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Thailand, Temples & Tribes

14 days  |  Starts/Ends: Bangkok  |  from USD $2,999  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Experience the best of amazing Thailand! Sail in a longtail boat, ride elephants and take a scenic train ride over the River Kwai, before getting off the beaten track to meet the colourful ethnic minorities of Thailand's hill tribe villages and bed down for the night in a traditional rural homestay.

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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
Buddha & Boats

Today we explore the pulsating city of Bangkok starting with the stunning Grand Palace and its golden stupas. See the Emerald Buddha, the Wat Pho and visit the Original Thai Massage School. Stop at the 24hr Flower Market before boarding longtail boats for a cruise along the city’s canals, known in Thai as khlongs, passing stilted houses, old men fishing and pretty temples along the way. From where we disembark it’s a short walk to the lively Khao San Road where street cafes and bars abound.
Breakfast

Day 3
River Kwai

Bangkok - Kanchanaburi. Departing Bangkok we drive to the small town of Kanchanaburi where we pay our respects at the Allied War Cemetery, the site where thousands of Allied POWs are buried. Next we visit the infamous ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ immortalised by the film of the same name. A scenic train ride takes us over the bridge to follow the tracks laid down by the POWs during the Second World War. Arriving at Nam Tok we drive to ‘Hellfire Pass’ and visit an interesting museum detailing how the POWs used little more than their bare hands to dig through the mountain. After a full day’s sightseeing a leisurely longtail boat ride leads us to our fabulous floating jungle raft hotel. To the beauty of a hundred softly glowing lanterns and the sounds of the tropical forest and cool water flowing by we enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck.
Overnight: Kanchanaburi Floating Hotel  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4
Erawan National Park & elephants

Kanchanaburi - Ayuthaya. This morning 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.
Overnight: Ayuthaya  |  Breakfast

Day 5
Ayuthaya

Ayuthaya - Bangkok - Chiang Mai. 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. Today 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: Sleeper train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6
Chiang Mai

This morning 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.
Overnight: Chiang Mai

Day 7
Chiang Mai - your way

Sat at the foothills of northern Thailand and spattered with pretty temples, Chiang Mai is a dream to explore. Today is free for you to partake in optional activities from spa treatments to cooking classes and white water rafting to canopy ziplines.
Breakfast

Day 8
Longtail boats on the Kok River

Chiang Mai - Ta Thon - Chiang Rai - breakfast. Departing Chiang Mai we travel through stunning karst and jungle scenery in our longtail boats to the relaxed town of Ta Thon for a lunch stop. Our private longtail boats wait to take us down the River Kok passing rural Thai life along the way - farmers work the land where tea grows and buffalo lounge. After disembarking we visit the unconventional Wat Rhon Khung, decorated with scenes from popular films including Star Wars and Superman! Continue to Chiang Rai for hotel check in and a visit to the night market for some bargain hunting.
Overnight: Chiang Rai  |  Breakfast

Day 9
Karen Tribe

Today we explore the hill tribe villages that surround Chiang Rai with our first stop at a local Karen tribe village. Known as the ‘long neck’ tribe, the native women wear neck rings that cause their necks to lengthen. Next we visit the border frontier town of Mae Sai where we may have the chance to cross over to Myanmar for a quick visit! At Chiang Saen soak up the views of Laos and Myanmar before learning about the region’s intriguing history at the Opium Museum.
Overnight: Chiang Rai  |  Breakfast

Day 10
Akha & Lahu Tribes

Chiang Rai - Huai Khum. Our foray into Thailand’s northern hills continues as we make our way to Huai Khum. Nestled on the banks of the River Mae Kok and surrounded by tribal villages, each with their own culture and traditions, Huai Khum is the ideal base for a day of trekking. Today we may encounter Akha, Lahu or Lisu tribes people working in the fields, collecting firewood or making traditional handicrafts. Depending on the season there may even be the chance to visit a local school and meet the children and teachers. Returning to our hotel in Huai Khum the rest of the afternoon offers time to relax by the pool or opt for a kayak ride on the river.
Overnight: Huai Khum  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11
Mae Kampong Village

Huai Khum - Mae Kampong. This morning we move on to the charming village of Mae Kampong where we meet our homestay families and enjoy the lunch prepared for us. This village has embraced the opportunities that surround it, generating enough electricity from the nearby rushing stream to supply the village and sell the rest back to the grid. They grow strawberries and flowers on hills that were once covered in poppies, a somewhat different crop and have developed a small homestay scheme to help supplement the income of the village. This afternoon a local village guide will take us on a walking tour whilst in the evening evening our gracious hosts may host a welcome ceremony in our honour with dances and music performances.
Overnight: Mae Kampong Homestay  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12
Hmong Community

Mae Kampong - Mae Rim. Bidding farewell to our host families we travel back to Chiang Mai for a change of vehicle and continue to our lodge nestled in the foothills of Chiang Dao. The lodge, similar to a rural resort in style with a swimming pool is located in the land of the Hmong, a community that lives peacefully in the mountains raising animals and farming. Enjoy an afternoon stroll through the surrounding villages before an evening BBQ at the lodge.
Overnight: Mae Rim  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13
Fly to Bangkok

Mae Rim - Bangkok. Soak up the tranquility of the lodge and local villages this morning with some free time before heading back to Chiang Mai to catching our mid afternoon flight to the buzzing capital city of Bangkok. On arrival we transfer to our hotel with one last evening for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Overnight: Bangkok  |  Breakfast

Day 14
Bangkok - your way

Friday. Our tour concludes after breakfast. Hotel check out and included departure transfer to the airport. You can extend your stay in this amazing city by booking post tour accommodation. If doing so your departure transfer to the airport will be offered at the completion of your arrangements.
Breakfast

Yi Peng Lantern Festival tour

On 20 November 2015 we are offering a special Thailand Temples & Tribes 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 our Thailand Temples & Tribes, 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

Huai Khum Resort, Huai Khum
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, Mae Rim
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

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
Seeing the hill tribe villages of northern Thailand’s incl Mae Kampong, Maerim & the Hmong community, and Akha, Lahu and Lisu tribes of Huai Khum

Included

12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Economy class flight Chiang Mai - Bangkok
Escorted by an English-speaking Thai tour guide
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
Excursions to the hill tribe villages around Chiang Rai, Huai Khum, Mae Kampong and Maerim
10 nights 3 - 4 star & Special Class hotels, 1 night homestay and 1 night in a floating jungle hotel, 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
River cruise from Ayuthaya to Bangkok
 Excursion to the hill tribe villages around Chiang Rai
Maximum group size: 24

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

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.

Easter departure, book early!
Easter Departure
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
2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
Easter departure, book early!
USD $2999
USD $739
 
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USD $739
 
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USD $739
 
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USD $739
 
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USD $739
 
USD $2999
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
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 $3639
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
Xmas departure, book early!
USD $3569
USD $739
USD $3569
USD $739
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
Easter departure, book early!
USD $3569
USD $739
Easter departure, book early!
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
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 $3639
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
 
USD $3569
USD $739
Xmas departure, book early!
USD $3569
USD $739
Xmas departure, book early!
USD $3569
USD $739

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $2480
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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: 3, Dinner: 4
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This tour was a great adventure for me. I enjoyed the variety of activities, scenery and hotel accommodation. The guide Anna was a top tour guide and took care of me and made me feel safe in a foreign country. She is an asset your company. I enjoyed this tour a lot and will look at travelling with on the go again. Thank you.

Janelle Holcombe
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