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Tour Overview

The 28-day Southeast Asia tour will cover the most popular destinations in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Start your journey in Thailand and interact with elephants in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Then head to Laos to visit temples and explore caves in Luang Prabang and Vientiane.

Fly to Cambodia to see Southeast Asia's most spectacular limestone temples and learn the harsh facts of the Khmer Rouge era in the country's capital. Stroll through a charming old quarter, bustling metropolises, or a tranquil old town in Vietnam, or experience a luxury overnight cruise on Halong Bay. The good memories will stay with you forever.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Take a guided tour to visit some iconic attractions in Bangkok including Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Aru, and Wat Traimit.
  • Marvel at Chiang Rai's attractions - the White Temple, the Golden Triangle, and several hill-tribe villages.
  • Interact with beautiful elephants up close in Chiang Mai, and enjoy a traditional Thai lunch.
  • Pay a visit to a UNESCO World Heritage City - Luang Prabang to enjoy the natural wonders and religious culture.
  • Dabble in the cascading Kuangsi Waterfall with crystal-clear water and have an enjoyable picnic nearby.
  • Visit some of the best attractions of Vientiane including Wat Sisaket, That Luang Monument, and Patuxay Monument.
  • Explore the stunning Angkor monuments at your own pace and capture the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
  • Learn about the brutal history of the Khmer Rouge during the visit to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.
  • Cycle through quiet roads and vast rice fields of rural villages in the surrounding Hoi An Ancient Town.
  • Join an interesting cooking class on the Halong Bay cruise and make authentic Vietnamese cuisine under the guidance of a professional chef.
  • Uncover the turbulent history of Ho Chi Minh City by visiting underground Cu Chi Tunnels and colonial-era buildings.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon arrival, your private driver and guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for rest.

    You are free to wander around Bangkok the rest of the time.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  2. After a morning meeting with your guide, you'll head to two of Bangkok's most famous Buddhist landmarks - Wat Trimitr and Wat Pho.

    At Wat Trimitr, you'll admire a spectacular Buddha statue weighing 5.5 tons and nearly 3 meters high, made of solid gold. Wat Pho is home to the world's largest reclining Buddha, 46 meters long and 15 meters high, with each foot measuring 5 meters long. It is generally considered the leading massage school in Thailand and it is a great place to enjoy a traditional Thai massage.

    Bangkok Wat Pho
    Wat Pho

    Continue your visit to the Grand Palace, the symbol of the Bangkok dynasty, which is a sprawling collection of buildings that brings together the best of Thai painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. You will be also guided to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, take a long-tailed boat ride on the Chao Phraya River, past temples and shops, and get an insight into local landmarks and cultural traditions. Make a stop at Wat Arun, where you can photograph the iconic Mahayana stupa, known as the "Eiffel Tower of Thailand".

    In the evening, take a street food tour - fish balls in pink noodle soup, Dim Sum, Michelin Star Chinese fried dough, seafood, pig's organ or crispy pork (your choice) in peppery soup, desserts, ice cream, and sesame dumplings in sweet ginger tea.

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  3. After breakfast, take a road ride to Ayutthaya, the second capital city in Thai history. The first attraction to visit here is the Bang Pa-in Royal Palace, a huge scenic park with an architectural blend of Thai, Chinese and Western styles. Then visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet (which was the royal temple exclusively used by members of the royal family), Wat Mahathat, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, and Wat Ratburana.

    Ayutthaya Bang Pa-in Royal Palace
    Bang Pa-in Royal Palace

    Next, enjoy a guided tour of Wat Yai Chaimongkhol, which is famous for its 28-meter-long reclining Buddha. Follow this by visits to the ruins of the old Royal Grand Palace & Temples.

    Lunch at a fine restaurant in Ayutthaya before returning to Bangkok.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  4. After breakfast, catch a morning flight to Chiang Mai. A local guide will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to the well-selected hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you.

    In the evening, you will be treated to a Khantoke dinner with a traditional cultural show. Sit on cushions and enjoy homemade, family-style dishes served on large plates on low tables while listening to dance and music performances by mountain tribes.

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  5. In the morning, take a guided tour of Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, one of Chiang Mai's holiest pilgrimage sites. You need to walk up more than 300 seven-headed serpent steps to reach it. From here, you can capture a panoramic view of Chiang Mai.

    Wat Prathat Doi Suthep on Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
    Wat Prathat Doi Suthep

    In the afternoon, visit the city's moat and gates by tricycle. After a stop at the Three Kings Monument, head to the City Art & Cultural Center (closed on Monday) where you can learn about all aspects of the City's history. Continue your tour to Waroros Market, locally known as Kad Luang, where you can find a variety of snacks, fresh fruits, and vegetables.

    Finally, head back to your hotel to enjoy the rest of your time.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  6. Today, spend a pleasant day with elephants at the Elephant Village on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Here you will learn the stories of rescued elephants and get an insight into their history and behavior.

    Chiang Mai Kanta Elephant Sanctuary
    Kanta Elephant Sanctuary

    Get a unique opportunity to feed fruit up close to elephants, walk freely in the wild with elephants, and then scrub the giant elephants under the guidance of the nursing staff.

    Later, enjoy a seasonal lunch of fresh fruit on an open-air terrace at the top of the mountain and take in the beautiful views. Return to Chiang Mai at about 2 p.m.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  7. Leave for Chiang Rai after breakfast, stopping to visit a hot spring on the way. On arrival, visit Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), which appears to be built of sparkling porcelain from a distance. But upon closer, you will realize that the illusion is created by white paint and glass sequins.

    Chiang Rai - White Temple
    White Temple

    After that, head to Chiang Saen, an ancient city located in the middle of the Golden Triangle. Lunch at a local restaurant, then drive to Mae Sai, a city on the Thai-Myanmar border. Return to Chiang Mai after visiting several villages, including Akha & Yao hilltribe villages and Karen Long Neck Village.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Chiang Rai

  8. Say goodbye to Thailand and hello to Laos. Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, a local driver will pick you up and drive you to check in at your hotel.

    Luang Prabang is the famous ancient capital of Laos and the center of Buddhist culture. With a history of more than 2,000 years, the city is home to many age-old buildings and temples. Apart from the wats with white walls and red tiles, the flowers and green plants planted along the streets are also a highlight of Luang Prabang.

    At a scheduled time, you will be transferred to a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. After that, return to the hotel. The rest of the time can be spent relaxing in your hotel or at a local night market.

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Accommodation: Luang Prabang

  9. After breakfast, drive to the pier, where you will take a long-tail boat cruise on the magnificent Mekong River to enjoy green mountain views. Finally, we reach Pak Ou Cave, which is home to a collection of small wooden Buddha statues.

    Pak Ou Caves in Luang Prabang Laos
    Buddha statues in Pak Ou Caves

    After the tour, take a boat back to Luang Prabang. Having stopped at Ban Xang Khong, a handicraft village specializing in silk weaving, where you can experience weaving under the guidance of local experts.

    This afternoon we'll drive through green farmland to the Kuang Si Waterfall. Upon arrival, stroll the trails of the falls and visit the bear rescue center. You’re allowed to splash around in the bluish-green pools or take a trekking trip along the mysterious forest paths.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Luang Prabang

  10. Drive to Vang Vieng through beautiful scenery along the way. Stop along the winding mountaintop road to take photos of the magnificent nature at several panoramic viewing points.

    Upon arrival, take a boat ride down the Nam Song River to enjoy an idyllic rural landscape set against a backdrop of limestone hills.

    Stay overnight in Vang Vieng.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Vang Vieng

  11. After breakfast, cross a sturdy orange suspension bridge, pass a turquoise lagoon, and climb some 150 concrete steps to Tham Chang Cave, which offers stunning views of the paddy hills east of Vang Vieng.

    It takes about 20 minutes to walk through the entire cave complex, during which you can see grotesque stalactites and stalagmites.

    Then drive about 4 hours to Vientiane. Wat Sisaket is our first stop, which is the only temple in Laos that survived the Siamese occupation, holding 7,000 images made from wood, stone, and bronze. Then move forward to Pha That Luang - a sacred monument regarded as the national symbol of Laos.

    Finally, head to the hotel in Vientiane for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Vientiane

    Pha That Luang in Vientiane
    Pha That Luang

  12. Today, your guide will show you some of the city's other highlights, including the Patuxay Monument, COPE Center, and Buddha Park.

    Patuxay Monument is the Triumphal Arch of Laos with mythical creatures painted on its surface. When you get to the top, you can get a wider view of Vientiane. COPE Center is a charity that helps with the recovery of the victims of bombs by providing prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation services to bomb-affected rural communities. This visit gives you an insight into Laos' turbulent history.

    Laos Patuxay monument
    Patuxay Monument

    In the afternoon, drive south from Vientiane city to visit Buddhist Park. Aka Xieng Khuan, the park is a sculpture park located in a meadow beside the Mekong River, containing over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues. In the evening, you can sample local cuisine at one of the town's many restaurants. You can always ask for your guide's recommendation.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Vientiane

  13. Today you're flying to Siem Reap, the site of Southeast Asia's most famous temple complex. Your local guide will greet you outside the terminal and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.

    In the evening, enjoy dinner with a traditional Apsara Show, a royal dance performance known for elegant gestures and colorful costumes.

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Accommodation: Siem Reap

    Apsara Dance Show
    Apsara Dance Show

  14. At around 7:00 am, avoiding the crowds, we head to Ta Prohm for a visit. This temple offers a spectacle of huge tree roots entwining the temple building. Continue your visit to Angkor Wat, which was once the capital of the ancient Khmer Kingdom and is now preserved with more than 600 historic sites. Ubiquitous megalithic carvings and intricate reliefs will feast your eyes.

    Angkor Wat Ta Prohm Temple
    Ta Prohm Temple

    After lunch, explore the mysterious Angkor Thom. It was the last capital of the Khmer Empire, repeatedly destroyed by war and rebuilt, and is the "heart" of Angkor monuments. The city has a total of five gates, above which are four Buddha statues facing all directions.

    From the south gate to the north to the center of the city, you will see the Bayon Temple, which is a magnificent and important building where you'll find the famous carving of the Khmer Smile. Further, visit the Elephant Terrace, Terrace of Lepper King, and Royal Place area.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Siem Reap

  15. After breakfast, drive off to a beautiful village where you will witness the daily life of the locals, such as selling petrol in whisky bottles, washing their cars, or warmly welcoming guests at small shops.

    Sample local fruits and talk to locals with the help of your guide. Then take a half-hour buffalo cart through rice paddies to a large house to see how locals make rice wine and handicrafts. Try fresh coconut and mellow homemade rice wine served by the host.

    Then drive to your next destination - a floating village. Hop on a motorboat at the dock to visit the floating wooden houses and get an insight into their traditional living habits. After that, drive back to Siem Reap.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Siem Reap

  16. Take the morning flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival at the airport, your private guide will pick you up and drive you to your hotel. After a short break, we begin our tour of the Cambodian capital.

    Take a guided tour to learn about the Khmer Rouge's tragic past. Killing Fields of Choeung Ek was once a concentration camp during the Khmer Rouge regime. There is a stupa, housing skulls excavated from tombs in memory of innocent souls.

    Phnom Penh Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
    Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Phnom Penh

  17. After breakfast, your guide will take you to Wat Ounalom, Phnom Penh's most important monastery and the center of Cambodian Buddhism. It consists of 44 buildings, including a stupa said to preserve the eyebrows of Sakyamuni. Then move forward to Wat Phnom - a tranquil, 30-meter-high temple filled with Khmer-style relief sculptures. You can climb to the top of the pagoda to get a commanding view of the city.

    Phonm Penh Wat Phnom
    Wat Phnom

    After saying goodbye to Cambodia, fly to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Upon arrival at the airport, you will be warmly greeted by your driver and escorted to your hotel for check-in and rest.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh City

  18. Embrace a fresh morning in Ho Chi Minh City, and then drive 1.5 hours to cobweb-like Cu Chi Tunnels, once an underground battle tunnel system dug by villages and soldiers for more than 20 years for Vietnam to resist French rule. Today, visitors can visit a short section of the tunnels, kneel and squeeze underground, to learn about the lives of tunnel-dwelling resistance fighters.

    Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh
    Cu Chi Tunnels

    At the end of the tour, you will be transported back to your hotel where you are free to relax.

    At approximately 6:00 pm, meet your motorbike driver at the hotel and embark on your gastronomic journey. The first stop is Cafe Zoom for cocktails and appetizers. Then, after traveling through Chinatown, venture into District 4 to experience the local nightlife, street seafood, and cold drinks. After traveling through Districts 3 and 1 to sample Banh Xeo (Vietnamese pancakes), you'll be taken to a hidden Vietnamese-style coffee shop to watch a lively musical performance.

    Note: this is a group tour.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh City

  19. After breakfast, head to the airport for your 1-hour flight to Phu Quoc Island, the largest island in Vietnam with privileged tourism resources. Upon landing, your private driver will pick you up and drive you to your hotel for check-in.

    Phu Quoc Island Sandy Beach
    Phu Quoc Island

    It is a wonderful experience to enjoy the cool sea breeze under a thatched umbrella or to watch the distant lights on cuttle fishing boats at night.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Phu Quoc

  20. You are totally free to relax at your own pace on Phu Quoc Island.

    You can go sea fishing, snorkeling, swimming, walking along miles of sandy beaches, hiking in virgin forests, exploring breathtaking waterfalls...

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Phu Quoc

  21. Today is still yours at leisure. Have a leisurely drink on the beach, visit a quaint local village, or watch a variety of sea creatures at an amusement park. Have a nice day!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Phu Quoc

  22. Enjoy some leisure time after breakfast. After checking out, the driver will escort you to the airport for your flight to Da Nang.

    Welcome to central Vietnam! Upon arrival in Da Nang, a local driver will transfer you to Hoi An. Once checked in, you can explore this UNESCO World Heritage town freely.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hoi An

  23. Around 8:30 am, ride a bike to the Tra Que Vegetable Village with your guide. Walk through quiet roads and vast rice fields; Learn how to grow and transplant vegetables and herbs from local farmers; Continue cycling through paddy fields and local markets until you reach the fishing village of Van Lang and Bay Mau Coconut Groves, known for serving the most seafood.

    Hanoi Van Lang Fishing Village
    Van Lang Fishing Village

    We'll visit a local family, where we have a chance to taste special green tea and enjoy herbal foot baths. Your lunch will be served with local specialties such as Banh Xeo (local pancakes), banana-leaf grilled fish, etc. After lunch, take a break. You will be transferred back to your hotel at 3:30 p.m.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Hoi An

  24. In the morning, you are free to discover the hidden gems of Hoi An Ancient Town.

    Hoi An, a member of the World Heritage List, is a quaint town, standing with Chinese and Japanese-style architecture. A stroll through the narrow alleys to admire the Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese god's temples, and former houses of Vietnamese merchants reminds you of what this ancient town was like hundreds of years ago.

    Vietnam Hoi An Japanese Covered Bridge
    Japanese Covered Bridge

    At 2 p.m., fly north to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide and transported to the well-selected hotel for check-in. You can relax at your hotel or have a simple exploration of French colonial architecture on the streets.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hanoi

  25. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is an ancient city rich in historical relics, and today you will be taken on an in-depth discovery of the city's past glory.

    Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum will be your first stop, then head to Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House and the Presidential Palace - a beautiful French building surrounded by gardens. After that, your guide will lead you to the One Pillar Pagoda, to tell you the legendary stories behind it.

    Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum Hanoi
    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex

    In the afternoon, you'll continue to the Temple of Literature, a quintessentially Chinese building dedicated to Confucius, and the Museum of Ethnology, a place to learn about the culture and history of Vietnam's ethnic minorities. Then, hop on a local rickshaw through the Old Quarter of Hanoi at a very leisurely pace to enjoy French architecture and strong folk customs.

    The tour will end at around 4:00 pm, then you are free for the rest of the time to relax in Hanoi.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Hanoi

  26. Your driver will pick you up at your hotel around 8:00 am and drive about 3.5 hours to Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site with an incredible natural landscape.

    Board the cruise and you will be given a general tour itinerary and safety instructions. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at the cruise's luxurious restaurant with the natural beauty of the canals. You can do whatever you want - lounge in the cabin with a view of the endless emerald sea through the large windows, or sunbathe on the top deck.

    Halong Bay Cruise
    Halong Bay Cruise

    In the afternoon, drop anchor in a harbor where you can kayak to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. Or swim and dive in the warm water. About an hour later, after reboarding the cruise and taking a short break, you'll take part in a unique cooking class to learn how to cook Vietnamese food. Enjoy a delicious dinner and a peaceful evening.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: On Cruise

  27. Get up early to take photos of the amazing sunrise over the sea from the top deck and learn how to practice Tai Chi. After a cup of coffee or tea, explore the Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave in a rowboat. It is the largest and finest cave in Halong Bay. Continue cruising to a fishing village where you will see the unique lifestyle of the local fishermen.

    Halong Bay Sung Sot Cave
    Sung Sot Cave

    Enjoy a bumper brunch around 10:30 am, then your Halong Bay cruise comes to a perfect end at noon. Your driver has already waiting for you at the dock and then escort you back to your hotel in Hanoi.

    Arrive at the hotel around 4:30 p.m. In the evening, enjoy Hanoi's nightlife on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast & Brunch

    Accommodation: Hanoi

  28. Today is the last day of your 28-day Southeast Tour. After breakfast, at the agreed time, a local driver will escort you from your hotel to Hanoi airport for your return flight. Look forward to seeing you again!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • Private vehicles with good air conditions;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • 27 nights' accommodation & meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots as mentioned;
  • Excursions performances, boat trips & excursions as listed;
  • Flight Tickets: Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang & Vientiane - Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh - Phu Quoc - Da Nang - Hanoi;
  • Ha Long Bay cruise;
  • Bottled water on the coach;

Price Excludes

  • International flights to Bangkok & off Hanoi;
  • Meals not mentioned throughout the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities;
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Personal expenses (such as telephone, drinks);
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.

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