Discover Southeast Asia

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 18 Days | Bangkok to Siem Reap
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details

 

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.

Trip Highlights

    • 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 - 18 Days

Day 1 — Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2 — Bangkok/Chiang Mai

Explore the enchanting city of Bangkok and take a boat ride along the canals. Visit the Grand Palace and sacred Emerald Buddha at the Wat Phra Kaew temple. Later, catch a flight to Chiang Mai. (1B)

Days 3 & 4 — Chiang Mai

Visit a market with a local chef to learn about key ingredients before enjoying a Thai cooking class and lunch. Later, visit the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Buddhist temple and experience the lively night market. The next day, take advantage of free time to explore Chiang Mai. Then visit a rural village to meet a local family and sit down for an authentic Khantoke dinner in their home. (2B, 1L, 1D)

Day 5 — Louangphrabang

Fly to Louangphrabang, and take an orientation walk around this UNESCO World Heritage-listed town. (1B)

Days 6 & 7 — Louangphrabang

Rise at dawn to meet and receive a blessing from local monks. Visit the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Xieng Thong. Continue on to Wat Visoun and walk through the temple with a local monk. Then catch a boat to the cave temples at Pak Ou and stop in local villages. The next day, visit Kuang Si waterfall before some free time to explore the night market. (2B)

Day 8 — Hanoi

Fly to Hanoi and enjoy a guided cyclo ride and orientation tour of the Old Quarter. Have lunch at Hoa Sua, a training school for disadvantaged youth. (1B, 1L)

Day 9 — Ha Long Bay

Visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum before continuing to Ha Long Bay for an overnight cruise in a traditional-style junk boat with a local guide 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 UNESCO World Heritage site and opt to go squid fishing. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 10 — Hanoi

Continue to cruise around the Bay and explore the Thien Canh Son cave with our local guide. Have an early lunch on board before returning to land and heading back to Hanoi. Take the afternoon at leisure to visit local markets, shops, and museums. (1B, 1L)

Days 11 & 12 — Ho Chi Minh City

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), and take a thrilling cyclo tour of this bustling city. The next day, go on a guided tour of the infamous Cu Chi tunnels, known for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War. (2B)

Days 13 & 14 — Phnom Penh

Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Set out on an NGO-supported cyclo city tour along the waterfront to see key city sites, and opt to visit the famous Foreign Correspondents’ Club for sunset drinks. The next day, reflect on the darker side of Cambodian history with visits to the Choeung Ek memorial and the Tuol Sleng prison. (2B)

Day 15 — Siem Reap

Drive to Siem Reap, and take an orientation walk. (1B)

Days 16 & 17 — Angkor Wat/Siem Reap

Spend two days exploring the Angkor Wat temple complex with a local guide. Sit down to a traditional Khmer lunch at New Hope, a local vocational training school and G Adventures–supported project. Then enjoy a fantastic performance at Phare, the Cambodian Circus. (2B, 1L)

Day 18 — Siem Reap

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Dates

2017
  • Dec 09 - 26, 2017
  • Dec 16, 2017 - Jan 02, 2018 (sold out)
2018
  • Jan 13 - 30, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jan 20 - Feb 06, 2018
  • Feb 03 - 20, 2018 (sold out)
  • Feb 10 - 27, 2018
  • Feb 17 - Mar 06, 2018
  • Feb 24 - Mar 13, 2018
  • Mar 10 - 27, 2018
  • Mar 24 - Apr 10, 2018
  • Apr 14 - May 01, 2018
  • Apr 21 - May 08, 2018
  • May 19 - Jun 05, 2018
  • Jun 09 - 26, 2018
  • Jul 07 - 24, 2018
  • Jul 28 - Aug 14, 2018
  • Aug 18 - Sep 04, 2018
  • Sep 01 - 18, 2018
  • Oct 06 - 23, 2018
  • Oct 27 - Nov 13, 2018
  • Nov 10 - 27, 2018
  • Nov 24 - Dec 11, 2018
  • Dec 08 - 25, 2018
  • Dec 15, 2018 - Jan 01, 2019
  • Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 15, 2019
2019
  • Jan 12 - 29, 2019
  • Jan 19 - Feb 05, 2019
  • Feb 02 - 19, 2019
  • Feb 16 - Mar 05, 2019
  • Feb 23 - Mar 12, 2019
  • Mar 09 - 26, 2019
  • Mar 23 - Apr 09, 2019
  • Apr 13 - 30, 2019
  • Apr 20 - May 07, 2019
  • May 18 - Jun 04, 2019
  • Jun 08 - 25, 2019
  • Jul 06 - 23, 2019
  • Jul 27 - Aug 13, 2019
  • Aug 31 - Sep 17, 2019
  • Oct 05 - 22, 2019
  • Oct 26 - Nov 12, 2019
  • Nov 09 - 26, 2019
  • Nov 23 - Dec 10, 2019
  • Dec 07 - 24, 2019
  • Dec 14 - 31, 2019
  • Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 14, 2020

Trip Cost

Price From

$3,899

Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option:From $1,759

What's Included

Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional Ha Long Bay kayaking excursion is at an additional cost.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels (16 nights), Ha Long Bay junk boat (1 night)

Meals Included
17 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $225–295 for meals not included.

Transportation
Private vehicle, first-class public bus, boat, tuk tuk, plane, cyclo, traditional junk boat, walking.

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.