Classic: Thailand Encompassed East Coast Islands (ATFE)
Countries Visited: Thailand Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Information Not Available
Meals Included: 21 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Hop aboard a Klong boat tour in Bangkok, visit Erawan Falls and Bridge on the River Kwai, embark on a hiltribe village trek, enjoy a local cooking class in Chiang Mai, discover local marine life snorkelling in Koh Tao
This is the ultimate Thailand experience for every kind of traveller. This 23-day trip combines the best highlights of Northern Thailand, with the picturesque tropical appeal of the islands. Experience cultural touchstones like the former capital city of Ayutthaya and a hilltribe trek outside of Chiang Mai and then head south to discover some of the most idyllic beaches in the entire world. Want Thailands Youve got it.
|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Bangkok||Day 1 Bangkok|
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Kanchanaburi||Day 2 Bangkok/Kanchanaburi (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy a klong boat tour of Bangkok including a visit to Wat Po. Travel to Kanchanaburi and head to your floating rafthouse accommodation. Enjoy free time to explore. Included Activities: Klong Riverboat Tour Wat Po Visit Overnight Rafthouse Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 129km)
|Day 3||Kanchanaburi||Day 3 Kanchanaburi (1B)|
Enjoy a day of sightseeing at Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai. Explore the Allied War Cemetery, the Thai-Burmese Railway Centre and the JEATH War Museum to learn more about the areas history. Included Activities: Erawan Waterfalls Visit Bridge on the River Kwai Visit Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit Transport: Enjoy a short drive to view the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls. (1-2 hours per direction) Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)
|Day 4||Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya||Day 4 Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (1B)|
Travel to Ayutthaya and visit the historical sites of the old capital city. Opt to visit Chan Kasem National Museum and Chao Sam Phraya Museum. Included Activities: Temple Ruins Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 150km)
|Day 5||Chiang Mai||Day 5 Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai (1B)|
Spend a full day exploring Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
|Day 6||Chiang Mai||Day 6 Chiang Mai|
Chiang Mai is a vibrant city with heaps to see and do. Famous for its night market, cooking classes, and Muay Thai, its a feat to fit it all in. Included Activities: Doi Suthep Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 7||Ban Pha Mon||Day 7 Chiang Mai/Ban Pha Mon (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your CEO and local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies. Additional Notes: The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, its all about an authentic and unique experience! Included Activities: Hilltribe Trek Day 1 Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Ban Muang Pam||Day 8 Ban Pha Mon/Ban Muang Pam (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Trek for about six hours and between villages, over farmlands and grasslands and acend to the ridgeline. Learn about bush medicine, seasonal fruits and plants and seeds. Slip on your wet shoes and descend to the Huew Hin Poon Creek for lunch. Here, go for a swim and help the local guides make a friction fire and prepare lunch. Continue another hour and a half to the jungle Buddhist temple outside the second village. Spend the night in the Karen village learn about wood carving, weaving and cooking. Opt to learn about medicine from a shaman or play football with the locals. Included Activities: Hilltribe Trek Day 2
|Day 9||Chiang Mai||Day 9 Ban Muang Pam/Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)|
After breakfast, leave the village and continue on, stopping at other villages along the way. Arrive at Tham Lod, a 1666m deep cave. Enter by bamboo raft and move to different chambers - a truly unique experience. After lunch, drive back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore. Included Activities: Hilltribe Trek Day 3 Transport: Pickup truck (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 10||Chiang Mai||Day 10 Chiang Mai (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy free time to explore Chiang Mai. Opt for a bicycle tour, a visit the Mae Sa waterfall, shopping at the night market, or getting a traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a local cooking class with dinner. Included Activities: Cooking Class
|Day 11||Chiang Rai||Day 11 Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai (1B)|
Travel to Chiang Rai and start exploring. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 274km)
|Day 12||Chiang Rai||Day 12 Chiang Rai (1B)|
Visit the town of Mae Sai and the Opium Museum. Included Activities: Mae Sai Visit Opium Museum Visit
|Day 13||Lampang||Day 13 Chiang Rai/Lampang (1B, 1D)|
Continue on to Lampang and enjoy a homestay in a traditional Lanna village. Participate in craft demonstrations and opt to help prepare a local meal. Included Activities: Village Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 315km)
|Day 14||Sukhothai||Day 14 Lampang/Sukhothai (1B, 1L)|
Take in traditional morning activities, followed by lunch in the village. Travel to Sukhothai and enjoy a free afternoon. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 213km)
|Day 15||Sukhothai||Day 15 Sukhothai (1B)|
Take a half-day guided bike tour of Sukhothai Historical Park and explore the area with some free time. Included Activities: Sukhothai Bicycle Tour
|Day 16||Bangkok||Day 16 Sukhothai/Bangkok (1B)|
Travel to Bangkok and enjoy some time for last minute shopping. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 422km)
|Day 17||Ko Samui||Day 17 Bangkok/Ko Samui (1B)|
With tons to do in the area, spend the next couple of days enjoying this tropical paradise. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Plane (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Ferry (0.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
|Day 18||Ko Samui||Day 18 Ko Samui (1B)|
Relax on the beach or visit the bustling little town. Opt for a snorkelling trip in Ang Thong Marine Park.
|Day 19||Ko Pha Ngan||Day 19 Ko Samui/Ko Pha Ngan (1B)|
Take a ferry to nearby Koh Pha Ngan, with time to explore the islands waterfalls, swim in lagoons, hike, or relax. If its the right time, opt to take part in the islands famous Full Moon Party. Transport: Transfer to the ferry terminal and board for the short ride to Koh Phangan. Ferry (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 20||Ko Pha Ngan||Day 20 Ko Pha Ngan (1B)|
With everything from yoga and meditation courses, natural beauty, and its famous full moon parties, Koh Phangan has something for everyone.
|Day 21||Ko Tao||Day 21 Ko Pha Ngan/Ko Tao (1B)|
Travel to Koh Tao, in English known as `turtle island'. While most of the visitors spend their days in the water, in the evening the beach bars and hotels spill over with people looking to share their tales of the days activities and a cold beer or two. Transport: Transfer to the ferry in Koh Phangan and on the other end in Koh Tao. Ferry (2.50 hour(s))
|Day 22||Ko Tao||Day 22 Ko Tao (1B, 1L)|
Enjoy an included snorkelling trip from Koh Tao through Koh Nang Yuan. Included Activities: Snorkelling Excursion
|Day 23||Ko Tao||Day 23 Ko Tao (1B)|
Depart at any time. Want to take the hassle out of getting back to Bangkoks Book the Bangkok Express, a two-day post-tour Extra. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book. Additional Notes: Add the "Bangkok Express: Koh Tao to Bangkok" to your adventure and make your way back to bustling Bangkok with the guidance of a CEO. This nifty post-tour Extra includes a ferry to the mainland where you'll board an overnight train to Bangkok arriving in the city early the next morning. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.