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Tour Overview

Immerse yourself in Southeast Asia's cultural heritage on a 16-day tour of Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. You will discover splendid temples amid the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, experience the fascinating colonial city of Hanoi, explore the countryside near Hoi An Ancient Town by motorbike, enjoy a day of fun in Da Nang's Ba Na Hills, navigate the majestic Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site, and uncover the story of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City's past. There are plenty of adventures waiting to be explored!

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 Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, Wat Thaton Temple, and several hill-tribe villages.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy Vietnam’s most distinctive traditional folk stage show in Hanoi - Water Puppet Show.
  • Cruise on Halong Bay to feast your eye on the endless emerald sea with oddly-shaped limestone peaks.
  • 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. Welcome to Bangkok, the second-largest metropolis in Southeast Asia! Upon arrival, meet your guide and driver at the airport and then drive to the well-selected hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the bustling city.

    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". After the tour, escort you back to your hotel.

    Meal: Lunch

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  3. After breakfast, take an air-conditioned coach to Ayutthaya.

    Located in central Thailand, Ayutthaya was once the ancient capital of Thailand, home to many temples, palaces, and pagodas. Today, these once-bustling buildings have been reduced to ruins and become the site of the Grand City Historical Park, a World Heritage site.

    Thailand Ayutthaya
    Ayutthaya

    Visits to the reliquary towers and the vast monasteries will give you a deeper insight into this historic city's past glories.

    After the tour, drive you back to Bangkok for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  4. Take a short flight (1 hour 15 minutes) to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, a local guide will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to the well-selected hotel for check-in. After that, head to some villages of San Kamphaeng, which are famous for their hand-made colorful paper umbrellas. Here you can see how this special water & oil-repellent paper umbrella is made.

    Then 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.

    After the visit, return to your hotel for a rest.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
    Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

  5. Drive 3.5 hours to the hill tribes north of Chiang Mai. Stop at a Hmong Hill tribe Village to learn about the local minority culture.

    After lunch, take a half-hour boat ride along the Kok River to Baan Mai. Then take a minivan to visit several local villages, including Akha & Palong hill tribe villages and Karen Long Neck Village. You can take pictures with local women wearing brass rings around their necks.

    Chiang Mai Karen Long Neck Village
    Karen Long Neck Village

    Return to Thaton and visit Wat Thaton Temple. It is situated on a remote hill overlooking the Kok River, from where you could capture the spectacular mountain landscape of dense rainforest. After that, you will be escorted to your hotel.

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  6. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport this morning for a flight to Luang Prabang. Upon landing, a local guide will take you to Wat Sene, Luang Prabang's first monastery covered in yellow and red tiles in modern Thai fashion, and Wat Xieng Thong, the grandest Buddhist temple of Luang Prabang.

    Laos Wat Xieng Thong
    Wat Xieng Thong

    After visiting the stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai, we will board a Mekong river cruise through the tranquil countryside. Enjoy the relaxing moments! Meet your driver at the dock and head to the hotel to check in.

    Meals: N/A

    Accommodation: Luang Prabang

  7. Get up at 5:30 in the morning to witness the Alms Giving Ritual - faithful locals wait quietly by the roadside to give prepared food to the monks. Then go back to your hotel for a rest.

    Follow your friendly local guide along the Mekong River to Pak Ou Cave. It is home to a collection of small wooden Buddha statues. Then visit a village to learn how local families make "Lau Hai" (rice wine). Next, head to the cascading Kuang Si Waterfall, You are allowed to splash around in the bluish-green pools or take a trekking trip with a picnic lunch along the mysterious forest paths.

    Meals: Lunch

    Accommodation: Luang Prabang

    Laos Kuang Si Waterfall
    Kuang Si Waterfall

  8. Take the morning flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide and transported to the well-selected hotel for check-in.

    At 3:00 pm, take a guided exploration of the old city with visits to many French colonial buildings.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Hanoi

  9. Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, is an ancient city with a history of more than 1,000 years, 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 the nearby One Pillar Pagoda. After that, your guide will lead you to the Temple of Literature, and Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake, to tell you the legendary stories behind these buildings. The nest destinations are the Ethnology Museum, Ngoc Son temple, and Hoan Kiem Lake.

    Hanoi Hoan Kiem Lake
    Hoan Kiem Lake

    Then enjoy the beautiful views of Hanoi's Old Quarter by taking a one-hour cyclo tour. After lunch at a nice restaurant, a wonderful Water Puppet Show ends today's journey. It is the most distinctive traditional folk stage show in Vietnam and the only puppet show in the world.

    Meal: Lunch

    Accommodation: Hanoi

  10. Today, you will be transferred to Halong Bay, which is known as "Guilin on the Sea" for its resemblance to the Chinese landscape of Guilin.

    Hop aboard your luxury cruise for leisure voyages on shimmering seas with bewitching views and a hearty lunch. Feast your eye on the endless emerald sea with oddly-shaped limestone peaks that are dotted with lush trees and bushes. Make a stop at an islet and enjoy a good time on its white-sand beaches and nearby.

    Halong Bay Cruise
    Halong Bay Cruise

    Feel free to bathe in the sunshine on the deck or photograph the amazing limestone Karst formations at sea. You will spend the night on the cruise ship.

    Meal: Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: On Cruise

  11. 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 breakfast, continue sailing to enjoy the astonishing rock formations.

    Enjoy a seafood lunch and check out. Depart from Halong Bay and return to Hanoi for a flight to Da Nang. After arrival, a local driver will meet you and transfer you to the hotel.

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Da Nang

  12. Meet your guide around 8:00 am and head to Bana Hills. With the highest altitude of more than 1,400 meters, Ba Na Hills is a mountaintop summer resort, scattered with European-style buildings, world-class hotels & restaurants, and exciting amusement facilities.

    Vietnam Da Nang Ba Na Hills
    Ba Na Hills

    Ride the cable car with the largest drop in the world to enjoy the panoramic view of the green forest; capture the sky garden and the French castle on the top of the mountain surrounded by mist; stroll on the Golden Bridge like a ribbon supported by a pair of giant hands... In addition, Chinese-style pagodas, as well as churches, cafes, and villas located in the French-style town will impress you deeply.

    After lunch, take a short rest. In the afternoon, enjoy a 2-hour adventure in Fantasy Park. Experience 5D movies, death races, skiing, dinosaur parks... After that, drive you back to the hotel in Da Nang.

    Meal: Lunch

    Accommodation: Da Nang

  13. Your driver will meet you in the lobby and transfer you to Hoi An Ancient Town.

    Cafe Zoom in Hoi An is our starting point for today's tour, crossing the bridge over the Thu Bon River to Cam Kim Island and then following the river into the beautiful countryside. After a brief stop at a shipyard, ride a motorcycle past the rice fields and enjoy the fresh air. Visit a local family and learn from them how to weave matting, grow, and make the perfect Banh Dap (Steamed Rice Pancake).

    After tasting homemade rice pancakes, visit a local cafe to learn the art of coffee roasting. Then follow the road planted with cashew trees to the banks of Thu Bon River. Enjoy panoramic views of Hoi An from the bridge, then continue to Cam Thanh, a village surrounded by coconut trees.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, head to the ancient town of Hoi An for the night.

    Meal: Lunch

    Accommodation: Hoi An

    Hoi An Cam Thanh Village
    Cam Thanh Village

  14. Today, 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.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Hoi An

    Vietnam Hoi An Japanese Covered Bridge
    Japanese Covered Bridge

  15. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Da Nang for a flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival, your private driver will meet you and escort you to your hotel for check-in.

    You will be guided to visit some landmarks such as Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and City Post Office. All of these French colonial buildings are great places to learn about Vietnam's history.

    Ho Chi Minh Notre Dame Cathedral
    Notre Dame Cathedral

    Next, move on to Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum. Today’s itinerary ends with a visit to Ben Thanh Market, one of the earliest surviving buildings in Saigon and an important symbol of the city, offering wholesale and retail services from consumer goods to luxury goods.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh City

  16. Enjoy some leisurely time in the morning. After lunch, drive to the famous 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.

    Cu Chi Tunnels Ho Chi Minh
    Cu Chi Tunnels

    Afterwards, head back downtown for a free evening and dine in a gorgeous restaurant. And then your driver will escort you to the airport for your departing flight.

    Meal: Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • Private vehicles with good air conditions;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • 15 nights' accommodation & meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots as mentioned;
  • Excursions performances, boat trips & excursions as listed;
  • Boat rides & Ha Long Bay cruise package;
  • All domestic flight tickets: Bangkok - Chiang Mai & Hanoi - Danang - Ho Chi Minh;
  • Bottled water on the coach;

Price Excludes

  • International flights to Bangkok & off Ho Chi Minh City;
  • Meals not mentioned throughout the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities;
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Personal expenses (such as telephone calls, and alcoholic beverages);
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.

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