Days
26
Price from
$2,530NZD

This trip has it all. Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, beaches in Sihanoukville, history in Phnom Penh, and pho in Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hanoi…

Never heard of Indochina? Don't stress. You'll come for Angkor Wat, but you'll stay for the pho/amok/spring rolls (we could go on).


Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Countries
Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
Code
GTMMC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Spend a whole day at the biggest (and one of the most awesome) religious monuments in the world

  • Get some quality time with the locals in Cambodia and Vietnam during your homestays in each country. It's these experiences that'll stick with you for years to come

  • Soak up the rays during your beach time at the beautiful towns of Sihanoukville and Nha Trang

  • Get a better look at Hoi An than other travellers - from the seat of a bicycle

  • Limestone karsts, blue-green waters, mysterious caves and super ancient jungle - Halong Bay feels a lot like paradise

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip includes three overnight train journeys, each one taking up to 12 hours. You'll be sharing the cabin with three to five other people and sharing amenities with the carriage. Although the rides are long and the conditions basic, this is an awesome way to see Vietnam and travel alongside the locals

  • The trip also involves a few long days of travelling on public transport, which isn’t the most comfortable option, but definitely the most adventurous.

  • You’ll have two nights in homestays with basic accommodation, sharing with several others in a dorm-style arrangement, and shared amenities with cold water only. The accommodation may be simple, but chilling with the locals and feasting on home-cooked food sure as chips makes up for it

  • Vietnamese roads can be hectic and intimidating to cross. Never fear - your leader will show you how to do it like a local in Hanoi's old quarter

  • Your adventure in Hoi An involves jumping on a bicycle to ride around the lovely countryside. If you don’t feel up to a bit of exercise, then consider doing a different trip

Itinerary

Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. Bangkok has so much going on if you've got time to explore. Why not hit the canals for riverboat trip to Chinatown? Visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha? Or indulge in some Thai massage?
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho Temple - THB200
  • Bangkok - Chinatown Food Discovery Urban Adventure - THB2149
  • Bangkok - Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB1790
  • Bangkok - Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2465
  • Bangkok - Bangkok by Bike Urban Adventure - THB1913
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Brace yourself for a long day of travel as you board a private bus to Siem Reap (approximately 10 hours, including border crossing and lunch). Say 'Laew phop gun' to Thailand as you exit at Aranyaprathet, and enter Cambodia at Poipet. Your tour leader will help you with border crossing procedures. You'll need some US currency for this, so ready those greenbacks. When you arrive in Siem Reap (150 km or so past the border), the markets are a great place to start practicing those haggling skills. Better yet, try some cheap and tasty street food. Get some rest and relaxation tonight before your Angkor visit tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Time to visit the mighty Angkor complex with your guide. Get that camera ready, because it's going to be oh-so-pretty. Some of these temples are over a thousand years old, going back to the days when the Khmer Empire was top dog in South-East Asia. These beauties were known to represent the cosmic world and were set in perfect balance, symmetry and composition. Let your mind be blown as you roam around the complex with your leader. Don't even think about missing the sunset. The ruins are scattered over an area of some 160 square kilometres, but the main cluster of temples is close to Siem Reap, so you'll have plenty of time to get to grips with the larger-than-life Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm.

Notes: A 1-Day Angkor Pass is included on this tour. If you'd like to return to Angkor outside of your included visit, you can buy a longer pass. Just ask your leader.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free day for you to experience Siem Reap in your own way. If you're all templed out, but still feel like something pretty out-there, you can opt for a Flight of the Gibbon zip-line course, which will have you soaring like an eagle over the rainforest (and perhaps getting that ticker started again, if Angkor Wat made it stop).
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Siem Reap - Landmine Museum - USD5
  • Siem Reap - Remork transport to Angkor complex - USD20
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass - USD62
  • Siem Reap - Flight of the Gibbon Ziplining - USD129
  • Siem Reap - Phare Cambodia Circus Ticket - USD15
  • Siem Reap - Urban Adventure Cambodian Cook-Out - USD48
  • Siem Reap - Urban Adventures Tonle Sap Secrets - USD40
  • Siem Reap - Urban Adventure Street Food By Night Tour - USD47
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Jump on a bus and head to Kompong Cham (approximately 5 hours). It's a public bus, which means you'll reaaally travel like a local. When you arrive, you might notice how chilled out this town is. It used to be an important trading hub in the area. Mingle with the locals and enjoy the change of pace. It's a slice of small-town Cambodia with plenty to see and do. You can explore the 11th-century Wat Nokor (also very chill, some might say 'tranquil'). You can hire a bike to explore the rural island of Koh Paen, linked to Kompong Cham by a fancy bamboo bridge (in the wet season you'll have to take a ferry over). The locals here make their living fishing and growing tobacco and sesame, so it's an awesome place to go for a closer look at some of Cambodia's cottage industries. A little further afield are the twin 'mountain temples' of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kompong Cham - Wat Nokor - USD1
  • Kompong Cham - Bicycle hire - USD2
  • Kompong Cham - Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei - USD10
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Catch a private bus to the capital city of Phnom Penh (approximately 3 hours). Cambodia's capital is set on a major junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers and boasts some mighty fine examples of French-inspired architecture. Top of the list of things to do: head out to the Choeung Ek Memorial, and the infamous Killing Fields where a stupa made of some 8,000 human skulls lies. Confronting but important to see, these sites are places to learn about the dark legacy of the Khmer Rouge. Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda to learn about brighter parts of Cambodian history. You can also explore Wat Phnom, check out the National Museum, take a cyclo tour of the city's key sites, or hit the pretty art-deco Psar Thmei aka Central Market (it's pretty AND pretty art-deco).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Killing Fields of Choueng Ek - USD3
  • Phnom Penh - Transport to Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) - USD15
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
  • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD5
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S21) - USD3
  • Phnom Penh - Killing Fields - guide - USD17
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng (S21) - Guide - USD17
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by private bus into rural Cambodia (approximately 3 hours) to the region of Kampong Speu and the village of Chambok. This is the location of your homestay for tonight. Here is your chance can really immerse yourself in everyday life. Facilities may be basic, but this is your chance to BE in Cambodia with the PEOPLE. Not to mention feast on a traditional Khmer dinner, prepared by your lovely and very talented hosts.

Notes: Accommodation is multi-share, with mattresses, bedding and moquito nets provided. 
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chambok - Traditional Dancing
Optional Activities
  • Chambok Homestay - Bike Ride - USD2
  • Chambok- Entrance Fee to Waterfall - USD3
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Take a private bus to Sihanoukville (approximately 4 hours). Named after the Cambodian royal family, Sihanoukville has loads of beaches and welcoming folk. It's probably stating the obvious that you'll want to take a dip here.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Sihanoukville - Foot massage - USD8
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are plenty of ace things to do here, like taking a boat bound for one of the nearby islands. If you do that, you can chillax among swaying palms trees and have nice barbeque lunch. Or, if the jungle is more your thing, make the trip out to the Ream National Park. It's 21 hectares of coastal mangrove forest, buzzing with exotic birds and animals.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Sihanoukville - Island Boat Trip & Snorkelling - USD20
  • Sihanoukville - Ream National Park entry fee - USD5
  • Sihanoukville - Express Boat to Koh Rong Island - USD25
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a local bus back to Phnom Penh (approximately 4 hours). Tonight will be your last night in Cambodia before you move on to Vietnam. The perfect way to cap off your time here would be to take an optional traditional massage at the Seeing Hands Massage Centre. The visually impaired masseurs here are some of the best in town, and it's a great cause to support. Also, let's be honest, after that bumpy bus ride you could probably use a little limbering up.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Traditional Khmer massage - USD8
  • Phnom Penh - Mekong Sunset Urban Adventures - USD63
  • Phnom Penh -Cyclo Tour - USD4
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by local bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 7 hours). You'll exit Cambodia at Bavet and enter Vietnam at Moc Bai. Your leader knows the drill, so they'll assist you with border crossing procedures. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and get your first taste of this fast-paced, fun city. You'll see it's a combo of all kinds of flavours, old and new, East and West. Get a French baguette, best taken with a cup o' joe (the coffee is excellent here). Don't miss Reunification Palace. And there are some really cool things to see at the War Remnants museum, like a helicopter and a fighter jet.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - VND30000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum - VND15000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Free day until you meet your new group leader tonight at 6pm.
Some of the Urban Adventures available in HCMC include Mekong Discovery, Cyclos & Markets, Cu Chi Experience and Saigon Street Food by Night. Your leader can help you book on the tour of your choice.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Ho Chi Minh Discovery Urban Adventure - USD53
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cyclos & Markets Urban Adventure - USD25
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Head down to the Mekong Delta and visit unexplored Ben Tre where coconut is everything and anything. The fertile delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits and flowers as well as boating along the canals. On arrival, we board our private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways to visit some local cottage industries. Then head to our overnight homestay along the water. We'll be sleeping on simple camp beds in dorm-style rooms with all meals included. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Shared toilet and bathroom facilities are basic.
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mekong Delta - Boat cruise and homestay
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Rising early to the sounds of the delta coming alive, we enjoy a simple breakfast before boarding our boat, and catching a bus back to Ho Chi Minh City. Board an overnight train to Nha Trang (approx 11 hours). Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are all part of the experience and the best way to travel long distances with the locals. Sleeper trains typically have four berth compartments (occasionally six berth depending on seasonal variations and group configuration), 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. On occasion, passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and there will be occasions where you'll be sharing with local travellers or travellers who are not part of your group. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but some travellers take the opportunity to stock up on fresh bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Arrive in Nha Trang at approximately 5am and transfer to your hotel. Once referred to as the 'Cannes of the Orient', Nha Trang's sandy palm-lined beach and island-dotted bay still make an idyllic picture, and a cosmopolitan feel prevails in the town itself. Spend your days here soaking up the sun on a lovely beach, exploring the local markets or checking out the ancient Cham Towers nearby. Make sure you try some of the excellent seafood restaurants.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Nha Trang - Boat trip - VND1316000
  • Nha Trang - Row boat tour - VND20000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is the day is yours! Soak up some more free time in Nha Trang. Board an overnight train late in the evening, bound for Danang (approx. 8 hours).
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Nha Trang - Mud baths - VND280000
  • Nha Trang - Bao Dai Villa - VND120000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Arrive in Danang and travel by minibus to Hoi An (approx 1 hr). Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South-East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago and it retains the feel of centuries past, making it the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it. It's also a shopping mecca – with much to browse and buy. Choose from original paintings, handcrafted woodwork, ceramics, embroidery, lanterns and more. Hoi An has also become famous for its tailoring, with a great variety of fabrics and tailors to choose from. Bring your favourite piece of clothing or even just a picture, and you'll be able to have it copied.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hoi An - Ancient town walk and entrance ticket
Optional Activities
  • Hoi An - cooking course - VND420000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
There's no better way to explore the peaceful countryside of Hoi An than by bike. Your leader will take you to places few tourists get the chance to see, past green rice paddies and small creeks, this is a true insight into country living in Vietnam.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hoi An - Countryside bicycle tour
Optional Activities
  • Hoi An - My Son Cham day trip - USD35
  • Hoi An - Thu Bon river boat trip - VND100000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free day to explore Hoi An. Ask your leader for suggestions for how to maximise your time in Hoi An.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Departing Hoi An, we can pass by My Khe Beach before crossing the dramatic Hai Van Pass to the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. After a quick stop, continue on to Hue (approx 5 hrs including stops). As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. Your afternoon is free day to explore. The Dong Ba market, which sells everything imaginable, is a great place to spend some time. Visit the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost totally destroyed during the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive, but the foliage-covered ruins are still atmospheric and the gaping holes left by bombs give an idea of the destruction wreaked upon the country during the war.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hue - Imperial citadel - VND150000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free day. You might like to take a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River, and a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. It's an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. One of the most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk who, in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hue - Perfume river cruise and Thien Mu Pagoda - VND220000
  • Hue - Royal tomb - VND136000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You'll have some more free time to explore Hue today. In the late afternoon board an overnight train bound for Hanoi (approx. 12 hours).
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Arrive in Hanoi very early (approx. 4am) and transfer to the hotel. The capital of Vietnam is a charming city with a population of over six million. Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and its thriving Old Quarter, which is an architectural museum piece with blocks of ochre buildings retaining the air of a 1930s provincial French town. As Vietnam develops to compete with other South-East Asian countries, the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake reflects the contrasts of modern office buildings, old Buddhist temples and the tangle of ancient streets in its still surface. Take a walking tour of the Old Quarter. You'll visit the Dong Xuan market, the biggest wholesale market in northern Vietnam, stroll through the ancient '36 streets' where you can discover an amazing selection of shops selling everything from souvenirs to exquisite silk clothing, beautifully embroidered tablecloths. Your leader will point out some of the unique architecture around Hoan Kiem Lake and the myths and legends of the lake.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
Optional Activities
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Museum - VND80000
  • Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Army Museum - VND20000
  • Hanoi - Women's Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology - VND40000
  • Hanoi Urban Adventure - Village Discovery by Bike - USD33
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Drive through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay (approx 4 hrs), stopping en route for refreshments at a handicraft village run by disabled people. Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of Bac Bo Gulf. One of Vietnam's most scenic regions, this area of about 1,500 sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind. Board your boat and cruise the breath-taking bay with its limestone karsts rising from the clear emerald waters. You'll explore some of the awesome caves in the area and fill up with both lunch and dinner on-board. What's on the menu? Seafood of course. Once you settle into junk boat life you won't want to go anywhere – so spend the night rocking away on the waters of Halong Bay (with the waves and maybe a spot of karaoke).
Accommodation
  • Overnight boat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Pack a smaller overnight bag to take to Halong Bay as it will make it easier for boarding your boat. You can store your main luggage in Hanoi for tonight.
There are restrictions on the number of boats that are permitted to stay in the bay overnight. To ensure all travellers can enjoy the experience of a night on the water, we’re occasionally using a larger boat (with approximately 12 cabins) or splitting groups across different vessels. An group leader will be present on each boat, and the route taken and inclusions on board will remain the same.
Swimming in the bay from the boats is not permitted.
Take a bus back to Hanoi (approx. 3 hours) for some free time and a optional final group dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The trip ends in the morning today. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Optional Activities
  • Hanoi - Hanoi Street Food By Night Urban Adventure - USD31
  • Hanoi Urban Adventure - Citadels, Karsts & Cycle - USD88
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Boat, Ferry, Private bus, Private vehicle, Public bus, Sleeper train

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (15 nights), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Chambok - Traditional Dancing
  • Mekong Delta - Boat cruise and homestay
  • Hoi An - Ancient town walk and entrance ticket
  • Hoi An - Countryside bicycle tour
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 7 & 13 (homestay) and nights 14, 16 & 22 (overnight train) and day 24 (overnight boat) where you will be in shared accommodation.
2. Please provide your full name as per passport and passport details 45 days prior to departure in order to secure Vietnam train tickets.
3. In 2016 the code for this trip was GTMM.

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