Holidays to Thailand, Classical Thailand

“Compare and contrast Thailand's two premier cities, Chiang Mai and Bangkok, as well as exploring the jungles of the north and the white sand beaches on the southeast coast.”

Highlights

Tour of Bangkok, including the Grand Palace | Kanchanaburi | Ayutthaya temples | hilltribe village trek | Khao Sam Roi Yort National Park | Death Railway & Hellfire Pass | Waterfalls in Erawan NP | Bridge over the River Kwai | Overnight train to Chiang Mai | Thai cookery class | Jngle tour | Hua Hin beach | Optional activities include: bike ride or a visit to Elephant Nature Park

Description of Holidays to Thailand, Classical Thailand

From the palaces, temples and waterways of burgeoning Bangkok to the walled city of Chiang Mai and the beaches of Hua Hin, this two week holiday in Thailand offers the perfect introduction for first-time travellers with the chance to join a small guided group adding confidence and security to a classic Southeast Asian experience.

Road transfers north from the capital to Kanchanaburi province allow you to find out more about the Bridge on the River Kwai and the infamous construction of the Burma Railway in WWII as well as having the chance to cool off in and around the waterfalls of Erawan National Park.

An overnight sleeper train bound for Chiang Mai helps to increase anticipation levels before you disembark amongst the night markets and temples of Thailandís northern capital whereupon you'll be able to prepare for a series of short treks to be taken in the surrounding jungle covered hillsides.

A domestic flight south whisks you to the beaches of Hua Hin and the limestone peaks of Khao Sam Roi Yort National Park where youíll be able relax and reflect with newfound friends before returning to Bangkok for one final souvenir and shopping spree prior to heading for home.

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03 Feb 2018
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Our top tip:
Buy a local sarong which never fails to come in handy both on the beach and in the jungle. Also, light sleepers may want to take ear plugs and eye masks for the overnight train trip.
Trip type:
Small group. Avg 12. Min age 16.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Gentle trek, jungle lodge and city sightseeing.
Accomm:
11 hotels, 1 jungle lodge and 1 sleeper train.
Included:
Accommodation, tour leader, transport and local flight.
Meals:
11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner. £200-£250 is around the budget for extra meals.
Solos:
Single travellers welcome. Solo room supplement for hotels.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Holidays to Thailand, Classical Thailand

Environment

Conservation:
On this trip, we have the option to visit the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai to help provide some awareness of work being done with Asian elephants in Thailand. The park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre in Northern Thailand where you can volunteer and visit to help. The park has been involved in dozens of rescues which have allowed a herd of elephants to thrive. The park also provides a natural environment for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals under their care and engages with local communities, educating them on animal welfare. Purchasing souvenirs here, making a donation or by merely learning about this issue, our business is very beneficial for these gentle giants.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Local Craft & Culture:
We are dedicated to supporting local communities and the continuation of the craftmanship and traditional ways of life that make Thailandís culture so rich and exciting. For example, we visit a local Hmong village where locals from nearby hill tribe villages are employed to perform traditional songs and dance. This provides these communities with an avenue to share their long and proud history of culture with younger members of the community and outsiders whilst stabilising income generation. Here travellers can also see demonstrations of how crafts have been handmade for centuries and have the opportunity to purchase gifts and clothing. Guides will be able to advise on which products to avoid when shopping e.g. unapproved home made alcohol and anything sold by children.

Accommodation & Meals:
Our accommodation is locally owned and locally staffed and we try on this tour to spread our commerce to a variety of hotels so that several communitites benefit. All breakfasts are provided, but where meals are not included, your tour leader will be happy to recommend the best local restaurants and some authentic, traditional dishes. This is a great way to ensure that smaller businesses profit from our commerce and also to give travellers a real taste of the country. There is even the opportunity to learn how to cook your own 'gaeng keow wahn' or green coconut curry on day 6 in Chiang Mai!

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. Our leaders and guides have been trained in responsible travel and actively encourage our suppliers, drivers, and other members of our team to respect the environment, protect the culture and support the local economy. They have also completed Child Safe training which enables them to take positive action should they encounter children at risk as well as educating clients re child protection within tourism.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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


The cookery course at Cooking at Home. The railway and war cemetary at Kanchanaburi, elephant training centre. Time to "chill"

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


Think about booking an extra night before/after the trip. The hotel in Bangkok is close to the markets of Banglampu and Thawet and the best shopping was in Bangkok. Be prepared for the heat/humidity. Up to 40 degrees in March.
However this is a very leisurely trip and most of the accommodation was very comfortable so it was more than manageable and I came back relaxed not exhausted.

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


Yes mostly, we had lots of free time and hotels were usually in good locations where you could purchase food/drinks from locals, visit the markets. A couple of meals in hotel or 'tour' restaurants but most others were local or street markets. Elephants were well cared for.

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


Good. Our guide was less enthusiastic than most guides of this company I have travelled with in the past , but she was organised and the hotels were very efficient.

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