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Exotic Voyage to Southeast Asia

Exotic Voyage to Southeast Asia

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Siem Reap, Phuket
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Once you travel in Asia, you will never forget this charm touristic continent. From Thailand, Cambodia to Vietnam, the tour promises to give you memorable experience like you have never had in your life. Are you ready to take the tour?
Highlights:
 
  • Discover Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand with numerous beautiful famous temples.
  • Try caring and riding elephants to excurse in jungle in Chiang Mai.
  • Explore Luang Prabang with its particular temples, Khuang Si Waterfall and Pak Ou Cave.
  • Cruise in Halong Bay, the UNESCO World Heritage to contemplate the fantastic natural beauty.
  • Discover the historical and cultural values of My Son Holy Land and attractive Hoian Town.
  • Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Phorm, some famous temples in Cambodia and relax in Phuket.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Bangkok Arrival

Day 2
Bangkok (B)

Day 3
Bangkok - Chiang Mai (B)

Day 4
Chiang Mai (B/L)

Day 5
Chiang Mai (B/L)

Day 6
Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang (B)

Day 7
Luang Prabang (B/L)

Day 8
Luang Prabang – Hanoi (B)

Day 9
Hanoi (B)

Day 10
Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Day 11
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An (B)

Day 12
Hoi An (B)

Day 13
Hoi An (B)

Day 14
Hoi An - Danang - Siem Reap (B)

Day 15
Siem Reap (B)

Day 16
Siem Reap (B)

Day 17
Siem Reap – Phuket (B)

Day 18
Phuket (B)

Day 19
Phuket (B)

Day 20
Phuket - Departure (B)

Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
Upon arriving Bangkok airport, welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 2: Bangkok (B)
Day 2: Bangkok (B)
After breakfast, we will come to visit the Grand Palace, an attractive place in Bangkok. The Grand Palace was built following the mixture between European and Thai architecture. Thai people believe that anyone visiting the temple in the Palace will get luck, that is Wat Phra Keo known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. 
 
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand, which shelters a valuable Emerald Buddhist statue. Being different from other temples in Thailand, the temple contains no accommodation for monks but monuments decorated with supernatural landscape and statues.
 
Next to the Golden Chedi, the Pantheon of the Chakri Kings, and the Eight Colored Towers, a living example of classical Siamese Court.
 
Wat Pho is also an particular temple we should not bypass. The temple is regarded as the first university of Thailand, which teaches literature, warfare, archaeology, astronomy, geology, and meditation. Additionally, Wat Pho is also the home of Thai traditional massage thank to numerous massagers trained here. 
 
In the afternoon, we will take a long tail boat trip to excurse along Chao Phraya River and visit Wat Arun called The Temple of Dawn. The temple is the symbol of Bangkok tourism with its Thai architecture, constructed with brick and covered with the colourful Chinese ceramics. 
 
Before returning to the hotel, we will visit the flower and vegetable market to witness a rural landscape in this part of Bangkok with many kinds of flowers, especially orchids and tropical flowers.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Bangkok - Chiang Mai (B)
Day 3: Bangkok - Chiang Mai (B)
After breakfast, we will drive to the airport for flight to Chiang Mai. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in.
 
Then we will visit the Wat Pra That Doi Suthep, one of the most spiritual temples in Chiang Mai. Constructed in 1383, the temple is linked with the sentence “No visiting Wat Pra That Doi Suthep means no visiting Chiang Mai”. When the sun stop shining is when the temple at its best. 
 
Continue the route to Wat Suan Dok, another impressive temple in Chiang Mai. Dated back from the 14th century, the temple used to be pleasure gardens to the Thai monarchy. Next, we will visit the Wat Jedyod  known as the Temple of Seven Spires before transferring back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 4: Chiang Mai (B/L)
Day 4: Chiang Mai (B/L)
Today, we will transfer to the Thai Elephant Conservation Center which was founded in 1993 under Royal Patronage. Currently, the center cares for over 50 Asian elephants scattered in a beautiful forest. The most interesting when visiting here is that you will have chance to learn how to care for an elephant and ride them in the jungle. 
 
 Following the lunch is an excursion back to Chiang Mai with stop at Lamphun dated back to A.D.700. Referring to Lamphun means mentioning about  several ancient and revered temples including Wat Prathat Hariphunchai erected in A.D.1044 and Wat Jamathevi named after a 7th century Queen. Her ashes were interred in the temple.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Chiang Mai (B/L)
Day 5: Chiang Mai (B/L)
Driving out of Chiang Mai, we will pay a visit to a traditional Lanna family which continues the traditions of many generations in using teak wood for home-building. You will have chance to apply traditional home recipes on the authentic Northern Thai flavors as well as choose fresh ingredients in the garden for today’s cooking extravaganza. While cooking, let’s talk to the family to understand more about their custom and culture before enjoy an amazing home cooked lunch with them.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 6: Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang (B)
Day 6: Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang (B)
After enjoying breakfast, we will transfer to Chiang Mai airport for flight to Bangkok airport where we will connect the flight to Luang Prabang. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in.
 
After that, we will enjoy a bicycle excursion to discover Vat Xieng Thong (means “The Golden City”) or Temple of the Royal city, the oldest, most important and most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang. It was built under the reign of the King Setthathirat (1559-1560). The temple is splendidly decorated with carving and mosaics within a picturesque scenery surrounding.
 
Following is short-riding-trip to nearby areas such as Ban Phone Hueang, Ban Aphay, Ban Visun to comprehend the daily life of the locals. We will also visit handmade Photisak silver shop and Minority Art Center. Round off the day with a visit to Wat Phabat Tai, a monastery complex constructed in the 17th century. Here is also the ideal place for you to enjoy the sunset moment.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 7: Luang Prabang (B/L)
Day 7: Luang Prabang (B/L)
After breakfast, we will excurse to Khuang Sy Waterfall. On the way, you will see the picturesque landscape of the country with villages and verdant paddy fields. Don’t forget to take some nice photos! 
 
Khuang Sy Waterfall is considered as one of the most attractive destinations in Laos. Visitors reaching here will have opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty. If weather permits, we can immerse into the water, swim for entertainment. That will be absolutely a nice experience to visitors. 
 
We can enjoy a picnic lunch at waterfall or come back to the hotel for lunch in a local restaurant.
 
After a short rest, we will continue the trip towards Pak Ou Cave. Located near the center of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou is not only a particular destination but also a place which shelters historic cultural values. Visiting the cave, you will see that this is the home for thousands Buddhist statues with numerous dimensions. 
 
On the way back to Luang Prabang, we will drop off at Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xang Hai. There will give you chance to observe the manufacturing rice wine “Lao” making process of locals. Certainly, you can sample the wine before we enjoy the sunset on the way cruising back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Luang Prabang – Hanoi (B)
Day 8: Luang Prabang – Hanoi (B)
Leaving Luang Prabang after breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 9: Hanoi (B)
Day 9: Hanoi (B)
In the morning, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday) where the great President Ho Chi Minh rest in peace. We will visit his traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda, the special pagoda with particular structure.
 
Leaving here, we will transfer to thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, the famous first university in Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating. This ancient monument is dated back to 11th century and continues mesmerizing visitors alike in its connection with the past and the architecture continued beauty. Its structure combines between the Le and Nguyen Dynasty style. 
 
After a short rest , visit around Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple as well as the Ethnology Museum (closed on Monday). Here, you can deeply explore the diversity of Vietnam’s ethnic groups before enjoying a traditional water puppet show performed after the sunset.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own and take a sound sleep for the following day!
 
(Remark: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes from 08 September to 08 November for annual maintenance. Outside visiting can be arranged).
Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi for a 180-km journey to Ha Long Bay, one of UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3000 islands located in a background of limestone in Gulf of Tonkin. Coming to Halong, visitors will be impressed with the beauty of natural achievement and many wonderful types of scenery. 
 
You will enjoy an overnight cruise on a wonderful boat floating on Ha Long Bay and savouring special menu of fresh seafood will absolutely bring you the best moment you have ever had.
 
You will be served with lunch and dinner on boat. Overnight onboard.
Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An (B)
Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An (B)
You are recommended to wake up early in the morning on this day because that is the most wonderful time for you to contemplate aquamarine water of the bay at its best. Once satisfied with the tea break, you will continue the onboard excursion through impressive limestone surrounding the bay. Don’t forget to take some nice photos of this unique land.
 
Returning to the Harbour, we will transfer back to Hanoi Airport for flight to Danang. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel in Hoian for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 12: Hoi An (B)
Day 12: Hoi An (B)
We will head to My Son, a concentration of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. In this period, the valley at My Son was a site of religious ceremony for kings of the ruling dynasties of Champa, as well as a burial place for Cham royalty and national heroes.
 
Arriving here, let’s try to keep calm in the presence of its impressive beauty and listen to many attractive stories about historical and cultural values of this Holy Land.
 
Transfer back to Hoian, we will start a walking trip with our tour-guide around the attractive Hoian port town. In 16th century, Hoian used to be the national trading center for East-West commercial itinerary. It seems to be the assembly point for diversity of ancient streets and homes. Particularly, the quaint cobblestone streets with more than two-century-old Chinese houses are indispensable subjects to visit and explore.
 
Deliberately walking here, you will see the ancient houses built following the Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures along the narrow lanes. The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge built by Japanese merchants in 16th century, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, and the local fish market are some indispensable places that you should visit in Hoi An. Let’s stop off at a tailor-made shop to get yourself a favourite clothes/suits/dresses done in just few hours.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 13: Hoi An (B)
Day 13: Hoi An (B)
Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Hoi An - Danang - Siem Reap (B)
Day 14: Hoi An - Danang - Siem Reap (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the Danang airport for flight to Siem Reap. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 15: Siem Reap (B)
Day 15: Siem Reap (B)
In the morning, we will transfer to visit Angkor Thom (means “Great City”) which was built in the late of 12th century under the reign of King Jayavarman VII. This place was the final and the most long-lasting capital of Khmer Empire. With an area of 9 square kilometers, Angkor Thom contains many temples erected in the former ages by Jayavarman and his latter generations.
 
In the heart of Angkor Thom is the National Temple of Jayavarman, the Bayon Temple with many other relics around the Victory Plaza. An excursion here will give visitors chance to observe many ancient sculptures. 
 
We will continue to visit the ancient monastery Ta Prohm. The Ta Prohm Temple, which was built in 1186 particularly for the mother of King Jayavarman VII, used to be home of more than 12.500 people, including 18 priests and 80.000 Khmer people. However, the collapse of Khmer Empire leaded to the current situation of Temple: left fallow and covered by tropical forests. 
 
After enjoying lunch in a local restaurant, we will continue the exploration in Angkor Archaeological Site and discover Angkor Wat Temple, the largest and most beautiful Temple in Angkor Archaeological Site. Constructed in the 12th century (1112-1152) under the reign of Suryavarman II in honour of Vishnu, Angkor Wat is currently the soul and symbol of the Cambodian Nation and appears on the flag of the country. UNESCO recognized Angkor Wat as a World Heritage, which needs preserving.
 
With many embossments surrounding this religious monument, it describes the legend of Hindu divinities and an immortal life. Visitors will easily notice an disproportionate scenery of squares, stairs, towers and imagine the magnificent age of Khmer Empire. Different from other temples in Angkor, Angkor Wat is still an important Buddhist work and home for numerous Buddha statues although it used to be left fallow in 15th century.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 16: Siem Reap (B)
Day 16: Siem Reap (B)
Today offers you a chance to try travelling by tuk-tuk and visit Lolei, Bakong, and Preah Ko Temples. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 17: Siem Reap – Phuket (B)
Day 17: Siem Reap – Phuket (B)
In the morning, we will transfer to the Siem Reap airport for flight to Bangkok airport where we will connect another flight to Phuket. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 18: Phuket (B)
Day 18: Phuket (B)
Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 19: Phuket (B)
Day 19: Phuket (B)
Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 20: Phuket - Departure (B)
Day 20: Phuket - Departure (B)
The tour-guide will pick you up and transfer to the airport for flight to Bangkok airport where you will connect to your departure flight.
 
End of the tour!

Exotic Voyage to Southeast Asia

Hotel Class
Prices are quoted in US dollars per person for double occupancy
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4 persons
6 persons
10 persons

Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Internal and regional flight ticket in economy class (Bangkok - Chiang Mai: US$ 120, Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang: US$ 191, Luang Prabang - Hanoi: US$ 180, Hanoi - Danang: US$ 110; Danang - Siem Reap: US$ 248, Siem Reap - Phuket: US$ 282)
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary (Non-private boat of Halong Bay cruise)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

 

Exclusion:

  • International flight to and from Vietnam
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Cambodia visa
  • Laos visa
  • Thailand visa
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
Important notes:
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Laos.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. After this date, price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Laos New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 14.00 on arrival day till 12.00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
Visa:
You will require a visa to enter Laos. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
 
Passport:
Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
 
Booking Procedure:
Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
 
Money Exchange:
Laos’s currency is called the KIP, pronounced “kip”. 
Bills that represent Kip are broken down into 500; 1000; 2000; 5000; 10000; 20 000; 50, 000 and 100, 000 KIP denominations. Please be aware that the KIP is a non-convertible currency and cannot officially be exchanged abroad. The official exchange rate in Laos is around 8,000 Kip = 01 USD (as of July 2014).
Foreigner currencies such as US Dollars, Euros, Thai Baht, Australia Dollars…are popularly accepted in Laos to be exchanged in KIP and tourists are entitled to exchange easily money at the current market rate at the banks, airport or at any licensed moneychanger. The presentation of your passport is sometimes requested. Please ask your tour guide for assistance in case you need.
 
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). 
Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Notes should be 2006 series onwards. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap and also dispense in both KHR and US$. 
 
The official currency of Vietnam is Dong (VND).
Some establishments will accept US currency (USD), but usually only for large purchases and in some restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists. It's not possible to exchange Vietnamese Dong outside the country, so convert or spend all your Dong before leaving.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques are unacceptable to change. 
 
Tipping:
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Asia destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
 
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
- Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
- Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
- Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
 
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.

 

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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
DAILY PROGRAM
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Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
Day 2: Bangkok (B)
Day 3: Bangkok - Chiang Mai (B)
Day 4: Chiang Mai (B/L)
Day 5: Chiang Mai (B/L)
Day 6: Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang (B)
Day 7: Luang Prabang (B/L)
Day 8: Luang Prabang – Hanoi (B)
Day 9: Hanoi (B)
Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An (B)
Day 12: Hoi An (B)
Day 13: Hoi An (B)
Day 14: Hoi An - Danang - Siem Reap (B)
Day 15: Siem Reap (B)
Day 16: Siem Reap (B)
Day 17: Siem Reap – Phuket (B)
Day 18: Phuket (B)
Day 19: Phuket (B)
Day 20: Phuket - Departure (B)

2. PARTICIPANTS AND DATE OF TRAVEL

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

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