The Ultimate Thailand and Angkor Wat Itinerary: Plan Your Dream Adventure

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A trip to Thailand would be much more delightful if paired with a visit to the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat. This comprehensive guide is tailored to assist you in curating the perfect Thailand and Angkor Wat itinerary, ensuring that you immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Bangkok, relish the serene beauty of Thai beaches, and marvel at the ancient splendor of Cambodia’s renowned temple complex. Get set for an unforgettable journey!

Thailand and Angkor Wat Itinerary in 15 Days

This itinerary spans two weeks, offering a balanced exploration of Thailand’s rich culture, pristine beaches, and Cambodia’s historic Angkor Wat.

Day 1-2: Bangkok

Start your adventure in the vibrant capital of Thailand, Bangkok. 

Dive into the city’s rich history and bustling culture by visiting must-see temples such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, which houses the impressive Reclining Buddha.¬†

If your schedule allows, take a day trip to the historic Ayutthaya, just a short journey from the city. In the evening, explore Bangkok’s legendary street food scene or consider a guided food tour for a deeper culinary experience.

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Two famous sites in Bangkok: Grand Palace and Wat Pho

>> Read More: 15 Best Things To Do In Bangkok With Kids

Day 3-5: Chiang Mai

Fly north to Chiang Mai, the cultural heart of Northern Thailand. 

Spend your first day visiting the majestic Wat Phra That Doi Suthep for panoramic views and a serene temple experience. 

The following day, engage ethically with local wildlife at one of Chiang Mai’s reputable elephant sanctuaries. In the evenings, wander through the lively Night Bazaar or the more relaxed Saturday Walking Street.¬†

Optional activities include taking a Thai cooking class or enjoying a rejuvenating Thai massage.

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The stunning Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Day 6-7: Phuket 

Spend two days in Phuket, one of Thailand’s most popular beach destinations.¬†

Begin your visit with an exploration of Patong Beach, where the lively bars, nightclubs, and beach activities offer a vibrant nightlife scene. 

Alternatively, you can choose a more relaxed day with a trip to Phi Phi Island. Known for its stunning landscapes, including Maya Bay (featured in “The Beach”), Phi Phi offers opportunities for snorkeling in crystal-clear waters and hiking for spectacular views. Consider booking a boat tour to explore the surrounding islands, including the quieter Bamboo Island, for a more secluded beach experience.

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Explore Phi Phi Island

Day 8: Krabi 

Travel to Krabi, and make your way to Railay Beach, accessible only by boat due to the high limestone cliffs that cut it off from the mainland. These cliffs are a haven for rock climbers from around the world, offering routes for all skill levels. Railay also boasts beautiful beaches and viewpoints, such as the Railay Viewpoint and the stunning Princess Cave. 

If time permits, consider a visit to Ao Nang, a popular beach town with a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and additional beach options like Nopparat Thara Beach, which is quieter and more family-friendly.

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The romantic vibes that Railay Beach offers

Day 9: Koh Lanta 

Conclude your Southern Thailand beach hopping in Koh Lanta, a serene island perfect for families and travelers seeking a peaceful retreat. Koh Lanta is known for its long, sandy beaches, clear waters, and relaxed atmosphere. 

Spend your day lounging on Klong Dao or Long Beach, or take a snorkeling trip to the nearby Koh Rok and Koh Ha, where the coral reefs are vibrant and well-preserved.

For a unique experience, visit Lanta Old Town, a charming village with stilted houses and a relaxed vibe, reflecting the island’s multicultural history.

Day 10-11: Siem Reap

Travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia. 

Spend your first day exploring local attractions such as the Cambodian Cultural Village and the Angkor National Museum. 

In the evening, take a stroll down Pub Street for a taste of the local nightlife or enjoy a performance at the Phare Cambodian Circus.

Day 12-13: Angkor Wat

Dedicate the next two days to exploring the majestic temples of Angkor Archaeological Park. 

Start with a sunrise visit to Angkor Wat, capturing the iconic silhouette against the morning sky. Continue to the Bayon Temple to see its famous stone faces and visit Ta Prohm, where massive tree roots intertwine with ancient ruins. 

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Main view of Bayon Temple in Angkor Wat

On the second day, venture to less frequented temples such as Banteay Srei, renowned for its intricate carvings, and Preah Khan, a large temple complex with captivating enclosures.

>> Read More: An Easy Guide On Planning Your Angkor Wat Tour

Day 14-15: Battambang

Travel to Battambang, a charming riverside town in Cambodia known for its French colonial architecture and vibrant art scene. 

Spend your first day exploring the town’s historical sites, including the well-preserved Governor‚Äôs Residence and the Battambang Museum. Take a ride on the famous Bamboo Train, offering a unique and scenic journey through rural landscapes.¬†

The next day, visit Phnom Sampeau, a hill with striking temples and a dark history as a Khmer Rouge killing site. Witness the daily exodus of millions of bats at dusk from the caves beneath the hill. Additionally, engage with local artists and craftsmen in the thriving creative scene, possibly attending a workshop or visiting a gallery.

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Ta Dumbong Kro Aung Statue in Battambang

Essential Tips When Planning Your Thailand – Cambodia Adventure

Planning an adventure can be as exciting as the trip itself, but it requires careful preparation, especially when it comes to understanding the best time to travel and navigating visa requirements.

Best Time to Travel

The best time to travel largely depends on your destination and what you want to do. For most tropical destinations like Thailand and Cambodia, the weather plays a significant role:

  • Thailand: The best time to visit is during the cool and dry season between November and early April. During these months, the weather is pleasant with minimal rainfall, making it ideal for exploring the beaches and cultural sites.
  • Cambodia: Like Thailand, the best time to visit is during the dry season, from November to April. This period avoids the heavy rains and high humidity of the monsoon season, making it perfect for visiting ancient temples and enjoying outdoor activities.

>> Read More: The Best Time to Visit Thailand Cambodia and Vietnam

Visa Requirements

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Understanding visa requirements is crucial for any international travel

Thailand Visa Requirements

  • Many countries, including the United States and most European countries, benefit from visa-exempt entry for stays up to 30 days.
  • For the latest information on visa exemptions, visit the official Thailand Immigration website.
  • If your nationality does not qualify for visa exemption, you will need to apply for a visa in advance at a Thai embassy or consulate in your home country.

Cambodia Visa Requirements

  • Cambodia offers visa-free entry for citizens of many countries, including most ASEAN member states and some European countries.
  • For the most up-to-date visa exemption list, visit the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: Cambodian MFAIC
  • If you do not qualify for visa exemption, there are a few options:
    • Visa on Arrival: Available at major airports in Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap) for a fee (typically around $30 USD). Required documents include passport photos and proof of onward travel.
    • E-visa: Apply online before your trip. This can be a convenient option, though processing times can vary.

General Tips for Travel

  • Passport validity: Ensure your passport has at least six months of validity remaining from your intended arrival date in both Thailand and Cambodia.
  • Check requirements in advance: Visa policies can change, so it‚Äôs important to double-check the requirements well in advance of your trip.
  • Prepare necessary documents: Have any necessary visa application documents readily available, such as passport photos and proof of sufficient funds.
  • Health and safety: Consider health precautions such as vaccinations and travel insurance. Be aware of local laws and customs to ensure a safe and respectful visit.

Ready For Your Thailand – Cambodia Holiday?

Explore the vibrant cultures, stunning landscapes, and historical landmarks through our comprehensive Thailand and Angkor Wat itinerary. From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the serene beaches of Phuket and the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat, this two-week journey promises a blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural enlightenment.

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