Mystical Thailand with Siem Reap (OTE) - 2015 / 2014

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13 Day Tour from Bangkok to Siem Reap


Mystical Thailand with Siem Reap
See the Temple of the Dawn, an iconic landmark in Bangkok
See the Temple of the Dawn, an iconic landmark in Bangkok
Do your shopping by boat at the popular Floating Market
Boats along the beautiful shores of Thailand
The Grand Palace once functioned as the official residence of the King of Thailand

Vacation Overview

On this extraordinary journey, discover ancient traditions, tranquil temples, authentic cuisine, and cosmopolitan cities.

Thailand has more than 30,000 Buddhist temples, and they have always been important as a social and spiritual center. Along the way you’ll see some of the most famous temples, including the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Also learn about the way of life in Thailand when you take a boat ride through Bangkok’s canals to see family homes and temples built here. Enjoy the Damnoen Saduak floating market, where goods are sold from boats. Also visit the Hill Tribe Village of Akha, known for gorgeous headdresses decorated with silver coins; the Lahu, skilled hunters and masters of herbal medicine; and the famed Padaung long-necked women, who as girls have brass rings placed on their necks and legs, creating the visual illusion of stretching their necks. Other highlights include an elephant-back ride through the jungle, a traditional Thai massage, and participation in an almsgiving ceremony.

Thai food has become popular throughout the world, and you will sample it throughout the country and even take a cooking class. Exotic fruits and vegetables are especially abundant. Leave room in your suitcase, because Thailand offers great shopping—from night bazaars and boutiques to high-end mega malls—and Chiang Mai is especially famous for its high-quality handicrafts.

No visit to this part of the world would be complete without a visit to the Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. These ancient temples, built between the 9th and 13th centuries, are unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. See several of the temples, including spectacular Angkor Wat, built in the 12th century and honoring the Hindu god Vishnu. Beyond the temples, witness Khmer culture come to life at a traditional Apsara dance performance and enjoy some free time to explore this charming town on your own.

Colorful cultures, historical sites, amazing temples, and spectacular cuisine—all of this and more await you on this enriching journey!

     
Similar Vacations that may interest you:

BANGKOK
Guided sightseeing; boat ride through the klongs; visit the Temple of the Dawn, Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite excursion to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with boat ride; Thai welcome dinner and show

CHIANG RAI
Trishaw ride and walking tour of local night bazaar; excursion to the Golden Triangle; visit Doi Mae Salong, Mae Sai, the Hall of Opium, and Chiang Saen; boat ride on the Kok River

BAN THATON
Hill tribe excursion; visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Karen village with long-necked women, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Akha village, Lahu village, and Lisu village

CHIANG MAI
Thai cooking class; traditional Thai massage; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Almsgiving ceremony; visit a White Hmong village, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, an orchid farm, and an elephant camp including an elephant ride through the forest; Khantoke dinner & show

SIEM REAP
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Srei; cruise on Tonle Sap; Host service during your stay

NOTE:

  • Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.


DAY 1Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand

Welcome to Thailand’s capital city! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Boats along the beautiful shores of Thailand Do your shopping by boat at the popular Floating Market 
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DAY 2Bangkok

Today’s sightseeing starts with a BOAT RIDE through the klongs, Bangkok’s canals, to see family homes, temples, and the way of life that gives this city the nickname “Venice of the East.” Stop at Wat Arun, the TEMPLE OF THE DAWN, whose 260-foot-tall spire has become identified with Bangkok. Continue on to the GRAND PALACE, comprised of the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA. Last stop is at the TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot long massive Reclining Buddha. This evening, enjoy a special THAI WELCOME DINNER featuring traditional cuisine and dancers performing stories from classical Thai literature. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The Grand Palace once functioned as the official residence of the King of Thailand See the Temple of the Dawn, an iconic landmark in Bangkok 
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DAY 3Bangkok

Today is at your leisure to explore Bangkok. Perhaps join an optional tour to the Jim Thompson House and silk shop or enjoy a dinner cruise aboard a luxurious teak barge along the Chao Phraya River. Your Tour Director will have plenty of recommendations. (Breakfast)

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DAY 4Bangkok–Excursion to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market–Chiang Rai

This morning, travel to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET. This colorful market provides an interesting glimpse into local life. Take a longtail BOAT RIDE through the canals filled with small, flat boats expertly paddled by mature ladies who are ready to stop and bargain at a moment’s notice. Later, fly to Chiang Rai. Tonight, take a TRISHAW RIDE and WALKING TOUR through the local Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite NIGHT BAZAAR. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 5Chiang Rai. Excursion to the Golden Triangle

Today, climb narrow mountain roads with stunning views and visit several villages en route to DOI MAE SALONG, a settlement founded by Kuomintang soldiers who fled China in 1949. Continue to MAE SAI, a market town on the Myanmar border, then drive to the renowned GOLDEN TRIANGLE, where the Ruak and mighty Mekong Rivers meet. Enjoy views over Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand, and consider an optional boat trip on the Mekong River. Next, visit the HALL OF OPIUM, built to educate people on the history of opium in the area and to help combat illegal drugs. En route back to Chiang Rai, stop in CHIANG SAEN, where you can still see evidence of the original 13th-century city. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Boats along the beautiful shores of Thailand Do your shopping by boat at the popular Floating Market Lush banks along the Mekong River 
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DAY 6Chiang Rai–HILL TRIBE VISITS–Ban Thaton

This morning you have some free time in Chiang Rai before taking a BOAT RIDE on the Kok River. Then, drive to visit several HILL TRIBE VILLAGES. The AKHA are known for gorgeous headdresses decorated with silver coins and the LAHU are skilled hunters and masters of herbal medicine. Continue on to a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite KAREN VILLAGE, home to the PADAUNG LONG-NECKED WOMEN. Early in life, brass rings are placed on the necks and legs of the village girls. As they age and mature, additional rings are added, creating the visual illusion of stretching their necks.You will also visit the LISU, who like to settle high in the mountains. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 7Ban Thaton–Chiang Mai

A short drive this morning brings you to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city. For lunch, participate in a THAI COOKING CLASS, where you will learn how to make several local dishes. The afternoon is at your leisure. After a long day, enjoy a TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE at your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Do your shopping by boat at the popular Floating Market Boats along the beautiful shores of Thailand 
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DAY 8Chiang Mai

Rise early this morning to witness and participate in the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ALMSGIVING CEREMONY, a very special Thai custom. Each morning before dawn, Buddhist monks don their distinctive saffron-colored robes and walk along the streets, carrying alms bowls and receiving boiled rice and condiment donations. Personally present alms to the monks, and you will receive their blessings! After breakfast in the hotel, drive up a winding mountain road to visit the WHITE HMONG PEOPLE, another of northern Thailand’s unique hill tribes. Here you will witness life in the village and visit a local school (if in session). Then, visit the temple of WAT PHRA THAT DOI SUTHEP, which offers a spectacular view of Chiang Mai and the surrounding valley. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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You will travel on rough dirt roads in a utility pick-up truck to visit the White Hmong people.

Boats along the beautiful shores of Thailand Do your shopping by boat at the popular Floating Market 
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DAY 9Chiang Mai

This morning, visit an ORCHID FARM and an ELEPHANT CAMP. Here you will see skilled mahouts show how elephants have worked for centuries and you will RIDE AN ELEPHANT through the jungle. For the more adventurous, perhaps join the optional float trip on handmade bamboo rafts. You have time this afternoon for independent exploration. Tonight, join your traveling companions for a KHANTOKE DINNER & SHOW, featuring local cuisine and traditional music and dance celebrating the Lanna Kingdom, which ruled northern Thailand from the 13th to the 18th centuries. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Do your shopping by boat at the popular Floating Market Boats along the beautiful shores of Thailand 
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DAY 10Chiang Mai–Siem Reap, Cambodia

Today, fly via Bangkok to Siem Reap, your base for exploring the temples of Angkor. (Breakfast)

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DAY 11Siem Reap

This morning, start your sightseeing of the TEMPLES OF ANGKOR. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples were built around the Khmer interpretations of Indian religious and political beliefs that ultimately evolved from Hinduism to Buddhism. The complex architectural grandeur of the Angkor temples is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. First, visit the best preserved and most famous of all the temples, ANGKOR WAT, honoring the Hindu god Vishnu. Featuring five trademark towers and stunning bas reliefs, it has become a symbol of Cambodia. Next stop is ANGKOR THOM to see the BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas reliefs. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening, witness one of the world’s most amazing experiences: sunset at Angkor Wat! (Breakfast, Lunch)

The infamous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia 
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DAY 12Siem Reap

Today, continue your sightseeing of the Angkor temples. Visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva that was built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. Unlike the other temples, TA PROHM has been left relatively untouched. Surrounded by jungle, tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, and you will experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it. This afternoon, enjoy a CRUISE on Tonle Sap (Great Lake), where you will see a floating village and get a glimpse of life on the water. This evening is at your leisure to explore charming Siem Reap. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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During low waters in February/March, it may not be possible to cruise on Tonle Sap. Alternatively, you will visit a local silk farm.

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DAY 13Siem Reap

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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American breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 5 dinners including a Thai welcome dinner and show in Bangkok and a Khantoke dinner in Chiang Mai


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LOUIS JUABKWAMSUK

Years of Experience: 6 years

Thailand is my country and passion. There are so many things to see and explore - from glittering, shiny temples to tropical hideaways. You will not only see is famous monuments and ruins, you will also experience and discover its culture and charm. The pace of life here is unhurried, and the people are friendly. A smile goes a long way. This all awaits you in Thailand.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Mystical Thailand with Siem Reap:

  • Temples of Angkor
  • Ayutthaya
  • Sukhothai