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24-Day Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand Tour

24-Day Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand Tour

By Mike HoUpdated Feb. 19, 2024
A Trip to Discover Enchanting Beauty of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand

Begin your journey in Vietnam, exploring the historic streets of Hanoi, cruising through the stunning Halong Bay, and immersing yourself in the cultural richness of Hoi An. Then, venture into Cambodia to witness the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat and explore the charming town of Siem Reap. Finally, experience the vibrant energy of Thailand in Bangkok, visit ancient temples in Chiang Mai, and relax on the beautiful beaches of Phuket. This comprehensive itinerary offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and tropical paradise.

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  • Days:24±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$6000p/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:

Experience a unique 1-hour cyclo tour through the famed Old Quarter in central Hanoi.

Old Quarter in central Hanoi

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

mekong river luxury ship

Experience the culinary delights of Hoi An at the Red Bridge Cooking School.

Red Bridge Cooking School

Experience Cai Rang floating market at its busiest and interact with passing locals.

Cai Rang floating market

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

angkor wat
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Explore the Rich Heritage Sites in Ayutthaya.

Ayutthaya heritage

Hike through a 3-kilometer picturesque route  in Doi Inthanon National Park.

Doi Inthanon National Park

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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 and One Pillar Pagoda

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Begin your day with a visit to the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing structure crafted from marble and granite. This solemn monument houses the preserved body of Ho Chi Minh, affectionately known as "Uncle Ho" by the Vietnamese people.

One Pillar Pagoda: Next, explore the One Pillar Pagoda, a striking Buddhist temple designed in the shape of a lotus blossom and perched atop a single stone pillar. Nearby, you'll find Ho Chi Minh's House—a modest wooden residence in a tranquil setting where he lived and worked. Visitors can glimpse into his life as some of his personal belongings are on display, and you can even step into his bedroom.

Temple of Literature: Venture to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first national university, constructed in the late 11th century. This picturesque temple showcases well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture and is prominently featured on the 100,000 Vietnamese dong banknote.

Museum of Ethnology: In the afternoon, visit the captivating Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays). Here, you'll find an extensive collection of traditional costumes and artifacts representing Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority groups.

Old Quarter Cyclo Tour: Return to central Hanoi for a unique 1-hour cyclo tour through the famed Old Quarter. Known for its '36 streets of 36 wares,' this district traces its origins back to the 13th century, with each street named after the artisan guilds that once thrived here. Wander through a mesmerizing labyrinth of narrow back streets lined with tunnel tube houses, a testament to Hanoi's rich street life.

Water Puppet Performance: Conclude your day with a captivating water puppet performance, a distinctive art form originating from the flooded rice fields of the Red River Delta. Colorful wooden puppets come to life, portraying rural scenes and episodes from Vietnam's history, all set to lively music.

Day 3
Hanoi to Halong Bay | Emperor Cruises Halong

The First Day Boarding: Begin your unforgettable journey as our Cruise Director warmly welcomes you aboard the Emperor Cruises Halong. Prepare for an adventure in the stunning Halong Bay.

Exploration: Our cruise vessel will approach the Bright & Dark Cave Area, a natural wonder straddling the boundary between Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Dive into free time for swimming in crystal-clear waters or embark on colorful kayaks to explore the awe-inspiring landscapes of Halong Bay.

Afternoon Tea and Cooking Demo: Join fellow travelers on the Sundeck for an enchanting Afternoon Tea session filled with soothing music and delightful Canapés. Participate in an engaging cooking demonstration, where you can try your hand at crafting traditional Vietnamese dishes against the backdrop of our stunning setting.

Dinner: As the night descends upon Halong Bay, indulge in our exquisite A La Carte course menu for dinner at the Royal Palace Restaurant on board. Revel in the charm of Halong Bay's evening ambiance.

Squid Fishing: Test your luck and partake in an intriguing nighttime activity – Squid fishing at the Rang Dua Area. Experience the thrill of squid fishing under the starry sky.

Day 4
Halong to Hanoi and then flight to Danang | Emperor Cruises Halong

Emperor Cruises Halong: The Second Day. Embrace the morning with a revitalizing Vovinam exercise session on the sundeck between 6:15 AM and 6:30 AM. Following this, from 6:45 AM to 7:15 AM, indulge in a light breakfast that includes a variety of options such as tea, coffee, pastries, cookies, and fresh juices, all served in the lap of luxury at our restaurant.

Discover Me Cung Cave: At 8:00 AM, we embark on a captivating adventure to Me Cung Cave, also known as the Cave of Maze. This extraordinary destination holds a wealth of historical and archaeological wonders, offering fascinating insights into Ha Long Culture dating back 10,000 years. The cave's intricate structure adorned with stunning stalactites and stalagmites showcases the bay's rich ecological diversity.

Brunch and Farewell: After packing your luggage and checking out by 9:15 AM, indulge in a delightful A La Carte brunch at the CAN CHANH restaurant on the first floor of our cruise vessel from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. This culinary experience allows you to savor a final meal amidst the breathtaking backdrop of Halong Bay. Following brunch, around 11:30 AM, we arrive at Tuan Chau International Marina and Emperor Cruises lounge for disembarkation, marking the end of your unforgettable Halong Bay journey. Cherish the memories as you continue your onward adventure.

Day 5
Hoi An | Walking Tour and Cycling in Rural Villages

Half Day Hoi An Walking Tour: Explore Hoi An's charming World Heritage ancient town, renowned for its preserved architecture, car-free streets, and local cuisine. Stroll past old merchant houses, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation. Visit the bustling market and enjoy the town's atmospheric sights. Your entrance ticket grants access to five attractions for 24 hours, including Hoi An Ancient Town.

Cycling through Rural Villages around Hoi An - Half Day: Meet your guide at 8:00 AM for a cycling adventure. Visit Tra Que vegetable village, chat with a local farmer, and explore An My village's picturesque gardens. Cycle through rice fields and shrimp farms to Cam Thanh, resembling the Mekong Delta. Enjoy the scenery and take a break at U Café, known for water recycling. Return to your hotel around 11:30 AM, concluding the tour.

Day 6
Hoi An to Danang and flight to Ho Chi Minh City | Cooking Class

Morning Cooking Class at Red Bridge Cooking School (SIC): Experience the culinary delights of Hoi An at the Red Bridge Cooking School, nestled in lush tropical gardens spanning three acres (1.2 hectares). Begin your day by meeting the chef and fellow guests at Hai Café in the Ancient Town, where you'll be welcomed with a refreshing drink. Explore Hoi An's vibrant central market alongside your chef, immersing yourself in the lively market atmosphere.

Learn the art of selecting fresh produce and essential Vietnamese ingredients for your cooking adventure. Embark on a delightful 20-minute boat trip to the Red Bridge Cooking School and take a tour of their herb garden. Then, roll up your sleeves for an engaging, hands-on cooking class. Once you've mastered the recipes, savor the delicious dishes you've prepared in the charming restaurant overlooking the river. Afterward, return to Hoi An town, having enriched your culinary skills and tasted authentic Vietnamese flavors.

Day 7
Ho Chi Minh Discovery | Notre Dame Cathedral

Half Day Saigon Highlights Tour: Explore Saigon's captivating history and vibrant present on this engaging half-day tour.

Begin at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, an architectural gem with twin spires (exterior visit due to renovations until late 2023). Visit the historic Central Post Office nearby.

Discover the former Presidential Palace, central to the Saigon Government during the American War. Gain perspective at the War Remnants Museum (note: graphic displays).

Wrap up your tour by immersing in Saigon's street coffee culture, where your guide shares local insights. An unforgettable glimpse of Saigon awaits.

Day 8
Ho Chi Minh Discovery | Venture into the Cu Chi Tunnels

Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels (By Road): Embark on a 2-hour drive northwest from Saigon to the renowned Cu Chi Tunnels. These extensive underground tunnels, initially constructed in 1948, played a crucial role in sheltering Viet Cong guerrillas during French air and ground operations.

The tunnels served as multifunctional hubs, offering shelter, communication routes, and storage for essentials like hospitals, food, and weaponry. Delve into the subterranean world to gain a deeper understanding of the tunnel system's history, the challenging conditions endured by its inhabitants, and the remarkable resilience of the Vietnamese people during wartime.

Day 9
Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong River | Mekong River

Mekong Princess Cruise: Begin your Mekong adventure as we pick you up from your hotel lobby in the morning. We'll transfer you to Saigon Port, where the cruise awaits. After a safety briefing in the Ramvong Lounge, you'll settle into your luxurious cabin.

Lunch will be served soon after departure, offering a taste of Vietnam's culinary delights. As the day unfolds, we'll anchor in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Here, you can unwind with crafted cocktails, savor the breathtaking sunset, and observe sampans passing by.

In the evening, indulge in a Vietnamese "A La Carte" dinner at the Indochine onboard Restaurant, featuring a delightful fusion of dishes for even the most discerning palates.

Day 10
Mekong River | Mekong Princess Cruise

Mekong Princess: Start your day with a unique experience as you hop on a "xe lam," a traditional three-wheeler, to visit a coconut candy maker. Afterward, take a leisurely walk through the village to explore a lush orchard. Here, you'll have the chance to savor fresh, delectable fruits. Don't miss the opportunity to board a local boat for a scenic journey through the narrow creeks before returning to the comfort of the ship.

In the afternoon, the Mekong Princess sets sail for the vibrant city of Can Tho. Upon arrival, pay a visit to the Zihuang Pagoda (Chua Ong) and enjoy a captivating welcome performance by unicorn dancers. As the day winds down, relish a delicious dinner onboard.

The ship will be docked in Can Tho for the night, ensuring a peaceful and restful evening. As an additional onboard activity, immerse yourself in an informative lecture about Vietnam, exploring its people, culture, and colonial history.

Day 11
Mekong River | Mekong Princess Cruise

Mekong Princess: Day 3 - Can Tho to Hoa An. Embark on a sampan voyage through the vibrant Cai Rang floating market and visit a local noodle factory before breakfast. After a satisfying onboard lunch, explore Hoa An village, where you'll encounter flower gardens, local homes, and the art of conical hat-making.

Experience the village's charm via motor trishaw, taking in the tranquil rice fields and fruit orchards. In the evening, the Mekong Princess cruises to anchor near Gieng Island for a serene overnight stay.

Day 12
Mekong River | Mekong Princess Cruise

Mekong Princess: Day 4 - Gieng Island to Hong Ngu. Today, we venture to Gieng Island, where we'll hop on sampans for a canal ride to explore lush mango gardens. Experience the unique "xe loi" motor trishaw and visit Phanxico Monastery.

In the afternoon, our journey takes us to Hong Ngu village and a local Hoa Hao temple. As evening approaches, we'll arrive at the border area to complete exit procedures before continuing up the Mekong River toward Phnom Penh. Don't miss the chance to join an onboard Cooking Class Demonstration led by our Executive Chef.

Day 13
Mekong River to Phnom Penh | the National Museum

Mekong Princess: Day 5 - Phnom Penh Exploration. Today, we arrive at Phnom Penh port, where friendly local cyclo drivers will greet you. Prepare for a cultural adventure as we visit the Royal Palace, the Throne Hall, Moonlight Pavilion, and the Silver Pagoda. We'll also explore the National Museum to delve deeper into Cambodia's rich history and culture.

We'll spend the night docked in Phnom Penh, and on board, you can enjoy activities like Fruit Carvings & Tropical Fruits Demonstration or join a fascinating lecture on Cambodia's Geography and Life along the Mekong River.

Day 14
Phnom Penh Discovery | the Killing Fields

Phnom Penh's History and Culture: Today, we delve into Cambodia's history with a visit to Choeung Ek, known as the Killing Fields, where a small museum and Memorial Stupa pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the Khmer Rouge regime. We'll also explore Tuol Sleng, infamous as S-21, offering insights into this haunting period.

Afterward, you'll have a leisurely afternoon to relax and take in the local atmosphere. In the evening, enjoy a captivating Apsara Show on board. We'll spend the night docked in Phnom Penh port.

Day 15
Phnom Penh to Angkor Ban | Venture into Angkor Ban

Phnom Penh to Angkor Ban: Exploring Local Life. In the afternoon, we'll visit the charming village of Angkor Ban, where you'll have the unique opportunity to participate in a blessing ceremony led by local monks. We'll also visit a local family to gain insights into their daily life and culture.

As part of this enriching experience, you'll visit a local school, where you can interact with the children and even join them in their classroom activities. Following our visit to Angkor Ban, the ship sets sail for Kampong Cham, where we'll dock for the night.

Day 16
Kampong Cham to Siem Reap | Mekong Princess Cruise

Kampong Cham to Siem Reap - Journey's End: Following a delightful breakfast onboard, it's time to bid farewell to the Mekong Princess. You'll disembark at Kampong Cham port and hop on a comfortable motor coach that will take you to your Siem Reap hotel.

Day 17
Siem Reap | Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat: This awe-inspiring monument, often hailed as one of the Eight Wonders of the World, stands as a testament to devotion and architectural brilliance. It's the largest religious structure ever constructed, encompassing temples, pagodas, statues, palaces, and chambers. Built during the height of the Khmer Empire's power, Angkor Wat was dedicated to King Suryavarman II. It typically takes three days to fully appreciate the complex, and Angkor Wat serves as your gateway to the wonders of Angkor culture. Note: The site is approximately a 40-minute drive from Siem Reap's city center.

Angkor Thom: Encircled by a grand moat, Angkor Thom resembles a fortified citadel more than a religious site. Four monumental gates grant access in each cardinal direction: north, south, east, and west. The fifth, known as the Victory Gate, leads eastward from the Angkor Thom Royal Palace grounds. Once, each gate was connected by a causeway, but today, only the south gate retains its watery approach.

Ta Prohm: Situated in the western part of the Angkor Wat Complex, Ta Prohm boasts a unique charm. Its massive stones blend seamlessly with the towering trees that have overtaken the site. This temple was commissioned by King Jayavarman VII as part of his ambitious monastery and university construction program. Its enchanting and somewhat mysterious atmosphere made it a fitting location for scenes in the movie "Tomb Raider." Note: The best time to visit is in the afternoon when the enormous trees provide welcome shade.

Bayon Temple: Built in the late 12th to early 13th century under King Jayavarman VII's reign, Bayon Temple is renowned for its iconic stone faces. From a distance, it appears as a mountain, but as you approach, the multitude of serene stone visages becomes apparent. Second only to Angkor Wat in significance, Bayon Temple holds a special place in the hearts of those who explore its labyrinthine corridors.

Day 18
Siem Reap to Bangkok by flight | Tonle Sap Lake

Banteay Srei & Land Mine Museum Discovery with Tonle Sap Lake Sunset: After breakfast, we'll explore the captivating Banteay Srei, a red sandstone marvel adorned with intricate carvings. Learn about Cambodia's land mine issue at the Land Mine Museum, discovering how they're detected and defused.

Visit a nearby village to taste palm candies and rice wine, then enjoy an ox cart ride through scenic countryside. Reach Tonle Sap Lake, Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake, and take a boat to Kampong Phluk to explore mangrove forests.

Day 19
Bangkok Discovery | The Grand Palace and Wat Pho

Start your day at 8:00 AM as our guide picks you up from your hotel and takes you to Thailand's largest flower market, Pak Klong Talad. Stroll through the market, sample local snacks, watch flower garland making, and even try your hand at creating your own garland and lotus flower decorations, following the Thai tradition for temple visits.

Next, hop on a tuk-tuk to visit one of Bangkok's oldest temples, Wat Pho, famous for its impressive 45-meter (14-foot) reclining Buddha and the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. At 9:00 AM, you'll have the unique opportunity to witness and listen to the soothing chants of the monks.

Following Wat Pho, visit the Grand Palace, home to the revered Emerald Buddha statue, which is actually made of jade or jasper. Then, embark on a longtail boat ride along the picturesque canals of Thonburi to experience local life, with a stop at Wat Arun along the way.

Return to land and enjoy a TukTuk ride to explore the vibrant Chinatown. Stroll along Yaowarat Road, where shops offer a variety of goods, including gold. Explore the bustling Talad Kao Market, known for its diverse selection of fresh and dried fruits, Chinese herbs, and culinary delights.

Finally, we'll drop you off at your choice of MBK (a popular shopping mall), the weekend market (open only on weekends), or your hotel. Please note the dress code for temple visits, and be aware that the monks' chanting ritual occurs in the morning and may be subject to change.

Day 20
Bangkok to Ayutthaya | The Wat Sri Sanphet

Explore Ayutthaya's Rich Heritage on a Day Trip: Embark on a fascinating day trip from bustling Bangkok to the historic city of Ayutthaya, Thailand's former capital. Located just 76 kilometers north of the capital, Ayutthaya is a captivating destination steeped in history.

Founded in 1350 by King U-Thong, Ayutthaya served as Thailand's capital for over four centuries. During this excursion, you'll discover a wealth of ancient ruins and artworks that bear witness to its storied past.

Highlights of your journey include:

Wat Sri Sanphet: This remarkable monastery once served as a royal palace during King Ramathibodi I's reign.

Wat Phananchoeng (Wat Mahathad): Home to a revered 19-meter-tall Buddha image, this sacred site is beloved by Ayutthaya's residents.

Wat Mahathad: Explore this iconic temple, known for its Buddha head intertwined with tree roots, a hauntingly beautiful spot for photographs.

Wat Yai Chaimongkhol: Visit one of Ayutthaya's largest chedis, constructed by King Naresuan in the late 16th century. Discover numerous Buddha images and a serene garden.

Additionally, you'll enjoy a boat trip to Bang Pa-In, the former Royal Summer Residence, showcasing exquisite Thai architecture.

Day 21
Bangkok to Chiang Mai by flight | Chiang Mai Street Food Tour

Chiang Mai Street Food Tour: Explore Chiang Mai, a city of stunning landscapes and a rich culinary heritage that blends traditional and modern elements. Known as a food lover's paradise, Chiang Mai offers a unique taste of Northern Thai cuisine, influenced by Burmese and Lao flavors.

Embark on a street food adventure centered around the Three Kings Monument in the heart of the city. Sample an array of dishes, from Northern Thai noodle soup and savory stir-fries to iconic favorites like Phad Thai, khao man gai (chicken rice), and khao soi. Satisfy your sweet cravings with Thai desserts and fresh tropical fruits.

Choose between morning and afternoon tours, each including a delightful lunch or dinner. Immerse yourself in the diverse and delicious flavors that define Chiang Mai's culinary scene.

Day 22
Chiang Mai | Doi Suthep Mountain

Chiang Mai City & Doi Suthep Mountain Half Day Tour: Start your day at a bustling food and flower market. Then visit Wat Suan Dok, a serene temple and royal resting place. Drive to Doi Suthep Mountain for panoramic views and explore Wat Phra That. Return for a charming rickshaw ride in the old town.

Khantoke Dinner & Hill Tribe Show: Experience Lanna culture over dinner. Enjoy Northern Thai dishes while traditional dancers perform. Witness dances like the Finger Dance and Sword Dance. After the show, return to your hotel.

Day 23
Chiang Mai | Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park: Explore the stunning Doi Inthanon National Park, a journey through picturesque paddy fields. Visit the King and Queen Pagodas, built to celebrate their 60th birthdays, and enjoy breathtaking mountain views from the viewpoints. Discover the Karen hill tribe village and explore the Hill Tribe Market. Take in the beauty of Wachiratharn Waterfall and immerse yourself in nature on the Kiew Mae Pan Nature Trail, a 3-kilometer hike through lush forests, passing waterfalls and streams. Then, experience the Mae Klangluuang Nature Trail, a less-traveled route that reveals the park's diverse landscapes, coffee plantations, and local coffee preparation at a village coffee house.

Day 24
Chiang Mai Departure

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

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