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IC 04: The 1st Indochina – Thailand Tour (18 days)

  • Tour Code: IC 04
  • Tour route: Hanoi VIETNAM – CAMBODIA – LAOS – THAILAND Bangkok

Start in the animated Hanoi and finish in Bangkok, this journey is a perfect choice for people who keen to experience the diversity of South East Asian countries but with only limited time to spare.

After exploring Hanoi old quarter, we take you to discover the very best of Vietnam with 3 World Heritages sites: the magnificent Halong Bay in Tonkin Gulf, the old historical Capital of Hue and the cultural ancient town of Hoi An, continue with the mystery of Saigon and a day trip to Mekong Delta. Then with a short flight we get to the amazing 7th World Wonder of Angkor Wat and the Cambodian Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Continue the trip to Laos, we explore Vientiane Capital and the ancient city of Luang Prabang before connect to smiling Thailand and a side-trip to peaceful Myanmar. You have enough time discover the best of the glorious Bangkok City before getting on your flight home.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival – Hanoi

Welcome you at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and transfer (30 km) to your hotel. Free day at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals included: No Meal

Day 2 Hanoi

We visit Hochiminh Square includes Hochiminh Mausoleum (outside), Hochiminh House-on-stilts and One-Pillar Pagoda. Continue to Hanoi Old quarter, Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) – the first university in Vietnam. View the Gothic style of Central Catholic Church and Hanoi Opera under shadow trees. The image of new and old buildings interposing with high shadow trees is a feature easiest to recognize in Hanoi and in many cities of Vietnam. Continue to see the West Lake, and Tran Quoc Pagoda. Hob on a cyclo to petrol around Hoan Kiem Lake – the heart of the city. Visit The Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening enjoy Water Puppet Show – one of the most famous Vietnamese traditional art. Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Hanoi – Halong bay – Hanoi – Hue

Transfer group to Halong city to visit one of Wonder of the world: Ha Long Bay (170 km, 3 hours). We get on a boat to take a Ha Long Bay cruise over 2,000 islands that just out of the sea to provide a spectacular natural environment. A sumptuous seafood lunch will be served in the dining room while we cruise through the magnificent bay of Ha Long that’s declared a World Heritage Site in 1994. There is opportunity to explore some of the beautiful and awesome grottoes with our guide on board. Drive back to Hanoi. Transfer to Hanoi Railway Station to catch an Express Train to Hue SE3 at 19:30 – 08:30 +1. Overnight on the train (air-con soft berth, 4 people / cabin).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Hue

Today we visit one of World’s Heritage in Hue city – the former Kingdom of the 143 year Nguyen Dynasty. Boat trip on the Perfume River to visit Royal Thien Mu pagoda then we visit Imperial Citadel – the most important part of Hue city, and Dong Ba market. Afternoon we visit Khai Dinh King’s Mausoleum and a village along the river bank making conical hats. Overnight in Hue.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An

Morning drive to Hoi An (150 km) via the imposing Hai Van mountain-pass, a part of Truong Son mountain range running down to the sea to cut in the highway. Upon arrival, we visit Hoi An ancient town – a World’s Heritage site of a forgotten sea port from the 17th century. Visit the Chinese temple, Japanese bridge and an ancient house of mixing style from Vietnam, China and Japan. Afternoon we visit My Son Holly Land (50 km South Western of Hoi An), the religious center of Powerful Champa Kingdom from 6th to 16th century, with relics of temples, steles and carving statues showing a thriving life of people here at one time. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Hoi An – Da Nang – Hochiminh City

Transfer to Da Nang airport to take morning flight to Hochiminh City. Transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, we visit the most typical places in the city: Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, War Museum and Jade Emperor Pagoda.  Overnight in Hochiminh City.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Hochiminh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple

Morning at 07:00 we drive (50 km) to visit the Cu Chi underground tunnels network in the suburb of Hochiminh City – the most famous battle-fields during Vietnam war with over 200 km long tunnels. Continue transfer (50 km) to visit Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh, a strange religion the South Vietnam. After lunch we drive back to Saigon. Continue with a visit to China town, Thien Hau Temple and Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Hochiminh City.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Hochiminh City – Ben Tre – Siem Reap

Morning we drive to My Tho town (70 km). Here we take a boat trip on Mekong River to get to Ben Tre land (land of coconuts).  Sight-seeing fish farms, floating fish market along the Dragon island on the way. Through Xep canal we see coconut collection set and how the locals make handicrafts from coconut trunk and shell. See local people make coconut candy, enjoy seasonal fruits and listening to Tai Tu traditional music. We have chance to see bees-breeding in wooden boxes under longan-trees, taste honey with tea or wine. Lunch at local restaurant on an islet then we take rowing-boat along shadowed water palm creek before boat back to pier. Rejoin the car and driving back to Hochiminh City. Transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for an evening flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrive at Siem Reap International airport welcome and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat

Breakfast will be at hotel. In the morning, visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk) the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) and visit Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 owers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Phimeanakas, impressive laterite and sandstone pyramid. The lack of surviving carving leases it atractically uninteresting, but it is the tallest scalable temple in Angkor Thom, providing a nice view from the top. The Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King and visit the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees.

In the afternoon, we will visit to the 7th world heritage, Angkor Wat a unique and stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, an enduring example of man’s devotion to his Gods. It is the largest and undoubtedly the most breath taking of the monuments of Angkor and it is widely believed that it is the largest religious structure in the world until sunset. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Siem Reap – Phnom Penh by Public bus

Breakfast will be at hotel. Travel to Phnom Penh by public bus (07.30-13:30), arrive Phnom Penh pick up and transfer to hotel.

In the afternoon, we will visit Royal Place, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, Raung Damrei Museum. The Palace building and Silver Pagoda are located within the same walled ground. The Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilos and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Visit Wat Phnom, a small hill crowned by an active wat (pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom Penh. Next we will visit Independence Monument was inaugurated in November 9, 1962 to celebrate Cambodia’s independence from foreign rule. Late afternoon transfer to Mekong River bank to enjoy the nice view for 1 hour and back to hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Phnom Penh – Vientiane

Early morning transfer to the airport, domestic flight to Vientiane (06.10-07.25 stop in Bangkok, 09:45-11:00 arrival to Vientiane, Laos) after arrival, check in we exploring Vientiane capital city, we start to visit the major sights including the oldest monastery, Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We then take time to visit one of the national monuments of Laos, which once a year hosts grand festival and parades. The famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa with its golden color reaching for the skies is awaiting us. Along the way through town we may stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Then we pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where the major goods are traded; including fresh food, household, textiles, gold, silver and ancient souvenirs are here on display. Overnight in Vientiane.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Vientiane – Luang Prabang

Early morning transfer to the airport, domestic flight (09:00-09:50) to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  This beautiful city was the royal capital and seat of government for the Kingdom of Laos, until the communist takeover in 1975.  The main part of the city consists of four main roads located on a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers.

Our visit will start with the Wat Visoun, this temple was constructed during the reign of King Visounarat around 1520. In 1942, it was turned into a Museum of Religious Arts, and houses collections of Buddha images and religious artifacts from the fourteenth century. A short drive along the Nam Khan river bring us to After a short walk along the streets you will arrive at Wat Mai (“New Monastery” built in 1796). It was given its present name following the restoration undertaken in 1821 by King Manthathourat. The most striking feature of the temple is the gilded relief panels covering the front facade. The panels tell the story of the highest incarnation of the Buddha — Vessentara. The gilded door frames merge into the relief panel, forming what looks like a monolithic wall of gold. Drive to visit Ban Xang Hai where you can see rice whisky (Lou Lao) being distilled and taste the local product.

To finish our trip we will climb the steps of Phou Si hill, to the top, which is studded with many small temples and shrines. The gilded stupa at the top of the hill is built on a large rock outcropping. An old opening in the base of the rock was sealed up to prevent vandalism. Next to the stupa is a small wiharn (chapel) for prayers. Further down the side of the hill is part of Wat Phra Buddabhat (The Buddha’s Footprint Temple). From here enjoy the view of the peninsula where the Nam Khan river meets the mighty Mekong river. Visit Night Market. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Luang Prabang – Chiang Mai

Visiting early morning, the daily morning alms giving ritual to saffron-clad monks, visit the Morning Market.  Unlike the large grocery stores you might be familiar with back home; the food here is still produced by small farming families and villages and brought to Luang Prabang from the surrounding Northern provinces.  Your guide will explain the common vegetables and fruits that are in season, return to hotel for breakfast.

Then visit Wat Xieng Thong. This is one of the most important temples in the entire country of Laos and the most important one in Luang prabang. Until 1975, when the Communist Party gained control over Laos, Wat Xieng Thong was a royal temple, supported by the royal family. During the 1960s Wat Xieng Thong was completely remodeled and redecorated, becoming the splendid temple we see today. Visit National Museum which used to be the Royal Palace (Haw Kham).  Your guide will help explain some information as you tour the museum. It houses the Royal throne of the Lane Xang kingdom in its original splendor, and many other religious treasures.

Drive to the local Phousi Market before drive to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai (13:05-14:15.) Upon arrival, start the temples tours with Chedi Luang Temple, where the great chedi which was built at the end of 14th century is located. Even though it was destroyed in an earthquake in 1545, it was to remain the tallest structure in Chiang Mai till today. Visit Wat Phra Singh, which was built in the year 1345. This temple contains marvelous examples of Lanna art including a Lanna style viharn and the finest scripture repository of its type in the north.

Drive to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which was built in 1383. It is located 15 kms from the city and 3,500 feet above sea level. See the marvelous golden pagoda, which contains the holy relics of Lord Buddha. Enjoy the panoramic view of Chiang Mai City and Ping valley from the summit of Doi Suthep Mountain. Then transfer to the hotel for check in and free at leisure. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

19:00 Hrs. Enjoy Khantoke Dinner & Show, which is the traditional northern Thailand form of dining. The food is served on a wooden pedestal tray, called Khantoke. While guest enjoy the meal there are usually performances of traditional northern Thai Lanna Dances and Music.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai

07:00 Hrs. Pick up from hotel lobby and drive through scenery from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai (3-hour drive) by road along picturesque scenic routes passes the several beautiful northern mountains. Make a short break and relax at the Hot Spring at Mae Ka Chan Town. Visit White’s Temple designed by the famous national artist. The main temple building is a distinctive white color, decorated with fragments of reflective glass which can be seen from afar.

Lunch served at the local restaurant.

Depart to the Golden Triangle where the borders of three countries; Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar are met. Visit Opium Museum, displaying all the stories about the opium.

Depart to visit Mae Sai Town, the Thailand-Myanmar border and the northernmost point of Thailand. Enjoy shopping the Myanmar products at the local market.

Continue to visit Long Neck Tribe Village; woman wears several brass rings around their long, slender necks. A woman generally has about twenty or more rings around her neck. They are originated from Shan state, The Union of Myanmar. Then transfer back to Chiang Rai hotel, free at leisure. Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15 Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai – Bangkok

Morning transfer back from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai (3-hour drive). Then we go visit Elephant Nature Park, which is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand where you can visit & volunteer to help. Late afternoon, transfer to Chiang Mai airport for a flight to Bangkok. Pick up and drive to your hotel. Overnight in Bangkok.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 Bangkok City Tour

08:00 Hrs. Depart from hotel to Rattanakosin Island, the original area of Bangkok when it was first established as the capital over 200 years ago. Visit Wat Traimit, known for its famous Golden Buddha. The beautiful image of solid gold is three meters high and weighs five and a half tons.

Visit Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha founded in the 16th century; the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city. It’s well known for its huge Reclining Buddha, 46 m. long and 15 m. high.

Lunch served at the local restaurant.

Visit Wat Phra Kaew, the most beautiful and important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It is so richly and intricately decorated that, once entering the temple, you will feel as if you are in a real ’city of angels’.

Visit The Grand Palace, an area of 218,400 sq. meters and is surrounded by walls built in 1782. The length of the four walls is 1,900 meters. Within these walls are situated government offices and the Chapel Royal of the Emerald Buddha besides the royal residences.

Cruise in a comfortable Long-tail motor boat along the Chao Phraya River and canals in Thonburi area. You will be treated to spectacular and colorful scenery of Thai life along the river banks.

Visit to Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) is an important landmark located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The main shrine, decorated with glazed ornaments and ceramics, rises 67 meters towards the heavens. Then transfer back to the hotel, free at leisure. Overnight in Bangkok.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17 Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya

07:00 Hrs. Check out from the hotel, and drive to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Your journey commences with a leisurely drive through rice paddies and salt fields. Experience the Boat trip and venture among shopping boats selling all kinds of products.

Depart for Kanchanaburi; it is Thailand’s third largest province with an area of 19,486 square kilometers. The provincial area is mountainous and has the west border next to Myanmar

Then visit to JEATH War Museum, a realistic depiction of prisoner of war living quarters, with photographic, pictorial and physical memorabilia dating from World War II.

Continue to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery it contains the remains of 6,982 war prisoners (mostly the British, Dutch, Australian and American) who lost their lives during the construction of the Bridge over the River Kwai and the railway to Burma (the Death Railway).

Lunch served at the local restaurant.

Take a ride through history on the Death Railway Train along picturesque scenic routes pass the several beautiful mountains and River Kwai.

Visit to The Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of the Death Railway constructed by Allied prisoners of war. Take leisurely walks around town and pictures on the world-renowned Death Railway.

Depart for Ayutthaya Province. It was one of Indo-China’s most prosperous cities and is one of Thailand’s major historical attractions.

Then transfer to the hotel for check in, free at leisure. Overnight in Ayutthaya.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 18 Ayutthaya – Bangkok – Departure

08:00 Hrs. Check out from the hotel and depart to Ayutthaya Historical Park covers the ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya, Thailand, which was founded in 1350 and was the capital of the country until its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767. The area well conserved as a historical park, has been included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage since 13 December 1981.

Visit to Maha That Temple; believe that was built before the Ayutthaya Period or around the 14th Century. One of the images which were excavated by the Fine Art Department was a Buddha Image in the Sitting Attitude. This image belonged to the Lopburi Period. The Pagodas are from the Bayon Style (compared to Khmer culture)

Visit to Phra Si Sanphet Temple; the most important temple within the Royal Palace compound and the original from which the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok has been copied. Three outstanding Ceylonese style pagodas were built during the 15th century to enshrine the ashes of three Ayutthayan kings.

Visit to Mongkol Bophit Temple; The large hall of the sacred Phra Mongkhon Bophit; one of the largest bronze Buddha images in Thailand with its measures of (approx) 9.5 meters across the lap and a height of 12.5 meters. This building has been restored and new designed by Prince Naris, the younger brother of King Rama V.

Lunch served at the local restaurant. Depart for Ayutthaya to Bangkok. At 17:00 transfer to the airport of Bangkok for your departure flight. End of the tour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Price

TOUR PRICE:  USD / person

Hotel 3* option 1

Hotel class

5 – 7 pax

8 – 10 pax

11 –15 pax

16 – 20  pax  (1FOC)

Single room plus

Tourland Vietnam

 

 

 

 

 

Tourland Cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

Tourland Laos

 

 

 

 

 

Tourland Thailand

 

 

 

 

 

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Hotel 3* option 2

Hotel class

5 – 7 pax

8 – 10 pax

11 –15 pax

16 – 20  pax  (1FOC)

Single room plus

Tourland Vietnam

 

 

 

 

 

Tourland Cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

Tourland Laos

 

 

 

 

 

Tourland Thailand

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

Inclusion & Exclusion

The above prices include

  • Hotel accommodations in twin or double sharing
  • Ground transfers in air-conditioned car, van or bus
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • English-speaking local guides on spots
  • Boat fees (in Halong, Hue, Ben Tre)
  • Mineral water during the tour.

 The above prices exclude

  • All entrance fees to mentioned sightseeing places
  • Air tickets / Train tickets / Bus ticket
  • All meals that are not mention above
  • Visa fees (Vietnam 30 USD, Cambodia 30 USD, Laos 30 USD)
  • Drinks and personal expenses.
  • Tips for guide and driver approx 3 USD / pax / day (compulsory in Thailand)

 

HOTEL LIST:

City

3-star Hotels Option 1

3-star Hotels Option 2

Hanoi

Hanoi Boutique Hotel (Deluxe)

www.hanoiboutiquehotel.vn

Paradise Boutique Hotel (Deluxe)

www.paradiseboutiquehotel.com

Hue

Rosaleen Boutique Hotel (Deluxe)

www.rosaleenhotel.com

Midtown hotel (Deluxe City)

www.midtownhotelhue.com

Hoi An

Thuy Duong 3 Hotel (Superior)

www.thuyduonghotel-hoian.com

Thuy Duong 3 Hotel (Superior)

www.thuyduonghotel-hoian.com

Hochiminh City

Sunrise Central Hotel (Premier)

www.sunrisecentralhotel.com

Signature Saigon hotel (Deluxe)

www.signaturesaigonhotel.com

Siem Reap

City River Hotel (Superior)

www.cityriverhotel.com

Holy Angkor Hotel (Superior) 

www.holyangkorhotel.com

Phnom Penh

Kolapsor Hotel (Cozy)

www.kolapsorhotel.com

Rose Emerald Hotel (Superior)

www.roseemeraldhotel.com

Vientiane

Grand Hotel Vientiane (Deluxe Room)

www.grandhotelvientiane.com

Grand Hotel Vientiane (Deluxe Room)

www.grandhotelvientiane.com

Luang Prabang

Sala Prabang Hotel (Classic Room)

www.salalaoboutique.com

Sala Prabang Hotel (Classic Room)

www.salalaoboutique.com

Chiang Rai

Wiang Indra Riverside

http://www.wiangindra.com/

M Boutique Resort Chiangrai

http://www.mboutiqueresort.com/

Wiang Indra Riverside

http://www.wiangindra.com/

M Boutique Resort Chiangraihpotels

http://www.mboutiqueresort.com/

Chiang Mai

Ibis Style Chiangmai , The Park Chiangmai

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-8108-ibis-styles- chiang-mai/index.shtml

Imm Hotel Thaphae

http://www.immhotel.com/

Lanna Palace 2004

http://www.lannapalace2004.com/

CH Hotel

http://www.chchiangmai.com/

Bangkok

Bangkok Centre hotel

https://www.bangkokcentrehotel.com/

Season Siam hotel

https://www.seasonssiamhotel.com/

Crystal Suite

www.crystalsuites24.com

 

Dynasty Hotel

www.thedynastyhotel.com

The Season Hua Mark

http://www.theseasons-hotels.com/huamark/

The Spring

http://www.thespringbangkok.com/

 Or similar class hotels subject to availability

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