*Bangkok /Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
Wing your way across the pacific toward Southeast Asia en route to Bangkok, Thailand.
Arrive into Bangkok, where the innate friendliness and the hospitality of the Thai people await your presence. Your late evening arrival allows time for a night of rest and relaxation.
Begin your exploration of Bangkok with a visit to the Jim Thompson House, former home of the Thai Silk magnate who introduced the beauty of Thai Silk to the international fashion community. Hidden within the heart of the city, it is a compilation of three separate teakwood homes fashioned into a single residence. The home now serves as a museum for his collection of indigenous artifacts. Thereafter, traverse the city to the National Museum to view an array of treasures depicting the various kingdoms of Thai rule. Touring now completed, return to the luxury of your hotel for a relaxing lunch and the remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
The Chao Phraya River with its many “klongs” (canals) had originally given Bangkok the name “Venice of the East”. Join your private boatman at dockside for an exciting ride along the canals, providing you with a first hand impression of the scenic life along Bangkok’s waterways. Journey through the backwaters of the city, passing sampans laden with fruits and vegetables en route to market, the storage facility for the royal barges, a visit to the Temple of Dawn and a tour of the Grand Palace. An early afternoon return to your accommodation allows for further exploration or to enjoy the fine amenities at your hotel. (B)
A mid-morning flight wings you to Siem Reap, Cambodia, site for the magnificence of Angkor. Upon arrival, your private driver and guide will greet and accompany you into town for a leisurely lunch prior to the beginning of your exploration of these these spectacular ruins with a visit to Angkor Wat, the centerpiece of these world-renowned ruins. It is here that your private guide respects the grandeur of these spectacular ruins and it is with a step and a story that your guide will enlighten you about its creation and history. (B/L)
Today’s touring highlights the major sites at Angkor. Drive through the forested region to visit Bayon, Angkor Thom and the Elephant Terrace. Each has its own history – its own fascination. Enjoy a lunch before traveling deeper into Angkor for a visit to Ta Prohm, which in particular is a photographer’s delight with much of the grounds encased in rooted Banyans, which have overcome the many walls and foundations on site. It is a remarkable temple ruins, one not to be missed and surely not forgotten. Your touring of these magnificent ruins now completed, return to the luxury of your accommodation to enjoy the ambiance and splendor of the Grand Hotel D’Angkor. (B/L)
Complete your visit to Angkor with a private boat exploration of the stilted fishing villages along the waterway gliding you to the expansive Tonle Sap Lake. Upon return toward Siem Reap, enjoy a visit to the Artisans’ Angkor, where elders are teaching students of the new-generation the art of sculpting in an effort to preserve the craftsmanship honed from the time of the Khmer. Their expertise will allow for repair and preservation of the many ruins scattered across the countryside as well as allows their creativity to design modern styled artworks that are colorful and imaginative. Your visit to Angkor now in tact, join your flight for a return to Bangkok to be greeted by your private driver for a journey south to your beachfront resort at Hua Hin. (B/L)
Enjoy a relaxing late morning breakfast and a full day at leisure to luxuriate along the sands aside the ocean waters while enjoying some of the fine amenities offered by this grand paradise resort. (B)
A morning tour of Hua Hin provides a feel for the local culture, sights within the city and outlying environs. Return to your resort for a relaxing lunch and the remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
A mid-morning drive returns you to Bangkok to enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing prior to your flight overnight stay at the Novotel Bangkok Hotel prior to your return homeward carrying with you those never-forgotten memories of this grand escapade to be cherished over a lifetime. (B)
All too soon your holiday to Southeast Asia has come to an end and it is time to board your onward flight returning you home with those never-forgotten memories to cherish over a lifetime. (B)
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