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Group Size: Max 22
Trip code: VTCA
Duration: 67 days or longer
Discover the delights of Vietnam, Thailand and China and pack all these perfect Asian destinations into one incredible multi-country experience. We have selected three of our most popular and flexible Asia programmes and put them together to create the ultimate Asian adventure tour! Jam-packed with top sights and unique experiences, this combo trip gives you the very best these three countries have to offer, including city tours, boat cruises, island adventures, cooking classes, wildlife experiences, homestays and beach parties - it’s the ideal way to explore the Asian continent!
Explore three amazing Asian countries in one combo trip. Begin by discovering vibrant Vietnam, hop across to Thailand for a whole month of fun and adventure and end your epic trip in China - awesome!
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 try your hand at catfish fishing!
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 tour ends. Your amazing adventure in Vietnam has come to an end! Exchange contact details with your group, say ‘Tam Biet’ to your guide, and fly across to Thailand for the next leg of your trip!
Day 1: Begin in the buzz of Bangkok. Fly into Bangkok where you’ll be met at the airport by one of our trip guides and transferred to your city accommodation. Meet your fellow travellers and enjoy your first night in Thailand!
Day 2: Bangkok Guided Tour. 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.
Please note: Entrance fees to the Grand Palace and the surrounding temples are not included in the trip price so you should budget around £10-15 today for these visits.
Day 3: Explore Bangkok. See the streets of Bangkok up close on a group bicycle tour. Tonight, head out for another crack at Bangkok’s legendary backpacker nightlife!
Please note: Nights out on this trip are organized by our trip guides but drinks and entrance fees are at your own cost.
Day 4: Chill and Transfer. Spend the day relaxing and exploring Bangkok at your own pace. Tonight, take an overnight bus or train to Chiang Mai.
Day 5: Chiang Mai and Cookery Class. Arrive early in Chiang Mai and spend the day relaxing or exploring. Learn to cook delicious Thai dishes during an included cookery class and enjoy a guided tour of the city and the vibrant night market.
Day 6 & 7: Meet the Elephants. Journey into the beautiful Thai countryside and spend 2 days at an incredible elephant home. Help feed the elephants and bathe them in a nearby stream. Then spend the night sleeping in traditional huts next to the herd!
Day 8 & 9: Hill Trek. Venture into the foothills of northern Thailand for two days of wild adventure trekking in spectacular scenery – a must do experience! Enjoy a bamboo rafting adventure on day 9 (weather dependent) and then head back to Chiang Mai.
Please note: Your luggage will be looked after for you during the trek, so you only need to carry a small daypack.
Day 10: Chiang Mai to Krabi. Fly down to the coastal paradise of Krabi. Enjoy sunset drinks on exquisite Ao Nang Beach.
Day 11: Railay Beach Day. Enjoy a full day of sunbathing and swimming on Railay Beach, a stunning paradise of white sands and crystal clear waters.
Day 12: Transfer to Phi Phi. Head across to dreamy Koh Phi Phi and prepare for three days of bliss in this perfect paradise.
Day 13: Viewpoint Visit. After a relaxing morning, enjoy a group trek to a stunning viewpoint that offers incredible views across the island.
Day 14: Island Boat Trip. Embark on a blissful boat trip that ticks off the most beautiful parts of the island. Tonight, hit up Phi Phi’s fantastic nightlife.
Day 15: Transfer to Koh Samui. Take a combination of boats and buses across to Koh Samui and check into your island accommodation.
Day 16: Angthong National Marine Park. Head over to beautiful Angthong for a day of kayaking and swimming around green islands, white beaches and turquoise waters. Tonight, enjoy a night out at iconic Ark Bar.
Please note: 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 17: Koh Samui Beach Day. A free day to laze on the beach, recover from the night before(!), and reflect on the adventure so far.
Day 18: Transfer to Koh Phangan. It’s time to swap Koh Samui for Koh Phangan. Transfer by boat and prepare for 3 glorious days ahead.
Day 19: Koh Phangan Party. Today is all about Southeast Asia’s most famous party island. Spend the day getting party ready: put on your party clothes, slap on the fluorescent paint and stretch off for a long night of dancing ahead!
Please contact a travel advisor to find out which start dates coincide with which party!
Day 20: Koh Phangan Chill and Temple Steam. Enjoy a long lie in and then relax at a blissful Temple Steam. You’ll head to a tranquil temple and sit in the herb-infused steam of the temple sauna. This’ll relax your body, open your pores and allow the oil, toxins and alcohol out! A truly blissful experience..
Day 21-24: Koh Tao. Four days of beach break paradise on the gorgeous shores of Thailand's pint-sized island, Koh Tao. Embark on an unforgettable snorkelling boat trip around the island on day 24.
Day 25: Tour Ends. 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.
Thai Adventure 2018 - If you are travelling in 2018 you will follow a slightly different Thai Adventure itinerary. Your tour will last 29 days ending on Koh Tao. Contact a travel advisor for more information.
Day 1: Arrive in Hong Kong. Optional welcome meeting in the evening; meet your group and guide and enjoy a walk along the amazing Avenue of Stars and watch the electrifying light show. It’s an unforgettable start to your epic China Adventure!
Day 2: Hong Kong to Yangshuo. 8am start for an optional guided hike up Victoria Peak, followed by free time in the city. At 4pm you'll depart Hong Kong and cross the border into mainland China, where you’ll hop on a night bus to Yangshuo.
Day 3-6: Yangshuo. Arrive in Yangshuo 5am on day 3. Inclusive bamboo rafting experience down the Li River. Optional activities include a cooking class, a bike tour, visit to mud baths, deep water soloing, watching traditional fishing using birds, cupping treatment, or a local village visit. On day 6, you can opt to walk up a karst peak to a pagoda to watch the sunrise before boarding a bus to Guilin and a night train to Chengdu.
Day 7-9: Chengdu. Optional activities include a massage, sampling a traditional Sichuan Hotpot and a free Mandarin lesson. Day 8: Optional trip to see the impressive Leshan Buddha (extra cost). On day 9 you’ll make a morning visit to meet some of China’s most wonderful wildlife, the Giant Panda, at the world-renowned Panda Breeding Research Centre. Visit Wenshu Temple before making tracks for Xi’an.
Day 10: Xi’an. Guided tour of Muslim Quarter (25RMB) or join an optional bike tour around the city (extra cost of 100RMB, approx £10). In the evening you can help out at a soup kitchen providing food and support to Xi’an’s homeless people.
Day 11: Xi’an. The Terracotta Warriors. Marvel at one of the wonders of the ancient world today as you take a tour of the awe-inspiring site of the Terracotta Warriors, one of China’s must-see attractions. Hit the town for a night out and a spot of Karaoke!
Day 12: Xi’an to Dengfeng. Bus to Dengfeng. Orphanage visit with Kung Fu show and option to join in a Kung Fu lesson (extra cost of 150RMB).
Day 13: Dengfeng. Free time. Optional visit to a Shaolin Temple (extra cost of 100RMB). Night train to Beijing.
Day 14-16: Beijing and the Great Wall. Hike along the Great Wall as the sun goes down, then set up camp for a night under canvas. Wake to a memorable sunrise and then head to Beijing for two days of free time and fun in this buzzing capital city. Optional attractions include a visit to The Forbidden City, the Olympic Village & Bird’s Nest Stadium or a Beijing Acrobatics Show (all at extra cost).
Day 17-19: Beijing – Hangzhou - Shanghai. Today we will board a night train to the beautiful lake city of Hangzhou and a stay in the countryside around the Misty Forest. On day 19 you'll experience a hike up Jiuyao Mountain. After another inclusive Mandarin lesson you'll travel onwards by minibus and train to Shanghai.
Day 20-22: Shanghai. Optional activities include a French Concession Walking Tour, bar crawl or a visit to a roof bar to sip champagne in a hot tub (all at extra cost). On day 22 you will hop on another night train towards Nanjing in Fujian Province (not to be confused with the more famous Nanjing City North of Shanghai).
Day 23: Nanjing, Fujian Province. has been described as one of Asia’s most picturesque areas. Spend the night in a traditional roundhouse known as a ‘Tulou’, part of the culture of the local Hakka people.
Day 24: Fujian Province. Visit roundhouses, temples and stunning countryside in this area. Sip Chinese tea in a traditional tea ceremony, take a dip in the local river and then head into the hills, where you’ll camp out on a tea plantation (if you prefer, you can return for a second night at the roundhouse).
Day 25: Fujian Province to Guangzhou. Start your day on the tea plantation by picking and drinking the local tea as you enjoy the spectacular views. Cycle to a local village before having a last dinner with the locals. Travel by night train and bus towards Guangzhou.
Day 26: Macau - Hong Kong. Arrive early in Shenzhen and start the day in style with a soak in the natural hot springs. Travel on to Macau, famous for its casinos and lively nightlife. Travel back to Hong Kong in the evening and spend one final night at your city hostel.
Day 27: Hong Kong. The 27-day China Adventure ends today in Hong Kong.
Please note: All itineraries and optional activities are subject to change. Some activities and locations may change due to the size of the group, the weather, time of year and feedback from past customers.
Please note: Flights between destinations are not included. On occasional start dates you may have a few days spare between the end of one tour and the beginning of the next. This is a fantastic opportunity for some independent exploration. Any extra accommodation required is at your own cost. Please contact us for more details.
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