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18 days 17 nights

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About this tour

Embark on an 18-Day Adventure through Southeast Asia!

Take an 18-day journey through Southeast Asia, visiting Bangkok’s stately palaces and the breathtaking Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Explore the colorful core of Bangkok, with its majestic temples and buzzing markets. Continue to Luang Prabang, where you can see spiritual almsgiving and the scenic Kuang Si Waterfall. Explore Vietnam’s ancient Hanoi, gorgeous Halong Bay, quaint Hoi An, and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. Explore Phnom Penh’s resiliency and ancient Angkor monuments in Siem Reap before relaxing on a Tonle Sap Lake boat. This voyage offers a diverse range of experiences, including cultural riches, natural wonders, and personal local contacts, capturing the colorful essence of Southeast Asia.

Destination: Southeast Asia

Duration: 18 days

Travel Periods: 01May-21Dec24

NOTE: Package’s price is for 1 adult  in Low Season.

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Highlights

  • Explore Bangkok's Grand Palace to see the Emerald Buddha, witness a peaceful alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang at dawn, and take a traditional boat tour of Halong Bay
  • Explore the old alleyways of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Discover the vibrant energy and history of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Explore the mysteries of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, a masterpiece of human creation
  • Take a calm trip on Tonle Sap Lake and experience life in floating communities

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation is based on a shared Double room including breakfast unless otherwise mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Local English-speaking guide (supplements may apply for other languages and group national guides)
  • Tours as mentioned
  • Transfer as mentioned for the whole group travel together unless otherwise mentioned
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Activities as outlined in the itinerary
  • Service charge and current government VAT/GST tax
  • Peak season surcharge (to be confirmed at time of booking)
  • Visa (we can help with visa on arrival in certain destination upon request)
  • Services and meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • All drinks; including water, soft drinks and alcohol
  • Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if requested)
  • Optional excursion/tours
  • International and Domestic Flights unless mentioned
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities (please refer to below tipping guidelines)
  • Travel insurance
  • Camera/video entrance fees

Itinerary

Arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. After the immigration and take all your luggages, meet your local English speaking guide holding your name on a signboard at the meeting point: the Exit number 06 (internaitonal arrival). Then private transfer to hotel in Bangkok. Arrive at hotel, check in and free time at leisure. Check in time: 14:00hr. Meals: Nil Hotel: Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok (Superior Room)

At 08:30hr, you will meet your English-speaking guide at the hotel lobby and your journey begins at the awe-inspiring Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), a sacred site containing the 66cm Emerald Buddha. Delve into a mural depicting Buddhist cosmology and find solace in the Buddha's presence. Move on to the Grand Palace, an architectural jewel that served as the royal residence from 1782 to 1925, now an iconic symbol of Thailand. A short stroll leads to Wat Pho, a temple dating back to the late 17th century, renowned for the colossal Reclining Buddha and its role as a traditional massage school. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, embark on a waterborne adventure on a longtail boat. Cruise down the Chao Phraya River, witnessing wooden stilted houses, ancient temples, and the 2023-opened giant Buddha statue. The boat docks at Wat Arun, the 'Temple of Dawn,' an iconic Buddhist marvel. Ascend the main prang and explore intricately designed pagodas showcasing Thai craftsmanship. Please note: - Dress modestly when visiting Wat Pho, The Grand Palace, and Wat Arun. - Return to your hotel via local transportation. Meals: Breakfast / Lunch Hotel: Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok (Superior Room)

Start your day at 07:00hr for a morning tour by meeting your English-speaking guide at your hotel lobby. You will be driven to Ratchaburi Province which is approximately a 2-hour drive away. The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of Thailand's most famous and picturesque markets. This bustling market, a 24-hour spectacle, paints a vivid picture of Thailand's cultural tapestry. As flowers change hands between wholesalers and locals, witness street hawkers transforming them into garlands, symbols of luck and offerings. You will have the opportunity to experience the long tail boat and cruise along the river while you try exciting new local dishes. Next, you will be driven to The Mae Klong Railway Market. This unique market is set up right on the active railway tracks, this vibrant market is a thrilling spectacle as vendors deftly move their goods to make way for passing trains. Experience this captivating routine eight times a day, showcasing the resilience of the local community. Return to your hotel with vivid memories, relishing the unique charm of Mae Klong. Enjoy leisure time, reflecting on the day's extraordinary moments and the unexpected wonders that make this market a must-see destination. Meals: Breakfast Hotel: Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok (Superior Room)

Meet your English-speaking guide at hotel and private transfer to Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Airport for your flight to Luang Prabang. Flight Bangkok – Luang Prabang Upon arrival in Luang Prabang international airport, you’ll be greeted by our tour guide and driver then transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. You can explore Luang Prabang and its array of restaurants and activities or just relax at your hotel. Meals: Breakfast Hotel: Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel (Superior)

Rise early to the sound of the temple gong to witness Luang Prabang’s mystical ritual. Walk downtown to watch the daily procession of about three hundred young monks who silently walk and collect sticky rice and other food in their bronze bowls. The ritual is linked to a Buddhist tradition where monks beg for their daily food as a way to demonstrate humility. If you would like to be involved in the offering of food, your guide will be more than happy to show you the respectful way to interact with monks. Feel free to take photos, however please use discretion and refrain from using your flash. Enjoy the rest of your morning with a stroll through Luang Prabang’s morning market where you will see the locals haggling for fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables. Then explore many of the former royal capital’s cultural highlights. You’ll visit Wat Xieng Thong, one of the largest and most decorative temples, and Wat Mai, with its beautiful gilded façade. Then continue on to the former Royal Palace, a commanding structure in the center of town that until 1946 was the heart of the Lang Xang Kingdom. Today it is the National Museum, and its halls contain rare religious and cultural artifacts. Next, climb 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Hop aboard a boat and cruise up the orange colored waters of the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves. The caves are home to hundreds of statues of Buddha, big and small, that have been left by devotees. You’ll be amazed to see how many are crammed in! Along the way you will stop at a riverside village to see weavers working on ancient looms before returning to town later in the afternoon. Meals: Breakfast / Lunch Hotel: Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel (Superior)

After breakfast, meet your English-speaking guide at your hotel around 9:00 am. From here, travel south to the Kuang Si Waterfall. Along the way, visit the Living Crafts Centre. Here you will meet weavers and learn about traditional Loatian textiles. Continue on to the waterfall and admire the crystal water cascading into idyllic turquoise pools. Bring a bathing suit if you would like to swim. Return back to Luang Prabang in the early afternoon. Note: Kuang Si Waterfall has less water from February to May. The return to Luang Prabang is approximately 14:30 pm. Meals: Breakfast / Lunch Hotel: Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel (Superior)

Today free time at your own leisure before transferring to airport for your departure flight.
FlightLuang Prabang - Hanoi
Upon arrival into Hanoi, be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel.
 
Please note:
* Estimated distance from hotels in the Old Quarter to the airport or v.v: ~25-30km
Estimated driving time: ~30mins - 40mins.
* International arrivals: Please proceed through immigration and customs, and make your way to the exterior arrivals area, using the exit indicated for your flight on the arrivals marquee (either exit A1 or A2). Our representative will be waiting here for you holding a Pick-up sign. He will then escort you to your vehicle to take you to your hotel.
 
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Thang Long Opera Hanoi Hotel (Superior)

Today, start your journey to the highlights and hidden gems of Hanoi at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing structure that houses the remains of the revered former president who led Vietnam’s campaign for independent from colonial rule. Next, head onward to the Temple of Literature, an ancient collection of courtyards, gardens and architecture built in homage to the Chinese scholar Confucius. Considered the oldest university in Vietnam, the Temple of Literature dates back nearly one thousand years! Follow your guide’s lead while you weave through some of the Quarter’s 36 streets named for the products historically sold here. Along the way, pass by some of the only remaining streets that continue selling the goods of their namesake, including Tin and Bamboo street. Head through labyrinthine back alleys well off the tourist trail and see Hanoi at its authentic best. Peer into temples and traditional houses, hear the stories of the ancient city and meet the people who call this fascinating city home. Head to your next stop at Ngoc Son Temple on the tiny island on the lake before wrapping up your guided walk with a cup of egg coffee at a local café. Meals: Breakfast / Lunch Hotel: Thang Long Opera Hanoi Hotel (Superior)

We travel on to the mysterious Halong Bay, which literally means 'where the dragon descends into the sea'. Upon arrival, board your Halong bay overnight cruise, set in your cabin and follow cruise's itinerary. In the afternoon we take a boat trip through Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This beautiful nature reserve is the result of centuries of erosion and is unique in the world. The bay contains no less than 1969 beautiful and photogenic islands, often consisting exclusively of ysterious rocks, even more mysterious caves and beautiful tropical beaches. It is not surprising that many poets, ainters and writers found their inspiration here for their works. The lunch and dinner will be on the ship. Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Hotel: Emeraude Classic Cruise Halong (ROH 2D1N)

Enjoy the view of the bay one last time, it's time to travel to Hanoi for your flight to Danang.
 
Upon arival, we will transfer you to your hotel.
 
Please note: Estimated distance from the airport to hotels in Hoi An old town or vice versa: around 30 - 35 km - Estimated driving time: appx. 45 - 50 minutes.
FlightHanoi - Danang
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Ahoy Hoian Boutique Resort and Spa (Deluxe Pool View)

Enjoy a full-day tour of Hoi An with your local guide. Learn about this former port town and the influence of many international cultures on the aesthetics of this UNESCO town. Begin with a visit to the 17th century Chua Ong Pagoda before visiting the Jinshang Temple at the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Take a short walk to Tam Ky House, a 200 year old ancestral house before visiting Hoi An’s most recognizable sight - the Japanese Covered Bridge which dates back to the 17th century. After enjoying a delicious Vietnamese lunch, take a short boat trip down the river to visit local artisans making ceramics at a craft village. End your tour with a visit to the docks where you will see the traditional fishing boats and iconic bamboo basket boats. Please note: Estimated pick up time: between 8AM and 9 AM - Estimated duration: appx. 8 hours. Meals: Breakfast Hotel: Ahoy Hoian Boutique Resort and Spa (Deluxe Pool View)

Be met by your guide and transfer by road to the airport for your onward flight.
Please note:
Estimated distance from the airport to hotels in Hoi An old town or vice versa: around 30 - 35 km - Estimated driving time: appx. 45 - 50 minutes.
 
Upon arrival, our guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel.
 
Please note:
* Estimated distance from hotels in city center to the airport or v.v: ~8km - Estimated duration: 40 mins
FlightDanang – Ho Chi Minh City
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and driven to Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, one of Saigon’s most notable pagodas. Built in traditional Vietnamese architecture style, the main building boasts intricate wood carvings. The main hall is home to a huge Buddha statue whilst the backside hall is dedicated to Mother Goddesses, venerable monks and spirits.
 
You will also visit the War Remnants Museum, where Vietnam’s government has assembled presentations - some of them graphic - of wartime hardships and atrocities.
 
The tour continues with a stop at the Reunification Palace, where a North Vietnamese tank crashed through the gates in 1975 to end a war that killed an estimated 58,000 Americans and three million Vietnamese.
 
Visit the city’s Central Post Office, which was designed by the French architect Alfred Foulhoux.
 
Next, stroll toward the Saigon River along Dong Khoi Street, which figured prominently in Graham Greene’s famous Vietnam novel, The Quiet American, to the Saigon Opera House, a commanding building completed in 1901. Shelled during World War II, it was used to shelter French citizens fleeing North Vietnam in 1954, the year Vietnam earned its independence from France.
 
Please note:
* Estimated pick-up time: 8.00AM or 01.30PM - Estimated duration: 4hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Dai Nam Boutique Hotel (Deluxe)

Immerse yourself fully in the local culture of the Mekong Delta with a day trip to rustic Ben Tre.
 
A journey of about two and a half hours will bring you to a peaceful area of lush orchards, green rice paddies and coconut fields. The local residents have found many other uses for the humble coconut, including turning them into household items and cosmetics.
 
We'll take a scenic bike ride along shady paths visiting the home of a friendly local as we go. Our two-wheeled exploration will continue along rural pathways that wind their way alongside dense vegetation and small tributaries of the Mekong. Board a rowing boat and cruise along the small canals under the shade of the coconut trees. After our exploration we'll enjoy a delicious lunch of local specialties cooked by the host, and visit some local workshops to see how rice paper and sticky coconut sweets are made.
 
Worth Noting - Sometimes our boat trip may not be able to run during adverse weather particularly during the rainy season (typically June/July)
 
After the tour, you will be transferring back to Saigon.
 
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Hotel: Dai Nam Boutique Hotel (Deluxe)

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight.
 
* Estimated distance from hotels in city center to the airport or v.v: ~8km - Estimated duration: 40 mins
FlightHo Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh
Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Anik Palace Hotel (Deluxe Comfort)

After breakfast, meet your guide and driver for your exploration the rich heritage of capital city Phnom Penh. Considered the ‘Pearl of Asia,’ Phnom Penh has an exotic post-colonial culture. Situated on the banks of the Ton Le Sap and Mekong Rivers, Phnom Penh was largely constructed in the 1920s and boasts some of Asia’s best-preserved Art Deco architecture.
 
Set off from your hotel to the majestic Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda complex. Admire the elaborately constructed palace buildings, some of the 5,000 silver floor tiles that give the Silver Pagoda its name, as well as spectacular gold and bejeweled Buddha statues that are considered national treasures. Walk to the nearby National Museum, a beautiful sandstone museum that showcases the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. After wandering around the museum, continue on to Wat Phnom, the most important temple in Phnom Penh. Situated atop a 27-meter high knoll, the temple overlooks the city and offers a pleasant green respite for tourists and locals alike. Then, transfer to hotel, check in and enjoy the rest of your day with leisure.
FlightPhnom Penh – Siem Reap
Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Lotus Blanc Resort (Deluxe Dbl/Twin)

Start your visit at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, where statues of the gods of good and evil line the entrance. Your next stop is Bayon, a richly decorated temple. Its most distinctive feature is the hundreds of smiling faces that grace the towers. Impressive bas-reliefs tell stories of daily life and of the great battles that were fought between the Khmers and ancient Thais. Move on to Phimeanakas, shaped like a pyramid with two ponds in the rear. Walk to the top of the temple for impressive views of the Angkor complex. Take a short drive to Ta Prohm, one of Cambodia’s most beloved temples. Unusually, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found. The combination of large trees growing out of the ruins and the surrounding jungle give the temple a truly magical feel. Return to Siem Reap for lunch (at your own expense) and to escape the hot sun. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and best-preserved temple in the complex. This visually spectacular massive three-tired pyramid has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its flag. Admire the grandeur of its architecture and its extensive decoration of bas-relief friezes. End your day and returning to Siem Reap. Meals: Breakfast Hotel: Lotus Blanc Resort (Deluxe Dbl/Twin)

Take a short 15-kilometer drive to Tonle Sap Lake, located south of Siem Reap. The lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and the lifeblood of Cambodia as three million people depend upon it for their food and livelihoods. Each year, millions of fish come to spawn in the seasonally flooded forest surrounding the lake, attracting a myriad of water birds. Take a boat tour and see the floating village of Chong Kneas. Here you will get to see first-hand what life is like on the water, the floating market, the local fishery, and crocodile farm. Enjoy the scenery of the lake and keep an eye out for wildlife. Meals: Breakfast Hotel: Lotus Blanc Resort (Deluxe Dbl/Twin)

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport. Meals: Breakfast

Durations

18 Days 17 nights

Languages

English

Frequently asked questions

LAND TOUR PRICE (PER PERSON, in AUD):

No. Of Guest:2345678910Single supplement
Low season4162349530742866269927372616256424901231
High season4255358831662958279228282708265825821323

 

  • High season: 01 Mar - 31 Mar 2024 & 01 Oct- 31 Oct 2024
  • Low season: 01 Apr- 30 Sep 2024

  AIRFARE (PER PERSON, in AUD)

RoutePrice
One-way from Bangkok to Luang Prabang724
One-way from Luang Prabang to Hanoi338
One-way from Hanoi to Danang234
One-way from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City234
One-way from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh332
One-way from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap234

(Airfare is subject to change without prior notice)

Check-in time is usually 2pm and check-out time is 12pm for Asia. This is subject to individual hotel regulations. Early or late service is subject to availability, often with a surcharge.

  BANGKOK
  Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok feature a contemporary yet elegant design that reflects this centrally located Sukhumvit hotel’s international standard while honoring the traditional grace and style for which Bangkok is renowned. the hotel offer outdoor swimming pool, spa, city skypeline view. Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok is a 5-minute drive from Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre and a 45-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. and it is a 10-minute walk from Asoke BTS and Sukhumvit MRT Station. All guests staying staying in February 2020 can receive one free drink per person per stay at the 1826 Roof Top Bar.   www.rembrandtbkk.com  
  LUANG PRABANG
  Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel Set around a lotus pond in 3 storied buildings that were once home to the king's brother, this understated hotel in the historical center is 12 minutes' walk from the Royal Palace museum and 13 minutes' walk from the Cross River Ferry.      
  HANOI
  Thang Long Opera Hanoi Hotel Be well-known as an invention of the Hanoi Tourist Group since 1994, Thuy Tien Hotel has an incredible sustainability and be well developed through times. Nowadays, after few years under renovation, a new-fangled name was given to us – Thang Long Opera Hotel, with the international 4* service standard required. The hotel is situated in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, where is recognized for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences.   www.thanglongopera.com  
  HALONG
  Emeraude Classic Cruise Halong Travel back in time and step aboard the Emeraude, a luxurious French paddle steamer, for a journey through the mystical karst islands of Halong Bay. Experience old-fashioned charm and adventure in elegant cabins styled after the 1900s, offering modern comforts. Delight in dining within a sophisticated wood-panelled restaurant, featuring decadent French dishes and Vietnamese cuisine. This majestic vessel, inspired by a single postcard found in a Parisian flea market, captures the essence of a bygone era, enchanting guests with its timeless elegance.   www.emeraude-cruises.com  
  HOI AN
    Ahoy Hoian Boutique Resort and Spa      
  HO CHI MINH CITY
  Dai Nam Boutique Hotel Dai Nam Boutique Hotel is located in the most fun area of Saigon - Facing the corner of Bui Vien and Tran Hung Dao street, District 1. With its colorful and bustling array of bars, res- taurants and entertainment venues, it’s a sure bet for experi- encing local characters and the vibrancy of the city.   https://www.dainamhotels.com.vn/  
  PHNOM PENH
  Anik Palace Hotel   https://www.anikhotelgroup.com/anikpalace/  
  SIEM REAP
  Lotus Blanc Resort Situated in Siem Reap’s most populated luxury hotels on road 6, Lotus Blanc Hotel is among the newest with gracious design, pampering guests with genuine Cambodian hospitality coupled with the touch of luxury inspired by French art and décor.   https://www.lotusblancresort.com/  

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