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Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand
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  • Duration: 15 days
  • Countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand 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, Hué, 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 Hué, 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 & Hué; see Bangkok's golden Reclining Buddha, Hué'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
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Tauck World Discovery: Vietnam, Cambodia & ThailandDay 1 Hanoi, VietnamArrive Hanoi, VietnamTour 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.Meals: DDay 2 Hanoi, VietnamA Day in Hanoi, French Heritage - Asian TraditionsBegin 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.Meals: B, LDay 3 Hué, VietnamVietnam's Ancient Capital - Hué, a World Heritage SiteAfter your flight to Da Nang, continue on to Hué, 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 Hué'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.Meals: B, L, DDay 4 Da Nang, VietnamHué & Da Nang's Modern "China Beach"This morning, explore Hué'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 Hué. 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.Meals: B, L, DDay 5 Hoi An, VietnamThe Historic Port City of Hoi AnAfter 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.Meals: B, DDay 6 Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamHo Chi Minh City & the Cu Chi TunnelsTake 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.Meals: B, L, DDay 7 Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamDiscovering 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.Meals: B, LDay 8 Siem Reap, CambodiaCambodia's Archaeological HeritageFly 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.Meals: B, L, DDay 9 Siem Reap, CambodiaAncient Khmer Temples, City & TerraceYour 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.Meals: B, L, DDay 10 Chiang Mai, ThailandNorth to Chiang Mai & Doi SuthepFly 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.Meals: B, DDay 11 Chiang Mai, ThailandThailand's elephants at work & playElephants - 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.Meals: B, L, DDay 12 Chiang Mai, ThailandVisiting the Hill Tribe VillagesThe 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.Meals: B, DDay 13 Bangkok, ThailandFly to Bangkok, Thailand's CapitalA 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.Meals: B, L, DDay 14 Bangkok, ThailandThe Grand Palace & Reclining BuddhaDepart 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.Meals: B, LDay 15 Bangkok, ThailandKlongs & The Jim Thompson HouseGet 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.Meals: B, DDay 16 Bangkok, ThailandJourney HomeTour 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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