Dive head first into the cultural highlights of Cambodia and Thailand. Begin in Cambodia, where the temples of Angkor are literal monuments to human ingenuity and religious devotion of the ancient Khmer Empire. Continue to Bangkok, Thailand, where after exploring the metropolis, you will head into the nearby wilderness for two nights on a jungle floating lodge. Fly to the north of Thailand, where you will spend days living with a local village and exploring the cultural delights of Chiang Mai. Finally, top off your trip with a few nights on Krabi island.
Welcome to Cambodia! Upon arrival in Siem Reap obtain your Cambodian visa, if you haven't already. Clear Immigration and Customs and proceed into the arrival area. You will meet your private guide and driver who will transfer you to your hotel.
The evening is free to settle into your room and enjoy your hotel's amenities. For interesting people watching, venture down to Pub Street and the Siem Reap Night Market, where you can buy a diverse range of goods.
Siem Reap is the best option for an international traveler's base from which to explore the Angkor temples. If not for the tourism boom brought on by the awesome sites around the city, Siem Reap might have been another sleepy Khmer village. Instead we find a bustling tourist town, complete with a well-named Pub Street, food vendors, luxury hotels, backpacking hostels, and the international travelers that drive it all. Sure, you'll probably want to spend most of your time outside the city, but don't underestimate the awesome opportunity to hit the town and mingle, bargain, eat, and drink your way through Siem Reap.
This morning before sunrise, depart the hotel for Angkor Wat, the largest and most breathtaking monument at Angkor. Built as the funerary temple for Suryavarman II, who ruled from 1112 to 1152, Angkor never fails to reward the first time or repeat visitor with its grand scale, surreal bas reliefs and unbelievable attention to detail. Here, you will spend the morning exploring one of man's most magnificent creations before returning to the hotel for a late breakfast.
After breakfast you will start your full day visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom and the temples of Bayon, Baphoun, Phimean Akas, The Royal Enclosure, Terrace of Elephants and Leper King.
Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant.
Next we’ll explore Ta Phrom. This jungle-clad temple with overgrown trees exudes a haunting and exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of a tree push between the temple's huge stone blocks in a strange embrace. Today you will finish your day tour with the sunset on the top of Bakheng Hill, where you can see the view of the temple of Angkor Wat and whole site of Angkor Heritage.
This evening, you will be picked up from your hotel around 7:15 PM and driven to the Phare Cambodian Circus Show. The one hour performance begins at 8:00 PM and offers incredible entertainment. "Phare Ponleu Selpak" means “Brightness of the Arts” in the Khmer language. Phare is a Cambodian non-profit art organization that was founded back in 1994 by eight young Cambodians returning from refugee camps. Their purpose was to improve the development of local communities by providing education, in addition to leisure and professional artistic training. The circus performers are all very talented and passionate about their work. The shows change and rotate depending on the time you visit, but all of the performances focus on traditional and contemporary themes. This really is the rebirth of Cambodian dance and culture. At the end of your performance, you will be driven back to your hotel. (This service is on a group basis.)
This morning, you will be met by your guide and driven to the Kampong Khleang Floating Village, located about one hour outside of Siem Reap. This fascinating village boasts wooden houses on 10-meter-tall stilts, surrounded by water in the wet season, and set on the lake's floodplains during the dry season. A drive along a dirt road into the village, showcases the region's wooden houses, traditional fishing equipment and small children waving to say hello. Upon arrival, you will be introduced to a local family and welcomed into their traditional stilt home for tea and coffee. Afterward, you will walk around and explore more of the village, to learn about their unique life on the lake and the traditional fishing techniques employed here. After a delicious lunch, you will begin the special water filter installation. With the assistance of your guide, you will set up the water filter in the home of a recipient family, which will provide them with clean drinking water for the next five years!
This afternoon, visit Beng Mealea, a former Angkorian capital and one of the most remote temple sites currently accessible in Cambodia. Until the late 1990's Beng Melea was considered unsafe because of its remote location in a Khmer Rouge held area and could only be accessed by 4WD. However, a new road has now been completed, making the journey much more comfortable. Good hiking shoes are a must for your exploration though! Spend the afternoon exploring Beng Melea, before visiting one last temple on the way back to town. (This service is on a private basis.)
Check out time at your hotel in Siem Reap is 12:00pm. At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport in good time to board your international flight to Bangkok.
Welcome to Thailand! On arrival in Bangkok, clear immigration and collect your bags. You will be met in the Arrival's Hall and transferred to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day free.
With a population of over eleven million inhabitants, the capital city of Bangkok is Thailand’s largest city. The wide variety of attractions, excursions and sights make Bangkok a vibrant and eclectic destination to explore, with something to keep any traveler entertained. This cosmopolitan city combines some of Asia’s oldest and most elaborately adorned temples, with modern shopping malls, impressive skyscrapers and bustling markets. Take a ride on a Tuk Tuk one evening, to feel the cool tropical breeze and marvel at the bright neon lights.
This morning, after breakfast, meet your guide and travel by private mini-van for a full-day exploration of Bangkok.
First visit the Grand Palace, where an English governess once tutored a young prince and may have influenced his powerful father. (The Thai people have enormous reverence for their royal family, thus both versions of The King and I are banned as an insult to one of their great rulers.) The highlight of this mind-and-eye boggling palace is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom.
Located next to the Grand Palace is Wat Po, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples. Visit this temple; housing the gigantic gold-plated Reclining Buddha. It is also the headquarters for the Traditional Medicine Practitioners of Bangkok.
After a break for lunch at a local restaurant, take a water taxi to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. This is one of the best-known temples in Bangkok and dates back to the ancient Ayutthaya period. The tall, elongated central Khmer-style tower is surrounded by four minor towers, symbolizing Mount Meru, the earthly representation of the thirty-three heavens. Here, you'll find pavilions containing statues of the Buddha at the most important stages of life. The beautiful architecture and fine craftsmanship mark Wat Arun as one of the most remarkable temples in Thailand.
Then board a longtail boat and spend a couple of hours navigating Bangkok's fascinating maze of waterways and canals, discovering why Bangkok is known as the "Venice of the East." Venture into bucolic "backwater" neighborhoods where life is slower and simpler. View traditional waterfront homes with their salas (pavilions) and spirit houses as well as a couple neighborhood Thai temples.
Early this morning (usually between 6:15 - 7:00 AM), you will be picked up from your hotel in Bangkok by our minivan. Your guide and driver will take you to the old fishing port of Samut Songkram, locally known as Maeklong, which is well known for its railway market. The station is in the middle of a huge, local market, and is usually packed with people. Just before the railway station vendors use the space between the rails for their trays of vegetables, fruit and fish. Your guide will walk with you through the market along the tracks, until the train arrives!
Then continue driving to Kanchanaburi town. Board the train to Nam Tok over the infamous Burma Railway, constructed in WWII under Japanese orders by POW's and forced laborers. After lunch you will visit the WW2 cemetery, Thailand Burma Railway museum and the Bridge over the River Kwai before being dropped off at your beautiful floating house on the river, where you will stay the next two nights!
Kanchanaburi is located approximately 2.5 hours outside of Bangkok and offers visitors the opportunity to explore Thailand's historical highlights, as well as experience the country's natural attributes. In this destination, it is possible to combine the classic highlights, including the infamous Bridge over River Kwai and Hellfire Pass, with more adventurous nature activities, such as hiking to nearby waterfalls or visiting an elephant sanctuary.
This morning, meet your guide and driver for a half-day tour to Erawan Waterfall (entrance is included). Erawan Falls has seven levels dropping down over 1,500m and is regarded as one the more beautiful in Thailand. You can walk to each level fairly easily on the paths but if you're aiming to get to the very top then it's a bit of a scramble up the cliff - it's worth the effort though!
You can swim in some of the pools created by the falls. Around the park are also several caves where you can explore and see some weird and wonderful limestone formations, stalactites and stalagmites!
The rest of the day is free at your leisure. You can enjoy activities on offer at your hotel such as mountain biking, canoeing, swimming, bamboo rafting, and Thai traditional massage (Not included in the package)
This morning after breakfast, you will be met at your hotel in Kanchanaburi and transferred to the Bangkok airport for your domestic flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival in Chiang Mai, you will be met and transferred to your new accomodations. Check in and enjoy the remainder of the day free.
Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand and the gateway to the charming northern region. Explore the cultural highlights within the old city walls, discover fascinating temples, dig into the delicious street food and take a stroll through the famous evening markets, to truly experience the spirit of this destination. Chiang Mai serves as an excellent base for outdoor and adventure lovers, offering idyllic opportunities for trekking, cycling and river rafting in the surrounding countryside. The region is also home to many elephant conservation camps and ethnic hill tribe villages.
This morning at 8:00am meet your private guide and driver and spend the half-day touring some of the highlights and lesser-known gems in and around Chiang Mai. Make a visit to a couple of Chiang Mai's most revered Buddhist temples and shrines including Wat Phra Singh, and Wat U Mong, a forest monastery where you have the chance to visit with a local monk.
Then continue to what is probably Chiang Mai’s most famous landmark: Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. The temple is located at the summit of 5,000-foot-high Doi Suthep Mountain, which towers over the city. Climb the 300-step staircase, flanked by Nagas, or take the cable car up. The cool air and spectacular sunset views make the trip worth the effort.
You'll then return to the hotel with the evening free to relax or explore independently.
You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:30 AM this morning, for an unforgettable experience at the Patara Elephant Farm, located just outside of Chiang Mai. Upon arrival at the farm, you will change into traditional mahout outfits. Once you look the part, you will be given a short briefing on how to handle the elephants, before heading into the bush to find them. On this full-day experience, you will learn all about the elephant farm management and their breeding program. Enjoy your first encounter with these gentle giants, as your guide teaches you how to approach and interact with them. After feeding the elephants, you will walk them to the river, to join in their morning bath! You will be taught the different commands and techniques that the mahouts use to communicate with the elephants.
Later this morning, you will head to a nearby local temple, where your guide will teach you about the significance of elephants in Buddhism and the Thai’s ancient relationship with these traditional beasts of burden. From the temple, you will continue on to a picturesque waterfall to enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon heat, the temptation to cool off in the falls with your elephant is irresistible! You will return to the camp in time for the elephant's evening feeding, before you must say goodbye to your new friends and transfer back to your hotel around 4:00 PM. (This service is on a group basis.)
** Please be prepared to get wet and muddy! We recommend that you bring a towel, swimsuit, change of clothes, sunscreen, hat and mosquito repellent. (This service is on a group basis.)
This morning is free at your leisure to explore on your own until your transfer to Chiang Mai Airport for your direct flight to Krabi.
On arrival in Krabi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of your evening free to take full advantage of your breathtaking resort on the white sandy shores of Tub Kaek Beach.
Krabi is a southern province on Thailand's Andaman seaboard, offering spectacular scenery on both land and water. Here you'll find beautiful beaches set amidst dramatic limestone karst mountains, lush jungle forests, and hidden hot springs. This tropical paradise offers something for everyone, with opportunities for various activities including snorkelling, diving, rock climbing, hiking, cycling and island hopping.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
You will be picked up from your hotel around 8:30 AM this morning, for your transfer to the Ao Thalane Pier. Board a long tailed boat from the pier and cruise to Hong Island for a day of fun out on the water! The picturesque scenery and fascinating rock formations around Hong Island, will easily distract you during the 45 minute boat ride. Upon arrival at the island, sea kayaks will be waiting for the next part of your adventure. If you prefer not to paddle, you are also welcome to relax on the beach, feed the fish or swim in the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea.
Hong Island stands out as one of the most beautiful islands of the Andaman coast. Surrounding the sea and beaches, you can marvel at the towering limestone formations and sparkling waters. It truly is the picture perfect postcard. Pilay Beach is a white powder sand beach with colorful corals and exotic marine life, which you will also have the chance to visit. Koh Hong’s name comes from the Thai word “Hong” which means “room”. In the middle of the island lies a hidden lagoon spot for local fishermen. The coral reefs here are simply incredible. Many species of colored tropical fish can be spotted as well. This afternoon, you will enjoy lunch on the beach near the National park office, before enjoying free time for swimming and paddling with the kayaks. After exploring all that Koh Hong has to offer, you will return to Ao Thalane Pier and transfer back to your hotel. (This service is on a group basis.)
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
Enjoy the morning free. Check out time is 12:00pm. Later, your guide and driver will transfer you to the Krabi airport for your domestic flight back to Bangkok. Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will need to connect to you onward flight home.
We hope you enjoyed your amazing experience and we wish you safe travels!
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