13 Day Thailand and Cambodia Exploration

Summary

Delve into the fascinating lands of Cambodia and Thailand on this exciting 13 day tour that combines the two destinations on one jam-packed itinerary. Beginning in Bangkok, the gateway to Asia, you will spend your first 2 days free to explore its lively streets, taking in its temples, markets, nightlife and more before you head on to Cambodia. This is where the action really starts with your days full of sightseeing and tours that offer valuable insights into this incredible country allowing you to immerse yourself in its culture and learn much about its past. You’ll venture through Siem Reap with its iconic temples, before heading to Battambang to see the local way of life, next head to the capital Phnom Penh home to the Grand Palace before rounding off your trip nicely with some leisurely days spent on the beach. This itinerary really offers it all, revel in the excitement of bustling Bangkok, be in awe at the cultural and historical sites you visit and learn about in Cambodia, before relaxing on the beaches of Sihanoukville to feel completely blissed out – what more could you ask for?

Price

From $3,765.00 per person based on 2 people sharing

Best time to go

We recommend travelling outside of the monsoon season which falls between May and October, however if you wish to take the scenic boat journey from Siem Reap to Battambang then travel between July and December.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Bangkok at your own leisure
  • Incredible sightseeing tours in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh
  • Spend some time on the beaches of Sihanoukville
  • Visit Angkor Wat at sunrise

Days 1 – 2: The Shangri-La, Bangkok (BB)
Your trip begins in the vibrant and thrilling city of Bangkok, as you are met at the airport and transferred to the Shangri-La Bangkok where you will be staying for the next 2 nights. Easily one of the most luxurious hotels in Bangkok, the Shangri-La is conveniently located right along the Chao Phraya River and next to a sky train station, yet despite its central location a sense of tranquillity is still present throughout this sleek hotel.

Your time in Bangkok is yours to do as you please, although we certainly recommend visiting the many temples such as Wat Pho which houses the reclining Buddha, as well as a visit to the opulent Grand Palace. Be sure to fit in some shopping, visiting the vast shopping malls by day and wandering the exciting night markets when the sun goes down. Sample delicious food whether bought from a street vendor or served in an elegant restaurant, and of course explore the nightlife which this city is so famous for. There’s a lot you can fit in 2 days so make sure you try and see as much as possible!
 

Day 3: Victoria Angkor Hotel & Spa, Siem Reap (BB)
Depart Bangkok today on a flight to Siem Reap and be transferred to Victoria Angkor Hotel & Spa upon arrival where you will be staying for the next 3 nights. After having a chance to refresh jump straight into things and begin exploring this incredible ancient land with a visit to the early temples of the Roluos Group, as well as receiving a blessing from the Buddhist monks and enjoying a cow cart ride through the beautiful countryside.

Next up enjoy the extra special experience of a helium balloon ride which will give you incredible aerial views over Siem Reap, including your first glimpse of the majestic Angkor Wat, as well as other ruins, the surrounding jungle and the rice paddies.

For the perfect end to your first day in Siem Reap, enjoy a traditional Khmer welcome dinner at The Madame Butterfly.

Day 4: Victoria Angkor Hotel & Spa, Siem Reap (BB)
Explore some more of Siem Reap today, this time taking a bike ride around some of the main Angkor sites. First visit Angkor Thom and admire all its intricate features before continuing to the Grand Bayon Temple which is located in the exact centre of the city, next we recommend visiting the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King known for their intricate bas-reliefs before taking some time to stroll around the grounds of the former Royal Palace.

Take a break from temples this afternoon and instead explore Siem Reap’s colourful markets, visiting Artisans d’Angkor which supports local arts & crafts makers.

End your day with a tour to the temples of the Small Circuit, with a local ‘remork’ (think tuk tuk) as your mode of transportation.

Day 5: Victoria Angkor Hotel & Spa, Siem Reap (BB)
Your final full day in Siem Reap, finally visit the iconic Angkor Wat up close and personal with an early morning sunrise visit to the temple complex. Watch the sun’s rays peek out from behind this temple in what is deemed the most beautiful time of day to see the temple before heading to breakfast at Angkor Café. Afterwards, spend some time exploring this famous temple in more depth.

After Angkor Wat head to the countryside to see Banteay Srey, a well-preserved temple which is said to represent the best in Angkorian art. Next, it’s onwards to Kbal Spean, one of the earliest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Cambodia. After a 3km trek uphill through the jungle is rewarded with stunning views across the plains and enjoy a picnic lunch by the waterfall. After lunch head back to Siem Reap, stopping along the way to visit the Landmine Museum which promotes mine awareness and serves as a rescue centre for landmine amputee children.
 

Day 6: Bambu Hotel, Battambang (BB)
After breakfast continue to Battambang, taking the scenic route and travelling by private boat across Tonlé Sap Lake (only available between July and December) passing floating villages and flooded forest along the way and enjoying a packed lunch onboard.

Upon arrival check into Bambu Hotel where you will be staying for the next 2 nights. Freshen up before heading out to explore some of the cultural villages around Battambang.

Should you be visiting on a Monday or Thursday you can enjoy a special visit to Phare Ponleu Selpak where the school of music, visual, and performing arts will put on a circus show.

For dinner head to the stylish Jaan Bai, a restaurant that provides training and employment for disadvantaged youths.

Day 7: Bambu Hotel, Battambang (BB)
Begin your day with a tour of Battambang that combines walking, a boat ride and then cycling along and across the Sangse River, the tour also includes prayers with monks and insights on the city’s design and heritage.

This afternoon head to the Bamboo Train station, taking a trip on the train to the next station and admiring all the beauty of the region as you go. Afterwards head towards Phnom Sampeau and the temple at the top of the hill, from which you can enjoy spectacular fields, especially the display of bats that emerge at dusk and flood the sky.
 

Day 8: Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh (BB)
Today journey to Phnom Penh, stopping en route to visit some of Cambodia’s other sites. Your first stop will be at Kampong Chhnang which is famous for its traditional pottery and also the production of rice wine. Next up is Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia, with you driving through the villages and pagodas before you stop for a traditional Khmer picnic lunch. After lunch climb the steps to the top of Oudong Mountain and enjoy the views and the history of the region that your guide will offer up. Your final stop before reaching Phnom Penh is the Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Centre which you will tour with your guide.

Finally, arrive in Phnom Penh and check into the Raffles Hotel Le Royal where you will stay for the next 2 nights.

Day 9: Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh (BB)
This morning you will explore the sights of Phnom Penh by Cyclo, a fun way to explore the city. First up you will head to the Royal Palace and admire its grandeur, before heading on to the National Museum which houses thousands of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artefacts.

For lunch head to the Sugar Palm restaurant where you will be treated to a delicious Khmer meal.

This afternoon you will explore the darker side of Cambodia’s history with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as the main detention and torture centre. Afterwards, visit the fascinating Russian Market where you can shop for souvenirs. Following this visit head to the Apsara Arts Association where you can watch the young students perform classical and folkloric dances and music. Your day will finish with a visit to Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the city.

Dinner will be served at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club located on the riverside.
 

Day 10: Sokha Beach Resort, Sihanoukville (BB)
Today it’s time to head to the beach as you leave Phnom Penh and are transferred to Sokha Beach Resort in Sihanoukville where you will spend the next 3 nights.

The rest of your day is at leisure so enjoy some rest at the hotel, enjoy its many amazing facilities or head to the beach.

Days 11-12: Sokha Beach Resort, Sihanoukville (BB)
These days are to be spent at leisure so you can relax and unwind on the beach or try out the hotel’s fantastic facilities which include a spa, gym, and swimming pools.

 

Day 13: Departure
Leave Sihanoukville today and transfer to Phnom Penh for your flight home.

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Includes 
All flights, transfers, meals, accommodation and activities as specified, local English speaking guides throughout

Excludes 
Transfers, meals and activities not specified, visas, insurance, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Cleveland Collection tailor makes all itineraries to include highlights of your choice. Speak to one of our travel experts to create your perfect holiday based on your travel requirements. 

*We try to keep our 'from prices' as accurate as possible, but please do be aware that when travelling at peak times such as Christmas and school holidays, prices shown will vary considerably.

 


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