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Bangkok Beach & Beyond

14 days  |  Starts/Ends: Bangkok  |  from USD $2,599  |   Guaranteed Departure 

From ever-lively Bangkok, cross the famous bridge over the River Kwai, marvel at the beauty of Erawan National Park, explore night markets 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.

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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  |  Breakfast

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 4-5
Erawan & Ayuthaya

Kanchanaburi - Ayuthaya - Bangkok - Chiang Mai. On day 4 we travel on to the beautiful Erawan National Park, to explore the rivers, waterfalls and trails on foot. The park boasts a stunning tiered waterfall and there’s time to take a quick dip in the crystalline waters before we visit an elephant park to see these amazing creatures up close and take a ride through the forest. Our final destination today is Ayuthaya, the former capital of Thailand.

Ayuthaya was sacked by the Burmese, leading them to abandon the site and relocate the capital to Bangkok. All that remains are the stone and brick temples from the era. On day 5 we explore Ayuthaya’s famous ruins, visiting the magnificent stupas at Wat Phri Sanphet, the giant Bronze Statue of Buddha and iconic Wat Mahatat where the head of a damaged Buddha statue has slowly been embraced and lifted by a nearby tree. This is one of Thailand’s most religiously significant places.

Departing Ayuthaya we board a cruise ship on the mighty Chao Praya River, for a scenic cruise back to the Bangkok, enjoying lunch on board. On arrival there’s time to explore the nearby shops and bars before heading to Bangkok’s main train station to catch our overnight express sleeper train (2nd class A/C sleeper cabins) to Chiang Mai
Overnight: Ayuthaya (1), Sleeper train (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Days 6-7
Chiang Mai

On day 6 we arrive into the picturesque city of Chiang Mai, nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand. This 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 highlight for many. 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.

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 (2)  |  Breakfast x 1

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  |  Breakfast

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  |  Breakfast

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  |  Breakfast x 3

Days 13-14

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!
Overnight: Bangkok  |  Breakfast x 2

Yi Peng Festival Tour

On 20 November 2015 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.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Royal Benja Hotel, Bangkok
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

River Kwai Jungle Rafts, Kanchanaburi
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Classic Kameo , Ayuthaya
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Centara Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Rimkok Hotel , Chiang Rai
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Worabura, Hua Hin
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Trip Highlights

Bangkok - Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Original Thai Massage School, Flower Market and Khao San Road
Erawan National Park - Beautiful seven tiered waterfall
Chiang Mai - night market and free time for optional activities from spa treatments to canopy ziplines
Wat Rhon Khung - the ‘White Temple’
Crossing the border into Burma to explore the small town of Tachileik (optional)
Kanchanaburi - Allied War Cemetary, Bridge on the River Kwai and ‘Hellfire Pass’
Ayuthaya - Former capital of Thailand, ancient ruins including iconic Wat Mahatat
Cruising on the Kok River in a longtail boat
Chiang Rai - Karen (Longneck) tribe village, frontier town of Mae Sai, Chiang Saen in the ‘Golden Triangle’ & the Opium Museum
Hua Hin - Lazy days by the beach overlooking the Gulf of Thailand

Included

12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Economy class flight Chiang Mai - Bangkok
Escorted by an English-speaking Thai tour guide (days 1 - 10)
Free time by the beach in Hua Hin
River cruise from Ayuthaya to Bangkok
 Excursion to the hill tribe villages around Chiang Rai
Maximum group size: 24
11 nights 3 - 4 star & Special Class hotels, 1 night floating hotel in the jungle, 1 night overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Airport arrival transfer day 1 & departure transfer day 14
Guided sightseeing - Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Erawan National Park, Ayuthaya and Chiang Rai
Train ride over the River Kwai and visit to Hellfire Pass
 Longtail boat cruise on the canals of Bangkok and on the Kok River
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa.
Entrance Fees: $70 - $75 USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $50 - $60 USD

Loved the tour! Our tour guide Lee (sorry, not sure how to spell her name), while sometimes hard to understand as english isn't her strong suit was very nice and accomodating and very helpful with any questions we had. She went above and beyond to help us when we wanted to add any excursions on our trip and we are grateful for that.

The tour itself was fun but could do without some of the excursions. We didn't particularly found the mansion tour very interesting and crossing the border into Burma didn't seem like it was worth it. The opium museum wasn't very interesting either. Would have preferred visiting more historical sites like in Sukothai instead if that was possible. Everything else was great tho!

Ernest Seto

Our guide was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable. She made our tour fun. She always made attempts to include all travellers and be attentive to each of their different needs.

Kerry Caldicottt

I had an amazing trip with on the go - I could not have seen so much of Thailand without this tour. Our tour guide Anna was so funny and friendly and professional. She organised everything so well and made us feel safe and accommodated everyone's needs and went that extra mile. It was a fantastic trip. Will definitely recommend this tour to all our friends and family.

Shona Watson

Fantastic itinerary. Hotels were great. Would have preferrred eating from street stalls than some of the more expensive (still cheap by Aust standards) Restaurants.

Lee was too focused on taking photos of travellers which became VERY annoying as the tour progressed. I spoke with her about this and she was offended. You could be eating breakfast and she would move your plate (to another table) to get a better shot.Continually taking group shots which wasted a lot of time. On the feedback form i handed to Lee I didnt address this as I felt she would look at in and not hand it in. I simply stated "friendly"

My fears were realised when I met up with other travellers back at Bangkok they stated "Lee handed them the forms to read"

Our first driver was very helpful and friendly but on the day he departed in Chaing Mia he was very rude and ignored me when I went to thank him. He picked us up at Bangkok Airport when we returned and all of our group were surprised at how rude he was, he would not make eye contact. This was so out of character to how he had been on the tour intialally. We all felt it could have been related to the Tip and we wondered if the correct amount was paid to him by Lee. Lee had stated it was 350 THB per day. I spoke to the Guide who was with us at Furama as we were concerned we had offended him (the driver).

Lee was knowledgeable about the areas we travelled to and was helpful and friendly.

Debra Gabriel

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

We have special arrangements on this tour to attend the Yi Peng Lantern Festival. A small supplement applies. Please refer the Yi Peng Lantern Festival departure on our website for further details.
Yi Peng Lantern Festival departure
Xmas departure, book early!
XMAS Departure
New Year Departure
Easter departure, book early!
Easter Departure
2015
Price/Person
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USD $2599
USD $1329
 
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USD $2799
USD $1329
We have special arrangements on this tour to attend the Yi Peng Lantern Festival. A small supplement applies. Please refer the Yi Peng Lantern Festival departure on our website for further details.
USD $2869
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $3049
USD $1529
Xmas departure, book early!
USD $3049
USD $1529
USD $3049
USD $1529
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
Easter departure, book early!
USD $2799
USD $1329
Easter departure, book early!
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
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USD $1329
 
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USD $1329
 
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USD $1329
 
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USD $1329
 
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USD $1329
 
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USD $1329
 
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USD $1329
 
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USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
We have special arrangements on this tour to attend the Yi Peng Lantern Festival. A small supplement applies. Please refer the Yi Peng Lantern Festival departure on our website for further details.
USD $2869
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
 
USD $2799
USD $1329
Xmas departure, book early!
USD $3049
USD $1529
Xmas departure, book early!
USD $3049
USD $1529

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $2250
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This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices above.

YI PENG FESTIVAL TOUR: If you are travelling with us on 20 November 2015, you will witness the Yi Peng Festival celebrations in Chiang Mai. Please see the Trip Notes for more info on this special festival departure.

Tour Details
Starts
Bangkok
Ends
Bangkok
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
Tour Bolt-ons
Enhance your trip with these amazing added extras and bolt-ons
Phuket Beach Break
USD $899 / 6 days
Koh Samui Beach Break
USD $1,349 / 6 days

Loved the tour! Our tour guide Lee (sorry, not sure how to spell her name), while sometimes hard to understand as english isn't her strong suit was very nice and accomodating and very helpful with any questions we had. She went above and beyond to help us when we wanted to add any excursions on our trip and we are grateful for that.

The tour itself was fun but could do without some of the excursions. We didn't particularly found the mansion tour very interesting and crossing the border into Burma didn't seem like it was worth it. The opium museum wasn't very interesting either. Would have preferred visiting more historical sites like in Sukothai instead if that was possible. Everything else was great tho!

Ernest Seto
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