Vietnam & Laos: Homestays & Houseboats

Resort: Vietnam & Laos: Homestays & Houseboats
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: Vietnam
Price From: £991.20

Over View

Now’s the time to explore Vietnam and Laos with this tour that’s affordable for young travellers. Make your way from city to city, exploring local markets, relaxing on the beach, or visiting historical sites (or all of it if youre really ambitious). Youll get the chance to hike in Vang Vieng, cruise the Mekong, visit the Doi Suthep temple, or catch a Thai boxing match before you go home. There’s lots to do in this part of Southeast Asia you won’t want to miss a thing.

Itineraries

Day 1
Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive at any time and welcome to the pulsing Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon.

For your first night out, wander with your CEO and group through Pham Ngu Lao Street thats popping with many bars and backpackers. Pick the best looking spot to get to know your fellow travellers and cheers to new adventures!

Day 2
Ho Chi Minh CityNha Trang

Feel the pulse of Vietnams biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk, with free time after to double back to your favourite spots. Shop ’til your heart’s content, immerse yourself in local culture, or just wander the streets to take in the city’s unique vibe. Tonight, catch up on sleep on an overnight train to Nha Trang.

Day 3
Nha Trang

Youve arrived! Welcome to the eastern sea. Take this morning to explore local shops and markets, rejuvenate in a therapeutic mud bath, relax on the beach, or visit nearby historical sites before an evening street food crawl.

Day 4
Nha TrangDa Nang

Its not over yet. Theres more free time to explore Nha Trang today, so soak it all in. Then, hop on an overnight train to continue to Hoi An, stopping first in Da Nang for a short transfer.

Day 5
Da NangHoi An

Hoi Ans excited to meet you. See why on an orientation walk of the city before spending free time in the afternoon. Dig even deeper and choose between a cooking class, cycling to the beach, visiting a tailor, or exploring old town. Tonight’s the night for your big night out, grab a drink on our tab and reminisce about your favourite adventures so far. Then dance the night away!

Day 6
Hoi An

Noodles might be fun to eat, but theyre even more fun to make. Find out how during a visit to G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles. The rest of the day is yours, so see what you can discover. Choose to visit the ancient ruins of My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or cruise down the Thu Bon River.

Day 7
Hoi AnHu

Head north to the Imperial City of Hu. Theres lots to do here, with options to visit the indestructible Royal Citadel and tombs, cruise along Perfume River, or jump on a motorbike and ride around like the local people.

Day 8
HuPhong Nha

Your second day in Hu comes with more free time to enjoy the city. In the afternoon, cruise through Vietnam’s stunning countryside to the green rocky mountains of Phong Nha-K Bng National Park.

Day 9
Phong NhaHanoi

Its time to head underground to explore the chilling caves of Phong Nha-K Bng National Park, where the oldest karst mountains and longest cave in Asia are found. Then its an overnight train to Hanoi.

Day 10
HanoiHa Long

After arriving in Hanoi, the bustling capital of Vietnam, take a private bus to the iconic Halong Bay for a seafood lunch cruise and cave exploring. Be sure to charge your camera so you can grab a shot truly worth sharing!

Day 11
Ha Long BayHanoi

Feel like you’ve gone back in time with an orientation walk through Hanois Old Quarter. Then stop for a drink at Bia Hoi Corner, a spot that serves bia hoi, a local beer made of rice and wheat – and costs a mere $0.25USD per glass!

Day 12
HanoiVientiane

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 people, 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.

Day 13
VientianeVang Vieng

Find a bit of peace partway through your trip with a visit north to Vang Vieng, a small town nestled among striking limestone karsts and the Song River. Take a guided hike to Pha Ngeun, the towns highest viewpoint, for incredible views of the valley no filter necessary. This evening, enjoy a drink on us to celebrate new adventures with new friends. Cheers to keeping life exciting!

Day 14
Vang Vieng

Get the most out of Vang Vieng with a day to freely explore. Check out the caves by bicycle or trek through the countryside. Choose to kayak through Tham None cave and venture to the Blue Lagoon by booking the adrenaline bundle.

Day 15
Vang ViengLuang Prabang

Continue to colourful Luang Prabang and make your first acquaintance with this ancient city during an afternoon orientation walk. Afterward, embark on a short trek up sacred Mount Phousi, climbing the stone stairs with scaly golden handrails, past the monks quarters and Buddha’s footprint cave, to reach the temple at the top – Wat Phousi. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the sun setting upon Luang Prabang and the Mekong River. Descend into the bustling night markets.

Day 16
Luang Prabang

Skip sleeping in to watch the monks walk through town before dawn. Dressed in saffron robes, they receive daily alms from local residents. Then, visit the Kuang Si waterfalls on a guided excursion before free time in the evening.

Traditional Laotian culture involves giving daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. Should you rise early, youll get to watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos.

Day 17
Luang PrabangPak Beng

The Mekong never looked so welcoming. Board a long, cozy houseboat that will take you on a two-day journey up the Mekong River en route to Chiang Khong in Thailand. Today, cruise to a village homestay for the night, experience a Baci welcome ceremony, and enjoy dinner with your hosts.

Day 18
Pak BengChiang Khong

New day, same magnificent Mekong. Todays your second travel day, where youll cross into Thailand arriving in Chiang Khong by the later afternoon. Sit back, relax, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, and enjoy the scenic ride.

Day 19
Chiang KhongChiang Mai

Take in the rolling countryside views on the drive to Chiang Mai nestled alongside Thailand’s northern mountains. Spend the afternoon getting to know this peaceful city known for traditional markets and glorious temples. Choose to visit Doi Suthep, catch a Thai boxing match, cycle around, or grab a bargain at the famous night market.

Day 20
Chiang Mai

Today, its time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and exchange social medias before you head on your way. Depart at any time.

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