21 Night Sample Itinerary

Contrasting Thailand

Culture, wildlife & beaches - a tour of contrast

Thailand is a great place to visit for an adventure. This itinerary will take you from culturally rich Bangkok to the poignant Kanchanaburi area with the River Kwai and all it's history. Move south to the international beach resort of Phuket, where you choose how busy or quiet you want to be. Next is Elephant Hills, for an encounter with these gentle giants before heading to the beautiful paradise of Khao Lak which is all about laid back beach life. This itinerary is suitable for families and couples, bringing together amazing experiences and relaxation in equal measure. Hotels are available for all tastes and budgets so you can stay in a space which suits you best. Maybe you want an iconic hotel in Bangkok such as the statuesque Lebua, or perhaps your preference is more towards small and intimate boutique properties - such as Keemala in Phuket, with just 38 unique villas. This suggested itinerary is available to depart on any day of the week, and duration's in Bangkok, Phuket and Khao Lak can be changed to suit your time frame.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Get close to the magnificent Asian elephant at Elephant Hills
  • Stay in quirky floating accommodation
  • Discover the history of the Kanchanaburi area
  • Sample the street food in Bangkok
  • Lots of time to relax and reflect on two of Thailand's gorgeous beaches

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
21 days
Guide Price
£3,059 per person
Price based on
Based on 05 March 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Eva Air, room only in Bangkok, bed and breakfast in Phuket and Khao Lak and full board at Elephant Hills. Based on 2 adults sharing a Standard Double Room.
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
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Itinerary Breakdown

Begin your adventure in Asia's most distinctive city. Bangkok is a haven for those who are fascinated by palaces or golden temples, such as the incredible Grand Palace or the Emerald Buddha Temple. Prepare to be spellbound by the Wat Arun temple, found on the Chao Phraya River with it's 70 metre glass spire. Obviously, Bangkok's nightlife reputation precedes it. Find yourself a bar with a view; a visit to a rooftop bar is a must, and there are many world-class ones here. One of the most famous is Sirocco, located at the top of the statuesque hotel Lebua, as featured on the film Hangover II. The city is also a shoppers paradise - whether you are visiting on a shoestring budget or here to fill your suitcase, you'll have no trouble finding great places to shop. MBK is probably the most well-known - think of a modern day equivalent of Aladdin's Cave, MBK is six floors of tiny stalls selling everything from mobile phones to sunglasses to t-shirts to soap.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

You will have an early start to this part of your adventure, by being collected from your Bangkok hotel between 6.00am-6.30am for the 80 mile journey to Kanchanaburi.

Your first stop will be a visit to the world famous "Bridge over the River Kwai" part of the Death Railway constructed by Allied POW's. Take a train ride along the scenic and historic railway route. Lunch is provided at a local restaurant - before continuing on to visit the poignant Hellfire Pass Memorial.

A long tail boat will then take you to your luxury accommodation at the River Kwai Float House where you will stay for the next two nights.

On the following day, after breakfast take a long tail boat to visit the nearby Mon Tribal Village. The villagers are rich in culture and uninfluenced by the western world. Take part in some jungle trekking before lunch. The afternoon will include a visit to an organic herb garden and then enjoy some time at the resort where you can soak up the tropical setting.

Enjoy your next morning at leisure. Relax with a good book or for the more restless, take a canoe to explore more of the waterways. After lunch you will leave this jungle oasis and take a visit to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. This is an interactive museum and research facility presenting the history of the railway - this is an educational and moving experience. Here is where you may visit the Allied War Cemetery - a memorial to the 6000 allied POW's who perished along the death railway line. They were moved after the war to this resting place.

Your journey will then continue back to Bangkok for one further night at your chosen hotel.

Overnight Accommodation

Enjoy spectacular scenery and relax on the stunning palm-fringed beaches of Asia's most popular beach destination, Phuket. It would be easy to spend your time lazing on the beaches, exploring the local shops and restaurants or indulging in a spa treatment or two, but there is so much more to this dream destination. Why not take a speedboat to the spectacular Phang Nga Bay, just northeast of Phuket, where limestone cliffs jut dramatically from the emerald green waters?

When the sun goes down venture out to see the lively and friendly nightlife that this area is well known for.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

Your next stop on this adventure is a two night visit to Elephant Hills. Here you have the opportunity to create unforgettable memories while interacting with these beautiful creatures and their Mahouts. Take a journey through the jungle of Khao Sok National Park to the elephant sanctuary where you can help prepare and feed them their daily feeds, watch them play while bathing and cleaning them. Your accommodation is luxurious tents equipped with an en-suite bathroom and is powered by solar and wind energy, ensuring your stay only leaves an impression on you. The next day you will venture deeper into the National Park, to visit Cheow Larn Lake. Relax in your floating tent in one of the world’s only floating camp, a unique way to experience the rainforest which surrounds you. Gaze out at the setting sun over the waters and wonder at the mountains in the distance. We suggest that you bring; light short and long clothing, swimwear, sturdy sandals and closed shoes for treks, flip-flops for the camp, a rain poncho, mosquito spray, a camera, binoculars, a small first aid kit and toiletries. This magnificent experience allows you to be immersed in the rainforest and experience it’s unique animals and flora. Canoe safari through the mangroves and lakes, experience a trek through the jungle or a kayak down the meandering river and enjoy the opportunity to see dusky langurs, wild Asian oxe, white handed gibbons, macaque monkeys and wild boar, as well as the rainforest's many birds.

The deserted beaches, crystal clear waters, and raw jungle forests of Khao Lak are all perfect for finding your own slice of Thai paradise. A perfect place to relax and reflect on the journey you have just taken. Spend seven nights here and relax on the beach or by the pool to complete your holiday.

Alternatively for those who want to explore more, Khao Lak has spectacular natural surroundings, unspoiled beach coastline, and a network of sandy beach trails running from Khao Lak to Bang Sak. See how the locals live with the half day local life experience.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Bangkok

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Visit the Royal Grand Palace and temples
    • Take a day cruise on the Chao Phraya River
    • Your choice of luxurious hotels
    • Bohemian hot spot - Khao San road
    • See the city sparkle at night from a trendy roof top bar
  • Kanchanaburi

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Stay in unique, floating accommodation
    • Breathtaking scenery
    • Fascinating and poignant excursions
    • Easily accessible from Bangkok
    • Delicious international and Thai cuisine
  • Phuket

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Thailand's most popular beach destination
    • Your choice of beach resort - lively or serene
    • Day trips to smaller surrounding islands
    • Enticing and lively night markets
    • Visit the revered landmark - Big Buddha
  • Khao Sok

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Elephant Hills is a multi award winning resort
    • Stay in luxury tented accommodation
    • Complimentary transfers
    • Soft adventure and unique elephant experience
    • Exotic rainforest environment
  • Khao Lak

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Deserted sands, crystal clear waters and lush jungle life
    • Many stunning hotels to choose from
    • Great destination for nature lovers
    • Great day trips to Similan islands
    • Lots of snorkeling and diving opportunities
Bangkok

The bustling city of Bangkok will not disappoint, from the peaceful temples, to practising your haggling skills at the local markets to treating your taste buds to the sensational street food, Bangkok is so diverse there is something to suit everyone. This itinerary includes 3 nights in Bangkok - plenty of time to see a great selection of what the city has to offer.

Kanchanaburi

After your time in Bangkok, its time to learn a little of the history of the area. Explore the best of Kanchanburi and River Kwai, while staying in unique accommodation. The River Kwai Float House is reached only via the river, and offers luxury, safari-style tents which float on the river. With a variety of activities and excursions, this is a great option for visitors who want to know more about the history of this fascinating area. For the next 3 days / 2 nights you will visit the following highlights: Thailand & Burma Railway Centre, War Cemetery, River Kwai Bridge, Hellfire Pass Memorial, Mon Tribal Village, Mon Dance, and Death Railway Train.

Bangkok

In contrast to the night before, return to Bangkok for one night before continuing your adventure.

Phuket

Long, lazy days spent relaxing on stunning, palm-fringed beaches awaits; Phuket is paradise on earth, as colourful as it is cosmopolitan. There’s plenty to explore; from the Similan Islands, counted among the 10 most interesting dive areas in the world, to the famous James Bond island in Phang Nga Bay and Patong’s exciting nightlife on Bangla Road. Phuket offers the perfect destination for some winter sun and a spot of culture. Venture to the shimmering temples, visit colonial mansions and even see elephants coming down to the waterfront to cool off in the waves.

Khao Sok

The next part of this contrasting itinerary takes you to the lush green jungle surrounding Khao Sok. For the ultimate wildlife adventure, you will stay at Elephant Hills  in Khao Sok's famous National Park. Feel the mist of the rainforest as you stand next to soaring limestone cliffs broken by rushing waterfalls. Hike the trails following the river to serene, island-studded lakes and listen to the sounds of nature calling around you. As well as the rainforest, you can meet the majestic Asian elephants in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and take a relaxing canoe or kayak trip down the Sok River for a spot of birdwatching.

Khao Lak

Deserted sands, crystal clear waters and lush jungle life; we love Khao Lak for its untouched beauty. What a perfect place to end your contrasting tour. With miles and miles of astonishing beaches, it offers hideaway bliss at its best.

Make your trip extra special

While this itinerary is varied and exciting - below are a few extras that we think would be perfect to add on.

Floating market Bangkok

Excursion

Floating Market

Visit  the world famous floating market of "Damnern Saduak". The colourfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruits and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. There is a lot of chatter and activity - bargaining is common. You visit the lively market at its best early in the morning, before the crowds arrive and the day's heat breaks.

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Museum / gallery

Bangkok National Museum

If you’re keen to explore a range of Thai relics and artefacts, you should venture to Wang Na Palace. Visitors will find the Bangkok National Museum set within the peaceful gardens of the 18th Century palace. This museum is an absolute must-see for Eastern art and culture lovers alike.

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Excursion

Khao Lak - Local Life Tour

A great way to see the traditional way of life in Thailand

On the way to Takua Pa, make a short stop at a fresh market Have the opportunity to offer food to the monks and visit a Thai school. Walk to the old part of the town with the local guide and see the almost 200 year old houses, built in the traditional style of that period.

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