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Thailand Explorer

Thailand Explorer

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CT05

Duration: 14 Days  |  Pricing from: $1,750 USD per person (based on 2 persons)  |  Private Tour

Discover the wonders of Thailand with our carefully crafted 14-day tour program, specially designed to provide you with an unforgettable experience. Our travel experts have meticulously planned every detail to ensure a journey of a lifetime. However, we understand that your preferences may vary, and that's why we offer the option to personalize the program according to your desires. Our dedicated team will work closely with you to create a tailor-made solution that perfectly aligns with your needs. If you find this tour intriguing, please reach out to us with a request. Additionally, feel free to share any additional information or specific requirements you have, enabling us to further customize the program to your satisfaction.

Overview

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok - O/N in Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok city - O/N in Bangkok

Day 3: Bangkok – Raiway market & Floating market –  Kanchanaburi - O/N in Kanchanaburi

Day 4: Kanchanaburi -  Erawan Park - Ayutthaya - O/N in Ayutthaya

Day 5: Ayutthaya – Bang Pa-In - Bangkok – Flight to Chiang Rai - O/N in Chiang Rai

Day 6: Highlights of Chiang Rai - O/N in Chiang Rai

Day 7: Chiang Rai – Mae Salong – Golden Triangle -  Chiang Saen - O/N in Chiang Saen

Day 8:  Chiang Saen – Chiang Mai  - O/N in Chiang Mai

Day 9:  Highlights of Chiang Mai City - O/N in Chiang Mai

Day 10: Chiang Mai  - Rose Farm & Poopoo paper – Night train to Bangkok - O/N on board

Day 11: Bangkok – Flight to Trat – Koh Chang Island - O/N in Koh Chang Island

Day 12: Koh Chang Island free & easy - O/N in Koh Chang Island

Day 13: Koh Chang Island free & easy - O/N in Koh Chang Island

Day 14: Koh Chang – Trat – Flight to Bangkok – Departure - Goodbye Thailand!

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Thailand Explorer

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN BANGKOK

City of Saigon
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Upon arrival at Bangkok airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel. The glorious history of the capital of Thailand, Bangkok is closely linked to the Chakri dynasty that still reigns but does rule in Thailand. Install at the hotel and have free time for your relaxation. Overnight in Bangkok

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DAY 2: BANGKOK CITY TOUR

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An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual. After this uplifting and often private experience, visit the temple grounds and the famous 45-metre reclining Buddha. Continue to The Grand Palace, Thailand’s most important landmark, where you will be awed by the grandeur and majesty of the building and its throne halls. Then, of course, marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Have lunch in restaurant by the river. After lunch, board a long-tail boat sailing up the majestic Chao Phraya River before entering the Khlong that takes us away from the normal tourist trail. Inside the network of Khlongs guest will stop at Wat Khun Chan which is an interesting temple area rarely visited by tourists. Crossing a small footbridge leads into the old alleys where a cold coffee can be enjoyed before entering Wat Paknam or the white stupa with a hidden museum. Back in the boat and continue on a beautiful part of the Khlong with a mix of old wooden houses and new modern mansions until reaching an orchid and fruit farm where guest will have time to walk around and see the many types of orchids on display. On the way back to Saphan Taksin pier, a stop will be made to feed the holy catfish in the Khlong. Stay overnight in Bangkok.

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DAY 3: BANGKOK – RAIWAY MARKET & FLOATING MARKET – KANCHANABURI

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After breakfast at the hotel, take just a short drive from the bustling streets of Bangkok, the high-rise urban landscape dissolves into a lush green rural idyll. This full-day trip to Samut Songkhram Province, only an hour outside the capital, allows guests to experience the traditional charms of the Thai countryside.

The day starts with a trip to Mae Klong Railway market; a country market has sprouted up along the tracks. When a train pulls in or out of the station, the vendors quickly clear their stalls, only to set them up again moments later when the train has passed! From here, the journey continues to very famous touristic Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Although quite touristy today, the market remains the best example to showcase how a floating market originally was like decades ago. A relaxing paddle boat ride through the labyrinth of canals offers the chance to see the old part of the floating market and local lifestyle along the canal side. Off the boat, it is time to enjoy strolling around the colorful floating marketplace bustling with boats and vendors selling tropical fruits and other delights.


For visits falling on a Saturday or Sunday, the tour offers the option of an exploration choosing between visiting Damnoen Saduak or the smaller and less touristy floating market Tha Kha where a short paddle boat tour in the backwaters offering a visit to an old Thai ho Duse making coconut palm sugar.


Next, we depart for Kanchanaburi where we have chance to visit the World War II memorial including the Jeath War Museum, Cemetery. Lunch is served in a floating restaurant next to the Kwai River Bridge. We continue to Wang Pho to feed wild monkeys. Then take boarding for a train ride along the railway from Wang Pho to enjoy the beautiful scenery and river around 30 minutes. Pick up and transfer by car to hotel. Stay overnight in Kanchanaburi.

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DAY 4: KANCHANABURI - ERAWAN PARK - AYUTTHAYA

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Morning breakfast and depart for Erawan Waterfall - a beautiful seven-tiered waterfall. Located in Erawan National Park, Walking up to see each of the picturesque falls, it is best to bring good walking shoes. Also, guests should remember to bring their swimming suit if they wish to swim in the fall’s natural pools. In the afternoon after lunch time, we continue the road to Ayutthaya. The ancient city of Ayutthaya is known as the 'Venice of the East’ because it is found along the Chao Phraya, the tributaries that surround the province of Ayutthaya River. Many monuments and remains of the period can be visited in this city founded in 1350 by King Uthong when the Thai had to migrate to the South under pressure from their neighbours to the North

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DAY 5: AYUTTHAYA – BANG PA-IN - BANGKOK – FLIGHT TO CHIANG RAI

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Morning after breakfast we will catch Kermit tuk tuk. These ‘cute’ tuk tuks are found in only two of Thailand’s provinces: Ayutthaya, and Trang. Along the ride, explore the temple highlights of the city from Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Wat Mahathat (with a Buddha face emerging from a tree), and strolling through a local market en route to Wat Phra Srisanphet. And after that we visit will be the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, built during the Ayutthaya era. The palace showcases an eclectic collection of buildings that blend European, Khmer, Thai and Chinese architectural styles. It’s the favorite summer palace of the King. And transfer back to Bangkok for flight to Chiang Rai. Pick up and transfer to hotel. Time free and stay overnight in Chiang Rai.

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DAY 6: HIGHLIGHTS OF CHIANG RAI

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Morning after breakfast, we will visit the local market to discover the local products. After that we visit the world famous Wat Phra Kaew where the Emerald Buddha image was once enshrined. Move on to Wat Phra Singh where one of Thailand’s most beautiful Buddha images is now enshrined. Then short drive from Chiang Rai City to Black House. Baan Dam (Black House) is the unique creation of national artist, Thawan Duchanee. Part art studio, part museum, part home, Baan Dam is an eclectic mix of traditional northern Thai buildings interspersed with some outlandish modern designs. Lunch on your own and afternoon we will take on our boat cruise on Mae Kok river from Chiang Rai to Karen village where you can watch elephants or feed them. After that you will take 1 hour elephant trekking. Transfer back to Chiang Rai. Stay overnight in Chiang Rai.

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DAY 7: CHIANG RAI – MAE SALONG – GOLDEN TRIANGLE - CHIANG SAEN

City of Saigon
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Breakfast we depart for northern Thailand, a wooded, mountainous and beautiful area. This morning, you will explore the surroundings and the first road you will take is the one that leads to Mae Salong. Climb up and down the green hills, covered with tea plantations. You will taste the delicious tea produced by one of the many plantations of the region, bef. From Doi Mae Salong, you will visit two villages of ethnic minorities: the village Akah of Loyo, and the village Lisu of Ban Hanygo. Aferthat you will visit the Mae Fah Luang botanical garden. On arrival in Golden Triangle, take boat trip on Mekong River to see Thailand, Burma & Laos triangle. Overnight in Chiang Saen

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DAY 8: CHIANG SAEN – CHIANG MAI

After breakfast, you will leave the hotel for Thaton. You will make a stop on the way to the village of Patai to meet the tribe of Padong Karen, famous for its women "giraffes" who wear copper rings around their neck to lengthen it. You will then discover a traditional Chinese medicine pharmacy where an expert will explain the use of herbs, roots, plants and ointments. In the afternoon, take the road to Chiang Mai, the capital of the North, and stop for a walk in the maze of underground galleries in Chiang Dao. Overnight in Chiang Mai

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DAY 9: HIGHLIGHTS OF CHIANG MAI

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The morning will be mainly devoted to the walking tour of the old town with a stop at the old wall, the moat and a door of the old town. You will see the most beautiful temples of Chiang Mai: Wat Phra Singh temple, Wat Pan Tao temple, Wat Chedi Luang temple. Then you will stroll along small streets lined with traditional houses, where you will take rickshaw tour. After that, you will take a walking through the central market of Warorot before visiting the Doi Suthep hill. To brighten up your evening, browse the Night Market for yourself. Overnight in Chiang Mai

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DAY 10: CHIANG MAI - ROSE FARM & POOPOO PAPER – NIGHT TRAIN TO BANGKOK

City of Saigon
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Morning after breakfast, transfer to Elephant Poopoo paper farm which is an eco-friendly, naturally built, outdoor museum park that introduces and explains the unique steps involved in making our much talked about paper products from elephant poop fibers! Eight pavilions in Elephant Poopoo Park Chiang Mai will introduce you to know the procedure from elephant poo to final paper product. Additionally, you will have chance to practice making poopoo paper. Exciting! Afternoon taking two hours of boat trip along the Mae Ping River, an excellent way to spend an afternoon. You get to watch as the scenery along the river changes, you will also get to see many beautiful traditional teak houses as well as a lot of rural greenery along the wat. Finally take overnight train in second class cabin for Bangkok. Overnight on board.

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DAY 11: BANGKOK – FLIGHT TO TRAT – KOH CHANG ISLAND

City of Saigon
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Morning arrival in Bangkok around 7-8 am, pick up and transfer to Bangkok airport for flight at noon time to Trat airport. On arrival and pick up and transfer to pier where you will catch the ferry to Koh Chang islands. It’s located in golf of Thailand. With steep, jungle-covered peaks, picturesque Koh Chang retains its remote and rugged spirit – despite the transformation of parts of it into a package-tour destination. Sweeping bays are sprinkled along the west coast; most have superfine sand, some have pebbles. What it lacks in sand it makes up for in an unlikely combination: accessible wilderness with a thriving party scene. You will have time to enjoy the beach, the resort. Time is free. Overnight in Koh Chang Island

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DAY 12: KOH CHANG ISLAND FREE & EASY

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Nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Chang Island stands as a tropical haven, renowned for its lush landscapes, pristine beaches, and vibrant marine life. As the second-largest island in Thailand, Koh Chang seamlessly combines natural beauty with a laid-back atmosphere, offering travelers a captivating blend of serene relaxation and adventurous exploration. Here are some of our suggestions for the day: Morning: Relax at White Sand Beach, swim, or take a beach walk. Afternoon: Lunch at a beachside restaurant, explore Klong Plu Waterfall. Evening: Dinner with a view of the ocean.

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DAY 13: KOH CHANG ISLAND FREE & EASY

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Enjoy the second day on this island: Morning: Visit Bang Bao Fishing Village, experience local culture. Afternoon: Relax at Khlong Prao Beach, try water activities or enjoy the sun. Evening: Dinner and nightlife at Lonely Beach to wrap up your short but memorable Koh Chang experience.

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DAY 14: KOH CHANG – TRAT – FLIGHT TO BANGKOK – DEPARTURE

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Your Thailand Explorer Journey concludes today. Our morning pick-up awaits, guiding you to the ferry and onward to Trat Airport. We appreciate your time with us and wish you safe travels. Until next time, thank you and goodbye!

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