National Geographic Journeys

Discover Southeast Asia

  • Duration 18 Days | Bangkok to Siem Reap
  • Group Size Max 16
  • 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 Ha Long 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

    • Experience the vibrant cultures and treasures of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
    • Glide along Bangkok’s canals and venture into Chiang Mai’s markets.
    • Tour World Heritage–listed Luang Prabang and take a boat to visit the cave temples at Pak Ou.
    • Explore Angkor Wat and enjoy a Khmer lunch at a G Adventures– supported vocational training restaurant.

Itinerary - 18 Days

Day 1 Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2 Bangkok/Chiang Mai

Explore the enchanting city of Bangkok and take a boat ride along the canals. Visit the Grand Palace and sacred Emerald Buddha at the Wat Phra Kaew temple. Later, catch a flight to Chiang Mai. (1B)

Days 3 & 4 Chiang Mai

Visit a market with a local chef to learn about key ingredients before enjoying a Thai cooking class and lunch. Later, visit the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Buddhist temple and experience the lively night market. The next day, take advantage of free time to explore Chiang Mai. Then visit a rural village to meet a local family and sit down for an authentic Khantoke dinner in their home. (2B, 1L, 1D)

Day 5 Louangphrabang

Fly to Louangphrabang, and take an orientation walk around this UNESCO World Heritage-listed town. (1B)

Days 6 & 7 Louangphrabang

Rise at dawn to meet and receive a blessing from local monks. Visit the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Xieng Thong. Continue on to Wat Visoun and walk through the temple with a local monk. Then catch a boat to the cave temples at Pak Ou and stop in local villages. The next day, visit Kuang Si waterfall before some free time to explore the night market. (2B)

Day 8 Hanoi

Fly to Hanoi and enjoy a guided cyclo ride and orientation tour of the Old Quarter. (1B, 1L)

Day 9 Ha Long Bay

Visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum before continuing to Ha Long Bay for an overnight cruise in a traditional-style junk boat with a local guide 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 UNESCO World Heritage site and opt to go squid fishing. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 10 Hanoi

Continue to cruise around the Bay and explore the Thien Canh Son cave with our local guide. Have an early lunch on board before returning to land and heading back to Hanoi. Have lunch at Hoa Sua, a training school for disadvantaged youth. Take the afternoon at leisure to visit local markets, shops, and museums. (1B, 1L)

Days 11 & 12 Ho Chi Minh City

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), and take a thrilling cyclo tour of this bustling city. The next day, go on a guided tour of the infamous Cu Chi tunnels, known for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War. (2B)

Days 13 & 14 Phnom Penh

Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Set out on an NGO-supported cyclo city tour along the waterfront to see key city sites, and opt to visit the famous Foreign Correspondents’ Club for sunset drinks. The next day, reflect on the darker side of Cambodian history with visits to the Choeung Ek memorial and the Tuol Sleng prison. (2B)

Day 15 Siem Reap

Drive to Siem Reap, and take an orientation walk. (1B)

Days 16 & 17 Angkor Wat/Siem Reap

Spend two days exploring the Angkor Wat temple complex with a local guide. Sit down to a traditional Khmer lunch at New Hope, a local vocational training school and G Adventures–supported project. Then enjoy a fantastic performance at Phare, the Cambodian Circus. (2B, 1L)

Day 18 Siem Reap

Depart at any time. (1B)

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