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11 days, from £1449
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Essential Thailand Small Group Tour
Journey with us to Thailand on our introductory tour of its amazing cultural highlights including the iconic temples and floating markets of the vibrant, capital city, Bangkok, and the ancient capital of Sukhothai, which is now a World Heritage Site. Travel north to Chiang Mai's fascinating temples, elephant nature park and night markets.

Holidays types: Group Tours, Cultural Holidays


 Day 1 Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel or similar for three nights. The rest of the day is at leisure, with a welcome dinner and cultural dance performance at a local restaurant in the evening.

 Day 2 Bangkok

A full day of sightseeing in this bustling city - start with a visit to the river-side Grand Palace to see the impressive Dusit Hall and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and, later, see the colossal Reclining Buddha statue at Wat Pho. In the afternoon, ride along the River of Kings and its quiet canals. Also visit Wat Arun - the temple of Dawn.

 Day 3 Bangkok

Another full day of sightseeing. Visit the floating market and continue west to Kanchanaburi to visit the bridge on the River Kwai, war museum and 'death railway'.

 Day 4 Bangkok, Sukhothai

After a morning at leisure, take a short flight to the ancient walled city of Sukhothai. Check in at the Legendha Sukhothai Hotel or similar for two nights.

 Day 5 Sukhothai

A full day's sightseeing of World Heritage Sukhothai Historical Park and neighbouring Si Satchanalai today.

 Day 6 Sukhothai, Chiang Mai

Drive to Chiang Mai (5 hours) and en route, visit the old temples in Lampang as well as the Hariphunchai Temple. Stay at the Empress Chiang Mai Hotel or similar for three nights.

 Day 7 Chiang Mai

Take an excursion to the Doi Suthep mountain to visit the temple of Doi Suthep, one of northern Thailand's most sacred temples. Next, visit a Hmong hill tribe on Doi Pui. The afternoon's sightseeing features the city temples of Wat Suan Dok, Wat Chiang Man and Wat Phra Singh.

 Day 8 Chiang Mai

Enjoy a Cookery Class in the morning. Optional excursion: Full day excursion to Elephant Nature Park.

 Day 9 Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai

Drive to Chiang Rai (5-6 hours) in the morning. Stay at the imperial River House Resort resort or similar for two nights. The afternoon is at leisure.

 Day 10 Chiang Rai

An excursion to the border town of Mae Sai today. In the afternoon, visit Chiang Saen, also known as the Golden Triangle, which is the meeting point of Thailand, Burma and Laos, at the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak rivers.

 Day 11 Chiang Rai

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.