Many secrets have yet to be uncovered in Thailand and Cambodia. Tree-wrapped temples, stilt-house communities, and mysterious hill tribes can be found in the jungle of Cambodia. Then, in Thailand experience Siam ruins, a World War II railway, the back-canals of Bangkok, and a Chiang Rai night market. Handcrafted to take you off the beaten track, this two-week tour explores a superb variety of destinations and ends with the lesser-known secrets of Angkor.
Bangkok – Lively Welcomes From Across Thailand
When you land in Thailand, you will be transferred to a hotel that’s perched above Chao Phraya River, the artery from which so much of Bangkok extends. Spend the evening at a cultural dance performance, which will be an informal way to get over your travel fatigue and quickly get to know different parts of the country. There are various forms of music and dancing that come from different Thai regions, giving a feel for a diversity that is often understated by visitors. Dinner will be served on the terrace in a quiet part of Bangkok.
Bangkok – A Labyrinth of Canals and Backstreet Bangkok
Chiang Rai – The Surreal White Temple and a Night market
Mae Rim – Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand
Chiang Mai – Tea Plantations and Sunset With the Monks
Chiang Mai – Thai Cooking Class and Northern Heritage
Suphanburi – Legendary Ruins From Early Siam
Kanchanaburi – The River Kwai, Hellfire Pass and Floating Through the Jungle
Bangkok – Immersed in Nature
Siem Reap – An Afternoon With the Icons
Siem Reap – Full Day Exploring Angkor
Siem Reap – Banteay Srei Temple and 10th-Century Khmer
Siem Reap – Silt Houses on Tonle Sap Lake
Siem Reap – Departure
- Get lost in the mystery of Angkor, where ancient Khmer temples are wrapped in tree roots and jungle
- Spend a day with a hill tribe community in far northern Thailand, where traditions are integral to the everyday culture
- Explore the fabulous ruins of Ayutthaya, the early Siam capital
- Float through the jungle on a raft and take an adventure in Erawan National Park
- Visit a stilt house community and learn about the cultural mysteries of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake
- Discover the spirituality of Thailand’s temples, from artistic Wat Rong Khun to a monk’s blessing at Doi Suthep
- Disappear into tenth-century Khmer by spending a day at Banteay Srei
- Soak up the tranquility of northern Thailand in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai
- Float through the back-canals of Bangkok, an experiential alternative to the capital city’s bustle
- Take a Thai cooking class, watch the sunset from Bayon in Cambodia, and explore the stories of the World War II Burma railway
Thailand and Cambodia have always had secrets. The countries’ recent popularity hasn’t changed this, especially as the majority of visitors follow standard routes. Across both countries, you’ll find historical mysteries and tradition that has been kept hidden from most of the world. There are temples wrapped in trees, not just the famous ones in Angkor but others that lay shrouded by jungle. Communities are tucked away, like hill-tribes in northern Thailand and stilt houses on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake. Other evocative stories are known, just lesser celebrated and lesser-seen by visitors, including Bangkok’s back canals, sublime tea plantations, and temples and ruins from distinctive eras. As you dive a little off the beaten track, you will find two countries that appear to have countless secrets.
This handcrafted tour to Thailand and Cambodia focuses on authentic stories that reveal the places and people where there are secrets left to uncover. You will travel at a relatively fast pace, with six different overnight stops in Thailand, before you use Siem Reap as a base to explore different areas of Cambodia. Angkor will be the highlight of course, but four days in Siem Reap will help you travel beyond the postcards of Angkor Wat. You will be led by a number of excellent guides with a focus on meeting the people. On this tour, experience everything from receiving a monk’s blessing in a Chiang Mai temple to a cooking class in a local kitchen.
Your trip will begin in Bangkok with a cultural dance performance offering a quick and laid-back means of getting to know the country’s regions. Then, spend the day on the back-canals and backstreets as you cruise through a lesser-seen side to the city. Fly to Chiang Rai where the White Temple and a night market provide contemporary experiences. Visit tea plantations and meet monks en route to Chiang Mai, where you will have a unique cooking experience. End your stay in Thailand with a day in early Siam at the Ayutthaya ruins before you spend a day around the jungle and railway close to the River Kwai, and a day immersed in the nature of Erawan National Park.
Fly to Siem Reap to travel in many Cambodian directions. Enjoy a sunset with the Khmer Empire as the centerpiece, a full day getting lost in the tree-wrapped temples, and exploring beyond central Angkor. Then, visit the Brahman temple of Banteay Srei, a floating community on Tonle Sap Lake, and sections of Angkor that remain in the most redolent state of ruin. Like in Thailand the tour is all about meeting people, exploring traditions, and uncovering the secrets that have made these places so unique.
$3,635 per person (excluding international flights)
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