Discover Thailand, the exquisite ‘Land of Smiles’, and the essence of Cambodia
This Thailand and Cambodia trip is jam-packed with experiences and destinations that venture beyond where others go. Thailand's stunning beauty and charismatic culture are ever-present, and its iconic images – spicy delicacies, majestic elephants, golden Buddhas, colourful hilltribe villages, fantastic shopping and exotic hideaways – are all ready for you to experience. Witness traditional hilltribe life in a H'mong village, support the rehabilitation of the endangered Asian elephant, step back in time in the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai and try your hand at creating some gastronomic delights. Cross the border and combine the magnificence of the Khmer Empire with lively Phnom Penh for the perfect way to get acquainted with the captivating nation of Cambodia. Witness the grandeur of ancient Angkor Wat, see the enigmatic faces of the Bayon, confront the tragedy of the recent past and delight in the hopes for the future. This is your chance to capture the adventure and essence of timeless Thailand and classic Cambodian.
Whip up a culinary storm and taste delicious local dishes in a Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai
Travel like the locals do on an overnight sleeper train, the best way to travel long distances, meet locals and maximise time at destinations
Immerse yourself in the wonders of an ancient tribal culture with a night in the Hmong Lodge, treated to a BBQ dinner and Hmong Cultural show
Make some new pachyderm pals at the unique Friends of the Asia Elephants Hospital and learn about the great work they do to protect these magnificent creatures
Uncover the ancient charms of Sukhothai as you leisurely cycle around the ruin-filled Historical Park, and feel your own cheerfulness increasing in the city named ‘Rising Happiness’
Pay your respect at the memorials by the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’ – learn about its dark history and the construction of the death railway in Kanchanaburi during the war
Discover the contrasting sides to Cambodia’s history at Phnom Penh’s Tuoi Sieng Genocide Museum (S21) and Choeung Ek, and the city’s Royal palace and Silver Pagoda
Dine at the Friends restaurant to taste delicious local food and support an organisation that helps vulnerable local children
Uncover the incredible structures and history of Angkor Wat on a fully guided tour
This trip includes an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Accommodation is simple but comfortable – soft sleeper class multishare compartments with air-conditioning and bunk beds, with sheets and a pillow provided. Overnight trains are a real Intrepid experience and one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people.
There is an included bicycle ride around Sukhothai Heritage Park on this trip. It’s a leisurely cycle along quiet and flat roads, and one of the best ways to see the park.
The longest travel time (excluding the overnight train) is 6 hours.
There are a lot of inclusions on this trip so be aware that most days will be full with activities.
It can get very hot walking around the Angkor complex so be sure to always carry water, and wear comfortable shoes and appropriate skin protection.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
1. A single supplement is available on this trip please contact your sales agent if you would like to book a single supplement. Please note the following nights a single supplement is not available: Day 2 overnight train
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.