The Southeast Asia Experience
Bangkok + Laos + Siem Reap
There aren’t very many places in the world where you can wander around ancient temples and exotic markets, taste great food and enjoying the finest things life has to offer.
Join us on our 11-day upscale adventure (4 stars) in Southeast Asia and discover centuries of heritage and unbelievable natural beauty and in a way you didn’t know was possible. You can’t call yourself an explorer until you have experienced what this Asian adventure has to offer.
Do you hear that? That’s the sound of your tastebuds singing after you savor the local culinary magic in the bustling markets ready to engage with the smells, spices, and authentic energy of the locals.
And you didn’t come snatched for nothin’! The pics you will snap of your melanin poppin’ posing in front of ancient palaces that seem untouched by the modern world will surely shut down the ‘gram. Get ready to pop up your black magic!
Whether you are exploring vibrant cities, on a cruise, or visiting the impressive pale-turquoise waterfalls of Kuang Si, the magical scenery will make you feel blessed to feel the vibe and the beauty during this journey in Bangkok, Laos, and Siem Reap.
Priceless moments with new friends, historical exploration, and natural beauty await on your Up in the Air Life journey through Southeast Asia.
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Here's your trip at a glance.
WHERE YOU'LL GO
From losing yourself in the vibrant city to exploring sacred temples, this trip offers a wide variety of scenery (and selfie) opportunities. You will be able to check must-see sites like Bangkok city markets, Luang Prabang, the Golden Buddha of Wat Traimit, the Temple of Dawn of Wat Arun, Pak Ou Cave, the Kuang Si waterfall and the Angkor Wat off your bucket list.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
This trip is your chance to be classy, bougie, and a little ratchet. From dining on food created by the most creative chefs and learning about these exciting cultures, to finding the best deals and bartering in the markets, you will experience the complete spectrum of Southeast Asia’s multifaceted culture.
WHERE YOU'LL STAY
Our accommodations are modest. After a long day admiring the grandeur of remaining palaces and temples, challenging your senses with local street food, or cruising down the river, you will relax in elegant and charming hotels that reflect the true hospitality of Southeast Asia. Only the best for Lifers!
Explore the day-by-day itinerary.
THIS TRIP IS FOR YOU, IF:
THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU, IF:
Sawadee Kaa! You will arrive at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), transfer to your deluxe hotel, check in and enjoy the day, your way! Bangkok is one of the most populous cosmopolitan cities on the planet and is the largest city in the land of smiles.
With ancient temples, amazing palaces, flashy discos, bustling markets and streets full of vendors offering some of the best meals you may ever consume, Bangkok will definitely jolt your senses. Later, we’ll gather for a meet and greet and dinner at one of Bangkok’s finest rooftop restaurants. Speciality cocktail in hand, while overlooking the bustling city below closes out your first evening in this vibrant city.
After dinner, let’s take an evening tuk tuk ride through the city while taking in the lights, sounds and sights of this electrifying metropolis.
This afternoon, we will cruise the Chao Phraya River on a long tail boat.
We’ll view some of the most impressive sights in Bangkok, like the Golden Buddha of Wat Traimit, the Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho and the Temple of Dawn of Wat Arun and tour the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace.
After this amazing introduction to the city, let’s wander through the largest Chinatown in the world to the famous Yaowarat Road after dark to find some of the best eats in the city.
The day is yours! You have a full day to explore Bangkok on your own.
You will enjoy touring the many markets that sprawl across the city, taste the spicy culinary specialties or visit some of the many colorful temples.
One minute you’ll be shopping inexpensive local designs in the local marketplace the next you’ll find yourself at luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel, lapping up the high life.
You can find everything here!
Awake early for a fascinating experience to Ayutthaya. Once glorified as one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia.
Ayutthaya Historical Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you will envision the grandeur and splendor of the remaining palaces, monasteries, towers and ruins in the former capital once known as the Kingdom of Ayutthaya.
Tonight, gather together for dinner at the hotel.
Spend the morning at your leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of the mountainous region of northern Laos.
According to legend, Buddha smiled when he rested here during his travels and prophesied that it would one day be the site of a rich and powerful capital city.
We’ll arrive at Luang Prabang International Airport, and transfer to your posh boutique hotel. When night falls, street food stalls and artisan handicrafts take over this quaint city. We’ll meet and lose ourselves in the smells, spices and undeniable energy of the local people at the famous Night Market.
After another delicious breakfast, we’re taking you on a day cruise down the majestic Mekong River.
Stopping by a local village “Ban Xang Hai” to taste their unique homemade local rice whisky and rice wine.
After we leave the village, we’ll go and enjoy a buffet lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Mekong River surrounded by tropical forests, where you’ll also have an opportunity to see elephants roaming freely on the banks.
After you’re nice and full we’ll continue our journey down the Mekong to one of the most respected holy sites, Pak Ou Caves.
But it doesn’t stop here, we’ve saved the best for last. We will be visiting one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world-Kuang Si waterfall. This perfectly sculpted three tier cascade of pale turquoise blue water is a magnificent sight to see.
If you’re an early riser, you may want to get out before dusk and make your way 100 metres above the centre of the old town to Mount Phu Si for 360-degree view at sunset of the town below, golden pagodas, and the fog rolling in across the layers of distant mountains.
Luang Prabang seems totally untouched by the modern world.
Or if early mornings aren’t your thing, sleep in and relax… the day is yours!
Regardless of where you end up, at the end of the day, head over to the iconic Luang Prabang bar for a beer Lao and get to meet some new folks.
Rise and shine! The journey continues with a flight to Siem Reap, the center of the ancient Khmer civilization and gateway to Cambodia’s mystical UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat.
Upon arrival at Angkor International Airport (REP) you will transfer to your hotel. Arrive in Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor temples and transfer to your swanky hotel.
Tonight’s dinner will combine a traditional Khmer dinner and a captivating performance by Phare. Feast your senses on a spectacle that blends riveting theater with folk music and traditional Cambodian stories.
Gain insight into the charity Phare Ponleu Selpak and discover the work the organization does to help vulnerable children and adults in Cambodian society.
Sleep in. You deserve it!
After a week full of adventure and excitement, it’s time to retreat and unwind. Everyone deserves to be spoiled once in a while and going to a spa for some pampering is the perfect way to do it!
Today’s an early one! We’re getting up before sunrise to make it to the UNESCO sight of Angkor Wat for sunrise. You’ll understand why the architectural masterpieces of Angkor Wat are considered one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”.
This sprawling city, built by Khmer Kings was once home to more than one million people at the height of the empire. Marvel at the world-famous temple of Angkor Wat and uncover the fascinating history of the Khmer Empire on a tour of the vast ruins.
Then, set out to explore the majestic temples and giant stone faces of Bayon and Banteay Kdei.
Next we’ll stroll through the eerily overgrown temple of Ta Prohm, made famous in the movie Tomb Raider and take in the views from the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of the Elephants.
Rise and shine for your last morning in Southeast Asia.
Enjoy a quiet morning and delicious breakfast as you reflect on an amazing week.
Your Up in the Air Life private driver will then whisk you away to the airport (REP) for your flight back home.
No matter where you travel, our standards are the same.
YOU CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO:
Connect with amazing people.
We provide the opportunity to make friendships with people who share your worldview and won't ask why you wear a bonnet to sleep.
and authentic hospitality.
Not only is the staff of Up in the Air Life dedicated to making sure your trip is flawlessly executed, but we are also intentional about choosing locales and vendors who celebrate Black travelers.
Be pampered with only the best.
There is no need to take a break from your baller lifestyle when you travel with us. Our lodging, excursions, and dining are pure luxury.
Feel safe and secure.
Our experienced American guides and well-maintained local relationships mean that you will have peace of mind when you travel with us.
Say "goodbye" to FOMO.
Our trips are anything but basic. While we make sure you see well-known main attractions, we also develop itineraries that will give you unique stories to share with your friends back home.
HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
The Southeast Asia Experience
What is included:
Our trips get you close to that Beyoncé-on-a-boat lifestyle. Let us handle your travel style glow up.
- Up In The Air Life Onsite Staff
- Shared Airport transfers
- Local Tour guides in each country
- Welcome Dinner
- Daily breakfast buffet
- 4 nights in a premier 4-star boutique hotel in Bangkok, Thailand
- Day cruise on the Chao Phraya River
- Bangkok Tuk Tuk Tour
- Day trip to Ayutthaya, Temples and Floating Market
- One way flight to Luang Prabang
- 3 nights deluxe boutique accommodations in Luang Prabang, Laos
- Daily breakfast
- Cruise along the Mekong Delta
- Day trip to Pak Ou Caves, Kuang Si Waterfalls, and Whiskey village
- One way flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia
- 3 nights deluxe accommodations in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- 3 course Welcome Dinner & Night Show
- Day Tour to Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants and Ta Prohm Temple
- Personalized hand-selected gifts on your Swag bag
What is not included:
We take care of all the details on your itinerary once you land. If you want to further personalize your experience, go off!
- Round Trip International Airfare To Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) And From Angkor International Airport (REP)
- Passport/Visa Fees
- Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel medical insurance is required
- Tips and Gratuities
Can you envision yourself on this trip?
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