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Classic Hotels Journey through Indochina (16-days)

A stunning 16-day tour of Bangkok, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam staying at some of the most famous hotels in the world!

Day 1. Arr.Bangkok
Arriving at Bangkok, our Thai representative will be at the aiport to welcome you and transfer you to the famous 5* Oriental hotel. Perched on the banks of the Chau Phya river, the Oriental is one of the worlds most luxurious hotels and has been welcoming the rich and famous for 130 years. Now its your turn. The rest of day will be at leisure to allow you to enjoy the facilites of the hotel, relax by the pool or enjoy the magnificent spa.

Picture Feature on Oriental Hotel, Bangkok

Picture Feature on Oriental Hotel, Bangkok> 


Day 2. Bangkok (B/L/D)
An early morning start today, as we take a trip to see the famous Damnern Saduak floating market with a stop at Nakom Pathom where the largest Pagoda in Thailand is located. Afterwards, we drive back to Bangkok for our city tour which includes The Grand Palace, Funeral Hall, Wat Pra Kaew, Wat Traimit, Wat Pho, Wat Benchamabopit and temple of Dawn plus a canal tour on a private boat. Lunch at Riverside restaurant. Evening to enjoy a traditional Thai dinner and dance show.

Day 3: Bangkok - Luang Prabang (B/L)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Laos. Arriving at Luang Prabang our Laos representative will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer to the Maison Souvannaphoum hotel. This lovely boutique hotel was a former royal residence but has now been converted into a delightful place to stay. After lunch at a local restaurant, our afternoon city tour of the former Royal capital, Luang Prabang, includes a visit to Wat Visoun, the site of the impressive Thad Makmo stupa and Phou Sii hill which stands right in the centre of the small city, where you can climb its 350 steps to enjoy commanding views over the Mekong. Wat Phu Sii sits atop the mountain, alongside the skeletons of Indochina war anti-aircraft guns. Then we continue, visiting Wat Mai (1796) with its five-tiered roof, and Wat Xieng Thong which is considered to characterize the uniqueness of Luang Prabang's local style, its several roofs sweeping low to the ground. We see also the impressive "tree of life" mosaic here. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts semi-erotic episodes from the Ramayana. Later we visit the National Museum, which was once the king's palace. Displayed inside is a collection of personal artifacts of the former royal family. Dinner at a local restaurant and evening walk of the night market.

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Day 4: Luang Prabang (B/L)
After breakfast, we board a cruise heading upstream on the Mekong River, giving a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. Our first stop is the village of Ban Muangkeo where we start a short trek (45 mins) to reach the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local specialty of rice wine is produced. On the way, we also visit Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek and Ban Nong Xai, small villages well known for silk weavings and for Saa (jute) Papermaking. Once back in Luang Prabang city we visit a traditional silversmith's workshop.

Day 5: Luang Prabang (B/L)
Today we visit the Tad Khuang Sii waterfall, on the way visiting a Hmong village and Ban Ouh village where Lao and Lu hill people live. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. The water here has a clear blue-green tint due to the high mineral content. You can climb the stairs and look down from various viewpoints on the way to the top. We take a picnic lunch by the waterfall then return to Luang Prabang and take the afternoon at leisure.

Day 6: Luang Prabang - Vientiane (B/L/D)
Today we transfer to the airport for the flight to Vientiane, where our local guide will meet you and transfer you to the Settha Palace hotel, another wonderful old French colonial landmark with rosewood furniture and black and white Venetian marble bathrooms. After lunch at a local restaurant our Vientiane tour includes Wat Hoprakeo, built in 1566 by King Setthathirat to house the Emerald Buddha, Wat Sisaket, the only temple in Vientiane that survived the destruction of the city by the Siamese in 1828; ThatLuang Stupa Museum shrine (great Sacred Stupa), the most important national monument in Vientiane, believed to contain a relic of Lord Buddha and finally the Pratuxay Monument situated in the centre of Vientiane prefecture, its architecture inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and incorporating typical Lao motifs. Dinner at local restaurant. ,

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Day 7: Vientiane - Siem Reap (B/D)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Cambodia. Arriving at Siem Reap, our Cambodia representative will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to the Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor. This hotel, built in 1930, has been completely restored to its former glory, even the original 'bird-cage' lift has been reinstalled. The rest of day is at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the hotel. Dinner will be at a local restaurant with traditional Cambodian dance performance on stage.

Raffles Grand Siem Reap

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Day 8: Siem Reap (Angkor) (B/L)
Today we have a full day visit to the antiquities at Angkor, starting with the ancient royal capital city of Angkor Thom: the Bayon Temple, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda, Terrace of Elephants and Leper king and Taprohm temples. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the world famous Angkor Wat and the Ta Som, Ta Keo and Pre Rup temples. Return to town.

Day 9: Siem Reap - Phnom Kulen - Siem Reap (B/l)
This morning we drive to Phnom Kulen where the 'River of 1000 Lingas' features thousands of symbols carved into the sandstone rocks under the water. We also visit the Rock temple, with its large reclining Buddha, and take a picnic lunch by the waterfall. On the return trip, we visit the oldest temple in Angkor, the 10th century Banteay Srei. This temple has the best engravings among all the ruins and was used in the film 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider'.

Day 10: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh (B)
Transfer to airport for the flight to Phnom Penh, when our guide will meet you and transfer to the Raffles Le Royal Hotel. The sister of the Grand Hotel in Siem Reap, the Le Royal is another glorious example of colonial style and elegance. The new wings of the hotel have been carefully designed to be indistinguishable from the older parts of the building. Even the light switches and door knobs are reproduced in the same style as the original building! Rest of day at leisure to relax by the wonderful swimming pool or enjoy a drink at the famous 'Elephant Bar', one of Phnom Penhs most famous watering holes.

Raffles Le Royal Phnom Penh

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Day 11: Phnom Penh (B/L)
Today, our city tour of Phnom Penh includes the Royal Place, the Silver Pagoda, the Independence monument and National Garden Park. After lunch at local restaurant, we visit the Toul Sleng Museum of Genocide and Cheung-Ek Killing Fields, together with the Central Market and Russian Markets if you wish.

Day 12. Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City (B/D)
Transfer to airport for the flight to Vietnam. Arriving at Ho Chi Minh City, our Vietnam representative will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer to the Majestic hotel. This colonial building dating from about 1920 is superbly positioned facing the Saigon River and just a short stroll to the shops of Dong Khoi. The rooms are charming and the hotel oozes character. Rest of day at leisure. Evening dinner at local Vietnamese restaurant. (B/D)

Day 13: Ho-Chi-Minh City (B/L)
Today our full day city tour of Ho-Chi-Minh City includes The Reunification Palace (former Presidential Palace), Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, Thien Hau pagoda, The Museum of HCM Campaign, China Town and Binh Tay Market. Overnight in HCMC.

Day 14: HCMC - Hanoi (B)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Hanoi where our Hanoi guide will meet you and transfer to the famous Metropole Hotel. This is the most prestigious address in Hanoi and enjoys a prime position at the heart of the city, geographically and socially. History runs through the hotel corridors, and famous former guests include Charlie Chaplin, Graham Green and Jane Fonda. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

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Day 15: Hanoi (B/L)
Our full day city tour of Hanoi today includes Ho Chi Minhís Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and the whole October-November) and Residence, One-Pillar Pagoda and the Army Museum. After lunch at a local restaurant we visit the Temple of Literature, built in the 11th century as Vietnamís first university, the ine Art Museum, Quan Thanh Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.

Day 16: Hanoi - Departure (B)
Free at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Grand Palace Bangkok
Grand Palace, Bangkok
Floating Market
Floating Market
Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang
Tad Khuang Sii Waterfall
Tad Khuang Sii Waterfall
Vientiane
Vientiane
Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom
Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom
Phnom Kulen
Phnom Kulen Waterfall
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Silver Pagoda Phnom Penh
Silver Pagoda, Phnom Penh
City Hall, HCMC
City Hall, HCMC
Temple of Literature, Hanoi
Temple of Literature, Hanoi
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International flights
Accommodation.
Meals as shown in the programme (B/L/D)
Transfers, tours with English speaking guide.
All entrance fees and boat fees.
Service charges, rooms tax and handling fee.
Domestic flights.
Departure taxes (Vietnam & Laos)

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Airport departure taxes (Cambodia) Drinks with provided meals
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