Thailand Highlights


Thailand weaves a tapestry of glittering temples, lush jungle and golden sunshine, all entwined with a rich heritage that has remained staunchly unchanged for centuries. It is also fun-loving, friendly and exotic – discover more of Bangkok and the northern highlands.

Places Visited

Australia - Bangkok (4N) - Kanchanaburi (1N) - Chiang Rai (2N) - Mae Kampong (1N) - Chiang Mai (3N) - Bangkok - Australia

Day 1: Fly to Bangkok.
Fly with Singapore Airlines to the vibrant city of Bangkok. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 1: Fly to Bangkok.
Day 2: Discover Bangkok
Bangkok makes your senses come alive; its a whirlwind of chaos, refinement and wonderful sights. A city of many faces, go from tranquil golden temples to forests of gleaming skyscrapers before experiencing authentic Asia on bustling streets. Explore Wat Pho and the dazzling Grand Palace. Take to the Chao Phraya River on a longboat for an alternative view of the city as you travel to the Pak Khlong Talaat Flower Market before strolling through Chinatown.
Day 2: Discover Bangkok
Day 3: Bridge over the River Kwai
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market before heading out of Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. Stop at the famous bridge before visiting the Allied Cemetery and JEATH War Museum.
Day 3: Bridge over the River Kwai
Day 4: Explore Kanchanaburi
Drive to Hellfire Pass and visit the fascinating museum before a short walk through the pass. Hop on board an old locomotive to travel along a section of the notorious Death Railway passing through the Kwai Gorge. Return to Bangkok in the afternoon. This evening enjoy a dinner accompanied by Thai classical dances.
Day 4: Explore Kanchanaburi
Day 5: Ayutthaya
A sacred city and former royal capital, Ayutthaya today is a crumbled kingdom that has retained its bygone splendour. Explore this impressive archaeological site, touring the principal sights including Bang Pa-In, the former royal summer residence. Return to Bangkok.
Day 5: Ayutthaya
Day 6: Fly to Chiang Rai
Fly to Chiang Rai, a city in Thailand's northern highlands. Transfer to the area known as the Golden Triangle – the point where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. Take a boat ride on the Mekong over the border into Laos and visit Don Sao Island where you can take a leisurely stroll through the local market. Return to Chiang Rai.
Day 6: Fly to Chiang Rai
Day 7: Mae Salong
Travel to Mae Salong Mountain, an area well known for its tea plantations – you can sample some of the local brew whilst you are here. Enjoy a 'Yunnanese' lunch before meeting the Yao Tribe, taking a walk through an Akha village, and visiting a tea plantation.
Day 7: Mae Salong
Day 8: White Temple
Explore the striking Buddhist White Temple before departing Chiang Rai. Stop at a bustling local market to purchase fresh, local ingredients for this evening's dinner. Travel to the mountain village of Mae Kampong where you will immerse yourself in the local culture by spending the night with a family. Spend the afternoon exploring the village and the surrounding area before returning to your host family for dinner. Getting involved in preparing the evening meal is an excellent way to observe and get to know them and their way of life.
Day 8: White Temple
Day 9: Travel to Chiang Mai
Depart Mae Kampong for Chiang Mai. Visit the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam and spend the afternoon visiting Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh. There'll also be time to examine the wares at a handicraft village.
Day 9: Travel to Chiang Mai
Day 10: Chiang Dao Elephant Park
Spend the day at the Chiang Dao Elephant Park. While here you'll also be able to take a relaxing cruise down the Ping River on a bamboo raft.
Day 10: Chiang Dao Elephant Park
Day 11: Cooking class
Discover the secrets of traditional Thai cooking with a morning cookery class. Ascend Wat Doi Suthep, perched on top of Doi Suthep. Later, browse through the wares of Talat Warorot, Chiang Mai's biggest market. This evening, sit down to a Thai Kantoke dinner, and be entertained by a selection of cultural performances.
Day 11: Cooking class
Days 12: Depart Chiang Mai
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Chiang Mai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

Due to flight schedules, Perth passengers will arrive home on Day 12.
Days 12: Depart Chiang Mai
Day 13: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.

Tour prices are per person, twin share

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Additional Price Information:

Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and tipping. Subject to change
Single Hotel Room Option from $390
Land Only (Bangkok to Chiang Mai) 12 days from $2,590 per person (includes tipping)
Darwin and Canberra passengers may require stopovers in Singapore at an
additional cost
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 318 203. Limited seats denotes 5 seats or less available.

A visa is not required for visitors to Thailand.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in Thailand and you will find high quality coverage. Thailand has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Thailand is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.

Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 1300 318 203 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.


Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time and who are looking for a comprehensive tour of the main sights and cities in Thailand. This tour utilises the time to optimise your visit in each destination.

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