Incredible Natural Beauty, Amazing Ancient Archaeological Sites and Fascinating Cultural Experiences make Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam well worth a visit! We will explore these beautiful and mysterious lands and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ha Long Bay and Angkor Wat. Discover golden Buddhas, ancient kingdoms, inspiring temples, and lush landscapes. We've included it all in this fascinating trip - air travel between visited countries, all tipping of local guides, beautiful 4/5 star accommodations, almost every meal, exciting activities and local guides to enhance the learning experience throughout the trip. We hope you'll plan to join us!
Schedule your arrival into Hanoi at your convenience. Most flights arrive in the late evening. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. If you get in prior to 6pm, the tour leader will be available to have dinner together (not included).
Hanoi, the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is a lovely landscape of lakes, shaded boulevards and verdant parks and home to such beautiful and diverse architectural treasures as a 1500-year-old pagoda, colonial French homes and astounding modern skyscrapers. Birthplace to so much of Vietnam's traditional culture, it personifies the spirit of historic Vietnam in the temples, monuments and pockets of ancient culture in the Old Quarter, yet perfectly reflects the rapid changes sweeping the country.
Tailor made full day tour of New Delhi, including the Presidents Palace (exterior), India Gate and then visit to historical monuments of Humayun’s Tomb and QutabMinar. We finish sightseeing with a light and sound show at Akshardham Temples.We start the day by having our initial group meeting prior to our city tour. Afterwards we leave the hotel to see the Temple of Literature (1076 AD) dedicated to Confucius and then continue to the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda dating to 1049 AD. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where Confucius’s embalmed body is kept for homage. Take a walk from the mausoleum through the park to see the former French Governor’s Palace and the wooden cabin commonly known as Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts in which he lived from 1958 till his final days in 1969. Finally, take a cyclo ride (three-wheel bicycle) to explore Hanoi. Afterwards, we will enjoy a water puppet show before traveling back to hotel.
After breakfast travel outside Hanoi to Ha Long Bay. Board our cruise and have an orientation briefing before lunch and departing the dock. We will cruise aboard the Bhaya Classic through Halong Bay to BaiTu Long Bay passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and VungVieng fishing village. Visit the fishing village by local rowing boat and then return to the vessel for free time or join one of the many optional activities available on board. Overnight on board the ship
Start the day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck. Transfer to Bhaya Spirit for Lan Ha Bay excursion. Guided kayaking, swimming and snorkeling at Three Peach Beach, a pristine natural beach. We continue on to discover Ho Ba Ham Islet, the most remote point in Lan Ha Bay and bordering the Gulf of Tonkin. Visit its quaint fishing village and lagoon. Overnight on board the ship
Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, and CocNgoi (Toad) Islet. The vessel cruises leisurely back to harbor and we disembark at Tuan Chau Marina Port. Travel back to Hanoi for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival we travel to a local restaurant for dinner. Overnight Ho Chi Minh
Today, our journey takes us to My Tho - the heart of the Mekong Delta - famous for its vast rice fields and beautiful landscapes. We will visit the VinhTrang Pagoda en route and stop at the banks of TienGiang River. We will take a boat trip on the Mekong River to Phoenix Island where local handicraft and sweets from coconut are being produced. A short horse carriage ride takes us to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea, savor fresh seasonal fruits from one of the many orchards and enjoy a traditional live music and song performance. Proceed by sampan boats through the small canals and side arms of the river to observe the daily life along the river banks with a stop and short leisurely walk at Turtle Island. After dinner tonight we return to the hotel.
Visit Ben Thanh Market: the central market of Saigon and the market and the surrounding streets make up one of the city's liveliest areas. Everything commonly eaten, worn or used by the average resident of Ho Chi Minh City is available here. We'll have lunch before transferring to the airport for our flight to Siem Reap. We will have dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner, transfer to the hotel for check in. Overnight in Siem Reap
Today we learn about the people of Cambodia past by visiting the Angkor National Museum. It displays artifacts and sculptures from the Angkorian period. We will visit the fortified city of Angkor Thom enclosed by a wall and wide moats. Continue to the Terrace of The Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. The BanteaySrei Temple is miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples and is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy.
We rise early today for a spectacular sunrise view of Angkor Wat. The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. We will return to our hotel before 12:00 PM and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, we go out for dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for the flight to Chiang Mai via Bangkok. On arrival in Chiang Mai, we transfer to our hotel. Tonight, we take a TukTuk (2 persons per TukTuk) to visit the night market. Known as “the Rose of the North”, Chiang Mai is well-known for its history, culture, ancient temples and the fascinating tribal people. It was founded in the late 13th century and is one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in Thailand. Overnight Chiang Mai
We depart to visit a jungle area north of Chiang Mai where there is an Elephant camp. We will learn how the elephants are trained from young age onwards. The “pupils” will then demonstrate what they have learned (Elephant riding included). Lunch will be provided at an Orchid farm. This evening, we enjoy Northern Thai Dinner with presentation of ancient dances.
After breakfast, drive through different parts of the city, passing old City walls, gates and city moat and Tapae, Chiang Mai’s main street to visit WatPhra Singh (A.D.1345) housing a very old and sacred Buddha image; WatChediLuang (A.D.1411) where the famous Emerald Buddha was once enshrined. Visit Wat Pan Tao, built in the typical wooden northern-Thailand architecture, with exquisite fine carving on the eaves and door. Enjoy lunch at Just Khao Soy, and experience the typical Lanna-curry noodle. This afternoon we have scheduled a wonderful respite to relax and recharge your energy. Enjoy a 2 hour spa visit at the Oasis Spa.
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for flight to Bangkok. On arrival, we transfer to a local restaurant for lunch. This afternoon, we travel on the picturesque Chao Phraya River (The River of Kings), and through the Klongs (canals) of Thonburi. There will be a chance to observe and photograph the serene family homes and temples along the waterways which gave the city the name Venice of the East. We also visit a major riverside landmark, the Temple of Dawn - WatArun. The significant shrine has a pagoda (spire) which soars 79 m. into the sky. It is decorated with glazed ceramic pieces from top to bottom. Then visit The Reclining Buddha at Wat Po covered in gold leaf and lying majestically on its side. We enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
Visit the TajMahal at sunrise or sunset. The early morning or evening light is perfect for photography. Also visit the Agra Fort. Akbar’s impressive Red Fort and the intimate tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah are also magnificent. From Agra, evening train/drive to Delhi. Transfer to Delhi airport for International flight. After a leisurely breakfast, we depart our hotel and board a long tail boat and journey up river to the DamnernSaduak floating market. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a real ‘wet market’ as vendors ply their canoes fully laden with all manner of food items from fruit and vegetables to meats and sweets along the waterway. We will make a lunch stop and have some time to explore the local area before returning to Bangkok and the hotel. We will get together tonight for our farewell dinner.
Sadly it is time to return home. Schedule your return flights at your convenience. Transfers will be provided.
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