From the Ruins of Angkor to the Beauties of Chiang Mai and Phuket Island

This itinerary is specially designed for people who are interested in a mix of natural and cultural experiences and are first-time visitors to Thailand and Cambodia. Uncover the ancient landscapes hidden beneath lush jungles and around vibrant urban streets during this tour.

From the marvels of Angkor Wat’s temples to the flavors of traditional Thai cuisine in Chiang Mai, and from the gilded city of Bangkok to the wonderful beaches in Phuket, you will experience the best of Thailand and Cambodia.

Journey route

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Highlights

  • Visit the famous Grand Palace and spectacular Wat Pho in Bangkok.
  • Discover the exquisite complex of temples, Angkor Wat, and the idyllic countryside in Siem Reap.
  • Indulge in the fabulous flavors of Northern Thailand during a home cooking experience in Chiang Mai.
  • Have a close encounter with elephants in a green jungle in Chiang Mai.
  • Relax on the wonderful beaches in Phuket before heading back home.

Itinerary in detail

This sample itinerary provides inspiration, yet your preferences design the real journey. Following our Tailor-made Guidelines to create a wonderful Thailand and Cambodia tour in your way.

Day 1 Arrive in Bangkok

Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok (5-star) / Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel (5-star)

You will be met by your private tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel in a private car. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your leisure.

Day 2 Venture Through the Gilded City of Bangkok on a Guided Tour

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Your day will start by listening to the monks chanting at the historic Wat Pho, which is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. Take a tuk tuk ride via Pak Khlong Talat flower market to the Grand Palace. Continue with a relaxing long-tail boat ride along the ancient canals of Thonburi to get a flavor of the local life. Stop at the iconic Wat Arun, which was once the grand royal temple of Rama II.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will cross the Chao Phraya River to Chinatown for a glance at Old Bangkok.

The Royal Grand PalaceThe Royal Grand Palace

Day 3 Bangkok to Siem Reap

Tara Angkor Hotel (4-star) / Shinta Mani Shack (5-star)
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Your Bangkok journey has ended and the mythical Cambodia awaits you. Private transfers between the hotels and airports are provided in both cities.

Day 4 Discover the Exquisite Complex of Angkor Temples

breakfast and lunch

Cross the ancient moat and venture into the heart of Angkor Wat, an unparalleled temple complex blended with towering trees. It is a truly breathtaking sight!

Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, look back on the illustrious achievements of the Khmer Empire while strolling through Angkor Thom. Uncover the story of Bayon and greet its smiling faces, which have been guarding the imperial city throughout the long river of history. Wander around Ta Prohm in the shadow of towering trees and witness their giant roots devouring the ruins. Walk through the extraordinary Preah Khan and immerse yourself in its grandeur.

The Ruins of Angkok Temples The Ruins of Angkok Temples

Day 5 Spend an Extra Morning Discovering the Angkor Temples and Experiencing the Local Life in Cambodia’s Countryside

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Continue your journey discovering Cambodia's cultural treasures by visiting Banteay Srei, which is the jewel of Khmer art. Stop at the Cambodian Landmine Museum where you will be touched by the persistence of Cambodian efforts to clear life-threatening land mines.

Take an ox cart ride through a country road lined with palm trees and surrounded by rice fields. Move on to visit Tonle Sap Lake and take a boat ride to Kampong Phluk, also named Harbor of the Tusks, as it was a major harbor for elephant trade in the past.

Continue your visit to a mangrove forest nearby and enjoy a sunset cocktail on the lake before returning to your hotel.

Delicate details of Banteay Srei Delicate details of Banteay Srei

Day 6Siem Reap to Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Bodhi Serene (4-star) / RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort (5-star)
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Your Cambodia journey has ended and Chiang Mai awaits you. Private transfers between the hotels and airports are provided in both cities.

Day 7 A Memorable Elephant Experience and a Traditional Thai Cooking Class

breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Situated in a pristine and picturesque valley in Chiang Mai, about 1½ hours outside of the city, Elephant Rescue Park is a paradise for homeless elephants. It provides a safe, loving, and secure environment for all the elephants that live there.

There, you can spend half a day caring for the elephants. At Elephant Rescue Park, you'll interact with the elephants, feed them, walk with them, hug them, and bathe them

Interact with the elephants at Elephant Rescue Park Interact with the elephants at Elephant Rescue Park

In the afternoon, you will spend time in the home of a local family. Once you arrive, the host will welcome you and walk you through her organic vegetable garden to collect the different herbs and vegetables that will be used for the dishes you will be preparing.

During this cooking class, you will learn how to make some of the best home-cooked Thai dishes that you can easily cook again for yourself or your family when you return home. Your host will prepare a variety of Thai dishes from many different regions of the country. In addition to cooking, you also will get to try dishes from the north, northeast, and central regions of Thailand.

Thai dishes Make some of the best home-cooked Thai dishes

Day 8 A Local Lifestyle Experience with Mountian Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai to Phuket

Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa (4-star) / Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort and Spa (5-star)
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Your day will start by visiting a vibrant food and flower market in the morning. Continue to Wat Suan Dok, the final resting place of the ashes of the former kings of Chiang Mai and the Thai royal family. Discover the iconic mountain, Doi Suthep, which is in one of the most famous national parks in Northern Thailand. The main reason many visitors go to the national park is to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Many Thai people make a pilgrimage to this temple, especially during the Buddhist holidays of Makha Bucha and Visakha Bucha. Return to Chiang Mai and enjoy a 20-minute rickshaw ride through the quiet streets of the old town.

In the afternoon, transfer to airport and fly to Phuket. Upon your arrival in Phuket, your private gudie and driver will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the wonderful hotel by the beach.

The Sacred Wat Phra That Doi Suthep The Sacred Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Day 9–10 Free Time in Phuket

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You will have two free days to spend at leisure by the beach. You might consider taking a speedboat trip to the many nearby tropical paradises, including the famous Phi Phi Islands, or enjoy a serene cruise around the mystical Phang Nga Bay. Please contact our travel consultant for the add-ons available when you make an inquiry.

Day 11 Phuket to Bangkok for Departure

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After breakfast, transfer to Phuket International Airport, take a morning flight back to Bangkok, and connect with your international departure flight. 

Asia Highlights handpicked hotels

We have selected hotels with different styles and for different budgets. Let us know your preferences and we will help you find the right one.

superior sky room at eastin grand sathorn bangkok hotel
Bangkok Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok
  • #9 and granted Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor.
  • Centrally located in Sathorn, subway stations and malls nearby.
  • Superior Sky Room, 32sqm, higher floors and better city views.
 
deluxe room at bodhi serene hotel in chiang mai
Chiang Mai Bodhi Serene, Chiang Mai
  • Winner of Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
  • Located inside the Old City, garden setting and quiet.
  • Deluxe Room, 40sqm with balcony and garden view.

Journey information

  • Customize the Tour According to Your Needs This private tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extending or shortening it to suit your price, interests, and schedule.
    For example, you can add an extra day to visit the Kanchanaburi from Bangkok, or add a few extra days to visit Phnom Penh if you would like to spend more times in Cambodia.

Local guide

Most of our guides in Thailand and Cambodia have at least 5 years of experience and their are extremely passionate for introducing you their motherland. We assign different guides in all destinations so as to better your chance blending with the locals.

Private transportation

All of vehicles are in good maintenance and with A/C. Experienced, polite and professional drivers take the wheel, they will ensure you have a safe and smooth ride. We have bottled water, wet tissues, first-aid kit and baby car seat equipped with our vehicles.
 

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