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Ultimate South East Asia


Sharpen your chopstick skills & clear a month of your calendar. This is so much more than a holiday. Walk the streets of Bangkok. Explore limestone caves in Laos. Participate in Buddhist alms giving. Stay on a junk boat. (No big deal). This trip is the ma...

27 Days
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USD 4,526.00
USD 3,198.00
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USD 118.00
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Ultimate South East Asia
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18 - 35 Years
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Sharpen your chopstick skills & clear a month of your calendar. This is so much more than a holiday. Walk the streets of Bangkok. Explore limestone caves in Laos. Participate in Buddhist alms giving. Stay on a junk boat. (No big deal). This trip is the magical mix of everything south-east Asia has to offer!

Map: Ultimate South East Asia (Contiki)

Short Itinerary / Route

Day 1
Day 2
Bangkok To Kanchanaburi
Day 3
Kanchanaburi To Chiang Mai Via Ayutthaya
Day 4
Overnight Train To Chiang Mai Via Elephant Nature ...
Day 5
Chiang Mai
Day 6
Chiang Mai To Chiang Rai
Day 7
Chiang Rai To Pakbeng
Day 8
Pak Beng To Luang Prabang
Day 9
Luang Prabang
Day 10
Luang Prabang To Vang Vieng
Day 11
Vang Vieng To Vientiane
Day 12
Vientiane To Phnom Penh
Day 13
Phnom Penh
Day 14
Phnom Penh To Siem Reap
Day 15
Siem Reap
Day 16
Siem Reap To Ho Chi Minh City
Day 17
Ho Chi Minh City To Mekong Delta
Day 18
Mekong Delta To Ho Chi Minh City
Day 19
Ho Chi Minh City To Nha Trang
Day 20
Nha Trang
Day 21
Nha Trang To Hoi'an
Day 22
Hoi An
Day 23
Hoi An To Hanoi Via Da Nang
Day 24
Hanoi To Ninh Binh
Day 25
Ninh Binh To Halong Bay
Day 26
Halong Bay To Hanoi
Day 27

Travel Countries (4): Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam

Travel Cities (17): Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Da Nang, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hội An, Kanchanaburi, Luang Prabang, Nha Trang, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Trang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane


Dining Summary

  • 25 Breakfast (B)
  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 7 Lunch (L)

Included Experience

  • Bangkok: Nose around the gilded Royal Palace, then travel like a local: floating down the Rivers.
  • Kanchanaburi: A sombre slice of history. See the Death Railway Museum, WWII Cemetery and the famous Bridge itself.
  • Kanchanaburi: Cool off in emerald pools, shower under a waterfall and get your step count up. All in a day's work.
  • Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya: Golden temples, a giant reclining Buddha and so many incredible sights to see. Try not to fall off your bike in shock!
  • Chiang Rai: Tour one of Thailand’s most-recognisable temples – the White Temple. You’ll find plenty of Buddhist symbolism hinted throughout its beautiful architecture (you know, to satisfy your artistic soul).
  • Chiang Rai: Blazing blue deities will welcome you at the gates of this mesmerising temple. Don’t forget your camera for a spectacular view of this unconventional style of Buddhist art.
  • Chiang Rai: Visit the place that has hosted art scholars and researchers for over 50 years. This museum is all about mixing traditional and modern Thai architectural styles, and it’s pretty spellbinding too.
  • Pak Beng: Float down the Mekong from Pak Beng, past craggy caves and sleepy hillside villages. A proper taste of Laos life.
  • Luang Prabang: Definitely the most surreal caves we’ve ever seen. Rock caverns packed with thousands of mini-Buddha statues. Pics or it didn’t happen.
  • Luang Prabang: Cycle around the former capital of Laos. Then visit Big Brother Mouse to help locals improve their English.
  • Luang Prabang: Meditate at this ornate temple, or just marvel at its gilded beauty and take lots of pics.
  • Luang Prabang: Always wanted to live like a Buddhist? Here is your chance to offer an ‘Alms’ to monks, in the spirit of karmic giving.
  • Luang Prabang: Hop onto the train from Luang Prabang, travelling at a dashing 160 km/h. You’ll catch some breathtaking views on the way.
  • Vientiane: This isn't your typical hectic capital city. Today, you'll walk around the peacefully lovely city of Vientiane and admire Laos' version of the Arc de Triomphe - the Patuxai.
  • Vientiane: It’s bizarre. It’s beautiful. And it has a lot of Buddha statues. This fanciful sculpture garden will leave you with wonder (and a little bit of confusion) in your eyes.
  • Vientiane: Fasten your seatbelts folks, we’re off to Phnom Penh
  • Phnom Penh: Admire the architectural wonder of some of the best buildings from the Khmer Empire of Vietnam – built back in the 1800s!
  • Phnom Penh: A sombre but important remembrance for the victims of the Khmer Rouge. Visit the fields and Genocide Museum.
  • Phnom Penh: Spend the evening at one of Phnom Penh's best-loved after-dark hotspots for refreshing beverages and tantalising food.
  • Siem Reap: Visit Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon – where Tomb Raider was filmed. But dress appropriately (no hotpants, soz).
  • Siem Reap: Back on the plane. (Didn’t get a window seat last time? Now’s your chance…)
  • Mekong River Delta: Grab your buddies and take a shot at catching an elephant ear fish for dinner. FYI: it tastes better than it looks.
  • Mekong River Delta: Watch and learn as local craftspeople make rice wine, tea, sweets and more local delicacies.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Brave this subterranean world. The hand-dug tunnels were built by the Viet Cong to hide out during the war.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Tick off all of the landmarks on your bucket list – Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office and the Presidential Palace.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: A meaningful reminder of the atrocities of the Vietnam War and its impact on local people and wildlife.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Passports at the ready folks.
  • Hoi An: This 15th century port and UNESCO site is best explored on two wheels with a local expert. Don’t forget your Go-Pro!
  • Da Nang: Next stop, Hanoi. But before we hit the streets, it’s time to hit the sky one more time.
  • Hanoi: Listen up culture-lovers. This shrine – dedicated to ancient philosopher Confucius – is known as ‘Vietnam’s first university’.
  • Hanoi: Take a look at the resting place of Vietnamese revolutionary leader and President Ho Chi Minh. This is where he, along with his party, declared the independence of Vietnam.
  • Ninh Binh: Cool tropical breeze. Lush-green landscapes. And an unforgettable view of the sunrise over the shimmery silhouette.
  • Halong Bay: Grab your new BFFs and hang out in this mini paradise. The powdery sand and turquoise waters will bless you with #islandvibes
  • Halong Bay: The best way to drift off into dreamy sleep? Drifting along the Gulf of Tonkin in a traditional Chinese-style Junk Boat, of course!
  • Halong Bay: Yet another work of art from Mother Nature. These huge underground caves are made for exploring. But can you spot the ‘mammoth’?

Make Travel Matter®

  • Elephant Nature Park: Help to protect to these majestic giants by learning about their struggle while watching them roam free - the way they were meant to live. ​
  • Luang Prabang: Your chance to watch Lao textile artisans at work, making clothes and homeware using special techniques.
  • Vientiane: See the amazing efforts of this non-profit, which gives prosthetic limbs to disabled locals – some of who are victims of unexploded bombs. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience
  • Siem Reap: Not only is the food top-notch, this social enterprise makes a mission out of training and employing street youths. Respect.
  • Hanoi: Gorge on a delicious, high-quality meal crafted by trainees looking to fine-tune their hospitality skills. The KOTO Community provides guidance, training and career prospects to the underprivileged young people of Vietnam.

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