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15-Day Essential Vietnam and Thailand
Tour Code: ODY-SE-012
Enjoy a 15-day journey through the highlights of Thailand and Vietnam. Explore vibrant cities, indulge in cultural experiences, and relax on the stunning beaches of Phuket. Discover the allure of Ho Chi Minh City, the tranquility of the Mekong Delta, and the enchantment of Halong Bay. 
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Bangkok and the cultural richness of Chiang Mai. This tour promises a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, showcasing the best of these two captivating countries.
  • Cruise Experience: Charming sunset cruise along the Saigon River, exploring karst landforms in Halong Bay.
  • Cultural Exploration: Witness Wat Arun, explore the Grand Palace, and hop on an iconic long-tailed boat to experience a charming Bangkok.
  • Foodie Fun: From Hanoi Old Quarter to Bangkok vibrant markets,  from local cuisine to fresh seafood. Let your taste buds experience a different journey.
  • Beach Relaxation: Relaxing on the beach in Phuket, participating in some exciting water activities or wandering around the ancient town.
  • Private& Customizable: This flexible itinerary can be tailored to your interests and pace.

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Day 1Arrival Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh, often referred to as Saigon! Upon your arrival at the airport, a private transfer will whisk you away to your hotel for some well-deserved rest. In the afternoon, consider stepping aboard an elegant boat for a sunset cruise along the enchanting Saigon River. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the city and river illuminated by the moonlight.

Alternatively, opt to join a small group adventure exploring the captivating streets of Saigon on the back of Vespas. Guided by a knowledgeable local, cruise through bustling or serene neighborhoods, immerse yourself in the melodies of local music, and savor the flavors of delicious street food – just like the locals do every night!

Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2Cycling Adventure in the Mekong Delta

Start your day with a Mekong Delta Day Excursion! Embark on a cycling adventure through the flat terrain adorned with lush rice fields, coconut groves, and fruitful orchards. Later, hop aboard a motorboat navigating through the intricate waterways, offering glimpses into the daily life of stilt-house communities.

Take a fascinating detour to a small cottage industry, where you'll discover the traditional art of making a delightful snack – sticky rice wrapped in coconut leaves, using age-old techniques. Stroll through a village and make a pitstop at a century-old farmer's home for a mouthwatering lunch featuring 'Delta' specialties. 
It's a day filled with exploration and flavors in the heart of the Mekong Delta!

Ho Chi Minh City
Day 3Unveiling the Charms of Ho Chi Minh City

Before your flight to Hanoi, immerse yourself in a detailed exploration with a guided sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City. The city center is adorned with captivating French colonial-era buildings, and several museums dedicated to the Vietnam War provide a deep insight into the nation's history.

Today's journey will lead you to iconic landmarks, including the vibrant Ben Thanh Market, the poignant War Remnants Museum, and the historic Reunification Palace (formerly the Presidential Palace). Get ready for a journey through the cultural and historical heart of Ho Chi Minh City!

Day 4Explore Hanoi

In Hanoi, where the charm of the old seamlessly blends with the allure of the new, you'll discover one of Southeast Asia's most captivating capitals. Start your day by following your local guide through the enchanting city. Highlights include the French colonial-style Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, an exhilarating cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, and a visual treat at the Fine Art Museum.

As the afternoon unfolds, venture to Dao Thu Village, the haven of the unique folk art of water puppetry. Engage with an artisan deeply rooted in this ancient craft, learning how he and his family preserve this tradition.

Cap off your day with a 30-minute private outdoor water puppet show, featuring captivating scenes from daily life, fairy tales, and Vietnamese legends. Accompanied by live traditional music, it's a cultural spectacle not to be missed!

Day 5Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise

Today you will go on a journey to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A scenic 3-hour drive from Hanoi takes you to the port, where you'll board your cruise ship for an unforgettable 2-day adventure.

Halong Bay, with its stunning landscape of around 1,600 islands embraced by emerald waters, is sure to captivate and surprise you at every turn. Get ready for a mesmerizing cruise experience in this natural wonder!

Halong Bay
Day 6Halong Bay to Hanoi, Fly to Bangkok

Witnessing the bay at sunrise is a truly exceptional experience. Rise early to soak in the breathtaking beauty, and perhaps join a Taiji class on the deck for a serene start to your day. Capture the stunning Karst landscape in photos and savor a delightful brunch before disembarking at noon.

Your private guide awaits at the dock to escort you to Hanoi airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and unwind, ready to embrace the next chapter of your journey.

Day 7Bangkok City Exploration

Uncover Bangkok's timeless charm, with its rich history, cultural gems, and majestic palaces. Wat Arun, an 82m (269ft) Khmer-style tower, captivates with its unique design and Buddha-filled corridors. Across the river, the Grand Palace dazzles with regal splendor, once the Thai King's residence.

Explore the holiest Wat Phra Kaew and more on a guided tour. Conclude your city tour with an iconic long-tailed boat ride for a unique perspective.
As night falls, immerse yourself in Chinatown's lively food scene on a guided foodie tour, savoring authentic Chinese delicacies and street food for a flavorful Bangkok experience.

Day 8Bangkok Culinary Adventure

Delve into the heart of Thai cuisine on this immersive journey. Begin at Mahachai Market, one of Thailand's largest seafood markets, exploring diverse culinary ingredients. Gain insights into the local food scene.

Then, take a boat to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, a paradise for food enthusiasts. Enjoy purchasing and savoring delectable treats from boat vendors along the riverbank. Explore the narrow road alongside the canal for picturesque scenes and more culinary delights.

Day 9Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Today, take a late-morning flight to Chiang Mai, often hailed as Thailand's "Rose of the North." Upon settling into your hotel, hop aboard a local trishaw for a captivating tour of the old city, exploring its magnificent temples and vibrant local community.

Wander through the bustling Warorot market, soaking in the lively atmosphere. Finally, return to your hotel, where the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace.

Chiang Mai
Day 10Chiang Mai: Family Cooking Class

Experience a unique half-day cooking class with a traditional Lanna family in the morning. The family preserves customs spanning generations, crafting homes from teak wood and maintaining a connection with nature — an unusual practice in modern Chiang Mai.

In this special cooking class, you'll harvest fresh ingredients from the garden, connect with your hosts, learn to prepare authentic northern Thai recipes, and savor the delicious results together.

After the culinary adventure, return to Chiang Mai for a sightseeing tour, exploring breathtaking mountain landscapes and ascending 309 steps up Doi Suthep Mountain to reach Wat Phra That. This sacred site provides a mesmerizing panoramic view of Chiang Mai, offering a perfect conclusion to your day.

Chiang Mai
Day 11Chiang Mai, Elephant Fun
Explore the gentle world of Asian elephants at Chiang Mai's Baan Chang Elephant Park. This family-run park prioritizes the well-being of elephants, offering you the chance to learn about their daily lives and behaviors. Feed, bathe, and play with these magnificent creatures, creating unforgettable moments in their natural habitat. 
Chiang Mai
Day 12Chiang Mai to Phuket or Other Islands
A private transfer ensures you reach the airport punctually for your flight to Phuket, marking the start of your beach vacation. Alternatively, if you prefer the tranquility of Koh Samui or other islands, arrangements can be made based on your preference. 
Day 13Phuket, Beach Bliss
Phuket beckons with its turquoise waters and pristine beaches. Spend a day immersed in the island's beauty. Dive into the ocean depths, relish fresh seafood at a local eatery, and unwind on the sandy shores. As the sun sets over the horizon, let the breathtaking views create memories to last a lifetime.
Day 14Phuket, Explore and Relax
Phuket offers a myriad of activities beyond the beaches. Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of old Phuket town, marveling at well-preserved houses and temples. 
Alternatively, venture to the Nakkerd Hills to visit the iconic Phuket Big Buddha. Embrace the day at your own pace, discovering your favorite spots and creating lasting impressions.
Day 15Phuket to Bangkok - Departure
Your exploration through Southeast Asia ends today. Carry the wonderful memories from your Vietnam and Thailand vacations as you board your flight back to Bangkok. 
From there, smoothly transition to your return flight. Safe travels and may your memories last a lifetime!

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