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Lands of Smile Thailand & Vietnam (Bangkok/ Chiang Mai/ Halong Bay/ Hue/ Hoi An)

(32 Reviews)
  • Thailand - Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Ha Noi - Hoi An - Hue - Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta
  • 16 Days 15 Nights
  • Max People: 15
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 01’ - Dec 31'
  • Age range: 2 to 80
  • Pickup: Airport
Introduction

This is the best combination of Vietnam and Thailand. Travel to see the best that Thailand can offer, from “The rose of the North” Chiang Mai to vibrant Bangkok center. Try the wonders of Thailand street food at the night market and define how amazing this “Country of Smile” is yourself. Then discover the spirit of Vietnam on a trip from North to South, taking in all the attractions in between. Explore Vietnam’s cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City, wander the charming streets of Hoi An, experience the rich cultural ancient city – Hue and bask in the undeniable charm of Hanoi. Experience Vietnam’s splendid landscapes and undeniable friendliness of Vietnamese people. Top it all off with an overnight cruise on mystical Halong Bay and you won’t ever want to leave.

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Itinerary
Start in Bangkok and end in Ho Chi Minh City! With the Discovery tour Lands of Smile Thailand & Vietnam (Bangkok/ Chiang Mai/ Halong Bay/ Hue/ Hoi An), you have a 16 days tour package taking you through Bangkok, Thailand and 7 other destinations in Asia. Lands of Smile Thailand & Vietnam( Bangkok/ Chiang Mai/ Halong Bay/ Hue/ Hoi An) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Day 1Welcome To Thailand - Bangkok Arrival

Your trip begins with arrival in Thailand. Your private driver and guide will meet and greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to the hotel by private transportation. Check-in to the hotel and get over the jet lag.

You can mooch through the streets of the city. Historic charm, architectural marvels, and products’ variety are splashed all over this area.

After enjoying the first day yourself and return to the hotel for a relaxing sleep.

Overnight in Bangkok

Day 2 Bangkok Half Day Grand Palace And Temples City Tour (B)

Have breakfast at hotel and get ready for pick up. We will take you through the hustle and bustle Bangkok to visit Wat Traimit a visually stunning temple at Chaina Town, see one of the largest solid gold Buddha (5.5 tones of precious metal). Continue to visit Wat Po the home of famous 45 meter reclining Buddha as well as being the original school of traditional Thai massage. Visit The Royal Grand Palace, the nations s landmark and the most revered royal monuments. You will see the Palace that were used for different occasions as The Coronation Hall, Funeral Hall and Royal Guest House and the mysterious famous Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.

Afternoon is free at your leisure.

Overnight in Bangkok

Day 3Bangkok – Fly To Chiang Mai (B) – Flight Included

Have breakfast at hotel and enjoy your free time until transfer (Private, with English speaking guide) to the airport for your next flight to Chiang Mai.

Upon arrival you will be met by our guide and driver to transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 4Chiang Mai Leisure (B) With Optional Tour

Have a leisure day in Chiang Mai or take an optional tour.

OPTIONAL TOUR:

HALF DAY ELEPHANT SANCTUARY WITH LUNCH

Morning visit : 06:30-12:30

07:00 Drive approximately 1.5 hours South of Chiang Mai through rolling hills, forest, and local farming areas.

08:30 Arrive at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Walk through and learn about the elephants, change into traditional Karen clothing and make medicine for the elephants.

09:00 Meet the elephants. Feed, give medicine, interact, and play with the elephants in a natural environment as you learn about their behavior and history. Take photos with the elephants.

09:45 Mud Spa with the elephants 10:30 Walk with the elephants to a river and bathe them.

11:30 Eat a traditional meal and then say goodbye to the elephants.

12:00 Leave the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and drive approximately 1.5 hours to Chiang Mai.

PRICE 165 usd per person (MIN 2 PAX)

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 5Chiang Mai Leisure (B)

Have a free day to explore Chiang Mai at your own.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 6Chiang Mai – Flight To Hanoi (B)

Breakfast at Hotel. Enjoy your free time until transfer (Private, with English speaking guide) to Chiang Mai International Airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival our driver will meet you at Noi Bai International Airport and will transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 7Explore The Magnificient Halong Bay (B/L/D)

In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, the Cruise team will pick you up. Take the most scenic route to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. On arrival to Halong, you will enjoy a cruise on the Bay and explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes.

After you are done with your exploration of the bay, it is time to enjoy an utterly delicious seafood lunch, after which there will be a trip to the famous limestone cave in Ha Long bay, you’ll get to spend some time here, kayaking or swimming, so that you can get closer to the floating villages and shops. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can optionally attend the activities taking part on the boat or just relax.

Overnight on cruise

Day 8Back To Tranquil Capital (B/L)

Rise early for a Tai Chi lesson or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Limestone Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor and the return Hanoi around 17:00. Free at your leisure time.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 9Ha Noi Fly To Hoi An (B) – Flight Included

Have breakfast at the hotel, then have a free leisure time until there will be a private cab transfer you to the airport for the next flight to Hoi An.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 10Cherish Your Time Ancient Town (B)

Have a free day in Hoi An to explore it on your pace.

Custom tailoring is a huge industry in Hoi An. Hoi An is home to more than 400 tailoring shops and thousands of tailors who are not only talented at making clothes but are skilled in making shoes and handbags as well! Average turn around time for full suits is a day and about 4 hours for handbags or shoes! If you are interested in getting custom made items, try to find a shop of your liking as early as possible during your visit.

The afternoon is the perfect time of day to see some of the famous sights within Hoi An. But first, before you set out on foot to discover the city, we recommend that you grab a Banh Mi sandwich to fuel you for the afternoon. Than Banh Mi Sandwich in Hoi An is both famous and different from a sandwich that you will get in any other part of Vietnam. The bread and fillings are unique to the region and is a great first insight into local cuisine. We highly recommend Madam Khanh’s stand, who has been dubbed the Banh Mi Queen in Hoi An.

After dark, the Old Town in Hoi An transforms into a mystical row of lights and lanterns. In fact, Hoi An is a big center for paper lantern manufacturers and merchants. Every shop or establishment will have a few lanterns outside, but the real sight is the lantern market. Here you’ll be able to see how these lanterns are made and will have a plethora of choices should you wish to take some home with you.

After a stroll through the market, check out the outdoor traditional theatre. You will have a chance to see Vietnamese folk dancers and musicians perform traditional pieces. The theatre runs from 9 pm to 10 pm at the square on Nguyen Thai Hoc street. It is completely free and open to the public so it’s interesting to see, even if it’s just for a few minutes as you pass by. Before you retire to your hotel, be sure to light a candle box and set it in the water. Many kids sit along the banks of the channel and offer candles to you – remember to make a wish.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 11Travel From Hoi An To Hue (B)

Have breakfast at hotel and get ready for the transfer to Hue by private vehicle. Upon arrival in Hue check in hotel and have free time to explore the surrounding area.

Overnight in Hue

Day 12Visit Vietnam Most Picturesque Old Town - Hue (B)

Complex of Hue Monuments lies along the Perfume River in Hue City and some adjacent areas of Thua Thien Hue Province. Hue City is the cultural, political and economic centre of the province, and used to be an old imperial city of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty. During these years, architectural works of a high cultural and historic value were built: the Citadel, especially the Imperial City (including 253 constructions), 7 Royal tomb compound of 9 kings of the Nguyen Dynasty, the Temple of Heaven, Tiger Arena, hundreds of pagodas. The monument complex of Hue, nowadays, is listed as UNESCO world heritage site.

You will be picked up from your hotel from 07:50 to– 08:15 am. You would visit the Emperor Khai Dinh stomb and Emperor Tu Duc ’s stomb. On the way you will have a stopover in local workshops to see how conical hats and incense sticks are made.

Have lunch at local restaurant.

In the Afternoon you will visit Imperial capital during Nguyen Dynasty, An Hien Garden House and the seven – storey Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Return by boat on the gentle Perfume River .

17:00 Arrive at your hotel.    

Overnight in Hue

Day 13Travel From Graceful Hue Fly To Ho Chi Minh (B) – Flight Included

Breakfast at the hotel. Then, taking the flight to Ho Chi Minh. Check in your hotel and free at your leisure time to get your energy back.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Day 14Discover The Mighty Mekong River (B/L/D)

Depart from Ho Chi Minh City around 8 am, we will head to Mekong Delta, the land of nine dragons. Getting out of the city, you will see the mighty delta with its quaint rural landscape and immense waterway.

Arrive at Cai Be River Wharf around 10.am, we will get on a shuttle boat to reach Mekong Lodge, the green pearl of Mekong Delta. The boat transfer is part of the trip experience itself as it is your first contact with the Mekong’s fertile alluvial water, which shapes the richness of the land.

Disembark and welcome you to Mekong Lodge; our smiling staffs in local traditional costume await you at Mekong Lodge iconic front bamboo-shaped gate. Check in your private bungalows and enjoy a delicious lunch in our Mekong Riverside Restaurant.

Take some rest and begin our private walking tour to discover the nearby village around Mekong Lodge. We will visit families making coconut candy  and brick to see the traditional production of goods in Mekong Delta. Meet and talk with local people, known for their friendliness, warmth and generosity.

In the evening, get some hands on culinary experience by joining our Vietnamese cooking class. Our chefs will instruct you to prepare the Mekong Lodge signature dishes. Have fun and some interesting recipes to take home with. Enjoy dinner in a cozy atmosphere.

Overnight at Mekong Lodge

Day 15Experience The Floating Market (B)

Begin our second day with buffet breakfast, then getting on our rowed sampan to visit Cai Be floating market, a cultural feature of Mekong Delta. Try to visit it early and you will see the most vibrant scene on Tien River with hundred of boats gathering for fresh produce trade. 

Come back to Mekong Lodge to continue the discovery of Mekong Delta with cycling on its tranquil winding lanes and crossing canals. Take in the fresh air, beautiful view and taste some freshly picked fruit in local orchards.

Around noon, cycle back to Mekong Lodge for check out (11.am) and our boat will transfer you back to Cai Be harbor for your coming back to Ho Chi Minh City or further travel to Can Tho, Chau Doc, Phu Quoc or Cambodia. (Early or late check out please let us know in your request for best arrangement).

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Day 16Time To Say Goodbye - Ho Chi Minh Departure (B)

Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip. Complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home. Trip Ends.

Accommodation

Hotel list (3 star hotel)

Bangkok – Siam Heritage Bangkok or similar

Chiang Mai – De Charme Chiang Mai hotel or similar

Hanoi – Era Hotel or similar

Halong Bay – Legend White Dolphin Cruise or similar

Hoi An – Kim An Hoi An Hotel or similar

Hue – Cherish Hue or similar

Ho Chi Minh – Prague Hotel or similar

Upgrade 4 star hotel: Pay extra 222 USD / person

Bangkok – Akara Bangkok or similar

Chiang Mai – Holiday Inn Chiang Mai or similar

Hanoi – Tirant Hotel or similar

Halong Bay – Maya cruise or similar

Hoi An – Hoi An Rosemary Hotel or similar

Hue – Eldora Hue or similar

Ho Chi Minh – Alcove Library Hotel or similar

Mekong – Mekong Lodge or similar

Upgrade 5 star hotel: Pay extra 1,359 USD / person

Bangkok – Siam @ Siam design hotel or similar

Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai Chala No 6 or similar

Hanoi – Apricot hotel or similar

Halong Bay – Perla Dawn Sails Cruise or similar

Hoi An – La Siesta Resort and Spa or similar

Hue – Indochine Palace or similar

Ho Chi Minh – Majestic Hotel or similar

MekongVinpearl Can Tho or similar

Single supplement: Pay extra 763 USD / person

What's Included
Inclusive

Flights

Domestic flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai (20 kg luggage)

Domestic flight from Chiang Mai to Hanoi (20 kg luggage)

Domestic flight from Hanoi to Hoi An (20 kg luggage)

Domestic flight from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City (20 kg luggage)

Guide

Experienced English Speaking Guide

Meals

B= Breakfast

L= Lunch

D= Dinner

This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.

 

Transport

Private vechile (pick up/drop off service, excursions)

Air-conditioned bus to Halong Bay

Boat on Halong Bay

Additional Services

Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services

Halong Bay cruise program with in-house guide on board

Kayaking boat in Ha Long bay (if any)

All sightseeing tickets as per itinerary

Tissues and water on coach

Visa approval letter to Vietnam

Exclusive

International flights & Departure taxes

Beverage, Personal expenses, tips and gratuities

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We recommend World Nomads, a company recommended by LonelyPlanet

Visa stamp fees upon arival (Vietnam: $25 )

Map

FAQ

Children policy?

The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults

  • Children (2-12 age): Surcharge 85% of brochure price
  • Infants (0-2 age): Free of charge

Please note that some suppliers may impose additional fees for infants and children. These will be advised at time of booking.

Air tickets: Based on each arilines policy, the price for children will be applied at time of booking.

Deposit & final payment?

Payment Process

  • Deposit: In order to secure your spot for the tour, 10% of land service are required to pay (the amount vary based each on tour basis). The amount should be made via bank transfer or our online payment method. After receiving the deposit of your tour, a voucher confirmation will be sent to you within 24-48 hours.
  • Final Payment: The balance of your tour will be made one month before the travel date. Payment by bank transfer or online payment is accepted. 

Payment Type

  • Online payment by Credit Card: All the tour packages on this website operate on a pre-payment basis. Payment can be made either using a major credit card as Visa, Mastercard and American Express Credit Card not including credit card transaction fee ( Please add in 3% fee for Visa, Mastercard or 4% for American Express to the total amount of payment each time).  After receiving your payment, we will issue you the hotel voucher and/or final confirmation itinerary, which can be sent to you by fax or e-mail.
  • By Bank Transfers: If you prefer to do the bank transfer, please contact us so we can send you the bank detail information. However, all the bank fee and foreign currency exchange have to be taken care at your end.

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

All prices are based on per adult, in Double/Twin sharing

Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

What is cancellation policy?

We would deeply regret your decision to cancel your trip to Vietnam & Indochina. However, we realize that there are many reasons for this event.
In the event of cancellation, we will refund any payment made to Vietnam Tour Fun given that a cancellation fee is applicable.

The cancellation fee will be calculated as follows:

  • 31 days and more before departure: 10% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 15-30 days before departure: 30% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 14 days and less before departure: 100% of the full payment.
  • No-show travelers will be charged 100% of the full payment.

After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

Passport and entry visa

Your passport must be valid for at least six months following your entry date to your travel destination.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport and visa and all travel documents are valid for travel.

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Elizabeth

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I had a great tour. Thanks to Sviet and Tourradar for organizing this trip,I had time to explore the culture, cuisine as well as the beauty of Thai land and Vietnam It was great and I was willing to introduce Sviet to my friends

June 11, 2021

Alton

Family Traveller

Our guides were excellent. They were knowledgable and helpful.

February 14, 2020

Alton

Family Traveller

This tour was interesting from start to finish.We had received a clear and detailed itinerary in advance. All activities were so fresh and fir explorers.

February 14, 2020

Allison

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We couldn’t have asked for a better arrangement. Good accommodation, tour guide and transport. Thank you.

February 9, 2020

Anamaria

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My family have been abroad for the first time. It seemed quite new with us but we were kept in touch 24/7 for support. I’d love the way you took care your clients. Thank you

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