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TailorMade: Highlights of Southeast Asia

Make it truly your own. Start with this TailorMade sample itinerary, then work with our Private Travel team to customize the tour. On this colourful journey through Indochina, you can encounter the different cultures and lifestyles found in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Cruise along Halong Bay, explore the Grand Palace and gaze upon the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew temple, meet local families, and taste some of the world’s best street food at the night markets of Chiang Mai. However you customize it, this is a trip steeped in tradition and rich in discoveries.

  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATITM/250593
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Chiang Mai
  • Luang Prabang
  • Hanoi
  • Ha Long
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel. There are no activities planned. You are free to relax, explore the city and adjust to the frantic pace and humid heat of Bangkok.

02

Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai

Explore Bangkok and take a boat along the klong canals. Visit the Grand Palace and sacred Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew temple. Later, catch a flight to Chiang Mai. Opt to visit the bustling Chiang Mai night market.
Later today, settle into exquisite surroundings in Chiang Mai and take a relaxing break from the fast pace of Bangkok.

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Day 3: Chiang Mai

Visit the market with a local chef to learn about traditional ingredients. Participate in a Thai cooking class and enjoy your creations for lunch. Visit the Doi Suthep Buddhist Temple and listen to monks chanting at sunset.

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Day 4: Chiang Mai/Luang Prabang

Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, and take a walk around this town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Day 5: Luang Prabang

Visit the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Xiengthong. After, tour the city and then catch a boat to Pak Ou Temple caves and stop in local villages.

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Day 6: Luang Prabang

The morning is free for optional activities such as visiting textile galleries, relaxing in one of the town's cafes, or visiting the Ethnology Museum. In the afternoon, take an excursion to Kuang Si waterfall.

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Day 7: Luang Prabang/Hanoi

Enjoy some free time in Luang Prabang before catching a late afternoon flight to Hanoi.
Make sure to squeeze in any last minute items on your list before your flight to the buzzing metropolis of Hanoi.

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Day 8: Hanoi/Ha Long

Drive to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a junk boat which includes a seafood meal. Visit caves or an island lookout.
Transfer to Bai Chay harbour, the entry point to Halong Bay. The sailing junk takes you to some islands and caves. You could enjoy an evening drink on the deck beneath the stars.

09

Day 9: Ha Long/Hanoi

Return to land and head back to Hanoi. Get your bearings before setting out on your guided cyclo ride and orientation tour of the Old Quarter.
Classic French colonial architecture, beautiful decor and a scenic location makes Hanoi a fantastic place to visit. Enjoy the multitude of sights and tastes, steeped in Hanoi's unique city culture.

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Day 10: Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City

Catch your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam and take a thrilling cyclo tour of this bustling city.
Continue your tour of the greatest cities Vietnam has to offer. Today's stop is Vietnam's largest, Ho Chi Minh city. As a central location for much of Vietnam's history, there's so much to explore by foot and bike.

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Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City

Take a guided tour of the infamous Cu Chi tunnels, legendary for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War.
Take a half day trip to the Cu Chi tunnels with a local guide. Allow some free time in the afternoon to sightsee or shop. Try your hand bargaining at the Ben Thanh Market, hire a cyclo (cycle rickshaw) for sightseeing or take a boat ride on the Saigon river.

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Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh

Flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Take an NGO-supported cyclo city tour along the waterfront and key city sights, then opt to visit the famous Foreign Correspondents' Club for sunset drinks.
Hit the ground running in Cambodia's bustling capital city. There's a wealth of landmarks and cultural experiences around every corner! Take a cycling tour then continue on foot to experience as much as possible.

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Day 13: Phnom Penh

Explore the dark side of Cambodian history at Choeung Ek Memorial, the site of the infamous killing fields. You will also visit Tuol Sleng prison, the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished.
Explore the dark side of Cambodian history at Choeng Ek Memorial, the site of the infamous killing fields that were the execution grounds for Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge during their reign from 1975-1979. You will also visit Tuol Sleng prison, the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished. This is a haunting look into history which serves to remind everyone that genocide must not be ignored, or those lost, forgotten.

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Day 14: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap

Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Take an orientation walk through the entertainment district and opt to visit the exciting night market.
After a quick flight to Siem Reap, make a pit stop at your hotel before taking a guided tour Siem Reap's famous night market. Have a "fish massage" to soothe your travel-weary feet, or grab a souvenir to immortalize your experience.

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Day 15: Siem Reap

Spend the day exploring the ruins of the Angkor Wat temple complex with a local expert guide. Also experience a Khmer lunch at New Hope, a local training restaurant and G Adventures-supported project.
Experience the mystical temple complex of Angkor Wat, one of the world's largest religious monuments. Your guide will provide a wealth of knowledge on this must-see attraction. Afterwards, visit one of our G Adventures social initiatives, the New Hope Vocational restaurant, which provides job training and funding for a nearby community school and health centre, along with delicious local meals for our travellers.

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Day 16: Siem Reap

Depart at any time.
Grab any last minute keepsakes before wrapping up your unforgettable tour.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Siem Reap Your Local Living Moment: Traditional Thai Home Khantoke Dinner, Chiang Mai Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang
    • Arrival transfer
    • Tour of Bangkok including boat ride on the klong (canals)
    • Visit the temple at Doi Suthep
    • Orientation walk of Chiang Mai night market
    • Tour of Luang Prabang
    • Boat tour to Pak Ou cave temples
    • Kuang Sii waterfall excursion
    • Hanoi old town cyclo tour
    • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum visit
    • Halong Bay overnight cruise
    • Ho Chi Minh City cyclo tour
    • Cu Chi tunnels tour
    • Phnom Penh cyclo tour
    • Tuol Sleng Prison Museum tour and Choeung Ek memorial (the "killing fields") tour
    • Siem Reap orientation walk and night market
    • Guided tour of Angkor Wat
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (16 nts), junk boat (1 nt)
    • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, first-class public bus, boat, tuk tuk, plane, cyclo, traditional junk boat, walking
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Tour Highlights:
  • Enjoy a traditional khantoke dinner in a rural village
  • Visit the Grand Palace and sacred Emerald Buddha
  • Walk around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang