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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 learn about the mystical Cao Dai religion in Ho Chi Minh 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 - VIP Fast Track (Single Entry)
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • 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
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day French Quarter Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Hanoi to Halong Bay
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    • Private Transfer - Hanoi - Halong Bay
    • Embarkation
    • Lunch on Board
    • Kayak Halong Bay - 1-Night Cruise
    • Treasures along Halong Bay
    • Leisure Activities Onboard
    • 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
    • Tai Chi Lesson & Exploration
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Private Transfer - Disembarkation & Transfer
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City [2 hrs] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Ho Chi Minh City
    Ho Chi Minh City
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Notre Dame Cathedral & Pagodas of Ho Chi Minh City (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Evening Street Food Tour by Motorbike (3 hrs) - Guide/Motorbike
  • Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City
    Ho Chi Minh City
    • Private Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh (with Lunch, 8.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
    Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • 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: Hotel de l`Opera Hanoi, MGallery by Sofitel (5*)

A prestigious retreat, Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi is an award-winning property that encapsulates the best of Hanoi, magnificently featuring French colonial architecture and an operatic inspired interior. Centrally located in the heart of Hanoi, the hotel is only a three-minute walk to the Hanoi Opera House and a 10-minute walk to the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake. Each of the 107 guestrooms are meticulously designed to be sanctuaries of elegant comfort, with lavish amenities hand-picked for quality. A curated selection of restaurants offers a range of experiential gastronomic choices – Café Lautrec offers a brasserie-style restaurant with à la carte and buffet dining throughout the day while Satine offers classic Vietnamese cuisine in the dramatic setting of the hotel’s eight-story central atrium. La Fée Verte is a cocktail bar that harkens back to the decadence of absinthe bars in Paris at the dawn of the 20th century, with a wide selection of aged spirits, cocktails, and imported wines. Rejuvenate and indulge yourself with Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi's services and amenities for a memorable wellness experience.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hanoi
Hanoi
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel de l'Opera MGallery by Sofitel
Hotel de l'Opera MGallery by Sofitel

Day 2: Hanoi

No other person shaped Hanoi’s modern war history quite like the controversial figure of Ho Chi Minh, the “father of the country”. With your private driver and English-speaking guide, pay your respects to the departed leader at the Ho Chi Minh Complex and Ba Dinh Square, an important point of pilgrimage for many Vietnamese. The area surrounding the complex is a traffic-free zone filled with botanical gardens, monuments, memorials and pagodas, and includes the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside), Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh Museum and the One Pillar Pagoda. Travel back in time to the nearby simple cottage on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked during his humble beginnings as a revolutionary. Round out your understanding of his influence by visiting the neighboring Ho Chi Minh Museum, featuring an extraordinary tribute to his life. Gain insight into the pre-war history of the country at the Governor’s Residence, also known as the Presidential Palace. The building is an excellent example of Hanoi’s classical French architectural heritage, and Ho Chi Minh famously refused to live in the opulent structure for symbolic reasons, opting to build a traditional Vietnamese stilt house on the grounds instead. Finally, travel back to the 11th century to hear the legend of the construction of the Buddhist One Pillar Pagoda. Retreat from the bustling streets and end your exploration with a visit to the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. Following your visit, transfer back to your hotel.

No visit to Hanoi would be complete without immersing yourself in the hustle and bustle of the city’s French Quarter, an area that perfectly captures the timelessness and nostalgia of Vietnam. With your private driver and English-speaking guide, delve into the stories of dynasties and civilizations past that have left their mark on the neighborhood, mixing Soviet-era post-war reconstruction and French colonial architecture with peaceful Buddhist pagodas. The streets are closed off to motorized vehicles during evenings and weekends to make way for food stalls and bia hoi beer stations, but even during the weekday, the whole French Quarter is very pedestrian-friendly. During your promenade, visit the Buddhist pagoda of Quan Su, the center of Vietnamese Buddhism, and stroll along Tran Hung Dao Street, where a cluster of world-class restaurants and shops are located. Your guide will share with you with stories about the French approach to justice and punishment, including tales of daring Vietnamese resistance to the repressive regime. Conclude your walk over a cup of delicious Vietnamese coffee at a local café – try it with condensed milk on ice for a special treat – as Hanoians dodge motorbikes, bicycles and taxis on the neighborhood’s busy streets.

Accommodation: Hotel de l`Opera Hanoi, MGallery by Sofitel (5*)
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hanoi City
Hanoi City
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Presidential Palace of Vietnam
Presidential Palace of Vietnam

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Early this morning, head deep into the Vietnamese countryside with your private driver and English-speaking guide for the scenic drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, adjacent to the Gulf of Tonkin. Dotted with scenic limestone karsts, monolithic islands, exciting grottoes waiting to be explored and aquamarine waters, this natural wonder is a must-see for visitors to Northern Vietnam. The transfer is approximately 4 hours. Your guide is happy to make stops along the way to take in the gorgeous scenery.

Welcome on board the Paradise Luxury Cruise!

Check-in for the cruise, and enjoy a welcome drink as the vessel sets sail. Enjoy lunch on board, as limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth around you.

As part of your overnight Halong Bay cruise, free kayak usage is included for your enjoyment, allowing you to set out and explore the bays and rock formations in a more intimate setting. This is a truly beautiful way to discover the natural scenery.

Opt for a spa treatment or relax with afternoon tea as the boat cruises towards Sung Sot Cave, also known as Surprise Cave. The cave is one of the largest and most spectacular grottoes of Halong Bay. The mouth of the grotto is reached by ascending one hundred stone steps.

Return to the ship in time for Happy Hour on the sundeck, featuring buy one, get one free drink specials. The boat will anchor at Coconut Tree Island for the night. A Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the sundeck rounds out Happy Hour and will surely peak your appetite for dinner. Retire to the restaurant for a Vietnamese set menu dinner.

In the evening, opt to enjoy a selection of movies in the restaurant or choose to join crew for a unique opportunity for squid fishing.

While onboard, you can take advantage of the spa, beauty, and massage services provided. You will also have the opportunity to attend the chef's cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking. Defined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for lunch and dinner in the elegant dining room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world.

Accommodation: Paradise Luxury Cruise (5*)

Paradise Luxury I, II, III & IV were built according to the traditional Vietnamese junk design and present a lavish outfit that blends subtle harmony with the natural environment. All four Paradise Luxury Cruises offer 68 luxurious cabins and suites as well as an exciting array of activities to be enjoyed. The cruise will take you on an exciting exploration of Halong Bay, also knows as, the "Bay of Descending Dragons". Each vessel features a stylish restaurant and bar for an exclusive dining experience on the third deck. The top deck serves as a perfect place to enjoy the sunshine and discover the splendid beauty of Halong bay with a 360° view while also benefiting from the presence of the Moonlight Bar. Paradise luxury boats dispose of spa facilities aiming at reviving the senses and nurturing well-being. Paradise provides complete spa facilities equipped with a dry sauna and Jacuzzi. The spa also offers a vast array of massages and beauty treatments for your enjoyment. Paradise Luxury Cruises are celebrated for being the only cruisers in Halong Bay. The Paradise Luxury fleet is committed to granting guests a genuine and prestigious experience in Halong Bay.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Paradise Luxury Cruise
Paradise Luxury Cruise
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kayaking in Halong Bay
Kayaking in Halong Bay

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

Start off your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea, coffee and light pastries being served. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay.

Head to Titov Island, named after the second person to orbit the earth, Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Stepanovich Titov, who visited the island with President Ho Chi Minh in 1962. The island is noted for a beautiful crescent-shaped beach perfect for a relaxing swim, and a stunning panoramic view of the bay accessed by an invigorating hike up 420 steps to a viewing platform. If you’ve only ever seen one picture of Halong Bay, chances are that it was taken from the top of Titov.

Back on board, a refreshing à la carte breakfast will be served as you sail back to the harbor. Upon arrival to the Tuan Chau Marina in Halong Bay, you'll disembark from the ship. Meet your private driver and English-speaking guide for a transfer back to Hanoi.

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

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 -  Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City

The history of Ho Chi Minh City has many layers, telling a tale of decades of external influence from the Chinese and the French. With your private driver and English-speaking guide, start your visit today by exploring Cholon, the city’s Chinatown and widely regarded as the largest one in the world by area. The city used to be known as Saigon-Cholon until Vietnam’s independence from France in 1955. From here continue to 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 busy with worshipers. Filled with smoky incense, the pagoda with its elaborately carved figurines and decorated panels of carved gilt woodwork, is dedicated to Buddhist and Taoist deities. If you only visit one pagoda in the city, this should be the one. Finally, head over to Dong Khoi Area in the center of the city where the French colonial presence can be felt at the Notre Dame Cathedral, a Catholic Basilica commissioned entirely of imported French building materials. End with a visit to the Saigon Central Post Office, a stunning architectural marvel with rich Gothic, Renaissance and French influences.

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. Get a glimpse of local life as you snack on Banh Mi baguette sandwiches with a distinctly French flair, sample everyday Vietnamese dishes like pho or freshly barbecued skewers, or local stalls with Chinese and Korean influences. Make sure you leave room for dessert; a unique Vietnamese dessert-in-a-glass treat called chè caps off the experience.

Accommodation: Hotel Des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection (5*)
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Grilled Vegetable Wraps
Grilled Vegetable Wraps

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City

Tay Ninh is home to the intriguing Cao Dai sect, a uniquely Vietnamese religious movement that incorporates elements of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and even Catholicism from decades of external influence. To get there, your private driver and English-speaking guide will head 60 miles into the countryside northwest of Ho Chi Minh City to Tay Ninh, home of the Great Temple, or Holy See. Cao Dai Temple (as it is more commonly known) was built in a unique architectural style that reflects its blended traditions. Stop for a relaxing lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant before continuing to the Cu Chi Tunnels to explore an incredible feat of perseverance and war time engineering born of necessity, and gain important insight into the prolonged struggle against invading armies. The residents of Cu Chi took the war underground into a highly developed network of tunnels that at its height stretched as far as Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens and triage areas. Imperceptible from the ground, opposing armies could roll their tanks over the bunkers without causing damage to the tunnels below. Living conditions were harsh – in addition to fighting the war, residents battled food and oxygen scarcity, venomous insects, and cramped living quarters.

Accommodation: Hotel Des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection (5*)
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels

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.

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

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

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 -  Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
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

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

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

Day 15: Bangkok

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with 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.

Hotel de l`Opera Hanoi, MGallery by Sofitel (5*): Hanoi

A prestigious retreat, Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi is an award-winning property that encapsulates the best of Hanoi, magnificently featuring French colonial architecture and an operatic inspired interior. Centrally located in the heart of Hanoi, the hotel is only a three-minute walk to the Hanoi Opera House and a 10-minute walk to the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake. Each of the 107 guestrooms are meticulously designed to be sanctuaries of elegant comfort, with lavish amenities hand-picked for quality. A curated selection of restaurants offers a range of experiential gastronomic choices – Café Lautrec offers a brasserie-style restaurant with à la carte and buffet dining throughout the day while Satine offers classic Vietnamese cuisine in the dramatic setting of the hotel’s eight-story central atrium. La Fée Verte is a cocktail bar that harkens back to the decadence of absinthe bars in Paris at the dawn of the 20th century, with a wide selection of aged spirits, cocktails, and imported wines. Rejuvenate and indulge yourself with Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi's services and amenities for a memorable wellness experience.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel de l'Opera MGallery by Sofitel
Hotel de l'Opera MGallery by Sofitel
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Fitness Center
Fitness Center

Paradise Luxury Cruise (5*): Halong Bay

Paradise Luxury I, II, III & IV were built according to the traditional Vietnamese junk design and present a lavish outfit that blends subtle harmony with the natural environment. All four Paradise Luxury Cruises offer 68 luxurious cabins and suites as well as an exciting array of activities to be enjoyed. The cruise will take you on an exciting exploration of Halong Bay, also knows as, the "Bay of Descending Dragons". Each vessel features a stylish restaurant and bar for an exclusive dining experience on the third deck. The top deck serves as a perfect place to enjoy the sunshine and discover the splendid beauty of Halong bay with a 360° view while also benefiting from the presence of the Moonlight Bar. Paradise luxury boats dispose of spa facilities aiming at reviving the senses and nurturing well-being. Paradise provides complete spa facilities equipped with a dry sauna and Jacuzzi. The spa also offers a vast array of massages and beauty treatments for your enjoyment. Paradise Luxury Cruises are celebrated for being the only cruisers in Halong Bay. The Paradise Luxury fleet is committed to granting guests a genuine and prestigious experience in Halong Bay.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Paradise Luxury Cruise
Paradise Luxury Cruise
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand Signature Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sun Deck
Sun Deck

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!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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