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Highlights of Southeast Asia


Golden temples, thousands of intricate Buddha sculptures, hidden palace ruins and relevant history make Highlights of Southeast Asia a goldmine for cultural exploration. Dive into the temples of Siem Reap, uncovering the massive complexes that make up this ancient city, including the famed Angkor Wat. Ride atop a gentle giant in Thailand and sample some of the delicious delicacies found at a traditional night market. Relive the history of timeless traditions in Ho Chi Minh; from large markets to temples, to the wide array of cafes, pubs and street vendors, there’s plenty to see in this booming Asian city. 

Trip Type: Cultural

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Bangkok
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.

Day 2 – Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand
Upon arrival and after clearing customs and immigration, a driver will meet you and transfer you directly to your downtown hotel.

The city of Bangkok provides sensory indulgence overload with ornate temples, spectacular food and endless activity. The city shines with color from its lavish temples including Wat Trimitir featuring a 5.5 ton Golden Buddha, Wat Po which is the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, and of course, the magnificent Grand Palace. The tastiest cuisine is served up at the street stalls and tiny sidewalk restaurants where food is cheap and safely prepared so fill up on curries  soups, fresh fish, rice, noodles, and fruit shakes. The night markets are a great time to experience the culture of the city that never sleeps. 

An exciting brew of traffic and temples, luxury hotels and labyrinth-like streets, the “City of Angels,” is a hectic heaven. This inexhaustible energy is part of Bangkok’s charm, and it has made this feisty capital one of Asia’s favorite tourist destinations. Cutting through the heart of the city, the magnificent Chao Phraya River, “the River of Kings” provides easy access to Bangkok’s numerous Buddhist temples and the Grand Palace, as well offering insight into Thai life.

Starting Accommodation: Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers

Day 3 – Bangkok City Touring
Klong Cruise and Grand Palace
This 3-hour morning tour is a “must see” for all visitors to Bangkok. The Grand Palace complex, which includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keow), is unquestionably one of the wonders of the world today. Within its enormous grounds is the most exotic Buddhist temple and at the heart of the temple itself is a fabulous Buddha image, carved from one piece of Jade, which is the holiest and most revered of religious objects in Thailand today.

Nearby is the Grand Palace, once the official home for the Kings of Siam - built in traditional Thai architecture mixed with European designs. You can also see the Royal Funeral Hall and the Royal Coronation Hall.

Bangkok City and Temples Tour
This afternoon you will visit some other notable temples in the city. Thailand has over 26,000 temples (or Wats). This tour will bring you to three of the most distinguished temples in Bangkok. Wat Trimitr, the temple of the Golden Buddha, features a statue made from solid Gold weighing 5.5 tons. It is a fine example of Sukhothai art and was discovered by chance from a layer of stucco during construction of the temple.

Passing through Chinatown your next stop is Wat Po, the temple of the reclining Buddha which is the largest and oldest in Bangkok. Your last stop is at Wat Benchamabopit or the marble temple. This magnificent monastery was built with white Italian marble from Carrara.

Starting Accommodation: Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers (B)

Day 4 – Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
A glimpse of everyday life in Thailand can be seen at the Damnoen Saduak Floating market, which is located some 50 miles from Bangkok near Ratchaburi. Your journey commences with a leisurely drive passing through salt fields and rice paddies before arriving at a jetty. Here you will board long tail boats to take you to the market.

The market is made up of Thai style canoes laden with colorful, succulent fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats. They gently ply their way through the canal selling as they go.

The afternoon is at your leisure to explore the city. The city of Bangkok provides sensory indulgence overload with ornate temples, spectacular food and endless activity. The city shines with color from its lavish temples including Wat Trimitir featuring a 5.5 ton Golden Buddha, Wat Po which is the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, and of course, the magnificent Grand Palace. The tastiest cuisine is served up at the street stalls and tiny sidewalk restaurants where food is cheap and safely prepared so fill up on curries  soups, fresh fish, rice, noodles, and fruit shakes. The night markets are a great time to experience the culture of the city that never sleeps.

Starting Accommodation: Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers (B)

Day 5 – Bangkok to Chiang Mai
An English speaking representative will meet you in your hotel lobby for your private airport transfer for your flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation by private vehicle.

Chiang Mai is the gateway city to Thailand’s lush north and its rustic hill tribe villages. Dating back 700 years, the focal point is “Old City,” the walled and moated remains of an imposing fortress. Surrounding this historic site is a blossoming city containing all the characteristics of a modern town. 

Starting Accommodation: Ratti Lanna Riverside Spa Resort (B)

Day 6 – At leisure, Chiang Mai
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Ratti Lanna Riverside Spa Resort (B, L)

Day 7 – Chiang Mai to Siem Reap
An English speaking representative will meet you in your hotel lobby for your private airport transfer for your flight to Siem Reap. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation by private vehicle.

Protruding from steaming jungle, the ancient city of Angkor Wat is the main attraction to visitors of Siem Reap. The city’s proximity to the legendary sandstone complex makes it the ideal gateway or base camp for day trips and longer itineraries. Relax and unwind in a local restaurant after a long day of exploring the world’s largest religious monument, or stock up on necessities before tackling the 60 square miles of passageways and palaces.

Starting Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (B)

Day 8 – Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Phrom
The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs.

Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor. Visit Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor. Much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. Watch the sunset over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.

Starting Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (B)

Day 9 – Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
An English speaking representative will meet you in your hotel lobby for your private airport transfer for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation by private vehicle.

Saigon is the largest of Vietnamese cities, and one will see the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life everywhere. There are street markets, pavement cafes and sleek new cafes and pubs. The city churns and bubbles. Yet within this teeming metropolis are many years of timeless traditions and the beauty of an ancient culture.

Still fondly referred to as Saigon by the locals, "The Pearl of the Orient" still retains a charm reminiscent of its French-European heritage in the midst of rapid commercialization. The city promises an endless fascination for tourists wanting to explore Vietnam's rich 4,000-year history.

Starting Accommodation: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (B)

Day 10 – Saigon City Tour
Today you will visit Jade Emperor Pagoda, a key meeting place for Chinese secret societies and has a very colorful and mysterious ambiance.  From there visit the Ben Thanh Market, Saigon’s central market and it’s the surrounding streets make up one of the city's liveliest areas. Everything commonly eaten, worn or used by the typical resident of Saigon is available here. 

Continue on to the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883, set in the heart of Saigon's government quarter. It has a neo-Romanesque form and two high square towers, tipped with iron spires. In front of the cathedral is a statue of the Virgin Mary.

From there visit two notable pagodas, the Thien Hau and Giac Lam. The Thien Hau pagoda was built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century and is one of the most active in Cholon, the cities Chinatown district. Giac Lam is the oldest pagoda in Saigon, built at the end of the 17th century and the architecture, layout and ornamentation remain almost unaltered by the modernist renovations that have transformed so many other religious structures in Vietnam. Monks live in this pagoda, which also incorporates aspects of Taoism and Confucianism.

Starting Accommodation: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (B)

Day 11 – Cai Be Princess Mekong Delta Cruise
Enjoy the Mekong River cruise excursion aboard the Cai Be Princess. Begin with a hotel pickup before heading south towards the Mekong Delta. Embark on a traditional wooden boat, stylishly fitted out with bamboo chairs and lounging cushions. Tour the colorful floating market of Cai Be, afterwards visiting local workshops producing rice paste, puffed rice, coconut candy, dried longan fruit and other local delicacies.

From there, continue exploring the smaller islands nestled among the narrow canals and bywaters of the Mekong Island, visiting Dong Phu, Binh Hoa Phuoc, and An Binh. Stop at a fruit orchard, followed by a brief walk through the fruit trees. Return to the cruise, stopping on the way at An Binh Temple, and finishing the day's cruise in the mid-afternoon.

Starting Accommodation: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (B)

Day 12 – Ho Chi Minh City to USA
An English speaking representative will meet you in your hotel lobby for your private airport transfer. (B)

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Highlighted Activities

Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat
Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat
Siem Reap
Length: Full-day
Chiang Mai City and Temples
Chiang Mai City and Temples
Chiang Mai
Length: Half-day
Klong Cruise and Grand Palace
Klong Cruise and Grand Palace
Bangkok
Length: Half-day
Saigon City Tour
Saigon City Tour
Ho Chi Minh City
Length: Half-day, Full-day


Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
BangkokRoyal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & TowersShangri-La Hotel, BangkokThe Peninsula Bangkok
Chiang MaiRatti Lanna Riverside Spa ResortAnantara Chiang Mai ResortFour Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Siem ReapVictoria Angkor Resort & SpaRaffles Grand Hotel d'AngkorAmansara
Ho Chi Minh CityRenaissance Riverside Hotel SaigonSheraton Saigon Hotel & TowersPark Hyatt Saigon


Pricing

Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
SWNP30382
SWNP30387
SWNP30391
Twin Share
11/1/2017 - 12/19/2017$2,290$3,610$5,975
Single Traveler
11/1/2017 - 12/19/2017$3,615$6,105$10,190

Add internal air to this package from $835*


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: wwww.swaindestinations.com/terms