop at one of the following islands and a visit to one of the caves: Ba Trai Dao, Hang Dau Go, Bo Nau, Thien Cung, Hanh Cave. By vehicle from Halong to Hanoi. Journey around Halong Bay to Hai Phong and west along Highway 5, across Hai Hung Province. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi - Hue (B, L)

Full day sightseeing in 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. Highlights: One Pllar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Opera House, ST Joseph Cathedral, Bao Tang Lich. Tranfer to Noi Bai airport and flight to Hue. Overnight in Hue.

Day 6: Hue City Tour (B, L)

Transfer to the hotel and sightseeing of the Old Imperial City located in the Citadel, it was built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City in Peking. There are numerous palaces and temples within these walls, as well as towers, a library and a museum. Highlights: Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Halls of Mandarins, Nine Dynastic Urns, Forbidden Purple City. Overnight in Hue.

Day 7: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B, L)

Excursion on Huong Giang River to the Thien Mu Pagoda with boat trip. Highlights: Thien Mu Pagoda, Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach, Marble Mountains. By vehicle from Danang to Hoi An. Journey south past the Marble Mountains and small villages. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An City Tour (B, L)

Sightseeing Hoi An and boat trip on the Thu Bon River. Hoi An is a picturesque riverside town south of Da Nang. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. It is best to visit some of the following sites of Hoi An by walking around and/or by cyclo. Highlights: Quan Cong Temple, Phuoc Kien Pagoda, Japanese Covered Bridge, Tran Family Chapel, Sa Huynh Museum, Phung Huwng House, Quang Dong Pagoda, Boat trip on the Thu Bon river to Kim Bong village on Cam Kim island. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An - Qui Nhon (B, L)

By vehicle from Hoi An to Qui Nhon. Journey south along the coast and Highway 1 past Tam Ky and Quang Ngai. This region is one of the most arid in Vietnam. The nearby plains are dominated by rocky, roundish mountains and support some marginal irrigated rice agriculture. Overnight in Qui Nhon.

Day 10: Qui Nhon - Nha Trang (B, L)

By vehicle from Qui Nhon to Nha Trang. Journey south along the coast and Highway 1 past Tuy Hoa and Ninh Hoa. This region is one of the most arid with nearby plains dominated by rocky, roundish mountains, supporting some marginal irrigated rice agriculture. Sightseeing in Nha Trang, the capital of Khanh Hoa Province with one of the most beautiful municipal beaches in Vietnam. Highlights: Po Nagar Cham Towers, Pasteur Institut, Ocenographic Institute, Lang Son Pagoda, Nha Trang Cathesral. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 11: Nha Trang - Saigon (B, L)

By vehicle from Nha Trang to Saigon. Journey south along the coast and Highway 1 past Dien Khanh, Lam, Phan Rang, Phan Tiet, Xuan Loc and Bien Hoa. Ninh Tuan Province, where Phan Rang is located, is home to tens of thousands of descendents of the Cham people. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 12: Saigon city tour (B, L)

Full day sightseeing in Saigon and Cholon (Chinatown). Saigon is the largest of Vietnamese cities, 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. To the west of the city is District 5, the huge Chinese neighborhood called Cholon, which means 'Big Market'. Highlights: Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, City Hall, Opera House, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museam, Ben Thanh market, Giac Lam Pagoda, Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Pagoda. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 13: Saigon - Mekong Delta (B, L)

Excursion to My Tho with boat trip on the Mekong. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 14: Saigon - Moc Bai - Phnom Penh (B, L)

By vehicle from Saigon via Cu Chi Tunnels, an important base during the American War, because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built a 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Dug out of hard laterite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was never discovered, to Moc Bai (border Vietnam / Cambodia) By vehicle from Moc Bai to Phnom Penh. Travel through south-eastern Cambodia passing through the towns of Svay Rieng, Kampong Tabek and Neak Loeang (ferry crossing on the Mekong River). Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 15: Phnom Penh City Tour (B, L)

Sightseeing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia capital sitting at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers. Considered the loveliest of the French-built cities of Indochina, it was founded as a small monastery in 1372 by a rich Khmer woman called Penh after she found four Buddha statues in a tree trunk on the banks of the Mekong. She set up the monastery on a nearby hill or in Cambodian. Highlights: Wat Phnom, Wat Ounalom, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, National Museam, Toul Sleng Museam, Central Market. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 16: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B, L)

By local boat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Watch life go by on the banks of the river as you enjoy your journey north on the Tonle Sap River and Lake, exploring the lake many fishing villages.

Day 17: Siem Reap City Tour (B, L)

Continue the sightseeing of Angkor. Visit Angkor Thom, a fortified Royal City (10 square kilometers) built by King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181 to 1201. The city has five monumental gates and is encircled by a moat 100 meters wide. In the center of the walled city are the most important monuments including Bayon, Baphuon, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas with Royal Enclosure. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 18: Siem Reap - Depart

Continue the sightseeing in Angkor. Visit Roluos Group Temples, these monuments mark the beginning of classical art, as some of the earliest great temples built by the Khmer. They served as the capital of Indravarman (who reigned from 877 to 889). Transfer to airport for flight back home.
Hanoi Halong Bay Hue Saigon angkor wat Phnom Penh

Tour Prices

Prices quoted in US$ nett per person
Class 2 Pax 3 - 4 Pax 5 - 6 Pax 7 - 8 Pax 9 - 10 Pax
3 Star 2076 1754 1475 1325 1242
4 Star 2460 2138 1859 1709 1626
5 Star 3195 2873 2594 2444 2361

Included

  • Accommodation and meals as described (please note that some hotels provide only CBF)
  • All transfers within the journey, including pick-up at airport
  • All entrance fees
  • Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner
  • English, French or German speaking guides (other languages available upon request)
  • Visa-approval letter for Vietnam

Excluded

  • Visa fees and airport taxes
  • Tips and expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry etc.
  • Other tours & meals not mentioned in the program
 

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