The vast labyrinth of ancient temples rises from the Cambodian countryside in a symphony of shadows that tells the rich history of this unique place.
At Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, a vast network of temples creates a deep spiritual mood and there are plenty of twists and turns that offer solitude for personal reflection. Travel from the South Gate of Angkor Thom to Bayon temple by elephant and stay to see golden afternoon light cast long shadows across the 12th-century moated city built to protect the Angkorian empire against invaders. In neighboring Thailand, you’ll dine on the tasty local cuisine in Bangkok’s finest restaurants, explore bustling open-air markets and view the many cultural landmarks and golden temples that compose the city’s spiritual life. And treat yourself to some well-earned rest and relaxation on the white sand beaches of Koh Samui.
Experienced local guides tell the incredible historic stories of Angkor Wat and the many spiritual sites of Thailand, as private drivers ensure you see the Cambodian and Thai countryside in supreme comfort on this immersive trip. You’ll stay in charming colonial villas and elegant spa hotels that seamlessly showcase the peerless hospitality and grace of the Thai and Khmer people.
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Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
This tour showcases three of the most stunning temples Bangkok has to offer. You will visit Wat Traimit with its 5.5 ton Golden Buddha and Wat Po, which boasts the impressive reclining Buddha. Wat Po is also regarded as the first center of public education and is sometimes referred to as ‘Thailand’s first university’. Mural paintings, inscriptions, and statues found in the temple educated people on varied subjects such as literature, warfare, archaeology, astronomy, geology, meditation, and is considered to be home of the Thai traditional massage. The tour will end with a visit to the Wat Benchamaborpit (also known as the Marble Temple), a representation of an outstanding success of marriage between Italian Carrara marble and classical Thai architecture.
After being picked up at your hotel, your guide will accompany you on a private transfer to China Town, a district full of traditional, cultural, and excellent food. Bangkok is an amazing city for its culinary side of life and there is no better place that showcases this than its myriad of street food stalls. Discover delicious and amazing tastes of authentic Thai food at Chinatown, locally called Yaowarat. Taste a variety of dishes such as Hong Kong noodles, dim-sum (pan-fried taro cake, steamed pork rib with preserved soya bean), grilled jumbo prawn with Thai seafood chili sauce, fried battered mussels, Chinese bun, traditional Chinese herbal drink, black sesame dumpling in ginger tea, and Thai tropical seasonal fruit. (Subject to change due to local condition). After the tour you will be brought back to your hotel.
Nineteenth-century Bangkok was laced with canals, giving the capital the designation ‘Venice of the East’. Surviving canals and the Chao Phraya River (River of Kings) provide memorable vignettes of a traditional waterborne way-of-life that has remained essentially unchanged over the centuries. The river and canals may be conveniently explored by public transport or via a traditional long tailed boat. Finally, end at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), this famous Chao Phraya riverbank landmark, diagonally opposite the Grand Palace, is best known for a porcelain encrusted 79 meter central pagoda which sparkles in the sun. After a wonderful tour, you will be brought back across the river to the main starting point.
Fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.
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.
You will be picked up from your hotel or the airport where you will be 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 or to the airport.
Fly from Siem Reap to Koh Samui, Thailand via Bangkok.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Fly from Koh Samui to Bangkok. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.
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".
Popular among celebrities and industry professionals, the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa offers comfort, elegance and superb refinement in the heart of Siem Reap. The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquility while its enchanting design creates a feeling of harmony with its natural surroundings. Gaze at the magnificent swimming pool, framed by lavish tropical gardens, from the seclusion of your private balcony. Indulge in the multitude of first-class dining options, from French gastronomy to traditional Khmer dishes or experience one of the resort’s renowned themed gala dinners. Rejuvenate your mind and body at Le Lotus Blanc Spa and experience why people the world over continue to flock to this mesmerizing resort.
The Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa is nestled on the quiet, pristine northern end of Chaweng Beach. The resort offers peerless luxury Koh Samui accommodation just steps away from the ocean. Watch the sun rise over Samui’s palm forested coastline. Recline in rooms and suites inspired by the island’s original Chinese merchant settlers. Experience the perfect romantic dinner for two in a setting of your choice, accompanied by the freshest international cuisine.
Olive Ramchand ,
June 03, 2014
"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
"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!"
January 15, 2014
"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
"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."
Gloria DeWeese ,
October 10, 2013
"A wonderful trip and everything went like clockwork. Thank you so very much for all your assistance. I hope I will have a chance to work with you again."
Wayne Gavioli ,
September 04, 2013
"We just returned from our thailand/cambodia trip. It was fantastic. You did a great job. The guides were excellent as was the drivers. We loved the Victoria Hotel you selected in Siem. Wish we had more time. Thailand met our expectations but our expectations for Cambodia were low and they exceeded them. Loved the places selected for the included lunches. Certainly would use Kensington again"
Santo Filice ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you for arranging our guided trip to Thailand - Vietnam. It was a memorable, and pleasant trip - a 1st for us with Kensington tours and a most enjoyable one. We found that we were able to maximize our visit of the the area without the concern of booking hotels, airline, finding parking and understanding the local language. "
Tim Mesarch ,
August 02, 2013
"Alexis helped us fit in all of the sites we wanted to see on our trip to Thailand and Cambodia, and suggested some more. It was valuable talking with someone who had been there and done that. The planning went pretty smoothly, and so did the trip. The local guides were all top-notch! "
July 25, 2013
"I highly recommend Kesington Tours. The planning of our trip to Cambodia was outstanding. Our advisor Alexis Mayer was unbelievably patient, knowledgeable and responsive. We planned the trip in every possible detail and Alexis was extraordinary during the whole process. Once we were in Cambodia, we had a tiny issue with the car. I was able to get in contact with Alexis right away and the problem was instantly solved. The trip itself was fantastic. Everything was very well planned and perfectly organized. The local guides and drivers were great. The hotels were very well chosen.
Great trip. I would definitely travel again with Kensington Tours."
Pennie Quintana ,
August 07, 2013
"Thank you so much for the amazing trip we enjoyed!! All our guides were fantasy. Joseph in Jakarta, July in Jojakarta and Deon in Borneo!! Wow!! Bless you for all your attention to detail and the outstanding communication to all my questions. You made me feel so taken care of and tended too!! "
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