Classic Indochina and Bangkok
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 ...Read Full Description
- Bangkok, Thailand; Cambodia; Hanoi, Vietnam; Hue, Vietnam; Luang Prabang, Laos; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Thailand; Vientiane, Laos; Vietnam
- Trip Length:
- 19 days
- Best Time to Go:
- April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
- Recommended for:
Infants (under 2)
Children (2 - 5)
Children (6 - 8)
Children (9 - 11)
Children (12 - 14)
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (25 - 29)
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Detailed Trip Description
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.
Day 1 - On the Plane
USA - Bangkok.
Embark on your transpacific flight from Los Angels to Bangkok, Thailand.
Day 2 - Bangkok
Upon arrival in Bangkok – the “Land of Smiles”, you will be met and escorted to your hotel.
Stay at Imperial Queen’s Park.
Day 3 - Vientiane
Bangkok - Vientiane.
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.
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.
You will also visit Talaat Sao - the local market that sells a wide range of fabrics, jewelry and electronic goods. (B).
Stay at Chanthapanya Hotel.
Day 4 - Luang Prabang
Vientiane - Luang Prabang.
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.
Tour to the temples of various styles and appreciate some ancient masterpieces of Lao art. (B).
Stay at Mouang Luang Hotel.
Day 5 - Luang Prabang
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.
Later, visit a village near the Pak Qu Caves and then the recently excavated Thing Hong cave. (B).
Day 6 - Vientiane
Luang Prabang – Vientiane.
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.
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.
Fly back to Vientiane. (B).
Day 7 - Vientiane
Vientiane - Hanoi – Halong.
Fly from Vientiane to Hanoi and then transfer to Halong Bay. (B).
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).
Stay at Green Park Hotel.
Day 9 - Hanoi
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.
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.
Fly from Hanoi to Hue.
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 : Stay at Hue Heritage.
Day 11 - Hue
Hue – Danang.
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.
Arrive in Danang - Vietnam's fourth largest city. You will tour Cham Museum, China Beach and Marble Mountains. (B).
Stay at Royal Danang.
Day 12 - Vietnam
Danang – Saigon.
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.
Afterwards, fly to Saigon. (B).
Stay at Chancery Hotel.
Day 13 - Vietnam
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.
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.
Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Wat Phnom, Wat Ounalom, Tuol Sleng Museum and Central Market. (B).
Stay at The Juliana Hotel.
Day 15 - Siem Reap
Phnom Penh - Siem Reap.
After a short flight, arrive at Siem Reap, where the stunning Angkor Wat complex is located.
Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon and Ta Prohm. (B).
Stay at Lotus Angkor Hotel.
Day 16 - Siem Reap
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.
Today we bid farewell to Angkor Wat as we fly to Bangkok.
Upon arrival you are met and escorted to your hotel. Rest of the day is free. (B).
Day 18 - Bangkok
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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