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KINGDOMS OF THE MEKONG TOUR

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Tour Code: MLC-09
Tour Route: Bangkok arrival - Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang - Vientiane - Hanoi - Halong bay - Hoi An - Saigon departure
Tour Duration: 18 days / 17 nights
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Starts/Ends: Bangkok / Ho Chi Minh city
Tour Type: Landscape, Culture
Activity Level: Regular itinerary
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 01: Bangkok arrival
Day 02: Bangkok city tours
Day 03: Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Day 04: Chiang Dao - Chiang Mai
Day 05: Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang
Day 06: Luang Prabang
Day 07: Luang Prabang - Kuangsi Waterfalls
Day 08: Luang Prabang - Vientiane
Day 09: Vientiane - Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi city tours
Day 11: Hanoi - Halong bay
Day 12: Halong bay - Hanoi
Day 13: Hanoi - Hoi An
Day 14: Hoi An
Day 15: Hoi An - My Son sanctuary
Day 16: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh city
Day 17: Ho Chi Minh city tours
Day 18: Ho Chi Minh departure
DETAIL ITINERARY
DAY 01: BANGKOK ARRIVAL
Arrive in Bangkok where you are transferred to the comfortable and centrally located hotel. Free at your leisure to explore the city and overnight at hotel in Bangkok.
Meals included: None

DAY 02: BANGKOK CITY TOUR
Today is a full day to enjoy the sights of Bangkok. This city tour is all done on the different forms of public transport available to the citizens of Bangkok (Skytrain, canal boat, ferry and bus), to give you a true taste of life in this busy and varied city. First up it’s a stop at Jim Thompson’s House, a collection of unique antique Thai houses situated by a klong (canal). Here we get to appreciate its amazing Asian art collection. Jim Thompson was an American who arrived in Thailand during World War II and worked with the predecessor to the CIA, the OSS. When the war ended he changed professions and remained in Thailand. He is credited with reviving the Thai silk industry before mysteriously disappearing in the Cameron Highlands, in Malaysia, in 1967. We then visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), a must for first-time travelers to Bangkok. We also visit Wat Po, home of the famous Reclining Buddha. (When visiting temples and palaces in Thailand, please dress conservatively in order to respect the local culture). At the end of a busy day we also have a chance to discover the city’s shopping opportunities. For dinner we head down to the Chao Praya River to enjoy an optional Thai feast at a riverside restaurant. Overnight in Bangkok.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 03: BANGKOK - CHIANG MAI
This morning we transfer to the airport for a 1 hour flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival we transfer to our centrally located hotel. Chiang Mai is a moated city with the impressive backdrop of Doi Suthep, a 1,676-meter peak that offers impressive views of the surrounding countryside. Near the summit is a famous temple - Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. We will visit the temple and also drop into the Hill tribe museum for a preview of the cultures and customs of the hill tribe peoples of northern Thailand. The evening presents you with a fantastic opportunity to explore the famous Night Bazaar, a shopper’s paradise! The combination of the local Lanna handicrafts and the traditional wares of the hill tribe people on offer ensure that you won’t go away empty handed. Stay overnight at hotel in Chiang Mai.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 04: CHIANG MAI - CHIANG DAO
We catch a private mini-bus and drive for an hour and a half into the northern hill region around Chiang Dao. An elephant ride through the forest delivers us the hill tribe villages where we then trek around the area, visiting Palong, Karen, Lisu and Akha people. Meeting these colorful people gives you an insight into their unique lifestyle and customs. Back to Chiang Mai for overnight at hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 05: CHIANG MAI - LUANG PRABANG
Today we transfer to Chiang Mai international airport for our flight to Luang Prabang, the religious capital of Laos. Visas are available on arrival and you require two passport photos, the cost of the visa varies depending on your nationality so please check carefully. Your Thai Tour Leader will say good-bye to you in Chiang Mai and your Lao Tour Leader will meet you at the airport in Luang Prabang and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is a chance to relax and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Laos. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 06: LUANG PRABANG
In the morning we have the option to rise early to view the procession of monks on their daily outing collecting alms, a practice that dates back centuries. The people of the town wait out the front of their houses with food for the monks to collect and take back to the temple. It is done early as the monks cannot eat anything after midday. By giving food to a monk you ‘het bon’ or make merit, which should augur well for your next life! Following breakfast we visit the major temples, including the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, which nestles at the meeting of the Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers, and Wat Wisunalat, which is the oldest temple in the city. We then board a boat for a two-hour journey upstream to Pak Ou (meaning ‘mouth of the Ou River’), where the famous Tam Ting Cave houses thousands of Buddha images of various shapes and sizes, all brought there by devoted villagers. Along the way we stop at the village of Ban Sang Hai, where they make the potent local rice-wine. We return to town and enjoy the chance to walk around the local shops, which are well known for their hand-weaving and other interesting artifacts Here is a chance for the shoppers to try their hand at bargaining. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 07: LUANG PRABANG - KUANGSI WATERFALLS
We visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, an interesting structure that dates from the early years of the 20th Century and combines traditional Lao architecture with French colonial influence. The collection of treasures and artifacts reflects the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign, who was deposed in 1975. The afternoon is free to make your own discoveries. A great optional activity is to sample a traditional Lao massage and herbal sauna. Another highlight of our stay is a journey 29 kilometers south of town to visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 08: LUANG PRABANG - VIENTIANE
We transfer to Luang Prabang airport for our 50 minute flight to the capital of Laos, Vientiane. This afternoon you will have free time to explore the laid back capital of Laos. A drink in a riverside bar, watching the glorious sunset over the Mekong River, is a great way to end the day. Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 09: VIENTIANE - HANOI
A city tour acquaints us with the major sights of the capital. We visit the imposing Patuxai monument (also known as the Anousavari, which translates as ‘Victory’ in Lao - hence the name Victory monument), which is Vientiane's version of the Arc de Triomphe and dominates the city's main thoroughfare. It has also been nicknamed the ‘Vertical Runway’, which refers to the fact that it was built in the 1960s from funds the US Government had given to the Lao Government for the expressed purpose of extending the runway at the airport! Wat Si Saket is the oldest temple in the city, while the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha image before it was taken by the Siamese in the late 18th Century. We visit both temples and the famous structure in Laos, the That Luang stupa. In the afternoon we transfer to Wattay International airport in Vientiane for our flight to Hanoi. Please note that there is an international departure tax of $10 USD, this tax can change without notice. Please note the time of our flight depends on flight schedules that change on a regular basis and availability of flights so there is a chance that your flight may be scheduled for the morning, should here not be enough time for a city tour the tour will be conducted on Day 8 following your flight from Luang Prabang. Your Lao Leader will say good-bye to you at the airport and your Vietnamese leader will be waiting for you on arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport. Please note that there is an international departure tax of $10 USD, this tax can change without notice. Hanoi is one of Asia's most enchanting cities. This northern capital is a quiet, contradiction of its southern counterpart Sai Gon, although you will notice a change in pace compared to Laos. However, the many lakes and parks in Hanoi provide enjoyable escapes from the traffic. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10: HANOI CITY TOUR
This morning we take a guided half-day tour of Hanoi, visiting the major sights, including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, and paying homage to Vietnam's most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. We also include lunch at the KOTO café - an amazing project aimed at providing vocational training and experience in the hospitality industry for underprivileged young people. All the staff you meet and support at this café have come from poor backgrounds. The afternoon is free for your own explorations. We recommend that you catch a taxi to visit the excellent Museum of Ethnology, situated on the outskirts of town (closed on Mondays) Tonight you have the option of attending a performance of the Hanoi water puppets. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11: HANOI - HALONG BAY
You can leave luggage behind at our Hanoi hotel and pack an overnight bag. It is a three-hour drive to Halong Bay, truly one of Vietnam's most impressive scenic sights. Views of sailing junks navigating past over 3000 limestone islands and rocky outcrops jutting out of the bay are nothing short of spectacular. We travel to Bai Chay (Halong City West) where we board a boat for an exploration of the bay, enjoying a seafood lunch and dinner (non-seafood also available), as well as spending a night on board. We visit one cave in the area and, in the warmer months, there is a chance to enjoy a swim. Conditions may be somewhat more communal compared to staying in a hotel, however it is a wonderful experience to be spending a night on the bay – weather permitting, the views at sunset are incredible. Bedding and towels are provided. Some boats have private facilities while on others, there are common showers – sometimes the water is hot and sometimes it’s not! There may also be the chance to do some kayaking (optional and extra cost involved) on Halong Bay. Accommodation on the Halong Bay cruise is on a twin share basis, due to the small number of rooms available on the boats. If you have paid a single supplement, please note that this does not cover the cruise, however, there is the possibility that you may still get your own cabin. Stay overnight on junk cruise.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12: HALONG BAY - HANOI
In the morning we sail back to the port, where we disembark and drive back to Hanoi. Arriving back in the capital, we have free time to wander around and enjoy some of the city’s other attractions. Perhaps afternoon tea at the Metropole Hotel or a stroll around the Hoan Kiem lake to mix with the locals socializing and exercising in the early evening. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13: HANOI - HOI AN
A morning transfer to Noi Bai Airport for our flight from Hanoi to Danang. On arrival, we drive a short distance to China Beach, enjoyed as an 'R & R' spot during the Vietnam War and a popular beach destination still today. It lies against a backdrop of the sensational Marble Mountains. The five peaks, which are actually limestone with marble outcrops, are also seen to epitomize the five elements: fire, water, earth, wood and metal. The history of the mountains is a rich one. They were once used by the Chams for religious purposes, but in more recent times became a haven for the Viet Cong, with its clear view of the Danang air base - at one time the busiest airport in the world. Good footwear is essential, as the path between the rocks are sometime slippery. Late afternoon, we will transfer to Hoi An where you will have some free time to soak up the laid back ambiance of this historical town. You may like to relax by the hotel swimming pool or to browse through some of the many tailor shops that have become a more recent feature of the town. Hoi An has over 100 silk shops offering express service for tailor-made clothes at unbelievably low prices. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14: HOI AN TOUR
Hoi An was originally a Cham port town, but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There is a distinctly Chinese appearance with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets. Hoi An was once a bustling port in centuries gone by, before the river silted up. Today it is a delightful backwater town with an air of liveliness about it. The tranquility and charm of Hoi An, coupled with its low tiled houses, makes it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. It is a constant favorite of our travelers and staff. A walking tour takes us to see a historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. In the evening you can join an informal cooking class, where you can learn how to make some of Hoi An’s famous specialty dishes and even participate in rolling your own spring rolls. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15: HOI AN TOUR
Today there are no organized activities while we’re here in Hoi An because there’s such a broad choice of things to see and do and they are all easily discovered without difficulty. You may wish to rent a bicycle and set off to explore the surrounding countryside, take a boat trip on the river, relax on the nearby beach or enjoy the wonderful cuisine on offer at some of the town’s numerous cheap cafes. If you’d like to venture further a-field, it’s only a short trip up the road to Vietnam’s world famous ‘China Beach’ and the adjacent Marble Mountains. If you’d like to learn more about the Kingdom of Champa, the ancient ruins at My Son can be visited inside half a day. Here you can see more than 70 historic monuments spread over a large area. Stay overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 16: HOI AN - HO CHI MINH CITY
A morning transfer to Danang Airport for our flight to Sai Gon. On arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport on the outskirts of Sai Gon, we head directly to Cu Chi, the name of the district that covers an extensive underground network (approximately 200 kilometers) of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilized as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Sai Gon. The 1968 Tet Offensive was launched from Cu Chi with surprising effect. A section of the tunnels has been widened to allow tourists to get a feel for what the life underground must have been like. This afternoon we make our way to Sai Gon. Your hotel is located in District 1, in the center of the city. Sai Gon is renowned for its nightlife, ranging from international class restaurants to surprising bars and nightclubs. Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 17: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR
Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City) is the largest city in Vietnam and the nation's economic capital. This morning a short city tour takes us to the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral, and allows us to admire the many beautiful French colonial buildings such as the main post office and the former Hotel de Ville (city hall). The remainder of the day is free for some last minute shopping at some of the many and varied shops you will find throughout the city. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 18: HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE 
After breakfast at hotel, free at your leisure until transfer to the airport for departure flight to your home. End of services.
Meals included: Breakfast
INCLUSION & EXCLUSION
Inclusion
Exclusion
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • One night on deluxe junk on Halong bay
  • Air ticket Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang - Vientiane - Hanoi - Danang - Ho Chi Minh with economy class
  • Private transfers and transportation with A/C on tour
  • Sightseeing and Entrance fees
  • English speaking guides
  • All meals list in the itinerary
  • Mineral water per pax per day
  • Thailand, Laos and Vietnam visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals and drinks not mentioned
  • All international flights to Bangkok and from Ho Chi Minh and airport taxes
  • Excess or overweight baggage
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tipping/gratuities for local guides
  • Single room supplement
  • All optional programs
PRICE

Tour cost is upon your request !

You are interested in of this tour, please feel free to contact us at booking@asianatravel.com.vn or info@asianatravel.com.vn. One of our staffs will contact you within 24 hours when we receive your request.
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