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Vietnam, Laos & Myanmar on a Shoestring tour
Bagan Bangkok Vietnam, Laos & Myanmar on a Shoestring Trip

Vietnam, Laos & Myanmar on a Shoestring

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
33 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Chill out on golden beaches
  • Sail around limestone karsts in halong bay
  • Wander the maze-like streets of hanoi’s old quarter
  • Relax or go hiking in vang vieng
  • Watch the buddhist monks in luang prabang
  • Stay overnight at a village homestay along the mekong
  • Eat your way through hoi an on a street food crawl
  • Get familiar with yangon on a ceo-led walk
  • Trek past rice paddies in kengtung
  • See the sunrise above the temples of bagan
  • Witness the underground cave and river network of phong nha

Short Description

There’s no time like now to take on an epic adventure. (Seriously, like right now.) Imagine five packed weeks of hitting up the best destinations that four countries in Southeast Asia have on offer. This trip covers a serious amount of ground (and some water, too.) Chill out on the most golden of golden beaches along Vietnam's sunny coast, cruise through Vietnam’s famed Halong Bay, and trek among the rice paddies in Myanmar (Burma). This is one unique itinerary that every first-time (or repeat) visitor to Southeast Asia should experience.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Ho Chi Minh City
End City Bangkok

Destinations

Thailand Vietnam Laos

Age Requirement

Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

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Trip Includes

  • Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
  • Hoi An Your G for Good Moment: Mekong River Homestay & Baci Ceremony
  • Muang Pakbèng Your G for Good Moment: Meal at Sanon Restaurant and Culinary Training School
  • Bagan Your Discover Moment: Ho Chi Minh City Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai
  • Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch
  • Witness the giving of alms (Luang Prabang)
  • Slow boat up the Mekong
  • Orientation walk of Luang Prabang
  • Trekking excursion (Kengtung)
  • Sunrise temple tour (Bagan)
  • Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hoi An
  • Hanoi
  • and Yangon
  • Street food crawl (Hoi An)
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Once the capital of South Vietnam, this sprawling metropolis is now the country’s commercial centre. Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the frenetic pace and humid heat of Ho Chi Minh City. Additional Notes: Most nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam. Please check with your travel agent or local Vietnamese Embassy regarding requirements. Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. Included Activities: Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang (1B)

Discover the energy of Vietnam's biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk and continue exploring with free time. Overnight train to Nha Trang. Additional Notes: During January/February, Tết (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (10.00-11.00 hours)

Day 3 Nha Trang

Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party. Included Activities: Street Food Crawl

Day 4 Nha Trang/Da Nang (1B)

In the evening, take an overnight train to Da Nang, then transfer to Hoi An. Additional Notes: During January/February, Tết (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (9.00-10.00 hours)

Day 5 Da Nang/Hoi An

From Danang, it is only a short drive to the picturesque port town of Hoi An. Once known as Faifo, it was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections. Included Activities: Hoi An Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 28km)

Day 6 Hoi An (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a noodle-making demonstration and local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles Project. Later, opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town with free time. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch

Day 7 Hoi An/Huế (1B)

Opt to pre-book the "Hue Motorbike Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 137km)

Day 8 Huế/Hanoi (1B)

Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00-15.00 hours, 673km)

Day 9 Hanoi/Ha Long (1L)

Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay. Included Activities: Hạ Long Bay Junk Boat Trip Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

Day 10 Ha Long/Hanoi (1B)

Opt to pre-book the "Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour. Included Activities: Old Quarter Orientation Walk Transport: Shared Van (4.00 hour(s))

Day 11 Hanoi

Spend time exploring Hanoi.

Day 12 Hanoi/Vientiane (1B)

Explore a bit of Hanoi in the morning before an afternoon flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. There is a wealth of cultural delights to discover - on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk. Visit Laos' most important national monument, Phat That Luang, or meander down the dusty riverside tracks to find villages full of friendly children, dogs and chickens. A visit to Vientiane's vibrant, colourful morning market (which incidentally is open all day!) is worthwhile, to find plenty of local treasures. A great way to round off the day is to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Mekong. Transport: Plane (1.25 hour(s))

Day 13 Vientiane/Vang Vieng (1B)

A picturesque drive north takes us to beautiful Vang Vieng. This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields and limestone karsts. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

Day 14 Vang Vieng (1B)

Opt to pre-book the "Vang Vieng Adrenaline Bundle" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

Day 15 Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang (1B)

This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

Day 16 Luang Prabang (1B)

Traditional Laotian culture is to give daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. On one of your mornings here, you may decide to rise with the sun, and watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos. This is simply an unforgettable Southeast Asian experience.

Day 17 Luang Prabang/Pak Beng (1B, 1D)

We board our boat for the two-day journey up the mighty Mekong River making our way to Chiang Khong. Included Activities: Mekong River Slow Boat Mekong River Homestay & Baci Ceremony

Day 18 Pak Beng/Chiang Khong (1B, 1L)

This morning we re-board our boat and continue our leisurely cruise along the river before arriving at the Laos/Thai border and crossing to Chiang Khong in the late afternoon. Included Activities: Mekong River Slow Boat Border Crossing (Laos - Thailand)

Day 19 Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

Departing Chiang Khong after breakfast, we drive to Chiang Mai where you have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating city, once the capital of the Kingdom of Lan. Experience the flavours and scents of traditional northern Thai cuisine by pre-booking the Northern Thai Cooking Class. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

Day 20 Chiang Mai

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match, or grab a bargain at the famous night market.

Day 21 Chiang Mai/Kengtung

Cross the border into Myanmar (Burma), then travel inland to the ethnically diverse town of Kengtung. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Thailand - Myanmar/Burma) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 155km)

Day 22 Kengtung (1B)

Enjoy an included trek through rice paddies along a countryside dotted by various hilltribes. Try Shan khao swè, a noodle soup and regional staple—it's delicious. Included Activities: Hilltribe Trekking

Day 23 Kengtung/Inle Lake (1B)

Opt to soak up the lively atmosphere of Kyaing Tong Market with a free morning. This afternoon, travel in style with a quick flight to serene Inle, home to the Intha people, floating villages, and leg rowers. Additional Notes: Please note the flight from Kengtung to Inle Lake (Heho) has temporarily been canceled. During this period of time, travelers will instead travel from Kengtung to Tachilek (4 hours), and fly from Tachilek to Heho airport. This message will be updated when this flight starts up again. Transport: Plane (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 30km)

Days 24-25 Inle Lake

Enjoy free time to explore the area. Opt to rent a bike, take a cooking class, or tour the lake by boat, visiting some of its floating villages and gardens.

Day 25 Inle Lake/Bagan

Continue exploring Inle Lake with another free day. Later this evening, board an overnight bus to Bagan. Transport: Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s), 320km)

Day 26 Bagan (1B)

Arrive early in the morning and visit the ancient site of Bagan for a sunrise temple tour. Enjoy free time for the rest of the day. Included Activities: Sunrise Temple Tour

Day 27 Bagan (1B)

This morning, opt to head out before sunrise and embark on an unforgettable hot-air balloon flight over the temples and plains of Bagan. If you're visiting between October to March, pre-book the "Balloons Over Bagan" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

Day 28 Bagan/Mandalay (1B)

Enjoy an included breakfast at Sanon, a G Adventures-supported restaurant and culinary training school. Afterwards, travel to Mandalay and enjoy free time. Opt to climb Mandalay Hill or visit the Golden Monastery. Included Activities: Meal at Sanon Restaurant and Culinary Training School Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 270km)

Day 29 Mandalay/Yangon (1B)

Opt to check out Mandalay's ancient temples, visit the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura, or traverse the world's longest teak bridge. Transport: Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s), 590km)

Day 30 Yangon

Enjoy an orientation walk in the country's largest city, and opt to visit the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda. Included Activities: Orientation Walk

Day 31 Yangon (1B)

Spend a free day exploring the country's former capital.

Day 32 Yangon/Bangkok (1B)

Fly back to Thailand. Enjoy a final night with the group in the country's capital city. Transport: Plane (4.00-5.00 hours)

Day 33 Bangkok

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Local bus, air-con bus, private vehicle, train, walking, tuk tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane. Train travel in Vietnam is very basic and train cleanliness is often not a priority for train staff. Sleeper trains normally have 4 seats per compartment, which convert into sleeping bunks (two upper and two lower). A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although many people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. At times, passengers of different genders may be required to share a sleeper train berth and/or share a compartment with people not travelling in your group. Simple food is available on the train but many people like to stock up on freshly baked bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure. Water should also be bought before the journey. Train journeys in Vietnam are an experience and allow you to get a real taste of Vietnam.

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 18

Max 18, avg 12.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (26 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), homestays (2 nts), overnight bus (2 nts).

A variety of styles of hotels/guesthouses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guest houses in stunning locations - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers. Mekong River Homestay: Typically, the group is divided into two or more houses (depending on group size) in close proximity to each other. Sleeping arrangements are multi-share in the central living area of the homes – mattresses, blankets, pillows, and mosquito nets are provided. Bathroom facilities are shared. Multi-share Accommodation: Multi-share same-sex accommodation is used on this tour, as such, if you are travelling with someone of a different gender you will not be in the same room. For private accommodation please see tours in our Classic Travel Style.

Guides

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. SHWEDAGON PAGODA From October 2018 to March 2019, Shwedagon Pagoda will be under restoration. In October and November it will be partially covered by bamboo scaffolding and from December until March it will be fully covered.  2. COMBO TRIP Please note that this trip is a combination of multiple G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments. Also note that in some major cities in Vietnam, many hotel rooms do not have windows. 3. BORDER CROSSINGS Ban Houayxay, Laos to Chiang Khong, Thailand - Laos to Thailand Mae Sai, Thailand to Tachilek, Myanmar - Thailand to Myanmar 4. WEIGHT RESTRICTION There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 20kg (44lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers. 5. PROOF OF EXITING VIETNAM Important thing to note for our travellers arriving into Vietnam, and travelling onwards with G Adventures to neighbouring counties (i.e. Cambodia & Laos). When you are checking onto your international flight heading to Vietnam, you will often be asked by airline ticket counter personnel to provide a proof of exit from Vietnam. In respect to this requirement, we encourage our travellers to print out a copy of their tour vouchers, along with a PDF copy of their Tour Details from the webpage. These references, along with entry and exit details on travellers Vietnam visa should be sufficient information.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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