Taste of Indochina

Journey through Vietnam , Thailand and Cambodia

Ancient temples, hidden war tunnels, riverside homestays and beautiful beaches

Taste of Indochina

Taste of Indochina

from

£2,585

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$3,150
15 Days
Ho Chi Minh City
Phuket

Departure Dates

£3,300

Overview

Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand

From the bustling side-streets and markets of Ho Chi Minh City, to the hidden war tunnels of Củ Chi, in Vietnam, to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat and Killing Fields of Cambodia, and beautiful white sands and turquoise waters of Phuket Island in Thailand,  this adventure takes you across three remarkable countries, each offering their own unique experiences. In Cambodia, marvel at the ancient ruined cities of Angkor Wat and delve into the poignant history of the Killing Fields. Vietnam offers the lush landscapes of the Mekong Delta and the charming French colonial architecture of Ho Chi Minh City. At the end of such an epic and unforgettable adventure, relax on the beautiful white sands of Phuket, Thailand’s most popular island getaway and enjoy visits to Maya Bay and James Bond Island.


 

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Included/Excluded

  • 2 Tour Leaders
  • 14 Breakfasts / 2 Lunches / 2 Dinners
  • 9 Day/Night Activities
  • 2 flights - domestic and international
  • 13 Hotel Nights
  • 1 Nights in a Riverside Homestay
  • All transport on the trip including flights and trip related taxis
  • Orientation Walks in each location
  • Optional Vegan Group meals every night
  • Post tour onward travel assistance
  • Arrival Taxes where applicable
  • Flight to and from the Tour
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel & medical insurance

Highlights

HO CHI MINH CITY – Visit the Cuchi Tunnels
MEKONG DELTA – Overnight Family Homestay
PHNOM PENH – Tuk Tuk City Tour
PHNOM PENH – Visits to S21 Genocide Museum and & Killing Fields
SIEM REAP – Sunrise at Angor Wat
SIEM REAP – Phare Acrobat Circus (No animals)
PHUKET – Phi Phi Island and Maya Bay
PHUKET – Night Time Vegan Foodie Tour

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - HO CHI MINH CITY (Saigon) Arrival

Welcome to Vietnam 😊

Today is arrival day so your day is free to settle in, until 18:00 when we'll meet up for a pre-trip info meeting and for everyone to meet each other. Afterwards we can head out for a bite to eat to get the tour off to a great start.

Day 2 - HO CHI MINH CITY - Visit to the Cuchi Tunnels

Today we will visit the famous, or infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.

This network of tunnels was home to around 10,000 people who lived underground for several years during the war. It has living rooms, kitchens, hospitals, weapon factories, storage facilities and command centres. At its largest the tunnel system stretched over 250 kilometers from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. Today the remaining tunnels have been preserved, giving visitors a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the Vietnam/American war must have been like.

Day 3 - MEKONG DELTA - Overnight Homestay by the River

Today is a full day trip and overnight stay to the Mekong Delta.

The Delta is a central part of life in southern Vietnam, with agriculture, trading and markets all everyday practices. The unique ecosystems and communities here make it unlike anywhere else in the world. We will enjoy a cruise along the river, stopping off at markets to enjoy the local produce and soak up the atmosphere. After our day exploring the Delta we make our way to our home for the night by the river here a local family will cook dinner and tell us their stories of life in Vietnam both past and present.

Day 4 - HO CHI MINH CITY - Morning in the Mekong Delta

Wake up to the sounds of the river coming to life and enjoy a basic home cooked breakfast before we make our way back along the Mekong, stopping at a few more places to meet the local people and learn about their life on the river.

We then make our way back to Ho Chi Minh City for out final night here in this amazing country

Day 5 - HO CHI MINH CITY - Free Day

Today is our final day in Vietnam so take the day at our own pace, either relaxing exploring or seeking out those last minute souvenirs.

During free days, your tour leaders are always around to assist or advise in any way at all and we're always around the hotel ready and happy to help.

Of course we also need to eat so most nights we'll be inviting everyone out to eat with us. No obligation to join but we feel it's nice to have the choice.

Day 6 - PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Included Flight

We bid a fond farewell to Vietnam today and tale a short flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's bustling capital city with a very turbulent past.

Sitting on the juncture of the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap river, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since the French colonised Cambodia during the 19th century. The city has grown from a small fishing village to what is now the industrial, commercial, cultural and historical centre of Cambodia.

Phnom Penh is a welcoming and friendly city, abundant with culture, arts and music, far removed from the darker chapters in the country's history.

At night, after a short tuk-tuk city tour, our group will head down to the riverside to experience the international and local cuisine scene and a slow cold Cambodian beer.

Day 7 - PHNOM PENH - S21 Museum and Killing Fields

Today we visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which was transformed into one of the Khmer Rouge's most feared prison and torture camps during the Pol Pot regime. The building is now a haunting tribute to the thousands who died here and at the other 150 similar camps throughout the country in the late 1970's.

Those who were detained at the camp were later taken and executed at the Choeung Ek extermination Centre, more commonly known as "The Killing Fields", a site we also visit to learn more of and try to understand this wonderful country's turbulent past.

Whilst the aforementioned visits are included in the tour they are also entirely optional should anybody prefer not to visit, in which case you will be free to further explore other activities and landmarks in the city.

Day 8 - SIEM REAP - Travel Day

Today we travel overland through rural Cambodia to the small but vibrant and historically important city of Siem Reap. Not only is Siem Reap the gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat (of Lara Croft movie fame!), but it's also a modern travellers Nirvana, with culinary delights ranging from tasty and downright unusual street food to mouth-watering high-end restaurants.

This evening our group will head out to the famous Pub street with the tour leaders to sample a local beer or to catch a local apsara dance show.

Day 9 - SIEM REAP - Angkor Wat

Today we explore Angkor Wat, the most famous temple in Cambodia. There are over one thousand temples here which attract over one million visitors annually. The temples range from small ruins to the famous Angkor Wat, and the site is said to be the world's largest single religious monument.

Angkor Wat, a UNESCO world heritage site, pays homage to the Hindu god Vishnu and has a dazzling array of beautiful ornate carvings. The many ceremonial structures and temples here were built between the 9th and 13th centuries by the Khmer Empire that spanned a period of approximately 600 years. These temples are some of the most famous in the world and take up an area of approximately 160 square kilometres.

One option is to wake early to enjoy the sunrise with the wonderful photo opportunities, Capture the sunrise reflection of Angkor Wat in the surrounding lakes and ponds or the less busy but no less spectacular views from atop Angkor Hill, looking down into the Angkor complex through the early morning haze.

Day 10 - SIEM REAP - Phare Acrobat Circus (No animals)

Tonight, we check out the Phare Acrobat Circus in Siem Reap. It's an exciting mix of acrobatics, juggling, and aerial performances, all done by incredibly talented artists. What’s great is that this circus doesn't use any animals, so there are no acts involving animals or any cruelty.

The performers tell fascinating stories about Cambodian culture and everyday life through their amazing stunts and routines. The energy and enthusiasm they bring to the stage make the show really fun and engaging.

This evening at the Phare Circus is a fantastic way to experience Cambodia's vibrant arts scene and a highlight of our trip to Siem Reap.

Day 11 - PHUKET, Thailand - Flight included

Today we bid a fond farewell to Cambodia and return to Thailand, this time venturing South to explore the Islands of South Thailand.

Our flight takes us through Bangkok and south towards Phuket, Thailand's largest Island. Phuket is a great base to explore Koh Phi Phi, James Bond Island and Maya Bay made famous as 'The Beach', as well as offering it's own charms including fantastic beaches, great nightlife and an array of international cuisine.

After arriving to Phuket we'll have time to unpack and freshen up before heading out for a brief orientation and dinner.

Day 12 - PHUKET - Phi Phi Island & Maya Bay Trip

While we've come down to Phuket to relax and make the most of Thailand's chilled out Island vibe, no trip to a world renowned island would be complete without at least one day spent at sea. So let's enjoy a full day trip to Koh Phi Phi and Maya Bay.

Our voyage starts with a visit to the iconic Maya Bay, made famous by the movie "The Beach." and Khai Island to enjoy the stunning scenery and crystal-clear waters of this tropical paradise. Snorkeling gear is provided so that we can all enjoy Maya Bay’s calm, shallow waters and experience the wide variety of fish and corals.

The natural vertical limestone cliffs offer an incredible backdrop to the white sandy beaches and pristine blue waters.

On the way back, we'll take in the sunset from the boat. A fitting end to a memorable day.

Day 13 - PHUKET - Vegan Foodie Tour

This evening we discover the authentic vegan food scene of Phuket Old Town, a UNESCO-recognized culinary hub. This area brings together a mix of Southern Thai, Chinese, Muslim, and unique Peranakan influences. We'll visit local restaurants and street vendors, experiencing the rich history against the backdrop of illuminated heritage buildings. The tour ends at the night market, where we have the chance to find some locally hand-crafted souvenirs.

Day 14 - PHUKET Free Day

Enjoy a leisurely day to explore Phuket at your own pace or simply relax by the pool or at the beach. For anyone less inclined to chill, we'll be arranging optional join-in activities including island tours and food discoveries.

During free days, your tour leaders are always around to assist or advise in any way at all and we're always around the hotel ready and happy to help.

Of course we also need to eat so most nights we'll be inviting everyone out to eat with us. No obligation to join but we feel it's nice to have the choice.

Day 15 - Depart 😢

Your epic Adventure through Southeast Asia comes to an end today but we hope you're leaving with some amazing memories.

Your Tour Leader will be available throughout the day should you need anything at all.

If you're making your own way to the airport, please check out at the allotted time. Luggage can be kept in the luggage area. Please ask your Tour Leader or reception for details.

If you have a transfer arranged with us, please check out by the appointed time and be ready in reception with your luggage at the specified pick-up time, usually 4-hours before your flight time, for international flights

If you wish to return to Bangkok or other transport hub we can arrange flights and accommodation for you at the time of booking or your Tour Leaders can help you book during the tour

Have a great Flight and we hope to see you again in another amazing destination!

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