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Indochina: Hilltribes, Thai Islands & Full Moon Party

  • Indochina: Hilltribes, Thai Islands & Full Moon Party

Now's the time for an epic adventure through Thailand (with a stop at the famous Full Moon Party!), Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Search for age-old stories at ancient sites like Angkor Wat, see a different side of the country on a northern hilltribes trek, and eat your way through Chiang Mai's street food scene. You will also tap into the pulse of Southeast Asia’s most famous cities, and find a new watering hole (or two) along the way. This epic 40-day tour features lots of culture, free time and plenty of fun, before ending things with a bang at one of the world's most famous celebrations — the Full Moon Party in Ko Pha-Ngan. G-Adventures » code: 25228 » id: 38259

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  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Cambodia
  • Bangkok
  • Asia
  • Southeast Asia
 

Day 1 Bangkok

 

Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: You must arrive on tour with your Vietnamese visa. See the Visa section of the Tour Details for more information and exceptions. Included Activities: Meet Your CEO and Group

 

Day 2 Bangkok/Siem Reap (1B, 1D)

 

Cross from Thailand into Cambodia, the home base for exploring incredible Angkor Wat. Arrive in time for our included dinner at a Planeterra-project restaurant or with a local family in a village outside of Siem Reap. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Thailand - Cambodia) Local Khmer Meal Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-4.00 hours) Private Vehicle (3.00-3.00 hours)

 

Day 3 Siem Reap (1B)

 

Prefer to plan ahead? Opt to pre-book the "Siem Reap Quad Biking" or "Phare Circus" activities on the checkout page ahead of time, to include one of these optionals on your tour. Included Activities: Angkor Wat Guided Tour Big Night Out

 

Day 4 Siem Reap/Phnom Penh (1B)

 

Transfer to Cambodia's capital. Take an orientation walk around Phnom Penh. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours)

 

Day 5 Phnom Penh (1B)

 

Sights you might choose to visit this afternoon include the National Museum and adjacent complex which includes the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. To learn about Cambodia's sombre history, visit the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields, reminders of the genocide that took place under Pol Pot's reign as leader of the Khmer Rouge. Additional Notes: Phnom Penh can be confusing and we recommend to always keep a hotel card with you when you are exploring. Included Activities: Street Food Crawl

 

Day 6 Phnom Penh/Koh Rong (1B)

 

Travel to Koh Rong and feast on fantastic local seafood, take a day trip to snorkel the coral reefs and explore the islands, or just sit back in a deck chair and let the warm breeze caress you as the waves splash gently at your feet. It doesn't get much better than this. Additional Notes: Please note that during monsoon season (between June to October), this itinerary may be subject to change based on weather conditions. If heavy rains and flooding prevent our boat from safely travelling to Koh Rong island, we will provide alternate activities and accommodations in a nearby town. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours) Ferry (2.00 hour(s))

 

Day 7 Koh Rong

 

Swim, relax by the beach or opt to go snorkelling, fishing, hiking or kayaking. On nights without a large moon opt to swim in a sea of blue sparkles caused by phosphorescent plankton.

 

Day 8 Chambok Homestay (1D)

 

Travel back to the mainland, then to a village homestay. Enjoy a homecooked meal with the hosts. Included Activities: Home Meal Transport: Ferry (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 185km)

 

Day 9 Chambok Homestay/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

 

This evening, head to one of the rooftop bars such as the Rex Hotel, one of the classic colonial Saigon institutions, where there is often live music. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Cambodia - Vietnam) Transport: Private Vehicle Local bus

 

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang (1B)

 

Discover the energy of Vietnam's biggest city on a CEO-led orientation walk and continue exploring with free time. Overnight train to Nha Trang. Additional Notes: During January/February, T?t (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (10.00-11.00 hours)

 

Day 11 Nha Trang

 

Optional activities in Nha Trang include a boat trip to nearby islands for some snorkelling or, perhaps, a fun-filled all-day beach party. Included Activities: Street Food Crawl

 

Day 12 Nha Trang/Da Nang (1B)

 

In the evening, take an overnight train to Da Nang, then transfer to Hoi An. Additional Notes: During January/February, T?t (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) sees millions of Vietnamese commute to be with their families and celebrate. While this is a fascinating time to travel through Vietnam, availability of transport may mean that we will replace the overnight train with an overnight bus. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (9.00-10.00 hours)

 

Day 13 Da Nang/Hoi An

 

From Danang, it is only a short drive to the picturesque port town of Hoi An. Once known as Faifo, it was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections. Included Activities: Hoi An Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 28km)

 

Day 14 Hoi An (1B, 1L)

 

Enjoy a noodle-making demonstration and local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Oodles of Noodles Project. Later, opt to take a cooking class, cycle to the beach, visit a tailor, or explore the old town with free time. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch

 

Day 15 Hoi An/Hu? (1B)

 

Opt to pre-book the "Hue Motorbike Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 137km)

 

Day 16 Hu?/Hanoi (1B)

 

Free time in Hue. Overnight train to Hanoi. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00-15.00 hours, 673km)

 

Day 17 Hanoi/Ha Long (1L)

 

Arrive early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to a private bus and head to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay. Included Activities: H? Long Bay Junk Boat Trip Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

 

Day 18 Ha Long/Hanoi (1B)

 

Opt to pre-book the "Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour. Included Activities: Old Quarter Orientation Walk Transport: Shared Van (4.00 hour(s))

 

Day 19 Hanoi

 

Spend time exploring Hanoi.

 

Day 20 Hanoi/Vientiane (1B)

 

Explore a bit of Hanoi in the morning before an afternoon flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. There is a wealth of cultural delights to discover - on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk. Visit Laos' most important national monument, Phat That Luang, or meander down the dusty riverside tracks to find villages full of friendly children, dogs and chickens. A visit to Vientiane's vibrant, colourful morning market (which incidentally is open all day!) is worthwhile, to find plenty of local treasures. A great way to round off the day is to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Mekong. Transport: Plane (1.25 hour(s))

 

Day 21 Vientiane/Vang Vieng (1B)

 

A picturesque drive north takes us to beautiful Vang Vieng. This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields and limestone karsts. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

 

Day 22 Vang Vieng (1B)

 

Opt to pre-book the "Vang Vieng Adrenaline Bundle" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

 

Day 23 Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang (1B)

 

This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

 

Day 24 Luang Prabang (1B)

 

Traditional Laotian culture is to give daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. On one of your mornings here, you may decide to rise with the sun, and watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos. This is simply an unforgettable Southeast Asian experience.

 

Day 25 Luang Prabang/Pak Beng (1B, 1D)

 

We board our boat for the two-day journey up the mighty Mekong River making our way to Chiang Khong. Included Activities: Mekong River Slow Boat Mekong River Homestay & Baci Ceremony

 

Day 26 Pak Beng/Chiang Khong (1B, 1L)

 

This morning we re-board our boat and continue our leisurely cruise along the river before arriving at the Laos/Thai border and crossing to Chiang Khong in the late afternoon. Included Activities: Mekong River Slow Boat Border Crossing (Laos - Thailand)

 

Day 27 Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

 

Departing Chiang Khong after breakfast, we drive to Chiang Mai where you have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating city, once the capital of the Kingdom of Lan. Explore the rural lanes of Chiang Mai in a tuk-tuk by pre-booking the Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure or experience the flavours and scents of traditional northern Thai cuisine by pre-booking the Northern Thai Cooking Class. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

 

Day 28 Chiang Mai

 

Enjoy free time to explore. Opt to do a cycling tour, catch a Thai boxing match, or visit Doi Suthep temple. Additional Notes: Explore the rural lanes of Chiang Mai in a tuk-tuk by pre-booking the Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure or experience the flavours and scents of traditional northern Thai cuisine by pre-booking the Northern Thai Cooking Class.

 

Day 29 Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok (1B, 1L, 1D)

 

We might have time to visit a local market before stopping for lunch and starting our trek. Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies. Additional Notes: The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience! Included Activities: Hilltribe Trek Day 1 Transport: Pickup truck (1.00 hour(s))

 

Day 30 Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam (1B, 1L, 1D)

 

You will also have the chance to fish at Mae Tang River using local tools; learn how to construct a bamboo raft. Included Activities: Hilltribe Trek Day 2

 

Day 31 Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)

 

After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore. Included Activities: Bamboo Rafting to Lahu Village Lahu Village Visit Bamboo Rafting to Shan Village Transport: Pickup truck (1.50-2.00 hours)

 

Day 32 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B)

 

Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok. Additional Notes: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)

 

Day 33 Bangkok

 

Get out and explore this fantastic city where there is endless sightseeing to be done. Additional Notes: As this longer tour is comprised of two shorter tours, there is the possibility that you will need to change hotels on this day. Check in with your CEO about this while on tour. The two hotels we generally use are within walking distance.

 

Day 34 Bangkok/Surat Thani (1B)

 

Get to know Thailand's capital. Check out Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, get a Thai massage, or explore the klongs on a boat tour before an overnight train. Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO either today or another day on tour. Included Activities: Street Food Crawl Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)

 

Day 35 Surat Thani/Khao Sok (1B, 1L)

 

Khao Sok is a diverse area of natural beauty, a perfect place for people who want to hike and get out there in nature or those that just want to chill out in a hammock by the riverside watching monkeys take their afternoon bath. As entry to Khao Sok NP is included for the day, you can opt for a trek in the park after checking in this afternoon. The park entrance is a short walk from the hotel, as is the main stretch of restaurants and bars in town. Included Activities: Kao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Meal Lake Cheow Lan Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

 

Day 36 Khao Sok/Ko Pha Ngan (1B)

 

Travel to Ko Pha-Ngan, known for its epic parties. Explore the island and its beaches by day and dive into the nightlife when the sun goes down. Additional Notes: Pre-book the Full Moon Party Pack extra at the time of booking this tour to ensure you're party-ready. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s)) Ferry (2.50 hour(s)) Songthaew (0.25 hour(s))

 

Day 37 Ko Pha Ngan (1L)

 

Experience some of the best Ko Pha-Ngan has to offer on a full day excursion to idyllic Bottle Beach. After a guided trek through the jungle, savour a Thai lunch on the beach and soak up the sun and laid back vibes. This evening, head out for a party you won't soon forget. Additional Notes: Depending on departure date the Full Moon Party will take place tonight or tomorrow night. Included Activities: Bottle Beach Full-Day Excursion Full Moon Party

 

Day 38 Ko Pha Ngan

 

Spend the day exploring the island. Additional Notes: Depending on departure date, the Full Moon Party will take place either on the day prior, or this day of your tour.

 

Day 39 Ko Pha Ngan

 

Spend the day exploring the island.

 

Day 40 Ko Pha Ngan

 

Depart at any time. If booking a flight out of Ko Samui airport, the earliest departure time should be 11:00 am Want to take the hassle out of getting back to Bangkok? Book the Bangkok Express, a two-day post-tour Extra. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book. Additional Notes: Add the “Bangkok Express: Ko Pha-Ngan to Bangkok” to your adventure and make your way back to bustling Bangkok with the guidance of a CEO. This nifty post-tour Extra includes a ferry to the mainland where you’ll board an overnight train to Bangkok arriving in the city early the next morning. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book. Included Activities: Departure Day

 

Your G for Good Moment: Local Khmer Meal, Siem Reap Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An Your G for Good Moment: Mekong River Homestay & Baci Ceremony, Muang Pakbèng Your G for Good Moment: Kao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Meal, Ban Ta Khun Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Big Night Out Moment: Siem Reap Your Discover Moment: Phnom Penh Your Local Living Moment: Home Meal, Chambok Your Discover Moment: Ho Chi Minh City Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai Your Discover Moment: Bangkok. Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex. Orientation walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Phnom Penh, and Luang Prabang. Halong Bay boat cruise with lunch. Witness the giving of alms in Laos. Slow boat up the Mekong. Two street food crawls in different cities. Internal flight. Visit to Chiang Mai night market. Hilltribe trek. Bamboo rafting. Street food crawl. Lake Cheow Larn excursion. Full Moon Party. Bottle Beach full-day excursion. Beach time on Ko Pha-Ngan. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

 

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

 

Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (30 nts), basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (2 nts) sleeper trains (5 nts).

 

Relax in paradise on the beaches of Koh Rong, Explore the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Go caving in Vang Vieng, Trek through rugged forests and villages, Celebrate the full moon with an epic party on Ko Pha Ngan
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