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South East Asia Experience

27 days
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Limited spots. Earliest available arrival is currently May 2023, and closing very soon.

Trip overview

Explore two of the most amazing countries in Asia in style on our South East Asia Experience! This trip will have you seeing the very best of Thailand and Vietnam over 27 action-packed days. You’ll discover Bangkok by boat, visit ancient temples, stay overnight on floating bungalows, explore tropical islands, visit an elephant sanctuary, trek the mountains of Sapa, cruise Ha Long Bay, be charmed by Hoi An, learn about the Vietnam War, experience local life in the Mekong, treat yourself at rooftop bars, and so much more. Oh, and did we mention that we’re including a bunch of activities, premium accommodation, an experienced group leader, and an instant new group of friends? Get ready for the trip of a lifetime!



46 Included Meals

What's Included

  • Airport pickup
  • 26 nights premium accommodation
  • Bangkok river cruise
  • visit ancient temples
  • Thai cooking class
  • party in Bangkok
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Floating Bungalows
  • Jungle Treehouse Experience
  • Kayaking & Tubing
  • Island tour & Snorkelling
  • Muay Thai or Yoga experience
  • Beach BBQ
  • Thai massage
  • Beach Party
  • Phi Phi Islands Speed Boat Experience
  • Phi Phi Viewpoint
  • Elephant Experience
  • Walking & Rickshaw Tour of Hanoi
  • Local Markets
  • Night out in Hanoi
  • Sapa mountain side accommodation
  • Trekking with locals
  • Overnight Night Ha Long Bay Boat trip
  • Kayaking
  • Local Homestay in Ninh Binh
  • Bicycle Tour, River Boat Trip
  • Dragon Mountain Viewpoint
  • Cooking Class
  • Traditional Crab Fishing Basket Boat Tour
  • Night out in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Overnight Mekong Delta Experience
  • Local village visit, Cu Chi Tunnels tour
  • all transport including 3 flights
  • meals as indicated
  • experienced western Group Leader and local guides
  • onward travel help & planning
  • 24/7 support after the trip finishes

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Trip itinerary

Day 1

Your Adventure Begins We’ll pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel in the heart of Bangkok. You’ll ha-ve plenty of time to recover from your flight, relax and meet everyone in your group.

Day 2

River Cruise & Temples Discover Bangkok from a different perspective as we cruise on a long-tail boat through the heart of the city. We’ll visit Bangkok’s most sacred and ancient temples and travel by tuk tuk through the crazy streets! At night we’ll head out to experience Bangkok’s nightlife. (B, L, D)

Day 3

Thai Cooking Class Learn the secrets to preparing delicious Thai cuisine first hand with a traditional cooking class. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the sights when we board the overnight train to travel south. (B, L)

Day 4

Floating Bungalows Enter the magical Khao Sok National Park, a hidden paradise of pristine lakes and limestone cliffs. Go tubing, kayaking and sleep overnight in floating bungalows! (B, L, D)

Day 5

Jungle Treehouses We’ll continue further into the untouched rainforest to experience local life in the jungle. Visit a local family’s plantation and then go tubing or kayaking down a beautiful turquoise river. To-night we’ll stay overnight in tree houses! (B, L)

Day 6

Arrive in Koh Phangan We’ll travel by boat to the beautiful tropical island of Koh Phangan. After checking in to our beachside bungalows you can spend the afternoon exploring the island or just relax by the pool. We’ll then head out for dinner and have a party on the beach! (B)

Day 7

Island Tour Today we’ll discover the beauty of the island as we travel to some of the most amazing beaches in the world! Chill, soak up the sun, snorkel in crystal water and check out some of the island’s amazing viewpoints. We’ll then kick back with a beach BBQ. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Muay Thai or Yoga Today you have the choice of learning the art of Muay Thai boxing, or bringing some harmony into your trip with a yoga class. Then relax with a traditional Thai massage before we head out for our last night on Koh Phangan. (B)

Day 9

Arrive in Phi Phi We’ll make our way to the Phi Phi Islands by boat and bus, then check in before a taste of is-land nightlife! (B, D)

Day 10

Phi Phi Experience We’ll head off on our exclusive, private speedboat to the beautiful Phi Phi Let. Explore hidden lagoons, snorkel blue water and discover hidden shandy beaches, truly an unforgettable day! (B, L)

Day 11

Viewpoint & Travel to Phuket Enjoy a morning hike to the iconic Phi Phi viewpoint, and relax on some beautiful beaches be-fore we jump on the ferry to Phuket. We’ll check in to our boutique hotel and treat ourselves to a sunset dinner. (B)

Day 12

Elephant Experience Ending our time in Thailand on a high, we’ll spend the day getting up close and personal with elephants at an incredible sanctuary, then head out to a delicious dinner and drinks. (B, L, D)

Day 13

Leave Phuket, Arrive Hanoi Goodbye Thailand, good morning Vietnam! Landing in Hanoi we’ll take you to your hotel in the old quarter. Spend the afternoon relaxing and noticing what differentiates Vietnam from Thai-land! (B)

Day 14

Explore Hanoi Immerse yourself in the bustle of Hanoi with a walking and rickshaw tour of the capital. Togeth-er we’ll explore the themed trading streets, soak up the intriguing culture and stay fuelled with delicious street food. Tonight we’ll head out for dinners and drinks to experience Hanoi’s night-life. (B)

Day 15

Sapa Trekking This morning we’ll take a limousine bus to the rolling hills of Sapa. On arrival we’ll learn about how locals from different ethnic groups peacefully live together, then head off on a short trek up the Muong Hoa valley. Tonight we stay with a local family, learning about their traditional way of life over dinner and a little rice wine. (B, L, D)

Day 16

Waterfalls & Mountains Today we trek through terraced hills and discover cascading waterfalls. A quick drive will take us back to Sapa in the afternoon, where we’ll check in to our beautiful mountain-side hotel and take in the serenity of our surroundings. (B)

Day 17

Discover Sapa Town Explore Sapa at your own pace, or take the cable car up to Fan Si Pan peak, also known as the roof of Indochina. Tonight we’ll ride an overnight train for a unique but comfortable trip back to Hanoi. (B)

Day 18

Ha Long Bay Overnight Boat We’ll head straight to the stunning natural wonder of Ha Long Bay and board our luxurious boat for the night. Known for its emerald waters, magical caves and limestone mountains covered in rainforest, we can kayak, swim and sunbathe on deck. (L, D)

Day 19

Ninh Binh Homestay Today we head south to the beautiful countryside of Ninh Binh. This evening we’ll check in to our unique traditional homestay and watch the sunset whilst relaxing in our riverside bunga-lows. (B, L)

Day 20

Explore Ninh Binh We’ll hop on bicycles to ride through rice paddies, then take a rowboat through rivers and caves. This afternoon we’ll tackle the iconic Dragon Mountain viewpoint for jaw-dropping views, then enjoy a well earned rest back at our bungalows. (B)

Day 21

Explore Hoi An A short flight will take us the the beautiful town of Hoi An, full of markets, colourful alleyways and lanterns. Here you can wander the streets, sip a drink by the canal or get measured for cus-tom clothes at a tailor. Tonight we’ll go out for dinner and drinks to soak up the buzzing night-life. (B)

Day 22

Basket Fishing & Cooking Class Be guided by local fisherman through coconut groves and learn the art of crab fishing before a Vietnamese cooking class. The afternoon is free for you to relax by the pool, get a massage or try on your new tailored clothes. Tonight we’ll go to a Bamboo show, a cultural experience unique to Vietnam. (B, L)

Day 23

Beach Day After a free morning, hop on bicycles for a short ride to the beach for a chilled day at the coast. We’ll have dinner and drinks by the sea and will cross our fingers for a nice sunset! (B)

Day 24

Ho Chi Minh City Enjoy the last bits of Hoi An before we catch our flight to Ho Chi Minh City. We’ll head straight out to the markets for dinner then up to a rooftop bar to treat ourselves to a drink. (B)

Day 25

Mekong Delta Local Experience Today we’ll explore the lush beauty of the Mekong Delta, learn how locals live on the river and check in to a traditional family-run homestay for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 26

Cu Chi Tunnels Today we learn history at the Cu Chi tunnels, a network of hand-dug tunnels that played an im-portant role in the Vietnam War. We’ll arrive back to Ho Chi Minh city this afternoon before heading out for our farewell dinner and drinks! (B, L, D)

Day 27

Depart Ho Chi Minh City or Extend Your Stay Your amazing 27 day adventure comes to an end. You can either check out and make your way home, or continue your travels with help from your group leader. (B)

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What happens if COVID affects my trip?

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