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Thailand Culture and Beach Holiday

12/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 BangkokKanchanaburiAyutthayaChiang MaiChiang RaiPhuket
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On this 12-day tour in Thailand that is a perfect blend of relaxation and discovery, culture and nature, you will traverse from modern cities to anicent capitals, from hill tribes tucked away in the mountains and jungles to secluded white sandy beaches. You will cruise the famous Chao Phraya River, explore Thai floating markets, see the majestic city of Ayutthaya, then head north to the forest-covered mountains and green valleys of Chiang Mai. Here, witness age-old traditions of Karen villagers and roam the jungles with gentle elephants before spending the rest of your holiday on the sun-kissed beaches of Phuket.

Highlights

  Touring around some of Bangkok’s best sights: The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Chinatown, and Wat Traimit

  Cruising along the Chao Phraya River on a long-tail boat trip

  Visiting Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and historical sites of Kanchanaburi: Railway Centre Museum, The Bridge of the river Kwai, and the Death Railway

  Exploring the old capital of Ayutthaya with many sacred and ancient temples

  Taking a city tour around Chiang Mai’s most famous temples

  Enjoying a day trip ti Chiang Rai with major highlights: White Temple, Karen Long Neck village, Golden Triangle, and PhrathatPukhao

  Having a fun-filled day at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

  Savoring a short break on the beautiful beaches of Phuket, one of Thailand’s best-loved destinations

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Bangkok Arrive at Bangkok Airport, Transfer to hotel in city center to check...
Day 2 Bangkok Visit the highlight attractions in Bangkok B
Day 3 Bangkok, Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Kanchanaburi B
Day 4 Bangkok, Ayutthaya Visit the ancient capital Ayutthaya B
Day 5 Bangkok, Chiang Mai Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Visit highlight temples in Chiang Mai B
Day 6 Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai Drive to Chiang Rai, Visit White Temple, Karen Long Neck village,... B
Day 7 Chiang Mai Visit Elephant Jungle Sanctuary & interact with the elephants B, L
Day 8 Chiang Mai, Phuket Fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket, Free time to relax at beach B
Day 9 Phuket Free day to relax at beaches B
Day 10 Phuket Free day to relax at beach B
Day 11 Phuket Free day to relax at beach B
Day 12 Phuket Transfer from hotel to the airport for your next flight B
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    Arrive at Bangkok Airport, Transfer to hotel in city center to check in, Free time to relax

Once you arrive at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, you will meet our tour guide and driver then then get transferred to your hotel to check in. (Check-in time is at 14:00)
Free time to relax after your flight.
 
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    Visit the highlight attractions in Bangkok

After breakfast at hotel, our guide and driver will pick you up to visit The Grand Palace complex. It was established in 1782 and consists of not only royal and throne halls, but also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It covers an area of 218,000 square meters and is surrounded by four walls, 1900 meters in length. In the same compound is the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew, which is known for the statue of the Emerald Buddha. After visiting this complex, we continue to visit Wat Pho, a giant house of the Reclining Buddha.
Wat Pho is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It is located at the shore of eastern Chao Phraya River, south of the Grand Palace. The temple of the symbol is the famous statue "Reclining Buddha". This statue represents Buddha on his deathbed. It is 45 meters long and 15 meters high. His feet are inlaid with mother of pearl.
Then boarding a long-tail boat for a trip along the Chao Phraya River and many lively inner canals of Thonburi bank offering fantastic views of the local life nearby. You will have the opportunity to snack, buy trinkets or to use the toilet at stops along the way.Along the way, we stop at Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. After that enjoy a walk in Chinatown which is considered the busiest area in Bangkok and known by various specialties from countries in the region. The dishes are prepared only with the freshest ingredients of the day. Then next we will visit the Wat Traimit which is well known as the Golden Buddha.Finally, walk through the flower market or Pak KlongTalat.
After that, return to the hotel for free time.
Overnight in Bangkok.

Get an insightful and fabulous day touring Bangkok

Welcome to Bangkok – The capital of Thailand. Nothing is better to feel the real life in this city than spending a day touring around Bangkok in a clean and comfortable air conditioned van with our friendly local guide. You will have an amazing day visiting the must-see attraction of Bangkok: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, the Golden Buddha Temple (Wat Traimit) and Chinatown, learn more about history & culture of Thailand’s capital city, taste delicious traditional cuisine. 

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    Breakfast

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    Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Kanchanaburi

After breakfast at hotel, our tour guide and driver will come to pick you up in the early morning to departure to Ratchaburi Province. First visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and in a small shop you will see the preparation of a "sticky rice with coconut milk," a dessert typically Thai.
Then drive to Kanchanaburi, first stop you will visit the "Railway Centre Museum," museum that chronicles the scenes historical construction of this railway during the Second World War. After visitingThe Bridge of the river Kwai, you will experience a highlight of this trip. Then enjoy with riding on the death railway train.You will experience the region a little further as you ride along the Death Railway. While enjoying the remarkable views of the river and the stunning scenery, you will be crossing several original bridges constructed by Asian laborers and POWs. Your train ride will bring you to the Krasae Cave Station, our final stop for this ride and have lunch (you pay by your own). Our first afternoon visits will feature the Krasae Cave and the Wampo viaduct. Before returning to Bangkok.
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Colorful and exotic experience in Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Head to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and get ready for one-of-a-kind experience !!!!!Relaxing in a long boat taking you through the narrow canals, you will see how people learn to live in harmony with the river. It will a lovely experience to buy a meal and fruit from a boat passing by, bargaining for little souvenirs to bring back home.Such a precious collection of colors, sounds and visual sights that you should not miss – All on water

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    Visit the ancient capital Ayutthaya

After breakfast, drive to Ayutthaya. The first place you visit is Bang Pa In Summer Palace, one of the most beautiful Summer Palace of Thailand then follow by Wat Phra Si Sanphet, one of the most photographed temples in Ayuthaya. Then visit Wat Mahathat, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, and Wat Ratburana, they are all beautiful. Follow this by a visit of Wat Yai Chaimongkhol where you have a chance to sacred one of the biggest Reclining Buddha Image as well as the ruins of the old Royal Grand Palace & Temples. Then transfer back to Bangkok. The rest of the day is free on your own.
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Explore the ancient capital Ayutthaya

A rich history and developing modern culture make Ayutthaya a fascinating place to visit. Located at 85 km north of Bangkok, this special place possesses both the ruins of an ancient city and the feel of a modern one. With its unique history, Ayutthaya is a worthy cultural destination to include on your tour in Thailand.Wat Phra Mahathat and Wat Ratchaburana are the highlights here. Wat Phra Mahathat is a must-see, with rows of majestic headless Buddha statues and a very famous tree, the roots twisting and weaving around a Buddha's head. Wat Ratchaburana is next door, featuring a fully-restored prang that you can climb (an intricately carved spire resembling a tower), and original temple paintings.If you are looking for a historic experience, Ayutthaya is well worth because of its majestic stone temple ruins.

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    Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Visit highlight temples in Chiang Mai

After breakfast, check out your hotel then our driver will transfer you to Bangkok Airport for morning flight to Chiang Mai.
On arrival, our driver and guide will pick you up and transfer to take  a city tour around Chiang Mai.
You first visit the mountain temple of Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, the most famous landmark of Chiang Mai. Its exquisite golden pagoda with 6 kg of pure gold at its peak and the rest plated with gold shines high over the city. The sound of temple bells fills the air, and the view down over the city makes an irresistible photo opportunity. Then visit Wat Chedi Luang (temple of the big stupa) is a Buddhist temple in the historic centre of Chiang Mai, Thailand. The current temple grounds were originally made up of three temples — Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham and WatSukmin. Then continue to visit Wat Chiang Man, the oldest wat in the city. A few miles away. Next continue to explore the Wat Phra Singh, one of the most impressive temples in Chiang Mai and home to the city's most revered Buddha image. Then transfer to your hotel. 
Overnight in Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep Temple - The most sacred temples in Chiang Mai

Located at 15 kilometers from the city of Chiang Mai and situated at an elevation of 1,073 meters, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of northern Thailand's most sacred temples. From the temple, impressive views of downtown Chiang Mai can be seen. This 14th century temple is filled with beautiful Buddhist shrines and auspicious relics; it is a beautiful example of northern Thai architecture. Visitors must climb 306 steps to reach the temple’s entrance but the views are well worth it! An easier, alternative route is available via a cable car ride to the top of the staircase for who don’t have much time. 

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    Drive to Chiang Rai, Visit White Temple, Karen Long Neck village, Golden Triangle, Take a boat ride on Mea Khong River

07.00AM: Our tour guide and driver will pick you up and depart in the early morning starting the tour from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai (around 3.5 hours transfer) through the beautiful scenery move forward to the Golden Triangle. First stop will be Maekhajan hot springs a good spot to take a morning cup of coffee. After that visit a unique White Temple built by one of the best national artist. Next stop at Karen Long Neck village. Then continue drive to the Golden Triangle, take a long tail motor boat on Mea Khong River. Then continue drive to see the panoramic view of the Golden Triangle (Laos, Myanmar and Thailand) at PhrathatPukhao. After we drive back to Chiang Mai.
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Unique White Temple in Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun, better known as “the White Temple” is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. Designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a famous Thai visual artist, the temple is filled with Buddhist symbolisms, from its layout, architecture, all the way to the ornate reliefs and mirror decorations. Wat Rong Khun is a unique temple that stands out through the white color and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white color signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings.The temple opens daily from 8am until 6pm.Dress respectfully, take off shoes before entering a temple building are things to keep in mind when visiting any temple in Thailand.  

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    Visit Elephant Jungle Sanctuary & interact with the elephants

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel.
Drive approximately 1.5 hours outside of Chiang Mai through rural landscapes, agricultural areas, and forested hills.
Arrive at the Karen village. Meet your guide and walk for 10-15 minutes through the village to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Change into traditional Karen clothing. Enjoy an introductory lesson about elephant anatomy, history, and behavior.
Meet the elephants. Feed, interact, and play with the elephants in their natural home as you learn about their behavior and history. Take photos with the elephants.
Enjoy a lunch of traditional Thai food and fresh fruit.
Walk with the elephants to the river. Bathe and brush the elephants.
Join the elephants for a therapeutic mud spa. Swim in the river and take photos with the elephants.
Change clothes and walk for 10-15 minutes through the Karen village.
Leave the Sanctuary and return to Chiang Mai.
Drop off at your hotel.
*Note: At the Sanctuary, we will allow you to spend as much time as possible with the elephants. Therefore, there is no formal schedule and aside from pick-up times, the times shown here are approximations.

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Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai

The most popular thing to do in Chiang Mai is to visit one of the elephant sanctuaries. So a full day trip to an elephant camp will be an interesting experience when in Chiang Mai. Each camp has different activities with the elephants and you can choose the one that meet your interest. Learn more about the elephants, take a memorable elephant riding through the jungle or trek in a short time in the forest, enjoy a bamboo rafting along the river… All will bring you a day with full of joy and memory.  

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket, Free time to relax at beach

After breakfast at your hotel, our driver will pick you up from hotel to airport for your flight to Phuket.

Arrival in Phuket Airport, meet our driver then transfer to hotel. Free time to relax. 
Overnight in Phuket

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    Free day to relax at beach

Today you are totally free at leisure to relax at your resort or on the charming beach. Enjoy delicious seafood and other cuisine. 
Overnight in Phuket. 

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