Classic Thailand with Laos & Cambodia 22 days / 20 nights

Validity: 01 November 2018 – 31 October 2019

Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand; transfer to your hotel and leisure to rest. Exciting journey of Bangkok City Tour, Chinatown and Indian Market. Visit serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city. Full day at leisure to explore Bangkok on your own. Depart Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Visit Ayutthaya Historical Park, Bang Pa-In Palace, and the Chai Wattanaram Temple. Depart Sukhothai and drive to Chiang Mai, ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Travel to the border town of Mae Sai. At this border crossing, arrangements may be made to enter Myanmar. Transfer to the border town of Chiang Khong, Thailand for crossing the Thai – Laos Friendship Bridge IV. Visit Phoum Pouk Pagoda and flight to Vientiane. Excursion by boat on Nam Song River. Enjoy relaxed adventure activities such as tubing, rafting and kayaking. From Vientiane to Siem Reap, Sightseeing in Angkor (8 hours) including Angkor Wat, Preah Khan, Vii, Banteay Srei.

Excursion Description

DAY 1 : Depart for Thailand
Depart for Thailand

DAY 2 : Arrive in Bangkok
Arrive in exotic Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Bangkok

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DAY 3 : Bangkok City Tour (B / – / D)
Orientation meeting this morning with your Tour Manager highlights the exciting journey that awaits you. Afterwards, continue on a city and temple tour of Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Begin the tour at Chinatown and then on to the colorful Indian Market. Visit serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive to Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King’s Palace before returning to your hotel. Tonight, dinner at a local restaurant with entertainment, including a performance of Khon-traditional Thai dance.
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 : Full Day in Bangkok (B / – / -)
Full day at leisure to explore Bangkok on your own. Or, don’t miss the optional morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom – together they form the most impressive sights in Bangkok. Despite the proximity of the two, there’s a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace. In the evening, attend the optional Buffet Dinner and stunning performance of the “Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam”. Boasting over 150 performers, this lavish production delves into Siam’s history and culture
Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

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DAY 5 : Bangkok / Travel to Ayutthaya (B / L / D)
Depart Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once glorified as one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in the center of the city. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, monasteries and towers – one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Visit Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake. Originally built by King Prasat Tong in 1632, Bang Pa-In served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Tong to honor his mother, conceived as a replica of the Angkor Temple – this is a serene place where one can reflect and enjoy the tranquility. Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Ayutthaya
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 6 : Ayutthaya / Travel to Sukhothai (B / L / -)
Depart Ayutthaya this morning and drive northward to Sukhothai, birthplace of the Thai nation, founded in the 13th century by King Ramkhamhaeng. The country’s first capital was established here in 1238 and lasted over two centuries. Sukhothai is world-famous its over 100 historical sites and treasures, including some of the most beautiful Thai art and architecture in the country, created during the city’s “golden era”, between the 13th and 14th centuries. Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore historical Sukhothai independently.
Overnight: Sukhothai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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DAY 7 : Sukhothai / Travel to Chiang Mai (B / L / -)
After breakfast visit to the Old Town of Sukhothai with its impressive Historical Park, immaculately restored and set among leafy hills and peaceful lotus ponds, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At this astonishing site, most of the remains of the original city can be seen. Marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palaces, temples and historical monuments and feel yourself drift back in time to a bygone era. Then, depart Sukhothai and drive to Chiang Mai, ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom. En route, stop at a local gem gallery before arriving in Chiang Mai, cultural heart of Northern Thailand, located in the rolling foothills of the Himalayas. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8 : Full Day in Chiang Mai (B / – / -)
Morning at leisure to explore Chiang Mai independently. Or, join the optional Elephant Kingdom Tour, where you’ll see elephants bathing in the running streams, attend a lecture on the Thai Elephant and learn how the mahout train and care for these majestic animals. In the afternoon, visit Sankampang Street, center of handicrafts, for on-site demonstrations on how the silk, lacquer, silver, wood and bronze wares are made. Later, visit the world’s largest gem factory, to watch while the gem stones are cut and set. Spend the rest of the day at leisure
Optional: Half Day Elephant Kingdom Tour with lunch (AM)
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 : Chiang Mai City & Temples Tour, Dinner at Private Home (B / – / D)
Morning tour of the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai. Begin at Wat Suan Dok, where the remains of the Chiang Mai Royal family are enshrined. Continue to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Northern Thailand’s most sacred temple, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha. Equally impressive is the mythological Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with 290 steps leading up to the temple grounds. Visit to a local jade factory, followed by an afternoon at leisure to wander independently in Chiang Mai. Tonight, a unique experience. Join a local Chiang Mai family at an authentic Thai Dinner in their home. Enjoy a tour of the home, conversation about life in Chiang Mai and savor the great flavors of home-cooked food
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 : Chiang Mai / Travel to Chiang Rai (B / – / -)
This Morning, depart Chiang Mai and drive to scenic Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Or, participate in the afternoon’s Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe optional excursion to Mae Salong, still inhabited by hill people, namely the Akha, Long Neck and Salong tribes. Visit one of the tribes to see their unique way of life and learn more about their culture.

Optional: Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe (PM)
Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: Breakfast

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DAY 11 : Mae Sai Border Town & Golden Triangle (B / L / -)
Travel to the border town of Mae Sai, at the tip of Thailand. At this border crossing, arrangements may be made to enter Myanmar*. Ascend to the hilltop viewpoint to see the famous “Golden Triangle” of Southeast Asia – meeting point of the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. The locals call it “Sop Ruak”, as this is also where the Mekong meets the Ruak River. A short cruise then takes you along the banks of the Mekong to the small island of Don Sao in Laos; leisure time at the lively markets before returning to Thailand. Continue to the dramatic House of Opium at Golden Triangle Park, offering an informative exhibition on the history of opium which dates back almost 5000 years. Later, savor a locally prepared lunch in a nearby farming village before returning to Chiang Rai for overnight
*Crossing into Myanmar (Burma) requires a visa which may be obtained locally at the border crossing, at your own expense
Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12 : Chiang Rai / Transfer to Huey Xai (B / – / -)
Transfer to the border town of Chiang Khong, Thailand for crossing the Thai – Laos Friendship Bridge IV to Huey Xai and welcome by Tour Manager in Laos. Transfer from Lao Thai Friendship Bridge IV to Hotel in Huey Xai. Sightseeing in Huay Xai (4 Hours), including Market, Wat Chom Khao M).
Huay Xai is a bustling riverside town which used to be the disembarkation point for Yunnanese caravans led by the Hui (Chinese Muslims) on their way to ancient Siam. Today there is still a fair amount of trade in Chinese goods. Visit the morning Market (Talaat Muang Bokeo),and Wat Chom Khao ManilaT, a temple constructed in 1880 overlooking the town and the river with many brightly colored jataka paintings decorating the exterior of the sim. Explore some of the surrounding countryside, stopping at minority villages if time permits.
Overnight: Huay Xai
Meals: Breakfast

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DAY 13 : Huay Xai / Travel to Luang Nam Tha (B / – / -)
By vehicle from Huay Xai to Luang Nam Tha (193 kms)
Sightseeing in Luang Nam Tha. The provincial capital of Luang Nam Tha Province, this town is expanding rapidly in its role as a centre for commerce between China, Thailand and Laos. Visit the local market. Visit Phoum Pouk Pagoda, Phoum Pouk Pagode: it is first built in 1624, now in ruins after the American Indochina War. Visit Luang Nam Tha Museum, Luang Nam Tha Museum: this museum shows an overview of the different ethnic minorities that inhabit the area. (Open Monday – Friday at 8.30-11.30 and 13.30-15.30)
Special Note: Luang Nam Tha Museum is closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Overnight: Luang Nam Tha
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14 : Luang Namtha / Flight to Vientiane (B / – / -)
Visit Balck Thai Villa (Minority village), The Black Thai are known for their silk production and weaving. Sometimes water wheels can be seen milling rice. Visit Lenten Village, this 200-year village is known for patper making and indigo eyes. Transfer to Luang Nam Tha Airport.
Flight from Luang Namtha to Vientiane.
Arrive in Vientiane and transfer to Hotel in Vientiane.
Overnight:Vientiane
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 : Vientiane / Travel to Vang Vieng (B / – / -)
Travel by vehicle from Vientiane to Vang Vieng (157 kms).
Excursion by boat on Nam Song River (1 hour), one of the attractive features of Vang Vieng is Nam Song River, a small river in Laos that flows through the town of Vang Vieng. Vang Vieng is a popular tourist destination where many tourists enjoy relaxed adventure activities such as tubing, rafting and kayaking. Experience the beauty of Laotian countryside while floating down the Nam Song River at a peaceful pace.
Overnight: Vang Vieng
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16 : Full Day in Vang Vieng (B / – / -)
Sightseeing around Vang Vieng with short trek (including Tham Pha Thao Cave, Tham Xang Cave, Tham Chang Cave). This small town north of Vientiane is nestled in a scenic bend in the Nam Song River. The west bank of the river is lined with tunnels and caverns and the limestone cliffs are one of a kind. Stop at a Hmong village in Ban Pha Thao and then continue walking (3 km. 1 – 2 hours) to Tham Pha Thao Cave and Tham Xang Cave or Elephant Cave, which contains a few Buddha images and a Buddha footprint plus the elephant shaped stalactites which give the cave its name. Continue to a famous cave, Tham Chang Cave which was used as a refuge against marauding Chinese in the early 19th century. Then enjoy a short trek through rice paddies (2-3 hours).
Note: Tham Xang Cae and Tham Pha Thao are Not recommended from May to September due to the high water current in the caves and bad road conditions.
Overnight: Vang Vieng
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17 : Vang Vieng / Transfer to Vientiane / Flight to Siem Reap (B / – / -)
Transfer by vehicle from Vang Vieng to Vientiane (157 kms) and transfer to Vientiane Airport.
Flight from Vientiane to Siem Reap.
Arrival in Siem Reap, welcome by Tour Manager in Siem Reap and transfer to Hotel in Siem Reap.
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast

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DAY 18 : Full Day in Siem Reap (B / – / -)
Sightseeing in Angkor (8 hours) including Angkor Wat, Preah Khan, Vii, Banteay Srei. The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. As you enter the main building, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stonecarvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones. Preah Khan: a temple built by King Jayavarman Vii with towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Preah Khan covers a very large area but the temple itself is enclosed within a rectangular wall of around 700 by 800 meters. Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Because of its small size, fairy-like atmosphere and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture, this temple is often a favorite with visitors. Watch the sunset over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.

TIP OF THE DAY: Chill out at the famous Pub Street where there are restaurants, bars, street food, and souvenir shops or simply just sit and chill with a relaxing street foot massage and watch the world go by.

Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 19 : Full Day in Siem Reap (B / – / -)
Sightseeing in Angkor (8 Hours) including Angkor Thom, South Gate, Terrace Of The Elephants, Terrace Of The Leper Kings, Baphuon, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Bayon Temple, Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei, Sras Srang, Ta Prohm, Ta Keo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda. The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats; the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace Of The Elephants and the Terrace Of The Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where visitors bear witness to giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down from every angle.

  1. Prasat Kravan: the five brick towers were built for Hindu worship in 921 and are notable for the bas-reliefs cut into the bricks on the interior walls
  2. Prasat Kravan: the five brick towers were built for Hindu worship in 921 and are notable for the bas-reliefs cut into the bricks on the interior walls
    Sras Srang: a basin opposite of Banteay Kdei measuring 800 by 400 metres with a tiny island in the middle where only the stone base remains of what was once a wooden temple.
  3. Ta Prohm: one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.
  4. Ta Keo: built by Jayavarman V who ruled from 968 to 1001), it was the first Angkorian monument built entirely of sandstone and was dedicated to Shiva. The summit of the central tower is 50 meters high and is surrounded by four lower towers.
  5. Thommanon: temple which mirrors Chau Say Tevoda (just to the north), as it was built around the same time and has a similar plan. It is also dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.
    Chau Say Tevoda: built during the second quarter of the 12th century opposite of Thommanon, it was dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.
    Overnight: Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 20 : Full Day in Siem Reap (B / – / -)
Excursion to the Kampong Kleang with boat trip (5 hours).
Kampong Kleang is located about 50 km from Siem Reap town. The place is situated on the northeast shore on the edge of the ecologically important Tonle Sap Lake. The road to the site is good but rather narrow. This boat trip will explore the floating fishing villages that live at the edges of the lake, passing submerged forests and fishing farms. Visit the Chantiers Ecoles (Artisans of Angkor) (1 hour) : vocational centre trains 650 apprentices a year including 160 in fine arts and crafts trades united in the Artisan d Angkor production network. Guided tours through the different workshops like stone sculpture, woodcarving, polychromie, and take the opportunity to watch the artisans at work. Visit Psah Chah (old market), an old market in the middle of the town, destroyed by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 and reopened in 1996. It has many food stalls and souvenir shops.
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 21 : Siem Reap / Flight to Bangkok (B / – / -)
Morning at leisure in Siem Reap for last-minute sightseeing or shopping by own arrangement.
Then, transfer to the airport for the flight to Bangkok.
Arrive at your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of Bangkok on your own. Shop to your heart’s content, visit to the many amazing markets, and try some of the fabulous restaurants in this energetic city.
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 22 : Depart Thailand (B / – / -)
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast