Day 1 : Bangkok- Our Adventure Begins!
We arrive in Bangkok today. After completing immigration and customs we will be met by our Bangkok local guide as we exit the airport and transfer by private vehicle to our hotel to check-in. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. We will enjoy a welcome dinner tonight at one of Bangkok's most highly regarded Thai restaurants. (D)
Day 2 : On to the Beaches
After a delicious breakfast we will head off on a 1/2 day tour of Bangkok to explore the highlights of this bustling capitol city. At the end of our day of exploration we'll leave for the airport in search of sand & sun at one of the most relaxing islands in all of Southeast Asia. Upon arrival at the Krabi airport, we meet our driver and transfer to the coast to board the boat to Koh Lanta Island. Sip cocktails at sunset on the beach and enjoy a relaxing evening at our hotel. (B,L)
Day 3: Island Snorkeling the Right Way
We will wake up to the sounds of small waves and island beach life. Today we will travel by boat and explore four nearby islands on a snorkeling excursion. Each island has its own flair with excellent snorkeling, picturesque sea caves, and the most popular spot for underwater weddings. We will have lunch on the beach today before heading back to our very own island of paradise. The evening is on your own but we always have the option of eating together as well at one of our local favorite restaurants. (B,L)
Day 4: Monkeys, Caves, & Forests Oh My!
Today we have the option to sleep late or enjoy a relaxing day at the beach. For those who want some more action, we'll take you on a tour of Old Town and discover the mysteriorus Sea Gypsies! Lunch today will be special. We will eat at the Lanta Animal Welfare Center
where the proceeds go toward preserving & protecting the animals of Koh Lanta. In the afternoon we will watch a famous monkey show in a local village. There will also be an optional guided hike for cave & jungle trekking for those interested (included). (B,L)
Day 5 : On to Cambodia
In the morning we depart for the airport and on to the Land of the Temples. Upon arrival in the great capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, our driver will transport us from the airport to our hotel. We will have lunch at the hotel, and then tour the Royal Grand Palace and see the National Museum
. After a rest at the hotel, we will go to the most famous monastery in Cambodia, Wat Anulam, and teach English for an hour to the children of the BEP Center
. Additional donations are optional. After we will walk out the gates then to dinner next door at the famous Friends Restaurant
, which supports a local NGO (non-the Government Organization) that trains street kids in the skills needed to be hired in the hospitality industry. After dinner, we will arrive back at our hotel and, if you choose, be greeted by an in-room masseur to work out our travel weary muscles (included). (B, D)
Day 6: Phnom Penh
A hearty breakfast will served at the hotel, and then we will head off to see the Killing Fields. After a enjoyable local lunch, the afternoon there will be free time to explore this city. In the evening, after dinner, we will all convene to see an amazing Cambodian Cultural Play. (B,L)
Day 7: Off to the Jungle
Bright and early, our chariot awaits. After a few entertaining hours of Cambodian roads, we will arrive near Koh Kong, at the river's edge. A boat will be waiting for us, guiding our group to a charming rainforest lodge nestled in one of Asia's few untouched jungles. We can enjoy the rest of the afternoon on a hammock above the rainforest canopy, or take a hike with us to a hidden waterfall. Lunch and dinner are expertly prepared by our gracious English-born attorney/turned jungle resort owner. (B,L,D)
Day 8: A Morning on the River then Back to Civilization
You may take the morning and go kayaking (included), grab a ride on the bow of a riverboat going up the rapids, or just lounge by the water. An early morning nature walk will be provided by an eco-guide. In the afternoon, we will take the boat back to the road, where our vehicle will be waiting to whisk us back to the big city, and then to Siem Reap the next day. Don't forget to witness amazing roadside feats you never knew were possible. The roads of this country truly demonstrate the human creativity that is spawned out of necessity. Tonight we have the choice to enjoy another relaxing in room massage after dinner (included). (B,L,D)
Day 9: To the Land of Temples
Spider for lunch anyone? After a healthy traditional breakfast we'll hit the road and we'll stop at a famous roadside stand for those who want to try fried tarantula. This local delicacy does indeed taste like chicken! After a few entertaining hours of Cambodian roads, we'll visit a silk weaving business and witness the process of producing silk from the silk worm to the scarf. This organization provides women in rural areas a desirable and well paid occupation. Upon arrival in Siem Reap we will have a delicious Khmer style dinner in this quaint Cambodian town. (B,L,D)
Day 10: One with the People
This morning, we will prepare for two days of improving a village's way of life forever. We will be heading off to Koh Ker to donate school supplies, shoes, clothing, and first-aid to a village in need. (Your trip fees include the cost for the supplies of these donations, however extra donations are much appreciated.)
We will be staying tonight in a beautiful yet rustic traditional village home on stilts, reserved exclusively for visiting guests. This large home offers amazing views of the nearby ruins and of the village wells, where you will have wonderful photo opportunities of village life. In the evening we will enjoy a delicious five course meal of local delicacies prepared especially for us. Our time here will be exciting and rewarding, creating memories for a lifetime.
Day 11: Completion of Project
This morning we wake up to the sounds of the village, witnessing village life in a way you never could from the high-rise views of an insulated hotel. Here we will witness a life that has remained unchanged for many centuries. This is truly a dream come true for photographers, want to be anthropologists, and lovers of native cultures. After a hearty breakfast, we will visit a nearby village to donate some more supplies and bid farewell to our new friends. Before heading back to Siem Reap we have more hidden temples to explore that are much farther off the beaten path than the world renowned Angkor Wat! From here we return to Siem Reap to check into our charming hotel.
Tonight we will relax in comfort in this traditional Khmer hotel. We will have another evening to tour the town on our own. (B,L)
Day 12: A Day of Majestic Temples
After a healthy breakfast, we will be back on the temple trail. Our excellent guide will take us through 2,000 years of history, with commentary on the past and the present. We will see ancient jungle temples and sacred statues of many giant Buddha faces. Lunch will be enjoyed local style, and then off to more ancient sites.
After freshening up at the hotel, we will enjoy an impressive Samsara dance performance and a luxurious buffet dinner with a generous sampling of many Khmer dishes. (B,L,D)
Day 13: The Great Lake of Cambodia
Tonle Sap is Cambodia's great lake. It's size changes with the yearly rains from 1860 square miles to 4500 square miles. We'll spend a couple of hours exploring the lake by boat and visit stilted floating villages including Kampong Khleang. Here we will observe the wonders of rural Khmer life where the locals live on the lake, literally. We'll return to Siem Reap to visit the Cambodian landmine museum: a moving experience about one man's mission to clear the country of these inhumane bombs. Tonight we'll enjoy another delicious dinner after a fulfilling day. (B,L,D)
Day 14: Exploring Siem Reap
Today we have options. For those who really enjoy shopping: shop your heart out. Siem reap has 3 amazing markets full of all sorts of inexpensive jewelery, clothes, food, art, & more. There are also a number of higher end shops in this town and a wonderful social business called Artisans Angkor
, a Khmer handicraft workshop where you can watch the fine creations all that are available at the gift shop. We can also relax and hang out on our own today. For those still craving some adventure and activity we'll take you on a bicycle tour through Siem Reap and explore some of the authentic towns and villages just outside the area. The other fun option is taking a Khmer cooking class for the afternoon. We will arrange either of these options for you to complete a uniquely filled day in the most famous area of Cambodia.
The journey would not be complete without a final Khmer massage before bed (Included). (B,D)
Day 15 : Last Day in the Paradise
Our last day will be spent shopping, lounging, and relaxing until the vehicle picks us up to whisk us off to Siem Reap International for the flight home. For those who are interested, you can take an early morning photography expedition to the local villages along the river. (B)