Experience Indochina

From £1315 for 26 days
           (See Reviews)
Trip Overview
From the cool calm of rural villages to the steaming chaos of thriving cities, experience the diversity of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Along the way, revel in the sheer beauty of the landscape, the friendliness of the locals and the intriguing ancient traditions that give each country its unique flavour.
Essential Info
Starts: Bangkok
Ends: Hanoi
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: ITKRNC
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
What's Included

Meals

4 Breakfasts included
2 Lunches included
3 Dinners included

Transport

Boat,Overnight sleeper train,Private Bus,Private minibus,Taxi

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nts),Homestay (2 nts),Hotel (15 nts),Overnight boat (1 nt),Overnight sleeper train (3 nts)

Trip Highlights

•   Enjoy the guidance of a local expert as you temple-hop at the dazzling Angkor complex, one of Southeast Asia's premier sites

•   Your homestays in the rural village of Chambok, Cambodia, and in the Mekong Delta will give you the chance to experience life with the locals and enjoy some delicious home cooked meals!

•   Enjoy some beach time in Sihanoukville and Nha Trang

•   Hoi An is another idyllic pocket of Vietnam that's best experienced from the seat of a bike. Take a guided bicycle tour through the rolling countryside

•   Halong Bay feels like paradise, with its blue-green waters and spectacular caves. Spend an afternoon cruising and exploring its beautiful bay

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Direction
Price GBP
Availability
10th May 2017
4th June 2017
Bangkok - Hanoi
£1,420pp 
G
Fully Booked
24th May 2017
18th June 2017
Bangkok - Hanoi
£1,375pp 
G
3 spaces
31st May 2017
25th June 2017
Bangkok - Hanoi
£1,375pp 
G
3 spaces
14th June 2017
9th July 2017
Bangkok - Hanoi
£1,375pp 
G
Good
21st June 2017
16th July 2017
Bangkok - Hanoi
£1,375pp 
G
Good
5th July 2017
30th July 2017
Bangkok - Hanoi
£1,375pp 
G
Good
12th July 2017
6th August 2017
Bangkok - Hanoi
£1,420pp 
G
Fully Booked
19th July 2017
13th August 2017
Bangkok - Hanoi
£1,375pp 
G
Good
26th July 2017
20th August 2017
Bangkok - Hanoi
£1,375pp 
G
Good
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Itinerary & Notes
Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. With free time, why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage?

Additional Activities

Bangkok - Grand Palace
500 THB
Bangkok - Wat Pho Temple
200 THB
Bangkok - Thai Massage
250 THB
Bangkok - Jim Thompson's House
150 THB
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Reviews
       
Great informative tour with flexibility
       
I generally had a good trip but see above. The main issue was the communication from Intrepid and the concern that it coincided with Tet holidays in Vietnam. I did not know that it was Tet when I booked and it may have been a good idea to mention it may have an effect then. You get to know when the trip notes arrive but that's after you have booked and paid - I may got at a different time. I understand the 'unforeseen circumstances' changes to an itinerary but what is unforeseen about Tet which happens every year? The changes to overnight buses was communicated far too late (in fact after I had left and we don't all have access to emails so I never saw it). Some people on my trip booked a flight to move on when you failed to book two overnight trains and we were left in the one town with not that much to do (Na Trang) for those who do not party that much. I would have taken that option too if I had known. You should have dealt with this far sooner and communicated better whilst on the trip - the plan changed as well - the one minute we had an overnight bus and the next we did not. We lost two days site-seeing to travel in the end and spent over 10 hours on the bus each day. You should have planned better for an event that you was happening. Hotels were generally good but there were issues with bed bugs in two of them. Several people had to move rooms including me. The homestays in both countries were a high-light and the families excellent (esp the lady in Vietnam, Phi I think). The guides were good and I appreciate that its not an easy job. Phi had excellent knowledge but organisation was not as good and Sam the other way round. Both did a pretty good job but if you get a guide who is on their last trip of their run of 5 the they will be tired. I was pretty annoyed to have to pay for a visa for Vietnam when the itinerary went one day over the 15 days you can get in free for. This cost me £160 using the Visa Machine you recommend. I know the rules have changed this year but isn't it your job to at least to keep an eye on this and advise? Difficult to change itinerary but you really need to look closely at this now. All told I really enjoyed the Cambodia part of my trip but Vietnam less so due to to the above. Tet was a great experience - it just wasn't managed very well. Manage it better and sell it as a high-light and not a hassle. I am going to do some research into the Imag Trav/Intrepid relationship for my future trips as I am keen to go back to Thailand/Laos next year. Thank you

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