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The Ultimate Asian Road Trip

2,200

*Available from Apr 2019 – Mar 2020
*Rooms are en-suite and twin where possible.  If you are a solo traveler, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex

16 days on the ultimate Asian road trip

Visiting 4 countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

 

Travelling from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll take in some of the best that Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam have to offer. From epic street food to incredible temples, an alms-giving ceremony to checking out Angkor Wat, you’ll be spoilt for choice on this journey through four brilliant countries.

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Day 1: Bangkok, Thailand

Touch down in Bangkok and find your feet in the capital. Meet the group and freshen up for tonight’s entertainment – and by entertainment we mean adventure! We’re talking about a street eats tour via the best type of transport. Can you guess how we roll? You got it! It’s all about the tuk tuk.

Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Mai

More love for the capital today as we tick off the Bangkok bucket list. A half day city tour is on the cards. Tonight, it’s all about the overnight train. Get comfy and catch some well earned sleep.

Day 3: Chiang Mai

Open your eyes – you’ve arrived in Chiang Mai. Get your explorer shoes on, because there’s time to wander around today. On the menu for tonight? An optional Khantoke Village cultural show and dinner.

Optional activities:
-Khan Toke Village cultural show and dinner

Day 4: Chiang Mai

Today, it’s all you. Hot foot it around the city at your own pace. More of an adrenaline junkie type? Daredevils can make like a monkey with an optional Flight of the Gibbon treetop adventure. And for the foodies? An optional cooking class awaits.

Optional activities:
-Flight of the Gibbon treetop adventure
-Cooking class

Day 5: Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

It’s temple time. Today it’s all about Wat Rong Khun (the ‘White Temple’) and the Golden Triangle. Get the camera ready for THAT shot. Then, we’re off to Chiang Rai to rest our heads.

Day 6: Chiang Rai to Pak Beng, Laos

Cross the Friendship Bridge then climb on board and get cruise-y along the Mekong River. We visit a riverside village along the way to get a feel for the local life.

Day 7: Pak Beng to Luang Prabang

This morning we’re back on the Mekong cruisin’ with a quick stop at the local markets. Stop for a tipple at the whiskey village, because, well, why not. Then pass the Pak Ou Caves and arrive in Luang Prabang later in the day.

Day 8: Luang Prabang

Rise and shine! Today, travel in style on two wheels and check out the city by bike on an optional tour. See the Kuang Si Waterfall for an optional dose of wow. This multi-tiered waterfall is pretty beautiful if we do say so ourselves.

Optional activities:
-Luang Prabang cycling city tour
-Kuang Si waterfall

Day 9: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Wake up to the sound of the temple gong, partake in the daily alms-giving of the monks, and descend southwards to Vang Vieng.

Optional activities:
-Rope course and zipline

Day 10: Vang Vieng

A free day for optional kayaking on the Nam Song River. If you’re here in wet season: rapids. Rock climbing and cave exploring could also be options.

Optional Activities:
-Kayaking

Day 11: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Off to Vientiane where we’ll get our bearings on a city tour. Tick off Wat Si Sisaket, Patuxai and Pha That Luang.

Day 12: Vientiane to Siem Reap

We’re flying to Siem Reap today. Passports at the ready! Try and nab a window seat.

Day 13: Siem Reap

Wake up early and shorten your bucket list with a stunning sunrise at Angkor Wat, followed by a guided tour of the Bayon temple and Ta Prohm. Want some entertainment this evening? Sunset quad bike ride awaits (optional).

Optional activities:
-Ticket to the circus
-Sunset quad bike ride

Day 14: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

We’re kicking it to Phnom Penh today. Cue all of the road trip songs!

Day 15: Phnom Penh

Take an optional visit to the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields to reflect and pay your respects. Tonight, feast on a Khmer BBQ with your travel mates. Cheers!

Optional activities:
-Visit the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields

Day 16: Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City! Tonight, get ready for foodie heaven with a street eats tour. We’ll take you to where the locals eat, so you know it’s the real deal.

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City

All good things must sadly come to an end, we’re outta here after after breakfast. It’s been grand!

Additional information

Duration

2 Weeks +

Country

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam

Travel Style

EPIC JOURNEYS: ADVENTURES & EXPEDITIONS, IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL

Highlights

  • Visit Pak Ou Caves
  • Street eats tuk-tuk tour in Bangkok
  • Visit Whisky village
  • Visit Wat Rong Khun & the Golden Triangle
  • Guided trishaw tour in Chiang Mai
  • Visit Angkor Wat at sunrise
  • Almsgiving ceremony in Luang Prabang
  • Guided tours of the Bayon temple and Ta Prohm
  • Mekong River boat cruise
  • Visit the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields
  • Street eats tour in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Overnight train ticket
  • Internal flight

Inclusions

What’s included

  • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • 14 nights in hotel accommodation, 1 night on an overnight train
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Internal flights
  • Overnight train ticket
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Local Guides
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicle

What’s not included

  • International flights
  • Extra meals & drinks

Accommodation

14 nights in hotel accommodation, 1 night on an overnight train.

We endeavour to select a combination of good quality, three and four-star quality hotels, hostels and guesthouses (where you actually stay will depend on your trip) that reflects the character of the local area. The accommodation is also as centrally located as possible. We strive to keep the cost as affordable as possible.

Please be aware that some rooms, especially those in major urban centers or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.

Meals

15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.

We aim to make sure that breakfasts are included every morning in the accommodation (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink.

Included evening meals are in local restaurants or in the included accommodation. In most cases, table water is provided with the meals and if you wish to purchase additional drinks, you can do so at your own expense.

If you have any dietary requirements, we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. Please be aware that although we will do everything in our power, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we eat in will be able to cater to all of your dietary needs. Also, we cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

Important Details

Worth noting: May through November is typhoon season in Asia, which can have an impact on touring in Halong Bay. Safety is our number one concern and as such we follow the direction of the Halong Bay Port Authority when operating day and overnight cruises. In the event of adverse weather/force majeure preventing safe cruising on the bay, Topdeck will make alternative accommodation arrangements and refunds cannot be issued for cancelled cruises or boat trips.

Group Size: Maximum 20

Transport: Small modern air conditioned vehicle, internal flights and overnight trains.

Start time: Meet at 2pm in Bangkok

Finish time: Approximately 9am in Phnom Penh

Optional Activities

While we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.

Cambodia – Siem Reap: night at the circus 14 EUR/ Sunset quad bike riding 27 EUR

Cambodia – Phnom Penh: Killing Fields half day tour 31 EUR

On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.

None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by us, nor do they form part of your contract with us. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.

Passenger Safety

One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:

When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow travellers if you become separated.

In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.

It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

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