Thailand With a Difference

14 days/13 night land only Thailand package. Stops in Bangkok, Ayuthaya, Chao Phraya River Cruise, Chiang Mai, and Hua Hin. From $2298 per person, twin sharing.

Itinerary at a Glance:

  • Bangkok – 3 Nights
  • Chao Phraya River Cruise – 1 Nights
  • Chiang Mai – 4 Nights
  • Hua Hin – 5 Nights
Inclusions

Includes private transfers and tours, all admissions to attractions per itinerary and English speaking local tour guides.

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Day 1 – Arrive Bangkok: Meet & greet at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and transfer to your hotel in downtown Bangkok.
Day 2 – Bangkok: Morning tour to the home of the Kings of Siam of the Chakri Dynasty, originally built by King Rama I, it served as the royal residence until 1946. Today the palace is still used on certain occasions for visiting royalty or special guests of the Kingdom. Adjoining the Grand Palace you will find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keo), this is probably the best known of the royal temples. It is regarded as the most important temple in all Thailand and it is the venue of many of the numerous religious ceremonies in which the King participates, especially at the beginning of each of the three seasons when His Majesty personally changes the elaborate robes of the Buddha image, carved out of a single piece of emerald-green jasper. (B)
Day 3 – Bangkok: Following breakfast at the hotel you will be picked up along with other passengers before leaving Bangkok for River Kwai. Our first stop in Kanchanaburi will be at the Railway Museum which will give you a good overall view concerning this portion of the track. After visit the War Cemetery and the famous bridge over the River Kwai before proceeding by long tail boats for the River Kwai Jungle Rafts for check-in and lunch. In the afternoon visit the Hell Fire Pass. Dinner at the hotel followed by a Mon cultural dance and song. (B,L)
Day 4 – Bangkok – Chao Phraya River: Breakfast at the hotel followed by a morning at leisure until check-out time, you’ll then be transferred to the pier to board your cruise upstream on the Chao Phraya River, passing the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn and observing the way of rural life along the river. Arriving at Pathum Thani in the afternoon, you will visit a fresh market where local people shop for food, fresh produce and a variety of Thai sweets. At sunset, the Mekhala will dock at Wat Kai Tia, a Buddhist temple located in a tranquil rural village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai cuisine will be served on the deck. You will spend the night on board the boat, in your air conditioned cabin. (B,D)
Day 5 – Chao Phraya River – Ayuthaya – Chiang Mai: We start the day by cruising to a small village of Baan Saladang, an aged-old Mon community who migrated from Burma to this area in the early 19th century. The villagers here have successfully maintained their traditional life style, customs and natural surroundings. You will also see a collection of well-preserved typical Thai houses in this charming village. Afterwards, you can partake of a delicious breakfast. Later in the morning, you will disembark at the pier next to Bang Pa In Summer Palace. From here we proceed overland to Ayuthaya. In the 17th century, most foreign visitors to Ayutthaya, traders or diplomats alike, claimed Ayutthaya to be the most illustrious and glittering city that they had ever visited. During this day trip you will visit many interesting ancient sites including Wat Phra Si Sanphet, in 1491 the temple was located inside the compound of the Grand Palace-the foundations of which are still visible-and served as the royal chapel, as Wat Phra Kaeo does in Bangkok. This Royal Palace was built by King U-Thong upon the founding of the city. In Ayutthaya’s heyday, this was the largest temple in the city. Continue to Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon. Within the complex is a huge image of a reclining Buddha in brick and stucco. The chedi is bell-shaped and constructed on a mound of raised ground with steps going up to the Buddhist image placed midway to the top. The chedi itself now has a distinct tilt, bu t still can be entered via the stairs. After we visit Wat Phanan Choeng, overlooking the river on the opposite bank from the main city, Wat Phanan Choeng was founded shortly before the establishment of Ayutthaya as the Kingdoms capital. (B,L)
Day 6 – Chiang Mai: Drive to visit the mountain temple Wat Doi Suthep , which is situated on a hill, 1050 m high. On clear days, you will enjoy a fantastic view over the town and the province. Then drive back to old town area then change vehicle to Trishaw. Drive through the most historic areas of Chiang Mai, Visit Wat Phrasing which houses the beautiful Lai Kham Chapel with its exquisite wood carving and northern style murals. Afterwards visit Wat Chedi Luang, containing an enormous Pagoda, which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. Continue on to visit real local life of Chiang Mai. Muang Mai market. Much of the food has come straight from the farm and in some parts of the market the farmers sell their wares direct from the back of their vehicles. (B)
Day 7 – Chiang Mai: You will visit a training camp for elephants and will be shown, how the animals are trained from young age onwards. The “students” will demonstrate what they have learned, before you take a ride on an elephant through the jungle for approx. 1 hour. After that, glide effortlessly through the green landscape by river- raft. Lunch will be served on the way. After lunch, pay a visit to an Orchid farm before returning to your hotel. (B,L)
Day 8 – Chiang Mai: Free day at leisure. (B)
Day 9 – Chiang Mai – Hua Hin: Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to Chiang Mai airport to check-in for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival back in the city you will be met at the airport and transfer to the sunrise coast of Hua Hin. (B)
Day 10 – Hua Hin: Free day at leisure to relax and unwind. (B)
Day 11 – Hua Hin: Free day. (B)
Day 12 – Hua Hin: Free day. (B)
Day 13 – Hua Hin: Free day. (B)
Day 14 – Depart Hua Hin: Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to check-in for your flight home. (B)
Breakfast: 13
Lunch: 3
Dinner: 1
Bangkok
Rembrandt Hotel (4*) or similar
Chao Phraya River
Mekhala Rice Barge
Chiang Mai
Empress Chiang Mai Hotel (4*) or similar
Hua Hin
Amari Hua Hin (4*) or similar
Single Supplement for this package = $650