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Taste of Thailand

9 days fr £1,069pp

Bangkok • Kanchanaburi • Ayutthaya • Sukhothai • Lampang • Chiang Rai • Chiang Mai

TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Standard fr £1,069pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 01/05/2020 - 31/10/2020
Also included:
  • 8 nights BB hotel accommodation
  • 3 Dinners
  • Transport in AC vehicles
  • Entrance Fees and English speaking Tour Leaders
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
Overview
You'll get a real flavour for Thailand on this food orientated tour as well as being treated to a great mix of what makes the country so special for visitors. Starting your adventure in the amazing capital city of Bangkok, where you will see all the famous sights, you travel out into the countryside meeting the local people before World War 11 history comes alive at the Bridge over the River Kwai. Then travel to Chiang Rai and Chaing Mai for more fun and good food.
Day 1
Bangkok
On arrival at Bangkok's international airport you will be met by one of our tour representatives and driven to your hotel in the heart of the city. Relax after the journey then the rest of the day and evening is free for you to go out and explore on your own possibly having a look at some of the special places before being taken to them on organised tours over the next days. Tonight, if you don't want to have dinner at your hotel, try some of the local cuisine at a nearby restaurant.
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Day 2
Bangkok
Start your day with a cruise along the Chao Phraya River. Learn to prepare four exciting dishes with local ingredients at Amita Tai’s Cooking Class. Afterwards, cruise to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, home to the sacred Emerald Buddha, a symbol of the country. Then in the evening, begin a tuk-tuk adventure through Bangkok to hidden restaurants and local spots where you’ll discover Thai street food just like a local.
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Day 3
Bangkok – Kanchanaburi
This morning you catch a glimpse of Bangkok’s busiest fresh seafood market – Mahachai market, where you will find local handicrafts, pottery and freshly caught seafood from the Gulf of Thailand. Then leave the city and drive south through rice paddies and fields to Damnoen Saduak, the popular floating market. Continue in the afternoon to Kanchanaburi to visit the famous bridge over the River Kwai, which formed part of the 'Death Railway' constructed by prisoners during WW11.
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Day 4
Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya – Sukhothai
This morning after breakfast you leave the banks of the River Kwai and are taken to explore Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Tai Kingdom. Stroll around the ruins of Wat Phra Si Sanphet, a former royal temple, Wat Mahathat, where the roots of a tree surround the head of Buddha; and Wat Chai Wattanaram, an example of Khmer architectural influence. Then, in the afternoon, drive on to Sukhothai and check in to your next hotel - Le Charme Sukhothai Historical Park Resort.
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Day 5
Sukhothai – Lampang – Chiang Rai
Today you are taken to visit the historical park in Sukhothai, another former capital that includes a number of fine monuments illustrating the beginning of Tai architecture. Then continue driving north to Chiang Rai with a stop on the way at Wat Phra Tat Lampang Luang, a temple perched on the top of a hill. It’s a beautiful temple to explore and the views are spectacular. Arrive in Chiang Rai for the evening and check in to your next resort hotel.
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Day 6
Chiang Rai
Start your day with a three-hour boat ride on the Mae Kok River. Then begin a trek through dense jungle and rice paddies before arriving at a traditional Karen village where you will meet the locals and find out about their way of life. Afterwards you continue your trek to a Lahu village. The Lahu are well known for their traditional weaving and farming techniques. After an adventurous day return by boat to Chiang Rai and the rest of the day and evening is free.
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Day 7
Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai
This morning after breakfast you leave Chiang Rai and begin the journey to Chiang Mai. On the way, you stop to visit the famous White Temple. In contrast to the ancient temples, this one was built in 1997 and was designed using white glass. After lunch check in to your next luxurious resort hotel then the rest of the day is free for you to go out and discover the delights of Chiang Mai or stay and relax around the pool after the journey.
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Day 8
Chiang Mai
Discover Chiang Mai and its rural life with a half-day bicycling tour. Ride along quiet roads with many temples and ruins along the way. Visit a Chinese temple, a special Monk-only school, a pottery village, a bakery and a bustling market. In the evening you’ll join a cooking class with a local family learning about their culture, way of life, and all about northern Tai herbs and ingredients. Later sit down to a delicious meal with your the family before returning to Chiang Mai.
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Day 9
End of tour
Today your Taste of Thailand tour comes to an end. Maybe time for some more sightseeing or shopping for last minute souvenirs in Chiang Mai this morning before you are picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport to catch an onward flight and continue your exploration of south east Asia or begin your journey back home. This tour is great for people who want to see the sights in Thailand and enjoy and learn about the local food and how to cook it.
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