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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      USD $3,695
      CAD $3,815
      AUD $3,740
      EUR €2,575
      GBP £2,160
      NZD $4,165
      ZAR R37,435
      CHF FR3,115
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Days 1-2 Bangkok

Set the scene for this Thai adventure by cruising down the Chao Phraya River and visiting the country’s largest reclining Buddha. Afterwards, hunt down some tasty street food (not a difficult mission) and maybe indulge in an invigorating Thai massage.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 3-4 Chiang Mai

Renowned for dazzling beauty and extremely welcoming locals, the ‘Rose of the North’ will leave you spellbound. Chances are, you won’t want to leave. Climb up to one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand, discover ethereal panoramic vistas and be hypnotised by the chanting of resident Buddhist monks. In the evening, head on down to the Night Bazaar and tuck into some delicious local dishes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 5 Chiang Khong

Formerly known as ‘Juon’, the tranquil riverside town of Chiang Khong has long been an important marketplace for nearby hill tribes. Explore the quaint streets and hear Laos call from across the magnificent Mekong.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Day 6 Pakbeng - Mekong River

Feel time slow down during a cruise down the Mekong. Sit back and relax, admire lush scenery and soak up the serene atmosphere.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 7-9 Luang Prabang

Visit the spiritual Pak Ou Caves, a traditional place of pilgrimage for many Buddhists en route to the World Heritage-listed city of Luang Prabang. Dotted with ornate temples and French colonial architecture, the atmospheric town is a delight to explore. Enjoy a guided tour around the Traditional Art & Ethnology centre, visit the stunning Kuang Si Falls and maybe stroll through the stalls of the delightful Dara Market. Those feeling energetic may want to make the trek up to Mt Phousi.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 10-11 Vang Vieng

Join the locals on a public bus out to picturesque Vang Vieng, where there is ample opportunity to explore the local surrounds. Creep through caves, swim in natural springs, hire bikes and peddle along quiet paths or pick berries at a local organic mulberry farm.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 12 Vientiane

Whether it’s by foot or by tuk-tuk, you’ll soon discover the delights of exploring Laos’s charismatic capital. Follow dusty tracks to friendly villages bustling with chickens, dogs and children, hunt for treasures at the local market, admire the oldest Buddhist temple in Vientiane and visit COPE, an Intrepid Foundation-sponsored organisation changing lives for the better.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 13 Hanoi

With its French-colonial buildings, graceful boulevards and aromatic cafe au lait, Hanoi has an elegant timelessness. Get lost in the hubbub of Hanoi's streets, visit the Temple of Literature or enjoy Vietnam's fusion of traditional European and modern Asian cuisine.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

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 20-21 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 - 2

Day 22 Ho Chi Minh City

As Vietnam's largest city, Ho Chi Minh City brims with street side shops, boutiques stores and motorbikes carrying everything from children to chickens. Arrive early to slurp a steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho or go bargain hunting in Ben Thanh Market.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

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