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17-Day (14-Night) Best of Thailand & Angkor Wat
May 14, 2016 - Board our transpacific flight, flying west, to commence our exciting holiday. Heading out to the airport at 9:00 AM and our flight is at 4:35 PM.
May 15, 2016 - After a transfer in Beijing we arrive in Bangkok at 6:15 PM - 26 hours later. We will be taken to the Royal Orchid Sheraton from the airport
May 16, 2016 - Bangkok

After breakfast, we will join our introductory tour of the city, commencing with an immersion into the teeming Chinatown area. Once the centre of trade for the Chinese merchants who settled in Bangkok in the 18th century, it is nowadays a photographer's delight and one of the most...  (more...)
May 17, 2016 - Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Experience a half day trip along the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet Klongs (canals) in a long tail boat enjoy scenes of life by water. We bring you to a more traditional way of living, more serene and traditional, away from all the high-rise and modern buildings of...  (more...)
May 18, 2016 - Chiang Mai

Today In the morning, we will visit Chiang Mai's most renowned temple, Wat Doi Suthep. Situated on a hill, overlooking the city this temple is home to a holy relic of Lord Buddha and is considered by many as one of the most sacred temples in northern Thailand. Constructed in 1383, at the...  (more...)
May 19, 2016 - Chiang Mai

Elephants are Thailand's working pride and one of the country's national symbols. We will start early as we head to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre at Lampang. Elephants have been domesticated in Thailand for a long time and were carefully trained by skilled mahouts to play a key...  (more...)
May 20, 2016 - Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai

Today we will depart Chiang Rai and head to the town of Chiang Rai, close to the border with neighbouring Laos. En route we will break our journey with a stop at the magnificent White Temple, a striking modern construction, built by a wealthy local.

Our first stop will be a...  (more...)
May 21, 2016 - Chiang Rai

We will start early for our second local connections program as we head out to give alms to the local monks. This Buddhist tradition is seen throughout Thailand as local people offer food to the saffron clad monks in exchange for blessings.

After breakfast, we will head north to the...  (more...)
May 22, 2016 - Chiang Rai – Sukhothai

This morning we depart Chiang Rai and head south to Sukhothai, with a short stop to break the journey at Payao Dam.

The ancient city of Sukhothai was the first capital of Siam, founded in the 13th century by King Ramkhamhaeng, this historic site is now UNESCO World Heritage...  (more...)
May 23, 2016 - Sukhothai

After breakfast at the hotel we will explore the historic centre of Sukhothai. We will take a small tram around the impressive historic grounds, stopping off to explore the monuments. We will discover how the city protected against enemies with three rows of earthen walls and two moats....  (more...)
May 24, 2016 - Sukhothai - Ayuthaya - Bangkok

Our journey continues as we head south towards Thailand's capital Bangkok. Our first stop is a visit to Phitsanuloke's Wat Maha Dhat. This riverside temple if the most famous in the province and houses one of the most revered Buddha figures in Thailand. The site is...  (more...)
May 25, 2016 - Bangkok

Floating Market & River Kwai
This busy full day tour takes you first to the rural yet world-famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak, situated around 60 miles west of Bangkok. This is one of the iconic images of Thailand with vendors in small boats manoeuvring around the canals to sell...  (more...)
May 26, 2016 - Bangkok to Siem Reap

Today we visit the most famous of all the temples and believed to be the largest religious building in the world, the magical temple of Angkor Wat. Arguably the most breathtaking of all the Angkor temples, it has become a symbol of Cambodia and is the main draw for visitors to...  (more...)
May 27, 2016 - Siem Reap

Today, we continue exploring the temples, including two of the most impressive and famous sites: Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. Our expert guide will offer an invaluable insight into the history and context of these incredible ruins.

We travel by tuk-tuk to Ta Prohm, this temple has been...  (more...)
May 28, 2016 - Siem Reap

Our final day in Siem Reap is time free to shop and explore the city or book our "optional visit to School of Art & Banteay Srei" before a late transfer to the airport for our return flight, leaving Seam Reap slight past the mid-night of Day 16 (at 00:040 am of Day 17).

Optional: School...  (more...)
May 29, 2016 - Siem Reap - Bangkok

Free day in Siem Reap to explore the city. Flight to Bangkok at 7:40 PM and arrive at Bangkok airport at 8:40 PM
May 30, 2016 - Bangkok

Our flight is at 1:00 AM - and we arrive back at Dulles at 2:35 PM.