From $3,710 - 13 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
Thailand will delight all who visit with its unique culture. This is a country full of beautiful palaces, fascinating temples and ancient ruins that echo with memories of a bygone era.
From energetic Bangkok you will travel to Kanchanaburi, where you will be surrounded by war history at the Bridge over the River Kwai and the Hellfire pass. The province of Chiang Rai is located within the renowned Golden Triangle area and is perfect for exploring the nearby tribal villages.
Experience life as a local with your host family in Mae Kampong and gather a sense of deeper meaning to your journey as you give alms to the monks. In Chiang Mai meet children at an orphanage, enjoy a peaceful ride on a bamboo raft down the Mae ping River and take an elephant ride at the Chiang Dao elephant Camp.
We believe that Thailand has so much more to off er than the traditional beach holiday and this tour aims to give you just that.
Day 1: Australia to Bangkok
Fly with QANTAS Airways to Bangkok for a two night stay.
Day 2: Bangkok
This morning embark on a tour of Bangkok, visiting Wat Pho, one of Bangkok’s largest temples, and the Grand Palace. Board a longtail boat for a cruise along Chao Phraya River to the Pak Klong Talaat Flower Market. Later, walk through Chinatown and explore the street stalls.
Day 3: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
Rise early this morning to visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the Railway Track Market. Continue to Wang Po and take a train ride on the Death Railway through the Kwai Noi River Valley to Kanchanaburi. Visit the Bridge over the River Kwai, built by Prisoners of War, the Allies Cemetery and the War Museum.
Day 4: Kanchanaburi to Bangkok
Drive to the Hellfire Pass, constructed during World War II by allied Prisoners of War for the Burma railway. Visit the museum and choose to either hike through the pass or visit the nearby Saiyoke Noi Waterfall.
Day 5: Bangkok to Chiang rai
Fly to Chiang Rai and visit the area known as the ‘Golden Triangle’, where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. Here you will take a boat ride along the Mekong River to Done Sao Island in Laos before continuing to Chiang Rai. This evening you will explore the colourful night market.
Day 6: Chiang Rai
Travel to Mae Salong Mountain where you will ride in a truck to the tribal village of Yao. Stop at a tea plantation, where you can sample the local tea, and walk through the village of Ban Lorcha.
Day 7: Chiang Rai to Mae Kampong (Home Stay )
See the exquisite White Temple this morning followed by a visit to the local market to purchase fresh ingredients for dinner. Continue to the village of Mae Kampong, nestled among forested hillsides. Upon arrival meet your host family and visit the nearby waterfall. This evening you have the opportunity to assist your hosts in preparing dinner and learn about their way of life.
Day 8: Mae Kampong to Chiang Mai
Rise early this morning to give alms to the monks. After breakfast with your hosts, continue to Chiang Mai where you will visit the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam, the temples of Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh, and a handicraft village.
Day 9: Chiang Mai
Visit the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp, one of the first elephant camps in Chiang Mai. Here you will experience an elephant ride in the surrounding forest and a gentle ride down the river in a bamboo raft. After dinner, visit the colourful night market.
Day 10: Chiang Mai
Partake in a cooking class and learn the secrets of traditional Thai cuisine. After lunch you will visit Baan Kingkaew Orphanage, followed by Wat Doi Suthep in time for sunset. This evening you will watch a performance of ancient song and dance.
Day 11: Chiang Mai – Lampang
This morning you will travel to the untouched city of Lampang. Take a horsedrawn cart around the Old Town, visiting Phra That Lampang Luang, Wat Phra Keaw as well as the local market. In the afternoon return to Chiang Mai.
Day 12: Depart Chiang Mai
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Chiang Mai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia (via Bangkok).
Day 13: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.
Day 12: Chiang Mai to Phuket
You may choose to leave the group and transfer to Chiang Mai airport for your flight to Phuket, Thailand’s popular beach destination. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for a three night stay.
Days 13-14: Phuket
The next two days are free at your leisure. (B)
Day 15: Depart Phuket
Today you will be transferred to Phuket airport to board your overnight flight to Australia (via Bangkok).
Day 16: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.
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Important Note: Above prices include QF Fuel surcharges and tipping of $430 (correct as at May 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD80 is payable on arrival in Thailand.
Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book. Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.