Jewels of South East Asia
Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand
Feb. 20 - March 7, 2021
with Susan Duval
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Tour Cost:
$3,450.00 PP in double room
Single Supplement: $1,010.00

TOUR INCLUDES:
Accommodation 15 nights at selected hotels or similar
Private main group transfer
Regional Country English Speaking Guide
Private Transportation
Entrance Fees to all sites noted in the itinerary
Boat trip in Mekong Delta and Deluxe Halong Bay Cruise
Elephant Sanctuary Encounter
Meals as indicated in the itinerary: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch & D = Dinner
Domestic flight tickets: Danang – Hanoi, Chiang Mai- Bangkok
Gov’t tax and service charge
Luggage handling and drinking water

DOES NOT INCLUDE
International flights
Meals not indicated in the itinerary
personal expenses
Visa to Vietnam, Cambodia
Tips / gratuities
Alcoholic beverages / soda or bottled water with meals
    TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 1 (Sat. Feb 20 2021) Arrive Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam: Upon arrival in HCM City Local agent will meet you and
transfer you to the hotel for your next 3 nights’ accommodations.
 Grand Hotel Saigon

Day 2 (Sun Feb 21) HCM City: This morning, travel outside the city to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the Vietcong built a 200km
long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories that were never discovered
until after the war.

After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a walking tour Old Saigon. Visit a thriving local market to see how these bustling
and vibrant markets play a major role in the daily lives of Vietnamese people. From here stroll through the colorful back
alleyways lined with flower shops and breathe in the aromas of the freshly cut blooms. Pass through another street where
mechanics specialize in restoring vintage Vespa scooters. Take in the scenes of local life as you wander these narrow
lanes. Stop for a refreshing traditional iced coffee at the oldest coffee shop in Saigon, this old fashioned establishment
has a colorful history stretching back over seven decades. Continue the walk through some other back lanes then go
along to another famous street filled with shops selling locally-made guitars before returning to your hotel.    
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome Dinner       Grand Hotel Saigon  

Day 3 (Mon Feb 22) HCM City (Ben Tre & Upper Mekong Delta): Immerse yourself fully in the local culture of the
Mekong Delta with a day out to rustic Ben Tre. A journey of about two and a half hours will bring you to a peaceful area of
lush orchards, green rice paddies and coconut fields. Hop on a Tuk Tuk for a ride along the shady paths to visit the home
of local antique collector, Uncle Six. This friendly older man will welcome you into his home from where he also sells his
ceramics. If you're feeling fit, Uncle Six will even show you how to climb the coconut trees using just your bare hands.
Continue exploring the area along rural pathways that wind their way alongside dense vegetation and small tributaries of
the Mekong. Board a sampan (row boat) and cruise along the small canals under the shade of the coconut trees before
changing your mode of transport to a motorized boat. After a delicious lunch of local specialties cooked by the host, visit
some local workshops to see how rice paper and sticky coconut sweets are made. Return to your HCM CIty in the
afternoon.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch    Grand Hotel Saigon











Day 4 (Tues Feb 23) HCM City / Siem Reap Cambodia: Transfer for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, visit the
Angkor National Museum for an orientation of the Angkor Temples before checking-in at LOTUS BLANC RESORT for your
next 2 nights’ accommodations. Tonight, you will enjoy a traditional Khmer Dinner
Meals: Breakfast, Khmer dinner  
   Accommodations: Lotus Blanc Resort Deluxe Room

Day 5 (Wed Feb 24)   Siem Reap: We start the morning with a visit to the magnificent ANGKOR WAT, the symbol of
Cambodia. Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1150, Angkor Wat
was constructed over a period of 30 years and illustrates some of the most beautiful examples of Khmer and Hindu art.
Next visit, TA PROHM, the site of the hit movie Tomb Raiders one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of
the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when
European explorers first stumbled across them.  

Later, visit the fortified city of ANGKOR THOM, covering an area of 10 square km enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the
city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Here, enjoy a Water Blessing Ceremony  performed by the monk
from Tep Pranom pagoda at one of the ancient temples Angkor Thom. The water blessing is said to bring peace, good luck
and happiness. Receive a personalized blessing of your own during this 1-hour water blessing experience at the Tep
Pranom pagoda. Includes lunch at a local restaurant.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch     Lotus Blanc Resort












Day 6 (Thurs Feb 25)  Siem Reap / Hoi An: Morning visit to Banteay Srei Temple. Seemingly miniature in comparison
to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art built in pink sandstone.
Transfer for your afternoon flight to Danang. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to LA SIESTA HOTEL in Hoi An for your
next 2 nights’ accommodations.   Meals: Breakfast  
   Accommodations: La Siesta Hotel Deluxe Room

Day 7 (Fri Feb 26)  Hoi An Vietnam: This morning, enjoy a walking tour of beautiful Hoi An. The exquisitely preserved
merchant town of Hoi An was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Its colourful shop houses and temples
reflect a diverse heritage, dating back to the 16th and 17th century, when it was a major port for Western, Chinese and
Japanese traders. Today it is a thriving centre of traditional crafts and a shoppers' paradise, best explored on foot.
Wander through the cobbled streets, past low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central market and the small harbor
where colourfully painted boats are moored. In the afternoon, board a local boat and cruise down the Thu Bon River,
enjoying the unspoiled countryside and stopping to visit a pottery village and before returning to Hoi An harbor.
Overnight in Hoi An.   Meals: Breakfast, Lunch       La Siesta Hotel











Day 8 (Sat Feb 27)  Hoi An / Hanoi: Transfer for your flight to Hanoi. Take a brief rest at the hotel before embarking
on a fascinating Night Foodies tour to experience some of the city’s best street food stalls. Starting at the bustling Hom
market, one of the biggest and most popular markets in Hanoi, your guide will take you to popular street food stalls
where you can sample some of the city's signature dishes. Stop at a local coffee shop to taste this rich and flavourful
drink then continue your culinary exploration with a stroll through the famed “36 Streets” that make up the Old Quarter of
Hanoi. Join the locals and pull up a plastic stool at a pavement stall to try Vietnamese snacks and a cup of iced tea,
followed by a sweet dessert of fresh fruit and condensed milk. End the tour with a cold draught beer at a sidewalk stall
popular with locals.    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner    
Accommodations: The Ann Hanoi Deluxe Room

Day 9 (Sun Feb 28)  Hanoi Vietnam: Full day tour of Hanoi City. Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam,
Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shop houses invite an exciting
exploration by walking, while it's many beautiful public spaces - lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards and monuments - give
the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals.

Your tour of Hanoi starts with the bustling Chau Long wet market located just off of Truc Bach Lake. Enjoy the walk
through the narrow and busy passages with a crowd of vendors displaying all sorts of colourful produce and seafood.
Continue to the Ho Chi Minh Complex his stilt house (and Mausoleum if time/conditions permit) where he lived between
1958 and 1969. Visit the 11th century One Pillar Pagoda which was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954,
and then to the Temple of Literature with its walled courtyards and graceful gateways. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to
Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university.

After lunch, visit Hoa Lo Prison (a.k.a. “Hanoi Hilton”) where the late John McCain was held captive for 5 years followed by
Hanoi’s famed Old Quarters. The Old Quarter holds over a thousand years of history and remains one of Vietnam's most
lively and unusual places where one can buy anything from a herbal medicine to household items to silk pajamas.
Overnight in Hanoi.   Meals: Breakfast, Lunch     The Ann Hanoi













Day 10 (Mon March 1)  Hanoi / Halong Cruise: Depart Hanoi’s hustle and bustle for Halong Bay. Board the Bhaya
Classic cruise enjoy lunch while cruising towards Southwest Halong bay. Discover Tien Ong Cave which is also an
archaeological site covering an area of  1 square kilometer with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Return to your cruise
for a cooking demonstration with traditional Vietnamese food on the sundeck before dinner on board. Overnight on
board.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  
   Accommodations: Bhaya Classic Cruise (Deluxe Cabin)

Day 11 (Tue March 2)  Halong Bay - Hanoi: This morning, enjoy a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck. Rejuvenate your
body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay. Visit Cua Van floating village by
traditional rowing boat or hop in a kayak and make your way back to the cruise. Enjoy brunch while the boat cruises back
to Tuan Chau marina port. Upon disembarkation, transfer to Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast, Brunch     Accommodations: The Ann Hanoi











Day 12 (Wed March 3)  Hanoi / Chiang Mai Thailand: Morning at leisure to relax till being transferred to the Noi Bai
airport for a departure flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to SIRIPANNA VILLA RESORT & SPA.
Enjoy some time to relax and enjoy the resort’s facilities this afternoon.

This evening, embark on a culinary tour where you will sample the delights of Chiang Mai cuisine, including various
mouthwatering local snacks, and the delicious Kao Soi – a delicious coconut curry noodle dish that is unique to Chiang Mai.
Once you have eaten, it’s time to work off your dinner as we head for a wander around the night market to pick up some
gifts for family and friends.    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner (Snack)
Accommodations: Siripanna Resort and Spa Deluxe Lanna room

Day 13 (Thur March 4)  Chiang Mai (Temples & Monk Chat): This morning, drive through different parts of the city,
passing old City walls, gates and city moat and Tapae, Chiang Mai’s main street Explore the old city visit city with stop at
Wat Chiang Man (AD 1297)Wat Chedi Luang (AD 1411),  where the Emerald Buddha was once enshrined; Wat Pra Singh
(AD 1345),  housing a very sacred 1,500 year old Buddha image.  Later visit Doi Suthep , the most revered temple in the
northern area. You will take the cable car to go up all the way. From the top you  will get  a magnificent view over the
Chiang Mai valley.  Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your resort for some time at leisure.

This evening, visit Wat Suan Dok for a Monk Chat Session. This is an initiative by the temple in order to have monks talk
with foreigners, to give them more of an insight into their religion; it is an open forum, and a fascinating way to find more
about Thai Buddhist religion and culture. Return to your hotel.   Meals: Breakfast, Lunch     Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa










Day 14 (Fri March 5)  Chiang Mai  (Elephants): After breakfast, proceed to Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
12:00  Pick up from your hotel. Drive approximately 1.5 hours South of Chiang Mai to Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Upon
arrival learn about the elephants and change into traditional clothing provided.

Meet the elephants. Feed, interact, and play with the elephants in a natural environment as you learn about their behavior
and history and take photos with the elephants.
Have a Mud Spa with the elephants then walk with them to a river and have fun bathing and scrubbing the mud off them.
Afterward, enjoy local snacks and then say goodbye to the elephants.  Drive back to Chiang Mai to your hotel.  Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch       Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa











Day 14 (Sat March 6)  Chiang Mai / Bangkok
Morning transfer for your flight to Bangkok. Upon landing at Bangkok airport, you’ll be welcomed then escorted to visit
some highlights of Bangkok. The Temple of the Golden Buddha, the temple is famous for its 900-years old five-and-a-half-
ton solid gold image, then continue to visit Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn. It is one of the
best known landmarks and one of the most published images of Bangkok. After that, visit to Wat Po, the largest and
oldest temple in Bangkok, as well as the largest single Buddha image: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas), also
known as Wat Phra Chetuphon or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The temple is also known as the birthplace of
traditional Thai massage Reclining Buddha. Return to the hotel and enjoy some leisure time before dinner.   Meals:
Breakfast . Farewell Dinner Dance Show Cruise on Chaophraya River
Accomodations: Aetas Lumpini Hotel  

Day 15 (Sun March 7)  Return Home:
Transfer to Bangkok Airport for your departure flight home. Meals: Breakfast
    Land of Wonders
    Wrapped in rainforests, edged by golden sands, crowned by
    volcanoes and studded with ruins of lost civilizations, this is
    Southeast Asia as you’ve always imagined it. Fed by the waters
    of the Mekong and infused with a character and charm as
    timeless as the great river itself, the landscapes provide the
    bewitching backdrop to this stunning South East Asia adventure .
    This small group, private tour will immerse you in the culture of
    one of the world’s most fascinating regions as you travel from
    the magical temples of Angkor Wat, play with Asian elephants, to
    a relaxing cruise on Halong Bay. Southeast Asian cuisine is a
    wonderful fusion of tastes and traditions. Sweet, sour, salty and
    spicy, it embraces everything from Indian spices and Chinese
    noodles to the elegant flair of French colonial.