Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Experience the vibrant cultures and treasures of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
  • Glide along Bangkok’s canals and venture into Chiang Mai’s markets.
  • Tour World Heritage–listed Luang Prabang and take a boat to visit the cave temples at Pak Ou.
  • Explore Angkor Wat and enjoy a Khmer lunch at a G Adventures– supported vocational training restaurant.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Encounter the colorful cultures of Indochina on an 18-day journey to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Cruise Ha Long Bay, explore incredible Angkor Wat, interact with local families, and taste some of the world’s best street food at the night markets of Chiang Mai. Soak up the richness of this corner of the globe so steeped in tradition.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Bangkok
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai
Explore Bangkok and take a boat along the klong canals. Visit the Grand Palace and sacred Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew temple. Later, catch a flight to Chiang Mai.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai (or similar)
Day 3: Chiang Mai
Visit the market with a local chef to learn about traditional ingredients. Participate in a Thai cooking class and enjoy your creations for lunch. Visit the Doi Suthep Buddhist Temple and listen to monks chanting at sunset. Opt to visit the bustling Chiang Mai night market.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai (or similar)
Day 4: Chiang Mai
Today, explore Chiang Mai with some free time. This evening, visit a village outside Chiang Mai and sit down around an authentic khantoke for dinner in a local family's guesthouse.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai (or similar)
Day 5: Chiang Mai/Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, and take an orientation walk around this town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 6: Luang Prabang
Rise at dawn to watch the monks collecting offerings of food from the locals in exchange for blessings, then visit the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Xiengthong. Continue on to Wat Visoun, where a local monk will explain the architecture and history of the temple as well as discussing Buddhism and daily life. After, catch a boat to Pak Ou Temple caves and stop in local villages.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 7: Luang Prabang
The morning is free for optional activities such as visiting textile galleries, relaxing in one of the town's cafes, or visiting the Ethnology Museum. In the afternoon, we take an excursion to Kuang Si waterfall.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 8: Luang Prabang/Hanoi
Enjoy some free time in Luang Prabang before catching a late afternoon flight to Hanoi.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Golden Silk Boutique Hotel (or similar)
Day 9: Hanoi/Ha Long
Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, then continue to Halong Bay and spend the night on a traditional junk boat surrounded by turquoise waters, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the calm waters. Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay, a more secluded section of this stunning World Heritage site. Continue to cruise around the bay and explore the Me Cung cave with our local guide.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Ha Long/Hanoi
Return to land and head back to Hanoi. Enjoy lunch at Hoa Sua, an NGO and training school for disadvantaged youth. After lunch, set out on a guided cyclo ride and orientation tour of the Old Quarter.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Golden Silk Boutique Hotel (or similar)
Day 11: Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City
Catch our flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam and take a thrilling cyclo tour of this bustling city.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Continental Saigon Hotel (or similar)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City
Take a guided tour of the infamous Cu Chi tunnels, legendary for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Continental Saigon Hotel (or similar)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh
Flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Take an NGO-supported cyclo city tour along the waterfront and key city sights, then opt to visit the famous Foreign Correspondents' Club for sunset drinks.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Town View Hotel Khan Duan Penh (or similar)
Day 14: Phnom Penh
Explore the dark side of Cambodian history at Choeung Ek Memorial, the site of the infamous killing fields. We also visit Tuol Sleng prison, the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Town View Hotel Khan Duan Penh (or similar)
Day 15: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap
Drive to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Take an orientation walk through the entertainment district and visit the exciting night market.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Royal Angkor Resort (or similar)
Day 16: Siem Reap
Spend two days exploring the ruins of the Angkor Wat temple complex with a local expert guide. Also experience a Khmer lunch at New Hope, a local training restaurant and G Adventures-supported project. This evening, enjoy a performance at Phare, the Cambodian circus and social enterprise that provides training and gainful employment to Cambodian youth from difficult social and economic backgrounds. We also meet with one of the organizers who gives us an overview of this incredible enterprise.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Royal Angkor Resort (or similar)
Day 17: Siem Reap
We continue to explore the ancient capital and temple complex of Angkor with options this afternoon to visit Angkor National Museum and Tonle Sap floating village.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Royal Angkor Resort (or similar)
Day 18: Siem Reap
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast