Thailand Experience


  • 12 days

  • Asia & The Far East

  • Active pace

Tour : 2780

Up to 7.5% off on 2020

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From

£1,136 pp

Tour only

Based on 25th Oct 2020

From

£1,766 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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Highlighting Thailand’s rich history, fascinating culture, and religious monuments, this Thailand tour includes overnights in Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai.

This tour through Thailand includes visits to some of the cities that have served as the country’s capital: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai. In Bangkok—Thailand’s current capital—visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha; the Temple of the Reclining Buddha built in 1832; and the Grand Palace, the royal residence begun in 1782 where you’ll see the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist sculpture. In Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital, your sightseeing includes a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, which was built as a summer residence for the Kings of Ayutthaya. In Sukhothai, Thailand’s 13th-century capital, visit Sukhothai Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ruins of palaces, temples, and homes.

But that’s not all...take a train ride over the famous River Kwai Bridge, part of the infamous Death Railway built by prisoners during World War II. Visit Hellfire Pass Memorial, which houses a museum detailing the life of the Allied prisoners and Asian laborers who helped build the railway. Travel to the “Golden Triangle,” where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet. You’ll also spend time at an elephant sanctuary, where over 30 elephants room freely in a sustainable environment free from mistreatment.

Your budget-travel to Thailand is rich in experiences, sights, and welcoming people you’ll long remember!

Highlights

BANGKOK Visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha, Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Grand Palace, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

KANCHANABURI Visit the Allied Forces Cemetery, Thailand-Burma Railway Center, Hellfire Pass Memorial; train ride to Wang Po Station

AYUTTHAYA Visit Bang Pa-In Palace

SUKHOTHAI Visit Sukhothai Historic Park and Wat Si Chum

LAMPANG Visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

CHIANG RAI Excursion to the Golden Triangle; visit a tea plantation and Wat Rong Khun

CHIANG MAI Visit San Kampaeng, an elephant sanctuary, Wat Phra Singh, and Wat Doi Suthep

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches

BANGKOK, THAILAND

Day
1

Welcome to Thailand’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

BANGKOK

Day
2

Bangkok is an exhilarating blend of historic and religious monuments, chic modernity, exciting shopping, and friendly culture. An exciting day of sightseeing is ahead. Take in the city’s principal landmarks such as the splendid TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN BUDDHA and the spectacular TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. You will also visit the gleaming GRAND PALACE, Thailand’s most sacred monument, and the spectacular TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BANGKOK–EXCURSION TO KANCHANABURI

Day
3

Today’s full-day excursion takes you to Kanchanaburi on the banks of the Kwai River, famed for the River Kwai Bridge, built during WWII. Visit the ALLIED FORCES CEMETERY and spend time in the fascinating THAILAND-BURMA RAILWAY CENTRE. Today’s highlight is a TRAIN RIDE across the famous bridge to Wang Po Station. This afternoon, visit HELLFIRE PASS MEMORIAL, part of the Death Railway that cuts through the mountains. Today, it houses a museum detailing life of the Allied prisoners and Asian laborers who helped build the railway, and subsequently suffered or died at Hellfire Pass.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

BANGKOK

Day
4

Today is yours to explore Bangkok at leisure, perhaps enjoying the great-value shopping, lively market, and delicious Thai cuisine. You may opt to join an optional excursion to the legendary Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where traders sell all manner of items from their boats, including exotic fruits, vegetables, silks, and toys.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BANGKOK–AYUTTHAYA–PHITSANULOK

Day
5

Today, head to Ayutthaya, ancient capital of Siam. Here, you will visit BANG PA-IN PALACE, which was built in the 18th century as a summer residence for the Kings of Ayutthaya. Later, drive to Phitsanulok, one of Thailand’s oldest cities, founded over 600 years ago. This evening, consider an optional rickshaw ride to experience Phitsanulok’s colorful night market.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

PHITSANULOK–SUKHOTHAI.

Day
6

Journey to Sukhothai, Thailand’s 13th-century former capital, and admire the atmospheric, moated Old Town. Here, you will visit SUKHOTHAI HISTORIC PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore ruined temples and monasteries, including WAT SI CHUM with its stunning seated Buddha.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SUKHOTHAI–LAMPANG–CHIANG RAI

Day
7

This morning, travel to Lampang. Here, visit Phayao Lake and WAT PHRA THAT LAMPANG LUANG. Built in 1476, this ancient Buddhist temple is often thought to be the oldest-standing wooden structure in the country. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue through rural countryside to Chiang Rai.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

CHIANG RAI. GOLDEN TRIANGLE EXCURSION

Day
8

Enjoy breathtaking vistas as you journey to Doi Mae Salong and visit a TEA PLANTATION. Continue to Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost town, and on to the renowned GOLDEN TRIANGLE, where the borders of Thailand, Burma, and Laos meet. You may consider an optional boat tour on the Mekong River.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

CHIANG RAI–CHIANG MAI

Day
9

This morning visit WAT RONG KHUN, also known as the White Temple. Then, continue through lush jungle to Chiang Mai, a fragrant mountain retreat known as the “Rose of the North” for its refreshing climate. Upon arrival, visit SAN KAMPAENG to see local craftsmen make Thailand’s traditional lacquerware and teakwood furniture.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CHIANG MAI

Day
10

Spend the morning at an ELEPHANT SANCTUARY, where over 30 elephants roam freely in a safe and sustainable environment and are not subjected to mistreatment (including rides). Here, you have the chance to touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. This afternoon, visit WAT PHRA SINGH with its famous Buddha image, and WAT DOI SUTHEP, a temple tucked away in the mountains. For the final ascent to the temple, you can take a tram car or walk up the Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with more than 300 steps.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

CHIANG MAI

Day
11

Today is free for you to enjoy this dynamic city. You may opt to join our optional Thai cooking class and learn the secrets of traditional dishes.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CHIANG MAI

Day
12

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Pre Tour

+4 days Siem Reap Extension

Total meals included:

  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA.

Day
1

Welcome to Cambodia! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

SIEM REAP.

Day
2

Your sightseeing tour starts at the best preserved of all the temples—ANGKOR WAT, honoring the Hindu god Vishnu. Next stop is ANGKOR THOM to see BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIEM REAP.

Day
3

Today, visit the exquisite 10th-century BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva that was built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. Then, on to TA PROHM which has been left relatively untouched; surrounded by jungle, tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SIEM REAP-BANGKOK, THAILAND.

Day
4

Today, fly to Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Post tour

+4 days Phuket Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts

PHUKET.

Day
1

Transfer to Chiang Mai airport for your flight to Phuket. On arrival, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PHUKET.

Days
2-3

Enjoy your days doing as little or as much as you wish. Visit fabulous beaches, treat yourself to a Thai massage, or simply relax by the pool.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PHUKET.

Day
4

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,136 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals

Tour with flights

From

£1,766 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes

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