Through Tropical Jungle to Elephant Island

13-Day Thailand Itinerary - Ko Chang island & Khao Yai National Park

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Duration13 days / 12 nights (flexible)

DepartureDeparts every Sunday, Tuesday and Saturday from Bangkok

ItineraryBangkok - River Kwai - Ayutthaya - Khao Yai National Park - Ko Chang - Bangkok

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Overview

This itinerary offers a comprehensive Thailand experience, while keeping travel time to a minimum. Immerse yourself in the Thai way of life among the busy street stalls and serene Buddhist temples of Bangkok. Stay in floating bamboo huts and visit epic waterfalls on the River Kwai and explore the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya. In Khao Yai you’ll witness a spectacular bat exodus and go in search of wild elephants on a night safari. Finally you’ll round off your trip with your toes in the sand on the paradise island of Ko Chang.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Arrival airport transfer in Bangkok
  • Excursions as described below

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Your day-by-day itinerary

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.

Thailand Bangkok skyline night

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.

Bungalows next to the river

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.

Ancient Temples of Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya, a former royal capital, is brimming with temples from the Khmer era and boasting a tranquil atmosphere. We’ll arrange a full-day trip with a local guide and small group where you’ll explore first by bike and then later cruise down the river on a converted rice barge. You’ll stay in a lovely family-run guesthouse for two night with tropical gardens, only minutes away from the centre of the action.

Ancient Temples of Ayutthaya

Khao Yai National Park: Waterfalls and Jungle Trails

Just a few hours from Bangkok is the biggest National Park in Thailand, with dense jungle and innumerable plants and animals. Your time will be spent watching the bat exodus, hiking to waterfall and riding through Khao Yai National Park in search of the wild elephants. After spending a day on foot in the jungle, you can relax in the lodge’s swimming pool and refuel at the open air restaurant.

People walking through tall grass

Ko Chang Waterfall Island

Ko Chang is a beautiful island with white beaches, dense rainforests and spectacular waterfalls. You’ll stay in a comfortable resort, right on the beach in lush gardens. The resort has a variety of facilities including a swimming pool and a spa. During your stay we’ll arrange for you to discover some of the underwater world and visit some neighbouring islands with a boat trip.

Palm trees at the beach in Ko Chang Thailand
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