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With their vibrant cultures steeped in tradition, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand offer so much to see on this outstanding adventure through Indochina. Cruise Halong Bay, explore incredible Angkor Wat, interact with local families, and get to the night markets of Chiang Mai for some of the best street food in the world. Dont come all this way without experiencing all you can in this corner of the globe.

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATING/155179
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Siem Reap, Cambodia
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Siem Reap

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to the 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.

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Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai

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.

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Day 3: Chiang Mai

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.

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Day 4: Chiang Mai

Today, explore Chiang Mai with some free time. This evening, visit a village outside Chiang Mai and sit down around an authentic khantoke for dinner in a local family's home.
Travel to the countryside near Chiang Mai and enjoy chant dinner, a must-do when you reach northern Thailand. Khantok in the Northern dialect means a wooden tray used for carrying dishes, round in shape, made of teak wood. The host will invite guests to sit on the floor around the khantok. The main dishes on the khantok usually include sticky rice, hang-le curry (Burmese-styled curry), and some chili-pasted crispy pork. After, enjoy tea time with the opportunity to talk with local people to learn their way of living.

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Day 5: Chiang Mai/Luang Prabang

Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, and take an orientation walk around this World Heritage-listed town.

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Day 6: Luang Prabang

Rise at dawn to watch the monks collecting offerings of food from the locals in exchange for blessings, then visit the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Xiengthong. Continue on to Wat Visoun, led by a local Monk who will explain the architecture and history of the temple as well as discussing Buddhism and daily life. After, catch a boat to Pak Ou Temple caves and stop in local villages.

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Day 7: Luang Prabang

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

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Day 8: Luang Prabang/Hanoi

Enjoy some free time in Luang Prabang before catching a late afternoon flight to Hanoi.

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Day 9: Hanoi/Ha Long

Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, then continue to Halong Bay and spend the night on a traditional junk boat surrounded by turquoise waters, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the calm waters. Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay, a more secluded section of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site.
Board a junk boat, our home for the evening. This traditional wooden sailing boat offers a unique way of navigating the lime karsts of Halong Bay with all the comforts of a motorized, floating hotel. The boat crew will prepare an included seafood lunch and dinner to feast on.

All cabins are twin share and have an en-suite bathroom. The boat features an enclosed dining and sitting area and of course plenty of outside deck space to enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

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Day 10: Ha Long/Hanoi

Continue to cruise around the Bay and explore the Thien Canh Son cave with our local guide. Return to land and head back to Hanoi. Enjoy lunch at Hoa Sua, an NGO and training school for disadvantaged youth. After lunch, set out on a guided cyclo ride and orientation tour of the Old Quarter.
Classic French colonial architecture, beautiful decor and a scenic location makes Hanoi a fantastic place to visit.

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Day 11: Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City

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

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Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City

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 (cycle rickshaw) for sightseeing or take a boat ride on the Saigon river.

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Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh

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.

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Day 14: Phnom Penh

Explore the dark side of Cambodian history at Choeng Ek Memorial, the site of the infamous Killing Fields. We also visit Tuol Sleng prison, the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished.
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.

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Day 15: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap

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

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Day 16: Siem Reap

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 restaurant and G Adventures-supported project. This evening, enjoy a performance at Phare, the Cambodian circus and social enterprise that provides training and gainful employment to Cambodian youth from difficult social and economic backgrounds. We also meet with one of the organizers who gives an overview of this incredible organization.

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Day 17: Siem Reap

We continue to explore the ancient capital and temple complex of Angkor, with option this afternoon to visit Angkor National Museum and Tonle Sap floating village.

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Day 18: Siem Reap

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Thai Home Dinner, Chiang Mai National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Visit Wat Visoun with a Monk, Luang Prabang National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Lunch at Hoa Sua, Hanoi National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cambodian Circus Performance and Talk, Siem Reap G Adventures for Good: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Siem Reap Hands-On: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai
    • Arrival transfer
    • Tour of Bangkok including boat ride on the klong (canals)
    • Visit the temple at Doi Suthep
    • Orientation walk of Chiang Mai night market
    • Tour of Luang Prabang
    • Boat tour to Pak Ou cave temples
    • Kuang Sii waterfall excursion
    • Hanoi old town cyclo tour
    • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum visit
    • Halong Bay overnight cruise
    • Ho Chi Minh City cyclo tour
    • Cu Chi tunnels tour
    • Phnom Penh cyclo tour
    • Tuol Sleng Prison Museum tour and Choeung Ek memorial (the "killing fields") tour
    • Siem Reap orientation walk and night market
    • Two-day guided tour of Angkor Wat
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (16 nts), junk boat (1 nt)
    • 17 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, first-class public bus, boat, tuk tuk, plane, cyclo, traditional junk boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Enjoy a traditional khantoke dinner in a rural village
  • Enjoy a visit and talk with a monk at Wat Visoun Temple
  • Have lunch at a training restaurant for disadvantaged youth
  • Witness an outstanding performance at Phare (the Cambodian circus)
  • Take thrilling cyclo rides for a different perspective in bustling cities