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Indochina Discovery
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Discover the heart and soul of Indochina on this tour of four very diverse countries. Encounter history, both ancient and modern, and witness the unbelievable splendour of Angkor Wat. Our CEOs will ensure your accommodation and transportation are coveredso you can choose the activities that interest you. Push through hectic city lanes and tap into the pulsing nightlife. And with other travellers your own age, you can be sure to get down with adventurers thatll keep up.

  • Duration: 30 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATID.A/201438
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Siem Reap
  • Phnom Penh
  • Sihanoukville
  • Cần Thơ
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Nha Trang
  • Da Nang
  • Hoi An
  • Huế
  • Hanoi
  • Ha Long
  • Vientiane
  • Vang Vieng
  • Luang Prabang
  • Muang Pakbèng
  • Chiang Khong
  • Chiang Mai

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Bangkok/Siem Reap

Travel to Siem Reap. Enjoy a delicious Khmer meal at a G Adventures for Good project or with a local family in a village outside of Siem Reap (depends on the departure).
Cross from Thailand into Cambodia, the home base for exploring incredible Angkor Wat. Arrive in time for our included dinner at a Planeterra-project restaurant or with a local family in a village outside of Siem Reap.

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Day 3: Siem Reap

Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex. Opt to visit Tonle Sap floating village and Angkor National Museum.

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Day 4: Siem Reap/Phnom Penh

Transfer to Cambodia's capital. Orientation walk around Phnom Penh.

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Day 5: Phnom Penh

Opt to learn about Cambodia's sombre history with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields.
Sights you might choose to visit this afternoon include the National Museum and adjacent complex which includes the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. To learn about Cambodia's sombre history, visit the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields, reminders of the genocide that took place under Pol Pot's reign as leader of the Khmer Rouge.

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Day 6: Phnom Penh/Sihanoukville

Swim and relax on the beach after transferring to Sihanoukville.

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Day 7: Sihanoukville

Swim and relax by the beach, or take an optional snorkelling boat trip.

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Day 8: Sihanoukville/Cần Thơ

Cross the border to Vietnam. Overnight at a local village homestay.
Cross into Vietnam and stay in a basic village homestay that includes dinner.

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Day 9: Cần Thơ/Ho Chi Minh City

Check out a floating market from the water before continuing on through the scenic Mekong Delta region to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO, opt to take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, visit the Ben Thahn market or check out the War Remnants Museum.
This evening, head to one of the rooftop bars such as the Rex Hotel, one of the classic colonial Saigon institutions, where there is often live music.

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Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang

Free day to explore. Overnight train to Nha Trang.

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Day 11: Nha Trang

Arrive in Nha Trang in the morning with plenty of time to explore local shops and markets, relax on the beach or visit nearby historical sites.
Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party.

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Day 12: Nha Trang/Da Nang

Free time in Nha Trang. Overnight train to Hoi An.
In the evening, take an overnight train to Da Nang, then transfer to Hoi An.

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Day 13: Da Nang/Hoi An

Enjoy a noodle-making demonstration and local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles Project before free time in the afternoon. Go on an evening street food crawl with the group and CEO to get to know more about the delicious local specialties. Opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town.
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.

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Day 14: Hoi An

Enjoy free time; opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town.

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Day 15: Hoi An/Huế

Continue the journey north to the city of Hue. Opt to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, take a Perfume River cruise or tour the countryside by motorbike.

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Day 16: Huế/Hanoi

Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi.

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Day 17: Hanoi/Ha Long

Visit Halong Bay for a seafood lunch cruise and cave visit.
Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay.

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Day 18: Ha Long/Hanoi

Get to know Hanoi with an orientation walk through the Old Quarter. Opt to see Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and the Hoa Lo Prison, or shop in the Old Quarter.

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Day 19: Hanoi

Spend time exploring Hanoi.

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Day 20: Hanoi/Vientiane

A short flight brings the group to the capital city of Laos. Opt to visit temples, see the golden stupa of That Luang, or scour the markets.
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 children, 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.

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Day 21: Vientiane/Vang Vieng

Enjoy the beautiful limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng. Free time to hike, bike, swim or go caving.
A picturesque drive north takes us to beautiful Vang Vieng. This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields and limestone karsts.

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Day 22: Vang Vieng

Free time to explore Vang Vieng. Opt to explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk.
Why not explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk. In the evening, soak in the natural beauty of Vang Vieng as the sun sets over the river.

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Day 23: Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang

This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk.

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Day 24: Luang Prabang

Witness the giving of alms to the Buddhist monks and visit the night market. Opt to take a cooking class, visit temples or cool off at Kuang Si Waterfalls.
Traditional Laotian culture is to give daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. On one of your mornings here, you may decide to rise with the sun, and watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos. This is simply an unforgettable Southeast Asian experience.

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Day 25: Luang Prabang/Pak Beng

Cruise the Mekong on a long houseboat before arriving at a village homestay for the night.
We board our boat for the two-day journey up the mighty Mekong River making our way to Chiang Khong.

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Day 26: Pak Beng/Chiang Khong

Mekong River travel day. Cross into Thailand.
This morning we re-board our boat and continue our leisurely cruise along the river before arriving at the Laos/Thai border and crossing to Chiang Khong in the late afternoon.

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Day 27: Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

Drive to Chiang Mai. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match or grab a bargain at the famous night market.
Departing Chiang Khong after breakfast, we drive to Chiang Mai where you have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating city, once the capital of the Kingdom of Lan.

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Day 28: Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Free time in Chiang Mai. Overnight train to Bangkok.
Today, why not try your hand at local cuisine with a Thai cooking class? Other options include a visit the magnificent temple of Doi Suthep standing watch over the city from the hills above, taking a bicycle ride in the countryside or embracing the bizarre by getting a massage from the training school at the local woman's prison! Tonight we catch an overnight train to Bangkok.

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Day 29: Bangkok

Opt to visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, buy any last minute souvenirs or relax with a Thai massage.
We'll arrive early in the morning to Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. The day is free to explore the many sights of Bangkok. The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, National Museum, and Jim Thompson's House are just a few suggestions. A trip along the Chao Praya river and through the canals (or klongs) gives you a different perspective of daily life in this busy city.

In the evening, we'll say good bye and enjoy a Thai meal and perhaps a beer together to celebrate the end of an amazing journey.

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Day 30: Bangkok

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Siem Reap G Adventures for Good: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Big Night Out: Siem Reap Local Living: Mekong River Homestay, Muang Pakbèng
    • Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex
    • Floating market boat trip (Mekong Delta)
    • Orientation walks in Phnom Penh, Hanoi, and Luang Prabang
    • Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch
    • Witness the giving of alms in Laos
    • Slow boat up the Mekong
    • Street food crawls in multiple cities
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (23 nts), sleeper trains (4 nts), homestays (2 nts)
    • 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, air-con bus, train, walking, tuk tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore history at Angkor Wat
  • Taste local flavours with a Khmer meal in a small village
  • Relax in the sunshine on golden beaches
  • Take in majestic views at Halong Bay
  • Browse colourful marketplaces across four unique countries


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Vikki S Posted on: 

Had a fantastic time! Saw and did so much and met some great people!

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Shawna M Posted on: 

The entire tour was amazing. I am sure that if I planned this trip alone I would not have seen half of the things I saw in 29 days as I did with G Adventures. I felt it was reasonably priced for the elimination of hassles and planning. The pace was extremely fast but I can’t really see any other way to cram all that stuff into the trip.

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Gerhard H Posted on: 

Very good and interesting tour with a perfect mixture of sights (landscape) and relaxing time on the beaches/boat.

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Marie Vik H Posted on: 

It was the best trip I have ever been on. The trip was well organized and Kris was good at guiding us.

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Jean F Posted on: 

Very interesting and informative. We were pleased to be able to see the villages and towns at close quarters.

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Charles E Posted on: 

Perfect itinerary. Good mixture of travel and relaxation.

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Linda L Posted on: 

It was a lot of area to cover in the time provided but we saw and had many great experiences

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Deirdre B Posted on: 

I had an amazing time on the Indochina discovery trip. There was the right balance of sightseeing and relaxing time and i definitely feel that i saw a lot more of the countries we visited than i would have been able to on my own in the same amount of time..It was great to have the hassle taken out of travelling! I particularly appreciated the local knowledge our group leader was able to share with us and the great local experiences he was able to arrange (like having dinner in the home of one of our guides in Cambodia and visiting a school) Lots of highlights of the trip..Angkor Wat, dinner at our guide's house in Phnom Penh, gorgeous beach at Nha Trang, Hoi An, taking a motorbike around hue, waking up to beautiful scenery and tubing in Vang Vieng, waterfalls and kayaking in Luang Prabang...excellent!

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Hannah O Posted on: 

A good mixture of locations and activities and extremely well organised.

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Katharina Louise M Posted on: 

The trip was well planned and we got to see and experience different sides of the countries that we visited. It was amazing.

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