Three Week Tour of Thailand

(22 days/21 nights)

This is a wonderful three-week adventure that takes you from the mountains and hill tribes of the north, through the pulsating capital, Bangkok, and on to the breathtaking national parks and idyllic beaches of the south of Thailand.

This comprehensive tour of Thailand takes you through the country from the northern mountains to the beaches of the south. The tour starts and ends in Bangkok with an internal flight from Bangkok to the city of Chiang Rai at the start of your adventure and a return flight from the island of Koh Samui back to Bangkok. If you wish to spend more time on the beaches at the end of your tour, then this is easily arranged.

Meals are provided as outlined on the itinerary. If you wish for every meal to be provided, then this can be sorted too.

Day 1 ( -/L/D)

Chiang Mai Hotel

  • We will collect you from the airport or other place by arrangement
  • You will meet your English speaking guide and your driver who will take you to the delightful city of Chiang Rai
  • After you have settled into your hotel, we will set out for the afternoon to visit the incredible ‘white temple’, Wat Rong Khun
  • Your guide will show you the secrets of this temple, with its surprising interior murals
  • There will be plenty of time to visit the night market of Chiang Rai, maybe tonight or maybe tomorrow; we’ll see how you feel after your journey to Thailand
  • Your dinner is included tonight

The White Temple, Wat Rong Khun
The White Temple, Wat Rong Khun

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Chiang Rai viewpoint

Lanna style food in market
Lanna style food in market

Day 2 ( B/L/-)

Chiang Mai Hotel

  • Breakfast at your hotel before early morning departure
  • Travel to the region known as ‘The Golden Triangle’, where the countries of Myanmar (Burma), Laos and Thailand all meet
  • Stop at the trading post of Mae Sai on the Thailand-Myanmar border
  • Search the local market for souvenirs including jade, lacquer and gems
  • There is a possibility of travelling for a brief spell into Myanmar, but this takes some time and will incur an extra cost for border crossings and entry visas
  • Lunch is on the banks of the mighty Mekong river
  • Visit the Hall of Opium and learn about the infamous history of the region
  • A long-tail boat will then carry you down the Khong river and sample the rice-whiskey directly from the riverbank distilleries
  • With no border control in this region, you are free to set foot in Laos
  • You will return to your hotel in Chiang Rai to spend the evening as you wish

The Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle

Houses on the Mekong
Houses on the Mekong

Longtail boat on the Khong river
Longtail boat on the Khong river

Day 3 ( B/L/-)

Doi Mae Salong Hotel

  • Drive to the delightful town of Doi Mae Salong in the far north of Thailand
  • Lunch in Doi Mae Salong
  • Excursion to Chiang Dao National Park
  • Visit the amazing Chiang Dao Caves with Buddhist statues amongst stalactites and stalagmites
  • Return to Doi Mae Salong and sample some of their famous tea in a traditional teahouse
  • We recommend that you take dinner in one of the many Chinese restaurants for which the town is renowned

Doi Mae Salong temple
Doi Mae Salong temple

Cave temple
Cave temple

Tea plantation
Tea plantation

Day 4 ( B/L/-)

Mae Rim Hotel

  • Breakfast at your hotel before early morning departure
  • Early arrival at Mae Taman Elephant Camp
  • Option to bathe the elephants (swimwear required)
  • Elephant show
  • Ox carting from hill tribe village
  • Elephant ride through jungle
  • Scenic riverside lunch
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Orchid farm
  • Dinner at your hotel

elephant trekking
Elephant trekking

Mae Taeng River
Mae Taeng River

Bamboo rafting
Bamboo rafting

Day 5 (B/L/-)

Pai Hotel

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Travel to the picture-perfect town of Pai, nestling in a stunning mountain valley
  • Pai is a lovely little community of markets, live music and guesthouses on the river
  • Bathe in the Hot Springs and enjoy an hour-long northern Thai massage
  • Take pleasure in the breath-taking sunset views over Pai Canyon
  • We recommend that you dine out at one of Pai’s unique Thai/Jewish restaurants and then end your day at one of Pai’s celebrated live music venues

Pai waterfront
Pai waterfront

Pai Canyon
Pai Canyon

traditional thai massage
Traditional Thai massage

Day 6 (B/L/D)

Mae Hong Son Hotel

  • Journey through miles of unspoiled countryside, along the renowned Mae Hong Son Loop
  • The town of Mae Hong Son is home to two of the most spectacular temples in northern Thailand,
    o Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu with its awesome hilltop views
    o and the beautiful Wat Jong Kham on the edge of the lake in town
  • Visit the exciting Night Market on the edge of Mae Hong Son Lake and enjoy a delicious Thai dinner in the company of locals
  • After dinner, take a romantic stroll around the lake with its illuminated temple reflections

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu
Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu

Wat Jong Kham
Wat Jong Kham

Night market at Mae Hong Son
Night market at Mae Hong Son

Day 7 (B/L/-)

Chiang Mai Hotel

  • Today we will breakfast early before we depart for a full-day’s excursion to Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Visit the stunning waterfalls of Wachiratharn and Siritharn
  • Take in the dramatic views across the park from the King and Queen’s chedis
  • Enjoy a hillside Thai lunch
  • Travel to the top of Thailand’s highest peak, Doi Inthanon, home of endemic plant and animal species such as the green-tailed sunbird
  • Walk the short Angkha summit trail, amongst the lush jungle vegetation
  • Those who wish to, may also take in a more strenuous 2-3 hour hike through rainforest, rice fields and hill tribes
  • Visit a Karen hill tribe village and a Hmong hill tribe market
  • You will then travel to Chiang Mai, where you will stay for three nights

King’s and Queen’s Chedis, Doi Inthanon
King’s and Queen’s Chedis, Doi Inthanon

Hill tribe village
Hill tribe village

Jungle walk
Jungle walk

Day 8 (B/L/D)

Chiang Mai Hotel

  • Today you will visit the most famous temples in and around Chiang Mai
  • A short ride out of town brings you to the colourful temple on the mountain, Wat Doi Suthep
  • We then see the message trees and underground tunnels of Wat Umong
  • City tour of Chiang Mai old town
  • Visit the most famous temples of Chiang Mai, Wat Suan Dok and Wat Chedi Luang
  • Tonight your package includes a traditional Khantoke dinner with Thai dancing

Chiang Mai 6 Day Tour (CM06)

Chiang Mai 4 Day Tour (CM04)

Traditional Thai Dance
Traditional Thai Dance

Day 9 (B/L/-)

Chiang Mai Hotel

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Early departure to a local market where you will buy fresh produce for today’s Cookery School
  • You will learn how to cook five delicious dishes and will eat these with other cookery students
  • Eat, drink and shop on Chiang Mai’s most fashionable street, Th Nimmanhaemin
  • Tonight we recommend that you enjoy dinner under the stars at the famous Night Bazaar

Fresh fruit at the market
Fresh fruit at the market

Thai Cookery School
Thai Cookery School

Pad Thai
Pad Thai

Day 10 (B/L/-)

Sukhothai Hotel

  • Today we travel south to the elegant former capital of Thailand, Sukhothai
  • You will visit the magnificent Sukhothai Historical Park World Heritage Site
  • In the morning, your guide will show you around the outlying temples and shrines. You will visit the famous seated speaking
  • Buddha, Wat Sri Chum, and Wat Sorasak, the bell-shaped pagoda surrounded by stone elephants.
  • After a tasty lunch, you have a choice of afternoon activities; you can explore the expansive site on bicycle, or we can continue through the park by car
  • Your hotel is close to the park.
  • For dinner, we recommend that you try goo-ay dee-o Sukhothai, the famous, local noodle dish

Sukhothai Historical Park; Daytime
Sukhothai Historical Park; Daytime

Wat Sorasak
Wat Sorasak

Sukhothai Historical Park; Sunset
Sukhothai Historical Park; Sunset

Day 11 (B/L/D)

Ayutthaya Hotel

  • Early morning transfer to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam
  • Visit the many pavilions and landscaped gardens of Bang Pa-In Summer Palace
  • Take a long-tail boat up the Chao Phraya river to Ayutthaya island
  • Catch an elephant taxi to the temple ruins of Ayutthaya including the famous three-chedi temple, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Phra
  • Mahatat and the magnificent Wat Ratburana
  • Dinner at your guesthouse.

Bang Pa-In summer palace
Bang Pa-In summer palace

Elephant taxis, Ayutthaya
Elephant taxis, Ayutthaya

Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Day 12 (B/L/D)

Bangkok Hotel

  • Today you will travel to Bangkok, the pulsating heart of Thailand
  • Your guide will take you on a city tour by sky train, tuk tuk and river express
  • See the real Bangkok and enjoy fresh Thai food cooked to order
  • Explore the markets of Chinatown
  • Shop in the vibrant MBK centre and the ultra-modern Siam Discovery and Paragon malls
  • Take a guided tour of the Jim Thompson House, a traditional teak mansion that belonged to the renowned founder of the Thai Silk Company
  • Tonight you will dine and dance on an evening cruise through Bangkok along the Chao Phraya river

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Street market in Bangkok

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Tuk Tuk

wat arun on the chao phraya river
Wat Arun on the Chao Phraya River

Day 13 (B/L/-)

Bangkok Hotel

  • Tour of famous Bangkok temples including those of the Reclining Buddha & Emerald Buddha
  • Tour of the Royal Palace
  • Walk through Amulet Market to Chao Phraya for riverside restaurant lunch
  • Tour of Bangkok canals by longboat
  • After dinner, the time is yours to enjoy. You may choose to experience the thrills and excitement of Muay Thai (kick boxing), or perhaps take a cocktail on one of the splendid rooftop or riverside bars or maybe visit one of the many live music venues for which the city is famed.

The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace

buddhas at wat pho
Buddhas at Wat Pho

the royal palace
Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Day 14 (B/-/-)

Bangkok Hotel

  • Free day to relax in Bangkok – After two weeks travelling, we reckon that you deserve it!

Buddhist monk in Chinatown
Buddhist monk in Chinatown

MBK shopping centre
MBK shopping centre

Muay Thai (kick boxing)
Muay Thai (kick boxing)

Day 15 (B/L/-)

Hua Hin Hotel

This morning you will leave Bangkok early to travel to the world famous Damnoen Saduak floating market
Tour the floating market and the surrounding countryside canals by boat
Step out of the boat and wander through the myriad stalls on the canalside – this is a photographer’s paradise!
Next you will travel to the sleepy, regional town of Phetchaburi and visit the glorious gardens and palaces of Phra Nakhon Khiri. Lunch in Phetchaburi
A short drive brings you to ‘Thailand’s original seaside town’, Hua Hin
Famed for its seafood and night bazaar, we recommend that you dine outside amongst the market stalls

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

banana seller
Banana seller

Phra Nakhan Khiri
Phra Nakhan Khiri

Day 16 (B/-/-)

Hua Hin Hotel

  • Free day in Hua Hin
  • Hua Hin is Thailand’s royal beach resort and a favourite destination for Bangkok’s inhabitants. There is a glorious white sandy beach that stretches for miles and a lively coastline with many fantastic places to eat. You may choose to lie back and relax, or perhaps hire a bicycle to discover more of the town and its surrounds.

buddhist monks on the beach hua hin
Buddhist monks on the Beach - Hua Hin

freshly grilled seafood hua -hin
Freshly grilled seafood - Hua Hin

Hua Hin beach
Hua Hin beach

Day 17 (B/L/D)

Khao Sok Floating Bungalow

  • Transfer to Khao Sok National Park, which at 160 million years old is one of the oldest rainforests on our planet
  • We will arrive in Khao Sok National Park late-afternoon and will head straight for your accommodation
  • And what accommodation it is, for you will be staying in a floating bungalow right on the edge of the magical Cheow Lan Lake, surrounded by thick, lush vegetation and stunning rock formations
  • You will have your own kayak with which to explore the water
  • There are toilet facilities, but no shower – you swim in the cool lake if you want to wash!
  • Enjoy the sunset over the water, before dining out under the stars

Floating bungalows
Floating bungalows

Limestone karsts in the lake
Limestone karsts in the lake

Kayaks on the lake
Kayaks on the lake

Day 18 (B/L/D)

Khao Sok Floating Bungalow

  • After an early morning swim you will eat breakfast on the pontoon in front of your floating bungalow.
  • Today you will be taken on a tour through the rainforest by a local guide who will tell you about the plants and animals that you see
  • Lunch will be eaten out in the open
  • Your jungle tour will continue after lunch and will take you past rivers and waterfalls and eventually back to your bungalow where you will be served cold drinks and dinner

Jungle Island
Jungle Island

Small frog
Small frog

Kayaking on Cheo Lan Lake
Kayaking on Cheo Lan Lake

Day 19-21 (B/-/-)

Koh Samui Hotel

  • We leave Khao Sok for Surat Thani where we catch a lunchtime ferry to the idyllic island of Koh Samui
  • Before you leave the jungle, you may wish to have an early morning swim, or another walk amongst the trees, or simply relax in this unique and unspoiled location

Koh Samui is just the most idyllic, tropical, resort island. With mile upon mile of stunning coastline, thick, lush rainforest in its interior and a plethora of bars, restaurants and street food, it is no wonder that the island is such a coveted and desirable destination. Included in our package is a day’s visit to the stunning archipelago of Ang Thong composed of 42 picture-perfect, jungle clad islets.

Bang Po Beach
Bang Po Beach

koh samui ang thong
Ang Thong - Koh Samui

Lamai Beach
Lamai Beach

Day 22 (B/-/-)

  • We will arrange for your transfer to Koh Samui airport so you get back to Bangkok in plenty of time for your return flight
  • It’s time to say goodbye
  • We are sure that it will be a sad farewell to Thailand, the Land of Smiles, but we are equally sure that you will take many, many happy memories away with you.

Arrangements:

Services included in the price:

  • Tour Guide: 1 car with driver and 1 English speaking guide will be provided from Day 1 to Day 19 (Koh Samui Ferry). Your guide will not come with you to Koh Samui unless this is requested
  • Accommodation: 1 twin/double room with air conditioning and private facilities in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. Accommodation at Khao Sok will be comfortable, but more basic
  • Meals: As specified in the program (21 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches and 7 Dinners)
  • Transport: Tours and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Airport Transfers: Transfers at Chiang Rai and Koh Samui are included
  • Misc: Local English-speaking guides and all activities as specified in the itinerary, including admission fees, with instruction where necessary.

Services not included in the price:

  • International and internal flights
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for guide and drivers / Personal expenses

 





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