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Tour Overview

Explore Thailand's unique cultural attractions and enjoy a blend of beaches and jungles during this 12-day Thailand trip. Start in Bangkok and visit some of the iconic buildings represented by the Grand Palace. Discover the real life of the local floating market. Head to Kanchanaburi for the exciting Death Railway ride. Continue northeast to Chiang Rai for a day of Buddhist temple visits. Return to Chiang Mai to stroll through the jungle with lovely elephants, witness the ancient traditions of Karen villagers, and spend the rest of your holiday on Phuket's sun-drenched beaches.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Take a guided tour to visit some iconic attractions in Bangkok including Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Aru, Chinatown, and Wat Traimit.
  • Embark on a long-tail boat to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market to experience the bustling atmosphere.
  • Experience an exciting Death Railway ride across original bridges to enjoy amazing river views and scenery.
  • Tour Chiang Mai's famous Buddhist temples: Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Chiang Man, and Wat Phra Singh.
  • Enjoy a day trip to Chiang Rai with major highlights: Wat Rong Khun, Karen Long Neck village, and Golden Triangle.
  • Interact with beautiful elephants up close in Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, and enjoy a traditional Thai lunch.
  • Spend your happy time on the sunny beaches of Phuket.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Bangkok, the second-largest metropolis in Southeast Asia! Upon arrival, meet your guide and driver at the airport and then drive to the well-selected hotel for check-in. The whole journey takes about 30 minutes. You are free to wander around Bangkok the rest of the time.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  2. Start your Bangkok city tour with 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. The main buildings include four distinctive palaces and an Emerald Buddha Temple.

    Bangkok Grand Palace
    Grand Palace

    And then, head to Wat Pho, which is famous for its giant reclining Buddha, 46 meters long and 15 meters high, covered in gold leaf. Continue your visit by taking a long-tailed boat along the Chao Phraya River to Wat Arun. You can photograph the iconic Mahayana stupa, known as the "Eiffel Tower of Thailand".

    Next, stroll along Chinatown, the busiest area in Bangkok. Then, pay a visit to Wat Traimit, where you'll admire a spectacular Buddha statue weighing 5.5 tons and nearly 3 meters high, made of solid gold. Finally, end the day with a visit to Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market).

    After all visits, transfer you back to the hotel.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  3. After breakfast, take a long-tailed boat ride to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, and then witness the making of a typical Thai dessert - Sticky Rice with Coconut Milk in a small local shop.

    Bangkok Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
    Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

    Then drive to Kanchanaburi to visit the Railway Center Museum and The Bridge on The River Kwai. You're about to experience one of the highlights of your trip - the Death Railway ride. The train will take you across several original bridges built by prisoners of war to enjoy amazing river views and scenery. Krasae Cave station is our last stop.

    Our afternoon visits include the Krasae Cave and the Wampo Viaduct. Krasae Cave, once a resting place for prisoners of war, is now a popular spot for tourists to stop to pray to the Buddha statue enshrined in the cave. At the end of the tour, drive back to Bangkok for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  4. After breakfast, take a road ride to Ayutthaya, the second capital city in Thai history. 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 Phra Si Sanphet (which was the royal temple exclusively used by members of the royal family), Wat Mahathat, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, and Wat Ratburana.

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

    Next, enjoy a guided tour of 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.

    After the tour, we will escort you back to Bangkok. The rest of the time is yours at leisure.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  5. Catch a morning flight to Chiang Mai. A local guide will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Walk up more than 300 seven-headed serpent steps to the mountainside to visit Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, one of Chiang Mai's holiest pilgrimage sites, where you can experience the blessing.

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

    Afterwards, head to a Buddhist temple in the historic center of Chiang Mai - Wat Chedi Luang, made up of three temples. Continue your visit to Wat Chiang Man, the first Buddhist temple in the old city of Chiang Mai, and Wat Phra Singh, featuring exquisite wood carvings and murals of Buddhist stories.

    Then transfer you to your hotel in Chiang Mai.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  6. At about 7:00 am, the car leaves the hotel for Chiang Rai (3.5 hours), with beautiful scenery en route. Mae Kachan Hot Spring is our first destination, where you will enjoy a cup of morning tea.

    After that, drive to 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

    The next stop is Karen Long Neck Village, home to one of the few ethnic groups on the Thai-Burmese border. Drive on to the Golden Triangle (Laos, Myanmar, & Thailand), and then take a motor boat on the Mae Klong River to capture the scenery of the banks. Keep driving, while enjoying the border views.

    After that, drive back to Chiang Mai.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  7. Enjoying the morning sunshine, drive 1.5 hours through the countryside and forested hills from Chiang Mai to Karen Village, where you will meet your guide. Follow your guide for a 10-15 minute walk to our destination for the day - Elephant Sanctuary. After changing into traditional Karen clothing, take an introductory lesson on elephants.

    Chiang Mai Karen Elephant
    Karen Elephant Village

    You'll get a unique opportunity to feed fruit up close to elephants.

    After a sumptuous buffet, scrub the giant elephants under the guidance of the nursing staff.

    Swim in the river and take photos with the elephants.

    Change into your own clothes and walk 10-15 minutes back to the Karen Village.

    After a short rest, your driver will escort you back to your hotel in Chiang Mai.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  8. After breakfast, your driver will meet you at your hotel at the appointed time and transfer you to the airport for your flight to Phuket.

    Upon landing, a local guide will pick you up and escort you to your beach resort hotel for check-in.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Phuket

  9. Phuket is Thailand's largest island and best-known holiday resort with sun-drenched beaches, dancing tropical coconut groves, and breathtaking turquoise waters.

    Phuket
    Phuket Island

    You are free at leisure. You can take part in several optional activities, including kayaking, a visit to a rum distillery, and a cooking class. Or you explore the island at your own pace.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Phuket

  10. Today is free for you. Just enjoy yourself!

  11. Today is also free for you!

  12. Enjoy some free time after breakfast. After checking out, your private driver will escort you to the airport for your flight home!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

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

Price Excludes

  • International flights;
  • Meals not mentioned throughout the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities;
  • Any item 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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