This classic itinerary is specially designed for people taking their first trip to Asia for a 2-week vacation. From the bustling cities and floating markets to the historic sites and natural wonders, and from the superlative landscapes to the atmospheric temples, Thailand and Vietnam have it all.
You will see the main attractions and have insider experiences during this trip.
*The cost for a customized private SE Asia tour from US$200/person/day
Thailand and Vietnam Tour Map (Suggested Route)
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:
Hop on a local cyclo passing through the famed Old Quarter and catch a glimpse of city life in Hanoi.
Take a relaxing overnight cruise in the beautiful Halong Bay.
Bike through the idyllic countryside near Hoi An and enjoy a basket boat ride to the Cua Dai Sea.
Walk into the magnificent Grand Palace and listen to monk's chant in Wat Pho.
Cruise along Bangkok's ancient canals and visit the bustling floating market and railway market.
Spend some days relaxingby the wonderful beaches in Phuket.
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Upon arrival, your private guide and driver will greet you at the airport and then drive you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore at your leisure.
You will explore the charming city of Hanoi with its top attractions: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature,nd the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
Hop on a local cyclo (a rickshaw) and catch a glimpse of city life by traveling around the bustling streets and quiet alleys, passing through the famed Old Quarter.
Conclude your day by watching an entertaining water puppet performance.
After breakfast, you will be transferred from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Board the boat from your selected cruise at noon.
Your first destination is Trinh Nu Cave, one of the finest sunlight-filled caves in Halong Bay, covering an area of 2,000 square meters with a stunning assortment of stalactites and stalagmites.
Swim in the 'love story' area of Halong Bay. Taste exquisite drinks from a vast selection in an open bar on board while enjoying the panoramic view of Halong Bay. Join in with other interesting activities on board.
In the morning, you will visit the largest and most renowned cave, Sung Sot Cave.
After brunch, you will be transferred from Halong Bay to Hanoi for your onward flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and drive you to Hoi An.
Meet your guide and ride on a bicycle to a small local village where you will learn about local farming and try it yourself.
Continue your trip with a basket boat ride to the Cua Dai Sea where the end of the Thu Bon River meets the ocean. There, a local fisherman will teach you how to fish using traditional methods.
Get back in the basket boat and explore the water coconut palm garden. Enjoy a seafood lunch before returning to your hotel by bicycle.
Trip note: If you can't ride, we can also arrange a car transfer to and from the village for you during the trip.
Your private guide and driver will transfer you from Hoi An to Da Nang for the onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon arrival, your guide and driver will greet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. Take the rest of the day to explore the city on your own.
You will discover Ho Chi Minh City's turbulent history by visiting the most historic landmarks: Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, Saigon Central Post Office, and Reunification Palace.
Continue your trip to visit the informative War Remnants Museum and learn about the American War from the perspective of the Vietnamese.
Have an insight into the Saigonese lifestyle and culture by tasting a cup of coffee at a famed street caf' like the locals.
Head to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which reflect the hardships and resilience of the Vietnamese in history.
Your Vietnam tour will come to its end. Your private guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. Upon arrival in Bangkok, your private guide and driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Your day will start by listening to the monks chanting at Wat Pho, which is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. Take a tuk tuk ride via Pak Khlong Talat flower market to the Grand Palace. Continue with a long-tail boat ride along the ancient canals of Thonburi to get a flavor of the local life. Stop at the iconic Wat Arun, which was once the grand royal temple of King Rama II.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will cross the Chao Phraya River and be driven to Chinatown for a glance at Old Bangkok.
After breakfast, you will be driven for about an hour southwest of Bangkok to visit Maeklong Railway Market, which is a traditional Thai market selling food, such as fresh fruit and vegetables. What makes it special is that the market is located on a train line where, a few times a day, the train runs directly through the market.
Continue your trip to visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. It is the most popular floating market in Thailand and is great for photo opportunities, food, and giving you an insight into a bygone way of life.
After a leisurely breakfast, take a private transfer to the airport and fly to Phuket. Upon arrival at Phuket International Airport, take a private transfer to your beautiful hotel.
You will have two free days to spend at your leisure by the beach. You may consider taking a speedboat trip to the many nearby tropical paradises, including the famous Phi Phi Islands, or enjoy a serene cruise around the mystical Phang Nga Bay. All of these tours can be easily booked at your hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Phuket International Airport for your departure flight.
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.
Manohra Luxury Dinner Cruise
Bangkok Evening Food Tour by Tuk Tuk
A Day Tour to Mekong Delta
Explore the Phi Phi Island
For outdoor enthusiasts
We select hotels with style and local features. Let us know your preferences and we'll find your ideal hotel.
Central located hotel in Bangkok
Hotel with nostalgic style in Hanoi
Central located hotel in Ho Chi Minh
A riverbank resort in Hoi An
Romantic resort in Phuket
Our Service Includes:
- Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
- All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
- 4-star accommodations for 13 nights
- Flights between cities mentioned in the itinerary
- Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
- Governmental taxes
Tour code: ah-mtc-4
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