Experience Indochina: A 13-Day Small Group Tour
Full of grand temples, enchanting rituals and lush jungles, Indochina is a place of wonder. From the thrum of Buddhist chants at the mountain top temple of Doi Suthep to the rowdy clatter of stall holders at Siem Reap’s Roulos Market, you’ll uncover the true culture of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia on this exciting 13-day tour. All this plus 12 nights of hand-picked accommodation, daily breakfasts and other meals, included internal flights as per itinerary, the services of local English-speaking guides and more. Consider extending your journey into Phnom Penh, a city once dubbed the 'Pearl of Asia' where art, history and scenic cyclo rides are never too far away.
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From bustling Bangkok to ancient Angkor Wat, this adventure strikes a perfect balance between experiencing tradiitional and modern Indochine culture. As you travel through three different countries, you'll get to prepare traditional Thai dishes with a chef in Chiang Mai, share alms with Buddhist monks at the Golden Horse Monastery, watch artisanal silk weaving in Laos and enjoy a sunrise over Cambodia's iconic temple, Angkor Wat.
Consider extending your Indochina adventure by travelling to the city once dubbed the 'Pearl of Asia' - Phnom Penh. View countless historical artworks, learn about the history of the Khmer Rouge and take a scenic cyclo ride by the iconic Tonle Sap river.
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The heritage – Pay visits to giant sculptures of Buddha and the legendary temples of Angkor
Your first destination, Bangkok, is home to a beautiful selection of palaces, temples and shrines. Discover the golden spires of the Grand Palace, gaze at the verdant hues of the Emerald Buddha and stand in awe of the giant reclining Buddha in Wat Po.
The largest religious site in the world awaits. Head to Cambodia, where you’ll come close to the giant stone faces of Angkor Thom, trek to the secret forest temple of Ta Prohm, admire the intricate carvings of the temples across Angkor and watch a breathtaking sunset over the spires of Angkor Wat, the centerpiece of the world’s most fascinating ruins.
The spirit – Watch sacred rituals, meet with Buddhist monks and learn the secrets of Thai cuisine
Nurture your spiritual side when you visit Buddhist monks and observe their holy rituals. Share alms with the horse-riding monks of the hidden Golden Horse Monastery, listen to hypnotic chanting at the Doi Suthep Temple Complex and take a blessing of luck during a water ceremony in Siem Reap.
Want to learn the secret to making the perfect Thai dish? Join forces with a local chef in Chiang Mai and uncover the secret to making mouthwatering Thai cuisine in a cooking class. Once you’re finished, enjoy your homemade feast.
Extended Tour – Phnom Penh
At the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle sap rivers sits Phnom Penh, a place once dubbed as the ‘Pearl of Asia’. With this extended trip to the Cambodian Capital, you’ll see over 14,000 pieces of historic art at the National Museum, learn about Cambodia’s turbulent past on visits to the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Choueng Ek Memorial, then take a sunset cyclo ride along the Tonle Sap before wrapping up with a delicious Khmer dinner.
Your Package Includes
- 12 nights of accommodation, featuring two nights at the Ramada Plaza Mae Naam Riverside in Bangkok, one night at the Katiliya Mountain Resort in Chiang Rai, one night at the Phowadol Hotel in Chiang Rai, two nights at the Movenpick in Chiang Mai, three nights at the Sada Hotel in Luang Prabang and three nights at the Saem Siemreap Hotel in Siem Reap.
- Included internal flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang and Luang Prabang to Siem Reap
- Daily breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners
- The services of an English-speaking guide
- Entrance and sightseeing fees
- Private arrival and departure transfers.
- Two nights of accommodation at the Himawari Hotel in Phnom Penh
- Daily breakfasts and an additional dinner.
- Included internal flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Valid for select departure dates below:
LOW SEASON: 24 March 2018 26 May 2018 16 June 2018 7 July 2018 11 August 2018
HIGH SEASON: 17 November 2018 1 December 2018 19 January 2019 2 February 2019
All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.
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Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$2-4 per person, per day is the industry standard).
Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.
Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.
The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.
Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone, you must purchase the Single Traveller package option. See the package options for further details.
Maximum tour capacity is 20 people, minimum tour capacity is four people.
Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:
Ramada Plaza Mae Naam Riverside, Bangkok Katiliya Mountain Resort, Chiang Rai Phowadol Hotel, Chiang Rai Movenpick, Chiang Mai Sada Hotel, Luang Prabang Saem Siemreap Hotel, Siem Reap Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh*
*Phnom Penh extension only
Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.
Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two people.
Please note, connecting rooms are not available.
All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.
Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.
Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.
Strictly no refunds for this tour package for amendments and change of date.
Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.
Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.
Additional expenses are not included.
Please note: disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.
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DAY 1 – Bangkok Start your adventures in bustling Bangkok, capital of Thailand. Bangkok is a beautiful city with two very different personas. On one hand, you can spend days exploring the traditional Buddhist temples, using each spire as a beacon as you wander through the lively streets – on the other hand, the restaurants and nightclubs offer some of the best food and entertainment in the world, and ultimately paint a picture of a city full of history and modern excitement. Once you arrive in Bangkok, meet with a local representative and transfer to your hotel. You’ll then meet your tour leader and fellow travellers for a welcome meeting before heading to a hidden restaurant, refurbished from a traditional Thai house. If you’re feeling thirsty afterwards, join in an optional tour to the Sirocco sky bar, located on the 67th-floor of the Lebua State Tower. The 360-degree views over the city below are unforgettable and best enjoyed with a cocktail in hand. Accommodation: Ramada Plaza Mae Naam Riverside Meals: Dinner
DAY 2 – Bangkok Begin the day with a river cruise down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous ‘khlongs’ (canals), where local life seems a world away from the chaotic streets of the capital. Pay a visit to the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, admiring the ornate Thai architecture as you weave through the royal complex. Continue temple-hopping to Wat Po, home to the famous golden reclining Buddha and the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, then take a ride in a tuk tuk through the old town where you can try a delicious local lunch of pork satay and rice noodle before enjoying a desert of Knom Pang Ping – toasted bread covered in sweet toppings. With a full belly, continue to the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, where stalls selling everything from clothes to fried bugs can be found. Accommodation: Ramada Plaza Mae Naam Riverside Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3 – Rural Chiang Rai After a one and a half hour departing flight from Bangkok, you’ll arrive in the rural Chiang Rai region. Rich in natural resources and once occupied by Burma, the area now sits as a flourishing green agricultural region full of tea, coffee and fruit plantations. Start your adventures with a visit to the Baan Dam or the ‘Black House’ designed by Than Duchanee, an internationally distinguished Thai painter with 40 years of expertise. Learn more about local craftsmanship at the Doi Din Daeng Pottery as you visit its resident factory, then drive onwards to your mountain resort accommodation. Since Chiang Rai is famous for its Chinese tea traders, why not enjoy a cup of tea at your hotel while admiring the surrounding mountains and forests? Accommodation: Katiliya Mountain Resort Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4 – Chiang Rai City Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heating to the Golden Horse Monastery, known to the locals as Wat Tham Pa Archa Thong. The monks are unique for collecting their alms on horseback, and you’ll have the opportunity to offer them food which they’ll greatly appreciate. You’ll then continue to the ‘Golden Triangle’, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. The Triangle has historically owned a reputation as one of Asia’s largest opium-producing areas, and you’ll learn more about the impacts of this at the House of Opium Museum. Travel past the Golden Triangle to Chiang Rai city, where you’ll stay the night. Royal temples, sleepy mountain views and well-kept gardens are easily found here, and the calmer atmosphere adds a comfortable contrast to the wild streets of Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Accommodation: Phowadol Chiang Rai Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5 – Chiang Mai More commonly known as the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun is an astounding example of the creativity between Buddhist architecture and the contemporary artists of Thailand. The temple has been refurbished from a state of disrepair by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who has since funded many strange design features that reference Buddhist mythology, human sin and pop culture icons such as Michael Jackson, Harry Potter and more. You'll start your day with a drive to this architectural marvel, taking time to admire the intricate carvings on a guided walk. From there you’ll continue to Chiang Mai – the former seat of the Lanna Kingdom which still retains traces of its religious and cultural roots. Check into your hotel before visiting the mountaintop temple complex of Doi Suthep. Climb up the 300 naga-guarded steps before arriving at the temples, characterised by the hypnotic atmosphere of chanting Buddhist monks and the sweeping views of Chiang Mai below. Accommodation: Movenpick Chiang Mai Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6 – Chiang Mai Get a hands-on taste of Thai cuisine by joining in a cooking class, where you’ll learn about the main ingredients of Thai cuisine and how to best use and store them. Your tutoring local chef is open to questions, and you’ll be provided with a comprehensive book full of recipes and ingredient details. After carefully cooking your own dish, sit down and enjoy the results of your hard work. You’ll also round it off with a tasting of fresh seasonal Thai fruit. Once the evening arrives you’ll get to wander through the enormous Night Bazaar, browsing designer clothes (real and bootleg) and local Thai goods as the smell of hot street food rolls through the night air. Accommodation: Movenpick Chiang Mai Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 7 – Luang Prabang The morning is all yours to explore Chiang Mai however you wish. Explore the banks of the Ping River, admire one of the many nearby Wats or find some khao tom for morning tea. You’ll depart in the late afternoon to Laos’ capital, Luang Prabang, by plane. This atmospheric city is a favourite for many worldly travellers, and has received a UNESCO World Heritage-listing for being the best-preserved city in South East Asia, retaining much of its traditional Lao and French-colonial charm. The dramatically designed and colouful buildings make this a wonderful place to simply walk through the side streets which seem locked in an age past. The evening is free, so perhaps gather your group and find a traditional noodle house for a taste of Laos’ cuisine. Accommodation: Sada Hotel or similar Meals: Breakfast
DAY 8 – Luang Prabang On the local monks' daily outing to collect alms, you’ll be able to join the tradition of sharing food at their temple. By sharing with the monks, you make merit: the locals call this ‘het bon’. Afterwards, head south to the beautiful Kuang Si Falls, where you’ll be able to take a refreshing dip in one of its cool, turquoise pools. Take some time to admire the water as it flows over the many calcified tiers of the falls, creating an eye-catching scene under the verdant canopy above. Accommodation: Sada Hotel or similar Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9 – Luang Prabang
Known as one of the most important Lao monasteries in the world, Wat Xieng Thong represents the significant spirit, royal heritage and art of Laos. Inside, you’ll find friendly monks who are eager to practice their English with you. Help them brush up on their skills before continuing to a nearby village known for its weaving practices. You’ll take a 30-minute tour of the local Living Crafts Centre, learning how the silkworm is used to create the textiles, how natural dyes are created and the various techniques that are used across the country. In one room, you’ll get to quietly observe artisans at work as they weave masterpieces before your eyes. From there, board a boat and take a relaxed journey along the iconic Mekong River. The slow pace grants scenic views of tiny villages and jungle scenery, which becomes even more beautiful as you enjoy the sunset. Accommodation: Sada Hotel or similar Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 10 – Siem Reap After enjoying a free morning in Luang Prabang, transfer to the airport and begin your flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. This small but expanding town is the gateway to the legendary temple city of Angkor, easily the most popular tourist destination in Cambodia. Beyond the temple city, you’ll find a place full of colonial allure, where French, Chinese and Khmer cultures work together on local silk farms, handcrafts and cosmopolitan hospitality scene. After arriving at the airport, meet up with your tour leader who’ll take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city – maybe get started with some Khmer red curry or lime-marinated Khmer beef salad from a local restaurant if you’re hungry. Accommodation: Saem Siem Reap Hotel Meals: Breakfast
DAY 11 – Siem Reap
Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th-century and spanning a tremendous 162.6 hectares, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. After waking up early, head towards this iconic Cambodian sight to watch the sun rise, painting the towers in an enchanting display of natural light. By mid-morning, you’ll be exploring the temples which dot the site. It’s thought that construction of Angkor Wat took over 30 years of intensive labour, which is reflected in its stunning details. Marvel at the walls and towers, covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the conquests of Suryavarman during his reign. You’ll then have the option of joining for lunch at a nearby Khmer restaurant. Spend the afternoon in the ‘Great Royal City’ of Angkor Thom, famous for its series of colossal human faces carved into nearby rock formations, before wandering through the forest temple of Ta Prohm. In the evening, you can join an optional tour to the Phare Circus. Not only will you enjoy a spectacular show of Khmer acrobatics and music, you’ll also be donating to an NGO which improves the lives of thousands of Cambodian refugees. Accommodation: Saem Siem Reap Hotel Meals: Breakfast
DAY 12 – Siem Reap Roulos Market buzzes with the sound of peddlers bargaining off their fresh fruits, veggies and home-cooked delicacies. You’ll start your day with a guided tour where you’ll weave past stalls, maybe stopping to savour some fresh local biscuits along the way. From there, head to a contemporary pagoda to learn more about the life of Theravada Buddhist monks. Meet with the monks before watching a sacred water blessing ritual, said to grant good luck and prosperity, before admiring the fascinating art of the pagoda. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Tonight, join your group for a farewell dinner at Mali's authentic Cambodian restaurant where you can taste signature dishes like Khor Pork with Bamboo Shoots and soak in the ambience of the beautiful outdoor garden setting. Renowned for its fresh seasonal produce and delicate flavours, Malis is famous for Khmer delicacies. Accommodation: Saem Siem Reap Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 13 – Tour Ends Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey. Meals: Breakfast
OPTIONAL EXTENSION ITINERARY – PNHOM PENH
DAY 13 – Phnom Penh
Considered to be one of the loveliest cities built during Cambodia’s French-colonial era, Phnom Penh is riddled with art deco architecture, royal palaces, stunning pagodas and lively waterfronts. Your adventures begin after departing Siem Reap for a flight to Phnom Penh. After arriving and transferring to your hotel, you’ll head on to browse the largest collection of Khmer artwork in the world at Cambodia’s National Museum. Survey over 14,000 different sculptures, ceramics, bronzes and wooden objects, as you get a better picture of prehistoric Cambodia right until the times following the Khmer Empire. After that, you can join in for an optional dinner if you wish. Your restaurant's modern architecture is a great example of how the French and Cambodian cultures work together, as are the mouth-watering meals prepared by Cambodia’s most famous chef – Luu Meng. Accommodation: Himawari Hotel Meals: Breakfast
DAY 14 – Phnom Penh Phnom Penh remains a living relic of the country’s past struggles and successes. Today’s visit to the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum tells the story of the Khmer Rouge’s unsettling legacy. The site is a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre, and it’s estimated that more than 20,000 people were held and tortured here. You’ll then head out of the city to the Choueng Ek Memorial, where a stupa of 8,000 human skulls marks the site of the infamous Killing Fields. From here, you can enjoy an optional lunch at Romdeng Restaurant if you’d like. This old colonial building with attractive indoor and outdoor dining serves delicious Khmer cuisine, and also reinvests 100% of its profits back into social education programs. In the late afternoon, enjoy a peaceful cyclo tour through the streets of Phnom Penh, visiting the former French Quarter and the colonial shop-house. Follow the Tonle Sap river until the tour ends at The Terrace, where you’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset with your group. Farewell dinner is served at Malis restaurant, renowned across Phnom Penh for their traditional and contemporary Khmer dishes. Accommodation: Himawari Hotel Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 15 – Tour Ends Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey. Meals: Breakfast
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