Mysteries are unearthed at the Angkor temples and in old city quarters while spirituality is found in Thai monasteries and local connections. Journeys range from rice paddies to thick jungle, cruising through limestone karst, and drifting through a city. Welcome to the grand highlights of Southeast Asia, a two-week tour of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Fly between the iconic destinations to explore with passionate local guides in one of the world’s great travel regions.
Hanoi – First Impressions of Vietnam
Hanoi is an intoxicating city, and it is quick to pull you into its rhythm. Food sizzles on small street barbecues alongside the faded grandeur of a colonial townhouse. Traders sell conical-shaped hats down narrow back streets as pagodas creep up above the mazy Old Quarter, moss covering their frames. Arrive in Vietnam and head out with a guide to wrap your senses around all of the new impressions. With 24 hours in the city, you can take it slowly in the Old Quarter, allowing some of the sounds and smells to sink in. You will be greeted at the airport and have a hotel within the Old Quarter, and your guide will then tailor a walking route based on your energy levels.
Halong Bay – More of the Old Quarter and a Seaplane to the Karst
Halong Bay – A Relaxed Day Cruising the World Wonder
Hoi An – The Elegance of Centuries Past
Hoi An – Markets, Energy and a Cauldron of History
Ho Chi Minh City – Into the Cu Chi Tunnels
Ho Chi Minh City – The Old and New of What Was Saigon
Siem Reap – An Afternoon Around the Ancient City
Siem Reap – The Famous Jungle-Shrouded Temples of Angkor
Siem Reap – More Beautiful Temples and More of Cambodia
Chiang Mai – Thai Culture and Jungle Life
Chiang Mai – Meeting Monks and Exploring North Thailand Culture
Bangkok – Cruising the Chao Phraya
Bangkok – Highlights of Bangkok and Its Surroundings
Bangkok – Departure
- Discover the ancient world of Angkor, where vast Khmer temples lay shrouded in jungle
- Drift through the karst of Halong Bay for a relaxed experience to start your vacation
- Meet with monks in a hilltop Thai monastery and visit Cambodian villages
- Crawl into the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn to cook local-style in Hoi An
- Take a journey along Chao Phraya River and uncover the grand old highlights of Bangkok
- Immerse yourself in the old quarters of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, with so many stories to find down the atmospheric lanes
- Explore the landscapes, spend time in the jungle, on the coast, amid pedestrianized cities, and around rice paddies
- Be led by passionate local guides that illustrate how Southeast Asia is all about the people you meet
Southeast Asia evokes emotions, whether it be the deep serenity felt when cruising through Halong Bay, or during the exploration of a hilltop monastery. You will feel excitement as you uncover the mysteries, such as at the temples of Angkor, and then warmth and enthusiasm when you spend time with local people. A sense of wonder will come every day on this signature tour to the region as you visit three countries in two weeks, hopping between a superb diversity of destinations and experiences. When you depart, you will feel privileged to have witnessed so much in such a relatively short amount of time.
Southeast Asia offers so many experiences and became so popular two or three decades ago. Back then, it took months to get around the region, but this has changed dramatically as domestic and international flights have made travel quick and straightforward. So in just two weeks, you can connect the complete variety of experiences and take in the best of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. By minimizing travel time, you will stay energized and get to see so much more. With passionate local guides leading the way, you will uncover more than just the famous stories.
Spend one week in Vietnam, three nights in Cambodia, then four nights in Thailand as the route is designed around flight connections. Spend 24 hours in Hanoi before a seaplane flight to Halong Bay where a landscape of karst makes for a relaxed two days of cruising. Fly onwards to Hoi An, Vietnam’s most intact and enchanting old city. After that cauldron of history, you travel to Ho Chi Minh City, where the old and new of Saigon creates many experiences in just two days.
Your Cambodian experience is spent in Siem Reap, just a few steps from the temples of Angkor. With three days, you can hop in and out of the vast archaeological complex, visiting famous Angkor Wat and the jungle-shrouded temples popularized in Tomb Raider, but also other less-known treasures. You can visit smaller, unknown temples and floating villages for a deeper understanding of what Cambodia is all about. From there, move next to Thailand with a flight to Chiang Mai, where intimate local experiences are found in the country’s cultural capital. And then end in Bangkok, cruising the Chao Phraya River and getting involved with some bustling city experiences. Consider reading some of our travelers’ tour reviews for more ideas to perfect your dream Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand vacation.
$3,760 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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