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Highlights of Vietnam, Laos & Thailand

3 countries, 3 capitals, 3 weeks

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Group Size: Avg 12, Max 18

Trip code: AVVL

Duration: 22 days

Explore Southeast Asia on a budget!
See beaches, temples & markets
Guided group tour

Three countries, three capitals, three weeks, 1 tour! On this Southeast Asian 22-day tour, you’ll explore Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, starting from Vietnam's largest city; Ho Chi Minh City in the south, and heading north to the country capital of Hanoi. Stopping at beaches and bays, including beautiful Halong Bay in Vietnam, and with stays in Hue along the way, you’ll then roam through the French-influenced country of Laos, visiting Vientiane before heading to Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang and travelling along the Mekong River for a night in a traditional homestay, before crossing into Thailand. Explore the night markets of exciting Chiang Mai before ending your amazing 22 day tour in the buzz of Bangkok.

Trip highlights

  • Take a 22 day trip through Vietnam, Laos and Thailand; this is three weeks of serious Asian exploring!
  • Start your trip in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, travelling to Bangkok at the end of your trip
  • Sprawl on Vietnamese beaches, explore citadel cities, markets, temples, pagodas and more!
  • See the wonder of the world that is Halong Bay
  • With a great range of activities and optional extras you’ll find adventure at every turn 
What's included
  • 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • 21 nights’ accommodation
  • Tour guide
  • All transport during trip, including flight from Hanoi to Vientiane
  • Hoi An noodle demonstration
  • Mekong River home stay and baci ceremony
  • Ha Long Bay boat cruise
  • Slow boat on Mekong
  • Giving of alms in Luang Prabang
  • Orientation walks in Luang Prabang, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An and Hanoi
  • 2 street food crawls
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Most meals, snacks and drinks
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Visiting three Southeast Asian countries in three Southeast Asian weeks, on this 22 day trip you’ll discover the historical ghosts of Indochina; heading from Ho Chi Minh City from South to North up Vietnam's backbone, diving in for a browse of Laos before ending your trip with a southerly decent into the beauty of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok.

For further details, please refer to the full itinerary information.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive and meet the rest of your group 

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City. Free day to explore this incredible city. Overnight train to Nha Trang

Day 3: Nha Trang. Explore local markets, chill out on the beach or get a dose of local history at nearby historical sites.

Day 4: Nha Trang. More time in Nha Trang. Overnight train to Hoi An.

Day 5: Hoi An. Noodle making class. Street food crawl. Opt to cycle to the beach, get some new clothes at a local tailor or explore the old town.

Day 6: Hoi An. More time to do anything you missed yesterday!

Day 7: Hoi An to Hue. Head north to Hue. Opt to visit the Royal Citadel, cruise along the river or just chill out with a picnic.

Day 8: Hue to Phong Na. Enjoy a free morning in Hue before transferring to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Day 9: Phong Nha. Spend the morning exploring the stunning scenery of the Park.  Hike to a viewpoint, or take an optional tour of the park. This evening, board the sleeper train to Hanoi. 

Day 10: Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. Arrive early morning into Hanoi and transfer to Ha Long Bay. Board a traditional junk boat to expore the bay. We’ll stop for lunch, before returning to Hanoi.

Day 11: Hanoi. Start your day with an orientation walk through the city’s Old Quarter. There are various optional activities today, including pagoda and temple visits, street food walking tours and water puppet shows.

Day 12: Hanoi to Vientiane. Hop on a flight across to the capital of Laos. Visit temples or delve into the local markets.

Day 13: Vientiane to Vang Vieng. Explore the gorgeous scenery of Vang Vieng and opt to hike, cycle or cave your way around!

Day 14: Vang Vieng. More of the same today! Enjoy your last day in this exquisite area.

Day 15: Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Travel across to Luang Prabang.

Day 16: Luang Prabang. Witness the giving of alms to Buddhist monks and explore the night market.

Day 17: Luang Prabang to Pak Beng. Glide along the Mekong river on a houseboat and enjoy a village homestay with local people.

Day 18: Pak Beng to Chiang Khong. Continue down the Mekong and cross into Thailand.

Day 19: Chiang Khong to Chiang Mai. Visit the unusual White Temple and hunt for bargains at the Chiang Mai night market.

Day 20: Chiang Mai. Enjoy a free day to explore Chiang Mai and then hop on an overnight train to Bangkok.

Day 21: Bangkok. Opt to visit all the hottest sights or kick back with a relaxing massage.

Day 22: Bangkok. Tour ends. Depart at any time.

Please note, if you're travelling before January 10th, 2020 the itinerary will change on days 8 and 9 to include an extra night in Hue, before travelling onto Hanoi onboard an overnight train on day 8. You'll then travel onto Halong Bay, where you'll get to spend the night on a boat in the bay on day 9. You'll then return to Hanoi on day 10.

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Arrival information

Beginning in the largest city in Vietnam, you’ll begin your trip (and will need to arrange your flights into) Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon). Meeting your tour group and guide in a city hotel on your first night, you can then set off on a Southeast Asian explore covering Vietnam, Laos and Thailand for 22 days.

You will be given the address and details of your meeting hotel upon booking. Airport transfers are not included.

Please note, we can also arrange a private transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

21 nights of accommodation are included on this tour. This will mainly be in single sex multi-share accommodation, or on overnight transport. 

Meals

17 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included onto this trip, and you’ll need to allow around USD 425 – 490 for non inclusive meals.

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.

Vietnam: British nationals can enter Vietnam for a maximum of 15 days without a visa. You must have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport from the date you enter the country. If you wish to stay longer than 15 days, or wish to leave and re-enter the country within 30 days you will need to apply for a visa before travel.

Laos: Visas for Laos are usually issued upon arrival at the border.

Thailand: Your visitor stay duration varies depending upon how you plan to arrive into Thailand. Without a visa, British nationals arriving by air can remain in the country for a maximum of 30 days. If you wish to stay for longer then you will need to apply for a visa before you depart the UK. 

Please note: Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check individual embassy websites for up to date visa information.

Physical Rating: Light. The activities on this trip are suitable for most fitness levels.

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