A staff signature pick, this enriching journey through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia & Thailand covers lands of allure, bustling cities, World Heritage Sites, riverside idyll, and arguably the greatest complex of monuments the world over at Angkor Wat. Immerse yourself in Hanoi`s Old Quarter, cruise the otherworldly landscape in Halong Bay, and walk the historic streets of Luang Prabang in Laos before boarding a charming river boat for a 2 day mix of culture and R & R along the Mekong River. Discover Northern Thailand as you make your way from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai taking in the sites and then travel to Cambodia and admire the remains of an ancient empire at Angkor. Climb temple steps, admire ancient ingenuity, and collect memories of an impressive sunrise before concluding your trip in the bustling and vibrant streets of Bangkok.
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Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide holding a name-board. After a warm welcome and brief introduction, take a private airport transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy a full day tour of Hanoi’s illustrious history including a tour of the Old Quarter by cyclo. Highlights include Ba Dinh Square, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison Museum, and the Old Quarter.
This morning you will meet your guide and then drive to Halong Bay where you will board a traditional wooden junk for your overnight cruise. A delectable buffet lunch is served shortly upon boarding and you find yourself getting acquainted with the facilities of the boat. The boat starts to cruise into the Bay and within the first hour you can enjoy this World Heritage Site. During your cruise, enjoy different excursions off of the boat including floating village visits, kayaking, cave walks, and more.
Enjoy the morning on the ship and continue your cruise through the 1000's of limestone islets rising from the bay. Upon your return to the pier in Halong, you will be met for your return transportation to the airport in Hanoi for your flight to Luang Prabang in Laos. On arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel for check-in.
After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a full day city tour including visits to the former King’s palace which is now the National Museum, impressive temples, rural villages and more. This evening, climb up Mt. Phousi for a spectacular panorama of the town of Luang Prabang.
The Luang Say boat leaves early morning for cruising up the Mekong River to the Luang Say Lodge in Pakbeng. A continental breakfast is served on board. The boat first stops opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River to visit Pak Ou caves where there are two caves ‘Tham Ting’ and ‘Tham Phoum’ and thousands of Buddha images can be found. A buffet lunch is served on board. The second stop is at Ban Baw to observe the local village’s way of living. The boat arrives at Luang Say Lodge before sunset for an overnight stay and a dinner served on the terrace overlooking the Mekong River.
A continental breakfast is served on the terrace from 6a.m. The boat leaves Luang Say Lodge early morning and one stop is made en route to Houei Sai in order to observe some rural life along the Mekong River at Ban Houy Phalam; a Kamu village. A buffet lunch is served on board. The boat arrives at the slow boat pier in Houei Sai in the late afternoon where you’ll be met and transferred via the Lao-Thai border to your hotel in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The evening is free at leisure.
Head to Mae Sai, the northernmost trading border town between Thailand and Burma and take a walk amongst the bustle to see day to day life and to see the shops and stores before heading to the Golden Triangle, the historic region where Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet. Later, visit Chiang Saen located on the steep banks of the Mekong River and explore the ruins of this once powerful city founded in the 10th century. Return to the hotel for the balance of the day at your leisure.
Depart your hotel in the morning for your scenic drive approximately 3 hours to Chiang Mai. En route stop to see the famed White Temple.
Early this morning, drive to the Kruba Sri Vichai Statue, a holy monk of Northern Thailand, to take part in the daily Buddhist ceremony ‘Tak Bat’ or ‘Merit Making’ by giving offerings to monks on their alms-rounds. Afterwards, head to the local market and take a rickshaw to visit Wat Chedi Luang, one of Chiang Mai's most notable temples. Return to the hotel for breakfast, and some time at your leisure, and then depart with your guide to see the mountaintop Doi Suthep Temple, explore other key city temples, see the remains of the city walls and moat, and to take an orientation drive through residential areas, foreign consulate neighbourhoods, and markets, before returning to your hotel for the afternoon free at your leisure.
Enjoy the full day free at your leisure or opt to join an optional activity.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then meet and transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. On arrival, meet for transportation to the hotel for check-in. The balance of the day is free at your leisure.
Depart for Angkor Wat in the early morning for a sunrise visit followed by a day out seeing the ancient kingdom's key temples. From the Bayon and through Angkor Thom, you'll spend the day with your guide seeing Angkor's highlights, including an in-depth visit to Angkor Wat itself. There is time set aside this evening as well for a sunset viewing of the temples if you wish.
Visit the graceful Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre temples, and then explore Ta Prohm, a temple which is now mystically enveloped in the jungle. In the afternoon, take a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake to see floating communities, and in the evening, enjoy dinner accompanied by a traditional Apsara dance performance.
Meet at the hotel at the appointed time for your transportation to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. On arrival, you’ll be met for transportation to the hotel.
Experience a half day orientation tour of Bangkok including the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet Klongs (canals) in a long tail boat, a stop at the riverside Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and a guided tour of the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). The afternoon is free at your leisure.
Meet at the hotel at the appointed time for your transportation to the airport for your departure flight.
Day 5: Climb up Mt. Phousi for a spectacular Panorama of the town of Luang Prabang.
Days 16: Stop at the riverside Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).
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MEMORIES OF THAILAND
TEMPLES OF ANGKOR