Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand

Stories by Ken Burns Your Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam travels span the heyday of the ancient Khmer Kingdom to the present day, discovering timeless Angkor Wat, Hue, cosmopolitan Hanoi and Bangkok - with special experiences like cyclo rides, visits to local hill tribe villages, and boat cruises through Bangkok's klongs and along Hue's Perfume River.

Stories by Ken Burns Tauck's 16-day Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam travel adventure encompasses the best of Southeast Asia as you explore the legendary cities of Hanoi, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. Discover golden Buddhas, ancient kingdoms, inspiring temples and lush landscapes, and experience the unique cultures and traditions of this fascinating area of the world for yourself... from a water puppet performance to ornate pagodas and soaring temple spires to gilded palaces and bamboo stilt houses. Explore Chiang Mai and cruise on the klongs of Bangkok. Discover poignant reminders of war in Vietnam like the Cu Chi Tunnels and notorious Hoa Lo Prison, and see the legacy of peace as you visit a kindergarten in Da Nang. Experience the grandeur and archaeological significance of UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Angkor, Hoi An and Hue, and stay at the finest city hotels and word-class resorts.

Discover Southeast Asian life on the water as you cruise rivers, lakes & klongs; explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Angkor, Hoi An & Hue; see Bangkok's golden Reclining Buddha, Hue's Imperial Citadel on the Perfume River, and the Cu Chi Tunnels of Vietnam; travel via buggy, motorboat & cyclo; meet the hill tribes of Chiang Mai

Traveling Well Includes:
  • A buggy ride through the Old Quarter of Hanoi, a cyclo ride through the remains of Imperial Hue, and a trek atop an elephant through a Chiang Mai forest
  • Includes five on-tour flights
  • Guided visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Angkor, Hue and Hoi An
  • See Bangkok's golden Reclining Buddha, Hue's Imperial Citadel on the Perfume River, and the Cu Chi Tunnels of Vietnam
  • Discover Southeast Asian life on the water on a cruise along the Perfume River in Hue, through the klongs of Bangkok, and on Siem Reap's Tonle Sap Lake
  • A private tour of the Jim Thompson House, the art-filled home of an American-born silk entrepreneur and legendary figure in Bangkok
  • A scenic drive to the hilltop, 14th-century temple of Wat Doi Suthep, overlooking the verdant landscape of Chiang Mai
  • Hill tribe village visits to meet people of the Padong, Palong and Karen tribes of Chiang Mai
  • A two-night resort stay on Vietnam's new China Beach, one of the finest beaches in Asia
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 37 meals (15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 dinners); service charges, taxes, gratuities to local guides and porterage

  • Call (800) 979-2266 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14485436

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer valid through 9/30/2019
    16 Days
    Day 1HanoiArrive Hanoi, Vietnam

    Tour begins: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi at 6:00 PM. A transfer is included from Noi Bai Int'l Airport to Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. A Hanoi landmark since the turn of the last century, this elegant hotel is set in the heart of the city. Join us tonight for a welcome reception and dinner at Le Beaulieu.

    Lodging:Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

    Meals: D
    Day 2HanoiA Day in Hanoi, French Heritage - Asian Traditions

    Begin your Vietnam tour with a day including a memorable buggy ride through the back streets of Old Hanoi; a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum; the colonial Presidential Palace that Ho Chi Minh refused to live in, along with his house on stilts; the famous One-Pillar Pagoda, constructed in 1049 to resemble a lotus blossom; and a visit to the infamous Hoa Lo Prison, known as the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War. Sample Vietnamese specialties for lunch, then spend the afternoon as you wish. An art form that is unique to Vietnam and popular since the 18th century entertains you this evening during an enchanting water puppet performance. Please note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex is closed each year for annual renovations from September to December; Ho Chi Minh's stilt house and the One-Pillar Pagoda are still open for viewing.

    Lodging:Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3HueVietnam's Ancient Capital - Hue, a World Heritage Site

    After your flight to Da Nang, continue on to Hue, Vietnam's most beautiful city, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, visit the tomb of 19th-century emperor Tu Duc. After lunch, ride your private, pedal-powered cyclo to explore Hue's Citadel - which housed the Imperial City for the emperor's official functions, and the Forbidden Purple City for his personal time - then settle in to your riverfront accommodations along the Perfume River.

    Lodging:La Residence Hotel & Spa

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4Da NangHue & Da Nang's Modern China Beach

    This morning, explore Hue's tranquil setting as you admire Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda, a seven-story octagonal tower built in 1844, and cruise along the Perfume River; view the boats that continue to serve as complete family homes for many residents of Hue. Then take in the scenery along the Vietnamese coast and Hai Van Mountain during a drive to Da Nang and the 18-mile-long China Beach - made famous by the 1980s TV show of the same name and now a popular Vietnam travel destination. You'll spend the next two nights at one of the most prestigious beachfront resorts in Vietnam, the Furama Resort Da Nang, set right on the shores of the South China Sea.

    Lodging:Furama Resort Da Nang

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5Hoi AnThe Historic Port City of Hoi An

    After visiting a local kindergarten, head south from Da Nang to Hoi An on the banks of the Thu Bon River. A busy international trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries, Hoi An is known for having preserved the traditional streets, temples and housing that reflect its multicultural heritage. Highlights include an 18th-century Japanese-style bridge with its own pagoda, the Phung Hung House and a riverside street market.

    Lodging:Furama Resort Da Nang

    Meals: B, D
    Day 6Ho Chi Minh CityHo Chi Minh City & the Cu Chi Tunnels

    Take a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), Vietnam's second-largest city; set off to the battlefield memorial site of Ben Duoc, northwest of the city, where you'll explore an underground world of tunnels and chambers three stories deep at Cu Chi Tunnels with your local guides. Used during the Vietnam War, the 120-mile tunnel network housed kitchens, dormitories, munitions factories, hospitals, and schoolrooms. Sample Vietnam's diverse culinary heritage tonight with an elegant dinner at a local restaurant offering French, Vietnamese, and international specialties within a sumptuously restored villa setting.

    Lodging:Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7Ho Chi Minh CityDiscovering Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon)

    In the former Presidential Palace of South Vietnam, you'll learn from a local expert about its role in the country's history; it was renamed Reunification Hall after negotiations rejoined North and South in 1975. Next get an overview of the city's key sights, including the U.S. Consulate, the former U.S. Embassy in Saigon which saw some of the crucial events of 1975; the grand Central Post Office designed by Paris' Gustave Eiffel, and Notre Dame Cathedral, built by the French in the late 1800s. Enjoy the afternoon and evening as you please.

    Lodging:Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers

    Meals: B, L
    Day 8Siem ReapCambodia's Archaeological Heritage

    Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, for a two-night stay near the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Angkor. This complex of ancient temples, built by the Khmer civilization from the 9th to 15th centuries, includes the remains of more than 100 stone temples, wooden palaces, public buildings and homes. The temple remains are astonishing architectural and artistic tributes to the Khmer people. Today's visit will focus on Angkor Wat, an enormous temple consisting of five nested walls and moats, precisely oriented along the Earth's north-south axis.

    Lodging:Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 9Siem ReapAncient Khmer Temples, City & Terrace

    Your visit continues at Ta Prohm Temple, preserved within a stranglehold of centuries-old trees to give a sense of what the ruins might look like in the absence of modern conservation efforts; the ruins of the ancient city of Angkor Thom, including its Terrace of the Elephants, once a royal viewing platform; and the Buddhist Bayon Temple, hallmarked by more than 200 carved images of eerily smiling faces. Later, take an optional cruise among the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake.

    Lodging:Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 10Chiang MaiNorth to Chiang Mai & Doi Suthep

    Fly to Bangkok this morning and on to Chiang Mai, Thailand's Rose of the North, a modern city with an ancient artistic and cultural heritage. Your accommodations at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai feature a Lanna-style pavilion overlooking gardens, rice paddies and mountains. A scenic drive into Doi Suthep Nat'l Park includes a visit to the Buddhist temple, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, overlooking Chiang Mai.

    Lodging:Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

    Meals: B, D
    Day 11Chiang MaiThailand's elephants at work & play

    Elephants - Thailand's national animal - are an integral part of Chiang Mai's economy and culture. Visit an elephant camp today to see how these marvelous animals are trained to work in a teak forest; you'll have a chance to feed them bananas and sugar cane, see them demonstrate various skills, and see baby elephants in the nursery before you return to your Mae Rim Valley resort where the remainder of the day is spent as you please.

    Lodging:Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 12Chiang MaiVisiting the Hill Tribe Villages

    The scenic hills of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand are home to tribal peoples who live peacefully there as small farmers, observing and honoring their traditional ways of life. You'll have an opportunity today to visit some of these colorful villages, meeting people from the Padong, Palong and long-necked Karen tribes.

    Lodging:Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

    Meals: B, D
    Day 13BangkokFly to Bangkok, Thailand's Capital

    A morning flight takes you to bustling Bangkok in time for lunch at a local restaurant and some time spent exploring on your own in Thailand's capital - kicking off a three-night stay at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, with accommodations in the deluxe Krungthep Wing. Enjoy dinner tonight at your choice of restaurants at your hotel.

    Lodging:Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 14BangkokThe Grand Palace & Reclining Buddha

    Depart your hotel by boat for a morning of Bangkok sightseeing. You'll walk to the dazzling Grand Palace, where Thai kings resided until the turn of the 20th century, visit the Emerald Buddha and Wat Pho, home to the golden Reclining Buddha, before motorboating back to your hotel for an afternoon and evening spent as you please in Bangkok.

    Lodging:Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok

    Meals: B, L
    Day 15BangkokKlongs & The Jim Thompson House

    Get a close-up look at daily life along the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok's canals or klongs. Stop to visit Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and the Jim Thompson House Museum, home of the American architect and entrepreneur who revitalized the Thai silk industry. Tonight, your travels end with a farewell dinner.

    Lodging:Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok

    Meals: B, D
    Day 16BangkokJourney Home

    Tour ends: Bangkok. A transfer is included from Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok to Bangkok International Airport; please allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.


    Meals: B

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    09/13/2019$8,290.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    10/11/2019$9,290.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    12/06/2019$10,390.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    12/23/2019$10,590.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.


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