Indochina In-Depth

Company : G Adventures
Activity: Tours
Countries: Cambodia / Myanmar / Thailand / Vietnam
Duration: 4 weeks to 2 months
Approx Costs: 2500 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

If you think it’s impossible to cover all of Indochina in 41 days, well, we’d like to prove you wrong.

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 Burma.

This epic, fast-paced journey covers five countries in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Burma), making it the perfect snapshot for both first-time visitors and those making a return trip. Your days will be packed to the gills with activities like visiting Angkor Wat, trekking with hilltribes in Burma, cruising on Halong Bay, and touring temples and markets.

And with two overnight homestays, sleeper trains, and three included flights to help cut travel time, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting the most out of your time in this mind-blowing region.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok
Arrive at any time.

Day 2-3 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat
Guided tour of the Angkor Wat temple complex. Enjoy a delicious Khmer meal at a Planeterra project or with a local family in a village outside of Siem Reap (depends on the departure).

Day 4-5 Phnom Penh
Orientation walk around Phnom Penh. Option to visit the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields.

Day 6-7 Sihanoukville
Swim and relax by the beach, or take an optional snorkelling trip.

Day 8 Mekong Delta
Cross the border to Vietnam. Overnight at a local village homestay. Opt to cruise the Mekong on a boat trip.

Day 9-10 Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy one of many street food crawls with the group and CEO. Option to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, War Remnants Museum, Colonial Quarter or go shopping in the Ben Thanh Market. Overnight train to Nha Trang.

Day 11-12 Nha Trang
Free time to go snorkelling, visit mud baths, tour the area by motorbike or relax by the beach. Overnight train to Hoi An.

Day 13-14 Hoi An
Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a Planeterra-supported project. Opt to take to cycle to the beach, visit the tailors, or explore the old town.

Day 15-16 Hue
Opt to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, take a Perfume River cruise or tour the countryside by motorbike. Overnight train to Hanoi.

Day 17 Halong Bay/Bai Chai Harbour
Visit Halong Bay for a seafood lunch cruise and a cave visit.

Day 18-19 Hanoi
Explore Hanoi with an orientation walk through the Old Quarter. Opt to visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and the Hoa Lo Prison, or shop in the Old Quarter.

Day 20 Vientiane
A short flight brings the group to the capital city of Laos. Opt to visit temples, see the golden stupa of That Luang, or scour the markets.

Day 21-22 Vang Vieng
Enjoy the beautiful limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng. Free time to hike, bike, swim or go caving.

Day 23-24 Luang Prabang
Witness the giving of alms to the Buddhist monks and visit the night market. Opt to take a cooking class, visit temples or cool off at Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Day 25 Mekong River
Cruise the Mekong on a long houseboat before arriving to a village homestay for the night.

Day 26 Chiang Khong
Mekong River travel day. Cross into Thailand.

Day 27-28 Chiang Mai
Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match or grab a bargain at the famous night market.

Day 29-30 Kengtung
Cross the border into Burma then travel inland to the ethnically diverse town of Kengtung. 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.

Day 31-33 Inle Lake
Travel in style with a quick flight to serene Inle, home to the Intha people, floating villages and leg rowers. 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.

Day 34-35 Bagan
After a full day of travel, visit the ancient site of Bagan for a sunset temple tour. Enjoy a free day to visit nearby local villages or further explore the ruins with its many temples and stupas.

Day 36-38 Mandalay
Opt to check out Mandalay's ancient temples, visit to the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura, or traverse the world's longest teak bridge. Night bus to Yangon.

Day 39 Yangon
Enjoy an orientation walk in the country's largest city, and visit the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda.

Day 40 Bangkok
Fly back to where it all began in Thailand. Enjoy a final night with the group in the country's capital city.

Day 41 Bangkok
Depart at any time.

 

What's Included

  • Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex
  • Local Khmer meal at Planeterra-supported project New Hope or a local home (Siem Reap)
  • Noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a Planeterra-supported project (Hoi An)
  • Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch and guide
  • Witnessing the giving of alms (Luang Prabang)
  • Slow boat up the Mekong
  • Full-day trekking excursion (Kengtung)
  • Sunset temple tour (Bagan)
  • Visit to Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon)
  • 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
  • 31 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners. (Allow USD900-1150 for meals not included.)
  • Local bus, air-con bus, private vehicle, train, walking, tuk tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 12.
  • Simple hotels (34 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), homestays (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt).

 

Trip Specifics

  • Price: From £2799 (available to book in other currencies)
  • Duration: 41 days
  • Start/Finish: Bangkok
  • Code: ATII

 

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