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Experience Indochina

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Experience Indochina - Intrepid Travel
Experience Indochina - Intrepid Travel
Matilda "This was my first ever trip overseas by myself and I am so happy I went with Intrepid and especially on this trip. Everyone I met on the trip was amazing including my trip leader, other trip participants and all the locals met along the way. A definite highlight of the trip was watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia) as well as cruising around Halong Bay (Vietnam). There is lot..."
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Starts
Bangkok
Destinations
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Ends
Hanoi
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Highlights

  • Experience local life and Cambodian cuisine
  • Discover marvelous Angkor temples
  • Explore the colonial past in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on the Halong Bay
Age range
15 to 70 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Home-stay, Berth / Cabin, Guesthouse, Sleeper Train
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Train & Rail, Coach / Bus, Boat, Local Transport, Mini-coach
Start in Bangkok and end in Hanoi! With the discovery tour Experience Indochina, you have a 26 day tour package taking you from Bangkok to Hanoi and through Bangkok, Thailand and 11 other destinations in Asia. Experience Indochina includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • Experience Indochina reviewer 1
    Written on March 1, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Trip as expected. Both tour guides were excellent, great ambassadors for their respective countries and over and above what was expected of them. There was one participant in the 2 part of this tour that should not have been on it and would get the reptile do lots of things for her, hound him and then do something different. We had a consensus about a bit of a tip at the end and despite be the wealthiest of us all and lawyers wife she had to be the one to shortchange him. Fellow travelers were v mixed of ages, backgrounds and meshed well on both parts of the trip. It was really nice having the tour guide get us through the borders and get us into the correct trains and compartments . Word recommend Intrepid to others
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  • EF
    Written on October 2, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    Overall it was a good trip for what it was, but personally I think in the future I will be travelling without a group just for the extra flexibility but was a good way to see a lot in a short space of time where travelling on my own, I wouldn't have seen as much. I did the 'Experience Indochina " tour, which was really two tours of Cambodia and Vietnam, with different guides so I'm going to review each separately. Cambodia was overall very good. I do think that you ideally need more time in Siem Reap as there ate just so many temples and other things around to do, but the other places had enough time for them. Our Cambodian guide Ith Channy was very friendly, knowledgeable and you could tell he really enjoyed his job, with pretty much all his recommendations being spot on. Only recommendation that wasn't good was going to the dancing girls buffet, which was aimed at more the Chinese tourists and the food was very poor with so many people being packed into such a large room, and seating set out in such a way you had to get up and walk about to get any decent view of the stage. Other than that, and our boat trip in Krong Preah being called off due to the weather, everything else was excellent including the choices of restaurants, can't recall any bad meals. Vietnam was a somewhat different story. The country and the sights where for the most part, amazing! Only place I would totally miss out in the future would be Nha Trang which while on paper, sounded good promising tropical snorkelling and amazing beaches, but in reality the place has been pretty much destroyed by over tourism, with 'concrete beaches', polluted water where you can only see dead/bleached coral, the very odd small fish and lots of rubbish, with hardly any visibility with the water being so foggy, mainly due to the pollution and we all agreed it was by far the most polluted water any of us had ever snorked or dived in, many not even swam, myself included.i Our guide, Baow, clearly didn't enjoy his job and was just pretty much doing the bate minimum for the most part. Many of the activities, but mainly restaurants he recommended where pretty bad and by the end most of us went off on our own finding restaurants than sticking with the group. There was nothing pertically bad that Baow did, he got all our hotels, travel and laundry sorted well, he just didn't do anything much extra. He did however help when a jet ski hirer tried to rip me off, claiming I had broken a bit of the jet ski, when it was already broken before hand which I really did apriciate. Overall the Vietnam trip was still very good, just need less or no time in Nha Trang, and more time in Hue, which I could have easily used another two days plus in, and I think everyone else would have wanted at least one more day in too. Could have also used more time in Ho Chi Mhin city too and would have liked to go into a more remote part of the Mekong Delta, was more a lodge we stayed at than a home stay but was still good, was just expecting and would have preffeted a more remote village experience.
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  • L
    Written on September 8, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    The intrepid tour was fantastic. We had a great bunch of people who were really fun the travel with and we had a really passionate tour guide called Mr Channy who loved is country and really knew how to show the best way to enjoy it.
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  • ER
    Written on September 8, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    This tour was exceptional, and one more time, (this was my 3rd Intrepid trip) I find myself rewarded and grateful to those who created this company. All my life I have been a solo traveler for many reasons, and I will admit I have been a bit of a snob about it. I couldn't imagine that something organised could substitute for exploring the world alone. I "succumbed" when on my way to Egypt at a time that was quite fraught and unsafe, and group travel really a requirement. I was lucky enough to stumble across an Intrepid trip, and to my surprise what I found was that I see more, miss less, lose none of the sense of independence, waste less time, and it actually costs far less than traveling alone, plus there are always informed local people around to share knowledge and information. Plus someone else takes the hassle out of scheduling, buying the tickets and finding convenient and quality accommodation. All the guides are local, and being earthy adventure trips all the other travellers are like-minded, easy going and a lot of fun. This particular trip to Cambodia and Vietnam was one of my richest and best travel experiences to date.
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  • Experience Indochina reviewer 5
    Written on November 30, 2015
    3.0 - Average

    I did the indochina tour 26 days. I recommend you do bangkok , cambodia then vietnam. There is another tour that does it the other way around. Cambodia is very 3rd world, accommodation is not great during this stretch of the trip. It was not as cheap as i thought it would be since they use American currency . When bartering you will need to take that into consideration when considering if its any cheaper to purchase goods. The temples were great but I feel too much time was spend touring Cambodia. They would have been better off doing more of Thailand and maybe 4 days in Cambodia to cover the temples. The optional buffet dinner was not worth the money. They did not replenish the food .by the time we got there there was hardly anything left. If your group decides to go make sure you get there at 5-6pm . we spend a lot of time traveling. The Vietnam tour got it right but traveling overnight on trains so we had more time at our destination. Overnight trains were good . Not always clean but ok. Vietnam and our guide were amazing . The accommodation was much better. We did almost all the optional activities. Hight light were hoi an and Halong bay. Loved the second half of the trip . Guide was Trung he did a great job very group orientated.
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  • Experience Indochina reviewer 6
    Written on December 15, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An incredibly well conducted tour starting from Thailand finishing in the north of Vietnam. The trip guides were very knowledgeable and helpful with a strong passion for showing us the best of their country. With this tour we were able to see most of what Cambodia and Vietnam had to offer and if the chance presented itself to do something different from that on the itinerary, the trip guides were able to make it happen. There are plenty of different forms of travelling such as local buses and sleeper trains but they all added to the experience and were even a highlight of the tour. Overall I would recommend this tour to everyone as it is a great chance to experience some amazing countries!
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  • Experience Indochina reviewer 7
    Written on January 10, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Well structured tour that covered the basic tourist sites and activities in both Vietnam and Cambodia. Would recommend to other travelers
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  • Experience Indochina reviewer 8
    Written on December 13, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was an absolutely awesome trip! The tour guides were fantastic and so knowledgeable!I would definetly reccommend this trip to everybody that is contemplating a trip to south east asia!! Well done Intrepid!
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  • Experience Indochina reviewer 9
    Written on August 29, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was my first ever trip overseas by myself and I am so happy I went with Intrepid and especially on this trip. Everyone I met on the trip was amazing including my trip leader, other trip participants and all the locals met along the way. A definite highlight of the trip was watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia) as well as cruising around Halong Bay (Vietnam). There is lots of time spent on buses while traveling through Cambodia, but obviously necessary to see everything. Plus it gives you a few more hours sleep if you happened to go out the night before. The overnight sleeper trains through Vietnam was the best idea Intrepid had, it means you're able to travel large distances without cutting into daylight sightseeing time. Accommodation is basic but always clean and all you really need considering you're out and about during the day. Every single room had air conditioning so sleeping at night is no problem. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who asks, it was a once in a life time experience! :)
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  • A
    Written on July 6, 2007

    Good trip for first time travellers. By the end of the tour (this tour is Cambodia/Vietnam) we were glad to hop off the tour and miss the Lao leg to go through by ourselves. Alot of travel is involved, especially buses in Cambodia and overnight trains in Vietnam, but I guess this is needed to see so many places in such a short space of time. Highlights - Sihanoukville in Cambodia, Halong Bay in Vietnam. Pack light!! Our packs were both around the 17kg mark at the beginning and several times we wanted to chuck away half our stuff. Our group were mostly Brits, with a couple of kiwis and in the Vietnam leg a couple of Aussies and an American. The majority of us were in our early 20s.

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  • Day 1: Bangkok
  • Day 2: Siem Reap
  • Day 3: Siem Reap / Angkor Wat
  • Day 4: Siem Reap
  • Day 5: Kompong Cham
  • Day 6: Phnom Penh
  • Day 7: Chambok Homestay
  • Day 8: Sihanoukville
  • Day 9: Sihanoukville
  • Day 10: Phnom Penh
  • Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 13: Mekong Delta
  • Day 14: Mekong Delta - Overnight Train
  • Day 15: Nha Trang
  • Day 16: Nha Trang - Overnight Train
  • Day 17: Hoi An
  • Day 18: Hoi An
  • Day 19: Hoi An
  • Day 20: Hue
  • Day 21: Hue
  • Day 22: Hue - Overnight Train
  • Day 23: Hanoi
  • Day 24: Halong Bay
  • Day 25: Hanoi
  • Day 26: Hanoi

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    Typhoid
    Recommended for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Recommended for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Ideally 3 months before travel.
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    Recommended for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Ideally 2 months before travel.
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    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Ideally 10 days before travel.
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    Recommended for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Ideally 1 month before travel.
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    Recommended for Cambodia and Vietnam. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 56 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 16 December 2017 the full payment of $1,600 is necessary.
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    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1600 for Experience Indochina, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 2,895 km.
    • Bangkok (Thailand)
    • 368 km
    • Siem Reap (Cambodia)
    • 5 km
    • Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
    • 235 km
    • Kampong Cham (Cambodia)
    • 77 km
    • Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
    • 185 km
    • Sihanoukville (Cambodia)
    • 185 km
    • Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
    • 209 km
    • Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
    • 323 km
    • Nha Trang (Vietnam)
    • 415 km
    • Hoi An (Vietnam)
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