- Kui Buri
- Koh Samet
Get an introduction into Thai food.
Visit the unusual railway and floating markets.
Look for wild elephants in Kui Buri.
Feed and bathe elephants at a sanctuary.
Relax on a tropical island.
What our specialists say...
This trip gives a fascinating insight into Thailand. Starting in Bangkok you will get an introduction into Thailand's delicious food and see some of the city's key sights before moving to the surrounding countryside to experience some of the country's most unusual markets. You will then go off-the-beaten track to a National Park where you have the best chance of seeing Thailand’s national animal, the elephant, in the wild before you get up close with these magnificent creatures at an elephant sanctuary in Kanchanaburi. The trip ends with 3 relaxing nights on the tropical island of Koh Samet.
We recommend this trip for:
- Kui Buri
- Koh Samet
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With international flights from a choice of 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
Thailand is a country renowned for its food. This morning you will have the perfect introduction with a guided food tour of Bangkok's street vendors, small shops and markets. You will have the chance to try some of Thailand's famous dishes, experience the different tastes and flavours and learn some words that may help you for the rest your holiday e.g. not spicy!
Day 4 Bangkok
Today you will have a private guided tour of Bangkok visiting the capital's key attractions such as the Grand Palace and Wat Po (home to the reclining Buddha). You will use 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 infamous Thai tuk tuk. This is a fun excursion which gives you a fantastic insight into the capital as well as the people that call Bangkok home. Your afternoon will be at leisure to continue exploring Bangkok by yourself. In the evening you may like to visit one of Bangkok's rooftop bars for sunset.
Day 5 Amphawa
The countryside around Bangkok is home to a number of fascinating markets. With your guide you will visit the famous railway market approximately 1 hour from Bangkok where vendors sell their produce and goods alongside a working railway-line. You will then continue onto the area's most authentic floating market where locals continue to arrive by boat to sell their fresh produce. You will stay overnight nearby at the small town of Amphawa with its popular canal walkways.
Day 6 Kui Buri
Amphawa , Kui Buri
This morning you will be transferred to the Kui Buri National Park. This is arguably the best place to see Thailand's national animal, the elephant, in the wild. Joining a local ranger you will have a jeep tour in the National Park to spot these magnificent creatures. In the evening you will have dinner with a local farming family to give you a fascinating insight into the conflict between the wild elephants and the local community.
Day 7 Kanchanaburi
Kui Buri , Kanchanaburi
This morning you will enjoy sunrise over the park at one of the ranger stations before going on a guided tour of the local community to gain an insight into the lives of the local families. Alternatively you could join an early morning trek within the National Park for further wildlife-spotting opportunities. After lunch you will transfer to the town of Kanchanaburi for your stay by the famous River Kwai.
Day 8 Kanchanaburi
After seeing elephants in the wild you will now have the chance to learn more about these creatures and get up close to them with a day visit to Elephants World - a sanctuary for sick, old and rescued elephants. In addition to preparing food for the elephants you will help to feed and bathe them, an experience you are unlikely to forget!
Day 9 Kanchanaburi
The Kanchanaburi area is renowned for its time during the 2nd World War when Allied POWs were used by the Japanese to build the Burma-Thailand Railway. Today you will gain an insight into this history with a private guided tour of the main points of interest: the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai and Hell Fire Pass. The tour includes a scenic boat journey up the River Kwai and a train journey on the infamous Death Railway.
Day 10 Koh Samet
Day 11 Koh Samet
Day 12 Koh Samet
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