Indochina In-Depth: Temples & Teal Water

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Bangkok to Bangkok

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Now's the time to explore Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Take in the ancient splendour of Angkor Wat, trek to meet hilltribes in Myanmar (Burma), explore underground rivers in Phong Nha, and taste all manners of street food at nearly every stop. Take on the epic, the awe-inspiring, and the endlessly fascinating with this journey that covers it all (with just enough free time to explore in between). It's the perfect snapshot of Southeast Asia for first-time visitors.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Local Khmer Meal, Siem Reap Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Your G for Good Moment: Mekong River Homestay & Baci Ceremony, Muang Pakbèng Your G for Good Moment: Meal at Sanon Restaurant and Culinary Training School, Bagan Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Big Night Out Moment: Siem Reap Your Discover Moment: Phnom Penh Your Local Living Moment: Home Meal, Chambok Your Discover Moment: Ho Chi Minh City Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai
  • Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex
  • Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch
  • Guided hike, sunset cruise and waterfall excursion (Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang)
  • Slow boat up the Mekong
  • Trekking excursion (Kengtung)
  • Sunrise temple tour (Bagan)
  • Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Phnom Penh, Luang Prabang, and Yangon
  • Two street food crawls in different cities
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Revel in the majesty of angkor wat
  • Trek along the rice paddies in kengtung
  • Cruise magical halong bay
  • Scour markets across five unique countries
  • Explore temples and stupas from ancient times in myanmar (burma)
  • Learn how to make noodles at a g adventures-supported enterprise
  • Experience an overnight village homestay along the mekong

Itinerary

Bangkok Arrive at any time. Get to know your fellow travellers during a private party at the G Adventures Bangkokian house. Pick your favourite Thai drinks and delicacies from street vendors before relaxing in the courtyard over games and endless stories. Cheers to new adventures!
Bangkok/Siem Reap Travel to Siem Reap. Taste all manners of salty, sweet, spicy, and sour with a delicious Khmer meal at a restaurant kickstarted by our non-profit partner, Planeterra. Cross from Thailand into Cambodia, your 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.
Siem Reap Watch the sun rise over the majestic and mystifying ruins of Angkor Wat. Opt to visit Tonle Sap floating village and Angkor National Museum. Tonight, head to the infamous Pub Street, where the party goes round the clock. Grab a bite to eat (deep-fried tarantula, anyone?) and let the beats move you through market stalls and drinking spots as you wait for tomorrow’s sunrise.
Siem Reap/Phnom Penh Get your first glimpse of Phnom Penh during an orientation walk around Cambodia’s capital.
Phnom Penh Reflect on one of Cambodia’s darkest periods with an optional visit to the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields. Later, discover more sides of Cambodian cuisine with a street food crawl.
Phnom Penh/Koh Rong Go to Sihanoukville, where you’re just a boat ride away from your own private beach on Koh Rong. Take the afternoon to try local seafood, snorkel the coral reefs, or sit back and relax with a drink before hitting the warm waves.
Koh Rong Do anything you might have missed the day before, like snorkelling, fishing, hiking, or kayaking. Wait 'til after sunset to swim in a sea of blue sparkles caused by phosphorescent plankton.
Chambok Homestay Head back to the mainland to a village homestay where you’ll soothe your stomach as you eat delicious Cambodian home cooking.
Chambok Homestay/Ho Chi Minh City Go on to Vietnam and the famed Ho Chi Minh City. Take this chance to visit the Ben Thahn Market for souvenirs and handicrafts before taking in the city nightlife.
Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang Feel the pulse of Vietnam’s biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk, with free time after to double back to your favourite spots. Tonight, catch up on sleep on an overnight train to Nha Trang.
Nha Trang You’ve arrived! Take this morning to explore local shops and markets, relax on the beach, or visit nearby historical sites before an evening street food crawl. Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party.
Nha Trang/Da Nang It’s not over yet. There’s more free time to explore Nha Trang today. Then, hop on an overnight train to continue to Hoi An. The overnight train is to Da Nang, with the transfer to Hoi An following directly after.
Da Nang/Hoi An Hoi An’s excited to meet you. See why on an orientation walk of the city before more free time in the afternoon. Dig even deeper and choose between a cooking class, cycling to the beach, visiting a tailor, or exploring 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.
Hoi An Noodles might be fun to eat, but they’re even more fun to make. Find out how during a visit to G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles. Later, opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town with free time.
Hoi An/Huế Head north to the city of Huế. There’s lots to do here, with options to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, or boarding a cruise along the Perfume River.
Huế/Phong Nha Your second day in Huế comes with more free time to enjoy the city. In the afternoon, cruise through Vietnam's stunning countryside to the green rocky mountains of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park.
Phong Nha/Hanoi It’s time to head underground with free time to explore the caves of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, where the oldest karst mountains in Asia are found. Then it’s an overnight train to Hanoi.
Hanoi/Ha Long After arriving in Hanoi, the bustling capital of Vietnam, take a private bus to the iconic Halong Bay for a seafood lunch cruise and cave exploring. Be sure to charge your camera so you can grab a shot truly worth sharing!
Ha Long Bay/Hanoi Feel like you've gone back in time with an orientation walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Then stop for a drink at Bia Hoi Corner, a spot that serves bia hoi, a local beer made of rice and wheat — and costs a mere $0.25USD per glass! Opt to pre-book the "Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.
Hanoi/Vientiane After exploring Hanoi in the morning, a short flight brings the group to the capital city of Laos. See the sacred gold-covered monument, Phat That Luang, or stroll down the dusty riverside tracks to see village life as it happens. Stop by Vientiane's vibrant, colourful market to find local treasures. Round off the day with a spectacular sunset over the Mekong. There is a wealth of cultural delights to discover in Vientiane — on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk.
Vientiane/Vang Vieng Find a bit of peace partway through your tour with a visit north to Vang Vieng, a small town nestled among striking limestone karsts. Take a guided hike to Pha Ngeun, the town’s highest viewpoint, for incredible views of the valley — no filter necessary. This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields, mountains, and caves.
Vang Vieng Get more out of Vang Vieng with free time to explore. Opt to see the caves by bicycle or take a countryside stroll.
Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang Continue to colourful Luang Prabang and make your first acquaintance with this ancient city during an afternoon orientation walk. Afterward, embark on a short trek up sacred Mount Phousi, climbing the stone stairs with scaly golden handrails, past the monks quarters and Buddha's footprint cave, to reach the temple at the top - Wat Phousi. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the sun setting upon Luang Prabang and the Mekong River. Descend into the bustling night markets.
Luang Prabang Skip sleeping in to watch the monks walk through town before dawn. Dressed in saffron robes, they receive daily alms from local residents. Then, visit the Kuang Si waterfalls on a guided excursion before free time in the evening. Traditional Laotian culture involves giving daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. Should you rise early, you’ll get to watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos.
Luang Prabang/Pak Beng The Mekong never looked so welcoming. Board a long houseboat and cruise to a village homestay for the night. The boat will take you on a two-day journey up the Mekong en route to Chiang Khong in Thailand.
Pak Beng/Chiang Khong New day, same magnificent Mekong. Today’s your second travel day, where you’ll cross into Thailand. We arrive in Chiang Khong by the later afternoon.
Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai Let the rolling countryside views relax you as you drive to Chiang Mai. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match, or grab a bargain at the famous night market.
Chiang Mai Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match, or grab a bargain at the famous night market.
Chiang Mai/Kengtung Cross the border into Myanmar (Burma) before heading to Kengtung, an inland town nestled by lush hilly country.
Kengtung Look for peace among the rice paddies on an included trek to meet hilltribe communities in the countryside. Savour a taste of Shan khao swè, a traditional Burmese rice noodle dish that's full of local flavour.
Kengtung/Inle Lake During your free morning, grab a bite at Kyaing Tong Market. This lively market is host to colourful local produce and delicious food stalls. Later this afternoon, fly to Inle, a serene lake dotted with temples and floating villages.
Inle Lake Stretch out your legs a bit — it's another day on Inle Lake. Choose between taking a bike around the lake or up to the local winery, taking a cooking class, or touring the lake by boat to take a closer look at the floating villages and gardens.
Inle Lake/Bagan Take your time to unwind with your final day on Inle Lake. Later, hop on the overnight bus to Bagan.
Bagan Start your day with some serenity with a sunrise temple tour of Bagan. See the ancient site's ornate pagodas brighten up with the glow of the sun for that envy-worthy Insta shot. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy.
Bagan Take another day in Bagan to explore nearby villages and ruins. Go a little farther out by renting a bike (or e-bike) to see the more distant sites.
Bagan/Mandalay Begin your final day in Bagan with an included breakfast at Sanon, a G Adventures-supported restaurant and culinary school. After, travel to Mandalay. The day is yours: you can climb Mandalay Hill, visit the Golden Monastery, or end the day by watching the sunset at U Bein Bridge.
Mandalay/Yangon Your last free day in Mandalay is full of options. Check out Mandalay's ancient temples, the nearby royal capital of Amarapura, or the world's longest teak bridge. Visit the nearby market for local eats and enjoy your accommodation's rooftop restaurant for those unforgettable city views.
Yangon Get to know the country's largest city on an orientation walk. Visit the incredible, gold-plated Shwedagon Pagoda, the site of many a photo op.
Yangon Keep exploring the country's former capital on this free day. Stop by a skybar to sip on drinks and take in stunning views.
Yangon/Bangkok It's time to head back to Thailand. In the evening, take in the nightlife of the country's capital city as you celebrate the end of this amazing journey together.
Bangkok Today, it’s time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and cheers before you head on your way.
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