Best of Indochina Itinerary

Travel out from Bangkok, via Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City and Luang Prabang, and explore the best of Indochina. Visit Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos and see the real South-East Asia.

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      USD $3,135
      CAD $3,230
      AUD $3,170
      EUR €2,180
      GBP £1,830
      NZD $3,530
      ZAR R31,730
      CHF FR2,640
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Day 1 Bangkok

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.
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Days 2-4 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

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.
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Day 5 Kompong Cham

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.
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Day 6 Phnom Penh

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.
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Day 7 Homestay

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.
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Days 8-9 Sihanoukville

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.
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Day 10 Phnom Penh

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.
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Days 11-12 Ho Chi Minh City

Relax aboard a final bus ride to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, where the adventure comes to an end amid swarms of motorbikes. Spend some time exploring this fascinating, fast-paced metropolis.
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Days 13-14 Mekong Delta/Overnight Train

Cruise the mighty Mekong River before spending the night with local friends on a homestay by the water.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 15-16 Nha Trang/Overnight Train

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.
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Days 17-19 Hoi An

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. Get a dose of rural charm on a bike ride or deck yourself out in tailor-made garments.
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Days 20-22 Hue

Home to an array of ancient imperial ruins, Hue is also the centre of Vietnamese Buddhism and the birthplace of degustation-style Vietnamese cuisine. Visit the Forbidden Purple City, cruise down the Perfume River on a dragon boat and maybe wander through the bustling Dong Ba market.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 23 Hanoi

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.
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Day 24 Halong Bay

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.
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Day 25 Hanoi

There's time for a final Vietnamese feast on return to Hanoi.
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Day 26 Hanoi

Shaded boulevards, public parks and blocks of ochre buildings are telling remainders of a French-colonial past, but Hanoi also hums with the buzz of a modern city. Jump straight into the fray by exploring the tangle of city streets on foot.
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Days 27-28 Vientiane

Slow down to the pace of Laos's capital, sleepy Vientiane, where the colourful market stays open all day and dusty riverside paths are packed with friendly children, dogs and chickens. A great way to round off a day of sightseeing is by dining at one of the stilt restaurants set up high above the Mekong.
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Days 29-30 Vang Vieng

Be wowed by the gorgeous setting of Vang Vieng, which is surrounded by stunning limestone karst mountains. Relax in a chilled out cafe or dive into the river to escape the heat.
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Days 31-33 Luang Prabang

Nestled in the hills of northern Laos, lovely Luang Prabang is dotted with French colonial architecture and ornate temples. Take a dip in the turquoise waters beneath the beautiful Kuang Si Falls, perhaps stroll through the local market, visit Royal Palace or climb Mount Phousi to watch the sun set over the mystic Mekong.
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Day 34 Pakbeng - Mekong River

Float gently down the Mekong on a riverboat, travelling with local passengers and docking at tiny Pak Beng for the night.
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Day 35 Chiang Khong

Cruise further along the Mekong to the charming town of Chiang Khong. Admire the picturesque surrounds and soak up the chilled-out vibe as you meander through this market town.
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Days 36-38 Chiang Mai

Home to over 300 temples and a massive night market, Chiang Mai is packed full of things to see and do. Indulge in a traditional Thai massage, take a lesson at a cooking school or perhaps learn the secrets of kickboxing.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 39-40 Bangkok

Wind up the adventure in the frenzied streets of Bangkok - a thriving metropolis that stands as one of the most influential cities in South East Asia. Enjoy free time to explore labyrinthine shopping malls, wander the grounds of the Grand Palace or take to the cities khlongs to see this energetic city from an entirely different perspective.
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