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18-Day Discovery Tour to Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

Tour route: Thailand: Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai, Laos: Pakbeng - Luang Prabang, Cambodia: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

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  • Tour code: IOT-0559
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: International Arrival, Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand! On arrival in Bangkok, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide at the airport and then be transferred to the hotel for check-in. You’ll have a good rest then to get rid of the jet lag. 

Overnight: Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok Sightseeing

Breakfast at hotel, your Thailand tours begin by a visit to the Grand Palace, one of the must-see that adjoins Wat Phra Kaew, the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will take you on a boat trip along the Chao Phraya River to get a lovely view of the city. Later, you will explore a serial of temples of Wat Traimit housing the golden Buddha, Wat Arun being one of the most published images of Bangkok, and Wat Po housing the famous Reclining Buddha.

Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 3: Bangkok Sightseeing

This morning, drive to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. The first place you’ll visit is Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, one of the most beautiful Summer Palaces in Thailand. Followed by a tour to Wat Yai Chaimongkhol, in which you can observe one of the biggest Reclining Buddha Images as well as the ruins of the old Grand Palace & temples.
At noon, transfer to the pier for a cruise down Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok, during which you will be impressed by the Thai rural life along the river. Lunch is served on board. At around 4pm, you will be transferred to hotel for leisure time. 

Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 4: Bangkok - Chiang Mai

Today after breakfast, check out and leave for Chiang Mai by flight. Upon arrival, check into hotel and take a short rest at noon. Then ride up the well paved, winding road till you reach the magical staircase leading to the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a highly revered temple that sits on the top of Mount Doi Suthep overlooking Chiang Mai.

For a real slice of Thai cuisine and culture, you can enjoy an optional Khantoke dinner meanwhile watching a cultural show for the night (at your own expense). 

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Chiang Mai Elephant Nature Park Tour

Enjoy a full day visit to Elephant Nature Park (Join-in Group Tour) today. It’s a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalos, dogs, cats, birds and many other rescued animals. Observe free roaming elephants, and other rescued animals enjoying the natural surroundings.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 6: Chiang Mai Sightseeing

Today we will start with cooking lessons, including shopping at the local market and be taught how to make authentic Thai cuisine by a selected chef. Your excellent work serves as your lunch!
For the rest half-day, you can enjoy the free time or take an optional Tiger Kingdom tour. Taking a photo with a 400-pound adult tiger or a baby tiger is at your choice! 

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 7: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai

After breakfast, check out and leave for Chiang Rai. En route, stop off at the hot spring for relaxation. Continue driving through the countryside, passing rice paddy fields and mountains. Visit the Wat Phra Singh, one of the most visited and important temples in Chiang Rai.
Then drive to the Mae Sai Border (migration fee THB 500 on your own for one day crossing to Myanmar). Later, have a break at the Golden Triangle in Chiang Sean, where the three borders of Myanmar-Laos-Thailand meet. After that, you will be escorted to the hotel for overnight. 

Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 8: Chiang Rai - Chiang Khong - Houayxay - Pakbeng

After Breakfast, check out and drive to Chiang Khong, a district in the northeastern part of Chiang Rai. Then cross Khong River by boat to Houayxay check point.
On arrival at Houayxay in Laos, our Laos guide will help you apply for Laos visa. When the visa is ready, we’ll board the cruiser leaving Houayxay Pier for a cruise down the Mekong River to Pakbeng.
En route, a pull over is made to observe the rural lifestyle of Ban Gon Durn, the weaving village along the Mekong River. A buffet lunch is served on board. The boat arrives at Luang Say Lodge before sunset for overnight stay.
Dinner is served on the terrace overlooking the Mekong River.

Overnight: Pakbeng
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9: Pakbeng - Luang Prabang

If you like, explore Pakbeng Market in the early morning before breakfast, where people from the surrounding village of minorities have exotic goods on sale. After check-out, the Luang Say boat will take you for the first stop, Ban Baw, where to observe the process of making traditional rice alcohol. A buffet lunch is served on board. The boat stops again opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River to visit Pak Ou Caves, a sacred Buddha shrine. We’ll arrive in Luang Prabang before sunset.
Upon arrival, our guide and driver will meet you at the pier and then transfer to the hotel for check-in. 

Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 10: Luang Prabang Sightseeing

If you like, observe the alms-giving procession in the early morning then visit the Phousi Market or Morning Market, where people from the surrounding villages have exotic goods on sale, such as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens and hill-tribe weavings. The rest of the morning is free at leisure. 

In the afternoon, a half-day city tour will bring you to the Royal Palace Museum, the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong which is said to be the religious emblem of Luang Prabang, stupa of Wat Visoun that houses many Budda images, and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai.

Before sunset, climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. Also, you will have a chance to venture the night market and observe local life there.

Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 11: Luang Prabang Sightseeing

After breakfast, drive for Khouang Si Waterfall, be amazed by the 60 meters high cascade and fill your lung with fresh air. On the way, you can pay a visit to the Lao ethnic minority groups - Ban Ouay Village, Ban Ou Village and Ban Thapene Village, where the primitive lifestyle is preserved very well. Have a relaxing picnic lunch nearby the falls then you will be transferred back before dusk.

Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 12: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap

After breakfast at hotel, you will have some free time on your own before heading to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. In the evening, enjoy Apsara Dinner Show, which offers an interesting, colorful and fun show along with excellent buffet style meal. 

Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 13: Siem Reap Sightseeing

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the famous Angkor Thom Complex and be wowed by its South Gate, Bayon Temple and Elephant Terrace, etc..
Get ready for an incredible afternoon with a visit to the jaw-dropping beautiful Ankor Wat. At the neighboring Bakheng Temple we will have a beautiful sunset view of the distant Angkor Wat in the jungle, which is listed as one of ‘Top20 Most Beautiful Sunset View in the World’ by CNN.

Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 14: Siem Reap Sightseeing

Today, you’ll immerse in ancient Cambodian temples at your pace. First is Bantey Srei Temples, serene with detailed decorative carvings, which is certainly worth the ride.
En route, pay a visit to some local villages. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Next are Ta Prohm Temple and Takeo Temple, the former is a beautiful temple bound by massive roots of huge trees while the latter, a famous Hindu temple of the Angkor complex. 

Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 15: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

In the morning, start from a tour to the Khmer Village and enjoy a peaceful sight of the rice field and palm trees dancing with fresh air. Then board on a boat in Tonle Sap Lake, from where you can observe the daily life of floating villages.
Later, travel to Phnom Penh by air. Upon arrival, your guide will greet you at the airport and then escort you to the hotel for check-in. The evening is your free leisure time. 

Overnight: Phnom Penh
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 16: Phnom Penh Sightseeing

Breakfast done, you will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Wat Phnom (an ancient Buddhist temple worth a visit to escape from the hustle & bustle of the city busy street), all is within close distance.
In the afternoon, pay tribute to the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung EK, the two sites are good for learning Laos’ history. The evening is free at leisure on your own.

Overnight: Phnom Penh
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 17: Phnom Penh - Bangkok

Breakfast at hotel, enjoy your free time then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, our guide will meet and escort you to the hotel for check-in, with time later to relax on your own.

Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: breakfast

Day 18: Bangkok, Departure

After breakfast at hotel, you will have some free time before to be transfer to the airport for your departure flight. 

Meals: breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

 

Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Can’t get enough of your Indochina tours? Try this 4-Day Phuket extension, which gives you a chance to get out of the endless temple-hopping and taste Thailand’s original flavor of tailor-made fun in the sun. 

Day 1: Arrival, Phuket

On arrival at Phuket airport, we will take you to the hotel for check-in. Relax poolside or head to the beach.

Overnight: Phuket
Meals: breakfast

Day 2: Phuket Holiday

You will have two free days next. Get into all that this nice place has to offer, from vast beach to crystal-like seawater to exotic foods. Have a good time! 

Overnight: Phuket
Meals: breakfast

Day 3: Phuket Holiday

Continue your free holiday today. 

Overnight: Phuket
Meals: breakfast

Day 4: Phuket, Departure

After breakfast at hotel, you will have some free time before to be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. 

Meals: breakfast

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Meals

Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

Reviews on: Discovery Tour to Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

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Clients: ScottM

Travel Consultant:
Forest Yang
My wife and I spent two days and two nights at Siem Reap as part of a larger tour with Odyssey Tours. Our guide was Vannak and he was great!

The major items we hit were a sunrise at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Elephant Terrace and the sunset back at Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm Temple.

Vannak took excellent care of us and was full of great information. One of our favorite aspects of him was not only his knowledge but also his desire to learn - as we are native English speakers he asked many questions about proper phrases, when to use certain words - it was great! We didn't mind the questions in the least and were glad to help him with his desire to learn even more.

The temples were amazing and we are glad we had the opportunity to visit. If you are planning on passing through Cambodia please do not hesitate to give Odyssey Tours the opportunity to guide you!
Rating: December 28th, 2015

Clients: GeraldP

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Bruce Peng
Khouang Si Waterfall was the most beautiful cascading waterfall we ever saw. A unique part of the waterfall tour was to have fish nipping off the dead skin on our toes and legs.
Rating: December 28th, 2015

Clients: ThomasM

Travel Consultant:
Foring Huang
Our trip in October and November, 2015, was arranged by Foring Huang, Indochina Odyssey Tours, and was absolutely outstanding! Foring was a huge help arranging all the details involved in our trip, after detailed inquiries about our preferences and expectations, etc. She was always on-hand within hours to answer our e-mail inquiries about changes, additions and deletions that we requested in our itinerary. Every hotel was better than we expected, every guide had an excellent grasp of English and an exceptional understanding of the history for the area or site that we were visiting. Another of the extras that Foring managed so well was in Phuket, Thailand. Our itinerary did not include Phuket, but my wife and I are scuba divers, and Foring arranged three extra days at a fabulous hotel, so we could dive at several sites around the island.
All of the guides were excellent and we quickly developed personal relationships with each. Dair, our guide in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, had a great sense of humor, and did voice impersonations which kept us laughing the entire trip. Our guide in Cambodia, Mr. Phally, even knew just where at each site we needed to stand for the best photo opportunities. The boat trips on the Mekong River and Ha Long Bay were special highlights, and provided different perspectives of their areas and the people that live there.
We've never done a trip like this and I will admit that initially I had some reservations about arranging such a trip without meeting the tour planner in person, but as time went by and the details began to come together, it became apparent that we were in good hands.
We would recommend Foring and IOT without question, and are already thinking about our next adventure!
Rating: December 16th, 2015

Clients: RodMcIntosh

Travel Consultant:
Echo Pan
Our guide was brilliant, pointing out places on the way to see this impressive waterfall amidst beautiful scenery, and telling us about everyday life in Luang Prabang, specifically, and Laos generally. He had a great sense of humour, and even invited me on his day off for a great game of petanque with his friends--------what a lovely experience, and we sank a few beers together in very convivial surroundings. Luang Probang is in a very picturesque setting and the Mekong is total y enchanting!
Rating: December 15th, 2015

Clients: TCyclone

Travel Consultant:
Echo Pan
We booked an 18-day private tour (for two) to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia with Indochina Odyssey Tours (IOT) based on the excellent reviews on multiple website (including TA). And we're happy to say the experience was excellent from start to finish. Our IOT travel advisor, Echo Pan, was extremely responsive and helpful during the planning stage and with pre- and post-trip information. The itinerary was designed perfectly and the combination of hotels, restaurants and sightseeing was so good, we wouldn't change a thing if we repeated the trip! Below are some specific comments...

- Excellent guides throughout the trip. All were on time, professional, friendly, helpful and informative. If we had to pick our favorites (difficult since all were good), we would choose "CS" in Phnom Penh (so incredibly helpful, friendly and funny - such a great sense of humor, we felt like good friends after such a short time) and our guide/driver team in Siem Reap, "Cameron" and "Jack" - both took care of us so well in the heat and easily assisted with our requests to spend a little extra time in the countryside to take photos! The cold water and towels provided by all the drivers were so welcomed after being in the hot weather!

- All hotels were very nice and comfortable with friendly and helpful staff. We recommend that IOT continues to send clients to all of these beautiful hotels! We felt that the Imperial River House Resort in Chiang Rai, the Saem Reap Hotel, and the White Mansion in Phnom Penh were the highest quality and most modern (the staff at the White Mansion were the best!). The Villa Santi in Luang Prabang deserves special mention as well due to its beautiful French Colonial style, the best breakfasts (and seating on the veranda overlooking the street) and perfect location close to town. The only negative was that our room faced a school playground, which was very loud due to the children during the daytime. We asked if we could be moved to a quieter room, but unfortunately all the rooms were booked. While we enjoyed our time at the remote Luang Say Lodge, sleeping without air conditioning was a challenge (although the hotel did provide a fan) and it was the only hotel were service from the staff was not excellent. The staff were not friendly, service at breakfast was not good (inattentive), and the choices were minimal (compared with all other hotels).

- Our favorite location was Luang Prabang (such a quiet, pleasant town to walk around and explore, so much to see and do) and we really enjoyed the Luang Say boat trip down the Mekong River. We also very much enjoyed Siem Reap and exploring the Angkor Wat/Thom and Ta Prohm temples was so exciting! We didn't know if we would enjoy the Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School class --- but it was great! Fun, a perfect amount of time, our chef/teacher (C Tanapon) was wonderful and we appreciate our guide remaining with us while we were cooking and taking photos! We liked that several of the local boat trips were "private", just the two of us, our guide and the boat captain! Finally, visiting the killing fields of Choeung Ek and the Toul Sleng prison was so very sad, but at the same time, an incredibly interesting part of world history - that must never be repeated.

We look forward to booking again with Odyssey Tours in the future.
Rating: December 12th, 2015
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