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Vietnam Laos Thailand Tour Package by Explorient

A Private Tour of Vietnam Laos & Thailand – HCM City, Can Tho – Halong Bay, Hanoi, Luang Prabang, Chiang Mai, Bangkok

16 Days / 14 Nights – Tour Code (VLT)

Departs Daily


Hoi An, Luxury Travel Vietnam


Designed to capture the true essence of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, this unforgettable tour takes you on an epic adventure through the lands of unspoiled hidden treasures – IN STYLE. Each country offers a unique glimpse into its storied past, graciously balancing ancient traditions with modern society while racing to catch up with the outside world.

Your journey begins in Vietnam, where its exotic blend of colonial architectures, ancient traditions, and warm hospitality never ceases to delight the visitor. Visit Ho Chi Minh City, the thriving metropolis affectionately known as Saigon, to soak up its energy and sample its tantalizing cuisine. Overload your senses with a journey to the Lower Mekong Delta with a visit to Southeast Asia’s largest and most authentic floating market to catch a glimpse of rural life in Vietnam’s bread basket. Relax and enjoy an invigorating cruise around UNESCO Halong Bay on board your very own privately chartered “Junk”. And discover Hanoi’s enclave of unsurpassed charm dotted with shaded boulevards, beautiful lakes and quaint sidewalk cafes.

Next, journey back in time to the land of Laos. Visit Luang Prabang, the best preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia, and arguably as culturally pure a place as you can find anywhere on our planet. With its golden temple spires, orange robed Buddhist monks, splendid natural scenery and atmosphere of timelessness, this quiet little city is a perfect sanctuary for visitors to simply find peace or to get away from it all. Next stop: Thailand, “The Land of Smiles”. Starting with Chiang Mai, a town with a beautiful cultural personality blessed with majestic natural beauty and unsurpassed charm that welcomes you with its alluring temples, warm friendly people and an atmosphere instantly transcends your body & mind from the very moment you arrive. Here, haggle your way to incredible bargains at the bustling Night Bazaar lined with playful vendors, colorful stalls and sidewalk eateries; embark on an elephant safari exploring the jungle on an elephant’s back and on a bamboo raft, or simply relax and indulge in one of the world’s most luxurious spas for which Thailand is so famous.

Continue south to Bangkok, arguably the most exhilarating city in all of Southeast Asia, a modern metropolis of towering skyscrapers and ancient temples. Its friendly people and endearing Thai culture will make any visitor fall in love with this magical kingdom. Here, we hit the city’s must-sees, yet still leave plenty of free time to relax and define your own version of Bangkok. Take a cooking lesson at one of the city’s famous cooking schools and bring home Thailand’s culinary secrets; trek, bike or fly (zip-line) through Bangkok’s countryside of coconut plantations and virgin rainforests; or just sit back and enjoy a glass of wine at a roof top jazz bar overlooking the gleaming Thai capital – the city caters to every whim and to everyone.

Exotic culture, timeless traditions, ancient world wonders & luxury comfort, this journey will keep you inspired and leave you with memories of a lifetime.


TOUR OVERVIEW


TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Economy Class Air via Cathay Pacific Airways from USA
  • All Intra-Asia flights per itinerary
  • 14 nights hotel accommodations per itinerary
  • Hotel American Breakfasts daily. Lunches as specified per itinerary
  • Private Tour: Sightseeing & Transfers by private car, driver and Professional Guides

HO CHI MINH CITY (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at The Pullman Saigon (Superior) OR Hotel Nikko Saigon (Deluxe)
  • Full day tour of Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh market, City Hall, the Reunification Palace and Cu Chi Tunnels.

CAN THO (1 night)

  • 1 night at Victoria Can Tho Resort
  • 2 full days of private sightseeing of Mekong Delta region with boat excursions to Cai Be & Cai Rang Floating Markets

HALONG BAY (1 night)

  • 1 night at Novotel Halong Bay
  • Private boat cruise of UNESCO Halong Bay with Seafood lunch on board

HANOI (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at The Hilton Opera | Movenpick Hotel (Superior) OR Hotel de L’Opera (Deluxe)
  • Full day private tour of Hanoi visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum*, HCM Stilt House, One Pillar pagoda, Temple of Literature, the Opera House & Old Quarters.

LUANG PRABANG (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Luang Prabang View Hotel (Superior) OR The Kiradara (Deluxe)
  • Half Day private sightseeing of Luang Prabang
  • Full day boat excursion to Pak Ou Caves

CHIANG MAI (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa (Superior) OR Na Nirand Boutique Resort/Puripunn Baby Grand Hotel (Deluxe)
  • Full day Elephant Safari with Elephant Trekking & Bamboo Rafting

BANGKOK (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at The Landmark Hotel (Superior) OR Shangri-la Hotel (Deluxe)
  • Half day private tour of The Royal Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Trimit

 

Laos, Indochina Vacation Package

Rice Farmers, Laos


Monks, Luang Prabang Private Tour

Buddhist Monks, Luang Prabang

 

TOUR ITINERARY

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

Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City
Upon arrival in HCM City, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City (Cu Chi Tunnels)
Today’s full day tour begins with an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the Vietcong built a 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Return to HCM City in the afternoon with visits to Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Central Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. (B,L)

Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City/ Vinh Long / Can Tho
Today, enjoy an overland journey by road, passing through rural villages and rice paddies, to the Lower Mekong Delta at Can Tho. Can Tho is the capital of the Mekong Delta also known as the “bread basket of Vietnam”, where virtually every canal and river delivers produce from every corner of this fertile part of the country. Enjoy a boat ride in the Delta with a tour of the Floating Market at Cai Be en-route to Vinh Long. Proceed by road to Can Tho. Includes lunch at a local restaurant. (B,L)

Day 5 Can Tho / My Tho / Ho Chi Minh City
In the early morning, take a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, the largest and most bustling of the Mekong Delta markets. Fruit and vegetable vendors assemble from all over the region, hanging samples of their wares on long poles above their boats, while buyers navigate their smaller craft between the colorful fruit barges. Afterwards, proceed to the Upper Mekong Delta at My Tho. Take a boat ride to explore the Islands in the Delta, stopping at a fruit orchard to enjoy fruit and tea while listening to folk music performed by local villagers. Return to HCM City in the afternoon. (B)

Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City / Halong Bay
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, journey east along Highway 5 across Hai Hung Province for Halong Bay. Overnight in Halong. (B)

Day 7 Halong Bay / Hanoi
This morning, enjoy a cruise by traditional “Junk ” (wooden boat) around the emerald waters and craggy limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, stopping at different islands to explore the many caves in this area. Sail past floating villages, fishermen casting their nets and pearl fisheries and observe the rhythms of daily life on the bay. A seafood lunch as served on board your cruise. Proceed by road to Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarters. (B,L)

Day 8 Hanoi
Today, tour the city of Hanoi with visits to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum* and his House on Stilt where he lived and ruled the country, One Pillar pagoda, Temple of Literature, “Hanoi Hilton” Prison, the Opera House and Tay Phuong pagoda. (B)

NOTE: *Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closed Mondays & Fridays and in October & November.

Day 9 Hanoi / Luang Prabang
Transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, be met and commence sightseeing. Enjoy a tour around the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang. Visit the Wat Visoun, Wat Phu Sii, Wat Mai, and the National Museum. Transfer to your hotel in Luang Prabang. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 10 Luang Prabang (Ou Pak Caves)
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 11 Luang Prabang / Chiang Mai
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day at your leisure. (B)

Day 12 Chiang Mai
Today, enjoy an unforgettable experience to one of Northern Thailand’s Elephant Camps. Tour includes trekking on an elephant back through the jungle, river rafting and a visit to an Orchid Farm. Includes lunch at a local restaurant. (B,L)

Day 13 Chiang Mai / Bangkok
Fly to Bangkok. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day at your leisure. (B)

Day 14 Bangkok
This morning, enjoy a visit to the Royal Palace to see Dusit Hall (Funeral Hall) and the holy Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha), Wat Trimit (Golden Buddha) and Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha). Afternoon free at leisure. (B)

Day 15 Bangkok
Full day free at leisure to relax, shop and explore Bangkok on your own. (B)

Day 16 Bangkok / Home
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight home*. (B)

 

PRICE CHART

2017/18 Price Chart (Prices valid through March 31, 2018)
Daily Departure Land Only SFO/LAX NYC/CHI/BOS Single Supplement
January – March ’17 S 4,335 5,575 5,675 1,525
D 4,685 5,925 6,025 1,975
April S 4,225 5,375 5,475 1,555
D 4,625 5,775 5,875 1,975
May* S 4,025 5,175 5,275 1,375
D 4,375 5,525 5,625 1,725
June – August S 4,025 5,625 5,825 1,375
D 4,375 5,995 6,195 1,725
September S 4,045 5,175 5,275 1,375
D 4,375 5,525 5,625 1,725
October S 4,295 5,445 5,545 1,625
D 4,595 5,745 5,845 1,895
November S 4,425 5,575 5,675 1,635
D 4,775 5,925 6,025 1,925
December** S 4,425 5,575 5,675 1,635
D 4,775 5,925 6,025 1,925
January – March ’17 S 4,425 5,575 5,675 1,635
D 4,775 5,925 6,025 1,925
Tour requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate
S = Superior | D = Deluxe

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy
  • Prices includes all entrance fees, domestic air taxes, hotels taxes & service charges
  • Price excludes personal expenses, beverages and gratuities to guides and drivers.
  • Holiday surcharges and/or compulsory gala dinners at hotels apply between Dec. 20 – Jan. 05
  • For Air & Land Option:
    • U.S. & Foreign departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (Approx. $200 – subject to change)
    • When Trans-Pacific travel takes place on a weekend (Fri-Sun), add $50 per person each direction
    • *June rates apply for departures between May 24-31 (due to peak season airfares)
    • **A supplement of $400 (SFO/LAX) | $500 (NYC/CHI/BOS) applies for departures between December 10 – 31
    • 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 & Laos. Not included in package.
  • All services subject to availability at time of reservation


ACCOMMODATIONS

HCM City - Renaissance Riverside Hotel

HCM City – Renaissance Riverside Hotel

Pullman Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

HCM City – Pullman Saigon Hotel

Nikko Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Tour

HCM City – Hotel Nikko Saigon

Vietnam - Victoria Can Tho Resort

Vietnam – Victoria Can Tho Resort

Novotel Hotel, Halong Bay Vietnam

Halong Bay – Novotel Hotel

Luang Prabang View Hotel

Luang Prabang View Hotel

Luang Prabang Kiradara Hotel

Luang Prabang Kiradara Hotel

Chiang Mai - Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa

Chiang Mai – Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa

Chiang Mai Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel

Chiang Mai Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel

Na Nirand Boutique Resort

Chiang Mai – Na Nirand Boutique Resort

Landmark Hotel Thailand

Bangkok – The Landmark Hotel

Bangkok - Shangri-La Hotel

Bangkok – Shangri-La Hotel

Bangkok Royal Orchid Sheraton

Bangkok - Renaissance Ratchaprasong

Bangkok – Renaissance Ratchaprasong

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Private Ho Chi Minh City Tour including excursion of Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Comprehensive Tour of Lower Mekong Delta region including visits to the culturally-inspiring Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho
  • Halong Bay Cruise on board a privately chartered Junk with Seafood lunch on board
  • Private Hanoi City Tour including visits to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum*, “Hanoi Hilton” Prison and Old Quarters
  • Private sightseeing of Luang Prabang town & boat trip on Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves
  • Elephant Safari with Elephant Trekking & Bamboo Rafting in Chiang Mai
  • Private Bangkok city tour with visits to The Royal Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Trimit

Price Starting From: $5,175


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TESTIMONIALS

“We have completely fallen in love with Southeast Asia. Our entire trip was seamless and we loved all of our guides and experiences, it was unforgettable….and thank you for all your planning, insight and help in making this trip truly one of a kind!”

Stephanie Dacko - Massachusetts

November 2012 (Vietnam & Thailand)