Travel into the heart and soul of Indochina
Join us as we travel into the heart and soul of Indochina. Starting off in Bangkok, get lost in the chaos of Thailand's capital city before succumbing to the slightly more relaxed pace of Chiang Mai. Cruise along the Mekong River to reach peaceful Luang Prabang, a colourful town dotted with monks, pop-up stalls and French-inspired eateries. In Vietnam, cruise through dramatic karst scenery on a boat tour of Halong Bay, travel back to the time of Vietnam’s emperors in Hue, soak up the old-world charm of Hoi An and be wowed by the endless energy of Ho Chi Minh City. Then discover Cambodia's fascinating history and culture in Phnom Penh's heaving streets and in the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor, before wrapping up the adventure back in Thailand.
TRIP CHANGES FOR 2018:
This trip has had a name change for 2018 and was previously published as “Great Indochina Loop”
This combination trip includes section in Vietnam & Cambodia that are some of the most popular in the entire Intrepid range.
Travel by boat, train, plane, private bus, taxi and even on the back of a motorbike!
Angkor Wat. Need we say more? As well as a guided tour, you’ll also have a pass to cover your whole time in Siem Reap so you can explore this incredible temple complex as much and as often as you like.
Settle in for the night and experience an overnight train journeys, starting from Hanoi and Bangkok and waking up ready to head out and explore Chiang Mai and Hue.
The two day boat journey down the iconic Mekong River passes incredible rural scenery and is one of the must-dos to truly experience South East Asia.
Sample local food wherever you go, from a seafood dinner on Halong Bay, street snacks at markets, a meal at a buddhist nunnery, coconut candy and tropical fruits in the Mekong Delta, and a final dinner at KOTO restaurant.
The perfect blend of included sights and free time to make your own discoveries in some of our favourite destinations, like Hoi An and Luang Prabang.
Discover Kampong Luang and the countryside around Battambang with a visit to a floating village and a bike ride around farms and cottage industries.
Have expert advice on hand the whole way with an experienced local leader to help you get the best out of your time in South East Asia, like Channa: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/channa-intrepid-leader-cambodia/
Travel from Vietnam to Thailand, experiencing the contrasts between three of the regions most fascinating countries.
We cover a lot of distance on this trip, including overnight trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Hanoi to Hue (each approx 12 hours). Compartments are on a mixed gender basis and you may be sharing with locals or travellers from other groups. For more about what this experience is like, see our blog posts here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/what-to-expect-on-an-overnight...
The sightseeing tour by motorbike in Hue is great fun with bikes driven safely by professionals (and helmets provided), but alternative transport can be arranged for those who would prefer not to travel by motorbike.
Depending on where you come from, the weather in Vietnam might be hotter and more humid than what you are used to. We recommend checking online for what the typical temperatures will be at the time of the year you are looking to travel to see what to expect - this website might be useful: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/vietnam/weather-in-vietnam
Laos is less developed than many other South-East Asian countries. The roads can be bumpy, delays are common, and accommodation can be basic but always clean and comfortable. A little bit of patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this beautiful country!
Due to dam construction upstream, water levels aren't as reliable as in previous years. When the Mekong River is at its lowest from February to April, part of the journey may occasionally need to be made by land.
The stories and history shared at the Killing Fields and S21 are confronting and many travellers will find them upsetting. This is an important part of Cambodia’s recent history that we feel is important for travellers to know. If you would prefer not to join these activities your leader can recommend some optional alternatives. Some further information on visiting the Killing Fields can be found here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/importance-visiting-cambodia-k...
There are some long travel days by both private and public transport (up to 10 hours on the road), including the days that we cross from Vietnam to Cambodia and Cambodia to Thailand. Your leader and local guides will assist with the border crossings, but plenty of patience is advised.
At times our accommodation may not have continuous hot water. Most travellers don’t find this a problem however, and are often keen to cool down from the heat with a refreshing cold shower!
1. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport), for internal flights and train tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip, subject to availability, with exception of Days 2 & 15 (Overnight train), Day 6 (Pakbeng) and Day 14 (Halong Bay boat).
3. This trip includes a domestic and international flight. Checked luggage allowance is a maximum 20kg, with up to 7kg carry on luggage. Any excess luggage charges will need to be paid directly to the airline at check-in.
4. As this is a combination trip made up of some of our most popular itineraries, the composition of your group as well as your group leader may change.
Our South East Asia Loop trips score an average of 4.58 out of 5 based on 40 reviews in the last year.
The South East Asia trip was an amazing experience and I truly loved exploring the heart and soul of south east Asia. I feel as though you really get to see an authentic side of Asia you wouldn't be exposed to if you travelled by yourself. You have dinner with families, visit remote villages off the beaten track and get the opportunity to talk to monks. Highlights during the trip included an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiangmai, early morning Alms with the monks, visiting an Elephant Sanctuary, a 2 day boat ride down the Mekong, cooking lessons, the beautiful sleepy Luang Prabang, the very chic Hanoi and all of Cambodia! I recommend the trip wholeheartedly. There are some parts of the trip I think you should brace yourself for, such as the overnight train in Vietnam and some very basic guest houses. However these experiences are all part of it.
Review submitted 30 Jun 2018
Overall i think Intrepid is an excellent travel company and offers a great travel experience , it brings the world to me in an affordable and exciting way. Also i have met some great people from many countries and many of these are now among my friends.
Review submitted 24 May 2018