From £1149 pp excl flights
14 Days
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This 2 week itinerary covers all the wonderful experiences that come to mind when you think about a holiday to Thailand… and a bit more! Kick off your adventure in Bangkok, taking in all the city’s must-see temples and bustling canals, as well as experiencing a slice of local life at the flower market and China Town. Then fly to Chiang Mai for an encounter with elephants at one of the best sanctuaries in the country, with time to explore this lovely city, sampling some of its famous street food and visiting the night market. There’s also a day to explore the forests here the adventurous way, with a treetop zipline and white water rafting.

Next, you spend a night in a floating hut on the beautiful and peaceful Chiaw Laan Lake, enjoying all kinds of activities here, from hiking, swimming and exploring caves to dawn and dusk boat safaris to spot tropical birds and monkeys. Finally, relax on the white sands of one of Thailand’s famous islands or explore the crystal-clear waters by snorkelling, scuba diving or even sea kayaking.

Day to Day Itinerary

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This is a suggested itinerary. Dates, stops & activities are all flexible.

14 Days: Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Elephant Nature Park - Khao Sok - Island Paradise

Activities: Temples and culture, meeting elephants, rafting, ziplining, wildlife spotting, beach time

Day 1: Arrive at Bangkok airport where you will be met by our local representative and taken to your hotel.

Day 2: A full day visit to the ‘must see’ attractions of Bangkok as well as some hidden gems. The tour starts with Bangkok’s signature landmark, the Grand Palace and Wat Po, with its impressive huge reclining Buddha image, continuing on to China Town and the amazing city flower market at Pak Klong Talad. After lunch, board a classic long-tail boat to explore the small canals of the Chao Phraya River, where you will find a traditional Thai puppet show, before mooring at the royal temple Wat Arun, a stunning riverside landmark of Bangkok with a magnificent pagoda. (B/L)

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Day 3: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the “Rose of the North”, as Chiang Mai is known, with its historic temples, incredible street food and the famous weekend walking streets. We can also arrange a range of activities including city tours, trekking, hilltribe visits, outdoor adventures and more... (B)

Day 4: Day visit to Elephant Nature Park, one of the most sustainable and ethical facilities in Thailand, where you can meet and interact with elephants in their natural habitat. No shows or tricks, just your chance to observe the natural behaviour of the largest land mammal in the world and to get up close to touch and feed them. A once in a lifetime experience! After a full day with the elephants, freshen up at your hotel visiting the famous Night Market. (B/L)

Note: this is also available as an overnight experience staying in a hilltribe village!

Day 5: Today it’s time for tree top ziplines and white water rafting, a true adrenaline rush to finish your visit to Chiang Mai. There are more than 18 platforms to try, working up to the highlight: a 400m river traverse on the highest and longest zipline in the northern Thailand. For thrill-seekers and nature-lovers alike this has got to be the most unique way to explore the beautiful forest. Afterwards, enjoy 2 hours of exciting whitewater rafting including the best 14 rapids in the country along the Mae Tang River. (B/L)

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Day 6: Transfer to Chiang Mai airport for a flight to Surat Thani. Arrive in the afternoon and you will be taken to Khao Sok National Park, to check in to your treehouse in the jungle and relax with a traditional Thai massage. (B/D)

Day 7: A 3 hour nature trek through the jungle on an easy trail takes you to a wide swimming hole, where monkeys are commonly seen in the trees above. Then in the afternoon choose between canoeing or tubing down the river, where your guide will point out brightly-coloured birds along the banks and maybe a snake or two hanging high up on the trees. (B/L)

Day 8: Drive to Chiaw Laan lake, where you will spend a night under the stars in a basic floating bungalow that matches the simplicity of the surroundings. Daytime activities include hiking through virgin jungle, swimming, exploring caves, kayaking and relaxing amidst the amazing scenery. (B/L/D)

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Day 9: Morning cruise around the lake shores in search of the elusive but prolific wildlife that can be found here, before returning to the rafthouses for a delicious breakfast. At lunch time, drive to Surat Thani to catch a catamaran to one of the east coast islands such as Koh Samui or Koh Tao.

Note: these islands are recommended for June-Aug but Thailand has numerous amazing beaches and islands - which one you go to depends on the prevailing weather when you travel and your tastes! (B/L)

Day 10-13: Free days to relax and enjoy the Thailand's famously stunning beaches. Tao is quieter and smaller than the other islands off the east coast and is known as one of the best scuba diving sites in the world. Koh Samui is better known and offers more varied amenities like shops and restaurants but it's still possible to avoid the crowds and discover a slice of tropical paradise. (B)

Day 14: Transfer by catamaran to Koh Samui for a flight back to Bangkok, connecting with your flight home. (B)

Prices from: £995 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide.
Services not included: flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
This is a suggested itinerary. Dates, stops & activities are all flexible.

Best Time To Travel

The weather in Thailand is governed by three seasons: rainy (roughly May–Oct), cool (Nov–Feb) and hot (March–April). The best time to travel is during the cool and dry season between November and early April, however the diversity of the areas on offer means you can visit all year round. In the south, the climate differs between the eastern and western coasts. The west coast is more favourable during the winter months, when diving and snorkelling will be at its best. The weather on the east coast is good for most of the year, with the lowest rainfall in January and February and the highest in November.

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