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Overview

Destinations: Thailand / Cambodia / Vietnam / Laos
Highlights
  • Explore the ancient temples of Ayutthaya
  • Witness the view of Angkor Wat at sunset
  • Float down the mighty Mekong River
  • Stay overnight on a Halong Bay cruise
  • See Luang Prabang's alms-giving ritual
  • Enjoy the sun, sea and sand in Phuket

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day 1  Arrival / Bangkok

Activities for today:Upon arrival in Bangkok, your tour guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is yours to relax and recover from jet lag.

Accommodation: Bangkok

Day 2  Bangkok

Activities for today: Royal Grand Palace , Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha Temple) , Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn/Wat Chaeng) , Wat Pho

After breakfast, wander around the colorful flower and vegetable market for a glimpse of the locals' daily life. Continue to explore today's highlight—the majestic Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew inside. Enjoy your delicious lunch and then ride a long-tail boat to cruise along the canal. It offers an opportunity to see Thai houses and Thai life. Next is the fantastic Wat Arun. Inlaid with colored ceramic decors, it is like a gigantic gleaming jewel box waiting to be opened. You will finish the boat ride near the 16th-century Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city.

Accommodation: Bangkok

Day 3  Bangkok / Ayutthaya / Bangkok

Activities for today: Bang Pa-In Summer Palace , Wat Maha That , Ayutthaya Historical Park

This morning, your guide will take you to Ayutthaya for a day trip. Firstly, you will visit Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, a beautiful place combining various architectural styles ranging from Thai to Chinese to European. Later, head to Ayutthaya Historical Park. Follow your tour guide to see some of the most prominent temples in the park, including Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, and Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to Bangkok.

Accommodation: Bangkok

Day 4  Bangkok / Siem Reap

Activities for today: Tonle Sap Lake

After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, your local guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel for check-in and a short rest. In the afternoon, head to the edge of Tonle Sap Lake through the countryside to board a local long-tail boat to see floating villages. Discover how the villagers built a life around the lake with fish and crocodile farming, floating markets, schools and restaurants, even floating hospitals.

Accommodation: Siem Reap

Day 5  Siem Reap

Activities for today: South Gate of Angkor Thom , Bayon Temple , Elephants Terrace , Angkor Wat , Bakheng Hill (Bakheng Temple)

Have breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, visit Bayon Temple featuring a multitude of smiling faces and Elephant Terrace. Have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then climb up Bakheng Hill for a splendid view of Angkor Wat at sunset (or go to the less crowded Pre Rup temple).

Accommodation: Siem Reap

Day 6  Siem Reap

Activities for today: Banteay Srei , Ta Prohm Temple , Ta Keo Temple

Take an early-morning trip to witness the stunning sunrise at Angkor Wat if you like. Head back to the hotel for breakfast before driving to Banteay Srei to see its red sandstone architecture and delicate carvings. En route, visit some local villages. Continue to visit Ta Prohm Temple and Ta Keo Temple in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Siem Reap

Day 7  Siem Reap / Ho Chi Minh City

Activities for today: Ben Thanh Market , War Remnants , Reunification Palace , Notre Dame Cathedral , Old Saigon Post Office , Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, be met and escorted to visit Ben Thanh Market before heading to your hotel for check-in and a short break. After lunch, enjoy a city tour to visit the War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral (from the outside due to maintenance), the Old Saigon Post Office, and Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat).

Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 8  Ho Chi Minh City / Cu Chi Tunnels / Ho Chi Minh City

Activities for today: Cao Dai Temple , Cu Chi Tunnels

In the morning, drive outside of Ho Chi Minh City to visit Cao Dai Temple and experience the followers' mid-day service there. After lunch, continue to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the Vietnam War. When the tour ends, drive back to Ho Chi Minh City for a restful night.

Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 9  Ho Chi Minh City / My Tho / Can Tho

Activities for today: My Tho Tour

Drive for about 1.5 hours to My Tho to start the tour to Mekong Delta. Visit a fruit market, cruise along the Mekong, meet the locals…you will find the authentic Mekong Delta! After the tour, drive to Can Tho for overnight.

Accommodation: Can Tho

Day 10  Can Tho / Ho Chi Minh City / Hue

Activities for today: Cai Rang Floating Market , Rice Noodle Factory

Today starts with a boat cruise along the endless waterways of the mighty Mekong River. Visit Cai Rang Floating Market where hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fishes jostle for trade, followed by Bun Tau Noodle Factory. In the afternoon, go back to Ho Chi Minh City for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in and some rest.

Accommodation: Hue

Day 11  Hue

Activities for today: Royal Tomb of King Minh Mang , Perfume River , Thien Mu Pagoda , Imperial Citadel , Forbidden Purple City , Dong Ba Market

After breakfast, you will visit the Royal Tomb of King Minh Mang at first. Then, sail the Perfume River by royal dragon boat to the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue to visit the Imperial Citadel with cobbled paths and tour the Forbidden Purple City. After that, absorb the energy, sounds, and scents of the bustling Dong Ba Market.

Accommodation: Hue

Day 12  Hue / Danang / Hoi An

Activities for today: Hai Van Pass , Non Nuoc Beach , Cham Museum , Marble Mountains

After breakfast, head for Hoi An. En route, stop by Hai Van Pass for a stunning view of the coast and Da Nang city. Upon arriving in Da Nang, visit Cham Museum housing the world's largest collection of Cham sculptures, the famous Marble Mountain, and the shimmering Non Nuoc Beach. Arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Hoi An

Day 13  Hoi An

Activities for today: Hoi An ancient town , Japanese Bridge , Chinese Temple , Vietnamese former merchants house , Thanh Ha Pottery village

After breakfast, go around the tiny town of Hoi An to visit the Japanese Bridge, the famous Chinese Temple, and the Vietnamese former merchants' house. After lunch, take a boat ride on Hoai River to Thanh Ha Pottery Village to see the traditional way of making pottery.

Accommodation: Hoi An

Day 14  Hoi An / Danang / Hanoi

Activities for today: late afternoon food tour (4pm-8pm)

Enjoy your free time walking around Hoi An ancient town before driving to Da Nang airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel for check-in. After a short rest, take a street food tour (4:00 pm–8:00 pm) to feast on a ton of amazing food and explore Vietnam's food culture.

Accommodation: Hanoi

Day 15  Hanoi

Activities for today: Ba Dinh Square , Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum , Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts , One Pillar Pagoda , Temple of Literature , Hoa Lo Prison , Museum of Ethnology , Water Puppet Show

This morning, you will spend some leisure time on Ba Dinh Square, site of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Later, visit Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam. After lunch, proceed to Hanoi Hilton (also called Hoa Lo Prison), followed by the Museum of Ethnology. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Show.

Note:
*Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Fridays and Mondays and most museums are closed on Mondays.

Accommodation: Hanoi

Day 16  Hanoi / Halong Bay

Activities for today: Halong Bay Cruise

Depart for Halong Bay in the morning. Arrive after about 4 hours and board your Halong Bay cruise. Expect to be awed by the view of limestone islands dotting the sea and glinting waters. You can choose to attend a variety of activities, such as kayaking, cooking demonstration, etc. (Different ships may offer different activities)

Accommodation: Halong Bay

Day 17  Halong Bay / Hanoi / Luang Prabang

Activities for today: Halong Bay Cruise

Continue enjoying your Halong Bay cruise. Have a filling brunch before disembarking the ship. Drive to Hanoi airport (around 4 hours) for your flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in.

Accommodation: Luang Prabang

Day 18  Luang Prabang

Activities for today: Pak Ou Caves , Ban Xanghai Village , Ban Xangkhong Village , Mountain Phousi for sunset , Night Market

After breakfast, you will enjoy a cruise upstream the Mekong and a visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Cave packed with thousands of Buddha images. Along the way, stop at Ban Xanghai Village and Ban Xangkhong Village. Later, climb up Mountain Phousi to enjoy the sunset and a panoramic view of the city. Walk around the Night Market this evening if you like.

Accommodation: Luang Prabang

Day 19  Luang Prabang

Activities for today: the morning alms-giving ritual , Royal Palace Museum , Wat Xieng Thong , Wat Visoun , Wat Aham , Wat Mai , Khouang Si Waterfall

Observe the morning alms-giving ritual and get a better understanding of the local people's piety towards their religion. After that, visit the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Xieng Thong, a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art. Wat Visoun, Wat Aham, and Wat Mai are next. After having lunch at a local restaurant, drive to the famous Khouang Si Waterfall for a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or a walk along the forest trails.

Accommodation: Luang Prabang

Day 20  Luang Prabang / Chiang Mai

Activities for today:After breakfast, fly to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and have a rest. In the evening, if you are interested, you can enjoy an optional Traditional Khantoke Dinner Show to have a taste of the authentic culture and flavor of northern Thailand.

Accommodation: Chiang Mai

Day 21  Chiang Mai

Activities for today: Baan Chang Elephant Park

Today, you will have a full-day tour to Baan Chang Elephant Park to observe elephants' daily activities and interact with them (join-in group tour with transfer).

Note:
*Please note van & English speaking guide will pick up at hotel /guest house in Chiang Mai City Area between 08:30 - 09:00 am, please be ready at hotel lobby by 08:30 am for picking up smoothly. At the park, we will allow you to spend as much time as possible with the elephants. Therefore, there is no formal schedule aside from pick-up times, the times shown here are approximations. WHAT TO BRING: Hat / Towel / Bathing Suit / Walking Shoes / Sunscreen /Change of Clothes and Under wear / Insect Repellent / Camera (Optional)

Accommodation: Chiang Mai

Day 22  Chiang Mai

Activities for today: Cooking class , Wat Umong , Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep , Wat Chedi Luang , Wat Phra Singh

Today, attend a half-day cooking class to make delicious Thai cuisine with the help of an experienced chef. Take part in every step from selecting the ingredients at a local market to preparing the materials.
In the afternoon, you will start the city tour to visit some of Chiang Mai's most important temples, including the 14th-century Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a sacred site to many Thai people. Make a stopover at Wat Umong en route.

Accommodation: Chiang Mai

Day 23  Chiang Mai / Phuket

Activities for today:This morning, enjoy some leisure time before boarding your flight to Phuket. Upon arrival, you'll be met and escorted to the hotel.

Accommodation: Phuket

Day 24  Phuket

Activities for today: Free day on your own

You will have two free days in Phuket. Get into all that this tropical paradise has to offer, from vast beaches, crystal-clear waters to exotic foods. Have a good time!

Note:
*You can also choose the optional tours provided with surcharge. Optional tour: Phi Phi Island & Khai Island by Speed Boat (Join transfer + Join tour) James Bond Island Tour & Nature Canoe By Speed Boat (Join transfer + Join tour) Full Day Swimming, Hopping & Cooking tour More information please consults your travel consultant.

Accommodation: Phuket

Day 25  Phuket

Activities for today: Free day on your own

Free day for you to unwind on the beach or join in some optional activities.

Accommodation: Phuket

Day 26  Phuket / Bangkok

Activities for today:Enjoy your leisure time before flying back to Bangkok. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to do some last-minute shopping or relax at the hotel.

Accommodation: Bangkok

Day 27  Bangkok / Exit

Activities for today:Say goodbye to Thailand and board your homebound flight.

Accommodation:

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Cancellation Policy

The cancellation fee will be calculated as of the date we receive your written cancellation and in accordance with the following Cancellation Policy:
1) No less than 45 days prior to scheduled departure date: 10% of the full payment per person.
2) 45 to 15 days prior to scheduled departure date: 20% of the full payment per person.
3) 14 to 7 days prior to scheduled departure date: 50% of the full payment per person.
4) 6 to 0 days prior to scheduled departure date: 100% of the full payment per person.
Note:
1) Additional cancellation fees, if applicable, imposed by service providers other than us (may include but is not limited to banks or other payment platforms, airlines, cruises, hotels, railway companies) will be deducted from the money refundable.
2) Changing the traveler(s) is considered as cancellation and is subject to the above policy.
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