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Thailand Experience

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Price per person
from £1,816

Price based on
London Stansted
14th Sep 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 14 days

  • Asia & The Far East

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

Highlighting Thailand’s rich history, fascinating culture, and religious monuments, this Thailand tour includes overnights in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, 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. On this Thailand tour, you’ll also have an opportunity to learn about Thai culture. In Bangkok, enjoy a Thai dinner accompanied by Thai classical music and dancers. Visit the legendary Damnoen Saduak floating market to see traders sell exotic fruits, vegetables, and more from their boats. And in Chiang Mai, enjoy a visit to San Kampaeng to see local craftsmen make Thailand’s traditional lacquerware and antique wood furniture. But that’s not all…visit the “Golden Triangle,” where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet, and 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 labourers who helped build the railway. You’ll also spend time at an elephant sanctuary, where over 30 elephants roam 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!

At a glance

Bangkok Visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha, Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Grand Palace, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; Thai dinner with Thai classical music and dancers; visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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

Uthai Thani Cruise on the Sakaekrang River

Sukhothai Visit Sukhothai Historic Park and Wat Si Chum

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

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Siem Reap pre tour extension

  • 4 days: Phuket stay

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

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Make your own way

For more information please see our booking conditions for tour-only holidays.

Customer Reviews

Great value for the money....

27th March 2018
Mr Philip Scholes

Great value for the money.

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24th March 2018
Mr Paul Douglas

Most hotels were very dated poor locations nothing nearby if...

27th February 2018
Trusted Customer

Most hotels were very dated poor locations nothing nearby if you wanted to eat out. Some had no safe or kettle in room dirty showers. Cosmos must never do checks at the hotels they use considering the amount of tours they do this should be a major priority. All food that was included (lunches mostly) were in the open air in run down locations poor standard, all buffet being kept warm in large pots over heat not very hygienic at all. Don’t know how long they were there for before we arrived. It would have been nice to have sat down and be served our food inside a nice restaurant.All set days started early driving for miles very very tiring, continuous temples everyone had had enough of them. Highlight of the holiday was definitely the elephant trip that was wonderful.

Fantastic, busy schedule but worth it. Highlights River Kwai although...

6th February 2018
Mr Ian Leslie Smith

Fantastic, busy schedule but worth it. Highlights River Kwai although a bit rushed at the museum and cemetery and the Elephant sanctuary.

Very good tour with our excellent guide Pom....

21st January 2018
Mrs B

Very good tour with our excellent guide Pom.

Fantastic value for money holiday...

22nd December 2017
Mr Geoffrey Cook

Fantastic value for money holiday

Our holiday was absolutely amazing. We saw so many...

18th November 2017
Mrs Sally Walters

Our holiday was absolutely amazing. We saw so many wonderful temples. Mixed closely with the locals who always seemed pleased to see us. It was such an exciting fully packed adventure which we shall ever forget. Peris, our courier was so attentive and helpful sorting any problems out for everyone particularly when i thought i had lost my passport..He always bought tasters of the local food for us to try. Such a lovely man. It was great to have the optional extra excursions. I'm so glad we did most of them as we would probably missed out such a lot. Everyone on the tour got on with each other and had a laugh. I felt quite sad saying goodbye to everyone. This holiday was such a special experience and one i shall treasure for the rest of our lives. Thank you Cosmos.

Covers everything you need to see in Thailand at a...

27th May 2017
Trusted Customer

Covers everything you need to see in Thailand at a fair price

It was good. I didn't know travel time was also...

21st March 2017
Mr M Parekh

It was good. I didn't know travel time was also part of the 15 day Thailand Experiance.

Overview

Highlighting Thailand’s rich history, fascinating culture, and religious monuments, this Thailand tour includes overnights in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, 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. On this Thailand tour, you’ll also have an opportunity to learn about Thai culture. In Bangkok, enjoy a Thai dinner accompanied by Thai classical music and dancers. Visit the legendary Damnoen Saduak floating market to see traders sell exotic fruits, vegetables, and more from their boats. And in Chiang Mai, enjoy a visit to San Kampaeng to see local craftsmen make Thailand’s traditional lacquerware and antique wood furniture. But that’s not all…visit the “Golden Triangle,” where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet, and 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 labourers who helped build the railway. You’ll also spend time at an elephant sanctuary, where over 30 elephants roam 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!

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

Depart UK

Day
1

Bangkok, Thailand

Day
2

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for four nights.

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

Bangkok

Day
3

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. This evening, enjoy a special THAI DINNER, accompanied by Thai classical music and dancers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Bangkok

Day
4

Explore Bangkok at leisure, perhaps enjoying the great-value shopping, lively market, and delicious Thai cuisine.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bangkok - Kanchanaburi

Day
5

Visit the legendary DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET, where traders sell all manner of items from their boats, including exotic fruits, vegetables, silks, and toys. Then travel 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

Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Ayutthaya - Uthai Thani - Phitsanulok

Day
7

Depart Ayutthaya to Uthai Thani and CRUISE along Sakaekrang River, enjoying the local life. 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 colourful night market.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Chiang Rai

Day
8

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. Later, travel through rural countryside to Chiang Rai.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Chiang Rai. Golden Triangle Excursion

Day
9

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
10

Today’s journey takes you to Chiang Mai. 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
11

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
12

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 - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to Chiang Mai airport for your flight to the UK via Bangkok, or extend your stay in Phuket or Koh Samui.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
14

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Extend your tour and see even more

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

Siem Reap, Cambodia

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

Siem Reap

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

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. Unlike the other temples, TA PROHM has been left relatively untouched. Surrounded by jungle, tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, and you will experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Siem Reap

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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

Phuket

Today, 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

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

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.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Bangkok - Travelodge Sukhumvit 11

Travelodge Sukhumvit 11 is a newly built hotel conveniently located in the heart of the city, offering guests easy access to all that this fascinating and lively city has to offer. After a busy day of sightseeing, relax at the rooftop pool.

  • Location

    30/9-10-Sukhumvit (Chaiyos) Klongtoey-Nua, Wattana Bangkok, Thailand

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Kanchanaburi - Felix River Kwai Hotel

Felix River Kwai Resort sits on a plot of pristine riverfront land adjacent to the infamous Bridge On The River Kwai. Just 10 minutes away from downtown Kanchanaburi, the resort caters to people from all walks of life who enjoy lush & beautiful gardens, privacy, and a resort with generous public space.

  • Location

    9/1 Moo 3, Thumbol Thamakham Kanchanaburi, Thailand

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Ayutthaya - Kantary Hotel

The hotel offers a modern and sleek design, spacious accommodations, and beautiful rooftop pool.

  • Location

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Phitsanulok - Amarin Lagoon Hotel

Surrounded by palm trees, the hotel features multiple restaurants serving Thai and international cuisine, outdoor pool with swim up bar, and a luxurious spa.

  • Location

    52/299 Praongkhao Rd., Muang, Phitsanulok, Thailand

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Pool

Chiang Rai - Wiang Inn Hotel

The hotel features modern facilities for relaxation and recreation, personalised hospitality, and comfortable and spacious guestrooms.

  • Location

    893 Phaholyothin Road Chiang Rai, Thailand

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Chiang Mai - Empress Hotel

Nestled in the heart of beautiful historic city of Chiang Mai, in a lush greenery park, The Empress Hotel & Convention Centre offers magnificent location of 20 minutes drive from Chiang Mai International Airport & Railway station. The city's famous handicraft center Night Bazaar with the night entertainments and commercial zone are just 10 minutes walk away.

  • Location

    199/42 Changklan Rd Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

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