Private Tour - Thailand Experience

  • 15 Days

  • Thailand

From the temple-dotted Bangkok to the calming mountain retreat of Chiang Mai, Thailand is a country full of diversity. Enjoy an authentic Thai show with fingernail dancing and Thai boxing; take a train ride across the bridge over the River Kwai; visit Sukhothai Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and drive through breath-taking vistas to Doi Mae Salong and the region's tea plantations. From historic sites and temples to markets and stunning scenery, Thailand has it all.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a local representative
Accommodation
Selected meals
All airport taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

of 15 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 29th October 2017

Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 2 dinners

Overview

From the temple-dotted Bangkok to the calming mountain retreat of Chiang Mai, Thailand is a country full of diversity. Enjoy an authentic Thai show with fingernail dancing and Thai boxing; take a train ride across the bridge over the River Kwai; visit Sukhothai Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and drive through breath-taking vistas to Doi Mae Salong and the region's tea plantations. From historic sites and temples to markets and stunning scenery, Thailand has it all.

At a glance

  • Wat Po - Reclining Gold
  • Buddha Floating Market
  • River Kwai Bridge
  • Allied Forces Cemetery Sukhothai
  • UNESCO World Heritage Mae Sai
  • Golden Triangle

Extensions

  • 2 night Dubai stay - pre tour
  • 7 night Koh Samui beach stay - post tour
  • 7 night Phuket beach stay - post tour

Please call out Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension.

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Arrive Bangkok

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for four nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Bangkok

The Thai capital is an exhilarating blend of exquisite historic and religious monuments, chic modernity, exciting shopping and friendly culture. A thrilling day of sightseeing lies ahead taking in the city's principal landmarks, such as the splendid Wat Trimitr temple with its precious gold Buddha, Wat Po, home of the stunning reclining Buddha, the gleaming Grand Palace - Thailand's most sacred monument - and the spectacular Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This afternoon, why not join the optional boat ride along the picturesque Thonburi canals and Chao Phraya River? This evening, enjoy a special Thai dinner accompanied by Thai classical music and dancers.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Bangkok

Visit the legendary floating market of Damnoen Saduak, where traders sell all manner of items from their boats including exotic fruit and vegetables, silks and toys. Later, visit the world's tallest Buddhist pagoda, Phra Pathom Chedi, before heading to the Rose Garden cultural centre for lunch and a dazzling Thai show that includes a famous fingernail dance, sword fighting and Thai boxing.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Bangkok

Explore Bangkok at leisure, perhaps enjoying the great value shopping, a lively market or some delicious Thai cuisine.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - River Kwai

Travel to Kanchanaburi on the banks of the River Kwai - famed for the River Kwai Bridge built during World War II. Visit the Allied Forces cemetery and spend time in the fascinating Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum. Today's highlight is a train ride across the famous bridge to Wang Po Station. This afternoon visit Hellfire Pass Memorial, part of the Death Railway that cuts through the mountains and now houses a museum detailing life of the Allied prisoners and Asian labourers, who helped build and subsequently suffered or died at Hellfire Pass, before continuing to your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

River Kwai - Ayutthaya

Head north to the ruins of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. Visit Wat Phra Sri San Phet and Wat Mongkol Bophit, as well as Bang Pa In, built in the 18th century as a summer residence for the kings of Ayutthaya, before continuing to your hotel for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Phitsanuloke

Journey amidst beautiful landscapes to Wat Phra Phutthabat to see its enormous snake-adorned staircase and footprint of Buddha before heading to Lopburi to visit the renowned Three Spires Pagoda and the Sarn Prakarn Temple - home to many monkeys. Later drive to Phitsanuloke and this evening, take an optional rickshaw ride to the colourful night market.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Phitsanuloke - Sukhothai - Chiang Rai

Drive to Sukhothai, Thailand's 13th century former capital and admire the atmospheric, moated old town. Visit Sukhothai Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore ruined temples and monasteries, including Wat Si Chum with its stunning seated Buddha. After lunch, drive through rural countryside to Chiang Rai via Phayao.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai

This morning drive through panoramic uplands and breathtaking vistas to Doi Mae Salong and the region's tea plantations. Continue to Mae Sai, Thailand's northernmost town. After lunch continue to the legendary 'Golden Triangle' where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. After an interesting optional boat tour on the Mekong River, return to Chiang Rai.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

Today starts with a visit to Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) and then onto the hot springs at Mae Ka Chan, which locals believe relieve a host of ailments. After lunch, continue through lush jungle to Chiang Mai, a fragrant mountain retreat called the 'Rose of the North' for its refreshing climate. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Kantoke dinner and dance show.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Chiang Mai

Begin with a visit to a Meo Hilltribe to observe their simple way of life. Next visit the 600 year-old Doi Suthep Temple near the summit of Doi Suthep, a stepped hilltop temple with spectacular views over Chiang Mai. This afternoon, visit San Kampaeng to see local craftsmen make traditional lacquerware and teakwood furniture.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Chiang Mai

Today is free for you to enjoy this dynamic city. Why not join an optional Thai cooking class and learn the secrets of traditional dishes? This evening, explore the city's bustling night markets and bazaars, where you will find food stalls selling local specialities.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Chiang Mai - UK

Transfer to Chiang Mai airport for your flight to the UK via Bangkok, or extend your stay on Phuket or Koh Samui.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Bangkok: Narai Bangkok;
  • River Kwai: River Kwai Village;
  • Ayutthaya: Krungsri River Hotel;
  • Phitsanuloke: Amarin Lagoon Hotel;
  • Chiang Rai: Wiang Inn Hotel;
  • Chiang Mai: The Empress Hotel.

Notes

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

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