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18-Day Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Singapore Tour

18-Day Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Singapore Tour

By Mike HoUpdated Feb. 19, 2024
A Trip to Discover Rich History and Culutre of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Singapore

Explore the vibrant streets of Vietnam, from the historic heart of Hanoi to the ancient town of Hoi An. Delve into Cambodia's awe-inspiring Angkor Wat and charming Siem Reap. Discover the rich culture and cuisine of Thailand in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Then, experience the modernity and diversity of Singapore, a bustling cosmopolitan hub. This comprehensive itinerary offers an ideal mix of history, culture, and urban exploration, making it the perfect adventure for those seeking to explore the highlights of Southeast Asia.

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  • Days:18±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$4500p/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:

Enjoy a 2-hour rowing boat excursion through the incredible Trang An landscape.

Trang An Landscape

Experience Maeklong Railway Market at its busiest and interact with passing locals.

Maeklong Railway Market

Spend a half-day to take care of the Rescued Elephants in Chiang Mai

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

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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 | Trang An and Hoa Lu

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital: Arrive at Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam dating back to the 10th century. Explore the Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple, delving into the heroic tales of these kings during the Chinese Wars.

Trang An UNESCO Heritage Site: Visit Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014. This pristine nature reserve, adjacent to Tam Coc, offers a tranquil river journey surrounded by limestone hills and meandering through enchanting caves. Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance, where the only sounds are birdsong and oars gently breaking the water.

Cave Exploration: Enjoy a 2-hour rowing boat excursion through the incredible Trang An landscape. Traverse Vietnam's longest tunnel cave, a mesmerizing 15-minute passage through darkness, and relish the mesmerizing karst scenery.

Mua CaveMua Cave landscape

Mua Cave: Your next destination is Mua Cave, also known as the 'Dancing Cave.' Hike up nearly 500 steps to reach the summit of Lying Dragon Mountain. Here, a breathtaking panoramic view of Tam Coc unfolds, providing an Instagram-worthy vista.

Day 3
Hanoi to Halong by private car| Paradise Elegance Cruise

Arrive on Paradise Elegance Cruise, meet your Cruise Manager for a safety briefing. Check in, and embark on your Halong Bay adventure. Relish a delicious lunch featuring Vietnamese and International dishes as you cruise through Halong Bay, taking in the stunning rock formations.

Explore Halong Bay: After lunch, explore Halong Bay, passing by Cua Van Floating Village and visiting the fascinating Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave). Reach Lan Ha Bay for outdoor activities like swimming and kayaking at Tung Gau Area, surrounded by wild beauty.

Pearl Farm Visit: Explore the Halong Pearl Farm Village, where you'll witness the art of cultivating pearls and admire their stunning creations. Return to the cruise for a sunset party on the Pararoma Roof Bar with drinks and fruits.

Join a cooking class led by our Chef to learn to make Vietnamese dishes. Enjoy a memorable dinner with Vietnamese and International dishes, all while taking in the bay's beauty.

Day 4
Halong Bay to Hanoi | Paradise Elegance Cruise

Start your day with a Tai Chi session at L'Odyssée Sundeck at 6:30 AM to boost your energy. Sung Sot Cave: From 7:45 AM to 8:45 AM, explore Sung Sot Cave, Halong Bay's largest and most beautiful cave. Marvel at the unique stalactites and stalagmites inside and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view from the cave's exit.

At 8:50 AM, savor breakfast at Le Marin Restaurant while cruising past Thien Cung and Dau Go Cave, and the iconic Fighting Cock Islet. After breakfast, handle any bills and room key returns at the reception area. Then, unwind in the Piano Lounge or on the sundeck, soaking in the mesmerizing Halong Bay view.

The cruise returns to Tuan Chau Marina between 10:15 AM and 10:30 AM, where you will disembark, concluding your memorable journey.

Day 5
Hanoi to Siem Reap by flight | One-Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature

Explore Hanoi's top attractions with your knowledgeable private tour guide. This half-day excursion features the following highlights:

One-Pillar Pagoda: Situated at the southwest corner of Ba Dinh Square, this petite pagoda boasts a captivating legend. According to the tale, Emperor Ly Thai Tong constructed it after a dream in which a Buddha presented him with a son, and shortly afterward, his wish was granted. The pagoda's design mimics the Buddha's posture, making it a unique and meaningful site.

One-Pillar PagodaOne-Pillar Pagoda

Temple of Literature: This ancient Confucian sanctuary has evolved into one of Hanoi's most esteemed historical landmarks. Modeled after Confucius' birthplace in Qufu, China, it comprises five courtyards meticulously arranged. Upon entering through the grand twin-tiered Văn Miếu gate, you'll find three pathways that traverse the length of this splendid complex.

Day 6
Siem Reap to Bangkok by flight | The Angkor Wat

Discover the wonders of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, a treasure trove of historical and architectural marvels.

Angkor Wat: Recognized as one of the world's Eight Wonders, Angkor Wat stands as an awe-inspiring testament to faith. This monumental complex, primarily built for religious purposes, includes a plethora of temples, pagodas, statues, palaces, and chambers, all dedicated to King Suryavarman II during the Khmer Empire's zenith. Typically, a thorough exploration takes about three days, with Angkor Wat serving as the primary gateway to the Angkor culture. Note: The site is a 40-minute drive from central Siem Reap.

Angkor WatAngkor Wat

Angkor Thom: Encircled by a vast moat, Angkor Thom exudes the aura of a fortress rather than a religious sanctuary. The site boasts five entrances, with four in the cardinal directions (north, south, east, and west) and the fifth, the Victory Gate, leading eastward from the Angkor Thom Royal Palace grounds. While each entrance once had a causeway, only the south gate remains submerged in water today.

Ta Prohm: Nestled in the western expanse of the Angkor Wat Complex, Ta Prohm's enchanting beauty lies in its colossal stones and the embrace of towering trees. King Jayavarman VII constructed this site as part of his ambitious monastery and university construction program. The mystique of Ta Prohm is heightened by its association with the movie "Tomb Raider." Note: Visiting in the afternoon offers respite from the scorching sun, as the immense trees provide welcome shade.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat: Witnessing the sunrise at Angkor Wat is a quintessential travel experience. For the best conditions, plan your visit between November and April during the dry season. Keep in mind: 1. Depart from your hotel around 04:30 as crowds gather for the sunrise. 2. Ensure you have purchased your Angkor Wat ticket in advance. 3. Bring refreshments, mosquito repellent, and dress warmly. 4. After the sunrise (around 10-15 minutes), take a peaceful walk for a serene experience. For a quieter sunrise, we recommend visiting Srah Srang.

Day 7
Bangkok | Venture into Damnoen Saduak floating market

Set out early for a two-hour journey to the Damnoen Saduak floating market.

Maeklong Railway Market: As the name suggests, this market boasts a railway cutting through its heart, with trains passing multiple times daily. You'll find typical Thai market wares, but what sets Maeklong Railway Market apart is the railway itself. Vendors have their stalls right by the tracks. When the train approaches, they swiftly retract their awnings and goods to ensure a safe passage for the train. Tourists gather nearby to witness this unique spectacle, capturing videos and photos of the event. Once the train has passed, vendors return their items to the tracks as if nothing happened.

Maeklong Railway MarketMaeklong Railway Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market: Next, journey to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market to experience Thailand's traditional way of buying and selling goods. Then, return to Bangkok, arriving at your hotel in time for lunch (not included).

Day 8
Bangkok to Chiang Rai by flight | The Royal Grand Palace

Delve into Thailand's rich history and spirituality with a visit to the Royal Grand Palace.

Royal Grand Palace: The Royal Grand Palace stands as Thailand's most sacred site. This historic complex includes several buildings, among them Wat Phra Kaew, home to the revered Emerald Buddha, which dates back to the 14th century. While the palace ceased to serve as a royal residence in the early 20th century, it remains a center for various ceremonies and auspicious events.

Royal Grand PalaceRoyal Grand Palace

Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha): Often referred to as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew holds the distinction of being Thailand's most sacred Buddhist temple. The Emerald Buddha enshrined within is a powerful religio-political symbol and serves as the protective image of Thai society. Located in the heart of Bangkok's historic Phra Nakhon District, within the Grand Palace precincts, this temple offers a glimpse into the country's spiritual heritage.

Day 9
Chiang Rai | Venture into the Meo Hill Tribe

Embark on an enriching journey from Chiang Rai, heading north on a one-hour drive to explore the iconic Golden Triangle, a region where the Ruak River meets the Mekong River. This is a significant geographical point where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos converge, historically notorious for its involvement in the opium trade throughout the 20th century.

Golden Triangle Exploration: An exciting long-tail boat ride along the Mekong River will treat you to breathtaking views of the Laotian countryside. After this river adventure, you'll disembark in Chiang Saen to unravel the ruins of an ancient city that dates back to the 7th century.

Chiang Khong Experience: Next, venture to Chiang Khong, renowned for being one of the few places where the elusive Mekong giant catfish is still found. Additionally, this town plays a vital role as a local hill tribe market hub and a center for trade, both legitimate and illicit, with northern Laos.

Connect with the Meo Hill Tribe: During your visit, you'll have the opportunity to meet with a Meo hill tribe and gain insights into their traditional way of life. Observe the women's pleated hemp skirts adorned with blue and white batik patterns, engage in friendly conversations, and benefit from the guidance of your local expert. Following a satisfying lunch, you'll return to Chiang Rai, arriving in the late afternoon. This expedition promises a captivating blend of history, culture, and stunning landscapes.

Day 10
Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai by private car | The White Temple

Prepare to embark on an extraordinary journey through the distinct and artistic temples of Chiang Rai, a region brimming with captivating architectural marvels.

Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple): Situated just 15 kilometers southwest of Chiang Rai town, this temple is a true masterpiece and is often referred to as the "White Temple." It stands out as one of Thailand's most iconic temples and beckons visitors from across the globe. Unconventional and contemporary, it combines the essence of a Buddhist temple with the flair of an art exhibit. You'll have approximately one hour to explore this unique site.

Baandam Museum (The Black House): Found just outside Chiang Rai, the Baandam Museum, affectionately known as the Black House, is more of a museum than a temple. Despite this, it houses various shrines and is among the city's most popular attractions. Immerse yourself in its intriguing displays, bridging art and culture.

Baandam MuseumBaandam Museum

Wat Rong Suea Ten (The Blue Temple): This newer addition to Chiang Rai's temple landscape, informally referred to as the Blue Temple, showcases contemporary design with vibrant blue and gold accents. Its interior features a grand White Buddha statue encircled by modern Buddhist art. Although not as widely known to tourists as the White Temple and Black House, the Blue Temple is a hidden gem and a photographer's paradise.

Day 11
Chiang Mai | Wat Suan Dok

Start your day with a morning visit to a bustling food and flower market, where you'll witness local Thais going about their daily shopping. It's a vibrant and lively experience that immerses you in Chiang Mai's unique lifestyle.

Next, we head to Wat Suan Dok, a serene temple that serves as the final resting place for the ashes of former Chiang Mai kings and the Royal Family. Explore its graceful grounds and delve into the rich history of this site.

Embark on a scenic 30-minute drive to Doi Suthep Mountain, passing through stunning landscapes of Northern Thailand. As you ascend past mountains and forests, you'll reach Wat Phra That, one of the region's holiest temples. Founded in 1383 AD, this sacred site can be reached by climbing 309 steps. For those seeking a more leisurely ascent, a tram is available for a small fee.

Doi Suthep MountainDoi Suthep Mountain

The climb is rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view over the city – a sight that will surely leave you in awe. After this enchanting experience, we return to Chiang Mai for a unique way to explore the city.

Rickshaw Ride through Chiang Mai's Old Town: Enjoy a 20-minute rickshaw ride through the serene streets of the old town. It's a delightful way to soak in the city's charm before returning to your hotel.

Half-Day Home Host Cooking: You'll escape the bustling city and venture into the peaceful countryside for a captivating cooking class hosted by a local family in a quaint village. Upon arrival, you'll receive a warm welcome with flowers and refreshing drinks. The gracious host will introduce you to their home and share insights into the local culture.

The home you'll visit belongs to the Raunkaew-Yanon family, who arrived in the area almost 150 years ago, possibly traveling by elephant. They are a Lanna family dedicated to preserving traditions passed down through generations. Their homes are crafted from teak wood, and the surrounding environment is maintained in a traditional manner, a sight rarely seen in Chiang Mai.

Experience the Lanna way of life as you stroll through their family-owned orchard, adorned with various fruit trees like banana, mango, and coconut. The garden is abundant with herbs used in cooking. To enhance your cultural immersion, you'll also have the opportunity to participate in a cooking session with the local family and savor a delicious meal together. This is a unique chance to connect with Chiang Mai's rich heritage and savor its flavors.

Day 12
Chiang Mai Discovery | Venture into the Doi Inthanon National Park

Explore Doi Inthanon: Embark on a full-day adventure to Doi Inthanon National Park. As you drive through picturesque landscapes and lush paddy fields, you'll discover the beauty of Northern Thailand. Visit the King and Queen Pagodas, built by the Royal Thai Air Force to celebrate their 60th birthdays. These pagodas offer breathtaking views of the park's mountainous terrain.

Doi InthanonDoi Inthanon

Engage with the Karen hill tribe in a local village and explore their vibrant hill tribe market. On your way back, stop at Wachiratharn Waterfall to witness nature's beauty.

For a more immersive experience, hike the Kiew Mae Pan Nature Trail, covering 3 kilometers or 2.5-3 hours. This trail leads you through lush forests, past giant Rhododendrons (Dec-Feb), and offers views from a scenic cliff.

Step off the beaten path and onto the Mae Klang Luuang Nature Trail. This trail takes you through dense forests, follows a river, and leads to Pa Dok Siew Waterfall, where you can take a refreshing dip.

Day 13
Chiang Mai | Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Half Day Tour: Your journey kicks off with a hassle-free hotel pickup in Chiang Mai, guiding you through approximately 1.5 hours of breathtaking scenery, taking in agricultural landscapes, rolling hills, and lush forests. The destination: Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.

Upon arrival, you'll meet an English-speaking guide who will offer insights into the elephants' lives. To truly immerse yourself, change into traditional Karen clothing and arm yourself with bananas and sugar cane. Accompanied by your guide, you'll wander through the sanctuary, coming face to face with free-roaming elephants and learning about their heartwarming stories.

Unforgettable Encounters and Ethical Tourism: During your visit, you're encouraged to touch, feed, photograph, and interact with these graceful giants. Gain a deeper understanding of their lifestyle and behaviors from your knowledgeable guide. The adventure continues with a mud spa session and a refreshing river bath, creating lasting memories and smiles. The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is an ethical and sustainable eco-tourism project dedicated to the well-being of these majestic creatures. Founded in July 2014, the sanctuary provides a loving home for over thirty formerly mistreated elephants, giving them the freedom to live their lives to the fullest. This progressive and ethically responsible approach serves as a platform to raise awareness about elephant care and the challenges faced by Asian elephants for people in Thailand and worldwide.

Day 14
Chiang Mai to Singapore by flight | S.E.A. Aquarium

An Evening of Aquatic Wonders at S.E.A. Aquarium: As the sun sets, embark on a mesmerizing journey to the S.E.A. Aquarium, home to one of the world's most extensive collections of marine life. Prepare to be awestruck as you encounter an astonishing array of underwater creatures in stunning, immersive displays.

Sentosa Island is your gateway to a world of excitement, from the thrills of Universal Studios to the enchanting depths of the S.E.A. Aquarium. It's the perfect destination for family-friendly fun and unforgettable memories.

Day 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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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