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Best of Indochina 24 Days

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Tour code: ASW-VN-C24

Duration: 24 days

Destination: Hanoi / Duong Lam / Sapa / Ha Long Bay / Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh city / Mekong Delta / Siem Reap / Luang Prabang / Bangkok / Chiang Mai

US$ 2,996 per person

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For the intrepid travelers with more time on their hand, this 24-day tour provides a fascinating insight into the history, culture, cuisine, and nature of these incredible Indochina countries.

trip highlight

  • Enjoy an overnight cruise on the world’s wonder Halong Bay
  • Exciting kayaking activity on Ha Long Bay
  • Trek to the hill-tribe villages and the second longest cable car route of Vietnam in Sapa
  • Explore UNESCO’s world heritages Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Sampan boat trip to Mekong Delta, join a hand with the host’s family cooking preparation.
  • Explore the most famous temple on the plain of Angkor Wat – the man-made world’s wonder Angkor Wat 
  • Enjoy the cultural and spiritual charms of Luang Prabang‘s ancient town
  • Find out mysterious Pak Ou Caves, a place of thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes
  • See all Bangkok‘s most impressive landmarks: Emerald Buddha Pagoda, Po Traimit, Marble Temple
  • Get to Chiang Mai and visit Doi Suthep and Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep – the most sacred temple lying upon the hill 

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Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Meal provided: No meal

Welcome to Vietnam
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Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, obtain your visa and clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local tour guide and driver.

Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

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Day 2: Hanoi 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 for maintenance every Monday & Friday), Ba Dinh Square, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, 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.
Have lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you are transferred to visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Almost no foreign tourists to Hanoi refuse to visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, where they can look into a vivid picture of the miniaturized Vietnamese ethnic community’s life. Take a cyclo in Hanoi 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. Drop off at your hotel.

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Day 3: Hanoi - Duong Lam Ancient Village half-day - Night train to Lao Cai

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

11:00 AM
: meet our driver and tour guide again. Transfer to a local restaurant for lunch then departs for Duong Lam village. This is a trip to trace back the origin of Vietnam’s culture and Vietnam’s traditions. Take a nice walk throughout the village. This is also a great chance to explore the architecture of ancient houses while wandering along its narrow alleyways, visiting temples dedicated to the two kings born there, and most interesting of all, chat with locals living in the ancient houses which are cool in summer and warm in winter. In addition, open space and the ability to make the most of natural light are also advantages of Duong Lam.

Continue going around the village to discover the daily life and farming working of Vietnamese peasants along the terrace with a stop in two ancient houses: the biggest ancient house was built 200 years ago and the most ancient house back to 400 years ago. 

Return to the centre. Transfer to the station for the night train to Lao Cai.

Stay overnight in a private train cabin.

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Day 4: Lao Cai - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van villages - Silver Waterfall & Heaven Gate

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, pick up at the station and enjoy breakfast at a local hotel, then take an hour of drive to Sapa.

On arrival, take a visit to Lao Chai Ta Van, the staging point for the day’s hike. Begin the trek by descending into the rice-terraced valley. Walk through isolated villages, rice fields, and isolated thatched roof homes where H’Mong peoples live. See the H’Mong at work and at play in their distinctive dark blue dress. Spend the afternoon walking atop an elevated ridge of Ham Rong and enjoying the views of Sapa below.

Our next destination is Silver Waterfall & Heaven Pass which lies beside National Highway No 4D, about 12km from Sapa town’s centre, Silver Waterfall is formed by sources of water from the Lo Sui Tong mountain peak. With a height of 100 meter, it is a big one and the loop track is steep and scenic. From the distance, the waterfall looks like a white dragon looking down from the sky. You can reach the Silver Waterfall by car in half an hour. From there you can see the stunning view of the surrounding mountains and the vast forests belonging to Hoang Lien Son National Park.

Stop to visit Sapa Church, the ancient church is known as the stone church of the Holy Rosary church which is located in the heart of Sapa town built by the French from the early 20th century. The shape and architecture of the church was built by cross. This architecture is presented in the roof, bell tower… which created the elegant church.

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Day 5: Sapa - Fanxipan Mount by cable car - Hanoi by sharing Limo

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Sapa Cable Station for 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 people. 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”. You can challenge yourself when hiking 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.

In the afternoon, get into the sharing Limousine and drive back to Hanoi. Check in hotel.

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Day 6: Hanoi - Ha Long bay by shuttle bus - Overnight Cruise

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 from our cruise staff in the waiting lounge and complete the check-in procedure.
 
12:00: Upon boarding your cruise, our crew welcomes 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.

16:00: 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 a 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 customers “Footsteps of Heritage” and some drinks at Sky Bar while admiring the breathtaking view of the Bay at night and squid fishing.
 
The cruise ship anchors for your peaceful night stay in a quiet area
 
Stay overnight on board Halong Bay in a private cabin

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Day 7: Ha Long bay - Hanoi - Fly to Da Nang - Hoi An

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

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

06.30 – 07.00 Enjoy a 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.

Picked up by our private car and transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Da Nang. 

On arrival, welcome by your driver and have a short transfer to your hotel in Hoi An.

Stay overnight in Hoi An.

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Day 8: Hoi An Eco Tour - Walking in the ancient town

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

8:00 AM: You will be picked up by local tour guides at the hotel. You will be driven 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 learn some tips of “bargaining” when going shopping

Our tour guides 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 beat by boat. On the river, you have a chance to contemplate the river beauty in the countryside of Vietnam.

Next, you can get some loveable handmade souvenirs made from nipa palm leaves such as hats, watches, rings… When you do it on a bamboo basket boat, you will be immersed in the natural beauty of the nipa palm forest.

Then be welcome in our restaurant. At here, after you use welcome drinking, you paint on bamboo Sieve by yourself

In the end, participate in a cooking class with our chefs. Cooking classes will take place within 2 hours, the chef will teach you how to cook Vietnamese cultural cuisine. Then you can enjoy Vietnamese food made by yourself.

Menu
– Fresh spring roll without rice paper
– Deep fried spring roll
 – Rice pancake with fresh salad
– Grill eggplant with tomato sauce
– Seasonal fresh fruits

Return to the Ancient town, start your walking around the town to visit:

+ Japanese Covered Bridge dated 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 sea who protects sailors from danger.

+ Fujian Assembly Hall bears all the fundamental features in structure of a Chinese Assembly Hall.

+ Tan Ky old house is an almost perfect example of an 18th merchant’s residence in this major commercial port town.

Dropped off at your hotel.

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Day 9: Hoi An - Da Nang - Fly to Ho Chi Minh - Half-day Cu Chi tunnel tour

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, you will be picked up by our driver (No guide) at Da Nang Airport for an onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh, welcome by our tour guide and driver.

Have lunch at a local restaurant then head out 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. And it was continued built over 25 years later. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers. In places, it housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years…. getting married and giving birth. 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.

Transfer back to the city.

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Day 10: HO CHI MINH CITY - CAI BE - VINH LONG HOMESTAY

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

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

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

Passing by Cai Thia church, My Luong communial house. Take a boat trip to see how to make rice paper at local house. We have one more option to see more about  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, school in Mekong Delta.  Come to a local and peaceful home, we can create some cakes (local donuts) and taste it with hot tea. After biking, we’ll come back Cai Thia village. Be on our boat and enjoy the traditional lunch at beautiful garden then boarding the boat towards to An Binh Island.

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

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

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Day 11: Homestay – Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh

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.

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 Mekong river. 

Also, we can 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, vegetables… The cruise will end at Vinh Long city. Hop on your private car and we’ll return to Ho Chi Minh.

Lunch enroute at local restaurant.

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Day 12: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi tunnels - Fly to Siem Reap

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning start to visit Reunification Palace formerly known as Independence Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, a landmark in Hochiminh City. Our next stop is the War Remnants Museum. Operated by the Vietnamese government, an incipient form of the museum opened on September 4, 1975, as the “Exhibition House for the US and Puppet Crimes, located on the premises of the former United States Information Agency building.

Have lunch at a local restaurant then drop off at Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your flight to Siem Reap.

Arriving in Siem Reap, welcomed by our tour guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel.

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Day 13: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Explore the South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, a 3km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire, The famous Bayon Temple was an architectural muddle, in part because it was constructed in a somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century. Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two-and-a-half meter tall, 300-meter-long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and gradual that spans the heart of Angkor Thom in front of Baphuon – a huge temple mountain in the heart of Angkor Thom, Royal Palace Area, and Phimeanakas – impressive rite and sandstone pyramid. The terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants, a double terrace wall with deeply carved nag as, demons and other mythological beings.

Afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks – the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Sunset at Angkor Wat.

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Day 14: Siem Reap

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Morning, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery.


In the afternoon, you continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. Built by King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain lake), Ta Som and Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the ensemble.

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Day 15: Siem Reap - Fly to Luang Prabang

Meal provided: Breakfast

Today, depart by private car with a guide to visit Kampong Khleang is located on the northern lake-edge about 55 km east of Siem Reap town, more remote and less tourist than Kampong Pluk. Visitors to Kampong Khleang during the dry season are universally awestruck by the forest of stilted houses rising up to 10 meters in the air. In the wet season the waters rise up to one or two meters of the buildings. Like Kompong Pluk, Kompong Khleang is a permanent community within the flood plain of the Lake, with an economy based in fishing and surrounded by flooded forest. But Kompong Khleang is significantly larger with nearly 10 times the population of Kompong Pluk, making it the largest community on the Lake. Lunch at your own expense.

Free for your own leisure until transfer to Siem Reap international airport 2 hours before departure flight to Luang Prabang.

On arrival at the Luang Prabang airport, you will be met and transferred to check in at the hotel.
Situated in the centre of northern Laos, Luang Prabang is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding cultural, historic, and architectural values and its harmonious relationship between the natural and built environment.

There are no activities planned for today, so you may stroll around for the first impression of this ancient city.

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Day 16: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves

Meal provided: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will first visit Royal Palace Museum, which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family.

We then embark on a leisure cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine.

On arrival back in the city, we will visit the old Wat Seneand the nearby magnificent Wat Xiengthonga superb piece of Lao temple architecture, which presents a sweeping two-tiered roof and ornate mosaics including a beautiful “tree of life” glass montage on the rear temple wall.

If time permits, we will drive out of the city to visit Ban Xangkhong, the Thai Lue village, which is famous for its arts and crafts. We also visit the nearby village of Ban Xienglek specializing in making the traditional Saapaper.

You can either get to the nearby village and join a petanque game with the local team.

Late afternoon, we will make a stop at Wat Prabath to admire the sunset; this is the ideal place to catch the last beauty of the day.

The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Stay overnight in Luang Prabang

Tip: If you are fond of various ethnic cultures, you can visit Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Mondays).

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Day 17: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls

Meal provided: Breakfast

Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning almsgiving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temples to gather their daily meals from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets.


We then visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice to vegetables, to fish, or chicken.

After breakfast at the hotel, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River. If time permits, we will visit UXO Visitor Center (closed on Saturday and Sunday), where you can find the documentation about the secret war in Laos.

Then you will transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si, which is the biggest waterfall in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals.

There is also the chance to walk to the nearby village of Ban Thapene and explore the hidden waterfalls, which are rarely visited by other tourists.

If you wish, take a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, which houses a couple of dozen animals rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers.

On the way back to Luang Prabang, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, set serenely close to the Mekong, this beautiful and traditionally styled workshop, where weavers, spinners, and batik makers produce top-quality fabrics, offers free tours every half-hour. This is also one of the best spots to admire the sunset in Luang Prabang

Transfer back to your hotel late afternoon.

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Day 18: Luang Prabang - Fly to Bangkok

Meal provided: Breakfast

Spend the morning free until time transfer to the airport (without a guide) for an international flight to Bangkok.

The glorious history of the capital of Thailand, Bangkok is closely linked to the Chakri dynasty that still reigns but does rule in Thailand.

Enjoy your free time at the hotel or wander to explore the city.

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Day 19: Bangkok City tour

Meal provided: Breakfast

After breakfast, we visit the Grand Royal Palace dedicated to the ceremony of the royal family of Thailand. In the same compound is the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew which is known for the Statue of the Emerald Buddha. After visiting this complex, we continue to visit Wat Pho, a giant house of the lying Buddha. Then, we visit Wat Traimit which is well known as the Golden Buddha.

Afternoon, boarding on a long tail boat for an excursion along the Chao Phraya River and many bustling interior canals that offer fantastic views of local life close by. Along the way, we stop at Wat Arun, the temple of the Aube.

Return to the hotel and have free time for relaxation.

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Day 20: Bangkok – Maeklong Railway market - Damnoen Saduak floating market – Patom Organic Village

Meal provided: Breakfast

Early in the morning, we drive southwest of Bangkok, visit the Maeklong railway market, take photos, and enjoy the local snack in the market before driving to Damnoen Saduak, a rural floating market. Stop for a motorboat trip along the waterway to the picturesque floating market of Damnoen Saduak. Enjoy your own lunch. In the afternoon we will transfer back to Bangkok.

On the way, stop at PATOM ORGANIC VILLAGE (opens on weekends)

Patom Organic Village is where you can experience the traditional Thai way of life by learning about the journey of organic raw materials to Patom products. Our open factory will show you the work that goes into our bakery, supplement, and body care factory before the products make their way to Patom Organic Living stores. Immerse yourself in our concept of organic living and participate in our selective hands-on workshops.


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Day 21: Bangkok - Fly to Chiang Mai

Meal provided: Breakfast

The morning would be free to do whatever takes your fancy until you would be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. 
Arrival in Chiang Mai, pick up and transfer to hotel. Time free and stroll around.

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Day 22: Chiang Mai city - Doi Suthep

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 a rickshaw tour.  After that, you will take a walk 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.

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Day 23: Chiang Mai - Elephan Jungle Sanctuary (Join-in tour)

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

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 goodbye 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.

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Day 24: Chiang Mai Departure

Meal provided: Breakfast

The morning after breakfast, time would be free on your own until we transfer you to the airport for your 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:

• 21 nights at hotels with breakfast on a private double/twin sharing room.
• 01 night at private double/twin sharing room in Cai Be homestay.
• 01 night on Ha Long bay cruise with full board on private double/twin sharing cabin.
• Meals mentioned in the itinerary.
• Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program.
• Kayaking service/Rowing bamboo boat, boat trips as mentioned.
• Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver
• Private English speaking guide with legal license.
• Sharing shuttle bus Hanoi – Ha Long – Hanoi (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).
• Visa to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand.
• All international / domestic flights among portions (quote separately)
• Early check in and late check out at all hotels.
• Single room supplement.
• Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24/12 & 31/12 & Local Public Holiday (if required by the hotel).
• 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

  1. 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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