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Thailand, Laos & Vietnam Adventure
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See the highlights of Indochina on this epic 22-day adventure. Explore the vibrant cityscape of Bangkok, marvel at the majestic granite peak of Doi Suthep, and savour pad thai in Chiang Mai. Shop for souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City and join the locals sipping coffee at a lakeside café in Hanoi. Your CEOs will take care of the transport, hotels, and many of the included activities, which makes this adventure the perfect balance between have-to-see highlights and free time to venture out on your own.

  • Duration: 22 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATLV/133020
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Ho Chi Minh City

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time.
Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the pace of life in Bangkok.

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Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai

Guided longboat tour of Bangkok's klongs and Wat Po. Optional Grand Palace and National Museum visits. Overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Enjoy a 1-hr longtail boat tour of Bangkok's famous klongs (canals). The trip finishes at the Royal Temple of Wat Po for a guided tour.

After, there is time for shopping, a visit to Grand Palace or a stroll along Khao San Rd. In the evening, board the overnight train to Chiang Mai.

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Day 3: Chiang Mai

Enjoy a guided tour of Doi Suthep temple. Optional activities include a cooking class or visit to the night market.
Arrive early morning and use some free time to explore. Choose from a range of optional activities or stroll the city independently.

In late afternoon, set off to visit the temple complex, Doi Suthep. If you're lucky, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

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Day 4: Chiang Mai/Chiang Khong

Head to Chiang Khong via Wat Rong Khun and enjoy the view of the mighty Mekong.
Drive to Chiang Khong, a sleepy trading town nestled on the bank of the Mekong River. En route, visit Wat Rong Khun — the dazzling 'White Temple'. Wander the local food market or sit back and enjoy a slower pace of life relaxing in Thailand with river views of Laos.

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Day 5: Chiang Khong/Muang Pakbèng

Cross the border into Laos then travel by traditional boat down the Mekong River.
Cross the border to the Laos immigration area, then take a songthaew (local bus) to a traditional slow boat.

Travel down the Mekong River and adjust to the relaxed pace of life in Laos. This predominantly mountainous country has unsurpassed views of the riverside villages, the tropical jungle, and the mountains.

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Day 6: Muang Pakbèng/Luang Prabang

Continue down the Mekong for most of the day. Take a guided tour of the Pak Ou caves before arriving in Luang Prabang.
Continue on by slow boat down the mighty Mekong. Before arriving at Luang Prabang, enjoy a visit outside to the Pak Ou caves.

After, re-board the boat and continue to Luang Prabang, arriving in the early evening.

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Day 7: Luang Prabang

Enjoy a guided tour of the Ethnology Museum, Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre and Kuang Si waterfalls. Enjoy dinner with a local family in the evening.
Take a tour of the Ethnology Museum — a great chance to learn more about the dress and customs of local people. Drop into Ock Pop Tok for an introduction to Laos textiles and handicrafts. Then, take a half-day trip out to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls and be sure to pack a swimsuit.

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Day 8: Luang Prabang

Enjoy a free day exploring all Luang Prabang has to offer. Options include cooking classes, temple visits, massages, night market shopping, bike riding, and hiking.

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Day 9: Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng

Spend the night in a local village enjoying traditional Laotian food. Sleep and eat like a local.
Drive winding mountain roads through gorgeous scenery to reach Vang Vieng. Experience a local homestay in a nearby village.

Here, enjoy traditional Laotian food while getting to know your host family. Your CEO will provide insight into the way of life of village residents.

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Day 10: Vang Vieng

Enjoy free time in Vang Vieng. Move to a hotel for the night, an ideal location for exploring the countryside by bicycle or kayak.

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Day 11: Vang Vieng/Vientiane

Explore the capital of Laos. Opt to visit temples, see the National Museum, or explore highlights of the town.
Head out of the mountains to one of Asia's sleepiest capital cities. Opt to visit some of the highlights of Vientiane including Wat Sisaket, one of the city's oldest and most fascinating temples, and Wat Phra That Luang, Lao's national symbol and one of her most sacred sites.

For those who like to shop, don't miss the morning market, which, incidentally, is open all day!

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Day 12: Vientiane/Hanoi

Fly from Vientiane to Hanoi.
Take a short flight from quiet Laos into the bustling city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Opt for a leisurely walk through the Old Quarter.

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Day 13: Hanoi

Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, stilt house, and Presidential Palace. Enjoy an included water puppet show. Opt to visit the Temple of Literature, museums, and Hoa Lo Prison.
Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, and the former president's house on stilts for insight into an important figure in Vietnam's history.

During the afternoon, use some free time to explore this beautiful city. Opt to visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Museum of Ethnology or just sip delicious Vietnamese iced coffee in a café along the lake. In late afternoon or early evening, attend a performance of Vietnam's famous water puppets before sampling one of Hanoi's amazing eating venues.

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Day 14: Hanoi/Ha Long

Enjoy a Ha Long Bay cruise on a junk boat with visits to a cave and an island lookout. Savour a seafood lunch and dinner.
Drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. Thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the waters. Sail past limestone karst mountains in the junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves.

In the evening, devour a seafood dinner, then opt to enjoy a drink on deck under the stars.

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Day 15: Ha Long/Huế

Cruise back to the port and take a private van to Hanoi. Enjoy some time in the city before an overnight train to Hue.
Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi for a little more time to enjoy the city before boarding an overnight train.

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Day 16: Huế

Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb and Tien Mu Pagoda.
Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda followed by a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam's former emperors.

After, opt for a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery.

While in the city, try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes), and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp). Wash it all down with a Hue beer.

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Day 17: Huế/Hoi An

Drive the Hai Van pass. Take advantage of Hoi An's many options over the 2.5 days in town. Opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit or My Son ruins.
Start the day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel before heading towards Hoi An in the late morning. Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon.

With three nights here, there's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer.

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Day 18: Hoi An

Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project.

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Day 19: Hoi An

Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.

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Day 20: Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City

Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City with free time to explore this hectic city.
Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country's commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets, keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls.

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Day 21: Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn more about the Vietnam War. Use free time in the afternoon to explore sprawling Ho Chi Minh City.
With some free time in the city, opt to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market. Also well worth a visit are the Reunification Palace (the residence of South Vietnam presidents before 1975), the city's Chinese quarter of Cholon, and the War Remnants Museum.

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Day 22: Ho Chi Minh City

Depart at any time.
Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Local Living: Meal with Local Family, Luang Prabang Local Living: Vang Vieng Homestay, Vang Vieng
    • Bangkok klong trip
    • Wat Pho entrance and guide
    • Doi Suthep entrance (Chiang Mai)
    • Mekong River slow boat excursion
    • Pak Ou caves entrance (Luang Prabang)
    • Traditional Arts & Ethnology Museum guided tour
    • Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre
    • Kuang Si waterfalls trek (half-day)
    • Water puppets performance (Hanoi)
    • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum entrance (when open)
    • Halong Bay caves entrance
    • Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
    • Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Hue)
    • Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour
    • Border crossing support
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (17 nts), village homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (2 nts), junk boat (1 nt)
    • 18 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-con bus, plane, walking, songthaew, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the canals of Bangkok
  • Float down the mighty Mekong River
  • Visit majestic caves and stunning limestone karsts in Halong Bay
  • Browse the tailor shops in Hoi An
  • Squeeze through the Cu Chi tunnels