G Adventures Indochina In-Depth

41 days from Bangkok to Bangkok

Embark on this 41 day tour from Bangkok to Bangkok visiting Myanmar, Thailand, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Cambodia and Viet Nam with G Adventures.

Details
Length 41 Days
Code ATII
Group Size Small Group - Max 18, avg 12.
Age Group
Category 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Overview

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 first-time visitors. Your days will be packed to the gills with activities like visiting Angkor Wat, trekking with hilltribes in Myanmar (Burma), exploring underground rivers in Phong Nha, and touring temples and markets. And with two overnight homestays, 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.

Highlights

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), learn how to make noodles at a G Adventures-supported enterprise, experience an overnight village homestay along the Mekong

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. 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 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 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 Day 30 Kengtung (1B)

    Enjoy an included trek through rice paddies along a countryside dotted by various hilltribes. Try Shan khao swè, a noodle soup and regional staple—it's delicious. Included Activities: Hilltribe Trekking

  • Day 31 Day 31 Kengtung/Inle Lake (1B)

    Opt to soak up the lively atmosphere of Kyaing Tong Market with a free morning. This afternoon, travel in style with a quick flight to serene Inle, home to the Intha people, floating villages, and leg rowers. Additional Notes: Please note the flight from Kengtung to Inle Lake (Heho) has temporarily been canceled. During this period of time, travelers will instead travel from Kengtung to Tachilek (4 hours), and fly from Tachilek to Heho airport. This message will be updated when this flight starts up again. Transport: Plane (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 30km)

  • Day 32 Days 32-33 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 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 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 Day 35 Bagan (1B)

    This morning, opt to head out before sunrise and embark on an unforgettable hot-air balloon flight over the temples and plains of Bagan. If you're visiting between October to March, pre-book the "Balloons Over Bagan" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

  • Day 36 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 Day 37 Mandalay/Yangon (1B)

    Opt to check out Mandalay's ancient temples, visit the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura, or traverse the world's longest teak bridge. Transport: Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s), 590km)

  • Day 38 Day 38 Yangon

    Enjoy an orientation walk in the country's largest city, and opt to visit the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda. Included Activities: Orientation Walk

  • Day 39 Day 39 Yangon (1B)

    Spend a free day exploring the country's former capital.

  • Day 40 Day 40 Yangon/Bangkok (1B)

    Fly back to Thailand. Enjoy a final night with the group in the country's capital city. Transport: Plane (4.00-5.00 hours)

  • Day 41 Day 41 Bangkok

    Depart at any time.

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: Meal at Sanon Restaurant and Culinary Training School, Bagan 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. Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex. Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch. Witnessing the giving of alms (Luang Prabang). Slow boat up the Mekong. Trekking excursion (Kengtung). Sunrise temple tour (Bagan). Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Phnom Penh, Luang Prabang, and Yangon. Two street food crawls in different cities. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Tour Guide

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meals

28 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 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-con bus, private vehicle, train, walking, tuk tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane.

Accommodation

Simple hotels (twin-share) (19 nts), hostels (multi-share) (14 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), sleeper bus (2 nts), homestays (2 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.

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. SHWEDAGON PAGODA From October 2018 to March 2019, Shwedagon Pagoda will be under restoration. In October and November it will be partially covered by bamboo scaffolding and from December until March it will be fully covered.  3. 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. 4. 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 Mae Sai, Thailand to Tachilek, Myanmar - Thailand to Myanmar 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.