It's no secret that Thailand features some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. However, not all of these pristine pieces of paradises have been discovered...until now. This trip begins with the classic highlights of Bangkok, which you simply cannot miss. Explore the temples, cycle through the backstreets and taste the local foods, before a short domestic flight whisks you away to the Trat Province. Following a quick night in Chanthaburi and a unique cultural experience with a local village, you can bask in the luxurious tropical surroundings of Koh Kood. The untouched islands of Trat are one of Thailand's best kept hidden secrets. So, escape from the crowds and admire these treasured beaches, while you still can!
Welcome to Thailand! Upon arrival at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, you will clear Immigration, collect your luggage and exit Customs. A friendly local representative will be waiting to greet you in the arrivals area, holding a sign with your name on it. For a smooth and comfortable start to your adventure, you will be driven directly to your hotel, where a lovely evening in this urban wonderland awaits. (This service is on a private basis.)
With a population of over eleven million, the capital city of Bangkok is Thailand’s largest city. The wide variety of attractions, excursions, and sights make Bangkok a vibrant and eclectic destination to explore, with something to keep any traveler entertained. This cosmopolitan city combines some of Asia’s oldest and most elaborately adorned temples, with modern shopping malls, impressive skyscrapers, and bustling markets. Be sure to take a ride on a tuk tuk one evening, to feel the cool tropical breeze and marvel at the bright neon lights.
Bright and early this morning at 7:00 AM, your guide will meet you at the hotel to embark on an exploration of Bangkok's classic highlights and hidden treasures! This excursion begins with a visit to Wat Pho, one of the city’s oldest and largest temples. It is especially famous for its 43 meter long reclining Buddha. You will arrive here just in time to experience the morning monk chanting, which begins at 9:00 AM. This unique cultural treat will be a great way to kick off your journey.
After touring the temple, your guide will take you to see Bangkok’s city pillar, Lak Muang, and the prominent Grand Palace, followed by the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Pra Kaew, which is the most revered shrine in the Kingdom. Lunch will be served this afternoon at a lovely riverside restaurant, before boarding a longtail boat to explore the klongs. Floating along Bangkok’s maze of peaceful canals and waterways, offers the perfect opportunity to appreciate aspects of traditional Thai life, which have disappeared from most of Bangkok over time. Your tour will finish with a discovery of Wat Arun, the picturesque Temple of Dawn, before you are transferred back to your hotel.
**Please be sure to dress appropriately for temples. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Lightweight pants and a t-shirt or tank top with a wrap work perfectly. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, you will be taken on a guided bike ride to discover the historic side of Bangkok. Staying off the main roads, you will wind your way through small lane ways, past ancient temples, and beside canals, to truly see the heart and soul of the city. Rather than visiting the most famous attractions, this tour will lead you off the beaten path for a more authentic and cultural experience. It is all about appreciating the city away from the tourists and popular roads, to see the real Bangkok, where people live, work, and play.
Your ride begins crossing the Chao Phraya River, to visit ancient temples and experience urban street life. Bangkok Noi is the name given to a large canal of the river. You will ride alongside the canal, through tiny alleyways that are home to a Muslim community. Pass by Buddhist temples and learn about the diversity of the city and each neighborhood. Afterwards, you will hop on a local ferry to cross back over the river and ride towards the Grand Palace. Here, you will have the opportunity to walk through a public park that was once used exclusively by the royal family. Your journey continues through more twisting alleyways, through a food market and Buddha image wholesaling area, until you end up at the Giant Swing. This is one of the city landmarks that was once used for an important Hindu ceremony. From the Swing, it is only a short ride back to the starting point, where your driver will be waiting to take you back to the hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
This evening, you are invited to discover the sophisticated flavors of Bangkok's 200 year old Chinatown district, that is filled with rich ethnic traditions and delicious food. During this exploration, you will get to taste local cuisine from several eateries, which vary from street food vendors to fine dining restaurants. Your journey begins with a stroll along the vibrant alleyways to a local rooftop bar. Admire the colorful sunset over the river as you sip on a refreshing cocktail. As the night comes to life, your foodie tour continues with a sample of various local dishes and a few more drinks! This selection includes the likes of dim sum, dumplings, fresh seafood, desert delicacies, and much more. Throughout the evening, your knowledgeable guide will explain the background of the different food and drinks that you sample, to give you a better cultural understanding with each bite. They will also offer their own insight into the local neighborhood and the best kept secrets. At the end of your tour, you will be taken to one last open air bar. Enjoy the people watching and lively atmosphere of Chinatown with one more cocktail, before you are transferred back to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
After an early morning breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel in Bangkok and transferred to the Suvarnabhumi Airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Trat. (This service is on a private basis.)
Upon arrival in Trat, you will be picked up from the airport and taken on a journey to Chantaburi. Your exploration begins with a visit to the stunning Namtok Phlio National Park, which boasts one of Thailand’s most famous waterfalls. Take a leisurely walk along a nature trail to truly experience the pristine natural beauty here. The trail itself is clearly indicated with signs and clear paths, but still adventurous enough to make it challenging at certain points. Unfortunately, the route offers only glimpses of the waterfall, which can only be fully seen at the end. This majestic sight is worth the work to get there, though! Just in front of the waterfall’s pool, sits a remarkable chedi, originally built during King Rama V’s reign as a memorial to his wife. The chedi is completely overgrown by moss and the result is absolutely gorgeous. A miniature pyramid, seemingly out of place, is actually a shrine containing the ashes of the King’s wife. After some time to relax and enjoy a snack, your journey continues to the charming city of Chanthaburi.
To get a better understanding of the local history, you will be taken to the fascinating Chanthaburi Maritime Museum. Next to the museum are the remains of the Noen Wong Fortress. Head out for a little walk up the wall here, to admire the many old cannons. Chantaburi is a city of great importance to modern Thai history and the perfect example of a Thai melting pot. It is one of the few Thai towns that have been ‘colonized’, in this case by the French, for about 11 years from 1893 to 1904. This left a significant Catholic Vietnamese impression, which consequently made Chanthaburi the town with the largest church in Thailand, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Visit this magnificent church before heading out on a stroll along the riverside community of Chantaboon. This is an award winning community thanks to the efforts of the local people to preserve the traditional wooden buildings and local way of life. You will be taken to your hotel in this lovely community, where you can enjoy the rest of the day as you wish. (This service is on a private basis.)
Located in Eastern Thailand, the lesser known town of Chanthaburi lies on the banks of the Chanthaburi River. A nature lover's paradise, Chanthaburi features beautiful waterfalls and coastal landscapes, where beaches separate lush forest greenery from the rich blue waters. The town offers a little something for everyone, and is known for its abundant tropical fruit and seafood, as well as the area's rich history and cultural diversity. The restored waterfront buildings exemplify architectural influence from the the Chinese, French, and Vietnamese.
After a lovely night's stay in Chanthaburi, you will be picked up by your driver and transferred to the Baan Laem Makham in Trat. This community warmly welcomes visitors into their village for you to experience local life with them. The village is set near the coast and surrounded by many rubber plantations, which is the main income for most villagers. Baan Laem Makham is a Buddhist village, but there are several Muslims villages in the same area. Both religions have been living together peacefully for decades. This morning, the villagers will take you on a tour of their community, riding on a motorbike with sidecar, which is the most used mode of transportation in many of these rural Thai areas. You will visit a local agricultural museum, meet a family that makes traditional thatched hats, and explore the local temple, which features strong Muslim influences. Take a walk along the bamboo monkey bridge before you enjoy a nice boat trip through the scenic mangroves to the mouth of the river. Back in the village, a traditional Thai lunch will be served at the local community center. (This service is on a private basis.)
Following lunch, you will be driven to the pier to board a public ferry boat to Koh Kood. Upon arrival on Koh Kood, you will be met by a driver and transferred to your resort where you can get settled into your room and waste no time beginning to enjoy this island paradise.
Koh Kood, also known as Ko Kut, is one of the most idyllic islands in all of Thailand. The soft sand feels like powder between your toes, the water lapping the bays is crystal clear, and the destination features more coconut palms than buildings. Whereas visitors flock to the nearby island of Koh Chang for nightlife and a larger, more bustling atmosphere, Koh Kood is where you come to truly do nothing. Lounge on the postcard worthy beaches, savor a silence that is only interrupted by the waves, and relish in luxury resort experiences.
Hang out, relax, and embrace the laid back island lifestyle with these few days to yourselves. Your resort offers the ideal tropical retreat to escape from the chaos of everyday life. So, let your troubles float away in the turquoise sea and have fun!
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Koh Kood, soaking up every last bit of this tropical paradise, until it is time your journey through Thailand comes to an end. You will be leaving with unforgettable memories and amazing experiences to cherish! Once you have checked out of your resort, you will board a shared speedboat to the Laem Sok Pier, back on mainland Trat. From there, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Trat Airport in good time to board your domestic return flight to Bangkok.
Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will connect with your international departure flight home. We hope you had an incredible trip and we wish you safe and pleasant travels onward!
Situated along the enchanting Chao Phraya River, the Riva Surya Bangkok offers an idyllic urban getaway in the heart of this cosmopolitan capital city. This modern boutique hotel in Bangkok features 68 beautifully designed rooms, elegant dining options, a riverside swimming pool and leisure facilities that cater to the needs of all travelers. The property is the perfect base from which to explore the city's cultural treasures and lively entertainment districts, all within easy reach. The accommodating and friendly staff will ensure that all of your needs are met, from the moment you arrive, to the moment you depart.
This 150 year old building, once the heritage home of Luang Rajamaitri, has since been renovated into a lovely Boutique Hotel. The property is perfect for any traveler interested in learning more about the local culture. It is located within the Chantaboon Riverside Community, on the first street of Chanthaburi. Therefore, this charming Inn offers many historic traces to Luang Rajamaitri himself, the benefactor of Chantaboon. The antique architecture, authentic style and traditional designs can be appreciated in every part of the property. Go back in time, as you are invited on a journey to the past, that allows you to appreciate the present.
"Shantaa" is a Hindi word, which means "tranquility". The concept of this charming resort is to create a peaceful place where you can escape from the chaos of everyday life. In a secluded tropical setting, you are welcomed into a quiet and intimate world. Featuring almost 14 acres of pristine environment on property, there are only an exclusive number of seaside accommodations available. These private guest villas are quaint on the outside, but comfortable from within. Wake up in the mornings to the gentle breeze rustling through the coconut trees. The experienced and friendly staff at Shantaa Koh Kood will make this getaway as special and memorable as possible.
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