Travel through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia on this classic 21-day tour from Bangkok to Angkor Wat and beyond. Explore Bangkok, Luang Prabang and Phnom Penh, meet elephants and hill tribes, see the temples of Angkor and enjoy two river cruises on the mighty Mekong.
See Bangkok’s most important cultural sights by foot, tuk-tuk and long-tailed boat on a customizable private tour that takes you through some of the city’s top attractions, including Wat Pho − the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and Wat Arun −Temple of Dawn. Be introduced to the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, including Chinatown and Yaowarat Road, wander the shops, meet the food vendors, and sample the local cuisine.
Meet the elephants and the hilltribes
Immerse in the nature and spectacular beauty of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces. Spend a day with the happy, healthy rescued elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Interact with them in their natural habitat and watch them do what they love doing the most. Visit hill tribe villages in the highland region of Chiang Rai, each with a distinct language and a fascinating well-preserved culture; meet and mingle with the friendly tribespeople.
Your Laos River Cruise
Step aboard a sumptuous French-colonial-styled river cruiser for a leisurely downstream voyage through serene nature, isolated villages and magnificent temples, discovering the most beautiful, remote, riverside areas of Laos. Hang out with more elephants at an elephant preservation sanctuary. Meet the local ethnic Lao, Khmu, and Hmong residents at the tiny village of Kop Aek, and dive into centuries-old traditions and practices. Observe the local weavers honoring their timeworn traditional crafts at the village of Muang Keo, and take a short and easy trek to the famous Pak Ou Caves on the Mekong’s rocky shore.
Luang Prabang is one of Laos’ best-loved destinations. Enjoy a captivating evening of traditional storytelling and music in an intimate theatre. Stroll through the charming town on an off-the-beaten-track walking tour; visit the morning market, admire the architecture, meet the locals. Take a leisurely hike to the Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre. Observe one of the country’s most endangered species; learn about the threats to bears and what can be done to protect the precious wildlife of Laos, and help out with the bears’ midday scatter feed. Afterward, walk to the beautiful cascading Kuang Si Waterfall, where you can swim.
Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor
Be amazed by the Phare Circus show, during which you’ll be entertained with dance, theater, original live music, juggling, gymnastics, and breath-taking circus arts. Marvel at the 400-acre Angkor Wat complex, deep in the jungles of Cambodia. Stroll through the intricately carved hallways and take your time to see every part of this incredible complex. Visit the sprawling jungle temple of Beng Mealea. See the ancient city area of Angkor Thom, with its carved-stone faces standing as silent witnesses to former days of glory.
Your Cambodia River Cruise
Begin your second luxury cruise at the mighty Tonlé Sap Lake. Explore a Khmer pottery village. Learn about the process of making palm sugar. On the island of Koh Oknha Tey, witness the fascinating methods involved in the making of silk. Visit the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey and observe the daily activities of the young, novice monks.
Take a guided tour of Phnom Penh. See the National Museum and the Silver Pagoda. Learn about Cambodia’s tragic past at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek; it’s not a warm experience but it is essential if you want to understand what happened in Cambodia during the time of the Pol Pot regime. The next day, unravel the culinary secrets associated with Khmer cuisine, by participating in a cookery class. You will have the opportunity to source your ingredients at a bustling market, before being expertly led through the creation of three dishes.