Bangkok Beach & Beyond - 14 days

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From ever-lively Bangkok, cross the famous bridge over the River Kwai, elephant ride in Chiang Mai and meet the Long Neck tribe in Chiang Rai before heading south to relax on the beach in the resort town of Hua Hin.

Day 1: Bangkok
Saturday. Welcome to Bangkok, the ever-alluring capital of Thailand. Arrival transfer to our hotel where our Welcome Meeting takes place later in the evening. Overnight - Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour
This morning we visit the spiritual and religious heart of the city - the striking Grand Palace. Topped by golden stupas, the complex has been the site of royal coronations and is home to the legendary Emerald Buddha. We’ll also visit the House of the Reclining Buddha, the Original Thai Massage School and the 24hr Flower Market before boarding longtail boats to explore the city’s canals. Known as khlongs, the canals enable surface water to make its way to the sea and have long been a way of getting around Bangkok. On our journey we’ll glide by curious stilted houses and gleaming temples whilst old men fish and children folic about on the waters edge.

Our boats drop us off within walking distance of Khao San Road, popular with backpackers and hippies. Late afternoon offers free time for you to enjoy the many bars, restaurants, street performers, market stalls and tailors - that will measure you up for a new suit, that line this vibrant road. Overnight - Bangkok (B)
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See the Bridge over the River Kwai on a Thailand tour.
Day 3: The River Kwai
Bangkok - Kanchanaburi. This morning we drive to the quiet provincial town of Kanchanaburi where Japanese infamously used Allied POWs to build a rail route to Burma in WWII, known as the Death Railway. We visit the Allied War Cemetery and cross the famous bridge on the River Kwai by train before travelling on to ‘Hellfire Pass’. Our home for the night is a wonderful floating jungle raft hotel, nestled within lush, tropical forest. Overnight - Kanchanaburi Floating Hotel (B, D)
Days 4 - 5: Sukhothai
Kanchanaburi - Sukhothai - Lampang. Today we follow the Chao Phraya River to Sukhothai, Thailand’s first capital city. Late afternoon and evening offer time to relax for the pool. The following day we explore the UNESCO-listed Sukhothai Historical Park which is home to nearly 200 monuments dating back to the 13th century. Travelling on to the elegant city of Lampang, we explore the old town in a horse drawn cart and visit the spectacular Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, one of the country’s most beautiful wooden Lama temples. We also visit Baan Sao Nak, a teakwood house and museum. Overnight - Sukhothai (1), Lampang (1) (B:2)
Visit an Elephant Conservation Centre on a Thailand tour.
Days 6 - 7: Elephant Conservation Centre
Lampang - Chiang Mai. Today we head to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre. Founded in 1933 the centre is home to over 50 Asian elephants where we can watch the daily bathing session before enjoying a ride through the forest. After stopping at a popular refreshment house with shopping opportunities, we continue on to the picturesque provincial capital of Chiang Mai, nestled in the lush foothills of northern Thailand. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before visiting the bustling night market where you can taste lots of local dishes. Day 7 offers free time for you to relax or participate in some of the many activities on offer including canopy zip lines, rock climbing and cooking classes. Overnight - Chiang Mai (B:2)
Day 8: Longtail boats on the Kok River
Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai. Travelling through stunning karst and jungle scenery we board private long tail boats for a scenic cruise down the Kok River. We travel on to Chiang Rai stopping en route to visit Wat Rong Khun Buddhist temple. In the evening we explore the exotic local night market. Overnight - Chiang Rai (B)
Visit hill tribes on a Thailand tour.
Day 9: Local Tribes
Chiang Rai - Bangkok. Today we visit a Karen village which is home to the fascinating Long Neck tribe, so known for the neck rings that the women wear to elongate their necks. Continuing to the border frontier town of Mae Sai you can opt to cross briefly into Burma and at a view point in Chiang Saen it’s possible to see Burma and Laos. We take time to visit the Opium Museum before returning to Chiang Mai to catch our flight back to Bangkok, arriving late in the evening. Overnight - Bangkok (B)
Days 10 - 12: Hau Hin
Bangkok - Hua Hin. This morning we'll head south in search of tropical waters and golden sands. Passing small towns and karsts on our way we arrive at the royal resort town of Hua Hin, located on the Gulf of Thailand. Spend your days at leisure, soaking up the sun on beautiful wide sandy beach or relaxing by the pool. For those who prefer to stay active, there are plenty of leisure options in the area including elephant rides, sea kayaking and walking in the beautiful Khao Sam Roi Yort National Park or a leisurely round of golf at one of the nearby courses. In the evening why not explore Hua Hin’s lively night market? Overnight - Hua Hin (B:3)
Wat Arun in Bangkok
Days 13 - 14: Bangkok
Hua Hin - Bangkok. At around midday on day 13, we drive back to the capital for our final night where there’s the opportunity to stock up on last minute souvenirs and enjoy this vibrant city one last time. Friday marks the end of your holiday. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight, though you may consider extending your stay! Bangkok (B:2)

Yi Peng Festival Tour

In 01 November 2014 we are offering a special Bangkok Beach & Beyond tour that coincides with the spectacular Yi Peng festival of Chiang Mai. At the festival we will witness to the release of thousands of beautifully coloured, candle lit Lanna-style lanterns into the sky and local river. If travelling on this date, please see our Bangkok Beach & Beyond, Yi Peng Festival notes for more info.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Bangkok / Ends in: Bangkok
  • Departs: Saturdays
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:13, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 1
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
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