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Indochina Discovery
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Start and end your journey in the fast-paced city of Bangkok and discover what Southeast Asia has to offer in 30 days. From exploring Angkor Wat, a bucket list must, to witnessing the giving of alms in Laos and from roaming the street food markets to watching pros make noodles from scratch in Hoi An – you’ll leave no stone unturned. Along your journey, pick the activities you’re interested in, from cooking classes to theatre performers and when you’re not exploring the cities and temples, why not just soak up some rays and relax with a drink in hand. Indochina Discovery involves exploring the must-see highlights by boat, bus and tuk tuk to get a unique perspective of daily life in Southeast Asia and a chance to sample the authentic traditional cultures of the locals. 

  • Duration: 30 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 126327
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
You will Visit
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
You must arrive on tour with your Vietnamese visa. See the Visa section of the Tour Details for more information and exceptions.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Bangkok/Siem Reap (1B, 1D)

Cross from Thailand into Cambodia, the home base for exploring incredible Angkor Wat. Arrive in time for our included dinner at a Planeterra-project restaurant or with a local family in a village outside of Siem Reap.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Thailand - Cambodia)
New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00-4.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.00 hours)

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Day 3: Siem Reap (1B)

Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex. Opt to visit Tonle Sap floating village and Angkor National Museum.

Included Activities:
Angkor Wat Guided Tour
Big Night Out

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Day 4: Siem Reap/Phnom Penh (1B)

Transfer to Cambodia's capital. Orientation walk around Phnom Penh.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours)

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Day 5: Phnom Penh (1B)

Sights you might choose to visit this afternoon include the National Museum and adjacent complex which includes the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. To learn about Cambodia's sombre history, visit the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields, reminders of the genocide that took place under Pol Pot's reign as leader of the Khmer Rouge.

Additional Notes:
Phnom Penh can be confusing and we recommend to always keep a hotel card with you when you are exploring.

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Day 6: Phnom Penh/Sihanoukville (1B)

Swim and relax on the beach after transferring to Sihanoukville.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)

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Day 7: Sihanoukville

Swim and relax by the beach, or take an optional snorkelling boat trip.

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Day 8: Sihanoukville/Cần Thơ (1D)

Cross into Vietnam and stay in a basic village homestay that includes dinner.

Included Activities:
Home Meal
Border Crossing (Cambodia - Vietnam)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s))

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Day 9: Cần Thơ/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

This evening, head to one of the rooftop bars such as the Rex Hotel, one of the classic colonial Saigon institutions, where there is often live music.

Included Activities:
Floating Market Boat Trip
Street Food Crawl

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

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Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang (1B)

Free day to explore. Overnight train to Nha Trang.

Additional Notes:
During January/February, Tết (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (10.00-11.00 hours)

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Day 11: Nha Trang

Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party.

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Day 12: Nha Trang/Da Nang (1B)

In the evening, take an overnight train to Da Nang, then transfer to Hoi An.

Additional Notes:
During January/February, Tết (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (9.00-10.00 hours)

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Day 13: Da Nang/Hoi An (1L)

From Danang, it is only a short drive to the picturesque port town of Hoi An. Once known as Faifo, it was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections.

Included Activities:
Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
Street Food Crawl

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 14: Hoi An (1B)

Enjoy free time; opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town.

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Day 15: Hoi An/Huế (1B)

Continue the journey north to the city of Hue. Opt to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, take a Perfume River cruise or tour the countryside by motorbike.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 16: Huế/Hanoi (1B)

Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s))

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Day 17: Hanoi/Ha Long (1L)

Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay.

Included Activities:
Hạ Long Bay Junk Boat Trip

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 18: Ha Long/Hanoi (1B)

Get to know Hanoi with an orientation walk through the Old Quarter. Opt to see Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and the Hoa Lo Prison, or shop in the Old Quarter.

Included Activities:
Old Quarter Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 19: Hanoi

Spend time exploring Hanoi.

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Day 20: Hanoi/Vientiane (1B)

Explore a bit of Hanoi in the morning before an afternoon flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. There is a wealth of cultural delights to discover - on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk.

Visit Laos' most important national monument, Phat That Luang, or meander down the dusty riverside tracks to find villages full of friendly children, dogs and chickens. A visit to Vientiane's vibrant, colourful morning market (which incidentally is open all day!) is worthwhile, to find plenty of local treasures. A great way to round off the day is to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Mekong.

Transport:
Plane (1.25 hour(s))

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Day 21: Vientiane/Vang Vieng (1B)

A picturesque drive north takes us to beautiful Vang Vieng. This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields and limestone karsts.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

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Day 22: Vang Vieng (1B)

Why not explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk. In the evening, soak in the natural beauty of Vang Vieng as the sun sets over the river.

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Day 23: Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang (1B)

This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

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Day 24: Luang Prabang (1B)

Traditional Laotian culture is to give daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. On one of your mornings here, you may decide to rise with the sun, and watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos. This is simply an unforgettable Southeast Asian experience.

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Day 25: Luang Prabang/Pak Beng (1B, 1D)

We board our boat for the two-day journey up the mighty Mekong River making our way to Chiang Khong.


Included Activities:
Mekong River Slow Boat
Mekong River Homestay

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Day 26: Pak Beng/Chiang Khong (1B, 1L)

This morning we re-board our boat and continue our leisurely cruise along the river before arriving at the Laos/Thai border and crossing to Chiang Khong in the late afternoon.


Included Activities:
Mekong River Slow Boat
Border Crossing (Laos - Thailand)

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Day 27: Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

Departing Chiang Khong after breakfast, we drive to Chiang Mai where you have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating city, once the capital of the Kingdom of Lan.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

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Day 28: Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B)

Today, why not try your hand at local cuisine with a Thai cooking class? Other options include a visit the magnificent temple of Doi Suthep standing watch over the city from the hills above, taking a bicycle ride in the countryside or embracing the bizarre by getting a massage from the training school at the local woman's prison! Tonight we catch an overnight train to Bangkok.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds)

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Day 29: Bangkok

We'll arrive early in the morning to Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. The day is free to explore the many sights of Bangkok. The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, National Museum, and Jim Thompson's House are just a few suggestions. A trip along the Chao Praya river and through the canals (or klongs) gives you a different perspective of daily life in this busy city.

In the evening, we'll say good bye and enjoy a Thai meal and perhaps a beer together to celebrate the end of an amazing journey.

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Day 30: Bangkok (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex
    • Local Khmer meal at G Adventures-supported project New Hope or a local home (Siem Reap)
    • Floating market boat trip (Mekong Delta)
    • Orientation walks in Phnom Penh, Hanoi, and Luang Prabang
    • Noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project
    • Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch
    • Witness the giving of alms in Laos
    • Mekong River homestay
    • Slow boat up the Mekong
    • Street food crawls in multiple cities
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (21 nts), sleeper trains (4 nts), homestays (2 nts), hostel (2 nts, multi-share)
    • 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, air-con bus, train, walking, tuk tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore history at Angkor Wat
  • Taste local flavours with a Khmer meal in a small village
  • Relax in the sunshine on golden beaches
  • Take in majestic views at Halong Bay
  • Browse colourful marketplaces across four unique countries


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Katharina Louise M Posted on: 

The trip was well planned and we got to see and experience different sides of the countries that we visited. It was amazing.

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Vikki S Posted on: 

Had a fantastic time! Saw and did so much and met some great people!

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Shawna M Posted on: 

The entire tour was amazing. I am sure that if I planned this trip alone I would not have seen half of the things I saw in 29 days as I did with G Adventures. I felt it was reasonably priced for the elimination of hassles and planning. The pace was extremely fast but I can’t really see any other way to cram all that stuff into the trip.

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Gerhard H Posted on: 

Very good and interesting tour with a perfect mixture of sights (landscape) and relaxing time on the beaches/boat.

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Marie Vik H Posted on: 

It was the best trip I have ever been on. The trip was well orginazed and Kris was good at guiding us.

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Jean F Posted on: 

Very interesting and informative. We were pleased to be able to see the villages and towns at close quarters.

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Charles E Posted on: 

Perfect itinerary. Good mixture of travel and relaxation.

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Linda L Posted on: 

It was a lot of area to cover in the time provided but we saw and had many great experiences

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Deirdre B Posted on: 

I had an amazing time on the Indochina discovery trip. There was the right balance of sightseeing and relaxing time and i definitely feel that i saw a lot more of the countries we visited than i would have been able to on my own in the same amount of time..It was great to have the hassle taken out of travelling! I particularly appreciated the local knowledge our group leader was able to share with us and the great local experiences he was able to arrange (like having dinner in the home of one of our guides in Cambodia and visiting a school) Lots of highlights of the trip..Angkor Wat, dinner at our guide's house in Phnom Penh, gorgeous beach at Nha Trang, Hoi An, taking a motorbike around hue, waking up to beautiful scenery and tubing in Vang Vieng, waterfalls and kayaking in Luang Prabang...excellent!

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Hannah O Posted on: 

A good mixture of locations and activities and extremely well organised.

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