Enjoy an Asian odyssey through 3 amazing countries!
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Duration: 51 days
Trip code: VTC
Make new friends on this exciting group tour in Asia. Discover Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia and enjoy your very own Asian odyssey! We have selected three of our most popular and flexible Asia programmes and put them together to create the ideal adventure tour, which includes our 12-day Vietnam Adventure, our 4-week Thai Adventure, and our 10-day Cambodia on a Shoestring tour. Pack all these perfect Asian destinations into one awesome multi-country experience!
Average group size 18-26 people.
Cambodia on a Shoestring
Spend 12 days in vibrant Vietnam, followed by 4 incredible weeks in Thailand and 10 days of fun in Cambodia on this awesome Asian combo tour.
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. Glide through natural tree arches and open waters and visit a local honeybee farm and coconut village before browsing at a floating market! Breakfast included.
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: Vietnam Adventure ends. Your amazing adventure in Vietnam has come to an end! Fly onwards to Bangkok in Thailand (flights not included, approx cost £50).
Please note: If your trip departs on 1st August, 29th September or 22nd November 2017 you will have a spare day between the end of the Vietnam stage of your trip and the beginning of your Thai Adventure. This is a great opportunity to explore more of Vietnam for yourself! Extra accommodation will be at your own cost. For the 8th April start date there will be 2 days between your Vietnam and Thailand stage of your trip.
Day 1: Begin in the buzz of Bangkok. Touch down on Thailand’s tropical soil and be met by one of our trip guides who will transfer you to your guesthouse near Khao San Road. Meet your fellow travellers and enjoy your first night in Thailand!
Day 2: Explore Bangkok. Explore some incredible must-see sights on a Bangkok tour, starting with a long tailed boat ride. After temple visits to Wat Po, Wat Arun and the stunning Grand Palace, round off the day with a night out partying on the legendary Khao San Road.
Day 3: Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a final day in Bangkok and then sit back, relax and prepare for the next stage of your Thai adventure on an overnight private bus transfer to Chiang Mai.
Day 4: Chiang Mai and Cookery Class. Arrive early in Chiang Mai and spend the day relaxing or exploring. In the evening you’ll learn to cook delicious Thai dishes in a cookery class and sample what you make!
Day 5: Meet the Elephants. Journey into the stunning Thai countryside and spend a day at an incredible elephant home. Feed and bathe the elephants and then spend the night in huts next to the herd – fall asleep to the soft sound of elephant snores!
Day 6 & 7: Hill Trek. Head to the foothills of northern Thailand for two days of wild adventure trekking in spectacular scenery – a must do experience! Possibility of bamboo rafting adventure. Spend the evening of day 7 back at the Elephant Home.
Please note: Your luggage will be looked after for you during the trek, so you only need to carry a small daypack.
Day 8: Chiang Mai. Enjoy more time with the elephants in the morning before heading to Chiang Mai in the afternoon.
Day 9: Chiang Mai. Enjoy some free time in Thailand's second-largest city and add in some more exciting optional activities, plus enjoy a guided tour of Chiang Mai's famous night markets and some lofty temples. Explore the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and snap up some bargain souvenirs!
Day 10: Return to Bangkok. Hop back on the bus to the bright lights of Bangkok. Arrive early evening. Head out and hit the town to enjoy Bangkok’s legendary nightlife!
Day 11: Bangkok to Koh Samui. Make the most of a fun, free day to explore amazing Bangkok before boarding an overnight bus to the Thai island of Koh Samui.
Day 12: Koh Samui. Arrive on the wonderful island of Koh Samui and get settled in to your rural village setting.
Day 13: Dam! Take part in a community dam building project and make a difference to the ecology in Koh Samui's beautiful inland forests. Enjoy Koh Samui's vibrant nightlife.
Day 14: Chill on Koh Samui. A free day to laze on the beach, recover from the night before(!), and reflect on the adventure so far.
Day 15: Angthong National Marine Park. Head over to beautiful Angthong for a day of kayaking and swimming around green islands, white beaches and turquoise waters.
Please note that the visit to Angthong Marine Park is weather dependent; if the day trip is unable to go ahead an alternative activity will be arranged.
Day 16-20: Koh Tao. Five days of beach break paradise, party time and snorkelling on the gorgeous shores of Thailand's pint-sized island, Koh Tao. Extra option to learn to scuba dive and gain a PADI qualification during your stay on Koh Tao.
Day 21: Depart Koh Tao. 3 week option – depart from Koh Tao and return to Bangkok for a final night of celebration! Please note: Depending on the season, this return trip to Bangkok may be unguided. 4 week option – Head across to the party island of Koh Phangan!
Day 22: Bangkok (3-week trip only). 3-week trip comes to an end. Depart at any time.
Day 22-25: Koh Phangan (4-week trip). Laze your days away in a haze of sun, sea and sand, and take part in some amazing optional activities on this beautiful island. Live it up at a legendary Full, Black or Half Moon Party and stay in gorgeous beach-front accommodation!
About the Parties
The Full Moon Party is what Koh Phangan is most famous for. Anywhere between 10,000 and 30,000 people gather at Haad Rin beach and dance to everything from trance to reggae until the sun rises the next morning. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Black Moon Party hosts a night filled with the latest trance music from Thai and International residents, and guest DJs. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Half Moon Party is a more alternative music party on Koh Phangan, with top quality music and a unique atmosphere. Top DJs play fantastic sets and the forest setting creates a buzzing, intimate vibe. Entry costs approx. £20-25. Please contact a travel advisor to find out which start dates coincide with which party!
Please note: We try our best to plan our start dates to coincide with a legendary Moon Party but this is not always possible. There is no guarantee that your trip will coincide with a party and Gap 360 cannot take responsibility if your trip dates do not coincide with a Moon Party. Please contact a travel advisor to check that your planned trip coincides with a party.
Day 26: Transfer to Koh Phi Phi. Head across Thailand to the iconic Koh Phi Phi, an island of stunning beaches and sparkling blue seas. Prepare for three days in this perfect paradise!
Day 27-28: Koh Phi Phi. Free time to enjoy everything this fantastic island has to offer. Opt to relax on the sand, snorkel in the sea or party on the beach.
Day 29: Koh Phi Phi. It’s time to say goodbye to this incredible Thai Adventure. Check out at 11am. Return airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange. Speak to us for transfer advice.
Please note: On rare occasions some start dates may have a day between the Thailand and Cambodia portions of the trip. Please contact us for more information.
Cambodia on a Shoestring
Day 1: Bangkok. Make your way to your accommodation in time for a 6pm welcome meeting.
Day 2: Bangkok/Siem Reap. Cross the Cambodian border and head for beautiful Siem Reap. Enjoy a tasty traditional meal at a local community project. Get to know the locals and enjoy a unique insight into Cambodian life.
Day 3: Siem Reap. Wake up early to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat. Enjoy a guided tour around the temples and statues. Spend the afternoon relaxing in Siem Reap or choose from a range of optional activities, including a museum visit and a circus performance.
Day 4: Siem Reap/Phnom Penh. Jump aboard a local bus and travel to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Arrive in the city and follow your guide on a brief orientation walk. Get ready for your first night of Cambodian city living!
Day 5: Phnom Penh. Take advantage of a full free day of exploration. Opt to visit the infamous S-21 prison or the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Alternatively, you could delve into the busy Russian Market or take a look at the Royal Palace.
Day 6: Phnom Penh/Sihanoukville. Head south to the stunning Cambodian coast. Tuck into a barbeque on the beach with your fellow adventurers and then hit the beachside bars for a night of dancing in the sand!
Day 7: Sihanoukville. Spend the day relaxing on the beach or opt to join a snorkelling boat trip and get up close to underwater wildlife.
Day 8: Sihanoukville/Can Tho. Climb aboard a private vehicle and roll across the border into Vietnam. Tuck into an authentic homemade meal at a local village homestay.
Day 9: Can Tho/Ho Chi Minh City. Explore a fantastic floating market on the Mekong Delta. Then continue through the gorgeous Vietnamese countryside towards Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a street food crawl and then head out into the city for some independent exploration.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City. Your fantastic combo adventure comes to an end today! Say goodbye to group and head for the airport. Depart at any time.
Please note: All itineraries are for guidance only and are subject to change.
Arrive into Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on day 1. You will be met and transferred to your accommodation.
The tour ends in Ho Chi Minh. A return airport transfer is not included but is easily arranged.
Arrange your flights to arrive in Bangkok on day 1 of your tour. You will be met at the airport by your group leader, who will take you to your hotel and introduce you to the rest of your group.
Please note that airport transfers are only available between 6am and 10pm and only from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). If you arrive outside of these hours (or at Bangkok’s other smaller airport (Don Muang (DMK)) you will need to take a taxi to your hotel, which is very easy to arrange.
The Thai Adventure ends on Koh Phi Phi. We recommend you take a short ferry ride across to Phuket or Krabi and fly to Bangkok from Phuket Airport/Krabi Airport. Ferries from Koh Phi Phi depart fairly regularly across the day so you can depart when most suits you. Alternatively you can take a ferry and then a bus to Bangkok.
Your tour begins in Bangkok on day 1.
Your tour ends in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Day 10. A return airport transfer is not included. Speak to us about your onward travel plans and we can advise you about your best transfer options.
11 nights of accommodation are included on this part of your trip.
You will mainly stay in twin or triple share hotel rooms. In Hanoi, you will stay in a funky ‘flashpacker’ hostel dorm. You will also spend one night on board a traditional junk boat on Ha Long Bay, one night on a private island, one night in a homestay and one night on a comfy bed on an overnight train!
9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners are included.
Accommodation is included for the full 4 weeks of the tour. For the majority of the trip your accommodation will be in twin or triple shared guesthouse rooms.
When in Bangkok, you will stay in a guesthouse close to Khao San Road, famed for its backpacker popularity and its position as a starting point for many Thai trekkers.
If you are booked on our 4-week Thai Adventure you will spend a few days on the island of Koh Phangan. You will stay in beautiful accommodation that overlooks the white sands of Baan Tai Beach. If your trip coincides with a Full Moon Party, your accommodation is just a 20-minute taxi ride away from the party beach. Split between your group, the cost of this journey will be approximately £2 each! This means you can easily head out for an unforgettable night and then retreat to your chilled-out beach-front accommodation to recover. And if your trip coincides with a Black Moon Party the festivities are right on your doorstep! You’re never far from the action on Koh Phangan!
Please note: We try our best to plan our start dates to coincide with a legendary Full Moon or Black Moon party but this is not always possible. Attendance at either the Full or Black Moon parties are not included as part of the Thai Adventure and due to changing circumstances in Thailand, party dates are subject to change and cancellation at short notice. There is no guarantee that your trip will coincide with a party and Gap 360 cannot take responsibility if your trip dates do not coincide with a Full or Black Moon Party. Please contact a travel adviser to check whether your planned trip coincides with a party.
Please note: In some of the hotels along the way, you may be asked to pay a security deposit of around £15 to £20, which is standard practice across Thailand. These deposits are fully refundable on departure, as long as there is no damage to your room.
Meals are not included, except meals at the Elephant Home and during the Hill Trek. This provides an excellent opportunity to engage with local people at restaurants and market stalls and to sample authentic local cuisine. Food in Southeast Asia is very cheap so eating out won’t break the bank!
9 nights of multi-share accommodation are included on this trip. 8 nights will be spent in simple hotels, and 1 night will be in a local village homestay in Vietnam.
7 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included on this trip.
You will be required to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is an excellent opportunity to throw yourself into local life and interact with local people at restaurants and food markets. Southeast Asian cuisine is delicious and mostly very cheap so eating out during your trip shouldn’t break the bank!
The minimum age to join this group tour is 18.
You will need to apply for a visa for Vietnam before travel. Most UK citizens qualify for an e-visa which can be applied for online. You must have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport from the date you enter the country.
As you will return to Vietnam on the Cambodia on a Shoestring leg of your trip, you may have to apply for a multi-entry visa in advance of travel. Please check the Vietnam embassy website for up to date visa information.
Please note: Entry requirements for Vietnam change frequently, so please check the Vietnam embassy website for up to date information in advance of travel.
British nationals can enter Thailand without a visa for a stay of up to 30 days. On certain start dates you may have a few days between your tours which will mean you will stay in Thailand for more than 30 days. For these dates you will need to apply for a 60-day visa. Please contact us for more details.
Visas can be obtained in advance from your nearest embassy or on arrival in Bangkok. You will need at least one full working day to arrange this. You can also obtain your visa at the Cambodian border for approx. £25. Bring plenty of passport size photos with you.