Highlights of Thailand

From Bangkok to Bangkok

Visiting: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai


Tour Operator: G Adventures

Physical rating: 2 - Light

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Group size: 1 - 16

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

It’s difficult to fit all the varied experiences of northern Thailand into just one week, but we found a way. Through a combination of flights, boats and the omnipresent tuk tuk, travellers need not sacrifice cultural activities and inspiring sites on this comfort-focused trip. Experience golden monasteries, cooking classes and thriving night markets as well as the sobering 'Death Railway', where legions of POWs met a cruel fate in World War II. Prepare to return home a different person.

Highlights

  • iconStep back into history at the 'Bridge on the River Kwai', impress your friends with your Thai cooking skills, receive a blessing from a monk at the temple of Doi Suthep, visit a local village for an authentic khantoke dinner, explore Ayutthaya's ancient ruins
  • icon Chiang Mai. Arrival transfer. Entrance to Thai/Burma War Museum and train journey on the 'Death Railway'. Visit to Erawan National Park. Entrance and guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park. Dinner on a converted rice barge. Thai cooking class and market visit. Sunset visit to Doi Suthep Monastery. Kantoke home dinner and village visit. Explore Bangkok including a visit to Wat Po temple and Klong Canal boat ride. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • icon Chiang Mai Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class
  • icon receive a blessing from a monk at the temple of Doi Suthep
  • icon impress your friends with your Thai cooking skills
  • icon visit a local village for an authentic khantoke dinner
  • iconStep back into history at the 'Bridge on the River Kwai'
  • icon explore Ayutthaya's ancient ruins

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Additional Information: You are welcome to arrive at any time on day 1, but please note that hotel check-in time is 12 noon.

TRANSPORT: Upon arrival at the airport, head to the arrival hall and door number 3 near the information counter. Look for a driver holding a G Adventures sign with your name, who'll take you to your hotel so you can check in and start exploring.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2: Bangkok/Kanchanaburi

Location: Bangkok

Meals: BREAKFAST

Travel to Kanchanaburi, home to the 'Bridge on the River Kwai'. Take a train journey over the bridge.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Take in a piece of World War II history on this visit. You've seen or at least heard of the famous movie, "Bridge on the River Kwai" -- tour the real thing and take a train ride over the bridge. It's massive, majestic, and imposing, and offers fabulous views of the river below.

icon Day 3: Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Location: Kanchanaburi

Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER

Morning visit to Erawan National Park and waterfall then visit the Thai/Burma War Museum and War Cemetery. This afternoon, travel to Ayutthaya and enjoy dinner on a rice barge.

ACTIVITY: Visit one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. Its seven tiers offer a unique experience at every climb, reaching up to 1,500m (4921 ft). Swim in the turquoise pools, snap photos from the top tier, and opt to hike in the jungle to spot monkeys.

ACTIVITY: Visit the Thai-Burmese Railway Museum to learn about the Death Railway's dark history, and the Allied War Cemetery where more than 6,000 prisoners are buried.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Cruise down the river aboard a converted 1930s rice barge. Have a delicious Thai meal while taking in the incredible views of the city.

icon Day 4: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai

Location: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Meals: BREAKFAST

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ayutthaya Historical Park, then return to Bangkok to catch a flight to Chiang Mai.

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ayutthaya Historical Park. Ayuthaya served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Return to Bangkok to catch a flight to Chiang Mai.

ACTIVITY: Explore the ruins of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ayuthaya served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Late in the 17th century its population reached one million, and foreign visitors wrote awestruck accounts of its size and splendour.

TRANSPORT: Hello again Bangkok! Travel back to the city and to the airport by private van.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

icon Day 5: Chiang Mai

Location: Chiang Mai

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Visit the market with a local chef to learn about traditional ingredients. Participate in a Thai cooking class and enjoy your creations for lunch. Visit the Doi Suthep Buddhist temple and listen to monks chanting at sunset. Opt to visit the bustling Chiang Mai night market.

Our hotel is located in the heart of Chiang Mai city, within 5 a minute walk of the famous night bazaar.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Pick out the best ingredients at a local market and learn how to make delicious Thai dishes.

ACTIVITY: Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a golden Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai on the Mt Doi Suthep. Climb 300 steps to reach the temple and be rewarded with an unforgettable view. Admire the many Buddhist relics at this sacred temple and visit the white elephant shrine. Legend has it that the location of the temple was chosen after a white elephant carried a relic to the mountain and trumpeted three times before dying on the spot. Also, with a little luck, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

icon Day 6: Chiang Mai

Location: Chiang Mai

Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER

Today, explore Chiang Mai with some free time. Savour authentic khantoke cuisine this evening.

FREE TIME: HALF DAY Opt to visit the local handicraft workshops, and the bustling Chiang Mai night market.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a unique stay in a village just outside Chiang Mai at a traditional family-run guesthouse. Structured as a social enterprise, Joy’s Guest House supports the Children's Shelter Foundation providing a home and education to 45 underprivileged children from the hill tribe villages of North Thailand and Burma. In addition to schooling, older students also have the opportunity to receive hands-on training at the guest house, preparing them for careers in hospitality and tourism industries. This evening, relax in the tranquil surroundings and sit down to an authentic Khantoke dinner - dishes typically include sticky rice, hang-le curry, and crispy pork with chilli paste. The next morning enjoy the pool and gardens or opt to take a yoga class or have a massage at the spa.

icon Day 7: Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Location: Chiang Mai

Meals: BREAKFAST

Flight to bustling Bangkok for a klong riverboat tour and visit to Wat Po.

Board a longtail boat ride along the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet canals. Return to a more traditional way of life, far removed from Bangkok’s modern skyscrapers, passing many beautiful landmarks on the riverside. Pay a visit to Wat Po temple.

TRANSPORT: Take a quick flight back to Bangkok.

ACTIVITY: Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River and through the small canals of western Bangkok's Thonburi district. Observe colourful scenes of everyday life along the river banks.

ACTIVITY: This temple is known for its reclining Buddha, its feet covered with mother-of-pearl engravings of Buddhist symbols. Explore the large grounds and other compounds to see other Buddha figures, murals and the chedis that contain the ashes of Buddha. This is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 8: Bangkok

Location: Bangkok

Meals: BREAKFAST

Depart at any time.

Additional Information: Please note that check out time is 12pm.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Comfort hotels (7 nts).

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    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

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    Dinner on a converted rice barge

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    Visit to Erawan National Park

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    Entrance and guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Sunset visit to Doi Suthep Monastery

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Arrival transfer

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    Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Thai Guesthouse & Home Dinner, Chiang Mai Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai

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    Kantoke home dinner and village visit

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    Explore Bangkok including a visit to Wat Po temple and Klong Canal boat ride

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    Entrance to Thai/Burma War Museum and train journey on the 'Death Railway'

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    Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai. Arrival transfer. Entrance to Thai/Burma War Museum and train journey on the 'Death Railway'. Visit to Erawan National Park. Entrance and guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park. Dinner on a converted rice barge. Thai cooking class and market visit. Sunset visit to Doi Suthep Monastery. Kantoke home dinner and village visit. Explore Bangkok including a visit to Wat Po temple and Klong Canal boat ride. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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    Thai cooking class and market visit

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    Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Thai Guesthouse & Home Dinner, Chiang Mai

Group Size

Max 16, avg 12

Meals Included

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Private bus/minivan, tuk tuk, train, boat, plane, walking.

Accommodation

Comfort hotels (7 nts).
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