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Live and Let Thai

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7 days  |  Starts/Ends: Bangkok  |  from USD $1,299  |   Guaranteed Departure 

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.

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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

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  |  Breakfast

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

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  |  Breakfast

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  |  Breakfast

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  |  Breakfast

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.
Breakfast

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.

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

The Royal Benja Hotel provides homely accommodation in the heart of Bangkok city with a large outdoor pool to enjoy after a long, hot day sightseeing. Benjamas Restaurant serves a wide selection of local and international cuisine whilst drinks and live music are offered at the Buddy Pub.

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

This impressive high rise hotel offers comfortable accommodation and a host of facilities. The hotel’s extensive all day dining venue plays host to sumptuous buffets, themed evening and a extensive a la carte option bringing together the best of Italian, Japanese, International, Thai and Asian Cuisine. Perched atop of the hotel is the Sunflower Chinese Restaurant affording spectacular views of Chiang Mai and some of the best Chinese Cuisine this city has to offer. The hotel also features a spacious pool with its own bar, a state of the art gym and spa.

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

Enjoying a pretty location by the Maekok River, the Rimkok Hotel provides attractive grounds and comfortable rooms with a large outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi in public areas. Garden views can be enjoyed from the private balconies of the guestrooms. The hotel's restaurants serve a selection of Thai, Chinese and International dishes.

Trip Highlights

Bangkok - Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Original Thai Massage School, Flower Market and Khao San Road
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
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)

Included

5 breakfasts
Economy class flight Chiang Rai - Bangkok
Escorted by an English-speaking Thai tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)
 Longtail boat cruise on the canals of Bangkok and on the Kok River
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
5 nights 3 - 4 star & Special Class hotels, 1 night overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer day 7
Guided sightseeing to all included sites
 Excursion to the hill tribe villages around Chiang Rai
Maximum group size: 24

Not Included

International flights and visa.
Entrance Fees: $40-$50 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: $30-$35 USD

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, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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
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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.
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Pre Tour Accommodation Bangkok
USD $79
USD $60
Pre Tour Accommodation Bangkok
USD $79
USD $60
Tour Details
Starts
Bangkok
Ends
Bangkok
Departs
Tuesdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 5
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