Glimpses of Thailand
Duration: 11 nights part-escorted tour
Price from: £1769pp
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 at leisure to relax, enjoy a leisurely swim or head out and start soaking up the atmosphere of this incredible city.
Days 3-4 Bangkok: Two full days at leisure in buzzing, bustling Bangkok. Perhaps join optional excursions (additional charge) to the elaborate Grand Palace with its plethora of stunning temples, 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 tothe “Rose of the North”, Chiang Mai. On arrival, you will visitthe celebrated cottage industry centres and see the craftsmen mastering Thai handicrafts. After setting into your hotel, don’t miss the opportunity to step out to the night bazaar and take the opportunity to haggle for a bargain or two!
Day 6 Chiang Mai: Travel to the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary and later visit a Lisu hill tribe who continue to follow a lifestyle which remains, in many respects, virtually identical to their ancestors in Tibet. After lunch relax and watch the forest scenery as you gently travel down the Ping River aboard a bamboo raft. Later visit a waterfall and orchid farm, where a feast for the eyes awaits you with the vast varieties of orchids. Return to Chiang Mai.
Day 7 Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai: Take in the natural landscapes this morning as you drive through scenic winding roads to visitthe White Meo hill tribes and observe 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. A 3½ hour road transfer takes you north to Chiang Rai and the infamous “Golden Triangle”.
Day 8 Golden Triangle: Travel to Doi Mael Salong and 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 cool and refreshing climate all year round 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 75 minutes to Bangkok and onward by road to Pattaya to end this superb holiday on the beach.
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 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.