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Southeast Asia: Pu Luong, Halong Bay & the Cardamom Mountains

Discover the best of Southeast Asia by walking, biking, kayaking, and eating your way though it. This 19-day adventure will have you exploring Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand by getting out on your own two feet, meeting local people and discovering unique nuances you couldn't experience travelling any other way. From strolling through the terraced beauty of Pu Luong, to pedaling your way along picturesque routes leading to the historic Cu Chi tunnels, and setting off on foot through the wilderness of Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains, this is a Southeast Asia adventure unlike any other.
Tour details
Tour Provider G Adventures
Price From
$10,559
Number of Days
19
Start Location
Hanoi, Vietnam
End Location
Bangkok, Thailand
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Virtuoso
Physical Rating
Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1 - Hanoi: A Sweet Welcome
From the organized chaos of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to the soothing lush green terraces of Pu Luong, Vietnam pushes you to let go, step out of your comfort zone, and reconnect with your inner explorer. Vietnam can feel unfamiliar and familiar all at once. Try foods you have never even heard of before while being greeted with smiling hosts who feel like familiar friends. Welcome to Hanoi, and to Vietnam, and we invite you to dive in, push your limits, and refill your cup.
Day 2 - Hanoi: Highlights of Hanoi
It wouldn't be a trip to Vietnam without hopping on the back of a motorbike. Your drivers and guides this morning are all women from a local organization dedicated to empowering women through employment as motorbike drivers in the tourism sector. These women will guide you through the city-stopping the motorbike to allow for exploration of all the must see stops. Walk around the perimeter of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and visit Ba Dinh Square and One Pillar Pagoda. Explore Huu Tiep Lake and Tran Quoc Pagoda. After working up an appetite, return to the Old Quarter for a huge bowl of Pho at a local restaurant. Slurping is highly encouraged.
Day 3 - Ha Long Bay: Junk boats & Cave Kayaking
Standing as a symbol of centuries worth of discoveries by sea, the junk boat was first created in 3000 B.C. and throughout time the ship has been used by explorers and merchants alike. Now is your chance to spend a night aboard, embracing your inner explorer. (Albeit with way comfier pillows.) Glide through the steely waters in Halong Bay past limestone karst mountains and lush green islands and paddle a kayak through thousand year old caves.
Day 4 - Pu Luong: Rice Terraces of Vietnam
Tropical rainforest covers the low mountains that surround Pu Luong-with rice terraces as far as the eye can see. Villages dotted throughout the valley are like splashes of colour against a bright green painting. Trekking along the terraces, throughout villages, brings you face to face with day to day life in this picturesque corner of northern Vietnam.
Day 5 - Pu Luong: Trekking and Riverway Exploration
The village of Pu Luong lies just west of Hanoi, but feels a million miles away. Step out of your wooden bungalow to a vast landscape of green. Start the day with a rich coffee and fuel up for a morning trekking among the rice paddies. Pass by local villages and wave hello to local people as they move about their daily routines. Walk to Ban Cong and dig into a BBQ picnic lunch prepared for you by local chefs just along the riverbank.
Day 6 - Hoi An: A Peaceful Meeting Place
Hoi An roughly translates to "a peaceful meeting place" and we promise it lives up to its name. Admittedly, it's hard to get more peaceful than the rice terraces of Pu Luong, but Hoi An offers a contrast to its northern neighbour. Where Pu Luong boasts serenity and calm, Hoi An offers conviviality and vibrancy. Explore this meeting place with a cooking class led by a local chef preparing a three course meal.
Day 7 - Hoi An: Highlights of the Old Town
Discover the highlights of Hoi An with your CEO on an informative walking tour. Visit the Ong Pagoda, Chua Cau (Japanese Covered Bridge), and the local market. You're getting to know a lot about Hoi An-but what about the claim that its home to the best banh mi in Vietnam? You CEO will offer to show you to the best place in town (but no guarantees you won't acquire a serious banh mi craving from here on out).
Day 8 - Hoi An: Your OMG Day
Hoi An is a must visit on any Vietnam itinerary because you can do it all here. From ancient ruins and fascinating architecture, to delicious food and active adventures-there is a dizzying array of things to see and do. You get to choose today between two curated choices. Embark on a kayaking adventure that takes you from the Cua Dai bridge down to a fishing village and beyond. If you would rather explore the ruins of My Son, join a local guide for comprehensive exploration of various complexes of the site, before returning to Hoi An by boat.
Day 9 - Ho Chi Minh City: Cyclo Rides and Sunset Cruising
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's most populated city with just around 9 million people calling it their home. For every 6 people, 1 motorbike enters the city on a daily basis. This organized chaos is a recognizable feature of many Vietnamese cities and learning to navigate the chaos is all part of the adventure. When you arrive in the afternoon, hop onto a pedaling cyclo to get a bit above the motorbike fray and tour the city with your knowledgeable guide. A sunset boat ride is peaceful way to end the day in the big city.
Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh City: Cycle to the Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels remain a testament to the enduring spirit of the Vietnamese people and their ingenuity in the face of unthinkable wartime tradgedies. The tunnels may be your destination today, but the journey to gets you off the beaten track to discover more of Vietnam. Hop on a bicycle and pedal your way through the countryside en route to the the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Day 11 - Siem Reap: Welcome to the Community
Siem Reap is home to the famous site of Angkor Wat but there is plenty to see and do here before exploring the ancient site. Grab a coffee, try some Cambodian cuisine, or hop in a tuk tuk and explore. After a morning flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, arrive to Siem Reap around lunchtime. Your CEO will take you on a walk through town this afternoon.
Day 12 - Siem Reap: Your OMG Day
It's possible that there is no quicker way to understand a culture than by cooking and eating. Spend the morning in the local market with a chef, smelling and tasting the local ingredients. Continue on to Chreav village just outside of Siem Reap and join the chef in cooking some delicious local dishes. With a full belly, the afternoon is yours to choose between a sunset bike ride from village to village, or a scenic boat tour to Kampong Khleang Floating Village.
Day 13 - Siem Reap: Sunrise Angkor Wat
The ruins of Angkor Wat stand as a testament to the dynamic history of the Cambodian people. Though they, like all ruined structures, are little by little being reclaimed by the jungle around them, luckily for us they defiantly remain standing ready to be admired. Witness sunrise at Angkor Wat with your fellow travellers and expert guide.
Day 14 - Cardamom Mountains: Into the Jungle
Established in 1993, The Botum Sakur National Park in southern Cambodia, home to the Cardamom Mountains, has been continuously threatened by illegal logging and the poaching of endangered wildlife. The dense jungle of the Cardamoms is one of Asia's seven remaining elephant corridors and is home to gibbons, pangolins and hornbills. This remote and wild place is being protected by an alliance between a number of organizations, and our exclusive stay at Cardamom Tented Camp helps fund the Wildlife Alliance and its partners in protecting this vital piece of our planet.
Day 15 - Cardamom Mountains: Trekking and Kayaking
Waking up in the jungle, in a safari style glamping tent, with the sound of the birds and the monkeys rustling overhead is probably not an experience you associate with Cambodia, but from now on it will be. After a refreshing sleep, it's time to explore the Cardamoms. Kayak downriver first en route to the old ranger station. Trek through the lush forest on old logging trails, crossing streams from time to time. Your local Cambodian guides let you in on the history of this special place while you explore.
Day 16 - Koh Chang: Elephant Island
As locals approached Koh Chang by boat four centuries ago, they remarked that the island's shape looked like an Elephant and thus Koh Chang translated to Elephant Island. Although it is possible to spot elephants here, the island is also home to an abundance of other bird, mammal and marine wildlife. Eighty percent of Koh Chang is designated as National Park and your exploration begins with a CEO-led excursion to a nearby waterfall.
Day 17 - Koh Chang: Kayak Exploration
Thailand shines in this full day exploration of Koh Chang by kayak. Paddle from island to island, stopping to jump into the refreshing water. Paddle to Koh Yuak where you stop for lunch and to snorkel the turquoise waters.
Day 18 - Bangkok: Sunset Dining
Explore Bangkok's iconic food scene in an exclusive gastronomic adventure. Board a private longtail boat to head to your first stop-to try the one and only Pad Thai. Created by a politician during World War II, Pad Thai is the most famous gastronomic export from Thailand, and a trip to Bangkok wouldn't be complete without sampling it. Afterwards, head by tuk-tuk convoy to Rattanakosin Historical Island to sample a few more small bites. A sweet bite, like Mango and sticky rice, is the finishing touch on delicious evening. A sweet way to end an epic adventure.
Day 19 - Bangkok
Today your adventure comes to an end. We hope you loved visiting Southeast Asia as much as we do! We promise you won't need a vacation after your vacation, but we guarantee you'll be ready for another adventure with G.
Inclusions
  • Your G for Good Moment: Lady Motorbike Tour, Hanoi Your G for Good Moment: Dinner at Spoons Restaurant, Siem Reap Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Hoi An Cooking Class, Hoi An Your OMG Day: Guided Tour of My Son Ruins or Old Town Mangrove Kayaking, Hoi An Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Siem Reap Your OMG Day: Sunset Bike Ride or Half-day Tour of Kampong Khleang Floating Village, Siem Reap
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Arrival Dinner
  • Angkor Wat sunrise visit and site exploration
  • Kayak & Trek in the Cardamom Mountains
  • Full day Kayak excursion in Koh Chang
  • Bangkok progressive dining experience
  • Ha Long Bay Junk boat overnight cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
  • Luon Cave Kayaking
  • Lady Motorbike Tour of Hanoi
  • Hanoi Cyclo Tour
  • Hanoi Food Walking Tour
  • Bamboo Rafting & Lunch Experience
  • Trek near Pu Luong among the terraces
  • Hoi An Walking Tour
  • Ho Chi Minh City Cyclo Tour
  • Ho Chi Minh City Sunset Cruise
  • Cycling Tour With Visit to Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Internal flights
  • Tips are included for all included meals and activities, except for CEO and porterage
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
12 Jul 2024 30 Jul 2024 7 $10,899
16 Aug 2024 03 Sep 2024 10 $10,559
04 Oct 2024 22 Oct 2024 9 $10,899
18 Oct 2024 05 Nov 2024 9 $10,899
25 Oct 2024 12 Nov 2024 8 $10,899
15 Nov 2024 03 Dec 2024 11 $11,219
29 Nov 2024 17 Dec 2024 10 $11,219
27 Dec 2024 14 Jan 2025 12 $11,219
03 Jan 2025 21 Jan 2025 10 $11,219
10 Jan 2025 28 Jan 2025 9 $11,219
07 Feb 2025 25 Feb 2025 9 $11,219
21 Feb 2025 11 Mar 2025 12 $11,219
07 Mar 2025 25 Mar 2025 12 $11,219
21 Mar 2025 08 Apr 2025 11 $10,899
16 May 2025 03 Jun 2025 12 $10,559
13 Jun 2025 01 Jul 2025 12 $10,559
11 Jul 2025 29 Jul 2025 12 $10,899
25 Jul 2025 12 Aug 2025 12 $10,899
15 Aug 2025 02 Sep 2025 12 $10,899
26 Sep 2025 14 Oct 2025 12 $10,559
03 Oct 2025 21 Oct 2025 12 $10,899
17 Oct 2025 04 Nov 2025 12 $10,899
31 Oct 2025 18 Nov 2025 12 $10,899
07 Nov 2025 25 Nov 2025 12 $11,219
14 Nov 2025 02 Dec 2025 12 $11,219
21 Nov 2025 09 Dec 2025 12 $11,219
28 Nov 2025 16 Dec 2025 12 $11,219
26 Dec 2025 13 Jan 2026 12 $11,219