On arrival in Phnom Penh, you’ll be greeted by an English-speaking guide who will accompany you to your hotel to check in ahead of your time in the Cambodian capital. Once you’re settled in, you’ll then start your exploration of the city with a Cyclo trip through the French quarter before heading out to Wat Phrom – a Buddhist temple dating back to the 1370s that is seen as the birthplace of the city. You can then enjoy an evening at leisure back at your hotel.
Today you’ll have chance to fully explore Phnom Penh with a full day of activities which start with a trip to the Royal Palace. Here, you’ll explore the Silver Pagoda – so called because of the thousands of silver tiles that make up the floor – before heading on to the National Museum to examine one of the world’s best collections of Khmer artifacts. Next up, you’ll learn all about the work that goes into helping vulnerable children at the Child Safe Centre before a visit to the Central Market and mid-day break back at the hotel. The afternoon will then see you explore the dark history of Cambodia under the rule of the Khmer Rouge, with visits to both the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.
An optional performance from the Cambodian Living Arts group at the National Museum is available during the evening
- Frangipani Royal Palace (B)
Heading away from Phnom Penh, you’ll pay a visit to the pre-Angkorian site of Sambor Prei Kuk; a collection of more than 100 well preserved temples scattered amongst the forest. You’ll walk through the trees to visit the main sites and visit some of the local villages to observe locals going about their business creating goods for sale as part of a community-based tourism project. You’ll be able to support the local community during a simple but tasty lunch near to the temple; continuing on to Kampong Thom when your time at the temples comes to an end.
Today you’ll leave Kampong Thom after breakfast to travel to Siem Reap and the famed Temples of Angkor. On the way, you’ll stop at the Spean Praptos Bridge near Kampong Kdei and take a stroll along a bridge that was once the longest corbeled stone-arch bridge in the world. You’ll then head to the Tonle Sap Lake where there is the opportunity to embark on a cruise out to the stilted village of Kampong Kleang. You’ll enjoy a packed lunch provided by your hotel in one of the local homes before heading onwards to Siem Reap. The rest of the day is then spent at leisure.
- Somadevi Angkor Hotel (B,L)
A day exploring the Angkorian temples starts with a trip by remork – similar to the Thai tuk-tuk – to Angkor Wat. Symbolising the soul of the Khmer people, the famous temple features on the Cambodian flag and includes walls covered with intricate carvings and bas-reliefs. You’ll then travel to Angkor Thom, ending the city walls through the South Gate to visit the Bayon Temple; a large temple in the exact centre of the city that features 54 towers to represent the 54 provinces o f the Great Khmer Empire. You’ll also visit the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King before returning to your hotel for a break. In the afternoon, you’ll continue to explore the grand temples; culminating in a visit to Ta Prohm – an ancient temple that is overgrown by trees and vines.
- Somadevi Angkor Hotel (B)
Head from Siem Reap out into the Cambodian countryside as you head towards Beng Mealea. Here, you’ll be able to become something of an explorer as you climb through the overgrown remains of the completely unrestored temple – which remains as it was found. You’ll then enjoy lunch at a local house before continuing onwards to Banteay Srei to visit a temple that is often referred to as the most well preserved in the country – and which is also unique given its construction from pink sandstone. After calling in at the Banteay Samre, you’ll then return to Siem Reap for the night.
- Somadevi Angkor Hotel (B,L)
After an early breakfast, head for the airport to board a flight to Bangkok, where the Thai leg of your trip will then get underway. After checking in to your hotel, you’ll embark on a long-tail boat ride along the Chao Phraya River and through Bangkok’s canal network to take in the sights and will visit the impressive Wat Arun temple before heading back to your accommodation.
Today you’ll head out to explore the city on a guided tour that will take in many of the most famous tourist sites. First up is the Grand Palace with its stunning throne halls and impressive emerald Buddha before a visit to the ancient temple of Wat Pho. After lunch (own expense), you’ll enjoy a ride by tuk tuk to Chinatown Square before an interesting walk from the Wat Leng Nei Yi temple to the pier at Ratchawong. Along the way you can call in for Chinese tea in a traditional teashop and visit a local market before catching the ferry to Saphan Taksin to visit the Siam Paragon shopping centre.
From Bangkok, you’ll head towards the Samut Songkhram Provice to visit a local market uniquely positioned alongside the local railway tracks; so much so that vendors are forced to quickly remove their goods and fold up their stalls when a train is coming through. When you get to Amphawa, you’ll have time at leisure to do as you wish ahead of an evening boat trip to marvel at the sight of thousands of sparkling fire flies.
You’ll head towards the region around the famous River Kwai; paying a visit to the Thai-Burma Museum before arriving at the Bridge over the River Kwai itself. Whilst in the region, you’ll also spend time at Hellfire Pass where you can learn more about the struggles faced by the Prisoners of War who worked on the railway line.
Head for Sukhothai and stop off en-route at the former Khmer outpost of Lopburi – a city known for the large number of macaques that live in the centre; particularly around the Prang Sam Yot temple.
Spend the day exploring a town packed with culture on a bicycle and try your hand at both ceramic painting and cotton weaving – two activities which are unique to the region. You can then relax during the evening and make the most of your location within a World Heritage site surrounded by ancient ruins.
Head to Chiang Mai and enjoy the opportunity to visit the temples at both Si Satchanalai and Lampang en-route.
Spend a day exploring the city, with a walking tour that takes in the Old City and which also provides the opportunity to roam through the local markets in search of a bargain. You can then enjoy stunning views across the city from the hilltip Doi Suthep temple and will also learn about Thai cuisine with a special cookery class.
Enjoy the opportunity to gain an insight into rural life with a visit to a special community-based project as locals go about their business and work to maintain the traditions and practices that have been passed down from one generation to the next.
Enjoy some time at leisure before your transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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