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17 Day Cambodia & Thailand Revealed
17 Day Cambodia & Thailand Revealed
Enjoy a first class taste of both Cambodia and Thailand on a 17 day trip that is certain to live long in the memory. From the moment you head out onto the streets of Phnom Penh in a cyclo, you’ll get to experience everything that both countries have to offer, with historic temples, dramatic landscapes, oodles of culture and friendly locals all waiting along the way.
Tour highlights
  • Explore the delights of Phnom Penh and uncover more on the dark days of life under the Khmer Rouge
  • Climb through overgrown temples being reclaimed by nature
  • Cruise to a stilted village on the Tonle Sap Lake
  • Ride on a tuk tuk through the streets of Bangkok
  • Visit the famous Bridge over the River Kwai
  • Take in stunning views across the surrounding landscape from the Doi Suthep temple
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Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh
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.
  • Frangipani Royal Palace
Day 2: Phnom Penh
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.
  • Frangipani Royal Palace (B)
An optional performance from the Cambodian Living Arts group at the National Museum is available during the evening
Day 3: Phnom Penh – Kampong Thom
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.
  • Sambor Village (B,L)
Day 4: Kampong Thom – Siem Reap
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)
Day 5: Siem Reap – Temples of Angkor
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)
Day 6: Siem Reap – Beng Mealea – Banteay Srei
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)
Day 7: Siem Reap – Bangkok
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.
  • Glow Trinity (B)
Day 8: Bangkok
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.
  • Glow Trinity (B)
Day 9: Bangkok – Amphawa
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.
  • Baan Amphawa Resort (B)
Days 10&11: Amphawa – Kanchanburi
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.
  • Felix River Kwai (B)
Day 12: Kanchanaburi – Sukhothai
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.
  • The Legendha (B)
Day 13: Sukhothai
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.
  • The Legendha (B)
Day 14: Sukhothau – Chiang Mai
Head to Chiang Mai and enjoy the opportunity to visit the temples at both Si Satchanalai and Lampang en-route.
  • De Lanna (B)
Day 15: Chiang Mai
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.
  • De Lanna (B,D)
Day 16: Chiang Mai – Mae Klang Luang
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.
  • De Lanna (B,L)
Day 17: Depart Chiang Mau
Enjoy some time at leisure before your transfer to the airport for your flight home.
  • (B)
All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • Accommodation in a shared twin/double room in selected hotels
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English speaking local guide (one city one guide)/ National guide is subject to a surcharge
  • One way SIEM REAP/BANGKOK flight in Economy Class (based on Cambodia Angkor Air flight)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Daily drinking water and cold towels
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival for most nationalities, USD20/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)
  • Any surcharge/extra fees for visit of the Angkor Historical site imposed by the Apsara Authorities in Siem Reap which are subject to change without prior notice
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • International flights into or out of Cambodia
  • Camera/video entrance fees if applicable
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc)
  • Travel insurance including recommended helicopter evacuation for Cambodia
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

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