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Vietnam, Laos & Myanmar: Beaches & Bliss
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From Jan 20

Now's the time to explore Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Chill out on the most golden of golden beaches along Vietnam's sunny coast, cruise through the famed Halong Bay, and trek among the rice paddies in Myanmar (Burma). Cover a serious amount of ground (and some water, too) in this unique itinerary that every first-time (or repeat) visitor to Southeast Asia should experience.

  • Duration: 33 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: AVLB.C/255456
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Nha Trang
  • Da Nang
  • Hoi An
  • Huế
  • Phong Nha
  • Hanoi
  • Ha Long
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Vientiane
  • Vang Vieng
  • Luang Prabang
  • Muang Pakbèng
  • Chiang Khong
  • Chiang Mai
  • Kengtung
  • Inle Lake
  • Bagan
  • Mandalay
  • Yangon
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive at any time.

There's free time to enjoy this sprawling metropolis before meeting with your group and CEO this evening. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the rapid pace and humid heat of Ho Chi Minh City.

Get excited for your first night out with the group this evening. You'll get to greet the nightlife in Phan Ngu Lao Street, the city's version of Khao San Road. It's a hub for backpackers but, tonight, it's also your first chance to get to know a few new faces.

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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang

Feel the pulse of Vietnam's biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk, with free time after to double back to your favourite spots. Tonight, catch up on sleep on an overnight train to Nha Trang.

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Day 3: Nha Trang

You've arrived! Take this morning to explore local shops and markets, relax on the beach, or visit nearby historical sites before an evening street food crawl.

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

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Day 4: Nha Trang/Da Nang

It's not over yet. There's more free time to explore Nha Trang today. Then, hop on an overnight train to continue to Hoi An.

The overnight train is to Da Nang, with the transfer to Hoi An following directly after.

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Day 5: Da Nang/Hoi An

Hoi An's excited to meet you. See why on an orientation walk of the city before more free time in the afternoon. Dig even deeper and choose between a cooking class, cycling to the beach, visiting a tailor, or exploring the old town.

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.

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Day 6: Hoi An

Noodles might be fun to eat, but they're even more fun to make. Find out how during a visit to G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles. Later, opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town with free time.

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Day 7: Hoi An/Huế

Head north to the city of Huế. There's lots to do here, with options to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, or boarding a cruise along the Perfume River.
Opt to pre-book the "Hue Motorbike Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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Day 8: Huế/Phong Nha

Your second day in Huế comes with more free time to enjoy the city. In the afternoon, we drive to Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park.

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Day 9: Phong Nha/Hanoi

It's time to head underground with free time to explore the caves of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, where the oldest karst mountains in Asia are found. Then it's an overnight train to Hanoi.

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Day 10: Hanoi/Ha Long

After arriving in Hanoi, 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!
Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay.

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Day 11: Ha Long Bay/Hanoi

Feel like you've gone back in time with an orientation walk through Hanoi's 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!

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.
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.

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Day 12: Hanoi/Vientiane

After exploring Hanoi in the morning, a short flight brings the group to the capital city of Laos.

See the sacred gold-covered monument, Phat That Luang, or stroll down the dusty riverside tracks to see village life as it happens. Stop by Vientiane's vibrant, colourful market to find local treasures. Round off the day with a spectacular sunset over the Mekong.

There is a wealth of cultural delights to discover in Vientiane — on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk.
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.

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Day 13: Vientiane/Vang Vieng

Find a bit of peace partway through your tour with a visit north to Vang Vieng, a small town nestled among striking limestone karsts. Take a guided hike to Pha Ngeun, the town's highest viewpoint, for incredible views of the valley — no filter necessary.

This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields, mountains, and caves.

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Day 14: Vang Vieng

Get more out of Vang Vieng with free time to explore. Opt to see the caves by bicycle or take a countryside stroll.
Opt to pre-book the "Vang Vieng Adrenaline Bundle" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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Day 15: Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang

Leave to Luang Prabang, where you can make your first acquaintance with this ancient city during an orientation walk. Later this evening, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Mekong River.

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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, you'll get to watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos.

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Day 17: Luang Prabang/Pak Beng

The Mekong never looked so welcoming. Board a long houseboat and cruise to a village homestay for the night.

The boat will take you on a two-day journey up the Mekong en route to Chiang Khong in Thailand.

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Day 18: Pak Beng/Chiang Khong

New day, same magnificent Mekong. Today's your second travel day, where you'll cross into Thailand.

We arrive in Chiang Khong by the later afternoon.

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Day 19: Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

Let the rolling countryside views relax you as you drive to Chiang Mai. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match, or grab a bargain at the famous night market.

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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.

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Day 21: Chiang Mai/Kengtung

Cross the border into Myanmar (Burma) before heading to Kengtung, an inland town nestled by lush hilly country.

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Day 22: Kengtung

Look for peace among the rice paddies on an included trek to meet hilltribe communities in the countryside. Savour a taste of Shan khao swè, a traditional Burmese rice noodle dish that's full of local flavour.

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Day 23: Kengtung/Inle Lake

During your free morning, grab a bite at Kyaing Tong Market. This lively market is host to colourful local produce and delicious food stalls. Later this afternoon, fly to Inle, a serene lake dotted with temples and floating villages.

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Day 24: Inle Lake

Stretch out your legs a bit — it's another day on Inle Lake. Choose between taking a bike around the lake or up to the local winery, taking a cooking class, or touring the lake by boat to take a closer look at the floating villages and gardens.

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Day 25: Inle Lake/Bagan

Take your time to unwind with your final day on Inle Lake. Later, hop on the overnight bus to Bagan.

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Day 26: Bagan

Start your day with some serenity with a sunrise temple tour of Bagan. See the ancient site's ornate pagodas brighten up with the glow of the sun for that envy-worthy Insta shot. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy.

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Day 27: Bagan

Take another day in Bagan to explore nearby villages and ruins. Go a little farther out by renting a bike (or e-bike) to see the more distant sites.
This morning, you can watch the sunrise from an unforgettable hot-air balloon flight over the temples and plains of Bagan (optional activity). If you're visiting between October to March, speak to your GCO or travel agent about pre-booking the "Balloons Over Bagan" activity, to include this optional on your tour.

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Day 28: Bagan/Mandalay

Begin your final day in Bagan with an included breakfast at Sanon, a G Adventures-supported restaurant and culinary school. After, travel to Mandalay. The day is yours: you can climb Mandalay Hill, visit the Golden Monastery, or end the day by watching the sunset at U Bein Bridge.

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Day 29: Mandalay/Yangon

Your last free day in Mandalay is full of options. Check out Mandalay's ancient temples, the nearby royal capital of Amarapura, or the world's longest teak bridge. Visit the nearby market for local eats and enjoy your accommodation's rooftop restaurant for those unforgettable city views.

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Day 30: Yangon

Get to know the country's largest city on an orientation walk. Visit the incredible, gold-plated Shwedagon Pagoda, the site of many a photo op.

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Day 31: Yangon

Keep exploring the country's former capital on this free day. Stop by a skybar to sip on drinks and take in stunning views.

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Day 32: Yangon/Bangkok

It's time to head back to Thailand. In the evening, take in the nightlife of the country's capital city as you celebrate the end of this amazing journey together.

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Day 33: Bangkok

Today, it's time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and cheers before you head on your way.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 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 Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Ho Chi Minh City Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai
    • Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch
    • Guided hike, sunset cruise and waterfall excursion (Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang)
    • Slow boat up the Mekong
    • Trekking excursion (Kengtung)
    • Sunrise temple tour (Bagan)
    • Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Luang Prabang, Hoi An, Hanoi, and Yangon
    • Street food crawl (Hoi An)
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (26 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), homestays (2 nts), overnight bus (2 nts)
    • 24 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Local bus, air-con bus, private vehicle, train, walking, tuk tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour 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
  • Stay overnight at a village homestay along the Mekong
  • Eat your way through Nha Trang 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.