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  • Explore Seoul's vibrant and lively Hongdae District and visit Changdeokgung Palace, one of South Korea’s five grand palaces.
  • Step back in time in Yangon on a historic walking tour and later, meet a local writer to gain local perspectives on a range of issues from politics to cuisine.
  • Take to the skies on an early morning hot air balloon ride over the temple region of Bagan.
  • Visit the world’s first Elephant Hospital near Chiang Mai and later, Ban Mae Sa Mai, the largest Hmong community in Northern Thailand.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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The adventure begins in Seoul, the political and economic hub of South Korea. Here you'll visit the remarkable Changdeokgung Palaces, one of five grand citadels constructed under the leadership of the Joseon Dynasty. Later you'll explore a cultural village before ascending Namsan Mountain to tour the iconic N Seoul Tower. After spending an afternoon at leisure in Seoul, perhaps returning to visit its trendiest district, Hongdae, the scene shifts to Yangon.

In Yangon, relics of its British past are easy to spot though are far less impressive than the many shimmering pagodas that line the city. After setting out to discover the history of Yangon with the help of a local guide, you’ll be invited to join renowned author Ma Thanegi to discuss the history of Myanmar. A veritable fount of information, Ms. Thanegi is happy to share insights on a range of subjects from political upheaval to traditional cuisine, following the conversation wherever it may lead.

Next stop: Bagan. Here, the primary objective is to discover the incredible temples found in this remote part of the world. Whether exploring popular temples with a local specialist, touring the mysterious and often overlooked Kyauk Gu Umin temple cave, or hopping on a hot air balloon for an early morning flight over Bagan’s temple zone, you’re sure to appreciate the dazzling scenery, history and expert insights.

After arriving in Chiang Mai, wind your way through the night markets on a private, snacking your way past vendor stalls lined with fresh fish, flowers and local produce. Later, visit the world’s first elephant hospital to see these gentle giants up close and to learn about the efforts underway to ensure a positive future for Asian pachyderms, and conclude the day with an exploration of the revered temples of Lampang and Lamphun. The following morning, visit the largest Hmong community in Thailand, making friendships, learning personal histories and exploring the remarkable, terraced countryside.

Your final stop is the crown-jewel of modern Thailand; bustling Bangkok. Upon arrival, meander through the streets of Chinatown, enjoying a number of samples as your guide and Tuk Tuk driver introduce you to this historic district. Later, tour the largest floating market in Thailand, Damnoen Saduak, where you will have the chance to barter for goods while taking in the sights, sounds and aromas, and complete your trip with a memorable dinner at the restaurant of your choice; with some of the best dining options in all of Asia, the only challenge will be choosing the perfect option to suit your palate. ... Show More »

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Seoul
    Seoul
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Incheon Airport with Guide - Mini Van/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Seoul
    Seoul
    • Private Tour - Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Insadong & Jongmyo (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Seoul
    Seoul
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Namsangol Hanok Village & N Seoul Tower (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Activity - Seoul at Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Seoul to Yangon
    Seoul to Yangon
    • Private Transfer - Gimpo Airport with Guide - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Air - Seoul - Yangon [3.5 hrs] - Economy
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Yangon
    Yangon
    • Private Tour - Yangon Heritage Walk including Drink at Gekko Restaurant - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - Tea and Conversation with a Myanmar Writer - Guide/Myanmar Writer
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Yangon to Bagan
    Yangon to Bagan
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Air - Yangon - Bagan [1.5 hrs] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Specialist Bagan Temple Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Bagan
    Bagan
    • Private Tour - Markets, Monasteries, Boat Ride to 12th Century Hidden Cave Temple with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Bagan to Yangon
    Bagan to Yangon
    • Premium Ballooning over Bagan - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Air - Bagan - Yangon [40 min] - Economy
    • Private Tour - Evening Shwedagon Pagoda & the Magic of 1000 Oil Lamps (2 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Yangon to Chiang Mai
    Yangon to Chiang Mai
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Air - Yangon - Chiang Mai [1.5 hrs] - Economy
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Chiang Mai Night Markets (with Snacks, 3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 10 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Private Tour - Elephant Hospital, and Temples of Lampang & Lamphun (with Lunch, 9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 11 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Private Tour - Hmong Experience (with Lunch, 9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 12 Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
    Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide - Out of Chiang Mai Town
    • Air - Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang [1 hr] - Economy (Bangkok Airways)
    • Fast Track Visa on Arrival - VISA
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 13 Luang Prabang
    Luang Prabang
    • Private Tour - Essential Luang Prabang & the Kuangsi Waterfall (with Lunch, 9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 14 Luang Prabang to Bangkok
    Luang Prabang to Bangkok
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Air - Luang Prabang - Bangkok [2 hrs] - Economy (Bangkok Air)
    • Activity - Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Tour - Evening Taste of Chinatown (with Samples, 3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 15 Bangkok
    Bangkok
    • Private Tour - Explore Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Lao Tak Lak Riverside Community (with Lunch, 5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Activity - Dinner Reservations & Car Service - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 16 Bangkok
    Bangkok
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
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Day 1: Seoul

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your English speaking guide and driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: Grand Ambassador

The Grand Ambassador is conveniently located in the centre of Seoul close to all the business districts in the city. The hotel is conveniently located between Seoul's newly developed Gangnam precinct and the traditional downtown area. Itaewon, Namdaemun and Dongdaemun markets are all within walking distance, as are the city's museums, historic palaces and theaters. The hotel features 409 rooms with stunning views of the city, and six international bars and restaurants. The hotel also has an executive floor, and a modern health centre with hydrotherapy, indoor pool, sauna, spa, indoor golf driving range, and a gym. 

Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Seoul
Seoul

Day 2: Seoul

Enjoy this full day tour in and around Seoul revealing some of the many highlights. Changdeok Palace is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. Because of its location, east of Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeokgung, with Changgyeonggung, it is also referred to as the "East Palace". The Bukchon Hanok Village is the perfect destination for those seeking to learn about and enjoy the beauty of Hanok (traditional Korean-style house). Bukchon is not an official municipal name; rather, it means that it lies to the north of Cheonggyecheon (Stream) and Jongno, the downtown area of Seoul. It used to be the high-end residential district for royal family members and high-ranking government officials. Insa-dong Street one of the most memorable attractions in Seoul and represents the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts. Stores in Insa-dong specialize in a wide variety of goods that can only be purchased or appreciated in Korea: hanbok (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts. Jongmyo is a Confucian shrine dedicated to the memorial services for the deceased kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. According to UNESCO, the shrine is the oldest royal Confucian shrine preserved and the ritual ceremonies continue, a tradition established in the 14th century. Such shrines existed during the Three Kingdoms of Korea period but only the shrines for the rulers of Joseon remain.

Accommodation: Grand Ambassador
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Changdeokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grand Ambassador
Grand Ambassador

Day 3: Seoul

Today, set out to discover Namsangol Hanok Village. Namsangol Hanok Village opened in 1998 on the north side of Namsan Mountain in the center of the capital. This village has five restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, traditional garden, a performance arts stage and a time capsule plaza, making it the perfect place for both locals and visitors to take a leisurely walk while soaking up the history. Upon entering the front gate, you will get a taste of the traditional life, a stark contrast from the bustling city. The traditional garden with its pavilion and the traditional houses creates a peaceful ambiance before reaching the forested Namsan Mountain. A time capsule commemorating Seoul’s 600 Year Anniversary was buried at the highest point of the village in 1994 and is scheduled to be reopened four hundred years later in 2394. Afterward, visit Seoul's first landmark, N Seoul Tower. N Seoul Tower was the first iconic tower open to visitors in Korea. A complex culture space designed to showcase harmony between 21st century construction practices and nature, it is a must-see while visiting Seoul.

Seoul, locally known as the Miracle on the Han River, has for centuries thrived as an economic and cultural hub in Eastern Asia. In recent years, the emergence of K-pop and its trendy downtown core have transformed the city into a tourism center, regularly scoring as one of the world’s top ten most visited cities on an annual basis. During your free time in the South Korean capital, consider visiting Insa-dong, a lively enclave noted for its fantastic galleries, tea shops, antiques, and restaurants. To better understand the sweeping history of the region, a visit to the Five Grand Palaces of Seoul, all found in the Jongno and Jung Districts is highly recommended. Whatever you choose, be sure to explore; a city like Seoul has so much to offer.

Accommodation: Grand Ambassador
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  N Seoul Tower from Namasan Mountain
N Seoul Tower from Namasan Mountain
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gyeongbok Palace
Gyeongbok Palace

Day 4: Seoul - Yangon

Meet your English speaking guide and driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Board a flight in Seoul, South Korea with service to Yangon, Myanmar. Approximate flight duration is three hours and 35 minutes.

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Strand Hotel

Built in 1901 the Strand Hotel endures as a Myanmar landmark with its three-stories of Victorian colonnaded charms. This luxury resort offers large suites with lazily whirring ceiling fans, teak floors, and luxurious bathrooms. All rooms are tastefully furnished with a touch of colonial style and are equipped with up to date amenities. Adding to the splendid old-world ambience is a valuable private collection of local art and antiques. From the famous Strand Bar, move on to The Café that peers onto the street or to the famous Strand Grill with its elegant Bagan prints, chandeliers, and glass roof. Take pleasure in an afternoon tea or enjoy Burmese music in the Lobby Lounge.

Day 5: Yangon

Yangon downtown is unique with much of its colonial-era architecture still standing. You find one of Asia’s most impressive collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth- century buildings, religious and secular. Starting after breakfast or lunch this walking tour will take you through downtown Yangon, focusing on its old colonial buildings. Your guide will walk you through the back streets in a relaxed tempo and explain you the history of each building some of them empty, some getting restored and some used for different purposes than when built. This walk along the streets of Yangon will at least architecturally take you a step back in time. After the tour you will have time to enjoy a drinks at Gekko, a cosy restaurant on Merchant Street in a historical building.

Myanmar has undergone cycles of rapidly changing political climate over the last few decades, and the cultural players in this identity shift have a lot of insight about the politics, uprising, and of course the local food traditions. Join your private guide at your hotel for a memorable conversation over tea or coffee with Ma Thanegi, a published Burmese writer, food lover, and former secretary of Aung San Suu Kyi. The foremost authority on Myanmar cuisine and the political regime changes, Ma Thanegi was even a guest on Anthony Bourdain's Myanmar episode of "Parts Unknown". The author played an insightful role in the events of Myanmar's politically charged history and was closely associated with the opposition movement during the uprising of 1988. She was born in Myanmar and educated at the Methodist English High School, and spent 3 years in the Insein Jail, the inspiration for her book "Nor Iron Bars a Cage". Ma Thanegi is a colorful character to spend time with and worked as a painter from 1967 until 1998, including 7 solo exhibitions of her work. Myanmar's diverse cuisine is one of her favorite topics to chat about with guests.

Accommodation: Strand Hotel

Built in 1901 the Strand Hotel endures as a Myanmar landmark with its three-stories of Victorian colonnaded charms. This luxury resort offers large suites with lazily whirring ceiling fans, teak floors, and luxurious bathrooms. All rooms are tastefully furnished with a touch of colonial style and are equipped with up to date amenities. Adding to the splendid old-world ambience is a valuable private collection of local art and antiques. From the famous Strand Bar, move on to The Café that peers onto the street or to the famous Strand Grill with its elegant Bagan prints, chandeliers, and glass roof. Take pleasure in an afternoon tea or enjoy Burmese music in the Lobby Lounge.

Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sule Pagoda
Sule Pagoda
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Author Ma Thanegi
Author Ma Thanegi

Day 6: Yangon - Bagan

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Yangon to Bagan. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Today your guide will bring you to a temple with a great view of Bagan where a temple history specialist will give an hour lecture about the history of Bagan. The specialist, Mr. Myo Nyunt Aung is an Independent Research Scholar (Archaeology) with twenty three years of service in the Myanmar Department of Archaeology (1987-2010) where he held the position of Deputy Director.  Currently, he is Executive Member of the Association for the Protection and Preservation of Bagan Cultural Heritage Region; he is a knowledgeable Bagan resident who has first-hand experience working on the preservation and restoration of the vast amount of ancient temples. In recognition of his expertise, he was invited as visiting Scholar, Asian Studies Program, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, USA (2010-2011).

Accommodation: Heritage Bagan

The Heritage Bagan Hotel heralds a new dynasty in hospitality, inviting their guests into their warm embrace and providing service with a passionate and gracious heart. The sprawling hotel is made up of 12 buildings styled after the ancient Buddhist temples that dot the landscape of the ancient city of Bagan. Each building symbolizes the 12 Dynasties of Myanmar. The hotel has around-the-clock security and 24-hour room service, along with laundry service and bicycle rentals available. There are 2 ATMs on the hotel premises for added comfort, and a doctor-on-call. The Heritage Bagan features a rejuvenating spa, gym, and fitness center. The hotel features a refreshing swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzi to relax in after a day of exploring the temples, 2 bars and a restaurant on site.

Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bagan Temple
Bagan Temple
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bagan
Bagan

Day 7: Bagan

This is an ideal excursion in Bagan when you feel like you've seen most of the temples (or at least enough) and also want to discover a bit more of the Myanmar countryside. Go by private car to Kyauk Gu Umin cave temple that rarely sees foreign visitors. Continue to Pakkoku and visit a local slipper factory, the market, and see where the famous Pakkoku blankets are made. A private boat is ready for you at the jetty in Pakkoku for a leisurely two hour trip downriver while lunch is being served on board. In the afternoon your guide and driver will take you to see local village life in the dry zone and later in the day, visit a lacquer ware workshop in Myinkaba village.   

Accommodation: Heritage Bagan
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lacquer Workshop
Lacquer Workshop
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bar
Bar

Day 8: Bagan - Yangon

One of the many highlights when visiting Myanmar is taking a hot air balloon ride. In the early morning, before sunrise, you will be picked up at your hotel and driven to the launch site for a spectacular hot air balloon ride over the temple zone in Bagan. The mostly British balloon pilots are operating each balloon under the highest UK safety standards and the views you will get are breathtakingly spectacular. Enjoy a premium balloon ride in a smaller balloon that accommodates a maximum of 8 guests, for a more intimate flight over the pagodas. After floating in the air and following the wind you will land safely and be welcomed back on the ground by a smiling crew serving cold champagne before taking you back to your hotel.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Bagan to Yangon. Flight time is approximately 40 minutes.

The Shwedagon pagoda glistens gold over Yangon's skyline, and the evening it is a particularly magical time to visit the illuminated pagoda. With your private guide and driver, visit the Shwedagon at dusk, where the waning daylight offers a truly breathtaking experience. At this time of day, the main platform is not very busy and the mystical essence of the pagoda truly comes to life. Learn about the history of the pagoda and gain deeper insights into Myanmar's Buddhist beliefs, and how the spiritual belief is heavily intermingled with the belief in nats - Myanmar spirits.

Participate in the moving Mee Htun Bwe ceremony, a special ceremony of offerings to Buddha in the hopes of receiving wisdom and enlightenment. During the ceremony, you will assist in lighting 1000 oil lamps on the platform surrounding the Shwedagon pagoda.

Accommodation: Strand Hotel
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Shwedagon Pagoda at Sunset
Shwedagon Pagoda at Sunset

Day 9: Yangon - Chiang Mai

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Yangon to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Lively markets are synonymous with Chiang Mai – as afternoon markets of fruits, vegetables and fresh meat options wind down for the day, night markets spring to life, enticing Thais and travelers alike with freshly grilled skewers, fragrant Thai curries, deceptively spicy peppers, and colorful local salads. Northern Thailand’s culinary traditions are unique from Bangkok’s options, earning Chiang Mai the international distinction of being a “foodie city” – with mouthwatering options available from neighboring Laos and Myanmar contributing to its identity. Venture into the vibrant markets of Somphret and Warorot with your private guide to start exploring this delicious food scene. Continue to smaller, lesser known markets bustling with locals looking for the perfect evening snack (opening days may vary depending on seasons). Your guide will help you taste local snacks that will appeal to a range of palates as you stroll through the city’s main night market. Have your camera ready to capture the dizzying array vendors have on display, especially at the lively flower markets. For dinner, opt to dine at one of the busy stalls (ask your guide to recommend their favorite!) or return to your hotel. While appetizers are included during the market walk, dinner is not included.  

Accommodation: Anantara Resort & Spa Chiang Mai

Enjoy cosmopolitan refinement and contemporary style in a setting that originated as the colonial house for the British Consulate in 1921. The Anantara Chiang Mai Resort enjoys a tranquil setting with picturesque views along the Mae Ping River, close to the famous Night Bazaar and only a 10-minute walk from the old moated city. Housed in a striking modern building of wood and expansive glass, the sleekly designed rooms and suites, accented by traditional Thai and colonial elements, all boast a private balcony with a daybed, overlooking manicured gardens. Sunlight streams through floor-to-ceiling windows of the 84 rooms and suites, with stylish furnishings and neutral hues accented by distinctive local artifacts. Admire the peaceful flow of Thai river life from your balcony or the secluded pool, and find further tranquility in the exotic spa rituals and revitalizing yoga. Savor refined culinary journeys, from impeccable Indian, Thai, and Western cuisine, gourmet tapas, and high tea experiences, to the sophisticated pleasures of their colonial bar. Enter The Service 1921 through a spy peephole in the entrance door and immerse yourself in a nostalgic colonial era with an eccentric and fictitious reinvention of the British government’s secret intelligence service.

Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Night Market Snacks
Night Market Snacks
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby
Lobby

Day 10: Chiang Mai

Head out to the countryside around Chiang Mai with your private English-speaking guide to discover the temples of Lampang and Lamphun, as well as a moving visit to the FAE Elephant Hospital, the world’s first elephant hospital, founded in 1993. The elephants here are long-term patients recovering from injuries sustained in the logging trade or in the wild, and the rehabilitative care they receive here is unique to the region. Continue to Lampang, stopping to browse for the famous Lampang ceramics and a snack at the Kaad Thung Kwain Market. Discover the magnificent Lanna architecture of Temple Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, a unique place in Thailand where horse-drawn carriages are still used as public transportation at the temple.  Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant, and continue to Lamphun to visit the dazzling temple complex of Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, a temple that is considered an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists, especially for those born in the Year of the Rooster. If time permits on the way back to city, a stop can be made at Baan Tawai, a village on the outskirts of Chiang Mai that has gained a reputation as the best place to shop for handicrafts, particularly wood carvings.

Accommodation: Anantara Resort & Spa Chiang Mai
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lampun
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lampun
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai

Day 11: Chiang Mai

This morning, head to Ban Mae Sa Mai, the largest Hmong community in Northern Thailand. Visit the small Hmong museum, try local snacks and take a beautiful three-hour nature trail on the slopes of Doi Suthep. A local Hmong guide will talk to you about the lush vegetation. Now and then, the thick foliage gives way to magnificent views of the surrounding hills. After the trek descend back into the Mae Sa Valley where you visit a Royal Project in the Hmong village Nong Hoi. Today this project is one of the largest producers of vegetables for the Royal Project marketing division, as well as a research center for herb and vegetable production. Take a walk through a couple of villages and meet some of the friendly villagers.

Accommodation: Anantara Resort & Spa Chiang Mai
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hmong Woman
Hmong Woman

Day 12: Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang

You will be privately transferred between the airport and your hotel by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide.

Board a flight from Chiang Mai with direct service to Luang Prabang, Laos. Approximate flight time is 1 hour.

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, you will be welcomed by an escort who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. This escort will assist you with the VISA on arrival application form (VISA cost included). Upon completion, your escort will then assist you to pick up your luggage and lead you through the arrivals gate where you will meet your awaiting guide.

You will be privately transferred between the airport and your accommodations by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide.

Accommodation: Luang Say Residence

The Luang Say Residence is the one and only small luxury hotel in Laos and is located in the UNESCO heritage city of Luang Prabang and only ten minutes from the airport. The accommodations are spread out within five pavilions holding Pioneer Suites and the main residence comprising Explorator Suites. The luxury boutique hotel is set on 14,000 square meters of land in lush and tropical gardens with great mountain views where you can enjoy the cool breeze while having a drink in the original colonial 1861 bar before perhaps moving to the restaurant La Belle Epoque to indulge in Laotian or French inspired menu which features produce from the residence's own organic garden. The concierge will be happy to offer you guidance for all local attractions, including cruising the Mekong river, elephant trekking, visit to the neighboring waterfalls, and more. 

Day 13: Luang Prabang

Meet your guide at your hotel and set off to explore the historic and charming heritage of Luang Prabang. Travel by car to begin your journey at the most popular of temples – Wat Xieng Thong. This 500-year-old temple serves as the best example of the classic Luang Prabang style. You will also visit nearby Wat Mai and Wat Sene, affecting Buddhist temples. From here, explore local and interesting side streets, passing through back alleys and temples in a city that seems to have been designed with slow travel in mind. This morning walk allows you to soak up the ambiance and appreciate the hidden charms of Luang Prabang while your guide chats with you and locals, asking and answering questions of interest as you wind through the town. Continue wandering the peninsula, stopping at temples and other sites as you wish. Be sure to visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace. Relics from Laos’ royalist past remain here and should not be missed on your visit. Overlooking the palace is Phousi Mountai; it is said that those who do not climb the 328 steps up have not really made it to the city. If you are able and inclined, venture up the hill to be rewarded with remarkable views of the region. But save some energy – the day is just beginning. Next, you’ll travel south to the Kuang Si Waterfall by Tuk Tuk, stopping along the way to visit the Living Crafts Center, a place where you will see how textiles are made and meet weavers who keep these traditions alive. At the falls, crystal waters cascade into idyllic turquoise pools; a bathing suit is highly recommended as few find places as idyllic to take a dip. Also take time to visit the nearby Sunbear Refuge to learn about poaching. It is frustrating, but here you’ll learn how the hunting of these endangered creatures threatens their very existence. On the way back to the town, stop to visit the Buffalo Dairy Farm, known for their sustainable approach to local farming. An excellent way to finish your day and more than family-oriented fun, it is an educational experience. After a hands-on tour of the farms that will surely result in stories to bring home, relax in the café and enjoy the cake of the day served with ice cream and tea or coffee before heading back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Luang Say Residence
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Luang Prabang Royal Palace
Luang Prabang Royal Palace

Day 14: Luang Prabang - Bangkok

You will be privately transferred between the airport and your accommodations by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide.

Board a flight in Luang Prabang, Laos, with service to Bangkok, Thailand. Approximate flight duration is two hours.

To ensure a seamless experience, a guide will be waiting for you outside the secure Customs area, holding a sign with your name on it. This guide will assist you in meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation to assist with check-in.

You will be privately transferred between the airport and your hotel by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide.

Bangkok’s bustling 200-year-old Chinatown district, also known as Yaowarat, has long been one of Bangkok’s most atmospheric neighborhoods. Wander down Chinatown’s narrow alleys with your private guide as steaming woks entice locals and travelers alike with mouthwatering aromas, and colorful fabrics. Jewelry, exotic herbs and neon lights add to the frenetic pace. Pause for a drink at a local rooftop bar (beer or soft drink included) and enjoy the stunning views of the sunset over the Chao Phraya River. Jump on a tuk tuk and head deep into Chinatown to really discover what the area has to offer, from small stalls with low-to-the-ground plastic chairs to regal restaurants. Sample Chinese dishes with a distinctively Thai spin, including dim sum, dumplings, fresh seafood, local desserts and more. Your private guide will help you navigate the staggering variety of culinary options for you to taste, providing insight into the local area and the distinct culinary traditions. Finish the evening with a drink (beer or soft drink) at an open-air bar, where you can relax in comfort and relish in the hustle and bustle of Chinatown.

Accommodation: Peninsula Bangkok

Sophistication, luxury and exclusivity set the stage for the ultimate in Thai hospitality at The Peninsula Bangkok. Dine on recipes used by generations of Palace cooks, journey through Thai culture and history at the enchanting Thiptara, savor refined Cantonese cuisine at Mei Jiang and take comfort in the gourmet international fare at The River Café & Terrace and in The Lobby. The epitome of luxurious Thai style and comfort, the guest rooms and suites at The Peninsula Bangkok all command breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya River and the city beyond. Intelligently designed, marrying traditional style elements with all the conveniences of state-of-the-art technology and the legendary Peninsula 24-hour service, guests are guaranteed a stay to remember. The Peninsula Bangkok invites guests to indulge not only in fine cuisine, but also in its lush, exquisite riverside setting. Enjoy a journey through the city on the hotel’s iconic Peninsula Green Tuk Tuk or take an adventure down the Chao Phraya River. Luxuriously decorated guest rooms and suites are ideal for couples or small families looking for the finesse of a spacious escape.

Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bangkok Chinatown
Bangkok Chinatown
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bangkok
Bangkok

Day 15: Bangkok

The countryside surrounding Bangkok is dotted with lively traditional floating markets, where colorful vendors paddle along in their canoes brimming with fresh fruit, vegetables and souvenirs hawking their wares to shoppers on the banks. Beat the crowds and depart the city early in the morning with your private guide for a visit to the kingdom’s largest floating market, Damnoen Saduak, located 50 miles southwest of the city. There is a lot of activity at this bustling vibrant market, and bargaining is common – but don’t expect to get the price down more than a few baht. Navigate the maze of canals for the perfect photo of colorful long-tail boats brimming with tropical fruit and be sure to snack on a bowl of noodle soup. Stretch your legs for a walk along the canal to the neighboring Lao Tak Lak Market where Damnoen Saduak originated for your included lunch. The market here is much calmer, and the architecture from the late 19th century preserves a Thai way of life dating back to when the canals were the main means of transportation. Pass rice paddies and shrimp farms on the return to Bangkok, pausing on route to visit the largest pagoda in Thailand, Nakorn Pathom.

In a city as diverse as Bangkok, it is no wonder that the culinary options are plentiful and impressive. Tonight, reservations will be made in advance at the restaurant of your choice, and round-trip transportation in a private vehicle will also be provided. Top options for fine dining include Gaggan, where their famed 25-course tasting menu is a popular choice; Bo.lan, a charming diner focusing on traditional Thai dishes prepared with locally sourced and sustainable produce; and Nahm, which is regularly ranked as one of Bangkok’s best restaurants and is found inside the COMO Metropolitan. Whatever you choose, the flavors and atmosphere are sure to delight. Please note: Your meal is not included and will be paid for on-site. Reservations are confirmed at the time of booking and are subject to availability.

Accommodation: Peninsula Bangkok
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Merchant Selling Fruit in Canoe
Merchant Selling Fruit in Canoe
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Fine Dining

Day 16: Bangkok

You will be privately transferred between the airport and your hotel by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Grand Ambassador: Seoul

The Grand Ambassador is conveniently located in the centre of Seoul close to all the business districts in the city. The hotel is conveniently located between Seoul's newly developed Gangnam precinct and the traditional downtown area. Itaewon, Namdaemun and Dongdaemun markets are all within walking distance, as are the city's museums, historic palaces and theaters. The hotel features 409 rooms with stunning views of the city, and six international bars and restaurants. The hotel also has an executive floor, and a modern health centre with hydrotherapy, indoor pool, sauna, spa, indoor golf driving range, and a gym. 

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Grand Ambassador

Strand Hotel : Yangon

Built in 1901 the Strand Hotel endures as a Myanmar landmark with its three-stories of Victorian colonnaded charms. This luxury resort offers large suites with lazily whirring ceiling fans, teak floors, and luxurious bathrooms. All rooms are tastefully furnished with a touch of colonial style and are equipped with up to date amenities. Adding to the splendid old-world ambience is a valuable private collection of local art and antiques. From the famous Strand Bar, move on to The Café that peers onto the street or to the famous Strand Grill with its elegant Bagan prints, chandeliers, and glass roof. Take pleasure in an afternoon tea or enjoy Burmese music in the Lobby Lounge.

Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Strand Hotel
Strand Hotel

Strand Hotel : Yangon

Built in 1901 the Strand Hotel endures as a Myanmar landmark with its three-stories of Victorian colonnaded charms. This luxury resort offers large suites with lazily whirring ceiling fans, teak floors, and luxurious bathrooms. All rooms are tastefully furnished with a touch of colonial style and are equipped with up to date amenities. Adding to the splendid old-world ambience is a valuable private collection of local art and antiques. From the famous Strand Bar, move on to The Café that peers onto the street or to the famous Strand Grill with its elegant Bagan prints, chandeliers, and glass roof. Take pleasure in an afternoon tea or enjoy Burmese music in the Lobby Lounge.

Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Strand Hotel
Strand Hotel

Heritage Bagan : Bagan

The Heritage Bagan Hotel heralds a new dynasty in hospitality, inviting their guests into their warm embrace and providing service with a passionate and gracious heart. The sprawling hotel is made up of 12 buildings styled after the ancient Buddhist temples that dot the landscape of the ancient city of Bagan. Each building symbolizes the 12 Dynasties of Myanmar. The hotel has around-the-clock security and 24-hour room service, along with laundry service and bicycle rentals available. There are 2 ATMs on the hotel premises for added comfort, and a doctor-on-call. The Heritage Bagan features a rejuvenating spa, gym, and fitness center. The hotel features a refreshing swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzi to relax in after a day of exploring the temples, 2 bars and a restaurant on site.

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Exterior
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Reception

Anantara Resort & Spa Chiang Mai : Chiang Mai

Enjoy cosmopolitan refinement and contemporary style in a setting that originated as the colonial house for the British Consulate in 1921. The Anantara Chiang Mai Resort enjoys a tranquil setting with picturesque views along the Mae Ping River, close to the famous Night Bazaar and only a 10-minute walk from the old moated city. Housed in a striking modern building of wood and expansive glass, the sleekly designed rooms and suites, accented by traditional Thai and colonial elements, all boast a private balcony with a daybed, overlooking manicured gardens. Sunlight streams through floor-to-ceiling windows of the 84 rooms and suites, with stylish furnishings and neutral hues accented by distinctive local artifacts. Admire the peaceful flow of Thai river life from your balcony or the secluded pool, and find further tranquility in the exotic spa rituals and revitalizing yoga. Savor refined culinary journeys, from impeccable Indian, Thai, and Western cuisine, gourmet tapas, and high tea experiences, to the sophisticated pleasures of their colonial bar. Enter The Service 1921 through a spy peephole in the entrance door and immerse yourself in a nostalgic colonial era with an eccentric and fictitious reinvention of the British government’s secret intelligence service.

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Anantara Resort & Spa
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby
Lobby

Luang Say Residence : Luang Prabang

The Luang Say Residence is the one and only small luxury hotel in Laos and is located in the UNESCO heritage city of Luang Prabang and only ten minutes from the airport. The accommodations are spread out within five pavilions holding Pioneer Suites and the main residence comprising Explorator Suites. The luxury boutique hotel is set on 14,000 square meters of land in lush and tropical gardens with great mountain views where you can enjoy the cool breeze while having a drink in the original colonial 1861 bar before perhaps moving to the restaurant La Belle Epoque to indulge in Laotian or French inspired menu which features produce from the residence's own organic garden. The concierge will be happy to offer you guidance for all local attractions, including cruising the Mekong river, elephant trekking, visit to the neighboring waterfalls, and more. 

Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Luang Say Residence
Luang Say Residence

Peninsula Bangkok: Bangkok

Sophistication, luxury and exclusivity set the stage for the ultimate in Thai hospitality at The Peninsula Bangkok. Dine on recipes used by generations of Palace cooks, journey through Thai culture and history at the enchanting Thiptara, savor refined Cantonese cuisine at Mei Jiang and take comfort in the gourmet international fare at The River Café & Terrace and in The Lobby. The epitome of luxurious Thai style and comfort, the guest rooms and suites at The Peninsula Bangkok all command breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya River and the city beyond. Intelligently designed, marrying traditional style elements with all the conveniences of state-of-the-art technology and the legendary Peninsula 24-hour service, guests are guaranteed a stay to remember. The Peninsula Bangkok invites guests to indulge not only in fine cuisine, but also in its lush, exquisite riverside setting. Enjoy a journey through the city on the hotel’s iconic Peninsula Green Tuk Tuk or take an adventure down the Chao Phraya River. Luxuriously decorated guest rooms and suites are ideal for couples or small families looking for the finesse of a spacious escape.

Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Peninsula Bangkok
Peninsula Bangkok
Hidden Treasures of the East Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby
Lobby

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Tin T — June 22, 2019 — Asia

    The trip was fantastic, well planned, great tour guys. That was a trip of a lifetime and Kensington Tours had done an exceptional well in organizing from the fly to Japan, Hong Kong, Bali & Singapore to the hotels, daily tours with the level of details and places we wouldn't have known where to go. Can't wait for Kensington Tours to organize our 3rd trip in the near future!

  • Ann M — June 20, 2019 — Asia

    Asia Expert Yuki Ng did an amazing job of setting up our trip. She totally understood what we wanted to see and do. My husband, 17-year-old grandson and I spent a week in Seoul in June of 2019. Miriam, also known as CJ, our local guide in Seoul, was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and engaging. We totally enjoyed our time with her. We learned so much about the history and culture of Korea and with her expert guidance, we were introduced to many different and delicious Korean foods. Our lunches with her were memorable not only for the variety of restaurants and dishes that we sampled but also for the stimulating and pleasant conversations we shared while eating. She also made several suggestions for things to do in the evening that added to our enjoyment of the city. We were truly fortunate to have Miriam as our guide. Our driver Mr. Jo was also great. He calmly and expertly navigated the congested streets of Seoul and always greeted us with a smile and a pleasant ‘good morning.’ We had not been to Seoul before this trip. We found it to be vibrant, beautiful, and very clean. The people were friendly and helpful. Our accommodations were beyond what we expected. We had a wonderful time in Seoul. We could not have been more pleased.

  • Anne H — May 28, 2019 — Asia

    My trip was a dream come true! From the time I landed in Beijing to the time I landed back to the US, everything was perfect. I traveled alone, but felt very safe and very well taken care of by the guides and drivers I had in the different cities and countries I visited. I learned so much about the culture and heritage of the Chinese, Tibetan and the Nepalese people. It was worth every penny I spend and much more!

  • Jackie M — March 30, 2019 — Asia

    I loved it all. Thanks especially to our guide Abit, in Kathmandu, Norenda, in Pokhara, and Min, in the Annapurna region, for being fabulous people. Thanks again for also referring us to Bahari Lodge in Chitwan National park. By far, that was the best place I've ever stayed in all of my international travels: they always had a surprise in store for us, that was awesome. They let us spend as much time as we wanted with the elephants, no rush, and sent elephants to come and play with us when we merely mentioned that we loved them. A great thank you to our naturalis Krishna at Bahari Lodge in Chitwan. All fantastic people who were great with tourists like us. We also enjoyed Temple Tree Resort very much.

  • Reginald B — April 14, 2019 — Asia

    This was a GREAT tour to Thailand! It exceeded my expectations in many ways (ie. itinerary, flexibility, and customer service). I would recommend this tour and Kensington Tours to family and friends. I will definitely use Kensington Tours for my future travel plans. My destination expert was Ms. Forkan. She expertly tailored my experience to my needs and wants. She filled in all the "unknowns" and ensured a safe, smooth trip/tour. Her professionalism and support was a 10/10. Thank you Ms. Forkan for designing this trip of a lifetime!

  • Ann L — June 05, 2019 — Asia

    Our guides made our whole trip - we will remember them as much as China itself. Jerry immediately put us at ease and made us feel like his best friends - he was sincere and authentic and open. Katy (in Chengdu) had great energy and showed us how people really live. Even though she must see the pandas every other day of her life, she still seemed to genuinely LOVE seeing them. (And, later, when we discovered we'd left valuables in the safe at our hotel, she went WAY above and beyond to take care of things - even after we were already in Shanghai!). Nancy (in Shanghai) was amazing - we truly enjoyed our time with her and she took us to markets and encouraged us to take our time at the places that interested us most. When we'd seen enough temples, our guides communicated with each other to rearrange our tours in coming destinations. We felt like we were on the food tour of China - the meals were wonderful, and it was - really - TOO MUCH FOOD! No part of our day was wasted, but if we wanted to start later or call it a night sooner, plans were easily rearranged. We would absolutely go with Kensington again!

  • Sandra S — February 09, 2019 — Asia

    We had a really interesting trip and your team made it all so easy. Our guides were not only informative, but they took very good care of us. They kept us on schedule with all the city transfers, made the Visa process so quick and introduced us to some of the things they loved about their cities as well as the scheduled sites. There were so many highlights on this trip, but I was especially wowed by the cruise on Ha Long Bay. Our guide in Hanoi went above and beyond on my birthday and arrived to pick us up with some beautiful orchids and a lovely gift. We were very happy with all our accommodations as well.

  • Daryl H. — January 26, 2019 — Asia

    I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the superb attention to detail in fulfilling my requests and my dreams

  • Laura E. — January 08, 2019 — Asia

    One of the benefits was that the guides were very flexible and suggested and accommodated changes to plans based on the weather and other circumstances. They all said they could do this when working with Kensington because Kensington supported it and empowered them with this flexibility. A big advantage in making the trip perfect!

  • Ajitkumar P. — January 04, 2019 — Asia

    The whole trip was well organized and we have recommended using Kensington to our friends.

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