28 Day Thailand and Vietnam Combination Adventure Tour

Thailand & Vietnam Adventure Tour

Immerse yourself in the beauty of tropical beaches, lush rainforests, serene rice paddies, and vibrant cities on this incredible adventure through Thailand and Vietnam. These two countries offer unique experiences and captivating cultures, showcasing the warmth and generosity of their people.

Join us on this exclusive U.Trip as we delve into the rich and diverse spice food culture, exploring the tantalizing flavors that define these regions. From bustling street markets to intimate cooking classes with local families, your taste buds will be delighted at every turn.

But this adventure is not just about food. It’s about immersing yourself in the heart of these countries, experiencing the thrill of zip-lining through lush jungles and navigating exhilarating white-water rapids. Indulge in lazy days on picturesque beaches, basking in the warmth of the sun and swimming in the crystal-clear ocean waters. And when the night falls, join the vibrant beach parties, dancing and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

But it doesn’t end there. This journey is about connecting with the locals, learning from their traditions and customs. Join local fishermen as they teach you the art of crabbing, visit traditional tribes and witness their way of life, and gain valuable insights into the local cultures that make these countries so unique.

And of course, no adventure in Thailand and Vietnam would be complete without sampling their authentic cuisines. Challenge your taste buds with the infamous “Thai Spicy” dishes and indulge in the aromatic flavors of Vietnamese delicacies.

This trip is a harmonious blend of fast-paced excitement and slow, leisurely moments, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the wonders of these two incredible countries. Prepare to be inspired by magnificent temples, captivated by stunning landscapes, and touched by the genuine hospitality of the locals.

Join us on this Thailand and Vietnam adventure and embark on a journey that will awaken your senses, ignite your spirit of adventure, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

 

U.Trip + Partners

Please note that this 28-Days Thailand & Vietnam Adventure Tour combines a U.Trip with a partner trip.  Both prices and departure dates will be confirmed on enquiry

At a glance

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Crazy Bangkok to Koh Phangan

The epic adventure that lies ahead for you all begins in Bangkok, as you explore the city by foot, boat and tuk tuk. Learn from the locals the importance of spices in Thai food as you master the intensity of flavours synonymous with Thai cuisine. You’ll explore some hidden corners like Wat Pho and Lumpini Park, you’ll visit historical temples, street markets, Khao San Road, local bars and meander through bustling crowds to experience eclectic Thai culture. Later in the week you’ll head out on the first of many islands for your island adventure .

First up is Khao Sok National Park with its bamboo jungles and pristine biosphere: plunge underground in a cave to discover hidden stalactites or enjoy rafting on nearby rivers. We then head to the famous beaches of Koh Phangan (our little piece of paradise).

Movie set beaches and tribal villages

Embark on the second half of your immersive Thai culture experience, where the allure of the famous Phi Phi Islands gives way to the captivating mountain tribes of Chiang Mai, nestled in the scenic surroundings of Doi Inthanon National Park.

From the sun-soaked beaches and crystal-clear waters of the islands, prepare for an exhilarating adventure as you soar through dense jungle canopies on thrilling zip lines. Experience the thrill of overnight stays in a local hill tribe village, immersing yourself in their unique way of life and traditions.

Take to the waters on a bamboo rafting excursion, navigating gentle currents while surrounded by the serene beauty of nature. As the tour draws to a close, embrace your connection with the animal kingdom at a local animal sanctuary. Care for and feed elephants, fostering a deeper appreciation for these magnificent creatures and discovering your own wild side in the process.

This extraordinary journey promises to ignite your sense of adventure, connect you with the rich cultural tapestry of Thailand, and leave you with lasting memories of breathtaking landscapes and meaningful interactions with local communities. Get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of Thailand’s diverse and vibrant culture as you embark on this unforgettable experience.

Vietnamese culture to the best beaches on earth

Our incredible South East Asian adventure unfolds in Hanoi, a city that captivates both day and night. Prepare to immerse yourself in its vibrant energy as we explore bustling markets and savor the flavors of authentic Vietnamese street food. To add to the excitement, we’ll navigate the city’s streets in the unique rickshaw taxis, a mode of transportation that resembles a bicycle with a cabin at the back—truly a one-of-a-kind experience in Vietnam!

Leaving the city behind, we trade our rickshaws for boats and kayaks as we venture into the enchanting world of Ha Long Bay. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes adorned with limestone islands rising from emerald waters and explore the intricate cave networks that lie beneath. Bask in the warmth of the sun and feel the gentle breeze as we anchor at Chinh Lan Beach or sail to Kenh Ga, where live music, delectable local cuisine, and the spirited locals await to enliven our experience.

This leg of our journey promises unforgettable moments of tranquility and exhilaration, surrounded by the natural wonders of Ha Long Bay. Soak in the beauty of the landscape, indulge in the vibrant culture, and create lasting memories as we continue our remarkable Vietnamese odyssey.

Total immersion in Vietnamese local living

Prepare to delve deeper into the unique culture of Vietnam as we journey through the verdant landscapes of Ninh Binh. Passing by expansive rice paddy fields, we’ll immerse ourselves in the local river scene and witness the vibrant commerce that thrives in this region. Our exploration takes us to Tam Cốc, an enchanting flooded cave karst system, and Bích Động, a series of mountain pagodas that exude a sense of tranquility. Embracing the spirit of cultural immersion, we’ll have the opportunity to stay with local Vietnamese families, allowing us to truly connect with the heart and soul of the community. As the day draws to a close, we’ll witness the mesmerizing sunset from the lookout at Dragon Mountain, an experience that will leave us in awe.

Continuing our journey along the coast, we’ll arrive at the vibrant port city of Hoi An, renowned for its captivating blend of cultures. Here, we’ll have the chance to experience the authentic local lifestyle as we join villagers in fishing and crabbing activities, gaining insights into their traditional way of life. The adventure doesn’t stop there – we’ll also partake in an immersive cooking lesson, where we’ll learn to prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes using fresh and local ingredients. Through these hands-on experiences, we’ll deepen our understanding of the local culture and create lasting memories of our time in Hoi An.

War history, agricultural heartland and awesome nightlife

As you move south through Vietnam, the landscape and activities are as intriguing as they are diverse. In the Mekong Delta, we take in some off-the-beaten-path historical sites and explore the dense jungle on back roads to help us see what life is really like living around here. The “rice bowl” of Vietnam, it is a region of forested mangroves, paddy fields, endless waterways and traditional houses on stilts.

Welcome to the lively and vibrant city of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand!

Renowned for its iconic tuk tuks, bustling khlong boats, and tantalizing street food, Bangkok is a city that captivates the senses. To make the most of your time here, consider arriving a day early to embark on a scenic riverboat ride to Chinatown, where you can immerse yourself in the lively energy of its crowded streets. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the magnificent Grand Palace and marvel at the beauty of the revered Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Today, at 5pm, gather in the lobby of your hostel for a warm welcome meeting with your knowledgeable U.Guide and fellow travelers. This is the perfect opportunity to ask any questions and connect with your group. As the sun sets, embark on an evening adventure through the vibrant streets of Bangkok, making your way towards the renowned Khao San Road. Here, under the guidance of your experienced U.Guide, indulge in the diverse array of mouthwatering street food options for dinner, accompanied by your newfound travel companions. For those seeking an extra thrill, you might even choose to challenge your taste buds with a deep-fried scorpion from a local street vendor. Alternatively, enjoy a refreshing ice-cold Chang beer from one of the nearby bars. The night is yours to embrace the vibrant atmosphere of the Khao San Road clubs or unwind at the picturesque riverside bars.

Get ready to embark on a remarkable 16-day journey filled with incredible experiences and cherished memories. Your adventure through Thailand awaits!

Bangkok Arrival

Explore Bangkok and transfer to Surat Thani

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary adventure as we delve into the vibrant city of Bangkok, also known as Krung Thep in Thai. As the cosmopolitan heart of Thailand, Bangkok offers a captivating blend of tradition and modernity that will leave you spellbound. Today, we will embark on a journey to explore the city’s vibrant culture and iconic landmarks like true locals.

Our adventure kicks off with an exhilarating long-tail boat ride along the legendary Chao Phraya River, famously known as the River of Kings. As we glide along the river, you’ll be immersed in the lively ambiance of the floating markets, where locals go about their daily lives selling an array of goods and delicacies.

Next, we’ll visit the awe-inspiring Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, also known as the Big Buddha temple. Here, you’ll be greeted by a magnificent white pagoda that stands tall next to a serene seated Buddha image. This temple complex, named Phra Maha Chedi Maha Ratchamongkol, is a testament to exquisite craftsmanship and devotion.

As the day winds down, we’ll embark on an overnight train journey to Surat Thani, offering us a glimpse of rural Thailand’s charm and authenticity. This will be an opportunity to connect with the heart and soul of the country, experiencing its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage.

With the beginning of our adventure, the possibilities are endless, and the experiences awaiting us are nothing short of extraordinary. So sit back, relax, and get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders that lie ahead. Breakfast is included to fuel us for the exciting day ahead.

Bangkok to Surat Thani

Enchanting paradise of Koh Samui.

Welcome to the enchanting island of Koh Samui, where paradise awaits! As the morning sun rises over Surat Thani train station, we embark on a seamless transfer to Don Sak pier. There, a join ferry eagerly awaits to transport us to the breathtaking shores of Koh Samui. Prepare to be captivated by the natural beauty of the Thai Islands, where tropical coral reefs teem with vibrant marine life, offering a haven for snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts.

Allow yourself to be embraced by the serenity of the island as we arrive at Koh Samui, renowned for its majestic towering rock formations that emerge from the warm, inviting waters. These natural wonders create a playground for adventure seekers, offering opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and bouldering amidst stunning surroundings.

Take your leisure time to unwind and bask in the sun-kissed beaches, allowing the gentle lapping of waves to soothe your soul. In the afternoon, we have a special treat in store as we join The Free Yoga Community for a rejuvenating yoga class. This incredible group provides free yoga classes for all, including those who may not have access to regular sessions. As a gesture of gratitude, we will leave a donation to support their inspiring work.

As the day transitions into evening, prepare for a culinary journey like no other. Your knowledgeable U.Guide will lead us to the hidden gems of Koh Samui, where we can relish in the delights of fantastic, authentic Thai cuisine at affordable prices. Immerse yourself in the aromatic flavors and spices that define Thai culinary traditions, tantalizing your taste buds and creating unforgettable memories.

This is just the beginning of our incredible adventure on the shores of Koh Samui. Get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of this tropical paradise, where nature’s beauty and cultural experiences await at every turn.

Surat Thani - Koh Samui

Exploring the beautiful waters of Koh Samui.

Immerse yourself in the spectacular underwater world as we embark on a day of active recovery and exploration. Today, we set out on a boat tour to discover the breathtaking island and coral reefs that have made Koh Samui famous. This island represents a slower, more respectful way of life, fostering a closer connection to nature and ensuring a stress-free day of sublime experiences.

Our adventure begins with a thrilling kayaking experience on the southern end of Koh Mae Island, where towering rock formations create the iconic scenery of the Thailand Gulf. As we paddle through the crystal-clear waters, we are greeted by the vibrant marine life and colorful coral reefs that thrive beneath the surface. The natural beauty of this underwater world is truly awe-inspiring.

A delicious buffet lunch awaits us on the boat, allowing us to refuel and indulge in a variety of flavors while surrounded by the stunning views of the Gulf. With satisfied appetites, we continue our cruise to Koh Mae Koh, where a hidden gem awaits us – the “Green Lagoon” or Emerald Lake. This tranquil saltwater lake nestled within the heart of the island showcases nature’s enchanting beauty in all its glory.

Our exploration continues as we sail to Koh Wua Ta Lap, offering us the opportunity to engage in more kayaking, explore a captivating viewpoint with panoramic vistas, venture into the Spectacular Bua Bok Cave, or simply unwind on the pristine beach. The choice is yours, as we embrace the freedom and beauty of this island paradise.

As the day draws to a close, we venture into Koh Samui with your knowledgeable U.Guide, who will lead us to the best spots for a fantastic and affordable authentic Thai meal. Indulge in the harmonious blend of flavors and fragrant spices that define Thai cuisine, immersing yourself in a culinary experience that delights the senses.

Tonight, as we explore the vibrant island of Koh Samui, let the flavors, atmosphere, and natural beauty envelop you, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Koh Samui

Swimming, snorkeling and much more.

Embark on a journey to experience the timeless charm of Thailand, where island paradise, nature exploration, beach BBQs, and beach parties await. This morning, we set sail on a ferry, venturing further into the Gulf to reach the enchanting island of Koh Pha Ngan. As the fifth largest island in Thailand, Koh Phangan captivates with its pristine beauty and unspoiled wilderness. While it is renowned for its legendary full moon parties, this island offers a plethora of other captivating experiences.

Immerse yourself in a range of exciting activities, from swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters to kayaking, trekking, practicing yoga and meditation, and even sailing. Each endeavor is enhanced by the idyllic white-sand beaches, where the gentle waves caress the shore, and the backdrop of dense tropical jungle creates a stunning setting.

For the next two nights, our base will be the exquisite beachside bungalows of Sarana on Koh Phangan. Immerse yourself in the island lifestyle as you unwind in these beautiful accommodations. Enjoy the convenience of the on-site gym, yoga room, and the indulgence of an in-house masseuse. Take a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the azure waters, or sip refreshing drinks at the beachside bar. This is your sanctuary to relax and rejuvenate.

Tonight, we let loose and indulge in a memorable beach BBQ. Delight your taste buds with a delectable array of grilled delicacies as we gather together, sharing stories and laughter. Raise a glass and toast to the stunning surroundings and the incredible experiences that await us. As the evening unfolds, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the beach, connecting with fellow travelers and creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

In this classic Thailand experience, you’ll discover the true essence of island living, where the wonders of nature, relaxation, and vibrant beach parties come together to create an unforgettable adventure.

(Dinner included)

Koh Samui - Koh Phangan

Beautiful island life and epic treks.

Embrace the adventurous spirit of island life as we embark on an unforgettable day of exploration on Koh Phangan. This morning, we venture deep into the heart of the island’s natural beauty with an epic trek through the National Park. Led by our knowledgeable guides, we’ll discover the secrets of the lush tropical jungle, learning about the fascinating plants and herbs that thrive in this vibrant ecosystem. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of nature as we make our way to our destination – the Hidden Waterfall. Surrounded by the untouched wilderness, we’ll indulge in a delightful lunch, savoring the flavors of the jungle.

In the afternoon, we shift our focus to making a positive impact on the environment we hold dear. Joining forces for a beach clean-up, we showcase why we’re the best travelers in the world. By dedicating a small portion of our time, we can make a significant difference in the places we visit. As responsible travelers, we’re committed to reducing our footprint and preserving the natural environment. In collaboration with the Eco Thailand foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental and community initiatives, we contribute to the protection of the beautiful islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, as well as other regions in Thailand.

Together, we’ll engage in this meaningful activity, taking pride in our role as stewards of the environment. Let’s work hand in hand, leaving a positive impact and inspiring others to follow in our footsteps. Through this beach clean-up, we embody the spirit of responsible travel, ensuring that future generations can continue to relish the pristine beauty of Koh Phangan and its surroundings.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Koh Phangan

Exploring an ancient pristine rainforest.

After a scenic ferry ride from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani, we embark on a captivating journey to the mesmerizing Khao Sok National Park. Get ready to be immersed in the enchanting beauty of this pristine rainforest, which predates even the renowned Amazon rainforest in age and biodiversity. Khao Sok National Park is a true treasure, preserving an ancient ecosystem teeming with an astonishing variety of wildlife.

Upon arrival, you have the freedom to tailor your Khao Sok experience with three extraordinary local activities (advanced booking required through the U.Team). Choose to embark on a thrilling jungle trek, where you’ll navigate through lush trails and discover the park’s hidden gems. Alternatively, set off on a captivating wildlife safari, witnessing firsthand the incredible diversity of animals that call this park home. For a deeper immersion into the local culture, engage in authentic village encounters and gain insights into the traditional way of life.

As night descends upon us, we retreat to our extraordinary riverside cottages, harmoniously blending with the natural surroundings. These cottages are part of a remarkable sustainability project, prioritizing environmental conservation. By staying here, we actively contribute to the preservation of this natural paradise.

Tonight, find solace in the embrace of nature as you are serenaded by the symphony of the jungle and the gentle rhythm of the nearby river. This unique accommodation experience allows you to connect with the natural world and witness the beauty of living sustainably amidst the splendor of Khao Sok National Park.

(Breakfast included)

Optional activities: Night Safari, Khao Sok Canoe Trip, Jungle Style Thai Cooking.

Koh Phangan - Khao Sok

Floating bungalows and crystal-clear lake waters.

After a delightful breakfast, get ready for an exhilarating adventure as we venture deeper into the captivating Khao Sok National Park to explore the magnificent Cheow Lan Lake. Accompanied by our knowledgeable local guide, we embark on a scenic boat ride, immersing ourselves in the awe-inspiring landscapes that surround us. The natural beauty of this place will leave you in awe.

Our destination is a floating bungalow, where we will indulge in a delicious lunch while surrounded by the tranquil waters of the lake. Take a moment to savor the flavors and appreciate the serenity of this unique dining experience.

In the afternoon, the crystal-clear waters of Cheow Lan Lake beckon us to dive in and embrace its refreshing embrace. Whether you choose to take a leisurely swim, embark on a jungle hike to discover hidden treasures, or simply relax on the raſt (raft) and soak in the serene atmosphere, the choice is yours. Each option promises to create unforgettable moments and lasting memories.

As the day slowly transitions into evening, we make our way back to our remarkable sustainable cottages, eagerly anticipating the possibility of witnessing a breathtaking sunset over the Thai landscape. In this harmonious setting, where nature and sustainability converge, we find ourselves immersed in the splendor of Khao Sok National Park.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Khao Sok

Unspoiled beaches, majestic rock formations and turquoise waters.

After two incredible days in Khao Sok, we begin today with a relaxed and leisurely start. Take your time to savor a delightful breakfast and soak in the moment. Our next destination awaits as we embark on a scenic overland journey along the picturesque coast, making our way to the captivating Phi Phi Island archipelago – a destination renowned for its beauty and charm.

As we step foot on the pristine shores of Phi Phi Islands, we are greeted by unspoiled beaches, majestic rock formations, and turquoise waters teeming with vibrant marine life. These islands are a paradise, offering a wide range of experiences to suit every traveler. Whether you prefer to indulge in luxurious beachside relaxation, explore the underwater world through snorkeling or diving, or immerse yourself in the lively party scene that unfolds day and night, Phi Phi Islands have it all.

As the sun sets and the night unfolds, we have the opportunity to gather with our fellow travelers on the white sandy beaches, creating unforgettable memories as we enjoy refreshing drinks and embrace the stunning beauty that surrounds us. The beaches of Phi Phi Islands are truly phenomenal, leaving an indelible impression of their incredible beauty.

Immerse yourself in the essence of Phi Phi as you soak in the breathtaking landscapes and embrace the vibrant atmosphere of these remarkable islands.

(Breakfast included)

Khao Sok - Koh Phi Phi

A day of exploration and discovery

After a night of festivities, it’s time to embark on a day of exploration and discovery on the captivating Phi Phi Islands. We begin our adventure by boarding a private longtail boat that will transport us to the enchanting Phi Phi Leh island. Located just 1.5 km off the southernmost tip of Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Leh is an uninhabited island that boasts breathtaking natural wonders.

As we arrive at Phi Phi Leh, we are greeted by towering vertical cliffs adorned with lush green bushland, embracing small sandy beaches and crystal-clear tropical waters. Our journey takes us to the island’s highlights, including Losama Bay, Maya Bay (famous for its appearance in the movie “The Beach”), Pileh Lagoon, Viking Cave, and Monkey Bay. For those eager to explore the underwater world, snorkeling gear is provided, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the fringing reefs and encounter a vibrant array of tropical fish.

In the afternoon, we have the opportunity to unwind and bask in the beauty of Koh Phi Phi. Take this time to relax on the island’s idyllic shores, soaking up the warm sun and preparing for another delightful evening. As the setting sun paints the sky with its golden hues, we can indulge in refreshing cocktails and enjoy the tranquil ambiance that surrounds us.

Get ready for an unforgettable day of exploration, where breathtaking vistas, vibrant marine life, and the natural beauty of Phi Phi Islands will leave an indelible mark on your journey.

(Breakfast included)

Koh Phi Phi

Venturing to north of Thailand.

After an incredible 10-day adventure exploring the stunning islands of Southern Thailand, it’s time to venture north to the cultural and adventure hub of the country, Chiang Mai. Today’s journey to Chiang Mai will involve a combination of ferry, bus, and airplane travel, making it a full day of transit that will truly make you appreciate that well-deserved beer at the end.

Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, you will be welcomed into a traditional guesthouse located in the charming old city. Take some time to settle into your new surroundings and embrace the unique ambiance of this cultural hub. As the evening approaches, we highly recommend venturing into town to immerse yourself in the local street food scene, where a wide array of delectable snacks and refreshing drinks await you. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the vibrant night markets, where you can indulge in shopping for unique souvenirs and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere.

Chiang Mai offers a wealth of experiences and adventures waiting to be discovered, from its rich cultural heritage and ancient temples to its thrilling outdoor activities and vibrant markets. Get ready to embark on a new chapter of your Thailand journey as you delve into the wonders of Northern Thailand.

(Breakfast included)

Koh Phi Phi - Krabi - Chiang Mai

Scenic mountain biking and adrenaline-pumping whitewater.

Get ready for an exhilarating day filled with adventure as we explore the captivating hill tribe area located north of Chiang Mai in Mae Tang. Our day begins on two wheels as we embark on a scenic mountain biking excursion along local roads, covering approximately 8 kilometers. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes as we make our way to the starting point of an unforgettable jungle trek.

As we trek through the picturesque northern Thai forest, you’ll be surrounded by typical scenery of the region. Our destination is the Huay Sathan Waterfall, where you can take a refreshing dip in the cooling waters and find respite from the tropical heat.

In the afternoon, get ready for an adrenaline-pumping whitewater rafting experience. Aſter our morning trek, we’ll gear up with helmets and life jackets and receive a briefing on paddling commands. It’s time to hit the rapids of the Mae Taeng River, which boasts 14 gorges and a range of grade 3 to 5 rapids. Known for its thrilling whitewater raſting, the Mae Taeng River is considered one of the top destinations for rafting in Asia.

Feel the rush as you navigate the rapids and immerse yourself in the beauty of the river and surrounding nature. This action-packed day will create lasting memories as you conquer the challenges of the river and revel in the thrill of the adventure.

Note: Whitewater raſting activities are subject to weather and river conditions for the safety of all participants.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Chiang - Maetang

Magnificent rescued creatures, gentle giants of Thailand.

We have planned a truly remarkable experience for today as we visit a carefully selected and reputable elephant sanctuary. Our visit will contribute to the protection and well-being of these magnificent creatures, who have been rescued from exploitation and hard labor. By supporting the efforts of dedicated individuals, we aim to make a positive impact on the lives of these elephants.

In the morning, accompanied by our knowledgeable local guide, we venture into the forest to observe the elephants from a safe distance. We’ll have the opportunity to witness these gentle giants grazing, socializing, and engaging in playful activities. As we enjoy a delicious Thai vegetarian lunch (included), we’ll have a panoramic view of a mud pit where the elephants bathe and play, further deepening our connection with these incredible creatures.

During our visit, we’ll learn about the sanctuary’s mission and the significance of elephants in Thai culture. We’ll also gain insights into the history and traditional practices of the local community at the Karen Cultural Centre, where we’ll have the chance to participate in weaving clothing and bags under the guidance of community members.

Our day concludes with a discussion about the importance of continued support for elephants even after we leave Thailand. It’s an opportunity to reflect on what we’ve learned and consider ways to contribute to the well-being of elephants globally.

Back in Chiang Mai, we have arranged a special Thai experience for you in the evening—a one-hour Thai massage. The masseuses providing the massage are certified instructors and, more importantly, are ex-inmates who have been given the opportunity for retraining and employment. Through our collaboration with local charities, we aim to reduce conviction rates for women in Chiang Mai and address the societal issues that contribute to this situation. By participating in this massage experience, you will not only enjoy a rejuvenating treatment but also contribute to the betterment of the community.

Please note: The welfare and ethical treatment of animals, including elephants, are of utmost importance to us. The elephant sanctuary we visit adheres to strict guidelines to ensure the well-being and safety of the elephants, and interactions with the elephants are conducted in a responsible and respectful manner.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Chiang Mai

Enhance your culinary skills with an authentic Thai cooking class.

For those continuing on our Thai Elephant Impact! Experience, this morning we bid farewell to the group and transfer to the U. Elephant Sanctuary.

If you have developed a love for Thai cuisine during your time in Thailand, today is the perfect opportunity to enhance your culinary skills with an authentic Thai cooking class. We understand the importance of spices in Thai cuisine and want to share the secrets of creating spectacular traditional Thai meals. Immerse yourself in a Lanna style cooking school located in a countryside village, where local chefs will guide you through the intricacies of Thai flavors. Whether it’s Pad Thai, Spring Rolls, Tom Yum Soup, Thai Green Curry, Massaman Curry, or any other favorite Thai dish, our handpicked chefs will teach you the techniques to prepare and savor these delicious flavors.

Before our departure, if time allows, we will also visit the Free Bird Café at its new location. This remarkable establishment proudly calls itself “Chiang Mai’s first zero waste living store” and serves delicious, fresh, organic vegan food. In addition to enjoying smoothies, juices, coffees, and desserts, you will contribute to a community language and arts program for refugees, making it a “cafe with a cause.”

In the late afternoon, we will board an overnight train that will take us back to Bangkok, allowing you to rest and reflect on the incredible experiences you’ve had during your time in Thailand.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Chiang Mai - Overnight train

Train towards Bangkok with a stop in Ayutthaya.

As our train heads towards Bangkok, we have a special stop in the morning at Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam. This historical city, once one of the most powerful in Asia, holds a wealth of cultural treasures waiting to be discovered. We will transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast and refreshments before embarking on our exploration.

During our time in Ayutthaya, we will have the opportunity to witness a demonstration and indulge in a tasting of a local street food delicacy called roti sai mai. This delightful treat consists of a thin pancake wrapped around strands of thin-spun cotton candy, a dish that has become synonymous with the Kingdom of Ayutthaya.

In the afternoon, we will return to Bangkok, where we will spend our final night together with a farewell dinner. Our chosen venue is Cabbages & Condoms, a unique restaurant known for its social progress initiatives. By dining here, we directly support The Population & Community Development Association (PDA) and its various programs in primary health, education, HIV/AIDS, rural development, environment, and water. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the incredible journey we’ve had and to immerse ourselves in the vibrant atmosphere of Bangkok one last time before bidding farewell.

Ayutthaya - Bangkok

Good Morning Vietnam!

Upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. After checking in, you will have the freedom to explore the city at your own pace or simply relax and unwind. Take some time to soak in the vibrant atmosphere and immerse yourself in the energy of this bustling metropolis.

In the evening, you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow travelers and enjoy a welcome dinner feast. Indulge in the flavors of authentic Vietnamese cuisine and get acquainted with your new friends who will accompany you on this exciting journey. As you socialize and share stories, you’ll start to feel the camaraderie that will make this trip even more memorable.

To top it all off, take a refreshing dip in the rooftop pool, offering panoramic views of the city skyline. Allow yourself to be captivated by the enchanting lights and prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime that awaits you in Vietnam.

Arrive in Vietnam!

Learning a new sport and a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh.

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, get ready for a unique cultural experience as we delve into the national sport of Vietnam called da cau, also known as “foot badminton.” This traditional game is popular throughout the country and is commonly played in parks by locals. You will have the opportunity to learn the basics of da cau from one of the local teams supported by our community projects. Immerse yourself in this vibrant sporting activity and gain insights into the local culture and traditions.

Following our da cau session, we will embark on a captivating walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Led by our knowledgeable guide, we will explore the city’s iconic landmarks and uncover hidden gems that showcase the rich history and vibrant character of this incredible metropolis. From historic sites to bustling markets, this walking tour will offer a comprehensive glimpse into the heart and soul of Ho Chi Minh City.

After an enriching day of exploration, we will return to the hotel to freshen up and relax. Take some time to recharge and reflect on the experiences of the day before we head to the train station for our overnight journey to Da Nang. The train ride will provide an opportunity to rest and rejuvenate, allowing you to prepare for the adventures that await us in Da Nang.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty and diversity of Vietnam as we continue our journey to Da Nang, a city renowned for its stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality.

Ho Chi Minh City & Overnight Train

Kayaking to the magnificent old town of Hoi An.

Upon your arrival, our team will warmly welcome you and provide convenient transportation to the enchanting banks of the Thu Bon River. As you settle in, we invite you to indulge in a delectable lunch amidst this picturesque setting. Following this delightful meal, prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure as we embark on a kayaking journey into the magnificent old town of Hoi An.

Once we reach our destination, a short leisurely stroll will lead us to your hotel, allowing you to freshen up and rejuvenate. Afterward, feel free to unwind with a refreshing dip in the inviting pool before venturing out to explore the captivating surroundings. Within close proximity to our accommodations lies the renowned Hoi An night market, a treasure trove of bespoke craftsmanship, where you can personally acquire tailor-made attire that reflects your unique style.

Kayak into Hoi An

Thrilling Cycling Expedition & Eco-conscious Adventure in Hoi An.

Awaken to a brand new day brimming with thrilling escapades! Kickstart your morning by embarking on an enthralling cycling expedition through the serene countryside, meandering past charming villages and picturesque rice fields. Our ultimate destination awaits—a tranquil riverbank where we will actively contribute to a noble cause by gathering plastic waste that has unfortunately found its way along the river’s path.

After our inspiring cleanup efforts, a warm welcome awaits us at the Eco Brick house, where we’ll be treated to a refreshing beverage. Engage in a hands-on, eco-conscious activity as we collectively sort and organize the collected debris, fashioning them into eco bricks. These eco bricks serve a greater purpose as they will be donated to a local non-governmental organization (NGO), bolstering their commendable endeavors in championing sustainability and environmental preservation.

Once our mission is fulfilled, the afternoon unfurls at your leisure. You have the freedom to bask in the blissful ambiance of the nearby beach, reveling in the sun, sand, and surf. Alternatively, you can immerse yourself further in the wonders of Hoi An, unearthing its hidden treasures, perusing local boutiques, or succumbing to the tantalizing delights of its vibrant culinary scene. Embrace this golden opportunity to seize the experiences that resonate most profoundly with your heart, as you weave lasting memories in this enchanting destination.

Enjoy Hoi An

Exhilarating Expedition to Hue: Unveiling Vietnam’s Imperial Past.

Prepare yourself for an exhilarating expedition to the captivating city of Hue, known as the Imperial City. After savoring a delectable breakfast at our hotel, we’ll set off on a scenic and stylish adventure. Our first destination is the world-famous Hai Van Pass, a mesmerizing mountain road renowned for its awe-inspiring vistas. As we traverse this iconic pass, we’ll be treated to panoramic views that will take your breath away. To enhance the allure of our journey, we’ll also have the opportunity to marvel at a stunning waterfall, adding a touch of enchantment to our experience.

After capturing the beauty of the waterfall through our lenses and hearts, we’ll pause for a delightful lunch, relishing in the flavors of the local cuisine amidst the serene surroundings. Continuing our drive, we’ll venture off the beaten path, navigating through the captivating countryside backroads, immersing ourselves in the enchanting ambiance that characterizes the region.

As the afternoon unfolds, we’ll arrive in Hue, a city steeped in history and once the magnificent seat of the Nguyen Dynasty. Exploring this historical town, we’ll be entranced by its profound cultural heritage and the remnants of its imperial past. From grand palaces that exude regal splendor to ancient temples steeped in tranquility, Hue invites us to delve into Vietnam’s royal history and admire its architectural marvels.

Prepare to be transported to a bygone era as we immerse ourselves in the intriguing stories and captivating sights of Hue. Allow the city’s charm to envelop you as we embark on a truly memorable journey through time, unveiling the hidden gems that lie within its storied past.

To Hue & Hai Van Pass

Cultural Journey in Vietnam’s Imperial City & Culinary Adventure in Hue.

Get ready to embark on a thrilling exploration of Vietnam’s Imperial City this morning, immersing yourself in the region’s rich history and cultural heritage. As we venture through this remarkable city, we’ll uncover captivating stories and discover the grandeur of its imperial landmarks.

After our enlightening visit to the Imperial City, we’ll proceed to a delightful local garden house nestled on the picturesque banks of the Perfume River. Here, a culinary adventure awaits as we partake in a delightful cooking class, unlocking the secrets of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Guided by skilled instructors, we’ll prepare and indulge in classic Vietnamese dishes, immersing ourselves in the flavors and techniques that define this vibrant culinary tradition.

Take a moment to relax and soak in the tranquil ambiance before we make our way to Hue Train Station. Our next escapade awaits as we board the night train to Ninh Binh. Brace yourself for a scenic journey, where the breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders of Ninh Binh eagerly await our arrival.

Prepare for a night of comfortable travel, as the train carries us towards our next destination, brimming with anticipation for the incredible experiences that lie ahead.

The Imperial City, Hue

Captivating Pu Luong: A Journey Through Breathtaking Landscapes.

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey to one of Vietnam’s most awe-inspiring natural landscapes! Today, we embark on a scenic bus ride that will transport us to the captivating Pu Luong National Park. Along the way, we’ll indulge in a delectable lunch and pay a visit to the enchanting Chua Ngoc Chau Temple, adding a touch of cultural immersion to our adventure.

As we journey deeper into Pu Luong National Park, the sheer beauty of the surroundings unveils itself. Nestled amidst breathtaking rice paddies and majestic mountains, our accommodation for the night will be a local homestay in the charming village of Ban Hieu. Immerse yourself in the authentic rural lifestyle, as we embrace the warm hospitality of the local families, gaining unique insights into their traditions and way of life.

Before dinner, we’ll seize the opportunity to explore a nearby stunning waterfall, marveling at the natural wonders that surround us. As the day winds down, settle in for a peaceful night’s rest in one of the cozy local houses, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the heart of this off-the-beaten-path paradise.

Awaken to the serene tranquility of the countryside, refreshed and ready to continue our adventure through the mesmerizing landscapes that Pu Luong has in store for us.

To Pu Luong Park

Journey to the Serene Beauty of Pu Luong: A Rural Retreat.

Savor a delightful breakfast while marveling at the mesmerizing vista of the valley. Our day commences with an invigorating trek through the captivating landscapes, leading us to a quaint traditional bamboo lake house nestled amidst the serenity of nature. Here, an enchanting bamboo rafting adventure awaits, allowing you to gracefully glide along the tranquil waters or take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear lake.

As the sun climbs higher and lunchtime approaches, we gather in this idyllic setting, warmly embraced by a local family who graciously serves us a mouthwatering feast. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, we relish in the flavors of traditional cuisine, forging indelible memories that will linger in our hearts.

After lunch, you have the freedom to unwind and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings, embracing the gentle rhythm of rural life. Alternatively, if you desire a deeper connection with the local community, you may choose to lend a helping hand, joining the family in their daily chores. Engaging in their activities offers a profound glimpse into their way of life, fostering meaningful connections and cultural understanding.

As the evening settles in, we come together for a heartwarming family dinner, sharing stories, laughter, and moments of genuine connection that transcend cultural boundaries. Amidst this extraordinary setting, bask in the warmth and hospitality of the local community, cherishing the bonds forged and the cherished memories created during our time together.

Explore Pu Luong Park

From Rural Charm to Urban Energy: Embrace Hanoi’s Vibrant Soul.

As we bid farewell to the gracious homestay family and the breathtaking scenery of Pu Luong, our attention turns towards the vibrant city of Hanoi. After a leisurely morning of relaxation and rejuvenation, we embark on our journey to the bustling capital.

Upon our arrival in Hanoi during the afternoon, we check into a charming boutique hotel that embodies comfort and style. Take some time to freshen up and prepare for the exciting adventures that lie ahead.

In the late afternoon, we gather as a group for a captivating city walk, immersing ourselves in the pulsating streets and vibrant ambiance of Hanoi. Guided by our knowledgeable local guide, we navigate through the lively neighborhoods, unearthing the rich tapestry of history and culture woven into the city’s fabric.

As the evening descends, we indulge in a feast of local delicacies, treating our taste buds to the tantalizing flavors of authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Delight in the diverse culinary treasures that Hanoi has to offer, from savory street food delights to exquisite traditional dishes.

Savor each and every bite, engaging in lively conversations with your fellow travelers, and embracing the dynamic energy that envelops Hanoi. This evening marks the beginning of an unforgettable experience in the heart of Vietnam’s vibrant capital city.

To Hanoi

Bai Tu Long Bay: Unearthing the Hidden Beauty of Ha Long’s Gem.

Our journey continues as we embark on a thrilling adventure to the stunning coastal region, eagerly anticipating the moment we step aboard our traditional boat that will transport us into the world-renowned Ha Long Bay. However, we have a delightful surprise in store – we’ll be venturing away from the crowds and discovering the untouched beauty of Bai Tu Long, a hidden gem nestled within Ha Long Bay.

As our boat gracefully glides through the azure waters, we are enveloped by the majestic limestone karsts and islets, creating a breathtaking tableau. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the bay as we embark on a captivating kayaking expedition around Cap La Island. Paddle through the serene waters, marvel at the towering limestone formations, and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of this pristine paradise.

For those seeking even greater seclusion, an optional visit awaits us at one of the secret beaches on Cong Do Island. Discover a hidden slice of paradise, where powdery sands meet crystalline waters, offering an idyllic haven for relaxation and rejuvenation.

As the day begins to wane, we return to our boat, gathering on the top deck to witness the enchanting sunset casting its golden hues over the bay. Sip on refreshing drinks, relish in a delectable dinner, and enjoy the company of fellow travelers amidst this picturesque setting.

Tonight, as we retreat to our comfortable cabins, we are filled with a sense of wonder and gratitude for the breathtaking natural wonders we have been privileged to experience. Ha Long Bay has truly left an indelible mark on our hearts, and we eagerly anticipate the myriad of adventures that lie ahead in the days to come.

Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay

Hidden Gems of Ha Long Bay: Discovering Bai Tu Long’s Pristine Beauty.

Embrace the serenity of the new day as we commence our morning with a tranquil Tai Chi session on the sundeck of our boat, or simply immerse ourselves in the breathtaking vistas of the bay’s landscape. Our voyage continues as we sail towards Thien Canh Son, the renowned cave system in Ha Long Bay. Explore the magnificent chambers adorned with remarkable rock formations, marvel at the intricate stalactites and stalagmites, and surrender to the allure of the natural beauty that envelops us.

As we embark on our journey back to Hanoi, a special surprise awaits. Discover the artistry of Vietnamese fruit and vegetable carving, a traditional craft that showcases the skill and creativity of local artisans. Engage in this hands-on experience, crafting your own intricate designs before delighting in a sumptuous feast of spring rolls, a beloved Vietnamese culinary delight.

Upon our arrival in Hanoi, you have the option to join an enlightening and immersive walking tour, delving deeper into the rich tapestry of history and vibrant culture that define this bustling city. Wander through charming streets, visit iconic landmarks, and soak up the local atmosphere, immersing yourself in the vibrant energy of Hanoi. We will then come together for a memorable farewell dinner, celebrating the remarkable experiences we have shared throughout our journey.

As we bid Vietnam adieu, our hearts overflow with treasured memories and a profound appreciation for the beauty and diversity of this captivating country. This final evening serves as a testament to the bonds we have forged and the extraordinary adventures we have embarked upon together.

Thien Cave & Hanoi

Goodby and thank you!

We want to express our gratitude for choosing us as your travel companions throughout this adventure. It has been a pleasure to share in the experiences and create lasting memories with you. We hope that the moments we’ve shared and the beauty of Vietnam will stay with you long after our farewell.

As you continue your journey, whether it be exploring more of this diverse country or embarking on new adventures elsewhere, we wish you safe travels and unforgettable experiences. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to hosting you on your next adventure.

Travel safe, and until we meet again!

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This itinerary is a guide only. Given the spontaneous nature of our trips, our lack of control over the weather,
and many other factors that can effect a group, where we go and what we do each day may vary.

I am allergic to nuts - is it true that all Thai cooking is cooked in Peanut oil?

Actually we can tell you first hand that our experiences with the wonderful Thai people is that they are extremely aware of this potential problem and even more accommodating than anywhere else in the world. Of course, we can make no promises and you must carry any medicines and take all precautions but we are saying that it is our experiences that the Thai people can nearly always provide equally incredible food nut free.

Always included: 

  • Covered by the Travel Guarantee Fund in Denmark
  • 100% climate-neutral travel
  • Professional travel experts and local guides
  • We do all the planning for you
  • Personalized meetings before departure
  • 24/7 emergency telephone
  • Your own personal travel profile with program, add-ons, flight tickets etc.
  • Packing list and advice
  • Certification of participation
  • Advice and assistance with booking flights
  • Possibility of purchasing cancellation and travel insurance
  • All entrances and fees for experiences
  • All tour accommodation

 

Transport:

  • Night train
  • Taxi
  • Minibus
  • Tuk Tuk
  • Ferry
  • Domestic flights

 

Experiences in Thailand:

  • 16-day adventure tour of Thailand
  • Fall in love or fall way out with the crazy city that is Bangkok. Tuk tuks, markets and street food blow your senses.
  • Add some serious spice to your life learning from locals how to cook authentic Vietnamese and Thai dishes
  • Soak in movie-scene national parks like Khao Sok, Ha Long bay and the Phi Phi Island
  • Explore on motorbikes, bicycles, bamboo rafts, long boats, tuk-tuks, trains and rickshaws – and maybe even a few donkeys
  • Dance on the tables, dance to the full moon, dance on the beaches, dance in the nude (not true, just made that up because it rhymed with moon) – all in Koh Phangan
  • Immerse yourself in Chiang Mai – famous markets, incredible temples, stay with a traditional hill tribe, volunteer at an elephant sanctuary and wash it all down with some adrenalin bamboo rafting and zip lining.

 

Experiences in Vietnam: 

  • 12-day Vietnam adventure tour
  • Learn about the Vietnam war and visit Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Feel the intense buzz eating street food in back alleys, shopping in quirky markets, and drinking a beer at local bars in the vibrant eclectic cities of Hoi an, Hanoi and Ho Chi Min
  • Explore the vibrant cities of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi and Hoi An and eat traditional meals from street vendors
  • Sip cocktails, sail, kayak, and take a boat cruise through the limestone islands, karsts, caves & coves of the unique landscape of Ha Long Bay
  • Experience village life and working farms and multi storied ride paddies in Ninh Binh and the immense Mekong Delta

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U.Impact! Experiences

In Koh Samui, we extend a warm invitation to join a local yoga class that is open to everyone, with no cost, as a way to support those in the community who may not have the means to afford such classes. In addition to enjoying a delightful and invigorating workout, we encourage a small gold coin donation to contribute to the ongoing efforts of this initiative.

Koh Phangan, known for its stunning beauty and famous full moon and beach parties, faces challenges due to the impact of these events and over-tourism on its pristine environment. To address this, we collaborate with the local not-for-profit organization, Eco Thailand, for a fulfilling beach clean-up activity. Together, we strive to preserve the natural splendor of this island.

While many travelers opt to stay in floating bungalows in Khao Sok National Park, we have something truly extraordinary in store for you. Venture deeper into the National Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to experience a remarkable project: sustainable riverside cottages that embrace eco-friendly practices. Your stay in this unique setting contributes to the preservation and sustainability of this precious natural habitat.

Indulge in one of life’s greatest pleasures – a traditional Thai massage. But there’s more to it than just relaxation. In Chiang Mai, we collaborate with a wonderful organization dedicated to rehabilitating and reintegrating local women offenders into the community. Not only will you receive the best massage you’ve ever had, but you’ll also learn about the societal challenges faced by women in the region and the inspiring work of this project to enhance education, employment, and life opportunities for local women.

And lastly, get ready for a delightful surprise at Cabbages and Condoms – an experience that you’ll have to wait and see!

Combine or upgrade your trip with some of these trips

Take on the most meaningful job in the world, where your new bosses are elephants in Thailand, and your job is to humbly help them relearn what it means to be free and live the life meant for elephants.

Almost the perfect adventure tour of bali and thailand, experiencing culture, beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, amazing food, and even more amazing people!

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Your expected footprint on this trip: 1.84 tons of CO2

(not including flights). Find out more about our commitment to net-zero travel and how you can lower your footprint.

Accommodation: 962kgs Approx. 27 nights at 37kgs per night Transport: 622kgs Approx. 2786km at 25kgs per 100km Optional activities: 60kgs Approx. average (4 activities) Food & drinks: 20kgs Approx. 700g per day Boats: 8kgs Approx. 415km at 19g per km

Your local investment on this trip: ฿‎51,400 – ₫3,100,000

The average expected amount our U.Traveller’s spend that goes directly into the local economy.

Find out more about our love for supporting local businesses

Why Choose a U. Trip

  • The only tour company carbon calculating and offsetting every part of your U.Trip, as part of your cost! From the flights, to all carbon costs associated with your accommodation, activities, meals and transport.  This means you are choosing to travel responsibly with a company dedicated to putting People + Planet first!  U. have simplified the decision making so you can focus on just choosing the best trip for your adventures!
  • More inclusions, head to head, than other trips meaning you get more value for your spend, you see more and you experience more!
  • Invest in yourself and your future with a U.Trip that seamlessly combines the fun, excitement and adventure of gap year and backpacker travel with Impact Experiences that add value to your ‘self’ and your CV.
  • U. creates the opportunity for you to challenge your own understanding of the world with first hand experiences of local communities and the challenges facing them.
  • A team with over 100 years collective travel experience

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