Twelve (12) night luxury exploration of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia for two (2) couples
Roundtrip, Business Class Airfare from any major city in the contiguous United States to Bangkok, Thailand and returning from Siem Reap, Cambodia for two (2) couples
Airfare between Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang and Siem Reap for two (2) couples
Roundtrip, VIP Meet & Greet airport services and private ground transfers for all flights
Three (3) nights’ accommodations in a Deluxe Riverview Room at Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River for two (2) couples
Visit to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, flower market, Wat Saket and evening Chinatown food tour
Private canal tour in a klong boat, visit to Kudeejeen neighborhood and the Jim Thompson House
Chiang Mai, Thailand:
Three (3) nights’ accommodations in East Borneo Suites at 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai for two (2) couples
Visit to the magical temple of tunnels, Wat Umong, Buddist temple Wat Prathat at the top of Doi Suthep and hidden waterfall at the foot of the mountain
Enjoy Chiang Mai’s lush forests, visit to an elephant sanctuary, take a trek into the mountains with the elephants, ziplining adventure and street fair at the night bazaar
Luang Prabang, Laos:
Three (3) nights’ accommodations in Riverside Suites at Rosewood Luang Prabang for two (2) couples
Activities include a cruise to see the caves that house more than 10,000 Buddha statues and visits to the Hmong Night Market, Wat Tham atop Mt. Phousi, Royal Palace Museum and Silver Pagoda
Practice alms giving, take part in full day of touring to include Kuang Si Falls, Free the Bears Center, tour and taste of homemade ice cream at Buffalo Dairy Farm, biking and exploration of the temples of Prabang, visit to Wat Mai and Wat Zieng Thong and sunset cruise on the river with canapes
Siem Reap, Cambodia:
Three (3) nights’ accommodations in Park Executive Suites or Rooftop Garden Suites at Park Hyatt Siem Reap for two (2) couples
Tour of the Old Market, boutiques and art galleries in addition to a visit to the Prasat Chrung temple to see the sunset from a gondola with wine and canapes
Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, tour Ta Prohm with an archaeologist and visit to Angkor Thom
Visit to Cambodia’s Great Lake, ox ride through the villages and countryside, travel across the lake in a traditional wooden boat to explore the diverse ecosystem and visit to the Chong Kneas floating village
The philosophy of ultra-luxury tour company Remote Lands is simple: “Seek the remarkable.”
You may have been to Asia before, but you’ve never seen it like this: from the vantage point of experts who have spent their lives discovering the essence of each destination and who specialize in delivering “a journey not only of the body and mind but also of the soul.”
Throughout this remarkable trip, you’ll have the benefit of unparalleled service, 24/7 ground support, seamless transfer from place to place and a glimpse into exotic cultures that only insiders can provide.
Your adventure begins in Bangkok, where you’ll have a private transfer from the airport along the Chao Phraya River to the new, tranquil Four Seasons Hotel, designed by Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy. The marble lobby is decorated with wall-sized Thai contemporary art, and the terraces of the restaurants overlook a palatial courtyard. You’ll spend three nights in a deluxe room overlooking the courtyard and the Chao Phraya, secluded yet cosmopolitan.
Bangkok will be your gateway for exploring the artistic and religious treasures of the capital region. You’ll visit some of the area’s best-known temples: Wat Pho, home of the Giant Reclining Buddha; Wat Arun, devoted to the Hindu God Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun; and the hillside temple of Wat Saket, crowned with a gold Buddhist stupa with a view of the city below. Your first full day in Bangkok will culminate in a visit to Chinatown, where you’ll sample street food staples and the city’s best Chinese-Thai dishes.
Tour the Grand Palace, a cluster of buildings that have been the official residence of the kings of Thailand (once Siam) since 1782 and home of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist temple. Visit the colorful and fragrant Flower Market, where garlands and bundles of fresh flowers are trucked in from the north. One morning, begin your day with a private canal tour in a klong boat and learn why Bangkok was once referred to as “The Venice of the East.”
In your spare time, discover the hidden delights of the city: a visit to the quaint Kudeejeen neighborhood, a community of mixed religions and cultures; a traditional Thai puppet performance; a visit to the Jim Thompson house, home of the man who revived Thailand’s silk industry; and a stop at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, home to a complex of art galleries, bookshops, craft shops and an art library.
Your journey continues with a flight to Chiang Mai, the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom and largest city in northern Thailand, known for its misty mountains and laid-back atmosphere. Your home base in Chiang Mai will be 137 Pillars House, originally built 125 years ago as the headquarters of the Borneo Company Limited. You’ll stay in the East Borneo Suites, a haven of tranquility with every imaginable convenience, including large terraces with expansive daybeds and a bathroom equipped with a free-standing Victorian bathtub.
On arrival in Chiang Mai, you’ll visit the Temple of Wat Umong, home to a labyrinth of meditation tunnels filled with Buddhist images and artifacts. From there, you’ll head to Wat Prathat, a Buddhist temple at the top of the mountain Doi Suthep, offering panoramic views of the city and countryside.
The next morning, it’s time to meet Thailand’s official national animal—the elephant—at one of the sanctuaries that practices rescue and rehabilitation. You’ll begin with a training session on how to interact with and care for the animals. After feeding them, you’ll escort the elephants to the river to learn how to properly bathe them, after which you can take a trek into the mountains with your new friends.
Later in the day, you’ll leave the elephants behind and take a ziplining adventure. In the evening, if you wish, step out and stroll the night bazaar, sampling street food and picking up souvenirs for your friends back home.
Before leaving Chiang Mai, you’ll experience a cooking class with a local host, where you’ll learn to prepare traditional northern Thai dishes such as tomato-chili dips, Burmese-influenced pork curry and grilled chicken.
From Chiang Mai, it’s a short flight to Luang Prabang in north-central Laos, once the royal capital and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll spend three nights in a Riverside Suite at the Rosewood, an ultra-luxury jewel of a boutique hotel with 23 rooms nestled into an idyllic hilltop forest.
The next morning, board a boat for a cruise on the Mekong River to Pak Ou, where you’ll explore the famous caves housing more than 10,000 statues of Buddha. Return to Luang Prabang and climb to the top of Mt. Phousi, the town’s highest peak, where you’ll have sweeping views over the entire region. Finish your day with a visit to the nearby Royal Palace Museum and Silver Pagoda.
Rise at 5 a.m. the next day to experience the traditional spiritual practice of almsgiving. Follow the monks of Luang Prabang as they walk barefoot from temple to temple to receive offerings of food from the faithful. The solemn march of barefoot monks, clad in their orange robes, is a sight you’ll never forget.
The rest of your final day in Luang Prabang will be spent touring. In the morning you’ll see Kuang Si Falls, a striking three-tiered waterfall in the lush forest. On the way up, you’ll pass the Free the Bears Center and stop at Buffalo Dairy Farm for a tour and tasting of ice cream. After visiting two of the most outstanding Buddhist temples in Laos, Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong, you’ll finish the day with a sunset cruise on the river.
For the final leg of your Asian odyssey, you’ll fly to Siem Reap, the second largest city in Cambodia and the gateway to the famed temples of Angkor Wat. You’ll stay in spacious suites at the Park Hyatt, a luxurious colonial residence in the downtown area that blends Khmer architecture with Art Deco.
For an introduction to Siem Reap, you’ll visit the Psar Chaa (Old Market). Browse through the boutiques and art galleries in this convoluted bazaar and shop for wood and stone carvings, silk, Buddha images and other Cambodian souvenirs. Later in the afternoon, travel to the quiet temple of Prasat Chrung, where you can view the sunset from a gondola with wine and canapes.
Early the next morning you’ll witness the stunning spectacle of the sunrise over Angkor Wat, the largest temple complex in the world. Built in the 12th century as the capital of King Suryavarman II’s empire, it was originally dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu before being converted to a Buddhist temple. It is the only one of the Angkor temples to remain a significant religious center.
Visit the temple of Ta Prohm with an archaeologist who will explain the preservation and restoration efforts in the 12th-century temple complex. Finish the day with Angkor Thom, a city within the Angkor Park; its most popular site is Bayon, the state temple of King Jayavarman VII, a temple with 54 towers and over 200 faces carved on them.
On your final day in Siem Riep you’ll drive to the Boeung Tonlé Sap, Cambodia’s Great Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia stretching across the northern section of the country. Your view of a unique way of life begins with an ox-ride through the villages and countryside and continues with a cruise across the lake in a traditional wooden boat, passing through a rich and diverse ecosystem with more than 100 varieties of water birds. You’ll finish with a tour of Chong Kneas floating village, where schools, churches, gardens, farms and even police stations float on the surface of the water.
As you begin your trip home, you’ll realize that you’ve become an old Asia hand—and that you will never view the world in exactly the same way again. Wherever you go, you’ll carry the memories of exotic cultures and tranquil temples with you.
The glories of Asia await you: With the winning bid, you can change your life and your perception of the world.
Trip cannot be taken December 20-December 31, 2022. Roundtrip, Business Class airfare from any major city in the contiguous United States to Bangkok, Thailand and returning from Siem Reap, Cambodia is included. Regional flights are business class. Flight to Laos is one-class economy. Private English-speaking guide and private car and driver are included on all Remote Lands organized touring days. Non-alcoholic refreshments provided in the touring vehicle. All touring and transfers are included as detailed and include all entry fees, touring permits, taxes and service fees, breakfast daily and Laos and Cambodia visas. Travel insurance, meals, alcohol and gratuities are excluded unless otherwise stated.