You will be met on arrival at the airport for the transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
A full-day excursion to see the hidden gems around Bangkok. Board a long-tail boat up the Mae Klong River and stop at Wat Bang Kung to explore a small chapel completely enclosed within the roots of a banyan tree. Visit King Rama II Memorial Park and Museum, housing art objects of the 18th century in four buildings that feature classical Thai architecture.
Next is the Amphawa floating market, which is frequented almost exclusively by Thais. Locals congregate to buy and sell everything from cooking pots to fresh flowers to wind-up toys. The area around the market features open-air restaurants and canals full of colourful boats.
Visit Wat Po, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples, famous for the 43m reclining Buddha. The tour continues at Lak Muang, Bangkok’s city pillar, before heading to the famous Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom.
Lunch is included at a riverside restaurant before boarding a longtail boat to explore the klongs, Bangkok’s maze of canals and waterways to see parts of Thai traditional life which have disappeared from most of Bangkok.
End the day with a visit to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, before returning to your hotel.
Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Optional excursions from Bangkok. Overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Visit Worarot Market and Thapae Gate, one of the four original city gates, where you continue by “Samlor,” or rickshaw. The tour includes a visit to Wat Suandok, where you can meet with an English-speaking monk.
Lunch at a restaurant near the Huay Kaew Waterfall before visiting Wat Prathat Doi Suthep.
Travel to Chiang Khong and overnight in a local hotel. Chiang Khong is a picturesque place on the banks of the Mekong, which has long been a trading post between Thailand and Laos.
Mekong River - slow boat
Cross the border into Laos and board your slow boat for the journey down the Mekong.
Continue down the Mekong to arrive at Luang Prabang, a World Heritage city with considerable appeal and hidden charm.
City tour with lunch at a local house, followed by some time at leisure back at your hotel.
In the late afternoon, visit a small village about half an hour away, for a traditional Lao ceremony and a game of of petanque with some villagers before returning to your hotel.
Fly to Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital. Afternoon walking tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter ending with a beer (or two) in a local bar,
Free day to explore Hanoi in your own time. If you would like us to arrange any particular excursions or activities please let us know.
Ha Long Bay
Transfer to the Gulf of Tonkin to board a wooden sail boat for a journey in Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of around 1,600 islands and uninhabited islets, of outstandingly beauty. Overnight in a cabin on board. All meals will be provided on board.
Return from Ha Long Bay to Hanoi airport in time to check in for the short flight to Hue, formerly the political, cultural and religious capital of Vietnam.
Arrival transfer to your hotel.
City tour of Hué including the Forbidden Purple City. After lunch board a dragon boat for a trip on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. Afterwards visit the tombs of the emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh.
Free day in Hue.
Travel along the spectacular coastal road known as the Hai Van Pass to reach Hoi An, an attractive UNESCO World Heritage Site with historic houses, congregation halls, pagodas and architecture reflecting indigenous and foreign influences.
Exploring Hoi An. A walking tour to include the lovely 18th century Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant local market.
Ho Chi Minh
Transfer to Da Nang airport in time to check in for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city.
Once referred to as the "Diamond of the Far-East", Ho Chi Minh is today Vietnam's largest city, an amalgam of modern skyscrapers with oriental pagodas, where office workers in business suits mingle side by side with those wearing traditional palm-leaf conical hats.
City tour in the afternoon.
Ho Chi Minh
Visit the Cu Chi tunnels which played a significant role in the US-Vietnam War.
Fly to Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel.
Lake afternoon visit to Angkor Wat, after the main crowds have subsided. After exploring the grandest of all the temples, we’ll take a moment to relax on the wall of the ancient city of Angkor Thom to take in sunset with some drinks.
Optional Evening Experience: Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus.
Free day to explore Siem Reap or to relax at your hotel. Please call us to arrange a tour by tuk-tuk or an excursion to the waterfall of Phnom Kulen.
Depart Siem Reap
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
The above sample South-East Asia holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.
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The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample South-East Asia are just a selection of what is available in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made South-East Asia holiday.
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