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19-Day Vietnam, Thailand, and Bali Tour

A Trip to Discover Vietnam, Thailand and Bali

Discover the historic treasures of Vietnam in Hanoi, cruise through Halong Bay, and immerse yourself in the charm of Hoi An. Then, experience the vibrant culture and cuisine of Thailand in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, where ancient temples and bustling markets await. Finally, unwind in the tropical paradise of Bali, with its stunning beaches and lush landscapes. This comprehensive itinerary offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and relaxation.

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  • Days:19±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$4750 p/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:

Traverse the charming streets of Hoi An while indulging in mouthwatering dishes at local eateries

street food of Hoi An

Experience a captivating 2-hour rowing boat journey through Vietnam's longest tunnel cave

rowing boat journey

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

 Presidential Palace

Stay on Emperor Cruise to sail and explore the enchanting Halong Bay.

emperor cruise

Explore Historical Sites and Relics of Ayutthaya at Historical Park.

Relics of Ayutthaya

Embark on an invigorating trek along the Gibbon Route in Khao Yai National Park.

 Khao Yai National Park

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
the tag of ah hand picked

Take a glance of one of Bali's most captivating natural wonders: Kelingking Beach.

Kelingking Beach
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Day 1
Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Ho Chi Minh City. 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
Ho Chi Minh to Danang by flight | War Remnants Museum

Notre Dame Cathedral & Central Post Office: Begin your day exploring Saigon's rich history. Admire the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral with its iconic twin spires (please note that interior visits might be limited due to ongoing renovations). Right across the square, visit the Central Post Office, an architectural gem completed in 1891.

Presidential Palace: Journey to the former Presidential Palace, once the heart of the Saigon Government during the American War. Delve into its historical significance and architectural grandeur.

War Remnants Museum: Gain a poignant perspective on the American War through the lens of the Vietnamese people at the War Remnants Museum. Please be aware that some exhibits are graphic in nature.

Saigon's Coffee Culture: Experience the vibrant street coffee culture of Saigon while your guide provides language tips and insights into the daily life of locals. Savor a cup of coffee and soak in the city's unique atmosphere before returning to your hotel.

Day 3
Danang to Hoi An | My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary: Begin your day with a visit to the captivating My Son Sanctuary, an extraordinary Hindu temple complex nestled in Southeast Asia. This sacred site played a pivotal role in the Cham civilization, ruling over Central Vietnam from the 2nd to the 13th century. Your journey begins with a stop at Phuoc Kieu Village, renowned for its centuries-old bronze crafting heritage. Immerse yourself in the intricate artistry of this unique craft before delving into the world of the revered Cham Towers.

Hoi An Street Food Walking Tour: Dive into the heart of Vietnamese culture by exploring its culinary treasures on this delightful street food adventure. Traverse the charming streets of Hoi An while indulging in mouthwatering dishes at local eateries. You'll have the chance to savor renowned delicacies like the famous white rose dumplings, Vietnamese pancakes, caolau noodles, and banh mi (Vietnamese bread) at the acclaimed Banh Mi Phuong, highly recommended by the legendary Anthony Bourdain.

Day 4
Hoi An to Danang to Hanoi | Old Quarter Walking Tour

Hidden Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour (Half-Day): As you explore Vietnam's captivating capital, a visit to Hanoi's renowned Old Quarter, famously known as the "36 Streets," is a must. This district boasts a rich history dating back to the 13th century, serving as a bustling hub for residents, artisans, and merchants. What makes it unique is the fascinating specialization of each street, with each dedicated to a specific craft or trade. Even today, the Old Quarter retains its distinctive architecture and offers a diverse range of products, providing a captivating glimpse into the daily lives of its inhabitants.

Day 5
Hanoi to Ninh Binh | Hoa Lu and Trang An

Hoa Lu: We arrive at Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of Vietnam. Here, you'll delve into history as you explore the Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple, both dating back to the 10th century. These temples are steeped in heroic tales of the kings who fought valiantly during the Chinese Wars.

Trang An: Next, we visit Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage site honored in 2014. Nestled near Tam Coc, Trang An is a natural reserve that mirrors the beauty of Tam Coc but with fewer crowds. Surrounded by limestone hills, it boasts a serene river meandering through a series of enchanting caves. Trang An is an eco-tourism haven known for its tranquil atmosphere, interrupted only by the melodic chirping of birds and the gentle paddle of oars in the crystal-clear river.

River Exploration: During a captivating 2-hour rowing boat journey, you'll glide through Vietnam's longest tunnel cave, a remarkable 15-minute passage. This dark, mystical tunnel offers a unique experience as you traverse it, surrounded by awe-inspiring karst landscapes.

Mua Cave: We continue our adventure, heading to Mua Cave, also affectionately known as the "Dancing Cave." Be prepared for a rewarding climb of nearly 500 steps to reach the summit of Lying Dragon Mountain. Here, you'll be treated to a breathtaking panoramic vista of Tam Coc and its surrounding beauty.

Day 6
Ninh Binh to Halong | Emperor Cruises

Boarding: Your journey begins as our Cruise Director warmly welcomes you aboard Emperor Cruises Halong. Get ready to set sail and explore the enchanting Halong Bay.

Lunch: A delectable set lunch menu awaits you at our Can Chanh Palace Restaurant on the main deck. Savor the flavors of authentic Vietnamese cuisine while taking in the breathtaking beauty of the bay.

Explore Bright & Dark Cave: We'll cruise to the Bright & Dark Cave Area, a natural wonderland that marks the boundary between Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Here, you have free time to swim in the crystal-clear waters or embark on a colorful kayaking adventure, immersing yourself in the stunning landscapes of Halong Bay.

Afternoon Delights: Join us on the Sundeck for a relaxing Afternoon tea accompanied by music and delightful Canapes. Don't miss the chance to participate in a captivating cooking demonstration, where you can try your hand at mastering the art of traditional Vietnamese cuisine amidst the picturesque surroundings.

Dinner: As the night descends upon Halong Bay, indulge in our exquisite A La Carte course menu at the Royal Palace Restaurant on board. Allow the charm of Halong Bay to captivate you as you savor a delightful dinner.

Day 7
Hanoi to Bangkok by flight | Emperor Cruises

Rise early to embrace the tranquility of Halong Bay with a Vovinam exercise session on the sundeck. Feel the warmth of the morning sun as you prepare for a rejuvenating day.

Before embarking on your adventure, savor a light breakfast featuring an assortment of teas, coffee, pastries, cookies, and fresh juices at our luxurious restaurant.

Explore Me Cung Cave: Dive into the rich history and archaeology of Halong Bay as you discover the awe-inspiring Me Cung Cave, also known as the Cave of Maze. This remarkable destination offers insights into Halong Culture dating back 10,000 years. Marvel at the intricate formations of stalactites and stalagmites that adorn the cave, and immerse yourself in its diverse ecological wonders.

Day 8
Bangkok to Kanchanaburi | Maeklong Railway Market

Maeklong Railway Market: Our first stop is the Maeklong Railway Market, a market unlike any other. Picture this: a bustling market with a railway track running right through its heart. Multiple times a day, a train passes through, and the market transforms into a mesmerizing spectacle. Vendors hurriedly pull back their awnings and products to make way for the train, creating an unforgettable moment for both tourists and locals.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market: Next, we head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where you'll witness the traditional Thai way of buying and selling goods on the water. Explore the vibrant market, take in the sights, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere.

Bridge over the River Kwai: Our journey continues westward to Kanchanaburi, where we visit the historic Bridge over the River Kwai. This iconic bridge holds a significant place in history as it was built by thousands of Allied prisoners of war during World War II under Japanese captivity. Learn about the challenges faced by the prisoners as they worked on this engineering marvel.

War Cemetery and Death Railway Museum: Pay your respects at the Second World War cemetery, the final resting place of 6,982 Australian, Dutch, and British prisoners of war who sacrificed their lives during the railway's construction. Explore the Death Railway Museum, which houses a collection of photographs and physical artifacts dating back to World War II.

Historic Train Ride: Conclude our day with a historic train ride, retracing the steps of those who endured the construction of the Death Railway.

Day 9
Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya | Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace: Our first stop is the majestic Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, situated between Bangkok and Ayutthaya. Originally constructed in the 17th century during the Ayutthaya era, this royal palace fell into disrepair after the Burmese invasion of 1767. It was lovingly restored under the reign of King Mongkut (Rama IV) in 1850. Today, it still serves as a residence for the royal family. The palace is a true gem, offering picturesque views and ample photo opportunities.

Ayutthaya Historical Park: Explore the Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that preserves the remnants of temples and palaces from the ancient Ayutthaya Kingdom. This historical treasure is located on an island encircled by three rivers, the former heart of the capital city. During your tour, you'll visit five iconic temples, including Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Si Sanphet. Don't miss the famous sight of the Buddha head nestled amidst the tree roots at Wat Mahathat.

Rice Barge Dinner Cruise: As the day winds down, experience an enchanting evening aboard a traditional teak rice barge on the serene Chao Phraya River and its tributaries. Marvel at the illuminated historical ruins of Ayutthaya and observe the timeless daily activities of the riverside communities. All of this while relishing a delectable selection of Thai cuisine. Allow the romantic ambiance of Ayutthaya's old capital to sweep you away.

Day 10
Ayutthaya to Khao Yai | Khao Yai National Park

Wildlife Spotting and National Park Museum: During your journey, pause at a scenic viewpoint for wildlife spotting, offering a chance to glimpse gibbons, pig-tailed macaque monkeys, or hornbills in their natural habitat. Continue to the Khao Yai National Park museum headquarters to delve into the park's fascinating flora and fauna.

Trek the Gibbon Route: Embark on an invigorating trek along the Gibbon Route, leading you through the park's captivating trails. Along the way, keep an eye out for mineral rocks and visit a watching tower for breathtaking panoramic views.

Haew Narok Waterfall: Visit the stunning Haew Narok Waterfall, one of the park's renowned natural wonders. Be awestruck by the grandeur of this expansive waterfall, and stay alert for possible glimpses of wild elephants on your way.

Thrilling Night Safari: As night falls, prepare for an exhilarating night safari adventure. Switch to a 4WD vehicle equipped with spotlights to enhance visibility. Your mission during this nocturnal expedition: spotting the park's diverse wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for civets, deer, barking deer, porcupines, wild dogs, and even majestic elephants. Your expert guide will offer valuable insights and assist you in spotting these remarkable creatures.

Day 11
Khao Yai to Bangkok to Chiang Mai by flight | Haew Suwat Waterfall

Haew Suwat Waterfall: After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, get set for another thrilling day in Khao Yai National Park. Your adventure commences with a convenient hotel pickup.

This time, you'll embark on an exhilarating trek along the picturesque Haew Suwat nature trail. As you traverse this scenic path, you'll find yourself surrounded by the park's lush landscapes, offering an immersive experience in nature's splendor. Keep your eyes peeled as the trail may reveal various wildlife species, such as crocodiles, monitors, and Chinese water dragons.

As your journey unfolds, you'll be treated to a breathtaking sight: Haew Suwat Waterfall. This majestic waterfall is the very spot where Leonardo DiCaprio leaped from in the movie "The Beach." Take a moment to soak in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the waterfall, capturing memories that will last a lifetime.

Day 12
Chiang Mai | Elephant Rescue Park Experience

Half Day Elephant Rescue Park Experience (No Riding, Private Transfers, Join-in Activities): Nestled in a pristine valley just 1.5 hours outside of Chiang Mai, the Elephant Rescue Park is a sanctuary dedicated to providing a loving and safe home for homeless elephants. During your visit, you'll have the extraordinary opportunity to spend a half-day caring for these magnificent creatures. This experience goes beyond traditional elephant riding and instead focuses on meaningful interactions.

Your day begins with a private tour guide meeting you at your hotel around 8:00 am. From there, you'll embark on a journey to the park, which takes approximately one and a half hours. Upon arrival, you'll change into provided uniforms and participate in an informative introductory discussion before engaging in the activities.

Interact with the elephants in a respectful manner, feed them, walk alongside them, embrace their gentle presence, and even have the chance to bathe these remarkable beings. After an enriching morning, savor a delicious lunch at the park. Your private guide and driver will then transport you back to your hotel around 2:00 pm.

Cooking Classes Experience: Embark on a culinary adventure in the serene countryside, just 9 kilometers (6 miles) east of Chiang Mai, at the Baan Hong Nual School. Thai cuisine's subtle flavors and unique presentation have gained worldwide acclaim. In this immersive program, you'll uncover the secrets of Thai cooking and master the art of crafting traditional Thai dishes.

The four-dish course encompasses a delightful selection of soups, salads, curries, satay, and desserts. You'll learn the techniques of stir-frying, steaming, and the art of serving food the Thai way. These newfound culinary skills will leave you well-prepared to impress your loved ones upon your return.

Day 13
Chiang Mai | Doi Suthep

Evening at Doi Suthep: Chiang Mai's Sacred Sanctuary. Just a short drive from Chiang Mai, Doi Suthep is a captivating national park in northern Thailand. Here, nature's beauty shines with lush landscapes, serene waterfalls, and panoramic vistas. The park also houses the renowned Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple, a spiritual gem constructed in 1382.

Doi Suthep beckons outdoor enthusiasts with activities like hiking and cycling. From the temple's hilltop perch, you'll enjoy sweeping views of Chiang Mai, particularly enchanting at twilight. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep holds deep significance in Buddhism, attracting Thai pilgrims, especially during Makha Bucha and Visakha Bucha (in February and May).

Our tour offers an exclusive experience, taking place in the tranquil late afternoon when crowds thin out. You'll have the privilege of exploring Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, where resident monks' soothing chants accompany the glittering lights of Chiang Mai below. Meditation at the temple is also an option for those seeking a deeper connection. This evening excursion promises spiritual enrichment amidst northern Thailand's cultural treasures.

Day 14
Chiang Mai | Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park: Nature, Culture, and Adventure. Explore Doi Inthanon National Park's natural and cultural wonders as you journey through stunning landscapes. Visit pagodas dedicated to the King and Queen with breathtaking mountain views. Immerse yourself in a Karen hill tribe village and explore the Hill Tribe Market.

Experience adventure on the Kiew Mae Pan Nature Trail, a 3-kilometer trek through lush forests with stunning Rhododendrons, waterfalls, and streams. Enjoy mountain panoramas at the trail's end.

For a unique perspective, take the Mae Klang Luang Nature Trail downhill, passing the Pa Dok Siew Waterfall. Explore the Mae Klang Luang Karen village with coffee bushes and rice paddies. Don't miss trying freshly roasted coffee at a local coffee house. This day offers nature, culture, and adventure in Doi Inthanon National Park.

Day 15
Chiang Mai to Krabi by flight | Wat Tham Sua

Our first stop is Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave Temple), one of Krabi's most stunning temples. Explore its limestone caves with mesmerizing stalagmites and stalactites. The temple's surroundings are graced with lush trees and a golden pagoda atop a mountain, reached by climbing over 1,000 steps.

Next, we'll visit the Hot Spring, where you can experience natural relaxation by immersing yourself in the warm stream. These hot springs are renowned for their high temperature (38-42°C) and mineral-rich waters, perfect for a soothing hydrotherapy bath.

Our final destination is the enchanting Emerald Lagoon. Nestled in a shaded, forested area, the lagoon's water changes color throughout the day. Dive into the crystal-clear, green waters of this 1.2-meter deep lagoon for a refreshing swim.

Day 16
Krabi to Bangkok to Bali by flight | Banyumala Twin Waterfall

Banyumala Twin Waterfall: Nestled near the Twin Lakes, Banyumala Twin Waterfall offers a refreshing escape from the crowds. This hidden gem is the perfect spot for a summer swim, with its cool and pristine waters inviting you to take a dip.

Ulun Danu Bratan (Water Temple): Prepare to be captivated by the beauty of Ulun Danu Bratan, often considered Bali's most breathtaking temple. This temple appears to float on the serene Tamblingan Lake, creating a picture-perfect scene that will stay with you forever.

Day 17
Munduk to Seminyak | Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest

Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest: Begin your adventure in the famed Alas Kedaton, home to Bali's cheekiest inhabitants - the macaque monkeys. Wander among towering nutmeg trees, sacred to the Balinese people, and get up close and personal with these playful creatures. A visit to Bali is incomplete without witnessing their antics.

Pura Taman Ayung (Royal Temple): Our next stop takes us to Mengwi, where you'll explore the majestic Pura Taman Ayung, a 17th-century Royal Temple. Admire its architectural splendor and soak in the serene atmosphere of one of Bali's most beautiful temples.

Tanah Lot Temple at Sunset: As the day draws to a close, we'll take you to the iconic Tanah Lot Temple, perched dramatically on a rock just off the shore. This temple is not only a marvel of Balinese architecture but also a photographer's dream, especially during sunset when the surroundings take on a surreal glow. Textexaam.

Day 18
Seminyak | Kelingking Beach

Kelingking Beach: Our adventure kicks off at Kelingking Beach, one of Indonesia's most captivating natural wonders. Despite its name translating to "pinkie finger," this renowned viewpoint is famous for its uncanny resemblance to a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Stand atop steep cliffs and gaze at the imposing rock formation, which extends into the ocean, cradling a pristine white sand beach.

Broken Beach: Our next stop is Broken Beach, locally known as Pantai Pasih Uug. This unique destination boasts a naturally formed lagoon—a circular hole nestled within rocky cliffs, seemingly enclosed from all sides. Enjoy a refreshing coconut drink from a nearby stall and marvel at this natural spectacle as clear waters flow in from the surrounding ocean.

Angel's Billabong: From the towering heights of Broken Beach and Kelingking Beach, venture closer to the water at Angel's Billabong. This natural "infinity pool" is a serene lagoon framed by rugged volcanic rocks. The crystal-clear water allows you to observe intricate rock formations on the pool's floor.

Crystal Bay Beach: After an exploration-filled morning, savor lunch at a local restaurant before making your way to Crystal Bay Beach. Dive into the tranquil and pristine waters of this picturesque beach, teeming with exotic marine life. A thriving coral reef awaits not far from the shore, making it the perfect spot to rent snorkeling gear and explore underwater wonders. Whether you're swimming, diving, or simply relaxing under the shade of a swaying coconut tree, you'll find plenty of friendly "warungs" (local shops and eateries) offering snacks and cold drinks.

Day 19
Bali Departure

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

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