Grand Indochina Tour - FantaSea Travel
Route: Hanoi - Halong - Hue - Hoi An - Saigon - Angkor - Luang Prabang
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Highlights

All good things come in three and our journey through Indochina takes you to three World Heritage Sites in Indochina including Halong Bay of Vietnam, Luang Prabang of Laos and Angkor Wat of Cambodia. Crossing three country borders from Vietnam to Laos to Cambodia you get to witness different languages, cultures and cuisine. Inspired by different cultures this tour provides a fascinating window into Indochina for a once in a life time experience.

Tour Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO HANOI

Xin Chao! Welcome to Hanoi, one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture and history. You will be welcomed at Noi Bai airport by local guide and learn a bit about this fascinating country on the way to your hotel.

You will have time to relax at your hotel and adjust to the pace of Hanoi. This beautiful city is bustling with energy and will soon dispel even the slightest feeling of jetlag. Try an iced coffee (cafe sua da) or iced tea (tra da) in one of the many typical cafés and learn about the Vietnamese café culture. For those that are hungry there are many small local restaurants and food stalls available. These little food outlets form the pulsating culinary heart of the Vietnamese cuisine.

Overnight in hotel.


DAY 2: AUTHENTIC FLOWER MARKET & COOKING DEMO AT HIDDEN HANOI (B/L)

Wake up early, grab your cameras and head out to Hanoi’s biggest flower market in Quang Ba. You will have the chance to take in the beauty and wonderful aromas of flowers from villages all around Hanoi, Sapa and Dalat. The diversity and vibrant colours on display guarantee amazing pictures.

On your way back to the old centre, you will visit the banks of Truc Bach Lake. Every morning, hundreds of Hanoians gather here to practise Tai Chi, do their daily fitness exercises or play some badminton. You can join in or simply enjoy this oasis of peace and serenity in the middle of the city centre.

Let’s skip breakfast at the hotel and join the locals in the streets for a bowl of Pho. This aromatic beef noodle soup is without a doubt Vietnam’s most famous dish.

Next is a quick stop at Ba Dinh Square for some pictures. This historic spot is where Ho Chi Minh declared the Vietnamese independence in 1945.

Afterwards, you will enjoy the cooking class with Hidden Hanoi restaurant (closed on Sunday) for special dishes in the North of Vietnam. Hidden Hanoi will not just only show you how to cook but also they will teach you more about Vietnamese culture through out the course with the short movie demonstrating a traditional Vietnamese kitchen; by explaining the importance of rice and its cultural significance; the different spices, when and how they are used; the market; and of course fish sauce. Enjoy your own-cooked lunch.

After lunch at the beautiful cooking class location, you are picked up to explore the many sights and sounds of Hanoi: The Old Quarter, 36 Guild Streets, Ba Dinh Square and the One Pillar Pagoda. The program this afternoon is flexible and certain sights and attractions can be added or removed according to your preferences.

Before dinner, enjoy the show at the world-famous Water Puppet theatre (Alternatively, there is option to attend a local traditional theatre around Hoan Kiem Lake and witness a ‘Cheo’ performance with the surcharge).

For dinner (optional) help yourself to some local specialties such as bun cha (smoked and grilled pork in stock with rice noodles and fresh herbs) or cha ca la vong (a 200-year-old Hanoian specialty of marinated grilled fish served with dill and peanuts).

Overnight at hotel.


DAY 3: HA LONG BAY CRUISE (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the hotel in Hanoi, you will head out to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On your way there, you will visit a typical Northern Vietnamese village where the younger and older generations still live together in traditional houses.

Arrive at Tuan Chau island – Take break and welcome drink at Pelican Halong Cruise Lounge.

Transfer to Pelican Halong Cruise.

Welcome drink - receive cruise briefing, safety instructions and check in. Start cruising and explore Halong Bay - one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Enjoy buffet lunch with Vietnamese dishes served while cruising through the bay, passing the most beautiful and quiet areas, such as Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, Soi Sim beach, Coconut Three Island.

Visiting Tung Sau area, covered by the leaping rocks and cultured pearl fishery. You can witness yourself the process of the jewel, from culturing to harvesting and sculpting, Moreover, you will have a chance to do kayaking based on your preference. Enjoy busy space with pearl maker, you can experience the completion of pearl.

Visiting the beautiful Ti Top beach for swimming (if the weather permits), Ti Top Beach is especially famous for its fresh atmosphere, clean water, and smooth white sand that create a great ambiance for tourists to relax or passengers can take steps to reach on the top of  Ti Top beach to have a whole panorama view of Halong Bay.

Back to the boat and free time while sailing to Luon Bo area, and anchor overnight.

Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu).

Attend the Cooking demonstration on sundeck – How to make Vietnamese spring rolls - traditional Vietnamese food. Then enjoy Happy Hour (Buy one drink-get one free). It is time for chit-chating and relaxing. Watch the magnificent sunset over Halong Bay. 

Enjoy dinner with Vietnamese BBQ Set Menu.

Evening activities include: Leisure time to enjoy a chat around the bar, watching movies and many sort of Vietnam cultural films, relaxing and spending a romantic night on Pelican Halong Cruise’s music, playing cards, chess are available, reading magazines in room and dining room. You may also try your luck at squid fishing & fishing from the boat.


DAY 4: HALONG BAY CRUISE – HANOI –  HUE (BRUNCH)

The day starts early onboard with Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Tai chi also called Tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.

Transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes for cave visiting. Visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the most biggest cave in Halong bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the boat by tenderProper shoes are highly recommended. Back to Pelican Halong Cruise. Check out and settle your bill at reception.

Have a buffet brunch while cruising back to the Tuan Chau Wharf. Relaxing on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery while approaching the wharf.

Continue on to Noi Bai airport for a short flight to Hue (Suggested flight: VN1545/1915 – 2030). You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Hue.


DAY 5: THE OLD IMPERIAL CAPITAL OF HUE -  HOIAN (B,L)

After breakfast at the hotel, take a boat ride along the romantic Perfume River. Stop off at the Thien Mu Pagoda on the banks of the river to see the 7-storey Stupa. The pagoda is also home to the old Austin car driven to Saigon by the Venerable Thich Quang Duc in 1963 for his self-immolation. Continue on to visit the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang (1791-1841), built between 1841 and 1843. The Emperor’s mausoleum complex consists of 40 constructions (palaces, temples, pavilions etc.) designed on a symmetrical axis.

Enjoy your vegetarian lunch in the serene atmosphere of the pagoda’s Meditation Hall.

In the afternoon, you will travel down to Da Nang then stop at Lang Co beach, one of the most beautiful bays in the world, before we arrive in Hoi An. This World Heritage site was home to merchants from all over the world. The guided walk through this enchanting and peaceful town will take you back in history. You will have a closer look at the Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and French influences and visit some of its characteristic trade houses, bridges and temples.

Spend the night in your hotel in Hoi An.


DAY 6: THE RICH CULTURAL HISTORY OF HOI AN (B/L)

After breakfast, jump on your bicycles and take a beautiful scenic route through the rice paddies to Tra Que Village just outside Hoi An. This little town is well-known for supplying the many restaurants and hotels in the area with fresh herbs and vegetables. Take a walk through the vegetable gardens, experience how the local farmers work the land and learn more about the history of the village and the importance of herbs in Vietnamese medicine and cuisine.

Have some central Vietnamese specialties for lunch such as Tam Huu spring rolls, the local pancakes. After lunch, you can relax before cycling back to Hoi An.

In the afternoon, you can further explore the old quarter and learn more about its rich history, or relax by the pool or on one of the many beautiful beaches.

For dinner (optional), we highly recommend a meal at one of the many fusion restaurants in Hoi An that offer a unique blend between Vietnamese and Western cuisine.

Overnight in hotel.


DAY 7: FREE AT YOUR LEISURE IN HOI AN (B)

Breakfast at your hotel. Free time in Hoian to enjoy the beautiful beach in Centre Vietnam.

For the more active, these are several excursions you can arrange:

+ My Son Sanctuary

+ Fishing & snorkeling trip at Cham Island

+ Local food tasting by sidecar & jeep tour in Hoian

Overnight in hotel.


DAY 8: HOIAN – DANANG - THE GRAHAM GREENE TRAIL IN HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Danang for your short flight to Saigon (Suggested flight: VN117/1015 – 1145), also known as Ho Chi Minh City.

Drop your bags at the hotel, have a quick shower, and explore the sights of Saigon. For lunch, you will have the chance to try Banh Xeo, a big savoury pancake made out of rice flour, coconut milk and freshly ground turmeric. The pancake is filled with fresh herbs and vegetables, pork and prawns, and served with nuoc cham (the famous Vietnamese fish sauce thinned with water, lemon and chilli).

In the afternoon, follow the Graham Greene Trail to a journey from colonial to modern Saigon. You will visit the places where Greene lived and worked, past by the HCMC Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Metropole Hotel - famous place from the ‘Quiet American’ novel and film. There is time for an optional tea or coffee at the historical bar before heading off to the other famous Saigon hotel, The Majestic. This hotel and its bar were home to many foreign reporters and secret agents during the Vietnam War. Head up to the rooftop bar to try one of Saigon’s many local beers and enjoy a panoramic view of the city with live music.

Overnight in Saigon.


DAY 9: LIFE IN THE MEKONG DELTA (B/L)

Breakfast at your hotel.

At 8.00am, depart for a 1.5 hour drive from Saigon to Ben Tre, one of the country's southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River.  Take in the highway as you leave behind the busy city. Pass Rach Mieu bridge before reaching Huu Dinh hamlet. Get on a tri-motor cycle (xe loi) ride to enjoy the lush surroundings of rice paddies and fruit farms alongside the narrow village roads.

Arrive at the waterfront, board the charming Mango Cruise for a glimpse at the Delta scenery while enjoying coconut juice. First stop for a visit at the coconut processing, then back to your cruise and the cruise will stop at a brick making shop, where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand where you will start a Bicycle trip around Phong Nam village around 4km, through gardens and stop at the a rice noodles factory “hu tieu”, one of most popular breakfast dishes in the region. Walk about 3 minutes to visit at Mrs. Huong’s home. Her family live on fishing, shrimp and farming. Enjoy the tropical fruits and honey tea in her garden before taking the rowing  sampan, be paddled by a personalized rower trip to discover the maze of small canals.

Then rowing you back to your mango boat and head to Mango home restaurant, enjoy your 5 course lunch and freshen up before switch to a bicycle and ride 500m About 4 minutes (or 7-10 minutes walk) on village roads past green gardens and local houses, and stop at another local house of Mr Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper which is the most famous specialty of My Long village. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and see how it is made.

After the visit, the boat will be waiting for you at the pier nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre city where your car will be ready to take you back to Saigon.


DAY 10: SAIGON – FLIGHT TO SIEAMREAP (B)

After breakfast in Saigon, transfer to the airport to take flight to Siemreap (Suggested flight: VN3825/1205 – 1315).

Sua s’dei, welcome to the Kingdom of Wonder and the home of the majestic Angkor Wat temple complex! You are given a warm welcome at Siem Reap airport by our guide and driver who will help you with the luggage and bring you to your hotel. On the way there our guide will tell you a bit more about life in this fascinating country.

Visit the War Museum – an old mine field full of old vehicles and weapons with guides who offer insight into the terrorizing occupation of the Khmer Rouge.

Indulge in a foot massage in town.

Visit the food stands at the Old Market and explore the charming alleys and streets around the area. Stroll north along the river promenade to the Royal Gardens and Old French Quarter.

Overnight at our hotel in Siem Reap.


DAY 11: TUK-TUK ANGKOR TOUR AND ELEPHANT SUNSET RIDE (B/L)

Wake up early, have breakfast at the hotel and head out with your cameras for a day filled with amazing sights and experiences. Your local transport will await you outside uour hotel.

Jump on the tuk-tuk and experience Angkor like the locals do. Explore the amazing temple complex and spend most of the day in what is the world’s largest temple and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will start at the South Gate of Angkor Thom City and make your way to the Bayon. The Bayon is made up of 54 towers decorated with more than 200 enigmatic smiling faces. You will also visit the Ta Prohm Temple before lunch.

Have a picnic lunch with local delicacies and fresh fruit in the middle of the temple complex, an unforgettable experience.

In the afternoon, you will further explore Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. It is the centrepiece of any visit to the temples of Angkor and offers many iconic sights for amazing pictures.

Late afternoon, walk up to Bakheng Hill for a spectacular sunset over Angkor Archaeological Park.

Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

Remark: Please kindly note that, picinic lunch in temples are available only in some specific areas. Guide will be flexible and organize on the spot.


DAY 12: BANTEY SREY & GREEN GECKO (B)

After breakfast at hotel, ready for a trip towards north to visit the scenic grounds of Bantey Srey, the Citadel of Women.

Head to Phnom Kulen for a 2km hike to the River of a Thousand Lingas - a riverbed carved with ancient, phallic symbols.

Return back down by 1:00 pm for a guided tour of the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity near the trail head.

Drop off donations and tour the Green Gecko Project. This amazing facility offers former street children shelter, education, and opportunities to realize their full potential.

Return to rest at hotel in Siem Reap, with an optional visit to the touristy Night Market.

Overnight in Siem Reap.


DAY 13: SIEM REAP – FLIGHT TO LUANG PRABANG (B)

After breakfast at hotel, relax till transfer to the airport for your short flight to Luang Prabang. Arrive at Luang Prabang, transfer to your hotel.

Start your visit with Vat Vixoune influenced by Thai-Lu architecture and That Makmo, the watermelon shaped stupa. Proceed to Vat Xieng Thong, the most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang dating back from 16th century

Climb up Phousy Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River.

Explore the Luang Prabang Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local villagers and the hill tribes surrounding Luang Prabang. We enjoy a dinner around the lively night market. There are plenty of street food options to choose from and also some more traditional Western dishes to try. Remember, the French have had a big influence here on the local cuisine.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.


DAY 14: LUANG PRABANG – ANCIENT TOWN & ARTS (B)

Optional early wake-up call possible to join the locals giving food to hundreds of Buddhist monks returning from morning prayers. Take a stroll through Ban Pakham morning market and take part in this everyday ritual.

Breakfast at the hotel or join the locals for a bowl of delicious noodle soup after the alms giving ritual.

Then, immerse yourself in the rich history of the region with a full-day, guided tour of Luang Prabang, known for its many beautiful Buddhist temples. First, visit the Royal Palace Museum, whose quaint appearance belies its stormy past. Its exhibits trace the story of the seven turbulent centuries of the Lane Xang Kingdom, as well as the colonial era up to the present.

Next, visit three of the city's most important temples, including Wat Mai, the city's largest and most richly decorated temple; Wat Visoun, the city's oldest operating temple; and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, with its impressive Tree of Life mosaic and richly decorated wooden columns. After lunch at a local restaurant, regroup to peruse ancient artifacts from the ethnic minorities of the region at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center. Head upriver to visit two artisan villages, as well as a few small traditional Lao villages. Each specializes in a particular handicraft, such as woodcarving, papermaking or silk weaving.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.


DAY 15: LUANG PRABANG –  KHUANG SI WATERFALL (B)

Learn more about the nation’s staple crop, rice and other natural treasures on a full-day, guided tour. First, visit Living Lands Organic Rice Farm to learn how the people of Laos continue to plant and harvest in the traditional way. Experience every stage of the rice harvest before tasting traditional foods made from this regional staple.

Next, set off for the cascading waters of Kuang Si Falls Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch and explore a path that runs alongside a wide multi-tiered waterfall tumbling over limestone formations. Cool off with a refreshing swim or walk along the forest trails.

Cap off your visit at a wildlife rescue dedicated to protecting and rehabilitating the rare and magnificent Asiatic black bear.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.


DAY 16: LUANG PRABANG – FLIGHT BACK HOME (B)

Breakfast at your hotel.

Free time until the transfer to airport for flight back home, wishing you bon voyage and hoping that you enjoyed your journey with FantaSea Travel! End of services.

Tour Price

Tour Price

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Services included

Services included

+ Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast (See hotels to be used)

+ Meals listed in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

+ Expert English-speaking local guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply)

+ Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers

+ Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times

+ Boat cruises and rides while on tour

+ Service charges and government VAT tax

Services not included

Services not included

+ International flights and visas to Vietnam

+ Domestic flights to tour destinations

+ Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary

+ Tips and gratiuities (pay directly to the tour guide)

+ Early check in or late check out

+ Travel insurance

+ Optional sight-seeing tours

+ Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature

+ Other services than mentioned

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

1. Rates

Tour prices are per person and are net prices, quoted in United State Dollars.

Prices are subject to change without notice. Some prices can only be guaranteed at the time the booking is made and may differ from that quoted as it is based on the “best available rate of the day from the supplier”.

Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.

2. Payment

Deposit payment can be settled by cash, bank wire transfer, or credit card. A deposit of 50% of total rate is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 30 days prior to arrival date (low season and high season) and 45 days prior to arrival date (peak season). If the final payment is not received on time, FantaSea Vietnam may cancel the booking and invoke the cancellation fee.

If payment is made by credit card, a surcharge of 2% will be applied to Visa and Master and 3% to American Express.

If payment is made by bank transfer, please make payment direct to our bank account:

Beneficiary Bank:       Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank)

                                      Thanh Cong Branch, Hanoi City, Vietnam

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Beneficiary name:       FANTASEA CO., LTD

Address:                      181 Xa Dan 2, Dong Da Dist., Hanoi City, Vietnam

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Please note that our prices are not inclusive of transfer fees levied by your bank and overseas bank. Please ask your bank to transfer the sum prior to deduction or any shortfall.

We reserve the right to release a part or full booking if the full payment is not completed as per the booking deadline.

Payment in Vietnam Dong (VND) is to be made equivalent to the amount in United States Dollars (USD) at the official exchange rate of the Vietcombank at the time of payment.

The booking is confirmed only when full payment is completed. This payment method is only available for bookings made through the phone.

3. Cancellation

Cancellation must be made by email or in writing. Cancellation by phone is not acceptable.

Cancellation will be generally charged as follows:

Notice Period

Low Season

High Season

Peak Season

More than 45 days

No charge

No charge

No charge

31 - 45 days

No charge

50% of total charge

100% of total charge

15 - 30 days

50% of total charge

100% of total charge

100% of total charge

Within 14 days

100% of total charge

No-show/Shorten stay

100% of total charge

Please note that non-refundable policy will be applied for special promotion packages.

4. Refund of Unused services

No refund or exchange can be made in respect of accommodation, meals, sightseeing tours, transports or any other services, which are included in the packages but not utilized by the guests.

5. Confirmation

All confirmations are generally confirmed by e-mail within 2 working days. In case immediate confirmation is not possible, we will inform you of the booking status at the time of reservation.

6. Voucher

Voucher will be issued by FantaSea Vietnam by email/fax after the booking is confirmed and payment is completed.

7. Liability and Insurance

FantaSea Vietnam accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury, damage or delay due to natural disaster, politic actions, weather or causes beyond its control. Travel insurance and medical precautions are essential. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability. We strongly recommend that you hire a travel insurance policy for any trips.

8. Guests’ Information

The client is requested to submit all guests’ details at least 24 hours prior to check-in (Full name, Date of birth, Gender, Nationality, Passport number, Vietnam visa expiry date, Contact number).

This personal information will only be used for check-in procedure only, and will not be shared or used for any commercial purposes.

9. Early Check-in or Late Check-out

Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.

10. Other Notes

Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.

If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.