South East Asia is one of those rare destinations where you really can have it all. Pristine white beaches? Tick. Lush green jungles? Tick. Rich and colourful heritage? Tick. Mouthwatering local delicacies? Tick. In this expertly crafted 12 night trip around Thailand and Cambodia you’ll be sure to fall in love with Indochina’s flavours and culture. Taste your way through Bangkok, explore the temples of Angkor Wat, explore the coastline of Phuket and then for a unique end to your adventure, how about a few nights on an idyllic island in the Maldives to truly wind down and relax? Our travel experts have scoured these destinations and have blended their favourite hotels and exclusive experiences to curate the ultimate escape that combines beach, beauty and culture perfectly.
Your trip really couldn’t begin anywhere other than the Gateway to Indochina: Bangkok. As soon as you touch down, a friendly face will be on hand to whisk you away by private car to the heavenly hotel, The Peninsula. This luxurious pad will be your home for the next two nights and is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle at the end of each day.Read more
Welcome to the Jungle
With so many sights to see, it’s not easy to know where to begin in this buzzing metropolis, but that’s where we’re on hand to help. Bangkok is a city which rivals New York when it comes to being nocturnal and so we believe there is no better way to get to know the city than by our Headlights evening tour. Join your expert guide for a journey through local neighbourhoods, discovering the culture and history of Bangkok – not to mention its vast range of transportation options – amble through quiet streets on foot, race around the city in tuk tuks or get a bird’s eye view of the madness on the Sky Train.
Once you’ve got your bearings, spend a day or two delving deep into the heart of Bangkok and taking in some of its most astounding sights such as the Old City on Ratanakosin Island and the iconic Grand Palace. Don’t forget to visit the famous bustling markets too, where you can eat like locals and grab a ‘kanom’ (snack) or two from a local stall. In this city that has something for everyone, we can guarantee that you will leave Bangkok with an insatiable thirst for Thai culture.
Romance and Rejuvenation
From Bangkok, it’s just a short one hour flight down to Phuket, home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. After the buzz of Bangkok, the peace of Khao Lak is a welcome change of pace. And in our opinion, there is no better place to rejuvenate than The Sarojin. Spend your days at leisure at this tranquil hideaway with its stunning pool and white sand beaches overlooking the Andaman Sea, or if you’re feeling a bit more active, why not get peddling and discover your luscious surroundings by bicycle? In the evening, take to the beach for a romantic sunset stroll before a candle lit barbecue. Ask your personal chef to whip you up some grilled tiger prawns with nam jim dip – a culinary treat not to be missed.
Adventures in Angkor
Now that you are feeling re-energised and re-invigorated, journey to the land of temples – Siem Reap. Well known as the gateway to the World Heritage Site of Angkor, it would be easy to simply follow in the footsteps of the tourists before you, but instead our travel experts encourage you to get off the beaten track – and grab a paddle. Kayak your way around Tonle Sap Lake for a fun and intimate look at lakeside village life and its fishing communities before experiencing a water blessing ceremony with the monks of an Athvear temple.
To really make the most of your time in Siem Reap, you’re going to want to make sure you get an early night tonight as we are going to be getting you out of bed bright and early tomorrow – but trust us, you’ll thank us later. Beat the crowds to get an exclusive first glimpse of the famous Angkor Wat as you watch the sun rise up above this ancient wonder. This truly is one of those ‘camera at the ready’ moments and hands down the best way to see this majestic temple. Spend the rest of the day diving deeper into this archaeological treasure trove, discovering the quieter ruins of the ancient city of Angkor Thom and enjoying a picnic in the shade of Ta Prohm temple, famous for being overgrown with the roots of silk cotton trees. Saving the best until last, spend the afternoon strolling through the intricately carved Khmer hallways of Angkor Wat as your guide takes you through the gripping history of this beautiful country.
In between temples, retreat to the elegant Amansara hotel, where modern and ancient architecture come together in perfect harmony. Nestled amongst forests and rice paddies, as well as the ruins of Angkor, Amansara provides the perfect base for all of your explorations. With 24 beautiful suites dotted around immaculate gardens, you will feel like true royalty in this former guesthouse of visitors to King Sihanouk.
Robinson Crusoe on Cocoa Island
When someone says ‘paradise’, is the first thing that springs to mind endless white sand beaches and turquoise waters? If so, Como Cocoa Island in The Maldives is the hotel for you. But who said paradise was inaccessible? This unforgettable island retreat is reachable by a simple 15 minute private speedboat journey and offers everything you look for in a deserted tropical island retreat – world class spa, beachside restaurant and luxurious overwater Dhoni villas. The whole Black Tomato team is unanimous that there is no better way to end your holiday than at this tropical bolt-hole. Spend your days with toes in the sand and your nose in a good book whilst looking out at the Indian Ocean. But, perhaps you prefer being under the sea? Then make a splash and discover the vibrant corals and marine life of this underwater wonderland, which offers some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world.