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Thailand & Mekong Experience

  • Duration
    22 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Go Beyond
  • Price From
    $9,030pp

Experience the very best of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in a three-week Asian adventure. Begin in Saigon, cruise upriver to Phnom Penh, and travel north to explore the jungle-swathed temples of Angkor, before heading west into historic Thailand to discover its sandy beaches, revolutionary vineyards and wild national parkland with free-roaming elephants.

  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 19 , Lunches: 16 , Dinners: 13
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    19 nights in 3+ star accommodation
  • Cruise
    Victoria Mekong Cruise
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
  • Physical Rating 3Learn More
    X A good level of fitness is required as you need to be comfortable walking for 2-3 hours and covering longer distances. Other activities such as cycling will be at a gentle pace and will involve straightforward terrain. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Longer walking and gentle paced physical activities.
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Tour Highlights

Our Thailand & Mekong Experience tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Thailand & Mekong Experience Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

  • Days 1-2
    Fly To Saigon
    Days 1-2: Fly To Saigon

    Fly overnight to Saigon. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before your welcome dinner.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Saigon
    Day 3: Saigon

    Enjoy a relaxed introduction to Saigon, including architectural landmarks such as the French colonial-style Notre Dame and Central Post Office. Tonight's dinner is at NOIR, a true 'dining in the dark' experience. This social enterprise employs visually impaired locals, who invite you on a culinary journey with lasting impact.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Cu Chi Tunnels
    Days 4: Cu Chi Tunnels

    This morning, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to learn about the Viet Cong's tactical strategies during the Vietnam War. Relax with a fresh 'farm-to-table' lunch at a Vietnamese farm before an afternoon at leisure.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 5
    Board Victoria Mekong
    Days 5: Board Victoria Mekong

    Travel from Saigon to Can Tho, the beating heart of the Mekong Delta, where you will board the Victoria Mekong, your home for the next four nights. Sip a sundown cocktail and hear a traditional music performance as the ship casts off towards Long Xuyen.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Tiger Island
    Day 6: Tiger Island

    Tender ashore to visit Long Xuyen floating market and the An Giang Traditions Museum with its exhibitions on local cultures. During lunch, the ship sails upstream to Tiger Island. Head ashore to explore by rickshaw, visiting local crafters such as, incense makers and a wood carver. Tonight, the ship cruises on to Tan Chau.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Tan Chau
    Day 7: Tan Chau

    Head ashore by sampan to visit the local silk village where you will witness the many steps involved in silk production, from traditional looms to the use of natural dyes made from tree bark, leaves and fruit.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Into Cambodia
    Day 8: Into Cambodia

    Today the ship will cruise to Phnom Penh, crossing the border en route. Spend the day in the infinity pool or taking part in the onboard activities. On arrival in Phnom Penh, enjoy a lively apsara dance performance to welcome you into Cambodia.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Phnom Penh
    Day 9: Phnom Penh

    Disembark the ship this morning and discover Phnom Penh by cyclo, taking in the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom. Your afternoon is at leisure.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Fly To Siem Reap
    Day 10: Fly To Siem Reap

    This morning's excursion to the Killing Fields outside the city gives a sombre insight into Cambodia's turmoil under the regime of Pol Pot. This afternoon, fly to Siem Reap.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Angkor
    Day 11: Angkor

    The Angkor Archaeological Park is home to over 1,000 temples dating back to the Khmer Empire. Best preserved of all the temples is Angkor Wat, while the jungle-swathed ruins of Ta Prohm evoke a sense of mystery and true adventure. This evening, enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom as the sun sets.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 12
    Apopo
    Day 12: Apopo

    This morning, visit APOPO Hero Rats Project. This humanitarian centre trains rats to scent-detect unexploded wartime landmines in rural areas of Cambodia so they can be safely deactivated by expert teams, saving untold lives. The afternoon is at leisure.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 13
    Cambodia To Thailand
    Day 13: Cambodia To Thailand

    Take a one-hour flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok. Check in at your hotel to refresh yourself before a street food tour.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14
    Bangkok At Leisure
    Day 14: Bangkok At Leisure

    <p>Relax or explore Bangkok independently.</p> <p><strong>Optional private excursions, e.g. to Ayutthaya or the Thonburi canals, are available.</strong></p>

    • Breakfast
  • Day 15
    Bridge Over The River Kwai
    Day 15: Bridge Over The River Kwai

    Travel to Kanchanaburi, made famous by 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'. Here, learn about the experience of Southeast Asian and Allied POWs who were forced to work on the railway under WWII Japanese occupation. Pay respects to the victims at the cemetery and museum before a short train journey through the Kwai Noi Valley.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16
    To The Gulf
    Day 16: To The Gulf

    Depart Kanchanaburi and travel south to the beach resort of Hua Hin, stopping en route to visit a toddy palm plantation. Arrive at Hua Hin after lunch. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 17
    Wine & Vine
    Day 17: Wine & Vine

    Head to Monsoon Valley Vineyard for a surprising insight into Thai viticulture. These award-winning New Latitude varietals have revolutionised wine-making, succeeding in a truly unexpected climate. Enjoy a tasting and lunch at the vineyard before continuing to Kui Buri National Park, where you'll join a park ranger on a half-day wildlife safari. Kui Buri elephants are completely wild and sightings cannot be guaranteed, but afternoon safaris here average a 90% sighting rate.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 18
    Northern Highlands
    Day 18: Northern Highlands

    Depart Hua Hin and return to Bangkok for your short flight to the peaceful, laidback city of Chiang Mai in Thailand's cooler northern highlands.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 19
    Essence Of Chiang Mai
    Day 19: Essence Of Chiang Mai

    Explore Chiang Mai's highlights by rickshaw before driving out to Doi Suthep's magnificent hilltop temple with its panoramic views. Return to Chiang Mai for lunch at a social enterprise restaurant offering life-changing vocational training to reformed women from Chiang Mai's Correctional Institution. Enjoy some free time before tonight's cooking class, in which you will learn to prepare a traditional Thai dinner.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 20
    Elephant Nature Park
    Day 20: Elephant Nature Park

    Drive out to the Elephant Nature Park, widely respected as a flagship of responsible ecotourism. Home to more than 35 elephants, rescued chiefly from the tourist and illegal logging industries, this sanctuary offers the herd respite and veterinary care in their retirement. Enjoy walking with the elephants and watching them bathe in the river before returning to Chiang Mai. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with a traditional Thai performance.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 21-22
    Fly Chiang Mai To New Zealand
    Days 21-22: Fly Chiang Mai To New Zealand

    Fly to New Zealand, arriving home the following day.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Muong Thanh Saigon Centre
    Muong Thanh Saigon Centre
    Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel is situated in District 1. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and have a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, indoor swimming pool and free WiFi.
  • Kravan Hotel
    Kravan Hotel
    Based in the heart of Phnom Penh, the Kravan hotel is equipped with a swimming pool, rooftop bar, gym and spa. With super fast Wifi available free throughout the hotel, it within walking distance to popular local and international restaurants, beer gardens, bakeries, branded coffees, health clinics, mini marts and other local services. Kravan has been specially designed to make your stay luxurious, comfortable and for peace of mind.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
  • Lotus Blanc Resort
    National Road 6, Kruos Village, Krong Siem Reap 17252, Cambodia
    Lotus Blanc Resort
    Perfectly combining a French and Khmer aesthetic, the Lotus Blanc is a 10 minute tuk tuk ride from the lively heart of Siem Reap. Stately but chic, there is a large pool, fitness centre, spa, 3 bars and 3 restaurants serving a variety of local and international dishes. Rooms are expansive, bright and minimalist and boast a balcony, bathroom with rain shower, television, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, armchairs and air-conditioning.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 26°c
  • 14mm
  • Can Tho
  • 26°c
  • 9mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 27°c
  • 26mm
  • Bangkok
  • 28°c
  • 13mm
  • Kanchanaburi
  • 26°c
  • 3mm
  • Hua Hin
  • 26°c
  • 12mm
  • Chiang Mai
  • 22°c
  • 4mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 4mm
  • Can Tho
  • 27°c
  • 3mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 28°c
  • 12mm
  • Bangkok
  • 29°c
  • 20mm
  • Kanchanaburi
  • 29°c
  • 18mm
  • Hua Hin
  • 27°c
  • 15mm
  • Chiang Mai
  • 24°c
  • 9mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 29°c
  • 10mm
  • Can Tho
  • 28°c
  • 12mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 30°c
  • 58mm
  • Bangkok
  • 30°c
  • 42mm
  • Kanchanaburi
  • 31°c
  • 29mm
  • Hua Hin
  • 28°c
  • 54mm
  • Chiang Mai
  • 27°c
  • 18mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 30°c
  • 50mm
  • Can Tho
  • 29°c
  • 43mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 30°c
  • 101mm
  • Bangkok
  • 31°c
  • 91mm
  • Kanchanaburi
  • 32°c
  • 78mm
  • Hua Hin
  • 30°c
  • 46mm
  • Chiang Mai
  • 30°c
  • 57mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 30°c
  • 218mm
  • Can Tho
  • 29°c
  • 167mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 30°c
  • 112mm
  • Bangkok
  • 30°c
  • 248mm
  • Kanchanaburi
  • 31°c
  • 145mm
  • Hua Hin
  • 30°c
  • 109mm
  • Chiang Mai
  • 29°c
  • 162mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 312mm
  • Can Tho
  • 28°c
  • 182mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 29°c
  • 177mm
  • Bangkok
  • 30°c
  • 157mm
  • Kanchanaburi
  • 30°c
  • 86mm
  • Hua Hin
  • 30°c
  • 79mm
  • Chiang Mai
  • 28°c
  • 124mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 294mm
  • Can Tho
  • 27°c
  • 225mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 29°c
  • 196mm
  • Bangkok
  • 29°c
  • 175mm
  • Kanchanaburi
  • 29°c
  • 103mm
  • Hua Hin
  • 29°c
  • 93mm
  • Chiang Mai
  • 28°c
  • 140mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 270mm
  • Can Tho
  • 28°c
  • 171mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 29°c
  • 172mm
  • Bangkok
  • 29°c
  • 219mm
  • Kanchanaburi
  • 29°c
  • 98mm
  • Hua Hin
  • 29°c
  • 71mm
  • Chiang Mai
  • 28°c
  • 217mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 327mm
  • Can Tho
  • 27°c
  • 278mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 28°c
  • 249mm
  • Bangkok
  • 29°c
  • 334mm
  • Kanchanaburi
  • 29°c
  • 220mm
  • Hua Hin
  • 29°c
  • 120mm
  • Chiang Mai
  • 27°c
  • 211mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 267mm
  • Can Tho
  • 27°c
  • 250mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 27°c
  • 319mm
  • Bangkok
  • 29°c
  • 292mm
  • Kanchanaburi
  • 28°c
  • 209mm
  • Hua Hin
  • 28°c
  • 246mm
  • Chiang Mai
  • 27°c
  • 118mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 27°c
  • 116mm
  • Can Tho
  • 27°c
  • 168mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 26°c
  • 135mm
  • Bangkok
  • 28°c
  • 50mm
  • Kanchanaburi
  • 27°c
  • 59mm
  • Hua Hin
  • 27°c
  • 101mm
  • Chiang Mai
  • 25°c
  • 54mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 26°c
  • 48mm
  • Can Tho
  • 26°c
  • 52mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 26°c
  • 80mm
  • Bangkok
  • 27°c
  • 6mm
  • Kanchanaburi
  • 25°c
  • 6mm
  • Hua Hin
  • 26°c
  • 8mm
  • Chiang Mai
  • 22°c
  • 16mm
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Thailand & Mekong Experience map

Places Visited: Saigon (3N) - Can Tho - Mekong Cruise (4N) - Tan Chau - Phnom Penh (1N) - Siem Reap (3N) - Bangkok (2N) - Kanchanaburi (1N) - Hua Hin (1N) - Chiang Mai (3N)

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