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Contiki Holidays | Big Indochina Adventure

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From the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, to the serenity of Thailand's north, to the amazing colours and culture of Vietnam, to the rugged terrain and archaeological treasures of Laos to the rich but tragic past of Cambodia.... this is the tour that allows you to sample the best of all that South East Asia has to offer.

You Will Visit:Thailand, Laos, Cambodia& Vietnam

What's Included:24 nights accommodation: 20 nights in 3-star hotels, 2 nights in a guesthouse, 1 night on an overnight train, 1 night on an overnight cruise 34 meals: 24 breakfasts, 5 lunches& 5 dinners An experienced& professional Tour Manager& English-speaking local guides Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Local taxes, payments& service charges 6 internal flights Transport& included sightseeing

Extra Costs: $375USD is due on first day of tour.

DAY 1
Arrive Bangkok Day 1 Hotel
It’s big, booming and bustling and the gateway to Asia - it's Bangkok! Meet your crew before sampling the spicy, varied nightlife. Patpong neon lights, Lumpini markets or high class cocktails? Dancing, dining and discovering, this is a city that never sleeps.

DAY 2
Bangkok to Chiang Mai Day 2 Overnight Train
It’s a culture vulture morning visiting temples, before taking a long-tail boat ride through the waterways of Bangkok where traditional Thai life continues. Relax into the daily rhythm as locals wash, fish and work from ramshackle buildings in criss-crossing canals. Shopping is the national sport, so in the afternoon dive into the endless delights of shopping meccas like Silom, MBK Centre, Siam Square and Sukhumvit before jumping aboard the overnight train to Chiang Mai. (B)

DAY 3
Chiang Mai Day 3 Hotel
Head for the hills with our local guide, visit Wat Phra Thad and later, a nearby village to meet and experience the culture of the colourful Hmongs, one of the major hill tribes of Northern Thailand. You could take an optional cooking class, chill by the pool or kick around town. (B)

DAY 4
Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Day 4 Hotel
Refreshed by the mountain air of Chang Rai, head deeper towards the picturesque Golden Triangle, where the Laos, Myanmar and Thailand borders meet. After a short city orientation with your group, there’s time to explore. In the afternoon, there’s an option to visit the unique villages and see the way of life of the Akha and Yao hilltribes. (B)

DAY 5
Chiang Rai to Pakbeng Day 5 Guesthouse
After crossing the Thai/Laos border, we board a private traditional boat. Cruise the mighty Mekong River, the 12th longest river in the world crossing 6 countries. Drift through towering, jungle covered gorges, taking sneak peeks of local life in remote villages along the river banks. Arrive before sunset at a local Guesthouse in Pakbeng for an authentic overnight Lao experience. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Pakbeng to Luang Prabang Day 6 Hotel
Start the day by hearing the busy clatter and distinct scents of the local morning markets in Pakbeng. Continue cruising the Mekong, stopping at the Tam Ting cave where locals have placed hundreds of Buddha statues, finally arriving in Luang Prabang. Take a bike tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town and peruse the night markets where hill tribes sell their textiles and handicrafts. (B,L)

DAY 7
Luang Prabang Day 7 Hotel
Try one of the optional activities including a half day kayak adventure or visit the Elephant Park Project and learn about their conservation efforts. Maybe simply take a break from the hustle and bustle, enjoy a cold Beer Lao– the national drink, and soak up the chilled ambience of this sleepy and charming Laotian town. Stroll the historic streets which feature a unique architectural blend of Asia and colonial French styles, or visit some of the 32 temples! (B)

DAY 8
Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng Day 8 Hotel
Make an early start to take part in the ritual of offering alms (food) to the hundreds of Buddhist monks as they make their daily rounds. Travel by coach through the unique and spectacular limestone rocks jutting from the otherwise flat landscape. Arrive in Vang Vieng and get active by either jumping in a rubber tube down the river or taking a cycling tour. (B)

DAY 9
Vang Vieng to Vientiane Day 9 Hotel
After a free morning, depart for Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Learn about the effects on Laos of The Indochina or“Forgotten” War at the COPE Exhibition Centre. Visit temples and the‘Arc de Triomphe’, a nod to Laos’ French colonial past. You’ll have an option to enjoy an authentic Laotian meal at Makphet Restaurant. Here they train former street children, and return the restaurant’s profits to the Peuan Mit street children project to keep training the next generations of chefs. (B)

DAY 10
Vientiane to Phnom Penh Day 10 Hotel
Goodbye Laos and hello Cambodia as you travel by plane to the capital. Enjoy free time to explore the city once known as the“Pearl of Asia”. Boasting broad, French styled boulevards, walk the streets and absorb the local sights and scents of this vibrant city. (B)

DAY 11
Phnom Penh Day 11 Hotel
Today tour the Royal Palace and view first-hand, the legacy of the violent Khmer Rouge at the“Killing Fields” genocide sites. Spend the afternoon visiting boutique shops, and as a highlight, pick an option to travel by tuk-tuk to a 120 year old French colonial building for a traditional Khmer meal before ending the night at a roof top bar. (B)

DAY 12
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Day 12 Hotel
Today we fly to Siem Reap to see an archaeological wonder of the world. Travel by tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat and explore the temple complex of Angkor, built in the 13th century and comprising of 282 temples, one of the biggest religious monuments ever built. Chill out as the sun sets over the ruins and return for a free night in Siem Reap. (B)

DAY 13
Siem Reap Day 13 Hotel
Explore the unique floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake by wooden boat before an atmospheric visit to other temples close to Angkor that have been reclaimed from the jungle. You’ll recognize scenes from the movie Tomb Raider with the exotic Ta Prohm temple. (B)

DAY 14
Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City Day 14 Hotel
You might receive an early-morning good luck blessing by Buddhist monks before you’re on the plane to Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to as Saigon, is a cosmopolitan city that combines Vietnamese flair with US influences post the Vietnam War and is one of the most dynamic and progressive cities in Asia with great places to eat and drink. The French also left their fingerprints all over this‘Paris of the Orient’, from architecture like Notre Dame Cathedral to the best pastries this side of the Eiffel Tower. (B)

DAY 15
Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta Day 15 Homestay
It’s a 2 day journey into the Mekong Delta. After experiencing the Mekong-style Cai Be floating markets, lunch at a local home then bike ride the surrounding rural area, passing a raft village, pottery factories and local cottage industries. Meet your home stay family, and get to experience Vietnamese life first-hand, enjoying dinner with them this evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 16
Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City Day 16 Hotel
Life begins early in Asia and we rise to see the morning life of rural Vietnam as the village awakes. Returning to the host family for breakfast we bid farewell and continue our cruise of the Mekong, visiting a rice wine workshop and a Long Thanh communal house before returning to Ho Chi Minh City. (B,D)

DAY 17
Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang Day 17 Hotel
It’s a free morning so you could pick up an option to visit the Cu Chi tunnels. This 200km network of tunnels were made by the Viet Cong to infiltrate unsuspecting US base camps. Spend the afternoon seeing the landmarks of this bustling city like Notre Dame Cathedral, the Presidential Palace and the War Remnants Museum with history on The Vietnam War. Score a bargain in the Ben Thanh Markets, selling everything from fresh produce to fabrics, handicrafts and everything in between! Then it’s a flight to Nha Trang. (B)

DAY 18
Nha Trang Day 18 Hotel
Ranked one of the top beaches in Vietnam, take the pace of your trip down a notch and enjoy this waterside resort town while soaking up the rays and swimming in the warm waters. Do your own thing, or you could bliss out with a mineral mud bath warmed by natural hot springs or there’s a full day snorkeling cruise to offshore islands. (B)

DAY 19
Nha Trang to Hoi An Day 19 Hotel
Fly to Danang and travel down to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hoi An. Join a walking tour through the Old Quarter, pagodas and markets before biking the surrounding countryside. Free time this afternoon to explore the town’s galleries and boutiques - perfect for gifts! (B)

DAY 20
Hoi An Day 20 Hotel
Enjoy another day in this little historic gem of a town. A former trading port famous for wooden houses, Chinese influenced temples and silk shops; it is the perfect place to have clothes tailor-made at tiny prices. Get up close and personal with the locals by taking an option to spend a day working with the local village farmers. (B)

DAY 21
Hoi An to Hue Day 21 Hotel
There’s stunning coastal views while driving over the“Pass of the Ocean Clouds” to the former Royal City of Hue. A dragon boat is your ride to pagodas featuring an eclectic mix of western and eastern influences. Following a visit to the Royal Tomb and the older, fortified Citadel, it’s a free afternoon. Take an optional ride through the Forbidden City, once occupied by Emperors, or join a cooking class in Hue Royal cuisine in a renovated former royal house. (B)

DAY 22
Hue to Hanoi Day 22 Hotel
Swap the coast for the city and fly to Hanoi. Tour the capital where you’ll find a unique mix of Vietnamese, Chinese and French influences and where history and modernity live side by side. Wind your way through the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, sip cappuccinos, the renowned Vietnamese coffee, in road side cafes or relax in one of the many parks or lakes. (B)

DAY 23
Hanoi to Halong Bay Day 23 Overnight Cruise
Drive out from Hanoi to the spectacular Halong Bay. Board a traditional Junk boat for an overnight cruise through the surreal and breathtaking landscape of these World Heritage listed waters where over 3,000 limestone islands rise right out from the water. Watch the unforgettable scenery as we cruise past mountains, islands, beaches and grottos while we lunch onboard. Take a bamboo row boat to explore the lagoon, coral and water tunnels or watch sunset over Titov Mountain. Enjoy dinner onboard. (B,L,D)

DAY 24
Halong Bay to Hanoi Day 24 Hotel
Wake to a view of sunrise over jade green waters. View the simple fishing villages perched on the tiny islands, swim and relax on the large deck before enjoying lunch and heading back to Hanoi. (B,L)

DAY 25
Hanoi to Sapa Day 25 Overnight Train
Spend the morning exploring Hanoi before a late check out. Pack your trekking shoes - you’re off to the far north near the Chinese/Vietnamese border via an overnight train to Lao Cai. Continue on to Sapa. (B)

DAY 26
Sapa Hilltribe Trek Day 26 Guesthouse
Hiking from Sapa to the village of the Black Hmong tribe, local paths provide vistas of terraced paddy fields, green valleys and opportunities to meet the locals. After lunch from local stalls continue to Muong Hoa Valley to spend the night in the villages’ stilt houses. (B,L,D)

DAY 27
Sapa to Hanoi Day 27 Overnight Train
The trek continues towards Red Dao village and Giang Ta Chai passing stone carvings at prehistoric sites. Take lunch by a waterfall and trek back to Sapa town. Freshen up at a guesthouse and take an optional dinner before jumping aboard the night train to Hanoi. (B,L)

DAY 28
Hanoi Day 28
There’s an early morning arrival into Hanoi where the tour ends and itÂ’s time to say farewell to your Contiki crew.

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