THAILAND, LAOS & CAMBODIA
16 Days, February 17 - March 4, 2023
$6,395 / Air from Washington Dulles $2,980
Our most culturally exotic adventure for 2022-2023, the Thailand, Laos and Cambodia itinerary offers a rich variety of history, scenic splendor, and striking political change. The sheer sensual detail of this part of the world is as intense as ever. Everything seems bright and vivid as if the tropical climate required bold strokes for breath itself. On previous ventures to Southeast Asia, we discovered a region of immense history made all the more dramatic by a teeming drive toward modernity. Now, through improved infrastructure and dazzling new hotel properties, we’ll find this fascinating mosaic of small nations even more accessible and wondrous.
We’ll begin in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, with tours of Southeast Asia’s most visually stunning city as well as Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of the Thai people. After three nights at Bangkok’s renowned Peninsula Hotel, we’ll fly to the mountainous province of Chiang Mai, Thailand’s fabled Shangri-La, with its lush vegetation, historic temples, and colorful festivals. Following visits to Elephant Eco Valley, Chiang Rai, and the Golden Triangle, we’ll travel for two days on the Mekong River to Laos and Luang Prabang, a UNESCO world heritage city. After three days of immersive experiences with Lao culture, we’ll fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Here, we’ll spend the remainder of our time exploring the magnificent immensity of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer kingdom, as well as the many marvels of the Siem Reap region.
With a remarkable array of historic sites, cultural encounters, and beautiful scenery, along with splendid accommodations throughout, this is the W&L Traveller’s most ambitious and, we think, most rewarding tour of Southeast Asia yet.