Lands Of Smiles – Thailand and 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: Marvel at the gleaming temples and be amazed by Bangkok street food!

»Chiang Mai: A land of misty mountains and colorful hill tribes. 

»Hanoi: Discover the city in the wooded boulevards and see the the conquered Chinese architecture, the graceful French villas.

»Halong Bay: Deep into the emerald water and stay closet to the limestone islets by kayaking, swimming in one of the World Nature.

»Hoi An: The mystique of an ancient town isolated from the modern world will take you back in time.

»Hue: the architecture of Hue ancient capital wonderfully mixed with the romantic nature of this land

»Ho Chi Minh City: Be awe by the never-ending energy of this vibrant city 

»Mekong Delta: the Rice Bowl of Vietnam, see life from the famous floating markets to the vast agriculture industries.

DAY 01: BANGKOK ARRIVAL

Sawadee, welcome to Thailand, you will meet and greet our driver at the airport who will take you to your accommodation in Bangkok. Check-in at the hotel and enjoy a relaxing time.

Overnight in Bangkok

DAY 02: BANGKOK - GRAND PALACE AND TEMPLES CITY TOUR - H/D 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 nation'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.

In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore the city at your own pace.

Overnight in Bangkok

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

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel and have a relaxing time before your driver transfers you to the airport.  Take a flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

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 DAY (B)

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

Overnight in Chiang Mai

DAY 06: CHIANG MAI TRAVEL TO HANOI (B) - FLIGHT INCLUDED 

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel and have a relaxing time before your driver transfers you to the airport.  Take a flight from Chiang Mai to Hanoi. 

Overnight in Hanoi

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 TRAVEL TO HOI AN (B) – FLIGHT INCLUDED

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel and have a relaxing time before your driver transfers you to the airport.  Take a flight from Hanoi to Hoi An.

Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 10: HOI AN LEISURE DAY (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 are 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: HOI AN TRAVEL TO HUE (B) PRIVATE TRANSFER 

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 IMPERIAL CITY TOUR - GROUP TOUR (B/L)

Have breakfast at the hotel. The guide will pick you up around 8:00-8:30 am, and you will head to the boat station, from where you will take a boat trip. The dragon boat will cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, which is considered to be the most beautiful pagoda in Vietnam. Then you will head to the Imperial Citadel, the residence of the Nguyen Dynasty, which was Vietnam’s last royal dynasty. Then you will visit The Royal Antiques Museum, one of the first museums in Vietnam. Many collections of ancient Hue and Royal antiques are displayed here: bronze wares, china, music instruments, royal attires and personal belongings of the Emperor family of Nguyen Dynasty. Then continue to Dong Ba market – the best place for cultural gifts and souvenirs.

Have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will visit the Emperors Tombs such as Emperor Khai Dinh (1885-1925) Tomb, famous for its beauty and unique architecture style, and Emperor Minh Mang (1791-1841) Tomb. On the way back to Hue you will have a stopover at the Conical Hat village to see how famous Vietnamese traditional hats Non-La are produced, and the Incense stick making village to observe how locals make sandalwood and cinnamon incenses.

Arrive back to your hotel around 4:00-4:30 pm.  

Overnight in Hue

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

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel and have a relaxing time before your driver transfers you to the airport.  Take a flight from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 14: HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA (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: MEKONG DELTA - HO CHI MINH CITY (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. 

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.

Destination3-star hotelsWebsite
BangkokSiam Heritage Bangkok or similarhttps://www.thesiamheritage.com/
Chiang MaiDe Charme Chiang Mai hotel or similarhttp://www.decharmehotel.com/
HanoiEra Hotel or similarhttp://www.hanoierahotel.com/
Halong BayLegend White Dolphin Cruise or similarhttp://www.whitedolphincruises.com/
Hoi AnKim An Hoi An Hotel or similarhttps://kimanhoianhotel.com/
HueCherish Hue or similarhttp://cherishhotel.com/
Ho Chi Minh CityPrague Hotel or similarhttp://praguehotelvn.com/
MekongMekong Lodge or similarhttp://www.mekonglodge.com/

UPGRADE 4 STAR HOTEL: PAY EXTRA 369.00 USD/PERSON

Destination4-star hotelsWebsite
BangkokAkara Bangkok or similarhttps://www.akarahotel.com/
Chiang MaiHoliday Inn Chiang Mai or similarhttps://www.ihg.com/
HanoiTirant Hotel or similarhttp://www.tiranthotel.com/
 Halong BayMaya cruise or similarhttp://mayacruises.vn/
 Hoi AnHoi An Rosemary Hotel or similarhttp://www.hoianrosemary.com
 HueEldora Hue or similarhttps://www.eldorahotel.com/
 Ho Chi Minh CityLotus Central Hotel or similarhttp://www.lotuscentralhotel.vn/
 MekongMekong Lodge or similarhttp://www.mekonglodge.com/

UPGRADE 5 STAR HOTEL: PAY EXTRA 1243.00 USD/PERSON

Destination5-star hotelsWebsite
BangkokSiam @ Siam design hotel or similarhttps://www.siamatsiam.com/
Chiang MaiChiang Mai Chala No 6 or similarhttps://www.chalanumber6.com/en
HanoiApricot hotel or similarhttp://apricothotels.com/
 Halong BayEra Cruise or similar https://eracruises.com/en/
 Hoi AnLa Siesta Resort and Spa or similarhttps://lasiestaresorts.com/
 HueIndochine Palace or similarhttp://www.indochinepalace.com/
 Ho Chi MinhThe Myst Dong Khoi Hotel or similar https://www.themystdongkhoihotel.com/
 MekongVinpearl Can Tho or similarhttps://www.vinpearl.com/hotel-can-tho
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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

BOOKING PROCESS

Don't be shy to drop us an inquiry email at sales@realisticasia.com and we will get back to you within 24 hours.   

  • Step 1Double-check all single supplement fee (if any) or solo traveler surcharge (if you explore the journey on your own) and choose the date you prefer to go for the trip. 
  • Step 2Click "Book Now" on the date you want to go and fill in the form with your requirements (if any), then to confirm the booking can click on "Pay Now" and make 500 USD deposit to secure your place via the link payment by credit card (Payment fee 3%) or by American Express (Payment fee 3.85%)
  • Step 3: We will send you a voucher confirmation within 24 -48 hours after receiving the deposit.
  • Step 4Send us your scan copies of passports for the process of making a visa approval letter; All the information will be kept confidentially. Pack your suitcase and be ready for an exciting holiday with us

If you would like to make any adjustments or have any concerns about the tour, click on "Enquiry Now" and let us know your request by filling in the form and we will get back to you within 24 hours. Please note down your phone number in the email or any contact details that you prefer us to reach you, this will enable us to have efficient communication with you. Several email exchange to confirm your final tour program.

PAYMENT AND DEPOSIT

1. Payment Process

  • Deposit: In order to secure your spot for the tour, an amount of 100% internal-flight tickets and 10% of land service are required to pay (the amount vary based each on tour basis). The amount should be made via bank transfer or our online payment method.

After receiving the deposit of your tour, a voucher confirmation will be sent to you within 24-48 hours.

  • Final Payment: The balance of your tour will be made one month before the travel date. Payment by bank transfer or online payment is accepted. 

2. Payment Type 

  • Online payment by Credit Card with ONEPAY: We accept American Express, Visa card, MasterCard and JCB card since Realistic Asia is a verified member of OnePay System. Your card information will be protected during the transaction by using the security system with OnePay. Your invoice will be created when you confirmed the booking and send you the guideline to deposit your spot. 

Kindly note: Payments by credit cards or American Express we apply a service fee of 3,85%. If you need more details and further information or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

  • By Bank Transfers: If you prefer to do the bank transfer, please contact us so we can send you the bank detail information. However, all the bank fee and foreign currency exchange have to be taken care at your end.

CANCELLATION

Realistic Asia 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:

  • 31 days and more before departure: 10% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 15-30 days before departure: 30% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 14 days and less before departure: 100% of the full payment.
  • No-show travelers will be charged 100% of the full payment

CONDITION OF INSURANCE

  • Realistic Asia demands that all clients going on our trips hold proper personal medical insurance. If clients do not hold insurances and refuse to sign on before departure, Realistic Asia reserves the right not to carry out the trip.
  • Kindly acknowledge your acceptance of the above terms and conditions by signing and returning to Realistic Asia a copy of the present contract and of the attachment with all itineraries.

OTHERS CONDITIONS

  • Price based on twin sharing. Single Supplement fee surcharge
  • 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
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