Essence of Southeast Asia - DELUXE

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Touch down in bustling Bangkok and explore the spiritual heart of Luang Prabang in Laos. In Cambodia, step back in time at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap and experience the poignant history of Phnom Penh. Cross the border into Vietnam, where Ho Chi Minh City is full of historic sights. Fall in love with Hanoi and end your adventure with an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay.

Destinations
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Laos
  • South East Asia
  • South East Asia
  • South East Asia
  • South East Asia
Tour Types
  • Circuits
  • Beaches
  • Wildlife
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Location: UK/Ireland - Night on board

<p>Arrival at your UK/Ireland departure airport ready to check-in for an overnight flight to<strong> Bangkok</strong>. Night on board.</p>

Accommodation Name: Aetas Lumpini

Location: Bangkok

<p>Arrive in the capital of Thailand and transfer to the hotel to check-in after 2:00 p.m. <strong>Bangkok</strong> is one of the most influential, modern and lively cities in Southeast Asia due to it's economic, political and social development. Make the most of your time in the city by exploring the bustling street markets and sampling some of the exotic street food on and vibrant nightlife on offer. Overnight stay in Bangkok.</p>

Accommodation Name: Aetas Lumpini

Location: Bangkok

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, exploring the diverse neighbourhoods, sampling delicious street food at the bustling markets and perhaps visiting the many ornate temples the city has to offer. We recommend discovering the historic city of Ayutthaya or enjoying a half-day tour of Bangkok's most emblematic temples.* Overnight in Bangkok.</p> <p><strong>* Optional Half-Day Bangkok Temples Tour: </strong>Discover the most iconic temples in Bangkok, renowned for their cultural value. Visit Wat Traimit, known as the temple of the Golden Buddha, Wat Pho, known as the temple of the reclining Buddha and magical Wat Benchamabophit, known as the Marble Temple. This monastery was built out of white Italian marble and houses the country's most beautiful Buddha images.</p>

Accommodation Name: Aetas Lumpini

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Bangkok

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. Free day to continue enjoying the city at our leisure. We recommend navigating the Chao Phraya River and visiting the Wat Pho temples, the largest in Bangkok where the famous reclining Buddha is covered with gold 46 meters long and the Temple of Marble, one of the most exquisite architectural works of the city. Overnight stay in Bangkok.</p>

Accommodation Name: Sanctuary Luangprabang

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Bangkok - Luang Prabang

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. Transfer to airport for the flight to Luang Prabang. Arrive in <strong>Luang Prabang,</strong> the ancient capital of Laos. Lying in a valley at the confluence of the mighty Mekong River and the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang oozes old-world charm, with pretty streets and impressive temples. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, relaxing or starting to explore the French colonial architecture of the city centre. Overnight stay in Luang Prabang. </p>

Accommodation Name: Sanctuary Luangprabang

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave - Luang Prabang

<p>This morning take part in a very <strong>special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting the alms.</strong> As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents. It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Laos people. Visit Morning Market where you can fresh local produce. Return to your hotel for <strong>breakfast </strong>then<strong> board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River</strong>, for a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of <strong>Pak Ou Caves</strong>, crammed with thousands of golden Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Return to the town at noon time. In the afternoon, visit the<strong> National Museum</strong> at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. Visit the impressive stupa of <strong>Wat Mai</strong> and the magnificent <strong>Wat Xieng Thong</strong>, then climb up to the top of <strong>Phousi Mount</strong> for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. Later, explore <strong>Street Night Bazaar,</strong> where you can find handmade textiles by local and hill tribe people. Overnight in Luang Prabang.</p>

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls - Luang Prabang

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. After breakfast, drive through the Luang Prabang countryside to <strong>Kuang Si Waterfalls</strong>. Along the way, witness gorgeous landscapes of many rice fields, hills and villages. You will visit an ethnic minority in a village where their local culture has remained unchanged for centuries. Upon reaching Kuang Si Waterfalls, relax and enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings. Afterwards, return to the Luang Prabang. The remainder of the day is free at leisure for walking around the peaceful town, enjoying a coffee by the Mekong River or pamper yourself with a traditional Lao massage. Overnight in Luang Prabang.</p>

Accommodation Name: Treasure Oasis

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. You are free today in Luang Prabang until being transferred to the airport for your flight to <strong>Siem Reap</strong>.* Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel. Take the opportunity to explore this beautiful city and get to know your surroundings. Discover the exotic local cuisine and relax at your hotel. Overnight stay in Siem Reap.</p> <p>* Late check-out not included.</p>

Accommodation Name: Treasure Oasis

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom - Preah Khan Temple - Siem Reap

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. <strong>Today explore the most significant temples in the Angkor Complex</strong>. Visit the ancient capital, Angkor Thom and enjoy the unique decorative towers of the Bayon Temple. At Preah Khan Temple, wonder at the 12th-century splendour before you continue to Ta Prohm in the afternoon, home to the enormous iconic fig tree roots that grow through the middle of the temple. Admire Bayon architecture at Banteay Kdei temple before you finally arrive at Angkor Wat, the world heritage site and most revered of all the Cambodian temples. It features the longest bas-relief in the world and is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the entire temple complex. Overnight stay in Siem Reap.</p>

Accommodation Name: Treasure Oasis

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Siem Reap

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure, soaking up the ambience of Siem Reap, or perhaps exploring the sights at your own pace. We recommend an optional excursion to Phnom Kulen Mountain, a sacred pilgrimage site home to remote temples.* Overnight stay in Siem Reap.</p> <p><strong>* Optional Half-Day</strong><strong> Phnom Kulen Mountain Excursion:</strong> Enjoy a 1-hour scenic drive to Phnom Kulen Mountain, considered by<em> </em>Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia. Visit a modern pagoda, which offers stunning views over the Angkor area, and be amazed by the eight-meter tall statue of a reclining Buddha. Continue to the River of One Thousand Lingas and the magnificent waterfall nearby, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Return to Siem Reap.</p>

Accommodation Name: Treasure Oasis

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Siem Reap

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, exploring the lively city centre. We recommend enjoying an optional excursion to Tonle Sap Lake and an optional Tuk-Tuk Street Food tour.* Overnight stay in Siem Reap.</p> <p><strong>*<em> </em>Optional Morning Tonle Sap Lake Excursion: </strong>Transfer to Tonle Sap Lake, a huge freshwater body of water, known for it's floating villages. Enjoy a boat ride through the villages, complete with floating farms, schools, gardens and temples. Return to dry land and visit the Old Market of Siem Reap.</p> <p><strong>* Optional Evening Tuk-Tuk Street Food Tour: </strong>Set off in the evening to the local night market and discover the wide array of regional cuisine and snacks. Take a tuk-tuk to a local Cambodia restaurant to enjoy a traditional dinner.</p>

Accommodation Name: G Mekong

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner

Location: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

<p><strong>Breakfast </strong>at the hotel. Today, catch the <strong>Giant Ibis/Mekong Express bus</strong>* headed for the Cambodian capital, <strong>Phnom Penh</strong>. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore this vibrant city, filled with beautiful French colonial architecture and situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. We recommend an optional city tour to get to know Phnom Penh's most emblematic sights.** Overnight stay in Phnom Penh.</p> <p><strong>*</strong> The Giant Ibis/Mekong Express bus ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, is 320 km long and will take approximately 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take an optional flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh with Cambodia Angkor Air (approximately 1-hour flight time). This can be purchased in the next step of the booking process.</p> <p><strong>*<em> </em>Optional Phnom Penh City Tour: </strong>Explore the landmarks of Phnom Penh such as the fascinating Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the moving Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, for a poignant look at the country's tragic history. End the tour in the colourful Central Market.</p>

Accommodation Name: G Mekong

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Phnom Penh

<p><strong>Breakfast </strong>at the hotel. Today, set off on a poignant <strong>excursion to The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek,</strong> for a moving insight into the bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. Realise the horror and tragedy of this period in Cambodian history at the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and visit the notorious Killing Fields. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Phnom Penh. </p>

Accommodation Name: Icon Saigon - Luxury Design

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. This morning, cross the border between Cambodia and Vietnam on the <strong>Mekong Express/Giant Ibis </strong>bus* headed for <strong>Ho Chi Minh City</strong>, still known as Saigon to many of the locals. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city and its famous night market, perfect for picking up some authentic souvenirs. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh.</p> <p><strong>*</strong> The Giant Ibis/Mekong Express bus ride from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City is 280 km long and will take approximately 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take an optional flight from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City with Cambodia Angkor Air (approximately 1-hour flight time). This can be purchased in the next step of the booking process.</p>

Accommodation Name: Icon Saigon - Luxury Design

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. Embark on a <strong>full-day tour</strong> to soak up the rich tapestry of history and culture in Ho Chi Minh City. Visits Dong Khoi Street, home to many of the city's most important sites from the French colonial period, when the city became known as the 'Paris of the Orient'. Appreciate the restored Opera House, based on the Petit Palace in Paris and visit the Grand Hotel de Ville, now formally re-branded as the People's Committee Hall. Be amazed by the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the impressive Central Post Office, designed by the architect Gustav Eiffel. In District 5 visit China Town and the iconic Thien Hau Temple, built in honour of the goddess of the sea. Conclude your day discovery at the bustling Ben Thanh market. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.</p>

Accommodation Name: Icon Saigon - Luxury Design

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. Enjoy a free day in this exciting city. We recommend an optional excursion to discover the magical Mekong Delta.* Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.</p> <p><strong>*</strong> <strong>Optional Mekong Delta Excursion with lunch: </strong>Depart to Ben Tre province crossing Rach Mieu bridge. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a motorized boat on the Ben Tre River, one of the tributes of Mekong River while witnessing the lively activities of local life along the way. Stop at a brick kiln and visit one of the many coconut processing workshops located along the canal. Take a motorized cart or bicycle along the shady paths and pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to discover everyday life on the river. Take a rowing-boat along a beautiful water palm creek before you return to the pier.</p>

Accommodation Name: Grand Cititel Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch

Location: Ho Chi Minh - Hanoi

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. You will have this morning free or join the optional half-day excursion to visit Cu Chi tunnels*. The afternoon, transfer to the airport for a flight to <strong>Hanoi</strong>. Transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the city. Overnight stay in Hanoi.</p> <p><strong>*</strong> <strong>Optional Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion: </strong>Spend the morning exploring the impressive tunnel complex of Cu Chi, dug in 1948 for guerrillas to escape the bombardment of French forces. Explore the underground villages and understand the history of the tunnels.</p>

Accommodation Name: Grand Cititel Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Hanoi

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. Today, enjoy an <strong>action-packed city tour of Hanoi. </strong>Stop at Huu Tiep Lake, home to the famous downed US B-52 bomber and wander through the lively local market. Next, visit Ho Chi Minh&rsquo;s Mausoleum (viewed from the outside on Monday &amp; Friday due to closure), and the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of the city. Continue to Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam, the Temple of Literature and Vietnam&rsquo;s first university, dating from the 11<sup>th</sup> century. Explore, on foot, Hanoi&rsquo;s Old Quarter streets to see local people trading and going about their daily lives. Take a relaxing seat at a local caf&eacute; for a refreshing cup of coffee or green tea. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and the rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Hanoi.</p>

Accommodation Name: Grand Cititel Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Hanoi

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Hanoi, experiencing the hustle and bustle of Vietnam's busiest city. We recommend an optional excursion to the beautiful natural area of Ninh Binh.* Overnight stay in Hanoi.</p> <p><strong>*</strong> <strong>Optional Full-Day Ninh Binh Excursion</strong>: Set off in the morning to the region of Ninh Binh, famous for its karst mountains and misty caves. Take a rowing boat along the natural canals of the Thung Nham Valley and explore the mystical caves along the way. Stop at a local restaurant for <strong>lunch</strong> before continuing to Mua Cave, where a 20-minute climb rewards you with breathtaking views of the Tam Coc landscape. Admire the natural beauty of Vietnam.</p>

Accommodation Name: V'Spirit Cruise

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch

Location: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

<p><strong>Breakfast</strong> at the hotel. Depart by road to <strong>Ha Long Bay</strong>, a World Heritage area of outstanding natural beauty known for its limestone islands and glistening waters. Travel through the rich farmlands of the delta and witness the daily life of the Vietnamese villages. Arrive in Ha Long and<strong> board a traditional junk boat, </strong>to begin your cruise on the bay with a welcome drink. <strong>Lunch</strong> on board. The cruise passes by many fascinating islets and may stop for a while to visit local fishing villages, caves and limestone islands. Relax at your leisure on the sun deck.<strong> Dinner</strong> and overnight on board.</p> <p><strong>* There will be no guide on board.</strong></p>

Accommodation Name: Grand Cititel Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Location: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

<p><strong>Brunch</strong> on board as the junk continues to cruise around the idyllic landscapes of Ha Long Bay. Soak up the natural beauty before returning to Ha Long port. Disembark and transfer back to<strong> Hanoi. </strong>Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, perhaps picking up some last-minute souvenirs or revisiting your favourite city sights. Overnight stay in Hanoi.</p>

Location: Hanoi - UK/Ireland

<p><strong>Breakfast </strong>at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.</p>

Meals: Breakfast

Included
  • -Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • -Internal flights: Bangkok - Luang Prabang - Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh - Hanoi. *
  • -Ha Long Bay Cruise.
  • -International flights: UK/Ireland - Bangkok, Hanoi - UK/Ireland.
  • -Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary. ***
  • -Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles with bottled mineral water.
  • -20 nights: 19 nights accommodation in Charm, Deluxe and Luxury category hotels and 1 night on a Ha Long Bay Cruise.
  • -All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • -English-speaking guide.
  • Meals
    -19 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 1 lunch and 1 dinner.
  • -ATOL Protection. ****
  • -20 nights: 19 nights accommodation in Charm, Deluxe and Luxury category hotels and 1 night on a Ha Long Bay Cruise. **
  • -ATOL Protection.
  • -Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.

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