(Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui)
(Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City)
Wake early and stroll out on to the deck of your overnight cruiser as the rising sun awakens the quaint floating villages of Halong Bay in calming shades of pink, blue and gold.
Halong Bay is Vietnam’s most stirring natural wonder and you’ll experience several of its 2000 idyllic islets aboard a luxury overnight cruise as it glides past deep caves, pristine beaches, traditional fishermen at work, and abstract rock formations that rise from gentle tides. Elsewhere, enjoy a Vietnamese water puppet show in Hanoi; see the golden temples of Bangkok; explore the rainforests of Chiang Mai atop an elephant and meet the region’s hill tribes; take a traditional wooden boat to the cliff caves of Pak Ou and soaring waterfalls of Luang Prabang; marvel at the vast labyrinth of ancient temples at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat; and recharge your batteries in the island paradise of Koh Samui.
This extensive three-country tour of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia puts you squarely in the center of the action as you’re encouraged to take part in a variety of activities from Tai Chi on Halong Bay to bicycle excursions through rural villages and tropical countryside. You’ll stay in a selection of historic colonial villas, authentic village guest houses, great city hotels and world-class spa resorts.
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A private vehicle with English-speaking guide and driver will transfer you between the airport and your hotel. The driving time is roughly 45 minutes.
Conveniently located in the "heart" of Central Bangkok, entering the AriyasomVilla is like stepping back in time to a more leisurely life style. The Villa was built in 1942 and is still in the hands of the original family who built it. With 25 beautifully appointed Rooms and Suites, "Na Aroon" Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool, Spa, Meeting Room, Library and Meditation Hall, you will be well looked after during your stay.
A visit to the Royal Grand Palace - the nation’s landmark and most praised royal monument in Thailand, with the enclosed and dazzling Wat Phra Keo with its revered Emerald Buddha, the Golden Chedi, the Pantheon of the Chakri Kings and the Eight Coloured Towers is a must. It is considered by many to be a living example of classical Siamese Court, being the former residence of the kings of Thailand. Wat Pho is also regarded as the first centre of public education and is sometimes called ‘Thailand’s first university’. Mural paintings, inscriptions, and statues found in the temple served to educate people on varied subjects such as literature, warfare, archaeology, astronomy, geology, meditation and is considered to be the home of Thai traditional massage. Here, you will enjoy a 30-minute Thai massage as an excellent break after a morning sightseeing. 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. You'll be introduced to a serene, more traditional way of living, away from the high-rise and modern buildings of Bangkok City Centre, as you gently pass Thonburi residential areas. A stop will be made at the “Temple of Dawn” (officially named Wat Arun). Finally, a visit to the Flower and vegetable market will round off the day. Located close to the Chao Phraya River, this part of Bangkok brings you to a rural piece of Bangkok where you'll find a vast selection of all kinds of flowers, especially orchids and tropical flowers and see how the merchants create very special flower garlands. The end of this Bangkok day ends at the Golden Mountain. Photography is permitted in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compounds of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings.
Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on Bangkok Air.
You will be greeted at the airport by an English speaking guide and transferred by private car between the airport and your hotel.
Visit the most sacred temple in the North of Thailand; the Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is the most sacred temple in Chiang Mai containing a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3520 feet), the temple is reached using a Naga (7- headed dragon head serpent) railing rising along both sides. The temple compound – reachable via a 300-step staircase - offers an exhilarating view of Chiangmai city and surrounding countryside. Drive back down to the city centre to visit some of the other impressive temples of Chiangmai. Wat Suan Dok is one of them, which dates back to the 14th century when it served as the pleasure gardens to the Thai monarchy. Nowadays it houses several white Chedi’s, containing the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former Royal family. This temple also houses one of the most famous Monk Schools in the whole of Chiang Mai and the Wat Jedyod, also known as The Temple of Seven Spires. Please dress respectfully by not wearing sleeveless T–shirts, shorts or strapless sandals, when visiting the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
Tamarind Village is set in the heart of Chiang Mai, just 15 minutes from the airport, and close to the local bus and train links. The world famous night bazaar is a short stroll away, along with various temples and cultural points of interest. This boutique property boasts 42 guest rooms and 3 suites reflecting a range of styles accustomed only to northern Thailand. All rooms are decorated with contemporary elegance. On-site facilities include a spa, travel desk and car rental service.
The Elephant is Thailand’s working pride and one of this country’s national symbols. Current estimates of wild elephants left in Thailand were between 3000-4000 animals. Although logging is being banned in this Kingdom, they remain a very important mode of jungle transport as it beats any other animal or machine for its ability to move through a forest with minimum damage. For centuries these animals were trained to use their skills by moving lumber and served as a mode of transport within the jungle area. Over the past decade, with the reduction in lumbering, these giants of the forest have been protected in various conservation camps. An interesting journey through the scenic countryside brings you to Chiang Dao Elephant Conservation Camp. Here you to see elephants at work during a half-hour presentation. There is also an opportunity to watch the elephants as they take their morning bath. During your visit to the camp, you’ll have an opportunity to ride on elephant back during a one hour trek into the surrounding forest. After a Thai set lunch at the camp, the afternoon is reserved for a leisurely cruise on board a bamboo raft.
Crisp mountain air and hill tribes are must-sees for visitors to Chiang Rai, as well the infamous Golden Triangle area. Leave for Chiang Rai by road, crossing mountains and valleys that are typical for this region of Thailand. Enjoy picturesque landscapes, a rich source of forestry where you can enjoy its beauty scenery and atmosphere. First stop is Wiang Pa Pao, one of famous areas to find a Hot Spring. On the way, make another stop to visit Mae Chan where Yao and Akha hill tribe villages are situated. After that, continuing to Mae Sai the furthest northern trading border town between Thailand and Myanmar. It is a busy trading town where you spend times to shop for your souvenirs from Chiang Rai Trip. A local lunch will be provided. After a delicious and much-needed Thai style Lunch, tour will take you to the Golden Triangle area, where the border of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. Then, visit Chiang Saen (A.D. 1260), the ancient city of Chiang Rai, on the steep banks of Mae Khong River, opposite Laos. Witness some magnificent, ancient ruins and temples. Return to Chiang Mai, across the same mountainous route. Arrive back at your hotel in the early evening.
Fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang via Bangkok.
Airport transfer with private guide, driver and vehicle.
Explore Luang Prabang by bicycle. Visit former royal temples, Wat Visun where you can see the Biggest Buddha statue, Wat Xieng Thong the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang with its mosaic decoration and the former royal carriage. Visit the Museum (former king's palace), then climb up Mt Phousi overlooking the city of Luang Prabang. Time permitting, take a ride around the outskirts of town.
The 3 Nagas hotel is an elegant boutique comprising three UNESCO World Heritage buildings more than a century old, steeped in Lao tradition yet embracing the best of modern comforts. Restored in 2003, the hotel blends contemporary style with the buildings’ original architecture, seamlessly connecting the past and the present. Each of the guest rooms are tastefully decorated and open onto a spacious private terrace overlooking the street or garden. Have a leisurely breakfast or afternoon tea while sitting on your private veranda and indulge in the divine culinary fare of the hotel’s renowned restaurants, offering the best in Lao cuisine, with a touch of French flare. Embark on a timeless cultural journey of discovery amid the hotel’s warm and inviting ambience.
Take a traditional wooden boat upstream to visit the famous caves of Pak Ou. The caves are perched on the sheer face of the cliff, offering impressive and stunning views of the Mekong and surrounding mountains. Inside the cave, there are more than one hundred Buddha images which have been attracting local people since the early 14th century when the cave was discovered. On the way, a short stop at Ban Xanghai, enjoy the taste of the local rice wine. Distilling rice wine and weaving are important economic activities for the majority of people in the village.
Take an excursion by car to Kuang Si Waterfall, 32 kms to the south of Luang Prabang. On the way, visit a pineapple plantation and visit Ban Longlao (Hmong village). Walk through the forest to the waterfall. After enjoying the scenery, take a swim in one of the nearby clear pools. Below the tiered limestone pools lies the Khmu village Ban Thapene. Khmu men are especially good basket weavers and can sometimes be watched crafting. Return to Luang Prabang by car.
Fly one way from Luang Prabang, Laos to Hanoi, Vietnam.
Welcome to Vietnam! Please be sure that your visa has been pre-arranged, or that your visa-on-arrival letter is in your carry on luggage. These documents will be presented to customs at your first point of entry into the country.
You will be transferred between downtown Hanoi and the International Airport by private car and driver.
The Movenpick is conveniently located in the heart of Hanoi’s business district, a 40-minute drive from Noi Bai International Airport and only 5 minutes from the city centre. Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi is specially tailored to meet the needs of discerning corporate travellers. There are well-appointed rooms and suites equipped with LCD flat screen TVs and a wide selection of international cable TV channels. Mini-bar, personal safe, tea and coffee making amenities are also available. Broadband cable and WiFi Internet is accessible in all guest rooms and throughout the public areas of the hotel. Mangosteen, our all-day dining restaurant offers an interactive buffet as well as à la carte menu.
You will be picked up at your hotel by private car with an English speaking guide and taken to visit the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and his former residence, One pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. After lunch, continue your city tour to one of Hanoi's many museums featuring Fine Art, History, Revolutionary, War, Ethnology of your choice, then head to Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple and experience a 1 hour cyclo tour. Finish your day off at the Thang Long Opera Theatre for a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. For lunch, enjoy a lovely meal at a local restaurant.
Transfer this morning from Hanoi to Halong Bay. The drive is roughly 3 hours.
Your heavenly journey across Halong Bay starts around noon on Tuan Chau Island at the doorstep of Vietnam's most fascinating wonder. As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by Paradise Crew and Cruise Manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for a pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard the ship’s luxury facilities in stunning surroundings.
Discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon like fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of the emerald water.
While onboard, at your leisure you can take advantage of the Spa, Beauty and the Massage services provided. You will also have the opportunity to attend the chef's cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking. Defined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for lunch and dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world.
Paradise Luxury I, II, III & IV were built according to the traditional Vietnamese junk design and present a lavish outfit blending in subtle harmony with the natural environment. The 4 Paradise Luxury Cruises offer 68 luxurious cabins and suites as well as an exciting array of activities to be enjoyed while experiencing the spectacular scenery of the "Bay of Descending Dragons". Each vessel features a stylish restaurant and bar for an exclusive dining experience on the third deck. The top deck serves as a perfect place to enjoy lingering in the sunshine and discovering the splendid beauty of Halong bay with a 360° view while benefiting from the presence of a 'Moonlight Bar". Celebrated for being the only Cruisers in Halong Bay to provide complete spa facilities with dry sauna, Jacuzzi, massages and beauty treatments, Paradise luxury boats dispose of Spa facilities aiming at reviving the senses and nurturing well-being. The Paradise Luxury fleet is committed to granting guests a genuine yet prestigious experience in Halong Bay.
In the morning, early risers can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some Paradise delights with a colourful buffet breakfast. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights.
The Paradise Luxury Cruise will come to an end on Tuan Chau Island between 10.30am and 11.00am. From here you will drive back to Hanoi.
Fly one way from Hanoi to Danang.
Airport transfer between Danang airport and Hoi An with private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. (40 mins)
At Anantara Hoi An Resort experience an idyllic blend of riverside relaxation in Anantara luxury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep, and beautiful beach life just a short bicycle or boat ride away. Scenically positioned on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort is a charming boutique retreat in the historic port town of Hoi An. Designed with French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese influences that reveal Hoi An’s fascinating cultural diversity, split level rooms and suites open onto porches with comfortable daybeds, overlooking the river or a garden courtyard. Delve into Vietnamese culture with language, savour authentic local dishes and popular world flavours in elegant and casual settings beside the river. Meet up at the heritage inspired wine bar for an atmospheric view of Hoi An’s street life or laze by the pool and let the staff bring an exotic cocktail to your sun bed.
You will be picked up at your hotel by private car with an English speaking guide and taken on a city tour to visit the ancient architecture of Hoi An. The city is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There are plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market.
In the morning, you will be met by your English speaking guide at your hotel and taken to visit My Son, Vietnam's most important Cham’s site. My Son became a religious center in the late 4th century and lasted until the 13th century, the longest period of development of any monument in Southeast Asia. My Son is considered to be Champa’s counterpart to the grand cities of Southeast Asia’s other Indian – influenced civilizations such as Angkor (Cambodia), Ayuthaya (Thailand) or Borobudur (Java).
Fly one way from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City.
You will be picked up by a private car with an English-speaking guide and transferred between Ho Chi Minh City airport and your hotel.
At 6:30pm the private transport with the guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby and you will experience the cyclo tour to the Dang Pier River. After that you will have dinner at the boat of Sai Gon Cruise Restaurant and enjoy the food, classic music and panoramic view of the city lights.
Opened in 1925 as the city’s finest abode, the Majestic has gone through several reincarnations over the years, changes that reflect the tumultuous history of Vietnam. During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army used this French colonial structure as a military barracks. During the Vietnam War, it was frequented by foreign correspondents and espionage agents. A Hotel of Tradition - Hospitality - Elegance.
In the morning, you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels which is 70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. Here you will find an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam war. The residents of Cu Chi took their war underground, literally, developing a network of tunnels that, at its height, stretched as far as Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens, and triage area. In the afternoon, return to the city for a tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office and the former Presidential Palace. Next, continue onto visit the War Museum. Afterwards, enjoy a lovely Vietnamese lunch at local restaurant before exploring the China Town area and visiting Thien Mu Pagoda. Towards the end of the day, you will be able to visit and experience Ben Thanh Market.
Fly one way from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Transfer between the airport and your hotel by private vehicle with an English-speaking guide.
Tonight you will enjoy a traditional Khmer dance show and dinner.
Popular among celebrities and industry professionals, the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa offers comfort, elegance and superb refinement in the heart of Siem Reap. The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquility while its enchanting design creates a feeling of harmony with its natural surroundings. Gaze at the magnificent swimming pool, framed by lavish tropical gardens, from the seclusion of your private balcony. Indulge in the multitude of first-class dining options, from French gastronomy to traditional Khmer dishes or experience one of the resort’s renowned themed gala dinners. Rejuvenate your mind and body at Le Lotus Blanc Spa and experience why people the world over continue to flock to this mesmerizing resort.
Meet at the hotel or airport and transfer for sightseeing. Visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the Bayon temple complex, as well as Takeo and Ta Prohm temples. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue with a visit to the Angkor Wat temple complex and enjoy watching the sunset on Phnom Bakheng before returning to your hotel.
You will be picked up at the Airport or at the Hotel and transferred to the floating village of Kampong Khleang, one of the largest settlements on the Tonle Sap Lake. You will board a local boat and visit a floating house where a catered lunch is set up for you. You can observe the local houses as well as talk to your hosts about the difficulties they face living on the water. After lunch you will explore the small island, which is a home for a bustling market, pagoda, school and a health centre. While coming back to Siem Reap you will make a stop at the ruins of Roulous, which are the oldest Khmer monuments in the area. Late in the afternoon you will be transferred back to the hotel or airport.
Fly one way from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Koh Samui, Thailand via Bangkok.
You will be transferred by private vehicle with an English speaking guide between the airport and your hotel.
The Buri Rasa Village is situated in an enchanting traditional southern Thai village. Dwellings are nestled in a veritable Garden of Eden. Echoes of halcyon days with, once upon a time, tales of aristocracy escaping to country or Paradise Island retreats with a full complement of servants and services to meet their every need and requirement. Only an hour by plane from Bangkok, Buri Rasa nestles on the northwest coastline of the stunningly beautiful island of Samui, on what is considered the island's finest white sand beach. Calm and secluded, a true island paradise location in every sense of the word.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Fly between Koh Samui and Bangkok.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Cambodia for the most up to date visa information.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport and visa are required for both US and Canadian. The Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that visas can be issued upon arrival in Laos to U.S. and Canadian citizens with two passport-size photographs and approximately $35 at designated ports of entry. Foreign tourists are generally admitted to Laos for 30 days. Visas can also be prearranged for a processing fee of approximately US$60 and generally takes 15 working days to process.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Laos for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/laos.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Vientiane. Government: People’s Republic since 1975. Gained independence from France in 1953. Language: The official language is Lao, however, many tribal languages are also spoken. French, Vietnamese and some English are spoken. Religion: The majority of the Lao people are Buddhists. The Laos-Lum (Valley Laos) people follow the Hinayana (Theravada) form of Buddhism. The religions of the Laos-Theung (Laos of the mountain tops) range from traditional Confucianism to animism and Christianity. Time: GMT + 7. Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +856. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with a few international mobile phone companies. Check with your service provider. Coverage is sporadic and mainly, though not exclusively, situated around Vientiane. Internet: Internet cafes are located in the major towns and are becoming increasingly common in places frequented by backpackers.
VISA/PASSPORTU.S. and Canadian citizens staying for fewer than 30 days do not require a visa, but must possess a valid passport and may be asked to show an onward/return ticket.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Thailand for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/thailand.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Bangkok. Government: Constitutional monarchy. Language: Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in establishments catering for tourists. Religion: The vast majority adhere to Buddhism (Theravada form), 5% are Muslim and there are Christian and Hindu minorities. Time: GMT + 7. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are standard. Telephone: Country code +66. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. There is good coverage, especially around main towns. Internet: There are plenty of Internet cafes, some even found in remote areas visited by tourists.
VISA/PASSPORTA valid passport and Vietnamese visa are required prior to arrival for both US and Canadian citizens. A visa must be obtained from a Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate prior to traveling to Vietnam; entry visas are NOT available upon arrival. Processing generelly takes 5 working days along with a visa processing fee of approximately $93. Vietnamese visas are usually valid for only one entry. Persons planning to leave Vietnam and re-enter from another country should be sure to obtain a visa allowing multiple entries prior to arrival.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Vietnam for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/vietnam.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Hanoi. Government: Socialist republic since 1980. Gained independence from France in 1954. Language: Vietnamese is the official language. English, French, Chinese and occasionally Russian and German are spoken. Religion: Buddhist majority. There are also Taoist, Confucian, Hoa Hao, Caodaist and Christian (predominantly Roman Catholic) minorities. Time: GMT + 7. Electricity: 220/110 volts AC, 50Hz; two-pin flat plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +84. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Coverage is available throughout large parts of the country. Internet: Internet cafes are widely available throughout the country.
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