Overland from Bangkok to Siem Reap
Immerse yourself in former times and follow the path of history from Siam to the old Khmer empire where you will see colourful markets, stunning landscapes and aspects of rural life well away from the standard tourist trail.
Capitals of Ancient Kingdoms
From Bangkok travel through vivacious floating markets and hundreds of sampans loaded with fruits and vegetables, visit Kanchanaburi and the Bridge of the River Kwai whose construction was made by prisons of WW2 then by train to The Death Railway. The next day travel by boat through lush forests to arrive in the archaeological gem of Ayutthaya with glimpses into the past of how grand life used to be before driving on to the old city of Lopburi, one of the most important centres of Buddhism. Cross the Isaan plateau dotted with Khmer monuments to the magnificent Phimai temple, built at by the older Khmers at the end of the 11th Century before crossing into Cambodia.
Explore the beautiful countryside by bike with a local student guide visiting families who produce the traditional – from rice paper, dried bananas to bamboo sticky rice learning first-hand about every day in rural Cambodia. Lunch with the locals, visit a temple on a hill for wonderful views and drop into the only vineyard in the country. Final stop is the natural rock formation of Phnom Sampeou, a series of caves ans former stronghold of the Khmer Rouge.
Ruins of Sleeping Giants + Jungle Clad Temples
7 nights' accommodation + breakfast in hotels, sightseeing as per itinerary, transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle, English speaking local guides; admission fees to indicated sights, domestic government tax + service charge.
Be enchanted by scenes of shimmering rice paddies, emerald green seas + limestone mountains that are a backdrop for romantic images of gilded temples, colonial architecture + saffron robed monks where a lasting impression will be the people + their stories.
Indulge in local cuisines, take temple trails through ancient kingdoms, wander lantern lit lanes in old merchant towns + slow down the pace cruising down the rivers of the Mekong or Ayeyarwady, where time seems to have stood still.
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