Best of Thailand – West Coast Islands

Classic, Bangkok to Ao Nang

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This 20-day whirlwind experience of Thailand brings together all the cultural beauty of the north with the stunning nature of the south. Discover the gorgeous temples of ancient Ayutthaya, roam the bustling streets of Bangkok, and swim in the idyllic waters of the south's coastal paradise. See Thailand the right way on this journey of a lifetime.

What’s included

  • Your Local Living Moment: Overnight Rafthouse Excursion, Kanchanaburi Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai Your Local Living Moment: Village Homestay, Lampang
  • Klong boat tour (Bangkok)
  • Wat Po guided visit
  • Erawan Falls and Bridge on the River Kwai visit (Kanchanaburi)
  • Temple ruins tour (Ayutthaya)
  • Thai Burma Railway Centre visit
  • Doi Suthep temple visit (Chiang Mai)
  • Mae Sai visit (Chiang Rai)
  • Opium Museum visit
  • Bicycle tour (half-day, Sukhothai)
  • Beach barbecue (Koh Lanta)
  • Trang Islands snorkelling tour (Koh Ngai)
  • Free time on spectacular beaches
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore magnificent temples and palaces
  • Sleep in a floating rafthouse
  • Learn about the sombre history of kanchanaburi
  • Have a barbecue on koh lanta's idyllic beaches
  • Snorkel amongst colourful marine life
  • Enjoy quiet beaches and spectacular scenery

Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Bangkok/Kanchanaburi (1B, 1D) Enjoy a klong boat tour of Bangkok including a visit to Wat Pho. Travel to Kanchanaburi and head to your floating rafthouse accommodation. Enjoy free time to explore. Included Activities: Klong Riverboat Tour Wat Po Visit Overnight Rafthouse Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 129km)
Day 3 Kanchanaburi (1B) Enjoy a day of sightseeing at Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai. Explore the Allied War Cemetery, the Thai-Burmese Railway Centre and the JEATH War Museum to learn more about the area's history. Included Activities: Erawan Waterfalls Visit Bridge on the River Kwai Visit Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit Transport: Enjoy a short drive to view the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls. (1-2 hours per direction) Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)
Day 4 Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya (1B) Travel to Ayutthaya and visit the historical sites of the old capital city. Opt to visit Chan Kasem National Museum and Chao Sam Phraya Museum. Included Activities: Temple Ruins Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai (1B) Spend a full day exploring Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Chiang Mai Chiang Mai is a vibrant city with heaps to see and do. Famous for its night market, cooking classes, and Muay Thai, it's a feat to fit it all in. Included Activities: Doi Suthep Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 7 Chiang Mai (1B, 1D) Enjoy free time to explore Chiang Mai. Opt for a bicycle tour, a visit the Mae Sai waterfall, shopping at the night market, or getting a traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a local cooking class with dinner. Included Activities: Cooking Class
Day 8 Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai (1B) Travel to Chiang Rai and start exploring. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 274km)
Day 9 Chiang Rai (1B) Visit the town of Mae Sai and the Opium Museum. Included Activities: Mae Sai Visit Opium Museum Visit
Day 10 Chiang Rai/Lampang (1B, 1D) Continue on to Lampang and enjoy a homestay in a traditional Lanna village. Participate in craft demonstrations and opt to help prepare a local meal. Included Activities: Village Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 315km)
Day 11 Lampang/Sukhothai (1B, 1L) Take in traditional morning activities, followed by lunch in the village. Travel to Sukhothai and enjoy a free afternoon. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 213km)
Day 12 Sukhothai (1B) Take a half-day guided bike tour of Sukhothai Historical Park and explore the area with some free time. Included Activities: Sukhothai Bicycle Tour
Day 13 Sukhothai/Bangkok (1B) Travel to Bangkok and enjoy some time for last minute shopping. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 422km)
Day 14 Bangkok/Koh Ngai (1B) Fly to Trang and board a ferry to tiny Koh Ngai, a pristine paradise. Opt to relax, snorkel or trek rainforest trails to deserted beaches. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Ferry (1.00 hour(s))
Day 15 Koh Ngai (1B) Enjoy an included snorkelling trip to nearby Koh Chuek and experience the amazing Emerald Cave of Koh Mook. Included Activities: Trang Islands Snorkelling Tour
Day 16 Koh Ngai/Koh Lanta (1B, 1D) Take a ferry to the secluded island of Koh Lanta. Enjoy some free time before a beach barbecue this evening. Transport: Ferry (1.00 hour(s))
Day 17 Koh Lanta (1B) Opt for a day trip to nearby Koh Rok where you can snorkel at Koh Rok's national park, trek to a view point and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Day 18 Koh Lanta/Ao Nang (1B) Take a ferry to Ao Nang in Krabi. Enjoy free time exploring the small town or relaxing on its beautiful beaches. Transport: Ferry (2.25 hour(s))
Day 19 Ao Nang (1B) Spend a free day in the area. Opt for a day trip to idyllic Railay Beach, to head out on a snorkelling trip or go rock climbing on the limestone karsts. This area boasts plenty of activities such as kayaking, diving, snorkelling, jungle trekking, whitewater rafting and quad biking.
Day 20 Ao Nang (1B) Depart at any time. Want to take the hassle out of getting back to Bangkok? Book the Bangkok Express, a two-day post-tour Extra. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book. Additional Notes: Add the “Bangkok Express: Ao Nang to Bangkok” to your adventure and make your way back to bustling Bangkok with the guidance of a CEO. This nifty post-tour Extra includes a transfer to Surat Thani where you’ll board an overnight train to Bangkok arriving in the city early the next morning. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book. Included Activities: Departure Day
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