VIetnam & Thailand Tours
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This eclectic journey truly offers something for everyone. French influenced Hanoi is a buzzing city with charming pagodas, romantic lakes, and sidewalk food stalls. Trek through peaceful minority hill tribe villages in the northern mountains of Vietnam. Converse with young Hmong girls as you overlook terraced rice fields through the ghost-like fog. Discover new exotic foods in the local market and learn how to use a blend of herbs and spices in delicious Vietnamese dishes.
Exciting Bangkok stimulates the senses. The sights of beautiful Buddha statues, sounds of the every so busy city, and smell of street vendors cooking up the most flavorful foods will captivate every visitor. Savor the taste of seasonal fresh fruit and make your own curry paste in a top notch cooking class in the beautiful tropical beach of Phuket.

Start city: Hanoi

End city: Bangkok

Duration: 12 Days 11 Nights

Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong, Bangkok, Phuket

- Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi and from Bangkok

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Tour Brief

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour.
Day 3: Hanoi Cooking Class – Night train to Sapa.
Day 4: Laocai – Sapa.
Day 5: Sapa Trekking – Night train to Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay.
Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Bangkok.
Day 8: Bangkok Cooking Class – City Tour.
Day 9: Bangkok Floating market – Fly to Phuket.
Day 10: Phuket Cooking Class.
Day 11: Phuket – Free at leisure.
Day 12: Phuket – Fly to Bangkok for departure.

 

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person, double occupancy.
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6 Persons $1,630 Reservation
4 Persons $1,735 Reservation
2 Persons $2,016 Reservation
1 Person $0 Reservation
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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.
Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your Travel Vietnam driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, you will enjoy an orientation walk, visiting Hanoi’s main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening, savor a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese food at one of Hanoi’s fine restaurants.
Meal: Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
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Day 2: Hanoi City Tour.
Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature; the Quan Thanh Temple, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake; and one of the city's museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.
Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi Cooking Class – Night train to Sapa.
This morning, your tour guide will take you to the cooking class. Discover a local market and learn about ingredients, flavors and see how the locals prepare for meals. Next is a short talk on the art of Hanoian gastronomy, vegetables, herbs & spices & learn how to prepare & use them. The Chef will share to you her pride of Vietnamese cuisines and the secrets on how how to make it good. Enjoy the local food in Hanoi style. In the afternoon, you are free at your leisure to discover Hanoi City by yourself. In the evening, your driver shall transfer you to the train station to catch your night train to Laocai.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: on train (in 4 soft berths cabin with A/C).
Day 4: Laocai – Sapa.
The train arrives at the Laocai railway station in the early morning. Your guide and driver will meet you there and take you on the 40km drive to Sapa – Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then catch a few hours of rest before beginning your adventure in this beautiful mountain landscape and home to many minority hill tribe peoples. In the late morning, your guide will take you on a two hour trek through the terraced rice fields to visit the villages Cat Cat and Sin Chai, where you will learn about local traditions and daily life. Rest of the day, you are free at leisure or explore the town on your own.
Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.
Day 5: Sapa Trekking – Night train to Hanoi.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty. Take a guided hike through yawning valleys, decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. You have three trekking options to choose from: Soft trek (~ 3 km), medium trek (~ 6km) and long trek (~ 12km). Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. Have lunch at a hill tribe village then drive back to Laocai to catch your return night train to Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: on train (in 4 soft berths cabin with A/C).
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay.
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Your guide and driver will meet you at the railway station and take you to a local restaurant for breakfast, before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Tonkin Gulf (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: on cruise.
Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Bangkok.
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as we navigate back to Halong City. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier. Your driver will meet you at the dock and take you to Noi Bai Airport of Hanoi for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will meet you and take you to your hotel.
Meal: Brunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok.
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Day 8: Bangkok Cooking Class – City Tour.
Today you will travel by long tailed boat to a typical Thai House in a Bangkok suburb where you will participate in a professionally conducted Thai cooking course. Afterwards taste your dishes for lunch to complete this unique and truly Thai experience. In the afternoon, visit three of the most unusual Buddhist temples in Bangkok: Wat Trimitr with its invaluable Golden Buddha (5 ½ tons of solid gold) – Wat Po, the most extensive temple in Bangkok, and The Grand Palace, which is one of the most beautiful samples of an ancient Siamese court.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok.
Day 9: Bangkok Floating market – Fly to Phuket.
After breakfast, pick up at your hotel then drive to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – the most colorful of Thailand s floating markets – 104 km southwest of Bangkok. You can see boats of various shapes and size which carry goods for trading such as tropical fruits, vegetables, flowers and food on wooden boats with smile of vendors. Experience a thrilling long-tailed boat ride out of the floating market and journey along the winding canals to see remote villages, gardens and plantations. Have lunch and transfer back to Bangkok for flight to Phuket. Rest of the day, you are free at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phuket.
Day 10: Phuket Cooking Class.
This morning, your tour guide will take you to the cooking class. Start a morning market trip to explore and see hundreds of exotic ingredients, tasting delicious seasonal fruits and making traditional style homemade curry paste. You will prepare, cook and eat what you have cooked. You will receive full color foolproof recipe cards to take home – a unique experience in Phuket. In the afternoon, free at leisure on the beach.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phuket.
Day 11: Phuket – Free at leisure.
Today you are free at your leisure on the beach or you can go shopping for your own interest.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phuket.
Day 12: Phuket – Fly to Bangkok for departure.
Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport to catch flight back to Bangkok for your departure flight home.
Bon Voyage!
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.

1. Are tour dates of flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

5. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

7. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.

8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

9. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

10. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

11. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

12. Is this tour suitable for kids?

Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.

13. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.

15. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

17. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.

18. How much should I budget for tips?

Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.

19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.

20. How to change or cancel my reservation?

- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html

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Price Included

  • 3 Flight as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotel in everage.
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides in every location.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Price Excluded

  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
Did you know? All of our tours are private and daily depart. Travel Thailand can organize any additional accommodations, domestic and regional flights.
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