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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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Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Welcome to the Ariyasom Villa located in the heart of Bangkok – step back in time to a more leisurely lifestyle. 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, library, and meditation hall makes them well equipped to look after guests while they stay in the "City of Angels".
During this tour you will visit 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. It is considered by many to be a living example of classical Siamese Court, being the former residence of the kings of Thailand. Wat Po 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 subjects such as literature, warfare, archaeology, astronomy, geology, and 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 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 Wat Arun - the “Temple of Dawn”. 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 will find a vast selection of flowers, especially orchids and tropical flowers and see how the merchants create very special flower garlands.
Photography is permitted in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compounds of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings. Please dress respectfully (no bare shoulders, knees or strapless-heel shoes) when visiting the Grand Palace and temple complex. Shoes must be removed before entering the temple buildings as a matter of respect. The Palace may be closed without prior notice during Royal ceremonies and officials or head of state visit.
Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
On this tour you will visit the most sacred temple in northern Thailand: the Wat Pra That Doi Suthep. It is the most sacred temple in Chiang Mai and contains a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 3,520 feet, the temple is reached using a Naga (7- headed dragon head serpent) railing rising along both sides. The temple compound – accessible via a 300-step staircase – offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai and the surrounding countryside. Drive back down to the city centre to visit some of the other impressive temples of. 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 all 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 Phra That 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 are between 3000-4000. 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 will get 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 will have an opportunity to ride an 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.
Today’s tour features crisp mountain air and hill tribes, as well the infamous Golden Triangle. In the morning you will leave for Chiang Rai crossing mountains and valleys that are typical for this region. The first stop will be Wiang Pa Pao, a famous hot spring area. The next stop is Mae Chan where Yao and Akha hill tribe villages are situated. After, you will continue to Mae Sai, the furthest northern trading border town between Thailand and Myanmar. In this busy trading town you will have some time to shop for souvenirs. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. After a delicious Thai style Lunch, you will depart for the Golden Triangle, where the border of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet. When you arrive you will visit the ancient city of Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen, where you will see some magnificent, ancient ruins and temples. After the tour you will return to your hotel in Chiang Mai in the early evening.
Please note that this is a long day including plenty of driving (approx.9hrs in total and about 500 kms) - though there are plenty of breaks throughout the day to break up the driving portion of the tour.
Fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang, Laos via Bangkok.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.
By bicycle with you will visit the Wat Xieng Thong temple, the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang with its mosaic decoration and the former royal carriage. Later you will ride your bike to nearby areas such as Ban Phone Hueang, Ban Aphay, and Ban Visun to observe the lives of the locals. A visit will also be made to a handmade Photisak silver shop and the Minority Art Centre. Last but not least, a visit to Wat Phabat Tai, a monastery complex built in the 17th century and is the best place to view the sunset if visiting in the evening.
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 cave of Pak Ou. The caves are located right on the cliff; it’s a very impressive and stunning sight. Inside the cave, there are more than one hundred Buddha images which have been brought by local people since the early 14th century when the cave was found. On the way, a short stop will be made at Ban Muang Kham, which specializes in river weed making. After, a stop will be made at Ban Xanghai where you can enjoy the taste of the local rice wine.
Today you will visit Kwang Si Falls, located 30km south of Luang Prabang. These falls cascade on calcareous bedrocks where they have scooped out small basins of turquoise colour. Swimming is possible and a short hike around the falls is suggested. On the way, a stop will be made to visit some minority villages.
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.
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. For lunch, enjoy a lovely meal at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue your city tour to your choice of one of Hanoi's many museums, including Fine Art, History, Revolutionary, War, Ethnology , 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.
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 be transferred to Hanoi airport or your hotel.
Fly from Hanoi to Danang.
Transfer from Hoi An to Danang with with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide.
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 from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City.
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. Towards the end of the day, you will be able to visit and experience Ben Thanh Market.
Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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.
Today will be spent exploring the major temples of Angkor, an absolute highlight and must-do on any trip to Cambodia. Pace your time according to your personal tastes, as you move about the complex visiting sites that date back to the 12th century. Pass under the towering South Gate of Angkor Thom, known as the "Great City". Head into the Bayon group of ruins, famous for the multitude of ancient faces carved into the stone, now looking out over modern day visitors. Linger a while at photogenic Ta Prohm, a group of temples that have been overtaken by the jungle, as well as. Lunch will be eaten at a local Khmer restaurant. In the afternoon you will visit Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, and a symbol for Cambodia. Finally, watch the sky turn many colours of orange and pink from atop Phnom Bakheng, a hilltop monument with an ideal vantage point for sunset.
You will be picked up at your hotel 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 from Siem Reap to Koh Samui, Thailand via Bangkok.
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 from Koh Samui to Bangkok.
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