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Group Size: Max 26
Trip code: VTAV
Duration: 40 days or longer
Take in two amazing Southeast Asian countries in one awesome combo tour! Discover the bustling cities and dreamy islands of Thailand before hopping across to Vietnam for 12 days of exploration and adventure. This tour takes in all the main sights of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and also heads off the beaten track in search of unique experiences such as crab fishing and hill tribe excursions. You’ll also learn a thing or two with cooking classes in both countries! Join this epic adventure and explore the best of Vietnam and Thailand!
Get set for an awesome Asian adventure! Kick off with 4 weeks in Thailand and then round off the experience with 12 days in beautiful Vietnam!
Day 1: Bangkok. Get your bearings today as you find your feet in Thailand’s capital. Your tour leader will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation in the city. You’ll meet your group and have chance to head out into the Khao San Road area to discover the coolest bars and clubs for yourself.
Day 2: Bangkok Guided Tour. We’ll get to know Bangkok properly today with a tour of the city’s top tourist attractions. We’ll go on a long-tail boat tour along the city’s canals, take a look around Wat Pho, discover the temple of the dawn, Wat Arun, and have the option of visiting the Grand Palace. Tonight, we’ll go to some of the best bars in the city.
Day 3: Explore Bangkok’s culture & attractions. Today we’ll be heading out into the busy streets of Bangkok on a brilliant bicycle tour. You’ll get to weave through the city’s streets and, on your way, stop to take a better look at some of Bangkok’s most impressive sights. Later we’ll freshen up before catching the overnight bus or train to our next destination – Chiang Mai.
Day 4: Chiang Mai. You’ll wake up this morning in beautiful Chiang Mai, where you’ll start your day chilling out by your accommodation’s pool. After that you might fancy taking a look around Thailand’s cultural capital and exploring Chiang Mai for yourself. In the evening the group will head to a local cookery class, where we’ll learn to cook between three and five delicious Thai dishes.
Day 5: Elephant Experience. We’ll head out of Chiang Mai early today to make our way to an exceptional elephant home. On arrival, you’ll get to learn how the team here are working to improve conditions for elephants in Thailand before spending some time with the elephants, feeding and bathing them.
Days 6 & 7: Hill Trekking. Over the next couple of days, we’ll trek through the hills, fields, and jungle for a truly immersive experience. You’ll get to see waterfalls, rice paddies, and rivers en route and then spend the night in traditional forest huts. The next day we’ll make our way back, go bamboo rafting, and spend the afternoon back at the elephant home.
Days 8 & 9: Chiang Mai. We’ll make the journey back to Chiang Mai, and enjoy a free afternoon in the city. The next day, we’ll visit Doi Suthep, home to the most iconic temple in Chiang Mai, Wat Phra That. In the evening, we’ll be treated to a night tour of Chiang Mai’s night bazaar, one of the city’s highlights.
Day 10: Free time in Chiang Mai. Enjoy another day in this stunning destination. Relax by the pool or head out for more exploration and adventure.
Day 11: Fly to Krabi, Transfer to Railay. We’ll leave Chiang Mai this morning to catch a flight down to Krabi, where we’ll hop in a boat and jet through the sea to Railay Beach. Enjoy sunset viewing and drinks on the beach tonight.
Day 12: Caves, Islands and Snorkelling. Today’s all about having a bit of fun in the sun as you get to explore beautiful Railay and its surroundings by boat, where you’ll get to view the coast from the water, exploring nearby caves and islands, stopping off to snorkel with the colourful marine life on the way.
Day 13: Transfer to Koh Phi Phi. Now that we’ve had a taste of paradise, it’s time to get some serious beach time in… we’ll board another boat to Koh Phi Phi. Enjoy a few drinks with the rest of your group tonight – head over to the famous Reggae Bar, watch some fire dancing on the beach, then cut some shapes of your own on one of the local dancefloors.
Day 14: Island Boat Trip. Jump aboard another boat today for an island-hopping tour of your gorgeous neighbouring islands, stopping for plenty of snorkelling sessions as we go.
Day 15: Viewpoint Visit. You’ll get a chance to chill out a little today, so slow the pace right down and get some sunbathing in. Later on, we’ll take a gentle walk up to the island’s most beautiful viewpoint to enjoy the sights and get some great photos.
Day 16-20: Koh Phangan. Today we’ll make our way to Thailand’s true party isle, Koh Phangan. We’ll travel by boat, coach, and boat again to get to our destination, but once we’re there, get yourself settled in as we’ll have four whole days to enjoy the idyllic mix of party and laidback lifestyle.
Depending on the dates your trip falls on, you might find yourself at a full moon party – held at Haad Rin beach with between 10,000 and 30,000 party-goers attending each month (£203), a half moon party – where top DJs play fantastic sets in a forest setting (£20-25), or a black moon party – where you’ll dance to the latest trance music from Thai and International resident and guest DJs (£2-3).
Please note: We try our best to plan our start dates to coincide with a moon party, but this is not always possible due to circumstances beyond our control.
Day 21: Transfer to Koh Samui. We’ll head over to the gorgeous paradise island of Koh Samui today. Relax in the afternoon with a few drinks on the beach.
Day 22: Project Work in Samui. Today we’ll make our way into the forest to help out at a dam building project. You’ll get to lay pipes and build dams using rocks, sand, and cement in the forest. It’s a really integral part of the work the people on Koh Samui are trying to carry out and you’ll leave the site knowing that you’ve done your bit to help out.
Day 23: Koh Samui Beach Time. You might want to keep today as a recovery day to catch up on some sleep or to chill out on the beach, but if you’re feeling energetic, why don’t you fit in a bit of island sightseeing or visit the local water park?
Day 24: Angthong National Marine Park. Head out on an incredible tour of the Angthong National Marine Park – a stunning archipelago made up of 42 beautiful islets where we’ll get to glide through turquoise waters weaving our way around this tropical hive on kayaks.
Days 25-28: Koh Tao. On day 25 we’ll make our way across to yet another idyllic tropical island. You’ll have five whole days to relax and unwind on this little slice of heaven, so indulge yourself and make the most of your surroundings.
Day 29: Tour Ends. Onwards to Vietnam! It’s been an incredible month of travel adventures, but it’s time to say goodbye and head across to Vietnam. You’ll need to make your way to Hanoi via Bangkok from Koh Tao. A return transfer isn’t included, but it’s simple to arrange and your tour guide will help you make arrangements.
Please note: Your transfer between Koh Tao and Bangkok and the flights between Thailand and Vietnam are not included. There are regular direct flights between the two countries at very good rates. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
Please note: There may be independent travel time between the Thailand and Vietnam sections of your trip. Please contact us about arranging accommodation during that time.
Day 1: Welcome to Vietnam. Arrive into Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, where you’ll be met and transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy your first night in Vietnam!
Day 2: Hanoi Rickshaw Tour. Tour around the city on a rickshaw and keep your eyes peeled for key sites such as the Presidential Palace, the beautiful West Lake, the Ho Chi Minh complex and the One Pillar Pagoda. Breakfast included.
Day 3: Ha Long Bay cruise. Wake up early and make your way to the traditional Vietnamese junk boat that’ll be your home for the night! As you cruise you’ll have the chance to go caving, sea kayaking and even try your hand at a spot of late-night squid fishing! Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 4: Wake up in Ha Long. A real treat in store tonight – a stay on your very own private island! Chill out on this gorgeous island, get competitive with some beach volleyball and soak up the glorious sun! Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 5: Ninh Binh Homestay. Return to Ha Long Bay before plunging south to the stunning landscapes of Ninh Binh. Check in to a fantastic riverside homestay, and watch the sky turn orange and pink as the sun sets in this magnificent location. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 6: Beautiful Ninh Binh. Join a bicycle tour through the countryside. Then hop on a boat and glide along gentle rivers and delve into atmospheric caves. After lunch, ascend the legendary 450 steps of Dragon Mountain Viewpoint and prepare for a magical sunset. Overnight train down to Hoi An. Breakfast included.
Day 7: Hoi An. Wake up this morning in Danang and hop on a bus to Hoi An. Explore the lantern lit streets, wander around the shops and market stalls or simply gaze out over the wonderful waterways.
Day 8: Cycling and Crab Fishing. Today, jump aboard a fisherman’s boat and learn to catch crab as you float through tranquil Vietnamese waters! Then, learn how to whip up some tasty Vietnamese delicacies at a cooking class. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City. Jump on a short flight to southern Vietnam and visit famous Ho Chi Minh City. Soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant place.
Day 10: Mekong Delta. Back on the water today as you explore the beautiful Mekong Delta on board a traditional canoe.
Day 11: Cu Chi Tunnels. Head underground and explore the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels, a sprawling network of underground passages that were used during the war for supplies and communication. Then enjoy a farewell night out in Ho Chi Minh City. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 12: Tour ends. Your amazing adventure in Vietnam has come to an end! Depart at any time.
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