4 weeks in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia

Bangkok - Ayuthaya - Phitsanuloke - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai - Hanoi - Sapa - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho - Siem Reap

Overview

Veer off Southeast Asia’s trodden paths to uncover the glory days of lost empires—and immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures that have emerged in their wakes. As you travel through Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, you’ll encounter temples and shrines devoted to Buddhist, Hindu, and animist worship; romantic remnants of French Colonial architecture; and gilded palaces where royals still reside. Along the way, you’ll meet locals in their markets and schools, and learn about traditional crafts like silk-weaving and paper-making from artisans who have practiced their trades for generations. It’s an adventure like none other!

28 days / 27 nights
Small group, Private tour
Departure: At customer request
Theme: Interaction with local, Nature/Soft Adventure, Traditional culture
Suitable:

Highlights

  • Experience the vibrant and diverse cultures of Bangkok where modern edges wrap around historic beauty and venture to the fabulous city of Ayutthaya, the once capital of Siam
  • Feel old-world charms of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, experience the best kept secrets in town and connect with locals of Northern Thailand
  • Enjoy stunning natural scenery of Vietnam: the wonder of thousands of limestone karsts in the legendary Halong Bay, the luscious rolling hills of rice fields of Sapa, the lushly green vegetation and mighty waterways of Mekong Delta or white sandy beaches of Nha Trang
  • Experience a slow pace of life when you walk around the impossibly atmospheric Ancient Town of Hoi An
  • Uncover the secrets of Cambodia’s mystical Angkor Wat region, go into sacred temples, mystery ruins and learn about stories of Khmer kings and lost civilizations, ancient mythology and fascinating folklore
  • Observe local life in the floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake where people don’t have land to built houses

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Meals: NA
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok Full Day Floating Market and River Kwai

07:30: Guide and vehicle pick up at hotel for tour.

This busy full day tour takes you first to the rural yet world-famous floating market of Damnern Saduak, situated around 100 kilometers west of Bangkok. It is generally known as Klong Ton Khem Floating Market or Damnern Saduak Floating Market. Damnern Saduak has officially three floating markets. A narrow canal flanked with food stalls and souvenir shops forms the principal market at Ton Kem. Farther south are the rarely visited markets at Her Kui and Khun Pitak. Photographers at Ton Kem will get their best shots from the bridge, which crosses over the canal, and from the produce shed on the right. Nowadays, the market is bustling with activity from very early in the morning until about 11.00 am. We continue to the world famous bridge on the River Kwai, built during World War II by the prisoners of war. The bridge is located near the town of Kanchanaburi, 130 kilometers west of Bangkok. You will visit the well-kept Wat Cemetery of Allied Prisoners, which contain the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers who lost their lives while building the bridge and constructing the notorious “Death Railway” which the Japanese had hoped to stretch all the way to the Burmese border. This tour will bring you also closer to the past, as paying a visit to the JEATH Museum (the name “JEATH” is derived from Japan, England, America/Australia, Thailand and Holland), where the past has been created and relived with pictures and artifacts out of this time. We will return back to Bangkok in the late afternoon to your booked hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok
Day 3: Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Lopburi – Phitsanuloke

Depart Bangkok in the morning for northern Thailand. Our first stop is at Bang Pa In, the former summer residence of the kings of Ayutthaya built in the 18th century. There we’ll visit the Royal Palace, the Thai pavilion, the Chinese-style Palace Vihat Chamrun with their trimmed bushes in elephant shapes. Continue to Ayutthaya, which used to be the capital of Siam from 1350 to 1767 and visit the most interesting temples. Proceed to Lopburi, visiting Phra Prang Sam Yod, a temple with three towers and impressive ornaments as well as the shrine of the Hindu Goddess Kali at the Sarn Prakarn Temple. Lunch at a local restaurant then continue on to Phitsanuloke.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel/ resort in Phitsanuloke
Day 4: Phitsanuloke – Sukhothai – Chiang Rai

Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Sukhothai, the first capital (13th century) of the Thai Kingdom. Old Sukhothai is one of Asia’s most important historical sites and therefore under the supervision of UNESCO. After a visit of the temples Wat Sra Sri and Wat Sri Chum, we continue to Sri Satchanalai, the former sister town of Sukhothai for lunch and a visit to some of its most interesting temples and ruins. We drive further North to Chiang Rai and check in at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel/ resort in Chiang Rai
Day 5: Chiang Rai

Breakfast at the hotel. North Thailand is well known for its exotic hill tribes and this morning we will visit some of their villages. The drive takes us on narrow hilly roads through beautiful landscape with spectacular views to the villages of the Akha and Yao hill tribes. Then drive to Mae Sai, which is the most northern town of Thailand on the border of Burma. Take lunch then continue to the center of the famous Golden Triangle, the meeting point of the borders of Burma, Laos and Thailand. For those who would like to come even closer to the border of Burma and Laos, an optional trip by boat on the Mekong River will be on offer. Visit to the old Opium House before continuing to the provincial town of Chiang Saen, which is located at the scenic borders of the Mekong River. Return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel/ resort in Chiang Rai
Day 6: Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Mae Ka Chan, which is famous for its hot springs. Then we continue our trip through scenic hillsides and jungles to Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North “. Lunch at a local restaurant before arrival into Chiang Mai. Drive to Wat Phra Dhat Doi Suthep mountain temple then continue to the hotel. In the evening, a traditional Kantoke traditional dinner is on the program. Typical Thai dishes from the northern region are served while elegant Thai dancers are performing.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel/ resort in Chiang Mai
Day 7: Chiang Mai

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we visit an elephant camp to see how elephants work and maybe take an optional elephant ride. Visit to the Orchid & Butterfly Farm before taking a local lunch. Visit the handicraft villages at San Kampaeng The various traditional handicrafts are fascinating to watch and there are chances to purchase the pieces also.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel/ resort in Chiang Mai
Day 8: Chiang Mai – Bangkok – Fly to Hanoi

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to Chiang Mai Airport for your departure flight to Hanoi.

The tour guide and driver will pick you up at Noi Bai international airport (Hanoi) and transfer to the city centre for hotel check-in.

Hotel rooms may not be ready until 14:00 hrs but an early check-in would be guaranteed with a surcharge. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Optional: We introduce two one-of-a-kind traditional performances which are found nowhere else than in Vietnam. You can choose one of below options:

– Water Puppet Show where puppets are performed on water stage with folk music, presenting ancient tales, folklores and daily life in Vietnamese countryside.

– Tu Phu (Four Palaces) Show – a very unique show about ritual of spirit practiced in the Vietnamese indigenous religion with music, colors and lively dance performance. The Four Palaces Shows take place on Thursday and Saturday every week.

If you’re interested in the shows, please contact our travel consultants to book.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi City tour half day - Night train to Lao Cai

Half day Hanoi city tour (by car or by motorbike – upon client’s interest) – Routes can change subject to client’s interest.

8:00 Tour guide will pick you up at your hotel, start your city tour by taking photos and learn about the history of the Hanoi Old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake as well as the Hanoi Opera House . Ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, where most tourists don’t visit. Take a number of short stops to take photos and the tour guide leader will take you on a foot tour to learn about the history of the sites including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam and is constructed to dedicate to Confucius. Enjoying a range of small Vietnamese snacks. Then ride around West Lake, pass some of the most exclusive real estate in Vietnam to find out lifestyle differences between center district and others.

Have lunch at an authentic Vietnamese Restaurant.

Around noon you will have the option for your Tour Guide to take you to any location in the Old Quarter or to your hotel.

Meet at your hotel in Hanoi at around 20:00 hrs and transfer to Hanoi train station. Overnight train trip to Lao Cai in shared sleeping compartments (sharing with other passengers in 2 lower & 2 upper berths per compartment). Train departs at approximately 21:15 hrs.

Notes:

– Our tour guide will not accompany during the train trip

– Train schedule is subject to change.

– Private compartments on request at surcharge.

– Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for – with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight train to Lao Cai
Day 10: Lao Cai - Sapa trekking full day

Pick up at the train station when you arrive and transfer to Sapa by a tourist shared bus.

Start the trip at 9:30 as below.

12 km of trekking, visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority. after lunch at a local family in Lao Chai or in a drinking shop nearby the river bank, we keep on hiking to Ta Van village of the Dzay where we stay overnight in a local family. Here you have opportunity to experience their daily life, work and original custom.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Home-stay in Tavan Village/ Hotel in Sapa
Day 11: Sapa Trekking – Bus to Hanoi

Breakfast will be serving at the homestay at about 8:00am

Start trekking at 9:30 Am

Take 8 km walking to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong (Giang Ta Chai & Su Pan). Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes… through bamboo forest on the way to the main road to get the jeep to return to Sapa.

Shuttle bus pick up at your hotel then transfer to Ha Noi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ha Noi
Day 12: Excursion to Ninh Binh

8:00: Our driver and tour guide pick you up at your hotel then depart for Ninh Binh province. Ninh Binh is located south of the Northern Delta, between the Red River and Ma River. The old city of Ninh Binh is one of many famous historic sites in Vietnam. The provincial town of Ninh Binh as diverse landscapes because of its proximity to the mountains of Non Nuoc and Canh Dieu.

Arrive in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, visit 2 Temples of 2 Kings (Dinh Bo Linh and Le Hoan

Then our driver will transfer you from Hoa Lu to Tam Coc Wharf to have lunch in a local restaurant in Tam Coc and enjoy famous specialties of Ancient Capital area.

In the afternoon, Take a 5 minute walk to the Tam Coc Wharf and start the 2 hour boat trip to visit 3 caves: Hang Ca (First Cave), Hang Hai (Second Cave) and Hang Ba (Third Cave). Each cave owns an unique scenery which will dazzle you as you get in.

Afterwards, Take up cycling for an hour to Bich Dong and sight see beautiful scenic pagodas, lush paddy fields, mountains, river and caves. Then get on bus and our driver will take you back to Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise

Halong Bay is listed by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage and voted as a Wonder of Nature by the New7Wonders Foundation. You will have a night staying in this world famous bay.

Be ready for pick-up at your hotel lobby at 08:00. Halfway to Halong City we will have a stop at Hong Ngoc Humanitarian Centre. Apart from having clean western style toilet facilities we will be able to see local craftsmen at work and have time for relaxation.

11:30 – 12:00 Upon arrival at the pier, embark on the boat and set sail on a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Halong Bay, taking in the spectacular scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lunch is served as you cruise by impressive rock formations with unusual names and shapes.

In the afternoon you will start to discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as “Dragon descending to the sea“. Depending on each cruise’s itinerary of the day, you may visit a beautiful cave, have some swimming at Titov or Soi Sim beach.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: On-board an overnight cruise in Halong Bay
Day 14: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Hue

Wake up by the sounds of the sea. After breakfast, cruise will take tourists to explore the most stunning caves in Halong.

Boat starts cruising back to the harbor while brunch is served. We continue cruising through the bay, along the way seeing more of the fascinating formations.

When backing on shore we will then transfer by car to the airport in Hanoi to catch a flight to Hue. It will take about 1 hour 20 minutes on flight. Welcomed by our driver in Hue Airport then we will be transferred to hotel in Hue

Check in hotel, free at leisure the rest of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 15: Hue Half Day City Tour

Hue was Vietnam’s capital from 1802 to 1945 and this half day tour will give you Highlights of Hue in a short amount of time. The different tombs, citadel.. that reflect the city’s rich history. Hue is best known for its imposing citadel and the ornate tombs of dynastic kings as one of Vietnam’s former imperial capital. Spend your time with half day Glimpse of Hue with us.

08:00 – 08:15 Pick up at your hotel

Enjoy your wonderful day by taking a boat trip to visit the seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda. Thien Mu pagoda is one of the most beautiful and ancient architectural structures of worshiping in Vietnam now. Thien Mu Pagoda has become one of the most famous tourist attractions in Hue City now.

Then visit Dong Ba market, the biggest and most significant market in Hue in particular and Central Viet Nam in general.

Continue your journey to discover the Imperial Citadel then make your way to the Hue Royal Antiques Museum to see a collection of ornaments.

Hue Royal Antiquities Museum where preserves royal treasures has a history with many changes. The main exhibition house of the present museum used to be a palace under Nguyen Dynasty, called Long An Palace. It was built in 1845 by Thieu Tri King, located on the north of Ngu Ha River. It was a type of “isolated palace” for the king.

12:00 – 12:30: Drop you off at your hotel.

Afternoon: free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 16: Hue - Danang - Hoi An - Road transfer

In the morning, transfer by shuttle bus to the enchanting town of Hoi An listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage and was once a well-known trading centre in Southeast Asia from the 16th to 18th centuries. Land transfer by shuttle bus or Private car with stop at some sightseeing on the way for short break (admission fee not included). Check in the hotel and relax.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 17: Hoi An Walking tour half day

After having breakfast in your hotel, your guide will take you on a stroll through the ancient town. Its friendly inhabitants, narrow streets, old houses, temples and wooden bridge still remain its ancient character.

The best way to discover Hoi An, however, is to simply wander. Little more than a maze of a few streets, there are temples, museums and preserved houses to visit; yet with some 850 buildings heritage-protected, the best feel for the town comes from the places which are free to all. As with everywhere in this country, the ‘real’ Vietnam is to be found in unexpected places, such as a back street or turning down an unexpected alley, or talking in broken English to the old lady who sells Chinese scrolls. In hidden nooks and crannies are art galleries, cafes, gastronomic gems, ceramics for sale, shops filled with lanterns and, of course, the silk for which the town is famed. There are woodworkers and carvers, artists at work, craft shops. Plus there are always cold drinks for sale, important no matter the time of year. In this part of Vietnam, it is either hot and dry, or hot and wet.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 18: Da Nang – Train to Nha Trang

Have breakfast at hotel. Free at hotel untill driver pick up at hotel then transfer to Da Nang train station for train to Nha Trang.

Guide and vehicle will pick you up on arrival at the train station, then transfer to hotel. Check – in and relax

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang
Day 19: Nha Trang free day

Have a breakfast at hotel

Nha Trang is a perfect choice which offers very nice weather and good reasons for travelling! Just one free day in this city is still not enough! You can enjoy another day in this beautiful beach city. You can consider some of our suggestions below:

+ Boat trip cruising in Nha Trang Bay to visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium

+ Snorkeling in Hon Mun Island

+ Having a fresh meal at the Con Se Tre Restaurant on Hon Tre Island.

+ Shopping

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang
Day 20: Nha Trang free day

Free time to relax on the beach or shopping

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang
Day 21: Nha Trang – Overnight train to Ho Chi Minh

Free day at leisure. In the late afternoon or evening, guide with vehicle pick up at hotel, then transfer to train station. Take overnight train to Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight on train
Day 22: Ho Chi Minh City half day city tour

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh in early morning. Guide and vehicle will pick you up at train station and transfer to hotel. (early check in will be charged)

Formerly known as Saigon, todays Ho Chi Minh City is the bustling and vibrating economic centre of the South. Over the past few centuries, Saigon was called the “Pearl of the Far East” and was an important trading centre for Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants who travelled along the Saigon River.

In the afternoon, gain an insight into the city’s development through a walking tour to the most significant landmarks including the Saigon Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Central Post Office (all magnificent sights from the French colonial period). Your next stop will be the famous Ben Thanh Market, where you can purchase some souvernirs

Rest of the day at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 23: Ho Chi Minh – Can Tho – Explore Mekong Delta

A visit to the Mekong Delta is so memorable because of the region’s diversity. Board on a long tail boat and experience the diversity of the Mekong waterways first hand as you explore fish farms and exotic fruit farms.Touring the orchards, paddy fields and swamplands of the Mekong Delta, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into the pages of a geography textbook. Many visitors spend a day or two in Can Tho, the delta’s biggest settlement, to take advantage of its decent hotels and restaurants and to recharge batteries before venturing out to the floating markets nearby.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho
Day 24: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh

After Breakfast at hotel, take a motor boat to visit Cai Rang – the most fascinating floating market where we can see all trading activities on Mekong river. Do you mind to taste a bowl of “ hu tieu”- traditional rice noodle of Mekong delta person or try a small piece of durian which is the most addicted fruit to local people? A short stop to visit rice husking mill and walk around the village. See the beautiful scenery and daily activities of the locals. Disembark at Ninh Kieu and transfer back to HCMC after lunch in Can Tho.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Day 25: Ho Chi Minh – Fly to Siem Reap

Have leisure time before your departure. You are welcome to join our interesting optional excursions in and around Ho Chi Minh City, such as our Good Morning Saigon! tour.

Please note that hotel check-out time is at 12:00. A late check-out can be arranged subject to room availability and a surcharge will be applied.

Transfer to the airport in Ho Chi Minh City for flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, meet and then transfer direct to hotel. Remain of the day is free and overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 26: Siem Reap Temple Discovery Tour – Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat

Breakfast at hotel, first visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon, continue to seeing the architectural masterpiece of Angkor Wat. We stroll around this massive monument, exploring the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 27: Banteay Srei – Explore floating village in Tonle Sap

After breakfast, visit the temple of Banteay Srei temple (women’s castle), it is considered a classic pearl in the crown of Khmer art. Then continue to visit Banteay Samre, established in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple consists of two four-winged library a hall before and after example of very good southern accompany reservations. Lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will take a boat trip at the Tonle Sap, about 16 km from the southeastern city of Siem Reap. Here is a good choice for you to visit the floating village. This is a relatively small village, provides a good insight into the Tonle Sap village lifestyle. The village is almost entirely in fishing and related activities. If the time permitted, before returning to the hotel, we will stop at Old Market. You will find artifacts, gold and silver jewelery, precious stones, silk, stone and wood carvings, as well as shirts, CD and other memorabilia. Then, back to Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 28: Siem Reap Departure

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, free time until transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: NA

Important Notes:

  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.

Price & Inclusion

Standard 2*
Price for 2 Adults
US $6078
Discount
US $

Total
US $6078
Superior 3*
Price for 2 Adults
US $6418
Discount
US $

Total
US $6418
First Class 4*
Price for 2 Adults
US $7638
Discount
US $

Total
US $7638

Meals

27 Breakfast, 16 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Transportation

Airplane, Car, Train, Cruise, Trekking, Shuttle Bus

Price Includes

  • Overnight in shared Twin/ Double room with Air-condition (AC) at hotel.
  • Overnight on local train at a shared compartment with 4 soft berths (if any)
  • Overnight at local homestay in a shared room, private blanket and mosquito net (if any)
  • All transport during tour on air – conditioned vehicle as per itinerary (including airport pick up & see off)
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • Meals as indicated in the program
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • 3 flights in tour: Bangkok – Hanoi, Hanoi – Hue and Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap.

Cancellation by Customer

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the deposit amount
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged

Children Policy

  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate