Begin this Thai journey discovering the best of Bangkok, Thailand’s bustling capital city. Then see a different side of this beautiful country as you explore the north of Thailand and discover its main cultural attractions during four magical days, travelling from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. Then we travel to magical Southern Thailand, where you get to enjoy all the beach resort of Phuket has to offer.
We depart the UK for our overnight flight to Bangkok.
After we land in Bangkok International Airport, we will transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring this bustling city at leisure. Perhaps you might like to indulge yourself with a traditional Thai Massage, surprise your taste buds with the amazing local flavours and cap off the day by enjoying the sunset in any of the stylish rooftop bars that have blossomed in the city’s skyscrapers in recent years… the options are limitless.
Today’s tour includes three of the most important Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Wat Traimit, also known as the temple of the Golden Buddha which houses a 3-metre tall statue made from solid gold and weighing in at 5.5 tonnes. We then pass through Chinatown on our way to Wat Pho, the temple of the Reclining Buddha and home to the Chedis of the Kings. At 46 metres in length and 15 metres high, the Buddha is the largest in Bangkok and illustrates the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. Next, we make our way to the Grand Palace*, one of the most beautiful samples of an ancient Siamese royal court and used to be the residence of the kings of Bangkok. Here you will see palaces which were used for different occasions including the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guesthouse and Wat Phra Keaw - the beautiful Emerald Buddha temple. To round off the outing, we stop in at a local lapidary factory and showroom where you will be able to get locally made jewellery, handicrafts and silk at competitive prices. (*The Grand Palace is closed to the public during special royal ceremonies and official government visits)
We depart Bangkok after breakfast at the hotel and head to Maeklong Railway Market, also known as Talad Rom Hoop. Upon arrival, our guide will introduce you to the history of this area. Then we go on to the world-famous floating market of “Damnoen Saduak”, there are countless floating markets throughout the country, the colourfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruits and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. This is an exciting and fun way to see the local life and to go bargain hunting. Transfer back to Bangkok.
After breakfast at our hotel we transfer to the airport for our flight to Chiang Mai. After we have arrived at our hotel in Chiang Mai we meet our guide for a tour of the old town and the city’s main temples. We visit the historic Wat Suan Dok and admire its 48-metre-high Sri Lankan-style chedi, which overlooks the Royal Cemetery. Continue to Wat Phra Sing in the old town and appreciate the beauty of this large complex of more than 60 buildings before visiting 14th century Wat Chedi Luang in the very heart of the old city. This ancient temple has a more rustic appearance and has been restored after decades of decay. Discover, too, the nearby Wat Chet Yot and Wat Chiang Man. Due to its age, the Chet Yot temple betrays some signs of ruin while the Chiang Man temple is renowned for its numerous elephant sculptures.
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep to enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the city. The temple is reached by climbing a 309-step naga staircase or via cable car (included). If the views are stunning, the temple itself is even better and boasts a number of dazzling structures. Continue to the bustling Wararot Market, a historical landmark renowned for the variety and quality of its products, before visiting the fragrant flower market. In the evening, enjoy a khan toke dinner (included), a traditional northern Thai feast combined with a selection of traditional cultural performances inspired by the Lanna kingdom, which dominated northern Thailand for almost five centuries.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading into the jungle to become acquainted with Thailand’s national animal during a visit to the Thai Elephant Care Centre. The care centre was established to provide care for elderly elephants retired from logging and camps. Appreciate these gentle giants, learn more about their nature, their individual traits, their lifestyles, their talents and their charms. If time is right, watch them play during their bath-time. After lunch (included), continue by road via Doi Saket with a stop at Wat Rong Khun, nicknamed the ‘White Temple’, a dazzling temple built in the 1990s. Its ornate all-white exterior with embedded pieces of the mirror gives it a resplendent appearance, which makes it one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand. Continue to Chiang Rai, arriving in the afternoon to check in at our hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel we visit Chiang Sean for a panoramic view of the Golden Triangle where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet where the mighty River Mekong flows through. We hop on a boat and take a trip around the Golden Triangle on a boat ride lasting around 30 minutes. After, enjoy lunch at the Imperial Golden Triangle Resort (included) before being dropped off at Chiang Rai Airport for our flight to Phuket. Once we have checked in at our hotel in Phuket you have the rest of the day at leisure and we suggest exploring Phuket' streets for handicrafts, delicious Thai food and drinks.
Thailand's largest and most famous dream destination is as colourful as it is cosmopolitan. Full days at leisure to relax by the pool or at the beach or to take one of the many optional activities available on the spot. Phuket is a great base for island hopping with Phi Phi and James Bond Islands are within easy access and you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to discover Phuket's shimmering temples and colonial mansions. Your time is your own to completely relax in paradise surroundings of Phuket or maybe you can get out and about and explore a bit further!
Day at leisure
Day at leisure
After breakfast we make our way to Phuket Airport for our journey home via Bangkok Airport.
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