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SENSATIONAL SOUTHEAST ASIA - 13 Days

SENSATIONAL SOUTHEAST ASIA
2019.00

SENSATIONAL SOUTHEAST ASIA (IAH)

Dreaming of detailed ancient temples, bustling cities, and exotic bays lined with mysterious caves and floating villages? We are, too. Let us show you the splendor of Southeast Asia on this 13-day itinerary. With hotel accommodations, private guided sightseeing, and daily breakfast coordinated for you, Monograms makes your dream Southeast Asia adventure simple! Plus, we provide you with a Local Host® who can provide suggestions about what to see and do during your stay.

Your vacation begins when you arrive in Hanoi. If you wish, we can transfer you seamlessly from the airport to your hotel. Your Local Host will greet you and provide you with details to help you navigate the city. The next morning, after included breakfast, you will take a private guided tour, stopping at all of Hanoi’s must-see sites. You will explore the Old Quarter by electric car, visit the One Pillar Pagoda, and tour the Ho Chi Minh Museum, Presidential Palace, and Temple of Literature.

The next day, take a private transfer through the countryside to Ha Long Bay, a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site that is dotted with more than 3,000 limestone islands. Upon your arrival, you will board an overnight cruise that will take you to explore the beaches, caves, and floating villages scattered throughout the bay. You may also choose to enjoy a traditional Vietnamese cooking demonstration while on board. You will disembark the following day to catch your flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.

Once in Ho Chi Minh, you will take a private guided walking tour, strolling along Dong Khoi Street to see the Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. You will also visit the moving War Remnants Museum and experience the Ben Thanh Market, the largest and oldest market in the city. This afternoon, explore on your own! On your second day in Ho Chi Minh, discover more than 120 miles of underground tunnels. These Cu Chi Tunnels were used by the Viet Cong as a hideout during the war.

Then, you will fly from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap in neighboring Cambodia for private guided sightseeing that introduces you to some of the world’s most incredible ancient ruins: the fantastically preserved Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom’s Bayon Temple with its carved face images, the red sandstone Banteay Srei, and untouched Ta Prohm, where trunks and roots of massive trees can be seen growing over, around, and through the ruins.

Your trip concludes with two days in Bangkok. Take a private guided tour including the Temple of the Dawn, whose 260-foot-tall spire has become identified with Bangkok; the Grand Palace; the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, painstakingly carved from a single block of jade; and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wait until you see the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha! We’ve also included a boat ride through the klongs, Bangkok’s canals, where you will see family homes, temples, and the local way of life.

Monograms has assembled the best of Southeast Asia for you, so that all you have to do is remember your camera!


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* The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Day 1
ARRIVE HANOI, VIETNAM

Welcome to Vietnam! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2
HANOI

This morning, enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR of the city. First, explore the ancient streets of the fascinating OLD QUARTER by electric car. Here, peddlers trade as they have for centuries. Then, visit the MAUSOLEUM and the humble cottage from which “Uncle Ho” ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next on the agenda: ONE PILLAR PAGODA and the PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. Also, visit the ancient TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, more than 900 years old and Hanoi’s first university.

Breakfast Lunch

Day 3
HANOI–HA LONG BAY CRUISE

Your private transfer takes you 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. Upon arrival, board an OVERNIGHT CRUISE that takes you to explore the tunnels, caves, pristine beaches, and floating villages that are sprinkled across the bay. While on board, enjoy a TRADITIONAL VIETNAMESE COOKING DEMONSTRATION with the ship’s chef. You may also choose to relax with a spa treatment.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4
HA LONG BAY CRUISE–HANOI–HO CHI MINH CITY

Early birds can participate in a TAI CHI DEMONSTRATION on the Sun Deck at the break of dawn. Disembark later this morning for a private transfer to Hanoi to catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many.

Breakfast

Day 5
HO CHI MINH CITY

Start your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING with a WALKING TOUR of the city’s famous and historic landmarks as you stroll 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 moving WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, followed by bustling BEN THANH MARKET, the largest and oldest in the city. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this lively city.

Breakfast

Day 6
HO CHI MINH CITY

Today, enjoy a half-day PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION to the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City for time at leisure this afternoon.

Breakfast

Day 7
HO CHI MINH CITY–SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

A short flight brings you to Siem Reap, your base for exploring the temples of Angkor. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples are unmatched among the world’s ancient ruins.

Breakfast

Day 8
SIEM REAP

Your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at the best preserved of all the temples—ANGKOR WAT, which honors the Hindu god Vishnu. Next stop is ANGKOR THOM to see BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Breakfast Lunch

Day 9
SIEM REAP

This morning, explore more of the Angkor temple complex on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. Visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique, small temple built from red sandstone and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Then, on to TA PROHM, which has been left relatively untouched, unlike many other temples. Here, the jungle surrounds you, and tree roots grow over and through the ruins. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Breakfast

Day 10
SIEM REAP–BANGKOK, THAILAND

Today, fly to Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city.

Breakfast

Day 11
BANGKOK

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.

Breakfast Lunch

Day 12
BANGKOK

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore on your own.

Breakfast

Day 13
BANGKOK–LUANG PRABANG, LAOS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

What's Included

  • Local Host In each city.
  • Meals - American breakfast daily; 4 lunches; 1 dinner.
  • Sightseeing & Activities - Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits.
  • Transportation - Private airport transfers to/from all intra-vacation flights; private vehicle transfer from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay and back.
  • Baggage Handling - Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.
  • Choice of hotels - We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Intra-vacation flights not included

HANOI

SILK PATH HOTEL

Find yourself in the refined elegance of the Silk Path Hotel located in the historic Silk district of Hanoi. This chic and sophisticated boutique hotel has an essence of classic luxury mixed with rich oriental heritage. The professional staff is ready to provide exceptional service to make all guests feel welcome. Guestrooms at the Silk Path are tastefully decorated and include modern amenities for your convenience. With two bars and two restaurants, the Silk Path Hotel is equipped to serve your every need.

OPTION - PAN PACIFIC HOTEL HANOI

Contemporarily elegant and tastefully decorated, the Sofitel Plaza Hanoi offers a genuine experience of sophistication and luxury. Within the elegant interiors, enjoy a contemporary aesthetic blended with beautiful Vietnamese touches and stately furnishings. Whether you choose to try the authentic dim sum dishes from Ming Restaurant or the international buffet at Brasserie Westlake, you will dine in comfort. Soothe tired muscles and step into an oasis of relaxation with a pampering massage or swim in the pool with retractable roof. The well-equipped fitness center offers guests modern facilities and various scheduled sessions of yoga, pilates, and aerobics.

OPTION 2 - SOFITEL LEGEND METROPOLE HANOI

This award winning French colonial style hotel is located in the heart of downtown Hanoi. The Opera Wing guestrooms feature a neo classic elegance, Sofitel's MyBed, and complimentary WiFi Internet access. After a long day take a dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool or visit the luxurious Le Spa du Metropole for an holistic spa treatment. The hotel features three on site restaurants offering fine French, Italian, and local cuisine along with three bars offering great choices for a night cap to a day of exploring.


HA LONG BAY

BHAYA CLASSIC

Built in oriental style with contemporary luxury, Bhaya Cruises has established a new standard of cruising in Vietnam. The four Bhaya Classic vessels have a total 75 cabins and proudly present a premium cruise experience in Ha Long Bay.

OPTION - PARADISE LUXURY DELUXE BALCONY CABIN

Paradise Luxury I, II, III & IV were built according to the traditional Vietnamese design and present a lavish design blending in subtle harmony with the natural environment. The four Paradise Luxury vessels offer 68 luxurious cabins as well as an exciting array of activities to be enjoyed while experiencing the spectacular scenery of the "Bay of Descending Dragons".


HO CHI MINH CITY

PARAGON SAIGON HOTEL

The Paragon Saigon Hotel features a sleek, modern design. Enjoy sweepings views of the Saigon city from the rooftop pool, or indulge in a treatment at the spa. The hotel's central location makes it a perfect base to explore this bustling city.

OPTION - INTERCONTINENTAL ASIANA SAIGON

InterContinental Asiana Saigon is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel features spacious rooms with separate bath and shower, a full service spa, outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Other amenities include three restaurants, a lounge, and a bar.

OPTION 2 - LIBERTY CENTRAL SAIGON CITYPOINT HOTEL

The Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel is contemporarily designed with modern rooms and offers guests the utmost in quality, comfort and convenience. Unwind after a day of sightseeing at the café, restaurant or bar and check out the pool deck for incredible views of the metropolis below. Hit the gym, complete with sauna and steam room, or pamper yourself in luxury at their spa.


SEIM REAP

SAEM SIEMREAP HOTEL

The newly opened Saem Siemreap Hotel features elegant Khmer architecture. After a day of sightseeing, relax in the outdoor salt water pool, enjoy a massage at the spa, or sip afternoon tea in the lobby bar.

OPTION - PARK HYATT SIEM REAP

The Park Hyatt, Siem Reap is the city's most prestigious address and perfect base to explore the Temples of Angkor. Located in the heart of the city, this award winning hotel blends an elegant and contemporary design to create an enlivening resort and residential feel. From the second you arrive you will be welcomed by true Cambodian hospitality and superb service. The stylish guestrooms offer a refined home away from home with all the amenities one would expect from a deluxe hotel. The luxurious collection of accommodation is matched by stylish dining venues that offer fresh, flavorful, well-presented dishes of French and Indochine inspirations. Lighter fare is also offered at The Glass House, the onsite deli-patisserie. Discerning travelers will appreciate the other amenities on offer. Relax by one of the two pools or in the inviting Living Room lounge and bar, get in a work out in the fitness center, or visit The Spa for holistic therapies and treatments using only locally harvested floral and aromatic ingredients.

OPTION 2 - BOREI ANGKOR RESORT & SPA

Aptly named after 'a territory of Angkor' in Cambodian, Borei Angkor Resort & Spa is a truly Cambodian hotel set in the heart of Siem Reap with easy access to the Angkor Temple complex and only 5 minutes from Pub Street with shops and restaurants. The hotel features many amenities for a comfortable stay including an outdoor pool, spa, fitness center, restaurant, and bar.


BANGKOK

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BANGKOK SATHORN

Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn is a comfortable and modern hotel just steps from many dining and entertainment choices on Silom Road. The hotel is situated nearby a SkyTrain stop, offering access to the city's center and major attractions such as The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha,and Erawan Shrine.

OPTION - SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, BANGKOK

Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this luxury hotel boasts gorgeous views of the natural side of Bangkok. A BTS station is adjacent, allowing easy access to the city's main sites like the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew.

OPTION 2 - AMARA BANGKOK

Set in the historic district of Bangkrak, known for its diverse local street food and exciting nightlife, this property affords easy access to enjoy the capital city. Savor the urban views from the rooftop pool or keep fit at the well-equipped gym.


 

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