South East Asia Uncovered

Thailand,  Laos,  Vietnam

Tour length 22 daysFrom Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City
Christmas & New Year
In-depth Cultural
Fully Guided

About this tour

Travel from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City, experiencing the delights of northern Thailand, the laidback river lifestyle of Laos and the cultural richness of Vietnam. From the bright lights of Bangkok to the age-old charms of Luang Prabang and the buzz of Hanoi, go on a voyage of discovery and relaxation. Travel down the mighty Mekong and become acquainted with the tranquillity of remote villages and friendly locals along the way. Sip coffee by the lake in Hanoi, stroll the pristine shoreline around Ha Long Bay, take in the charming old-world ambiance of Hue and marvel at the hectic pace of life in Ho Chi Minh City. This is an adventure full of beauty and contrast that will introduce you to the delicious cuisine, friendly people, beautiful landscape and cosmopolitan cities of these fascinating countries.You'll cover a lot of distance on this trip, including overnight trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Hanoi to Hue (about 12 hours). Compartments are on a mixed gender basis and you may be sharing with locals or travellers from other groups. For more about what this experience is like, see our blog posts here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/what-to-expect-on-an-overnight-train-in-vietnam/The sightseeing tour by motorbike in Hue is great fun with bikes driven safely by professionals (and helmets provided), but alternative transport can be arranged for those who would prefer not to travel by motorbike.Depending on where you come from, the weather on this trip might be hotter and more humid than what you are used to.Smoke Haze can be common for Northern Thailand into Laos between March and April due to burning off season of crops. You may wish to take a quality mask with you if you are particularly sensitive to smoke.Laos is less developed than many other Southeast Asian countries. The roads can be bumpy, delays are common, and accommodation can be basic but always clean and comfortable. A little bit of patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this beautiful country!Due to dam construction upstream, water levels aren't as reliable as in previous years. When the Mekong River is at its lowest from February to April, part of the journey may occasionally need to be made by land.
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Tour ID 48454
Tour length 22 days
Language English
Group size 16
Age range 15 - 99

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Intrepid Travel


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Day 1: Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok - Overnight train
Day 3: Chiang Mai
Day 4: Chiang Mai
Day 5: Chiang Khong
Day 6: Mekong River - Pak Beng
Day 7: Mekong River - Luang Prabang
Day 8: Luang Prabang
Day 9: Luang Prabang
Day 10: Vang Vieng
Day 11: Vang Vieng
Day 12: Vientiane
Day 13: Hanoi
Day 14: Halong Bay
Day 15: Hanoi – Overnight train
Day 16: Hue
Day 17: Hue
Day 18: Hoi An
Day 19: Hoi An
Day 20: Ho Chi Minh City
Day 21: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 22: Ho Chi Minh City


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Carbon emission, kg/CO2
(Guests: 1, Nights: 1)
Exploreo will offset your calculated CO2e at no cost.
How is the carbon footprint calculated?
From€2,907/ Person
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