We are proud to offer our customers this pure adventure tour “The Great Indochina Ride”. The tour provides an outstanding opportunity to obtain a thorough impression within 49 days of the uniqueness of amazing Thailand, unseen Myanmar (former Burma), untouched Laos, charming Vietnam and the kingdom of wonder Cambodia. We will explore small, almost hidden routes that are unknown to many.
We were the first motorcycle tour operator to organize a tour around Southeast Asia on motorbikes. It was a long and hard process to manage all the paperwork with all the governments. Southeast Asia is a wondrous and mysterious region, and we are taking a full Indochina tour around it. With a fascinating but often troubled history and unique and varying cultures, this enchanting region has much to offer. Join us for this seven-week adventure packed with great riding, UNSECO listed sites and remarkable routes off the beaten track and Southeast Asia will live in your heart forever.
Please be informed, that you need a visa before you can cross the border to Vietnam. In Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia visa on arrival at the border is possible and the easiest way. It means that US, UK, EU, Australia residents currently do not require a Visa for Thailand, can apply for both Cambodia and Laos Visas at the border, but will require a Visa for Vietnam as we are in the country for more than 15 days. You should also ensure that your passport has at least 6 blank pages prior to travel. You should contact the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your home country first. For more Visa information, please see below.
Please be informed that this 49 DAY TOUR does not include the arrival and the departure day, it means that you should arrive in Chiang Mai at least one day before tour start.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us any time.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Hotel Amora Tapae Chiang Mai|
|DEPARTURE TIME||The tour will start in the morning 8.30am the day after the arrival day.|
|RETURN TIME||The tour will finish after the breakfast at the hotel on the departure day.|
|GEAR||We recommend bringing your own gear to be the most comfortable. BUT we also offer helmets, jackets, gloves and knee guards (European high-quality brands in many different sizes). Please be informed, that we do not offer boots and trousers as due hygienic reasons.
Please be informed, that our tours are fully inclusive. So you can completely focus on your holiday, the adventure and the riding. There are no hidden costs or other surprises – our tour prices are final prices. All is paid. Come ride with us – the real deal!
THAILAND – MYANMAR (BURMA) – LAOS – VIETNAM – CAMBODIA – THAILAND
(Distance: approximately 8,200 kms.)
Day 1: Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon – Mae Sariang (275 kms.)
Familiarize yourself with your bike on the highway ride heading south of Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest peak in Thailand, 2.565 meter above sea level. Ride along the excellent winding mountain road through pine forest scenery. Visit Thailand’s finest waterfall, nature trails, Royal pagodas and botanical gardens. Descending to Mae Chaem for a relaxing lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch, ride on, passing through pine forests until we reach Mae Sariang where you later enjoy your peaceful accommodation.
Hotel: Riverhouse Mae Sariang
Day 2: Mae Sariang – Mae Hong Son – Pai (273 kms.)
After breakfast, leave Mae Sariang to Mae Hong Son on narrow twisty curvy roads. In Khun Yuam we make a break and visit a World War II museum. Visit Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, the first temple of Mae Hong Son on the hilltop. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Visit Lod cave, which means, “cave with stream running through”, on a bamboo raft. Then back on twisty curvy roads to Pai. Optional visit Tha Pai hot spring, where you can enjoy a mineral bath. Then we reach a charming accommodation with swimming pool.
Hotel: Pai Village Resort & Farm
Day 3: Pai – Tha Ton (253 kms.)
Before breakfast, in the very early morning you have a chance to offer food to the monks along the streets of Pai`s local market. After breakfast, visit the Pai World War II Memorial Bridge. Back on winding mountainous roads. Later we reach Chiang Dao, where we have a relaxing lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit Chiang Dao cave. Then ride along fantastic mountain roads vie Doi Angkhang until we reach Tha Ton, where you will visit the Wat Tha Ton on top of the mountain and enjoy the amazing sunset there. Later you relax in your charming accommodation with swimming pool.
Hotel: Saranya River House
Day 4: Tha Ton – Mae Sai (border to Myanmar) (114 kms.)
After breakfast, we leave Tha Ton to visit the long-neck Karen tribe village near the border of Thailand and Myanmar. Ride to Doi Mae Salong, where Chinese mountain tea farmers live. Of course, you will test Thailand´s best tea there. Then back on curvy roads to Doi Tung Royal Villa. Visit the Winter Palace and the botanical garden. Lunch is served at the Royal’s Project restaurant. Continue along winding roads to Mae Sai, the northern most point of Thailand. Visit Wat Tham Pla where you can feed some food to wild monkeys. Mae Sai on the Burma border. Cross into Burma (let the motorcycle at the border) and explore Tachilek in Burma and its attractions. (Visa on arrival). Spend the night in Mae Sai. (Thailand)
Hotel: Green View Palace
Day 5: Mae Sai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Khong (114 kms.)
After breakfast, Head east to the Golden Triangle – the area where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet on the mighty Mekong River. Ride along a scenic farming areas road to the Golden Triangle. Optional we can visit the Visit the Opium museum. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Follow the river to the port town of Chiang Khong – gateway to Laos and China. Overnight in charming Chiang Khong directly at the Mekong river.
Hotel: Fortune River View Hotel
Day 6: Chiang Khong – Chang Khlang - Nan (381 kms.)
Ride the exhilarating, mountainous highway No. 1148 to Nan, ranked in the Top 10 as one of the most fun biking road to be found anywhere in the world. 120 kilometers of up and down curves through the impressive mountains providing you with pure riding pleasure. Bonus ride with a extra loop to the Bo Kluea Salt Mine´s vie the stunning road No. 1081. Visit Wat Phra That Khao Noi (Nan hilltop scenic temple) before relaxing in your lovely accommodation and jump in the swimming pool. Later you will discover and enjoy Nan´s night-life.
Hotel: Sasidara Resort
Day 7: Rest day in Nan
A day of leisure. Today we’re doing nothing at all. Relaxing on the pool or shopping in the town.
Day 8: Nan – Khao Kho (373 kms.)
After breakfast, we ride on one of the best roads to discover Thailand´s “little Switzerland”. Visit the Celadon temple before we reach Khao Kho. Khao Kho is a district over 1.000 meters above sea level: Often with a misty, 360 degree panoramic view and refreshing weather the entire year (18 – 25 Celsius degree). Later you will enjoy and relax in your peaceful accommodation.
Hotel: The Imperial Phukaew Hill Resort
Day 9: Khao Kho – Chiang Khan (210 kms.)
After breakfast, leaving Khao Kho. We cruise along 3 National Parks on curvy dream roads to Chiang Khan, the lovely old wooden houses, shops and hotel in colonial styles town directly at the Mekong River.
Hotel: Ban Rim Khong
Day 10: Chiang Khan – Nong Khai (border to Laos) – Vientianne (204 kms.)
We cruise along the Mekong river on the curvy road to visit Mount Pha Tak Suea with the “Sky Walk”. Later cross into Laos. Visit Patuxai monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Visit the oldest Pha That Luang, ths pagoda according to the Lao people was originally built as a Hindu temple in the 3rd century. Then we arrive and relax at the charming accommodation.
Hotel: Vientiane Garden Hotel
Day 11: Rest day in Vientianne
A day of leisure. Today we’re doing nothing at all. Relaxing on the pool or shopping in the town.
Day 12: Vientiane – Vang Vieng (191 kms.)
After breakfast, we leave Vientiane. Ride along fantastic mountainous roads to visit Nam Ngum dam. The largest dam in Laos with deep blue waters same the ocean. Then we cruise along the highway through farming areas to stunning Vang Vieng.
Hotel: Silver Naga
Day 13: Rest day in Vang Vieng
A day of leisure. Optional we recommend to fly with a Balloon (95 USD per person)
Day 14: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang (187 kms.)
The roads begin to deteriorate; however the stunning mountain scenery makes for interesting riding. Continue riding the impressive mountainous roads. Visit the world famous “Kuang Si waterfall”. These falls begin in shallow pools high up on the mountain. The water collects in numerous turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream. Then continue cruising along until we reach Luang Prabang where you relax at the charming accommodation.
Hotel: Mekong Sunset View
Day 15: Rest day in Luang Prabang
This town is gleaming with temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and a stunning mountain backdrop. It has been claimed by UNESCO as, “the best preserved traditional city in South East Asia”. This is a leisure day or you can also visit the former Royal Palace which is now a national museum and an important Temple named “Wat Xieng Thong”. A visit to Luang Prabang would be not complete without climbing the 329 steps to the top of Mount Phousi for a beautiful sunset view of the Mekong river overlooking Luang Prabang with a 360 degree view.
Day 16: Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw (142 kms.)
Continue cruising along winding roads until we reach unseen Nong Khiew where you relax at the beautiful accommodation. Overnight in the middle of nowhere in this beautiful and authentic Laos town. I would say one of the most beautiful spot in Southeast Asia. Optional we recommend the Jungle Fly: (Zip Line Adventure Half Day 40 USD): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3w2S14_QmU)
Hotel: Mandala Ou Resort
Day 17: Nong Khiaw – Oudomxai – Muang Khua (209 kms.)
After breakfast, ride along the impressive mountainous road and follow this stunning mountain road to Pakmong, brand new stunning road trough Laos highest mountains. It´s pure adventure riding through a limestone karst landscape. The roads begin to deteriorate; however the stunning mountain scenery makes for interesting riding. Continue riding the impressive mountainous roads until we reach Muang Khua where we will stay overnight in the middle of nowhere in a very simple guesthouse.
Hotel: Doinouboun Guesthouse
Day 18: Muang Khua - Tay Trang (border to Vietnam) - Dien Bien Phu (104 kms.)
Meet the Vietnamese Tour guide at Tay Trang border gate then ride to the city of Dien Bien Phu to visit De Cat bunker, victory monument, A1 hill, Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum. Spend a night in Dien Bien Phu.
Hotel: Muong Thanh
Day 19: Dien Bien Phu - Sapa (280 kms.)
After breakfast, check out and commence the journey to Sapa. En route, visit the hydroelectric lake in Muong Lay and ride over O Quy Ho, one of the longest, highest, most dangerous pass in Vietnam at the altitude of 2000 m above sea level. Have lunch in Phong Tho, Lai Chau Province.
Hotel: Bamboo Hotel
Day 20: Rest day in Sapa
Today is a free day. Opt to relax or explore the town, visit some hill tribe villages, terraced rice paddies, etc. independently.
Day 21: Sapa – Ha Giang (250 kms.)
After breakfast, start going to Ha Giang on a bumpy road. En route, visit Ha Khau border gate in Lao Cai city, taking picture of tea plantations, having lunch in Viet Quang. Stay overnight in Ha Giang City.
Hotel: Cao Nguyen Hotel
Day 22: Ha Giang – Lung Cu – Dong Van (200 kms.)
Today we will go to the Geological Park of Dong Van. En route, have lunch in Yen Minh. Afternoon, visit the H’Mong King’s palace, the flagpole of Lung Cu at the northernmost of Vietnam. Stay overnight in Pho Bang in Dong Van.
Hotel: Hoa Cuong
Day 23: Dong Van - Ba Be (240 kms.)
Following breakfast, depart for Ba Be via Ma Pi Leng Pass – one of the most majestic, most spectacular, most dangerous pass in Vietnam but also quite famous as part of the Happiness Road. After lunch in Bao Lac town in Cao Bang Province, continue to Ba Be National Park for the night.
Day 24: Ba Be - Hanoi (240 kms.)
After an early breakfast, go the dock to embark on a boat trip on the lake Ba Be Lake – the largest natural reservoir in Vietnam. After about 02 hours, return to the homestay, grab our bikes and drive to Hanoi. En route, have lunch in Thai Nguyen.
Day 25: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Travel to Halong Bay by shuttle bus and board a boat for an overnight cruise.
Day 26: Halong Bay
Cruise continues .
Day 27: Halong Bay – Hanoi - Night train to Hue
Return to Hanoi for the night. Back in town, visit some of the most outstanding sights such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Temple of Literature. Evening, board a train bound for Hue. Train: soft-bedded AC cabin NOTE: Fuel is to be drained
Day 28: Hue – Hoian (175 kms.)
Arrive to Hue In the morning, visit the Imperial Citadel, a garden house, a royal tomb, and a village crafting conical hats. Early afternoon, leave Hue for Hoian, riding over Hai Van Pass (Ocean Clouds), visiting one or two sites in Danang.
Hotel: EMM Hotel
Day 29: Hoian - Quy Nhon (300 kms.)
Depart Hoian and continue the easy ride along the NH1. Stop for lunch in Quang Ngai and to visit the Twin Cham Towers.
Hotel: Royal Health Care
Day 30: Quy Nhon - Nha Trang (240 kms.)
Leave Quy Nhon for Nha Trang. En route, visit Tam Giang Dam, Mang Lang Church, Ghenh Da Dia, etc.
Hotel: Majestic Star
Day 31: Rest day in Nha Trang.
Today is a free day. Opt to relax or explore the town
Day 32: Nha Trang - Mui Ne (230 kms.)
After breakfast, continue southwards through the dry land of Ninh Thuan province. In Mui Ne, visit the famous Sand Dunes, the Fairy Stream, Ke Ga Lighthouse.
Day 33: Mui Ne - Saigon (230 kms.)
After breakfast at the hotel, get on bike and start drive to the biggest city in Vietnam. The drive is going to be harder due to busy traffic and speed limit. In Saigon, check into the hotel and relax.
Day 34: Saigon - Cu Chi – Saigon (100 kms.)
Morning, drive to Cu Chi to visit the legendary tunnels dug out in the wartime. Return to town early in the afternoon. Rest of the day will be independent time.
Day 35: Saigon - Chau Doc (220 kms.)
After breakfast, saddle up and ride out of Saigon, through the lush green Mekong Delta, a world where people work and live on the waters. If time permits, visit a fish farming village on the Mekong River and Sam Mountain.
Hotel: Saigon Rach Gia Hotel
Day 36: Chau Doc - Ha Tien (border to Cambodia) – Kep (112 kms.)
After breakfast, drive to Ha Tien on the border with Cambodia. Clear the immigration formalities and go into Cambodia. Continues the ride to Kep, well know for the sea food especially the crabs …
Hotel: Raingsey Bungalow Kep
Day 37: Kep – Kampot – Bokor Hill Station – Sihanoukville (192 kms.)
Ride to Kampot (well known for the best black pepper in the world) and ride up above 1000metres above sea level to the Bokor Hill Station, refers to a collection of French colonial buildings (hotel & casino, church, royal residence etc. ), constructed as a temperate mountain luxury resort and retreat for colonial residents in the early 1920s atop Bokor Mountain in Preah Monivong National Park. Continue the ride to the famous and charming fisher village of Sihanoukville directly on the Golf of Thailand.
Hotel: Serendipity Beach
Day 38: Rest day in Sihanoukville
A day of leisure. Relaxing at the beach.
Day 39: Sihanoukville – Killing Fields – Phnom Penh (241 kms.)
The Cambodian Killing Fields are a number of sites in Cambodia where collectively more than a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime, during its rule of the country from 1975 to 1979, immediately after the end of the Cambodian Civil War (1970–1975). The mass killings are widely regarded as part of a broad state-sponsored genocide (the Cambodian genocide). Analysis of 20,000 mass grave sites by the DC-Cam Mapping Program and Yale University indicate at least 1,386,734 victims of execution. Estimates of the total number of deaths resulting from Khmer Rouge policies, including disease and starvation, range from 1.7 to 2.5 million out of a 1975 population of roughly 8 million. In 1979, Vietnam invaded Democratic Kampuchea and toppled the Khmer Rouge regime.
Hotel: Le Grand Palais Boutique
Day 40: Rest day in Phnom Penh
Today is a free day. Opt to relax or explore the town like the National Museum or the Royal Palace.
Day 41: Phnom Pheng – Siem Reap – Angkor Wat (314 kms.)
Long day riding. We will stop at same hidden places. Discover 1000 years old stone bridges and you can try to eat fresh spiders on a local market … 😉
Hotel: Damnak Kunthea Villa
Day 42: Rest day in Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, with the site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres). It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.
Day 43: Second rest day in Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
A day of leisure. Today we’re doing nothing at all. Relaxing on the pool or shopping in the town.
Day 44: Siem Reap – Choam (border to Thailand) – Buriram (313 kms.)
Crossing back into Thailand. And learn again to ride on the left side of the road. Ride along the poorest area in Thailand, the “Isaan”. Overnight in Buriram, becomes famous of the Thai National Race Circuit and is since 3 years station for the World Superbike Race Championship.
Hotel: Best Western Royal Buriram
Day 45. Buriram – Petchabun (379 kms.)
Unspectacular transfer day to Petchabun. The West of the “Isaan” area. Discover Petchabun´s night life in the chopper bar “House 66”.
Hotel: Kosit Hill
Day 46. Petchabun - Khao Koh – Sukhothai (379 kms.)
After breakfast, we visit Khao Kho Memorial Sacrifice monument and weapons museum. Between 1965 – 1984, this mountain area was the battle field of the Thai Communist Party and the Thai Royal Army. Then we continue uphill, cruising to Phu Ta Boek National Park: “The Shangri-La of Thailand”. Continue along winding roads until we reach Sukhothai, where you can relax at the beautiful accommodation with swimming pool.
Hotel: Ruan Thai
Day 47. Rest day in Sukhothai
Visit the World Heritage Ancient Sukhothai Historical Park, designated world heritage site number 574 on 12 December 1991 by UNESCO and enjoy the amazing sunset in the old ruins. A magical and memorable scene
Day 48. Sukhothai – Sirikit Dam – Phrae (334 kms.)
After breakfast, we leave Sukhothai riding through winding mountainous roads. We then take the motorbikes on a wooden ferry across the Sirikit dam reservoir. Sirikit dam is the largest earth dam in Thailand. It´s used for irrigation, fisheries, flood control and as well as hydro-electric power generation. Then we continue on the highway passing through rice fields until we reach unseen Phrae.
Hotel: Phoom Thai Garden
Day 49. Phrae – Chiang Mai (202 kms.)
After breakfast, we leave Phraet cruising along the highway to Den Chai, we visit a large reclining Buddha. We continue riding through winding mountainous roads to Lampang. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. We visit the Thai Elephant Conservation Center and world´s first elephant hospital. We continue riding, passing through national parks and farming areas. Visit a local market, stopping for refreshment, before heading back to Chiang Mai
Most nationalities do not require a visa to enter Thailand for a stay that does not exceed 30 days. However, it is important to note that Thailand’s immigration regulations require that passports must remain valid at least six months beyond visitors’ intended length of stay in Thailand.
Furthermore, it is important to note that Thai Immigration authorities only grant a visa-free stay of maximum 15 days in Thailand if tourists enter the country overland (from Burma) rather than through an international airport. Hence, after returning overland from Burma, you will only be allowed a maximum visa-free stay of 15 days in Thailand.
VISA FOR MYANMAR (former Burma), LAOS & CAMBODIA
For Myanmar (former Burma) only at the Mae Sai border and also for Laos is Visa on arrival possible, same as it´s in Thailand. Cambodia also offers Visa on arrival, very easy to do. The Visa fee on arrival for one day in Myanmar is about 15 US$ (600 THB) for Laos about 30 US$ for 30 days (1,200 THB) and for Cambodia about 35 US$ for 30 days (1,800 THB).
VISA FOR VIETNAM
First of all, please note that today it is irrelevant whether you refer to Vietnam.
In order to facilitate the issuance of visas through a Vietnamese Embassy or Permanent Mission, it is best if persons with pre-booked travel arrangements submit along with their visa application a so-called “Visa Confirmation Letter” from the tour operator in Hanoi responsible for the tour arrangements. We shall obtain the visa confirmation letter and forward it to you. The confirmation letter implies that the tour operator is responsible for you during your entire stay in Vietnam and eliminates further questioning by the Vietnamese Embassy.
Please note that Vietnamese Embassies generally do not consider the exact travel dates but simply stamp visas valid for 3 months and entitling the holder for 1 single entry into Vietnam within these 3 months. Therefore, we will forward to you the visa confirmation letter approximately 1 ½ month before the start of the tour to ensure that the validity of your visa will extend beyond the length of your stay in Vietnam. Once you have received your visa confirmation letter, you should contact the nearest Vietnamese Embassy or Permanent Mission to obtain visas application forms, fill in the visa application forms in triplicate, attach one passport photo to each copy of the application form and enclose a printout copy of the visa confirmation letter with the application. Please refer to List of diplomatic missions of Vietnam for a list of all Vietnamese Embassies, Permanent Missions, and Consulate Generals.
REGISTRATION / DEPOSIT
Due to the cumbersome logistics involved with obtaining all necessary permits and border formalities, we must impose the following conditions for registration of your participation in the tour:
- The deadline for the latest registrations is two months before the tour start
- Confirmation of your participation in the tour will only be confirmed against the payment of 10% deposit (down payment) of total tour price.
- First come – first served: the date of receipt of your deposit (down payment) will determine whose participation will be confirmed first. We will not confirm participation in the tour before receipt of your deposit.
We shall guarantee the departure of the tour with a minimum of 4 bikers and shall limit the maximum size of the group to no more than 15 bikes.
With your registration for the tour, we also need the following personal data from you:
Family Name(s) – as per passport:
First Name(s) – as per passport:
Date of Birth:
Passport Issue Date:
Passport Issue Place:
Passport Expiry Date:
Please note that in order to participate in this tour, you must be in possession of a valid international driver’s license for motorcycles in excess of 500 cc.
For inquiries or in case of any uncertainties, please contact us under email@example.com
Owing to the fact that we shall have to fully prepay all suppliers far in advance, we require your full prepayment of the tour (minus the deposit) by latest two months before tour start.
Please note that the following cancellation fees apply in the case that you are obliged to cancel the reservations for the tour at last minute:
If cancellation is received: Fee (in % of the total tour price)
60 Days to 15 Days 30% of Tour cost
30 Days to 8 Days 50% of Tour cost
14 Days or less 100% of Tour cost
We strongly recommend that you purchase individualized travel and/or medical insurance from any insurance company in your home market to prevent from having to incur any unexpected medical or travel expenses.
INSURANCE – THAILAND, LAOS & CAMBODIA
The motorcycles carry compulsory third party insurance according to Thai law but do not carry full comprehensive insurance as this is not available in Thailand for rental motorcycles. The tour participant, therefore, carries the maximum risk of 175.000 THB in case of total damage to his/her motorcycle. The participant is not liable for technical failure in the case of engine or gearbox problems nor for wear and tear.
INSURANCE – VIETNAM
The motorcycles only carry compulsory third party insurance for Thailand – not for Vietnam as our Thai insurance company’s coverage does not extend beyond Thailand. Consequently, the participant carries the full risk in case of an accident, regardless of whether the accident is caused by the tour participant or by a third party. Please bear also in mind that in the case of an accident, the adversary will most likely not be carrying any insurance coverage at all. Hence, the tour participant carries the maximum risk of 175.000 THB in case of total damage to his/her motorcycle.
Against the surcharge of 9.000 THB we offer limited comprehensive insurance cover with a maximum liability/participation of 35.000 THB (instead of 175.000 THB) for the participant in case of damage sustained to his/her motorcycle. For minor damage, we will collect the costs for repair at the end of the tour as it is easier to handle such minor cases on the spot. Tour participants who opt for fully comprehensive insurance cover will also have to deposit 35.000 THB in cash at the beginning of the tour.
It is also important to know that the participant is liable for damage caused to his/her motorcycle in the case of an accident caused by a third person. Third-party insurance in Thailand generally only covers bodily harm caused to the third party and does not cover damage caused to the vehicle of a third party.
THAILAND CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
American Express, Visa, and Master Card are widely accepted in Thailand. Cash payments are only accepted in Thailand’s own currency (Thai Baht). It is easy to exchange major foreign currencies into Thai Baht as there are official money changers at most touristic places. ATM’s can be found almost everywhere. Please do not bring Euro cheques as these can only be cashed at major banks.
LAOS CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
The best way to Laos will be to use Thai Bath over there. In Laos, Thai Bath can use and is accepted everywhere. 1 Thai Bath is about 250 KIP. ATM’s can be found almost everywhere.
CAMBODIA CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
The best way to Cambodia will be to use US$ over there. In Cambodia, US$ can use and is accepted everywhere. 1 US$ is about 4,000 Cambodian Riel. ATM’s can be found almost everywhere.
VIETNAM CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
ATM’s are not yet widespread in Vietnam, and only major hotels and sometimes upcountry accept the most common credit cards such as American Express and Visa. At many places, however, credit cards will not be accepted at all. Hence, it is useful to bring cash US Dollars, preferably also in small denominations as many shops upcountry cannot easily provide change for a 100-Dollar bill. You may also want to change some foreign currency into Vietnamese Dong (VND) as the Vietnamese only trade in their own currency. When paying for something small with US Dollars, the change will most likely be rendered in Vietnamese Dong (VND). This change, in turn, can be used again for buying a drink or for small tips, etc. Bringing traveler cheques is useless as only the Vietnamese Investment, and Commercial Bank (VICB) or the Vietnamese Foreign Trade Bank (VFTB) in Saigon would trade in these through cumbersome and time-consuming procedures. However, it is now possible to change US Dollars and even Euro into local currency at most airports and many other places. We recommend changing some Vietnamese Dong (VND) already in your home country.
Day 1 -- Day 5
Day 6 -- Day 10
Day 11 -- Day 22
Day 23 -- Day 27
Day 28 -- Day 36
Day 37 -- Day 44
Day 45 -- Day 49