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THAILAND, LAOS & VIETNAM ADVENTURE

22 Days, Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City (saigon)
THAILAND, LAOS & VIETNAM ADVENTURE

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See the highlights of Indochina on this epic 22-day adventure. Explore the vibrant cityscape of Bangkok, marvel at the majestic granite peak of Doi Suthep, explore a trad read more...

IS THIS Classic TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 21 nights accommodation (Hotels (17 nts), village home stay (1 nt), sleeper train (2 nts), junk boat (1 nt)).
  • 17 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
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  • Train, local bus, air-con bus, plane, walking, songthaew, boat.
  • Bangkok klong trip.
  • Wat Po entrance and guide.
  • Doi Suthep entrance (Chiang Mai).
  • Pak Ou caves entrance (Luang Prabang).
  • Traditional Arts & Ethnology Museum guided tour.
  • Kuang Si waterfalls trek (half-day).
  • Laotian homestay experience.
  • Water puppets performance (Hanoi).
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum entrance (when open).
  • Halong Bay caves entrance.
  • Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner.
  • Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Hue).
  • Noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a Planeterra-supported project (Hoi An).
  • Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour (Ho Chi Minh City).
  • Border crossing support.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
VERY IMPORTANT
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Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 400-650 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Bangkok
Day 2 Bangkok/Chiang Mai
Day 3 Chiang Mai
Day 4 Chiang Mai/Chiang Khong
Day 5 Chiang Khong/Muang Pakbeng
Day 6 Muang Pakbeng/Luang Prabang
Day 7 Luang Prabang
Day 8 Luang Prabang
Day 9 Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng
Day 10 Vang Vieng
Day 11 Vang Vieng/Vientiane
Day 12 Vientiane/Hanoi
Day 13 Hanoi
Day 14 Hanoi/Ha Long
Day 15 Ha Long/Hue
Day 16 Hue
Day 17 Hue/Hoi An
Day 18 Hoi An
Day 19 Hoi An
Day 20 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City
Day 21 Ho Chi Minh City
Day 22 Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Departures
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Bangkok
  • On Board Train
  • Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Khong
  • On Board Traditional Boat
  • Luang Prabang
  • Vang Vieng
  • Vientiane
  • Hanoi
  • On Board Junk Boat
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • DAY 1 Arrive Bangkok

    Arrive at any time.

    Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the pace of life in Bangkok.
    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Bangkok/Chiang Mai

    Guided longboat tour of Bangkok's klongs and Wat Po. Optional Grand Palace and National Museum visits. Overnight train to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a 1-hr longtail boat tour of Bangkok's famous klongs (canals). The trip finishes at the Royal Temple of Wat Po for a guided tour. After, there is time for shopping, a visit to Grand Palace or a stroll along Khao San Rd. In the evening, board the overnight train to Chiang Mai.

    Klong Riverboat Tour
    Bangkok
    Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River. Go through the smaller klongs (canals) to see skyscrapers, temples, and shops in the distance, and the densely populated waterfront settlements up close.
    Wat Po Guided Tour
    Bangkok

    Immerse yourself in Thai Buddhist culture and visit the famous giant 46m (151ft) reclining Buddha, covered in gold leaf. Relax with a traditional Thai massage at the country's leading school of massage at Wat Po.

    Overnight train (beds)
    Bangkok - Chiang Mai 12h-13h
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.

    Free Time
    Bangkok Afternoon
    Use some free time in Bangkok to make the most out of this city.

    Optional Activities
    Grand Palace Visit

    Bangkok
    Visit the King's official residence (made up of many buildings, halls, lawns, gardens, and courtyards) on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Phra Maha Monthien Buildings.

    Wat Arun Visit
    Bangkok
    Visit Wat Arun, a Buddhist temple and one of Thailand's best known landmarks. Tour inside to see its central prang (a Khmer-style tower) adorned with colourful porcelain.

    Jim Thompson's House Visit
    Bangkok
    Tour the Jim Thompson House, a Bangkok museum that was once the home of American businessman Jim Thompson, the "Legendary American of Thailand." See his collection of Buddhist and secular art, amassed while building his silk company. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Chiang Mai

    Enjoy a guided tour of Doi Suthep temple. Optional activities include a cooking class or visit to the night market. Arrive early morning and use some free time to explore. Choose from a range of optional activities or stroll the city independently. In late afternoon, set off to visit the temple complex, Doi Suthep. If you're lucky, you may witness the chanting of the monks

    Private Vehicle
    Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep 45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Doi Suthep Guided Tour
    Doi Suthep
    Climb the 300-step naga (mystical serpent) staircase to one of northern Thailand's most sacred temples, or opt to take a cable car and enjoy the view. Learn all about Doi Suthep's history from a local guide - built on top of a mountain, the temple sits among pagodas, statues, bells and shrines.

    Private Vehicle
    Doi Suthep - Chiang Mai
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Free Time
    Chiang Mai Morning
    With so much to do in Chiang Mai, make the most of your free time here.

    Optional Activities
    Cooking Class

    Chiang Mai
    Pick out the best ingredients at a local market, and learn how to make delicious Thai dishes.

    Night Market
    Chiang Mai
    Pick up a a souvenir at this shopper's paradise. Wander through the market to find music, food, and local artists selling handmade crafts. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 4 Chiang Mai/Chiang Khong

    Head to Chiang Khong via Wat Rong Khun and enjoy the view of the mighty Mekong.

    Drive to Chiang Khong, a sleepy trading town nestled on the bank of the Mekong River. En route, visit Wat Rong Khun - the dazzling 'White Temple'. Wander the local food market or sit back and enjoy a slower pace of life relaxing in Thailand with river views of Laos.

    Private Vehicle
    Chiang Mai - Chiang Khong 5h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Wat Rong Khun (White Temple)
    Chiang Rai
    Visit Wat Rong Khun (better known among foreigners as the White Temple), an unconventional Buddhist temple designed by prominent Thai painter-turned-architect Chalermchai Kositpipat. Be wowed by the temple's contemporary exterior made up of a mosaic of mirrors. View the interior walls that have a pop culture and sci-fi influence. Find murals of Batman, Superman, Predator, and the Matrix. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Chiang Khong/Muang Pakbeng

    Cross the border into Laos then travel by traditional boat down the Mekong River.

    Cross the border to the Laos immigration area, then take a songthaew (local bus) to a traditional slow boat.

    Travel down the Mekong River and adjust to the relaxed pace of life in Laos. This predominantly mountainous country has unsurpassed views of the riverside villages, the tropical jungle, and the mountains.

    Border Crossing (Thailand - Laos)
    Chiang Khong - Ban Houayxay
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Mekong River Slow Boat
    Ban Houayxay - Muang Pakbeng
    Enjoy the ride down the Mekong on our private boat (it's pretty comfortable and spacious, and there's a toilet on board). Have some fruit, tea, and coffee (free of charge); water and soft drinks are available for purchase. Bring some warm gear - it can be quite cold from November to February. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 6 Muang Pakbeng/Luang Prabang

    Continue down the Mekong for most of the day. Take a guided tour of the Pak Ou caves before arriving in Luang Prabang.Continue on by slow boat down the mighty Mekong. Before arriving at Luang Prabang, enjoy a visit outside to the Pak Ou caves. After, re-board the boat and continue to Luang Prabang, arriving in the early evening.

    Mekong River Slow Boat
    Muang Pakbeng - Luang Prabang
    Enjoy the ride down the Mekong on our private boat (it's pretty comfortable and spacious, and there's a toilet on board). Have some fruit, tea, and coffee (free of charge); water and soft drinks are available for purchase. Bring some warm gear - it can be quite cold from November to February.

    Pak Ou Caves Visit
    Pak Ou Cave
    Visit these dramatic caves considered an important spiritual site by many Lao people. See thousands of Buddha statues and images that line the limestone walls. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Luang Prabang

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Ethnology Museum and Kuang Si waterfalls.

    Take a tour of the Ethnology Museum - a great chance to learn more about the dress and customs of local people. Then, take a half-day trip out to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls and be sure to pack a swimsuit.

    Ethnology Museum Guided Tour
    Luang Prabang
    Take a guided tour of the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) to learn about the traditional arts and cultures of Laos's many diverse ethnic groups. Shop in the TAEC Boutique for authentic village-made handicrafts and relax with a drink at the museum cafe.

    Kuang Si Waterfalls Excursion
    Kuang Si Falls
    Journey to this magnificent multi-level waterfall, where relaxing is highly recommended. Explore the multiple picture-perfect pools as well as the nearby Asiatic black bear rescue centre (located between the park entrance and waterfall).

    Optional Activities
    Night Market Visit

    Luang Prabang
    Shop until your heart's content at the night market in Luang Prabang - one of the best in Southeast Asia. Head to the market around dusk. Tour the vendor stalls lining the streets offering food, wooden statues, clothes, trinkets and souvenirs to dozens of people wandering up and down the market.

    Don't miss the opportunity to interact with the sellers and gently negotiate a good price. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Luang Prabang

    Enjoy a free day exploring all Luang Prabang has to offer. Options include cooking classes, temple visits, massages, night market shopping, bike riding, and hiking. Enjoy dinner with a local family in the evening.

    Free Time
    Luang Prabang Full Day
    There's a wealth of activities going on in and around Luang Prabang. Pick and choose what sounds best.

    Meal with Local Family
    Luang Prabang
    Enjoy a delicious meal with a local family. Learn about Laotian cuisine and life in Luang Prabang.

    Optional Activities
    Cooking Class

    Refine your culinary skills with an optional cooking class. Discover the secrets of the delicious local cuisine.

    Kayaking
    Grab your life jacket and tour local waters by kayak. Get up close to marine life and see many sights you may miss on shore.

    Cycling
    Get on your bike and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng

    Spend the night in a local village enjoying traditional Laotian food. Sleep and eat like a local. Drive winding mountain roads through gorgeous scenery to reach Vang Vieng. Experience a local homestay in a nearby village. Here, enjoy traditional Laotian food while getting to know your host family. Your CEO will provide insight into the way of life of village residents.

    Private Vehicle
    Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng 7h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Vang Vieng Homestay
    Vang Vieng
    Learn about life and local culture in Vang Vieng on this memorable homestay. Experience typical Laotian cuisine; eating (and sleeping) arrangements are shared as a group (usually between two houses). A vegetarian option for the evening meal will be available. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Vang Vieng

    Enjoy free time in Vang Vieng. Move to a hotel for the night, an ideal location for exploring the countryside by bicycle or kayak.

    Free Time
    Vang Vieng Full Day
    With many options for Vang Vieng, choose what suits you best.

    Optional Activities
    Cycling

    Get on your bike and enjoy the ride.
    Kayaking
    Grab your life jacket and tour local waters by kayak. Get up close to marine life and see many sights you may miss on shore.

    Swimming
    Grab your bathing suit and go for a refreshing swim.

    Caving
    Enjoy the thrill of cave exploration on a caving expedition. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Vang Vieng/Vientiane

    Explore the capital of Laos. Opt to visit temples, see the National Museum, or explore highlights of the town.

    Head out of the mountains to one of Asia's sleepiest capital cities. Opt to visit some of the highlights of Vientiane including Wat Sisaket, one of the city's oldest and most fascinating temples, and Wat Phra That Luang, Lao's national symbol and one of her most sacred sites.

    For those who like to shop, don't miss the morning market, which, incidentally, is open all day!

    Private Vehicle
    Vang Vieng - Vientiane 5h-6h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.


    Vientiane Afternoon
    Opt to visit the sights, get a massage or indulge in one last day of Laotian cuisine in Laos' capital city.

    Optional Activities
    Wat Sisaket Visit

    Vientiane
    Visit one of Vientiane's oldest and most fascinating temples featuring a cloister wall filled with thousands of Buddha images.

    Wat Pha That Luang Visit
    Vientiane
    See Laos's national symbol and most important sacred monument, Pha That Luang (Great Stupa), completely covered in gold leaf. Every November, devoted Buddhists come here to celebrate Vientiane's most important festival, Bun That Luang, with parades, music and religious ceremonies.

    National Museum Visit
    Vientiane
    Learn about the history, culture, and people of Laos at the National Museum, including the story of the Pathet Lao. See exhibits containing ancient items ranging from dinosaur bones to early Khmer sculptures. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Vientiane/Hanoi

    Fly from Vientiane to Hanoi.

    Take a short flight from quiet Laos into the bustling city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Opt for a leisurely walk through the Old Quarter and a traditional Vietnamese meal. What better way to start a visit to this diverse country?

    Plane
    Vientiane - Hanoi 2h
    After the short flight to Hanoi, a private vehicle will transfer the group 45 mins to the hotel in the city centre.

    Free Time
    Hanoi Afternoon
    With a free afternoon in Hanoi, head out and start exploring.

    Optional Activities
    Old Quarter Orientation Walk

    Hanoi
    Take an orientation walk through Hanoi's Old Quarter, a maze of streets, each one traditionally devoted to a different product or industry. Each street is named after the trade practiced on that street for several generations; it's an interesting glimpse into the life of a Hanoian in one of the oldest parts of town. Need a rest? Stop at Bia Hoi corner and pull up a plastic stool. Drink the local brew with the locals and make new friends. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 Hanoi

    Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, stilt house, and Presidential Palace. Enjoy an included water puppet show. Opt to visit the Temple of Literature, museums, and Hoa Lo Prison.

    Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, and the former president's house on stilts for insight into an important figure in Vietnam's history.

    During the afternoon, use some free time to explore this beautiful city. Opt to visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Museum of Ethnology or just sip delicious Vietnamese iced coffee in a cafe along the lake. In late afternoon or early evening, attend a performance of Vietnam's famous water puppets before sampling one of Hanoi's amazing eating venues.

    Some new travelers may join the group today. Opt to attend their welcome meeting to get to know them.

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Visit
    Hanoi
    Please note: the mausoleum and museum are closed for refurbishment from October-November each year.

    Free Time
    Hanoi Afternoon
    Choose what interests you most with some free time in Hanoi.

    Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre Performance
    Hanoi Evening
    Watch a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show with beautiful live music and intricate puppets dancing in a water stage.

    Optional Activities
    Tran Quoc Pagoda Visit

    Hanoi
    Visit one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam located on the eastern shore of Tay Ho. Learn about Tran Quoc's history from the 17th-century stela found on site. View it later in the day, if you can - the tall structure is striking against the setting sun.

    Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) Visit
    Hanoi
    Visit this sprawling temple built to honor Confucius, sages, and scholars. Dedicated to learning, it housed the country's first university in 1076. Explore its five courtyards, containing various gates, altars, sanctuaries, shrines, the stelae of doctors, and the Well of Heavenly Clarity.

    Museum of Ethnology Visit
    Hanoi
    Learn about Vietnam's various ethnic groups on this visit to the Museum of Ethnology - considered to be the finest modern museum in Vietnam. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Hanoi/Ha Long

    Enjoy a Ha Long Bay cruise on a junk boat with visits to a cave and an island lookout. Savour a seafood lunch and dinner.

    Drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. Thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the waters. Sail past limestone karst mountains in the junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves.

    In the evening, devour a seafood dinner, then opt to enjoy a drink on deck under the stars.

    Private Vehicle
    Hanoi - Bai Chay 4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Junk
    Ha Long
    Skim across the water aboard this iconic traditional Asian sailboat.

    Halong Bay Overnight Cruise
    Board a traditional junk boat at Ha Long Bay harbour and cruise out onto serene waters. Marvel at massive limestone karst mountains jutting out of the water, creating unforgettable spectacular scenery. Swim, kayak or go cave exploring on one of the islands, if conditions are right. Indulge in fresh seafood meals with a variety of dishes to sample. Drift to sleep in a cozy cabin on board. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 15 Ha Long/Hue

    Cruise back to the port and take a private van to Hanoi. Enjoy some time in the city before an overnight train to Hue.

    Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi for a little more time to enjoy the city before boarding an overnight train.
    Private Vehicle
    Ha Long - Hanoi 4h

    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Overnight train (beds)
    Hanoi - Hue 14h-15h
    Drive about 15 mins to the station and then board the southbound train for the overnight journey.

    Free Time
    Hanoi Afternoon
    Spend a few hours exploring this beautiful capital city. Visit some shops, have a bia hoi on a street corner or grab a coffee in a lakeside cafe. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 16 Hue

    Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb and Tien Mu Pagoda. Optional countryside motorbike tour.

    Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda followed by a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam's former emperors.

    After, opt for a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery. With free time, take a motorbike tour of the area.

    While in the city, try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes), and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp). Wash it all down with a Hue beer.

    Tien Mu Pagoda Visit
    Hue
    Visit Tien Mu, one of the tallest and, perhaps, most elegant pagodas in Vietnam, at seven storeys high. Take a step back in time touring this historic temple - built more than 400 years ago along the north shore of the Perfume River, it has been the site of many political protests.
    Imperial Citadel Tour
    Hue
    Tour this one-time capital city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the walled fortress and former palace, which has many palaces, gateways, courtyards and gardens to explore. The Forbidden Purple City (modeled on China's Forbidden City) inside the citadel was once home to the imperial family and was significantly damaged during the Vietnam War.

    Royal Tombs Visit
    Hue
    Visit the Royal Tombs along the Perfume River in Hue. Embracing the concept of Feng Shui, these tombs are extremely ornate and provide fantastic insight into the lives of the former rulers.

    Optional Activities
    Motorbike Tour

    Hue
    Hop on the back of a motorbike and let your professional driver take you out into the countryside. Explore rice paddy landscapes and see local villagers at work in the fields. Take in temples, shops, a scenic overlook or two, or, perhaps, an ancient covered bridge - routes can vary on these interesting rides. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 17 Hue/Hoi An

    Drive the Hai Van pass. Take advantage of Hoi An's many options over the 2.5 days in town. Opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit or My Son ruins.

    Start the day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel before heading towards Hoi An in the late morning. Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon.

    With three nights here, there's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer.

    Private Vehicle
    Hue - Hoi An 4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Free Time
    Hoi An Afternoon
    Use free time in this quaint town to explore any way you like. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 18 Hoi An

    Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a Planeterra-supported project.

    Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
    Hoi An
    Try some of the oodles of noodles (more than 26 types!) available in the city in this tasty cooking class. Run by Planeterra Foundation partners, STREETS International, the class was developed exclusively for G Adventures. Former street youth that are part of this hospitality training program, will help you prepare and cook a number of different types of noodles. This program helps these youth practice their English, increasing their skill-set and opportunities available to them in the tourism industry. Enjoy your yummy creations while learning more about the local cuisine and this initiative which empowers street youth through skills and employment training.

    Free Time
    Hoi An Half Day
    Explore this charming city.

    Optional Activities
    Hoi An Cooking Class

    Hoi An
    Take a cooking class to learn more about Vietnamese food and its distinct flavours. Tour the local market to buy fresh ingredients before preparing some popular regional dishes. Enjoy your creations when you're done!

    Bike Rental
    Rent a bike from a local shop and head out to explore.

    My Son Excursion
    My Son
    Travel approximately 1 hr from Hoi An to arrive at My Son. Tour these partially ruined Hindu temples built between the fourth and 14th centuries - the site is widely accepted as one of the most important Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia. Learn about the architectural style and history of a site that's often compared to Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Bagan in Burma.

    Lifestart Lantern Making
    Hoi An
    Add a little light to your life! Visit Lifestart Foundation and learn how to make a traditional lantern from area residents. See how this project, supported by Planeterra, helps local Vietnamese with chronic disabilities gain sustainable employment.

    Tailor Shops
    Hoi An
    Go home with some new (handmade!) clothes from one of Hoi An's famous tailor shops. Walk the streets lined with hundreds of local shops that turn out gorgeous suits, dresses, winter coats, shoes, purses - almost anything - in a day's time to create next season's wardrobe. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 19 Hoi An

    Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.

    Free Time
    Hoi An Full Day
    Enjoy free time in this charming town. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 20 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City

    Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City with free time to explore this hectic city.

    Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country's commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls.

    Plane
    Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City1h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 21 Ho Chi Minh City

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn more about the Vietnam War. Use free time in the afternoon to explore sprawling Ho Chi Minh City.

    With some free time in the city, opt to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market. Also well worth a visit are the Reunification Palace (the residence of South Vietnam presidents before 1975), the city's Chinese quarter of Cholon, and the War Remnants Museum.

    Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour
    Cu Chi
    Take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnels (200km or 125 mi) that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels (if you're not claustrophobic) - these tunnels stored ammunition, had underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces.

    Free Time
    Ho Chi Minh City Afternoon
    Get out and explore this frenetic city.

    Optional Activities
    Thien Hau Pagoda Visit

    Ho Chi Minh City
    Visit the Thien Hau Pagoda, a beautiful temple in the Chinatown district of Ho Chi Minh City. Learn more about the customs associated with this 19th-century monument - it is dedicated to the goddess Thien Hau (the 'Lady of the Sea') who is worshipped in Chinese communities throughout Asia by those who depend on the sea for their livelihoods.

    Giac Vien Pagoda Visit
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Find this hidden pagoda behind some small alleyways - it's a rare treat of a monument that has been spared the over-restoration that has been done to so many temples. Tour the inside of this 18th-century pagoda to see nearly 100 carvings of divine beings.

    Ben Thanh Market
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Wander this bustling market for more insight into Ho Chi Minh City. Pick up souvenirs, sample local cuisine, and experience local living. Talk to your CEO to learn about the market's origins - Ben Thanh started as a cluster of street vendors selling wares by the Saigon River and formalized into a true market in 1859.

    Reunification Palace Visit
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Wander the historic halls of the Reunification Palace (Independence Palace), a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City. This former home of the South Vietnamese president during the Vietnam War became the location of the end of the war when a North Vietnamese tank pushed through the palace gates on April 30, 1975.

    Cholon Visit
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Take in the busy rhythm of daily life in Cholon, the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City. Tour the area full of teahouses, pagodas, and people, and learn a little more about the unique culture within the city.

    War Remnants Museum Visit
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Visit the War Remnants Museum, a gut-wrenching but worthwhile experience that includes three storeys of exhibits and military hardware. Learn about the devastation that occurred in Saigon during the Vietnam War, a period that greatly contrasts the joy and liveliness of the Vietnamese people today. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 22 Depart Ho Chi Minh City

    Depart at any time.

    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

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  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 400-650 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 15 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. Please note that this trip is a combination of multiple G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments. Also note that in some major cities in Vietnam, many hotel rooms do not have window.

  10. There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 15 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.


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