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 also explore Kanchanaburi and visit the Bridge on the River Kwai, soak up the beautiful scenery and visit an elephant sanctuary. 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 snorkeling and testing out your hotel pool, or take trips into the surrounding rainforest.
Explore Bangkok and Chiang Mai on a unique city safari.
Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai and enjoy a trip to an elephant sanctuary.
Savour the delicious and aromatic cuisine of the far north.
Relax on the beaches of the Andaman coast.
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- Kanchanaburi and The River Kwai
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- Khao Lak
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Day 1 Bangkok
Day 2 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 3 Bangkok
Today you will take a tour of Bangkok's rivers and canals with your guide. You will be picked up in the morning and board a long-tail boat heading north to Nonthaburi. Bangkok has reputation of being called the "Venice of the East" and you will spend the day visiting some of the off the beaten track areas of Bangkok often overlooked by many tourists. You have the afternoon at leisure to relax before your guide picks you up in the early evening to take you for a dinner cruise on the Chao Praya River. Owned by the Banyan tree hotel this 24 meter long boat incorporates traditional Thai architecture and design. Throughout your evening cruise, you will wine and dine on the peaceful sanctuary of the Chao Praya River, leaving the hustle and bustle of the Bangkok streets closely behind for a few hours.
Day 4 Kanchanaburi and The River Kwai
This morning you will leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and head north-west into the province of Kanchanaburi. Once you have arrived in the town you will visit an interactive War museum, military cemetery and the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, learning about the POW 's during the second World War. Afterwards you will take a ride across the bridge on the death railway and head to Hell Fire Pass before checking in at your resort.
Day 5 Kanchanaburi and The River Kwai
Today you will visit Elephant's World, a sanctuary for sick, old, disabled, abused, illegally held and street elephants. You will spend the day learning about the elephants, gathering, preparing and feeding these magnificent creatures. In the afternoon you will learn about the elephant mahouts and help to bathe the elephants in a local river. Elephant's World provides a great Eco Tourism option to many of the commercial elephant camps in Thailand and regularly gets excellent feedback from our clients.
Day 6 Chiang Mai
Day 7 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 — all 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 8 Chiang Mai
Today, you will experience a typical day in the life of a Thai family and experience home cooking in a real Thai neighborhood. Stroll around the small, family orchard and select fresh ingredients to add to your traditional dishes. You will learn to cook authentic Northern Thai flavors, very different from the standard dishes offered in commercial cooking classes. You will be welcome guests in a local Thai family home and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch with your family (cooked together). In the afternoon, go for a stroll around the neighborhood to see some cottage industry goods being made before returning to Chiang Mai.
Day 9 Khao Lak
The beach part of your vacation starts today. After a morning at leisure, your private driver collects 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 10 Khao Lak
Day 11 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 snorkeling trips out to the Surin Islands which can be booked by your hotel.
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