Treasures of Thailand with Cambodias Angkor and Phnom Penh Summer 2019

Tour Type: Regional Explorer
Brochure Type: Asia 2019

The heritage of two ancient kingdoms are traced along this pilgrimage through Thailand and Cambodia. A journey from the colourful streets of Bangkok to the spiritual centre of Sukhothai and the sacred spaces of Chiang Mai. Then on to explore the ruins of Angkor Wat with a renowned scholar who'll unveil the secrets behind the Khmer Empire.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • CITY TOUR of Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phnom Penh
  • SEE the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanabury
  • VISIT Wat Pho Temple, the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak floating market, the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Sukothai Heritage Park, Siem Reap Old Town, the temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Wat Damnak, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace, Cheung Ek Killing Fields in Phnom Penh.
Dining Highlights
  • 16 buffet breakfasts
  • 9 lunches (including Connect with Locals)
  • 6 dinners
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Call (614) 792-0002 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14236674

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 3/31/2019
Duration
17 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1BangkokARRIVE BANGKOK (3 NIGHTS): Say sawadee ka to the land of smiles, starting your Thai adventure in Bangkok. Transfer to your hotel where this evening, we meet our Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetisers.Welcome Reception
Royal Orchid Sheraton
Day 2BangkokBANGKOK SIGHTSEEING: Rise early and join the locals for a graceful T'ai Chi practice in Lumpini Park to kick-start your day. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely start before joining your fellow travellers on a City Tour, which begins with a visit to Bangkok's most well-known fruit and flower market, Pak Klong Talad. Continue to the golden spires of Bangkok's Grand Palace, where you'll visit the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. See the largest-reclining Buddha in Thailand in Bangkok's oldest temple, Wat Pho, and enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the temple's massage centre. Return to your hotel by express river boat, cruising down the Chao Praya past beautiful Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3BangkokBANGKOK: Immerse your senses in the five flavours of Thai as you join a 'Local Specialist' for a traditional cooking class in a colonial-style house. Visit a local market nearby to source the freshest ingredients that reveal the sweet, sour, salty, bitter and hot flavours of Thai cuisine. Sample the results later, then spend the afternoon exploring the City of Angels on your terms, or consider joining an Optional Experience.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4KanchanaburiBANGKOK - DAMNOEN SADUAK - KANCHANABURI (2 NIGHTS): A riot of colours greets us this morning as we embark on a visit to the famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak. Connect with the friendly merchants who paddle along the congested canals in their sturdy canoes, laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. En route, we'll Dive into Culture, stopping at a coconut palm sugar plantation where we'll discover how the farmer extracts the sap from his palm trees to create palm sugar. After lunch in a local restaurant, we'll visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, revealing insights into the history of the infamous railway line built during WWII by the Imperial Japanese army. Our final stop today sees us pay tribute to the thousands of allied prisoners of war who were laid to rest at the War Cemetery.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Away Kanchanaburi Dheva Mantra Resort and Spa
Day 5KanchanaburiKANCHANABURI SIGHTSEEING: This morning, we visit Hellfire Pass, a section of the Thailand-Burma "Death Railway", so named for the tortuous conditions that prisoners of war endured during WWII to build it. After lunch, we embark on a thrilling train ride across wooden viaducts, skirting the winding waters of the Kwai River. We'll disembark and see the wooden viaducts first-hand walking across one. This evening, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6SukhothaiKANCHANABURI - AYUTTHAYA - SUKHOTHAI (2 NIGHTS): After breakfast, we travel to the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, once the second-most important ancient capital of Old Siam and the largest city in the world. Here, we'll delve into the trading heritage of a mighty city that was all but raised to the ground by an 18th century Burmese invasion. We'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then return to Bangkok for our flight to Sukhothai, Thailand's first capital.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort and Spa
Day 7SukhothaiSUKHOTHAI SIGHTSEEING: Gain insights into a powerful kingdom that enjoyed its golden age during the 13th and 14th centuries and shaped modern Thailand as we know it today. Start the day with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Sukhothai Historical Park which reveals thousands of years of history and a 15-metre seated Buddha secreted within its walls. Your choice of exploring will see you engage with the historic complex by bicycle or on the internal tram. This afternoon, visit the home of a local family and learn how to make amulets which are thought to protect the owner from harm.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8Chiang MaiSUKHOTHAI - CHIANG MAI (3 NIGHTS): Our day begins with a visit to the village of Natonchan, where we 'Make a Difference' with our visit by supporting the community's eco-tourism project. We'll interact with the locals and meet one of the villagers to learn about 'gymnastic doll' making and the villagers' traditional cotton clothes which are soaked in mud to protect them from fading. We continue north, enjoying lunch en route and make a brief visit to the 'Friends of the Asian Elephant' Hospital, a foundation that cares for wounded elephants. Arriving in Chiang Mai, we enjoy an evening walk with our Travel Director and visit the colourful Sunday market. Our hotel tonight is located in the old town of Chiang Mai.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
The Rim Resort
Day 9Chiang MaiCHIANG MAI SIGHTSEEING: Admire the delicate hand-painted fans and colourful paper umbrellas that are famously crafted in Chiang Mai's Sankamphaeng district and meet the children and teachers at a local school to which Trafalgar will donate much-needed supplies. We continue to a small village nearby where we'll 'Connect with Locals', joining a family in their typical stilt house for a northern Thai-style Be My Guest lunch. Next is a visit to Wat Suan Dok where we'll meet a local monk and learn about Buddhism, against the backdrop of the temple's magnificent golden chedi.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10Chiang MaiCHIANG MAI: Your morning is free to spend as you please or consider joining an Optional Experience. Later, we visit Wat Doi Suthep, one of Thailand's most sacred temples. As the sun sets over this mystical temple, listen quietly to the tranquil sounds of the monks chanting. This evening, we join fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a traditional Thai restaurant located next to the river.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 11Siem ReapCHIANG MAI - SIEM REAP (4 NIGHTS): Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Bangkok and onward to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Have some free time this afternoon to relax and enjoy the hotel's facilities.Buffet Breakfast
Le Meridien
Day 12Siem ReapANGKOR WAT AND SIEM REAP SIGHTSEEING: Today, we venture deep into the Cambodian jungle, through a pyramid-shaped gateway into an ancient world. Serene stone faces watch over us as we cross the causeway suspended over a moat into the spiritual heart of the ancient lost city of Angkor. A 'Local Specialist' and renowned Khmer scholar brings to life the stories behind the intricate carvings and murals of celestial nymphs and mythical serpents along the abandoned hallways of Angkor Wat. Our next stop are the terracotta-hued walls of Banteay Srei Temple - the "Citadel of Women" dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. We'll have time to admire the 10th century carvings of women, said to have been too delicate to have been carved by a man, hence its name. Deep in the heart of the Cambodian countryside, we 'Connect with Locals', joining a local family for a Be My Guest lunch in their 80-year-old wooden house on their dragon fruit farm. This afternoon, we'll return to Siem Reap and embark on a walking tour. We 'Make a Difference' to the lives of rural youths during our visit to Artisans d'Angkor, where we'll witness the revival of Khmer arts and crafts. Later we'll visit Wat Damnak and participate in a private blessing ceremony during which a sacred thread will be tied around our wrists to protect against evil spirits. Our final stop today is to the labyrinthine Old Market, where the locals spend their early mornings shopping for fresh fruit, vegetables and spices. Wander past the busy stalls and smell freshly baked baguettes, a remnant of the country's French heritage.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13Siem ReapANGKOR AND SIEM REAP: Our intimate encounter with a lost empire continues today, as we uncover other iconic sites of the ancient abandoned city of Angkor that have been devoured by the Cambodian jungle. We explore its ancient ruins in the company of saffron-clad monks and monkeys that clamber up and over the roots of centuries-old trees that have carved their way deep into the Great City's walls. Our first stop today is a visit to the fortified Angkor Thom, where we'll see such iconic sites as the Terrace of Elephants, the Royal Enclosure and the Temple of Bayon with its giant smiling faces of Buddha. We venture underneath the dense tree canopy to the crumbling, moss-covered ruins of the Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm, which featured as the location for the film 'Tomb Raider', exploring its towers courtyards and corridors to uncover the intricate stone reliefs that are shielded by the surrounding foliage. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience to learn the secrets of Khmer cuisine.Buffet Breakfast
Day 14Siem ReapPEAK SNENG VILLAGE: We begin the day in the company of local Khmer villagers and 'Make a Difference' with a visit to their local school for an opportunity to chat to some of the children who will join us on our walk through the village to see how they spend their day-to-day lives. We'll 'Dive into Culture', gaining insights into their time-honoured craft traditions, such as palm leaf weaving. After the rest of the day at leisure, we'll join our Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Farewell Dinner with Apsara dance show.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 15Phnom PenhSIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH (2 NIGHTS): This morning we fly to Phnom Penh, once known as the 'Pearl of Asia' it is one of the loveliest French built cities in Indochina. Later we'll embark on a cyclo tour, exploring the city, which boasts a rich blend of Khmer and French colonial architecture. We'll discover the history and catch glimpses of churches and Chinese temples hidden down narrow alleyways.Buffet Breakfast
La Rose Suites
Day 16Phnom PenhPHNOM PENH SIGHTSEEING: Indulge in the exotic flavours of Phnom Penh this morning, joining a 'Local Specialist' for an in-depth city tour. Our first stop is Wat Phnom temple where we'll delve into the legend of Lady Penh who discovered the four statues of Buddha deposited on this tree-covered hill. We'll continue to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda before visiting the National Museum showcasing centuries-old Khmer art and sculptures. Delving deep into the turbulent, terrifying history of the Khmer Rouge years, we'll travel along a dusty road to the outskirts of the city to visit the former school turned torture, interrogation and execution centre of Tuol Sleng. The history of that time is depicted in the thousands of S-21 portraits of victims that are on display at the Museum of Genocide, providing insights into the horrors of Cambodia under Pol Pot's rule. Finally, we'll take a journey back in time to the Cheung Ek Killing Fields, a memorial built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died under the reign of the Khmer Rouge. The rest of the evening is spent at leisure.Buffet Breakfast
Day 17DEPART PHNOM PENHDEPART PHNOM PENH: Transfer to the airport for your onward flightBuffet Breakfast
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
02/17/2019$5,175.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
03/03/2019$5,175.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
04/07/2019$5,025.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
05/19/2019$5,025.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/16/2019$5,025.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/14/2019$5,025.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
08/11/2019$5,025.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/15/2019$5,025.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/29/2019$5,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
10/13/2019$5,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
11/17/2019$5,375.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
12/15/2019$5,475.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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Flights: Price includes internal airfare and tax for flight: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and is accurate as of 1st June 2018.

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