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Vietnam, Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring
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From Jan 20

Now's the time to explore Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Party along the beautiful bay of Vietnam's Nha Trang with new friends, channel the French vibe sipping coffee riverside in Laos, and hunt down treasures in local markets. When it comes to this side of Southeast Asia, the choice is all yours. Feel free to soak up the spirit of this amazing part of the world.

  • Duration: 22 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: AVVL.B/255462
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Nha Trang
  • Da Nang
  • Hoi An
  • Huế
  • Phong Nha
  • Hanoi
  • Ha Long
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Vientiane
  • Vang Vieng
  • Luang Prabang
  • Muang Pakbèng
  • Chiang Khong
  • Chiang Mai
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive at any time.

There's free time to enjoy this sprawling metropolis before meeting with your group and CEO this evening. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the rapid pace and humid heat of Ho Chi Minh City.

Get excited for your first night out with the group this evening. You'll get to greet the nightlife in Phan Ngu Lao Street, the city's version of Khao San Road. It's a hub for backpackers but, tonight, it's also your first chance to get to know a few new faces.

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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang

Feel the pulse of Vietnam's biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk, with free time after to double back to your favourite spots. Tonight, catch up on sleep on an overnight train to Nha Trang.

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Day 3: Nha Trang

You've arrived! Take this morning to explore local shops and markets, relax on the beach, or visit nearby historical sites before an evening street food crawl.

Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party.

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Day 4: Nha Trang/Da Nang

It's not over yet. There's more free time to explore Nha Trang today. Then, hop on an overnight train to continue to Hoi An.

The overnight train is to Da Nang, with the transfer to Hoi An following directly after.

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Day 5: Da Nang/Hoi An

Hoi An's excited to meet you. See why on an orientation walk of the city before more free time in the afternoon. Dig even deeper and choose between a cooking class, cycling to the beach, visiting a tailor, or exploring the old town.

From Danang, it is only a short drive to the picturesque port town of Hoi An. Once known as Faifo, it was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections.

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Day 6: Hoi An

Noodles might be fun to eat, but they're even more fun to make. Find out how during a visit to G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles. Later, opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town with free time.

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Day 7: Hoi An/Huế

Head north to the city of Huế. There's lots to do here, with options to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, or boarding a cruise along the Perfume River.
Opt to pre-book the "Hue Motorbike Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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Day 8: Huế/Phong Nha

Your second day in Huế comes with more free time to enjoy the city. In the afternoon, we drive to Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park.

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Day 9: Phong Nha/Hanoi

It's time to head underground with free time to explore the caves of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, where the oldest karst mountains in Asia are found. Then it's an overnight train to Hanoi.

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Day 10: Hanoi/Ha Long

After arriving in Hanoi, take a private bus to the iconic Halong Bay for a seafood lunch cruise and cave exploring. Be sure to charge your camera so you can grab a shot truly worth sharing!
Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay.

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Day 11: Ha Long Bay/Hanoi

Feel like you've gone back in time with an orientation walk through Hanoi's Old Quarter. Then stop for a drink at Bia Hoi Corner, a spot that serves bia hoi, a local beer made of rice and wheat — and costs a mere $0.25USD per glass!

Opt to pre-book the "Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.
Opt to pre-book the "Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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Day 12: Hanoi/Vientiane

After exploring Hanoi in the morning, a short flight brings the group to the capital city of Laos.

See the sacred gold-covered monument, Phat That Luang, or stroll down the dusty riverside tracks to see village life as it happens. Stop by Vientiane's vibrant, colourful market to find local treasures. Round off the day with a spectacular sunset over the Mekong.

There is a wealth of cultural delights to discover in Vientiane — on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk.
Explore a bit of Hanoi in the morning before an afternoon flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. There is a wealth of cultural delights to discover - on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk.

Visit Laos' most important national monument, Phat That Luang, or meander down the dusty riverside tracks to find villages full of friendly children, dogs and chickens. A visit to Vientiane's vibrant, colourful morning market (which incidentally is open all day!) is worthwhile, to find plenty of local treasures. A great way to round off the day is to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Mekong.

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Day 13: Vientiane/Vang Vieng

Find a bit of peace partway through your tour with a visit north to Vang Vieng, a small town nestled among striking limestone karsts. Take a guided hike to Pha Ngeun, the town's highest viewpoint, for incredible views of the valley — no filter necessary.

This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields, mountains, and caves.

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Day 14: Vang Vieng

Get more out of Vang Vieng with free time to explore. Opt to see the caves by bicycle or take a countryside stroll.
Opt to pre-book the "Vang Vieng Adrenaline Bundle" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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Day 15: Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang

Leave to Luang Prabang, where you can make your first acquaintance with this ancient city during an orientation walk. Later this evening, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Mekong River.

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Day 16: Luang Prabang

Skip sleeping in to watch the monks walk through town before dawn. Dressed in saffron robes, they receive daily alms from local residents. Then, visit the Kuang Si waterfalls on a guided excursion before free time in the evening.

Traditional Laotian culture involves giving daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. Should you rise early, you'll get to watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos.

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Day 17: Luang Prabang/Pak Beng

The Mekong never looked so welcoming. Board a long houseboat and cruise to a village homestay for the night.

The boat will take you on a two-day journey up the Mekong en route to Chiang Khong in Thailand.

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Day 18: Pak Beng/Chiang Khong

New day, same magnificent Mekong. Today's your second travel day, where you'll cross into Thailand.

We arrive in Chiang Khong by the later afternoon.

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Day 19: Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

Let the rolling countryside views relax you as you drive to Chiang Mai. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match, or grab a bargain at the famous night market.

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Day 20: Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Make the most of Chiang Mai with more free time.

Today, visit the magnificent temple of Doi Suthep as it stands watch over the city from the hills above, take a bicycle ride in the countryside, or relax with a massage from the training school at the local women's prison. Explore the rural lanes of Chiang Mai in a tuk-tuk by pre-booking the Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure. Tonight, catch up on sleep during an overnight train to Bangkok.

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Day 21: Bangkok

After arriving in Bangkok, Thailand's capital city, opt to visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. Use this time to buy any last-minute souvenirs or treat yourself to a Thai massage.

The day is free to explore the many sights of Bangkok, like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, National Museum, and Jim Thompson's House. A trip along the Chao Phraya River and through the canals (or klongs) gives you a different perspective of daily life in this busy city.

In the evening, celebrate the end of this amazing journey together with a night out you won't soon forget.

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Day 22: Bangkok

Today, it's time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and cheers before you head on your way.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Your G for Good Moment: Mekong River Homestay & Baci Ceremony, Muang Pakbèng Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Ho Chi Minh City Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai
    • Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch
    • Slow boat on the Mekong
    • Guided hike in Vang Vieng
    • Orientation walk, sunset cruise and waterfall excursion in Luang Prabang
    • Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, and Hanoi
    • Two street food crawls in different cities
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (twin-share) (3 nts), hostels (multi-share) (13 nts), sleeper trains (4 nts), homestay (1 nt)
    • 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Local bus, air-con bus, train, walking, tuk tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane
    Group Leader
    • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Relax in quaint Hoi An
  • Cruise the blue waters of Halong Bay
  • See Phong Nha's stunning underground river network
  • Ride the rails to Hanoi
  • Shop at the Chiang Mai night market
  • Marvel at the Grand Palace in Bangkok
  • Explore Ho Chi Minh your way
  • Take a cooking class led by former street kids
  • Sample Vietnamese specialities on a street food crawl
  • Explore limestone karsts in Vang Vieng.