Thailand & Cambodia 2022
November 6 - 19, 2022
Thailand & Cambodia 2022
November 6 - 19
The best of Cambodia and Thailand! Participate in Loi Krathong Festival. Take care of your own elephants in Chiang Mai. Ride along the klongs in Bangkok, once known as the Venice of East. Be awed by the Khmer masterpiece at Angkor Wat. The sombering feeling at Choeung Ek Killing Fields at Phnom Penh.
- 13 nights in 3-star or 4-star accommodations.
- 21 meals: Breakfast (9), Lunch (7), Dinner (5)
- Services of a deaf Tour Leader on call 24 hours a day.
- Services of local deaf and/or hearing guides.
- All transportation expenses.
- All admission fees for attractions and museums mentioned in the itinerary.
- Single entry e-Visa for Cambodia. No visa needed for Thailand.
- Most tips, except for your Tour Leader.
- Informative travel preparation packet.
- Pre-tour and/or post-tour itinerary consultation.
- $100 discount per person on your next regular tour.
- Domestic and/or international airfares.
- All other meals not mentioned in the itinerary and personal expenses.
- Any COVID-19 related tests.
- Travel insurance.
Per person, double occupancy.
SEE ICONIC SIGHTS
Be awed by the majestic Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. Walk through the Grand Palace, the home of the 4th kingdom of Thailand.
CONNECT WITH LOCALS
Meet deaf students at Setsatian School for the Deaf. Meet deaf painters and sculptors in Siem Reap. Be transported by deaf owned van drivers. Learn more about deaf advocacy with the National Association of the Deaf in Thailand.
DIVE INTO CULTURE
Experience one of Thailand’s two major holidays: Loi Krathong. Witness thousands of paper lanterns raising into the sky. Nurture the elephants at a rescue farm. Learn the history of the Khmer Rouge.
SAMPLE FOOD & DRINKS
Let your taste buds go wild with a wide variety of fruits: durian, dragon fruit, rambutan, mangosteen, longan and lychee. Have some amazing charcoal-fired pad thai by a deaf street vendor. Sample yummy coconut ice cream!
13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS
DAY 1 - 4
DAY 1 - Arrival into Chiang Mai. Meet your deaf guide at the airport and check into your hotel. Welcome dinner. Stay in Chiang Mai for 4 nights.
DAY 2 - Each of us would be spending all day at a rescue sanctuary dressed up in mahout outfits and learning how to take care of our own elephants, including doing a physical examination, feeding, brushing and bathing. Walk with your elephant up a hill for a picnic lunch by the waterfall, and a swim with your elephant afterwards. Do some shopping at the Chang Klan Night Bazaar after dinner.
DAY 3 - In the morning, we head up to Doi Suthep, high in the mountain with a beautiful view of Chiang Mai. Free time in the afternoon. Participate in the Yee Peng Sky Lantern Festival, which starts at 4:00 pm.
DAY 4 - All day excursion to visit the Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple) and Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) in Chiang Rai. Participate in the Loi Krathong Festival in the evening.
DAY 5 - 8
DAY 5 - In the morning, we fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. After being picked up by a deaf van driver, we check into a hotel. Free time in the afternoon to do some shopping at Siam Square (with 5 malls next to each other) or to visit Jim Thompson House. Evening cocktails at a sky bar. Stay in Bangkok for 4 nights.
DAY 6 - In the morning, we visit the splendid Grand Palace, glittering Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho, where a 160 foot long Reclining Buddha reside. Then we take a boat tour across Chao Phraya River to Thonburi where we will go through the klongs (canals) with 2 stops at Wat Arun and for lunch. Afterwards, we take the Skytrain back to Siam Square for dinner.
DAY 7 - Short visit at Setsatian School for the Deaf. Head up to Ayutthaya to see the majestic capital ruins of the Second Kingdom (as Bangkok is the capital of the Third Kingdom). Learn how Ayutthaya rose to prominence after Sukkothai, the capital of the First Kingdom, fell. Return to Bangkok in late afternoon.
DAY 8 - We head out to Ratchaburi to see the interesting Mae Klong train market, as well as Damnoen Saduak floating market. Return to Bangkok by mid-afternoon. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
DAY 9 - 12
DAY 9 - In the morning, we fly to Siem Reap. Free time in the afternoon. Go swimming in the pool. Enjoy the pub street and night market. Stay in Siem Reap for 3 nights.
DAY 10 - In the morning, we see deaf as well as “differently abled” craftspeople (artists, painters, embroiderers and sculptors) at Les Artisans D’Angkor. Then the rest of the day will be exploring Angkor Complex sites including Bantey Srey, Bayon Temple, Elephant Terrace and Ta Prohm.
DAY 11 - We head out to ride on a boat at Tonle Sap Lake, where you get a glimpse of daily life on floating villages, complete with schools, restaurants and hospitals. After lunch, we visit Angkor Wat, including its spectacular sunset view. Humans only circus show in the evening.
DAY 12 - 5-hour drive from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh with a lunch stop enroute. Free time in the afternoon, including the option to go swimming or visiting the National Museum and/or the Russian Market. Stay in Phnom Penh for 2 nights.
DAY 13 - 14
DAY 13 - Visit Wat Phnom, Lady Penh and Royal Palace. Lunch at a café for good cause, then visit Tuol Sleong Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Killing Fields. Farewell dinner.
DAY 14 - Transfer to the airport for your flight.