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Indochina Discovery and Trekking Northern Thailand

If you believe that travelling isn't just about crossing destinations on your list, we've got the trip for you. This 33-day tour through Southeast Asia is made for those that seek a well-rounded experience in their travels. Visit everything from fast-paced capitals to idyllic beaches and trek through rugged terrain to get a glimpse into traditional village life. There's time in between to explore destinations on your own time and bond with your new travel friends as you explore the local nightlife.

  • Duration: 33 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATIT/238146
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Siem Reap
  • Phnom Penh
  • Koh Rong
  • Chambok
  • 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
  • Ban Mae Jok
  • Pa Khao Lam

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-supported project.
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/Koh Rong

Transfer to Sihanoukville then take a boat ride to your own private beach on Koh Rong. Check in and go for a swim in the warm waves before relaxing with a drink on the beach.
Travel to Koh Rong and feast on fantastic local seafood, take a day trip to snorkel the coral reefs and explore the islands, or just sit back in a deck chair and let the warm breeze caress you as the waves splash gently at your feet. It doesn't get much better than this.

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Day 7: Koh Rong

Swim, relax by the beach or opt to go snorkelling, fishing, hiking or kayaking. On nights without a large moon opt to swim in a sea of blue sparkles caused by phosphorescent plankton.

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Day 8: Chambok Homestay

Travel back to the mainland, then to a village homestay. Enjoy a homecooked meal with the hosts.

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Day 9: Chambok Homestay/Ho Chi Minh City

Cross the border to Vietnam. Continue 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

Discover the energy of Vietnam's biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk and continue exploring with free time. 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

Get your bearings with an orientation walk 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 a noodle-making demonstration and local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles Project. Later, opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town with free time.

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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

Enjoy free time to explore. Opt to do a cycling tour, catch a Thai boxing match, or visit Doi Suthep temple.

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Day 29: Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok

Trek through rugged forests and experience the wonderful diversity of this region: each village has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. Drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where the trek will begin. After a few hours of hiking, reach the first village.
We might have time to visit a local market before stopping for lunch and starting our trek.

Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies.

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Day 30: Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam

Trek 2-3 hrs and, after lunch, head to a Karen village to learn about traditional basket weaving and scarf-making. Continue trekking another few hours to the next village for the night.
You will also have the chance to fish at Mae Tang River using local tools; learn how to construct a bamboo raft.

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Day 31: Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai

After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.

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Day 32: Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok.

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Day 33: Bangkok

The trip ends on arrival at the Bangkok train station.
Arrive in Bangkok at approximately 8am. Tour finishes on arrival at the train station.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Local Khmer Meal, Siem Reap G Adventures for Good: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An G Adventures for Good: Mekong River Homestay, Muang Pakbèng Big Night Out: Siem Reap Carte Blanche: Phnom Penh Carte Blanche: Ho Chi Minh City Carte Blanche: Luang Prabang Carte Blanche: Chiang Mai
    • Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex
    • Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Phnom Penh, and Luang Prabang
    • Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch
    • Witness the giving of alms in Laos
    • Slow boat up the Mekong
    • Two street food crawls in different cities
    • Internal flight
    • Hilltribe trek
    • Bamboo rafting
    • Street food crawl
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (26 nts), sleeper trains (6 nts), homestays (2 nts) basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share)
    • 23 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, songthaew, river raft, air-conditioned bus, train, walking, tuk-tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, trekking staff
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wander through Nha Trang's markets
  • Relax on the beaches of Koh Rong
  • See the ruins of an ancient temple complex
  • Witness limestone karsts around Vang Vieng
  • Trek through forests in Thailand to visit rural villages