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Backroads from Hanoi to Bangkok QLT

Trip Duration 12 Days

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Backroads from Hanoi to BangkokScores 7.4 out of 10 based on 10 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Gilford, NH
Overall, my traveling buddy and I loved everything about our trip through northern Vietnam, Laos & Thailand. The itinerary is fast paced so, for us, 2 weeks were sufficient at this pace. We were grateful for the 2-day slowboat ride on the Mekong River! Our guides were all excellent; they were knowledgeable and personable. Our accommodations exceeded our expectations. Our guides in Laos (Soon) & Thailand (Wits) went beyond the itinerary with additional sightseeing guiding, which was much appreciated!

One thing I would strongly recommend is planning an extra day in Hanoi before the start of the trip. We ended up only having 2 afternoons in Hanoi and missed visiting Ho-Chi Min's tomb as it's only opened in the morning and the Women's Museum because we didn't get back from Ha Long Bay until 3 PM (it closed at 5).

Overall, this was an amazing trip! I highly recommend this company and this trip.
Confirmed traveller: 11 March 2017
Published on: 16 March 2017
(8 out of 10)


Great trip. Busy itinerary and early starts most days. We packed so much in that we felt we'd been away for about a month but with so little time in each country anything else would have been such a waste of valuable time. Highlight for us was Laos and our two days going up the Mekong in the slow boat. Brilliant. Loved Luang Prabang and would have loved just one more day there.
Confirmed traveller: 19 February 2017
Published on: 21 February 2017
(8 out of 10)


This was our first tour with Explore and we found it well organised and professional. Particlar highlights include the boat trip at Halong Bay and tour around Bangkok . Anyone booking this tour should expect three tour guides, one in each country( which we found to be a positive thing ) and quite a few early starts
Confirmed traveller: 13 November 2016
Published on: 15 November 2016
(8 out of 10)


Halong Bay was an absolute gem, and the gorgeous temples of Thailand were fascinating! Also loved chilling in Luang Prabang- most laid back and relaxed place I have ever been to!
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2016
Published on: 02 September 2016
(7 out of 10)


Highlights were overnight boat in Halong Bay, visiting Luang Prabang and cycle trip in Chiang Mai. But compared to other Explore trips I have been on (this was my seventh) having three different guides - one in each country - was a definite disadvantage. Our third and last guide, Ning in Thailand, was outstanding and much better than the other two guides. Also I did not enjoy the overnight train trip from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.
Confirmed traveller: 03 April 2016
Published on: 14 April 2016
(4 out of 10)


We included an add on to our tour to Siem Reap and the tour guide there was excellent as was the accommodation.

The tour guides appeared to be knowledgeable however the itinerary could detail more one what we could expect to see and why/where we were stopping for the day. Additional expedition costs could be detailed beforehand so travellers can determine how much to budget.

Lack of communication between Hanoi and Laos agencies, resulted in myself calling the Hanoi tour guide to organise a pick up at the Laos airport.

Accommodations were hit and miss. Excellent hotel in Siem Reap, Chang Mai and Bangkok. Laos could be improved.

Additional charges between the Lao and Thailand border were not properly communicated, leaving to our group requiring to borrow funds from each other to pay. Our local Laos funds had gone to the tip for the tour guide.
Confirmed traveller: 11 January 2016
Published on: 19 January 2016

We are pleased you found our guide excellent, as well as rating the accommodation in Siem Reap so highly, although it’s disappointing you weren’t entirely happy with the trip. Our ‘simply’ tours are generally designed to have as lower a base price as possible. This means that often things like meals, transport and optional activities aren’t included as standard. The idea of these tours is to let our customers travel to countries the might not ordinarily be able to, and then choose how much or little they wish to spend and see once there. This accounts for the lack of detail in the itinerary as it allows for you to plan in your own exploration or excursions. We will review our guidelines about the visa costs at the Lao/Thailand border and make any necessary changes.

(9 out of 10)


Hamamatsu, Japan
Highlights included exploring Hanoi, seeing the alms giving in Laos, visiting a small village without electricity in Laos and visiting all the beautiful temples in Thailand. Laos in itself was a highlight, a great country. Be ready for a fast pace and busy holiday, it was hectic but worth it because we got to see so much. Due to moving from country from country you change guides three times.
Confirmed traveller: 02 January 2016
Published on: 04 February 2016
(5 out of 10)


Ross on Wye, Herefordshire
I like to think that I am something of a photographer, and was hoping that this itinerary would give many opportunities, but without proper guidance it was not the case.

Hanoi was utterly busy and confusing, thank god for hotel cards to get you home again in a tuk-tuk.

Laos was a washout as it has not been setup for visitors and will take many years to do so, also, many dinner-table cockerels kept in the yard just outside of your bedroom window giving time checks at midnight and three am [why?] were not appreciated by anyone, resulting in a very poor night's sleep, and resulting in folk being very jaded during the day.

The two day river Mekong boat trip to Bangkok was simply boring, same-same, same-same, so if you like long boat rides ok, if not avoid it.

Bangkok was the only real jewel of the fortnight, so Thailand is really the way to go in future, pleasant people cooperative taxi / tuk-tuk drivers, and the 'smog' really wasn't a problem at all.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 06 December 2015
Published on: 22 December 2015

Thank you for your review.

Most people tend to agree that the hustle and bustle of Hanoi is certainly an interesting experience and we’ve always felt that taking groups to developing countries like Laos is a great way to encounter a country whilst it is still growing. We’re glad to read that you enjoyed the end of your tour in Bangkok