Hanoi to Phuket: A 2-Week Cultural Odyssey

Hanoi to Phuket: A 2-Week Cultural Odyssey

  • Hanoi
  • Ninh Binh
  • Halong Bay
  • Chiang Mai
  • Bangkok
  • Phuket
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14 days 13 nights
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    Welcome to our exciting travel program that will take you through captivating destinations in Vietnam and Thailand. Discover the wonders of Southeast Asia with our exceptional itinerary. You'll have the opportunity to visit vibrant cities, explore historic sites, immerse yourself in rich cultures, enjoy stunning natural landscapes, and so much more. This trip offers you a diverse experience, seamlessly blending the rich history of Vietnam with the exotic beauty of Thailand.

    Hanoi to Phuket: A 2-Week Cultural Odyssey
    What unique experiences await during your trip ?
    • Explore Hanoi's vibrant history, be mesmerized by Ninh Binh's breathtaking landscapes, and cruise through Halong Bay's iconic limestone karsts.
    • Experience the charm of Northern Thailand in Chiang Mai and connect with elephants in a beautiful natural environment at the Elephant Camp.
    • Immerse in the dynamic culture of Bangkok and witness its unique and vibrant markets at Meaklong and Damnoen Saduak.
    • Phuket: Unwind on the beautiful beaches of this popular Thai island.
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    • Hanoi
    • Ninh Binh
    • Halong Bay
    • Chiang Mai
    • Bangkok
    • Phuket
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    Program description

    Arrival in Hanoi, a thousand-year-old capital located in the heart of northern Vietnam. Welcome by the English-speaking guide from Kampá Tour at the airport, transfer to the hotel in the center of the city and day adapted according to your arrival time. Departure for the first visits to the city center to soak up the charm of the thousand-year-old capital:

    • King Ly Thai To square, discovery of the thousand-year-old history of the Vietnamese capital.

    Ly Thai To is the founder of the Ly dynasty (1009-1225). It was he who transferred the capital from Hoa Lu to Hanoi in 1010

    • Lake of the Restored Sword with the temple of Mount Jade, the Turtle Islet, in the heart of Hanoi.
    • Explore the Hanoi Old Quarter with 36 corporation streets, where you can stroll through craft streets bearing the name of the goods that were produced and sold there. Don't forget to stop at Ma May Street and visit an old 'Tube' house, a characteristic feature of traditional Hanoi architecture.

    This Old Quarter is located in the heart of Hanoi and is full of old houses, temples, bustling markets, artisan shops, and traditional restaurants. It is an emblematic place that testifies to the history and culture of the Vietnamese capital.

    Discover the colonial heritage with French concessions: take a cycle rickshaw ride through the city to visit the Grand Théâtre, the Métropole hotel, the state bank, the Central Post Office… End your day with a relaxing night at the hotel.

    A day dedicated to exploring Hanoi's most remarkable cultural sites and historical monuments:

    Built 1000 years ago, this Confucian temple served as an institution where royal offspring and sons of mandarins received their education. It also hosted competitions for the country's most talented students, with the winners attaining the status of scholars and senior officials in Vietnamese feudal dynasties.

    • Visit Ba Dinh Square, the location of the former palace of the Indochina governor, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and his residence.
    • Explore the Ethnography Museum, home to a vast collection of 25,000 ancient and contemporary artifacts that provide insights into the history of local populations.
    • In the evening, enjoy a water puppet show – a distinctive feature of the Vietnamese culture.

    Colorful wooden puppets are skillfully manipulated by the artists using rods and bamboo shafts underwater. It is a unique and captivating art form unique to the Northern Vietnamese tradition.

    Night in Hanoi.

    Departure for Ninh Binh – the land of limestone karsts, sugarloaf mountains, and rice fields flooded by rivers and lakes throughout the year.

    Arrival in Ninh Xuan, visit to Mua Mountain. Climb a 486-step white stone staircase to the summit of this bell-shaped mountain, which offers a panoramic view of the Tam Coc region.

    A limestone mountain located near the rivers and sugarloaf mountains of Tam Coc. In the past, it was renowned for its dance performances for the kings of the Tran Dynasty (13th-14th century).

    Afterward, transfer to Tam Coc for a bike ride and leisurely exploration of this fabulous region.

    Explore a vast landscape featuring sugarloaf-shaped rock formations, rice paddies, and rivers. Enjoy boat rides on the Ngo Dong River, winding through the sugarloaf peaks, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the lush surrounding nature.

    In the afternoon, enjoy a boat excursion on the Ngo Dong River to explore Tam Coc. This meandering river winds through rice paddies, sugarloaf formations, and passes under the three caves at the base of the limestone peaks.

    Return to Hanoi by the end of the day and spend the night at the hotel.

    For a shorter drive, there's an option to stay in Ninh Binh on this day and spend the night there (without returning to Hanoi during the day). Then, you can depart for Halong Bay the following morning with the guide and private car. Please contact us for this option.

    Part of the Gulf of Tonkin (Pacific Ocean), Halong Bay is a vast area comprised of thousands of limestone karsts rising from the sea. A cruise aboard a junk boat in this bay is a must during any trip to Vietnam.

    Departure for Halong – the most beautiful bay in Vietnam, one of the most magical landscapes in Asia. Boarding upon arrival aboard a traditional junk. Welcome by the crew then departure for a magnificent cruise on the bay. Visit Bai Tu Long (northern part of Halong Bay):

    • Admire the picturesque islands and islets with various shapes (sail, dog, rooster, incense, etc.).
    • Explore the splendid caves of Halong Bay, including Thien Canh Son, housing stalagmites and stalactites dating back thousands of years.
    • Continue the cruise to Cap La, where you can enjoy a kayak ride and swim in the sublime waters of the bay (weather permitting).
    • In the late afternoon, relax on the upper deck of the junk.

    Lunch and dinner on board the junk.

    Enjoy a free evening for personal rest and relaxation, which can include card games or night fishing.

    Spend the night on board.

    Wake up at dawn to witness a spectacular moment: the first rays of sunlight painting the limestone karsts of the bay, followed by a serene Tai Chi session on the terrace.

    Embark on a boat or kayak excursion to explore the fishing village of Vung Vieng, where you may have the opportunity to meet and interact with the local residents.

    Enjoy lunch on the junk before disembarking and heading back to Hanoi.

    Hanoi: Free morning, then flight to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

    Dedicate a day to the discovery of Chiang Mai. Founded in the 13th century, the city of Chiang Mai bears witness to a rich heritage, blending Lanna, Siamese, and Burmese cultures.

    Enjoy a walking tour of the old town, making stops at the ancient wall, the moat, and an old town gate. Along the way, you will admire some of Chiang Mai's most beautiful temples, including Wat Phra Singh, Wat Phan Tao, and Wat Chedi Luang.

    Following this, you'll stroll along small streets lined with traditional houses and experience a rickshaw ride. Later, you'll explore the bustling Warorot central market.

    In the afternoon, ascend to Doi Suthep hill, which offers a superb view of the city and the surrounding countryside. You can reach the top via a staircase of 290 steps or by taking a cable car. At the summit, you'll find a golden chedi protecting the relics of the Buddha.

    End the day with an overnight stay in Chiang Mai

    08:00 - 08:30: Welcome by the English-speaking guide at your hotel, then depart by car, approximately one and a half hours south of Chiang Mai, through hills, forests, and local agricultural areas.

    10:30 a.m.: Arrival at the sanctuary. Meet your guide and walk for 10-15 minutes through the jungle to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Put on traditional Karen clothing. Enjoy an introductory lesson on elephant anatomy, history, and behavior.

    11:00 a.m.: Meeting with the elephants. Feed, interact, and play with elephants in their natural environment to learn about their behavior and history. Take photos with the elephants.

    12:00: Enjoy a lunch of Thai dishes and fresh fruit.

    1:00 p.m.: Learn how to make herbal balloons, feed the elephants, then walk with the elephants to the river. Bathe and brush the elephants.

    2:00 p.m.: Join the elephants for a therapeutic mud spa. Swim in the river and take photos with the elephants.

    3:00 p.m.: Leave the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and drive approximately 1.5 hours towards Chiang Mai.

    5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Return to your hotel or accommodation.

    Night train to Bangkok.

    • Visit the Grand Palace, Thailand's most important landmark, where you will be impressed by the grandeur and majesty of the building and its throne rooms.
    • Admire the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in the country.
    • Visit Wat Pho along the way, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, famous for its 45-meter reclining Buddha statue.
    • We will then visit Wat Traimit, which is well-known for the Golden Buddha.
    • Board a long-tail boat to sail along the Chao Phraya River before entering a klong, staying away from the heavily touristy areas. Stop at Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn.

    Return to the hotel to rest for the night in Bangkok.

    Depart early to visit the Maeklong market, located on the railway tracks very close to the train terminus. Walk along the rails to explore the vibrant market and witness how quickly the merchants fold up their stalls in preparation for the train, which is scheduled to pass around 8:30 a.m.

    Afterwards, head to the small market of Samut Songkhran, where you'll embark on a beautiful canoe ride along the Grand Canal and then through smaller canals, providing an authentic glimpse of rural Asia just outside of Bangkok. The approximately one-hour ride will culminate in the heart of the Damnoen Saduak floating market.

    Explore this traditional market, bustling with sellers offering a variety of products, including food, flowers, plants, and even animals.

    Return to Bangkok and enjoy some free time to relax.

    Overnight stay in Bangkok.

    Transfer to Bangkok airport for the flight to Phuket, the largest island in Thailand, known as the "pearl of the Andaman Gulf" with beautiful nature. This island is renowned for its coconut trees, stunning beaches, and relaxed way of life.

    Upon arrival, our driver will welcome you and assist with your hotel check-in.

    You'll have some free time to rest and savor the beach.

    Spend the night in Phuket.

    You have 2 days completely free to rest and explore Phuket at your leisure.

    You can spend your time relaxing on deserted beaches under the shade of tall trees. Additionally, there is the option to take excursions to its magnificent islands such as Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and others off the coast of Phuket. These islands are ideal for snorkeling and diving.

    Enjoy your nights at the hotel.

    Depending on your flight schedule, you will fly to Bangkok for your return journey.

    End of our 2-week journey from Vietnam to Thailand! Safe travels!

    Custom activities
    Kampá Tour offers private tours with tailor-made services.
    The show “Tinh hoa Bac Bo - The Quintessence of Tonkin”
    This magnificent outdoor and water show will give you a very moving and unforgettable experience of Vietnamese life and culture.
    Hanoi Cultural activities Add to the itinerary
    Hanoi Egg Coffee
    Trying a cup of coffee with egg is a rather unusual experience that should be on the wish list of any future visitor to the capital of Vietnam.
    Hanoi Gastronomy and culture Add to the itinerary
    Private cruise in legendary Halong Bay
    Nothing is more wonderful than a private cruise on the legendary Halong Bay that allows you to leisurely navigate its uncharted corners in complete privacy.
    Halong Bay Well-being and relaxation Add to the itinerary
    Khantoke dinner show in Chiang Mai
    Experience the true essence of Thai culture with a Khantoke dinner and show in Chiang Mai. Enjoy a night of delicious food and mesmerizing entertainment.
    Chiang Mai Gastronomy and culture Add to the itinerary
    Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai : Experience an Unforgettable Adventure
    Get up close to elephants in their natural environment and take part in unique activities with these majestic animals.
    Chiang Mai Discovery Add to the itinerary
    Cooking classes in Chiang Mai: Learn to cook Thai specialties
    Cooking classes to master local culinary techniques with a Thai chef. An immersive experience in the gastronomic culture of Northern Thailand.
    Chiang Mai Gastronomy and culture Add to the itinerary
    Halong Bay by seaplane, an extraordinary experience to live
    What could be more extraordinary than a seaplane flight over the wonderful Halong Bay? The activity offers you a UNIQUE opportunity to discover the exceptional landscapes seen from the sky
    Quang Ninh Well-being and relaxation Add to the itinerary
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    • Accommodation for the entire circuit, in hotels or with locals
    • Travel according to the program by private car
    • English-speaking guide for the visits mentioned in the program
    • All activities mentioned in the program, including entrance fees to tourist sites
    • Economy class domestic flights with airport taxes included
    • Meals mentioned in the program
    • Bottle of water during guided tours (2 x 500ml/traveler/day)
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    Your accommodation:
    Thantara Resort Chiang Mai
    Leah Silk Hanoi
    Hanoi Exclusive Hotel
    Hôtel Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
    Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort
    Red Planet Phuket Patong
    Hôtel O’ Gallery Premier Hanoi
    Hôtel La Siesta Trendy Hanoi
    Dusit Princess Chiang Mai
    The Okura Prestige Bangkok
    Novotel Bangkok Silom Road
    OYO 132 JL Bangkok
    Hôtel Ninh Binh Hidden Charm
    Your cruise on Halong Bay:
    Oriental Sails
    Oriental Sails
    Oriental Sails
    La Casta
    Halong Bay
    La Casta
    Private 3-cabin Four Seasons junk
    Cat Ba, Hai Phong
    Private 3-cabin Four Seasons junk
    Your transport:
    7 seater car
    16 seater car
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    January 2024 - The trip went well. We had memorable experiences in Asia with your team, the guides, and even the driver. Everything went smoothly, from the weather to the services (meals, accommodations) you arranged for us. Here are more details:

    The first week in Vietnam was very good. We loved the egg coffee. Vietnamese cuisine is very diverse, and it was great because we had time to try most of the typical dishes: pho, bun cha, cao lau, and banh mi. The Old Quarter of Hanoi has an ancient beauty, but it's still a bit noisy. The cyclo experience was very reasonable and helped us not get bored while going to Hoi An, also to the Old Quarter, but to explore it by bikes. Ha Long Bay is very beautiful. The cruise was excellent.

    The next part of the trip was in Cambodia, where we had truly amazing moments in front of the ruins of Angkor Wat. The tour guide in Cambodia was very detailed in everything we wanted to know. A few days in Cambodia are enough.

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    Dec 23, 2023 - We came back enchanted from our trip to Vietnam as a couple. Vietnam is a magnificent and endearing country.

    The inhabitants are very welcoming and kind. As soon as we got back, we were already looking forward to going back. This was our first trip to Asia. Thanks to Vietnam Découverte and above all to its highly competent team, and in particular Madame Thom Doan, we set off with great confidence, and we haven't regretted it. The organization is impeccable, the hotels are top-quality and the activities varied (visits, trekking, kayaking, cycling, etc.).

    The program was heavy, but we were able to split the tour into 17 days instead of 15, to take advantage of each region.

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    1. Am I exempt from the visa? If not, how can I obtain it?

    You will be exempt from the Vietnamese visa if you are from countries like France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and the duration of your stay does not exceed 45 days. You just need to present a valid passport upon arrival in Vietnam and a return flight ticket reservation. Here is the list of European countries exempt from the Vietnamese visa: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway.

    A visa is mandatory for those who are not mentioned above. There are three options to obtain a visa: an E-visa, issued online on the Vietnamese Immigration website; a visa on arrival; or a regular visa provided by the Vietnamese Embassy (or Consulate) in your country. We recommend choosing the E-visa or visa on arrival as they are easier to obtain and less expensive. Please contact us for more information on visa procedures.

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