Iconic Thailand

National Geographic Journeys, Bangkok to Bangkok

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Hit the highlights of Thailand on a 15-day adventure that strikes a balance between cultural landmarks and stunning beaches, activity and relaxation. Up north, ponder the River Kwai and eat your way through Chiang Mai. Then head to the southern shores for some downtime at Koh Samui and Krabi. Along the way, bask in the radiance of golden temples, enjoy long-tail boat rides, and learn to cook authentic Thai food.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Thai Guesthouse & Home Dinner, Chiang Mai Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Rainforest Eco-Walk & Dinner, Khao Sok Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Krabi Village Excursion, Krabi Your G for Good Moment: Kao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Restaurant, Ban Ta Khun Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai Your Discover Moment: Bangkok
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance to Thai-Burma war museum and train ride
  • Visit to Erawan National Park
  • Guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Dinner on a converted rice barge
  • Bangkok boat tour of the klongs (canals) and Wat Phra Kaew temple
  • Koh Madsum and Koh Tan Excursion
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Enjoy an authentic khantoke dinner in a local village
  • Visit wat chedi luang and chat with a monk
  • Take a thai cooking class and enjoy your creation for lunch
  • Travel like a local with long-tail boats and tuk tuks
  • Step back into history at "the bridge on the river kwai"

Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Additional Notes: You are welcome to arrive at any time on day 1, but please note that hotel check-in time is 14:00pm. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Upon arrival at the airport, head to the arrival hall and door number 3 near the information counter. Look for a driver holding a G Adventures sign with your name, who'll take you to your hotel so you can check in and start exploring. Private Vehicle (0.75-1.50 hours)
Day 2 Bangkok/Kanchanaburi (1B) Travel to Kanchanaburi, home to the "Bridge on the River Kwai." Take a train journey over the bridge and marvel in a piece of World War II history. Included Activities: Bridge on the River Kwai Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 129km)
Day 3 Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (1B, 1D) Enjoy a morning visit to Erawan National Park and waterfall then visit the Thai/Burma War Museum and War Cemetery. This afternoon, travel to Ayutthaya and enjoy dinner on a converted 1930s rice barge. Included Activities: Erawan Waterfalls Visit Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit Dinner Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai (1B, 1D) Khantok in the Northern dialect means wooden tray, used for carrying dishes, round in shape and made of teak wood. The host will invite guests to sit on the floor around the khantok. After dinner, enjoy tea time with the opportunity to talk with local people to learn their way of living. Included Activities: Ayutthaya Historical Park Guided Tour Traditional Thai Guesthouse & Home Dinner Transport: Hello again, Bangkok! Travel back to the city and to the airport by private van. Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours) Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Chiang Mai (1B, 1L) Monk Chats are a great cultural exchange, but is also important in helping the young Monks improve their English. Included Activities: Cooking Class Meet with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang Doi Suthep Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 6 Chiang Mai (1B) Enjoy the day to explore or participate in some optional activities.
Day 7 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B) Fly back to Bangkok for a klong riverboat ride through the city's canals and a visit to Wat Po, the famed Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Included Activities: Klong Riverboat Tour Wat Po Visit Transport: Take a quick flight back to Bangkok. Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Day 8 Bangkok (1B) Enjoy the day in bustling Bangkok. Option to visit temples, museums, a spa, or go shopping.
Day 9 Bangkok/Ko Samui (1B) Lying off of Thailand’s east coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers everything you could possibly want in a seaside retreat: white sandy beaches, coconut palms, fresh seafood, and warm, clear waters. Our hotel is located at the vibrant and exciting "Chaweng" district, walking distance to restaurants, entertainment spots and shopping. Catch a tuk tuk to the various beaches close tour our hotel. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Ko Samui (1B, 1L) Transfer by traditional longtail boat to Koh Madsum and enjoy morning kayaking along the stunning coastline. Return to the beach for a delicious buffet lunch. Afterwards, stretch out on a deck chair or, for the more active, head out on a sea kayak, go snorkelling, or explore this magnificent island. Later, continue to Koh Tan for more island activities. Included Activities: Koh Madsum and Koh Tan Excursion
Day 11 Ko Samui/Khao Sok (1B, 1L, 1D) Khao Sok is a stunning location with one of the oldest evergreen rainforests in the world, surrounded by limestone karst cliffs. Included Activities: Kao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Restaurant Rainforest Eco-Walk & Dinner Transport: Ferry (1.50-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 12 Khao Sok (1B) Today is free to relax at the lodge or enjoy a walk along the trails. Opt to partake in various jungle activities.
Day 13 Khao Sok/Krabi (1B) Stay close to the beach and enjoy some of the beautiful scenic views that have made southern Thailand so famous. In the evening, grab a cocktail and relax at the pool. Your CEO will fill you in on all the other interesting options that are available in the area. This is the perfect place to get active or simply chill out and relax. Our resort is located a short distance by tuk tuk to Aonang Beach and Noppharat Thara Beach. Enjoy the resort’s excellent facilities including restaurant and bars, three large outdoor swimming pools, and rejuvenating spa (additional cost). Included Activities: Krabi Village Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 14 Krabi (1B) Enjoy the day to relax in paradise. Opt to catch a tuk tuk to Aonang Beach, visit spas, rent kayaks, or snorkel.
Day 15 Krabi/Bangkok (1B) Today we return to bustling Bangkok. The tour ends at the airport in the mid-to-late afternoon. Included Activities: Departure Day Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
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