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Globus Exploring Vietnam & Cambodia with Bangkok & Chiang Mai(OVE6)

19 days from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai 
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 an overnight 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!

In Thailand, visit Chiang Mai’s Wat Doi Suthep, a temple at 3,464 feet above sea level that draws Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world. 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. It’s an amazing vacation!

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Globus Journeys Promotions & Special Offers

  • 5% off 2018 Globus Asia, Africa and South Pacific early bookings.*
  • 5% off 2019 Globus Asia, Africa and South Pacific early bookings.*
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Globus Highlights & 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; [LF] 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; [LF] take a “cyclo” ride; walking tour in the Old Quarter; [LF] water puppets performance

HA LONG BAY
Overnight cruise on the bay

SIEM REAP
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Banteay Srei, and Ta Prohm; [LF] 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

CHIANG MAI

Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Wat Phra Singh, Wat Doi Suthep, an elephant training camp, and an orchid farm; Host service during your stay

Itinerary (2018)

Day 1ARRIVE IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM.
 Welcome to Vietnam! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2HO 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. (B,L,D)
Day 3HO 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. (B)
Day 4HO 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. Hoi An is also where French missionary Alexandre de Rhodes introduced Catholicism and Roman script to Vietnam. (B,D)
Day 5HOI 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 [LF] 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, free time to enjoy this quaint town further. (B)
Day 6HOI 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. (B,L)
Day 7HUE–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. (B)
Day 8HANOI.
 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 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 [LF] “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 [LF] WATER PUPPETS, a traditional art form dating back to the 11th century. (B,L,D)
Day 9HANOI–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 before stopping at one of the many secluded bays. (B,L,D)
Day 10HA 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! (B,L)
Day 11SIEM 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 ancient ruins anywhere in the world. 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. (B,L)
Day 12SIEM 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. Surrounded by jungle, tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, and you will 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 [LF] APSARA DANCE PERFORMANCE, where the ancient Khmer culture is brought to life by talented dancers, singers, and musicians. (B,D)
Day 13SIEM REAP–BANGKOK, THAILAND.
 Today, fly to exciting Bangkok. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 14BANGKOK.
 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. (B,L)
Day 15BANGKOK.
 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. (B)
Day 16BANGKOK–CHIANG MAI.
 Fly to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second-largest city. (B)
Day 17CHIANG MAI.
 Today, your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR begins with a visit to WAT PHRA SINGH with its famous Buddha image, and WAT DOI SUTHEP, a temple tucked away in the mountains. For the final ascent to the temple, you can take a tram car or walk up the Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with more than 300 steps. On a clear day, you will enjoy spectacular views of Chiang Mai. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 18CHIANG MAI.
 Today, take a PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION outside the city to BAAN TONG LUANG to visit several hill tribe groups, including the AKHA, known for gorgeous headdresses decorated with silver coins; and the KAREN, home to the PADAUNG LONG-NECKED WOMEN. Early in life, brass rings are placed on the necks of the village girls and as they mature, additional rings are added. This pushes the collarbone down and compresses the rib cage, creating the illusion of stretching their necks. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 19CHIANG MAI.
 Your stay in Chiang Mai ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Globus Meals

American breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 5 dinners including a welcome dinner in Ho Chi Minh City and a farewell dinner show in Siem Reap

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Globus Pricing Details

Dates and Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $999. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Ho Chi Minh City/Danang; Hue/Hanoi; Hanoi/Siem Reap; Siem Reap/Bangkok; Bangkok/Chiang Mai. Air prices were effective on August 17, 2017, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$1,280

Triple Rooms are not available.

Extra Nights per person in Ho Chi Minh City:
in single room $164; in twin room $88

Extra nights per person in Chiang Mai:
January-March & November-December: in single room $193; in twin room $102
October: in single room $166; in twin room $88

2019 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in August 2018.

Globus 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.

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Guaranteed Departure  indicates Guaranteed Departure
*Tour Land StartGlobus RetailRequest Quote
Guaranteed Departure 12/03/2017 $3,689.00
02/18/2018 $3,819.00
03/04/2018 $3,499.00
09/16/2018 $3,469.00
10/07/2018 $3,469.00
11/04/2018 $3,509.00
12/02/2018 $3,509.00
01/13/2019 $3,579.00
02/10/2019 $3,579.00
03/10/2019 $3,579.00
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