The grandeur of the Southeast Asia can be seen in the skylines and along the city streets, witnessed in the spectacular landscapes and showcased in its cultural history. Beyond the gilded temples and floating markets, the elephantine fun and fantastic karsts, is the majesty that brings Southeast Asia to life. Along the streets of the cities and villages, gliding along the rivers and seas, are the constant smiles of the friendly people that are guaranteed to make this custom tailored tour through...
En Route to Golden Dreams
Your tour begins before you ever set foot on the stunning earth of Southeast Asia as you glide over the calm waters of the Pacific. The history and mystery of the land goes beyond the beautiful and into the mythical. You can imagine the gilded frames of the temple towers, known as wats. The vibrant green mountains run along the horizon, and you are almost there, close to the emerald waters and fascinating cultures that have always been alluring, and lands that have always been exotic.
Crossing the Line
The Grand Capital
Within Golden Reach
Rolling Up the River
A Golden Triangle
Once More into the Hills
Elephant’s Never Forget
Anchor at Angkor
Along Temple Grounds
More than Stone
Good Morning Saigon
Within the Honeycomb
Around the Spiritual Turtle
A Bay Full of Wonder
Day 19 – Confucius Wisdom
Never Ending Grandeur
- Visit the fascinating metropolis of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok
- See the sensational Grand Palace and fantastic temples that line the river of Bangkok
- Witness the soft spoken beauty of Ayutthaya
- Cruise through the colorful and fresh floating markets outside of Bangkok
- Ascend the mountaintop to experience the temple at Doi Suthep
- Celebrate with elephants at the Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai
- Discover the hidden and not so hidden grandeur of Angkor Wat
- Traverse the contemporary and ancient history of Ho Chi Minh City through museums and wonderful sites
- Revel in the diversity of Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city
- Sail through the splendor of Halong Bay’s illustrious waters
A plethora of possibilities thrives within the majesty of Southeast Asia where the gilded temple towers continue to shimmer along the riverbeds and beneath the expansive cityscapes. You will experience it all on this 20-day journey meant to take you to the grandeur of this mystical corner of the world. From spectacular riverbanks surrounded with vibrant landscapes and filled with colorful everyday splendor, to the regal ruins of historic empires, your time through Southeast Asia will be filled with adventure, majesty, and the unforgettable diversity of life.
Your journey through Southeast Asia begins with your arrival in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. The modern, expansive city is filled with the sparkling gems of its quiet history hidden in the shadows of its skyline. Tour the city and witness the enchanting Grand Palace that sits along the riverbanks overlooking the waterway. Temples continue to decorate the city, complete with the splendor of the city’s sovereign past, where jade Buddha sits, golden Buddha reclines, and the atmosphere is nothing less than magical. Venture to Ayutthaya where the royal capital of Thailand can be viewed in the spectacular ruins that continue to grace the city, complete with carved reliefs. Witness the fabulous floating markets where the vibrant colors of the hillsides come alive in the produce and flowers, set in boats that drift down the serene river.
In the northern corners of Thailand you will settle in Chiang Rai, the largest, most northern area of the country, where you will visit the Golden Triangle, the gorgeous point where three countries, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos meet. Explore the mountainous jungles to discover a variety of tribes that continue and prefer to live in their traditional styles and ways that have been passed down for centuries, before you arrive in the capital of the north, Chiang Mai. Once settled into the city you will traverse the mountain of Doi Suthep where a fascinating temple decorates the plateau and overlooks the valley below. Witness the elephant camp where the once holy animal is protected and cared for inside the walls of an expanding city.
Your adventure continues in Cambodia where the modern city of Siem Reap borders the incredible ancient stone city of Angkor Wat. Discover the majesty of the historic empire that was lost to history, reemerging as a mystical and astounding connection to the Khmer past. From the historic jungles of Cambodia you will step into the modern city Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to by locals as Saigon. You will quickly see how contemporary history has shaped the current city, from the rich scent of croissants, the intense armaments displayed at the museums, and in the intricate tunnels that wind through the southern landscapes.
In Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, you will stroll through the beauty of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a serene space where French Colonial decadence contrasts with the simplicity of Ho Chi Minh’s legacy. Along the shores of Halong Bay you will witness the gargantuan and awesome display of nature where time and wind have shaped the karsts that decorate the sea. Cruise along the bay and feel the comfortable chill of the China Sea before returning to Hanoi. Your departure for home will bring you back to familiarity but the splendor of Southeast Asia will always be lingering in your mind ready to be revisited and enjoyed.
$3,855 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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