Wonders of Southeast Asia
27 days from £3,531 (was
Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam
Satisfy your wanderlust and embark on this unforgettable 27-day odyssey through the exotic heart of Indochina. Travel through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, experiencing the diverse cultures and ancient traditions of each destination. From meeting elephants in Northern Thailand and taking the slow boat down the Mekong, to watching the sun come up over Angkor Wat and cruising the jade-green waters of Halong Bay, this is the real Asia.
Day 1: Bangkok Touchdown
Arrive in Thailand's capital and make your way through the streets bustling with tuk tuks, street vendors, and mopeds before checking into our four-star hotel. Get your first taste of that tropical sun by the rooftop pool, before heading out for a Pad Thai and a Singha or two.
Day 2: Jungle Raft Hotel
Hop in a water taxi to the Royal Palace. A local guide will take us round the majestic complex, before a boat tour of the khlongs. Next up - sleepy Kanchanaburi, where we'll sail down the River Kwai to our jungle raft hotel!
Day 3: Elephant Sanctuary
Wake up with a blissful river swim right from your room, before heading to Elephant Haven. Walk to the river with these gentle giants and watch them play in the mud, ahead of visiting the famous Bridge on the River Kwai.
Day 4: Bikes & Trains
Enjoy a morning swim in the emerald-green pools of Erawan Falls before heading to historic Ayutthaya. Explore the city by bike with a guided tour of its ornate temples, and grand palaces, before snuggling down in your cosy cabin on the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Day 5: Doi Suthep Temple
Wake up as the train rolls into Chiang Mai. The day's yours to explore the city's leafy streets and the old quarter's buzzing markets. We'll marvel at Doi Suthep's golden chedi and find our inner zen with a meditation session before joining an optional cooking class or flopping by the hotel pool.
Day 6: Chiang Mai Free Time
Enjoy a day at your own pace in the capital of North Thailand. Tantalise your tastebuds with some street stall mu ping (pork skewers), treat yourself to a Thai massage, or work up a sweat with a Muay Thai class. Tonight, join our optional after dark Vespa tour for a different perspective on the city.
Day 7: Local Boat to Pakbeng
Cross the border into Laos before taking the slow boat down the mighty Mekong. Glide down the muddy river, with lush landscapes unfolding all round. We'll spend the night in an authentic guesthouse in Pakbeng, getting to know the locals.
Day 8: Caves & Night Markets
We're continuing on to Luang Prabang today, stopping at the Pak Ou Caves, where over 4,000 Buddha statues look out over the Mekong. On arrival we'll kick off our stay by watching,g sunset from a hilltop stupa and practicing our haggling skills in the local night markets.
Day 9: Scenic Bike Tour
Discover Luang Prabang's faded French villas, hazy mountains, and saffron-robed monks on a bike tour. Pay a visit to Wat Xieng Thong, watch the Master Weavers do their thing at the Living Crafts Centre, and join our optional trip to the turquoise waters of Kuang Si Falls.
Day 10: Vang Vieng
We're up early to join an unforgettable Buddhist ritual - giving alms to the city's Buddhist monks as the rising sun bathes the streets in gold. Then journey to Vang Vieng where we'll cool off in the river before drinks with a jaw-dropping mountain view, in one of the chilled-out waterfront bars.
Day 11: Kayaking & Caving
Today's yours to explore this spectacular riverside town. Join an optional kayaking and caving experience, go river tubing, or grab a bike and give yourself permission to get a little lost, stopping at swimming holes, wandering through lush paddy fields, and exploring limestone caves.
Day 12: Vientiane Tour
Head to the capital of Laos today. Vientiane has a laid-back vibe with stunning temples and great markets. See the golden Pha That Luang stupa, and the ornately carved Patuxai gateway, and visit the COPE Centre, a charity that provides prosthetic limbs and rehab to victims of unexploded bombs.
Day 13: Fly to Phnom Penh
Take the short flight to Phnom Penh today where we'll learn about Cambodia's tragic past under the Khmer Rouge with a visit to the Killing Fields & Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Tonight, raise a glass to the past in some of the city's lively bars.
Day 14: Fly to Siem Reap
We'll take another included flight to Siem Reap today. So much more than just the gateway to Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has a creative cultural scene and lively bars and restaurants. Cool off in the hotel's saltwater pool, before heading out for dinner and drinks on the aptly named Pub Street.
Day 15: Angkor Wat Sunrise
It doesn't get more bucket list than watching sunrise at Angkor Wat - we've got goose bumps just thinking about it. Take a pool break at the hotel before heading back to Angkor Thom and jungle smothered Ta Prohm. Then visit an amazing community restaurant run by former street children.
Day 16: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
Hop on another flight to the former Saigon. Get straight out onto the dizzying streets, thronged with mopeds, street-food stalls, and busy markets. Grab a coriander stuffed banh mi and an ice-cold bia hoi, pick up some souvenirs in Ben Thanh Market, or check out the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Day 17: Mekong River Delta
Slow it down today as we head into the Mekong Delta in a traditional boat. All life here revolves around the winding network of rivers and canals. We'll visit a floating market and a rice paper factory before a night in an authentic homestay with music, rice whiskey, and home-cooked food.
Day 18: Cu Chi Tunnels
We'll make our way back to Ho Chi Minh City today, stopping to see the Cu Chi Tunnels, where the Viet Cong took shelter, transported goods, and launched attacks. It's an amazing insight into the resilience and ingenuity of the Vietnamese people.
Day 19: Fly to Nha Trang
After a tour of Ho Chi Minh City's historic highlights, including the fascinating War Remnants Museum, we'll take the short flight to the picturesque beach resort of Nha Trang. Relax on the golden sands, swim in the stunning turquoise bay, or book a relaxing mud bath and hot spring experience.
Day 20: Beach Day
We've got a full day of sun-soaked fun in Nha Trang. Top up the tan on the beach, join our optional island boat trip, or spoil yourself with a luxurious massage. After dark, Nha Trang has everything from hippie bars to glitzy cocktail joints, so take your pick.
Day 21: Fly to Hoi An
Take another flight to Danang, and a short drive to the historic canal town of Hoi An. Ride through the dreamy Old Quarter, with its Chinese shop houses and faded yellow buildings on bikes, stopping at one of the town's famous tailors. Tonight, get sizzling at an optional Vietnamese cooking class.
Day 22: Hoi An Free Time
Today's yours to explore the town's incense-scented temples, riverside cafes, and markets. Pick up some tailor-made clothes, check out the Japanese Bridge, shop for handicrafts, or take a tour of the Marble Mountains. After dark, walk the waterfront, lit up with colourful Chinese lanterns.
Day 23: Hue's Imperial City
We're travelling to Hue today, via one of the most jaw-dropping stretches of road in the world - the Hai Van Pass. In Hue, we'll explore the crumbling grandeur of the Imperial Citadel, learn about the tragic Buddhist massacre at Thien Mu Pagoda, and take a cyclo-ride through the teeming city streets.
Day 24: Fly to Hanoi
We're high in the sky again today as we fly to Vietnam's atmospheric capital. Lose yourself in the maze-like 36 Streets, check out the colonial architecture, sip egg coffee and explore the halls of the Temple of Literature. Tonight, why not watch one of the quirky shows at the Water Puppet Theatre?
Day 25: Ha Long Bay Cruise
Board our traditional junk boat and cruise into the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay. Stretch out on powder white sand on Ti Top Island, swim in the crystal water, kayak round jungle topped karsts, and enjoy a seafood dinner under the stars before being rocked to sleep by the waves.
Day 26: Sung Sot Caves
Start the day with a swim before a leisurely breakfast on deck, then head underground into Sung Sot Caves where we'll marvel at the otherworldly rock shapes. Make the most of your last bit of time on the Bay before heading back to Hanoi for a final farewell dinner with the group.
Day 27: Goodbye
Share one last breakfast before the trip wraps up. See you next time!
Accommodation & Meals
All your accommodation is included on this trip. You’ll stay in a selection of centrally located hotels and inns, and have a couple of very special stays, including a night in a jungle raft hotel, two nights in authentic Vietnamese homestays, and a night on a traditional junk boat on Ha Long Bay.
Most nights are on a twin share basis, apart from the homestays, overnight train and junk boat which will be multi-share. Lots of our travellers are solo travellers, so when you book with us, we’ll pair you up with a like-minded roommate of the same sex. Our trips are great for couples or friends as well - just let us know you’re together, so we can be sure to put you in the same room.
- Bangkok (1 night): Modern 4-star hotel with a lovely rooftop pool, just ten minutes walk from lively Khao San Road.
- River Kwai (1 night): Jungle raft hotel on the waters of the River Kwai. With jungle views and the river right outside your room, it’s an unforgettable place to stay.
- Kanchanaburi (1 night): Set on the banks of Kwai Yai River, with a large outdoor pool, full-service spa, and rooms with private balconies.
- Overnight train (1 night): Sleeper train from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai with fold out bunks and bedding.
- Chiang Mai (2 nights): Modern Asian style hotel just ten minutes from the night bazaar with an outdoor pool, massage parlour and two restaurants.
- Pak Beng (1 night): Stay with a local family in the rural village of Pak Beng on the banks of the Mekong River – it’s a total cultural immersion.
- Luang Prabang (2 nights): Centrally located hotel with hot tub, ten minutes from the riverside and five minutes from the night market.
- Vang Vieng (2 nights): Friendly hotel on the river with amazing views of the mountains, established gardens, a river terrace, and a restaurant that uses local farmers’ produce.
- Vientiane (1 night): Modern hotel with rooftop pool and close to the city’s main attractions.
- Phnom Penh (1 night): Boutique hotel in the riverside area, with a roof-top sun terrace featuring two infinity plunge pools with jacuzzis and amazing city views.
- Siem Reap (2 nights): Contemporary Khmer style hotel within walking distance of the town centre, with lush gardens and an outdoor saltwater pool.
- Ho Chi Minh City (4 nights): Contemporary hotel decorated with Vietnamese artwork and featuring a spa and fitness centre, just steps from the backpacker area.
- Mekong River (1 night): Authentic homestay on the Mekong River with a local family, including dinner and a home cooked meal.
- Hoi An (2 nights): Lantern layout hotel with an outdoor swimming pool and a blend of contemporary architecture and classic Western features.
- Hue (1 night): 4-star hotel with indoor pool, just minutes from Hue citadel and Dong Bha Market.
- Hanoi (2 nights): Friendly hotel in a great location just steps from the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh mausoleum.
- Ha Long Bay (1 night): An unforgettable night on board a traditional junk boat on the waters of Ha Long Bay. Dine on deck under the stars and be rocked to sleep by the waves.
The above information is only intended to be used as a guide, giving you a flavour of some of our accommodation providers, and the style of accommodation you may be staying in. Please note that all nights are subject to change.
This trip includes 26 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners. You’ll have the freedom to eat wherever and whenever you like the rest of the time. Let us know in advance if you’ve got any dietary requirements.
Dates & Prices
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Most expensive: £925 December, 2023
Arrive in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on day 1 of your tour or earlier and make your way to our starting accommodation in the heart of the city. Taxi is the easiest way to make the transfer and takes around 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic.
Your amazing trip ends in Hanoi after breakfast on day 27. If you’re heading home, it’s easy to arrange the 45-minute taxi transfer to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), and your tour guide can help with this.
The average group size is 24.
The trip is designed for travellers aged 18-35.