Your journey continues to Chiang Mai, a more relaxed city, known for colorful night markets, teak temples and Thai massages before immerse yourself in the magic and history of Cambodia’s famous Angkor temples, cruise through Tonle Sap Lake’s charming floating villages and watch the sunset behind the mystical, temple-dotted jungle.
Start city: Bangkok
End city: Siem Reap
Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
Cities to visit: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Siem Reap
- Extendable with optional tours from Bangkok and from Siem Reap
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok.
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour.
Day 3: Bangkok - Ayutthaya Trip - Fly to Chiang Rai.
Day 4: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle.
Day 5: Chiang Rai – Drive to Chiang Mai – Wat Doi Suthep.
Day 6: Chiang Mai – Cooking Class & City Tour.
Day 7: Chiang Mai – Fly to Siem Reap (via Bangkok) – Phare Show.
Day 8: Siem Reap – Angkor Complex Tour.
Day 9: Ox Cart Ride – Angkor Silk Farm – Tonle Sap Lake.
Day 10: Siem Reap Departure.
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok
Welcome to Bangkok, the amazing capital of Thailand. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our representative outside the baggage claim of the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city center. After check in, enjoy your free time. If time permits, you are suggested to see the Niramit, the must-see spectacular show performed on the gigantic stage listed in the Guinness World Records!
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour
After your breakfast, explore Bangkok by canal. You will sail aboard motorboats down the river and along the klongs, or canals, through residential areas on the outskirts of town. Then, visit Wat Arun overlooking into the Chao Phraya River, also known as Temple of Dawn – one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok. Next, step into the Old Kingdom of Siam at the Grand Palace which is the official of the King of Siam since 1782. The focal point of the palace is the Emerald Buddha. Carved out of jade and adorned with gold, the Emerald Buddha made a dramatic appearance in 1434, when it was found hidden in a temple stupa. Since 1785, the Emerald Buddha—the most highly revered image of the Buddha—has resided in the Royal Chapel of the Grand Palace. Close by is Wat Pho – the temple of reclining Buddha. The temple has a long list of credits: The oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, the longest reclining Buddha and the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, the first public education institution.
Conclude your day with the city orientation tour by tuk tuk- the typical local method of transportation. Disembarkation at Pak Klong Talaat Flower market to see Thailand’s exotic flora with many species of orchids before going back to the hotel where you will spend the rest of day at your own leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok.
Day 3: Bangkok - Ayutthaya Trip - Fly to Chiang Rai
Following breakfast, hit the road to the ancient capital of Siam - Ayutthaya. The journey offers an excellent opportunity to observe rural Thailand up-close. On the way, stop at the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, also known as the Summer Palace. Enjoy a walk through the postcard-like surroundings as you listen to the commentary of your local guide (Electric car is available as optional).
On arrival into Ayutthaya, walk to visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet, located in The Grand Palace compound and functioned as the residential area. Continue to Wat Maha That, or the Monastery of the Great Relic, an impressive temple which also features the famous Buddha stone head entwined within the roots of a tree. Explore the area and observe the beautiful and well-preserved relics.
Later, board a traditional wooden boat and cruise slowly past peaceful scenes of river life. Many local people live on the built- on– stilt houses that line both sides of the river.
Transfer back to Bangkok airport for your flight to Chiang Rai, the main commercial centre serving the Golden Triangle border region of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. On arrival, you will be picked up & transferred to your hotel for check in. Relax then.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Rai.
Day 4: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle.
Today you will visit the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Burma, and Laos meet. The first stop will be Doi Sa Ngo, a hill tribe village where you can learn about the rapidly-changing way of life here. At one time, the hill tribes in this region relied on the cultivation of opium for survival—including several bands of Chinese nationalist followers of Chiang Kai Shek, who have been living here (somewhat in hiding and in dwindling numbers) since the Revolution. But times have changed. The government has established many programs to introduce more viable crops, and most of the people are law-abiding farmers. Today, tourism has become a preferable alternative to drug smuggling, and the hill tribes are more concerned about preserving their old traditions.
In the afternoon, continue with the Hall of Opium, where you will learn more about the area's past.
Transfer back to Chiang Rai hotel. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Rai
Day 5: Chiang Rai – Drive to Chiang Mai – Wat Doi Suthep
Relax and enjoy the passing landscapes as you travel most of the morning to Chiang Mai—the principal city of the north, a major cultural center, and a favorite with visitors. Stop en route at Sankampang District which is famous for Thai Northern Handicraft Villages, such as silk weaving, umbrella making, wood carving and silvers ware.
In the later afternoon, visit a mountain named Doi Suthep to visit the golden temple of Wat Doi Suthep. Doi Suthep rises to a summit elevation of 1,676m above sea level. See the marvelous golden pagoda which is containing the relics of the Lord Buddha. From the temple you will enjoy a panoramic view of Chiang Mai city.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai
Day 6: Chiang Mai – Cooking Class & City Tour
This morning, join us on a cooking class in Chiang Mai. Our tour guide will pick you up at hotel and go to the local market with chef. Learn more about ingredients, learn to cook the first three courses you choose and have lunch with what you have prepared. After lunch, continue your day with the visit Chiang Mai Art & Cultural Center which shows the lifestyle of people of Lanna Kingdom and learn how the Kingdom became more prosperous. Each section of the showrooms tells interesting stories and legends of Chiang Mai people in the past. (The museum is closed on Monday)
Then you can choose among the most famous and interesting temples in the city – Wat Sri Supan, Wat Phra Singh or Wat Chedi Luang for your further visit.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai
Day 7: Chiang Mai – Fly to Siem Reap (via Bangkok) – Phare Show
After breakfast, enjoy your free time until the transfer to Chiang Mai airport to connect with Siem Reap, the provincial capital and gateway to the ancient Angkor Temples. Upon arrival, your local driver and tour guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.
Orientation walking around the hotel area followed by the Phare Show at Cambodia Circus Centre to expect the unexpected.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 8: Siem Reap – Angkor Complex Tour
Rise early to pick up the best moment at dawn to see the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. Take the short the Tuk Tuk ride to the site where you will stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Transfer back to your hotel for the tasty breakfast and a short break.
The afternoon tour explores the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King. Conclude your day with a visit to the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone before transferring back to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 9: Ox Cart Ride – Angkor Silk Farm – Tonle Sap Lake
The unique Angkor Temples are truly impressive. However, Cambodia has more to offer. It is worth taking a closer look at the city of Siem Reap, its surrounding area and its people.
Following the breakfast, drive straight to Kam Pem village. Walk through this lovely village to see rural Khmer life. Experience an ox cart ride and try to make palm leave before a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake to see floating villages and get a taste of life ruled by monsoonal rains and water-based agriculture. One of the most productive bodies of fresh water in the world, Tonle Sap was classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1997.
Later, our guide takes you to Silk Farm. You will be guided to see the process from the mulberry bushes cultivation to the production of silk fabrics and accessories. As the Silk Farm covers an area of 8 hectares, of which 5 are used for the mulberry trees plantation, you will enjoy the beautiful setting while learning about the fascinating process of silk-making.
During your visit, our local guide will give you more details on the mulberry trees, silkworm farming, cocoon unwinding, preparation of the silk threads, ikat technique (tie-dyeing of the threads) and silk weaving. We are sure that you will be impressed by the dexterity of our artisans with silk threads.
The Angkor Silk Farm also features a large showroom where you can buy high-quality silk products that were made in the workshops you just visited. Back to your hotel in the afternoon, free at your leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Siem Reap Departure
Have breakfast in the hotel and relax until driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
Have good flight & See you again!!!
1. Are tour dates of flexible?
Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.
2. Can I extend or change my stay?
Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).
3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?
The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.
4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?
The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.
5. Are there any discounts available?
We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.
6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?
We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.
7. Are meals included?
We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.
8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?
Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.
9. What if I have a special request on food?
You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.
10. What are the accommodations like?
Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.
11. What type of transportation is used?
Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.
12. Is this tour suitable for kids?
Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.
13. How many people are typically on your tours?
We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.
14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?
Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.
15. Do tour rates include international flights?
This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.
16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?
When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.
17. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?
Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.
18. How much should I budget for tips?
Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.
19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?
Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.
20. How to change or cancel my reservation?
- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html
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- 2 Flights: Bangkok - Chiang Rai; Chiang Mai - Siem Reap (via Bangkok)
- Accommodation at 3 star hotels with daily breakfast
- Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
- Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
- Service of English speaking guides in every location
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
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