From Vietnam to Cambodia, discover incredible diversity, delectable cuisines, dramatic histories and natural beauty. Travel to Cambodia and delve into the dramatic Khmer legacy in Phnom Penh and explore the intricate temples of Angkor Wat. Travel to Vietnam and view the country's colourful history on the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City, and explore the colonial-era among the architecture of Hanoi. This trip offers places of breathtaking beauty, from the beaches of Nha Trang and the backwaters of the Mekong Delta, to the jungles of Cambodia and the wonder of Halong Bay. Add a mix of friendly locals and age-old traditions to ensure the ultimate Indochina experience.
Whip up a culinary storm and taste delicious local dishes in a Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai
Immerse yourself in the wonders of an ancient tribal culture with a night in the Hmong Lodge, treated to a BBQ dinner and Hmong Cultural show
Make some new pachyderm pals at the unique Friends of the Asia Elephants Hospital and learn about the great work they do to protect these magnificent creatures
By paying homage to ancient Angkor, you will one of the world's greatest archaeological treasures
Discover the contrasting sides to Cambodia’s history at Phnom Penh’s Tuoi Sieng Genocide Museum (S21) and Choeung Ek, and the city’s Royal palace and Silver Pagoda
Visiting Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, you will uncover that vibrant mix of the various major influences.
Hoi An and Halong Bay unveil places of eternal beauty that have played their part in Vietnam's history.
This trip includes an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Accommodation is simple but comfortable – soft sleeper class multishare compartments with air-conditioning and bunk beds, with sheets and a pillow provided. Overnight trains are a real Intrepid experience and one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people.
This is a fairly fast paced itinerary covering the main highlights of northern Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in just over 3 weeks. There are also a lot of included activities, so most days you will be out exploring with the group. There is a few days of travelling involved, however we fly in between destinations to maximise your time in each. Be sure to book extra time in Bangkok or Hanoi if you want more time to explore these cities.
There is an included bicycle ride around Sukhothai Heritage Park on this trip. It’s a leisurely cycle along quiet and flat roads, and one of the best ways to see the park.
It can get very hot while sightseeing, particularly when walking around sites such as the Angkor complex, so be sure to always carry water, and wear comfortable shoes and appropriate skin protection.
We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.
Across the areas of this trip you will experience varying temperatures.While there is no best time of year, it's best to check the seasonal patterns on our country information page, to anticipate what the weather will be like. It’s important to prepare for hot sticky temperatures during the day and cooler climates in the evening. Layers are the best way to tackle this disparity in weather.
1. Passport Details: 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. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
3. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 2 (overnight sleeper train) and 21 (overnight boat) where you will be in shared accommodation.
Our Classic South East Asia trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.
Visiting three countries over three weeks worked out very well. Everyday was filled with activities and sightseeing with choices of excursions or your own time to relax. Our expectations were met and way beyond. We loved every minute and were lucky to have a small group with a few leaving or new people joining as we changed country. All our three guides and others that helped them were excellent, their English very good. So much to see, different cultures and some very rich and poor areas. Intrepid helped poor young adults in the service industry and the elephant hospital, two of many visits to local life. Tips, a good camera and camcorder, two pin power point plugs, jkt and fleece for North Vietnam. Trainers and sandals adequate. Laundry care is cheap at hotels so room for gifts to take home. Tea making facilities in every room except on junk boat, available on request however with lovely staff. Take tea bags, no milk provided in room, but sure staff will help. Beds very comfy, after busy day, good sleep so you'll need an alarm clock or ask at reception. Need cosies for pools. Take shawl/scarf for Temples, read instructions carefully. Drink bottled water during day, ok to use tap water in hotels to brush teeth. Plenty of comfort stops and cafes offered throughout trip. Take casual comfy clothes, two nice blouses/shirts for evening is plenty. we went in February so dress according to temperature. Take insect sprays, sun cream, hats and wipes for hands (very handy). Prepare to have new experiences, meet people and enjoy these most fascinating countries, most of all, have fun. We did!
Review submitted 05 Mar 2018
A fast paced trip covering many highlights but unavoidably leaving others out. Accommodation and transport are indeed "Comfort": one should expect families and 50+ travellers in the group. 10 days in northern Thailand was too long; more days would be appreciated in Cambodia, which was my favourite part of the trip.
Review submitted 20 Jan 2018