Treasures of Thailand with Phuket

Treasures of Thailand with Phuket

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Treasures of Thailand with Phuket

13 Days Starting in Bangkok and ending in Phuket

Visiting: Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Phuket

Tour code:

TPT

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 12

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-39

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$4239
$4048 Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$191

NB: Prices correct on 19-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Thailand on the "Treasures of Thailand with Phuket" tour. This meticulously crafted adventure invites you to explore the rich tapestry of Thai culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes. From the ancient ruins of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, UNESCO World Heritage Sites that whisper tales of a glorious past, to the vibrant streets of Bangkok where tradition meets modernity. Experience the spiritual serenity of Chiang Mai's temples and the innovative conservation efforts at the Lampang Elephant Hospital. Your journey extends to the idyllic beaches of Phuket, with a memorable excursion to the iconic James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay. This tour is a perfect blend of cultural immersion, historical exploration, and natural beauty, complemented by luxurious accommodations and modern travel comforts, including air-conditioned coaches with Wi-Fi. Whether you're a history enthusiast, nature lover, or culture seeker, this tour promises an array of experiences that capture the essence of Thailand's heritage and its natural wonders.

Highlights

  • Sukhothai, a revered UNESCO site

  • Wat Sri Chum

  • Lampang Elephant Hospital

  • Chiang Mai Artisan Village

  • Explore the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho and the Grand Palace in Bangkok

  • Journey along the Chao Phraya River and visit Wat Arun

  • Discover the ancient city of Ayutthaya and its temples

  • Canoeing and exploring the limestone formations in Phang Nga Bay, including James Bond Island

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation Name: The Landmark Bangkok Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: None

Upon your arrival in Bangkok, you'll go through immigration and then head outside the arrival terminal. There, your guide will be waiting to welcome you and arrange a private transfer to your hotel situated in downtown Bangkok. You'll have some leisure time to relax and recuperate from the lengthy airplane journey. Later in the evening, you're in for an unforgettable experience with a night tour of Bangkok that will leave lasting memories. You'll hop onto a tuk-tuk, a motorized rickshaw, providing you with a prime vantage point to observe the vibrant city streets illuminated at night. The streets buzz with excitement and vitality as your tuk-tuk takes you on a journey to savor local food tastings that capture the essence of the area. To conclude the night, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy live Thai traditional music while sipping on the renowned Thai signature cocktails at the Tep Bar.

Day 2: Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation Name: The Landmark Bangkok Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Enjoy your morning meal at the hotel. Today's itinerary involves exploring two significant attractions in Bangkok. First, we'll visit the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho—an immense reclining statue adorned with gold leaf. The second highlight is the Grand Palace, an essential destination for all visitors. We'll embark on a journey along the Chao Phraya River, also known as the River of Kings, and navigate the Thonburi canals. Another notable stop is at Wat Arun, one of Bangkok's most photographed landmarks. This grand shrine boasts a towering pagoda standing at 76 meters. Its adornment with glazed ceramic fragments creates a play of light resembling the sunrise, which contributed to its name. Please be aware that proper attire is required for this excursion (avoid bare shoulders, bare knees, or strapless heels). Remember to remove your shoes before entering any temple buildings.

Day 3: Bangkok-Damnoen Sadua-Kanchanaburi

Location: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Accommodation Name: Float House River Kwai (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Indulge in a delightful morning meal served at the hotel. Today, we'll enjoy an early breakfast to prepare for our excursion to the floating market, departing around 7:00 AM. For a glimpse into Bangkok's historical past, venture approximately 100 kilometers outside the city to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This market is a sensory feast of vibrant hues, captivating flavors, and exotic scents. Embark on a picturesque journey aboard a slim longtail speedboat, passing by riverside villages and fruit orchards before reaching the bustling market. Numerous opportunities for photography will present themselves as you navigate the lively waterside market. Following a satisfying lunch at a local eatery, we'll proceed to explore the War Museum (Thailand-Burma Railway Centre) and the War Cemetery. Afterward, you'll check in at the hotel. Enjoy your evening meal and rest comfortably overnight at the Kanchanaburi hotel.

Day 4: Kanchanaburi

Location: Kanchanaburi

Accommodation Name: Float House River Kwai (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embark on a journey through history aboard the Death Railway Train, traversing verdant woodlands. Indulge in a midday meal at a nearby eatery. Following this, our next destination is the extraordinary railway stretch famously referred to as "Hellfire Pass." This unique pass was swiftly constructed by allied prisoners of war, predominantly English and Australian, during the years 1942 to 1943. Conclude the day with a pleasant dinner, and find rest for the night at the Kanchanaburi hotel.

Day 5: Kanchanaburi-Ayutthaya

Location: Ayutthaya

Accommodation Name: Classic Kameo Ayuthaya Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Following a delectable breakfast at our hotel, we proceed with our expedition to the city of Ayutthaya. Renowned as the foremost archaeological hub of the nation and the former capital of the Siam kingdom, we will explore its principal temples Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. Both are integral to its UNESCO-designated archaeological complex and hold significant historical value. Ayutthaya stands as a testament to Thailand's cultural significance and heritage abundance. Your night's accommodation awaits at the Ayutthaya hotel.

Day 6: Ayutthaya-Sukhothai

Location: Sukhothai

Accommodation Name: Sukhothai Treasure (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We depart for Sukhothai, Thailand’s first capital. Sukhothai, a revered UNESCO site, unveils Thailand's origins. Its ancient temples, Buddha statues, and architectural marvels echo a glorious past. A testament to artistry and spirituality, Sukhothai bridges history and modern admiration, inviting us to ponder the essence of an enduring and culturally rich civilization. On our way to Sukhothai, we’ll visit a local family at Ban Pra Phim and learn how to make Buddha amulets. An essential part of Buddhism in Thailand are the Buddha amulets, also known as votive tablets. These small amulets – usually with images of Buddha or monks – are considered to be powerful objects that can bring good luck and protection. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy Sukhothai at your own pace. Dine at the hotel, followed by a comfortable overnight stay in Sukhothai.

Day 7: Sukhothai

Location: Sukhothai

Accommodation Name: Sukhothai Treasure (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We set out to explore the renowned Sukhothai Historical Park, an ancient realm that served as Thailand's inaugural capital seven centuries ago. This historical site is recognized as the cradle of Thai civilization, marking the origin of Thai art, architecture, culture, and language. The landscape is adorned with remnants of 13th-century temples, shrines, chedis, and imposing Buddha sculptures. Within this rich environment, Wat Mahathat holds a place as the magical and spiritual nucleus of the kingdom. Additionally, our visit to Wat Sri Chum will introduce us to one of the nation's largest seated Buddha statues. A delightful lunch will be enjoyed at a local establishment.The remainder of the day grants you the freedom to relax and enjoy your leisure activities. Your night's accommodation awaits at the Sukhothai hotel.

Day 8: Sukhothai - Chiang Mai

Location: Chiang Mai

Accommodation Name: Ratilanna Riverside Resort (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

For those who rise early, today offers a unique opportunity to wake up early and venture into the surroundings of the hotel. Here, you can partake in the tradition of offering alms to the monks, providing you with an intimate encounter with one of Thailand's most emblematic cultural practices. Savor your morning meal at the hotel. Next, we'll make our way to Lampang to explore the Lampang Elephant Hospital. This pioneering establishment, founded in 1994 by the NGO Friends of the Asian Elephant, holds the distinction of being the world's first of its kind. We'll also make a stop at Wat Phra Dhat Lampang Luang, which houses an Emerald Buddha. A local restaurant will host our lunch. Following this, we'll continue our journey to Chiang Mai. Our next destination is Doi Suthep, one of the twin peaks of a captivating granite mountain west of Chiang Mai. A cable car will elevate you to its summit, where you'll find Wat Phra That Doi Suthep—a significant Buddhist temple in Thailand. The temple provides breathtaking panoramic vistas, and you'll descend via the ornately adorned steps, flanked by jeweled naga serpents—a picturesque setting for photographs. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, you'll check in at the hotel. This evening, you are free to choose and enjoy dinner at your leisure.

Day 9: Chiang Mai

Location: Chiang Mai

Accommodation Name: Ratilanna Riverside Resort (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Embark on a distinctive journey to the Chiang Mai Artisan Village located within the Ontai Community. Travel arrangements will be made by van. This half-day expedition will lead you away from the usual tourist trails and into the heart of Baan Ontai, a sustainable village where local craftsmen uphold their traditions through traditional Thai handicrafts. Here, you'll witness the exceptional skills of cotton weaving and fabric dyeing using natural pigments. Moreover, you'll have the opportunity to try your hand at these techniques and create your own keepsake to take back home. The itinerary also includes visits to the Wat Pa Tueng Temple and the Ontai Museum. In the afternoon, you'll venture to a Handicraft Village. Chiang Mai is synonymous with its globally recognized handicraft villages, as the concentration of skilled artisans and artists here is unparalleled. A visit to these villages is an essential experience. Your day's activities will conclude after this insightful exploration of local craftsmanship and traditions. Optional: Those eager for a bargain-hunting adventure can take advantage of the chance to explore the city's vibrant night market. Discover the lively and diverse night markets of Chiang Mai. Your guide will accompany you as you navigate through the maze of stalls showcasing an array of items, ranging from authentic local crafts to playful imitation goods.

Day 10: Chiang Mai - Phuket

Location: Phuket

Accommodation Name: Katathani Phuket Beach Resort (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Upon arrival at Phuket airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our local guide. Following this, a private transfer will be arranged to take you to the hotel for the check-in process. You will spend the night in Phuket.

Day 11: Phuket

Location: Phuket

Accommodation Name: Katathani Phuket Beach Resort (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

After having your breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel for a transfer to the boat pier. Departure will take place from the Royal Phuket Marina's pier, heading towards Hong Island. There, you will be treated to awe-inspiring canoeing views amidst the captivating scenery of Phang Nga Bay. The journey will then proceed to Panak Island, where you can take in the remarkable limestone formations. You will have the opportunity to explore a cave and take a leisurely walk. Lunch will be served at Koh Panyi, a village with a Muslim community that is built upon stilts. The itinerary includes a visit to Koh Tapu, famously recognized as James Bond Island due to its appearance in the world-famous franchise. Also, the exploration of Khao Ping Kan, known for its distinctive leaning rock, will be a part of the adventure. Following this, the journey continues to Naka Island or Rangyai Island, offering a chance to swim or unwind on the tranquil beach. The excursion concludes as we return to the Royal Phuket Marina's pier and subsequently transfer you back to your hotel. You will spend the night in Phuket.

Day 12: Phuket

Location: Phuket

Accommodation Name: Katathani Phuket Beach Resort (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Starting at 09:00, we kick off an unforgettable tour of Phuket with our expert guide! Our first destination is the Big Buddha, a highly revered landmark on Phuket Island. Sitting atop the Nakkerd Hills, the monumental Big Buddha, crafted from white marble, is a testament to faith and devotion. Constructed primarily through donations in 2004, this 45-meter-tall figure is perched between Chalong and Kata and its presence is easily noticeable from afar. We will then continue to Chalong Temple, a site renowned for its historical significance. This temple holds special significance due to its association with revered monks from the past. Phuket Old Town will be our next stop. This area offers a glimpse into the past with its Sino-Portuguese houses and the charming Thalang Road, which takes you on a stroll through the historical heart of Phuket city. Guided by our escort, you will traverse the cultural streets of "Phuket Old Town." Immerse yourself in the Baba Phuket Traditional Community Life and admire Sino-Portuguese style buildings that are over a century old. Here, you'll have the chance to take captivating photos, including those with the Phuket Street Arts. At 14:00, we will return to the hotel for some personal leisure time. Please note that the duration of the tour is approximately 5 hours, dependent on your hotel's location. The package includes round-trip transfers within Phuket, an English-speaking tour guide, admission fees, and transportation by van (with a maximum capacity of 8 passengers per van).

Day 13: Phuket

Location: Phuket

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the hotel and take your time to unwind. Later, we will arrange a transfer to Phuket airport to ensure you're on schedule for your departure flight.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    8 Nights in 4 & 5 Star Hotels. See
    hotels
    3 Nights in Traditional Turkish Gulet

  • Fully Guided

    Yes.

  • Meals

    10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches,3 Dinner

  • Transportation

    Modern Air-conditioned Coaches with Wi-Fi, Traditional Turkish Gulet

  • Airport Transfer(s)

    Arrival Airport transfer on first day of the tour.

  • Tour Guiding

    Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

  • Free Wi-Fi

    Complimentary hotel and coach Wi-Fi ( where available )

What's Not Included

Not Included.

Add Ons

Local Payment: £0

Mode of Transport

Travel in style with modern air-conditioned coaches equipped with Wi-Fi, ensuring a comfortable journey. Additionally, embrace the unique experience of sailing on a traditional Turkish Gulet.

Accommodation

Experience the epitome of luxury with 8 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels, complemented by 3 enchanting nights in a traditional Turkish Gulet. Each stay promises comfort, elegance, and a touch of local charm.

Check out our Q&As

  • Is airport transfer included in the tour package?

    Yes, arrival airport transfer on the first day of the tour is included.

  • What kind of accommodation is provided during the tour?

    The tour provides 8 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels and 3 enchanting nights in a traditional Turkish Gulet, promising comfort, elegance, and a touch of local charm.

  • What are the highlights of the Treasures of Thailand with Phuket tour?

    The highlights of the Treasures of Thailand with Phuket tour include Sukhothai, a revered UNESCO site, Wat Sri Chum, Lampang Elephant Hospital, and Chiang Mai Artisan Village.

  • How many meals are included in the tour?

    The tour includes 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners.

  • Are there any exclusions I should be aware of?

    Yes, insurance is not included in the tour package.

  • What are the tags associated with the tour?

    The tags associated with the tour include Foodie and Wine Tours, Gardens & Nature Tours, History, Small Group, and Beach Tours.

  • What countries will be visited during the tour?

    The tour will visit Thailand.

  • What is the primary focus of the tour?

    The primary focus of the tour is Cultural.

  • What type of transportation is included in the tour?

    The tour includes travel in modern air-conditioned coaches equipped with Wi-Fi and the unique experience of sailing on a traditional Turkish Gulet.

  • Can I arrange accommodation before or after my tour?

    Pre and post-tour accommodation is available on most of our tours with our improved rates, depending on the availability. You can add pre or post accommodation during the booking process online

  • Do I need to get a visa in advance or can I get it on arrival at the destination?

    You are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Please consult your travel agent or the relevant consulate in advance to determine if or which visas are required and how to obtain them. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could result in your rejection to enter the destination, and could result in considerable expenses and inconvenience. More information about visas is also available on the pre-departure files of each tour.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Most of our guests are seasoned travellers with years of experience, looking to discover a culture in exquisite style. They are passionate to explore new things, connect with the local fabric and spend quality time on a comfortable adventure. The majority of our guests are from the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and Europe.

  • What are the optional experiences?

    Optional experiences are activities that you can do on your own or are provided by third parties. These activities are not part of the itinerary or tour price, but suggested to you as popular attractions at your destination.

  • How am I protected when booking a tour with Ciconia?

    We are a member of ABTA, Association of British Travel Agents, Travel Talk Adventures Membership number Y600X. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. ABTA also offers you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of this contract. The scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered independently. It is a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on you for cost. We also reflect our customer-oriented values to our policies, assisting all our guests to our utmost ability in case of changes. Our website is secured via 128-bit encryption, safeguarding your holiday is important to us.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    There are always solo travellers on our tours. If you don’t mind staying with another single traveller of the same gender, then you do not need to pay the single supplement. The single supplement is for guests who would like to stay in a private room for the duration of their tour. You can arrange a single room when booking online or by contacting us. Please note this option is not always available for certain tours.

  • What does the tour price include?

    Ciconia tours generally cover top quality accommodation and premium transportation, all breakfasts and most dinners, services of expert Travel Director and local guides at some sites, all entrance fees to all sites on tour, airport transfers, and all taxes, tips and porterage fees.

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