From £1495 pp excl flights
14 Days
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If you’ve got a couple of weeks to experience all the things that make Thailand one of the world’s top holiday destinations, this is the trip for you. You’ll encounter the beautiful architecture and vibrant street life of Bangkok, cruise on the river and visit the famous floating markets, before heading up to the far north to see the Golden Triangle, the relaxed city of Chiang Mai and meet a rescued elephant herd in the forest.

In between, take a slow boat along the rivers of central Thailand to see life in the countryside and stop at the less-visited yet outstanding World Heritage sites of Ayuthaya and Sukhothai. And of course, no holiday in Thailand would be complete without a few days to relax on the gorgeous southern beaches around Krabi province. We can also arrange visits and stays with hilltribes on request. There you have it – the best of Thailand, with a twist!

 

Day to Day Itinerary

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

14 Days: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Islands

Activities: Temples, WWII History, Culture, Islands and Beaches

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

Day 2: Today you will see the best of ancient and modern Bangkok, including the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Po, the city’s fascinating Chinese community and the city flower market, with a dazzling array of tropical blooms for sale. Of course, no Bangkok tour would be complete without a journey by long-tail boat, dipping into the small canals of the Chao Phraya River, which once gave the city the name ‘Venice of the East’. (B/L)

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Day 3: Early morning pick up for a drive westwards out of the city, passing by salt and rice fields, fruit orchards and coconut plantations. On the way, stop at a villager’s house to learn how brown palm sugar - used in Thai dishes and all kind of sweets - is made from coconut nectar. We will take you to Tha Kha, where there is a traditional local market that operates on certain days of the lunar calendar. After observing the fascinating bustle of the market, visit one of WWII’s most infamous memorials, the Bridge Over the River Kwai. In the evening you will be driven back to Bangkok. (B/L)

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Day 4: After breakfast, check out and depart for Lampaya temple to board a converted rice barge. As you sail gently past vegetable plantations and numerous river birds, you will glimpse the Thai way of life along the riverside. Explore the temples at the World Heritage site of Ayuthaya before making your way to Samchuk riverside market, with its century-old wooden shop houses. Before you reach your final destination for the evening, you will also stop by Chaimat Village to see how they produce their beautiful handmade silk and cotton weavings. (B/L/D)

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Day 5: Today is your opportunity to explore the beauty of the Hub Patad Valley and its limestone mountains and hidden forests. Afterwards continue to 13th century Sukhothai, the first truly independent Thai Kingdom which enjoyed a golden age under King Ramkamhaeng, who is credited with creating the Thai alphabet. The superb temples and monuments have been lovingly restored in Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the must-see highlight of central Thailand. (B/L)

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Day 6: After breakfast you will have some more time to explore Sukhothai before continuing to Chiang Rai via the Kwan Phayao lake, the largest fresh-water fish habitat in the north which provides a livelihood to many local people. The surrounding scenery, particularly at dusk, is stunning. Arrive in the evening into Chiang Rai. (B/L)

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Day 7: A Drive to Chiang Saen to visit the Golden Triangle, an area which used to be a famous area for drug smuggling, where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. Take in the magnificent scenery and the Opium Museum before continuing on to the country’s most northern district of Mae Sai. After lunch enjoy a picturesque drive to Chiang Mai via Sankampaeng village, where you can see traditional silk-weaving, wood-carving and umbrella-making. (B/L)

Day 8: Early in the morning, visit Wat Phratat Doi Suthep, the most famous and respected temple in Chiang Mai, to see the monks chanting and collecting alms. Then take a picturesque drive north to the Elephant Nature Park: your chance to feed, clean and swim with elephants in the river. A once in a lifetime experience! In the evening, explore Chiang Mai’s historic centre and famous night market or enjoy a traditional Kantoke Dinner and Northern Thai dances.

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Day 9: After breakfast at the hotel we will take you to the airport for your flight to Krabi province. On arrival into Krabi you will be met and taken to your hotel on one of the area's beautiful islands and beaches. (B)

Day 10-13: Free time to enjoy the beautiful beaches and incredible scenery of Krabi province, or maybe you'd like to try snorkelling, diving or a cookery class. (B)

Day 14: Today, sadly, your trip ends and after a final swim in the crystal-clear, warm sea you will be taken to the airport, in time for your departure flight home or back to Bangkok. (B)

Prices from: £1495 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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