32 Day Thailand and Vietnam Combination Adventure Tour

Thailand & Vietnam Adventure tour

Tropical beaches, lush rainforests, rice paddies and vibrant cities

This trip is an adventure travellers dream, with a real immersion into South East Asian culture. Thailand and Vietnam are two distinctively different countries with vibrantly different cultures – but both nations’ people share a welcoming generosity and an open hearted approach to sharing their culture.

On this exclusive multi-country U.Trip we explore Thailand and Vietnam from the rich and diverse spice food culture to jungles, elephants, dancing on the beaches, boat stays, and hanging with locals.  You’ll have the unique opportunity to  learn to ‘crab’ with local fisherman, visit with traditional tribespeople, and learn to cook traditional meals in the kitchen of local families. This adventure is a real mix of fast and slow. Be inspired by magnificent temples and wonderful cultures, zip line over jungles or raft down white waters, spend sleepy days laying on the beach and hours swimming in warm ocean after heady late night beech parties, and put some spice in your life with some authentic Vietnamese and Thai cuisine – do you seriously think you can eat ‘Thai Spicy’?

At a glance

From: $3,215

Crazy Bangkok to paradise found in 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

The second half of your immersive Thai culture experience takes you from the famous and exotic shores of the Phi Phi Islands to mountain tribes of Chiang Mai, who inhabit the area around Doi Inthanon National Park.

Sun-soaked beaches, warm waters and stunning landscapes of the islands give way to an adrenaline-fuelled zip lines through dense jungle canopies, overnight stays in a local hill tribe village, and bamboo rafting. You’ll finish up the tour by connecting with nature at a local animal sanctuary where you’ll have a chance to develop your inner wild side as you care for and feed elephants!

Vietnamese culture to the best beaches on earth

Our awesome south east-Asian adventure continues in Hanoi where we explore this cool city day and night. We explore the markets and street food vendors getting a real authentic taste of Vietnam. It’s a fun city made even more fun by the chaotic rickshaw taxis which we’ll use to cruise around for a few days – shaped like a bicycle with a cabin on the back. It’s one of a kind in Vietnam!

We swap our rickshaws for boats and kayaks as continue our unforgettable Vietnamese odyssey in Ha Long Bay with its stunning landscapes of limestone islands, emerald waters and the expansive cave networks! Soak up some sun and breeze as we pull from Chinh Lan Beach or go to Kenh Ga by boat for live music, local food and vivacious locals.

Total immersion in Vietnamese local living

You’ll continue to experience the incredibly unique culture of Vietnam with a journey through the lush vegetation of Ninh Binh as we pass rice paddy fields and explore the river and its’ local commerce. We visit Tam Cốc, a flooded cave karst system; and Bích Động, a series of mountain pagodas. We experience the first of our home stays, staying with the local Vietnamese people, and take time to absorb the stunning sunset from the lookout at Dragon Mountain.

After meeting up with the coast, we’ll drop down to the vibrant port city of Hoi An known for its eclectic mix of cultures; experiencing what it means to be local as we head out with some local villagers fishing and crabbing followed by an authentic cooking lesson.

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.

We visit the Cu Chi tunnels to learn all about the place where Vietnamese guerrillas built an underground village that protected Viet Cong soldiers who used it as both a hiding place and their headquarters during the Vietnam War.

We end our adventure with more culinary missions including cooking Banh Beo pancakes and trying out street food before finishing with the awesome Ho Chi Minh City nightlife!

Welcome to the vibrant capital of Thailand, Bangkok!

This bustling city is renowned for its tuk tuks, khlong boats, and mouthwatering street food. With so much to explore, consider arriving a day early to take a scenic riverboat ride to Chinatown and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of its crowded streets. Don’t miss the chance to visit the awe-inspiring Grand Palace and the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Today, we gather at the hostel lobby at 5pm for a warm welcome meeting with your knowledgeable U.Guide and fellow travellers. Bring all your questions and curiosity, and be ready to connect with an open heart and mind. Embark on an evening adventure through the bustling streets of Bangkok, heading towards the lively Khao San Road. Here, indulge in a variety of delectable street food options for dinner, guided by your experienced U.Guide and accompanied by your fellow travellers. For the adventurous, you may even choose to try a deep-fried scorpion from a local street vendor, showcasing your daring spirit. Alternatively, savour an ice-cold Chang beer from a nearby bar. Tonight, the choice is yours: unwind at the riverside bars or immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the renowned Khao San Road clubs.

Get ready for an amazing 16-day journey, filled with unforgettable experiences and lasting memories!

Bangkok Arrival

Exploring the vibrancy of Bangkok

Get ready to embark on an extraordinary adventure as we explore the vibrant city of Bangkok. Known as Krung Thep in Thai, Bangkok is not only the cosmopolitan heart of Thailand but also a fascinating blend of tradition and modernity. Today, we’ll dive into the city’s vibrant culture and explore its historic landmarks like true locals.

Our journey begins with a thrilling long-tail boat ride along the Chao Phraya River, famously known as the River of Kings. As we cruise along, we’ll soak in the mesmerising sights and sounds of the bustling floating markets, immersing ourselves in the vibrant atmosphere unique to this part of Thailand.

Next, we’ll continue our exploration by visiting Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, also known as the Big Buddha temple. Here, you’ll be awestruck by the sight of a massive white pagoda standing tall next to the serene seated Buddha image. This magnificent temple complex, named Phra Maha Chedi Maha Ratchamongkol, was unveiled in 2012 after nine years of construction and an investment of approximately 300 million baht.

As the day comes to a close, we’ll embark on an overnight train journey to Surat Thani, offering us a glimpse of rural Thailand and an opportunity to connect with the authentic charm of the country. Get ready to experience the warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage that awaits us in this enchanting destination.

Our adventure has just begun, and there are countless incredible experiences awaiting us in the days ahead. So sit back, relax, and get ready for an unforgettable journey through the heart and soul of Thailand.

(Breakfast included)

Bangkok and Surat Thani

Welcome to Paradise!

As the morning sun greets us at Surat Thani train station, we embark on a transfer to Don Sak pier, where a ferry eagerly awaits to whisk us away to the breathtaking island of Koh Samui. Get ready to be enchanted by the natural beauty of the Thai Islands, where tropical coral reefs teem with vibrant marine life, including tropical fish, whale sharks, and rays – a paradise for snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts.

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the island as we arrive at Koh Samui, known 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 soak up the sun on the pristine beaches, allowing the soothing sounds of the waves to rejuvenate your spirit. 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 to all, including those who may not have access to regular classes. As a token of our appreciation, we will leave a donation to support their inspiring work.

As the day transitions into evening, prepare for a memorable culinary journey with your knowledgeable U.Guide. They will lead us to the hidden gems of Koh Samui, where we can savour fantastic, authentic Thai meals at affordable prices. Indulge in the aromatic flavours and spices that define Thai cuisine, delighting your taste buds and creating lasting memories.

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

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. 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 kayaking experience on the southern end of Koh Mae Island, where towering rock formations create the iconic scenery of the Thailand Gulf. As we cruise to Koh Mae Koh, a scrumptious buffet lunch awaits us on the boat, allowing us to indulge in delicious flavors while surrounded by stunning views.

Upon arrival at Koh Mae Koh, we make our way ashore to explore the astonishing “Green Lagoon” or Emerald Lake, a hidden saltwater lake nestled within the heart of the island. Its enchanting beauty will leave you in awe. Continuing our cruise to Koh Wua Ta Lap, you have the option to engage in more kayaking, climb up to a viewpoint for panoramic vistas, visit the spectacular Bua Bok Cave, or simply relax on the pristine beach.

As the day winds down, we venture into Koh Samui to discover all the best spots to find a fantastic and affordable authentic Thai meal. Indulge in the rich flavours and aromatic spices that make Thai cuisine so renowned, creating a truly memorable culinary experience.

Tonight, as we explore the vibrant island of Koh Samui, let the flavours and atmosphere envelop you, and savour the unique charm and beauty of this tropical paradise.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Koh Samui

Swimming, snorkeling and much more.

Embark on a journey to experience classic Thailand, where island paradise, nature, 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 Thailand’s 5th largest island, Koh Phangan boasts unrivaled beauty and untamed wilderness. While it is widely known for its legendary full moon parties, this island offers so much more.

Immerse yourself in a range of activities, including swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, trekking, yoga, meditation, and sailing. Each experience is enhanced by the crystal-clear waters that gently lap against idyllic white-sand beaches, all framed by the lush backdrop of dense tropical jungle.

For the next two nights, we will be based at the stunning beachside bungalows of Sarana on Koh Phangan. Here, you can fully embrace the island mode and indulge in relaxation. Your accommodation provides access to a gym, a yoga room, an in-house masseuse, an infinity pool, and a beachside bar. It’s the perfect setting to unwind and recharge.

Tonight, we let loose and enjoy a memorable beach BBQ. Savour the flavours of delicious grilled food as we gather around, sharing stories and laughter. Raise a glass and toast to the beauty of the surroundings and the experiences that await us. As the evening unfolds, soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the beach, enjoying the company of fellow travellers and creating unforgettable memories.

In this classic Thailand experience, you’ll discover the true essence of island living, where natural wonders, 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 a memorable day of exploration on Koh Phangan. This morning, we venture into the heart of the island’s natural beauty with an epic nature trek in the National Park. Along the way, our knowledgeable guides will share fascinating insights about the local plants and herbs that thrive in the lush tropical jungle. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of the natural surroundings as we make our way towards our destination – the Hidden Waterfall. Here, surrounded by the pristine wilderness, we’ll enjoy a delightful lunch in the heart of the jungle.

In the afternoon, we shift gears to make a positive impact on the environment we so deeply appreciate. We will come together for a beach clean-up, demonstrating why we are  the best travellers in the world. By dedicating a small portion of our time, we can make a significant difference in the places we visit. As responsible travellers, we strive to reduce our footprint and contribute to the preservation of the natural environment. Collaborating with the Eco Thailand foundation, a non-profit organisation focused on environmental and community initiatives, we join their efforts to protect the beautiful islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, as well as other regions in Thailand.

Together, we will 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. By participating in this beach clean-up, we embody the spirit of responsible travel, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy 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 back to the mainland at Surat Thani, we embark on a fascinating journey to the mesmerizing Khao Sok National Park. Prepare to be captivated as we venture deep into the heart of this lush virgin jungle, teeming with an astonishing array of mammal species. Khao Sok National Park is a true gem, preserving an ancient rainforest that predates even the renowned Amazon rainforest basin in age and biodiversity. It’s a testament to the remarkable natural wonders that await us.

Upon arrival, you have the freedom to explore Khao Sok at your leisure, with the option to participate in three extraordinary local experiences (advance booking required through the U.Team). Whether you choose to embark on a thrilling jungle trek, embark on a captivating wildlife safari, or immerse yourself in the local culture through authentic village encounters, each experience promises to be unforgettable.

As night falls, we retreat to our extraordinary riverside cottages, nestled in harmony with the pristine surroundings. These cottages are part of a remarkable sustainability project that places great emphasis on minimizing environmental impact. By staying here, we actively contribute to the preservation of this natural paradise.

Tonight, we find solace in the embrace of nature, surrounded by the tranquil sounds of the jungle and the soothing flow of the river. This unique accommodation experience offers an opportunity to connect with the natural world and experience the beauty of living sustainably amidst the splendor of Khao Sok National Park.

(Breakfast included)

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

Koh Phangan - Khao Sok

Floating bungalows and crystal-clear lake waters.

After a satisfying breakfast, we embark on an exhilarating journey deeper into Khao Sok National Park to explore the breathtaking Cheow Lan Lake. Led by a knowledgeable local guide, we embark on a boat ride through the awe-inspiring landscapes, immersing ourselves in the grandeur of our surroundings. Our destination is a floating bungalow where we will enjoy a delicious lunch, savoring the flavors while surrounded by the tranquil waters of the lake.

In the afternoon, the crystal clear waters of Cheow Lan Lake beckon us to indulge in their refreshing embrace. Take a leisurely swim, embrace adventure with a jungle hike, or simply bask in the serenity of the raſt (raft) as we soak up the beauty that surrounds us. The choice is yours, and each option promises to create lasting memories.

As the day draws to a close, we return to our remarkable sustainable cottages, eagerly anticipating the possibility of witnessing a truly breathtaking sunset over the Thai landscape. Embracing the harmony of nature and sustainability, we find ourselves in the perfect setting to immerse ourselves in the splendor of Thailand’s natural wonders.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Khao Sok

Unspoiled beaches, majestic rock formations and turquoise waters.

After two exhilarating days in Khao Sok, we begin today with a relaxed and leisurely start. Enjoy a delightful breakfast and take some extra time to savor the moment. Today, we embark on a scenic overland journey along the coast before boarding a ferry that will transport us to the enchanting Phi Phi Island archipelago – a truly iconic and renowned destination in Thailand.

The Phi Phi Islands are celebrated for their unspoiled beaches, magnificent rock formations, and the vibrant turquoise waters which teem with an abundance of colourful marine life. As we set foot on these pristine shores, we are greeted by a myriad of possibilities. Whether it’s indulging in luxurious beachside relaxation or immersing ourselves in the energetic party scene that unfolds from day to night and beyond, Phi Phi Islands offer a diverse range of experiences.

As the sun sets and the night unfolds, we have the opportunity to gather with our fellow travelers on the white sandy beaches, where we can raise a glass, enjoy refreshing drinks, and revel in the stunning beauty of our surroundings. The beaches of Phi Phi Islands are nothing short of phenomenal, with their chalk-white sands leaving an indelible impression of their incredible beauty.

Embrace the essence of Phi Phi as you immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes and 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 the day by boarding a private longtail boat that will transport us to the enchanting Phi Phi Leh island. Located 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 coral seas. Our adventure takes us to various highlights of the island, 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 underwater marvels, snorkeling gear is provided on the boat, 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 sun’s warm rays and preparing for another delightful evening. As the setting sun casts its golden hues across the horizon, indulge in cocktails and enjoy the tranquil ambiance that surrounds us.

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable day of exploration, where memorable vistas, vibrant marine life, and the beauty of Phi Phi Islands will leave a lasting impression on your journey.

(Breakfast included)

Koh Phi Phi

Venturing to north of Thailand.

Aſter 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 accommodated in 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!

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Take your time to check in and settle into your accommodation. The day is yours to explore the vibrant city or simply relax and unwind.

Later in the evening, you will meet the rest of your group for a delightful welcome dinner, where you can get to know your fellow travelers and forge new friendships. Indulge in a feast of delicious Vietnamese cuisine and immerse yourself in the warm and friendly atmosphere.

If you’re in the mood for some relaxation, take a refreshing dip in the rooftop pool, offering a breathtaking view of the city skyline. Get ready to embark on a journey filled with unforgettable experiences and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Arrive in Vietnam!

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

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, prepare yourself for a unique cultural experience in Ho Chi Minh City. Today, you will have the opportunity to learn and play the national sport of Vietnam, called da cao or “foot badminton.” Join one of the local teams supported by our community projects and learn the basics of this popular game. Da cao can be seen being played in parks all across the country, and you’ll get a firsthand experience of this traditional sport.

Following the da cao session, we will embark on a captivating walking tour of the city. Discover the iconic landmarks and hidden gems that make Ho Chi Minh City so special. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, explore the bustling streets, and learn about the rich history and culture of this incredible city.

After the walking tour, return to the hotel to freshen up and relax before we head to the train station. We will be taking an overnight train to Da Nang, where more exciting adventures await us. Get a good night’s sleep onboard the train, ready to continue our journey in the morning.

Ho Chi Minh City & Overnight Train

Kayaking to the magnificent old town of Hoi An.

Once you arrive in Da Nang, our team will be there to greet you and provide a comfortable transfer to the picturesque banks of the Thu Bon River. Enjoy a delicious lunch in this serene setting before embarking on an exciting kayaking adventure into the enchanting old town of Hoi An. Paddle along the river, taking in the scenic views and immersing yourself in the charm of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After the kayaking experience, we will take a short walk to your hotel where you can freshen up and relax. Take a refreshing dip in the pool and rejuvenate yourself before venturing out to explore the surrounding area. Just a stone’s throw away from our hotel, you will find the renowned Hoi An night market. Indulge in the vibrant atmosphere, browse through the stalls, and discover the opportunity to have your own tailored clothes made by skilled local artisans.

Immerse yourself in the cultural delights of Hoi An as you wander through the market, savoring the delectable street food, and exploring the unique offerings of this charming town. Enjoy the freedom to personalize your experience and make the most of your time in Hoi An.

Kayak into Hoi An

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

Wake up to a new day filled with exciting adventures! Begin your morning by embarking on a captivating cycling journey through the serene countryside, passing by quaint villages and picturesque rice fields. Our destination is a tranquil riverbank where we will contribute to a meaningful cause by collecting plastic pollution that has unfortunately been discarded along the river.

After our inspiring cleanup efforts, we will be welcomed at the Eco Brick house with a refreshing drink. Here, we will actively participate in an eco-conscious activity by classifying the collected trash to create eco bricks. These eco bricks will be donated to a local non-governmental organization (NGO), supporting their efforts in promoting sustainability and environmental conservation.

Once our mission is accomplished, the afternoon is yours to enjoy at your own pace. You can choose to spend some leisurely time at the nearby beach, relishing in the sun, sand, and surf. Alternatively, feel free to explore Hoi An further, discovering its hidden gems, visiting local shops, or indulging in its vibrant culinary scene. This is your opportunity to make the most of your time in this enchanting destination, embracing the experiences that resonate with you the most.

Enjoy Hoi An

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

Get ready for an exciting journey to the enchanting city of Hue, also known as the Imperial City. After enjoying a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we’ll embark on a scenic and stylish adventure. Our first stop is the renowned Hai Van Pass, a picturesque mountain road famous for its breathtaking views. As we traverse this iconic pass, we’ll have the opportunity to witness the splendor of a beautiful waterfall, adding to the charm of our journey.

Aſter capturing the beauty of the waterfall, we’ll make a stop for a delightful lunch, savoring the local flavors and taking in the serene surroundings. Continuing our drive, we’ll veer off the beaten path and navigate through the enchanting countryside backroads, immersing ourselves in the magical ambiance of the region.

In the afternoon, we’ll arrive in Hue, a city steeped in history and once the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty. As we explore this historical town, we’ll be captivated by its rich cultural heritage and the remnants of its imperial past. From grand palaces to ancient temples, Hue offers a glimpse into Vietnam’s royal history and architectural marvels.

Get ready to be transported to a bygone era as we delve into the intriguing stories and captivating sights of Hue. Let the charm of this city embrace you as we embark on a memorable journey through time.

To Hue & Hai Van Pass

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

Gear up for an exciting exploration of Vietnam’s Imperial City this morning, where we’ll delve into the rich history and cultural heritage of the region. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the past as we discover the captivating stories behind the imperial landmarks.

Aſter our enlightening visit to the Imperial City, we’ll venture to a charming local garden house situated on the picturesque banks of the Perfume River. Here, we’ll have the opportunity to participate in a delightful cooking class and learn the secrets of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Under the guidance of skilled instructors, we’ll prepare and savor classic Vietnamese dishes, immersing ourselves in the flavors and techniques that define this vibrant cuisine.

Take some time to relax and soak in the tranquil atmosphere before we transfer to Hue Train Station. Our next adventure awaits as we board the night train to Ninh Binh. Get ready to embark on a scenic journey, where the lush landscapes and natural wonders of Ninh Binh await our arrival.

Prepare for a night of comfortable travel, as the train carries us to our next destination, filled with anticipation for the 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 breathtaking landscape destinations! Today, we’ll embark on a scenic bus ride as we make our way to Pu Luong National Park. Along the way, we’ll have a chance to savor a delicious lunch and pay a visit to the enchanting Chua Ngoc Chau Temple.

As we continue our journey, the captivating beauty of Pu Luong National Park unfolds before our eyes. Nestled amidst picturesque 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 and embrace the warm hospitality of the local families.

Before dinner, we’ll have the opportunity to explore a stunning waterfall nearby, marveling at the natural wonders that surround us. As the day comes to a close, settle in for a restful night in one of the cozy local houses, truly immersing ourselves in the heart of this off-the-beaten-path paradise.

Wake up to the serenity of the countryside, ready to continue our adventure through the mesmerizing landscapes that Pu Luong has to offer.

To Pu Luong Park

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

Indulge in a delightful breakfast while soaking in the mesmerizing view of the valley. Our day begins with an invigorating trek through the captivating landscapes, leading us to a charming traditional rural bamboo lake house. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a bamboo rafting adventure, gliding along the serene waters, or take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear water.

As lunchtime approaches, we gather together in this idyllic setting, where a local family warmly welcomes us and serves a delectable meal. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, we savor the flavors of traditional cuisine, creating unforgettable memories.

After lunch, you have the option to relax and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings or lend a helping hand to the local family with their daily chores. Engage in their daily activities, gaining a deeper understanding of their way of life and forging meaningful connections.

In the evening, we come together for a heartwarming family dinner, sharing stories and laughter, creating bonds that transcend cultural boundaries. As the night unfolds, bask in the warmth and hospitality of the local community, cherishing the moments of togetherness in this extraordinary setting.

Explore Pu Luong Park

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

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

Arriving in Hanoi during the afternoon, we check into a charming boutique hotel that promises comfort and style. Take some time to freshen up and prepare for the upcoming adventures.

In the late afternoon, we gather as a group for a captivating city walk, immersing ourselves in the bustling streets and lively atmosphere of Hanoi. Our knowledgeable guide leads us through the vibrant neighborhoods, unveiling the rich history and culture that permeate the city’s streets.

As the evening approaches, we indulge in a feast of local delicacies, tantalizing our taste buds with the flavors of authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Sample the diverse culinary delights that Hanoi has to offer, from savory street food to delectable traditional dishes.

Savor each bite, engage in lively conversations with your fellow travelers, and embrace the vibrant energy of Hanoi. This evening marks the beginning of an unforgettable experience in the heart of Vietnam’s capital city.

To Hanoi

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

Our journey continues as we make our way to the stunning coastal region, eagerly anticipating our traditional boat that will carry us into the world-renowned Ha Long Bay. However, we have a special treat in store – we’ll be venturing away from the crowds and exploring the pristine beauty of Bai Tu Long, a hidden gem within Ha Long Bay.

As our boat glides through the turquoise waters, we are surrounded by awe-inspiring limestone karsts and islets, creating a truly breathtaking backdrop. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the bay as we embark on a kayaking adventure around Cap La Island. Paddle through the calm waters, marvel at the limestone formations, and soak in the serenity of this untouched paradise.

For those seeking even more seclusion, there is an optional visit to one of the secret beaches on Cong Do Island. Discover a hidden slice of paradise, where soft sands meet crystal-clear waters, providing a perfect spot for relaxation and rejuvenation.

As the day draws to a close, we return to our boat, where we gather on the top deck to witness a mesmerizing sunset over the bay. Sip on refreshing drinks, savor a delicious dinner, and relish in the company of your fellow travelers amidst this picturesque setting.

Tonight, as we retire to our comfortable cabins, we are filled with a sense of awe and gratitude for the natural wonders we have experienced. Ha Long Bay has truly left an indelible mark on our hearts, and we eagerly anticipate the adventures that await us in the days to come.

Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay

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

Greet the new day with a sense of tranquility as we begin our morning with a calming Tai Chi routine on the sundeck of our boat, or simply take in the breathtaking views of the bay’s landscape. Our journey continues as we cruise towards Thien Canh Son, the most renowned cave system in Ha Long Bay. Explore the magnificent chambers adorned with stunning rock formations, marvel at the intricate stalactites and stalagmites, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds us.

As we make our way back to Hanoi, we have a special treat in store for you. Discover the art of Vietnamese fruit and vegetable carving, a traditional craft that showcases the creativity and skill of the local artisans. Engage in this hands-on experience and create your own intricate designs before indulging in a delicious feast of spring rolls, a beloved Vietnamese dish.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, you have the option to join an informative and immersive walking tour, where you can delve deeper into the rich history and vibrant culture of this bustling city. Explore the charming streets, visit historic landmarks, and immerse yourself in the local atmosphere before we come together for a memorable farewell dinner, celebrating the wonderful experiences we have shared throughout our journey.

As we bid farewell to Vietnam, our hearts are filled with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for the beauty and diversity of this captivating country. This last evening together serves as a testament to the bonds we have formed and the adventures we have embarked upon.

Thien Cave & Hanoi

From Hanoi to Lao Cai: A Night of Adventure Awaits!

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as we bid farewell to the guests on the 12 Day tour. Today, we embark on a new adventure filled with scenic views and captivating landscapes. The day is yours to explore Hanoi at your own pace, taking in the vibrant streets, historic landmarks, and delicious local cuisine. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and bustling atmosphere of this dynamic city before we gather in the evening to board our overnight sleeper train to Lao Cai.

Settle into your comfortable sleeper cabin and let the rhythmic motion of the train lull you into a peaceful slumber. As you drift off to sleep, anticipation builds for the wonders that await us in Lao Cai, where majestic rice fields and awe-inspiring vistas will be our backdrop for the next leg of our journey. Rest well and prepare for the enchanting experiences that lie ahead.

Overnight to Lao Cai

A Captivating Journey into Vietnam’s Rich Cultural Landscape.

After a pleasant journey on the overnight sleeper train, we arrive at Lao Cai Railway station. Our local driver will be waiting to greet us and transfer us to our hotel in Sapa. Take some time to freshen up and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel, energizing yourself for the adventures ahead.

Our exploration of the picturesque Sapa region begins with a captivating walk from Sapa town to the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van. These villages are home to the Black Hmong people, and the trek offers a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in their rich culture and way of life. As we descend into the valley, we are greeted by a stunning landscape adorned with multi-layered rice terraces and charming scattered villages.

During our journey, we will be captivated by the breathtaking scenery that surrounds us. The valley walls provide a picturesque backdrop to the thriving communities nestled within. Along the way, we will have the chance to interact with the locals and learn about their customs and traditions.

A delightful local-style lunch awaits us by a tranquil river, providing a perfect opportunity to rest and refuel. As we continue our walk through the villages and terraces, we are treated to a spectacle of beauty and tranquility, creating lasting memories of our time in Sapa.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures and awe-inspiring landscapes as we embark on this unforgettable journey through the Sapa region.

Overnight to Lao Cai

Sapa’s Enchanting Treasures: A Journey of Culture and Scenic Beauty.

After a pleasant journey on the overnight sleeper train, we arrive at Lao Cai Railway station. Our local driver will be waiting to greet us and transfer us to our hotel in Sapa. Take some time to freshen up and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel, energizing yourself for the adventures ahead.

Our exploration of the picturesque Sapa region begins with a captivating walk from Sapa town to the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van. These villages are home to the Black Hmong people, and the trek offers a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in their rich culture and way of life. As we descend into the valley, we are greeted by a stunning landscape adorned with multi-layered rice terraces and charming scattered villages.

During our journey, we will be captivated by the breathtaking scenery that surrounds us. The valley walls provide a picturesque backdrop to the thriving communities nestled within. Along the way, we will have the chance to interact with the locals and learn about their customs and traditions.

A delightful local-style lunch awaits us by a tranquil river, providing a perfect opportunity to rest and refuel. As we continue our walk through the villages and terraces, we are treated to a spectacle of beauty and tranquility, creating lasting memories of our time in Sapa.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures and awe-inspiring landscapes as we embark on this unforgettable journey through the Sapa region.

Sapa!

Trek to Encounter the Red Dao and Vibrant Markets: Sapa’s Delights Await!

Following a satisfying breakfast, we bid farewell to Ta Van and embark on a trek to Giang Ta Chai village, where we will have the opportunity to encounter the Red Dao people. The Red Dao women are known for their vibrant and intricately designed traditional clothing, adding a splash of color to the landscape.

As we make our way through the picturesque surroundings, we pause for a delicious lunch, recharging our energy for the remainder of the journey. From Giang Ta Chai, we board our transportation back to Sapa, where we have the chance to explore the bustling Sapa markets. Take in the vibrant atmosphere and immerse yourself in the local culture as you peruse the various stalls and discover unique handicrafts and local produce.

As the evening approaches, we gather at the designated meeting point, where a shared bus awaits to transfer us to Lao Cai railway station. Before boarding the night train to Ha Noi, there will be some free time to enjoy a satisfying dinner. Relax and settle in for a comfortable overnight journey, reminiscing about the incredible experiences and sights we have encountered throughout our time in Sapa.

Prepare for a restful night’s sleep as we make our way back to Ha Noi, where new adventures await us.

Giang Ta Chai

Goodby and thank you!

As our journey in Vietnam comes to a close, we arrive back in Hanoi in the early morning hours, around 6am. From here, your time is yours to enjoy as you please. Take this opportunity to explore more of the vibrant city, revisit your favorite spots, or simply relax and reflect on the memories you’ve made during our time together.

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.

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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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. 28 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.

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