Thailand & Vietnam: Mountains & Coastlines

Thailand & Vietnam: Mountains & Coastlines

Start: Bangkok Finish: Ho Chi Minh City

Visiting: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Erawan National Park, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Ninh Bình, Vinh Phuc Province, Vinh, Sơn Trạch, Thạch Vĩnh, Hue, Hội An, The world cultural heritage My Son, Qui Nhơn, Nha Trang, Mũi Né, Ho Chi Minh City


Duration: 20 Nights

Physical rating: 2 - Light

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour code: 25548

Tour operator: G Adventures

Group size: 12 - 18

Age range: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Do it all, and then some, on this 21-day tour of Thailand and Vietnam that features extra health and safety measures. Kicking off in Bangkok, enjoy the big city before heading to Sukhothai for a temple bike, then Chiang Mai for street food crawls, night markets, and a whole lot more. In Vietnam, take in the highlights of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, then soak up Nha Trang's beautiful beaches and all the natural awesomeness the area has to offer.

Highlights

  • icon savour a street food crawl in Chiang Mai
  • icon see the best of the big cities' highlights
  • iconWalk through the living history book of World War II sites
  • iconWalk through the living history book of World War II sites, savour a street food crawl in Chiang Mai, paddle boat your way through caves, take in Qui Nhon's gorgeous coastline, see the best of the big cities' highlights
  • icon paddle boat your way through caves
  • icon take in Qui Nhon's gorgeous coastline

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation: First Night 18-to-Thirtysomethings.

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until tonight's welcome meeting and your First Night Out with the group.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

ACTIVITY: Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.

icon Day 2 : Bangkok/Kanchanaburi

Location: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi

Accommodation: Private Vehicle

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Thailand's bustling capital. Transfer to Kanchanaburi and visit the Thai-Burma Railway Museum and War Cemetery, before stopping by the famous Bridge over the River Kwai.

In Bangkok, opt to take a klong boat tour through the city's canals and floating market, or visit the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Tonight, stroll through Kanchanaburi's riverside and enjoy the local nightlife.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Visit the Thai-Burmese Railway Museum to learn about the Death Railway's dark history, and the Allied War Cemetery where more than 6,000 prisoners are buried.

ACTIVITY: Take in a piece of World War II history on this visit. We're sure you've seen or at least heard of the famous movie "Bridge on the River Kwai." Well, now you can tour the real thing. It's massive, majestic, and imposing, offering fabulous views of the river below.

icon Day 3 : Kanchanaburi

Location: Kanchanaburi, Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi

Accommodation: Private Vehicle

Meals: Breakfast

Dip into the turquoise waters of the seven-tiered Erawan Falls with an included visit to Erawan National Park. Visit Tham Krasae Bridge, a historic wooden railway carved into the mountains. Travel back to Kanchanaburi.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Visit one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. Its seven tiers offer a unique experience at every climb, reaching up to 1,500m (4921 ft). Swim in the turquoise pools, snap photos from the top tier, and opt to hike in the jungle to spot monkeys.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Take in spectacular views of the river from viewpoints along the historic Tham Krasae Bridge, part of the infamous Death Railway built during the Second World War.

icon Day 4 : Kanchanaburi/Sukhothai

Location: Kanchanaburi, Sukhothai

Accommodation: Private Vehicle

Meals: Breakfast

Begin the day with an early drive toward Sukhothai, the ancient capital of Siam. Visit the World Heritage listed Sukhothai Historical Park and bike through its impressive 13th century ruins.

Considered the birthplace of Thai art, architecture and language, Sukhothai is steeped in history and culture.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Explore the ruins of the Sukhothai Kingdom's 13th-century capital, one of Thailand's best-preserved World Heritage Sites. With 26 temples and countless remains within its walls, hop on a bike to get the most of your visit to this impressive ancient city.

icon Day 5 : Sukhothai/Chiang Mai

Location: Sukhothai, Chiang Mai

Accommodation: Private Vehicle

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Chiang Mai and enjoy a free afternoon. Opt to visit Doi Suthep, one of the city's most famous and intricately designed Buddhist temples. Tonight, uncover the best spots to eat with your CEO on a street food crawl.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

ACTIVITY: Bring your appetite and your wallet. The CEO will bring the group to the best spots to eat and teach everyone about the local street food. Yum!

icon Day 6 : Chiang Mai

Location: Chiang Mai

Accommodation: Chiang Mai Celebration

Meals: Breakfast

Take a full free day to relax or explore the countryside of northern Thailand. Enjoy a drink on us at tonight's Big Night Out!

Opt to take a full- or half-day tuk-tuk adventure, rent a bike and cycle through Chiang Mai, or take a local cooking class.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY With loads of optional activities, there's lots to see and do in Chiang Mai.

ACTIVITY: Tonight's the night to celebrate all the wild and humbling adventures you've just shared with new friends. Head into the Anusarn Night Market, grab a drink on us, and reminisce the night away! Try a local favourite--Thai Yadong--a mixture of rice whisky, rum, and traditional herbs.

icon Day 7 : Chiang Mai/Hanoi

Location: Chiang Mai, Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Eco Luxury Hotel Hanoi (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Fly to Hanoi.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

icon Day 8 : Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Eco Luxury Hotel Hanoi (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Head out with your CEO for an orientation walk through Hanoi's Old Quarter. Enjoy the rest of the day free to explore.

ACTIVITY: Take an orientation walk through Hanoi's Old Quarter, a maze of streets, each one traditionally devoted to a different product or industry. Each street is named after the trade practiced on that street for several generations; it's an interesting glimpse into the life of a Hanoian in one of the oldest parts of town. Need a rest? Stop at Bia Hoi corner and pull up a plastic stool. Drink the local brew with the locals and make new friends.

FREE TIME: HALF DAY Enjoy the rest of the day free to explore Hanoi.

icon Day 9 : Hanoi/Vinh

Location: Hanoi, Ninh Bình, Vinh Phuc Province

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Muong Thanh Grand Cua Dong Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Ninh Binh, a city along the Red River Delta surrounded by towering karsts and winding rivers. Visit a local pagoda, then hop into a paddle boat for a guided tour through the area's stunning limestone caves and peaceful rice paddies. Continue to Vinh.

ACTIVITY: Hop into a local paddle boat for a two-hour tour of Ninh Binh's spectacular riverside, dotted with towering limestone rock formations and hidden caves. Take in the scenery as you drift past picturesque rice paddies and observe locals going about their day.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 10 : Vinh/Phong Nha

Location: Vinh, Sơn Trạch

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sai Gon Phong Nha Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel through Vietnam's stunning countryside to the mountains of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park. On arrival, opt to explore the town of Phong Nha by foot or by bike.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 11 : Phong Nha

Location: Sơn Trạch

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sai Gon Phong Nha Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Today, opt to head underground to explore the awe-inspiring caves of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, where the oldest karst mountains and longest cave in Asia are found.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Take a full free day to explore the natural wonders of Phong Nha.

icon Day 12 : Phong Nha/Huế

Location: Sơn Trạch, Thạch Vĩnh, Hue

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Asia Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

En route to Hue, visit the Vinh Moc Tunnels, a complex underground cave system in the former Vietnamese DMZ. Take an orientation walk around Hue and enjoy a free evening.

Opt to visit the Royal Tombs, Tien Mu Pagoda and Imperial Citadel.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

ACTIVITY: Built by local villagers to escape World War II bombings, take a guided tour of the Vinh Moc tunnels in a former Vietnamese demilitarized zone. Learn about the history of this complex underground cave system and its stories of human resilience.

icon Day 13 : Huế/Hoi An

Location: Hue, Hội An

Accommodation: Resort

Accommodation Name: Pho Hoi Riverside Resort (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Hue. Later, travel to the port city of Hoi An. Join your CEO on a walk toward the picturesque Old Town and spot Chinese assembly halls, historic homes, and well-preserved pagodas along the way.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Join your CEO on a stroll through the winding streets of Hoi An's Old Town and spot Chinese assembly halls, historic homes, and well-preserved pagodas along the way. (Entrance fee to Hoi An's Old Town is not included)

icon Day 14 : Hoi An

Location: Hội An, The world cultural heritage My Son, Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pho Hoi Riverside Resort (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit the G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles for an unforgettable cooking class. Enjoy a free afternoon before your Big Night Out with the group — the first drink's on us.

Noodles might be fun to eat, but they're even more fun to make! With free time, opt to visit the World Heritage listed My Son ruins or cruise down the Thu Bon River.

ACTIVITY: Try some of the oodles of noodles (more than 26 types!) available in the city in this tasty cooking class. Run by our G for Good partners, STREETS International, this class was developed exclusively for G Adventures. Former street youth that are part of this hospitality training program, will help you prepare and cook a number of different types of noodles. This program helps these youth practice their English, increasing their skill-set and opportunities available to them in the tourism industry. Enjoy your yummy creations while learning more about the local cuisine and this initiative which empowers street youth through skills and employment training.

ACTIVITY: Follow your CEO to the best riverside bar in Hoi An to celebrate new adventures with new friends. Grab a drink on our tab and reminisce about your favourite experiences thus far. Later, venture to the dance floor, take advantage of the drink specials, and make it a night to remember!

icon Day 15 : Hoi An

Location: Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pho Hoi Riverside Resort (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day to explore Hoi An's rich culture and heritage, or just chill out and hit the beach.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY With lots to see and do in Hoi An, take the day to get out and explore.

icon Day 16 : Hoi An/Qui Nhon

Location: Hội An, Qui Nhơn

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Nhan Anh Hotel Quy Nhon (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Spend the next few days soaking in the best coastal scenery as we hop from one beach town to another. With an early start, travel to Qui Nhon, a tranquil beach town largely off the tourist radar. Enjoy epic seaside views and opt to try the regional cuisine.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 17 : Qui Nhon/Nha Trang

Location: Qui Nhơn, Nha Trang

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ken Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Nha Trang via the stunning passes of Cổ Mã and Deo Cả, with sweeping views of the coastline as you drive past secluded bays and lush, green valleys. Head out for an evening street food crawl.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Bring your appetite and your wallet. The CEO will bring the group to the best spots to eat and teach everyone about the local street food. Yum!

icon Day 18 : Nha Trang/Mui Ne

Location: Nha Trang, Mũi Né

Accommodation: Resort

Accommodation Name: Hon Rom Beach Resort (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning to explore Nha Trang's local shops and markets. Opt to hit the beach and go snorkelling, or visit the local mud baths. Continue to Mui Ne, an off-the-beaten-track seaside retreat lined with palm trees and endless white sand.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 19 : Mui Ne

Location: Mũi Né

Accommodation: Resort

Accommodation Name: Hon Rom Beach Resort (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day to experience this little slice of coastal paradise. Opt to view the sunrise over towering sand dunes, visit the local seafood market, go sandboarding or kitesurfing, relax on the beach, or stop by a local fish sauce factory.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Make the most of your time in Mui Ne. Get out and explore!

icon Day 20 : Mui Ne/Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Mũi Né, Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sunshine Antique Hotel Saigon (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Ho Chi Minh City. Head out for an orientation walk with your CEO and get a feel for Vietnam's buzzing southern capital. Opt to visit the Ben Thanh Market for souvenirs and handicrafts, before hitting one of the city's many rooftop bars.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 21 : Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast

Depart at any time.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Fully Guided

    1 CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

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    Your Big Night Out Moment: Reminisce Riverside, Hoi An

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Transportation

    Private vehicle, plane, paddle boat, walking.

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    Your Big Night Out Moment: Chiang Mai Celebration, Chiang Mai

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Visits to Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery, Bridge on the River Kwai (Kanchanaburi)

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    Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An

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    Paddle boat ride (Ninh Bình)

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    Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai

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    Accommodation

    Hotels (18 nts), beach resort (2 nts).

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    Bike ride in Sukhothai Historical Park (Sukhothai)

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    Your Discover Moment: Hoi An

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    Orientation walks in Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City

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    Your Big Night Out Moment: Reminisce Riverside, Hoi An

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    Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An

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    Meals

    20 breakfasts, 1 lunch

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    Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai

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    Your Big Night Out Moment: Chiang Mai Celebration, Chiang Mai

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    Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends

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    Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends

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    Accommodations

    Hotels (18 nts), beach resort (2 nts).

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    Street food crawl (Chiang Mai)

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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Transport

Private vehicle, plane, paddle boat, walking.

Meals Included

20 breakfasts, 1 lunch

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Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our CEO's are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs as you get at home but they are usually produced locally so please bring the full drug name with you when trying to purchase a prescription drug. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit under the beds when travelling on sleeper trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in homestays, villages or camping then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing them with you.

International Flights

Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. AIRPORT TRANSFER  If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that: Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel.  EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Office Bangkok, Thailand During Office hours (Weekdays, 9am-5pm Local Time) From outside Thailand: +66 2 508 8630 From within Thailand: 02 508 8630 After hours emergency number From outside Thailand: +66 87 049 6074 From within Thailand: 087 049 6074 G Adventures Local Representative (Vietnam) Ms. Nhung Emergency number: +84 91 204 0262 If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below which will connect you directly with our Sales team who will happily assist you. Hours of operation by region can be found <a href='https://www.gadventures.com/contact-us/?ref=footer'>here</a>. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

    My Own Room

    Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

    Transport

    Private vehicle, plane, paddle boat, walking.

    Money Exchange

    During this tour the local currencies you will use are the Thai Baht and Vietnamese Dong. As currency exchange rates in South East Asia do fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date daily exchange rates: www.xe.com for each of the above mentioned currencies. The best way to carry your money is in debit cards, withdrawing cash in local currencies from ATM machines. ATMs are found throughout South East Asia and will generally accept cards on the Visa and Mastercard networks. It is a great idea to travel with both a Visa and Mastercard if at all possible in case of loss or problems with one card, you will have a back up. Please note, your bank will charge a fee for overseas withdrawals. USD Cash is recommended for times when ATMs are not accessible. You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (please refer to our trip dossier) but carrying only cash is a high safety risk. ATM card/s and some cash is the ideal mix. Travellers cheques can be tricky, timely and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, it is great to have one or two cheques in case of emergency. Thomas Cook or American Express travellers' cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange. Cash advances can also be made with some banks but are time consuming and tend to have high fees attached.Credit cards can be used at some upmarket restaurants, and at some larger stores if shopping for big items. If you are bringing US Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 2003, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!

    Important Notes

    1. LUGGAGE There are some very long travel days on public buses. As we frequently get on and off sometimes crowded local transport please note backpacks are much more suitable than suitcases for this style of trip. 2. COMBO TRIP Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. 3. ACCOMMODATION In some major cities in Vietnam, many hotel rooms do not have windows.

    About Accommodation

    A variety of styles of hotels are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guest houses in stunning locations - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers.

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    Arrival Complications

    We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

    Highlights

    Walk through the living history book of World War II sites, savour a street food crawl in Chiang Mai, paddle boat your way through caves, take in Qui Nhon's gorgeous coastline, see the best of the big cities' highlights

    Itinerary Disclaimer

    While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

    Packing List

    Conservative Dress: • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders) • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Health & Safety: • Face masks (required) • Hand sanitizer (required) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Rubber gloves Warm weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear

    Trip Specific Safety

    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Be aware that petty theft can be an issue in some Vietnamese towns and cities especially late at night. A common tactic is opportunists on motorbikes that drive by and snatch bags. Please always leave valuables and passports etc in your hotel, in safety boxes if available, and only carry with you enough cash to spend for the day. Bags should always be carried over the neck and not left to sit on your shoulder.

    Optional Activities

    Bangkok - Bangkok Wat Po and Klong Tour Chiang Mai - Cooking Class - Half-Day Chiang Mai Cycling Tour (1350-2100THB per person) - Half-Day Tuk Tuk Adventure - Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure - Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos Hanoi - Tran Quoc Pagoda Visit - Hoan Kiem Lake Walk - Thăng Long Water Puppet Theatre Performance (6USD per person) - Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu) Visit - Hanoi Foodie Culture Tour Phong Nha - Caving in Phong Nha Huế - Hue City Tour - Huế Royal Tombs, Tien Mu Pagoda and Imperial Citadel Tour - Hue Motorbike Tour Mỹ Sơn - My Son Ruins Tour Hoi An - Thu Bon River Boat Trip (12USD per person) - Tailor Shops - Cua Dai Beach - Hoi An Bike and Boat Tour - Hoi An Cooking Class (30USD per person) - Hoi An Walking Tour Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Thanh Market

    What's Included

    Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai Your Big Night Out Moment: Chiang Mai Celebration, Chiang Mai Your Big Night Out Moment: Reminisce Riverside, Hoi An Your Discover Moment: Hoi An. Orientation walks in Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City. Visits to Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery, Bridge on the River Kwai (Kanchanaburi). Erawan National Park visit. Bike ride in Sukhothai Historical Park (Sukhothai). Street food crawl (Chiang Mai). Paddle boat ride (Ninh Bình). DMZ and Vinh Moc Tunnels Visit (Vĩnh). Street Food Crawl (Nha Trang).

    Joining Hotel

    For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

    Planeterra Foundation - the non-profit partner of G Adventures

    Planeterra International Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to turning travel into impact by helping local communities earn an income from tourism. Planeterra connects underserved local communities to the benefits of tourism by developing and supporting small community-owned businesses. These businesses support Indigenous people, empower women, grant youth access to employment opportunities, and protect the environment. Planeterra also works to ensure these businesses have a thriving customer base by integrating their projects into G Adventures’ itineraries globally. G Adventures is Planeterra’s largest corporate donor, covering all operating costs, so 100% of your donation will bring opportunity to people in need. G Adventures Dollar-a-day Program - Make Every Day Count - Turn your travel into impact with <a href="https://www.planeterra.org">Planeterra Foundation</a>. Did you know? Most communities around the world do not benefit from tourism. Give back to the places you visit on your travels by creating opportunities for local people to earn an income, and protect the environment. Make every day count by donating $1/day for the length of your trip, and join us in empowering the communities you will visit when you travel. 100% of your donation goes directly to Planeterra projects.

    Laundry

    Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

    Group Size Notes

    Max 18, avg 12.

    Departure Tax

    Departure Tax is included in all International and Domestic tickets in Thailand and Vietnam.

    Meals

    Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

    Dossier Disclaimer

    The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

    Emergency Fund

    Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $250 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

    Group Leader Description

    All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to see and do, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.

    Safety and Security

    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. <a href="/travel-resources/safety/">Read more about travel safety</a> for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.

    A Couple of Rules

    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they utilize the services of paid sex workers, in any capacity.

    Minimum Age

    Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

    Meals Included

    20 breakfasts, 1 lunch

    Tipping

    It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $1.5-$3.5 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

    Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

    Feedback

    After your travels, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is so important to us that we'll give you 5% off the price of your next G Adventures trip if your feedback is completed on-line within 30 days of finishing your trip. Your tour evaluation will be e-mailed to you 24 hours after the conclusion of your trip. If you do not receive the tour evaluation link in the days after your tour has finished, please drop us a line at customerservice@gadventures.com and we will send it on to you.

    Solo Travellers

    We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

    A Word of Warning

    Please do not buy gems in Bangkok unless you know what you are doing. Even if genuine you should not expect to be able to sell them at home. If you fall victim to a gem scam, we are unable to assist you. As Vietnam embraces capitalism with open arms it is also falling victim to some of the problems of the West. Some parts of city centres are now a favourite hangout for pickpockets. If doing some exploring on your own carry only the necessary minimum with you and use a well-hidden money belt. Valuables, including your passport, should be left in the hotel safe - organize this at reception. There is no need to get paranoid, just be cautious.

    Accommodation

    Hotels (18 nts), beach resort (2 nts).

    About our Transportation

    As the popularity of train travel in Thailand continues to grow domestically, some of the routes used on this tour do not have sufficient space during local public holidays, including New Year’s, Songkran, etc. During these times of the year, alternative transport may be arranged for one or more of the train journeys within Thailand on this tour. Train travel in Vietnam is very basic and train cleanliness is often not a priority for train staff. Sleeper trains normally have 4 seats per compartment, which convert into sleeping bunks (two upper and two lower). A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although many people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. At times, passengers of different genders may be required to share a sleeper train berth and/or share a compartment with people not travelling in your group. Simple food is available on the train but many people like to stock up on freshly baked bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure. Water should also be bought before the journey. Train journeys in Vietnam are an experience and allow you to get a real taste of Vietnam.

    Local Dress

    In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting temples, mosques or other holy sites.

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