Thailand & Vietnam

Discover the best of  Vietnam and Thailand

Thailand & Vietnam

Thailand & Vietnam

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£3,450

from

$4,200
21 Days
Bangkok
Ho Chi Minh City

Departure Dates

£4,600

Overview

Discover the best of Vietnam and Thailand

In three weeks see the highlights of Vietnam and Thailand as you journey across South East Asia. Starting in Bangkok, get under the skin of Thailand as you explore the bustling streets of the cosmopolitan capital, and immerse yourself in the culture of the Hill Tribes near Chiang Mai. Vietnam offers contrast at every turn, from the magical and lantern filled Hoi An, the hectic streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to the tranquil beauty of Halong Bay


 

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Included/Excluded

  • 2 Tour Leaders
  • 19 Breakfasts / 5 Lunches / 5 Dinners
  • 14 Day/Night Activities
  • 3 flights - domestic and international
  • 16 Hotel Nights
  • 1 Night Sleeper Train
  • 2 Nights in Hilltribe/Riverside Homestays
  • 1 Night Halong Bay overnight cruise
  • All transport on the trip including flights and trip related taxis
  • Orientation Walks in each location
  • Optional Vegan Group meals every night
  • Post tour onward travel assistance
  • Arrival Taxes where applicable
  • Flight to and from the Tour
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel & medical insurance

Highlights

BANGKOK – The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha)
BANGKOK – Wat Pho (Giant Reclining Buddha)
BANGKOK – Tuk Tuk Vegan Food Tour
BANGKOK – Overnight Sleeper Train
CHIANG MAI – Doi Suthep Temple Tour
CHIANG MAI – Vegan Thai Cooking Class
CHIANG MAI – Elephant Sanctuary & Hill Tribe Full Day
HANOI – City Tour
HANOI – Halong Bay Overnight Cruise
HOI AN – Countryside Bicycle Tour
HOI AN – Vegan Vietnamese Cooking Class
HO CHI MINH CITY – City Walking Tour
HO CHI MINH CITY – Visit the Cuchi Tunnels
MEKONG DELTA – Overnight Family Homestay

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - BANGKOK Arrival

Welcome to Thailand, the Land of Smiles 😊

Today is arrival day so your day is free to settle in, until 18:00 when we'll meet up for a pre-trip info meeting and for everyone to meet each other. Afterwards we can head out for a bite to eat to get the tour off to a great start.

Day 2 - BANGKOK - Grand Palace & Temples Tour

Today, we're in for a real treat as we explore the vibrant streets of Bangkok using a combination of public transport and  classic tuk-tuks, uncovering the city's historical gems. Our morning kicks off with a visit to the awe-inspiring Grand Palace, the peaceful Emerald Buddha, and the massive 43m-long Golden Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho.

After a tasty vegan lunch, we'll check out the Temple of the Dawn and then hop on a private long-tail boat for a cruise along the Chao Phraya River. Get ready for a unique perspective of the city, cruising through charming canals where locals still call stilted houses home. It's going to be a day to remember!

Day 3 - BANGKOK - Nighttime Food Tour

Discover the best of what this vibrant city has to offer at night while enjoying a Tuk-Tuk ride and indulging in delicious Thai food. This tour combines the must-try activities in Bangkok - exploring the city after dark, riding in a Tuk-Tuk, and savoring authentic local vegan cuisine.

Our destinations tonight are located in Bangkok's Old City, so we hop in Tuk-Tuks to embark on an exciting journey through lively streets and historical landmarks to truly experience the essence of Thailand and its mouthwatering street food.

This tour is not just about food; it also includes fascinating insights into Thai culture and life. Our knowledgeable guides will provide interesting tidbits along the way, making this an unforgettable and educational experience.

This is a unique opportunity to try something beyond the usual tourist activities in Bangkok.

Day 4 - CHIANG MAI - Overnight Sleeper Train

Today we travel North, leaving behind the cosmopolitan vibes of Bangkok to find the Northern charm of  Chiang Mai, famous for it's old walled city and over 300 amazing temples

The overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai may take longer than a flight but it's a journey and an experience you don't want to miss. From meeting the local people on board to experiencing the amazing jungle views on route, today is a perfect example of the journey being as important as the destination.

Day 5 - CHIANG MAI - Doi Suthep Temple Tour

We arrive bright and early into Chiang Mai, looking forward to a half day trip to the nearby iconic and sacred Doi Suthep Temple located 3,500 feet above sea level.

Ascending 306 steps to its gateway, guarded by majestic Nagas (half-human, half-serpent) either side, discover the temple grounds adorned with golden pillars, gongs, and rows of bells and the five-tiered gold parasols in the inner courtyard. Dating back to 1383, this revered temple houses the holy relic of Lord Buddha in a magnificent golden pagoda, symbolizing Chiang Mai and enjoys a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings.

Day 6 - HILLTRIBE HOMESTAY - Elephant Nature Sanctuary

Let's spend a full day immersed in the world of indigenous hilltribes and rescued elephants!

We venture high into the jungle to experience a totally new perspective of Thailand and one far removed from the urban experiences we've enjoyed so far.

From enjoying a jungle trek, with our guide helping us to fully appreciate the simple pleasures of jungle life, to spending time in the company of the majestic elephants rescued from the wild, today is always one of the most memorable of any trip to Thailand

Day 7 - CHIANG MAI - Thai Vegan Cooking Class

The past week has been a whirlwind of activity so today we give you the opportunity to catch a breath and do you own thing. Maybe you'll take a walk around some of Chiang Mai's 300+ temples or relax with an authentic Thai massage.

In the late afternoon we're not only going to Taste a bit of Thailand, we're going to learn how to cook it ourselves before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of our own labor.

One of the best things about travelling is experiencing the different vegan foods available. Thailand is famous for it's amazing cuisine but finding vegan options isn't always easy, so why not cook your own. From sweet treats to spicy mouth tinglers, Thailand has it all, and just because we're plant-based doesn't mean we need to miss out.

On the way home we can head down to Chiang Mai's famous night bazaar to explore the numerous stall and shops and of course to try sample a little more  of Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand's street food.

Day 8 - HANOI, Vietnam - Included Flight

Today we bid a fond farewell to Thailand and take a short flight to Hanoi in North Vietnam.

Hanoi offers a beguiling combination of tranquility and chaos, from the elegance of its crumbling colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards, to the boisterous cacophony of street vendors and motorcycles. Much can be absorbed of daily life by wandering the streets of the old quarter, wandering through the local markets, and people-watching. For the culture buffs there are museums, temples and tombs which offer insight into a city rich in history and character.

Day 9 - HANOI - City Highlights Tour

Our first full day in Hanoi offers the opportunity to explore the City on the included city highlights tour.

We start at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, paying our respects to Vietnam's famous leader. Afterward, we enjoy the peaceful Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, and have a delicious vegan Vietnamese lunch featuring authentic Vietnamese dishes.

In the afternoon, we visit West Lake and the historic Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of Hanoi's oldest temples. Our final destination is the Ethnology Museum, where we learn about the cultures of Vietnam’s various ethnic groups.

This tour is a wonderful mix of history, culture, and local cuisine, offering a great overview of Hanoi’s main attractions.

Day 10 - HALONG BAY Overnight Cruise

Today we depart Hanoi for the mystical Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the highlights of Vietnam. The towering limestone islands and beautiful waters are an amazing site and something that every visitor to Vietnam must behold. Our accommodation for the night is is an incredible, traditional junk boat.

Halong translates to Bay of the Descending Dragons and local legend describes a great dragon soaring down from the mountains, gouging out the valleys and spitting jewels which transformed into the various islands. Staying on the boat in the heart of the bay means we have time to explore the caves, go swimming and soak up the beauty and tranquility of the area.

Tonight we are treated to a local dinner aboard the boat followed by time to relax on deck.

Day 11 - HANOI - Morning in Halong Bay

This morning we will do some final exploring of Halong Bay before returning to Hanoi. Take the morning to get in some more swimming or relaxing on the boat, and enjoy lunch on board before we get a private minibus back to our hotel.

Tonight you are free to take in the sounds and smells of the Old Quarter, join your tour leaders for a group meal and have a drink in one of the many bars dotted around the area.

Day 12 - HANOI - Free Day

Today is our final day in Hanoi and after a few busy days we feel you need a well earned rest, so you're free to enjoy the day as you please. You can visit “coffee street” in the old quarter  for a caffeine fix, grab some hearty vegan bowls of Pho from your tour leader's restaurant recommendations, or cross the red Huc Bridge to visit Jade Island where the Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of Jade Mountain) stands.

During free days, your tour leaders are always around to assist or advise in any way at all and we're always around the hotel ready and happy to help.

Of course we also need to eat so most nights we'll be inviting everyone out to eat with us. No obligation to join but we feel it's nice to have the choice.

Day 13 - HOI AN - included flight

Today we take a short flight to Hoi An.

Hoi An is widely considered one of the most colourful and beautiful towns in Vietnam. Largely spared of any major damage during the Vietnamese conflict, the old trading port of Hoi An is a UNESCO Heritage town offering an amazing central old town with small friendly streets dotted with an abundance of family run shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Whether you want to stop for a nice cheap Bia hơi (fresh beer) while watching the sun set over the river or simply wander the quaint streets of this picturesque town, Hoi An has it all within a short walking distance.

Day 14 - HOI AN - Countryside Bicycle Trip

Today we'll enjoy a slow paced bike tour through the rice paddy fields, ending up at the beach.

One of the biggest highlights of Hoi An are the many tailors found around every corner. If you love clothes or shoes and want something special or unique Hoi An is the perfect place. Take a photo in to show the tailors or pick an outfit from the brochures and have it ready the next day.

Day 15 - HOI AN - Vietnamese Vegan Cooking Class

Hoi An is also known for offering some incredible local cooking classes. So today we'll visit the local markets tour and learn the secrets behind the classic Vietnamese spring roll or one of the many other delicacies, before traying our hand at cooking some wonderful Vietnamese vegan dishes ourselves

Day 16 - HO CHI MINH CITY (Saigon) - Flight included

Today we leave Hoi And to fly South and the incredible city of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, Vietnam's largest city and former capital of South Vietnam.

Still known as Saigon to many locals, Ho Chi Minh is a large city and with much to do. We head into our hotel in the Old Quarter to be located right in the middle of the action.

Time permitting, we'll spend the afternoon enjoying a local City Walking Tour, exploring Ben Thanh Market, the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral & Post Office, the Independence Palace and the War Remnants Museum.

In the early evening, we'll head to one of out tour leaders recommended restaurants for an optional group meal and maybe a glass or two of the local Beer Saigon

Day 17 - HO CHI MINH CITY - Visit to the Cuchi Tunnels

Today we will visit the famous, or infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.

This network of tunnels was home to around 10,000 people who lived underground for several years during the war. It has living rooms, kitchens, hospitals, weapon factories, storage facilities and command centres. At its largest the tunnel system stretched over 250 kilometers from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. Today the remaining tunnels have been preserved, giving visitors a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the Vietnam/American war must have been like.

Day 18 - MEKONG DELTA - Overnight Homestay by the River

Today is a full day trip and overnight stay to the Mekong Delta.

The Delta is a central part of life in southern Vietnam, with agriculture, trading and markets all everyday practices. The unique ecosystems and communities here make it unlike anywhere else in the world. We will enjoy a cruise along the river, stopping off at markets to enjoy the local produce and soak up the atmosphere. After our day exploring the Delta we make our way to our home for the night by the river here a local family will cook dinner and tell us their stories of life in Vietnam both past and present.

Day 19 - HO CHI MINH CITY - Morning in the Mekong Delta

Wake up to the sounds of the river coming to life and enjoy a basic home cooked breakfast before we make our way back along the Mekong, stopping at a few more places to meet the local people and learn about their life on the river.

We then make our way back to Ho Chi Minh City for out final night here in this amazing country

Day 20 - HO CHI MINH CITY - Free Day

Today is our final day in Vietnam so take the day at our own pace, either relaxing exploring or seeking out those last minute souvenirs.

During free days, your tour leaders are always around to assist or advise in any way at all and we're always around the hotel ready and happy to help.

Of course we also need to eat so most nights we'll be inviting everyone out to eat with us. No obligation to join but we feel it's nice to have the choice.

Day 21 - PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Included Flight

We bid a fond farewell to Vietnam today and tale a short flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's bustling capital city with a very turbulent past.

Sitting on the juncture of the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap river, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since the French colonised Cambodia during the 19th century. The city has grown from a small fishing village to what is now the industrial, commercial, cultural and historical centre of Cambodia.

Phnom Penh is a welcoming and friendly city, abundant with culture, arts and music, far removed from the darker chapters in the country's history.

At night, after a short tuk-tuk city tour, our group will head down to the riverside to experience the international and local cuisine scene and a slow cold Cambodian beer.

Day 22 - PHNOM PENH - S21 Museum and Killing Fields

Today we visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which was transformed into one of the Khmer Rouge's most feared prison and torture camps during the Pol Pot regime. The building is now a haunting tribute to the thousands who died here and at the other 150 similar camps throughout the country in the late 1970's.

Those who were detained at the camp were later taken and executed at the Choeung Ek extermination Centre, more commonly known as "The Killing Fields", a site we also visit to learn more of and try to understand this wonderful country's turbulent past.

Whilst the aforementioned visits are included in the tour they are also entirely optional should anybody prefer not to visit, in which case you will be free to further explore other activities and landmarks in the city.

Day 23 - SIEM REAP - Travel Day

Today we travel overland through rural Cambodia to the small but vibrant and historically important city of Siem Reap. Not only is Siem Reap the gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat (of Lara Croft movie fame!), but it's also a modern travellers Nirvana, with culinary delights ranging from tasty and downright unusual street food to mouth-watering high-end restaurants.

This evening our group will head out to the famous Pub street with the tour leaders to sample a local beer or to catch a local apsara dance show.

Day 24 - SIEM REAP - Angkor Wat

Today we explore Angkor Wat, the most famous temple in Cambodia. There are over one thousand temples here which attract over one million visitors annually. The temples range from small ruins to the famous Angkor Wat, and the site is said to be the world's largest single religious monument.

Angkor Wat, a UNESCO world heritage site, pays homage to the Hindu god Vishnu and has a dazzling array of beautiful ornate carvings. The many ceremonial structures and temples here were built between the 9th and 13th centuries by the Khmer Empire that spanned a period of approximately 600 years. These temples are some of the most famous in the world and take up an area of approximately 160 square kilometres.

One option is to wake early to enjoy the sunrise with the wonderful photo opportunities, Capture the sunrise reflection of Angkor Wat in the surrounding lakes and ponds or the less busy but no less spectacular views from atop Angkor Hill, looking down into the Angkor complex through the early morning haze.

Day 25 - SIEM REAP - Phare Acrobat Circus (No animals)

Tonight, we check out the Phare Acrobat Circus in Siem Reap. It's an exciting mix of acrobatics, juggling, and aerial performances, all done by incredibly talented artists. What’s great is that this circus doesn't use any animals, so there are no acts involving animals or any cruelty.

The performers tell fascinating stories about Cambodian culture and everyday life through their amazing stunts and routines. The energy and enthusiasm they bring to the stage make the show really fun and engaging.

This evening at the Phare Circus is a fantastic way to experience Cambodia's vibrant arts scene and a highlight of our trip to Siem Reap.

Day 26 - PHUKET, Thailand - Flight included

Today we bid a fond farewell to Cambodia and return to Thailand, this time venturing South to explore the Islands of South Thailand.

Our flight takes us through Bangkok and south towards Phuket, Thailand's largest Island. Phuket is a great base to explore Koh Phi Phi, James Bond Island and Maya Bay made famous as 'The Beach', as well as offering it's own charms including fantastic beaches, great nightlife and an array of international cuisine.

After arriving to Phuket we'll have time to unpack and freshen up before heading out for a brief orientation and dinner.

Day 27 - PHUKET - Phi Phi Island & Maya Bay Trip

While we've come down to Phuket to relax and make the most of Thailand's chilled out Island vibe, no trip to a world renowned island would be complete without at least one day spent at sea. So let's enjoy a full day trip to Koh Phi Phi and Maya Bay.

Our voyage starts with a visit to the iconic Maya Bay, made famous by the movie "The Beach." and Khai Island to enjoy the stunning scenery and crystal-clear waters of this tropical paradise. Snorkeling gear is provided so that we can all enjoy Maya Bay’s calm, shallow waters and experience the wide variety of fish and corals.

The natural vertical limestone cliffs offer an incredible backdrop to the white sandy beaches and pristine blue waters.

On the way back, we'll take in the sunset from the boat. A fitting end to a memorable day.

Day 28 - PHUKET - Vegan Foodie Tour

This evening we discover the authentic vegan food scene of Phuket Old Town, a UNESCO-recognized culinary hub. This area brings together a mix of Southern Thai, Chinese, Muslim, and unique Peranakan influences. We'll visit local restaurants and street vendors, experiencing the rich history against the backdrop of illuminated heritage buildings. The tour ends at the night market, where we have the chance to find some locally hand-crafted souvenirs.

Day 29 - PHUKET Free Day

Enjoy a leisurely day to explore Phuket at your own pace or simply relax by the pool or at the beach. For anyone less inclined to chill, we'll be arranging optional join-in activities including island tours and food discoveries.

During free days, your tour leaders are always around to assist or advise in any way at all and we're always around the hotel ready and happy to help.

Of course we also need to eat so most nights we'll be inviting everyone out to eat with us. No obligation to join but we feel it's nice to have the choice.

Day 30 - Depart 😢

Your epic Adventure through Southeast Asia comes to an end today but we hope you're leaving with some amazing memories.

Your Tour Leader will be available throughout the day should you need anything at all.

If you're making your own way to the airport, please check out at the allotted time. Luggage can be kept in the luggage area. Please ask your Tour Leader or reception for details.

If you have a transfer arranged with us, please check out by the appointed time and be ready in reception with your luggage at the specified pick-up time, usually 4-hours before your flight time, for international flights

If you wish to return to Bangkok or other transport hub we can arrange flights and accommodation for you at the time of booking or your Tour Leaders can help you book during the tour

Have a great Flight and we hope to see you again in another amazing destination!

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