Departure points & where you stay (Asia)

Last Updated: 18th Feb 2014

<h2>Departure Points</h2> <p>This section provides details on where your Contiki tour will depart from, departure times and how to get there.</p> <p>For all tours please see your day-by-day itinerary and Travellers Guide information book, which will be sent with your final documents, for details of your pre-departure meeting and confirmed departure time.</p> <h5><span class="caps">BANGKOK</span> <span class="caps">DEPARTURES</span></h5> <p>Tour starts at the Viengtai Hotel, Bangkok at 6.00pm<br /> 42 Rambuttri Road, Bangkok 10200. Thailand<br /> Phone: + 66 2280 5434<br /> Fax: + 66 2281 8153</p> <p><strong>Getting there:</strong> new Suvarnabhumi International Airport is 30 km from the Viengtai Hotel, or approximately 50 minutes&#8217; drive.</p> <h5>HO <span class="caps">CHI</span> <span class="caps">MINH</span> <span class="caps">CITY</span> <span class="caps">DEPARTURES</span></h5> <p>Tours start from the Vien Dong Hotel at 6pm.<br /> 275A Pham Ngu Lao Street<br /> District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam<br /> Tel: +848 836 8941<br /> Fax: + 848 8369 010</p> <p><strong>Getting there:</strong> Drive time from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to the Vien Dong Hotel is approximately 45 minutes.</p> <h5><span class="caps">IMPORTANT</span> <span class="caps">NOTE</span></h5> <p>All the above hotels are subject to change. Please check your documentation for final details.</p> <h2>Where you stay</h2> <p>With Contiki in Asia, there are great quality places to stay, but to mix it up, we’ve thrown in some cool surprises!</p> <p>For the majority of the time, you’ll stay in 3 star hotels and resorts (3 stars goes a long way in Asia), but we have included some real Asian experiences too. Like a Homestay in the Mekong, local stilt houses on an overnight Vietnamese trek, a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay and an authentic local guesthouse in Laos.</p> <p>Here’s a taster of some of the great properties you’ll stay in!</p> <h5>Vietnam</h5> <p><strong>Hoi An Hotel &#8211; Hoi An</strong><br /> The 4 star Hoi An Hotel is a lot like the town its named after – serene, tranquil and relaxing. Occupying lush and spacious grounds in the heart of the old town this modern, Asian styled hotel is the perfect place to hit the town. Or make the most of the facilities in this oasis with a swim-up pool bar, tennis courts and the beautiful Zen Spa.</p> <p><strong>Vien Dong Hotel – Ho Chi Minh City</strong><br /> You can’t beat the location of the Vien Dong Hotel, located in the commercial district just a 5 minute stroll from the Ben Thanh markets and great nightlife. Modern and spacious, it’s the ideal base for your Saigon adventures.</p> <p><strong>Bai Tho Junk boat cruise – Halong Bay</strong><br /> All aboard for one of the most authentic Vietnamese experiences, an overnight stay on a slow-cruising, traditional Chinese junk boat. Made of wood, the cabins feature windows and ensuites, as well as an onboard restaurant with plump cushions &#8211; perfect to relax on after a delicious Vietnamese meal. But we’ve saved the best for last – the large rooftop outdoor deck. Watch the <span class="caps">UNESCO</span> listed Halong Bay drift by and swim in the jade green waters.</p> <p><strong>Homestay – Mekong Delta</strong><br /> This is an experience you will never forget. Staying with your entire group altogether, overnight with locals and seeing up front and first hand the Vietnamese lifestyle will add a unique point to your journey.</p> <h5>Laos</h5> <p><strong>Elephant Crossing Hotel &#8211; Vang Vieng</strong><br /> Nestled on the banks of the Nam Song River amongst verdant jungle, this new boutique hotel is a world away in laid-back Laos. The ambience is typically Laotian, relaxed, friendly and the river view and majestic limestone mountains are stunning. Enjoy the view from the riverside restaurant and bar or from your private balcony. The hotel is only a short stroll from local restaurants, temples and a market.</p>