Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, Rice Paddies, Cu Chi Tunnels, Royal Palaces & Temples, Angkor Wat, Mekong River, Halong Bay Cruise
Day 1 – Friday, March 13, 2020
Depart Edmonton International Airport
Day 2 – Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Arrival into Luang Prabang, Laos)
On arrival at Luang Prabang airport, you will be met by your private TYW tour director and transferred to check into your hotel. Situated in the centre of northern Laos, Luang Prabang is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding cultural, historical and architectural values and its harmonious relationship between the natural and built environment. Overnight in Luang Prabang, Laos. (D)
Day 3 – Sunday, March 15, 2020 (Luang + Pak Ou Caves)
After breakfast, visit Royal Palace Museum, which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. Continue as you embark on a leisurely cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, stop at the village of Ban Xang Hai, where they make the local rice wine. Returning to Luang Prabang, visit magnificent Wat Xiengthong a superb piece of Lao temple architecture, which presents a sweeping two-tiered roof and ornate mosaics including a beautiful ‘tree of life ‘glass montage on the rear temple wall. Next, visit ‘The Bamboo Experience’, which is located just outside of the city in the middle of the paddy field. Here we play the petanque with a local team before joining the Baci Ceremony held by the elders of the village.
The dinner will be served with local authentic foods whilst the traditional dance & folk song is performed by a local team. Overnight in Luang Prabang, Laos. (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Monday, March 16, 2020 (Luang Prabang + Kuang Si Waterfalls + Vientiane)
Waking up as the sun rises, prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning almsgiving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temple to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets. From there, visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, vegetables, fish, or chicken. This is the best chance to experience the flavour of local life. After breakfast ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River. Continue to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls which are the largest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals. Next, walk to the nearby village of Ban Thapene, and explore the hidden waterfalls, which is rarely visited by other tourists. Lastly, visit the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, set serenely close to the Mekong, this beautiful, traditionally styled workshop, where weavers, spinners and batik makers produce top-quality fabrics. We then transfer out to the airport to take the flight to Vientiane. Overnight in Vientiane. (B,L,D)
Day 5 – Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (Explore Buddha Park)
This morning visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power and the Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, close to the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe. After lunch explore the capital city, including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to Lao’s national icon, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, stop en route to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe. A spectacular view over the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day. Overnight in Vientiane. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (Vientiane + Siem Reap, Cambodia)
After breakfast, you can choose to stroll around the resort and the nearby village, or just relax at the inviting pool before taking the departure flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival into Siem Reap airport and being greeted by your TYW private tour director, visit the Rolous Group, Lo Lei, Preah Ko and Ba Kong temples. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 7 – Thursday, March 19, 2020 (Siem Reap + Angkor Wat Tours)
Today visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. After lunch, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Enjoy wonderful sunset from the top of Pre Rup Temple. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Siem Reap. (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Friday, March 20, 2020 (Siem Reap + Angkor Wat Tours)
After breakfast visit Banteay Srey, known as Citadel of Women or a Pink Temple, and Banteay Samre Temples.
See the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths” was once used or ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake) and Preah Khan temple, Built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. (B, L, D)
Day 9 – Saturday, March 21, 2020 (Free Day in Siem Reap)
Today enjoy a free day to explore in Siem Reap.
Meals and Overnight TBA.
Day 10 – Sunday, March 22, 2020 (Siem Reap + Arrival into Ho Chi Minh City)
Enjoy a leisurely until transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Ho Chi Minh city
Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. (B, L, D)
**TYW travellers departing Canada for ‘Vietnam Only’ tour**
Day 1 – Saturday, March 21, 2020 (International flight to Ho Chi Minh City)
Day 2 – Sunday, March 22, 2020
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will be met by your TYW tour director and transfer to your hotel to meet up with the rest of the group and start your tour of Vietnam.
Day 11 – Monday, March 23, 2020 (Ho Chi Minh + Cu Chi)
This morning, transfer to visit Cu Chi Tunnels (70 km northwest of Hochiminh city and takes 1.5 hours). Cu Chi was an important base during the American War, because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built a 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Dug out of hard laterite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was never discovered. After lunch, enjoy your city tour to visit Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some beautiful French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office, Ben Thanh market ~ the largest wholesale market for shopping. Dinner with a cruise on the Saigon River. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. (B, L, D)
Day 12 – Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (Ho Chi Minh + My Tho + Hanoi)
After an early breakfast depart, travel by road to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s largest rice bowl. Upon arrival into My Tho, embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view dotted by many islands. The exciting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. Enjoy your stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits, with traditional music. The next stop is Ben Tre Province to visit some fascinating local industries. Enjoy lunch with local specialties at a local restaurant. Later transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 13 – Wednesday, March 25, 2020 (Ho Chi Minh + Hanoi)
This morning transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi
Overnight in Hanoi. (B, L, D)
Day 14 – Thursday, March 26, 2020 (Hanoi + Luang Prabang + Kuang Si Waterfalls + Vientiane)
This morning transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi
Overnight in Hanoi. (B, L, D)
Day 15 – Friday, March 27, 2020 (Hanoi + Halong + Cruise)
This morning depart early to Halong Bay. Journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffaloes and everyday Vietnamese village life. After boarding enjoy a welcome beverage and get ready to depart Bai Tu Long Bay. While cruising enjoy lunch as you head towards. (B, L, D)
13:00 – 14:30 Enjoy lunch while cruising throughout the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admire the fascinating formations on the way. Later explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave.
15:45 – 17:30 Time to relax on a white sandy beach at Hon Co Island.
17:30 Return to the boat – Continue cruising through the bay.
18:30 Anchor for overnight at Cong Do area.
18:30 Cooking demonstration in restaurant.
19:30 – 21:00 Savor a delicious Set-dinner in the dining room.
21:00 – 22:30 Activities: Relax on deck, Beauty Spa services, drink service available or night time fishing.
23:00 Relax, enjoy fresh air & overnight on board.
Day 16 – Saturday, March 28, 2020 (Halong + Hanoi)
Early this morning, enjoy your last sunrise over the Bay or you may choose to take part in a morning Tai Chi session.
After breakfast, transfer to a rowing boat assisted by local rowers in traditional costume to the quaint Vung Vieng fishing village. This is an opportunity to experience the fisher’s daily life with the primary features in the charming nature.
Continue to Hanoi in the afternoon and enjoy your farewell dinner in Hanoi
Pick up from your place in Hanoi. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
*Please note: Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change depending on cruise, weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
Day 17 – Sunday, March 29, 2020 ( Departure Day)
After breakfast at the hotel, free at leisure until taking the departure flight. (B)
B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner
- All great accommodations
- All entrances as mentioned
- 1 night aboard ‘Junk’: Halong Bay
- Private transfers
- All meals as mentioned
- 4 domestic flights
- Licensed local guides
- TYW tour directors
- All Visas
- Personal expenses
- Meals as not mentioned
Luggage Allowance: Depends on your chosen airline, please verify.
Travel Visa: Yes, Mandatory for Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam when travelling with a Canadian passport – information on how to purchase to follow.
Climate for August:
Spring in Laos: Highs of 30° & lows of 19°
Spring in Cambodia: Highs of 30° & lows of 19°
Spring in Vietnam: Highs of 28° & lows of 19°
Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam
$4,750.00 Land Only
Based on 18 participants
Airfare of approximately $1,500.00 ~ Exact airfare will be known May 2019
$2,325.00 Land only
Based on 2 or more participants joining Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam tour