Day 1 Depart USA
- Overcoming jetlag with an invigorating Thai massage upon your arrival in Bangkok
- A privately guided tour of the cultural highlights of Phnom Penh
- Cruising the great Tonle Sap Lake and visiting the floating villages
- An elephant ride through Angkor Thom in Siem reap
- A private helicopter ride to the hidden temple of Koh Ker offering a bird’s eye view of Angkor Wat on the way
You board your aircraft for the overnight flight to Thailand and its capital, Bangkok.
Day 2 En Route
During your flight you will cross the International Date Line technically "losing" a day but you will regain it on your return flight.
Day 3 Welcome to Bangkok
Arriving in Bangkok you will be met by our representative as you exit the plane. They will facilitate your expeditious move through customs and immigration and assist you with the retrieval of your luggage. Once in the arrivals hall you will be introduced to your personal guide and escorted out to your car where your driver is waiting. Arriving at your hotel, your guide will assist with check-in and coordinate the next day's agenda. We have arranged for you to have a Thai massage which will get out the kinks from the trip. You then are free to relax in your room with a delightful view over the Chao Phraya River. This evening enjoy a quiet dinner in the hotel and a good night's rest.
Day 4 A Local’s View of Bangkok
After breakfast you will meet your guide in the lobby but the driver has the day off since you will be seeing the sights using all varieties of public transportation for only in this way will you truly experience Bangkok. You first take a public boat to Tha Thien pier where you disembark to visit Wat Po, the home of the reclining Buddha. After a visit you continue to the Grand Palace. The Royal Grand Palace is the nation's landmark and the most revered royal monument and home to the Emerald Buddha. After a tour of the palace you have the choice or walking or taking a Tuk-Tuk which is a three wheeled covered vehicle powered by a motorcycle and carrying two passengers along with a driver. We recommend the Tuk-Tuk. You will cross the royal fields to Khao San Road which is the gathering spot for backpackers from around the globe. Continuing in your Tuk-Tuk you drive down Rachadamnoen which is the Thai Champs Elysees to the Sorndaeng Methavalai where you enjoy a delicious lunch with a 1950's backdrop. After lunch you board a bus boat for Jim Thompson's House Museum dedicated to the American who re-invented the Thai silk industry after WW II. After the visit you return to the hotel by boat. In the evening you will be taken to Suan Lum Night Bazaar, Bangkok's best and busiest night market where you enjoy an al fresco dinner at Joe Louis restaurant situated in the heart of the market.
Day 5 Flight to Phnom Penh
You have the morning free before having lunch at the hotel and then heading to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the city. Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient and, despite its recent turbulent history it still retains a colonial charm as much of its original architecture remains. Cambodia's capital is a bustling city majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect days gone by and add to the charm of the city where Asian traditions meet Western customs in a fascinating way. This evening, indulge yourself in a delicious dinner at your hotel. After all, this was a French Colony...
Day 6 An Interesting Day in Phnom Penh
After breakfast your guide and driver will be waiting to take you on a tour of the city. First you will visit Wat Phnom, which is located near the northern boundary of the city. The original temple was built in 1372 by a rich Khmer lady named Penh, who found a collection of statues of the Buddha washed up on the river bank and decided to house them on a nearby hill ("Phnom"). The site contains some good examples of Khmer architecture and statues. Enjoy lunch at the Khmer Surin Restaurant where you will get a chance to taste delicious fresh Khmer cuisine. This afternoon you will visit the most remarkable sights Phnom Penh has to offer. First, you will head to the National Museum which was designed by George Groslier and the Ecole des Arts Cambodgiens. The museum was built in 1917 in traditional Khmer style and was inaugurated in 1920 by King Sisowath. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer archaeological, religious and artistic artifacts from the 4th to the 13th Centuries. Continue on foot to the Royal Palace dating back to 1866 and the last palace built during the French colonial period. You then return to your hotel where you have chance to freshen up and relax. This evening enjoy a superb Khmer dinner at Topaz, one of the best restaurants in Phnom Penh.
Day 7 Cruising from Oudong to Kampong Tralach
You have an early morning transfer to the jetty where you board your boat for the cruise on the Tonle Sap River and Lake. The first stop is at Oudong where you enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding country. You then continue to Prek Kdam to visit the small village of Koh Chen and known for its work in silverware. You enjoy lunch while cruising the river before arriving at Kampong Tralach where you have a chance to explore its attractive pagoda before enjoying dinner and overnight on board.
Day 8 Kampong Chhnang and the Great Tonle Sap Lake
After breakfast on board you continue your cruise to Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports in the area. You will disembark and take a tour of the local market and the old colonial-era mansions. Afterwards you will sail up to the point where the Tonle Sap River joins the great Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. After lunch on board you continue to Kampong Luong, one of the largest floating villages on the lake. You will have a chance to visit the village and its unusual environment. Dinner will be served anchored at Kampong Luong.
Day 9 Exploring Angkor Wat
In the morning, take a cruise around the canals leading of the Lake to see more of the famed floating homes and villages in the area. You have lunch on board before disembarking in Siem Reap. In Siem Reap you will be met by your guide and driver. Your driver will take your luggage to your hotel while your guide will arrange for a Tuk-Tuk to take you on a very special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th Century. Construction is thought to have taken thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is displayed on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Dinner is at your renowned hotel this evening.
Day 10 A Day of Contrasts in Siem Reap
Today you will discover the secrets of authentic Khmer cuisine in a half-day cooking class at L'Atelier du Samar. The program starts with a guided trip through the market where you will learn everything about Cambodian vegetables, herbs, spices and other ingredients from which you will later be shown how to create delicious dishes. Khmer cuisine is quite similar to Thai cuisine but less spicy and influenced by Indian Vietnamese and Chinese food. After the class you can indulge yourself in your self-prepared meal. In the afternoon you will visit Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire surrounded by a wall 24 feet high in the shape of a square with each side being two and half miles long. To enter the city you board an elephant and ride through the ancient south gate an impressive stone gate carved, appropriately, with elephants. You continue to move through the remains of the city to its center, the Bayou temple. Your visit concludes with a visit to the Terrace of the elephants. This evening you will enjoy a delicious French-inspired dinner at Alliance Café, beautifully set in a tropical garden.
Day 11 Angkor Wat and an Indiana Jones Moment
Today, your last day in Siem Reap and Cambodia, you will experience something special that will leave an image in your mind not soon forgotten. Your drive will take you to the airport where your private helicopter is waiting to take you into jungle temples only recently opened to the public. You are heading for Koh Ker with a stop in Beng Mealea and the flight will also give you the opportunity to see Angkor Wat from a vantage point seen by few. As you fly over, you view the entire temple complex and begin to grasp the sheer enormity of the former Khmer empire. Your guide will explain a history of the region and point out sights along the way. What took weeks of hacking through the jungle now takes much less time with modern conveyances. Upon arrival you will disembark and explore Beng Mealea. This temple is often missed by the crowds but offers excellent opportunities to take pictures and is often regarded as one of the most adventurous temples in Cambodia. You re-board the helicopter and continue on to Koh Ker, an area only recently opened to visitors. Here you will see various temples from the 10th century, including the massive Prasat Thom. You have a unique opportunity to have a picnic at the temple before flying back to Siem Reap. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure until transferring to the airport for the flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival in Bangkok you are escorted by our representative to a hotel at the airport where you have dinner and spend the night.
Day 12 Return to USA
Since you are already at the airport, you have the chance to have a leisurely breakfast before meeting your guide who will assist you with the transfer to the airport and check-in. You regain the day lost previously arriving back the same afternoon.
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Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Tonle Sap River, Siem Reap, Suvarnabhumi Airport
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