13 Day Secrets of Thailand with Cambodia
Lumpini Park, the Bridge over the River Kwai, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom – from Bangkok to Siem Reap, this in-depth trip explores the icons of Thailand and Cambodia. It's Insider moments like… tracing the intricate stone carvings of an ancient civilisation, as you listen to our passionate Khmer scholar share tales of Angkor Wat's history. And discovering the handicrafts of the Artisans d'Angkor, who continue the artistic traditions of the Khmer empire, before receiving a blessing from the monks of Wat Damnak.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day Arrive in Bangkok
Welcome to Bangkok! Transfer to your centrally located riverside hotel and relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetizers.
Hotel: Royal Orchid Sheraton
Second Day its Bangkok Sightseeing
For the early risers, start your day with a visit to Lumpini Park to join the locals and participate in the Local Speciality of T'ai Chi. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely start to the day before joining your fellow travellers on your city tour starting with Bangkok's most well known fruit and flower market, Pak Klong Talad. Continue by local Tuk Tuk to Wat Pho, Bangkok's oldest temple which features the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. Wat Pho is also famous for Thailand's first University, and is a centre for traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a Thai massage, a Local Speciality, in the grounds of the temple. Take a ferry across to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and its impressive ceramic covered Pagoda. Tonight perhaps take an optional dinner cruise on the historic Chao Phraya River aboard a beautifully restored 50-year-old rice barge.
Third Day more Sightseeing in Bangkok
This morning, learn about the cultivation processes at a palm sugar plantation, a Unique Insight. Continue on to the floating market at Damnoen Saduak, for an early morning visit before the crowds arrive. The colourfully clad merchants at this lively market paddle along the congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. Later continue to the Grand Palace which served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid 20th century. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.
Fourth Day Travel to Kanchanaburi
Travel to Kanchanaburi for a visit to the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum; a facility dedicated to presenting the history of the famous railway line built during the second world war by the Imperial Japanese army using Allied prisoners of war alongside Asian labourers. Visit the War Cemetery, the final resting place for over 6,000 Allied prisoners, before reaching the world famous Bridge over the River Kwai. After lunch at a local restaurant, board the local train, a Unique Insight, for a thrilling ride across wooden viaducts offering fantastic scenery along the Kwai River. Transfer to the tranquility of your resort hotel for the rest of the day at lei.
Hotel: Felix River Kwai Resort
Fifth Day from Bangkok to Chiang Rai then the Golden Triangle
After breakfast at your hotel head back to Bangkok for your flight to Chiang Rai. On arrival continue to Doi Tung for a visit to the Royal Development Project. The late Princess Mother of Thailand initiated this project to help the struggling local people to educate and empower themselves to be economically self reliant. Visit an Ahka village to see the local people wearing their bright colourful headdresses, before continuing to your hotel in the Golden Triangle for dinner and your overnight stay.
Sixth Day its the Golden Triangle and Laos
Today drive to Chiang Saen, the former capital of the first Thai Lanna Kingdom. Transfer to a long-tailed boat and cruise along the Mekong River towards the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. Stop in Laos and visit the Don Sao Island Markets, which have an abundance of local handicrafts. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit The Hall of Opium, situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle, providing an excellent Unique Insight into the opium trade so prevalent in this area over the past century. Later return to your hotel in the Golden Triangle for an evening at leisure.
Seventh Day from the Golden Triangle to Chiang Mai
Depart early in the morning with a brief stop at the unique white temple of Wat Rong Khun. Proceed to Chiang Mai, which has a rich cultural and agricultural heritage, and is famous for the production of high-quality handicrafts. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the villages in Sankampheng before continuing to Wat Doi Suthep. The temple is located near the top of Doi Suthep (Mt. Suthep) and was built as a Buddhist monastery in 1383. This evening perhaps gather together to enjoy an optional traditional Kantoke dinner with a presentation of Northern Thai dances or simply relax at your Authentic Accommodation.
Eighth Day Travel to Ban Mae Kampong
Today depart in small vehicles to Ban Mae Kampong village, which is 1,300 metres above sea level. On arrival meet the village chief, or a member of his family, who will talk about the culture and way of life on these remote settlements before joining the family for a Be My Guest lunch. After lunch, take a village tour to observe Local Specialities such as the making of local hats, bamboo furniture, handicrafts, herbal products and the process of fermenting old tea leaves. Observe the village's way of life at a local school and temple. See the Mae Kampong waterfall before transferring back to Chiang Mai for a free evening.
Ninth Day have some Free Time in Chiang Mai
Enjoy a day at leisure or join an optional experience visiting the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp and the Long-necked Karen Hill Tribe at Baan Tong Luang. This evening enjoy a delightful Farewell Dinner with your fellow companions and Travel Director at a local restaurant.
Tenth Day Arrive in Siem Reap
Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Bangkok and onward to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Have some free time time this afternoon to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. In the evening perhaps take an optional sunset cruise on Tonle Sap Lake to see Siem Reap’s famous floating village and to observe the lifestyle of the people living on the lake.
Hotel: Tara Angkor
Eleventh Day visit Angkor Wat and then Siem Reap Sightseeing
This morning, visit Angkor Wat with a renowned Local Expert Khmer scholar. Take a stroll through the elaborate carved hallways of Angkor Wat as the Khmer empire is brought to life through the scholar's explanations of the stories contained in the bas reliefs and murals. Later head to nearby Angkor Thom with its centrepiece; the Bayon temple before continuing to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King welcomed back his victorious army. Make a stop for lunch at a local Khmer restaurant before taking a guided walk around the fascinating corners of the Old Town of Siem Reap. Visit Artisans d'Angkor, for a Unique Insight into the training school and shop which creates job opportunities for young people living in rural areas, while at the same time reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship. Cross the river to Wat Damnak, a living temple and receive a special blessing from one of the monks, which includes the tying of a blessed string around the wrist. Continue to the Old Market and be lead through the maze of undercover stalls fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and household goods, as well as an array of local handicrafts and souvenirs.
Twelfth Day enjoy Angkor Sightseeing and Free Time
Start the day with a visit to picturesque temple of Ta Prohm which was used as the location for the film ‘Tomb Raider'. The magnificent tree roots have merged with the temple remains over the years, giving the feeling of a forgotten city. Next head to Banteay Srei temple which is one of Angkor's most significant structures. Made of red sand-stone, its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings and it is in an amazing state of preservation. Return to Siem Reap and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening consider completing your trip in style with an optional Farewell Dinner accompanied by traditional Apsara Dancing.
Thirteenth Day Depart Siem Reap
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
- City tour of Bangkok and village tour of Ban Mae Kampong
- Cruise along the Mekong River
- See the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi
- View the Golden Triangle where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos converge
- Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Terrace of the Elephants, Siem Reap Old Town, Artisans d'Angkor, Wat Damnak and the temples of Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei
- Visit Wat Pho Temple, the Grand Palace, Damnoen Saduak floating market in Bangkok, and the Hall of Opium
12 buffet breakfasts, 3 dinners: (including Welcome Reception, dinner and Farewell Dinner), 6 lunches:(including Be My Guest and 5 lunches).
Depart from your hotel and transfer to Chong Kneas, a trading port of agricultural products on the edge of Tonle Sap Lake. Board a traditional and comfortable wooden boat, and embark on a relaxing and insightful sunset cruise on the lake. Drinks and canapes are served while you observe the local lifestyle of the people living on the lake in their floating and stilted homes. Towards the end of the day, the activity on the lake picks up as people return from their fish farms to present and sell their catch at the local market. Continue to the open waters and take in the sunset before returning to the port for a transfer back to Siem Reap town. Note: This trip will not operate during periods of low water which normally occur from April to September. NB. The above price is in US dollars.
This evening transfer to the Angkor Village Hotel for a wonderful dinner accompanied by traditional Apsara Dancing. Step back in time as the dancers and musicians will bring ancient Khmer culture to life. Enjoy the very best in Cambodian cuisine in spectacular surroundings. A souvenir booklet will help guide you through the stories behind every dance with details of the meanings behind each delicate hand movement. NB. The above price is in US dollars.
Jim Thompson House is one of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture and houses a breath-taking collection of Southeast Asian art. Jim Thompson, born in Delaware in 1906, fell in love with Thailand while posted as an intelligence agent in Bangkok during WWII. He later made it his permanent home and started a business supplying fine Thai silk to overseas fashion houses, single-handedly saving what had been a dying cottage industry. His silk company continues to flourish today. With the proceeds of his success, Thompson collected an impressive range of art works, and sections of teak houses, assembling them into a museum complex set in a lush garden alongside central Bangkok’s Saen Saep Canal. The main house is full of tastefully displayed Asian art and curios including Buddha images, paintings, ceramics and antique furniture. The living areas have been preserved as they were when Thompson lived there before his mysterious disappearance. There is also a Thai restaurant and bar plus, a sizeable boutique selling quality silk items, books and prints. NB. The above price is in US dollars.
Experience Bangkok at its best while cruising along the historic Chao Phraya River, aboard the "Manohra" or "Manohra Moon". The 50-year-old rice barges have been completely re-built and beautifully restored for dining and cocktail cruising. Savour Thailand’s finest regional specialties, whilst passing some of Bangkok’s most famous cultural and majestic landmarks. Seating is set for only 40 guests to ensure an intimate experience. Take your hotels complimentary shuttle service to Taksin Public pier where you will embark on your glorious evening cruise. NB. The above price is in US dollars.
Siam Niramit combines an authentic Thai meal with a world class stage show depicting Thailand's historical and spiritual heritage. Travel back through time into the history and culture of the Kingdom of Siam. With over 150 dazzling performers and state-of-the-art special effects, it's a captivating journey. In addition to the dinner and show there will also be time to stroll through the replica villages from the country's rural regions where Thai handicrafts may be purchased or simply just soak up the atmosphere. NB. The above price is in US dollars.
The Old Chiang Mai Cultural Centre was set up over 25 years ago to preserve and promote the history and culture of the ancient northern kingdom of Lanna. Enjoy a Kantoke dinner, the customary northern Thai style of eating with food served on large platters whilst seated comfortably on cushions on the floor (table seating is also available if required). Then watch a spectacular traditional northern Thai performance by a renowned troupe of dancers. To end the evening, there is a special hilltribe show performed by various members of Yao, Lahu, Meo, Lisu, and Akha hilltribes. NB. The above price is in US dollars.
Arrive at Chiang Dao elephant camp after a picturesque drive weaving through the jungle high above the Mae Ping River. Watch the elephants take their morning bath and demonstrate some of their skills. Situated in a beautiful valley is the hilltribe village of Ban Tong Luang, home to the Long Neck Karen hilltribe from Myanmar (Burma). The Padaung women wear heavy copper neck rings, a ritual starting from when they are girls of 5 or 6 years of age. A delicious Thai buffet lunch is also included during the day. NB. The above price is in US dollars.
Where you stay
All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.
- Expertly sourced accommodations - always with private facilities
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- The industry's best-trained Travel Directors
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- All your hotel tips, charges and local taxes - including porter service
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- All your transportation and airport transfers
- A travel wallet with your travel documentation
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