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Thailand Encounters

Join us on this 12-day tour as we explore the capital Bangkok, discov- er the historical sites of Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya before heading to the mountains to enjoy a 3 day hill-tribe trek, elephant ride and bamboo rafting adventure in the forested hills around Chiang Mai

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DAY 1 Arrive into Bangkok

Upon arrival at Bangkok airport we meet & greet and transfer to your hotel in Bangkok. The rest of the day is free for you to settle into your hotel and relax, or start exploring the local area.
Bangkok Hotel

DAY 2 Bangkok. City tour

Our tour begins with a a fun way to discover Bangkok’s unmistakable ‘Kwam-Pen-Thai’ (Thai-ness) as we take to tuk tuks and long-tailed boats for tours of the Grand Palace, Buddhist temples including Wat Po, the old canals of Thonburi and the iconic temple of dawn, Wat Arun. Local legend has it that the shards of pottery decorating its 79m tall spire came from a nearby shipwreck 100 years ago. Overall we aim to make sure the true Bangkok is uncovered.
Bangkok Hotel

DAY 3 Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Leaving Bangkok this morning we travel to the historic town of Kanchanaburi. Originally founded to protect Thailand from the Burmese the area is known today for being the site of the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai. Occupied by Japanese troops during WWII the bridge and subsequent railway line was built by allied prisoners of war. Travelling by train along the bridge we will also visit the Allied War Cemetery and the local museum. Then we take to the river to our overnight floating raft-house accommodation.
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 Kanchanaburi. Visit to Erawan Falls National Park

After breakfast we head for the beautiful Erawan Falls National Park. This huge park is home to ancient caves and the spectacular waterfalls named after the 3 headed white elephant found in Hindu mythology.
Kanchanaburi Hotel

DAY 5 Kanchanaburi. Ayutthaya tour. Train to Chiang Mai

We depart Kanchanaburi this morning for the short trip to the former Siam capital of Ayutthaya. Now a UNESCO world heritage site the city flourished between the 14th and 18th centuries and is home to many ancient temples and Palaces. This evening we board the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Overnight train

DAY 6 Arrive in Chiang Mai. Free day

We arrive into Chiang Mai this morning where the rest of the day is free to explore the city. Nestled amongst some of the highest mountains in Thailand, Chiang Mai retains a relaxed feel to it. Head to the impressive local zoo or visit one of the nearby Buddhist temples before dining out in one of the city’s many restaurants.
Chiang Mai Hotel

DAY 7 Chiang Mai. Begin Trekking

Leaving Chiang Mai this morning we travel to the colourful market at Mae Malai before carrying on to the lush Pang Lan Waterfalls. After lunch we begin our trek into the Huay Nam Dang National Park and walk on to the traditional Karen village of Baan Mae Jok where we stop for the night in order to learn more about the culture of the local hill-tribes.
Village Huts
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 Trekking and Tribal Villages

Awakening to cool mountain breezes we enjoy breakfast this morning before we trek on through the tropical jungle to the village of Baan Pa Khao Lam. After a leisurely lunch and exploration around the village we walk on through the forest in the afternoon for a couple more hours until we reach the village home to our rafting camp.
Village Huts
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 Bamboo Rafting

On our final day in the jungle we experience a fun bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Tang river. Cruising along the tropical riverbanks on our bamboo rafts we make stops at small tribal settlements before finally arriving into Shan village where we transfer back to Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10 Chiang Mai. Free day. Overnight train to Bangkok

Today is kept free to relax after the trek. You could take in a local Thai cooking course, explore the markets and alleyways of Chiang Mai on foot or relieve any tired muscles with a relaxing local massage. Transfer to the train station for the overnight train to Bangkok.
Overnight train

DAY 11 Arrive in Bangkok. Free day

We arrive back into the Thai capital this morning and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Bangkok at your leisure. Visit the lively area around Patpong, drop in on a snake farm or browse round Bangkok’s many modern shopping centres.
Bangkok Hotel

DAY 12 Bangkok. Departure transfer to the airport

Free day. Transfer to the airport for departure flight.

Bangkok, Kanchanaburi sites and homestay, Ancient Ayutthaya, Erawan waterfalls, Chiang Mai jungle adventure.

Product Type: Tour/cruise including overnight stay
Grade: All ages / Not applicable
Accommodation: Various levels

Suitable for Solo: Yes
Suitable for Couples: Yes
Suitable for Children: Yes
Suitable for Groups: Yes

What's Included

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour guide during sightseeing and activities
  • Admission fees, rucksack, water canteen and lifejacket are supplied for trekking
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

What's Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader, rafting guide and park guide
  • Any other items not mentioned above

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