We are delighted to let you know about a number of excursions that we can offer which will not only save you up to 50% off the local ticket prices, but save you valuable time during your stay.
You can call us free of charge on 01737 646416 to book any of these trips & tours.
Damnern Saduak Floating Market, £35 per person – Hop into a narrow long-tailed speedboat and visit Damnoen Saduak, Thailand’s most famous floating market. These colourful, bustling floating markets travel along the canals in canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. Join in the excitement and try your hand at bartering!
Bridge on the River Kwai, £49 per person – In this excursion you can get away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and discover the famous bridge over the River Kwai, only 100 kilometres from the city. This trip will take you to the province of Kanchanabury, located to the West of Bangkok. Once there you will have the opportunity to visit the war cemetery where more than 9000 allied soldiers are buried as well as a reconstruction of a POW camp that also houses a museum. Discover the Bridge over the River Kwai, notorious for having built by allied POWs during the Second World War. Take a train across the river along the original “death railway” while you enjoy the views and spectacular jungle landscapes. Enjoy this popular and unrepeatable experience while a knowledgeable local guide provides a fascinating commentary about this famous and spectacular place.
Thai Boxing, £75 per person – Where better to watch the thrilling sport of Thai Boxing than in one of the two most-important boxing stadiums in Thailand’s capital of Bangkok! After being collected from your hotel, you’ll be taken to one of Bangkok’s two boxing stadiums where matches are held most nights. Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, now a popular sport all over the world, begins with a special pre-fight ceremony to show respect for the fighters’ religion, their trainers and the sportsmanship involved. Once the match begins, the atmosphere inside the stadium becomes electric as opponents use every part of their body to kick, punch and fight their way to victory – all played out to the sound of gamblers shouting the odds on the winner and strident background Thai boxing music! At the end of the match, you’ll be returned safely to your centrally located Bangkok hotel.
Thai Booking Class in Bangkok, £59 per person – Thai cuisine is one of the country's cultural heritages and it is renowned internationally to be one of the best cuisines in the world. Spend only half a day to discover a true Thai taste that you will never want to miss and that you will be able to impress your friends with. You can enjoy the cooking lessons with traditional and practical Thai recipes in an ideal home-style learning environment. There are two sessions a day and in each session participants will learn 4 Thai dishes (one set menu). The price includes lesson fee, use of school's cooking utensils and all fresh and dry ingredients.
Grand Palace Tour, £29 per person – The Grand Palace, home to the Emerald Buddha, is the most important of all Thai monuments and a must-see when visiting Thailand. Built over two centuries ago, it was the residence of the Kings of Siam and its beauty must be seen to be believed! Book this tour in advance to ensure you don’t miss out. Take a tour of the Grand Palace, one of the most important Thai monuments, which was once the home of the Kings of Siam. This magnificent palace was built in traditional Thai style combined with European designs. Within the extensive Palace grounds is the Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred and important of all Thai temples. This contains the most revered Buddha image in the country - the Emerald Buddha - which is made from one solid piece of translucent green jade. At the end of the tour, you’ll be dropped off at your centrally located Bangkok hotel.
Bangkok Waterways, £39 per person – Bangkok’s waterways are what earned it the title ‘Venice of the East’ and these ‘klongs’ provide the city’s lifeblood. On this exciting morning tour, enjoy a journey along the Choa Phraya River by motor boat to Thornburi where Bangkok was founded, and visit the Temple Wat Arun and the Royal Barges Museum. Hop into a motor boat which will whisk you along the Chao Phraya River to the klongs (canals) of Thornburi where Bangkok was founded. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of ordinary Thai people as they go about their day cooking in floating kitchens, purchasing goods from floating shops and living in the traditional manner along the riverbank. During the tour, you’ll visit the magnificent Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). A Wat is a Buddhist religious where men and women can be ordained as monks or nuns. The tour also includes a visit to the Royal Barges Museum which houses the eight elaborately decorated long-boats which are used during royal ceremonial processions. At the end of the tour, you’ll be returned to your hotel.
Floating Markets and Bridge on the River Kwai, £59 per person – Discover two of Thailand’s most popular attractions on this full day experience from Bangkok, perfect for those who have limited time in Thailand’s capital. Your day commences with a scenic drive through sugar cane fields, rice paddies and pineapple plantations before embarking on an exciting long tail speed-boat ride to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, passing traditional stilt houses and scenes that have changed little over the centuries. Enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the famous market where you will find hundreds of Thai style canoes laden with fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats. If you want to get really close to the action, your local Thai guide will help you organise a local boat ride through the markets (optional extra, payable locally).
Half Day Bangkok Temples Tour, £29 per person – Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist country with around 95% of Thai's practicing the Theravada discipline of Buddhism. Therefore on the streets of Bangkok it is not unusual to see monks walking along the road and it is no surprise that Thailand has over 26.000 Wat's (the local name for Temple). You cannot leave Thailand without taking this half-day tour and visiting three of the most significant temples in Bangkok renowned for their cultural values and Buddhist sacredness.
Full Day Good Morning Hanoi Tour, £109 per person - You will start this tour with a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, a gathering place for the residents of Hanoi doing their morning exercise. You can join in on the activity such as Tai Chi. Afterwards; you will enjoy a traditional local breakfast of “Pho” followed by a Vietnamese coffee at a roof-top café in the Old Quarter. The guide will take you to the family-run restaurant for a cooking class. First step will be a visit in a lively local market Hang Be Market by cyclo to learn about local cooking ingredients. At the restaurant, the chef will teach you to cook some special Vietnamese dishes. After a half-day morning session, you enjoy a delicious feast of the dishes you created. In the end, you will head back to your hotel by a private vehicle.
Museum of Hanoi, £36 per person - The Ethnology Museum is a newly opened museum exhibiting history and culture of ethnic minorities living in Vietnam. Detailed explanations are given in Vietnamese, English, and French. The Fine Art Museum is where you can see some very intricate sculptures, paintings, lacquer ware, ceramics and other traditional Vietnamese fine arts. The History Museum, a rich collection of exhibits from Vietnam's prehistory; Vietnamese civilizations; the Dong Son Civilization; the kingdom of Champa; the Khmer kingdoms; various Vietnamese dynasties and their resistance to Chinese attempts at domination; the struggle against the French; and the history of the Communist Party. Remark: The museum has opened from 8 am to 5 pm, except Fine Art Museum, Ethnology Museum & History Museum has closed on Monday.
Full Day Halong Bay Tour, £69 per person - Experience the striking beauty of World Heritage listed Halong Bay aboard a traditional Chinese junk. Set sail through turquoise waters dotted with over 3000 magnificent limestone islands. Your Halong Bay tour begins with a 3 ½ hour drive from the hectic pace of life in Vietnam's capital city, Hanoi to the tranquil and beautiful Halong Bay. On route you stop off at the Hong Ngoc Humanity Center, a handicraft outlet developed to provide support to communities in the area including people's with disabilities. On arrival in Halong City, board your private boat for a cruise in Halong Bay, famous for its spectacular limestone karsts jutting out of the peaceful green waters of the bay. The views are spectacular as you cruise amongst the nearly 2000 islands that fill the bay. Return to Hanoi by road in the late in the afternoon where you have a chance to reflect on this memorable day.
Half Day Countryside Cycling Tour, £59 per person - This is a gentle ride along country back roads and is suitable for anyone who can ride a bike. Enjoy a 15 km bike ride towards Dong Ho village away from the hustle of daily traffic. Experience real rural life as you pass through unspoiled villages, verdant rice fields and historic pagodas. See the scenery that you could not see anywhere else in Vietnam. We turn off from the main road just outside the city limits of Hanoi and on to rural roads, leaving the bustle and hassles of crowded city streets behind us. We ride as a group, with an experienced cycle guide. Our support vehicle follows close behind with plenty of provisions. Our guides are knowledgeable on the local area and customs and will explain you the history, culture and local way-of-life each time we stop. The leisurely 3 hour bike ride allows plenty of photo opportunities of people working in the fields, children enjoying a cool bath in nearby streams, fishermen and their sampans, and whole families travelling on their bicycles overtaking us with joyful greetings and smiles. In the end you will return to the hotel by air-conditioned vehicle.
Half Day Hoi An Ancient Town Tour, £32 per person - For many visitors, Hoi An is a highlight of their trip to Vietnam. During a leisurely discovery tour on foot you will visit some of the historic merchant and community houses, pagodas and places of worship, famous Japanese Covered Bridge, and the market. This little town is also home to literally hundreds of tailor shops. Many of the buildings have souvenir shops at the front, but a few have been opened to visitors and still retain all their original features, furniture and ceramics. The same family has occupied some of the houses for generations.
Full Day Tour to Hue Citadel, £106 per person - The scenic 2.5 hours drive to Hue via Hai Van Pass offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages. On arrival, you will visit the Royal Citadel, Forbidden Purple City within the Imperial City, the past glory of Hue. The Royal Citadel is composed of three walled enclosures, each within the other, a city within a city. The Imperial City housed the palaces, pavilions, civil and religious ceremonies and official audiences with the civil mandarins.
Cham Museum and Danang City Tour, £30 per person - Vietnam's fourth largest city, Danang, houses the world's finest collection of Cham sculpture. The Cham Museum was founded in 1915 by the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme Orient. The museum building is lovely in its own right: as you wander past the exhibits you can look out on a courtyard full of frangipani trees and smell the salty sea air. But what makes this place worth visiting are the statues, which date from the 7th to 15th centuries. The Chams were masterful carvers; their religious statues are by turns serene, playful and sensual.
Half Day Sunset Boat Trip On The River, £37 per person - Depart by boat from Thu Bon wharf on Bach Dang street and sail along the major branch of the lower section of Thu Bon river, enjoy the beautiful scenery along both banks of the river and the many boats bobbing on the waters. After that, you will be taken to the Cua Dai estuary, going up to the Co Co River and heading for Bay Mau Nipa (water coconut tree) grove where you will disembark and discover the daily life of the people there. On the way back to Hoi An, you will have dinner at the restaurant on the bank of river.
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Half Day Museums of Ho Chi Min, £37 per person - The tour begins with a visit to the War Remnants Museum. The Museum contains fascinating remnants and photographs of the Vietnam War including US armoured vehicles, artillery pieces, bombs and infantry weapons. Continue on to the History Museum, which is housed in a beautifully colonial style building. The museum has an excellent collection of artefacts illustrating the evolution of the cultures of Vietnam. There are also many valuable relics taken from Cambodia's Angkor Wat. Visit the Art Museum which houses many interesting collections and revolutionary art. Remark: History Museum has opened from 08:00 to 17:00 but it's closed on Monday and Friday.
Half Day Saigon Kaleidoscope, £29 per person - See the city's major sights on this essential half-day tour. Start at the elegant Historical Museum and trace the country's history from the ancient Dongson period until recent time. Admire here an enchanting performance of traditional Water Puppetry. En route, see the twin-spired Notre Dame Cathedral and the City Hall. Explore the old Presidential Palace with its remarkable network of underground bunkers. Venture through bustling Chinatown, locally known as Cholon, with its colorful atmosphere and mysterious temples. Visit the lively Thien Hao Pagoda, with the enormous burning incense-coils that never fail to impress. Remark: History Museum has opened from 08:00 to 17:00 but it's closed on Monday and Friday.
Evening Tour Dinner Cruise on Saigon River, £45 per person - This tour provides a chance to explore Ho Chi Minh City’s nightlife. A romantic dinner cruise along the tranquil Saigon River is truly a short retreat from the bustling ambiance of HCMC. The trip will be more complete with a short window sightseeing tour in the city centre to contemplate French-style colonial architectures in contrast with splendidly lighted modern sky-scrapers.
Full Day Cu Chi Tunnels and City Tour, £85 per person – Taking a day trip that combines two of the top attractions in the vicinity of Ho Chi Minh City. Morning visit Cu Chi's Tunnels (70km northwest of HCM City), an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War. Vietnamese Lunch at Ben Nay restaurant. Then return to the city and visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and Benh Thanh local market. And if time permit, a stop will be made at one museum of your choice.
Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnels, £79 per person – In the morning, head over to Tay Ninh, where the Great Temple of the Cao Dai religion is located. This religion is exclusively found in Vietnam and a unique fusion of Western and Eastern philosophies and religions. Observe the strictly orchestrated, colourful ceremony at noon from the balconies in the cathedral. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Originally dug as a base to organize guerrilla style actions against the French, the tunnels were expanded during the Indochina War to become a huge and ingenious underground network.
Cai Be Floating Market with Vihn Long, £89 per person - The floating markets in the Mekong Delta are authentic and lively. Local people trade and bargain vigorously in this fascinating and aesthetic chaos. You will get off the boat onto an island to visit a pop-rice making family, a local farmer’s house, and orchard and bonsai garden. Lunch is served at a local house on one of the Islands. Then you will continue with the boat to Vinh Long, a prosperous city in the Mekong Delta and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, passing the newly constructed My Thuan Suspension Bridge.
Saigon Cooking Class with Private Transfers, £65 per person - Understanding the food is a great way to experience the culture of this fascinating country. Enjoy a guided tour through the market and discover exotic ingredients and fine spices before heading to the kitchen to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes. Discover how to shop for and cook of authentic Vietnamese cuisine on this hands-on cooking experience. The class is held in one of the best cookery centres in Ho Chi Minh City, renowned as a culinary institution amongst locals, travellers and expatriates alike.
Day by Day
Day 1 London – Bangkok
Fly overnight direct from London to Bangkok with Thai Airways.
Day 2 Bangkok
Arrive at Bangkok airport and join your transfer to your city centre hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and unwind after your flight from the UK.
Day 3 Bangkok
Today you can explore Bangkok at your leisure and maybe visit the city’s temples or the Grand Palace. Take a trip to the Bridge on the River Kwai or even take a Thai Cooking class or travel around the city on a Tuk Tuk. There are also fabulous shops to grab some bargains.
Day 4 Bangkok – Vientiane
This morning you’ll be collected from your hotel and transferred to Bangkok airport to catch your flight to Vientiane where you’ll then be met and transferred to your hotel. Once you have checked-in to your hotel the rest of the day is spent at your leisure.
Day 5 Vientiane
This morning you’ll have a few hours to relax before joining your half day Highlights of Vientiane tour at midday. This city tour will include visits to Wat Sisaket with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues; Wat Prakeo, the former royal temple that now serves as a national museum of religious objects; Wat Simuang, the site of the city pillar and home of the guardian spirit of Vientiane; the famous Pha That Luang, the most important national monument in Laos and a symbol of both the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty & Patuxai, a large monument reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. This tour will last approximately 5 hours.
Day 6 Vientiane – Luang Prabang
This morning you’ll be collected from your hotel and transferred to Vientiane airport to catch your short internal flight to Luang Prabang where you’ll then be met and transferred to your hotel. Once you have checked-in to your Luang Prabang hotel the rest of the day is spent at your leisure.
Day 7 Luang Prabang
Today will be spent on your FREE Full Day Luang Prabang Discovery tour. This morning we will climb up to the top of Phousi Hill to explore the sacred gilded Stupa with its beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River. Our next stop is a visit to the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. We’ll take lunch in a local restaurant and in the afternoon, we will continue to visit Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai, before going back to hotel. This day trip will start at approximately 9am and last around 8 hours.
Day 8 Luang Prabang
You have today at your leisure to further explore Luang Prabang.
Day 9 Luang Prabang – Hanoi
Today you’ll leave Laos and catch a flight to Hanoi. You’ll be met and transrferred to your hotel in Hanoi where the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 10 Hanoi
This morning you’ll be collected from your hotel to join the Halong Bay tour with overnight Junk Boat Cruise. You will be picked up at around 8.30am and enjoy a 3 hour passing rice paddies and lush vegetation as you head to Halong Bay, stopping en route for a visit to the Sao Dao Arts & Crafts Centre run for and by handicapped children. Upon arrival at Halong Bay you will be welcomed by the friendly crew of the Jewel of the Bay, your luxury home for the next 2 days. Enjoy a delicious lunch aboard as the boat starts its journey across the tranquil waters.
After lunch there will be plenty time to discover some of the islands with their colourful and centuries-old floating villages and their lively people. The luxury junk will take you in a mission to discover some of the hidden caves and grottoes along the coastlines, some of which are only accessible by boat. Soak up the sun on the top deck or cool off in the water or for the more adventurous, try your hand at kayaking. In the evening, you will be served locally produce delicacies while you enjoy 360 degrees of this idyllic site. For those that are interested there is the opportunity to do a spot of night fishing from the boat.
Day 11 Hanoi
Rise up to the tranquil beauty of the bay and have a refreshing dip before breakfast is served. This morning you continue to move around the bay to find more secluded areas to either swim or kayak or simply to soak up the sun. The kayaks are lightweight and easy to use and all participants will be issued with water buoyancy vests. The junk will be near us at all times serving as a back up vessel for those that require it. At around midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour journey back to Hanoi. You should be back in the capital at around 3.30pm. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore Hanoi.
Day 12 Hanoi - Hoi An
This morning you’ll have a little more free time to explore before catching your afternoon flight to Da Nang where you’ll then be net and transferred to your Hoi An Hotel. Once you have checked-in the rest of the day is spent at your leisure.
Day 13 - 15 Hoi An
Your days at leisure can be spent by simply relaxing on the beach or sunbathing at the hotel’s pool or exploring the many sights of the area. Why not take a sunset boat trip or visit one of the surrounding fishing villages. Visit the nearby areas of Hue or Da Nang or take a city tour. With 4nights in Hoi An you can take advantage of the fact you have time to chill and relax and also experience the culture of this area of Vietnam.
Day 16 Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City
This morning you’ll be collected from your hotel and taken to Da Nang airport to catch your short internal flight to Ho Chi Minh City where you’ll then make your own way to your city hotel. Once you have checked-in to your Ho Chi Minh City hotel the rest of the day is spent at your leisure.
Day 17 Ho Chi Minh City
Today is a full day to explore more of Ho Chi Minh City at your own pace. You could take a trip out to the Mekong Delta to cruise through the canals or visit the many Temples within Ho Chi Minh. Why not visit some of the fascinating markets or the War Remnants museum.
Day 18 Ho Chi Minh City – London
This morning you’ll be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City airport to catch your flight back to London via Bangkok.
Arrive back in the UK after enjoying what was hopefully a fantastic holiday!