Thailand and Vietnam seem to have it all, especially when it’s your first trip to Asia. The bustling cities offer endless sights and impressions. Quiet white-sand beaches backdropped by jungle. Superlative landscapes, atmospheric temples, night markets, Cu Chi Tunnels, historic city quarters and a world wonder that’s never changed. Tailored for first-time visitors, this classic two-week tour is full of inside experiences and highlights. Zicasso offers a variety of Thailand and Vietnam tours. Be...
Bangkok – Drifting Through the Canals of Thonburi
Arriving in Bangkok can be an overwhelming experience. This is a huge city and there’s so much to take in on every single street. It can be a little much for the senses, especially after a long flight. So it’s best to take it slow. Transfer to the hotel and relax. Spend some time at the rooftop pool that’s high above the city. Then spend the afternoon in a quiet place, exploring the canals of Thonburi. This local neighborhood is off the beaten path and shows you a genuine glimpse of everyday Thai life. Sit back, relax on the teak canal boat, and enjoy this unobtrusive look into local culture; when you’re drifting down the water it’s far easier to absorb the sights and sounds. The guide can take you around Bangkok tonight but you might prefer an early night.
Day 2 - 3
Bangkok – Best of Bangkok With an Insider Guide
Koh Samui – Beach Paradise
Day 5 - 7
Koh Samui – Drifting Away On the White Sand
Day 8 - 9
Ho Chi Minh City – Culture and Cuisine of a Fabulous Asian City
Day 10 - 11
Hoi An – Old-World Beauty and Evocative history
Hanoi – Colors and Charms of the Old Quarter and More
Day 13 - 14
Halong Bay – Relaxing in the World Wonder
Halong Bay to Hanoi – Departure
- Lounge around a private beach paradise, white sand in your toes on the island of Koh Samui
- Immerse yourself in the old-world charm of Hoi An, a soulful city that’s soft on the eyes
- Drift through the limestone karst of Halong Bay, spending two days cruising the New 7 Wonder of Nature
- Explore the evocative contrasts of Ho Chi Minh City, where a historic quarter juxtaposes with modern Asia
- Embrace the bustle of Bangkok, a fabulously evocative city when a great guide leads you around the city
- Wander the ancient streets of Hanoi, savoring all its smells and sounds
- Crawl into the Cu Chi Tunnels, kayak to a deserted island, explore the night markets and enjoy many other classic Southeast Asia experiences
Thailand and Vietnam live up to their dreamy reputations. These are countries with a little of everything. Cultural history to excite the soul, spirituality to slow you down, bustling markets and cities to get your pulse going. There are quiet islands of white sand and jungle, where you can spend days escaping the world. You also discover famous places from world history, where you walk the streets of yesteryear. Dream of Southeast Asia and so many wonderful images come to mind. This first-time visitors tour connects the distinctive highlights, with a week in Thailand and a week in Vietnam.
It has a little of everything and a lot of what makes the region so special. Great guides make all the difference as they steer you away from tourist traps, towards authenticity and intimacy. Inside experiences help you discover more, such as drifting down the canals of Thonburi on your first day in Thailand. Over the two weeks, there is time to be alone, especially on the island of Koh Samui. There are other places where you need a guide to navigate, especially when so many sounds and smells are packed into such a crowded space. Destinations are connected by flights, and your hotels are expertly located, either in the heart of a historic quarter or tucked away from it all.
Land in Bangkok, which is always an intoxicating experience if you haven’t visited Asia before. With so many new impressions it’s easy to get a little travel weary. So after some downtime at the hotel, you drift through the back-canals of the city, a small wooden boat taking you down through local neighborhoods. The next few days are tailored to you, mixing the Bangkok experiences to match your mood: temples, palaces, icons, night markets, floating markets, modern Southeast Asia and wonderful heritage. Then fly to Koh Samui and relax at a small beach resort that’s perched between the jungle and the beach. This is a quiet time, a getaway that fulfills many dreamy ideas of the region.
Fly to Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it was formerly known. There’s so much history here, from colonial remnants to old palaces and the Viet Cong tunnels nearby. You’ll get to know Vietnamese culture and cuisine, particularly how it is so different from Thailand. Fly to Hoi An and immerse yourself in the old world, such beauty to this World Heritage city at the country’s heart. Hanoi takes you back to bustle and a whirlwind of new experiences before you end with two days sailing around the limestone karst landscape of Halong Bay. It’s a serene way to keep exploring while completely relaxing at the end of a vacation.
To gain more ideas for your perfect Thailand and Vietnam vacation, take a look at our Thailand and Vietnam page for more itineraries and tours.
$2,995 per person (excluding international flights)
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