Vietnam, Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring

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
  • Noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a Planeterra-supported project
  • Three street food crawls in different cities
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner. (Allow USD425-490 for meals not included.)
  • 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 18, avg 12.
  • Simple hotels (16 nts), sleeper trains (4 nts), local homestay (1 nt).

Day 1Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang(1B)

Free day to explore. Overnight train to Nha Trang.

Day 3Nha Trang

Arrive in Nha Trang in the morning with plenty of time to explore local shops and markets, relax on the beach or visit nearby historical sites.

Day 4Nha Trang/Da Nang(1B)

Free time in Nha Trang. Overnight train to Hoi An.

Day 5Da Nang/Hoi An

Enjoy a noodle-making demonstration and local lunch at the Planeterra-supported Oodles of Noodles Project before free time in the afternoon. Go on an evening street food crawl with the group and CEO to get to know more about the delicious local specialties. Opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town.

Day 6Hoi An(1B)

Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a Planeterra-supported project. Afterwards enjoy free time in Hoi An.

Day 7Hoi An/Huế(1B)

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.

Day 8Huế/Hanoi(1B)

Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi.

Day 9Hanoi/Ha Long(1L)

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

Day 10Ha Long/Hanoi(1B)

Explore 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.

Day 11Hanoi

Spend time exploring Hanoi. Included street food crawl.

Day 12Hanoi/Vientiane(1B)

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

Day 13Vientiane/Vang Vieng(1B)

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

Day 14Vang Vieng(1B)

Free time to explore Vang Vieng. Opt to explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk.

Day 15Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang(1B)

This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang.

Day 16Luang Prabang(1B)

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 17Luang Prabang/Muang Pakbèng(1B, 1D)

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

Day 18Muang Pakbèng/Chiang Khong(1B, 1L)

Mekong River travel day. Cross into Thailand.

Day 19Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

Drive to Chiang Mai via Wat Rong Khun. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match or grab a bargain at the famous night market.

Day 20Chiang Mai/Bangkok(1B)

Free time in Chiang Mai. Overnight train to Bangkok.

Day 21Bangkok

Opt to visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, buy any last minute souvenirs or relax with a Thai massage.

Day 22Bangkok(1B)

Depart at any time.

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