Thailand Classic Tour 8 Days
Enjoy a classic journey through Thailand from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and the beautiful Erawan Falls of Kanchanaburi, to the colourful hill tribes of Chiang Rai and myriad of activities on offer in Chiang Mai.
Included7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinnerEconomy class flights Bangkok - Chiang Rai & Chiang Mai - BangkokEscorted by an English-speaking Thai tour guideTrain ride over the River Kwai and visit to Hellfire PassExcursion to the hill tribe villages around Chiang Rai5 nights Standard hotels (Superior and Deluxe available on request), 1 night floating hotel in the jungle, 1 night luxury tentAirport arrival transfer day 1 & departure transfer day 8Guided sightseeing - Bangkok, Kanchanaburi and Chiang RaiLongtail boat cruise on the canals of Bangkok, to accommodation in Kanchanaburi and on the Kok RiverAll relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
Not IncludedInternational flights and visaTip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Terms of TourOffers:
- Free 1 bottle of water of 500 ml / person / day during road transfers.
- Support 24/24 during the trip, from the office in Hanoi, by a dedicated customer agent.
- A deposit of 20% of the total price is required before we process your booking .
- An Additional deposit of 40% of the total amount is required 14 days before your arrival date.
- The balance of 40% will be fully paid upon the customer’s arrival in cash or by credit card.
- Bank charges related to the payment are borne by the customer.
- In more than 30 days prior to the trip departure: No charge
- In 15-30 days prior to customer’s arrival: 10% charge
- In 06-15 days prior to customer’s arrival: 30% charge
- In 02-06 days prior to customer’s arrival: 60% charge
- Within 02 days prior to customer’s arrival: 100% charge.
Day 1: Bangkok arrival
Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure.
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour (B/L)
This morning visit the colourful Flower Market before continuing on to the spiritual and religious heart of the city - the striking Grand Palace. Topped by golden stupas, the complex has been the site of royal coronations and is home to the legendary Emerald Buddha. Next take a tuk tuk ride to Wat Pho, home to the famous golden Reclining Buddha.
From here cross Chao Phraya River for lunch at Supatra, a traditional Thai restaurant set on the river banks, before boarding a longtail boat to explore the city's canals. Known as khlongs, the canals enable surface water to make its way to the sea and have long been a way of getting around Bangkok. On your journey glide past curious stilted houses and gleaming temples whilst old men fish and children frolic about on the waters edge.
The boat drop you off within walking distance of Khao San Road, popular with backpackers and hippies. Late afternoon offers free time for you to enjoy the many bars, restaurants, street performers, market stalls and tailors - that will measure you up for a new suit, that line this vibrant road.
Day 3: Kwai & Hellfire Pass (B/L)
Bangkok - Kanchanaburi. It’s an early start today as a drive west of the capital takes you to the small town of Kanchanaburi. Your first stop will be at Sampran Riverside, a traditional Thai property where visitors can learn about Thai customs and organic farming. Here enjoy a cooking class and lunch.
Later visit the Allied War Cemetery, where you can pay your respects to the thousands of Allied POWs who perished in the area under the hand of the Imperial Japanese Army, before continuing on to the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai. You have the chance to take pictures here before boarding a train for a two hour journey that crosses the bridge and follows the tracks dug by the POWs and locals some 75 years earlier. Disembarking at Nam Tok a short drive takes you to ‘Hellfire Pass’ where the POWs dug through a mountain often using only their bare hands. A fascinating museum at the entrance details the region’s history.
After a day’s sightseeing a leisurely longtail boat ride leads you to your fabulous floating jungle raft hotel. To the beauty of a hundred softly glowing lanterns and the sounds of the tropical forest and cool water flowing by enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck.
Day 4: Erawan Waterfalls (B)
Today visit Erawan National Park, located in the Tenasserim Hills of Kanchanaburi. Founded in 1975, this verdant park is one of the most beautiful in the country and is home to the beautiful Erawan Falls. Climb up to each of the seven tiers, enjoy a dip in the pools created by the falls and if time allows why not also explore the caves within the park. Enjoy an evening surrounded by nature as you camp out in a luxurious riverside jungle tent.
Day 5: Chiang Rai & Hill Tribes (B)
Kanchanaburi - Bangkok - Chiang Rai. This morning head back to Bangkok for your flight to Chiang Rai, a wonderful base for visiting local hill tribes. Upon arrival pay a visit to Karen village where you may encounter the famous Long Neck tribe, so known for the neck rings that the women wear to elongate their necks. Later head back to Chiang Rai where you can wander through the night market for souvenirs and tasty street food.
Day 6: Kok River to Chiang Mai (B)
Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai. First thing this morning visit the unconventional Wat Rong Khun Buddhist temple - also known as the White Temple, depicting scenes from modern movies including the Matrix, Star Wars and Superman!
Continue on to Raumit Village, where you board a private long tail boat for a cruise down the Kok River watching rural life pass by. Farmers work the land where oranges grow whilst men fish along the banks and buffalo wallow in the shallow waters. Upon arrival in Ta Thon hop in your transfer to Chiang Mai. After hotel-check in enjoy sunset at Doi Suthep mountain, which looms over the city with Wat Phrathat temple perched on its top.
Day 7 : Chiang Mai - your way (B)
A free day for you to relax or participate in some of the many activities on offer. Choose from the more relaxing options with spa treatments and massages, to the adrenaline-fuelled with canopy zip lines and rock climbing. No trip to Chiang Mai would be complete without trying a local cooking class and perfecting your very own Pad Thai!
Day 8 : Bangkok - Depature (B)
Saturday. Today marks the end of your Thai adventure. After breakfast and hotel check out board a flight to Bangkok for your onward travel. Please ensure that your onward flight does not depart Bangkok International Airport before 2pm today.
Your are always welcome to extend your stay in Bangkok. If choosing to book post tour accommodation with us a departure transfer to the airport will be offered at the completion of your post tour accommodation arrangements.