- Duration: 17 DAYS
- Location: VIETNAM - THAILAND
- Places: 15 Seats
- Prix: FROM 2140 USD PER PERSON
A realm of endless history, sprawling waterways and ancient temples, Indochina is a wonderland for travelers. This adventure gives you an insight into the culture and environment that makes Thailand and Vietnam a marvel to behold as you plunge into the unique charms these regions have to offer. Start your adventure in bustling Bangkok and charming Chiang Mai. Then explore the hidden secrets in Vietnam from North to South.
»Bangkok: Discover the magic from the Land of Smile
»Chiang Mai: Explore the most amazing landscapes of Asia
»Hanoi: Walk through the streets of Old Quarter
»Halong Bay: Enjoy an overnight cruise in the most magnificent bay of the country, one of the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Sites.
»Hoi An: The peaceful essence of the atmosphere of Hoi An welcomes you to come and relax in this lantern town.
»Hue: Get yourself back in time with visiting Imperial Citadel
»Ho Chi Minh City: Discover "The Pearl of the Orient" and vibrant nightlife
»Mekong Delta:Explore the maze of waterways and visit the local floating market on a sampan.
DAY 01: USA DEPARTURE
Fly from North America to Thailand, crossing the international date line.
DAY 02: BANGKOK ARRIVAL
Your trip begins with arrival in Thailand. Your private driver and guide will meet and greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to the hotel by private transportation. Check-in to the hotel and get over the jet lag.
After enjoying the first day yourself and return to the hotel for a relaxing sleep.
Overnight in Bangkok
DAY 03: BANGKOK HALF DAY GRAND PALACE AND TEMPLES CITY TOUR (B)
Have breakfast at hotel and get ready for pick up. We will take you through the hustle and bustle Bangkok to visit Wat Traimit a visually stunning temple at Chaina Town, see one of the largest solid gold Buddha (5.5 tones of precious metal). Continue to visit Wat Po the home of famous 45 meter reclining Buddha as well as being the original school of traditional Thai massage. Visit The Royal Grand Palace, the nations s landmark and the most revered royal monuments. You will see the Palace that were used for different occasions as The Coronation Hall, Funeral Hall and Royal Guest House and the mysterious famous Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.
Afternoon is free at your leisure.
Overnight in Bangkok
DAY 04: BANGKOK – FLY TO CHIANG MAI (B) – FLIGHT INCLUDED
Have breakfast at hotel and enjoy your free time until transfer (Private, with English speaking guide) to the airport for your next flight to Chiang Mai.
Upon arrival you will be met by our guide and driver to transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
DAY 05: CHIANG MAI LEISURE (B) WITH OPTIONAL TOUR
Have a leisure day in Chiang Mai or take an optional tour.
HALF DAY ELEPHANT SANCTUARY WITH LUNCH
Morning visit : 06:30-12:30
07:00 Drive approximately 1.5 hours South of Chiang Mai through rolling hills, forest, and local farming areas.
08:30 Arrive at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Walk through and learn about the elephants, change into traditional Karen clothing and make medicine for the elephants.
09:00 Meet the elephants. Feed, give medicine, interact, and play with the elephants in a natural environment as you learn about their behavior and history. Take photos with the elephants.
09:45 Mud Spa with the elephants 10:30 Walk with the elephants to a river and bathe them.
11:30 Eat a traditional meal and then say goodbye to the elephants.
12:00 Leave the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and drive approximately 1.5 hours to Chiang Mai.
PRICE 165 usd per person (MIN 2 PAX)
Overnight in Chiang Mai
DAY 06: CHIANG MAI LEISURE (B)
Have a free day to explore Chiang Mai at your own.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
DAY 07: CHIANG MAI – FLIGHT TO HANOI (B)
Breakfast at Hotel. Enjoy your free time until transfer (Private, with English speaking guide) to Chiang Mai International Airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival our driver will meet you at Noi Bai International Airport and will transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure.
DAY 08: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D) – SHARING CRUISE
In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, the Cruise team will pick you up. Take the most scenic route to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. On arrival to Halong, you will enjoy a cruise on the Bay and explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes.
After you are done with your exploration of the bay, it is time to enjoy an utterly delicious seafood lunch, after which there will be a trip to the famous limestone cave in Ha Long bay, you’ll get to spend some time here, kayaking or swimming, so that you can get closer to the floating villages and shops. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can optionally attend the activities taking part on the boat or just relax.
Overnight on cruise
DAY 09: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L) – SHARING CRUISE
Rise early for a Tai Chi lesson or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Limestone Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor and the return Hanoi around 17:00. Free at your leisure time.
Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 10: HA NOI FLY TO HOI AN (B) – FLIGHT INCLUDED
Have breakfast at the hotel, then have a free leisure time until there will be a private cab transfer you to the airport for the next flight to Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An
DAY 11: HOI AN LEISURE (B)
Have a free day in Hoi An to explore it on your pace.
Custom tailoring is a huge industry in Hoi An. Hoi An is home to more than 400 tailoring shops and thousands of tailors who are not only talented at making clothes but are skilled in making shoes and handbags as well! Average turn around time for full suits is a day and about 4 hours for handbags or shoes! If you are interested in getting custom made items, try to find a shop of your liking as early as possible during your visit.
The afternoon is the perfect time of day to see some of the famous sights within Hoi An. But first, before you set out on foot to discover the city, we recommend that you grab a Banh Mi sandwich to fuel you for the afternoon. Than Banh Mi Sandwich in Hoi An is both famous and different from a sandwich that you will get in any other part of Vietnam. The bread and fillings are unique to the region and is a great first insight into local cuisine. We highly recommend Madam Khanh’s stand, who has been dubbed the Banh Mi Queen in Hoi An.
After dark, the Old Town in Hoi An transforms into a mystical row of lights and lanterns. In fact, Hoi An is a big center for paper lantern manufacturers and merchants. Every shop or establishment will have a few lanterns outside, but the real sight is the lantern market. Here you’ll be able to see how these lanterns are made and will have a plethora of choices should you wish to take some home with you.
After a stroll through the market, check out the outdoor traditional theatre. You will have a chance to see Vietnamese folk dancers and musicians perform traditional pieces. The theatre runs from 9 pm to 10 pm at the square on Nguyen Thai Hoc street. It is completely free and open to the public so it’s interesting to see, even if it’s just for a few minutes as you pass by. Before you retire to your hotel, be sure to light a candle box and set it in the water. Many kids sit along the banks of the channel and offer candles to you – remember to make a wish.
Overnight in Hoi An
DAY 12: TRAVEL FROM HOI AN TO HUE (B)
Have breakfast at hotel and get ready for the transfer to Hue by private vehicle. Upon arrival in Hue check in hotel and have free time to explore the surrounding area.
Overnight in Hue
DAY 13: HUE CITY TOUR (B)
Complex of Hue Monuments lies along the Perfume River in Hue City and some adjacent areas of Thua Thien Hue Province. Hue City is the cultural, political and economic centre of the province, and used to be an old imperial city of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty. During these years, architectural works of a high cultural and historic value were built: the Citadel, especially the Imperial City (including 253 constructions), 7 Royal tomb compound of 9 kings of the Nguyen Dynasty, the Temple of Heaven, Tiger Arena, hundreds of pagodas. The monument complex of Hue, nowadays, is listed as UNESCO world heritage site.
You will be picked up from your hotel from 07:50 to– 08:15 am. You would visit the Emperor Khai Dinh stomb and Emperor Tu Duc ’s stomb. On the way you will have a stopover in local workshops to see how conical hats and incense sticks are made.
Have lunch at local restaurant.
In the Afternoon you will visit Imperial capital during Nguyen Dynasty, An Hien Garden House and the seven – storey Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Return by boat on the gentle Perfume River .
17:00 Arrive at your hotel.
Overnight in Hue
DAY 14: HUE LEISURE FLY TO HO CHI MINH (B) – FLIGHT INCLUDED
Breakfast at the hotel. Then, taking the flight to Ho Chi Minh. Check in your hotel and free at your leisure time to get your energy back.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
DAY 15: DISCOVER THE MIGHTY MEKONG RIVER (B/L/D)
Depart from Ho Chi Minh City around 8 am, we will head to Mekong Delta, the land of nine dragons. Getting out of the city, you will see the mighty delta with its quaint rural landscape and immense waterway.
Arrive at Cai Be River Wharf around 10.am, we will get on a shuttle boat to reach Mekong Lodge, the green pearl of Mekong Delta. The boat transfer is part of the trip experience itself as it is your first contact with the Mekong’s fertile alluvial water, which shapes the richness of the land.
Disembark and welcome you to Mekong Lodge; our smiling staffs in local traditional costume await you at Mekong Lodge iconic front bamboo-shaped gate. Check in your private bungalows and enjoy a delicious lunch in our Mekong Riverside Restaurant.
Take some rest and begin our private walking tour to discover the nearby village around Mekong Lodge. We will visit families making coconut candy and brick to see the traditional production of goods in Mekong Delta. Meet and talk with local people, known for their friendliness, warmth and generosity.
In the evening, get some hands on culinary experience by joining our Vietnamese cooking class. Our chefs will instruct you to prepare the Mekong Lodge signature dishes. Have fun and some interesting recipes to take home with. Enjoy dinner in a cozy atmosphere.
Overnight at Mekong Lodge
DAY 16: EXPERIENCE THE FLOATING MARKET (B)
Begin our second day with buffet breakfast, then getting on our rowed sampan to visit Cai Be floating market, a cultural feature of Mekong Delta. Try to visit it early and you will see the most vibrant scene on Tien River with hundred of boats gathering for fresh produce trade.
Come back to Mekong Lodge to continue the discovery of Mekong Delta with cycling on its tranquil winding lanes and crossing canals. Take in the fresh air, beautiful view and taste some freshly picked fruit in local orchards.
Around noon, cycle back to Mekong Lodge for check out (11.am) and our boat will transfer you back to Cai Be harbor for your coming back to Ho Chi Minh City or further travel to Can Tho, Chau Doc, Phu Quoc or Cambodia. (Early or late check out please let us know in your request for best arrangement).
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
DAY 17: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE (B)
Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip. Complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home. Trip Ends.
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|Start Date||Availability||Price (Per Person)|
|San Francisco||New York||Los Angeles|
|03-Dec-2019||15||2,340 USDBook Now||2,340 USDBook Now||2,240 USDBook Now|
|30-Dec-2019||15||2,540 USDBook Now||2,540 USDBook Now||2,540 USDBook Now|
|09-Jan-2020||15||2,540 USDBook Now||2,540 USDBook Now||2,440 USDBook Now|
|26-Jan-2020||15||2,340 USDBook Now||2,340 USDBook Now||2,340 USDBook Now|
|10-Feb-2020||15||2,340 USDBook Now||2,340 USDBook Now||2,240 USDBook Now|
|20-Feb-2020||15||2,240 USDBook Now||2,240 USDBook Now||2,240 USDBook Now|
|03-Mar-2020||15||2,240 USDBook Now||2,240 USDBook Now||2,240 USDBook Now|
|16-Mar-2020||15||2,240 USDBook Now||2,240 USDBook Now||2,240 USDBook Now|
√Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
√All transportation mentioned above
√International return flights from Los Angeles / San Francisco / New York, include up to 20 kg of checked luggage per pax., China Southern or similar. If you are traveling from a different city, please contact us
√International flights from Chiang Mai to Hanoi, include up to 20 kg of checked luggage per pax, operated by Viet Jet Air or similar
√Domestic flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Hanoi to Da Nang, Hue to Ho Chi Minh, include up to 20 kg of checked luggage per pax
√Accommodation shared in Double/ Twin/ Triple room with daily breakfast (including 5% service fee and 10% VAT tax)
√Check-in room at 14:00 // Check-out room at 12:00 noon (Except Early check-in or Late check-out mentioned in the program)
√Experienced English speaking guide
√Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
√All sightseeing tickets according to the itinerary
√Tissues and water on coach
√Service charges and government tax
√Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
√24/7 hotline support guaranteed
√Vietnam Visa letter approval
√No extra charge after services confirmation
X Beverage, Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities
X Travel insurance
X Public holiday surcharge (if any)
X Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec
X Early check-in and Late check-out (If not mentioned)
X Visa stamping fee on arrival at the airport (Vietnam: $25/person)
X Surcharge for airport cabs from 12:00 am – 05:00 am
X Other services not mentioned above
FLIGHT ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
- All flight tickets for set departure date must be booked 90 days in advance. After 90 days, a surcharge might be applied.
- Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits, stopovers or a substitute airline. Such changes are beyond our control, as availability on flights can vary.
- Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing.
- Please Note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure. If your travel dates are within 30 days of purchase you will be provided with your itinerary within 7 days.
- Seat Assignments : Please note some airlines and/or fare types do not allow advanced seat selection and require it to be done at the airport check in only. Please contact us to confirm the flight schedule and seat selection availability.
Don't be shy to drop us an inquiry email at email@example.com and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
- Step 1: Double-check all single supplement fee (if any) or solo traveler surcharge (if you explore the journey on your own) and choose the date you prefer to go for the trip.
- Step 2: Click "Book Now" on the date you want to go and fill in the form with your requirements (if any), then to confirm the booking can click on "Pay Now" and make 900 USD deposit to secure your place via the link payment by credit card (Payment fee 3%) or by American Express (Payment fee 3.85%)
- Step 3: We will send you a voucher confirmation within 24 -48 hours after receiving the deposit.
- Step 4: Send us your scan copies of passports for the process of making a visa approval letter; All the information will be kept confidentially. Pack your suitcase and be ready for an exciting holiday with us
If you would like to make any adjustments or have any concerns about the tour, click on "Enquiry Now" and let us know your request by filling in the form and we will get back to you within 24 hours. Please note down your phone number in the email or any contact details that you prefer us to reach you, this will enable us to have efficient communication with you. Several email exchange to confirm your final tour program.
PAYMENT AND DEPOSIT
- Deposit: In order to secure your spot for the tour, an amount of 100% internal-flight tickets and 10% of land service are required to pay (the amount vary based each on tour basis). The amount should be made via bank transfer or our online payment method.
After receiving the deposit of your tour, a voucher confirmation will be sent to you within 24-48 hours.
- Final Payment: The balance of your tour will be made one month before the travel date. Payment by bank transfer or online payment is accepted.
2. Payment Type
- Online payment by Credit Card with ONEPAY: We accept American Express, Visa card, MasterCard and JCB card since Realistic Asia is a verified member of OnePay system. Your card information will be protected during the transaction by using the security system with OnePay. Your invoice will be created when you confirmed the booking and send you the guideline to deposit your spot.
Kindly note: Payments by credit cards or American express we apply a service fee of 3,85%. If you need more details and further information or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
- By Bank Transfers: If you prefer to do the bank transfer, please contact us so we can send you the bank detail information. However, all the bank fee and foreign currency exchange have to be taken care at your end.
Realistic Asia must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive advice in writing and cancellation charges would apply as follows:
- 31 days and more before departure: 10% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
- 15-30 days before departure: 30% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
- 14 days and less before departure: 100% of the full payment.
- No-show travelers will be charged 100% of the full payment
CONDITION OF INSURANCE
- Realistic Asia demands that all clients going on our trips hold proper personal medical insurance. If clients do not hold insurances and refuse to sign on before departure, Realistic Asia reserves the right not to carry out the trip.
- Kindly acknowledge your acceptance of the above terms and conditions by signing and returning to Realistic Asia a copy of the present contract and of the attachment with all itineraries.
- Price based on twin sharing. Single Supplement fee surcharge
- Any un-utilized services, unused tours or hotel rooms are non-refundable
- Any amendment/cancellation made after confirmed booking is nonrefundable
- Tour is available at the time of booking
- Itinerary may be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions