Highlights of Thailand

(Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand)

Some of the best of Thailand is here in this exquisite 11-day itinerary!  This is a Thailand trip full of experiences and must-see places that truly reveals Thailand's stunning beauty and charismatic culture!  Thailand conjures up images of spicy delicacies, golden Buddhas, colourful hilltribe villages, fantastic shopping and exotic hideaways among many experiences you’ll enjoy on this holiday.

 

Your Vacation Includes:

  • 10 nights accommodation (combo of shared accommodations, overnight train and lodges)
  • Airport arrival transfer
  • Ground transportation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep Temple
  • Chiang Mai - Khantoke dinner and cultural show
  • Chiang Mai - Thai cooking class
  • H'mong Lodge meal and cultural show
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant
  • Sukhothai - Historical Park Bike Tour & Picnic Lunch
  • Kanchanaburi - The Kanchanaburi War Cemetary (POW Cemetary)
  • Kanchanaburi - Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
  • Kanchanaburi - Historical train journey
  • All taxes & fees

 

 

Travel Validity:

Price Per Person:

09 Jun – 06 Oct 2017

$2,184

*price above is per person, based on a double occupancy and includes all taxes & fees.

*price above does not include international return airfare.

 

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Bangkok

  • Thailand's bustling capital is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm.

Day 2: Bangkok/Overnight Train

  • Begin the day with a river cruise down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous ‘khlongs’ (canals).  Life along these canals seems a world away from the bustling streets of the capital. Pay a visit to the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Chiang Mai

  • The most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has many famous temples and an interesting old city area. Renowned for dazzling beauty and extremely welcoming locals, the ‘Rose of the North’ will leave you spellbound.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 4: Chiang Mai

  • Discover some of the secrets of Thai cuisine by joining a cookery course. Learn about the main ingredients of Thai cuisine, how they are used and stored and what alternatives you can substitute if you can't get them at home.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 5: H'mong Hilltribe Lodge

  • Board a minivan for the drive north to the Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, set in picturesque hilly countryside. Set in a peaceful valley of a scenic mountain range and surrounded by stunning natural landscapes of jungle with misty mountain views.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 6: Sukhothai

  • Depart the hilltribe village this morning and head on to Lampang (approximately 2 hours). Lampang, also known locally as 'mueang rot ma' meaning Horse Carriage City, is considered by some Thais as the last paradise in Thailand. Here you’ll pay a visit to the Friends of the Asian Elephant Centre, the first elephant hospital in the world established to care for sick and abused elephants. They aim to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants both domesticated and wild, and preserve the animals' natural habitat and lifestyle. You’ll learn more about this important initiative and become acquainted with some of its resident patients.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Day 7: Sukhothai

  • Located on a fertile plain, Sukhothai was established in the 13th century as one of the first ancient capitals of Siam, and the name means the 'Dawn of Happiness'. It’s now famous for its UNESCO World Heritage-listed park that celebrates the Golden Age of Thai civilisation. Head out to the historical ruins of Old Sukhothai, set amid beautiful lakes and gardens. The religious art and architecture of the Sukhothai era are considered to be the most classic of Thai styles, and the Sukhothai Historical Park contains the remains of 21 historic sites, with awe-inspiring Buddha images and four large ponds often filled with stunning lotus flowers in full bloom.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 8: Kanchanaburi 

  • Travel south by private minibus to Kanchanaburi. There will be plenty of stops along the way to stretch your legs and you will take a break for lunch in a local resaurant.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 9: Kanchanaburi 

  • This morning you’ll get an insight into the darker side of Kanchanaburi’s history with a moving visit to the Hellfire Pass Memorial, built to honour the Allied POWs and Asian conscripts who died while constructing some of the most difficult stretches of the Thai-Burma Death Railway. You can head out to a teak observation deck and look across to Myanmar just 25 miles away. You’ll also see the eponymous pass, cut through rock 18 metres deep, that got its name from the hellish fires used to light the work at night.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Day 10: Bangkok

  • Return to the bustling capital Bangkok by private minivan today. The rest of the day (until the evening) is free for you to enjoy all that Bangkok has to offer
  • In the evening, enjoy an included dinner at Cabbages & Condom, a highly original restaurant initiative that raises money and awareness for sexual health and family planning. Enjoy great food while supporting a great cause.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 11: Bangkok

  • You can depart at any time today.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

 

 

Add MORE Thailand sights PLUS Laos For $1,566 per person (an extra 13 nights!)

 

 

Terms & Conditions:

Valid for travel times as indicated above, specific departure times may vary depending on tour.  Although open-aged, this tour is recommended for travellers between the ages of 18-35.  Prices above are per person, based on double occupancy and do not include international airfare or travel visas.  Price is subject to change without notice and all bookings are subject to availability at time of booking. Downunder Travel Ltd. is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon.  Downunder Travel Ltd. is a booking agent for the airlines and hotels involved in this package, therefore cannot be held responsible for the service provided by both parties.  Please advise your Downunder Travel Specialist should you be traveling on anything other than a Canadian or U.S. passport.  All Canadian Citizens must re-enter Canada on a valid Canadian Passport. Downunder Travel is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon.  Downunder Travel Ltd recommends all passengers purchase cancellation/interruption insurance for protection against any non pre-existing medical conditions which may cause you cancellation penalties or change fees. Your Downunder Travel Specialist can assist with both Cancellation/Interruption Insurance and Medical Insurance.