Thailand Cambodia and Vietnam 14 Days

Thailand Cambodia and Vietnam
Highlights: A cultural discovery itinerary takes in the many great highlights of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam: from vibrant cities to peaceful countryside and ancient towns. Explore the dynamic Bangkok; discover the impressive temples of ancient Angkor where Tomb Raider and many other films have been filmed, visit Cu Chi tunnels from the Vietnam War, cruise through thousands of islands in Halong Bay

Day 1: Welcome to Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok City Temple Tour – Royal Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha
Day 3: Morning Flight to Siem Reap – Afternoon Visit Angkor Wat
Day 4: Siem Reap – Elephant Ride – Angkor Thom & Banteay Srey
Day 5: Boat Trip to Tonle Sap Lake - Afternoon Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnels Exploration & City Tour
Day 7: Introduction to the Mekong Delta
Day 8: Morning Flight to Hue & Afternoon Dragon Boat Cruise & Royal Tomb
Day 9: Hue - Imperial Citadel, Dong Ba Market & Drive to Hoi An
Day 10: Hoi An - Guided Walking Tour ½ Day – Free Afternoon of Leisure
Day 11: Good Morning Hanoi & City Tour, Water Puppet Show
Day 12: Off to Legendary Halong Bay (Join with other travelers on the cruise)
Day 13: Halong Bay Cruising - Return to Hanoi 
Day 14: Depart Hanoi

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Bangkok
Upon your arrival at the airport in Bangkok, met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals: None
Overnight in Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok City Temple Tour – Royal Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha
Today you will enjoy a guided city orientation which begins with a visit to Wat Traimit - the Temple of the Golden Buddha. The temple is famous for its 900-years old five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image. Continue to visit Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn, is one of the best known landmarks and one of the most published images of Bangkok. Next up is Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, as well as the largest single Buddha image: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas). The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage Reclining Buddha.

Afternoon you continue to visit the most famous tourist places in Bangkok, Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace adjoins Wat Phra Kaew in a common compound, and is where you will end up after exiting Wat Phra Kaew. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the very Thai Wat Phra Kaew and the more European inspired designs of the Grand Palace (the roof being the exception). Return to your hotel and free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Bangkok

Day 3: Morning Flight to Siem Reap – Afternoon Visit Angkor Wat
Morning flight to Siem Reap. Upon your arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel to leave luggage. Afternoon, you’ll explore Angkor Wat that is the most impressive Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. Breaking from the Shaivism tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 4: Siem Reap – Elephant Ride – Angkor Thom & Banteay Srey
A novel way to discover the magnificent temples of Angkor is astride the back of an elephant! Enjoy an Emperor’s eye view with a 20-minuteride on these majestic and good natured animals, from the South Gate of Angkor Thom to the Bayon or simply around the Bayon Temple. Then, start your visit with the Bayon, a bizarre structure of several architectural changes reflecting a switch from Hinduism (the foundations) to Buddhism (the superstructure). Your next visit will be to the Elephant and Leper King. Your next visit will be to the Elephant and Leper King, followed by Taprohm Monastery left in a devouring jungle.

Afternoon, you will visit the famous temple of Bantey Srey “the Citadel of Women”. This small pink sandstone temple (late 10th century) is considered as the crown jewel of classical Khmer art with the delicate beauty of its carvings. Continue to Bantey Samre (mid-12th century), which has been admirably restored.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 5: Boat Trip to Tonle Sap Lake - Afternoon Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
Morning, you will be driven to Kompong Pluk Village. The name means "Harbor of the Tusks". Kampong Phluk is a commune and village in Siem Reap Province in northern-central Cambodia. It is a village on the Tonle Sap Great Lake, a home to families who eke out a living on one of the most abundant inland fisheries in the world. A visit here by boat gives an insight into another world and way of life. The flooded forest around Kampong Phluk is also fascinating, submerged for half the year, the trees have learned to adapt and are an invaluable part of the extraordinary ecosystem here.

Afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon your arrival, met and transferred to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnels Exploration & City Tour
After breakfast, you will drive to Cu Chi Tunnels where you will visit the amazing network of underground tunnels was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. This huge construction was a habitation for villagers in the war time. With 3 levels of depth, it was never discovered by the US during the Vietnam War despite its proximity to Saigon. Visit the fighting tunnel system with your local guide. After lunch, return to Ho Chi Minh City

Afternoon embark on a guided city tour, starting with the War Remnants Museum - a real eye-opening part of Vietnam's proud history; followed by the Reunification Palace; the former South Vietnam Presidential Palace; the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, as you get your camera working overtime peeking into the past of Vietnam's biggest, most energetically progressive city. Return to your hotel at around 18.00.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 7: Introduction to the Mekong Delta
At 8.00 AM, depart for a 2 hour drive to Ben Tre, one of the country's southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Take in the highway as you leave behind the busy city. On arrival, take a boat on Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of Mekong River to witness lively activities along river such as fishing, water transferring. Stop at brickwork to see how to make bricks in traditional style by printing and baking. You will visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. Turn on natural scissors creeks where they look smaller and smaller to go to village. Take a walk to family workshop making sleep mats and enjoying some fruits. Later, take a motor-cart on shady village paths, passing by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from Peasants. After lunch at a riverside restaurant, enjoy rowing-boat along water palm creek, and boat back to pier where you will be taken to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at around 17.00

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Day 8: Morning Flight to Hue & Afternoon Dragon Boat Cruise & Royal Tomb
After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport for a morning flight to Hue. Once you arrive, you will be picked up and transferred to your downtown hotel. In the afternoon, you will cruise the Perfume River by a dragon boat to serene Thien Mu Pagoda and drive to visit the majestic Royal Tomb of King Ming Mang and King Khai Dinh. Return to your hotel by road just before sunset. Overnight in Hue.

Note: You might consider a candle-lit dinner set in a garden house which is a traditional feature of Hue's culture. Both the garden house and the cuisine are great introduction into Hue's culture.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hue

Day 9: Hue - Imperial Citadel, Dong Ba Market & Drive to Hoi An
Today you'll spend the full day for a city tour of Imperial City of Hue, firstly with the ancient walled Citadel including the former Imperial Palace. You'll then visit the Dong Ba market to learn about local produce and specialties of Hue. You might get some great deals done at the local Dong Ba Market. After lunch, you'll drive south to Hoi An through Hai Van pass, enjoying the view of the coast line and Danang from the top of the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Clouds) makes your journey interesting and have your camera ready for some great photo opportunities. When you arrive in Danang, visit either the Cham Museum in the city centre of Danang OR the famous Marble Mountain, which stands for the five essential elements that establish nature. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue the scenic route to Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 10: Hoi An - Guided Walking Tour ½ Day – Free Afternoon of Leisure
After breakfast, your guide will show you around the old town. You'll start a walking tour with numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, a museum and the colorful local market. Following the narrow lanes, you walk along tiny streets with houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. After your walking tour, your time will be at leisure to wander around or go shopping. Overnight in Hoi An.

Located 30km from Danang, Hoi An Ancient Town is a uniquely special destination in Southeast Asia, with its perfect storm of history, architecture, cuisine and glorious beaches. You might consider strolling along the wharf, shopping in the market or having a silk dress or suit fitted with outstanding quality and an outrageously low price - exploring everything in the best way: on foot and in your own time. There is a bevy of amazing restaurants, old houses, craft shops and art galleries, where local artists exhibit their works. Nearby, Cua Dai beach is the perfect spot to forget all about the now-distant rat-race.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 11: Good Morning Hanoi & City Tour, Water Puppet Show
Morning flight to Hanoi. When you arrive at Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, you'll be smilingly met and transferred to your downtown hotel to leave luggage. You'll then jump head-first into Hanoi's sights and sounds on a tour that covers all the essentials. You'll visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes the Mausoleum, Uncle Ho's former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Temple of Literature, which, dating back to 1070, is Vietnam’s oldest university.

After lunch, explore the enthralling Museum of Ethnology, which contains an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities. Next, enjoy an hour-long cyclo ride winding through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi! The day finishes with a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets.

Note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all day on Monday and Fridays, as well as from 1st October to 30th November (approx.) for annual conservation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi   

Day 12: Off to Legendary Halong Bay (Join with other travelers on the cruise)
In the early morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and start a scenic drive to Halong Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world's largest marine limestone 'karst' landscape. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta countryside and have a short break en-route. Meet the crew upon boarding the traditional wooden junk, then relax and enjoy lunch while the boat heads towards the secluded islands. Visit a fishing village by a rustic rowing-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and pearl farms. Return to the junk refreshed and and relax on sundeck with a drink to watch the sunset. Enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner under the stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on a wooden junk in Halong Bay 

Day 13: Halong Bay Cruising - Return to Hanoi 
Enjoy an early morning swim/Taichi (if weather permits) followed by breakfast. You will visit a famous ancient limestone cave in the middle of the bay where you’ll discover magnificent stalagmites and stalactites as you walk along the lit paths on a guided tour. Enjoy a tasty brunch while cruising back to the main harbor pier where your private vehicle will be waiting for you and transfer you back to Hanoi, arriving at around 16.00. The remainder of the day will be all yours to stroll around the Old Quarter of Hanoi and its raucous streets full of traditional vendors and artisans, or if you prefer, simply relax.

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch/Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi   

Day 14: Depart Hanoi
Your time will be your own until being picked up to head to Noi Bai Airport for your onward journey or departure flight. Be warned, though: you'll probably want to come back. Farewell from Vietnam!!

Meals: Breakfast

Prices & Inclusions

Price is from~US$ 1223 per person
Please contact us for the best offers!
Prices Include:
- All pick-ups and transfers by private vehicles with experienced drivers
- 12-night accommodation in Twin/Double share basis, and 1 night on a traditional junk in Halong Bay.
- Experienced local English speaking guides
- Domestic flight ticket: Ho Chi Minh City - Hue and Danang - Hanoi (economy class by Vietnam Airlines, inclusive of domestic airport taxes)
- Lunches and Dinner as indicated in the programme
- All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
- Private sampan ride in the Mekong Delta
- 1 hour cyclo ride & First class water puppet tickets
- VAT and all other taxes
Prices Exclude:
- Entry visa to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand (if required)
- International flights and regional flights
- Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program.
- Travel Insurances
- Gala Dinner on Dec 24 & Dec 31, 2016
- Peak season surcharge between Dec 20, 2016 - Jan 10, 2017
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