18days Spririt of Vietnam Cambodia and Thailand

Vietnam - Cambodia - Bangkok

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Encounter the colorful cultures of Indochina on an 18-day journey to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Cruise Halong Bay, explore incredible Angkor Wat, interact with local families, and taste some of the world’s best street food at the night markets of Bangkok. Soak up the richness of this corner of the globe so steeped in tradition.

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Fly to Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi City Tour Full Day Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Fly to Da Nang - Hoi An Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Hoi An - Cycling To Tra Que Village - Walking Tour Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Hoi An - My Son Breakfast
Day 7 Hoi An - Transfer to Hue - City Tour Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Hue - Fly to Ho Chi Minh Breakfast
Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnel Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh - My Tho Ben Tre Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh - Fly to Siem Reap - Angkor Outlying Temple Breakfast
Day 12 Siem Reap - Angkor Tour Breakfast
Day 13 Tonle Sap Lake - Walking Tour Breakfast
Day 14 Siem Reap - Fly to Bangkok Breakfast
Day 15 Grand Palace - Esmeralda Buddha - Wat Po - Canal tour - Wat Arun Breakfast
Day 16 Full day Floating Market – Mae Klong Market Breakfast
Day 17 Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Bangkok by cruise down Breakfast
Day 18 Bangkok Departure Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Hanoi

Fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, our shuttles bus & guide will be holding a sign with your name and welcome you at Noi Bai International airport, transferred to your hotel for check in. 

Meals:

Day 2

Hanoi City Tour Full Day

After breakfast, our guide pick up at hotel at 8.00AM. Sightseeing today includes explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, start a Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). End the day’s explorations; watch a traditional puppet show on water that shows off an ancient art form

NOTES:

  • Ho Chi Minh mausoleum will be closed on Mon/ Fri & in the afternoon every day.
  • Ho Chi Minh mausoleum will be closed from SEPT to NOV every year for renovation activities
  • Vietnam Ethnology will be closed on all mondays and during Vietnam Lunar New Year
  • Do not wear shorts when entering HCM mausoleum please (Tue/ Wed/ Thu/ Sat/ Sun)

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

Our guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at lobby of hotel at 8.00 - 8.20AM and start journey east to Halong Bay, through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where we see every day Vietnamese village life. On arrival, we board a beautiful traditional junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay’s 3000 magnificent limestone islets. In the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and later there is opportunity for an evening swim from the side of the boat. Spend the night on our luxurious boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Fly to Da Nang - Hoi An

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier to get back Hanoi airport for flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, our driver will pick you up and transfer to hotel in Hoi An for check in. Overnight in Hoi An. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Hoi An - Cycling To Tra Que Village - Walking Tour

Cycling into the countryside to the small farming community of Tra Que Vegetable Village. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and see the farmers at work, later learn to make Vietnamese spring roll and free on foot massage by herbs. Transfer back to Hoi An and free visiting a lovely old house, still occupied by the descendants of the merchants who built it over 200 years ago, before seeing the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple, the bustling market. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Hoi An - My Son

My Son Sanctuary, situated around 50km away from Hoi An, is another Cultural Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1999 with 32 epitaphs and 71 monuments. The unique Hindu sanctuary is the perfectly ideal destination for those who want to learn everything about the Champa Ancient Kingdom including the history, culture, and architecture.

This morning (afternoon), you will set out on a drive to the southwest of Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary for a My Son half day tour. This is where the Cham culture in Central Vietnam started in the 4th century, declined in the 13th century, and ceased to exist in the 15th century. The once capital of the Champa Kingdom dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva is now a cluster of partially ruined and heavily damaged Hindu temples, with only 20 left, due to age and bombing during the Vietnam War. This unique and majestic sanctuary stands as a witness to a glorious bygone era of the once-thriving Cham culture

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Hoi An - Transfer to Hue - City Tour

Depart Hoian for the scenic mountainous drive to Hue, we visit Marble Mountains  Stop at the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of North and South Vietnam, to admire the spectacular views and at the fishing village of Lang Co for a drink. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely walking tour through Vietnam’s ancient capital city, visiting the Royal Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of King Tu Duc (a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king), before exploring the Imperial Museum and Dong Ba Market.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Hue - Fly to Ho Chi Minh

After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival Ho Chi Minh, you will be welcomed by our tour guide/ driver and transfer to hotel for check in. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnel

Breakfast at hotel, meet our guide at 8.00 & start visiting to the most attractive places in Ho Chi Minh City including Reunification Palace - a special national relic for its historical and architectural values of Vietnam, and the War Remnants Museum. Next, we will explore a little bit about Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office – the French building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Have a lunch at local restaurant before leaving the city for a tour to Cu Chi Tunnels - a man-made maze with the length of almost 250 kilometers. Also, the tunnels were used to serve as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living quarters for Vietnamese fighters in the long period of war. If you are interested in, you can go into the tunnels to discover the harsh living conditions of those whose were used to live there. 

After that, taste the typical boiled tapioca and hot tea before you come back to Saigon.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Ho Chi Minh - My Tho Ben Tre

Pick you up at hotel at 8.00, A smooth one-and-half-hour bus ride through rice field scenery along National Highway 1 brings you to the beautiful rural district of Trung Luong. On arrival at My Tho, after visiting Vinh Trang pagoda, take a motor boat to enter My Tho city through Bao Dinh natural canal. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to view the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands. Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant, then visit the coconut candy mill and take an amazing rowing boat trip along the small canal on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals. Meet at the bus and return to Ho Chi Minh City. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Ho Chi Minh - Fly to Siem Reap - Angkor Outlying Temple

Morniing, transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our guide, then drive to the rural outskirt 35km from Angkor area to visit the smallest, but magnificent, Banteay Srei built in the 10th Century and dedicated to Shiva. The temple was the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture and the bas-relief work is the best example of Khmer classical art remaining. The pink sandstone structure bears a series of striking and beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes. Khmers say the temple must have been carved by women for the details are too fine for the hands of a man. On the way back stop at Pradark Village, where you will see the villagers making palm sugar, handicraft for selling to tourist. It’s a nice chance for you to see the local people living at the country side with their struggling for daily life.

Continue to the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya which flourished in the late 9th and earlier 10th centuries. These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to the Rolous group we visit the main one called Bakhong temple. 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12

Siem Reap - Angkor Tour

Beat the crowd early morning by 7 am; visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. And continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat - one of the world’s most impressive ruins.  The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art. 

Lunch is own account.

Afternoon, explore the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom & Bayon. Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another one, until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit the surroundings of the complex including the Baphuon, Elephant Terrace, Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place area. 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13

Tonle Sap Lake - Walking Tour

Morning transfer out of the Siem Reap town to a beautiful village in the countryside, you will start to walk through the village houses, witnessing very nice and different activities from the locals for their daily life. Just as some examples: how the locals wash vehicles, selling gasoline in whiskey bottles or the small shops where the locals sell food on the side of small streets. 

Enjoy a view of this wonderful area and interact with very kindly people in the village. Leisurely walk through the rice paddies and see how this family doing daily work such as making rice wine, handicraft works meanwhile a member of the family will offer you a fresh coconut and some homemade rice wine to taste. 

Hop in your van for driving onward to the next destination, a floating community, arrive at the quay for embarking on a motorized boat to visit floating houses village offering an incredible natural phenomenon of making their lives from the lake in a respectful and meaningful way. This is a great chance to witness one of Cambodia and the world’s most amazing natural wonders. Drive back to Siem Reap. (Note***floating community is recommended from September to February)

At your choice, Kayaking is available on request on Tonle Sap Lake at additional cost.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14

Siem Reap - Fly to Bangkok

Today, catch a flight from Siem reap to bangkok. Upon arrival, meet our driver and transferred to hotel for check in. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15

Grand Palace - Esmeralda Buddha - Wat Po - Canal tour - Wat Arun

Today we will make Bangkok city tour including the Royal Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho - the largest Buddhist temple with its colossal reclining Buddha. Lunch at local restaurant. 

Experience an afternoon trip along the bustling Chao Phya River and the quiet Klongs (canals) in a long tail boat enjoy scenes of life by water. We bring you to a more traditional way of living, more serene and traditional, away from all the high-rise and modern buildings of Bangkok City Centre, as we gently pass Thonburi residential areas. A stop will be made at the "Temple of Dawn" (officially named Wat Arun). Afterward, transfer back hotel. 

Overnight in Bangkok 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 16

Full day Floating Market – Mae Klong Market

Pick up from the hotel in Bangkok for Damnern Saduak floating market.

On the way will be passing the largest source of salt production in Thailand along the roadside of the highway.Visit Mae Klong Market. (The World’s Most Fascinating Marketplace), an open – air Marketplace.

People sell locally grown fruits, freshly caught seafood, dried spices, peppers, and other local foods.  Amazing! Train tracks run right through the marketplace. When the train comes by, vendors have to close up their canopy and wait for it to pass. Naturally, it’s a popular spot with the tourists. Visit Coconut Garden, see how the sugar is being made right from the coconut syrup of coconut flower. Then take long-tail boat going along narrow canal surround the plantation. Arrive at Damnern Saduak floating market. See a fascinating Thai way of life from the ancient time that is still widely practiced in this area. A chance to try various kinds of exotic Thai fruits and choices of Thai handicrafts are available at the spot.              

Depart from Floating Market to visit Wooden Handy Craft Factory. They show you how to produce wood carving. Then transfer back to Bangkok 

Overnight in Bangkok 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 17

Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Bangkok by cruise down

This morning you will transfer to Ayutthaya. First visit at Bang Pa-In Summer Palace was first used by the royal court as a summer retreat in the 17th century. However, the Palace was destroyed with the fall of Kingdom of Ayutthaya and was restored by King Rama IV in the mid-19th century. Most of the buildings that exist today date from the reign of King Rama V, who regularly spent his summers there. The structures represent a variety of architectural styles, set in a large park around ponds and waterways. then follow by Wat Yai Chaimongkhol where you have a chance to sacred one of the biggest Reclining Buddha Image as well and the ruins of the old Royal Grand Palace & Temples. 

Continue to visit Wat Mahathat is located in front of the Grand Palace to the east, next to Pa Than Bridge. The temple is believed to be one of Ayutthaya's oldest temples, possibly built by King Boromaraja I (1370-88). Its central prang, of which only the base remains, once rose to a height of 165 feet. Traces of the original stucco decorations can still be seen on some of the surrounding chedis Across the river to visit Wat Na Phra Men, the temple has been restored a number of times but still has a finely proportioned ubosot and viharn. The Ubosot design is very old in the typical Thai style. Then transfer to Wat Chong Lom Pier in Nontaburi Province take curies back to Bangkok. Delicious meal served in the luxurious surrounds of a cruise boat. 

Afternoon - Coffee Break - Witness the beauty of the Chao Phraya River and rural life along the two riverbanks 

from the cruise deck or from the cool, air-conditioned passenger cabin. Arriving in Bangkok, you will pass by the majestic Grand Palace and Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)

Overnight in Bangkok 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 18

Bangkok Departure

Today, you will meet guide and transfer Bangkok Airport for your flight. 

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  • Accommodations based on twin share room
  • Tours and transfer as private air-con vehicle 
  • Entrance fee as mentioned. 
  • Kayaking in Halong Bay 
  • Cooking Demonstration 
  • Boat Trip in Tonle Sap Lake 
  • Water Puppet Show 
  • Cycling to Tra Que Village
  • Meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)  
  • Drinking water: 2 bottle per person per day. 
  • English Speaking guide / other language is available at your request
  • Service charge & Government

Exclusions

  • Domestic & International flights
  • Gratuities: tips to guides, drivers, our representatives, bellboys, etc. 
  • However you might pay more or less depending on their services.
  • Travel insurance. Please kindly note that the full coverage travel insurance from your country of origin should be purchased in advance on your own.
  • Visa to Vietnam/ Cambodia/ Thailand 
  • Option, additional, person activates during free time.
  • Meal or drink not mention 
  • Excess luggage charges 

 

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Hanoi

Gondola Hotel

Tirant Hotel

Melia Hotel

Halong Bay

Swan Cruise

Huong Hai Sealife Cruise

Orchid Cruise

Hoi An

Calla Villa

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort

Hue

Serene Palace Hotel

Eldora Hotel

La Residence Hue

Ho Chi Minh

GK Central Hotel

Grand Silverland Hotel

Rex Hotel

Siem Reap

Sokha Roth Hotel

Tara Angkor Hotel

Sokha Angkor Resort

Thailand

I Residence Silom

Evergreen Lauren

Grand Centre Point

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