This 5-day break in Thailand takes in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi and the ancient capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya
Day 1. Arrival Bangkok (-/L/D)
Arriving Bangkok, our guide will be at the airport to welcome you & transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour includes The Grand Palace, Funeral Hall, Wat Pra Kaew, Wat Traimit, Wat Pho, Wat Benchamabopit & temple of Dawn plus a canal tour on a private boat. Evening to enjoy the traditional Thai dinner & dance.
Day 2. Bangkok - Kanchanaburi (B/L/D)
After an early breakfast, we set off by road for Kanchanaburi province (about 2 hours). On arrival, we visit the War Museum, the war cemetery and the bridge over the River Kwai. Then we board the 'Death Railway' for a trip to the end of the line, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.. After lunch we take a long-tail boat up river to check in at the Jungle Rafts. Later, you can chill out at the Jungle Rafts or visit the nearby Mon village where you can try elephant riding (extra cost option). Dinner & accommodation at Jungle Rafts or Resotel.
Day 3. Hell Fire Pass (B/L/D)
This morning we take the boat to the Resotel pier, then visit the famous 'Hell-Fire Pass' and the nearby war museum. Return to Resotel for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and accommodation at Resotel.
Day 4. Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the resort, then travel to Ayutthaya by road. Lunch at floating restaurant. Visit the ruins of Ayutthaya and the four main Buddhist temples. Dinner and accommodation at hotel.
Day 5. Ayutthaya - Bangkok (B)
At leisure until departure
Bangkok, River Kwai raft hotel, Chang Mai, Chiang Rai and a relaxing break at Phuket!
Day 1 Arrival Bangkok
At Bangkok, our Bangkok representative will be at the airport to welcome you & transfer you to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure and in the evening enjoy the traditional Thai dinner & dance.
Day 2 Bangkok
In the early morning, we depart to see the Damnern Saduak Floating Market. Afterwards, we return to Bangkok to start our city tour which will include The Grand Palace, Funeral Hall, Wat Pra Kaew, Wat Traimit, Wat Pho, Wat Benchamabopit & temple of Dawn plus a canal tour on a private boat. After dinner at a riverside restaurant, we take an evening trip to see the night market.
Day 3 Bangkok - Kanchanaburi
This morning we depart to Kanchanaburi to visit the River Kwai Bridge & the war cemetery. Take a train ride on the nototious Death Railway Line & lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we take a longtail boat for 45 minutes into the jungle & check in at the Jungle Rafts, a unique hotel built on floating rafts, the river flowing swiftly underneath. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Dinner by lantern (there is no electricity!) & culture show in the evening.
Day 4 Kanchanaburi
After breakfast, we take a boat ride upstream to visit the Saiyoke Yai National Park, visiting the waterfall to experience nature at its best. Return for lunch at Jungle Rafts, then check out of Jungle Rafts and take the boat downriver to the Resotel. Afterwards, visit the Lawa Cave and explore the fascinating rock formations. Dinner and accommodation at Resotel.
Day 5 Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya - Bangkok
After breakfast travel to Ayutthaya ancient city. After lunch at a floating restaurant, visit historical ruins & four main Buddist temples. Drive back to Bangkok & overnight..
Day 6 Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Transfer to airport for your flight to Chiang Mai, pick up & transfer to hotel. Today's city tour includes Wat Susan Dok, the temple supported by the Royal Family of the Lanna Kings, also visit two oldest temples (over 700 years) inside the city wall. Drive around the old city & see the original city moat, ruined city gates & local market. This evening, we take dinner at Chiangmai Cultural Center with traditional northern food (Khantoke) & Northern Thai dances such as the Fingernail dance, Candle Light dance, Hill Tribe, Aka, Yao, Meo, Lisu dances etc.
Day 7 Chiang Mai
Today visit an Elephant Camp (60 kms north of Chiangmai), watching elephant training & working, then take a ride on an elephant through foothills & jungle. After the elephant ride transfer by oxcart to restaurant for lunch. Afternoon trip by bamboo rafting to visit orchid nursery & butterfly farm before returning to Chiangmai. In the evening don't miss a stroll at the fascinating Night Bazaar in the city.
Day 8 Chiang Mai
Drive from Chiang Mai to Chaing Rai, stopping at hot spring market then continue to boat landing for a boat ride on Mea Kok River. After lunch at local restaurant, drive to city centre & check in at hotel.
Day 9 Chiangrai
This morning drive to Doi Tung & visit Pricess Mother Commemorative Hall, gardens & Villa. Afterwards we visit Yao & Akha Hill Tribe villages, then drive to the Golden Triangle area & have lunch at Sri Wan riverside restaurant. After lunch a boat trip to Chiang Siang & visit Wat Chedi Luang before driving back to Chaing Rai.
Day 10 Chiangrai - Phuket
Transfer to airport for your flight to Phuket, pick up & transfer to beach resort for stay of 4 nights.
Day 11-13 Phuket
Relax on the beach.
Day 14 Phuket - Departure
Tranfer to airport for your return flight to Bangkok and connect your homeward flight.
Bangkok, Cambodia & Laos with 6 nights in Koh Samui
Day 1 Arrival Bangkok
Arriving Bangkok, our guide will be at the airport to welcome you & transfer you to your hotel. Afternoon city tour includes The Grand Palace, Funeral Hall, Wat Pra Kaew, Wat Traimit, Wat Pho, Wat Benchamabopit & temple of Dawn plus a canal tour on a private boat.
Day 2 Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok
Full day visit to Ayutthaya - an ancient capital of Siam. The tour includes wat Yai Chaimongkol, ancient palace Phra Srisanpetch , Wat Mongkol Borpit, The Bangpa in Summer Palace, afterward proceed to Wat Pai Lom's peir to embark River King Cruise with lunch on broad. Return to Bangkok.
Day 3 Bangkok
An early morning to see the famous Damnern Saduak floating market & the largest pagodas. Lunch at Rose Garden followed by village culture show. After dinner at the Riverside restaurant by the Bangkok River, an evening trip to see the popular night market.
Day 4 Bangkok - Siem Reap
Transfer to airport for your flight to Siem Reap, where our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After lunch at a local restaurant, we take a boat trip & enjoy the wonderful views of Tonlesap Great Lake and also visit the beautiful Phnom Krom temple by the lakeside. Evening at local restaurant with traditional Cambodian dance performance on stage. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 5 Angkor
Full day visit to the ancient royal capital of Angkor Thom: Bayon Temple, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda, Terrace of Elephants and Leper king and Taprohm temple. Lunch at the Tonlesap restaurant. After lunch we visit the 7th World heritage wonder, Angkor Wat, and the Ta Som, Ta Keo, Pre Rup temples. Return to town. Dinner at a local restaurant & overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 6 Phnom Kulen
Our trip today is to Phnom Kulen ('Lychee Mountain') where the 'river of 1000 lingas' features thousands of carvings in the sandstone rocks under the water. We also visit the Rock temple with a large reclining Buddha, and take a picnic lunch by the waterfall. After lunch we return to Siem Reap, calling at the oldest temple in Angkor, Banteay Srei. This temple has the best engravings among all the ruins. Dinner & overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 7 Phnom Penh
Transfer to airport for your flight to Phnom Penh, pick up & transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour includes Royal Place, Silver Pagoda, Raung Damrei Museum and National Museum of Fine Arts, Independence monument & National Garden Park. Dinner at city restaurant.
Day 8 Phnom Penh
Today visit Toul Sleng Museum of Genocide and Killing Fields Museum. Lunch at local restaurant, afternoon tour of Central Market and Russian MarketDinner at local
Day 9 Vientiane
Transfer to airport for your flight to Vientiane, Laos. Our Laos agent will be at the airport to welcome you & transfer you to your hotel. After lunch in a local restaurant our city tour includes Wat Hoprakeo, built in 1566 by King Setthathirat to house the Emerald Buddha, Wat Sisaket, the only temple in Vientiane that survived the destruction of the city by the Siamese (Thai) in 1828; ThatLuang Stupa Museum shrine (great Sacred Stupa) ,the most important national monument in Vientiane, with a golden stupa believed to contain a relic of Lord Buddha; Pratuxay Monument situated in the centre of Vientiane prefecture, its architecture inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and incorporating typical Lao motifs. Finally see the sunset at Mekong riverside. Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 10 Vientiane - Luang Prabang
Transfer to airport for your flight to Luang Prabang, Laos. After lunch at a local restaurant, our afternoon city tour of this former Royal capital will visit Wat Visoun, the site of the impressive Thad Makmo stupa, then Phou Sii hill which stands right in the centre of the small city. Climb its 350 steps to enjoy commanding views. Wat Phou Sii sits atop the mountain, alongside the skeletons of Indochina war anti-aircraft guns! Then continue to visit Wat Mai. Built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) emphasizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Wat Xieng Thong is considered to emphasize & characterize the uniqueness of Luang Prabang's local style: its several roofs sweep low to the ground. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts semi-erotic episodes from the Ramayana; visit the National Museum, which was once the king's palace and contains a collection of personal artifacts of the former royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from dignitaries of foreign countries. Return to hotel & dinner at local restaurant.
Day 11 Pak-Ou-Ting Caves & Phanom Weaving Village
After breakfast, begin a full day boat trip on the mighty Mekong River to visit the Pak Ou Caves with their lacquered Buddha statues. Then make a visit to the village of Ban Phanom where traditional Lao textiles are woven on ancient wooden looms & the paper making factory. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Day 12 Tad Khuang Sii Waterfall
After breakfast drive with your guide by car to the Tad Khuang Sii waterfall. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. The water here has a clear blue-green tint due to the high mineral content. You can climb the stairs and look down from various high viewpoints on the way to the top! Enjoy a picnic lunch in the afternoon and then return to the hotel to relax or explore at your leisure. Luang Prabang is a wonderful walking town.
Day 13 Luang Prabang - Plain of Jars
If you like, we can take you into the centre of Luang Prabang at 5:30 in the morning to watch local people give food & rice to the hundreds of monks who line the street. You can also give rice to the monks - your guide will provide sticky rice for you to give. (This dawn tour is optional - a very early start!) Afterwards a stroll though the morning market before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Today we travel by road to Xiengkhouang, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973 during Indochina War. The journey takes us through beautiful rugged mountain scenery passing many hill tribe villages. En route, we stop at Sala Phoukhoun, located on the top of hill, then a Hmong village
at Ban Phouvieng, Ban Nongthang, Muangsuy and Thampra . Upon arrival in Phonsavanh by late afternoon we transfer to our mountain lodge hotel.
Day 14 Plain of Jars - Vientiane
After breakfast, we headout the town to visit the "Plan of Jars", an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. Each of the mysterious jars is thought to have been made more than 2000 to 2500 years ago. If time permits , we will visit the local central market, observing the daily lifestyle and colorful traders before we catch the flight to Vientiane. Pick up & transfer to hotel
Day 15 Vientiane - Koh Samui
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Koh Samui. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 16 - Day 20 Koh Samui
Relax on the beaches of beautiful Koh Samui.
Day 21 Departure
Transfer to airport for your flight to Bangkok and connecting return flight to the UK, arriving back early next morning