24 Day Kaleidoscope of Thailand & Vietnam
Air & Land
|24 Day Kaleidoscope of Thailand & Vietnam|
|Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside||Bangkok|
|Mida Resort Kanchanaburi||Kanchanaburi|
|Classic Kameo Ayutthaya||Ayutthaya|
|The Riverie by Katathani||Chiang Rai|
|Kantary Hills Chiang Mai||Chiang Mai|
|Paragon Saigon Hotel||Ho Chi Minh|
|Hoi An Trails Resort||Hoi An|
|Royal Lotus Hotel Halong||Halong Bay|
|The Ann Hotel||Hanoi|
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|2019 Dates & Prices|
|2020 Dates & Prices|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Chiang Mai-Bangkok, Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh-Da Nang & Hue-Hanoi.
Flights from the USA may arrive on DAY 3. Included sightseeing commences in the morning on Day 3.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Is This Trip Right for You?
Escorted Package Includes
- Flights Los Angeles-Bangkok, Hanoi-Los Angeles
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- All intra-flights: Chiang Mai-Bangkok, Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh-Da Nang & Hue-Hanoi
- 22 nights First Class accommodations
- 3 nights Bangkok
- 2 nights Kanchanaburi
- 1 night Ayutthaya
- 1 night Sukhothai
- 2 nights Chiang Rai
- 3 nights Chiang Mai
- 2 nights Ho Chi Minh
- 2 nights Hoi An
- 2 nights Hue
- 1 night Halong Bay
- 3 nights Hanoi
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
- 35 meals: 22 breakfasts, 4 lunches 9 dinners with wine or beer
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour managers throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
- In Bangkok, visit serene Wat Po, home of the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long
- Visit the buzzing and vividly colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
- Walk the bridge over the River Kwai & explore the War Museum
- Visit to impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Explore historical Sukhothai, capital of the first Kingdom of Siam
- Visit the House of Opium and Golden Triangle
- Discover Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Temple, the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand
- Authentic Thai dinner at a Chiang Mai private home
- Visit the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the magnificent Saigon Opera house in Ho Chi Minh City
- Old City of Hoi An one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia in the 15th century
- Tour the Imperial City and 19th century Citadel in Hue
- View the thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea during the Halong Bay Excursion
- Museum of Ethnology and Water Puppet Show in Hanoi
♦ Flights from the USA may arrive early on DAY 3
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Is This Trip Right for You?
This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two-three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate; however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. We have a few early mornings as well as some long days of 10-12 hours, are necessary to cover the territory. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.
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This first class hotel overlooks the Chao Phraya River.Hotel Details
This superior tourist class resort overlooks the Khwae Yai River.Hotel Details
This superior first class hotel is located within comfortable proximity to Ayutthaya’s industrial estates and tourist attractions.Hotel Details
This superior first class hotel is less than a mile from the Sukhothal Historical Park and is surrounded by temples and historical sites.Hotel Details
This deluxe hotel is located on an island in the Kok River not far from Chiang Rai City Center.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is situated in the city center of Chiang Mai.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is situated in the commercial and business district of Ho Chi Minh.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is a short ride away from the Hoi An Ancient Town.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is centrally located in the heart of Hue, along the banks of the Perfume River.Hotel Details
This first class hotel looks out over the picturesque bay and is within walking distance to Halong pier.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the adjoining Grand Palace. Together they form the most impressive sights for visitors to Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew consists of over 100 brightly colored buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics, dating back to 1782, when Bangkok was founded. From Wat Phra Kaew continue to the Grand Palace. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European designs of the Grand Palace. It is important to note that this palace is used now only for occasional ceremonial purposes and is no longer the royal residence.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #4||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$38.00|
Enjoy a delightful Buffet Dinner at the Siam Niramit Restaurant before attending this evening's stunning performance of "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom" of Siam. This $40 million production, with over 150 performers, explores the Kingdom of Siam's history and culture, with scenes highlighting the Ancient Kingdom of Lanna, Khmer heritage, and traditions of the central plains. Then, venture into the heart of Thai mythology with scenes of Fiery Hell, the mystical Himapaan Forest, and Blissful Heaven. Lastly, enjoy a montage of joyous celebrations honoring the Buddhist tradition.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #4||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$60.00|
Depart early in the morning from Kanchanaburi to visit Hellfire Pass and the Death Railway. En route, stop at nearby Sai Yok National Park, known for its waterfalls, caves and rare wildlife. Here, visit the Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, the most popular attraction in the park. After lunch, continue to Hellfire Pass that derives its name from Allied Prisoners of War ordered by the Japanese authorities to complete the bridge and rail line earlier than scheduled. All POW's were forced to work day and night in the jungle, digging through the mountain with simple tools. More than 12,000 soldiers and 80,000 Thais perished during construction. Conclude the tour with a train ride that crosses the Bridge over River Kwai.
Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.
Please note that there are approximately 154 stairs with 4 small platforms to descend to the railway bed to view the pass. You will need to climb back up the stairs to return to the start point. Walking to the pass requires walking approximately 400 meters on an unpaved path of rocks of the former railbed.
|Day #6||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$29.00|
The tour departs Chiang Rai City in the morning for the drive to visit Hill Tribe at the foothill of Mae Salong. Upon arrival, change vehicles to the local Thai Combi which takes you up to the hill tribes, namely the Akha, Long Neck and Mien(Yao). See this unique way of life and culture of the tribes that is still maintained today.
This tour requires walking up several steps as well as uneven pavement and trails to get to the small village.
Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.
|Day #11||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$22.00|
This morning, visit the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden (QSBG), located in the foothills of the Doi Suthep-Pui mountains north of Chiang Mai. QSBG was established in 1993, as the first botanical garden in Thailand. It covers an area of 6,500 acres and is named after Queen Sirikit. Follow the paths and take your time as you stroll through the lush grounds covered with exotic types of trees, plants and flowers. After your visit, stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #12||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$39.00|
A trip to Thailand is not complete without experiencing a traditional Thai Massage! Unlike other types of massages, in Thailand your masseuse will stretch, bend, and contort your body into various positions, known to quickly ease the stress of muscle tension and aids in curing minor illnesses. A set of personal cotton clothing will be given to you to wear during the massage.
Approximate tour duration is 1 hour. Gratuity is not included.
|Day #12||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$32.00|
The Cu Chi tunnels were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. These tunnels were first used during the French/Vietnamese War (1946-1954) and later used by the Viet Cong as a base of operations during the 1968 Tet offensive. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. The entire structure was dug out of the rock by hand tools without the use of cement. On this tour, you’ll learn about the tunnels and other aspects of the war. Opportunity for a brief view of life underground as you enter areas that have been enlarged to create easier access for visitors. The majority of the tour will be above the tunnels.
Please note: This tour is presented from a Vietnamese perspective, based on past wars with France and the United States. If you are uncomfortable with the expressed point-of-views and prefer not to hear this discussion, then we recommend that you do not participate.
Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.
|Day #15||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$39.00|
Begin the boat trip at a local pier in the Old Town, cruising down streams and passing many fishing areas before cruising out to the main river. Stop at Kim Bong village, home of traditional woodworking and boat-building families. Return to the mainland and drive to the Traque Organic Village for lunch. Here, meet local farmers and learn about the many vegetables and herbs that are organically grown here to support the people of Hoi An. Walk through the gardens and see how, even today, local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods used hundreds of years ago. A culinary lesson follows on the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food, plus the local specialty called Banh-xeo. Once the lesson is over, enjoy the food you helped to prepare.
Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.
|Day #17||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$50.00|
Enjoy a panoramic view of both the daily life and the architecture of Hue with a Trishaw (Cyclo) Tour. (The Cyclo is a very common mode of transportation in Vietnam.) Begin at the French Quarter with its beautiful French villas. Pass by the school where former presidents Ho Chi Minh and Ngo Dinh Diem, as well as Vo Nguyen Giap - a prominent Vietnamese politician - were educated. Continue via the market to the former Royal Palace. Then, arrive at a family-run restaurant within the Citadel walls; its owner is the descendant of a high ranking Mandarin official, and thus considered "a master of Royal cuisine." Savor a multi-course dinner - each dish will be presented in the shape of a peacock, dragon or turtle. This feast is a replica of the Royal Feast presented to the royal families in the past.
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Day #18||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$45.00|
Enjoy a boat trip on the beautiful and serene Perfume River with a stop to a local village to learn about the daily life of local people in one of the most traditional parts of North Central Vietnam. Continue to the Thien Mu Pagoda, situated on Ha Khe hill, on the north bank of the Perfume River. The temple complex stretches north from the river banks in seven successive tiers, each of which is dedicated to a human form taken by the Buddha, or a step to enlightenment. Then, drive to the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, the final resting place of Vietnam’s longest reigning emperor, set among forested hills and lakes. Lastly, proceed to Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. A vegetarian lunch prepared by Buddhist nuns of the Dong Thien Pagoda is a very special experience, with time to interact with the Buddhist nuns, learning more about their lives in the pagoda.
Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.
|Day #19||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$60.00|
Today tour the stunning Thay Pagoda and So Village, including lunch, also known as the "Pagoda of the Master." Nestled against the hillside in Sai Go Village, it shares its compound with the smaller Ca Pagoda. Here, you can also see Thuy Dinh Stage, a water palace on Long Tri Pond, where the ancient form of water puppetry is performed. Continue to So Village, a well-preserved ancient village. Walking tour around the village to see the traditional layout with small alleyways in-between the houses. Stop to visit one of the impressive communal houses to meet villagers who earn their living from making noodles and tofu. Enjoy the stunning Thay Pagoda, the "Master's Pagoda," nestled on the foot of Sai Son Mountain.
Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.
|Day #23||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$55.00|
Our tours were wonderful. Our guides on both tours were superb and each made our experience so much more enjoyable. Monish on the Triangle tour is a 10+++++ And, Pok on the Thailand tour was equally talented!!! They both shared much of themselves with us while doing the impossible task of managing our groups. I can’t express how much they both enhanced our experience!!!!!!! The sights and the cultural experiences were sooooo much more enjoyable with those two as our guides. Our hotels and meals were also very well chosen!Dean W. Lone Pine, CA
What a wonderful trip! Gate 1 and the local coordinator, Tom, fit a number of sights and activities into 15 days! Gate 1’s customer service was also exceptional in assisting with logistics during our flights to Cambodia. Thank you for a terrific time!Sarah B. Wilmington, NC
The trip to Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia with the opportunity to visit a border town in Myamar was excellent. The Tour Manager, POK, was the best of the 9 tours I have taken with GATE 1 over the years. He was knowledgeable, funny, and treated everyone individually which was a challenging task since our group consisted of 34 people. The temples of Cambodia, Angor Wat, etc. were beyond my expectations. The White Temple in Thailand was unique and a special treat to see. The use of Le Meridian properties on the trip was an excellent choice. An unforgettable, enjoyable experience.Wes W. Stephenson, VA
Just wonderful. Buffalo was the best guide I've had on all my 7 or 8 Gate 1 trips. Favorite events were the rickshaw ride, the limestone cave in Halong Bay, all the boat trips, pagodas, Cu Chi tunnels. I'm getting ready to plan something for next March!!Kathleen D. Hillburn, NY
It was fabulous! Gate 1 always does top notch trips!! Everything was first class...tour guides, hotels, food, buses and driver's, and all the beautiful sites!Teresa H. San Diego, CA
It was marvelous! Udom, our guide, made the trip. He was considerate, efficient, and informative. Without his knowledge and experience, we wouldn’t have gotten nearly as much from the tour. We learned about the history and culture of Thailand and of Buddhism, and he told personal stories that brought the facts and places to life. I especially enjoyed the school visit, and we both really appreciated the visit to the farms ... We must mention our extremely skilled drivers who handled large vehicles with calm and care. We’re in awe! Thanks to all who put these trips together and especially to Udom.Janyce E. Loves Park, IL
My husband and I were delighted with our trip. Everything went very smoothly from our pickup at Saigon airport to our transfer to the airport from Hanoi. The hotels we stayed in were all very nice, clean, with good breakfasts and pleasant staff. Our tour guide Duc was EXCELLENT he went above and beyond to ensure his guests every need was attended too. I inadvertently left my Bose ear phones on the final Air China flight from Beijing to Saigon and he helped me to recover them, for which I shall be forever grateful. He was knowledgeable and also compassionate ... All the trips we did offered us the opportunity to learn more about the country and were reasonably priced ... The support staff, drivers and assistants were also very pleasant. I am happy to highly recommend Gate 1 and look forward to our next trip.David K. Marietta, GA
The trip was fantastic! I enjoyed it tremendously. I learned so much about Singapore and Malaysia, had amazing tour guides, great food and a fun group of co-travelers. I am so glad I went. I'm looking forward to more Gate 1 trips.Mojirade J. Philadelphia, PA
Our trip was great. Our guide - Oh- was very efficient and knowledgeable. Very patient as well. He made sure we had water and bathroom breaks; he said good bye to each of us and saw us off when we left Bangkok. He gets an A+ for his effort and efficiency. Job well done.Flora W. Modesto, CA
My trip to Thailand was WONDERFUL! Our tour guide was the best! Knowledgeable, fun and happy, and willing to show us everything we wanted to see and more! She went above and beyond her job making sure our trip was perfect! She made sure each one of our group members was taken care of! We could not have had a better tour guide than Busabong!Catherine B. East China, MI
Very excellent trip, I would say the best among the seven trips with Gate 1 travel. The tour guides in Thailand and Vietnam ( Née, and Tom) were super. The breakfast in all hotels were far superior. The food in Thailand was great, that’s one reason it gets the most tourists ... The river trips and the boat to Halong Bay was very enjoyable. The people in both countries were very friendly! ...Manickam B. South Pasadena, CA
My trip was amazing. The tours arranged for the group were great. Our tour manager Nok provided us with so much information and the organization of everything went well. I enjoyed the sights of Thailand and I can't wait to return again. All the hotels were beautiful.Messina W. Middletown, NY
Fantastic!!! Our trip manager Thang, was the BEST!! Most organized, kindest, informative man. He made the trip.Gillian B. Tucson, AZ
Our trip was fabulous! We have been taking international trips for the past 10 year (some with Gate 1) and this trip was excellent. Vit, our tour guide was so friendly, and knowledgeable. The pace of the trip was appropriate. We saw many aspects of Thailand but did not feel rushed. All the accommodations were excellent ... The bus was clean and comfortable. We had no negative incident of any nature. Just an overall great trip that we would recommend to friends and family ... Looking forward to traveling with Gate 1 in the future.Tom C. Elk Grove, CA
We had a great time on our trip to Vietnam!! It was even better than we expected. Our guide was Trong who did an excellent job making sure we all had a great experience and learned about the Vietnamese people and culture. We would highly recommend this trip to friends!!Scott D. Westbrook, ME
It was outstanding. Our guides, especially Tom in Vietnam and Weet in Cambodia were great leaders and very knowledgeable. They had a deep understanding of the culture and history of their respective nation. In addition they were sensitive to group dynamics and the needs of the travelers. Linda and I could not believe the depth and breadth of our tour for the price that we paid which was the equivalent of the airline tickets and hotels alone. We will carry the memories of this tour with us for a long time. Thanks Gate 1!Steven W. Lady Lake, FL
We had a great time ... Our tour manager, Mike, was outstanding…a dear man who was knowledgeable and took good care of us. The tour was well planned and enabled us to get a real feel for Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, as well as the culture, architecture, food and history of the region. The hotels were outstanding. We were amazed at the quality! Cruising on the Mekong River, riding in ox carts, seeing Angkor Wat and the hill people of Thailand were special treats. There were so many special events that it is difficult to list them all ...Jeanine D. Phoenix, AZ
The trip was amazing, very successful and highly enjoyable. I specially want to share my appreciation for Steven, our tour manager and guide. His broad knowledge, friendliness and professionalism had significant contribution to the success of the trip. Our overall experience was extremely positive.Jacob L. Agoura Hills, CA
This was my first trip with Gate 1 and it was fantastic! It was better than I imagined. Our tour guide was so thorough, thoughtful and funny, he made the trip. Every detail was taken care of, so the trip was stress free. I learned so much about the country, people and customs of Vietnam. All members of the tour got along, were on time and shared their past trips and experiences with Gate 1 as well. Deciding on where to next!Patricia C. Valencia, CA
Everything was wonderful, we had a great time, everyone in our group was great. Peter was an excellent tour guide and was very personable , knowledgeable and most of all very professional. All of the hotels were great, as was the bus. Hope to tour again in the future with Gate 1.Zahira R. Kissimmee, FL
Both trips were excellent. Our guide in India and Thailand were superb. I have no complaints about either trips. The itinerary was good, the hotels were excellent, the bus was clean, the driver kept us safe and the bus boy was really good. During the trip, we were looked after really well. We will definitely be booking with your company again.Mary M. Red Deer, Canada
It was wonderful could not have asked for anything better ... I always brag about Gate 1's service. The water in the rooms and in the bus may seem trivial to you but was such an important perk during the trip. It was great and I could go on and on. Both of our tour guides were marvelous. They were so knowledgeable and shared it with us. Thank you and am looking forward to our next trip.Gloria G. Adams, MA
Thailand is an amazing country! Our Gate 1 tour guide, Pong, was very knowledgeable and informative. We visited many temples and landmarks. One nice thing is that I didn't realize we were staying at a beautiful resort called Mida in Kanchanaburi. And, unbelievably, we had only one day of rain when we went to see the floating market. The weather really cooperated. We visited a school en route to Bangkok and found out that Gate 1 supports a lot of local schools throughout the world. My friend and I also went to see the Siam Niramit Show & Dinner. It was just fantastic. The cost was reasonable and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thank you, Gate 1, for a wonderful tour experience.Josie M. Albuquerque, NM
Well done. Our expectations were exceeded throughout the trip. Great hotels and a very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, guide. He made the trip very interesting and comfortable and went above and beyond in arranging activities and giving us inside information on how, where to go, what to do, etc. We will definitely consider Gate 1 for future travel.Mark H. Colorado Springs, CO
My trip was simply amazing and perfection. First, my travel itinerary was perfect .... I was in a small group of 15 people and I really enjoyed my tour guide, Uza. Uza is a class act. She was very knowledgeable about Thailand, she was very relatable, caring, nurturing, and she knew the tours inside and out. Furthermore, she was able to recommend the best optional tours for my desires. Second, My driver was also phenomenal and really attentive and nice. Third, I enjoyed the host home dinner, that was really an honor and blessing to be greeted and treated so warm and kind. Fourth, I loved every hotel that we stayed in and the customer service was exceptional. Fifth, The trip flowed and we were where we needed to be in a timely fashion. Absolutely a wonderful trip and I would highly recommend gate 1 to anyone!!Clynnetta N. Beltsville, MD
It was wonderful. Thailand was amazing and our local Gate 1 representative was kind and helpful. This was a self-guided tour and we had an amazing time ... Our hotel was fantastic and in a really good location and the morning breakfast buffet included was excellent. I will definitely recommend Gate 1 to my friends and family.Laurie N. Phoenix, AZ
It was great and made even better by our guide, Thin, who was over the top in looking out for all of us. He was outgoing, funny and knowledgeable in all things Vietnam.Edson M. Fort Myers, FL
It was fantastic! We had the best tour guide, Tho, who was amazing with his knowledge of Vietnam and his organizational skills in making the many pieces fall in place so smoothly!Denise C. Philadelphia, PA
Thank you for a wonderful trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. Jan, our tour guide, had a good personality, was well organized, very knowledgeable and spoke good English. This was our first time to travel with Gate 1. We plan to travel with with Gate 1 in the future. Great food, clean hotels and good service all at a bargain price.Joseph S. The Dalles, OR
Our trip was beyond FANTASTIC! We didn't know what to expect when going to Vietnam - it was a magical experience! The country is beautiful, the weather was perfect, and Vuong, our guide, was incredible! We will only travel with Gate 1 Travel in the future - you never disappoint us!Deborah R. Alpharetta, GA
It was exceptional! Our guide Steven was amazing ... We were driven around by the most talented driver ... I will recommend this tour to everyone I know. It’s a add to your bucket list experience ... My daughter and I had such a wonderful time in Thailand. Such a beautiful country with the most friendly people in the world.Kristy R. Paducah, KY.