Indochina tour, small group
Late availability on these dates: 11 Oct, 08 Nov
Description of Indochina tour, small group
Get to grips with glorious Cambodia and Vietnam on a 26-day journey, starting in Bangkok, Thailand and finishing in Halong Bay. Travelling sometimes by public bus and overnight train, this trip covers plenty of ground without breaking the bank. Stay in cool, quiet rural villages, experience the bustle and history of the regionís big cities and drink in the diverse, beautiful landscapes. The people you meet along the way are famously friendly, and the striking architecture, temples and intriguing ancient traditions give each country a unique flavour.
Experience all the regionís most famous sights, from the extraordinary temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia to beautiful Halong Bay in Vietnam, a secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands and caves rising from the emerald waters. In addition, village homestays in Chambok, Cambodia, and the Mekong Delta are the chance to meet the locals, learn about their lives and enjoy some home cooking. Free days are dotted through the itinerary, so you can tailor this trip to your tastes. Choose to cycle through the rolling countryside of Hoi An in Vietnam, learn to cook local cuisine, enjoy a Thai massage or simply laze on palm-fringed beaches.
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1 Reviews of Indochina tour, small group
Reviewed on 02 Feb 2020 by Loraine Ophelia
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Kayaking HaLong bay in Cambodia and visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Seek out and research activities around the areas you are staying in apart from optional extras.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Not really. The homestay was disappointing and there seems to be minimal impact on reducing plastic waste in Cambodia. Should encourage use of cycles more outside of organised tours
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Read the operator's response here:
We have been working with the Chambok community for over 10 years, and we have ensured that there has always been a positive impact on the
community members. In 2006 the Cambodian Government decided to make the area of Chambok a protected area, which affected the localís way of living
which previously consisted of animal hunting and logging. In 2007 we became Chambokís biggest supporter by helping it become an area for community
based tourism. Since then we have helped give direct work for over a hundred people, and impacted more than 500 families, who have gained skills and
jobs by hosting and guiding groups, cooking for groups, and helping local children to go to school to learn English, with the help of the ChildSafe team.
Plastic waste is a serious concern for us and we as a tour company endeavour to do the most we can in the countries that we visit. In Cambodia we make
sure that all of our private transport options have refillable water tanks on board so you can refill your water bottles rather than purchase a new one.
Further to that we are always on the lookout for ways that we can improve, and are currently looking into NGOís that we can work with to improve plastic
use and educate communities to understand recycling and the impact the plastic can have on our environment.
PlanetThe very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.
Throughout your trip you will be encouraged to take steps to ensure that your journey is environmentally responsible as possible. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, recycling wherever possible. We also encourage all our travellers to use refillable water bottles rather than purchasing regular supplies of bottled water.
The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. Once discarded a large proportion of these end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments and we believe that their use should be discouraged.
PeopleOn this epic no frills itinerary from Bangkok to Hanoi, youíll stay in small, locally owned, fairly basic hotels with homestay accommodation in rural Cambodian border and on the Mekong Delta. Our focus on this trip is to give travellers a genuine, real life experience and so this isnít an organised tour in the most traditional sense. As well as staying in accommodation reflective of the local area, weíll travel using a combination of private vehicle and local public transport including buses, ferries and an overnight sleeper train.
Weíll eat at small, often family run restaurants and cafes that source food locally, using traditional ingredients and recipes; weíll dine on street food in Siem Reap and Bangkok, sample seafood in Nah Trang and taste fresh coconut in Ben Tre.
Youíll have lots of free time to tailor your days to your own interests (itís your holiday not ours!), and be accompanied by an English speaking local guide who will be on hand to help you with any arrangements or activities you might want to do.
Travelling in this way not only gives travellers a great independent holiday experience with the safety net of a group and leader, but itís also very effective at directing the money created by our tourism straight into the pockets of the communities we are visiting. We support the smaller businesses; from the places where we sleep and eat, to smaller local companies like the ones hiring out bikes in Kompong Cham and Hoi An, the cyclo operators in Phnom Penh and the traditional craftsmen and women selling their work at the various bustling markets we visit en route.
When travelling through South East Asia, we encourage our travellers to dress conservatively and respect the culture, particularly outside the major cities where more traditional values are dominant. For example, knees and shoulders should be covered particularly when visiting temples and places of religious significance. This is another of the areas that your guide will come into their own offering advice and guidance as you go.