Bright Lights of Bangkok
You’ll arrive in the bustling capital of Bangkok and stay on the riverside of Chao-Phraya, with a rooftop pool, and just a short walk to the famous Khao San Road. The following morning we’ll arrange a thrilling full day excursion that will give you a taste of life in Bangkok. You’ll discover local communities, learn about the history and finish the afternoon with a refreshing drink at a roof-top bar.
The River and the Railway
After an early breakfast you’ll start your trip to the River Kwai as part of a small group. First you will visit a market before heading to the Hellfire Pass Museum where you can learn all about the haunting history of this region. In the afternoon a longtail boat will take you upstream to your accommodation for the night, a floating raft house lit by flickering oil lamps.
After a peaceful night’s sleep in your floating hut you’ll you’ll visit the Erawan Waterfalls, a spectacular collection of waterfalls. As you climb why not take a plunge in one of the clear pools to cool off. Next it’s time to board the train for a trip across the Burma ‘Death’ Railway. During the ride you’ll see panoramic views of the River Kwai and visit the Bridge over the River Kwai. You’ll spend the second night of this trip in a small, cosy riverside resort in Kanchanaburi.
Giant Trees and Lakes of Khao Sok
Next, you’ll journey deep into the wilds of Thailand’s famous Khao Sok National Park. For the first two nights you’ll stay at our Anurak Community Lodge in Khao Sok National Park. This beautiful place is hidden amongst the limestone cliffs, employing local people to staff the lodge and run the trips – meaning you’ll gain the best knowledge of the area.
During your stay you will take part in a canoe trip with a local guide, paddling down the river and taking in the lush nature surrounding you. Next you’ll head to a small group of peacefully floating bamboo cottages on the lake. The view is nothing less than idyllic; steep rock formations shooting up from the still water and curious monkeys swinging through the trees. Kick back and relax, go on jungle walks and cool off with a dip in the calm water.
Shimmering Bays and Secluded Beaches
Ko Pha Ngan may not be famous for its deserted beaches or sparkling white sand, but we’ve found just that in the north-eastern part of the island. This serene and authentic island is also home to a hilly interior, dreamy bays and just the right relaxing atmosphere. Ko Pha Ngan is famous for its full moon parties, which take place on the other side of the island. During your stay, you can spend your time swaying softly in a hammock, reading a good book and sipping on a fresh fruit shake. Let go and enjoy the laidback island lifestyle…
Daydreaming on Ko Samui
Fun-filled and fancy-free, Ko Samui promises to give you a taste of the Thailand island hopping high life. No wonder so many travellers have found their way here. Ko Samui is a great combination of Thai hospitality, white sandy beaches, charming hotels and endless sunshine. You’ll stay on the pretty Bo Phut beach – a quieter place to stay than bustling Lamai and Chaweng, and take a day trip on a traditional junk boat, cruising around the northern islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Ma. The rest of your time is free for you to do as you please.
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A Taste of Thailand - In Style
If you choose to travel In Style, you’ll be upgraded at various destinations throughout this itinerary. In Bangkok you’ll stay in a stylish hotel with a pool overlooking the Chao Praya River. During the River Kwai trip you’ll spend the first night in a comfortable African style safari tent on a quiet jungle riverbank. The permanently erected air-conditioned tents are surprisingly spacious and have en-suite facilities. You’ll spend the second night in a stylish resort right on the river. During your time on Khao Sok Lake, you’ll stay in the same floating raft house accommodation as our standard option. Once you’re in the jungle of Khao Sok National Park however you’ll spend your 2 nights in a comfortable boutique tent. When you get to Ko Phangan and Ko Samui you’ll stay in resorts in the same area, but with a few more home comforts. We’ll also arrange for you to travel by first class sleeper train, where you’ll have your own private cabin rather than the shared 2nd class couchettes.
Prices from: £ 1,838 - per person - In Style option