Iconic Vietnam & Paradise Thailand
February 26th - March 6th, 2024 (3 Spots Left)
"PhotoFly guides gave us a historical, cultural and environmental view of large cities, beautiful countryside and rural villages. The local guides could not have been kinder, fulfilling each and every traveler request and going above and beyond. We had a steady guide, steering the group to a marvelous and memorable trip. With gratitude!" - Ruth, Vietnam '23
We've combined the most iconic parts of Vietnam and the most beautiful islands in Thailand for a 1-2 punch of awesome adventure! This time we explore the southern region of Vietnam. Great food, iconic architecture, and a storied history make Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) the perfect place to begin. The one-of-a-kind floating markets along the Southern Mekong River Delta are a must and lots of amazing images will be captured here before moving on to paradise in Thailand. The Phi Phi Islands are arguably the most beautiful in the whole country, with snorkeling, diving, island hopping, iconic limestone mountains, and fine white sand beaches to keep us enthralled for days. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind adventure on our Vietnam & Thailand small group tours.
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Iconic Vietnam (5 Nights)
Covering the Mekong Delta, the extreme southern end of the river, and the area around Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Southern Vietnam is unique and stands out as one of the most important regions in all of Southeast Asia. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) is a "compelling clash of commercial clout and colonial grandeur, showcasing soaring skyscrapers next to tree-lined boulevards, and a lingering aura of French finesse." -Frommer's
The whole region is a rich and lush area covered with rice fields thanks to the nutrient soil from the upper Mekong. It produces half of the total of Vietnam's agricultural output (in fact the delta produces more rice than Korea and Japan altogether!). The timeless scenery of farmers planting or harvesting rice makes for incredible photos and the delta's complex system creates a maze of small canals, rivers, and seasonal creeks interspersed with colorful villages and bustling floating markets. - from Wikitravel.org
* Experience Ho Chi Minh City (Privately guided tour: See Notre Dame, Hotel d'Ville, Ben Thanh Market, Dong Khoi street, Tao Dan Park, Reunification Palace, Jade Pagoda, China Town, & Sky Tower)
* Street Food Adventure (Discover and taste the best ready-to-eat food the city has to offer. Interspersed with visits to hidden temples, the colorful flower market at Ho Thi Ki, and a host of other charming spots, we start the day off with some food and fun with local vendors as we meander and eat our way through Saigon’s myriad of hectic backstreets and alleyways.)
* Cu Chi tunnels (Visit the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defense against the French, and later expanded during the American war)
* Floating Markets of Cai Be & Cai Rang (Sampan ride through the floating markets colorfully congested with women and children jostling for space and vying to sell their wares)
* Khmer Pagoda in Can Tho City (The most beautiful Khmer pagoda in the Mekong Delta!)
* Bike Cruise at Cai Son Canal (Cruise along Rau Ram Creek and enjoy the tree gardens laden with fruits, pass the monkey bridges, and snap an image of ladies rowing their boats to bring fruit home after harvest. The leisurely ride ends at an orchard to enjoy some Mekong fruit and tea!)
Paradise Thailand (4 Nights)
"With white-sand bays, technicolor coral reefs, and jungle-covered karst formations emerging from turquoise seas, Thailand's islands and beaches are everyone's dream of a tropical paradise." - Lonely Planet
The Phi Phi Archipelago
"With their curvy, bleached beaches and stunning jungle interiors, Phi-Phi Don and Phi-Phi Leh – collectively known as Ko Phi-Phi – are the darlings of the Andaman Coast. The smaller Ko Phi-Phi Leh is undeveloped and hotel-free, its coral reefs and crystal-clear waters overseen by soaring, jagged cliffs create an iconic tropical wonderland" - Lonely Planet
* Island Hopping & Snorkeling Adventure (Discover all 5 islands of the Koh Phi Phi archipelago including hidden gems of Nui and Wang Long Bay.)
* Archipelago Highlights (Cruise, swim, & snorkel in Pi-Leh Lagoon and Loh Samah Bay and witness Viking Cave & Monkey Beach)
* Bamboo Island (Relax on the beach and enjoy lunch overlooking the crystal clear waters)
* Snorkel the Best Reefs (Stops throughout the day at premiere locations including Rantee Bay, Mosquito Island, Hin Klang & Phaknam Bays)
* Maya Bay (Discover the world-famous bay after the crowds depart. With its dramatic karst cliffs, fine white sand, and coin-shaped, turquoise-hued bay, this tropical wonderland meets even Hollywood’s standards for a paradise worth filming)
* Sunset & Glowing Night Swim (Capture the stunning colors of sunset shimmering off the Andaman Sea before jumping back in the water for a once-in-a-lifetime evening swim among the glowing plankton in Tonsai Bay!)
* Jungle Trek with Epic Viewpoints (Optional) (Explore the lush jungle and hike to the best viewpoints overlooking the iconic islands' large rock formations connected by a large strip of sand. Plenty of awesome panoramas to snap throughout!)
* R&R in Paradise (Plenty of free time to lounge on the beach, cool off the in the pool & ocean, enjoy the sunset with a refreshing cocktail, & "DNA": Do Nothing At All!)
Single Supplement: $625.00
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