18 Day Central Thailand & Vietnam

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two-three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate; however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups, as well as some long days of 10-12 hours, are necessary to cover the territory. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Sydney-Bangkok, Hanoi-Sydney
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh-Da Nang & Hue-Hanoi
  • 17 nights accommodations
    • 4 nights Bangkok
    • 2 nights Kanchanaburi
    • 1 night Ayutthaya
    • 2 nights Ho Chi Minh
    • 2 nights Hoi An
    • 2 nights Hue
    • 1 night Halong Bay
    • 3 nights Hanoi
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 26 meals: 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners with wine or beer
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour managers througout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • In Bangkok, visit serene Wat Po, home of the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long
  • Visit the buzzing and vividly colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Walk the Bridge over the River Kwai & explore the War Museum
  • Visit Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, used as a summer palace by the Siamese royalty
  • Marvel at Chai Wattanaram Temple, one of Ayutthaya’s most impressive remaining monuments
  • Visit the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the magnificent Saigon Opera house in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Discover the Old City of Hoi An, one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia in the 15th century
  • Explore Hue’s Imperial City & 19th century Citadel
  • Sail on Halong Bay, one of the most breathtaking places on the planet
  • In Hanoi, visit the Museum of Ethnology & attend the world-famous Water Puppet Show

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two-three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate; however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups, as well as some long days of 10-12 hours, are necessary to cover the territory. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Tuesday- Depart for Thailand
Depart for Thailand. Arrive in exotic Bangkok and transfer to your hotel; remainder of the day is at leisure. Time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 2, Wednesday - Bangkok City Tour
This morning enjoy a tour that introduces you to Bangkok, the "City of Angels". Drive through Chinatown packed with hundreds of market stalls, street-side restaurants, and gold shops. On to colorful "Little India" with its bright hanging walls of glistening fabrics and the fragrant wholesale Flower Market. Visit serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive to Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King's Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest and relax before tonight’s Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Full Day in Bangkok
Today is yours to explore Bangkok independently. Or, take the optional tour to the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom, and to Wat Phra Kaew, (Temple of the Emerald Buddha),* with its brightly colored buildings, golden spires and gorgeous mosaics. You'll see the distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace. In the evening, attend the optional buffet dinner and stunning performance of the "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam". Boasting over 150 performers, this lavish production delves into Siam's history and culture
*For Dec 3rd departure, the optional Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha is not available
Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Travel to Kanchanaburi, Visit Bridge over River Kwai & War Museum
Travel southwest this morning to the vibrant Damnoen Saduak Floating Market; observe how the ancient trading of wares is conducted between hundreds of local farmers and villagers aboard small Sampan boats. The boats are fully loaded with all kinds of products including fruits, vegetables, dry goods, and freshly cooked food. From the floating market, continue to the quiet provincial capital of Kanchanaburi, with its stunning natural beauty and beautiful rivers. Walk over the stone bridge at the River Kwai, one of the most famous rivers in the world, which gained international fame in the book and film, "Bridge on the River Kwai". The bridge, several museums and cemeteries have respectfully preserved the history and memorialized the dead. Enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Kanchanaburi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Full Day in Kanchanaburi
Day is at leisure to explore Kanchanaburi independently. Or, take the optional full day Hellfire Pass and Death Railway tour. Hellfire Pass derives its name from Allied POWs forced to work day and night in the jungle to complete the bridge and rail line using only simple tools; more than 12,000 soldiers and 80,000 Thais perished during the construction. A boat trip on the River Kwai and a ride on the Death Railway is included in the tour. Lunch en route before returning to Kanchanaburi
Optional: Full Day Hellfire Pass & Death Railway with lunch
Overnight: Kanchanaburi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday - Travel to Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya City Tour
Depart Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once glorified as the largest city in Southeast Asia. In the center of the city lies Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, monasteries and towers; one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. After lunch, continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Thong, a commoner who overthrew the previous king and took his throne. Here, you can enjoy the peaceful and tranquil surroundings of Siam before dinner
Overnight: Ayutthaya
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Travel to Bangkok
Start your morning with a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake. Originally built by King Prasat Thong in 1632, this served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. If time permits, there may be a visit to a local school before traveling to Bangkok. En route stop at a gem gallery, to watch while jewelry is made and learn more about the gems used. Time on your own in Bangkok to revisit some of the city's fabulous sites, or, indulge in a last-minute shopping spree. Enjoy a night out on the town on your own
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday - Flight to Ho Chi Minh
Today, bid farewell to your Thailand Tour Manager and some of your group as you fly to the largest city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon). Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Wednesday - Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Enjoy the morning at leisure or, join the optional half day tour to Cu Chi Tunnels. They were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour in Ho Chi Minh City, which includes the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office with its French style architecture, City Hall, and the magnificent Saigon Opera House. From here, visit lively Ben Thanh Market - where an unbelievable assortment of wares and crafts are sold under one roof. Continue to Dong Khoi Street, a major shopping thoroughfare in the center of the city. Early in the evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Flight to Da Nang, Hoi An City Tour
Depart Ho Chi Minh on your flight to Da Nang, one of Vietnam's major ports, situated on the coast of the South China Sea. Travel south to the picturesque ancient town of Hoi An, where people still wear the "ao dais", Vietnam's traditional dress. The ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the most important trading port in Southeast Asia in the 15th century. Its ancient past is superbly preserved in an enchanting collection of temples, pagodas, shop houses and magnificent private homes in the town's Old Quarter. Take a walking tour of this artistic jewel, with its century's old architecture includes the gorgeous Phuoc Kien Pagoda, the 400 year old bright red Japanese Covered Bridge and the Ancient House. Afterwards, continue to dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Friday - Full Day in Hoi An
Spend a full day at leisure discovering all of the delights of Hoi An independently. Walk through the Old City, stopping at one of the city's many museums, or see artisans using age-old techniques to fashion a variety of crafts. Of special interest are the colorful and elaborate paper lanterns created by lantern artisans for which Hoi An is well-known. Or, join the optional boat trip on the Thu Bon River visiting the Organic Village, including lunch. The boat trip begins at a local pier in the Old Town. You'll cruise down streams and past many fishing areas before arriving in Kim Bong village, home of traditional woodworking and boat-building. Return to the mainland and drive to the Traque Organic Village for lunch. Here, you'll learn about the many vegetables and herbs organically grown to support the people of Hoi An. After a Vietnamese culinary lesson and tasting, return to Hoi An
Optional: Boat Trip on the Thu Bon River & Organic Village with Lunch
Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Saturday - Travel to Hue, Hue Imperial City Tour
This morning, travel to Da Nang, with stunning views of bowl-shaped Da Nang Bay. Drive by the Marble Mountains, an area well-known for stone sculpture making and stone cutting crafts. Journey over the towering mountains to Hue, home to a wealth of palaces, temples, libraries and museums. Take an afternoon tour of this former Imperial capital, modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing. Enter the Ngo Mon Gate, principal entrance to the Imperial Enclosure and the central passageway reserved for use by the Emperor. Continue to the Thai Hoa Palace with its spacious hallways and ornamental roof, the Halls of the Mandarins, the Nine Dynastic Urns, and the ruins of the Forbidden Purple City, once home to the royal family. Tonight, spend time at leisure to explore on your own or join the optional Cyclo Ride with Dinner at the Citadel. Enjoy a panoramic view of both the daily life and the architecture of Hue with a Trishaw (Cyclo) Tour. Later arrive at a family-run restaurant within the Citadel and savor a multi-course dinner replica of the Royal Feast
Optional: Cyclo Ride with Dinner at the Citadel
Overnight: Hue
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Sunday - Full Day in Hue
Day at leisure to explore Hue independently. Or, participate in the not to be missed optional boat excursion on the gentle Perfume River, which explores the life along the banks of the ancient royal capital city. The river, with its shimmering blue color is dotted with a poetic landscape of boats, gardens, pagodas, towers and temples. The tour continues to the legendary Thien Mu Pagoda, on the north bank of the Perfume River, built in seven successive tiers. Then, a drive to the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, final resting place of Vietnam's longest reigning emperor and to Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. Here, a vegetarian lunch will be prepared by Buddhist nuns of the Dong Thien Pagoda. Return to Hue
Optional: Perfume River Boat Trip and Lunch at Dong Thien Pagoda
Overnight: Hue
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Monday - Flight to Hanoi, Sightseeing en route to Halong Bay
Depart Hue on the flight* to sparkling Hanoi, cultural center of the country. Upon arrival, travel overland and through the lush Vietnamese countryside to picturesque Halong Bay, considered one of Vietnam's most celebrated attractions. As you approach, you'll see thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea creating a truly magical scene. Arrive at your hotel in Halong Bay for overnight
*On some departures, the flight Hue-Hanoi may be changed to depart from Da Nang-Hanoi. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager
Overnight: Halong Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Tuesday - Cruise Halong Bay, Travel to Hanoi
Incredible views await you today! Halong Bay is considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, added to the list of UNESCO Heritage Sites and declared recently as one of the "New Seven Natural Wonders of the World". There are over 3000 islands in the emerald waters and over 1000 have their own names. Numbers of caves and grottos of all sizes and shapes are filled with small waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. Sail on a traditional wooden boat on the tranquil bay with lunch served on board. Visit one of the caves. Afterwards, drive to Hanoi, Vietnam's vibrant capital and check in to your hotel. This city's history is tied to French colonialism - its architecture, cuisine and local culture still bear evidence of the French influence
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 16, Wednesday - Hanoi City Tour & Evening Water Puppet Show
Today, visit the Museum of Ethnology, center for the preservation and exhibition of cultural heritage for over 50 ethnic groups in Vietnam. In the evening, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17, Thursday - Full Day in Hanoi
Spend a full day at leisure discovering Hanoi on your own, or, take the optional tour to the stunning Thay Pagoda and So Village, including lunch, also known as the "Pagoda of the Master". Nestled against the hillside in Sai Go Village, it shares its compound with the smaller Ca Pagoda. Here, you'll also see Thuy Dinh Stage, a water palace on Long Tri Pond, where the ancient form of water puppetry is performed. Continue to So Village, a well-preserved ancient village. Take a walking tour around the village with its traditional layout and small alleyways in-between the houses. Stop at one of the communal houses to meet villagers who earn their living from making noodles. Tonight, your journey to Vietnam ends with many lasting memories. Savor a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager
Optional: Thay Pagoda & So Village with lunch
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18, Friday - Depart Vietnam
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Friday- Depart for Thailand
Depart for Thailand. Arrive in exotic Bangkok and transfer to your hotel; remainder of the day is at leisure. Time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 2, Saturday - Bangkok City Tour
This morning enjoy a tour that introduces you to Bangkok, the "City of Angels". Drive through Chinatown packed with hundreds of market stalls, street-side restaurants, and gold shops. On to colorful "Little India" with its bright hanging walls of glistening fabrics and the fragrant wholesale Flower Market. Visit serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive to Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King's Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest and relax before tonight’s Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Full Day in Bangkok
Today is yours to explore Bangkok independently. Or, take the optional tour to the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom, and to Wat Phra Kaew, (Temple of the Emerald Buddha),* with its brightly colored buildings, golden spires and gorgeous mosaics. You'll see the distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace. In the evening, attend the optional buffet dinner and stunning performance of the "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam". Boasting over 150 performers, this lavish production delves into Siam's history and culture
*For Dec 3rd departure, the optional Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha is not available
Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Travel to Kanchanaburi, Visit Bridge over River Kwai & War Museum
Travel southwest this morning to the vibrant Damnoen Saduak Floating Market; observe how the ancient trading of wares is conducted between hundreds of local farmers and villagers aboard small Sampan boats. The boats are fully loaded with all kinds of products including fruits, vegetables, dry goods, and freshly cooked food. From the floating market, continue to the quiet provincial capital of Kanchanaburi, with its stunning natural beauty and beautiful rivers. Walk over the stone bridge at the River Kwai, one of the most famous rivers in the world, which gained international fame in the book and film, "Bridge on the River Kwai". The bridge, several museums and cemeteries have respectfully preserved the history and memorialized the dead. Enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Kanchanaburi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day in Kanchanaburi
Day is at leisure to explore Kanchanaburi independently. Or, take the optional full day Hellfire Pass and Death Railway tour. Hellfire Pass derives its name from Allied POWs forced to work day and night in the jungle to complete the bridge and rail line using only simple tools; more than 12,000 soldiers and 80,000 Thais perished during the construction. A boat trip on the River Kwai and a ride on the Death Railway is included in the tour. Lunch en route before returning to Kanchanaburi
Optional: Full Day Hellfire Pass & Death Railway with lunch
Overnight: Kanchanaburi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Travel to Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya City Tour
Depart Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once glorified as the largest city in Southeast Asia. In the center of the city lies Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, monasteries and towers; one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. After lunch, continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Thong, a commoner who overthrew the previous king and took his throne. Here, you can enjoy the peaceful and tranquil surroundings of Siam before dinner
Overnight: Ayutthaya
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Travel to Bangkok
Start your morning with a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake. Originally built by King Prasat Thong in 1632, this served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. If time permits, there may be a visit to a local school before traveling to Bangkok. En route stop at a gem gallery, to watch while jewelry is made and learn more about the gems used. Time on your own in Bangkok to revisit some of the city's fabulous sites, or, indulge in a last-minute shopping spree. Enjoy a night out on the town on your own
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Flight to Ho Chi Minh
Today, bid farewell to your Thailand Tour Manager and some of your group as you fly to the largest city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon). Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Enjoy the morning at leisure or, join the optional half day tour to Cu Chi Tunnels. They were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour in Ho Chi Minh City, which includes the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office with its French style architecture, City Hall, and the magnificent Saigon Opera House. From here, visit lively Ben Thanh Market - where an unbelievable assortment of wares and crafts are sold under one roof. Continue to Dong Khoi Street, a major shopping thoroughfare in the center of the city. Early in the evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Flight to Da Nang, Hoi An City Tour
Depart Ho Chi Minh on your flight to Da Nang, one of Vietnam's major ports, situated on the coast of the South China Sea. Travel south to the picturesque ancient town of Hoi An, where people still wear the "ao dais", Vietnam's traditional dress. The ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the most important trading port in Southeast Asia in the 15th century. Its ancient past is superbly preserved in an enchanting collection of temples, pagodas, shop houses and magnificent private homes in the town's Old Quarter. Take a walking tour of this artistic jewel, with its century's old architecture includes the gorgeous Phuoc Kien Pagoda, the 400 year old bright red Japanese Covered Bridge and the Ancient House. Afterwards, continue to dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Full Day in Hoi An
Spend a full day at leisure discovering all of the delights of Hoi An independently. Walk through the Old City, stopping at one of the city's many museums, or see artisans using age-old techniques to fashion a variety of crafts. Of special interest are the colorful and elaborate paper lanterns created by lantern artisans for which Hoi An is well-known. Or, join the optional boat trip on the Thu Bon River visiting the Organic Village, including lunch. The boat trip begins at a local pier in the Old Town. You'll cruise down streams and past many fishing areas before arriving in Kim Bong village, home of traditional woodworking and boat-building. Return to the mainland and drive to the Traque Organic Village for lunch. Here, you'll learn about the many vegetables and herbs organically grown to support the people of Hoi An. After a Vietnamese culinary lesson and tasting, return to Hoi An
Optional: Boat Trip on the Thu Bon River & Organic Village with Lunch
Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Tuesday - Travel to Hue, Hue Imperial City Tour
This morning, travel to Da Nang, with stunning views of bowl-shaped Da Nang Bay. Drive by the Marble Mountains, an area well-known for stone sculpture making and stone cutting crafts. Journey over the towering mountains to Hue, home to a wealth of palaces, temples, libraries and museums. Take an afternoon tour of this former Imperial capital, modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing. Enter the Ngo Mon Gate, principal entrance to the Imperial Enclosure and the central passageway reserved for use by the Emperor. Continue to the Thai Hoa Palace with its spacious hallways and ornamental roof, the Halls of the Mandarins, the Nine Dynastic Urns, and the ruins of the Forbidden Purple City, once home to the royal family. Tonight, spend time at leisure to explore on your own or join the optional Cyclo Ride with Dinner at the Citadel. Enjoy a panoramic view of both the daily life and the architecture of Hue with a Trishaw (Cyclo) Tour. Later arrive at a family-run restaurant within the Citadel and savor a multi-course dinner replica of the Royal Feast
Optional: Cyclo Ride with Dinner at the Citadel
Overnight: Hue
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Wednesday - Full Day in Hue
Day at leisure to explore Hue independently. Or, participate in the not to be missed optional boat excursion on the gentle Perfume River, which explores the life along the banks of the ancient royal capital city. The river, with its shimmering blue color is dotted with a poetic landscape of boats, gardens, pagodas, towers and temples. The tour continues to the legendary Thien Mu Pagoda, on the north bank of the Perfume River, built in seven successive tiers. Then, a drive to the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, final resting place of Vietnam's longest reigning emperor and to Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. Here, a vegetarian lunch will be prepared by Buddhist nuns of the Dong Thien Pagoda. Return to Hue
Optional: Perfume River Boat Trip and Lunch at Dong Thien Pagoda
Overnight: Hue
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Thursday - Flight to Hanoi, Sightseeing en route to Halong Bay
Depart Hue on the flight* to sparkling Hanoi, cultural center of the country. Upon arrival, travel overland and through the lush Vietnamese countryside to picturesque Halong Bay, considered one of Vietnam's most celebrated attractions. As you approach, you'll see thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea creating a truly magical scene. Arrive at your hotel in Halong Bay for overnight
*On some departures, the flight Hue-Hanoi may be changed to depart from Da Nang-Hanoi. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager
Overnight: Halong Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Friday - Cruise Halong Bay, Travel to Hanoi
Incredible views await you today! Halong Bay is considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, added to the list of UNESCO Heritage Sites and declared recently as one of the "New Seven Natural Wonders of the World". There are over 3000 islands in the emerald waters and over 1000 have their own names. Numbers of caves and grottos of all sizes and shapes are filled with small waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. Sail on a traditional wooden boat on the tranquil bay with lunch served on board. Visit one of the caves. Afterwards, drive to Hanoi, Vietnam's vibrant capital and check in to your hotel. This city's history is tied to French colonialism - its architecture, cuisine and local culture still bear evidence of the French influence
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 16, Saturday - Hanoi City Tour & Evening Water Puppet Show
Today, visit the Museum of Ethnology, center for the preservation and exhibition of cultural heritage for over 50 ethnic groups in Vietnam. In the evening, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17, Sunday - Full Day in Hanoi
Spend a full day at leisure discovering Hanoi on your own, or, take the optional tour to the stunning Thay Pagoda and So Village, including lunch, also known as the "Pagoda of the Master". Nestled against the hillside in Sai Go Village, it shares its compound with the smaller Ca Pagoda. Here, you'll also see Thuy Dinh Stage, a water palace on Long Tri Pond, where the ancient form of water puppetry is performed. Continue to So Village, a well-preserved ancient village. Take a walking tour around the village with its traditional layout and small alleyways in-between the houses. Stop at one of the communal houses to meet villagers who earn their living from making noodles. Tonight, your journey to Vietnam ends with many lasting memories. Savor a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager
Optional: Thay Pagoda & So Village with lunch
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18, Monday - Depart Vietnam
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha

Morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the adjoining Grand Palace. Together they form the most impressive sights for visitors to Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew consists of over 100 brightly colored buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics, dating back to 1782, when Bangkok was founded. From Wat Phra Kaew continue to the Grand Palace. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European designs of the Grand Palace. It is important to note that this palace is used now only for occasional ceremonial purposes and is no longer the royal residence.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$56.00
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Siam Niramit Show & Dinner

Enjoy a delightful Buffet Dinner at the Siam Niramit Restaurant before attending this evening's stunning performance of "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom" of Siam. This $40 million production, with over 150 performers, explores the Kingdom of Siam's history and culture, with scenes highlighting the Ancient Kingdom of Lanna, Khmer heritage, and traditions of the central plains. Then, venture into the heart of Thai mythology with scenes of Fiery Hell, the mystical Himapaan Forest, and Blissful Heaven. Lastly, enjoy a montage of joyous celebrations honoring the Buddhist tradition.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$89.00
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Full Day Hellfire Pass & Death Railway with lunch

Depart early in the morning from Kanchanaburi to visit Hellfire Pass and the Death Railway. En route, stop at nearby Sai Yok National Park, known for its waterfalls, caves and rare wildlife. Here, visit the Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, the most popular attraction in the park. After lunch, continue to Hellfire Pass that derives its name from Allied Prisoners of War ordered by the Japanese authorities to complete the bridge and rail line earlier than scheduled. All POW's were forced to work day and night in the jungle, digging through the mountain with simple tools. More than 12,000 soldiers and 80,000 Thais perished during construction. Conclude the tour with a train ride that crosses the Bridge over River Kwai.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Please note that there are approximately 154 stairs with 4 small platforms to descend to the railway bed to view the pass. You will need to climb back up the stairs to return to the start point. Walking to the pass requires walking approximately 400 meters on an unpaved path of rocks of the former railbed.

Day #5 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$43.00
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Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi tunnels were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. These tunnels were first used during the French/Vietnamese War (1946-1954) and later used by the Viet Cong as a base of operations during the 1968 Tet offensive. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. The entire structure was dug out of the rock by hand tools without the use of cement. On this tour, you’ll learn about the tunnels and other aspects of the war. Opportunity for a brief view of life underground as you enter areas that have been enlarged to create easier access for visitors. The majority of the tour will be above the tunnels.

Please note: This tour is presented from a Vietnamese perspective, based on past wars with France and the United States. If you are uncomfortable with the expressed point-of-views and prefer not to hear this discussion, then we recommend that you do not participate.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #9 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$58.00
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Boat Trip on the Thu Bon River & Organic Village with lunch

Begin the boat trip at a local pier in the Old Town, cruising down streams and passing many fishing areas before cruising out to the main river. Stop at Kim Bong village, home of traditional woodworking and boat-building families. Return to the mainland and drive to the Traque Organic Village for lunch. Here, meet local farmers and learn about the many vegetables and herbs that are organically grown here to support the people of Hoi An. Walk through the gardens and see how, even today, local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods used hundreds of years ago. A culinary lesson follows on the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food, plus the local specialty called Banh-xeo. Once the lesson is over, enjoy the food you helped to prepare.

Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #11 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$74.00
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Cyclo Ride with Dinner at the Citadel

Enjoy a panoramic view of both the daily life and the architecture of Hue with a Trishaw (Cyclo) Tour. (The Cyclo is a very common mode of transportation in Vietnam.) Begin at the French Quarter with its beautiful French villas. Pass by the school where former presidents Ho Chi Minh and Ngo Dinh Diem, as well as Vo Nguyen Giap - a prominent Vietnamese politician - were educated. Continue via the market to the former Royal Palace. Then, arrive at a family-run restaurant within the Citadel walls; its owner is the descendant of a high ranking Mandarin official, and thus considered "a master of Royal cuisine." Savor a multi-course dinner - each dish will be presented in the shape of a peacock, dragon or turtle. This feast is a replica of the Royal Feast presented to the royal families in the past.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #12 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$67.00
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Perfume River Boat Trip with lunch at Dong Thien Pagoda

Enjoy a boat trip on the beautiful and serene Perfume River with a stop to a local village to learn about the daily life of local people in one of the most traditional parts of North Central Vietnam. Continue to the Thien Mu Pagoda, situated on Ha Khe hill, on the north bank of the Perfume River. The temple complex stretches north from the river banks in seven successive tiers, each of which is dedicated to a human form taken by the Buddha, or a step to enlightenment. Then, drive to the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, the final resting place of Vietnam’s longest reigning emperor, set among forested hills and lakes. Lastly, proceed to Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. A vegetarian lunch prepared by Buddhist nuns of the Dong Thien Pagoda is a very special experience, with time to interact with the Buddhist nuns, learning more about their lives in the pagoda.

Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.

Day #13 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$89.00
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Thay Pagoda & So Village with lunch

Today tour the stunning Thay Pagoda and So Village, including lunch, also known as the "Pagoda of the Master." Nestled against the hillside in Sai Go Village, it shares its compound with the smaller Ca Pagoda. Here, you can also see Thuy Dinh Stage, a water palace on Long Tri Pond, where the ancient form of water puppetry is performed. Continue to So Village, a well-preserved ancient village. Walking tour around the village to see the traditional layout with small alleyways in-between the houses. Stop to visit one of the impressive communal houses to meet villagers who earn their living from making noodles and tofu. Enjoy the stunning Thay Pagoda, the "Master's Pagoda," nestled on the foot of Sai Son Mountain.

Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #17 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$81.00
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Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha

Morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the adjoining Grand Palace. Together they form the most impressive sights for visitors to Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew consists of over 100 brightly colored buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics, dating back to 1782, when Bangkok was founded. From Wat Phra Kaew continue to the Grand Palace. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European designs of the Grand Palace. It is important to note that this palace is used now only for occasional ceremonial purposes and is no longer the royal residence.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$56.00
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Siam Niramit Show & Dinner

Enjoy a delightful Buffet Dinner at the Siam Niramit Restaurant before attending this evening's stunning performance of "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom" of Siam. This $40 million production, with over 150 performers, explores the Kingdom of Siam's history and culture, with scenes highlighting the Ancient Kingdom of Lanna, Khmer heritage, and traditions of the central plains. Then, venture into the heart of Thai mythology with scenes of Fiery Hell, the mystical Himapaan Forest, and Blissful Heaven. Lastly, enjoy a montage of joyous celebrations honoring the Buddhist tradition.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$89.00
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Full Day Hellfire Pass & Death Railway with lunch

Depart early in the morning from Kanchanaburi to visit Hellfire Pass and the Death Railway. En route, stop at nearby Sai Yok National Park, known for its waterfalls, caves and rare wildlife. Here, visit the Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, the most popular attraction in the park. After lunch, continue to Hellfire Pass that derives its name from Allied Prisoners of War ordered by the Japanese authorities to complete the bridge and rail line earlier than scheduled. All POW's were forced to work day and night in the jungle, digging through the mountain with simple tools. More than 12,000 soldiers and 80,000 Thais perished during construction. Conclude the tour with a train ride that crosses the Bridge over River Kwai.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Please note that there are approximately 154 stairs with 4 small platforms to descend to the railway bed to view the pass. You will need to climb back up the stairs to return to the start point. Walking to the pass requires walking approximately 400 meters on an unpaved path of rocks of the former railbed.

Day #5 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$43.00
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Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi tunnels were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. These tunnels were first used during the French/Vietnamese War (1946-1954) and later used by the Viet Cong as a base of operations during the 1968 Tet offensive. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. The entire structure was dug out of the rock by hand tools without the use of cement. On this tour, you’ll learn about the tunnels and other aspects of the war. Opportunity for a brief view of life underground as you enter areas that have been enlarged to create easier access for visitors. The majority of the tour will be above the tunnels.

Please note: This tour is presented from a Vietnamese perspective, based on past wars with France and the United States. If you are uncomfortable with the expressed point-of-views and prefer not to hear this discussion, then we recommend that you do not participate.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #9 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$58.00
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Boat Trip on the Thu Bon River & Organic Village with lunch

Begin the boat trip at a local pier in the Old Town, cruising down streams and passing many fishing areas before cruising out to the main river. Stop at Kim Bong village, home of traditional woodworking and boat-building families. Return to the mainland and drive to the Traque Organic Village for lunch. Here, meet local farmers and learn about the many vegetables and herbs that are organically grown here to support the people of Hoi An. Walk through the gardens and see how, even today, local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods used hundreds of years ago. A culinary lesson follows on the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food, plus the local specialty called Banh-xeo. Once the lesson is over, enjoy the food you helped to prepare.

Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #11 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$74.00
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Cyclo Ride with Dinner at the Citadel

Enjoy a panoramic view of both the daily life and the architecture of Hue with a Trishaw (Cyclo) Tour. (The Cyclo is a very common mode of transportation in Vietnam.) Begin at the French Quarter with its beautiful French villas. Pass by the school where former presidents Ho Chi Minh and Ngo Dinh Diem, as well as Vo Nguyen Giap - a prominent Vietnamese politician - were educated. Continue via the market to the former Royal Palace. Then, arrive at a family-run restaurant within the Citadel walls; its owner is the descendant of a high ranking Mandarin official, and thus considered "a master of Royal cuisine." Savor a multi-course dinner - each dish will be presented in the shape of a peacock, dragon or turtle. This feast is a replica of the Royal Feast presented to the royal families in the past.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #12 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$67.00
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Perfume River Boat Trip with lunch at Dong Thien Pagoda

Enjoy a boat trip on the beautiful and serene Perfume River with a stop to a local village to learn about the daily life of local people in one of the most traditional parts of North Central Vietnam. Continue to the Thien Mu Pagoda, situated on Ha Khe hill, on the north bank of the Perfume River. The temple complex stretches north from the river banks in seven successive tiers, each of which is dedicated to a human form taken by the Buddha, or a step to enlightenment. Then, drive to the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, the final resting place of Vietnam’s longest reigning emperor, set among forested hills and lakes. Lastly, proceed to Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. A vegetarian lunch prepared by Buddhist nuns of the Dong Thien Pagoda is a very special experience, with time to interact with the Buddhist nuns, learning more about their lives in the pagoda.

Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.

Day #13 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$89.00
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Thay Pagoda & So Village with lunch

Today tour the stunning Thay Pagoda and So Village, including lunch, also known as the "Pagoda of the Master." Nestled against the hillside in Sai Go Village, it shares its compound with the smaller Ca Pagoda. Here, you can also see Thuy Dinh Stage, a water palace on Long Tri Pond, where the ancient form of water puppetry is performed. Continue to So Village, a well-preserved ancient village. Walking tour around the village to see the traditional layout with small alleyways in-between the houses. Stop to visit one of the impressive communal houses to meet villagers who earn their living from making noodles and tofu. Enjoy the stunning Thay Pagoda, the "Master's Pagoda," nestled on the foot of Sai Son Mountain.

Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #17 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 AUD$81.00
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11 Day Classic Vietnam, May 2018
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We had an absolutely fabulous time. The tour was great and the guide was excellent. He certainly showed us the other side of Vietnam. Hotels were very good and there were no complaints by us at all. We would certainly travel with Gate 1 again.

Janet J. Victoria, AU
11 Day Classic Vietnam , July 2017
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My third trip to Vietnam but first organised tour. I am so glad I chose Gate 1 Travel. The tour had just the right content. The optional tours were great and there was still time to do your own thing. Dang was my tour guide and he is absolutely fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble for him. I learnt so much from him. I met some amazing people - most of them had used Gate 1 previously, one group it was their 13th Gate 1 tour. That says so much about your company. I am looking forward to travelling with you again. Well done Gate 1 Travel!

Karen C. Queensland, Australia
11 Day Classic Vietnam , July 2017
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We have been on a number of tours both with Gate 1 and with other tour companies. We have to say this was by far the best trip we have taken, well organised, accommodation was all top end, sight see well-spaced and country specific. We would also like to complement our tour guide Tommy. He went out of his way to make the tour special for everyone and took extra time to ensure everything was perfect for those touring. Thanks for such a wonderful trip, we will definitely be visiting Vietnam and touring with Gate 1 again in the near future.

Ronald L. Mindarie, Australia
11 Day Classic Vietnam , April 2017
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Our trip was great thank you. Everything was so well organised and ran like clockwork and a lot of it was thanks to our tour guide Tho. He was absolutely fantastic and worked with us above and beyond anything we expected. He was amazing and very informative.

Margaret L. NSW, Australia
10 Day Classic Malaysia & Singapore, January 2019
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The trip was fantastic! I enjoyed it tremendously. I learned so much about Singapore and Malaysia, had amazing tour guides, great food and a fun group of co-travelers. I am so glad I went. I'm looking forward to more Gate 1 trips.

Mojirade J. Philadelphia, PA
8 Day Essential Vietnam, January 2019
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We had a great time on our trip to Vietnam!! It was even better than we expected. Our guide was Trong who did an excellent job making sure we all had a great experience and learned about the Vietnamese people and culture. We would highly recommend this trip to friends!!

Scott D. Westbrook, ME
18 Day Classic Thailand with Laos & Cambodia, December 2018
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We had a great time ... Our tour manager, Mike, was outstanding…a dear man who was knowledgeable and took good care of us. The tour was well planned and enabled us to get a real feel for Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, as well as the culture, architecture, food and history of the region. The hotels were outstanding. We were amazed at the quality! Cruising on the Mekong River, riding in ox carts, seeing Angkor Wat and the hill people of Thailand were special treats. There were so many special events that it is difficult to list them all ...

Jeanine D. Phoenix, AZ
17 Day Bangkok, Cambodia & Vietnam, November 2018
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It was outstanding. Our guides, especially Tom in Vietnam and Weet in Cambodia were great leaders and very knowledgeable. They had a deep understanding of the culture and history of their respective nation. In addition they were sensitive to group dynamics and the needs of the travelers. Linda and I could not believe the depth and breadth of our tour for the price that we paid which was the equivalent of the airline tickets and hotels alone. We will carry the memories of this tour with us for a long time. Thanks Gate 1!

Steven W. Lady Lake, FL
12 Day Classic Vietnam, November 2018
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This was my first trip with Gate 1 and it was fantastic! It was better than I imagined. Our tour guide was so thorough, thoughtful and funny, he made the trip. Every detail was taken care of, so the trip was stress free. I learned so much about the country, people and customs of Vietnam. All members of the tour got along, were on time and shared their past trips and experiences with Gate 1 as well. Deciding on where to next!

Patricia C. Valencia, CA
8 Day Essential Vietnam, October 2018
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It was great and made even better by our guide, Thin, who was over the top in looking out for all of us. He was outgoing, funny and knowledgeable in all things Vietnam.

Edson M. Fort Myers, FL
15 Day Cambodia & Vietnam, September 2018
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Thank you for a wonderful trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. Jan, our tour guide, had a good personality, was well organized, very knowledgeable and spoke good English. This was our first time to travel with Gate 1. We plan to travel with with Gate 1 in the future. Great food, clean hotels and good service all at a bargain price.

Joseph S. The Dalles, OR
15 Day Cambodia & Vietnam, September 2018
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It was fantastic! We had the best tour guide, Tho, who was amazing with his knowledge of Vietnam and his organizational skills in making the many pieces fall in place so smoothly!

Denise C. Philadelphia, PA
12 Day Classic Vietnam, July 2018
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Our trip was beyond FANTASTIC! We didn't know what to expect when going to Vietnam - it was a magical experience! The country is beautiful, the weather was perfect, and Vuong, our guide, was incredible! We will only travel with Gate 1 Travel in the future - you never disappoint us!

Deborah R. Alpharetta, GA
17 Day Bangkok, Cambodia & Vietnam, April 2018
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It was great !!! I enjoyed the most Cambodia, with our tour guide Phany. He did a wonderful excellent job. He was a well mannered professional & down to earth guy. Highly commended !!!!!

Hermelina E. El Paso, TX
7 Day Essential Vietnam, March 2018
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We have been super impressed with Gate1's arrangements and the great tour leader in Tuyen! We both enjoyed ourselves immensely and will without a doubt be using you as our travel agents in the future. Thanks again to you and the Gate1 Group for a slick, well organised and really commendable effort!

David N. She Oaks, VIC, AU
27 Day Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam, March 2018
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The trip was wonderful! Your guides did a great job and the trip was well planned and the execution was flawless. We were particularly impressed with our guide for Vietnam. He did a wonderful job of explaining the culture and telling us about his personal experiences in the country. His short name was Kan and he should be highly commended for the excellent job he did. We will definitely be using Gate 1 for future travels.

Nolan B. South Jordan, UT
7 Day Essential Vietnam, March 2018
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We had a fantastic time. Everything was well organised and our tour guide, Tuyen was a great tour guide. Will be looking forward to more holidays.

Marianne S. Swan Bay, NSW, AU
12 Day Classic Vietnam, March 2018
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My husband and I had an amazing time! The trip exceeded our expectations and we give much credit to our wonderful guide, Yang, whose knowledge, patience and helpfulness made the trip very enjoyable. The accommodations were excellent and we learned a great deal about Vietnam. We would definitely consider another Gate1 Tour.

Linda H. Oakville, ON, CA
15 Day Cambodia & Vietnam , February 2018
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Great guide Tran, was always focused on making sure everything worked perfectly. Also a great Itinerary, good food, lots to do and see, you guys do such a great job at Gate1. We will be back soon again. Thank you

Morton K. Vancouver, WA
12 Day Classic Vietnam, February 2018
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We had a great time! It was more than what we expected. Our group was great and our tour manager, Tu was great! He’s a good asset of your company. He’s very informative, caring and organized. Looking forward to more travel deals in the future.

Grace B. El Cerrito, CA
12 Day Classic Vietnam, January 2018
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It was super! Our guide, Hai, was terrific and the scenery and sights were great! Thanks for asking.

Anne J. Haddon Hgts, NJ
17 Day Bangkok, Cambodia & Vietnam, January 2018
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Our trip was fabulous! This was our firth Gate 1 tour, and it was the best one yet! The group was spectacular and Tom Pham, our tour guide was truly amazing.

Allyson G. Potomac, MD
18 Day Classic Thailand with Laos & Cambodia, January 2018
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Our trip to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia was amazing. We enjoyed every minute, and we're very happy with the Gate 1 services offered.

Anita Z. Montreal, QC, CA
15 Day Cambodia & Vietnam, January 2018
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We absolutely loved the trip and our guide, Voeng, was fantastic. I consider this the best vacation I have ever been on an we learned a lot about their culture.

Dean R. Cpe Girardeau, MO
12 Day Classic Vietnam , January 2018
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It was fabulous, better than my first time to Vietnam in 2006. Weather was great, food was amazing, hotels were wonderful, and we had a superior tour guide, Tho. Learned so much more than expected from him sharing knowledge of his culture, history, places we visited, economics, religion, education, health and social issues. The country has really grown in number of buildings, motor cycles, population, and cost. Many more tourists, including our group of 33, who are experienced travelers and enjoyed Gate 1 frequent times. Many plan to go other places in the future soon, including me.

Sandra J. San Francisco, CA
17 Day Classic Thailand with Laos & Cambodia, January 2018
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Excellent...our guide was especially good and helpful.

Jonathan M. Davis Town, NSW, AU
17 Day Bangkok, Cambodia & Vietnam, December 2017
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Trip was excellent. Tour managers were very competent, knowledgeable of their country history and culture answering any questions we might have. Hotels, restaurants and food served were very good. Optional tours well organized and interesting places to see. As always, Gate 1 offered excellent customer services.

Irma L. San Juan, PR
17 Day Bangkok, Cambodia & Vietnam, December 2017
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It was fantastic. The Countries we visited, the Tours, food, and especially, the tour guides were outstanding. We will definitely consider Gate 1 for our next trip.

Mike M. Castle Pines, CO
15 Day Cambodia & Vietnam, December 2017
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Tuyan was a terrific tour guide. This was my 8th Gate 1 trip and he was the best. Very knowledgeable and engaging. I think he showed some of Vietnam most tourists don't see. Also visiting some of those places I remember hearing about during Vietnam war helped me put some things in perspective. The food and shopping were great too. Especially enjoyed Angkor Wat, Saigon, the tunnels, Hoi An and Hue, but everything was interesting and fun. I went on all the optional tours. We had a good group of travelers too.

Anne M. Crofton, MD
18 Day Classic Thailand with Laos & Cambodia, December 2017
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Trip to Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia was excellent. The tour manager "Ranee" was outstanding, very caring, and helpful during all 18 days trip. She worked closely with local tour guides in Laos and Cambodia and stayed on top if there was any deviation than scheduled tours.

Vikram P. Bloomfield, MI
15 Day Cambodia & Vietnam, December 2017
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My trip was wonderful! All the guides were excellent but I feel like Tran went above and beyond to make sure that everyone had a great experience. (That can't be easy with such a large group!). I would gladly recommend this tour to anyone.

Merry M. Cary, NC
15 Day Cambodia & Vietnam , December 2017
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Vietnam and Cambodia was my best Gate 1 trip ever!!! My tour manager, Tran, and group were fantastic. Angkor War and Halong Bay were the main reasons I booked this trip and they exceeded my expectations.I enjoyed learning the history, interacting with the people and trying the regional dishes of Vietnam and Cambodia. I look forward to booking my next trip with you.

Esther N. Los Angeles, CA
8 Day Essential Vietnam , September 2017
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Our trip was fantastic. To experience the culture and the dynamic of life in Vietnam was truly a life enriching experience. The cities were vibrant and bustling, the outlying village tour was a great gateway into the lives of the common Vietnamese way of life. Halong Bay boat trip and cave adventure was truly amazing. The food was fantastic the accommodations were great and our guide (although a little too politically focused) was very good. I would recommend this trip for anyone who is looking to experience other cultures around the world. The Vietnamese people were very friendly and engaging and eager to share their way of life with us. The host family for the dinner were such great hosts and really gave us an insight into the common family way of life. Overall a great trip and well worth the time, effort and expense.

Geoffrey W. Toledo, OH
8 Day Essential Vietnam , September 2017
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Fantastic, loved, loved, loved it. Tom was a great tour guide and he showed us the real Vietnam. He took care of all our needs and was easy going and funny and also informative. That is exactly why I like Gate1 1 Travel and I always recommend it wherever I go.

Veronica M. Atlanta, GA
12 Day Classic Vietnam , August 2017
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It was great. The guide was very good, the hotels were 1st class, and tours were wonderful.

Calvin H. Columbus, OH
12 Day Classic Vietnam , August 2017
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Absolutely fabulous. Everything went very smooth and Duc was a great tour guide. I have already recommended Gate 1 to all my friends. Looking forward to traveling with you again. Thank you so much.

Cecelia F. S Pasadena, CA
12 Day Classic Vietnam , May 2017
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My trip was wonderful and even better than I expected. Tran, our tour guide, was incredible! His knowledge of history was impressive and I learned a lot about S.E. Asia in general and, of course, Vietnam in particular. If I had to rate him on a scale from 1 - 10, he would be a 10, as would Gate 1. The hotels were excellent, the food fabulous and I enjoyed all of the sites. My favorite city was Hue, but all of them were fascinating. Congrats to Gate 1!

Mary D. Phoenix, AZ
12 Day Classic Vietnam, May 2017
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We had a fun time and good experience. We felt safe all throughout our time in Vietnam. All the hotels were very good and the breakfasts were excellent. Most specially, our tour guide (Tuan) was very attentive to our needs and full of important information. We highly recommend this tour as well as using Gate 1 Travel to our friends.

Bernardo F. Anaheim, CA
12 Day Classic Vietnam , April 2017
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What a wonderful trip. Never had rain; sunshine every day. Vietnam is beautiful. I never imagined it would be so exciting. Our tour guide made the whole trip perfect. He was Dang. He made a point to know and understand each individual in the group. He kept referring to us as his family and he was successful. We all felt a part of the tour. Each place we visited offered a different perspective of the country. Fun,fun,fun! I was so pleased that Gate 1 offers this perfect journey.

Priscilla M. Westbrook, CT
8 Day Essential Vietnam , April 2017
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We greatly enjoyed our trip to Vietnam with Gate 1. Our guide Vu was so informative and helped us to learn so much about this fascinating country and its history. Thank you!

Heidy H. Palm Springs, CA
12 Day Classic Vietnam , April 2017
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It was a good trip. This was my first experience with Gate 1 and both my husband and myself feel your agency is a more superior company than who we went with before. Really considerate tour director and careful choice of hotels. The only disadvantage is due to currency exchange, we feel prices is a little high especially we are from the west coast. We hope to use your company again down the road.

Cecilia T. British Columbia, Canada
12 Day Classic Vietnam, March 2017
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The Vietnam trip was awesome. The itinerary, the structures, the towns and cities offered excellent opportunities to see how the Vietnamese live and work. This was my second trip to Vietnam and provided many new discoveries. Our trip leader, Cong (goes by Duc), was outstanding in all respects. I have been on many tours with many tour companies and tour guides, but DUC was the best. I would love to take a tour with him again. He is one of a kind. All the logistics and activities--hotels, meals, transportation, sightseeing, etc. were excellent also.

Lester F Jr. Boylston, MA
15 Day Cambodia & Vietnam , March 2017
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We had a very good experience on the trip. Very fascinating countries. The tour guides were excellent and our group was wonderful. Cannot ask for more. I will recommend to my friends

Mats P. Woodland Hls, CA
15 Day Cambodia & Vietnam , March 2017
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We had a wonderful tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. The tour was superbly organized, we had great food and centrally located hotels. Our tour manager offered many helpful suggestions about local restaurants and attractions. The group dynamics was probably the best I've experienced on any tour. We had a lot of fun and look forward to our next tour with Gate 1.

Lisa S. Walnut Creek, CA
8 Day Essential Vietnam , March 2017
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The trip was excellent. Could not ask for more for the price. Our tour guide, Dang, went out of his way to make the tours more pleasant and interesting. Will definitely recommend Gate 1 to our friends and family and will look to Gate 1 for our next trip to India.

Joseph S. San Francisco, CA
12 Day Classic Vietnam , March 2017
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I can't say enough good things about our trip, Vietnam was a wonderful experience. Our Tour Manager Mr. Trong was top notch, tons of fun, educational, and very easy to talk to. My wife and I love the guy! You will definitely get repeat business with us in the near future and we haven't stopped talking about the trip to our friends and family. Thank you for taking care of us and taking the guess work out of the trip. Looking forward to the next one!

James L Jr. Apo, MH
12 Day Classic Vietnam , February 2017
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It was EXCELLENT. Our guide was Tu. He took the time to explain not only the sights, but the Vietnamese culture and was extremely diplomatic when explaining the differences in culture between the US and Vietnam. He made us feel very comfortable and was there whenever we needed him. This was our first Gate 1 tour, but based on our experience, it won't be the last. Our friend is taking the same tour in April and we hope she has Tu as a guide.

Walter C. Golden, CO
8 Day Essential Vietnam , February 2017
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Excellent! It exceeded all our expectations. Our guide, Dang, did a wonderful job and went far out of his way to accommodate everyone. I can't say enough good things about him. This was our first Gate 1 tour. I will definitely use you guys again in the future.

Jon M. San Jose, CA
12 Day Classic Vietnam, February 2017
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Trip was wonderful. Guide was excellent. Accommodations were great.

Joyce W. Conventry, CT
12 Day Classic Vietnam , February 2017
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One of the best ever. The guide was very knowledgeable about Vietnam and proud of his country. He offered an extra small trip on his own time that was not part of the itinerary. He spent time making sure my wife could keep up with the group. He was often available in the lobby to answer questions. This was my 3rd trip to Vienam and I learned many new facts that I had not known before.

Kerry S. Rescue, CA

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