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A Private Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia & Thailand Tour – HCM City, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, Bangkok

 18 Days / 16 Nights  – Tour Code (SID)

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For those inspired by the mystery of the Great Mekong River — who wishes to retrace what has influenced the Mekong Delta since the days of Indochina, or simply to witness the raw beauty of the region and its people, our Southern Indochina – Mekong Delta warmly invites you to the journey of a lifetime.  Experience first-hand the way the locals have lived along the Mekong for over half a century. Learn how this great river has been the lifeblood for the vitality of its people through the rise and fall of its often-tragic past. Relish genuine, heart-warming hospitality unmatched by anywhere on Earth.

Meticulously crafted, this 17 days expedition first takes you to Ho Chi Minh City, affectionately known as Saigon and the “Paris of the East”, where its tasteful blend of colonial architectures, ancient traditions and cosmopolitan lifestyles never cease to delight the visitor.  Your time travel deepens with a journey southwest to the Mekong Delta region. Visit the Mekong River islands with their “monkey bridges”, or makeshift footbridges built of uneven logs above the canals; followed by Can Tho, an important commercial center and river port of the Mekong that boasts a colorful floating market and ancient architectures.

Crossing the border by boat into Phnom Penh after a short stay in Chau Doc, a riverside commercial center not far from the Cambodian border.  Next, a short flight takes you to one of Southeast Asia’s revered destinations – Siem Reap. Home of the stunning archeological sites of Angkor Wat where the visitor is mystified by the sheer size and details on this ancient temple. Finally, enjoy a visit to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang, forever known for its golden temple spires, faded French colonial architecture, diverse hill tribes and an ideal sanctuary for relaxation and some soul-searching.

Embark on a journey back in time in modern comfort. This tour offers the best of both worlds.  Get ready for an experience your soul richly deserves!


TOUR OVERVIEW

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip air from the U.S. via Cathay Pacific Airways
  • All intra-Asia airfares & Ground transportation per itinerary
  • 16 nights hotel accommodations per itinerary
  • Hotel American Breakfasts daily & other meals as specified per itinerary
  • Private Tour: Sightseeing & Transfers by private car, driver and Professional English-speaking guides

HO CHI MINH CITY (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Hotel Nikko Saigon
  • Full Day City tour including excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels

CAN THO (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Victoria Can Tho Resort
  • Private boat excursion to the Mekong Islands
  • Private tour of Cai Rang Floating market by boat

CHAU DOC (1 night)

  • 1 night at the Victoria Chau Doc Resort
  • Private boat tour of Chau Doc

PHNOM PENH (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at InterContinental Phnom Penh
  • Private city tour of Phnom Penh
  • Private excursion to Kampong Cham

SIEM REAP (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa
  • 2 Full days of private sightseeing per itinerary

LUANG PRABANG (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Luang Prabang View Hotel
  • Half day private tour of UNESCO Luang Prabang
  • Private boat trip to Pak Ou Caves OR day trek at Kuangsi Waterfalls

BANGKOK (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Landmark Hotel | Royal Orchid Sheraton World
  • Private Royal Grand Palace & Temples Tour


Angkor Wat – Siem Reap


Mekong Delta

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 Depart North America
Depart USA for Ho Chi Minh City via Cathay Pacific Airways, connecting in Hong Kong

Day 2 HCM City
Upon arrival in HCM City, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3  HCM City (Cu Chi Tunnels)
City sightseeing tour includes the Notre Dame cathedral, Reunification palace, Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Central Post Office and Ben Thanh Market.  Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnel, the Vietcong built, 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories.  (B,L)

Day 4 HCM City / Vinh Long/ Can Tho
Excursion to the Mekong River islands – Visit many of the beautiful small islands in the river, totally given over to agriculture, especially the growing of tropical fruits, which are shipped to Saigon. Some of the most popular islands to visit include Binh Hoa Phuoc and An Binh Island with their ‘monkey bridges’, or makeshift footbridges built of uneven logs above the canals. Journey southwest in Vinh Long Province and then via ferry across the Hau Giang River. Overnight in Can Tho. (B,L)

Day 5 Can Tho
Sightseeing Can Tho, the capital of the province and the political, economic, cultural and transportation centre of the Mekong Delta. Rice-husking mills provide a major local industry. Highlights include Munirangsyarm pagoda, Cantonese Congregation pagoda, Central market, and Ho Chi Minh Museum: the only museum in the Mekong Delta devoted to Ho Chi Minh.  Excursion to the Cai Rang Floating market: the biggest floating market in the delta.  (B,L)

Day 6 Can Tho/ Chau Doc
On board the Victoria Sprite from Can Tho to Chau Doc.  Sightseeing in Chau Doc via private boat.  Chau Doc is a riverside commercial center not far from the Cambodian border in An Giang Province. The city was once known for its dugout canoe races. Chau Doc has quite sizeable Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities. Overnight in Chau Doc at the Victoria Chau Doc hotel. (B)

Day 7 Chau Doc/ Phnom Penh
This morning, take a scenic boat ride on on board Victoria’s speedboat for Phnom Penh.  Upon arrival be met and transferred to your hotel. (B)

Day 8 Phnom Penh
Sightseeing of Phnom Penh.  Highlights include: Wat Phnom, Wat Ounalom, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, Toul Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide), and the Central Market.  Overnight in Phnom Penh. (B.L)

Day 9 Phnom Penh/ Kampong Cham
Excursion to Kampong Cham: a lively port town with colonial-era architecture located along the Mekong river.  Also visits to Phnom Pros (Man hill) and Phnom Srei (Woman hill), Wat Nokor, Rubber plantation and the local market.  Return to Phnom Penh in the afternoon. (B,L)

Day 10 Phnom Penh/ Siem Reap
Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing of Angkor.  Visit  Angkor Wat,  Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Phimeanakas, Former Royal Palace, Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King and Ta Prohm.  Visit Phnom Bakheng for the sunset over Angkor. (B)

Day 11 Siem Reap
Today enjoy a full day sightseeing of additional temples in Angkor. Visit Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre, Ta Keo and Eastern Mebon. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B)

Day 12 Vang Vieng/ Luang Prabang
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. (B)

Day 13 Luang Prabang
Sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang.  Highlights include: Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Wisunalat, Wat Mai and Wat That Luang.  (B)

Day 14 Luang Prabang
Today, you will take the Mekong Riverboat trip to visit the Pak Ou Buddha Caves, located in the steep rock cliff at the confluence of the Mekong River and Ou River, filled with Buddha images of varying styles, ages and sizes. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route followed by several cultural and scenic visits before returning to the hotel.  (B,L)

Day 15 Luang Prabang / Bangkok
Fly to Bangkok. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day at your leisure. (B)

Day 16 Bangkok
This morning visit the Royal Grand Palace, the Golden Cheddi, the Pantheon of Kings and the Emerald Buddha. (B)

Day 17 Bangkok
Free day free at leisure. (B)

Day 18 Bangkok / Home
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight home. (B)

****END OF PROGRAM****

PRICE CHART

2017/18 Air and Land Price Chart (Prices valid through March 31st, 2017)
Set Departure Land Only SFO/LAX NYC/CHI/BOS Single Supplement
January – March ’17 4,875 6,075 6,175 1,815
April 4,725 5,825 5.925 1,795
May* 4,745 5,845 5,945 1,975
June – August 4,745 6,285 6,485 1,975
September – October 4,745 5,845 5,945 1,975
November 4,945 5,945 6,045 1,975
December** 4,945 5,945 6,045 1,975
January – March ’18 4,945 5,945 6,045 1,975
 Tour requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy
  • Prices includes all entrance fees, hotels taxes & service charges
  • Price excludes personal expenses, beverages during included lunches, gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Holiday surcharges and/or compulsory gala dinners at hotels apply between Dec. 20 – Jan. 05
  • For Air & Land Option:
    • When Trans-Pacific travel takes place on a weekend (Friday-Sunday), add $50 per person each direction.
    • *June rates apply for departures between May 24-31 (due to peak season airfares)
    • **Airfare supplement of $400 (SFO/LAX) | $500 (JFK/CHI/BOS) applies for departures between December 10 – 31
    • U.S. & Foreign departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (Approx. $200 – subject to change).
    • For add-on fares from eligible connecting U.S. domestic cities, please refer to Connecting Cities chart.
  • Land only cost includes intra-Asia flights per itinerary
  • Visas are required for Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos. Not included in package
  • All services subject to availability at time of reservation

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Nikko Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Tour

HCM City – Hotel Nikko Saigon

Vietnam - Victoria Can Tho Resort

Vietnam – Victoria Can Tho Resort

Chau Doc - Victoria Resort

Chau Doc – Victoria Resort

Siem Reap - Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa

Siem Reap – Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa

Phnom Penh - Intercontinental Hotel

Phnom Penh – Intercontinental Hotel

Luang Prabang View Hotel

Luang Prabang View Hotel

Centara Grand Hotel, Bangkok Vacation

Bangkok – Centara at Center World

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Private Saigon City Tour including Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh market, City Hall, the Reunification Palace and Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Extensive private sightseeing of Mekong Delta region with boat excursions to Cai Be & Cai Rang Floating Markets
  • Sightseeing of Chau Doc via private boat
  • Scenic boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh.
  • Private excursion to Kampong Cham: a lively port town with colonial-era architecture located along the Mekong river
  • Extensive private sightseeing of Angkor Wats. Visit Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre, Ta Keo and Eastern Mebon
  • Private sightseeing of Luang Prabang town & boat excursion to Pak Ou Caves
  • Private Bangkok city tour with visits to The Royal Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Trimit

Price Starting From: $5,855


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TESTIMONIALS

“I want to thank you so much for helping me create the perfect itinerary that is perfect for me…Everything was perfect – the hotels, private junk, guides, drivers and all the little details. If I ever book a trip anywhere in Asia again, you can be sure I will give you a call”

Aileen & Ethel Ong - Ontario, Canada

November 2009 (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand)