Southeast Asia Adventure
Temples, elephants, and paradise beaches
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Group Size: Max 25
Trip code: ASEA
Duration: 31 days
Get ready for an epic 31 day journey across four of Southeast Asia’s most exciting destinations. Perfect if you’re travelling on a budget, this wallet-friendly trip is the best way to discover the hidden gems and must-see highlights of this stunning region. You’ll travel with a group of ready-made mates, and enjoy a host of unique cultural and adventure experiences. Meet the elephants and party the night away in Thailand, swim in jungle waterfalls in Laos, take an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay and explore historic cities in Vietnam, and enjoy blissful beach time and ancient temples in Cambodia. What are you waiting for?
- Spend a day and night cruising the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay
- Discover the splendour of Angkor Wat at sunrise
- Explore the lantern-lit streets of historic Hoi An
- Visit the elephants at an ethical sanctuary in Thailand
- Swim with bioluminescent plankton off the shores of Koh Rong Samloem
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok (Thailand). Touchdown in Bangkok and head to our starting accommodation. Get to know your guide and group at a welcome meeting, before an intro to Bangkok’s incredible food scene on a tuk-tuk foodie tour!
Day 2: Explore Bangkok & night train to Chiang Mai. Spend today getting to know Bangkok. Explore Khao San Road, treat yourself to a Thai massage, or visit the Grand Palace. This afternoon catch a sleeper train to Chiang Mai.
Day 3: Jungle trekking and homestay. Arrive in Chiang Mai and head on a half day jungle trek and visit a secret waterfall, before staying overnight in our rustic homestay in a local community.
Days 4 - 6: Elephant Sanctuary and Chiang Mai. On day 4 you will visit a local ethical elephant sanctuary where you will observe elephants grazing and speak to mahouts about their extraordinary lives. Spend the next few days meeting monks, visiting local temples, taking part in adventure activities, watching Muay Thai, and dancing the night away at a legendary nightclub.
Days 7 - 9: Luang Prabang (Laos). Take the flight to Luang Prabang - a charming 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 night markets, and a Takbat Lao ceremony, to volunteering with children at a local bookstore and visiting the ethnic villages around the city.
Days 10 - 11: 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 12 - 13: Hanoi (Vietnam). Fly to the Vietnamese capital. Dump your bags and head out for dinner, followed by an optional bar crawl. On day 13, visit Hoa Lo prison, or just explore the Old Quarter at your own pace, sampling Vietnamese coffee at one of the street side cafes.
Day 14: Ha Long Bay cruise. Take an unforgettable overnight cruise round Ha Long Bay. We’ll stop at a floating village, have lunch on deck and spend plenty of time jumping into the sparkling bay from the boat. Share dinner on deck under the stars before being rocked to sleep by the waves.
Day 15: Ha Long Bay to Phong Nha. Spend the morning messing around on the water in kayaks before refuelling with some lunch and transferring to Hanoi. Freshen up in Hanoi and stock up on snacks before hopping on the overnight bus to Phong Nha.
Days 16 - 17: Phong Nha. Nestled at the base of soaring limestone cliffs, Phong Na is surrounded by lush forest and is still very unspoilt. On day 16 take a bike ride to Bong Lai Village and on day 17, just chill in Phong Nha, or join the optional trip to the National Park before the overnight bus to Hoi An.
Days 18 - 19: 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 but we’ve also got trips to the Vietnamese ‘Disneyland’, a coconut basket boat experience, a lantern-making workshop, a local farm visit and a day at the beach on offer.
Days 20 - 22: Ho Chi Minh City. Fly from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City - a throbbing powerhouse of a city, where the scooters never sleep! Take a walking tour of the city, visit the night market, sing the night away in a private karaoke room, and visit the Cu Chi tunnels and the War Remnants Museum to learn about the impact of the Vietnam War.
Days 23 - 24: Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Tick another country off your list as we head across the border and to the capital city of Cambodia - Phnom Penh. We’ll take a walking tour, visit the infamous S21 Prison and the Killing Fields to learn about the country’s tragic history, and spend a night bar hopping.
Days 25 - 26: Koh Rong Samloem. Leave the city behind and head to the beautiful island of Koh Rong Samloem. We’ll swim with luminous plankton, take a snorkelling trip around the marine park, and spend a night camping under the stars – bliss!
Day 27: Koh Rong to Siem Reap. Join an optional scuba diving experience this morning before a barbecue lunch on the beach. Then hop on the speedboat back to the mainland where we’ll have a couple of hours’ free time before boarding the sleeper bus to Siem Reap.
Days 28 - 30: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat. Arrive in Siem Reap and relax by the pool before taking a walking tour of the city. Over the next couple of days, pamper yourself with a spa experience, tour the city on a peddle pub tour and explore local villages and lotus fields by bike. Day 30 starts with a real bucket-list moment – watching the sun come up over Angkor Wat! Celebrate with your travel buddies this evening over a final group dinner.
Day 31: Back to Bangkok. 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 Ratchathewi Road. Hope to see you again soon! Please note, as you will arrive in Bangkok in the evening (traffic dependant), we recommend that you book your flights to fly home the following day. Your guide can help you book extra accommodation locally.
Please note: The above is a new itinerary for 2024 departures. If you are booked to travel in 2023 you will follow the itinerary advertised when you booked. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
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Your tour begins on day 1 in Bangkok. The nearest airport is Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK). There are no activities booked until a welcome meeting at 5pm today so arrive at a time that suits you. On arrival you’ll need to make your own way to the starting accommodation.
The trip ends in Bangkok in the afternoon (arrival time is journey dependent - usually around 4pm). We’ll drop you at Ratchathewi Road and you will have to make your own way to your own accommodation or to the airport. We recommend you book an extra night of accommodation and depart the next day.
30 nights of simple accommodation are included on this tour. 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 camping on a beautiful island in Cambodia (weather dependent)!
If you are selecting the twin room upgrade when booking, you must book for 2 people travelling together. Single travellers wishing to upgrade to a single room please contact a travel advisor for prices and options. Accommodation on certain days may not be included in the upgrade.
18 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 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.
This trip mainly attracts ages 18-30, please note the maximum age to join this tour is 45.
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 will receive 45 days of entry to Vietnam visa-free on arrival.
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 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.