China & Thailand (15 Days)
Beijing, Guilin, Yangshuo, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Bangkok, Chiang Mai
Best of Thailand & Angkor
(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Siem Reap (Angkor)
Anytime we travel to Thailand, it’s hard for us to resist the temptation to make a short side trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia, to explore the spectacular ruins of Angkor. This tour is the perfect combination of the highlights of both countries, including the bustling city of Bangkok, the tropical beaches of Phuket, the breathtaking scenery and cultural attractions of northern Thailand, and the magnificent ancient ruins of Angkor. Accommodations are among the finest in Asia, including Four Seasons and Aman resorts.
Begin with comprehensive touring in Bangkok. With your own private guide, enjoy a fascinating, private long-tail boat tour through Bangkok's canals. Visit the most important temples. Learn about Buddhist practices and influences on daily life. Hear monks chanting at a morning ceremony. Explore colorful markets selling textiles, flowers, food and crafts. Visit small museums and interesting local neighborhoods. When not sightseeing, enjoy time at the world’s leading spa, swim, play tennis, shop for exquisite Thai silks and art work, and dine on some of Southeast Asia’s best cuisine.
Next, spend several days in Chiang Mai at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort, surrounded by mountains and terraced rice fields. With your private guide, visit revered mountaintop temples, the royal family’s Winter Palace, and an elephant camp and hill tribe village. Also browse Chiang Mai's craft districts selling celadon ceramics, paper umbrellas, silver, teak furniture, and beautiful silk weavings. A day will be at leisure to enjoy the resort's renowned spa, cooking school, infinity pool, or to go golfing.
Next, fly to Phuket for three nights at the island’s most exclusive beach resort. There, enjoy the resort's excellent spa and beautiful white sand beach. Another day, take a yacht cruise among the islands of Phang Nga Bay.
Continue to Cambodia to visit awe-inspiring Angkor—the ruins of the ancient Khmer empire. Stay at the exclusive Amansara, a peaceful and intimate luxury hotel and spa in the heart of Siem Reap. Artisans of Leisure will arrange for your own expert guide so you have the most educational and comfortable tour possible. Visit important ruins, such as Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, and discover lesser known jungle-covered ruins that are just as awe inspiring. All sightseeing is carefully designed to avoid crowds and see the ruins when they are most magical. Depending on your interests, also visit craft workshops, a local orphanage, take bike rides, have us arrange a Khmer cooking class, or charter a helicopter to a remote jungle temples.
Return to Bangkok for some last-minute shopping or touring before departing Thailand.
Arrive Bangkok, THAILAND
VIP airport assistance on arrival. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Full-day private city tour, including private longtail boat ride
Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Private transfer to airport for flight to Chiang Mai. Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights
Option for sunrise alms-giving. Full-day private tour of temples, craft districts and town. Private round-trip transfer to night market
Half-day private excursion to elephant camp
Chiang Mai - Phuket
Private transfer to airport for flight Phuket. Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights
At leisure at resort
Yacht cruise to Phang Nga Bay and nearby islands
Phuket - Siem Reap, CAMBODIA
Private transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Fast-track airport assistance and visa on arrival. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Sunset private tour of ruins
Private touring of temples and ruins
Private touring. Options include cultural touring, visits to more remote temples and ruins, or excursion to Tonle Sap Lake and floating villages
Siem Reap - Bangkok
Private transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. VIP airport assistance on arrival. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon flexible private city touring or shopping
Private airport transfer
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
or Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi
Siem Reap (Angkor):
Per person (double occupancy)
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Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
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A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
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All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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