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Vietnam, Laos & Myanmar on a Shoestring
SAVE UP TO $150 on this tour

Theres no time like now to take on an epic adventure. (Seriously, like right now.) Imagine five packed weeks of hitting up the best destinations that four countries in Southeast Asia have on offer. This trip covers a serious amount of ground (and some water, too.) Chill out on the most golden of golden beaches along Vietnam's sunny coast, cruise through Vietnams famed Halong Bay, and trek among the rice paddies in Myanmar (Burma). This is one unique itinerary that every first-time (or repeat) visitor to Southeast Asia should experience.


Duration: 33 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145490
Starts: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
You will visit
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Once the capital of South Vietnam, this sprawling metropolis is now the country's commercial centre.

Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the frenetic pace and humid heat of Ho Chi Minh City.


Additional Notes:
Most nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam. Please check with your travel agent or local Vietnamese Embassy regarding requirements.

Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang (1B)

Free day to explore. Overnight train to Nha Trang.

Additional Notes:
During January/February, Tết (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (10.00-11.00 hours)

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Day 3: Nha Trang

Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party.

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Day 4: Nha Trang/Da Nang (1B)

In the evening, take an overnight train to Da Nang, then transfer to Hoi An.

Additional Notes:
During January/February, Tết (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (9.00-10.00 hours)

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Day 5: Da Nang/Hoi An

From Danang, it is only a short drive to the picturesque port town of Hoi An. Once known as Faifo, it was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections.

Included Activities:
Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
Street Food Crawl

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 6: Hoi An (1B)

Enjoy free time; opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town.

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Day 7: Hoi An/Huế (1B)

Continue the journey north to the city of Hue. Opt to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, take a Perfume River cruise or tour the countryside by motorbike.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 8: Huế/Hanoi (1B)

Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s))

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Day 9: Hanoi/Ha Long (1L)

Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay.

Included Activities:
Hạ Long Bay Junk Boat Trip

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 10: Ha Long/Hanoi (1B)

Explore Hanoi with an orientation walk through the Old Quarter. Opt to see Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and the Hoa Lo Prison, or shop in the Old Quarter.

Included Activities:
Old Quarter Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 11: Hanoi

Spend time exploring Hanoi. Included street food crawl.

Included Activities:
Street Food Crawl

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Day 12: Hanoi/Vientiane (1B)

Explore a bit of Hanoi in the morning before an afternoon flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. There is a wealth of cultural delights to discover - on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk.

Visit Laos' most important national monument, Phat That Luang, or meander down the dusty riverside tracks to find villages full of friendly children, dogs and chickens. A visit to Vientiane's vibrant, colourful morning market (which incidentally is open all day!) is worthwhile, to find plenty of local treasures. A great way to round off the day is to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Mekong.

Transport:
Plane (1.25 hour(s))

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Day 13: Vientiane/Vang Vieng (1B)

A picturesque drive north takes us to beautiful Vang Vieng. This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields and limestone karsts.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

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Day 14: Vang Vieng (1B)

Why not explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk. In the evening, soak in the natural beauty of Vang Vieng as the sun sets over the river.

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Day 15: Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang (1B)

This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

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Day 16: Luang Prabang (1B)

Traditional Laotian culture is to give daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. On one of your mornings here, you may decide to rise with the sun, and watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos. This is simply an unforgettable Southeast Asian experience.

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Day 17: Luang Prabang/Muang Pakbèng (1B, 1D)

We board our boat for the two-day journey up the mighty Mekong River making our way to Chiang Khong.


Included Activities:
Mekong River Slow Boat
Mekong River Homestay

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Day 18: Muang Pakbèng/Chiang Khong (1B, 1L)

This morning we re-board our boat and continue our leisurely cruise along the river before arriving at the Laos/Thai border and crossing to Chiang Khong in the late afternoon.


Included Activities:
Mekong River Slow Boat
Border Crossing (Laos - Thailand)

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Day 19: Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

Departing Chiang Khong after breakfast, we drive to Chiang Mai where you have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating city, once the capital of the Kingdom of Lan.

Included Activities:
Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

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Day 20: Chiang Mai

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match, or grab a bargain at the famous night market.

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Day 21: Chiang Mai/Kengtung

Cross the border into Myanmar (Burma), then travel inland to the ethnically diverse town of Kengtung.

Additional Notes:
Please note: you MUST arrive on tour with a Myanmar (Burma) visa stamped in your passport. E-visas are not accepted.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Thailand - Myanmar/Burma)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 155km)

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Day 22: Kengtung (1B, 1L)

Enjoy an included full-day trek through rice paddies along a countryside dotted by various hilltribes. Try Shan khao swè, a noodle soup and regional staple—it's delicious.

Included Activities:
Hilltribe Trekking

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Day 23: Kengtung/Inle Lake (1B)

Travel in style with a quick flight to serene Inle, home to the Intha people, floating villages, and leg rowers.

Transport:
Plane (2.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 30km)

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Day 24: Inle Lake

Enjoy free time to explore the area. Opt to rent a bike, take a cooking class, or tour the lake by boat, visiting some of its floating villages and gardens.

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Day 26: Inle Lake/Bagan (1B)

After a full day of travel, visit the ancient site of Bagan for a sunset temple tour.

Included Activities:
Sunset Temple Tour

Transport:
Local bus (9.00 hour(s), 320km)

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Day 27: Bagan (1B)

Enjoy a free day to visit nearby villages or further explore the ruins.

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Day 28: Bagan/Mandalay (1B)

Travel to Mandalay and enjoy free time.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 270km)

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Day 29: Mandalay (1B)

Opt to check out Mandalay's ancient temples, visit the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura, or traverse the world's longest teak bridge.

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Day 30: Mandalay/Yangon (1B)

Enjoy a free day before boarding an overnight bus to Yangon.

Transport:
Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s), 590km)

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Day 31: Yangon

Enjoy an orientation walk in the country's largest city, and opt to visit the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

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Day 32: Yangon/Bangkok (1B)

Fly back to Thailand. Enjoy a final night with the group in the country's capital city.

Transport:
Plane (4.00-5.00 hours)

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Day 33: Bangkok

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project (Hoi An)
    • Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch
    • Witness the giving of alms (Luang Prabang)
    • Slow boat up the Mekong
    • Full-day trekking excursion (Kengtung)
    • Sunset temple tour (Bagan)
    • Orientation walks in Hanoi and Yangon
    • Street food crawls in multiple cities
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (27 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), homestays (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 23 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Local bus, air-con bus, private vehicle, train, walking, tuk tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Chill out on golden beaches
  • Cruise magical Halong Bay
  • Scour markets across four unique countries
  • Explore temples and stupas from ancient times in Myanmar (Burma)
  • Witness the giving of alms in Luang Prabang.