Thai Indochina Explorer

Thai Indochina Explorer

770 Views
14 Days
From

$2545

$2475

Thai Indochina Explorer

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

Visiting: Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels Tours, Cái Bè District, Vĩnh Long, Châu Đốc, Krong Kampot, Kaoh Tonsay, Phnom Penh, Krong Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Bangkok

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

AOX

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:

16 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure Tours

Interests:

Cultural, Photography

From:
$2545
$2475 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $70
See local operators tour description
- Sign In

This tour is no longer available, please see similar tours below or send an enquiry

Tour Overview

Beginning in frenetic Saigon we cross three countries in two weeks, making for a varied and fascinating trip. We encounter the majestic ruins of Angkor, the lush fertility of the Mekong Delta and the sobering faces of the tragic recent history of Vietnam and Cambodia. Getting off the beaten track, we journey into rural Cambodia and have time to explore the pepper plantations of Kampot as well as a day trip by boat to a tropical island to relax and swim. A short stay in Bangkok rounds off our trip perfectly as we explore the colourful markets that provide a mouth-watering array at meal times. The delicious cuisine is a treasure of this exotic region.

Highlights

  • Jungle trails of Thailand

  • Explore the world famous Angkor complex

  • Crawl through the Cu Chi war tunnels

  • Overnight in the Mekong Delta at a homestay

  • Visit the famous Kampot pepper plantations

  • Experience three distinctly different countries in two weeks

  • Visit the Royal Palace complex and Wat Po of Bangkok

  • Visit the moving Killing Fields of Cambodia

  • Experience three distinctly different countries in two weeksOvernight in the Mekong Delta at a homestayVisit the moving Killing Fields of CambodiaExplore the world famous Angkor complexVisit the famous Kampot pepper plantationsVisit the Royal Palace complex and Wat Po of BangkokCrawl through the Cu Chi war tunnels

  • — Experience three distinctly different countries in two weeks — Overnight in the Mekong Delta at a homestay — Visit the moving Killing Fields of Cambodia — Explore the world famous Angkor complex — Visit the famous Kampot pepper plantations — Visit the Royal Palace complex and Wat Po of Bangkok — Crawl through the Cu Chi war tunnels

Itinerary

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

The day is free to recover from the flight. Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon, is an exciting and absorbing city where bicycles battle with lorries and temples stand defiantly alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, Saigon is now a bustling free market city where anything goes. The Ben Thanh Market and Notre Dame Cathedral are highly recommended.
There will be a welcome briefing with your leader this evening followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant.
Huong Sen Hotel or similar

Day 2 : Visit Cu Chi Tunnels; Tour Of Saigon
Location: Cu Chi Tunnels Tours
Meals Included: breakfast

This morning we leave the city behind us and head west to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Used by the Viet Cong during the war, the network covers 3 levels and approximately 240 kms of tunnels. Traditionally these were very narrow but some areas have been widened to allow tourists to explore the system. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the sunshine!
In the afternoon we return to Saigon for a tour which include visits to the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum where there is an interesting record of the Vietnam/American War. Please be advised some of the images are of a graphic nature.
Huong Sen Hotel or similar

Day 3 : Mekong Delta; Visit Floating Market; Overnight Homestay Guesthouse
Location: Cái Bè District
Meals Included: breakfast, dinner

We drive to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta via a Cao Dai temple used by devotees of this strange indigenous religion that fuses all the great religions of the east and west. En route we pass magnificent countryside and stop at some small cottage industries. The Mekong is locally known as the rice bowl of Vietnam and produces much of Vietnam's fruit, sugar cane and coconuts. Cai Be floating market is becoming less crowded and smaller as fruit trading is mostly now done by trucks due to the bridge being built. However, this is still a great opportunity to see a local market and the trade being conducted traditionally on a smaller scale. We take a relaxing sampan cruise in the afternoon and arrive at our accommodation. The evening is tranquil as we have dinner on an island and enjoy some 'Delta' hospitality. We spend the night sleeping at a simple homestay guesthouse built in the style of a local house. Bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are provided.
Mekong Homestay Guesthouse

Day 4 : Walking Tour In The Delta; Visit Sam Mountain For Sunset; Overnight Chau Doc
Location: Vĩnh Long, Châu Đốc
Meals Included: breakfast

This morning we take a short walk around the surrounding village to uncover the daily lives of the people. We board our boats once again and cross the main channel to Vinh Long where we re-join our vehicle for the drive further into the Mekong Delta to the small border town of Chau Doc. After checking into the hotel we will enjoy a sunset visit to the top of the holy Sam Mountain with views stretching across into Cambodia.
The evening is free to wander around this town, situated on the banks of the Mekong River.
Chau Pho Hotel or similar

Day 5 : To Cambodia: Visit Pepper Plantation Then Transfer To Kampot; Sunset River Cruise
Location: Krong Kampot
Meals Included: breakfast, lunch

After driving approximately 1 hour to the Tinh Bien/Phnom Den land border we will bid farewell to Vietnam and cross into Cambodia. Our drive then takes us via the La Plantation Pepper farm, to enjoy an included lunch and an introduction to the famous Kampot Pepper farm. Afterwards, we transfer to Kampot town, which sits on a picturesque river. Upon arrival we check into our centrally located hotel, our base for the next two nights, before boarding a local boat for a sunset cruise on the Kampot River. The river runs through the centre of the town and can flow in both directions as it is closely connected to the sea.
Boutique Kampot Hotel or similar

Day 6 : Full Day Boat Trip To Tropical Koh Tonsai Island
Location: Kaoh Tonsay
Meals Included: breakfast

Today we jump on a local boat for the short trip to Koh Tonsai (Rabbit Island). Palm tree fringed with a small beach this is the perfect place to enjoy swimming in the warm water or relax and just soak up the exotic tropical surroundings.
Boutique Kampot Hotel or similar

Day 7 : Drive To Phnom Penh; Free Time
Location: Phnom Penh
Meals Included: breakfast

There may be the chance to rise early and do an optional walking tour with your leader to visit the Kampot fish market before returning to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we depart Kampot and transfer to Phnom Penh, where we will spend the next 2 nights.
During our time in the Cambodian capital, take the chance to wander among the traditional buildings, or shop at either the impressive Central Market or the sprawling Russian Market, a souvenir hunter's paradise.
Ohana Hotel or similar

Day 8 : Full Day Sightseeing Including The Royal Palace And The 'Killing Fields'
Location: Phnom Penh
Meals Included: breakfast

We will visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda inside the Palace complex, so named for the solid silver tiles that make up the floor. Thankfully the complex escaped the worst excess of the Khmer Rouge. Similar in style and scale to the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Royal Palace has significantly fewer visitors and there is plenty of time to wander amongst the traditional buildings.
We will also visit Tuol Sleng museum or S21 (Museum of Genocide), which graphically displays the horrors of the 4 years when Pol Pot systematically ordered the murder of between 2 and 3 million Cambodians. Tuol Sleng was originally a school but was used as a torture and interrogation centre between 1975 and 1979. It is a sobering, but enlightening place to visit. We complete our day with a moving late afternoon visit to the 'killing fields' of Choeung Ek. A football-field-sized area surrounded by farmland, the killing fields contain mass graves for perhaps 20,000 Cambodians, many of whom were tortured before being killed.
Phnom Penh is a city in transition and, despite its horrific recent history, it is now starting to find its feet. Some of its former French colonial buildings have been restored and there is a small but lively restaurant and bar scene developing along the riverfront.
Ohana Hotel or similar

Day 9 : To Siem Reap
Location: Krong Siem Reap
Meals Included: breakfast, lunch

Today we have a long drive to Siem Reap (approximately 8 hours). En route we stop at the town of Skuon, famous for its local delicacy - fried spiders.
We will also stop off at Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments and some of the oldest structures in the country. We'll also pause for a traditional Khmer lunch at a community restaurant before continuing our journey to Siem Reap.
Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar

Day 10 : Full Day Exploring Temple Complex At Angkor
Location: Angkor Wat
Meals Included: breakfast

A full day spent exploring the complex. We will visit the incredible Angkor Wat, the many temples inside the Royal City of Angkor Thom, including the magnificent Bayon, which comprises of 54 intricately carved towers in one single temple. The Bayon certainly left an impression on an early traveller in 1925 who stated 'we stand before it stunned. It is like nothing else in the land.' We will also see other less-visited outlying temples. Particularly impressive are Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm, which is still covered in jungle as it was first found. Re-discovered in the 1870s and famously described as being 'grander than anything of Greece or Rome' by the French explorer Henri Mouchot, this world heritage site stands alongside Chichen Itza and Machu Picchu as one of the world's most spectacular archaeological sites. A truly magical experience and a photographer's paradise. One evening we will make our way to watch the sunset over this magnificent scene.
Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar

Day 11 : Further Time At Angkor; Free Afternoon
Location: Angkor Wat
Meals Included: breakfast

This morning we will continue our exploration of the Angkor complex with a visit to the small but charming Temple of Banteay Srei, which is noted for the intricacy of its carvings, 35km from Siem Reap town. Our route takes us past paddy fields, and through pretty villages. Banteay Srei was built in the 10th century and contains some of the finest examples of Khmer sculpture. Although much smaller than the later temples, here all of the buildings are covered in exquisite carvings. The afternoon is free for you to continue with further independent exploration of the temples or to wander around Siem Reap town or visit a floating fishing village and enjoy a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake (optional).
Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar

Day 12 : To Thailand; Transfer To Bangkok
Location: Bangkok
Meals Included: breakfast

Today we have an early morning start and bid farewell to Cambodia, and embark on a longer journey from Siem Reap to Bangkok. The journey from Siem Reap to the border can take up to 3 hours. After the border crossing (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 the capital of Bangkok. Famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and incredible street food, Bangkok is an assault on the senses and provides a real contrast to sleepy Cambodia.
Rembrandt Bangkok Hotel or similar

Day 13 : Tour Of Bangkok Including Wat Pho, Free Time
Location: Bangkok
Meals Included: breakfast

Today we board a long tail boat for a tour of the local canals. Please be advised there may be a possibility of larger groups being accommodated in a bigger boat. Bangkok was once known as the Venice of the East because of its intricate canal network. We get a glimpse of daily life as we pass locals selling their wares by the river. We also visit what to this day remains the home of the Thai Royal family at the Royal Palace complex followed by Wat Phra Kaew, home to the Emerald Buddha, one of Thailand's most venerated images. Another highlight is Wat Po, the largest temple in Bangkok, housing a 46m long, 15m high gold-plated reclining Buddha.
Please note, when visiting the Royal Palace, clothes covering your shoulders and knees are a requirement for entry.
Rembrandt Bangkok Hotel or similar

Day 14 : End Bangkok
Location: Bangkok
Meals Included: breakfast

For land only clients, the tour ends this morning in Bangkok after breakfast.

What's Included

  • Tour leader throughout

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner

  • All accommodation 

  • Arrival & departure transfers

  • All transport and listed activities

  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

  • Meals

    13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinners.

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinnerAll accommodation All transport and listed activitiesTour leader throughoutFlights from London (if booking incl. flights)Arrival & departure transfers

  • — All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner — All accommodation — All transport and listed activities — Tour leader throughout — Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) — Arrival & departure transfers

What's Not Included

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Travel insurance

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Travel insuranceSingle accommodation (available on request)Visas or vaccinations

  • — Travel insurance — Single accommodation (available on request) — Visas or vaccinations

Food

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included. The food on this trip is a real highlight for many. Southeast Asian cuisine is known for its abundance of freshly prepared dishes with strong aromatic flavours. There is a focus on herbs and citrus to ensure each dish packs a punch; chilli does feature highly too but is easily avoided if desired. Typically most dishes will come with rice and many are often served in a banana leaf with a variety of dips and herbs served separately. The three countries visited ensure a different culinary experience every time you cross the border; ensure you try the freshly made Pad Thai noodles from the street stalls of Bangkok, the fish amok curry in Cambodia for a creamy coconut-based fragrant curry and the Banh Xeo (huge sizzling pancakes) found in Vietnam cannot be missed! Western food is readily available almost everywhere, with the exception of the night in the Mekong Delta. Vegetarian food is widely available, however the offering will be fairly similar in most places within each country. Please advise at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Accommodation

We stay in comfortable hotels for 12 nights and spend one night in a homestay in the Mekong Delta. Most of the hotels are three-star (local classification). The normal accommodations used on this trip can be found on the day-to-day itinerary; however, below are a couple of the notable places we stay.

Mekong Delta: Island homestay (night 3)



Our time in a guesthouse allows us to experience true Delta hospitality, as we are looked after by local people and stay by the Mekong River. The rooms are relatively basic; bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are provided, while there are shared bathroom facilities with a shower. The real highlight though is the hospitality of our hosts, the lush garden, and the food (homemade southern Vietnamese cuisine).

Kampot: Boutique Kampot Hotel (nights 5-6)



In the downtown area, less than a 10-minute walk from the Kampot Night Market, this boutique hotel is well located for our adventures. There’s a ground-floor cafe, a continental breakfast served each morning, and you can head to the rooftop terrace for stretching views to the distant peaks.

Bangkok: Rembrandt Bangkok Hotel (nights 12-13)



The grand Rembrandt Bangkok has 405 hotel rooms with contemporary décor. The amenities are plentiful, with a pool on the fourth floor, a rooftop restaurant serving Indian cuisine and a Mexican eatery with authentic dishes and signature cocktails. Also make sure to stop by 1826 for one of their innovative cocktails – it’s been named one of the best rooftop bars in Asia.

Worth knowing

The accommodation listed on 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.
Single supplements are available (on request) except the one night at the homestay in the Mekong Delta. Please advise your sales representative at the time of booking if you would like to request a single supplement.
At the Mekong Delta guesthouse, you share one to three people to a room depending on group size.

Videos

Check out our Q&As

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • 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 the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, our local guides are English speaking.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    The minimum age for this tour is 16 years old.

  • 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.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

A wonderful trip

A wonderful trip full of busy days that take in the history and culture of 3 beautiful countries. The food was delicious, the accommodation was all superb, the Exodus guides were fantastic. Plenty to see and do for the adventurer that likes something slightly different

Indochina Highlights in 2 weeks!

What a great way to see and experience so much in just 2 weeks. This trip is great for anyone wanting to see the highlights that South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bangkok have to offer. The local guides, Trang (Vietnam), Channa (Cambodia), and Nai (Thailand) all ensured we had smooth transfers, shared their local customs enthusiastically, and made sure we were having the best experience we could have. They varied itinerary timings to get the best out of locations, and we did so much!! From the opulence of palaces and temples, to historical sites, local homestay, and a variety of boat trips, big and small, this trip kept on giving. Be prepared for a lot of travelling, predominantly on buses, but Exodus do well breaking up the journeys with interesting stop-offs. Of course the food is amazing, with local recommendations and even street food and treats picked out by our Guides which I'd highly recommend trying. From the busy to the odd chill-out beach day on Rabbit Island, every day brought new adventures with a group of like-minded travellers. Would highly recommend.

Wonderful trip

I really had the best time on this trip. The tour guides were amazing. So knowledgable and professional. Everything was perfectly organised and we squeezed a lot into a very short space of time.

Thai Indochina Explorer

The whole trip was fantastic. The group mix was good although I appreciate this is one thing Exodus have no control over. The pace of the trip was good. The only negative point was in my view was the hotel in Siem Reap which was nowhere near the standard of the others. It was in part dirty and rather dated.

Thai Indochina Explorer

This trip is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the history, cuisine and the way of life in the capital cities of Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh and Bangkok. The itinerary also allows you to see how people live, work and socialise in rural areas which is what makes this trip so fascinating. During my 14 day visit I was able to learn more about the Vietnam war, the way of life in the Mekong Delta, the actions of the Khmer Rouge (the toughest part of the trip in my opinion) and the history of Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom. The itinerary also allowed our group some relaxing downtime which involved sunbathing, snorkelling and fishing off Bamboo Island (near to the resort of Sihanoukville, Cambodia). This trip does involve 2 fairly long trips by bus to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap although we were given a number of comfort breaks which included a stop at Skuon and a chance to hold a live tarantula and sample a fried spider!!

Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangkok

The contrasts between the three countries was fascinating. They have so much interwoven history- and all three Exodus guides were excellent in explaining it all. Excellent food, excellent itinerary with so much fitted in- both the beautiful and positive and the challenging history of the area.. We had the hiccup at the crossing into Cambodia from Vietnam as dates of handover got crossed. But both the Vietnam and Cambodian guides worked hard to fix it and to keep our journey as per the plan- we didn't miss any sights

Fascinating trip

A fast paced trip with a wide range of experiences and locations

Read all 7 reviews

Dates & Availability

tourhub Discount Available - Sign In

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Oct 12, 2024 - Oct 25, 2024
$2695 $2621 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $74 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Oct 26, 2024 - Nov 08, 2024
$2545 $2475 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $70 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Nov 16, 2024 - Nov 29, 2024
$2695 $2621 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $74 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Dec 14, 2024 - Dec 27, 2024
$2695 $2621 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $74 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Jan 11, 2025 - Jan 24, 2025
$2995 $2913 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $82 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Feb 08, 2025 - Feb 21, 2025
$2995 $2913 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $82 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Mar 08, 2025 - Mar 21, 2025
$2995 $2913 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $82 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Oct 11, 2025 - Oct 24, 2025
$2845 $2767 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $78 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Oct 25, 2025 - Nov 07, 2025
$2995 $2913 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $82 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Nov 15, 2025 - Nov 28, 2025
$2995 $2913 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $82 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Dec 13, 2025 - Dec 26, 2025
$3145 $3059 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $86 (USD)

Book with Confidence

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Exodus allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform exodus, 43 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Exodus requires a minimum deposit of 25% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • 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.

Why book with tourhub?

Safe & Secure

Your money is protected in an external trust until you travel.

pts logo

100% Guaranteed Refunds if your trip is cancelled.


The safest way to make overseas, multi-currency payments.

Guaranteed Best Value

Industry leading discounts, we won't be beaten on price.


No cancellation or amendment fees from tourhub.

(Operator terms may apply)

Expert Knowledge

Reliable & unbiased advice from travel experts.


Direct contact with the tour operator via our messaging service.


Inspiration & advice from a community of 6000+ real travellers, influencers & content creators.

Trusted Service

Official partners & licensed agents of 1000+ tour operators worldwide.


Don't just take our word for it...

"Tourhub: Friendliness, Professionalism & Integrity I would happily give tourhub a 6* review if I could..."

Similar Tours

Travel Guru Features

Our Reviews