Multi-Day Tour

Vietnam, Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (22 days)

G Adventures Inc.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam To Bangkok, Thailand

Valid for Departures Now Through: 07 Jan 2020

Vietnam, Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (22 days)

Day 3

Nha Trang

Day 4

Nha Trang/Da Nang

Day 10

Ha Long/Hanoi

Day 14

Vang Vieng

Day 15

Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang

Day 18

Pak Beng/Chiang Khong

Day 19

Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
None None
Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Once the capital of South Vietnam, this sprawling metropolis is now the country’s commercial centre. Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the frenetic pace and humid heat of Ho Chi Minh City. Additional Notes: Most nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam. Please check with your travel agent or local Vietnamese Embassy regarding requirements. Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
None Breakfast
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang: Discover the energy of Vietnam's biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk and continue exploring with free time. Overnight train to Nha Trang. Additional Notes: During January/February, T?t (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 3
Nha Trang
None None
Day 3 Nha Trang: Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party.
Day 4
Nha Trang/Da Nang
None Breakfast
Day 4 Nha Trang/Da Nang: In the evening, take an overnight train to Da Nang, then transfer to Hoi An. Additional Notes: During January/February, T?t (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 5
Da Nang, Vietnam
None Lunch
Day 5 Da Nang/Hoi An: 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. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch Hoi An Orientation Walk Street Food Crawl Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 6
Hoi An, Vietnam
None Breakfast
Day 6 Hoi An: Enjoy free time; opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town.
Day 7
Hoi An, Vietnam
None Breakfast
Day 7 Hoi An/Hue: Continue the journey north to the city of Hue. Opt to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, take a Perfume River cruise or tour the countryside by motorbike. Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 8
Hue, Vietnam
None Breakfast
Day 8 Hue/Hanoi: Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 9
Hanoi, Vietnam
None Lunch
Day 9 Hanoi/Ha Long: Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay. Included Activities: H? Long Bay Junk Boat Trip Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 10
Ha Long/Hanoi
None Breakfast
Day 10 Ha Long/Hanoi: Get to know Hanoi with an orientation walk through the Old Quarter. Opt to see Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and the Hoa Lo Prison, or shop in the Old Quarter. Included Activities: Old Quarter Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 11
Hanoi, Vietnam
None None
Day 11 Hanoi: Spend time exploring Hanoi.
Day 12
Hanoi, Vietnam
None Breakfast
Day 12 Hanoi/Vientiane: 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. Transport: Plane
Day 13
Vientiane, Laos
None Breakfast
Day 13 Vientiane/Vang Vieng: A picturesque drive north takes us to beautiful Vang Vieng. This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields and limestone karsts. Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 14
Vang Vieng
None Breakfast
Day 14 Vang Vieng: Why not explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk. In the evening, soak in the natural beauty of Vang Vieng as the sun sets over the river.
Day 15
Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang
None Breakfast
Day 15 Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang: This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 16
Luang Prabang, Laos
None Breakfast
Day 16 Luang Prabang: Traditional Laotian culture is to give daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. On one of your mornings here, you may decide to rise with the sun, and watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos. This is simply an unforgettable Southeast Asian experience.
Day 17
Luang Prabang, Laos
None Breakfast, Dinner
Day 17 Luang Prabang/Pak Beng: We board our boat for the two-day journey up the mighty Mekong River making our way to Chiang Khong. Included Activities: Mekong River Slow Boat Mekong River Homestay
Day 18
Pak Beng/Chiang Khong
None Breakfast, Lunch
Day 18 Pak Beng/Chiang Khong: This morning we re-board our boat and continue our leisurely cruise along the river before arriving at the Laos/Thai border and crossing to Chiang Khong in the late afternoon. Included Activities: Mekong River Slow Boat Border Crossing (Laos - Thailand)
Day 19
Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai
None None
Day 19 Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai: Departing Chiang Khong after breakfast, we drive to Chiang Mai where you have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating city, once the capital of the Kingdom of Lan. Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 20
Chiang Mai, Thailand
None Breakfast
Day 20 Chiang Mai/Bangkok: Today, why not try your hand at local cuisine with a Thai cooking class? Other options include a visit the magnificent temple of Doi Suthep standing watch over the city from the hills above, taking a bicycle ride in the countryside or embracing the bizarre by getting a massage from the training school at the local woman's prison! Tonight we catch an overnight train to Bangkok. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 21
Bangkok, Thailand
None None
Day 21 Bangkok: We'll arrive early in the morning to Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. The day is free to explore the many sights of Bangkok. The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, National Museum, and Jim Thompson's House are just a few suggestions. A trip along the Chao Praya river and through the canals (or klongs) gives you a different perspective of daily life in this busy city. In the evening, we'll say good bye and enjoy a Thai meal and perhaps a beer together to celebrate the end of an amazing journey.
Day 22
Bangkok, Thailand
None Breakfast
Day 22 Bangkok: Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

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From the fast-paced nightlife of Bangkok to a slow boat along the Mekong, this trip brings you the best of Southeast Asia on a shoestring. You'll party along the beautiful bay of Vietnam’s Nha Trang in the company of like-minded travellers and channel the French vibe sipping coffee in riverside cafés in Laos. Explore golden temples or hunt down treasures in local markets-the choice is all yours. Best of all, your CEO will take the hassle out of planning, so you're free to soak up the spirit o...

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