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17-Day Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Thailand Tour

17-Day Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Thailand Tour

By Mike HoUpdated Feb. 19, 2024
A Trip to Unveil Urban Sophistication and Cultural Riches

Begin in dynamic Hong Kong, exploring its iconic landmarks and vibrant culture. Dive into Vietnam's rich tapestry, from the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City to the natural wonders of Halong Bay. Conclude your journey in Thailand, immersing yourself in the lively energy of Bangkok and the cultural charm of Chiang Mai. This well-crafted itinerary offers the perfect blend of urban exploration, historical richness, and natural beauty, making it an ideal choice for travelers seeking an immersive experience across Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Thailand. Book now for a transformative Southeast Asian adventure.

We can customize this trip by adding anything you're interested in and scheduling days to fit your pace. We would happily organize a unique theme or activities for birthdays, young children, anniversaries, etc.

  • Days:17±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$5,100p/p, (2 per room)*
  • Flights: SE Asia's included (international on request)

 

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Tour Highlights

Here are the fantastic 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:

Have an overnight cruise in the picturesque Halong Bay.

Halong Bay Cruise

Venture into the unbelievable Cu Chi Tunnels and realize there are always more ways than difficulties.

Cu Chi Tunnels

Stay on a luxury ship and explore the remarkable Mekong Delta at a slow pace but with great depth.

mekong river luxury ship

Walk into the magnificent Grand Palace and Listen to monk's chanting in Wat Pho.

Grand Palace

Relax by a wonderful beach in Koh Samui before heading back home.

the beach of Koh Samui

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

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Your preferences will shape the authentic journey. We are fully prepared to craft an tailor-made tour that fulfills your desires.

Day 1
Hong Kong Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Hong Kong. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

Day 2
Hong Kong Discovery | Victoria Peak

Experience the best of Hong Kong's iconic landmarks on this unforgettable tour. Your private English-speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel at your preferred time, ensuring a flexible and personalized experience.

Our first stop is Victoria Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong. Enjoy stunning city views from this prestigious residential area. Ride the historic Peak Tram and visit the Peak Tower, where you can admire the cityscape and explore Madame Tussauds.

Victoria PeakVictoria Peak

Next, we'll visit Repulse Bay, known as the "Golden Beach" of Hong Kong. Marvel at its crescent-shaped bay, gentle waves, and soft sand. Take in the beauty of this exclusive residential area and capture the coastal scenery.

Lastly, immerse yourself in the unique fishermen's village of Aberdeen. Experience the local way of life and enjoy a 15-minute sampan ride. Alternatively, explore the lively Stanley Market, known for its shopping delights and vibrant atmosphere.

Day 3
Hong Kong to Hanoi | Lantau Island

Our next stop in Hong Kong is Lantau Island, where we'll visit the renowned Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha. Marvel at this majestic bronze statue, standing at 34 meters tall and offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surroundings. Take a moment to soak in the serene atmosphere of Ngong Ping Village and explore the nearby Po Lin Monastery.

Next, embrace the natural beauty of Lantau Island as we journey to the enchanting Tai O Fishing Village. Known as the "Venice of Hong Kong," Tai O is a traditional fishing village built on stilts. Wander through its narrow alleys, interact with the friendly locals, and witness the unique stilt houses that have become iconic to this area. Keep an eye out for the traditional seafood markets, allowing you to sample local delicacies.

As we conclude our exploration, we'll take a scenic boat ride around Tai O, immersing ourselves in the tranquility of the surroundings. Capture picturesque views of the village and its stunning coastal landscapes.

Day 4
Hanoi Discovery | Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Begin your exploration by visiting the iconic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a monumental structure honoring Vietnam's beloved leader. Marvel at the imposing marble and granite architecture and explore Ho Chi Minh's simple wooden residence nearby, showcasing personal belongings and insights into his life.

Ho Chi Minh MausoleumHo Chi Minh Mausoleum

Continue your journey with visits to the One Pillar Pagoda, a unique lotus blossom-shaped Buddhist temple, and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's oldest university. Admire the picturesque architecture and gain a deeper understanding of the country's religious and educational heritage.

In the afternoon, delve into Vietnam's diverse culture at the Museum of Ethnology. Discover a fascinating collection of traditional costumes and artifacts belonging to the country's 54 ethnic minority groups. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry that makes up Vietnam's cultural fabric.

Conclude your day with a delightful cyclo ride through Hanoi's famed Old Quarter known for its bustling streets and narrow alleys. Experience the charm of ancient "tube houses" and get a taste of authentic local life.

Day 5
Hanoi to Halong | The Orchid Cruises

Begin your journey at Tuan Chau Marina with a seamless check-in process at the waiting lounge. Board the Orchid Premium via a tender boat, where a warm welcome awaits. Enjoy welcome drinks and gather at the restaurant for a cruise briefing and safety instructions.

Indulge in a delicious lunch while cruising through the breathtaking Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay, recognized as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Explore the captivating Dark Cave and Bright Cave, offering an up-close encounter with the stunning surroundings on a bamboo boat or kayak. Orchid Cruises navigate to Tra Bau in Lan Ha Bay, a serene area with sparse population, allowing you to take a refreshing swim in the emerald-green waters. Return onboard for a cooking demonstration, followed by Happy Hour at the bar with a buy-one-get-one offer, all against the backdrop of the bay's sunset.

Ha Long BayHa Long Bay

Delight in a deluxe dinner crafted from the freshest ingredients, served in an elegant setting that seamlessly blends French neoclassical style with traditional oriental touches. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the night on the bay. The bar on the sundeck and in the restaurant welcomes you, offering activities like squid fishing, movie watching, chess, and cards. Retire for the night, staying in luxurious accommodations on board.

Day 6
Halong to Hanoi and Danang | The Orchid Cruises

Awaken your senses with a tai chi session on the sundeck, allowing you to immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the bay. Capture the serene dawn by rising early between 5:30 to 6:00 (depending on the season) - our sailors are available to guide you.

Indulge in a satisfying breakfast at the restaurant as the cruise continues. Embark on an exhilarating kayaking adventure in the mesmerizing Ao Ech area, exploring the hidden charms of Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay. Return to the Orchid Premium cruise ship at 8:30 AM for the checkout process.

Delight in a delightful brunch served at our restaurant as we cruise back to Tuan Chau Marina. Relish the final moments of your journey, taking in the breathtaking scenery surrounding you. Bid farewell to the Orchid Premium, complete with heartfelt good wishes, as your extraordinary cruise comes to a close at 11:30 AM.

Day 7
Hoi An Discovery |Vietnamese Dishes Cooking Class

Embark on a culinary adventure in Hoi An designed for travelers seeking an authentic taste of Vietnam. Start your day at Hai Café for a program overview and welcome drink.

Visit Tra Que Vegetable Village, where farmers employ traditional methods to cultivate flavorsome vegetables and herbs. Pick fresh ingredients like sawtooth coriander and Vietnamese mint for your upcoming cooking lesson. Experience a local home and enjoy a special herbal drink before heading to the renowned Red Bridge Cooking School.

cooking lessonHoi An Cooking lesson

Freshen up before your private class and learn how to prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes from scratch. Use fresh ingredients and traditional utensils to create four popular recipes, including the iconic 'pho' noodle soup. Relish the satisfaction of tasting your own creations.

Day 8
Hoi An to Danang and Ho Chi Minh City | Hoi An World Heritage Site

Embark on a captivating half-day walking tour of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets, and diverse cuisine. Immerse yourself in the town's illustrious past as you explore atmospheric sights, including old merchant houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese architecture. Admire the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, visit the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, and explore the vibrant local market brimming with delicious specialties.

Day 9
Ho Chi Minh Discovery | Notre Dame Cathedral and Cu Chi Tunnels

Experience the vibrant pulse of Saigon, a city that never sleeps, on this captivating half-day tour. Explore its rich history and iconic landmarks as our expert guide takes you on a journey through the heart of this bustling metropolis.

Start by admiring the renowned Notre Dame Cathedral, an impressive red brick structure with twin spires imported from France (exterior viewing only until late 2023). Then, visit the Central Post Office, an architectural gem dating back to 1891.

Notre Dame CathedralNotre Dame Cathedral

Continue to the former Presidential Palace, once the hub of the Saigon Government during the American War. Gain insights into Vietnam's history within its historical grounds. Pay a visit to the thought-provoking War Remnants Museum, which presents the American War through a collection of exhibits (note: some displays are graphic).

Embark on a captivating journey from Saigon to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Discover this immense network of underground passages that provided shelter, supply routes, and hospitals during the Vietnam War. Delve into the tunnels' history and experience the resilience of the Vietnamese people. Return to Saigon, enlightened by this remarkable exploration.

Day 10
Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong River | Mekong Delta

Embark on a private cruise along the enchanting Mekong Delta, where tranquility meets vibrant landscapes. Board the Mango cruise boat in Ben Tre and discover the coconut processing workshop and traditional brick making shop. Enjoy a leisurely bicycle trip through Phong Nam village, visit a coconut spirits factory, and experience the warm hospitality of Mrs. Huong's family.

Relax on a rowing sampan ride and savor a delicious lunch onboard. Unwind and delight in a cooking demonstration accompanied by dinner, spending a peaceful night on the Upper river. Immerse yourself in the beauty and authenticity of the Mekong Delta on this memorable overnight cruise.

Day 11
Mekong River to Ho Chi Minh City | Mekong Delta

Indulge in a delightful breakfast on board as we continue our cruise towards the charming town of Sa Dec. Get ready to explore the very town that served as the backdrop for the film 'The Lover,' based on the captivating novel by Marguerite Duras.

Step into the world of the novel as you visit the old family home of Huynh Thuy Le, the wealthy Chinese man who captured the heart of the teenage French girl in the story. Immerse yourself in the history and romance of this enchanting place. Additionally, explore the high school where Marguerite's mother once taught.

Take a sampan ride in Mekong DeltaTake a sampan ride in Mekong Delta

Embark on a picturesque cycling adventure through the village of Tan Qui Dong, a renowned flower supplier to Saigon for centuries. Marvel at the vibrant blooms and soak in the beauty of the landscape.

Afterwards, meet your driver on land for your return to Saigon or to continue your onward journey.

Day 12
Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok | Bangkok's Vibrant Nightlife

Experience Bangkok's Vibrant Nightlife: Start your evening with a thrilling tuk-tuk ride from your hotel to Chinatown, just as the sun dips below the horizon. As the night comes alive, you'll be immersed in the luminous spectacle of Yaowarat Road and the enchanting Odeon Circle. Beyond the bustling main road, winding alleys reveal how the Chinese community has upheld its cultural heritage for centuries. Once infamous for opium dens, gambling houses, and brothels, today it's renowned for its exquisite food, fabrics, and gold that beckon visitors.

Explore Bangkok's Rich History: After this culinary exploration, hop back into your tuk-tuk and head to Thatien Pier for a quick photo stop near the iconic Wat Arun. We'll then journey through Pak Klong Talad Market, an enchanting place to visit at night when fresh deliveries of flowers, fruits, and spices arrive. As you whiz through Rattanakosin, the historic heart of Bangkok, you'll pass magnificent temples and architectural gems like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Democracy Monument. Don't forget to savor a drink on the roof of The Press Sky Bar.

Day 13
Bangkok Discovery | The Royal Grand Palace

Explore two of Bangkok's iconic landmarks, the Royal Grand Palace and Wat Arun, on this half-day tour: Begin with a ferry ride to Wat Arun, a stunning temple dedicated to the god of dawn. Afterward, return to Ta Tien Pier and walk to the Grand Palace. This magnificent palace, dating back to 1782, was once the residence of early Chakri Dynasty kings.

the Royal Grand Palacethe Royal Grand Palace

One-Day Cycling: Discover the vibrant tapestry of Bangkok on a 4-5 hour, 25-30 km cycling tour. Visit a local Buddhist temple, take a boat ride across the Chao Praya River, explore diverse neighborhoods, including a Muay Thai school, and enjoy a leisurely journey through the city's lush greenery. Our top-quality mountain bikes ensure a comfortable ride.

Wat Pho: Experience Wat Pho, Bangkok's largest and oldest temple. Visit the Reclining Buddha and explore the birthplace of traditional Thai massage in this serene and historically rich site.

Day 14
Bangkok to Koh Samui | Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market Adventure: Explore the renowned Chatuchak Weekend Market, located in downtown Bangkok. Spanning over 0.14 square kilometers with 15,000 booths, it's the world's largest weekend market. Shop for everything from household items and clothing to delectable food and even pets. This iconic market is a favorite among tourists and locals alike, but remember, it's open exclusively on weekends from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Day 15
Koh Samui | Samui Elephant Home

Samui Elephant Home: Embark on an extraordinary journey at Samui Elephant Home, a sanctuary dedicated to the well-being and conservation of elephants in Thailand. Your visit serves a noble purpose: helping and caring for these majestic creatures while contributing to their eventual return to their natural habitats, all aimed at increasing the number of Asian elephants in Thailand.

Upon your arrival, you'll be introduced to the sanctuary's mission and objectives. Get ready to prepare a meal for the elephants, including bananas, grass, and essential supplements. Witness the elephants enjoy a soothing mud spa and stroll alongside them in the pristine natural beauty of Samui's surroundings, observing their playful interactions. Engage in a unique experience as you shower and brush the elephants during a refreshing and fun natural bath.

Before bidding farewell to your newfound pachyderm friends, you'll have the opportunity to feed them once more. This half-day adventure at Samui Elephant Home provides an unforgettable opportunity to learn about elephants and actively participate in their care, all while supporting their welfare and conservation efforts.

Day 16
Koh Samui Discovery | Angthong Marine Park

Angthong Marine Park Day Tour with Snorkeling and Kayaking (Join-In): Start your day with a minivan transfer to the pier, then hop on a speedboat for a one-hour journey to Ang Thong National Marine Park. This scenic wonderland consists of 40 islands spread across 250 square kilometers (100 square miles), featuring lush green isles, crystal-clear lagoons, hidden caves, and unique rock formations.

Angthong Marine ParkAngthong Marine Park

Arrive at Koh Wao (Koh Tai Plow) to snorkel amidst vibrant marine life and coral reefs. Explore the park, including the breathtaking "Emerald Lake" (Talay Nai) reached by a scenic climb. Recharge with a buffet lunch surrounded by nature's beauty. In the afternoon, enjoy free time on the beach or choose activities like swimming, kayaking, or hiking for panoramic views. Your guide can provide suggestions for your independent exploration.

This Angthong Marine Park day tour offers adventure and natural beauty, an ideal way to connect with this marine paradise.

Day 17
Siem Reap Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Hanoi Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

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