Isaan and Cambodia

Resort: Thailand
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Destination: Thailand
Price From: £3850.00

Overview

A journey through the Land of Smiles, this 19-day tour of Isaan and Cambodia introduces you to some of Southeast Asia’s most unmissable cultural gems. With time to enjoy the bustling streets of Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Saigon, you’ll experience the breathtaking beauty of world renowned national parks and magnificent Khmer temples, enjoy cruising through the Mekong Delta and pay a visit to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. With a chance to enjoy the sumptuous elegance of the famous Raffles Hotel, this is truly an Indochina journey with a difference.

Itinerary

Day 1 –

Depart from London Heathrow for your Thai Airways flight to Bangkok (TG 917 2130/1505).
Meals: In flight
Hotel: No Hotel


Day 2 –

Upon arrival into Bangkok you will be met and transferred to the Banyan Tree. (Deluxe room)
Meals:
Hotel: Banyan Tree Bangkok


Day 3 –

Day is at leisure.
Meals: B
Hotel: Banyan Tree Bangkok


Day 4 –

Depart from Bangkok to Khao Yai with a visit to Phra Buddha Badh and Wat Theppithak with its huge hillside seated Buddha. Arriving at Khao Yai National park you will check-in to the Belle Villa for your overnight stay. You will take a short adventure ride on Elephants and also a walk through the forest. You will see beautiful waterfalls where you can swim. Khao Yai has four vegetation zones, spanning elevation from 100 metres to more than 1,400 metres: evergreen, semi-evergreen, mixed deciduous and hill evergreen. In the evening you will see a display of nature where swifts and bats trade places for the night from a cave while the swifts fly in to retire for the night.
Meals: B
Hotel: Belle Villa Khao Yai Resort


Day 5 –

After breakfast depart for Prasat Hin Khao Phanom Rung and Muang Tham on top of Phanom Rung Mountain in Buriram province. It is a walled-in enclosure with both the door frames and walls carved in beautiful designs. In the Prasat is a throne hall built in the 12th century. Lunch will be at a local restaurant, before we head down to the peaceful Muang Tham. After Muang Tham we will drive into Surin and check in at Surin Majestic Hotel for your overnight stay.
Meals: B/L
Hotel: Surin Majestic Hotel


Day 6 –

Early morning take an early bicycle rickshaw ride passing the local market. If you are lucky you may sample some steamed sticky rice with BBQ pork, hot sweet soy milk or black Thai coffee with Chinese donuts. You may have a chance to make an offering to local monks as they do their early morning rounds. Return to the hotel for breakfast and then depart to Ban Tha Klang, where the Suai minority people make their living with elephants. Continue to the town of Srisaket for lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, continue to Ubon Rajthani and visit Wat Thung Si Muang, which is home to one of Isan’s most unusual temple buildings; the library here is built in a mixture of Burmese, Lao and Thai styles. Afterwards, drive through Khong Jiam for an overnight at the Tohsang Khonjiam Resort.
Meals: B
Hotel: Tohsang Khongjiam Resort


Day 7 –

After breakfast drive to see the confluence to two rivers, the Mekong and the Moon River, often referred to as the ‘Two Colored Rivers’. Nearby is Sao Chaliang, the surreal rock formations and Pha Taem Cliff with its prehistoric paintings. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Drive back to hotel with rest of the day at leisure.
Meals: B/L
Hotel: Tohsang Khongjiam Resort


Day 8 –

Transfer to the airport for your flight from Ubon Ratchtahni to Bangkok (TG 707 0905/1010). Connect to your Bangkok Airways flight to Phnom Penh (PG 933 1320/1430). Upon arrival into Phnom Penh transfer to the Raffles Le Royal Hotel for 2 nights. The afternoon is free. There is the option of a sunset cruise. (State double room)
Meals: B/L
Hotel: Raffles Le Royal Hotel


Day 9 –

Meals: B
Hotel: Raffles Le Royal Hotel


Day 10 –

Transfer by road (approximately 4 hours) to the 4Rivers Floating Lodge for your 3 night stay. (Floating tent Double room)(
Meals: B
Hotel: 4 Rivers Floating Lodge


Day 11 –

Leaving 4 Rivers around 10am, depending on the tide, you will cruise deep into the mangroves to experience a rare glimpse of life among the fishing communities that live off the natural bounty of this watery paradise. Drinks will be served en route as you glide down the waterway to your fishing village destination where you will spend time with these shy but friendly people. While the men tend their boats, the womenfolk patiently mend their nets and children play tag and football in the narrow alleyways between the stilt houses. You will also visit the Cham (Muslim) part of the village, which is reached via a maze of small bridges. Back in the boat, you will experience the pure magic of life among the mangroves from our boat and the kayaks.
Meals: B
Hotel: 4 Rivers Floating Lodge


Day 12 –

Away from the tranquility of 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, the thunder of the majestic Tatai Falls reveals the river’s true power as it drops 6 meters to the rocks below. Your day, depending on the tide, starts at around 10am for the 45-minute boat ride past Tatai village to the falls. Turning on to a tributary you head into the heart of the Cardamom jungle to the far-off sounds of exotic birds and its secretive wildlife. Within minutes you are at journey’s end, gazing down into the turbulent waters of the falls. Soon it’s time for lunch, maybe a few moments hydro-massage and a refreshing drink as you find some shade for a picnic and open your senses to the sights and sounds of the jungle. We will also arrange to transport some kayaks for your added fun and adventure. After leaving the falls, we stop at the mouth of a small river where you can paddle your kayak to a traditional Cambodian farm; you will see rice fields and some fruit trees depending of the season.
Meals: B
Hotel: 4 Rivers Floating Lodge


Day 13 –

Today travel by road (approximately 4 hours) back to Phnom Penh airport to fly to Siem Reap for your 3 night stay at the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. (Superior room)
Meals: B
Hotel: Victoria Angkor Hotel


Day 14 –

Full day exploring the magnificent Khmer temples and jungle ruins of Angkor by remork (local tuk-tuk), surely one of the most breathtaking and magical sights in South East Asia. During your time here you will visit the major ruins of the Khmer civilisation, including the Royal City of Angkor Thom, containing the impressive Bayon, an awesome 50-tower temple, intricately carved with episodes from Hindu mythology and life in 12th century Cambodia The last of your temple visits in the morning will be the Ta Prohm Temple, romantically overrun by the verdant jungle vegetation. In the afternoon visit Angkor Wat, the very symbol of Cambodia and one of the greatest archaeological sites anywhere on earth with a volume of stone equalling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. Conceived by Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build. Enjoy a memorable sunset at Angkor Wat before returning to your hotel.
Meals: B
Hotel: Victoria Angkor Hotel


Day 15 –

This morning is at leisure with the option of a half day Khmer cooking class. In the afternoon drive to Tonle Sap Lake, the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia and the lifeblood of the Cambodian fishing industry. The Mekong River, from as far away as Phnom Penh, reverses the direction of the Tonle Sap River to bring an overflow of water and silt to support both rice growing and the breeding of fish. Hopping on board a small shaded vessel take a cruise between the floating homes and many fish farms as you experience lake life close up. On the way back to Siem Reap there is the option to visit a development project teaching young adults the arts of stone carving, wood carving and lacquer application ‘Les Artisans d’Angkor’ is a heart warming reminder that progress in Cambodia can go hand in hand with traditional crafts.
Meals: B
Hotel: Victoria Angkor Hotel


Day 16 –

Transfer back to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (VN 3818 1300/1420) for your 2 night stay at the Park Hyatt. In the afternoon visit to the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels is included. Please note that the tunnels are low and narrow and although they can be claustrophobic, there are plenty of other things of interest for those who choose not to enter the tunnels. Optional evening cruise on the Saigon River. (Park room)(B)
Meals: B
Hotel: Park Hyatt


Day 17 –

At leisure, with a choice of optional excursions available this morning, including a half-day cookery course which includes a visit to a local market and preparing your own lunch, or a half-day art history tour. This evening an optional ‘Saigon by Vespa’ tour is available for those who are keen to experience this vibrant city the way the locals do!
Meals: B
Hotel: Park Hyatt


Day 18 –

Transfer to the airport for your flight via Bangkok (TG 557 2050/2215) back to London Heathrow (TG 910 0110/0715).
Meals: B
Hotel: No Hotel


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