Arrive in Bangkok where you will then be transferred to your centrally located hotel for some downtime before meeting your fellow travellers for a special welcome reception.
Early risers can enjoy the chance to pay a visit to Lumpini Park to take in some Tai Chi before joining up with those who prefer a more leisurely start to the day to take a tour of the city. From the fruit and flower market at Pat Klong Talad, you’ll head by Tuk Tuk to the famous Wat Pho temple; the oldest in the city and home to the largest reclining Buddha to be found anywhere in the country. You’ll be offered the chance to enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the temple ground before boarding a ferry to the Temple of the Dawn. The day ends with an optional dinner cruise – at additional cost - on the Chao Phraya River on a restored rice barge.
A second day exploring the sights of Bangkok begins with a trip to a palm sugar plantation before a visit to the floating market at Damnoen Saduak; arriving early to take a tour of the market before the main crowds appear. Later in the day you’ll visit the Grand Palace – the official residence of the King of Thailand from the 18th to mid-20th century – and visit the sacred Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Leaving Bangkok behind, you’ll head for Kanchanaburi to pay a visit to the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and War Cemetery. You’ll then visit the famous Bridge over the River Kwai before enjoying a thrilling train ride that will take in all the scenery of the surrounding area. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure at your resort.
Following breakfast, you’ll travel back to Bangkok in order to catch a flight to Chiang Rai. On arrival, you’ll head to the Doi Tung to visit the Royal Development Programme created by the late Princess Mother of Thailand and then visit a local Ahka village before arriving at your hotel in the Golden Triangle.
Travel to Chiang Saen to join a long-tailed boat for a cruise along the Mekong Rover to the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos come together. Cross into Laos for a quick visit to the Don Sao Island Markets before gaining an insight into the opium trade during lunch at the Hall of Opium. Your evening is spent at leisure back at your hotel.
Make an early start to head for Chiang Mai, calling in for a brief stop at the impressive all-white Wat Rong Khun temple. After lunch on arrival in Chiang Mai, a city rich in culture and hugely popular with tourists, you’ll have chance to visit the handicraft markets in nearby San Kamphaeng before heading for the temple at Wat Doi Suthep, which sits on the side of a mountain affording views back over Chiang Mai. In the evening there is the option of a traditional Kantoke dinner at additional cost.
Travelling in small vehicles, you’ll head for Ban Mae Kampong where the village chief – or one of his family members – will be on hand to tell you all about the culture and way of life of those who live in these remote settlements. After lunch, you’ll tour the village, visiting the school and temple whilst also witnessing how the local people produce a selection of goods for sale. A visit to the Mae Kampong waterfall ends the day before you transfer back to Chang Mai.
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Chang Mai before a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant. A selection of optional experiences are available during the day at your own cost, including a visit to the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp or a trip to meet the long-necked Karan Hill Tribe in Baan Tong Luang.
Transfer back to Bangkok International Airport for your flight home.
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