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Vietnam & Thailand Highlights 22 Days

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Duration: 22 days

Destination: Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta / Da Nang / Hoi An / Hue / Hanoi / Sapa / Moc Chau / Mai Chau / Ninh Binh / Ha Long / Chiang Mai

US$ 2,436 US$ 2,030 per person

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Are you planning a trip to South East Asia? Take a deep look into this leisurely private tour which is the perfect introduction to Vietnam and Thailand. You will visit the highlights of both countries, including the most interesting cities, and experience the incredible culture.


trip highlight

  • Experience time in the capital Hanoi, and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Mingle with hilltribe groups and admire the magnificent scenery in Sapa
  • Luxury overnight cruise on world’s wonder Ha Long Bay
  • Visit the UNESCO protected monuments of Hue and the preserved heritage of Hoi An.
  • Explore part of the 151-mile underground network Cu Chi Tunnels and half-day Ho Chi Minh City Tour
  • Explore the coconut land with many activities as the bee farm , ride bicycle around the village….
  • Enjoy experiences like basket boat tour and cooking class in Hoi An
  • Interact with the local elephants at Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

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Day 1: Arrival Ho Chi Minh City

Meal provided: No meal


Welcome to Vietnam.

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, obtain your visa and clear Immigration and Customs.

Pick up by guide and driver then transfer to the hotel for check-in (check-in time is at 14h00, the surcharge for early check-in is not included).

Then take your time to rest after a long flight.

Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – cu chi tunnel and city tour

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, transfer to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created a long time back, in 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French. During the American War, the entire area of Cu Chi has designated a free-fire zone and was heavily bombarded. Since 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors.

Have lunch at a local restaurant then transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.

This afternoon, enjoy the sightseeing to Reunification Palace formerly known as Independence Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, a landmark in Hochiminh City.

Continue to visit the Central Post Office which was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. It has a neoclassical architectural style. It was designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel in harmony with the surrounding area. Today, the building is a tourist attraction.

Right nearby, you can see Notre Dame Cathedral, a magnificent building located in the heart of the city and was established by French colonists. This cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet).

Pay a visit to Ben Thanh market, one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and one of the symbols of Hochiminh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, ao dai, and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.

Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
 

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Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Vinh Long Homestay

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Our private tour guide and driver will pick you up at 08:00 am to head to Cai Be province (about 110km from HO CHI MINH)

Start at Cai Thia local market of Caibe district of Tien Giang province.

Passing by Cai Thia church, My Luong communal house. Take a boat trip to see how to make rice paper at a local house. We have one more option to see more about the Mekong Delta if we have a biking trip in one hour to explore the famous village of Hoa Loc mango on the small beautiful roads. It is so interesting to see orchards, traditional houses, and schools in Mekong Delta.  Come to a local and peaceful home, we can create some cakes (local donuts) and taste them with hot tea. After biking, we’ll come back to Cai Thia village. Be on our boat and enjoy the traditional lunch at the beautiful garden then board the boat towards An Binh Island.

Check-in your local homestay, and make friends with local family. Relax with a fresh shower or some cold drinks. Cooking local dishes with the owners. We enjoy dinner and have a cup of tea or rice wine.

Stay overnight in a private room at a local house in Vinh Long
 

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Day 4: Vinh Long - Ho Chi Minh - fly to Danang

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Have breakfast and check out for a walk along the village to enjoy the fresh air in the morning & arrive at the local workshop to see how to make rice paper, coconut candy, pop-rice… Enjoy some sweets with a cup of hot tea.

Then you will take a boat trip to visit the brick kilns where you can see how the local people create beautiful potteries from clay. Our boat will go along the floating village. We will see how to farm catfish on the Mekong River. 
If time permits, we will visit Vinh Long market in the town. This is the best choice for you to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, and vegetables…

The trip will end at Vinh Long City around 10:00 AM!

You will transfer directly to Tan Son Nhat Airport for onward flight to Da Nang.

On arrival, welcome by your driver. Transfer to the hotel in the city center to check-in.
The rest of the day is free for leisure.

Stay overnight in Da Nang

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Day 5: Danang – Bana Hill – Golden Bridge – Buffet Lunch

Meal provided: Breakfast & buffet lunch.
 
Start our trip to Ba Na Hills, a hill station and resort located in the Truong Son Mountain west of the city of Danang. The station, advertised as “the Dalat of Danang province” by local tourism authorities, was founded in 1919 by French colonists. A trip by cable car will offer you a chance to admire the panorama of Ba Na Hills, spring stream, Danang City, and Danang coast from your cabin at the height of 1,487 meters above sea level.

During your time on the mountain, enjoy a visit to:
Fantasy Park: the amusement park reserves countless funs and surprises, which of course involve well-tailored games to keep little kids occupied and delighted all day long.

The Le Jardin with the relics of the French, such as the force of the French horse, nearly 100-year-old grapefruit trees, and traces of ancient villas. Especially Debay cellar, a wine cellar that was built by the French in 1923, and spent nearly a century, they still retain cellar wild, mysterious, is the work of the French single remaining fairly intact Ba Na.

Linh Ung Pagoda, located on the peak of Ba Na Mountain at the height of 1.400 meters, was officially inaugurated on the 5th of March, 2004. You can also feel your interest in a lot of pretty villas, newly built hotels, and bungalows here. Each one has its own flower garden with many types of aristocratic flowers that Frenchmen left during the 50 past years.

Keep taking a nice walk to Golden Bridge. Winding its way around a 150-meter course lined with flowers, a golden bridge shimmers against the Ba Na Hills, supported by a pair of giant hands. The bridge sits 1,400 meters above sea level, an altitude that creates the illusion of a silk strip hiding in the clouds above Da Nang.
Take cable down Colored lanterns are a symbol of Hoi An, where locals believe they bring happiness, luck, and wealth. Bring home a souvenir with a difference, a lantern that you made yourself, after this fascinating class. Choose from a wealth of different silks then work with your instructor to craft a bamboo frame and create your lantern, which will fold away neatly into your luggage.

Stay overnight in Da Nang.

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Day 6: Danang City Tour – Hoi An Ancient Town

Meal provided: Breakfast & lunch
 
This morning, visit Linh Ung Pagoda located in an area known locally as Bai But or Buddha’s Sanctuary on the Son Tra peninsula. It is rated as the most magnificent work of this kind in the central city of Da Nang, in terms of architectural and artistic value.
 
Our next stop is The Museum of Cham Sculpture. Prior to the establishment of the museum, the site was known as the “garden of sculptures” and many Cham sculptures that had been collected in Danang, Quang Nam, and elsewhere had been brought there over the preceding twenty years.

Stop at Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son ward, south of Danang City in Vietnam. The five ‘mountains’ are named after the five elements; Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire), and Tho (earth).

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Coming to Ancient Town, spend the left of the afternoon for a walking tour around this enchanting port town of Hoi an, follow the narrow lanes lined with centuries-old houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French, and European architecture and visit its numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, the Tan Ky old house, the local market …

Japanese Covered Bridge dates back to the 18th century and is a beautiful historical piece of Japanese architecture. It is claimed that it was created by the Japanese then living in Hoi An as a way to reach the Chinese quarter across the water. The bridge also features the sculptures of two dogs and two monkeys representing the Chinese years in which many Japanese Emperors were born along with the fact that the building of the bridge began in the year of the dog and was completed in the year of the monkey.
Phuc Kien Assembly Halls was built around 1690 and functions as a traditional assembly hall for the Chinese ethnic group from Fujian, China to socialize, but later was transformed into a temple dedicated to their deity named Thien Hau – the goddess of the sea who protects sailors from danger.
Fujian Assembly Hall bears all the fundamental features in the structure of a Chinese Assembly Hall.
Tan Ky’s old house is an almost perfect example of an 18th merchant’s residence in this major commercial port town.
Around the town, you can see numerous art galleries and tailor shops. You are also free to get some made-to-order clothes if you like.
 
Stay overnight in Hoi An.

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Day 7: BASKET BOAT AND COOKING CLASS AT CAM THANH VILLAGE (JOIN-IN TOUR) – Hue

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

You will meet your local guide at the hotel, then drive to Hoi An Market (around half an hour), you can feel the bustle of the morning market, and have an opportunity to have direct contact with sellers. You might also have a chance to learn some tips about “bargaining” when going shopping. Our guide will introduce to you the necessary ingredients for cooking classes. Then you will have a sightseeing tour along the Thu Bon River and Cua Dai Beach by boat. On the river, you have a chance to enjoy the river’s beauty in the countryside of Vietnam. Next, you will join a basket boat tour and get some loveable handmade souvenirs made from nipa palm leaves. We will welcome you to our restaurant, for a welcome drink, here you will join us and paint on a bamboo class by yourself. In the end, we will start the cooking class with our chefs. Within two hours, the chef will teach you how to cook Vietnamese cultural cuisine. Then you can enjoy Vietnamese food made by yourself. After lunch, back to the hotel by car.

You will depart Hoi An for Hue (NO GUIDE), and the driver will take you over the beautiful Hai Van Pass – Vietnam’s geographical and psychological boundary between north and south. The peak of the pass lies perpetually shrouded in clouds. Once an outpost of the Hinduized Cham Empire, the area around Hue was conquered in the 14th century by the Viets from the north. In 1687 the Viets made Hue their capital, and continued their expansion into Cham territory. It remained the capital under the Nguyen dynasty, which had thirteen emperors, the last of whom ruled until 1945. Hue is still the intellectual capital of Vietnam with 12 schools of higher learning.  It maintained its cultural identity while other cities were accumulating foreign influences. The Nguyen dynasty left an Imperial city of citadels, palaces, tombs, and temples set in the peaceful countryside bordering the Perfume River. Hue today has regained its royal demeanor and is a calm, peaceful, and relaxed place to visit. The remaining French colonial garden houses and villas, quiet streets, riverbanks, and outlying tombs and pagodas that escaped damage – all give Hue a unique atmosphere of tranquillity.

Stay overnight in Hue.

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Day 8: Hue City Tour – fly to Hanoi

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Start the city tour with a visit to the Royal Palace which has three perimeters of the rampart, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh (Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel), and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel)

Capital Citadel: This construction started in 1805 under the reign of Emperor Gia Long and was completed in 1832 under the reign of Emperor Ming Mang
Royal Citadel: The Imperial City is located in the center of the Citadel where established highest offices of Viet Nam’s feudalism and sanctums honoring the cult of decreased Emperors.
Forbidden Citadel: Located inside the Imperial City, behind the Throne Palace, the Forbidden Purple City is reserved for Emperor and his family.

Then continue to The tomb of King Khai Dinh is located on Chau Chu Mountain near Hue in Vietnam. It was built from 1920 to 1931 taking 11 years to complete. In comparison with those of the preceding emperors, Khai Dinh’s tomb is much smaller on the surface but it is very elaborate. It is the result of the intermingling of many architectural trends: European and Asian, as well as ancient and modern.

Later enjoy a private boat trip along Hue city in Perfume River, you’ll deeply immerse in Hue’s pure nature & famous cultural places. The boat will take you to Thien Mu Pagoda, an ancient pagoda in Hue city, that can’t be missed while being in Hue. Its pagoda has seven stories and is the tallest one in Vietnam. The temple is often the subject of folk rhymes about Hue, such as its iconic status and association with the city.

Transfer you to Hue Airport and catch a flight to Hanoi.
On arrival, our driver only will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Stay overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 9: Hanoi full day city tour

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Start a new day by visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex, an important place of pilgrimage. A traffic-free area of botanical gardens, monuments, memorials, and pagodas, it’s usually crowded with groups of all ages, from all over the nation, who has come to pay their respects. Within the complex, you can visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (Outside visiting as it’s closed on Monday and Friday), Ba Dinh Square, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, and Ho Chi Minh Museum.
Closed by, the famous One Pillar Pagoda which is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter. It is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity, since a lotus blossoms in a muddy pond.

After that, continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Vietnamese name is Quoc Tu Giam) – Vietnam’s first University, which was built in 1070 in honor of Confucius, his followers, and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education.

This afternoon, drive through 
Colonial Hanoi, seeing the Opera House and other local sights. Go inside the infamous Hoa Lo Prison (“Hanoi Hilton”), where Senator John McCain and Douglas “Pete” Wilson were once imprisoned, and continue to the Temple of Literature, which dates back to 1070 and is dedicated to the cult of Confucius.

Take a cyclo in Hanoi’s Old Quarter
– 36 streets and guilds to discover the ancient feature of Hanoi and daily life. Stop to visit Ngoc Son Temple which is located at the northern end of Sword Lake (aka Hoan Kiem Lake). From the shore, walking on the Welcoming Morning Sunlight Bridge leads to the island.

* Please note: The city tour program is flexible. Your guide will be more than happy to adjust the tour itinerary to suit you. You can skip one site or add another if you so wish. 
 
Stay overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 10: Hanoi – Sapa - lao chai & Ta Van villages

Meal provided: Breakfast


After breakfast, picked up by the sharing D-Car Limousine and depart for Sapa.

 

On arrival, travel down the road to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. It is a nice ride in itself with great views of the lush terraces. In this village which you will have welcome feeling at any house of the hospitable people there. You can interact with them, and learn about their culture and customs. From there, you will just follow the valley for a few miles to the next town of Ta Van. Along the way, you will walk through terraced rice fields and among some picturesque villages, and experience a bit of rural life.

Ta Van is a village of Giay people, who look more like the traditional Viet living in the Red Delta.  As you walk through different hill tribe villages (Hmong and Dao people), it’s helpful to have a guide to explain customs or practices to you and perhaps translate. You’re sure to see other tourists on the trail (which puts many people off), but this is a good example of the many great treks in the area.

Drop off at your hotel and relax.

Stay overnight in Sapa.

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Day 11: Sapa – Fansipan Mountain – Cat Cat Village

Meals Provided: Breakfast

You will be transferred to the Sapa Cable Station for a very amazing trip to Indochina’s Rooftop – Mount Fanxipan by cable car. This is particularly interesting in these northern mountains of the country, where travelers seek the rice terraces and traditional arts of minority peoples. Cultivating the land to an altitude of around 2,200 meters are the ethnic minorities the lowland Vietnamese generically call ‘Meo’ – savages – and above them looms the bulk of Hua Xi Pan: “giant protruding rock”. Take hiking of 600 stone stairs more to reach the rocky peak of The Roof of Indochina. Below you spread the foothills of the Himalayas, blanketed with rainforest and the first tendrils of fog.

Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit Cat Cat Village where the ethnics here still retain unique customs and practices that are lost in other villages. Visitors to Cat Cat have an opportunity to admire a lively and colorful picture. That is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds. When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with beautiful designs. A noteworthy is that H’Mong women use plants and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics. And then they roll around and smooth sections of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors durable. In addition to the brocade weaving craft, many residents in Cat Cat are good at manipulating gold and silver jewelry. Their products are fairly sophisticated, especially jewelry for women.
Transfer back to the hotel and relax.

Stay overnight in Sapa.

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Day 12: Sapa – Cloud Dragon Glass Bridge - Limousine back to Hanoi

Meal provided: Breakfast

Start your visit at Cloud Dragon Glass Bridge which is made entirely from clear glass, length of 300 m, a height of 1000 m above, and is the highest and longest bridge in Southeast Asia. The bridge has about 5m in width, 60m in length from the elevator’s chamber to the mountain wall of Hoang Lien Son range. This bridge is in the journey “Road to the top of the mountain” from the foot to the top of the mountain.

After taking the glass elevator, walking out of the elevator room, you will reach the glass bridge system, leading to the play area. From the glass bridge, zooming in to the distance, you can admire the panoramic view of majestic nature, and feel the rushing wind and dancing clouds of Hoang Lien Pass.

Transfer back to your hotel then Free time till being picked up by the sharing Limousine. Return to Hanoi.

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Day 13: Hanoi – Mai Chau - Moc Chau

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Early morning, our tour guide picks you up at your hotel and then departs to Mai Chau. On the way, you will stop at Thung Khe mountain pass to see the imposing scenery of the North- West, take a short break.

Arrive in the village of Lac – Mai Chau. Have a delicious lunch with local food. 
Then our tour guide will take you to visit the beautiful poetic valley of Mai Chau and discover the interesting customs of the “white Thai’ ethnic minority and the ways they make their unique brocades and handicraft articles.

Keep going to Moc Chau, the land of immense fields of tea and an infinite variety of wildflowers.

In the late afternoon, arrive at our hotel in Moc Chau, and check in at your hotel.

Stay overnight in Moc Chau

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Day 14: Moc Chau

Meal provided: Breakfast & Lunch

You can get up early to enjoy the pure peaceful atmosphere and sunrise. Have breakfast, after that, you will go to visit the Dai Yem waterfall, the “Dong Son Moc Huong” cave (Doi Cave) that is considered the most beautiful one in the North-West of Vietnam. The tour guide will tell you an interesting legend about the cave. The next beauty spot is the pine forest of Ang village, a dreamlike place with the immense green colour of pines and a big beautiful lake. Besides, you will enjoy the glamour of the beautiful rolling hills of wild flowers, gardens of plump-trees, peach-trees…

Have lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit Happy Land Moc Chau, tea factories and the Heart-shaped tea hill. Back to your hotel and relax.

Stay overnight in Moc Chau.

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Day 15: Moc Chau – Ninh Binh

Meal provided: Breakfast & Lunch
 
You will visit the villages as Lac, Poom Coong… the resident of mostly Thai people. They still remain their traditional weaving work. Walking/cycling in about 2 hours.

Continue driving in about 10 minutes to Mai Hich village, be welcomed by the Thai family at their house.

Transfer to Ninh Binh by 5hrs driving.

On arrival, hotel check in and relax.

Stay overnight in Ninh Binh.

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Day 16: Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel to Ninh Binh province. On arrival, visit Hoa Lu temple– The ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. Enjoying the 11th & 17th century architecture style, old sculpture – carving on wood & stone depicting the daily lives, dreams and wishes for peace, good life, etc.
 
From Hoa Lu Temple, start your fun bicycle ride to Tam Coc. You cycle on paved roads, through rice fields, and local agricultural villages. Most of the bicycle ride is on a peaceful inter-communal route where the traffic is not too busy. Then, enjoy hours of excursion by small boat along the Ngo Dong River, beginning at the village of Van Lam and proceeding through a scenic landscape dominated by rice fields and karst towers. The route includes floating through Tam Coc – the three natural grottos (Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba), the largest of which is 125m long with its ceiling about 2m high above the water. The boats are typically rowed by one or two local women who also sell embroidered goods.

Keep going to visit Mua Cave (Dancing Cave). The place attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps, here you can see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river.

 

Transfer back to Hanoi.

Stay overnight in Hanoi
 

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Day 17: Hanoi – Halong by Cruise’s shuttle bus

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

07.30-08.00: You will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and transferred to Ha Long (For guests booking Limousine/shuttle bus transfer).
 
11:30-12:00: Upon arrival at Tuan Chau Marina, you will enjoy a warm welcome by our cruise staff in the waiting lounge and complete the check-in procedure.
 
12:00: Upon boarding your cruise, our crew welcome you with a refreshing drink and cold towel before checking into your cabin. The vessel leaves Tuan Chau Marina, taking you on an exciting journey to discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay. Along the way, you can enjoy the view of some of the most beautiful spots in Ha Long and admire the grandeur of the Bay with thousands of limestone islands while the vessel heads to Luon Cave and Titop island.
Enjoy your lunch at our luxurious restaurant on board while the vessel cruises toward Luon Cave and Titop island.
 
14.30: Return to your room and prepare for swimming activities at Titop Island. Visit Titop Island and hike to the top for stunning views of Ha Long Bay, or have a fun swim in the clear blue water.

16h00: Hera Cruise will take you to Luon cave area, you will participate in kayaking or rafting here around the thousand-year-old rock formations.

17.30-18.00: Back on board, you will participate in Sunset party & cooking class while the vessel cruises toward the shore. You can enjoy relaxing moments while sipping a cup of traditional Vietnamese tea or coffee on the sundeck amid wonderful scenery and beautiful sunset. Ha Long Bay is calm during the day, but when the sun goes down, the Bay becomes even more tranquil and peaceful.
You will be instructed to make delicious traditional Vietnamese floating rice cake by our chef and then enjoy the floating rice cake made on your own.
 
17.30-18.30: Happy hour – BUY 2 DRINKS GET 1 FOR FREE
 
19.30: Outdoor dinner. Enjoy a romantic dinner outdoors (if the weather is favorable) or restaurant
 
21.30: After dinner, you will enjoy a peaceful view of the Bay at night on the deck. You can also participate in evening activities such as massage (subject to additional charge), herbal foot bath in your room (free of charge), Bamboo dancing, fashion show traditional customes “Footsteps of Heritage” and some drinks at Sky Bar while admiring breathtaking view of the Bay at night and squid fishing.
 
The cruise ship anchors for your peaceful night stay in quiet area
 
Stay overnight on board Halong Bay in private cabin

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Day 18: Halong – Hanoi Cruise’s shuttle bus

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

06.15:   Start your day with Tai Chi class on the sun deck.

06.30-07.00 
Enjoy light breakfast with coffee, tea, cakes and fruits, Pho Vietnam, egg station.

07:30 Explore Sung Sot Cave. This is one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. The cave has some unique rock formations that can’t be found anywhere else. The road to the mouth of Sung Sot cave is under the foliage. Walking through steep stone steps, visitors can have the feeling of climbing the mountain and experience the excitement of stepping into the sky.

08.30-09.30 Back on the ship, you can rest in your room, sunbathe onthe sundeck, take photos of Halong Bay

09:30 Check-out.

Please place your luggage outside the cabin and leave your room key at the front desk. Our staff will transfer your baggage to the waiting area.

10.00 
Enjoy an early lunch buffet at the restaurant on the 2nd floor and pay the bill if any.

11.00 
Arrive at Tuan Chau Marina.
Cycling to explore Tuan Chau Island (applied to customers using Bus) after checking out.
We look forward to welcoming you once again on our journey.

You will be picked up by sharing a shuttle bus transfer service by the highway from Halong back to Hanoi.

Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter at around 15:00 – 16:00, the end of an unforgettable trip.

* Please note:
All activities arranged by the cruise are on a shared basis.
Program may differ slightly based on each cruise and weather conditions.
 
Stay overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 19: Hanoi - Flight to Chiang Mai

Meal provided: Breakfast

This morning, free until time transfer to airport with driver only and take the flight to Chiang Mai.

Arrival in Chiang Mai, pick up and transfer to hotel. Time free and stroll around.

Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

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Day 20: Chiang Mai City tour

Meal provided: Breakfast 

Breakfast is served at the hotel. The morning will be mainly devoted to the walking tour of the old town with a stop at the old wall, the moat and a door of the old town. You will see the most beautiful temples of Chiang Mai: Wat Phra Singh Temple, Wat Phan Tao temple, Wat Chedi Luang temple. Then you will stroll along small streets lined with traditional houses, where you will take rickshaw tour

After that, you will take a walking through the central market of Warorot.

In the afternoon you will visit the Doi Suthep hill.

To brighten up your evening, browse the Night Market for yourself.

Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

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Day 21: CHIANG MAI – ELEPHANT JUNGLE SANCTUARY ( JOIN IN GROUP)

Meal Provided: Breakfast & Lunch.

Today, you’ll explore northern Thailand on this full day Join-in tour in Elephant Jungle Sanctuary . You will have the experience of feeding and bathing an elephant without seeing the scarred head that you see in many other camps. A traditional Thai food will be served for your lunch at the sanctuary.

Itinerary:
08:00 – 08:30: Pick up from your hotel

08:30: Drive approximately 1.5 hours South of Chiang Mai through rolling hills, forest, and local farming areas.

10:30: Arrive at the Sanctuary. Meet your guide and walk for 10-15 minutes through the Jungle to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Change into traditional Karen clothing. Enjoy an introductory lesson about elephant anatomy, history, and behavior.

11:00: Meet the elephants. Feed, interact, and play with the elephants in a natural environment as you learn about their behavior and history. Take photos with the elephants.

12:00: Enjoy a lunch of traditional Thai food and fresh fruit.

13:00: Learn how to make herbal medicine balls, feed the Elephants and then walk with the elephants to the river. Bathe and brush the elephants.

14:00: Join the elephants for a therapeutic mud spa. Swim in the river and take photos with the elephants.

15:00: Change clothes and say good bye to the elephants

15:30: Leave the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and drive approximately 1.5 hours to Chiang Mai.

17:00-17:30: Drop off at your hotel.

Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

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Day 22: Chiang Mai – Departure

Meal Provided: Breakfast.

You depart with driver only to the Chiang Mai airport taking an international flight to your next destination.

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Tour prices shown are 'per person', based on a traveling party of 4 adults, and sharing double or twin rooms.
 
** If you travel in group of 2, of 3 and so on, please feel free to contact us for specific offer.
 
** If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you also earn money by using the Share button above to invite your friends and family to book this tour with you.

What's Included:
20 nights at hotels/homestay with breakfast on a private double/twin sharing room
01 night on a sharing cruise on a private double/twin sharing room
Meals mentioned in the itinerary
Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program
Kayaking service/Rowing bamboo boat
Cyclo Tour
Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver
Private English speaking guide with legal license
(3 star cruise: bus/4 star cruise: limousine)
01 bottle of mineral water/ pax/ day and souvenir
All taxes and service charge

What's Excluded:

Bank fees for both sides (Prefer cash on arrival)

Single room supplement
Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24/12 & 31/12 & Local Public Holiday (if required by the hotel)
Visa letter of approval to Vietnam
Vietnam stamping visa fee (25 USD/pax/single entry)
Early check in and late check out at all hotels
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping)
Tipping for guide, driver
Drinks and other meals which are not indicated in the program
Travel insurance  
International air ticket and airport tax
Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, flood), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc…
Other services which are not mentioned clearly in the “Including” item

Remarks
1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the “Tailor this trip" button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:
• Boutique & character hotels: from $50-$80 USD per room/ per night
• Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night
• Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/ per night
• Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night
• High-end = Best of the best hotels from US$ 250++ per room/ per night

3. Child policy: 
• Ages 0-2: free of charge for tour. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 2-5: 50% of adult price. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 6-10: 85% of adult price & airfare fully charges
• 11 years and older: 100% (charged as an adult)

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.


  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asianwaytravel.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

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  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

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Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.


  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( with at least 3 vacats pagess and valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

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We will send the visa approval letter via email to you after 7 working days.
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).


  • Step 3: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
    Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($25 for single entry visa; $50 for 1 month multiple entry visa ). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

    Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

  • For those who is applicable for E-visa, our travel experts will consult case by case.

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