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Siemreap / Chiang Mai
Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Private
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Begin the tour in Siem Reap and visit the impressive temples in the centuries-old Angkor Complex and join a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake with an excursion to a local village Learn about the history of Hanoi on the city tour and enjoy the breathtakingly tranquil landscape with a day trip to Ninh Binh. Get the incredible view of giant limestone islands in Halong Bay from a cruise deck and a wonderful sunrise the next day. In Chiang Mai, go on a temple tour to the city’s most spectacular buildings. Travel to the glorious White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai, the infamous Golden Triangle and visit the local villages of the Akha/Meo and the Karen Long Neck hill tribes.

Full Itinerary

- This itinerary is designed for your kind reference, and it can totally be personalized to match your time, budget and interests. Feel free to let us know your expectations for the trip and we take care of them for you.

- Trips are personally tailor-made, with basic standards of daily JOIN-GROUP TOURS where-ever possible, while accommodations and your time of leisure are at your own choice. If your budget allows, we recommend you upgrade to PRIVATE TOURS, when you are personally taken care of and be able to enjoy more private time on your own. Certainly, your trip can be a good mix of PRIVATE DAY TOURS and JOIN-GROUP DAY TOURS as you wish, just simply let us know!

Day 1: Siemreap Arrival

You will be welcomed at the airport and taken directly to the hotel in a private vehicle. Check in hotel.
You can then choose to relax at your Hotel or energy permitting, stretch your legs by taking a walk- and hanging around.

Meals not included.
Overnight in Siemreap

Day 2: Siemreap – Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Ta Promh Temple

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning we will visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path, a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. Continue on to the incredible Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground.

Lunch at a local restaurant (at your expense).

In the afternoon, visit the legendary Angkor Wat. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-relief depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple.

We will end the day with a beautiful sunset view from the top of Phnom Bakheng hill. Once the sun has set, we’ll head back to town. Time will be on your own in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siemreap



Day 3: Siemreap – Tonle Sap Lake – Local Village Visit

Breakfast at your hotel.
This morning you will embark on an interesting boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake (Kampong Phluk area), where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season, as it swells to about four times of its size during the wet season. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake swells. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water.

Return to Siem Reap town for Lunch and rest for a while.

In the afternoon, you will be taken on a drive through the countryside to a local village, a beautiful small farming village where life revolves around the seasons and family, located approximately 15 minutes outside of Siem Reap. Here you will be taken on an incredible walking tour through the village and local community, learn about their simple way of life, meet local people and you will probably want to chat with them or help them with gardening works or help grow vegetables in the gardens, you will be welcomed by kids saying “Hello” to you. The village tour guide will explain to you about Cambodian daily lifestyle, customers, cultures, and superstitions. Then we will also stop at a local pagoda for an intimate monk blessing (water blessing), wishing you good health and a safe journey – a very special experience!

This is a wonderful village tour that provides a lot of photo opportunities and local experiences. End of the trip, we will enjoy seasonal fruits & fresh coconut juice at a host family’s house before we transfer you back to the hotel. The rest of the day will be on your own.

*** Note: Today we recommend you to have proper clothes if you want to join the monk blessing at the local temple.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siemreap



Day 4: Siemreap – Afternoon flight to Hanoi

Time will be for you to Siemreap by yourself (Check out hotel is at 12.00). The driver will take you to the airport for flight to Hanoi.

Upon arrival at the Hanoi International Airport, you will be met and greeted at the airport and transferred in a private vehicle to the hotel. Dinner will be on your own account.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi City tour

After breakfast at the hotel, dive into the sights sounds and aromas of Hanoi. Start with Ho Chi Minh Complex including his Mausoleum (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all afternoon, every Monday & Friday, and from late September until December), the Presidential Palace, the historic Stilt house, and the One Pillar Pagoda.

Continuing on our journey through Hanoi, we will drive to Tran Quoc Pagoda (which means “Stabilizing the Nation”), the oldest pagoda constructed in the sixth century in the Westlake and also a famous attraction for pilgrims.
From there we will head to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honor of Confucius by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong in 1070, a university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or “mandarins”.

Around 12.30: you will have lunch at a restaurant. Afterward, you’ll visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi. We will then take a short drive to visit the Museum of Ethnology, a museum of the 54 officially recognized Ethnic Groups in Vietnam (Ethnology Museum is closed every Monday).

Return to your hotel, the rest of the day will free.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi



Day 6: Hanoi – Ninh Binh - Hanoi

7:00-7:30am Our driver and tour guide will pick you up at your hotels. Head the south of Hanoi for 110 km. After 2 hours, you will arrive in Ninh Binh. First stop at Hoa Lu, you will have a quick visit to two temples built in honor of the emperors Dinh Le, their sons, and the Queen… to know why Hoa Lu was built as the capital of Vietnam in ending of 9th century. Second stop at Mua Cave – the highlight attraction in Ninh Binh, challenge yourself with the 500 steps up Cave mountain where you will have a great panorama view of Tam Coc and rice field.

After that, the bus will head to Tam Coc at noontime. Enjoy delicious set menu lunch before having around 1.5 hours of a boat trip on Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc famous for karst water caves and beautiful water rice field. Then cycle for half an hour on quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops inside the village (around 4 km). Drive back Hanoi and drop off at your hotel. Tour will finish around 6:30PM – 7:00PM.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi



Day 7: Hanoi – Halong – Overnight on Boat

After breakfast at your hotel, you will leave Hanoi for Halong Bay. The journey is through the rich farmlands where you can observe the everyday life of Vietnamese villagers. Arriving in Halong Bay in the late morning and you will board a traditional “junk” boat. You will begin a relaxing and unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone karsts and islets. A delicious fresh seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay, a UNESCO listed site.

Towards the end of the day, the boat will set anchor for the night. As the sun sets over the bay, dinner will be served with fresh seafood, salad, and fruit. You will spend the night in your private cabin aboard the Junk in Halong Bay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Overnight on boat, private en-suite cabin



Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Early risers can enjoy an unforgettable sunrise over the bay. On a clear day, you will have the chance to see the sunrise over the spectacular horizon, reflecting in the pristine waters of the bay.
Enjoy breakfast while the boat slowly cruises back to the jetty. Disembark at around noontime and take your vehicle back Hanoi.

Time will be on your own and overnight in Hanoi.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch on Cruise
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 9: Hanoi – Flight to Chiang Mai

Time will be on your own exploring Hanoi by yourself. Check out hotel at 12.00 and you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Chiang Mai.

Picked up in Chiang Mai and transferred to hotel for check-in. Time will be on your own and overnight in Chiang Mai.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 10: Chiang Mai Temples tour

Depart from your hotel (Note: Take away breakfast from the hotel) and arrive at the foothill of DoiSuthep mountain in time to buy offerings and join the locals during the daily alms giving ceremony. This is a serene Buddhist procession where dozens of monks walk barefoot through the street collecting food and everyday items. Continue up the mountain to WatDoiSuthep and climb the 309 steps of the Golden Naga staircase to reach its golden pagodas. After a visit to DoiSuthep, continue to discover one of the best–kept secret temples of Chiang Mai, Wat Palad, known as the Temple below the Temple. This temple is a significant element of the Chiang Mai area’s history with its temple grounds aged beyond 650 years old.

Next, proceed to Wat Umong, built in the 14th century, a heavily forested temple covered by moss and small plants offering a unique yet charming sense of natural decay. After a walk through its mysterious tunnels, you will reach the Viharn of the temple to experience your own private blessing ceremony.

After that, enjoy this lovely day with a delicious bowl of Khao Soy. This famous Northern Thai dish is a combination of coconut cream, crispy noodles and plenty of spice that is sure to delight!

Continue to visit the Three Kings Monument, followed by Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Center, located in an old building of elegant architectural design, built in 1927. Standing on the location of a former royal hall, the building was used as the central administrative office of Phayap administrative unit of Siam, and later as the Provincial Hall of Chiang Mai. (Note: Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Center is closed on Mondays and during Songkran festival. Open from Tuesday – Sundays: 08:30 – 17:00)

Later, discover the lost city of WiangKumKam, “The Underground Empire,” one of the greatest cultural and historical significances. Following a massive flood, the city of WiangKumKam vanished without a trace. For over 200 years, WiangKumKam became a lost civilization buried under layers of earth. You will explore the main ancient ruined temples by bicycle: WiangKumKam, WatChedi Liam, Wat Phraya MengRai, WatKan Thom, and Koo Paa Dom.
Return hotel in the late afternoon, time will be on your own in the evening time.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Chiang Mai



Day 11: Chiang Mai - Karen Long Neck, Chiang Rai and The Golden Triangle

After pick up from your Chiang Mai hotel, your first stop will be Maekhajan hot springs a good spot to take a morning cup of coffee before heading up towards the stunning Wat Rong Khun often named The White Temple due do its dazzling white colour inlaid with mirrored glass. After Chiang Saen, you will continue up to the Golden Triangle, where you will have the option of a boat trip across the Mekong River to the Laos side. The tour will proceed to Mae Sai the Thai border town with Myanmar this is a good spot for some shopping, local dry foodstuffs and Chinese imports and counterfeit goods are all in abundance here. You will also get a glimpse of Myanmar itself with it only being situated a mere ten meters away across the river. On the return leg to Chiang Mai, we will stop at an Akha/Meo hill tribe village as well as the Karen Long Neck village.

Note: You will be required to show your original passport if you want to take the boat ride on the Mekong to the Laos side. Please bring this with you if you want to take this option.

We will return Chiang Mai in the late afternoon and you will be dropped off at your hotel. The rest of the day will be on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Overnight in Chiang Mai



Day 12: Chiang Mai – Cooking Class Half Day

Cooking is considered an art-form by many people. If you’re looking for a place to learn about Thai food and Chiang Mai culture, Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School is one of your choices. Welcome to Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School Chiang Mai. Although there are multiple Thai cooking schools in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Asia Scenic Thai Cooking is more than just a school, it is rather an extension of a home and an opportunity to share Thai cooking and culture. Asia Scenic Thai cooking school does not just teach you to follow the teacher or the cookbook but teach you how to be creative and understand the basic of cooking Thai food. What you will love the most that they do not have a fixed menu for you. You will cook what you wish to cook. You will realize that you are learning the traditional lifestyle, learning how to grow vegetables and herbs, as well as the various traditional performing arts.

What makes Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School superior to other cooking schools: our flair for the artistry of Thai cooking paired with exquisite attention to Thai culture’s captivating details.

· Created and cared for by a true Thai family.
· Tasting herbs from our very own garden.
· Experienced and authentic teachers; all Thai people can cook but not all Thai people can teach you how to cook.
· Cookbook that comes with the courses has been written by Gayray. All details and pictures step by step that makes it easier when you are cooking alone at your own home.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Chiang Mai



Day 13: Chiang Mai – Departure

Time will be on your own. Depending on the time of your departure flight, your private driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport for your outbound flight. Say goodbye and we wish you a safe flight onwards.

End of tour.

Pricing

The price of this trip varies according to selected airlines, the number of people in your party, dates of departure, hotel standard, and availability of ground services. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we would be more than happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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What’s Included?

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Hanoi and Chiang Mai with highlights
  • Angkor Temple Complex discovery
  • Boat trip on great Tonle Sap Lake
  • Tam Coc – Ninh Binh “Halong Bay on land”

  • Halong Bay Cruise 2 days/1 night
  • Chiang Rai & Golden triangle at glance
  • Cooking Class Chiang Mai

Travel Services

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All Excursions
  • Transportation in AC vehicles
  • English speaking guide(s)

  • Domestic flights
  • Local boats
  • Admission fee
  • Meals as stated in the program

Travel Highlights

  • Complimentary Vietnam Visa Approval Letter
  • An open choice for join-group tour or private tour with maximum flexibility
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
  • Transfer in good and high qualified transportation vehicles

  • Hand-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Accompanied by Experienced and friendly local guides
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour

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Thank you Emma and Asia Trip Deals for arranging an awesome and unforgettable vacation in Vietnam. We were 4 friends who were planning for Vietnam and were confused about how to kick start and complete our trip in 10 days within budget. Right then we got in touch with Emma and she handled everything for us, starting from our trip itinerary, domestic flights, accommodations and must-visit places. Our entire trip was fun-filled and knowledgeable, all thanks to the tour guides provided to us, they were super friendly, helpful and filled with enthusiasm. The trip deal included a few good dining options to enjoy local food, loved it. We strongly recommend Asia trip deals if you are planning a trip to a place you have never been to before. The team is very responsive and on top when it comes to communication, just to make sure the trip is as planned.

    

November 14, 2019
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Behnam
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Great Tour

It was a nice tour and they arranged everything as per schedule. The tour guides were great, friendly, and knowledgeable. The hotel selection was ok.

November 5, 2019
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Sitinder
Australia

Amazing Vietnam and Cambodia personalized tour

My husband and I had not been to Vietnam or Cambodia before. We wanted a tour of the main tourist stops and also to explore some parts ourselves. Emma did a fantastic job of guiding us through the options and creating a personalized itinerary.

We were very extremely happy with her choice of comfortable mid-range hotels located close to shops, markets and local restaurants so we didn’t need transport to get around. Any changes, no matter how small were communicated by Emma in advance. She kept in touch all through to check we were safe and having a good time.
The tour guides and drivers entertained us with their jokes on the longer journeys and were great company throughout.

All the internal flights, pick-ups and drop-offs from the airport were taken care of as well as all entrance fees for the sites/attractions. This takes the hassle of haggling about transport costs and options, especially in view of the huge figures in exchange rates that involved dealing in thousands and millions of Vietnam Dong. There is a big tipping culture, so be prepared to have plenty of spare cash for this, but most places also accept American dollars.

Due to the personal service from Emma and attention to detail, our trip was hassle-free, leaving us free to soak up the atmosphere, sights and smells that have left us feeling we would like to return and explore more next time. The highlight for me was the overnight cruise along Halong Bay. It was so calm and peaceful, just what I needed!! I would thoroughly recommend Emma and Asia Trip Deals, if like me you just want a holiday and not the stress of spending hours trawling through the internet looking for hotel/flight deals and places to visit.

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