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about asia King Travel

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Cambodia festivals

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magical Cambodia 4 days

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Cambodia highlights 6 days

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Koh Kong Escape 5 days

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bokor Trekking 4 days

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Upstream mekong to Laos 12 days

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ViETnam Vietnam attractions

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When to go to Vietnam

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Vietnam Festivals

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Vietnam overland 19 days

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Vietnam beach holiday 15 days

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Luang Prabang 4 days

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Vietnam Three national parks eco-tour

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Laos overview 4 days

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4 days duong Lam & mai Chau 4 days

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Laos Panorama 10 days

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Remote Trek 10 days

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Laos discovery 11 days

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Red river delta & Laos 12 days

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Hotels Vietnam

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Luang Prabang border crossing to Hanoi 12 days

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Rickshaws, markets, rice fields, bicycles, noodles, beaches and temples, and that's just the start of what is on offer in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia. it is home to an amazing diversity of cultures, landscapes and monuments.

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oday, tourism is one of the largest and dynamically developing sectors of external economic activities. its high growth and development rate positively contributes to the social and economic development of the country as a whole. in 2013, the highly uncertain global economy has had a tremendous impact on tourism industry of southeast asian countries including Vietnam’s. However, we have been working tirelessly to try to reduce the negative effects of the world economy and to bring to our customers the best services and products. blessed with breathtaking, pristine natural beauty, delectable cuisines and dramatic histories, three countries of southeast asia, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, attract more and more tourists from all over the world. in addition, their modern luxury hotels, upscale restaurants, coupled with the high quality of services, including highly qualified professional staffs and extremely competitive prices, better than anywhere in the world, makes these countries truly fascinating and highly affordable destinations. To meet higher demand of tourists, i am pleased to introduce to you the Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia Tour Program for 2013 2014. This brochure outlines remarkable changes of our service quality. We are constantly making efforts to look for new routes, new products as well as provide advanced promotion campaigns to satisfy our customers’ desire to explore these countries. below are the sample itineraries which will make you better understood our products and services. We can also customize itineraries according to your specific requirements and interests. despite the great remaining challenges, hopefully we all achieve a complete success. We believe in you as well as our asia King Travel’s staffs who are constantly engrossed in working to gain more experience and bring to our valued customers the perfect services. Managing director nam nguyen.


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sia King Travel was founded in march 2007. We specialise in personalised service and have deliberately remained specific in what we do rather than expand into a big outfit. We cater for a niche market while providing excellent value for money. our head office which is located in Hanoi includes management, sales, production, and our marketing department. our operation offices are throughout Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. We offer tailor-made individual tours and private group tours, incentives tours as well as soft trekking and cycling tours. We have proven success over the past six years and have been striving to improve our service quality by creating new and interesting travel products, discovering new destinations and new activities to meet the expectations of our customers and professional partners who mostly come from France, Usa, australia and various European countries.


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We make regular visits throughout the year to check the services at different locations and we are always looking for new destinations and activities to create and update the best and unique tour products.

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We are experienced local specialists who work with a true passion for our destinations. moreover we often engage in regular training as well as visit many destinations where we specialise in. •

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We are a fully bonded tour operator licensed by the national Tourism administration of Vietnam and we are also a member of asTa and PaTa. •

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We have 24 hour support in all of our offices in Hanoi, danang, saigon, Cambodia and Laos. •

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We have developed our business based on the high quality service and remained successful due to our highly caring about your needs. We have many loyal, returning customers and loyal partners.

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saPa set high in Vietnam’s northeast mountains, the hamlet of sapa offers spectacular views of jagged mountain ridges, terraced rice paddies and green valleys inhabited by people of various ethnic minority groups. Each group has its own distinctive style of dress. From early childhood, girls learn to grow and weave hemp, to dye cloth with indigo, to sew the family’s clothes, and to decorate items with traditional embroidery motifs. more recently, sapa has become a tourist mecca. as expected, hill tribe vendors follow you and are persistent in persuading you to buy their handicrafts. if you buy from one vendor and other vendors see you making purchases, they will attempt to sell you their products too. if you’re not interested, just say ‘no’ and ask your tour guide to walk you away.

mai CHaU nestled in a valley amongst verdant hills in the northwestern highlands, mai Chau’s stunning scenery offers excellent opportunities for trekking and mountain biking while providing a glimpse into the village life of the Hmong and White Thai ethnic hill tribes.

Hanoi Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is the second most populous city in the country with approximately 4 million people. Compared to Ho Chi minh City, Hanoi is more traditional and refined. This is a city where the exotic chic of old asia blends with the dynamic face of new asia, the medieval and modern co-exist. While it is rapidly

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developing, the city has retained many of its cultural traditions. For example, you can observe the elderly people practicing Tai Chi by the lake or witness traditional festivals during the Lunar new year. specially, Hanoi has a vibrant “street culture” where daily activities, such as hair cutting and eating at food stalls, take place on cramped sidewalks. as Hanoi is becoming more populated with people and automobiles, the city is experiencing more traffic congestion, particularly in the old Quarter.

HaLong a visit to the northern of Viet nam is not complete without experiencing the spectacular views of more than 3,000 limestone karsts in Ha Long bay. designated a World Heritage site by UnEsCo in 1994, this mystical landscape of limestone islets is often compared to guilin in China or Krabi in southern Thailand. sculpted into strange shapes by the wind and weather, the karsts hide deserted beaches, many magnificent caves, and hidden lagoons that may only be reached by chinks on the cliffs are revealed at low tide.

HUE While imperial rule ended more than six decades ago, as the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue still holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. From 1802 to 1945 Hue was home to 13 nguyen emperors, whose palaces and tombs provide fascinating glimpses into the luxurious and secretive world of the court. during this period, the imperial City was built according to the practices of Feng shui

that dictates the location and shape of spaces in harmony with both the physical and spiritual. Visitors may explore the redlacquered pavilions of the Citadel, wander through ancient garden houses, or feast on delicacies once served in the royal palaces.

Hoian Located near the coast in the central Vietnam, from the 16th to 19th centuries the riverside town of Hoian once drew merchants from as far as Japan, india, indonesia and Europe who bought the area’s silk, spices and porcelain. Hoian owes its easygoing provincial demeanour and remarkably harmonious old-town character more to luck than planning. its beautifully preserved old Quarter, the streets with old tile-roofed shop houses, shady pagodas and colorful communal halls make it such a cristine ancient beauty and become a World Heritage site by UnEsCo. in addition, Hoian is surrounded by attractive countryside where you can observe the traditional life of farmers and fishermen.

nHa TRang Located in central Vietnam, the sun-washed town of nha Trang is well known thanks to its pristine beaches, excellent view, gorgeous islands, mountains, and rivers. Clear blue seas dotted with offshore islands offer excellent opportunities for getting a dose of sun, surfing, diving, fishing and snorkeling, while the town itself is home to some interesting sites, including a massive white buddha statue and a cluster of Cham towers built between the 7th and 12th centuries.


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PHan THiET Phan Thiet is a large fishing village best known locally for its fish sauce production. Located 200 km from Ho Chi minh City, Phan Thiet is a gateway to nearby beaches which are popular for both local and tourists alike. mui ne, a nearby resort town, has 21 km stretch of sandy beaches lined with hotels, resorts, restaurants, and nightclubs. mui ne is subject to onshore winds from the south China sea and is especially breezy from november to may, which may not be ideal for swimming but is popular for wind and kite surfing. other attractions in the area include the white and red sand dunes, Po Klong garai Cham tower, and ocean dune’s golf Club, a 6746-yard par 72 course designed by nick Faldo.

daLaT set in Vietnam's picturesque Central Highlands, this quiet town boasts cool mountain air, some of the best-preserved French colonial architecture in indochina, and stunning natural beauty. year-round, the temperature hovers around 20˚C (68˚F), making this a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts. mountain bikers and hikers will delight in the area’s trails, as well as in views of pine-covered hills, organic farms, lush tea and coffee plantations. dalat hosts a flower festival every year which normally taken place in mid-december for one week and features a flower exhibition and a flower parade around xuan Huong lake.

mEKong dELTa being well known as a Vietnam’s ‘rice

basket’, the mekong delta is a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages, everywhere crisscrossed by the brown canals and rivulets fed by the mighty mekong River. Farmers cultivate paddy fields, tend their orchards of tropical fruit and fish in the rivers and canals, offering an ideal opportunity to adopt the pace of local life, choose to slow down and cycle along the flat roads of the delta. you may also choose to visit a farmer’s home, try your hand at fruit picking or explore the myriad waterways on a loud one engine boat as used by locals for their daily transportation.

saigon The city’s dynamic energy is apparent in the bustling street scenes with thousands of people on motorbikes constantly on the move. although saigon has rapidly developed into a modern city with skyscrapers and shopping centers, there are still visible remnants in the historic landmarks and beautiful French colonial buildings dotted throughout the city. in saigon, you will still see women dressed in Vietnam’s traditional ao dai tunic stroll past modern trendy boutiques and crowded cafes. What is more, you will be amazed at the great nightlife and some of the best shopping centers in southeast asia in this vibrant, fast-changing city. The city is home to people from all aspect of Vietnamese society. observing the dynamic life in this vibrant city which was once considered “Pearl of the Far East”, joining in a unique mix of culture from many regions along Vietnam, all ensure new interesting experiences for tourists. From saigon you can also make a day trip to the Cu Chi tunnels and Cao dai Holy see temple.

PHU QUoC isLand Located off the tip of Vietnam’s south coast, Phu Quoc is a heaven for nature and sea lovers looking for a place to unwind. The island is considered “off the beaten track” as it remains remarkably undeveloped. Phu Quoc’s virgin forests and pristine white sand beaches make this an ideal place for trekking, diving, and snorkeling. The infrastructure remains basic with dirt roads and a small number of four-star properties. if you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway without any distractions or a noisy nightlife then Phu Quoc is the worth attraction to visit.

Con dao isLand Con dao, or Con son if referring to the main island in this 16-island archipelago, is possibly the best kept secret in Vietnam. Currently virtually undiscovered - except by the ex-prisoners of the south Vietnamese regime who return to visit their places of incarceration prior to 1975, Con dao offers stunning virgin forest, deserted tropical beaches, unique sea life, forgotten prisons being consumed by the jungle, and the possibility to experience a castaway lifestyle without any of the pains normally associated with life 180 kilometers from land. The Con dao archipelago is an ideal place for nature lovers and an opportunity to visit unspoiled tropical islands before they become developed.

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noRTHERn ViETnam Hanoi and northern Vietnam experience four seasons. summer (may-oct), is hot and wet with regular downpours and occasional typhoons. July and august are the hottest months with maximum temperatures exceeding 37oC. The winter months (nov-april) are usually cold and humid. december and January can be particularly cool with temperatures as low as 6 C. Cloudy skies and misty conditions usually prevail.

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CEnTRaL ViETnam Usually dry from may to october and wet from december to February. october and november occasionally see unstable weather conditions and flooding.

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soUTHERn ViETnam Ho Chi minh City (saigon) and the south are hot year-round. The hottest period is march-may when average daytime temperatures can reach 37oC. The wet season is may-nov. Typically this involves an afternoon downpour that rarely interferes with travel arrangements.

Visa and PassPoRT

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Visa is required for most nationalities and can be obtained by two ways. For the first way, traveler can take visa before arrival at the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate.

Vietnam has four international airports: noi bai (Hanoi), Tan son nhat (Tan son nhat) and danang airport (danang), Cam Ranh (nha Trang).

secondly, a visa can be obtained on arrival at the airport when the traveler brings the approval letter offered free from asia King Travel.

There are numerous direct flights from and to Vietnam operated by various international airlines.

Passports must be valid for 6 months after final departure date.

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it embodies the combative spirit of the m'nong ethnic group, who are famed for their bravery and skills in hunting wild elephants.

FEsTiVaLs LUnaR nEWyEaR - TET (31sT Jan 2014 - 3Rd FEb 2014) There is no more colorful time to be in Vietnam than during the days leading up to the Lunar new year ( known as "Tet nguyen dan" or ”Tet”), the most important as well as the most widely and heartily celebrated traditional festival in Vietnam. since the first days of lunar year are thought to set the tone for the next 12 months, everyone strives to plan a perfect Tet. as preparation for the holiday is completed and houses are well-stocked with food and sweets, families gather together to share an evening meal on the last day of the 12th lunar month. Food and drink is offered to the family’s ancestors and they are invited to join the family for the holiday. before the family begins to eat, the family group will raise their glasses in the first toast to the new year. afterwards, it is customary to join the throngs of people in the streets to take in the local firework display. The first few days of Tet are spent in relaxation with one’s family. indeed, many shops and businesses are closed during this time. spending time with family, paying visits to friends, relatives and neighbors and hearty meals for all those who drop by are hallmarks of this joyous time of year for Vietnamese people.

CoW RaCing FEsTiVaL (22nd - 24TH oCT 2014) The festival is celebrated in pagodas and Khmer households in an giang Province in remembrance of ancestral merits, wishing happiness and peace for the deceased’s souls. in this festival, the ox racing which is held in a large ground 60 m wide and 170 m long surrounded by high earthen ramparts where spectators can stand. The racing lane is 100 m long and 4 m wide. its two ends are marked with departure and destination poles. Each racing tournament involves 38 pairs of oxen selected from competition in commune level. most of the oxen have strong postures: big heads, straight backs, solid bones, long tails, small ears, round necks and gentle eyes. The nearer the competition draws, the more boisterous the atmosphere becomes.

Lim FEsTiVaL (12TH FEbRUaRy 2014)

HUng TEmPLE FEsTiVaL (7TH – 10TH aPRiL 2014)

Located 18km from Hanoi, Lim village is the place where is well known for its impressive festivals. The most typical Lim Festival feature is Quan Ho singing. it is the well- organized Quan Ho folk song that attracts thousands of visitors to come here to enjoy singing competitions between the country's most skilled “lien anh" (male singers) and "lien chi" (female singers). in addition, visitors come to enjoy the weaving competition of the noi due girls who weave and sing Quan Ho songs at the same time. Like other religious festivals, the Lim Festival goes through all the ritual stages, from the procession to the worshipping ceremony, and includes other activities.

This is the ancestors’ death anniversary of the whole nation. along with an incense-offering ceremony at the Hung Temple in Phu Tho Province, sacrifice-offering ceremonies at Hung Temples in Ho Chi minh City, nha Trang and other provinces take place. not only does the Hung Temple Festival attract visitors from all over the country because of its special traditional cultural activities, but it is also regarded as a sacred trip to the origins of the Vietnamese nation. People usually show their love and pride for their homeland and ancestral land. This religious belief is deeply imbedded in the mind of every Vietnamese citizen.

PERFUmE Pagoda FEsTiVaL (14TH FEb 2014 18 maRCH 2014) Vietnam’s most celebrated festival is held each February at the Perfume Pagoda, 70km southwest of Hanoi. it is the most famous buddhist pilgrimage site in the northern Vietnam and every year literally tens of thousands of pilgrims travel to the sacred cave to pray for happiness and prosperity for the coming year. Unlike many other festivals, the Huong Pagoda Festival does not only focus on traditional games, but rather romantic trips to caves, pagodas and temples and participation in ceremonies to beseech favours from Lord buddha. The trip to the cave which is set high up in a limestone

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mountain makes all more interesting as visitors have to board small row boats and cruise through a dramatic landscape of rocky outcrops and lush rice paddies in order to reach the foot of the mountain. From the riverbank, visitors continue on foot, past various pagodas and shrines, up hundreds of stone steps, all worn smooth by the passage of time and countless feet.

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ELEPHanT RaCE FEsTiVaL (aPRiL 2014) This annual festival is held early in the 3rd lunar month in don Village near the sevepoi River in the Central Highlands province of dak Lak. The race track is on a ground which is large enough for 10 elephants to stand in a line simultaneously whilst the length of the track is from 1 to 2 km. after the sound of the horn, the mahouts command their elephants to move to the starting point. The horn signals the start of the race, and the elephants rush ahead amidst the resounding cry of the spectators the sound of the drums, gongs. at the end of the race, the winning elephants raise their trunks to salute the crowd and receive sugarcane from them. The elephant race is the largest festival in the Central Highlands.

PHU dong FEsTiVaL (6TH - 7TH may 2014) according to the legend, under the 6th Hung King reign, the land of Van Lang was invaded by northern an force. The king sent envoys throughout the country, calling for help to combat against the foreign enemy. at that time, there lived a 3-year old boy named giong who was unable to walk or speak. When he heard the king's messengers, he suddenly leapt to his feet and announced that he would save the country. brought in front of the king, giong requested a coat of armor, an iron horse and a spear. He then ate 7 baskets of rice and 7 baskets of eggplants, after which he was transformed into a muscular young man. giong donned the armor, mounted the horse and galloped off to war. When giong's spear finally broke, he uprooted sticks of bamboo and used them to mow down the invaders. Each year, villagers from Phu dong in the gia Lam district of Hanoi organize a festival to honor Lord giong and re-enact the epic battle. mid-aUTUmn FEsTiVaL (8TH sEPTEmbER 2014) The mid-autumn Festival is taken place on the full moon night (15th of the eighth lunar month), the most charming and picturesque night of the year. This annually event especially attracts almost children. Traditionally, this festival involves the customs of moon contemplating, procession of star & moon shaped lanterns, lion dance, as well as holding parties with moon cakes and fruits. do son bUFFaLo FigHTing FEsTiVaL (2nd sEPTEmbER 2014) being held officially and annually on the ninth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar in the seaside town of do son, the buffalo Fighting is an outstanding and unique festival which attached to a Water genie worshipping ceremony and sacrifice custom. The fighting buffalos should be 4 to 5 years of age, well selected from the mountainous areas according to the criteria kept to each clan’s tradition. after two elimination rounds in the 5th and the 6th lunar months, those selected for the final will be methodically fed, trained and kept far from contact with common buffalos. The festival begins with a colorful procession through the communes to the ring accompanied by a flag dance to the sound of drums and gongs. The matches, mostly fierce and long in this final round, showcase the tactics of the trainer, the fighting skill and the strength of the buffalos. The winning buffalo will get rewarded and then be offered as sacrifice to the Water genie.


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With 9 days only, you’re given an opportunity to have an extensive look at amazing northern sceneries of Vietnam. This trip covers both classic visits to famous cities and exploration of natural landscapes including Halong bay, Tam Coc, ben En and Cuc Phuong national Parks

Amazing Northern Sceneries

day 1: Hanoi aRRiVaL Upon arrival at noi bai international airport, you are picked up and transferred to hotel in Hanoi by your private guide. overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

day 2: Hanoi CiTy ToUR

8 days - 7 nigHT

morning visit Ho Chi minh’s mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, one Pillar Pagoda and the ancient Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo prison museum. in the afternoon we take a cyclo journey through the 36 streets that make up the “old quarter” of town and later enjoy Water puppet performance. overnight in Hanoi

day 3: Hanoi - HaLong bay Ha Long Cuc Phuong Park Ben En Park

Hoa Lu Ho Citadel Thanh Hoa city

in the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and transfer to Halong bay, about 170 km east of Hanoi (approximately 3 hours). Upon arrival, you will embark on a traditional wooden Junk for the beautiful cruise in one of the seven heritages of the world - Halong bay. Lunch and dinner on board. overnight on board.

day 4: HaLong bay - ninH binH Wake up among the tranquil beauty of the bay, we have time for an early morning dip with joys and emotions for watching sunrise on sea followed by breakfast. at around midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour and a half journey to ninh binh via Thai binh and nam dinh province. overnight at the hotel in ninh binh

day 5: ninH binH - Hoa LU Tam CoC - Ho CiTadEL - THanH Hoa departure for Hoa Lu to visit dinh and Le Temple. after that you are transferred to Trang an, then take a

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bamboo boat to visit Trang an grottoes. in the afternoon, leaving ninh binh, we continue the trip to Thanh Hoa province and pay a visit to the Citadel of the Ho dynasty. overnight in Thanh Hoa city.

day 6: THanH Hoa - bEn En naTionaL PaRK - CUC PHUong depart for ben En national park. Upon arrival, we will take the motorized boat for cruise on the lake. Taking off the boat, we will walk around in the island in the middle of the lake to enjoy the sceneries, watch the bird. after that we can take kayaking and swim in the lake. in the afternoon, drive back to ninh binh for an excursion of Cuc Phuong. overnight in Cuc Phuong.

day 7: CUC PHUong naTionaL PaRK - Hanoi sart the jungle trek through the national park for a few hours. Visit the Cave of Prehistoric man and the renowned Endangered Primate Rescue Centre to see some of the rarest apes and monkeys in the world. after having a lunch, come back Hanoi. overnight in Hanoi.

day 8: Hanoi - dEPaRTURE at leisure until being transferred to the airport for flight back home. End of tour.


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There are many reasons why people love travelling such as self-challenging, enjoying new experiences, learning new languages, experiencing new cultures etc. Putting aside stressful working days and spending only one week with us, you’ll have a great chance getting to know most significant features of Vietnam.

day 1: Hanoi aRRiVaL & WaTER PUPPET sHoW Upon arrival, you are met at the noi bai airport and transferred to the hotel by the guide. in the late afternoon, enjoy the Water Puppet show, the unique Vietnamese traditional art. overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

day 2: Hanoi CiTy ToUR visit to Ho Chi minh’s mausoleum and “House on stilts” at the same area with the Presidential Palace and the famous one Pillar Pagoda. We also make a visit to the Temple of Literature in the afternoon, visit Hanoi's Ethnology museum, Then we take a cyclo tour around the old Quarter of Hanoi .overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

day 3: Hanoi - HaLong JUnK CRUisE in the morning, after having breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel and transfer to Halong bay, Upon arrival, you will embark on a traditional wooden Junk for the beautiful cruise in one of the seven heritages of the world - Halong bay. Lunch and dinner on the board. overnight on Junk.

to enjoy the beauty of the bay. Have lunch on the boat while cruise returns to Halong wharf where our vehicle waiting for you to transfer back to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue. overnight in Hue.

day 5: HUE - danang - Hoian

Vietnam Highlights 8 days - 7 nigHTs

Visit the Citadel and imperial Purple city, imposing Thien mu pagoda and board the trip from here for a cruise on Perfume river, visit Hon Chen temple, Tu duc royal tomb. afternoon pay a visit to Hoi an, stop at Lang Co beach for coffee and refreshments. and visit Cham museum, and the marble mountains. overnight at hotel in Hoian.

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day 6: Hoian - danang FLigHT To Ho CHi minH CiTy Flight to Ho Chi minh city. afternoon we visit the Reunification Palace, the notre dame Cathedral, the old sai gon Post office, the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant museum, and the bustling ben Thanh. overnight in HCm city.

day 4: HaLong JUnK CRUisE – FLigHT To HUE

day 7: Ho CHi minH CiTy - Tay ninH - CU CHi TUnnEL

after breakfast, you can relax on deck

morning, transfer to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Then continue to Tay ninh to see the ornate temple of Cao dai. overnight at the hotel in HCm city.

Hue Danang Hoian

Cu Chi Saigon

day 8: Ho CHi minH CiTy dEPaRTURE Free time until being transferred to the airport for flight to the next destination. End of the tour.

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you can see a world with different colors in a same country, reflected by the diversity of natural beauty, local daily life and culture of many regions. Particularly, the only mean of transport on land is private vehicle, which will bring you a lot of amazing experience from north to south of Vietnam.

Vietnam Overland 19 days - 18 nigHTs

day 1: aRRiVaL in Hanoi

dynasty. overnight Thanh Hoa city.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, picked up and transferred to hotel. in the late afternoon, enjoy the Water Puppet show, the unique Vietnamese traditional art. overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

day 6: THanH Hoa - bEn En naTionaL PaRK - VinH CiTy

day 2: Hanoi CiTy ToUR

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Ninh Binh Ben En Park

Visit the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi minh, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi minh’s house on stilts and the one Pillar Pagoda, then Temple of Literature. in the afternoon, visit the impressive Ethnology museum. We take then a cyclo tour around the old Quarter of Hanoi. overnight in Hanoi.

day 3: Hanoi - HaLong bay CRUisE

Thanh Hoa

Transfer to Halong for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long bay, giving us the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage site. Lunch and dinner on board. overnight on Junk

Vinh City Phong Nha cave

Dong Hoi Hue Danang Hoian Quy Nhon

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day 4: HaLong bay - ninH binH This morning, we continue to move around the bay to find more secluded areas. The junk will be near us at all times serving as a back up vessel for those that require it. afternoon, transfer to ninh binh via Thai binh and nam dinh province. overnight in ninh binh.

day 5: ninH binH - Hoa LU Tam CoC -Ho CiTadEL - THanH Hoa morning visit the dinh and Le temples in Hoa Lu, the ancient Capital. Then take a sampan on a river through the rice paddies to the grottoes of the sacred Tam Coc Caves. afternoon, transfer to Vinh Loc, visit the Citadel of the Ho

depart for ben En national park and we will take the kayaking for 20 minutes to the botanic island where we will trek through the natural forest to enjoy the sceneries, watch the bird and different animal. after trekking 3 km, we will take motorized boat or kayak back to the park headquarter. after that transfer to Vinh city. overnight in Vinh city.

day 7: VinH - PHong nHa CaVE - dong Hoi Transfer to Phong nha, cruise on son River to discover Phong nha Cave, the longest water cave in the world, and also the importance part of Ho Chi minh legendary road. Late afternoon, drive to dong Hoi. overnight in dong Hoi.

day 8: dong Hoi - dmZ - HUE after taking a visit to Vinh moc tunnel, departure for Hue. We take a boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River, visit Hue’s best-known religious site, Thien mu Pagoda. overnight at hotel in Hue.

day 9: HUE - danang - Hoian start with the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, which was built in the 19th century by the nguyen dynasty, was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. departure for Hoian, stop at Lang Co beach for lunch and coffee. Continue on our way down to da nang, visit marble mountains. overnight in Hoi an.

day 10: Hoian in the morning, visit Chinese assembly Halls, the Japanese Covered bridge,


ViETnam CLassiC ToURs Phuc Kien Pagoda and Tan Ky House. afternoon we will take boat cruise on Thu bon river to visit Thach Ha, the ceramic and pottery village. Learn how to make the beautiful jars, bow. Return to hotel. overnight at hotel in Hoian.

day 11: Hoian - my son - QUy nHon morning, drive to my son, Unesco World Heritage. Continue to southward through region of coconut beaches and Champa towers, stop at Chien dang tower, sa Huynh beach for lunch. and go on to Quy nhon. overnight in Quy nhon.

day 12: QUy nHon - nHa TRang Leave Quy nhon for the way along the central coast though Tuy Hoa rice bowl towards nha Trang. on arrival in nha Trang, we enjoy a short city tour, seeing the Long son Pagoda and the impressive Ponagar Cham Towers, which are overlooking the colorful fishing port. overnight in nha Trang.

day 13: nHa TRang - LaK LaKE departure for Lak Lake, we will take the cruise on Lak Lake by dug-out canoe for 1 hour to visit the local people. and then visit m’Lieng village on the other side of the lake. and take an elephant riding for 1 hour. dinner and overnight homestay at the village.

day 14: LaK LaKE – daLaT Leave Lak lake for da Lat, afternoon we visit xuan Huong Lake, the Central market, the Love Valley and Lam Ty ni Pagoda and stop at one of Vietnam’s most unlikely hotel known as the “Crazy House”. overnight in dalat.

day 15: daLaT - saigon drive down the hill toward saigon 320km away in passing through numerous coffee and rubber trees plantations. stop for photo and visit tea, coffee plantation. Visit the dambri Waterfalls in bao Loc Town. overnight in saigon.

day 16: saigon - CU CHi TUnnELs - CiTy ToUR. morning, visit Cu Chi Tunnels. in the afternoon, we spend a half-day seeing some major sights of the city such as the Reunification Palace, the notre dame Cathedral, the old saigon Post office, the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the bustling ben Thanh market .overnight at hotel in saigon

day 17: saigon - my THo - Can THo morning, drive to my Tho. Take boat cruise on the mekong River seeing “dragon-UnicornTortoise-Phoenix” islets before going to Thoison islets. Visit an orchard on an island and take

horse-cart on village road. afternoon, visit dong Tam snake farm. Then proceed to Can Tho. overnight in Can Tho.

day18: Can THo - Cai Rang - saigon Early morning transfer to boat pier and take boat trip on mekong River to visit Cai Rang floating market. Continue to the inland to see coconut lined channels, “monkey” bridge and fruit orchard. after lunch, drive back saigon. overnight in saigon.

day 19: saigon - dEPaRTURE There is a free time until the departure for airport for your flight home. End of tour.


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Vietnam is narrow country with along costal line with many amazing beaches. Hoian and nha Trang are of one the best beaches in southeast asia where there are many hotels & resorts from 3 to 5 star at international standard.

Vietnam Beach Holiday

day 1: Hanoi Upon arrival, picked up and transferred to hotel. in the late afternoon, enjoy the Water Puppet show. overnight in Hanoi. day 2: Hanoi Visit the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi minh, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi minh’s house on stilts and the one Pillar Pagoda. We visit then the Temple of Literature. in the afternoon, visit the impressive Ethnology museum. Then we take a cyclo tour around the old Quarter of Hanoi. overnight in Hanoi.

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Halong

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Hue Danang Hoian

after reaching Halong, take the wooden sailing junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long bay, giving us the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage site. Lunch and dinner on board. overnight on Junk. day 4: Hanoi - FLigHT To HUE

Nha Trang Nha Trang Saigon My Tho

This morning we continue to move around the bay to explore more secluded areas. The junk will be near us at all times serving as a back up vessel for those that require it. in the afternoon, transfer to noi bai airport for flight to Hue. overnight at the hotel in Hue. day 5: HUE morning, take boat cruise on Perfume River to visit the

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picturesque Thien mu pagoda. disembark the board for a visit to the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Tu duc. afternoon, explore the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Then Walk around and go shopping in dong ba market. overnight in Hue day 6: HUE - danang - Hoian Transfer to Hoian, along the way, we will stop at Lang Co beach for coffee and refreshments. Continue to da nang, visit Cham museum, the marble mountains. Upon arrival in Hoian, take a visit to the ancient merchants' houses, a Phuc Kien temple, the 400-yearold Japanese Covered bridge, and the colorful riverside market. overnight in Hoi an. day 7-8: Hoian bEaCH aT LEisURE you will have time at leisure on the beach. overnight in the hotel by the beach. day 9: Hoian - danang - nHa TRang morning, picked up and transferred to danang for flight to nha Trang, one of the most beautiful beach city in Vietnam. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel by the beach by your private guide. Time free at leisure. overnight in hotel in nha Trang.


ViETnam CLassiC ToURs day 10-12: nHa TRang aT LEisURE Today you will have time at leisure on the beach. overnight in the hotel by the beach. day 13: nHa TRang - FLigHT To saigon - CiTy morning, flight to saigon. afternoon, take a saigon city tour to visit the Reunification Palace, the notre dame Cathedral, the old sai gon Post office and the War Remnant museum, ben Thanh market. overnight in saigon. day 14: saigon - mEKong dELTa - saigon departure for my Tho, embark boat cruise, visit Unicorn island, stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy wonderful traditional music. Then visit some fascinating local industries in ben Tre Province. Visit beautiful Ving Trang Pagoda. overnight in saigon day 15: saigon - dEPaRTURE Have free time until you are transferred to the airport for flight departure. End of tour.

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The most beautiful beaches in Vietnam Lang Co bEaCH Voted one of the top 30 beaches in the world, Lang Co beach is famous for its magnificent natural landscapes surrounded by mountains, tropical jungles, and the boundless blue sea with waves coming to the 8 or 9 - kilometer immaculate and fine sand. This is a perfect place for summer vacation and wild beauty discovery. danang bEaCH danang beach has beautiful sandy beaches, and a beautiful background of pines and palm trees. it is a great beach to choose for scuba diving, surfing, or just laying out relaxing in the sun. CUa dai bEaCH it’s an amazing stretch of 20 miles of beautiful sand and surrounding landscape. This beach is also a historical place where was the landing area for Us Troops during the Vietnam War. it is

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nice to arrive at the beach at sunrise and watch the fishing boats cast away for the day selling their catch later to the restaurants and hawkers lining the beach. nHa TRang bEaCH nha Trang beach ranks first amongst Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches for both pristine natural sea, surrounded by luscious greenery and palm trees that sway in the breeze. The waters are clear blue and calm, making conditions just right for those that enjoy diving and exploring the underwater world. doC LET bEaCH doc Let is a long and wide chalk-like sandy beach with beautiful scenery surrounding it. With its clean shallow water and quietness, this place is great for those who would like to hang out on the beach or simply swim and avoid the crowds.

mUi nE bEaCH The weather in this area is warm and sunny year - round, making it a great place to go anytime. This beach gives you gentle breezes, pure sea, blue sky, and cristine reddish sand dunes. it is a great beach for windsurfing and kite surfing. still, visiting mui ne, you can see by your own eyes the typical Vietnam’s fishing seaside land in its daily life. Long bEaCH on PHU QUoC isLand Phu Quoc island is covered with forest and the beaches are deserted, creating an enchanting environment in the island. This island makes you feel of one mostly untouched beauty, lets you view the unspoilted beauty of the nature. Long beach is a worth beach in Phu Quoc island to visit when you want to get away from it all and just hang out on the soft, white sand next to the clear, blue water.


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Three national Parks Eco-tour 4 days - 3 nigHTs

if you are seeking for non-touristy and uncommercialized destinations, then let’s join with us in Eco-tour through 3 national parks to start your journey to become an ecotourist. Take your camera, grab your binoculars and pull on your wading boots as our tour guide introduces you to some of Vietnam’s most fragile and beautiful national parks.

day 1: Hanoi - ngoC son ngo LUong morning, departure for ngo Luong ngoc son, we will stop at the headquarters where we will meet some forest rangers and listen to a briefing about the ongoing nature conservation and livelihood improvement efforts. We will then take a short walk to Chieng village and mu village, visit cascade of the mu waterfalls. Enjoy the sunset as we have our dinner in sat village. day 2: ngoC son ngo LUong - bEn En naTionaL PaK

Ngo Luong Ngoc Son

Cuc Phuong Park Ho Citadel

Ben En Park

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Return to mu village by an alternative trail before heading to Khay and mon villages, one of the most beautiful parts of the reserve. We will share lunch with a family in mon village before motorbike taxis bring us back to Chieng village. our driver will take us to ben En national Park and check into

the simple guest house by the lake. day 3: bEn En naTionaL PaK - Ho CiTadEL - CUC PHUong We will take kayaking around 20 minutes in the morning before trekking for 3km into the forest to enjoy the scenery. Then we can relax or swim. after lunch, depart for Vinh Loc and visit the Citadel of the Ho dynasty, and move to Cuc Phuong national park, visit the Endangered Primate Rescue center . overnight in Cuc Phuong national Park. day 4: CUC PHUong naTionaL PaK - Hanoi We will start our real jungle trek through the national park for about 3 hours. a national park ranger will be our on-site guide who makes sure that we do not get lost and he will tell us about the flora and fauna of the park. afternoon, lunch and return to Hanoi. End of service.


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This itinerary allows us to have the amazing experience and the moment to contemplate the variety of bewitching and scenic beauty, understand the diverse culture, architecture, cuisine between the Viet people in the red river delta and the Thai people in mountainous areas of mai Chau.

day 1: Hanoi - THaCH THaT depart for Thach That, visit Thay Pagoda and visit the famous pagoda of Tay Phuong. after lunch, proceed to the village of dong Truc. This is a really pleasant route for easy cycling. arrive at our home stay till early afternoon. in the evening, we will be treated with various authentic Vietnamese dishes, cooked by the family members. day 2: THaCH THaT - dUong Lam morning, we move to son Tay, then take a short 4km riding to the ancient village of duong Lam. We will enjoy cycling around through narrow mossy lanes and stop to visit an old house and have tea or cake with the owners. after lunch, we will ride around villages

or a free and easy walk. overnight homestay in duong lam village. day 3: dUong Lam - Hoa binH mai CHaU morning, depart for mai Chau. afternoon we get familiar with the bike and start 2-hour easy cycling tour through the beautiful valley of mai Chau.

Duong Lam & Mai Chau Cycling 4 days - 3 nigHTs

Tonight enjoy dinner at the lodge accompanied by a traditional local Thai dance performance. overnight in mai Chau Lodge. day 4: mai CHaU - Hanoi morning, we will enjoy around 2 hours riding through the beautiful valley of mai Chau. We will meet the local hill tribes pursuing their daily routine. after lunch, transfer back to Hanoi. End of tour.

Duong Lam

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This exciting trek offers a true experience of unspoiled remote villages in the border province of Lao Cai. The dramatic scenery, picturesque villages nestled into the sides of Thang Phin mountain, and colourful ethnic minority groups can captivate any adventure lover’s heart

Remote Northern Trek

day 1: Hanoi Upon arrival at Hanoi airport, being picked up and transferred to hotel in center of Hanoi. Free time. overnight at the hotel in Hanoi. day 2: Hanoi - oVERnigHT TRain To Lao Cai

10 days - 9 nigHTs

Lao Cai

Bac Ha

Visit the Ho Chi minh mausoleum and his former residence, one-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. We enjoy one-hour cyclo tour through Hanoi. Visit the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and ngoc son Temple. Enjoy the water puppet show and catch overnight train to Lao Cai. overnight on the train. day 3: Lao Cai - baC Ha

Ha Long

depart for bac Ha where you can wander through the district market, considered one of the most colorful ethnic markets in the northwest. in the afternoon, visit Hoang a Tuong Palace which was used to be the residence of the local Hmong Lord and then visit ban Pho. overnight in bac Ha day 4: baC Ha - Ta Van CHU after having breakfast, start to trek across a limestone mountain and admire the beautiful landscapes with a panoramic view across rice terraces, vegetation, villages of ethnic tribes. Enjoy a picnic lunch. in the afternoon, continue trekking to village of Ta Van Chu. dinner and overnight as a homestay guest. day 5: Ta Van CHU - LUng PHinH THai giang PHo morning, trek to the colorful Phu La and dao. in the afternoon, we follow the path that leads down to a hamlet and dao, and to the small village of Phu La to spend the night. day 6: THai giang PHo - na Lo morning, trek to Tay village. We will cross the hills of medium altitude, thick

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forest, rice terraces and a village of mong. arrive at na Lo town located a few kilometers from the town of bac Ha. overnight as homestay guest. day 7: na Lo - baC Ha - oVERnigHT TRain To Hanoi morning we trek to bac Ha. afternoon we say goodbye to local guide, porters and transfer to Cai Cai. Visit and take photo of Chinese and Vietnamese border gate. Then we take the overnight train journey back to Hanoi. Carriage of 4 beds with air conditioners. overnight on train. day8: Hanoi - HaLong depart for Halong bay. board the traditional junk to visit Halong bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as “dragon descending to the sea“ . overnight on junk. day 9: HaLong - Hanoi This morning we continue to move around the bay to find more secluded areas. The junk will be near our backup vessel at all times in case we require it. afternoon, we will transfer back to Hanoi. overnight in Hanoi day 10: Hanoi - dEPaRTURE morning free and transfer to airport for flight back home. End of our service


mULTi-CoUnTRiEs ToURs

new combination of the red river delta and northeast Laos via the quite and very senic na meo border. With 12 days tour allows you to visit all the famous heritage site of the nord of Vietnam and Laos.

day 1: Hanoi aRRiVaL Upon arrival at noi bai airport in Hanoi, met and transferred to hotel by your private guide. in the late afternoon, enjoy the water puppet show, a unique Vietnamese traditional art. overnight at the hotel in Hanoi. day 2: Hanoi CiTy Visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi minh, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi minh’s house on stilts, the one Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, West Lake, History museum, Hoan Kiem lake and ngoc son temple. Then take a cyclo tour in Hanoi old quarter in the late afternoon. overnight at the hotel in Hanoi day 3: Hanoi - HaLong bay

day 6: mai CHaU - na mEo - sam nEUa morning, walk around Pong Com and Lac village, in mai Chau. Then drive for 3 hours to na meo/ nam xoi, border gate between Vietnam and Laos. Cross border, meet Laos guide and continue the journey for more than 80 km to sam neua. overnight in sam neua.

depart for xieng Khouang, en route visit Hintang, an archaeological landscape, which is a collection of prehistoric megalithic sites in northeastern Laos. Visit Tham Piu Cave and villages on the way, weaving is the main source of income at this village. overnight in xieng Khouang.

day 4: HaLong bay - ninH binH

day 9: xiEng KHoUang - LUang PRabang

Visit Hoa Lu, including the dinh and Le Temple, then transfer to Trang an, take the boat trip to visit Trang an grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna. in the late afternoon, depart for mai Chau. overnight in mai Chau.

Halong Mai Chau

day 8: xiEng KHUang Visit Central market of Phonsavanh and the "Plan of Jars", an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. Visit old capital of muang Khoune and the nearby villages. overnight in xieng Khouang.

day 5: ninH binH - mai CHaU

12 days - 11 nigHTs

day 7: sam nUEa - xiEng KHoUang

drive to Halong bay, embark on a wooden junk for a stunning cruise amongst towering limestone backdrop while enjoying lunch on board. The cruise will bring you by exotic islets with shapes of dog, incense Urn, sail, Fighting Cocks, surprise Cave. overnight on Halong Junk.

This morning, we continue to move around the bay to explore more secluded areas. brunch will be served onboard. The junk will be near our backup vessel all times for those who require it. Transfer to ninh binh in the afternooon. overnight in ninh binh.

Red River delta & Laos

depart for Luang Prabang, en route stop to see the 200 years old buddha images at Thampra. arrival in Luang Prabang, visit Wat Visoun, the shrines of Wat aham, Wat mai, and climb up to the top of mount Phousi to enjoy the beautiful view of the city and the mekong River at sunset. Visit the night market. overnight in Luang Prabang day 10: LUang PRabang begin with Wat xieng Thong in the morning, then take boat ride for a 2hour cruise up the mekong River to Pak ou, visit the sacred caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum, and Wat Longkhoune temple. Then continue to ban xang Hai Village and discover the

Xam Nuea Luang Prabang

Ninh Binh

Xieng Khuang

distillation of sticky rice wine. Return to Luang Prabang, visit ban xang Khong – a weaving village. overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang. day 11: LUang PRabang - ELEPHanT CamP Experience the protected Elephants at the “Elephant Park Project” along the nam Khan riverbanks with 1 hour elephant riding. a short and easy hiking tour to a small Khamu community. overnight in Luang Prabang day 12: LUang PRabang - dEPaRTURE depending on your departing flight, you may have some leisure time here before your transfer to the airport for departure.

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Home of angkor Wat, one of the greatest religious monuments in the world, siem Reap is a charming tree-lined city with a narrow river flowing through the center of town. While most visitors spend their time exploring the ancient temple ruins, there are plenty of other diversions in town. The Tonle sap Lake (and river), considered the heart of Cambodia, is located near here and boat tours offer visitors a glimpse into the traditional Khmer way of life. Floating villages, sunset cruises and tours of the bird reserve of Prek Tuol are all worthwhile.

Kratie is a port town on the mekong River, roughly halfway between Phnom Penh and the Laos border. This small provincial town has good examples of sumptuous colonial architecture and is home to a rare and endangered species of river dolphins. Traveling around Kratie provides an interesting opportunity to discover a peaceful rural Cambodia with beautiful villages, lush vegetation and serene monasteries.

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This lively port on the banks of the mekong is a mix of the old and the new, with colonial architecture as well as some interesting temples (including Wat nokhor and Wat Kohear nokor). outside the provincial capital, on the other bank of the mekong River, is Chhup, a rubber plantation that was first established in the region by the French tire maker michelin.

The second largest city in Cambodia, battambang is located on a rich and fertile plain, which provides much of the rice and other important crops for the country. The sangker River cuts through the town center, which is filled with colonial and shop house architecture. The region has numerous angkorian and post-angkorian sites. some of the most interesting are the Wat Ek and Phnom banon (both 11th century suryavarman i).

KomPong THom Kompong Thom is a small town located on the banks of the stung sen River. it is the base from which to explore the archaeological site of sambor Prei Kuk. Located 35 km from the city, the ancient capital of Chenla still contains 100 temples from the pre-angkorian period (7th century) which are surrounded by lush forest.

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PHnom PEnH Located at the confluence of three rivers the mekong, the bassac and the Tonle sap, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, considered one of asia’s undiscovered gems. This small colonial capital city maintains considerable charm. There are many sidewalk cafes, established along the riverfront, invites the visitors for a rest. in addition to such tourist sites as the Royal Palace, the silver Pagoda, the national museum and Wat Phnom, there are several markets selling silk, silver, gems


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and antiques. also worthwhile is a visit to the notorious "Killing Fields" and Tuol sleng museum, which chronicle the unfortunate years under the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge.

KamPoT Kampot is a pleasant town on the banks of the lovely Kamchay River. The nearest seaside resort of Kep is located 30 km from Kampot. This beautiful coastal area was once the favorite holiday spot for Cambodia's French-influenced elite during the turn of the century. The town is once again developing a reputation as an appealing retreat with quiet beaches and wonderful seafood. Kampot is also a base for excursions to bokor Hill station and the abundant green Elephant mountains. The national Park is famous for the beauty of its forests and waterfalls and from the long abandoned hill resort of bokor, the visitor can enjoy an amazing view of the gulf of siam.

siHanoUK ViLLE sihanouk ville, Cambodia's only deep-sea port, sits on a peninsula with beaches and tropical islands around. although tourism has increased over the past few years, the lovely beaches of sihanoukville are some of the most unspoiled in all of southeast asia. it is a perfect tropical getaway, with facilities for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving or just sun-bathing. boat trips are also available to many of the nearby islands. There

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KEP Kep is a seaside tourist city located 173 Kilometers south west of Phnom Penh. Kep appears to be experiencing something of a renaissance, with several mid-range and luxury guesthouses and bungalows recently opened or still under construction. The seafood is cheap, plentiful and delicious - particularly the quite famous crabs. Kep is also home to an extensive national park covering some mountains with deep green jungle.

ban LUng affectionately known as ‘dey krahorm’ after its rust-coloured affliction, ban Lung provides a popular base for a range of Ratanakiri romps. it may look like autumn all year round, but it’s just that the leaves, like everything else, are cloaked in a blanket of dust. Fortunately the dust is becoming less of a problem within town as more and more streets are sealed. The town itself is busy and lacks the backwater charm of sen monorom in mondulkiri, but with attractions such as boeng yeak Lom just a short hop away, there is little room for complaint. many of the minorities from the surrounding villages come to ban Lung to buy and sell at the market. The town was originally known as Labansiek before the civil war, but the district name of ban Lung has gradually slipped into use among locals.

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Cambodia can be visited throughout the year. However those planning to travel extensively by road should avoid the last two months of the rainy season when some countryside roads may be impassable. The climate is tropical and distinguished by three major seasons. The most pleasant season is the dry season from november to march, which temperature is cool of an average of 20-28oc. The hot season lasts from april to may (average temperatures 30-35 c) and from June to october is the rainy season, which we here like to call the green season, during which temperature is relatively cool (average 25-30oc). at this time of year it rarely rains in the morning. most precipitation comes in the afternoon and even then sporadically. Rainfall varies considerably from area to area. Whereas the seaward slopes of the south-west highlands (Kompong som and Kampot provinces) receive more than 5,000 mm of rain per annum, the central lowlands average only about 1,400 mm

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Visa and PassPoRT immigration formalities are quicker when travelers already possess their visa. However, Cambodia has very liberal visa regulations. For 20 Usd all travelers can obtain a tourist visa valid for 28 days single entry when upon arrival at Phnom Penh and siem Reap international airports as well as at some main land international border gates such as Poipet, Koh Kong from Thai Land or bavet from Vietnam. Clients wishing to travel to Cambodia now have the option of applying for their visa online at www.mfaic.gov.kh. E-Visa, which was launched by the ministry of Foreign affairs and international Cooperation and involves an application form, payment by credit card and visa approval within three business days. a passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the visit and one passport photo are needed.

aiRPoRTs There are three biggest airports in Cambodia: Phnom Penh and siem Reap airport are international airports with flights to the big cities of southeast asia. There is also a new airport in sihanoukville with the domestic flight from sihanoukville to siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

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T he temples of angkor, capital of Cambodia's ancient Khmer empire, are a perfect fusion of creative ambition and spiritual devotion.

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KHmER nEW yEaR (14TH - 16TH aPRiL 2014) The Khmer new year is officially celebrated for three days. Families clean their houses on the first day and prepare many varieties of traditional food that are blessed by local monks. on the succeeding days, Cambodian buddhists make merits in the temples and play traditional games. on the final day of Chaul Chnam Thmey, Cambodians bless each other with a sprinkling (or splashing) of water in the same tradition as Thailand’s songkran and india’s Holi (although indians use paint). PCHUm bEn FEsTiVaL, FEsTiVaL oF THE dEad (3Rd To 5TH oCT 2013) The Khmer Festival of the dead runs for 15 days and culminates on ancestor day or dak ben. This festival is dedicated to blessing the spirits of the dead and is one of the most culturally significant in Cambodia. much like the Filipino practice of “Visita iglesia” or church visit, Cambodians try to visit at least seven pagodas during the festival

to offer food to their departed and light candles to guide the path of the deceased to the offering. They also scatter rice-sesame seed mixtures on the ground to feed the hungry spirits of ancestors who roam Pchum ben. WaTER FEsTiVaL (17-18TH noV 2013) The water festival (bon om Thook) marks the reversing flow of Tonle sap River and also ushers in the fishing season. The highlight of the event is the boat races that are held over three days (in Phnom Penh and siem Reap). When the night falls, fireworks light the sky and a lighted flotilla of boats sail aloft for good luck. People from all walks of life gather on the bank of the Tonle sap for several days and nights. The population of Phnom Penh seems like double during this festival.

spontaneous gathering of 1,250 monks to pay homage to buddha. seeing this as an opportunity to preach, buddha laid down the three precepts of the religion to the monks in attendance: perform good deeds, refrain from doing harm, and cleanses the mind. This buddhist occasion is celebrated by both monks and the lay who participate in candlelit processions around the nearest temples in their vicinity.

mEaK boCHEa FEsTiVaL (14TH FEbRUaRy 2014) Held on the full moon of the third lunar month, meak bochea is the commemoration of the RoyaL PLoUgHing CEREmony day - (28TH may 2014) being a highly agricultural country, Cambodians celebrates the start of their rice planting season seriously. in a throwback to mid-13th century, Cambodians celebrate “Pithi Chrat Preah neanng Korl” by ploughing the fields with sacred cows and divining the coming planting season based on what the cows ate afterwards. This ancient ritual is continued to this day by the representatives of the king who perform the ceremony in Phnom Penh.

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Magical Angkor 4 days - 3 nigHTs

angkor, the former capital of the ancient Khmer Empire, is one of the greatest and most spectacular Hindu religious sites in the world. This mystical angkor tour has established to let you discover angkor Temple in Cambodia, one of the 7 wonders of the world.

day 1: aRRiVaL in siEm REaP RoLUos gRoUP

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arrive at siem Reap. be picked up and transferred to the hotel.

Visit banteay srei temple. Continue the trip to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples.

in the afternoon, visit to the Roluos group. The monuments of Roluos including Preah Ko , bakong, Lolei. overnight in siem Reap.

day 2: angKoR WaT in the morning, visit the most famous temples on the plain of angkor: angkor Wat.

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Then take a visit the south gate, the ancient capital of angkor Thom, bayon Temple , the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Enjoy the great feeling of sunset at angkor Wat. overnight in siem Reap.

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in the afternoon, continue the temple visits to Preah Khan, neak Pean, Ta som and banteay samre. overnight in siem Reap

day 4: siEm REaP - dEPaRTURE Visit the floating village of Chong Khneas. Take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle sap Lake. Visit to "Les artisans d'angkor Chantiers Ecoles" of siem Reap. Transfer to siem Reap airport, departure for scheduled flight. End of the tour


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There’s a magic about Cambodia that casts a spell on many who visit this charming yet confounding kingdom. descend into the hell of Tuol sleng and come face to face with the Khmer Rouge and its killing machine. ascend to the realm of the gods at the mother of all temples, angkor Wat...

day 1: PHnom PEnH - aRRiVaL Upon arrival Phnom Penh airport, transfer to the hotel. afternoon, visit the Victory monument and the national museum. Visit the Royal Palace and the silver Pagoda. at the end of the day, pay a visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake. overnight in Phnom Penh

day 2: PHnom PEnH - siEm REaP - RoLUos gRoUP morning, visit the Tuol sleng museum. and transfer to airport for scheduled flight to siem Reap. afternoon, visit the Roluos group including Preah Ko, bakong, Lolei. overnight in siem Reap.

day 3: angKoR WaT Visit famous temple of angkor Wat. Visit the south gate, the ancient capital of angkor Thom, bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. and take Elephant riding through temple park. sunset at angkor Wat. overnight in siem Reap.

day 4: siEm REaP - bEng mEaLEa - banTEay sEi banTEay samRE morning, visit the remote beng mealea. Lunch band proceed to the banteay srei temple regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art.

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Then visit banteay samre, one of the most complete complexes at angkor due to restoration using the method of "anastylosis". overnight in siem Reap.

day 5: TonLE saPa CRUisE PREaK KHan - nEaK PEan Visit the floating village of Chong Khneas and take a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle sap Lake. afternoon, visit Preah Khan, neak Pean. overnight in siem Reap.

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day 6: siEm REaP - dEPaRTURE Visit Takeo, Thommanon, Chau say Tevoda and Ta Prohm, one of the area's most beautiful temples. afternoon, visit to "Les artisans d’angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" of siem Reap before being transferred to siem Reap airport for departure.

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Koh Kong Escape 5 days - 4 nigHTs

Koh Kong - Cambodia's untouched wilderness, the secret and pristine south West. a place with forested mountains, primordial jungles, rivers with crystal clear water, endless mangrove marshes, a tropical sea - rich in marine fauna - with empty beaches at uninhabited islands. Ca Koh Kong province has it all.

day 1: aRRiVaL in PHnom PEnH

day 3: KoH Kong

Upon arrival Phnom Penh airport, take a visit to Wat Phnom, the independent monument. afternoon visit Royal Palace, silver Pagoda, national museum. and take an exciting boat cruise along the mekong River bank to see the lovely Phnom Penh city. overnight in Phnom Penh

boat excursion to Koh Por, an island with spectacular view and have a look at the scenery of national Park before visiting a scenic waterfall. and afternoon visit the Koh Kong safari. Time free and overnight in Koh Kong

day 2: PHnom PEnH - KoH Kong depart to Koh Kong Province, arrive at Koh Kong and check in hotel, we then get released with fresh air and enjoy the sunset from the bridge before dinning. Free at leisure. overnight at the hotel in Koh Kong

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day 4: KoH Kong - boKoR naTionaL PaRK - PHnom PEnH Free time and return to Phnom Penh. overnight in Phnom Penh. day 5: PHnom PEnH - dEPaRTURE Visit the Central market and transfer to airport for flight home. End of tour.

Cambodia’s Wild West, its isolated frontier economy o nce dominated by smuggling, prostitution and gambling, Koh Kong is striding towards respectability as ecotourists scare the sleaze away. it’s a sleepy town on the banks of the Koh Poi River, which spills into the gulf of Thailand a few kilometres south of the centr


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short hiking to visit the Phnom Chesor temple and combination with bokor trekking is an quite interesting trip for the travelers love the experience : trek although the deep jungle with the very pristine scenery of the mountain, visit the waterfal, take boat cruise on the cannal to enjoy the sunset .

day 1: PHnom PEnH - KamPoT 5Km ~ 1,5 HoUR Transfer to Ta Keo. Take a hiking tour, begins at Phnom Cheso. Lunch in Ta Keo town and then continue driving to Kampot but we will have one more stop to visit the Chngock. on arrival Kampot, check in hotel. overnight in Kampot day 2: KamPoT - boKoR HiLL: 17Km ~ 5 HoURs From Kampot we transfer to the foot of Phnom bokor, continue trekking up the top although the deep jungle and some part of the way are very rocky. Lunch at 11:30am, continue trekking until we reach to the hill top to visit the jungle waterfall and its surrounding. in the evening, our guide will prepare our dinner and overnight in Hammock.

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day 3: boKoR HiLL - WaTERFaLL TREK doWn To KamPoT: 18Km ~ 6 HoURs Trekking again on the hill to other Waterfalls, and continue trekking down to the foot of mountain, lunch break in the jungle and take the boat cruise through the cannel with sunset view to Kampot. Transfer to hotel in Kampot and dinner at local restaurant. overnight in Kampot.

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day 4: KamPoT - CoUnTRysidE saLT FiELd - LoCaL biKE - PHnom PEnH: 5Km ~ 1,5 HoURs Trek through the villages and countryside to the south coast of Kampot to visit the salt field, rice paddies, pepper plantation, and then we take boat to have lunch in Rabbit island until 3pm and transfer to Phnom Penh. End of tour. Phnom Penh

he eerie ruins of the old French hill station of bokor, high atop Phnom bokor (1080m), are known for their cool - even chilly mountain climate and dramatic vistas of the coastal plain, one vertical kilometre below.

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Within 13 days allows you to travel from Cambodia to Laos along mekong River. you will have excellent trip to discover the culture, life, beautiful untouched sceneries of mekong River.

Upstream Mekong to Laos

day 1: aRRiVaL in siEm REaP

day 7: KHong isLand

morning, arrive at siem Reap airport and transfer to the hotel, visit the Roluos group including Preah Ko, bakong, Lolei . overnight in siem Reap.

Visit the surrounding islands of done Ket and done som and done Khone island. Hike along its ancient railway built by the French in 1897. Then visit the sumphamith Waterfall. overnight in Khong island.

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12 days - 11 nigHTs

Visit famous temple of angkor Wat, followed by the south gate, the ancient capital of angkor Thom, bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Then take an Elephant riding through temple park. Enjoy the sunset at angkor Wat. overnight in siem Reap. day 3: banTEay sEi - Ta PRoHm PREaH KHan - siEm REaP

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departure for banteay srei temple, then transfer to Ta Prohm, one of the area's most beautiful temples. Vientiane

after that pay visits to Preah Khan, neak Pean, Ta som and banteay samre. overnight in siem Reap. day 4: siEm REaP - PHnom PEnH

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speedboat trip at 07:00 am to Phnom Penh. Visit the Royal Palace, the silver Pagoda, the Wat Phnom Temple. overnight in Phnom Penh. day 5: PHnom PEnH - KRaTiE departure for Kratie via Kompong Cham. When on arrival, take a city tour of this small provincial town with its good examples of sumptuous colonial architecture. overnight in Kratie. day 6: KRaTiE - dongKRaLoR KHong isLand departure for Laos border at dongkralor. Transfer to Khong island. Khong island is part of siphandone, Laotian for '4000 islands'. overnight in Khong island.

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day 8: KHong isLand - VaT PHoU PaKsE departure for Champassak. Upon arrival, visit Wat Phou, the Khmer temple, was built in the 5th century thus predating angkor Wat in Cambodia. Transfer to Pakse. overnight in Pakse. day 9: PaKsE - ViEnTianE Flight to Vientiane. Visit Wat sisaket, Wat Ho Prakeo, That Luang stupa, Patouxay . overnight in Vientiane day 10: ViEnTainE LUang PRabang Flight to Luang Prabang, transfer to hotel. Visit Wat Visoun, Thad makmo stupa, Phou si hill, Wat mai, Wat xieng Thong. after that we visit the national museum. overnight in Luang Prabang. day 11: LUang PRabang - PaK oU CaVE board a cruise heading upstream on the mekong River, giving a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. Visit the village of ban muangkeo, Pak ou Caves. on the way return to Luang Prabang visit ban xanghai, ban xangkhong, ban xienglek and ban nong xai. overnight in Luang Prabang. day 12: LUang PRabang dEPaRTURE morning, after breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back home or next destination. End of tour.


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LUang PRabang Luang Prabang's riverside setting, gleaming temple roofs, lush green surrounds, crumbling French provincial architecture make it one of asia's most captivating destinations. Embarking on a boat journey to visit the Pak ou Caves with its fascinating collection of buddha statues, witnessing monks collecting alms at dawn and soaking up Luang Prabang's laidback atmosphere and natural beauty are the most worthwhile activities you should do to explore this city. in addition, wandering the colorful night market where local hill tribes sell their wares or participating in some cooking classes are enjoyable ways to gain insights into Lao culinary methods and traditions.

xiEng KHoUang Province of high mountains, karstic formations and green valleys, xieng Khouang is the gateway to the mysterious plain of Jars, where scattered in the middle of the meadow, jars of all sizes can be seen. nobody knows the origin or purpose of these stone jars which are several thousand years old and weight up to 3 tons for each.

ViEnTianE Known as Laos' sleepy yet charming capital, Vientiane is a delight to uncover due to its beautiful setting on the mekong River, crumbling French mansions, bougainvilleaÂŹ-blooming streets and steaming noodle stalls, and a wealth of interesting architecture and monuments. Come to Lao, the tourists have a chance to learn more about Lao culture by participating in a baci blessing ceremony, visiting sparkling Wat That Luang and climbing the Patuxai monument, the arc de Triomphe. Top of a day exploring the capital is an obligatory sunset drink by the mekong River.

PaKsE Pakse is one of the biggest towns in Laos and a major transport hub for southern Laos. it is a good base for travel to the bolaven Plateau where coffee fields and waterfalls galore await, the idyllic river islands of si Phan don, also known as 4,000 islands, eco-tours, trekking and village stays in sepian national Protected area, the angkor temple complex Wat Phou, and to the indigenous villages and waterfalls of the Tad Lo area of Lao ngam district, salavan province. in town, the tourists can explore the local market, admire Pakse's remaining French-colonial architecture, and enjoy a sunset drink on the riverfront and watch the world drift by.

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Laos has 3 international airports: Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Pakse. There are almost direct flights to the big cities of the neighbor countries.

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Laos FEsTiVaLs boUn KHao PHansa (20TH JULy 2013) boun Khao Phansa marks the beginning of the traditional three - month buddhist Lent, which commences at the full moon in July and continues until the full moon in october. Through this festival, buddhist monks are forbidden to travel anywhere. They must stay in their own temple to study buddha’s teaching as well as meditate. They pray for assistance and guidance to encourage merit and happiness in their lives. These months are special time for ordination and for men to enter the monkhood for short periods before they marry. boUn KHao Padab din (31sT aUg 2013) This festival is devoted to remembering and paying respect to the dead. it is marked by the macabre ceremony of exhuming previously buried bodies, cleaning the remains, and then cremating them on the night of the full moon. Relatives then present gifts to the monks who have chanted on behalf of those who have passed away. boUn THaT LUang (16TH noV 2013) boon That Luang is a Lao buddhist celebration and the largest national holiday in Laos. The festival is held in the capital Vientiane over three days during the full moon of november, the twelfth lunar month. during the festival all government offices close and school children are given time off to celebrate. People from all over Laos congregate to celebrate the occasion, with three days of religious ceremony followed by a week of daytime and nighttime festivities. The people's procession begins at Wat si muang in the city center and makes its way to Pha That Luang. People make offerings to the monks to accumulate merit for rebirth into a better life. The religious part concludes as the people, carrying incense and candles as offerings, circle Pha That Luang three times in the buddha's honor. Festival entertainment includes music, both traditional and popular, as well as dramatic performances. Hmong’s nEW yEaR (dEC 2013) Hmong new year celebrations frequently occur in november and december, traditionally at the end of the harvest season in oudomxay, xieng Khouang, Luang Prabang and Vientiane Province . during the new year's celebration, Hmong people dress in traditional clothing made from green, red and white silk and decorated with silver jewelry. They enjoy traditional foods, dance, music, bull fights, and other forms of entertainment. This time also serves as a matchmaking occasion when young men and women meet and make marriage plans. boUn KHoUn KHao (maRCH 2014) after the rice has been harvested, the boun Khoun Khao festival is held to give thanks to the spirit of the land and ensure the next harvest will be plentiful. Laos nEW yEaR (13TH -16TH aPRiL 2014) This is the biggest festival of the year all around the country. it is partly a religious festival as it is the time buddha images are cleansed, but is it also an all-out water festival. For three days be prepared to get wet wherever you go as water is thrown on everyone. in Luang Prabang, there are traditional processions and many other events.

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Luang Prabang is the ancient capital city of Laos and was recognized as the world heritage site by UnEsCo. The beautiful city is set up the mekong River with many nice houses, exquisite golden temples. Experience Luang Prabang will be the best choice in Laos.

Luang Prabang 4 days - 3 nigHTs

day 1: aRRiVaL in LUang PRabang morning, upon arrival at Luang Prabang airport. Transfer to the hotel. in the afternoon, spend time visiting the Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat aham, Wat mai. Climb up the mount Phousi for a beautiful sunset view of the city and the mekong River. overnight in Luang Prabang

day 2: LUang PRabang - PaK oU CaVE - KHoUangsi WaTERFaLL

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an optional to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of alms from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos. after breakfast, visit the oldest temple of Wat sene and the magnificent Wat xiengthong. board a cruise to visit Pak ou Caves. back to Luang Prabang by road, visit ban xang hai, where the local rice wine is distilled. afternoon start with

Khouangsi Waterfall, then followed by local villages of ban ouay, Hmong, ban ou, Laoloum Vand ban Thapene, Khmu, ban xangkhong. overnight in Luang Prabang

day 3: LUang PRabang ELEPHanT CamP - LUang PRabang Elephant and soft hiking tour to Khamu village. you will experience the protected Elephants at the “Elephant Park Project� along the nam Khan riverbanks. Take 1 hour for elephant riding. Visit a small Khamu. and return to Tad sae waterfall, boat ride back. Then transfer to hotel. overnight in Luang Prabang

day 4: LUang PRabang dEPaRTURE Visit The national museum (close on Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, the Central market, then transfer to the airport for departure. End of tour.

L uang Prabang, beautiful ancient city located on the mekong River bank.

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Laos is scenic mountainous country, divers culture and rich spirit. only 4 days allows you to visit the most highlight sites of Laos : Vientiane is the capital city of Laos and Luang Prabang, the heritage city with beautiful streets along the mekong River.

day 1: ViEnTianE aRRiVaL on arrival at Vientiane airport, you picked up and transferred to hotel. in the afternoon, have free time for relaxing and walking around, enjoying the sunset by the mekong Riverside. overnight in Vientiane

day2: ViEnTianE - LUang PRabang in the morning, take a half day city tour to see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat sisaket, the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, followed by Laos national icon - That Luang stupa, Patuxay monument. afternoon, take short flight to Luang Prabang. Climb up mount Phousi for beautiful and panoramic sunset over the ancient and once royal city and the mekong River. Visit night market. overnight in Luang Prabang .

Take a city tour to be acquainted with Luang Prabang. The first place is Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; followed by Wat aham, Wat mai, Wat sene and the magnificent Wat xieng Thong. Then boat cruise upstream on the mekong River to the famous site of Pak ou Caves. on the road back, visit ban xiengmene and ban Chan, the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, ban Phanom. overnight in Luang Prabang

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day 4: LUang PRabang dEPaRTURE Visit The national museum, the silver smith’s and Fine arts school and the Central market before being transferred to the airport for departure. End of tour

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Trip to discover the all the breathtaking highlight tourist spots of Laos : Luang Prabang, the ravishing ancient city. xieng Khoang, the mystical treasure of the plain of Jars. Vientiane, the quite and unique city. Pakse & Khong island, the lush and picturesque areas.

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ban xiengmene and ban Chan, the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, ban Phanom. overnight in Luang Prabang

day 3: LUang PRabang – KHoangsi WaTEFaLL an optional to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of alms from the faithful residents. Then visit the morning Phousi market. Continue to some Lao ethnic minority groups’ villages such as ban ouay and ban Thapene. after that drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall for plashing, swimming, or simply walking the lush trails. on the way return, visit ban Phanom, late afternoon for observing the sunset at Wat siphouthabath. overnight in Luang Prabang

10 days - 9 nigHTs Luang prabang Xieng khuang

Vientiane

day 4: LUang PRabang xiEng KHoang

Tadlo Pakse Vat Phou Khong Island

day1: LUang PRabang - aRRiVaL in the morning, upon arrival in the Luang Prabang airport, you are transferred to the hotel by your private guide. afternoon, visit Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts and the shrine of Wat aham, Wat mai. Climb up mount Phousi for a beautiful sunset view of the city and the mekong River. overnight in Luang Prabang

day2: LUang PRabang - PaK oU CaVE - LUang PRabang after breakfast, start with the magnificent Wat xieng Thong .Then boat cruise upstream on the mekong River to the famous site of Pak ou Caves. on the road back, visit

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start to visit the national museum, followed by the Central market. after that drive through wonderful natural scenery to xieng Khuang. Upon arrival, transfer out to visit the Plain of Jars, the old capital of muang Khoun and the nearby villages. overnight in xiengkhuang

day 5: xiEng KHoang - FLigHT To ViEnTianE Pay a visit the Central market in the morning before taking a flight to Vientiane. Reach there, check in the hotel then we will drive to one of the heated Laos tour attractions – buddha Park. on our way, we will make a stop at the impressive Lao-Thai Friendship bridge. a spectacular view of over the mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day. overnight in Vientiane .

day 6: ViEnTianE a city tour enables us to see the major

temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat sisaket, ,the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, That Luang stupa,. and we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay monument. in the aftenroon, visit the rest of Vientiane by foot, including Wat ong Tue, Wat inpeng and Wat Haisok, the Central market of Talad sao and Talad Kouadin. overnight in Vientiane.

day 7: ViEnTianE - FLigHT To PaKsE - KHong isLand you will be transferred to the airport early this morning for your flight to Pakse. on arrival in Pakse, we drive south to Champassak to visit Wat Phu. Following lunch, continue the journey by road and long tail boat to don Khong, the largest island in the south mekong river region known as the 4000 islands. overnight in don Khong island.

day 8: KHong isLand after breakfast, visit the local villages of ban Khone , then continue to explore the area of the 4000 islands by boat and visit the beautiful Liphi waterfall. We return to ban nakasang and drive to the famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng - the largest waterfall in south East asia. overnight in Khong island.

day 9: KHong isLand - TadLo - PaKsE departure for Tadlo, through boloven plateau, observe the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops that can be seen en route. Visit Tad Lo waterfall, the villages of alak, nge, and Katu. overnight in Pakse .

day 10: PaKsE - dEPaRTURE Exploration of Pakse Town and transfer to airport for flight home. End of tour.


Laos adVEnTURE & TREKKing

10 days will not only give you the chance to visit the main cities of Laos : Vientiane and Luang Prabang but this trip will bring you go to the unspoilt northern areas from where you will enjoy the beautiful nature by trekking, cruising and discover the different culture of the minority group who live in the remote areas.

day1: CHiang KHong (THaiLand boRdER) - PaKbEng on arrival at Houei say in Laos from Chiang Khong, embark on our traditional boat cruising down along the mekong river. along the way, we stop over at ban Houeilampen to visit the Hmong hilltribe people. overnight in Pakbeng

day2: PaKbEng - oUdomxay after breakfast, departure for oudomxay. Take some stops along the way, which gives you the opportunity to see the ethnic minority groups of Hmong, Khmu, akha and Taidam. overnight in oudomxay.

day 3: oUdomxay - mUangLa - mUang ngoi in the morning, visit the Pra xack Kham Temple with its sacred buddha image. Then departure for muang ngoi. stop in muong La, pass to muong Khoua and board a traditional boat for a leisurely cruise on the nam ou River down to muang ngoi. overnight in muang ngoi.

day 4: mUang ngoi - ViLLagE KioUKHan - TREKKing Trek uphill to the rural village of ban Kioukhan where the majority is the friendly Khmu hill tribe people. Then, continue to walk through many different villages. arrive at ban Kioukhan by late afternoon and have time to walk around this charming village, enjoy a local dinner and reside at a ban Kioukhan villager’s house.

day 5: ViLLagE KioUKHan mUang ngoi - TREKKing Trek expedition, using the local tracks with some steep uphill and downhill climbs, but the experience is unique and rewarding. arrival at ban

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Hadsaphaei village. Embark on a stunning boat trip downriver to muang ngoi. overnight in muang ngoi

day 6: mUong ngoi - LUang PRabang - TREKKing after spending a half day trekking through several more hill villages, you will visit Pak ou Caves. departure for Luang Prabang. Time free and overnight in Luang Prabang.

11 days - 10 nigHTs

day 7: LUang PRabang Take a city tour to be acquainted with Luang Prabang. begin with the national museum. after that pay a visit to Wat Visoun, followed by Wat aham, Wat mai, Wat sene and the magnificent Wat xieng Thong. Then climb up the top of mount Phousi to enjoy a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the mekong River. Explore the night market. overnight in Luang Prabang

day 8: LUang PRabang Vang ViEng after breakfast, you will be picked up and departure for Vang Vieng. Upon arrival at Vang Vieng, embark on our boat for a relaxing trip on the nam song River, explore the breathtaking mountain landscape and the famous cave of Tham Jang. overnight in Vang Vieng

day 9: Vang ViEng - TREKKing Full day’s trekking from ban Phatang village through undulating hillsides and paddy fields. on the way, we visit Tham Hoy Cave and ban Phathao village, and continue walking and exploring the fantastic limestone karsts formation. The trekking ends when we arrive in ban Tham xang. overnight in Vang Vieng

Muang La Oudomxay Houei xay

Pakbeng

Muang Ngoy

Luang prabang

Vang Vieng

Vientiane

day 10: Vang ViEng - ViEnTianE departure for Vientiane after having breakfast. Upon arrival, visit some the major sights including the oldest temple Wat sisaket, the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo and That Luang stupa. and we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay monument, which is Vientiane's own arc de Triumph. overnight in Vientiane.

day 11: ViEnTianE - dEPaRTURE Take a short visit to the morning market and the weaving village of ban nong bouathong. The tour is ended after you are transferred to airport or for departure.

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Laos Hill Tribe Area 14 days - 13 nigHTs

arrrival from Thailand border in Houexay and you end the trip in Pakse in the south of Laos, the trip will bring you via different pristine areas with many hill tribe groupe. you will have the precious opportunity to complete a stunning picture of people and country of Laos.

day 1: HoUEi xai aRRiVaL on arrival at the Lao border checkpoint - Houei xai pier, being met and transferred to the hotel. Time free to visit and explore the local market and villages nearby. overnight in Houei xai.

day2: HoUEi xai - LUang namTHa. after breakfast, departure for Luang namtha. This will be a bumpy ride driving along dirt roads, uphill and downhill. Upon arrival, visit hill tribe villages along the road at muang Phouka. overnight in Luang namtha

Muang La

day3: LUang namTHa naLang ViLLagE - TREKKing

Luang Nam Tha Nong khia Oudomxay

Houei xay

Luang Prabang Xieng Khuang

Vientiane

departure for ban Chalernsuk, trek into this beautiful mountain region, using the local tracks with some steep uphill and downhill climbs, arrival at ban nalan by late afternoon. Enjoy a local dinner and will reside as guests at the Khmu family house.

day 4: naLang ViLLagE namLU ViLLagE - LUang namTHa TREEKing Trek along the bank of the river to ban namkoy. Then take a three-hour walk uphill. This trek is a real challenge; however some physical preparation will enable you to maximize your enjoyment from the walk. as we pass through several hamlets, arrival at the small village of ban namlu, and driver back Luang namtha Town. overnight in Luang namtha.

day 5: LUang namTHa xiEngKoK - mUong sing departure for muang sing, stop to visit the akha hill tribe village. and travel over bumpy roads to xieng Kok, which is a border town near the golden triangle. in late afternoon, drive back

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to muong sing with stopover at the Lantern minority village. overnight at muang sing .

day6: mUong sing - LUang namTHa - oUdomxay Visit the bustling colorful morning market and the impressive Ethnology museum, and departure Luang namtha and then to oudomxay. overnight in oudomxay .

day 7: oUdomxay nongKHiaW - LUang PRabang drive to nong Khiow and board a traditional boat down the nam ou River to Luang Prabang. En route we visit the mysterious Pak ou Caves. Continue down river to ban sang Hay village to sample the local rice alcohol known as Lao Lao. arrive at Luang Prabang in the late afternoon and transfer to hotel. overnight in Luang Prabang .

day 8: LUang PRabang Take a city tour to be acquainted with Luang Prabang. begin with the national museum. after that pay a visit to Wat Visoun, followed by Wat aham, Wat mai, Wat sene and the magnificent Wat xieng Thong. Then climb up the top of mount Phousi to enjoy a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the mekong River. Explore the night market. overnight in Luang Prabang

day 9: LUang PRabang KHUangsi WaTERFaLL - LUang PRabang an optional to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of alms from the faithful residents. Then visit the morning Phousi market. Continue to some Lao ethnic minority groups’


Laos adVEnTURE & TREKKing villages such as ban ouay and ban Thapene. after that drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall for plashing, swimming, or simply walking the lush trails. on the way return, visit ban Phanom, late afternoon for observing the sunset at Wat siphouthabath. overnight in Luang Prabang

day 10: LUang PRabang - xiEng KHoUang after breakfast, start to visit the national museum, followed by the Central market. after that we drive through wonderful natural scenery to xieng Khuang. Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit the 1st site of Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over the plateau. overnight in xieng khouang

day 11: xiEng KHUang Visit the old capital of muang Khoun province and its nearby villages. The excursion continues to the 2nd and 3rd site of Plain of jars fields. along the way, we visit more local villages and learn about the local culture and lifestyle. Return to Phonsavanh by late afternoon. overnight in xieng khuang.

day 12: xiEng KHUang - FLigHT To ViEnTianE Visit the local market of Phonsavanh and nearby villages of the Hmong before taking the flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival, this is time for relaxing & walking around to explore. We spend our evening by the mekong River at sunset absorbing this splendid city at night. overnight in Vientiane .

day 13: ViEnTianE a city tour enables us to see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat sisaket, the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, That Luang stupa. and we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay monument. in the aftenroon, visit the rest of Vientiane by foot, including Wat ong Tue, Wat inpeng and Wat Haisok, the Central market of Talad sao and Talad Kouadin. overnight in Vientiane.

day 14: ViEnTianE - dEPaRTURE after breakfast, you are free until you are transferred to the airport.

U ncover the spiritually bouddhist country

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Luang Prabang & border crossing to Hanoi 12 days - 11 nigHTs

The trip from Luang Prabang, take boat trip upstream of mekong River to explore the remote villages in the north of Laos across the border to enter Vietnam. Explore from the stunning mountainouns areas such as dien bien, sapa to the red river delta : Hanoi, Halong bay.

day 1: aRRiVaL in LUang PRabang on arrival at Luang Prabang airport, you are transferred to hotel for check in, then pay a visit to Wat Visoun temple, That makmo, Wat aham. after that, enjoy the sunset at Wat siphouthabath Temple along the mekong River. overnight in Luang Prabang.

day 2: LUang PRabang - PaK oU CaVE - LUang PRabang

Hanoi Mai CHau Luang Prabang

Xam Nuea

Xieng Khuang

Halong

after visiting Wat xieng Thong, take boat cruise for a 2hours up the mekong River to Pak ou, explore the sacred caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum, followed by Vat Longkhoune temple. Then continue your journey to ban xang Hai Village and discover the distillation of sticky rice wine. Return to Luang Prabang and visit ban xang Khong weaving village. overnight in Luang Prabang.

day 3: LUang PRabang xiEng KHoUang in the morning, start with the national museum. after that, we drive through wonderful natural scenery to xieng Khuang. The journey will give you plenty of opportunities for photos and visiting hill tribe villages. overnight in xieng Khouang.

day 4: xiEng KHoUang This morning, following breakfast, we will visit the jaw-dropping site of Plain of Jars, a highlight to almost all the Laos tours. Then pay a visit to the old capital of muang Khun and the nearby villages. overnight in xieng Khouang.

day 5: xiEng KHoUang - sam nEUa after breakfast, departure for sam neua, en route, visit Tham Piu Cave and villages on the way. you also have

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a chance to visit Hintang, an archaeological landscape is a collection of prehistoric megalithic sites in northeastern Laos. overnight at local guest house in sam neua

day 7: sam nEUa - na mEo boRdER - mai CHaU after breakfast, from sam neua departure for the border point of nam xoi /na meo (visa beforehand). Then we continue by road to the spectacular mai Chau Valley. Visit local schools or simply relax in one of the most picturesque regions in Vietnam. in the evening, spend the night in house on stilt where you can also enjoy some traditional dances performed by the local Thai tribe people. overnight in mai Chau.

day 8: mai CHaU - Hoa binH Hanoi in the morning, after enjoying one local style breakfast, visit the Thai villages of Pom Coong and Lac. afternoon, transfer to Hanoi. on the way to city, we stop to visit xom mon, a muong ethnic minority village in Hoa binh. Upon arrival in Ha noi, check in the hotel. overnight in Hanoi.

day 9: Hanoi during the morning, visit Ho Chi minh’s mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi minh’s house on stilt, one Pillar Pagoda and the ancient Temple of Literature. in the afternoon, after visiting Ethnology museum, go to the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem and ngoc son pagoda, then take a cyclo journey through the 36 streets that make up the “old quarter” of town and later enjoy Water puppet performance. overnight at the hotel in Hanoi

day 10: Hanoi - HaLong bay CRUisE


Laos mULTi-CoUnTRiEs ToURs

morning depart for Halong bay, we go through the scenic countryside. The wondrous Halong bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town we embark on a wooden sailing junk for an exploration of the legendary Halong bay. overnight on Junk

day 11: HaLong bay - Hanoi after breakfast, relax on deck to enjoy the beauty of the bay. Have lunch on the boat while cruise returns to Halong wharf where our vehicle has been waiting for you to transfer back to Hanoi .on arrival in Ha noi. Time for relaxing. overnight in Hanoi.

day 12: Hanoi - dEPaRTURE after having breakfast at the hotel, being transferred to airport for your flight. End of tour.

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