Discover Indochina

27 Days from £2,574 (was £2,860)

Trip Highlights

  • Visit 4 awesome Asian countries!
  • Tour dazzling Bangkok
  • Fall in love with stunning temples
  • Learn about Indochina’s intriguing history through museums and monuments
  • Immerse yourself in Asian culture with tasty street food tours
  • Spend a night on a 4* Junk boat in Halong Bay!

Trip Summary

This trip is a mind -bendingly monumentous tour sure to fill your appetite for Asian adventure! You’ll visit Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam – four must-visit destinations in one awesome adventure to discover Indochina!

Asia offers travellers a mix of adrenaline-fuelled adventure, serene spiritual sites, exotic foodie fare and unparalleled natural beauty. This trip encompasses all this and more, from Bangkok’s breathtaking bustle and the stunning temples of Laos, to the eye opening palaces and museums of Cambodia and golden beaches of Vietnam. Most globetrotters have Asia firmly at the top of their bucket list, and this tour is the best way to tick it off! We’ve combined sightseer favourites with authentic experiences and plenty of opportunities to meet the locals and really immerse yourself in Asia’s unique magnetism.

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Trip Info

Day 1: Hello Bangkok!

Today Bangkok welcomes you for the first day of your epic adventure! It’s a good idea to arrive into Bangkok Airport early today so you’ll have time to relax and recharge. Then it’s calling all culinary connoisseurs for a delicious tuk-tuk tour! You’ll be driven through Bangkok’s lively streets sampling what will probably be the best street food you’ve ever tried! Tuk-tuks have never been tastier!

Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Today you’ll be exploring Bangkok in style! Your first stop is Wat Traimat – the Temple of the Golden Buddha! This temple houses a Buddha nearly five metres in height – truly magnificent! Next up is Wat Pho – a Buddhist temple of ornate grandeur, and Bangkok’s Grand Palace where stunning spires soar to the skies.

You’ll then transfer to the station to board your overnight train to charming Chiang Mai. Make sure you soak up Bangkok’s spectacular sights along the way!

Day 3: Charming Chiang Mai

This morning you’ll be touring enchanting Chiang Mai, travelling through the old city by trishaw (human powered tricycle)! You’ll experience a mesmerising mix of monuments and temples, starting with Wat Chedi Luang, a majestic structure built to house the remains of King Saen Muang Ma’s father. You’ll then visit Wat Puak Taem, a stunning temple showcasing intricate artistic lacquer work. You’ll round off your tour with the Three Kings Monument, an homage to the three men who worked together to plan the layout of this vibrant city!

Finish the day with some free time, a great opportunity to take a trip to a local market where you can immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and sensations of Chiang Mai.

Day 4: Explore Chiang Mai

Today is all yours to check out Chiang Mai! We have some fantastic optional activities available, including a zip-lining treetop adventure! Foodies can participate in a cooking class and get to grips with those tasty, complex Asian flavours. (You’ll have culinary bragging rights back home!) Please note that you will be solely responsible for the financial cost of any optional activities you participate in today.

Chiang Mai is home to Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, where you can take a relaxed hike or walk through lush emerald forests. For a leisurely day, stroll through Chiang Mai’s winding streets and pick up some mu ping (pork skewers) or punchy noodles. Unbeatable!

Day 5: Goodbye Chiang Mai, Hello Chiang Rai!

Today you’ll be transferring to the delightful city of Chiang Rai, stopping on the way to take in the celestial splendour of Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. Wat Rong Khun is a dramatic temple of unbelievable beauty, showcasing elaborate Thai architecture at its finest.

You’ll also visit the Golden Triangle – the border where Burma, Thailand and Laos meet – a compact region home to a kaleidoscopic combination of cultures and influences.

Day 6: Chiang Rai to Pak Beng, Laos

Today you’ll travel to Laos by crossing the Friendship Bridge. You’ll then be whisked straight over to a riveting river cruise along the shimmering Mekong to get those must have scenery snaps!

We know that a big part of globetrotting is getting to know the people who call your dream destinations home, so say ‘Sawasdee’ to the locals in your free time tonight!

Day 7: Pak Beng to Luang Prabang

This morning you’ll visit a lively Pak Beng market that draws a crowd from the surrounding villages. This is a fantastic way to see firsthand the array of cultures and communities that call Laos home. We’re sure that by now you’ll be familiar with the culinary staple that is sticky rice, which locals in the whiskey village have transformed into a flavourful tipple! You’ll be stopping off here for a cheeky sip before we head to the Pak Ou Caves – home to a collection of Buddha statues left by visitors as tokens in return for good luck.

You’ll have a guided tour of Luang Prabang tomorrow, so kick back and relax tonight after your day of adventure!

Day 8: Discover Luang Prabang

Today you’ll experience a spectacular city tour, and will have some free time to do Laos your way! Check out the Royal Palace Museum, visit Wat Xieng Thong – the region’s most iconic monastery – or spend the sunset marvelling at Phu Si, a towering golden structure that appears to float when lit by the soft glow of dusk. Simply beautiful!

Day 9: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

This morning you’ll participate in the monks’ daily almsgiving – a wonderful way to get involved in Laos’ intriguing spiritual culture. This ritual was designed to teach the monks humility, and we’re sure you’ll find this peaceful process humbling, too.

After breakfast you’ll head south to Vang Vieng, a rural town sitting beside an expansive river. The town is a major attraction for tourists so there’s plenty to see and do, but it retains its rural mystique. Grab a bite to eat and watch the sun set over Vang Vieng’s marvellous mountains.

Day 10: Free Day in Vang Vieng!

Today you have a completely free day to explore invigorating Vang Vieng! Go on an optional kayaking excursion across the Nam Song River to soak up the sights in style, take a swim, or discover Vang Vieng’s caves!

Vang Vieng is home to some lovely boutique bars where you can kick back after an action packed day and enjoy the stunning sunset (and a drink or two!) There are also plenty of great restaurants where you’ll get a chance to eat your Laos foodie favourites. ‘The Kitchen’ serves delicious bites and is beloved by the locals. Grab their coconut shrimp and Pad Thai before they’re gone!

Day 11: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

This morning you’ll make the journey to Vientiane, the national capital of Laos! You’ll have a half day guided tour today, and first on your list is Wat Si Saket, a Buddhist temple built in Siamese style and featuring an elaborate five tiered roof. You’ll then visit Haw Phra Kaew, home to beautiful Laotian art, and then it’s on to Patuxai, a war monument decorated with elaborate mythological creatures and dedicated to those who fought for independence.

Round off your tour with a traditional Laos dinner. Vientaine features a vibrant night market showcasing hundreds of delicious dishes, but most flock to try Klao niaw – Vietnam’s sticky rice speciality!

Day 12: Vientiane to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Today you’ll fly from Vientiane to Cambodia! Arrive in Siem Reap for an afternoon tour of awe-inspiring Angkor! Your tour will begin with the temple of Bayon where you’ll marvel at stone face sculptures, and you’ll then visit Ta Prohm temple where beautiful architecture is locked with tree roots, resulting in wild and wondrous beauty!

You’ll end your day in the best way possible, watching the sun set over the beautiful Pre Rup temple, Asia never fails to astound!

Day 13: Spectacular Siem Reap

You have a free day today, and there’s an optional excursion to the headquarters of a local organisation available that’ll let you learn more about Cambodian culture.Reap the rewards of Siem Reap with some tantalising temple visits, or visit Angknor National Museum where you can journey through Siem Reap’s history via breathtaking galleries and exhibitions. Head to the city centre afterwards to find some lively backpacker bars!

Day 14: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

You’ll fly to Phnom Penh this morning, Cambodia’s capital. Jump into Cambodian culture with a visit to the Royal Palace – a regal complex that has housed the Kings of Cambodia since the 1860s!

This evening you can chill out at a riverside bar with the locals, and take your pick from one of Phnom Penh’s exciting restaurants for dinner. Offering an eclectic mix of Cambodian, Western and fusion cuisine, there really is something for everyone!

Day 15: Phnom Penh

You’ll spend today exploring Phnom Penh at your own pace, and there’s plenty to see and do! Visit the National Museum of Cambodia which houses the world’s most exquisite collection of Khmer sculptures, or join the crowd at the unmissable Russian Market to pick up some souvenirs.

There are also a few optional activities to get stuck into today. Budding chefs can take a half day cooking class to learn some mouth-watering Cambodian recipes, or visit Silk Island village to try out the traditional art of hand-looming silk!

Day 16: Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Today you’ll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, a vibrant destination where the energy is tangible! Tonight you’ll take a street food tour away from the tourist areas to get a chance to eat as the locals do. It’s here in Vietnam that you’ll experience an exotic array of delicious street foods, so be sure to get stuck in and be adventurous! From well known classics such as tasty beef noodles to flavourful roll cakes, you’re sure to find something to delight and inspire you on your food tour – a real treat for the senses!

Day 17: Hello Ho Chi Minh City!

Today you’ll wake up bright and early for your guided tour of the Cu Chi tunnels. These tunnels are an intricate network of passages that meander through the countryside, and they have a long and intriguing history. The tunnels were once living quarters and provided essential supply routes for hospitals and guerrilla fighters!

Once you’re back in Ho Chi Minh City you’ll make your way to the Municipal Theatre, a beautiful example of French colonial architecture. You’ll later visit Independence Palace, the site of the end of the Vietnam War and an important Vietnamese landmark. Scout out a backstreet rooftop bar tonight to experience the high life Vietnam style!

Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City to Vinh Long

The next stop on your Asian adventure is the river town of Cai Be, renowned for its distinctive floating markets. Today you’ll get the chance to take to the river on your own boat to peruse the market’s wares! You’ll then continue down the canals to Vinh Long and grab lunch at a bonsai gardener’s home before heading to a local family’s home for an authentic home stay in the nearby Mekong Delta tonight.

Day 19: Vinh Long to Nah Trang via Ho Chi Minh City

You’ll wake up in Vinh Long this morning, and head to Nha Trang later today. Nah Trang is a stunning seaside resort where travellers flock to soak up the sun on the stretch of white sands. Once you’ve arrived, the day is free for you to relax and enjoy this beachside base. If you have time visit the immense Po Nagar Cham Towers, a historical worship site, or simply take to the sands to top up your tan!

This morning you’ll head back to Vinh Long to transfer to My Tho, capital of the Tien Giang province. Today you’ll visit Vinh Trang Temple, a breathtaking Buddhist site surrounded by lush fruit trees and home to numerous Buddha statues.

Day 20: Nha Trang

Today you’ve got more time to fall in love with this dreamy destination all over again. There are some fantastic optional activities you can participate in – including a full day private boat tour to the Tri Nguyen Aquarium and a rejuvenating mud spa tour!

Adventure seekers can get involved with one of the many invigorating experiences offered on Nah Tran, including scuba diving, mountain biking and kayaking! Be sure to sample some of Nha Tran’s seafood dishes for dinner this evening, there’s always a fresh catch being cooked up in new and delicious ways.

Day 21: Nha Trang to Hoi-An

You’ll fly to Hoi An today, the graceful old town that’s full of new experiences. Hoi An is a hub of tradition and a great way to view an authentic Vietnamese way of life in all its charming glory. You’ll have a tour of the historic Old Town today, winding through the busy side streets and seeing the town through the eyes of the lovely locals.

There’s an optional street food tour tonight – another chance to get a taste of those addictive Asian flavours!

Day 22: Discover Hoi An

Wake up to your second day in Hoi An for a chance to get up close and personal with this distinctive destination. There’s an optional vegetable village tour to enjoy today, as well as an optional cooking class to master those kitchen skills!

If you want to top up on the sights visit Tan Ky House, built by a Vietnamese family and showcasing Japanese and Chinese decor, and for lunch we recommend scouting out the speciality of Hoi An, a tasty combination of noodles, pork and greens called Cao lau.

Round off your day with a few drinks in a beachside bar with the locals where you can sit back and enjoy a beautiful Hoi An sunset. Bliss!

Day 23: Hoi An to Hue

Today you’ll drive to Hue along the Hai Van Pass, a winding road where lush green mountain ranges surround you and the scenery is truly spectacular. Be sure to snap a few shots!

You’ll enjoy a half day tour once you arrive in Hue, visiting the walled fortress of the Imperial Palace (also known as Forbidden City) and the Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, the longest reigning monarch of the Nguyen dynasty. Interestingly, Tu Duc is actually buried in a different, secret location that has yet to be discovered!

Day 24: Hue to Hanoi

Today you’ll be saying hello to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. You’ll soon find this city to be a captivating combination of geographical influences, with the food and architecture showcasing aspects of Chinese, French and Southeast Asian culture.

You’ll tour the Old Quarter, home to buzzing street markets. Later, spend a free evening taking in the cool collision of cultures in Hanoi, or embark on an optional street food adventure tour!

Day 25: Hanoi to Halong Bay

Today you’ll be leaving Hanoi to board the overnight boat to Halong Bay! You’ll enjoy dinner onboard and you can spend the evening watching the sunset from the top deck. Halong Bay is truly astonishing, emerald waters are studded with limestone islands – you’ll be in awe!

Day 26: Halong Bay to Hanoi

Today you’ll visit Surprise Cave! Surprise Cave is considered Halong Bay’s most incredible cave and is well loved by tourists and locals alike. The cave has a magical aura and we’re sure you’ll be spellbound! This charming chamber houses stunning limestone formations – we’ll let you uncover its mystical magnetism for yourself!

Then it’s back to Hanoi for dinner in KOTO (Know One Teach One) a restaurant that carries out valuable work training street children and setting them up with valuable skills. Not only will you get a delicious dinner, but you’ll be doing good for the local community. Win win!

Day 27: Hanoi

Today it all comes to an end, and you’ll be leaving with a wealth of memories and probably enough snapshots to fill a gallery! Whether you’re travelling onward or returning home, we know this epic tour of awesome Asia is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime!

Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change. 

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Whats Included

  • 3 Internal Flights
  • Transport as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation including 23 nights in hotel accommodation, 1 night on an overnight train, one night on a 4* junk boat and one night at a home stay.
  • Bangkok tuk-tuk tour
  • Guided tours of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hanoi
  • Wat Rong Khun and Golden Triangle visit
  • Mekong River Cruise
  • Pak Ou Caves visit
  • Visit to Angkor Watm Bayon Temple and Ta Promh Temple
  • Cu Chi Tunnel visit
  • Participation in the almsgiving ceremony
  • Cai Be Floating Market visit
  • Guided tour of the Citadel, Royal Tomb and Forbidden City
  • Halong Bay kayaking
  • Cat ba National Park visit
  • Halong Bay Surprise Caves visit
  • 26 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Any activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Vaccinations
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including spending money
  • Onward travel from Hanoi on the end date of the trip

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Accommodation & Meals

The majority of your accommodation will be in 3 and 4* hotels and you will share in twin or double rooms. Most rooms will have en suite bathrooms.

You’ll spend one night on an overnight train with your own bed and curtain; however it is likely that the carriage will be mixed. You’ll also spend one night on a 4* junk boat for a truly authentic Asian experience! One night will be spent enjoying a home stay experience where you’ll get to experience rustic local life with a welcoming host family.

There are 26 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included as part of this trip. You’ll have the opportunity to decide where you eat at other times, and this is a fantastic way to sample Asia’s amazing cuisine. We’ve listed some top must-try meals that we’d recommend!

You’ll find that eating out in Asia is usually cheaper than eating out at home, but you’ll probably spend more if choosing Western dishes over local cuisine.

‘Western’ food in Asia ranges in both price and quality. Usually you’ll ‘get what you pay for’, as cutting back on the cost of Western meals will usually compromise the quality.

We understand that everybody has personal food preferences and that some travellers may have allergies or intolerances, and our team will always do their best to accommodate for this. Please do note, however, that not all preferences or intolerances are fully understood in Asia, as people tend not to suffer from the same set/level of allergies and intolerances that we do in the West. Of course, intolerances and allergies won’t hold you back from travelling, but while your guide will do all that they can to accommodate for this, we ask that you be patient and understanding of differences surrounding culture and food preparation. Please also be aware that foods may not be rigorously labelled.

Thailand

  • Pad Thai: A well-known Thai noodle dish with zesty notes of lime. A must try for most travellers!
  • Khao Pad (fried rice): A rice staple that can be ordered with just about anything, from meaty chicken and pork dishes, to seafood and vegetable based dishes.
  • Massaman Curry: A mild yet rich, fragrant curry with complex and exciting flavours. Sangkhlaburi is famous for its tasty Massaman!
  • Moo Yang: Succulent grilled pork paired with a spicy dipping sauce
  • Gai Yang: A street food staple of perfectly marinated grilled chicken, often served with sticky rice.
  • Moo Gratha: This is the common term for Thai style BBQ eating. You can expect to pay anywhere between 150 and 250THB for delicious ‘all you can eat’ fare. Most places will offer a range of meats, shellfish, vegetables and more. As you cook everything yourself at your table, this is a fantastic and social way to experience Thai cuisine and culture.

Laos

  • Sticky rice: Laos’ staple tasty treat!
  • Kaipen: Crisp fried seaweed often served with a punchy chilli paste
  • Khao Poon: A meat based noodle soup that sings with coriander and mint flavours
  • Lao Sausage: A tasty snack – sausage seasoned with lime leaves and fish sauce

Cambodia

  • Fish Amok: Fish and fresh coconut milk served in a banana leaf
  • Kdam chaa: Fried crab, a speciality of Cambodia’s seaside towns
  • Ang dtray-meuk: Grilled squid marinated in lime juice and served with a traditional Cambodian sauce
  • Nom banh chok: A breakfast noodle dish made with mint leaves and bean sprouts

Vietnam

  • Goi Cuon: In this Vietnamese fish, grilled meat is paired with fresh herbs and spices, packed into a clear spring roll and served with a rich dipping sauce. Yum!
  • Cha Ca: A must-try for seafood seekers! Fish is flash fried with spring onions and served on a bed of scrumptious noodles.
  • Nom Hua Chuoi: A veggie delight. Punchy lime and spicy chilli flavour this combination of tasty shredded veggies.
  • Banh Mi: A Vietnamese speciality! Crisp baguettes are packed with meat, pickles, herbs and freshly crushed chilli.
  • Pho: An iconic Vietnamese dish consisting of meat, fish or veggies simmered with tasty noodles and a flavourful broth.

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Flights

Your trip begins in Bangkok, Thailand at 2pm on your programme start date. We recommend that you arrange your flights to arrive into Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in the early morning of your programme start date, or anytime the day before your programme start date. Your trip finishes in Hanoi, Vietnam on the morning of your programme end date, your trip finishes at around 9am on this day, so you are free to depart after this time. Please arrange your flights to depart from Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi (HAN). 

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination. 

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18 years and the maximum is 39 years. 

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