Southeast Asia: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia15 days & 14 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be escorted to your hotel.Elite: The Siam Bangkok
Preferred: The Peninsula Bangkok - 2 Nights
After breakfast, listen to the chants of the monks at Wat Po, see the reclining Buddha and admire the Emerald Buddha at the Grand Palace. This afternoon, stroll through Chinatown, stop at the Bangkok Folk Museum and cruise the Chao Phraya River.Elite: The Siam Bangkok
Preferred: The Peninsula Bangkok (B)
Day 3To Chiang Mai
Fly north to Chiang Mai.
This evening, browse the wares at the colorful night market.Elite: Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai
Preferred: 137 Pillars House - 3 Nights (B)
Day 4Chiang Mai
After lunch, soak up the tranquil surroundings on a bamboo raft trip down the river.Elite: Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai
Preferred: 137 Pillars House (B)
Day 5Chiang Mai
This morning, immerse yourself in Thai cuisine during a cooking class with master chefs at a local culinary institute. After lunch, visit several of Chiang Mai's Buddhist temples as well as the area's largest market.Elite: Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai
Preferred: 137 Pillars House (B, L)
Day 6To Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang, the best-preserved colonial city in Southeast Asia. Tonight, experience a traditional Lao Baci Ceremony of blessing by a local elder.Elite: Aman Luang Prabang
Preferred: Belmond La Residence Phou Vao - 2 Nights (B)
Day 7Luang Prabang
Early this morning, watch the locals give alms to the monks. Immerse yourself in Lao culture at the National Museum.Elite: Aman Luang Prabang
Preferred: Belmond La Residence Phou Vao (B)
Day 8To Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi today where you will be met and escorted to your hotel.Elite: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Preferred: Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi - 1 Night (B)
Day 9To Ha Long Bay
Embark on an overnight private cruise through the stunning limestone landscapes Ha Long Bay.Heritage Line: Jasmine - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 10To Hoi An
Visit Hanoi's Temple of Literature before flying south to the French colonial city of Hoi An.Elite: The Nam Hai Resort
Preferred: Fusion Maia Resort - 2 Nights (B)
Day 11Hoi An
Take a walking tour of the town center, including the famed Japanese bridge, before an afternoon at leisure.Elite: The Nam Hai Resort
Preferred: Fusion Maia Resort (B)
Day 12To Ho Chi Minh City
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and discover the bustling Chinatown district, Thien Hau Pagoda and Binh Tay Market.Elite: Park Hyatt Saigon
Preferred: Caravelle Hotel - 1 Night (B)
Day 13To Siem Reap
Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network of passageways and subterranean houses constructed by the Viet Cong. This afternoon, fly to Siem Reap.Elite: Park Hyatt Siem Reap
Preferred: Belmond La Residence - 2 Nights (B)
Day 14Siem Reap
Enter the ancient city of Angkor Thom through the South Gate, then explore the Bayon temple and the terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. This afternoon, visit Angkor Wat, the 12th-century crown jewel of Angkor.Elite: Park Hyatt Siem Reap
Preferred: Belmond La Residence (B)
Day 15Depart Siem Reap
Discover the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, which has been left as it was discovered. Stop at Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery, and the pool of Srah Srang. In the afternoon, visit the village of Kampong Kliang on the shores of Lake Tonle Sap before heading to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
Population: 65 million
Official Language(s): Thai (official), English
Thailand has a fascinating Buddhist culture with a number of beautiful temples, stunning lush mountain scenery in the north, a delicious cuisine and stunning beaches offering a wide variety of four and five-star accommodation options, including some beautifully secluded properties such as the Six Senses Hideaway. In the north are the fascinating longneck hill tribes, while the capital Bangkok is an atmospheric and energetic city that offers something for everyone.
What To See
Mekhala Cruises is a collection of three beautifully restored rice barges, which provide comfort and style on the Chao Phraya River. The itinerary features an overnight journey on Chao Phraya River, the River of Kings, which flows between Bangkok and the ancient capital, Ayutthaya, retracing the paths of former royal processions. Chao Phraya River has long been the lifeline of Thailand, and this journey offers an insight into the lives of rural communities that are still dependent on the ancient waterways. The hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan Bangkok is replaced by the tranquillity of the countryside just a few hours into the journey.
When To Go
The best time to visit most of Thailand is between November and February this is when it rains the least and it is not too hot. This period is also Thailand’s main season for festivals for example Loi Krathong.
Southeast Asia: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia
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