Imperial City, Hue

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand

TICN10: 22 Days Private Tour of Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho - Siem Reap - Luang Prabang - Chiang Mai - Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4-star handpicked hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
From $4269 per person Free Inquiry
Imperial City, HueA beach in Da NangWar Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh CityLocal market in VietnamAngkor Wat, Siem ReapBayon Temple, Siem ReapRoyal Palace Museum, Luang PrabangAlms giving ceremony in LaosWat Phra Kaew, BangkokAyutthaya
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Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi
Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, you will meet our guide and then take a private car ride to the hotel. You may spend the rest of the day recovering from the jet lag.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
Day 2 Hanoi
After breakfast, our guide will accompany you to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to learn the life story of this great politician. You will also find the finest temple in Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda there. Then you will be led to the Temple of Literature, the earliest state-run academic institute of Vietnam, and then get to know the minority customs and culture at the Museum of Ethnology.

We will spend the whole afternoon strolling around the Old Quarter and have a short stay at the Hoan Kiem Lake. The unique Water Puppet Show follows, which demonstrates locals' agricultural life.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay
Drive to Halong Bay to board a luxury cruise and stay one night. You will have a wonderful time. (B+L+D)
The coming 1.5 days' Halong Bay cruise will be one of the highlights of this 3-week holiday. Our guide will pick you up at the hotel at 08:00 and escort you to the pier to board a luxury cruise ship. The gorgeous karst landscape along the way, consisting of thousands of towering cliffs and emerald water, will surely overwhelm your eyes.

We will stop at the Cua Van Fishing Village after sailing through the Bai Tu Long Bay. You can take a kayak or sampan to tour around the village. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the scenery onboard or do some entertainment activities.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Signature Cruise
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Day 4 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue
Relax on board, disembark around noon, drive to Hanoi and fly to Hue, airport-hotel transfer. (Brunch)
Have a whole morning taking in the picturesque scenery along the Halong Bay. After brunch, you will disembark at the Halong Pier. Our guide will then transfer you to the Hanoi Airport to catch a flight to Hue. Upon landing, the local guide will pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Brunch
Accommodation: Moonlight Hotel
Day 5 Hue
Imperial City (The Citadel), A short boat trip to Thien Mu Pagoda, Mausoleum of Tu Duc, Hue Royal Palace, Dong Ba Market. (B+L)
We will start the private Hue tour with the Imperial City featuring grand royal palaces, temples and chambers. After that, take a boat trip on the Perfume River to the 400-year-old Thien Mu Pagoda, followed by a visit to the Mausoleum of Tu Duc, which is more like a garden presenting delightful scenery. Next, continue the tour to the Hue Royal Palace and then hang out in the busy Dong Ba Market.

About the Imperial City Ticket:
The ticket is a recyclable IC card. The staff will collect the card back when you check in. If you want to keep the ticket as a souvenir, you are advised to take a photo before entering.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An
Drive to Hoi An, Hai Van Pass, Non Nuoc Beach, Cham Museum, Marble Mountains. Check in at hotel in Hoi An. (B+L)
After breakfast, we will set out for Hoi An by a private drive. En route, there will be a short stop at the Hai Van Pass for you to take in the view of the Da Nang City. As we pass by Da Nang City, we will spend some time relaxing at the Non Nuoc Beach as well as entering the Cham Museum to learn about the culture of this mysterious ethnic group. Also, you will climb the Marble Mountains in our guide's company, where many Buddha statues are enshrined in naturally formed caves on the cliffs.

We will finally arrive in Hoi An in the late afternoon. Check in a local hotel for 2 nights' stay in the city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Beach - Little Boutique Hoi An
Imperial City, Hue
Imperial City, Hue
A beach in Da Nang
A beach in Da Nang
Day 7 Hoi An
A guided day trip in Hoi An Old Town. Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, Tam Ky ancestral house, Japanese Bridge, boat trip to an island village. (B+L)
Hoi An used to be a vital trading port in Southeast Asia during the 15th-19th centuries, with many Chinese and Japanese style buildings. After breakfast, we will begin our one-day leisure tour of Hoi An Old Town. We will stop by a few Chinese-style sites, like Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, and Tan Ky Ancestral House. As well our guide will lead you to take pictures at the Japanese Bridge. Then, a boat ride will take you to an island village along the Hoai River.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City
Drive to Da Nang and fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Airport pick-up, Tan Dinh Church, Old Continental Hotel, Opera House, City Hall. (B)
After breakfast, our guide will escort you to the airport in Da Nang for your onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, the local guide will pick you up at the airport, and then transfer you to the hotel.

After being settled, start the private Ho Chi Minh City tour with the Tan Dinh Church which was painted pink from the inside out. Then you will be guided to the European-style Old Continental Hotel, the Opera House where you can enjoy fine goddess sculptures and various reliefs on the exterior walls, and the French-style City Hall.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel
Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City
Morning excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels, afternoon visits to War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, City Center Post Office, Dong Khoi Street. (B+L)
Today, we will have a morning excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels, the underground military camp in the wartime, stretching for 250km (155mi) in total.

In the afternoon, you will be accompanied to visit the War Remnants Museum to view a large collection of old pictures and weapons. Then walk across a block to the Reunification Palace, which is the former presidential office. After that, continue our journey to the classical Central Post Office, and then hang out along the Dong Khoi Street to enjoy the local night life.

What you may want to know about The Ben Thanh Marke:
The Ben Thanh Market is divided into six areas: A, B, C, D, E and F. A&B areas are mainly for daily necessities; the C&D for personal supplies and processed food, and the E&F for fresh food ingredients. After 19:00, the famous Penang Night Market on both sides of the market sells all kinds of delicious food and daily necessities.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
War Remnants Museum
Local market in Vietnam
Street vendors in Vietnam
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ben Tre - Can Tho
Mekong River Delta, boat ride in My Tho, pass by coconut candy and rice paper factory in Ben Tre, Can Tho city. (B+L)
Today, you will have a full day exploring the primitive Mekong River Delta. Firstly, our guide will escort you on an hour's driver to My Tho Town. Take a boat there down the Mekong River to Ben Tre and visit local factories pruducing coconut candy and rice paper. After that, continue the cruise trip through lush jungles. Then a private drive will take you to Can Tho City. Check in a local hotel for one night's stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Victoria Can Tho Resort
Day 11 Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap
Boat to Cai Rang floating market, countryside visits, back to Ho Chi Minh City and fly to Siem Reap, airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
In order to experience the bustling local floating market, we will start the tour early around 06:00. The guide will pick you up at the hotel and escort you to the Cai Rang Floating Market. Take a boat ride to join the busy fair, and stop by some villages afterwards.

At this point, your private Vietnam tour will come to an end. Our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport in Ho Chi Minh City for a flight to Siem Reap. Meet our guide after landing and take a comfortable ride to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Hotel
Mekong River Delta
Floating market on Mekong River Delta
Day 12 Siem Reap
Sunrise over Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King, Ta Prohm, Bakheng Temple, Apsara Dinner Show. (B+L+D)
Viewing the dazzling sunrise over Angkor Wat marks a great beginning to your private Siem Reap tour. The silhouette of the towering stupas and palaces against the faint light would definitely be one of the most unforgettable scenes of the whole journey. Then proceed to the Angkor Thom and enter from the southern gate. We will firstly see the Bayon Temple, where 216 different smiling faces were carved on the four sides of the stupas. A few yards away are the Elephant Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King, featuring vivid reliefs of gods and devils.

On leaving the ancient city, our tour continues to the Ta Prohm Temple, where python-like tree branches and roots blend in perfectly with old buildings. Then we will climb uphill to the Bakheng Temple and take in the great sunset view. Round off the day with the Apsara Dinner Show.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
Angkor Wat
Bayon Temple, Siem Reap
Bayon Temple
Day 13 Siem Reap
Preah Khan, Banteay Srei Temple, pass by local villages, return to the ancient capital of King Indravarman I, stop at Orphanage school. (B+L)
Start the whole day's trip with the Preah Khan Temple. After that, you will be escorted to the gorgeous Banteay Srei Temple to appreciate elaborate reliefs on red-stone walls. On the way, we will pass by some local villages.

In the afternoon, we drive back to visit the Rolous Group, the site of an ancient capital constructed during the 9th century. We will then have a short stay at the Orphanage School and continue the return journey to Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Siem Reap - Luang Prabang
Khmer Village, a boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake, floating village. Fly to Luang Prabang, airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
In the morning, you will be transferred to a Khmer Village to experience locals' lifestyle, and then take a boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake to visit a floating village.

Afterwards, the guide will escort you to the airport and help you board a flight to Luang Prabang. Our local guide will wait for you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Victoria Xieng Thong Palace
Day 15 Luang Prabang
Royal Palace Museum, A cruise to Pak Ou Caves, Ban Xang Hai village, Ban XangKhong village, Wat Mai, Wat Siphouthabath. (B+L)
After breakfast, you will be led to the Royal Palace Museum to admire imperial and religious articles and various precious Buddha statues. Then have a cruise down the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves, where over 8,000 Buddha statues are enshrined in two caves at the bottom of the vertical cliffs. En route, we will stop by the Ban Xang Hai Village famed for local rice whiskey called Lao-Lao.

After returning to Luang Prabang, we will proceed to the Ban Xang Khong Village to view the process of weaving fabrics, and then visit two distinctive Buddhist temples, Wat Mai and Wat Siphoutthabath.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Royal Palace Museum, Luang Prabang
Royal Palace Museum
Alms giving ceremony in Laos
Alms giving ceremony
Day 16 Luang Prabang
Observe the alms giving ceremony at around 05:30, Morning Phousi Market. Local villages of Lao minority groups at Ban Ouay, Khouang Si Waterfalls, Ban Phanom village, Wat Xieng Thong. (B+L)
Get up early this morning to attend the alms giving ceremony at around 05:30, which has been a local tradition for over 500 years. Then we will go back to the hotel for breakfast after strolling around the nearby Phousi Market.

Then set out for an ethnic village named Ban Ouay to immerse in the unique culture there. After that, continue our tour to Khouang Si Waterfalls where you can splash about in clear ponds at the bottom of the falls. A visit to another minority village, Ban Phanom Village, follows after.

After that, return to the downtown area and conclude today's journey with the Wat Xieng Thong, famous for luxury decorations and a mosaic mural called 'the Tree of Life'.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Victoria Xieng Thong Palace
Day 17 Luang Prabang - Chiang Mai
Fly to Chiang Mai, airport-hotel transfer, rest day is free at leisure. (B)
After breakfast, our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for a flight to Chiang Mai. Meet our local driver upon arrival and then take a comfortable drive to a local hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the surroundings.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Rim
Day 18 Chiang Mai
Full day excursion to Elephant Nature Park. (B+L)
Today, you are going to have a full-day exploration of the Elephant Nature Park in our guide's company. There, dozens of retired or injured elephants are taken in and live a carefree life in the semi-natural environment. You will have chance to get a close contact by touching and playing with them. At the end of the day, a private car ride will transfer you back to the hotel in Chiang Mai.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 19 Chiang Mai - Bangkok
Walk to Waroros market, rickshaw to Tapea Gate, walk to Three Kings Monument, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh. Fly to Bangkok, airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
After breakfast, our guide will accompany you to wander around the Waroros Market, brimming with local snacks and fruits. Then take a rickshaw to the Tha Phae Gate, the best-preserved gate of the Chiang Mai Old City. Our guide will walk you through the gate and then lead you to the Three Kings Monument and Wat Chedi Luang. Then round off Chiang Mai tour with the Wat Phra Singh, where you can admire the statue of Phra Singh Buddha and elaborate murals portraying local ancient clothes and customs.

After that, you will be transferred to the airport and take a flight to Bangkok. Our local guide will pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Movenpick Bangkok Sukhumvit 15
Day 20 Bangkok
Wat Pho with reclining Buddha, Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew with emerald Buddha, a boat ride on Klong Bang Luang with a stop at Baan Silapin, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). (B+L)
Today's morning tour includes the Wat Pho - enshrining Bangkok's largest reclining Buddha of 46m (50yd) long, the Grand Palace - the luxury chambers for royal family from 1782 to 1946, and the Wat Phra Kaew - housing a holy emerald Buddha.

In the afternoon, you will take a boat ride to cruise around a waterside community, Khlong Bang Luang, and stop at the Baan Silapin Artist's House. Then, return to the downtown area to visit the Wat Arun and take pictures of the symbolic stupa inside.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok
Wat Phra Kaew
Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya ruins
Day 21 Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok
Private excursion to Ayutthaya, Wat Yai Chaimongkol and Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Srisanphet, Muslim Quarter. Return to Bangkok by a luxurious cruise on the Chao Phraya River. (B+L)
After breakfast, our guide will escort you to Ayutthaya by a private drive. We will visit the Wat Yai Chaimongkol - an ancient Buddhist temple built in the mid-14th century. Then head to Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Srisanphet and stroll around the Muslim Quarter.

Take a luxurious cruise on the Chao Phraya River for the return trip to Bangkok. Lunch is served onboard. You will be transferred to the hotel at 16:00 or so, and the rest of the day is free for your own arrangement.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 22 Departure from Bangkok
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Our guide will transfer you to the airport and see you off. Wish you a nice journey home!

Meals: Breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Six domestic & regional flights (economy class seat): Hanoi - Hue; Danang - Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon); Saigon - Siem Reap; Siem Reap - Luang Prabang; Luang Prabang - Chiang Mai; Chiang Mai - Bangkok.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Services of private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
Price Excludes
  • International flight into Vietnam and out Thailand
  • 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.
  • Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand Visa fees.
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