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A Little Asian Persuasion

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*This experience runs on selected Sundays  – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Rooms are en-suite and twin where possible. If you are a solo traveler, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex

27 days, Bangkok to Hanoi… The ultimate Asian experience
Visiting 4 countries: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam

 

Countless tours, food, temples, breathtaking sunrises atop spiritual mountains, local encounters, transport options and coastal island paradises. Get blessed by monks, cruise rivers and learn the meaning of humility and empowering enterprise throughout Indochina.

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Day 1: Bangkok, Thailand

Touch down in Bangkok and find your feet in the capital. Meet the group and freshen up for tonight’s entertainment – and by entertainment we mean adventure! We’re talking about a street eats tour via the best type of transport. Can you guess how we roll? You got it! It’s all about the tuk tuk.

Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Mai

More love for the capital today as we tick off the Bangkok bucket list. A half day city tour is on the cards. Tonight, it’s all about the overnight train. Get comfy and catch some zzz’s.

Day 3: Chiang Mai

Open your eyes – you’ve arrived in Chiang Mai. Get your explorer shoes on, because there’s time to wander around today. On the menu for tonight? An optional Khantoke Village cultural show and dinner.

Day 4: Chiang Mai

Today, it’s all you. Hot foot it around the city at your own pace. More of an adrenaline junkie type? Daredevils can make like a monkey with an optional Flight of the Gibbon treetop adventure. And for the foodies? An optional cooking class awaits.

Day 5: Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

It’s temple time. Today it’s all about Wat Rong Khun (the ‘White Temple’) and the Golden Triangle. Get the camera ready for THAT shot. Then, we’re off to Chiang Rai to rest our heads.

Day 6: Chiang Rai to Pak Beng, Laos

Cross the Friendship Bridge then climb on board and get cruise-y along the Mekong River. We visit a riverside village along the way to get a feel for the local life.

Day 7: Pak Beng to Luang Prabang

This morning we’re back on the Mekong cruisin’ with a quick stop at the local markets. Stop by the whiskey village, because, well, why not. Then pass the Pak Ou Caves and arrive in Luang Prabang later in the day.

Day 8: Luang Prabang

Rise and shine! Today, travel in style on two wheels and check out the city by bike on an optional tour. See the Kuang Si Waterfall for an optional dose of wow. This multi-tiered waterfall is pretty beautiful if we do say so ourselves.

Day 9: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Wake up to the sound of the temple gong, partake in the daily almsgiving of the monks, and descend southwards to Vang Vieng.

Day 10: Vang Vieng

A free day for optional kayaking on the Nam Song River. Depending on the time of year, you could hit the rapids or do a spot of rock climbing and cave exploring.

Day 11: Vang Vieng to Siem Reap

Farewell Vang Vieng, we fly to Siem Reap today. Passports at the ready!

Day 12: Siem Reap

Cue a stunning sunrise at Angkor Wat, followed by a guided tour of the Bayon temple and Ta Prohm. Sweet! Want some entertainment this evening? An optional visit to the circus awaits.

Day 14: Phnom Penh

A day with important historical weight: an optional visit to the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. Later, meet with your guide for a short walk along the riverside. This is a great opportunity to discover the vibrant atmosphere of Phnom Penh by night, passing alongside classic colonial buildings and popular pubs. We’ll then eat a traditional and delicious Khmer BBQ dinner amongst the locals.

Day 15: Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is home to 10 million people and 4 million motorbikes. Pretty cool huh? Tonight, prepare yourself for foodie heaven with the included street eats tour. Try the wonderful and the weird (if you’re feeling brave). There’s so much to get your teeth into. Ready? Let’s go!

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City

Make sure you’re wearing your explorer shoes today! Rise early for your Cu Chi tunnels half day tour. These interesting tunnels were a strategic operation base during the Vietnam War, and there’s over 120 km worth of them! Amazing. Later that afternoon in HCMC, stroll to the Municipal Theatre, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum on an included city tour.

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City to Vinh Long, Mekong River

Hop on a boat to peruse Cai Be’s floating markets that teem with fruit, vegetables and goodies. Stop for lunch, then it’s onto a guesthouse where we rest up for the evening.

Day 18: Vinh Long, Mekong River to Nha Trang via Ho Chi Minh City

Wake up to another morning in the land of pho and snake wine. Later, we arrive in Nha Trang. Touch down and rest up at the white powdery beaches of Vietnam’s most popular seaside resort town, or search for markets. Either way you’re winning.

Day 19: Nha Trang

A day for either feeling the wind in your hair or chilling at the spa with our optional activities. Try out a full day boat trip. Or if you’d prefer some chilled vibes, take a tour at the Thap Ba Hot Spring Bathing and Mud Spa. Looks like you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Day 20: Nha Trang

Spend your free day lazing in Nha Trang, a kite-running, windsurfing and scuba diving mecca. Woo!

Day 21: Nha Trang to Hoi An

Fly upwards to Hoi An – known for its spectrum of exciting architecture. Expect French colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses, Vietnamese tube houses and the Japanese Covered Bridge.

Day 22: Hoi An

Day two in this cultural melting-pot mecca. Hop on an optional tour to a vegetable village just outside of Hoi An. Providing veggies for the Hoi An and its nearby areas, this place is pretty special. If you wanna channel your inner Masterchef, enrol on an optional cooking class conducted by a local chef.

Day 23: Hoi An to Hue

Drive along the Hai Van Pass, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful mountain passes. We end up in the former imperial capital, Hue. Take a guided tour of the Citadel, the Forbidden City and the Royal Tomb. What an introduction!

Day 24: Hue to Hanoi

Fly up the coast as you take on the big capital city of Hanoi.

Day 25: Hanoi to Halong Bay

Cruise time. A day of paddling, swimming, lazing on the sundeck? Yes please. Return back just in time to watch the sunset from the top deck before tucking in to the bay’s freshest seafood for dinner.
Please note: If you have selected twin share accommodation, you may be accommodated in a triple share room for the duration of the Halong Bay cruise. This means you will be sharing with two other passengers. If you have any questions about your trip please contact our Customer Service team.

Day 26: Halong Bay to Hanoi

Back in the capital today. But not before an optional scenic flight over Halong Bay in a seaplane. Um, how cool is that?

Day 27: Hanoi

Today, it’s breakfast then we’re outta here. Okay, maybe one last bowl of pho first.

Additional information

Travel Style

IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL

Duration

3 Weeks +

Country

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam

Highlights

  • Visit Pak Ou Caves
  • Visit Wat Rong Khun & the Golden Triangle
  • Guided tour of Bangkok
  • Visit Angkor Wat at sunrise
  • Visit Hai Van Pass
  • Visit to KOTO restaurant in Hanoi
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour
  • Almsgiving ceremony in Luang Prabang
  • Bangkok street eats tour via tuk tuk
  • Mekong River boat cruise

Accommodation

We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels, hostels and guesthouses (where you actually stay will depend on your trip) that reflects the character of the local area. The accommodation is also as centrally located as possible. We strive to keep the cost as affordable as possible.

Your trip will stay in a range of accommodation. Hotels are three and four-star quality. Guesthouses are basic, yet comfortable, and hostels are clean and modern.

Please be aware that some rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.

Rooms are en-suite and twin where possible and will depend on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex.

If you are travelling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people travelling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.

Meals

We aim to make sure that breakfasts are included every morning in the accommodation (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia. Though, on some occasions, there may be some hot food available as well. Please bear in mind that food varies across each country we visit in Asia.

Included evening meals are in local restaurants or in the included accommodation. In most cases, table water is provided with the meals and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.

If you have any dietary requirements, we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. Please be aware that although we will do everything in our power, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we eat in will be able to cater to all of your dietary needs, particularly in Asia. Also, we cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

Inclusions

  • 26 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 23 nights in hotel accommodation, 1 night on an overnight train, 1 night in a guesthouse, 1 night on a party junk boat
  • Internal flights
  • Overnight train ticket
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Local Guides
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicle

Additional Info

Worth Noting

May through November is typhoon season in Asia, which can have an impact on touring in Halong Bay. Safety is our number one concern and as such we follow the direction of the Halong Bay Port Authority when operating day and overnight cruises. In the event of adverse weather/force majeure preventing safe cruising on the bay, We will make alternative accommodation arrangements and refunds cannot be issued for cancelled cruises or boat trips.

Group Size
Maximum 20

Transport

Small modern air conditioned vehicle, boats, internal flights and overnight trains.

Start/Finish Times
Start time:
Meet at 2pm in Bangkok

Finish time:
Approximately 9am in Hanoi

Age Restriction
Please note that this experience has a maximum age limit of 40

Optional Activities

On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.

None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by us, nor do they form part of your contract us. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.

Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.

Thailand – Chiang Mai
Khan Toke Village cultural show and dinner

Flight of the Gibbon treetop adventure

Cooking class

Laos – Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang cycling city tour

Kuang Si waterfall

Rope course and zipline

Laos – Vang Vieng
Rope course and zipline

Kayaking

Cambodia – Siem Reap
A night at the circus € 14

Sunset quad bike riding € 27

Cambodia – Phnom Penh
Killing Fields half day tour € 30

Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City
AO show € 25

Vietnam – Nha Trang
Full day boat tour € 8

Thap Ba hot spring bathing & mud spa tour € 37
Vietnam – Hoi An
Cooking class € 26

Vegetable Village tour € 18

Vietnam – Halong Bay
Scenic flight with seaplane € 81

Passenger Safety

One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:

When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow Travellers if you become separated.

In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.

It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

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