Embark on an epic journey that takes in 4 countries in just 15 days! Explore major Asian cities and ancient archaeological sites, spend time on the beach and enjoy 2 nights on junk boats cruising the beautiful Halong bay. A trip everyone, no matter what your age, should do…..a real life changer!
Air China – Depart San Francisco at 2:50pm – other airports in USA available
Arrive Bangkok at 11:40pm (the next day)
Flight routes via Peking (1 hr 40 min connection)
Total travel time 18 hours and 50 minutes
On arrival in Bangkok airport, we will meet you with welcoming board and then escort you to hotel.
Overnight in Bangkok.
Accommodation: Aetas Bangkok Hotel – 2 nights – Superior Room x 2
Bangkok City Tour (B)
Morning, meet our guide and drive to visit two of the most special Buddhist temples in the city. The Buddha in WatTrimitr weighs several tons, and is made of solid gold. Visit the famous Reclining Buddha at Wat Po, where the blind may be trained to become masseuses. Then visit a site the Thai people consider the most sacred in the Kingdom: The Royal Grand Palace. This is one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Thai court, with several Halls in same compound. You will also visit the Temple of the sacred Emerald Buddha. Lunch on your own, then continue your afternoon to visit the Temple of Dawn (WatArun), which you will probably recognize, from its famous silhouette. The local story goes that the shards of pottery decorating its 79 m tall spire came from a nearby shipwreck 100 years ago. Then transfer to Hotel.
Overnight in Bangkok.
Bangkok – Siemreap (B)
Free morning (or perhaps I can arrange a half day tour for you) and then a transfer to the Airport for departure flight.
Bangkok Airways – Depart Bangkok at 5:50pm
Arrive Siem Reap at 6:45pm
Direct Flight – 55 minutes
Siem Reap Arrival at 6:45pm
Welcome to Siem Reap – Cambodia!
Upon arrival, welcome by tour guide in Siem Reap, transfer to check in hotel, take your short relaxing time. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Accommodation: Angkor Holiday Hotel – 2 nights – Superior Room x 2
Angkor complex exploration (B)
Breakfast at hotel, explore South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, 3km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire, The famous Bayon Temple was an architectural muddle, in part because it was constructed in a somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century. Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and gradual that spans the heart of Angkor Thom in front of Baphuon – huge temple mountain in the heart of Angkor Thom, Royal Palace Area and Phimeanakas – impressive rite and sandstone pyramid. Terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants, a double terrace wall with deeply carved nag as, demons and other mythological beings. Last you will visit Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty! Giant trees have grown here for centuries.
Afternoon visit Angkor Wat temple, the founder of the temple was Suryavarman II who reigned Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century to dedicate to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys, ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction. It is time to visit Pre Rup temple for a romantic sunset view. Have funny time at bars and pubs at Angkor night market. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Tonle Sap (B)
Breakfast at hotel, morning visit Floating Villages, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap! Take a ride in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia and the largest in Asia. Here you’ll see plenty of examples of the Khmer way of life on the Tonle Sap. Then visit Wat Bo founded in the 18th century, a highly respected pagoda contains very unique wall paintings of the Reamker (Ramayana) that are said to be late 19th century. We continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Chars, also called the “Old Market”, where anything and everything is for sale.
Last we will visit Puok, the real and original place of the Artisans d’Angkor silk, where you will see the full process of silk producing, from the silk worms munch on the Mulberry leaves to spin their cocoons which used to make silk warp. You of course will see the weaving work and purchase the high quality silk products as a beautiful Cambodia souvenir. Straight to Siemreap airport for your flight to Saigon.
Vietnam Airlines – Depart Siemreap at 6:30pm
Arrive Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) at 7:40pm
Direct Flight – 1 hour and 10 minutes
Upon arrival in Saigon, you will be welcomed at the Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer to the hotel to drop off luggage.
Accommodation: Liberty Central Saigon Center – 2 nights – Deluxe Room x 2
Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon City Tour (B)
Our day will begin with a visit visit Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments to the fierce Vietnam War. We can even crawl a part of the tunnel to experience the real life of the Vietnamese guerrillas, who used to use and live inside this system during the wartime. Return to Saigon.
In the afternoon, we start the city tour at the Reunification Palace, the witness of the fierce Vietnam War ended in 1975. The grand building today is a Museum and Hall of official receptions. Nearby the Palace are the colonial-styled Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks. The visit will end at Ngoc Hoang (the “Jade Emperor”) pagoda before joining the night market at Ben Thanh. Overnight in Saigon.
Saigon to Hoi An to Da Nang(B)
This morning is at leisure until the guide and driver pick-up you to the airport for flight Saigon – Danang.
Vietnam Airlines – Depart Ho Chi Minh at 10:30am
Arrive Danang at 11:50am
Direct Flight – 1 hour and 20 minutes
Welcomed at Danang airport by our local guide and driver before transferring to Hoi An, a tranquil ancient seaport developed and collapsed during 17th – 19th century. When strolling around old traders’ houses, shrines, small museums and the famous Bridge Temple of Hoi An, we can feel the inspiration of numerous Vietnamese and foreign artists, who consider Hoi An a museum-in-the-open-air. Overnight in Da Nang.
Accommodation: Fusion Suite Da Nang – Chic Studio Ocean View – 2 Nights
Da Nang beach relaxation (B)
Breakfast at hotel. At your own leisure for the whole day. Overnight in Da Nang.
Da Nang Beach Relaxation then to Hanoi
At your leisure till the guide and driver pick-up you to the airport for flight Da Nang – Hanoi. Please note: Hotel check-out time is around 12.00.
Vietnam Airlines – Depart Danang at 5:30pm
Arrive Hanoi at 6:50pm
Direct Flight – 1 hour and 20 minutes
Welcomed at Hanoi airport by our local guide and driver before transferring to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Accommodation: The Ann Hotel – 1 night – Deluxe Room x 2
Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Pick up and transfer from hotel to Halong Bay.
12.15 – Embark at Tuan Chau Marina. Enjoy complimentary drink at Gray Line reception room
12.30 – Get on Gray Line boat easily by private quay, then you will be warmly welcomed by Crew, who will serve you in the trip. Welcome drink will be served instantly following cruise briefing. Check in to your reserved cabin and take a rest.
13.20 – Enjoy a nice set lunch. Relax on sundeck and grab the unparalleled scenery of Halong Bay while cruising ahead to the Bay. Cruise through Hoa Cuong floating fishing farm.
15:00 – By tender, visit Titop Island. Free choice of activities such as sunbathing, swimming and conquering the peak of the biggest island in Halong that is named of a Russian space hero and taking panoramic photos of Halong bay in the afternoon
16.00 – Challenging yourself at Luon cave by kayaking – an indispensable water activity in Halong offering the serenity of escape, particularly in the late afternoon, it cools your soul down after a 4-hour-car drive
17:30 – Go back Gray Line boat for relaxation. Gradually revises your vitality by enjoying fantastic views of Halong on sundeck at dusk. Enjoy a mini sunset party with complimentary seasonal fruits and finger foods. To get memorable sunset moment, you should order some Halong styled glasses of cocktail by joining buy-one-get-one-free program, made by our skillful bartenders
18.30 – Join cooking class on the sundeck. Gray Line’s chef shows you how to make Spring Roll – an authentic specialty, which is voted for World’s 50 best foods by CNN
19.30 – A sophisticated dinner that gives you an appetite will be dedicatedly served in romantic ambience, especially with BBQ fresh seafood and a variety of Vietnamese and Western foods
21:00 – Evening activities: watching film at the outdoor bar; playing board, guitar and card games; going fishing squid on tender. Enjoy squid cooked after fishing
22:00 – Overnight at the quietest sleeping area, End of the first day in Halong
Accommodation: Grayline Halong Cruise – 2 nights – Deluxe Room x 2
Halong Bay Cruise(B/L/D)
06.30 – Start a special day by doing Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck or being ready your camera while Dawn breaks over the sea.
07.30 – Have a light breakfast with coffee, tea and bakeries at Gray Line restaurant
8:30 to 16:00 – Take you to a little-known part of Halong by a sightseeing boat. There is probably no way to discover the beauty of Halong Bay perfectly, except being local fishermen and doing as they do daily. Gray Line now brings the real experience to our guests. Flexibility is always the way to adapt for weather and tide condition of local men in Halong Bay. For this reason, three main activities will be arranged flexibly in that day:
1, You have an opportunity to learn how to go offshore fishing on local fishi ng boat; join in fishing activities with locals; try using fishing gears and experience how hard their life are… under guidance from a real local fisherman, whose face is sunburned because of their hard living. This is the foremost essential activity created by Gray Line Halong cruise.
2, You will have another chance to do kayaking near the Drum cave with full of Karst rocks, which is closely attached with a love story of locals that surely let you see the beauty of Halong different. It is the beauty of people there. The first day might be not enough and the second is for you to unleash your expectation with that exciting water activity.
3, By visiting Pearl farm and tour guide’s experience, they will feast your eyes lively. You will take a deep look at a typical pearl farm on Halong Bay and will know more about how to make real pearls from nature creatures in Halong.
In addition, a whole day to be fishermen, Gray Line also brings you to Van Gia village area where you can run your eyes over ruin of one of the famous floating villages in Halong and partially understand how they survive in simple forms of floating houses.
From going fishing to practicing typical activities as locals do daily, all of them are the best and the core value that Gray Line wish you to get insights of the local life there. You may understand and love Halong Bay, not only by the beauty of nature, but the beauty of fishermen who keep vitality for many years in Halong Bay.
16:30 – You might be tired with full of beautiful moments and real experience. Time to get back Gray Line Cruise and recapture your energy
17.30 – Relax and enjoy sunset with fresh fruits on sundeck. The buy-one-get-one-free promotion will be run one more time. Do not miss it.
18.30 – Join in cooking demonstration on sundeck. Learn how to make fresh or fried spring rolls and mix fish-sauce
19.30 – The second fabulous BBQ dinner impresses you while mellow sounds of sea and music come together
21:00 – Enjoy your last evening on Halong Bay by drinking, playing games, going fishing and relaxing in your own way
22.00 – End of the second day with a sound sleep in peace of the natural heritage site.
Halong Bay – Hanoi – City tour (B)
06.30 – Awaken you at dawn and Tai Chi exercise is ready to start a good day
07.30 – Have a breakfast at Gray Line restaurant
08.30 – Explore Me Cung (Maze) cave. This little known cave locates on a remote island, which is rare in cave-lake seascape. Climb up several rugged stone stairs to admire the miracle of stalactites in a very complex structure, then gradually to the west overlooking a great lake considered as a royal garden surrounding by natural mountain walls, seemingly isolated on the bay. Its water looks blue all year round and breathtaking from high above. Moreover, values of nature and archeology about Maze cave as well as the life of local ancient people in thousand years ago will be revealed by Gray Line’s professional tour guide.
9.30 to 10.30 – Come back the cruise. Time to check out your cabin, relax among grand views. Farewell lunch is deliciously served whilst Gray Line keeps on its route back to the marina
11:45 – Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina. Relax at Gray Line reception room.
Transfer back to Hanoi. Then continue with Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son temple, Ly Thai To statue, and stroll around the Old Quarter of Hanoi by cyclo before enjoying a unique fascinating show of Water Puppetry, a traditional stage art of Northern Vietnam.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Accommodation: The Ann Hotel – 1 night – Deluxe Room x 2
Hanoi city tour and on to Hong Kong (B)
It is your day to visit the Capital of Vietnam today. Let’s start from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his simple house-on-stilts and the One-Pillar pagoda near Ba Dinh Square, where the most solumn ceremonies of Hanoi take place. Go on to the Temple of Literature, the very first high school of Vietnam Scholars.
Transfer to Noi Bai Airport for the flight to Hong Kong
Hong Kong Airlines – Departs Hanoi at 6pm
Arrives Hong Kong at 8:55pm
Direct Flight – 1 hour and 55 minutes
On arrival in Hong Kong airport, we will meet you with welcoming board and then escort you to hotel.
Accommodation: Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong (to be renamed Dorsett Wanchai) – 2 nights – Superior Room x 2
Hong Kong Morning Tour
Take a trip to Hong Kong’s apst as you visit a pair of trees that locals flock to for good luck, see a Buddhist sanctuary in Chuk Lam Sim, and scope out the charming lanes of villages that have been around for over 900 years. End your day at Shui Tau and Shui Mei, twin villages that have existed for nearly a millennium. Listen as your guide shares stories about Hong Kong’s humble past, snap a few photos of the ancient village structures, and then head back to your hotel. Along the way, listen to intriguing commentary from your helpful guide. Includes pick-up and drop-off from your hotel.
Hong Kong Departure
Today you will be transferred to the Airport for your departure flight.
Air China – Departs Hong Kong at 10:30am
Arrives San Francisco at 12:20pm
One stop in Peking (1 hour and 45 minutes)
Total travel time 16 hours and 50 minutes
Itinerary as detailed above based on 2 people sharing from $4,200 per person*
*Price based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room/cabin. Subject to change due to seasonal fluctuations and availability of hotels, tours, flights and transfers.
Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended. Policy price is based upon the total package cost, and your ages. The cost of this for $ 9,000 worth of coverage per couple based on being in your 40’s for example would be $399 per couple. You can accept or decline this on the booking conditions and passenger information form
To confirm the above package I will need a non-refundable deposit of $4,000 per couple this will then allow me to issue your airline tickets and travel insurance and pay the resort deposits. The final balance will then be due no later than 8 weeks prior to departure.