Thailand & Angkor Temples - 14 days

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Discover the Kingdom of Thailand from the lively streets of the capital of Bangkok to the ancient ruins of Sukhothai and the hill tribes of Chiang Rai with a colourful mix of night markets, historic WWII sites and bathing elephants thrown in!

Day 1: Bangkok
Saturday. Welcome to Bangkok, the ever-alluring capital of Thailand. Arrival transfer to our hotel where our Welcome Meeting takes place later in the evening. Overnight - Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour
This morning we visit the spiritual and religious heart of the city - the striking Grand Palace. Topped by golden stupas, the complex has been the site of royal coronations and is home to the legendary Emerald Buddha. We’ll also visit the House of the Reclining Buddha, the Original Thai Massage School and the 24hr Flower Market before boarding longtail boats to explore the city’s canals. Known as khlongs, the canals enable surface water to make its way to the sea and have long been a way of getting around Bangkok. On our journey we’ll glide by curious stilted houses and gleaming temples whilst old men fish and children folic about on the waters edge.

Our boats drop us off within walking distance of Khao San Road, popular with backpackers and hippies. Late afternoon offers free time for you to enjoy the many bars, restaurants, street performers, market stalls and tailors - that will measure you up for a new suit, that line this vibrant road. Overnight - Bangkok (B)
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The Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi
Day 3: Kwai & Hellfire Pass
Bangkok - Kanchanaburi. It’s an early start today as we drive 2.5hrs west of the capital to the small town of Kanchanaburi. Here we pay our respects to the thousands of Allied POWs who perished in the area under the hand of the Imperial Japanese Army. After pausing at the Allied War Cemetery we continue to the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, immortalised by the film of the same name. You have a chance to take pictures before you board a train for a 2 hour journey that crosses the bridge before following the tracks dug by the POWs and locals some 75 years earlier.

Disembarking at Nam Tok we have a short drive to ‘Hellfire Pass’ where the POWs dug through a mountain often using only their bare hands. A fascinating museum at the entrance details the region’s history.

After our day’s sightseeing a leisurely longtail boat ride leads us to our fabulous floating jungle raft hotel. To the beauty of a hundred softly glowing lanterns and the sounds of the tropical forest and cool water flowing by we enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck. Overnight - Kanchanaburi (B, D)
Day 4: Ancient Ruins of Sukhothai
Kanchanaburi - Sukhothai. Leaving Kanchanaburi we follow Thailand’s lifeline - the Chao Phraya River, where we pass the confluence where four lesser rivers form the ‘Mother River’. After stopping for lunch we continue to Sukhothai, the country’s first capital city dating back eight centuries. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax by the hotel pool at or treat yourself to a famous Thai massage. Overnight - Sukhothai (B)
Buddhist sculptures swathed in orange robes in Thailand
Day 5: Temples of Lampang
Sukhothai - Lampang. This morning we explore the UNESCO-listed Sukhothai Historical Park with monuments dating back to the 13th century that illustrate the beginnings of Thai architecture. The entire complex contains 193 ruins spread over 70 sq km of land with a city wall forming a neat rectangle.

We next proceed to the city of Lampang, a sedate urban centre with elegant mansions and impressive Lanna-era temples. Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is one of the city’s finest examples of Lanna temple and after our visit we take a horse drawn cart around the old town passing the old market. For a glimpse into the opulent life of historic wealthy landlords we visit the Baan Sao Nak, a teakwood house and museum. Overnight - Lampang (B)
Visit an Elephant Conservation Centre on a Thailand tour.
Day 6: Elephant Conservation
Lampang - Chiang Mai. After breakfast we head to the nearby Thai Elephant Conservation Centre. Founded in 1933 the centre is home to over 50 Asian elephants in a beautiful forest and visitors can watch the daily bathing session before enjoying a ride through the forest on one of these magnificent creatures.

Bidding our new animal friends goodbye we continue north-west, to the provincial capital of Chiang Mai, sat at the lush foothills of northern Thailand. We take a break en route at a popular refreshment house with shopping opportunities before arriving to Chiang Mai, the perfect place to kick back for a few days. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before visiting the bustling night market where you can sample numerous local dishes cooked right in front of you! It’s one of the country’s largest night markets so you’ll find plenty of interesting trinkets. Overnight - Chiang Mai (B)
Explore Chiang Mai on a Thailand tour.
Day 7: Chiang Mai - your way
A free day for you to relax or participate in some of the many activities on offer. Choose from the more relaxing options with spa treatments and massages, to the adrenaline-fuelled with canopy zip lines and rock climbing. No trip to Chiang Mai would be complete without trying a local cooking class and perfecting your very own Pad Thai! Overnight - Chiang Mai (B)
Day 8: Kok River
Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai. Our journey today takes us through stunning karst and jungle scenery. Stopping for lunch at Ta Thon we board private long tail boats for a cruise down the Kok River watching rural life pass us by. Farmers work the land where oranges grow whilst men fish along the banks and buffalo wallow in the shallow waters.From our arrival point continue to Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) - a beautiful complex of newly built white and golden temples that are still a work in progress. Proceed to Chiang Rai where we wander the night market for last-minute souvenirs and tasty street food. Overnight - Chiang Rai (B)
Local village children in Thailand
Day 9: Hill Tribes
Chiang Rai - Bangkok. The city of Chiang Rai is a great base for visiting local hill tribes and this morning we visit a Karen village where we may encounter the famous Long Neck tribe, so known for the neck rings that the women wear to elongate their necks. Continuing to the border frontier town of Mae Sai, we may have the chance to cross briefly into Myanmar and enter the Burmese town of Tachilek (optional). At Chiang Saen we stand at a viewpoint that lets us see both Myanmar and Laos. We take time to visit the Opium Museum before returning to Chiang Rai to catch our flight back to Bangkok.

On arrival in Bangkok we transfer to our hotel arriving late in the evening - not really a problem in ‘the city that never sleeps’! Overnight - Bangkok (B)
Ancient tree roots in the amazing temples of Angkor Wat on our Cambodia Tours.
Day 10: Off to Angkor
Bangkok - Siem Reap. Today offers free time for you to independently explore before early this evening heading to the airport for our included flight to Siem reap, Cambodia. Arriving to the Kingdom of the Khmer empire at at approx 9.30pm, you can either grab a good nights rest or head out for a late night bite to eat. Overnight - Siem Reap (B)
Amazing Angkor Wat - the highlight of every tour of Cambodia.
Day 11: All about Angkor Wat
Today we immerse ourselves in one of the most astounding archaeological sites in the world. The magnificent Angkor complex of temples is scattered over an area of 200 square kilometers.

We start our exploration this morning with a visit to Ta Prohm when the birds and parrots out number the tourists. We then continue towards Angkor Wat. We return to our hotel for a well-earned siesta.

This afternoon we return to the temples by private vehicle and visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. We enter at the best preserved South Gate and take an in depth look at the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King, the Royal Palace, and Baphoun. But we save the best till last, the Bayon is perhaps Angkor’s most moving of all temples. As the sun gently falls it casts its rays on the giant stone faces and as the light changes so do their expressions, a magical experience!

In the evening, there's a lovely dinner and cultural dance performance you can attend or alternatively opt do your own thing. Siem reap offers some hidden Cambodian culinary gems as well as international restaurants and everything in between. There is also ‘Pub Street’ for the party goer and to the fine dining options at the Foreign Correspondents Club, Raffles or Amansara. Overnight - Siem Reap (B)
Day 12: Kbal Spean & Banteay Srei
This morning we drive to Phnom Kulen to visit Kbal Spean, commonly known as the River of a Thousand Lingas. This site was only ‘rediscovered’ in 1969 and is a tranquil place with an attractive waterfall.

Later we head to visit the elegant temple of Banteay Srei built by a Brahman in the 10th Century. It is said they must have been carved by women as the detail is too fine for the hands of a man. This gives us the origin of the Khmer name, Fortress of the Women.

In the late afternoon we return to Siem Reap where the rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight - Siem Reap (B)
Some of the many floating houses on the Tonle Sap River in Cambodia
Day 13: Kompong Phluk
Today we take a short drive to Kompong Phluk, a floating/stilted community on the immense Tonle Sap. Here we board a private boat and explore the floating community of Kompong Kleang. The community is made up of ethnic Khmer, Viet and Cham, who tend to spend their entire lives on this bountiful lake.

In the afternoon we enjoy some free time to relax by the pool, or to explore the town. We recommend a visit to the Artisan’s D’Angkor workshops, where talented artisans from some of the poorest villages in the country are taught the ancient Khmer skills and are then encouraged to return to their communities to generate further work and opportunities there. Overnight - Siem Reap (B)
Day 14: Back to Bangkok
Friday. This morning we say goodbye to our guide and transfer to the airport for our included flight to Bangkok's Don Muang Airport (DMK) arriving at approximately 12:55. If flying onward from Don Muang airport, we suggest you book flights no earlier than 3pm. If flying internationally from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, the main airport (BKK) we'll offer a complimentary transfer to this airport. Flights from BKK should be booked after 5pm. You may have a little time up your sleeve at the airport, though we've allowed for delays and possible traffic. Happy travels! (B)

Yi Peng Festival Tour - 01 Nov 2014

In November 2014 we are offering a special Time for Thailand departure that coincides with the spirited and always lively Yi Peng festival of Chiang Mai. At the festival we will bear witness to the release of thousands of beautifully coloured, candle lit Lanna-style lanterns into the sky and local river. This tour also starts in Bangkok, before visiting the River Kwai, Sukhothai and Lampang to watch elephant’s bathe, before arriving to Chiang Mai in time for Yi Peng. For more info, check out our at our Yi Peng Lantern Festival tour itinerary.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Bangkok / Ends in: Bangkok
  • Departs: Saturdays - year round
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:13, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 1
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
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