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.
Elephant Encounters in Chiang Mai
When you arrive in Chiang Mai, you’ll make your own way to your hotel in the centre of the city. With a laid-back, spiritual atmosphere, Chiang Mai is a walkable city scattered sacred temples and shrines. If you have time, it’s worth stopping at the night market, packed with souvenirs and aromatic street food stalls.
Next you will get up close to the gentle giants at the Elephant Nature Park. You’ll be collected from your hotel in Chiang Mai and transferred to the park an hour away. You will learn all about the issues faced by elephants in Asia and the personal stories of those rescued by the park. You will have the chance to observe these majestic animals and aid in their rehabilitation before returning to Chiang Mai in the early evening for another night in the city.
At Home with the Thai
Sometimes when travelling in Thailand, it can be hard to discover authentic experiences or take a detour off the well-worn tourist route. However, we’ve found an authentic homestay in the Thai countryside. You’ll stay with a local Dutch-Thai family who run their Thailand homestay in a sustainable, eco-friendly way and offer you a unique opportunity to experience real life in rural Thailand. You’ll take a trip to a local village and learn all about the traditional Thai way of life before jumping on a bicycle and cycling through the untouched countryside. Here the landscapes are more rugged, the stars seem to shine brighter, and the people are ready to welcome you.
Discover the Flavours of Ko Lanta
As well as vast stretches of white sand and swaying coconut palms, Thailand is also famous for it’s cuisine. From spicy coconut curries and stir-fried noodles to fresh papaya salad and crispy spring rolls, it’s easy to find something truly mouth-watering. During this trip to the tropical island of Ko Lanta you’ll take a cooking class and learn how to make some of these tasty dishes for yourself. You’ll stay in a comfortable wooden bungalow, just a short walk from the island’s natural rainforest and rugged coastline. You’ll have plenty of time to relax on the peach-sand beach and savour the easy going atmosphere.
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Thailand in a Nutshell - 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 boutique 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 and the spend the second night in a stylish resort right on the river. When you reach Chiang Mai you’ll stay at a small boutique hotel. Here you’ll find an inviting atmosphere, cosy rooms and a lovely pool. During your homestay, staying in simple accommodation with a local family is all part of the experience so you will stay in the same place as our standard option for this part of your trip. Finally, on the tropical island of Ko Lanta you’ll stay in a tranquil, oriental style resort; the villas are constructed from natural materials and although minimalistic, have all the amenities you would expect from travelling In Style. 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: £ 1,753 - per person - In Style option