Live and Let Thai - 7 days

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If you are short on time but still want to sample the delights of Thailand, then this is the tour for you. Kicking off in the captivating capital city of Bangkok, journey north to explore the night markets of Chiang Mai and mingle with the hill tribes in Chiang Rai before returning to Bangkok in just 7 days.

Day 1: Welcome to Thailand
Tuesday. 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
MBK centre in Bangkok
Day 2: Bustling Bangkok
Today we explore the stunning Grand Palace, crowned by lofty gilt stupas and 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. Exploring the city by boat gives insight into the lives of the city's riverside dwellers - the overtly rich and incredibly poor.

Stepping off our longtail boat we head over to Khao San Road, popular with backpackers and hippies for a little free time before returning to our hotel to freshen up before taking the overnight express sleeper train (2nd class A/C sleeper cabins) to Chiang Mai. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B)
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Day 3: Chiang Mai
This morning we arrive into the picturesque city of Chiang Mai, nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand. In the afternoon we take a trishaw ride and explore the old city of Chiang Mai before driving up to the majestic Doi Suthep, standing like a sentinel overlooking Chiang Mai. The tranquility of monks chanting as the sun slowly heads to the horizon is a real highlight. In the evening we head into the night market to explore many of the street foods on offer and perhaps try our hand at haggling. Overnight - Chiang Mai
Temples in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Day 4: Chiang Mai - your way
A free day for you to relax or participate in some of the many activities on offer. Choose from adrenaline-fuelled adventures such a canopy zip lining and rock climbing or opt for a from more relaxing affair with spa treatments and massages. No trip to Chiang Mai would be complete without trying a local cooking class and perfecting your very own Pad Thai!

Alternatively, opt for a day trip to Lampang where you can visit the residents of the Elephant Conservation Centre. Founded in 1933 the centre is home to over 50 Asian elephants in a beautiful forest and visitors can watch the daily bathing session before enjoying a ride through the forest on one of these magnificent creatures. Overnight - Chiang Mai (B)
Cruise down the scenic River Kok in a longtail boat in Thailand.
Day 5: Cruising on the Kok River
Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai. Our journey today takes us through stunning karst and jungle scenery. Stopping for lunch at Ta Thon we board private long tail boats for a cruise down the Kok River watching rural life pass us by. Farmers work the land where oranges grow whilst men fish along the banks and buffalo wallow in the shallow waters. From our arrival point we continue to Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple) which depicts scenes from modern movies including the Matrix, Star Wars and Superman! Arriving to Chiang Rai early in this evening consider taking some time to enjoy the hotel facilities before taking a short stroll down to the night market for some last minute bargain hunting. Overnight - Chiang Rai (B)
Visit hill tribes on a Thailand tour.
Day 6: Hill Tribes of the North
Chiang Rai - Bangkok. This morning we head out to a local village where you'll have the chance to encounter the famous Long Neck or Karen tribe. We then continue to the border frontier town of Mae Sai, where you have the chance to cross briefly into Myanmar and enter the Burmese town of Tachilek (optional). Our next stop is a viewpoint in Chiang Saen, better known as the Golden Triangle, which earned its name from the fact that so much opium once passed through the area. From this viewpoint we are able to see Myanmar in front of us and Laos to the right. We then have some time to visit the Opium Museum before returning to Chiang Mai to catch our flights back to Bangkok.

On arrival in the city we transfer to our hotel arriving late in the evening - not really a problem in ‘the city that never sleeps’! Overnight - Bangkok (B)
Day 7: Bangkok - your way
Monday. Today our tour comes to an end. Included departure transfer to the airport for your onward flight. You're most welcome to extend your stay in Bangkok. If choosing to book post tour accommodation with us a departure transfer to the airport will be offered at the completion of your post tour accommodation arrangements. (B)

A little more time for Thailand?

If you are able to spend a little more time in Thailand, opt for our 10 day Time for Thailand tour, where we include a train trip over the River Kwai and bed down for the night at a floating jungle hotel. This tour also visits the bewildering puzzle complex of ancient Sukhothai and the Lanna era temples of sleepy Lampang. See our Time for Thailand tour for more information. YI PENG LANTERN FESTIVAL On 23 November 2015 we are offering a special Live & Let Thai departure 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 the Yi Peng Festival summary located on our trip notes.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Bangkok / Ends in: Bangkok
  • Departs: Tuesdays - year round
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:5, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 0
  • Hotel Rating: 3 - 4 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes, for groups of 6 or more
The On The Go Theatre
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