Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Time for Thailand

10 days  |  Starts/Ends: Bangkok  |  from USD $1,979  |   Guaranteed Departures  8 reviews

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, beautiful national parks, historic WWII sites, exotic temples and boat trips in between.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions
Reviews

Itinerary

Please Note: from 15 Feb 2017 this tour will become 9 days in length. Please see our New Time For Thailand tour for details.

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

River 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 Waterfalls & Ayuthaya

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 swim in one of the many refreshing, crystalline pools. After we travel on to Ayuthaya, the once gold and glittering capital of the kingdom.
Overnight: Ayutthaya  |  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 flying 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 - 29 Oct 2017

On 29 October 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.

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. 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.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Pre Tour Accommodation Bangkok
USD $56
USD $51
Post Tour Accommodation Bangkok
USD $56
USD $51
Private Tour Supplement
USD $2140
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This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices above.

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.

Classic Kameo , Ayutthaya

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Classic Kameo Hotel features modern guestrooms and serviced apartments with contemporary decor in neutral tones with a good selection of amenities. The apartments have a kitchenette and seating area, and guests can use the outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and sauna. Free WiFi is available in public areas.

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 - wildlife, evergreen forests, beautiful waterfalls & swimming
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

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$60-70, 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$40-50, paid in USD

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.63 out of 5 based on 8 recent reviews

Let me begin with....My first Thailand experience was one that i came away with sense of fulfilment and memories to last a life time. These two things you cannot put a price on.

Annie our guide is an exceptionally kind person and in every sense a leader. She would yell “On the go, lets go !!!!! “ and kept us on our travelling toes the whole way through. Highlights of the tour to name a few were … The River Kwai long tail boat trip to the breathtaking River Kwai Floating Hotel, here we had no electricity and the opportunity to feed stacks of fresh fruit to Wandi the elephant from the Mon village. Hell Fire Pass was a moving and emotional experience. Free time in Chiang Mai. On this day we all went our separate ways, some of our tour family went to the Silk and Umbrella factories, my partner went to the Eagle Track Zip line experience. Me being the foodie that i am took myself off to a Thai Cooking Class which Annie helped arrange at late notice. I have since made endless Thai dishes back here in Sydney. Calypso Caberet ( an optional on the 2nd night ) is well worth going to, this is at the beautiful “Asiatique”, a colourful and energetic show that starts with a Traditional Thai set menu. There is also the opportunity to get some cheeky photos at the end with the stunning lady boys. I loved that the accommodation varies from the floating hotel, Classic Cameo in Ayuttaya, the charming guest house in Chiang Rai and i cannot forget the sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Rai - what a ride! Annie knows her country inside out, and educated us along the way in Monks, Kings, temples, food, shopping and where we might find a “Happy room” also known as a toilet! I would love to see Annie to be considered for the tour leader awards, we would love to see her here in Sydney. Annie is a huge animal lover, perhaps she could get acquainted with her very 1st real life Kangaroo!! What an outstanding woman and p passionate tour guide. Kop khun kha Annie, we love you xx

• Submitted 09 Feb 2017
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It was a wonderful journey, we were really " on the go " with an excellent tour guide, who have organized and kept the group together. The river hotel was beautiful it was a real experience along with the overnight boat trip. Loved it all. The hotels were well positioned, close to transport, markets, shopping.The beds were clean and aircons. were working. There was some minor things, that did not work at some place, and only one hotel did not have a water boiler. Small price to pay for an affordable holiday. Great trip, well organised.

• Submitted 05 Jan 2017
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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.

• Submitted 06 Jan 2015
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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

• Submitted 06 Jan 2015
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The tour was amazing. Lee was the best! She is a natural guide and a people person. She is a lovely lady who gave lots of information about places we visited and answered all questions professionally. She looked after my wife when she wasn't well and made sure that she got to know the names of everyone on the tour. She took photos of all of us with her camera and ours if we wanted this. She recommended things to see and informed us of the culture and tradition of the places we visited. She helped me arrange a cycling trip and arranged a minibus for us after the tour finished as we were going on somewhere else in Thailand. If we did another tour we would be delighted if Lee was our guide!! Well done!

• Submitted 27 Nov 2014
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The tour was fantastic and Lee was even better. She went above and beyond and was always there for us! I lost my passport, and Lee's help was invaluable. She gave a Thai massage on the train to Hellfire Pass to another member of the group who was feeling unwell. She took us to a Thai boxing match - even though it was something we had chosen to do in our own time.

Great tour and great guide.

• Submitted 25 Nov 2014
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Absolutely amazing tour of Thailand with a great bunch of people. There were so many highlights throughout the 10 days. Our main guide Lee was the best tour guide we have ever had.

We will definitely be selecting another holiday in the future with On the Go Tours.

• Submitted 20 Nov 2014
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This was an excellent experience, in all way. A comprehensive itinerary, well organized, lovey local residents, great weather, a small group of friendly folk AND THE BEST GUIDE I HAVE MET.

• Submitted 16 Nov 2014
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Our guide Lee was very involved and engaging. The hotels were beautiful, amazing food recommendations. It was my first guided tour ever. Overall great experience.

Eleanor Merry • Submitted 21 Oct 2014

Anna was the best tour guide ever because she did everything in her power to make the tour enjoyable for us and was so friendly. Also the bus driver and hostess were very friendly and welcoming. Thank you!

Carley Lakin • Submitted 21 Sep 2014

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

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It was a wonderful journey, we were really " on the go " with an excellent tour guide, who have organized and kept the group together. The river hotel was beautiful it was a real experience along with the overnight boat trip. Loved it all. The hotels were well positioned, close to transport, markets, shopping.The beds were clean and aircons. were working. There was some minor things, that did not work at some place, and only one hotel did not have a water boiler. Small price to pay for an affordable holiday. Great trip, well organised.

Kornelia Maraczy
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