National Geographic Journeys

Discover Southeast Asia

  • Duration 18 Days | Bangkok to Siem Reap
  • Group Size Small Group
  • From $4,299 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview

Encounter the colorful cultures of Indochina on an 18-day journey to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Cruise Halong Bay, explore incredible Angkor Wat, interact with local families, and taste some of the world’s best street food at the night markets of Chiang Mai. Soak up the richness of this corner of the globe so steeped in tradition.

Trip Highlights

Enjoy a traditional khantoke dinner in a rural village, enjoy a visit and talk with a monk at Wat Suan Dok Temple, have lunch at a training restaurant for disadvantaged youth, witness an outstanding performance at Phare (the Cambodian circus), take thrilling cyclo rides for a different perspective in bustling cities

Itinerary - 18 Days

Day 1 Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Bangkok/Chiang Mai (1B)

Explore Bangkok and take a boat along the klong canals. Visit the Grand Palace and sacred Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew temple. Later, catch a flight to Chiang Mai.

Day 3 Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)

Visit the market with a local chef to learn about traditional ingredients. Participate in a Thai cooking class and enjoy your creations for lunch. Later, we'll visit an historic temple and sit down with one of the young monks to discuss daily life and Buddhism. Visit the Doi Suthep Buddhist Temple and listen to monks chanting at sunset. Opt to visit the bustling Chiang Mai night market.

Day 4 Chiang Mai (1B, 1D)

Today, explore Chiang Mai with some free time. This evening, visit a village outside Chiang Mai and sit down around an authentic khantoke for dinner in a local family's guesthouse.

Day 5 Chiang Mai/Luang Prabang (1B)

Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, and take an orientation walk around this town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 6 Luang Prabang (1B)

Rise at dawn to watch the monks collecting offerings of food from the locals in exchange for blessings, then visit the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Xiengthong. Later, catch a boat to Pak Ou Temple caves and stop in local villages.

Day 7 Luang Prabang (1B)

The morning is free for optional activities such as visiting textile galleries, relaxing in one of the town's cafes, or visiting the Ethnology Museum. In the afternoon, we take an excursion to Kuang Si waterfall.

Day 8 Luang Prabang/Hanoi (1B)

Enjoy some free time in Luang Prabang before catching a late afternoon flight to Hanoi.

Day 9 Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, then continue to Halong Bay and spend the night on a traditional junk boat surrounded by turquoise waters, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the calm waters. Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay, a more secluded section of this stunning World Heritage site. Continue to cruise around the bay and explore the Me Cung cave with our local guide.

Day 10 Ha Long/Hanoi (1B, 1L)

Return to land and head back to Hanoi. Enjoy lunch at Hoa Sua, an NGO and training school for disadvantaged youth. After lunch, set out on a guided cyclo ride and orientation tour of the Old Quarter.

Day 11 Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

Catch our flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam and take a thrilling cyclo tour of this bustling city.

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

Take a guided tour of the infamous Cu Chi tunnels, legendary for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War.

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh (1B)

Flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Take an NGO-supported cyclo city tour along the waterfront and key city sights, then opt to visit the famous Foreign Correspondents' Club for sunset drinks.

Day 14 Phnom Penh (1B)

Explore the dark side of Cambodian history at Choeung Ek Memorial, the site of the infamous killing fields. We also visit Tuol Sleng prison, the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished.

Day 15 Phnom Penh/Siem Reap (1B)

Drive to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Take an orientation walk through the entertainment district and visit the exciting night market.

Day 16 Siem Reap (1B, 1L)

Spend two days exploring the ruins of the Angkor Wat temple complex with a local expert guide. Also experience a Khmer lunch at New Hope, a local training restaurant and G Adventures-supported project. This evening, enjoy a performance at Phare, the Cambodian circus and social enterprise that provides training and gainful employment to Cambodian youth from difficult social and economic backgrounds. We also meet with one of the organizers who gives us an overview of this incredible enterprise.

Day 17 Siem Reap (1B)

We continue to explore the ancient capital and temple complex of Angkor with options this afternoon to visit Angkor National Museum and Tonle Sap floating village.

Day 18 Siem Reap (1B)

Depart at any time.

Discover Southeast Asia

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