16 Day Gems of Southeast Asia

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfer, but does include intra-flights.

Thailand will be holding the Thai King’s cremation ceremony Oct 25-29. As this is a major event, there are anticipated road closures and other disruptions that are sure to take place in Bangkok. Adjustments to the itinerary in Bangkok may take place for passengers scheduled to stay during this time.


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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There are 72 steps in the Angkor Wat Temple, 37 of which have a steep incline. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, and people who have knee problems may want to carry a walking stick.

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Flight Details


Accommodation Details

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

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • International flights San Francisco-Phnom Penh, Hanoi-San Francisco
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Siem Reap-Bangkok, Bangkok-Luang Prabang & Luang Prabang-Hanoi
  • 14 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Phnom Penh
    • 2 nights Siem Reap
    • 3 nights Bangkok
    • 2 nights Luang Prabang
    • 4 nights Hanoi
    • 1 night Halong Bay
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 31 meals: 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches & 8 dinners (including a home hosted dinner, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions. Bottled water, coffee, and tea with all meals. Beer included with welcome, farewell and home hosted dinners
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals
  • View the impressive Silver Pagoda on the grounds of the Royal Palace complex in Phnom Penh with its floor of over 5000 shimmering silver tiles and its crystal Emerald Buddha.
  • Meet a Cultural Historian for a discussion on Cambodia's heritage and resilient population.
  • Stand in awe at the architectural masterpieces of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, designated as one of the "Seven Wonders of the World".
  • See the mysterious Bayon Temple, replete with over 172 giant smiling stone faces.
  • Boat excursion on Tonle Sap Lake in the heart of Cambodia.
  • Ride an ox-cart in the lush farmlands of Siem Reap.
  • Tour Bangkok's elaborate and glittering Grand Palace complex and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
  • Visit serene Wat Po, home of the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long.
  • Cruise on the Chao Phraya River from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital.
  • Visit to impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Participate in a special Baci Ceremony in Luang Prabang, with prayers to bestow good fortune.
  • Take part in the sacred ancient tradition of Alms-giving to Buddhist monks.
  • Sail on Halong Bay, one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, designated as one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World".
  • In Hanoi, attend the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a Vietnamese orchestra.
  • Ride a "cyclo" through the busy streets of the Old Quarter.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There are 72 steps in the Angkor Wat Temple, 37 of which have a steep incline. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, and people who have knee problems may want to carry a walking stick.


DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Cambodia
Depart for Cambodia

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Arrive in Phnom Penh on the banks of the fabled Mekong River, one of the loveliest cities built by the French in Indochina. This capital of Cambodia is a beautiful blend of glittering temples and graceful colonial buildings. Arrive at your hotel with time to rest after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Phnom Penh

DAY 3, Saturday - Explore Royal Palace Complex & National Museum
Today, begin your exploration of Phnom Penh at the Royal Palace complex, a compound of Khmer-style structures with gilded spires. These ornate buildings have served as the royal residence of the kings of Cambodia since the 1860s. Within these walls, see the glittering Silver Pagoda with its floor of over 5,000 silver tiles. Next, visit the National Museum, a masterpiece of Khmer architectural glory, home to over 14,000 historical items, including Khmer art, ceramics and archaeological treasures. End the tour at the sobering site of the Killing Fields. The memorial here is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the late 1970s during the vicious Khmer Rouge regime. Early afternoon, meet a local cultural historian for an informative discussion about the country's heritage and its very resilient population. Afterwards, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing by your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by dinner together at a traditional Cambodian restaurant
Overnight: Phnom Penh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Fly to Siem Reap and Enjoy Dinner & Cultural Performance
Today fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor temples. Arrive at your hotel and get ready for lunch at a local restaurant. This evening, enjoy dinner while being entertained by females performing the ancient art of Apsara dancing, a classical style of dance dating back to Angkorian era - their superb dancing has been known to mesmerize and transfix
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Discover Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom
Today, you'll understand why the architectural masterpieces of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat are designated as one of the "Seven Wonders of the World." This sprawling city, built by Khmer Kings, was once home to more than one million people at the height of the empire. On the visit to the fortified city of Angkor Thom visit the Elephants Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King, all adorned with dramatic bas-reliefs. Continue to the mysterious Bayon Temple, highlight of Angkor Thom, replete with beautifully preserved bas-reliefs and more than 172 giant smiling stone faces. On to the monuments of Ta Keo, Prasat Kravan and Srah Srang before arriving at Ta Prohm, where the jungle was left untouched, as it appeared to European explorers. The highpoint of the day is the visit to stunning Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. World-famous for its beauty and splendor, Angkor Wat has the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the entire outer gallery walls, narrating stories from Hindu mythology. Return to the hotel for the rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Tuesday - Ox Cart Ride With Tonle Sap Cruise then Fly to Bangkok
Morning drive along the rolling hills, stopping for a ride on an ox-cart, a vehicle still being used today by local farmers. Arrive at Tonle Sap Lake in the heart of Cambodia, with its rich and diverse ecosystem. Embark on a serene boat excursion - observe the local life unfolding and the floating fishing villages that dot the shoreline. After lunch, on to the Les Artisant d'Angkor, a school for training students in local handicrafts such as silk, wood carving, and lacquer. Continue to the airport for the flight to Bangkok, Thailand's bustling capital
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Visit Flower Market, Grand Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Awake this morning in exotic Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Early risers can join the local residents for Tai Chi and other exercises in Lumpini Park. Then, stop at a fragrant and colorful flower market to see the magnificent array of fresh flowers and learn about the important local flower trade. Onward to the elaborate Grand Palace, glittering centerpiece of the city, a sprawling complex of temples, halls, and pavilions built around immaculate lawns and gardens. Its main attraction is Wat Phra Kaew, known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Continue on a visit to serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with its astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 49 feet high. Tonight, an optional Thai Dinner, Classical Dance & Cabaret Show, featuring some of Bangkok's most famous "lady-boys"
Optional: Thai Dinner & Cabaret Show
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Explore Ayutthaya and Visit Royal Summer Palace
Morning cruise on the Chao Phraya River, the lifeblood of Bangkok. Disembark in Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years. Start with a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake, once the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Ample time to explore its preserved ruins, including the impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Wat Mahatat, in the center of the city. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, Phra Srisanphet, Wat Mongkolbopit, monasteries and towers - one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, conceived as a replica of the Angkor Temple - at this serene place one can reflect and enjoy the tranquility. Return to Bangkok for overnight
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos & Enjoy an Elephant Trek
Morning flight from Bangkok to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of the mountainous region of northern Laos. According to legend, Buddha smiled when he rested here during his travels and prophesized that it would one day be the site of a rich and powerful capital city. Arrive and get ready for a great adventure! Continue to an elephant camp, where trainers (mahouts) form a close bond with their pachyderms. You'll have the thrilling chance to ride atop one of these gentle giants and trek in the forest. Onto the hotel in Luang Prabang with time to relax. This evening, participate in a special Baci Ceremony, practiced for hundreds of years, offering prayers that bestows good fortune upon you. Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Explore Luang Prabang in addition to Cruising the Mekong River
Luang Prabang seems totally untouched by the modern world. In the morning, take part in the sacred ancient rituals of Alms giving. Stroll through hushed streets and offer the Alms to a meditative parade of orange robed monks. The daily ceremony is both peaceful and spiritual and gives you a wonderful opportunity to experience this ancient Lao tradition. Then, walk through the local morning market where people are shopping for their day's food. Return to the hotel for breakfast and then drive to Ban Sang Hai, a local village where they make their own rice wine from their abundant crop. During the visit, meet with villagers and sample some of their wonderful elixir. Afterwards, cruise on the Mekong River, stopping at the Pak Ou Caves. From these cavernous altars, you'll see hundreds of Buddha images overlooking the river. Back to Luang Prabang for lunch at a local restaurant with traditional Lao food. Afternoon visit to the Royal Palace Museum to learn about the monarchy that once ruled the country and ascend to the top of Phousi Mountain to see the extraordinary panoramic views of the city. A visit to the beautiful Ban Xang Khong Temple and a stop at the Ban Xang Khong Sa paper making and silk weaving village ends your wonderful day. The evening is at leisure
Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Sunday - Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam
Enjoy a leisure morning at the hotel poolside, or explore Luang Prabang independently. After lunch, onto the airport for your flight to Hanoi, the cultural center of Vietnam. As soon as you arrive in this lovely city, you'll notice evidence of the French influence in the design and architecture; its history is tied to French colonialism. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Monday - Travel to Halong Bay and Cruise & Visit Caves
Incredible views await you today! Drive to Halong Bay, considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and declared recently as one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World." Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, this area has over 2,000 limestone islands rising dramatically out of the emerald sea. The islands assume intriguing formations and local legends abound inspired by their shapes which have been likened to dragons, sails, or human heads. Upon arrival, board a boat and cruise on the tranquil bay. After a seafood lunch on board, visit some of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay and see amazingly varied karst formations. Return to the quay. Overnight at your hotel in Halong Bay
Overnight: Halong Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Return to Hanoi with Water Puppet Performance & Enjoy Home Hosted Dinner
Morning return drive to Hanoi. Visit the Museum of Ethnology, founded in 1997, one of the most popular museums in the country. Here you can find a rich collection of artifacts, documents and films depicting the daily life, rituals and customs of 64 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Afterwards, 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. In the evening, you'll be dinner guests of a local family in their home - a wonderful opportunity to talk to Hanoians about their daily lives
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Explore Hanoi with a Private Cooking Class
The day begins at the Ho Chi Minh historic complex, which includes the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (where the late president's embalmed body is displayed), historic Ba Dinh Square, the exterior of the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and the famous One-Pillar Pagoda. Afterwards, learn the craft of Vietnamese cooking! Visit the local market with a Chef, followed by a private cooking class. You'll learn how to make popular Vietnamese dishes such as spring rolls (Nem), chicken salad, beef in banana leaves, and more. Sample and savor your personally cooked lunch. Then it's time to try a "cyclo" ride through the busy streets of the Old Quarter. Visit one of the city's Tube Houses, a tall dwelling with narrow frontage, to see first-hand how residents once lived. Rest of the day and evening are at leisure to discover Hanoi on your own. Tonight, perhaps try one of Hanoi's famous gourmet French restaurants
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15, Thursday - Full Day in Hanoi
Today is at leisure in Hanoi with opportunity for sightseeing and shopping on your own. Or, join the optional tour to the Red River Delta to experience a "day in the life" of typical northern villages. Located to the west of Hanoi, the first village you visit has a history dating back over 2,000 years. Before 1945, this was once the wealthiest village in the north with many successful businesses. Today, you can still see many of the old houses and villas, over 100 years old, built before and during the colonial period. A walk through the village, followed by a visit to a local home will enrich your experience with examples of daily life and the typical structure of a village in North Vietnam. Then, on to Chuong Village, the center of conical hats, or "non la", worn by most Vietnamese. With most of the residents involved in this business, a visit to the village will be enlightening and give you an opportunity to learn about this very interesting labor intensive job. The tour includes lunch in Hanoi. Enjoy the rest of the day independently in Hanoi, with time to revisit some of the beautiful sights, or just walk leisurely around the lake area
Optional: Red River Delta - Typical Northern Villages
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Friday - Depart Vietnam
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Thai Dinner & Cabaret Show

After a delicious traditional Thai Dinner, along with a Classical Dance performance, the evening continues with a Cabaret Show at a nearby theatre. The show is a fun way to get to know more about the “lady-boy” scene in Bangkok. You’ll be welcomed warmly in many different languages. Thailand is well known for “lady-boys” and this show features them doing what they love the most -- dressing up to the hilt and miming to Cher’s music. Some of these ‘ladies’ have features that would make women jealous but this is an attractive illusion as they were all born men. The performers are anxious to entertain and put on a good show that you will enjoy.

Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #7 01 Sep 2014 - 30 Jun 2019 $64.00
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Red River Delta - Typical Northern Villages

Drive to the Red River Delta to experience a “day in the life” of typical northern villages. Located to the west of Hanoi, the first village we visit has a history dating back over 2000 years. Before 1945, this was once the wealthiest village in the north with many successful businesses. Today, you can still see many of the old houses and villas, over 100 years old, built before and during the colonial period. A walk through the village, followed by a visit to a local home will enrich your experience with examples of daily life and the typical structure of a village in North Vietnam. Then, on to Chuong Village, the center of conical hats, or “non la”, worn by most Vietnamese. With most of the residents involved in this business, a visit to the village will be enlightening and give you an opportunity to learn about this very interesting labor-intensive job. The tour includes lunch in Hanoi.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #15 01 Jul 2016 - 30 Jun 2019 $56.00
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Gems of Southeast Asia, February 2017
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I cannot stop talking about how fabulous this trip was! Every morning we had an incredible day planned for us. I had expected to see a lot but was not prepared for all the amazing experiences we had. I travel with 3 girlfriends every other year as our schedules permit, we each have a chance to pick out a dream trip with all our inputs so everyone is happy. As this was my friends choice, I hadn't done any research other than wanting to see Halong Bay, but I knew from previous travels with Gate 1 that we would be pleased. Pleased? I was dazzled everyday! I could not have been any happier with the itinerary, the program director, the guides, the hotels, meals, and the experiences of local transportation and the local people we met. Thank you Gate 1 for providing such a wonderful travel memory for me.

Elizabeth A. Seattle, WA
Gems of Southeast Asia, December 2016
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We've been raving about our trip to friends since we got back - the itinerary was outstanding, our tour manager Udom was quite excellent and the four local guides were wonderful. We especially love the Discovery tours.

Robert C. New York, NY
Gems of Southeast Asia, November 2016
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The trip was absolutely awesome! Gate 1 hires the best tour guides & tour managers. There were so many nice touches, for example, on our tour we participated in alms giving to Buddhist monks in Laos, whereas people on other tours only got to observe. I have so many positive memories of this trip.

Donna L. Viola, WI
Gems of Southeast Asia, October 2016
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We wanted to submit our review of the trip and your inquiry is very timely. The small group (12 people) was ideal. The program for "Gem of Southeast Asia" was excellent although we wished the tour included Saigon in Vietnam. The hotels and meals were great. We do want to mention that the tour guides in each country (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam) were extremely knowledgeable about their country and the information they provided was invaluable. We do want to express the superb job of the tour manager (Lift) throughout the trip. Lift entertained us with her humor and honesty. In addition, she made it sure that we were safe when we were walking on uneven streets or pavements and visiting caves. She had her first aid kit available for anyone who may require attention. She was attentive to each one of us for comfort, safety, and enjoyment. All the travels John and I have had since late 1980s, Lift is one of the best tour managers. Based on our recent experience, we highly recommend Gate 1 travel.

Hwa T. Albuquerque, NM
Gems of Southeast Asia, March 2016
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We had a wonderful trip,great guides throughout,wonderful hotels and so much to see. Panya,our tour manager was outstanding,very attentive to our needs.We gave all our guides: Long,Joy,and Tuyen-5 STARS!!!

Daisy E. Turlock, CA
Gems of Southeast Asia, March 2016
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It was amazing! Truly a learning adventure! Our tour guides were friendly, knowledgable, and very entertaining. Every excursion was very worthwhile, well planned, and organized. Truly a journey to be remembered! Thank you for giving us this opportunity!

Mary G. Rochester, NY