Tours : Indochina

PANOMA INDOCHINA

PANOMA INDOCHINA

Between Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos is also the strange destination for this season. Immerse in the exotic world that is about to reveal itself before your eyes with our Southeast Asia tours. Sail on the Mekong River or observe the wildlife thriving on its riverbanks. Marvel at the French colonial architecture that characterizes this region and learn more about the culture. Discover here your Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam trip.

Day 1: Siem Reap
 
Arrival at Siem Reap airport, warm welcome  by your local guide, then transfer to Siem Reap city. Sighseeing tour  through the busy streets of the old market and the river full of restaurants and hotels by visiting the old market and colonial neighborhoods at busy market day and communicate with sellers on all sales of their products, visit The school of Artisanss d’Angkor, you will see the traditional works of engraving on wood and on stones, the painting on silk of the lacquer. Transfer to hotel. Lunch inside hotel. Transfer between villages and rice fields to Banteay Srey (Women's Citadel), a temple built during the reign of King Jayavarman V, dedicated to Shiva whose architecture and pink sandstone sculptures present a masterpiece of Khmer art, stopping in a village to observe the daily life and how to get  of sugar palm. Return to the hotel. Dinner  free and overnight in Siem Reap
 
Day 2 : Siem Reap: Angkor Temples
 
   Full day tour to discover  Angkor Thom (Great City) starting the visits by the South Portal, then the famous temple of Bayon built by Jayavarman VII at the end of the twelfth century, dedicated to Buddhism, composed of 54 gigantic towers of 216 faces of Avalokitesvara, Baphuon pyramidal temple of the eleventh century representing Mount Meru dedicated to Brahamanis, the terrace of Elephants measuring 350m long hosted the pomp of royal audiences and public ceremonies, visit the famous temple of Ta Prohm, a monastery built by Jayavarna VII as his mother's residence, visit the great temple of Angkor Wat, world heritage with its slender towers and magnificent bas-reliefs. Dinner free and overnight in Siem Reap.
 
Day 3 : Siem Reap Tone Sap – Phnom Penh
 
Road to Phnom Penh, about 20 km to the southeast passing the road to the village of Kompong Pluk. Upon arrival , we stop at a Buddhist pagoda on the island to see paintings of the Buddha's life. Then we take a motorboat to Tonle Sap to discover the floating houses and the lake life of the fishermen.
More than 3000 inhabitants are  Khmers, their houses made of wood and bamboo are built on 6 to 7 meters high. Return to the main road and stop at the ancient archaeological bridge at the time of Angkor "Naga Bridge" at Kompong Kdei. Lunch en route to the city of Kompong Thom. Continuation of journey and stop at Skun, a single market where you will find vendables of live or roasted tarantulas, crickets and others. Arrive Phnom Penh around 5 am and go around the city before settling in your hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh
 
Day 4 : Phnom Penh
Sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh, small historical capital full of charm with large avenues and beautiful gardens by visiting Royal Palace,  Silver Pagoda,  National Museum (or Museum of Beax Arts), Wat Phnom, a pagoda erected on a small artificial hill crowned by a magnificent monastery sheltering relics sacred and a huge stupa of the former king Ponhea Yat founder of the capital of Phnom Penh. Lunch. Continue visit  Tuol Slèng or S21: the Genocide Museum will be the next stop, more commonly known as Toul Slèng. 
Back to the hotel passing by the Angkorian-style of Independence Monument decorated with beautiful gardens to symbolize the day when Cambodia gained independence from the French protectorate on November 9, 1953. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
 
Day 5 : Phnom Penh- Chau Doc
After breakfast, you will pass through the colonial district which has preserved its many French-style houses, passing in front of the national library, the municipality of Phnom Penh. Visit the Central Market or Phsar Thmei, which means "new market" in Khmer. Marking the current downtown, this beautiful example of the style "Art Deco" was built by the French between 1935 and 1937 on the site of a vast swamp, the "Beng Dechoe" which housed a village of squatters life. Lunch and departure to Chau Doc by speedboat Hang Chau. Arrival in Chau Doc town, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Dinner free. Overnight in Chau Doc
 
Day 6 : Chau Doc – Can Tho
In the morning, take boat trip to the catfish farms where fish are bred in wooden cages suspended under floating houses on the Mekong River. Continuing by boat to visit a Muslim Cham minority village where colorful textiles are made on the wooden looms, continue visit Cao Dai temple. Cruise back to Chau Doc for lunch and leave for Can Tho, visit Bang Lang Stork Garden located approximately about 52km from city center. The garden covers about two hectares and is home to thousands of storks as well as many other kinds of birds. There are various species of storks living at including cattle egret, ibis, striated heron and painted stork. Transfer to hotel and overnight in Can Tho. 
 
Day 7 : Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh
In the early morning, take a half-day boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, where hundreds of boats of all sizes gather to exchange their farming products. Back to Can Tho through small water coconut shaded canals, stop at farmer’s house to enjoy  some tropical fruits. Then back to town and departure  to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in the hotel and overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
 
Day 8 : Ho Chi Minh / Ha Noi
Take a full day city tour in Ho Chi Minh city. You will be visiting the Former Presidential Palace also known as Reunification Palace and old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral. 
In the afternoon, visit the 5th district “Cho Lon” also known as China town where inhabited by half a million of Hoa people (Vietnamese of Chinese origin). You will be visiting a major center of trade, swarming all day with the wholesale market of Binh Tay, Thien Hau temple, a lacquer ware manufactory where you can learn about the process of making an exquisite lacquer product from wood, pearls and egg shells inlayed. Then transfer to the airport and flight to Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam. Free for dinner and overnight in Hanoi
 
Day 9: Hanoi
After breakfast, take full day tour in Hanoi, visit Ba Dinh square, exterior of the President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the House on stilts where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969, locating nearby is the One Pillar Pagoda which was built by the King Ly Thai Tong who ruled from 1028 to 1054. After lunch, continue to Temple of Literature – the Vietnam's first national university. The temple was built in 1070 at the time of King Ly Thanh Tong. It is one of several temples in Vietnam which is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars.
Visit next the Ethnology museum (Closed on Monday) – a well worth observing the depth of cultural diversity of Vietnam’s 54 minority groups. Take a short walk to visit Ngoc Son temple, Hoan Kiem lake, follow by Ma May ancient house.  In the evening, enjoy water puppet show. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
 
Day 10: Hanoi - Halong
Leave Hanoi for Ha Long via a country road lined with rice paddies and vegetable fields. Ha Long is one of the new 7 natural wonders of the world. 
Arrival at Ha Long, check in on board and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons' teeth. After lunch, you can take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnels with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon or watch the sun set at the horizon line on the bay. Dinner and overnight on board.
Note: Itinerary might be different from each cruising operation. 
 
Day 11: Halong – Ha Noi            
Wake up early in the morning to enjoy beauty of Ha Long bay at sunrise and start your day with Tai Chi exercise before breakfast. Continue to visit Ha Long in the morning. Brunch on board before checkout. 
Disembark around 11.30AM, depart from Ha Long to Ha Noi. 
Arrive at Ha Noi, check in at hotel and overnight in Ha Noi
 
Day 12: Ha Noi / Luang Prabang    
Transfer airport-hotel for check in then take one hour and a half for lunch and continue the day by visit Wat Xieng Thong the most beautiful temple in town build from the 16th century, and after stop at Wat Visoun and the  Melon stupa. Continue by visiting next door’s temple, Wat Aham and climb up to mount phousi for the sunset and on the way back visit the night market 
 
Day 13: Luang Prabang                            
 
In the morning after breakfast embark for a boat trip to Pak Ou caves, 32 km away on the  river. Along the way make a stop to visit the whisky village and see the process how villages make Lao Lao (rice whisky) then continue on board to the cave. Back by boat stream down to Luang Prabang then by car drive for 12 Km to Ban Xangkhong (weaving village &paper village) and transfer to the hotel in Luang Prabang
 
Day 14: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si – Vientiane                                               
In the morning after breakfast start the day by minivan to Kuang Si waterfall located 29 km away from the town .on the way we make a stop at the Hmong village and some stop for pictures of the beautiful scenery along the road then on arrival to the fall we can swim and lunch as picnic here before back to Luang Prabang and transfer to the airport for flight to Vientiane. On arrival to the new capital (Vientiane) transfer to hotel. Overnight in Vientiane
 
Day 15: Vientiane                                               
 
Visit Vientiane Bouddha Park - also called Wat Xieng Khouane, it is located 25 kilometers south of the capital Vientiane, and 4 kilometers from the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge that connects northeastern Thailand to Laos. Among these sculptures, you can see impressive statues such as a deity with 12 faces and the Indra who is the king of the Buddhist gods, sitting on a three-headed elephant. Near the entrance, there is a building 6 meters high, called the pumpkin tower which is divided into 3 levels: Hell, Earth and Paradise. At the top of this tower, you will have a superb view of the Buddha Park. Overnight in Vientiane
 
Day 16: Vientiane  Departure                                             
 
Morning early after breakfast  visit the most important  temples such  Vat Sisaket , Vat Phrakeo, Vat Pha That Luang , Patu xay  (victory monument) then visit the morning market. Afternoon transfer to the airport for departure