A Journey through Southeast Asia

A Journey through Southeast Asia

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A Journey through Southeast Asia

22 Days Starting in Hanoi, Hoàn Ki?m, Hanoi, Vietnam and ending in Bangkok, Thailand

Visiting: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, Pakbeng, Chiang Rai, Bangkok

Tour operator:

Travelsphere

Tour code:

LVSEA

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 35

Physical rating:

Low, Classic Touring

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Please make us aware of any specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Cultural

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Tour Overview

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand – this epic journey through Southeast Asia will introduce you to these wonderful countries. We begin in history steeped Hanoi, seeing sites constructed in the 11th century, as well as watching a water puppet show, a tradition synonymous with Vietnam. UNESCO-listed Halong Bay is next, where we’ll spent the night cruising this spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. After further continuing through Vietnam, we’ll visit Siem Reap. The temples of Angkor, which are just outside of Siem Reap, are one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia, with Angkor Wat being the largest religious temple in the world, are just some of the brilliant sites we’ll visit in Cambodia. The pace of life seems slower in Luang Prabang, Laos, our next stop. On our second morning, we will rise early to partake in a Buddhist alms-giving ceremony, watching the monks walking silently through the streets. We’ll cruise the Mekong into Thailand, where we’ll explore further before returning to the UK. This tour includes so much!

Highlights

  • Tours of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam

  • Bicycle rickshaw ride around Hanoi's Ancient Quarter

  • Vietnamese coffee overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake

  • Traditional water puppet show with backstage visit

  • Overnight cruise on Halong Bay

  • Boat trip along the Perfume River

  • Travel the scenic Hai Van Pass

  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels

  • Dinner cruise on the Saigon River

  • Explore Cambodia's Angkor Temple complex

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Day 1 Uk/Hanoi

Today you will take an overnight flight to Hanoi.

Day 2 Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation Name: Hanoi Cititel

Meals Included: D

On arrival in Vietnam's capital, we'll transfer you to your hotel. A two-night stay will give you plenty of time to get to know the city. Tonight you will experience a welcome dinner like no other at the Koto Restaurant, a social enterprise that provides training to disadvantaged children. KOTO has trained over 700 students in Hanoi and Saigon, with 200 of them currently enrolled. Enjoy the aroma and flavours of Vietnamese and South-East Asian specialties, and try a selection of traditional dishes before sitting down for a three course meal.

Day 3 Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation Name: Hanoi Cititel

Meals Included: B, L, D

We'll get to grips with Hanoi's many highlights on a full day of exploration, which starts at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Located in the heart of Ba Dinh Square, this imposing building is where the revered former president, known as Uncle Ho, lies in state. Next we'll head to the Temple of Literature, a collection of courtyards built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. Here, we'll also see the Imperial Academy, Vietnam's first national university. We'll stop for a lunch of Vietnamese specialities including the fish dish cha ca and spring rolls, before continuing our sightseeing. Instead of discovering Hanoi by foot, we're going to board a bicycle rickshaw. Your driver will weave through the busy streets of the Ancient Quarter while you sit back and relax as you take in the incredible sights. There's time to stop for a Vietnamese coffee and take in views of Hoan Kiem Lake, before we stroll to the ancient Kim Ngan Temple. The day concludes as we watch a water puppet show, a mesmerising Vietnamese tradition, and take a backstage tour before heading back to the hotel.

Day 4 Halong Bay

Location: Halong Bay

Accommodation Name: Lily Cruise

Meals Included: B, L, D

A wonderful treat is in store today as you not only admire the stunning beauty of Halong Bay but also spend the night cruising its waters. We reach this UNESCO-listed site on a lovely journey by road through a patchwork of green paddy fields.
On arrival you can join an optional seaplane flight for exceptional views, before we step aboard our ship. We then spend the rest of the day cruising through the dramatic limestone peaks that rise from the water. Head up on deck to watch the sun set before enjoying dinner in the onboard restaurant and a tranquil night in your comfortable cabin.

Day 5 Hue

Location: Hue

Accommodation Name: Romance Hotel

Meals Included: B, L

Wake up to glorious views of Halong Bay as you enjoy tea, coffee and cookies. Weather conditions allowing, there will be numerous activities on offer this morning including kayaking and swimming or maybe you'd rather visit a market or peer into some of the nearby caves. After disembarking we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Hue.

Day 6 Hue

Location: Hue

Accommodation Name: Romance Hotel

Meals Included: B, L

A full day in Hue means you'll get a real flavour of Vietnam's former capital. We'll start with a relaxing cruise along the Perfume River, which takes us to the Thien Mu Pagoda. Then, after a little time to look around, we'll continue to the citadel, the ancient seat of royal power. We'll explore the former Imperial Palace and learn more about the area's intriguing architecture, which was inspired by Beijing's Forbidden City. By now you'll probably be ready for some lunch, so we'll stop to enjoy a vegetarian meal. Later we'll visit the imposing tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, located in a beautiful setting surrounded by gardens and lakes.

Day 7 Hoi An

Location: Hoi An

Accommodation Name: Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa

Meals Included: B, L

A scenic drive via the Hai Van Pass this morning takes us to Hoi An, an enchanting ancient riverside town. After checking into our hotel and enjoying lunch we'll head off on a tour of its highlights. These include the Chua Ong Pagoda, the Jinshang Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, and the Japanese Covered Bridge. We'll also take a cruise on the Thu Bon River.

Day 8 Hoi An

Location: Hoi An

Accommodation Name: Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa

Meals Included: B

Today you will visit STREETS International's Oodles of Noodles project, a scheme which supports street kids and disadvantaged young people by providing them with training for a career in the hospitality industry. You'll meet some of the students, learn about different types of noodles and then have a go at making some yourself. Afterwards, a delicious bowl of Mi Quang noodles will be served.

Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation Name: Happy Life Grand Hotel

Meals Included: B

Previously known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is our destination today. After our flight our discoveries begin on an afternoon tour. Highlights include the Central Post Office, designed by the renowned French architect Gustav Eiffel, and the elegant Saigon Opera House. We'll also see the Reunification Palace, where the Vietnam War came to an end, and enter the War Remnants Museum, which documents its history.

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation Name: Happy Life Grand Hotel

Meals Included: B, D

You'll spend this morning discovering the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnels. This network of underground passages was first constructed in the late 1940s by the peasant army fighting the French. They were later extended by the Viet Cong rebels, and you can explore them today and learn about what life was like for the soldiers who called them home. The afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure. A wonderful way to end the day is with a dinner cruise on the Saigon River, with traditional dishes and live entertainment on the menu.

Day 11 Siem Reap

Location: Siem Reap

Accommodation Name: Angkor Paradise Hotel

Meals Included: B, L, D

We're flying to Siem Reap in neighbouring Cambodia today, where on arrival we'll begin our discovery of the iconic temples of Angkor. Considered the jewel in its crown, the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei is our first stop. After admiring its intricately carved walls we'll move on to the temple of Banteay Samre, and then the magnificent Angkor Wat. This huge three-tiered pyramid rises 65 metres from the ground and is topped by five lotus flower-shaped towers.
What better way to end the day than by enjoying spectacular views at sunset from the top of the Phnom Bakheng Temple.

Day 12 Siem Reap

Location: Siem Reap

Accommodation Name: Angkor Paradise Hotel

Meals Included: B, L

An exciting day of experiences begins with a visit to the small village of Chansar, which is supported by our Travelsphere Cares project, you can see work taking place here, including the building of a kindergarten. After your mini education on village life, schooling, and the local economy, explore the crumbling ruins and learn about the fascinating history of the ancient Khmer Kingdom. Continue through the community to the home of a family who earn their income from making woven, reed brooms. Observe how the delicate brooms are made and try your hand at helping a villager out. You will have plenty more opportunities to try the local vocations as you take a guided walk around the village and meet the farmers and fisherman of the area.
A simple Khmer lunch is followed by a visit to a Buddhist temple to receive a blessing from a monk.

Day 13 Siem Reap

Location: Siem Reap

Accommodation Name: Angkor Paradise Hotel

Meals Included: B, L

Today's discoveries begin at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, whose entrance is lined by statues. We'll also uncover the Bayon, decorated by impressive bas reliefs depicting everyday life as well as great battles. We'll climb to the top of the Phimeanakas, a pyramidal temple, for fantastic views of the Angkor complex. We'll then view the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of Leper Kings before we take the short drive to Ta Prohm. This crumbling temple was abandoned and neglected for centuries and is enveloped by jungle – it's an incredible sight.

Day 14 Luang Prabang

Location: Luang Prabang

Accommodation Name: Meuang Luang Hotel

Meals Included: B, L, D

Our journey by road this morning takes us to Kompong Khleang, a village built on stilts whose residents earn a living by fishing on the Tonle Sap Lake. We'll gain a fascinating insight into life here before we transfer to the airport and fly to Luang Prabang in Laos.

Day 15 Luang Prabang

Location: Luang Prabang

Accommodation Name: Meuang Luang Hotel

Meals Included: B, L

Today we'll discover the highlights of the former royal capital of Luang Prabang on a tour. Admire the ornate Wat Xieng Thong and the Wat Mai, with its beautiful gilded façade. Then we head to the former Royal Palace, now a museum housing many religious and cultural artefacts. Next we'll see Wat Visoun and Wat Aham, and you'll have the chance to climb the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi for incredible panoramic views.

Day 16 Luang Prabang

Location: Luang Prabang

Accommodation Name: Meuang Luang Hotel

Meals Included: B, L

We start early today as we rise to the sound of the temple gong and witness a Buddhist alms-giving ceremony. A procession of about 300 young monks in saffron-coloured robes will walk by us silently collecting food in their bronze bowls. If you'd like to take part, your Local Guide will advise you. Later, we head to the Kuang Si Waterfalls, so grab your swimsuit and take a dip in the turquoise waters if you wish.

Day 17 Mekong River To Pakbeng

Location: Pakbeng

Accommodation Name: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge

Meals Included: B, L, D

You'll spend the day cruising the Mekong River to Pakbeng, for an overnight stay at a riverside hotel. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the views of local life and lunch on board. En route we'll call at the Pak Ou Caves, a holy site packed with more than 4,000 images of Buddha.

Day 18 Mekong River To Chiang Rai

Location: Chiang Rai

Accommodation Name: Laluna Hotel & Resort Chiang Rai

Meals Included: B, L, D

We'll set sail once more after breakfast, cruising the river to Huay Xai. Look out for wildlife along the way – if you're lucky you might spot elephants from a nearby sanctuary bathing in the waters. We'll stretch our legs in a traditional village, then cross the border into Thailand and make our way to Chiang Rai.

Day 19 Chiang Rai

Location: Chiang Rai

Accommodation Name: Laluna Hotel & Resort Chiang Rai

Meals Included: B, L, D

Get picked up from your hotel to begin your tour at Wat Rong Khun, known as the White Temple. Designed by one of Thailand's most famous artists - Chalermchai Kositpipat - this unique temple is white with small glass pieces that shimmer in the sun, representing the purity and wisdom of the Buddha. Next, learn about some of the surrounding areas at the Hill Tribe Museum, where you can explore exhibits touching on the area's long history of opium and the effect it has had on the lives of the mountain people and hill tribe villages.
Then head onward to nearby Akha and Yao hill tribe villages. The Akha people are famous for their exotic and beautiful costumes, the Yao people for their peaceful and aristocratic demeanor. Both tribes are welcoming to visitors and eager to show people their day-to-day life. After meeting some of the tribe's people and exploring their villages, continue to Chiang Saen, a small town on the Mekong River. Known for its numerous ancient temples and ruins, this historical city is located at the convergence of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, and is overflowing with both beautiful scenery and incredible architecture.
Finally, head to Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand and an important trading city on the border of Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). Spend some time exploring the local market, which provides a glorious insight into the trading heritage of Mae Sai. Pick up some great jewels imported from Myanmar (Burma), a Chinese item or two or some delicious local food to enjoy on your ride back to Chiang Rai.

Day 20 Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation Name: Rembrandt Bangkok

Meals Included: B, D

Fly from Chiang Rai to Bangkok. This evening, we gather for a farewell dinner.

Day 21 Bangkok - Uk

Meals Included: B

You can enjoy some time at leisure before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK via Hanoi.

Day 22 Uk

You will arrive back in the UK today.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    3 & 4 star hotels

  • Return flights from London

  • 18 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels, plus overnight cruise and 2 nights in flight

  • 43 meals: 19 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 10 dinners

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Local Guides

  • Overseas transfers and other transportation

  • Porterage

  • Audio Guide

What's Not Included

Accommodation

    • Thang Long Opera Hotel
    • The Thang Long Opera Hotel is a stylish property that offers a great range of services, which wonderfully complement the hotel’s great location. There is an onsite Bar as well as two restaurants that serve both international and Asian meals. Guests can relax at the in-house Spa or exercise at the Gym. The hotel also offers free Wifi in addition to a 24 hour reception desk. The contemporarily styled rooms are air conditioned and are furnished with a safe, TV, private facilities and free toiletries.
    • Emeraude Classic Cruise
    • Emeraude cruise ship is a charming vessel incorporating many aspects of comfort and luxury. Facilities on board include a restaurant, sundeck, bar. Cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning and a private shower room.
    • EMM Hotel Hue
    • Located on Vietnam’s central coast, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Hue is just a 20-minute drive from Phu Bai International Airport. Nestled in the heart of the former imperial capital, ÊMM Hotel Hue is the ideal base to discover Hue’s fascinating history and unique culture with the Perfume River and the Hue Citadel just a few minutes’ walk away.Emm Hotel Hue features 72 room with modern facilities inc tv, air conditioning, coffee & tea making faciltiies, hairdryer. The hotel also have the Yen restaurat
    • Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa
    • This beautiful and distinctive resort is styled on a historical silk village. The wonderful features of this property include a large outdoor pool, a sauna as well as in-house gift shop, library and salon. The air conditioned rooms are fitted with a safe, TV, tea/coffee facilities and a minibar. Guests can also take advantage of the free WiFi and 24 hour reception.
    • Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel
    • The modern décor of this property is complemented by the abundance of great facilities on offer. Guests can unwind at the in-house bar or take advantage of the sauna/spa centre. There is also an indoor swimming pool that offers spectacular views overlooking Ho Chi Minh City. Rooms at the hotel come furnished with a TV, private facilities and a hairdryer. Finally, there is free WiFi available and the reception is open 24 hours.
    • Angkor Paradise Hotel
    • Situated in the centre of Siem Reap only a short distance from majestic Angkor Archaeological Park which include the famous temple of Angkor Wat and Bayon. Facilities include swimming pool, restaurant, health & fitness centre, lobby lounge and souvenir shop. Bedrooms have private facilities.
    • Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel
    • The Sanctuary Hotel is located in the heart of the City of Luang Prabang, midway between the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. A calm and tranquil location, but also close to the night market, historic temples and restaurants.
      The hotel has an indoor/outdoor restaurant and terrace bar and 30 bedrooms. Rooms are furnished in a traditional wooden style and have their own private terrace to enjoy views of the gardens and lotus pond. All rooms have air conditioning, TV, wifi, minibar, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and private bathroom
    • Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge
    • The traditionally styled Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge is situated right by the iconic Mekong River. The property offers a mixture of Laos/Thai dishes at their two in-house restaurants, and guests can truly relax by taking advantage of the massage services available. Rooms have private facilities and will be furnished either with a fan or air conditioning. In the communal areas of the lodge there is free WiFi available.
    • Laluna Hotel & Resort Chiang Rai
    • Situated in a picturesque flower garden of Chiang Rai is the beautiful Laluna Hotel & Resort. Guests can enjoy themselves in a large outdoor swimming pool, which is surrounded by stylish sunbeds and lush green trees. There are massage services available too, which can really enhance a guest’s stay here. The air conditioned rooms come furnished with private facilities, a minibar and TV. There is also complimentary WiFi at Laluna Hotel and Resort.
    • Dusit Princess

Excursions Included



  • Tours of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam



  • Bicycle rickshaw ride around Hanoi's Ancient Quarter

  • Vietnamese coffee overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake

  • Traditional water puppet show with backstage visit

  • Overnight cruise on Halong Bay

  • Boat trip along the Perfume River

  • Travel the scenic Hai Van Pass

  • Visit to Oodles of Noodles

  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels

  • Dinner cruise on the Saigon River

  • Explore Cambodia's Angkor Temple complex

  • Chansar village and an ox cart ride

  • Receive a blessing from a monk

  • Visit a Khmer family

  • Visit a village built on stilts in Tonle Sap Lake

  • Luang Prabang tour

  • Cruise the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves

  • Kuang Si Waterfalls visit

  • Experience an alms-giving ceremony

  • Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai in Thailand including Wat Doi Suthep

Optional Excursions

Seaplane flight over Halong Bay

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No. Min age is 18 years.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Travelsphere’s Flexibility Promise has been created to give you complete peace of mind and make you feel confident when booking your holiday with us. We have also been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Travelsphere has been operating escorted touring holidays for 60 years

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Travelsphere, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You will receive Holiday conformation upon booking, and then several documents detailing any adddiotnal information and the optional excursions that you can book before you travel. The final information covering your flights, hotels and itinerary will be sent to you around 14 days before your departure date.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    No, we do not offer single share options

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, Im afraid not

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accomadate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - and make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Our Travelsphere Cares programmes, in partnership with the Planeterra Foundation, support local projects and social enterprises by helping them earn an income from tourism. We simply donate a portion of the funds from our tours, so it’s great to know that when you travel with us you are helping to change lives and turn travel into real impact.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like minded travellers

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

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