Bangkok to Hanoi Overland - 16 Days

Trip Code

BKTHNO16D

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

16 days

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Maximum Seats

4

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

BangkokChiang MaiMekong Boat AdventurePak Ou CavesLuang PrabangVang ViengVientianeSavannakhetHueHanoi

The Bangkok to Hanoi journey is a one-of-a-kind experience for those with a yearning for true overland adventure. Beginning in Bangkok, we travel to the mountains of northern Thailand and the Golden Triangle, journey down the mighty Mekong to Luang Prabang, and finally traverse remote parts of Central Laos before entering Vietnam and continuing to beautiful Hanoi.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrive Bangkok

Upon arrival in Bangkok you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight meet your tour leader (or local guide) for welcome drinks and a tour briefing. Accommodation: 1 Night SILOM SERENE
Day 2

Day 2 – Bangkok ‘City of Angels’

This morning we visit the Grand Palace and the sacred Emerald Buddha (Phra Kaeo). We continue to a magnificent 46 metre long reclining Buddha, situated in Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple, Wat Pho. We get to know something of Bangkok’s once-famous river life, on a boat trip on the Chao Phraya River, and in the afternoon head to Bangkok’s Hualamphong railway station for our overnight journey to Chiang Mai. Accommodation: 1 Night OVERNIGHT TRAIN (COOLED SLEEPER)
Day 3

Day 3 – Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is Thailand’s cultural capital and home to more than 100 monasteries, great shopping, and wonderful restaurants. We get our bearings with a visit to Doi Suthep monastery, one of Thailand’s most serene and beautiful places. This atmospheric monastery is a highlight of visits to Thailand’s north and is one of the country’s most sacred places. Tonight explore the fabulous night market on Chang Khlan Road. Accommodation: 1 Night THE PARK
Day 4

Day 4 – Chiang Rai & the Golden Triangle

Today we drive to Tha Ton in the Golden Triangle, an area near the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar (Burma). Here, we board a long tail boat and travel on the Mae Kok River to Chiang Rai, passing rice fields and typical rural scenery. Check in to our hotel late evening and wander to the night market. Accommodation: 1 Night WIANG INN
Day 5

Day 5 – The Golden Triangle to Pakbeng

We drive east to the Thai border and cross the Mekong to serene Laos. Board our speedboats for a 2.5 hour journey down the Mekong, stopping en route at a minority village. Take in the stunning river scenery before arriving late afternoon in Pakbeng. Accommodation: 1 Night VILLA SALIKA
Day 6

Day 6 – Pakbeng to Luang Prabang

After a leisurely breakfast we board a slow boat for the full day journey to Luang Prabang. En route we pass jungle-clad cliff faces, and stop at the ‘Cave of a Thousand Buddhas’. Relax on board, take in the scenery, then glide into enchanting Luang Prabang. Accommodation: 3 Nights SALA PRABANG
Day 7

Day 7 – Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is Laos’s most beautiful and engaging town. Today, enjoy a guided walk through cobbled streets for a visit to the Pho Si Market and some of the town’s most beautiful temples. We also visit a textile weaving and papermaking village, and before sunset, climb the short distance to the top of Mount Phu Si for superb views over the town and river.
Day 8

Day 8 – Luang Prabang & Kuang Si Falls

Rise early today for one of Asia’s great sights; hundreds of robed Buddhist monks collecting morning alms. Later, we set out for beautiful Kuang Si Falls, and on the way stop at a Hmong village to learn something of one of Laos’s most significant ethnic minorities. This evening test your cooking skills with a fun cooking class, and dine on the fruits of your labour.
Day 9

Day 9 – Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Depart delightful Luang Prabang with a flight to Vientiane, then a drive to Vang Vieng. Surrounded by striking limestone mountains and nestled next to the Nam Song River, this backwater town is a picturesque reminder of Asia of old. We explore a nearby cave and relax at our riverside quarters. Accommodation: 1 Night NAM SONG
Day 10

Day 10 – Vang Vieng to Vientiane

We spend this morning at leisure soaking up the laid back atmosphere of Vang Vieng, and tubing down the Nam Song River. In the afternoon we return to Vientiane, and get ready for the following day’s explorations. Accommodation: 2 Nights NOVOTEL
Day 11

Day 11 – Vientiane

Today see the capital’s main sights, including Wat Sisaket, Vientiane’s oldest and most beautiful temple. We explore Haw Pha Kaew, a former royal temple, and now a museum. Visit Pha That Luang, the most important national monument in Laos - symbolic of both the Monarchy and the Buddhist religion - and the Patuxai Monument, reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. This evening enjoy sunset over the banks of the Mekong River.
Day 12

Day 12 – Vientiane to Lak Sao

Today is a full day’s drive east from Vientiane, past craggy limestone mountains and quiet country villages. We check in to our lodge at the frontier border town, Lak Sao, late afternoon. Accommodation: 1 Night SOURIYA GUESTHOUSE
Day 13

Day 13 – Lak Sao to Vinh

Rise early to visit the bustling morning market, and look out for exotic forest animals and fruit. We enter Vietnam and descend the forested Annamite mountains, to Kim Lien village, birthplace of Ho Chi Minh. This town is very important to the Vietnamese but is visited by only a few foreigners. We arrive in Vinh late afternoon. Accommodation: 1 Night SAIGON KIM LIEN HOTEL
Day 14

Day 14 – Vinh to Hanoi

This morning set out early for the drive along Highway 1, to Hanoi. This drive takes you through a little-touristed region, dotted with verdant fields and jagged limestone peaks. We stop at gorgeous Tam Coc, made famous in the film ‘Indochine’, before reaching Hanoi, Vietnam’s gracious capital. Accommodation: 2 Nights SUNWAY HOTEL
Day 15

Day 15 – Hanoi

Hanoi is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful and graceful cities. We visit the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum then see the simple house on stilts from which Ho Chi Minh led North Vietnam. We’ll also view the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and Hanoi’s first University - the Temple of Literature. We visit the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ - Hanoi’s former central prison. Our day ends with a walk through the Hoan Kiem Lake area and the fascinating Old Quarter.
Day 16

Day 16 – End of Your Journey

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 2350 USD 2101 USD 3 & 4star
Deluxe/Superior 2561 USD 2331 USD 4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with TUI an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .

INCLUDES:

• 14 nights accommodation
• 1 night in an overnight train
(cooled sleeper)
• Breakfast daily and all lunch & dinner
• All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles
• Sightseeing as specified
• Expert local guides
throughout
* Boat trips as specified.

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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    “It was great to have a local guide who had amazing knowledge of his country. I really enjoyed hearing Mr Boulae’s experiences and his running of the tour was superb. I loved the boat ride down the Mekong, and it was amazing to see the giving of the alms by the monks.”

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    Carol and Harvey Thibault, Canadian

    “Our local guide was exceptional, with a real passion toward his job, always wanting to impart his knowledge onto us. Staying in the jungle rafts on the River Kwai was a once in a lifetime experience!”

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    Wayne Baldwin, Australian

    “We really enjoyed everything – the sights and sounds, the people (both Vietnamese and fellow-travellers) and Monica Fairley, our tour leader was excellent. Our minds are still buzzing with images and recollections from Vietnam and Cambodia while we get back to ‘normality’, whatever that it!”

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