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From the Northern Hills of Thailand to the Andaman Sea

15 days from £3595 per person

An enchanting Buddhist kingdom with warm and friendly people, Thailand is an exotic country of timeless tradition, ancient rituals and gracious customs. Starting in bustling Bangkok, travel by boat on the Chao Phraya River to the stunning ruins of Thailand's former capital Ayutthaya. From here fly north to Chiang Rai and the dramatic countryside of the Golden Triangle which borders Laos and Burma for a two night stay at the charming Lanjia Lodge. After visiting the pretty hill town of Chiang Mai end your journey relaxing on the white-sand beaches of Koh Lanta or Krabi.

Route: Bangkok – Wat Kai Tia – Ayutthaya – Amphawa – Chiang Khong – Chiang Mai – Koh Lanta – Bangkok

Itinerary Highlights

The Thai capital Bangkok is unlike any other city in the country. Both modern and traditional, a highlight is the gilded Grand Palace of which the royal residence and Wat Phra Kaeo form part.

The Golden Triangle is a hilly region historically known for producing opium. The Ruak River flows into the Mekong River forming boundaries between the countries of Burma, Laos and Thailand.

Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand and surrounded by country’s highest mountains. The old city dates from 1200 and still has evidence of walls and moats from this time.

Itinerary: From the Northern Hills of Thailand to the Andaman Sea

Today depart the UK on the Thai Airways flight to Bangkok. (N)
Arrive into Bangkok where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a two night stay. Bustling and eccentric, intriguing and unforgettable, Bangkok is the gateway to the country and Thailand’s principle city. With a history stretching back a little over two-hundred years, Bangkok has always been a modern forward-thinking place yet much traditional Thai culture remains, as do beautiful monasteries, colourful markets and opulent palaces. (N)
Accommodation in Bangkok: Ariyasom Villa (or similar)
Alternative option: The Sukhothai
Upgrade option: Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Today explore Bangkok with your guide starting at the Grand Palace. Built by the early kings of the Chakri dynasty, this vast complex contains not only the King’s private residence, stables and ministries but also over fifty temples including Wat Phra Kaeo, Thailand’s oldest temple which houses the thousand year old Emerald Buddha. Afterwards visit the Reclining Buddha at Wat Po, then the atmospheric flower market before boarding a private long-tail boat to cruise the quiet canals of the Chao Phraya River. End the day at Wat Arun for a panoramic view of the Grand Palace and river. (B/L)
Accommodation in Bangkok: Ariyasom Villa (or similar)
Alternative option: The Sukhothai
Upgrade option: Mandarin Oriental Hotel
After lunch board the Mekhala, an elegantly restored rice barge on which you will cruise the Chao Phraya River and stay on overnight. The Mekhala has six cabins, all en-suite, a dining area and viewing deck and is an ideal way to witness the rural life of the river. Leaving the city, travel north past the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, stopping en-route at Pathum Thani to visit the local market. At sunset dock at Wat Kai Tia, a Buddhist temple located in a tranquil rural village. (B/D)
Accommodation on the Chao Phraya River: The Mekhala
Cruise to the small Mon village of Baan Saladang whose inhabitants migrated to this area from Burma during the 19th century before continuing to the summer palace at Bang Pa-In which was once used by the kings of Thailand as a summer retreat. From here travel by long-tail boat to Ayutthaya to explore the stunning ruins of Thailand’s former capital before continuing by road to the pretty, and traditional, town of Amphawa famed for its authentic floating market and where you will stay overnight. (B)
Accommodation in Amphawa: Baan Amphawa (or similar)
This morning transfer to Bangkok Airport and fly north to Chiang Rai. On your arrival continue by road towards Chiang Khong and the Thai-Laos border for a two night stay at the eco-friendly Lanjia Lodge overlooking the Mekong River. Later there is a chance to attend talks about the local Hmong and Lahu tribes, species of the Mekong and life in the Golden Triangle region. (B/D)
Accommodation in Chiang Khong: Lanjia Lodge
Leaving the hotel start your day at the Thai-Burma border at Maw Sai, drive to Baan Pha Mee to visit Wat Prathat Doi Tung, Doi Chang Mub Arboretum and the Doi Tung Palace. After lunch in a local restaurant explore the Golden Triangle region with visits to the Hall of Opium and a journey by long-tail boat on the Mekong to the fishing village of Baan Had Bai. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Chiang Khong: Lanjia Lodge
After breakfast walk from the lodge through agricultural farmland, corn fields and isolated villages to a Hmong burial ground. The views during the walk are far-reaching and on the way meet farmers preparing for a day in the field with their tools and woven backpacks. Later drive to Chiang Mai where you will stay for two nights in the city. Set high valley at the foot of the Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second city. (B)
Accommodation in Chiang Mai: Tamarind Village (or similar)
Upgrade option: Four Seasons Chiang Mai
Alternative upgrade option: Dhara Dhevi Resort
Home to fine monasteries and temples, atmospheric markets and a rich artistic tradition, today explore Chiang Mai with your guide. Places of interest include the city’s oldest temple, Wat Chiang Man, which was built in 1296 and Wat Phra Singh. Later ascend Doi Suthep then climb the 300 steps to Wat Phrathat which sits atop the summit. The holiest shrine in northern Thailand the views from the temple are spectacular. In the evening join the street vendors, artists and food sellers at the lively night market. (B)
Accommodation in Chiang Mai: Tamarind Village (or similar)
Upgrade option: Four Seasons Chiang Mai
Alternative upgrade option: Dhara Dhevi Resort
This morning fly south from Chiang Mai via Bangkok to Krabi and on your arrival travel by road and boat to the island of Koh Lanta. Stay for five nights at the beautiful Layana Resort & Spa set on a white-sand beach within Mu Koh Lanta National Park. (B)
Accommodation on Koh Lanta: Layana Resort & Spa
Upgrade option on Koh Lanta: Pimalai Resort and Spa
Accommodation on Krabi: Tubkaak Resort
Upgrade option on Krabi: Rayavadee
At leisure to relax and enjoy your hotel. (B)
Accommodation on Koh Lanta: Layana Resort & Spa
Upgrade option on Koh Lanta: Pimalai Resort and Spa
Accommodation on Krabi: Tubkaak Resort
Upgrade option on Krabi: Rayavadee
This morning return to Krabi and fly to Bangkok. Here connect onto the Thai Airways flight non-stop to the UK. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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