BANGKOK, VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

14 DAYS 13 NIGHTS
BANGKOK - HANOI – HALONG – HOI AN – HCMC – SIEM REAP

DAY 1: BANGKOK ARRIVAL

Welcome to Bangkok. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by your guide for private transfer to your hotel for check-in. Please note standard check-in time is at 14:00.

 

The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy your hotel and new surroundings.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

DAY 2: BANGKOK

After Breakfast the adventures begin….

 

Discover the Royal Grand Palace, an astonishing 60-acre (25-ha) Bangkok landmark that features spectacular Thai architecture. Tour the complex’s temples and pagodas, including magnificent Wat Phra Kaew—the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Get picked up from your hotel and head toward the official residence of the Kings of Siam and Thailand—the Royal Grand Palace, built in 1782. Your guide shares insight into the architectural styles and Thai decorative techniques on display in the riverside compound.

 

Cross the lawns and courtyards to reach Wat Phra Kaew. Regarded as the most sacred temple in Thailand, this temple’s main building houses the 26-inch-tall (66-cm) Emerald Buddha, an astonishing, centuries-old statue carved from one large piece of jade. The Buddha’s gold outfits are changed by the king during a special ceremony at the start of each new season to bring good fortune to the country.

 

Next, roam the complex of the Grand Palace with your guide, admiring the proud golden domes, inspirational spires, mosaics of glass or porcelain, and exotic, richly carved wall murals. Depending on religious ceremonies and royal visits, you might even be able to enter the Coronation Hall and Royal Funeral Hall before leaving, making a stop to shop at the Gems Gallery.

 

This afternoon we visit the house of Jim Thomson—founder of the Thai Silk Company—and pay a visit to the magnificent Suan Pakkard Palace. See the Thompson house, which has been transformed into a splendid museum full of Southeast Asian art, and tours Suan Pakkard Palace, the former home of Prince Paripatra.

 

Upon pickup from your hotel, enjoy a scenic drive to the former house of Jim Thomson and wander through the impressive collection of Thai artwork and cultural artifacts that fill the rooms. Learn from your informative guide about the entrepreneur who founded the Thai Silk Company, and how he revolutionized the workforce of his era.

 

Hear the story of Thomson’s mysterious disappearance in Malaysia as you explore the complex in which he used to live, made up of 6 beautiful teak houses. Learn how the handmade silk that earned him his prestige is carefully crafted.

 

Make your way to the historic Suan Pakkard Palace, an architectural beauty once used as the prince’s residence. Once inside, admire the intricate handcrafted structure and walk past the rooms that display an impressive collection of priceless antiques and opulent artwork.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

DAY 3: BANGKOK

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a leisurely drive of less than 100kms from Bangkok to Ratchaburi Province, home to the world-famous Damnern Saduak floating market. But on the way there, stop by a coconut farm for a quick look at the process of making sugar from this useful native fruit. It is just a little further on where you will begin an exhilarating narrow long-tailed speedboat ride through the marshes and stilt houses to get you to this unique market. Thai style canoes laden with colourful fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats gently ply their way through the canal.

 

After this, it is about a 90-minute drive to Woodland in Nakorn Pathom Province, where you will sit down to a delicious set lunch. Then be fascinated as you wander through Woodland. Woodland is a private, and very unique, wooden collection like you’ve never seen before!

 

Just about everything here is wooden, not to mention wooden arts from Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Bali and have been inspired by Thai beliefs, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

DAY 4: BANGKOK – HANOI ARRIVAL

Today, you will be transferred to Bangkok airport for your flight to Hanoi.

 

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by your guide for the transfer to your hotel (approx 45mins) for check-in. Please note standard check-in time is at 14:00.

 

Vietnam’s capital Hanoi blends old world charm with the dynamic bustle of new Asia. Its French colonial past is evident from the colonial architecture and enchanting lakes which contrast with the throng of thousands of motorbikes and cosmopolitan new restaurants and boutiques. To the north of central Hoan Kiem Lake lies the frenetic maze of narrow streets of the Old Quarter while to the south are the broad tree-lined boulevards and majestic buildings of the French Quarter.

 

The rest of your day is free at leisure.

 

Optional Afternoon Excursion (Dependent on arrival time):
Hanoi Old Quarter (3 Hours)
The charm of the Capital is especially vivid in the Old Quarter where crumbling houses are crammed into narrow alleyways that are still named after the goods that were once traded there. In recent years there has been an explosion of sophisticated restaurants, fancy cafes and designer boutiques predominantly catering to the emerging middle-class. Yet the distinctive character of the city has remained intact with the local markets, venerable pagodas, sidewalk cafes and pavement barbers all packed on to overcrowded streets offering a full-scale assault on the senses. Take a gentle walk through the Old Quarter area with our guide who will help you navigate the labyrinth of passages, shop, cross the road and experience a truly Hanoian Egg Coffee…Stop for a performance of Vietnamese Water puppetry before heading back to your hotel.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

DAY 5: HANOI HALF DAY CITY TOUR

Good Morning Vietnam, after breakfast at 8am you will commence your exploration of the Capital city:
Start your tour at the Mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (viewed from the outside). Then it’s on to a wooden ethnic minority style house which was his temporary residence from 1954 to 1969.

 

In the same complex, you will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 which has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue to West Lake and one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi, Tran Quoc, and the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh which dates from the Ly Dynasty.

 

Your next stop is the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

 

Lunch will be a set menu at a local restaurant.

 

This afternoon you are free to explore further at your leisure or enjoy the facilities of your hotel before the evenings’ activity.

 

Lang Toi show at the Opera House
This evening we will take you to something a little special – A show at the Hanoi Opera House: LANG TOI – MY VILLAGE, a poetic interpretation of village life with dance, showing fishing, farming, and gathering. Stunning acrobatics, contortions, and juggling performed by amazingly talented artists. This is all complimented by 20 different exotic folk instruments played live and the use of bamboo which transforms into rivers, mountains and leaves the audience truly transfixed.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

DAY 6: HANOI – (Hai Phuong) HALONG – Overnight on cruise

08:30 Check out and transfer to (Hai Phuong) Halong (approx. 2hours) where you will board your boat for your overnight trip to Halong Bay.

 

Translated as the “Bay of Descending Dragons”, the legend says that dragons came to protect the people against the invaders and created the stunning limestone rocks rising from the sea. Set off on the adventure of a lifetime, sailing through the wonderful rocky islands and natural caves of this breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spectacular Halong Bay comprises of around 2000 karst limestone peaks jutting out of calm emerald waters and whether cloaked in mist or bathed in sunshine, a cruise through this beautiful bay is one of Vietnam’s highlights.

 

On arrival late morning you can relax and sip a refreshing tea in the welcome lounge.
Just after midday, your vessel sets sail to Da Chong islet, where you can see the lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago.

 

Lunch will be served before continuing your journey via the islets of Con Vit and Gia Luan. These amazing limestone karst formations rise up out of the sea in an impressive manner. This area is untouched as not many cruise ships use the route via Cat Ba Island – Thoi Quyt area – Coc Ngoi islet – through Cua Van to the Ba Trai Dao area.

 

At 3pm you approach the Ba Trai Dao beach area of Lan Ha Bay- a separate part of Halong Bay. This is a quiet, paradise-like region and is known for its pristine beaches and spectacular beauty, having about 400 fascinating islands. Unlike the main, Ha Long Bay, the islands of Lan Ha Bay are forested, and most are small in stature. Here you may like try your hand at kayaking or simply enjoy swimming immersed in the crystal-clear waters of the bay. At about 5:30pm you will return to the boat from where you can watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin whilst possibly partaking of the Happy Hour deal.

 

At 7:30pm a deluxe dinner is served, after which you may move to the top deck to either relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery or try your hand at night squid fishing.
Overnight on board.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

DAY 7: HALONG – HANOI – HOI AN

At 6am, why not rise early to witness the bay at its very best whilst enjoying an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck; after which you will be served a light breakfast, after which you continue your journey and head out in canoes to explore the bay in the area where the Sang Toi cave is situated.

 

At 9:30am you will return to your boat for check-out procedures before continuing cruising back to the port whilst enjoying a delightful brunch. You will return to the quayside in the south of the bay to disembark at approximately Midday.

 

On arrival, your guide and driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi airport for your onward flight to Danang (for Hoi An).

 

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your Hoi An hotel (approx 40mins) for check-in & time to relax.

 

Beautiful Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric town, with elegant architecture and a lovely riverside setting. From the 15th to the late 19th Centuries it was one of Asia’s most important ports, drawing traders from Europe, America and from across the east, notably China and Japan. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site the Old Town buzzes with charming restaurants, stylish bars and expert tailors set amid historic temples and shophouses. Surrounding the town are picturesque rice fields and sleepy back lanes, while a few miles to the east lies a glorious palm-fringed coastline.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

DAY 8: HOI AN

This morning, after a hearty breakfast, you will set off for a walking tour through this exceptionally well-preserved example of the most important trading port in Southeast Asia of the period from the 15th until the 19th centuries. Its buildings and street patterns reflect the influences, both local and foreign, that harmoniously combine to produce a unique heritage site.

 

You will walk along the ancient streets to discover the Japanese Bridge:
One of the most photographed bridges in Vietnam, Tian Hou Pagoda:
a gorgeous 19th-century temple dedicated to the goddess Thien Hau, Tan Ky old house: A well-preserved 18th-century merchant’s house, visit some Hoi An handicraft workshops and finally enter the Museum of History-Culture.

 

The rest of your day and evening are free at leisure for you to relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel or explore the delights of Hoi An further at your own pace.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

DAY 9: HOI AN/ DANANG – HO CHI MINH CITY

07:30 Transfer to Danang airport (approx 45mins) for a flight to Ho Chi Minh city.

 

Upon arrival, you will be met and taken for lunch at KOTO training restaurant, after which you will return to your hotel for check-in.

 

Commonly referred to as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city and undisputed commercial capital. It is a dynamic city that is currently enjoying the fruits of Vietnam’s economic boom – lavish hotels, decadent restaurants, and trendy nightspots are continually added to the cityscape. Yet against the backdrop of new-found confidence, frenetic development, and urban bustle, the boutique charm of Ho Chi Minh City still lives on amongst the tree-lined boulevards, quaint wooden shops, old temples and colonial architecture.

 

In the afternoon visit the former Presidential Palace, from there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral (it’s on a renovation period – therefore viewing is from the outside only) and City Hall. Then depart to visit Thien Hau temple in China town and Binh Tay market (time permitting).

 

This evening you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to your boat for dinner whilst cruising along the river.

 

You will sail on a replica dragon boat and enjoy an evening entertainment and food. The food is a mixture of Asian and European, however, the real show stealer is the view…Saigon at night! The evening will finish at around 9:30pm.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

DAY 10: FULL DAY MEKONG DELTA TOUR

This morning after breakfast at 08:00 we leave bustling Ho Chi Minh City for the drive to the Delta Town of Cai Be (105km/ approx 2.5hrs).

 

The vast Mekong Delta lies southwest of Ho Chi Minh City and is where one of the world’s great rivers splits into numerous branches before emptying into the South China Sea. Criss-crossed with canals and tributaries, this fertile region is where much of Vietnam’s produce is grown. Alongside the lush green rice fields, fruit orchards, and picturesque waterways you’ll find riverside settlements bustling with traditional industries, laidback cities, and a few remaining floating markets, all offering an insight into rural Vietnamese life.

 

On arrival, board your boat for a cruise in the delta’s waterways. Start your journey by passing by Cai Be’s floating market once a busy place to trade fruits and vegetables and nowadays a quiet although quaint local market. Then, continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island; along the way admire the scenery and the daily life of the local villagers.

 

Lunch will be local Mekong style, serving specialties of the area.

 

Following your cruise, you will drive back to Ho Chi Minh City and return to your hotel for a free evening

 

Accommodation: As Requested

DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY – SIEM REAP

After an early breakfast its time to say ‘Good Bye’ to Vietnam and head off for a new adventure…Cambodia awaits!

 

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

 

Upon arrival at Siem Reap City, our new local tour guide will meet and assist with the transfer to your hotel for check-in & time to refresh or relax…

 

SIEM REAP
“Siem Reap is located in northwest Cambodia and is the closest city to the world famous, must see, temples of Angkor. The provincial capital is also called Siem Reap and is located in the South of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. It’s a laid-back, lovely place to stay while touring the temples and offers the best of both worlds between observing Cambodian life and enjoying the amenities of modern services and entertainment. Although the Temples are the main ‘draw’ in this area there is much more to experience by traveling a little further in this region.”

 

This evening you are out for a delightful evening at Phare, the Cambodia Circus. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm, and talent.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

DAY 12: SIEM REAP

Following breakfast at your hotel this morning, you will visit the ‘main event’ the magnificent Angkor Wat Temple. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat was constructed to represent Mount Meru, the Hindu/Buddhist home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings, bas‐reliefs. It is quite breathtaking…so take your time for photographs and viewings. then onwards to Bayon temple which is unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara.

 

A stop for a set local lunch will be made near the Temples…

 

This afternoon, you will visit the Angkor Silk Farm, a beautiful site housing many silk workshops and employing locals, which is located 16Km from Siem Reap. It is an outstanding exhibition center showing the entire silk processes and end product. The last stop of the day is The Old Market and it really is the oldest Khmer market in Siem Reap, where locals shop for fresh produce and household items in the early morning. Also known as Phsar Chas, you can also find vendors selling inexpensive souvenirs such as clothes, jewelry, and shoes, most of which are located nearby the market entrance.

 

You will then be transferred back to your hotel for an evening of leisure or some night time exploration at your own pace.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

DAY 13: SIEM REAP

After a sumptuous breakfast, we keep the excitement going with your deeper introduction to ‘The Temples’ with our Return to Angkor……

 

You embark on a journey through the history of Angkor as we go to the celebrated Banteay Srei, one of the most beautiful temples it was constructed in 967 AD by Jayavarman V’s guru. Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which can still be seen today. Then continue to the popular temple of Ta Prohm which is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, but probably more famous for being the location where they filmed the Tomb Raider movie.

 

Lunch is at the local restaurant before we head off for a different perspective of Siem Reap, with a trip to Tonle Sap Lake, to discover different aspects of the floating village activities: crocodile farming, fish raising, fishing operation preparation, traditional medicine, boat shops, spirit houses, floating schools, etc. Towards the end of the day, you visit Artisans d’Angkor, established to support Cambodian arts and crafts, and to help young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Discover how wood and stone carvings, lacquering, gilding, and silk paintings are created.

 

You will then be transferred back to your hotel for an evening of leisure or some night time exploration at your own pace.

DAY 14: SIEM REAP-GOOD BYE CAMBODIA!

Enjoy your final breakfast at the hotel. Take a walk or get some last-minute souvenirs before your check out at midday. Your driver will meet you to assist with luggage and take you to the airport for your departure flight.

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This destination experience is offered with your choice of either quality 4-star or carefully selected 5-star hotels for the majority of the itinerary. In some locations best available may be used, but this will be highlighted in your personal proposal.

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