Day 1: Bangkok arrival (D)
Upon arrival in Bangkok, you are welcomed by our guide and transferred to the hotel for dinner and leisure.
Overnight in Bangkok
Day 2: Royal Grand Palace – Emerald Buhhda – Wat Pho – Wat Arun – Wat Traimit (B/L)
Today we will enjoy Bangkok in a city tour including the Royal Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha and Wat Pho – the largest Buddhist temple with its colossal reclining Buddha.
After a nice lunch at local restaurant, you take a ferry to Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, situated on the west bank (Thonburi) of the Chao Phraya River. This is one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location, but also because its design which is very different from the other temples in Bangkok. Wat Arun (or Temple of the Dawn) is partly made up of colorfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water. The next visit is Wat Traimit, the Temple of the Golden Buddha, which is famous for its 900-years old five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image.
After that, you are transferred back to hotel. Overnight in Bangkok
Day 3: Floating Market (B/L)
In the morning, we pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Ratchaburi Province.
You are dropped off at the pier to embark on a new day full of rural life scenery on a long tail speed boat to the floating market. At Damnernsaduak Floating Market, where lives go on almost untouched by the modern world, you enjoy watching the farmers selling food, fruits, flowers and many kind of local products from their boats right in the river. Then you move on to visit a handicraft village. Next, you are transferred to Rose Garden where you enjoy “The Thai Village” and have a chance to see many interesting activities such as the ceremonies of monk’s ordination, Thai wedding ceremony, the displays of sword fighting, kick boxing and flock dancing.
On the way back to Bangkok, you visit Phra Pathom Chedi – the tallest stupa in the world Nakhon Pathom.
Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 4: Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Cultural Show (B/D)
Today, you are transferred to Bangkok airport for your flight to Chiang Mai.
Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, meet our guide for a welcome and a transfer to hotel for check in.
Late afternoon, you enjoy the super northern Thai dinner with charming Fon-lep (Finger dance), Fon-tein (Candle dance), Ramwong (Candle dance).
After Khantoke dinner, you have time to enjoy yourself while watching shows which are performed by the hill tribes Akha, Yao, Meo, Lisu and Karen.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 5: Full day Sunshine for elephant (B/L)
This program is located in different villages to the North of Chiang Mai city.
Meet elephants that have been recently rescued from their daily toil of entertaining visitors. With no riding, you will feed the elephants in the early morning light and then walk with these newly rescued elephants through the dense mountain forests witnessing their natural behaviors and sense of freedom, after their recent release from the tourism trade.
Enjoy a stunning forest walk with elephants, feeding and river bathing while observing their behavior. This Saddle Off visit provides a unique experience with elephants.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 6: Full day Chiang Rai Golden Triangle – Boat – Long Neck Tribes Tour (B/L)
After breakfast at hotel, you are driven for 1.5 hours to White temple (Wat Rong Khun) for a tour around this contemporary unconventional, privately-owned art exhibit in the style of Buddhist temples. Then carry on to the famous Golden Triangle where three countries meet. You have a chance to cruise along Khong River by long tail boat in this area to see the land of 3 countries: Thailand, Laos & Myanmar on the River Fork.
Return to Golden Triangle and have lunch at a nice local restaurant. After lunch, you are driven to Maesai, the border city of Thailand and Myanmar, and an authentic border town that is. Your final visit of the day is to the Akha, Yao and Long Neck hill tribe villages on the way back to Chiang Mai. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 7: Chiang Mai – Siem Reap (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for the fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
This is home to Angkor Wat, one of the greatest religious monuments in the world. Our guide greet you at the airport and take you on a tour to visit Angkor Wat. It is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking with a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus like towers rising 65 meters from the ground level. Angkor Wat is the center piece of any visitor to the temples of Angkor. Then view the sunset from Phnom Bakheng hill, an unforgettable sight. Built to honor the Hindu god Vishnu, Angkor Wat took nearly 40 years to complete. Inside the outer walls, the structure rises over three levels to a central core topped by five pineapple-shaped towers. Virtually every surface in the maze of chambers and courtyards is richly decorated with low-relief scenes of legends, wars and everyday life, enhanced by carvings of nearly 2,000 celestial dancers.
You have dinner at a local restaurant after the visit. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 8: Siem Reap (B/L/D).
After breakfast at the hotel, you visit the famous old palace, Angkor Thom. This last capital was indeed a ‘Great City’ as its name implies and it served as the religious and administrative center of the vast and powerful Khmer Empire. It was grander than any city in Europe at that time and have supported a considerable population as high as one million. Within Angkor Thom are Bayon of which the giant stone faces have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. There are 37 standing towers, most but not all sporting four carved faces oriented toward the cardinal points). You also see Baphoun Temple, Terrace of Elephant, Phemean Akas and Terrace of Leper King. .
Visit Takeo, Ta Prom Temple
Dinner at local restaurant with buffet and traditional Apsara Show. Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 9: Siem Reap (B/L)
Today you take time to visit the beautiful and peaceful temples of Siem Reap. First start is Prasat Kravan temple, east-facing brick towers containing unique bas-reliefs of Vishnu and Lakshmi rendered in brick. Then Srah Srang, a baray of reservoir at Angkor Wat originally constructed by the same architect that built Pre Rum temple. Banteay Kdei, sprawling, largely unrestored, monastic complex in much the same style as Ta Prohm. Then you visit the Banteay Srey, one of the smallest temples in the region and also one of the most beautiful. It showcases the most exquisite, deep and complex carvings in all Khmer architecture.
Having lunch at restaurant before visiting the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia.
Overnigt in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (B/L/-)
After breakfast, you are transferred by road from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (4 hours). Upon arrival, check in hotel and enjoy the morning at your leisure. In the afternoon, take a city tour to visit the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art – notably sculptures – from throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles, of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of the city, the Independent Monument.
Back to hotel for free at leisure and overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 11: Phnom Penh – speed boat to Chau Doc Viet Nam (B/D)
After a free morning at leisure. 1.30 pm you embark the Victoria speedboat. The journey of downstream Mekong River takes 5 hours.
Upon arrival Victoria hotel, have dinner and overnight in Chau Doc.
Day 12: “Green paradise” of Tra Su Cajuput Forest (B/L)
Just 20km from Chau Doc town, Tra Su Forest stretches out a total area of 1,500 hectares, featured with a very rich ecological system. The flora includes over 140 species; among them, cajuputs cover almost all the area. The forest is the habitat for many colonies of water birds, bats and various others such as rare and endangered animals and reptile species.
This October is the best time to visit the forest as the whole forest is floated in water and you can exploring Tra Su Cajuput Forest by a boat. It must be an awesome experience when sitting on the boat and go through enormous green duckweed covering the water’s surface with tall and huge cajuputs standing densely. You can also observe thousands white storks and other colorful species of birds flying above or perching on the branches.
The further you go, the more peaceful you feel. It seems like you are lost in a green paradise with cool and fresh atmosphere. In that charming green, amazing yellow field of sesbania flowers and pink ponds lotus appear as picturesque scenery. Everything is incredibly nature.
After the tour in the forest, you can come back to go to the watchtower to see the whole vast and boundless view of Tra Su Forest and watch closely the daily activities of birds and storks through field glasses.
Enjoy lunch with amazing traditional foods of Southern Region Vietnam.
Heading to Can Tho city and checking in the hotel upon arrival, have dinner and afterward there is free time for strolling around. Staying overnight in Can Tho.
Day 13: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Vinh Long – Saigon (B/L)
Have an early breakfast at the hotel (around 6 a.m).
Being at a wharf to board a motorboat for sightseeing the Cai Rang Floating Market which is the biggest and most colorful floating market in the Mekong Delta’s region.
In the very early morning, the river has become a busy commercial site where hundreds of boats packed with fruits, vegetables, plants and foods…line along the river and are ready for trading. Sellers will hang samples of what they are selling on the top of a long pole on their boats so that buyers can see from a distance what sellers are selling.
After the Cai Rang market, continuing cruising through small creeks to a local orchard and enjoying tropical seasonal fruits.
Back to hotel for check out and lunch time. Heading to Saigon with a small stop-over at Vinh Long market. Arrive Saigon around late afternoon.
Check in hotel and overnight in Saigon.
Day 14: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnel – Saigon (B/L)
This morning, we take an excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Built by the Vietnamese soldiers during the war, the tunnels were part of an underground network that provided a stronghold close to the city. After exploring part of the tunnels which took decades to dig by very simple tools and man labor, you take a half day tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City which is still called Saigon by many locals. You visit the Nôtre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, Independence Palace and War Museum.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 15: Saigon – Hoi An (B/L)
After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for the morning flight to Danang airport and from there transferred to Hoi An ancient town. Check in hotel.
In the afternoon, you go sightseeing of Hoi An, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The tranquility and charm of this town with its low tiled houses of Chinese appearance, Japanese covered bridge, brightly painted temples and pagodas make it one of Vietnam’s most delightful places.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 16: Hoi An – like a local (B/L)
After breakfast at hotel, you have the option to join one of the group tour to explore local life as below:
OPTION 1: TRA QUE VEGETABLE VILLAGE (Lunch)
Ride a bicycle to a local farm in Tra Que village. Our guide introduce the history of the village, the cultivation of the vegetables as well as discovering about the use of vegetables in traditional Vietnamese medicine.
You take a trip around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake. Continue doing activities such as: raking, sowing, watering greens, picking greens and many more gardening activities. Then spend the rest of the morning working the land in the time honored way. At lunch break, you join the preparation for lunch with a local family. Your lunch consists of many local delicacies including ‘tam huu’ spring roll, Banh xeo (the local pancake) of the people from the central region.
OPTION 2: FISHING VILLAGE BASKET BOAT (Lunch)
You enjoy a wide range of experiences – from learning traditional fishing techniques to paddling the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats while exploring the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war. We provide an authentic social and cultural insight into the local Vietnamese way of life. As well you will take part in some hands-on activities that are fun, safe and interesting to people all of ages. Learn about daily life of Vietnamese fishermen, their families and their community. Enjoy THUNG CHAI BASKET BOAT DANCING with GANGNAM STYLE shown by our local crews on river and learn to paddle the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats and join in a basket boat race.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 17: Hoi An free day (B)
A day free at leisure for your to enjoy the little ancient town. An Bang beach, near the town center, is a good recommendation for your free day. Another option is strolling around Hoi An town and make your own tailor–made suite within a day by talent local tailor. The whole day is yours.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 18: Hoi An – Hanoi (B/D)
After breakfast at hotel, you are transferred to airport for flight to Hanoi. This little city, the capital of Vietnam since the 11th century, dazzles visitors by its unique blend of oriental lifestyle, French colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards and peaceful lakes. Still retaining a charming air from its colonial days, visitors are often impressed with the quietness and subtle beauty of Hanoi. Upon arrival, you are picked up and transferred to hotel for check in and leisure.
Afternoon you a taken to visit Temple of Literature – the first University of Vietnam. Then the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a must as it is one of the most interesting museums in Hanoi with many different things relating the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.
Later that afternoon, you enjoy Water Puppet Show – the unique Traditional Art in the North of Vietnam with the puppet perform a play on the water surface.
A dinner at a restaurant by Hoan Kiem Lake – the heart of Hanoi . Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 19: Hanoi – Halong – seaplane with scenic view (B/L/D)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for a thrilling feel of helicopter. You have a one in a life time experience to witness the magnificent landscape of Halong Bay from the sky. Prepared to be amazed with this UNESCO World Heritage Site by air.
Once landing, you hop aboard a traditional junk and sail out into this beautiful bay. You will marvel at all the weird and wonderful dramatic limestone karst formations rising form the crystal water.
According to legend, they were formed as a dragon descended to the sea. Spend the night up on deck chatting away under the starlit sky. A little piece of paradise found and definitely one of Vietnam’s highlights. Overnight on board.
Day 20: Halong – Hanoi (B/L)
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi session on the sun deck and take the opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. Visit a beautiful Surprise Cave then head back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay and a buffet brunch while cruising back to the dock. On the way back Hanoi, take in the lush scenery as you drive through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta. Overnight and leisure in Hanoi.
Day 21: Hanoi free at leisure – departure (B)
Free at leisure till the transfer to airport for the returning flight after a trip full of unforgettable memory.
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