Thailand and Cambodia Travel Course

The itinerary and travel dates are customizable.

This initial itinerary is a sample itinerary and does not reflect any academic program. ARAMFO offers its travel courses to all fields of study. Therefore, our initial itineraries serve as a reference for the types of activates and locations available in the region. All customizations for academic programs are made on a case by case basis.

Initial Itinerary

Day

Program

Day 1

Pick up from the airport to the hotel in Bangkok city Centre

Relax at hotel

6:00 pm Pick up from hotel to Dinner

8:00 pm Drop off at the hotel after Dinner

Day 2

Bangkok Temple Tours

Golden Buddha Temple (Buddha made of gold 5.5 tons)

Visit Watpho Reclining Buddha Temple

Visit Marble Temple

Drop off at hotel or any shopping mall that they may need

5:30 pm Pick up from the hotel for Dinner

Day 3

Muangboran Ancients City

Muangboran www.ancientsiam.com

Big foodcourt and good food, good price inside pay by themselves

Bicycle Tours inside Muangboran ( Bicycle included )

Pick up for Dinner in evening( included )

Day 4

Bangkok Canal Tours by longtail boat

Jimthomson House

Watarun (Temple of Dawn)

Relax Shopping

Evening Pick up for Dinner

Day 5

Check out from hotel

Longtail boat to floating market

Visit World war 2 museum at river Kwai

Visit World War 2 Cemetery

Transfer to the hotel Check in at the hotel at River Kwai

Pick up for Dinner

This day stay in Kanchanaburi Town. www.riverkwaihotel

Day 6

Check out from hotel

Visit World famouse RiverKwai Bridge

Ready for Train ride along jungle and mountain 1;30 hrs

Lunch included for convenience in jungle not much restaurant

Visit Elephants camp (additional cost for elephant ride)

Check in at the hotel in Saiyok district.

Dinner

Day 7l
Ayuttaya Ancient city Overnight at Ayuttaya Province  

Check out Breakfast at hotel
Visit Hell Fire Pass trekking about 45 minutes

Visit Wat Chaiwattanaram

Ready for longtail boat ride to see Ayuttaya Island

Check in at the hotel

Pick up for Dinner

Day 8

Pattaya Beach

Breakfast at Hotel

Visit a temple and Royal King Palace in Ayuttaya

Continue to Pattaya after Lunch

Dinner

Day 9

Pattaya

Grape Farm

Lazer Buddha

Floating market in Pattaya

Dinner

Optional activity for additional cost: Tiffany Show

Day 10

A day trip to Coral Island (Lunch, Speed Boat and Dinner included)

Or light trips: Mini Siam + Pattaya View Point + Are in Paradise + Dinner

Day 11

Check out from Pattaya and transfer to Cambodia

Day 11
Cambodia

Phnom Penh Arrival

Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel for check in or luggage drop off, if room is yet to ready for you.
Free time at your own leisure at the hotel.
This evening, our guide and driver will take you to a nice local restaurant for welcome dinner.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 12

Phnom Penh Tour

Breakfast at hotel then visit to the peaceful stretch of green fields of Cheung Ek, may not indicate what kinds of horrors have taken place there.

Situated 17km from Phnom Penh town, Cheung Ek was made famous by the movie “The Killing Fields”. Nowadays, a large memorial has been built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died here under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. The remnants inside the memorial and the mass graves that dot the area remind you of the suffering of the victims. This journey into Cambodia’s past will provide you with a background on the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime. It will also give you an appreciation of the struggle that Cambodian people have faced and their tremendous courage to move on and rebuild their nation. Lunch at local restaurant.

We will continue by our private car escorted by the guide to visit the Royal Place built in 1866 by King Norodom; Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles and located within the Royal Palace compound. Visit to National Museum, which is dedicated exclusively to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from 9th to 15th century, but some date from as early as the 4th century. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 13

Phnom Penh - Kampong Thom

Transfer 100km from Phnom Penh towards the provincial capital of Kampong Thom and make a stop at Baray. Here you stop at the Khmer Village homestay where you will be guided through an authentic Khmer village. On arrival at the village a welcome drink will be served.

Take a short pony cart trip through the village while you learn more about traditional farming and local customs and habits. Observe traditional weaving and noodle production before transferring further to Kampong Thom town where lunch is served at Sambor Village Hotel.

Check into the hotel and enjoy some free time to relax at your hotel.

Late afternoon, head towards Phnom Santuk, 16km away from Kampong Thom and climb the not so steep 809 steps to the top where a magnificent view awaits with several ancient relics and a number of carved reclining Buddha. (Alternatively, a car can access via a steep road to the mountain top ).

Soak up the serene environment and return to Kampong Thom. On the way make a stop at Kakoh stone carving village where you learn more about this skilled handicraft. Free time this evening to enjoy Kampong Thom.

Day 14

Kampong Thom - Siem Reap

Start the day with a wonderful excursion to the 7th and 8th century site of SamborPreiKuk. Located 30 minutes drive away, SamborPreiKuk temple site pre-dates Angkor by more than 500 years. You are greeted on arrival by your local community guide, who will take you on a peaceful hike or bicycle ride of about 5km along shady jungle paths. Some of the temples hold incredible carvings and there is a sense of discovery as the temples are often hidden under vegetation.

Return to Kampong Thom where you enjoy an early lunch at Sambor Village hotel.

Freshen up for our onward transfer to Siem Reap, located 2.5 hours away. On the way, stop at the ancient bridge of Kampong Kdei that dates back to the 12th century. The bridge remains remarkably well preserved and measures 80m in length and 14m in width.

Continue to Siem Reap and upon arrival you are check into your hotel.

Day 15

Siem Reap - City Tour and Floating Village

Breakfast at hotel.

Siem Reap Orientation visiting to local main shrine PreahAngChek/Cham to pray for good luck. Walking along a bungalow where is special for local people. They mostly come here for taking pictures with their family or beloved one and some come here for taking exercise in the evening. Bungalow is also home to hundreds of fruit-bats, where they can be found on the top of those big trees. The continue to nearby pagoda of PreahProhmRath which of course looks very similar to the other pagoda but is rich in history.  

Late morning, drive to southern part of Siem Reap through local villages and along the rice paddy fields to Chong Kneas Floating Village where is home to hundreds of families living on the water. Embark on a local boat for about an hour to visit this floating village. You will have a chance to see the real-life of local people and see how they make for a living. Back to town for your own lunch.

Afternoon, explore the popular handicraft in Siem Reap, the Artisans D’ Angkor, where it focuses on training unschooled rural youth. Here you will have a chance to observe the artisans at work and see how the handicraft is being made. At 16h30, we will drive to Road 60m to observe the local life. Road 60m is very popular for local people, hanging out with their families and beloved ones after all day working. The road is full of local food, seasonal fruits and clothes. There is a play station for kids. If you are brave enough, we will invite you to taste the fried bugs on the first part of the road (They are all fine for local people but please ask your guide to make sure you are not allergic to any of those fried bugs).

Back to your hotel for overnight.

Day 16
Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Highlighted

Breakfast at hotel then depart hotel for visit to the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever.

And continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat - one of the world’s most impressive ruins.  The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art. Afternoon, continue exploring the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom. City &Bayon Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time.

Further, visit to the surroundings of the complex including the Baphoun, Elephant Terraces, Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place area and visit one more ruin in Angkor Area of Preah Khan temple, built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and it is the same style to Ta Prom Temple.

Back to hotel for overnight.

Day 17
Siem Reap Remote Temples

Depart for a full day trip to Koh Ker and BengMealea both located in the beautiful rural hinterlands of Siem Reap.

Travel off-the-beaten track for 2.5 hours before arriving at Koh Ker, the former capital of the Khmer Empire between 928 and 944 A.D. The style of the Koh Ker temple is different from any other temple in Cambodia and has more of a resemblance to the ancient pyramids of Egypt. Partially overgrown by the forest and inhabited only by birds, this temple and its surroundings are an exceptional experience. Enjoy a simple picnic lunch near the temple and continue to visit other ancient structures in the peaceful area.

As you head back to Siem Reap, visit the spectacular ruins of BengMealea, which was constructed by King Suryavarman II (1113-1150). It preceded and may have served as a prototype of sorts for Angkor Wat. Contrary to Angkor, few carvings or bas-reliefs are evident. Today the temple is largely overrun by vegetation and the stone walls are crumbling which adds to its charm in a unique way.

After your visit, drive 1.5 hours back to your hotel. (Road conditions to Koh Ker may vary according to the season and can be bumpy in the wet season)

Day 18
Siem Reap - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for the final departure.

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