- Visit must-to-see highlights of Bangkok
- Visit Ayutthaya - the ancient capital of Thailand
- Visit Golden Triangle at the border of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos and meet hill tribe villagers
- Discover World Heritage Site: Angkor Complex
- View the sunrise at Angkor Wat Temple
- Visit Chiang Mai—the principal city in Northern Thailand with the golden temple of Wat Doi Suthep
- Age range
- under 87 year olds
- 3 / 4 / 5
Discover the many faces of Thailand and Cambodia on this adventure, which begins in Bangkok, a bustling capital full of contrast between ancient temples, modern infrastructure, and buzzing Thai life. On the outskirts of Bangkok lies the ancient former capital of Ayutthaya. Heading north to the fabled Golden Triangle, once known as an opium producing area, to view and scenic panorama of three countries.
Your journey continues to Chiang Mai, a more relaxed city, known for colorful night markets, teak temples and Thai massages before immerse yourself in the magic and history of Cambodia’s famous Angkor temples, cruise through Tonle Sap Lake’s charming floating villages and watch the sunset behind the mystical, temple-dotted jungle.
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Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok
Welcome to Bangkok, the amazing capital of Thailand. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our representative outside the baggage claim of the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city center. After check in, enjoy your free time. If time permits, you are suggested to see the Niramit, the must-see spectacular show performed on the gigantic stage listed in the Guinness World Records!
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour
After your breakfast, explore Bangkok by canal. You will sail aboard motorboats down the river and along the klongs, or canals, through residential areas on the outskirts of town. Then, visit Wat Arun overlooking into the Chao Phraya River, also known as Temple of Dawn – one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok. Next, step into the Old Kingdom of Siam at the Grand Palace which is the official of the King of Siam since 1782. The focal point of the palace is the Emerald Buddha. Carved out of jade and adorned with gold, the Emerald Buddha made a dramatic appearance in 1434, when it was found hidden in a temple stupa. Since 1785, the Emerald Buddha—the most highly revered image of the Buddha—has resided in the Royal Chapel of the Grand Palace. Close by is Wat Pho – the temple of reclining Buddha. The temple has a long list of credits: The oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, the longest reclining Buddha and the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, the first public education institution.
Conclude your day with the city orientation tour by tuk tuk- the typical local method of transportation. Disembarkation at Pak Klong Talaat Flower market to see Thailand’s exotic flora with many species of orchids before going back to the hotel where you will spend the rest of day at your own leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok.
Day 3: Bangkok - Ayutthaya Trip - Fly to Chiang Rai
Following breakfast, hit the road to the ancient capital of Siam - Ayutthaya. The journey offers an excellent opportunity to observe rural Thailand up-close. On the way, stop at the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, also known as the Summer Palace. Enjoy a walk through the postcard-like surroundings as you listen to the commentary of your local guide (Electric car is available as optional).
On arrival into Ayutthaya, walk to visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet, located in The Grand Palace compound and functioned as the residential area. Continue to Wat Maha That, or the Monastery of the Great Relic, an impressive temple which also features the famous Buddha stone head entwined within the roots of a tree. Explore the area and observe the beautiful and well-preserved relics.
Later, board a traditional wooden boat and cruise slowly past peaceful scenes of river life. Many local people live on the built- on– stilt houses that line both sides of the river.
Transfer back to Bangkok airport for your flight to Chiang Rai, the main commercial centre serving the Golden Triangle border region of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. On arrival, you will be picked up & transferred to your hotel for check in. Relax then.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Rai.
Day 4: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle.
Today you will visit the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Burma, and Laos meet. The first stop will be Doi Sa Ngo, a hill tribe village where you can learn about the rapidly-changing way of life here. At one time, the hill tribes in this region relied on the cultivation of opium for survival—including several bands of Chinese nationalist followers of Chiang Kai Shek, who have been living here (somewhat in hiding and in dwindling numbers) since the Revolution. But times have changed. The government has established many programs to introduce more viable crops, and most of the people are law-abiding farmers. Today, tourism has become a preferable alternative to drug smuggling, and the hill tribes are more concerned about preserving their old traditions.
In the afternoon, continue with the Hall of Opium, where you will learn more about the area's past.
Transfer back to Chiang Rai hotel. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Rai
Day 5: Chiang Rai – Drive to Chiang Mai – Wat Doi Suthep
Relax and enjoy the passing landscapes as you travel most of the morning to Chiang Mai—the principal city of the north, a major cultural center, and a favorite with visitors. Stop en route at Sankampang District which is famous for Thai Northern Handicraft Villages, such as silk weaving, umbrella making, wood carving and silvers ware.
In the later afternoon, visit a mountain named Doi Suthep to visit the golden temple of Wat Doi Suthep. Doi Suthep rises to a summit elevation of 1,676m above sea level. See the marvelous golden pagoda which is containing the relics of the Lord Buddha. From the temple you will enjoy a panoramic view of Chiang Mai city.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai
Day 6: Chiang Mai – Cooking Class & City Tour
This morning, join us on a cooking class in Chiang Mai. Our tour guide will pick you up at hotel and go to the local market with chef. Learn more about ingredients, learn to cook the first three courses you choose and have lunch with what you have prepared. After lunch, continue your day with the visit Chiang Mai Art & Cultural Center which shows the lifestyle of people of Lanna Kingdom and learn how the Kingdom became more prosperous. Each section of the showrooms tells interesting stories and legends of Chiang Mai people in the past. (The museum is closed on Monday)
Then you can choose among the most famous and interesting temples in the city – Wat Sri Supan, Wat Phra Singh or Wat Chedi Luang for your further visit.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai
Day 7: Chiang Mai – Fly to Siem Reap (via Bangkok) – Phare Show
After breakfast, enjoy your free time until the transfer to Chiang Mai airport to connect with Siem Reap, the provincial capital and gateway to the ancient Angkor Temples. Upon arrival, your local driver and tour guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.
Orientation walking around the hotel area followed by the Phare Show at Cambodia Circus Centre to expect the unexpected.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 8: Siem Reap – Angkor Complex Tour
Rise early to pick up the best moment at dawn to see the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. Take the short the Tuk Tuk ride to the site where you will stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Transfer back to your hotel for the tasty breakfast and a short break.
The afternoon tour explores the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King. Conclude your day with a visit to the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone before transferring back to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 9: Ox Cart Ride – Angkor Silk Farm – Tonle Sap Lake
The unique Angkor Temples are truly impressive. However, Cambodia has more to offer. It is worth taking a closer look at the city of Siem Reap, its surrounding area and its people.
Following the breakfast, drive straight to Kam Pem village. Walk through this lovely village to see rural Khmer life. Experience an ox cart ride and try to make palm leave before a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake to see floating villages and get a taste of life ruled by monsoonal rains and water-based agriculture. One of the most productive bodies of fresh water in the world, Tonle Sap was classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1997.
Later, our guide takes you to Silk Farm. You will be guided to see the process from the mulberry bushes cultivation to the production of silk fabrics and accessories. As the Silk Farm covers an area of 8 hectares, of which 5 are used for the mulberry trees plantation, you will enjoy the beautiful setting while learning about the fascinating process of silk-making.
During your visit, our local guide will give you more details on the mulberry trees, silkworm farming, cocoon unwinding, preparation of the silk threads, ikat technique (tie-dyeing of the threads) and silk weaving. We are sure that you will be impressed by the dexterity of our artisans with silk threads.
The Angkor Silk Farm also features a large showroom where you can buy high-quality silk products that were made in the workshops you just visited. Back to your hotel in the afternoon, free at your leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Siem Reap Departure
Have breakfast in the hotel and relax until driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
Have good flight & See you again!!!
AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
English Speaking Guide (other language on request)
MealsRated Excellent by past passengers
As mentioned in the itinerary: Daily breakfast at hotel
TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
Private car/ van with A/C
Bangkok - Chiang Rai
Chiang Mai - Siem Reap
Please note that airfares are subject to availability and to change without notice
• 2 Flights: Bangkok - Chiang Rai; Chiang Mai - Siem Reap (via Bangkok)
• Accommodation at 3 star hotels with daily breakfast
• Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
• Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
• Service of English speaking guides in every location
• Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
• International flights
• Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
• Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
• Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
• Tips for guides and drivers
• Personal travel insurance
• Thailand & Cambodia Visa fee (more at https://cambodiatravel.com/cambodia-visa/)
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