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Tour Overview

On this 8-day tour, we will delve deep into the heart of the Cambodian kingdom, uncover the brutal past of the Khmer Rouge in vibrant Phnom Penh, and step into the world-famous Temples of Angkor. After that, fly to Thailand for a new journey to enjoy the temple culture of Bangkok and the rural life of Chiang Mai, by joining a Silom Thai cooking class to make authentic Thai dishes and getting up close and personal with wild elephants.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Immerse yourself in a traditional dinner with Apsara Dance
  • Have a splendor trip to the religious Angkor Wat
  • Get a great educational and historical experience in the Killing Fields of Phnom Penh.
  • Visit some of Bangkok’s oldest, holiest and largest temples.
  • Join a Silom Thai cooking class to make authentic Thai dishes.
  • Get up close and personal with wild elephants.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat. Upon arrival at the airport, a responsible driver will escort you to the hotel for check-in.

    In the evening, enjoy dinner with a traditional Apsara Show, a royal dance performance known for elegant gestures and colorful costumes.

    Meal: Dinner

    Accommodation: Siem Reap

    Apsara Dance Show
    Apsara Dance Show

  2. At around 7:00 am, avoiding the crowds, we head to Ta Prohm for a visit. This temple offers a spectacle of huge tree roots entwining the temple building. Continue your visit to Angkor Wat, which was once the capital of the ancient Khmer Kingdom and is now preserved with more than 600 historic sites. Ubiquitous megalithic carvings and intricate reliefs will feast your eyes.

    Angkor Wat Ta Prohm Temple
    Ta Prohm Temple

    After lunch, explore the mysterious Angkor Thom. It was the last capital of the Khmer Empire, repeatedly destroyed by war and rebuilt, and is the "heart" of Angkor monuments. The city has a total of five gates, above which are four Buddha statues facing all directions.

    From the south gate to the north to the center of the city, you will see the Bayon Temple, a magnificent and important building where you'll find the famous carving of the Khmer Smile. Further, visit the Baphuon Temple, Elephant Terrace, Terrace of Lepper King and Royal Place area.

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Siem Reap

  3. Take the morning flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival at the airport, your private guide will pick you up and drive you to your hotel. After a short break, we begin our tour of the Cambodian capital.

    Take a guided tour to learn about the Khmer Rouge's tragic past. Killing Fields of Choeung Ek was once a concentration camp during the Khmer Rouge regime. There is a stupa, housing skulls excavated from tombs in memory of innocent souls. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a former high school that was used as a prison camp during the Khmer Rouge era. You can see all kinds of torture tools, photos and cultural and historical materials, from which you will get further insight into the brutal past of the Khmer Rouge.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
    Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

  4. After breakfast, your guide will take you to Wat Ounalom, Phnom Penh's most important monastery and the center of Cambodian Buddhism. It consists of 44 buildings, including a stupa said to preserve the eyebrows of Sakyamuni. Then move forward to Wat Phnom - a tranquil, 30-meter-high temple filled with Khmer-style relief sculptures. You can climb to the top of the pagoda to get a commanding view of the city.

    After saying goodbye to Cambodia, fly to Bangkok. Upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport, you will be warmly greeted by your driver and transferred to your hotel for check-in and rest.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Bangkok

    Phonm Penh Wat Phnom
    Wat Phnom

  5. Today, your guide will accompany you on a tour of Bangkok's famous city sights, such as the Royal Grand Palace (a dazzling building complex surrounded by well-maintained verdant gardens), the Emerald Buddha, and the Wat Pho (one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok housing over 1,000 Buddha images).

    Cambodia Royal Palace
    Royal Palace

    After lunch at a local restaurant, your guide takes you on a ferry to Wat Arun, an ancient temple enjoying the reputation of the "Eiffel Tower of Thailand". Finally, visit Wat Traimit, a royal temple famous for its largest solid gold Buddha image in the world.

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  6. You will be assigned a Silom Thai cooking class in the morning. Take a guided tour to a local market to shop for fresh ingredients. A professional chef will teach you how to distinguish Thai spices and how to make authentic Thai dishes.

    After a self-made lunch, fly to Chiang Mai for a fresh start.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

    Thai Cooking Class Thailand
    Thai Cooking Class

  7. Take a tuk-tuk to today's first stop - Wat Pra Singh, Chiang Mai's second oldest Buddhist temple, built in 1345. Afterwards, move to Wat Chedi Luang, which is the location of the largest Buddhist pagoda in Chiang Mai. After the tour, head to Warorot Market. It is the largest and most well-known market in northern Thailand. You can find local fruits, snacks, tea, clothes, etc.

    Chiang Mai - Wat Chedi Luang
    Wat Chedi Luang

    In the afternoon, drive you to Doi Suthep Temple. It is the holiest temple in northern Thailand, and every local elementary school student knows its founding legend. Built in 1383, the temple is dedicated to a bone from the shoulder of the historic Buddha. Return to the hotel after the tour.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Phnom Penh

  8. Today we will head southwest for an hour and a half to Elephant Village. Walk over the yellow Iron Bridge and the rice fields to a hilltop camp. Put on a Karen Tribe T-shirt and you will have an exploration of the jungle.

    Chiang Mai Karen Elephant
    Karen Elephant Village

    Your guide will lead you through the daily lives of elephants and give you a chance to get up close and personal with them. Bath elephants under the guidance of professionals, and roam freely with elephants in the wild...

    Later, capture a panoramic view of the village from the hilltop's open-air balcony while enjoying a delicious lunch. Return to Chiang Mai around 2:00 PM.

    Your 8-day Cambodia & Thailand trip ends here. Depart Chiang Mai for your onward flight. Wish you a comfortable journey!

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • Private vehicles with good air conditions;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • 7 nights' accommodation & meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots as mentioned;
  • Apsara Dance Performance;
  • Flights from Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Bangkok;
  • Bottled water on the vehicle.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Siem Reap and off Chiang Mai;
  • Meals not mentioned throughout the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities;
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Personal expenses (such as telephone, drinks);
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.

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