Multisport from Thailand to Vietnam 14 Days / 13 Nights

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Bangkok / Chiang Mai / Phong Nha / Hue / Hoi An​

Explore the lesser-known sites of Thailand and Central Vietnam on this multisport adventure! Commute like the locals do in Bangkok and discover hidden communities, climb Doi Suthep Mountain via the Monk’s Trail, trek to discover hidden Tu Lan Caves and kayak down scenic mangrove ecosystem of Hoi An.

Price from 2,244 USD per persons.
Price based on party of 2 persons, Rates are valid for travel before 31-December-2020

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Iconic cities of Thailand

Explore Bangkok’s quieter waterways the way the locals do and the lesser-known Monks Trail of Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep Mountain.

Trek and discover Tu Lan Caves

Take on challenging treks in Hung Ton Valley, Mango Mountain, Tu Lan valley to discover hidden cave complexes of Central Vietnam.

Sunset Kayak in Hoi An

Paddle through the scenic mangrove ecosystem of Hoi An and discover the unique Nipa palms that are a vital natural resource.


ITINERARY

Multisport from Thailand to Vietnam - 14 Days / 13 Nights​


DAY 1 - BANGKOK – ARRIVAL - Transfer from airport to Bangkok hotel: 55 mins.

Welcome to Bangkok! On arrival, be met by the guide and be transferred to the hotel. Dinner will be spent at leisure today.
Overnight in Bangkok.

DAY 2 - BANGKOK - SIGHTSEEING MEALS [B|L]

Today’s tour will begin at 08:00. Look beyond the crowded streets of the metropolis and discover a more local side of Bangkok. Take advantage of the city’s network of public transportation for a full day excursion of the capital. See the main iconic sites but also take a closer look at the traditions and lifestyles of the Thai people.
Then the day’s adventure begins with a ride on the city’s skytrain. The skytrain is often busy during peak hours as it is the preferred mode of transport for office workers and school children who try to avoid traffic jams. Disembark near the Chao Phraya River and board a public boat, another popular option for commuting. Enjoy the views of the city’s skyline while cruising down the river. Observe houses precariously balanced on stilts along the river’s edge.
Stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
The boat stops near the iconic Wat Pho and Grand Palace. Spend the remaining morning exploring these two remarkable sites, learning about the country’s regal history and the deep-rooted spiritual traditions of its people.
Then hop aboard a tuk tuk, Thailand’s famous three-wheeled vehicles taken throughout the country. Zip through the quieter city streets of Soi Ban Batra. Visit a family-run workshop that produces bowls used by monks for receiving alms. Witness the artisans at work and learn about the daily lives of the Buddhist monks, who wake early to collect alms offerings from the city’s residents.
The last leg of today’s Bangkok full-day tour is on a ‘bus boat’ through the city’s canals. Rarely used by tourists, this ride provides an up-close look at the ways of life of the local people who live alongside the canals. Then it’s a short walk to the Jim Thompson House. Take an insightful tour of the compound’s tranquil gardens and traditional buildings, which showcases the history of the famous and mysterious American silk merchant. Afterwards stroll to the nearby modern shopping malls for some retail therapy before returning to the hotel via Skytrain.
Overnight in Bangkok.

DAY 3 - BANGKOK – CHIANG MAI MEALS [B|L] - Transfer from Bangkok hotel to Chao Phraya : 45 mins Transfer from Bangkok hotel to Bangkok train station: 30 mins

After breakfast, be picked-up for a transfer to the west bank of Chao Phraya River. Travel back in time and explore the traditional way of living along hidden canals. Listen to a kayaking tour briefing while sipping on a refreshing drink before moving to the starting point.
Get ready to start paddling from a local lotus pond through some old communities and temples. Upon arriving at the halfway mark, stop by a 200-year-old community settlement and visit a Chinese shrine and talk to the local community’s shipwright. Then, hop back onto the kayaks and paddle through some tropical fruit orchards and among Bangkok’s oldest wooden architecture houses where time stands still and the modern materialistic life gives way to a simpler way of life. Immerse in these ancient times and enjoy the the scenic sights of Bangkok’s waterways.
Complete the trip at Bangrak Pier in Taling Chan. Freshen up and get changed before tucking into a mouthwatering lunch at a local restaurant.
Then, be transferred to the hotel for a shower, check-out and be prepared for an overnight sleeper-train ride to Chiang Mai!
In the late afternoon, be transferred to a train station for an overnight train ride to Chiang Mai.

DAY 4 - CHIANG MAI - SIGHTSEEING MEALS [B|L] - Transfers today total around: 1 hours

Good morning Chiang Mai!
After arriving at the train station, take a quick breakfast before heading to the hotel. Depending on the arrival time, check-in to the room, or simply freshen up for a hiking adventure. Trek up the Monks Trail up to Doi Suthep Mountain. This trail was, in the old ages, only used by the monks on their way to Wat Phra That Temple, the end destination for today.
Begin hiking at the foot of the mountain before setting off through nature, with a slight ascend uphill. After a 30 minute walk, arrive at Wat Pha Lat, possibly one of Chiang Mai’s least visited temples. This temple is hidden from usual tourists, only accessible by hiking the Monk’s Trail. Take a break and stroll around this breathtaking and mysterious-looking temple so beautifully hidden in the jungle. Then be transferred up to Wat Phra That Temple and be rewarded with the best views over Chiang Mai city while listening to the guide explain the religion.
After a delicious lunch, take a local songteaw further up the mountains to visit the White Hmong Village, a local hill tribe village which still lives by their ancient ways before going back to the hotel to relax for a few hours.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.

DAY 5 - CHIANG MAI - MAE NGAT DAM MEALS [B|L|D] - Transfer from Mae Ngat Dam by boat: 1 hour Tranfer from Hotel – Warorot market: 10 mins Cycling distance up to: 50 km Kayaking: approx. 1.5 hours Difficulty: Easy

Today’s tour will begin at 08:00. Fuel up with a good breakfast as a great adventure awaits! Set off for the one-hour drive from Chiang Mai on this day trip to Sri Lanna National Park.
Upon reaching the park entrance, explore the amazing sticky waterfalls before hopping on a bike for a 20-kilometre ride. Pedal along quiet rural roads, passing through an ever-changing landscape of beautiful scenery. See rolling rice paddies and fruit orchards growing exotic tropical treats. Cycle past dazzling bamboo and fern groves, with vibrant shades of green. Stop often for photos or to simply soak up the incredible surroundings. At Mae Ngat Lake Reservoir the biking trail ends and another adventure begins. Climb into a long tail boat and enter the lake’s placid waters. Cross the reservoir, enjoying the backdrop of distant unspoiled landscapes. Arrive at a floating bamboo raft house where a delicious lunch awaits.
Spend the remainder of the afternoon kayaking to explore the remote corners of the lake, swim in the cool waters or simply relax on the floating raft house before taking the long tail boat back to the shore line. Feeling rejuvenated from a day in the great outdoors, pack up the bikes and wrap up the day trip to Sri Lanna National Park. Arrive back to Chiang Mai early this evening with time for a shower before experiencing the charming city on this Chiang Mai night tour. With a local guide, enjoy a night out on the town embracing the spiritual traditions and rich heritage that make Chiang Mai so special.
Start with a visit to a local temple at sunset. Watch as the monks gather for their evening prayers and be soothed by the calm sounds of their chants. Join local devotees in lighting incense and candles which are offerings of good luck and health.
After this unforgettable experience, it’s time for dinner at a local restaurant.
Cap off the evening with a trip to Warorot Market. Busy from morning till late at night, the bustling market is a hub of local life. Browse stalls overflowing with fresh food, flowers, and more and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Sample Thai desserts from a popular street vendor and have a sweet end to an enchanting evening.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.

DAY 6 - CHIANG MAI MEALS - Transfer from Hotel – Mae Kampong: 1 hr.

Today’s tour will begin at 08:30. Begin the day with a visit to the local market to pick up ingredients for your lunch. Continue to Mae Kampong village, the starting point for a walk through the community forest, passing tea and coffee fields, to a nice waterfall. Return to the village to watch lunch being prepared by your host family. In the early afternoon, observe jungle life from a unique perspective, once reserved for a selected group of scientists and primates: an exhilarating experience to fly through the rainforest canopy, using ziplines and sky bridges by the Flight of the Gibbon.
After that transfer back to the hotel for free evening at leisure.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.

DAY 7 - CHIANG MAI - DONG HOI – PHONG NHA MEALS - Transfer from Hotel – Chiang Mai Airport: 20 mins Transfer from airport or railway station to hotel: 1 hours

Time to say goodbye to Thailand and be transferred to the airport for the flight to Vietnam!
Arrive in Dong Hoi (either by train or flight) today. Be met by the local guide then be transferred to Phong Nha to check-in to the hotel.
(Please note: Standard hotel check-in time at 14:00 hrs, early check-in subject to availability and not include.)
Overnight in Phong Nha.

DAY 8 - PHONG NHA – TREK TO TU LAN CAVE COMPLEX MEALS [B|L|D] - Tu Lan cave complex – Phong Nha

Be picked up at the hotel in Phong Nha between 07:30 and 08:00 before venturing off to the village of Tan Hoa, located 70 km away. After a safety briefing and gear check, it’s off and away for a full day of trekking.
The trek begins with a 2.5 km walk across peanut fields, giant water buffaloes, towering corn stalks to arrive down to the Rao Nan River.
The trek accelerates with a 30 metre climb up a rocky hill to a small jungle opening. Take a break before going on a 100 metre descent to Hung Ton Valley.
Lunch will be enjoyed in the Hung Ton Cave opening.
Afterwards, the adventure picks up again with some challenging treks from Hung Ton Valley and over to Mango Mountain. Then, take another 3 km hike back down to Tu Lan Valley.
By mid afternoon, Tu Lan campsite will be seen on the horizon.
This afternoon, take a relaxing swim in the beautiful waterfall or take part in activities including exploring and swimming through Ken Cave located next to the campsite.
This evening, return to the campsite for a delicious BBQ dinner.
Sleep will come easy in comfortable hammocks or tents set up amongst the trees!

DAY 9 - TU LAN CAVE COMPLEX – PHONG NHA MEALS [B|L|D] - 12km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain Elevation change up to 150m (between valley and top of mountain) 1 km swimming in caves (from 200m – 500m each cave) 3 km caving

This morning, tuck-in to a hearty breakfast before exploring the maze of Tu Lan Cave system.
Start with a brief swim across the river into the heart of Tu Lan Cave system. Take a break to enjoy the blue lagoon entrance before swimming a further of 180 m downstream to the cave’s entrance.
Explore the dry area of the cave with some climbing and squeezing, at which point, arrive at the dry exit and trek a short way through the valley into the dry entrance of Kim Cave. Stay for a while to observe the natural window of light that illuminates Kim Cave. Then, be off on a swim (450 m) and trek (500 m) through Hang Kim to To Mo Valley.
A picnic lunch will be served next to a stunning waterfall by Hung Ton Cave mouth. Then, try to follow a dry path before swimming out through Hung Ton wet cave.
Following this is the exploration of a dry passage, and then a trek down into Hung Ton Valley (800 m).
Arrival in Tan Hoa is followed by a chance to take in the scenery with a cold drink in hand.
Showers are available for those who would like to clean up and change, and then departure back to Phong Nha is at around 4 pm, with arrival in Phong Nha by 5:30 pm.
(Please Note: The 2 days 1 night trip to Tu Lan Cave complex is operated every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday in Join in basis. If on another day, surcharge for private trip will be applied.)

DAY 10 - PHONG NHA – ANH XA – VINH MOC – PHUOC TICH - HUE MEALS [B|L] - Dong Hoi to Hue (185km): 4 hours

Depart early morning, heading south to go to Hue. On the way, the first stop located approximately 1 hour from Dong Hoi is the childhood house of the General Vo Nguyen Giap. He was born in this village in 1911. He started to participate in revolutionary activities from the age of 14 and became one of the most excellent students of Ho Chi Minh, fighting during both French and American wars. He is famous for his leadership which led to the victory of the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1946 against the French army. The house was actually burned by French soldiers but restored in 1977. It is a beautiful traditional wooden house located in a charming garden. Visit the house thanks to Mr. Ham, his grandson who currently lives there and who will show the memorable pictures and books of his grandfather.
Back to the car for a transfer of 1 hour to Vinh Moc Tunnels. The route is scenic after leaving the main highway passing through quaint villages and skirting along Cua Tung Beach. The Vinh Moc village story is a feat of humanity and resistance. In order to escape heavy bombardment during the war, the villagers constructed approximately 2.8 km of underground tunnels which they used as a refuge to survive the bombings. Three hundred people lived intermittently in the tunnels from 1966 to 1971. Explore the tunnels and enjoy the beautiful sea view upon exit!
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Dong Ha.
In the afternoon, drive around 30 min to the 500-year-old village of Phuoc Tich. Once famous and prosperous because of its pottery, the village has dozens of homes that are from 100 to 200 years old and several old temples, pagodas, worship halls and communal houses still remain. Many imprints of Champa and ancient Viet cultures are still preserved such as lingas (a very complex symbol of Hinduism). The religious culture of the village is seen via families, which have their own ancestor worship halls, each worshiping five direct generations.
Following the visit, take a one-hour drive to Hue and arrive in the late afternoon.

DAY 11 - HUE ROYAL TOMB CYCLING MEALS [B|L] - Transfer: 30 mins Cycling distance up to: 30 km Difficulty: Easy

Today the cycling begins from the hotel exploring some of Hue’s most important cultural sites. The first stop is at the Imperial Citadel, which is modelled after the Forbidden City in China. While much of this site was destroyed during the Tet Offensive, it is still possible to gain some insights into how the Royal family lived during peak rule. After exploring the ruins, cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda, continuing the cycling to Minh Mang mausoleum. Follow up with a loop across the perfume river to Hue via the mausoleum, with another stop at Khai Dinh.
Overnight in Hue

DAY 12 - HUE – HOI AN MEALS [B|L] - Transfer: 1 hour Cycling distance up to: 100km (60km if not cycle over Hai Van pass) Difficulty: Hard

Take a bus beyond the city limits of Hue to avoid the busy traffic. Begin riding off the beaten track for 40 km along a picturesque, narrow peninsular road from Thuan An beach to Vinh Loc. From here, transfer to a vehicle or cycle to the start point of today’s three hill climbs!
After the first two moderate climbs of 2-3 km a piece, cruise down to stunning Lang Co Beach for a rest/swim before tackling the final hill of the day – the Hai Van or Pass of Ocean Clouds. With a new tunnel now cutting through the mountain, the 11 km of uphill cycling will be on a quiet section of road. The gradient is manageable and the views are breathtaking! Upon descent, a transfer will be provided all the way to Hoi An, a delightful old trading town and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight in Hoi An.

DAY 13 - HOI AN SUNSET PADDLE MEALS - Transfer: 1 hours Kayaking: 2-2.5 hours Difficulty: easy

This morning is spent at leisure.
At 15:00, be picked up at the hotel in Hoi An and be transferred to the starting point for a sunset kayaking adventure.
Gear up before starting to paddle to the palm islands where the most well grown plants, Nipa palms, are seen. It is a unique and scenic mangrove ecosystem for Hoi An. The palm forest provides the locals with products such as fish, shells and Nipa leaves which can be seen used commonly for roofing for homes. Enjoy amazing landscapes while paddling along before arriving at the ancient town (approx. 5 hrs).
Stop at a local shop for a coffee break before continuing the journey. Experience the sights of Hoi An’s Lantern Town from the unique perspective of the water. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles. Catch the reflection of the old houses of the Ancient Town on the water and enjoy the sunset while floating in the kayaks. Arrive to Hoi An’s old town pier at about 6pm then be transferred to the hotel by van.
Overnight in Hoi An.

DAY 14 - HOI AN – DEPARTURE MEALS

Today be transferred to the airport for the onward flight home or choose to extend the tour to enjoy the beach in Danang/Hoi An.


Accommodations


CityAccommodationCategoryType
BangkokGalleria 10 Hotel BangkokFirst ClassDeluxe Chill
Chiang MaiBan Chang TongFirst ClassSuperiror
Phong NhaPhong Nha Lake houseFirst ClassDeluxe Lake View
Phong NhaTent or hammockN/ATent or hammock
HueEmmFirst ClassSuperior
Hoi AnHoi An Silk villageFirst ClassDeluxe

PRICING: in US Dollar per person for shared twin/double Rates are valid until 31-December-2020

Number of Persons123-45-67-1011-15SGL Supp
1 JAN 20 – 31 DEC 20-2,2441,9841,7511,783-377
Note: Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, National Holidays or Vietnamese Lunar New Year) may be subject to supplementary charges and compulsory meals.

Optional trips



OPTIONAL TOURS
DAYACTIVITYAmount / Person
8-9Private Caving trip in Tu Lan171 USD - base on 2 persons

Note:
Note: The trip is closed in October as we can’t access to Tu Lan complex in Phong Nha

Number of persons
2
3-4
5-6
7-10
Surcharge for private Caving trip in Tu Lan on day 8-9
171
86
26
No surcharge


Thailand:

Our services include:

  • English Speaking Guide
  • Water and cold towel
  • All equipment including Bike, Kayak, Raft, helmet, life vest and paddle.
  • All camping equipment
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Sightseeing tickets and zone entrance fees where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flight reconfirmations
  • Luggage transfer
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Basic homestay accommodation with local breakfast
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tips for Porters, driver and Restaurant staff included.
  • Train ticket in Second call – air condition from Bangkok – Chiang Mai
  • Late check out on day 3 until 4 pm.
Our services don’t include:
  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Supplement for other language guides
  • Tips for Main guides
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (laundry, telephone etc.)
  • Credit card/bank transfer fees
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion
  • Supplement for other language speaking guides
Vietnam

Our services include:

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Bike, helmet, 1 biking water bottle per person ( Trek mountain bike)
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Snacks and local fruits during trekking and cycling days
  • 1 Certified English Speaking Guide
  • 1 assistant guide for 11-16 cyclist during cycling days
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
  • Main support vehicle will have spare parts
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmations
Our services don’t include:
  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Tips
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatoraid, Powerbars, Gue, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.
  • Other language speaking guides


Important Notes:

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Thailand.
The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, National Holidays) and locally celebrated festivities may be subject to supplementary charges.
Rooms at hotels are available in general only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
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