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Grand Palace, Bangkok

Heart of Thailand tour

12 days from £3,430pp

Grand Palace, Bangkok
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Tour 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.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • Flight offers available
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Bangkok.

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

  • This morning, your guide will take 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.

  • 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 take you to the fascinating market stalls on the railway tracks and to the floating market, where you will also 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.

  • Today, you will continue to Kanchanaburi, a journey of approximately two hours. This area is renowned for its time during World War II when the Japanese used Allied POWs to build the Thailand-Burma 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 can relax in the lovely river setting of your hotel and enjoy the unique experience of staying in your own floating villa.

  • 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.

  • Today, you will head onto Ayutthaya with your guide, a journey of around two to three hours. Ayutthaya 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. 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.

  • The beach part of your holiday starts today. Your guide will join you for your private transfer to the pier where you will catch your 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.

  • Le Vimarn Cottages & Spa 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 at leisure. You may like to use your hotel's spa or take a fishing boat around the island.

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

  • 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.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Kanchanaburi & The River Kwai
Koh Samet

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