Immerse yourself in exquisite, bustling Bangkok with its magnificent palaces and temples, wonder at the River Kwai, and enjoy the natural and ancient marvels of the Golden Triangle on this unforgettable holiday.
Welcome to Thailand's capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in. The remainder of your day is free to explore this exciting city.
Bangkok is an exhilarating blend of historic and religious monuments, chic modernity, exciting shopping and friendly culture. A exciting day of sightseeing lies ahead, taking in the city's principal landmarks such as the splendid WAT TRIMIT with its precious golden Buddha, WAT PO home of the stunning reclining Buddha, the gleaming GRAND PALACE, Thailand's most sacred monument, and the spectacular TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA. This afternoon, why not join the optional boat ride along the picturesque Thonburi Canals and Chao Phraya River. This evening, enjoy a special Thai dinner accompanied by Thai classical music and dancers. (B,D)
Visit the legendary floating market of DAMNOEN SADUAK, where traders sell all manner of items from their boats including exotic fruit, vegetables, silks and toys. Later, visit the world's tallest Buddhist pagoda, PHRA PATHOM CHEDI, before heading to the ROSE GARDEN CULTURAL CENTRE for lunch and a dazzling Thai show that includes the famous fingernail dance, sword fighting and Thai boxing. (B,L)
Explore Bangkok at leisure, perhaps enjoying the great value shopping, a lively market and some delicious Thai cuisine. (B)
BANGKOK - KANCHANABURI.
Travel to Kanchanaburi on the banks of the River Kwai, famed for the River Kwai Bridge built during World War II. Visit the ALLIED FORCES CEMETERY and spend time in the fascinating THAILAND-BURMA RAILWAY CENTRE. Today's highlight is a train ride across the famous bridge to Wang Po Station. This afternoon visit HELLFIRE PASS MEMORIAL, part of the Death Railway, that cuts through the mountains and now houses a museum detailing life of the allied prisoners and Asian labourers who helped build the railway, and subsequently suffered or died at Hellfire Pass. (B,L)
KANCHANABURI - AYUTTHAYA.
Head north to the ruins of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. Here you will visit WAT PHRA SRI SANPHET, WAT MONGKOL BHOPIT and BANG PA IN, which was built in the 18th century as a summer residence for the Kings of Ayutthaya. (B,L)
AYUTTHAYA - LOPBURI - PHITSANULOKE.
Soak up the beautiful scenery on the journey to WAT PHRA PUTTHABAT, to see its enormous snake-adorned staircase and footprint of Buddha. Continuing on to Lopburi visit the renowned THREE SPIRES PAGODA and the SARN PRAKARN TEMPLE, home to many monkeys. Later drive to Phitsanuloke, one of Thailand's oldest cities, founded over 600 years ago. This evening, why not take an optional rickshaw ride to experience Phitsanuloke's colourful night market? (B,L)
PHITSANULOKE - SUKHOTHAI - CHIANG RAI
Journey to Sukhothai, Thailand's 13th century former capital, and admire the atmospheric, moated, old town. Here you will visit SUKHOTHAI HISTORIC PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore ruined temples and monasteries, including Wat Si Chum with its stunning seated Buddha. Later travel through rural countryside to Chiang Rai via Phayao. (B,L)
CHIANG RAI - GOLDEN TRIANGLE - CHIANG RAI.
Enjoy breathtaking vistas as you journey to Doi Mae Salong and visit a TEA PLANTATION. Continue to MAE SAI, Thailand's northernmost town and on to the renowned GOLDEN TRIANGLE where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. After an enjoyable optional boat tour on the Mekong River, return to Chiang Rai. (B,L)
CHIANG RAI - CHIANG MAI.
Today's journey takes you to Chiang Mai. Visit WAT RONG KHUN and the hot springs at MAE KA CHAN, which locals believe relieve a host of ailments. After lunch, continue through lush jungle to Chiang Mai, a fragrant mountain retreat known as the `Rose of the North' for its refreshing climate. In the evening, enjoy a traditional KANTOKE DINNER and dance show. (B,L,D)
Begin the day with a visit to an ELEPHANT CAMP to see these incredible creatures working in the jungle. After an optional elephant ride, visit an ORCHID FARM where myriad orchid varieties are grown for export. This afternoon, visit SAN KAMPAENG to see local craftsmen make Thailand's traditional lacquerware and teakwood furniture, before heading to the WAT PHRA THAT DOI SUTHEP, a stepped hilltop temple with spectacular views over Chiang Mai (B,L)
Today is free for you to enjoy this dynamic city. Why not join our optional Thai cooking class and learn the secrets of traditional dishes? This evening, explore the city's bustling night markets and bazaars, where you will find food stalls selling local specialties. (B)
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)