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£3,285 Per person
12 days
Includes flights
Includes transfers
Includes activities
Includes hotels

Thailand is perhaps best known for its beautiful beaches but away from the tourist hotspots you'll find a plethora of other attractions offering a fascinating and more authentic Thai experience. From the bustling modern metropolis of Bangkok to the ancient UNESCO-protected temples of Ayuthaya, the verdant scenery of Kanchanaburi and the traditional floating markets of Amphawa, this trip provides a unique insight into Thailand's past and present all within easy reach of Bangkok. The experience is made all the more engaging by encounters with the charming and hospitable Thai people.

Itinerary highlights

  • Experience Wat Pho and the Grand Palace before the crowds.

  • Visit the traditional markets of Amphawa and stay in the Mae Klong delta.

  • Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai and explore the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi.

  • Take a Kermit tuk tuk around the ancient temples of old Siam.

  • Relax on the island of Koh Samet.

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Treat this trip purely as a starting point for your own tour to Thailand. Your specialist will ask you what you want and then shape your itinerary to match.

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  • Bangkok
  • Amphawa
  • Kanchanaburi and The River Kwai
  • Ayuthaya
  • Koh Samet
  • Bangkok

Itinerary idea in detail

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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


Your guide will be waiting for you at Bangkok Airport and will accompany you on your private transfer to your boutique hotel located on the banks of the Chao Phrya River.

Day 3 Bangkok


This morning your guide will collect you to visit the temple complex of Wat Pho ahead of the crowds to experience the monks' fascinating early morning chanting ritual. After this uplifting experience your guide will take you on a private tour of the temple grounds and the famous Reclining Buddha before taking you on a tour of the Grand Palace, Thailand's most important landmark.

Day 4 Amphawa

Bangkok , Amphawa

Having explored the key sights of Bangkok yesterday, today you will head 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. Your guide will accompany you on this private transfer and will take you to visit the fascinating market stalls located on the railway tracks and to the floating market where you will also get to enjoy a boat ride through the narrow canals. The best time to visit this area is on the weekend when locals flock to the area to buy from the floating vendors.

Day 5 Kanchanaburi and The River Kwai

Amphawa , Kanchanaburi and The River Kwai

Today you will continue your journey to Kanchanaburi, a journey of approximately two hours. This 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. 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 boat journey up the River Kwai and a train journey on the infamous Death Railway. In the evening you will be able to relax in the lovely river setting of your hotel and enjoy the unique experience of staying on your own floating villa.

Day 6 Kanchanaburi and The River Kwai

Kanchanaburi and The River Kwai

After breakfast you will be driven to the Erawan National Park to take in the natural beauty of the Erawan Falls with its spectacular seven-tiered waterfall. Make sure you bring your swimming costume if you fancy a dip!

Day 7 Ayuthaya

Kanchanaburi and The River Kwai , Ayuthaya

Today you will head onto Ayuthaya with your guide, a journey of around two to three hours. Ayuthaya was once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam and is now home to atmospheric ruins and ancient temples. Using the area's infamous "Kermit" tuk-tuk transport, your guide will take you on a private tour of the area. In addition to visiting the ruins, temples and the beautiful Summer Palace at Bang Pa-In you will get to sample the local delicacy of candy floss roti and visit local houses to see how traditional handicrafts are produced.

Day 8 Koh Samet

Ayuthaya , Koh Samet

The beach part of your holiday starts today. Your guide will join you for your private transfer to the pier where you will catch you boat across to Koh Samet. The whole journey will take around four hours. Koh Samet is a small peaceful island located within the Gulf of Thailand. It has beautiful white sandy beaches and is a great place to relax before heading home.

Day 9 Koh Samet

Koh Samet

Le Vimarn Cottages is a charming small hotel, located on the tropical slopes of a cove overlooking a peaceful small bay. Your day will be at leisure to relax and enjoy your beautiful setting.

Day 10 Koh Samet

Koh Samet

Day at leisure. You may like to take advantage of your hotel's spa or take a fishing boat out around the island.

Day 11 Koh Samet

Koh Samet

Today will be your last day by the beach before you head home.

Day 12 International return flight

Koh Samet , Bangkok , International return flight

You will be transferred by speedboat to the mainland where a private vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Bangkok Airport in time for your international flight home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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