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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: individual 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 Sightseeing

Breakfast at hotel. Catch your breath to Maesa Elephant Camp, which gives you a joyous close-up with these talented animals - watch them perform little 'tricks', have an exciting elephant ride along the trails, followed by an ox-cart ride back to the camp. In the afternoon, enjoy a brilliant white-water rafting along Mae Taeng River.
On return to Chiang Mai, we'll stop off at Orchid Nursery to learn how the locals grow orchids. By evening, you have a chance to check out the lively Walking Street on your own.

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 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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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.


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.


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.


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: fransan41

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Agnes Wu
We have just returned from our tour to Vietnam which was organised by Indochina Odyssey Tours (IOT) and could not fault them in any way from the very 1st contact via email to the end of our trip.

Guides and drivers always on time and seemed to appear out of nowhere when they were waiting for you to finish whatever you had set off to do, perfect manners always a smile, cold water waiting for you back at the car, nothing seemed to be any trouble for them. Everything was organised from your arrival, checking in to a hotel and getting you back to the airport on time, every stage of our tour was handled expertly by our guide.

Out of the 12 organised lunches only 2 disappointed, 3 dinners and they were all great meals, all hotels were of excellent standard, only one disappointed and that was due to housekeeping standards only, some just a little better than others. We were shown places to shop and told places not to go in, definitely no pressure at any time to make a purchase, taken to the best spots for photos and the guides were always ready to take your photo. I feel that we saw a great deal more by doing it this way and was pleased when I discovered IOT organised tours starting at 2 people and we didn’t have to join a large group.

A big thank you to Agnes who liaised with us to make this a perfect trip and organising a surprise for my husband’s birthday and to Queyn in Hanoi, you made our holiday very special and to all the drivers a big thank you for getting us home safely, excellent work everyone.
Rating: December 27th, 2014

Clients: Ian C

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Forest Yang
We booked a ten day "Laos in depth" tour and this being the first time I have booked such significant travel on the internet I was a bit apprehensive but it was a wonderful experience from the first contact. Our consultant, Forest, was responsive and kept us up to date with changes and the status of our booking throughout the process.

The tour itself was wonderful. We were met at the airport in Luang Prabang by our guide Lo who looked after us for the our time there and the trip to Phonsavan and the Plain of Jars. The accommodation at both locations was good, especially the Palais Juliana resort in Luang Prabang which has the most beautiful pool area.

Our time in Vientiane was limited because of a flight schedule change by Lao airlines but we were still very well looked after by Mon and the Ansara hotel was lovely, I wish we'd had more time to relax there.

We had a very early morning flight to Pakse and spent an enjoyable three days with Wat and the driver Mr Lay. The only part of the trip we didn't enjoy completely was the three hour boat trip down the Mekong to our hotel on Khong Island following the excellent visit to Wat Phu. It was dark by the time we arrived at the hotel so were unable to spend any free time relaxing as we thought we would have from our itinerary. We were also accommodated in a different hotel to the one advertised. I realise it was next door to the one we were originally booked and owned by the same people, but it wasn't quite of the same standard we had experienced at the other hotels on the tour. The Liphi and Khone waterfalls were magnificent and provided a spectacular end to a memorable trip.

Overall I have no hesitation recommending Indochina Odyssey tours. They offer and deliver an excellent service that makes you feel secure and relaxed to enjoy your trip while they take care of all the arrangements.
Rating: November 27th, 2014

Clients: johnheiam

Travel Consultant:
Kelly Lu
I used Indochina Odyssey Tours (IOT) to knit together two tours I arranged from different providers. My wife and I booked a cruise down the Mekong River starting at Siem Reap with Road Scholar (It happened to be half price.) and a sea kayak tour with Paddle Asia in Phang Nga Bay east of Phuket. In addition to these two tours we wanted to go up to Chaing Mai to an elephant farm, tour some sights around Bangkok, and go west to see the Kwai River of ridge over the River Kwai??fame. We called Kelly with IOT and she worked out all the hotels, guides, drivers, airline schedules and other attractions. We spent 28 days in S.E. Asia and had a terrific trip. Kelly booked us into some smaller resorts/hotels that had outstanding service and were reasonably priced. She provided a couple of guides that we just loved. Everything came off like clockwork. Both my wife and I came down with a mild intestinal bug, and Kelly called us to see how we were doing. When you book with IOT you have someone who is really concerned with your welfare. I recommend them to everyone who will listen!

Note I have used them for two other tours in prior years.
Rating: November 27th, 2014

Clients: William B

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Eric Kong
I would like to thank you for the great 20 days Thailand trip that you organised for Loraine & myself. Every where we travelled to your staff were there to pick us up, even when our plane was delayed 4 hours they were still there. Take our bags book us in hotel,trains planes your staff were there. You travel guides were excellent. Two years ago you orgainised our Vietnam trip and it was excellent as well. When you are getting old like us it's great to do a trip with a great professional company like yours. Many thanks I would go with Odyssey tours again anytime. Bill Beattie
Rating: November 15th, 2014

Clients: AmericaninRussia

Travel Consultant:
Eric Kong
Luang Prabang is old SEAsia, before hordes of tourists. The entire old part of the city is a Unesco World Heritage site, so no modern style buildings are allowed to be built. Situated on the Mekong River, it's abundance of Buddhist temples, old architecture, friendly people and good food make this an interesting place to visit. IOT is a tour company with much experience in SE Asia and having just the 2 of us on our own the whole time was relaxing and allowed us more flexibility. Our guide was knowledgable and friendly, and wanted us to have a good experience as well as learn more about his country..
Rating: November 7th, 2014
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Excellent: 92%   Very good: 5%

Brian D
Sydney, Australia
“Sigh. Gone. Already.”

Reviewed January 29, 2015

All too quickly our time here passed. As was the case elsewhere in Vietnam, everything was absobloodylutely fantastic. IOT and Eric had it all planned perfectly for us: again the drivers and the guides were faultless and catered for anything we requested, "can we take a photo here/ Can we look at th...

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