General


ITINERARY:

Day 1:

Bangkok Arrival:

Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure.

Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 2:

Bangkok City Tour 

This morning visit the colourful Flower Market before continuing on to the spiritual and religious heart of the city – the striking Grand Palace. Topped by golden stupas, the complex has been the site of royal coronations and is home to the legendary Emerald Buddha. Next take a tuk tuk ride to Wat Pho, home to the famous golden Reclining Buddha.

From here cross Chao Phraya River for lunch at Supatra, a traditional Thai restaurant set on the river banks, before boarding a longtail boat to explore the city’s canals. Known as khlongs, the canals enable surface water to make its way to the sea and have long been a way of getting around Bangkok. On your journey glide past curious stilted houses and gleaming temples whilst old men fish and children frolic about on the water’s edge.

The boat drop you off within walking distance of Khao San Road, popular with backpackers and hippies. Late afternoon offers free time for you to enjoy the many bars, restaurants, street performers, market stalls and tailors – that will measure you up for a new suit, that line this vibrant road.

Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 3:

Bangkok –Kanchanaburi 

It’s an early start today as a drive west of the capital takes you to the small town of Kanchanaburi. Your first stop will be at Sampran Riverside, a traditional Thai property where visitors can learn about Thai customs and organic farming. Here enjoy a cooking class and lunch.

Later visit the Allied War Cemetery, where you can pay your respects to the thousands of Allied POWs who perished in the area under the hand of the Imperial Japanese Army, before continuing on to the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai. You have the chance to take pictures here before boarding a train for a two hour journey that crosses the bridge and follows the tracks dug by the POWs and locals some 75 years earlier. Disembarking at Nam Tok a short drive takes you to ‘Hellfire Pass’ where the POWs dug through a mountain often using only their bare hands. A fascinating museum at the entrance details the region’s history.

After a day’s sightseeing a leisurely longtail boat ride leads you to your fabulous floating jungle raft hotel. To the beauty of a hundred softly glowing lanterns and the sounds of the tropical forest and cool water flowing by enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck.

Overnight in Kanchanaburi.

Day 4:

Kanchanaburi 

Today visit Erawan National Park, located in the Tenasserim Hills of Kanchanaburi. Founded in 1975, this verdant park is one of the most beautiful in the country and is home to the beautiful Erawan Falls. Climb up to each of the seven tiers, enjoy a dip in the pools created by the falls and if time allows why not also explore the caves within the park. Enjoy a evening surrounded by nature as you camp out in a luxurious riverside jungle tent.

Overnight in Kanchanaburi.

Day 5:

Kanchanaburi-Bangkok-Chiang Rai 

This morning head back to Bangkok for your flight to Chiang Rai, a wonderful base for visiting local hill tribes. Upon arrival pay a visit to Karen village where you may encounter the famous Long Neck tribe, so known for the neck rings that the women wear to elongate their necks. Later head back to Chiang Rai where you can wander through the night market for souvenirs and tasty street food.

Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Day 6:

Chiang Rai-Chaing Mai 

First thing this morning visit the unconventional Wat Rong Khun Buddhist temple – also known as the White Temple, depicting scenes from modern movies including the Matrix, Star Wars and Superman!

Continue on to Raumit Village, where you board a private long tail boat for a cruise down the Kok River watching rural life pass by. Farmers work the land where oranges grow whilst men fish along the banks and buffalo wallow in the shallow waters. Upon arrival in Ta Thon hop in your transfer to Chiang Mai. After hotel-check in enjoy sunset at Doi Suthep mountain, which looms over the city with Wat Phrathat temple perched on its top.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 7:

Chiang Mai 

A free day for you to relax or participate in some of the many activities on offer. Choose from the more relaxing options with spa treatments and massages, to the adrenaline-fuelled with canopy zip lines and rock climbing. No trip to Chiang Mai would be complete without trying a local cooking class and perfecting your very own Pad Thai!

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 8:

Chaing Mai-Bangkok-Siem Reap 

After breakfast and hotel check out, head to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. This evening enjoy dinner at the legendary Foreign Correspondents Hotel.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 9:

Siem Reap

Start the day at the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, a beautiful temple enveloped by tree roots, before continuing on to the iconic Angkor Wat. After a stop for lunch visit Bayon, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by the smiling faces of numerous Buddhas, and then walk along the walls of Angkor Thom to the West Gate. Strolling along the wall you will have jungle to your right and rice paddies to your left, demonstrating just how easily this ancient site was once taken over by the power of the natural surroundings.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 10:

Siem Reap

This morning drive out to Phnom Kulen to visit Kbal Spean, commonly known as the River of a Thousand Lingas. This site was only ‘rediscovered’ in 1969 and is a tranquil place with an attractive waterfall engraved with carvings. Next head to the elegant temple of Banteay Srei, which was built in dedication to the Hindu god Shiva and is said to have been carved by women as the detail is too fine for the hands of a man. Later visit Tonle Sap Lake to see the floating villages here.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 11:

Siem Reap-Bangkok 

After breakfast and hotel check out catch your flight back to Bangkok for your onward travel. Please ensure that your onward flight does not depart Bangkok Airport before 2pm today.

T RIP HIGHLIGHTS:

Bangkok

Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Flower Market, longtail boat ride through canals and Khao San Road

Kanchanaburi

Allied War Cemetery, Bridge on the River Kwai and Hellfire Pass

Chiang Rai

Karen (Longneck) tribe village, Wat Rhon Khung – the White Temple, and the night market

Cruising on the Kok River in a longtail boat

Angkor Thom

The last capital of the Khmer Empire. The South Gate, the lost temple of Prasat Chroung and the Bayon Temple

Tonle Sap Lake

Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake and Kompong Phluk floating village

Sampran Riverside

Cooking class at a traditional Thai hotel

Erawan National Park

wildlife, waterfalls and caves to explore

Chiang Mai

Night market and free time for optional activities from spa treatments to canopy ziplines

Siem Reap

Attractive riverside town and gateway to the Angkor Temple Complex

Ta Prohm

The jungle enveloped ‘Tomb Raider’ temple

Phnom Kulen

Visit Kbal Spean, commonly known as the River of a Thousand Lingas

INCLUDED:

10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Economy class flight Chiang Rai – Bangkok

Escorted by an English-speaking Thai tour guide

Train ride over the River Kwai and visit to Hellfire Pass

Excursion to the hill tribe villages around Chiang Rai

Return economy flights from Bangkok – Siem Reap, Siem Reap – Bangkok

8 nights Standard hotels (Superior and Deluxe available on request), 1 night floating hotel in the jungle, 1 night luxury tent

Airport arrival transfer day 1 & departure transfer day 11

Guided sightseeing – Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Rai and Siem Reap

Longtail boat cruise on the canals of Bangkok and on the Kok River

All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Siem Reap – Boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake

NOT INCLUDED:

International flights and visa

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