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Wonders of Thailand Holiday

Wonders of Thailand

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Meet the locals in rural Thailand and experience country life

Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Uthai Thani, Tak, Doi Inthanon National Park, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai

Includes return Economy airfares

15 days adult price from £2,699pp including flights and hotels

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Starting in Bangkok and finishing in Chiang Mai, you’ll discover glittering temples, sumptuous food, dense jungles and plenty of history on your tour, which also takes in the bridge over the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi and a chance to get up close and personal with elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.

What's included

  • Indirect international flights via Abu Dhabi & internal flights
  • Group tour, maximum group size 14
  • 12 nights in 4* hotels & boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Tours by air-conditioned vehicle
  • 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Boat cruises
  • Entrance fees
  • Airport transfers
15 days from £2,699pp
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What to expect

  • Meet the locals in rural Thailand and experience country life
  • Sample delicious home-style Thai cooking prepared by a local family
  • Visit the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and spend time with the elephants in their natural habitat
  • Explore the temples and markets of Chiang Mai

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Need to know

  • Arrives: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
  • Time difference: GMT+7
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require visa for stays of less than 30 days
  • Language: Thai
  • Currency: Thai baht (THB)
  • Flying time from UK: around 12 hours direct
  • Plug type: 2 round pins or 2 flat pins
  • Voltage: 220V

Your Example Itinerary

Day 1

Fly from the UK to Bangkok.

Days 2-3


Arrive in Bangkok and meet the rest of your group and your leader at your welcome dinner. The next day, you’ll have free time to explore the city, then you’ll hop on board a traditional long tail boat and cruise the pretty canals, stopping at an Artist Village to watch a Thai puppet show, and later visiting the impressive Wat Arun. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a tuk tuk street eats tour and a trip to Wat Pho, which by now will be lit up against the night sky.

Included Excursion:
Longtail boat trip Thai puppet show Wat Arun and Wat Pho Tuk tuk street eats tour
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Vimala Suites

Days 4-5


Leaving Bangkok behind, you’ll head to Ban Nong Khao Village, where you can explore by bike or local truck before enjoying a traditional Thai lunch prepared by a local family. Continuing on to Kanchanaburi, famous for its bridge over the River Kwai, you’ll discover the Kanchanaburi War cemetery and the JEATH War Museum before boarding a boat to the River Kwai Jungle Raft for dinner accompanied by a sunset Mon dance and music show.

Included Excursion:
Traditional lunch with a local family Kanchanaburi War Cemetery JEATH War Museum Mon dance and Music Show
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Hintok River Camp

Day 6

Uthai Thani

Drive on to Uthai Thani, the main city in the forested province of Uthai Thani, which is dotted with streams and home to many rare and endangered animals. Better yet, it’s delightfully free of visitors. On the way to the city, you’ll stop at the Banham-Jamsai Tower to take in the views from Thailand’s highest viewpoint, then later on, you’ll enjoy a private dinner cruise accompanied by traditional Thai music.

Included Excursion:
Banham-Jamsai Tower Dinner Cruise
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Touch Star Resort

Days 7-8


The following morning, you’ll call in at Sukothai Historical Park where you can visit the ruins of the ancient city of Sukothai. After lunch, continue to Tak for a traditional dinner prepared by a local family. The next day, take a trip to the markets and temples of Mae Sot, where you’ll also visit Wat Phra That Doi Din Kiu with its 400 steps up to a fabulous view over the jungle and beyond to neighbouring Myanmar.

Included Excursion:
Sukothai Historical Park Traditional dinner Wat Phra That Doi Din Ki
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Fern Resort

Day 9

Doi Inthanon National Park

Drive on through the northern Thai jungles to Doi Inthanon National Park, passing quaint traditional villages along the way. Doi Inthanon National Park is often known as the Roof of Thailand, and is part of the Himalayan mountain range, with its highest mountain, Doi Inthanon, standing at 2,565m. Even if you’re not climbing to the peak, you can still enjoy the walking trails, waterfalls, and stupas dotted around the park, and look out for the colourful birdlife.

Included in this price:
Touch Star Resort

Days 10-11

Mae Hong Son

The next day, visit Prijinda Cave to see the limestone formations, and call in at a bird conservation centre. In the evening, you’ll have time to explore Mae Hong Son night market. You’ll have a full day in Mae Hong Son to cruise the River Pai and learn about the Long Neck Hill trible at Ban Nam Phiang Din Village, and take a wander around the various Wats around the edge of the city’s Mae Hong Son pond.

Included Excursion:
Prijinda Cave Bird conservation centre visit River Pai cruise
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Fern Resort

Days 12-13

Chiang Mai

Continue on to Chiang Mai, at the foot of northern Thailand’s picturesque mountains, and explore the city on foot with your guide. While staying in Chiang Mai, you’ll take a full day trip to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, where you can feed these majestic creatures and learn more about their behaviour. You can even watch them have a mud spa or join them in the river for a bath! In the evening, your final night, tuck in to a Khantoke farewell dinner.

Included Excursion:
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary visit Khantoke dinner
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Rimping Village

Days 14-15

Return to Bangkok and fly back to the UK.

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