Ultimate South East Asia (From Apr 2024)

Ultimate South East Asia (From Apr 2024)

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$4369

Ultimate South East Asia (From Apr 2024)

27 Days Starting in Bangkok and ending in Hanoi

Visiting: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Pak Beng, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, Krong Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong River Delta, Nha Trang, Hội An, Hue, Hanoi, Hạ Long Bay

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

BICA2415

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 30

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Cultural, History, Rail Tours

From: $5325 $4369 Operator discount: -$814 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$142 -18%

NB: Prices correct on 24-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Embark on the "Ultimate South East Asia" tour starting April 2024, a cultural odyssey through Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. This 27-day adventure begins in Bangkok, where you'll explore the Royal Palace and navigate the city's waterways. Journey to Kanchanaburi for a historical tour and a stay at the Jungle Raft Hotel. Discover the ancient city of Ayutthaya by bike, then head to Chiang Mai for temple visits and a Vespa tour. Cross into Laos, floating down the Mekong River to Pak Beng and Luang Prabang, where you'll engage in local traditions and explore surreal caves. In Cambodia, visit the poignant Killing Fields and the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat. Conclude in Vietnam with a mix of bustling cities, serene river deltas, and the stunning Halong Bay. This tour promises a rich tapestry of experiences, from historical landmarks to local culinary delights.

Highlights

  • Bangkok: Nose around the gilded Royal Palace, then travel like a local: floating down the Rivers.

  • Kanchanaburi: Cool off in emerald pools, shower under a waterfall and get your step count up.

  • Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya: Golden temples, a giant reclining Buddha and so many incredible sights to see.

  • Chiang Mai: Lift your spirits with a trip to this gilded, mountaintop temple with unbeatable city views.

  • Luang Prabang: Float down the Mekong from Pak Beng, past craggy caves and sleepy hillside villages.

  • Siem Reap: Visit Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon – where Tomb Raider was filmed.

  • Mekong River Delta: Watch and learn as local craftspeople make rice wine, tea, sweets and more local delicacies.

  • Halong Bay: Grab your new BFFs and hang out in this mini paradise with powdery sand and turquoise waters.

Places You'll See

Ultimate South East Asia (From Apr 2024)

Ultimate South East Asia (From Apr 2024)

Ultimate South East Asia (From Apr 2024)

Ultimate South East Asia (From Apr 2024)

Ultimate South East Asia (From Apr 2024)

Ultimate South East Asia (From Apr 2024)

Ultimate South East Asia (From Apr 2024)

Ultimate South East Asia (From Apr 2024)

Ultimate South East Asia (From Apr 2024)

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Day 1: Bangkok

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Location: Bangkok

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Nouvo City Hotel (or similar)

Touch down in Thailand's capital. After checking into our hotel there'll be time for DIY exploring, a massage or lying by the pool to catch the first of that sweet tropical sunshine. Later we'll rendezvous back at base so you can hear what's in store for the trip, then the night is yours to enjoy authentic Pad Thai & the Khao San road nightlife.

Day 2: Bangkok To Kanchanaburi

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Location: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi

Accommodation Name: River Kwai Jungle Rafts (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We'll start the day early, with so much to see, there's no time to waste. Catching Bangkok's water taxi system with the city locals is the most convenient way to get to our first stop - The Royal Palace. With our incredible local guide leading the charge, we will learn all about its 61 acres of incredible architecture and some traditions of the Thailand Royal Family. Then we'll jump on our private boat for a tour of the klongs (canals) and some fish feeding. Just listing today's sites gives us the butterflies. Once we get back to the hotel, ask your Trip Manager where to find the best local lunch before we wave goodbye to Bangkok. Bangkok, you've been a dream! But the show must go on. Fast becoming a must-visit in this part of the world, we make tracks to our next destination - the sleepy town of Kanchanaburi. We'll start with a stop to visit the most famous bridge in town & The Death Railway Museum & WWII Cemetery will give you a healthy dose of history. And then it’s time to reach our home for the night - right on the riverfront! (Yes, you can jump in the river directly from your room.) Nothing like being greeted with a delicious dinner of local specialities, right? We’ll finish the day off watching the sunset over the dazzling landscape.

Day 3: Kanchanaburi To Chiang Mai Via Ayutthaya

Location: Kanchanaburi

Accommodation Name: Overnight Train

Meals Included: Breakfast

We've got an exciting journey ahead of us today! We'll first make our way to the impressive Erawan falls. Walk across the serene trials. Or dip your feet into the emerald blue waters before we head to our next destination. We’ll make a stop in the UNESCO listed city of Ayutthaya, once the capital of Kingdom of Siam before being destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century. We'll grab bikes & ride past ornate temples, towering spires and beautiful palaces. Later, we board our overnight train to Chiang Mai. All aboard for Chiang Mai!

Day 4: Overnight Train To Chiang Mai Via Elephant Nature Park

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Location: Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Empress Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Lunch

Time to rise and shine. Today we're waking up in Chiang Mai! Right here in this city is everything you’ve been waiting for. That’s right, we’re spending an entire day at an elephant nature park! Watch these majestic giants strolling through their natural habitat as a part of an unforgettable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. (Who knows, you might even befriend one!). We’ll grab a wholesome lunch at the park and make our way to Chiang Mai. A free evening in this blissful city? How about spending the evening zipping around on a Vespa? Exploring like a local is the best way to explore, after all.

Day 5: Chiang Mai

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Location: Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Empress Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Ah yes. A completely free day in this amazing city - and there’s so much you can do. How about getting into a glove game with a Muay Thai lesson? Or maybe tour the local markets, guided by the head chef - who’ll then teach you how to rustle up an authentic Thai meal (right in the middle of a rice field!). The city really is all yours to make the most of.

Day 6: Chiang Mai To Chiang Rai

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Location: Chiang Mai

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Wiang Inn Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

It’s time to bid farewell to this lovely place. Why, you ask? Because we’re saying hello to the Chiang (‘city’ in Thai) of colourful temples! We’ll munch on a delicious breakfast, then head straight there. The Black House Museum. A blue temple, and a majestic white one too. Welcome to the city where the beauty of colours culminates. We’ll drop our bags off at our hotel and head straight to the Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) - a modern architectural marvel, entirely designed using white glass. You won’t really find any temple like this in Thailand! We’ll then call it a day after admiring the incredible design of Wat Rong Seua Ten (Blue Temple), and the Baan Dam Museum.

Day 7: Chiang Mai To Pakbeng

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Location: Pak Beng, Chiang Mai

Accommodation Name: Local Guest House (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Taking a border hop we'll cross out of Thailand & into Laos. After collecting our passport stamps we'll journey to Pakbeng, taking part of the trip by river cruise on a local boat.
Remote, traditional, & endlessly charming, Pakbeng is a true traveller's dream.

Day 8: Pak Beng To Luang Prabang

Location: Pak Beng, Luang Prabang

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Luang Prabang Inn (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Leaving Pak Beng, we make our way to Luang Prabang - get ready for gorgeous waterfalls, biking explorations and a chance to experience the local community and sacred Buddhist rituals.
Ending our Mekong River magic we arrive in the much-loved city of Luang Prabang. Temples dusted in gold, historic French mansions, & locals wrapped in saffron robes make this one of the prettiest places in Asia. Our explorations will involve a sunset from a hill-top stupa & a bout of shopping at the local night markets.

Day 9: Luang Prabang

Location: Luang Prabang

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Luang Prabang Inn (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

A city cycle and a swim under the 60-metre cascades of Kuang Si Falls will provide our daily nature fix, but most of the day is yours to visit palaces & temples & watch local life by the river, or choose to explore any way that suits. Tonight, watch the sunset at a riverside bar, and contemplate just how good life is and how relaxed you already feel just one week in.

Day 10: Luang Prabang To Vang Vieng

Location: Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Silver Naga Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning early risers will be rewarded with Buddhist rituals kissed by the sun's morning rays. Take part in the daily ritual of offering alms to the Monks of Luang Prabang's 34 temples. This morning we take an overland journey to a lively tourist hub filled with opportunities for adventure. It makes leaving the charming town of Luang Prabang a little easier.
Known for its dramatic limestone karsts, Vang Vieng will keep you busy. Explore the local rivers and caves or chill out surrounded by like-minded travellers, watching the sun set over the mountains.

Day 11: Vang Vieng To Vientiane

Location: Vang Vieng

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Aaron (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you should wake up feeling satisfied with your Vang Vieng explorations, and ready to peel back the layers of another Laos hotspot… Welcome to the largest city in Laos! If you’re expecting a bustling Asian capital, prepare to be surprised. The vibe here is strictly chilled. Apart from seeing the beauty of Pha That Luang stupa & the artistic talent of Patuxai, we’ll use our time here to lend a helping hand to the COPE centre - a local charity that provides prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation services to those who have lost their limbs as a result of unexploded bombs. It’s now time to visit the Buddha Park - a fanciful sculpture garden adorned with significant Buddhist images. Spend some time talking amongst the bizarre & sometimes ornate statues, and head back to our hotel for a good night’s rest.

Day 12: Vientiane To Phnom Penh

Location: Vientiane, Vang Vieng

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mettavary Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we’ll cross the border sky high, flying out of Laos as we make our way to the capital of Cambodia. Drop your bags off at our cool hotel in the Bassac Quarter (the perfect spot to kick back with a beer and a bite). We’re doing some historical sight-seeing today. We’ll visit The Royal Palace (the official residence of the Cambodian royals) and the Silver Pagoda (one of the finest examples of Khmer architecture). Later tonight, the city is yours to explore as you please.

Day 13: Phnom Penh

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Location: Vientiane, Phnom Penh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mettavary Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

You'll find reminders of Cambodia’s dark past hidden among the shy smiles and pretty tree-lined streets. Today we'll learn about the horrific Khmer Rouge rule by visiting the mass graves of the ‘Killing Fields’ & the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum with our local guide. Once we’re done paying respect, we’ll head back to our hotel located at an after-dark dinner hotspot. (Ask your Trip Manager for some local favourites!)

Day 14: Phnom Penh To Siem Reap

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Location: Krong Siem Reap, Phnom Penh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Amber Angkor Villa Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Another included flight takes us out of Cambodia's capital this morning, landing us in the heartland of an ancient masterpiece and what is still the largest religious monument in the world.
You could relax poolside this afternoon, before seeing what's going on by night! There are plenty of things you could spice up your night with, like local night markets though probably best to reserve your energy for our early morning visit to an Eighth Wonder of the World and something we know you've all been waiting for.

Day 15: Siem Reap

Location: Krong Siem Reap

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Amber Angkor Villa Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Prepare to be moved to the core this morning as we journey to Angkor Wat through dawn's hours in preparation for sunrise. Nothing can quite describe the feeling of watching the day's first rays touch this ancient spiritual site, it's pretty much magic. After a siesta and pool hangs to break up the day back at our hotel, we journey back to the temples to explore Angkor Thom and the Tomb Raider temple of Ta Prohm, which is slowly being swallowed by the jungle. With knowledge in hand, we'll pay a visit to the Tree Alliance Restaurant, where disadvantaged and former street children are trained up in hospitality skills. And wow, do they do it well; their frozen shakes and mouth-watering menu never fail to impress. With no early rise on tomorrow's agenda, we can let loose on the city's famous Pub Street and the buzzing local night markets.

Day 16: Siem Reap To Ho Chi Minh City

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Location: Krong Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Saying good-bye to some of your group at breakfast will be sad, but the thought of getting to Vietnam will no doubt cheer you up!
With a coriander filled Bánh mì in one hand and a Vietnamese coffee in the other, hit the road and get ready to explore the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh. Tonight we can grab a meal together and explore the exciting Ho Chi Minh City nightlife.

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City To Mekong Delta

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Location: Mekong River Delta, Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Homestay

Accommodation Name: Bay Thoi Homestay (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we leave Ho Chi Minh exchanging fast paced city life for an energy that's a little more quaint. Such is the contrasting beauty of Vietnam.
Though this isn't the first time we are seeing the Mekong Delta, our journey in a traditional boat will prove just how dramatically this river's fringes can vary. We'll see floating markets, visit a rice paper factory and sip some of Vietnam's famous rice whiskey. A home-cooked meal and local musicians will round off our day as we settle in for a night at a local guesthouse.

Day 18: Mekong Delta To Ho Chi Minh City

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Location: Mekong River Delta, Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After an early breakfast we'll make our way back to Ho Chi Minh, detouring past Viet Cong’s Cu Chi Tunnels. See traps, hidden doors & some of the 250kms of tunnels that Vietnamese resistance fighters dug by hand, and even go down into the skinny tunnels to experience them first hand in this look into Vietnam's staggering past. 
Back in the addictive mayhem of Vietnam's biggest city you will have free time to carry on your explorations. Continuing to eat your way through Vietnam's culinary highlights would be one wise way to use your time (we think).

Day 19: Ho Chi Minh City To Nha Trang

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Location: Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

With some traditional R'n'R on our afternoon agenda, the morning can be used to put on our discovering boots. We'll dabble in history and religion before taking flight to a coastal town overlooking the South China Sea.
Golden sand beaches, turquoise waters and a bustling night life - this is Nha Trang. This afternoon why not book in for a mineral mud bath and hot thermal spring experience before heading out to dinner with your crew. Ah, the good life.

Day 20: Nha Trang

Location: Nha Trang

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Good news - we're kicking it in Nha Trang for another night. Have a massage, sign up for the optional cruise, or just hang on the beach saving your energy for seaside bar fun as the sun sets.

Day 21: Nha Trang To Hoi'an

Location: Hội An, Nha Trang

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Le Pavillon Paradise Hoi An Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

We'll travel North and take a short coastal drive we find ourselves in a canal town overflowing with beauty and ancient history. With Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European influences, Hoi An has no shortage of charm and architectural interest. Bike riding through the vibrant town, visiting an ancient house & ordering custom-made clothes at an artful tailor are just some of the activities that will colour our day. Tonight you can opt onto a Vietnamese cooking class, whipping up a storm of up to 4 traditional dishes.

Day 22: Hoi'an

Location: Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Le Pavillon Paradise Hoi An Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Morning travellers! The day is all yours. Poke around in galleries & market stalls (the best shopping spots in Vietnam in our opinion) and devour all of the delectable treats on offer. And for a dose of culture, you could ride on one of Vietnam’s very own Bamboo Basket Boats (Yes, the ones that you’ve probably seen on Instagram). And to top it all off, we’ll grab some fresh coconut water straight from the tree to your tummy.

Day 23: Hoi An To Hanoi Via Da Nang

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Location: Hue, Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hanoi Larosa Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Leaving Hoi An will be sad. But we’re heading to Hanoi, so there’s hardly an excuse to not be excited. We’ll grab a quick breakfast and head to Da Nang… Fasten your seatbelts, folks. We’ll catch our internal flight to Hanoi from this quaint coastal town. Welcome to the city where all the bustling magic happens! We bet you’re starving from all that travel. That’s why we’ll head straight to the KOTO restaurant - a unique dining experience that supports disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. And with our tummies happy and full, we’ll visit the Temple of Literature (AKA Vietnam’s first-ever university.) But the sight-seeing doesn’t end there. It’s time to make our way to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, dedicated to a Vietnamese revolutionary leader. In the evening, you’re free to explore the capital however you like.

Day 24: Hanoi To Ninh Binh

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Location: Hue, Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Next up, we’re heading to the epicentre of Vietnam's show-stopping natural beauty. Do you see them? Those lovely landscapes are all yours to admire and explore today. Get inside Vietnam’s legendary army jeep, or a vintage Vespa (if that’s your vibe) and let’s get going. Spend the day cherishing the crisp air and clear blue water. And if you love bird-watching, make sure to have your binoculars ready at all times.

Day 25: Ninh Binh To Halong Bay

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Location: Hanoi, Hạ Long Bay

Accommodation Name: Junk Boat (Special Stay)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Up and about at the crack of dawn today! We’re climbing up 500 steps to the top of the Mua Cave to witness an incredible sunrise over the valley. (You certainly don’t wanna forget your camera for this one). A drive through stunning scenery will evoke plenty of 'oh wow's', but it only gets better as we board our home for the night, a Chinese-style junk boat in Halong Bay. Feel the serenity kicking in immediately as we drift the limestone island seas of the Gulf of Tonkin. We’ll pass hidden lagoons, thick forests & dreamy grottos. And also chill atop the Ti Top Island. A fresh seafood dinner and sunset at our docking spot will polish off a wonderful day packed with unforgettable moments and experiences.

Day 26: Halong Bay To Hanoi

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Location: Hạ Long Bay, Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hanoi Larosa Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today will be all about the leisurely vibes as we wake up to breakfast with a quick stop to explore the Sung Sot Caves. Make the most of your time on the junk boat - the views don't get much better than this.
After heading back to Hanoi we find ourselves enjoying our final night together on tour. Save the choir of tears for tomorrow - this evening is all about making the most of your free time and staying positive so why not join us for one last family dinner and then onto Ta Hien to dance the night away.

Day 27: Depart Hanoi

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Location: Hanoi

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy one final breakfast with the squad this morning before the trip wraps up. Hug it out and make plans to reunite sometime soon - Latin America, perhaps?

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation is provided throughout the tour, including stays at hotels, guest houses, and a special stay on a junk boat in Halong Bay.

  • Meals

    Meals are included as specified in the itinerary, including breakfasts, some lunches, and dinners.

  • Local Guides

    Local guides are provided for various tours and activities throughout the trip.

  • Transportation

    Transportation is included for all specified activities and transfers, including flights, trains, boats, and buses.

  • Activities and Excursions

    Various activities and excursions are included, such as visits to temples, historical sites, and local markets, as well as boat tours and cycling trips.

What's Not Included

  • International Flights

    International flights to and from the starting and ending points of the tour are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is highly recommended for all travelers.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional meals, and optional activities are not included.

  • Visa Fees

    Visa fees for entry into the countries visited are not included and must be arranged by the traveler.

  • Gratuities

    Gratuities for guides, drivers, and hotel staff are not included and are at the discretion of the traveler.

Mode of Transport

Transportation is included for all specified activities and transfers, including flights, trains, boats, and buses.

Check out our Q&As

  • What will we do in Hoi An?

    In Hoi An, you will bike ride through the town, visit an ancient house, order custom-made clothes at an artful tailor, and have the option to join a Vietnamese cooking class.

  • What historical sites will we visit in Phnom Penh?

    In Phnom Penh, you will visit the mass graves of the 'Killing Fields' and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to learn about the Khmer Rouge rule.

  • What is special about the visit to Luang Prabang?

    In Luang Prabang, you will experience a sunset from a hill-top stupa, shop at local night markets, cycle around the city, and swim under the 60-metre cascades of Kuang Si Falls. You can also participate in the daily ritual of offering alms to the monks.

  • What is the highlight of the visit to Siem Reap?

    The highlight of Siem Reap is the early morning visit to Angkor Wat for sunrise, followed by exploring Angkor Thom and the Tomb Raider temple of Ta Prohm.

  • What kind of activities can I expect in Bangkok?

    In Bangkok, you will visit the Royal Palace, take a private boat tour of the klongs (canals), and feed fish. You will also have free time to explore the city, enjoy a massage, or relax by the pool.

  • What can I expect during the stay in Nha Trang?

    In Nha Trang, you can enjoy the golden sand beaches, turquoise waters, and bustling nightlife. You can also book a mineral mud bath and hot thermal spring experience.

  • What is included in the visit to Hue?

    In Hue, you will visit the Imperial Palace, the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda, and learn about the Hue Buddhist massacre. You will also take a cyclo ride to see the city from a new angle.

  • What unique experience is offered in Kanchanaburi?

    In Kanchanaburi, you will stay at the Jungle Raft Hotel where rooms are lit by candlelight, and you can jump into the river directly from your room. You will also visit Elephant Haven to learn about the sanctuary's rescue efforts and visit the Bridge on the River Kwai.

  • What unique experience is offered in Halong Bay?

    In Halong Bay, you will stay on a Chinese-style junk boat, drift through limestone islands, explore hidden lagoons and grottos, and enjoy a fresh seafood dinner and sunset.

  • What can I do during my free time in Chiang Mai?

    In Chiang Mai, you can explore the old quarter, enjoy the street food scene, get a traditional Thai massage, or join a Vespa tour to explore the city on two wheels.

  • What activities are planned in the Mekong Delta?

    In the Mekong Delta, you will take a traditional boat journey, see floating markets, visit a rice paper factory, sip rice whiskey, and enjoy a home-cooked meal with local musicians.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

Reviews of this operator

Trusted Customer  

Northern Choice plus Kaikoura

16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Sophie  

Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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Trusted Customer  

First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Trusted Customer  

Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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Dec 21, 2024 - Jan 16, 2025
$5345 $4384

Operator discount: -$818

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$143

Friday - Wednesday

Dec 27, 2024 - Jan 22, 2025
$5345 $4384

Operator discount: -$818

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$143

Saturday - Thursday

Jan 04, 2025 - Jan 30, 2025
$5345 $4384

Operator discount: -$818

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$143

Saturday - Thursday

Jan 11, 2025 - Feb 06, 2025
$5345 $4384

Operator discount: -$818

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$143

Saturday - Thursday

Jan 18, 2025 - Feb 13, 2025
$5345 $4384

Operator discount: -$818

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$143

Saturday - Thursday

Jan 25, 2025 - Feb 20, 2025
$5345 $4384

Operator discount: -$818

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$143

Saturday - Thursday

Feb 01, 2025 - Feb 27, 2025
$5345 $4384

Operator discount: -$818

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$143

Saturday - Thursday

Feb 15, 2025 - Mar 13, 2025
$5345 $4384

Operator discount: -$818

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$143

Saturday - Thursday

Feb 22, 2025 - Mar 20, 2025
$5345 $4384

Operator discount: -$818

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$143

Saturday - Thursday

Mar 08, 2025 - Apr 03, 2025
$5345 $4384

Operator discount: -$818

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$143

Saturday - Thursday

Mar 15, 2025 - Apr 10, 2025
$5345 $4384

Operator discount: -$818

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$143

Saturday - Thursday

Mar 22, 2025 - Apr 17, 2025
$5345 $4384

Operator discount: -$818

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$143

Book with Confidence

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Contiki allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform contiki, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Contiki requires a minimum deposit of 200 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of contiki charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 25% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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