26 Days – Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam – 30th May 2017

From the cool calm of rural villages to the steaming chaos of thriving cities, experience the diversity of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Along the way, revel in the sheer beauty of the landscape, the friendliness of the locals and the intriguing ancient traditions that give each country its unique flavour.

Why we love this trip

  • Enjoy the guidance of a local expert as you temple-hop at the dazzling Angkor complex, one of Southeast Asia’s premier sites
  • Your homestays in the rural village of Chambok, Cambodia, and in the Mekong Delta will give you the chance to experience life with the locals and enjoy some delicious home cooked meals!
  • Enjoy some beach time in Sihanoukville and Nha Trang
  • Hoi An is another idyllic pocket of Vietnam that’s best experienced from the seat of a bike. Take a guided bicycle tour through the rolling countryside
  • Halong Bay feels like paradise, with its blue-green waters and spectacular caves. Spend time exploring it’s beautiful bay and wake up to the morning light from your overnight boat.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves a lot of public transport and some long days of driving, so some patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment here. Sit back, relax, watch the scenery go by, and embrace travelling like a local.
  • Accommodation is more basic – a combination of simple hotels, guesthouses and homestays and overnight trains. Accommodation and amenities on the overnight trains, and also at the homestays are shared and basic, however the opportunity meet with the locals makes it all worthwhile.
  • This being a Basix trip, there are less included activities and meals, and more free time for optional activities. While this gives you freedom and flexibility, it does require a level of independence.
  • Your visit to Hoi An includes a bicycle tour of the surrounding countryside.

Inclusions

International flights are included
Airport Taxes included

Meals

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Day 14: Mekong Delta – Overnight Train

Rising early to the sounds of the delta coming alive, we enjoy a simple breakfast before boarding our boat, and catching a bus back to Ho Chi Minh City.
This evening, board an overnight train to Nha Trang (approx 11 hours). Conditions are basic on these trains and they may be a little dirtier than what you’re used to, however overnight trains are the best way to brush shoulders with the locals and make the best use of your time. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but some travellers like to take some fresh bread, cheese and fruit for the journey.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information

There are shared hotel rooms available this afternoon between up to 6 members of the group, if you would like to freshen up or organise your luggage.
Sleeper trains typically have four or six berth compartments with bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. Depending on the configuration of the group, you may have to share with people of different genders or passengers who aren’t part of the group.

Day 15: Nha Trang

Arrive in Nha Trang at about 5am and transfer to your hotel. You’ll have today free to spend as you wish. Perhaps enjoy your time on the sunny beaches or explore the local markets. Be sure to try some of the excellent seafood in town. Also nearby are the Cham Towers, where you can go for a day trip to see the fascinating archaeological site.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Nha Trang – Boat trip – VND1316000
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Special Information

There are shared hotel rooms available again this morning. Our normal twin-share rooms will be available from the hotel check in time this afternoon, but you can store your luggage at the hotel while you explore Nha Trang.

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Day 16: Nha Trang – Overnight Train

Today is another free day to take in the coastal delights of Nha Trang. In the evening, board another overnight train for Danang (approximately 8 hours).
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Nha Trang – Mud baths – VND280000
  • Nha Trang – Po Nagar Cham Tower – VND22000

Day 17: Hoi An

Arrive in Danang and travel by minibus for one hour to Hoi An. Hoi An was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is being beautifully restored. It was a major trading port with the west from the 17th century onwards. Today, parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago. Your leader will take you on a sightseeing walk through the Old Town and visit some of the city’s major attractions. A sightseeing pass is included in your tour for you to visit a selection of the major sights as you wish. Hoi An is also a shopping mecca, so head down to the markets and street stalls to browse paintings, woodwork, ceramics and lanterns. Hoi An is famous for its tailors who can make beautiful items to order.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hoi An – Ancient town walk and entrance ticket
Optional Activities
  • Hoi An – Street Food By Night Urban Adventure – USD28

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Day 18: Hoi An

Go on a bike ride through the countryside near Hoi An. There’s no better way to explore the peaceful area than by bike. You’ll see places few tourists get the chance to see among green rice paddies and small creeks. You’ll get a true insight into rural life in Vietnam.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hoi An – Countryside bicycle hire

Day 19: Hoi An

Enjoy another free day in Hoi An. Perhaps take a cruise up the Thu Bon River or learn the secrets to cooking delicious Vietnamese dishes. Your leader can suggest activities to help you get the most out of your time.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hoi An – My Son Cham day trip – USD35
  • Hoi An – Hoi An Walking & Cooking Class Urban Adventure – USD49
  • Hoi An – Hoi An Boat & Bike Urban Adventure – USD51

Day 20: Hue

Say goodbye to Hoi An this morning and make your way to Hue. The drive in our minibus will take about five hours, but along the way you’ll stop at My Khe Beach (China Beach) and the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. You’ll be travelling on the incredible Hai Van Pass, through lush mountains. Once in Hue, you’ll have a free afternoon to explore. Hue was once Vietnam’s Imperial capital and has a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil enclaves. Perhaps visit the Dong Ba Market, which sells everything imaginable and is a great place to spend some time.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hue – Imperial citadel – VND150000

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Day 21: Hue

Another free day in Hue. Perhaps visit the Imperial Citadel which includes the Forbidden Purple City that was almost totally destroyed during the Vietnam war. The gaping holes left by bombs give you an idea of how much destruction occurred in this country. Another optional activity is a dragon boat cruise along the Perfume River and then a visit to Mu Pagoda, the unofficial symbol of Hue. Here you’ll see an active Buddhist monastery dating back to 1601, and a car belonging to a monk who set himself alight in protest against the treatment of Buddhists. You may also like to visit one of the royal tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc, with its central lake set amid a grove of frangipani and pine trees.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hue – Perfume river cruise and Thien Mu Pagoda – VND220000
  • Hue – Royal tomb – VND136000
  • Hue – Hue Royal Street Eat by Cyclo Urban Adventure – USD40

Day 22: Hue – Overnight Train

This morning, catch up on any optional activities you couldn’t fit in yesterday – perhaps an Urban Adventure to bike around the countryside – before taking another overnight train bound for Hanoi. The journey will take approximately 12 hours.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hue – Countryside Bike Urban Adventure – USD25

Day 23: Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi at about 4am and transfer to your hotel. Today you’ll take a walking tour of Vietnam’s charming capital. Explore the 36 streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, including the Dong Xuan Market, Hoan Kiem Lake and the unique architecture nearby. Hanoi has a French provincial feel remaining from its colonial times, but it also has a Buddhist influence and striking modern buildings. The rest of the day is yours to explore Hanoi as you please.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hanoi – Old Quarter Walking Tour

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Optional Activities
  • Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Museum – VND80000
  • Hanoi – Fine Arts Museum – VND30000
  • Hanoi – Army Museum – VND20000
  • Hanoi – Women’s Museum – VND30000
  • Hanoi – Temple of Literature – VND30000
  • Hanoi – Hoa Lo ‘Hanoi Hilton’ Prison – VND30000
  • Hanoi – Museum of Ethnology – VND40000
  • Hanoi – Hanoi Street Food By Night Urban Adventure – USD31

Day 24: Halong Bay

Drive through the Red River Delta for about four hours and arrive at Halong Bay. Along the way, you’ll stop at the Hong Ngoc Humanity Centre, which provides vocational training and employment to Vietnamese people who experience a disability. Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s most scenic places, a secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands and caves rising from the emerald waters. You’ll board our boat and spend the rest of the day cruising the breathtaking bay. Enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch on board, stop for a visit to Sung Sot Cave, and take a swim at Titop Beach. Spend a night onboard your boat, with gentle waves rocking you to sleep.
Accommodation
  • Boat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Halong Bay – Overnight boat cruise
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

It is recommended to pack a smaller overnight bag to take to Halong Bay for ease of boarding and disembarking. You can store your main luggage in Hanoi for tonight.
There are restrictions on the number of boats that are permitted to stay in the bay overnight. To ensure all travellers can enjoy the experience of a night on the water, we’re occasionally using a larger boat (with approximately 12 cabins) or splitting groups across different vessels. A group leader will be present on each boat, and the route taken and inclusions on board will remain the same. Swimming in the bay from the boats is not permitted.

Day 25: Hanoi

Disembark from your boat in Halong Bay at around midday and take a three-and-a-half hour bus ride back to Vietnam’s charming capital, Hanoi. On the way back stop at the stop for refreshments at a handicraft village.
Return to Hanoi at around 4pm. Enjoy your last few hours of free time then join the group for an optional farewell dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Day 26: Hanoi

There are no activities planned for today and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Your amazing trip comes to an end today and you depart Vietnam

Cost: €2276pp

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Ian Walsh
Travel Counsellor

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