Indochina Explorer

Comfort, Bangkok to Siem Reap

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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!

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Thai Guesthouse & Home Dinner, Chiang Mai National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Lunch at Hoa Sua, Hanoi G Adventures for Good: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Siem Reap Hands-on: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai
  • Arrival transfer
  • Tour of Bankok including boat on the Klong canals, the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew temple
  • Visit Doi Suthep Buddhist Temple visit
  • Rural village visit with authentic khantoke dinner in a local family's home
  • Thai cooking class with market visit
  • Orientation walk of Chiang Mai night market
  • Tour of Luang Prabang, including the Laos Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xiengthong and Wat Visoun temples, and sunset on Phuosi Hill
  • Boat tour to Pak Ou Temple caves and local village visits
  • Observe a Laos sunrise Buddhist ritual
  • Kuang Sii waterfall excursion
  • Hanoi old town cyclo tour with lunch at a local training restaurant
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum visit
  • Halong Bay traditional boat with cave and island tour
  • 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
  • 2-day guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex
  • Visit and lunch at New Hope (a G Adventures-supported project)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Enjoy 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

Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok 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 Notes: 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75-1.50 hours)
Day 2 Bangkok/Chiang Mai (1B) Later today, settle into exquisite surroundings in Chiang Mai and take a relaxing break from the fast pace of Bangkok. Included Activities: Klong Riverboat Tour Grand Palace Visit Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 3 Chiang Mai (1B, 1L) 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 Notes: Our hotel is located in the heart of Chiang Mai city, within 5 a minute walk of the famous night bazaar. Included Activities: Cooking Class Doi Suthep Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 4 Chiang Mai (1B, 1D) Today, explore Chiang Mai with some free time. Savour authentic khantoke cuisine this evening. Included Activities: Traditional Thai Guesthouse & Home Dinner
Day 5 Chiang Mai/Luang Prabang (1B) After a relaxing morning fly to Luang Prabang, Laos. Take an orientation walk of this World Heritage listed town. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Plane
Day 6 Luang Prabang (1B) 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. Included Activities: Royal Palace Museum Visit Wat Xien Thong Visit Wat Visoun Temples Visit Pak Ou Caves Visit Phousi Temple Visit Transport: Boat (2.00 hour(s)) Boat (1.50 hour(s))
Day 7 Luang Prabang (1B) 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. Included Activities: Kuang Si Waterfalls Excursion
Day 8 Luang Prabang/Hanoi (1B, 1L) Classic French colonial architecture, beautiful decor and a scenic location makes Hanoi a fantastic place to visit. Included Activities: Lunch at Hoa Sua Hanoi Cyclo Tour Transport: Plane (1.00-2.00 hours)
Day 9 Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Guided Tour Halong Bay Overnight Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Ha Long/Hanoi (1B) 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: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City (1B) Catch our flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam and take a thrilling cyclo tour of this bustling city. Included Activities: Ho Chi Minh City Cyclo Tour Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City (1B) 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. Included Activities: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh (1B) 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. Included Activities: Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour Transport: Plane (0.75-1.00 hours)
Day 14 Phnom Penh (1B) 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. Included Activities: Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour
Day 15 Phnom Penh/Siem Reap (1B) Drive to Siem Reap, Cambodia and take an orientation walk through the entertainment district and visit the exciting night market. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Night Market Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 320km)
Day 16 Siem Reap (1B, 1L) 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. Included Activities: Angkor Wat Guided Tour New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant Transport: Tuk-tuk
Day 17 Siem Reap (1B) We continue to explore the ancient capital of Angkor Wat. Option to visit Angkor National Museum and Tonle Sap floating village. Included Activities: Angkor Wat Guided Tour Transport: Tuk-tuk
Day 18 Siem Reap (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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