Your trip gets underway in Bangkok with two nights in the Thai capital. Take a ride in a longboat along its canals – better known at khlongs – or pay a visit to one of the many temples to be found within the city, such as Wat Arun and Wat Pho; the latter being known for its huge reclining Buddha figure. Admire the Grand Palace, home to the Thai monarch, and stroll through the lush gardens, or spend time relaxing. Could there be a better place to enjoy a Thai massage?
Head for one of the most culturally important cities in the country as you explore Chiang Mai, which is also regarded as one of the top destinations with tourists seeking to gain a taste of what Thailand is all about. As well as checking out the city itself, admire the stunning views to be found from the top of Doi Suthep and eat like a local with a bowl of noodles at the Night Bazaar. You might also want to make the most of the Chiang Mai nightlife.
Enjoy a trip through the countryside as you head towards the fast-growing town of Chiang Khong, seen as one of the main stopping points for people heading towards neighbouring Laos. Take the chance to explore the town, stretch your legs and enjoy the chance to dine on authentic Thai cuisine.
Take a boat ride along the Mekong River, soaking up the laidback river lifestyle as you cruise into Laos before stopping for the night in the small town of Pak Beng on the banks of the river.
Continue along the river and admire the famous Buddha carvings in the limestone cliffs at the Pak Ou caves before you arrive in the city of Luang Prabang. Spend time exploring the town and seeing the sights, which could include a visit to the Royal Palace Museum and the Wat Xieng Thong temple, or to the Buddhist shrines found dotted around Mount Phou Si. For those who want to venture slightly further afield, the impressive Kuang Si falls are located nearby and are a popular attraction for those who want to walk through the woodland or who want to take a dip in the turquoise blue waters. The Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre is also located nearby.
Enjoy two days in the back-packer orientated town of Vang Vieng where you can take part in a number of different activities, many of which are centred around the nearby Nam Song River. You can also admire the impressive limestone karst scenery in the surrounding area, or rent a mountain bike to explore beyond the town boundaries.
Head for the capital and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of the biggest city in Laos, which is home to a number of the nation’s most important religious monuments – including the Pha That Luang Buddhist stupa. While in the city, pay a visit to the COPE prosthetic limb centre to reflect on the impact that conflict has had on the Lao people. At the end of the day, savour the sunset over the Mekong from the riverbank.
Leave Laos behind as you fly to Vietnam and the capital city of Hanoi. You’ll then spend two days in the city, with one of the highlights being the chance to explore the traditional artefacts that can be found in Old Hanoi. Alternatively, you could take the opportunity to see the wider city with a tour on a cyclo, a local three-wheeled ‘pedicab’.
Having travelled to Halong Bay, you’ll enjoy the chance to sleep under a star-studded sky on an overnight Halong Bay cruise, taking in the dramatic scenery and with the chance to enjoy a relaxing dip in the calm and balmy waters. Following the cruise, you’ll climb on board the famous Reunification Express for an overnight ride south along the coast.
You’ll spend two days exploring the enchanting city of Hue, which has earned itself the honour of being named as a World Heritage Site because of its plethora of historical monuments. You’ll be able to see the royal past come to life with a visit to the walled fortress that is the Imperial City, take a tour of the sights and then cruise along the perfume river on a dragon boat.
Leaving Hue behind, you’ll travel across the spectacular Hai Van Pass to the once thriving port town of Hoi An. With trade continuing to play a vital part in local life, you’ll have the chance to visit the many local stalls and shops where residents sell their wares. You could also sign up for an optional cooking class, visit the four museums that tell the history of the region, or sample the culinary delights of the many restaurants that sit on the riverside.
After a flight to the city formerly known as Saigon, you’ll enjoy seeing the sights on a city tour, enjoy a meal in a restaurant where former street kids are undergoing hospitality training and examine the displays to be found at the War Remnants Museum. There is the chance to sample local specialities like elephant ear fish during a day exploring the Mekong Delta, while you can explore the delta’s mangrove tributaries onboard a traditional sampan; a small wooden boat traditionally used in the area.
Head for Cambodia, with the first stop being the capital city of Phnon Penh. An insight into the recent turbulent past comes in a visit to the infamous Choeung Elk Killing Fields, where thousands of victims of the Khmer Rouge are buried in mass graves. There will be the chance to visit a range of other important locations in the city, including the National Museum and the dazzling Silver Pagoda, while you can also experience the bustling Russian Market or take a stroll along Siswath Quay.
After the darkness of the Killing Fields, take time to explore a brighter period in Cambodian history as you travel to the famous Angkor Temples near to the popular resort town of Siem Reap. The Angkor Wat Buddhist temple is the main draw amongst the many ancient monuments but you’ll also be able marvel at the beauty of the carved faces as Bayon and walk through the eerie shadows as the sun streams through the ruins at Ta Prohm, located in jungle surroundings and with trees now growing out of what remains of the temple.
Spend a day exploring the trading city of Battambang, where you can again admire the various religious buildings or marvel at the impressive French architecture to be found in the area. You’ll have chance to learn about Khmer cuisine with a cooking class or take a walk along the river, while you could also head out into the surrounding villages to explore local life.
Leave Cambodia behind to head back to the Thai capital for the final part of your trip. Enjoy a relaxing Thai massage before the tour comes to an end, sample the local culinary delights or take in the sights you may have missed during your earlier time in the city before heading for your flight home.
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