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Time for Thailand

10 days  |  Starts/Ends: Bangkok  |  from USD $1,899  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Discover the Kingdom of Thailand from the lively streets of the capital of Bangkok to the ancient ruins of Ayuthaya and the hill tribes of Chiang Rai with a colourful mix of night markets, historic WWII sites and bathing elephants thrown in!

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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
Kwai & Hellfire Pass

Bangkok - Kanchanaburi. It’s an early start today as we drive 2.5hrs west of the capital to the small town of Kanchanaburi. Here we pay our respects to the thousands of Allied POWs who perished in the area under the hand of the Imperial Japanese Army. After pausing at the Allied War Cemetery we continue to the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, immortalised by the film of the same name. You have a chance to take pictures before you board a train for a 2 hour journey that crosses the bridge before following the tracks dug by the POWs and locals some 75 years earlier.

Disembarking at Nam Tok we have a short drive to ‘Hellfire Pass’ where the POWs dug through a mountain often using only their bare hands. A fascinating museum at the entrance details the region’s history.

After our 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  |  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

A free day for you to relax or participate in some of the many activities on offer. Choose from the more relaxing options with spa treatments and massages, to the adrenaline-fuelled with canopy zip lines and rock climbing. No trip to Chiang Mai would be complete without trying a local cooking class and perfecting your very own Pad Thai!
Overnight: Chiang Mai  |  Breakfast

Day 8
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 continue to the unconventional Wat Rong Khun Buddhist temple depicting scenes from modern movies including the Matrix, Star Wars and Superman! Proceed to Chiang Rai where we wander the night market for last-minute souvenirs and tasty street food.
Overnight: Chiang Rai  |  Breakfast

Day 9
Hill Tribes

Chiang Rai - Bangkok. The city of Chiang Rai is a great base for visiting local hill tribes and this morning we visit a Karen village where we may encounter the famous 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, we may have the chance to cross briefly into Myanmar and enter the Burmese town of Tachilek (optional). At Chiang Saen we stand at a viewpoint that lets us see both Myanmar and Laos. We take time to visit the Opium Museum before returning to Chiang Mai to catch our flight 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 10
Bangkok - your way

Monday. Today marks the end of your Thai adventure. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight. Your 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

Yi Peng Festival Tour - 20 Nov 2015

On 20 November 2015 we are offering a special Time for Thailand departure that coincides with the spirited and always lively Yi Peng festival of Chiang Mai. At the festival we will bear witness to the release of thousands of beautifully coloured, candle lit Lanna-style lanterns into the sky and local river. This tour also starts in Bangkok, before visiting the River Kwai and the ruins of Sukhothai, before arriving to Chiang Mai in time for Yi Peng. For more info, check out our at our Yi Peng Lantern Festival tour itinerary.

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.

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

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
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

Included

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Economy class flight Chiang Rai - 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
7 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 10
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: $40 - $45 USD

My Tour guide Tom ( I am sorry I forgot his surname) was AMAZING! he took us to amazing food stops, included everything you would want, shared dinner time with us, was funny and friendly and even gave us a hug when we left. The tour was amazing. Was sad to say goodbye to everyone but I will be telling everyone about this tour and about Tom as he made the trip!

:)

Thanks so much

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Amazing trip, we saw so much in 10 days. Everything was brilliantly arranged and ran smoothly - we enjoyed it all - temples, tuktuks, trecking, longboats, ladyboys, markets, elephants, river raft, tribes, bicycles, fantastic Thai cooking class. The hotels were all really different but all comfortable and the transport was excellent.

Our guide was fun and informative and she made sure we were all where we needed to be, she also took some great photos and she took every care to give us the best experience wherever we went.

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Andy was our tour guide. All the 10 people on the tour were unanimously full of praise for Andy because he had a sense of humour combined with a caring attitude. His knowledge of local culture was excellent. His interest in the tour members was fantastic. His organising skills are absolutely impeccable and there was not one single episode of confusion or delay whether it was to do with buses or eating at restaurants. I wish that on my next trip to South East Asia he'll be the tour leader but obviously that's not possible. Give him a wage rise.

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Had a great experience of Thailand the guide made me feel safe and relaxed with her experience and knowledge. The guide always showed us the best photo shots and offered to take my photo so I could appear in them. Had a great time and would recommend to my friends

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Great time with a great tour guide... Very informative..

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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.
USD $2269
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USD $2199
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USD $2199
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Easter departure, book early!
USD $2199
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USD $499
 
USD $2199
USD $499
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 $2269
USD $499
 
USD $2199
USD $499
 
USD $2199
USD $499
Xmas departure, book early!
USD $2199
USD $499
Xmas departure, book early!
USD $2199
USD $499

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $1680
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Pre Tour Accommodation Bangkok
USD $79
USD $60
Pre Tour Accommodation Bangkok
USD $79
USD $60

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 Lantern 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: 8, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
Tour Bolt-ons
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Phuket Beach Break
USD $899 / 6 days
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My Tour guide Tom ( I am sorry I forgot his surname) was AMAZING! he took us to amazing food stops, included everything you would want, shared dinner time with us, was funny and friendly and even gave us a hug when we left. The tour was amazing. Was sad to say goodbye to everyone but I will be telling everyone about this tour and about Tom as he made the trip!

:)

Thanks so much

Lonnie Bevis
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