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South East Asia Loop Small Group Adventure

Duration
30 Days
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US$ 3,711

Experience something different every day on this fascinating in-depth adventure through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam following the path of the mighty Mekong River.


In 30 days, really experience in depth the essence of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, three countries with a wealth of amazing attractions and culture plus spend time in enchanting Northern Thailand. Vietnam offers a fascinating blend of tradition and modernity, with vibrant cities, fascinating villages and a wide variety of landscapes to discover. Cambodia has emerged from a tumultuous past and has opened its doors to its many cultural and archaeological wonders. Laos is a quiet and charming country with the mighty Mekong River flowing through it and an all pervading Buddhist culture.

Starting in Bangkok, commence your Indochina itinerary with a stop in Chiang Mai, Thailand's cultural capital, a thriving city in the country's north. There is much to see and do, from visiting beautiful temples dotted throughout its old town, local markets to Doi Suthep a golden temple set on top of a mountain. Also discover colourful hilltribe communities, waterfalls and elephant camps. Afterwards, head to Laos while discovering South East Asia’s major river, the Mekong. Experience the glittering temples of magical Luang Prabang, the spectacular scenery in Vang Vieng and visit fascinating monuments in the capital, Vientiane. 

Moving south into Vietnam, visit Hanoi with its French-colonial influence Explore Hanoi's atmospheric Old Quarter with its French-colonial era buildings, fabulous local eateries and traditional merchants. From here, see beautiful limestone karsts on a boat trip in stunning Halong Bay after which take an overnight train to the cities of Hue, with its ancient history  and Hoi An, with its distinct charm and character. Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, will show you the major development of Vietnam’s efforts to be part of the contemporary world. 

Cambodia is next. Phnom Penh, the capital is a pulsating city and home to the National Museum and Royal Palace. Perhaps the overall highlight will be the amazing Angkor Wat captivating temple complex just outside Siem Reap. The final stop is Battambang, Cambodia’s second most populous city with many nearby ancient temples, Buddhist shrines and the infamous Bamboo Railway. 

Return later to Bangkok to complete your South East Asia Loop.

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Duration
30 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,711

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Day 1

Arrive Bangkok

Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place, and have your insurance details and next of kin information ready for collection. Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore, so perhaps arrive a day or so early and take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage. After the meeting tonight perhaps gather your fellow travelers together and tuck into some into world famous street food.
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Duration1 Night
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Siam Champs Elyseesi Hotel

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    The SIAM CHAMPS-ELYSEESI UNIQUE HOTEL, Bangkok is the luxury unique hotel located in the heart of Bangkok city old town "Ratanakosin Island" offering all the facilities and amenities you can expect in a 5 star hotel. One that is close to the city's commercial and ...

    The SIAM CHAMPS-ELYSEESI UNIQUE HOTEL, Bangkok is the luxury unique hotel located in the heart of Bangkok city old town "Ratanakosin Island" offering all the facilities and amenities you can expect in a 5 star hotel. One that is close to the city's commercial and business hubs as well as its main pleasure and leisure attractions. One where you savor Thailand's rich culture and warm hospitality.

    The SIAM CHAMPS-ELYSEESI UNIQUE HOTEL will not disappoint you! Stepping into the hotel's lobby, guests are entering a world of luxury and friendly hospitality.

    Staying at The SIAM CHAMPS-ELYSEESI UNIQUE HOTEL, guests will enjoy an experience that seamlessly combines the grace and wonder of Thailand's past, its unique culture and modern luxuries.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Concierge
    • Designated Smoking Area
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Ticket Service
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

Bangkok

Begin the day with a river cruise down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous 'khlongs' (canals) (approximately 1 hour). Life along these canals seems a world away from the chaotic streets of the capital. Pay a visit to Wat Pho, one of the 'trinity' of Bangkok temples, with a 46-metre long gold plated Buddha reclining inside. Even the feet of this statue are incredible, three metres long and intricately decorated with mother of pearl. The temple grounds are equally fascinating, filled with beautifully decorated stupas, halls, and shrines. This evening you'll head north to Chiang Mai on an overnight train journey, accommodated in air-conditioned sleeping berths (approximately 13 hours). Multi share compartments are air-conditioned, with bunk beds; sheets and pillow provided. Your baggage travels in the carriage with you. There is a food and drink service available on board. Sometimes the air conditioning can make the carriage quite cold so you may want to bring a warm layer of clothing.

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Day 3

Chiang Mai

The most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has many famous temples and an interesting old city area. Renowned for dazzling beauty and extremely welcoming locals, the 'Rose of the North' will leave you spellbound. Chances are, you won't want to leave. Embark on a scenic, winding drive up a mountain (around 45 minutes) to one of the country's most stunning temple complexes, Doi Suthep. A 300-step naga-guarded stairway leads you to the temples, and the climb is well worth the effort. The hypnotic atmosphere of chanting Buddhist monks and sweeping views of the city make this a most memorable experience.

Duration2 Nights
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People Place 2 Hotel

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    The business 3-star People Place Hotel 2 is set in Chang Phueak district and offers non-smoking guestrooms with a view over the city. The venue is located in a cultural part of Chiang Mai, just a 20-minute walk from Chiang Mai train station. It is ...

    The business 3-star People Place Hotel 2 is set in Chang Phueak district and offers non-smoking guestrooms with a view over the city.

    The venue is located in a cultural part of Chiang Mai, just a 20-minute walk from Chiang Mai train station. It is approximately a 100-minute drive from Elephant Nature Park.

    Guests can easily get to Chiang Mai International airport, which is about 10 minutes drive away.

    Facilities

    • Bike Rental
    • Business Centre
    • Cafe
    • Car Rental Service
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Golf Course
    • Laundry
    • Massages
    • Restaurant
    • Shuttle Service
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 4

Chiang Mai

Today is free for you to explore, but there are also a few optional activities you can join if you want. Perhaps join a local cooking class today and discover the secrets of real Thai cuisine. You'll learn the key ingredients, how to use them, and what to use in their place if you can't get them at home. As well as taking your own comprehensive recipe book with you after the class, you'll feast on the fruits of your labour for lunch. Get active with a bicycle tour to discover the city and surrounding countryside from a different perspective, or be spirited away on an early morning Chiang Mai tour that puts you at the epicentre of Buddhist rituals. Learn to meditate, offer alms to monks, and make an offering at a temple. In the evening you can choose to wander through the enormous, colourful Night Bazaar, and perhaps relax at a fine restaurant along the riverfront. Make sure to sample some delicious traditional northern Thai food - the signature dish is kao soy, yellow wheat noodles in a curry broth, traditionally served with chicken or beef.

Day 5

Chiang Khong

Take a journey through rural countryside to the Thai border town of Chiang Khong (approximately 5.5 hours). Formerly known as 'Juon', peaceful riverside Chiang Khong remains an important market town for the surrounding hill tribes and for trade with Laos. Stretch your legs with a stroll around town, and if you find yourself with time, then Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Luang are both well worth a visit while you're here. Then maybe enjoy a final Thai drink and dinner, while Laos beckons from across the mighty Mekong.

Duration1 Night
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Baan Rim Nam Guest House

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    Baan Rim Nam Guest House apartment hosts guests of Koh Chang. Guests can make use of airport transfer and laundry onsite. Major Koh Chang sights, such as White Sand Beach and Khlong Son Temple are located nearby. Koh Chang city center is 4 km away. ...

    Baan Rim Nam Guest House apartment hosts guests of Koh Chang. Guests can make use of airport transfer and laundry onsite.

    Major Koh Chang sights, such as White Sand Beach and Khlong Son Temple are located nearby. Koh Chang city center is 4 km away. Phu -Talay pampers guests with Thai and European dishes and lies within 200 meters of the property.

    It offers bright rooms equipped with climate control, a private safe, a sofa, a private toilet and a separate toilet. A family bathroom is at guests' disposal.

    Facilities

    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Car Rental Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Free Parking
    • Laundry
    • Luggage Storage
    • Sun Terrace
    • Terrace
    • Tour and Ticket Service
    • Wifi/Internet Access

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Day 6

Pakbeng - Mekong River

Board a slow boat for the two-day journey down the mighty Mekong River to Luang Prabang. The journey is relaxed, so you can experience the slow pace of village life and the breathtaking scenery along the river up close. The river boat is basic in nature, with a toilet, covered roof, and open sides to take in the fresh air. There are seats in the front of the boat and a small open area in the back where you can have a nap on the mat, play cards, read or have lunch. Dock at the small town of Pak Beng (after about 6 hours) to spend the night. Hmong and tribal Thai people are frequently seen on the main street, where vendors sell local textiles and handicrafts. Our guesthouse here is very basic - standard accommodation in this small, remote trading port. It can be quite cool from November to February so make sure you have some warm gear packed for this period. Due to dam construction upstream, water levels aren't as reliable as in previous years, and when the river is at its lowest from February to April, part of the journey may occasionally need to be made by land.

Duration1 Night
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Phonemany Guesthouse

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    Guests can stay in Phonemany Guesthouse which provides free wifi apartment when visiting Pakbeng. Free shuttle service, dry cleaning service and housekeeping are available. Mekong Elephant Park is at 15 km, while the center of Pakbeng is about 2 km away. Within 200 meters from ...

    Guests can stay in Phonemany Guesthouse which provides free wifi apartment when visiting Pakbeng. Free shuttle service, dry cleaning service and housekeeping are available.

    Mekong Elephant Park is at 15 km, while the center of Pakbeng is about 2 km away. Within 200 meters from the venue, Hasan Restuarant serve a wide selection of meals.

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    • Dry Cleaning
    • Free Shuttle Service
    • Free WiFi
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Restaurant

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Day 7

Luang Prabang

Reboard the boat and cruise to the Pak Ou Caves, before arriving in the former royal capital of Luang Prabang (approximately 7 hours). An important religious site overlooking the river at the junction of the Mekong and Ou Rivers, the revered Pak Ou Caves consist of two sacred limestone caverns filled with Buddha images of all styles and sizes, brought by devoted villagers over the centuries. The lower cave, known as Tham Ting, is entered from the river by a series of steps and can easily be seen in daylight. The higher cave, Tham Phum, is deeper and requires a torch for viewing. The atmospheric World Heritage-listed city of Luang Prabang is a favourite of many travelers. Nestled in the hills of northern Laos on the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers, the city is claimed to be 'the best preserved city in South East Asia' by UNESCO. The city and its people retain a refined, yet relaxed, air and it's a wonderful place to wander the side streets and dusty lanes and seemingly step back into another era.

Duration3 Nights
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Davita Boutique Hotel

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    Luang Prabang is one of the World Heritage City in the Northern part of Laos. Well-designed 28 rooms The Davita Boutique Hotel is situated in the convenient area in the center of the city with boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the small garden. This truly ...

    Luang Prabang is one of the World Heritage City in the Northern part of Laos. Well-designed 28 rooms The Davita Boutique Hotel is situated in the convenient area in the center of the city with boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the small garden. This truly an elegant hotel was restored to its original splendor and is easily among the best one can expect in this world Heritage City.

    When the Davita Boutique Hotel opened its doors, it was presented as a gift to the Heritage City. Today, each category of the rooms represents a myriad of cultures and eras.

    The Davita Boutique Hotel buildings were built based on Lao style house. They are equipped with lots of hard wood (Rose wood & Teak wood) which is one of the famous and valuable woods in tropical countries. Rooms are equipped Five walking to the famous Night Market, The Royal Palace and Mount Phousi, where the guests can enjoy the view, food and drinks, gift shops and night life.

    Facilities

    • Airport Transfer
    • Free Parking
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Wifi/Internet Access

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Day 8

Luang Prabang

Once the heart and soul of the ancient Lao Kingdom (Lan Xang) and designated a World Heritage site in 1995, Luang Prabang is endowed with a legacy of historic red-roofed temples and French-Indochinese architecture, not to mention some of the country's most refined cuisine, a multi-ethnic population and rich culture. Enjoy a guided tour around the Traditional Art & Ethnology centre, a non-profit museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of its traditional arts and lifestyles. In the afternoon, head south of town to the beautiful Kuang Si Falls, a picturesque, multi-level cascade that offers fantastically blue pools that are perfect for a mid-afternoon dip. Back in Luang Prabang this evening you'll have free time to make further discoveries, including walking around the popular Night Market.

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Day 9

Luang Prabang

Today is free for your own explorations. It's worth getting up in the misty early morning to view the procession of saffron-robed monks on their daily outing collecting alms, a practice that dates back centuries. The people of the town wait out the front of their houses with food for the monks to collect and take back to the temple. It is done early, as the monks cannot eat anything after midday. By giving food to a monk you 'het bon' or make merit, which should augur well for your next life. Make sure you don't miss Wat Xieng Thong, the most enchanting of Laos' monasteries. Inside you'll find monks eager to practice their English with you. A large hill called Mt Phu Si dominates Luang Prabang's skyline, topped by a glittering golden stupa. You can climb the 328 zig-zag steps up to the sacred gilled stupa and big drum of the Phu Si Temple for a panoramic view of Luang Prabang and its surrounds. The Dara Market sells everything and is a great spot to browse. If you'd like to experience more local culture, consider taking a long boat across the river to a traditional Laotian village.

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Day 10

Vang Vieng

Take a private mini van through dusty villages and winding mountain roads to Vang Vieng (approximately 7 hours). The mountain scenery on the drive is as impressive as that of your destination. En route, take in scenes of small village life at various points along the hilly highway. Situated on the Nam Song River, Vang Vieng is surrounded by towering limestone karsts and is a great place to walk through local markets and along the riverside.

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Duration2 Nights
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Kiengthong Guest House

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    Set in Vang Vieng, 200 m from Vang Vieng Hospital, Kianethong Guesthouse features free WiFi access and free private parking. Rooms include a TV with satellite channels. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. There is ticket service at the property.

    Set in Vang Vieng, 200 m from Vang Vieng Hospital, Kianethong Guesthouse features free WiFi access and free private parking.

    Rooms include a TV with satellite channels. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom.
    There is ticket service at the property.

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    • Air Conditioning
    • Free Parking
    • Luggage Storage
    • Non Smoking Property
    • WiFi

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Day 11

Vang Vieng

There's plenty to do in and around Vang Vieng, known as an adventure town thanks to its unique and varied surrounding country. The area is renowned for its many caves, many of which are easily accessible from the town. Perhaps the most famous is the cave of Tham Chang, a beautiful cavern fed by a natural spring making it a perfect spot for a refreshing swim. Hire bicycles to explore further afield, or if you're looking to relax or perhaps learn more about local niche industry, you can visit an organic mulberry farm just outside town and enjoy a meal there.

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Day 12

Vientiane

Continue by private mini bus to the country's capital, Vientiane (approximately 3.5 hours). Possibly Asia's most laidback capital, Vientiane is a city where daily affairs are conducted at a relaxed pace. Hardly touched by the modernization that has completely changed the face of other cities in South-East Asia, it has a wealth of cultural delights to discover on foot, or for the less energetic, by jumbo (tuk tuk). Faded colonial mansions, tree-lined boulevards and old temples create an atmosphere of timelessness, particularly in the older part of town along the Mekong River. Pay a visit to Wat Si Saket, the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane and home to almost 7,000 Buddha images. Visit COPE, an Intrepid Foundation-sponsored organization dedicated to assistance those who have been injured by the multitude of unexploded ordinance across the country. This is an excellent cause and a chance to educate yourself about Laos' devastating war history. This evening, maybe join your fellow travelers for a celebratory dinner as your adventure comes to an end.

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Duration1 Night
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Family Hotel

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    Family Hotel



    The newly renovated Family Boutique Hotel is located in downtown Vientiane, around a 10 minute drive from Wattay Airport and the bus station. With a 60 capacity restaurant, offering Asian and European cuisine, the hotel also provides airport transportation and other services and free Wi-Fi ...

    The newly renovated Family Boutique Hotel is located in downtown Vientiane, around a 10 minute drive from Wattay Airport and the bus station. With a 60 capacity restaurant, offering Asian and European cuisine, the hotel also provides airport transportation and other services and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

    The air conditioned rooms at the Family Boutique Hotel features a combination of original rooms and newly decorated rooms with locally hand-made imported wooden furniture and silks.

    The Family Boutique Hotel is close to Vientiane's main street which provides easy access to the Mekong River, as well as attractions like Wat Sisaket, That Dam, Cultural Hall and Museum.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Air Conditioning
    • Baggage storage
    • Car Rental Service
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 13

Hanoi

Take a flight from Vientiane to Hanoi (approx. 1 hour) Please note you will be unaccompanied on this flight. In the arrivals hall of Hanoi Airport you will be met by an Intrepid representative, who will take you to your Hanoi hotel. The flight usually arrives into Hanoi in the late afternoon. As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travelers.

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Hong Ngoc Conchinchine Hotel

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    Hong Ngoc Conchinchine Hotel



    Established in 1994, our hotel is where you can enjoy an exclusive experience of the old Hanoian lifestyle - a flashback of an historical period: late Nguyen Dynasty (1802- 1945) and early French protectorate. Strategically located in heart of the new Central of Hanoi, Hong ...

    Established in 1994, our hotel is where you can enjoy an exclusive experience of the old Hanoian lifestyle - a flashback of an historical period: late Nguyen Dynasty (1802- 1945) and early French protectorate.

    Strategically located in heart of the new Central of Hanoi, Hong Ngoc Cochinchine provides guests with a quintessential Hanoi experience-extraordinary service and deluxe comforts at a great value.

    The name 'Tonkin' was created to indicate 'the North of Vietnam' during the French Colony period. Inspired by that, Hong Ngoc Tonkin offer you a drive back to the 19th century to explore the charm of the Vietnamese culture.

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    • Bar
    • Gym
    • Lobby
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 14

Halong Bay

Travel by private minibus to the spectacular World Heritage site of Halong Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin (approximately four hours). The bay is dotted with sandy coves, grottos and 1,600 limestone islands, which have been formed over millennia by wind and water erosion. Board a private boat and cruise the bay, exploring island caves and perhaps even enjoying a swim from Ti Top Island Beach during the warmer months. To end the day, spend a peaceful night aboard the boat beneath the night sky.
Your wooden junk-style boat has twin share cabins with air-conditioning and private facilities. There's also a dining room and bar to enjoy lunch, dinner and breakfast. It is recommended to pack a smaller overnight bag to take to Halong Bay for ease of boarding and disembarking. You can store your main luggage in Hanoi for tonight.
Kayaking and swimming is restricted to designated zones within the bay.
There are restrictions on the number of boats that are permitted to stay in the bay overnight, sometimes resulting in a shortage. To ensure all Intrepid travellers can enjoy the experience of a night on the water, occasionally you will stay on a larger boat (with approximately 12 cabins) and share your boat with another group. Or your group may be split across different vessels, in which case an Intrepid group leader will be present on each boat, and the route taken and inclusions on board will remain the same.

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Day 15

Hanoi/Overnight train

Return by boat to Ha Long, and at approximately midday travel by bus back to Hanoi. Arrive late this afternoon, and use free time to shop, explore the sights or just relax. Later tonight board an overnight train to Hue.
There are shared day use hotel rooms available this afternoon in Hanoi if you would like to freshen up before the overnight train. There is one room provided between up to 6 members of the group. Single supplements do not apply to day rooms.
Sleeper trains typically have four-berth compartments (occasionally six berths depending on the season), which have bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided (although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet). Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but you may like to stock up on some food supplies before departure.

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Day 16

Hue

Arrive into Hue at approximately 11 am and transfer to the hotel. Once the imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of the country's royal past. You'll have free time in the morning to rest or explore. The bustling Dong Ba Market is a great place to sample some of the foods that once graced the Nguyen emperors' tables, such as banh khoai (royal rice cake). Reunite with the group to visit the war-damaged ruins of the Hue Imperial Citadel complex, which once contained temples, state houses and the emperor's palace.

Duration2 Nights
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Gold Hotel

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    The hotels offer large swimming pool on the 4th floor provides an open grand view of the city below. Snack and beverage of all kinds are served poolside. The fitness center next door is fully furnished with up-to-date exercise equipments. Considered the most impressive hotel ...

    The hotels offer large swimming pool on the 4th floor provides an open grand view of the city below. Snack and beverage of all kinds are served poolside. The fitness center next door is fully furnished with up-to-date exercise equipments. Considered the most impressive hotel in Hue, the Gold hotel is located in the heart center of the ancient city. The hotel offers stunning views of the legendary Perfume River, Ngu Binh Mountain, panorama of Liberty Stadium, Thanh lam field and famous Trang Tien bridge. Only 5 minutes walk to Trang Tien bridge, Dong Ba market and easy access to the shopping area. .

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Hue

Today, tour the sights of Hue on the back of a motorbike driven by a local guide. This motorbike activity has been assessed for safety and is closely monitored. To participate please ensure your travel insurance covers riding pillion on a motorbike up to 150cc. If you prefer not to participate, please let your leader know and they will arrange car transportation (cost included).
Boats for the Perfume River trip may not be available if you're travelling during festival periods. During these times you'll travel by land to reach the activities instead.
Explore the ruins of the Forbidden Purple City, once reserved for the personal use of the Emperor and his concubines, but almost totally destroyed during the Vietnam/American War. Visit the 17th-century active Buddhist monastery of Thien Mu Pagoda. During the visit you'll see the car of a former monk who drove to Saigon in 1963 to set himself alight to protest the poor treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime.
Enjoy a short boat cruise down the Perfume River before eating lunch inside a nunnery. Finally, visit the lakeside royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc before heading back to Hue.

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Day 18

Hoi An

This morning travel by bus through coastal rice paddies and the spectacular Hai Van Pass. After a brief visit to Lang Co Beach, arrive into Hoi An. Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An was a major international trading port during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of the beautifully preserved town retain the feel of centuries past. It's also a shopping mecca, famous for its plethora of tailors. On arrival your leader will take you on a sightseeing walk through the Old Town and visit a handful of the city's major attractions. You'll will also be given a sightseeing pass so you can further explore select attractions at your leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Thuy Duong 3 Hotel

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    Thuy Duong 3 Hotel is in Hoi An's old quarter, 30.6 km from the Da Nang International Airport. Surrounded by tropical grounds, it has a swimming pool, spa and restaurant. Rooms at Thuy Duong 3 are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV and a minibar. They ...

    Thuy Duong 3 Hotel is in Hoi An's old quarter, 30.6 km from the Da Nang International Airport. Surrounded by tropical grounds, it has a swimming pool, spa and restaurant.

    Rooms at Thuy Duong 3 are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV and a minibar. They are spacious and feature private balconies. All rooms have private bathroom facilities.

    The tropical grounds are perfect to relax and enjoy sunsets in Hoi An. Guests can enjoy massages and body treatments at the spa. There is also a sauna and an outdoor pool.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Cafe
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Room Service
    • Security
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 19

Hoi An

Today is a free day to explore Hoi An. Browse the town's cobbled streets and art galleries, or hire a bike and cycle through rice paddies out to Cua Dai Beach. Shop for paintings, ceramics and colourful cloth lanterns in the town's markets and preserved Chinese shop houses. Perhaps visit one of the hundreds of tailors in the city to get something special made. Hoi An is also known for its delicious regional food, so be sure to enjoy a meal at a riverside restaurant or perhaps partake in a cooking class.

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Day 20

Ho Chi Minh City

Today take a short early morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has a fascinating history and is arguably Vietnam's capital of commerce and culture. After landing, check in to your hotel and then take a sightseeing bus tour around the city. Pass the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House, stopping in at the War Remnants Museum to discover some of the sobering stories of the Vietnam/American War.

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Duration3 Nights
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Queen Ann

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    Located on Bui Thi Xuan street right in city center, it is one of the most convenient locations and just a stroll away from Ben Thanh market, shopping venues, entertainment. Guests are also provided a computer in room during stay.

    Located on Bui Thi Xuan street right in city center, it is one of the most convenient locations and just a stroll away from Ben Thanh market, shopping venues, entertainment. Guests are also provided a computer in room during stay.

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Day 21

Mekong Delta/ Ho Chi Minh City

This morning head out on a day trip to explore the Mekong Delta. Board a boat to Ben Tre to visit the coconut gardens, stopping at a local home to sample tropical fruits & coconut jams. Afterwards, paddle in sampans (small rowing boats) past water coconut trees along the Mekong. Take a tuk-tuk tour around the villages, learning about local rural life and how they make their living making coconuts products like brooms and coconut fibre mats. Eat lunch at a restaurant in the heart of the delta, sampling regional specialties such as the famous elephant ear fish. Then it's back to the private boat to cruise the delta's major waterways to Ben Tre boat pier. After the cruise return via bus to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a final group dinner at KOTO restaurant with those leaving us in Ho Chi Minh City, an organisation dedicated to developing the hospitality careers of street kids.

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Day 22

Ho Chi Minh City

Today you may be required to move to a different hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, for the next section of your trip. Your leader will let you know if this is the case, and will help with the transfer to the next hotel. You have a free day to do as many optional activities as you wish. You also have the option today to take an Urban Adventures tour to the Cu Chi tunnels outside the city. This underground tunnel network in the middle of the jungle was used by the Viet Cong during the war. As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travelers.

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Day 23

Phnom Penh

Travel by public bus through rural Vietnam and Cambodia to Phnom Penh (approximately 6-7 hours). You will cross the border, exiting Vietnam at Moc Bai and entering Cambodia at Ba Vet. Your leader will assist you with border crossing procedures.

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Duration2 Nights
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Town View II

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    Town View II



    Featuring a prime location, Town View II offers views of the park, and is a 20-minute walk from Riverfront Park. This comfortable hotel is decorated in a royal style in Phnom Penh. The hotel is situated in a tourist area, near Sorya Shopping Centre. The ...

    Featuring a prime location, Town View II offers views of the park, and is a 20-minute walk from Riverfront Park. This comfortable hotel is decorated in a royal style in Phnom Penh.

    The hotel is situated in a tourist area, near Sorya Shopping Centre. The center of Phnom Penh is 10 minutes' walk away.

    Climate control, a balcony, a trouser press, hi-fi and a telephone are featured in tasteful rooms of the hotel. Town View II offers a wonderful view to its guests. Every room has a bathroom equipped with a bathtub, a shower and a dryer.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Parking
    • Sports facilities
    • Swimming Pool
    • WiFi

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Day 24

Phnom Penh

Confront Cambodia's tragic past on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre. It's estimated that more than 20,000 people were held and tortured here. You will also head out to the Choeung Ek Memorial, where a stupa made up of some 8,000 human skulls marks the site of the infamous Killing Fields, the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng. You can learn about a brighter period in Cambodian history from an optional visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Wat Phnom, shrouded in myth, is equally worth a visit, as is the National Museum with its excellent Khmer collection. Cyclo tours around the city are a great alternative to walking and generally include the central market, US Embassy, Wat Phnom, Mekong river front, independence monument and Royal Palace. Keen shoppers can hit the art-deco Psar Thmei (Central Market).

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Day 25

Battambang

Travel by private vehicle to Battambang (approximately 6 hours). Break up an otherwise long trip with a visit to Kampong Luong, a marvellously colourful village that floats on the water. Spend an hour traversing between houses and other boats alike before hitting the road once more. Cambodia's second-largest city, Battambang (pronounced Battambong), is a pretty riverside town of French elegance, friendly Khmer people and beautifully preserved colonial architecture. There's also an optional cooking class to learn the secrets of local dishes such as amok, Khmer curry & fried spicy chicken.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Classy Hotel

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    Classy Hotel



    Featuring an outdoor swimming pool and an in-house restaurant, Classy Hotel is a modern building located in Battambang. Contemporary rooms come equipped with a bathtub. Free Wi-Fi access is available in this hotel. Cooled with air conditioning, rooms feature a flat-screen cable TV and a ...

    Featuring an outdoor swimming pool and an in-house restaurant, Classy Hotel is a modern building located in Battambang. Contemporary rooms come equipped with a bathtub. Free Wi-Fi access is available in this hotel.

    Cooled with air conditioning, rooms feature a flat-screen cable TV and a mini-bar. A personal safe and a wardrobe are included as well. Private bathrooms offer a hot/cold showers and free amenities.

    Refreshing workouts can be enjoyed at the fitness center. The accommodations also provides meeting facilities and sauna facilities. A 24-hour front desk can assist with traditional massages, shuttle services and travel arrangements.

    Classy Hotel is located only 200 m from the historical Colonial Buildings. It is 300 m from Battambang Museum and 400 m from Riverside Night Market. Siem Reap International Airport is 109 mi away.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bar
    • Business Facilities
    • Concierge Service
    • Fitness Centre
    • Garden
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 26

Siem Reap

Spend a bit of time riding around the countryside by bike, travelling out to local cottage industries to meet with on-site producers. Get a better insight into rural life in Cambodia, share a few snacks, then continue by private bus to Siem Reap (approximately 3 hours). Arrive in Siem Reap in the evening and relax as you prepare for your much-anticipated visit to Angkor tomorrow. Perhaps hit the markets for some delicious street food.

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Duration3 Nights
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Dinata Angkor Boutique Hotel

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    Dinata Angkor Boutique Hotel



    For your ultimate stay in Siem Reap, The Dinata Angkor Boutique offers 28 spacious, comfortable with Deluxe Pool views and City view rooms, each are Cambodian stylishly decorated. All our rooms are equipped with modern amenities for your convenience, and the Dinata Angkor swiming pool ...

    For your ultimate stay in Siem Reap, The Dinata Angkor Boutique offers 28 spacious, comfortable with Deluxe Pool views and City view rooms, each are Cambodian stylishly decorated. All our rooms are equipped with modern amenities for your convenience, and the Dinata Angkor swiming pool area provide the ideal enviroment for our guests to relax after a long day of visiting Siem Reap's world famous temples.

    Dinata Angkor is located in the heart of the city just 06 minutes walk to Pub Street, Old Market & Night Market, All are well known to Siem Reap's international travellers. The Old Market and Night Market offer a unique souvenior shopping experience, While Pub Street offers the best in entertainment, foreign and Khmer Food and Vibrant night life.Let Dinata Angkor help you to experience the natural beauty of Cambodia and to explore Cambodia's enchanting people and ancient, culture.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Airport Transfer
    • Car Rental Service
    • Parking
    • Wakeup Calls Available
    • WiFi

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Day 27

Siem Reap/ Angkor Wat

Temple-hop with your local guide and make the most of your visit to the world-famous Angkor complex. The temples, dating back as far as the 9th century, were believed to represent the cosmic world and were set in perfect balance, symmetry and composition. The intricately carved bas-reliefs and architectural designs are mind-blowing and there are spectacular photo opportunities at any time of day. Watching a sunrise or sunset is a must. The ruins are scattered over an area of some 160 square kilometres, but the main cluster of temples is close to Siem Reap, so there will be plenty of time to fully appreciate the great archaeological sites of Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm.
Temperatures and humidity can be high in Cambodia, especially walking around sights like the Angkor complex where there may be little shade. Be prepared by taking plenty of drink breaks and wearing appropriate skin protection. Some travellers find an umbrella handy to keep the sun off (this will also come in handy should it rain!)

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Day 28

Siem Reap

Continue your explorations of the Angkor complex. You may like to spend just the morning making further discoveries here, and save your afternoon for an optional activity elsewhere. Keen adventurers can take the Angkor zip-line adventure which gives an amazing birds-eye view of the rainforest, not to mention an adrenaline rush.

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Day 29

Bangkok

It's a long drive from Siem Reap to Bangkok (approximately 8-9 hours by private bus, including the border crossing and lunch). You will exit Cambodia at Poipet and enter Thailand at Aranyaprathet. Your leader will be on hand to assist with border crossing procedures. Arrive in Thailand's bustling capital and take in this exciting world of tuk tuks, khlong boats, and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Nouvo City Hotel

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    Nouvo City Hotel



    Nouvo City Hotel is a modern boutique hotel located near Khao San Road, within walking distance of many of Bangkok's attractions. Facilities include a fitness centre, swimming pool, steam room, spa, pool bar and the Sara Restaurant.

    Nouvo City Hotel is a modern boutique hotel located near Khao San Road, within walking distance of many of Bangkok's attractions. Facilities include a fitness centre, swimming pool, steam room, spa, pool bar and the Sara Restaurant.

    Facilities

    • Fitness Centre
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Pool bar
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Steam Room
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 30

Depart Bangkok

Your trip comes to an end after breakfast, with no further activities planned. If you are spending more time in Bangkok we can help you to book additional nights accommodation just contact your sales agent. You might also like to do an Urban Adventure tour while you are in Bangkok.

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DEPARTURES

 Selected Wednesdays and Saturdays  

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Small Group Touring
  • 29 nights accommodation, consisting of;
    • 2 nights Guesthouse
    • 24 nights Hotel
    • 1 night onboard boat
    • 2 nights onboard sleeper train
  • Meals: 19 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 2 dinners
  • Transport: Boat, Longtail Boat, Overnight Sleeper Train, Plane, Private Vehicle, Public Bus, Songtheaw, Motorbike and Taxi
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS:

Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Occasionally these itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and research. Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so being flexible is key. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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