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Discover the many attractions of exciting Bangkok then travel northwards through Thailand to the city of Chiang Mai. Along the way, visit ancient ruins and stunning temples, before your journey comes to an end in the relaxing coastal resort of Cha-Am.
- Just You Tour Manager as your host
- Return flights from Heathrow with Thai Airways and internal flights
- Use of an airport lounge in the UK
- 11 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
- 25 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
- Specialist Local Guide
- Welcome drink & farewell get-together
- Overseas transfers & other transportation
- Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
- Audio Guide
- Discover Bangkok at night by tuk-tuk
- Bangkok city tour
- Long-tail boat cruise along the Thonburi Klongs
- Thai classical dance show
- Visit the ruins of Ayutthaya
- Admire the Wat Yai temple in Phitsanuloke
- Discover UNESCO-listed Sukhothai
- Enjoy dinner at the Vongburi teak house
- Tour of Phrae by bicycle taxi & visit to a Mo Hom dyeing workshop
- Chiang Mai tour including visits to a local family and the Wat Palat &
- Doi Suthep temples
- Spend a day at the Elephant Nature Park
Day 1: UK - Bangkok
Depart on your overnight flight to Bangkok today.
Day 2: Bangkok
Welcome to Bangkok, one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant capital cities. It's a place of mind-boggling history and spirituality, with fabulous shopping and delicious cuisine. On arrival this morning, we'll transfer to our hotel. There's plenty of time to relax at leisure, before we get to know one another better over dinner this evening. Later we'll head out to discover the delights of Bangkok at night.
Day 3: Bangkok
We'll see many of Bangkok's highlights on today's included sightseeing tour. We begin with a visit to Wat Pho, one of the city's largest temple complexes and home to a leading school of massage. We'll hear the morning chant of the saffron-robed Buddhist monks and see the 46-metre-long golden Reclining Buddha. Next we'll head to the magnificent Grand Palace, Bangkok's most famous landmark.
Day 4: Ayutthaya
After breakfast this morning we'll begin our explorations at the beautiful Bang Pa-In Palace, which was once a royal summer residence. We'll then continue to the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ayutthaya. Once a wealthy and glittering city, this was the capital of Siam between 1350 and 1767, when it fell to the Burmese army and was all but abandoned. We'll take a stroll around Ayutthaya's impressive remains which include a head of Buddha embedded in a tree trunk surrounded by tangled roots.
Day 5: Phitsanulok
We'll depart Bangkok after breakfast and drive to Phitsanulok, one of Thailand's most historic cities. En route we'll make a stop at Uthai Thani to enjoy lunch on board a boat. On arrival in Phitsanulok we'll visit the 14th century Wat Yai, a stunning temple which houses a bronze statue of Buddha and an array of decorative features.
Day 6: Sukhothai/Phrae
Our journey continues as we drive to the ancient city of Sukhothai, which flourished during the 13th and 14th centuries. This walled city was the birthplace of some of Thailand's finest art and architecture, and as we explore the UNESCO-listed site we'll discover magnificent Buddha images, wall paintings and beautifully carved elephants supporting a towering stupa.
Day 7: Chiang Mai
After breakfast this morning we'll make our way to Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. This temple is one of Thailand's finest examples of Lanna-style architecture, and is surrounded by ancient walls. Our next stop is at Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao, an important temple which once housed the Emerald Buddha. Next we'll visit Ban Sao Nak, a beautiful wooden house with no less than 116 supporting teak pillars and afterwards, lunch will be served in a restaurant.
Day 8: Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai was once the capital city of the Lanna Kingdom, which covered much of northern Thailand in the late 13th century. Today we'll visit a local family to learn about the Lanna traditions which live on to this very day. The family will be happy to tell you all about local architecture, handicrafts and food, and after we've explored traditional houses and gardens, we'll enjoy a meal cooked over a fire.
Day 9: Chiang Mai
We've got a great day planned today, as we head to the Elephant Nature Park, a rescue and rehabilitation centre where dozens of vulnerable elephants have been cared for. You'll learn how the elephants are rescued, and get the chance to feed them from a special viewing platform. After a buffet lunch, we'll head to the river where we can see these gentle creatures as they bathe and play in the water.
Day 10: Cha-am
After breakfast we'll transfer to Chiang Mai airport for our flight back to Bangkok. Upon arrival we'll transfer to the laid-back coastal resort of Cha-Am. Our hotel is set beside a long sandy beach and the rest of the day is free for you to relax in this lovely location.
Day 11: Cha-am
Spend today enjoying the facilities at your hotel, perhaps take a dip in the outdoor pool or Jacuzzi, or go for a stroll along the beach with your travelling companions. If you like to cook, we also offer a fantastic optional excursion today as we head to the nearby beach resort of Hua Hin, where you can learn the art of Thai cookery.
Day 12: Cha-am
Enjoy a final day at leisure. You could choose to soak up the sun on the beach or perhaps head out with your travelling companions to one of the nearby seafood restaurants for lunch.
Days 13-14: Cha-am - UK
Today we'll transfer you to the airport in Bangkok for your return flight to the UK.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on a solo traveller in their own room. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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