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14-Day Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand Tour

A Trip to Unveil Exquisite Cultures, Spectacular Landscapes, and Unforgettable Moments!

Immerse yourself in the rich cultures and awe-inspiring landscapes as you journey from bustling Kyoto to historic Hanoi, ancient Siem Reap, and dynamic Bangkok. Explore the iconic sites like the majestic Angkor Wat, beautiful Halong Bay, and vibrant Bangkok. Indulge in local flavors and delicacies, witness traditional rituals, and experience the warmth and hospitality of these captivating destinations. This remarkable tour promises unforgettable memories, guided by knowledgeable experts, ensuring an authentic and enchanting exploration of Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Discover the wonders of Asia on this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

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:14±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$4,900p/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:

Understand Japan more deeply by visiting Kyoto's World Heritage Sites.

Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto

Take a walk through Arashiyama's famous bamboo groves and visit a great Zen temple, Tenryuji temple, one of Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

bamboo groves at Arashiyama

Hop on a cyclo and pass through the famed Old Quarter, catching the vibe of city life in Hanoi.

a rickshaw on the street

Unveil the mystery of Angkor Wat with the knowledge of a dedicated Khmer scholar.

angkor wat
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Experience Damnoen Saduak Floating Market at its busiest and interact with passing locals.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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
Kyoto Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Kyoto. 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
Kyoto Discovery | Kinkakuji Temple and Nijo Castle

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion): Begin your trip in Kyoto by visiting the Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, a serene Zen temple located in northern Kyoto. Its top two floors are adorned with gold leaf, creating a stunning sight. Originally a retirement villa belonging to shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the temple was converted into a Zen temple after his passing in 1408. Built overlooking a picturesque pond, it is the sole remaining building from Yoshimitsu's villa complex despite enduring several fires throughout history, including one deliberately set by a dedicated monk in 1950.

Nijo Castle: Explore Nijo Castle, one of the UNESCO-designated Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. This sprawling complex encompasses multiple sections, including the impressive fortifications of the concentric rings (Kuruwa), the Ninomaru Palace, the remnants of the Honmaru Palace, and meticulously maintained gardens. As you navigate this massive site, you'll be transported back in time to ancient Kyoto's rich history.

Nijo CastleNijo Castle
Day 3
Kyoto Discovery | Nonomiya Shrine and Bamboo Grove

Embark on a full-day tour of Kyoto, exploring its enchanting sights with the convenience of a private vehicle.

Nonomiya Shrine: Discover Nonomiya Shrine, a hidden gem nestled within the breathtaking bamboo forest of Arashiyama. This small shrine carries a rich history as a temporary sanctuary for princesses. Uncover the ancient tradition of sending unmarried princesses here for purification before they embarked on a procession to the revered Ise Shrine.

Bamboo Grove: Immerse yourself in the iconic Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, one of Kyoto's most memorable sights. As you stroll along the path, surrounded by towering bamboo stalks, you'll be enchanted by the play of sunlight filtering through the canopy, creating a magical and tranquil atmosphere.

Tenryuji Temple: Step into the tranquility of Tenryuji Temple, a Zen sanctuary dating back to 1339. While much of the temple complex has faded into history, its allure lies in the meticulously designed garden. Marvel at the harmonious blend of aristocratic tradition and Zen aesthetics, as the garden showcases the essence of Japanese garden design.

Tenryuji TempleTenryuji Temple
Day 4
Kyoto to Hanoi by flight | Fushimi Inari Shrine and Todaiji Temple

Fushimi Inari Shrine: Begin your trip by visiting the enchanting Fushimi Inari Shrine, an iconic religious site located on the outskirts of Kyoto. You may recognize its stunning layout from the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha." Walk along the famous path adorned with vivid red torii gates, creating a picturesque backdrop and a great opportunity for memorable photos.

Todaiji Temple: Discover Todaiji Temple, a historically significant and renowned Buddhist temple in Nara. Constructed in 752, it served as the head temple for provincial Buddhist temples across Japan. Marvel at the Daibutsuden, the main hall that once held the title of the world's largest wooden building. Inside, you'll find an impressive bronze statue of the seated Vairocana Buddha, flanked by two Bodhisattvas.

Todaiji TempleTodaiji Temple

Kasuga Taisha Shrine: Explore the sacred Kasuga Taisha Shrine, considered one of Japan's most revered sites. This Shinto shrine captures attention with its vibrant vermilion paint, white walls, and cypress wood roofs. It has long been a favorite subject for photographers. Historically, the shrine was rebuilt every two decades until the end of the Edo period, adding to its cultural significance.

Day 5
Hanoi Discovery | Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and One Pillar Pagoda

Begin your journey with a visit to the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing marble and granite monument that houses the preserved body of beloved leader Ho Chi Minh. Learn about the life and legacy of this revered figure known as "Uncle Ho". Nearby, explore Ho Chi Minh's House, a simple wooden residence surrounded by tranquility. Step inside and see some of his personal belongings, including his bedroom.

One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature: Next, discover the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, a beautiful Buddhist temple built in 1049 in the shape of a lotus blossom on a single stone pillar. Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's oldest national university dating back to the 11th century. Admire its well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture and see why it is featured on the 100,000 Vietnamese dong banknote.

One Pillar PagodaOne Pillar Pagoda

Museum of Ethnology and Old Quarter Cyclos Ride: In the afternoon, visit the fascinating Museum of Ethnology, home to an extensive collection of traditional costumes and artifacts from Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority groups (closed on Mondays). Return to central Hanoi for a thrilling 1-hour cyclo tour through the famed Old Quarter. Explore the maze of enchanting back streets known for their unique tunnel-tube houses, offering a glimpse into the vibrant street life of Hanoi.

Water Puppet Performance: Conclude your day with a mesmerizing water puppet performance, a captivating art form that originated in the flooded rice fields of the Red River Delta. Watch as colorful wooden puppets skillfully depict rural life and episodes of Vietnam's history, all accompanied by traditional music.

Day 6
Hanoi to Halong | Orchid Trendy Cruise

Experience the convenience of private transfer as your expert guide and driver escort you between Hanoi and Halong Bay, ensuring a comfortable and seamless journey.

Embark on an unforgettable adventure aboard the Orchid Trendy Cruise, immersing yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Arriving at Tuan Chau Marina, you'll undergo check-in procedures at the waiting lounge before transferring to the Orchid Cruises by a tender boat. Once onboard, receive a warm welcome and gather at the restaurant. A cruise briefing will be conducted alongside important safety instructions. Indulge in a delicious lunch as you begin your exploration of Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay, two mesmerizing natural wonders.

orchid cruiseorchid cruise

Set out to visit Dark Cave and Bright Cave, a unique opportunity to experience the essence of Ha Long Bay up close. Enjoy the option to explore these magnificent caves using a bamboo boat or kayak. As the day progresses, enter the tranquil Tra Bau area in Lan Ha Bay. Take a refreshing swim in the emerald waters and bask in the serene atmosphere.

Back onboard, engage in a cooking demonstration and savor the delights of a deluxe dinner, carefully crafted with the freshest ingredients. Delight in the elegant French neoclassical-style dining area, adorned with traditional oriental touches. Experience the beauty of the bay at night from the sundeck bar or restaurant, where you can also try your luck with squid fishing, watch a movie, or engage in friendly games of chess and cards.

Retreat to your comfortable cabin for a restful overnight stay, as you continue your enchanting journey through Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay.

Day 7
Car transfer from Halong to Hanoi | Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City by flight

Wake up early to immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the bay with a revitalizing tai chi session on the sundeck. Capture the magical moments of dawn by waking up between 5:30 to 6:00, depending on the season, and consult with our sailors for the best vantage points.

Enjoy a delectable breakfast at the restaurant, savoring the flavors while continuing the cruise. Prepare for an exciting kayaking adventure in the Ao Ech area, where you can uncover the hidden charm of Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay.

Return to the Orchid Cruises, bidding farewell to the stunning surroundings, as it is time to check out. Before disembarking the ship, relish a delightful brunch at our restaurant, immersing yourself in the final moments of cruising back to Tuan Chau Marina.

As you disembark from the Orchid Premium at Tuan Chau Marina, take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey and bid farewell to your cruise companions. Your unforgettable cruise with us comes to an end.

Day 8
Ho Chi Minh City Discovery | War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum: Explore the impactful War Remnants Museum, exhibiting artifacts, photos, and documents portraying American war crimes. Witness military equipment like helicopters, fighters, and tanks, while learning about the devastating effects of Agent Orange and the My Lai massacre. Note: Some guides may not accompany due to personal connections.

War Remnants MuseumWar Remnants Museum

Jade Emperor Pagoda: Visit the atmospheric Jade Emperor Pagoda, renowned for its statues of divine beings and mythical heroes. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of this mesmerizing temple in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 9
Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap | City Transfer

Our expert guide and driver escort you from hotel to Ho Chi Minh airport, where you will take a flight to your next destination: Siem Reap.

Day 10
Siem Reap Discovery | Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

Embark on a captivating one-day private tour exploring the wonders of Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples. Discover the following highlights:

Angkor Wat: Be awe-inspired by Angkor Wat, one of the 8 Wonders of the World. This magnificent monument, dedicated to King Suryavarman II, showcases an expansive complex of temples, pagodas, statues, and palaces. Experience the grandeur of the Khmer Empire at the gateway to the Angkor cultures. Note: Approximate 40-minute drive from Siem Reap's center.

Angkor WatLocal People at Angkor Wat

Angkor Thom: Marvel at Angkor Thom, a fortified city enveloped by a vast moat, resembling a stronghold rather than a religious site. Explore the five entrances, each in a different cardinal direction, offering unique perspectives of this historical masterpiece. Don't miss the Victory Gate leading from the Angkor Thom Royal Palace grounds.

Ta Prohm: Venture to Ta Prohm, nestled in the western part of the Angkor Wat Complex. This temple, encased by massive rocks and engulfed by towering trees, exudes a mysterious atmosphere. Built by Khmer King Jayavarman VII, Ta Prohm is renowned for its connection to the movie Tomb Raider. Note: Afternoon visit recommended for shade and cooler temperatures.

Bayon Temple: Delight in the enchanting Bayon Temple, constructed in the late 12th to early 13th century by King Jayavarman VII. This temple's unique feature is the multitude of stone faces that adorn its walls, merging as you approach, creating a captivating sight reminiscent of a mountain.

Terrace of the Elephants: Explore the Terrace of the Elephants, part of the Angkor Thom complex. Designed as a platform for King Jayavarman VII to observe his triumphant army's return, this terrace offers intriguing insights into the history of Angkor.

Wat Thmey: Visit Wat Thmey, an important site in Siem Reap known as a Killing Field. This pagoda, previously a Khmer Rouge prison, holds a poignant history of thousands of innocent prisoners falsely accused and soldiers accused of treason.

Day 11
Siem Reap to Bangkok by flight | Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei: Discover the captivating "Citadel of the Women" at Banteay Srei, renowned as the sparkling pearl of Angkor. This temple boasts the most intricate carvings and statues among all the Angkorian temples. Built by King Rajendravarman II and King Jayavarman V, Banteay Srei offers a profound sense of beauty that will leave a lasting impression. Approximately a 50-minute car ride from Siem Reap's center. Note: Early morning visits are recommended to witness the statues and carvings illuminated by the gentle sunlight, creating a mesmerizing reflection.

Banteay SreiBanteay Srei

Cambodia Landmine Museum: Located within the Angkor National Park, approximately 25 kilometers north of Siem Reap, the Cambodia Landmine Museum sheds light on the tragic period of genocide in Cambodia. With a raw and confronting approach, this museum showcases the atrocities of that time. It also shares the inspiring story of the museum's owner, a former Khmer soldier, who used a stick to clear landmines and make the city safe.

Day 12
Bangkok Discovery | Maeklong Railway Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Begin your journey with a scenic two-hour drive to the Maeklong Railway Market. As the name suggests, this market is unique because a train passes through its bustling lanes multiple times a day. You'll find a wide array of Thai goods and products being sold, with some vendors even setting up their stalls alongside the railway itself. When the train approaches, vendors swiftly retract their awnings and move their belongings to ensure a safe passage. This captivating moment offers an excellent photo and video opportunity for tourists. Once the train passes, the market returns to its lively state as if nothing had occurred.

Maeklong Railway MarketMaeklong Railway Market

Next, continue your drive to the renowned Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Witness the traditional Thai way of buying and selling goods as vendors navigate the waterways on their iconic wooden boats. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you explore the market and perhaps even purchase unique local souvenirs. After this memorable experience, return to Bangkok in time for lunch at your hotel (not included).

Day 13
Bangkok to Ayutthaya day tour by car | Wat Sri Sanphet

Embark on a captivating day tour to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand located 76 kilometers north of Bangkok. Discover the rich history and cultural heritage of this ancient city, which was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong and ruled by 33 kings from 5 dynasties until its destruction by the Burmese in 1767.

During this day trip, you will explore the key historical sights including:

Ayutthaya historical parkAyutthaya Historical Park

Wat Sri Sanphet: Once a residential palace during the reign of King Ramathibodi I, this monastery stands as a remarkable testament of the past.

Wat Phananchoeng or Wat Mahathad: Witness the revered 19-meter-high Buddha image made of stucco, which holds great significance among the inhabitants of Ayutthaya. This temple predates the establishment of Ayutthaya and stands as a symbol of its early history. Don't miss capturing the iconic Buddha head entwined in the roots of a tree at Wat Mahathad, a frequently photographed site.

Wat Yai Chaimongkhol: Marvel at one of Ayutthaya's largest chedis, built by King Naresuan in the late 16th century. Explore the beautiful garden and discover a plethora of Buddha images that add serenity to this sacred place.

Day 14
Bangkok Departure

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

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Private tour for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies based on program, travel date, number of people, chosen hotel. We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).
  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hand-picked star-rating accommodations
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

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