Holiday details
Travel Agent: Footprints Worldwide
Holiday Title: Footprints through Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos
Destination: Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
Contact Tel.: +443303350478
Package: Refer to Itinerary
Hotel Rating: 5 star
Duration (nights): 31
Fixed Price (per person): £1594.00
Destination Country and city travelling from: Bangkok. Thailand
Description:
We're proud to offer a 'flashpacker' tour on a budget! As we keep our overheads low you reap the benefits - cheap prices, better quality hotels, transport and tour leaders!

Experience Cambodia, where you will marvel at the wonder of Angkor Wat, where you'll learn about a moving and frightening past - which has not destroyed the undeniable charm of its cities and the welcoming smiles of its people, where you'll relax on the beaches of laid-back Sihanoukville and sip on a cocktail while you watch the sun setting on the horizon.

From learning of its war torn past to discovering its ancient cities and stunning landscapes, Vietnam is a place where you can both explore and relax! Visit the world-famous Chu Chi Tunnels that helped Vietnam win the war, the charming cobbled streets and lantern lit city of Hoi An, the pure white sand beaches of Nha Trang, the grand imperial city of Hue, the water puppet show in Hanoi and lastly the stunning landscape of Halong Bay!

Journey on to Laos, where you'll find the scenery spectacular, the people inviting and the town charming and laid-back. You'll definitely have a hard time leaving! from the fascinating ancient temples in Vientiane, to the spectacular scenery and party scene in stunning Vang Vieng, or how about striking some bargains at the vibrant night market in Luang Prabang and experiencing local culture with a homestay in the majestic countryside of Luang Nam Tha. Finish your tour in the exciting, vibrant Thai city of Chiang Mai.

Your Tour Leader will guide you through the best the region has to offer, pointing out the best bargains, showing you the best restaurants and nightlife musts! By taking out all the hassles of planning the logistics, you’re given the time and freedom to just soak it all up and enjoy! The hardest part of your trip will be saying goodbye to this wonderful and truly unforgettable region!
Itinerary:
Day 1: Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok at any time, where you'll meet your Tour Leader and group at a welcome meeting before heading out to dinner.

Day 2 – 4: Siem Reap
We’ll travel overland to Siem Reap, Cambodia today. It takes about 8 hours in total but the views are remarkable along the way, so have your camera ready!

We'll then have another two full days in Cambodia to experience the wonders of Angkor Wat - which is home to some of the most spectacular temples in the world. You'll also be able to see some of the other sights the region has to offer - the floating village, national museum, or you could even explore the countryside on quad bike or learn how to cook some delicious Cambodian cuisine.

In the evenings we'll take you to the best restaurants for optional dinners, including a brilliant one with a cultural Apsara dance show. There's plenty of time on the tour to do your own thing if you'd prefer to!

Day 5 – 6: Sihanoukville
We’ll travel by private bus from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville, which takes about 10 hours so we’ll leave early in the morning. But don’t worry because we’ll make sufficient and interesting stops along the way making for an exciting journey...choices include a visit to a bamboo sticky rice cake making workshop or Spider town (harbouring…you guessed it, tarantulas!!) We’ll also stop for a delicious lunch and wil' arrive at the beach mid-afternoon.

On the second day, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in one of the many local activities – try visiting waterfalls, or taking a trip out to one of the nearby islands to enjoy a great day of snorkelling in the beautiful clear blue waters.

In the evenings, enjoy Sihanoukville’s night life and join in on optional dinners with your group and later visit some of the many local bars for a game of pool, a cocktail or 10, up to you, or just let loose on the dance floor!

Day 7: Home stay
Today we’ll leave journey to our home stay out in the countryside. You’ll have the unique opportunity to integrate with the local community and learn about their culture and history. We'll take a village tour and then can hit the local waterfall for a swim - riding on an ox-cart to get there for a truly Cambodian experience! We can also visit a bat cave, learn to make local handicrafts, or relax at the local swimming spot.

Day 8 – 9: Phnom Penh
We’ll spend the morning at the home stay and do any activities we didn’t have time for yesterday! After a delicious local lunch we’ll jump back on the bus to travel to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
Once in Phnom Penh, you will have two days to explore. A trip to the Tuol Sleng prison and Choeung Ek Killing Fields are a must in order to understand the shocking recent history of Cambodia.

Whilst the gruesome modern history of Cambodia should be remembered and respected, there are many other places to visit in Phnom Penh. Take a tour out to the nearby country on a quad bike where you can visit temples, lakes, plantations, or a wildlife centre. Or practice your aim at the nearby shooting range where you can choose from a plethora of weapons. Conversely, you could engage in activities that show the rich culture and history of pre-war and contemporary Phnom Penh-you could visit the National Museum, the Royal Palace or the Russian Market to start with, or take a Cyclo tour around the city, finishing at the riverside to enjoy drinks at dusk on the balcony.

Day 10 & 11: Ho Chi Minh City
We'll leave beautiful Cambodia this morning and head to the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, a metropolis that was the former capital of South Vietnam. where you'll meet your new travel companions and tour leader at a welcome meeting and optional dinner.

On the second day here you’ll have the opportunity to head to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex series of underground tunnels that became a very effective defence system during the war.

In the evening, we take the overnight train to our next destination, Nha Trang. The sleeper trains are made up of cabins with two bunk beds (4 people per cabin.) Bedding is provided. The train is very comfortable with air-conditioning and western style toilets!

Day 12: Nha Trang
We'll arrive in the early morning to the beautiful coastal city, Nha Trang You will have time to explore the city, from indulging in the local hot mud springs, taking a cycle tour of the city or escaping to Vin Pearl Island for snorkelling via the longest cable car in Vietnam or just relaxing on the pristine beaches! With so many great options, your tour leader will be able to show you some of the BEST places in town to eat.

Day 13: Nha Trang/Hoi An
In the afternoon of day four we will travel by plane to our next destination, the charming Hoi An. The flight takes approximately one hour.

Day 14 & 15: Hoi An
Without a doubt ancient Hoi An is beautifully preserved and is most vibrant in the evening. Stroll through the picturesque streets of the old town, and marvel at the splendid colours and designs of so many lanterns. Whet your appetite with a fun local cookery class in the town that's fast becoming famous for superb food and local delicacies Rent a bike and cycle to one of Hoi An’s easily accessible and peaceful beaches. Visit the Japanese covered bridge, the Quan Cong Temple or the museum of History and Culture. It's paradise for shoppers in Hoi An - Tailors are on hand to produce almost any item of clothing your heart desires at very reasonable prices and it's a haven for arts & crafts including beautiful lanterns. Studded with lots of great bars and restaurants and you will quickly realise that Hoi An is a gem in the Vietnamese crown and you won’t want to leave!!

Day 16 & 17: Hue
We'll continue north to the imperial city of Hue today, where the scenery along the way is absolutely magnificent.

You'll have ample time to explore the historic monuments of Hue, including the former Royal Citadel – a forbidden city that was built for the Nguyen emperors. A boat trip on the Perfume River offers a different perspective of the city or, if you are feeling more energetic, why not take a guided motorbike tour of the countryside whilst taking in some of the best sights that Hue and its surroundings has to offer.

On the afternoon of day 17 we leave via sleeper train for our next destination, Hanoi. You’ll stay in a 4-berth cabin with your fellow travel companions.

Day 18 & 19: Hanoi
On day 18 we arrive in Hanoi, the capital city. During your stay here make sure you visit the Old Quarter. Here you will find a maze of streets each specializing in particular trades such as silk, jewellery, etc. Stroll around the nearby Hoan Kiem Lake and see if you can spot 100-year-old turtles that still inhabit the waters, or strike a bargain at the night market in the heart of the district. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum; located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, where the beloved Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh established the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and ultimately, where his body is kept for people to pay their respects. If you have the time, be sure to explore the excellent Tran Quoc Pagoda or the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu). In the evening, you will have the option of sampling some of the local food, with the Old Quarter being a popular spot to taste the local cuisine and enjoy a drink.

On one of the two nights we’ll spend in Hanoi, we’ll enjoy an included group dinner at a not-for-profit restaurant, that gives street children the opportunity for vocational training and greatly changes many lives.

Day 20: Halong Bay
After breakfast we make our way to magnificent popular Halong Bay.
Its beauty is highlighted with a series of naturally occurring limestone caverns with one, in particular, illuminated and enhanced by lovely coloured lighting, Here we will board a sailing junk boat where you get to relax with a nice cold drink on the deck and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes as we sail through the islands, visiting some of the impressive caves en route. Food is provided throughout the day. In the evening, have a lovely seafood dinner and last night with your group while the sunset closes on yet another perfect evening. Afterwards, get some sleep in your own private cabin.

Day 21: Hanoi / Vientiane
After breakfast, the boat will return to the mainland and we'll transfer back to Hanoi, where your amazing Vietnam adventure ends. We'll head to the airport and take an international flight to Vientiane, Laos.

Day 22 and 23: Vang Vieng
We'll head out on an optional city tour of Vientiane, with an included visit to the COPE visitor centre. COPE is a fantastic charity that provides medical care and rehabilitation for victims of landmines.
After lunch we’ll take a private bus to Vang Vieng –the surroundings of the town are spectacular. This evening will include a meal at an organic farm on the outskirts of the town. We’ll have a short tour of the farm and the attached school. After the tour we’ll be treated to a delicious dinner before heading back into town to enjoy the nightlife!

On the 23rd day you’ll have a free day to explore– you could take a bike ride out into the countryside, explore the nearby caves and take a quick dip in the beautiful crystal clear waters of the lagoon.

Day 24 and 25: Luang Prabang
Today we’ll continue in our private bus from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO world heritage city and rightfully so; the countryside, the architecture and the stunning temples make the city truly superb. We’ll have two days here to enjoy a wealth of optional activities including a city tour, a trip to the Royal Palace museum or the Ethnology museum (if you’re interested in the unique history and customs of the population groups throughout Laos). Or you may want to explore and take a dip in the nearby turquoise coloured waterfalls, try your hand at training to be a mahout (an elephant handler), or even take a fun local cooking course!

Day 26: Pak Beng
We’ll board our boat for a relaxed journey up the Mekong River today. The awe-inspiring scenery and insight into the local way of life in the beautiful, mountainous countryside of Laos makes the journey fly by.
We’ll spend the night in the small town of Pak Beng.

Day 27: Luang Nam Tha
Today we’ll jump on our private bus to Luang Nam Tha. In the afternoon, we'll have the opportunity to visit the local hilltribe communities and learn about their rich culture and history. Lunch and dinner will be included here, as we’ll be staying with local families. Enjoy the hospitality, stunning landscapes and potent local rice wine!

Day 28: Huay Xai
We’ll enjoy the morning at the homestay before heading to Huay Xai – the sleepy little border town close to the golden triangle (where the borders of Laos, Thailand, Burma and China converge.) Here you can enjoy your last day in Laos with a trip to the picturesque temple on top of the hill, or even end it with a relaxing traditional Lao massage!

Day 29, 30 & 31: Chiang Mai
This morning we’ll get up early to take the short boat ride across the border to Thailand.

You’ll have the next 2 days to enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling city of Chiang Mai. Take a trek into the beautiful surrounding countryside, visit one of the 300 temples, check out the brilliant ancient city and the great shopping, cafes and architecture to be seen here.Take a stroll through the night market in the evening – we guarantee you won’t leave empty handed! On Day 31 you’ll enjoy a brilliant last night with your tour group and leader, saying your final goodbyes amid life’s best pleasures – good company, good food, and good beer in a top destination!
Accommodation Details:
28 nights in great hotels, 2 nights in homestays, 2 overnight sleeper trains and 1 night on a junk boat in beautiful Halong Bay
 
 

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£1594 for 31 days Included is: • 29 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners • 28 nights in great hotels, 2 nights in homestays, 2 overnight sleeper trains and 1 night on a junk boat in beautiful Halong Bay • Transport throughout- 2 flights, 2 overnight sleeper trains, private air-conditioned buses • Tour leader with the group throughout • Charitable extras - dinner at charity restaurants, visit to an organic farm, school and COPE centre (rehabilitation for land mine victims) • Donation to partner charities we support in each of the countries you visit • Optional activities organised for you by your experienced tour leader • Small group experience-minimum 4, maximum 16
 
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