Vietnam, Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring

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22 days,Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok

Explore vibrant cities, snorkel colourful reefs, shop in quaint Hoi An, float among the karsts of Halong Bay, discover sleepy Laos, cruise the mighty Mekong River.

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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 of this amazing region.

What's Included

  • Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch and guide. Slow boat on the Mekong. Temples of Luang Prabang. Orientation walk around Hanoi's Old Quarter. Three street food crawls in different cities. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner. (Allow USD425-490 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (16 nts), sleeper trains (4 nts), local homestay (1 nt).
  • Local bus, air-con bus, train, walking, tuk tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

Option to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum, or go shopping in Ben Thanh market. Overnight train to Nha Trang. Enjoy one of three street food crawls with the group and CEO while in Ho Chi Minh City.

Days 3-4 Nha Trang (1B)

Free time to go snorkelling, visit mud baths, tour the area by motorbike or relax by the beach. Overnight train to Hoi An.

Days 5-6 Hoi An (1B)

Free time to make your own Vietnamese lantern through a Planeterra-supported project. Or opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit the tailors, or explore the old town.

Days 7-8 Hue (2B)

Option to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, take a Perfume River cruise or tour the countryside by motorbike. Overnight train to Hanoi.

Day 9 Halong Bay/Bai Chai Harbour (1L)

Visit Halong Bay for a seafood lunch cruise and a cave visit.

Day 10-11 Hanoi (2B)

Explore Hanoi with an orientation walk through the old quarter. Option to see Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and the Hoa Lo Prison, or shop in the Old Quarter.

Day 12 Vientiane (1B)

A short flight brings the group to the capital city of Laos. Opt to visit temples, see golden stupa of That Luang, or scour the markets.

Days 13-14 Vang Vieng (2B)

Enjoy the beautiful limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng. Free time to hike, bike, swim or go caving.

Days 15-16 Luang Prabang (2B)

Witness the giving of alms to the Buddhist monks and visit the night market. Opt to take a cooking class, visit temples or cool off at Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Day 17 Mekong River (1B,1D)

Cruise the Mekong on a long houseboat before arriving to a village homestay for the night.

Day 18 Chiang Khong (1B,1L)

Mekong River travel day. Cross into Thailand.

Day 19-20 Chiang Mai

Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match or grab a bargain at the famous night market. Overnight train to Bangkok (flight and extra night in Chiang Mai during monsoon season, depending on conditions).

Day 21 Bangkok

Opt to visit Wat Po and the Grand Palace, go shopping, or relax with a Thai massage.

Day 22 Bangkok (1B)

Depart at any time.

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