Epic Indochina: River Cruises & Karst Mountains

Start: Bangkok Finish: Ko Tao

Visiting: Bangkok, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Koh Rong, Chambok, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hoi An, Huế, Phong Nha, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Muang Pakbèng, Chiang Khong, Chiang Mai, Ban Mae Jok, Pa Khao Lam, Surat Thani, Khao Sok, Koh Pha Ngan, Ko Tao


Duration: 39 Nights

Physical rating: 3 - Average

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 1 - 18

Age range: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $3283

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Tour Overview

Now's the time to explore Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Share stories over drinks among Siem Reap's market stalls, learn the fine art of noodle-making in Hoi An, and catch the day's last rays among the brillantly blue waves of Ko Pha-Ngan. This 41-day adventure is plenty of time to sync your pulse with this part of Southeast Asia — and it's sure to leave you coming back for more.

Highlights

  • icon Eat your way through the street food of three different cities
  • icon Swim in Ko Pha-Ngan's idyllic lagoons
  • icon Trek through the rugged forests of northern Thailand
  • iconWitness sunrise over Angkor Wat
  • icon explore the magnificent caves of Phong Nha
  • icon Stay overnight in a local village
  • iconWitness sunrise over Angkor Wat, Eat your way through the street food of three different cities, Stay overnight in a local village, Trek through the rugged forests of northern Thailand, Swim in Ko Pha-Ngan's idyllic lagoons, explore the magnificent caves of Phong Nha

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation: The Bangkokians City Garden Home

Arrive at any time and welcome to Thailand's bustling capital - Bangkok! Tonight, meet your CEO and get to know fellow travellers as you cheers to new adventures.

Additional Information: You must arrive on tour with your Vietnamese visa. See the Visa section of the Tour Details for more information and exceptions.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

ACTIVITY: Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.

icon Day 2: Bangkok/Siem Reap

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation: Apsara Dream Villa

Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER

Cross the border from Thailand into Cambodia, your home base for exploring Siem Reap and the incredible Angkor Wat. Taste all manners of salty, sweet, spicy, and sour with a delicious Khmer meal at a restaurant kickstarted by our non-profit partner, Planeterra, or with a local family. Opt to check out Phare Circus, a uniquely Cambodian experience.

TRANSPORT: MORNING Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Get ready to cross into Cambodia. Aranyaprathet is known for being one of the most hectic border crossings but CEOs will help make the process go as smoothly as possible. The border crossing is done on foot and can take up to an hour so be patient and think of all the fun Cambodia has in store.

TRANSPORT: AFTERNOON Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Depending on the day of the week your tour visits Siem Reap, you will either enjoy a traditional meal at the G Adventures-supported New Hope project or in a local home in a nearby village. With so many travellers coming through this area, alternating experiences helps to allow multiple small businesses to flourish. Both experiences are truly unique and memorable. The New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, an initiative kickstarted by G Adventures, provides skill-building opportunities to marginalized community members. The project also funds the adjacent free community school and health centre. Meals at Phila's house support the education of underprivileged children in the area. Visit either project – both run by locals – and see how they have supported positive change in the community.

icon Day 3: Siem Reap

Location: Siem Reap

Accommodation: Apsara Dream Villa

Meals: BREAKFAST

Watch the sun rise over the majestic and mystifying ruins of Angkor Wat before spending the rest of the day discovering this ancient city your way. Opt to end your day with a Sunset Quad Bike ride through the outskirts of Siem Reap. Later, head to the infamous Pub Street, where the party goes round the clock. Grab a bite to eat (deep-fried tarantula, anyone?) and let the beats move you through market stalls and bars as you wait for tomorrow’s sunrise.

Prefer to plan ahead? Pre-book the "Siem Reap Quad Biking" or "Phare Circus" activities when booking your tour to include one of these exciting activities in your itinerary.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a tour of the impressive ancient ruins with a local guide. Explore magnificent Angkor Wat temple--Visit the enigmatic faces of Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom, and tour Ta Prohm (aka the "Tomb Raider" temple), which is slowly being swallowed by the jungle.

ACTIVITY: Head to YOLO Bar for a free drink and insect tasting, if you so desire. Cheers to all the life-changing adventures with newfound friends and dance the night away!

icon Day 4: Siem Reap/Phnom Penh

Location: Siem Reap

Accommodation: Angkor International Hotel

Meals: BREAKFAST

Travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital nestled along the mighty Mekong River. Get your bearings on an orientation walk and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

icon Day 5: Phnom Penh

Location: Phnom Penh

Accommodation: Angkor International Hotel

Meals: BREAKFAST

Spend the day diving deep into Phnom Penh's culture and history. Opt to reflect on one of Cambodia’s darkest periods with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields. Or venture to the Silver Pagoda or Royal Palace for a more peaceful experience. Later, discover the foodie side of this city on a street food crawl.

Additional Information: Phnom Penh can be confusing and we recommend to always keep a hotel card with you when you are exploring.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Free time to tour the sites of Phnom Penh.

ACTIVITY: Bring your appetite and your wallet. The CEO will bring the group to the best spots to eat and teach everyone about the local street food. Yum!

icon Day 6: Phnom Penh/Koh Rong

Location: Phnom Penh

Accommodation: Palm Beach Bungalows

Meals: BREAKFAST

Ride in style to Sihanoukville and board a boat to your own private beach on Koh Rong island. Take the afternoon to taste local seafood, snorkel the coral reefs, or sit back and relax with a drink before hitting the warm waves.

Additional Information: Please note that during monsoon season (between June to October), this itinerary may be subject to change based on weather conditions. If heavy rains and flooding prevent our boat from safely travelling to Koh Rong island, we will provide alternate activities and accommodations in a nearby town.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

TRANSPORT: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a private boat.

icon Day 7: Koh Rong

Location: Koh Rong

Accommodation: Palm Beach Bungalow

Enjoy your last full day on this pristine island. Do anything you might have missed the day before, like snorkelling, fishing, hiking, or kayaking. Wait 'til after sunset to swim in a sea of blue sparkles caused by phosphorescent plankton. Ooh la la!

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Free time to enjoy paradise. Take a look at life under the water with a snorkelling trip or just hang around on the beach.

icon Day 8: Chambok Homestay

Location: Koh Rong

Accommodation: Chambok Homestay

Meals: DINNER

Head back to the mainland and journey to Chambok Village where you’ll spend the night and get to know the local people over a delicious Cambodian home cooked meal. Immerse yourself in the community and wander around this remote region.

TRANSPORT: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a private boat.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal served at a local residence – it's a great way to peek into day-to-day regional living.

icon Day 9: Chambok Homestay/Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Chambok

Accommodation: Phan Anh Backpackers Hostel

Meals: BREAKFAST

Cross another border into Vietnam, stopping in the famed Ho Chi Minh City where you'll spend the night at a popular backpackers hostel. Take this chance to visit the Ben Thanh Market for souvenirs and handicrafts before taking in the buzzing nightlife. Choose to venture to one of the many rooftop bars for a panoramic view and live music.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Get ready to cross another country off your bucket list.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

icon Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: BREAKFAST

Feel the pulse of Vietnam’s biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk, with free time after to double back to your favourite spots. Shop 'til your heart's content, immerse yourself in local culture, or just wander the streets to take in the city's unique vibe. Tonight, catch up on sleep on an overnight train to Nha Trang.

Additional Information: 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.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Use your free time as you want in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. Shop 'til your heart's content, immerse yourself in local culture, or just wander the streets to take in the city's unique vibe.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

TRANSPORT: Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

icon Day 11: Nha Trang

Location: Nha Trang

Accommodation: Bondi Backpackers Nhatrang

You’ve arrived! Welcome to the eastern sea. Take this morning to explore local shops and markets, rejuvenate in a therapeutic mud bath, relax on the beach, or visit nearby historical sites before an evening street food crawl.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Spend your free time in this scenic resort town any way you want – go for a spa treatment, cycle around the city or just kick back and relax on a white sand beach.

ACTIVITY: Bring your appetite and your wallet. The CEO will bring the group to the best spots to eat and teach everyone about the local street food. Yum!

icon Day 12: Nha Trang/Da Nang

Location: Nha Trang

Meals: BREAKFAST

It’s not over yet. There’s more free time to explore Nha Trang today, so soak it all in. Then, hop on an overnight train to continue to Hoi An, stopping first in Da Nang for a short transfer.

FREE TIME: Spend your free time in this seaside resort town any way you want – go for a spa treatment, cycle around the city or just kick back on a white sand beach.

TRANSPORT: Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

icon Day 13: Da Nang/Hoi An

Location: Da Nang

Accommodation: Hoi An Paradise Hostel

Hoi An’s excited to meet you. See why on an orientation walk of the city before spending free time in the afternoon. Dig even deeper and choose between a cooking class, cycling to the beach, visiting a tailor, or exploring old town. Tonight's the night for your big night out, grab a drink on our tab and reminisce about your favourite adventures so far. Then dance the night away!

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.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Join your CEO on a stroll through the winding streets of Hoi An's Old Town and spot Chinese assembly halls, historic homes, and well-preserved pagodas along the way. (Entrance fee to Hoi An's Old Town is not included)

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Get out and explore this beautiful city.

ACTIVITY: Follow your CEO to the best riverside bar in Hoi An to celebrate new adventures with new friends. Grab a drink on our tab and reminisce about your favourite experiences thus far. Later, venture to the dance floor, take advantage of the drink specials, and make it a night to remember!

icon Day 14: Hoi An

Location: Hoi An

Accommodation: Hoi An Paradise Hostel

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Noodles might be fun to eat, but they’re even more fun to make. Find out how during a visit to G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles. The rest of the day is yours, so see what you can discover. Choose to visit the ancient ruins of My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or cruise down the Thu Bon River.

ACTIVITY: Try some of the oodles of noodles (more than 26 types!) available in the city in this tasty cooking class. Run by our G for Good partners, STREETS International, this class was developed exclusively for G Adventures. Former street youth that are part of this hospitality training program, will help you prepare and cook a number of different types of noodles. This program helps these youth practice their English, increasing their skill-set and opportunities available to them in the tourism industry. Enjoy your yummy creations while learning more about the local cuisine and this initiative which empowers street youth through skills and employment training.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Enjoy some free time in Hoi An any way you want. Check out the beach, take in some local culture or purchase some custom-made clothing from one of the talented tailors in town.

icon Day 15: Hoi An/Huế

Location: Hoi An

Accommodation: DMZ Hostel

Meals: BREAKFAST

Head north to the Imperial City of Huế. There’s lots to do here, with options to visit the indestructible Royal Citadel and tombs, cruise along Perfume River, or jump on a motorbike and ride around like the local people.

Pre-book the "Hue Motorbike Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time to include this speedy activity on your tour.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Enjoy your free time in Hue any way you want. Shop, eat, wander or relax - whatever suits your fancy.

icon Day 16: Huế/Phong Nha

Location: Huế

Accommodation: Sai Gon Phong Nha Hotel

Meals: BREAKFAST

Your second day in Huế comes with more free time to enjoy the city. In the afternoon, travel through Vietnam's stunning countryside to the green rocky mountains of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: HALF DAY Enjoy your free time in Hue any way you want. Shop, eat, wander or rest - whatever suits your fancy.

icon Day 17: Phong Nha/Hanoi

Location: Phong Nha

Meals: BREAKFAST

Today, opt to head underground to explore the awe-inspiring caves of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, where the oldest karst mountains and longest cave in Asia are found. Then it’s an overnight train to Hanoi.

Additional Information: Pre-book the full-day Caving in Phong Nha adventure to explore the longest cave in Asia, Paradise Cave, with massive stalactites. Enjoy a sumptuous Vietnamese lunch, then boat to the turquoise beach of Phong Nha Cave.

FREE TIME: Enjoy your free day. We recommend visiting the region's famous caves!

TRANSPORT: Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

icon Day 18: Hanoi/Ha Long

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation: Gold Mark Hotel Halong

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

After arriving in Hanoi, the bustling capital of Vietnam, take a private bus to the iconic Halong Bay for a seafood lunch cruise and cave exploring. Be sure to charge your camera so you can grab a shot truly worth sharing!

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Come aboard a sailing junk to cruise past thousands of limestone islands and karsts that rise from the waters of Halong Bay. See the intricate caves and beauty of the islands up close. Enjoy a seafood lunch and a visit to one of the island’s caves before transferring to the mainland for our overnight stay. On rare occasion Halong Bay is closed to tourist vessels by the government authorities due to extreme weather conditions. Should this occur, an alternate activity will be provided.

icon Day 19: Ha Long Bay/Hanoi

Location: Ha Long Bay

Accommodation: The Signature Inn

Meals: BREAKFAST

Feel like you've gone back in time with an orientation walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Then stop for a drink at Bia Hoi Corner, a spot that serves bia hoi, a local beer made of rice and wheat - and costs a mere $0.25USD per glass!

Interested in local cuisine? Opt to pre-book the "Hanoi Foodie Culture Tour" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this yum on your tour.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.

ACTIVITY: Take an orientation walk through Hanoi's Old Quarter, a maze of streets, each one traditionally devoted to a different product or industry. Each street is named after the trade practiced on that street for several generations; it's an interesting glimpse into the life of a Hanoian in one of the oldest parts of town. Need a rest? Stop at Bia Hoi corner and pull up a plastic stool. Drink the local brew with the locals and make new friends.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Get out and explore Hanoi.

icon Day 20: Hanoi/Vientiane

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation: City Inn Vientiane

Meals: BREAKFAST

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 people, 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.

FREE TIME: MORNING Explore Hanoi on foot, by bicycle or by tuk-tuk.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Set out and explore the capital of Laos.

icon Day 21: Vientiane/Vang Vieng

Location: Vientiane

Meals: BREAKFAST

Find a bit of peace partway through your trip with a visit north to Vang Vieng, a small town nestled among striking limestone karsts and the Song River. Take a guided hike to Pha Ngeun, the town’s highest viewpoint, for incredible views of the valley — no filter necessary. This evening, enjoy a drink on us to celebrate new adventures with new friends. Cheers to keeping life exciting!

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Set off on a guided hike to Pha Ngeun, the highest viewpoint in Vang Vieng. Enjoy beautiful views of the valley below, surrounded by rice paddies.

ACTIVITY: Follow your CEO to the best bar in town to celebrate new adventures with newfound friends. Enjoy a drink on our tab and immerse yourself in the Vang Vieng nightlife. Try your hand at some games, enjoy the music, and dance the night away.

icon Day 22: Vang Vieng

Location: Vang Vieng

Meals: BREAKFAST

Get the most out of Vang Vieng with a day to freely explore. Check out the caves by bicycle or trek through the countryside. Choose to kayak through Tham None cave and venture to the Blue Lagoon by booking the adrenaline bundle.

Pre-book the "Vang Vieng Adrenaline Bundle" on the checkout page ahead of time to include this excitement on your tour.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Set off and explore the beautiful Vang Vieng area, or relax to your heart's content.

icon Day 23: Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang

Location: Vang Vieng

Meals: BREAKFAST

Continue to colourful Luang Prabang and make your first acquaintance with this ancient city during an afternoon orientation walk. Afterward, embark on a short trek up sacred Mount Phousi, climbing the stone stairs with scaly golden handrails, past the monks quarters and Buddha's footprint cave, to reach the temple at the top - Wat Phousi. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the sun setting upon Luang Prabang and the Mekong River. Descend into the bustling night markets.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

ACTIVITY: Watch the sunset from Luang Prabang's number one hilltop temple, Wat Phousi, with a 360-degree view of the city and Mekong River.

icon Day 24: Luang Prabang

Location: Luang Prabang

Meals: BREAKFAST

Skip sleeping in to watch the monks walk through town before dawn. Dressed in saffron robes, they receive daily alms from local residents. Then, visit the Kuang Si waterfalls on a guided excursion before free time in the evening. Traditional Laotian culture involves giving daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. Should you rise early, you’ll get to watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos.

ACTIVITY: Journey to this magnificent tiered waterfall, where relaxing is highly recommended. Opt for a dip in the turquoise waters and explore multiple picture-perfect pools, framed by the jungle landscape.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY From witnessing the giving of alms in town to exploring the countryside, Luang Prabang has something for everyone. Get out and explore!

icon Day 25: Luang Prabang/Pak Beng

Location: Luang Prabang

Accommodation: Homestay Pakbeng

Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER

The Mekong never looked so welcoming. Board a long, cozy houseboat that will take you on a two-day journey up the Mekong River en route to Chiang Khong in Thailand. Today, cruise to a village homestay for the night, experience a Baci welcome ceremony, and enjoy dinner with your hosts.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy the ride down the Mekong River on our private boat (it’s pretty comfortable and spacious, and there’s a toilet on board). Have some fruit, tea, and coffee (free of charge); water and soft drinks are available for purchase.

ACTIVITY: G Adventures and the Planeterra Foundation have worked with two communities in the Mekong River to help develop their homestay programs, providing a unique cultural experience for travellers and the local community. Here you have the chance to stay overnight in a Mekong village to get a glimpse into rural daily life. Experience a traditional Baci Ceremony, typically held to celebrate weddings, the Lao New Year, a housewarming or the arrival of guests. A village elder (called "mor phon") will lead our group through the experience, calling on local deities and spirits through chanting, with foods such as sweets, eggs, and sticky rice presented during the ceremony. As the Baci Ceremony ends, a symbolic white thread will be tied around travellers' wrists - a tradition which bestows good luck upon those who visit the Mekong River.

icon Day 26: Pak Beng/Chiang Khong

Location: Muang Pakbèng

Accommodation: Namkhong Guesthouse

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

New day, same magnificent Mekong. Today’s your second travel day, where you’ll cross into Thailand arriving in Chiang Khong by the later afternoon. Sit back, relax, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, and enjoy the scenic ride.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy the ride down the Mekong on our private boat (it’s pretty comfortable and spacious, and there’s a toilet on board). Have some fruit, tea, and coffee (free of charge); water and soft drinks are available for purchase.

ACTIVITY: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

icon Day 27: Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

Location: Chiang Khong

Accommodation: Chiang Mai Gate Hotel

Take in the rolling countryside views on the drive to Chiang Mai nestled alongside Thailand's northern mountains. Spend the afternoon getting to know this peaceful city known for traditional markets and glorious temples. Choose to visit Doi Suthep, catch a Thai boxing match, cycle around, or grab a bargain at the famous night market.

Experience the flavours and scents of traditional northern Thai cuisine by pre-booking the Northern Thai Cooking Class.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Get out and explore this bustling city in northern Thailand.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 28: Chiang Mai

Location: Chiang Mai

Accommodation: Chiang Mai Gate Hotel

Continue to explore Chiang Mai at your own pace making the most of this unique city. Visit the magnificent temple of Doi Suthep as it stands watch over the city from the hills above, take a bicycle ride in the countryside, or learn how to drive a tuk tuk and explore the rural lanes of Chiang Mai by pre-booking the Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Get out and explore this bustling northern Thai city.

icon Day 29: Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok

Location: Chiang Mai

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

It's time for a change of pace. Today, drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where you'll set off on a trek through rugged forests to see how diverse this region of hilltribe communities really is. Every village you'll see has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. It's a few hours to the first village of hilltribe thatch bungalows, but every step is worth it as you get to know the lay of the land.

Additional Information: The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience!

TRANSPORT: Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.

ACTIVITY: Hit the road in an open pickup truck for Mae Malai where there is time to visit a local market to purchase food and snacks. Start the trek through forests and rugged terrain to Baan Mae Jok, a Karen village.

icon Day 30: Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam

Location: Ban Mae Jok

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Trek for 2–3 hours before stopping for lunch. Then head to a Karen village to see how traditional blankets and scarves are made. Keep trekking for a few more hours (you've got this!) before stopping in the next village for the night. Along the way, you might get the chance to stop at Mae Tang River to learn to fish using local tools or build a raft using bamboo.

ACTIVITY: After breakfast, trek 3.5-4 hrs to reach the lunch stop. Take in the beautiful scenery along the way. Enjoy lunch before carrying on another hour or so to the Karen village of Ban Pa Khao Lam.

icon Day 31: Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai

Location: Pa Khao Lam

Accommodation: Chiang Mai Gate Hotel

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft and get a closer look at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai, a foodie's paradise. Try the city's most famous dishes like khao soi (noodles in curry broth) and sai usa (northern Thai sausage) and get ready for your big night out. Venture to the best bar in town and grab a drink on our tab to cheers to a completed trek and life-changing adventures!

ACTIVITY: Board the traditional bamboo raft for a leisurely ride down the Mae Tang River. Reach the Lahu hill tribe village near Ban Pong Ngan. Enjoy a visit with the locals here and learn about the life and unique culture of the Lahu tribe.

ACTIVITY: Take a bamboo raft down the Mae Tan River for one hour journey to a Lahu village to witness a lifestyle that dates hundreds of years.

ACTIVITY: Board a traditional bamboo raft and enjoy a ride through some small rapids on the Mae Tang River.

TRANSPORT: Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.

ACTIVITY: Tonight's the night to celebrate all the wild and humbling adventures you've just shared with new friends. Head into the Anusarn Night Market, grab a drink on us, and reminisce the night away! Try a local favourite--Thai Yadong--a mixture of rice whisky, rum, and traditional herbs.

icon Day 32: Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Location: Chiang Mai

Meals: BREAKFAST

Make the most of Chiang Mai with more free time, where you can go shopping in the market, get a Thai massage, or explore any of the many temples. Or, hey, you could always go back for another taste of khao soi curry. Tonight, catch up on sleep during an overnight train and wake up in Bangkok.

Additional Information: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport.

FREE TIME: HALF DAY Enjoy a final day to check out Chiang Mai.

TRANSPORT: Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

icon Day 33: Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation: Bangkok Centre Hotel

Get out and explore this fantastic city where there is endless sightseeing to be done.

Additional Information: As this longer tour is comprised of two shorter tours, there is the possibility that you will need to change hotels on this day. Check in with your CEO about this while on tour. The two hotels we generally use are within walking distance.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Get out and explore bustling Bangkok.

icon Day 34: Bangkok/Surat Thani

Location: Bangkok

Meals: BREAKFAST

Get on first-name basis with Thailand's capital city by bike with an optional bike tour. Today, you can check out Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, go for a street food crawl, relax with a Thai massage, or explore the klongs (canals) by boat before boarding the overnight train.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Relax with a Thai massage or work on those haggling skills at one of the city’s markets.

ACTIVITY: Bring your appetite and your wallet. The CEO will bring the group to the best spots to eat and teach everyone about the local street food. Yum!

TRANSPORT: Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

icon Day 35: Surat Thani/Khao Sok

Location: Surat Thani

Accommodation: Khao Sok Rainforest Resort

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

See southern Thai hospitality in action with breakfast at G Adventures-supported Khao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Restaurant, where you can also meet other international visitors. Later on, go to Lake Cheow Lan where you can take in the views while hiking or swimming in the national park. Spend tonight falling asleep to the sweet sounds of the jungle. This area is known for its natural beauty. You know what that means: lots of chances for photos.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Indulge in traditional Southern Thai cuisine prepared by members of Kao Thep Pitak village. Your meal will be made with ingredients picked from local organic farms and a fruit orchard on the property. Over 140 families benefit from the community-owned and managed eatery through the Kao Thep Pitak Community Ecotourism Enterprise, supported by Planeterra and G Adventures.

ACTIVITY: Board a longtail boat for a tour of Cheow Lan Lake, taking in views of the limestone cliffs and lush jungle along the way. Stop in at a floating rafthouse for a delicious local lunch and opt to go for a swim, go tubing, or paddle out in a kayak.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: EVENING Opt for a trek, a dip in the river, or kick back and chill by the pool.

icon Day 36: Khao Sok/Koh Pha Ngan

Location: Khao Sok

Accommodation: Goodtime Beach Backpackers - Multi share

Meals: BREAKFAST

Head across southern Thailand to find yourself in Ko Phangan. Take the free afternoon to relax on the beach or by the pool — which will be easy since tonight, you'll be staying beachside or poolside in cozy bungalows. This area is known for its epic nightlife, whether or not there's a Full Moon Party. Make sure you don't miss the sunset. It'll be unforgettable.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

TRANSPORT: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

TRANSPORT: Grab a seat on the bench aboard this uniquely Southeast Asian commuter bus.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Explore this island paradise and the surrounding sea.

icon Day 37: Koh Pha Ngan

Location: Koh Pha Ngan

Accommodation: Goodtime Beach Backpackers - Multi share

There's no rush to leave Ko Phangan. Use your second day here to catch up on anything you missed yesterday, like exploring the island's waterfalls, swimming in lagoons, going for a hike, or, hey, taking another day to relax beachside.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Get out and explore— the day is yours.

icon Day 38: Koh Pha Ngan/Ko Tao

Location: Koh Pha Ngan

Accommodation: Goodtime Koh Tao

Meals: LUNCH

Take the ferry to Ko Tao, a laid-back island known for snorkelling. This afternoon, put on your flippers to see a whole other world underwater. Going beneath the surface not your thing? Go the other way and climb up to the scenic view at Kho Nang Yuan View Point.

FREE TIME: MORNING Relax with a free morning before transferring to the pier.

TRANSPORT: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Get your fins on! There's an embarrassment of choices—but the better-known spots are: Hin Wong Bay, Mango Bay, Nang Yuan Island, South Mae Haad and Janson Bay.

icon Day 39: Ko Tao

Location: Ko Tao

Accommodation: Goodtime Koh Tao

Meals: BREAKFAST

Make the most of your last full day in Ko Tao paradise. Spend the day soaking up the sun beachside and be sure to get your fresh seafood fix. For your big night out, venture into the bustling nightlife and grab a drink on our tab to cheers to life-changing adventures with newfound friends. If you want to keep the party going, participate in the massive Ko Tao Pub Crawl.

Additional Information: Want to discover the fascinating coral and marine life inhabiting the area? Pre-book the Open Water Half Day Dive Experience extra to take two dives, guided by the experts.

ACTIVITY: Follow your CEO to the best beach bar in town and enjoy a drink on our tab to celebrate all the wild and humbling adventures you've just experienced with new friends.

FREE TIME: Start exploring the island with a free day. There are endless activities to fill your time both on and off the water, including diving.

icon Day 40: Ko Tao

Location: Ko Tao

Meals: BREAKFAST

Today, it’s time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends as the tour ends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and cheers before you head on your way. If booking a flight out of Ko Samui airport, make sure not to book one earlier than 11:00am.

Want to take the hassle out of getting back to Bangkok? Book the Bangkok Express, a two-day post-tour Extra. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.

Additional Information: Add the “Bangkok Express: Ko Tao to Bangkok” to your adventure and make your way back to bustling Bangkok with the guidance of a CEO. This nifty post-tour Extra includes a ferry to the mainland where you’ll board an overnight train to Bangkok arriving in the city early the next morning. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (30 nts), basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (2 nts) sleeper trains (5 nts).

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    Meals

    30 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners

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    Visit to Chiang Mai night market

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    Hilltribe trek

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    Guided hike, sunset cruise and waterfall excursion in Laos

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    Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Phnom Penh, and Luang Prabang

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    Guided sunrise tour of Angkor Wat temple complex

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    Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch

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    Full-day snorkelling trip from Ko Tao

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    Your G for Good Moment: Local Khmer Meal, Siem Reap Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Your G for Good Moment: Mekong River Homestay & Baci Ceremony, Muang Pakbèng Your G for Good Moment: Kao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Meal, Ban Ta Khun Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Big Night Out Moment: Glow Paint Party, Siem Reap Your Discover Moment: Phnom Penh Your Local Living Moment: Home Meal, Chambok Your Discover Moment: Ho Chi Minh City Your Big Night Out Moment: Reminisce Riverside, Hoi An Your Big Night Out Moment: Vang Vieng Nightlife, Vang Vieng Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai Your Big Night Out Moment: Chiang Mai Celebration, Chiang Mai Your Discover Moment: Bangkok Your Big Night Out Moment: Beach Bar, Ko Tao

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Three street food crawls in different cities

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    Bamboo rafting

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    Internal flight

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    Slow boat up the Mekong

Accommodation

Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (30 nts), basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (2 nts) sleeper trains (5 nts).

Meals Included

30 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Local bus, air-conditioned bus, train, walking, tuk-tuk, songthaew, local boat, junk boat, plane.

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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