Enchanting Vietnam with Siem Reap & Chiang Mai (IAEG)

17 Day Package from Hanoi to Chiang Mai

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


Always Included:

Your 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.

Local Host

In each city

Meals Included

American breakfast daily5 lunches1 dinner

Sightseeing & Activities

Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

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.

Day-By-Day 2017

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.

DAY
3
Hanoi–Ha Long Bay Cruise

A 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.

DAY
4
Ha Long Bay Cruise–Hanoi–Hoi An

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 Danang. A short transfer will bring you to your hotel in Hoi An.

DAY
5
Hoi An

Explore Hoi An on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. Start with a visit to the CENTRAL MARKET, where locals sell a vast array of items ranging from fresh fish and spices to silk and local handicrafts. Then, join a WALKING TOUR of Hoi An, visiting an old MERCHANT HOUSE, the HOI AN MUSEUM, a CHINESE ASSEMBLY HALL, and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Afterward, you will have free time to enjoy this quaint town on your own or to relax at your resort.

DAY
6
Hoi An

Continue exploring Hoi An on a fascinating PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION. Start with a CRUISE on the Thu Bon River. Along the way, meet a local fisherman who will teach you about their fishing methods and give you a FISHING LESSON. Learn how to throw and retrieve a traditional round fishing net called a ro. You will also meet a LOCAL FARMER to learn more about his daily life. The afternoon is at your leisure.

DAY
7
Hoi An–Hue

Join your Local Guide for a day of PRIVATE GUIDED TOURING. Stop in Danang to visit the CHAM MUSEUM, then head north over spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), considered one of the most scenic in all of Vietnam, before arriving in Hue. One of Vietnam’s former capitals, Hue is a beautiful, welcoming city that remains a cultural and religious center. Upon arrival, visit the IMPERIAL CITADEL and the THIEN MU PAGODA, the unofficial symbol of the city.

DAY
8
Hue–Ho Chi Minh City

This morning’s PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING provides a unique window into Vietnam and its complex past. Visit the TOMBS of the NGUYEN EMPERORS: KHAI DINH MAUSOLEUM, and the ROYAL TOMB of TU DUC. Later, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many.

DAY
9
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.

DAY
10
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.

DAY
11
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.

DAY
12
Siem Reap

Your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR starts at the best preserved of all the temples—ANGKOR WAT, honoring 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.

DAY
13
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.

DAY
14
Siem Reap–Chiang Mai, Thailand

Today, fly to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second-largest city.

DAY
15
Chiang Mai

Today, your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR begins with a visit to WAT PHRA SINGH with its famous Buddha image, and WAT DOI SUTHEP, a temple tucked away in the mountains. For the final ascent to the temple, you can take a tram car or walk up the Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with more than 300 steps. On a clear day, you will enjoy spectacular views of Chiang Mai. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

DAY
16
Chiang Mai

Today, take a PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION outside the city to BAAN TONG LUANG to visit several hill tribe groups, including the AKHA, known for gorgeous headdresses decorated with silver coins, and the KAREN, home to the PADAUNG LONG-NECKED WOMEN. Early in life, brass rings are placed on the necks of the village girls and as they mature, additional rings are added. This pushes the collarbone down and compresses the rib cage, creating the illusion of stretching their necks. You will also stop at an ORCHID FARM. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

DAY
17
Chiang Mai

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" 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).

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Hanoi
Ha Long Bay
Hoi An
Hue
Ho Chi Minh City
Siem Reap
Chiang Mai

Silk Path Hotel

195-199 Hang Bong Street
Hanoi, Vietnam

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

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.

Location & Highlights

On the edge of Hanoi's fascinating Old Quarter close to Hoan Kiem Lake and the Temple of Literature.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Television
  • Desk
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
Gracefully designed rooms on higher-floors include modern furnishings and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

Moevenpick Hotel Hanoi

83A Ly Thuong Kiet Street
Hanoi, Vietnam

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

The Moevenpick Hotel Hanoi has a distinctive French architecture as well as excellent services and facilities; service is always tailored to meet the unique needs of discerning travelers. The Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi offers stylish accommodation, warm service and a luxurious spa.

Location & Highlights

Conveniently located in the heart of Hanoi's business district, just 5 minutes from the city center.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Mini-bar
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
Guest rooms are well-appointed and feature all the normal amenities one would expect of a quality hotel.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

15 Ngo Quyen Street
Hanoi, Vietnam

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

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.

Location & Highlights

In the heart of the city within walking distance of Hoan Kiem Lake and the Hanoi Opera House.

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Television
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • ATM
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
Rooms in the new Opera wing include plush Sofitel MyBeds and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Siem Reap
Ho Chi Minh City

Siem Reap

Lake Tonle Sap Cruise

Hop aboard a traditional Cambodian watercraft and set out with an expert Local Guide to explore life on Tonle Sap-the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia!

Price Range: $

Apsara Dinner & Dance Show

Step back in time as we introduce you to the wonders of Khmer music, dance, and cuisine. We'll transport you to the beautiful Angkor Village Resort for a tantalizing dinner of authentic Cambodian dishes. Then, ancient Khmer culture comes to life during a brilliant Apsara dance performance, an artform based on the bas-reliefs found at Angkor Wat. Marvel at the graceful, sinuous hand gestures that tell the stories from classical mythology.

Price Range: $$

Grand Circuit Tour

Explore the Grand Circuit to Preah Khan built in approximately the same period as Ta Prohm and with the same purpose: In memory of a person, the father of Jayavarman VII while Ta Prohm it is in memory of the mother of Jayavarman VII.

Price Range: $

Phare Cambodia Circus

'Enjoy the performance of the Circus of Battambang now in Siem Reap! Phare Ponleu Selpak, meaning "the brightness of art", originated in 1986 in Site 2 Refugee Camp on the Thai border.

Price Range: $

Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta Excursion

Explore the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam on this enjoyable cruise on the mighty Mekong River. Depart Ho Chi Minh City and travel by road to My Tho, Gateway to the Mekong Delta.

Price Range: $$

Insider

Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City
Siem Reap
Chiang Mai

Hanoi

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Hanoi, VietnamMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Hanoi. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Hanoi and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Hanoi, Vietnam insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

My name is Hiep, and I get great joy out of sharing my knowledge about Vietnam with people from around the world. From fascinating stories and friendly people to the unique culture and hidden charms, visitors are often pleasantly surprised by what this great country has to offer. Most people say they choose their career, but for me, being a Tour Director chose me - and I have loved every moment of it from day one!

Old Quarter

Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter is famous for its small artisans and merchants including many silk shops. At the beginning of the 20th century, each of the 36 streets that today make up the Old Quarter, had merchants and households that specialized in a particular trade such as silk, cotton, leather, silver etc. These days the street names reflect these specializations although few of them remain exclusively in their original commerce. Local cuisine specialties as well as several clubs and bars can be found here as well as a night market open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening with a variety of clothing, souvenirs and food.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Meaning Lake of the Returned Sword or Lake of the Restored Sword, Hoan Kiem Lake in the historical center of the city, is a lovely place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere or to take a leisurely stroll. It is one of Hanoi’s major scenic spots and a focal point of public life. There are some good photo opportunities around the shores of the lake.

Ho Chi Minh City

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Ho Chi Minh City. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Ho Chi Minh and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamMeet a Local Host®

I'm Tuyen and after graduating tourism university in 1997, I started work as a full time tour guide. I'm excited to show our beautiful country to more international friends and am looking forward to serving you and making your stay in Vietnam unforgettable.

Rooftop Garden bar at the Rex Hotel

Home to the infamous “Five O’clock follies” and a favorite hangout for American officers during the Vietnam War, this rooftop bar still evokes memories of a time long past. The furnishings are a bit kitschy, but that is part of the charm. Stop for a drink or dinner and enjoy the great city views.

Local market in Cholon

Cholon is the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City and gets its name from Cho Lon, which means “big market” in Chinese. This intriguing area is teaming with restaurants, temples, shops, and buzzing markets. The two primary markets are Binh Tay and Ben Thanh. These massive markets offer similar products and are a great place to experience the local culture, browse the many stalls, and sample great authentic local cuisine.

Cyclo ride at night

This city comes alive at night, and a “cyclo” ride is the perfect way to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the city. Sitting in the front of this 3-wheeled bicycle gives you a great view as you slowly meander through the streets. Although a rare occurrence, some “cyclo” riders may try to charge you too much or take you to places you don’t want to go, so make sure to negotiate the price and clearly state your destination before the ride begins.

Dong Khoi Street

Running from the Notre Dame Cathedral to the waterfront, this shopping area is well known for the quality of its goods. Here you can buy custom made silk garments that rival those of Hong Kong for a reasonable price. The workmanship is extraordinary. Among other items for sale are jewelry, handbags, tablecloths, ceramics, and scarves. If shopping isn’t your thing, this is still a great place to take a stroll to explore the city.

Saigon Saigon Bar

This popular rooftop bar, in the iconic Caravelle Hotel, offers sweeping views of Ho Chi Minh City. Stop by for a drink at dusk and enjoy the spectacular view as the sun sets and the city lights up. Live music is featured nightly. You don’t have to dress up, but no shorts please.

Ton That Thiep Street

Ton That Thien Street is a great place to shop for Vietnamese and propaganda posters. You can also find funky lacquer ware and costume jewelry shops.

Take in a Show

Enjoy acrobats, contemporary dancers, jugglers and martial arts experts, with musical accompaniment at a performing arts show. The A O Show (pronounced Ahhh! Ohhh!) has been performing to rapturous acclaim since 2013. Depending on the time of year the troupe may offer performances of My Village or The Mist, which are equally engaging. Each show takes the audience on a journey of Vietnamese life.

Siem Reap

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Siem Reap, CambodiaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Siem Reap. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Siem Reap and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host ®will share local Siem Reap insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Hi, I'm Bunrith. I was born in Siem Reap and spent all my time there until I graduated high school in 1993. My first job was with a hotel and later, in 1998, I became a guide. I have been a full-time guide since and enjoy showing guests my home city and the surrounds.

Psar Chaa

Located in the French Quarter of Siem Reap, Psar Chaa or “Old Market” is where locals come to shop for their everyday needs. As with many local markets, Psar Chaa is a great place to wander around and mix with the locals. It is also the best place to sample authentic Khmer food, which has much in common with Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Rice is the main staple and is often served with pork or fish. Noodles are also popular, as is curry. But for the more adventurous, try the spiced frog, a very satisfying meal. You will also find plenty of shops catering to tourists with items like t-shirts, maps, books, and Buddha heads—all for much less than you would pay in a store. Be prepared to haggle!

Night Market

Distinctly different from Psar Chaa or “Old Market,” the colorful Night Market was created for tourists. Here you will find stalls selling every type of souvenir you can imagine. There is also a bar and a movie mall at one end. It is located close to the main street that is lined with restaurants and bars, so it makes for a good walk after dinner.

Miss Wong

Inspired by old Shanghai this bar is one of Siem Reap’s newest additions. The cherry-red lantern that dangles from the doorway beckons passers-by. Inside, slip into one of the intimate leather booths for an Indochine Martini, a mixture of vodka, ginger cognac and fresh pineapple juice.

Angkor National Museum

The Angkor National Museum features eight chronologically ordered galleries where many Angkor-era artifacts are on display. Several multi-media presentations give an understanding about Angkor history and culture.

Theam’s House

Theam's House is the home of Cambodian artist and designer Lim Muy Theam. Set beside a tranquil environment, the handsome traditional wooden house with its lust tropical garden holds a unique private collection alongside products conceived and created on site. Works demonstrate traditional Khmer arts & craft with a personal touch of design and modernity.

The Khmer Ceramic & Fine Arts Centre

The Khmer Ceramic & Fine Arts Centre is dedicated to the renaissance and appreciation of lost Cambodian art, pottery, ceramics & tableware. Founded in 2006 its goal is to revive the skill and knowledge needed for this technically challenging and beautiful handcrafted art form. Find contemporary tableware, vases, and more inspired by Cambodian culture and environment, that are both functional and decorative.

Chiang Mai

Meet Jeff, one of your Local Hosts in Chaing Mai, ThailandMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Chaing Mai. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Chaing Mai and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Chaing Mai insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

My name is Kim and Chiang Mai is my home town. I was born and grew up here. I'll never move to another city because I love my culture and my city, and I'm excited to share it with other people from around the world.

Night Bazaar

Spanning several blocks, this large market features food and Thai goods at great prices. Local handicrafts like carvings, jewelry, silk, and hand-woven fabrics are an especially good value here, because they are made in such close proximity. The other big draw is the street food, which is some of the best in the world. So make sure you have room in your stomach. Give yourself a couple of hours to explore fully.

Hike or Bike

The mountains surrounding the city are the best thing about Chiang Mai. You can hire a guide to help you explore them or go on your own if you are experienced. Either way, exploring the jungle on foot or on a bike is a rewarding experience.

Doi Inthanon National Park

Drive along the winding road to Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in Thailand. The Park is known for its incredible views, including Watchiratharn waterfall and the twin Chedis. Late January through February, you may be lucky enough to catch the beautiful, pink, Siamese sakura flowers in full bloom.

Baan Tawai

Baan Tawai Village is known for Thai handicrafts and handmade items that reflect the history and local way of life. Find brilliant wood carvings as a great souvenir of your travels.

*The "STARTING AT" 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).

Prices based on double room occupancy and a minimum of two travelers. For singles traveling alone, a supplement will be quoted at the time of booking. Single rooms are available at a supplement; triple rooms are available at a reduction.

2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in August 2017.

* 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).