Classic Indochina Adventure Itinerary

Explore South East Asia with Intrepid Travel. Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam are all on offer as you discover the ancient histories, delicious cuisines and diverse cultures of the Indochina region.

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      USD $5,055
      CAD $5,120
      AUD $5,325
      EUR €3,700
      GBP £3,185
      NZD $6,310
      ZAR R48,435
      CHF FR4,560
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Classic Indochina Adventure.
Noodles, Vietnam

Halong landscape, Vietnam

Smiling woman, Vietnam

Junk cruiser, Vietnam

Day 1 Bangkok

Fresh off the plane, be swept into the chaos of Thailand’s capital city. Journey to the hectic souvenir mecca of the night market, discover the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Chinatown or unwind with a traditional Thai massage.
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Day 2 Chiang Rai

After a morning of exploring Bangkok’s grungy, yet delightfully hectic streets on a guided walking tour, hop aboard a plane to bound for Chang Rai - the next leg of our journey.
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Day 3 Pakbeng

Rise early and cross the boarder into Laos. See the local people preparing their homes and shops for the day on a leisurely boat cruise down the Mekong. Arrive in Pakbeng and settle in before exploring the streets, which are often filled with Hmong and tribal Thais selling textiles and handicrafts. This is an awesome chance to get up close and personal with the ethnic groups of the area.
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Days 4-5 Luang Prabang

Continue floating down the Mekong stopping at various sights on the way, such as the Pak Ou Caves, before arriving in Luang Prabang. This French colonial town is the perfect showcase of old and new Laos. At dawn, watch a procession of monks walk the main street collecting alms, then head to the incredible Kuang Si Waterfalls. For the brave, take a dip in the freezing yet fresh ponds or climb to the top of the waterfall for an impressive view of the valley. In the evening, bargain for your dinner at the night bazaar and try some barbequed meats and fruit shakes.
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Day 6 Phonsavan

Better understand the devastation inflicted on the Xieng Khuang Province during wartime and visit Muang Khun, the province’s former capital which was sadly destroyed during bomb raids and abandoned in 1975.
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Days 7-8 Vientiane

Uncover the mystery surrounding the bizarre Plain of Jars before heading to Laos’ capital. Explore the sights and French influences of the city and watch the sun set over the river while sampling some spicy curries.
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Days 9-10 Phnom Penh

Cambodia's tragic past still casts a shadow over its capital city. Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a building that was transformed from a school into a high-security prison by the Khmer Rouge in 1975, then venture to Choeung Ek, the Killing Fields. Throughout the day, learn about the catastrophic genocide that killed millions of Cambodians. In the afternoon, unwind around town with a visit to Psar Thmei (Central Market) or Psar Tuol Tom Pong (the Russian Market), or take an optional cyclo tour for a local perspective of the city.
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Days 11-13 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

Fly to Siem Reap, a flourishing regional city and gateway to one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. Join forces with a local guide to discover the fascinating history and mythology of Angkor Wat and the intriguing faces that line the entrance to the Bayon and tree-clad Ta Prohm. Hear stories of a time, many centuries past, when the Khmer Empire was the most powerful influence in this part of Asia. Fall in love with the resident wildlife on a visit to the Intrepid Foundation-supported Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity and learn of the important work being done to protect their natural habitats. Perhaps ease away any temple-fatigued muscles with a massage and sumptuous Khmer feast with the group back in Siem Reap or venture further afield to Banteay Srei, a site which contains the most detailed carvings of all the temples.
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Days 14-15 Ho Chi Minh City

Get lost in the flurry of activity buzzing around Ho Chi Minh City. Check out crazy street markets, try a delicate rice paper roll or just chill out with a sweet iced coffee. Keep your head up, with over three million motorcycles zooming around the city, you need to keep your wits about you while crossing the road. Head out on a city tour to better comprehend the political changes and tragic past of the Vietnamese people. With a local guide, explore the network of underground Cu Chi tunnels used by the Vietcong during the Vietnam War. Learn about the guerrilla techniques used by this sly militia in their fight for freedom.
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Days 16-17 Hoi An

Make tracks to Hoi An and discover centuries-old temples, charming houses and gilded community halls. The many art galleries, shops and cafes are also a great way to while away time in one of Vietnam's most charming riverside towns.
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Day 18 Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam's enthralling capital city, and enjoy a hearty breakfast at KOTO restaurant. Head to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum to rub shoulders with locals who pay their respects to the country's revolutionary leader here. Afterwards, perhaps head to the evocative Old Quarter to discover exotic smells and intriguing sights.
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Day 19 Halong Bay

Embark on an overnight Halong Bay cruise aboard a traditional junk boat. Float across turquoise waters that flow between the weathered limestone peaks and secluded lagoons on what is sure to be a highlight of the tour.

Days 20-21 Hanoi

Back in the city, there is free time to indulge in some last-minute optional activities such as visits to one of many fascinating museums including the Fine Art Museum, Museum of Ethnology, Women’s Museum or the Temple of Literature. Alternatively, just kick back with a bottle of bia hoi in a street café and recount highlights of the trip.
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