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Hill Tribes of Southeast Asia

Hill Tribes of Southeast Asia

Whether looking to return to Southeast Asia or traveling for the very first time, this trip explores the customs and lifestyles of the numerous minority groups of the mountainous regions of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. The tour includes 5 nights touring Vietnam’s scenic and cultural Sapa region, 6 nights in the the non-touristic spiritual center of Laos that includes a luxury 2-day cruise on the mighty Mekong and 3 nights in colorful Thailand ending in the vibrant capital of Bangkok. Of special note is the 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, the spiritual center of Laos that will be visited while on tour.

Tour Details

Trip Code Dates PartialShare™ Single
HT041219 Apr. 12, 2019 - Apr. 26, 2018 $4,989 $5,989

• Based on a minimum of 4 passengers

• PartialShare™ price is based on 12 nights sharing twin and 2 nights in single accommodation on the tour

• Single price refers to single accommodation during the entire tour

• Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars taxes included

• Deposit of $1,250.00 CAD per person and an insurance waiver is required at time of booking

• Final Payment is required 90 days prior to departure

Tour Inclusions

• 14 nights accommodation in 3 to 4-star hotels including private en-suite facilities in chosen occupancy

• 2 day luxury Mekong cruise including excursions and full-board

• 38 meals (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners) including Welcome and Farewell dinners

• 3 flights on tour including: Hanoi to Vientiane, Vientiane to Luang Prabang and Chiang Rai to Bangkok in Economy Class

• Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Hanoi and Bangkok

• Tour transportation in private air-con vehicle including group airport transfers in Hanoi, Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Bangkok

• English-speaking tour leader from Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, will accompany group throughout their stay in each country

• Local English-speaking guides during tours in Hanoi, Sapa, Vientiane, and Luang Prabang

• All entrance fees during tour in Vientiane

• Bottled water during tour transfers

Tour Highlights

• Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site on tour

• Enjoy your "own room" on the first and last night of the tour

• More meals on tour including a hot pot dinner in Vietnam and a specialty dish of "Pun Pa" in Laos

• Learn batik making and the traditional colour dying in Vietnam

• Tour a non-profit women’s center for the disabled and enjoy lunch and partake in a short local ceremony

• Enjoy a motorbike tour through the lush Lao countryside

• Learn and experience the art of bamboo weaving

• Explore the northern Mekong River on a luxury extended  2 day / 1 night cruise

Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be greeted by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a traditional PHO - pronounced “fa” - noodle soup for lunch followed by a cyclo tour and coffee briefing in the French Quarter. Later join the tour leader and fellow travelers for the tour’s welcome dinner.

Hotel La Siesta Trendy & Spa Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Single Accommodation

Leave Hanoi for the town of Ban Pho Village located in the remote mountainous northwest region of Vietnam. Visit and enjoy lunch in Ban Pho; learn about the way of life of the H’Mong people who live here (Black and Flower). Enjoy a traditional lunch and learn about the making of corn wine and a chance to try Thang Co, a special dish of the Mong people cooked from horsemeat along with the home-brewed corn wine. After lunch, check into your hotel and relax until dinner. Later enjoy dinner in the hotel's restaurant before visiting the Bac Ha Night Market with free dance and music performances reflecting the unique culture of Tay, Nung and H’mong ethnic group such as flute playing and dancing with umbrellas and hand fans.

Sapa Paradise Hotel 3-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

Rise early this morning to visit the very popular and famous Sunday Bac Ha Market, which is the largest and most colorful in the area. We go very early to avoid the busloads of tourists that descend on the market from Sapa and Hanoi. It's not simply a place to buy and sell, but rather an opportunity for villagers from the surrounding hill tribes to come and meet one another. Relatives reunite, women trade, catch up, and show off their intricate handmade traditional creations they have so proudly made. The men show off their cattle feeding skills, socialize and enjoy rice wine. Even the youngsters join in with many finding a future partner from visiting. Bac Ha Market is famous for its size, originality, and atmosphere. This experience is not one you'll forget. Return to your hotel for breakfast before leaving for the town of Sapa located in the remote mountainous northwest region of Vietnam. Sapa is renowned for its great charm, impressive scenery, and rich cultural diversity. After driving slowly along steep terraced hillsides, the "cloudy town" (which Sapa it's often referred because of the morning clouds) appears sitting in the valley. After check-in at your Sapa hotel the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax. Later enjoy a special Hot Pot Dinner at a local restaurant

Sapa Horizon Hotel 3-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

After breakfast we transfer to Lao Chai and Ta Van Village to witness the rhythms of rural life, preparing the fields, harvesting rice and plowing with water buffaloes. In this area rice is grown on terraces, hugging the mountains like a giant wedding cake. Join the local women in their daily work trying your hand at some batik making and learning the traditional technique of H’mong dying. Experience a foot massage with traditional Red Dao’s herb before enjoying lunch at a local house. Return to Sapa where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Sapa Horizon Hotel 3-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

Experience the local culture through its cuisine! Today learn about the century-old cooking methods of Vietnam’s mountainous Northern region. Visit the local market with a H’Mong chef and learn about the food ingredients used in the unique and well-preserved cuisine of the Black H’mong ethnic group of the area. Back at the restaurant learn the cooking techniques first-hand while preparing a beautiful lunch of H’mong dishes. Afterwards visit the Black Hmong ethnic minority village of Ma Cha, a very small village hiding away from civilization. Later, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before departing on the overnight train journey to Hanoi. The train carriage is spacious and decorated with natural wooden furniture, soft pillows, fresh blankets, graceful curtains and state of the art facilities to bestow passengers a comfortable sleep.

Sapaly Express Train VIP 4-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer to a nearby hotel for breakfast and refreshment. Afterward depart to the Hanoi airport for the flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Set on a bend in the Mekong River and surrounded by fertile plains; the city is peaceful with wide tree-lined boulevards, French architectures influences and dozens of temples which impart an atmosphere of timelessness. The Lao people are frank, open and friendly, and they possess a strongly developed sense of courtesy and respect. After arrival enjoy a light lunch before heading out on a city tour, visiting two of the city's treasures; the Patuxai Victory Monument whose dedication is to those killed in the fight to gain independence from France and Pha That Luang (a "real" gold-covered stupa), a symbol of the city and the splendor of Laos. Afterwards check-in to your boutique hotel and rest until dinner.

Salana Boutique Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

Today is a very special day. Visit and tour a disable women’s center, a non-profit organization run by Lao women with disabilities that support, train and encourage other disabled women in living a more independent life. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet some truly inspirational women, take part in a handicraft workshop, enjoy a delicious traditional lunch and partake in a short Baci ceremony, an ancient Lao custom involving the tying of holy cotton threads to bless the recipient and ensure good luck on your journey. Then it's back to Vientiane to visit a Lao textile workshop and gallery. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Salana Boutique Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

Fly to Luang Prabang, a charming and friendly town encircled by misty mountain peaks and considered by many to be the spiritual center of Laos. The well-preserved ancient royal city (a UNESCO site) abounds with historical, cultural and architectural attractions including the daily ritual of hundreds of Buddhist monks collecting their morning alms, the same way they have, for the past 800 years! Enjoy lunch and a walking tour followed by some free time at leisure. Later savor a Lao BBQ at your hotel.

Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel 3-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

This morning enjoy a motorbike tour (or choose to travel by tuk-tuk) through the lush Lao countryside to the Kuang Si Waterfall & Asiatic Black Bear Rescue Center. There will be time to visit the center and also time to enjoy a swim in the crystal clear turquoise pools. On the return to Luang Prabang, visit an ethnic minority village to learn and experience the art of bamboo weaving. Afterward enjoy lunch before heading back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel 3-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

Wake up before sunrise this morning (optional for those interested) to watch the hundreds of Buddhist monks walking in a single file procession down city streets collecting alms. This daily ritual dates back to the 14th century and plays out today largely in the same manner as it did over 800 years ago. Return to the hotel for breakfast before departing for a Lao cooking experience that includes a market visit, hands-on cooking instruction, and preparation of lunch. The afternoon will be at leisure until dinner time. This evening for dinner, enjoy a specialty of Lao cuisine “Pun Pa”, one of the most delicious foods of Laos.

Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel 3-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

Early this morning transfer, to the Auberge Calao pier to begin the 2-day Luang Say Cruise along the mighty Mekong River to the Laos/Thai border. A continental breakfast is served once on board. The boat first stops opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou river to Pak Ou caves and its thousands of Buddha images. A buffet lunch is served on board while the boat continues to its second surprise stop. The boat arrives in Pakheng before sunset. There is time to freshen up before dinner is served on the terrace.

Luang Say Lodge 4-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

A continental breakfast is served on the lodge's terrace overlooking the Mekong River. The boat leaves at 8 am this morning for the second leg of the cruise. One stop is made at a rural village to witness the life of local people along the river. A buffet lunch is served on board. The boat arrives at slow boat pier in Houei Sai where all passengers transfer to immigration at the Laos/Thai border. Once in Thailand, transfer to Lanjia Lodge; an eco-friendly community-based lodge nestled on a hill in northern Thailand. Enjoy dinner and a short hill tribe performance before retiring for the evening.

Lanjia Lodge 3-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

Tour the nearby Hmong and Lahu village, called “Baan Kiew Karn” and learn their traditions, their beliefs and their way of life. Be shown how to create your own batik piece and visit the village shaman who will share his knowledge of Hmong culture. Enjoy lunch before returning back to your lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax until dinner.

Maekok River Lodge 3-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

This morning, transfer to the airport and fly to Bangkok. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the city or do some last-minute souvenir shopping at many of Bangkok's best shopping malls just minutes away from the hotel. Later that evening everyone will gather at the famous Jim Thompson Restaurant and Wine Bar for a final farewell dinner in Thailand.

LIT Bangkok Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Single Accommodation

This morning you bid farewell to SE Asia and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Tour Exclusions

• International airfare

• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary or inclusions

• All beverages except for those included with breakfast

• Personal Insurances (medical, travel, baggage, cancellation, etc.)

• Any Passport, Visa Fees or Immunizations

• All items of a personal nature and souvenirs

• All optional excursions or deviations from the itinerary

• Gratuities and baggage handling

Add: 3-Night Angkor Wat Optional Tour

A trip to Southeast Asia isn't complete without visiting Angkor Wat, one of the world's greatest achievements and Cambodia’s most impressive ancient ruin. On this 3-night optional tour to Angkor Wat you will visit Cambodia renowned for its friendly people, contagious happiness and indestructible spirit, it is a wonderful compliment to any trip to the region.

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Angkor Wat Details

Trip Code     Dates   PartialShare™   Single
AW042619     Apr. 26, 2019 - Apr. 29, 2019 $1,299   $1,429

• Based on a minimum of 2 passengers

• PartialShare™ price is based on 3 nights sharing twin accommodation on the tour

• Single price refers to single accommodation during the entire tour

• Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars taxes included

• Deposit of $500.00 CAD per person and an insurance waiver is required at time of booking

• Final Payment is required 90 days prior to departure

Angkor Wat Tour Highlights

• Visit 1 of Cambodia's UNESCO World Heritage Sites on tour

• More meals on tour including an Apsara dinner show

• Explore and visit a secret temple site in Angkor Wat

After breakfast fly to Siem Reap better known as home to the iconic Angkor Wat temple, which is the single largest religious monument in the world. The temple is part of "Angkor" (a UNESCO site), a 400 km sq archaeological site that contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire. A short transfer to the hotel followed by lunch and then the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Later it's off to the city's "Pub Street" for dinner followed by time to explore the bustling "Old Market" area ’ with its many clothing, handicraft, and art shops.

The Shinta Mani Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

Start the day off early with a visit to Ta Phrom, a temple-monastery left abandoned to kapok trees, strangler figs, and giant creepers. This was the temple left in its "Natural State", as an example of how most of Angkor looked on its discovery in the 19th Century. From there, travel to Angkor Thom (which means "Great City"), once the capital city of the Khmer Empire, through the less traveled Victory Gate. Once inside, enjoy a brief tour of the Bayon, a richly decorated 12th Century pyramid temple with 54 Gothic towers covered with 216 gigantic stone Buddha faces. Then it's off to a local restaurant for lunch before returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. This evening take part in a fun and interesting Cambodian cooking class. Watch live demonstrations and take part in the hands-on cooking of your very own Cambodian dinner.

The Shinta Mani Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

Today, set out early for the majestic 12th Century Angkor Wat temple and tour the massive complex before the larger tour groups arrive by bus. The temple is a source of great national pride, a powerful symbol of Cambodia and has also been a part of the nation's flag since 1863. Afterward travel out of town to enjoy a refreshing cold drink and explore a secret temple site just like the early explorers did centuries ago. Then it's off to lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for an afternoon of relaxation and leisure. Later this evening everyone will gather to enjoy an Apsara dinner show as our last in Cambodia.

The Shinta Mani Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

This morning you bid farewell to Cambodia and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Angkor Wat Tour Inclusions

• 3 nights accommodation in 3 to 4-star hotels including private en-suite facilities in chosen occupancy

• 8 meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners) including Welcome and Farewell dinners

• 1 flight on tour including: Bangkok to Siem Reap in Economy Class

• Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Siem Reap

• Tour transportation in private air-con vehicle

• English-speaking tour leader and guide from Cambodia, will accompany group throughout the entire trip from the first day to the last

• All entrance fees during tours in Angkor Wat

• Bottled water during tour transfers

Angkor Wat Tour Exclusions

• International airfare

• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary or inclusions

• All beverages except for those included with breakfast

• Personal Insurances (medical, travel, baggage, cancellation, etc.)

• Any Passport, Visa Fees or Immunizations

• All items of a personal nature and souvenirs

• All optional excursions or deviations from the itinerary

• Gratuities and baggage handling

Cancellations

Once a deposit has been paid the following cancellation charges will apply when a cancellation notice is received:

• More than 91 days prior to departure: 100% of Deposit Paid

• 90 - 60 days prior to departure : 70% of Trip Price

• Less than 60 days prior to departure : 100% of Trip Price

Note: Insurance premiums and international flights are non-refundable (unless by airline). We suggest travel insurance to protect your payments, please feel free to ask us for a quote.