A private tour taking in the classic sightseeing of Thailand and Cambodia, with a Tell Tale twist. This trip mainly uses boutique hotels. You'll start off in Bangkok then take a boat to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. Your onward journey will again be leisurely, this time in a private first class cabin of a train winding north through the ricefields of Thailand, where you'll explore Chiang Mai. You'll end your trip in Siam Reap in Cambodia to explore the temples of Angkor Wat and relax at your boutique hotel before you fly home.
Discover the temples, sights and sounds of both Thailand and Cambodia. This is a private tour which you can take on dates to suit you. You will be met in each place and looked after by our professional guides, drivers and unique network of local people. Not only will you see the classic sights, you'll see a side of the two countries that most visitors don't. We have included a donation to a village in Cambodia in the trip price and you will see how it has benefited the village during your visit itself.
Day 1: Fly out of London Heathrow on Saturday evening with Eva Air or Thai Airways. This is a direct overnight flight.
Day 2: You will be met at Bangkok airport in the afternoon and driven in a private air-conditioned car to the centre of Bangkok. Time to settle into your room at the beautiful boutique Ban Pra Nond, a converted old mansion. It's an oasis in this bustling city. Time to settle in and have a dip in the pool. Evening at leisure, we recommend strolling to a traditional Thai restaurant nearby.
Day 3: One of our guides will pick you up and take you on a private tour of Bangkok including the main sites, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho and Wat Arun. You'll have time to relax in the late afternoon before your driver picks you up and takes to an idyllic restaurant set in gardens which will give an idea of what Bangkok was like in days gone by. If you've visited Bangkok before and seen the main sites, we will customise the day to suit you.
Day 4: This morning, you will be picked up and taken on a boat from Bangkok to Ayutthaya in the Central Plains, the UNESCO-protected capital of Ancient Siam. You'll arrive at a boutique hotel in Ayutthaya and can relax by the river.
Day 5: Morning sightseeing in the historic city of Ayutthaya. Then you'll visit a local village where you will meet the village headman and his wife and have lunch with them. After a leisurely afternoon, you will take a train in the late afternoon. Sit back with a cup of tea (or something stronger) and enjoy the scenery of rice fields and people winding down their work for the day before you bed down in your private first class cabin.
Day 6: Morning arrival in Chiang Mai where you will be picked up and taken to a luxury private home in the surrounding countryside and meet your gracious hostess. Settle into your spacious room and enjoy the pool, gardens and jacuzzi before a welcome lunch. In the late afternoon, your hostess will take you for a stroll around the local area.
Day 7: Guided sightseeing around the ancient city and temples of Chiang Mai, partly by pony and trap. You'll also visit the handicraft villages dotted around the city where you can see how the locals make them, it is also possible to buy souvenirs direct from co-operatives.
Day 8: Morning at leisure. Then you will be taken into the centre to have a look around the bustling Sunday market full of crafts made by the hilltribe folk who live in the surrounding villages. We recommend having dinner at a riverside restaurant (your driver will wait for you and take you back)
Day 9: Visit to the nearby Mae Sa valley, you will stop at an orchid farm before a guided tour of the Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens. You'll end the day with a visit to a hilltribe village where you will see how they grow their crops and make their traditional costumes. This is a private visit to a village we know well, not some tourist experience of turning up in a coach taking photos if you are looking at any other holiday which includes a visit to a hilltribe, do ask questions of how it is run, and be particularly wary of any excursion involving 'long necked' women
Day 10: Time to pack up this morning before you are taken to the nearby airport of Chiang Mai and then fly to Siam Reap in Cambodia. You'll be met at Siam Reap airport and taken to Shinta Mani, a lovely boutique hotel. Time to settle in and have a dip in the pool. We recommend having dinner at the hotel tonight.
Day 11: You'll be picked up this morning by a private guide. He'll take you to visit the main temples of Angkor. We recommend having dinner out and about in Siam Reap this evening.
Day 12: You'll be taken to visit a local village and see how the donation that is part of your holiday has been used to help the community. Mid afternoon onwards at leisure.
Day 13: Your guide will pick you up and take you to the lesser-visited temples of Angkor, jungle clad, it's like being in a movie set. Well we'll give you a hint..they may have been in a movie or two..
Day 14: Day at leisure by pool. Or explore Siam Reap at leisure by foot or tuk tuk.
Alternatively, you can spend a day with an NGO visiting a community on the vast Tonle Sap lake, this is only for the adventurous and is at extra cost but is recommended.
Day 15: Morning flight back to Bangkok and onward direct flight back to the UK, arriving at London Heathrow approximately 7pm on the Saturday evening.
This two-week trip costs £2,600 per person, based on two people sharing a private tour. This includes international flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok with Thai Airways or Eva Air as well as direct flights between Thailand and Cambodia with Bangkok Airways, accommodation, activities/excursions, private transport and most meals. Regional departures are available. Flight upgrades and boutique beach extensions are available, subject to supplement. Please note price applies all year except for summer or Christmas, though early booking is advised for flight availability.