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
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 Floating Hotel | Breakfast, Dinner
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 swim in one of the many refreshing crystalline rock pools. After we travel on to Ayuthaya, the former capital and once one of the wealthiest cities in the world.
Overnight: Ayutthaya | Breakfast
Temples of 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
Yi Peng Festival!
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 tranquillity 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 enjoy the festivities of Loi Krathong and Yi Peng.
Yi Peng & Loi Krathong Festivals Celebrated throughout the Kingdom on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, the Loi Krathong festival is named after the floating lanterns, boats and ornaments that are set adrift onto rivers during the celebrations. For some, floating a Krathong, especially when lit, are meant to honour Buddha. For most Thais, it’s a way to thank the Hindu Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha, for her help in providing the most basic of all human necessities. The practice is also associated with creating good luck and ridding oneself of anger and negative thoughts. Some will cut their fingernails and hair and add them to the Krathong, to symbolise the letting go of the bad elements of one's self.
In Chiang Mai, the ancient capital of the former Lanna Kingdom, Loi Krathong coincides with the Lanna (northern Thai) festival known as ‘Yi Peng’ where a multitude of Lanna-style sky lanterns adorned with good luck wishes and prayer are released into the sky.
Tonight, as both Loi Krathong and Yi Peng are being celebrated at the same time, we will see lanterns floating on the waters, strings of pretty lights hanging from houses and temples, and hundreds of beautiful lanterns floating by in the sky. Setting out on foot with our guide, we'll aim to catch the lantern releases and join the other festivities which usually include fireworks, boat racing on the Ping River and parades through the streets.
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Today is free for you to enjoy at your leisure or enjoy more of the Yi Peng and Loi Krathong festivities. With our guide, we head to the market to stock up on all materials needed to make our own Krathongs, then learn how to make them ready to be sailed this evening. There will also be a host of other festival activities that we can enjoy during the day. Not to mention activities unrelated to the festival such as cookery courses and flying through the jungle canopy on zip lines!
Overnight: Chiang Mai | Breakfast
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 (aka the White Temple) which depicts 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
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
Bangkok - your way
Tuesday 07 November 2017. 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.
Prices & Dates
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.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
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 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 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
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
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
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.
Raming Lodge, Chiang Mai
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.
Rimkok Hotel , Chiang Rai
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.
Tipping is not a natural part of many Western cultures and many of us feel uncomfortable, or unsure, about when, or how much, to tip. However, in Thailand, tipping makes up a significant part of many people's wages so it's important that we get it right. For this reason we've developed a very simple system to take all the hassle out of tipping. With our 'tipping made easy' policy, a nominal pre-determined amount is collected from all group tour participants to cover tips en route. This then saves you the hassle of when and how much to tip bellhops, luggage handlers, local guides and other support staff through the tour. Our 'tipping made easy' doesn't include a tip to your group tour leader. Naturally, though, the amount is up to you as tipping is an entirely personal gesture.
Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.86 out of 5 based on 7 recent reviews
WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE”
The tour had a lot of information about Thailand;its culture,its people,its history and scenery.It also had adventure and despite being a +70 year old and fairly fit, I was able to comfortably participate in all organized
activities. Annie the tour guide with her informative, no-fuss approach made it such an
unforgettable experience.It was a well planned well conducted holiday.”
Dear on the go
I just wish to express my sincerest appreciation towards our guide Annie, she made this holiday truly an experience of a life time. She was informative, positive, highly organised, and one of the most pleasant characters I have even had the pleasure of being around. I can safely say she truly did make this holiday the greatest experience of my life.
Her ability to keep everyone in the group feeling included, happy, and positive were character traits I have yet to see properly in a tour guide.
She truly is an asset to your organisation and I cannot go far enough in expressing my appreciation that you choose her on our particular holiday, as she really went out of her way to make it the adventure of a life time it turned out to be!”
This was Not a holiday - it was an Adventure! On the Go did a marvellous job and everything went a smooth as clockwork. Anni, the guide, did a perfect job. ”
Tour was fabulous and covered so much of the country The lantern festival was magical and a highlight of the tour.
The only piece that didn't feel like it belonged was the horse and buggy ride and the visit to the teak house.
We will be booking with On the Go again!
I truly enjoyed this tour. There was a good contrast in locations and our tour guide, Lee was very attentive.
I especially enjoyed getting the opportunity to ride an elephant and getting to attend the Yi Peng Festival was truly unforgettable.
The only issue we had was when our hotel room was broken into whilst in Sukhothai and our belongings, including our money, credit cards and passports was stolen. Obviously this was very upsetting and we were extremely worried on how this would affect the rest of our tour, or if we'd even be able to get home.
Fortunately our tour guide Lee was excellent and she managed to co-ordinate the police and the tour company to give us the best care possible. She even managed to get us some cash in hand compensation from the hotel, which was extremely useful to use as spending money, so that our holiday would not have to come to a stop. This was very lucky as we had no money and no way to get more. Potentially this could have ruined our holiday.
I have nothing but praise on how this was sorted by the tour company, especially Simon who not only arranged everything in order to get us passports and home without disrupting our holiday, but also fronted us the money needed personally and made sure we were accompanied the whole time in both embassy's.
They made it very easy, efficient and stress-free, and I couldn't thank them enough for all their help.
I would definitely recommend this tour and this tour company for anyone interested in exploring Thailand to its fullest, but without giving up the security a good tour company can provide.”
Pom was amazing! He was very knowledgeable and if we asked a question that he didn't know the answer to, unlike other guides I've had in the past, he would find out the answer; he went above and beyond to try and incorporate our asks into the program (i.e. ensuring that we saw the floating "balloon" festival; and his laugh and fun disposition kept everyone in a good mood.
The trip itself was absolutely amazing, and working with Sarah made setting up everything a breeze. She was very friendly and very responsive and was always there to answer our questions. The only 2 hiccups that we experienced at all with the trip were 1) we were supposed to be assigned to go to the floating market on the extra day that we tacked on to the end, but there was a disconnect somewhere and by the time Pom investigated it, we could only go by private taxi which was quite a bit more than we budgeted for and 2) on the On The Go Tours site to promote this trip, the banner was a picture of the floating "balloons" (the lanterns that float up into the sky). We found out early on that it was actually not included and most the people on our bus, and a few that we talked to on other buses were a bit upset about that, so we were going to plan our own trip to see them. Fortunately the guides managed to pull it off, but there was a bit of concern because for several of us, that was the primary reason we picked that week to go to that location.
Overall though, it was an amazing adventure...I just wish I had more vacation time to have stayed on and added the extended tour to our trip. I will definitely refer to OnTheGo Tours again for upcoming adventures. Thank you to everyone involved in making it an amazing experience!”
WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE”