14-day Indochina Odyssey Full of Highlights

Where should one start? Indochina combines most of Asia’s highlights. So rich in history, culture, nature and cuisine. This 14-day tour gives you the opportunity to discover many famous monuments in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

Overview

Visit Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam with its ancient architecture. Experience the luxurious scenery of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will even witness the historic temples and the mystical monk procession in Luang Prabang. Angkor Wat, the heart and soul of Cambodia, certainly can not be skipped.

Come along, you will surely go on an unforgettable journey to explore the religious values ​​in these amazing countries!

Day 1
Day 1: Welcome to Cambodia!

<p>Welcome to Siem Reap!</p><p></p><p>Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your local guide, who will take care of your safe arrival at your comfortable city hotel.</p><p></p><p>The rest of the day is at leisure – eat or relax in your hotel.</p>

Day 2
Day 2: Angkor Wat, the heart and soul of Cambodia

<p>The traveler’s first look at Angkor Wat, the ultimate expression of Khmer genius, is surpassed by only a few select points on Earth. Angkor Wat was built by Suryavarman II (r 1112-52) and is surrounded by a huge moat. It is one of the most inspired monuments ever invented by the human mind.</p><p></p><p>Simply unique, it is a breathtaking blend of spirituality and symmetry, a lasting example of humanity’s devotion to its gods.</p><p></p><p>In the afternoon, drive to Banteay Srei, home to an impressive jewel of Khmer art. This small pink sandstone temple is known as the citadel of women.</p><p></p><p>On the way back you will also visit the ancient monastery of Ta Prohm, where huge branches are rooted in the stones – hence the nickname of the "jungle temple".</p>

Day 3
Day 3: Explore the Angkor temple complex

<p>The morning starts with a visit to the Preah Khan Temple. Did you also know that this monument is both a city and a place for Buddhist studies?</p><p></p><p>It is hard to imagine that a building is larger or more beautiful than Angkor Wat, but in Angkor Thom (‘Great City’) the sum of the parts adds up to a larger whole. At over 10 square kilometers, the aptly named last major capital of the Khmer empire has taken a monument to a whole new level. This will be our afternoon program, including other monuments and temples that can not be missed.</p><p></p><p>Make yourself comfortable in the hotel, because there are countless impressions that you can take with you.</p>

Day 4
Day 4: Kompong Kleang Floating Village

<p>In the morning drive to Kompong Khleang, where all the houses are stilts, offering exceptional natural surroundings with breathtaking views of floodplains, rice fields and water. You will go through this "floating village" and meet the locals and their lovely children.</p><p></p><p>Then you will travel by boat across the canals to a large lake where the Vietnamese live when they are evicted from their homes because of the harsh seasons.</p><p></p><p>After returning to Siem Reap board your plane to Vietnam!</p>

Day 5
Day 5: Atmospheric and graceful Hoi An

<p>The day starts with a boat tour to the mouth of the Thu Bon River to see some authentic fishing life.</p><p></p><p>Once in the forest, hike to a local house where you can enjoy a delicious seafood BBQ lunch. Enjoy lunch and rest while visiting the city of Hoi An.</p><p></p><p>The graceful, historic Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and charming city. Once a major port, it impresses with its magnificent architecture and enchanting riverside location and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The face of the old city has preserved its incredible heritage of staggering Japanese trading houses, Chinese temples and old teahouses. You will see unusually well preserved old streets, houses and sights.</p>

Day 6
Day 6: A day at Historic My Son

<p>You drive with your own vehicle to today’s fantastic destination. My son, known as the most important archeological site in the center of Vietnam.</p><p></p><p>My son enjoys an enchanting location in a lush jungle valley towered over by Cat’s Tooth Mountain (Hon Quap).</p><p></p><p>It was once the most important spiritual and religious center of the Kingdom of Champa and may have served as a burial ground for Cham monarchs. It was rediscovered in the late 19th century by the French, who restored parts of the complex. American bombing later devastated the temples. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.</p>

Day 7
Day 7: Welcome to Hanoi

<p>Today you say goodbye to the ancient city Hoi An and fly to the next destination of the tour – to Hanoi.</p><p></p><p>After an eventful day, check into your hotel, relax, enjoy delicious local dishes and prepare for another day of adventure!</p>

Day 8
Day 8: Hanoi, the bustling capital of Vietnam

<p>This day will bring together the best cultural sights and monuments and finally give an insight into Vietnam’s rich food culture.</p><p></p><p>The Vietnamese capital is trying to make up for the time lost to the ravages of war and a government that kept the outside world in check until the 1990s.</p><p></p><p>Your food tour of Hanoi begins in the maze of the Old City, where dozens of vendors sell snacks, from exotic fruits to deep-fried cakes to grilled seafood.</p><p></p><p>Take a break, enjoy watching some people and hear the dozens of interesting stories from your guide while enjoying a Vietnamese coffee.</p>

Day 9
Day 9: Halong Bay swims past a thousand islands

<p>From the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin rise 3,000 towering limestone pillars and tiny islands covered by forests. Halong Bay was declared a World Heritage Site in 1994 and is a vision of ethereal beauty with its spectacular scattered islands dotted with wind and wave eroded caves.</p><p></p><p>You climb into a beautiful boat to enjoy a very special and atmospheric overnight cruise. The evening lights are breathtaking, as well as the delicious fresh seafood menu you get on board. Another highlight of your journey.</p>

Day 10
Day 10: Travel to Luang Prabang

<p>Early risers are the lucky ones!</p><p></p><p>If you want to see the aquamarine waters of the bay from its most beautiful side, let it happen after sunrise. The reflections in the water offer fantastic possibilities for pictures.</p><p></p><p>Enjoy a rich brunch on the boat as you continue our excursion through the stunning limestone around the bay.</p><p></p><p>The remaining day is available for travel to your final destination, Luang Prabang. Laos, the third country of your journey.</p><p></p><p>Enjoy a relaxing evening and your well-earned rest as soon as you arrive at your hotel.</p>

Day 11
Day 11: Laos, another jewel on your odyssey

<p>Luang Prabang is considered a famous tourist attraction for its tranquility and spectacular beauty. This place slows your pulse and awakens your imagination with its combination of first-class comfort and spiritual food. Luang Prabang sits at the sacred confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan and will take your breath away.</p><p></p><p>Your tour will consist of many beautiful sacred temples and cultural sites, making this UNESCO World Heritage so famous.</p><p></p><p>In the afternoon, experience a different form of authentic lifestyle while traveling on a long-tailed boat for a river cruise. During the cruise, you can catch lime cliffs in the distance, where you will find the hidden Pak Ou Caves, with thousands of Buddha statues and many hidden images.</p><p></p><p>On the way you will get to know the manufacturing process of the traditional Laotian rice whiskey. How can you end a day better?</p>

Day 12
Day 12: Close to the local lifestyle in Khmu Village

<p>After crossing the Mekong by ferry, you arrive at the village of Khmu. Enjoy authentic lifestyle and culture at its finest!</p><p></p><p>If you are interested, you can join in to prepare authentic Lao food, or the guide will introduce you to some of the traditions of Khmu.</p><p></p><p>In the afternoon, visit Wat Long Khun, which served as a royal retreat center for spiritual revitalization.</p><p></p><p>This great day continues at Wat Tham Xieng Maen, a 100 meter deep limestone cave called "Tham Sakkarin Savannakuha".</p><p></p><p>Take in countless impressions that you can collect on this day of varied activities in beautiful Laos</p>

Day 13
Day 13: Elephants, the wise gray giants

<p>A special day to come closer to these beautiful creatures that express serenity and wisdom. You visit an elephant camp where you not only learn interesting facts about the animals, but also have the opportunity to feed them, ride horses and even take selfies!</p><p></p><p>Do not forget to bring your camera with you, as you will later drive to the beautiful Kuang Sii waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or take a walk on the forest trails.</p><p></p><p>An exciting day that will offer you a whole new page of your Indochina Odyssey.</p>

Day 14
Day 14: Every odyssey comes to an end. Goodbye!

<p>After breakfast, your private shuttle will transfer you back to Luang Prabang Airport for a safe onward journey.</p><p></p><p>Take home thousands of lasting memories that will keep you in your memory, in your mind and in your camera.</p>

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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14-day Indochina Odyssey Full of Highlights