Welcome to the colors of Southeast Asia, where the palette is broader and more vibrant than the imagination. Explore golden temples hidden in the thick green jungle, exotic hues in floating city markets, and Vietnamese ao dais dress, monks’ orange robes, and the blue and green of Halong Bay. This handcrafted tour spends two weeks in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and you can surround yourself with the complete artistic canvas of temples, karst, markets, cities, villages, and all of the beautiful...
Bangkok – A Relaxed Introduction
Welcome to Thailand, the land of smiles, and a country of striking color. Set off through the streets and the shocks come from all angles with the red of monks’ robes, a tuk-tuk’s yellow, and the colorful flowers and spices that abound in the markets. After your airport transfer, you will take a quick orientation tour and wander through the city’s back-lanes and markets. Aromas are as exotic as the colors, especially as you travel past sizzling barbecue stalls and great spreads of curries and noodles. You will not travel too far today, rather just take a look around your neighborhood as an introduction to what is yet to come with plenty of time to rest and refresh after your flight. Your hotel will have a rooftop pool and terrace with calming views across the metropolis.
Bangkok – Best of Bangkok and a Night Market Tour
Bangkok – Cruising the Canals and the Siamese Capital of Ayutthaya
Siem Reap – Jungle Temples and a Luxury Angkor Boat Cruise
Siem Reap – All the Major Angkor Highlights
Siem Reap – Hot Air Ballooning and Floating Villages
Ho Chi Minh City – The Atmospheric Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels and Vietnamese Cuisine
Can Tho – Exploring the Mekong Delta
Hue – A Floating Market, Lots of Noodles and the Imperial City
Hue – The Forbidden Purple City
Hoi An – Cultures and Contrasts of an Enchanting Old City
Halong Bay – Drifting Off In Nature
Halong Bay – Another Day Amid the Karst
Hanoi – Departure
- Cruise through the green and the blue of Halong Bay with a couple of days in the World’s Seventh Wonder of Nature
- Explore all the colors and smells of local city markets, in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, and Can Tho
- Discover Angkor, the majestic city and temple complex that is wrapped in jungle
- Celebrate Vietnamese history in two very different cities, imperial Hue and postcard-perfect Hoi An
- Marvel at the second Siamese capital with a day spent in Ayutthaya
- Float through a Vietnamese floating market, down Bangkok’s back-canals, and alongside Angkor Thom
- Explore the air with a hot air balloon ride above Angkor, then go underground to the Cu Chi Tunnels
- Spend a day in the Mekong Delta, discover the Forbidden Purple City, and marvel at Bangkok’s famous sights
Even in a busy city like Bangkok, the colors seem brighter than anywhere else on earth. There is just something about Southeast Asia that makes it seem as though everything has been rendered through a Photoshop filter with the contrast turned up and the vibrancy enhanced. New hues seem to be invented here with the color of limestone karst covered in the jungle, Angkor bathed in sunset light, a floating market dominated by spices and vegetables. Everything seems incredibly colorful, and the palette knows no boundaries. There is also an explosion of color experienced in the local dress, beaming faces, enticing food, traditional streets, and what lies inside temples.
This handcrafted tour is all about the evocative colors as you move across Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, showcasing each destination where the palette is at its best. You will explore many of the region’s highlights and enjoy a variety of classic experiences, from hot air ballooning above Angkor to the Cu Chi Tunnels and a floating market. There are some lesser-known destinations as well, like those in the Mekong Delta. Fly between most of the destinations and end with two days cruising through Halong Bay, a tranquil place to end your colorful adventure.
Several days in Bangkok are an introduction to Thailand and the region. Begin as you discover the grand highlights and then dive into night markets where food sizzles and colors shine in the gloomy light. Explore Bangkok neighborhoods on a canal cruise and then spend half a day in Ayutthaya, where the ruined temples showcase the second Siamese capital. Fly to Siem Reap and the grandest temples of them all, Angkor. With several days in Cambodia, you can fully explore the archaeological complex, from temples wrapped in tree roots to sculpted faces and the grandeur of Angkor Wat itself. You can travel beyond Angkor, visiting a floating village, meeting the locals, and sensing a country undergoing significant change.
Move next to Vietnam for a whole week to explore its secrets and histories. Surround yourself with the colors of Ho Chi Minh City, particularly its Old Quarter. Go beyond the beaten track in the Mekong Delta, where a floating market and small village provide new experiences. Fly to Hue, the Forbidden Purple City, and major battleground during the war. Travel next to Hoi An, a delightfully preserved city that shows the complexity of Vietnamese culture and history. End with blue and green, the colors of Halong Bay, the karst landscape, and one of the seven natural wonders of nature. Spend a couple of days cruising here as tranquility brings your vacation to a close.
To gain more inspiration from Zicasso travelers, take a look at our Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam tour reviews.
$2,890 per person (excluding international flights)
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