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Beautiful sunsets, tantalising street food, bustling night markets and sacred sights. Experience all this and more on a journey of southeast Asia. Meander through lively streets, glide along turquoise waters and discover ancient ruins from fallen empires. Starting in Thailand, travel through Laos and Vietnam before ending your tour amid the wonders of Angkor, Cambodia. Which place will you fall in love with the most?

At a Glance

  • Visit southeast Asia’s most iconic sights
  • River journeys and a cruise along Halong Bay
  • Tours with expert guides
  • Witness ancient traditions
  • Learn how to make local cuisine
  • See the temples of Angkor

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  • Days 1 - 2
    UK to Bangkok
    Depart on an overnight flight from the UK to Bangkok. Upon arrival, you will be met and guided to your hotel. With the rest of the day at leisure, you might want to sample some of the city’s delicious street food or browse the local night markets.
  • Day 3
    Bangkok

    Embark on a full-day tour of Thailand’s lively capital, visiting icons such as the Royal Grand Palace and the Wat Pho temple. Stroll through Chinatown, breathe in the enticing smells of food stalls and wander past tea shops at your own gentle pace. After a visit to the Bangkok Folk Museum, hop on a long tail boat for a ride along the bustling Chao Phraya River. As you take in the contrasts, the sun sets beautifully over the Wat Arun temple and signals the end of the day.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Landmark
    Royal Grand Palace
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    Temple of the Emerald Buddha
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    Wat Pho
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    Wat Arun
  • Day 4
    Bangkok to Sukhothai

    Take a flight north to Sukhothai, the first capital of the Thai kingdom. Strolling through its sleepy old town is like stepping back in time. This World Heritage Site is a quiet and peaceful area where history continues to dominate the landscape. A must see is the Sukhothai Historical Park, housing around 200 ruins dating back to the 13th-century. We recommend renting a bike for this one – the park covers lots of ground and you won’t want to miss any of it.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Tharaburi Resort
    Landmark
    Sukhothai Historical Park
  • Day 5
    Sukhothai to Chiang Mai

    On your scenic car journey to Chiang Mai, stop by the ruins of Si Satchanalai Historical Park on the bank of the Yom River. This World Heritage Site is more rural than Sukhothai and thus draws less crowds, meaning you can explore the many historic monuments at your own pace. Continue to Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, an ancient Buddhist temple, before arriving at Chiang Mai late afternoon.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 6
    Chiang Mai

    Take a glimpse into local life with a relaxing cruise along the Mae Ping River. Winding along the river banks, watch as traditional teak houses emerge from the greenery and children play amongst the water. In old Chiang Mai, traverse the old city walls and visit sights like Wat Phra Singh under the guidance of a local expert. At Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a special atmosphere takes over once the crowds disperse. Under the soft dusk glow, receive a private blessing ceremony as the sound of chanting monks fills the air.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Landmark
    Wat Phra Singh
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    Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Day 7
    Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

    Continue your journey with a flight to Luang Prabang in Loas. This ancient city is a World Heritage Site rich in religious and cultural heritage. Bordered by the Mekong and the Khan Rivers, it seems like time has stood still here. Every morning, hundreds of monks walk through the streets collecting alms, a ritual which has taken place for over 600 years. With the afternoon at leisure, take some time to acquaint yourself with this gem in southeast Asia.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Satri House
  • Day 8
    Luang Prabang

    While the city is waking up, explore icons such as the National Museum, Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong. Travel by bicycle under the guidance of a local expert and delve further into the ancient city. View the artefacts of the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, and at Phousi Market, discover exotic fruits and flavours. By this point, you will have no doubt worked up quite the appetite. A cooking class at Tamarind restaurant is the perfect introduction to Loas cuisine, and the best part – you can keep the recipes to take back home.

    Meals included: Breakfast & dinner

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Satri House
    Landmark
    National Museum
  • Day 9
    Pak Ou Caves

    As the sun rises, a procession of monks walk in absolute silence to collect alms from their devotees. This humbling tradition typifies the spiritualism of the Laos people. Later, take a relaxing cruise along the Mekong River on your way to the Pak Ou caves, home to hundreds of centuries-old Buddha images. After dinner at the foot of limestone caves, return the city for a traditional Baci ceremony. Ending your time in Laos, climb the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the city.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Satri House
  • Day 10
    Luang Prabang to Hanoi

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. This bustling city is known for its colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards, tranquil lakes and temples. It also serves as the entry point for Halong Bay which you will explore over the coming days.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 11
    Halong Bay Cruise

    Board the elegant Paradise Luxury and embark on your cruise of Halong Bay. While enjoying a tasty lunch, watch as stunning limestone karsts rise majestically out of the emerald waters. If feeling adventurous, hop in a kayak and explore the intricate caves formed over billions of years. Time here can be as relaxing or active as you please. Sample the rice wine tasting, try your hand at squid fishing, or simply unwind with a treatment at the spa. The boat anchors for an overnight stay in the bay. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Paradise Luxury
  • Day 12
    Halong Bay to Hanoi

    Glide lazily through the waters as breakfast is served and the sun lights up the karsts. Arriving in Hanoi late afternoon, walk the bustling streets of Old Quarter where surging scooters vie for space with flower sellers. Discover the Temple of Literature, over one thousand years old, and make your way to At Hoan Kiem Lake at the centre of the city. This green oasis is the perfect place to stop for a coffee and watch the world go by.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Landmark
    Temple of Literature
  • Day 13
    Hanoi to Hue

    In central Vietnam, Hue was the nation’s former capital from 1802 to 1945. The Nguyen Dynasty ruled from the impressive Imperial City, one of Vietnam’s seven World Heritage Sites. By cyclo, explore old town where the smell of lotus flowers and coffee shops fill the air. Continue past Tin Tam Lake to the Thien Mu Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River. See the tombs of former emperors, and end your day with a taste of local life at Dong Ba Market.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Landmark
    Imperial City
  • Day 14
    Hue to Hoi An

    Leave Hue for Hoi An, a major trading port in the 17th and 18th-centuries, whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. The scene route passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds. Drive through Danang and visit the Cham Museum. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of Hoi An to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery by Sofitel
  • Day 15
    Hoi An

    With the day at leisure, one optional activity is a bike ride to a local farm in Tra Que Village where you can help rake, sow and prepare the land. This is a great insight into the local ways of life and ends in a delicious home-made meal of banh xeo – a savoury pancake wrapped in rice paper. For some, the lure of Cua Dai Beach with its white sands and crystal clear waters will be too hard to resist.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery by Sofitel
  • Day 16
    Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh

    Take a short flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh. Still referred to as Saigon by the locals, this vibrant and dynamic city has a complex history which rewards visitors at every turn. French colonial masterpieces such as the Notre Dame Cathedral are joined by the Opera House and Old Saigon Post Office. The Reunification Hall and the War Remnants Museum offer a fascinating insight into more difficult times and show how far the city has come.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    La Residence Hotel & Spa - MGallery by Sofitel
  • Day 17
    Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

    After one last morning in Vietnam, take a flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia, the gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor. Entering Angkor Thom at the south gate, marvel at the imposing statues of gods and demons which flank each side, each one more intricate than the last. At the centre, explore Bayon and its 12th-century towers under the watchful eye of hundreds of serene smiling faces.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Borei Angkor Resort & Spa
  • Day 18
    Siem Reap

    Embark on a lazy boat trip along the Tonle Sap Lake, stopping at one of the floating houses for a relaxed lunch on the waters. Later, hop on a tuk-tuk and head to the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat. Built to symbolise the home of the gods, it took around thirty years to complete. Admire the imposing towers and intricate designs as the sun sets and the crowds disperse.

    Meals included: Breakfast & lunch

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Borei Angkor Resort & Spa
  • Day 19
    Last Day and Departure

    On a tour of the small circuit, explore Ta Prohm, its crumbling walls shrouded in jungle trees and vines. This 12th-century temple was made famous by the Tomb Raider films. Your time in Siem Reap is completed with a visit to the less known Srah Srang and Banteay Kdei. After some time at leisure, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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Sukhothai

Tharaburi Resort

‘Peaceful Hotel; Thai Hospitality’

Tharaburi is set in the old city, 12km from Sukhothai city centre. Facilities and services on-site include an outdoor pool and Thai massage. Bicycles are available to explore the nearby surroundings. Guest rooms are in contemporary style with good amenities.

Luang Prabang

Satri House

‘Historic Setting; Comfortable Stay’

Satri House is inspired by traditional Laos culture. It offers a collection of 28 rooms and 3 suites, with each leading out to balconies where you can sit and admire the views. Facilities include a restaurant and bar, library, outdoor swimming pools and spa. 

Halong Bay

Paradise Luxury

'Lavish Vietnam Cruise in Superb Beauty’

Built according to the traditional Vietnamese junk design, these 4 lavish vessels offer a total of 68 luxury cabins and suites. Accommodations offer double or twin beds, and some of which include private balconies for superb views of the rugged limestone and shimmering waters of Halong Bay. Dining is a delight, serving a fusion of creative European and Vietnamese specialities with the latest culinary trends from around the world, while your time on board may include cookery classes too! Simply lounge and marvel the 360 degree views from the sundeck, or jump in to explore the beauty of the area.

Hoi An and Central Beaches

Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery by Sofitel

‘Luxury Hotel; River Views’

Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery by Sofitel is set overlooking the Thu Bon River in the centre of Hoi An. The hotel features a collection of 11 guest rooms offering views of the city or river. The two restaurants, Wakaku and Faifo Café, serve Japanese delights, Asian delicacies and international favourites. Facilities at the hotel include a fitness centre, swimming pool and spa.

Hue

La Residence Hotel & Spa - MGallery by Sofitel

‘River Location, Luxury Spa’

La Residence Hotel & Spa lies along the banks of the Perfume River of Hue and overlooks the Imperial Citadel, home to the Emperors of the past. The hotel was once home to a French Colonial governor and has since been remodelled with art deco in mind. The striking accommodation manages to be stylish yet comfortable – much like the hotel itself. The hotel offers fine dining in the shape of Le Parfum, a culinary delight serving international flavours mixed with Asian. The hotel celebrates the finer things of life, offering guests an indulgent luxury spa, gourmet experiences and more. The hotel also offers bespoke tours of Hue, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Borei Angkor Resort & Spa

‘Modern Hotel in an Ideal Location’

Borei Angkor Resort & Spa sits only 20 minutes away from the airport, 15 minutes from Angkor Wat and 5 minutes from Siem Reap downtown. Facilities and services include a pool, spa, business centre and complimentary WiFi. Six restaurants and bars are featured with cuisine ranging from local dishes to international favourites.

Landmark
Bangkok

Royal Grand Palace

The palace served as the official royal residence until the late 19th-century. Construction of the complex began in 1782 and it contains houses, residences, throne halls and temples.
Landmark

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Within the grounds of the Grand Palace, this is the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.
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Bangkok

Wat Pho

Set behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho is home to a giant reclining buddha measuring 46 metres long and covered entirely in gold leaf.
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Bangkok

Wat Arun

On the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun sits directly opposite to Wat Pho. Its spire soars 70 metres high and is decorated with coloured glass and intricate patterns.
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Sukhothai

Sukhothai Historical Park

Ruins at the park are divided into five zones and date back to the 13th-century when Sukhothai was the capital of the kingdom.
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Chiang Mai

Wat Phra Singh

In the walled old city, this temple dates back to the 14th-century when Chiang Mai was the capital of the Lanna kingdom.
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Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Set near the top of a mountain, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most sacred temples in Thailand. It has been a working Buddhist monastery since 1383.
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Luang Prabang

National Museum

Formerly the royal palace of Laos, the museum houses an interesting collection of items. 
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Hanoi

Temple of Literature

Considered the oldest university in Vietnam, dating back nearly one thousand years.
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Hue

Imperial City

The fortress for the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945, who had its capital in the city of Hue for more than 100 years.
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This trip includes

Accommodation with daily breakfast
Private vehicles for all transportation on tour
English speaking guide
All entrance fees to mentioned visits
Meals as indicated
Hotel tip porters
Drinking water and cold towels during sightseeing

This trip excludes

Visas or Visa fees
Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival, USD30/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)
Any surcharge/extra fees imposed by the Apsara Authorities in Siem Reap which are subject to change without prior notice
Meals not indicated in the itinerary
Drinks with any meals
Early check in and late check out
International or domestic departure taxes
Personal expenses
Travel insurance
Gratuities to guides and drivers
Any services not mentioned in the Included column

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