Trip Region: Southeast Asia
Country(ies): Thailand + Vietnam
Partners Trek? Yes
Trip Cost: $1600
Airfare Estimate: $1200
Nightlife: 5 • Activity: 7
Are you coming to Ross with a partner? Are you a partner to an incoming Rosser? Join us on a once in a lifetime, unforgettable experience to the beautiful countries of Thailand and Vietnam! This is the perfect trip with a little something for all the adventure seekers, cultural enthusiasts, hopeless romantics and food lovers out there. Do you like to be immersed in the local culture? We’ve got beautiful temples and diverse local markets for you. Like a variety of activities? How about elephant visits, night cruises, and cooking classes? And for those who prefer a more low-key vibe, we also have a romantic date night planned. For an added element of mystery and intrigue, we will limit the B-school and career talk on our Trek! In fact, you won’t know who’s a Rosser and who’s a partner until our reveal night. Sound like an ideal vacay? We think so!
Let the good times and lifelong friendships roll…
We can’t wait to meet you.
Travel Day — Saturday, Aug 17
Start the trek to Bangkok. It’s a long flight, so be sure to download all your favorite TV shows, podcasts, and playlists to make the hours fly by. Before you know it, we will arrive in the bustling city of Bangkok. Check out the Grand Palace or indulge in a well-deserved Thai massage before meeting the group for a delicious welcome dinner!
Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 18
After getting some beauty sleep, we will embark on a full day of fun activities. Our day begins with a longtail boat cruise down the “River of the Kings”. Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and take in the serene views of the canals and Thai communities nestled along the picturesque waterways. Continue the cultural learning experience with a visit to the famous Wat Po Buddhist temple and picture with the famous golden reclining Buddha. Next, you’ll get to indulge in one of the most famous aspects of Thailand – the street food! Check out the spread at the local market and try the local delicacies, if you dare. Come hungry, leave happy.
Day 2 — Monday, Aug 19
Today we will fly to the most vibrant city in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai. One short flight and then we will be off exploring the majestic temples and old city sights of the “Rose of the North”. End the day with a romantic date night in the magical city.
Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 20
The adventure continues as we explore the famous temple complex of Doi Suthep and the 600-year-old underground tunnels of Wat Umong. Find the most Instagram-able pano shots of the city and pagodas here. After working up an appetite, discover the secrets of Thai cuisine with a private cooking class. Look out, Gordon Ramsay, we’re coming for ya!
Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 21
The time has come to meet the most majestic creature in Thailand: the elephant! Spend the day exploring the gentle giants’ natural habitat and watching them splash around and play at the Elephant Nature Park.
Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 22
Thanks for the memories, Thailand! Now we’re off to Hanoi, Vietnam. Jet on over to the home of pho and explore the beautiful lakes, parks, and Old Quarter at your leisure.
Day 6 — Friday, Aug 23
Goooooddd morning, Vietnam!! Travel to one of the most beautiful places in the world, Halong Bay. Take in the incredible scenery paddling aboard kayaks and strolling along white sand beaches. Learn the art of night squid fishing, karaoke, and dancing as we sail the night away on an overnight cruise.
Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 24
Enjoy your morning cup of joe staring off into the magnificent sunrise as you cruise around Halong Bay. Take a peek into the wonderous Thien Canh Son Cave before traveling back to Hanoi. As an added bonus, learn how the locals make their beautiful ceramic art pieces at a Dong Trieu Factory tour along our way back to Hanoi.
Day 8 — Sunday, Aug 25
Better eat your Wheaties this morning because we have a lot in store for you! Travel to the province of Ninh Binh and discover the ancient glory of the old capital city and temples. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride through the area before driving to see the lime karsts in the Halong Bay of the land, Trang An. Discover caves, local villages, and amazing photo ops as we journey along the Red River Delta via row boat. Our epic adventure commences with the most epic farewell feast.
Departure Day — Monday, Aug 26
Time to head home with your new best friends, great tan, and amazing pictures. Thanks for the memories, Vietnam!