Glamping Asia: A Luxury Camping Experience Thailand, Laos & Cambodia
Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.
DEPART USA / BANGKOK, THAILANDFebruary 21 — February 22
Board your independent flight from North America to Thailand, crossing the International Date Line en route. Arrive in Bangkok the following day and transfer to the Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner to toast to our upcoming adventure.
BANGKOK / LUANG PRABANG, LAOSFebruary 23
After breakfast, board our flight to Laos, arriving in Luang Prabang just in time for your first Laotian lunch. Today you will learn more about the town we will call home for the next three nights, including the local architecture and its transformation over time. Check in to the Rosewood, a resplendent lodge with a design element inspired by the textiles of the local indigenous hill tribes, for dinner and overnight.
LUANG PRABANGFebruary 24
Your day begins with a cycling tour along the mighty Mekong River, passing small villages and bucolic countryside. Reward yourself later with a possible dip in the cool waters below Hoy Khoua Waterfall while enjoying a delightful picnic lunch. Later in the day, you may experience a Baci blessing ceremony, joining local devotees in chanting Buddhist mantras, or learn about Laos’ local myths and folklore through music and a rich storytelling performance, which will be held at an old colonial house that has been converted into a small theatre.
LUANG PRABANGFebruary 25
For early risers, grab your coffee and make your way before dawn to central Luang Prabang for the serene practice of alms giving. Watch hundreds of orange-robed Buddhist monks leave their pagodas and walk single file along the streets, the area devoid of any sound beyond whispers. After this peaceful experience, return to the Rosewoodfor breakfast and prepare for the day ahead. Activity options may include an interactive natural dyeing workshop, working for a day in the countryside as an organic rice farmer, or preparing delicious food and hand feeding elephants near a local village.
LUANG PRABANG / SIEM REAP, CAMBODIAFebruary 26
Take a guided stroll through the morning market to learn about popular local produce, then visit the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace. Transfer to the airport for our flight to Siem Reap, your first stop in the Kingdom of Cambodia. Check in to The Beige, your home for the next three nights. This private and luxurious tented lodge is furnished with many creature comforts, including organic bedding on your own four-poster bed and an infinity pool overlooking the jungle canopy. This afternoon, there may be an opportunity to visit the small onsite farm that provides produce and other food items for the hotel kitchen.
SIEM REAPFebruary 27
Today, explore the grand Hindu temple complex of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With small, snaking pathways and tree roots that inch-by-inch twist and turn around carved stone doorways, the many sights and different perspectives of Angkor Wat’s complexes are a photographer’s paradise. Switching gears in the afternoon, visit a Landmine Museum, to learn more about the historical realities that Cambodia faced and continues to face.
SIEM REAPFebruary 28
Several exciting options are on offer today, including a Khmer cooking class and a visit to a silk farm. A local NGO has helped to revive this local practice, made possible by the yellow silk worm, providing employment opportunities for more than 100 locals. Here you may view and purchase high-quality handicrafts that take the artists many months to create. Finish the day with a sunset cruise on Tonlé Sap Lake, before retiring to The Beigefor a nightcap on your private terrace or at the outdoor fireplace overlooking the Siem Reap River.
SIEM REAP / BANGKOK, THAILAND / PHUKET / KOH YAO NOIMarch 1
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our flight to Phuket. Here you will board an iconic “long-tail boat” for the scenic journey to the island of Koh Yao Noi. Check in to the exclusive 9 Hornbills Camp, your home for three nights, set in beautiful, lush surroundings.
KOH YAO NOIMarch 2
After a sumptuous breakfast, activities abound for your first full day in Thailand. Kayaking, a morning yoga class, taking a Thai cooking class, and enjoying the ocean views from your terrace or simply lounging by your private pool with a cold coconut are all perfectly respectable options.
KOH YAO NOIMarch 3
Today explore the island’s giant limestone cliffs from a whole different angle, as you approach from the sea. As evening falls, gather for a special farewell dinner at our lodge.
KOH YAO NOI / PHUKET / BANGKOK / USAMarch 4
Return to Phuket for our flight to Bangkok and connect with your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.