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Enjoy a fascinating tour of the historical highlights of the neighbouring countries of Cambodia and Thailand, travelling by road, and seeing the remains of the once mighty cities of Angkor and Ayutthaya.
Depart London Heathrow or your regional airport on flight to Bangkok.
Arrive in Bangkok, capital of Thailand. Met on arrival and transfer by road to the Poipet border crossing. The journey to the border takes about 3.5 hours. After completing the border formalities continue onward to Siem Reap, a journey of about 2 hours. Lunch at local restaurant en route. On arrival at Siem Reap take a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake - the 'Great Lake' of Cambodia - to see daily life in the 'floating villages' that line the shores of the lake. Dinner at local restaurant and check-in to your hotel. (L,D)
A city tour of Phnom Penh. Visit the Independence Monument, followed by the impressively ornate Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, filled with riches. Then sample the National Museum, containing a treasure trove of Khmer art from the golden age of the Khmer empire. After lunch at a local restaurant drive to Siem Reap (about 6-hour journey). On arrival check-in at your hotel and enjoy dinner. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, start your tour of the world renowned temples of Angkor. Start at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the great walled city dating from the 12th century, followed by the Bayon temple with its famous giant faces, and the Baphoun, terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. Then Ta Prohm, still engulfed in jungle. After lunch visit the great temple of Angkor Wat with its impressive architecture and sculptured bas-reliefs. In the evening enjoy a dinner with Apsara dancing performance show. (B, L, D)
Visit the Phnom Kulen national park about 50km north of Siem Reap where the sacred mountain dominates the surrounding plains. Explore the lush jungle that contains two beautiful waterfalls, the striking 1000 lingers carved in the bed of the Kbal Spean River, the 8m long statue of the Reclining Buddha and the ruins of some of the early Khmer temples on the site. After a picnic lunch, return to Siem Reap via the Artisans d'Angkor, where local young people are trained in arts and crafts. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, join a boat trip departing for some of the many unspoilt islands that lie offshore. Head towards Koh Thas for snorkelling or fishing, before travelling on to the idyllic island of Koh Rong Samleom for a buffet lunch. Enjoy swimming at the beautiful beach or trek inland to a waterfall. Depart about 3pm to arrive Sihanoukville about two hours later. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, take the return journey to Bangkok via the Poipet border crossing and transfer to your hotel. Visit to Patunam Market or Siem Paragon shopping mall. (B, L, D)
Full day excursion to Ayutthaya, once the capital of Thailand and centre of the powerful Ayutthaya kingdom from about 1350 until its destruction by Burmese invaders in 1767. Visit Was Phra Sri Samphet, the largest temple in the city, once part of the royal palace. Nearby is Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit which contains a large seated bronze Buddha. After lunch visit Was Lokaya Sutha to see the largest reclining Buddha statue, some 42 metres long. Then onward to Wat Mahathat, one of the most famous images of Ayutthaya. Return to Bangkok in the evening. (B, L, D)
Visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the official residence of the Thai royal family since 1782 and for many years also the seat of government. Explore the beautiful buildings and temples within the palace walls. After lunch at local restaurant, transfer to airport for your flight back to UK, arriving early morning of Day 10. (B, L, D)
PLEASE NOTE: B = Buffet Breakfast at Hotel, L/D = lunch/dinner at local restaurants
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