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Exploring Indochina

A memorable journey through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia

Set foot on the path to discovery and journey to the heart of three distant lands. Make your way through the timeless backstreets of ancient towns and cities, linger at the busy morning markets filled with exotic goods and explore the imposing temples and pagodas of another age.

Our journey starts in the beautiful city of Bangkok. We visit the Grand Palace and take a boat ride along the canals of the rural western suburbs. We then fly to Chiang Rai and visit the Golden Triangle. Crossing into Laos, we spend two days cruising down the Mekong with an overnight stay at Pak Beng before reaching Luang Prabang. Whilst here we’ll take a walking tour of the city with a guide and visit the National Museum. Outside of the city we have the chance to see bears and learn their stories at a rescue centre as well as driving out to the Kuangsi waterfall.

Leaving the Mekong we travel south by coach to Phonsavan where we stop at the mystical Plain of Jars – a landscape where hundreds of huge megalithic stone jars lie scattered. We continue to Vang Vieng where we’ll have a visit to the local Mines Advisory Group. Then it’s on to the capital, French colonial style Vientiane.

We fly south to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. On our first day we’ll take local ‘tuk tuk’ transport away from the tourist trail for an evening food safari with a guide. Our second day here will be spent sightseeing in the city and we’ll also have an excursion to the sobering Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Museum.

We travel by coach through a sea of rice fields to Siem Reapclose to Angkor Wat. This huge temple and tomb complex is undoubtedly one of the wonders of the world. We'll explore the complex and on another day we take a boat trip to Kampong Kleang on the edge of Tonle Sap Lake. We fly back to Bangkok for our last night where you will have some free time for personal exploration.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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    03 Nov 2017
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    02 Feb 2018
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  • Itinerary & Map
    03 Nov 2017 - 19 Nov 2017

    Day 1 - In flight
    Depart London Heathrow on an overnight flight to Bangkok.

    Day 2 - Bangkok
    Upon arrival at Bangkok we transfer to our hotel for 2 nights’ accommodation. We will have some sightseeing in Bangkok in the afternoon before dinner.

    Day 3 - Bangkok
    We have a full day of sightseeing including the splendid Grand Palace complex and the Royal Temple of the Emerald Buddha where varied styles of Thai architecture are delicately woven together. We also see the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples. In the afternoon we take a longtail boat on the canals of Bangkok’s surprisingly rural western suburbs. Enjoy the natural scenery and observe the daily lives of the people who live along the canals and you'll also get to visit the biggest flower market in the city.

    Day 4 - Chiang Rai
    Morning transfer to the airport for our flight to Chiang Rai. Upon arrival, we will visit the Golden Triangle area where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet as well as spending time at the white temple of Wat Rong Khun and the beautiful landscaped botanical gardens at the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park.

    Day 5 - Pak Beng
    In the morning, we take the ferry across the river to Laos at Houixay. After the immigration formalities, we start our cruise by slow boat along the Mekong River to Pak Beng, which takes approximately 5 hours. There are occasional stops at local hill tribe villages and a picnic lunch (included) is served on board. We also visit a Kamu village along the river en route.

    Day 6 - Luang Prabang
    After breakfast we cruise to Luang Prabang, enjoying the beautiful views and peaceful ambience along the way. We will make a stop at Pak Ou Buddha Caves overlooking the confluence of the Mekong & Ou Rivers, home to many thousands of Buddha images since the 16th century. We arrive at Luang Prabang in time for dinner.

    Day 7 - Luang Prabang
    Today we visit a bear rescue sanctuary where the staff will explain how the bears were rescued and you'll get the chance to see them at work and play from the viewing platform. We'll also take in the Kuang Si Waterfall where you can take a swim or just relax in the natural surroundings. In the afternoon we'll take an electric car to the centre of Luang Prabang for a 4 hour walking tour of the city taking in the National Museum and many other must see sites.

    Day 8 - Phonsavanh
    We have a leisurely drive along the mountain roads to Phonsavanh (237km). The journey is one of the most scenic routes with forested mountains, lush valleys and karst formations around every corner. A highlight is the stop at the megalithic landscape of the Plain of Jars.

    Day 9 - Vang Vieng
    We'll spend the morning at the local MAG (Mines Advisory Group) office where the charity workers will talk to you about how they are helping locals that have been affected by land mines. We then continue our journey by road to Vang Vieng (223km) arriving in time for dinner.

    Day 10 - Vientiane
    We continue south to Vientiane the capital of Laos (157km). On arrival we'll spend some time sightseeing including Pha That Luang, Ho Pha Keo and the monumental arch of Patuxai.

    Day 11 - Phnom Penh
    We fly to Phnom Penh and transfer to the city centre by road. We'll have a 3 hour 'tuk tuk' safari where you'll step away from the tourist trail into the old market. Here you'll be able to browse the food stalls and try local snacks, fruit and the more unusual delicacies - if you dare! There'll also be a stop at a rooftop cocktail bar and at the illuminated Independence Monument for a photo stop.

    Day 12 - Phnom Penh
    Morning sightseeing today focuses on the art and culture of Phnom Penh. We'll visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the Champey Academy of Arts and National Museum. The afternoon visit is more sobering - Toul Sleng (Genocide Museum) and the Killing Fields.

    Day 13 - Siem Reap
    Transfer by coach to Siem Reap (314km). Our route takes us past scenic rice fields and there will be an en route stop at Skuon, renowned for its spider merchants!

    Day 14 - Siem Reap
    A full day exploring of the temple complex of Angkor Wat. We'll be there until the sun sets for some amazing views from the Angkorian temples.

    Day 15 - Siem Reap
    We travel out of Siem Reap for an excursion to Kampong Kleang, on the edge of Tonle Sap Lake where we'll have a boat trip and a 2hr walk of the farming community of Kompheim Village.

    Day 16 - Bangkok
    We take a morning flight to Bangkok and transfer to our hotel. Your afternoon is at your leisure before dinner.

    Day 17 - -
    Depart Bangkok for our flight home.


  • Accommodation

    Mainly three or four-star hotels with a simpler guest house at Pak Beng.

     

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • All local travel, transfers and entrance fees.
    • Half board and two picnic lunches.
    • Local English speaking guides throughout the tour to enhance your experience.


  • Holiday Highlights
    • Cruising down the Mekong River.
    • Exploring the temple complex of Angkor Wat.
    • Visiting the Golden Triangle where Thailand Burma and Laos meet.
    • Discovering the mystical Plain of Jars.
    • Learning about bears on a behind the scenes visit to a local sanctuary.
    • Zipping through markets Cambodian style by ‘tuk’.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c2hrs).
    • Flights: Heathrow-Bangkok (c12hrs), British Airways.        
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class upgrades available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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