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Experience Thailand

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Untamed mountains and jungles, home to local hill tribes and a rich array of wildlife - this is Thailand.
  • Product Code 46550
  • Holiday Type Sightseeing And Walking Holidays, Experiential Holidays, New Holiday
  • Grade Grade 2
  • Holiday Duration 13 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Experience Thailand

Step into the ‘Land of Smiles’ and discover an enchanting kingdom where the past and present fuse in perfect harmony. Untamed mountains and jungles, home to local hill tribes and a rich array of wildlife, contrast with cities packed full of modern and traditional culture – this is Thailand.

Our journey begins in the colourful capital city of Bangkok. Impressive modern skyscrapers sit happily alongside ancient shrines and temples; á la carte restaurants compete with local food carts and traffic flows alongside traditional long tailed boats sailing down the Chao Phraya River. You’ll see the main sights here including the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple as well as doing something a little different. Soak up the atmosphere as you cycle through a lesser known part of the city to see the daily life of the locals and take a long boat canal tour of the most southern district where we stop at a typical flower farm. Another highlight is a full day visit to an organic farm where you’ll pick your own ingredients and cook four Thai dishes in an antique Thai house, ready to be eaten as part of a Thai lunch feast.

We then fly to the city of Chiang Mai, where the pace of life is more relaxed and the lush green countryside of northern Thailand is right on your doorstep. You’ll spend a day city sightseeing and then adventure is the order of the next two days. On one day you zip wire from tree to tree through the 1500 year old rainforest of Mae Kompon. Another day will be spent at an elephant nature park where you’ll learn about the rescued elephants and be able to spend time feeding and bathing them – a truly memorable experience!

We move on to Thaton by road and visit a Hmong hill tribe village before continuing to Chiang Rai, in the mountainous north. We’ll take a long tailed boat on the Mae Kok River to a Shan village as well as visiting the local hill tribe school at Akha. We also take a trip to the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. We return to Bangkok for our last night where you’ll have some free time.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discovering the magnificent Grand Palace Complex in Bangkok.
  • Feeding and bathing elephants in Chiang Mai.
  • Cooking traditional Thai dishes.
  • Enjoying a unique view of the rainforest of Mae Kompon by zip wire.
  • Visiting a Shan hill tribe.
  • Taking a long boat on the Mae Kok River.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights Heathrow to Bangkok (British Airways)
      Airport transfers.
      Half board en suite accommodation.
      Four lunches.
      Entrance fees.
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 2

  1. Day 1

    Fly overnight to Bangkok.

  2. Day 2

    On arrival at Bangkok Airport you will be met by our tour leader and transferred by road to our hotel. In the afternoon, we have a half day city and temple sightseeing tour taking in three of the most stunning temples Bangkok has to offer including Wat Traimit, Wat Chetuporn and Wat Benchamaborpit. We'll also visit Wat Pho, regarded as the first centre of public education and is sometimes called ‘Thailand’s first university’. Mural paintings, inscriptions, and statues found in the temple were used to educate people on various subjects such as literature, warfare, archaeology, astronomy, geology and. Wat Pho is also considered to be the home of Thai traditional massage. The tour ends with a visit to Wat Benchamaborpit: a representation of an outstanding successful marriage between Italian Carrara marble and classical Thai architecture.

  3. Day 3

    After breakfast we have a busy day in Bangkok. We will visit Wat Phra Kaew and the nearby attractions before moving on to the Grand Palace. Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is located right next to the Grand Palace, which is the former royal residence of the Chakri Kings - a perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Built in 1782 by King Rama I, it was the centre of power for more than 150 years. Today, the palace is Bangkok's major landmark and most popular tourist attraction. The Grand Palace consists of over 100 brightly coloured buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics. We also have a Klong (Canal) Tour and visit Wat Arun. Nineteenth-century Bangkok was laced with canals,giving the capital the title ‘Venice of the East’. Surviving canals as well as the Chao Phraya River itself (meaning the River of Kings) provide memorable vignettes of a traditional waterborne way-of-life that has changed little over the centuries. Our day ends at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), the famous Chao Phraya riverbank landmark, best known for its porcelain encrusted 79-metre central sparkling pagoda.

  4. Day 4

    After breakfast at the hotel we have a full day cycling tour and canal boat ride. Cycling gives us the opportunity to visit unseen parts of Bangkok and discover the daily life of local people. You will start by cycling through a local fresh market where you can see a wide range of goods from smoked pig heads to beautiful local flowers. A little further on you will stop at the remains of the defence walls built during the Colonial Era and then make a short stop at a small factory where the meatballs you see in many kinds of Thai soups are produced. We then continue over concrete pathways, through a scenic park and orchid farms, before arriving at the pier where longtail boats are waiting. The canal trip will bring you to the most southern district of Bangkok, where it is difficult to believe that you are actually in Bangkok Metropolis! You will finish off with a visit to a small incense stick factory and a stop at a typical Thai/Chinese flower-farm. During the excursion you will stop every hour to rest and hydrate and lunch is also provided.

  5. Day 5

    Today we visit an organic farm and learn how to cook Thai style! The Sampran Riverside is a family-run property close to Bangkok, where you'll experience the authentic Thai way of life and learn about local wisdom. It is highly regarded locally due to its dedication in preserving Thailand’s natural and cultural heritage by engaging with the local community. It all began in 1962, when one family cultivated roses to supply them to Bangkok flower markets and their garden of blossoming roses attracted visitors who then referred to the place as ‘Suan Sampran’ or ‘the Rose Garden’. Since then, with the family’s unique vision and under the care of three generations, Sampran Riverside has grown gradually to a 70-acre riverside property that is more like a community rather than a ‘typical’ resort. We have an early morning departure from the hotel where we begin by taking a short boat ride across the river to an organic farm. In the tranquil grounds of the farm, learn about the vegetables and herbs commonly used in Thai cooking and pick these ingredients for your cooking class. Afterwards, sample homemade herbal teas and seasonal fresh fruits before returning by boat. We then continue to an antique Thai house set amidst a certified organic herbal garden for our Thai cooking class. Learn the techniques from a local experienced chef and prepare 4 popular Thai dishes for your lunch. After lunch we'll see some art and craft demonstrations including silk production, umbrella painting, Thai music & dance, traditional weaving, clay pottery, Thai kitchen, rice farming, bamboo dancing, herbal pavilion, Thai martial arts, garland making and vegetable carving. We return to our hotel late afternoon where you can rest before dinner.

  6. Day 6

    After breakfast we transfer to Bangkok Airport for our flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival we transfer by road to our hotel and then your afternoon is at leisure until dinner that evening.

  7. Day 7

    Today we take a tour of Doi Suthep Temple. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is the most sacred temple in Chiang Maiand contains a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 metres, the temple can be reached by the carved mythical Naga Serpent staircase. The temple offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and its surrounding countryside. We'll also visit 14th century Wat Suan Dok, where the Thai monarchy often took leisurely walks in the gardens. Now it houses several white Chedis, all containing the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former Royal family, and features one of the most famous Monk Schools in Chiang Mai. We will also visit Wat Jedyod, also known as The Temple of Seven Spires. In the afternoon we explore Sankampaeng, where a variety of local souvenirs and handicraft are made. You'll observe production of Thai Silk as well as the colourful paper umbrellas, celadon ceramics and the production of lacquer ware, when even eggshells are used to achieve unusual designs. Finally, not to be missed is the variety of silverware produced in this area. There are numerous other thriving industries such as cotton and traditional local products’ industries, antiques from Myanmar and more: a perfect place for shopping and souvenirs.

  8. Day 8

    Adventure is the order of day today! Glide from tree to tree, admiring the pristine forest of Chiang Mai by travelling through the forest on zip lines. You'll also have an authentic Northern Thai lunch and soak up the scenery as well as visiting a waterfall. Mae Kompong is located just outside Chiang Mai and is a home to a 1500 year old rainforest. It consists of 18 platforms, sky bridges and lowering stations which are connected to 2km of zip-lines that will take you through different layers of the rainforest canopy. You move easily from tree to tree on a spectacular and gradual downhill course. Take time to linger in your favourite places. Soak up the fragrance, clean air, and animal life. A safety team will accompany you and teach you how to move through the trees with the speed and grace of a young gibbon! We'll spend about three hours in the forest canopy before lunch. Later we take a short walk along Mae Kompong waterfall.

  9. Day 9

    A wonderful day at an Elephant Nature Park; a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalo, dogs, cats,birds and many other rescued animals. Your visit starts with a picturesque drive through rural countryside to Elephant Nature Park. You will hear the personal stories of rescued and orphaned lephants. After unloading and distributing fruit treats you will have a chance to feed the elephants from the viewing platform. Walk with the staff and the elephants to the river that skirts the park and help bathe these gentle giants. You'll enjoy lunch here and time to explore before returning to Chiang Mai late afternoon.

  10. Day 10

    After breakfast transfer by road to Thaton. En route stops will be include the Chiang Dao Cave that includes a Buddhist shrine and an elaborate cave network where a local guide will take you into the cool inner caves. We'll also visit a Hmong hill tribe village at Baan Huay Luak before arriving in Thaton. On arrival you'll visit the hilltop temple of Wat Thaton for panoramic view of local villages, the Mae Kok River and the abundant forests on the mountain range. Continue to the hotel and free time to rest before dinner.

  11. Day 11

    Breakfast at the hotel before transferring by road to Chiang Rai with an en route excursion by long tailed boat ride on the Mae Kok River to Baan Mai to visit a Shan village. We'll also stop at the local hill tribe school at Akha village and Padong (long-neck hill tribe) villages before arriving in Chiang Rai and our hotel.

  12. Day 12

    Full day sightseeing in Chiang Rai. A visit to the Akha and Yao tribes will allow you to experience the authentic lives of hill tribe people (the Akha originated from Tibet and are among the poorest of Thailand’s ethnic minorities, while the Yao are from China and are still influenced by Chinese traditions). We continues to Chiang Sean, a small crossroads town on the bank of the Mae Kong river. While here we can explore ruins and enjoy the panoramic views of the Golden Triangle. The final stop is Mae Sai, the northernmost town of Thailand situated on the border of Myanmar from where we will visit explore the Golden Triangle Area, where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. Before returning to the hotel, we'll explore Chiang Sean, the oldest city of Chiang Rai.

  13. Day 13

    After breakfast, transfer to Chiang Rai Airport for the flight to Bangkok and transfer to hotel. Free time for personal exploration.

  14. Day 14

    Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Bangkok Airport for departure flight to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Flights Heathrow - Bangkok, British Airways
  • Arrival transfer by road c.2hrs
  • UK add-on flights and/or upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class may be possible, please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Maekok River Village Resort

The Maekok River Village Resort is idyllically located on the banks of the Mae Kok River with sweeping views across the valley to the distant forested mountains, offering a peaceful and rural setting for us to enjoy. The hotel has 36 rooms, 19 with king-size bed and 17 with twin beds. Each room is equipped with cable TV, air conditioning unit, a minibar and free wifi internet access throughout. The resort is equipped with many facilities including; an outdoor education center, a cooking school, outdoor swimming pool and massage and beauty services. 



Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside

A true oasis surrounded with tropical gardens and the perfect urban escape from the busy metropolis of Bangkok.  Set on the Eastern banks of the city’s legendary Chao Phraya River, and a short walk to many of the main city sights. The hotel décor is a wonderful mix of both traditional Thai style and modern comfort. Rooms are equipped with either a king-sized bed or twin beds, a minibar, tea and coffee facilities, air conditioning unit, free wifi internet throughout, and a separate shower and bathtub. The hotels extensive facilities include; a wellness and spa area, fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool and terrace sundecks. 



The Imperial River House Resort Chiang Rai

Surrounded by nature, and enjoying panoramic views of the Chiang Rai Kok River, The Imperial River House Resort is lovingly designed in traditional Thai décor. There are 39 well appointed rooms equipped with the following amenities; a flat screen cable TV with a DVD player, air conditioning unit, safety deposit box, free toiletries, telephone, hairdryer, minibar, and complimentary bottled water. The hotel also has the following facilities; an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness room, massage body treatment room, and bicycle rental. 



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