Great Indochina Loop Itinerary

Travel into the heart and soul of Indochina on this comprehensive tour of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Explore Bangkok, cruise Halong Bay, visit Phnom Penh and marvel at Angkor Wat.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,420
      CAD $3,490
      AUD $3,620
      EUR €2,645
      GBP £2,170
      NZD $4,290
      ZAR R32,960
      CHF FR3,270
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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 Great Indochina Loop.
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Days 1-2 Bangkok

Travel to Thailand and take a longtail boat ride along Bangkok's khlongs. Why not gaze up at the famous reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, indulge in a relaxing Thai massage or stroll through the lush gardens of the Grand Palace in free time.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 3 Chiang Mai

Discover sweeping views of Chiang Mai from atop Doi Suthep. Make like a local and devour a bowl of khao soi noodles at the Night Bazaar.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 4 Chiang Khong

Journey through rural countryside to Chiang Khong, a peaceful riverside town that is the perfect place to stretch the legs with a stroll around town and dine on Thai cuisine, while Laos beckons from across the mighty Mekong.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Day 5 Mekong River

Take a slow boat down the Mekong River, soaking up the laidback river lifestyle of Laos. Stay overnight in tranquil Pak Beng.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 6-8 Luang Prabang

See hundreds of Buddhas carved into the limestone cliffs at the Pak Ou caves before arriving in Luang Prabang. Enjoy the quaint colonial atmosphere, delve into local history at the Royal Palace Museum and swim in the turquoise waters of Kuang Si falls.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 3

Days 9-10 Vang Vieng

Call in at Laos's famous backpacker hangout of Vang Vieng. Admire the stunning limestone karst scenery or venture further afield on a mountain bike.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 11 Vientiane

Explore laidback Vientiane and pay a visit to the inspiring COPE prosthetic limb centre. At days end, head to the riverbank to savour a Mekong sunset with a cold Beerlao in hand.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 12-13 Hanoi

Fly to Vietnam's capital and browse the Old Quarter for traditional artefacts and gastronomic delights - or perhaps explore Hanoi on a cyclo tour.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 14-15 Halong Bay/Overnight train

Set sail on an overnight Halong Bay cruise. Kick back and enjoy the dramatic scenery, take a dip in the balmy waters and sleep under a star-studded sky. Then it's time to climb aboard the famed Reunification Express for an overnight train ride.
ACCOM: Overnight boat - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 16-17 Hue

Appointed as the imperial capital due to its beauty and isolation, Hue will enchant. Let the royal past come to life among the ruins of the Imperial Citadel, enjoy a city tour and unwind on a dragon boat cruise down the Perfume River.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 18-19 Hoi An

Travel along the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hoi An, once a thriving port town. Today, trade remains central to everyday life with shops offering everything from tailored clothes to custom-made shoes and silk lanterns. Perhaps sign up for an optional cooking class or simply enjoy the many fine restaurants along Hoi An’s riverside.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 20-22 Ho Chi Minh City

After a short flight, take to the vibrant streets of Ho Chi Minh City on a city tour. Enjoy a meal at a restaurant that provides hospitality training to former street kids and then be moved by the displays at the War Remnants Museum. Head out to the Mekong Delta for a fascinating day tour and sample local specialties like elephant ear fish. Board sampans and paddle through the delta's mangrove tributaries via the stunning Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise and Phoenix islets. Return to Ho Chi Minh City where the adventure comes to an end.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 23-24 Phnom Penh

Cross into Cambodia and travel to Phnom Penh. A sobering visit to the infamous Killing Fields provides a glimpse into Cambodia's tragic past, the site being marked by a stupa made of some 8,000 skulls. There's time to explore other attractions such as the frantic Russian Market, the National Museum or the Silver Pagoda with its dazzling silver-tiled floor. Alternatively, take a leisurely stroll along Sisowath Quay and stop for coffee at a riverside cafe.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 25-27 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

Travel back to a brighter time in Cambodian history with a trip to the Angkor Wat temples. From sun-up to sundown, relish the sacred beauty of these ancient wonders, from the eerie shadows of Ta Prohm to the serene smiles of the carved faces at Bayon.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 28 Battambang

Admire elegant French architecture and a relaxed country pace in Battambang. While here, learn the secrets of Khmer cuisine in a cooking class, take a walk along the river front or maybe take a trip out to surrounding villages.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 29-30 Bangkok

Skip back across the border from Cambodia to Thailand and enjoy an evening in bewitching Bangkok. Grab a fragrant curry, a soothing Thai massage, charter a longtail boat or take in the Grand Palace's gleaming architecture as a fitting end to this historic journey.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1