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Tour Overview

On this 10-day Thailand guided tour, admire must-see city sights in the bustling capital city of Bangkok; Take photos of golden palaces in their glory aboard a traditional Thai longtail boat; Venture north into Chiang Mai to interact with hill tribe villagers; Cycle around the countryside; Visit the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya; Snorkel and kayak in Angthong National Marine Park; Finally relax in the stunning tropical paradise of Koh Samui.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Take a guided tour to visit some iconic attractions in Bangkok including Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Aru, and Wat Traimit.
  • Explore the ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya and take a cruise through the countryside along the Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok.
  • Marvel at Chiang Rai's attractions - the White Temple, the Golden Triangle, and several hill-tribe
  • Explore the people and nature of the Chiang Mai countryside by bicycle.
  • Enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking at Angthong National Marine Park.
  • Sunbathe and relax on Koh Samui Island.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Bangkok, nicknamed the "City of Angels"! As you walk out of the airport, you will see your chauffeur waiting for you at the exit. And then he will transfer you to your hotel for check-in. The whole journey takes about 1 hour.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  2. After a morning meeting with your guide, you'll head to two of Bangkok's most famous Buddhist landmarks - Wat Trimitr and Wat Pho.

    At Wat Trimitr, you'll admire a spectacular Buddha statue weighing 5.5 tons and nearly 3 meters high, made of solid gold. Wat Pho is home to the world's largest reclining Buddha, 46 meters long and 15 meters high, with each foot measuring 5 meters long. It is generally considered the leading massage school in Thailand and it is a great place to enjoy a traditional Thai massage.

    Continue your visit to the Grand Palace, the symbol of the Bangkok dynasty, which is a sprawling collection of buildings that brings together the best of Thai painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. You will be also guided to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

    Bangkok Grand Palace
    Grand Palace

    After lunch at a local restaurant, take a long-tailed boat ride on the Chao Phraya River, pass temples and shops, and get an insight into local landmarks and cultural traditions. Make a stop at Wat Arun, where you can photograph the iconic Mahayana stupa, known as the "Eiffel Tower of Thailand". After the tour, escort you back to your hotel.

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  3. After breakfast, take an air-conditioned coach to Ayutthaya with your guide. Located in central Thailand, Ayutthaya was once the ancient capital of Thailand, home to many temples, palaces, and pagodas. Today, these once-bustling buildings have been reduced to ruins and become the site of the Grand City Historical Park, a World Heritage site.

    The first attraction to visit here is the Bang Pa-in Royal Palace, a huge scenic park with an architectural blend of Thai, Chinese and Western styles. Then visit Wat Yai Chaimongkhol, which is famous for its 28-meter-long reclining Buddha. Follow this by visits to the ruins of the old Royal Grand Palace & Temples.

    Ayutthaya Bang Pa-in Royal Palace
    Bang Pa-in Royal Palace

    Continue your visits to Wat Phra Si Sanphet, which was the royal temple exclusively used by members of the royal family, and Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit, where you can admire one of the largest bronze seated Buddhas in Thailand, standing 17 meters high. The morning tour ends at Wat Mahathat, a cluster of Buddhist pagodas made of red clay.

    At noon, take a cruise along the Chao Phraya River to Bangkok. The tour will take about 3.5 hours and you will enjoy a delicious Thai or international buffet and enjoy the natural scenery of the countryside along the way. Upon arrival, return to the hotel for rest.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  4. Take a short flight (1 hour 15 minutes) to Chiang Mai. A local guide will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to the well-selected hotel for check-in. After that, head to a local restaurant for lunch.

    After a short break, take a guided tour of Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, located halfway up Doi Suthep-pui National Park. You need to walk up more than 300 seven-headed serpent steps to reach it. This temple is one of Chiang Mai's holiest pilgrimage sites, where you can experience the blessing. From here, you can capture a panoramic view of Chiang Mai.

    Wat Prathat Doi Suthep on Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
    Wat Prathat Doi Suthep

    Next, you'll be shown around the Meo Hilltribe Village, home to an estimated 120,000 Meo people known for their intricate embroidery and colorful costumes. Here you will find colorful vegetables and water orchards. After that, return to your hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  5. Today, we will enjoy a day of cycling. After breakfast, cycle through the city to the railway station to catch the train to Lamphun, the oldest city in northern Thailand, is quiet and shaped like a conch.

    After disembarking from the train, ride through the quiet streets, past the ancient city walls, and finally to Wat Phrathat Haripunchai Woramahawihan. It is a Buddhist temple and the most famous temple in Lamphun, with origins dating back to the 11th century.

    Wat Phrathat Haripunchai Woramahawihan
    Wat Phrathat Haripunchai Woramahawihan

    From here, we ride along canals and tree-lined paths through the countryside. After lunch, cycle past paddy fields to Baan Tawai Woodcarving Village. Cross winding country roads to Doi Suthep's beekeeping center. Finally, ride to Wat Umong, a charming temple in the forest.

    Note: This tour is a group tour.

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  6. Leave for Chiang Rai after breakfast, stopping to visit a hot spring on the way. On arrival, visit Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), appearing to be built of sparkling porcelain from a distance. But upon closer, you will realize that the illusion is created by white paint and glass sequins.

    Chiang Rai - White Temple
    White Temple

    After that, head to Chiang Saen, an ancient city located in the middle of the Golden Triangle. Lunch at a local restaurant, then drive to Mae Sai, a city on the Thai-Myanmar border. Return to Chiang Mai after visiting several villages, including Akha & Yao hill-tribe villages and Karen Long Neck Village.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  7. After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Chiang Mai Airport for a flight to Koh Samui. Upon arrival, your private driver will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel to relax.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Koh Samui

  8. Angthong National Marine Park is Thailand's second-largest national park made up of more than 40 small islands. It boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in Thailand, from limestone cliffs, rainforests, desolate beaches with hidden lagoons, underwater caves and the mysterious Emerald Lake.

    Thailand Angthong National Marine Park
    Emerald Lake in Angthong National Marine Park

    Take a minibus to the pier at about 8:00 am. Board at about 8:20 am and enjoy a light breakfast.

    At 09:00 am, the boat leaves the pier for Angthong National Marine Park.

    At 10:00 am, arrive at Koh Wao Island, a well-known activity spot offering delightful cave swimming experiences and great snorkeling spots. Enjoy snorkeling and watch colorful tropical schools of fish.

    At 11:30 am, take a cruise to visit the National Marine Park.

    At noon, pay a visit to Emerald Lake (Blue Lagoon), a beautiful saltwater lake, surrounded by green leaves.

    At 12:30 pm, delight your stomach with a sumptuous Thai lunch buffet at Koh Wua Talap.

    At 01:30 pm, kayak along the coastline to see rock formations up close. Or climb to the top to overlook the entire Antone National Marine Park.

    At 03:00 pm, the boat leaves Antone National Marine Park.

    At 04:00 pm, arrive Koh Samui and return to the hotel for rest.

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Koh Samui

  9. Today is yours to do as you like - snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, sunbathing, enjoying seafood...

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Phuket

  10. Enjoy some free time after breakfast. After checking out, a driver will transfer you to the airport for a flight to your next destination! Wish you a happy journey!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • Private vehicles with good air conditions;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • 9 nights' accommodation & meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots as mentioned;
  • Excursions and activities as listed;
  • Flights from Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Samui;
  • Bottled water on the coach;

Price Excludes

  • International flights to/from Thailand;
  • Meals not mentioned throughout the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities & any items not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Personal expenses (such as telephone, drinks);
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.

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