18-to-Thirtysomethings: Indochina In-Depth (ATII)
Countries Visited: Cambodia, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 18, avg 12.
Meals Included: 28 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Revel in the majesty of Angkor Wat, witness monks receiving alms in Luang Prabang, trek along the rice paddies in Kengtung, cruise magical Halong Bay, scour markets across five unique countries, explore temples and stupas from ancient times in Myanmar (Burma)
If you think it's impossible to cover all of Indochina in 41 days, well, we'd like to prove you wrong. This epic, fast-paced journey covers five countries in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar), making it the perfect snapshot for both first-time visitors and those making a return trip. Your days will be packed to the gills with activities like visiting Angkor Wat, trekking with hilltribes in Myanmar (Burma), cruising on Halong Bay, and touring temples and markets. And with one overnight homestay, sleeper trains, and three included flights, you can rest easy knowing you're getting the most out of your time in this mind-blowing region.
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|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Bangkok||Day 1 Bangkok|
Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: You must arrive on tour with your Vietnamese visa. See the Visa section of the Tour Details for more information and exceptions. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Siem Reap||Day 2 Bangkok/Siem Reap (1B, 1D)|
Cross from Thailand into Cambodia, the home base for exploring incredible Angkor Wat. Arrive in time for our included dinner at a Planeterra-project restaurant or with a local family in a village outside of Siem Reap. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Thailand - Cambodia) New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-4.00 hours) Private Vehicle (3.00-3.00 hours)
|Day 3||Siem Reap||Day 3 Siem Reap (1B)|
Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex. Opt to visit Tonle Sap floating village and Angkor National Museum. Included Activities: Angkor Wat Guided Tour Big Night Out
|Day 4||Phnom Penh||Day 4 Siem Reap/Phnom Penh (1B)|
Transfer to Cambodias capital. Orientation walk around Phnom Penh. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours)
|Day 5||Phnom Penh||Day 5 Phnom Penh (1B)|
Sights you might choose to visit this afternoon include the National Museum and adjacent complex which includes the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. To learn about Cambodias sombre history, visit the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields, reminders of the genocide that took place under Pol Pots reign as leader of the Khmer Rouge. Additional Notes: Phnom Penh can be confusing and we recommend to always keep a hotel card with you when you are exploring.
|Day 6||Sihanoukville||Day 6 Phnom Penh/Sihanoukville (1B)|
Swim and relax on the beach after transferring to Sihanoukville. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
|Day 7||Sihanoukville||Day 7 Sihanoukville|
Swim and relax by the beach, or take an optional snorkelling boat trip.
|Day 8||Csn Tho||Day 8 Sihanoukville/Csn Tho (1D)|
Cross into Vietnam and stay in a basic village homestay that includes dinner. Included Activities: Home Meal Border Crossing (Cambodia - Vietnam) Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s))
|Day 9||Ho Chi Minh City||Day 9 Csn Tho/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)|
This evening, head to one of the rooftop bars such as the Rex Hotel, one of the classic colonial Saigon institutions, where there is often live music. Included Activities: Floating Market Boat Trip Street Food Crawl Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
|Day 10||Nha Trang||Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang (1B)|
Discover the energy of Vietnams biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk and continue exploring with free time. Overnight train to Nha Trang. Additional Notes: During January/February, Tst (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (10.00-11.00 hours)
|Day 11||Nha Trang||Day 11 Nha Trang|
Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party.
|Day 12||Da Nang||Day 12 Nha Trang/Da Nang (1B)|
In the evening, take an overnight train to Da Nang, then transfer to Hoi An. Additional Notes: During January/February, Tst (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (9.00-10.00 hours)
|Day 13||Hoi An||Day 13 Da Nang/Hoi An (1L)|
From Danang, it is only a short drive to the picturesque port town of Hoi An. Once known as Faifo, it was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch Hoi An Orientation Walk Street Food Crawl Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 14||Hoi An||Day 14 Hoi An (1B)|
Enjoy free time; opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town.
|Day 15||Hus||Day 15 Hoi An/Hus (1B)|
Continue the journey north to the city of Hue. Opt to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, take a Perfume River cruise or tour the countryside by motorbike. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 16||Hanoi||Day 16 Hus/Hanoi (1B)|
Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s))
|Day 17||Ha Long||Day 17 Hanoi/Ha Long (1L)|
Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay. Included Activities: Hs Long Bay Junk Boat Trip Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 18||Hanoi||Day 18 Ha Long/Hanoi (1B)|
Get to know Hanoi with an orientation walk through the Old Quarter. Opt to see Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and the Hoa Lo Prison, or shop in the Old Quarter. Included Activities: Old Quarter Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 19||Hanoi||Day 19 Hanoi|
Spend time exploring Hanoi.
|Day 20||Vientiane||Day 20 Hanoi/Vientiane (1B)|
Explore a bit of Hanoi in the morning before an afternoon flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. There is a wealth of cultural delights to discover - on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk. Visit Laos most important national monument, Phat That Luang, or meander down the dusty riverside tracks to find villages full of friendly children, dogs and chickens. A visit to Vientianes vibrant, colourful morning market (which incidentally is open all day!) is worthwhile, to find plenty of local treasures. A great way to round off the day is to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Mekong. Transport: Plane (1.25 hour(s))
|Day 21||Vang Vieng||Day 21 Vientiane/Vang Vieng (1B)|
A picturesque drive north takes us to beautiful Vang Vieng. This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields and limestone karsts. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 22||Vang Vieng||Day 22 Vang Vieng (1B)|
Why not explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk. In the evening, soak in the natural beauty of Vang Vieng as the sun sets over the river.
|Day 23||Luang Prabang||Day 23 Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang (1B)|
This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
|Day 24||Luang Prabang||Day 24 Luang Prabang (1B)|
Traditional Laotian culture is to give daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. On one of your mornings here, you may decide to rise with the sun, and watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos. This is simply an unforgettable Southeast Asian experience.
|Day 25||Pak Beng||Day 25 Luang Prabang/Pak Beng (1B, 1D)|
We board our boat for the two-day journey up the mighty Mekong River making our way to Chiang Khong. Included Activities: Mekong River Slow Boat Mekong River Homestay
|Day 26||Chiang Khong||Day 26 Pak Beng/Chiang Khong (1B, 1L)|
This morning we re-board our boat and continue our leisurely cruise along the river before arriving at the Laos/Thai border and crossing to Chiang Khong in the late afternoon. Included Activities: Mekong River Slow Boat Border Crossing (Laos - Thailand)
|Day 27||Chiang Mai||Day 27 Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai|
Departing Chiang Khong after breakfast, we drive to Chiang Mai where you have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating city, once the capital of the Kingdom of Lan. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
|Day 28||Chiang Mai||Day 28 Chiang Mai|
Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match, or grab a bargain at the famous night market.
|Day 29||Kengtung||Day 29 Chiang Mai/Kengtung|
Cross the border into Myanmar (Burma), then travel inland to the ethnically diverse town of Kengtung. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Thailand - Myanmar/Burma) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 155km)
|Day 30||Inle Lake||Day 30 Kengtung/Inle Lake (1B)|
Enjoy an included half-day trek through rice paddies along a countryside dotted by various hilltribes. Later in the afternoon, travel in style with a quick flight to serene Inle, home to the Intha people, floating villages, and leg rowers. Included Activities: Half-day Hilltribe Trek Transport: Plane (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 30km)
|Days 31-32||Inle Lake||Days 31-32 Inle Lake|
Enjoy free time to explore the area. Opt to rent a bike, take a cooking class, or tour the lake by boat, visiting some of its floating villages and gardens.
|Day 33||Bagan||Day 33 Inle Lake/Bagan|
Continue exploring Inle Lake with another free day. Later this evening, board an overnight bus to Bagan. Transport: Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s), 320km)
|Day 34||Bagan||Day 34 Bagan (1B)|
Arrive early in the morning and visit the ancient site of Bagan for a sunrise temple tour. Enjoy free time for the rest of the day. Included Activities: Sunrise Temple Tour
|Day 35||Bagan||Day 35 Bagan (1B)|
Enjoy a free day to visit nearby villages or further explore the ruins.
|Day 36||Mandalay||Day 36 Bagan/Mandalay (1B)|
Enjoy an included breakfast at Sanon, a G Adventures-supported restaurant and culinary training school. Afterwards, travel to Mandalay and enjoy free time. Opt to climb Mandalay Hill or visit the Golden Monastery. Included Activities: Meal at Sanon Restaurant and Culinary Training School Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 270km)
|Day 37||Yangon||Day 37 Mandalay/Yangon (1B)|
Opt to check out Mandalays ancient temples, visit the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura, or traverse the worlds longest teak bridge. Transport: Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s), 590km)
|Day 38||Yangon||Day 38 Yangon|
Enjoy an orientation walk in the countrys largest city, and opt to visit the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
|Day 39||Yangon||Day 39 Yangon (1B)|
Spend a free day exploring the countrys former capital.
|Day 40||Bangkok||Day 40 Yangon/Bangkok (1B)|
Fly back to Thailand. Enjoy a final night with the group in the countrys capital city. Transport: Plane (4.00-5.00 hours)
|Day 41||Bangkok||Day 41 Bangkok|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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