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16-Day Family Vacation: Vietnam & Thailand
- Phong Nha cave tour with mud bath & kayaking
- Rice farming and fishing experiences with local villagers
- Excursions to the floating market & railway market in Bangkok
- Luxury beach resort in the Phi Phi islands
This trip is designed in a special way so that you can encounter many of the highlights of Vietnam and Thailand.
Bring your family along on this 16-day adventure in Southeast Asia and encounter an extraordinary culture. There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy activities like kayaking, bicycling, and Scuba diving, and you will even have the chance to work alongside the locals, learning their ways of rice farming and fishing. In Bangkok, you will witness unique markets set up along canals and railway lines. And at the end of this magnificent journey, the gorgeous white sand beaches of the Phi Phi Islands await you.
- Accommodation in 3-,4-, or 5-star hotel as listed, all good locations
- Private transfer by modern car (Toyota, Mercedes, Ford)
- Shuttle bus Hanoi - Ha Long - Hanoi
- Buffet breakfasts at hotel daily
- Meals as described in the program at local restaurant (hotels will be informed of requests for vegetarian meals)
- Experienced English-speaking guide (other languages on request: German, French, Italian, Spanish)
- All entrance fees as described in the program
- Boat trip as described in the program
- Mineral water on bus daily: 2 bottle/pax/day
- Internal tourist insurance (Vietnam, Thailand)
- Handmade gift
- Visa fees
- Internal flights Saigon - Phong Nha, Da Nang - Hanoi, Hanoi - Bangkok, Bangkok - Phuket,
- International air tickets
- Visa stamp fees on arrival (25$/person in cash, pay directly at customs in the airport)
- Drinks, personal expenses such as laundry, spa in hotel
- New Year/Christmas Gala Dinner on Dec 24/31
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Vietnam!
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), which is the largest of Vietnam's cities. The hustle and bustle of life co-exists with 300 years of timeless traditions and the beauty of a mixed colonial-orient culture. Upon arrival, your driver will take you to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Saigon.
Explore the Mekong Delta
Ben Tre is made up of three main islands wedged between the Tien Giang River to the north and to Co Chien River to the south with the Ham Luong River running straight down the center. Cruise along the Ham Luong River (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces to get a picture of how the local economy works.
Highlights of the work place stop-offs include a traditional brick kiln where bricks are still painstakingly made by hand and fueled by rice husk - an agricultural waste; a coconut processing workshop where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products; and finally, a mat-weaving house where straw mats are woven using a hand loom.
Later, take a walk through a quiet village where you can experience real Delta village life before taking a "xe loi" rickshaw ride. Overnight in Saigon.
Experience the Natural Splendor of Phong Nha
In the morning, you will be driven to the airport to catch a flight to Dong Hoi. Upon arrival, your driver will transfer you to Chay Lay Farm Stay. Spend a free afternoon enjoying many activities in the lodge like cycling, swimming in an outdoor pool, kayaking in the lake, or simply relaxing in the lodge surrounded by Vietnam's stunning nature. Overnight in Phong Nha.
Explore the Caves of Phong Nha National Park
This morning embark on a trip to Phong Nha National Park, a stunning destination characterized by thousands of limestone mountains. Visit Paradise Cave, which is considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful and magnificent cave. It has a length of 31.4 kms and is the longest dry cave in Asia.
Next, continue to the Dark Cave and have a lunch of traditional Vietnamese dishes at the Dark Cave restaurant. After lunch, explore Dark Cave, where you can experience adventure activities such as ziplining, mud bathing, kayaking, and swimming.
Later, return to Phong Nha for overnight.
Venture to the Charming Town of Hoi An
After breakfast, you will journey to Hoi An.
Check into your hotel in the center, then spend some free time exploring the lovely town. You can visit the Hoi An Museum, the Ancient Houses, the Assembly Hall with Chinese influences, handicraft workshops, and the Japanese Bridge. You can even visit the home of a local lantern craftsman. Don't forget to enjoy the beautiful town in the evening and to see colorful lanterns illuminating Thu Bon river.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Join the Local Farmers and Fishermen
Ride a bicycle through the countryside today. Visit a local farmer in the Cam Thanh Ecological village, where you can learn how to grow rice with a local family. You can join right in on the farm work. Ride a water buffalo through the field, learn how to transplant, grind, and pound rice, and about farm flooding.
This authentic tour continues to a local fishing village where you will join the village fishermen and see how they bring in their catch.
Later, ride a basket boat to a water coconut palm jungle. Learn how to make origami from water coconut leaves, take a jungle walk, partake in a mock mud war, and sing folk songs on the way back to the hotel.
Catch a Flight to Hanoi
In the morning, you will catch a flight to Hanoi. You will be met by your guide and brought to your lovely hotel downtown.
Hanoi – Vietnam’s cultural heart still bears traces of centuries of changes. It is known for its peaceful lakes, French-styled buildings, old town streets, tree-lined boulevards, and brightly painted temples and pagodas.
Upon arrival, your guide will greet you with a beautiful bunch of flowers and take you to the hotel in Hanoi.
The remainder of the day will be all yours to stroll around the Old Quarter of Hanoi and its raucous streets full of traditional vendors and artisans.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Set off on a Halong Bay Cruise
Today you'll head out on a 4-hour scenic drive to Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site since 1994. Halong Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.
You will enjoy a welcome coffee upon arrival just before embarking on the overnight boat trip. Enjoy a seafood lunch onboard, then begin your cruise. The scenery is truly breathtaking and continuously changing as you venture to Sung Sot Cave, Tuan Chau Island, Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, and Titop Beach, where you can stop for a swim. Dinner will be served on board at sunset.
Explore the Islands and Coves of Halong Bay
Early risers can enjoy a morning view of bay scenery with a cup of tea or coffee, and fresh fruit. While sitting on the upper deck, enjoy the breathtaking beauty of rocky Islands that rise from crystal clear waters. The quiet area is almost eerie. Listen to the birds singing, cicadas chirping, and the gentle lapping of waves against the boat -- the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze. Dive into the emerald green waters and splash around in the calm stillness of the morning. Take this chance to captain your own vessel and take a kayak through the waters at your own pace. If you don’t feel like being active, feel free to sleep in or enjoy the bay from the sundeck. Enjoy lunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations.
Then you will return to the port for a transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Catch a Flight to Bangkok
Today you will fly to Thailand!
Upon arrival in the capital city of Bangkok, you will be greeted by your expert guide, who will accompany you to your hotel. This unique kingdom welcomes you with its natural splendor, cheerful hospitality, and rich spiritual traditions.
Explore Thailand's Capital City
Bangkok means “City of Angels,” and it is not only the political and economic center, but also the spiritual capital of Thailand.
Our journey starts with a morning walk at Pak Khlong Talat, the flower market that has a long history, dating back to the reign of King Rama I in 1782.
After that, we travel to Wat Pho, which is Thailand's first university. The temple enshrines a gilded reclining Buddha image that measures 46 meters long. It is also home to the Four Great Stupas, which represents the first four kings of the Rattanakosin era.
We will then venture to Chinatown, which is one of the liveliest parts of Bangkok. Here, we will visit Wat Traimit, home to the Gold Buddha.
Witness the Famous Floating Market of Thailand
Today you will visit a floating market in the province of Ratchaburi, 90 km from Bangkok. Board a traditional row boat and set out on an exploration of this distinctive canal and floating market.
This canal is known as Damnoen Saduak, which translates to the "Convenience Passageway", and was created more than 150 years ago to connect the Tha Chin River with the Mae Klong River.
The floating market offers a variety of products and souvenirs, and provides a unique way of buying and selling goods. Many local products are available everyday from morning until afternoon, including Thai snacks, desserts, handicrafts, and souvenirs.
Next, we go to the Coconut Sugar Factory, where you can sample sweet coconut sugar juice, before heading to the Umbrella Pull-down Market on the Maeklong Railway.
Venture to the Dazzling Phi Phi Islands
Today you will take a morning flight to Phuket. Upon arrival at Phuket Airport, you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to the pier to check in for a cruise to the Phi Phi Islands.
Enjoy two wonderful hours on the cruise before the boat arrives at the islands. Upon arrival, you will see a guide holding a welcome sign from the hotel. Your guide will help you make your way to the long-tail boat, which will take you to your island hotel.
Go Scuba Diving in a Marine Paradise
Enjoy your first day in the Phi Phi islands, which are ranked among the top 10 scuba diving destinations in the world. Explore the rich marine environment, consisting of superb rock formations, amazing corals and pinnacles, and fabulous underwater caves. You can also see a variety of marine life, such as small reef sharks, barracudas, squids, and leopard sharks. Alternatively, simply relax on the beach and bask in the warm Southeast Asian sun.
Enjoy Your Last Full Day in Thailand
Today is your final day in this Southeast Asian paradise. Set out on another Scuba diving adventure, go snorkeling closer to shore, or simply relax on the warm sandy beaches. Everywhere you look, the scenery is simply stunning. Excellent photography opportunities abound at every turn of the head. Enjoy your last full day in Thailand.
The time has come to say goodbye to Thailand. In the morning, you will take the boat back to Phuket, then continue to the Phuket Airport to catch your flight back home. Any fantastic trip will come to an end, but the memories will remain in your heart forever. Therefore, though you will bid farewell to Thailand today, your sweet trip will fly home with you. See you next time!