Travel across the heart of Indochina through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand
Vibrant Vietnam, charismatic Cambodia, beguiling Bangkok; this journey covers the very best of Indochina. From the graceful elegance of Hanoi, across the serene beauty of Halong Bay, to the quaint charms of Hoi An and the frenetic energy of Ho Chi Minh City, experience ancient customs and delicious cuisine while travelling through the heart of Vietnam. Embark on an exciting tour down the Mekong river to Phnom Penh, and spend several days exploring the enigmatic temples of Angkor Wat. The bright lights of Bangkok are the ideal way to cap off this Indochina Discovery adventure.
TRIP CHANGES FOR 2018:
This trip has had a name change for 2018 and was previously published as “Indochina Discovery”
This combination trip includes our most popular itinerary in Cambodia along with one of our favourite new itineraries.
Spend 2 nights exploring the hills and communities of the Da Bac region, with stunning scenery and local homestays get a feel for rural Vietnamese life.
Cruise the sea of the limestone karst studded Halong Bay
Spend a day in Hue, touring the city's sights on a motorbike, cruising down Perfume River and eating lunch at a serene nunnery
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.
Discover Kampong Luang and the countryside around Battambang with a visit to a floating village and a bike ride around farms and cottage industries.
Get familiar with Khmer cuisine - here’s a sample of what’s in store for your tastebuds: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/cambodian-food-guide/
Have expert advice on hand the whole way with an experienced local leader to help you get the best out of your time in Vietnam & Cambodia, 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.
This tour involves 2 nights in homestays and 1 night in a local guesthouse. Conditions can be basic, with shared bathrooms, cold showers, mixed gender dormitory style rooms. Mosquito nets and linen are provided. This is a great way to get to really know the destination.
One night of this trip is spent on overnight sleeper trains with journeys of up to 12 hours. Although the conditions are basic and you'll be sharing a compartment with four to six people, this is the best way to maximise your time spent at various destinations.
This trip involves a 10km trek in the hills of Da Bac, as well as included city walking tours. While being on your feet can be a bit tiring, this is the best way to truly get under the skin of a place.
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.
Some travellers enjoy Siem Reap so much that they decide they want to stay extra days rather than continuing with the group to Bangkok. You are welcome to sign off the trip to enjoy more of Cambodia, however we aren’t able to reimburse any unused services or provide alternate onward travel arrangements.
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!
We stay in hotel accommodation throughout this trip. If you would prefer a similar trip with a homestay experience, you might like to consider booking our Cambodia Express (TKSD) trip.
Because they are neighbours, it’s tempting to compare Vietnam and Cambodia on and things like quality of accommodation. Try to appreciate each destination for its own unique culture and what it has to offer rather than what it lacks or does better from where you have just been.
1. Please provide full passport details 45 days prior to departure in order to secure Vietnam train tickets.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip subject to availability and excludes nights 2 & 3 (Homestays), 5 (Overnight Boat), Day 6 (Overnight Train), Day 13 (Guesthouse) and included day use rooms.
Our Vietnam & Cambodia Adventure trips score an average of 4.84 out of 5 based on 19 reviews in the last year.
What an experience! Every day was filled with new activities and fun things to do. It is a perfect mix of organized tours and free time. The home stays show you how the people really live. Sampans, tuk tuks, junks, river boats, motorbikes, bikes, bamboo train -- so much variation! A trip of a lifetime.
Review submitted 16 Mar 2018