12-Day Itinerary: Thailand & Vietnam: Islands, Temples & More

12-Day Itinerary: Thailand & Vietnam: Islands, Temples & More

  • Bangkok
  • Chiang Rai
  • Chiang Mai
  • Hanoi
  • Ninh Binh
  • Halong Bay
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12 days, 11 nights
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    Celebrate this year with a 12-day tour of Vietnam and Thailand. Known as the 'Land of Golden Temples' and the 'Pearls of Asia,' these two countries are among the most famous destinations in Southeast Asia. Whether you're traveling with family, friends, or on your own, this journey is promising to give you an itinerary packed with engaging activities and fascinating visits.

    12-Day Itinerary: Thailand & Vietnam: Islands, Temples & More
    What unique experiences await during your trip?
    • Discover the hidden beauty of Bangkok, Thailand's capital, through visits to the famous Maeklong and Damnoen Saduak markets.
    • Explore prestigious temples in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, and engage with friendly elephants while learning about their care.
    • Admire the incredible natural landscapes of Ninh Binh, one of the top destinations to visit in 2023.
    • Enjoy the beauty of the islands and islets in Halong Bay, declared a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site.
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    • Bangkok
    • Chiang Rai
    • Chiang Mai
    • Hanoi
    • Ninh Binh
    • Halong Bay
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    Upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok, Thailand, you'll be met by your friendly English-speaking guide holding a sign with your name clearly displayed for welcome. Check-in at the hotel will be arranged as soon as possible, aiming for immediate access to your room if available. Standard hotel check-in time is usually 2:00 PM, but the hotel will do their best to accommodate you upon arrival.  With the afternoon free, you can use the provided map to embark on your own adventure! Explore the vibrant city at your own pace, soaking up the sights, sounds, and aromas that make Bangkok unique.  

    In the evening, relax and recharge at your comfortable hotel, ready for the exciting experiences that await you tomorrow.

    After breakfast, commence on a captivating journey through Bangkok's rich history and vibrant culture.
    Board a traditional long-tail boat and glide along the majestic Chao Praya River, also known as the River of Kings. Immerse yourself in the bustling life along the Thonburi canals, witnessing the unique rhythm of local waterside communities.

    Your first stop is the National Museum of Royal Barges, where you'll marvel at the ornate vessels used by Thai royalty for centuries. Next, be dazzled by the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun, adorned with its mesmerizing glazed porcelain mosaics.

    Continue to the Wat Traimit temple, home to the awe-inspiring Golden Buddha, a 5.5-ton statue crafted entirely of solid gold.

    Journey to the heart of Bangkok, the Royal Palace, founded in 1782 by King Rama I. Stand in awe of its grand walls enclosing a vast 259 hectares.

    Within the palace grounds, discover Wat Phra Kaew, the Royal Chapel, housing the Emerald Buddha, the most revered statue in Thailand. This magnificent temple is a true masterpiece of Thai artistry.

    No tour of Bangkok is complete without visiting Wat Pho, home to the largest Reclining Buddha in the country. Explore the temple grounds and marvel at the intricate details of the massive statue, surrounded by fascinating Chinese statues representing royal guards.

    After a day filled with cultural immersion, return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.

    Embark on a thrilling morning adventure as you depart for the west of Bangkok to the Maeklong Railway Market. Witness the vendors' impressive agility as they quickly fold up their stalls moments before the scheduled train passes around 8:30 AM (note that the exact timing may vary). Be sure to capture this dynamic scene on camera!

    Next, head to Samut Songkhran, where you'll board a traditional canoe for an unforgettable journey through the Grand Canal. 

    Your journey culminates at the heart of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, a picturesque haven for shoppers and photographers. Explore the vibrant stalls overflowing with local produce, flowers, plants, and even animals. Be sure to bargain for souvenirs and indulge in delicious Thai treats from the floating vendors.

    After a day filled with unique experiences, return to Bangkok for some well-deserved relaxation. Enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace or simply unwind at your hotel.

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Chiang Rai.
    Arrival at Chiang Mai airport, meet the Spanish-speaking guide and begin to discover Chiang Mai. We will visit the famous Wat Rong Khun, also known as the "White Temple", famous throughout Asia for its modern Thai architecture. Return to the center of Chiang Rai and visit the most important temples in the city: Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Phra Sing. Leisure.

    Night in Chiang Rai.

    Start a captivating morning excursion as you cruise along the mighty Mekong River to the renowned Golden Triangle. Witness the awe-inspiring confluence of borders between Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos, savoring panoramic views of the Mekong's majesty.

    Depart for Chiang Saen, where you'll board a speedboat for a thrilling ride on the Khong River, forming the natural border with Laos. Upon arrival at the Golden Triangle, stand proudly at the meeting point of three nations, absorbing the historical and geographical significance of this unique location.

    Continue your journey to Chiang Mai, aptly nicknamed the "Rose of the North". Upon arrival, prepare to be mesmerized by Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a revered landmark. According to legend, a 14th-century elephant chose the site for this pagoda, perched atop a 1,000-meter hill overlooking the city. Climb the majestic 300-step staircase flanked by mythical naga serpents, culminating in a breathtaking golden chedi enshrining sacred Buddha relics. Soak in the panoramic vistas of Chiang Mai unfolding before you - a truly unforgettable experience.

    Return to Chiang Mai, where your comfortable accommodation awaits.

    Immerse yourself in the wonders of Thailand's natural heritage with a visit to a responsible elephant sanctuary near Chiang Mai. Instead of traditional "training camps," this sanctuary focuses on the well-being and ethical care of elephants.

    Learn about these majestic creatures from knowledgeable guides as you observe their natural behaviors and responsible daily routines. Engage in activities that prioritize elephant welfare, such as preparing their food and enriching their environment.

    Enjoy a delicious lunch of local specialties in a scenic setting, savoring the flavors of the region.

    In the afternoon, participate in a mindful elephant bathing experience. Observe and interact with these gentle giants as they cool off and socialize in a natural setting. This activity emphasizes responsible interaction and avoids practices that exploit elephants.

    Return to Chiang Mai with a newfound appreciation for elephants and their importance in Thai culture.

    Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure, exploring the city at your own pace.

    Breakfast at hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi, reception by your Spanish-speaking guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel to check in according to availability. Free time to explore the city on your own.

    Take a rest for the night in Hanoi.

    Start your day with a fascinating journey through Hanoi's rich history and culture.

    Embrace the morning light as you explore iconic landmarks, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the unique One Pillar Pagoda, and the peaceful Tran Quoc Temple. Step back in time at the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university established in 1070.

    Indulge in a delicious lunch of "Cha Ca," a traditional Hanoi dish featuring grilled fish on rice noodles. Wander through the labyrinthine streets of the Old Quarter, where shops bear names reflecting their wares - Paper Street, Sugar Street, and Silver Street, each a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.

    Unwind with a local beverage of your choice, whether it's a creamy "ca phe sua da" (egg coffee) or a refreshing glass of beer. Conclude your cultural exploration at Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as the Lake of the Restored Sword. Visit the serene Ngoc Son Temple, accessible by the iconic The Huc Bridge.

    Witness the magic of Vietnamese water puppetry at the Thang Long Theatre.

    Then return to your hotel with lasting memories of Hanoi's diverse cultural tapestry.

    Departure to Ninh Binh – land of limestone rocks, sugar loaves and rice fields flooded by rivers and lakes all year round. After 2 hours by car, we arrive at the province of Ninh Binh. We will board a boat along the Ngo Dong River to take a tour in Tam Coc, also known as “Halong Bay on earth”. This long river meanders through rice fields, sugar loaves and passes beneath the three caves at the foot of limestone peaks.
    We will continue with the visit to Bich Dong Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Ninh Binh. We will visit a pagoda located in Bich Dong.
    Finally, we will visit Hoa Lu – chosen as the ancient capital of Dai Co Viet (ancient name of Vietnam), with the vestiges of the temples of the kings in the dynasty of Dinh and Le.

    Commence on a journey to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most stunning landscapes in Asia.
    Start your adventure with a scenic road trip, crossing fertile rice fields bathed in water. Upon arrival, board your traditional junk boat and begin your exploration of the awe-inspiring bay.
    Marvel at the picturesque islands and islets, each uniquely shaped and named after their resemblance to everyday objects like dogs, roosters, and incense burners.
    Step into the otherworldly beauty of Thien Canh Son Cave, adorned with centuries-old stalagmites and stalactites.
    Continue your cruise to Cap La, where you can kayak through emerald waters and swim in the refreshing bay (weather permitting).
    Relax on the sundeck as the afternoon sun paints the sky with vibrant hues.
    Learn the art of preparing traditional Vietnamese spring rolls during a fun cooking demonstration onboard.
    Savor delicious meals prepared with fresh local ingredients and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travelers.

    Get up at dawn to enjoy a moment of unique splendor: the first rays of sun emerging from the thousands of sugar loaves of the bay and participating in a Tai Chi session on the terrace.
    Boat or kayak ride to discover the fishing village of Vung Vieng, possible meeting with local inhabitants. 
    Lunch on the junk, disembark and return to Hanoi.
    Night in Hanoi.

    Thuy DO, 41 years old
    Thuy DO, 41 years old
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    • All activities mentioned in the program, including entrance fees to tourist sites
    • Economy class domestic flights with airport taxes included
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    • Bottle of water during guided tours (2 x 500ml/traveler/day)
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    Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Marie Perou

    Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Marie Perou

    The rest of the journey went very well until Pu Long, largely thanks to Thien who quickly understood what we wanted to see (amazing hikes) and what we wanted to experience in our interactions with the minority ethnic groups. Thanks to our guide, we had many warm exchanges and shared beautiful emotions over tea, fruits, and bong gao in their humble homes. Unforgettable experiences in the villages of tiles, knives, incense, and weaving.

    An opportunity for great happiness to experience the Than Minh festival proposed by Thien.

    Thank you for the foot massage, which was a pure moment of relaxation... It made us want to book a full body massage upon our return from Pu Long.

    We are truly delighted with our journey in the North, although we missed the good weather a bit.

    A word also about our driver, who was extremely careful on the mountain roads and always provided valuable assistance with a smile for his passengers.

    Looking forward to continuing towards Halong Bay tomorrow.

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    The adventure of traveling to Vietnam with the Kommer family

    The adventure of traveling to Vietnam with the Kommer family

    Xenia Kommer's Family Travel Diary

    [29/3/24]: Tony and the driver are great! And everything we've seen and done too 😊

    [1/4/24]: Hello! We are back from the boat in Halong Bay. It was very beautiful! I didn't tell you that we ate crickets last 😁 week In Tam Coc the boys played football with children from there 😉

    [3/4/24]: Hello, we arrived safely in Hoi An today. Everything is great, the hotel is very nice. Yesterday the boys swam in the Hue😉 River

    [5/4/24]: Hoi An diving, I don't do it but the boys love it 😃

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    The Alzarral family with their friends

    The Alzarral family with their friends

    To begin with, thank you for this wonderful trip that you organized for us. Thank you to Huan, Kien and Ms. Chau for conveying the love of their country to us. Bus drivers were also safe in this traffic.

    After the discussion among all the participants in the trip, we send you these observations:

    Guide: 5/5⭐
    Drivers 5/5⭐
    Bus:4/5⭐
    Hotel: 4.9/5⭐ (slightly small breakfast room at the Sanouva Hotel in Saigon).
    Choice of restaurant by guides: 5/5⭐
    Transfer by plane: 5/5⭐
    Choice of visits:5/5⭐
    Organization of the agency: 5/5⭐

    Thank you, Mrs. TRANG VU, for your warm welcome at the agency and for your willingness to organize our trip. We also thank Bao for his kindness and for the short documentary on YouTube. You can count on us to really appreciate your skills.

    Thanks again for everything 😘😘

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    Mrs. Silvia and her husband

    Mrs. Silvia and her husband

    Peru

    Greetings from Lima, guys! We just got home and we don't even feel tired! I still have the energy to keep going, haha!
    Now, let's talk about the North. In February, from Hanoi to Ha Long, there is a lot of drizzle. I suggest other visitors always carry a fine raincoat when they go. Luckily, it didn't alter our plan much. We enjoyed the coffee with egg and the bun cha. Ms. Nhung knew all the perfect places to eat, without worrying about finding available places, and at good prices! I'll send you some great photos from Hanoi!
    But, the most amazing thing was the experience on the Mekong! Just perfect. We loved Mr. Nguyen; He had an in-depth knowledge of the place, which made us enjoy it to the fullest. He also shared a lot of interesting things about the Vietnamese and their current and current culture, not just theory.
    The hotels were ok, no complaints. This trip makes us think of Cambodia and Thailand with our friends in the future (still wishes)
    I think that's enough for now. See y

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    Chantal & Daniel

    Chantal & Daniel

    Hello Mrs. Huyen and all her team,

    We had dreamed it, we had prepared our trip with the guides, and now we are back, with the images still fresh in our minds.

    Thank you and congratulations for this perfect organization, despite the fact that a flight was delayed a day at the last minute. We found our guides and drivers as planned, the guides were friendly, spoke perfect Spanish, the "busy" program was respected.

    Recounting our journey could become a real novel, so we will talk about the main points. Now, worry before leaving because the guides said that we should avoid the Tet period, that for the lunar new year everything was closed, anyway what joy, flowers, decorations, events everywhere.

    👉Hanoi, staying in the center, after a tour of the city, and a visit to Kampa Tour, a well-deserved siesta, we set off on foot (without a guide) through the narrow streets (thanks to the GPS to find the hotel).

    👉The next day, visits to museums, great water puppet show.

    👉Day 3:

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    The Le Boucher family

    The Le Boucher family

    French

    February 15-28, 2024 -
    "Hello, the trip is going very well. Yesterday I grew rice. A symbol and a source of pride for me, I would even say one of the goals of this trip. Thank you"

    "The work in the rice paddies is already well underway...we are lucky to see the peasants in full activity, it is really enriching to learn about your way of life. A 12km walk today was an intense moment. ​​"

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    The Diego Family

    The Diego Family

    Mexico

    January 2024

    We're on the flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok. I'm writing these lines because I'm eager to share more details about the trip, in addition to praising the services (hotels, restaurants, etc.) that I mentioned during the call in Vietnam.

    Visiting the Angkor Wat temple complex is worth it. When we entered, we felt like we were becoming tiny people. It was a very surprising experience. On the second day, when we arrived at the lakeside village of Kompong Khleang, the scenery isn't beautiful, but it showcases the culture of the people, which is very interesting. The tour guide in Cambodia is very good, has a good sense of humor, and is always willing to explain everything coherently. So we didn't respond to the message immediately.

    The continuity between the visit to Cambodia and the conclusion of the trip in Vietnam is certainly very reasonable. The number of days for visiting is also appropriate. In addition to following our itinerary, we also made use of our free t

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    Mr. Sebastian Rodriguez and his friends

    Mr. Sebastian Rodriguez and his friends

    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.

    The end of the trip was in

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    Mrs and Mr SCHAMP

    Mrs and Mr SCHAMP

    France

    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.

    What a pleasure it was to be accompanied in each region by a guide who spoke perfect French and knew the country very well. We were able to travel with complete peace of mind, letting ourselves be guided and driven without worrying about a thing.

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    The family of Mr. GEIGER

    The family of Mr. GEIGER

    France

    Dec 6, 2023 - What a superb trip! Complete satisfaction! Discovery of the NORTH and CENTRAL VIETNAM. A very well-organized journey by VIETNAM DISCOVERY; competence and kindness of our guide LUNA; We were warmly welcomed at the agency (beautiful structure) by Mrs. THOM DOAN. The circuit and hotel services were fully in line with the program. We return with lots of beautiful memories and stunning images in our minds. Landscapes, temples, rice fields, Hmong villages, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An. We wholeheartedly recommend. BERNARD

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    Mrs Gisele Denaes and friends

    Mrs Gisele Denaes and friends

    France

    28 Octobre 2023 - Hello, we had good feedback. All my friends were satisfied with your services. I will come back to you if we decide to go back.
    Thanks again. I hope to see you soon.

    Gisele Denaes.

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    Hello, yes, the return trip went well. We appreciated the beauty of your country, its authenticity and the kindness of the inhabitants.
    Thank you for your warm welcome. Our guide Duc and the driver were excellent, very professional and very kind.

    Sincerely Agnès and Gilbert STRAUCH.

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    The Patricia Ait family

    The Patricia Ait family

    France

    November 13, 2023 - Our trip was simply extraordinary and wonderful. It was a lesson in life. It would not have been possible without Mrs. Duong Lan, our Vietnam découverte correspondent, who was always available and very attentive, and who proposed a personalized tour according to our needs, guiding us in our choices.
    The hotels were chosen with great care, and we really appreciated the home-stay accommodations, which gave us the chance to share special moments with the families. 
    Our driver, Phong, young and careful, was wonderful and very kind. Our guide, Hiep, "a walking encyclopedia of Vietnam", knew northern Vietnam and its history inside out. He was very committed, a good listener and had great human qualities to match his skills.

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    Most frequently asked questions

    1. When is the ideal time to travel to Thailand?

    Undoubtedly, if the weather is your main concern when planning your trip to Thailand, we recommend considering the dry season, which runs from November to February. During this period, Thailand experiences its dry season, with sunny days and little rainfall. The climate is very pleasant, it is not too hot and it does not rain often, which makes it ideal for tourist activities and exploring the country.

    However, keep in mind that this is also the busiest period for tourists in Thailand, so you may find higher prices and more people in popular destinations.

    Additionally, there may be weather variations in different parts of the country, so it's important to do your research and take into account the specific conditions of the regions you plan to visit.

    We will be happy to assist you and provide you with more information about the weather and any other queries you may have for your trip to Thailand.

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    3. Do I need to be vaccinated to travel to Thailand?

    4. Do I need a visa to visit Thailand?

    5. Is it worth traveling to Thailand during the monsoon season?

    6. Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam? If not, how can I get one?

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