Laos, Vietnam, & Cambodia

Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam

Check web site for current pricing ***INCLUDES RT AIRFARE FROM US

(Requires 4 guests or a small group supplement will be charged.)

 


 
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
·   Mekong River Cruise
·   Elephant Ride excursion
·   Mysterious Pak Ou Caves
·   Phousi Market
·   Terraced Paddy Fields of Sapa
·   Overnight Ha Long Bay Cruise
·   Angkor Wat
·   Angkor Thom
·   Floating Villages of Tonle Sap
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TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

·         International RT economy airfare 

·         Internal airfare while in Indochina 

·         Tour program and services for official 14 days as above. 

·         Local Experienced English-speaking guides. Other languages are available upon request.

·         Twin-shared rooms at 3-star hotel with good internet access. 

·         Meals as mentioned in the Program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) with 2 soft drinks per person per meal.

·         Land transfer by air-con vehicle, comfortable & suitable for guests in the group .

·         Boat trips on Mekong river, Luang Prabang, Laos

·         Boat trip on Halong bay – Vietnam

·         Admission fees 

·         Show (Water Puppetry, Apsara dance etc.)

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SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

·         Passport and Visa to Vietnam and visa arrangement.

·         Early check-in, late check-out surcharge

·         Additional drinks and other personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)

·         Any services not specifically mentioned in the tour program

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Hotels scheduled to be used on trip (depending on availability):

·   Luang Prabang: My Dream Resort
http://www.mydreamresort.com

·   Hanoi: Hanoi Style Hotel
http://www.anoistylehotel.com

·   Halong Bay on Junk boat: Sunrise cruise; Anh Duong
http://www.poseidonsail.com

·   Sapa: Royal View Sapa Hotel or Bamboo Sapa
http://royalviewsapa.vn  http://www.bamboosapahotel.com.vn

·   Saigon: Hoang Phu Gia Hotel
http://www.hoangphugiahotel.com.vn

·   Siem Reap: Lin Ratanak Hotel
http://www.linratanakangkor.com


Tour Itinerary  (Subject to change to meet needs of tour)


Day 1: ARRIVAL LUANG PRABAN (L/D)
Welcome to Indochina!!
Upon your arrival at Luang Prabang, we’ll be picked up and transferred to our hotel. We’ll have time for lunch before heading out to begin our photography. We will start the tour from the Central Market. We then visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, and then we’ll climb to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset including views of the Mekong River. From there we will explore the Luang Prabang night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Dinner and overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day2: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU – LUANG PRABANG (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Then we’ll enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside. We then explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves; two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. We stop en route at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On the way back to Luang Prabang we will take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG – ELEPHANT RIDING – HANOI (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we’ll head to the Asian Protected Elephant Camp on Namkhane river bank where you will be introduced to giant and friendly elephants and communicate with them using some simple words during an orientation. We then ride them trough the rainforest along the bank of river about 1.5 hours, return back to Luang Prabang for lunch, and transfer to airport for a flight to Hanoi in the afternoon.  Welcome in Hanoi by our local guide at airport,and transfer to Hanoi city center. In the afternoon, we’ll shoot the sunset at West Lake before enjoying a show of Water Puppetry, a unique stage art created by the Vietnamese peasants.  Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 4: HANOI CITY TOUR – LAO CAI (B/L/D) – Train
After breakfast at the hotel we’ll start our Hanoi city tour from Ba Dinh Square – the biggest square in Hanoi where all biggest cultural, political events of the cities, especially demonstrations, take place. Visit the Complex of Ho Chi Minh located by this square. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts, his fish pond and the One-Pillar Pagoda before strolling around the Old Quarter of Hanoi by pedi-cabs.  In the afternoon we’ll continue to visit the city with stops at Ngoc Son Temple and the Sword Lake which is considered the center and the soul of Hanoi. Visit the Temple of Literature, the very first High School of Vietnam, and Fine Art Museum. Overnight on AC train from Hanoi to Lao Cai.

      Please note: Ho Chi Minh complex is closed on every Monday & Friday!

 

DAY 5: LAO CAI – SAPA – LAO CHAI – TA VAN – SAPA (B/L/D)
Arrive around 6.00amat Lao Cai Station, a border city that looks over China and is closest to Sapa Hill Resort, then transfer to Sapa.  The road is 40km long and very beautiful with terraced paddy fields, small waterfalls and pinewoods. We’ll have breakfast at our hotel in Sapa after checking-in and then we’ll head south to a remarkable area at Lao Chai and walk app. 3km to Tavan with short stops at the villages of the tribal people H’mong, Tay and Dzay en route. We’ll enjoy lunch in Ta Van. We then head back towards Sapa. Depending on the weather condition ( if it is clear and sunny), we will climb up the Dragon Peak to see the panorama of Sapa with pine trees, old colonial-styled villas, and numerous hill tribal people.  If time permits, we’ll drive to take photos of sunset at Silver Waterfall which is about 15km from Sapa. Overnight in Sapa.

 

DAY 6: SAPA – VISIT THE VILLAGES– MA TRA – TA PHIN – SAPA (B/L/D)
After breakfast at our hotel, our day commences from Sapa on a trail running through the beautiful gardens and lush pine forests.  We’ll then pass through the Black Hmong ethnic minority village of Matra, a very small village hidden away from civilization.  The walk continues through rice paddy fields and spectacular scenery. During the day we’ll also be able to visit a local school.  We’ll enjoy lunch before arriving at the Taphin village. Here we’ll learn about the cultural life of Black Hmong and Red Dao minorities, 2 of the largest ethnic groups in the area. You may recognize them by their dress.  They are both very famous for their handicrafts. We’ll walk among local people and capture some excellent candid shots and portraits. The walk also offers us the opportunity to visit local village houses as well as time to explore the local caves. Overnight in Sapa.  

 

DAY 7: SAPA – A COLOURFUL WEEKLY MARKET OF LOCAL HILL TRIBE PEOPLE – LAOCAI – HANOI (B/L/D)   – Train

Today we’ll drive to a market of the hill tribal people, mainly from Flower H’Mong ethnic group. Depending on the day, we’ll either visit Can Cau, Bac Ha or Coc Ly.  The drive to Bac Ha is about 110km from Sapa. With dozens of tribes living in the surrounding areas, including Flower H’Mong, Chinese, Nhang, Dzao, Nung, Phu La, Thai and King (or Viet), the market is extremely exciting in the morning.  We’ll have ample opportunity to photograph hundreds of beautifully clad women from the Flower H’Mong tribe, who are famous for their wonderful crafted hand-made flowering clothes and textile fabrics, or we’ll intermingle with people from Black H’Mong, Dzay, Dzao and other ethnic groups coming to the market.  After lunch, we can hike around, follow the mountain people to their villages for a visit, or take our car heading to further hamlets in Ban Pho, Trieu Cai, or Na Hoi. If we visit the Coc Ly we may take a boat trip along the Chay River while enjoying marvelous karst limestone peaks along the river and visit a village of H’Mong or Dzay people.  We’ll head back to Lao Cai Station in the late afternoon for dinner and then take the night train from Lao Cai to Hanoi – Soft sleeper with AC.

 

DAY 8: HANOI – HALONG – OVERNIGHT ON JUNK BOAT(B/L/D)

We arrive at Hanoi Station around 5.00 am.  Before having breakfast, we can join the Hanoians in their early exercises — jogging, yoga, sword dance, fan dance, and taichi-quan.  After breakfast and a short break, we’ll go on to Halong Bay via Bat Trang ceramic village. Located by the Red River, the village has gained a reputation since the 15th century of making refined porcelain in many styles such as celadon, crackle-glazed pottery, and raw terra cotta products. The pottery of Bat Trang is found everywhere from Asia to Europe and makes an excellent souvenir. Halong is one of the earliest World Heritages as designated by UNESCO for Vietnam in 1994. Check-in our boat and enjoy a lunch of fresh seafood while the boat sails between the unusual seascape with thousands of picturesque rocks and islets, beaches and hollow islands. We’ll stop to visit some karst grottoes, maybe just go swimming, or stop at a beach and shoot a sunset on the sea. We’ll enjoy dinner and overnight accommodations on the boat.

DAY 9: HALONG – HANOI (B/L/D)

The Vietnamese call the South China Sea the “Eastern Sea,” so you may guess how miraculous seeing the sunrise over the islets of the Bay is.  Our boat will continue to cruise in marvelous areas, where almost each islet has its own name adopting its shape like Sail island, Fisherman’s head rock, Butterfly rock or Turtle islet, etc. We’ll enjoy another seafood lunch onboard before we head back to Halong Wharf and take our car to Hanoi.  In the afternoon, we will visit Hanoi’s French Quarter. Lying to the south and east of Hoan Kiem Lake, The French Quarter has grand boulevards and elegant French colonial buildings. These include the stately Opera House (based on the neo-Baroque Paris Opera) complete with gray slate tiles imported from France. One block east of the Opera House is Hanoi’s Museum of History, which is an elaborate blend of Vietnamese palace and French villa, a style that came to be called Neo-Vietnamese. Trang Tien, the main artery of the French Quarter, is still a busy shopping street where you’ll find bookshops and art galleries as well as cafés and hotels. We’ll also have time to enjoy the night street scenes of Hanoi and capture some fun shots tonight.  Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 10: HANOI – SAIGON CITY (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the hotel we’ll transfer to the airport to take the flight to Saigon. We’ll be warmly greeted at the Tan Son Nhat airport and transferred to our city center hotel.  We’ll start our day here from the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883.  Opposite this famous site is a remarkable building — The Reunification Palace that once was the Presidential Palace of South Vietnam and is now a Museum and a grand hall for receptions.  From there we’ll drop by the Thien Hau Pagoda, one of the most famous temples in this district.  Tonight will be a fun time to explore some night markets and continue our street photography.  Overnight in Saigon.

 

DAY 11: SAIGON – TAY NINH HOLYSEE– SAIGON – SIEM REAP (B/L/D)

After an early breakfast at the hotel we’ll go to Tay Ninh Holy See, the centre of Caodaism which is a local sect of Buddhism founded by Vietnamese peasants in the early 20th century. Arriving before noon well have the chance to wander the Temple before joining/photographing the daily solemn ceremony at Noon.  We’ll head back to Saigon for lunch before transferring to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia.  We’ll be met at the airport and transfer to our hotel.  We’ll have time to wander Siem Reap to get a lay of the land and continue to work our street photography and prepare for the highlights to come!  Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

DAY 12: SIEMREAP – ANGKOR THOM (B/L/D)

Our day begins with a visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, which is 7km from Siem Reap.  We’ll visit the Bayon temple, the Baphuan, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.  In the afternoon we’ll photograph Angkor Wat before viewing the sunset over the Angkor complex from the top of Phnom Bakheng mountain.  Tonight, along with dinner we’ll enjoy a traditional Apsaradance show.  Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 13: ANGKOR WAT AND OTHER FAMOUS TEMPLES – SIEMREAP (B/L/D)

After an early breakfast we’ll visit and photograph the Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human construction genius and natural beauty of giant trees, which have grown here for centuries. Then on to visit Ta keo, dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva which was built at the end of the 10th century. We’ll also visit and photograph the Thommanon, Chau Say temples and the natural lake of Sra Srang before enjoying lunch.  Then we head back to Angkor Wat.  Founded by Suryavarman II who reigned Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and who built the five towers in the 12th century and dedicated them to the Hindu God Vishnu.  We’ll wander the complex to find many photographic delights and enjoy the ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction.  Tonight’s sunset is Angkor Wat!  Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

DAY 14: SIEMREAP  – BANTEAY SREI – SIEM REAP DEPARTURE(B)

We’ll head out early for a sunrise shoot at Banteay Srei (one of the jewels of Angkor), and the Banteay Srei Temple which means “Citadel of Women”. This temple is made of pink sandstone and presents the most graceful carvings in stone we might ever see in our life.  Back to Siem Reap for a quick lunch and then we‘ll visit the floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake.  This is always a trip highlight.  After the floating villages we’ll have some free time before we transfer to the airport for the beginning of our journey home.

Map of our route for this tour! Quick flights, drives and train rides to fun locations!
 

 

22 Responses to “Laos, Vietnam, & Cambodia”

  1. Amazing value from what I can read. Any issues with bringing a Hasselblad H4D-40 and 3 lenses along?

  2. Adam Barker says: “Looking for your next unforgettable photo adventure? Join me on a photo tour through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam this October. We will be visiting and photographing some of the most culturally treasured locations in the world, bursting at the seams with travel, religious, scenic, cultural and countless other photo opportunities. With only the best and most experienced local guides, this tour is sure exceed any and all expectations. We still have several spots available on this tour. Visit this link for a full itinerary and detailed tour info. See below for tour highlights.” https://mmphototours.wordpress.com/cambodia-laos-vietnam-with-adam-barker/

  3. Hi Adam

    I am interested in your tour but I would be coming from Australia.
    Would that be a problem.

    Secondly, is this catering to a particular age group. I will be 59 at time of travel. Fit and healthy though.

    Cheers
    Faye YOrk

    • Hi Faye:

      Thanks for the note. Adam is our guest pro for this tour. We’d love to have you join us from Australia — it is usually not a problem at all. For our non-North American guests we often will secure RT economy airfare OR if the fare is higher than our group rate we will discount our group rate and let the guest secure their own air arrangements. I am happy to look into this for you.

      We cater to all age groups. Last year we had 2 guests over 70 on the trip and they did fine. We do walk a fair deal of walking and some of it is over uneven ground so good shoes or even light hiking boots are a good idea.

      Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with.

      Best Regards,
      Mike Gulbraa
      President
      M&M Photo Tours, Inc.
      mikeg@mmphototours.com

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  6. Hey M&M …I think we have had conversations before and I just had someone ask if this tour sounded reasonable. I’ve done pretty much everything in tour above, have taken the Poseiden in Halong, the overnight train to Lao Cai, stayed or know of all the hotels your using. I basically said it was expensive for my taste (being more of a solo traveler), but did give you my thumbs, knowing that the experience of a travel photographer is well worth a few thousand.

    …so my question would be – why should I recommend this tour? Sort of general, I know, but just wanted to see what your answer is

    Thanks,
    John

    • John:

      Thanks for the note and question. Do not recall speaking in the past but you may have spoken with Mike Montgomery.

      There are benefits to doing both solo travel and traveling with a good photo tour company. The biggest advantage anyone has traveling with us is the all-inclusive nature of most of our tours. Sign-up and we take care of the rest – no worrying about flights, hotels, guides, meals, transportation, etc. On a photo tour you travel with like minded people (photography), you can receive inspiration & motivation from others as you see their shots, you get to concentrate on your photography and not have to worry about the about items I mentioned above, on this tour & many of our you get the added expertise of a world-class guest pro to learn from, you get the best locations at the best times to capture awesome images, time to concentrate on photography – all trips are all about photography, and the time you get to concentrate on your photography under the tutelage of a worls-class pro you make an investment for your photographic future. There is no better way to improve your photography than get out and shoot. We shoot a lot!

      Regarding expenses – compare and save with M&M https://mmphototours.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/compare-save-with-mm-photo-tours when you stack us up against the competition you’ll see that there is no better deal for a photo tour. NatGeo offers Vietnam & Cambodia for $7295-$7695 before air. Van Os Photo Safaris offers Cambodia & Myanmar for $7995 before air.
      M&M gives you Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia (Angkor Wat & more) with Adam Barker for $6250 INCLUDING RT air! Sure, traveling alone has its benefits and savings.

      Lastly, our ground vendor and local guides are simply the best – Hollywood, NatGeo and others use the guides that we used FIRST! They cater to our every need. In addition to this you get Adam Barker and an M&M pro (sometimes 2) on this tour so the time you get to spend with an award winning photographer is unsurpassed.

      Hope this answers your questions. Let me know what else we can do to help AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

      Cheers,
      Mike Gulbraa

      • Thanks for the quick response Mike. I’ll point the person to your answer. I really haven’t taken any tours but do know that the inclusion of a pro who knows the area can be absolutely priceless. It’s definitely a great area of the world for the tour also.

        John

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