The journey begins in the bustling capital of Bangkok where you'll explore the iconic Grand Palace, famous city temples, and unspoiled back alleys. During the trip, you'll uncover the history of the ancient Thai kingdoms with visits to the UNESCO world heritage sites of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. Aside from history, you'll also enjoy unique wildlife and nature experiences including a visit to a retired elephant sanctuary and excursions throughout Khao Yai National Park. After taking in the historical, cultural and natural highlights you'll head to the southern region of the country where you'll end your trip enjoying the picture perfect beaches of Krabi!
Welcome to Thailand! Upon arrival at the airport in Bangkok, clear Immigration, collect your luggage and exit Customs. Proceed to the Arrivals Hall and head towards the meeting point, where you will be greeted by a local representative holding a sign with your name on it. They will assist you in the transfer directly to your hotel, for a smooth and easy start to your adventure. Check into your room, get settled and spend the rest of the evening as you wish in this urban wonderland! (This service is on a private basis.)
With a population of over eleven million inhabitants, the capital city of Bangkok is Thailand’s largest city. This cosmopolitan city combines some of Asia’s oldest and most elaborately adorned temples, with modern shopping malls, skyscrapers and bustling markets. This variety of activities and sights make it a vibrant and eclectic destination to explore, with something to keep any traveler entertained.
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel this morning, to be whisked away on an exploration of the city's highlights and hidden treasures! Your excursion begins with a visit to Wat Pho, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples – famous for the 43 meter long reclining Buddha. From there, continue on to Lak Muang, Bangkok’s city pillar and the famous Grand Palace. Marvel at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom.
Lunch will be served at a lovely riverside restaurant, before boarding a longtail boat to explore the klongs. Floating along Bangkok’s maze of canals and waterways, you will have the chance to observe aspects of traditional Thai life, which have disappeared from most of Bangkok. Your tour will finish off with a visit to admire Wat Arun, the stunning Temple of Dawn, before you are transferred back to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
This morning, you will be picked up by your guide at 07.00 hrs to go on a special walking tour to explore the hidden side of Bangkok. From the Giant Swing via the prison park, you will wander through small alleys, encounter wooden houses, guardian spirit signs, fresh markets and more. At the city pillar, you will learn more about Buddhism, local beliefs and ancient superstitions. Enjoy a mouth watering exploration of Bangkok's 200-year- old Chinatown district this evening! You will have the chance to visit a variety of tasty eateries, from sit-on- the-pavement- vendors, to characterful restaurants. To begin the journey, your guide will transfer you from your hotel to the heart of Chinatown around 17.00 hrs. Wander through the vibrant alleyways, and make your way to a local rooftop bar, from where you can admire magnificent views of the River. At this spot, you'll be given a short briefing by your guide, as you sip on a cocktail and marvel at the colorful sunset.
Once you have worked up an appetite, continue on to your next destination to begin sampling all kinds of dishes (and a few more local drinks too)! This selection includes the likes of dim sum, dumplings, fresh seafood, local deserts and much more! Throughout the evening, your knowledgeable guide will explain the background of all the different food and drinks that you taste, offering a better cultural understanding with each bite. They will also give you their own insight into the local area. Just when you feel like you can't eat a single thing more, you will make your way to a lovely open air bar. Enjoy some leisurely people watching and observe the hustle and bustle of Chinatown pass you by, as you indulge in one last cocktail. As the night comes to an end, you will be transferred back to your hotel around 21:00 hrs. (This service is on a private basis.)
This morning, depart Bangkok for an approximately three-hour overland journey to the Bridge over the River Kwai. Here you will also visit the Kanchaburi War Cemetery, containing the graves of some of the POW’s who perished during the construction of the bridge. Tens of thousands of "coolies" and POWs died while working to complete this vital link to the Indian subcontinent.
Continue to Hellfire Pass. Visit the impressive Australian-built complex, consisting of a memorial, a walking trail and an excellent, informative museum, exhibiting artifacts and the true story about the Thai-Burma Railway. After visiting the museum, walk along the “Bamboo Path,” allowing one to walk the same route that the POWs took to work. Also, walk through a large bamboo grove, providing the most memorable views of Hellfire Pass and an understanding of how it derived its name.
If interested, there is also a 4 km (2.5 mile) Memorial Walking Trail along a now peaceful and serene portion of the old railway track. The Trail commences at Hellfire Pass Cutting, and incorporates a number of infamous features, such as Compressor Cutting, Hintok Station, both the “Pack of Cards” and Three Tier Bridges, plus the panoramic view of Kwae Noi Look-out, providing a spectacular view of the Kwae Noi Valley.
Late this afternoon, transfer and settle into your hotel with the evening at leisure. (This service is on a private basis.)
Kanchanaburi is located approximately 2.5 hours outside of Bangkok and offers visitors the opportunity to explore Thailand's historical highlights, as well as experience the country's natural attributes. In this destination, it is possible to combine the classic highlights, including the infamous Bridge over River Kwai and Hellfire Pass, with more adventurous nature activities, such as hiking to nearby waterfalls or visiting an elephant sanctuary.
Get ready for a wonderful excursion to Elephants World! Around 9:00 AM this morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred about one hour, to where your tour begins. Elephants World, founded by Dr. Samart Prasitphol, is a sanctuary for sick, old, disabled, abused, illegal and street elephants. At the center, these loving creatures receive the rest and nurturing environment that they deserve. They can be at peace in their natural environment, and live their life as they should have always been able to.
You will spend this unforgettable day learning how to properly care for the elephants, by the guidance of the expert mahouts. On arrival, you will explore the grounds of the camp and come in first contact with these incredible animals. You will then have the chance to assist the staff in cleaning fruits and vegetables, preparing and cooking sticky rice for the older elephants. Have fun feeding your new friends, before it is time for you to enjoy your own relaxing lunch break. Following lunch, you will learn how to gather and plant the elephant's food, such as banana trees, sugar cane or bana grass. They will be ready for their next feeding session, though the older elephants will still be happy to be served their sticky rice balls.
After feeding, you will follow in the mahouts footsteps, to help clean the elephant’s area and assist in their daily chores. Following the hard work, it will be time for fun, as you lead the elephants to the river. Together, you will all be getting down and dirty as you bathe and scrub the elephants clean. Surrounded by the beautiful jungle, this experience is truly surreal. Back at the camp, it will be time for one more feeding of fruits and vegetables, before bidding farewell to these beautiful animals. At the end of today's excursion, you will be driven back to your hotel. (This service is on a group basis.)
This morning, depart Kanchanaburi and drive to Wang Krasae Pass, where wooden structures of the Burma railway are still in use today. Then, continue on the drive of approximately four-hours to Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Siam Kingdom.
Spend the afternoon exploring Ayutthaya with your guide. Not far from the old capital, visit Wat Niwet Thamprawat, built by Rama V (King Chulalongkorn). This unique temple looks more like a Gothic Christian church than a Thai temple. To access the temple, cross the river in a small, trolley-like cable car. Then, board a long-tail boat to Wat Phananchoeng, an ancient temple with a giant Sitting Buddha statue and walls filled with hundreds of smaller statues. Also visit Wat Chai Mongkol, famous for its leaning Chedi and Buddha galleries.
Included will be visits to the Temples and Ruins, recently declared a World Heritage Site, and the National Museum and Ayuthaya Historical Study Center.
After you tour you'll proceed to your accommodations for the night. (This service is on a private basis.)
The ancient city of Ayutthaya was once the thriving capital of the Kingdom of Siam and is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It stood as one of the most vibrant trading ports in Asia—doing brisk business with China, India, Persia, and Arab lands. Ayutthaya remained the capital for over 400 years until the Burmese invaded, destroying the city in 1767. The city's ancient ruins bears testimony to the ancient glory of the Thai nation and eloquently demonstrates the skills and heritage of the Siamese people.
At 8:30am begin your guided tour of Wat Nivat. From there, it is a short walk to the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace. Bang Pa In was abandoned for 80 years, but later was revived by King Rama V. He commanded the construction of additional buildings including theaters, temples, and monuments in a mixture of European, Chinese and Thai styles. (Golf buggies will be provided if necessary to help you explore the palace grounds, although the site can also be easily walked.)
Proceed to the Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Center; a short cruise down-river from Bang Pa-In is Bang Sai village, which enjoys the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. Here you can see a variety of Thai houses in regional styles and see how Thailand's rural people make handicrafts such as fern basketry, silk flowers, hand-woven silk and cotton, silk dyeing, and wood carvings.
Then, depart with your guide on the drive into the dense tropical jungle of Khao Yai, or "Big Mountain." On arrival, enjoy a private tour of the National Park with your guide. First drive to Haew Narok, the park's largest waterfall. Then hike along the excellent trails to view the lush jungle and see native wildlife. Some of these animals include the elephant, the unusual barking deer, the elusive tiger, the Malayan sun bear as well as native primates like the macaque and the forest gibbon.
Later this evening, head back into the park with a guide for a nocturnal wildlife-spotting safari. (This service is on a private basis.)
Khao Yai, Thailand's oldest park is considered by many to be one of the finest in the world. Covering more than 2,000 square kilometers, including one of Asia's largest intact monsoon forests, it provides a habitat for several hundred elephants, as well as tiger, leopard, Asiatic black bear, sambar deer, gibbon, macaque, and several species of hornbill. The rare wrinkle-lipped bat and Himalayan ribbed bat dwell in caves here.
At 8:00 AM we drive to the National park and stop along the way at a fantastic viewpoint and a visitor’s center. We go hiking through dry evergreen forest where gibbons, monkey, hornbills, are often seen. Next we drive up to "Haew Suwat " waterfall, have lunch nearby and go swimming in a natural pool.
In the afternoon we will drive to the second highest mountain of the park to relax on a superb viewpoint. In the evening we will look for wild elephants that might come to the salt licks. We return around 7:30pm. (This service is on a private basis.)
After breakfast, meet your guide and transfer to Lop Buri and make a stop at San Phra Kan. Located in the middle of a traffic circle, oddly placed right next to the railway line, is the San Phra Kan shrine. The shrine is housed in a small modern (built in 1951) temple building erected against the remains of an ancient prang dating from the sixth century. The main statue in the shrine is a standing figure with four arms. It is probably meant to be Vishnu, although the Thais revere it as a type of Buddha image.
There was a time when the temple grounds were filled with monkeys, but they've now been displaced by souvenir vendors. A few odd strays can still be found around the shrine, but most have moved across the street to the remains of the Prang Sam Yod temple.
In the afternoon, continue transferring to Sukhothai. On arrival in Sukhothai, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (This service is on a private basis.)
Found in the 13th century, Sukhothai (literally means Dawn of Happiness) was the first truly independent Thai Kingdom, which enjoyed a golden age under King Ramkhamhaeng, credited with creating the Thai alphabet. The superb temples and monuments of this great city have been lovingly restored in Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see for all travelers.
*Please Note: There will be a stop over in Bangkok
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Sukhothai and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Krabi. Upon arrival in Krabi, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Krabi is a southern province on Thailand's Andaman seaboard, offering spectacular scenery on both land and water. Here you'll find beautiful beaches set amidst dramatic limestone karst mountains, lush jungle forests, and hidden hot springs. This tropical paradise offers something for everyone, with opportunities for various activities including snorkelling, diving, rock climbing, hiking, cycling and island hopping.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
This morning at 8:30 AM, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Nopparat Thara Pier, to embark on an underwater adventure! From the pier, you will board a speedboat for the cruise to Hong Island. On the way to the Island, you will make a stop for snorkeling among a colorful coral reef and abundance of marine life. After your exploration in the water, you will continue the journey to Hong Island. The captain will take you into the hidden Lagoon, or ‘Hong’, which means ‘Room’. You will be amazed by the rock formation and strange plants living on the cliffs. It is truly a majestic sight. When you have reached Hong Island Bay, you will have time to relax, sunbath, swim or snorkel. This spot is ideal to admire the thousands of fish swimming about.
Under the shade of the trees in the Bay, you will have a delicious picnic lunch on the beach served for you in the afternoon. If you are lucky, you may even get to see water monitors or big lizards on the island. After lunch, you will continue your exploration on to Pak Bia Island, where you can relax or walk on the soft sandy beach. The last island you will visit on your tour is 'Lading Island'. You can swim in the cool waters here or dip your head beneath the surface to admire the many fish surrounding you. The fish are always hungry, so if you have a piece of bread or fruits, they will absolutely love you! Following your last underwater discovery, you will return to the speedboat for the ride back to Nopparat Thara Pier. At the pier, a driver will be waiting to transfer you back to your hotel around 3:30 PM. (This service is on a group basis.)
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Krabi and transferred to the airport. (This service is on a private basis.)
Upon arrival at the airport in Bangkok you will connect with your international flight onward.
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