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    Places visited:

  • Bangkok
  • Amphawa
  • Kui Buri
  • Kanchanaburi
  • 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.

Audley Travel specialist Daniel

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:

  • Bangkok
  • Amphawa
  • Kui Buri
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Koh Samet
  • Bangkok

Itinerary idea in detail

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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

Bangkok

On arrival at Bangkok Airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to your boutique hotel located in a peaceful area of Bangkok's bustling city.

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Day 3 Bangkok

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!

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Day 4 Bangkok

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.

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Day 5 Amphawa

Bangkok , 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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 8 Kanchanaburi

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!

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Day 9 Kanchanaburi

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.

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Day 10 Koh Samet

Kanchanaburi , Koh Samet

Today you will be transferred by car and speed-boat to the tropical island of Koh Samet to spend your last 3 nights enjoying the island's sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.

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Day 11 Koh Samet

Koh Samet

Day at leisure to relax or enjoy one of the activities on offer in the area. The bays and waters around Koh Samet are renowned for its snorkelling and diving.

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Day 12 Koh Samet

Koh Samet

Day at leisure to relax by the hotel's infinity pool or take a boat out for some deep-sea fishing or to end your trip in Thailand with a sunset cruise along the picturesque coastline.

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Day 13 International return flight

Koh Samet , Bangkok , International return flight

This morning a private speedboat will transfer you back to the mainland where a car will be waiting to take you to Bangkok Airport for your onward flight home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Audley Travel specialist Savina
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