Classic Thailand and Angkor 13 Days

Classic Thailand and Angkor
Highlights: This exciting tour uncovers bustling Bangkok, northern Thailand and Phuket beach break before heading into Cambodia to explore Angkor Wat temple complex - the world's largest ancient temple city.

Day 1: Welcome to Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok City Temple Tour – Royal Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha
Day 3: Historical Ayutthaya & Return by Cruise 
Day 4: Bangkok – Flight to Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep – Khantoke Dinner
Day 5: Elephant Safari, Ox-Cart Ride & Bamboo Rafting 
Day 6: Day Trip to Chiang Rai & The Golden Triangle
Day 7: Chiang Mai – Flight to Phuket
Day 8: Phuket - Boat Trip to Phi Phi Island &
 Snorkelling (SIC)
Day 9: Phuket - Free Day of Leisure
Day 10: Phuket – Morning Flight to Siem Reap (via Bangkok) 
Day 11: Siem Reap - Angkor Thom - Ta Prohm - Angkor Wat
Day 12: Siem Reap - Banteay Srey - Floating Village of Kompong Pluk
Day 13: Depart Siem Reap

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Bangkok
Upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi airport, meet and greet and then transfer to hotel for check in, free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Bangkok


Day 2: Bangkok City Temple Tour – Royal Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha
Today your Bangkok City Tour begins with Wat Traimit, the Temple of the Golden Buddha, the temple is famous for its 900-years old five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image and then continue to visit Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn is one of the best known landmarks and one of the most published images of Bangkok. After that, visit to Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, as well as the largest single Buddha image: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas), also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The temple is also known as the birthplace of the traditional Thai massage Reclining Buddha.

Afternoon continue to visit the most famous tourist places in Bangkok, Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace adjoins Wat Phra Kaew in a common compound and is where you will end up after exiting Wat Phra Kaew. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the very Thai Wat Phra Kaew and the more European inspired designs of the Grand Palace (the roof being the exception). Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Bangkok


Day 3: Historical Ayutthaya & Return by Cruise
After breakfast, drive to Ayutthaya where the former capital city of Thailand is. The first places you visit is Bang Pa-In Summer Palace one of the most beautiful Summer Palace of Thailand then followed by Wat Yai Chaimongkhol where you have a chance to sacred one of the biggest Reclining Buddha Image as well and the ruins of the old Royal Grand Palace & Temples.

At noon, transfer to the pier for cruising down the Chao Phraya River to Bangkok. Certainly, along the River you will have impress & enjoy the rural Thai life along the River. Lunch on board with many varieties of Thai / Inter delicious Buffet. At around 4.00 pm. you will be picked up and transferred to hotel for leisure time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Bangkok


Day 4: Bangkok – Flight to Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep – Khantoke Dinner
Today take flight to the north of Thailand - that is Chiang Mai. Arrival in Chiang Mai, meet the tour guide and then transfer to the hotel. After that, transfer to visit Doi Suthep Temple which is one of the most sacred temples in Chiangmai - Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. Located on hilltop in Northern - Thai style and containing holy relic of Lord Buddha and enjoy seeing panoramic view of the whole city. Return to the hotel and relax on own. In the evening enjoy the famous dinner "Khantoke Dinner" or known as the northern welcome dinner including hill tribe dancing.

Meals: Breakfast, Khantoke Dinner
Overnight in Chiang Mai


Day 5: Elephant Safari, Ox-Cart Ride & Bamboo Rafting
Breakfast at hotel, embark to the Elephants Camp to see the elephants at work in a jungle area. See how the elephants are trained for working with human and the elephant shows. Then, you have the chance for an exciting ride on the elephant ride along the trails and followed by Ox-Cart ride back to the camp - lunch at the elephant camp. Afternoon, enjoy on local handicraft bamboo rafting along Mae Taeng river. Return to Chiang Mai and a stop will be at Orchid Nursery. Transfer to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Chiang Mai


Day 6: Day Trip to Chiang Rai & The Golden Triangle
After breakfast, transfer to Mae Sai Border, one of the biggest border market of Thai (Thai - Myanmar border). There you see several products such local foods, clothes, jewelry, silverware, stones and etc. - lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Golden Triangle where the 3 borders (Laos, Myanmar & Thai) are met and also connected to China by the boat as well. In the past, Chinese used this route for delivering the opium to Siam Country before spreading to any others. Later on, visit the Opium House where is located nearby. You will find the Opium routing, the history, galleries, accessories and etc. After that, return to the hotel and free at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Chiang Mai


Day 7: Chiang Mai – Flight to Phuket
Breakfast at hotel and free at leisure till time transfer to airport for your flight departure to Phuket. Arrive at Phuket airport, you are met and transferred to hotel, check in and free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Phuket


Day 8: Phuket - Boat Trip to Phi Phi Island & Snorkelling (SIC)
Breakfast at hotel and then join transfer by minivan to the pier to join a speed boat trip to Phi Phi Island. Enjoy swimming and sightseeing at “Maya Bay” (The Beach of movie was taken here). Snorkeling and feeding colorful fishes at “Loh Samah Bay”. Sightseeing at “Peleh Cove” and Viking Cave”. Next up feed the monkeys by a piece of bananas at “Phi Phi Don Island”. Afternoon, swim with crystal clear water and snorkeling with plentiful coral reefs and feeding fishes at Monkey Beach. Finally, your route will take you to “Khai Nok Island” where you can continue swimming, sunbathing and feeding fishes before cruising back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Phuket


Day 9: Phuket - Free Day of Leisure
A free day to explore Phuket on your own or just relax on the beach.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Phuket


Day 10: Phuket – Morning Flight to Siem Reap (via Bangkok)
Breakfast at hotel, then free at leisure till time transfer to Phuket airport for a flight to Siem Reap via Bangkok. Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, you will be welcomed and driven to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 11: Siem Reap - Angkor Thom - Ta Prohm - Angkor Wat
You’ll begin with a visit to Angkor Thom, starting with the Bayon, a bizarre structure of several architectural changes reflecting a switch from Hinduism (the foundations) to Buddhism (the superstructure). Your next visit will be to the Elephant and Leper King Terraces followed by the Baphoun Temple, which is now opened after multi-million dollar restoration programme. After lunch, you’ll see Ta Prohm monastery, strangled by massive tree roots and typical of the condition of the whole complex when it was discovered in 1860 by French naturalist Henri Mouhot

In the afternoon, you’ll explore Angkor Wat that is the most impressive Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. Breaking from the Shaivism tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. 

As dusk nears, an elephant ride will take you to Phnom Bakheng Hill will afford a panorama of the whole complex lit by the rays of the setting sun, weather permitting of course. There are a couple of sites to watch sunset and less crowded and your guide will be pleased to take you there if you want to avoid the crowds.

Note: Elephant Rides are one of the popular Siem Reap attractions becoming a more and more popular way of visiting many of the Angkor Temples. This was how the Ancient Angkorian Kings of old used to get from A to B, and elephants were key to the construction of the Angkor Temples themselves as they were used as principal modes of transport given their strength and obedience. 
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 12: Siem Reap - Banteay Srey - Floating Village of Kompong Pluk
Today, you will be driven about 35km south of Angkor Wat temple to visit the famous temple of Banteay Srey “Citadel of Women,” This small pink sandstone temple (late 10th century) is considered as the crown jewel of classical Khmer art with the delicate beauty of its carvings. Continue to Bantey Samre, whose style of the towers and balustrades bear strong resemblance to the towers of Angkor Wat. You will spot villagers making sugar from palm juice on your way to Banteay Srey. If you wish, you could visit them. Afternoon, you’ll be pick up and driven to Siem Reap River for a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake to visit the village of Kompong Pluk, where you can ‘go native’ aboard a dugout canoe for a paddle through the flooded forest near the village. You will return to your hotel late afternoon.

Kampong Pluk is a cluster of three villages of stilted houses built within the flood-plain of Tonle Sap about 16km southeast of Siem Reap. The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3000 inhabitants between them. Due to the reason that Kompong Pluk floating Village is dried during the period from Mar – Aug, we reserve our rights to change the visit of Kompong Pluk floating village to the floating village of Chong Kneas instead.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 13: Depart Siem Reap
Free time till you are picked up to airport for your departure flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices & Inclusions

Price is from~US$ 1112 per person
Please contact us for the best offers!
Prices Include:
- 12-night accommodation on Double/Twin shared basis with daily breakfast
- All transfers and sightseeing with private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced drivers
- Domestic flight tickets in Thailand (Bangkok - Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai - Phuket and Phuket - Bangkok) including domestic airprot taxes
- Experienced English speaking local guides in Thailand and Cambodia
- Lunch as indicated in the itinerary
- Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program
- All VAT and government taxes

Prices Exclude:
- Entry visa to Thailand & Cambodia
- Regional & International flights and airport taxes
- Travel Insurances
- Drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program
- Bank transfer fees
travel-style||||||||travel-style