Holiday Itinerary A Journey Through South East Asia

Day 1 UK - Hanoi

Travelsphere’s Private Chauffeur service collects you from home for your overnight flight to Hanoi today.

Day 2 Hanoi

On arrival in Vietnam's capital, we'll transfer you to your hotel. A two-night stay will give you plenty of time to get to know the city. Tonight you will experience a welcome dinner like no other at the Koto Restaurant, a social enterprise that provides training to disadvantaged children. KOTO has trained over 700 students in Hanoi and Saigon, with 200 of them currently enrolled. Enjoy the aroma and flavours of Vietnamese and South-East Asian specialties, and try a selection of traditional dishes before sitting down for a three course meal.​ D

Day 3 Hanoi

We'll get to grips with Hanoi's many highlights on a full day of exploration, which starts at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Located in the heart of Ba Dinh Square, this imposing building is where the revered former president, known as Uncle Ho, lies in state. Next we'll head to the Temple of Literature, a collection of courtyards built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. Here, we'll also see the Imperial Academy, Vietnam's first national university. We'll stop for a lunch of Vietnamese specialities including the fish dish cha ca and spring rolls, before continuing our sightseeing. Instead of discovering Hanoi by foot, we're going to board a bicycle rickshaw. Your driver will weave through the busy streets of the Ancient Quarter while you sit back and relax as you take in the incredible sights.

There's time to stop for a Vietnamese coffee and take in views of Hoan Kiem Lake, before we stroll to the ancient Kim Ngan Temple. The day concludes as we watch a water puppet show, a mesmerising Vietnamese tradition, and take a backstage tour before heading back to the hotel. B, L, D

Day 4 Halong Bay

​A wonderful treat is in store today as you not only admire the stunning beauty of Halong Bay but also spend the night cruising its waters. We reach this UNESCO-listed site on a lovely journey by road through a patchwork of green paddy fields.
On arrival you can join an optional seaplane flight for exceptional views, before we step aboard our ship. We then spend the rest of the day cruising through the dramatic limestone peaks that rise from the water. Head up on deck to watch the sun set before enjoying dinner in the onboard restaurant and a tranquil night in your comfortable cabin. B, L, D

Day 5 Hue

Wake up to glorious views of Halong Bay as you enjoy tea, coffee and cookies. Weather conditions allowing, there will be numerous activities on offer this morning including kayaking and swimming or maybe you'd rather visit a market or peer into some of the nearby caves.
After disembarking we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Hue. B, L

Day 6 Hue

A full day in Hue will give you a real flavour of Vietnam's former capital. We'll start with a relaxing cruise on the Perfume River and a visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda. We'll then continue to the walled citadel, the ancient seat of royal power, whose incredible architecture was inspired by Beijing's Forbidden City. Lunch today is a unique treat, as we enjoy a meal at the Lien Hao Pagoda, which is served to us by nuns.

Next is the Cat Tuong Quan Zen House, a haven of tranquillity located in the Thien An Hill pine forest. We'll be introduced to its architecture and learn about it spiritual meaning whilst relaxing with a cup of tea. Finally, we visit the royal tomb of the Emperor Minh Mang, which is surrounded by palaces, temples and pavilions. B, L

Day 7 Hoi An

A scenic drive via the Hai Van Pass this morning takes us to Hoi An, an enchanting ancient riverside town. After checking into our hotel and enjoying lunch we'll head off on a tour of its highlights. These include the Chua Ong Pagoda, the Jinshang Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, and the Japanese Covered Bridge. We'll also take a cruise on the Thu Bon River. B, L

Day 8 Hoi An

​Today you will visit STREETS International's Oodles of Noodles project, a scheme which supports street kids and disadvantaged young people by providing them with training for a career in the hospitality industry. You'll meet some of the students, learn about different types of noodles and then have a go at making some yourself. Afterwards, a delicious bowl of Mi Quang noodles will be served. B

Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City 

Previously known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is our destination today. After our flight our discoveries begin on an afternoon tour. Highlights include the Central Post Office, designed by the renowned French architect Gustav Eiffel, and the elegant Saigon Opera House. We'll also see the Reunification Palace, where the Vietnam War came to an end, and enter the War Remnants Museum, which documents its history. B

Day 10 Hoi Chi Minh City

You'll spend this morning discovering the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnels. This network of underground passages was first constructed in the late 1940s by the peasant army fighting the French. They were later extended by the Viet Cong rebels, and you can explore them today and learn about what life was like for the soldiers who called them home. The afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure. A wonderful way to end the day is with a dinner cruise on the Saigon River, with traditional dishes and live entertainment on the menu. B, D

Day 11 Siem Reap

We're flying to Siem Reap in neighbouring Cambodia today, where on arrival we'll begin our discovery of the iconic temples of Angkor. Considered the jewel in its crown, the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei is our first stop. After admiring its intricately carved walls we'll move on to the temple of Banteay Samre, and then the magnificent Angkor Wat. This huge three-tiered pyramid rises 65 metres from the ground and is topped by five lotus flower-shaped towers.

What better way to end the day than by enjoying spectacular views at sunset from the top of the Pre Rup Temple.​ B, L, D

Day 12 Siem Reap

​An exciting day of experiences begins with a visit to the small village of Chansar, which is supported by our Travelsphere Cares project. You can see the work taking place here, including the building of a kindergarten. We'll then travel like the locals on an ox cart through the fields to the home of a Khmer family who make brooms. You can have a go if you like, before a walking tour of the village and the chance to participate in fishing or farming activities.

A simple Khmer lunch is followed by a visit to a Buddhist temple to receive a blessing from a monk. B, L

Day 13 Siem Reap

​Today's discoveries begin at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, whose entrance is lined by statues. We'll also uncover the Bayon, decorated by impressive bas reliefs depicting everyday life as well as great battles. We'll climb to the top of the Phimeanakas, a pyramidal temple, for fantastic views of the Angkor complex. We'll then view the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of Leper Kings before we take the short drive to Ta Prohm. This crumbling temple was abandoned and neglected for centuries and is enveloped by jungle – it's an incredible sight. B, L

Day 14 Luang Prabang

​Our journey by road this morning takes us to Kompong Khleang, a village built on stilts whose residents earn a living by fishing on the Tonle Sap Lake. We'll gain a fascinating insight into life here before we transfer to the airport and fly to Luang Prabang in Laos. B, L, D

Day 15 Luang Prabang

​Today we'll discover the highlights of the former royal capital of Luang Prabang on a tour. Admire the ornate Wat Xieng Thong and the Wat Mai, with its beautiful gilded façade. Then we head to the former Royal Palace, now a museum housing many religious and cultural artefacts.

Next we'll see Wat Visoun and Wat Aham, and you've the chance to climb the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi for panoramic views. B, L

Day 16 Luang Prabang

​We start early today as we rise to the sound of the temple gong and witness a Buddhist alms-giving ceremony. A procession of about 300 young monks in saffron-coloured robes will walk by us silently collecting food in their bronze bowls. If you'd like to take part, your Local Guide will advise you.

Later, we head to the Kuang Si Waterfalls, so grab your swimsuit and take a dip in the turquoise waters if you wish. B, L

Day 17 Mekong River to Pakbeng

​You'll spend the day cruising the Mekong River to Pakbeng, for an overnight stay at a riverside hotel. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the views of local life and lunch on board. En route we'll call at the Pak Ou Caves, a holy site packed with more than 4,000 images of Buddha. B, L, D

Day 18 Mekong River to Chiang Rai

​We'll set sail once more after breakfast, cruising the river to Huay Xai. Look out for wildlife along the way – if you're lucky you might spot elephants from a nearby sanctuary bathing in the waters. We'll stretch our legs in a traditional village, then cross the border into Thailand and make our way to Chiang Rai. B, L, D

Day 19 Chiang Mai 

Get picked up from your hotel to begin your tour at Wat Rong Khun, known as the White Temple. Designed by one of Thailand's most famous artists - Chalermchai Kositpipat - this unique temple is white with small glass pieces that shimmer in the sun, representing the purity and wisdom of the Buddha. Next, learn about some of the surrounding areas at the Hill Tribe Museum, where you can explore exhibits touching on the area's long history of opium and the effect it has had on the lives of the mountain people and hill tribe villages.

Then head onward to nearby Akha and Yao hill tribe villages. The Akha people are famous for their exotic and beautiful costumes, the Yao people for their peaceful and aristocratic demeanor. Both tribes are welcoming to visitors and eager to show people their day-to-day life. After meeting some of the tribe's people and exploring their villages, continue to Chiang Saen, a small town on the Mekong River. Known for its numerous ancient temples and ruins, this historical city is located at the convergence of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, and is overflowing with both beautiful scenery and incredible architecture.

Finally, head to Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand and an important trading city on the border of Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). Spend some time exploring the local market, which provides a glorious insight into the trading heritage of Mae Sai. Pick up some great jewels imported from Myanmar (Burma), a Chinese item or two or some delicious local food to enjoy on your ride back to Chiang Rai.​ B, L, D

Day 20 Chiang Mai - Bangkok

Fly from Chaing Rai to Bangkok. This evening, we gather for a farewell dinner. B, D

Day 21 Bangkok - UK 

​You can enjoy some time at leisure before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK via Hanoi. B

Day 22 UK

You will arrive back in the UK today. Upon arrival, your Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home.

Meals, B - Breakfast. L - Lunch. D - Dinner

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24 February - Edinburgh £4188 27 October - Edinburgh £4188
24 February - Newcastle £4188 27 October - Newcatle £4188
24 February - Manchester £4188 27 October - Manchester £4188
24 February - Heathrow £4049 27 October - Heathrow £4049
10, 24 March - Edinburgh £4188 3, 17 November - Edinburgh £4188
10. 24 March - Newcastle £4188 3, 17 November - Newcastle £4188
10, 24 March - Manchester £4188 3, 17 November - Manchester £4188
10, 24 March - Heathrow £4049 3, 17 November - Heathrow £4049

The holiday price may be subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of booking.  Airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.  Alternative dates may be available but not yet guaranteed, call for details. Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents. All holidays subject to Travelsphere Terms & Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

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A Journey Through South East Asia

Holidays by Air 22 Days 2022

Prices from £4049

​Vietnam's stunning Halong Bay, Cambodia's magnificent Angkor temples, Mount Phousi in Laos and a cruise of the Mekong to Thailand – this epic journey includes so much.

South East Asia

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tours of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam
  • ​Bicycle rickshaw ride around Hanoi's Ancient Quarter
  • Vietnamese coffee overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Traditional water puppet show with backstage visit
  • Overnight cruise on Halong Bay
  • Boat trip along the Perfume River
  • Travel the scenic Hai Van Pass
  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Dinner cruise on the Saigon River
  • Explore Cambodia's Angkor temple complex
  • Chansar village and an ox cart ride
  • Visit a Khmer family
  • Receive a blessing from a monk
  • Visit a village built on stilts in Tonle Sap Lake
  • Luang Prabang tour
  • Experience an alms-giving ceremony​
  • Kuang Si Waterfalls visit​
  • Cruise the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves
  • Chiang Rai sightseeing tour followed by a visit to the hill-tribe villages
  • Local Flavours - Welcome dinner at KOTO Restaurant

Thialand

What's Included

  • Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Vietnam Airlines and internal flights
  • ​18 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels, plus overnight cruise and 2 nights in flight
  • 43 meals: 19 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 10 dinners 
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guides
  • Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

More flight choices are available, see price panel for details. Supplements may apply

Vietnam

Accommodation as specified or similar

Day 2 - 6: Muong Thanh

Day 7 - 8: Hoi An silk village Resort and Spa

This beautiful and distinctive resort is styled on a historical silk village. The wonderful features of this property include a large outdoor pool, a sauna as well as in-house gift shop, library and salon. The air conditioned rooms are fitted with a safe, TV, tea/coffee facilities and a minibar. Guests can also take advantage of the free WiFi and 24 hour reception.

Day 9 - 10: Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel

The modern décor of this property is complemented by the abundance of great facilities on offer. Guests can unwind at the in-house bar or take advantage of the sauna/spa centre. There is also an indoor swimming pool that offers spectacular views overlooking Ho Chi Minh City. Rooms at the hotel come furnished with a TV, private facilities and a hairdryer. Finally, there is free WiFi available and the reception is open 24 hours.

Day 11 - 13: Angkor Paradise Hotel

The Angkor Paradise Hotel is situated in the centre of Siem Reap only a short distance from the majestic Angkor Archaeological Park which includes the famous temple of Angkor Wat and Bayon. Facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant, health & fitness centre, lobby lounge and souvenir shop. Bedrooms have private facilities.

Day 14 - 16: Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel

The Sanctuary Hotel is located in the heart of the City of Luang Prabang, midway between the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. A calm and tranquil location, but also close to the night market, historic temples and restaurants. The hotel has an indoor/outdoor restaurant and terrace bar and 30 bedrooms. Rooms are furnished in a traditional wooden style and have their own private terrace to enjoy views of the gardens and lotus pond. All rooms have air conditioning, TV, wifi, minibar, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and private bathroom

Day 17: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge

The traditionally styled Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge is situated right by the iconic Mekong River. The property offers a mixture of Laos/Thai dishes at their two in-house restaurants, and guests can truly relax by taking advantage of the massage services available. Rooms have private facilities and will be furnished either with a fan or air conditioning. In the communal areas of the lodge there is free WiFi available.

Day 18 - 19: Laluna Hotel and Resort Chiang Rai 

Situated in a picturesque flower garden of Chiang Rai is the beautiful Laluna Hotel & Resort. Guests can enjoy themselves in a large outdoor swimming pool, which is surrounded by stylish sunbeds and lush green trees. There are massage services available too, which can really enhance a guest’s stay here. The air conditioned rooms come furnished with private facilities, a minibar and TV. There is also complimentary WiFi at Laluna Hotel and Resort.

Day 20: FuramaXclusive Sathorn Hotel

Sathorn is one of Bangkok's newest areas that has experienced remarkable growth in recent years due its proximity to the prime areas of Silom, Siam, Sukhumvit and the riverside. 

Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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