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Backroads from Hanoi to Bangkok QLT

Trip Duration 12 Days

Vietnam, Laos and Thailand on a budget

This exciting journey takes us from bustling Hanoi and beautiful Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam to laid-back Luang Prabang in Laos; and by slow boat into northern Thailand. We journey through Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai before finding ourselves in Bangkok, one of Asia's most exciting cities. We get happily lost in Hanoi's Old Quarter, spend a night on a boat on Halong Bay and explore Chiang Mai's walled Old Town.

Tour Highlights

  • Hanoi - Get lost in the bustling narrow streets of the Old Quarter
  • Halong Bay - Spend a night on a boat in one of South East Asia's most iconic sites
  • Luang Prabang - Chill out in this sleepy riverside town
  • Mekong River - Travel by boat through rural Laos to the Thai border
  • Thailand - Time to enjoy the night markets and night life of Chiang Mai and Bangkok


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour in Hanoi

  • 2
    Drive to Halong Bay; overnight on boat

  • 3
    In Halong Bay, morning cruise; Return to Hanoi; walk in Old Quarter

  • 4
    Fly to Luang Prabang in Laos

  • 5
    In Luang Prabang, free day with option to visit Kuang Si Waterfalls

  • 6
    Journey by boat on Mekong River; overnight in Pakbeng village

  • 7
    Continue by boat, cross Thai border; drive to Chiang Rai

  • 8
    Drive to Chiang Mai via The White Temple

  • 9
    In Chiang Mai; orientation walk of Old Town

  • 10
    In Chiang Mai, free time for optional activities; sleeper train to Bangkok

  • 11
    Arrive in Bangkok; free day with option to cruise on klongs (canals)

  • 12
    Tour ends in Bangkok

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Backroads from Hanoi to Bangkok
Why Book this trip
This exciting three country tour covers a lot in a short space of time giving a tantalising flavour of each destination visited. Ideal for travellers with less time who want to see a lot and who enjoy independent exploration as the tour has been designed with a lot a free time factored in to allow for flexibility. You will use a variety of transport, including planes, trains, buses and boats, giving a real taste of local travel as you journey from the tranquil waters of Halong Bay to the bright lights of Bangkok.
Included meals 10 1 1
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train, Boat, Flight, Taxi
5 nights Simple Hotel
1 night Standard Junk
1 night Standard Hotel
3 nights Premium Hotel
1 night Simple Overnight Train
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Boat Crew, Explore Tour Leader(s)
Group Size
Generally 8 - 14