Bangkok to Angkor Wat - 25 days

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Join us on a journey through the incredible countries of Indochina from bustling Bangkok and the hill tribes of Chiang Rai to enchanting Luang Prabang in Laos and on through Vietnam’s spectacular Halong Bay and historic cities to Cambodia, home to the stunning temples of Angkor.

Days 1 - 2: Discover Bangkok
Wednesday. Welcome to Thailand! Airport arrival transfer to hotel. Evening Welcome Meeting. The following day enjoy a city tour of Bangkok taking in the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Flower Market. Enjoy a longtail boat ride on the canals before exploring pulsating Khao San Road. Overnight - Bangkok (B:1)
Explore Chiang Mai on a Thailand tour.
Days 3 - 4: Northern Thailand
Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai. On morning of day 3 transfer to airport for flight to Chiang Mai. After lunch visit the Doi Suthep temple and the Hilltribe Museum to learn more about the diversity of this region. In the evening visit the night market. The following day we journey through spectacular karst scenery to the River Kok where we board private longtail boats for a glimpse of rural life along the river banks. Arriving at a small village and take an enjoyable elephant ride through some of the surrounding countryside. After touring the unusual Wat Rhon Khung temple a beautiful complex of newly built white and golden temples that are still a work in progress we continue onto Chiang Rai arriving early in the evening. Overnight - Chiang Mai (1) Chiang Rai (1) (B:2)
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Day 5: Local Hill Tribes
Chiang Rai - Chiang Khong. The city of Chiang Rai is a great base for visiting local hill tribes and this morning we visit a Karen village where we may encounter the famous Long Neck tribe, so known for the neck rings that the women wear to elongate their necks. Continuing to the border frontier town of Mae Sai, we may have the chance to cross briefly into Myanmar and enter the Burmese town of Tachilek (optional). At Chiang Saen we stand at a viewpoint that lets us see both Myanmar and Laos. We take time to visit the Opium Museum before following the banks of the Mekong to Chiang Khong. Overnight - Chiang Khong (B)
Cruising through the iconic Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam.
Days 6 - 7: Cruise The Mekong
Monday. Chiang Khong - Pakbeng. Bright and early we head to the immigration & customs office to exit Thailand. Bidding farewell to our Thai guide we cross the river by longtail boat. Meeting up with our Lao guide we attend to immigration formalities before we're back on the water, cruising by traditional long boat down the Mekong River. Serene and timeless Laos is often overlooked by travellers. A peaceful nation of people offering legendary hospitality, resilience and friendliness, Laos is old Asia preserved. As we travel downstream we stop off at a number of minority villages such as the Hmong, Yao and Khmu to get an understanding of their culture and way of life. Upon arrival in Pakbeng, we visit the local market to watch the colorful hill tribe trade their wares before retiring for the night. On day 7 we continue our cruise arriving to the golden city of Laung Prabang mid afternoon. Overnight - Pakbeng (1), Luang Prabang (1) (B:2, L:2, D:1)
Day 8: Luang Prabang
Consider rising early this morning to view the daily ritual of saffron-clad monks and their procession down the streets of Luang Prabang collecting alms from the residents. Then a morning tour, takes in the highlights of Luang Prapang - the fabulous UNESCO Listed former royal capital. Sightseeing includes the ancient temples of Wat Visoun and Wat Aham, Ock Pop Tok weaving centre and the beautifully ornate former Royal Palace. In the afternoon we stop at ethnic minority villages before arriving at the beautiful Khouangsi waterfall. Overnight - Luang Prabang (B)
Luang Prabang's famous Royal Palace as seen on our Laos Tours.
Day 9: Wat Xieng Thong
Discover more of Luang Prabang’s holy sites with a morning visit to Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong. Then we set sail on a scenic cruise up the Mekong River to visit the incredible Pak Ou caves, which are crammed with Buddha images of all shapes and sizes, stopping at villages en route to sample local rice wine and shop for local handicrafts. Overnight - Luang Prabang (B)
Days 10 - 11: Fly to Hanoi
Friday. Luang Prabang - Hanoi. A free morning to relax and explore Luang Prabang. Elephant rides, cycling and kayaking can be arranged locally. Late afternoon we fly to Hanoi in Vietnam. Day 11 is a day at leisure for you to explore Vietnam’s capital. Lively markets, beautiful lakes, ancient pagodas and the historic city are all easily navigated on foot. Overnight - Hanoi (B:2)
Relax on a junk boat in Halong Bay -  a must see on our Vietnam Tours.
Hanoi – Halong Bay. This morning we travel east to spectacular Halong Bay and board a traditional wooden junk boat to cruise around the beautiful limestone peaked islands. Opt for a swim before we take row boats to the floating fishing village. Tonight, there's a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before an impressive seafood dinner is served. Overnight - Halong Bay, Deluxe Junk Boat (B, L, D)
Relax on a junk boat in Halong Bay -  a must see on our Vietnam Tours.
Day 13: Halong Bay
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional massage. After exploring a lofty grotto hidden beneath towering cliffs, we return to port.

Arriving to Hanoi mid afternoon we take a cyclo (rickshaw ride) exploring the labyrinth of streets. The motorbike swarming narrow lanes are each named after various guilds of the city’s artisan who established themselves here centuries ago. There is Silver Street, Silk Street, Comb Street, Paper Street and more. After time to freshen up we board our overnight train (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) on the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line to Hue. Overnight - Sleeper train (B)
One of the many beutiful ancient sights in Imperial Hue
Day 14: Imperial Hue
Today discover the delights of Hue visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city, whose 21m high tower has become something of a symbol for Hue and the citadel. Within the citadel is the Imperial Purple Palace, an exact copy of the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its impressive ramparts, formal moats and imperial palaces, some of which lay in ruin.

In the countryside lies the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen kings, here we’ll view the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. As the sun sets opt for a cruise in a long boat along the gentle Perfume River, beautifully illuminated at night. Overnight - Hue (B, L)
Colonial Hoi An - the halfway point for most of our Vietnam Tours.
Days 15 - 17: Delightful Hoi An
Hue - Road of the Ocean Clouds - Hoi An. En route to Hoi An we stop for a stroll along China Beach. Enjoy a short afternoon walking tour of the historic Hoi An old town with its cobbled streets. On day 16 we take a bicycle ride to the rural village of Tra Que where we’ll assist with tending the fields and cooking lunch. Spend the following day at leisure. Overnight - Hoi An (B:3, L:1)
Days 18 - 19: Mekong & Saigon
Hoi An - Saigon - Can Tho - breakfast. Fly to Saigon and drive to the mighty Mekong Delta. Onboard a sampan we cruise to Cai Be through lush waterways visiting cottage industries along the way. The morning of day 19 we visit the floating markets of Cai Rang before driving to Saigon. This afternoon we see the sights of Saigon on a walking tour including the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post office and the sombering War Remnants Museum. Overnight - Can Tho (1), Saigon (1) (B:2, L:1)
Vietnam Tours ending in Saigon visit the Cu Chi Tunnels
Days 20 - 21: Phnom Penh
Saigon - Phnom Penh. This morning we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a sprawling underground network of tunnels and living quarters used by the Viet Cong during the war. Then we drive to the Cambodian border (crossing at Moc Bai/Bavet) and continue on to the capital of Phnom Penh. On day 21 enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh including the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, famed for its lavish decorations. We later come face to face with the horrors of the Pol Pot regime as we visit Toul Sleng (Security Prison - S21) and the Killing Fields where over 10,000 people were executed. Overnight - Phnom Penh (B:2, D:1)
Amazing Angkor Wat - the highlight of every tour of Cambodia.
Day 22: Angkor Wat
Phnom Penh – Siem Reap. Hotel check out and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Siem Reap.

After time to freshen up we visit the last capital of the Angkorian Empire – Angkor Thom. This monumental fortified city is encircled by a 100m wide moat and is famed for the huge statue heads that glare down from every angle. We continue to the monastic complex of Preah Khan before heading to the mother of all temples – Angkor Wat. This breathtaking monument of man’s devotion to his gods is believed to be the largest religious building in the world and contains thousands of wall carvings and extensive bas-reliefs. In the evening we enjoy a walking tour of the old market. Overnight - Siem Reap (B)
Ancient tree roots in the amazing temples of Angkor Wat on our Cambodia Tours.
Day 23: Ta Phrom
Early this morning opt to see Angkor Wat bathed in the spectacular golden light of sunrise. Later, we head out to Banteay Srei temple, considered by many to be the art gallery of Angkor with some of the best stone carvings in the world. Cut from stone of a pinkish hue, the Hindu temple is dedicated to Shiva and contains highly decorated libraries and intricate reliefs of divinities.

The temple expedition continues with visits to Banteay Samre, East Mebon, Preah Khan, Banteay Kdei, Pre Rup and the atmospheric Ta Prohm. Swallowed by the jungle, vast muscular roots envelop the crumbling towers and walls whilst the trees’ foliage dapples the temple in shadow. There are plenty of great bars and restaurants in the compact city centre, easily navigated on foot. Overnight - Siem Reap (B)
Take a cruise down Tonle Sap Lake in central Cambodia.
Day 24: Lake Tonle Sap
This morning we tour the Roluos group of temples (Bakong, Lolei and Preak Ko) and later continue to the floating village of Kompong Pluk on Tonle Sap Lake with the petrified trees of a flooded forest closeby. Overnight - Siem Reap (B)
Saturday. Today marks the end of our holiday. Lap up the hotel facilities this morning before hotel check out and included departure transfer to the airport. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Bangkok / Ends in: Siem Reap
  • Departs: Wednesdays - year round
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:24, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 3
  • Hotel Rating: 3 - 4 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
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