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15-Day Insider's Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand)

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Special Asia Trips

15-Day Insider's Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand)

Destinations

  • Bangkok
  • Phu Kiao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Angkor Wat
  • Bantey Srey
  • Son Tra "Monkey Mountain" Reserve
  • Hue, The Forbidden Purple City (UNESCO)
  • Hanoi
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Lan Ha Bay
  • Cat Ba Island Biosphere Reserve

Highlights

  • View wildlife and birds in over 3 National Parks and Wildlife Preserves.
  • Thailand: Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary by special permission, not otherwise open to the public
  • Vietnam: Son Tra Nature Reserve, home to rare Red-Shanked Duoc Langurs
  • Angkor Wat Without the Crouds. Explore the famous temples by bicycling its hidden backroads. (Options available for non-bikers)
  • Artisan Yacht Cruise on Ha Long Bay and Exclusive, Secluded Lan Ha Bay.
  • Cat Ba Island Biosphere Reserve - a rainforest island paradise teeming with wildlife; kayaking, beaches, hiking and wildlife viewing!
  • 4 Culinary Feasts - Emperor's Royal Banquet, Street Food Tours, Gourmet Under the Stars, Ayn Tuyet Celebrity Chef Culinary Dinner.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1-2 Bangkok Street Food Culinary & Culture
  • DAY 3-6 Phu Kaio Wildlife Sanctuary One of Thailand's absolute best national parks for wildlife viewing, by special permission, not otherwise open to the general public. A Wild Plant Adventures Exclusive!
  • DAY 7 Banteay Srey the "Citadel of Women". Gourmet Dinner Under the Stars
  • DAY 8 Angkor Wat by bicycle
  • DAY 9 Son Tra Nature Reserve Rare & Colorful Red-Shanked Duoc Langurs
  • DAY 10 Hue, the "Forbidden Purple City" (UNESCO), Emperor's Royal Banquet
  • DAY 11 Hanoi Street Food Tour with Culinary Expert "Vietnamese God"
  • DAY 12 Hanoi Like a Local! Old Quarter, authentic shops and experiences enjoyed exclusively by locals.
  • DAY 13-15 Artisan Yacht Cruise on Ha Long Bay & Lan Ha Bay. Kayaking, tropical beaches and rainforest hiking at Cat Ba Island Biosphere Reserve

15-Day Insider's Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand)

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 Bangkok

Arrive Bangkok airport, meet our staff and transfer straight to your hotel. Evening free at your leisure. Dinner on your own.
Overnight: Raweekanlaya Wellness Cuisine Resort, Riva Arun, Ariyasomvilla Hotel, Amaranth Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, or similar.

DAY 2 Bangkok Culinary Street Food & Culture Tour, Gourmet Rooftop Restaurant

Awarded Thailand’s Best Day Tour in 2013, explore the amazing tastes and sights of Bangkok, the “Village of Love”, a famous 100 year-old culinary neighborhood in Bangkok. Bangkok is famous for its diverse flavors, and here you can find Thai delicacies from every region and ethnicity. Sample generations-old artisanal recipes and visit fascinating local culinary attractions hidden away from the well-worn tourist routes. Includes 5 authentic tasting locations and 12+ delicious food and drink samples (enough for a big lunch). Walk it off visiting cultural sites around Bangkok including the famous Bangkok Flower Market, and the spectacular Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). This evening enjoy dinner at an iconic gourmet rooftop restaurant with a magnificent 360° scenic view of Bangkok and the Chao Preya River.

DAY 3 Bangkok / Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary - By Special Permission!

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Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary is the elite, hidden gem amongst Thailand’s wildlife national parks. It requires special governmental permission to access and is not otherwise open to the general public. Thailand’s revered Queen was so enamored with Phu Khiao, she built a modest royal home and rare orchid garden overlooking its wildlife-rich grasslands. No other US-based nor international tour operator offers this exceptional wildlife experience, complete with our expert local, bilingual naturalist wildlife guides!

Known as one of the best parks to see wildlife in all of Thailand, Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary’s pristine habitat includes 1,560 sq. km. of forests, grasslands, lakes, plateaus and sandstone mountains surrounded by limestone outcrops. There are an incredible 111 species of mammals, 419 species of birds, 45 species of amphibians, 110 species of reptiles and 76 species of fish recorded in the sanctuary.

Phu Khiao is one of best places in Thailand to see bigger mammals, with regular sightings of highly coveted animals including wild elephant, dhole (Asian wild dog), golden jackal, Assamese macaque, Phayre's langur, white-handed gibbon, hog deer and leopard cat. Less common, but with real chances to spot, are its black leopards, clouded leopard, tigers, marbled cat, and Asian black bear. The park also features healthy populations of long-tailed macaques, rhesus macaque, Asian black bear, Indochienese serow, sambar deer, red muntjac, guar, giant porcupine, giant black squirrel and colorful giant variable squirrels. The very rare Assam macaque is often sighted and is one of the park’s many wildlife research projects. Over 400 bird species include sarus crane, Austen's brown hornbill, great hornbill, white-rumped falcon, mountain scops owl, Oriental bay owl, and the globally endangered white-winged duck. There have been sightings of rare green peacock, but not for a while.

Wildlife safari from park entrance to the headquarters. Lodging at the park’s house which is very simple accommodations with electricity only between 6:00-9:00pm. After dinner enjoy a night safari by 4WD to spot nocturnal animals.

DAY 4 Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary – Thung Kamang Grasslands, Mon Lake

Early morning wildlife and bird watching at the big grasslands. Endangered Hog deer, sambar deer and red muntjac are common sightings, and with luck, their predators. Golden jackals typically roam the grasslands during late afternoons, and wild elephant, wild boar and other smaller mammals frequent water holes and mud baths.

This afternoon hike 4-5km to Mon Lake, a flat easy hike with sounds of gibbons echoing throughout the forest. We’ll search for gaur, dhole (Asian wild dog), and wild elephant. This area is often frequented by the park’s many species of large cat including Tiger and Clouded Leopard. In the evening return for dinner followed by a night safari by foot or 4WD truck for nocturnal animals.

DAY 5 Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary – 4WD Safari, Bird Blind

Early morning safari by 4WD to see Assam macaque, White-handed Gibbon, Phayre’s Langur, Jungle fowl, Monitor Lizard and more. Afternoon visit a small wooden bird blind overlooking an amazing tiny pool of mineral water, to watch small colorful birds come and bathe, drink, play and defend their territory. This sometimes draws larger animals such as lizards, giant squirrels and white handed gibbons who are curious about all of the activity. After dinner, enjoy another nocturnal wildlife safari by foot or 4WD.

DAY 6 Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary – Bangkok

Enjoy a final wildlife viewing activity before breakfast, then 4WD safari to spotting wildlife as we exit the park. Return to Bangkok and overnight.

DAY 7 Bangkok / Siem Reap – Temples of Angkor: Banteay Srey, “Citadel of Woman”, Gourmet Dinner Under the Stars

Cambodia Segment

Morning flight to Cambodia.

Upon arrival, visit Banteay Srey, the Citadel of Woman, which was off limits for many years due to its remoteness and Khmer Rouge activity. Built in the late 10th century and dedicated to Shiva, Banteay Srey's pink limestone walls contain the best bas reliefs of any temple at Angkor.

Tonight enjoy a magical culinary experience at the beautiful Cambodian countryside estate of Villa Chandara. Enjoy sunset cocktails and a five course Khmer or Western set menu under the stars, with live traditional Khmer music in a gorgeous and intimate setting overlooking the rice paddies.

DAY 8 Seim Reap – Biking Angkor Wat at Sunrise / Danang, Vietnam

Experience an unforgettable dawn bicycle ride on the back trails of Angkor Wat, avoiding the crowds. The sun rises up behind Angkor Wat creates a stunning silhouette. Take an unforgettable walk through the temple, where the soft light and cool temperatures present Angkor at its best. A short pedal away a delicious breakfast awaits. Then ride around the Angkor Kingdom’s hidden backtrails to visit some of its best kept secrets as well as its most iconic temples like the Bayon, Ta Prom and The Elephant Terrace. This evening transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang.

Vietnam Segment

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival to Danang Airport your driver and guide will meet you and they will transfer you to your hotel in Hoi An. Check-in and enjoy the evening at leisure

DAY 9: Son Tra “Monkey Mountain” Nature Reserve

This lush mountain peninsula surrounded by tropical sea is the last protected habitat of the colorful and critically endangered Red-shanked Douc Langur monkey. Son Tra is also home to 36 species of mammals including Sunda pangolin (scaly anteater) the world’s most poached mammal. A birdwatcher’s paradise, it boast 118 species including Green-eared Barbet, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Crimson Sunbird, Olive Back Sunbird, Crested Serpent Eagle and more.

Our wildlife-specialty guide knows the Son Tra reserve and its wildlife extremely well. While most travelers just visit Ban Na Hill, we will bypass the crowds and focus on the wildlife and beauty of the reserve.

DAY 10 Hue, The Forbidden Purple City (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Emperor’s Royal Banquet

Transfer to Hue to visit the Forbidden Purple City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was reserved for royalty, just like China’s Forbidden City. Under the Nguyen dynasty Hue was Vietnam’s political, cultural and religious capital from 1802-1945. Explore Hue’s cultural sites including Thien Mu Pagoda and a boat trip on the Perfume River.

Emperor’s Royal Banquet

After learning how the royal family lived, tonight we’ll dine just like them! Since the Forbidden Purple City was reserved for royalty, it became famous for its very specific style of cuisine for the Royal Family. Tonight we’ll enjoy an “Emperor’s Royal Banquet” in this unique culinary style, with a descendant of the last royal family of Vietnam, in her own home. Learn about her family’s past and taste the authentic dishes that were once served only to royalty.

DAY 11 Hue / Hanoi – Street Food Tour with “The Vietnamese God”

Morning flight to Hanoi. This afternoon enjoy an extraordinary street food tour, personally guided by one of Vietnam’s leading street food experts, Van Cong Tu, the author of the blogs ‘Vietnamese God’ and ‘Sticky’. Enjoy little-known culinary gems, local favorites and famous foodie stops that will delight your tastebuds. Walk in the Old Quarter, Thanh Ha and Dong Xuan markets, Hang Than Street and “food alley” while sampling amazing delicacies, strange food items, specially prepared fruits, traditional Vietnamese coffees and mouth-watering French-influenced desserts, all while enjoying the “Vietnamese God’s” lively explanation of Vietnamese food culture. These busy, eclectic streets are alive with the sights and sounds of Hanoi and are the essence of Vietnamese culture.

DAY 12 Hanoi – Explore Hanoi like a local, Dinner at the Famous Anh Tuyet Restaurant

Morning Tai Chi with locals at Hoan Kiem Lake, a very authentic part of Vietnamese culture. Visit Ngoc Son Temple, walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter and marvel at it’s French architecture, and discover ‘B-52 lake’. Then visit the gardens and well-preserved architecture of the ancient Temple of Literature, built in 1076 to educate Vietnam’s royalty, and active for 700 years. Walk Hanoi’s famous railway tracks, located just a few feet away from residential houses, and end at a local Vietnamese brewery.

Tonight we’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner at Anh Tuyet Restaurant in the Old Quarter. Culinary artist Pham Thi Anh Tuyet is an award-winning celebrity in Vietnamese culinary circles, and her restaurant is a favorite for gourmands and cooks from all over the world including Anthony Bourdan, Eckart Witzigmann and more.

DAY 13 Hanoi / Artisan Yacht Cruise: Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island

Transfer to the famous Ha Long Bay. Embark on our gorgeous, 10-Suite luxury yacht, artisan-designed with a flair of ancient Indochina. We’ll cruise through stunning Ha Long Bay to the exclusive and secluded Lan Ha Bay. Relax, swim or kayak at a beautiful island beach. Close your day with a Singing Bowl Meditation ceremony or relax under the stars on the terrace deck or on your private balcony to embrace the serenity of this world-famous limestone karst landscape.

DAY 14 Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba Island Biosphere Reserve

Enjoy Tai Chi on the terrace deck as the first rays of the sun touch the water. Disembark to hike Cat Ba Island Biosphere Reserve, a lush, jungle wildlife paradise with 78 bird, 20 reptilian and 32 mammal species including primates and civet cats.

Later sail northeast through the stony labyrinth of Lan Ha Bay, eventually reaching a secluded spot in the bay. We’ll disembark once more to enjoy an exceptional, secluded island beach for kayaking, swimming and relaxing. After another delicious dinner, relax on your private balcony amidst the tranquil, jaw-dropping beauty of Lan Ha Bay.

DAY 15 Lan Ha Bay / Hanoi / Home

Enjoy another open-air session of Tai Chi then take in the beauty of the bay a final time with a chance to kayak, swim or simply relax on the yacht surrounded by world-famous views. Transfer to Hanoi connect to onward flights home or overnight at additional cost.

 

 

Special Asia Trips Lodging

BANGKOK

Raweekanlaya Wellness and Cuisine Resort

The Raweekanlaya Bangkok was originally built in the late 1800’s as the residence of the royal governess of His Majesty King Vajiravudh or Rama VI, the sixth monarch of Siam under the house of Chakri, considered the father of Thai nationalism. The residence is also remnant of Thewet Palace, which used to be located in the area.

Featuring 38 guest rooms carefully designed to reflect the heritage of Old-Siam with contemporary touches. It is a true urban resort with over 900 square meters of lush greenery, ​​​highlighted by a 120 years old Banyan tree.​ Located next to the swimming pool is the pool bar, where fruit juices and cold fare can be enjoyed during the day, which turn into artisan cocktails with the fall.

All this, while relaxing on our chaise lounge sofas, amidst calming sights of foliage and chirping of birds.

Listen to the sound of nature, bask under the rays of sunshine or relax beneath the canopy of trees, all in middle of Bangkok city.

PHU KHIAO

Phu Khaio Park Lodge

As we are are visiting Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary by special permission, we will be staying at the Phu Khaio lodge - a rustic, non-touristy accommodation providing very basic rooms and amenities.  Due to the limited availability of rooms at the lodge, we will use the best rooms available depending on the dates of your tour and rooming needs.

SIEM REAP

Jaya House

Peacefully located alongside the Siem Reap River, surrounded by fully grown trees, is a hidden gem. A small hotel with only 36 rooms, two swimming pools, a Spa and an all-day-dining restaurant. The hotel is located about a 6-minute tuk-tuk journey from town in the direction of the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. Each of our 36 rooms has either a balcony or direct garden & pool access.

DANANG

Son Tra Resort

Son Tra Resort & Spa is a high-class resort located on the small bay with separate beach in Son Tra peninsula, Da Nang city. Just only 15 minutes’ drive from Danang Center and 20 minutes from Danang International Airport.

It has charming and attracting landscape, facing the sea, leans back on the mountain. Coming to the Resort, you will escape noisy and eventful life in order to enjoy a silent and private get away in beach landscapes, which are voted by Forbes to be one of the 6 most beautiful beaches on the planet.

HUE

Eldora Hotel

Since opening in April 2014, Eldora Hotel has become a luxury icon in the heart of Hue City, delivering distinctive service featuring French artistry and graciousness. Eldora is the best 4 star boutique hotel which embodies the very essence of colonial elegance and blends it with modern conveniences, affording guests a truly singular experience. The well-appointed luxury bedroom feature distinctive the Renaissance elements and include furnishings made of luxurious materials, immersing guests in the mystique of the 'premier of luxury'.

Eldora is within close proximity to Citadel, an UNESCO listed World Heritage site, just step away from famous Trang Tien Bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel and other nearby attractions, Eldora Hotel is an ideal getaway for leisure and business travelers alike.

HANOI

La Siesta Hang Be Hotel

The imposing white façade of La Siesta Premium 27 Hang Be Street overlooks one of Hanoi Old Quarter’s vibrant streets. In ancient times, this was where ‘be’ – a very basic type of wooden boat – was traded. Now the Street is buzzing with a myriad of cafes, restaurants, tailoring shops and traditional souvenir stalls. La Siesta Premium Hang Be embodies classic charm with Asian touches, traditional features and elegant period furnishings creating harmony and balance. A calm neutral color scheme enhanced with splashes of warm colors and mood lighting makes it a tranquil place to relax.

HA LONG BAY

Ylang Cruise

Ylang, the latest member of Heritage Line’s ship collection in Lan Ha Bay, features a splendid blend of Asian-Vietnamese design with French-Colonial accents. This ancient flair of Indochina emanates throughout the vessel with a delicate floral leitmotif inspired by local poetry and related to the four seasons of the year. Local artisans contributed to Ylang’s decoration with hand-crafted paintings and artwork using various materials and techniques. All suites are dedicated to a particular blossom which typically represents a season in Vietnam. All this creates an inimitable sense of bliss and an exceptional abode at sea.

Ylang has only ten spacious suites on two decks – each room is flooded with natural light pouring in through floor-to-ceiling panoramic doors which open onto a private balcony. What makes Ylang unique, is her expansive spa with its extensive selection of thoughtfully selected treatments. The focus on wellness lives on in the more dynamic activities such as “singing bowl” meditation or early morning Tai Chi lessons on the upper deck.

 

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At a Glance

We know you've chosen to travel with us for our wildlife emphasis, so we've included a wide variety of adventure activity options designed to educate, inspire, and bring out the wonder in you. Then we add all of the cultural activities that Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam are known for, from visits to Buddhist temples, to cooking schools, world famous street food and much more. All of our activities are flexibly designed to accommodate different skill levels and interests, while exposing you to a variety of unique eco-systems in order to see the most amount of wildlife. And did we mention fun?

  • Bangkok Culinary Street Food
  • Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary - By Special Permission!
  • Explore the Temples of Angkor
  • Visit The Forbidden Purple City of Vietnam (UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Bird Watching
  • Explore Hanoi Like a Local
  • Yacht Cruise of Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay, and Cat Ba Island

Exclusive Wildlife Activities

Bangkok Culinary Street Food & Culture Tour

Explore the amazing tastes and sights of Bangkok, the “Village of Love”, a famous 100 year-old culinary neighborhood in Bangkok. After sampling 12+ delicious food and drink samples, walk it off visiting cultural sites around Bangkok including the famous Bangkok Flower Market, and the spectacular Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).

Hiking in Phu Khaio Wildlife Sanctuary - By Special Permission!

Receive special governmental permission to enter Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary, a hidden gem amongst Thailand's wildlife national parks, in search of wild elephant, dhole (Asian wild dog), golden jackal, Assamese macaque, Phayre's langur, white-handed gibbon, hog deer, and leopard cat. The sanctuary is also one of the best places to see the less common black leopards, clouded leopard, tigers, marble

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We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • Wide Variety of Wildlife, Culinary, and Cultural Experiences - 3 Unprecedented Wildlife Sanctuaries, 4 World-Class Culinary Experiences, plus Ha Long Bay Artisan Cruise & Angkor Wat.
  • Special Access to Remote, Non-Commercial Parks - Authentic wildlife excursions by special permission into Phu Khiao (not otherwise open to the general public!) No other company offers this unforgettable wildlife experiences!
  • Expert Wildlife Knowledge & Activities - Night river cruises, wildlife blinds, salt licks and secret wildlife hot-spots for maximum wildlife viewing.
  • Combine 2, 3, or all 4 Segments for 10-day, 16-day or the full 21-day Eco-Tour.
  • Make A Difference - Your fees directly support local people to protect endangered wildlife.
We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • Wide Variety of Wildlife, Culinary, and Cultural Experiences - 3 Unprecedented Wildlife Sanctuaries, 4 World-Class Culinary Experiences, plus Ha Long Bay Artisan Cruise & Angkor Wat.
  • Special Access to Remote, Non-Commercial Parks - Authentic wildlife excursions by special permission into Phu Khiao (not otherwise open to the general public!) No other company offers this unforgettable wildlife experiences!
  • Expert Wildlife Knowledge & Activities - Night river cruises, wildlife blinds, salt licks and secret wildlife hot-spots for maximum wildlife viewing.
  • Combine 2, 3, or all 4 Segments for 10-day, 16-day or the full 21-day Eco-Tour.
  • Make A Difference - Your fees directly support local people to protect endangered wildlife.
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