Grand Indochina

Every Wednesday Departure.
Validity: 02 November 2016 - 10 October 2017
Duration: 19 days / 16 nights


Day 1: Canada – Hong Kong
Depart Canada to Bangkok via Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific Airways.
Day 2: Hong Kong – Bangkok
Upon arrival in Bangkok, meet and transfer to the hotel.  Rest of the day free for leisure.
Day 3: Bangkok [Breakfast]
Bangkok City and Temples Tour in the morning, free for leisure in the afternoon.
Day 4: Bangkok – Luang Prabang [Breakfast/Lunch]
Morning flight to Luang Prabang and start the city tour – In 1995 UNESCO voted Luang Prabang as a World Heritage City.  After lunch visit the National Museum, climb Vat Phousi Hill for an outstanding view over the city.  Continue to visit Vat Visoun, That Makmo, Vat Aham.  Sunset at Vat Prabaht Tai located along the Mekong River. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou - Luang Prabang [Breakfast/Lunch]
Visit Vat Xieng Thong temple.  The main sanctuary represents the classic Luang Prabang temple architecture with roofs that sweep low to the ground.  Then board a traditional boat for a trip upstream the Mekong River to visit the famous caves of Pak Ou housing thousands of statues representing Lord Buddha.  Lunch at local restaurant then return to Luang Prabang by boat and continue by car to visit Ban Xang Khong, a weaving village where traditional Sa paper is also produced.
Day 6: Luang Prabang – Khouang Xi – Luang Prabang [Breakfast/Lunch]
Morning transfer by road to the Khuang Xi Waterfalls.  The waterfalls tumble over multi-tiered limestone formations into cool, clear pools ideal for swimming and relaxation.  Visit the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene before picnic lunch.  Return by road to Luang Prabang, on the way visit Ban Pahnom weaving village.
Day 7: Luang Prabang – Vientiane [Breakfast/Lunch]
Early morning (around 5AM) to witness the age-old tradition of alms giving and visit Morning Market.  After breakfast visit the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, which exhibits ethnic clothing, household objects, religious artifacts and handicrafts.  After lunch transfer to the airport for flight to Vientiane.  Upon arrival, transfer and check-in at hotel.  Late in the afternoon visit Vat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane.  Nearby is Ho Phra Keo, once the royal temple of Lao monarchy, built in 1565.  One of the most photographed images of Vientiane is Patousay, the victory gate also known as Anousavari.  Another famous Vientiane landmark is the That Luang Stupa.  King Setthtathirath built this great sacred sputa in 1566, considered the national symbol. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 8: Vientiane – Hanoi [Breakfast]
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the surroundings of Vientiane, including the Buddha Park and Friendship Bridge, Morning Market (Talaat Sao), then transfer to airport for the flight to Hanoi. Meet and pick up on arrival at Hanoi international airport and coach transfer to the city centre for hotel check-in. Free leisure for the rest of the day. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: Hanoi – Halong Bay [Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner]
Check out from the hotel and drive to Halong City.  Check in at the Emeraude Café around noon time. Discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as “Dragon descending to the sea”. Enjoy a lavish buffet lunch then visit Sung Sot Caves (if weather permits) and a. Vietnamese cuisine demonstration at the sun deck. Enjoy complimentary canapés before a scrumptious buffet dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at the cruise.
Day 10: Halong Bay – Hanoi [Breakfast/Lunch]
Pick up at Tuan Chau pier and on the way back to Hanoi you will visit a peaceful village in Bac Ninh Province. Walk the village path with visit to the village church and the orphanage within the premise which is a home for severely disabled and displaced people, run by a group of very caring Catholic nuns. Back in Hanoi, enjoy an orientation tour visiting the old quarter which is known as the city’s historical centre. Free for leisure and overnight in Hanoi. 
Day 11: Hanoi - Hue [Breakfast/Lunch]
Hue city tour to visit the Imperial Citadel, The Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Continue by car to visit Thien Mu Pagoda or Heavenly Lady pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Afterward take a scenic boat trip on the Perfume River to the city pier. Overnight in Hue.
Day 12: Hue – Danang – Hoi An [Breakfast/Lunch]
In the morning, visit Tu Duc Royal Tomb. Each ruler of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign and today you will visit one of the most beautiful mausoleums. Continues southbound to Danang over the famous Hai Van Pass with a green view of the stretch of Truong Son mountain range on one side and a spectacular view of the East Sea on the other. After lunch, visit Cham Museum and have a photo stop at the Marble Mountains before driving to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 13: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City [Breakfast/Lunch]
Morning, your guide will take you on a stroll through the ancient town with visit to the old houses, Chinese community house and Japanese covered bridge. Lunch at Hoi An Silk Village. Afterwards drive to Danang airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh [Breakfast/Lunch]
Morning drive to Cu Chi district (75 km from HCMC) and visit the complex of underground tunnels at Cu Chi.  There are more than 200 kilometres of underground tunnels. You have the chance to crawl through this amazing system of tunnels before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch. Afternoon orientation by foot from the Saigon River past the Opera House, Town Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral and the old Post Office (all magnificent sights from the French colonial period). Afterwards, enjoy a 360 degrees view of Ho Chi Minh City atop the city’s newest landmark, the 262m high Bitexco Financial Tower which has the shape of a lotus, Vietnam’s national flower. Finish the tour at the famous Ben Thanh Market to shop for souvenirs. Wrap up your day with a foot massage and enjoy the evening at your own leisure. Optional: dinner cruise on Saigon River.
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh [Breakfast/Dinner]
Breakfast at hotel.  Transfer to the airport and fly to Phnom Penh.  Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in. Afternoon Phnom Penh city tour including Victory Monument Free for leisure until transfer to the airport for flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel. Lunch on own account. Afternoon city tour visiting the Independence Monument and the National Museum, the Royal Palace, and the Siliver Pagoda. Visit the Wat Phnom Temple. Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 16: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap [Breakfast/Lunch]
After breakfast transfer to the airport and fly to Siem Reap.  Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Tour the city, visit temples of Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda, Takeo and Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm is one o fthe most beautiful temples in the area, relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery as it displays the awesome image of being swallowed by the jungle with trees growing over the ruins. Continue tour to banteay Kdei, Srah Srang (“the Pool of ablutions”), and Prasat Kravan temple. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon, visit the most famous of all temples in Cambodia - Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat symbolizes the ocean beyond. Enjoy the amazing sunset at Angkor Wat.
Day 17: Siem Reap  [Breakfast/Lunch]
For early birds: Optional early bird’s tour – Sunrise from Phnom Bakheng or Angkor Wat. (Bringing a torch is recommended) Return to the hotel for breakfast.After breakfast visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.  Enjoy a relaxing 1 hour Reflexology Massage by Body Tune.  After Lunch, visit Preah Khan temple, Neak Pean, Ta Som, Mebon Oriental.  Visit the “Mountain Temple” of Pre Rup until sunset.
Day 18 - 19: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Hong Kong – Canada [Breakfast]
Fly to Phnom Penh in the early morning then connect your homeward flight via Hong Kong.

Departure from Vancouver

DateHotelTwin share*Single supplement
Majestic Grande (Grande Superior Room)Bangkok
Santi Resort & Spa (Deluxe Room)Luang Prabang
Ansara Hotel (Savvy Room)Vientiane
Hilton Garden Inn (Standard Room)Hanoi
Emeraude Classic Cruise (Superior Cabin)Halong Bay
Hoi An Trails Resort (Superior Room)Hoi An
Moonlight Hotel (City-view Room)Hue
Eden Star Hotel (Deluxe Room)Ho Chi Minh City
Sunway Hotel (Deluxe Room)Phnom Penh
Tara Angkor Hotel (Superior Room)Siem Reap

Package Price Includes:
•  Return economy class air ticket from Canada to Bangkok and Phnom Penh via Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific Airways (V)
•  Intra-Asia economy class air ticket:
    Bangkok – Luang Prabang – Vientiane – Hanoi – Hue //
    Danang – Ho Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Phnom Penh
•   Accommodations based on twin share at local 4* hotels
    Bangkok – Majestic Grande (Grande Superior Room);
    Luang Prabang – Santi Resort & Spa (Deluxe Room);
    Vientiane – Ansara Hotel (Savvy Room);
    Hanoi – Hilton Garden Inn (Standard Room);
    Halong Bay – Emeraude Classic Cruise (Superior Cabin);
    Hue – Moonlight Hotel (City-view Room);
    Hoi An – Hoi An Trails Resort (Superior Room);
    Ho Chi Minh City – Eden Star Hotel (Deluxe Room);
    Phnom Penh – Sunway Hotel (Deluxe Room);
    Siem Reap – Tara Angkor Hotel (Superior Room) or similar
•    Daily breakfast at hotel and meals as indicated
•    Airport – hotel – airport transfers on coach service
•    Sightseeing tours with English speaking guide

• Taxes & fuel surcharge $475-$665 (subject to change)

Package Price Excludes:

• Insurance and all other personal expenses
• Gratuities for local guides, drivers, porters cruise crew. Suggested at USD10 per tour member per day
• Cambodia Visa (USD35 + 1 photo per person upon arrival)
• Laos Visa (USD42 + 2 photos per person upon arrival)
• Vietnam Visa (CAD$135 per person)
• Hotel surcharges and compulsory meals

Price is based on per person twin share from Vancouver or Toronto, plus tax and fuel surcharges. Package prices exclude TAXES, are based on minimum TWO people traveling.  Prices and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.  Deviation/amendment Fee and restrictions will be applied.  Please contact Silk Holidays for details.

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Additional Seasonal Surcharges may be applicable.
*Single supplement is based on minimum 2 people traveling together.
**Direct flight to Vancouver for the international connection.
^Overnight in Vancouver on the return may be required (at your own expense) due to connection flight schedule.
†Departing from Toronto gateway.  Overnight in Hong Kong on the return may be required (at own expense) due to connection flight schedule.

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