For those venturing to the Far East for the first time, this trip offers an easy introduction to Thailand's main highlights combined with a few hidden gems. You will explore the bustling city of Bangkok using a variety of public transport, before heading to the little-visited town of Amphawa to see the local life at a vibrant floating market. Head north to Chiang Mai with its interesting temples and shopping opportunities before flying to the west coast for some relaxing on the beach. Spend your final days snorkelling and testing out your hotel pool, or take trips into the surrounding rainforest.
Explore Bangkok and Chiang Mai on a unique city safari.
Visit Amphawa for an insight into traditional rural life.
Savour the delicious and aromatic cuisine of the far north.
Relax on the beaches of the Andaman coast.
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- Chiang Mai
- Khao Lak
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Bangkok.
Day 2 Bangkok
Day 3 Bangkok
Today enjoy a private guided tour of Bangkok visiting the capital's key attractions: the Grand Palace, Wat Po (home to the reclining Buddha) and Jim Thompson's house. Try out Bangkok's different forms of public transport - the Skytrain which winds its way through the skyscrapers and shopping malls, the public taxi boat, a long-tail boat and of course the ubiquitous Thai tuk tuk. This is a fun excursion that gives you a fantastic insight into the capital as well as the people that call Bangkok home.
Day 4 Amphawa
Your guide will collect you today to accompany you on your private transfer to the pretty town of Amphawa, a journey of around one and a half hours. This area is famous for its authentic floating markets and traditional ways of life. Visit the fascinating market stalls with your private guide, located on the railway tracks and the floating market to enjoy a fascinating private boat ride through the narrow canals. The best time to visit is on the weekend when locals flock to the area to buy from the floating vendors.
Day 5 Chiang Mai
Day 6 Chiang Mai
Today explore the main sights of Chiang Mai including the lost city of Wiang Kum Kam and the trading community of Wat Gatekaram with your private guide. Through narrow alleyways and winding pathways best accessed with two-wheel transport, you'll pass markets, temples and a vast array of unique "street life". Lunch is taken at a traditional noodle cafe. The afternoon is free to relax, you might like to try out your hotel pool.
Day 7 Chiang Mai
Today is free to explore Chiang Mai. Late afternoon is a great time to visit Chiang Mai's most famous land-mark: the temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This is one of Thailand's most important temples and has fantastic views of the city. In the evening you may like to visit the city's famous night bazaar.
Day 8 Khao Lak
The beach part of your holiday starts today. After a morning at leisure, your private driver will collect you from your hotel to take you to the local airport for your internal flight to Phuket, a journey of around two hours. At Phuket airport our driver will be waiting to take you to your lovely beach accommodation on the white sands of Khao Lak, a journey of about one and a half hours. The Ramada has a fantastic location along the beach from local restaurants, bars and markets.
Day 9 Khao Lak
Day 10 Khao Lak
Another day free to explore today. In addition to the beach there is plenty to do on Khao Lak and your time can be as busy or as relaxed as you like. The nearby Similan Islands are one of the world's top dive sites and there are great snorkelling trips out to the Surin Islands which can be booked by your hotel.
Day 11 Khao Lak
You may like to consider a day trip to Pung Chang cave today with its fascinating rock formations which is accessed via a bamboo raft and then head out on a long-tail boat to visit the famous James Bond Island!
Day 12 Khao Lak
Day at leisure at your beach location. You might like to make your stay special by booking a private dinner on the beach or trying the spa.
Day 13 Khao Lak
Today is your last day by the beach before heading home. If you are seeking some adventure, you might like to book a river rafting or 4x4 tour, exciting ways to explore the surrounding jungle.
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