Trails of South Asia 14 Day Tour
A great journey of South Asia's wonderlands which include Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. You will see amazing sights, visit ancient Buddhist monasteries amongt the famous Angkor Wat. Enjoy the cultural interaction and come home with a rich experience. Shop for silks and gems all at bargains prices.
Day 1-2 USA to Bangkok:
Welcome aboard your flight to Bangkok. Enjoy onboard world-class hospitality.
Day 3 Bangkok:
Arrival in Bangkok, Meeting service at the airport and transfer to Hotel Landmark/Hotel Crown Plaza.
Day 4 Bangkok:
After breakfast, Grand Palace and the Temple of Emerald Buddha. Afternoon, Canal cruise by the rice barge. This evening we suggest Thai dinner and dance. (B)
Day 5 Bangkok:
After breakfast at hotel. A drive outside the city to the rural Floating Market at Damnoen Saduak where fresh fruit and produce and all varieties of household Goods are sold at bargains, from small boats and floating platforms. Rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 6 Bangkok/Phnom Pen:
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for Bangkok and onwards to Phnom Pen. After clearing immigration and customs formalities, our guide with welcome signboard will meet and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon visit the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom hill, founding place of the city. Hotel Le Royal. (B)
Day 7 Phnom Pen/Seim Reap:
Transfer to the airport after breakfast for the morning flight to Siem Reap. On arrival begin a tour of the temples that includes the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphoun, the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon visit the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat. Return to hotel after watching the sun set over Angkor Wat. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at Grand D'Angkor hotel. (B, D)
Day 8 Seim Reap/Saigon:
After breakfast visit Ta Prohm and Preah Khan Temples and stop at the Siem Reap market. Transfer to Siem Reap airport for flight to Saigon. Meet your guide and transfer to hotel for check in, with en route visit at the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office. Hotel Caravelle (B)
Day 9 Saigon:
Take a morning city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, takes in the former Presidential Palace, a lacquer ware factory and Thien Hau Pagoda in the city's bustling Chinatown. Afternoon is at leisure for relaxing. (B)
Day 10: Saigon:
After breakfast, drive to Cai Be 80km to the south, and board a private boat to cruise on the Mekong River visiting Cai Be Floating Market. Continue cruising to Vinh Long. Visit Binh Hoa Phuoc Island where one of the fascinating things to be seen is the "monkey bridges". These are makeshift footbridges built of uneven logs about 30 to 80 cm wide and from 2m to 10m above the canals. For lunch sample the local delicacy, the "Elephant's Ear Fish" at a home of a local farmer on the island. After lunch cruise to Vinh Long to visit some cottage industries producing tofu, husking rice, roof thatching and others. Return to Ho Chi Minh City late in the afternoon. (B, L)
Day 11: Saigon/Hanoi:
Early morning, transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, meet and transfer to hotel for dropping off your luggage. Then, enjoy the city tour of Vietnam's capital. Hanoi is a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples. The city tour includes such sights as Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Lake of the Restored Sword. Lunch is at Indochine restaurant. After lunch, continue enjoying a cycle tour around the 36 streets and 36 wares of the famous Old Quarter. The day ends with a traditional Water puppet show. Hotel Metropole (B, L).
Day 12 Hanoi/Halong Bay: Leave Ha Noi after breakfast and enjoy the 170km scenic drive through the rural countryside of the Red river delta to Ha Long. Arrive Ha Long late in the morning and boarding our private boat. A lunch on board will be served with 01 glass of wine included before taking cruise on the emerald green waters of Halong Bay, among the 3,000 spectacular limestone islands. The cruise includes visiting to Thien Cung Cave, Dau Go Cave, Tuan Chau Cave, Dinh Huong Island, and Canh Buom Island, Ga choi Island. Rowing bamboo boat and swimming on Titop or Hoa Cuong Beach is available upon request. Watching beautiful sunset on top of the junk. Dinner on board. Overnight on boat (Hoang Long) (B, L, D)
Day 13 Halong Bay/Hanoi:
Morning is for further exploring some caves around the bay or swimming. The cruise ends with a fresh seafood lunch on board. Return to Hanoi by road in the afternoon. Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer to hotel. Balance of the day is free at leisure for last minute shopping Overnight at Hotel Metropole (B, L)
Day 14 Hanoi/USA:
After breakfast pick up and transfer for flight homeward bound (B)
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