Discover SE Asia accompanied 17 day tour
starts from £3,500
A 17 day trip which will introduce you to some of my favourite places the region has to offer. You will visit Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. See a mixture of glorious temples and traditional crafts. Expect a warm welcome and enjoy the vibrancy of the cities. Indulge yourself in the wonderful range of eastern cuisine.
Luang Prabang is a UNESCO heritage site. It's a great place to meander through the streets at any time of the day. I have been to Angkor Wat on many occasions, each time I am bowled over by the awesome sight of these incredible temples.
Day 1 to 4 welcome to Bangkok, the 'City of Angels', sawasdee khrab! Visit the awesome Grand Palace complex and nearby Wat Arun. Step back in time at Jim Thomson's teak house and learn about the history of Thai silk. Go shopping, from the ultra modern shopping malls to the famous Chatuchak market. Alternatively treat yourself to a relaxing spa experience or a cooking class. So many options!
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Day 5 to 6 discover Siam Reap in Cambodia and take a trip back in time. Tour the area around Angkor Wat, step inside and learn the history of these magnificent temples.
Luang Prabang, Laos
Day 7 to 9 arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang in Laos. Take in the spectacular local waterfalls and bear sanctuary. Stroll around the early morning markets, observe the 'Morning Alms' a traditional custom during which the monks are offered food into alms bowls. Visit a traditional village making beautiful silk fabrics and wall hangings.
Day 10 and 11 move on to Vietnam, we go first to Hanoi and stroll around the fabulous Old Quarter district and Hoan Kiem Lake. See the unique Museum of Civilisation, visit the serene Temple of Literature and stand in line to view Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum. In the evening we will head to the Sofitel Metropole for a cocktail, I will have a Charlie Chaplin, what will you choose?
Day 12 to 13 transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi-An. Stop off at Marble Mountain and discover the amazing circular cave. Once in Hoi-An, enjoy meandering around the quaint little streets and being welcomed into the houses of this charming former port city.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Day 14 to 16 arrive in HCMC. Here you can discover the history of the Vietnam war, enjoy a street food tour or an introduction to craft beers. Take a fun Vespa city tour. Let's meet at the Caravelle Rooftop bar at sunset for a welcome drink.
Day 17 return to Bangkok.
What's included in the tour price
The trip cost will start from your arrival in Asia, probably Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh depending on your itinerary.
The 17 day does not include your travel time from and back to the UK.
The indicative price is based on 2 people sharing a room.
Accommodation will be in boutique or 5 star hotels, depending on location, and breakfast is included.
There may be a charge for certain optional activities, these will be clearly explained.
I will personally accompany you during your trip. The evenings will be free for you to decide where you wish to go. Of course I will be available for advice and recommendations, and make any arrangements as required.
Professional tour guides will be on hand for specific trips and activities to further enhance your experience.
All internal transfers will be included in the price during your stay.
Visa on Arrival (VOA) is available for Thailand and Vietnam for UK passport holders. For other SE Asian countries like Laos and Cambodia VOA is also available for a fee.
You will need 6 months validity on your passport.
Whilst good international hospitals and clinics are available, you will be responsible for arranging appropriate medical insurance cover for the duration of your stay.