Grand Asian Journey: Exploring the Mekong & Irrawaddy Rivers - 2018

Mandalay • 9-Night Irrawaddy Cruise • Yangon • Saigon • 7-Night Mekong Cruise • Siem Reap • Hanoi

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NEW FOR 2018: Now including gratuities for local guides & drivers!
Single Supplements now reduced — available on every departure!
Enjoy the best value on this trip combining Myanmar Explorer: Burma & the Irrawaddy River & Mysteries of Angkor Wat & the Mekong River
 

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Halong Bay & Hanoi, Vietnam

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FROM $399 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $133 PER DAY

Ha Long Bay is a visual wonderland of 3,000 limestone and dolomite karst formations dotting a pristine bay that covers 1,500 square kilometers. Its name translates to “Bay of the Descending Dragon.” Legend has it that the bay’s landscape was formed when the Vietnamese were under attack and a dragon came down from the mountains to aid them, swishing its tail and splitting the hillsides, creating an impetus to their attackers. In fact, it is the wind and water that have been at work for a few million years, resulted in this romantic setting of rugged peaks and sailing junks that has inspired a whole genre of Vietnamese painting. Enjoy an overnight stay here aboard a traditional junk boat, including an onboard cooking demonstration and visit to Luon Cave by sampan. It's a wonderful way to round out your visit to this fascinating region!

Your Price Includes:

  • Accommodations for 2 nights, with 1 night aboard a traditional junk on Halong Bay and 1 night at the Superior First-Class Pan Pacific Hanoi (or similar)
  • 5 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners
  • Visit to a fishing village and an onboard cooking demonstration
  • All transportation while on tour
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • The services of a City Host
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DAYS 1-3: Depart Home / Overnight Flight / Hanoi

Upon your arrival in Hanoi, you'll transfer to the hotel and check in. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy at leisure.

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DAY 4 : Hanoi / Halong Bay / Embark junk boat

Drive to one of Vietnam’s most amazing natural wonders, Halong Bay, today — stopping at the Hong Ngoc Fine Art shop en route. Home to sandy beaches, fish-filled coral reefs, and hundreds of limestone islands jutting from tranquil waters, Ha Long Bay is known for its stunning scenery. After you embark your traditional junk boat, you’ll be able to explore the bay up close from the deck. Cultural Discovery: Learn how to prepare Vietnamese cuisine during an onboard cooking demonstration.

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DAY 5 : Halong Bay / Hanoi

Cultural Discovery: After a tai chi class on the sundeck, you’ll visit a local fishing village. Then, disembark and transfer to Hanoi, where you’ll join Day 3 of the Base Program.

Free Single Supplement, all dates!
* Prices are per person, double occupancy, based on Jan and Sep dates. Add $50 for all other dates. Free single supplement — a value of $249! Limited availability.

Bangkok, Thailand

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FROM $799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $199 PER DAY

Begin your explorations with a pre-trip extension to Bangkok, Thailand's exotic capital, where the Buddhist faith fills almost every aspect of daily life. Enjoy three nights at the Moderate Deluxe Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, the perfect base for exploring this dazzling city. You'll discover the highlights of Thailand's bustling metropolis with a cruise along the Chao Phraya River to view the floating houses and visit to the Temple of Dawn, as well as a visit to the antique-filled Jim Thompson House.  You will also have chance to visit a local flower market, as well as the Grand Palace with its legendary Emerald Buddha. This additional time in fascinating Bangkok is the perfect way to enhance your Southeast Asia experience./p>

Your Price Includes:

  • Accommodations: 3 nights at the Moderate Deluxe Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner
  • 3 Excursions and Cultural Discoveries
  • All transportation while on tour
  • All transfers and baggage handlingwhile overseas, beginning at your hotel
  • Services of a City Host
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DAYS 1-2: Depart home / Overnight flight / Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

Upon your arrival in Bangkok, transfer to our hotel. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy at leisure.

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DAY 3 : Bangkok

Today we enjoy an excursion by small boat along the Chao Phraya River, the artery of Bangkok. We'll stop to visit to the Temple of Dawn en route, towering over the river's banks. Cultural Discovery: As we cruise, we'll see floating houses along the city's klongs, or canals, and explore the daily life of locals. It's a fascinating glimpse at the other side of Bangkok. After lunch at a local restaurant, we pay a visit to the Jim Thompson house. This beautiful museum set on a canal consists of several authentic Thai houses and showcases a rich collection of Southeast Asian art collected by a silk businessman who lived in Bangkok during the 1950s and '60s. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner.

 Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 : Bangkok

Awake in the vibrant city of Bangkok this morning, the bustling capital of Old Siam straddling the serene Chao Phraya River. On a city excursion, we visit the colorful and thriving flower market to take in the local flavor. Continue to the Grand Palace, a sprawling complex that still serves as the royal residence. As we explore, we’ll pause at Wat Phra Kaew to show our reverence to the Emerald Buddha, a glittering figurine of green stone draped in a gold robe. After lunch at a local restaurant, our afternoon is free. The evening is yours at leisure, or you may join an optional Bangkok by Night tour, featuring explorations by sunset cruise, a city crossing by tuk-tuk and a visit to the city's famous night market.


 Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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DAY 5 : Bangkok

Today, there'll be time to explore on your own. After lunch at a local restaurant, we return to the hotel and meet your fellow travelers to begin your main program.

 Included meals: Breakfast
Free supplement, all dates
Price are per person, double occupancy. Free single supplement — a value of $149! Limited availability. This extension may not be available on all dates.

Luang Prabang, Laos & Chiangmai, Thailand

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FROM $1,799 PER PERSON | 7 DAYS | $257 PER DAY

Enhance your Southeast Asia experience with this extension to Laos and Thailand. You’ll begin with three nights in Luang Prabang, a beautiful city in laid-back Laos where the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers meet. During your time here, you’ll take in the Buddhist temples, French architecture, and ancient traditions — including an alms-giving with local monks. Your next stop is in Chiangmai, the largest city in northern Thailand. While here, you’ll tour an elephant camp, where you’ll have the opportunity to ride an elephant. This extension is a great way to add two more countries to your itinerary and expand your exploration of Indochina.

Your Price Includes:
  • Flights from Saigon to Luang Prabang, from Luang Prabang to Chiangmai, and from Chiangmai to Hong Kong. (Please note: Flight from Chiangmai to Hong Kong is not available for land-only passengers.)
  • Accommodations for 6 nights, including: 3 nights in Luang Prabang, Laos at the Xiengthong Palace (or similar), and 3 nights in Chiangmai, Thailand at the Deluxe Le Meridien Chiang Mai (or similar)
  • 11 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • 9 sightseeing tours and Cultural Connections
  • All transportation while on tour
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • The services of a City Host 
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DAY 17 : Saigon, Vietnam / Luang Prabang, Laos

Following breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang, Laos via Bangkok. Upon arrival, you’ll transfer to the hotel and check in. Your afternoon is at leisure, followed by an included dinner at a local restaurant.

 Included meals: dinner
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DAY 18 : Luang Prabang

Enjoy morning visits to the Royal Palace and Museum as well as Wat Xiengthong, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Cultural Connections: You’ll visit Wat Visoun and Wat Sibounheuang this afternoon, where you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the monks. Tonight you’ll enjoy a traditional Baci ceremony before dinner. Cultural Connection: This evening, you‘ll visit a colorful handicraft night market.

 Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 19: Luang Prabang

Cultural Connection: Rise early this morning to witness an alms giving and tour a local market. You’ll return to the hotel for breakfast, and then visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. Your afternoon is at leisure, or you may join an optional Mekong River boat ride excursion with dinner included.

 Included meals: breakfast
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DAY 20 : Luang Prabang / Chiangmai, Thailand

After breakfast at the hotel, your morning is at leisure. Then, check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiangmai. Upon arriving and checking in at the hotel, your evening is at leisure.

 Included meals: breakfast
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DAY 21 : Chiangmai

After breakfast, you'll enjoy a half day visit with the hill tribes of Baan Tong Luang, followed by a home hosted lunch with cooking demonstration. The evening is yours to enjoy at leisure, or you may choose to join our optional Khantoke dinner and dance show excursion.

 Included meals: breakfast, lunch
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DAY 22 : Chiangmai

This morning, enjoy a half-day city tour including a visit to Wat Doi Suthep. Your afternoon is at leisure it explore on your own — or just relax! Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel.

 Included meals: breakfast, dinner

DAY 23 : Depart Chiangmai / Arrive Home via Hong Kong

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

 Included meals: breakfast


Please note: The flight from Chiang Mai to Hong Kong is only available for travelers who purchased their airfare through Vantage. Those who booked their own return flight will need to book their flight from Chiangmai to their home airport. The flight Chiang Mai to Hong Kong is not included for land-only passengers.


Free Supplement, all dates! 
* Prices are per person, double occupancy, based on Jan dates. Add $100 for Nov dates and add $300 for all other dates. Free single supplement — a value of $549! Limited availability. This extension may not be available on all dates.

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