Thailand & Angkor Highlights with Phuket

12 days from $4,452 per person*
  • The very best that Thailand and Cambodia have to offer; UNESCO recognized ancient cities, dense jungle, sunny beaches, delicious street-side cuisine, and endless hospitality.
  • VIP airport service, private transportation, and expert local guides that will introduce you to the culture and history of South East Asia.
  • Carefully selected accommodation including Lanna-style boutique hotels and highly rated city and seaside resorts.
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Breathe in the crisp mountain air as you climb the 300 stairs to watch the golden sunset over Thailand’s rural north from the region’s most sacred mountain temple.

Here at Wat Prathat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, you’ll not only take in incredible views of the city, but also feel the deep spirituality of the country’s major religion as you gaze upon a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Elsewhere in Chiang Mai, you’ll trek through the rainforest atop an elephant, visit the country’s most famous monk schools and soak in the timeless grandeur of the city’s 14th-century temples. It’s an experience that’s echoed as you explore the vast temple network of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat at sunrise, and discover the spiritual life of bustling Bangkok in its opulent temples and royal palaces. You’ll also witness Thailand’s natural coastal beauty as you explore the pristine beaches and remote islands of Phuket’s Phang Nga Bay.

While you’ll enjoy all the modern conveniences of a premium collection of four-star hotels, the focus is firmly on providing an authentic experience. From exploring Bangkok’s quiet canals in a traditional long-tail boat and attending cooking lessons at a genuine village school in Chiang Mai, to exploring the rainforest atop an elephant and accessing the remote island caves of Phang Nga Bay by sea kayak, you’ll discover the real ebb and flow of life in South East Asia.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Bangkok
    Bangkok
    • Fast Track Express Service at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport - Arrival
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Ariyasom Villa (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Bangkok
    Bangkok
    • Private - Highlights of Bangkok (9hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver (Local Lunch)
    Ariyasom Villa (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Bangkok - Chiang Mai [(1.5hrs)] - Economy (Bangkok Air)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private - 1/2 Day Doi Suthep and Temples (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Aruntara Boutique Hotel (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Private - Elephant Safari, Ox-cart Ride with Bamboo Rafting with Lunch (8hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Aruntara Boutique Hotel (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Shared - Thai Cooking at Baan Hongnual Cookery School (6hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Aruntara Boutique Hotel (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Chiang Mai to Siem Reap
    Chiang Mai to Siem Reap
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Chiang Mai - Siem Reap [via Bangkok] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Apsara Dance Show & Dinner - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Siem Reap
    Siem Reap
    • Private - Angkor Wat Temples with Elephant Ride & Sunset with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Siem Reap
    Siem Reap
    • Private - 1/2 Day Roluos Group by Tuk Tuk - Tuk Tuk/Guide
    • Evening at leisure
    Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Siem Reap to Phuket
    Siem Reap to Phuket
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Siem Reap - Phuket [via Bangkok] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Cape Panwa (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Phuket
    Phuket
    • Private - Sea Canoeing in Phang Nga Bay with Lunch (9.5hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Cape Panwa (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Phuket
    Phuket
    • At Leisure
    Cape Panwa (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Phuket
    Phuket
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Phuket - Bangkok [(1.5hrs)] - Economy
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Day 1: Bangkok

Avoid the potentially long queues at the immigration counter with an exclusive immigration fast track service. You will be met by a hostess and porter after exiting your aircraft and will be escorted to the fast track immigration counter where your entry into Thailand will be quickly expedited. The airport staff will handle all airport formalities with immigration and customs officials. Your hostess and porter will also assist in obtaining your baggage from the carousel and escort you through customs. In the event of lost luggage, your hostess will assist in filling out any necessary forms.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Ariyasom Villa (4*)

Welcome to the Ariyasom Villa located in the heart of Bangkok – step back in time to a more leisurely lifestyle. The villa was built in 1942 and is still in the hands of the original family who built it. With beautifully appointed rooms and suites, Na Aroon Restaurant, room service, swimming pool, spa, library, and meditation hall makes them well equipped to look after guests while they stay in the "City of Angels".

Bangkok
Bangkok
Ariyasom Villa
Ariyasom Villa

Day 2: Bangkok

During this tour you will visit the Royal Grand Palace - the nation’s landmark and most praised royal monument in Thailand, with the enclosed and dazzling Wat Phra Keo with its revered Emerald Buddha, the Golden Chedi, the Pantheon of the Chakri Kings, and the Eight Colored Towers. It's considered by many to be a living example of classical Siamese Court, being the former residence of the kings of Thailand. Wat Po is also regarded as the first center of public education and is sometimes called ‘Thailand’s first university’. Mural paintings, inscriptions, and statues found in the temple served to educate people on subjects such as literature, warfare, archaeology, astronomy, geology, and meditation and is considered to be the home of Thai traditional massage. In the afternoon, sail along the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet klongs in a long tail boat. A stop will be made at Wat Arun - the “Temple of Dawn”. Finally, a visit to the flower and vegetable market will round off the day. Located close to the Chao Phraya River, this part of Bangkok brings you to a rural piece of Bangkok where you will find a vast selection of flowers, especially orchids and tropical flowers and see how the merchants create very special flower garlands.

Photography is permitted in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compounds of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings. Please dress respectfully (no bare shoulders, knees or strapless-heel shoes) when visiting the Grand Palace and temple complex. Shoes must be removed before entering the temple buildings as a matter of respect. The Palace may be closed without prior notice during Royal ceremonies and officials or head of state visit.

Accommodation: Ariyasom Villa (4*)
Royal Palace
Royal Palace

Day 3: Bangkok - Chiang Mai

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

On this tour you will visit the most sacred temple in northern Thailand: the Wat Pra That Doi Suthep. It's the most sacred temple in Chiang Mai and contains a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 3,520 feet, the temple is reached using a Naga (7- headed dragon head serpent) railing rising along both sides. The temple compound – accessible via a 300-step staircase – offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai and the surrounding countryside. Drive back down to the city center to visit some of the other impressive temples of. Wat Suan Dok is one of them, which dates back to the 14th century when it served as the pleasure gardens to the Thai monarchy. Nowadays it houses several white Chedi’s containing the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former Royal family. This temple also houses one of the most famous monk schools in all of Chiang Mai and the Wat Jedyod, also known as the Temple of Seven Spires. Please dress respectfully by not wearing sleeveless T–shirts, shorts or strapless sandals when visiting the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Accommodation: Aruntara Boutique Hotel (4*)

Nestling on the banks of the Mae Ping River, the Aruntara Boutique Hotel is a unique way to experience Chiang Mai. The design of the hotel is an architectural marriage between British Colonial and Northern Thai influences, this can be seen by the traditional Lanna style handcrafted teak columns and high ceilings. Every piece of furniture in the hotel is exclusively designed and traditionally handmade by Thai craftsmen which enhances the overall Lanna concept. All the rooms are portrayed by one of the four classical elements which bring peace and tranquility to this Buddhist cultural theme. 

Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Aruntara Boutique Hotel
Aruntara Boutique Hotel

Day 4: Chiang Mai

Experience the beauty of the north on this tour through the hilly forest area, just north of the city to see the elephants at work at the Mae Tan Elephant Camp. Here, you will be given the chance to ride through the forest on the back of these gentle animals. The ox-cart is another traditional means of transportation and you will experience a 30 minute ox-drawn cart bringing you at a leisurely pace past rural villages. Lunch will be provided. The afternoon is reserved for a 5 kilometer ride down the beautiful Mae Taeng River on a bamboo raft before heading back into Chiang Mai. This is pure adventure all the way but during some parts of the rainy season, this tour may not be operational subject to high water levels.

Accommodation: Aruntara Boutique Hotel (4*)
Traditional Ox-Cart
Traditional Ox-Cart

Day 5: Chiang Mai

Today you will go to a Lanna style school located in a countryside village, just 15 minutes from the city of Chiang Mai. The school offers lessons on how to cook delicious Thai food, Thai sweets, fruit carving, and presentation. When cooking Thai food, various local spices that enhance your health and physical well-being are used as ingredients. It's the ideal school to learn how to cook Thai food to preserve it for generations to come. The atmosphere surrounding the school is filled with warmth, sympathy, and helpfulness, all representing ancient, traditional Lanna custom and culture. 

Accommodation: Aruntara Boutique Hotel (4*)
Cooking Thai Cuisine
Cooking Thai Cuisine

Day 6: Chiang Mai - Siem Reap

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Chiang Mai to Siem Reap, Cambodia via Bangkok.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Tonight you will enjoy a traditional Khmer dance show and dinner.

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (4*)

The Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa provides a sense of serenity with the nostalgic comfort and elegant refinement of the French Art de Vivre in the heart of Siem Reap. The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquility. The hotel is located within close proximity to World Heritage listed Angkor Temples, the quaint old market town of Siem Reap, and the international airport. Featuring a Victorian touch, air conditioned rooms and suites come with dark furnishings, all with private balcony facing the pool, tropical garden or the Royal Park. International, Asian, and local Khmer dishes are served at L'Escale restaurant, while Le Bistrot de Siem Reap presents modern French gastronomy, complemented by the finest wines. L'Explorateur Bar and Le Pool Deck feature light meals, exquisite cocktails, and refreshing beverages. Surrounded by tropical garden, the hotel houses a magnificent outdoor saltwater pool with a spa tub. Relaxing massages, facial and body treatments are available at the Victoria Spa. 

Siem Reap
Siem Reap
Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa
Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa

Day 7: Siem Reap

Meet your private guide at your hotel and set off for a day of memorable Cambodian sightseeing. Visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the Bayon temple complex, as well as Takeo and Ta Prohm temples. Travel from the South Gate of Angkor Thom to Bayon temple by elephant.The walled and moated city of Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Angkorian empire. It was built to protect against invaders in the 12th century. The Bayon is a state temple, erected in the center of the city. In the afternoon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue with a visit to Angkor Wat complex and watch the sunset from Phnom Bakheng. Afterwards you will be brought back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (4*)
Bayon Temple
Bayon Temple

Day 8: Siem Reap

You will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a sightseeing tour by Tuk Tuk. Enjoy a half day tour visit to Lolei, Bakong, and Preah Ko Temples. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.

This evening spend time at leisure or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (4*)
Preah Ko, Roluos Group
Preah Ko, Roluos Group

Day 9: Siem Reap - Phuket

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Siem Reap to Phuket, Thailand via Bangkok.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle, driver and English Speaking Guide.

Accommodation: Cape Panwa (4*)

The Cape Panwa Hotel embodies tropical luxury in one of the world’s most desirable destinations. Tucked away in a quiet corner of southeast Phuket, the hotel is renowned for its excellent service, stylish rooms, and an exclusive beach. Blending superbly with the natural beauty of the area, the hotel is comprised of a selection tastefully decorated, sea facing suites and pool villas. 

Phuket
Phuket
Cape Panwa Hotel
Cape Panwa Hotel

Day 10: Phuket

This full day of adventure and excitement begins as you depart from Laem Sai Pier and head off to Phang Nga Bay on a cruiser boat. Upon arrival, you will receive a safety briefing from a team of professional canoeists. You can then explore sea caves, tunnels, and lagoons by special sea-canoes. Afterwards, return to the cruiser to enjoy a Thai buffet lunch while slowly heading to Lawa Island. Here you can enjoy swimming, canoeing or sun-bathing on the sandy beach before returning to Phuket. 

Accommodation: Cape Panwa (4*)
Phang Nga
Phang Nga

Day 11: Phuket

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Cape Panwa (4*)

Day 12: Phuket

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle, driver and English Speaking Guide.

Fly from Phuket to Bangkok. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Accommodation:

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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Ariyasom Villa (4*): Bangkok

Welcome to the Ariyasom Villa located in the heart of Bangkok – step back in time to a more leisurely lifestyle. The villa was built in 1942 and is still in the hands of the original family who built it. With beautifully appointed rooms and suites, Na Aroon Restaurant, room service, swimming pool, spa, library, and meditation hall makes them well equipped to look after guests while they stay in the "City of Angels".

Ariyasom Villa
Ariyasom Villa

Aruntara Boutique Hotel (4*): Chiang Mai

Nestling on the banks of the Mae Ping River, the Aruntara Boutique Hotel is a unique way to experience Chiang Mai. The design of the hotel is an architectural marriage between British Colonial and Northern Thai influences, this can be seen by the traditional Lanna style handcrafted teak columns and high ceilings. Every piece of furniture in the hotel is exclusively designed and traditionally handmade by Thai craftsmen which enhances the overall Lanna concept. All the rooms are portrayed by one of the four classical elements which bring peace and tranquility to this Buddhist cultural theme. 

Aruntara Boutique Hotel
Aruntara Boutique Hotel

Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (4*): Siem Reap

The Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa provides a sense of serenity with the nostalgic comfort and elegant refinement of the French Art de Vivre in the heart of Siem Reap. The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquility. The hotel is located within close proximity to World Heritage listed Angkor Temples, the quaint old market town of Siem Reap, and the international airport. Featuring a Victorian touch, air conditioned rooms and suites come with dark furnishings, all with private balcony facing the pool, tropical garden or the Royal Park. International, Asian, and local Khmer dishes are served at L'Escale restaurant, while Le Bistrot de Siem Reap presents modern French gastronomy, complemented by the finest wines. L'Explorateur Bar and Le Pool Deck feature light meals, exquisite cocktails, and refreshing beverages. Surrounded by tropical garden, the hotel houses a magnificent outdoor saltwater pool with a spa tub. Relaxing massages, facial and body treatments are available at the Victoria Spa. 

Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa
Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa
Superior Room
Superior Room

Cape Panwa (4*): Phuket

The Cape Panwa Hotel embodies tropical luxury in one of the world’s most desirable destinations. Tucked away in a quiet corner of southeast Phuket, the hotel is renowned for its excellent service, stylish rooms, and an exclusive beach. Blending superbly with the natural beauty of the area, the hotel is comprised of a selection tastefully decorated, sea facing suites and pool villas. 

Cape Panwa Hotel
Cape Panwa Hotel
  • Maynard Fossum — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    My trip to China proved to be an outstanding experience. Each location provided excellent learning and entertainment opportunities. The country was very impressive both in its deep history and in the huge modernization that has taken place in recent decades. The tour guides at each location were well informed and able to answer questions while also offering detailed information at all sites. It was a pleasure to be so well taken care of. The guides and drivers were always helpful. The meals on the tour were delicious and varied. I was pleased with the choice of restaurants. The hotels were comfortable and well located. I will recommend Kensington Tours.

  • FayeLaing — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    I was a bit nervous about visiting Myanmar. Thanks to the outstanding help and planning via Kensington Tours, everything went off without a hitch!! It was a fantastic experience, that I would recommend to anyone with a spirit of adventure.

  • Craig Gelman — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent.

  • Ruth Reinhard — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    The trip was fantastic!!!Each guide and driver gave us so much information and were so helpful. They made sure that they took good care of our well being and requests. My husband, who we all call "the reluctant traveler" said, halfway through the trip, where are we going next? He said if he can go with Kensington then he will go anyplace. Thanks for making our trip to China a memorable experience.

  • SixtoCastenada Jr. — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    100% satisfied! We had a wonderful trip. Our travel adviser, Tony Newman put together a tour that included everywhere we wanted to visit and within our very limited time frame. Conrad, who booked our transportation was very professional. The tour guides, hotel accommodations and transportation arrangements were all excellent. We will be using Kensington Tours again!

  • TerryCreighton — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    We were so impressed with all aspects of the trip that Kensington arranged for us - even at short notice. The itinerary was perfectly planned, full of extra activities like riding an elephant and a water buffalo cart ride. The guides were wonderful in all the places we went and the travel was easy between locations. Vietnam is a wonderful destination and Angkor Wat is amazing too. We loved the overnight on the boat in Halong Bay and the train ride to Sapa. The day we spent trekking between indigenous villages in the mountains of Sapa was one of the most interesting days of my life! We have travelled a lot and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken.

  • Olive Ramchand — June 03, 2014 — Asia

    I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.

    Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)

  • Jeanne Tarvin — April 21, 2014 — Asia

    The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!

  • Karen — January 15, 2014 — Asia

    We just returned on Monday from our wonderful trip to South Korea, Bangkok and Phuket. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in planning our tours and adventures. Everything was spot on, from our arrivals at the airports, to the guides and the tours. I would not hesitate to recommend you and your company. It was truly a wonderful vacation. Thank you again.

  • Bob Feldman — November 19, 2013 — Asia

    I wanted to let you know that our trip to China was great! Everybody enjoyed themselves. When planning a trip I am always concerned about the itinerary, the vehicles and the guides. All 3 of these were great. The guides were particularly good and in this case really made the trip a pleasure. Overall a great trip. Thanks for all you did.


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