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Pristine beaches, buzzing cities and intriguing cultures, our Essential Thailand tour showcases the many sides of the Kingdom and is sure to leave you with a lifetime of memories. Covering three cities in twelve days, this well-paced itinerary balances our signature excursion tours with ample free time to explore at your own leisure.

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Full Itinerary

Day 1 - Bangkok Arrival (D)

Welcome to the 'City of Angels'. Begin your journey with an evening tour of the city's old quarter to see Bangkok's most amazing monuments illuminated in the night sky. Dine along the riverfront and enjoy the sights and sounds of the buzzing late night flower market before retiring to your hotel for the evening.
Overnight in Bangkok

Day 2 - Bangkok (B,L)
Awake early to witness the serene morning chants of the monks at famed Wat Po, an incredible start to the day. Tour the temple grounds and explore the grandeur and majesty of the nearby Grand Palace. After lunch, continue to Chinatown and absorb the vibrant street atmosphere with a walking tour followed by a longtail boat trip through the winding city canals.
Overnight in Bangkok

Day 3 - Bangkok - Countryside Tour (B,L)
Experience the lifestyles and local rhythms of rural Thailand with a full day excursion to the countryside. Less than two hours from the capital you will discover unusual markets on the train tracks and take a paddleboat through an authentic floating market. Encounter friendly local and taste local delicacies along the way, making for an unforgettable day out. Proceed to King Rama II Memorial Park which houses a Thai style pavilion museum displaying artefacts from the early Rattanakosin era and a landscaped garden filled with native flowers.
Overnight in Bangkok

Day 4 - Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok (B)
Absorb centuries of Thai history today as you travel by local train to the former capital of Ayutthaya. Spend this morning among the magnificent ancient ruins of the city with an expert guide and this afternoon exploring nearby markets and the royal palace of Bang Pa In. Timed to perfection, you will miss the tourist crowds and enjoy the sights of this fabulous city at your own pace.
Overnight in Bangkok

Day 5 - Bangkok - Chiang Mai (B)
Fly to the cultural center of Thailand, Chiang Mai, where your introduction to the north begins with a long-tail boat cruise along the Mae Ping River. After enjoying scenes of river life, continue your city tour on foot in the heart of the old quarter followed by a trip to Doi Suthep mountain temple. Arriving in Doi Suthep in the late afternoon, the temple is virtually empty. Receive a special private blessing from a monk and then witness the evening chants as the sun sets, capping off a memorable day.
Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 6 - Chiang Mai - Chiang Dao - Chiang Mai (B,L)
Drive north through the hilly, wooden area on the outskirts of Chiang Mai to the Chiang Dao  elephant camp for elephant riding and a  bamboo raft journey down the Ping River. After lunch amid the lush scenery, continue to Chiang Dao area where you visit Palaung, Akha and Lisu tribal villages and learn about their traditional lifestyles. Return to Chiang Mai late this afternoon.
Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 7 - Chiang Mai - Sightseeing (B)
Spend the day discovering the hidden treasures of Chiang Mai. Take a trishaw to a local market, purchase a selection of offerings and head to a temple for an offering ceremony with Buddhist monks. Afterwards, head to Wiang Kum Kam, a lost civilization buried under layers of earth, and explore by bike. Return to Chiang Mai to visit the local cultural hall which chronicles the town's history.
Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 8 - Chiang Mai - Mae Kampong - Chiang Mai (B,L)
Learn more about the north's hilltribe culture with a full day excursion to Mae Kampong. Join the villagers for a walk through the area and surrounding forest, stopping at the tea and coffee fields en route. Prepare lunch and dine alongside a family in their house, followed by a traditional Thai massage to help you relax. Before returning to Chiang Mai, there is more time in Mae Kampong to discover other aspects of the rural lifestyle.
Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 9 - Chiang Mai - Phuket (B)
Today is free at your leisure until transferring to the Chiang Mai airport for the flight to Phuket. Breathe in the fresh air of the seaside, swim in the turquoise water and relax on what many consider to be Thailand's finest beach
Overnight in Phuket

Day 10 - Phuket - Sightseeing (B)
Set off to Siray Island home to the Moken people, also known as the sea gypsies. You will then try a sample of the famous Rotri and Copi (a local coffee and a sweet) before setting off to a Muslim village and mosque. In the Kathu district, home to the oldest Chinese shrine on Phuket Island, you will discover the remnants of the tin mining industry that brought the Chinese migrants to Phuket in the 18th century. Your afternoon is free to relax on the beach.
Overnight in Phuket

Day 11 - Phuket (B)
Today free at leisure to relax on the beaches or take an optional snorkelling or boat trip to the nearby islands.
Overnight in Phuket

Day 12 - Phuket - Departure (B)
After a few days of beachside bliss, today you will transfer back to the airport for your onward flight- filled with memories of your incredible holiday in Thailand.

Tour Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Tour Price: Available upon Request

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.


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Thailand Essential
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12 days 11 nights
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