16-Day Divine Thai Culture

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Overview

With Bangkok as your base, this culturally immersive Thai experience takes you on and off the tourist trail in search of temples, markets and rural countryside landscapes finishing on a stunning island!

Starting in the capital, you'll find yourself on all manner of transportation to explore fully. You'll take a traditional boat through the city's 'klongs', hop on tuk-tuk's, and metro systems to see temples, the Royal Palace and the depths of Chinatown, Bangkok's food haven.

Leaving the city behind you head to Kanchanaburi, home to the Death Railway before you hop between Siam's old capitals, Ayutthaya, Lopburi and the famous Sukhothai, the home of Thai culture as we know it today. Each of the capitals have their own tales to tell, taking you on a journey through Thai history that is essential for your cultural immersion, ready to head to Thailand's most traditional city, Chiang Mai.

Your two weeks spent Thailand sightseeing finishes with 6 glorious days to relax and enjoy nature at its finest. You'll be just moments away from the jungle and beach at all times where you can relax, read a book, go snorkelling, scuba diving or island hopping at your leisure - bliss!
Sightseeing
Outdoors & Nature
Beach & Sea
Diving
Culture & Arts
Food & Drink

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Destination:

Thailand

Start:

Bangkok, Thailand

Finish:

Ko Chang, Thailand

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Thailand!

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Welcome to Thailand!

You will already be expected at the airport in Bangkok by your English speaking guide and brought
to your hotel in the city. The rest of the day is at your free disposal. How about a first walk through the city?

Day 2

Full-Day Bangkok Sightseeing Tour

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Full-Day Bangkok Sightseeing Tour

Today, visit the most important sights of Bangkok. First, head to Wat Timitr, with its gold Buddha statue, then the breathtaking reclining Buddha in Wat Pho and the royal palace, which are highly revered by Thai people. You may admire the impressive Emerald Buddha in its magnificent temple. Explore with a tour of the klongs (channels), the legendary Chao Praya River and the Thonburi area by boat. Finally, visit Wat Arun, the temple of dawn. In the evening, head to Chinatown for a food tour.

Day 3

Drive to Kanchanaburi

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Drive to Kanchanaburi

You check out and get ready for the drive to Kanchanaburi. Our first stops will be Mae Klong Market and Damnoen Saduak. Both markets are great insights into the lives of Thai people. Your tour guide will show you what local specialities to taste at the market. In Kanchanaburi, visit the JEATH War Museum, a realistic depiction of the living quarters of prisoners of war, then you will proceed to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. In the afternoon, visit the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai.

Day 4

Full-Day Sightseeing in Ayutthaya

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Full-Day Sightseeing in Ayutthaya

Your tour guide will pick you up in the lobby. Then drive to Ayutthaya takes 3 hours and 30 minutes. You visit Wat Phanancherng, home to the oldest bronze Buddha image in Ayutthaya and admire Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, built in 1357 of King U-Thong. Explore Ayutthaya Historical Park and Wat Phra Mahathat. Its structure became the traditional model for temples nationwide. Then visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the most important temple within the royal palace and the original temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Day 5

Lopburi and Philsanulok Tour

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Lopburi and Philsanulok Tour

Drive to Lopburi, an ancient capital. In Lopburi, visit the temple Phra Narai Ratchaniwet, a museum in the ruins of a 17th-century palace. Afterwards visit of Phra Prang Sam Yod, perhaps best known for its monkeys. Then Kraison Siharat Palace, a residence of King Narai the Great of Ayutthaya. Afterwards, we continue to Phitsanulok, visit Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, home to the most beautiful Buddha image in Thailand. Then the journey continues to Sukhothai, the 13th-century capital of Siam.

Day 6

A Full-Day Tour of Sukhothai & Lampang

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A Full-Day Tour of Sukhothai & Lampang

In 1238, Sukhothai became the first independent Thai Kingdom and where the Thai language and alphabet originated. Begin the day at Ramkamhaeng Museum and Wat Mahathat. Then continue to Wat Chang Lom, Wat Phra Phai Luang and Wat Si Chum. In Lampang, you can take a stroll around Lampang to absorb its authentic traditional feel. You'll visit Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao and Wat Pong Sanuk, a beautiful temple with a mix of Lanna and Burmese Shan style. We leave Lampang and drive on to Chiang Mai.

Day 7

Full Day Sightseeing Chiang Mai

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Full Day Sightseeing Chiang Mai

Immerse yourself in the culture and beauty of Chiang Mai. Learn about the history of Chiang Mai at the Wat Ket museum, and taste the local flavors at the Warorot and Ton Lamyai markets. End your day with a drive to Doi Suthep, a 1600m high mountain towering over Chiang Mai.

Day 8

A Full-Day of Flying to Koh Chang

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A Full-Day of Flying to Koh Chang

Today, you will spend most of the day flying. From Chiang Mai you head back to Bangkok, then get a connecting flight down to Trat. From Trat, you'll be collected by a driver who will continue down to Koh Chang, which will take around two hours. The car can go on the boat, so there is no need to get out at any time. Relax in the back until you arrive at your hotel on the island.

Day 9

Relax in Koh Chang

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Relax in Koh Chang

Relax in your island paradise. From your hotel, you'll have direct access to the beach, however, you could just spend your day by the pool with a good book. There are many activities that can be arrange through the hotel such as waterfall adventures, island hopping or a picnic on a remote island. Koh Chang is known for its stunning beaches and waterfalls, a natural vista that is hard to leave!

Day 10

Chill in Koh Chang

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Chill in Koh Chang

Relax in your island paradise. From your hotel, you'll have direct access to the beach, however, you could just spend your day by the pool with a good book. There are many activities that can be arrange through the hotel such as waterfall adventures, island hopping or a picnic on a remote island. Koh Chang is known for its stunning beaches and waterfalls, a natural vista that is hard to leave!

Day 11

Koh Chang Relaxation or Snorkelling

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Koh Chang Relaxation or Snorkelling

Wake up to another day in paradise where you can either relax by the pool, on the beach or head out on an adventure. One of the most popular activities for visitors to Koh Chang. The best snorkelling sites rival those you’ll find in the south of Thailand. This is an activity that definitely should be on your itinerary.

Day 12

Relax on Koh Chang

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Relax on Koh Chang

Relax in your island paradise. From your hotel, you'll have direct access to the beach, however, you could just spend your day by the pool with a good book. There are many activities that can be arrange through the hotel such as waterfall adventures, island hopping or a picnic on a remote island. Koh Chang is known for its stunning beaches and waterfalls, a natural vista that is hard to leave!

Day 13

Relax or Explore in Koh Chang

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Relax or Explore in Koh Chang

Wake up to the sound of the ocean and have a coffee as you decide what to do today. You may not want to leave the hotel, however, if you do, a trip to a waterfall is an adventure worth going on! Koh Chang is well known for its amazing waterfalls and there are plenty found around the island. Most waterfalls are easily accessible in Koh Chang and none are too far away.

Day 14

Relax on Koh Chang

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Relax on Koh Chang

Relax in your island paradise. From your hotel, you'll have direct access to the beach, however, you could just spend your day by the pool with a good book. There are many activities that can be arrange through the hotel such as waterfall adventures, island hopping or a picnic on a remote island. Koh Chang is known for its stunning beaches and waterfalls, a natural vista that is hard to leave!

Day 15

Your Final Day on Koh Chang

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Your Final Day on Koh Chang

As your final day on Koh Chang, you may wish to make the most of the pristine beaches of the island or multiple islands, with many easily accessible by boat. If you are looking to get one last cultural experience, Ban Salak Khok is the old fishing village which is also famous for its eco-tour programs that offer a unique cultural experience. The community offers a river cruise by using a vintage boat called Rua Mard. It is also known as “Thai-style gondola.”

Day 16

Departure from Koh Chang

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Departure from Koh Chang

Finish your Thailand sightseeing tour on this day. After breakfast, you might have some time to relax by the pool before leaving. A driver will take you straight to Suvarnabumi airport on the outskirts of Bangkok for your flight home.

Included in Price

  • 15 nights accommodation
  • 30 activities
  • 15 breakfasts and 6 lunches
  • Airport transfer
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transportation
  • Licensed English speaking guides

Not Included in Price

  • Alcohol beverages
  • Domestic flights
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking permits
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