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zBangkok, Chiang Mai + Angkor Wat

9 days

9 Day Privately-Guided Tour

Privately Guided Discoveries for World Travelers…

Learn the secrets of Royal Thai Cuisine at the unique Blue Elephant Cooking School in Bangkok and go river rafting down the tranquil Ping River in the forested mountains outside of Chiang Mai Step aboard an elegantly-restored rice barge for a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River Discover 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site c

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Welcome to Bangkok

Check in to the deluxe city-center Pullman Hotel. Enjoy dinner and your first night in the vibrant, sophisticated capital of Thailand. Meals D


Blue Elephant Cooking School

Set in a splendidly restored turn-of-the-century mansion, the Blue Elephant Cooking School specializes in the culinary wonders of Royal Thai Cuisine. Your hands-on experience begins this morning at a local market where your chef-instructor will help you to select the ingredients which you’ll need for class. Back in the modern, fully-equipped facilities of the School, your cooking lesson includes several traditional dishes. Then sit down to a delicious lunch featuring your own creations complemented by additional dishes prepared by the School’s more-experienced staff! Return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure. Meals B,L


Fly to Chiang Mai

Your private car and driver will take you to the airport for your included flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and chauffeured to the Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel where an upgraded deluxe room has been reserved for you. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure. Meals B


Rafting Expedition

This morning, you’ll travel with your private car, driver and guide into the mountains outside of Chiang Mai. After lunch back at the camp, you’ll embark on a relaxing bamboo rafting expedition down the clear and tranquil Ping River. Visit an orchid farm and then return to your hotel in Chiang Mai where the balance of your afternoon and evening are free. Meals B,L


From Chiang Mai to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Your private car and driver will take you to the airport for your included flights to Bangkok and then onward into Cambodia. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you’ll be warmly greeted and chauffeured to the deluxe Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. Meals B


The glory of Angkor Wat c

Set out with your personal guide after breakfast to begin your in-depth exploration of the magnificent jungle ruins of Angkor, once the royal seat of the mighty Khmer Empire. This morning you’ll explore imposing Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops Pyramid in Egypt. Inspired by 12th century Hinduism, it took an estimated 30 years to build Angkor Wat, including the intricately carved bas-relief which adorns all four sides of the temple.

In the afternoon, your privately guided touring continues at Ta Prohm. Dedicated in 1186, this vast temple complex has been largely left in its natural state, surrounded by the massive roots and limbs of the encroaching jungle. Then visit Preah Khan, an extensive monastic complex built by King Jayavarman VII. Meals B


Exploring farther afield

Your private car, driver and guide await this morning to take you to Banteay Srei, the Citadel of Women. Built of red sandstone in the 10th century, this enchanting architectural gem shows a strong Indian influence. It is dedicated to the Hindu God, Shiva. In the afternoon, journey to nearby Ton Le Sap Lake for an excursion aboard a comfortable shaded boat. Travel across the tranquil waters to see traditional floating homes and small fish farms. It’s a fascinating and up-close look at a unique way of life here in rural Cambodia. The scenic drive back to your hotel takes you through a lush area of palms and verdant tropical vegetation. Meals B


Back to Bangkok

You’ll be escorted to the airport today for your included flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and chauffeured back to the deluxe Pullman Hotel. This evening, your private car and driver await to take you to the banks of the Chao Phraya River, where you’ll step aboard The Manohra, a traditional rice barge which has been handsomely restored to its gleaming teakwood splendor. Enjoy a romantic dinner onboard and the unforgettable spectacle of Bangkok by night. You’ll cruise past the iconic Temple of Dawn, the magnificent Grand Palace, the boathouses of the Royal Barges and numerous other city temples. Meals B,D


Farewell Bangkok

Your tour program with us finishes this morning. Meals B

Feel free to add extra nights before or after your tour.

Ask about international air service on Cathay Pacific.
See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

A visa for Cambodia is required for U.S. Citizens

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Take advantage of our Family & Friends offer and Save $100 per person anytime you book 4 or more people on the same A+R program.