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Indochina Discovery

A fascinating loop through 4 countries

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Group Size: Avg 12, max 18

Trip code: ATIS

Duration: 40 days

Guided group tour through 4 countries
Explore Halong Bay!
Watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat

Enjoy 40 fun-packed days of Indochina discovery in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos! Starting in Thailand, you’ll be charmed by Cambodia, see the best of Vietnam and discover Laos before heading back to Thailand for a final visit to the gorgeous Thai Islands. See stunning temples, spectacular scenery and vibrant cities, immerse yourself in Asian culture and fascinating history, laze on beautiful beaches, bargain in lively markets and try new adventure activities on this amazing Asian odyssey!  See world-famous sights such as the ancient temples of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, the breathtaking beauty of Halong Bay in Vietnam or take a slow boat up the magical Mekong River for a once-in-a-lifetime Asian adventure you’ll never forget!

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy an epic 40 day trip through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos and explore the best of Asia!
  • Visit the iconic site of Angkor Wat and soak up some sensational history in colourful Cambodia
  • See the breathtaking beauty of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay from a sailing junk, and take a slow boat up the Mekong River
  • Laze on beautiful beaches and soak up the sun, snorkel or party, browse for bargains at amazing Asian markets, see stunning temples, perfect pagodas and tons of other cultural highlights
  • There are an incredible range of optional activities and tours on offer all along the route so you can pack in a whole lifetime of adventure into six fantastic weeks!
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What's included
  • 30 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 39 nights’ accommodation
  • Tour guide
  • Guided tour of Angkor Wat complex
  • A unique local Khmer meal experience in Siem Reap
  • Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Phnom Penh and Luang Prabang
  • Mekong River homestay and baci ceremony
  • Kap Thep Pitak community owned farm visit
  • Kuang Si waterfall visit
  • Ha Long Bay boat cruise
  • Noodle making demonstration
  • Witness giving alms to the monks in Laos
  • Slow boat up the Mekong River
  • 2 street food crawls
  • Chiang Mai night market visit
  • Hilltribe trek
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Full day snorkelling trip on Koh Tao
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Most meals, snacks and drinks
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Four countries, four capitals, fourty days, 1 experience.  This epic 40 day Indochina Discovery tour begins and ends in Bangkok.  The route runs as follows:

Thailand – Cambodia – Vietnam – Laos – Thailand. 

Day 1 - Bangkok Arrival - Kick off your epic 40 day adventure in the bustling capital of Thailand: Bangkok. Meet your group and get to grips with city life before a group dinner.

Days 2-3 - Siem Reap & Angkor Wat - Head from Bangkok and over the border into Cambodia, for a day of temple exploration at Angkor Wat.

Days 4-5 - Phnom Penh - Check out the capital of Cambodia! Steeped in local history, this is a fascinating orientation, and your chance to learn about Cambodia's darker history.

Days 6-7 - Koh Rong - Sun yourself silly on the beautiful beaches of Koh Rong, tuck into local seafood, and party hard on Cambodia's coast!

Day 8 - Chambok Homestay - Take in a slice of rural Cambodia with a night at a local homestay, at the heart of one of the country's community projects.

Days 9-10 - Ho Chi Minh City - Cross the border into Vietnam, in search of cultural and historical delights in the former capital!

Days 11-12 - Nha Trang - Kick back in this stunning coastal location, take a snorkel, and dance the night away with your group!

Days 13-14 - Hoi An - Enjoy 2 days and nights in Hoi An, famed for its food and its Chinese-influence architecture. Visit a tailor and have a set of clothes hand-made, or simply kick back, riverside!

Days 15-16: Hue. Explore from the old citadel to the banks of the Perfume River, in the former capital of Imperialist Vietnam.

Day 17: Phong Nha National Park. Check out some of the park’s 885 square km of lush jungle and rivers.  Take an optional cave tour before boarding the night train to Hanoi.   

Days 18 -19: Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. Enjoy the wonders of Ha long Bay on a traditional junk boat.  Discover vibrant Hanoi with street food tours, puppet shows and temple tours. 

Day 20 - Vientiane - Cross into Laos by plane, soak up cultural and historical knowledge in Vientiane, and watch a stunning sunset over the Mekong River.

Days 21-22 - Vang Vieng - Swap the city for the calming pace of village life. Explore caves and rice paddies on foot, or hire out a bike.

Days 23-24 - Luang Prabang - Witness Laos's most important religious ceremony, at a sunrise alms-giving with local monks.

Day 25 - Pak Beng Homestay - Kick off an epic 2-day river cruise this morning, and travel upstream to a traditional Laotian village homestay.

Day 26 - Chiang Kong - Round off your boat trip by crossing the Thai border, and explore the tranquility of Chiang Kong come evening.

Days 27-28 - Chiang Mai - Check out the stunning city of Chiang Mai over a day and a half of epic activities, from yoga, temple visits and meditation, to the famous Night Bazaar.

Days 29-31 - Village Visits - Get set for 3 days of trekking through a fascinating variety of rural villages, for a unique cultural experience you'll never forget!

Day 32 - Chiang Mai - Finish up your Chiang Mai to-do list, ahead of the overnight journey south.

Days 33-34 - Bangkok - Welcome back to Thailand's capital! Take time to explore properly, and experience the sights, culture and delicious cuisine of this epic Asian location.

Day 35 - Khao Sok - Wallow in the turquoise waters of Khao Sok National Park, or skim over in a hired kayak.

Days 36 - 37 - Koh Phangan - Get ready to party! Famed for its nightlife, waterfalls and stunning beaches, Koh Phangan has something epic for everyone!

Days 38 - 40 - Koh Tao - Swim, snorkel and dive your way around the coast of this stunning island, and take time to enjoy your last days, or plan an extension to your Asian adventure!

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Arrival information

You will need to land into Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok on day 1 of your trip. There is a welcome meeting at around 6pm that evening.

Airport transfers are not included, but we can arrange a transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.

Your trip ends on Koh Tao island on day 40. A return back to Bangkok is not included but easily arranged locally. We recommend flying out of Bangkok after 9pm on your end date or the day after your trip ends. In case of delays, some people will choose to spend an extra night in Bangkok after the trip and departure the following day.

Accommodation & meals


39 nights of shared accommodation are included on this tour. Most are in multi share hostels, guesthouses or homestays. 5 nights will be on sleeper trains.


30 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners are included onto this trip. You’ll need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. There are plenty of tasty options available across Asia, so you can sample some Asian treats with your tour group as you try out the restaurants along the way on this Asian adventure!

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.

You will need visas in order to enter Cambodia and Thailand if you plan to remain for durations of longer than 30 days. These MUST be obtained before you travel.

Cambodia: Cambodian visas can either be obtained online, or upon arrival at the border (where you would need to pay the USD 35 fee).

Laos: Visas for Laos are usually issued upon arrival at the border for a USD 35 fee.

Vietnam: British nationals will need to apply for a visa before travelling to Vietnam. You can apply for a eVisa, which will allow for 30 days in Vietnam, through the offical Vietnamese government website. 

Thailand: British nationals can remain in the Thailand visa free for a maximum of 30 days. If you wish to stay for longer then you will need to apply for a visa before you depart the UK.

Please note: Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check relevant embassy websites for up to date visa information.

Physical Rating: Light. The activities on this trip are suitable for most fitness levels.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.