Thailand tailor made holiday, history & culture

“Efficient eight day tailor made tour of northern Thailand by way of a domestic flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Temples, railways and rivers.”

Highlights

Bangkok | Kanchanaburi War Cemetery | River Kwai House Boat | Ayutthaya | Chiang Mai | Thai cooking class |

Description of Thailand tailor made holiday, history & culture

Visit Bangkok's Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, discover the floating markets of Damneon Saduak, explore the ancient cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai and trek in the hill tribe region of northern Thailand.

Experience the culture of Bangkok, two ancient Thai cities and the northern parts of Thailand on this Thailand heritage tour.

The trip begins in bustling Bangkok, where you'll visit the city's main cultural sights, Buddhist temples and famous floating markets. Enjoy a city tour led by your English-speaking local guide. Then, explore the ancient cities of Ayutthaya and Lopburi (also known as "Monkey City"), before continuing your journey north to Sukhothai and Chiang Mai, where you'll discover the distinctive culture of northern Thailand. Spend a night in a hill tribe lodge and trek around the local area, before continuing your northern adventure and head east to the hill tribe region above Chiang Rai. You'll stay in a lodge right in the heart of a local community and enjoy trekking in the lush mountains before heading to Chiang Rai, where your holiday ends.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive in Bangkok - Upon arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your accommodation. Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the evening to brief you about your itinerary and they will be able to recommend some great places to eat in this exciting city.
Day 2:Bangkok Guided Tour - Your day will start with a guided tour of Bangkok. You値l travel like a local using transport including klong (canal) boat, public bus, the Chao Phraya River public ferry and the elevated BTS or Skytrain. Your friendly and knowledgeable local guide will take you to Bangkok痴 magnificent temples and palaces, including Thailand痴 most sacred sites: The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace is without doubt the city's most famous landmark and Wat Phra Kaew, known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand.
Day 3:Visit Floating Markets & Transfer to Ayutthaya - This morning you値l visit Damneon Saduak floating market, approximately 12 kilometres south of Bangkok. Here, you値l see hundreds of long-tail boats along the narrow canals with vendors selling everything from exotic fruits, to traditional desserts and noodles cooked right on the boat. You値l then be driven to Ayutthaya, 80 kilometres north of Bangkok. Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was the second capital of the Kingdom of Siam and it was a prosperous international trading port until it was attacked by the Burmese army in 1767. The Burmese burned the city to the ground and forced the inhabitants to leave. This afternoon you値l have an opportunity to explore this ancient city and the fascinating archaeological ruins. Ayutthaya is located on an island surrounded by three rivers connecting the city to the sea and you can take a private boat trip around the historical island to see some of the most famous temples and palaces. You will also have a chance to observe the daily life of local people around the river and you値l see wooden houses on stilts on the banks of the river (houses in Ayutthaya were traditionally built on stilts because of the frequent floods in the area). You値l also see more recent, active Buddhist temples.
Day 4:Explore Lopburi & Transfer to Sukhothai - This morning you値l have additional time to explore the ancient city of Ayutthaya before driving to Lopburi, also known as Monkey City. You値l explore Prang Sam Yot, an impressive three-pronged Khmer ruin, and San Phra Kan, a modern spirit shrine both of which are home to most of the monkeys of Lopburi. The monkeys, specifically rhesus and crab-eating macaques, also like to steal food and hats from people: you have been warned! Later this afternoon you値l start your journey to Sukhothai, 427 kilometres north of Bangkok.
Day 5:Explore Sukhothai - A UNESCO World Heritage City, Sukhothai is home to a vast number of historical sites and temple ruins. Today you値l have a guided tour where you値l explore the ruins of former royal palaces, Buddhist Temples and the city gates and moats of the ancient kingdom, discovering the unique style of Sukhothai architecture.
Day 6:Srisatchanalai Historical Park & Transfer to Chiang Mai - This morning you値l be driven to the ancient town of Srisatchanalai, now a historical park. A total of 134 monuments have been discovered within the park, and although you値l only spend a few hours here, you値l have time to explore the most impressive and important sites. You値l then continue on to Chiang Mai and this evening your guide will take you out for a traditional Kantoke dinner.
Day 7:Day Trip to Elephant Nature Park - Today you値l visit the Elephant Nature Park, 60 kilometres from Chiang Mai. The Elephant Nature Park focuses on education and conservation and offers the opportunity to see ex-working elephants up close without exploiting them. Your family will learn about elephants, plus you値l have a chance to interact with them and you can also feed and bathe them. Your visit helps to improve the lives and conditions of elephants. This evening, you値l visit the famous Chiang Mai night market.
Day 8:Cookery Lesson & Hill Tribes - This morning you値l visit a local farm outside Chiang Mai, where you値l collect the ingredients required for your Thai cookery lesson, and then you値l prepare an authentic Thai meal for your lunch. After lunch, you値l head into the hill tribe region outside of Chiang Mai, taking in spectacular views before arriving at your accommodation, nestled in the scenic valley of the Suthep-Pui mountain range. This evening, you値l enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at your lodge and you can watch a traditional Hmong song and dance performance.
Day 9:Explore Mae Rim - Today you値l enjoy a walking tour through the mountains and rice fields of Mae Rim District. You値l visit a local Hmong village, completely untouched by tourism, and you値l get a glimpse into the way of life of the Hmong people, taking in the impressive views along the way.
Day 10:Transfer to Chiang Rai & Mountain Trekking - This morning, you will be driven to your accommodation in the tribe region above Chiang Rai and this afternoon you値l join a guided trek through lush mountains, stopping at a beautiful waterfall and a Hmong village. This evening, you値l enjoy a delicious Thai dinner at your lodge and watch traditional Hmong and Lahu performances.
Day 11:Day Trek - Today you値l embark on a full day trek in the mountainous hill tribe region near Chiang Rai. After a picnic lunch in the forest, you値l continue trekking downhill until you reach a village by the Kong River. After exploring the village and interacting with the locals, you値l take a short transfer by local truck back to your accommodation.
Day 12:Visit the Golden Triangle - Today, you値l visit the Golden Triangle. Also known as Sop Ruak, the Golden Triangle is the point where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge and are separated by the Mekong River. This region is known for its breathtaking scenery and from the viewpoint near the town of Chiang Saen in Thailand you can see the neighbouring countries, the mighty Mekong River and the stunning landscape. This evening, you can explore the bustling Chiang Rai Night Bazaar, where hill tribe people and lowlanders sell their handicrafts.
Day 13:Depart from Chiang Rai - Sadly your Thailand heritage tour comes to an end. After breakfast, you値l check out of your accommodation and be driven to the airport for your flight home.

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Environment

The carbon emissions created in Thailand by this holiday are all offset in Southeast Asia through our partnership with a local environmental charity. These offsets are paid for out of our company profits so that you can travel with a green conscience and at no extra cost to you.

Many travel companies offer their customers the chance to offset the carbon emissions from their international flights too but we have gone a step further and offer to share this cost with you 50/50. If you select to compensate for your international flight emissions when you book with us then what you put in, we put in too!

To ensure that we are offering ground-breaking itineraries and are always keeping up-to-date with the latest developments abroad, our UK staff travel regularly to our destinations. This 層ork also leaves a carbon footprint and we compensate for all our staff travel by donating carbon-mitigating funds to our charity partners.

Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.

Community

On day 6 we take you to the wonderful Lisu Lodge for an insight into the lifestyles of the tribal peoples of Northern Thailand. There you will be directly contributing to the local economy and you will find an interesting Cultural Centre and Museum designed by the villagers to represent their own history, mythology and way of life.

We employ local guides and support staff who we pay fair wages, often exceeding government standards which we still consider too low, and thereby remove the reliance on tipping from travellers for livelihoods.

Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our holidays.

We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.

In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children痴 education in pursuit of this opportunity.

Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Southeast Asia and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travellers.

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Reviewed on 16 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The beautiful Temples, cooking class, plantation tour.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Not spending 2 days on Floating House. 1 would have been sufficient.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes...would have liked to help local economy more with purchasing local crafts. Didn't see many.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


EXCELLENT and PERFECT! Loved Annie

Reviewed on 01 May 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was the stay in the River Kwai Jungle Raft. The simplicity and isolation of the place is something that will stay in our minds for a long time. Very recommended.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


To be prepared for a very intensive week. We were always on the move, so packing light is a must. Also, we appreciated very much the local food on the street merchants, which made the experience more enjoyable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, as our guide helped us to be in direct contact with the local people wherever we went.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Memorable and something that we'll definitely recommend.

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