BEST OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

INTRODUCTION
Over the past two winters we had not introduced our normal Southeast Asia Journeys so that we could instead focus on some new trips.
We started with Chile & Argentina last winter, then we introduced an exciting wonderful trip through the magnificent country of Sri Lanka (January 2017) and we also rounded up an especially unusual Mekong River territory trip (February 2017).
Of course, we also introduced a brand new itinerary within Central Asia for our upcoming September 2017 departure beginning in Khazakhstan and travelling through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and ending up in Turkmenistan (one of the most bizarre countries in the world). This amazing, spectacular journey sold out in about three hours.
So, since we were then completing all the final work related to these journeys, we were able to take a few weeks off to see what type of interest would be expressed by specific clients who want to partake in journeys in about a year (January 2018).
We actually received significant interest from many travelers and clients with respect to a re-created 27-day, four-country Southeast Asian itinerary throughout Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.
As a result, we introduced this trip and have almost sold out.

OUR INCREDIBLE JOURNEY BEGINS IN BANGKOK
Bangkok is one of Asia's most distinctive and captivating destinations and the award-winning Shangri-La Hotel is an especially beautiful landmark.
Located on the banks of the mighty Chao Phraya River in the heart of the city, the hotel is renowned for its refined accommodation and its exceptional service. Our own tour leader will of course be available in order to welcome each guest when they first arrive at the hotel.
The Horizon Club staff will certainly ensure that each of our clients obtain the following:

  • Full free access to the Horizon Club Lounge;
  • Beautiful morning breakfast choices;
  • Beverages served all day;
  • Wi-Fi and broadband Internet access;
  • Wide selection of newspapers and magazines;
  • Suit pressing and shoe shine service; and,
  • Full cocktails and canapés each evening.
Many of our guests find that the food and drink which is made available in the evening can be substantial enough to serve as dinner.

WE ALSO END IN BANGKOK
Once we have spent almost a month visiting the wonderful countries of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, we then take the final flight back into Bangkok and check in once again to the Shangri-La Hotel for the last two days.
Here we introduce more details with respect to Bangkok shopping, local transport, city squares and parks and other activities.
We also ensure that our entire group enjoys an evening together in Bangkok. We have an early happy hour celebration at a very high altitude bar and then an unforgettable special dinner in one of Thailand's most beautiful restaurants.
Once you have had time to become familiar with every day of the entire journey as described in detail on our website, we will then certainly look forward to spending time with you and potentially covering any questions you may have related to specific details of transport, accommodation, food, tour activities and so on.
Please call us at 613-789-1900 or 888-765-7662 to make an appointment.


REGULAR ITINERARY


SATURDAY 13 JAN, 2018

BANGKOK, THAILAND - START DAY(-)

While some clients may have chosen to arrive into Bangkok yesterday or even earlier, this particular day, January 13, is identified as "Day 1" and is completely available for those who are showing up today. Every arriving client will be met at the airport and will be transferred downtown to the hotel.
All guests arriving early today may have significant free-time throughout the day as there are no specific tour events. The tour leader will be available throughout the entire day to assist with the final check-in processes at the hotel.
Please join us for evening cocktails and canapés in the lounge this evening.
Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Note: For guests who may have arrived yesterday or even prior to that...

  • Breakfast is available this morning in the Horizon Club lounge; and,
  • At 9:30 this morning, the Tour Leader will present a short seminar to those who wish to go out and do some independent exploring on their own in Bangkok. The tour leader will cover maps of the city, the location of important sites, the operation of transportation systems, traffic safety and other local items of interest.

SUNDAY 14 JAN

BANGKOK (B,D)

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning, after breakfast, we will board our private long-tail boat at the hotel pier and make our way along the Chao Phraya river before entering into the canals of Thonburi, Bangkok's sister city on the west bank. Here we slowly cruise along the "klongs" and get a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of the riverbank dwellers. This picturesque view is what earned Bangkok the title of "Venice of the East".
From here we then cruise back into the Chao Phraya river, dock on the east bank and take a short walk over to Bangkok’s magnificent Grand Palace and its captivating Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Whether or not you are an avid photographer, this site will offer countless photo opportunities wherever you look.
After our visit, we will then return to the hotel.
Free for lunch.
This is a great opportunity for some guests to shake off any remaining jetlag by relaxing at the pool or having a quick nap.
At about 15:00, the tour leader will hold an ‘Orientation to Southeast Asia’ at the hotel to cover important items related to the entire trip including personal security, money matters, daily activities, day packs, traffic safety, food and beverages, transportation, luggage considerations and much more. We highly recommend that everyone attend this session.
Afterwards we invite you to this evening’s cocktails and leisurely dinner in the lounge with a magnificent view of the beautiful Chao Phraya river.
Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel.

MONDAY 15 JAN

BANGKOK TO CHIANG MAI (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning we’ll check out of the hotel and depart to the Bangkok airport to board our flight to the northern city of Chiang Mai. Lunch on board.
Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, we’ll meet our guide at the airport and on the way to the hotel we'll visit one of Chiangmai’s most interesting Buddhist temples. Many temples (wats) were constructed by ancient kings to demonstrate not only their devotion, but also their wealth and power. Temples served not only as centres of faith, but also as schools and hospitals. Today, temples are still a central part of Thai life and many of the holy structures of Chiang Mai are living, breathing places still linked to timeless traditions.
After our visit, we will transfer over to the hotel and check in for a three-night stay. Our small and beautiful Thai-style hotel is located within easy walking distance of central Chiang Mai.
Later this afternoon, please join the tour leader for a casual happy hour at the hotel. Afterwards we’ll travel to a local restaurant alongside the Mae Ping where we can enjoy dinner together. After dinner you may choose to simply walk back to the hotel or to make your way to the famous night bazaar, Asia’s largest outdoor craft market selling clothes, souvenirs, watches, DVDs and much more.
Overnight at the Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort.

TUESDAY 16 JAN

CHIANG MAI (B,L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we drive about an hour north of the city into the jungles of Northern Thailand.
Here we visit an elephant camp where we witness the close relationship between the elephant and his trainer, watch the elephants at work and perhaps take a short ride on our own elephants through the surrounding forest.
We then set off on simple bamboo rafts for a gentle drift down the pretty Taeng River before transferring by road to a local restaurant for lunch.
After lunch, we’ll begin our drive back to Chiang Mai. En-route we may make two stops - the first at the busy Mai Malai market and the second at the Bai Orchid Farm to examine some of Thailand’s most beautiful orchids and to learn more about how they are produced.
We return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Free for dinner. Your tour leader can offer suggestions.
Overnight at the Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort.

WEDNESDAY 17 JAN

CHIANG MAI (B,L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we concentrate entirely on Thai food!
We begin by heading to a local market for a demonstration of fresh ingredients used in Thai dishes including various types of basil, coriander, chili, eggplant, lemongrass, galangal, kafir lime and so on. Then we drive into the countryside to the cooking school, located in quiet surroundings. Here we spend the rest of the morning attending lectures and cooking lunch. We will have our own cooking stations and will prepare our multi-course meal with the assistance of the experienced staff.
When all the food is ready, we’ll take time to enjoy it in the restaurant. Lunch usually consists of a Thai Soup, a Thai Curry, Thai Fried Noodles (Phad Thai) and a dessert such as steamed banana cake, however the menu is subject to change depending on the seasonal ingredients available that day.
After lunch we return to the hotel.
The rest of the afternoon is free for some independent exploring. There is much to see in the city and we highly recommend that you take advantage of the free time to explore the 600 year-old moat and city walls or a few more of the local wats or to simply walk around some of Chiang Mai's streets, alleys and shops on your own.
Alternately you can simply relax at the hotel and perhaps catch up on your trip notes.
Free for dinner.
Overnight at the Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort.

THURSDAY 18 JAN

CHIANG MAI TO CHIANG RAI (B,L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
We then check out of our hotel and depart by road toward the north of Thailand. We'll stop along the way at the Hmong hill tribe village and museum at Baan Pa Nok Kok. Then we’ll arrive in the town of Thaton around noon. Here we'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch we’ll make a quick visit to a local market staffed by some of the northern Thai tribal people including the ring-necked and big-ear Karen (Padaung) and Akha.
From here we drive to the river and board our own long-tail boats for the rest of the trip to Chiang Rai. We’ll spend a few hours boating along the pretty Kok river, passing other small villages along the way.
Upon arrival in Chiang Rai, we check in at the Meridien Resort for a two-night stay. The buildings of the resort reflect contemporary Lanna architecture and warm Thai hospitality. Situated next to the banks of the river, the resort is secluded somewhat from the city of Chiang Rai yet the downtown area is just a quick tuk-tuk ride away.
The remainder of the late afternoon and evening is at leisure. You may choose to explore the Chiang Rai night bazaar in the centre of town where you’ll find a unique selection of Northern Thai crafts and a small selection of restaurants and local watering holes. Alternately, you may choose to enjoy one of the restaurants at the resort and perhaps try the spa or pool.
Overnight at Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort.

FRIDAY 19 JAN

CHIANG RAI AREA (B,L)

Breakfast at the resort.
The timing of today’s activities is flexible depending on traffic patterns and local conditions.
We’ll likely start out by driving to the Thai town of Mae Sai, situated on the Burmese border at the northern-most point of Thailand. Here, you will have an opportunity to cross the river into Myanmar if you wish to take a quick look at the Burmese border town of Tachileik. This visit is entirely optional, so if you choose to do it, you may need to pay 500 Thai Baht for a visa stamp (about C$19). Your tour leader will give you more information locally.
Afterwards, we begin our drive toward the Golden Triangle. En-route, we'll stop for lunch.
The Golden Triangle is the point where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar converge. From the lookout we can clearly see all three countries at once.
While here, we'll visit the Hall of Opium, a state-of-the-art exhibition that takes visitors through the 5,000-year history of the use and abuse of opiates.
We then return to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free.
Overnight at Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort.

SATURDAY 20 JAN

CHIANG RAI, THAILAND TO PAKBENG, LAOS (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the resort.
This morning we have a very early departure from the hotel and we transfer by road to the Thai-Lao border crossing site. Here we clear Thai immigration then cross the Mae Khong to the Laos side of the river.
After we obtain our Laos visas and clear Lao immigration, we board our simple private riverboat for a two-day journey down the magnificent Mae Khong. Using our own boat offers us the chance to discover the delights of Northern Laos in safety and comfort while travelling through a region that has hitherto been virtually inaccessible.
Our route takes us on a stretch of the Mae Khong between the Lao town of Houei Xay and the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos.
While on the river today and tomorrow we’ll have an opportunity to visit the villages of two of Laos tribal peoples, the Khmu and Lao Loum. Today’s stop will likely be in the morning, prior to lunch.
We’ll enjoy a simple and traditional Lao home-style lunch on board as we continue down the river and we’ll arrive at Pakbeng before sunset. Here, we’ll check-in at Luangsay Lodge, a beautiful, rustic Laotian-style teakwood lodge featuring a score of simple cottages connected by wooden walkways on the north bank of the Mae Khong in the middle of nowhere.
Dinner will be served tonight in the main dining area.
Overnight at Luangsay Lodge.

SUNDAY 21 JAN

PAKBENG TO LUANG PRABANG (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the lodge.
After breakfast we'll take a walk to Pakbeng village, about a kilometer away, where you'll find lots of good photo opportunities in the local market and along the main street.
Afterwards we board our boat for the second leg of our journey down the river. We’ll make a stop at another tribal village this morning and will once again enjoy lunch on board as we continue down the river.
In the afternoon as we approach the mouth of the Nam Ou river you will see a huge cliff and a cave with several steps leading to an entrance. This is the famous Tam Ting cave containing over a thousand Buddha images of all sizes and shapes which have been deposited there during the 18th and 19th centuries. We'll stop for a few minutes to visit the cave before continuing on to Luang Prabang, where we arrive before sunset.
From the boat landing we’ll take a very short walk over to our hotel where we check in for a three-night stay. This beautiful hotel was the last residence of the Laos Royal Family. It has been lovingly restored to its former glory and sits proudly on the bank of the Mekong River.
Join us this evening for a combined happy hour and dinner together at a local restaurant.
Overnight at the Victoria Xiengthong Palace.

MONDAY 22 JAN

LUANG PRABANG (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.
The city of Luang Prabang is currently home to about 75,000 people. Until the communist takeover in 1975, it was the royal capital of the Kingdom of Laos. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site chosen as an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities, primarily French, in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.
We suggest getting up early on one of the days here to observe the monks' walk and alms-giving (Tak Bat). This is a ritual that you will only see in this town. Hundreds of monks in their saffron robes walk slowly through the streets as they collect their breakfast of sticky rice from the local Lao people. A makeshift tripod or steady hand may help you get better photos in the low light of the early morning.
This morning is free to allow our guests to explore some of the interesting streets of the town and plan for their entirely free day tomorrow. The town lends itself to independent exploration either on foot or by bike. The hotel generally has a few complimentary bicycles available.
We recommend that during your stay here you plan to visit the unique and interesting Royal Palace museum, the former residence of the royal family prior to their departure in 1975. Parts of the building are preserved as if the royal residents had just gone out for a brief walk.
You should also visit one or more of the local wats, especially the most famous and well-preserved temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Xieng Thong. Built around 1560 by King Setthathirat who ruled Laos from 1548 to 1571, the temple is located in a beautiful garden on the bank of the Mekong River. Until 1975, when the government changed, Wat Xieng Thong was a royal temple and a place where the former kings of Laos were crowned.
Free for lunch. The town has scores of small cafes and restaurants.
In the early afternoon the tour leader will organize a group visit into the countryside to the famous Kuang Xi Falls, a large multi-stage waterfall about 25 km south of town. Here we'll explore the beauty of the forest around the falls.
Free for dinner.
Overnight at the Victoria Xiengthong Palace.

TUESDAY 23 JAN

LUANG PRABANG (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today is totally free. Enjoy the solitude of this beautiful Lao town.
Make sure that you pack up before heading to bed because tomorrow morning we will be on our way to Vietnam.
Overnight at the Victoria Xiengthong Palace.

WEDNESDAY 24 JAN

LUANG PRABANG, LAOS TO HANOI, VIETNAM (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the hotel.
We leave the hotel early, around 7 am and check in for our morning flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
Upon arrival we will meet our Vietnamese guide and head downtown, where we will enjoy lunch together. After lunch we’ll visit the Temple of Literature and then check in to our magnificent hotel. Our tour leaders continually tell us that this is one of their favourite hotels in the world.
In the heart of the French Quarter, this beautiful French-colonial hotel has been a celebrated landmark since the turn of the last century. The hotel is situated within easy walking distance of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and just a block from Hoan Kiem Lake.
This evening, please join us for a “Welcome to Vietnam” dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants.
Overnight at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel.

THURSDAY 25 JAN

HANOI (B,L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Enjoy the excellent breakfasts available at the hotel for your entire stay in Hanoi. These are some of the best breakfasts of the entire trip.
Today, we spend the whole day visiting Hanoi’s most interesting sites.
In the morning we visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum as well as Ho’s former residences. We’ll walk by the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda and will visit the wonderful Ethnology Museum, dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 tribal groups.
Lunch is included at one of our favourite Hanoi restaurants.
Afterwards we visit Hoa Lo prison (the famous Hanoi Hilton prison).
We’ll ride some rickshaws through the warren of small streets to take a closer look at Old Hanoi and will finish off with a live performance of the famous Vietnamese Water Puppets.
The exact timing and order of these activities throughout the day is subject to adjustment by our guide as required.
Free for dinner.
Overnight at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel.

FRIDAY 26 JAN

HANOI (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today is entirely free for you to take a closer look at the Old Quarter and French Quarter of this exciting city on your own.
Early birds may wish to enjoy a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake just around sunrise. If you are here at the right time, you’ll find people doing their morning exercises – the older people usually practice some form of Tai Chi while others may jog or play badminton. Even at other times throughout the day there is always a lot of activity around the lake and especially at the north end near Hang Gai street. Photographers will find many subjects and shoppers will find many bargains.
Once you have had enough of bustling Hanoi, you may wish to relax in the hotel spa or enjoy manicures, pedicures and general pampering at one or more of the local establishments within walking distance of the hotel.

Optional trip to Halong Bay (L)
For those who do not wish to spend the free day in Hanoi, we will offer a fully optional day-trip to Halong Bay today. The tour leader will discuss this option several days prior and will arrange the day-trip for those of you who are interested.
The itinerary will include an early morning drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay, about 165km to the east. The picturesque bay has more than 3,000 limestone islets rising from the emerald water, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. Your boat will take you among many of the rock formations such as Dinh Huong (the Incense Urn), Cho Da (the Stone Dog) and Ga Choi (the Fighting Roosters). During the cruise, you will also stop to visit Thien Cung and Dau Go grottoes situated on the south-west side of the bay about four kilometres from the Ha Long city wharf.
During the boat trip, a fresh seafood lunch (or alternate) will be served.
After the cruise, you will return to Hanoi and the hotel, arriving about 7 pm.
The cost of the trip is payable locally and will depend on the number of guests choosing this option. The Tour Leader will let you know the costs several days ahead.
Free for dinner this evening.
Overnight at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel.

SATURDAY 27 JAN

HANOI TO HUE (B,L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Early transfer to the airport for our flight to Hue city.
We’ll enjoy a simple lunch after our arrival today.
The ancient city of Hue was the capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty at the beginning of the 19th century.
During our short stay in Hue, we’ll visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, the royal tomb of the emperor Minh Mang and the famous Citadel.
The actual timing of events will be subject to adjustment by our guide.
Free for dinner tonight.
Overnight at La Residence, the former French Governor’s mansion.

SUNDAY 28 JAN

HUE TO HOI AN (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning we continue our visits to the major sites of Hue City.
Around noon we have lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, we begin our drive south, across the Hai Van Pass to the city of Danang and on to Hoi An. Upon arrival at our hotel in Hoi An in the late afternoon, we check in for a three-night stay. The hotel is a beautifully-designed property immediately adjacent to the old town and only a short rickshaw ride from the southern part of China Beach.
The town of Hoi An has a population of about 90,000 and is a former harbour town of the Champa people on the estuary of the Thu Bon river. It was an important ancient trading centre where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled. In 1999 the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries whose buildings display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.
For those who are interested in made-to-measure clothing or local silver jewellery, there are many local shops which will create whatever you wish during your stay.
This evening we have drinks and dinner together at one of our favourite restaurants.
Overnight at the Anantara Hoi An Resort.

MONDAY 29 JAN

HOI AN (B,L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we join our guide for a closer look at the area in and around Hoi An.
We will likely begin by visiting the outskirts of the town to meet some of the local farmers and fishermen who will show us many aspects of their excellent contributions.
Lunch along the way.
After we return back to town, we’ll take a leisurely walking tour of the old town visiting some of the local sites including Chinese temples, historic houses and the famous Japanese Bridge. We then return to the hotel by late afternoon.
Free for dinner. Your tour leader will have some nearby recommendations.
Overnight at the Anantara Hoi An Resort.

TUESDAY 30 JAN

HOI AN (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.
This is an entirely free ‘rejuvenation’ day.
You may choose to visit other parts of old Hoi An, to spend part of the day at China Beach or simply to relax at the resort.
Overnight at the Anantara Hoi An Resort.

WEDNESDAY 31 JAN

HOI AN, VIETNAM TO PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (B,D)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today is a travel day. After breakfast, we leave the resort and transfer to the Danang airport to board our flight to Saigon. In Saigon, we transfer to the international terminal for our flight to Phnom Penh.
There are a few restaurants in the airport where you can grab something for lunch between flights if you wish.
Upon arrival in Phnom Penh we drive to our hotel, the beautiful Sofitel Phokeethra. The hotel is an elegant reflection of the past in a neo-classic design. It is a luxurious city oasis which embodies French style with modern 5-star indulgences and gracious Cambodian service. The hotel is our home for the next three nights.
This evening our tour leader will organize happy hour near the downtown quai and a simple group dinner at a local Khmer restaurant.
Overnight at Sofitel Phnom Penh.

THURSDAY 1 FEB

PHNOM PENH (B,L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning we begin with a one-hour cyclo tour of the downtown followed by a visit to the impressive Royal Palace and some of its important buildings including the Silver Pagoda, a structure so named because of its 5000 floor tiles made of pure silver. The compound is home to the Cambodian King Sihamoni – the son of previous King Sihanouk who passed away in October 2012.
Afterwards we proceed to the unique National Museum where we explore a few of the most interesting ancient Khmer artefacts, most of which were moved here from Angkor.
Then we’ll enjoy lunch at one of our favourite restaurants near the museum.
This afternoon we’ll make short visits to Wat Phnom and the Central market to look for bargains among a dizzying array of Khmer, Vietnamese and Chinese crafts, textiles, hardware, clothing, food and knock-off jewellery and watches.
We may also have an opportunity today or tomorrow to visit a local wat for a chance to talk to the monks and learn a little about their life.
Free for dinner.
Overnight at Sofitel Phnom Penh.

FRIDAY 2 FEB

PHNOM PENH (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning we explore two historical sites of the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979) era. We begin with a visit to Tuol Sleng Prison (S21), the world-famous headquarters of the Khmer Rouge interrogators and follow that up with a visit to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek.
We'll return to the hotel around lunch time.
Afternoon free for independent exploration.
Overnight at Sofitel Phnom Penh.

SATURDAY 3 FEB

PHNOM PENH TO SIEM REAP (B,L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Siem Reap, the town which supports the incredible Angkor temple complex, the most famous archaeological site in Southeast Asia.
Angkor was the site of a series of capital cities of the Khmer empire for much of the period from the 9th century to the 15th century. The ruins are located amid forests and farmland to the north of the Great Lake (Tonle Sap) and comprise the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples of the Angkor area number over one thousand, ranging in scale from nondescript piles of brick rubble to the collection of unique temples in the city of Angkor Thom to the magnificent Angkor Wat, said to be the world's largest single religious monument.
Because the weather here can be very hot at mid-day, we limit our sightseeing activities over the three days to early morning and late afternoon.
Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, we transfer to the hotel for check-in. The Victoria Angkor Resort is an elegant and refined hotel in the style of the 1930’s graceful colonial architecture. The hotel has been designed to be in total harmony with its natural surroundings and is conveniently situated a few blocks north of the central part of the town, opposite the royal park.
We’ll enjoy lunch at the hotel then depart for a late afternoon visit to the most famous temple of them all, Angkor Wat.
We’ll return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Join us for an optional happy hour at one of our favourite bars in downtown Siem Reap if you wish. From here, whenever you get hungry, you can wander over to any of the scores of interesting restaurants along Pub Street or Pub Alley. Your tour leader will orient you accordingly.
Overnight at Victoria Angkor Resort.

SUNDAY 4 FEB

SIEM REAP (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning we’ll drive to the magnificent city of Angkor Thom and visit the South Gate and the magnificent Bayon temple.
From here we’ll walk through the areas of the Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace and Leper Terrace.
Afterwards we visit Ta Prohm, the most famous jungle temple at Angkor. The structure is being steadily attacked by huge tree roots which are pulling the blocks of the temple apart and leaving it in ruins. This temple is a magnificent site and shouldn’t be missed.
We return to the town in the late morning.
Lunch at leisure.
In the afternoon, we drive to the far north of the temple complex to visit the beautiful temple of Banteay Srei, the pink and green “Citadel of the Women”. This temple, although tiny, has the most perfectly preserved stone carvings in all of Angkor. On the way back we'll stop at a local village to explore the palm sugar-making business.
Free for dinner.
Overnight at Victoria Angkor Resort.

MONDAY 5 FEB

SIEM REAP (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning we drive to the village of Mechrey, situated on the Tonle Sap – the Great Lake - where we board our boat to visit the unusual floating village on the north shore of the lake.
On our way back to Siem Reap we make a visit to the silk farm at Puok where we can examine the entire silk-making process from the mulberry bush to the finished product.
We return to town around lunch time.
Free for lunch.
Afternoon at leisure. You can take some time today to get organized for your flight back to Bangkok tomorrow and to enjoy the hotel pool and spa.
Free for dinner.
Overnight at Victoria Angkor Resort.

TUESDAY 6 FEB

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA TO BANGKOK, THAILAND (B,D)

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Bangkok.
Upon arrival, we transfer to the Shangri-La Hotel. Welcome home!
You may have some free time this afternoon to plan for exploring other Bangkok sites tomorrow as you wish. Your tour leader will have suggestions and local maps and will be available to provide advice and assistance.
Tonight we will enjoy a sunset happy hour at one of Bangkok’s most unusual bars. From there we'll move on to one of Bangkok’s finest restaurants for our farewell dinner.
Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel.

WEDNESDAY 7 FEB

BANGKOK (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.
On this final day you will have free time to take on last-minute sightseeing or shopping activity throughout Bangkok including its shopping centres, outdoor parks and squares, Jim Thompson's, Plan Toys, jewellery shops, Silom Road, Chinatown and many other options. Your tour leader will be available to help you plan your day in advance if you wish.
You will also have some time at the hotel this afternoon where you can get organized for tomorrow’s flight home.
There are no group activities this evening, but it is likely that all of us will meet in the club lounge for evening cocktails and canapés.
Please enjoy your final evening in Bangkok!
Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel.

THURSDAY 8 FEB

BANGKOK DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Free time until your transfer to Bangkok airport to board the flight home.
We will arrange transfers at appropriate times for all guests.