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Indochina Encompassed
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Indochina Encompassed is a memorable trip through the wonderful world of Indochina, starting and finishing in rocking Bangkok, touring through Cambodia. Get all the way from the cityscape of Bangkok to the magnificent Mekong, and from Halong Bay’s luscious landscape to Cambodia’s ancient sights. Along the way experience Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar, cruise down Mekong River, take a dip in the Kuang Si waterfall, tour the streets of Phnom by cyclo and watch the sun rise over the Angkor Wat. Indochina Encompassed is an all-encompassing South East Asian bonanza taking everywhere you want to go, plus those hidden gems you’ve never even heard of as well.


Duration: 29 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126667
Starts: Bangkok, Thailand Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
You will Visit
  • Bangkok

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Day 1: Bangkok

Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the pace of life in Bangkok.

Additional Notes:
You MUST arrive on tour with your Vietnam visa. There is no way to procure this once the tour has commenced.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai (1B)

Enjoy a 1-hr longtail boat tour of Bangkok's famous klongs (canals). The trip finishes at the Royal Temple of Wat Po for a guided tour.

After, there is time for shopping, a visit to Grand Palace or a stroll along Khao San Rd. In the evening, board the overnight train to Chiang Mai.

Additional Notes:
Note: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport.

Included Activities:
Klong Riverboat Tour
Wat Po Guided Tour

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)

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Day 3: Chiang Mai

Arrive early morning and use some free time to explore. Choose from a range of optional activities or stroll the city independently.

In late afternoon, set off to visit the temple complex, Doi Suthep. If you're lucky, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

Included Activities:
Doi Suthep Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle

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Day 4: Chiang Mai/Chiang Khong (1B)

Drive to Chiang Khong, a sleepy trading town nestled on the bank of the Mekong River. En route, visit Wat Rong Khun — the dazzling 'White Temple'. Wander the local food market or sit back and enjoy a slower pace of life relaxing in Thailand with river views of Laos.

Included Activities:
Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 5: Chiang Khong/Muang Pakbèng

Cross the border to the Laos immigration area, then take a songthaew (local bus) to a traditional slow boat.

Travel down the Mekong River and adjust to the relaxed pace of life in Laos. This predominantly mountainous country has unsurpassed views of the riverside villages, the tropical jungle, and the mountains.

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

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Day 6: Muang Pakbèng/Luang Prabang (1B)

Continue on by slow boat down the mighty Mekong. Before arriving at Luang Prabang, enjoy a visit outside to the Pak Ou caves.

After, re-board the boat and continue to Luang Prabang, arriving in the early evening.

Included Activities:
Mekong River Slow Boat
Pak Ou Caves Visit

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Day 7: Luang Prabang (1B, 1D)

Take a tour of the Ethnology Museum — a great chance to learn more about the dress and customs of local people. Drop into Ock Pop Tok for an introduction to Laos textiles and handicrafts. Then, take a half-day trip out to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls and be sure to pack a swimsuit.


Included Activities:
Ethnology Museum Guided Tour
Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre Visit
Kuang Si Waterfalls Excursion
Meal with Local Family

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Day 8: Luang Prabang (1B)

Enjoy a free day exploring all Luang Prabang has to offer. Options include cooking classes, temple visits, massages, night market shopping, bike riding, and hiking.

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Day 9: Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng (1B, 1D)

Drive winding mountain roads through gorgeous scenery to reach Vang Vieng. Experience a local homestay in a nearby village.

Here, enjoy traditional Laotian food while getting to know your host family. Your CEO will provide insight into the way of life of village residents.

Included Activities:
Vang Vieng Homestay

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

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Day 10: Vang Vieng (1B)

Enjoy free time in Vang Vieng. Move to a hotel for the night, an ideal location for exploring the countryside by bicycle or kayak.

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Day 11: Vang Vieng/Vientiane (1B)

Head out of the mountains to one of Asia's sleepiest capital cities. Opt to visit some of the highlights of Vientiane including Wat Sisaket, one of the city's oldest and most fascinating temples, and Wat Phra That Luang, Lao's national symbol and one of her most sacred sites.

For those who like to shop, don't miss the morning market, which, incidentally, is open all day!

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

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Day 12: Vientiane/Hanoi (1B)

Take a short flight from quiet Laos into the bustling city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Opt for a leisurely walk through the Old Quarter and a traditional Vietnamese meal. What better way to start a visit to this diverse country?

Transport:
After the short flight to Hanoi, a private vehicle will transfer the group 45 mins to the hotel in the city centre.
Plane (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 13: Hanoi (1B)

Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, and the former president's house on stilts for insight into an important figure in Vietnam's history.

During the afternoon, use some free time to explore this beautiful city. Opt to visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Museum of Ethnology or just sip delicious Vietnamese iced coffee in a café along the lake. In late afternoon or early evening, attend a performance of Vietnam's famous water puppets before sampling one of Hanoi's amazing eating venues.

Included Activities:
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Visit
Thăng Long Water Puppet Theatre Performance

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Day 14: Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. Thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the waters. Sail past limestone karst mountains in the junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves.

In the evening, devour a seafood dinner, then opt to enjoy a drink on deck under the stars.


Included Activities:
Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Junk

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Day 15: Ha Long/Huế (1B, 1L)

Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi for a little more time to enjoy the city before boarding an overnight train.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Drive about 15 mins to the station and then board the southbound train for the overnight journey.
Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00-15.00 hours)

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Day 16: Huế

Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda followed by a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam's former emperors.

After, opt for a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery.

While in the city, try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes), and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp). Wash it all down with a Hue beer.

Included Activities:
Tien Mu Pagoda Visit
Imperial Citadel Tour
Royal Tombs Visit

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Day 17: Huế/Hoi An (1B)

Start the day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel before heading towards Hoi An in the late morning. Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon.

With three nights here, there's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 18: Hoi An (1B, 1L)

Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project.

Included Activities:
Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch

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Day 19: Hoi An (1B)

Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.

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Day 20: Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country's commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets, keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls.

Transport:
Plane (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 21: Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

Use free time to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market. The Reunification Palace, the city's Chinese quarter of Cholon, and the War Remnants Museum are also well worth a visit.

Included Activities:
Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour

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Day 22: Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

After enjoying a day in the Mekong Delta, travel back to Ho Chi Minh City in time for an optional dinner.

Included Activities:
Day Trip to Mekong Delta

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 23: Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh (1B)

Drive to the border and cross into Cambodia. Continue on to the capital, Phnom Penh, and enjoy a cyclo ride through the city for a street-level perspective.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Vietnam - Cambodia)
Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour

Transport:
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Local bus (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 24: Phnom Penh (1B)

Meet a local guide to learn more about the dark side of Cambodian history. Visit to Choeung Ek, the site of the infamous Killing Fields. After, visit Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison), the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished.

Enjoy a free afternoon to sightsee. Opt to explore the city's many sights: the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. With time, choose to visit the Russian Market, Wat Phnom or sip a drink at a riverside café.

Included Activities:
Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour
Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour

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Day 25: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap (1B)

Drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, the home base for exploring incredible Angkor Wat.

Transport:
Drive through the beautiful Cambodian countryside.
Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours)

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Day 26: Siem Reap (1B, 1D)

Spend 2 days exploring Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer kingdom and one of the wonders of the archaeological world. See some of the highlights of this ancient capital, like sunrise at the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat, the enigmatic Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm, also known as the 'Tomb Raider' temple.

Enjoy a local meal to learn about Khmer food and meet some friendly locals. Alternating locations of our local meal enables small businesses to flourish. Each experience is truly unique and memorable.

Included Activities:
Angkor Wat Guided Tour
New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant
Home Meal

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Day 27: Siem Reap (1B)

Spend another day in Siem Reap, exploring more temples of Angkor or going further afield.

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Day 28: Siem Reap/Bangkok (1B)

Spend the last night together in Bangkok. Opt to go out on the town and indulge in flavourful Thai food.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Cambodia - Thailand)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours)
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 29: Bangkok (1B)

Not ready to leave this vibrant city? Extend your stay with post-tour accommodation – your CEO can give you a hand.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Bangkok klong trip
    • Wat Po entrance and guide
    • Doi Suthep entrance (Chiang Mai)
    • Pak Ou caves entrance
    • Traditional Arts & Ethnology Museum guided tour (Luang Prabang)
    • Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre
    • Kuang Si waterfalls trek (half-day)
    • Laotian homestay experience
    • Water puppets performance (Hanoi)
    • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum entrance (when open)
    • Halong Bay caves entrance
    • Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
    • Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Hue)
    • Noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project (Hoi An)
    • Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour (Ho Chi Minh City)
    • Mekong Delta day trip
    • Cyclo tour (Phnom Penh)
    • Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) entrance and guide
    • Angkor Wat complex entry and guide, including sunrise tour (Siem Reap)
    • Local Khmer dinner at the G Adventures-supported New Hope project or with a local family (depends on departure)
    • Border crossing support
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (24 nts), village homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (2 nts), junk boat (1 nt)
    • 25 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-con bus, plane, walking, songthaew, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Float down the mighty Mekong River
  • Explore the bustling streets of Hanoi
  • Sail a junk through Halong Bay
  • Shop in Hoi An
  • Experience magnificent Angkor Wat.


Reviews (48)
Garry F Posted on: 

I have been singing its praises to all our friends since returning, and will be sure to book our next adventure with G Adventures..

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Joann M Posted on: 

Both Kevin and I had a fantastic trip, and felt the tour was a good introduction to the countries visited. We look forward to our next G Adventure, and would not hesitate in recommending the company to others.

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Natalya D Posted on: 

This was a great tour. The distance we covered in only one month was astounding. Chosen locations were great and, overall, this is a great trip.

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Helen T Posted on: 

Fabulous trip-so many highlights! 2 days on Mekong River, over night on Halong Bay, Cu Chi Tunnels, homestay in Laos, motorbiking near Hue, visits to 2 orphanages, visiting the Killing Fields, experiencing a taste of Cambodia, etc.

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Colleen M Posted on: 

It was just what I was looking for, and I look forward to signing up for my next trip!

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Matthew K Posted on: 

The best G Adventures trip we've been on! The sights were amazing, the cultures so diverse for such a small area, and we met lots of great people.

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Christina R Posted on: 

A great, fun itinerary; well-organized, interesting and enjoyable traveling companions.

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Andy T Posted on: 

This is the part of the world I've always wanted to visit. This tour hit all the highlights and left time for you to discover/explore the cities at your own pace.

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Lauren M Posted on: 

Kris provided so much enthusiasm and knowledge of the areas we were travelling to that it was impossible not to learn and be enthusiastic about what we were experiencing. He was an excellent tour leader and made the whole experience so much more rewarding.

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Kimberly B Posted on: 

Made things so much easier then planning everything on your own. Having the basics done for you helps to have a pretty stress free travel experience.

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Daria B Posted on: 

Adam Martin is a phenomenal tour leader. G Adventures should feel privileged to have such an individual working for them. His enthusiasm and knowledge in traveling and the countries visited is irreplaceable. This tour leader and his suggestions made the experience excellent. The overall places visited and the organization of the tour was top notch.

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Katherine N Posted on: 

I had an amazing time on the tour. Every stop was a new adventure and a new experience to be had. I had a great time at each destination and am looking forward to going back and exploring the region further.

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Melissa V Posted on: 

We loved our Southeast Asia travels taking us into the indigenous cultures through a historical perspective of numerous temples, pagodas, museums, arts, and local living experiences. The trip itinerary took us amongst the rich rain forest environment via several excellent boats on the Mekong River and buses through remote countryside. The Indochina experience lives within us and prompted us to gain a clearer perspective of how to carve out the rest of our lives.

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Naomi Z Posted on: 

I enjoyed the tour very much. As an independent traveller, I loved the fact that I had so many options everywhere we went. I could choose to be with the group or go off on my own. The group leader was excellent and only enhanced the experience.

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Jana Z Posted on: 

The tour was very well organized and we have seen and experienced as much as possible within the one month we have traveled Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Each country has its own customs, natural beauty and history. We experienced the calmness of Laos in contrast to unbelievably busy and noisy Hanoi/Vietnam. The richess of Thailand in contrast to very poor Cambodia where people are smiling in spite of their tragic past.

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Shivali M Posted on: 

I loved the tour. It was well organized, safe and interesting. It has left a lasting impression in my mind and truly, has changed me. I learned so much about Asia / the world.

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Jane P Posted on: 

I really enjoyed the G Adventures trip. Having done a similar tour before with a different company, G Adventures seemed to offer better value for money, better and more varied means of transport and a much more enthusiastic guide - this being one of the most important things.

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Janis R Posted on: 

This was an amazing adventure. So many different experiences. I have traveled many places and I really enjoyed this trip. G Adventures did a great job planning this.

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Ricky C Posted on: 

Our expectations of travelling around S.E Asia were exceeded. Luang Prabang, Hoi An, Phonm Penh and Angkor were the highlights of the tour.

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Kimberly B Posted on: 

Made things so much easier then planning everything on your own. Having the basics done for you helps to have a pretty stress free travel experience.

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Rebecca L Posted on: 

Enjoyable, and all rather a blur in my head. Love looking over the photos and seeing just how many different experiences I had and what great people I hung out with!

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Linda E Posted on: 

The tour was amazing with so much to see in such a short time.

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Hannah-Jane T Posted on: 

Overall a fantastic tour with mostly the right amount of time in the right places. All the accommodation was fine and in most instances better than I had anticipated. There was a great mix of culture, activity, down time, cities, small towns and all in all was a fantastic experience! Thank you!

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Laurent W Posted on: 

Fun, sun and a good ambiance in the group. I made some nice new friendships.

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Gertrud M Posted on: 

I enjoyed very much this tour. It had the right amount of arranged and free time with suggestions from the tour leader, as what to see , or which restaurants to try.

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Jessica W Posted on: 

The Indochina tour is an excellant way of experiencing the South East Asian culture. The spectacular scenery, delicious food, fascinating cultures, and friendly locals, combined with my awesome G Adventures group made a fantastic holiday!

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Harvey M. T Posted on: 

The trip was great, made enjoyable by the companionship of wonderful fellow travellers as well as a great leader.

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Lee Jane T Posted on: 

This was a really wonderful experience for me. It was the right length and interesting from start to finish. The organization behind it all was very good.

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Melanie H Posted on: 

It would be much easier if a tip kitty for the guides we use along the way could be organised at the start of the trip as it would be much easier.

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Kimberly B Posted on: 

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Lene Kristine S Posted on: 

The trip exceeded all my expectations and I feel it was worth every penny! We stayed in nice hotels; our leader Derek was fun and knowledgeable; I formed new friendships with people of all ages and nationalities; we had relatively comfy transportation; the food was yummy everywhere; and, last but not least, we experienced some amazing scenery and memorable sights along the way. I liked the flexibility of the itinerary too - we got to make our own schedule but we didn't have to organize a thing since everything was always taken care of by the tour leader.

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This was my first trip overseas and I can not say enough positive things about Yo. I felt comfortable, safe & welcomed right from the start. I found Yo to be professional, warm and excellent at catering for a variety of needs & wants. she showed intelligence & compassion when faced with sensitive issues and I have nothing but respect for her.to sum up - I think she is ace!

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Anthony R Posted on: 

I've been back two weeks and I still have so many wonderful memories of the countryside, the poeple, food and the different modes of transport that we took along the way. This was a wonderful way to travel and see Asia with like minded people. Being a single person traveling alone I can't think of a better was to see the world.

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Stephanie L Posted on: 

My overall impression of the tour was terrific. The accommodations were great, some of the transportation was a little scary like the train to Hue and the propeller plane we took, but it was all part of the good experience.

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Marilyn G Posted on: 

The tour exceeded our expectations. At first I did not like the idea of having to fend for ourselves for meals. But it actually worked out better because my husband and I eat two meals a day. We did not feel obligated to always eat with the group.

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Eryn L Posted on: 

This tour was the trip of a lifetime - amazing sights, food, experiences...all packed with fun! I will definitely use G Adventures again in the future. If you are thinking of doing the Indochina Encompassed tour (or part of it), I highly recommend it!

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Caroline K Posted on: 

Expert organisation meant we had time and energy to see and do so much! Plenty of free time with optional activities or down time meant I never felt "over-organised".

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Nikolaus Rudolf Maria M Posted on: 

It was an amazing trip! I really recommend this tour to travellers who want to see as much as possible in short time!

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Patricia S Posted on: 

As this was my first time in Asia, I was apprehensive about many aspects, but I did not need to worry--both the leader and the guides were very good. I feel that I have a fairly comprehensive knowledge of the countries we visited without ever feeling threatened by people or situations.

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Joan W Posted on: 

How do I find another word for excellent?! Okay, it was excellent plus!! The combination of leader, people, places and events was extraordiary.

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Marjorie H Posted on: 

My overall impression of the tour is that it completely exceeded my expectations in every way. I will definitely book another G Adventure in the near future. It was literally an adventure of a lifetime.

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Elson S Posted on: 

The accommodations, were a pleasant surprise to us. We don't have anything negative to say about any of them. The transportation provided was much what was promised. We enjoyed them all.

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Anthony B Posted on: 

The tour was well planned and executed. Logistics first class. Many off-beat touches were provided which added a lot of interest. Optional activities were excellent. The group was brilliant and very good company.

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Kathleen C Posted on: 

Overall this tour (I did the 29 days!) was an awesome experience! True, there were some obstacles I faced at times, including the heat, city smog/pollution, some food issues, and negotiating steps with a fairly new knee replacement. But in spite of these, I experienced so many new things (cruising down the Mekong River, Ha Long Bay, palaces & temples, tubing, temple ruins, etc, etc, etc) that this tour was a wonderful adventure for me!

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Ronald U Posted on: 

Overall we found this trip provided a deeper cultural insight and opportunity to interact with, and experience very different lifestyles. A.J. arranged some unexpected, special and memorable activities.

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Stine Berget H Posted on: 

We loved everything about this trip. We couldn't have asked for a better tour leader than Yo. We could ask her about everything, and she always had an answer. We are very satisfied with our trip, and we will choose G Adventures again. If we do, I really hope Yo will be our tour leader again.

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Paul G Posted on: 

I had a great time. There was a balance of cultural site seeing with market shopping and trekking. Small town visiting was also balanced with big city offerings. Well done

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Marie M Posted on: 

Excellent tour. Much variety. Also time to rest and recoup in between activities. Overall, our Group leader, Bo Sowath was very conscious of the safety of the group and went above the call of duty to help passengers. His knowledge of local people and contacts helped us to leave Cambodia when the Bangkok Airport was closed.

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