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18-Day Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam Tour

18-Day Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam Tour

By Updated Feb. 21, 2024
Collecting Southeast Asia's Iconic Imagery

This 3-week itinerary is a best option for first-timers in SE Asia who want to explore the diverse cultures of Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand and their vastly different experiences.

Begin in Singapore, exploring its cosmopolitan vibe, then escape from bustling cities to the charming landscape of Ha Long Bay. Fly to Cambodia for the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex, and then finish your adventure having close interactions with elephants in Chiang Mai and enjoying the stunning beaches of Phuket.

Asia Highlights will work with you to ensure a perfect blend of destinations and experiences for your bucket-list trip to Southeast Asia, allowing you to change any itinerary based on your preferences. A professional travel advisor is ready to customize your very own private tour. You're most welcome to send us an inquiry.

  • Days:18±
  • Best for: SE-Asia first-timers
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample price:US$4,709 each (2 per room)*
  • Flights:SE Asia's included (international on request)

*The price is based on a private tour for 2 people. The cost for a customized private SE Asia tour from US$200/person/day

Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia Tour Map (Suggested Route)

Southeast Asia Tour Map

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Tour Highlights

Here are the awesome attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Capture memorable photos with the Merlion statue against the picturesque backdrop of Marina Bay.

Merlion Park

Gain insights and a distinctive perspective with a cyclo ride through Hanoi's Old Quarter.

Cyclo ride in Hanoi

Enjoy a more-intimate-and-relaxed overnight Nostalgia Cruise on Ha Long Bay.

Nostalgia Cruise
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Board a wooden sampan for a leisurely ride on narrow canals through the Mekong Delta.

Board a sampan through Mekong Delta

Draw inspiration from the grandeur of Angkor Wat to feel the weight of history.

Angkor Wat

Experience caring for elephants at Elephant Rescue Park — the best elephant sanctuary on TripAdvisor.

Elephant Rescue Park

Unwind on Phuket's breathtakingly beautiful beaches.

Beach in Phuket

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

Normally the full-day guided tour starts from 9 am and ends around 5 pm. Your preferences design the real journey. The days, stops, and travel pace can be adjusted. We're ready to create a unique Thailand and Cambodia trip for you.

Day 1
Singapore Arrival

Upon your arrival, a private guide and driver will be there to welcome you at the airport. They will then escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore at your leisure.

Day 2
Half Day Singapore Highlights Tour
  • Start your exploration aboard a bumboat, a traditional watercraft that has been navigating the Singapore River for decades, offering a captivating view of the city skyline.
  • Disembark at Merlion Park, home to the iconic water fountain statue. Proceed to the Civic District, the birthplace of modern Singapore, where you can marvel at the historic architecture.
  • Journey next to Orchard Road, the bustling heart of Singapore's commercial center and the nation's most famous shopping street.
Bumboat on Singapore River
Take a bumboat to the Singapore River
Day 3
Flight to Hanoi

We'll transfer you for your onward journey to Hanoi. Upon landing, a warm Vietnamese welcome awaits you from your friendly local guide who will accompany you to your hotel.

Day 4
Essence of Hanoi
  • Roam the historic streets of the Old Quarter and pay a visit to a local family with a rich history spanning over five decades.
  • Embark on a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, and immerse yourself in enlightening conversation with local Vietnamese.
  • Explore the Temple of Literature, an 11th-century UNESCO World Heritage site devoted to Confucius and esteemed scholars.
  • Enjoy an exclusive water puppet show hosted in a local residence. Witness the enchanting display of puppets being operated by puppeteers beneath the water.
water puppet show
Enjoy the enchanting water puppet show
Day 5
Hanoi to Ha Long Bay; Overnight Nostalgia Cruise
  • Head off downriver to explore the beauty of Ha Long Bay from 12 p.m. Indulge in a delightful lunch while cruising on Ha Long Bay — one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
  • Venture to Trung Trang Cave on Cat Ba Island via our bus. The cave is adorned with captivating stalactites of various shapes that nature sculpted over 2,000 years.
  • Delight in a candlelit deluxe dinner with delectable local cuisine to savor a mesmerizing night and create a romantic moment.
Overnight Nostalgia Cruise
Take an overnight Nostalgia Cruise to Halong Bay
Day 6
Cruise back to Hanoi, and Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Enjoy some active adventure with a kayaking experience in the Ao Ech area in the morning.
  • Cruise back to Hanoi while indulging in a delightful brunch.
  • Catch an onward flight to Ho Chi Minh in the afternoon.
Kayaking on Ha Long Bay
Kayaking on Ha Long Bay
Day 7
Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels by Speedboat, Ho Chi Minh City Highlights
  • Begin your day by boarding a morning speedboat bound for renowned Cu Chi Tunnels. Observe the remarkable transition from cityscape to lush jungles along the riverbanks.
  • Explore the intricate labyrinth of underground passages, chambers, rooms, and booby traps that once served the Vietminh and Viet Cong.
  • Verture to some of Saigon's iconic landmarks, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Presidential Palace, and the War Remnants Museum.
  • Immerse yourself in Saigon's celebrated street coffee culture, guided by an expert who will share insights into the daily life of Saigonese residents.
Cu Chi Tunnels
The renowned Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 8
Cai Be to Tan Phong by Mekong Queen through Mekong Delta
  • After a 2.5h drive from Saigon to the charming town of Cai Be, commence your journey aboard the Mekong Queen, a traditional boat, at the local pier. Cruise along one of the Mekong River's branches.
  • The first highlight is a visit to a local ancient house, dating back to the 19th century, meticulously preserved and proudly handed down through multiple family generations.
  • Your boat will navigate through the central business district of the town, offering a close-up view of the renowned "floating market".
  • Visit local families who are engaged in crafting traditional products such as decorative plates and handbags made from water hyacinth, as well as hammocks crafted from banana ropes.
Cruise along the Mekong River
Cruise along the Mekong River
Day 9
Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap by Air

We'll transfer you for your onward flight to Siem Reap. Upon landing, a warm Cambodian welcome awaits you from your friendly local guide who will accompany you to your hotel.

The Historical Wonders of Angkor
  • Cross the ancient moat and delve into the heart of Angkor Wat, marveling at its architectural splendor.
  • Reflect on the remarkable achievements of the Khmer Empire as you stroll through Angkor Thom.
  • Discover the narrative of Bayon and be greeted by its iconic smiling faces, guardians of the imperial city throughout history.
  • Traverse extraordinary Preah Khan, immersing yourself in its grandeur and historical significance.
Angkor Bayon temple in Angkor Wat
Admire the majesty of Angkor Wat
Day 11
Essence of Siem Reap
  • Explore a hidden gem discovered in the last century — Banteay Srei, which was constructed from red sandstone.
  • Ta Prohm was constructed with colossal rocks seamlessly integrated into the surrounding rock and towering trees.
  • Visit the Land Mine Museum, which offers insights into the life-and-limb-saving process of locating and diffusing land mines.
  • Banteay Samre is a 12th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It is known for its well-preserved architecture and intricate carvings.
Banteay Samre Temple
Explore to the less-crowded Banteay Samre Temple
Day 12
Transfer to Bangkok by Air

We'll help you effortlessly catch your flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok. Enjoy a smooth and efficient journey between these vibrant destinations.

Day 13
Highlights of Bangkok
  • Witness the mesmerizing art of crafting flower garlands and traditional Thai-style decoration of lotus flowers at Pak Khlong Talat flower market.
  • Next, visit historically-rich Wat Pho, one of Bangkok's oldest temples. It is a cultural gem that is renowned for its iconic 46-meter-long (150-foot-long) reclining Buddha.
  • Continue your exploration to the majestic Grand Palace, a royal residence that houses the revered Emerald Buddha.
  • Take a tuk-tuk ride to Chinatown. Wander along Yaowarat Road with shops offering local delicacies.
 Bangkok City Highlights attraction
The must-see attractions in Bangkok
Day 14
Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Air; Temples of Chiang Mai
  • We'll transport you to Chiang Mai in the morning and help you delve into the rich cultural tapestry of this vibrant city.
  • Explore the historic Wat Chedi Luang, a temple that once enshrined the Emerald Buddha, now housed in Bangkog's Wat Phra Kaew.
  • Continue to Wat Suan Dok, located just beyond the ancient city walls of Chiang Mai. This temple functioned as accommodation for esteemed visiting priests from Sukhothai.
  • Then drive to Doi Suthep Mountain, reveling in the breathtaking vistas of Northern Thailand's Mountains and forests.
  • The last highlight is a visit to Wat Phra That, one of the most sacred temples. Take in the awe-inspiring panoramic view over the city before returning.
Temples of Chiang Mai
The amazing temples of Chiang Mai
Day 15
Elephant Rescue Park Half-Day Experience
  • The Elephant Rescue Park, ranked the top choice for elephant experiences on TripAdvisor, stands as a sanctuary for distressed elephants, providing a secure and nurturing environment for them to flourish.
  • Immerse yourself in meaningful interactions with these majestic creatures as you feed them, walk alongside them, and bask in their gentle presence.
  • Enjoy a delectable lunch within the park before your private guide and driver ensure a comfortable journey back to your hotel.
Sunset at Tanah Lot
Meet the elephants and have fun with them
Day 16
Chiang Mai to Phuket by air

Bid farewell to Chiang Mai and we'll transfer you to catch your onward flight to Phuket. Phuket's soft, white sand, turquoise waters, and swaying palm trees are the epitome of a tropical paradise.

Day 17
Free time in Phuket

Phuket offers a variety of activities and attractions for you to relax and have fun. You could sunbathe on the beautiful beaches and delight your taste buds with authentic Thai cuisine at upscale restaurants. Enjoy your free day in Phuket!

beach of Phuket
Enjoy the sunshine on the beach of Phuket
Day 18
Phuket Departure

Farewell to Phuket! Your tour guide and driver will ensure a smooth and comfortable transfer to the airport. We wish you safe travels back home, carrying satisfaction and beautiful memories!

Ideas for Making This Trip Uniquely Yours

Special experiences can be added to brighten a honeymoon trip, a family vacation, a birthday, or satisfy personal interests.

champagne on the night cruise
Manohra Luxury Dinner Cruise in Bangkok

For couples

learn cooking
Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

For foodies

a floating lantern on the river
Stay in a Rainforest Camp of Khao Sok

For couples

rice growing
A Quad Adventure Ride in Siem Reap

For adventurers


Hand-Picked Hotels

We select hotels with style and local features. Let us know your preferences and we'll find your ideal hotel.

Paradox Singapore Merchant Court
Paradox Singapore Merchant Court
Anatole Hotel Hanoi
Anatole Hotel Hanoi
Liberty Central Saigon City
Liberty Central Saigon City
Khmer Mansion Residence
Khmer Mansion Residence
Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bang
Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok
Smile Lanna Hotel in Chiang Mai
Smile Lanna Hotel in Chiang Mai
Pamookkoo Resort in Chiang Mai
Pamookkoo Resort in Phuket

Tour Price:

18 days from
US$4,709 p/p(based on a private tour for 2 people)
  • The price is based on a private tour during the low season with 4-star hotel options.
  • The price varies based on program, travel date, number of people.
  • We could also price a tour including both 4-star and 5-star hotels for you.
  • The price for a child younger than 8 is approximately 80% of the adult's price.
  • We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).

Price Includes:

  • Privately-driven air-conditioned vehicle with ample space (except where stated)
  • English-speaking local guide for the sightseeing
  • Attraction tickets and itinerary activities
  • Accommodation for all nights
  • Flights/trains between itinerary cities
  • Hotel breakfasts and itinerary lunches/dinners
  • 24/7 helpline while touring
  • Governmental taxes

Price Excludes:

  • International flights not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Overweight luggage more than 20 kg per person
  • Visa fee, if applicable
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses

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