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Combine a stay in lively Bangkok with our escorted Classic Thailand tour to get a real flavour for this fascinating country.

With direct flights available from the UK into Thailand's vibrant capital city, spending a few nights in Bangkok is the perfect way to start your Thailand adventure. Visit Wat Pho to see the 46 metre, gold leaf covered statue of the reclining Buddha - a must for any first time visit to this city. Then hop across to the exquisite Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

On Monday join your group for the start of your Classic Thailand tour which will take you through the mountainous jungle landscapes of northern Thailand to visit ancient ruins, historic temples, quiet villages and friendly towns and cities.  Or opt for a private tour, with the flexibility to depart any day of the week, allowing you to tailor you trip around your own schedule.

Why not add on a relaxing beach stay at the Vijitt Resort in Phuket or explore more of the unique landscape of Northern Thailand on our Hidden Wonders of the North tour.

Duration

9 Days

Guide Price

£1,999 pp

Recommended For

City, Couples, Culture, Iconic Journeys

Options

Private or Group basis

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the sights in Bangkok
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya
  • Shop in the lively night markets in the Golden Triangle
  • Interact with elephants at a special sanctuary near Chiang Mai

Start your Journey

Day 1-3

Bangkok

Start your Thailand adventure with three days in Thailand's vibrant capital city. 

Stroll through the Chatuchak Weekend Market, Thailand’s largest market, or explore the more traditional Damnoen Saduak floating market.

Catch the spectacular sunset views from the beautiful Wat Arun temple with its intricately adorned pagodas and terraces, or explore the magnificent Grand Palace complex. After working up an appetite head to Chinatown to sample the fantastic street food, then head to a roof top bar to end your day in style. 

  • Meals Breakfast
  • Suggested Accommodation Siam at Siam Design Hotel Bangkok
Day 4-9

Classic Thailand tour

This six day journey from Bangkok up through Phitsanulok, Lampang and Chiang Rai to the northern city of Chiang Mai provides a wonderful insight into this fascinating region. 

Your first stop will be the Summer Palace of Rama V. before continuing on to the ancient capital of Ayutthaya to discover the temples of Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, Wat Mahathat and Wat Phanan Choeng. 

After a night in Phitsanuloke continue you temple exploration with a stop at Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, which houses one of the most revered Buddha statues in the country. 

Overnight in Lampang before travelling north, stopping briefly at Phayao Lake for a coffee before heading to the spectacular White Temple of Wat Rong Khun. After exploring the unique murals inside the temple, be sure to check out the museum dedicated to the temple's architect and renowned artist - Chalermchai Kositipat. 

This afternoon you will stop in the Golden Triangle - where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. Visit the 212 House of Opium to learn about the history and devastating effect the trade had on the local community, and how this was turned around. 

Enjoy your free time this evening exploring Chiang Rai, perhaps stopping for a drink in the lively district close to the clock tower. 

Spend the morning exploring the sights, sounds and smells of Chiang Rai's morning market  before departing on a river cruise aboard a traditional long-tail boat to visit the Pha Tai hill tribe village, then its on to your final stop, Chiang Mai.

Spend some time at the Thai Elephant Care Centre where you will have a chance to get up close to these magnificent, gentle giants. The centre was set up to provide care for elderly elephants, there are no elephant rides, instead visitors learn about the care of these elderly elephants and can feed them bananas. 

  • Meals Breakfast and lunch
  • Suggested Accommodation Classic Thailand superior tour

Includes

  • Accommodation as detailed with private facilities. In case of early transfer breakfast cannot be guaranteed. Hotels are subject to change.
  • Meals included as detailed. Breakfast is usually a Western-style buffet in your hotel, while most other meals are taken in local restaurants.
  • Services of an English-speaking guide, transfers and tours on a seat-in-coach basis.
  • All entrance fees and government taxes as appropriate.
  • International and domestic flights.

Excludes

  • Beverages during meals.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Tips for the guide and driver.
  • Domestic and international departure taxes.

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