Overview

  • Join a fascinating tour from Thailand with shimmering lights of gold to Vietnam with its endless charm.
  • Visit the majestic capital of Thailand.
  • Relive the glorious days of the Siamese Empire in the ancient city of Ayutthaya.
  • Enjoy boisterous Hanoi which is a combination of vibrant traditional values and modern ambiance.
  • Be fascinated by the pristine beauty of Halong Bay as a World Heritage Site.
  • Learn about the Vietnam War as you experience Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Wrap up your trip by diving in the tranquility of the Mekong Delta.
Vietnam and Thailand Discovery 10 Days
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Full Itinerary

Day 1

Bangkok Arrival

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Meals: N/A

Sawadee! Welcome to the capital of Thailand. Upon your arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by your local English-speaking tour guide and be escorted to the hotel in the downtown for check-in. Afterwards, the rest of the day is free at your own leisure. Recharge yourself after a long flight and prepare for your Bangkok exploration. 

  • Meal Plan: None
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Bangkok.
Day 2

Bangkok City Tour

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Meals: Breakfast

Today shall be spent on discovering the charms of Bangkok – city of golden temples and the proud of Thai. Bangkok is the way the rest of the world called the city after an ancient boisterous central area. The actual name of Bangkok comprises dozens of words that represents its magnificence and gilded features. Locals Thai call their capital “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon” for short. 

The first stop of today is the Royal Grand Palace that comprises three main sites: The Royal Palace, The Royal Office and a complex of pagodas (Wat in Thai) constructed during the 1770s. Now under the reign of King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X), most of the kingdom’s important events take place here. The main feature of the royal pagoda complex is Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of Emerald Buddha.

The site is well-known not only for its fascinating unique Buddhism architecture style of Thailand but also for being home to the gilded Buddha statue made out of emerald. Despite thousands of pagodas and temples in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew’s sacred value in Thai conception is so significant that they built a mile of walls surrounding the site since it is believed that if the statue is stolen or harmed, their dynasty will doom. 

Next to the Grand Palace is Wat Pho – famous for being the most ancient and massive pagoda in Bangkok and home to more than a thousand statues of Buddha and one huge gold Buddha. 

Next up, we shall embark a boat and cruise along the river of Chao Phraya, listening to the ambience of life in Bangkok. Stop en route at Wat Arun located on the bank of Chao Phraya River, one of the most charming pagodas in Bangkok featuring unique architecture that differs from all other pagodas.

Wrap up today’s trip with a visit to Wat Traimit that possesses another massive gold statue of Buddha with no less fascinating architecture and historical values than any other sites. 

Be transferred back to the hotel. Tonight is free at your own leisure. Dive in Bangkok at night in your own way. 

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Bangkok.
Day 3

Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Bangkok

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Meals: Breakfast

Indulge yourself with tasty breakfast at the hotel then be escorted to our next major destination of the tour – Ayutthaya Historical Park in the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Once the heart of Ayutthaya Empire that witnessed a glorious summit of Thai history, the city is left with countless ancient temples featuring hand-constructed architecture. Ayutthaya Historical Park was recognized as World’s Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

The first site in the complex we pay a visit today is Wat Phu Khao Thong – a huge religious work standing in the middle of green paddy fields featuring a shimmering chedi plated with gold on top of the pagoda.

Proceed to Wat Phra Si Sanphet as the most sacred temple of Ayutthaya and its three high towers rising parallel in Ceylonese style. Next up, visit Vihara Phra Mongkhon Bophit, the pagoda where it stands the copper statue of Buddha posturing the defeat of Mara. This work also ranks as one of the biggest statues of Buddha in the country.

Another gilded site of Buddhist pilgrims in Ayutthaya is Wat Lokaya Sutha in which it portrays a giant Buddha reclining peacefully. The statue is the most sacred relics among many other valuable treasures in Wat Lokaya Sutha. 

Return to Bangkok. Stop en route at the Royal Summer Palace located in Bang Pa-in district which is a favourite retreat destination of the royal family. This Summer Palace is a complex of architecture combinations of European, Khmer, Chinese and traditional Thai styles. 

The rest of the day is on your own. Feel free to explore lesser known parts of Bangkok or looking for some lovely souvenirs to bring home.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Bangkok.
Day 4

Bangkok Departure – Flight to Hanoi, Vietnam

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Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, you are free at your own leisure until being escorted to the airport for your Bangkok departure flight to the next destination of the trip by your English-speaking tour guide. Be mindful of your belongings.

Welcome to charming Vietnam. Be greeted at Noi Bai International Airport by the driver who then will escort you to the hotel in Hanoi for check-in. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure. Have some sleep at the hotel to recover after hours of flight or stroll around the city.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 5

Hanoi sightseeing – Water Puppet Show

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Meals: Breakfast

The whole day will be spent on various famous attractions around the capital. The first destination of the day is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum which is one of the main historical sites of Hanoi. The site includes many monuments other than the Mausoleum itself such as the Still House, Presidential Palace, and One-Pillar Pagoda. Here you may learn the stories of Ho Chi Minh, his lifestyle and the legacy he left to the country. After the visit to the Mausoleum, check out the first university of Vietnam which dates back to 1000 years ago – Temple of Literature. Lunch is not provided.

The afternoon of the day is when we visit the most mesmerizing and massive museum of the city – Museum of Ethnology. Here, you can take a look at a great collection of artifacts that belong to the 54 ethnic groups of the country. The museum comes with some green areas to enjoy as well.

Then, blend in the fascinating vibe of the Old Quarter, try our street foods and look for some souvenirs among a wide range of local products like clothing, furniture, jewelry, and the list goes on.

Wrap up today’s excursion with a vibrant Water Puppet Show and enjoy legends and folklores of Vietnam told by skillful artists via their adorable puppet. Live music performed at the show is beautiful as well. This form of art has long been a pride of Hanoi that dates back to more than 8 centuries ago.

Return to the hotel in late afternoon.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 6

Hanoi – Overnight Cruise on Halong Bay

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Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy the breakfast at the hotel and prepare for another wonderful stop today. Halong Bay, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, has long been well-known for the incredible natural beauty.

After our driver takes us through the mountain ranges and green rice paddy fields of the Red River Delta, we shall reach Ha Long Bay – the jewel on the Gulf of Tonkin. Then a cruise through the bay on the cruise boat. Enjoy the fascinating view while having lunch on board.

In the afternoon, our tender will take you to discover some of our most exciting caves of Halong which possess stunning stalactites and stalagmites. You can choose to swim in the warm water of the bay as the cruise stops en route or to go kayaking to enjoy the magnificence of this tropical haven.

We will spend the night in the bay. Dinner on board and various interesting activities will keep you occupied.

► Please note that you will be transferred to Ha Long on shared shuttles with an English-speaking guide. Contact our travel consultants for more information about private transfer.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Overnight stay on boat.
Day 7

Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy the bay’s tranquillity with the gentle early-morning sunbeam. Breakfast is served on board when the cruise set sail to other remote areas. After a light lunch on midday, you will be transferred to the pier to travel back to Hanoi on a shuttle bus for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You will be transferred from the hotel to Noi Bai airport in a private car (no guide).

At Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you will be greeted by our driver and guide. A hotel in the city will be where you spend the next nights.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 8

Cu Chi Tunnels – City Tour

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Meals: Breakfast

Cu Chi Tunnels is an incredible network of 250 km long tunnels that played the role of the ultimate shelter of Vietnamese soldiers and civils during the Vietnam War and came with not only living areas, communication routes but also hospitals and storages for supplies and weapons. Then, a field trip to actually get into the tunnels can bring you great visualization of how harsh living underground during the time of war was.

Then we get transferred back to the city. Lunch is on your own expenses.    

Gather in the afternoon for a sightseeing tour around the city to enjoy the beautiful French architectures. The tour consists of visits to the Old Saigon post office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House, Reunification Palace and Chinatown Cholon.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9

Mekong Delta Full Day

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The whole day should be spent on discovering our lively Mekong Delta. Driving from Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre will be about 2.5 – 3 hours driving. From Phong Nam pier we travel by boat for a cruise on Chet Say river which is a branch of Mekong river. Then you can blend into the life of the locals, explore the traditional handicrafts and learn to make coconut activated charcoal, weave mats or process other coconut products. 

A peaceful village nearby shall be the next destination. From here, travel by “xe loi” (a special motorized trishaw) or ride around the village on a bike to see the lush flora of the place and dive into the scent of paddy fields. You will be served with delicious local specialties at a local house at noon.

Before returning to the quay in the afternoon, enjoy a trip on our special narrow canal by boat.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 10

Ho Chi Minh City – Departure

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Meals: Breakfast

The rest of the day is free until you are escorted back to the airport (no guide) for your flight home. Since it is the last day of the tour, don’t forget to bring home some lovely items as souvenirs.

  • Meal Plan: None
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Inclusions

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Trip Notes

1. Best Time to Visit Thailand: Nov – Feb

Thailand has a warm tropical climate, so you can count on warm to hot weather throughout the year but there are many great places that you can visit all year.

Peak season is generally during December to January for everywhere in Thailand but the best time to visit Thailand is actually from November to February which the weather is cool, clear sky and no rain. During this season the weather in the northern regions is chilly at night, but the rest of the country stays a balmy 30°C even in the winter.

March is starting for the hot season but April to May are the hottest and driest months but the southern islands would be the good place to visit.

May to October is the low season and also the cheapest time to travel because the hotel price will be cheaper than other seasons but except some islands like Koh Tao or Koh Samui for example July and August, these periods, hotels are expensive.

2. Thailand Visa Requirements:

Many nationalities, including citizens of Australia, Canada, South Africa, the US and most European countries do not need a visa for stays of up to 30 days. A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of entry, return ticket or onward travel arrangement needs to be presented upon request at your arrival in Thailand. These requirements are subject to change. Please check with the embassy or consulate in your home country before departure.

3. Car Procedure

Group Types of Car
1 - 5 pax 9-seater car
5 - 9 pax Two 9 - seater cars
10 - 18 pax 30 - seater car
19 - 25 pax 40 - seater car

Rooms are available from 14.00 on arrival day until 12.00 on departure day. Special requests for early/late check in/out will come with a surcharge.

Airfares (if any) may change without prior notice to e-ticket issuance.

4. Child Policy: 

  • 0 - 2 years old: Free of charge (Maximum 1 child under 2 years old travels with 2 adults; from the second child, 50% of the regular fare will be applied) .
  • 2 - 5 years old: 50% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • 5 - 11 years old: 75% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • From 12 years and older: 100% of the regular fare will be applied.

During Peak Season and Special Occasions, Surcharges may be Added to the Price:

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Compulsory meals would be added during these times of the years, depending on hotels or resorts you stay.
  • Peak season during 20 Dec 2020 – 10 Jan 2021, Songkran Festival, Loy Kratong Festival, Chinese New Year: Extra fee required.
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