Tour South East Asia on an adventure from Bangkok to Hong Kong.

Discover colourful cultures and vibrant landscapes as you travel along the dragon’s backbone from busy Bangkok, through the sacred rice fields of rural China and into the modern hum of Hong Kong. From the mountain markets of Chiang Mai, across the emerald waters of Halong Bay, to the footbridges of sleepy Chengyang, take a journey that will capture your heart and imagination. Get set to explore ancient temples, colourful markets and vast, striking landscapes on an adventure that will bring your senses alive.

Bangkok, Thailand
Hong Kong, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
893kg pp per trip


  • Cruise down Bangkok's khlongs on a longtail boat
  • Relax on a slow boat down the Mekong
  • Soak up the French-inspired culture in Vientiane
  • Traverse the lush mountains of eastern Laos
  • Cruise Halong Bay
  • Chill out in the mountain village of Hua Shan
  • Trek through the terraces of Longji
  • Cycle through the Yangshuo countryside
  • Be wowed by the big city lights of Hong Kong


Take a longtail boat ride along the city's khlongs to discover why Bangkok was once called the 'Venice of the East'.
Discover sweeping city views from atop Doi Suthep temple.
Mingle with Mien and White H'mong villagers and catch a first glimpse of the Mekong.
Take a slow boat down the Mekong, soaking up the laidback river vibe.
Witness hundreds of Buddha carvings en route to colonial Luang Prabang.
Experience the backpacker’s haven of Vang Vieng and then travel to Vientiane.
Explore laidback Vientiane and pay a visit to the inspiring COPE prosthetic limb centre. At days end, head to the riverbank to savour a Mekong sunset with a cold Beerlao in hand.
Revel in a striking montage of mountain and forest scenery.
Browse the Old Quarter or explore Hanoi’s backstreets by cyclo.
Sail by stalactite-encrusted caves before spending a night at sea. Explore Cat Ba, one of the few inhabited islands in Halong Bay.
Travel through China to the mountain village of Hua Shan. Visit a huge cliff-face fresco painted some 2,000 years ago.
Discover the peaceful parks and impressive tiered pagodas of Liuzhou.
Stop to admire the waterwheels that lazily flood the paddy fields surrounding Chengyang.
Relish in the awesome sight of the Longji rice terraces soaring high into the sky.
Cycle through landscapes straight out of a classic Chinese painting in Yangshuo.
Hit the streets of energetic Hong Kong, an exhilarating fusion of East and West.
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4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Bicycle, Boat, Bus, Jumbo, Longtail boat, Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Taxi, Train, Tuk-Tuk
Guesthouse (13 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho temple
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple
  • Countryside cycling tour
  • Culture show
  • Hanoi - breakfast at KOTO restaurant
  • Hanoi - Water puppet show
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Informal Vietnamese language lesson
  • Longji - Guided Rice Terraces trek
  • Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave
  • Luang Prabang - Traditional Arts and Ethnology Museum
  • Overnight boat cruise
  • Vientiane - COPE visit
  • Village walk
  • Walking tour
  • Wind and Rain Bridge


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Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

Please note this tour has been discontinued for 2013. You are still able to complete to Bangkok to Hanoi leg - please see trip code TLSV for details.

Trip notes

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