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What to Expect

A journey through Thailand's past, encompassing historical cities and cultural heritage sites throughout the land of smiles. Visit the River Kwai, a site of great importance in the second world war. Discover the historical parks of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, and the monkey Khmer shrine at Phra Prang Sam Yod, former capital cities and impressive historical sites of Thailand. Lampang is the centre of Thailand's northern teakwood industry, which is responsible for many teak wooden temples. In the north, visit the golden temple on the top of Doi Suthep and unravel the history of a white elephant and the monk who found the route to the top of the mountain.

What You Will Do

Day 1

Bangkok - Kanchanaburi


Pick up from your hotel in Bangkok at 07.00 AM, followed by a drive to Kanchanaburi Province. En-route stop at Mae Klong Railways Market an amazing country market that has sprouted alongside the railway tracks. Here, you will witness the dexterity and speed of the vendors as they quickly pack their stalls before 09:00 am when the train approaches; bringing shopping to a brief halt as it passes, then promptly reassembling the market again. It is a standard practice and stallholders have learnt the art of packing and unpacking their wares at a moment's notice!

Continue to Kanchanaburi and head towards Tham Krasae, the local train station. From here, take a trip along the famous Death Railway, passing the breathtaking views of Kwai Noi gorge. Lunch is served at Local restaurant and head to Hell Fire Pass, take a short trek through the historical site of a railway cutting which was built with forced labour during the Second World War.

Overnight at your choice of hotel

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Day 2

Kanchanaburi - Nakhon Pathom - Ayutthaya


Depart from Kanchanaburi and drive to the town of Nakhon Pathom to visit Phra Pathom Chedi, the tallest stupa in the world at a height of 127 metres (417 ft). Continue to Wat Bang Phra (the ancient Tattoo temple). This temple is a site of pilgrimage for Thai people who anticipate strength, luck and protection from a holy magic tattoo given by the monks that live there. You may have a chance to chat with the tattoo master.

Next visit is Lampaya floating market (replaced with Don Wai market on weekdays). This market is a centre of trade in fruits and vegetables as well as agricultural products including rattan ware, woven cotton, dyed cotton, and inexpensive food. Local food like noodles with beef, Thai desserts, and steamed curried fish patty, are sold by local vendors who do their trade direct from their boats. In front of the temple is another haven for the various species of fish including big catfish-like fresh water fish, black ear, and giant gourami. Cruise along Nakhon Chai Sri River for about an hour in the afternoon and enjoy lunch onboard the boat (purchased at the market). Drive to Ayutthaya for overnight.

Overnight at your choice of hotel

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Day 3

Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Phitsanulok


In the morning, you will be picked up by a "Kermit" Tuk-Tuk (a special type of motorized Tuk-Tuk available only in Ayutthaya and Trang province in the South) to discover the magnificent ruins and ancient temples in Ayutthaya historical park. Briefly stop near the Muslim quarter and sample one of the most famous delights of Ayutthaya - candy floss roti.

Continue further north to Phitsanulok with an en-route stop at the small monkey town of Lopburi where you will visit the highlight of the town at Phra Prang Sam Yod, an ancient temple ruled by the Monkeys. Lunch is at a local restaurant.

Next, drive to Phitsanulok Province and upon arrival, visit Wat Mahathat, featuring Thailand's most beautiful Buddha image - Phra Puttachinnarat.

Overnight at your choice of hotel

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Day 4

Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Lampang


Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and then depart Phitsanulok for Sukhothai. Upon arrival in Sukhothai, visit Sukhothai Historical Park, which was once a walled city surrounded by a moat; the park contains almost 200 ruined chedis in remarkable condition. See the main sites of the Historical Park. Discover the area by bike - a nice and easy way to stroll around the ruins.

Continue up to Lampang, a large trading centre during the 19th Century. Visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, the famous Buddhist Lanna temple in Lampang. Then drive to Thailand Elephant Conservation Center and visit FAE Elephant Hospital, the world's first hospital where you will learn how injured elephants are rehabilitated and cared for.

Overnight at your choice of hotel

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Day 5

Lampang - Chiang Mai


Breakfast at hotel then check out for driving to Chiang Mai. Arrival Chiang Mai put on your walking shoes and head out to explore the highlights of this charismatic city on foot. What better place to start our day of discovery than the banks of the Mae Ping River from here, we join the bustle of Waroros market; a favourite for Chiang Mai locals due to its exotic species, colourful fruits, an endless variety of rice and bizarre new culinary delights. From here, we continue by rickshaw to Thapae Gate and continue to explore ancient Chiang Mai on foot. Thapae Gate is Chiang Mai's main entrance to the old walled city. In days gone by, it was the gate through which traders, diplomats and visiting monks passed when they had business in the city proper. From here, we continue our walk to Three Kings Monument and the city's most beautiful temples, Wat Chedi Luang, where the famous Emerald Buddha was once enshrined, and Wat Phra Singh, home to an ancient and sacred Buddha image. Lunch is served at local restaurant. Late afternoon will be driving to the mountain temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most famous landmark of Chiang Mai situated 1,676 metres above the city. Climb up the staircase adorned with imposing looking Nagas-the mythical Thai water spirits - to visit the exquisite golden pagoda. The sound of temple bells fills the air and the view overlooking the city makes an irresistible photo opportunity.

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Day 6

Chiang Mai Departure


Breakfast at Hotel, this morning we invite you to join expertly presented cooking lessons at Chiang Mai Orchid Cookery School. You will start the day with a visit to the local market to learn about fresh local Thai ingredients with your professional instructor. Various dishes will be prepared and today's lunch will be composed of your own cooking. This all day, in-depth cooking class will have you cook like a pro after your journey to Thailand is over. You also eat what you cook for lunch.

Overnight at your choice of hotel

Choice of accommodation

Kanchanaburi: River Kwai Jungle Raft

River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort offers a unique floating accommodation experience right in the jungle by River Kwai. All floating rooms are tucked into a floating bamboo lodge moored along the historical River Kwai Noi surrounded by lush green mountains and jungle. At our floatel, the historic River Kwai Noi flows underneath your bed. The walls are weaved from local bamboo decorated with wooden furniture reflecting Mon living style.

Kanchanaburi: River Kwai Resotel

River Kwai Resotel resort is a serene hideaway surrounded by verdant greenery, lofty mountains and stunning cliffs with River Kwai flowing by. This riverside jungle botanical styled hotel offers individual thatched accommodation for utmost privacy and comfort. The rooms sit on a stunning contour landscape overlooking fertile mountains and tropical gardens and please you with the scent of wildflowers.

Kanchanaburi: Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa

From wood carvings to exquisite artwork, Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa offers lavish accommodations that reverently capture the beauty of a bygone Colonial era. Enjoy the vibrant shades of Thai silk and the intricacies of hand-woven carpets on polished teak floors. Our spacious private outdoor balcony offers a superb view of the resort's lush tropical garden and the river beyond.

Kanchanaburi: The Floathouse River Kwai Resort

The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort is a fancy boutique hideaway floats on a flowing river surrounded by thick green jungle. Each luxurious and spacious floating villa is totally private and rich in custom tailored-made teakwood furniture with thatched roofing. The design is delightfully impressive with exotic decorations including natural materials and ropes for a smooth blend of local artistic traditions with the natural environment.

Ayutthaya: IuDia on the river

IuDia is a tasteful, comfortable and well equipped serviced accommodation located among the ancient ruins of the great Siamese kingdom of Ayudhya. Staying at IuDia puts you within comfortable walking distance from 69 major ruins of temple and palaces. You can enjoy the privilege to check out the old temples at a leisurely pace, even returning to the more central ruins several times to see them at different times of the day and making forays further-a-field by bicycling.

Ayutthaya: Classic Kameo Ayutthaya Hotel

In comfortable proximity to Ayutthaya’s industrial estates and tourist attractions, Classic Kameo provides a wide comfy accommodation as ideal for both short and long stays. Along with a range of facilities designed to make your life easier and more comfortable including a stylish swimming pool, fitness centre, executive lounge, meeting rooms and more.

Ayutthaya: Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya

Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya offers the business executive and the leisure traveller alike the level of service, range of facilities, restaurant and room standard. Whether for short or long-term stays Kantary Hotel and Serviced Apartments are, quite simply, the best choice in the best locations.

Ayutthaya: Sala Ayutthaya

Nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, sala Ayutthaya is an intimate oasis that showcases the rich history and cultural heritage of Thailand. This boutique hotel offers an outdoor pool and stylish accommodation, plus a range of facilities including its signature restaurant with a spectacular rooftop lounge & bar and serene spa services.

Phitsanuloke: Topland Hotel & Convention Centre

Experience the charm of the north. Our luxury Phitsanulok hotel offers guests a superb choice of luxury accommodation combined with an ideal location in the heart of Phitsanulok. Various attractions like The Folk Museum and the riverside Night Bazaar are a stroll away.

Phitsanuloke: The Imperial Hotel & Convention Centre Phitsanuloke

The Imperial Hotel and Convention Centre Phitsanulok located in the idyllic province of Phitsanulok. The conceptualized to low-rise building design which emphasizes simplicity and relaxing, each room is fitted with all the necessary amenities.

Phitsanuloke: Pattara Resort & Spa

Pattara Resort and Spa is the first and only resort in the centre of Phitsanulok. Pattara Resort and Spa's rooms are surrounded in nature with a private atmosphere. Every room can access the infinite swimming pool with jacuzzi bed surrounded by a beautiful pond and gardens.

Chiang Mai: Ban Thai Village Chiang Mai

Nestled in a bustling neighbourhood just off Tapae Road and in walking distance to the Tapae Gate entrance to the old city, Banthai Village is a cosy retreat that also affords easy access to much of Chiang Mai’s best attractions including the Sunday Walking Street market and the Night Bazaar.

Chiang Mai: Kantary Hotel Chiang Mai

Kantary Hotel Chiang Mai located in Chiang Mai’s chicest district, this stunning new property will offer unparalleled service and facilities. The rooms at Hotel Kantary Hills feature polished hardwood floors and stylish furniture. Each is well furnished with a kitchenette and private balcony.

Chiang Mai: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort located in an exclusive neighbourhood near the city's famous night bazaar. Explore ruins, temples, markets and cafes by bicycle, or venture further for adventures in the mountains. All accommodations are feature open-plan tropical design with contemporary Thai motifs and materials.

Chiang Mai: 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai

Built late 1800’s as part of the Borneo Company headquarters, 137 Pillars House is a beautiful teak wood building that has been carefully restored to reflect its 19th-century origins. All suites are havens of tranquillity with every imaginable convenience with high ceilings with large super king-size beds, en suite dressing room with walk-in closet and views to the tropical gardens. Large bathrooms with separate indoor /outdoor garden showers and Victorian baths make these suites unique in every sense.

Our ‘Thailand Highlights’ package includes:

  • • 5-night accommodation based on twin-sharing (2 persons per room)
  • • Meals mentioned in the itinerary as specified (B=Breakfast and L=Lunch)
  • • Private transportation in a chauffeur-driven, air-conditioned vehicle
  • • Bottled drinking water during transfers
  • • Tours and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • • Professional and licensed English-speaking guide (additional charge applies for other language speaking guide)
  • • All entrance fees, donations and parking fees as per itinerary
  • • 7% local government tax

Our ‘Thailand Highlights’ package does NOT include:

  • • Visa fee / arrangements if applicable
  • • Any Domestic and International flights
  • • Any alcoholic beverages
  • • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, room service, mini bar, etc
  • • Personal health and travel insurance
  • • Gratuities/ tipping for driver and/or guide and porterage
  • • Any applicable High Season and Peak /festive Season surcharge
  • • Any applicable High Season and Peak /festive Season surcharge Any additional excursion/optional tours/activites that are not mentioned in the itinerary

Good to know

  • • Suitable for FITs and Family with minimum of 2 persons or small group
  • • Private basis only (no seat in coach available)
  • • Operated daily, with 48 hours advanced reservation required (subject to availability of the hotels/resorts)
  • • Compulsory Christmas' Eve dinner on December 24th and New Year's Eve dinner on December 31st 2017 (price varies depending on hotel policy - to be advised)

Terms & Condition

  • • Minimum 2 persons per booking
  • • Additional charges apply during high season and peak season period
  • • Price and booking confirmation are subject to room availability
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