Lands Of Smiles – Thailand & Vietnam in 16 Days

  • Duration: 16 DAYS
  • Location: VIETNAM - THAILAND
  • Places : 15 Seats
  • Prix: 1494 USD/ PER PERSON
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A realm of endless history, sprawling waterways and ancient temples, Indochina is a wonderland for travelers. This adventure gives you an insight into the culture and environment that makes Thailand and Vietnam a marvel to behold as you plunge into the unique charms these regions have to offer. Start your adventure in bustling Bangkok and charming Chiang Mai. Then explore the hidden secrets in Vietnam from North to South. 

»Bangkok: Discover the magic from the Land of Smile

»Chiang Mai: Explore the most amazing landscapes of Asia

»Hanoi: Walk through the streets of Old Quarter

»Halong Bay: Enjoy an overnight cruise in the most magnificent bay of the country, one of the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Sites.

»Hoi An: The peaceful essence of the atmosphere of Hoi An welcomes you to come and relax in this lantern town.

» Hue: Get yourself back in time with visiting Imperial Citadel

»Ho Chi Minh City: Discover "The Pearl of the Orient" and vibrant nightlife

»Mekong Delta:Explore the maze of waterways and visit the local floating market on a sampan.

DAY 01: WELCOME TO THAILAND - BANGKOK ARRIVAL

Your trip begins with the arrival in Thailand. Your private driver and guide will meet and greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to the hotel by private transportation. Check-in to the hotel and get over the jet lag.

You can mooch through the streets of the city. Historic charm, architectural marvels, and products’ variety are splashed all over this area.

After enjoying the first day yourself and return to the hotel for a relaxing sleep.

Overnight in Bangkok

DAY 02: BANGKOK HALF DAY GRAND PALACE AND TEMPLES CITY TOUR (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and get ready for pick up. We will take you through the hustle and bustle Bangkok to visit Wat Traimit a visually stunning temple at China Town, see one of the largest solid gold Buddha (5.5 tones of the precious metal). Continue to visit Wat Po the home of the famous 45 meters reclining Buddha as well as being the original school of traditional Thai massage. Visit The Royal Grand Palace, the nations s landmark and the most revered royal monuments. You will see the Palace that was used for different occasions as The Coronation Hall, Funeral Hall, and Royal Guest House and the mysterious famous Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.

The afternoon is free at your leisure.

Overnight in Bangkok

DAY 03: BANGKOK – FLY TO CHIANG MAI (B) – FLIGHT INCLUDED

Have breakfast at the hotel and enjoy your free time until transfer (Private, with English speaking guide) to the airport for your next flight to Chiang Mai.

Upon arrival, you will be met by our guide and driver to transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

DAY 04: CHIANG MAI LEISURE (B) WITH OPTIONAL TOUR

Have a leisure day in Chiang Mai or take an optional tour.

OPTIONAL TOUR:

HALF DAY ELEPHANT SANCTUARY WITH LUNCH

Morning visit : 06:30-12:30

07:00 Drive approximately 1.5 hours South of Chiang Mai through rolling hills, forest, and local farming areas.

08:30 Arrive at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Walk through and learn about the elephants, change into traditional Karen clothing and make medicine for the elephants.

09:00 Meet the elephants. Feed, give medicine, interact, and play with the elephants in a natural environment as you learn about their behavior and history. Take photos with the elephants.

09:45 Mud Spa with the elephants 10:30 Walk with the elephants to a river and bathe them.

11:30 Eat a traditional meal and then say goodbye to the elephants.

12:00 Leave the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and drive approximately 1.5 hours to Chiang Mai.

PRICE 165 USD per person (MIN 2 PAX)

Overnight in Chiang Mai

DAY 05: CHIANG MAI LEISURE (B)

Have a free day to explore Chiang Mai at your own.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

DAY 06: CHIANG MAI – FLIGHT TO HANOI (B)

Breakfast at Hotel.  Enjoy your free time until transfer (Private, with English speaking guide) to Chiang Mai International Airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, our driver will meet you at Noi Bai International Airport and will transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure. 

DAY 07: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D) – SHARING CRUISE

In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, the Cruise team will pick you up. Take the most scenic route to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. On arrival to Halong, you will enjoy a cruise on the Bay and explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes.

After you are done with your exploration of the bay, it is time to enjoy an utterly delicious seafood lunch, after which there will be a trip to the famous limestone cave in Ha Long bay, you’ll get to spend some time here, kayaking or swimming, so that you can get closer to the floating villages and shops. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can optionally attend the activities taking part on the boat or just relax.

Overnight on cruise

DAY 08: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L) – SHARING CRUISE

Rise early for a Tai Chi lesson or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Limestone Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor and the return Hanoi around 17:00. Free at your leisure time.

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 09: HA NOI FLY TO HOI AN (B) – FLIGHT INCLUDED

Have breakfast at the hotel, then have a free leisure time until there will be a private cab transfer you to the airport for the next flight to Hoi An.

Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 10: HOI AN LEISURE (B)

Have a free day in Hoi An to explore it on your pace.

Custom tailoring is a huge industry in Hoi An. Hoi An is home to more than 400 tailoring shops and thousands of tailors who are not only talented at making clothes but are skilled in making shoes and handbags as well! Average turn around time for full suits is a day and about 4 hours for handbags or shoes! If you are interested in getting custom made items, try to find a shop of your liking as early as possible during your visit.

The afternoon is the perfect time of day to see some of the famous sights within Hoi An. But first, before you set out on foot to discover the city, we recommend that you grab a Banh Mi sandwich to fuel you for the afternoon. Than Banh Mi Sandwich in Hoi An is both famous and different from a sandwich that you will get in any other part of Vietnam. The bread and fillings are unique to the region and is a great first insight into local cuisine. We highly recommend Madam Khanh’s stand, who has been dubbed the Banh Mi Queen in Hoi An.

After dark, the Old Town in Hoi An transforms into a mystical row of lights and lanterns. In fact, Hoi An is a big center for paper lantern manufacturers and merchants. Every shop or establishment will have a few lanterns outside, but the rear sight is the lantern market. Here you’ll be able to see how these lanterns are made and will have a plethora of choices should you wish to take some home with you.

After a stroll through the market, check out the outdoor traditional theatre. You will have a chance to see Vietnamese folk dancers and musicians perform traditional pieces. The theatre runs from 9 pm to 10 pm at the square on Nguyen Thai Hoc street. It is completely free and open to the public so it’s interesting to see, even if it’s just for a few minutes as you pass by. Before you retire to your hotel, be sure to light a candle box and set it in the water. Many kids sit along the banks of the channel and offer candles to you – remember to make a wish.

Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 11: TRAVEL FROM  HOI AN TO HUE (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and get ready for the transfer to Hue by private vehicle. Upon arrival in Hue check in hotel and have free time to explore the surrounding area. 

Overnight in Hue

DAY 12: HUE CITY TOUR (B)

The complex of Hue Monuments lies along the Perfume River in Hue City and some adjacent areas of Thua Thien Hue Province. Hue City is the cultural, political and economic center of the province, and used to be an old imperial city of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty. During these years, architectural works of a high cultural and historic value were built: the Citadel, especially the Imperial City (including 253 constructions), 7 Royal tomb compound of 9 kings of the Nguyen Dynasty, the Temple of Heaven, Tiger Arena, hundreds of pagodas. The monument complex of Hue, nowadays, is listed as UNESCO world heritage site.

You will be picked up from your hotel from 07:50 to– 08:15 am. You would visit the Emperor Khai Dinh tomb and Emperor Tu Duc ’s tomb. On the way, you will have a stopover in local workshops to see how conical hats and incense sticks are made.

Have lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon you will visit Imperial capital during Nguyen Dynasty, An Hien Garden House and the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Return by boat on the gentle Perfume River.

17:00 Arrive at your hotel.    

Overnight in Hue

DAY 13: HUE LEISURE FLY TO HO CHI MINH (B) – FLIGHT INCLUDED

Breakfast at the hotel. Then, taking the flight to Ho Chi Minh. Check-in your hotel and free at your leisure time to get your energy back.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 14: DISCOVER THE MIGHTY MEKONG RIVER (B/L/D)

Depart from Ho Chi Minh City around 8 am, we will head to Mekong Delta, the land of nine dragons. Getting out of the city, you will see the mighty delta with its quaint rural landscape and immense waterway.

Arrive at Cai Be River Wharf around 10.am, we will get on a shuttle boat to reach Mekong Lodge, the green pearl of Mekong Delta. The boat transfer is part of the trip experience itself as it is your first contact with the Mekong’s fertile alluvial water, which shapes the richness of the land.

Disembark and welcome you to Mekong Lodge; our smiling staffs in local traditional costume await you at Mekong Lodge iconic front bamboo-shaped gate. Check-in your private bungalows and enjoy a delicious lunch in our Mekong Riverside Restaurant.

Take some rest and begin our private walking tour to discover the nearby village around Mekong Lodge. We will visit families making coconut candy and brick to see the traditional production of goods in Mekong Delta. Meet and talk with local people, known for their friendliness, warmth, and generosity.

In the evening, get some hands-on culinary experience by joining our Vietnamese cooking class. Our chefs will instruct you to prepare the Mekong Lodge signature dishes. Have fun and some interesting recipes to take home with. Enjoy dinner in a cozy atmosphere.

Overnight at Mekong Lodge

DAY 15: EXPERIENCE THE LOCAL FLOATING MARKET (B/L)

Begin our second day with buffet breakfast, then getting on our rowed sampan to visit Cai Be floating market, a cultural feature of Mekong Delta. Try to visit it early and you will see the most vibrant scene on Tien River with hundred of boats gathering for fresh produce trade. 

Come back to Mekong Lodge to continue the discovery of Mekong Delta with cycling on its tranquil winding lanes and crossing canals. Take in the fresh air, beautiful view and taste some freshly picked fruit in local orchards.

Around noon, cycle back to Mekong Lodge for check out (11.am) and our boat will transfer you back to Cai Be harbor for your coming back to Ho Chi Minh City or further travel to Can Tho, Chau Doc, Phu Quoc or Cambodia. (Early or late check-out please let us know in your request for best arrangement).

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 16: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE (B)

Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip. Complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones.  Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home. Trip Ends.

Destination 3-star hotels Website
Bangkok Siam Heritage Bangkok or similar https://www.thesiamheritage.com/
Chiang Mai De Charme Chiang Mai hotel or similar http://www.decharmehotel.com/
Hanoi Era Hotel or similar http://www.hanoierahotel.com/
Halong Bay Legend White Dolphin Cruise or similar http://www.whitedolphincruises.com/
Hoi An Kim An Hoi An Hotel or similar https://kimanhoianhotel.com/
Hue Cherish Hue or similar http://cherishhotel.com/
Ho Chi Minh City Prague Hotel or similar http://praguehotelvn.com/
Mekong Mekong Lodge or similar http://www.mekonglodge.com/

UPGRADE 4 STAR HOTEL: PAY EXTRA 369.00 USD/PERSON

Destination 4-star hotels Website
Bangkok Akara Bangkok or similar https://www.akarahotel.com/
Chiang Mai Holiday Inn Chiang Mai or similar https://www.ihg.com/
Hanoi Tirant Hotel or similar http://www.tiranthotel.com/
 Halong Bay Maya cruise or similar http://mayacruises.vn/
 Hoi An Hoi An Rosemary Hotel or similar http://www.hoianrosemary.com
 Hue Eldora Hue or similar https://www.eldorahotel.com/
 Ho Chi Minh City Lotus Central Hotel or similar http://www.lotuscentralhotel.vn/
 Mekong Mekong Lodge or similar http://www.mekonglodge.com/

UPGRADE 5 STAR HOTEL: PAY EXTRA 1243.00 USD/PERSON

Destination 5-star hotels Website
Bangkok Siam @ Siam design hotel or similar https://www.siamatsiam.com/
Chiang Mai Chiang Mai Chala No 6 or similar https://www.chalanumber6.com/en
Hanoi Apricot hotel or similar http://apricothotels.com/
 Halong Bay Era Cruise or similar https://eracruises.com/en/
 Hoi An La Siesta Resort and Spa or similar https://lasiestaresorts.com/
 Hue Indochine Palace or similar http://www.indochinepalace.com/
 Ho Chi Minh The Myst Dong Khoi Hotel or similar  https://www.themystdongkhoihotel.com/
 Mekong Vinpearl Can Tho or similar https://www.vinpearl.com/hotel-can-tho
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***Price based on twin sharing. Single Supplement fee surcharge 680 USD***

INCLUSIVE

√ Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services

√ All transportation mentioned above

√ International flights from Chiang Mai to Hanoi, include up to 20 kg of checked luggage per pax, operated by Viet Jet Air or similar

√ Domestic flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Hanoi to Da Nang, Hue to Ho Chi Minh, including up to 20 kg of checked luggage per pax

√ Accommodation shared in Double/ Twin/ Triple room with daily breakfast (including 5% service fee and 10% VAT tax)

√ Check-in room at 14:00 // Check-out room at 12:00 noon (Except Early check-in or Late check-out mentioned in the program)

√ Experienced English speaking guide

√ Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

√ All sightseeing tickets according to the itinerary

√ Tissues and water on coach

√ Service charges and government tax

√ Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service

√ 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

√ Vietnam Visa letter approval

√ No extra charge after services confirmation

EXCLUSIVE

X International flight to Thailand and depart from Vietnam 

X Beverage, Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities

X Travel insurance

X Public holiday surcharge (if any)

X Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec

X Early check-in and late check-out (If not mentioned)

X Visa stamping fee on arrival at the airport (Vietnam: $25/person)

X Surcharge for airport cabs from 12:00 am – 05:00 am

X Other services not mentioned above

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Step 4: We will send you a voucher confirmation within 24 hours after receiving the deposit.

CANCELLATION:

S Viet Travel must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive advice in writing and cancellation charges would apply as follows:

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14 days and less before departure: 100% of the full payment.
No-show travelers will be charged 100% of the full payment
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OTHERS CONDITIONS:
Price based on twin sharing. Single Supplement fee surcharge 680 USD
Any un-utilized services, unused tours or hotel rooms are non-refundable
Any amendment/cancellation made after the confirmed booking is nonrefundable
Tour is available at the time of booking
Itinerary may be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions
Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve a transit. These changes are subject to availability and airline schedule changes

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