Intriguing Indochina (22-Day)

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $10,250
  • Length: 22 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: South and Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
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Tour Description

From sunrise at the temples of Angkor to sunset over the Mekong Delta, you’ll enjoy the privileges and luxuries our small group allows. In Hanoi, attend a fascinating performance of water puppetry, a Vietnamese tradition that dates back to the 11th century. Travel back in time in serene Luang Prabang, with a visit to a local village and an opportunity to participate in the tradition of giving daily alms to the Buddhist monks. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor, with its intricate temples and stunning architecture - then cruise the Mekong River as the sun goes down. In Bangkok, take a privately guided tour of the Prasart Museum, which houses an eclectic collection of art and antiques. Join us - and experience the mystery and elegance of Indochina for yourself.

  • Experience a comprehensive exploration of Cambodia’s Angkor temple complex with a private guide
  • Enjoy a unique visit to a community of fishermen in the Mekong Delta to learn about their work and their lives on the river
  • Relish an exclusive private tour of the world- renowned Prasart Museum
  • Take part in the ancient morning tradition of offering alms to the monks in colonial Luang Prabang
  • With a local guide, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels - a 75-mile underground network of hospitals and living quarters
  • Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay aboard a private, traditional junk with lunch onboard
  • Attend an enchanting traditional Rui noc water puppetry show in Hanoi where dancing puppets tell stories of daily life
  • Cruise up the Mekong River by boat to explore the islands, and take a sampan ride through tiny waterways for a closer look
  • Explore the history of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, and immerse yourself in the colonial feel of French Indochina Intriguing Ind

Itinerary

DAYS 1 - 4

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

On Day 2 arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. The heart and soul of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is a bustling, vibrant and industrious center. Yet within the teeming metropolis are the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. On Day 3 travel up the Mekong River by boat to explore the Mekong River islands. Cruise along amid ageless scenes of rural Vietnam - farmers cultivating crops by hand and picturesque riverside structures built on bamboo stilts. Visit the fishing center of the Thoi Son islet, meeting the fishermen and their families. For a more intimate look at life on the water, take a brief sampan ride through the tiny waterways that thread the islands.

Explore Ho Chi Minh City beginning with a tour of the historic center. Stroll along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. View classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the Opera House, and the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral. Tour the Reunification Palace, famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. Visit the War Remnants Museum, which comprehensively documents the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, drive outside the central city to the fascinating Cholon (Chinatown) area. See the Thien Hau Pagoda and the Binh Tay Market.

Park Hyatt Saigon or Sofitel Saigon Plaza, Ho Chi Minh City

DAYS 5 & 6

Da Nang

This morning fly to Da Nang, where its colorful history is reflected in its colonial architecture. Remnants of the French and Spanish colonists of the 17th and 18th centuries can still be seen in parts of the city. In the afternoon visit the Cham Museum which boasts the largest collection of Cham artifacts in the world.

On Day 6 drive to nearby Hoi An, an ancient port town that was designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the rare places in Vietnam to discover genuine Vietnamese architecture. Enjoy a cyclo riding tour through the narrow cobblestone streets then board a boat for a ride down the Thu Bon River to witness the daily river life in the central area. Slumber in an ocean view room overlooking Da Nang’s renowned “China Beach.”

Furama Resort, Da Nang

DAY 7

Ha Long

After breakfast fly to Hanoi and then continue by road to Ha Long Bay. Upon arrival in Ha Long Bay board a traditional Chinese-style junk luncheon cruise to sail through some of the 3,000 limestone and dolomite islets, whose name translates as “Where the Dragon Descends into the Sea.” Stop at an islet to explore the karst geology by climbing through a series of breathtaking caves and grottos, marveling at some of the most impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations found in the world.

Novotel, Ha Long

DAYS 8 & 9

Hanoi

Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries, with narrow lanes and traditional shophouses. Begin your day visiting the Temple of Literature and the One Pillar Pagoda. Then proceed to the vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where visitors can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. Continue through the park to Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days. Afterwards head to visit one of Hanoi’s famous museums, the Museum of Ethnology, which brings to life the astonishing ethnic diversity in Vietnam. In the afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, located in heart of Hanoi, and the Museum of Fine Arts. In the evening, attend a traditional Rui noc water puppetry show - dancing puppets telling stories

Sofitel Metropole Hotel, Hanoi

DAYS 10 & 11

Luang Prabang, Laos

Explore Luang Prabang, the crown jewel of Laos and perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. Take a pleasant cruise on the Mekong River to visit the stunning cave of Pak Ou, which houses thousands of statues of Buddha. Enjoy a special stop at a local village, and treat yourself to a glass of tasty local rice wine.

La Résidence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang

DAYS 12 & 13

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Explore Angkor Wat, the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. It is considered by many to be one of the most spectacular monuments ever conceived by the human mind. On Day 13 visit Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in the area.

Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, Siem Reap

DAYS 14 & 15

Phnom Penh

Fly to Phnom Penh, a chaotic, energetic and always fascinating city. Start your tour of the city at Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the capital. See the splendor of Cambodia’s royal heritage when you visit the Royal Palace, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoni, and the adjacent Silver Pagoda, one of the most exquisite structures in Cambodia and the best place to observe the richness of Khmer “art and craft” culture. Next, explore the elegant National Museum, also called the Musée des Beaux-Arts, which highlights the best of Cambodian art and architectural heritage.

Learn about a chapter from Cambodia’s more recent, tragic past at the Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide). Kept largely unchanged, this prison now displays photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through its doors. Lastly, explore the modern-day side of the city, visiting one of Phnom Penh’s two great markets, the Central Market, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building or the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs to silks, crafts, jewelry and more.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh

DAYS 16 & 17

Bangkok, Thailand

After arriving in Bangkok, enjoy an exclusive tour of the Prasart Museum followed by a ride along the Thonburi Klongs in a traditional longtail speed boat. The museum was built by a wealthy real estate business man who fell love with Thai art and architecture. He brought back priceless art and antiques from abroad and used his own house a museum to display them.

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok

DAYS 18 - 20

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the northern capital of Thailand, where life remains much as it was hundreds of years ago. The culturally rich city traces its history back to the ancient days of Siam. While exploring, visit the fascinating temples of Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Chiang Mun, and nestled high in the mountains, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, with its large spired pagoda that encases relics of Lord Buddha. The evening of Day 19 you will enjoy a special experience: a visit to the famous Chiang Mai night bazaar for incredible bargains on everything from clothes to jewelry.

On Day 20 drive north to Chiang Dao to see elephants being trained. Accompany a mahout (trainer/handler) and his elephant down to the river, and watch the elephant bathe before beginning its work of hauling timber from the forest. Next, it is time for a highlight of your journey - an elephant trek! On this unforgettable jungle adventure, you will ride high on the back of an elephant for a trek to a Lisu village.

Four Seasons Resort Spa, Chiang Mai

DAYS 21 & 22

Bangkok Depart for Home

Return to Bangkok for an overnight stay on Day 21. On Day 22 you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.

Novotel Airport Hotel, Bangkok

Departures

Pricing Information

January 13, 2012

From $10,250.00 per person double occupancy.

From $3,550.00 single room supplement.

February 4, 2012

From $10,250.00 per person double occupancy.

From $3,550.00 single room supplement.

March 2, 2012

From $10,250.00 per person double occupancy.

From $3,550.00 single room supplement.

September 21, 2012

From $10,250.00 per person double occupancy.

From $3,550.00 single room supplement.

October 5, 2012

From $10,250.00 per person double occupancy.

From $3,550.00 single room supplement.

October 19, 2012

From $10,455.00 per person double occupancy.

From $3,650.00 single room supplement.

November 2, 2012

From $10,455.00 per person double occupancy.

From $3,650.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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