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Off the Beaten Track Indochina

Vientiane, Muang La, Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Mai Chau, Tam Coc, Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap

From $7600 per person in low season
From $8000 per person in high season

based on 21 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Angkor Temple Access Pass

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

Price based on two people sharing one room with private transfers, selected tours and daily breakfast. Please note around public vacations and festive seasons this price will increase.

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At a Glance

  • Visit the astonishing temples of Angkor, including Angkor Wat, with our specialist guides who are able to judge the busiest times at each temple and will ensure you reach each one just after the crowds have departed.

  • Spend time in Battambang, Cambodia, a beautiful colonial town with a genteel old world feel.

  • Get to know Cambodia's arty capital city, Phnom Penh that's brimming with cafes, restaurants and boutiques.

  • Explore the rarely visited mountains of Northern Laos to truly appreciate one of South East Asia's hidden gems.

  • Visit Hanoi to learn about life in the north of Vietnam, but you will also be able to head into the countryside to see true rural culture outside of the city.

  • A great option over Christmas when the weather is at its best

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The best time to visit Northern Vietnam is from February to April and September to November avoiding the heat and the rain. The official peak season in Vietnam is from September to April as these months see the least rain. December to February are the cooler months. May to September is the rainy season with the most rain failing in July and August and typhoons are possible. Cambodia and Laos are hot all year round and the best time to visit is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. It starts to get wetter in May and the wettest months are September and October. It is still possible to visit during this time as rain usually falls as short sharp storms. November is a fantastic month to visit Laos and Cambodia as it is very green after the rainy season and the lakes and rivers are full of water.
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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

This compelling itinerary is our most in-depth route through Cambodia and is ideal for those who want to blend historic and cultural Cambodia with its glittering coastline. Explore the temples of Angkor, the colonial lanes of Battambang and coastal Kep.

  1. Days 1-3: Vientiane

    This journey begins in Vientiane, Laos' quiet capital hugging the Mekong river. Stroll along French inspired boulevards and enjoy a delicious breakfast at one of the patisseries that rub shoulders with decorative temples. With your guide, explore the highlights of the city including the French inspired Patuxai Monument, the mysterious Buddha Park and the insightful COPE center where you can learn about Laos’ history as the most bombed country in the world.

    Accommodation: Ansara Hotel (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-6: Northern Laos

    After two nights in Vientiane you will take a quick flight up to the north of the country, landing in the mountain town of Oudomxay. From here it's just a scenic 45-minute drive to Muang La Resort. This stunning property is far off the tourist trail, and the surrounding area is perfect for trekking and exploring. We have included a fun half day mountain biking experience, as well as a half day in a 4x4 visiting local Ikhos tribal villages, some of the most isolated communities in Laos.

    Accommodation: Muang La Resort (3 nights)

  3. Days 6-7: Northern Laos

    From Muang La you are taken south by road and boat, watching the astonishing scenery unfold before you, with dramatic limestone karsts and luminous green terraced rice paddies. During the one night stop in Nong Khiaw you and your guide will embark on a tough three-hour mountain trek past cascading waterfalls, stopping for a typical Lao picnic at the summit.  

    Accommodation: Mandala Ou (1 night)

  4. Days 7-10: Luang Prabang

    The journey continues south to Luang Prabang, one of our favorite small towns in Asia. It is crammed with authentic old-world charm, colonial buildings accented with local designs and quiet streets lined with boutiques, museums and local restaurants. Staying here for three nights we invite you to spend a day relaxing at the mighty Kuang Si waterfall, swimming in the sky-blue pools or trekking up to the top of the main cascade to watch the water slip away from beneath you. A full day walking tour of the city will be a great opportunity to get a local’s perspective on life in this unique town, visiting key locations such as the Royal Palace and the towering Mount Phousi, dominating the town center.

    Accommodation: Luang Say Residence (3 nights)

  5. Days 10-12: Hanoi

    A short flight takes you over the border to Vietnam’s culture-rich capital, Hanoi. Most people think Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) is the capital of Vietnam, so this unassuming town with its quaint cobbled streets and crumbling old coffee houses is often overlooked. Stay right in the heart of the city next to the Hoan Kiem lake, just steps away from the inviting Old Quarter, and allow your guide to steer you through the thronging streets to find the landmarks such as the house of ‘Uncle Ho’ and the strong-stomached can peer into Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum to view the preserved body of the revolutionary leader of the former Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Finish your tour at the Temple of Literature where university students still flock to pray and make offerings at exam times.

    Accommodation: The Apricot (2 nights)

  6. Days 12-14: Mai Chau

    From Hanoi, drive four hours west to the pretty and verdant scenery of Mai Chau. Stay at a charming lodge and explore on foot or in the local area and meet the friendly locals. Hop on a bicycle and head with your guide through towns and villages, admiring the scenery and stopping to speak to the naturally welcoming and curious villagers, some of whom will be thrilled to have a chance to practice their English.

    Accommodation: Mai Chau Ecolodge (2 nights)

  7. Days 14-15: Ninh Binh

    From Mai Chau, leave the lush fields behind and head to the dramatic mountain scenery of Ninh Binh. Spend a day in one of the several ancient capitals of Vietnam and marvel at the intricate lacquer-work of the Dinh and Le Dynasty Temples. You can also take a traditional sampan ride through the flooded scenery of Tam Coc, trying to spot endangered monkeys perched high above you on the limestone crags. Tam Coc is often described as the ‘Halong Bay on land’ and is a great alternative to going to the often-crowded bay.

    Accommodation: Tam Coc Garden (1 night)

  8. Days 15-17: Phnom Penh

    Take a scenic two to three-hour drive back to Hanoi airport and fly south west to Phnom Penh, the growing riverside capital of Cambodia. Two nights here is the perfect introduction to Cambodia; visit 19th and 20th century colonial buildings, explore the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and head out to the Killing Fields at Choueng Ek. Cambodia's recent history is sobering, but with our talented guides, you'll be introduced to it in an educational and informative way.

    Accommodation: La Rose Suites (2 nights)

  9. Days 17-19: Battambang

    From Phnom Penh you will take a long but scenic 5-hour drive to Battambang, a small colonial city halfway between Tonle Sap lake and the Thai border. There's not a great deal to do here so you can enjoy some well-earned downtime walking along the river banks, strolling through its genteel colonial streets, passing the time in charming cafes and absorbing its old-world charm. Your guide will join you for a half day cycling trip through the town and surrounding countryside, and we thoroughly recommend you pay a visit to the internationally renowned Phare circus, founded by an organization that helps to educate and train disadvantaged Cambodian youths in the area.

    Accommodation: La Villa Battambang (2 nights)

  10. Days 19-22: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

    Your final stop is the lively tourist town of Siem Reap, entry point to the astonishing temples of Angkor, including Angkor Wat. This once small town is now brimming with beautiful hotels, boutiques and restaurants, and from here, with our expert guides, you'll visit hidden corners of Angkor, getting away from the crowds before arriving in popular areas such as Angkor Thom just after the tour groups have left. Enjoy watching the sun rise behind the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat as your trip draws to a close. And Siem Reap is more than just a base for temple bashing, here you can also opt to enjoy a private dinner in a paddy field, take a helicopter flight, enjoy a cooking class or take a private cruise on Tonle Sap Lake.

    Accommodation: Heritage Suites Hotel (3 nights)

Experiences

  • Angkor Wat at Sunrise

    Experience the majesty of Angkor Wat with a short sunrise tour, the best time to visit this ancient monument and one of Southeast Asia's most important archaeological sites.

  • Explore Angkor Thom

    This is one of our favorite half-day experiences from Siem Reap; with specialist guides you'll avoid the crowds and head off by foot into the jungle temples before anyone else.

  • Half Day City Tour of Hanoi

    Start this fascinating historical tour at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of 'Uncle Ho' resides. You will then visit Ho Chi Minh's House, where he lived and worked.

  • Half Day Tour of Dinh & Le Dynasty Temples

    Due to its mountainous scenery acting as a barrier against invaders, Ninh Binh was once the capital province of Vietnam. Whilst little remains of the ancient capital city of Hoa Lu, two small but intricate temples stand on the site.

  • Ikhos Village Explorer

    This half-day trip by 4x4 explores the most picturesque route along the banks of the River Nam Pak, visiting two Ikhos villages en route. The Ikhos people originate from Tibet and Yunnan in China and are some of the most isolated communities in Laos.

  • Luang Prabang Full Day Tour

    Enjoy a full day tour of the fascinating UNESCO protected city of Luang Prabang, exploring the Royal Palace, shimmering temples, ancient streets and traditional art and ethnology center. The day culminates in a climb to the top of Phousi Hill.

  • Mai Chau Cycling Adventure

    Jump on your bikes for a leisurely two hour cycle through the beautiful valley of Mai Chau. Pass through towns and villages, and wind your way through lush forest and rice paddies, admiring the scenery and perhaps getting to know some of the locals.

  • Muang La Cycling Discovery

    This relatively easy but adventurous half-day cycling trip follows the banks of the River Nam Pak, exploring charming Khamu villages along the way.

  • Phnom Penh and The Killing Fields

    Experience the highlights of Phnom Penh before heading out to the green fields of Cheung Ek, known as The Killing Fields, to learn about the background and cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime. This is a fascinating half-day tour.

  • Tam Coc Boat Trip

    Tam Coc is an area within Ninh Binh Province, often referred to as 'Halong Bay on Land'. A local rower will take you on a leisurely two-hour boat trip along the Ngo Dong River, which winds its way between dramatic limestone karsts.

  • Temples of the Forest

    This fantastic tour is geared around avoiding the crowds, getting you to Ta Prohm, Ta Nei and Ta Keo at the quietest time of day. Ensconced in jungle, these temples are ideal for adventurous families and couples wanting an Indiana Jones experience!

  • Vientiane City Tour and Buddha Park

    Get the most out of Vientiane by exploring the ancient wats of the city, the fascinating COPE center and ethereal Buddha Park on the banks of the Mekong.

Location

Vientiane, Muang La, Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Mai Chau, Tam Coc, Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap

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