Arrival in Bangkok
We will either pick you up from the airport or meet you at our guesthouse and introduce you to the crew. You’ll have the day to chill and get settled before we head out in the evening with the rest of the group for a welcome meal and a few drinks on Khao San Road.
Sightseeing & Shopping
Today you get to experience either Chatuchack (JJ) weekend market or MBK, one of Bangkok’s largest malls. At both you can buy almost anything in the known universe and usually for a pretty decent price. JJ is also home to one of our favorite bars in Bangkok, where you can enjoy a delicious cocktail and awesome DJ’s! In the evening we can hit up Khao San again or take a cruise along the Chao Phraya River to town and take in the magnificent night time views of the riverbank with lit up temples, old and new Thai architecture. If we’re lucky we may even catch the weekly Muay Thai exhibition at MBK.
Onwards to Rayong… Boat trips, waterfalls & turtles
Leaving Bangkok in the morning we take a private minibus to the lovely beach-side town of Rayong. Today you can either relax by the pool and sample some of the famous local cuisine or jump on board the Undiscovered Thailand boat for a day of sea, sun and fun. We’ll visit an awesome local waterfall, do some snorkeling and even visit a turtle sanctuary (seasonal) or try a spot of fly boarding (optional).
In the evening we’ll grab a bite at the resort restaurant which boasts possibly the best pizza in Thailand! And we have probably the best videographer in Thailand/Cambodia.
Koh Chang bound
Today we hit the coastal road again over to the beautiful Island of Koh Chang. Whilst the 3rd biggest Thai Island, Koh Chang is not as well know among tourists as others like Samui or Phuket so it’s some what of an idyll. We stay in some cool little beach bungalows in the backpacker area of Lonely Beach which has great stretches of white sand, crystal clear water, cool bars and restaurants. Kayak, explore, fish, sunbathe or party… do whatever you like. We have two days to chill and ready ourselves for the next leg of our epic road trip… Cambodia!
Sihanoukville & Koh Rong Samloem
We start the Cambodia leg of the tour in Sihanoukville where there is no shortage of beaches, islands and parties. Whilst down in Sihanoukville we’ll stay near the main beach for two nights and hit the famous beach parties as well as hitting up Otris Beach. We then hop over to the tropical island paradise of Koh Rong Samloem on day 8 for the next two nights where you will get to stay in dorm rooms over looking the ocean and get to go on a fishing trip.
On day 10 we take a short ride to the great little town of Kampot. Staying at an awesome backpackers right on the river we’ll spend the next two days chilling, rafting, tubing, hiking, cycling and maybe even rock climbing and abseiling in caves… YES!
Arriving in the capital by private mini bus, we’ll get checked into one of the coolest backpackers in the city with the best roof top bar! We’ll do some exploring or a bit of heritage sight-seeing at Wat Phnom, the founding temple of Phnom Penh and a sunset boat cruize (with beer) along the Mekong River. Whilst in the city, tradition dictates that we take a tour to the historical and eye opening site of the Khmer Killing Fields and S21. Two historical land marks which shine some light on Cambodia’s chilling and not too distant history.
While here we also eat at some nice spots including Dine in the Dark (A feature restaurant where you dine in complete darkness) and Friends Restaurant which serves Khmer tapas and is a training restaurant run by a charity for under privileged youth so they can gain EMPLOYMENT and escape poverty. Also… We’ll sample some of the cities night life and party till the early hours.
We take a mini van from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, home of the magnificent Angkor Wat temple ruins (where they filmed Tomb Raider & Tekken). We’ll take a sunrise bike ride through the temple complex exploring the awe inspiring ancient ruins which happen to be a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you’re ballin’ you can even take a balloon ride and get a bird’s-eye view.
Whilst here you can also visit a local NGO’s volunteer project (where we can arrange for you to stay longer and volunteer after the tour if you wish), or take time to explore town and its surroundings. We stay in one of the towns most sociable and fun backpackers so expect plenty of parties and good times! On the last night we’ll take you out for a nice meal on us then to pub street for a pub-crawl to end the trip on a high. As always we can help you get to wherever you want to go next. Whether you’re doing one of our Top Ups or joining another TruTour for the next leg of your journey - we’ll make sure you’re in the right place at the right time for the fun to roll on!
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Trip Name: 16 Day Thai - Khmer Explorer
Duration: 16 Days
From Price: $1,359
Supplier Tour ID: BKKTTK/158911
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