Indochina Encompassed

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  • Duration
    29
    Days
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    Standard
  • Difficulty
    Easy

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Highlights

Float down the mighty Mekong River, explore the bustling streets of Hanoi, sail a junk through Halong Bay, shop in Hoi An, experience magnificent Angkor Wat.

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From the vibrant cityscape of Bangkok to Halong Bay's magnificent limestone karsts, this trip encompasses the highlights of Indochina. Marvel at the wonders of Angkor Wat, sail the Mekong, and savour noodles in Chiang Mai. Shop for souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City and join the locals sipping coffee at a lakeside café in Hanoi. With hotels, transport, and a number of included activities arranged by our CEOs, this adventure offers up the perfect combination of must-see highlights and free time.

Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok
Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the pace of life in Bangkok. Additional Notes: You MUST arrive on tour with your Vietnam visa. There is no way to procure this once the tour has commenced. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Bangkok/Chiang Mai (1B)
Enjoy a 1-hr longtail boat tour of Bangkok's famous klongs (canals). The trip finishes at the Royal Temple of Wat Po for a guided tour. After, there is time for shopping, a visit to Grand Palace or a stroll along Khao San Rd. In the evening, board the overnight train to Chiang Mai. Additional Notes: Note: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport. Included Activities: Klong Riverboat Tour Wat Po Guided Tour Transport: Overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)
Day 3 Chiang Mai
Arrive early morning and use some free time to explore. Choose from a range of optional activities or stroll the city independently. In late afternoon, set off to visit the temple complex, Doi Suthep. If you're lucky, you may witness the chanting of the monks. Included Activities: Doi Suthep Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Day 4 Chiang Mai/Chiang Khong (1B)
Drive to Chiang Khong, a sleepy trading town nestled on the bank of the Mekong River. En route, visit Wat Rong Khun — the dazzling 'White Temple'. Wander the local food market or sit back and enjoy a slower pace of life relaxing in Thailand with river views of Laos. Included Activities: Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Chiang Khong/Muang Pakbèng
Cross the border to the Laos immigration area, then take a songthaew (local bus) to a traditional slow boat. Travel down the Mekong River and adjust to the relaxed pace of life in Laos. This predominantly mountainous country has unsurpassed views of the riverside villages, the tropical jungle, and the mountains. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Thailand - Laos) Mekong River Slow Boat
Day 6 Muang Pakbèng/Luang Prabang (1B)
Continue on by slow boat down the mighty Mekong. Before arriving at Luang Prabang, enjoy a visit outside to the Pak Ou caves. After, re-board the boat and continue to Luang Prabang, arriving in the early evening. Included Activities: Mekong River Slow Boat Pak Ou Caves Visit
Day 7 Luang Prabang (1B, 1D)
Take a tour of the Ethnology Museum — a great chance to learn more about the dress and customs of local people. Drop into Ock Pop Tok for an introduction to Laos textiles and handicrafts. Then, take a half-day trip out to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls and be sure to pack a swimsuit. Included Activities: Ethnology Museum Guided Tour Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre Visit Kuang Si Waterfalls Excursion Meal with Local Family
Day 8 Luang Prabang (1B)
Enjoy a free day exploring all Luang Prabang has to offer. Options include cooking classes, temple visits, massages, night market shopping, bike riding, and hiking.
Day 9 Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng (1B, 1D)
Drive winding mountain roads through gorgeous scenery to reach Vang Vieng. Experience a local homestay in a nearby village. Here, enjoy traditional Laotian food while getting to know your host family. Your CEO will provide insight into the way of life of village residents. Included Activities: Vang Vieng Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Vang Vieng (1B)
Enjoy free time in Vang Vieng. Move to a hotel for the night, an ideal location for exploring the countryside by bicycle or kayak.
Day 11 Vang Vieng/Vientiane (1B)
Head out of the mountains to one of Asia's sleepiest capital cities. Opt to visit some of the highlights of Vientiane including Wat Sisaket, one of the city's oldest and most fascinating temples, and Wat Phra That Luang, Lao's national symbol and one of her most sacred sites. For those who like to shop, don't miss the morning market, which, incidentally, is open all day! Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 12 Vientiane/Hanoi (1B)
Take a short flight from quiet Laos into the bustling city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Opt for a leisurely walk through the Old Quarter and a traditional Vietnamese meal. What better way to start a visit to this diverse country? Transport: After the short flight to Hanoi, a private vehicle will transfer the group 45 mins to the hotel in the city centre. Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Hanoi (1B)
Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, and the former president's house on stilts for insight into an important figure in Vietnam's history. During the afternoon, use some free time to explore this beautiful city. Opt to visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Museum of Ethnology or just sip delicious Vietnamese iced coffee in a café along the lake. In late afternoon or early evening, attend a performance of Vietnam's famous water puppets before sampling one of Hanoi's amazing eating venues. Included Activities: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Visit Thăng Long Water Puppet Theatre Performance
Day 14 Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. Thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the waters. Sail past limestone karst mountains in the junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves. In the evening, devour a seafood dinner, then opt to enjoy a drink on deck under the stars. Included Activities: Halong Bay Overnight Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Junk
Day 15 Ha Long/Huế (1B, 1L)
Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi for a little more time to enjoy the city before boarding an overnight train. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Drive about 15 mins to the station and then board the southbound train for the overnight journey. Overnight train (beds) (14.00-15.00 hours)
Day 16 Huế
Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda followed by a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam’s former emperors. After, opt for a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery. With free time, take a motorbike tour of the area. While in the city, try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes), and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp). Wash it all down with a Hue beer. Included Activities: Tien Mu Pagoda Visit Imperial Citadel Tour Royal Tombs Visit
Day 17 Huế/Hoi An (1B)
Start the day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel before heading towards Hoi An in the late morning. Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon. With three nights here, there's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 18 Hoi An (1B, 1L)
Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
Day 19 Hoi An (1B)
Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.
Day 20 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)
Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country’s commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 21 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)
Use free time to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market. The Reunification Palace, the city's Chinese quarter of Cholon, and the War Remnants Museum are also well worth a visit. Included Activities: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour
Day 22 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)
After enjoying a day in the Mekong Delta, travel back to Ho Chi Minh City in time for an optional dinner. Included Activities: Day Trip to Mekong Delta Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 23 Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh (1B)
Drive to the border and cross into Cambodia. Continue on to the capital, Phnom Penh, and enjoy a cyclo ride through the city for a street-level perspective. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Vietnam - Cambodia) Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s)) Local bus (3.00 hour(s))
Day 24 Phnom Penh (1B)
Meet a local guide to learn more about the dark side of Cambodian history. Visit to Choeung Ek, the site of the infamous Killing Fields. After, visit Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison), the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished. Enjoy a free afternoon to sightsee. Opt to explore the city's many sights: the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. With time, choose to visit the Russian Market, Wat Phnom or sip a drink at a riverside café. Included Activities: Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour
Day 25 Phnom Penh/Siem Reap (1B)
Drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, the home base for exploring incredible Angkor Wat. Transport: Drive through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours)
Day 26 Siem Reap (1B, 1D)
Spend 2 days exploring Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer kingdom and one of the wonders of the archaeological world. See some of the highlights of this ancient capital, like sunrise at the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat, the enigmatic Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm, also known as the 'Tomb Raider' temple. Enjoy a local meal to learn about Khmer food and meet some friendly locals. Alternating locations of our local meal enables small businesses to flourish. Each experience is truly unique and memorable. Included Activities: Angkor Wat Guided Tour New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant Home Meal
Day 27 Siem Reap (1B)
Spend another day in Siem Reap, exploring more temples of Angkor or going further afield.
Day 28 Siem Reap/Bangkok (1B)
Spend the last night together in Bangkok. Opt to go out on the town and indulge in flavourful Thai food. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Cambodia - Thailand) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 29 Bangkok (1B)
Not ready to leave this vibrant city? Extend your stay with post-tour accommodation – your CEO can give you a hand.