Explore Indochina travelling through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.

Tour South-East Asia on an Intrepid trip that takes in the best of Indochina. Breathe in wafting scents of incense as we discover the mysticism, history and ancient traditions of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. This trip covers all the highlights of Indochina: from the majestic Angkor ruins and the pristine beaches of Sihanoukville to the frenetic pace of Ho Chi Minh City, the relaxed vibe of Hoi An and 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 adventure through Indochina.

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Countries
Cambodia,
Laos,
Thailand,
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TKRDC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
516kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Bargain like a local in Bangkok's markets
  • See the temples of Angkor rise out of the jungle
  • Delve into Khmer history in Phnom Penh
  • Experience rural village life at a Cambodian homestay
  • Explore Sihanoukville's tropical surrounds
  • Relax on Nha Trang's beaches
  • Stroll the atmospheric streets of Hoi An
  • Wander through Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Admire the stunning limestone crags around Vang Vieng
  • Take a riverboat cruise on the Mekong
  • Discover the charm of Chiang Mai

Itinerary

Sit down to an aromatic curry in buzzing Bangkok.
Marvel at the mighty temples of Angkor - a highlight of any South East Asia trip.
Travel through rice paddies en route to Kompong Cham.
Discover Cambodia's French legacy, evident in the city’s colonial facade.
Experience local hospitality at a rural homestay.
Chill out in Sihanoukville or charter a boat to Ream National Park.
Brush off the sand and make tracks back to the capital. Find graphic reminders of Cambodia's tragic history in Tuol Sleng Museum.
Explore lively Ho Chi Minh tourist spots on a cyclo tour.
Glide down the Mekong and go on a homestay with a local family.
Relax in beautiful Nha Trang, which is surrounded by mountains, islands and the sea.
Get a dose of rustic rural charm on a bike ride through the countryside surrounding Hoi An or indulge in a spot of shopping.
Absorb the imperial history and royal relics of Hue.
Explore Hanoi's Old Quarter on a walking tour. Perhaps then shop for silk or watch a water puppet performance.
Take a memorable cruise through Halong Bay's majestic karsts and mysterious caves.
Chat to locals on the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake or perhaps visit the Revolutionary Museum.
Slurp a final bowl of pho before travelling into lovely Laos.
Discover Vientiane on a walking tour and visit ancient Wat Si Saket.
Gaze up at gorgeous limestone crags surrounding Vang Vieng.
Learn of Luang Prabang's regal past at the Royal Palace Museum.
Witness the many facets of riverside life on a Mekong River journey.
Cruise further down the Mekong and cross the Thai border. Overnight in Chiang Khong, which is an important market town for the surrounding region.
Soak up the fusion of religion and history in Chiang Mai before ending this best of Indochina adventure.
View trip notes to read full itinerary

Inclusions

Meals
11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus, Ferry, Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Songthaew, Tuk-Tuk
Accommodation
Guesthouse (8 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (25 nights), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Halong Bay - Boat cruise
  • Hanoi - Walking tour
  • Hoi An - Bike tour
  • Luang Prabang - Walking tour
  • Mekong Delta - Boat cruise and homestay
  • Vientiane - COPE visit
  • Vientiane - Walking tour
  • Vientiane - Wat Sri Saket

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Important notes

TRIP CHANGES 2013
Please note this tour will be 40 days in 2013, instead of 39 in 2012. The tour will now finish in Bangkok, instead of Chiang Mai, and have one less day in Vang Vieng.
The itinerary will be as follows:
Day 1: Bangkok
Days 2-4 Siem Reap
Day 5 Kompong Cham
Day 6 Phnom Penh
Day 7 Homestay
Days 8-9 Sihanoukville
Day 10 Phnom Penh
Days 11-12 Ho Chi Minh City
Days 13-14 Mekong Delta
Days 15-16 Nha Trang
Days 17-19 Hoi An
Days 20-22 Hue
Day 23 Hanoi
Day 24 Halong Bay
Days 25-26 Hanoi
Day 27 Vinh
Days 28-29 Vientiane
Days 30-31 Vang Vieng
Days 32-34 Luang Prabang
Day 35 Mekong River
Day 36 Chiang Kong
Days 37-38 Chiang Mai
Days 39-40 Bangkok
This trip will now depart on selected Sundays, instead of selected Wednesdays.
Exact itineraries and prices will be release on the 1st November 2012.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Best of Indochina trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Best of Indochina , February 2015

Best of Indochina , January 2015