Day 1: Arrive in Vientiane
Welcome to Laos! Your local guide and chauffeur take you to town. We leave the rest of the day for your leisure to while off the jet lag and acclimatize yourself. If you arrive in the morning, we have some interesting optional activities in the afternoon or evening ready upon your request.
Day 2: Vientiane to Luang Prabang
Although Vientiane has been the capital of the landlocked country only since 1975, the city can however relate its own long and rich history. We explore the city and visit the beautiful monastery Wat Sisaket and the national shrine That Luang. Then we fly to the former royal city of Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Insights of the Monarchy
A UNESCO protected city, Luang Prabang with its 32 monasteries offers us an excellent introduction to the piety of the Laotians and in the former Royal Palace now the National Museum, we feel, something of the splendor of the past centuries. In the evening we join the petanque game, one of Laos’ favorite pastimes. It is great fun and an excellent way to interact with the Lao people.
Day 4: The Cave of Pak Ou
We take a boat and drive about 30 kilometers on the Mekong to the caves of Pak Ou. More than 5,000 Buddha statues are said to have been counted here. In the villages Ban Chan and Ban Xiangmane we get an insight into the traditional way of life and visit a pottery workshop. Our way leads us to interesting temples on top of the hill Wat Chomphet, which gives us a magnificent view of Luang Prabang. The visit of the house mountain of the city the Phou Si offers an equally overwhelming panorama in good weather.
Day 5: Luang Prabang to Hanoi
We visit the waterfall of Kuang Si the natural highlights of the Luang Prabang. Do not forget your bathing suit! Back in the city we drive to the airport and fly to Hanoi.
We want to take a look at Hanoi's highlights today. Early hours we visit Ho Chi Minh’s Memorial Complex and have an insight of some interesting episodes of his life. We also take a short walk on the side of the West Lake and visit the old Tran Quoc Pagoda which conveys a lots of Vietnam’s history since the 6th century.
A dragon is said to have created the bizarre world of 2,000 limestone cliffs and islets. That sounds like a good story and we see the result as we cruise through a unique landscape on a comfortable junk. We drive back to Hanoi and fly from there to the central plain in the old imperial city of Hue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hue is the former monarchy’s capital city under Nguyen Emperors from 1802. We visit the Citadel of Hue and the Imperial Tomb of Ming Mang marvelling at majestic architecture and decors. Later we take a boat trip on Hue river to visit the sacred Thien Mu Pagoda.
On the cloud pass we enjoy in beautiful weather a fantastic panoramic view of the most beautiful coastline of Vietnam. In Danang, we take in the cultural history of the Champa Empire through a superb collection of sculptures at the Cham Museum. Our destination for the day is Hoi An with a walking tour in this quaint centuries-old port town that has been awarded the World Heritage title by UNESCO.
Day 10: The Empire of Champa
My Son, the former religious centre of the Champa civilization once expanding over the entire strech of Central Vietnam. After an introduction at the visitor center, we walk through the earth paths in the middle of green rolling hills in search of the last preserved sights. In the afternoon you have time to discover the old trading houses Hoi An or to the beautiful city beach relax.
Day 11: Hoi An to Saigon
From Da Nang we fly to Saigon. Ho Chi Minh City or usually Saigon by locals offers us a picture full of contrasts. A vibrant modern city that has not lost its sense of tradition. We walk through the colonial neighborhoods and mingle with the merchants at Ben Thanh market. Saigon at night is a great experience during an optional dinner cruise on the Saigon River.
Day 12: Saigon to Phnom Penh
Afternoon flight to Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. At the National Museum, we introduce ourselves to the main features of Khmer history and architecture, visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and pay tribute to the victims of the Khmer Rouge in the Tuol Sleng Museum.
Day 13: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Today we fly from Phnom Peanh to Siem Reap. We start with a visit to the Theams Gallery in the day. From Mr. Theam personally we learn more about the exhibited paintings and sculptures.
After visiting the Angkor National Museum we explore the impressive Fortress city Angkor Thom. In the midst of the dense jungle we discover the two temple complexes Preah Kahn and Ta-Som. Then the curtain goes up and the stage is set free - we let the story of Cambodia be told with music, dance and acrobatics in the unique Phare Circus.
At leisure till transfer time. If you have late flight we will arrange extra activities or accommodation upon your request. We wish you a good journey home.