Floating markets, tropical beaches, shimmering temples and the enchanting Angkor Wat come together on a 9-night journey around the best of South East Asia. Uncover the treasures of Thailand, from bustling Bangkok to historic River Kwai and Ayutthaya to the palm-fringed sands of Pattaya. From there, explore enchanting Cambodia, and drink in the mystique of Angkor Wat.
Board our transpacific flight to Bangkok, the starting point of our Thailand Delight journey. *Thailand entry visa is not required for USA passport holders. For passports other than US passport, please get the entry visa on your own. Please click http://www.affordableworld.com/infocenter/passport-visa/thailand for more information.
Touch down in Beijing and catch a connecting flight to Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. Guests flying with Cathay Pacific, will board a connecting flight in Hong Kong. Upon arrival at Bangkok International Airport, enjoy a transfer to your hotel and the remainder of the evening to rest and relax.
Bangkok is a city of gleaming modernity firmly rooted in ancient Buddhist tradition and beliefs. Depart on a half-day tour after breakfast to witness some of Bangkok’s most interesting sights. Visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Trimitr) to see its solid-gold Buddha, and peek inside the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), known for its monumental horizontal Buddha. Stroll through the Paklong Talat flower market, a whirlwind of stalls selling masses of perfumed orchids, marigolds and roses. After a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy the afternoon independently, or explore Bangkok’s must-sees on our optional Landmark of Bangkok tour. Tour the splendid Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, see the riverside Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and ride a motorboat along the Chao Phraya River.
*Men and women must have their shoulders, arms and legs covered when visiting the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple*
Included: Breakfast , Lunch
Following breakfast, depart Bangkok for Damnoen Saduak, one of Thailand’s most famous floating markets. Ride a long-tail speedboat around the lively canals, passing boats and stalls laden with fresh produce, spices, and handicrafts. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning back to the hotel. Spend the evening as you wish or join our optional tour to Asiatique Riverfront Night Market and enjoy a classic Thai dinner and dance show.
Included: Breakfast , Lunch
After an early start, travel into scenic Kanchanaburi province and visit the Bridge over the River Kwai, famously connected to the 'Death Railway' of World War II, and the poignant Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, home to 9,000 Allied war graves. Check in to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Alternatively, make the most of your time with our optional tour to the Elephant World Sanctuary for rescued elephants. Admire, feed and help bathe these incredible animals in the river before enjoying lunch at the camp.
After breakfast, journey to Ayutthaya, home to the UNESCO-listed ruins of the medieval capital of Siam. Founded in 1350, this royal city was a major power for over 400 years, until Burmese forces destroyed it in the 1700s. Stroll around the remains of this once-thriving city, seeing the restored chedi of the crumbled Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the blackened remnants of monasteries, the carved Buddha face entangled in tree roots, and the working Wat Yai Chaimongkol temple. Your tour also includes time at the Bang Pa In palace, a beautiful lakeside retreat of Thailand’s kings during the 19th century. Tonight, make the most of Ayutthaya’s setting by joining us for an optional dinner cruise on a traditional wooden rice barge.
Relax over breakfast before a scenic drive to Pattaya, a popular vacation spot on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand whose beaches and entertainments draw thousands of visitors annually. On arrival, experience the virtual ‘Theme Park - Dark Ride’ at a gems gallery, learning about Thailand’s most prized gemstones. Then, check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day as you please, perhaps relaxing on the sands or by the pool. Later, you may wish to take our optional Pattaya by Night tour, savoring a sumptuous seafood dinner and cabaret show.
After breakfast, check out of your Bangkok hotel and transfer to Bangkok International Airport for your flight to Siem Reap, the capital of Cambodia’s northwestern Siem Reap province, and the gateway to the stupendous temples of Angkor Wat. On arrival, meet your local tour guide and enjoy a convenient transfer to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day to relax and make use of your hotel’s comforts and amenities.
Today is devoted to UNESCO-LISTED Angkor Wat, the jewel in Cambodia’s historical and cultural crown, and the world’s largest religious monument. Following breakfast at your hotel, set off on a guided tour of this magnificent complex, once the heart of the ancient Khmer empire that reigned supreme here between the 9th and 12th centuries. Your tour encompasses the fortified city of Angkor Thom, together with the stunning Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper Kings, the remains of the Baphuon temple, and the Royal Enclosure, pyramid-shaped Phimeanakas, and Bayon, famous for its incredible sculpted heads, all carved with smiles. To finish, head to the top of an Angkor temple to witness a stunning Cambodian sunset, watching as the orange sun sinks below the spires, temples and palms.
Included: Breakfast , Lunch
Leave after breakfast to visit the romantic temple of Ta Prohm, another of Angkor’s gems. This beautiful temple was the only one left in its original, dilapidated state by 19th-century archaeologists, and makes a magical sight, with its crumbled buildings and terraces enveloped in jungle foliage and giant tree roots. Continue from here to the 10th-century temple of Ta Keo, the 12th-century Chau Say Tevoda temple, and the Roluos group of temples, the earliest of Angkor Wat’s treasures. Cap your day with a visit to Les Chantiers Ecole, a vocational center dedicated to preserving Cambodian culture by teaching young locals traditional arts and crafts skills. Explore the workshops, seeing the students making stone- and wood carvings, painting delicate silks and crafting lacquerware and other items.
Included: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner at Local Restaurant
Enjoy today free to explore Siem Reap, perhaps sampling some Cambodian cuisine at the restaurants or shopping for last-minute souvenirs. This evening, take the bus to Siem Reap International Airport for your return flight to the USA. If you are flying with Air China, your homebound flight departs in the early morning of the next day.
Your included accommodation will be at one of the below hotels or a hotel of a similar category; we will notify you of your final hotel list before departure.
Cathay Pacific Airways:
China Eastern Airlines:
*Subject to availability
Visit Bangkok’s signature sights — the Grand Palace — and its famous Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and the Temple of Emerald Buddha on an afternoon sightseeing tour, including a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River.
After pickup from your Bangkok hotel, travel to the Grand Palace, the landmark that tops Bangkok’s must-see list. Head
Visit Bangkok's largest riverfront evening market and sit down to a Thai dinner and show on this enjoyable excursion. Travel to Asiatique Night Market, a vibrant outdoor night market located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in a restored dock complex. After an introduction from your guide, enjoy free time to stroll around
This afternoon, venture further into Thailand's scenic Kanchanaburi province to visit Elephants World, a sanctuary for rescued elephants. Meet the elephants and prepare rice balls and fruit to feed them before taking the opportunity to help bathe these magnificent animals in the river. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the camp before returning to the hotel for the evening.
Experience Ayutthaya by tuk tuk this evening on this exciting optional night tour. Enjoy the city of ruins after sunset. Stop for a glimpse of the local markets and Wat Wattanarum temple before continuing on to a local restaurant by the river. Tonight's dinner will include local dishes such as deep fried sea bass fish
Enjoy a slice of Pattaya’s legendary nightlife on this 4-hour Pattaya by Night tour with cabaret show and dinner. Following pickup from your hotel, start your evening with a scrumptious seafood dinner at a local restaurant before taking a seat for one of Pattaya’s best-known spectacles: the famous Alcazar Cabaret Show. Sit back and enjoy
Everything about this trip was perfect! Our guide in Thailand, Oh, was knowledgeable, sweet, fun, and made us feel abundantly safe and comfortable in our surroundings at every turn. The elephant sanctuary may be one of the most incredible memory making moments of my life. A truly once in a lifetime experience. In Cambodia, our guide, Seth, was equally knowledgeable, knew all the tricks to avoiding the crowds at temples, and helped us find hidden gems all throughout Siem ...
This was an amazing adventure...our guides "O" and Patti were absolutely genuine and will go above and beyond and are very knowledgeable and make your trip everything you need it to be. The hotel's are good...you do move around a lot but it's comfortable and you see and do so much. The floating market is so great with lots to buy and eat. The elephant Sanctuary is the best.the trips and places the guides take you and show you are ...