Experience the marvel of Cambodian culture with an enriching visit to Siem Reap, and get swept up in a historical adventure like none other. Often referred to as the “gateway” to the impossibly impressive Angkor temple sites, Siem Reap invites you into a whole other world – whether you are drifting along sunset waters in an Angkor gondola or exploring a breathtaking ancient ruin. Afterwards, return to Thailand’s roots with a four-night stay at the exceptional Soneva Kiri resort, where you can revel in lush rainforests and on sun-drenched beaches, and treat your taste buds to delectable Thai dishes. At Soneva Kiri, get ready to lose yourself in the tropical freedom awaiting you.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Angkor at Dusk: Remote Lands knows the secret sunset spots away from the crowds, which are best enjoyed when followed by an evening cruise in a private gondola.
• Angkor by Helicopter: Fly over ancient ruins to see the temple city from a unique perspective, then touchdown for a picnic in remote Beng Mealea.
• Koh Kood: Located in the northeast of the Gulf of Thailand, the paradise isle of Koh Kood offers mangroves, coral reefs, pristine beaches, waterfall hikes, and barefoot luxury at Soneva Kiri.
The adventure begins in the treasure of northwest Cambodia, the celebrated prelude to the coveted Angkor temples itself – Siem Reap. Upon arrival, a private transfer will whisk you to your hotel. Once you are settled prepare to let the travel stress melt away as you are led into an enchanting evening on the tranquil waters around Angkor Thom. Witness a sunset of profound proportion from one of the four ancient temples, the Prasat Chrung, before gliding home in your traditional Angkor gondola, where you’ll be swept away by the beauty and serenity of the moment.
Wake early for an beyond compare sunrise at the majestic Angkor Wat, and start your second day in Siem Reap with once-in-a-lifetime flair. Visit the artistically inspired Hindu temple of Banteay Srei, home to some of the most inimitable stone carvings in the world, before moving onto the equally remarkable Banteay Samre citadel and Landmine Museum for an immersive dose of fascinating history. Next, take part in a unique luncheon at the Conservatoire d’Angkor, dedicated to conserving Cambodian Dance, where you will enjoy the privilege of a private performance by the school’s dance troupe. End the day with an ATV adventure through the beauty of the Cambodian countryside beneath an enviable sunset.
After a visit to Angkor Thom, you will explore the captivating ruins of Ta Phrom with an expert archeologist. There is the opportunity to bless a village or family with the donation of a water well; you are welcome to visit this village to witness the miracle of your generosity in action. Enjoy a bike ride in the countryside to enjoy some fresh-air activity and breathtaking views . As an optional experience, you can take a truly phenomenal helicopter journey to the ruined temples of Koh Ker, where an expert guide will fill you in on its history, followed by a lovely picnic lunch at the ruins of Beng Mealea. The evening will be spent enjoying an extraordinary performance, with VIP seats, at the Phare Circus.
Savor a leisurely morning until your private car arrives to drive you to the airport. VIP service will be yours to enjoy upon departure; a Cessna 8-seater will fly you from Siem Reap to Trat, where you will then board another plane for a 20-minute flight to Soneva Kiri. After checking in to the hotel, the rest of the day is left in your hands. If you need inspiration for how to conclude the evening, we recommend the Cinema Paradiso; an open-air theatre that gifts you with the chance to watch classic movies under a star-strewn sky, while nibbling delicious treats or sipping on specially made cocktails.
An entire day of recreational freedom is at your fingertips. Sprawl out in the sun and relax or seek adventure out on the water – book a snorkel trip, jump aboard a speedboat for a thrilling sea safari to Koh Kradad Island, or go one step further and try your hand at scuba diving! If land adventures are more your style, be sure to book the Mushroom Cave Lunch for a dining experience like no other - you’ll be amazed at the many ways mushrooms can be prepared and enjoyed - visit the local fishing villages tucked into the mangrove forests and discover the alluring Klong Chao waterfall, or cycle the peaceful island roads of Koh Kood on an energizing mountain bike expedition.
Another full day of luxurious choices awaits you! If you happened to take advantage of the many activities provided by Soneva Kiri yesterday, change tactics today and while away the hours in blissful relaxation. The on-site spa offers an incredible selection of wellness rituals, from traditional Asian healing therapies to any kind of massage you could desire. Get pampered, and then watch the sweeping sunset from the resort’s private white-sand beach, or appeal to your inner child’s imagination and delight yourself with an incomparable meal treehouse style – where you’ll eat amidst the soaring heights of one of our adored Treepod dining tables in the stunning rainforest.
Enjoy your last full day in Soneva Kiri by soaking up the best of Koh Kood’s spectacular nature by embarking on the Yai Ki Trek, which combines hiking and kayaking with a cooling plunge in a refreshing waterfall. Additionally, explore the rainforest by indulging in the Koh Kood Butterfly Quest with a resident expert ecologist or, for the more energetic, by discovering untouched Thai beauty on the Somchai Rainforest Trek. Finish the evening in true island fashion – fall under the spell of the night sky at The Observatory, and allow the passion of our visiting astronomers teach you the secrets of the stars.
Located approximately five miles from the famed Angkor Wat, Amansara is sleek, stylish and superbly private. Formerly the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, the grounds were originally laid out in 1962 and designed to embrace both modern design and the rich artistic legacy of Cambodia. This tranquil oasis is surrounded by beautiful gardens and includes a curved slate swimming pool. The 24 suites are decorated in a classic Indochinese palette of cool gray, pristine white, dark timber and ivory, and all include a private courtyard and soothing water features; 12 suites are equipped with private swimming pools. The Roof Garden, shaded by trees, is the ideal venue for relaxing by candlelight with cocktails, or for invigorating morning yoga sessions. The Spa, which has four treatment rooms, focuses on therapeutic Cambodian techniques using organic products. Every suite has access to its own remork and driver. On the 2007 Zagat Survey list of the world’s best hotels, Amansara was ranked number two for service.
The Park Hyatt is a new addition to Cambodia’s select five-star hotel crowd. The hotel was previously Hotel De La Paix, one of the country’s top properties, and has been rebranded after a complete renovation. This new and exciting hotel is situated in one of Asia’s major emerging cultural destinations, providing ultimate indulgence and impeccable service. Designed by award-winning Bangkok-based interior designer Bill Bensley, Park Hyatt won Cambodia’s No. 1 hotel spot in Travel + Leisure and ranked No. 29 in its World’s Best Hotels 2010 list. Park Hyatt Siem Reap features 104 guestrooms, a choice of restaurants, a bar, fresh bakery, two swimming pools, a spa and fitness center.
This award-winning five-star hotel enjoys a fantastic location in the Cambodian countryside, just a short drive away from Siem Reap town center as well as the incredible Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and prized tourist attraction of the country. Contemporary Khmer design is a running theme throughout Anantara’s rooms and suites, lush oasis spa, tropical gardens and range of superb dining options, with a generous helping of wooden flooring, rich textiles and locally-made artistic installations. Each one of the 39 rooms and suites is spacious and fully-equipped with all the latest modern conveniences, and the luxurious floor-to-ceiling windows in every room present tranquil garden or pool views. Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa - true to its name - also offers a memorable spa experience set in a tranquil oasis in the middle of a tropical garden – perfect for easing away those aches and pains after exploring the nearby temple complex or plethora of other nearby attractions. Elsewhere, guests can take a dip in the hot tub, relax in the sauna, dine at one of three on-site restaurants or kick back next to the pool with a cocktail in hand.
Situated in the cultural heart of the lively town of Siem Reap, the Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Siem Reap features 10 ultra-luxe villas designed by celebrated architect Bill Bensley to reflect his idea of an idyllic life that is filled with privacy and surrounded by lush gardens. Beneath the cooling shadows of the town’s trees, these intimate compounds offer exceptional comfort in every aspect of a guest’s stay. The softest of beds, baths under stars, and diligent butlers lay the foundation for a rejuvenating experience. The hotel compound also houses a wide array of sleek and stylish dining venues that serve everything from authentic local dishes to tender Wagu steaks. All meals can be delivered to guest’s residences at any hour of the day.
Soneva Kiri is located on the remote but accessible island of Koh Kood in the northeast area of the Gulf of Thailand. The resort was developed using the principles of ecologically sustainable design. The 36 environmentally friendly villas overlooking the Gulf of Thailand include private infinity pools and outdoor terraces with lounge chairs. Every room category comes with personal butler service, and several villas also feature private spa suites. The Six Senses Spa features 11 double treatment rooms and four rooms featuring private relaxation areas. The resort has many dining options, including a formal dining room with Thai-inspired organic cuisine, a hut that features an expansive wood-fired rock oven and tandoor, and a Thai and Mediterranean restaurant where guests can opt for traditional kantoke seating (around a short table on cushions). There are also two cocktail lounges, an ice cream parlor, a chocolate room and a gourmet cheese vault. At arrival and departure, guests are escorted by speed boat just over a mile to and from the arrival pier and Soneva Kiri Airport. From there, flights to Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) take 60 minutes.
Thailand has it all – from towering mountains, gilded temples, vibrant corals, ancient ruins and powdery white-sand beaches. Enjoy an 11-day journey through the diverse landscape of what’s known as the Land of Smiles. The hospitality along with the mouthwatering cuisine make this country a traveler’s favorite.
Gather your closest loved ones and go on a 13-day adventure that celebrates the best of life, from bustling cities to postcard-perfect natural landscapes. Tap into the electric pulse of busy cosmopolitan cities whose frenetic energy is even more lively at night. Taste the fragrant cuisines that tell a story of the people’s past and present. Slow it down to soak it all in with moments of serenity in misty mountains and turquoise lagoons. Relish these good times with friends and family and create fond memories that will be unforgotten.
Escape from the stresses of back home and retreat to the tropical shores of southern Thailand for 6 days of sandy beach, tropical jungle, warm seas, fresh seafood, and guided personalized wellness activities. Bring peace and mindfulness back into your life with meditation, yoga, and fitness. Pamper yourself with massage therapies and healing treatments. Nourish your body with southern Thailand’s freshest ingredients harvested from where the wild forest meets the sea. This immersive trip offers a balance of rejuvenating activities, delicious and fresh food experiences, and inspiring destination, helping you achieve a sense of well-being unique to southern Thailand.
A quick but luxurious 2-day adventure in the Northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai, this itinerary is the perfect add-on to any Southeast Asia trip. Bike through vibrant green tea fields, explore the city’s revered temples and pay a visit to a Hmong Village. This is an active exploration of the ancient city.
This nine-day itinerary will introduce you to the beauty and history of Northern Thailand. Visit authentic Lanna towns and traditional villages on the Sakae Krang River, explore a multitude of temples and ancient ruins, and spend a day interacting with elephants.
See the contrast of two cultures as they’re juxtaposed before your eyes on this 16-day luxury journey through Thailand’s Bangkok and Bhutan. You’ll compare the glimmering Grand Palace and Wat Arun to the ancient architecture of Bhutan’s monasteries, raft the Mo Chu river, and spend nights at the luxurious Amankora.
Spend 4 luxurious days getting acquainted with Thailand’s busy capital and surrounding quieter areas. Kanchanaburi is only a 2-hour trip from the bustling city but feels a world away. The well-preserved ancient ruins of Ayutthaya are a must-see in addition to Bangkok’s fantastic cultural and historical sites.
This five-day trip around Bangkok sees you appreciate the finer things in life, with a focus on personalized shopping experiences, unique and indulgent wellness treatments, as well as exclusive wining and dining with some of the city’s top chefs.
Retreat to the mountainous province of Chiang Rai on this 6-day trip to two different wellness destinations, Pa Sak Tong and Phu Saichai. Breathe in deep the fresh mountain air and unwind with pampering spa treatments, refocus with mindful meditation in the verdant fields, strengthen the body with jungle treks and biking, and refuel with organic wholesome meals. This luxury getaway into the cool and green hills of northern Thailand will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.
Explore incredible ancient temples, sprawling ruins and rural villages on this luxurious 2-day trip in Northern Thailand. Sample and savor Northern treats as you step into another world in the massive night bazaar or the local market. It’s a holiday back in time with several ancient sites waiting to be explored.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
An Asia-focused magazine brought to you by Remote Lands – a platform for adventure, luxury, and authenticity from experts and explorers around the continent.
The Remote Lands travel experts have put together a batch of new holiday itineraries for the Land of Smiles, from luxury and elephants to religion and kayaking.
Remote Lands speaks with Charinya Kiatlapnachai, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, on the way forward after Covid-19.
Here is a small selection of the kind words our guests have said about us, as well as features by journalists and travel writers.