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Thailand

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.

DepartingValid for select departures from 1 April - 30 Sept

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South Thailand Overland Tour - 5 Days

Bangkok

HIGHLIGHTS: Bangkok - Cha Am - Hua Hin - Chumphon - Krabi - Phuket Day 1 Bangkok - Cha Am We cross the Chao Phraya River to the capital's sister city of Thonburi and on the way past salt farms being harvested from the nearby gulf. Then onto Damnern Saduak, home of the floating market where "street" are klongs along which the village people ply their trade in long-tailed boats selling all sorts of fruit, cooked food and spices to the town floks. From here, drive to Phetchaburi for lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, drive towards Cha Am. Along the way we stop to visit Phra Nakhon Kiri Palace on the hill, built in King Mongkut's era and Marukhathaywan Palace, built of golden teak wood by the sea. From there we continue to your hotel with afternoon at free. Dinner at hotel. Meals Included - L, D Day 2 Cha Am - Chumphon. From Cha Am, we drive to Hua Hin and to a fishing village of Pran Buri. We also drive through the Sam Roi Yod (Three Hundred Peaks) National Park, location of the famous war scenes in the film "The Killing Fields". And also climb the 395 steps to the top of the "Mirror Mountain" with its small monastery overlooking the little harbour and beach. We stop for lunch at a seaside restaurant. After lunch we continue southwards, maybe stopping for fresh pineapples by the roadside before proceeding to Chumphon. Dinner at hotel. Meals Included - B, L ,D Day 3 Chumphon - Krabi. After breakfast, we will leave for Surat Thani. We will visit Phra Borommathat Chaiya, the Mahayanan style stupa of Phra Borommathat Chaiya built around 757. From here, we continue to the weaving village of "Baan Phumriang", famous for its exquisitely coloured cloth call "Phumriang Silk". After lunch, overland to Southwest National Park at Ao Luk - Krabi. In the late afternoon we reach the Krabi area where we check in at hotel for two nights. Dinner at hotel Meals Included - B, L, D Day 4 Krabi. Relax at the Hotel or join a boat trip (optional) to nearby islands with beautiful sandy beach. OR join Kayak trip to explore mangroves. Meals Included - B, D Day 5: Krabi - Phuket. Breakfast is followed by a visit to the Shell Cemetery where petrified seashells dating as far back as 75 million years make up huge rock slabs. Then a morning cruise across the Phang Nga National Park takes you to spectacular Phang Nga with its awesome limestone karsts above the bay. We take you to a small island which, since its feature in the film "Man with the Golden Gun", has been nicknamed "James Bond Island". On our way we pass a Muslim village, complete with a mosque, built on stilts in the water. After a delicious lunch, enjoying the striking scenery from the terrace of Phang Nga Resort. We proceed to Phuket, one of Thailand's premier beach resorts and check in at your hotel approx. 17.30hrs (Remark: Accommodation in Phuket is NOT included in the package) Meals Included - B, L View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Departing15 April - 20 December 2015.

5 days
FROM $1,585*
5 days From $1,585*

Tales of Thailand

Thailand

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

DepartingFrom 03-May-2015 to 18-Dec-2016

8 days
FROM $725*
8 days From $725*

Southern Thailand - Sun, Sand & Sticky Rice

Thailand

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

DepartingFrom 14-Jun-2015 to 26-Dec-2016

9 days
FROM $805*
9 days From $805*

Northern Thailand Discovery

Bangkok

Day 1 BangkokToday is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to relax, explore the city & adjust to the frantic pace and humid heat of Bangkok. Please arrive at our start point hotel before 6pm for an important group meeting where you will meet you Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Please look for a sign on the hotel's notice board for the time and location of your group meeting. At this meeting your CEO will ask to sight your travel insurance. After your meeting, you may choose to head out for an optional dinner to further get to know your CEO and fellow group members. We spend this evening in Bangkok. Our hotel is located in China Town, next to the central train station and MRT (Subway), and is only a short USD2 taxi ride from Khao San road and the central shopping area of Siam Square, MBK, Siam Paragon, etc. All rooms are double or twin share with air conditioning and en suite bathroom. The hotel has a small pool and wifi and computers are available at extra cost.Day 2-3 Sukhothai (2B)On Day 2 we head off on a long tail boat to explore the canals of Bangkok en route to Wat Po, home of the giant reclining Buddha. After lunch we depart by public bus to the town of Sukhothai. Located about 450km from Bangkok, the ruins of Sukhothai date back to the mid-13th century, when the site became the capital of Thailand’s first kingdom. Sukhothai is viewed as representative of 'the Golden Age' of Thai civilization. The religious art and architecture of the era are considered to be the most classic of Thai styles. The ruins contain the remains of 21 historical sites with awe-inspiring Buddha images and 4 large ponds often filled with stunning lotus flowers in full bloom. On day 3 we head out on bikes to explore the remains of this ancient royal realm, now one of Thailand's Cultural World Heritage sites. Our hotel is located approximately 3 km from Sukhothai Historical Park and has comfortable twin share rooms with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. The hotel has a pool and free wifi in the lobby area. Approx Travel Time: Public bus from Bangkok to Sukhothai: 5 hoursDay 4 Lampang (B)We take a public bus drive to Lampang. Located approximately 100kms from Chiang Mai, Lampang was an important trade town during the Dvaravati period (around the 7th century), and was supposedly founded by the son of Queen Chama Devi of the Hariphunchai Empire (she was the first ruler of the state which was one of the important ancient towns of the Khmers). The state was eventually absorbed into the Lanna kingdom in the 13th century when King Miengrai (the founder of Chiang Rai) defeated the Khmers. The city of Lampang was an important trade centre for teak wood both domestically and internationally. During that time (1900’s), Britain still controlled Burma (who possessed great knowledge about teak), sent a large company over to Lampang to ply their trade resulting in the construction of several temples. Lampang was made the temporary capital of the Lanna kingdom between 1776 and 1791 when Chiang Mai was deserted as a result of successive wars with the Burmese. Arriving around mid day you have a free afternoon to explore Lampang. Our hotel in Lampang is situated in the city center and has comfortable twin share rooms with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Wifi and computers are available for use at an extra cost. Approx travel time: Public bus from Sukhothai to Lampang: 4 hoursDay 5-6 Chiang Rai Province and Golden Triangle (2B)As we drive to Chiang Rai Province we stop at the Lampang Elephant Conservation Centre where we tour the facilities of the elephant hospital and see how sick elephants are cared for. All the money raised by this centre goes towards the care of the elephants. We then head onwards to Chiang Saen in the area known as the Golden Triangle, our home for 2 nights. This is an ideal base from which to explore the remote area where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet. Mountains form a natural border between Thailand and Myanmar, while the mighty Mekong River divides Thailand from Laos. This region has long been associated with the opium trade, although poppy fields have now given way to vegetable plots. A visit to the border town of Mae Sai on day 6 gives you the opportunity to see some local Burmese traders and pick up a few souvenirs. Pay a visit to the Opium Museum to understand the history of the region. Our hotel is located in Chiang Saen just a short distance from the Golden Triangle and 45 minutes away from Chiang Rai city. Chiang Saen is a quiet town with limited amenities. The hotel has comfortable twin share rooms with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. There is free wifi in the hotel lobby. Approximate travel time: Private bus Lampang to Chiang Rai: 4 hours driving time.Day 7-9 Chiang Mai (3B,1D)Using a private bus, we head to Chiang Mai. Surrounded by rolling hills, Chiang Mai offers both pretty surroundings and architecture. Enclosed by a moat and crumbling walls, the old city features great cafes, shops and accommodations. An important Buddhist centre since the 14th century, Chiang Mai is home to more than 300 temples. Many visitors come here to attend meditation retreats, massage classes or yoga lessons. It is also a centre of handicraft production, with a long history of silverwork, woodcarving, pottery-making and weaving. Not to be missed is the Night Bazaar, a series of covered markets, shops and stalls that offer the best selection of handicrafts in Thailand. We arrive mid morning of Day 7, and have free time to explore for the rest of the day. In the late afternoon we set off to visit the famous temple complex of Doi Suthep about a 45 minute drive from the center of the city. Doi Suthep is one of northern Thailand's most sacred temples. Our local guide explains the history of the temple to us. A naga (mystical serpent) staircase of over 300 steps leads to the temple at the top of the mountain from which there are wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Day 8 and 9 gives you free time to catch up on shopping or maybe a cooking class before catching the overnight train back to Bangkok. In the evening on Day 8, enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local family. Day 7 and 8 accommodation in Chiang Mai is located just outside of the Chiang Mai Gate of the old city of Chiang Mai and withing walking distance of the famous night markets. The hotel has comfortable twin / double rooms with en suite bathrooms. Enjoy a unique and delicious khantoke-style meal with a local village family outside Chiang Mai. Depart from the hotel and head to the peaceful countryside (about 40 mins). Take this opportunity to walk around the village and learn about local life, surrounded by the local agriculture. Dinner is northern khantoke style. Khantoke in the northern dialect means a wooden tray used for carrying dishes and is traditionally round and made of teak. The host will invite us to sit on the floor around the khantoke. The main dishes usually comprise of sticky rice, hang-le curry (Burmese-style curry) and some chili paste with crispy pork. After dinner, enjoy tea time with the opportunity to talk to the local family to learn about their way of life. Return to Chiang Mai well-fed. Day 9 accommodation is an overnight sleeper train. Beds are dormitory style, with bunks on two layers along the side of the train carriage. There are curtains along each bunk for privacy. Your luggage will be accessible during the journey. The train has air-conditioning and clean bedding is provided for each bunk. There are both western style and Asian style toilets at the end of each carriage. Food and drinks are served on the train but you can always bring your own food from the shops and restaurants in the train station. Approximate travel time: Private transport from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai: 4 hours Train ride from Chiang Mai to Bangkok: 12-13 hours Private transport to train station: 20 minDay 10 BangkokWe arrive back into Bangkok train station at approximately 8am where our tour finishes on arrival. You are free to depart from here at any time. If you are departing Bangkok today please do not book any onward travel until after 3pm, in case of delays on the train. We are able to arrange post tour accommodation for those who would like to spend a little more time in Bangkok - please ask at time of booking.

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 23/12/2016

10 days
FROM $999*
10 days From $999*

Northern Thailand Experience

Bangkok

Day 1 BangkokToday is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to relax, explore the city and adjust to the frantic pace and humid heat of Bangkok. Please arrive at our start point hotel before 6pm for an important group welcome meeting where you will meet you Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Please look for a sign on the hotel's notice board to confirm the time and location of your group meeting. After your meeting, you may choose to head out for an optional group dinner to further get to know your CEO and fellow group members. We spend this evening in Bangkok. Our hotel is located in China Town, next to the central train station and MRT (Subway), and is only a short USD2 taxi ride from Khao San road and the central shopping area of Siam Square, MBK, Siam Paragon, etc. All rooms are double or twin share with air conditioning and en suite bathroom. The hotel has a small pool and wifi is available at extra cost.Days 2-3 Kanchanaburi (2B,1D)Traveling by private van to Kanchanaburi, the evening of Day 2 sees us staying on basic raft accommodation. The rooms are quite small and contain a double mattress in each room. Groups of over 8 people will be divided onto 2 raft houses. On Day 3 we visit Erawan National Park. The park contains the waterfalls of the same name (seven tiers of blue clear water with little fish that nibble at your feet), is well worth a visit. You can see Erawan, the 3 headed elephant that carries the Hindu God Indra, when you reach level seven (use your imagination!). Situated alongside the River Kwai Yai amongst limestone hills, Kanchanaburi (golden city) is most famous (or infamous) for the death railway that was constructed during WWII using prisoners of war and Asian labor. The bridge on the River Kwai, the war cemetery, Thai Burma war museum all make up the major attractions of this town. Many veterans and descendants of the POW’s return here to honor those that died during the construction of the railroad. Around 100,000 Asian laborers and 16,000 POW’s died during its construction with the track only running for about 20 months. Kanchanaburi province itself is the third largest province in Thailand and possesses some of the best preserved natural sites in Thailand – partly due to the fact that it is still sparsely populated. Our hotel on Day 3 is located on the banks of the River Kwai. Our rooms here are all double / twin share with air conditioning and an en suite bathroom. The hotel also has a swimming pool to help unwind after a long days sightseeing. Approx travel time: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, 2 hours.Days 4-5 Ayutthaya/Train (2B)Ayutthaya served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Late in the 17th century its population reached one million, and foreign visitors wrote awestruck accounts of its size and splendour. Located 86km north of Bangkok, the ruins of this World Heritage Site include various pagodas and Buddha images. We arrive into this spectacular town early in the morning and transfer to our hotel by local songthaew. Once we have checked in, had some breakfast and cleaned up we will visit the Historical Park and look at the wonders of this ancient capital city. Our accommodation this evening is double / twin share with air conditioning and an en suite bathroom. This hotel has free wifi available. The hotel is very centrally located within an easy distance of the Historical Site. Note: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may be upgraded to a flight and extra hotel night in Chiang Mai. Day 6 Chiang MaiWe arrive in the early morning and have free time to explore Chiang Mai. To fill your free time you can chose from a large range of optional activities or stroll the city independently. Surrounded by rolling hills, Chiang Mai is the cultural center of Thailand. Enclosed by a moat and crumbling walls, the old city features great cafes, shops and over 300 temples. Many visitors come here to attend cooking courses, massage classes or yoga lessons. It is also a mecca of handicraft production, with a long history of silverwork, woodcarving, pottery-making and weaving. Late afternoon we set off in private transport to visit the temple complex, Doi Suthep. Here we can delve deeper into Thai Buddhist culture and we may be fortunate enough to witness the chanting of the monks. Our hotel is located within walking distance to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and other city destinations. All rooms are double or twin share with air conditioning and en suite bathroom. Free wifi is available. Approx travel time: Chang Mai to Doi Suthep temple: 45 mins each way.Days 7-9 Hilltribe Trek (3B,3L,3D)From Chiang Mai, we start a 3-day/3-night hilltribe trek where we visit various hilltribe minority groups, each with their own language, clothing and religion. Enroute we stop for a local market tour for last minute supplies and your CEO will explain fruits and quirky market food. Over the 3 days we will test our rafting skills while bamboo rafting*. We walk approximately 4-5 hours each day along sloping hills and valleys. We leave our big packs in storage and take an overnight bag. Each person is required to be able to carry their own pack as our porters will be carrying food and water supplies. Accommodation is group share, where you will be sleeping on the floor of the village huts. Toilet and washing facilities are very basic in most of the villages so be prepared to rough it for a few days. During the trek simple food is provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It can be cold during the evenings (especially from December to February) so make sure you have some warm clothes with you. It is possible to rent trekking gear in Chiang Mai before the trek in case you have forgotten to pack something vital. Please note that trekking times are highly dependent on each groups level of fitness. The path that we follow may be changed to suit the groups fitness level or the weather during rainy season. *During the rainy season we may not be able to Bamboo raft because of high and dangerous water levels.Day 10-11 Chiang Mai/Overnight Train (2B)We return to Chiang Mai on Day 10 with free time for further exploration of the second largest city in Thailand. Take the afternoon to have a traditional Thai massage at the women's prison rehabilitation centre, or cruise down a stream on a bamboo raft. The fun does not end when the sun goes down, as the night bazaaar opens. The bazaar is a series of covered markets, shops and stalls that offer the best selection of handicrafts in Thailand. Accommodation on the night of Day 11 is an overnight sleeper train. Beds are dormitory style, with bunks on two layers along the side of the train carriage. There are curtains along each bunk for privacy. Your luggage will be accessible during the journey. The train has air-conditioning and clean bedding is provided for each bunk. There are both western style and asian style toilets at the end of each carriage. Food and drinks are served on the train but you can always bring your own food from the shops and restaurants in the train station. Please note: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may be upgraded to a flight and extra hotel night in Chiang Mai instead of the overnight train. Approx travel time: overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok: 12-13 hours.Day 12 BangkokArrive back into Bangkok train station (or airport, depending on the season) at approximately 8am where our tour finishes upon arrival. You are free to depart from here at any time. If you are departing Bangkok today please do not book any onward travel until after 3pm, in case of delays. We are able to arrange post-tour accommodation for those who would like to spend a little more time in Bangkok - please ask at time of booking.

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 21/12/2016

12 days
FROM $1,199*
12 days From $1,199*

Thailand Family Adventure

Bangkok

Day 1 Arrive BangkokFamilies will be arriving at all times today so there are no activities arranged. Please try to arrive by 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. You have the day after you arrive to relax and adjust to the frenetic pace and humid heat of Bangkok.Day 2 Bangkok (1B)On Day 2 begin our day with a visit to Wat Po, home of the giant reclining Buddha before heading off on a long tail boat to explore the canals of Bangkok. You have free time this afternoon to enjoy this bustling city. Bangkok has plenty of appeal. With towering skyscrapers pressed up against Chinese shop-houses and brand-new Mercedes squeezing past vendors with pushcarts, this is a city of distinct contrasts. Culture fiends will delight in the dazzling Royal Palace and the city’s countless pagodas, while shoppers could spend weeks sifting through Bangkok’s malls and open-air markets. Day 3 Kanchanaburi (1B)Traveling by private van to Kanchanaburi, we visit Erawan National Park. The park contains the waterfalls of the same name (seven tiers of blue clear water with little fish that nibble at your feet), is well worth a visit. You can see Erawan, the 3 headed elephant that carries the Hindu God Indra, when you reach level seven (use your imagination!). Situated alongside the River Kwai Yai amongst limestone hills, Kanchanaburi (golden city) is most famous (or infamous) for the death railway that was constructed during WWII using prisoners of war and Asian labor. The bridge on the River Kwai, the war cemetery, Thai Burma war museum all make up the major attractions of this town. Many veterans and descendants of the POW’s return here to honor those that died during the construction of the railroad. Around 100,000 Asian laborers and 16,000 POW’s died during its construction with the track only running for about 20 months.Day 4 Ayutthaya (1B)Ayutthaya served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Late in the 17th century its population reached one million, and foreign visitors wrote awestruck accounts of its size and splendour. Located 86km north of Bangkok, the ruins of this World Heritage Site include various pagodas and Buddha images. We arrive into this spectacular town early in the morning and transfer to our hotel by local songthaew. Once we have checked in, had some breakfast and cleaned up we will take a leisurely bicycle ride around the Historical Park and look at the wonders of this ancient capital city. Tonight we take an overnight train from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai.Day 5-6 Chiang Mai (2B)Surrounded by rolling hills, Chiang Mai offers both pretty surroundings and architecture. Enclosed by a moat and crumbling walls, the old city features great cafes, shops and accommodations. An important Buddhist centre since the 14th century, Chiang Mai is home to more than 300 temples. Many visitors come here to attend meditation retreats, massage classes or yoga lessons. It is also a centre of handicraft production, with a long history of silverwork, woodcarving, pottery-making and weaving. Not to be missed is the Night Bazaar, a series of covered markets, shops and stalls that offer the best selection of handicrafts in Thailand. On Day 6 in the late afternoon we visit the Temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, spectacularly situated on a mountaintop at an altitude of 3,520 feets. The temple’s golden pagoda contains Buddha relics, and attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world throughout the year. Its compound offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and surrounding countryside. We board an overnight train to take us from Chiang Mai back to Bangkok.Day 7-10 Koh Chang (4B)We arrive early in the morning of day 7 into Bangkok and from here travel to Koh Chang, a beautiful beach area conveniently located just a short distance from Bangkok. This island paradise is a long way from the busy streets of Thailand's cities, the ideal escape from the pressures of the city at the end of an adventure-filled holiday. Spend 3 nights in this tropical paradise isle taking boat rides, exploring its many beaches and participating in all the water sports it has to offer. Justly famous for the delicious fresh seafood, indulge yourself on the plentiful fish, crab and squid that is on offer!Day 11 Bangkok (2B)Return to Bangkok by boat and bus on the morning of day 11 you have time to finish up any last minute shopping. There will be time for one last optional meal with all of our new found friends. Day 12 BangkokDepart at any time.

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 19/12/2016

12 days
FROM $1,297*
12 days From $1,297*

Highlights of Thailand

Bangkok

Day 1 BangkokYou will be met on arrival at Bangkok Airport and transferred to your hotel. You are welcome to arrive at any time on day 1, but please note that hotel check-in time is 12 noon. At 6pm there will be a group meeting where you will meet your Chief Experience Officer (Tour Leader) and fellow travel companions and go over the logistics of the upcoming adventure. Following the meeting your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will take you for your first experience of delicious Thai food (optional). Bangkok has plenty of appeal. With towering skyscrapers pressed up against Chinese shop-houses and brand-new Mercedes squeezing past vendors with pushcarts, this is a city of distinct contrasts. Culture fiends will delight in the city’s countless pagodas, while shoppers could spend weeks sifting through Bangkok’s malls and open-air markets. Whether you’re eating cuisine in a plush 5 star hotel restaurant or sampling fried crickets on the side of the road, prepare to have all of your senses engaged. This is the place to eat, drink and be merry. Our hotel tonight is centrally located in Bangkok near a number of great restaurants and markets. Each room is air conditioned and is twin/double share with attached shower and ensuite.Day 2 Kanchanaburi (1B)We head to Kanchanaburi, home to the Bridge on the River Kwai. Take a train journey on the 'Death Railway', visit the Thai/Burma War Museum and War Cemetery. We visit the Allied War Cemetery, built to commemorate the POW's who died building the Thai-Burmese railway. We’ll also visit the Thai-Burmese Railway Museum, JEATH Museum and then experience a train ride over the Bridge on the River Kwai and through the Kwai Noi Gorge on the Death Railway, taking a step back in time to WWII. Approx travel time: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by private minivan: 3 hours.Day 3 Ayutthaya (1B,1D)Morning visit to Erawan Waterfalls then travel to Ayutthaya and enjoy dinner on a rice barge. We visit the seven tiered waterfalls of Erawan National Park where we soak in the coolness of the pools at the base of the falls. The highest fall is said to resemble Erawan, the three-headed elephant of Hindu mythology. Spend the morning relaxing by the water, trekking through the jungle, climbing through the local caves, or just relaxing in the reviving shade. Travel to Ayutthaya, where this evening, we enjoy a remarkable cruise on a converted 1930's rice barge taking in the incredible sites of the city at night while enjoying a sumptuous Thai set dinner. Approx travel time Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya by private minivans: 2 hours.Days 4 Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai (1B)Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ayutthaya Historical Park. Ayuthaya served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Late in the 17th century its population reached one million, and foreign visitors wrote awestruck accounts of its size and splendour. Return to Bangkok to catch a flight to Chiang Mai. Approx travel time: Drive to Bangkok airport: 1 hour Flight to Chiang Mai: 1.5 hoursDay 5-6 Chiang Mai (2B,2D)Arrive in the capital of the North where we take a Thai cooking class at a private culinary school and listen to monks chanting at Doi Suthep Temple. Also visit a rural Village and enjoy an authentic khantoke dinner of local specialties. Option to explore the night market. Take a relaxing break from the fast pace of Bangkok. Visit Doi Suthep Temple, established in 1383, this is one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in Thailand. The views and serenity, our reward after climbing over 300 stairs to reach the top, are amazing. Also enjoy a Village visit and home meal in a rural farming community. Travel to the country side of Chiang Mai where we have the opportunity to walk around the village to learn about local life. Surrounded with agriculture. After enjoy dinner northern Khantok style. Khantok dinner has always been one of the must dos when you reach northern of Thailand. Khantok in the Northern dialect means a wooden tray used for carrying dishes, round in shape, made of teak wood. The host will invite guests to sit on the floor around the Khantok. The main dishes on the Khantok usually include sticky rice, Hang-le curry (Burmese-styled curry), and some chilli pasted with crispy pork. After, enjoy tea time with the opportunity to talk with local people to learn their way of living. We also try our hand at creating some of the dynamic taste's we’ve been eating for the past few days at a Thai cooking school. With our teacher, we visit a local market to learn more about the main ingredients in Thai cooking and then take our purchases back to the school where the teacher will explain and demonstrate the basics of some of the more popular Thai dishes. We then enjoy the results for lunch. Surrounded by rolling hills, Chiang Mai offers both natural ambiance and historical architecture. Enclosed by a moat and crumbling walls, the old city features great cafes, shops and accommodations. An important Buddhist centre since the 14th century, Chiang Mai is home to more than 300 temples. It is also a center of handicraft production, with a long history of silverwork, woodcarving, pottery-making and weaving. Not to be missed is the Night Bazaar, a series of covered markets, shops and stalls that offer the best selection of handicrafts in Thailand.Day 7 Bangkok (1B)Flight to bustling Bangkok for a klong riverboat tour and visit to Wat Po. We hop on a long tail boat ride along the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet canals. Taking you back in time to a more traditional way of life, far removed from Bangkok’s modern skyscrapers, passing many beautiful landmarks on the riverside. We also pay a visit to Wat Po temple. Approx travel time: Flight to Chiang Mai: 1.5 hoursDay 8 Bangkok (1B)You are free to depart anytime today. Please note that check out time is 12pm. We look forward to receiving your evaluation regarding this tour itinerary and your CEO's performance. We value your input into what we could improve to make this trip even better and of course love hearing about what we are already doing well! You will be sent a post tour email on your return with details on how to go on line and fill in this simple form. Thank you so much in advance.

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 25/12/2016

8 days
FROM $1,299*
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Thailand - Hills & Sandcastles

Thailand

Day 1: BangkokTouch down in Bangkok and do as the locals do in Thailand’s ace capital. If this involves tasting durian, we say be brave and go for it ¬– it's a treat for the tastebuds, but a shocker on the nose. Meet up with your group (and soon-to-be BFFs) for a pre-departure rundown in the evening.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 2: SukhothaiIt’s time to get ‘temple-ing’ (yup, it’s a thing!), and what better way to take in the ruins of Sukhothai than by bike? Gear up and spend the day peddling between centuries-old Buddha figures and ancient palaces. If crafternoons are your thing, feel free to get pottery-messy with the locals afterwards.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3-4: Chiang MaiSpend the next two days doin’ your thang in Chiang Mai. Set in the foothills of the Himalayas, this cultural city is best seen from atop Doi Suthep mountain. So, get climbing peeps! In your downtime, treat those weary bones to a welcome Thai massage or broaden your noodle knowledge and learn your pad thai from your pad see ew. (Hint: It’s all about the tamarind.) Finish the night on a bartering high at the local bazaarMeals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Doi Mae SalongSip tea in the plantation hills of Doi Mae Salong and get the latest (and oldest) trends by viewing villagers’ traditional dress.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: Chiang RaiAh, the Golden Triangle – that magical point where Laos, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand meet in a blaze of hill-tribe and opium-trade (past tense) glory. Browse the never-ending markets and visit historic Chiang Rai.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: Chiang MaiTravel to Chiang Mai and catch overnight sleeper train to Bangkok.Don’t forget to call shotgun on a bed in the overnight sleeper train; everyone likes the top bunk.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8-9: BangkokBack in the city, get ready to take on the best of Bangkok. Tour the Grand Palace and check out the Emerald Buddha, explore Wat Pho and even sneak in a little shopping sesh before dinner. Soak up the party atmosphere of the city’s nightlife (how do you say ‘cheers’ in Thai?) before jumping back on the train heading south.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 10-11: Koh SamuiLife’s a beach, sometimes – particularly when you’re calling Koh Samui home. When you’re not snoozing in a hammock, jump on a songthaew to check out more of the island and take a dip in the crystal clear pools of Na Muang waterfalls. For the super-adventurous, get your snorkel wet on a tour of Ang Thong National Marine Park.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 12: Khao Sok National ParkJump on the ferry back to mainland and head straight to Khao Sok National Park. If you’re after a dose of wildlife, then this is the place to get it. Play ‘spot the monkey’ on an optional river-canoe cruise through the crazy dense rainforest. Be warned – never trust the Rafflesia flower. It may look pretty but it sure ain’t smelling pretty. Sneaky, sneaky flower.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 13-16: Ao NangNext up, is Ao Nang. We take a day trip to Phi Phi Island – a ridiculously good-looking slice of paradise even by tropical island standards. Snorkel to your heart’s content and laze laze laze. Then kick back in Ao Nang for more island fun times. We recommend checking out the Thai kickboxing. Ka-pow!Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinner

DepartingFrom 07-Jun-2015 to 26-Dec-2016

16 days
FROM $1,520*
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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

Capital delights

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.

Temple tours

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.

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