Journey Southeast Asia

Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

On Request

Close  Ho Chi Minh City, (Saigon), located on the banks of the Saigon River, Vietnam.

Journey Southeast Asia

Singapore has preserved its cultures and traditions, since the 19th century. It is where Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Middle Eastern influences simmer in the same cultural melting pot. Explore Geylang Serai "wet" market (fresh produce) and "dry" markets (preserved foods). Little India and China town that has evolved since 1812.

Near Saigon, Vietnam, are the famous Cu Chi tunnels. Visit Notre Dame, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral and Dong Khoi street, formerly the centre of haute couture. In the ancient city of Hoi An, Cham sculpture museum exhibits artefacts dating 4th to the 14th centuries. In Halong, take a cruise to view karst hills.

Thailand is known for its bustling klongs and markets in Bangkok and white-sand beaches. Yet much beauty can be found in Thailand's north in the Chiang Mai region. Activities include painting with elephant in Chiang Mai or visiting remote villages and their people near sleepy Chiang Rai.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 14-DAY JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTHEAST ASIA…
And, take-in Southeast Asia’s cultural and dining experiences.
 

We Love
  • The tour includes your private English speaking guide and driver
  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast
  • Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees, boat fees and / or cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • When travelling in Asia things won't always be like they are in the West so it's best to come with an open mind. If you have some patience, you will find this is an unforgettable place with much to offer.
  • Most hotels in Laos and Cambodia accept credit cards and there are ATM machines in the country. However, cash is still king and credit cards something of a novelty item. Bring lots of money or hit the ATMs regularly.
  • You will require a visa to enter Laos. Please check with Laos Embassy for more details.

Review

This comprehensive tour of Southeast Asia includes Singapore with the highlights of Vietnam and Thailand. This tour features each region's main cultural attractions as well as food-focused touring, shopping for distinctive local goods and artisanal food products, a variety of dining experiences, and cooking classes, if desired. Accommodation is at some of the world's most extraordinary luxury hotels, all of which emphasize the local aesthetic and cuisine.

This tour features each region's main cultural attractions and a variety of dining experiences as well as shopping for distinctive local goods. Accommodation is at some of the world's most extraordinary luxury hotels, all of which emphasize the local aesthetic and cuisine.

Your private tour starts in Singapore, where Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Middle Eastern influences simmer in the same cultural melting pot. Then continue to Saigon, Vietnam. With your own expert guide and driver, experience the city's most interesting neighbourhoods, historic attractions, museums, art galleries, food markets and excellent restaurants. If desired, take an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels or meet renowned local culinary personalities and chefs.

We travel to Hanoi, Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital. Explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops. Shop for impressive modern art in the city’s many galleries. Then relax in the French-inflected ambience of the city's many fashionable cafes, sampling pastries and watching local life.

Continue to the rural Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, the cultural heart of Thailand and stay at one of Asia’s most luxurious and atmospheric resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. One day, enjoy a chef-led market tour followed by a cooking class. Learn to prepare a variety of Thai dishes.

The tour concludes with comprehensive touring in Bangkok. Enjoy a fascinating, private long-tail boat tour through Bangkok's canals. Visit the most important temples and shop for exquisite Thai silks and art work, and dine on some of Southeast Asia’s best cuisine.
 


 

 
Journey Southeast Asia Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Journey Southeast Asia This tour features each region's main cultural attractions and a variety of dining experiences as well as shopping for distinctive local goods.
Singapore, Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Bangkok
(14 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Singapore Meet and greet on arrival at Singapore International Airport. After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to the famous Raffles Hotel Singapore, where Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge stayed when they arrived in Singapore on their Jubilee tour. Named for Sir Stamford Raffles, who founded the city of Singapore, the Colonial-style has hosted notables and dignitaries since its institution and celebrated its 125th anniversary in Sep 2012.
Meals: On request
Overnight at Raffles Hotel.

Day 2 – Explore Singapore’s Ethnic Quarters
Singapore Start the day by experiencing the wonderful cultures and traditions that Singapore has preserved since the 19th century. Singapore is where Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Middle Eastern influences simmer in the same cultural melting pot. Experience the various traditions and beauty of every culture.

Explore "wet" markets (where fresh meat, produce and live fish are sold), "dry" markets (spices, preserved foods, herbal medicine and other dry ingredients) and housewares markets (baskets and cooking utensils) in places like; Little India, a district that embodies the vibrant and colourful flavour of Indian community and China town that has evolved since 1812, Geylang Serai and many more.
Meals: B
Overnight at Raffles Hotel.

Day 3 – Indulge In Singapore Shopping
Singapore Raffles Hotel Arcade, with spacious walkways surrounded by tropical gardens, is a treasure trove for discerning shoppers. With more than 40 international and regional specialty boutiques, the arcade offers luxury leather goods and watches, fine jewellery, high fashion and tailored apparel, intricate art and antique collections and beauty treatments.

The Orchard Road is likened to Fifth Avenue in New York. Enjoy late night experiences every Saturday as shopping and dining hours at participating malls are extended till 11pm. Bugis Street with over 600 stalls offers an eclectic mix of trendy and functional street wear, cafes and hawker food. It is possibly one of the best-known areas in Singapore.
Meals: B
Overnight at Raffles Hotel.

Day 4 – Transfer
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) Meet and greet on arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Meals: B
Overnight at Park Hyatt Hotel.

Day 5 – Explore Cu Chi Tunnels
Saigon Your private tour starts with a drive to Cu Chi (70 km), an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War. Take a “thrilling” experience of crawling through this amazing system and later try your shooting skills on original AK47s and other guns from past war times (subject to a surcharge).

Return to Saigon and enjoy an afternoon tour of the city. After lunch, take a tour accompanied by your private guide to Visit the former Presidential Palace, which is now preserved as a museum, including the underground communications bunkers, headquarters for the Saigon Government during the Vietnam War. Continue to Notre Dame, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral in the centre of city, and Dong Khoi street, formerly the centre of haute couture in Saigon when it was known as Rue Catinat.
Meals: B
Overnight at Park Hyatt Hotel.

Day 6 – Transfer
Hoi An Fly to Danang and transfer to hotel in Hoi An, a UNESCO-listed riverfront town with colourful historic homes, charming cafes, and bustling silk and fish markets. With your guide, explore the beautiful backstreets and learn about the history of Hoi An during visits to private homes.

Hoi An is the centre of Cham culture. The Chams are descendents of the great kingdom of Champa and are known for their beautiful textiles and patterns. With your private guide tour the Cham sculpture museum in Danang that houses the largest and most impressive collection of Cham artefacts anywhere in the world, dating from the 4th to the 14th centuries.
Meals: B
Overnight at Nam Hai Hotel.

Day 7 – Explore
Hoi An Once a major trading centre of Southeast Asia, Hoi An, a World Heritage site, retains a distinct Chinese atmosphere with its 16th century structures. With your private guide tour Marble Mountains and explore its surroundings to discover the daily life of the local people; the green paddy fields, vegetable gardens; the stunning countryside scenes will simply mesmerise you.
Meals: B
Overnight at Nam Hai Hotel.

Day 8 – Explore
Hoi An Explore the surrounding villages and enjoy the stunning countryside that will simply mesmerise you. Continue to China Beach, one of the most spectacular beaches in Asia. In the evening enjoy a sunset cruise on the river.
Meals: B
Overnight at Nam Hai Hotel.

Day 9 – Transfer
Hanoi Transfer to Danang and fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital. Explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more.

In the evening, enjoy a performance of the famous water puppet show, a traditional Vietnamese art that dates back to the 10th century. The puppets, 16 inches high, attached to a long bamboo pole are dipped in and out of the water by a person behind a rattan curtain. But how to manipulate these puppets is usually a family held secret passed over generations. Try if you can unravel the mystery.
Meals: B
Overnight at Sofitel Metropole Legend Hotel.

Day 10 – Explore
Hanoi Explore Hanoi, Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital. With your guide, ride cyclos around the lake to see the city's historic French colonial architecture. Explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens and more. Visit ancient temples, learn about Vietnamese hill tribes and costumes in the Museum of Ethnology.
Meals: B
Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 – Transfer
Chiang Mai Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival check-in at the hotel.

This evening, enjoy dinner at Le Grand Lanna featuring ancient Lanna culture, the foundation of northern Thai lifestyle for almost a thousand years. It represents peace, tranquillity, and living in harmony with one another and with the nature around them.
Meals: B
Overnight at the Four Seasons Resort.

Day 12 – Explore
Chiang Mai Chiang Mai is both the name of Chiang Mai Province in Northern Thailand and the name of its capital City. The region is mostly mountainous with river valleys with the highest elevations in Thailand.

The city of Chiang Mai has a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist wats (temples). One of the most unique experiences in Thailand is a visit to a Buddhist temple to offer alms to the Buddhist monks. You can participate in this very special Thai custom by personally presenting alms in the morning before breakfast.

Later, visit the many Chiang Mai temples or Wats whose art and architecture follows themes from various empires since the 8th century. Understand the differences in their art and architecture that are illustrated in images of Buddha, bas-reliefs, Wat and stupa construction. In all cases these were influenced by the prevailing Indian concepts, cosmology and mythology.

This afternoon browse the craft districts specializing in celadon ceramics, silver, teak furniture, paper umbrellas, and beautiful silk weavings.
Meals: B
Overnight at the Four Seasons Resort.

Day 13 –  Elephant Safari
Chiang Mai Option 1: Visit the Mae Taman Elephant Camp. First, watch the elephants demonstrating their skills, intelligence, and strength. Then enjoy an exciting trek through the forest on elephant back. After lunch at the elephant village, enjoy a thrilling rafting adventure on the unspoiled Mae Taeng River. The tour ends with visit to the Orchid Farm, to view the many beautiful species of orchid.

Option 2: Full day visit of the Doi Inthanon National Park located about 58 kms southwest of Chiang Mai. It is a popular one-day destination for nature enthusiasts, twitchers and walkers.

Option 3: Take a cooking class at the Khum Lanna, a large beautiful teak wood house in the rural heart of Northern Thailand, surrounded by emerald green rice fields and tropical orchards with an exotic and charming ambience. The local chefs here will share their years of experience to prepare some of the most loved and best-known Thai dishes. Learn how to cook authentic tasting Thai food and deserts. Later take a short cycling tour.
Meals: B
Overnight at the Four Seasons Resort.

Day 14 – Depart
Bangkok Transfer to the Bangkok airport for your onward journey.
Meals: B
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


When to go The climate in Thailand and Vietnam remains tropical. The best time to visit the region is in the months between November and mid-March. During these months the days are pleasant and the nights are chilly. Thereafter the temperature begins to rise and March to May gets very hot. The monsoon arrives in the month of April-May and peak in August but continues until mid-October. Travel is difficult during these months. Avoid travelling during March-April and August.

Getting There There are few direct flights from Europe to Vietnam’s three main international airports but these are steadily increasing over the years. The majority of visitors take indirect flights routed through Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong. It can be cheaper if you fly to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore or regular international carriers and from there take one of the low cost carriers to Vietnam.  

In Thailand, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport is the country's major gateway. Practically every airline carrier that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok. This means there are plenty of services and the competition on the routes helps to keep the ticket prices down.

Passport/Visa British, European and Americans require a visa for Laos and Vietnam. You can obtain a 30-day tourist visa on arrival in Laos and Vietnam provided your passport is valid for at least six months. Two passport sized photographs will be required. Travellers are advised to check with their nearest embassy or consulate. British national do not require a visa for stay up to 30 days when entering by air but a valid passport is required for all tourists travelling to Thailand.