The Best Of Asia- Maldives, Thailand, Vietnam & Bali
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On this 40 day journey through Maldives, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, you will discover the best of Asia. In Maldives, you embark on a nautical odyssey on a cruising safari to discover one of nature's last untouched treasures. Awake to the sun rising over the azure ocean, snorkel areas that are famous throughout the world for their stunning beauty and abundance of marine life, surf waves that will accommodate every level of experience, visit unspoiled islands and sample the local way of life and by night relax on deck gazing at the millions of stars above you.
In Thailand, you explore many spectacular ancient temples, visit the ancient masterpiece of Ayuthaya, on the UNESCO's list of World Heritage, tour war memorials, lounge on the beach, speed boat on Pattaya coral island and learn traditional cooking styles before departing to Vietnam.
In Vietnam, you visit the most famous landmarks of Hanoi City, see the stunning scenery of the Hoang Lien mountain ranges in Sapa, hike through bamboo forests, the cascading Giang Ta Chai waterfall, visit local villages, hop aboard an Halong Cruise and sail through thousands of islands, explore the huge Surprise Cave, visit Cat Ba island, Viet Hai village, Do Tai Chi on boat in Halong bay, and finally wind through the picturesque tributaries of the famous Mekong before departing to Bali in Indonesia.
In Indonesia, you visit the paradise of Bali with its pristine beaches, colorful reefs, and active volcanoes, followed by a trip to Lombok Island, blessed with exquisite white-sand beaches, epic surf, a lush forested interior, and hiking trails through tobacco and rice fields.
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Trip Name: The Best of Asia- Maldives, Thailand, Vietnam & Bali

Trip Date(s):
Wednesday March 17th 2021- $9900

Trip Length: 40 days

Trip Type: Adults

Destination Continent: Asia

Destination Country: Maldives, Vietnam & More

Tour ID: 160601Tad54

Upfront Deposit: $300

Trip Highlights

On this 40 day journey through Maldives, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, you will discover the best of Asia. In Maldives, you embark on a nautical odyssey on a cruising safari to discover one of nature's last untouched treasures. Awake to the sun rising over the azure ocean, snorkel areas that are famous throughout the world for their stunning beauty and abundance of marine life, surf waves that will accommodate every level of experience, visit unspoiled islands and sample the local way of life and by night relax on deck gazing at the millions of stars above you.
In Thailand, you explore many spectacular ancient temples, visit the ancient masterpiece of Ayuthaya, on the UNESCO's list of World Heritage, tour war memorials, lounge on the beach, speed boat on Pattaya coral island and learn traditional cooking styles before departing to Vietnam.
In Vietnam, you visit the most famous landmarks of Hanoi City, see the stunning scenery of the Hoang Lien mountain ranges in Sapa, hike through bamboo forests, the cascading Giang Ta Chai waterfall, visit local villages, hop aboard an Halong Cruise and sail through thousands of islands, explore the huge Surprise Cave, visit Cat Ba island, Viet Hai village, Do Tai Chi on boat in Halong bay, and finally wind through the picturesque tributaries of the famous Mekong before departing to Bali in Indonesia.
In Indonesia, you visit the paradise of Bali with its pristine beaches, colorful reefs, and active volcanoes, followed by a trip to Lombok Island, blessed with exquisite white-sand beaches, epic surf, a lush forested interior, and hiking trails through tobacco and rice fields.

Trip Daily Itinerary

Day 1 MALDIVES- HULHUMALE
Welcome to Maldives! Arrive at any time in Hulhumale, then check in and enjoy this developing city island. Please try to arrive before 9:30pm for an important group dinner meeting where we'll meet with our Tour Guide and other group members.

Overnight: stay at Hotel UI Inn or similar at Hulhumale


Day 2 MALDIVES- HULHUMALE
Spend the whole day in Hulhumale at your leisure while adjusting yourself to the flight time lag. Optional excursions and activities available for those feeling energetic!

Overnight: stay at Hotel UI Inn or similar at Hulhumale


Day 3-9 MALDIVES- LUXXURY SAFARI CRUISE

** From Day 3 to the rest of your trip, we embark on a Luxury Safari Cruise **

 

Day 3 MALDIVES- CRUISING SOUTH MALE ATOLL
Today, we accompany you to your luxury boat and your cabin and given a full tour of the boat before beginning your voyage of discovery!

We then, cruise to Rihiveli Boduveli island which is the South of South Male’ Atoll. Dhoni will cruise through Vadhoo channel to reach the island which will take about 2-3hrs. Launch will be served on the way to the island. Boduveli is a beautiful uninhabited island perfect for your first lesson in snorkeling the beautiful coral reefs of the Maldives. Bodu means big and Veli means sand so this island is the island of big-sand, making it an ideal place for some sunbathing and just relaxing. You can spend the afternoon to do as you please, relax on the sundeck, sit in the shade of the sun canopy and watch the beauty of the Maldives pass you by and maybe catch sight of dolphins.

 

Day 4 MALDIVES- CRUISE INTO FELIDU ATOLL
Today morning we cruise to Felidu Atoll, which takes 4-5 hours (weather permitting). Breakfast will be severed on the way. Fedidu Atoll is a quite untouched island where its main industry is fishing.

Lunch will be served on the way or just as we reach the first island of the Atoll, Fulidhoo. Fulidhoo is a picturesque inhabited island with neat coral houses lining the streets spread among the palm trees along the shores. You would be able to walk through the island, meet the local people, observe their crafts like boat building, and their lifestyle. Night at anchorage on Fulidhoo lagoon

 

Day 5 MALDIVES- CRUISE TO VASHUGIRI- UNINHABITED ISLAND
Following breakfast, we cruise to an uninhabited island- Vashugiri. Relax on the beach, snorkel or swim- the day is for you to explore and relax. Tonight a wonderful beach barbecue will be set up for you if the weather permits. Night at anchorage on Vashugiri lagoon.

 

Day 6 MALDIVES- CRUISE TO AMBARAA- UNINHABITED ISLAND
Today is at your leisure at another uninhabited island South of Atoll called Ambaraa. This uninhabited island is lined with coconut trees. You can enjoy some early morning fishing, , swimming/snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach. Night at anchorage on Ambaraa.

This evening at sunset experience the art of Maldivian line fishing! The Maldives is unique in that its history depends on tuna fishing and the locals are excellent fishermen using pole and line and are happy to share their skills with you. Your catch will be freshly prepared for you to enjoy.


Day 7 MALDIVES- CRUISING TO FELIDHOO- INHABITED ISLAND
Following breakfast, we depart to a beautiful inhabited island, Felidhoo which is the capital of the Atoll. Islanders are mostly fishermen and are well known for their local traditional entertainment of Boduberu. Boduberu means big drum where a group of men sits around and sings to a rhythmical beat of drum till it reaches a crescendo and stops abruptly. After special Maldivian food prepared for you by the chef, you will be entertained by a local group with Boduberu. Boduberu will take place on the island, this is not to be missed. Night at anchorage on Felidhoo lagoon.

 

Day 8 MALDIVES- CRUISE BACK TO MALE’ ATOLL
Following breakfast, we cruise north back into Male Atoll, a longest cruise 5-6 hours taking you back to Male. Launch will be severed on the way. In the afternoon, you visit the capital Male. In a short guided tour, you visit the fish market and  local market, Presidents Palace, Sultan Park, Friday Mosque, Tsunami monument and artificial beach area. After that you will have some time to do your souvenir shopping. Late afternoon, we depart to a close-by resort island, either Embudhu Village or Club Faru and having one last snorkeling session on the beautiful reefs. Night at anchorage in Hulumale lagoon.


HIGHLIGHTS OF CAPITAL MALE
Hukuru Miskiiy is the oldest mosque in the country, dating from 1656. It’s a beautiful structure made from coral stone into which intricate decoration and Quranic script have been carved. The interior is superb and famed for its fine lacquer work and elaborate woodcarvings. One long panel, carved in the 13th century, commemorates the introduction of Islam to the Maldives.

The Old Friday Mosque is another oldest mosque in the country, dating from 1656. It’s a beautiful structure made from coral stone into which intricate decoration and Quranic script have been chiselled. The mosque was built on the foundations of an old temple that faced west towards the setting sun, not northwest towards Mecca. Overlooking the mosque is the solid, round, blue-and-white tower of the munnaaru - the squat minaret. Though it doesn’t look that old, it dates from 1675. To one side of the mosque is a cemetery with many elaborately carved tombstones. Stones with rounded tops are for females, those with pointy tops are for males and those featuring gold-plated lettering are the graves of former sultans. The small buildings are family mausoleums and their stone walls are intricately carved.

The busy Produce Market gives you a sense of the real flavor of the Maldives- people from all over the country gather here to sell home-grown and imported vegetables. Coconuts and bananas are the most plentiful produce, but look inside for the stacks of betel leaf, for wrapping up a ‘chew’. Just wandering around, watching the hawkers and the shoppers and seeing the vast array of products on display is fascinating and as real a Maldivian experience as possible.

The Fish Market or the soul of Male- and it’s great fun watching the day’s catch being brought in from the adjacent fishing harbor. Look out for some truly vast tuna, octopus and grouper.

 

Day 9 DEPARTURE
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the Male airport in time for your departure flight to Bangkok in Thailand.

******The journey to Thailand Begins******

DAY 9 : ARRIVE BANGKOK
Arrive at Bangkok International Airport. Welcome and transfer to your hotel by a private car.
Overnight stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok
Bangkok is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities. Created as the Thai capital in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty, Bangkok is a national treasure house and Thailand's spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic centre.


DAY 10 : BANGKOK CITY TOUR / BAAN KANITTHA RESTAURANT / NIGHTLIFE
Meals : Breakfast (hotel) / Lunch / Dinner 

After Breakfast at the hotel, we go to the Rattanakosin Island, the original area of Bangkok when it was first established as the capital over 200 years ago, then we visit the following:
- Colorful Flower Market, a spectacular wholesale flower market near Chinatown. Hundreds of varieties of cut flowers and tropical plants are offered at very low prices.
- Wat Trimit, known for its famous Golden Buddha. The beautiful image of solid gold is three meters high and weighs five and a half tons.
- Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), founded in the 16th century, the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city. Wat Pho was the first open university of Thailand which offered courses in several branches of knowledge like literature, astrology, medicine and massage. It's well known for its huge Reclining Buddha, 46 m. long and 15 m. high.

Lunch at local restaurant by riverside.

Afternoon, we visit Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), the most beautiful and important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It is so richly and intricately decorated that, once entering the temple, you will feel as if you are in a real "city of angels"

We continue our city-sightseeing tour along Ratchadumnoen Rd.(The Royal's Way). En route you can see many magnificent temples and architectural buildings, including the city pillar shrine, National Museum, Democracy Monument, Golden Mountain, Thai Boxing Stadium, Anantasamakhom Palace, National Assembly, Dusit Zoo and Chitlada Palace King's Residence.

We dine at Baan Kanittha Restaurant, located on the Sathorn road, one of the best Restaurant in Bangkok. You can enjoy all sorts of delicious food. After dinner If you are still full of energy, a guide will accompany you on a special Bangkok night tour.

Overnight stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok


DAY 11 : FLOATING MARKET & ROSE GARDEN TOUR / BANGKOK SKY RESTAURANT / NIGHTLIFE
Meals : Breakfast (hotel) / Lunch / Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we go to The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a very attractive place for tourists to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, vegetables, etc., from small boats. Experience Thais rural life and a charm of countryside at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

Depart floating market to visit the wood carving factory. Then head to Rose Garden Country Resort for buffet lunch.

Enjoy the unique and unforgettable experience of the world-renowned Thai Village Cultural Show, featuring an impressive cast of 150 performers, portrays captivating scenes of everyday life in rural Thailand and ‘Thai ways’ and offers a vivid introduction to: Thai living, the ‘cycle of life’, time-honored customs and traditions in an agricultural community in Thailand; the Thai passion for festive fun or ‘sanuk’ and Thai ‘joie de vivre’ -the celebration of a good life and good times, as expressed in the folk songs and dance of the four regions of Thailand.

We dine at Bangkok Sky Restaurant, located on the top of the Baiyoke Sky Hotel which is the tallest hotel in Thailand. You can enjoyed all sorts of delicious food while enjoying the sight of Bangkok. After dinner, you can access to the observation and revolving roof decks, which offers its visitors a spectacularly clear view of Bangkok in all its panoramic glory.

If you are still full of energy, a guide will accompany you on a special Bangkok night tour.

Overnight stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok

 

DAY 12 : AYUTHAYA & SUMMER PALACE / YOK YOR RESTAURANT / NIGHTLIFE
Meals : Breakfast (hotel) / Lunch / Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we go to Ayutthaya, located 76 kms. north of Bangkok. It was one of Indo-China's most prosperous cities and is one of Thailand's major historical attractions. The grandeur of Ayutthaya is reflected by numerous magnificent structures and ruins concentrated in and around the city . The island surrounded by the Chao Phraya, Pa Sak and Lop Buri Rivers. The area, well conserved as a historical park, has been included in UNESCO's list of World Heritage since 13 December 1991. Ayutthaya covers an area of 2,556 square kilometers.
We visit Bang Pa-In Summer Palace that was first used by the royal court as a Summer retreat in the 17th century. However, the Palace was destroyed with the fall of Kingdom of Ayutthaya and was restored by King Rama IV in the mid-19th century. Most of the buildings that exist today date from the reign of King Rama V, who regularly spent his Summers there. The structures represent a variety of architectural styles, set in a large park around ponds and waterways. The only royal residence open to the public is the Chinese-style Wehat Chamroon Palace, constructed entirely of materials imported from China. In addition, there is an Italian-style palace, a circular pavilion with steps leading down to a pool, the graceful Thai-style Aisawan Tippaya Asna Pavilion in the middle of a lake, and, across one of the waterways, a Buddhist chapel in the neo-Gothic style with stained-glass windows. Scattered around the extensive gardens are European statues as well as monuments ordered to be built by King Rama V in memory of members of his family, one of them a much-loved Queen who drowned in a boating accident. Continue to Wat Phananchoeng. This monastery is the most revered by the inhabitants of Ayutthaya, was built in A.D. 1325.
We also visit Wat Yai Chaimongkhon where one can see the large pagodas, built to celebrate the victory of his single-handed combat on the elephant's back during Ayutthaya capital. Lunch will be provide at riverside restaurant.
We visit Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit. Phra Mongkhon Bophit, a large bronze cast Buddha image was originally enshrined in the open area outside the Grand Palace and later covered by a building in the reign of king Songtham. During the fall of Ayutthaya, the building was badly destroyed by fire. The one currently seen was reconstructed, but does not have as beautiful craftsmanship as the previous one. The open area East of the sanctuary was where the royal cremation ceremonies took place.
We continue to visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet. This is the most important temple within the Royal Palace compound and the original from which the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok has been copied. Three outstanding Ceylonese style pagodas were built during the 15th century to enshrine the ashes of three Ayutthayan kings.
We dine at Yok Yor Restaurant, located on the Sathorn road one of the best Restaurant in Bangkok. You can enjoy all sorts of delicious food. After dinner If you are still full of energy, a guide will accompany you on a special Bangkok night tour.

Overnight stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok

 

DAY 13 : KANCHANABURI AND TIGER TEMPLE TOUR/ YOK YOR RESTAURANT / NIGHTLIFE
Meals : Breakfast (hotel) / Lunch / Dinner
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we go to Kanchanaburi including the Bridge over the River Kwai. Be amazed at with an extreme experience of a "Tiger Watch" in the Buddhist temple-cum-tiger conservation centre.
We visit Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. It contains the remains of 6,982 war prisoners (mostly the British, Dutch, Australian and American) who lost their lives during the construction of the Bridge over the River Kwai and the railway to Burma (the Death Railway). Continue to JEATH War Museum, a realistic depiction of prisoner of war living quarters, with photographic, pictorial and physical memorabilia dating from World War II.
Then, we have a scenic boat ride along the Maeklong River to the World famous Bridge over the River Kwai to visit world-famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of the Death Railway constructed by Allied prisoners of war. Take leisurely walks around town and pictures on the world-renowned Death Railway.
For lunch, you can enjoy Thai spicy food and great view of the bridge on floating restaurant.
After launch, we visit Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua - well known as Tiger Temple. The Tiger Temple is a rescue centre for wild animals and the home of wild tigers, wild pigs, deer, antelopes, water buffalos, apes and a hand full other animals. The tigers are taken out from their cage from in the afternoon and visitors can even touch them. The tigers brought tiger cubs into the world there.
We dine at a local Restaurant.

Overnight stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok

 

DAY 14 : JIM THOMPSON'S THAI HOUSE & VIMANMEK MANSION/ YOK YOR RESTAURANT / NIGHTLIFE
Meals : Breakfast (hotel) / Lunch / Dinner
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we go to Vimanmek Mansion, the world's largest building made entirely of golden teak. The three story wooden palace has 81 rooms, halls and ante-rooms, and now Thailand's first handicraft museum. The Jim Thompson's House is one of the best preserved traditional Thai houses in Bangkok city. Jim Thompson, an American, a former member of the US Office of Strategic Services came to Thailand during the World War II. He revived the flagging silk weaving industry later at the end of the war. Now a day, the house contains connoisseur collections of Asian artifacts and antiques.
We visit Jim Thompson's Thai House. This remarkable Thai style house is named after the man who created it from several exceptional examples of traditional Thai domestic architecture. Jim Thompson came to Thailand at the end of World War II. He became famous for reviving the Thai silk industry before disappearing under mysterious circumstances somewhere in Malaysia. Now a museum, Jim Thompson’s Thai House contains connoisseur collections of Asian artifacts and antiques.
Then, we visit Vimanmek Mansion (Cloud Mansion), the world’s largest building made entirely of golden teak. The three story wooden palace has 81 rooms, halls and ante-rooms. The building was originally constructed on Srichang Island in the Gulf of Siam. In 1901, the building was removed to the Dusit Palace by the command of King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn). Many rooms currently maintain the atmosphere of the past. Most of the building in the same compound are now used as museums.
You may also visit Abhisek Dusit Hall, which exhibits H.M. Queen Sirikit's collection of handicraft masterpieces created by rural people. The other displays of various items and art objects including H.M. King Bhumibol's photography, paraphernalia of rank and portraits, ancient cloth, clocks, and royal carriages.
We continue our city-sightseeing tour along Ratchadumnoen Rd.(The Royal's Way). En route you can see many magnificent architectural buildings, including Anantasamakhom Palace, Parliament House, Dusit Zoo and Chitlada Palace King's Residence.
Overnight stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok


DAY 15 : DEPART BANGKOK TO PATTAYA
Meals : Breakfast (hotel)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time until your private transfer to Pattaya and extend your relaxing stay in Pattaya, 

Optional Activity: today, you can tour around Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, which is the largest crocodile farm in the world with 100,000 crocodiles and it boasts the largest crocodile in the world, named Yai, which is 20ft long. The farm is 2 km south of Bangkok. At the zoo, you can see a wide variety of animals other than crocodiles, including elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys, horses, and hippos. There are frequent crocodile shows, famous for the performers putting their heads inside a crocodile's mouth. After this, we transfer you to your Pattaya hotel.


Overnight stay at Metro Resort hotel or similar in Pattaya

Pattaya is a popular resort on the North Gulf Coast of Eastern Thailand, 150 km south-east of Bangkok. Most famous for its go-go and beer bars, it's also one of Thailand's best locations for all manner of sports and activities. Pattaya has everything to offer to holiday makers; wide beaches, water sports, interesting attractions, sightseeing, shopping, great hotels and resorts, international dining experiences - together of course with a raucous and naughty nightlife scene that's talked about the world over - makes Pattaya's formula for fun a big winner. This is the place where you can fill your day with endless activities.

 

DAY 16: FREE DAY IN PATTAYA
Meals : Breakfast (hotel)
Breakfast at the hotel .Enjoy your free time on the beach, relax, swimming, sporting and diner at Nang-Nuan Seafood restaurant.

You can visit cabarets show and after show to see pattaya by night or back to the hotel.

Optional Activity: Today, you can escape from the bustling city and go to the relaxing countryside and enjoy a cooking class with a local family in a local village. Upon arrival at the house, you can take a walk around the farm while the chef explains about the herbs and ingredients. Then, you'll learn to cook the first three courses you choose and have lunch with what you have prepared on the terrace. After lunch, you are free to relax, after going back to the hotel.


Overnight stay at Metro Resort hotel or similar in Pattaya


DAY 17: PATTAYA COROL ISLAND TOUR
Meals : Breakfast (hotel) and launch

(Complimentary Half Day Tour)* subject to changes*
We sail across the sparkling aqua-blue water of the Gulf of Thailand to the Coral Island (Koh Lan). Here under the brilliant tropical sun, you can relax, swim, or snorkel or simply bronze yourself on the island's golden beaches. After a delicious buffet lunch, board on a glass-bottomed boat to view the beautiful coral formations around the island. Return to Pattaya Bay in the late afternoon.
Overnight stay at Metro Resort hotel or similar in Pattaya


DAY 18: PATTAYA
Meals : Breakfast at Bangkok hotel

Today you are free to do your last minute shopping till it is time for us to bring you back to the airport in Bangkok. We take a flight to Hanoi airport to for transfer to Vietnam.

******The journey to Vietnam Begins******

DAY 18: HANOI CITY TOUR (L)
We arrival in Hanoi and transfer to our hotel. After a refreshment, we start the tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-palace. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live in the past. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, built by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam)- Vietnam’s first University constructed in 1070. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Have lunch at local restaurants. Proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum. After that we will take you to Hoan Kiem Lake, see the peaceful water, and visit Ngoc Son Temple. Take an hour cyclo tour around the bustling old quarter to see the ordinary life in Hanoi.
At 18.00, getback to your hotel. It’s your free time now to have dinner while exploring the streets of Hanoi. After your dinner, around 20.00,  our tour assistant pick you up from your hotel to go to Tran Quy Cap train station. S/he will lead you to your cabin on the train. The train departs for Sapa and you sleep the night on train. Travel time approx 9 hrs.

DAY 19:  SAPA- Y LINH HO- LAO CHAI- TA VAN  ( B,L,D)
At 5.00am, we arrive in Lao Cao station. We will go to Lao Cai railway station by van, to take you to the township of Sapa which takes approx one hour.
After breakfast and a morning shower, start the first 6km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. Continue on 2km of trekking down to Lao Chai village of the H’mong. We have lunch at the house of a local family, and then we walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay where we stay for the night. It is a great opportunity to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes.
Overnight in a local house of a friendly Dzay familly.


DAY 20: TA VAN- GIANG TA CHAI- SU PAN- SA PA (B,L,D)
Enjoy mountainous landscape with your sunrise coffee, then enjoy a delicious breakfast ready to trek through bamboo forests towards Giang Ta Chai waterfall, cross over a rattan suspension bridge and enter into Giang Ta Chai village which is inhabited by the Red Zao minorities. Here we will experience their daily life then cross over the Muong Hoa River up the mountain to visit Supan village of the H’mong people. We then take the bus back to Sapa. Take a fresh shower in our hotel in Sapa.
At 17.00, going to Lao Cao station and going back to Hanoi on a night train. Overnight on the train.

DAY 21: HA NOI- HA LONG BAY (B,L,D)
We arrive at Tran Quy Cap station (in Hanoi) at 5.00am. Our tour assistant welcomes you back and accompany you to your hotel for morning shower and have a breakfast.
Around 08.00, our guide pick you up at your hotel and go to Halong bay on a shuttle bus. We stop by at Humanity center to take a rest and enjoy local specialties after 2h. We arrival in Halong at 11.45. The captain and crew welcome you aboard. Savor the delicious lunch as boat pass through thousands of Islands and Islets with different shapes.

After lunch, explore the biggest and the most amazing cave in Halong Bay- Surprise Cave. Then Kayaking for an hour around the fishing village and discover the life of community there. Then back to boat for Sunset Party, get to calm, clean water place for swimming. Enjoy delicious and romantic dinner with some barbecue courses.

You can spend your evening by doing fun activities like squid fishing and karaoke program or just watching stars on sundeck. Spend romantic night on board and overnight on board.

 

DAY 22: HALONG BAY- NAM CAT ISLAND (B,L,D)
Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served on boat. After breakfast, we start cruising to visit Van Gia floating village and passing by Halong Pearl Farm. Then, we take a local boat  to Lan Ha bay and bike at Catba national park, to visit VietHai village. In the valley of the heart of Cat Ba National Park. we visit Nam Cat Island and having lunch.

In the afternoon, you can do swimming or kayaking to explore the untouched area in LanHa bay. At 15:30, Check in the Deluxe Bungalow on Nam Cat island- Catba Sandy Beach resort.  You will also have free time for kayaking and swimming in private island, or spend your leisure time on your own.
Dinner and overnight in the bungalow on Nam Cat island.

DAY 23: HA LONG BAY- HA NOI- HUE (B,L)
Early morning, start your new day on Halong bay with doing morning exercises, Taichi or hunting photos and have breakfast with coffee or tea. After breakfast, our bus takes you to Cai Beo harbor to get on “Day Boat”. Then visit Ba Hang Fishing Village by tender to experience the lifestyle of local people. Back to boat restaurant to join cooking class and enjoy lunch.

At 11.45, we disembark and transfer back to Hanoi and arrive in Hanoi at 16.30.
Flight to Hue City. Overnight at hotel in Hue.


DAY 24: HUE CITY TOUR (B,L)
Today, after breakfast, at 08.00, our guide and driver pick you up at your hotel and then take a full day to discover Hue: visit Emperor Minh Mang’s Mausoleum, Emperor Khai Dinh’s Mausoleum, Performing Programs Of VO KINH VAN AN- Vietnam Traditional Kungfu and Emperor Tu Duc ’s Mausoleums. On our way, we stop to see how conical hats and incense sticks are made. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
At afternoon, we visit Imperial capital during Nguyen Dynasty and the 7-storey Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. We return by boat on the gentle Perfume River and you should not miss the sunset on the river. You will come back to your hotel at 17.30pm to pick up your luggage.
Transfer to Hoi An and stay overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

DAY 25: HOI AN- MY SON SANCTUARY (B,L)
Morning, at 8.00, our tour guide picks you up at your hotel and you leave Hoi An for visiting My Son Holly Land - the ruins of Cham people and was an imperial city during Cham dynasty. Here you can have more chance to explore and understand of technique of Old Cham people in making red bricks to build Tower which still now a secret to everyone. Also, you can see a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 65 architectural works. It also surprises for those who are curious with architectural art. In 1999, UNESCO labeled the Cham architecture in My Son as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Moreover, you have chance to enjoy traditional music performed by Cham girls in their colorful uniforms.

Afternoon, we will discover the city of Hoi An by foot. The historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city from the 16th to 18th centuries is now a beautiful city that can’t be missed while touring the South East Asian region. While walking through the city, we will visit Hoi An's Colorful Local MarketTan Ky Old HouseFu Jian Assembly Hall, and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. Travelers can also see local residents raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry.
Stay overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

DAY 26: HOI AN- HO CHI MINH (B)
Morning, your leisure time for exploring the ancient town yourself or get a coffee to enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the town. Afternoon, transfer to Da Nang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh city.
Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

DAY 27: HO CHI MINH- MEKONG DELTA (B,L)
Around 8.00am, we leave Ho Chi Minh city while enjoying the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at My Tho, we visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. We proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then, we take a boat ride to An Khanh, a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre while cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals.

After, have a short cycling tour, you can enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by the locals. We also visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. We continue our tour to Can Tho, after which you will have free time to visit bustling Can Tho market by yourself.
Stay overnight in Can Tho.

DAY 28: MEKONG DELTA- HO CHI MINH (B,L)
Today, we take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river ( Bassac River), then proceed to visit Cai Rang floating market (Alt: Phong Dien market), which are the liveliest in the whole religion. Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then, we wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to cross a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only 1 stem of bamboo followed by visiting the orchard garden.
We stop for lunch. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh city by bus, the last stop is to see how incense sticks are made. We arrive in Ho Chi Minh city at 05.30pm.
Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

DAY 29: HO CHI MINH & CU CHI TUNNEL- DEPARTURE (B,L)
Today at morning, we have Ho Chi Minh City tour. We start the trip by visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum, (optional Ben Thanh Market- only drop off).
Afternoon, visit Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists- the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.
We will finish the tour at 17.30. We transfer you to airport for your departure flight to Bali, Indonesia.

******The journey to Indonesia Begins******

DAY 29: BALI ARRIVAL - UBUD
Upon arrival in Bali airport, we transfer to our hotel in UBUD for check in and overnight stay.

Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous nation covers more than 17,000 islands, that stretch for more than 4,161km (3,200 mi) from the pacific to the Indian Ocean. This is the world's largest archipelago, with an astonishing array of cultures. Today Indonesia's 220 million people--Asmat, Balinese, Batak, Dayak and on down through the alphabet--speak more than 300 languages!

 

DAY 30: UBUD WALKING- UBUD TOUR (B,L)
Todday, we have a walking tour of about one hour or so. In a beautiful location on a plateau overlooking rice terraces and river valleys, a small cafe - Warung Bodag Maliah is in the middle of a big organic farm belonging to the popular Sari Organic Brand. The most fun is getting there. Look for a little track off JI Raya Ubud that goes past Abangan Bungalow, then follow the signs along footpath for another 800m. Once you are walking through the lush rice fields, you can keep heading north as long as your interest or endurance lasts. Look for little offshoot trails to either side that lead to small rivers. We then visit Ubud Monkey Forest is a small tropical forest where you can see the group of monkeys live there. Lunch will provided at local restaurant. The local resident believe that these monkeys are protecting their forest. Finally visit Ubud Traditional Art Market where the life style is not far different from other markets available in the tourism area. This market serves as a socioeconomics center of Ubud and it is apposite to the existence of Ubud Empire that is called Puri Saren. Back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 31: WHITE WATER RAFTING AT AYUNG RIVER (B,L)
Today, after breakfast at Hotel. we go for White River Rafting at Ayung River. As you carve through some of Bali’s most appealing landscape, the Ayung River provides a thrill that begins the moment you push of from the riverbanks. As you switch between Class I and II rapids, you will wind through deep valleys with cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs of prehistoric significance. On the more leisurely stretches through tropical forests, you will see Hindu shrines that are brightly decorated on ceremonial days of prayer. Just as you think it is all coming to an end, the unpredictable Ayung River propels your raft into yet another rapid. Visually spectacular rafting trip down the Ayung River is made even more enjoyable and comfortable by the brand new industry leading, safety approved equipment. This adventure for guests of all ages is a mixture of wild excitement, breathtaking views and well guided, informative, sightseeing. Lunch is included and will be served at Restaurant at finish point of rafting. Back to hotel in the afternoon for having rest and overnight stay.

 

DAY 32: UBUD- BESAKIH TEMPLE- CANDIDASA (B,L)
Today, after breakfast at the hotel, you can spend the morning at your leisure or take an elephant safari.

Optional Activity- ELEPHANT SAFARI:
In the morning, you can join an Elephant Safari. Get up close an personal with elephant in a beautiful tropical park setting. The experience of sitting high atop an elephant in a teak wood chair, through the cool jungle of Taro, is an experience you'll never forget. Elephants can be seen immersing themselves in the park lake, in between riding, painting or other activities. Hand feed them, touch them, take photos with them, then learn more about the Elephants ancestry and diversity at the park's historical and graphic displays. The Park's exclusive museum contains the only full size mammoth skeleton replica in the Southern Hemisphere. 

In the afternoon, we continue our journey to south of Bali . On our way, we will visit Kerta ghosa then continue to mother temple Besakih and on the way down we stop to visit Tirta Ganngga palace. In the evening, we arrive at Candidasa for our accommodation and overnight stay.

DAY 33: FREE PROGRAM (B)
Today, after breakfast at your hotel, you can spend the whole day at your own leisure. You can do snorkeling or diving at Candidasa areas.

Optional Activity- SUBMARINE ODYSSEY:
For those interested, we take a tour to Padang or Amuk bay for a submarine ‘ODYSSEY’ to explore underwater marine lives' of Bali ocean.

 

DAY 34: CANDIDASA- GILI TRAWANGAN (B)
After breakfast at hotel, we transfer to Padang bay harbor to get fast boat to Gili Trawangan (Lombok) around 1,5 hrs. Then, we arrive in Gili trawangan and check in hotel. You can spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. We stay overnight at hotel in Gili trawangan.

 

DAY 35: SNORKELING GILI ISLANDS (B,L)
Today, after breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up at your hotel lobby at 8:30am then drive you to Nipah beaches the nearest port through Gili Islands, upon arrival at Gili Trawangan your guide and boat captain will drop you off to Gili Trawangan for Snorkeling and enjoy the Gili Trawangan atmosphere, you will have the chance to discover the Gili T at your own leisure time as we will be at Gili Trawangan for about 3 hours. Then we will take you to Gili Meno to find shallow water for Snorkeling from the boat, our snorkeling point is at turtle point, bounty port reef, etc. After enjoying the snorkeling then we will drop you off to Gili Air for Lunch. After Lunch, you will play and have fun with bunch of colorful fishes, do snorkeling off the boat and feeding the fishes, let them play around you, or you could discover the Gili Air at your leisure time by renting push bike then cycling around the island or take Cidomo horse cart to do sightseeing on the at your own leisure time. Return to hotel.

 

DAY 36: GILI TRAWANGAN- SENGGIGI LOMBOK (B)
Today, after breakfast at our hotel, then we proceed cross to Lombok Island by boat to Teluk Kode, then continue drive to the Senggigi area for your accommodation and overnight stay.

 

DAY 37: KUTA & SOUTH LOMBOK TOUR (B,L)
Today, your first stop will be at Banyumulek Village, one of many pottery village where clay pots for daily use, unique in style and high in quality is by hand made. Then we go on to Sukerare Village, where you see a tradition of weaving in action. They weave gold and silver thread to be traditional Songket and Ikat cloth with very simple looms. Rambitan/Sade, a traditional sasak village located on the hill, 8 km from Kuta beach of lombok. This village shows you the unique way of life of the "Sasaks" the native inhabitants of Lombok. Kuta Beach / Tanjung Aan, both are situated on southern coast of Lombok, just 5 kilometers apart. these white sandy beaches with clear turquoise water are perfect for swimming and sun bathing.

 

DAY 38: SENDANG GILA WATERFALL (B,L)
Today, we visit GUNUNGSARI; a daily market where people sell and buy variety of daily needs, PUSUK monkey forest and rice fields; one of the densest tropical reserve rain forests in Lombok. It has a fantastic ocean view and there is friendly monkeys playing on the roadside, it’s definitely worth a stop. SEGENTER; a traditional Sasak house, SENDANG GILE; the highest waterfall in Lombok, MALIMBU CLIFF, the best cliff to view the sunset on the western coastline of Lombok (subject to weather conditions), on the way back to Hotel.

 

DAY 39: KUTA- NARMADA- LINGSAR (B,L)
Today, we have a full day tour visiting Narmada and Lingsar temples. The summer Narmada Palace of the former Balinese King Anak Agung Gede Ngurah from Karang Asem Bali, built in 1727. The name “Narmada” was derived from the name of a holy river in India. It also means “tear” or “unknown water”. Narmada was built for worshipping the Hindu God, SIWA. Pura Lingsar was built in 1714. It is the oldest and holiest temple in Lombok, owned by both Hindus and Moslem Waktu Telu. Lunch in restaurant outside hotel, Back to hotel.

 

DAY 40: LOMBOK- DEPARTURE (B)
Today, after breakfast, we transfer to Lombok International airport for your flight back home.

Trip Supplements

After making your trip reservation, on My Account page, you can add any of below supplements to your trip.

  • Single Room Occupancy

    An option to have your own room at the hotel while being on the trip and enjoy the total privacy.

  • Elephant Safari

    On this trip supplement, you join an Elephant Safari. Get up close an personal with elephant in a beautiful tropical park setting. The experience of sitting high atop an elephant in a teak wood chair, through the cool jungle of Taro, is an experience you'll never forget. Elephants can be seen immersing themselves in the park lake, in between riding, painting or other activities. Hand feed them, touch them, take photos with them, then learn more about the Elephants ancestry and diversity at the park's historical and graphic displays. The Park's exclusive museum contains the only full size mammoth skeleton replica in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Submarine Odyssey

    A rare opportunity to explore the deep-sea creatures by taking a tour to Padang or Amuk bay for a submarine ‘ODYSSEY’ to explore underwater marine lives' of Bali ocean.

  • Thai Cooking Class

    Escape from the bustling city and go to the relaxing countryside and enjoy a cooking class with a local family in a local village. Upon arrival at the house, you can take a walk around the farm while the chef explains about the herbs and ingredients. Then, you'll learn to cook the first three courses you choose and have lunch with what you have prepared on the terrace. After lunch, you are free to relax, after going back to the hotel.

  • World's Largest Crocodile Farm

    On this trip supplement, we tour you around Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, which is the largest crocodile farm in the world with 100,000 crocodiles and it boasts the largest crocodile in the world, named Yai, which is 20ft long. The farm is 2 km south of Bangkok. At the zoo, you can see a wide variety of animals other than crocodiles, including elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys, horses, and hippos. There are frequent crocodile shows, famous for the performers putting their heads inside a crocodile's mouth. After this, we transfer you to your Pattaya hotel.


Escorted Package Info

• 39 night First Class accommodations: 2 night stay at Hotel UI Inn or similar in Hulhumale, 6 night stay at luxury cruise boat 6 night stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok and 3 night stay at Metro Resort or similar in Pattaya, 2 night stay on train, 1 night on a local family, 1 night on the boat, 1 night on the Bungalow on Nam Cat island, 1 night at Orchid hotel or similar in Hue, 2 nights at Vinh Hung III hotel or similar in Hoi An, 1 night at Hau Giang hotel or similar in Can Tho, 2 nights at Hoang Hai Long hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh, 3 night stay at Bhuwana Ubud or similar, 2 night stay at D’Tunjung Resort Bali or similar, 2 night stay at Oceano Hotel Jambuluwuk Gili Trawangan or similar, and 4 night stay at Kila Senggigi Beach or similar
• One way flight from Maldives to Thailand
• One way flight from Thailand to Vietnam
• One way flight from Vietnam to Indonesia
• All transfers
• Meals as stated on the itinerary
• Sightseeing per itinerary with private transport
• Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout.
• Services of English-speaking local guides.
• Entrance fees per itinerary
• Toll and parking fees
• Domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary
• Boats in Hue and Mekong Delta.
• Kayakking: Safe, clean and beautiful as mentioned in the itinerary
• Room on boat in Halong bay with Air Conditioner
• Train tickets: Ha Noi- Lao Cai and return.
• Fast Boat from Bali to Gili Trawangan
• One dinner at Baiyoke Sky hotel
• Pattaya coral island by speed boat
• Accommodation on the cruise boat in Maldives based on double/twin share
• Full board meal plan on the cruise boat in Maldives - breakfast, lunch, snacks, high tea and dinner
• Bottle mineral water per person per day on the cruise boat in Maldives
• Drinking water at meal times in addition to daily bottle of water on the cruise boat in Maldives
• Snorkeling including equipment on the cruise boat in Maldives
• Uninhabited and local island tour in Maldives
• Special BBQ dinner on the beach of the sand bank or uninhabited island (weather permitting) in Maldives
• Fishing trip including lines, hooks and bait (weather permitting) in Maldives
• Sightseeing visit to capital of Maldives, Male
• Music and movies library on the cruise boat in Maldives

Important Reminders

Tour Fee
Tour prices are LAND ONLY and double occupancy. The total tour fee for a single occupancy traveler is $ 8,680

Roommate Matching
If you have a preference for a roommate, please let us know full first and last name. Otherwise, we will match you up with a roommate as long as you're a non-smoker. You must book at least 90 days prior to the tour date to take advantage of our free roommate match up service. Don't let not having a roommate keep you from going on this amazing trip!

Flight Reservation Instructions
Depending on your departure point, you may experience a long flight, so we advise you to arrange your flight early enough to get to the Male airport (MLE) or Ibrahim Nasir International Airport on 3/17/2017. Also, you should schedule your return flight (for 4/26/2017) from LOP or Lombok International airport in Lombok Island of Indonesia. We may assist you with your flight reservations via our Travel Services.

Insurance
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