Selected UK airports
12th October 2022
Year round departures available
Selected UK airports
12th October 2022
Year round departures available
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* All flights
* All transfers
* 9 nights’ hotel accommodation including breakfast
* 1 night on an overnight train
* Essence & Relics of Siam Full-Day Private Tour including lunch
* Patom Organic Village Farming & Cooking Morning Tour including lunch
* River Kwai Full-Day Tour including lunch
* Erawan Waterfall Half-Day Tour
* Lanna Home Host Dinner
Day 1: Arrive Bangkok
Welcome to Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. Meet your driver at the airport and transfer to the Theatre Residence Bangkok, situauted across the river from the Grand Palace.
Day 2: Bangkok
Today explore the fascinating Rattanakosin District, considered the most historically significant area in all of Bangkok. Your journey begins within a kaleidoscope of color at a local flower market, and with a hands-on lesson about how Buddhist locals use the lotus flower to worship Buddha. From the flower market, your guide points out the nearby Memorial Bridge and Temple, a commanding structure that shows King Rama I seated on a pedestal overlooking his prior kingdom. By car, set off from the flower market and arrive at the Grand Palace, a must-see icon of the city. Home to the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace is a striking example of traditional Thai architecture and considered one of the holiest locations in the entire country! Explore the temples and buildings within the complex alongside your guide and learn about the history and story of this Bangkok gem. After lunch at a charming boutique restaurant by the river with magnificent view of Wat Arun, walk to nearby Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha. After a visit here, set off by car to Giant Swing, the gateway to the Baan Bat community. The creation of alms bowls - an important handicraft for Thailand’s Buddhist residents - has sustained much of the community here, and a wander through the area is a front-row seat to witness how they are made. Chat with the locals here with the help of your guide before kicking back for a one-hour foot massage in a traditional Thai house - a well-earned treat after an eventful day! From here, head back to your hotel to enjoy the rest of your evening independently.
Day 3: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi
After breakfast, check-out from your Bangkok hotel and drive to Kanchanaburi. On the way, stop at an organic farm where you will learn about local farming and cooking with organic ingredients
Travel to Nakorn Patom province. The outskirt area of Bangkok. Visit Patom Organic Village, a family-run eco-cultural project on the banks of the idyllic Tachine River. Immerse in organic living concept and participate in a wide range of engaging hands-on 5 workshops inclusive of organic farming: Soil, Seedling, Planting, Compost and Fertilizer. After that take you to the traditional kitchen where we have farm cooking workshops. See how we turn raw organic ingredients into our traditional local foods (Rice, fried pork / mushroom and chili paste). Take a rest at the organic coffee shop on your own expense.
Note: Workshop and cooking only operates on Saturday and Sunday.
Day 4: Kanchanaburi & River Kwai Tour
After breakfast, proceed with your guide for a full day tour of the historic River Kwai.
This day-long tour brings you to one of the most famous historic landmarks in Thailand, the Bridge over the River Kwai. After being picked up by your guide at your hotel and driving visit the iconic structure, first built by Allied Prisoners of War in WWII as part of the “Death Railway” between Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). After being rebuilt following wartime bombing raids, the historic train route is still in use today, running from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok on a stunning and exciting route that clings to steep cliffs and travels over wooden viaducts. Board the train in Kanchanaburi and experience the incredible scenery for yourself, before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you’ll continue on to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, which contains the remains of the nearly 7000 prisoners of war who lost their lives constructing the death railway. Afterward, visit the interactive Thai-Burma Railway Museum, which tells the stories behind this human tragedy and destruction.
Day 5: Erawan Waterfall Tour & Overnight train to Chiang Mai
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Kanchanaburi outskirt to take a breath of nature at Erawan Waterfall National Park, where mixed of deciduous forest, limestone hills, plains and number of streams. The major’s attraction is 7-tiered of waterfall with emerald ponds. Enjoy your time for exploring each tier of falls (depending National Park announcement each day: They might close some tier refer to safety condition) Swimming and relaxing before driving back to Bangkok for overnight train to Chiang Mai at late afternoon.
Day 6: Arrive Chiang Mai & Lanna Dinner
Welcome to Chiang Mai. Meet your driver at the train station for a short drive to Ban Chang Tong Boutique hotel in the city centre where you can rest after your overnight train journey before your Lanna Home Host Dinner experience.
An evening excursion away from your hotel and into the Hang Dong district of Chiang Mai awaits, with transportation and an evening meal both included. Departing in the late afternoon, arrive in Bandoo to find a glorious teak house, dating back 150 years and owned by the Ruankaew-Yanon family who played an important role shaping the local Lanna community. Today, get to know your hosts and how their lifestyle and home is not so different from their ancestors hundreds of years ago. As well as exploring the house and its grounds, get the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and join in on the cooking with your host family - a good opportunity to pick up a few Thai cooking skills that you can take home with you! Dinner is served on the second-floor terrace, affording some panoramic views of the surrounding Lanna village. After dinner, head back to the city for a mid-evening arrival.
Day 7: Chiang Mai
Today is free at leisure to explore as you wish or you can pre-book one of our recommended sightseeing excursions.
Alms Giving with City and Temples Tour
Changchill Ethical Elephant Expreience
Chiang Dao Trekking
Chiang Mai Street Food Tour
Day in Life of a Chiang Mai Desserts Maker
In Search of Thailand Tattoo Culture
Day 8: Chiang Mai - Phuket
After breakfast you will be tranferred to the airport in time for your flight to Phuket for a relaxing beach stay.
Upon arrival in Phuket meet your driver for your transfer to your accommodation the Kata Palm Resort & Spa. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Days 9 & 10: Phuket
You are free to explore or relax at your leisure or pre-book one of our recommended excursions. (B)
Essence Sino Heritage Walking Tour
Phuket Street Eats
Phuket Island & Big Buddha Tour
Phang Nga Hong By Starlight
Phi Phi Island Tour
Day 11: Depart Phuket
Transfer to airport for your departure.