Intriguing Indochina
October 20, 2017

Overview:

Photograph timeless scenes of rural life, lush jungles, grand boulevards, and golden temples as you explore Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Ride by elephant-back to visit the unique hill tribes of Chiang Mai. Greet the morning sun in one of the world’s most sacred places—the temples of Angkor Wat—and marvel at the tangled jungle that enfolds the temples of Ta Prohm. Visit the highlights of Phnom Penh, including the Royal Palace and stunning Silver Pagoda. Attend a traditional Laotian Baci ceremony in Luang Prabang and visit the famous caves of Pak Ou.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA / Bangkok Thailand
Day 2-3: Bangkok
Day 4: Bangkok / Chiang Mai
Day 5: Chiang Mai
Day 6: Chiang Mai / Luang Prabang, Laos
Day 7: Luang Prabang
Day 8: Luang Prabang / Siem Reap, Cambodia
Day 9-10: Siem Reap
Day 11: Siem Reap / Phnom Penh
Day 12: Phnom Penh
Day 13: Phnom Penh

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Intriguing Indochina
October 20, 2017

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart USA / Bangkok, Thailand
Board your independent overnight flight to Thailand. Upon arrival in Bangkok, transfer to the Shangri-La Hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, with a welcome dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2-3: Bangkok

Spend two full days exploring this cosmopolitan city. Highlights include the breathtaking Grand Palace, which houses the legendary Emerald Buddha; the wonderful Prasart Museum, with its vast collection of Thai antiques and artifacts; the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, one of Bangkok’s oldest temples; a cruise along the Thoburi klongs, or canals, for views of the city skyline and the magnificent Royal Barges; and the stunning Temple of Dawn.

Day 4: Bangkok / Chiang Mai
This morning board your short flight to Chiang Mai. Nestled among forested foothills, this ancient city is blissfully calm and laid-back after the bustle of Bangkok. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of Thailand’s most sacred temples. Check in to the Dhara Dhevi Hotel. After dinner visit the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, where you can bargain for everything from clothing and jewelry to antique furniture and home decor.

Day 5: Chiang
Head north to the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp for a trek through the jungle by elephant-back. This area is home to six ethnic hill tribes, each with their own distinctive clothing, language, and religious beliefs. Make a stop at a Lisu village, a Tibeto-Burman group known for their colorful clothing and beautiful hand-crafted sliver ornaments. Return to Chiang Mai with the afternoon to pursue your own interests— engage in some serious shopping, enjoy a traditional Thai massage, or simply relax at the hotel.

Day 6: Chiang Mai / Luang Prabang, Laos
After a morning at leisure, board your flight to Luang Prabang, a UNSECO World Heritage Site and the ancient capital of the first Lao Kingdom. Nestled below verdant mountains at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers, Luang Prabang is a treasure-trove of gilded temples and historic French colonial buildings. Check in to La Residence Phou Vao Hotel with a chance to settle in, then visit a scenic viewpoint to watch the setting sun. Make a stop at a local temple before heading to the lively night market to browse the vast selection of local handicrafts.

Day 7: Luang Prabang
Embark on an early morning Mekong River cruise, with a stop at Pak Ou to visit the famous Buddhist caves of Tham Ting. On the way back to Luang Prabang, stop at a local village to learn about the production of Lao liquor (rice wine) and witness daily life along the river. In the afternoon visit the National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace. This evening enjoy a traditional Baci ceremony at the hotel.

Day 8: Luang Prabang / Siem Reap, Cambodia
Rise early this morning to watch as long lines of saffron-robed monks walk through the streets collecting alms. Then visit the Fresh Market where colorful produce and exotic delicacies are sold. After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, a museum dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of Loas’ many ethnic tribes. Continue to some of the city’s many pagodas and temples, including Vat Visoun and Vat Aham. After lunch board your flight to Siem Reap and check in to the luxurious La Residence D’Angkor for dinner and overnight.

Day 9-10: Siem Reap

Begin your explorations at the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 200 acres, and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th-century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the best example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Continue to wondrous Angkor Thom, the 12th-century capital built by Jayavarman VI encompassing the Bayon temple decorated with over 200 smiling faces. Enjoy a delightful cultural performance during dinner at our hotel.

The next day, take a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake and visit a floating market. In the afternoon, visit Ta Prohm Temple built in 1186 by Jayavarman VII to honor his family. Atmospheric and mystical, many of the temple monuments are enveloped by the sinuous roots of soaring silk cottonwood trees.

Day 11: Siem Reap / Phnom Penh

This morning board your flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s bustling capital city. Upon arrival check in to the luxurious Raffles Le Royal. Following lunch visit the Killing Fields, and Tuol Sleng Museum, the infamous S21 Khmer Rouge security prison. In the afternoon board a local boat for a sunset cruise along the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers for wonderful views of the city skyline.

Day 12: Phnom Penh
This morning tour the stunning Royal Palace complex, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoni. Continue to the adjacent Silver Pagoda, so named for the 5,000 silver tiles that cover its floor, which houses an extraordinary collection of Khmer artifacts, including dozens of Buddhas. Next, explore the elegant National Museum, also known as the Musee des Beaux-Arts. Recently renovated, the museum houses more than 5,000 works of art and highlights the best of Cambodian art and architectural heritage. Return to the hotel for a festive farewell dinner.

Day 13: Phnom Penh
Board your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Intriguing Indochina
October 20, 2017

Rates:

Double – $7,095 per person sharing
Single – $9,875 per person

Approx. $975 per person for intra-tour airfare

Please contact Expedition Easy for details and available cabin rates.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights

You will need to purchase airfare from your home city/Bangkok and Phnom Penh/home city. Intra-tour airfare is not included in the price of the expedition and is an extra $975 per person.

Included:

All excursions in the company of your travel director and local guides; all gratuities (except for your travel director); all accommodations; all group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included:

Airfare from your home city/Bangkok and Phnom Penh/home city; internal airfare between Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia at $975 per person; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel and trip cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

October 20, 2017