Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, either Domestic or International arrival, after clearing all customs procedures, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, holding the signboard with your name on it. Your guide will come to meet you up and transfer you to hotel.
Depart Hanoi on a 5.5hr drive to Sapa via the Noi Bai - Lao Cai expressway, opened at the end of 2014. Enjoy views of rice paddies, village homes, and misty mountains along the way. After checking in to your hotel, have lunch on your own cost. In the afternoon, walk around Sapa town and visit the Sapa Market where you can interact with the locals.
Full day excursion exploring several ethnic villages nearby. Morning departure from Sapa to the Muong Hoa Valley, home to the largest terraced rice fields in Vietnam. The valley is most active in the planting and harvesting season between May and October, peaking in late September to early October when the golden fields are harvested. Walk from the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai to the Zay village of Ta Van, enjoying the cool climate and magnificent views of the terraced fields and the Fansipan mountain range. Along the way, you may encounter vast indigo farms and hill tribe women with their hands dyed blue. In Ta Van, visit a H'mong family to witness the traditional dyeing methods that have been handed down for generations. Participate in some of their daily activities including indigo dyeing and weaving.
Morning departure for Ta Phin village where you begin a gentle trek along hilly terrain to observe local people working in the terraced paddy fields. The Ta Phin Village is home to two ethnic groups, the Black H’mong and Red Dzao, who have been living in harmony for generations despite having different customs, cultures and dress. Afternoon drive back to Hanoi.
Depart for a 3.5-hour journey to Halong Bay. Covering an area of 43,400 ha (168 sq mi) and including over 1,600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited and untouched. Halong (literally “where the dragon descends into the sea” in Vietnamese) is world renowned for its spectacular seascape of limestone pillars complemented by its biodiversity, home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species. Settle in on board A Class junk and refresh with our welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew in the cruise briefing. Check into your cabin. Time to refresh and unwind. Set sail as lunch is served. Join us for a typical local lunch in the dining room or at the outdoor dining area. Mingling yourself in the stunning views of the Bay and its dramatic limestone islets as we sail through the calm emerald waters heading to Van Gia floating Village.
Arrive at Surprising Cave, explore the cave and find out how the cave was named a Surprising. Heading to Titop island area. Drop anchor in the calm water surrounded by beautiful islets. Visit Titop island for swimming and snorkeling or do the short trek to the top of island to have the overview of Halong bay from here. Heading back toward the sleeping area. Summit on the sundeck watching the sunset, enjoy Sunset party. It’s ideal time to make acquaintance with new friends, sharing your traveling experience or simply watching the sunset. An authentic Vietnamese menu is served. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at our bar, or take for you one of our onboard activities: book reading, games, movies, and squid fishing…
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 - 06 Dec 2018: Ha Long – Ha Noi (by cruise’s shuttle bus)
For the early risers join us for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body, joining Tai Chi session to full charge your energy for the day. Breakfast is served. Mingling yourself in the stunning views of the Bay and its dramatic limestone islets as we sail through the calm emerald waters heading to Luon Cave. Take your option either exploring the cave yourself on kayak or comfortably on bamboo boat rowed by the locals. Check out the cabins, at your leisure while our cruise taking you pass by other beautiful highlights in the bay. You will join with our short class of Cooking demonstration, how to make spring rolls before an early lunch is served. Return to the shore and disembark from the cruise as our crew say farewell.
Transfer to Hanoi.
Transfer to the airport (with guide).
Upon arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, after clearing all customs procedures, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, holding the Trails of Indochina signboard with your name on it. If you cannot locate your guide, please come to the closest Information booth and have them call the emergency number (+84) 9 1871 3456. Your guide will come to meet you and transfer you to hotel.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
From Saigon, take a 2hr drive northwest to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels started in 1948 to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as living quarters, communication and supply routes, and housed hospitals, food and weapons caches. Touring the underground compounds will provide a better understanding of the history of the tunnels, the hardship of life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese resilience during combat. Return to Saigon.
Transfer from your accommodation to the airport to take the morning flight (with guide).
Upon arrival Siem Reap International Airport, after clearing all customs procedures, walk to the main exit gate, you will be met by our representative
TEMPLES FULL DAY TOUR
Transfer by private vehicle to Ta Prohm, this beautiful temple, built in 1186 as a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII, is one of Angkor’s jewels and is overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. One of the largest temple sites in Angkor it took almost 80,000 people to maintain the temple. Drive a short distance to Ta Keo, which would have been one of the finest temples in Angkor had it been completed. Continue to Angkor Thom, not a temple, but an entire walled city of 9 square kilometres and the royal Capital from 1181. With a population of 1 million, it was far bigger than any city in Europe at the time. The centre piece is Bayon temple crowned with 216 giant, smiling faces of King Jayavarman VII. Also visit the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, which houses almost perfectly preserved carvings. After a break your exploration continues as you enter the rear gate of Angkor Wat (early 12th century). Surrounded by a 190 metre wide moat 1.5 kilometres by 1.3 kilometres it is claimed to be the largest religious building in the world. The temple, which took 30 years to construct & used the labors of 300,000 workers was built as the earthly representation of the universe with its' central tower symbolizing Mt Meru which, Hindus believe, is at the centre of the Universe. Later, return to your hotel late afternoon.
A MORNING DISCOVERING SIEM REAP
Much more than the gateway to the Temples of Angkor, Siem Reap has earned a reputation for its many trendy boutiques and artsy workshops. Spend a enjoyable morning getting to know Siem Reap, visiting places including: Artisans Angkor, a social Cambodian company originally created to help young rural people find work near their home village by training them in Cambodian arts and crafts including silk fabrics and garments, stone and wood carving, lacquerware, and silk painting; Wat Damnak, once a royal palace during the reign of King Sisowath and now one of the major pagodas in Siem Reap; and the new and old market on both sides of the river, an excellent spot for photos and picking up handmade souvenirs.
LUANG PRABANG FULL DAY PAK OU CAVES TOUR
Explore the Luang Prabang countryside with a full-day boat tour visiting caves, villages and a museum. Depart from your hotel and transfer to the boat pier for a 2hr long-tail boat cruise upstream on the Mekong River. Observe the rugged limestone formations along its banks, as well as the abundance of green forest and fishing villages on the way. Explore the Tham Ting and Tham Phoum Caves, better known as the Pak Ou Caves, home to thousands of miniature Buddha images in different positions, including meditation, teaching, peace, rain, and reclining. Continue by boat to the small fishing village Ban Pak Ou where lunch is served before returning to Luang Prabang either by boat or by private vehicle along an unpaved road. On the way, stop at a minority village to learn about sticky rice production and other traditional customs. Return to your hotel.
Transfer from your accommodation to the airport (with guide).
Overnight accommodation is inclusive of hotel tax, hotel service charges and includes daily breakfast
2D1N A Class junk (Shared cruise/private cabin)
Private transfers and transportation on tour
Sightseeing with Local English speaking guides (one guide in each city)
Meals as specified (meals only, no drinks/ water)
Excludes:5% GST, International & Domestic flights, Visa fees, Meals not mentioned, optional sightseeing, travel insurance.