Thailand: Highlights Including Laos and North Vietnam
Explore the sites and sounds of Southeast Asia while visiting the most important and stunning bhudist temples, enjoying the best in local cuisine, and exploring some of the most beautiful landscapes found on the planet. On this privately guided tour, you’ll be able to experience Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam with a local’s flare.
- Visit the most important Buddhist Temple in Thailand – Emeradl Buddha Temple and Royal Grand Palace.
- UNESCO’s World Heritage site Ayutthaya, to see its Summer Palace
- A special cooking class at local family in Chiang Mai
- UNESCO’s World Heritage City Luang Prabang
- Admire the morning alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang
- Embrace the spectacular landscape of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, Halong Bay
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- Upon your arrival in Bangkok, your guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You are free to explore the rest of the day on your own -- or your guide will provide recommendations. Get out there!
- After breakfast at the hotel, your journey through Bangkok begins with your private tour guide and driver. This private tour will take you to the colorful flower and vegetable market, the largest in the city, where you'll witness authentic local culture as flowers, vegetables, fruits and spices from around the world are sold daily.
- Our private guides will help avoid the crowds and big groups on your next stop, a highlight of today's tour, the renowned Grand Palace, which is a must-see and that adjoins to Wat Phra Kaew, the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. You will then have lunch at a local restaurant nearby the Grand Palace.
- After lunch, your trip continues with a long-tail boat ride along the canal to see Thai houses and everyday life in the city's otherworld. Bangkok was once known as the “Venice of the east” and this long-tailed boat tour takes you through its canals, locally known as Khlongs, to explore a greener and more peaceful part of the metropolis. This off the beaten path experience will allow you to leave the hassle of the city behind as you travel where people live in houses on stilts and still travel by boat along the canals.
- The last stop for today is Wat Arun, better known as the Temple of the Dawn, which is one of the most published images of Bangkok. Pinch yourself, you're here!
- Note: There is a strict dress code for visiting palaces and temples. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves. Similarly, women must be modestly dressed, no see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc.
--Royal Grand Palace: It is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925.
--Wat Phra Kaew: Also named the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, it is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade.
--Wat Arun (Dawn Temple): Wat Arun also named “Temple of the Dawn" in Bangkok, is a Khmer-style Buddhist temple and major landmark on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.
BANGKOK / AYUTTHAYA / BANGKOK
- After breakfast at the hotel, we'll drive north to ancient city of Ayutthaya for a journey back in time to the former capital, which is now UNESCO's World Heritage site. You'll start your sightseeing from Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in all of southeast Asia. We then continue to Wat Maha That, a classic temple-ruin of Ayutthaya and famous for its picturesque Buddha head engulfed by Bodhi tree roots. The foundation size, remaining prangs, and impressive towers attest to this city's significance at a different time. Of course, this is often one of the top spots for taking selfies, too!
- After a delicious Thai lunch, we move on to the Ayutthaya Historical Park and visit the ancient palace ground. Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, once a royal temple lying beside the Grand Palace, was the most significant temple during Ayutthaya period. Adjacent to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is Viharn Phra Mongkolbopit, an impressive building that houses a large seated bronze Buddha image. It's rebuilt pristine hall was believed to be a replica of the old Assembly Hall of Ayutthaya.
- We will then return to your hotel for the night. You deserve a rest!
--Bang Pa-In Summer Palace: also known as one of the most beautiful Summer Palaces in this country, is a palace complex formerly used by the Thai kings. The palace is located on the Chao Phraya River bank in Bang Pa-In district, Ayutthaya Province. --Wat Maha That: Temple of the Great Relics, apart from being the symbolic center where the Buddha's relics were enshrined, Wat Mahathat was also the residence of the Supreme Patriarch or leader of the Thai Buddhist monks.
--Ayutthaya Historical Park: In 1991, part of Ayutthaya Historical Park has declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria III as an excellent witness to the period of development of a true national Thai art. The inscribed area covered only 289 ha of the central and southwestern parts of Ayutthaya Island; as a result, only certain groups of historical sites are under UNESCO protection. The sites including Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Phra Ram, and Wiharn Phra Mongkhon Bopit.
BANGKOK / CHIANG MAI
- You'll have some free time until being transferred to the airport for your flight to mountainous Chiang Mai.
- Upon arrival, our Chiang Mai local guide will meet you and take you to the hotel for check-in.
- In the afternoon, we'll start the city tour and visit Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and then drive to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, with a stopover to visit Wat Umong. Lucky you!
--Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep: It is a Theravada Buddhist temple. From the car park, at the temple base, visitors can climb 309 steps for free to reach the pagodas or there is a tram. You can have a panoramic view of Chiang Mai city.
--Wat Chedi Luang: The Emerald Buddha was once housed here but it was removed after the earthquake for safety reasons. A replica of the Emerald Buddha made of black jade has recently been placed where the original once stood. At only a few of the many temples, you visit you may find an amazing life-like statue of a venerated monk who had been associated with that particular Temple. A fine example of this is to be found in the Library Temple behind the main Chedi at Wat Chedi Luang.
--Wat Phra Singh: located on the western side of the old walled city is a classic example of Northern Thai architecture built-in 1345. It houses the Phra Singh Buddha, a highly revered statue. Housed within the Temple complex is a learning center for young boys and men studying to become Buddhist monks. It is one of the most important temples in the city.
- A short drive out of Chiang Mai leads you to a traditional Lanna family who continue the traditions of many generations in building their homes out of teak wood and maintaining the natural surroundings in a way that's now rarely seen in Chiang Mai. You'll be immersed with a local family via a cooking class using traditional home recipes and authentic Northern Thai flavors that are different from the standard dishes offered in commercial cooking classes. You'll hand-select fresh ingredients from the garden to add to today's cooking extravaganza. Take full advantage of the opportunity to get to know a real Thai family as their house guest for the day, and then enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal, Thai style!
- Relax for a while after the meal before heading back to your hotel.
- Enjoy some free time exploring Chiang Mai.
CHIANG MAI / LUANG PRABANG
- After breakfast and check out, transfer to the airport for a short late-morning flight to Luang Prabang, a World Heritage City located in Laos. This special designation is granted to cities that exemplify "a living urban fabric of historic interest."
- Upon arrival, your guide will meet you and take you to the hotel for check-in.
- Relax at your hotel or venture out to explore this incredible town where you will feel as if you've stepped back in time while visiting the historical and former capital of Laos.
After breakfast, you will enjoy a cruise upstream on the Mekong River as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Cave, Along the way, we stop at the Ban Xanghai Village and Ban Xangkhong Village. after the tour, we back to Luang Prabang and we will climb the Mountain Phousi for sunset and then walk along the Night Market.
We highly recommend waking before sunrise for the option to observe the morning alms-giving ritual to gain a better understanding of local people's piety towards their religion.
After that visit the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Visoun, Wat Aham, and Wat Mai. After lunch at a local restaurant, we drive to the famous Khouang Si Waterfall for a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or a walk along the forest trails.
LUANG PRABANG / HANOI
Free time until you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Hanoi.
On arrival, our Hanoi local guide will meet you and take you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is on your own.
- In the morning, explore Hanoi by touring some major historic sites, choose from some of the first-class destinations such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House on Stilt, One Pillar Pagoda, Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton), Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temple, and the Museum of Ethnology
- In the afternoon, set out on foot for a grand street food tour of Hanoi. One of the all-time greatest street food cities in the world, wander the streets with your guide tasting local Vietnamese cuisine as you go.
HANOI / HALONG BAY
- In the morning, Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi to start departure for Halong Bay. Arrive at the pier in time for boarding operations.
--Halong Bay Cruise: You can see nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea and traditional sampans and junks sail the glinting water, grottos, thick forests, and hidden coves, it will be a real ocean adventure! A variety of optional activities like kayaking, swimming, diving will definitely add more fun to this trip.
HALONG BAY / HANOI / DEPARTURE
- Cruises back to the pier in the morning. Disembark after Brunch.
- Our guide and driver will wait for you at the pier. Then drive to Hanoi airport for late afternoon flight to your next destination.
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- Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
- Single supplement price for single room as part of a group of 2 or more.
- One person traveling alone will incur a higher price due to private tour.
- All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change.
- Please note: Prices for 5 & more travelers available upon request.
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