Tour code:
OM/TH/RT/002
Country:
Thailand
City:
Bangkok
Holiday Types:
Religious Tours
Duration:
11D10N

 

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11D10N EXPLORING THAILAND & CAMBODIA
Overview

Day 1: Arrival Bangkok
Day2: Bangkok
Day3: Ayutthaya
Day4: Koh Kred
Day5: Bangokok/Siem Reap/Angkor Thom
Day6: Siem Reap/Angkor Wat
Day7: Siem Reap/Banteay Srey/Tonle Sap Lake
Day8: Siem Reap/Bangkok
Day9:Bangkok
Day 10: Bangkok
Day11: Bangkok/Departure
 

Itinerary

Day1: BANGKOK
Arrive at Bangkok + Meet guide/driver and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Bangkok.

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Day2: CITY TOUR BANGKOK (B,L,D)
After breakfast, proceed to Wat Po in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual. Visit the temple grounds and the famous 147 ft reclining Buddha. Continue to the magnificent Grand Palace, where the sheer grandeur of its throne halls will leave you spellbound. Marvel at the most revered image in Thailand – the Emerald Buddha. This afternoon, stroll through Chinatown visiting quaint shops and temples for a first-hand experience of ancient Bangkok. Continue to the Bangkok Folk Museum (closed on Monday & Tuesday), a 70-year-old Thai house converted into a small but fascinating museum. Board a long tail boat for a relaxing ride along the bustling Chao Phraya River (River of Kings), venturing down remote klongs (canals) and passing significant landmarks. Finish with a visit to the spectacular Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn. Dinner at Silom Village with cultural show.

Day3: AYUTTAYA DAY TRIP (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel. Among the “must see” attractions in Thailand is a visit to Ayuthaya, the former capital of Thailand situated 90 kms north of Bangkok. The principal sights are the gigantic bronze statues of Wat Mongkol Borpith, Wat Phra Srisanpetch and Wat Yai Chai Mongkol. This tour also includes a visit to Bang-Pa-In, the former Royal Summer Residence, which represents a fine example of Thai architecture. Lunch included. Return to Bangkok and overnight stay.

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Day4: KOH KRED TOUR (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to the pier for public ferry across the river to Koh Kred, a tiny island in the Chao Phaya River, located in Nonthaburi Province. We will walk to visit this small community of craftsmen famous for their distinctive style of pottery, which dates back many centuries. The potteriesare known for their fine, red-black glazed surface and folk design. They are all hand-made piece-by-piece and you can see the process. People live on Koh Kret and nearby are the descendants of the ethnic Mon people who managed to retain the skills of their forefathers. Afterwards, continue to lunch at local restaurant. Overnight at Bangkok.

Day5: BANGKOK – SIEM REAP – ANGKOR THOM (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Today is arrival day, will be warmly welcome by tour guide and driver at airport then transfer to Siem Reap downtown and then visit Angkor Complex: Angkor Thom, the fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city includes many of Angkors most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where you will find giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down at you from every angle. Transfer to hotel for check in.  Overnight in hotel, Siem Reap. Lunch and dinner included.

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Day6: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel then visit Angkor Wat- the crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones. Visit Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. Visit Ta Som which was built in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII for his teacher, Som. Ta Som means old Som. Lunch at local restaurant. Visit Neak Pean Temple, it was built by King Jayavarman VII (ruled 1181 to 1201), and it is a Buddhist temple consisting of a square pool with four smaller square pools arranged on each axis. In the centre of the large central pool is a circular island encircled by two nagas with intertwined tails. Visit Preah Khan which was built by King Jayavarman VII with towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Preah Khan covers a very large area but the temple itself is enclosed within a rectangular wall of around 700 by 800 meters. Dinner with an Apsara dance show. Dancers, singers and musicians bring ancient Khmer culture to life in spectacular surroundings. Overnight in hotel, Siem Reap.

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Day7: SIEM REAP – BANTEAY SREY – TONLE SAP LAKE (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will visit Banteay Srei Temple, Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, BANTEAY SREI is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Because of its small size, fairy-like atmosphere and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture, this temple is often a favorite with visitors. Visit Banteay Samre. Banteay Samre is a mid-12th century temple dedicated to the god Vishnu. Visit Pre Rup Temple. Pre Rup was built by Rajendravarman II (ruled 944 to 968), it consists of a pyramid shaped temple with the upper-most of the three tiers carrying five square shrines arranged as a quincunx. The name means turning the body and refers to the traditional method of cremation. This afternoon, we will enjoy Tonle Sap Lake, Asia’s largest inland lake also the biggest harvest fresh water fish in the world, which swells to ten times its normal size during the wet season; here we have a two-hours boat trip observing how local people go about their daily lives on the floating village, during the boat trip we stop to visit a bird garden and a fishing farm, and also floating school which is a lot of the poor children study in this school, and they are the fisherman’s children and a local market will also prove a rewarding experience. On the way to the city, we will visit the carving school Artisan D’angkor where they train the young people on carving skills, on woods, stone, and laquer ware which is the traditional way from the Angkorian era. Lunch and dinner included. Overnight in hotel, Siem Reap.

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Day8: SIEM REAP – BANKGOK (B)
Breakfast at hotel. You have the morning free to relax before transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for taking the flight to Bangkok. Arrive at Bangkok and meet guide/driver and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Bangkok.

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Day9: BANGKOK TOUR (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, situated 110 kms west of Bangkok, is a very attractive place for tourists to see the old style and traditional way of selling and  buying fruits, vegetables, etc., from small boats. You will also see traditional Thai houses,  the way they live and travel by boats.  Take a ride in the long tail boat through the meandering canals. Also visit the Nakhon Chedi. Buffet dinner at Baiyoke Restaurant. Overnight at Bangkok.

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Day10: BANGKOK (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free day for shopping and exploring by self. Overnight at Bangkok.

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Day11: BANGKOK – DEPARTURE/HOME (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free time till transfer to airport for flight home/next destination.

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Includes

All accommodation on double/twin sharing basis with daily ABF
All airport – hotel – airport transfers on private basis with English/French/Spanish
All tours transfers on private basis with English/French/Spanish speaking guide, all entrance fees
Meals as indicated (Breakfast, L-lunch, D-Dinner), drinks excluded
Complimentary drinking water tour days
 


Excludes

Air fares of any kind
Services not mentioned above
Extra charges, personal expenses
Surcharge for peak/festival season if any (upon booking)
Optional tours/meals/transfers if any, drinks excluded
Compulsory Gala dinner on 24Dec 2012 and 31Dec 2012
Travel insurance, visa fees
 


Departure

Daily

Note

Above quotation is for min 7pax group traveling (rate per pax) now – 31Oct 2013 No reservations have been made at this time Itinerary mentioned above is only tentative and is subject to guests’ flight timings. Rate quoted is nett & non commissionable