Memories of Thailand Tailor-made
Day 1: To Bangkok & Chiang Mai
Morning departure from London Heathrow on direct Thai Airways flight to Bangkok and onwards to Chiang Mai.
Day 2: Bangkok & Chiang Mai
Met on arrival and transfer to the Tamarind Village Hotel for three nights. The rest of the day is at leisure until early evening, when you can wander pout of your hotel and explore the vibrant night market. Three nights at the Tamarind Village Hotel.Accommodation: Tamarind Village – Chiang Mai
Day 3: Wat Phra Thad Doi Suthep, monk blessing at Wat Umong
Set off at first light, arriving in time to witness the saffron-robed monks emerge from their monasteries at Wat Phra Thad Doi Suthep, the most important temple in Northern Thailand. They walk silently down the streets, collecting alms from local Buddhist residents - a serene ceremony which is the perfect introduction to Chiang Mai’s spiritual side. Climb past the Golden Nagas lining the staircase to the temple cloister, where you can view one of Thailand's most sacred stupas, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the city below. Continue your spiritual journey at unique Wat Umong, also known as the ‘Tunnel Temple’. Hidden amongst the trees at the foot of Doi Suthep, its network of underground tunnels and caves dates back to the 14th century. In one of these quiet corners, you can receive a special blessing from a local monk. Feeling sufficiently soulful, head to a popular local restaurant for a hearty bowl of khao soi, Chiang Mai’s most famous dish. The rest of your day will be at leisure.
Day 4: Chiang Mai
Today is at leisure for you to explore Chiang Mai on your own.
Day 5: To Bangkok & Kanchanaburi
Morning flight to Bangkok and onward road transfer to Kanchanaburi. Two nights at the Float House Kanchanaburi.Accommodation: The Float House – River Kwai
Day 6: Kanchanaburi – Hellfire Pass Memorial and Train ride
Today explore Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and it's infamous bridge, where over 100000 conscripted labourers and 12000 POW’s died during WW11 constructing the bridge for the Japanese to link existing the Thai and Burmese railway lines. Also visit the Thai – Burma Railway Centre and War Grave cemetery. Later visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial and board the historic “Death Railway” train to Wang Po, passing over the original wooden viaduct.
Day 7: To Bangkok – Floating Market
Early start to Damern Saduak Floating Market, where Thai style canoes laden with everything under the sun – paddle the waterways selling their wares. Thereafter continue to Bangkok. Three nights at the Shangri-La Bangkok.Accommodation: The Shangri-La Bangkok
Day 8: 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 9: 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 10: To Phuket – Elephant Hills – Jungle / Lake Safari
Take a morning flight to Phuket where you will be met by the Elephant Hills team, and transferred to their jungle camp in Khao Sok National Park. During your stay you will spend time with the camp's resident Asian elephants, learning about their welfare and upkeep via the expert tutelage of the Elephant Hills guides and resident mahouts. It’s a very hands-on experience, and you will have the opportunity to get up close to these incredible animals, but riding them is not allowed. Overnight at the Elephant Hills Camp in a Luxury Tent.Accommodation: Elephant Hills Camp
Day 11: Longtail boat to the Rainforest Camp
Head to Cheow Larn Lake, deep in the National Park, where you’ll board a traditional longtail boat to cruise across the lake. Your destination is the Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp, where safari tents are pitched upon floating platforms, moored to the lake’s shore. During your time here, you can hop in a kayak to spot for wildlife close to the water, and look for primates high in the canopy. Other activities include treks to see an incredible variety of exotic plants, and learn about the ecology of the rainforest, and visiting caves deep in the jungle. The lake is also excellent for swimming!Accommodation: Elephant Hills Rainforrest Camp
Day 12: Koh Samui
A final morning of exploring Khao Sok National Park by kayak and on foot. After lunch join the shared transfer to Surat Thani, arriving in time to board the 5pm ferry to Koh Samui. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Four nights at the Sarojin.Accommodation: The Sarojin – Khao Lak
Day 13-15: Koh Samui - Days at leisure
Your day will be at leisure to relax on the beach and make the most of the hotel's facilities.
Day 16: To London via Bangkok
Morning transfer to the airport to board Thai Airways flight back to London via Bangkok.
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|Price per person (Double/Twin share)|
- International & internal flights in economy class.
- Accommodation in a double/twin sharing room with en-suite facilities.
- Daily breakfast throughout. Full board meals & shared activities at Elephant Hills Camp.
- 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.
- Visa Fee.
- Any optional Excursions.
- Any expenses of a personal nature.
- Travel Insurance.