Glimpses of Thailand
Duration: 11 nights part-escorted tour
Price from: £1799pp
Bangkok 3 nights
Chiang Mai 2 nights
Chiang Rai 2 nights
Pattaya 4 nights (Phuket, Cha Am or Koh Samui also available)
Day 1: Fly to Bangkok.
Day 2 Bangkok: Arrive Bangkok. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax, take a leisurely swim or head out and start soaking up the atmosphere of this incredible city.
Days 3-4 Bangkok: Two full days to explore buzzing Bangkok. Perhaps take an optional excursion (additional expense) to the elaborate Grand Palace with its plethora of stunning temples, see the exquisitely decorated Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) or the solid gold 5.5 ton Wat Trimitr Buddha. Bangkok is also a great shopping city, whether at one of the gleaming malls or colourful markets, and with over 50,000 places to eat, the city has just about everything on the menu.
Day 5 Bangkok/Chiang Mai: Transfer to the airport for tne hour flight to the “Rose of the North”, Chiang Mai. On arrival, visit the celebrated cottage industry centres and see the craftsmen mastering Thai handicrafts. After setting into your hotel, be sure to step out to the night bazaar and haggle for a bargain or two!
Day 6 Chiang Mai: Transfer this morning to the Elephant Nature Park, a rescue and rehabilitation centre for elephants, as well as many other animals. Spend time observing the animals, which can now live free of fear in natural surroundings. After lunch, leave the camp for the Taeng River Pier where you board a bamboo raft for a gentle trip along the river. Travel onwards by road to visit the Padong long necked hill tribe village then continue to the Orchid and Butterfly Farm before returning to your hotel.
Day 7 Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai: Take in the natural landscapes this morning as you drive through scenic winding roads to visit the White Meo hill tribes and glimpse their simple way of life. Continue to the Wat Phra That temple which is 3,000 feet above Chiang Mai and one of Northern Thailand’s most sacred temples. Journey north for 3½ hours to Chiang Rai and the infamous “Golden Triangle”.
Day 8 Golden Triangle: Travel to Doi Mael Salong and en route visit the Santi Kiri KMT Yunan Chinese Refugee settlement, where wine, medicinal herbs and other locally grown products are sold. Doi Mae Salong enjoys a year-round cool and refreshing climate and in January, Japanese Sakura flowers cover the hillsides. After lunch drive onwards to Padong Hilltribe Village (Long-necked Karen), whose settlers migrated from Southern Burma only a few years ago.
Day 9 Chiang Rai/Pattaya: Fly to Bangkok and onward by road to Pattaya for a beach stay.
Alternatively, you can opt to stay in Phuket, Hua Hin, Cha Am or Koh Samui.
Days 10-12 Pattaya: Three full days at leisure in bustling Pattaya, which has great beaches, excellent shopping and a renowned colourful nightlife.
Day 13 Pattaya/Bangkok: Return to Bangkok where your tour concludes with your onward journey.
Accommodation: 4* Rembrandt Bangkok; 4* Dusit Princess Chiang Mai; 4*plus Riverie by Katathani, Chiang Rai & 3*plus Mercure Pattaya. We are able to tailor-make this tour using alternative hotels in this brochure.
Meals: Room only. Breakfast included in Chiang Mai and Pattaya.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return international flights from the UK, domestic flights where indicated, private transfers between your hotels, accommodation as shown and sightseeing as stated.