Thailand 19 day holiday

Description of Thailand 19 day holiday

Uncover a side to Thailand that few tourists see with a 19-day tour of historic sites, cultural experiences and visits to areas of unspoiled natural beauty. This is the full rainbow of Thailand, from Bangkok to beach paradise.

You'll start in the electric capital, where a local guide will give you insider knowledge at must-see attractions, including the Grand Palace, the city's extensive canal system and the stunning temples of Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Po.

Next, you'll head to Kanchanaburi (stopping to visit floating markets en route), the site of the infamous "Death Railway" built between Thailand and Burma (now Myanmar) by prisoners of war during World War II. This is also the site of Erawan National Park, home of lakeside tranquillity and trickling waterfalls.

You'll then fly to the northern city of Chiang Rai, visiting the local night market with a local guide, the iconic white temple of Wat Rhong Khun and cruising down the Kok River to participate in a homestay with the hill tribes of Mae Kampong.

Then, it's on to cultural capital Chiang Mai, where you'll take part in a cookery class and climb to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, before meeting the gentle giants of Elephant Nature Park (a verified ethical elephant sanctuary).

After so much adventure in northern cities, you'll fly south to Surat Thani, where you'll enjoy a day tour of Khao Sok National Park, complete with canoeing, rafting, trekking and caving activities.

Finally, you'll end your tour of Thailand with three days on Phuket, the country's largest island, where you can unwind and relax on the beach. Don't miss the Hong by Starlight experience; a day of kayaking and hong (cave) exploration, culminating in an after-dark excursion to see the caves lit up by bio-luminescence.

This comprehensive itinerary is specially designed to bring you the very best that Thailand has to offer: from interactions with traditional hill tribes to learning to cook Thai cuisine with a local couple, to exploration of the country's natural beauty - this tour takes a deep delve into the magic of Thailand, where few have the opportunity to go.

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 chosen accommodation. Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the evening to brief you about your itinerary and recommend some great places to eat in this exciting city.
Day 2:Bangkok Private 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:Floating Markets & Kanchanaburi - This morning you値l visit Damneon Saduak floating market, approximately 12 kilometres south of Bangkok. Here you値l see hundreds of longtail 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 Kanchanaburi where you値l board a longtail boat to your accommodation, which is a stylish tented camp set on a cliff overlooking the famous River Kwai.
Day 4:Explore Kanchanaburi - Today you値l have a full day to explore Kanchanaburi with a local guide. You値l visit the famous bridge on the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery before boarding the train along the Death Railway. You値l also visit the Thai Burma Railway Museum where you can learn more about the POW痴 experiences, as well as viewing a section of the infamous Burma Death Railway. In the afternoon, you値l return to your accommodation, where you can relax in the man-made rock pool overlooking the River Kwai, visit local communities, schools and temples, hire mountain bikes and explore the local area, walk along the Hellfire Pass trail, visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, or enjoy a traditional Thai massage.
Day 5:Erawan National Park - This morning you値l head to the beautiful Erawan National Park, northwest of Bangkok, near the Myanmar border. The park is known for its picturesque waterfalls, particularly Erawan Falls, which cascades down seven tiers. It is also known for its limestone caves; including Phartat Cave which has stalactites and stalagmites, Ta Duang Cave which features rock paintings, and Wang Bah Dan Cave which has two levels with a stream in its lower chamber.
Day 6:Chiang Rai & The Golden Triangle - This morning you値l transfer back to Bangkok Airport for your flight to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand and this afternoon 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 "official" viewpoint near the town of Chiang Saen in Thailand, you can see the neighbouring countries, the mighty Mekong River and the stunning landscape.
Day 7:Longtail Boat to Mae Kampong - After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to the famous white temple of Wat Rhong Khun. In the afternoon you値l be driven to the Kok River, where you値l board a longtail boat that will take you along the river towards Ta Thon. You値l then be driven for approximately an hour and a half into the northern hill region around Mae Kampong. The district is excellent for meeting the colourful hill tribe people and you値l gain an insight into their unique lifestyle and customs. Tonight, you will stay with a local family in a homestay this is an incredible experience and you値l learn more about hill tribe culture, plus you値l also have an opportunity to try some traditional hill tribe food! The people in this region are known for their warmth and hospitality and you値l be treated like a member of their extended family.
Day 8:Transfer to Chiang Mai - This morning you値l enjoy breakfast with your homestay family before saying your goodbyes. You値l then be driven to Thailand's cultural capital, Chiang Mai. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai you値l have a chance to relax at your hotel, and then this evening your local guide will take you out for a traditional Kantoke dinner.
Day 9:Chiang Mai Private Tour - It's an early start this morning, as you値l head to the base of Chiang Mai Hill to watch the Buddhist monks descending into the city as the sun rises to collect their alms for the day. If there is sufficient time, you can walk up the mountain to Wat Prah That Doi Suthep. After lunch, you値l explore the old town by trishaw and you値l finish your tour with a walk around the famous Chiang Mai night market.
Day 10: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. Your visit helps to improve the lives and conditions of elephants.
Day 11:Cooking Class & Hill Tribe Visit - 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 12:Explore Mae Rim - 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 13:Transfer to Surat Thani - After breakfast, you値l check out of your lodge and you値l be transferred to Chiang Mai Airport. En route you値l stop at the famous Doi Suthep Temple, where you can take photos of the spectacular views over Chiang Mai. This afternoon you値l take a flight to Surat Thani in southern Thailand and upon arrival you値l be met and transferred to your tree-house accommodation in Khao Sok National Park.
Day 14:Khao Sok National Park - Khao Sok National Park is characterised by limestone mountains (known as karsts), caves, lakes, waterfalls and dense rainforest. Today you値l have an opportunity to enjoy a range of adventure activities including, kayaking or rafting down the Khao Sok River, trekking through the jungle, exploring remote waterfalls and secret caves and visiting Nam Ron Hot Springs.
Day 15:Transfer to Phuket - This morning, you値l check out of your accommodation at Khao Sok and take a private vehicle to your hotel on the beautiful island of Phuket, where you値l stay for the remainder of your holiday. The island has beautiful beaches, spectacular viewpoints, lively night markets and interesting cultural attractions. It is also a fantastic base for exploring the nearby islands and must-see attractions including Phang Nga Bay and the Phi Phi Islands.
Day 16:Explore Phuket - Today you can simply relax on one of the 30 beautiful beaches of Phuket choose from Freedom Beach, Kata Beach, Patong Beach, Karon Beach, Nai Harn Beach, Kata Noi Beach or Laem Singh Beach.
Day 17:Hong by Starlight - This afternoon you値l join the famous John Gray Hong by Starlight Tour. This excursion takes you to islands in Phang Nga Bay where you can explore the caves and hongs, and you値l also have an opportunity to kayak and swim in the turquoise waters. In the evening you値l enjoy a delicious Thai seafood buffet before returning to your accommodation in Phuket.
Day 18:Explore Phuket - Enjoy your final full day in Phuket. You may wish to visit the famous Big Buddha an impressive 45-metre marble Buddha statue on a mountain top, offering panoramic views of the island. Or, you may wish to take an island-hopping boat trip to discover the stunning Similan Islands, which are surrounded by clear blue seas and pristine white-sand beaches (optional excursion, not included in the tour).
Day 19:Depart Thailand - Sadly your Thailand holiday is drawing to an end. After breakfast this morning you値l check-out of your accommodation and you値l be driven to the airport for your flight home.

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Thailand 19 day holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

As with all of our luxury holidays, this itinerary has been crafted to ensure that it positively effects the local communities and environments visited.

This itinerary includes trips to some of Thailand's protected areas of natural beauty, including Erawan National Park, Khao Sok National Park and the UNESCO-listed city of Chiang Mai. By visiting these sites (all entrance fees are included in your luxury tour), you are supporting the protection of these areas, and indicating to authorities that tourists are interested in protecting Thailand's incredible natural environments.

Whilst exploring areas of natural beauty, such as national parks and beaches, please ensure that you don稚 leave any litter everything you carry in, you must carry out. Aside from the environmental damage, litter can be harmful to wildlife.

We also make a special effort to recommend activities and accommodation providers which have responsible and sustainable initiatives. For example, Elephant Nature Park is an ethical elephant sanctuary which rescues, treats and rehabilitates elephants previously used for logging, riding and entertainment purposes. A trip here helps provide much-needed funds for the elephants (many of which suffer health problems as a result of their mistreatment, leading to them being abandoned by their previous owners) and makes you an ambassador for elephant welfare, educating friends and family about your trip and the ethical ways to interact with elephants in Southeast Asia.

Community

All the local guides referred to in this itinerary are paid a fair wage. We believe that using local guides is important, as it helps generate local incomes and creates jobs, plus it offers a more authentic travel experience.

We recommend independent local hotels, lodges, guesthouses and campsites, rather than international chain hotels, which helps support local communities and allows you to experience true Thai hospitality. For example, Six Senses Yao Noi, located on a remote island in Phang Nga Bay between Phuket and Krabi, has a focus on sustainability in both minimising its impact on the environment and benefiting the local community. The resort participates in the Geo-Life Clean Water Project, funds medical supplies for the island's hospital and donates to local schools for English-language programmes and sponsorships.

This Thailand holiday also includes the option for cultural experiences learning about local traditions with trips to hill tribe villages, where you can also engage in cultural exchange as part of a homestay experience (this provides traditional communities in these areas with income). What's more, getting to know a destination and the diverse people who live there means that you will have a more authentic and meaningful travel experience.

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