The Best Luxury Small Group Tour of Thailand and Cambodia

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Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Your arrival and departure transfers can be reserved with your guest relations manager, who is assigned to you after you book your tour. We strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier, as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag, and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional night’s lodging at your boutique resort can be added as part of the process as you reserve your tour.

If you are arriving a day earlier, your airport to hotel transfer will be provided a day earlier. Arrive in Siem Reap and you are greeted as you exit the customs area at the airport by your Cambodia Country Connoisseur Guide and then you are driven to your beautiful upscale hotel and assisted with your check-in, if it is after 3pm. If it is much before 3pm, an earlier check-in can be arranged at an additional charge.
(Overnight – Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort)

Day 2: Siem Reap. (Breakfast and Lunch) Rising well before dawn, proceed for your exploration of the most famous temple in Southeast Asia, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this 12th century temple is a perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Arrive at the monuments entrance before the sun rises and walk to a location near the temple, where your sunrise view of Angkor Wat is across lotus ponds. This is the best time to visit Angkor Wat because it is the least crowded during the early morning, and watching the sunrise over the awe-inspiring complex is an experience not to be missed.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

After admiring the sunrise, you will proceed into the massive complex to discover its incredible structures and plethora of intricacies, which will be highlighted by your Country Connoisseur Guide.

After exploring Angkor Wat you are driven back to your resort for some time to freshen up and to have breakfast. In the late morning you will explore the immense walled city of Angkor Thom and its multiple awe-inspiring monuments built at a scale that is simply amazing. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire. The causeway is lined by an intricate bridge depicting the Churning of the Ocean of Milk from Hindu mythology in which the Devas (gods) and Asuras (devils) are engaged in tug of war with a Naga (seven-headed serpent) to obtain the elixir of immortality. Begin your visit at the Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium and the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death.

You will continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances, and sporting events. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the 11th century. It has undergone a massive renovation by the French and is now once again open for viewing. Next up is the enigmatic and enchanting temple of the Bayon. At the exact center of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), all of which bear more than a passing resemblance to the king himself.

Lunch will be at a lakeside restaurant located amidst Angkor’s masterpieces. Their main dining hall is in a charming old renovated wooden home and very good food is served here. After lunch a very short drive will bring you to the mystical Ta Prohm, which has been abandoned to the elements for centuries. Left as it was discovered by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones. This was one of the settings for the original Tomb Raider movie.

Complete your exploration of this section of Angkor’s wealth of monuments with a visit to another temple that makes you feel like you have traveled back in time - Preah Khan. This large temple has also been left unrestored for the most part and is a fascinating maze of narrow passageways and windows that each offers their own unique view into the past. From here you will be driven back to your gorgeous resort where you can enjoy the extensive facilities this late afternoon and evening. You are a little more than half a mile from Siem Reap’s popular Pub Street, and for those who are interested, you can either walk or take one of the easily available tuk-tuks.
(Overnight – Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort)

Day 3: Siem Reap. (Breakfast, Lunch and Special Dinner) Join your Cambodia Connoisseur Guide for a very scenic 75 to 90-minute drive through the Cambodian countryside to the amazing temple complex of Beng Mealea. Arrive and start your exploration of this massive early 12th century complex.

Beng Maelea Tree

Beng Mealea Tree

Although partially in ruins, much of the complex is still in good condition, and some of the trees and vegetation have intermingled with the structure to create a sight that is unmatched by other similar monuments in Southeast Asia.

Due to its distance from Siem Reap, this surreal complex attracts significantly fewer tourists than Angkor Wat and the temples in the city of Angkor Thom.

From Beng Mealea you will head towards Tonle Sap Lake. Upon arrival you will break for lunch at a charming floating house that has been specially prepared for our guests this afternoon. Your excellent food choices will be catered by Easy Tours and lunch today will be one of the most memorable dining experiences of your Southeast Asia exploration.

Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, and the lake is connected to a river of the same name. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the lake region is one of the most biodiverse in the world, and its waters were what sustained the magnificent Angkor civilization, and others before and afterward. The lake loses much of its water during winter, and when the rains come in the late spring/early summer, the lake fills up and rises over 30 feet.

You will board your boat and your first stop will be at a floating explore the lakeside fishing community of Kampong Khleang, the largest town on the lake. You will be fascinated by the network of houses on up to 30-foot-tall stilts, lush farmlands, and small fishing communities on the lake, and you will have the opportunity to observe how the locals live and work in this unique environment. Unlike the very touristy and hawker-filled village of Chong Kneas, where almost all other tours go, Kampong Khleang offers a more authentic experience.

Special Dinner Experience: A very short drive across the Siem Reap River will bring you to the top-ranked restaurant, Embassy Khmer Gastronomy. This Fine Dining boutique restaurant is owned and operated by twin sisters who are both excellent chefs as well as gracious hosts. Only the freshest of local ingredients are used here and the delicious food and its impressive presentation are arguably the best you will experience anywhere. On the way back to your lodging guests who want to experience Siem Reap’s most popular night market will be dropped off along with your Cambodia Connoisseur Guide for a fascinating walk through the local night market to shop for all sorts of souvenirs and locally made apparel. Those who are not interested will be driven back to your nearby resort and your vehicle will then return to the market area and wait for those exploring the market. This is a very large and colorful market with scores of stalls and haggling is expected.
(Overnight – Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort)

Day 4: Siem Reap – Bangkok. (Breakfast and Lunch) After an assisted check-out you will head to the Banteay Srei Temple Complex. Although it attracts more visitors than Beng Mealea, it is less crowded than the main complexes in the Siem Reap Region. Banteay Srei is another Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, and, at more than a thousand years of age, it is older than almost all of the other major temple complexes in the Siem Reap Region.

Constructed from hard red sandstone, this temple is a study in detail. It is small when compared to the other structures you will have visited in Siem Reap, or even the Beng Mealea Complex.

Apsara's

Apsara's at Banteay Srei

However, the intricacy of its original sculptures, especially the detailed figures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, and the voluptuous and beautiful Apsaras, is unsurpassed among all the wonders found in the Angkor region.

Some parts of this temple, more so than in other Angkor Region monuments, are replicas due to theft (before adequate protections were added) over the last few decades.

From Banteay Srei you will head back to Siem Reap where you will break for lunch at a very charming upscale and boutique lodge. The atmospheric Chanrey Tree Restaurant serves excellent cuisine in a wonderful restaurant that is a favorite among luxury travelers in Siem Reap. After lunch you will be driven to the nearby airport and assisted in boarding your flight to Bangkok. Bid farewell to your Cambodia Country Connoisseur Guide at the airport after you are assisted with your check-in.

Arrive in Bangkok and you are greeted at the airport by your Thailand Connoisseur Guide and driven to your riverfront hotel for assisted check-in to your upgraded river view room. The giant metropolis of Bangkok is a fascinating blend of modern skyscrapers, congested traffic, beautiful and ornate Wats (temples), incredible street food, and a lot more. The colorful Thai culture and the easygoing local lifestyle make this unique city even more interesting.
(Overnight – Shangri La Bangkok)

Day 5: Bangkok. (Breakfast and Lunch) Your day will start in the mid-morning so as to give you time to relax after a long day. Enjoy a river cruise to your first destination this morning.

Wat Arun

Wat Arun

Your will stop at the spectacular Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), which is by far the most striking structure in Bangkok, and is the city’s iconic riverside monument.

This is the most unique historic temple structure in Thailand, very different from anything else you will experience, however, as with other Thai places of worship, bare legs and shoulders are not acceptable.

Please do not climb the steps as they are deceptively steep (12 to 15 inches in height) and there are inadequate or nonexistent support structures for hands. This is Non-Negotiable for anyone who selects to tour with us.

After the temple, you will board longtail boats and head to the opposite bank of the river. Proceed to a very nice riverfront restaurant where you will enjoy lunch. Besides the great food, you will have excellent views of the busy river and Wat Arun on the opposite riverbank. An interesting 7-to-8-minute walk will bring you to Thailand’s largest flower market, where millions of amazing flowers are spread across hundreds of stalls. Flowers are an integral part of Thai society, and the plethora of fragrant colors amidst the extremely busy shops and stalls are a delight to experience.

A very short walk leads to Wat Pho, known as The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The famous statue of the Buddha is 50 feet (15 meters) high and 140 feet (43 meters) long and is covered in gold leaf. The bottoms of the feet are inlaid with mother of pearl, divided into 108 panels depicting the 108 auspicious symbols used by the Buddha.

Another very short walk will bring you to the Grand Palace complex, which has been the state residence of Thai royalty since 1782 and parts of which are still used for official events. Your Guide will show you some of the more interesting highlights of the complex. The collection of buildings serves as a nice introduction to Thai architecture and provides many great photo opportunities. Just one of the several stops you will make within the complex is Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This is the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in all of Thailand. Except for the Thai King, no other person is allowed to touch this statue. The King changes the statue’s cloak three times each year to correspond to the summer, winter, and rainy seasons. After exploring Bangkok’s most famous attractions, you will be escorted back to your hotel.
(Overnight – Shangri La Bangkok)

Day 6: Bangkok. (Breakfast and Lunch) Your morning will start with a drive to Jim Thompson’s House & Museum, a great introduction to amazing Asian art, and of Bangkok before it became the major city it is today. Before his disappearance in Malaysia over a half century ago, the silk magnate collected an incredible plethora of Southeast Asian art, from Thailand and many other surrounding nations. He had a beautiful home constructed to showcase part of his collection, and also had the museum constructed to house the rest of the collection. The museum buildings themselves are fascinating as they include ancient wooden homes that were brought in from all around Thailand, as well as new wooden construction. You will experience a well-designed tour of the facilities conducted by an expert from the museum.

From here you will head to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Spread over 30 acres with more than 10,000 stalls, this market originated in 1942 and is the oldest, largest, and most diverse weekend market on our planet. Literally anything a local or a visitor could possibly want is available here, and we need to mention that group members are not going to be able to stop at multiple stalls and haggle. The colors, activity and general feel are a joy to experience on a walk through an interesting section of the market.

From here you will proceed to the banks of the River of Kings and enjoy lunch at another great restaurant with a river view. After lunch you will enjoy an urban excursion by long-tailed boats to discover the canals of Thonburi. The people of Thailand, including the residents of Bangkok, have always lived a lifestyle that is primarily dependent on their rivers. You will explore the intricate network of canals, or Khlongs, as you cruise past colorful homes and other structures.

This adventure will offer great insights into how the locals live. In some parts you will see women washing clothes and utensils in the water, children swimming, locals throwing food to teeming schools of fish (considered a religious offering), and a lot more. Stop for a brief visit at Baan Silapin (Artists House), a charmingly decorated centuries-old structure on a residential part of the canal, this succession of small canal front structures is a whimsical art gallery showcasing local creative talents. You will end you experience at your hotel’s jetty.
(Overnight – Shangri La Bangkok)

Day 7: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi. (Breakfast and Lunch) You are assisted with your check-out in the morning and driven to the enchanting province of Kanchanaburi. Soon after you exit Bangkok you will witness the landscape begin to change from relatively flat farmland to the rocky mountainous jungle often found along the Thai-Burmese border. The Kanchanaburi region was the theater of historic battles and tragic episodes during WWII.

Tourists at Damnoen Saduak

Bridge on the River Kwai

It is here that prisoners of war built the famous Bridge on the River Kwai.

Upon arrival at the historic location, you will enjoy lunch at a restaurant with a direct view of the bridge. After lunch you can walk on the bridge, and to various vantage points around it, so that you can take advantage of the extremely photogenic vistas with the bridge in the foreground. The bridge was built in about 16 months by allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts, and then later destroyed during allied bombing raids. It was later rebuilt by the Japanese as war reparations. These events were the basis for one of Hollywood’s all-time great movies.

From the bridge another scenic drive will bring you to the infamous Hell Fire Pass. This excursion does require a slightly strenuous uphill climb, and those who do not feel like making the climb can enjoy the view at the base of the incline. Hell Fire Pass is a man-made crevasse in the mountain that was carved using hand-held chisels by prisoners of war, mostly Australian soldiers.

The POW’s worked in horrible conditions under the whip of the Japanese soldiers, who were desperate to complete the Thai-Burma railway. Many lives were sacrificed to complete this project. The name Hell Fire Pass comes from one soldier’s description of the site, describing the scene as workers toiled through the night by firelight. You will walk along the remnants of the tracks from the path of the railway. There are memorials to the POW’s and a small museum at this site.

Tourists at Damnoen Saduak

View from Boat Ride

After this you will drive to a pier in the wilderness next to the River Kwai.

You will be assisted in boarding your boat and then you will enjoy a 15-minute boat ride along the river to your comfortable floating boutique resort, where you will be assisted with your check-in. Please note that this is upscale, and not luxury, lodging, but it is very unique, and an exceptional experience. We recommend that at some point on this night, your turn off the exterior lights of your floating villa and step out on your porch to admire the star-studded night sky. Almost everyone who has stayed here raves about the incredible sleep they enjoyed on their floating villa.
(Overnight – The Float House River Kwai)

Day 8: Kanchanaburi. (Breakfast and Lunch) This morning you will awake to the sounds of the river and the jungle. At around 8 AM you will cruise back to the jetty and proceed on the incredibly scenic drive to Erawan National Park. Our early departure is to avoid the day-trippers from as far away as Bangkok. We recommend that you bring swim wear and a towel from your villa.

Tourists at Damnoen Saduak

Waterfall at Erawan National Park

The park is one of Thailand’s most beautiful parks.

The 7 tier Erawan Falls have emerald green pools at each level.

You will enjoy the easy hike to the base of the waterfall, and then, those willing to make a little bit of an effort, can use the trails and ropeways up the different tiers of the waterfall, until the 6th tier. You can stop at any tier and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you, and get into the emerald pools of water if you so desire. The park itself is lush and tropical, and macaques and a variety of birds will entertain during your time here.

After a break for lunch, you will experience another scenic drive to the Nam Tok Railway Station, where you will board the train for a fascinating trip on the Death Railway. Enjoy the scenery as the train snakes around hills alongside the River Kwai and passes through dense bamboo forests and jungles. After approximately 1 hour of riding in the extremely slow-moving historic train through amazing scenery, you will disembark at the Thakilen Railway Station, from where you will be driven nearby to your floating lodge’s pier. Board your boat again and enjoy the captivating river and surroundings as you head towards your charming floating resort.

Those guests who are up for another adventure can join your guide for a gentle hike up the hill behind your floating villa to the Lawa Cave. At over 1400 feet deep, this impressive geological formation is the largest in Kanchanaburi and features several chambers with many large stalagmites and stalactites. Both banks of the river are lush jungle climbing up the surrounding hills.
(Overnight – The Float House River Kwai)

Day 9: Kanchanaburi – Bangkok – Chiang Mai. (Breakfast and Lunch) At 8 AM this morning you can join your Guide and cruise upriver for a few minutes, and then disembark and proceed for a tour of a Mon village. The Mon people are one of Southeast Asia’s most ancient races. Originally from Burma, they are integrated into Thai society, but deeply cherish and honor their heritage. Enjoy a walk around the village area and visit the village school, as well as their temple & gold chedi. You will cruise back to your

You are assisted with check-out in the mid-morning and you now proceed on the drive to Bangkok airport, stopping for lunch along the way, to board your afternoon flight to Chiang Mai, capital of the fascinating Lanna Kingdom.

Arrive at Chiang Mai and you will be assisted with your check-in at your beautiful boutique riverfront resort, which happens to be the top-ranked upscale lodging in Chiang Mai. The resort is extremely charming, serves great food, and has an excellent spa. There is a spectacular century plus old Rain Tree that graces the resort at the river’s bank, adding even more to the natural charm of your surroundings. Your boutique resort is an easy walk (or an easily available tuk-tuk ride) to downtown Chiang Mai where there are scores of cafés, restaurants, and bars, as well as the night markets.

Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai

Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai

The Lanna Kingdom flourished in northern Thailand between the 12th - 15th centuries, and Chiang Mai was the longtime capital of the kingdom after it was moved from Chiang Rai. The city is the second largest city in Thailand, and the cultural capital of the north.

Possessing great natural beauty and a host of outdoor activities and parks on its outskirts, the city itself is a fascinating combination of unique architecture, ancient history with its associated rituals, and a modern metropolis. Chiang Mai is one of Asia’s best cities to explore on foot, with a bustling street food scene.
(Overnight – Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort)

Day 10: Chiang Mai - Doi Inthanon Excursion. (Breakfast and Lunch) This is a full day excursion and you will get back to your resort in the evening. Head to spectacular Doi Inthanon mountain and national park, which includes a visit to the most photographed attractions in Northern Thailand, Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Naphaphonphumisiri. These massive and gorgeous Chedis are the subject of the most popular photos that travel journals and websites use for the Chiang Mai region, and are not situated in Chiang Mai, but close to the peak of Doi Inthanon. You will also enjoy other experiences inside Doi Inthanon National Park, which is a protected area that is home to the highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon.

Doi Inthanon is a superb national park full of majestic waterfalls, lush green valleys, terraced paddy fields, fruit, flower and vegetables crops, and ethnic communities living happily and comfortably in their natural environment. Once at the peak you will admire the views and then enjoy an easy trek through the mist laden virgin forest and be fascinated with the unique flora that is found here.

After this adventure you will be driven downhill and lunch will be at the Royal Project Kitchen (with fresh natural and organic ingredients from project farmers), while admiring the beautiful surroundings and views. After lunch there will be two more not-to-be-missed experiences on your way back to Chiang Mai.

First you will stop at the two afore-mentioned spectacular Chedis, which are dedicated to the Beloved Late King and the Revered Queen and are located in a magical spot with lush undulating hills and spectacular views.

Royal Chedis at Doi Inthanon

Royal Chedis at Doi Inthanon

The immaculate terraced gardens with a plethora of colorful exotic flowerbeds that surround the Chedis make for a breathtaking locale and a fantastic photo opportunity.

The second short and fascinating stop as you head down the mountain is the Royal Projects Highway Market run by the Hill Tribes of the Doi Inthanon region. You will stop and walk around the outdoor stalls selling fruits, produce, nuts and other items organically grown by the simple and now well-to-do tribal locals, some of whom will be dressed in their unique clothing. This market, its wares, and the tribal people that grow and sell here are a growing testament of the success of the Late King’s vision and efforts. The Royal Projects granted the Hill Tribes their own land to cultivate, free seeds, tools, and all other resources needed to make them succeed in becoming successful natural farmers. Now, over half a century later, the results of the Late King’s vision have brought happiness to everyone involved.
(Overnight – Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort)

Day 11: Chiang Mai – Elephant Sanctuary (No Elephant Riding). (Breakfast and Lunch) (Breakfast and Lunch) After an early breakfast this morning you will drive out to the mountains to enjoy some time with Thailand’s iconic animal – the elephant.

Tusker

Tusker

Your small group will enjoy a completely private experience at the camp with your own elephants and trainers, as well as private scenic drives with your Guide both to the camp and back.

You will spend the morning at one of the best and most ethical elephant sanctuaries in Northern Thailand, and take part in a hands-on experience that will allow you to truly interact with these majestic animals. Please read a description of the sanctuary - https://kantaelephantsanctuary.com/post/1.html

After lunch at the camp, you will return to Chiang Mai and enjoy an exploration of the historic walled city of Chiang Mai. Included are visits to some of the iconic old temples of ancient Chiang Mai, including Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Chiang Man. This tour demonstrates the architectural diversity and blending of styles that the Lanna were known for. It is also a great way to get familiar with the city, should you decide to go out during the evenings and explore.

In the late afternoon you will proceed on the short drive up to Doi Suthep, the hill on the edge of the city that dominates the Chiang Mai skyline. Once at the top, you will find the 309 stairs up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which are flanked on each side by beautiful Nagas running the entire length of the stairs. You also have the option of taking a large elevator (which does usually have a short waiting line) up to the Wat. Once at the top, enjoy the spiritual ambience of one of Thailand’s most holy places, as well as some superb sunset views of the city. You will see devout Thai’s circling the main stupa in a ritualistic manner, and many others on their knees in deep prayer.
(Overnight – Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort)

Day 12: Chiang Mai – Bangkok – International Flight. (Breakfast) You are assisted with your check-out and driven to the Chiang Mai airport where you are assisted in boarding your flight to Bangkok. Arrive at Bangkok and your Guide will escort you to the check-in counter for your international flight and bid you farewell.

Our Services end at Bangkok Airport. Please note that almost all international flights depart from Thailand’s airports either very late at night or early in the morning. Your assigned Easy Tours’ Guest Relations Manager will make further recommendations based on your international flight details, once you provide us with that information. Any additional services, such as a one-night hotel stay, will be suggested based on those details.



 

Lodging

Siem Reap Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort - Superior Room
Bangkok Shangri La Bangkok – Deluxe Balcony River View Room
Kanchanaburi The Float House River Kwai – Floating Villa
Chiang Mai Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort – Romantic Laana Deluxe

Inclusions

Accompanying Country Connoisseur Guide for Airport Assistance on all in-country flights
Breakfast and Lunch Daily
Ground transportation via upscale private vehicles
Representative for assistance on departure / arrival transfers per the itinerary
Services of the best English-speaking Accompanying Country Connoisseur Guides
Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
Bottled water during sightseeing
Hotel accommodation as listed above
All Boat Fees/Fares per the itinerary

Not Included

International travel except countries on your Easy Tours Journey
Any expenses of a personal nature, such as tips, laundry, phone calls, drinks etc.
Meals other than those specified on itinerary
Travel insurance, visas, etc.

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