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  • Walk in Ho Chi Minh’s footsteps and experience the French colonial influence of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on private tours.
  • Explore Angkor Wat and the Roluos temples of Siem Reap in Cambodia.
  • Try your hand at traditional Lanna cuisine with a local family in Chiang Mai.
  • Get an insider’s glimpse of Bangkok from the deck of a longtail boat.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Southeast Asia is a compelling part of the world, perhaps best known for its blindsidingly beautiful scenery, friendly people, and spicy food. But once you adjust to its obvious surface appeal, it starts to reveal its true self a layer at a time. Shaped by Buddhist tradition, colonial influence, and a quiet-yet-determined resilience, the understated magic of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand rewards those who go looking for it. A museum exhibit can only scratch the surface; to really understand it, you must experience it – walk the streets, elbow your way through the markets, center yourself in a golden temple, feel the breeze of the bay in your hair, gaze into the eyes of an elephant. Once you feel it, you’ll know. And you’ll never be the same.

This compelling best-selling trip taps into that feeling at every turn. In Hanoi, you’ll receive a full appreciation for Ho Chi Minh, the Vietnamese revolutionary turned folk hero, on a revealing look into his life and a private tour of the French colonial atmosphere of the city that shaped him. Later, take a cruise around beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay and then learn about the fascinating history of Ho Chi Minh City on a range of curated tours that focus on historic architecture, wartime history, and enjoying the unexpected-but-vibrant craft beer culture in the city.

Move west into Cambodia for private tours of majestic Angkor Wat and Siem Reap’s famous Roluos temples and Buddhist monasteries. Pose for a photo, nose-to-nose with the smiling faces of Bayon temple. In northern Thailand, come face-to-face with gentle giants at the world’s first elephant rehabilitation hospital, then spend a full day learning the intricacies of traditional Lanna cuisine in the private comfort of a local family’s home. ... Show More »

Last stop: bustling Bangkok. Here, you’ll discover the culinary delights and vibrant atmosphere of the city’s 200-year-old Chinatown at night, then explore the quiet temples and canal-like klongs (the latter via longtail boat) on an eye-opening full-day tour.

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Hanoi
    Hanoi
    • Vietnam - Welcome
    • Activity - VIP Immigration Fast Track Meet & Greet with Visa - Multiple Entry-Executive
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 2 Hanoi
    Hanoi
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, One-Pillar Pagoda & Temple of Literature (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Activity - Dinner at Grandma's Restaurant (with Dinner, 2 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 3 Hanoi to Halong Bay
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    • Private Transfer - Hanoi - Halong Bay [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Embarkation
    • Lunch on Board (Included)
    • Halong Bay Highlights
    • Cooking Demonstration & Evening Activities
    • Dinner on Board (Included)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Halong Bay to Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
    Halong Bay to Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
    • Morning Activities
    • Breakfast on Board (Included)
    • Brunch on Board
    • Disembarkation
    • Private Transfer - Halong Bay - Hanoi [Airport, 2-4 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Air - Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City [2 hrs] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 5 Ho Chi Minh City
    Ho Chi Minh City
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Saigon City Tour (3-4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Tour - Taste of the Night: Motorbike Street Food Tour (with Dinner, 4-5 hrs) - Motorcycle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City
    Ho Chi Minh City
    • Private Tour - Cu Chi by Private Speed Boat (with Lunch, 4-5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide/Boat
  • Day 7 Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
    Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Air - Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap [1 hr] - Economy
    • Fast Track VISA Service - Fast Track VISA Service
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 8 Siem Reap
    Siem Reap
    • Private Tour - Highlights of Angkor (with Lunch, 9.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 9 Siem Reap
    Siem Reap
    • Private Tour - Roluos Temples and Monk Blessings (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 10 Siem Reap to Chiang Mai
    Siem Reap to Chiang Mai
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Air - Siem Reap - Chiang Mai [via Bangkok - 4 hrs] - Economy
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide - In Chiang Mai Town
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Private Tour - Elephant Hospital, and Temples of Lampang & Lamphun (with Lunch, 9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Private Tour - Fun Cooking Experience with a Local Family (with Lunch, 7 hrs) - Cooking Class
    Breakfast
  • Day 13 Chiang Mai to Bangkok
    Chiang Mai to Bangkok
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide - In Chiang Mai Town
    • Air - Chiang Mai - Bangkok [1 hr] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Tour - Evening Taste of Chinatown (with Samples, 3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 14 Bangkok
    Bangkok
    • Private Tour - Best of Bangkok by Boat (with Lunch at Sala Rattanakosin, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide/Boat
    Breakfast
  • Day 15 Bangkok
    Bangkok
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
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Day 1: Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam! Please note: Your travel documents contain a Visa-on-Arrival letter (unless otherwise arranged). Please ensure to pack this in your carry-on luggage. Your Visa-on-Arrival letter must be presented to Customs upon entry into the country. 

Upon arrival to Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport you will be welcomed by a hostess holding a sign with your name on it. This hostess will guide you through fast-track security services and, after you obtain a stamp for your Visa and have collected your luggage, will lead the way to your awaiting guide and vehicle.

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

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoi’s iconic French Quarter, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi welcomes guests with an air of colonial grandeur and timeless elegance. Originally crafted by French aristocrats in the early 1900’s, the property combines old-world charm and history with modern convenience and luxury. Offering 364 rooms and suites across two wings, guests can choose from the historical grandeur of the Metropole Wing or the neo-classical elegance of the Opera Wing. All rooms are equipped with Sofitel’s MyBed, in-room Wi Fi, safety deposit box and minibar. Well-appointed dining options range from Le Beaulieu, serving fine French cuisine, to Spices Garden for local Hanoi specialties. Tucked away in a private oasis on the grounds, the hotel’s stately swimming pool offers carefree relaxation in sophisticated surroundings adjacent to a fitness center equipped with state of the art equipment.

Day 2: Hanoi

Discover a selection of Hanoi’s top highlights as you set out with a private guide to explore Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the museum named in his honor (please note, the museum is closed Monday and Friday, afternoons, and from September to November). The mausoleum was designed and built as a final resting spot for the remains of this local icon who was a pivotal leader in Vietnam’s revolutionary struggle against foreign powers. You’ll also visit his former residence, known as the house on stilts, where the essence of his humble lifestyle can still be felt. Near the mausoleum is One Pillar Pagoda. Commissioned by King Ly Thai To in 1049, this structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi and is certainly a must-see site while in the city. Finally, you will visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1076. This - Vietnam’s first university – was established within this temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. After a few hours spent discovering Hanoi’s key sights, you will be returned to your hotel.  

Inspired by the traditional way of cooking Northern Vietnamese cuisine, Grandma’s Restaurant is a recollection of Hanoi’s rustic past and its surrounding provinces, a homey yet elegant feeling that everyone can experience right in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter. Relive the glorious past and discover the unique flavors of the Northern Vietnamese cuisine, prepared with passion and served with much love, only at Grandma’s Restaurant. Please note: Drinks are not included and must be paid for on-site.

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Entrance to the Temple of Literature
Entrance to the Temple of Literature
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grandma's Restaurant
Grandma's Restaurant

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

You will be privately transferred from Hanoi to Halong Bay by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel time is three hours.

Welcome on board the Orchid Cruise!

Embark on your cruise and enjoy a welcome cocktail followed by an introduction. Boarding time is at approximately 12:15 PM.

In the afternoon, head to Ba Trai Dao Islet of Lan Ha Bay, a separate part of Halong Bay. The region is known for its pristine beaches and spectacular beauty, with about 400 fascinating islands. Afterwards, visit small fishing coracles, used by fishermen for centuries. You can spend free time enjoy kayaking or swimming. (This program applies between the months of April and November).

In the winter months, (December to March), you may visit Viet Hai village with a guide. Cycle along the village path and journey through rain forests and dark tunnels. Enjoy the stunning scenery of rice fields on the way. Stop at the village to relax. Visit an ancient local house, made from straw, mud and bamboo while witnessing the local life on a valley. Optional electric cart service is available (at an extra cost).

Return to the cruise and gaze upon the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. On board join in a traditional cooking class in which the chef introduces and instructs you on the preparation of Vietnamese dishes. Dinner is served with delicious local food prepared by the wonderful on-board catering staff. Enjoy the landscape of the bay at night up on the top deck. You can hands-on squid fishing at night or watch a movie in the restaurant. Overnight on board.

Accommodation: Orchid Cruise

Orchid Cruise offers exclusive luxury 5* cruises off the beaten path of Halong Bay, to the less visited areas of Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Drawing design inspiration from the delicate, exotic and graceful orchid flower, Orchid Cruise is elegantly decorated with the presence of orchids. Priding themselves on the highest level of customer service with magnificent, relaxing and comfortable spaces, Orchid Cruise deserves to be recognized as one of the most luxurious 5-star junk lines in Halong Bay. Orchid Cruise houses 14 luxury cabins with an elite, professional crew that will provide guests the best service in Halong Bay.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Orchid Cruise
Orchid Cruise
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kayaking
Kayaking

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City

In the early morning, enjoy a Tai Chi class on the sundeck; after that breakfast is served on board. Upon completing breakfast continue your journey and head out in canoes to explore the bay in the area where the Dark & Light Caves are situated.

Later in the morning return to your boat where brunch will be served on board while the vessel cruises back to the harbor.

Upon arrival to the Orchid Cruise dock in Halong Bay, you'll disembark from your ship.

You will be privately transferred from Halong Bay to Hanoi Airport by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel time varies depending on your location in the Halong Bay region, ranging from two to four hours.

Board a flight from Hanoi with direct service to Ho Chi Minh City. Approximate flight time is two hours.

You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Ho Chi Minh Airport by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide.

Accommodation: Hotel Des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection

Luxury and elegance define the French-Indochina inspired design choices alluding to Vietnam’s art deco era at the unique boutique Hôtel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection. Centrally located in the most vibrant district of Ho Chi Minh City, the hotel is just steps away from the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House, the historic Saigon Central Post office and other key tourist attractions. Elegant rooms and stately suites are reminiscent of bygone days, inviting guests to make themselves at home in style, immersed in tales of adventure, romance, history, culture and nature. All 168 rooms are non-smoking. A stylish rooftop bar and infinity pool round out the 4 bars and restaurants, and the Spa des Artistes was the Asian winner in the World Luxury Spa Awards in 2017.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City

The history of Ho Chi Minh City has many layers, weaving a tale of decades of external Chinese, French and American influence. After meeting your guide, you’ll set out for the Jade Emperor Pagoda, also known as Phuoc Hai and regarded as one of the most interesting pagodas in the country. Built by the Cantonese community around the turn of the 20th century, it is still visited by worshipers. Filled with smoky incense, the pagoda features elaborately carved figurines and decorated panels of carved gilt woodwork, all dedicated to Buddhist and Taoist deities. If you only visit one pagoda in the city, this should be the one. Continue to the Reunification Palace, also known as Independence Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975 and the Fall of Saigon. It was here that the Vietnam War ended when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates, marking formal reunification between the two sides. Continue by car to Ben Thanh Market, a great place to shop for souvenirs, and bustling with activity, where you'll have time to barter for trinkets before returned to your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City is a world-renowned street food destination – small street vendors line the street offering convenient and affordable meal options for locals and international travelers alike. This evening, meet your English-speaking guide and travel by motorbike through Ho Chi Minh’s residential neighborhoods to sample some of the city’s best street foods. Following a safety instruction on how to ride on the back of a bike, you will whisk away in rush hour to find and taste the best dishes, often found tucked away in small alleys, all while learning about the history and cultural significance of each dish. Later, enjoy an easy walk to take in Saigon by night to catch a glimpse of local life, and later sample your way through an introduction to Vietnams most popular staple: the street barbecue. Irresistible authentic local dishes will delight, enjoyed best with a few local beers. Before the night ends, don’t forget to sit down to enjoy a sweet dessert, Vietnamese-style, and then sit back as you are returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Alter inside the Jade Emporer Pagoda
Alter inside the Jade Emporer Pagoda
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ho Chi Minh City by Motorcycle
Ho Chi Minh City by Motorcycle

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City

This morning, set out to discover the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels in luxury. After meeting your guide and driver at in your hotel lobby, make the short transfer to the pier, board a privately chartered speedboat and journey down the Saigon River en route to Cu Chi. Arriving hours before the crowds, you’ll enjoy near exclusive access to the site as your guide shares detailed stories covering the intriguing history of the region. After exploring the maze of labyrinthine tunnels, take a break to enjoy a riverside lunch before making the return boat trip to Saigon. Upon arrival to the pier, you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Speed Boat on the Saigon River
Speed Boat on the Saigon River
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Des Arts Saigon Exterior
Hotel Des Arts Saigon Exterior

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap

You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Ho Chi Minh Airport by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide.

Board a flight from Ho Chi Minh City with direct service to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Approximate flight time is one hour.

Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by an escort who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. Your escort will assist you with the VISA on arrival application form (VISA fee 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 guide.

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

Accommodation: Belmond La Résidence D`Angkor

Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor is situated on the riverside in central Siem Reap, gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor. It was included as one of Travel & Leisure's 500 Best Hotels, as voted by their readers. The hotel is just moments away from the bustling markets of Siem Reap and 10 minutes from Angkor Wat, the most famous of Cambodia's Khmer civilization temples.  An intimate hotel on the banks of Siem Reap’s tree-lined river, Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor is built in natural woods in traditional Khmer style. Other things close by are the town’s busy craft markets, restaurants and galleries as well as fascinating Tonle Sap Lake with its "floating village". Indulge in royal Khmer cuisine or refined international dishes while magical performances delight and enthral. The hotel’s quiet gardens, swimming pool, and spa are the perfect place to relax at the end of a thrilling day.

Day 8: Siem Reap

Today your private guide and driver, will show you a full day of historical adventures, as you're being whisked away to see the breathtaking architecture and natural setting of one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. The different sites of Angkor cover around 250 square miles, including the forested areas. It features ruins dating back to a period between the 9th and 15th century, all sculpted in the distinctive Khmer style. As you approach the park, you will first see the South Gate of Angkor Thom. A walk along a half a mile trail past the walls that lead to a hidden temple is optional, but your guide will definitely ensure that you see the amazing temple areas of Bayon and Baphoun, as well as the Terrace of Elephants and Leper King. Take a break and have lunch inside the park before you head over to the grey-stoned jungle temple of Ta Phrom. Here you enter a mysterious world, as tree stumps seem to grow out of the temple and roots crawl up its walls. For many people this is the highlight of Angkor. The most famous part of the park is, of course, Angkor Wat, known to visitors around the world. Finish the tour with a peaceful sunset, as shades of violets, oranges, and pinks spread across the sky. This private tour includes transportation, an English-speaking guide, lunch, water, and towels.

Accommodation: Belmond La Résidence D`Angkor
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Angkor Wat Temples
Angkor Wat Temples
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Belmond La Résidence D'Angkor
Belmond La Résidence D'Angkor

Day 9: Siem Reap

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up by your private guide and driver to visit the Roluos Group of temples, the remains of the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Empire. Included are Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong. The sandstone carvings in the niches of the temples are as noteworthy as the Sanskrit inscriptions on the doorposts. The Bakong temple was built and dedicated to Shiva by Indravarman I. This is the largest and most interesting of the Roluos Group of temples and still has an active Buddhist monastery. After visiting the temples, you will receive a monks blessing for good luck and good health before returning back to Siem Reap.

Accommodation: Belmond La Résidence D`Angkor
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Novice Monks
Novice Monks
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Siem Reap
Siem Reap

Day 10: Siem Reap - Chiang Mai

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

Today you will board your flight from Siem Reap to Chiang Mai, Thailand via Bangkok.

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

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

Accommodation: 137 Pillars House

Regale in the carefully revived classic old-world elegance of the Orient while enjoying every modern luxury in a home-style residential concept at 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai. Share in the richness of a like-minded international community of guests, and retire to the privacy of lavish suites and spacious tropical grounds. The property originated in 1889 as the Northern Headquarters of the British based Borneo Company, and architectural historians and conservationists worked meticulously to preserve the integrity of the original structure to ensure a truly distinctively luxurious experiential accommodation in Chiang Mai. Guests can look forward to the same nostalgic ambiance in all suites, along with modern comforts and conveniences that you would expect at the finest Chiang Mai luxury hotel. From breakfast in bed or on your veranda to lunch under the sun or well-shaded daybed by the shimmering infinity pool and to intimate dinners set up just for you in secluded tropical nooks, meals at 137 Pillars House are gastronomic memories in the making. Guests can make use of the hotel’s 82-foot long pool, spa, and gym, relax in the signature Victorian baths, indoor/outdoor garden showers. The property was listed as the #1 Resort Hotel in Southeast Asia in 2017 by Travel + Leisure.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby/Reception
Lobby/Reception

Day 11: 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: 137 Pillars House
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lampun
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lampun
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  137 Pillars House
137 Pillars House

Day 12: Chiang Mai

A short yet scenic 15-minute drive out of Chiang Mai leads you to a traditional Lanna family. This family is responsible for continuing the traditions of many generations in building their homes of teak wood and maintaining the natural surroundings in a way now rarely seen in Chiang Mai. You will have the opportunity to use traditional home recipes with authentic Northern Thai flavors that are different from standard dishes offered in commercial cooking classes. Select fresh ingredients from the garden to add to today’s cooking extravaganza. Take full advantage of the opportunity to get to know a real Thai family by becoming their houseguest for the day and enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch with them.

Accommodation: 137 Pillars House
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Khao Soi with Chicken
Khao Soi with Chicken
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

Day 13: Chiang Mai - Bangkok

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 Bangkok. Approximate flight time is 1 hour.

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.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bangkok Chinatown
Bangkok Chinatown
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bangkok
Bangkok

Day 14: Bangkok

Bangkok is a city of contrasts - Buddhist temples, golden topped palaces, trendy sky bars, and traditional Thai living along the waterways - called khlongs - offering marvelous photo opportunities. This morning, head with your private guide to the historic center of Bangkok and start your day at Wat Suthat. Few visitors come to this temple early, so much the better to enjoy the monks melodic chanting ritual. It’s an incredible sensory experience. Then, a walk to Wat Pho (famous for its 141-foot-long reclining Buddha) takes you through small alleys with wooden houses, guardian spirit signs and lively fruit and flower markets. Pause at Lak Muang, Bangkok’s city pillar, well worth a five-minute detour before heading to the iconic Grand Palace and the adjacent Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. By now it’s time to enjoy a leisurely lunch and take in the awe-inspiring views at the riverside Sala Rattanakosin restaurant and experience the mid-day bustling atmosphere of the lively Chao River. But you haven’t really arrived in Bangkok until you get out onto the river itself on a Long Tail Boat ride. So, after lunch, come and explore the khlongs and be amazed by the constantly changing sights, from Thai wooden houses on stilts to the many boats with sellers offering everything from fruit to souvenirs. Your day ends with a visit to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. Unique from the rest of Bangkok’s temples, its stunning design is made up of colorfully decorated spires and looks to stand guard over the river. Your guide can take you back to your hotel, or you might decide to stay and watch the sunset over Wat Arun from one of the rooftop bars across the river.

Accommodation: Peninsula Bangkok
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grand Palace & Wat Phra Keaw
Grand Palace & Wat Phra Keaw
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby
Lobby

Day 15: 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)

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi : Hanoi

Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoi’s iconic French Quarter, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi welcomes guests with an air of colonial grandeur and timeless elegance. Originally crafted by French aristocrats in the early 1900’s, the property combines old-world charm and history with modern convenience and luxury. Offering 364 rooms and suites across two wings, guests can choose from the historical grandeur of the Metropole Wing or the neo-classical elegance of the Opera Wing. All rooms are equipped with Sofitel’s MyBed, in-room Wi Fi, safety deposit box and minibar. Well-appointed dining options range from Le Beaulieu, serving fine French cuisine, to Spices Garden for local Hanoi specialties. Tucked away in a private oasis on the grounds, the hotel’s stately swimming pool offers carefree relaxation in sophisticated surroundings adjacent to a fitness center equipped with state of the art equipment.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  La Terrasse Du Metropole
La Terrasse Du Metropole

Orchid Cruise : Halong Bay

Orchid Cruise offers exclusive luxury 5* cruises off the beaten path of Halong Bay, to the less visited areas of Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Drawing design inspiration from the delicate, exotic and graceful orchid flower, Orchid Cruise is elegantly decorated with the presence of orchids. Priding themselves on the highest level of customer service with magnificent, relaxing and comfortable spaces, Orchid Cruise deserves to be recognized as one of the most luxurious 5-star junk lines in Halong Bay. Orchid Cruise houses 14 luxury cabins with an elite, professional crew that will provide guests the best service in Halong Bay.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Orchid Cruise Halong Bay
Orchid Cruise Halong Bay

Hotel Des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection : Ho Chi Minh City

Luxury and elegance define the French-Indochina inspired design choices alluding to Vietnam’s art deco era at the unique boutique Hôtel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection. Centrally located in the most vibrant district of Ho Chi Minh City, the hotel is just steps away from the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House, the historic Saigon Central Post office and other key tourist attractions. Elegant rooms and stately suites are reminiscent of bygone days, inviting guests to make themselves at home in style, immersed in tales of adventure, romance, history, culture and nature. All 168 rooms are non-smoking. A stylish rooftop bar and infinity pool round out the 4 bars and restaurants, and the Spa des Artistes was the Asian winner in the World Luxury Spa Awards in 2017.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Des Arts Saigon Exterior
Hotel Des Arts Saigon Exterior
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel des Arts Saigon Lobby
Hotel des Arts Saigon Lobby

Belmond La Résidence D`Angkor : Siem Reap

Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor is situated on the riverside in central Siem Reap, gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor. It was included as one of Travel & Leisure's 500 Best Hotels, as voted by their readers. The hotel is just moments away from the bustling markets of Siem Reap and 10 minutes from Angkor Wat, the most famous of Cambodia's Khmer civilization temples.  An intimate hotel on the banks of Siem Reap’s tree-lined river, Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor is built in natural woods in traditional Khmer style. Other things close by are the town’s busy craft markets, restaurants and galleries as well as fascinating Tonle Sap Lake with its "floating village". Indulge in royal Khmer cuisine or refined international dishes while magical performances delight and enthral. The hotel’s quiet gardens, swimming pool, and spa are the perfect place to relax at the end of a thrilling day.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Belmond La Résidence D'Angkor
Belmond La Résidence D'Angkor
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Belmond La Résidence D'Angkor Dining
Belmond La Résidence D'Angkor Dining

137 Pillars House: Chiang Mai

Regale in the carefully revived classic old-world elegance of the Orient while enjoying every modern luxury in a home-style residential concept at 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai. Share in the richness of a like-minded international community of guests, and retire to the privacy of lavish suites and spacious tropical grounds. The property originated in 1889 as the Northern Headquarters of the British based Borneo Company, and architectural historians and conservationists worked meticulously to preserve the integrity of the original structure to ensure a truly distinctively luxurious experiential accommodation in Chiang Mai. Guests can look forward to the same nostalgic ambiance in all suites, along with modern comforts and conveniences that you would expect at the finest Chiang Mai luxury hotel. From breakfast in bed or on your veranda to lunch under the sun or well-shaded daybed by the shimmering infinity pool and to intimate dinners set up just for you in secluded tropical nooks, meals at 137 Pillars House are gastronomic memories in the making. Guests can make use of the hotel’s 82-foot long pool, spa, and gym, relax in the signature Victorian baths, indoor/outdoor garden showers. The property was listed as the #1 Resort Hotel in Southeast Asia in 2017 by Travel + Leisure.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  137 Pillars House
137 Pillars House
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby/Reception
Lobby/Reception

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.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Peninsula Bangkok
Peninsula Bangkok
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature 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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