Indochina Explorer

Start: Bangkok Finish: Siem Reap

Visiting: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Ha Long, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap


Duration: 1 Nights

Physical rating: 2 - Light

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 1 - 16

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Past meets present in this fast-paced adventure that takes you from Bangkok to Hanoi and just about everywhere in between. With a busy culture richly steeped in tradition, there's always something to see or do on this journey through Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, be it witnessing the daily rituals of monks, participating in an authentic Thai cooking class or taking cyclo rides through impossibly busy city streets. A series of included flights lets us cover more ground and take you on a whirlwind throughout Southeast Asia. Make sure you stay up late for the night markets, too!

Highlights

  • icon Hanoi Your G for Good Moment: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant
  • icon observe the daily life of monks and visit sacred temples
  • icon take thrilling cyclo rides for a different perspective in bustling cities
  • icon Chiang Mai Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Lunch at Hoa Sua
  • icon Chiang Mai Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang. Arrival transfer. Tour of Bankok including boat on the Klong canals
  • icon learn about Cambodian history (both ancient and modern)
  • icon eat well while giving back at a G Adventures-supported training restaurant in Siem Reap
  • iconEnjoy a traditional khantoke dinner in a rural village, observe the daily life of monks and visit sacred temples, learn about Cambodian history (both ancient and modern), take thrilling cyclo rides for a different perspective in bustling cities, eat well while giving back at a G Adventures-supported training restaurant in Siem Reap
  • iconEnjoy a traditional khantoke dinner in a rural village
  • icon Siem Reap Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Upon arrival you will be transferred to hotel. There are no activities planned. You are free to relax, explore the city and adjust to the frantic pace and humid heat of Bangkok.

Additional Information: At this meeting your CEO will ask to see your travel insurance, check that you have a visa for Vietnam and complete some other paper work. Please note that you MUST arrive on tour with your Vietnam visa. Please refer to the visa information section of these trip notes for more information on obtaining your Vietnamese visa.

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

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.

icon Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai

Location: Bangkok

Meals: BREAKFAST

Explore Bangkok and take a boat along the klong canals. Visit the Grand Palace and sacred Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew temple. Later, catch a flight to Chiang Mai.

Later today, settle into exquisite surroundings in Chiang Mai and take a relaxing break from the fast pace of Bangkok.

ACTIVITY: Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River and through the small canals of western Bangkok's Thonburi district. Observe colourful scenes of everyday life along the river banks.

ACTIVITY: Visit the King’s official residence (made up of many buildings, halls, lawns, gardens, and courtyards) on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and see the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

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

icon Day 3: Chiang Mai

Location: Chiang Mai

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Visit the market with a local chef to learn about traditional ingredients. Participate in a Thai cooking class and enjoy your creations for lunch. Visit the Doi Suthep Buddhist temple and listen to monks chanting at sunset. Opt to visit the bustling Chiang Mai night market.

Additional Information: Our hotel is located in the heart of Chiang Mai city, within 5 a minute walk of the famous night bazaar.

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

ACTIVITY: Pick out the best ingredients at a local market and learn how to make delicious Thai dishes.

ACTIVITY: Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a golden Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai on the Mt Doi Suthep. Climb 300 steps to reach the temple and be rewarded with an unforgettable view. Admire the many Buddhist relics at this sacred temple and visit the white elephant shrine. Legend has it that the location of the temple was chosen after a white elephant carried a relic to the mountain and trumpeted three times before dying on the spot. Also, with a little luck, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

icon Day 4: Chiang Mai

Location: Chiang Mai

Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER

Today, explore Chiang Mai with some free time. Savour authentic khantoke cuisine this evening.

FREE TIME: HALF DAY Opt to visit the Elephant Conservation Centre, local handicraft workshops, and the bustling Chiang Mai night market.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a unique stay in a village just outside Chiang Mai at a traditional family-run guesthouse. Structured as a social enterprise, Joy’s Guest House supports the Children's Shelter Foundation providing a home and education to 45 underprivileged children from the hill tribe villages of North Thailand and Burma. In addition to schooling, older students also have the opportunity to receive hands-on training at the guest house, preparing them for careers in hospitality and tourism industries. This evening, relax in the tranquil surroundings and sit down to an authentic Khantoke dinner - dishes typically include sticky rice, hang-le curry, and crispy pork with chilli paste. The next morning enjoy the pool and gardens or opt to take a yoga class or have a massage at the spa.

icon Day 5: Chiang Mai/Luang Prabang

Location: Chiang Mai

Meals: BREAKFAST

After a relaxing morning fly to Luang Prabang, Laos. Take an orientation walk of this World Heritage listed town.

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

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 6: Luang Prabang

Location: Luang Prabang

Meals: BREAKFAST

Rise at dawn to watch the monks collecting offerings of food from the locals and receive a blessing. In the afternoon, visit the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xiengthong and Wat Visoun Temples, then catch a boat to Pak Ou Temple caves and stop in local villages. Visit Phousi Temple to watch the sunset.

ACTIVITY: The ornate rooms of this royal palace-turned-museum house the country’s crown jewels, many religious artifacts, and a 50kg (110 lb) Buddha, cast of gold, silver and bronze. Gifts from visiting heads of state are on display, as are the beautiful silk screens crafted by the Queen.

ACTIVITY: Once a royal temple where Kings were crowned, the importance of this 16th-century Buddhist temple as a religious monastery is not lost on visitors. Wat Xieng Thong stands resplendent among shrines, pavilions, chapels, towers and gardens, and its gilded wooden doors, mosaics, and ceiling displays are representative of typical Laos art and craft.

ACTIVITY: Originally built in 1513 and still operational, Wat Visoun is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple. Over the years invaders stole many of its priceless Buddha images, but this temple still offers some unusual architecture like the domed lotus flower stupa, designed by a royal and affectionately called "The Watermelon Stupa."

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and get your float on.

ACTIVITY: Visit these dramatic caves considered an important spiritual site by many Lao people. See thousands of Buddha statues and images that line the limestone walls.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and get your float on.

ACTIVITY: Climb more than 300 steps to the top of Mount Phou Si for a panoramic view of the sunset over Luang Prabang. Ornate Buddhist shrines dot the pathway up and the glistening seven-tiered golden pagoda of Wat Chom Si awaits at the summit.

icon Day 7: Luang Prabang

Location: Luang Prabang

Meals: BREAKFAST

The morning is free for optional activities, such as visiting textile galleries and the night market, relaxing in one of the town's cafés or visiting the Ethnology Museum. In the afternoon, we take an excursion to Kuang Sii waterfall.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Visit centuries-old temples, the historic centre, nearby parks or waterfalls. Don’t miss the chance to witness an alms giving ceremony.

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.

icon Day 8: Luang Prabang/Hanoi

Location: Luang Prabang

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Flight to Hanoi. Guided cyclo ride and orientation tour of the Old Quarter and enjoy lunch at an NGO and training school for disadvantaged youth.

Classic French colonial architecture, beautiful decor and a scenic location makes Hanoi a fantastic place to visit.

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

ACTIVITY: Savour a meal of Western (mainly French) and Vietnamese cuisine at this restaurant while supporting a training program that prepares local disadvantaged youth for careers in the culinary arts. After 19 years of operation the Hoa Sua School has trained more than 7,000 young people giving them the skills to overcome poverty, many of them going on to have very successful careers. Meet with one of the organizers to learn more about this successful organization.

ACTIVITY: Take a seat on a cyclo for a tour of Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter. Let the driver navigate through the bustling streets and start taking some photos or just use the tour to help get familiar with the area.

icon Day 9: Hanoi/Ha Long

Location: Hanoi

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, then continue to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise in a traditional junk boat with a local guide. Explore the limestone caves around the bay, enjoy sumptuous local seafood and relax on deck with a cool drink while watching the passing scenery.

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

ACTIVITY: Take a guided tour of the mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh’s embalmed body is housed in a glass case. Continue to the Presidential Palace and visit the museum to learn about Ho Chi Minh’s life and political history. Opt to visit the palace gardens. Note: The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is open until 11:00am and closed on Monday and Friday. Entry is dependent on what time the group arrives in Hanoi.

ACTIVITY: Cruise through majestic Ha Long Bay on a traditional wooden junk boat. Enjoy your time afloat eating fresh seafood, exploring Sung Sot cave or opting to kayak. Spend a peaceful night anchored in the bay under the stars. 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 10: Ha Long/Hanoi

Location: Ha Long

Meals: BREAKFAST

Enjoy a morning cruise around Halong Bay with an option to kayak before transferring back to Hanoi. Take the afternoon at leisure to visit local markets, shops and museums.

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

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Visit one of the many historical museums by day and head to dynamic Hang Gai Street or the night market for some evening shopping.

icon Day 11: Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Hanoi

Meals: BREAKFAST

Catch our flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam and take a thrilling cyclo tour of this bustling city.

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

ACTIVITY: Take a city tour on a cyclo (cycle rickshaw) – a great way to absorb the sights, sounds, and smells of Ho Chi Minh City while keeping your hands free for that camera action.

icon Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: BREAKFAST

Take a guided tour of the infamous Cu Chi tunnels, legendary for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War.

Take a half day trip to the Cu Chi tunnels with a local guide. Allow some free time in the afternoon to sightsee or shop. Try your hand bargaining at the Ben Thanh Market, hire a cyclo (pedicab) for sightseeing or take a boat ride on the Saigon river.

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

ACTIVITY: Take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels (if you’re not claustrophobic). These tunnels stored ammunition, had underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces.

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

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Shop at the Ben Thanh Market, tour the city by cyclo, or boat down the Saigon river.

icon Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: BREAKFAST

Flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Take an NGO-supported cyclo city tour along the waterfront and key city sights, with option to visit the famous Foreign Correspondents club for sunset drinks.

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

ACTIVITY: Settle in a traditional cyclo and depart from Wat Phnom. Tour busy streets to soak up the real vibe of the city. Pass the post office and Van's restaurant, both stunning colonial buildings, and make your way to the Royal Palace and National Museum. Go along the riverside road and take in the atmospheric cafes that line the street.

icon Day 14: Phnom Penh

Location: Phnom Penh

Meals: BREAKFAST

Explore recent history with a local expert guide, including Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and Choeung Ek (the Killing Fields).

Explore the dark side of Cambodian history at Choeng Ek Memorial, the site of the infamous Killing Fields that were the execution grounds for Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge during their reign from 1975 - 1979. We also visit Tuol Sleng prison, the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished. This is a haunting look into history which serves to remind everyone that genocide must not be ignored, or those lost, forgotten.

ACTIVITY: Learn about the dark history and devastation that occurred at Security Prison 21 (S-21); the prison, used by the Khmer Rouge regime, is now Tuol Sleng Museum. Take a guided tour to hear the stories behind the sombre photos lining the museum walls.

ACTIVITY: Learn more about the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge visiting the killing fields of Choeung Ek; the grounds now stand as a powerful memorial filled with victims’ skulls and mass graves. Tour this sombre, yet serene, site with a guide.

icon Day 15: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap

Location: Phnom Penh

Meals: BREAKFAST

Drive to Siem Reap, Cambodia and take an orientation walk through the entertainment district and visit the exciting night market.

TRANSPORT: Drive through the beautiful Cambodian countryside.

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: A neighbourhood unto itself, Siem Reap’s night market is lively with shoppers exploring more than 240 hut shops selling souvenirs, artwork, and clothing. Opt for a Dr. Fish massage—small fish nibbling dead skin off your feet—or a visit to the tropical Brick House Bar.

icon Day 16: Siem Reap

Location: Siem Reap

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Spend two days exploring the ruins of the Angkor Wat temple complex with a local expert guide. Also experience a Khmer lunch at New Hope, a local training school and G Adventures-supported project.

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.

TRANSPORT: Scoot quickly around the big cities inside a three-wheeled mini-taxi.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food at the New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, an initiative kickstarted by G Adventures. Providing skill-building opportunities to marginalized community members, the project also funds the adjacent free community school and health centre. Visit the restaurant run by locals and see how the New Hope project has supported positive change in the community.

FREE TIME: Take some time to explore this lively town on your own. This evening, opt to enjoy a Cambodian Circus show.

icon Day 17: Siem Reap

Location: Siem Reap

Meals: BREAKFAST

We continue to explore the ancient capital of Angkor Wat. Option to visit Angkor National Museum and Tonle Sap floating village.

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.

TRANSPORT: Scoot quickly around the big cities inside a three-wheeled mini-taxi.

FREE TIME: In your free time opt to shop, or visit the museum or floating village.

icon Day 18: Siem Reap

Location: Siem Reap

Meals: BREAKFAST

Depart at any time.

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

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Comfort hotels (16 nts), junk boat (1 nt).

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    Meals

    17 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

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    Rural village visit with authentic khantoke dinner in a local family's home

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    Observe a Laos sunrise Buddhist ritual

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    Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Thai Guesthouse & Home Dinner, Chiang Mai Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Lunch at Hoa Sua, Hanoi Your G for Good Moment: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Siem Reap Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang

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    Orientation walk of Chiang Mai night market

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    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum visit

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    Boat tour to Pak Ou Temple caves and local village visits

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    2-day guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex

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    Tuol Sleng Prison Museum tour and Choeung Ek memorial (the Killing Fields) tour

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    Halong Bay traditional boat with cave and island tour

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    Tour of Bankok including boat on the Klong canals, the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew temple

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    Hanoi old town cyclo tour with lunch at a local training restaurant

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    Arrival transfer

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    Visit and lunch at New Hope (a G Adventures-supported project)

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    Kuang Sii waterfall excursion

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    Phnom Penh cyclo tour

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    Siem Reap orientation walk and night market

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    Thai cooking class with market visit

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    Visit Doi Suthep Buddhist Temple visit

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    Cu Chi tunnels tour

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Tour of Luang Prabang, including the Laos Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xiengthong and Wat Visoun temples, and sunset on Phuosi Hill

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    Ho Chi Minh City cyclo tour

Accommodation

Comfort hotels (16 nts), junk boat (1 nt).

Group Size

Max 16, avg 12

Transport

Private bus/van, boat, tuk tuk, plane, cyclo, traditional junk boat, walking.

Meals Included

17 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Your Peace of Mind Options

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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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