From $4,186 - 13 Days, 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 which 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. In Chiang Mai, enjoy a peaceful ride on a bamboo raft down the Mae Ping River, take an elephant ride at the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp and learn the secrets of Thai cuisine at a cooking class.
We believe that Thailand has so much more to offer than the traditional beach holiday and this tour aims to give you just that.
You will find our 2015 tour prices have also been listed for your convenience. While these departures are not included as part of our Early Bird Specials, we have a great range of tours available for travel in 2015! Take advantage of these great prices before 2016 increases.
Please note that itineraries are based on 2015 programmes. Variations to itineraries and durations may occur for travel in 2016 – please refer to our Early Bird brochure. 2016 Specials are valid when flying Cathay Pacific. Road to Samarkand utilises China Southern Airlines. 2016 Early Bird savings are based on the price reduction from the 2016 group tour prices published 26 May 2015
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BANGKOK
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Bangkok for a two night stay.
DAY 2: BANGKOK
Tour 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 Khlong Talat Flower Market. Later, walk through Chinatown and explore the lively street stalls.
DAY 3: BANGKOK TO KANCHANABURI
Rise early to visit the Railway Track Market and the Damnoen Saduak Floating 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. Visit the museum and choose to either hike through the pass or visit the nearby Saiyoke Noi Waterfall, before returning to Bangkok.
DAY 5: BANGKOK – Ayutthaya
Travel to Ayutthaya, the former Thai Kingdom capital destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. Visit Wat Phra Sisanphet, Wat Chai Wattanaram and the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, before returning to Bangkok.
DAY 6: 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 Don Sao Island in Laos before returning to Chiang Rai. This evening you will explore the lively night market.
DAY 7: 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 en route, and walk through the village of Ban Lorcha.
DAY 8: CHIANG RAI TO MAE KAMPONG (HOMESTAY)
See the exquisite White Temple 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 with the preparation of dinner and learn about their way of life.
DAY 9: MAE KAMPONG TO CHIANG MAI
Rise early to view the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat. 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 10: CHIANG MAI
Visit the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp. 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 11: CHIANG MAI
This morning partake in a cooking class. After lunch visit to the city’s biggest market, Talat Warorod, for a stroll among the colourful stalls instead followed by a 1 hour (18km) drive to Wat Doi Suthep, the most famous landmark of Chiang Mai, where you have the option of climbing 300 even steps to the top. A panoramic view of the city can be seen at 3,500ft above sea level inside the temple.
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.
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. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for a three night stay. (B)
DAYS 13-14: PHUKET
The next two days are free at your leisure. (B)
DAY 15: DEPART PHUKET
You will be transferred to Phuket airport to board your overnight flight to Australia (via Singapore). (B)
DAY 16: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Dates & Prices
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 727 998 Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.
Singapore Airlines - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $496. Please note the Tipping amount of USD80 (AUD87) 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.