Thailand, Cambodia, Vietname, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Siem Reap, Da Nang, Hanoi
15 days/14 nights
Entwined by the famous Mekong River, explore the wonders of Southeast Asia. From the city skylines and golden temples of Thailand to the culture and sacred relics of Cambodia, and the welcoming people and lush valleys of Vietnam, experience the allure of these enchanting destinations.
Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below, or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.
Day 1: USA/ Bangkok, Thailand
Arrive in Bangkok and meet your private transfer to the inspirational Conrad Bangkok, indulging in your deluxe suite . Located in the heart of Bangkok's commercial district, unwind in world-class luxury for four nights and delight in exquisite dining choices, an elegant bar, the pampering Seasons Spa, an outdoor pool, rooftop running track, and a range of fitness classes.
Day 2: Bangkok
Following your morning coffee and sweet pastry, embark on the private guided Thonburi Klong Boat Ride & Grand Palace Experience. Board a traditional longtail boat on the Chao Phraya River, riding the klongs, or ancient canals, with sights of local life along the waterways, and landmarks including the Royal Barges Museum and pagoda of Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn. Then, step ashore to explore the architectural wonder of the Grand Palace complex. Marvel at its golden stupas, ornate pillars and colorful mosaics, and visit adjacent Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand's most sacred temple, and the famous Emerald Buddha.
Day 3: Bangkok
Start your day with a flavorful breakfast in the hotel before experiencing everyday life on the Thai waters on the Damnern Saduak Floating Market Excursion. Touted as the most popular floating market in Thailand, your private guided tour begins at a coconut farm for a look at the process of making sugar from coconuts and the local farmers and residents who live and work on the interconnected canals. Next, hop aboard your longtail boat on the picturesque waterways to the famous floating market and its lively vendors. Be sure to keep your camera ready to snap photos of the colorful produce carefully placed on the small boats and prepare to barter for tempting bites and artisan handicrafts.
Day 4: Bangkok
This morning, board your private transfer for an authentic gastronomic journey on the Thai Cooking Class experience. Located in an open-air kitchen-garden setting with an experienced chef, learn about local herbs and ingredients as you roll up your sleeves to create unique dishes to entice your palate. Following your labor of love, indulge in your own Thai creation for a satisfying meal.
Unwind this afternoon with a pampering therapy from Seasons Spa, relax poolside or savor gourmet teas at afternoon tea or happy hour at Diplomat Bar. Then, delight in premium Chinese, Japanese and international cuisine in the innovative and elegant restaurants of the Conrad Bangkok.
Day 5: Bangkok/Chiang Mai
Board your private transfer for your comfortable flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, meet your private transfer to the upscale Le Meridien Chiang Mai for three nights in a club level guestroom. Set in the heart of Thailand's northern capital, steps from the vibrant Night Bazaar, dining and nightlife, revel in contemporary sophistication with Italian and international dining, multi-sensory spa and outdoor swimming pool with panoramas of the Suthep mountain.
This evening, take an enchanting journey into culture and cuisine with a Khantoke Dinner & Show. Your private transfer will whisk you to the historic Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center where you will be welcomed with a feast of northern Thai delicacies served Khantoke-style at low tables, as you enjoy a delightful cultural dancing performance complete with vibrant costumes and festive music for an unforgettable night of magical tradition.
Day 6: Chiang Mai
Begin your day with a flavorful breakfast buffet before setting out on the Wat Doi Suthep & White Meo Hilltribe Excursion. Board your private transportation and travel through scenic mountain terrain to the shimmering golden Wat Doi Suthep. One of the most sacred temples in Thailand, marvel at the breathtaking summit views and grandeur of Buddhist designs and carvings, then head to a hilltop village to meet friendly villagers to experience native life and their unique customs and heritage before your return to the hotel.
Spend the rest of your day at leisure or exploring this remarkable city on your own. Just minutes from the hotel, stroll through the historical old city of Chiang Mai filled with incredible temples and museums. Shoppers will enjoy the carnival-like Night Bazaar and market areas, filled with unique eateries and local arts and crafts for that special souvenir, or simply relax poolside with your favorite cocktail as the sun sets over Doi Suthep.
Day 7: Chiang Mai
Touted as the hub for Thailand's premium handicrafts, from the country's finest workshops and factories, discover the delicate processes on the Inherited Craftsmanship Experience. Interact with locals as you observe and learn Thailand's craft making including handmade silk weaving, native costumes, jewelry and wood and furniture fabrication in the trendy Sankampaeng district. Marvel at generations' old methods and the meticulous nature of how raw materials are fashioned into finished works including the iconic Saa-aper umbrellas, with an opportunity to purchase special keepsakes from talented artisans.
Day 8 -10: Chiang Mai / Siem Reap, Cambodia
Say goodbye to Thailand as you depart the hotel for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Upon arrival, meet your private transfer to the luxurious Park Hyatt Siem Reap for three lovely nights in a Rooftop garden suite. Set amid lush tropical gardens, delight in extraordinary accommodations and amenities, a vast collection of modern and traditional Cambodian Art, indoor and outdoor pools and exquisite dining options. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
The next day, depart the hotel to experience a private guided day of culture, history and local life on the Siem Reap City & Temples Excursion. A true heritage experience, discover the secrets of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, admiring the stone carvings depicting ancient life and exploring the temple grounds. Then, continue to the unique Bayon Temple, known for its unique 54 gothic towers decorated with more than 200 smiling faces, and stroll the jungle-like maze before enjoying a traditional Khmer lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, your guided experience continues with an informative visit to the Angkor Silk Farm, Wat Thmei Memorial, one of the solemn killing fields, and concluding at the Old Market, Phsar Chas, to bargain for a favorite souvenir.
Day 11: Siem Reap / Da Nang, Vietnam
Board your private transfer for your comfortable flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, meet your private transfer to the dazzling InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort for two glorious nights in a Club InterContinental oceanview suite. Perched on a lush hillside overlooking a private bay, delight in picturesque views from modern Vietnamese luxury including private pool suites, lavish amenities, distinctive dining with a variety of themes, tastes and venues, family pools and adults-only infinity pool, lagoon-side HARNN Heritage Spa, and array of resort activities.
Day 12: Da Nang
Delight in a full day of discovery on the My Son Sanctuary & Hoi An Ancient Town Excursion. Known as the Valley of Kings, your private guided experience begins at the World Heritage site of My Son, filled with ruins of Hindu temples and towers constructed by the Champa Kingdom between the 4th and 14th centuries, for the worship of the god Shiva. Then, enjoy a Cham musical performance and traditional lunch in Hoi An, followed by a visit to its ancient streets, including an iconic Japanese bridge and Tian Hou Pagoda, concluding with a visit to handicraft workshops and Museum of History and Culture before your return to the hotel.
Day 13: Da Nang/Hanoi
Following an early breakfast, check out of the hotel and board your private transfer for your flight to Hanoi. Arrive at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi for two nights in an Executive lakeview suite. Relax in welcoming tranquil luxury with innovative amenities, distinctive gastronomic journeys including handcrafted pastries and Chocolate Lab Cafe, and a complete wellness complex with curated spa services, suspended swimming pool, fitness center and healthy food and drink venue.
This afternoon, get a glimpse of history on the Hanoi Discovery Excursion. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, continuing to the lotus flower-inspired One Pillar Pagoda and the Vietnam's first university, the Temple of Literature - Quoc Tu Giam, before strolling the iconic red wooden bridge at Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island, the ideal backdrop for a memorable photo.
Days 14 - 15: Hanoi/USA
On your final full day of discovery, enjoy The Wonder of Halong Bay Expedition. Immerse in the scenic beauty of the countryside as you travel with your private guide to the World Heritage site, Halong Bay. A true Vietnam tradition, climb aboard a junk boat for a cruise through the sparkling emerald waters, marveling at monumental limestone rocks and uniquely shaped islets. Savor a delicious seafood lunch onboard before winding to the legend-filled caves of the bay including Thien Cung Cave, with its intricate stalactite and stalagmite formations and colorful lighting to surely amaze.
Celebrate your final evening in the hotel's exquisite venues, reminiscing about the incredible experiences of Halong Bay and beyond. Make a toast with a crafted cocktail in Smack Dab Hanoi urban lounge with Asian sharing plates, or dine at your favorite Cantonese, Japanese, French or international restaurant in the hotel. In the morning, board your private transfer to the Noi Bai International Airport and begin planning your next inspiring Indochina experience.
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