Treasures of Thailand with Cambodia

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The temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok give way to the ancient traditions of Chiang Mai on this in-depth trip.

 

Treasure of Thailand with Cambodia… 14 Days | 2 Countries | 8 Cities

The temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok give way to the lush forests of Kanchanaburi and ancient traditions of Chiang Mai, on this in-depth exploration of Thailand.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… easing out the stresses, with a massage at ancient Wat Pho temple in Bangkok and enjoying a northern Thai style lunch with a local family in their home, built on stilts.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour of Bangkok and Chiang Mai

  • See the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi

  • Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Terrace of the Elephants, Siem Reap Old Town, Artisans d’Angkor, Wat Damnak and the temples of Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei

DINING

    • 13 Buffet breakfasts

    • 6 Dinners

    • 8 Lunches (including ‘Be My Guest’)

Trafalgar Difference:

#TrafalgarCares Artisans D’Angkor, Siem Reap You’ll explore the workshops and discover how your visit helps the artisans preserve Khmer crafts and create jobs for young people in rural areas.

  • AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATION
    De Naga Hotel Chiang Mai: Perfectly positioned in Chiang Mai’s Old Town, the De Naga Hotel Authentic Accommodation is an excellent illustration of the exotic Lanna style of Architecture. Hidden in the design are displays of the magnificent Phaya Naga Serpentine, the symbol of strength, opulence and eternal life.

  • BE MY GUEST
    Experience warm Northern Thai hospitality during a lunch with a local family in their stilt house.

  • CULTURAL INSIGHT
    Learn the secrets of Thai cooking, ride a train on the bridge over the River Kwai and learn T’ai Chi.

  • HIDDEN TREASURES
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • LOCAL SPECIALISTS
    in Angkor Wat.

Day to day itinerary:

  • Day 1   Arrive Bangkok (3 Nights)
    Welcome to Bangkok. Transfer to your centrally located riverside hotel and relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetisers.
    Meal – Welcome Reception
  • Day 2   Bangkok Sightseeing
    For the early risers, start your day with a visit to Lumpini Park to join the locals and learn the basic principles of T’ai Chi, a Cultural Insight. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely start to the day before joining your fellow travellers on your City Tour, starting with a visit to Bangkok’s most well-known fruit and flower market, Pak Klong Talad. Next visit the Grand Palace, which served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid 20th century. The most famous building in the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Afterwards visit Wat Pho, Bangkok’s oldest temple, which features the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. Wat Pho is also famous for Thailand’s first University, and is a centre for traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a Thai massage, a Cultural Insight, in the grounds of the temple. Later cross the river to visit Wat Arun with its impressive ceramic covered pagoda. Have some free time this evening to relax or take part in an Optional Experience.
    Meals – Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 3   Bangkok
    Today learn the secrets of traditional Thai recipes in a cooking class with a Local Specialist located in a charming Thai style house with wooden décor and furnishings. Before the start of the class visit a local market to buy fresh ingredients. Discover the exotic fruits and vegetables found in Thailand that will be used to prepare the meal, a Cultural Insight. Later enjoy the various exciting dishes you have prepared. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure or opt to join an Optional Experience.
    Meals – Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 4   Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak – Kanchanaburi (2 Nights)
    Make an early start this morning to travel to the famous floating fruit and vegetable market at Damnoen Saduak and arrive there before the crowds. The colourfully clad merchants at this lively market paddle along the congested canals in sturdy canoes, laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. En route make a short stop at a coconut palm sugar plantation and discover how the farmer extracts the sap from the palm trees to eventually be turned into sugar, a Cultural Insight. After lunch at a local restaurant head to Kanchanaburi and the Hellfire Pass, a section of the ThailandBurma Railway. It was built during Second World War under very difficult conditions and said to have resembled hell on earth. Then transfer to your hotel for dinner and a relaxing evening.
    Meals – Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5   Kanchanaburi Sightseeing
    After a leisurely morning visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, a facility dedicated to presenting the history of the famous railway line. It was built during the second world war by the Imperial Japanese army, using Allied prisoners of war alongside Asian labourers. Visit the War Cemetary, the final resting place for over 6,000 Allied prisoners before reaching the world famous Bridge over the River Kwai. After lunch board the train for your Cultural Insight, a thrilling ride across wooden viaducts offering fantastic scenery along the Kwai River. Dinner this evening is in a local restaurant.
    Meals – Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6   Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya – Sukhothai (2 Nights)
    After breakfast leave Kanchanaburi heading north towards Sukhothai, the ancient capital city of Old Siam. On the way visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya which was the 2nd most important ancient capital of Old Siam, built after the fall of Sukhothai. Visit the remains of this historic city founded in 1350, which was one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas and a centre of global commerce. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and continue your journey through the beautiful Thai countryside to Sukhothai. This evening during dinner experience an authentic Thai cultural dance in an open-air theatre at the hotel.
    Meals – Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7   Sukhothai Sightseeing
    Start the day with a visit to the Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of the other, much larger ancient capital of Thailand founded in 1238. See thousands of years of history in this extensive and elaborate park and find the temple with the 15 metre seated Buddha secreted away amongst the trees. Your choice of exploring the large area by bicycle or on the internal tram which services the historical park. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the village of Natonchan where the community started an eco-tourism project. Interact with the local people, meet one of the elders to learn about doll making and the typical ‘mud soaked clothes’ worn by the villagers, a Cultural Insight. The local woven cotton clothes soaked in mud to make them waterproofed and excellent for working in the fields. Later return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
    Meals – Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 8   Sukhothai – Chiang Mai (3 Nights)
    Depart early this morning with a stop at the unique temple of Wat Prathat Lampang Luang built on the site of an 8th century fortification that guarded the routes to Lampang. The temple has been preserved in it’s original state from the 15th century, whereas many Thai temples have been renovated to conform to modernity. Stop for a visit at a local market before continuing to your Be My Guest experience in a typical stilt house where the family will welcome you for a northern Thai style lunch. Continue to Chiang Mai and check in at the hotel. Later visit Wat Doi Suthep one of Thailand’s most sacred temples and observe the chanting of the monks at sunset; a magical experience. This evening is yours to enjoy at your own pace.
    Meals – Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
  • Day 9   Chiang Mai Sightseeing
    This morning meet the kids and teachers at a local school before continuing with a city tour of Chiang Mai. Visit the temple of Wat Suan Dok and take part in a talk with a local monk about Buddhism, a Cultural Insight. Later enjoy a cyclo ride around the old city walls which are still mostly intact. This afternoon enjoy some free time for shopping, exploring further or alternatively participate in an Optional Experience – the choice is yours.
    Meals – Buffet Breakfast
  • Day 10   Chiang Mai Free Time – Sightseeing
    Spend the morning at leisure or choose to join an Optional Experience. Later visit the handicraft villages in the Sankamphaeng district of Chiang Mai, which has long been known as the heart of the handicraft industry. Many of Thailand’s major producers are here and all the traditional crafts such as the famous umbrella and fan making can be found. This evening have a delightful Farewell Dinner with your fellow companions and Travel Director at a local restaurant.
    Meals – Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  • Day 11   Chiang Mai – Siem Reap (3 Nights)
    Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Bangkok and onward to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Have some free time this afternoon to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities.
    Meal – Buffet Breakfast
  • Day 12   Angkor Wat and Siem Reap Sightseeing
    This morning, visit Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important religious monuments in the world, with a renowned Khmer Scholar as your Local Specialist. Take a stroll through the elaborate carved hallways of Angkor Wat as the Khmer Empire is brought to life through the scholar’s explanations of the various stories contained in each of the bas reliefs and murals. Next head to Banteay Srei temple which is one of Angkor’s most significant structures. Made of red sand-stone, its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings and it is in an amazing state of preservation. Make a stop for lunch at a local Khmer restaurant before taking a guided walk around the fascinating corners of the Old Town of Siem Reap. Visit Artisans d’Angkor, for a Cultural Insight into the training school and shop which creates job opportunities for young people living in rural areas, while at the same time reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship. Cross picturesque Siem Reap River to Wat Damnak, a living temple, and receive a special blessing from one of the monks, which includes the tying of a blessed string around the wrist. Walk back across the Pedestrian Bridge to the Old Market. Be lead through the maze of undercover stalls selling fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and household goods, as well as an array of local handicrafts and souvenirs. In the evening perhaps take an Optional Experience sunset cruise on Tonle Sap Lake to see Siem Reap’s famous floating village and to observe the lifestyle of the people living on the lake.
    Meals – Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 13   Angkor Sightseeing and Free Time
    Start the day with a visit to two other UNESCO listed sites – Angkor Thom the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire and its centrepiece, the Bayon Temple. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army. Next head to the picturesque temple of Ta Prohm which was used as the location for the film ‘Tomb Raider’. The magnificent tree roots have merged with the temple remains over the years, giving the feeling of a forgotten city. Return to Siem Reap and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner accompanied by traditional Apsara Dancing.
    Meals – Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  • Day 14   Depart Siem Reap
    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
    Meals – Buffet Breakfast

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