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                       - Daily departure

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    DAY 1: BANGKOK (D)
    Arrive at Bangkok and meet guide & driver. Transfer to hotel and check in. Proceed for dinner. Spend your evening at leisure, enjoy a delicious genuine Thai style dinner in a delightful Thai atmosphere surrounded by beautiful decoration. The meal is accompanied by Thai classical music and dances. The dancers with their beautiful glittering costumes and exquisite graceful movements will stay in your memory forever. Back to hotel and overnight at Bangkok.

    DAY 2: CITY & TEMPLE TOUR BANGKOK (B,L)
    Breakfast at hotel. This tour includes three of the most unusual Buddhist temples in Bangkok: Wat Trimitr with its invaluable Golden Buddha (5 ½ tons of solid gold) – Wat Po, the most extensive temple in Bangkok, with its colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chedis of the Kings.The Grand Palace is one of the most beautiful samples of an ancient Siamese court.  It used to be the residence of the Kings of Thailand.  Here you will see palaces which were used for different occasions:the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal  Guest House, and the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple. Lunch at local restaurant. Enjoy a klong tour by a public ferry boat. Visit the Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn and its amazing architecture, situated on the banks of the Charophraya River. Overnight at Bangkok.

    DAY 3: KOH KRED TOUR (B,L)
    Breakfast at hotel. Drive to the pier for public ferry across the river to Koh Kred, a tiny island in the Chao Phaya River, located in Nonthaburi Province. We will walk to visit this small community of craftsmen famous for their distinctive style of pottery, which dates back many centuries. The potteriesare known for their fine, red-black glazed surface and folk design. They are all hand-made piece-by-piece and you can see the process. People live on Koh Kret and nearby are the descendants of the ethnic Mon people who managed to retain the skills of their forefathers. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to hotel. Free time to explore. Overnight at Bangkok.

    DAY4: BANGKOK – SIEM REAP(B)
    Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Meet guide/driver and transfer to hotel. Free time to explore by self. Overnight at Siem Reap.

    DAY 5: SIEM REAP ANGKOR TEMPLES (B,L,D)
    After breakfast in the hotel, we will start our first visit to Angkor Complex: Angkor Thom, the fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. We well stop at the famous Bayon temple and continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the terrace of the Leper Kings, then to Ta Phrom - It has been controversially left to the destructive power of the jungle by French archaeologists to demonstrate the awesome power of nature.  Lunch in local restaurant. Afternoon, we continue to Angkor Wat – is the largest and most impressive of all the temples and also the 7th wonder of the world. Then we will enjoy viewing the sunset from Phnom Bakheng. Dinner with Apsara Dace Show and overnight in Siem Reap.

    DAY 6: SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH (B,L)
    Breakfast at hotel. Today we will visit to Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. This temple is often a favorite with visitors. Visit Banteay Samre. Banteay Samre is a mid-12th century temple dedicated to the god Vishnu. Lunch in local restaurant. After lunch, we visit to Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan. Pre Rup is a temple-mountain symbolising the Mount Meru, close in style to the East Mebon but higher and artistically superior than its predecessor. Transfer to airport for flight to Phnom Penh. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

    DAY 7: PHNOM PENH TOUR(B,L)
    Breakfast at hotel. This morning we visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: the Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, is the most conspicuous feature and also one of impressive colorful Khmer-style Palaces. Nearside the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple), display plenty of Buddha Statues that were decorated and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver. Then we continue to National Museum and continue to Wat Phnom - the birthplace of the capital. Lunch in local restaurant. In the afternoon we visit to The Choeung Ek Killing Field – where the Khmer Rouge regime executed about 17,000 people between 1975 and 1979. And continue to Toul Sleng was a high school, When the Khmer Rouge came to power it was converted into the S-21 prison. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

    DAY 8: PHNOM PENH – LUANG PRABANG(B)
    Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Luang Prabang.
    Meet and greet upon arrival at Luang Prabang airport, transfer and check-in at the hotel.
    The crown jewel of Laos and former Lanexang, Luang Prabang, is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in South East Asia. Magical and charming, it has preserved its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with its splendid natural scenery and sense of timelessness. In 1995 UNESCO voted Luang Prabang as a World Heritage City.
    Visit Vat Xieng Thong, considered as the most beautiful temple. The sim of the Vat represents the classic Luang Prabang temple architecture with roofs that sweep low to the ground. In the compound stand several small chapels housing bronze Buddha images, which were displayed in Paris in 1911. Near the East gate stands the Royal Funeral Chapel. Inside are an impressive 12-meter high funeral   chariot   and various funeral urns of each Royal Family’s member. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts a semi-erotic episode from Ramayana.
    Then, visit Vat Visoun, the site of an impressive stupa, That Makmo, stylistically more Srilankalese than Lao. Then walk to the nearby Vat Aham, which is one of the city’s major tutelary shrines, dedicated to Deveta Luang (spirit) Pu Gneu Ya Gneu (ancestors). Continue to visit Vat Mai, built in 1796, famous for the five – tiered roof of its wooden sim built in the standard of Luang Prabang style. Climb Vat Phousi hill for an outstanding view over the city, and sunset. Accommodation at the hotel.

    DAY 9: LUANG PRABANG(B)
    Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, board a traditional riverboat for a trip upstream the Mekong River to visit the famous caves of Pak Ou housing thousands of statues representing Lord Buddha. And then, visit the Ban Xang Hai, the village is famous for distillation of traditional rice alcohol. It used to be more famous for the big jars it is stored in, which they ve been making there for over 2000 years.
    Afterwards, walk around Ban Pak Ou Village, a small Laotian fishermen’s village on the Mekong River, and continue to Ban Muang Keo village, where you will see the production of colored fabric, which is woven on simple weaving looms. Return to Luang Prabang by boat and if time permits, continue by car to visit Ban Xang Khong, a weaving village where traditional Sa paper is also produced. Sunset at Vat Prabaht Tai located along the Mekong River. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight at Luang Prabang.

    DAY 10: LUANG PRABANG– SAIGON (B, D)
    Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the National Museum (former King’s Palace) displaying a collection of personal artifacts of the Royal Family: photos, musical equipment and gifts received from foreign countries. Then stroll through the old quarter to discover the daily lifestyle of villagers. If time permits, visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center (closed on Mondays), a small private museum about minority groups where you can learn about ethnic cultures and traditional arts. The exhibits contain text, photographs and objects from villages throughout the north of Laos. Transfer to the airport for departure to Saigon.
    Arrive at Siagon. Meet guide/driver and transfer to hotel for check-in. Lunch at local restaurant. Visiting Notre Dame, a cathedral is established by French colonists, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880.   All building materials were imported from France. Central Post Office, was constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel in the early 20th century, has a Gothic architectural style. Visiting Former President Palace. It was workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Drive to China town the most bustling quarter of the city including Thien Hau pagoda was built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century.  Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at hotel. Overnight at Saigon.

    DAY 11: SAIGON – TAY NINH – CU CHI – SAIGON (B,L)
    Breakfast at hotel.Pick up at hotel and drive forward Tay Ninh (about 100 km), to see the ornate temple of Cao Dai, is an mixture of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism.
    In this religion, Buddha and the Christian God are believed to both exist as deities, but Cao Dai is the third, highest deity.
    Attending the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.
    Lunch at local restaurant. Continuing to visit to Cu Chi Tunnels system which had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French. And it was continuing built over 25 years later used during the Vietnam war.
    An amazing complex of underground tunnels with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers.  In places, it was housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years. Drive back to Saigon.Accommodation at hotel.

    DAY 12: SAIGON – MY THO – CAN THO (B,L,D)
    Breakfast at hotel. Pick up at hotel then drive to My Tho, is famous for its extensive orchards and immense fruit gardens of Mekong Delta. Upon arrival visiting Vinh Trang pagoda, the architecture of the pagoda is a harmonious combination of Asian and European types, creating the splendid, but simple features of this Buddhist pagoda.
    Then enjoy a boat ride on the Mekong River seeing “Dragon-Unicorn-Tortoise-Phoneix” islets before to Thoison islets for visiting local house making goods from coconut,
    banana caramel and coconut caramel. Continue to visit an orchard on an island and take horse-cart on village road. Have lunch at Hao Ai garden restaurant with special “Elephant fish” on islet then swimming sampan through Coconut canal. Back to pier. Then proceeding to Can Tho and transfer to hotel for check-in. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at hotel.

    DAY 13: CAN THO - SAIGON (B,L,D)
    Early breakfast at hotel.  Transfer to pier and taking boat trip on Mekong river to visit Cai Rang floating market the best time of visiting from sunrise, larger sized boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of.
    The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even smuggled goods like cigarettes.
    Sellers do not have to cry out about their goods because their goods can be seen in a distance and their cries would not be heard in the vastness of the river and the noise of boat engines.
    Continue to the inland to see coconut lined channels, “Monkey” bridge and fruit orchard.
    Drive back Saigon and transfer your hotel for check-in. Buffet dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at hotel.

    DAY 14: SAIGON – BANGKOK – KRABI(B)
    Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. Arrive at Bangkok and take connecting flight to Krabi. Meet driver (no guide escort) and transfer to hotel.Check in at hotel. Overnight at Krabi.

    DAY 15: KRABI (B)
    Breakfast + free n easy

    DAY 16: KRABI (B)
    Breakfast + free n easy

    DAY 17: KRABI – BANGKOK (B)
    Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. Arrive at Bangkok and meet guide/driver and transfer to hotel. Check in and free time for last minute shopping. Overnight at Bangkok.

    DAY 18: BANGKOK - DEPARTURE(B)
    Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bangkok airport for flight home/next destination. End of services.

    HOTEL USED:
    Bangkok               I-Residence Silom (deluxe)                www.iresidencehotel.com 
    Saigon                  Signature Hotel Saigon (superior)       www.signaturesaigonhotel.com
    Can Tho                Saigon Can Tho (superior)                 www.saigoncantho.com.vn
    Siem Reap            Angkor Holiday (superior)                  www.angkorholidayhotel.com
    Phnom Penh         Cardamom Hotel (superior)               www.cardamomhotel.com
    Luang Prabang     Villa Shaykham                                villasaykham@laopdr.com
    Krabi                     Ananta Burin Resort (superior)          www.anantaburinresort.com 

    INCLUSIONS:
    All accommodation on double/twin sharing basis with daily ABF
    All airport – hotel – airport transfers on private basis with English speaking guide (unless indicated)
    All tours & transfers and transfers on private basis with English speaking guide, all entrance fees
    Meals as indicated (Breakfast, L-lunch, D-Dinner), drinks excluded
    Complimentary drinking water and wet tissue on tour days

    EXCLUSIONS:
    Air fares of any kind
    Services not mentioned above
    Extra charges, personal expenses
    Surcharge for peak/festival season if any (upon booking)
    Optional tours /meals/transfers if any, drinks excluded
    Compulsory Gala dinners on 24Dec 2012 and 31Dec 2012
    Travel insurance, visa fees



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