Thailand's highlights and Siem Reap    *alt*

12 days, from £4495
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Description

This adventurous itinerary takes in some of Thailand's best loved destinations along with some time in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Begin by exploring the magnificent temples of Angkor before jetting off to Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai, here you will embark on a fascinating journey of discovery in the surrounding mountains and in the ever vibrant city itself. Then it's off to the capital Bangkok where you can navigate the huge city using the efficient modern transport links and take in the highlights before travelling south to the picturesque Khao Sok National Park.

Places visited
- Siem Reap
- Chiang Mai
- Bangkok
- Phuket
- Khao Sok National Park

Highlights
- Explore the many temples around Siem Reap including the iconic Angkor Wat.
- Cruise out on to Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake, the Tonle Sap.
- Venture into the hills surrounding Chiang Mai for a rural Thailand adventure.
- Navigate the huge bustling city of Bangkok where local street vendors and markets are contrasted by ultra modern shopping malls and spectacular sky bars.
- Enjoy a three day experience in the beautiful Khao Sok National Park.

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Itinerary


 Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Siem Reap.


 Day 2 Siem Reap

Siem Reap
Your guide will be waiting for you at the airport in Siem Reap and will accompany you on your private transfer to your hotel. The Shinta Mani Resort has a great location in the city's French Quarter, just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat.


 Day 3 Siem Reap

Siem Reap
Your guide will collect you this morning for your private tour of Cambodia's most famous site - Angkor - once the capital city of the Khmer Empire and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guide will show you around the magnificent temples of Angkor including the walled city of Angkor Thom, the many faces of the Bayon and the iconic Angkor Wat.


 Day 4 Siem Reap

Siem Reap
Today you will journey out of Siem Reap to Lake Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and home to Cambodia's floating villages. Your guide will take you on a fascinating private tour of one of the villages where you will also get to explore the canals and mangroves by boat. In the evening you will attend the renowned Cambodian circus, a unique awe inspiring performance showcasing the talents of the local people. This acrobatic theatre is not to be missed!


 Day 5 Chiang Mai

Siem Reap , Chiang Mai
This morning you will join a local chef for a fascinating street food exploration of Siem Reap. You will be guided through market warrens, roadside cafes and local homes on a wonderful discovery of Cambodia's cuisine. You will have the chance to try Cambodia's best breakfast dishes, tasty treats and tropical fruits. In the afternoon you will have a private transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Chiang Mai, located in Northern Thailand. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai you will be met by your guide and taken to your boutique hotel.


 Day 6 Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
This morning your guide will collect you for your private tour of the beautiful Mae Sa Valley. The tour includes a visit to the Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens, a butterfly farm and a visit to one of the local Hmong hill tribes.


 Day 7 Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
Today you will join a group for an unusual and exciting way of exploring the city - on a guided Segway tour! The rest of your day will be at leisure. In the evening you may like to visit the city's famous night bazaar.


 Day 8 Bangkok

Chiang Mai , Bangkok
After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport in time for your morning flight to Bangkok. Your guide will be waiting for you at Bangkok airport and you will have a private transfer to your riverside hotel. In the late afternoon your guide will collect you for a private evening tour of Bangkok where you will get the chance to explore Bangkok's famous food stalls and markets and visit some of its most interesting night spots.


 Day 9 Bangkok

Bangkok
Today you will have a private guided tour of Bangkok visiting the capital's key attractions: the Grand Palace, Wat Po (home to the reclining Buddha) and Jim Thompson's house. You will get to use Bangkok's different forms of public transport - the Skytrain which winds its way through the skyscrapers and shopping malls, the public taxi boat, a long-tail boat and of course the infamous Thai tuk tuk! This is a fun excursion that will give you a fantastic insight into the capital as well as the people that call Bangkok home.


 Day 10 Khao Sok National Park

Bangkok , Phuket , Khao Sok National Park
You will have an early start today for your private transfer to the airport to catch your internal flight to Phuket, a journey of around one and a half hours. Upon arrival at Phuket airport you will be met by staff from Elephant Hills who will take you and other guests to the Khao Sok National Park. The Elephant Hills Camp is a fantastic rainforest and elephants experience. All meals are included during your stay as are a programme of group tours. The welfare of the elephants is at the heart of this camp and it has received numerous awards for this. This is one of the few places where you will see elephants without chains. Upon arrival at the camp you will meet the elephants and learn more about these magnificent creatures. You will have the opportunity to help feed and bathe them. After a traditional Thai lunch you will have the opportunity to take a jungle canoe down river paddling past stunning limestone karsts.


 Day 11 Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park
Today you will leave the tented camp with other guests and head inland by road and then by boat for your scenic journey to the relatively untouched and stunning Cheow Larn Lake. This is a great place to be amongst nature and experience a unique accommodation experience - a floating tent! Your afternoon includes a guided canoe safari.


 Day 12 International return flight

Khao Sok National Park , International return flight
After breakfast you will have the option to join your guide on a walk through the jungle listening to the chorus of the many primates, reptiles and birds that inhabit the national park. After lunch the lodge will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.