G Adventures Epic Indochina: River Cruises & Karst Mountains

40 days from Bangkok to Ko Tao - ATIS

Get prepared for this 40 day tour from Bangkok to Koh Tao visiting Viet Nam, Thailand, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Cambodia with G Adventures.

40 Days

Group Size Small Group - Max 18, avg 12.

Physical Grade 3 - Average

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Overview

Now's the time to explore Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Share stories over drinks among Siem Reap's market stalls, learn the fine art of noodle-making in Hoi An, and catch the day's last rays among the brillantly blue waves of Ko Pha-Ngan. This 41-day adventure is plenty of time to sync your pulse with this part of Southeast Asia — and it's sure to leave you coming back for more.

Highlights

Witness sunrise over Angkor Wat, Eat your way through Ho Chi Minh's street food, Stay overnight in a local village, Trek through the rugged forests of northern Thailand, Swim in Ko Pha-Ngan's idyllic lagoons, explore the magnificent caves of Phong Nha

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Bangkok

    Arrive at any time. Get to know your fellow travellers during a private party at the G Adventures Bangkokian house. Pick your favourite Thai drinks and delicacies from street vendors before relaxing in the courtyard over games and endless stories. Cheers to new adventures!

  • Day 2 Bangkok/Siem Reap

    Travel to Siem Reap. Taste all manners of salty, sweet, spicy, and sour with a delicious Khmer meal at a restaurant kickstarted by our non-profit partner, Planeterra. Cross from Thailand into Cambodia, your 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.

  • Day 3 Siem Reap

    Watch the sun rise over the majestic and mystifying ruins of Angkor Wat. Opt to visit Tonle Sap floating village and Angkor National Museum. Tonight, head to the infamous Pub Street, where the party goes round the clock. Grab a bite to eat (deep-fried tarantula, anyone?) and let the beats move you through market stalls and bars as you wait for tomorrow’s sunrise. Prefer to plan ahead? Pre-book the "Siem Reap Quad Biking" or "Phare Circus" activities when booking your tour to include one of these exciting activities in your itinerary.

  • Day 4 Siem Reap/Phnom Penh

    Get your first glimpse of Phnom Penh during an orientation walk around Cambodia’s capital.

  • Day 5 Phnom Penh

    Reflect on one of Cambodia’s darkest periods with an optional visit to the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields. Later, discover more sides of Cambodian cuisine with a street food crawl.

  • Day 6 Phnom Penh/Koh Rong

    Go to Sihanoukville, where you’re just a boat ride away from your own private beach on Koh Rong. Take the afternoon to try local seafood, snorkel the coral reefs, or sit back and relax with a drink before hitting the warm waves.

  • Day 7 Koh Rong

    Do anything you might have missed the day before, like snorkelling, fishing, hiking, or kayaking. Wait 'til after sunset to swim in a sea of blue sparkles caused by phosphorescent plankton.

  • Day 8 Chambok Homestay

    Head back to the mainland to a village homestay where you’ll soothe your stomach as you eat delicious Cambodian home cooking.

  • Day 9 Chambok Homestay/Ho Chi Minh City

    Go on to Vietnam and the famed Ho Chi Minh City. Take this chance to visit the Ben Thahn Market for souvenirs and handicrafts before taking in the city nightlife.

  • Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang

    Feel the pulse of Vietnam’s biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk, with free time after to double back to your favourite spots. Tonight, catch up on sleep on an overnight train to Nha Trang.

  • Day 11 Nha Trang

    You’ve arrived! Take this morning to explore local shops and markets, relax on the beach, or visit nearby historical sites before an evening street food crawl. 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 Nha Trang/Da Nang

    It’s not over yet. There’s more free time to explore Nha Trang today. Then, hop on an overnight train to continue to Hoi An. The overnight train is to Da Nang, with the transfer to Hoi An following directly after.

  • Day 13 Da Nang/Hoi An

    Hoi An’s excited to meet you. See why on an orientation walk of the city before spending free time in the afternoon. Dig even deeper and choose between a cooking class, cycling to the beach, visiting a tailor, or exploring old town. Tonight's the night for your big night out, grab a drink on our tab and reminisce about your favourite adventures so far. Then dance the night away! 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.

  • Day 14 Hoi An

    Noodles might be fun to eat, but they’re even more fun to make. Find out how during a visit to G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles. Later, opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town with free time.

  • Day 15 Hoi An/Huế

    Head north to the city of Huế. There’s lots to do here, with options to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, or boarding a cruise along the Perfume River. Opt to pre-book the "Hue Motorbike Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

  • Day 16 Huế/Phong Nha

    Your second day in Huế comes with more free time to enjoy the city. In the afternoon, cruise through Vietnam's stunning countryside to the green rocky mountains of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park.

  • Day 17 Phong Nha/Hanoi

    It’s time to head underground with free time to explore the caves of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, where the oldest karst mountains in Asia are found. Then it’s an overnight train to Hanoi.

  • Day 18 Hanoi/Ha Long

    After arriving in Hanoi, the bustling capital of Vietnam, take a private bus to the iconic Halong Bay for a seafood lunch cruise and cave exploring. Be sure to charge your camera so you can grab a shot truly worth sharing!

  • Day 19 Ha Long Bay/Hanoi

    Feel like you've gone back in time with an orientation walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Then stop for a drink at Bia Hoi Corner, a spot that serves bia hoi, a local beer made of rice and wheat — and costs a mere $0.25USD per glass! Opt to pre-book the "Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour. Opt to pre-book the "Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

  • Day 20 Hanoi/Vientiane

    After exploring Hanoi in the morning, a short flight brings the group to the capital city of Laos. See the sacred gold-covered monument, Phat That Luang, or stroll down the dusty riverside tracks to see village life as it happens. Stop by Vientiane's vibrant, colourful market to find local treasures. Round off the day with a spectacular sunset over the Mekong. There is a wealth of cultural delights to discover in Vientiane — on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk. 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 Vientiane's 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.

  • Day 21 Vientiane/Vang Vieng

    Find a bit of peace partway through your tour with a visit north to Vang Vieng, a small town nestled among striking limestone karsts. Take a guided hike to Pha Ngeun, the town’s highest viewpoint, for incredible views of the valley — no filter necessary. This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields, mountains, and caves.

  • Day 22 Vang Vieng

    Get more out of Vang Vieng with free time to explore. Opt to see the caves by bicycle or take a countryside stroll. Opt to pre-book the "Vang Vieng Adrenaline Bundle" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

  • Day 23 Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang

    Leave to Luang Prabang, where you can make your first acquaintance with this ancient city during an orientation walk. Later this evening, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Mekong River.

  • Day 24 Luang Prabang

    Skip sleeping in to watch the monks walk through town before dawn. Dressed in saffron robes, they receive daily alms from local residents. Then, visit the Kuang Si waterfalls on a guided excursion before free time in the evening. Traditional Laotian culture involves giving daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. Should you rise early, you’ll get to watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos.

  • Day 25 Luang Prabang/Pak Beng

    The Mekong never looked so welcoming. Board a long houseboat and cruise to a village homestay for the night. The boat will take you on a two-day journey up the Mekong en route to Chiang Khong in Thailand.

  • Day 26 Pak Beng/Chiang Khong

    New day, same magnificent Mekong. Today’s your second travel day, where you’ll cross into Thailand arriving in Chiang Khong by the later afternoon. Sit back, relax, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, and enjoy the scenic ride.

  • Day 27 Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

    Take in the rolling countryside views on the drive to Chiang Mai nestled alongside Thailand's northern mountains. Spend the afternoon getting to know this peaceful city known for traditional markets and glorious temples. Choose to visit Doi Suthep, catch a Thai boxing match, cycle around, or grab a bargain at the famous night market. Experience the flavours and scents of traditional northern Thai cuisine by pre-booking the Northern Thai Cooking Class.

  • Day 28 Chiang Mai

    Continue to explore Chiang Mai at your own pace making the most of this unique city. Visit the magnificent temple of Doi Suthep as it stands watch over the city from the hills above, take a bicycle ride in the countryside, or learn how to drive a tuk tuk and explore the rural lanes of Chiang Mai by pre-booking the Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure.

  • Day 29 Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok

    It's time for a change of pace. Today, drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where you'll set off on a trek through rugged forests to see how diverse this region of hilltribe communities really is. Every village you'll see has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. It's a few hours to the first village of hilltribe thatch bungalows, but every step is worth it as you get to know the lay of the land.

  • Day 30 Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam

    Trek for 2–3 hours before stopping for lunch. Then head to a Karen village to see how traditional blankets and scarves are made. Keep trekking for a few more hours (you've got this!) before stopping in the next village for the night. Along the way, you might get the chance to stop at Mae Tang River to learn to fish using local tools or build a raft using bamboo.

  • Day 31 Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai

    After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft and get a closer look at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai, a foodie's paradise. Try the city's most famous dishes like khao soi (noodles in curry broth) and sai usa (northern Thai sausage) and get ready for your big night out. Venture to the best bar in town and grab a drink on our tab to cheers to a completed trek and life-changing adventures!

  • Day 32 Chiang Mai/Bangkok

    Make the most of Chiang Mai with more free time, where you can go shopping in the market, get a Thai massage, or explore any of the many temples. Or, hey, you could always go back for another taste of khao soi curry. Tonight, make your way to Bangkok via overnight train.

  • Day 33 Bangkok

    Get out and explore this fantastic city where there is endless sightseeing to be done.

  • Day 34 Bangkok/Surat Thani

    Get on first-name basis with Thailand's capital city by bike with an optional bike tour. Today, you can check out Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, go for a street food crawl, relax with a Thai massage, or explore the klongs (canals) by boat before boarding the overnight train.

  • Day 35 Surat Thani/Khao Sok

    See southern Thai hospitality in action with breakfast at G Adventures-supported Khao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Restaurant, where you can also meet other international visitors. Later on, go to Lake Cheow Lan where you can take in the views while hiking or swimming in the national park. Spend tonight falling asleep to the sweet sounds of the jungle. This area is known for its natural beauty. You know what that means: lots of chances for photos.

  • Day 36 Khao Sok/Ko Pha Ngan

    Head across southern Thailand to find yourself in Pha-Ngan. Take the free afternoon to relax on the beach or by the pool — which will be easy since tonight, you'll be staying beachside or poolside in cozy bungalows. This area is known for its epic nightlife, whether or not there's a Full Moon Party. Make sure you don't miss the sunset. It'll be unforgettable.

  • Day 37 Ko Pha Ngan

    There's no rush to leave Ko Pha Ngan. Use your second day here to catch up on anything you missed yesterday, like exploring the island's waterfalls, swimming in lagoons, going for a hike, or, hey, taking another day to relax beachside.

  • Day 38 Ko Pha Ngan/Ko Tao

    Take the ferry to Ko Tao, a laid-back island known for snorkelling. This afternoon, put on your flippers to see a whole other world underwater. Going beneath the surface not your thing? Go the other way and climb up to the scenic view at Kho Nang Yuan View Point.

  • Day 39 Ko Tao

    Make the most of your last full day in Ko Tao paradise. Spend the day soaking up the sun beachside and be sure to get your fresh seafood fix. For your big night out, venture into the bustling nightlife and grab a drink on our tab to cheers to life-changing adventures with newfound friends. If you want to keep the party going, participate in the massive Ko Tao Pub Crawl.

  • Day 40 Ko Tao

    Today, it’s time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends as the tour ends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and cheers before you head on your way. If booking a flight out of Ko Samui airport, make sure not to book one earlier than 11:00am. Want to take the hassle out of getting back to Bangkok? Book the Bangkok Express, a two-day post-tour Extra. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.

Inclusions

Your G for Good Moment: Local Khmer Meal, Siem Reap Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Your G for Good Moment: Mekong River Homestay & Baci Ceremony, Muang Pakbèng Your G for Good Moment: Kao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Meal, Ban Ta Khun Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Big Night Out Moment: Siem Reap Your Discover Moment: Phnom Penh Your Local Living Moment: Home Meal, Chambok Your Discover Moment: Ho Chi Minh City Your Big Night Out Moment: Celebrate New Adventures, Hoi An Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai Your Big Night Out Moment: Chiang Mai Celebration, Chiang Mai Your Discover Moment: Bangkok Your Big Night Out Moment: Beach Bar, Ko Tao. Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex. Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Phnom Penh, and Luang Prabang. Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch. Guided hike, sunset cruise and waterfall excursion in Laos. Slow boat up the Mekong. Two street food crawls in different cities. Internal flight. Visit to Chiang Mai night market. Hilltribe trek. Bamboo rafting. Street food crawl. Full-day snorkelling trip from Ko Tao. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Tour Guide

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meals

30 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Transport

Local bus, air-conditioned bus, train, walking, tuk-tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane.

Accommodation

Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (30 nts), basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (2 nts) sleeper trains (5 nts).

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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Notes

1. EXTRA ACCOMMODATION AT THE BANGKOKIANS If your tour begins or ends at the Bangkokians City Garden Hotel, and you are looking to add nights before or after the tour, the extra accommodation will be located at Hotel De Bangkok. Hotel De Bangkok is an affiliate hotel of the Bangkokians, and the two properties are right next to each other. If you are interested in adding extra nights of accommodation to compliment your tour, please reach out to our GCO Sales team who will happily add this service to your booking. 2. COMBO TRIP Please note that this trip is a combination of multiple G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments. Also note that in some major cities in Vietnam, many hotel rooms do not have windows. 3. BORDER CROSSINGS Aranyapathet, Thailand to Poipet, Cambodia - Thailand to Cambodia Bavet, Cambodia to Mok Bai, Vietnam - Cambodia to Vietnam* Ban Houayxay, Laos to Chiang Khong, Thailand - Laos to Thailand 4. TREKKING ROUTE Please be advised that a 2-week period of traditional slash and burn farming occurs in this region between March and April (start date varies). During this time your trek may follow an alternate route to avoid uncomfortably smoky areas. 5. WEIGHT RESTRICTION There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 20kg (44lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.

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. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Pricing Information

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