Siam Niramit Show & DinnerBangkok
What To ExpectYou will be picked up from your Bangkok hotel at 6pm, offering plenty of time before the show begins to explore replica historical villages and learn about ancient Thai life and traditions. You will be invited to put your artistic and culinary skills to the test with hands-on dessert making and craft activities before enjoying your inclusive Thai buffet lunch.The Siam Niramit performance begins at 8pm in the 2,000-seat theatre, where a huge cast share the 65-metre stage with colourful scenery and musicians. This 80-minute show offers an overview of Thailand's rich history and culture, spanning a period of 700 years in three acts, from the founding of the Kingdom of Siam to the importance of spirituality in modern life.After the show finishes at 9:20pm, you will have the chance to purchase locally made gifts and souvenirs of your Thailand visit before being delivered back to your hotel at 10pm.
Travel Dates: 23 April 2015 - 31 December 2016
River Kwai, Elephant, RaftingBangkok
Highlights And stops World War II History One of the most famous historical sites in Thailand, the Bridge on the River Kwai was built during WWII by prisoners of war and slaves. Forming part of the Thai-Burma Railway, also known as Death Railway, it is said that for every sleeper laid, a prisoner died. Visit the somber Allied War Cemetery nearby as well as the comprehensive War Museum. Elephant Camp Change the pace of the day with a visit to an elephant camp where you can interact with the beautiful gentle giants of the animal kingdom. Take an elephant ride through the lush Thai jungle before hopping aboard a traditional Thai bamboo raft for a slow ride down the river. Before leaving you will be served a traditional Thai lunch. Tiger Temple (Optional) The final stop of the day is the renowned Tiger Temple, where local monks take care of adult and young tigers. Here you have the chance to interact with, feed and even exercise the animals. Be sure to remember your camera to capture these unique memories.
Travel Dates: 11 May 2015 - 31 December 2016
Elephant & Crocodile ShowBangkok
What To ExpectGet set for an action-packed day with three very different shows to watch. Your first viewing will be a crocodile show, where trained handlers tangle with the world's greatest predator. If all goes to plan, the show climaxes with the brave wrestler putting his head inside the crocodile's mouth.Afterwards you’ll be taken to see a dazzling magic show, which is fun for the whole family. Then enjoy your chance to see a group of majestic elephants perform for you, with special talents including football games, painting demonstrations and unique tricks. Visitors to the park will also be taught about the history of elephant use in the country, starting with their use as military carriages. Don’t miss checking out the replicas of the outfits elephants once wore into battle.Between the shows you will have free time to enjoy a hot buffet lunch and wander around the park to discover the thousands of captive crocodiles and alligators, or stroll through the beautiful orchid farm and waterfalls.
Travel Dates: 23 April 2015 - 31 December 2016
Rice Barge CruiseBangkok
What To Expect Once all guests have been picked up from their Bangkok hotels, you'll be driven to the River City Pier to begin your tour of ‘the Venice of the East'. Starting off in a long tail speedboat, you will cruise along the Klongmon and Bangkhunsri canals. On the banks you will see local people going about every day life as well as a number of typical Thai temples and houses. After about an hour's journey, you will stop at Wat Suwanakeeri for a chance to explore one of the bigger temples by the water. Returning to the water once again you will board a different vessel – a larger barge typically used for transporting rice along the river. For the next hour you will cruise in comfort along the Chao Phraya River, listening to your tour guide tell stories about the city and the monuments you pass, including the Royal Palace, while you snack on fresh fruit and enjoy cocktails from the bar.
Travel Dates: 11 May 2015 - 31 December 2016
Thailand Tour BundleThailand
PAT'S HOME THAI COOKING CLASS Thai cuisine is one of the world's most delicious, enhanced by fresh, explosive tastes. We proudly present Thai culinary culture for your unique pleasure while visiting Phuket, Thailand. Pat, originally from Bangkok, lived in California for six years where she was Chef at a restaurant. Now she wishes to share her expertise and secrets in the comfort and exotic surroundings of her gracious home utilising a western kitchen, some traditional methods and always the freshest ingredients. The class featuring a hands-on approach, includes certificates, recipes and lunch. Enjoy the art of Thai cooking that you can savour at home with family and friends. PHUKET FANTASEA Spend an evening at Phuket Fantasea, a theme park and entertainment complex the whole family can enjoy. Buffet dinner is included as you sit back and appreciate a charming traditional show depicting Thailand's rich and exotic heritage. PHUKET ISLAND TOUR Familiarise yourself with the island of Phuket - Take in the islands natural beauty as you drive along the beach roads through Patong, Karon, Kata and Rawai beaches. Each beach offering a different type of holiday experience. Photo opportunities are included at the Karon viewpoint and cultural sights such as the sacred buddhist temple of Phuket 'Wat Chalong'. CORAL ISLAND TOUR Board a traditional long tail boat for the journey out to Koh Taen (Coral Island). Lunch is served at the small island restaurant and there is lots of free time for snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing in the sun. The Coral Island is a primitive tranquil island which takes about 20 minutes by long tail boat. On the island lies a small pristine village and there is neither car nor road. The island, surrounded by coral reef with serene white sandy beaches, offers a perfect spot for snorkeling and sun-bathing. KOH PHANGAN SPEEDBOAT You will take a speed boat to Koh Phangan and explore some of the islands by pick up truck. You also visit a small island for snorkeling or swimming and on the main island we will visit a temple and fishing village. AROUND SAMUI ISLAND TOUR The perfect opportunity to get a true feel of the island! See many magnificent beaches and most of the major sites on Samui, such as Big Buddha and Grandpa rock. Sip fresh coconut juice and visit a fishing village. There is also time for shopping in Nathon Town BANGKOK CITY AND TEMPLES TOUR Immerse yourself in the heart of Thai culture on a half-day Bangkok temple tour. Visit Wat Pho, known as the birthplace of traditional Thai medicine and healing, Wat Tramit with its beautiful solid gold Buddha and Wat Benchamabophit, one of the gems in Thailand's temples, with ornate Italian marble carving. LOY NAVA DINNER CRUISE A luxury rice barge journey into Thai culture and the Thai heart. Five star dining, traditional culture and touring, on the only original antique teakwood rice barge on the river in Bangkok. Experience first-class Thai hospitality and delicious food from around Thailand in the comfort and tranquility of this luxury, open-air cruise. DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET Venture from the exotic and colourful Bangkok on a day trip to the countryside and visit Damnoen Saduak floating markets. You'll experience rural Thai culture at its best and cruise by long-tailed speedboat to the markets. See the vendors selling local produce and get an up-close glimpse of everyday life in Thailand. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Travel Dates: from 1 April - 30 September 2015
Taste of ThailandThailand
Thailand is well known to have many highlights and hidden gems but the culture and welcoming people are the jewel in its crown. Get a taste of the real Thailand on a journey from bustling Bangkok, through tranquil waterways and lush jungle hideaways, to the ancient beauty of historic Chiang Mai, where traditional culture blends seamlessly with a contemporary style. This journey is ideal for those with limited time but a desire to uncover authentic Thailand.
Travel Dates: 28/06/2015
Thailand with Teens, 10 DaysThailand
Day 1 Bangkok. Saturday. Welcome to Bangkok and the start of your family holiday Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Our Welcome Meeting will take place later in the evening where you'll meet the rest of your group and guide. Day 2 Chao Phraya River - Bangkok. Straddling the Chao Phraya River, Thailand's bustling capital city is both chaotic and captivating, and today we will take in some of its most famous sites on a guided tour. In the morning we will visit the spiritual and religious heart of the city - the striking Grand Palace, before continuing on to the House of the Reclining Buddha, the Original Thai Massage School and the 24-hour Flower Market. Next we will hop onboard a longtail boats to explore the city's canals, lined with curious stilted houses and gleaming temples. Our boat will drop us off within walking distance of Khao San Road, a popular area for backpackers and hippies. The remainder of the day is free for you to further explore the area - check out some of the many restaurants, market stalls or tailors that line this buzzing stretch of road. Day 3 Kwai & Hellfire Pass. Bangkok - Kanchanaburi. This morning we will drive west of the capital to the small town of Kanchanaburi, famed for its spectacular natural beauty and the part it played in the Second World War. Here we will pay our respects at the Allied War Cemetery before continuing on to the infamous 'Bridge over the River Kwai', immortalised by the film of the same name. We will then board a train for a two hour journey that crosses the bridge before following the tracks to Nam Tok. Disembarking the train we will take a short drive to 'Hellfire Pass', where the POWs were forced to dig through the mountain often using only their bare hands. Later we will board a longtail boat which will take us to our accommodation for the night, a beautiful floating jungle raft. Surrounded by a hundred softly glowing lanterns, the sound of the tropical forest and cool flowing water we will enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck. Day 4 Erawan National Park - Kanchanaburi - Ayuthaya. This morning we travel on to the beautiful Erawan National Park, to explore the rivers, waterfalls and trails on foot. The park boasts a stunning tiered waterfall and there's time to take a quick dip in the crystalline waters before we visit an elephant park to see these amazing creatures up close and take a ride through the forest. Our final destination today is Ayuthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Day 5 Ayuthaya. Ayuthaya - Bangkok - Chiang Mai. Ayuthaya was sacked by the Burmese, leading them to abandon the site and relocate the capital to Bangkok. All that remains are the stone and brick temples from the era. Today we explore Ayuthaya's famous ruins, visiting the magnificent stupas at Wat Phri Sanphet, the giant Bronze Statue of Buddha and iconic Wat Mahatat where the head of a damaged Buddha statue has slowly been embraced and lifted by a nearby tree. This is one of Thailand's most religiously significant places. Departing Ayuthaya we board a cruise ship on the mighty Chao Praya River, for a scenic cruise back to the Bangkok, enjoying lunch onboard. On arrival there's time to explore the nearby shops and bars before heading to Bangkok's main train station to catch our overnight express sleeper train (2nd class A/C sleeper cabins) to Chiang Mai. Day 6 Chiang Mai. This morning we arrive into the picturesque city of Chiang Mai, nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand. This afternoon we take a trishaw ride and explore the old city of Chiang Mai before driving up to the majestic Doi Suthep, standing like a sentinel overlooking Chiang Mai. The tranquility of monks chanting as the sun slowly heads to the horizon is a highlight for many. In the evening we head into the night market to explore many of the street foods on offer and perhaps try our hand at haggling. Day 7 Chiang Mai. Today is free for you to do as you please, whether it's relaxing with the family by the pool, heading off for some independent exploration, or opting for any additional excursions on offer. Choose from the more relaxing options with spa treatments and massages, to the adrenaline-fuelled with canopy zip lines and rock climbing. No trip to Chiang Mai would be complete without trying a local cooking class and perfecting your very own Pad Thai. Day 8 Kok River - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai. In the morning we will start our journey towards Chiang Rai, passing through spectacular karst scenery, verdant jungle and hillside farms en route. We will stop for lunch at Ta Thon before continuing our journey by water down the Kok River onboard a private long tail boat. Disembarking we will pay a visit to the unconventional Wat Rong Khun Buddhist temple, which depicts scenes from Star Wars and the Matrix and then proceed to Chiang Rai where we can browse the night market for souvenirs and tasty street food. Day 9 Hill Tribes - Chiang Rai - Bangkok. Located in the highlands, the charming city of Chiang Rai is a great base for visiting local hill tribes. This morning we will visit a Karen village where we may encounter the famous Long Neck tribe, so known for the rings that the women wear to elongate their necks. Continuing to the border frontier town of Mae Sai, we may have the chance to cross briefly into Myanmar and enter the Burmese town of Tachilek (optional). At Chiang Saen we will visit a viewpoint that allows us see both Myanmar and Laos. From here we will take some time to visit the Opium Museum before returning to Chiang Rai to catch our flight back to Bangkok. On arrival in the city we will transfer to our hotel arriving late in the evening. Day 10 Bangkok. Today our tour arrangements come to an end after breakfast and hotel check-in. A departure transfer will take you and your family to the airport for your onward travel. Of course you are most welcome to extend your stay in Bangkok, and if choosing to book post tour accommodation with us a departure transfer to the airport will be offered at the completion of your post tour accommodation arrangements. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
Travel Dates: 27 June - 06 July, 08 August - 17 August, 22 August - 31 August, 26 September - 05 October 2015
Bangkok Experience - IndependentThailand
Day 1: BangkokArrive in Bangkok and be transferred to your hotel.Day 2: BangkokAcquaint yourself with Bangkok on a guided city tour. Visit the Grand Palace and ride a long-tail boat through the canals. Perhaps sample some traditional food from a local stall or unwind with an optional Thai massage.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 3: BangkokYour trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning and you will have free time until your departure transfer.Meals IncludedBreakfast
Travel Dates: From 25-Jul-2015 to 02-Jan-2017
Tales of ThailandThailand
Day 1: BangkokWelcome to Thailand’s rad capital. Once you’ve hit Khao San Road, you’re officially on holidays. We think that deserves a toast. Our pick for cocktails is Bed Supper Club or Vertigo. Ask your guide for directions or grab your new travel mates and attempt to navigate the Skytrain.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 2: SukhothaiKick on to Sukhothai, AKA the ‘dawn of happiness’. That sounds like a pretty swell place to spend a day, right? Pick yourself up a pushy, because apparently riding a bike helps build new brain cells in the hippocampus – the bit of your brain responsible for memory. This is great, cos now you won’t forget all the gorgeous temples you cycle past today.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3-4: Chiang MaiCarry on to hillside Chiang Mai and stop in at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in Lampang to meet some big-footed friends being nursed back to good health. With over 120 temples in the city centre alone, you can easily while away a few hours doing a temple run. On the other hand, if you’re all templed out, perhaps indulge in a thai massage or hit up the Night Bazaar and get haggling.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Doi Mae SalongDoi Mae Salong is a seriously good-looking tea plantation way up in the hills of the Golden Triangle. Not only are the views incredible, you’ll also get to meet some seriously lovely hill-tribe villagers as you wander. Stop by the hill-tribe product market for some tea and goodies to take home.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: Chiang RaiWhile the Golden Triangle may have gained a little unwanted notoriety in the 1920s for its opium trade, today it remains a lush, mountainous, traditional intersection of Northern Thailand, Laos and Burma. Get exploring, then kick on to ever-charming Chiang Rai. Say hello to every kid and you’ll get a hello back, whether they’re on the back of a moto or not.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: Chiang MaiTravel back to Chiang Mai, it should feel pretty familiar by now. Almost like home, yes? Do all the things you didn’t get a chance to do last time before jumping on the overnight train back to Bangkok.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: BangkokSorry. We’re back in Bangkok and that’s a wrap, folks. Perhaps continue your hunt for the best pad see ew in Thailand, though. Maybe Bangkok will out the winner. Find the nearest street stall and tuck in. Forget the diet. You can up your protein, lower your carbs and remove all refined sugars when back in your own kitchen.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinner
Travel Dates: From 04-Oct-2015 to 01-Jan-2017
Southern Thailand - Sun, Sand & Sticky RiceThailand
Day 1-2: BangkokKick things off in Thailand’s super-rad, super-huge, super-buzzing and super-crazy capital. Make the most of it – check out the Grand Palace, eat pad thai at the market, visit the Reclining Buddha – because from tomorrow the only thing underfoot will be sand. An overnight train is between you and paradise.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3-4: Koh SamuiAlight in southern Surat Thani and board a ferry to Ko Samui. From there it’s waterfalls, swimming, sunbaking and snorkelling all day, every day. With a bit of a songthaew island tour thrown in for good measure. You can also see a mummified monk. Do with that information what you will.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Khao Sok National ParkBoard the ferry back to mainland and push on to Khao Sok National Park. See this amazing tangle of limestone karsts and say hi to the monkeys. Fall asleep in a jungle guesthouse.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6-9: Ao NangGo by bus to Ao Nang and spend a day soaking up the sunshine. From there hit up a sweet as Phi Phi island snorkel tour. Don your flippers and mask and check out the colourful coral at Maya Bay, Viking Caves, Pileh Lagoon and the magnificent Bamboo Island. Your last day calls for a return to Ao Nang and either more sandy times, a Thai cooking class or perhaps a Muay Thai performance. It’s a choose your own (final) adventure kinda day.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinner
Travel Dates: From 14-Jun-2015 to 02-Jan-2017
Enjoy your very own authentic Thai experience on a tour of vibrant Bangkok. This concrete jungle hides some pretty spectacular gems, from floating markets to the Grand Palace; cooking lessons to dinner cruises. There is so much going on in this bustling city, and an organised tour led by a knowledgeable guide is the perfect way to make the most of your time here.
Don’t miss these Bangkok attractions
- Damnern Saduak’s floating markets
- Grand Palace
- Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew
- Cooking class
- Chao Phraya River cruise
Whether aboard a traditional tuk-tuk or peddling through Bangkok's congested city streets on a bicycle tour, you'll soon come to marvel at how extraordinarily diverse Thailand's cosmopolitan capital city is. From the delicious food of its street stalls and malls to its eclectic nightlife and teeming markets, there's no shortage of things to do in Bangkok.
The city's winding Chao Phraya River is a perfect starting point for exploration and you can continue your water-based exploration at Damnern Saduak's unique floating market. Once you've exhausted your tastebuds at the floating market, be sure to visit Phra Pathom Chedi – the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
You can explore the city's oldest Buddhist temple, Wat Po, as part of a guided Temple and River of Kings day tour. Other popular tours take in the spectacular sights of the Grand Palace – with its famous Emerald Buddha – is also not to be missed.
Why not escape the hustle and bustle of the city on a day tour to Khao Yai National Park. You can come face to face with a tiger, ride an oxcart through open rice fields or simply enjoy getting up close and personal with one of the park's resident friendly elephants.