National Geographic Journeys: Iconic Thailand (ATHNG)
Countries Visited: Thailand All the adventure you want, with a softer landing Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time More included meals, activities and transfers
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12.
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Enjoy an authentic khantoke dinner in a local village, visit Wat Chedi Luang and chat with a monk, take a Thai cooking class and enjoy your creation for lunch, travel like a local with long-tail boats and tuk tuks, step back into history at "The Bridge on the River Kwai"
Hit the highlights of Thailand on a 15-day adventure that strikes a balance between cultural landmarks and stunning beaches, activity and relaxation. Up north, ponder the River Kwai and eat your way through Chiang Mai. Then head to the southern shores for some downtime at Koh Samui and Krabi. Along the way, bask in the radiance of golden temples, enjoy long-tail boat rides, and learn to cook authentic Thai food.
|Offer valid through 3/31/2020|
|Day 1||Bangkok||Day 1 Bangkok|
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Additional Notes: You are welcome to arrive at any time on day 1, but please note that hotel check-in time is 14:00pm. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Upon arrival at the airport, head to the arrival hall and door number 3 near the information counter. Look for a driver holding a G Adventures sign with your name, wholl take you to your hotel so you can check in and start exploring. Private Vehicle (0.75-1.50 hours)
|Day 2||Kanchanaburi||Day 2 Bangkok/Kanchanaburi (1B)|
Travel to Kanchanaburi, home to the "Bridge on the River Kwai." Take a train journey over the bridge and take in a piece of World War II history. Included Activities: Bridge on the River Kwai Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya||Day 3 Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy a morning visit to Erawan National Park and waterfall then visit the Thai/Burma War Museum and War Cemetery. This afternoon, travel to Ayutthaya and enjoy dinner on a converted 1930s rice barge. Included Activities: Erawan Waterfalls Visit Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit Dinner Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 4||Chiang Mai||Day 4 Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai (1B)|
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ayutthaya Historical Park, which served as Thailand's capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Later, return to Bangkok to catch a flight to Chiang Mai. Included Activities: Ayutthaya Historical Park Guided Tour Transport: Hello again, Bangkok! Travel back to the city and to the airport by private van. Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours) Plane (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 5||Chiang Mai||Day 5 Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)|
Monk Chats are a great cultural exchange, but is also important in helping the young Monks improve their English. Included Activities: Cooking Class Meet with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang Doi Suthep Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 6||Chiang Mai||Day 6 Chiang Mai (1B, 1D)|
Travel to the countryside near Chiang Mai and enjoy dinner northern khantok style, a must-do when you reach northern Thailand. Khantok in the Northern dialect means wooden tray, used for carrying dishes, round in shape and made of teak wood. The host will invite guests to sit on the floor around the khantok. Main dishes usually include sticky rice, hang-le curry (Burmese-styled curry), and some chill-pasted crispy pork. Later, enjoy tea time with the opportunity to talk with local people to learn their way of living. Included Activities: Traditional Thai Home Dinner
|Day 7||Bangkok||Day 7 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B)|
Flight to bustling Bangkok for a klong riverboat ride through Bangkoks canals and visit to Wat Po, the famed Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Included Activities: Klong Riverboat Tour Wat Po Visit Transport: Take a quick flight back to Bangkok. Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
|Day 8||Bangkok||Day 8 Bangkok (1B)|
Enjoy the day in bustling Bangkok. Option to visit temples, museums, a spa, or go shopping.
|Day 9||Ko Samui||Day 9 Bangkok/Ko Samui (1B)|
Lying off of Thailand's east coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers everything you could possibly want in a seaside retreat: white sandy beaches, coconut palms, fresh seafood, and warm, clear waters. Our hotel is located at the vibrant and exciting "Chaweng" district, walking distance to restaurants, entertainment spots and shopping. Catch a tuk tuk to the various beaches close tour our hotel. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 10||Ko Samui||Day 10 Ko Samui (1B, 1L)|
Transfer by traditional longtail boat to Koh Madsum and enjoy morning kayaking along the stunning coastline. Return to the beach for a delicious buffet lunch. Afterwards, stretch out on a deck chair or, for the more active, head out on a sea kayak, go snorkelling, or explore this magnificent island. Later, continue to Koh Tan for more island activities. Included Activities: Koh Madsum and Koh Tan Excursion
|Day 11||Khao Sok||Day 11 Ko Samui/Khao Sok (1B, 1D)|
Khao Sok is a stunning location with one of the oldest evergreen rainforests in the world, surrounded by limestone karst cliffs. Included Activities: Rainforest Eco-Walk & Dinner Transport: Ferry (1.50-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
|Day 12||Khao Sok||Day 12 Khao Sok (1B)|
Today is free to relax at the lodge or enjoy a walk along the trails. Opt to enjoy various jungle activities.
|Day 13||Krabi||Day 13 Khao Sok/Krabi (1B)|
Stay close to the beach and enjoy some of the beautiful scenic views that have made southern Thailand so famous. In the evening, grab a cocktail and relax at the pool. Your CEO will fill you in on all the other interesting options that are available in the area. This is the perfect place to get active or simply chill out and relax. Our resort is located a short distance by tuk tuk to Aonang Beach and Noppharat Thara Beach. Enjoy the resort's excellent facilities including restaurant and bars, three large outdoor swimming pools, and rejuvenating spa (additional cost). Included Activities: Krabi Village Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
|Day 14||Krabi||Day 14 Krabi (1B)|
Enjoy the day to relax in paradise. Opt to catch a tuk tuk to Aonang Beach, visit spas, rent kayaks, or snorkel.
|Day 15||Bangkok||Day 15 Krabi/Bangkok (1B)|
Today we return to bustling Bangkok. The tour ends at the airport in the mid-to-late afternoon. Included Activities: Departure Day Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
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.
There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 20 kg (44lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.
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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.