Vietnam & Cambodia: A Grand Adventure with Bangkok (OVE3)

16 Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok

2019 Tour Details

On this fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand tour you’ll explore several of the world’s greatest treasures, behold spectacular scenery, learn about different cultures, and experience the warmth and hospitality bestowed by the locals. It’s a vacation of a lifetime!

As a hub of culture and cuisine, Vietnam paints an exotic picture of Southeast Asian life. In vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, explore the city on a walking tour and visit the bustling Ben Thanh Market for a chance to hone your bargaining skills! Venture outside the city to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong. Visit the Royal Tomb of Tu Doc in Hue and in Hoi An, take a walking tour and meet a local fisherman for a fishing lesson, where you’ll learn how to use a traditional round fishing net, known as a “ro”—a Globus exclusive! Explore Hanoi by cyclo, take a walking tour through the fascinating Old Quarter, and see a performance of the famed Water Puppets. Top off your journey through Vietnam with a cruise on stunning Ha Long Bay.

No tour to Southeast Asia would be complete without time at the Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. These ancient temples, built between the 9th and 13th centuries, are unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. See several of the temples, including spectacular Angkor Wat, built in the 12th century and honoring the Hindu god Vishnu. Words and photos simply can’t describe these amazing structures. They must be visited in person! Beyond the temples, enjoy some free time to explore this charming town on your own and witness a traditional Apsara dance performance where Khmer culture comes to life—a special experience included by Globus!

Plus, you’ll spend time in Bangkok and visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, which houses the massive reclining Buddha measuring some 49 feet tall and 151 feet long. So, pack your camera and get ready for a vacation sure to delight all your senses.

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

HO CHI MINH CITY
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; Cu Chi Tunnels excursion; walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit the War Remnants Museum and Ben Thanh Market; welcome dinner
DANANG
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit China Beach and the Cham Museum
HOI AN
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; cruise on the Thu Bon River; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite fishing lesson with a local fisherman; walking tour of the city; visit an old merchant house, the Hoi An Museum, and a Chinese assembly hall
HUE
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Tombs of Nguyen Emperors, Khai Dinh Mausoleum, and Royal Tomb of Tu Duc
HANOI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Temple of Literature, and Hanoi Hilton; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite take a “cyclo” ride; walking tour in the Old Quarter; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite water puppets performance
HA LONG BAY
Day cruise on the bay
SIEM REAP
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Banteay Srei, and Ta Prohm; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Apsara dance performance
BANGKOK
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha; Host service during your stay
Notes:

  • Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Angkor Thom
  • Angkor Wat
  • Banteay Srei
  • Bayon Temple
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Imperial Citadel Hue
  • Kai Dinh Mausoleum
  • Royal Tomb of Tu Duc
  • Ta Prohm
  • Thien Mu Pagoda

Transportation:

Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring. Sightseeing vehicle in Bangkok.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 4 dinners including a welcome dinner in Ho Chi Minh City and a farewell dinner show in Siem Reap

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

Welcome to Vietnam! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 HO CHI MINH CITY

Sightseeing starts with a WALKING TOUR of the city’s famous and historic landmarks. The route will take you through the heart of the city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) past the Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh Square, the Municipal Theatre, Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Next, visit the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, followed by BEN THANH MARKET, the largest and oldest in the city. After some free time, join your traveling companions at a special welcome dinner hosted by your Tour Director.

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Day 3 HO CHI MINH CITY. CU CHI EXCURSION

This morning, leave the city and drive through vast expanses of rice paddies to visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles long that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. The city is booming, and pulses with contagious energy day and night. Sample local food from a street vendor, get a foot massage, or spend more time on Dong Khoi Street. Tonight, be sure to stop at one of several rooftop bars for a drink and great views of the city. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist with recommendations.

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Day 4 HO CHI MINH CITY–DANANG–HOI AN

After a short flight to Danang, visit CHINA BEACH, landing point for U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War. Continue on to Hoi An, Vietnam’s active trading center and a town that has been largely preserved. Architecture here reflects the influence of Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, French, and British traders.

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Day 5 HOI AN

Today starts with a CRUISE on the Thu Bon River. Along the way, meet with a local fisherman who will teach you about their fishing methods and give you a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite FISHING LESSON, where you will learn how to throw and retrieve a traditional round fishing net called a ro. Afterward, you will have a chance to throw the net yourself and see what you catch! Later, continue with a WALKING TOUR of Hoi An, visiting an old MERCHANT HOUSE, the HOI AN MUSEUM, a CHINESE ASSEMBLY HALL, and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Then, take free time to enjoy this quaint town further.

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Day 6 HOI AN–DANANG–HUE

Stop in Danang to visit the CHAM MUSEUM, then continue north over spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), considered to be one of the most scenic in all of Vietnam, before arriving in Hue. One of Vietnam’s former capitals, Hue is a beautiful, welcoming city that remains a cultural and religious center. Upon arrival, visit the IMPERIAL CITADEL and the THIEN MU PAGODA, the unofficial symbol of the city.

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Day 7 HUE–HANOI

This morning’s sightseeing provides a unique window into Vietnam and its complex past. Visit the TOMBS of the NGUYEN EMPERORS: the KHAI DINH MAUSOLEUM and the ROYAL TOMB of TU DUC. Later, fly to Hanoi, the nation’s capital and one of Southeast Asia’s most engaging cities.

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Day 8 HANOI

Today, take time to look at the life of Ho Chi Minh, the father of modern Vietnam. First, visit the MAUSOLEUM and the humble cottage from which “Uncle Ho” ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next on the agenda are visits to the ONE PILLAR PAGODA and HO CHI MINH MUSEUM. You will also visit the ancient TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, more than 900 years old and Hanoi’s first university, followed by the infamous HANOI HILTON. After lunch in a local restaurant, take a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite “CYCLO” ride around the city, followed by a WALKING TOUR through the fascinating Old Quarter, 36 ancient streets where peddlers trade as they have for centuries. An early dinner this evening is followed by a fascinating performance of Hanoi’s renowned Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WATER PUPPETS, a traditional art form dating back to the 11th century.

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Day 9 HANOI–HA LONG BAY

Travel from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Hon Gai, gateway to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, the bay is dotted with more than 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes by the action of the water. Tunnels, caves, and weirdly shaped outcroppings with imaginative names can be found on many of the small islets that are sprinkled across the bay. Board a CRUISE that takes you to explore the caves, and admire the beauty and scale of the many secluded bays.

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Day 10 HA LONG BAY–HANOI–SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

This morning, drive to Hanoi and board your flight to Siem Reap, which will act as your base during your visit to Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth!

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Day 11 SIEM REAP

Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the TEMPLES OF ANGKOR were built around the Khmer interpretations of Indian religious and political beliefs that ultimately evolved from Hinduism to Buddhism. The complex architectural grandeur of the temples is arguably unmatched among the world’s ancient ruins. Start your exploration at the best preserved and most famous of all the temples, ANGKOR WAT, honoring the Hindu god Vishnu. Featuring five trademark towers and stunning bas-reliefs, it has become a symbol of Cambodia. Next stop is ANGKOR THOM to see the BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas-reliefs. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Day 12 SIEM REAP

This morning, visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva that was built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. Unlike the other temples, TA PROHM has been left relatively untouched and surrounded by jungle, with tree roots growing over and through the ruin walls. You’ll be able to experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it. This afternoon, enjoy a bit of time at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a traditional Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite APSARA DANCE PERFORMANCE, where the ancient Khmer culture is brought to life by talented dancers, singers, and musicians.

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Day 13 SIEM REAP–BANGKOK, THAILAND

Today, fly to exciting Bangkok. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 14 BANGKOK

Today’s PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR starts with a BOAT RIDE through the klongs, Bangkok’s canals, to see family homes, temples, and the way of life that gives this city the nickname “Venice of the East.” Stop at Wat Arun, the TEMPLE OF THE DAWN, whose 260-foot-tall spire has become identified with Bangkok. Continue on to the GRAND PALACE, comprised of the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA. Also, visit the TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha.

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Day 15 BANGKOK

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore on your own. Your Local Host can help with suggestions to help maximize your time. Perhaps consider a visit to Jim Thompson’s House, a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River, or an excursion to the colorful floating market at Damnoen Saduak.

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Day 16 BANGKOK

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

NGUYEN THANH PHONG

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

My name is Phong and I'm passionate about travel, meeting people and learning and sharing different cultures. I received my Tourism Degree from the Saigon Tourist Training School and a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. I promise to take care of you during your stay and share my knowledge of this unique region's history, local flavor and culture.

Tour Director - NGUYEN THANH PHONG

 Accommodations

Ho Chi Minh City
Hoi An
Hue
Hanoi
Ha Long Bay
Siem Reap
Bangkok

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Hoi An
Bangkok

Hoi An

My Son Half Day Tour

My Son Half Day Tour

Wander around the historic site of My Son, where there were once over 70 classic Cham monuments dating from the 7th - 13th centuries.

Price Range: $$

Bangkok

Dinner Cruise on Loy Nava Traditional Rice Barge

Dinner Cruise on Loy Nava Traditional Rice Barge

We combine history, culture, cuisine, and beautiful river scenery on this romantic cruise down the Chao Phraya River aboard a converted rice barge.

Price Range: $$

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Sampran Riverside

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Sampran Riverside

Imagine a grocery-shopping trip where you have to flag down the merchants as they float by on boats. No, it's not a Wonderland-style flight of fancy, but a traditional way of buying and selling colorful fruits, vegetables, meats, flowers, and sweets since the 19th century. Later, visit Nakhon Pathom to see Phra Pathom Chedi, one of the tallest Buddhist stupas in the world. Then, stop for lunch at the picturesque Sampran Riverside Resort, with a Thai village showcasing traditional Thai culture.

Price Range: $$

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