10 July: Manila - Arrive

Tour program Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand
Day 1: Arrival Hanoi
After clearing immigration and customs formalities, our guide with the
welcome signboard will meet and transfer you to the hotel. After checking in
you will be invited to a relaxing cyclo tour in the center of this old city.
Evening, enjoy a traditional performance by Hanoi’s famed water puppet
troupe at the Thang Long puppet theater. A welcome dinner is at the Dinh
Lang floating restaurant with Hanoi traditional folk music, followed by “Cheo”
drama performance at 8 pm.
Overnight at Sofitel Metropole hotel in Hanoi (D)
website: www.sofitel.com
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong
After a good breakfast we leave Hanoi for Halong Bay. Arrive around 12 pm.
We board our private junk to begin a 4-hour cruise through spectacular Halong
Bay while enjoying a fresh seafood lunch served on board. Disembark on this
beautiful beach to receive instructions on kayaking techniques and safety
procedures by our guide. At 03.00 PM., visit Ho Ba Ham (Three-Cave Lagoon)
for the first exploration in Halong. At 07.00 PM. it is time to enjoy a Barbeque
seafood dinner at the camping site. After dinner, come up and gather at Ba Men
Temple. This is a great chance to take pictures of fishermen giving offerings to
the Whale God. Once finished, one hour paddling under the moonlight is highly
Dinner and overnight on board in Halong. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Halong – Hanoi
We will depart for the north coast of Dao Cat Ba, having breakfast on the way.
Taking the morning cruise, visit Man’s Head Island, Tortoise Island, Trinh Nu
cave, Bai Tu Long Bay and Bai Tho Mountain. Have lunch on board and return
to Hanoi in the afternoon. Dinner at Wild Rice Restaurant.
Overnight at Sofitel Metropole hotel in Hanoi (B,L,D)
Day 4: Hanoi - Hue
Free until transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue. On arrival transfer to the
hotel for check in and have lunch. Then visit the former imperial city of Hue
offering an insightful look into its regal past. Evening Royal dinner is served at
An Phu restaurant.
Overnight at Morin hotel in Hue
website: www.morinhotel.com.vn
Day 5: Hue - Hoi An via Danang
Morning take a dragon boat across the triangle of the Perfume River to stop
at the Con Hen island to visit the local ginger candy factory and conical hat
weaving village. Continue upstream to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s most
reserved religious monument. Leaving Hue for Hoi An with a stop at Lang Co,
enjoy a seafood lunch and take a walk through the fishing village located on a
sand dune line. Drive over the Hai Van Cloudy Pass where a spectacular
panorama of the central coastline can be viewed at the summit. Upon arrival
in Danang, visit the Cham Museum, the best collection of the Cham artist
vestiges dating from 2nd to 15th century, the Marble Mountains and visit a SOS
orphan village. Continue to Hoi An, the ancient town with an eccentric mix of
western and eastern-influenced architecture. Dinner is at Brother’s Cafe.
Overnight at Life resort in Hoi An. (B, L, D)
website: www.life-resorts.com
Day 6: Hoi An
Early depart by bike to My Son, 50 Km South West of Danang, the site of the
most important Cham intellectual and religious center, dating back the late 4th
century. My Son has only 20 monuments standing today. My Son is
considered to be Champa’s counterpart to the grand cities of South-East
Asia’s other Indian-influenced civilizations: Angkor (Cambodia), Bagan
(Myanmar), Ayuthaya (Thailand) and Borobudur (Java). In the afternoon
return by car to Hoi An for check in your hotel. Afternoon is free at leisure for
wondering around the Hoi An ancient or getting your clothes made.
Diner is at Nam Lang.
Day 7: Hoi An – Da Nang – Nha Trang
Free until transfer to the airport in Danang for flight to Nha Trang. Upon
arrival, transfer to hotel. The balance of the day is free for relaxation on the
Overnight at Evason Hideway in Nha Trang (B)
website: www.sixsenses.com
Day 8: Nha Trang
Today is a free day for relaxation on the beach or bike around the city in the
morning. Depending on how long you would like to bike there are several
places of interests to be seen. E.g. a visit to rice paper village, Clay – Stove
klin, Sedge mat weaving village, Ancient house (Typical architecture of the late
19th century). Have lunch at a riverside restaurant with Vietnamese food. Then
continue to Hot mineral spring center (you can try Hydrotherapy by Hot Mineral
water and: soaking in mineral Mud). Back to your resort and have dinner at
resort. (B,L)
Day 9: Nha Trang – Saigon
Transfer to the airport in Cam Ranh for flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, transfer to
hotel. Afternoon, city tour of Saigon to visit its historic landmarks including the
Old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, former Presidential Palace and
Cholon, the city’s bustling Chinatown. Evening, have dinner cruise along Saigon
River. Dinner on board with Saigon sightseeing by night in the cool atmosphere.
Return to your hotel (The menu well-selected, orchestrating the typical
Vietnamese cuisine).
Overnight at Park Hyatt hotel in Saigon (B,D)
Website: www.saigon.park.hyatt.com
Day 10: Saigon – My Tho
Today is a full-day excursion to My Tho in the Mekong Delta. Leave our hotel
at 8 am for 2-hour drive from Saigon to Tien Giang. Upon arriving in My Tho at
10 am, board our private sampan for a river cruise on the upper part of the
Mekong River to visit the fish market, onto the Unicorn island, fruit garden to
taste diverse types of fruit, tea mixed with bee honey, followed by a visit to a
wine factory and local homes. We end the trip by taking a small sampan ride
through the winding and tiny canals (subject to the water level) offering a closeup view of daily river life. Lunch is at the Ngoc Gia Trang Restaurant in the
verdant garden. Drive back to Saigon and transfer to your hotel. Dinner at Au
Manor De Khai restaurant (French cuisine). (B,L,D)
This restaurant is considered to be a 5 star French style restaurant and situated in a beautiful surrounding. Ms. La
describes it as a King worthy environment and shining in a luxurious beauty. An Old French – style villa with French
website: http://www.aumanoirdekhai.com
Day 11: Saigon – Siem Reap
Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Siem Reap and check into the hotel.
Begin private tour of the Rolous Group including Preah Ko Bakong and Lo Lei.
Afternoon visit to Angkor Wat until the sunset.
Overnight at Raffles Grand D’ Angkor
Siem Reap (B,D)
website: www.siemreap.raffles.com
Day 12: Siem Reap
After having breakfast, Start Angkor tour visiting the South Gate of Angkor Thom
and Bayon, Baphoun, Elephant Terraces, Leper King Terrace, and the Royal
Palace area. Afternoon tour to Sra Srang, Banteay Kdei, Ta Prohm, Ta Keo, Chau
Say Tevoda and Thammanon.
Day 13: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh
Arrive in Phnom Penh and transfer to your hotel. City tour includes the National
Museum, Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom.
Overnight at Raffle Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh
Website: www.raffles.com
Day 14: Phnom Penh
Morning, after have breakfast Visit the Toul Sleng of Genocide Museum and the
Killing Fields. Afternoon will be free to explore the city and the markets on your
Day 15: Phnom Penh – Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok, meet and transfer to hotel for check in. Rest of the day at
Overnight at Oriental hotel in Bangkok. (B)
website: www.mandarinoriental.com
Day 16: Bangkok
Full day excursion to visit Damnoensaduak Floating Mark. The most colorful of
Thailand’s floating markets is the one at Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi
Province, about 104 km southwest of Bangkok. Visit the famous floating
market, then board a canal boat and view native life along the canal banks and
arrive at the market where boats of various shapes and size, carry goods for
trading. Then by road to Nakorn Pathom to see the country’s oldest and largest
pagoda. After have lunch continue to visit Jim Thomson’s House. Arrive back in
Bangkok at late afternoon. (B,L)
Day 17: Bangkok
AM. Half day Klong and Grand Palace/Temple of Emerald Buddha are in the
same compound surrounded by crenellated walls. The Emerald Buddha is the
most sacred object of Thailand, held by all Thais as also the symbol of national
independence and open daily from 08.30-11.30 & 13.30-15.30 hrs Grand
Palace - consists of three imposing buildings; the Amarin Vinitch Throne Hall
(originally a Hall of Justice but used today for coronation ceremonies); Dusit
Maha Prasat Palace (initially served as a venue for royal audiences and later as
Royal Funerary Hall ). Visitors are allowed to go inside on weekdays, close to
public during weekends and public holidays, During Saturdays & Sundays :
can visit Royal Decoration and Coin Pavilion in the compound of Grand Palace.
(Klong tour will include a stop at Wat Arun and the National Museum).
PM. Visit to Wat Po, amulet shops near by, Silpakorn University (Sanam Luang
campus). The Silpakorn University is more famous because of his extensive
library. It has a large collection of subjects
used for creating art. Next to this is does has a exhibition of mainly
contemporary art.
Dress code : shorts, thongs, mini skirt, sleeveless shirts are not allowed at the
Emerald Buddha. Must wear shoes with straps. (B)
Day 18: Bangkok – Chiang Mai
Free until transfer to the BKK airport for flight to Chiang Mai (CNX). Arrive in
Chiang Mai, meet and transfer to Dhara Dhevi hotel.
Overnight at Dhara Dhevi hotel hotel in Chiang Mai. (B)
website: www.mandarinoriental.com
Day 19: Chiang Mai Full day to travel north on Chiang Mai-ThaTon route, to
Chiang Dao Elephant Training Camp. Enjoy the spectacular scenery along the
way. Arrive at the camp, watch a herd of elephants taking a bath in a
mountain stream and a brief demonstration of elephants work in the remote
jungle. After the show,
* an optional 1.5 hrs elephant ride to Lisu hill tribe village followed by
* an optional 1 hr rafting along Mae Ping River. Picnic lunch provided en-route.
Back to hotel in the afternoon.
Optional instead of elephant riding and
rafting: Half day: Aircon. Van + Guide at
your disposal to visit around Tapae Gate and nearby Temples, local market, and
the Night Bazaar area. Biking will depend on the weather.
Day 20: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai
After breakfast, departure to Chiang Rai by road, en-route stop at a hot spring at
Viang Pa Pao; visit Yao and Akha hill tribe villages, Mae Sai Thai/Burmese border
and Golden Triangle. Lunch at local restaurant... Drop off at Anantara Resort &
Spa Golden Triangle). If possible visit a tea 101 farm on the road or go to Mae
Overnight at Anantara Resort. (B)
website: www.anantara.com
Day 21: Chiang Rai
Whole day at leisure.(B)
Day 22: Chiang Rai (Kids day)
Pick up from resort after breakfast – travel by car for about 30 minutes to Huay
Khom Village. From there a short trek to an Akha Village, known for their animistic
rituals. Continue trekking to Huay Mae Zai Waterfall and stop for lunch at a hill
tribe cottage on the bank of a mountain stream. After lunch, continue walking to
the Lahu village of Ya Pou for overnight. Dinner is prepared by your guide.
** Meals are very simple, prepared by guide
** sleep in one big room, without beds,
just sleeping bags and pillows and
mosquito nets.
** There is no electricity in the hill tribe village so there is no hot water.
** You have to bring repellant/spray, comfortable walking shoes, sun
cream lotion.
Kids: (overnight at home stay in hill tribe village) (B,L.D)
Parents: Private van and tour guide to visit the Chiang Saen lake , House of
Opium Museum and the bamboo forest, or you relax a bit and take one small
excursion instead. (B)
Day 23: Ya Pou – Karen Village – Chiang Rai
Kids: After breakfast walk from the Lahu village to the Karen village of Ruam
Mitr and lunch at the village. Return to Chiang Rai by car. Check in resort. Rest
of the day is at leisure.
Parents: Relaxing a bit waiting for the kids to return with wonderful stories (B)
Day 24: Chiang Rai - Bangkok – Amsterdam (Departure)
Free until transfer to the airport for flight back to Bangkok for flight back home
departure at 23:10. End of services.(B)
Accommodation with breakfast
Private transfer in/out Airport
Private boat trips in Halong with kayak, My Tho.
Private transportation, Regional English speaking guide.
All meals indicated
All entrance fees on tour.
Vietnam visa
Other meals with drinks
Travel insurance
International air port tax.
Other personal expenses.
Others not mentioned in Inclusion column.