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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
    • VIP Immigration Fast Track Meet & Greet with Visa - Multiple Entry-Executive
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • 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
    • Dinner at Grandma's Restaurant (with Dinner, 2 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • 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
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Beauty is in the Eye of the Beer-Holder (with Meal, 3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • 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/Guide/Driver
  • 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/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Siem Reap - Chiang Mai [via Bangkok] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver - In Chiang Mai Town
    • Airport Meet & Greet
  • Day 11 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Private Tour - Full Day Elephant Hospital, and Temples of Lampang & Lamphun with Lunch - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 12 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Private Tour - Full Day Fun Cooking Experience with a Local Family with Lunch - Cooking Class
  • Day 13 Chiang Mai to Bangkok
    Chiang Mai to Bangkok
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver - In Chiang Mai Town
    • Air - Chiang Mai - Bangkok [(1 hr)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - Evening Taste of Chinatown - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 14 Bangkok
    Bangkok
    • Private Tour - Full Day Best of Bangkok by Boat with Lunch at Sala Rattanakosin - Vehicle/Driver/Guide/Boat
  • Day 15 Bangkok
    Bangkok
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
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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: Apricot Hotel (5*)

Centrally located on the edge of Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter and just steps away from the city’s iconic Hoan Kiem Lake, the Apricot Hotel is a luxurious boutique property that pays homage to Vietnam’s finest artists by showcasing original artwork. A neo-classical design with Vietnamese touches, the 123 guestrooms welcome guests in an elegant, inviting and intimate atmosphere. The Apricot takes guests on an artistic journey with meticulous attention to detail where flawless service comes together in a harmonious mosaic of local flavors. The hotel’s exclusive restaurants pair European cuisine and design with curated South East Asian delicacies, and guests benefit from a posh rooftop bar boasting panoramic views of the city. The wide range of facilities are paired with impeccable services to make sure your stay is memorable in an inviting and intimate atmosphere.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Apricot Hotel Hanoi
Apricot Hotel Hanoi
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Apricot Hotel Hanoi Restaurant
Apricot Hotel Hanoi Restaurant

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: Apricot Hotel (5*)
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Entrance to the Temple of Literature
Entrance to the Temple of Literature
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 (5*)

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 2018 - 2019 -  Orchid Cruise
Orchid Cruise
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 (5*)

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 2018 - 2019 -  Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel Des Arts Saigon Exterior
Hotel Des Arts Saigon Exterior

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 (5*)
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Alter inside the Jade Emporer Pagoda
Alter inside the Jade Emporer Pagoda
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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.

Sure, a cold Tiger, 333 or Saigon Green is undeniably delicious, but sometimes you need something a bit more…artisanal. Whether you are in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, consider heading out to discover the best craft beer pubs in town. You may not think it would be a big thing in this part of the world, but you’d be hugely mistaken! Vietnam has a number of incredible micro-breweries just waiting to serve up their tasty concoctions. With a private guide leading the way, tonight you’ll visit a number of pubs to sample the local delights. In the end, you’ll be the one to judge if Vietnam deserves to be on the “Beer Map of the World.”

Accommodation: Hotel Des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection (5*)
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Speed Boat on the Saigon River
Speed Boat on the Saigon River
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Craft Beer Experience
Craft Beer Experience

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.

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

Accommodation: Shinta Mani Angkor (4.5*)

Shinta Mani Angkor is an upscale boutique hotel created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, showcasing 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in a Khmer inspired design. This exceptional hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting within the city of Siem Reap, and not far from the sites of Angkor.

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: Shinta Mani Angkor (4.5*)
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Angkor Wat Temples
Angkor Wat Temples
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Siem Reap
Siem Reap

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: Shinta Mani Angkor (4.5*)
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Novice Monks
Novice Monks
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Shinta Mani Angkor
Shinta Mani Angkor

Day 10: Siem Reap - Chiang Mai

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

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

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

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.

Accommodation: Tamarind Village (4*)

Relax in a tranquil boutique hotel setting in the center of Chiang Mai’s old city, with the comfort of a magnificent 200-year-old tamarind tree sheltering the property at the Tamarind Village. The 46 rooms and suites are designed to reflect the rich ethnic diversity of northern Thailand, drawing on fabrics and patterns from the various tribes that populate the region. Featuring award-winning elements of design, service and comfort in a serene and stylish setting, the hotel prides itself on genuine hospitality with attention to detail throughout. The property is set around a series of garden courtyards amidst the ancient temples and quaint shopping streets that define Chiang Mai. Enjoy a variety of mouthwatering Thai and international dishes in the stylish setting of Ruen Tamarind, providing indoor and outdoor dining in a cozy café-style restaurant. Intimate, serene and relaxing, Tamarind Village is an oasis of calm and tranquility, the perfect base for exploring Chiang Mai and beyond and ideal for guests who enjoy discovering their surroundings in the evening on foot.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tamarind Village
Tamarind Village

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: Tamarind Village (4*)
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lampun
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lampun
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tamarind Village
Tamarind Village

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: Tamarind Village (4*)
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Khao Soi with Chicken
Khao Soi with Chicken
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai

Day 13: Chiang Mai - Bangkok

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Board a flight from Chiang Mai with direct service to Bangkok. Approximate flight time is 1 hour.

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with 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: Ariyasom Villa (4*)

Constructed in 1942 as a private home during World War II, the Ariyasom Villa is still owned by the family of the original people who built it, creating both historical significance and a very caring attitude towards the guests that step inside. Originally constructed in the outskirts of the city, the hotel has found itself in the heart of the Central Business District due to the massive expansion of Bangkok. The hotel is situated just 30 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and is also located close to the Bangkok Skytrain and Bumrungrad International Hospital. Instilling a real sense of bygone Bangkok, the rooms are adorned with original artwork, Thai silk drapes, and equipped with charming bathrooms. Furthermore, based on a mainly vegetarian menu, with some seafood, Na Aroon Restaurant exudes a wonderful old Thai vibe that features a philosophy of healthiness and organic living. With a successful attempt at delivering an authentic Thai experience, the Ariyasom Villa also provides the Som Sen Spa, adjacent to the swimming pool which completes the perfect Bangkok stay.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Bangkok Chinatown
Bangkok Chinatown
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  AriyasomVilla
AriyasomVilla

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: Ariyasom Villa (4*)
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Grand Palace & Wat Phra Keaw
Grand Palace & Wat Phra Keaw
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Bangkok
Bangkok

Day 15: Bangkok

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Apricot Hotel (5*): Hanoi

Centrally located on the edge of Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter and just steps away from the city’s iconic Hoan Kiem Lake, the Apricot Hotel is a luxurious boutique property that pays homage to Vietnam’s finest artists by showcasing original artwork. A neo-classical design with Vietnamese touches, the 123 guestrooms welcome guests in an elegant, inviting and intimate atmosphere. The Apricot takes guests on an artistic journey with meticulous attention to detail where flawless service comes together in a harmonious mosaic of local flavors. The hotel’s exclusive restaurants pair European cuisine and design with curated South East Asian delicacies, and guests benefit from a posh rooftop bar boasting panoramic views of the city. The wide range of facilities are paired with impeccable services to make sure your stay is memorable in an inviting and intimate atmosphere.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Apricot Hotel Hanoi
Apricot Hotel Hanoi
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Apricot Hotel Hanoi
Apricot Hotel Hanoi

Orchid Cruise (5*): 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 2018 - 2019 -  Orchid Cruise Halong Bay
Orchid Cruise Halong Bay

Hotel Des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection (5*): 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 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel Des Arts Saigon Exterior
Hotel Des Arts Saigon Exterior
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel des Arts Saigon Lobby
Hotel des Arts Saigon Lobby

Shinta Mani Angkor (4.5*): Siem Reap

Shinta Mani Angkor is an upscale boutique hotel created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, showcasing 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in a Khmer inspired design. This exceptional hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting within the city of Siem Reap, and not far from the sites of Angkor.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Shinta Mani Angkor
Shinta Mani Angkor

Tamarind Village (4*): Chiang Mai

Relax in a tranquil boutique hotel setting in the center of Chiang Mai’s old city, with the comfort of a magnificent 200-year-old tamarind tree sheltering the property at the Tamarind Village. The 46 rooms and suites are designed to reflect the rich ethnic diversity of northern Thailand, drawing on fabrics and patterns from the various tribes that populate the region. Featuring award-winning elements of design, service and comfort in a serene and stylish setting, the hotel prides itself on genuine hospitality with attention to detail throughout. The property is set around a series of garden courtyards amidst the ancient temples and quaint shopping streets that define Chiang Mai. Enjoy a variety of mouthwatering Thai and international dishes in the stylish setting of Ruen Tamarind, providing indoor and outdoor dining in a cozy café-style restaurant. Intimate, serene and relaxing, Tamarind Village is an oasis of calm and tranquility, the perfect base for exploring Chiang Mai and beyond and ideal for guests who enjoy discovering their surroundings in the evening on foot.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tamarind Village
Tamarind Village
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tamarind Village
Tamarind Village

Ariyasom Villa (4*): Bangkok

Constructed in 1942 as a private home during World War II, the Ariyasom Villa is still owned by the family of the original people who built it, creating both historical significance and a very caring attitude towards the guests that step inside. Originally constructed in the outskirts of the city, the hotel has found itself in the heart of the Central Business District due to the massive expansion of Bangkok. The hotel is situated just 30 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and is also located close to the Bangkok Skytrain and Bumrungrad International Hospital. Instilling a real sense of bygone Bangkok, the rooms are adorned with original artwork, Thai silk drapes, and equipped with charming bathrooms. Furthermore, based on a mainly vegetarian menu, with some seafood, Na Aroon Restaurant exudes a wonderful old Thai vibe that features a philosophy of healthiness and organic living. With a successful attempt at delivering an authentic Thai experience, the Ariyasom Villa also provides the Som Sen Spa, adjacent to the swimming pool which completes the perfect Bangkok stay.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ariyasom Villa
Ariyasom Villa
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

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.
  • Jennifer C. — August 10, 2018 — Asia

    Maria, our travel agent, was fantastic! She was extremely flexible to multiple requests. And, she produced an unforgettable vacation. Tajma, our guide in Thailand, was professional, knowledge, and a truly warm and wonderful person. She shared her country with us and answered countless questions. She went above and beyond what was required to make our trip special.

  • Emily G. — July 04, 2018 — Asia

    This trip was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. The planning was incredibly simple and the final product was even better than I could have ever imagined. Our local guides seemed to be hand-picked just for us and they really went above and beyond to help make our trip not only unforgettable, but also very easy. Thank you for helping to create such a memorable experience. I would absolutely recommend Kensington to anyone looking to plan a trip.

  • Karli H. — August 04, 2018 — Asia

    We had an absolutely amazing trip - every aspect of the trip exceeded our expectations. We felt well taken care of, but at the same time our guides gave us space to enjoy the trip on our own at times. We are so happy that we booked through Kensington Tours, as all of the organization and planning was done for us - thanks for a great experience!

  • Janet T. — June 23, 2018 — Asia

    Our multi-generational family of 8 recently returned from an amazing escorted, personalized 12-day tour of Japan. The quality was everything we expected and hoped for. Our tour planner, Anne-Laure, was fantastic and so was our Japanese guide, Mayumi. Both were attentive to our interests, professional, knowledgeable and personable. Transportation was high quality and on-time. The diversity and pace of the activities made our trip interesting and memorable. Our guide was flexible and allowed us to fine-tune our itinerary to meet our individual preferences. We felt safe and well-cared for. Japan is a pristine and polite country with a lot of history and we enjoyed it very much.

  • Richard F. — May 15, 2018 — Asia

    I am at a loss in describing how perfect our trip was! Every single detail was taken care of and the activities were amazing!

  • Derrick D. — May 22, 2018 — Asia

    Everything about this trip was AMAZING! From start to finish, Jennifer and her team responded promptly, and suggestions that catered to my ideal Bali trip.

  • Frances B. — April 11, 2018 — Asia

    Our trip to Japan was awesome! We learned so much about the customs, food and spiritual life. We never had any concerns about where we needed to be or when, even with quite a few transfers.

  • Steven C. — February 10, 2018 — Asia

    I have traveled all over the world with various travel companies. Kensington is ranked right at the top! Honestly could not have expected more than they provided.

  • Kimberley E. — February 13, 2018 — Asia

    Extraordinary Experience! From beginning to end, we were well taken care of. Thank you so very much. A very memorable trip indeed!

  • Andrew C. — January 06, 2018 — Asia

    We had a fantastic time on our Honeymoon! The level of service that Kensington provided from the time we started planning the trip to the plane ride home was second to none. I would not book a trip using any other agency!

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