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HUE – THE ROYAL CITY WITH STYLE

Well constructed in a majestic natural setting on the banks of the Huong River (Perfume River), Hue was once the Imperial City of the Nguyen Kings and has been one of the historical, cultural and intellectual centers. Hue is famous for its imperial architecture of citadels, fortresses, royal palaces, notable pagodas and splendid mausoleums of the Emperors of the Nguyen dynasty and its poetic beauty. Hue has been approved by UNESCO as the Cultural Heritage of the World. Visitors coming to Hue will be fascinated by the people and the scenery of this amazing site.

HANOI & ITS VICINITIES

North Vietnam, the cradle of Vietnamese civilization with Hanoi capital, stretches from the Hoang Lien Son Mountains eastward across the Red River Delta to the islands of Ha Long Bay. The land includes some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. Its mountainous areas are home to many distinct hill-tribe groups. Toward the east are rural landscapes, ancient temples and pagodas of Hai Hung and Thai Binh provinces, the busy port of Hai Phong and the stunning scenery of Ha Long Bay. The Northwest is dominated by the highest peak of Fanxipan of 3,143 meters high above the sea level with its many beautiful natural landscapes providing a fascinating place for mountain climbing by its fresh cool air. There are many ethnic minority villages hidden themselves amongst forests and in remote canyons. The Far North is a revolutionary base with rocky cliffs, picturesque grottos, numerous caves. In the center lie the capital of Hanoi, with its old charms and rich culture, and the vast Red River Delta, where to produce rice to feed the whole part of the North. A land with many sections of different geography, but each of them bearing mysterious landscapes, cultural sites, and many things, which you discover

HA LONG BAY ~ The Masterpiece of Nature

the 8th wonder of the world, 165 km far from Hanoi. It is within Quang Ninh province abundant in open coal mines. Like a paradise, the bay consists of 3,000 islands glittering limestone cliffs, caves, set in an emerald sea. It is a mysterious, magnificent and unique bay in the world. There are many remarkable grottoes, Caves, and tunnels like Hanh built up by wind and tide.

The Islet of strange shapes own different special names : Cockfight Islet, Islet of Toad, Dome Islet. They all have been covered by green and dense vegetation. Legends said that a huge dragon and its children descended there to help the Vietnamese fight against the northern invaders. After the victory, these dragons decided to stay with the local people. Since then this area has been called the descended dragon region. Sightseeing tours and tourist activities continuously go in the bay. The local junks move gently along the islets in the sunset. Three hours' boat trip will bring back a surprising experience.DISCOVER THE MANY FACES OF CAMBODIA, THE DISCOVERY OF THE AUTHENTIC

Cambodia, is now a little charming Kingdom in IndoChina with a surface area of 181,035 km square. It is bordered by the Laos PDR and Thailand to the North, Vietnam to the East and South, Thailand and the Gulf of Siam to the West.

In fact Cambodia was populated since 5,000 BC, but the earty state described in Chinese chronicles as Founan, an indianised state of the 1st century. Between the 9th and the 14th century, the mighty Khmer Empire ruled over the entire Indochina, from which humanity inherits a marvellous patrimony, the Angkor complex. After the abundance of Angkor, Cambodra fell into turmoil of continuous civil wars. France ruled the country for almost a century and after a short "Golden Age" of the Sangkum Reastr Niyum, the Pol Pot regime forced the country into loneliness and genocide.Kingdom of Cambodia is now divided into 19 provinces and 2 cities: one is the Capital of Phnom Penh, another is SihanoukVille, the seaport of Cambodia, Theravada orHinnayana Buddhism is the format religion of Cambodia, 90% of the inhabitants are Buddhist, but the liberty of faiths not prohibited. Travel into a splendid ancient Khmer city that bring you to a variety of historic sites that reflect classic and civilization of several centuries old.PNNOM PENH CAPITAL & AN ADMIRABLE SMALL HISTORIC CITYPhnom Penh, Capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia that was founded since 1434, it is a small city with a population of approximately one million people. Explore this bustling city that full of commercial and entertainment. There are varieties of hotels and restaurants to choose from, so you can just lay back and relax with the excellent accommodation, superb restaurants with top chief in Khmer cuisine, Asian and European. It’s all waiting for you!

The Royal Palace is home to his Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen, stands just opposite the four branches of the Mekong river. It was originally built in 1866, and reconstructed later in 1913, with numerous buildings of remarkable Khmer architecture. Within the compound is the Silver Pagoda, its floor elegantly covered by 5,329 silver tiles. On display are also hundreds of gifts presented to the Royal family over the years, including a solid gold Buddha weighing 90 kg and encrusted with9,584 diamonds. The compound also houses Wat Phnom Mondap, which contains Buddha’s footprint. It is known by Cambodian as the Emerald Pagoda. It was built in 1892 and reconstructed in 1962.

Wat Phnom is the name of a pagoda. It was built by lady Penh in 1372 on a little hill that is located right in the heart of the city. Behind the pagoda, there is a big stupa that is believed to contain the ashes of King Ponhea Yat, the first founder of the Capital Phnom Penh. SIEM RIEP ANGKOR COMPLEX

MARVELOUS CULTURAL PATRIMONY FOR THE HUMANITY

Siem Reap is a bustling tourist attraction due to its proximity to the Angkor Temple Complex, the world's largest religious monument. This huge compound of palaces and temples was built on the sprawling alluvial plain to the North of the Tonle Sap.Besides the temple complex, the floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake (Great Lake) is definitely worth a visit. Siem reap is a thriving tourist destination whose hotels enjoy high occupancy rates.

Angkor was the biggest city in South East Asia during the 9th – 12th century, comprising numerous monuments out of comparision. The Ankor temples were built by fine Khmer architecture, naturalistic, complicated and full of symbolism. Hidden in the forest, they are embalmed by the perfume of the Krovan and Rumduol flowers and made lively by the lugubrious song of ciadas. The time spend to see the temples is unlimited.

LAOS - THE ULTIMATE ECO-GREEN DISCOVERY

The People's Democratic Republic of Laos is located in the centre of Indochina; sharing borders with China to the north; Myanmar to the northwest; Thailand to the west; Cambodia to the south; and Vietnam to the east.; The Mekong River is the main geographical feature in the west and; forms a natural border with Thailand in some areas. The Mekong flows through nearly 1; 900 km of Laos territory and shapes much of the lifestyle of the people of Laos. In the south the Mekong reaches a breadth of 14 km; creating an area with thousands of islands.;Lao people boast a plethora of distinctive monuments and architectural styles. One of the most notable structures is Thai Luang, the Great Sacred Stupa, in Vientiane. Its dome like stupa and four-cornered superstructure is the model for similar monuments throughout Laos. Stupas serve to commemorate the life of the Buddha and many stupas are said to house sacred relics (parts of Buddha's body).

VIENTIANE MUNICIPALITY is the capital of Laos, located on the bank of the Mekong river. Tree-lined boulevards, French historical dwellings and Buddhists temples dominate the scene of central Vientiane and impart a unique character of timelessness. Vientiane's ThatLuang stupa was constructed in 1566 by King Setthathirat and restored in the 1936s. In mid-November, religious rites as well as a fair are held here during the That Luang festival. Vat Phra Keo was also constructed by King Setthathirat, rebuilt after the Siamese Lao war of 1828. The building had housed the Emerald Buddha until it was taken to Bangkok following a skirmish with the Lao in 1778. The Patousay on Lane Xang Avenue is a large monument reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Vat Sisaket is the oldest temple of Vientiane which has survived in its original form. Dislay total of 6,840 Buddha images rest in small niches or on shelves. At Vat Ong Teu resides the Buddhist Institute where monks can study their religion under the guidance of senior instructors. Revolutionary Museum, an impressive French colonial building. The museum pays tribute to the sacrifices of the Lao People in freeing the country from colonial rule. Vat Xieng Khouang (Buddha Park): the park is in pleasant and it’s a religious sculpture park located by the Mekong river. LUANG PRABANG Is the ancient capital city of the Lane Xang kingdom. UNESCO "declared Luang Prabang as a World Heritage Site in 1995, situated at the confluence of the Khan and Mekong rivers. It is surrounded by green hills, gleaming temple roofs and crumbling French architecture. The town is dominated by the Phou Si hill with several vats can be visited, like a 24 metre high stupa That Chamsi. The top of Phousi affords astonishing views, especially during the serene sunsets which are characteristic of Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang offers a numerous attractions: Vat Xieng Thong, built in 1560, represents classic local temple architecture. Other interesting temples are Vat Wisunalat, VatAham and Vat That Luang. The Royal Palace Museum was constructed 1904-1909 as King Sisavang Vong's palace. The building itself features a mixture of French beaux arts styles and traditional Lao motifs. The spectacular Kuang Si waterfall is situated 29 km south of Luang Prabang deep in the forest. Pak Ou caves which can be reached by a 2 hours boat trip, located within the steep rock-cliff which rises vertically from the waters of the Mekong river. Tham Tinh is Bane Pak Ou is a fishing village which regularly supplies fish to the market in Luang Prabang.

VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & LAOS

Grand Tour
THE MYSTERIOUS WONDERS OF INDOCHINA
21 DAYS
FULLY ESCORTED, ALL INCLUSIVE FIRST CLASS TOUR
Departs
February 8, 2014 and November 1, 2014


VIETNAM - Treasures of IndoChina
Overall looking,Vietnam is shaped like an immense elongated S, lying the centre of Southeast Asia. Stretching the length of the Indochina Peninsula, Vietnam borders on China to the North, Laos and Cambodia to the west and the East and Pacific Ocean to the East and the South. Mountains and hills cover four-fifths of Vietnamese territory with the highest peak in Southeast Asie.

The most populated areas in Vietnam are the lowland alluvial plains; the Red River Delta (15,000 sq. km, with a 3,000 km long dyke network ) and the Mekong Delta (39,000 sq.km) in the south. Vietnam's two biggest rivers, the Red River and the Mekong River, respectively dicharge 122,109m3/s cubic meters and 1,4 million m3 cubic meters of water.

Connecting between these two vast deltas is a narrow strip of seaside plains, running North through South, which looks like a bamboo shoulder pole weighed down by the two enormous baskets of rice at both ends. Thanks to its long coastline, crisscrossed system of river branches and dominant part of mountains and hills. Vietnam's 3,260 km long coast-line features beautiful beaches like Tra Co, Halong bay. Cat Ba island. Do Son, Lang Co, Danang, Quy Nhon, Tuy Hoa, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet, Vung Tau, Tra Vinh, Ha Tien and Phu Quoc island. National Parks include Ba Vi, Cat Ba and Cue Phuong, in the north. Bach Ma, Buon Don in the center. Cat Tien in the south. Can Gio in HCM city, Ca Mau in the Mekong Delta.


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