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21-Day Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore Tour

A Trip to Unveil a Tapestry of Cultures and Wonders of Southeast Asia

Begin your trip in Vietnam, where the charming streets of Hanoi, the picturesque beauty of Halong Bay, and the historic town of Hoi An await. Explore Cambodia, where you'll be mesmerized by the grandeur of Angkor Wat and the charm of Siem Reap. Continue to Thailand, experiencing the vibrant energy of Bangkok and the cultural richness of Chiang Mai. Finally, conclude your adventure in Singapore, a modern metropolis filled with diverse experiences. This comprehensive itinerary offers the perfect blend of history, culture, and urban exploration, making it an ideal choice for travelers seeking a well-rounded Southeast Asian journey.

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  • Days:21±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$5250p/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:

Journey to the former Presidential Palace, once the heart of the Saigon Government during the American War.

 Presidential Palace

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

angkor wat
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Snorkel amidst the vibrant marine life and coral reefs in Koh Wao (Koh Tai Plow)

Take care of Elephants in Koh Samui

Spend a half-day to take care of the Rescued Elephants in Samui Elephant Home

Take care of Elephants in Koh Samui

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Day 1
Hanoi Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Hanoi. 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
Hanoi Discovery | Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Literature Temple & Ancient Town: Immerse yourself in the enchanting city of Hanoi, boasting a history that spans over a millennium. Often referred to as the 'Paris of the East,' Hanoi charms with its colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards, and serene lakes. The journey begins with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a significant site in Vietnamese history and the final resting place of the revered leader Ho Chi Minh (please note it's closed on Mondays, Fridays, and afternoons). Explore the One Pillar Pagoda, a symbol of Hanoi founded in the 11th century. The tour continues to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's inaugural national university founded over 900 years ago. Conclude with a captivating walking tour through the famed Old Quarter, known for its '36 streets of 36 wares,' each harkening back to ancient artisan guilds.

Hanoi Street Food Tour: Begin your gastronomic adventure by meeting your guide in the hotel lobby and venturing into the lively Old Quarter. Stroll through vibrant alleyways adorned with colorful stalls teeming with fruits, vegetables, sweets, and an array of delectable food. Your guide will escort you to renowned street food vendors where you'll savor Hanoi's signature dishes. Sip on rich and aromatic coffee at a local café, and then continue your culinary exploration with a wander through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter. Engage with locals as you sample various Vietnamese snacks and enjoy a refreshing iced tea. Don't miss the chance to take a seat on a small chair, savor a glass of Bia Hoi (local draught beer) at a cozy corner, and observe the vibrant tapestry of daily life around you. This journey concludes at your hotel, leaving you with cherished memories of Hanoi's vibrant Old Quarter.

Hanoi Street FoodHanoi Street Food
Day 3
Hanoi to Ninh Binh | Trang An

We'll start your Ninh Binh adventure by picking you up from your hotel. We'll visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Explore the Dinh King temple and Le King temple, both steeped in history from the 10th century and the Chinese Wars.

Discover Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2014. This tranquil nature reserve, akin to Tam Coc, boasts limestone hills and a serene river that meanders through mysterious caves. Here, nature's symphony takes center stage, featuring birdsong and gentle oar strokes on the crystal-clear river.

 Trang An Trang An

Return to Your Private Car: After the Trang An visit, we'll head to Mua Cave, also known as the 'Dancing Cave.' After climbing nearly 500 steps to the summit of Lying Dragon Mountain, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of Tam Coc.

Day 4
Hanoi to Hoi An | Merchants' Houses and Impression Theme Park

Morning Exploration: Embark on a journey into Hoi An's storied past, guided by a local expert. Spend a few hours discovering the fascinating tales behind Hoi An's iconic landmarks, including Merchants' Houses, the renowned Japanese Covered Bridge, the Folklore Museum, Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, and a bustling local market. We'll ensure a comfortable return to your hotel after this enriching experience.

Hoi AnHoi An Night View

Hoi An Memories Show: We'll pick you up at 6 pm and transport you to the captivating Hoi An Impression Theme Park. The Hoi An Memories Show is a spectacular cultural performance that unravels the history and cultural heritage of Hoi An through an enchanting showcase of dance, music, and stunning visual effects. Set in an open-air theater accommodating over 3,000 spectators, the show boasts intricate set designs and traditional Vietnamese costumes. With a cast of 500 talented performers, it weaves a captivating narrative of Hoi An's history. From the arrival of foreign traders to the profound influence of Buddhism and the trials of war, this immersive performance brings history to life. The show is complemented by live animals, adding an extra layer of authenticity. With two nightly performances at 7:30 PM and 9:00 PM, each lasting approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, this cultural spectacle is a must for those keen on Vietnamese culture and history. It offers a captivating evening, providing deep insights into the local culture of Hoi An.

Day 5
Hoi An Discovery | Red Bridge Cooking School

Discover Hoi An's Culinary Secrets: Immerse yourself in Hoi An's vibrant food culture with a visit to the renowned Red Bridge Cooking School. This culinary gem, set amidst 3 acres of lush tropical gardens, promises a memorable experience.

Meet and Greet: Kick off your day by meeting the skilled chef and fellow participants at Hai Café in the heart of the Ancient Town. Enjoy a warm welcome drink and get ready for a culinary voyage.

Market Marvels: Accompanied by your chef, explore Hoi An's bustling central market, where a kaleidoscope of colors, sounds, and scents awaits. Learn the art of selecting the freshest produce and ingredients vital for Vietnamese cuisine.

Boat Journey: Embark on a leisurely 20-minute boat ride to the enchanting Red Bridge Cooking School. Before diving into the cooking class, take a stroll through the school's herb garden to uncover the secrets of authentic flavors.

Hands-On Experience: Get ready for an engaging, hands-on cooking class where you'll create Vietnamese culinary delights. Once your lessons are complete, relish the dishes you've prepared in the charming restaurant overlooking the serene river.

Day 6
Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City | Notre Dame Cathedral

Historic Landmarks: Your journey begins with a visit to some of Saigon's most iconic historic landmarks. Marvel at the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick masterpiece with twin spires constructed from French-imported materials (exterior view only due to ongoing renovations until late 2023). Next, make your way to the Central Post Office, an architectural gem completed in 1891.

the Notre Dame CathedralThe Notre Dame Cathedral

Presidential Palace: A short drive away, you'll find the former Presidential Palace, once the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American War. Explore the significance of this historic site and its role in shaping Saigon's past.

Day 7
Ho Chi Minh Discovery | War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum: Prepare for a powerful experience at the War Remnants Museum, where you'll gain a vivid perspective of the American War through the eyes of the Vietnamese. Please be aware that some displays contain graphic content.

Coffee Culture and Language Lesson: It wouldn't be a true Saigon experience without immersing yourself in the city's famed street coffee culture. Your guide will introduce you to the local coffee scene while providing a brief language lesson and insights into the daily life of Saigonese residents.

A O Show with Private Transfer: In the evening, you're in for a treat with the A O Show, a spectacular performance that beautifully blends traditional Vietnamese culture with modern artistic techniques. Acrobats, dancers, and musicians come together to tell the captivating story of Vietnam's rich culture and history. This mesmerizing show takes place at the Saigon Opera House, an iconic and ornate venue that adds to the overall magic of the performance.

Day 8
Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap | Mekong River Delta

Depart from the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City for a journey to the heart of the tranquil Mekong River Delta. A 1.5-hour drive transports you from the city's hustle to the serene landscapes of Ben Tre.

Motorboat Adventure: As you arrive in Ben Tre, you'll step onto a motorboat for an immersive excursion. Drift past stilt houses, fish farms, and scenes of idyllic countryside living. Your adventure continues on Turtle Island, where you'll sample fresh, locally picked fruit and savor the refreshing taste of coconut milk, all while engaging with a friendly farming family. Additionally, you'll delve into the art of coconut candy making, learning from experts at a family-run workshop, renowned for Ben Tre's signature coconut treats.

Cultural Exploration: Your journey takes you even deeper into the delta as you explore narrow waterways in a traditional rowing sampan. Along the way, enjoy a cup of honey tea while savoring the melodious notes of a traditional folk song performance, a true taste of local culture. The tour concludes with a delightful local lunch in My Tho. In the mid-afternoon, return to Saigon, cherishing the vivid memories of your Mekong Delta escapade.

Day 9
Siem Reap Discovery | Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat: A Wonder of the World: Begin your journey at Angkor Wat, one of the 8 Wonders of the World and an astonishing testament to Khmer craftsmanship and devotion. This vast complex, with its temples, pagodas, statues, and palaces, was constructed exclusively for religious purposes. These grand structures are a tribute to King Suryavarman II during the height of the Khmer Empire. The site is so extensive that it typically takes three days to explore fully, with Angkor Wat as your first and primary gateway to the wonders of the Angkor civilization.

Angkor Thom: Fortress of the Past: Angkor Thom presents a stark contrast to the other religious sites with its fortress-like appearance. Surrounded by an extensive moat, it seems more like a stronghold than a temple. You can enter from any of its five gates, one for each cardinal direction - north, south, east, and west. The fifth gate, the Victory Gate, faces east from the Angkor Thom Royal Palace grounds. Each entrance was originally connected by a causeway, but only the south gate remains partially submerged today.

Angkor ThomAngkor Thom

Ta Prohm: The Mysterious Ruins: Venture west within the Angkor Wat Complex to find Ta Prohm, where colossal stones blend seamlessly with towering trees. Built as part of King Jayavarman VII's initiative to construct monasteries and universities, Ta Prohm is famous for its enigmatic ambiance and was even featured in the movie "Tomb Raider." The afternoon is an ideal time to visit, as the immense trees provide welcome shade.

Bayon Temple: Faces in Stone: King Jayavarman VII's legacy lives on in Bayon Temple, constructed in the late 12th to early 13th century. Often referred to as the temple of stone faces, Bayon appears mountain-like from a distance, but the stone visages come into focus as you draw near.

Angkor Thom South Gate: A Glimpse of History: Among the five gateways to Angkor Thom, the south gate stands as the most immaculately preserved. The 54 exquisite stone figures that line each side of the causeway are a sight to behold.

Day 10
Siem Reap Discovery | Vespa Tour in Siem Reap Countryside

Vespa Tour in Siem Reap Countryside: Experience Siem Reap from a whole new perspective! Begin your day by meeting your friendly Vespa driver. You'll embark on a ride to the tour office, where you'll receive a briefing about today's exciting adventure. Then, hop on a vintage Vespa and set off into the rural heart of Siem Reap. Along the way, you'll visit a local family, explore hidden pagodas, peruse local markets, and engage with welcoming villagers and monks. A simple, delicious lunch is included to refuel you for your journey. The tour concludes in the afternoon, and you'll be transported back to your hotel.

Dress appropriately for temple and pagoda visits. Ladies, it's recommended to avoid mini-skirts or long dresses for comfort and safety during the ride. For your safety, passengers are not allowed to drive the Vespa. Capture the memories - photos will be taken with you seated on the Vespa and sent to you via email. Please be aware that some sites and activities may be subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control. Phare the Cambodian Circus: A Show Beyond Imagination

Phare, the Cambodian Circus: Prepare to be captivated by a show that goes far beyond your typical circus. Phare immerses you in the heart of Cambodian traditions, folk tales, religious beliefs, and popular culture, all within a modern and high-energy performance. This exceptional form of storytelling offers a unique window into Cambodian culture and daily life through a mesmerizing fusion of art forms. It's an experience you won't want to miss.

Day 11
Siem Reap 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.

Savor Local Delights: Tonight's adventure leads to a delightful feast, where you'll sample at least seven delectable Thai and Chinese dishes from a variety of street food vendors. The menu may include Satay (grilled meat with peanut sauce), Sala Pow (steamed buns with flavorful fillings), Khao Mun Gai (Hainanese-style chicken rice), Bamee Moo Daeng (noodles with succulent red pork), Khao Niew Mamuang (mango sticky rice), and Bua Loy Nam Khing (rice dough balls with sesame paste in warm ginger juice).

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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
Koh Samui to Singapore | Gourmet Street Food Tour

Singapore Gourmet Street Food Evening Tour: Discover the culinary wonders of Singapore's Chinatown on this evening tour starting at 5:00 PM. Begin with a taste of bakkwa, a traditional jerky-like meat grilled over charcoal, followed by a stroll through a bustling marketplace featuring tropical fruits, fresh seafood, and local goods.

Explore a hawker center, savoring dishes like "carrot cake" and Char Kway Teow. Then, enjoy the main attraction at the first street-level Michelin stall: succulent soya sauce chicken with rice. Conclude your journey with a sweet treat at a popular dessert shop. This gourmet adventure offers a delicious snapshot of Singapore's culinary heritage.

Day 17
Singapore Discovery | Little Red Dot

Embark on a journey through Singapore's rich history as you explore the "Little Red Dot." This affectionate nickname perfectly suits Singapore's remarkable status in a compact space.

Begin your adventure aboard a bumboat, offering a classic river view of Singapore's modern skyscrapers that grace the skyline. Disembark at Merlion Park, home to the iconic Merlion statue, a symbol of Singapore, set against the stunning Marina Bay waterfront.

Next, venture into the Civic District, where modern Singapore was born. Marvel at the historical architecture, including beautifully restored colonial-era buildings, and visit key landmarks like the former Supreme Court and City Hall.

Move on to Orchard Road, Singapore's shopping hub. This iconic avenue features over 5,000 establishments on a single boulevard, making it a shopaholic's paradise. For a change of pace, head to the nearby National Orchid Garden. Explore this lush paradise, home to 60,000 plants and orchids, including the delicate pink blossoms of Singapore's national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim.

Day 18
Singapore | Sentosa Island

Explore Sentosa Island - Fun for the Whole Family: Set your sights on Sentosa Island, a tropical paradise bursting with family-friendly attractions that promise unforgettable adventures.

Unleash Your Inner Child at Universal Studios Singapore: Dive headfirst into the magic of Universal Studios Singapore, a renowned theme park where your favorite movies come to life. Get your adrenaline pumping on thrilling rides, be captivated by spectacular shows, and mingle with beloved characters in a world of cinematic wonder.

Day 19
Singapore | Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo: Begin your adventure at the renowned Singapore Zoo, consistently ranked among the world's best. Immerse yourself in a diverse array of wildlife, and don't miss the chance to savor breakfast with the playful orangutans.

River Safari: Next, venture to the nearby River Safari, where you'll embark on a global river expedition. Explore fascinating river ecosystems from around the world and get up close to aquatic wonders.

Day 20
Singapore | Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens: Start your day with tranquility at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meander through lush gardens, and be sure to visit the National Orchid Garden, a true horticultural masterpiece.

National Museum of Singapore: Dive into the rich history and vibrant culture of Singapore at the National Museum. Engage with interactive exhibits that offer captivating insights into the country's captivating journey.

Day 21
Singapore Departure

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

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