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19-Day Highlights of Southeast Asia: Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam

This itinerary will offer you a chance to experience the splendor of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It is recommended for people who would like to have an in-depth Southeast Asia tour at an easy pace. It includes the selected destinations with top attractions, some authentic local experiences, and our exclusive activities.

From the spellbinding historical treasures to the bustling floating markets and from a vibrant metropolis to the idyllic countryside and green jungle, you will experience a different world.

Journey route

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Highlights

  • Have an overnight cruise in the picturesque Halong Bay.
  • Meander through the bustling streets and quiet narrow lanes of Hoi An Ancient Town.
  • Row through the narrow canals in Vinh Long and discover Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho, the Mekong Delta.
  • Discover the hidden story of Angkor Thom and marvel at the awe-inspiring Angkor temples.
  • Walk into the magnificent Grand Palace and photogenic Wat Arun in Bangkok.
  • Have a close encounter with elephants in a jungle in Chiang Mai.
  • Relax by a wonderful beach in Koh Samui before heading back home.

Itinerary in detail

This sample itinerary provides inspiration, yet your preferences design the real journey. Following our Tailor-made Guidelines to create a wonderful India holiday in your way.

Day 1 Hanoi Arrival, Vietnam

Hanoi Pearl Hotel (4-star) / Apricot Hotel (5-star)

Upon arrival, your private guide and driver will greet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel.

Take the rest of the day to adjust to the jet lag or explore the city on your own.

Day 2 Hanoi City Highlights Exploration with a Leisurely Walk in the Old Quarter

breakfast and lunch

You will get an insight into Hanoi’s culture and history by visiting its top attractions including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the historic Temple of Literature, the unique One Pillar Pagoda, and the informative Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Take a leisurely walk through the Old Quarter to experience the daily life of the Hanoians.

Conclude your day by watching an entertaining water puppet performance, which is a unique Northern Vietnamese art form.

One Pillar Pagoda One Pillar Pagoda
The Temple of Literature The Temple of Literature

Day 3 Hanoi to Halong Bay and an Overnight Cruise in Halong Bay

Bhaya Classic Cruise (4-star) / Au Co Cruise (5-star)
breakfast, lunch, and dinner

After breakfast, you will be transferred from Hanoi to Halong Bay and board the boat for your selected cruise at noon.

Explore Trinh Nu Cave, one of the finest sunlight-filled caves in Halong Bay, covering an area of 2,000 square meters with a stunning assortment of stalactites and stalagmites.

Swim in the “love story” area of Halong Bay. Taste exquisite drinks from a vast selection in an open bar on board while enjoying the panoramic view of Halong Bay. Join in with other interesting activities on board.

The Spectacular View of Halong Bay The Spectacular View of Halong Bay

Day 4 Halong Bay to Hanoi Airport Transfer, and Hoi An Arrival

Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort (4-star) / Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa (5-star)
brunch

In the morning, after a visit to Sung Sot Cave, which is the largest and most renowned cave in Halong Bay, your cruise will come to an end and you will take a private transfer to the airport in Hanoi. Take the onward flight to Da Nang followed by a 40-minute private transfer to Hoi An.

The Sung Sot Cave in Halong Bay The Sung Sot Cave in Halong Bay

Day 5A Half-Day Exploration of Hoi An

breakfast, lunch

Hoi An is an ancient town filled with cultural complexity. It was a prosperous trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries and is famed for its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets, and distinctive local cuisine.

In the morning, accompanied by your guide, take your time and meander through Hoi An’s narrow lanes to discover its highlights: the historic Japanese Covered Bridge,the memorable Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, the Old House of Tan Ky, and the colorful local specialties market, which has stalls brimming with goods.

A Glance of Hoi An Ancient Town A Glance of Hoi An Ancient Town

Day 6Hoi An Departure, A Half-Day Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel (4-star) / Hotel Majestic Saigon (5-star)
breakfast

Get up late and have breakfast at an easy pace. Your private guide and driver will transfer you from Hoi An to Da Nang for your onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

In the afternoon, you will discover Ho Chi Minh City's turbulent history by visiting the most historic landmarks: Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, Saigon Central Post Office, and Reunification Palace.

Continue your trip with a visit to the informative War Remnants Museum. Have an insight into the Saigonese lifestyle and culture by tasting a cup of coffee at a famed street café like the locals. You will also learn some simple local language from your guide.

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

Day 7Discover the Mekong Delta and Take a Boat Tour in Vinh Long

Iris Hotel Can Tho (4-star) / Azerai Can Tho (5-star)
breakfast and lunch

Depart in the morning on a 2-hour drive to Vinh Long. Visit the vibrant Vinh Long Market, which gives you an insight into the locals’ lifestyle and the Mekong Delta’s bounties: river fish, rice-field rats, fruits, and vegetables.

Take a boat ride along the dense network of narrow canals around Vinh Long, which offers you a good way to experience the timeless, bucolic character of the Mekong Delta.

You will be transferred to Can Tho where you will stay overnight.

Take a boat ride in Vinh Long, Mekong DeltaTake a boat ride in Vinh Long, Mekong Delta

Day 8Visit Cai Rang Floating Market, Return to Ho Chi Minh City

Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel (4-star) / Hotel Majestic Saigon (5-star)
breakfast and lunch

The highlight of your itinerary will be jumping on a motorboat and beginning your adventure to see the renowned Cai Rang Floating Market where dozens of boats are laden with fruits, vegetables, and fish from all over the Mekong Delta, jostling for trade. It provides you with a glimpse into a unique commercial culture.

Return to shore for a city tour of Can Tho and visit Can Tho Museum where numerous valuable objects are exhibited. You will have an overview of the Mekong Delta’s culture and learn about the peaceful coexistence of different ethnic groups in this region. 

Afterward, you will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City.

A Glance of Cai Rang Floating Market A Glance of Cai Rang Floating Market

Days 9Ho Chi Minh City Departure and Siem Reap Arrival

Tara Angkor Hotel (4-star) / Shinta Mani Shack (5-star)
breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy some free time at your leisure before your private guide picks you up and takes you to the airport for your onward flight to Cambodia.

Upon arrival in Siem Reap, your private tour guide and driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore on your own.

Days 10Magnificent Angkor Thom and Awe-Inspiring Angkor Temples

breakfast and lunch

You will spend your day exploring the top temples of Angkor. Discover the hidden story of Angkor Thom from your knowledgeable guide, stroll among 200 carved smiling faces at Bayon Temple, discover Ta Prohm under towering trees, and walk through the extraordinary Preah Khan. The grandeur of Angkor Wat will remind you of its past glory.

The Stone Carvings on the Wall of Angkor Ta Prohm Temple The Stone Carvings on the Wall of Angkor Ta Prohm Temple

Day 11Discover Banteay Srei, the Cambodia Landmine Museum, and Tonle Sap Lake

breakfast and lunch

Start your day by visiting Banteay Srei, also known as the Citadel of the Women, which is the jewel of Khmer art. Head towards the Cambodia Landmine Museum where you will learn about how this life-threatening weapon has affected people’s lives in the past and present.

Take an ox cart ride through the idyllic countryside as you pass rice fields, palm trees, and small villages.

Move on to visit Tonle Sap Lake and take a relaxing boat ride to Kampong Phluk. Conclude your day by visiting a mangrove forest nearby and enjoy a sunset cocktail on the lake.

The Tonle Sap Lake The Tonle Sap Lake

Day 12Siem Reap Departure and Bangkok Arrival

Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok (5-star) / Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel (5-star)
breakfast

Your Siem Reap tour will come to its end. Your private guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. Upon arrival in Bangkok, your private guide and driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore as you wish.

Day 13Bangkok City Highlights Exploration

breakfast and lunch

Experience the morning chanting ritual at Wat Pho, which is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. Take a tuk tuk ride via Pak Khlong Talat flower market to the Grand Palace. Continue with a long-tail boat ride along the ancient canals of Thonburi to get a flavor of the local life. Stop at the iconic Wat Arun, which was once the grand royal temple of King Rama II.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will cross the Chao Phraya River and be driven to Chinatown for a glance at Old Bangkok.

The Magnificent Grand Palace The Magnificent Grand Palace

Day 14Chiang Mai Arrival, Create a Thai Floating Lantern, and Enjoy a Riverside Dinner

Bodhi Serene (4-star) / RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort (5-star)
breakfast and dinner

Your private transfers between hotels and airports are included in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Loi Krathong (the floating lantern festival) is one of Thailand’s most-loved festivals. During the celebration, Thai people make their own krathongs (floating lanterns) and release them in rivers on the night of the November full moon.

To offer you the opportunity to experience the local culture and traditions of Loi Krathong, we have arranged a lantern-making and releasing activity at a peaceful and secluded restaurant overlooking the Ping River. You will have a memorable moment and take great pictures during this activity.

Take a break to try some delicious northern Thai dishes while enjoying the view of the sunset over the river. Once it is dark, release your floating lantern on a pond or river and don’t forget to make a wish.

Loy Krathong MakingLoy Krathong Making
Loy Krathong ReleasingLoy Krathong Releasing

Day 15Have a Close Encounter with Elephants, Spiritual Tour with Two Sacred Temples

Situated in a pristine and picturesque valley of Chiang Mai about 1.5 hours outside of the city, the Elephant Rescue Park is a paradise for homeless elephants. It provides a safe, loving, and secure environment for all the elephants that live there.

Here, you can spend a half-day caring for the Elephants. At the Elephant Rescue Park, you'll interact with the elephants, feed them, walk with them, hug them, and bathe them.

In the afternoon, you will get an insight into Chiang Mai's vibrant history by visiting two landmarks: Wat Chedi Luang and Doi Suthep. Wat Chedi Luang was once the home of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most sacred religious relic, so it attracts a lot of Thai people who worship there each year. Doi Suthep is one of the most famous national parks in Northern Thailand. Despite the stunning natural beauty, the main reason many visitors go to Doi Suthep is to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. It is one of the most holy Buddhist sites in Thailand.

The Historic Wat Chedi Luang The Historic Wat Chedi Luang

Day 16Chiang Mai to Koh Samui

Buri Rasa Village Samui (4-star) / Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui (5-star)
breakfast and lunch

After Breakfast, you will take a private transfer to the airport and fly to Koh Samui. Upon arrival in Koh Samui, you will take a private transfer to your beautiful hotel by the beach.

The Wonderful Beach of Koh Samui The Wonderful Beach of Koh Samui

Day 17 and 18Have Some Free Time by the Beautiful Beach

breakfast

You will have two free days to spend at your leisure by the beach.

Day 19Koh Samui to Bangkok for Your Departure

breakfast

After breakfast, take a private transfer to Koh Samui Airport for your flight back to Bangkok and connect with your international departure flight. 

Asia Highlights handpicked hotels

We have selected hotels with different styles and for different budgets. Let us know your preferences and we will help you find the right one.

standard room at hanoi pearl hotel
Hanoi Pearl Hotel
  • 4.5/5 points by over 600 travelers on TripAdvisor.
  • 10 minutes to walk to the Old Quarter, great service and breakfast.
  • Deluxe City View Room, 35sqm, extra bed available and city view.

Journey information

  • About Making and Releasing a Krathong (Floating Lantern) and the Riverside Dinner in Chiang Mai. This is our exclusive product. We would like to offer you an opportunity to have a memorable experience of Thailand’s most famous festival, even if your stay is not during the festival period.

From US4,558 p/p

based on 2 persons and 4-star hotels

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