Explore Thailand, Laos and Vietnam from Bangkok to Hanoi

Travel from Bangkok to Hanoi experiencing the delights of northern Thailand, the laidback river lifestyle of Laos and the pristine wilderness of northern Vietnam. Join us on a voyage of discovery and relaxation, taking in the bright lights of Bangkok in Thailand, the age-old charms of Luang Prabang in Laos and the buzz of Vietnam's capital, Hanoi. Travel down the mighty Mekong River and become immersed in the tranquillity of remote villages and friendly locals along the way.

Bangkok, Thailand
Hanoi, Vietnam
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
168kg pp per trip


  • Cruise down Bangkok's canals on a longtail boat
  • Bargain up a storm in Chiang Mai's Night Bazaar
  • Relax on a slow boat down the Mekong
  • Take a dip beneath Kuang Si falls
  • Soak up the French-inspired culture in Vientiane
  • Traverse lush mountains in Laos
  • Experience diverse South-East Asian cultures


Travel to Thailand and take a longtail boat ride along Bangkok's khlongs. Why not gaze up at the famous reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, indulge in a relaxing Thai massage or stroll through the lush gardens of the Grand Palace in free time.
Discover sweeping views of Chiang Mai from atop Doi Suthep. Make like a local and devour a bowl of khao soi noodles at the Night Bazaar.
Travel through the changing terrain of rural Thailand to the Laos border. Mingle with local villagers before catching a first glimpse of the mighty Mekong River.
Take a slow boat down the Mekong River, soaking up the laidback river lifestyle of Laos. Stay overnight in tranquil Pak Beng.
See hundreds of Buddhas carved into the limestone cliffs at the Pak Ou caves before arriving in Luang Prabang. Enjoy the quaint colonial atmosphere, delve into local history at the Royal Palace Museum and swim in the turquoise waters of Kuang Si falls.
Call in at Laos' famous backpacker hangout of Vang Vieng. Admire the stunning limestone karst scenery or venture further afield on a mountain bike.
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, forest and karst scenery en route to Lak Sao.
Cross into northern Vietnam and browse the Old Quarter for traditional artefacts and gastronomic delights - or perhaps explore Hanoi on a cyclo tour.
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5 breakfasts
Boat, Jumbo, Longtail boat, Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Taxi, Tuk-Tuk
Guesthouse (7 nights), Hotel (4 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho temple
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple
  • Hanoi - breakfast at KOTO restaurant
  • Hanoi - Water puppet show
  • Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave
  • Luang Prabang - Traditional Arts and Ethnology Museum
  • Vientiane - COPE visit


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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 that for 2013 this tour will be 13 days, and will start selected Saturdays, rather than Sundays. There will now be a flight from Vientiane to Hanoi; the itinerary will be as follows.

Days 1-2 Bangkok
Day 3 Chiang Mai
Day 4 Chiang Khong
Day 5 Mekong River
Days 6-8 Luang Prabang
Day 9 Vang Vieng
Days 10-11 Vientiane
Days 12-13 Hanoi

The detailed itinerary and prices will be released 1st November 2012

Trip notes

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