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Indochina In-Depth
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If you think it’s impossible to cover all of Indochina in 41 days, you’re wrong! Indochina In-Depth is an epic, fast-paced journey that covers 5 countries in Southeast Asia and is the perfect snapshot for those keen to see it all. From Thailand and Cambodia to Vietnam, Laos and Burma, your days will be jam-packed with activities, including visiting the mesmerising Angkor Wat, trekking with hill tribes in Burma, cruising on the aquamarine waters of Halong Bay and exploring temples and markets. And, with two overnight homestays, sleeper trains and a few flights thrown in to ensure you waste no time, you can sit back and enjoy this mind-blowing region.


Duration: 41 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145433
Starts: Bangkok, Thailand Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
You will visit
  • Bangkok
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
Please note: you MUST arrive on tour with your Vietnamese visa.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

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)

03

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

04

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)

05

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.

06

Day 6: Phnom Penh/Sihanoukville (1B)

Swim and relax on the beach after transferring to Sihanoukville.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)

07

Day 7: Sihanoukville

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

08

Day 8: Sihanoukville/Cần Thơ (1D)

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

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

Transport:
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s))

09

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)

10

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:
Overnight train (beds) (10.00-11.00 hours)

11

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.

12

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:
Overnight train (beds) (9.00-10.00 hours)

13

Day 13: Da Nang/Hoi An

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))

14

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.

15

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))

16

Day 16: Huế/Hanoi (1B)

Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s))

17

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))

18

Day 18: Ha Long/Hanoi (1B)

Explore 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))

19

Day 19: Hanoi

Spend time exploring Hanoi. Included street food crawl.

Included Activities:
Street Food Crawl

20

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))

21

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)

22

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.

23

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

This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

24

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.

25

Day 25: Luang Prabang/Muang Pakbèng (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

26

Day 26: Muang Pakbèng/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)

27

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.

Included Activities:
Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

28

Day 28: Chiang Mai

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match, or grab a bargain at the famous night market.

29

Day 29: Chiang Mai/Kengtung

Cross the border into Myanmar (Burma), then travel inland to the ethnically diverse town of Kengtung.

Additional Notes:
Please note: you MUST arrive on tour with a Myanmar (Burma) visa stamped in your passport. E-visas are not accepted.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Thailand - Myanmar/Burma)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 155km)

30

Day 30: Kengtung (1B, 1L)

Enjoy an included full-day trek through rice paddies along a countryside dotted by various hilltribes. Try Shan khao swè, a noodle soup and regional staple—it's delicious.

Included Activities:
Hilltribe Trekking

31

Day 31: Kengtung/Inle Lake (1B)

Travel in style with a quick flight to serene Inle, home to the Intha people, floating villages, and leg rowers.

Transport:
Plane (2.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 30km)

32

Day 32: Inle Lake

Enjoy free time to explore the area. Opt to rent a bike, take a cooking class, or tour the lake by boat, visiting some of its floating villages and gardens.

33

Day 34: Inle Lake/Bagan (1B)

After a full day of travel, visit the ancient site of Bagan for a sunset temple tour.

Included Activities:
Sunset Temple Tour

Transport:
Local bus (9.00 hour(s), 320km)

34

Day 35: Bagan (1B)

Enjoy a free day to visit nearby villages or further explore the ruins.

35

Day 36: Bagan/Mandalay (1B)

Travel to Mandalay and enjoy free time.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 270km)

36

Day 37: Mandalay (1B)

Opt to check out Mandalay's ancient temples, visit the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura, or traverse the world's longest teak bridge.

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Day 38: Mandalay/Yangon (1B)

Enjoy a free day before boarding an overnight bus to Yangon.

Transport:
Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s), 590km)

38

Day 39: Yangon

Enjoy an orientation walk in the country's largest city, and opt to visit the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

39

Day 40: Yangon/Bangkok (1B)

Fly back to Thailand. Enjoy a final night with the group in the country's capital city.

Transport:
Plane (4.00-5.00 hours)

40

Day 41: Bangkok

Depart at any time.

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)
    • Noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project (Hoi An)
    • Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch
    • Witnessing the giving of alms (Luang Prabang)
    • Slow boat up the Mekong
    • Full-day trekking excursion (Kengtung)
    • Sunset temple tour (Bagan)
    • Orientation walks in Phnom Penh, Hanoi, and Yangon
    • Street food crawls in multiple cities
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (34 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), homestays (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 29 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, air-con bus, private vehicle, train, walking, tuk tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Revel in the majesty of Angkor Wat
  • Enjoy a delicious local Khmer meal in a small village
  • Chill out on golden beaches
  • Cruise magical Halong Bay
  • Scour markets across five unique countries
  • Explore temples and stupas from ancient times in Myanmar (Burma).