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Thailand Essence of Thailand

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A well rounded adventure that mixes iconic sites, off the beaten path hikes and of course indulgent days to get your fill of Thai food. Begin your journey in the hustle of Bangkok with visits to its ancient sites and temples. Then leave the lights behind for waterfalls and history in Kanchanaburi. After a stop over in Thailands ancient capital of Ayutthaya, you will overnight-train your way up to ...

A well rounded adventure that mixes iconic sites, off the beaten path hikes and of course indulgent days to get your fill of Thai food. Begin your journey in the hustle of Bangkok with visits to its ancient sites and temples. Then leave the lights behind for waterfalls and history in Kanchanaburi. After a stop over in Thailands ancient capital of Ayutthaya, you will overnight-train your way up to Chiang Mai. Bamboo hotels and hiking for the next few days before we land you on a paradise beach to live out the rest of your adventure!

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This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival at Bangkok Airport

On arrival at Bangkok Airport, you will be greeted by your English-Speaking Guide at the exit gate of your arrival floor and transfer from the airport to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel and the rest of the day at leisure. No meals.

Visited:
Bangkok
Accommodation
Night at Muse Hotel (Bangkok)

Day 2: Klong tour by boat, Grand Palace and Wat Pho

Breakfast at the hotel and your guide will pick up from the hotel where you begin a pleasant long-tailed boat along the Klongs of Thonburi, the historic heart of Bangkok. You will discover a new face of the megalopolis with its stilt houses along the canals, and Thai people going through their daily occupations. Visit of Wat Arun, literally "Temple of Dawn" and its immense stupa, and Royal Barges Museum.

After lunch, the trip continues by visiting the "must see” sights of the city.

You will continue by the famous Wat Pho, one of the oldest, largest and famous Bangkok temples with its huge reclining Buddha. Back to the hotel and free time.

Visited:
Bangkok
Accommodation
Night at Muse Hotel (Bangkok)

Day 3: Floating Market & Bamboo Rafting

Today you will leave Bangkok to a beautiful floating market at Damnoen Saduak. Damnoen Saduak is the most popular floating market in Thailand, great for photo opportunities, food, and for giving you an insight into a bygone way of life.

Continue to Kanchanaburi to check-in to the hotel. The hotel is located in the middle of jungle along the River Kwai where you can reach only by long tailed boat.

In evening, your local guide will take you for bamboo rafting over the River Kwai for an hour. You will have opportunity to see some animals, birds, and enjoy the cool breeze.

Visited:
Bangkok, Damnoen SaduakKanchanaburi
Accommodation
River Kwai Resotel (Kanchanaburi)

Day 4: River Kwai, Local Train and Waterfalls at Erawan

Transfer from hotel to Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park, the westernmost temple of Khmer. Originally established as a military post to monitor the frontier of the Empire.

Then visit the Kwai River Bridge and its railway line. 

Continue towards the Erawan National Park, which has the most beautiful waterfalls in the kingdom.

Rest of the time day leisure.

Accommodation
River Kwai Resotel (Kanchanaburi)

Day 5: Ayutthaya Historical Park ​and night train

Leave Kanchanaburi to see Ayutthaya Historical Park. Before touring Ayutthaya, you will stop at Bang Pa-In, summer palace and see some different styles of buildings.

Continue to Ayutthaya which was once the the capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Ayutthaya has magnificent vestiges of this sumptuous period when the Kingdom of Siam maintained close relations with France, and King Louis 14.

You will take night train from Ayutthaya around 19:00 and arrive to Chiang Mai the next morning around 8 am.

Accommodation on the train!


Day 6: Morning half day trip to Doi Suthep

Upon arrival to Chiang Mai train station, your guide will greet and then you will go to see the iconic Doi Suthep, a temple on the mountain that welcomes with dragon headed entrance. This is one of the most famous destinations of Thailand and is revered among all Thais.

Return to city at around 1 pm and then check-in to the hotel. Leisure time after check-in.

In evening, you will attend a Thai cultural shows and dances that will be performed by hilltribe people.

Visited:
Chiang Mai
Accommodation
Rim Resort (Chiang Mai)

Day 7: Overnight adventure hike and trip to Doi Inthanon

Prepare for an overnight trip to the forest of Inthanon Mountain, the roof of Thailand. You will head to the south of Chiang Mai and first you will visit Kerchor Elephant Park.

You will have lunch in the village and then continue traveling on a mountainous and scenic route to Inthanon Mountain.

Now, the hiking will start where you will have 2 hours hike to the forest house. The guide will explain the local tress and the scenes you will comes including herbs and medicinal plants, farmland, waterfall etc.

Accommodation in Bamboo Hit!

Visited:
Chiang Mai

Day 8: Hike and see Hilltribe and back to Chiang Mai

Start walking about 2 hours to Karen Village at Baan Mae Klang Luang. Take time to explore the village and taste the famous Arabica fresh coffee and then continue traveling by car to the summit of Inthanon Mountain. This is the highest spot, 2,565 meters above sea level.

Continue your visit to the twin pagodas for the stunning view across the park of Inthanon. Stop for lunch and then visit Wachirathan waterfall, the most impressive waterfall along the way back to Chiang Mai.

Visited:
Chiang Mai
Accommodation
Rim Resort (Chiang Mai)

Day 9: Tea Plantation and Hilltribe

Today will be the excursion to the north of Chiang Mai, After breakfast, drive to Araksa Tea Plantation which is one of the oldest tea plantation in Thailand.

Next activity will be White Water Raft on Mae Taeng River. It is the perfect location of this activity with its warm, tropical weather and beautiful scenery.

After having lunch at the local restaurant, visit Akha village, learn the origin of akha, their lifestyle and their immigration into Thailand. You will have chance to visit the Shaman’s House.

Before coming back to Chiang Mai, visit to POO POO Paper park, an eco-friendly, naturally built, outdoor museum park that introduces and explains the unique steps involved in making our much talked about paper products from elephant poop fibers!

Visited:
Chiang Mai
Accommodation
Rim Resort (Chiang Mai)

Day 10: Optional activities day!

Today is the free day to relax in Chiang Mai and explore Chiang Mai on your own.

Optional tours with supplement charges: 
Thai cooking class for half or full day
Bicycling
Tuk-Tuk tour
Thai massage

Visited:
Chiang Mai
Accommodation
Rim Resort (Chiang Mai)

Day 11: Transfer from Chiang Mai to Koh Yao island

Transfer to Chiang Mai airport for your flight to the Thailands paradise beaches.

On arrival to airport at Phuket airport, there will be representative waiting at the airport with the sign of your name. Transfer to the Phuket pier (shuttle/private) and then joined speedboat to Koh Yao island.

Visited:
Chiang MaiKoh Yao Yai
Accommodation
Glow Elixir (Koh Yao Yai)

Days 12 to 13: Beach stay

Free day in Koh Yao to rest, relax, eat or run wild!

Visited:
Koh Yao Yai
Accommodation
Glow Elixir (Koh Yao Yai)

Day 14: Boat trips, diving or snorkeling

Elixir Resort has an excellent diving center adjacent to the hotel with a very professional team that can offer boat trips, snorkeling, diving, etc.

Visited:
Koh Yao Yai
Accommodation
Glow Elixir (Koh Yao Yai)

Day 15: Goodbye Thailand! See you again soon!

From the pier, you will be transferred to Phuket airport for your departure flight. 

Hope you enjoyed the land of smiles! 

Visited:
Koh Yao Yai

Bangkok Bangkok Damnoen Saduak Kanchanaburi Erawan Ayutthaya Chiang Mai Koh Yao Yai

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $2,290 / 15 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax4 pax6 paxSingle Supplement
Price per person in hotel option A$2,810$2,220$2,000$760
Price per person in hotel option B$3,610$3,030$2,810$1,460
Price per person in hotel option C$4,100$3,520$3,300$1,850

Included in price:

  • All transfers specified, in private car or air-conditioned minibus
  • The service of an English-Speaking guide for all excursions
  • Accommodation based on two people sharing. For each person not sharing a room, the single supplement will be added
  • All excursions and entry fees specified in the program
  • All meals specified in the program (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • Night train from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai based on 2nd class, air-conditioned. Upgrade to 1st class possible with supplement charges

Not included in price:

  • All bank charges & exchange rate changes at time of payment
  • All insurances including cancellation insurance/ travel insurance/ repatriation for lost luggage insurances
  • All drinks and meals not specified in this program
  • Tips for driver, guide and waiters in the restaurants
  • Domestic and International flights
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