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from$1,109

Best of Thailand

Trip Code

BOT

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

9 days

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303

Maximum Seats

8

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai

Start and end in Bangkok! With the In-depth Cultural tour Best of Thailand, you have a 9 days tour package taking you through Bangkok, Thailand and 6 other destinations in Thailand. Best of Thailand includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand! Freshen up and meet in the hotel lobby around 6:00pm for an informal meeting with your guide and other tour members. Afterwards you have free time to start exploring vibrant Bangkok or go out for an optional group dinner. Take a stroll down the iconic Khao San Road and explore the bustling night markets, live music bars and restaurants as you wish. Accommodation Furama Xclusive Sathorn – 4 Star Optional Activities Group Dinner
Day 2

Day 2: Bangkok City Tour

Fill up on an included breakfast at the hotel before a full day exploring Bangkok on an included City Tour. Follow your local guide through the chaotic streets and quaint back alleys of Bangkok and visit the city’s two unmissable highlights. Wander through China Town to the banks of the Chao Phraya River and visit Wat Pho to see the famous 46-metre-long Reclining Buddha covered in gold leaf! Continue to the Grand Palace just nearby, the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court, to witness the magical atmosphere. You may get a chance to visit the Temple of Emerald Buddha, located within the palace compound. There is a strict dress code at the Grand Palace so be sure to cover your shoulders and knees with loose-fitting such as long pants and shirts. Travel on the Chao Phraya River (The River of Kings) and on through the Klongs (canals) of Thonburi. You will have the chance to observe and photograph the serene family homes and temples along the waterways, which gave the city the name “Venice of the East”. You will also pay a visit to one of the most photographed sights in Bangkok, the Wat Arun. The majestic shrine has a pagoda as high as 76m and is decorated with glazed ceramic pieces that reflect the rising sun, giving the temple its name. After a big day exploring Bangkok, head back to the hotel to enjoy the afternoon at your own leisure. Accommodation Furama Xclusive Sathorn – 4 Star Meals Breakfast Included ActivitiesBangkok City Tour Entrance Fees Wat Pho - 200 THB Wat Pra Kaew & Grand Palace - 500 THB Wat Arun - 100 THB
Day 3

Day 3: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi

Depart Bangkok on an air-conditioned coach by early in the morning as we make our way to Kanchanaburi. Famously known for the bridge over the Kwai River, it is a significant scene of World War II and Thailand's somber war history. Start discovring the area with a visit to the War Cemetery and the War Museum, dedicated to the prisoners who lost their lives during the construction of the bridge. Hop on a boat trip on River Kwai towards the famous bridge, where you can cross it on foot and take walk around the site. Our next stop will be the unusual railway section, "Hellfire Pass", a pass built in record time by allied prisoners of war between 1942 and 1943. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to the hotel and free time to continue your discovery on your own terms. Accommodation Felix River Kwai Resort – 4 Star Meals Breakfast Included Activities War Cemetery & Museum Boat tour on River Kwai River Kwai Bridge Visit Entrance Fees Thailand-Burma Railway Museum - 150 THB
Day 4

Day 4: Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, Phitsanulok

Farewell Kanchanaburi for the historic city of Ayutthaya! Known as Thailand’s hidden archaeological gem, this city is teeming with Buddhist temples, monasteries and ancient statutes that cannot be missed. Follow your guide on a walking tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that dates back to 1350, which was once the capital of the ancient Siamese Kingdom and considered the biggest city in the world! Explore the magnificent royal monastery of Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Wat Mahathat and three ancient pagodas, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. Next, we will ride to the city of Ang Thong to visit the incredible Wat Muang temple, famous for housing the largest seated Buddha figure in Thailand, and ninth largest in the world, at almost 100 meters high. After enjoying a local lunch, we make our way to the city of Phitsanulok,located at the heart of Thailand and considered one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centers in the country. During the journey, witness the change in the landscape as it turns greener and lusher into a jungle-like flora. Finishing the day with a full camera roll and plenty of knowledge from your local guide, arrive at your 4-star hotel for some leisure time. Accommodation Pattara Resort & Spa – 4 Star Meals Included Breakfast Included Activities Ayutthaya Walking Tour Entrance Fees Wat Mahathat - 50 THB Wat Phra Sri Sanphet - 50 THB Wat Yai Chai Mongkol - 20 THB
Day 5

Day 5: Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai

For the early risers, we wake up early today to visit the hotel's surroundings to make an offering to the monks, and experience one of the most emblematic aspects of Thai culture up close. After breakfast, we ride to Sukhotai, the historical heartland of Thailand. This impressive UNESCO World Heritage City was the cradle of Thai civilisation and home to the Sukhothai Kingdom from 1238 to 1438. Follow your local guide on a walking tour through the Sukhothai Historical Park to explore the ancient temples, impressive ruins and the giant Wat Sri Chum Buddha statue in a scenic park setting. Then, grab a window seat as we continue the journey towards Chiang Rai in the Lampang province. En route, we will have lunch and rest along the shores of the spectacular Phayao Lake. Arriving in Chiang Rai in the late afternoon, enjoy your free time to rest, swim in the hotel pool or visit the city's night market. Accommodation Laluna Hotel and Resort – 4 Star Meals Included Breakfast Included Activities Sukhothai Archaelogical Park Visit Phayao Lake Visit Entrance Fees Sukhothai Historical Park - 100 THB
Day 6

Day 6: Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai

Kick off the day with a hefty breakfast, as our first stop will be the new and striking Wat Rong Suea Ten, also known as Blue Temple. Discover the marvellous paintings with a style similar to that of the famous White Temple, as the architect of which trained here for years. To soak in the local culture, follow your guide to the village of Akha, an ethnic group known for its colorful costumes and the surrounding picturesque tea plantations. Continuing to the spectacular and contemporary White Temple (Wat Rong Kun in Thai) on the outskirts of Chiang Rai, witness white represent the purity and wisdom of Buddhism in sublime beauty and serenity. This bizarre-looking temple is the brainchild of Chiang Rai’s famous artist and painter Chalermchai Kositpipat. Unlike most Thai temples, the building is all white with glass and mirrors embedded into the outside to make it sparkle in the sunlight. Keep your cameras at the ready because this temple is truly insta-worthy! This hilly, forested area also holds serene landscape views, winding rivers and is home to the best elephant sanctuaries in Thailand! Spend the evening in Chiang Rai, resting up at our luxurious 4-star hotel before a big day ahead. Accommodation Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai – 4 Star Meals Included Breakfast Included Activities Visit Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple) Visit Akha Village Visit Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) Entrance Fees Akha Hilltribe Village - 500 THB Wat Rong Kun (White Temple) - 100 THB
Day 7

Day 7: Chiang Mai, Elephant EcoValley, Chiang Mai

Today, we depart for a half-day excursion to the Elephant EcoValley for many exciting and animal friendly activities. Besides getting the best insight about these fascinating creatures, you will get to: Harvest grass/vegetation for elephant snacks along the way; hike on foot to Upper EcoValley with the elephants; plant a banana tree or herbs; make herb ‘n’ fruit nutritional vitamin balls; feed the vitamin balls to the elephants (They love them!); share a mud bath with your new buddies (Watch or wash ’em yourself!); shower outdoors overlooking a mountain stream! After returning to Chiang Mai in the afternoon, go up to the well-known mountain temple of Wat Doi Suthep, the best spot to appreciate the city in all its splendor. At night, enjoy your personal time or walk through the famous night market to soak in the vibrant atmosphere. Accommodation Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai – 4 Star Meals Included Breakfast Included Activities Half-day Excursion to Elephant EcoValley Visit to Wat Doi Suthep Entrance Fees Elephant EcoValley - 2,075 THB Wat Doi Suthep - 50 THB
Day 8

Day 8: Chiang Mai, Bangkok (by flight)

After breakfast at the hotel, discover Chiang Mai freely or rest by the pool side until your transfer to the airport for a short flight to Bangkok. As we check in to the hotel and freshen up, make sure to tick off any attractions left on your list on your last night in Bangkok. Accommodation Furama Xclusive Sathorn – 4 Star Meals Included Breakfast
Day 9

Day 9: Bangkok

After breakfast at the hotel, our trip will end in Bangkok as we bid farewell to strangers who quickly became friends and check-out of the hotel by 11am. Luckily it's not a final goodbye, but only until next time! Meals Included Breakfast

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 1509 USD 1109 USD 3 & 4star
Deluxe/Superior 1709 USD 1309 USD 4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with TUI an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .

INCLUDES:

· All nights accommodation (including 1 night in a sleeper train)
· Breakfast daily, 4 dinners, and lunch daily
· Sightseeing as specified (entrance fees are included)
· Expert Thai local guide throughout

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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