Southeast Asia Express

Southeast Asia Express

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Southeast Asia Express

11 Days Starting in Ho Chi Minh City and ending in Bangkok

Visiting: Ho Chi Minh City, Châu Đốc, Phnom Penh, Krong Battambang, Banteay Chhmar, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Bangkok, Asia

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

AOK

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 16

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:

16 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus

Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Find out why Southeast Asia is a favourite for culture-hungry adventurers on this activity-packed trip spanning Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Our 11-day itinerary starts in electric Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, before we move to the peaceful Mekong Delta and summit the holy Sam Mountain at sunset. It’s then on to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where we learn about the country’s sobering recent history at the Killing Fields and embark on an evening cyclo tour, a quintessential Cambodian experience. We then journey to the rural village of Banteay Chhmar to stay with a local family before exploring Angkor, one of the world’s great archaeological zones. Our journey finishes in Bangkok, Thailand, a perfect base to extend or conclude your Southeast Asia adventure.

Highlights

  • Admire the Mekong Delta from Sam Mountain at sunset

  • Visit the moving Killing Fields of Cambodia

  • Enjoy an evening cylo tour of Phnom Penh

  • Discover the charming city of Battambang and explore the area on a leisurely bike ride

  • Spend a night with a local family in the traditional Cambodian village of Banteay Chhmar

  • Explore Unesco-listed Angkor, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Ho Chi Minh City
Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, a thundering, frenetic introduction to Vietnam and Southeast Asia. There’s a welcome briefing with your leader this evening, followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant. However, the rest of the day is free. If you’re itching to explore, you can visit the nearby sites, such as Ben Thanh Market, where thousands of sellers offer a dizzying assortment of goods, or the French-built Notre Dame Cathedral, an intriguing insight into the history and architecture of this fascinating city.
Accommodation: Huong Sen Hotel (or similar)

Day 2 : Drive To Chau Doc; Visit Sam Mountain For Sunset
Location: Châu Đốc
Meals Included: breakfast

After breakfast, we leave Ho Chi Minh City and drive (approximately six hours including a lunch stop) to Chau Doc on the Mekong Delta. After checking into our hotel, we transfer out of town for a 30-minute walk to the top of Sam Mountain for sunset, enjoying views over temple-studded countryside and into Cambodia from the summit. Alternatively, there is a cable car to the top, which costs 75,000 Vietnamese dong (US$3.30) one way.
The evening is free to explore town, perhaps visiting the lively Chau Doc market where vendors dish out a spectacular range of foodie treats.
Accommodation: Chau Pho Hotel (or similar)

Day 3 : To Cambodia: Visit Phnom Chisor Temple Then Transfer To Phnom Penh; Evening Cyclo Tour
Location: Phnom Penh
Meals Included: breakfast

After driving approximately one hour to the Tinh Bien-Phnom Den land border, we bid Vietnam farewell, cross into Cambodia and meet our Cambodian tour leader.
Our drive then takes us via Phnom Chisor, a mountain-top temple built in the Angkorian era, where we enjoy wonderful countryside views before stopping for lunch.
We then transfer to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, to check into our centrally located hotel, our base for the next two nights. Please note, today's transfer time is approximately seven hours.
This evening, we tour the energetic capital by cyclo – a three-wheeled bicycle taxi and the quintessential way to see the city.
Accommodation: Katari Phnom Penh Hotel (or similar)

Day 4 : Sightseeing Including Royal Palace And Silver Pagoda; Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum And The Killing Fields
Location: Phnom Penh
Meals Included: breakfast

Despite the devastating Khmer Rouge regime and subsequent civil war, Phnom Penh is a fascinating city to explore with fine French colonial architecture and a gastronomic scene to rival any. This morning, we tour the Royal Palace – official residence of King Sihamoni – and the dazzling Silver Pagoda, a Buddhist temple and architectural wonder.
In the afternoon, we visit two sites that give us a vivid impression of the past horrors here. First is the city-centre Genocide Museum, which is located within the former Khmer Rouge prison known as S-21 or Tuol Sleng. And 9mi (15km) out of town is the Killing Fields, a mass grave and execution site for S-21 inmates. Visiting these two sites is a sobering experience but provides an essential understanding of what the people here endured just a few decades ago.
Accommodation: Katari Phnom Penh Hotel (or similar)

Day 5 : Travel To Battambang; Sunset At Phnom Sampov
Location: Krong Battambang
Meals Included: breakfast

This morning, we depart Phnom Penh and transfer to Battambang – pronounced Battambong – the second-largest city in Cambodia. The drive, which passes paddy fields and farms, will take approximately six hours but we stop for lunch and to visit a pottery village.
Battambang itself is an attractive riverside hub with traces of French elegance, friendly Khmer people and well-preserved colonial architecture. There are also striking examples of art deco architecture at the central market, the Victory swimming pool and the train station.
Before sunset, we take a short drive out of town and visit Phnom Sampov (a limestone mountain and pilgrimage site), known for having spectacular views of Battambang and a massive cave home to millions of bats that pour into the sky at sunset.
Accommodation: Classy Hotel (or similar)

Day 6 : Half-Day Cycle Around Battambang Countryside And Rural Villages; Transfer To Banteay Chhmar For Overnight Homestay
Location: Krong Battambang, Banteay Chhmar
Meals Included: breakfastdinner

Following breakfast, we have a leisurely half-day bike ride through the Battambang countryside. Stop along the way to learn about rural life and discover cottage industries producing ripe paper, dried bananas and bamboo sticky rice. The 15mi (24km) cycle is easy riding on flat terrain with lots of stops along the way. If you would like to opt out and hop on a tuk-tuk instead, let the leader know at the beginning of the trip so they can make alternative arrangements.
After, we transfer (approximately two hours) to the village of Banteay Chhmar and experience true Cambodian hospitality by staying with local families in traditional wooden-stilted Khmer houses. This afternoon includes a village walk followed by an authentic home-cooked dinner.
Accommodation: CBT Banteay Chhmar Homestay

Day 7 : Morning Market Visit And Lunch; Afternoon Transfer To Siem Reap
Location: Siem Reap
Meals Included: breakfast, lunch

After a home-cooked breakfast, we visit the market with our hosts to pick fresh vegetables, meat and herbs before returning to help them prepare and cook a delicious lunch. We enjoy our creation before departing the village in the early afternoon and transferring to Siem Reap (approximately three hours).
Upon arrival, we walk past the Royal Gardens and along the Siem Reap River to the Old Market, helping us to get our bearings in this small town. You may like to finish with a visit to the Artisans d’Ángkor workshop, a not-for-profit organisation that provides vocational training for young people in traditional Cambodian arts. The rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy Siem Reap at leisure.
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Holiday Hotel (or similar)

Day 8 : Sunrise And Full Day At Angkor
Location: Angkor Wat
Meals Included: breakfast

This morning, we tour the standout attraction in Cambodia: Angkor, the one-time capital of the Khmer empire. Rediscovered in the 1870s and described by French explorer Henri Mouchot as ‘grander than anything of Greece or Rome’, this Unesco World Heritage site is one of the most spectacular archaeological zones in the world.
To make the trip extra special, we rise early to catch sunrise at Angkor Wat, a spectacular Khmer temple complex thought to be the largest religious building on the planet. We then visit the many structures inside the royal city of Angkor Thom, including the magnificent Bayon, which comprises 54 intricately carved towers in a single temple. We also see the less-visited outlying Ta Prohm temple, which is still covered in jungle as it was first found.
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Holiday Hotel (or similar)

Day 9 : Further Time At Angkor; Free Afternoon
Location: Angkor Wat
Meals Included: breakfast

This morning, we continue our exploration of Angkor with a visit to the small 10th-century temple of Banteay Srei, located 22mi (35km) from Siem Reap town and containing fine examples of Khmer sculpture.
The afternoon is free for you to independently explore Angkor, wander around Siem Reap town or enjoy an optional boat ride on Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and a sanctuary for wildlife including the critically endangered Siamese crocodile.
Accommodation: Tara Angkor Holiday Hotel (or similar)

Day 10 : To Thailand; Transfer To Bangkok
Location: Bangkok
Meals Included: breakfast

We have an early start to travel from Siem Reap to Bangkok (approximately 10 hours). After the border crossing (which usually takes up to an hour), we meet our Thai tour leader and have our first taste of Thai food at a local restaurant before continuing onto Bangkok. Famous for tuk-tuks, khlong boats and incredible street food, the capital is an assault on the senses and provides a real contrast to Cambodia.
Accommodation: Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok (or similar)

Day 11 : End Bangkok
Location: Bangkok
Meals Included: breakfast

The tour ends this morning after breakfast. Catch your free transfer to the airport to begin your journey home. Alternatively, speak to your sales representative to extend your stay in this thrilling city.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner

  • All accommodation

  • All transport and listed activities

  • Tour leaders (one local leader in each destination)

  • Free arrival and departure transfers for everyone

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Visas or vaccinations

Food

All breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner are included.

The food on this trip is a real highlight for many. Southeast Asian cuisine is typically freshly prepared dishes with strong aromatic flavours. There is a focus on herbs and citrus, ensuring each dish packs a punch; chilli features highly too, but is easily avoided if desired.

Most dishes come with rice and many are served in a banana leaf with a variety of dips and herbs served separately. Visiting three countries means a different culinary experience every time you cross the border; try banh xeo (huge sizzling pancakes) in Vietnam, fish amok curry in Cambodia for a creamy, fragrant coconut-based dish; and freshly made pad Thai noodles from the Bangkok street stalls. Western food is readily available almost everywhere in the bigger cities, but not in Banteay Chhmar.

Vegetarian food is widely available; however, the offering will be fairly similar in smaller locations visited. Please advise at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Accommodation

We spend 10 nights in comfortable hotels and one night in a homestay guesthouse.

The accommodation is in good-quality hotels (three- or four-star) with all rooms offering air conditioning or fans. All hotels have private bathrooms and the guesthouse homestay has shared bathroom facilities.

Please note, the accommodations listed in the day-to-day itinerary are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

If you are a solo traveller and would prefer not to share a room with another solo traveller of the same sex, you can request a private room for a supplement. Private rooms are available for nine nights of the tour, except the one night at the homestay guesthouse in Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia. Please advise your sales representative at the time of booking if you would to include the single supplement.

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  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    The minimum age for this tour is 16 years old.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, our local guides are English speaking.

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

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Gergana Racheva  

Very helpful and prompt service

06-Jan-2023

Very helpful and prompt service. I called to check for an already booked trip and once we sorted this, the agent was ready to help me with another booking as well. He actually waited for me to book my flight tickets, answered all my questions, informed me of all my options. Exodus is a tour company I am using regularly due to the quality of their trips, ease of booking and helpfulness of their customer service team

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04-Nov-2021

This trip takes you through the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean walking with a guide and also discovering the wonders of Pompeii and Vesuvius. The hotel had a nice feel as family run, spotless and comfortable rooms, we were well looked after for breakfasts and dinner each day, and the barmen fixed some mean cocktails for us.!

Paul Green  

It's amazing what you can do in a week! Cycling the Dalmatian Coast.

08-Oct-2021

This holiday was extremely enjoyable. The itinerary is well planned and the route takes you to a variety of destinations. Not having been to Croatia before I didn't know there were so many beautiful small islands and I loved the ferry and catarmaran rides. The coastal route we took was dramatic and the World Heritage sites in Split and Dubrovnik very interesting and worth visiting. The Adriatic Sea was warm, blue and inviting, good for swimming even in October. The hotels we stayed in varied in size from medium to large. I particularly liked the one just outside Dubrovnik as I had a sea view. Tourists were plentiful in Split and Dubrovnik but in the other places we stayed there was an end of season feel and it was quiet on the roads and in the resorts. The food was good and our guide was always able to recommend a nice restaurant for our evening meal. The weather in October was good for cycling - not hot, partly cloudy most days and one day it rained!

Mrs Y Morrison  

Fabulous company and trip

06-Jan-2023

We went overland from Cape Town to Zimbabwe through Botswana and Namibia. What a fantastic trip. Our first time with Exodus although we have travelled extensively around the world. We would highly recommend this company for such a brilliant trip - we got everything and more all at a good price. Thanks to everyone involved. We are looking at our next trip!

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19-Aug-2023

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I'v just come back from...

17-Jul-2022

I'v just come back from an amazing Wildlife & Wilderness trip in Botswana and I highly recommend Exodus Travels. Our guide Brian, was extremely knowledgeable on both the wildlife and history of Botswana and neighbouring countries. The other three staff, Abbis, Chief & Mr T, who accompanied us through out our 2 week trip, put in the hard work and made sure our camp was always prepared and that we we're well fed and looked after. The tour took us to some beautiful places and we saw some amazing wildlife, and on several occasions this was due to Brian's knowledge of the area and wildlife behaviour. Exodus have been very quick to respond to any queries I had, and the whole experience ran smoothly. I was also pleased to hear that during lockdown they provided staff with food packages 👍. I'd normally go on self organised trips, however, with this trip, the tour and guide Brian took us to places not possible otherwise and showed us things that we would'v missed out on. All of which were the highlights of the tour.

Daphne Partridge (Google Reviewer)  

After 14 roup adventure holidays...

26-Nov-2023

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Katrina Handford  

A wonderful trip! Sierra de Aitana Trek

01-Nov-2021

I couldn't speak more highly of this trip. The scenery was absolutely stunning; the areas provided a great variety of walks with spectacular views. The accommodation was perfectly situated to start most of the walks directly from the hotel. It was also within walking distance of the bars and restaurants in Benimantell and Guadalest. Having said that, the food at the hotel was wonderful and so there was little need to venture further afield. Homecooked, nourishing and delicious food from the hotel was perfect fuel for the trekking.

Alison Payton (Google Reviewer)  

I've done 8 trips in...

17-May-2023

I've done 8 trips in the last 14 years with Exodus, and have been rewarded with a 10% discount on all future bookings. I feel very confident that I'll receive pleasant, efficient service, and have the unusual holiday experience that I'm looking for each time. I've trekked to the top of snow-capped peaks, wild-camped in the desert, seen amazing spectacles of nature, visited 4 capital cities in a week, and learned about local culture and experienced local hospitality in a way that I simply wouldn't on a conventional holiday. The quality of the accommodation and guides can vary, but this is mainly down to cultural differences and things that Exodus can't control. I've only ever complained once, my complaint was taken seriously, and I was sent a discount voucher - you can't say fairer than that. I remain a loyal customer.

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If you like to be...

07-Sep-2023

If you like to be mistreated Exodus is perfect for you. If you enjoy terrible choices for hotels and pseudo restaurants Exodus is perfect for you. Careless about their clients and loveless about their propositions. Exodus has been a dissatisfaction and disappointment about every dealing i and my group have had with him. Especially a man called Simone who just cares about the money he can get from you couldn’t care less about service.

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  • Cancellation Policy

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

    Up to 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 20 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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