Uncover the delights of Indochina on this South-East Asian adventure
Travel from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City, experiencing the delights of northern Thailand, the laidback river lifestyle of Laos and the cultural richness of Vietnam. From the bright lights of Bangkok to the age-old charms of Luang Prabang and the buzz of Hanoi, join us on a voyage of discovery and relaxation. Travel down the mighty Mekong and become acquainted with the tranquillity of remote villages and friendly locals along the way. Sip coffee by the lake in Hanoi, stroll the pristine shoreline around Halong Bay, take in the charming old-world ambiance of Hue and marvel at the hectic pace of life in Ho Chi Minh City. This is an adventure full of beauty and contrast that will introduce you to the delicious cuisine, friendly people, beautiful landscape and cosmopolitan cities of these fascinating countries.
TRIP CHANGES FOR 2018:
This trip has had a name change for 2018 and was previously published as "Indochina Uncovered”
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This combination trip includes a section in Vietnam that is one 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!
Settle in for the night and experience overnight train journeys in both Thailand and Vietnam, set off from Bangkok and Hanoi and wake up ready to 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.
There are many chances to do good while you travel, like visiting the Intrepid foundation supported COPE, dedicated to helping those injured by unexploded ordinance.
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.
Have expert advice on hand the whole way with an experienced local leader to help you get the best out of your time in each country.
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.
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 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 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 leader may change.
Our South East Asia Uncovered trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.
Our tip would be to read carefully the website info on the trip and make sure your expectations are aligned. For example, we wanted a "back roads" adventure and not a five-star hotel adventure. If we hadn't managed our expectations, the trip success would have been different.
Review submitted 03 Apr 2018
This is a wonderful trip which was both varied and interesting, allowing you to see alot of the scenery and culture of the countries visited. I would encourage anyone to take this trip and if you have a month continue into Cambodia (we had already been so didn't do this part). The highlights for us were the cruise down the Mekong River and boat trip in Halong Bay which were truly wonderful. Laos in particularly is the most stunning country and I would recommend you visit before it becomes too touristy. Travelling with a group was fun but also there was time to explore on your own.
Review submitted 01 Aug 2017