Essential Thailand

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Diving into Thailand's rich history and fascinating culture, experience the contrasts between the bright lights, glittering skyscrapers and vibrant street markets of Bangkok and the lush green landscapes and peaceful rural life of northern Thailand as you journey by boat into the Golden Triangle.
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Visit Wat Rong Khun - the White Temple
    • Visit the Hall of Opium, take a boat trip along the Mekong River, visit a local market in Laos
    • Visit the Night Market and the temples of Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang
    • Visit Sukhothai Historical Park
    • Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, the War Cemetery, the infamous Death Railway and the Bridge on the River Kwai
    • Visit Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and observe local life along the canals during a khlong tour

What's this trip about?

    Diving into Thailand's rich history and fascinating culture, experience the contrasts between the bright lights, glittering skyscrapers and vibrant street markets of Bangkok and the lush green landscapes and peaceful rural life of northern Thailand as you journey by boat into the Golden Triangle.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeGroup - max of 40 people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityBangkok
End CityChiang Mai

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Asia
  • Thailand

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing

Trip includes

    • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Many meals and daily breakfasts included
    • City orientation tours
    • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
    • Luxury air-conditioned coach
    • Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences
    • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized

Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

‘Sawadee ka' and welcome to Thailand! Your trip will kick off in buzzy Bangkok, an urban wonder boasting all the soaring skyscrapers and glistening malls of any capital city, but with a distinctly Thai touch. Here you can see it all; orange robe-clad monks strolling t...

Day 2: Bangkok Sightseeing

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing in Bangkok. We'll show off Bangkok's best cultural and spiritual delights, starting at Wat Pho, Bangkok's most ancient temple. Set eyes on the hugely impressive Reclining Buddha, the largest in Thailand, before moving on to the ...

Day 3: Bangkok Free Day

Today is all yours to explore Bangkok your way and the adventures are limitless. Want to check out the markets? You can find flower species of every shape, color and origin at the lively Pak Klong Talad (Bangkok flower market), while the charming streets of Chinatown ...

Day 4: Bangkok - Kanchanaburi

It’s goodbye Bangkok and hello Kanchanaburi town today, where we’ll jump straight into the action with a visit to the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, and the War Cemetery where over 6000 prisoners of war were laid to rest. Next up, we'll pause for lunch then see the in...

Day 5: Kanchanaburi Free Day

With a completely free day today on your Thailand tour package, Kanchanaburi town is yours to explore your way. Those keen to take it easy can rest up at the hotel and take advantage of the spa facilities, or perhaps you’ll take the opportunity to explore the town and...

Day 6: Kanchanaburi - Sukhothai

We’ll be up bright and early this morning to travel north to Sukhothai. The Thailand essentials just keep on coming and along the way we have a treat in store, with a visit to Bhutsaya Khiri Suvarnabhumi, or Rock Buddha. This impressive carving of a seated buddha, mas...

Day 7: Sukhothai Sightseeing and Free Time

Being famed as the birthplace of Thai civilization is a pretty big reputation to uphold, but Sukhothai does it with ease. Still historically significant to this day, we’ll start our adventures today with a visit to the UNESCO listed Sukhothai Historical Park, where we...

Day 8: Sukhothai - Chiang Rai

The dramatic mountain beauty of Chiang Rai awaits us today, so we’ll be up early to travel further north. Along the way, we’ll make a stop at Khaw Phayao Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the North, before heading on to Wat Rong Khun, otherwise known as the White T...

Day 9: Golden Triangle Sightseeing

Today is the day we journey to the heart of the Golden Triangle. This morning your first stop will be the self-proclaimed ‘edutainment' Hall of Opium, a fascinating museum that reveals an incredible 5000 years of history. The state of the art exhibitions, harrowing re...

Day 10: Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

Who’s ready to dip their toes in some bubbling hot springs? We hope all of you, as our first stop today en route to Chiang Mai, are the lovely Mae Kajan Hot Springs. Feeling refreshed, we’ll grab lunch in a local restaurant before traveling on to the laidback city of ...

Day 11: Chiang Mai Free Day

Your day your way is what today is all about, and with it being your last day, be sure to make the most of it.

The Empress Chiang Mai

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Day 12: Depart Chiang Mai

Your incredible journey through Thailand's cities, rivers, mountains, temples and markets has come to an end. You've encountered diverse cultures, tasted all kinds of Thai foods and experienced the warmth of Thai hospitality and we're sure you'll be leaving with the iconic Thai smile on your face! Transferring to Chiang Mai International Airport, you'll catch your onward flight.

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Last Updated: 2/23/2024
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Accommodation

Galleria 10 Royal River Kwai Resort and Spa Le Charme Sukhothai Historical Park Resort Wiang Inn Hotel Chiang Rai The Empress Chiang Mai,
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  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • 5 Lunch (L)
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