• 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
• Bangkok - Grand Palace, Temple of Dawn, Thailand
• Thai Cooking Course
• Rangoon - Shwedagon Temple, Burma
• Monasteries and pagodas of Mandalay
• 2-day Mekong River journey, Laos
• Remote hilltribe villages
• Spectacular Halong Bay, Vietnam
• Mekong Delta by boat
• Ancient temples of Angkor Wat and Pagan
• 32 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Bangkok, Thailand
• All meals included
• Includes 11 flights
• Activity Level: 2
The land of a thousand smiles, ancient temples, five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, exotic and welcoming cultures, hilltribe villages, colorful markets and stunning scenery: ElderTreks' Grand Southeast Asia Adventure offers the best of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Burma.
Our journey begins in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Marvel at the amazing Grand Palace complex and the Temple of Dawn before taking a long-tail boat ride on the back canals of the Chao Phrya River. Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia to visit the fantastic ancient temples of Angkor Wat. Visit the most impressive ruins of Bayon Temple, Banteay Srei, the "Citadel of Women", Terrace of the Elephants and Angkor Thom, and enjoy a performance of classical Cambodian dance.
We fly to Phnom Penh to begin our river journey along the Mekong into Vietnam. After seeing the highlights and energy of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Spend a relaxing day meandering through the rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta. Walk the streets of Hoi An - a "living museum" and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meander through tree-lined streets, past French colonial architecture and the old-quarter of Hanoi by cyclo. In the evening, enjoy a performance of the famous water-puppets. Explore the thousands of limestone islands in the warm turquoise water of Halong Bay.
Fly to the capital city of Laos, Vientiane and take in the city's principal sites. Discover some of Southeast Asia's most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We embark on a two-day Mekong River journey into the remote regions of northern Laos. Return to Thailand via the Golden Triangle and on to the northern city of Chiang Mai for a bicycle trip along the Ping River, followed by an afternoon Thai cooking lesson.
Our adventure continues in Rangoon, Burma with visits to the city's main attractions, including one of the most opulent temples in the world, the Shwedagon Pagoda. Travel to Mandalay and visit the most revered religious monuments in Burma as well as hand-woven silk and tapestry workshops. Pagan's countryside is the perfect backdrop for its 2,600 ancient temples.
Our fascinating sojourn of Southeast Asia concludes in Bangkok, Thailand. We hope you can join ElderTreks' adventure which visits Southeast Asia's greatest treasures - truly a journey of a lifetime!
has guaranteed departures
Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms.
Some rough/dusty roads and long drives. Flexibility is key due to changing internal airline schedules.
Bangkok - Grand Palace, Temple of Dawn, Canal Trip
Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat; Classical Cambodian Dance
Temples of Angkor Wat - (UNESCO)
Angkor Wat - Banteay Srei, fly to Phnom Penh
Explore Phnom Penh
Boat Journey to Saigon, Vietnam
Mekong Delta Boat Journey; Floating Market, Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City; Fly to Danang
Hoi An to Hue (UNESCO) via China Beach
Perfume River Boat Trip
Halong Bay boat journey; Hanoi Sites
Fly to Vientiane, Laos
Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos - Kuang Sy Waterfall, K'hmu Villages
Luang Prabang Walking Tour (UNESCO)
2-day Mekong River Journey, 'Caves of a Thousand Buddhas', to Pakbeng
To Chiang Khong - Thailand
Golden Triangle to Chiang Mai; Elephant Camp
Cycle to Ancient Ruins of Vieng Kum Kham; Thai Cooking Lessons
Fly Bangkok/Rangoon, Burma; Shwedagon Temple
World's Tallest Pagoda and the Taukkyan War Cemetery
Fly to Mandalay; Temples and Pagodas
Mandalay to Pagan via Mount Popa
Explore Pagan - UNESCO
Pagan to Yangon fly to Bangkok