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Uncovering Hidden Indochina by Private Jet

Travel to Southeast Asia’s most famous and remote locations by private aircraft, utilizing your own private jet and helicopter to explore the region in comfort and style. This luxury tailored tour is the adventure of a lifetime. From the bustling streets of booming Bangkok, to the quiet heights of Vietnam’s Sapa, experience history, culture, tradition, and adventure all with VIP-style and access. Visit the must-see destinations in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia on this 15-day adventure tour.

Why travel by private jet?

Traveling by private jet is the best way to maximize your time and minimize your stress. This private mode of transport means you don’t have to waste time or energy waiting in lines and checking luggage, and you can avoid the chaos at major hubs like Bangkok’s international terminals. Don’t be troubled by delays or cancellations. Indochina is yours to discover in comfort, ease, and ultimate luxury. 

Highlights
  • Wine and dine in exclusivity with a private meal in a 12th century
  • Hindu Temple outside of Siem Reap
  • Explore the fusion of two vibrant cultures with a tour through Bangkok’s iconic Chinatown
  • Travel by elephant through the lush jungles alongside the Asia’s mighty Mekong River Bathe in the cool, clean waters of the famous Tad Fane Waterfall
  • Soar through the jungle canopy via the Flight of the Gibbon 18-platform zipline in Chiang Rai 
Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Touch down in Bangkok, one of Southeast Asia’s most influential and fascinating metropolises. Your guide will be waiting to escort you to one of two recommended luxury hotels – The Peninsula Bangkok or The Siam. Spend the evening relaxing in the comforts and exquisite amenities of your hotel, or step outside into the bustling city to take in some of the vibrant lights and bustling nightlife.

Day 2

After a delicious breakfast, head out for a tour of Bangkok with your private guide and driver. There’s never a dull moment in this city, known in the Thai language as Krung Thep. A vast city with many unique neighborhoods, Bangkok is filled with an enormous variety to stimulate the senses. Some of the most frequented and most interesting stops include Wat Phra Kaew, The Temple of Dawn, and the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Visit Bangkok’s 200-year-old Chinatown, a crossroad of two cultures. This city provides a fascinating taste of new and old Asia - from ancient temples to massive shopping malls, Bangkok has it all. Enjoy a delicious Thai dinner and a relaxing night at your hotel.

Day 3

Board your private jet and take off for Siem Reap, Cambodia in luxury. Check in to one of three recommended luxury hotels – Amansara, Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, or Park Hyatt – rest and refresh before beginning your sightseeing. Siem Reap’s Angkor temple complex is one of the most coveted destinations for travelers around the world. Meet with a local archaeologist, who will take you on a private tour through the enchanting chambers of Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple. Make your way through the bustling markets and barter with the lively merchants following the tour. Head back to your hotel for a delicious meal and good night’s sleep.

Day 4

Enjoy an early breakfast before heading to the 10th century Banteay Srei Temple, built in honor of the Hindu god Shiva. Next, visit the children at a local orphanage and learn about the positive impact being made by the organization and the challenges they face. Find special mementos to remind you of your Cambodian visit on a bespoke shopping trip to some of the city’s best shopping destinations. This evening, experience something truly special with a private meal arranged on the grounds of Angkor Athvea, a 12th-century Hindu temple just outside Siem Reap.

Day 5

Fly from Siem Reap to Pakse, Laos this morning . Touch down in the country’s third-largest city, and then check in to La Folie Lodge. This former French colony is situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Xe Don rivers and is home to incredible mountain views, ancient temples, and charming French colonial architecture. Spend the afternoon exploring the city and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Take an evening stroll along the mighty Mekong and spend a restful night at your hotel.

Day 6

After a cup of locally sourced coffee with breakfast, see where your brew came from with a tour of a coffee plantation. Explore the Bolaven Plateau and its most famous feature, the Tad Fane Waterfall. Visit Talat Dao Heung Market and bargain for coffees, aromatic spices, dried fish, fresh fruits, and special Lao desserts and treats. Enjoy a traditional meal at one of Pakse’s best restaurants before heading back to your hotel for the night.

Day 7

Today you will be swept off by private jet to Luang Prabang, Laos. Check in to one of two recommended hotels – Amantaka or Hotel De La Paix. Tour through this UNESCO World Heritage city, visiting palaces and monasteries, and be enchanted by a history well-preserved. Head to colorful Tai Lue, the home of famed textiles and weaving techniques. Tour to the top of Mount Phousi for an exquisite view of the sun setting behind a magical cityscape before a lovely dinner of Luang Prabang specialties.

Day 8

You will have the unique opportunity to interact with and ride atop an Asian elephant through the lush forests along the Nam Khan River. You will visit an elephant camp that exists in order to provide a safe home for elephants. Learn about the gentle giants from their handlers and go for a ride through the jungle. Ride the giants through the river with a backdrop of tiered waterfalls and verdant forest. Tonight, visit the city’s bustling Hmong Night Market. This is where various hill tribes sell their handmade creations and delicious traditional foods.

Day 9

After breakfast, board your jet once again and fly to Vietnam. Touch down in historic Hanoi. This fascinating city has more than 1,000 years of rich history. Today, get a feel for the city by touring its Old Quarter. Stroll down the charming, narrow, tree-lined streets with colorful shop-fronts and the bustle of everyday life. Retire to the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake and admire the 17th century Turtle Tower. Check in to the Sofitel Legend Metropole, a turn-of-the-century mansion located next to the Old Quarter. Enjoy a local meal at a nearby restaurant before retiring for some rest.

Day 10

Enjoy breakfast before a helicopter flight north to Sapa. This beautiful destination is home to a wealth of ethnic minorities and hill tribes. Sapa’s vibrant green hillsides are covered with tiered rice paddies, which make for a stunning and unique view. Check in to the Victoria Hotel before setting out for some sightseeing. Visit the Sapa Cultural Museum and learn about local traditions and customs. Enjoy dinner at Hill Station Restaurant, which features French cuisine. 

Day 11

Tour the sleepy streets of Sapa today and be sure to note the fascinating French-Asian fusion in the architecture, artwork, cuisine, and cultural atmosphere. Take off on a trek to Cat Cat, just one mile outside of Sapa. The area is home to a thriving cottage and merchant industry, the perfect place to find a special souvenir. Take a leisurely evening hike to Heaven’s Gate for a stunning vista overlooking the valley, spotted with terraced rice paddies, hemmed by jagged mountains and lush forests. Return to the hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Day 12

Today, your journey will take you back to Thailand, but this time you are in for a much different experience. Touch down in Chiang Rai, in the heart of the Golden Triangle, and check in to the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort. Rest and refresh before visiting the Hall of Opium, where you’ll get a glimpse at the history of opium production and its influence on the region. Journey up the “Burma Road” for a adrenaline-pumping drive along the narrow mountain road that straddles the Myanmar - Thailand border. Stop at stunning look out points and take in a Thai sunset as darkness settles over the expansive surrounding countryside.

Day 13

Visit the picturesque village of Doi Mae Salong, an area whose history is intertwined with strategic military positioning and the opium trade. Enjoy lunch with a local hill tribe family, gaining insight into their traditional lifestyle. Next, take a tour of a tea plantation. Hike through the tea fields and sip on special fresh brews with the owner of one of Thailand’s largest plantations. Enjoy lunch with a prominent member of the Doi Mae Salong community, who will share stories and insights into rural life in this region of Thailand.

Day 14

Today, compliment your elephant experience in Laos with a more in-depth a mahout training experience at Anantara. This half day training will go beyond a simple elephant ride, giving you the time and intimacy to bond with these gentle giants, as well as an opportunity to learn about the conservation efforts that provide for the future of the species. Spend the afternoon relaxing before enjoying a five-course dinner by the campfire – a fitting end to a perfect trip. 

Day 15
Departure

Enjoy breakfast at Nong Yao before saying goodbye to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle. Head out for Chiang Rai’s International Airport for your departure.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
BANGKOK
The Peninsula Bangkok, The Siam Hotel

The Peninsula Bangkok

Overlooking the Chao Phraya river, the iconic Peninsula’s commanding views of the city’s skyline make it one of the most elegant choices in Bangkok. Designed with a blend of modern and traditional Thai decor, the hotel provides all of the comforts of home with an exotic flair, all with the level of quality service and amenities that define the Peninsula. The hotel boasts three restaurants: Mei Jiang for Cantonese cuisine; Thiptara for Thai home-style cooking on an open-air pavilion; and the River Cafe and Bar, located on the banks of the river. The excellent spa, ESPA, offers state-of-the-art treatments, and an extensive fitness center includes a pool set in a garden complex. The Peninsula is located approximately 45 minutes by car from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).

 

The Siam Hotel

The Siam Hotel is set on 3 acres of verdant lawn along the city side of Bangkok’s main river, the Chao Praya. The Siam is a private 39-room luxury retreat with its own unique historical background located in Bangkok’s royal Dusit district. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, the property is Art Deco inspired with infusions of Thai antiques and traditional architecture. Guests have an array of amenities at their fingertips: restaurants, a cooking school, bar, café, spa, gym, yoga terrace, Muay Thai boxing ring, beauty salon, library/cinema, infinity pool, gift/antiques gallery, conservatory and traditional Thai houses. The Siam’s 39 suites and pool villas are noticeably spacious and well equipped with modern conveniences. All rooms are outfitted with plush furnishings, super-sized king beds and lofty ceilings. Each suite is individually designed with original turn-of-the-century Oriental artwork and antiquities and is catered for by a personal butler. Complimentary WiFi is available property-wide. Onsite dining options include a Thai restaurant, international cuisine bistro, bar and coffee and cakes shop. The Siam Hotel is approximately 50 minutes from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).

 
 
SIEM REAP
Amansara, Park Hyatt Siem Reap, Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor

Amansara

Located approximately five miles from the famed Angkor Wat, Amansara is sleek, stylish and superbly private. Formerly the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, the grounds were originally laid out in 1962 and designed to embrace both modern design and the rich artistic legacy of Cambodia. This tranquil oasis is surrounded by beautiful gardens and includes a curved slate swimming pool. The 24 suites are decorated in a classic Indochinese palette of cool gray, pristine white, dark timber and ivory, and all include a private courtyard and soothing water features; 12 suites are equipped with private swimming pools. The Roof Garden, shaded by trees, is the ideal venue for relaxing by candlelight with cocktails, or for invigorating morning yoga sessions. The Spa, which has four treatment rooms, focuses on therapeutic Cambodian techniques using organic products. Every suite has access to its own remork and driver. On the 2007 Zagat Survey list of the world’s best hotels, Amansara was ranked number two for service.

 

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

The Park Hyatt is a new addition to Cambodia’s select five-star hotel crowd. The hotel was previously Hotel De La Paix, one of the country’s top properties, and has been rebranded after a complete renovation. This new and exciting hotel is situated in one of Asia’s major emerging cultural destinations, providing ultimate indulgence and impeccable service. Designed by award-winning Bangkok-based interior designer Bill Bensley, Park Hyatt won Cambodia’s No. 1 hotel spot in Travel + Leisure and ranked No. 29 in its World’s Best Hotels 2010 list. Park Hyatt Siem Reap features 107 guestrooms, a choice of restaurants, a bar, fresh bakery, two swimming pools, a spa and fitness center.

 

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor

A grand, heritage hotel, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor opened its doors in the early 1930s. It is located on the main road to Angkor Wat and was planned so that it aligns on a north-south axis with Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Now sensitively restored, the hotel’s classic style coupled with its renewed modernity complement the grandeur of Angkor Wat. The hotel has 119 guest rooms and suites, each tastefully appointed with Art Deco-styled furnishings and Cambodian objets d’art. Guest services include the Raffles Spa, a fitness center, and elegant dining options range from the formal Restaurant Le Grand, to the Café d’Angkor, to the wide selection of cocktails at the famed Elephant Bar.

 
 
LUANG PRABANG
Amantaka, Sofitel Luang Prabang

Amantaka

Amantaka is set south of Phousi Mountain and close to the banks of the Mekong River and the Luang Prabang Night Market. The resort, an old French colonial building, is surrounded by a spacious courtyard, and has 24 suites – eight deluxe suites, four pool suites, eight Khan suites, two Mekong suites and two Amantaka suites, all with spacious interior and exterior living areas. Facilities include a spa, a fitness center, a library and a boutique art gallery. Amantaka is little more than a ten- minute drive from Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ).

 

Sofitel Luang Prabang

Sofitel Luang Prabang, located in a refurbished French colonial fort, is one of Luang Prabang's most historic luxury hotels. Sofitel Luang Prabang is an all-suite property with 23 suites and pool suites, all designed in contemporary style with a bathtub, free WiFi, flat-screen TV, DVD player and iPod, as well as a private terrace/garden area. An all-day dining restaurant serves classic Lao cuisine, and the colonial-style bar is a great spot to enjoy a cocktail by the fireplace. The hotel also has a spa and library.

 
 
HANOI
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

This richly historic 364-room French colonial masterpiece built in 1901 is one of Vietnam's finest hotels, with luxuriously appointed rooms, attentive staff and gracious service. It is ideally located in central Hanoi and houses a beautiful interior garden. Excellent French cuisine is served at Le Beaulieu, and Hanoi specialties are offered at Spices Garden. The hotel has a well-equipped fitness center with cardio machines and weights, as well as a swimming pool and spa offering massage treatments. All of the guest rooms have broadband Internet access and are decorated in an opulent, neo-classical style.

 
 
SAPA
Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

The four-star Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, the only luxury hotel in the region, was built in traditional chalet style with wooden décor. The Resort overhangs the village, blending in perfectly with its natural surroundings. Its 77 rooms and suites feature private terraces with views over the Sapa village, the resort’s lush gardens or Mount Fansipan, and the property comes with all the modern amenities one would expect from a four-star hotel. The resort's Ta Van restaurant combines French and Vietnamese cuisine around a cozy central fireplace, as well as traditional dance performances every Saturday. Guests can travel between Hanoi and the resort on the luxurious Victoria Express sleeping train.

 
 
CHIANG RAI
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

The Anantara is a chic luxury retreat perched atop a high mountain ridge overlooking the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak rivers, and close to Thailand's borders with Laos and Myanmar. It has 58 guest rooms and 19 suites decorated in a style that blends the best of the area's rich fabric and woodcarving traditions with contemporary design. The resort includes a sybaritic spa, an infinity pool that looks over the tree canopy to the Mekong River and up towards the hills of Myanmar and Laos, a fitness center with steam rooms, saunas, squash and tennis courts, a Thai cooking school, and an elephant camp, where you can learn about the importance of the elephant in Thai culture and arrange a ride through the surrounding jungle. The Anantara is also home to three food and beverage establishments: Sala Mae Nam (international buffet breakfast and Northern Thai specialties for dinner), Baan Dahlia (authentic Italian cuisine with a wine selection from vineyards around the globe), and The Elephant Bar and Opium Terrace, the perfect setting for a night cap.

 
 
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