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  • Location

    Ho Chit Minh, Hanoi, Halong, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap

     

  • Duration

    12 Days

This Ultimate Indochina Honeymoon tour will be a perfect fit for you, if you are looking for a comprehensive and multi-national honeymoon journey with the balance of romantic relaxation and active discovery in Southeast Asia, Covering some of the most charming and culturally authentic destinations in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, you and your partner will both be amazed by the quintessence that Indochina has to offer.

Day 1 | HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, our guide will pick you up at Ho Chi Minh Airport and take you to hotel for check in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. Balance the day as your leisure. Meals on your own and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 | HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNELS – CITY TOUR

8.00AM: In the morning, we will visit Cu Chi Tunnel, the historic shelter of Vietnamese soldiers during the war. We will pay a visit to the traps, the mysterious way-in, the network of bunkers and the underground hermitage. Furthermore, there gives you a unique and wonderful chance to use real guns and bullets at rifle range as well as even creep into the Cu Chi Tunnels to understand the historic harsh life of Vietcong guerrillas. Covering almost 250km, the tunnels system helped over 16.000 communist guerillas alive during the war.

Relaxing with green tea and tapioca as Vietcong in wartime, you will understand more about their former life.

In the afternoon, we will transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City to visit this dynamic metropolis. Let’s visit some historic sites of the city such as the Old Post Office of Saigon, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Dong Khoi Street and the Chinese District of Cho Lon as well as astonishing Binh Tay Market. Thien Hau pagoda is also an interesting destination for peaceful feeling that you should not miss.

5.30PM: Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 | HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA – CAI BE – FLY TO HANOI

7.30AM: After breakfast, leave your hotel to Cai Be. The program will start with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn…

It is so interesting to visit the handicraft village where you can see how they make some special products: making rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce & Soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage roof…

The rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish or pick up fruits by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta…

Lunch can be served at Ut Trinh home. After lunch, we can walk around and then we will enjoy some kinds of fruits when listening to the traditional music.

One more thing to do in this trip is biking! It will be so amazing to bike on village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta.

3.00PM: The cruise will end at Vinh Long city for a transfer directly to Ho Chi Minh Airport for your flight to Hanoi. On arrival, meet your local guide in Hanoi and then drive to your hotel for check in. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 | HANOI CITY TOUR

8.30AM: In the morning, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday, outside visiting) where the great President Ho Chi Minh rests in peace. We will visit he traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda, the special pagoda with particular structure. Leaving here, we will transfer to thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, the famous first university in Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating.

After short rest, we start visiting the Ethnology Museum (closed on Monday). Here, you can deeply explore the diversity of Vietnam’s ethnic groups before enjoying a traditional Water Puppet Show performed after the sunset.

5.30PM: Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own and overnight at the hotel.

(Remark: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes from September to November for annual maintenance. Outside visiting will be arranged).

Day 5 | HANOI – HALONG BAY

08h00 – Pick-up at hotel and start the scenic, 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side and have a short break on the way.

12h30 – 13h00: Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.

13h30 – 15h30: Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands.

15h30 – 16h30: Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.

16h30 Back to the V’Spirit Classic Cruise

16h30 – 17h30: Continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way.

17h30 – 19h00: Cooking class and sunset party on sundeck

19h00: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around. Overnight on board.

Day 6 | HALONG BAY – HANOI – LUANG PRABANG

06h30 – 07h00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.

07h30 – 08h30: Have breakfast on board while the boat starts cruising to the Natural Preservation Zone.

08h30 – 09h30: Kayaking to explore around the area or visit a floating house and learn about the daily life of the local fishermen who live there.

09h30: Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.

09h30 – 10h30: Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.

10h30 – 11h30: While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

12h00: Disembark V’Spirit Classic Cruises.

Transfer to Hanoi Airport where you will take a short flight to Luang Prabang. Welcome by local guide on arrival and transfer to your hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 | LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SY WATERFALL

8.30AM: After breakfast, start exploring the old city on the left bank of the Mekong River. Previously a religious capital, Luang Prabang showcases more than 100 temples, considered amongst the most beautiful in Laos. Highlights include: Vat Xieng Thong, Vat Visoun – the oldest temple in the city that looks like none other with its wooden windows inspired by the Khmer temple.

After that visit TACE (traditional arts and ethnology centre) before heading to Kuang Sy waterfallon a return journey of around 70km. The road is bordered by villages and rice fields. Stop in some of these villages and have a countryside lunch at the waterfall. These places are frequently visited by locals and villagers. You can take a swim in the waterfall (if weather permits) which scatters into many basins.

Return to Luang Prabang and visit Vat May – built at the end of the 18th century, a capped sanctuary featuring a five sided roof surmounted by three parasols. If time permits, climb Mount Phousi Mount to admire the sunset. Have a walk around the night market in Luang Prabang town.

5.30PM: Transfer back to your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 | LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVES

Optional: 5.15AM: For early risers, alms giving ceremony is good chance to learn about local culture. We suggest you enjoy the sunrise at the crossroads in town around 05.00 when you will also see monks in saffron robes from Luang Prabang’s many temples walking in long silent processions searching for offerings left to them by the faithful.

Visit the morning market, a perfect place to meet the locals, dine on Lao food, and watch the people as they wander. Grab yourself a frosty bevy and a slice of blood sausage and check it out.

Afterwards 8.30AMvisit the National museum. Continue to the pier and take a long-tailed boat for an upstream cruise. During the cruise, you will be treated a stunning of nature along the river. From the distance you can see limestone cliffs where the hidden Pak Ou Caves are located. The cave is home to thousands of Buddha statues which make the region a revered one. Take your time to explore numerous images hidden in the cave.

Then, make your way back to the city. En-route, stop to visit Ban Xang Hai village to learn more about the making process of the traditional Lao rice whisky. It is a great chance to taste its unique flavor. Move onto Ban Xang Khong village– famous for its wood paper and Lao silk weaving.

5.00PM: We transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 | LUANG PRABANG –SIEM REAP

Free at your leisure for walking around Luang Prabang charming town and then at good time, you will be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Siem Reap. Room is at your disposal until noon time.

On arrival Siem Reap, meet your local guide and then drive to your hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 | SIEM REAP– ANGKOR SIGHTSEEING

8.30AM: Your day starts with a visit to Angkor Wat, a world heritage site with soaring towers and extraordinary bas reliefs. It is one of the most amazing man-made monuments in the world, erected in the 12th century in honour of Vishnu. In the afternoon, leave for Banteay Srei where a most impressive jewel of Khmer art exists. Erected in the 10th century, this small pink sandstone temple is known as the Citadel of Women. On the way back, visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery where immense branches have taken root in the stones – hence the nickname of the Jungle Temple. You will find some splendid sculptured Devatas and an atmosphere that is unique.

5.00AM: Transfer back to your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Note: Lunch is not included but our guide will be happy to take you back to your hotel or to Bar Street in Siem Reap so you can purchase lunch and take a short break from the tour.

Day 11 | SIEM REAP EXPLORING BY TUK TUK

8.30AM: In the morning leave by tuk-tuk for the northern end of Angkor, beginning the day with Preah Khan Temple, built by Jayavarman VII in 1191 in honour of his father. This monument was both a city and a place for Buddhism studies. Of the same era is Neak Pean, the only island temple of Angkor, and also known as Entwined Nagas. The large central basin is linked with four smaller basins which represent the four great rivers flowing from the earth’s four cardinal points. One of the most interesting features of this site is the superb statute of Balaha, representing the legendary saviour of shipwrecked boats. Continue your exploration of Angkor by heading further south to visit the two very beautiful temples – Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda – dating from the 12th century and built during the reign of Suryavarman II. They stand out because of their very beautiful sculptured images honouring Shiva and Vishnu. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Thom (the Great City) beginning by the south gate and the famous Bayon of the 12th and 13th centuries, dedicated to Buddhism and composed of 54 gigantic towers featuring 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara. Then, visit the Elephant Terrace, which was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall; and the raised Leper King Terrace, built in the 12th century and which features many beautifully sculptured Apsaras. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 | SIEM REAP DEPARTURE

Free at your leisure until be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal until noon time. Meals on your own