Day 1. To Bangkok
Morning departure from London Heathrow on direct Thai Airways flight to Bangkok.
Day 2. Bangkok
Met on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Three nights at the Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel.
Day 3. Bangkok – Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha
After breakfast, visit the Grand Palace, an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colourful mosaics. Previously the residence of the Kings of Thailand visit the different ceremonial Palaces; the Reception Hall, the Throne Hall and the beautiful Wat Phra Kaew which houses the Emerald Buddha. Continue to The Golden Mount, part of the Saket Temple housing Buddha relics within its 58-metre high chedi surmount by a golden cupola. From the top of Golden Mount, there are panoramic views of Ratanakosin Island. Afternoon, visit the private Thai-style house of Jim Thompson, the ‘father’ of the famous Thai silk industry. The house now serves as a museum with a small Asian art collection and some of his personal belongings.
Day 4. Bangkok - Thonburi Klongs
After breakfast discover the Klongs (canals) of Bangkok and glimpse into the daily life of the water and bank dwellers – the numerous canals gave Bangkok the name of " Venice of the East." Also visit the Royal Barges and the Temple of Dawn.
Day 5. To Kanchanaburi – Floating Market & River Kwai
Early start to Damern Saduak Floating Market, stopping at the Railway Market with stalls actually on the railway line at Samut Songkram - watch the train approach and the vendors frantically packing away their goods... Finally embark on a long tail speedboat to the floating market, where Thai style canoes laden with everything under the sun – paddle the waterways selling their wares. Next head towards Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and it's infamous bridge, where over 100000 conscripted labourers and 12000 POW’s died during WWII constructing the bridge for the Japanese to link the existing Thai and Burmese railway lines. Also visit the Thai – Burma Railway Centre and War Grave cemetery. Take another long tail ride to the hotel. Overnight at the River Kwai Resotel.
Day 6. Kanchanaburi – Hellfire Pass Memorial and Train ride
After breakfast visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial and board the historic Death Railway Train for a fascinating train ride through lush forest. Overnight Dheva Mantra Resort.
Day 7. Ayutthaya and Mekhala Cruise
After breakfast drive to Ayuthaya and visit the impressive monuments and great museums of this former important capital of Thailand. 020 8901 7320 thirty-five See the Summer Palace of King Rama V with its mixture of Thai, Chinese and Gothic architecture. After lunch at a local restaurant board the Mekhala Cruise and travel along the Chao Phraya ‘River of Kings’. Visit the small village of Baan Saladang, an old Mon community who migrated from Burma in the early 19th C. The villagers here have successfully maintained their traditional lifestyle, customs and natural surroundings. The Mekhala docks at Wat Kai Tia, a Thai Temple set in a tranquil rural village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai cuisine is served on the deck. Overnight on board Mekhala Cruise.
Day 8. Bangkok - City sightseeing
Cruise departs early morning for a visit to the market in Pathum Thani. Breakfast is served on board while cruising down the river, passing the spectacular views of the Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn. After disembarkation, visit Bangkok’s Chinatown and take a walking tour to Chinese Shrines and along the narrow streets (or Sampeng) jam-packed with shops and stalls offering an exotic mix of merchandise. Overnight Sukhothai Bangkok.
Day 9. To Sukhothai - Afternoon Heritage tour
Very early departure to the airport for flight to Sukhothai. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon guided tour of ancient Sukhothai, considered the cradle of Thai civilisation where Thai arts, culture, laws and alphabet originated and blossomed. Overnight at the Tharaburi Resort.
Day 10. To Chiang Rai - Lake of Kwan, Wat Rong Kun
After breakfast drive to Chaing Rai stopping enroute at Lake of Kwan Phayo, the largest fresh water fish habitat in upper Thailand, which provides the livelihood for many local people. Stop at Wat Rong Kun (White Temple), a contemporary unconventional Buddhist Temple designed by one of Thailand’s most noted artist in white with the use of white glass. Three nights Anantara Golden Triangle Resort.
Day 11. Chiang Rai - Tribal visit – Mekong Boat ride
After breakfast visit the Karen people and experience the authentic lives of the Hill Tribe people. Take a boat ride on the Mekong River to Golden Triangle where, from a hill top, view the splendour of the mighty Mekong joining with the Ruak River and forming the actual “Triangle” with Laos Burma and Thailand.
Day 12. Day at leisure or ‘Day as a Mahout’
Relax in the hotel or spend an unforgettable day with the elephants at the nearby camp: becoming one with them – feed, bath, walk and learn to understand the intelligence of these gentle giants.
Day 13. To Chiang Mai - Mae Ka Chan Hot Springs - Wat Phra Dhat Doi Suthep Mountain Temple
After breakfast drive to Chiang Mai, the ‘Rose of the North’ through scenic hillside and jungles. Enroute visit Mae Ka Chan, famous for its hot springs. In Chaing Mai visit Wat Phra Dhat Doi Suthep mountain Temple. Two nights at the Rachamankha Hotel.
Day 14. Chiang Mai
Cookery class at the Chiang Mai Thai cookery school. Learn the secrets of this wonderful aromatic and visually delightful cuisine. Remainder of day at leisure.
Day 15. To Koh Samui
After breakfast private transfer to Chiang Mai Airport to board flight to Koh Samui. Four nights Anantara Lawana Resort.
Day 16 - 18. Koh Samui - Days at leisure
A few steps from the beach the luxuriant foliage hides beautiful rooms and villas – some with private plunge pools – Chinese inspired detail adds a charming air to the elegant property. Dine in a Treehouse restaurant, taste the flavours of Thailand, snack in the laid back Pool Bar or Dine by Design. Feel the serenity of the Spa. Water sports, deep sea fishing, diving. Take cookery classes
Day 19. To London via Bangkok
Morning transfer to the airport to board Thai Airways flight back to London via Bangkok.
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £4,465.00
Single room supplement £1,645.00
International & internal flights in economy class.
Accommodation in a double/twin sharing room with en-suite facilities.
• Daily breakfast throughout. All inclusive basis whilst at Anantara Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai & Lunch at Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School on Day 14
Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.
Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Any optional Excursions.
Any expenses of a personal nature.
Cooking with a Celebrity Chef
Learn the secrets of the regional cuisines. Classes and demonstrations can be arranged with top Chefs