Southeast Asia Adventure
Exploration and discovery in Southeast Asia!
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Group Size: Max 25
Trip code: ASEA
Duration: 31 or 33 days
Explore 4 stunning Southeast Asian countries in one epic group trip! Discover the delights of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam over 31 or 33 days and enjoy a host of unique cultural experiences and adventure activities. Meet elephants in Thailand, party in Laos, cruise Ha Long Bay in Vietnam and enjoy blissful beach time in Cambodia. Perfect if you’re travelling on a budget, this incredible trip will make you fall head over heels in love with Asia!
- Tick off four stunning Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam!
- Meet elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand!
- Sleep under the stars on a beach in Koh Rong
- Discover the splendour of Angkor Wat at sunrise
- Budget Brilliance: Simple accommodation and optional activities make this adventure perfect for those travelling on a shoestring!
Enjoy classic backpacker experiences on this shoestring adventure around Southeast Asia! See stunning sights, meet exciting new people and fall in love with this incredible part of the world.
Day 1: Bangkok, Thailand. Arrive in Bangkok and spend the day easing into Southeast Asian life. Meet your guide and group this evening and then hop on the sleeper train to Chiang Mai!
Please note, as the welcome meeting for the trip is at 5pm, after which you will leave for Chiang Mai, we recommend that you arrive into Bangkok at 1pm at the latest. If you would like to arrive a day early, and also have a extra night included at the end of the trip, please select the ‘Southeast Asia Adventure (with pre/post nights)' option when booking the trip.
Day 2: Elephant sanctuary & homestay. Arrive in Chiang Mai, and then take the bus to a local elephant sanctuary. Feed the elephants and trek through the jungle to the river (no riding), where you’ll give them a wash. Stop at a waterfall before arriving at your homestay this evening.
Days 3 - 5: Chiang Mai. Trek to a local hill tribe village on the morning of day 3 before heading back to Chiang Mai. You’ve got lots of optional activities to choose from while you’re here, including a cooking class, Muay Thai, zip-lining, quad biking, white-water rafting, trekking, temple visits and a biking tour.
Days 6 – 8: Luang Prabang, Laos. Take the flight to Luang Prabang - a charming colonial city with a dreamy atmosphere. We’ll visit the fairy-tale Kuang Si Waterfalls while we’re here. We’ve got a number of exciting optional activities too, from volunteering with children at a local bookstore to visiting the ethnic villages around the city.
Days 9 - 10: Vang Vieng. Stop for a dip at the crystal clear Blue Lagoon 2 on our way to picturesque Vang Vieng. Spend the next couple of days chilling by the river, hiking into the lush surrounding countryside, or book one of our optionals, including bike rides, rock-climbing and tubing.
Days 11 – 12: Hanoi, Vietnam. Fly to the Vietnamese capital. Dump your bags and head out for dinner, followed by an optional bar crawl. On day 12, opt to visit Hoa Lo prison, or just explore the Old Quarter at your own pace, sampling Vietnamese coffee at one of the street side cafes.
Days 13 - 14: Ha Long Bay. Take an unforgettable 2-day cruise through the emerald green waters of Ha Long Bay. With stops at floating villages and a stay on your own private island you’ll be talking about this for years to come!
Days 15 – 16: Phong Nha. Nestled at the base of soaring limestone cliffs, Phong Na is surrounded by lush forest and is still mostly undiscovered. We’ve got some great optional activities from a coffee tasting trip, to a bike ride to Bong Lai Village and a day in pristine Phong Na-Khe Bang National Park.
Days 17 – 18: Hoi An. Hoi An is an ancient town, with yellow-toned buildings and Chinese shop-houses, lit up by hundreds of colourful lanterns at night. It’s an amazing place to chill and soak up the atmosphere, but we’ve also got trips to the Vietnamese ‘Disneyland’, a coconut basket boat experience, a local farm visit and a day at the beach on offer.
Days 19 – 21: Ho Chi Minh City. Fly from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh - a throbbing powerhouse of a city, where the scooters never sleep! Take a walking tour of the city, join an optional waterbus tour, visit the night market, go on a bar crawl and visit the Cu Chi tunnels or the War Remnants Museum to learn about the impact of the Vietnam War.
Day 22: Mekong Delta. Cruise along the mighty Mekong with its floating markets and tranquil forests. We’ll visit a craft village and drift into the flooded mangrove forest of Tra Su, thick with water lettuce and lotus flowers.
Days 23 – 25: Koh Rong, Cambodia. Cross over into Cambodia and take the boat to Koh Rong. The island offers pristine beaches, affordable prices and a laid-back vibe. Enjoy a beach party, optional scuba diving and a full day and night adventure boat cruise where we’ll sleep in hammocks under the stars on a deserted beach!
Days 26-27: Phnom Penh. Back to the mainland on day 26 and on to Cambodia’s exotic capital. We’ll visit the infamous S21 Prison to learn about the country’s tragic history. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Killing Fields and the magnificent Grand Palace.
Days 28 – 30: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat. Hop on the bus to Siem Reap. On day 29 take an optional trip to a floating village, see the legendary Cambodian Circus, or go on a ‘boozy bike tour’! Day 30 starts with a real bucket-list moment – watching the sun come up over Angkor Wat! There’s also a group dinner and bar crawl on offer later. It’s your last chance to celebrate with your travel buddies before the trip ends, so make the most of it!
Day 31: Bangkok and trip end. Hop on the bus back to Bangkok. It’s a long journey so sit back, relax and maybe catch up on some zzzs after last night! We’ll drop you off at Khao San Road. Hope to see you again soon!
If you chose a start date before 9h February 2020 you will follow a slightly amended itinerary. Please download the trip details for more information.
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Your tour begins on day 1 in Bangkok. The nearest airport is Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK). You’ll need to arrive by midday in order to make the welcome meeting at 5pm and catch the sleeper train, so please ensure you book your flights accordingly. On arrival you’ll need to make your own way to the starting accommodation.
The trip ends in Bangkok as well at around 4pm. We’ll drop you in the Khao San Road area and you will have to make your own way to your accommodation or to the airport. We recommend you book an extra night of accommodation and depart the next day. If you wish to fly out on your end date you must select a flight departing after 10pm
Pre and Post Night Option
If you’d like to arrive into Bangkok a day early and also have an extra night of accommodation at the end of the trip in case of delays, please select the ‘Southeast Asia Adventure with pre/post nights’ option when booking.
30 or 32 night of simple accommodation are included on this tour (depending on whether you select the ‘Southeast Asia Adventure with pre/post nights’ option when booking). Most nights will be spent in multi-share mixed-sex dorms. The dorms sizes vary between 6-12 beds.
Some nights will be spent on overnight buses and trains and you’ll even have a night in a hammock on a private beach in Cambodia (weather dependent)!
12 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners are included in the trip. You’ll have to buy all other meals yourself. This allows you maximum flexibility to eat where and when you want and to sample the amazing array of affordable food on offer in Asia.
The minimum age to join this group trip is 18.
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 need to be obtained upon arrival at the border (where you would need to pay the USD 35 fee). Online visas are not accepted at the border crossing used on this trip.
Laos: Visas for Laos are usually issued upon arrival at the border.
Vietnam: British nationals can enter Vietnam for a maximum of 15 days without a visa. You must have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport from the date you enter the country. If you wish to stay longer than 15 days, or wish to leave and re-enter the country within 30 days you will need to apply for a visa before travel.
Thailand: Your visitor stay duration varies depending upon how you plan to arrive into Thailand. Without a visa, British nationals arriving by air can remain in the country for a maximum of 30 days, though if you arrive across a land border this will be shorter. If you wish to stay for longer, or plan to begin employed work during your stay, then you will need to apply for a visa before you depart the UK. If you are not planning on working this will be in the form of a 60 day tourist visa.
Please note: Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check relevant embassy websites for up to date visa information.