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Images of Thailand

14 days from £3420 per person

Never colonised, Thailand has a proud and distinct history unique to the region. This is a land of ancient cities, soaring temple complexes and glittering palaces set within a lush green tropical landscape. This journey begins in the Thai capital Bangkok and Amphawa home to a famous floating market. Travel on to Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai taking a train over the Tha Kilen Viaduct to 'Hell Fire Pass' before continuing to ancient Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In, former summer residence of the Ayutthayan kings. End your journey relaxing on the beach at either Koh Lanta or Krabi.

Route: Bangkok – Amphawa – Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya – Bang Pa-In – Koh Lanta – Bangkok

Itinerary Highlights

Wat Arun in central Bangkok is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks. Accessed easily by the Chao Phraya River, the Buddhist Temple is encrusted with colourful porcelain.

Kanchanaburi was established in 19th century as a defensive outpost against the Burmese. During WW2 prisoners of war constructed a bridge here for the infamous Burma Railway.

Ayutthaya, about 80kms north of Bangkok was the former capital of Siam until destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. The ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya Historical Park.

Itinerary: Images of Thailand

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
This morning leave Bangkok and continue by road to the pretty, and traditional, town of Amphawa famed for its authentic floating market. Held on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, these afternoon and evening markets line the canals close to Wat Amphawan Chetiyaram and are popular with local villagers who buy and sell their produce by boat. Stay overnight in Amphawa. (B)
Accommodation in Amphawa: Baan Amphawa (or similar)
Drive to Kanchanaburi on the River Kwai. The town is set within a region of great natural beauty and is best known for being the location for the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai. Visit the Allied Forces cemetery then travel by train to Tham Kra Sae - a journey which includes a crossing of the infamous bridge, Tha Kilen Viaduct and 'Hell Fire Pass'. Stay two nights at The Float House, where accommodation consists of 20 floating villas all with private balconies designed to maximise the uninterrupted river views. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Kanchanaburi: The Float House
Today travel by boat downriver through dense tropical jungle to visit the stalactites and stalagmites of Lawa cave before continuing onto the Buddhist shrine in Tham Krasae cave which, during World War Two, was used by the Japanese for storage. After lunch travel on to Nakhon Pathom, home to the Phra Pathom Chedi the largest stupa in the world, and the former royal residence of Sanam Chan. (B)
Accommodation in Kanchanaburi: The Float House
After breakfast leave Kanchanaburi and drive to Ayutthaya where you will stay for the next two nights. Founded in the mid-14th century, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai remaining so until 1767. During these centuries the Ayutthaya flourished to become not only one of the world's largest cities at that time but also as a centre of global diplomacy and commerce with trading links to much of Asia, Arabia and Europe. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Ayutthaya: Ban Thai House (or similar)
This morning explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya with your guide. The remains are characterised by reliquary towers and vast monasteries which provide an indication of the city's former splendour with highlights including Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Chai Wattanaram and Wat Phra Mahathat. In the afternoon travel by long-tail boat to Bang Pa-In, the former summer residence of the Ayutthayan kings. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Ayutthaya: Ban Thai House (or similar)
Leaving Ayutthaya return to Bangkok to take a flight 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

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