Tour D: Vietnam & Thailand & Cambodia “2 for 1” Special
Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hanoi, Halong Bay;
Thailand: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Pattaya
Add on: Cambodia: Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
15 Days (13 Nights) / 18 Days (16 Nights) Escorted Tour
(Tour No: TFOD)
Day 1 – Hometown / Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, Vietnam) (via Shanghai)
You will start with a flight from your hometown by WestJet to Vancouver or Toronto, and connect by China Eastern Airlines to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, Vietnam) via Shanghai. Start your worry-free vacation with the guidance of your Canadian tour escort from Canada.
Day 2 – Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Cross the International Date Line and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon). This is the largest city by population in southern Vietnam and famous for its French colonial architecture, including the Notre-Dame Cathedral, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Central Post Office. Upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport you will be greeted by your local guide who will then transfer you to your hotel.
Hotel: Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City (5 Star)
Day 3 – Ho Chi Minh City ~ Cu Chi Tunnel ~ Ho Chi Minh City
We will start our day touring the Saigon River, The Opera House, The Town Hall, The Notre Dame Cathedral and The Reunification Palace. In the afternoon we will go for a tour of a suburban district of Ho Chi Minh City called Củ Chi. This place, served as base for the 269th Aviation Battalion of the United States Army in 1967. It is famous for its Củ Chi tunnels, which were constructed during the Vietnam War, and served as headquarters for the Viet Cong. At night enjoy a Special Welcome Dinner & Cruise along the Saigon River, and after dinner we will walk around the food stalls that line the streets of the bustling Ben Thanh Night Market. (B / L / SD)
Day 4 – Ho Chi Minh City ~ Mytho ( Mekong Delta ) ~ Ho Chi Minh City
On this day we will visit the Thien Hau Pagoda. Then we are going to drive to My Tho, the heart of the Mekong Delta which is a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands, home to floating markets, Khmer pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies where boats are the main means of transportation. Here you will see some very beautiful landscapes of the country side. And to make your trip more enjoyable we will sail on the Mekong River to Phoenix Island where local handicrafts and sweets from coconut are produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits while listening to some Traditional Vietnamese Music and Songs. Then we will ride on a Horse Carriage to a typical local house for a taste of homemade honey-tea. After that we will hop on a rowing boat and sail through small canals and side-arms of the river to observe the daily life of Vietnamese people who inhabit the river banks. While in the area we will arrange for you to go for a stroll on Turtle Island where you can find different types of tropical fruits such as longan ( member of the soapberry family ), sapoche ( Sapodilla fruit), grapefruit, plum, mango, and jackfruit At noon enjoy a Special Fish Lunch . We will head back to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon. (B / SL / D)
Day 5 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) / Hanoi (By Air)
Free on your own in the morning. After Lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi and then head to the hotel upon arrival. Dinner by your own arrange. ( B / L )
Hotel: Crowne Plaza West Hanoi (5 Star)
Day 6 – Hanoi
Our day will start with a visit to the Temple of Literature and the Ho Chi Minh Complex. Then, enjoy a Cooking Class. After Lunch we will go for a city tour of the Vietnam History Museum, the Hanoi Opera House, and then we will go for a Rickshaw tour around an area of Hanoi that has been in existence since imperial times called The Old Quarter. At the end of the day we will stop for a drink at Pho Co café . Have some free time to take photos of this local family house and enjoy an overview of Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter from the rooftop of the house. In the evening, enjoy a show that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam called the Water Puppetry Show. (B / L / D)
Day 7 – Hanoi ~ Halong Bay
After breakfast we will drive to northern Vietnam’s number one tourism hub, Halong Bay (a World Heritage Site since 1994). This is an area of ethereal natural beauty with more than 1,500 towering limestone pillars and tiny islets topped by forest that rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Halong Bay’s scatter of islands, dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes will take your breath away. Once we arrive we will board our cruise ship, have a welcome drink and then lunch . After lunch we will go for a boat ride around Bai Tu Long Bay. Here we will explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave and Hon Co Island. After the boat ride we will head back to the cruise. In the evening enjoy a set dinner meal on board the cruise ship. (B / L / D)
Hotel: Victory Star Cruise (5-Star Halong Bay Cruise Boat)
Note: The itinerary above may be changed depending on Victory. It will be changed because of weather condition and other case of force majeure.
Day 8 – Halong Bay ~ Hanoi
On this day you can join a Tai Chi class that will take place on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Then have breakfast and head out on a rowing boat for a tour of Vung Vieng Fishing Village. At noon return to the cruise for an International Buffer Lunch. We will return to Hanoi in the afternoon. At night enjoy a Special Vietnamese Dinner that includes a Music Performance ( B / SL / SD )
Hotel: Crowne Plaza West Hanoi (5 Star)
Day 9 – Hanoi / Bangkok (Thailand) (By Air) ~ Pattaya
After breakfast you will be transferred to Noi Bai International Airport for your flight to Bangkok. We will have lunch upon our arrival. After that we will visit the Wat Phar Yai Temple and then we will drive to the resort city of Pattaya. At night enjoy a Thai Seafood Dinner. You can also participate (on your own) in the legendary Tiffany’s Cabaret Show. This is the first authentic transvestite cabaret show of South-East Asia established in 1974.
(B / L / SD)
Hotel: Siam Bayshore Pattaya (5 Star)
Day 10 – Pattaya ~ Nong Nooch Tropical Garden ~ Pattaya
After breakfast we will explore Pattaya’s Asian cultural village – Nong Nooch Tropical Garden and enjoy a cultural performance of Traditional Thai Dancing and Sword Fighting as well as an Elephant Show. A Buffet lunch will be served in the garden. After lunch we will go back to the hotel, so you can enjoy some free time in the swimming pool or at the spa. For dinner you will treated to a very traditional Thai meal. Then we will go for a walk of the famous Pattaya Walking Street. This is a neon – drenched strip in south Pattaya with the densest concentration of bars, street vendors, massage parlours, discos and go- go bars. (B / L / D)
Day 11 – Pattaya ~ Bangkok
Head back to Bangkok after breakfast. Then we will break for lunch and after that we are going to visit one of the most important landmarks in Bangkok known as the Grand Palace. This palace was built in 1782 and for 150 years has been the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government. Then we will explore the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew (or Temple of the Emerald Budha ), regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand and located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace.
At night enjoy a Special Thai Dinner that includes a Cultural Performance. (B / L / SD)
Hotel: Bangkok Montien Riverside Hotel (5-Star)
Day 12 – Bangkok
After breakfast we will travel to the Ratchaburi Province in western Thailand, so we visit the world-famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This is the most popular floating market in Thailand and a great place for photo opportunities, and for giving you an insight into a bygone way of life and the traditional way of selling and buying local foods, fruits and products .
After lunch enjoy an afternoon at the bustling Maeklong Railway Market. This is a market in Thailand that definitely stands out because of the active train that constantly runs through the middle of it! A walk through the market will be full of activities in a tight space where shoppers move along at a slow pace eyeing out all the fresh goods available for purchase. And to end the day we will visit the Golden Buddha Temple (Wat Traimit). Then we are going to head back to the hotel. In the evening we will take you for a Night Tour of the Asiatique Night Market. Dinner on your own. (B / L)
Day 13 – Bangkok ~ Ayutthaya ~ Bangkok
Today enjoy a full day tour of the fascinating Ayutthaya ( a UNESCO World Heritage Site). This Historic City was founded in 1350 and was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom. It flourished from the 14th to the 18th centuries, during which time it grew to be one of the world‘s largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas and a center of global diplomacy and commerce. Once here we will explore the temples, stone ruins, and the Buddha statues in this old capital of Thailand. At noon a Buffet style lunch will be served. In the afternoon and on our way back to Bangkok we will stop at a Jewellery workshop, so you can have the opportunity to buy some gifts and souvenirs. In the evening enjoy a Farewell Buffet Dinner at the hotel. (B / SL / SD)
Day 14 – Bangkok / Hometown ( via Shanghai )
Free day for you to explore Bangkok or relax at the hotel. Lunch and Dinner on your own.
Take the late evening China Eastern flight to Canada (via Shanghai). Arrive home on Day 15. ( B )
*B-Buffet Breakfast L-Lunch SL-Special Lunch D-Dinner SD-Special Dinner
TFOD Tour Features:
- Canadian Tour Leader
- 5 Star Hotels
- 5 Star Traditional Vietnamese Junk Cruise in Halong Bay. (Overnight on the boat)
- Saigon: Special Welcome Cruise Dinner along the Saigon River
- Saigon: Visit to Ben Thank Night Market
- Mekong Delta: Horse Carriage ride to a typical local house in Mytho
- Hanoi: Rickshaw Tour around the Old Quarter
- Hanoi: Water Puppetry Show
- Hanoi: Special Vietnamese Dinner with a Music Performance
- Pattaya: Nong Nooch Tropical Garden with Thai Culture Show
- Pattaya: Pattaya Walking Street night tour
- Bangkok: Special Thai Dinner with a Cultural Performance
- Bangkok: Maeklong Railway Market tour
- Bangkok: Visit of the Asiatique Night Market
- Bangkok: Farewell Buffet Dinner ( at your hotel)
- Bangkok: Free Group Photo
- Two Bottles of Water per person per day.
- Special Cost of the Add On to Cambodia – a 4 Days Tour ( Siem Reap – Angkor Wat )