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Group Size: Max 20
Trip code: ASEA
Duration: 33 days
Explore four stunning Southeast Asian countries in one epic group trip! Discover the delights of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and enjoy a host of unique cultural experiences and adventure activities. Meet elephants in Thailand, party in Laos, stay with local tribes in Vietnam and enjoy blissful beach time in Cambodia. Perfect if you're travelling on a budget, this incredible 33-day trip ticks all the boxes, and will surely make you fall in love with beautiful Southeast Asia!
Enjoy classic backpacker experiences on this shoestring adventure around Southeast Asia! See stunning sights, meet exciting new people and fall in love with this incredible part of the world.
Day 1: Bangkok, Thailand. Touch down in Bangkok and make your way to your starting accommodation. Settle in and relax after your flight.
Day 2: Bangkok, Thailand. Spend the day easing into the Thai way of life. Enjoy a welcome dinner and drink this evening before boarding a sleeper train to Chiang Mai.
Day 3: Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wake up as the train rolls into beautiful Chiang Mai. Meet some elephants at a local run sanctuary! This evening, venture into the city and explore the food market. Optional cooking class.
Day 4: Chiang Mai, Thailand. Enjoy a free day to make the most of this awesome city. Get involved with optional adrenaline activities, including zip-lining, ATV riding and rafting. This evening, enjoy a night out with your group.
Day 5: Chiang Dao, Thailand. Head to the outskirts of Chiang Mai and cycle through some remote northern villages. Spend the night in unique tree top houses in a local settlement called Mae Mae.
Day 6: Chiang Dao-Chiang Kong, Thailand. Wake up as the sunrises over your stunning treetop home! Trek through the dense jungle to stunning waterfalls in the morning before heading to the Laos border.
Day 7: Thailand – Laos. Cross the border into Laos this morning and climb aboard a slow boat which will gently transport you to Pak Beng village. Watch the landscapes melt by as you cruise along the Nikon River and enjoy a beer on deck.
Day 8: Pak Beng – Luang Prabang, Laos. Back on the boat today as you make your way down to Luang Prabang, an ancient royal capital. Delve into bustling Hmong Market and watch the sunset over a few drinks with your travel pals.
Day 9: Luang Prabang, Laos. Volunteer with some local kids this morning before cooling off in the impressive three-tiered Kuangsi waterfalls. Jump, slide and splash in this stunning location!
Day 10: Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng. A long travel day today as you make your way to Vang Vieng. You’ll arrive in the late afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore this buzzing backpacker hub.
Day 11: Vang Vieng, Laos. A free day in Vang Vieng today. Live the classic backpacker lifestyle or get involved with some awesome optional activities, including a swim in the dark at NumbukkaFabu cave.
Day 12: Vang Vieng, Laos – Hanoi, Vietnam. Take a short flight to Hanoi in Vietnam. Enjoy a bar crawl around the beautiful Old Quarter.
Day 13: Hanoi, Vietnam. Enjoy an optional visit to the Hoa Lo prison, where you can learn about the history of communism in Vietnam. Tonight, you’ll board an overnight bus to Sapa, arriving at 6am tomorrow.
Day 14: Muong Hoa Valley, Vietnam. Arrive into Sapa and then embark on a trek through the Muong Hoa valley. En route you’ll meet local Black H’mong tribes and stop at the Zay tribe’s village. Enjoy an authentic meal cooked on a wood fire and then sleep in a traditional Zay hut!
Day 15: H’mong villages, Vietnam. Say goodbye to your Zay tribe hosts and then continue trekking through bamboo forests. Take a sleeper bus to Hanoi arriving at 11pm.
Day 16: Halong Bay, Vietnam. Travel to Halong Bay, a stunning area of tranquil waters and soaring karst peaks. Enjoy an afternoon boat cruise with stops for kayaking. Then party the night away on the beach.
Day 17: Halong Bay, Vietnam. Meet the cheeky monkeys who roam the area this morning and try your hand at kayaking. This afternoon, travel back to Hanoi and then take an overnight bus to Phong Nha, arriving at 4am tomorrow morning.
Day 18: Bong Lai Village, Vietnam. Cycle into nearby Bong Lai village and visit the ‘Pub with Cold Beer’. No prizes for guessing what they serve! Why not spend the evening singing your heart out at some optional group karaoke?
Day 19: Phong Nha, Vietnam. Today is dedicated to the stunning coastal caves of Phong Nha. Try your hand at some optional activities including mud-floating, zip-lining and kayaking. This evening is yours to spend as you wish.
Day 20: Hoi An, Vietnam. Hop on a 4am bus to Hoi An, arriving around midday. Explore the old town, wander along the river front and check out the wonderful Japanese and Vietnamese architecture that can be found here.
Day 21: Hoi An, Vietnam. Enjoy a free day to make the most of Hoi An. Why not dedicate the day to soaking up the sun on the beach?
Day 22: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Transfer to the city of Da Nang this morning where you will then fly to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving late morning. Head down to Ben Tanh Market for unique clothes and tasty street food.
Day 23: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Use your free day to head underground to explore the Cu Chi tunnels, which were used to smuggle people and supplies during the Vietnam war. This afternoon, you can opt to visit the War Remnants Museum and learn about the devastating effects of the Vietnam war or explore the city for yourself.
Day 24: Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Discover the stunning Mekong Delta today, with its floating markets and tranquil forests. Explore Tra Su Forest by boat and navigate the plants that grow from the water. Arrive at your hostel this evening in Chau Doc.
Day 25: Chau Doc, Vietnam – Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Cross the border into Cambodia and travel to Sihanoukville beach. From here you will transfer to KohRong, an incredible paradise island of beach relaxation and nightly partying.
Day 26: Koh Rong, Cambodia. Spend the day making the most of legendary Koh Rong. Stretch out on the beach, grab a cocktail, meet other backpackers and have the time of your life.
Day 27: Koh Rong, Cambodia. Enjoy a full day boat cruise today! Hop between exquisite local islands, visit traditional villages, snorkel in the shallows and get up close to wonderful wildlife. Tonight, you will sleep under the stars on a hammock on a deserted beach. Keep an eye out as the sun sets – when it gets dark the sea lights up with hundreds of luminous plankton!
Please note: the boat cruise is weather dependent. In the even of bad weather this activity will be replaced with a jungle trek.
Day 28: Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Today is dedicated to making your way back across the islands and transferring to Sihanoukville. From here, you’ll hop on a bus that’ll take you to Phnom Penh, arriving at around 6pm.
Day 29: Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Learn about Cambodia’s tragic past with a visit to the infamous Killing Fields and S21 prison. Take an optional visit to the exquisite Grand Palace and round off the day with a night out in Phnom Penh.
Day 30: Siem Reap, Cambodia. Leave Phnom Penh behind and travel to Siem Reap. In the afternoon, you can try some weird and wonderful local delicacies, including beetles and bugs!
Day 31: Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Kick off the day with a visit to Angkor Wat at sunrise. This stunning temple complex is a real highlight of the trip. After a day of temple touring, kick back by the pool.
Day 32: Siem Reap, Cambodia – Bangkok, Thailand. Come full circle and take the bus back to Bangkok today. Enjoy a final night of celebration with your group.
Day 33: Bangkok, Thailand. Tour ends. Depart at any time. Airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange.
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