Best of Thailand & Cambodia Holiday

Cambodia, Thailand

Close  Phra Meru or Mount Meru, the centre of the universe is the Thai Royal Crematorium in Bangkok.

Best of Thailand & Cambodia Holiday

Thailand and Cambodia, countries in Southeast Asia have a common cultural heritage and history. The region encompassing Thailand and Cambodia, once ruled by the Khmer Empire now have a common Hindu and Buddhist religion. Yet, there are some fine differences that give a reason to travel to these two similar but different countries. In Cambodia, beyond Tonle Sap, an inland lake, are the iconic temples. Angkor Wat in Cambodia, alongwith Angkor Thom, Wat Arun and Wat Pho can take days to explore and admire.

In Bangkok, is the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew) and the Grand Palace, a lavish, awe-inspiring monument of tapering gilded spires. Chiang Mai, in the north, has a wealth of historic Buddhist wats (temples). Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine National Park in the Gulf of Thailand offers opportunities for cruising and snorkelling.  Both Cambodia and Thailand, share a common culture, and with a common border have similar weather. 

We Love
  • The tour includes your private English speaking guide and driver
  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast
  • Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees, boat fees and / or cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • When travelling in Asia things won't always be like they are in the West so it's best to come with an open mind. If you have some patience, you will find this is an unforgettable place with much to offer.
  • Most hotels in Laos and Cambodia accept credit cards and there are ATM machines in the country. However, cash is still king and credit cards something of a novelty item. Bring lots of money or hit the ATMs regularly.
  • You will require a visa to enter Laos. Please check with Laos Embassy for more details.

Best of Thailand & Cambodia This tour is the perfect combination of the highlights of Thailand and Cambodia with a relaxing stay to enjoy the sandy beaches of Phuket.
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Siem Reap (Angkor)
(14 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Bangkok Meet and greet on arrival at Bangkok International Airport. After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel for 3 nights stay. The rest of the day will be organised based on your arrival time and how tired you feel.

Dinner Cruise on a Luxurious Rice Barge: Experience Bangkok at its best by cruising the historic Chao Phraya River aboard the Tahsaneeya Nava, one of the beautifully old rice barges that were completely re-built and restored for dining and cocktail cruising. Enjoy an authentic Thai cuisine served with courses of classical music and traditional dances from different periods in Thai history. Celebrate a romantic evening on the majestic River of Kings. Each menu is carefully designed to satisfy all palates, drawing upon dishes from each of Thailand’s distinct gastronomic regions – the North, the Northeast (Isaan), the South and the Central Plains. It is an experience you will never forget.
Meals: D
Overnight at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Day 2 – Tour
Bangkok After breakfast, visit the most unusual Buddhist temples in Bangkok: Wat Trimitr with its invaluable Golden Buddha (5 ½ tons of solid gold). Wat Po, the most extensive temple in Bangkok, with its colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chedis of the Kings.

Afterwards, visit the Grand Palace, a lavish, awe-inspiring monument of tapering gilded spires, majestic pavilions, dazzling murals, and brilliant colours. The architecture is vibrantly Thai though there are some European designs as well.

In the afternoon visit Jim Thompson house, one of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture and a breathtaking collection of Southeast Asian art collected by an American national. Now a museum, it is well-worth a visit. 
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Day 3 – Transfer
Chiang Mai Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Arrive Chiang Mai Airport Airport and our representative will escort you to your hotel.

This evening, enjoy dinner at Le Grand Lanna featuring ancient Lanna culture, the foundation of northern Thai lifestyle for almost a thousand years. It represents peace, tranquillity, and living in harmony with one another and with the nature around them.
Meals: B, D
Overnight at the Four Seasons Resort.

Day 4 – Explore
Chiang Mai Chiang Mai is both the name of Chiang Mai Province in Northern Thailand and the name of its capital City. The region is mostly mountainous with river valleys with the highest elevations in Thailand.

The city of Chiang Mai has a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist wats (temples). One of the most unique experiences in Thailand is a visit to a Buddhist temple to offer alms to the Buddhist monks. You can participate in this very special Thai custom by personally presenting alms in the morning before breakfast.

Later, visit the many Chiang Mai temples or Wats whose art and architecture follows themes from various empires since the 8th century. Understand the differences in their art and architecture that are illustrated in images of Buddha, bas-reliefs, Wat and stupa construction. In all cases these were influenced by the prevailing Indian concepts, cosmology and mythology.

This afternoon browse the craft districts specializing in celadon ceramics, silver, teak furniture, paper umbrellas, and beautiful silk weavings.
Meals: B,
Overnight at the Four Seasons Resort.

Day 5 – Elephant Safari
Chiang Mai Option 1: Visit the Mae Taman Elephant Camp. First, watch the elephants demonstrating their skills, intelligence, and strength. Then enjoy an exciting trek through the forest on elephant back. After lunch at the elephant village, enjoy a thrilling rafting adventure on the unspoiled Mae Taeng River. The tour ends with visit to the Orchid Farm, to view the many beautiful species of orchid.

Option 2: Full day visit of the Doi Inthanon National Park located about 58 kms southwest of Chiang Mai. It is a popular one-day destination for nature enthusiasts, twitchers and walkers.

Option 3: Take a cooking class at the Khum Lanna, a large beautiful teak wood house in the rural heart of Northern Thailand, surrounded by emerald green rice fields and tropical orchards with an exotic and charming ambience. The local chefs here will share their years of experience to prepare some of the most loved and best-known Thai dishes. Learn how to cook authentic tasting Thai food and deserts. Later take a short cycling tour.
Meals: B,
Overnight at the Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai.

Day 6 – Transfer
Koh Samui Transfer to the Chiang Mai airport for your flight to Ko Samui Island. On arrival transfer to your hotel for 3 nights.
Meals: B
Overnight at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.

Day 7 – Explore
Koh Samui Take a full day excursion of Ang Thong by Speedboat.
Discover Ang Thong Marine National Park. Cruise across several of the 42 islands and enjoy the natural beauty of this untouched area. The first stop is made north of the National Park for some snorkelling (subject to sea conditions), then continue to Mae Koh Island with its emerald lake in the mountain. Climb the stairs to the viewpoint and enjoy a surrounding view over the national marine park. Away from any development, no cars, no electricity, people of the four small villages make a living from fishing & coconut picking. Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch at the village’s only restaurant. After lunch, take a break on a quiet beach with enough time for relaxing, sunbathing, swimming or playing beach games.
Meals: B
Overnight at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.

Day 8 & 9 – Rest
Koh Samui At leisure
Meals: B
Overnight at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.

Day 10 – Transfer to Siem Reap
Angkor Wat We begin the tour of the Angkor temples with an appreciation of the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom (Great City) – the last capital of the Khmers. You will see the Terrace of the Elephants, the Leper King Terrace and the stunning Bayon temple whose 54 towers are decorated with over 200 faces of Avolokitesvara. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very centre of Angkor Thom and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive bas-reliefs but the highlights are the “faces” – silent but with the famous half-smile playing on their lips.

After lunch visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat, an enormous temple city built as a model of the Hindu universe in stone. Its five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks – the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Art historians consider it to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
Meals: B
Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 – Explore
Banteay Temples In the morning visit the unique brick sculpture of Prasat Kravan, containing unique bas-reliefs of Vishnu and Lakshmi - the only example of brick bas-reliefs in the Angkor area. Continue to the Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation. Then to Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake) and the serene Preah Khan, an extensive monastic complex built as a monastery.

In the afternoon, visit Ta Prohm, a sprawling monastic complex, partially unrestored offering some of the best ‘tree-in-temple’ photo opportunities at Angkor. Flocks of noisy parrots flit from tree to tree adding to the jungle atmosphere. Then visit Banteay Kdei, the sprawling, largely unrestored monastic complex, the Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation). Continue to Ta Keo, one of the first temples to be constructed wholly of sandstone. Towering but plainly decorated temple-mountain dedicated to Shiva, it was known in its time as ‘the mountain with golden peaks.’ Next, Srah Srang, (“The Royal Baths”), undoubtedly used in the past for ritual bathing, until sunset.
Meals: B
Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 – Depart
Siem Reap Explore the local markets for your last minute shopping. Lunch at hotel and transfer to Siem Reap airport for your onward journey.
Meals: B

Best of Thailand & Cambodia Holiday Cambodia, Thailand

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

When to go The climate in Cambodia and Thailand remains tropical. The best time to visit the region is in the months between November and mid-March. During these months the days are pleasant and the nights are chilly. Thereafter the temperature begins to rise and March to May gets very hot. The monsoon arrives in the month of April-May and peak in August but continues until mid-October. Travel is difficult during these months. Avoid travelling during March-April and August.

Getting There There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK, but good connections are available from major Asian destinations. You can fly with Thai Airways to Bangkok, Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur or British Airways via Hong Kong. From there you can take the budget airline Air Asia or Dragon Air. The total journey time, excluding transit, is about 15 hours.

From Phnom Penh you can take direct flights to Siem Reap, which now operates on daily basis. Direct one-hour flights are now also available from Bangkok.

In Thailand, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport is the country's major gateway. Practically every airline carrier that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok. This means there are plenty of services and the competition on the routes helps to keep the ticket prices down.