Quintessential Asia 13 days

Ticking off Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam’s classic highlights in 13 days may seem a little ambitious and we’re not denying it’s a fast-paced itinerary. However, it’s an excellent introduction to the region and we guarantee you will want to return and delve deeper into each country.

You’ll visit five of Asia’s most iconic cities: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap and Hanoi. Whilst there are some similarities (welcoming local people for one), each city boasts its own individual vibe, unique cultural highlights and tasty regional cuisine. Your journey concludes with a relaxing overnight cruise through Halong Bay’s stunning scenery: time to relax and reflect.

Not enough R&R time? Speak to your Selective Asia consultant about extending your stay. We can tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know. 

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

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FuramaXclusive Sathorn

Nicely presented and remarkably convenient, the FuramaXclusive’s central Bangkok location makes it ideal for the start or end of your travels in South-East Asia...
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Banthai Village

Stylish, bags of character, great value and well located, the Banthai Village is a class act. Set thoughout a cluster of five traditional-style northern Thai house, the charming hotel...
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Villa Chitdara

Brilliantly located on Khounsua Road - the quiet central street that slips between Luang Prabang's main night market and Mekong River Street - leafy Villa Chitdara is a small but charming guesthouse...
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Suorkear Boutique Hotel & Spa

This charming boutique property boasts some of the friendliest staff in Siem Reap, an admirable community support programme, and a peaceful location...
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Essence Hotel

A firm favourite with the Selective Asia team (and past clients), The Essence Hotel enjoys a superb location in the centre of Hanoi's old quarter, just 10 minutes from serene Hoan Kiem Lake...
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Halong Glory Legend Junk

The jaunty little Glory Legend offers good value, comfortable cruising on Vietnam’s fabled Halong Bay, with the family-friendly junk taking in the best of this stunning UNESCO-protected region, as well as allowing time for...
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Hotel Clover Asoke

Offering smart accommodation in central downtown Bangkok, the Hotel Clover Asoke is both excellent value and very conveniently located...
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Banthai Village

Stylish, bags of character, great value and well located, the Banthai Village is a class act. Set thoughout a cluster of five traditional-style northern Thai house, the charming hotel...
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Le Sen Boutique

Beautifully located for exploring Luang Prabang, the Le Sen's leafy, secluded setting is only fifteen minutes stroll from...
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Viroth's Hotel

Not to be confused with the original, smaller Viroth’s hotel, this fresher 1950’s inspired Viroth’s Hotel opened at the beginning of 2015...
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La Siesta Classic

The La Siesta Classic is a welcoming boutique property just a short stroll from Hoan Kiem Lake, within very easy reach of the many temptations of Old Quarter, and offers great facilities for a central Hanoi hotel...
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Dragons Pearl Junk

Modelled on traditional Chinese junks and an iconic sight on the waters of Vietnam’s beautiful Halong Bay, the Dragon’s Pearl is a lovely option for travellers keen to explore the region in comfort...
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Riva Surya

The intimate surroundings of the Riva Surya will suit those looking to get away from the more intense parts of Bangkok...
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Tamarind Village

A true gem, the Tamarind Village offers the perfect balance of city centre dwelling whilst providing a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Chiang Mai's busy streets...
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Maison Dalabua

This charming boutique hotel is located a short walk from Luang Prabang's historical centre and surrounded by UNESCO classified lotus ponds...
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Shinta Mani Shack

Funky and stylish, the Shinta Mani Shack enjoys a location in the heart of Siem Reap’s French Quarter...
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Movenpick Hanoi

Previously known as the Gouman Hotel, the Movenpick Hanoi is not only the seriously new-and-improved version - it has undergone the most outstanding transformation...
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Indochina Sails Premium

Cruising Halong Bay in a traditional junk is one of Vietnam’s classic pleasures, and Indochina Sails lets you do it in luxurious style.
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Hotel Muse

A truly lavish concept hotel in central Bangkok, Hotel Muse oozes chic grandeur, with superb facilities that risk tempting you into never leaving the building to explore the city beyond it...
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137 Pillars House

A stunning home from home in a historic neighbourhood in Chiang Mai, 137 Pillars House has true Colonial style, but meets every modern requirement...

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Satri House

Previously a residence of Prince Soupha- Nouvong, Satri House underwent extensive renovation in 2008. The result is magnificent and for our money the hotel instantly became a serious contender for Luang Prabang’s boutique hotel crown...
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Shinta Mani Angkor

So much more than 'just another' deluxe hotel in Siem Reap, the Shinta Mani Angkor is very much part of the city's early heritage. Rebuilt from scratch in 2011, opening again in 2012...
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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Opened in 1901 and once host to a roll-call of iconic 20th century guests, the Metropole Hanoi exudes historic charm like no other property in the city...
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Paradise Luxury

Paradise Junk was launched in late 2008 and has been a popular addition to our deluxe junks ever since. The 41 metre vessel has…
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Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBP.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

  • We know what you're thinking: where's the beach time? Asia is blessed with some picture-postcard beaches and if you have more time to spare then incorporating a few nights on one of these beaches is certainly possible. Speak to your Destination Specialist for suggestions.
  • Your stay in Siem Reap doesn't have to just be about the Angkor temples; there are a number of other interesting activities you may wish to consider during your stay. One favourite is a boat ride up the Tonlé Sap to Kampong Phluk, the ‘flooded forest’. Accessible only during high water, you’ll pass amongst the tree tops while still seated in your boat! You'll also visit a village on the banks of the Tonlé Sap, before returning to Siem Reap in the early afternoon.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.

Whilst many clients are happy with one of our recommended itineraries in its current form (and at the price quoted), there are those who wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination, or even starting from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region, they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.


  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.


  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.



We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.


You will require a visa to enter Cambodia and Vietnam. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.


Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.


You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Lionel - Selective Asia consultant

'Taking in contrasting cities, temples big & small, culture & wildlife: this 2 week itinerary is a stimulating sample of what Asia has to offer.'

Lionel - Indochina tailor-made specialist
Quintessential Asia