G Adventures Epic Indochina

40 days from Bangkok to Ko Tao

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.

Details
Length 40 Days
Code ATIS
Group Size Small Group - Max 18, avg 12.
Age Group
Category 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Overview

Trips of a lifetime don't come around often, but this 40-day tour through Southeast Asia is truly worthy of the term "epic." This circuit takes you through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos with a diverse itinerary of bustling cities, beautiful beaches, and rural villages that most tourists have never ever heard of. This itinerary stands apart with a three-day trek through forest terrain to meet northern Thailand's local hilltribes, as well as a free day to explore the brilliantly-blue waters of Ko Pha-Ngan a few days later. With a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) at the helm of this adventure and a crew of explorers that are just as excited to check out the sites as you are, you'll in for an incredible ride.

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 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 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) Local Khmer Meal Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-4.00 hours) Private Vehicle (3.00-3.00 hours)

  • Day 3 Day 3 Siem Reap (1B)

    Prefer to plan ahead? Opt to pre-book the "Siem Reap Quad Biking" or "Phare Circus" activities on the checkout page ahead of time, to include one of these optionals on your tour. Included Activities: Angkor Wat Guided Tour Big Night Out

  • Day 4 Day 4 Siem Reap/Phnom Penh (1B)

    Transfer to Cambodia's capital. Take an orientation walk around Phnom Penh. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours)

  • Day 5 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 Cambodia's sombre history, visit the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields, reminders of the genocide that took place under Pol Pot's 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. Included Activities: Street Food Crawl

  • Day 6 Day 6 Phnom Penh/Koh Rong (1B)

    Travel to Koh Rong and feast on fantastic local seafood, take a day trip to snorkel the coral reefs and explore the islands, or just sit back in a deck chair and let the warm breeze caress you as the waves splash gently at your feet. It doesn't get much better than this. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours) Ferry (2.00 hour(s))

  • Day 7 Day 7 Koh Rong

    Swim, relax by the beach or opt to go snorkelling, fishing, hiking or kayaking. On nights without a large moon opt to swim in a sea of blue sparkles caused by phosphorescent plankton.

  • Day 8 Day 8 Chambok Homestay (1D)

    Travel back to the mainland, then to a village homestay. Enjoy a homecooked meal with the hosts. Included Activities: Home Meal Transport: Ferry (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 185km)

  • Day 9 Day 9 Chambok Homestay/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: Border Crossing (Cambodia - Vietnam) Transport: Private Vehicle Local bus

  • Day 10 Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang (1B)

    Discover the energy of Vietnam's biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk and continue exploring with free time. Overnight train to Nha Trang. Additional Notes: During January/February, Tết (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 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. Included Activities: Street Food Crawl

  • Day 12 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, Tết (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 Day 13 Da Nang/Hoi An

    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: Hoi An Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 28km)

  • Day 14 Day 14 Hoi An (1B, 1L)

    Enjoy a noodle-making demonstration and local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles Project. Later, opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town with free time. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch

  • Day 15 Day 15 Hoi An/Huế (1B)

    Opt to pre-book the "Hue Motorbike Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 137km)

  • Day 16 Day 16 Huế/Hanoi (1B)

    Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00-15.00 hours, 673km)

  • Day 17 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: Hạ Long Bay Junk Boat Trip Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

  • Day 18 Day 18 Ha Long/Hanoi (1B)

    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. Included Activities: Old Quarter Orientation Walk Transport: Shared Van (4.00 hour(s))

  • Day 19 Day 19 Hanoi

    Spend time exploring Hanoi.

  • Day 20 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 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. Transport: Plane (1.25 hour(s))

  • Day 21 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 Day 22 Vang Vieng (1B)

    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 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 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 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 & Baci Ceremony

  • Day 26 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 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. Explore the rural lanes of Chiang Mai in a tuk-tuk by pre-booking the Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure or experience the flavours and scents of traditional northern Thai cuisine by pre-booking the Northern Thai Cooking Class. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

  • Day 28 Day 28 Chiang Mai

    Enjoy free time to explore. Opt to do a cycling tour, catch a Thai boxing match, or visit Doi Suthep temple. Additional Notes: Explore the rural lanes of Chiang Mai in a tuk-tuk by pre-booking the Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure or experience the flavours and scents of traditional northern Thai cuisine by pre-booking the Northern Thai Cooking Class.

  • Day 29 Day 29 Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok (1B, 1L, 1D)

    We might have time to visit a local market before stopping for lunch and starting our trek. Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies. Additional Notes: The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience! Included Activities: Hilltribe Trek Day 1 Transport: Pickup truck (1.00 hour(s))

  • Day 30 Day 30 Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam (1B, 1L, 1D)

    You will also have the chance to fish at Mae Tang River using local tools; learn how to construct a bamboo raft. Included Activities: Hilltribe Trek Day 2

  • Day 31 Day 31 Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)

    After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore. Included Activities: Bamboo Rafting to Lahu Village Lahu Village Visit Bamboo Rafting to Shan Village Transport: Pickup truck (1.50-2.00 hours)

  • Day 32 Day 32 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B)

    Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok. Additional Notes: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)

  • Day 33 Day 33 Bangkok

    Get out and explore this fantastic city where there is endless sightseeing to be done. Additional Notes: As this longer tour is comprised of two shorter tours, there is the possibility that you will need to change hotels on this day. Check in with your CEO about this while on tour. The two hotels we generally use are within walking distance.

  • Day 34 Day 34 Bangkok/Surat Thani (1B)

    Get to know Thailand's capital. Check out Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, get a Thai massage, or explore the klongs on a boat tour before an overnight train. Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO either today or another day on tour. Included Activities: Street Food Crawl Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)

  • Day 35 Day 35 Surat Thani/Khao Sok (1B, 1L)

    Khao Sok is a diverse area of natural beauty, a perfect place for people who want to hike and get out there in nature or those that just want to chill out in a hammock by the riverside watching monkeys take their afternoon bath. As entry to Khao Sok NP is included for the day, you can opt for a trek in the park after checking in this afternoon. The park entrance is a short walk from the hotel, as is the main stretch of restaurants and bars in town. Included Activities: Kao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Meal Lake Cheow Lan Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

  • Day 36 Day 36 Khao Sok/Ko Pha Ngan (1B)

    Travel to Ko Pha-Ngan, known for its epic parties. Explore the island and its beaches by day and dive into the nightlife when the sun goes down. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s)) Ferry (2.50 hour(s)) Songthaew (0.25 hour(s))

  • Day 37 Day 37 Ko Pha Ngan

    Enjoy a free day to explore the island's waterfalls, swim in lagoons, hike, or relax on the beach.

  • Day 38 Day 38 Ko Pha Ngan/Ko Tao (1L)

    During the past 10 years, the reputation of Ko Tao's natural beauty, especially its marine life and coral reefs, has spread the world over and the number of paradise seekers and divers increased rapidly. It's become one of the major dive sites in Thailand, attracting beginners and professionals alike. The island today, though still remaining a unique paradise, caters to all tastes and budgets. Included Activities: Ko Tao Snorkelling Transport: Ferry (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))

  • Day 39 Day 39 Ko Tao (1B)

    Enjoy free time in Ko Tao today, relaxing on the beach or hanging out at one of the many beach bars. Additional Notes: Want to discover the fascinating coral and marine life inhabiting the area? Pre-book the Open Water Half Day Dive Experience extra to take two dives, guided by the experts.

  • Day 40 Day 40 Ko Tao (1B)

    Depart at any time. If booking a flight out of Ko Samui airport, the earliest departure time should be 11:00 am 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. Additional Notes: Add the “Bangkok Express: Ko Tao to Bangkok” to your adventure and make your way back to bustling Bangkok with the guidance of a CEO. This nifty post-tour Extra includes a ferry to the mainland where you’ll board an overnight train to Bangkok arriving in the city early the next morning. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book. Included Activities: Departure Day

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 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 Discover Moment: Luang Prabang Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai Your Discover Moment: Bangkok. 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. Witness the giving of alms 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 (Ko Tao). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Tour Guide

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meals

28 breakfasts, 8 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) (32 nts), sleeper trains (7 nts), homestays (2 nts) basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share).

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.

Map

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

"Guaranteed" refers to departures that are confirmed for departure. Pricing is Per Person.