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How to Plan a Trip to Thailand and Cambodia (2024/2025)

By Chris QuanUpdated Jan. 5, 2024

Thailand and Cambodia are neighboring countries. Many visitors who make the journey to Southeast Asia plan a combined trip and visit both countries.

In this guide, we are going to look at how to plan a travel itinerary for a tour of Thailand and Cambodia.

How Many Days Are Needed for a Trip to Thailand and Cambodia?

A well-rounded trip to Thailand and Cambodia typically requires a minimum of 10 days, although 2 weeks is recommended for a more relaxed and enriching experience.

Given Thailand's larger size and abundance of attractions, many travelers allocate more time to explore its diverse landscapes and cultural offerings, spending around 7–9 days there. This often includes iconic destinations like bustling Bangkok, the cultural haven of Chiang Mai in the north, and an idyllic island in the south, such as family-friendly Phuket or romantically inclined Koh Samui.

In contrast, Cambodia's compact size means that a visit of 3–5 days is often sufficient. Siem Reap, the second-largest city, is a must-visit for the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, while Phnom Penh, the capital, offers additional cultural experiences with its temples and bustling markets, making it an appealing option if time allows.

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Thailand and Cambodia Itinerary: A Classic 12-Day Tour

A 12-day trip allows you to see the most popular attractions of both countries. Here's a favorite way to organize the itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok
  • Days 2-3: Bangkok City Tour
  • Day 4: Fly to Siem Reap
  • Days 5-6: Angkor Wat and Local Life Experience
  • Day 7: Fly to Chiang Mai with a Transit in Bangkok
  • Day 8: A Memorable Elephant Experience in the Jungle of Chiang Mai
  • Day 9: Mountian Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai to Phuket
  • Days 10-11: Free Time in Phuket
  • Day 12: Phuket Departure
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Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok

Upon your arrival in Bangkok, take some time to settle into your accommodation and recover from your journey. Consider exploring the local surroundings near your hotel for a gentle introduction to the city.

Days 2-3: Bangkok City Tour

Immerse yourself in a comprehensive city tour of Bangkok, visiting iconic sites such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun. Dive into the vibrant markets and savor the rich street food scene, making the most of your time in the bustling metropolis.

Day 4: Fly to Siem Reap

Board a flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and spend the day exploring the local atmosphere, getting a taste of the unique culture and charm that Siem Reap has to offer.

Days 5-6: Angkor Wat and Local Life Experience

Explore the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat complex, including Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm. Engage in an immersive experience of local village life and enjoy the vibrant night markets in Siem Reap, offering a glimpse into the daily lives of the people.

Day 7: Fly to Chiang Mai

Fly to Chiang Mai with a transit in Bangkok. Once in Chiang Mai, settle into your hotel and take the evening to unwind, perhaps exploring the local area at a leisurely pace.

Day 8: A Memorable Elephant Experience in the Jungle of Chiang Mai

Embark on a memorable elephant experience in the jungle surrounding Chiang Mai. Focus on ethical practices and learn about conservation efforts. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Chiang Mai, reflecting on the unique experiences of the day.

Day 9: Mountian Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai to Phuket

Begin the day with a visit to the sacred Doi Suthep temple, enjoying panoramic views of Chiang Mai. Later, catch a flight to Phuket. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and take some time to relax.

Days 10-11: Free Time in Phuket

Enjoy free time in Phuket to unwind on the beaches, explore local markets, or partake in water activities. Consider taking a boat tour to nearby islands or exploring the enchanting Phang Nga Bay.

Day 12: Phuket Departure

Conclude your journey in Phuket with some last-minute activities or shopping before departing for your home destination. Reflect on the diverse experiences from Bangkok to Phuket as you bid farewell to this captivating Southeast Asian adventure.

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How Much Does a Cambodia and Thailand Trip Cost?

Cambodia and Thailand are cheap countries. They can match a wide range of budgets. The cost of traveling in Cambodia is slightly lower than in Thailand by US$10–30 per day.

When exploring Southeast Asia, particularly Cambodia and Thailand, choosing a private tour is a wise decision, embodying an "affordable luxury." Our private tour provides excellent value for money, ensuring a seamless and high-quality experience with top-notch service.

Best Times to Visit Thailand and Cambodia

Thailand and Cambodia, situated in close proximity, share similar climates. The period from November to April is deemed the optimal time for visiting both countries, offering sunny and dry weather that enhances the overall travel experience.

It's important to note that the Christmas/New Year holiday season is particularly busy, and planning ahead with reservations is advisable during this time. Share your interests and requirements with us, and we'll handle all the details, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable trip tailored to your preferences.

From August to early October, both nations experience the heaviest rainfall. Typically, these are short afternoon or dusk downpours that are unlikely to significantly impact your travel plans.

For those seeking vibrant festival experiences, April is an ideal time to visit for Cambodia and Thailand's New Year celebrations. Alternatively, November offers the enchanting Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai, providing a unique cultural experience.

Which Country to Enter First?

We would suggest starting your journey in Thailand.

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, serves as a major transportation hub, providing convenient flight connections and easy access to neighboring countries like Cambodia. Starting in Thailand not only facilitates smoother travel logistics but also allows you to gradually explore the unique charms of Southeast Asia.

Visa and Entry Requirements for a Thailand and Cambodia Trip

Thailand allows visa-free entry from 64 countries, including the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and Norway. (If you do not qualify for the visa-free policy, you will need to apply for a visa to visit Thailand.)

However, Cambodia requires you to obtain a tourist visa, which can either be obtained online or when you arrive at Phnom Penh or Siem Reap Airport.

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