Explore Indochina, travelling through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia
Breathe in wafting scents of incense on a journey through the mysticism, history and ancient traditions of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Take a trip that takes in the best of Indochina, from the majestic Angkor ruins and the pristine beaches of Sihanoukville to the frenetic pace of Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. Soak up the relaxed vibes of Hoi An and Chiang Mai, and enjoy the riverside beauty of Luang Prabang. The warmth and candour of the locals you meet along the way - and the delicious range of cuisines on offer - perfectly complete this all-encompassing adventure.
There are many chances to do good while you travel, from the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre to social enterprise restaurants like Friends International and Makphet
Make one of Southeast Asia's classic journeys – a slow-boat trip down the Mekong River
Get a good taste of Thailand, with time in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Khong
Halong Bay is a paradisical enclave of green waters and strange rock formations. Enjoy an overnight cruise through the beautiful landscape and indulge in the Bay's fresh seafood
Go back in time at the ancient trading port of Hoi An. Experience the blend of influences from Europe and Asia on the nearby beaches and markets
Nha Trang has been called the 'Cannes of Vietnam' because of its sumptuous beaches and cosmopolitan feel. You'll have plenty of free time here to relax in the beaches and go snorkelling
Enjoy the guidance of a local expert as you temple-hop at the dazzling Angkor complex, one of Southeast Asia's most stunning sights
A homestay in the village of Chambok puts you right in the heart of everyday life in rural Cambodia
Nature-lovers rejoice! Two days in Sihanoukville is your chance to delve into the mangrove forests of Ream National Park, or simply unwind on a secluded beach
This being a Basix trip, there are minimal inclusions. This, however, means more free time to make your own discoveries.
The accommodation is mostly simple – some rooms will have air conditioning, some rooms will have a fan. There is also a homestay on this trip with multi accommodation.
Without many inclusions, you will need to bring extra spending money to take part in activities and for lunches and dinners. It's hard to give a guide on how much you will need, as everyone is different. But if you are on a budget, there are are plenty of free or inexpensive activities, such as temple visits, tuk-tuk transport, river and countryside walks and local markets.
The unhurried pace of Laos can mean that things don't always go to plan. Buses can break down, journeys can take longer than expected, and guesthouse rooms are sometimes not ready on arrival. The key to enjoying Lao's laid-back atmosphere is patience!
It can get colder than you might expect in northern Laos in January, with an average temperature of 16° C, so you'll need some warm clothes if travelling at that time.
The roads between Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang and over the Hai Van pass offer breathtaking views, but the catch is that there are a lot of twists and turns. Those prone to motion sickness should purchase some over-the-counter medication to prepare.
This trip involves four overnight train journeys. Accommodation and amenities are shared and basic, but the experience of rubbing shoulders with the locals makes it all worthwhile. Plus you make the most of your time by travelling while you sleep.
This trip involves a lot of public transport and some long days of driving, so some patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment here. Sit back, relax, watch the scenery go by, and embrace travelling like a local.
1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip please contact your sales agent if you would like to book a single supplement. Please note on the following nights a single supplement is not available: Day 2 overnight train, Day 6 Pakbeng, Day 15 Halong Bay, Day 16 Overnight train Day 20 Overnight train, Day 22 overnight train and Day 26 Homestay.
2. As this is a combination of 3 of our most popular trips your group composition and leader may change during your trip.
3. Full name as per passport and passport number required no later 45 days prior to departure.
4. The flight from Vientiane to Hanoi is included in the price of this trip.
We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Laos before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and any updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts
Our Indochina Unplugged trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews in the last year.
Southeast Asia is phenomenal and for a first time / solo traveller very cheap, easy to navigate and safe. The views are spectacular, the culture is immersive, the people are friendly, and the food is out of this world. The experiences are unforgettable and I will definitely travel with Intrepid Tours again, as the group leaders went above and beyond to ensure a fun and safe environment.
Review submitted 13 Mar 2017
Loved this whole 35 day trip. What an experience. We learned so much about each country, their culture and history. Able to interact with the people. Great tour leaders, with excellent knowledge. Always felt safe and well looked after, but always had individual choices on additional activities to include. Good advice on additional activities. Loved that Intrepid supports environmental and social initiatives in these countries. For example learned about and able to support activities that give communities and socially or physically disadvantaged people a better future. Really Impressive. Liked how we changed group members along the way. The additional activities meant the need for a reasonable budget but they were all well worthwhile including. A truly memorable adventure.
Review submitted 30 Jan 2017