9 days

Amazing Thailand

Amazing Thailand

Close encounter at Lampang Elephant Conservation Center

Bangkok's Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Bike ride among the ruins of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sukhothai - Thailand's first capital

Hill tribe trek to the ethnic minority villages of Northern Thailand

The reclining golden Buddha of Wat Po

Rice barge cruise and dawn monk procession in the former capital of the Siamese empire - UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ayuthaya

The bridge over the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi

Trip rating
  • This trip introduces you to the best that Thailand has to offer. The incredible historic temples and palaces of Bangkok and Chiang Mai showcase this country’s colourful and unique culture, but you also discover a different facet by riding on elephants and travelling on longtail boats through lively waterways. You experience local life by spending a special night with the hilltribe people in the north, staying in their simple village hut. Along the way, there is ample time to take advantage of the bargains to be had in the shopping paradise that is Thailand.

    Delve into history on a visit to the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai. Cycle around the ancient capital of Sukhothai. Stay at an elephant conservation centre and spend a morning with these magnificent beasts. Sharpen your bargaining skills in the bustling night market of Chiang Mai. Spend a night in a traditional Thai teak house and come to understand the unique local way of life. Wherever you are in Thailand, this is an amazing quick trip packed with highlights.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Bangkok

    • Arrive into Bangkok where a pre-trip briefing is held in the evening, to meet the other members of your group and discuss the trip itinerary. Please check for a Welcome Notice on the hotel notice board located near the hotel lifts which will provide your tour leader's name and the exact time and location of your Welcome Meeting.
    • Until this meeting we encourage you to get out and explore the delights that Bangkok has to offer, including trying some of Thailand’s famous cuisine. After the group meeting in the evening we may head off to a nearby restaurant and enjoy a meal together (this is optional and at your own expense). The rest of the evening is free - perhaps a quiet drink or a visit to the bustling night markets of Bangkok.
    Nouvo City Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Bangkok

    • Today is a full day to enjoy the sights of Bangkok. First up it’s a stop at Jim Thompson’s House, a collection of unique antique Thai houses situated by a klong (canal). Here we get to appreciate its amazing Asian art collection. Jim Thompson was an American who arrived in Thailand during World War II and worked with the predecessor to the CIA, the OSS. After the war he changed professions and remained in Thailand. He is credited with reviving the Thai silk industry before mysteriously disappearing in the Cameron Highlands, in Malaysia, in 1967.
    • We then visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), a must for first-time travelers to Bangkok. We also visit Wat Po, home of the famous Reclining Buddha. (When visiting temples and palaces in Thailand, please dress conservatively in order to respect the local culture).
    • At the end of a busy day we also have a chance to discover the city’s shopping opportunities. For dinner we head down to the Chao Praya River to enjoy an optional Thai feast at a riverside restaurant.
    Nouvo City Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Kanchanaburi Region

    • We depart Bangkok and make our way to Kanchanaburi by our private minibus.
    • A tour takes us to explore the sights in town, including the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai, the sobering Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and the JEATH War Museum. We also explore the beautiful countryside whilst driving out to the infamous Hellfire Pass, where we visit the fascinating museum that chronicles the events of World War II, as well as view a nearby section of the infamous Burma Death Railway.
    • Following this we take a short long tail boat ride up river and check into our idyllic and peaceful accommodation, set in the countryside on the banks of the River Kwai Noi, away from town.
    River Kwai Resortel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 4 - Ayuthaya - Ban Koh Kerd

    • We then head to Ayuthaya. Situated 90 kilometers north of Bangkok, Ayuthaya was the capital of Siam from 1350 to 1767 AD. It was one of the largest and most glamorous cities in the world and the capital city of the then huge Siamese empire that included large parts of Laos, Cambodia and Burma. Following a two years siege, the city suffered total destruction at the hands of the Burmese.
    • We board our private rice barge for a two-hour lunch cruise around this ancient city and its major temples.
    • After our cruise we head to Ban Koh Kerd, where we spend a night in a traditional Thai teak house. The accommodation is basic; however it enables you to experience a slice of the life-style of our gracious Thai hosts.
    • Please note that the accommodation here is dormitory-style and the bathroom facilities are communal.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Sukhothai

    • After an early morning wake-up call to offer alms to the monks, we embark on a long drive to Sukhothai.
    • Our journey takes us through the central plains of Thailand - the major rice producing region of the country. We pass townships such as Uthai Thani, Nakhon Sawan, Kamphaeng Phet and Tak, before reaching our destination.
    • Most of these towns see very few foreign tourists. Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel situated between the new town and the archaeological site.
    The legendha Sukhothai or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 6 - Sukhothai - Lampang

    • Sukhothai, historically known as 'The Dawn of Happiness', was Thailand's first capital. Some of the finest Thai antiques, Buddha images and ceramic pieces date from this period.
    • We have an early start and visit the Sukhothai ruins. Here we ride bicycles – a great way to explore the archaeological park. After the decline of Sukhothai, the site remained deserted for centuries. The first major restoration began in 1979 and the visitors’ centre displays the original layout of the city.
    • In the afternoon, we travel by private mini-van to Lampang, former centre of the teak wood trade. The chicken is the symbol of the province and can be seen everywhere. Legend has it that the god Indra was concerned that people wouldn’t get up in time to offer alms to the Lord Buddha, who was arriving the following day, so he descended on the province in the form of a chicken and started crowing to ensure everyone woke in time!
    • In the late afternoon we visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. Built in Lanna style, it is arguably one of the most beautiful temples northern Thailand. Your tour leader can teach you how to ‘tum bon’ (make merit), which ultimately should assist you in returning, in your next life, one step closer to enlightenment. We spend a special night in bungalows at the Lampang Elephant Conservation Center.
    Chang Thai Resort or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 7 - Lampang - Chiang Mai

    • In the morning we see a demonstration of the skills that have made elephants such an integral part of the Thai logging trade. It is a great chance to get close to these magnificent animals.
    • After lunch, it’s an hour’s drive Chiang Mai. It is a moated city with the impressive backdrop of Doi Suthep, a 1,676-metre peak that offers impressive views of the surrounding countryside. Near the summit is a famous temple – Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Chiang Mai is a melting pot of the cultures and customs of the hilltribe people of northern Thailand.
    • The evening presents you with a fantastic opportunity to explore the famous Night Bazaar, a shopper’s paradise! The combination of the local Lanna handicrafts and the traditional wares of the hill tribe people on offer ensure that you won’t go away empty handed!
    The Imperial Maeping or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 8 - Chiang Dao - Chiang Mai

    • We catch a private mini-bus and drive for an hour and a half into the northern hill region around Chiang Dao. We visit Chiang Dao Elephant Camp where we have the oppurtunity to get up close and personal with some of the resident elephants. Afterwards we continue on to the hilltribe villages where we then trek around the area, visiting Palong, Karen, Lisu and Akha people. Meeting these colourful people gives you an insight into their unique lifestyle and customs.
    The Imperial Maeping or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 9 - Chiang Mai

    • The tour ends after breakfast in Chiang Mai. A transfer to the airport is not included; however, your tour leader will be on hand to advise you as to the available options.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Peregrine tour leader, local guides, arrival transfer, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees.

    Not Included

    • International flights, airport departure taxes, visas, insurance, other meals, any optional tours and activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.
  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Amazing Thailand

    Peter - Australia, 21 Jan, 2014
    5
    Overall Rating

    I really appreciated the flexibility offered in travelling with a small group. It was nice to be on a tour with passengers from many different countries. Having a local guide really helps to get the most out of this travel experience.

    Amazing Thailand

    Glenys - Australia, 21 Jan, 2014
    5
    Overall Rating

    This was a wonderful tour. Jane, our Guide, was very helpful and ensured that everything went very smoothly at all times.

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Trip Code PAAT
Group size 6 - 15
Start City: Bangkok
End City: Chiang Mai

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