Travel to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for the ultimate Indochina experience

From the cool calm of rural villages to the steaming chaos of thriving cities, experience the diversity of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Along the way, revel in the sheer beauty of the landscape, the friendliness of the locals and the intriguing ancient traditions that give each country its unique flavour.

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Countries
Cambodia,
Thailand,
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TKRNC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
474kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover the fascinating Angkor temples
  • Experience rural village life at a Cambodian homestay
  • Explore Sihanoukville's tropical surrounds
  • Delve into Khmer history in Phnom Penh
  • Soak up the energy of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Relax on Nha Trang's sandy beaches
  • Stroll the atmospheric streets of Hoi An
  • Cruise peaceful Halong Bay
  • Experience the French air of Hanoi

Itinerary

With exotic markets, weaving tuk-tuks and serene temples, Bangkok is an exciting city to start the adventure. Shop up a storm, enjoy a massage or savour the flavours of Thai cuisine.
Cross the border into Cambodia and travel to Siem Reap. While here, a visit to the temples of Angkor Wat is a must. Explore these epic structures by day and hit Siem Reap’s lively markets by night.
Enjoy the fusion of frontier charm and French-colonial character of Kompong Cham. Why not hire a bike and visit Koh Paen island or, if feeling energetic, head into the surrounding region to uncover the myths of nearby mountain temples.
Travel to the capital city of Phnom Penh. In free time, pay respects at the Killing Fields and Choeung Ek Museum, visit the glimmering Silver Pagoda or haggle for a bargain at the art deco-designed central market, Psar Thmei.
Head out into the Cambodian countryside for a village homestay. Staying with a friendly local family, this is a unique opportunity to experience everyday rural life and enjoy a home-cooked Khmer meal.
Find a spot on the secluded beaches that fringe Sihanoukville or take a boat tour out to nearby islands. If mangrove forests, monkeys and exotic birds appeal, enjoy a tropical safari in Ream National Park.
Brush off the sand and take a public bus back to the capital. Find graphic reminders of Cambodia's tragic history in Tuol Sleng Museum, or take some time out on a visit to Seeing Hands, where massages are performed by the visually impaired.
Relax aboard a bus ride to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, where the next part of your adventure in Vietnam, amid swarms of motorbikes. Spend some time exploring this fascinating, fast-paced metropolis.
Cruise the mighty Mekong River before spending the night with local friends on a homestay by the water.
Wake up and see life on the Delta, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy some free time before boarding the overnight train bound for Nha Trang.
Bask on Nha Trang's golden beaches, meander through local markets or explore the ancient Cham Towers. In the evening, why not feast on scrumptious seafood at one of the local restaurants.
Soak in a mud bath, go snorkeling or laze on the sand, the day is yours to decide.
Be enthralled by Hoi An, a charismatic port town virtually untouched by time. Why not wander through the atmospheric Phung Hung Old House or check out the carp-shaped rainspouts on the roof of Quan Cong Temple. This is the place to deck yourself out in tailor-made garments.
Get a dose of rural charm on a bike ride through the countryside around Hoi An.
Perhaps take a cruise up the Thu Bon River or learn the secrets to cooking delicious Vietnamese dishes.
Home to an array of ancient imperial ruins, Hue is also the centre of Vietnamese Buddhism and the birthplace of degustation-style Vietnamese cuisine.
In your free time visit the Forbidden Purple City, or cruise down the Perfume River on a dragon boat, and discover Hue's royal past.
Maybe wander through the bustling Dong Ba market, try some local cuisine, and stock up on snacks before boarding your overnight train.
Soak up the effervescence of the Old Quarter on an orientation walk and hear the local legends about majestic Hoan Kiem Lake. Afterwards, perhaps make some colourful purchases at Pho Hang Gai or Dong Xuan markets.
Enjoy a boat trip out in Halong Bay. See magnificent limestone islands rise up out of the emerald waters and be awestruck by the beauty of this secluded harbour. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on board before heading into Halong City for the night.
There's time for a final Vietnamese feast on return to Hanoi.
Your Vietnam Discovery finishes up today.
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Inclusions

Meals
3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Private minibus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train, Van
Accommodation
Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (17 nights), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Chambok - Traditional Dancing
  • Halong Bay - Entrance and half day boat cruise
  • Hanoi - Walking tour
  • Hoi An - Ancient town orientation walk and entrance
  • Hoi An - Countryside bicycle tour
  • Mekong Delta - Boat cruise and homestay
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass

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Important notes

1 A single supplement is available on this trip please see trip notes for further information.
2. Please provide your full name as per passport and passport number 45 days prior to departure in order to secure Vietnam train tickets.

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