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Bangkok to Angkor Wat

25 days  |  Bangkok to Siem Reap  |  from USD $5,899  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Join us on a journey through the incredible countries of Indochina from bustling Bangkok and the hill tribes of Chiang Rai to enchanting Luang Prabang in Laos and on through Vietnam’s spectacular Halong Bay and historic cities to Cambodia, home to the stunning temples of Angkor.

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Days 1-2
Discover Bangkok

Wednesday. Welcome to Thailand! Airport arrival transfer to hotel. Evening Welcome Meeting. The following day enjoy a city tour of Bangkok taking in the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Flower Market. Enjoy a longtail boat ride on the canals before exploring pulsating Khao San Road.
Overnight: Bangkok  |  Breakfast x 1

Day 3
Northern Thailand

Bangkok - Chiang Mai. On morning of day 3 transfer to airport for flight to Chiang Mai. After lunch visit the Doi Suthep temple and the Hilltribe Museum to learn more about the diversity of this region. In the evening visit the night market.
Overnight: Chiang Mai  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai. Today we journey through spectacular karst scenery to the River Kok where we board private longtail boats for a glimpse of rural life along the river banks. Arriving at a small village and take an enjoyable elephant ride through some of the surrounding countryside. After touring the unusual Wat Rhon Khung temple a beautiful complex of newly built white and golden temples that are still a work in progress we continue onto Chiang Rai arriving early in the evening.
Overnight: Chiang Rai  |  Breakfast

Day 5
Local Hill Tribes

Chiang Rai - Chiang Khong. The city of Chiang Rai is a great base for visiting local hill tribes and this morning we visit a Karen village where we may encounter the famous Long Neck tribe, so known for the neck rings that the women wear to elongate their necks. Continuing to the border frontier town of Mae Sai, we may have the chance to cross briefly into Myanmar and enter the Burmese town of Tachilek (optional). At Chiang Saen we stand at a viewpoint that lets us see both Myanmar and Laos. We take time to visit the Opium Museum before following the banks of the Mekong to Chiang Khong.
Overnight: Chiang Khong  |  Breakfast

Day 6
Cruise The Mekong

Monday. Chiang Khong - Pakbeng. Bright and early we head to the immigration & customs office to exit Thailand. Bidding farewell to our Thai guide we cross the river by longtail boat. Meeting up with our Lao guide we attend to immigration formalities before we're back on the water, cruising by traditional long boat down the Mekong River. Serene and timeless Laos is often overlooked by travellers. A peaceful nation of people offering legendary hospitality, resilience and friendliness, Laos is old Asia preserved. As we travel downstream we stop off at a number of minority villages such as the Hmong, Yao and Khmu to get an understanding of their culture and way of life. Upon arrival in Pakbeng, we visit the local market to watch the colorful hill tribe trade their wares before retiring for the night.
Overnight: Pakbeng  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 7-8
Luang Prabang

Pakbeng - Luang Prabang. We continue our cruise arriving to the golden city of Laung Prabang mid afternoon. Tomorrow, opt for an early start early to see the daily ritual of saffron-clad monks and their procession down the streets of Luang Prabang collecting alms from the residents. Then a morning tour, takes in the highlights of Luang Prapang - the fabulous UNESCO Listed former royal capital. Sightseeing includes the ancient temples of Wat Visoun and Wat Aham, Ock Pop Tok weaving centre and the beautifully ornate former Royal Palace. In the afternoon we stop at ethnic minority villages before arriving at the beautiful Khouangsi waterfall.
Overnight: Luang Prabang  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Day 9
Wat Xieng Thong

Discover more of Luang Prabang’s holy sites with a morning visit to Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong. Then we set sail on a scenic cruise up the Mekong River to visit the incredible Pak Ou caves, which are crammed with Buddha images of all shapes and sizes, stopping at villages en route to sample local rice wine and shop for local handicrafts.
Overnight: Luang Prabang  |  Breakfast

Days 10-11
Fly to Hanoi

Friday. Luang Prabang - Hanoi. A free morning to relax and explore Luang Prabang. Elephant rides, cycling and kayaking can be arranged locally. Late afternoon we fly to Hanoi in Vietnam. Day 11 is a day at leisure for you to explore Vietnam’s capital. Lively markets, beautiful lakes, ancient pagodas and the historic city are all easily navigated on foot.
Overnight: Hanoi  |  Breakfast x 2

    Hanoi
Day 12

Hanoi – Halong Bay. This morning we travel east to spectacular Halong Bay and board a traditional wooden junk boat to cruise around the beautiful limestone peaked islands. Opt for a swim before we take row boats to the floating fishing village. Tonight, there's a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before an impressive seafood dinner is served.
Overnight: Halong Bay, Deluxe Junk Boat  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional massage. After exploring a lofty grotto hidden beneath towering cliffs, we return to port.

Arriving to Hanoi mid afternoon we take a cyclo (rickshaw ride) exploring the labyrinth of streets. The motorbike swarming narrow lanes are each named after various guilds of the city’s artisan who established themselves here centuries ago. There is Silver Street, Silk Street, Comb Street, Paper Street and more. After time to freshen up we board our overnight train (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) on the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line to Hue.
Overnight: Sleeper train  |  Breakfast

Day 14
Imperial Hue

Today discover the delights of Hue visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city, whose 21m high tower has become something of a symbol for Hue and the citadel. Within the citadel is the Imperial Purple Palace, an exact copy of the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its impressive ramparts, formal moats and imperial palaces, some of which lay in ruin.

In the countryside lies the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen kings, here we’ll view the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. As the sun sets opt for a cruise in a long boat along the gentle Perfume River, beautifully illuminated at night.
Overnight: Hue  |  Breakfast, Lunch

    Hue
Days 15-17

Hue - Road of the Ocean Clouds - Hoi An. En route to Hoi An we stop for a stroll along China Beach. Enjoy a short afternoon walking tour of the historic Hoi An old town with its cobbled streets. On day 16 we take a bicycle ride to the rural village of Tra Que where we’ll assist with tending the fields and cooking lunch. Spend the following day at leisure.
Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 1

Day 18

Hoi An - Saigon - Can Tho. Fly to Saigon and drive to the mighty Mekong Delta. Onboard a sampan we cruise to Cai Be through lush waterways visiting cottage industries along the way.
Overnight: Can Tho  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 19
Saigon

Saigon - Can Tho. Today we visit the floating markets of Cai Rang before driving to Saigon. This afternoon we see the sights of Saigon on a walking tour including the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post office and the sombering War Remnants Museum.
Overnight: Saigon  |  Breakfast

    Saigon
Days 20-21

Saigon - Phnom Penh. This morning we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a sprawling underground network of tunnels and living quarters used by the Viet Cong during the war. Then we drive to the Cambodian border (crossing at Moc Bai/Bavet) and continue on to the capital of Phnom Penh. On day 21 enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh including the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, famed for its lavish decorations. We later come face to face with the horrors of the Pol Pot regime as we visit Toul Sleng (Security Prison - S21) and the Killing Fields where over 10,000 people were executed.
Overnight: Phnom Penh  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 22

Phnom Penh – Siem Reap. Hotel check out and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Siem Reap.

After time to freshen up we visit the last capital of the Angkorian Empire – Angkor Thom. This monumental fortified city is encircled by a 100m wide moat and is famed for the huge statue heads that glare down from every angle. We continue to the monastic complex of Preah Khan before heading to the mother of all temples – Angkor Wat. This breathtaking monument of man’s devotion to his gods is believed to be the largest religious building in the world and contains thousands of wall carvings and extensive bas-reliefs. In the evening we enjoy a walking tour of the old market.
Overnight: Siem Reap  |  Breakfast

    Angkor Wat
Day 23
Ta Phrom

Early this morning opt to see Angkor Wat bathed in the spectacular golden light of sunrise. Later, we head out to Banteay Srei temple, considered by many to be the art gallery of Angkor with some of the best stone carvings in the world. Cut from stone of a pinkish hue, the Hindu temple is dedicated to Shiva and contains highly decorated libraries and intricate reliefs of divinities.

The temple expedition continues with visits to Banteay Samre, East Mebon, Preah Khan, Banteay Kdei, Pre Rup and the atmospheric Ta Prohm. Swallowed by the jungle, vast muscular roots envelop the crumbling towers and walls whilst the trees’ foliage dapples the temple in shadow. There are plenty of great bars and restaurants in the compact city centre, easily navigated on foot.
Overnight: Siem Reap  |  Breakfast

Day 24
Lake Tonle Sap

This morning we tour the Roluos group of temples (Bakong, Lolei and Preak Ko) and later continue to the floating village of Kompong Pluk on Tonle Sap Lake with the petrified trees of a flooded forest closeby.
Overnight: Siem Reap  |  Breakfast

Day 25

Saturday. Today marks the end of our holiday. Lap up the hotel facilities this morning before hotel check out and included departure transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Royal Benja Hotel, Bangkok
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Centara Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Rimkok Hotel , Chiang Rai
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Teak Garden Hotel, Chiang Khong
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

On the banks of the Mekong River, the Chaing Khong Teak House offers comfortable accommodation. Guest rooms are spacious with comfortable facilities and private balconies. Complimentary wi-fi is available throughout and the onsite restaurant offers a selection of cuisine in an al fresco setting right on the river. If staying here in the winter be sure to ask for an extra blanket or too – it can get quite nippy! Well located in Chiang Khong just a 5 minute drive to the border with the Laos.

Santi Resort and Spa, Luang Prabang
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set just outside the main town of Luang Prabang, the Santi Resort and Spa is a modern property set in manicured gardens. Guest rooms are set on two levels and are spacious with excellent amenities. Meals are served in the main restaurant and the outdoor pool is perfect for a cooling afternoon dip. If you need to get into town then take advantage of the free shuttle service that runs nearly every hour. Located on the outskirts of Luang Prabang.

Sunway Hotel, Hanoi
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This ambient, boutique hotel combines traditional appeal with modern pleasures. Rooms are furnished in a contemporary fashion with an array of amenities for added comfort. Its restaurant provides a great variety of Vietnamese cuisine and you are welcome to enjoy cocktails and live music in the Jazz Bar or relax in the hotel's health spa.

Bhaya Classic Junk Boat, Halong Bay
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Deluxe House Boat

This premier cruise boat offers 18 well appointed cabins with en suite amenities. Cabins are contemporary in design, whilst the finer touches have a distinct oriental influence. All cabins feature large windows creating a bright and airy atmosphere as well as scenic views. Facilities and services onboard include a dining room and bar, a sunbathing area on-deck, masseur and small library. This boat departs from the port of Halong City and plies its route through the karst peaks of Halong Bay during their journey and overnight stay on the water.

Huong Giang Hotel, Hue
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Contemplate the beautiful city of Hue with the panoramic views afforded by this award-winning hotel. The well-appointed rooms blend traditional architectural styles with modern facilities including satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities, whilst the chain of restaurants and bars cover a variety of international cuisine.

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort, Hoi An
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort offers luxury and gracious hospitality in a traditional Vietnamese environment right on the banks of the Thu Bon river with top notch facilities.

Victoria Hotel Can Tho, Can Tho
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Mekong Delta's only luxury hotel, this attractive, colonial-style resort is tastefully decorated with well-appointed rooms and a wide range of facilities including a spa, tennis courts, open-air bar, restaurant and a gym. The hotel also offers sunrise and sunset cruises to the floating markets aboard the Lady Hau junk.

Northern Hotel, Saigon
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located in Saigon's central business district, the Northern Hotel offers comfortable and stylish accommodation. Guest rooms are contemporary in style and are decorated with warming tones and excellent en suite facilities. The onsite restaurant offers a variety of European and Asian dishes set on the mezzanine floor. The hotel also offers complimentary use of computers in the lobby and a fully equipped gym for those who wish keep fit whilst staying in the city.

The Ohana Hotel, Phnom Penh
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Rooms are well-appointed with tea/coffee making facilities and daily seasonal fruits as well as a balcony overlooking the river in this well-located hotel. The hotel's swimming pool and jacuzzi are the ideal place to unwind after a day of sightseeing. The restaurant offers exotic Asian food as well as Western dishes whilst the business centre offers internet access.

Angkor Paradise Hotel , Siem Reap
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Trip Highlights

Cu Chi Tunnels - HQ of the Viet Cong
Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep and the summit temple, Hilltribe Museum and the night market
Wat Rhon Khung - the modern and unusual ‘White Temple’
Chiang Khong - Thai/Laos border town
Luang Prabang - Wat Visoun, Wat Aham, Ock Pop Tok weaving centre, former Royal Palace, Khouangsi waterfall, Wat Sene, Wat Xieng Thong and Pak Ou caves
Halong Bay - UNESCO Listed World Heritage Site
Hoi An - UNESCO Listed ancient town
Mekong Delta - Cai Be waterways, cottage industries and mansion home & Cai Rang floating markets
Siem Reap - temples of Angkor, floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake
Bangkok - Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Original Thai Massage School, 24hr Flower Market & Khao San Road
Ta Thon - karst scenery, lush jungle landscapes
Chiang Rai - night market, Cabbages & Condoms restaurant, hill tribe villages of the Karen tribe, Mae Sai, Chiang Saen and the Opium Museum
Mekong River - cruising from Chiang Khong to Lao town of Pak Beng
Hanoi - Hoan Kiem Lake and Ancient Quarter
Hue - Imperial Citadel, Royal Tombs & Thien Mu Pagoda
Saigon - Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office and War Remnants Museum
Phnom Penh - Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Toul Sleng and Killing Fields

Included

24 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinner
Economy class flights Bangkok - Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang - Hanoi, Danang - Saigon, Phnom Penh - Seim Reap
Elephant ride in the Thai countryside
Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration
Guided sightseeing - Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Ho Ain, Mekong Delta, Saigon, Cu Chi, Phnom Penh and the temples of Angkor
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
Maximum group size: 24 travellers
22 nights 3 - 4 star & special class hotels, 1 night deluxe junk boat and 1 overnight sleeper train (Junk boat: private cabin, Sleeper train: basic, 4 berth cabin.)
Longtail boat ride in Bangkok, on the River Kok and from Thailand to Laos. Sampan and row boat journeys in the Mekong Delta
Halong Bay Junk boat cruise
Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 24
Escorted by English speaking Thai, Lao, Vietnamese and Cambodian tour guides.
Visa approval letter (excl. stamping fee required upon arrival)

Not Included

International flights and visa. Vietnam visa letter included - stamping fee required upon arrival
Entrance Fees: $170 - $180 USD
Tip for your tour guides. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guides is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $85 - $95 USD

Dear Mark,

I received your e-mail details from your call centre.

My sister and I completed the above-mentioned tour in December 2014 and it was fantastic in every sense of the word. We both believe it is the best tour we have ever experienced to date and would recommend it to others.

During our travels we were looked after by no less than 7 very competent tour guides, 2 in Thailand, 2 in Laos, 1 in Vietnam and 2 in Cambodia.

However one of these tour guides stands out head and shoulders above the rest and we would like to vote for this particular person to win the Tour Guide of the Year Award.

The person to whom we are referring is Mr Tran Tuan who took care of us through the Vietnam leg of our tour. Tuan is very passionate about the work he does and exceptionally knowledgeable. Furthermore, he has a wonderful sense of humour which was appreciated by every member of our group. We felt that he walked more than the extra mile to make our stay in Vietnam a very memorable occasion. Despite the reading we did in advance of our trip we both came home very enlightened by all the information that Tuan shared with us about Vietnam. His students are very lucky to have such a committed man guiding them through their studies in tourism.

So please pass on our huge vote of confidence to those involved in making those important decisions on recognition and reward.

Veronica Castleton

Thailand has been fantastic! Without the help of our wonderful guide it would be difficult to see all the things we have experienced and to understand the history and culture of this beautiful country.

Marlene Ashton-Brown

Excellent tour with great guide, very pleasant surprise with it all, especially as I am usually an independent traveller.

Paul Buck

Love the lunch on the river boat, very authentic food, delicious. Guide is very friendly and helpful.

Holley Banks

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Xmas departure, book early!
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New Year Departure
We have special arrangements on this tour to attend the Full Moon Festival taking place on Hoi An. A small supplement applies. Please refer to the Full Moon Festival Hoi An tour on this website for more details.
Full Moon Festival Departure
Please note this tour departs on a Tuesday.
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Supplementary Prices

 
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This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices above.

Tour Details
Starts
Bangkok
Ends
Siem Reap
Departs
Wednesdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 24, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 3
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Cycle Hue And Hoi An
USD $600 / 4 days

Thailand has been fantastic! Without the help of our wonderful guide it would be difficult to see all the things we have experienced and to understand the history and culture of this beautiful country.

Marlene Ashton-Brown
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