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Overview

Destinations: Thailand / Cambodia / Vietnam
Highlights
  • Explore the temples in Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Admire the World Heritage Site Angkor Wat
  • Cruise the mighty Mekong and visit a floating market
  • Have a food adventure in Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Stay on an overnight cruise in the breathtaking Halong Bay

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day 1  Arrival / Bangkok

Activities for today:Welcome to Bangkok. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is yours to recover from jet lag or head out into the city for a little adventure on your own.

Note:
*There is a strict dress code for visiting palaces and temples. Men must wear long pants and shirt with sleeves, no tank tops. If you're wearing sandals or fig-flops, you must wear socks (no bare feet). Similarly, women must be modestly dressed, no see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc.

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 having breakfast at the hotel, start your Bangkok city tour from a colorful flower and vegetable market to experience authentic local life. Later, go to the impressive Grand Palace. Any trip to Bangkok will never be complete without visiting it. Wat Phra Kaew inside is the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand, known for the Emerald Buddha.
After lunch, your trip continues with a long-tail boat ride along the canal to see Thai houses and typical rural life. Appreciate the unique beauty of Wat Arun from the boat and end the boat ride near Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha).

Accommodation: Bangkok

Day 3  Bangkok / Ayutthaya / Bangkok

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

In the morning, set out for Bang Pa-In Summer Palace. Next, proceed to Ayutthaya Historical Park. Tour Wat Mahathat which is known for the Buddha head within tree roots, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet which was constructed for royal ceremonies, and Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit housing a huge bronze Buddha image. After the tour, drive back to Bangkok and the rest of the day is yours.

Accommodation: Bangkok

Day 4  Bangkok / Siem Reap

Activities for today: Tonle Sap Lake

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel for check-in and a short rest. In the afternoon, transfer to Tonle Sap Lake through the countryside to board a local long-tail boat to see the floating villages. Learn how these villagers built a life around the ecosystem of 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)

After having a filling breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the South Gate of Angkor Thom and visit Bayon Temple and Elephant Terrace. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the afternoon, and watch the splendid sunset on Bakheng Hill (or at less crowded Pre Rup temple).

Accommodation: Siem Reap

Day 6  Siem Reap

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

If you want, you can get up early to watch the stunning sunrise at Angkor Wat. Have breakfast at the hotel or let the hotel prepare a breakfast box for you. Start the day by visiting some local villages on the way to Banteay Srei. Have lunch at a local restaurant for exotic Cambodian cuisine. Drive back to visit Ta Prohm Temple and Ta Keo Temple before having some leisure time in the late afternoon

Accommodation: Siem Reap

Day 7  Siem Reap / Ho Chi Minh City

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

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the 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, continue the city tour to visit the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral (from the outside due to maintenance), 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

Today, you will visit Cao Dai Temple where you can attend the fantastic mid-day service together with the followers. After having lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Cu Chi Tunnels network, which was constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the Vietnam War. After the tour, drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of the day is yours to relax.

Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Activities for today: My Tho Tour

Head for My Tho for a tour in the Mekong Delta. You will visit a local fruit market, cruise the Mekong, and get close to local life. After the tour, drive to Can Tho and check in to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Can Tho

Day 10  Can Tho / Ho Chi Minh City / Hue

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

Start today's trip with a boat cruise along the endless waterways of the mighty Mekong. Visit Cai Rang Floating Market where hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fishs jostle for trade, and Bun Tau Noodle Factory. In the afternoon, drive to the airport in Ho Chi Minh City for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in.

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 first visit the Royal Tomb of King Minh Mang. Then, sail the Perfume River by royal dragon boat to the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Later, visit the Imperial Citadel with cobbled paths and tour the Forbidden Purple City. End today's sightseeing at 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

Head for Hoi An in the morning. On the way, stop to visit Hai Van Pass, Cham Museum, Marble Mountain, and Non Nuoc Beach. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon, check in to your hotel and have some free time.

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 merchant's house. In the afternoon, take a boat ride on Hoai River to Thanh Ha Pottery Village to see the traditional way of making potteries.

Accommodation: Hoi An

Day 14  Hoi An / Danang / Hanoi

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

Today, you will have some free time to go around Hoi An ancient town till your guide escorts you to Da Nang airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel for check-in and a short rest. After that, take a late afternoon food tour (4 pm-8 pm) to enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine and learn the 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, spend some leisure time at 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 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 an interesting water puppet show.

Note:
*HCM 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

09:00 Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi to start departure for Ha Long.
11:45 Arrive in Hon Gai Pier and boarding operations.
12:45 The Cruise Manager will give a welcome speech with all the cruise information and safety instructions.
13:15 Enjoy the lunch with the best products of the bay.
14:45 Visit the Vung Vieng floating fishing village by kayaking.
15:30-16:30 If you want to relax on the boat instead of participating in other activities feel free to use our sauna at no extra cost.
17:00-18:30 Happy Hour: buy 01 get 01 free.
17:30 The Cooking Demonstration is waiting for you to discover the secrets of Vietnamese Cuisine.
19:00 Enjoy set menu dinner on board.
21:00 Join the Squid Fishing activity. Free time on the boat.
The bar is open late to serve you. Overnight at Cong Do Area.

Accommodation: Halong Bay

Day 17  Halong Bay / Hanoi

Activities for today: Halong Bay Cruise

06:30 Practice one of the oldest traditions of East Asia: Tai Chi - a beautiful and relaxing experience on the open deck. Tea and coffee are served.
07:00 Light breakfast is served.
07:30 Explore Thien Canh Son Cave in Halong Bay. Witness its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Note: there are about 200 steps to get up to the cave.
09:00 Check out time. Please put your luggage outside the cabin and the key at the reception desk. The staff will transfer your luggage to the lounge for you. Bill settlement at the reception desk.
09:30 Brunch is served at the restaurant on the 2nd deck.
10:45 The boat arrives at the pier.
Your guide and driver will wait for you at the pier. Then drive back to Hanoi (around 3 hours), hotel checks in and feel free at leisure.

Accommodation: Hanoi

Day 18  Hanoi / Exit

Activities for today:you will have free time till our guide meets you and escorts you to the airport for your flight back home.

Accommodation:

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