Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
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Bangkok Beach & Beyond - 13 days

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 hill tribes in Chiang Rai before heading south to relax on the beach in the resort town of Hua Hin.

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Itinerary
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Hotels
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Trip Highlights

Hua Hin - Lazy days by the beach overlooking the Gulf of Thailand
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 - Hill Tribe villages
Bangkok - Grand Palace, tuk tuk ride to Wat Pho, Flower Market, long tail boat ride along the klongs and Khao San Road
Erawan National Park - wildlife, evergreen forests, beautiful waterfalls & swimming
Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple, Baan Tong Luang Hill Tribes village, trishaw ride around the old city, night market and cooking class. Plus free time for optional activities from spa treatments to canopy ziplines.
Wat Rhon Khung - the unique ‘White Temple’
Hmong Hill Tribe - Overnight stay in their community

Included

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
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
Chiang Mai trishaw ride and cooking class
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
10 nights 3 - 4 star & Special Class hotels, 1 night floating hotel in the jungle, 1 night overnight sleeper train from Ayuthaya to Chiang Mai
Airport arrival transfer day 1 & departure transfer day 14
Guided sightseeing - Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Erawan National Park, Ayuthaya, Chiang Mai 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

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD60-70, paid in 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: USD$50-60, paid in USD

Itinerary

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. Then we take a short walk through the bustling streets of Bangkok to the famous 'Cabbages and Condoms' restaurant where we will sample some tasty Thai cuisine.
Overnight: Bangkok  |  Dinner

Day 2

Bangkok City Tour

This morning we set off to explore this sprawling metropolis. The first stop is at the 24 hour flower market where you get to view stunning orchids and roses on sale to the local restaurants and florists. Then 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. From the Grand Palace we take an exhilarating ride on a tuk tuk to Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha.

After a break for lunch we board a longtail boat and set off on an exploration of the labrynth of klongs (canals) that criss cross the city. On our journey we’ll glide by stilted houses and gleaming temples whilst old men fish and children play about on the waters edge. Our boat drops us off within walking distance of Khao San Road, popular with backpackers and hippies. The evening is free for you to explore the many bars, restaurants, market stalls and tailors 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

Day 4

Erawan NP & Ayuthaya

Kanchanaburi - Erawan - Ayuthaya - Chiang Mai. This morning we take longtail boats back to our waiting vehicles and travel to 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 driving on to 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. 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. We drive to a local hotel to freshen up and have dinner before heading to the station this evening to board our sleeper train to Chiang Mai.
Overnight: Sleeper train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Chiang Mai & Hill tribes

Chiang Mai - Mae Rim. Early this morning our train arrives into Chiang Mai, nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand. First up we visit the imposing Doi Suthep Temple that stands like a sentinel over the city. We take time to relax and enjoy the view before driving to the Baan Tong Luang Hill Tribes village. Four separate Thai hill tribes live at Baan Tong Luang - the Lahu, Hmong, White Karen and the Long necked Karen and we'll have the opportunity to learn all about their lifestyle and customs, see their traditional dress and purchase handicrafts that they make.

We travel on to the Hmong Hill Tribe Lodge where we will stay this evening. Here, you can take a walk into the surrounding countryside to visit the some of the nearby hill tribe villages and gain a wonderful insight into the lives of some of the smaller minority groups in the Kingdom. In the evening we enjoy a sumptuous BBQ before being entertained by dancers from the local community.
Overnight: Mae Rim  |  Dinner

Day 6

Day trip to Chiang Rai

Mae Rim - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai. Following an early breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts at Hmong Lodge and set off north towards Chiang Rai, travelling through stunning karst and jungle scenery. We take a break to stretch our legs and explore a local Hmong market before continuing to our journey to the famous White Temple of Wat Rong Khun which depicts scenes from movies including the Matrix, Star Wars and Superman! After exploring the temple, there's time for lunch before we board our longtail boats for a scenic hour long ride on the Kok River to Lahu Village in Chiang Rai. This enchanting and remote little village is inhabited by the Lahu people who make their living from farming the land. The village is surrounded by lush green mountains, with stilt houses and chickens, pigs and dogs roaming the streets. We’ll take a walk through the village and see the Lahu people go about their daily life. Back in the boat we’ll make a short stop at the Karen village of Ruammit on the banks of the Kok River, which has retained its traditional culture. From Ruammit we drive back to Chiang Mai. We check into our hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Chiang Mai  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Chiang Mai cooking class

This morning you can join your tour guide in giving out Alms to the local monks before returning to your hotel for breakfast. We then take a traditional trishaw for a ride around the old city of Chiang Mai, visiting some of the key temples within the city walls. Then we head to a local cooking school to try our hand at preparing tasty local cuisine in a traditional Thai setting. This informative cooking class teaches us how to prepare three of Thailand’s most popular dishes that we’ll later get to enjoy for lunch.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore at leisure. In the evening we explore the Chiang Mai night market, a haven of souvenirs and works by local artisans.
Overnight: Chiang Mai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Chiang Mai free time

Chiang Mai - Bangkok. Today is free for you to enjoy some of the many optional activities in the city, from zip lining through the jungle canopy to riding a bike through the countryside. There is a street of cottage industries which is great to pick up those last minute silk, silver or jewellery souvenirs. In the late afternoon we transfer to the airport in time to catch our flight to Bangkok. After checking into our hotel the rest of the night is free for you to enjoy this bustling city.
Overnight: Bangkok  |  Breakfast

Days 9-11

Hua Hin

Bangkok - Hua Hin. On the morning of day 9 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 the next two 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 12-13

Bangkok

Hua Hin - Bangkok. At around midday on day 12, 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. Thursday 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!
Breakfast x 2

Prices & Dates

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.

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Extra Prices

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Private Tour Supplement
USD $2380
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Bangkok Beach & Beyond - SSUP Days 9-13
USD $390
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Pre Tour Accommodation Bangkok
USD $56
USD $51
Post Tour Accommodation Bangkok
USD $56
USD $51

Hotels

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.

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

River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort offers a unique accommodation experience right on the flowing Kwai Noi River. All floating rooms are tucked into a floating bamboo lodge moored along the historical River Kwai Noi surrounded by lush green mountains and jungle. The walls are weaved from local bamboo decorated with wooden furniture reflecting Mon living style. Each is appointed with en-suite private bathroom, balcony and a hammock. To work in harmony with the natural surroundings, the property does not use electricity and kerosene lamps are provided to light the rooms and evoke a romantic atmosphere.

Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, Mae Rim

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Set within the spectacular mountains and rice fields of Mae Rim, the Hmong Lodge offers guests a unique opportunity to experience traditional Hmong culture amidst striking natural beauty. Conveniently located just an hours drive from Chiang Mai, The Hmong Lodge offers travellers the perfect balance of style and comfort and offers them the chance to meet and learn about nearby tribal communities. The comfortable guest rooms are beautifully crafted from wood and have a splash of colour added with the Hmong quilts. The lodge features an outdoor pool, spa and open-air restaurant. Days can be spent with local tribes and exploring the stunning surrounding landscapes while evenings at the lodge can be filled with a barbecue and al fresco dining followed by traditional Hmong performances including dancing.

Raming Lodge, Chiang Mai

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the bustling night bazaar, the elegant Raming Lodge is the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the city. The spacious rooms are decorated with clear eastern influences and encompass beautiful wooden furniture, complimenting the rich fabrics that add a splash of colour to the room. Massages and other treatments are available at the spa and the pool is a great place to relax during your leisure time. A full breakfast is served in the morning and further food can be found in the hotel's gourmet burger restaurant.

Loligo Resort Hua Hin, Hua Hin

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Conveniently located just 100m from the beach and the beautiful Gulf of Thailand, the elegant Loligo Resort offers generously-sized modern rooms and plenty of creature comforts with high speed internet, super king size beds and large private balconies from which to enjoy the views. Relax in the spa and outdoor jacuzzi, soak up the sun by the pool or work off a few pounds in the state of the art fitness centre. Guests can enjoy the convenience of all-day dining at the restaurant and an on-site deli for tasty snacks. Sip on sundowner cocktails in the hotel's bar and head to the chic 1920s style private lounge and underground bar for late night drinks.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews

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!

• Submitted 12 Dec 2014
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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.

• Submitted 28 Nov 2014
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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 • Submitted 21 Nov 2014

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.

• Submitted 21 Oct 2014
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Bangkok
Ends
Bangkok
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 4
Visiting
Countries
Updated
1st March 2017

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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