Days
22
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€4,895EUR

Explore the history, tastes and temples of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.

A realm of endless history, sprawling waterways and ancient temples, Indochina is a wonderland for travellers and explorers alike. This 22-day adventure gives you an insight to the culture and environment that makes Thailand, Laos and Vietnam a marvel to behold as you plunge into the unique charms these regions have to offer. Start your adventure in bustling Bangkok and venture north, where the wildlife, history and local food brings one surprise after the next. Bring the pace down a notch as you cross into Laos and discover the ethnic cultures, glittering temples and incredible landscapes that make this destination such a Peregrine favourite. Finally, explore beautiful waterways and hidden labyrinths in Vietnam, rich in old world culture and untold secrets.


Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Countries
Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
Style
Peregrine
Code
PAIIC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Support an important animal welfare initiative and get close to incredible creatures at the Elephant Nature Park

  • Visit the home of the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, learn about its dark history and the construction of the railway during the war

  • Enjoy lunch on board a slow trip down the Mekong River observing the stunning scenery and remote village life, while visiting a cave crowded with shrines is all done at a relaxed pace.

  • With a visit to the Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, immerse yourself in the wonders of an ancient tribal culture without compromising on creature comforts

  • Unwind in the laid-back jungle town of Luang Prabang. Watch as orange-clad monks gather offerings of rice, fruit and sweets from locals before sunrise in a daily alms giving ceremony

  • Discover the traditional arts of Vietnam with a special visit to the home of a seventh generation water puppet master

  • Take an overnight cruise on Halong Bay and discover this place of famed beauty while enjoying a candle-lit dinner on deck

  • Sail down the Thu Bon River and watch the sunset over Hoi An, a city rich in ancient and recent history

  • Included flights on this trip makes travelling easy and allows for maximum time in each destination

Is this trip right for you?

  • The heat can be challenging in the tropics. Be sure to dress accordingly and stay hydrated, especially in April and May.

  • Thailand is a big country and there are some drives on this trip of up to 4 hours. Many of these journeys, however, offer beautiful scenery and interesting snapshots of rural and mountain life.

  • Laos is a beautifully laid back destination, but it's also less developed than most in South East Asia, so a little bit of patience goes a long way. Roads may be bumpy and journeys may take longer than expected.

  • This trip includes a cycling tour around Sukhothai heritage Park, so a level of confidence on a bicycle will be required. That said, the roads are quiet with minimal traffic, and within the confines of the park it will be easy going.

  • You will visit a number of temples which requires a level of modesty. You will need to bring clothes that cover the arms and pants or skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

  • There is some walking involved on this trip, with walking tours in the downtown areas of each city, as well as walking in the caves in Halong Bay.

Itinerary

Welcome to Thailand. One of our transfer representatives will collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel. After settling into your room, your journey begins with an important meeting at 6 pm. Please check for the Peregrine noticeboard in the reception area of the Hotel. Please advise your flight details at the time of booking so we can arrange your airport transfer. With free time, acquaint yourself with this frenetic city of tuk tuks, street food and traditional khlong boats winding down the Chao Phraya River. Tonight you'll enjoy a welcome dinner at a great local restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Rembrandt Hotel or similiar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Enjoy a day of sightseeing and activities in lively Bangkok. Visit Wat Po, a larger-than-life temple complex in the city. This is the home of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is among the six officially recognised highest calibre temples in Thailand, and it's certainly one of the most impressive. Also visit the majestic Grand Palace, which has been the official residence of the kings since the 1700s, and enjoy a boat tour of the city's khlongs (canals) to see another, more tranquil, side of Bangkok. The afternoon is free to do as you wish, perhaps visiting Jim Thompson house or enjoying a Thai massage. You’ll have a BTS day pass so you can use the sky train to help you get around.
Accommodation
  • Rembrandt Hotel or similiar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace
  • Bangkok - BTS one day pass
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho Temple
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Jim Thompson's House - THB150
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note when visiting the Grand Palace clothes covering your shoulders and knees are a requirement for entry.
Travel by private transport to Kanchanaburi (approximately 3.5 hours). While the township may appear modern, it holds a dark past. Many Allied prisoners of war and conscripted Asian labourers were engaged here to help build a rail route to Myanmar (Burma), including the passage infamously known as Hellfire Pass. Visit the memorial museum of the pass to learn more about this chapter in history, and take a historical train journey along a portion of this 'death railway'.
Accommodation
  • U Inchantree Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kanchanaburi - Historical Train Journey
  • Kanchanaburi - Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Make the short drive to the Erawan National Park and waterfall. Its radiant emerald green ponds, named after the three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology, make for a lovely photo opportunity. On the way back to Kanchanaburi, stop in at the World War II cemetery and museum and spend some time there. This cemetery is the main resting place for the prisoners of war who laboured suffered under Japanese rule in building the Thai-Burma Railway.
Accommodation
  • U Inchantree Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kanchanaburi - The Kanchanaburi War Cemetary (POW Cemetary)
  • Kanchanaburi - Erawan National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart Kanchanaburi in the morning and drive to Hup Pa Tat (approximately 3 hours). Spend an hour or so exploring this beautiful green area surrounded by limestone mountains. Legend has it that centuries ago this valley was a gigantic cave, until the ceiling caved in; massive chunks of limestone lying on the valley floor support the theory. Next you continue to Uthaithani town (approximately 1 hour) and enjoy some lunch there. Afterwards, visit nearby Wat Tha Sung (Crystal Hall). In the evening, sit down to dinner while cruising on a traditional rice barge, watching village life along the riverfront stream by, as the sun sets over the beautiful countryside.
Accommodation
  • Iyara Lake Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uthai Thani - Hup Pa Tat
  • Uthai Thani - Wat Tha Sung
  • Uthai Thani - Sunset Dinner Cruise on Sakae Krang River
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travel by private transport from Uthai Thani to Sukhothai (approximately 3.5 hours). In the afternoon you have the option to visit the Organic Culture Project and spend a couple of hours joining in on traditional Thai farm activities. Check out the organic vegetable garden and attend a demonstration out in the rice fields. 
Accommodation
  • Sukhothai Heritage Resort or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Sukhothai - Organic Farm visit - THB900
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Sukhothai, established in the 13th century, was one of the first ancient capitals of Siam. Famed for its World Heritage listed historical park, which captures the Golden Age of Thai civilisation, the capital's name literally means 'Dawn of Happiness'. Today we visit the historical park, which spans the ruins of the town. You will rent a bicycle and take part in a cycle tour. As you ride around, you'll learn more about the history of this former metropolis and its fascinating structures. Enjoy a home-cooked picnic lunch in the beautiful grounds of Sukhothai Park. The rest of the afternoon is free, you might want to simply read a book by the pool back at your resort.
Accommodation
  • Sukhothai Heritage Resort or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sukhothai - Historical Park Bike Tour & Picnic Lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai by private minivan (approximately 4 hours). In the afternoon, embark on an exciting culinary tour around town. Hidden down the back alleys of the city’s old town district you will sample dishes like khao man gai and khao kha moo from many local shops unknown to the tourist eye. Chat with street food vendors who have been serving the same dishes for more than 20 years and understand the influences that Isan and Shan have had on the Northern Thailand’s culinary scene. Your local guide will also suggest many other places you can eat throughout your time in Chiang Mai.
Accommodation
  • Bodhi Serene Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Street Food Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Head out and visit the Elephant Nature Park not too far from Chiang Mai (approximately 1 hour). Spend time at this important institution, learning about the various projects dedicated to rehabilitating and protecting elephants and other animals. There is many viewing platforms around the park that will get you up close with these wonderful creatures and you can even help out with feeding them. Banquet style lunch will also be included with the visit.
Accommodation
  • Bodhi Serene Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Elephant Nature Park day trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Start the morning with a visit to a local market to pick up an offering to take to Wat Suan Dok Monastic temple. This temple not only has one of the oldest stupa built in 1371 but also has the most beautiful cemetery for family members of the King of Chiang Mai. At the same location you will find Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University - a specific University for Buddhist Monks. Here you have a very unique opportunity to chat with some monks and learn the basics of Buddhism and you can ask them more about their schooling and lifestyle. Later, drive through rolling green countryside (approximately 2 hours) to the Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, your quarters for the night. The Hmong are an ethnic minority in Thailand who originated in the south of China. Today they comprise the second largest hilltribe group in Thailand. After a barbeque dinner in the lodge's open-air dining area, the day concludes with a cultural performance by the Hmong people. You'll gain an insight into the traditional lifestyle of the tribe, with a wedding ceremony enactment, shamanic ritual and makong (cotton ball) throwing.
Accommodation
  • H'Mong Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • H'mong Lodge meal and cultural show
  • Chiang Mai - Buddist offering and Monk chat
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Drive back to Chiang Mai for your flight to beautiful Luang Prabang, the jewel in Laos' crown. Spend the afternoon on your own exploring this charming, French-infused riverside town. Today you are also welcomed to the country with a Baci ceremony, which aims to bring the 32 souls (khouan) that look after you back to your body and attract beneficial influences. This ceremony is traditionally performed at all important events in a person's life.
Accommodation
  • Sada Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Laos - Baci Welcome Ceremony
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Wake early to participate in the giving of alms, a daily ceremony between the monks and local folk. Alms giving takes place daily as the sun rises, beginning on the main street of Luang Prabang before spreading out to side streets. Follow the locals as they kneel down, ready to give offerings to the monks. Common gifts include rice, fruit and sweet snacks. The idea of the alms giving is for the Buddhist monks to make merit and to collect food for their one meal of a day. Later that morning, enjoy a visit to the Traditional Art Ethnology Centre before starting a boat trip on the sun-kissed Mekong River. This is an essential activity in Luang Prabang, as the river has a such a strong and central presence in the city. It's also a great chance to see the riverside from a different angle, with all its stately French villas, trees, and slow-paced two-wheeled traffic. Further along the stream, outside of town, you visit the Pak Ou Caves, located at the confluence of the rivers Mekong and Ou. Enjoy lunch on the boat along the way.
Accommodation
  • Sada Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luang Prabang - Arms Giving Ceremony
  • Luang Prabang - Mekong River Lunch Cruise
  • Luang Prabang - Traditional Arts and Ethnology Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
In the morning, visit Ock Pop Tok, a social enterprise dealing in local weaving and handicrafts. Later take a short ride out of town to visit Kuang Si Waterfall. Its glorious blue-green cascades make for one of Laos' most photogenic attractions, and the pool at its base is great for swimming in. There is time to visit the nearby Bear Rescue Centre here also.
Accommodation
  • Sada Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Luang Prabang - Ock Pop Tok visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Fly to Vientiane, the capital of Laos, in the early morning. Though not as visually impressive as Luang Prabang, this city is renowned, among other things, for its food. Its main streets are awash with a remarkably diverse variety of high-calibre restaurants, a great span of cuisines from across the globe. Embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. This stops in at Wat Si Saket, Hor Prakeo, Patuxai (Victory Gate) & That Luang. Also visit COPE, local providers of prosthetic, orthotic and rehabilitation services (and friends of Peregrine). In the evening, sit down to dinner at Makphet Friends restaurant, a Friends-International enterprise dedicated to the welfare of local street kids.
Accommodation
  • Sabaidee @ Lao Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Vientiane - Wat Sri Saket
  • Vientiane - Haw Pra Kaew
  • Vientiane - That Luang
  • Vientiane - Pratu Xai
  • Vientiane - COPE visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
You will be transferred to the airport, where you will say goodbye to your Lao tour leader and fly to Hanoi, Vietnam. Please note: you will be escorted on this flight. When you arrive in Hanoi you will be transferred to a comfortable and centrally located hotel. A Vietnam trip sector briefing will be held in the evening. Please check for a welcome notice on the Peregrine notice board located in the reception area of the hotel. This will provide you with your tour leader's name and the exact time and location of your next meeting.
Accommodation
  • Lan Vien Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will leave Hanoi and drive north (approximately 4 hours) to the famous Halong Bay. You can leave your luggage behind at the Hanoi hotel and pack an overnight bag for staying on the boat. Halong Bay is listed as a World Heritage site and is one of Vietnam’s most spectacular natural wonders. The views of sailing junks navigating past thousands of limestone islands with rocky outcrops are nothing short of spectacular. You will travel to Bai Chay (Halong City West) where you will board a boat for an exploration of the bay, enjoying a seafood lunch and dinner (non-seafood also available), as well as spending a night on board. We visit a cave in the area and, in the warmer months, you can enjoy a swim from Ti Top Island Beach or to explore by kayak (optional and extra cost involved). A night on the boat under the stars is very special, but another highlight of this evening is a delicious candlelit dinner out on deck (weather permitting). This is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, dining on a seafood feast.
Accommodation
  • Halong Bay Boat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
Optional Activities
  • Halong Bay - Kayaking - VND220000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Our wooden junk-style boat has twin-share cabins with en suite facilities and air-conditioning. Due to the limited cabins on board our smaller vessel, the single supplement is excluded for tonight, and accommodation will be on a twin-share basis.

Local authorities only permit a limited number of boats to stay overnight in Halong Bay. To ensure all travellers can be accommodated on board available boats, on rare occasions you will stay on a larger boat (with approximately 12 cabins) and share your boat with another group. Or your group may be split across different vessels, in which case a group leader will be present on each boat, and the route taken and inclusions on board will remain the same.

Swimming in the bay from the boats is banned by the local authority. Kayaking is restricted to designated zones within the bay.
After breakfast at Halong Bay, return by bus to Hanoi (approximately 3.5 hours). Late this afternoon, you will enjoy a unique Peregrine experience when you sit down to a water-puppet performance hosted by a local puppet master. Artist Phan Thanh Liem’s father and grandfather were important figures in this Vietnamese folk art, and the tradition of water puppet performance goes back six generations in the family. You will visit his home, which is like a small-scale theatre and also a museum on the history of puppetry and the background of the artists. There’s also a workshop that shows how the puppets are made. You’ll have a chance to speak with Liem about the history, development and meaning of this traditional art. Later, why not stop for a bia hoi (freshly brewed draught beer) at one of the microbars in the Old Quarter, relax at a cafe or explore the wealth of street food options.
Accommodation
  • Lan Vien Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hanoi - Local water puppet performance
Optional Activities
  • Hanoi - Hanoi Street Food By Night Urban Adventure - USD31
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning take a half-day tour of Hanoi with your leader. Enchanting Hanoi stands in contrast to its southern counterpart, relaxed rather than frantic, full of lakes and parks to escape to. The tour will take in the major sites, including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, and the former residence of Vietnam’s most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. The tour will also include lunch at the KOTO café, an amazing project aimed at providing vocational training and experience in the hospitality industry for underprivileged young people.

This afternoon you will leave Hanoi and fly (approximately 1 hour) south to Danang. You will have the chance to enjoy some spectacular scenery on the drive to Hoi An (approximately 1 hour). Arrive in Hoi An late this afternoon and check into your accommodation.
Accommodation
  • Pearl River Hoi An Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi - Koto Restaurant lunch
  • Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Stilt House and Museum
Optional Activities
  • Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison - VND30000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
This morning you will take a tour of the unique town of Hoi An, influenced over the years by myriad traders from various cultures. Originally a busy Cham Port, the town also has Chinese influences scattered about, with pagodas and assembly halls found down the streets. For a small town it has a liveliness alongside its charm and serenity. The tour will take you down the streets of low tiled buildings, taking in a historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum.

There is some free time to this afternoon to further explore the Old Town or surrounds at your own pace. Later this afternoon, take a boat trip out on the Thu Bon River. There are few better ways to soak up the atmosphere of this wonderful town than with sunset drinks as you float down river.
Accommodation
  • Pearl River Hoi An Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hoi An - Ancient town walk and entrance ticket
  • Hoi An - Thu Bon sunset river cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The morning is free for you to enjoy more of delightful Hoi An and the surrounding area. Perhaps browse the market for silk and other materials or collect any garments that you might have had crafted by the efficient tailors, or hire a bicycle and ride along the lanes and out to a nice nearby beach.
Transfer to Danang and fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Check into your hotel and enjoy a free evening - perhaps explore the food stalls at Cho Ben Thanh market.
Accommodation
  • Millennium Boutique Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Rooms at the Millennium Boutique Hotel and in Ho Chi Minh City in general are compact given the building style and central location.
This morning you will head out of the city to the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi is the name of the district that covers the extensive network (approximately 200 kilometres) of underground tunnels dug by the Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation and schools, and were used for refuge, storage and as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Ho Chi Minh City. A section of the tunnels has been widened to allow visitors to enter and get a feel for what the life underground must have been like (please note that this will be hot and sweaty, and claustrophobic for some).

You will then return to Ho Chi Minh City for an afternoon tour of the city, where daily life plays out on the streets and the dynamic atmosphere is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. Your leader will take you to the Reunification Palace, formally the Presidential Palace and the site of South Vietnam’s surrender in 1975, before visiting the War Remnants Museum. This illuminating museum features equipment and vehicles from the Vietnam War, and here you can gain a deeper understanding of the how the Vietnamese view the war.
This evening perhaps go for dinner with your group before your travels in Vietnam draw to a close.
Accommodation
  • Millennium Boutique Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Ho Chi Minh City - City tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip ends after breakfast this morning.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

21 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Plane, Train, Tuk-Tuk, Private Mini Van, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (17 nights), Lodge (1 night), Resort (2 nights), Overnight Boat (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace
  • Bangkok - BTS one day pass
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho Temple
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
  • Kanchanaburi - Historical Train Journey
  • Kanchanaburi - Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
  • Kanchanaburi - The Kanchanaburi War Cemetary (POW Cemetary)
  • Kanchanaburi - Erawan National Park
  • Uthai Thani - Hup Pa Tat
  • Uthai Thani - Wat Tha Sung
  • Uthai Thani - Sunset Dinner Cruise on Sakae Krang River
  • Sukhothai - Historical Park Bike Tour & Picnic Lunch
  • Chiang Mai - Street Food Tour
  • Chiang Mai - Elephant Nature Park day trip
  • H'mong Lodge meal and cultural show
  • Chiang Mai - Buddist offering and Monk chat
  • Laos - Baci Welcome Ceremony
  • Luang Prabang - Arms Giving Ceremony
  • Luang Prabang - Mekong River Lunch Cruise
  • Luang Prabang - Traditional Arts and Ethnology Museum
  • Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Luang Prabang - Ock Pop Tok visit
  • Vientiane - Wat Sri Saket
  • Vientiane - Haw Pra Kaew
  • Vientiane - That Luang
  • Vientiane - Pratu Xai
  • Vientiane - COPE visit
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
  • Hanoi - Local water puppet performance
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi - Koto Restaurant lunch
  • Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Stilt House and Museum
  • Hoi An - Ancient town walk and entrance ticket
  • Hoi An - Thu Bon sunset river cruise
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Ho Chi Minh City - City tour

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip please contact your sales agent if you would like to book this single supplement. Please note a single room is not available on Day 16 Halong bay boat.
2. A complimentary arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at time of booking.
3. Passport Details: Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport), for internal flights and train tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

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