Ancient Kingdoms Explorer - 16 Days

Trip Code

AKE16D

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

16 days

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Maximum Seats

8

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Bangkok, Khorat, Surin, Mekong River, Si Phan Don, Khong Island, Kratie, Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Wat Phou

At the height of the kingdom’s power, the Khmers ruled from Myanmar (Burma) to Vietnam, from China to Thailand, and their legacy and influence is apparent across the region today, a thousand years later. Get far off the beaten path to discover rarely -visited vestiges of the empire on this journey from the modern metropolis of Bangkok through laid-back Laos and into Cambodia before culminating at the Khmer Kingdom’s crowning glory – Angkor Wat. You won’t be disappointed!

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrive Bangkok

Upon arrival in Bangkok you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight meet your tour leader (or local guide) for welcome drinks and a tour briefing. One night BEL-AIRE PRINCESS
Day 2

Day 2 – Bangkok to Khorat

Depart the bustling modern-day Thai capital for Ayuthaya, the ancient capital from 1350 – 1770. Visit Ban Than Prasat, an archaeological dig site, and Phi Mai Khmer temple. One night ROYAL PRINCESS HOTEL
Day 3

Day 3 – Khorat to Surin

Discover a pottery village just south of Khorat and get to know the villagers in this beautiful, remote part of Thailand. Visit the temples of Phnom Rung and Muang Tam, which are important historical sites along the ‘Royal Road’ to Angkor Wat, before proceeding to Surin. One night THONG TARIN
Day 4

Day 4 – Surin to Khong Jiam

From Surin you will visit the Suai minority people who earn their livelihoods with the help of local elephants. You may have the chance to take an early morning trek atop the playful pachyderms. Two nights TOHSANG KHONG JIAM RESORT
Day 5

Day 5 – Around Khong Jiam

After breakfast drive to Pha Taem National Park to take in cliffside pre-historic paintings and enjoy wonderful views of the Mekong and Laos.
Day 6

Day 6 – Khong Jiam to Pakse

Today you will explore monumental Preah Vihear temple, a Khmer structure which has not undergone restoration; enjoy a real ‘Indiana Jones’ moment as we discover this amazing complex. After your exploration, continue on to Laos, Kingdom of a Thousand Elephants. One night PAKSE HOTEL
Day 7

Day 7 – Pakse to Khong Island

Departing Pakse after breakfast, travel to ancient Wat Phou, these ancient ruins pre-date Angkor Wat and were said to have once been the nexus of the Khmer Kingdom. Mid-afternoon you will arrive at delightful Khong Island, which is the largest island in this wide stretch of the Mekong known as the 4,000 Islands or Si Phan Don. Two nights VILLA MUANG KHONG
Day 8

Day 8 – Khong Island

Cruise by slow boat along this stretch of the Mekong; take in the peaceful river life before docking at Khone Island. Look for the rare and elusive Irrawaddy Dolphin and see the mighty Khonephapheng Falls then return to Khong Island.
Day 9

Day 9 – Khong Island to Kratie

Travel the short distance southwards to the Cambodian border, gateway to the current Khmer kingdom. Travel aside the Mekong to picturesque Kratie town, home to some fine Information in this dossier was correct at the time of its preparation. Travel Indochina reserves the right to make itinerary changes as operational or other circumstances require. VERSION 1.0 examples of old French architecture. Two nights SANTEPHEAP HOTEL
Day 10

Day 10 – Kratie

Today is spent leisurely exploring the Cambodian countryside, a nearby 100-pillar pagoda and quaint Kratie town. Spend the evening riverside, sampling a Cambodian fruit shake
Day 11

Day 11 – Kratie to Phnom Penh

Visit a colonial era rubber plantation en route to Phnom Penh. You will also be able to explore eclectic Wat Nokor, and make a brief tour of Kampong Cham, Cambodia’s third biggest city. At the end of the day arrive in Phnom Penh; a historic and relaxed riverside city, this is also one of Asia’s few low-rise capitals. Two nights JULIANA HOTEL
Day 12

Day 12 – Phnom Penh

Today we will take in the capital’s highlights; from the sparkling Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Russian market and the inspiring National Museum. In the afternoon visit the sombre Tuol Sleng and Killing Fields testament to Cambodia’s chilling past.
Day 13

Day 13 – Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Travel on Route 6 today to the town of Skuon for a sampling of sautéed spiders – a local delicacy. Break the road trip at Kampong Thom town and at a monumental ancient stone bridge in Kampong Kdei, built by the Khmers over a thousand years ago. Three nights DAY INN ANGKOR RESORT
Day 14

Day 14 – Siem Reap

Rise early and travel by tuk-tuk to witness sunrise at the famous Angkor Wat. Experience the splendour of Angkor at sunrise from a tethered hot-air balloon above the complex visiting the famous temple sites of Bayon and Angkor Thom. In the afternoon travel to Tonle Sap, the life blood of this amazing country, for a boat trip to the floating villages.
Day 15

Day 15 – Siem Reap

Discover two of the most atmospheric temples in the greater Angkor complex; Ta Phrom enshrouded by jungle and the beautiful Banteay Srei with its delicate pink sandstone carvings.
Day 16

Day 16 – Depart Siem Reap

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 2170 USD 1968 USD 3 & 4star
Deluxe/Superior 2362 USD 2161 USD 4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with TUI an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .

INCLUDES:

.15 nights accommodation including one night in more
basic accommodation (with air-conditioning)
.Breakfast and lunch daily
.All transfers and road transport in modern, airconditioned vehicles
.All sightseeing as specified (entrance fees are included)
.Expert local guides throughout
.Tour arrival and departure transfers

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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