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The one that covers Thailand, Cambodia and Laos in 2 weeks

Travel Style

Discoverer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    16 days

  • Places

    11 places

  • Meals

    15 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach + Internal Flights + Train + Ferry

  • Group Size

    Average 24 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Overnight Train to Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Ayutthaya

Top Experiences

19 included & 5 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Take a guided tour of Bangkok's Royal Palace and feed the fish in the local klongs (canals)

    Included

    Bangkok

  • Spend half a day with playful rescue elephants at the Sai Yok Elephant Haven in Kanchanaburi

    Included

    Kanchanaburi

  • Enjoy an authentic family-style dinner at your jungle raft accomodation in Kanchanburi

    Included

    Kanchanaburi

  • Marvel at the cascading beauty of Kuang Si Waterfall

    US$20.00

    Luang Prabang

  • Explore Vang Vieng by river with a kayaking and caving experience

    US$21

    Vang Vieng

  • Take a sunset Quad Biking adventure through the Cambodian countryside in Siem Reap

    US$36

    Siem Reap

Asian Adventure

19 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Take a guided tour of Bangkok's Royal Palace and feed the fish in the local klongs (canals)
  • Long-tail boat tour of canals with fish feeding
  • Spend half a day with playful rescue elephants at the Sai Yok Elephant Haven in Kanchanaburi
  • Enjoy an authentic family-style dinner at your jungle raft accomodation in Kanchanburi
  • Visit infamous Death Railway & the Bridge on the beautiful River Kwai, Kanchanaburi
  • Swim in the breathtaking Erawan waterfalls in Thailand
  • Take a scenic bike ride across Ayutthaya
  • Overnight train to Chiang Mai
  • Visit Doi Suthep Temple
  • See the Pak Ou Caves
  • Explore the French colonial influences of UNESCO-listed Luang Prabang on two wheels with a bicycle ride
  • City tour of the Laotian capital
  • Visit the COPE Support Centre in Vientiane, Laos, providing prosthetic limbs and support for local people with disabilities
  • Included flight to Phnom Penh
  • Pay tribute to a tragic past at the 'Killing Fields" & Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
  • Dinner at the Friends TREE Alliance Restaurant in Phnom Penh, a social enterprise serving up delicious local cuisine
  • Included flight to Siem Reap
  • See Angkor Wat at Sunrise
  • Visit Ta Prohm temple

5 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Thai Cooking Class US$26.00
  • Zip around Chiang Mai's street food scene in an evening Vespa food tour THB 2750
  • Marvel at the cascading beauty of Kuang Si Waterfall US$20.00
  • Explore Vang Vieng by river with a kayaking and caving experience US$21
  • Take a sunset Quad Biking adventure through the Cambodian countryside in Siem Reap US$36

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 15 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    12 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Special Stay - Floating Raft Hotel, 1 night in Overnight Train, 1 night in Guesthouse

    Guest houses and 3-star hotels are the name of the game, plus you'll get the chance to shack-up on an overnight sleeper train. We like to keep it intrepid without compromising on comfort.

About this trip

Sharpen your chopstick skills & clear 16 days of your calendar; this is so much more than a holiday. Included internal flights & a well planned trip will see you chasing waterfalls in Thailand, exploring limestone caves in Laos and see the sun rise over Cambodia's Angkor Wat. No big deal.

 

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Bangkok

  2. 2 2 nights

    Kanchanaburi

  3. via via

    Ayutthaya

  4. 1 1 night

    Overnight Train to Chiang Mai

  5. 2 2 nights

    Chiang Mai

  6. 1 1 night

    Pakbeng

  7. 2 2 nights

    Luang Prabang

  8. 2 2 nights

    Vang Vieng

  9. 1 1 night

    Vientiane

  10. 1 1 night

    Phnom Penh

  11. 2 2 nights

    Siem Reap

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DAY 1 - Arrive Bangkok

Bangkok

Welcome to Bangkok fellow globe roamers, where a glorious adventure of Asia exploration lies ahead of us. After checking into our swanky hotel you may wish to do some DIY exploring, grab a massage or just lie by the pool soaking up those sweet Thai rays. Later the group will join forces to hear what's in store for the trip, then the night is yours. Maybe take to the streets for some authentic pad thai and eye-popping nightlife, or jump in a tuk-tuk and hit the buzzy Patpong Night Market, with its neon lights and vibrant street life.  

Stay

Nouvo City Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Bangkok

The Royal Palace and its 61 acres of incredible buildings will be number one on today's to do list. We'll start the day early, with so much to see there's no time to waste. We'll start with a tour of the klongs (canals) and some fish feeding, as well as watching locals go about their day and living life along the river. Just listing today's sites gives us the butterflies, and we'll take it all in with our Local Guide leading the charge. Armed with more Local knowledge than we know what to do with, get ready for ME Time. From shopping, grabbing a massage to indulding in delicious local eats, this afternoon is gearing up to be brilliant.

Kanchanaburi

Bangkok, you've been a dream, but the show must go on! Fast becoming a must-visit in this part of the world, we make tracks to our next destination, the sleepy town of Kanchanaburi to really get local. There's nothing like getting some local transport to keep things interesting, so we'll pop into a boat along the River Kwai where we'll reach our home for the night, the The Jungle Raft Hotel, Kanchanaburi. Rooms lit by candle light are what you'll be greeted with, followed by a delicious included dinner of local specialities at dusk. You can even jump in the river directly from your room. Amazing! Because of course here at Contiki we like to keep things a bit special. Tonight as we watch the sunset over the landscape we'll no doubt be toasting our first full day on the trip and contemplating just how good life is. 

Stay

Jungle Raft Hotel Special Stay (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a guided tour of Bangkok's Royal Palace and feed the fish in the local klongs (canals)

  • Long-tail boat tour of canals with fish feeding

DAY 3 - Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi

We'll wake up in jungle paradise, eat breakfast and take some time to enjoy our surroundings. Next up on today's activities is Sai Yok Elephant Sanctuary, where we'll spend half a day learning about how the sanctuary rescue and care for these beautiful creatures. Have a go at bathing the elephants, they love a bit of mud - so hope you're ready to get a little messy. Finish up with some lunch and a shower before  visiting the famed Bridge on the River Kwai, without our guide giving us all the info we need on this riverside spot steeped in history. Afterwards, you've got some free time to explore Kanchanaburi town or just do some relaxing. It's up to you!

Stay

Pung Waan Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Spend half a day with playful rescue elephants at the Sai Yok Elephant Haven in Kanchanaburi

  • Enjoy an authentic family-style dinner at your jungle raft accomodation in Kanchanburi

  • Visit infamous Death Railway & the Bridge on the beautiful River Kwai, Kanchanaburi

DAY 4 - Kanchanaburi to Chiang Mai via Ayutthaya - Overnight Train

Kanchanaburi

Ayutthaya

We’ll make a stop in the UNESCO listed city of Ayutthaya, once the capital of Kingdom of Siam before being destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century. We'll grab bikes & ride past ornate temples, towering spires and beautiful palaces. Later, we board our overnight train to Chiang Mai.

Overnight Train to Chiang Mai

Stay

Overnight Train

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Swim in the breathtaking Erawan waterfalls in Thailand

  • Take a scenic bike ride across Ayutthaya

  • Overnight train to Chiang Mai

DAY 5 - Chiang Mai

Overnight Train to Chiang Mai

The laid-back city of Chiang Mai is ours as we wake this morning. Buddhist rituals, traditional architecture & surrounding countryside will see us smitten. The city is yours to make the most of YOU style - maybe that means roaming the old quarter or the city's heart on foot.

Chiang Mai

Stay

Empress Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Doi Suthep Temple

DAY 6 - Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Another free day in this amazing city is a great opportunity to explore. Maybe hit the street food scene or treat yourself to a traditional Thai massage. Tonight we'll be dabbling in the art of Thai cooking - this is one class that's deliciously irresistible.

Stay

Empress Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Thai Cooking Class

    US$26.00

  • Zip around Chiang Mai's street food scene in an evening Vespa food tour

    THB 2750

DAY 7 - Chiang Mai to Pakbeng

Chiang Mai

Pakbeng

Taking a border hop we’ll cross out of Thailand and into Laos. After collecting our passport stamps we’ll journey to Pakbeng, taking part of the trip by river cruise on a local boat. Remote, traditional, and endlessly charming, Pakbeng is a true traveller’s dream. 

Stay

Guesthouse Special Stay (or similar)

DAY 8 - Pakbeng to Luang Prabang

Pakbeng

Leaving Pakbeng, we make our way to Luang Prabang - get ready for gorgeous waterfalls, biking explorations and a chance to experience the local community and sacred Buddhist rituals.

Luang Prabang

Ending our Mekong Delta magic we arrive in the much-loved city of Luang Prabang. Temples dusted in gold, historic French mansions, & locals wrapped in saffron robes make this one of the prettiest places in Asia. Our explorations will involve a sunset from a hill-top stupa & a bout of shopping at the local night markets.

Stay

Luang Prabang Inn Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Pak Ou Caves

DAY 9 - Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

A city cycle and a swim under the 60-metre cascades of Kuang Si Falls will provide our daily nature fix, but most of the day is yours to visit palaces & temples & watch local life by the river, or choose to explore any way that suits. Tonight, watch the sunset at a riverside bar, and contemplate just how good life is and how relaxed you already feel just one week in.

Stay

Luang Prabang Inn Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore the French colonial influences of UNESCO-listed Luang Prabang on two wheels with a bicycle ride

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Marvel at the cascading beauty of Kuang Si Waterfall

    US$20.00

DAY 10 - Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Luang Prabang

This morning early risers will be rewarded with Buddhist rituals kissed by the sun's morning rays. Take part in a sacred Laotian ritual offering alms (food) to Buddhist monks. This morning we take an overland journey to a lively tourist hub filled with opportunities for adventure. It makes leaving the charming town of Luang Prabang a little easier.

Vang Vieng

Known for its dramatic limestone karsts & world food flair, Vang Vieng will keep you busy. Explore the local rivers and caves or chill out surrounded by like-minded travellers, watching the sun set over the mountains.

Stay

Elephant Crossing Hotel (or similar)

DAY 11 - Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Today is yours to conquer Vang Vieng. Stuck for ideas? Grab a pushbike and allow yourself to get a little lost, stopping at swimming holes and weaving through limestone caves, watching life unfold in the pretty countryside of Laos.

Stay

Elephant Crossing Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore Vang Vieng by river with a kayaking and caving experience

    US$21

DAY 12 - Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Vang Vieng

Today you should wake up feeling satisfied with your Vang Vieng explorations, and ready to peel back the layers of another Laos hotspot.

Vientiane

Welcome to the capital of Vientiane. If you’re expecting a bustling Asian capital, prepare to be surprised; the vibe in this quaint Mekong town is strictly chilled. Apart from seeing the beauty of Pha That Luang stupa & the artistic talent of Patuxai, we’ll use our time here to visit the COPE centre, a local charity that provide prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation services to those who have lost their limbs as a result of unexploded bombs. Our visit here will also provide an insight into Laos’ troubled history, and is a great chance for us to lend a helping hand to the Laotian community.

Stay

Dao Savanh Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • City tour of the Laotian capital

  • Visit the COPE Support Centre in Vientiane, Laos, providing prosthetic limbs and support for local people with disabilities

DAY 13 - Vientiane to Phnom Penh

Vientiane

This morning we cross the border sky high, flying out of Laos as we make for the capital of Cambodia.

Phnom Penh

Although it's easy to find reminders of Cambodia's dark past in the city of Phnom Penh, it is also a place brightened by shy smiles and pretty tree-lined streets. We'll learn about the horrific Khmer Rouge rule by visiting the mass graves of the ‘Killing Fields’ & the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum with our Local Guide. With knowledge in hand, we'll lighten the mood by paying a visit to the Tree Alliance Restaurant, where disadvantaged and former street children are trained up in hospitality skills. And wow, do they do it well; their frozen shakes and mouth-watering menu never fail to impress. Later tonight, the night is yours to explore as you please.

Stay

Ohana Phnom Penh Palace Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Phnom Penh

  • Pay tribute to a tragic past at the 'Killing Fields" & Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh

  • Dinner at the Friends TREE Alliance Restaurant in Phnom Penh, a social enterprise serving up delicious local cuisine

DAY 14 - Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Phnom Penh

Another included flight takes us out of Cambodia's capital this morning, landing us in the heartland of an ancient masterpiece and what is still the largest religious monument in the world.

Siem Reap

You could relax poolside this afternoon, before seeing what's going on by night! There are plenty of things you could spice up your night with, like local night markets though probably best to reserve your energy for our early morning visit to an Eighth Wonder of the World and something we know you've all been waiting for.  

Stay

Amber Angkor Villa Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Siem Reap

DAY 15 - Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Prepare to be moved to the core this morning as we journey to Angkor Wat through dawn's hours in preparation for sunrise. Nothing can quite describe the feeling of watching the day's first rays touch this ancient spiritual site, it's pretty much magic. After a siesta and pool hangs to break up the day back at our hotel, we journey back to the temples to explore Angkor Thom and the Tomb Raider temple of Ta Prohm, which is slowly being swallowed by the jungle. With no early rise on tomorrow's agenda, we can let loose on the city's famous Pub Street and the buzzing local night markets.

Stay

Amber Angkor Villa Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Angkor Wat at Sunrise

  • Visit Ta Prohm temple

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a sunset Quad Biking adventure through the Cambodian countryside in Siem Reap

    US$36

DAY 16 - Depart Siem Reap

Siem Reap

We came, we saw, we did it all! After one final delicious Asian breakfast together it's finally time to say goodbye (sob). Team, it's been epic.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Asian trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your trip. In Asia, some visas – but not all – can be purchased at the border with US$ or local currency. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry & deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they intend on staying only for a short period. Important to consider:
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to
miss part of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. Be aware that some visas can be purchased & arranged on arrival.
4. It is very important that the entry & exit dates are correct on the visa. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. In these cases passport photos and US$ will be required and your Trip Manager will explain the process.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Asia trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) – 15kg in India – plus one piece of hand luggage suitable as a carry-on for flights.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Asia – from a trip to an offshore island, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
Remember, there’s a big budgetary difference between a country like Japan & a country like Thailand, so do your research.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki Asia is mostly hotel accommodation with great amenities like WiFi. We have also included accommodation that reflects Asian culture, too. Like a family-run Guest house in the Mekong, a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay & an authentic local guesthouse in Laos. At these Special Stays, take the time for a digital detox and soak in all of that natural beauty.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From the Dhonk centre in India to the COPE visitor centre in Laos, our projects in Asia are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I pay for my Free Time Add Ons?

Free Time Add Ons in Asia are paid for in cash with local currency and USD only. Payments with other currencies (eg. AUD) or credit card cannot be accepted.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).