Cylcle Bangkok to Angkor

Why fly or bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap and miss the scenery and the friendly folk in between? Give a bike ride a try instead, and discover a unique patch of SouthEast Asia. Cycle along the coast, through orchards, gem mining towns, and the charming cities of Cambodia with their well preserved French architecture and extraordinary ancient temples. Engaging locals and lovely accommodation all found on one of the lesser trodden paths through South East Asia. Easy, pleasant rides and effective use of the support vehicle allow us to make the credible claim that anyone who enjoys a recreational ride on a bike can enjoy this cycling adventure.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Riding: 50km cycling – After picking you up from your hotel in Bangkok, it is a 3-hour drive to reach the starting point of the ride. On a sleepy beach far from the bustle of Bangkok we unload and set up the bikes before embarking on a lovely ride along the coast of Thailand’s Gulf. At times a few small hills provide nice views out over the water as we cycle, and just as your mind starts to drift into communication with your stomach, we discover our lunch stop where the first of many great meals awaits you. We ride into the town of Chanthaburi in the mid-afternoon where our friendly host awaits to introduce you to his cozy guesthouse and his vegetable garden, two things he is very passionate about.

Riding: 60km cycling – Leaving Chanthaburi, we pass through the old town, the Catholic quarter and then into the surrounding orchards. Today enjoy pedaling solid, quiet roads with very little traffic. Late morning, we transfer past a busier section to our next culinary stop. From here it isn’t a far ride to the border with Cambodia. When the immigration process is completed, we drive to the hotel in the gem-studded hills of Pailin.Pailin is known not only for gems but also for housing several high-ranking members of the Khmer Rouge long after its violent reign was over. Since the town is no longer home to these officials, Pailin is attempting to become a tourist destination by providing hospitality to visitors. We spend the night in this place of historical significance.

Riding: 55km cycling – Today we veer off of paved roads and cycle down some fun dirt paths through the villages behind Pailin. Although the locals are accustomed to seeing a few foreign passersby, they will still greet you warmly and inquire about your journey. After an hour and a half, we join the main road again and then cycle our way over rolling hills out of the highlands and into the flatlands. We finish up the day’s cycling on the outskirts of Battambang. As the sun hits its peak in the sky and the surroundings become more populated, we hit the heart of the city to enjoy a delicious local lunch. After waiting out the heat of the day, we saddle up and pedal to one of the province’s most impressive 11th-century temples on Phnom Banan. We check into our well-located accommodation and use the rest of our time to wander through this charming town.

Riding: 25km cycling – This morning we will take a tour led by students of Kinyei: a local vocational training NGO that has created a cycling program called Soksabike. With this cycling tour we will discover the various village industries of Battambang, most of which are food related, so be prepared to see that food baby emerge! Our exploration provides a great insight into how the locals live and get by here. We will see the production of rice wine, dried bananas, and a local snack called Kralanh (bamboo sticky rice) before we return to town to eat once again. From here we have a three-hour transfer to Siem Reap. Once we get there, we’ll have the opportunity to glimpse the sunset over Southeast Asia’s largest body of freshwater, Tonle Sap, from a small mountain nearby.

Riding: 25km cycling – Bright and early we’ll be at the most significant religious sites in Cambodia, watching the sunrise over the towers of Angkor Wat. Once the crowd subsides, enjoy a memorable walk through the temple, where the morning glow and low temperatures make for an optimal visit. Hop on the bike for a short ride to a hearty breakfast. When our morning meal is complete, we cycle the hidden trails of the Angkor National Park to discover some of the best-kept secrets of Bayon, Ta Prohm, and the Elephant Terrace. We take a break from the increasing heat to eat lunch with a view of Sra Srang Lake, then you’ll be transferred to the hotel around 2 pm. Today provides a fundamental introduction to this otherworldly complex that will leave you with a good basic understanding of the park’s history and your orientation within it so that you may explore on your own should you wish to extend your stay in Siem Reap. We have a late checkout at 4pm when the tour concludes. You can book flights out of Siem Reap starting from 6 pm if you wish to leave today.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 11USD $1,490.00USD $1,840.00
February: 03USD $1,490.00USD $1,840.00
June: 29USD $1,490.00USD $1,840.00
August: 03, 30USD $1,490.00USD $1,840.00
November: 16USD $1,490.00USD $1,840.00
December: 21USD $1,490.00USD $1,840.00
Private Tour also AvailablePrice on ApplicationPrice on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport:Hotel Transfer to starting point of the ride & Cannondale CX 3s Bikes
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation: 4 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Saigon & Bangkok Explorer

Glimpse past and present on this in-depth encounter with the glittering cityscapes, youthful verve, and centuries-old culture, heritage and traditions of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

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Cycle Bangkok to Saigon

Cycle from Bangkok to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The essential discovery trip of Thailand, Cambodia and the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. This fertile region, which was once almost entirely ruled by the Angkor kings, now is comprised of Vietnam’s food-producing land, the majority of modern Cambodia, and the eastern extreme of Thailand. A goldmine of material for the budding historian. For the cyclist, a variety of dynamic riding that includes everything from single-lane bike trails to remote back roads through the countryside; something to satisfy the appetite of any rider. For the gourmet traveler, this tour showcases the highlights of three different cuisines with an emphasis on fresh vegetables, fish, and seafood, but with all tastes catered for. For those who wish to connect with village life in Southeast Asia, there could not be a better trip.

The ride may be epic in terms of its scope, but it is an achievable and enjoyable one with a high degree of comfort at our overnight stops. It is sure to be a humbling, rewarding and exciting experience discovering the heart and soul of Southeast Asia.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

You can arrive in Bangkok any time today before our briefing at 5pm. After this, we will head out for our first dinner together- an adventure in a city famous for its cuisine.

Riding: 50km cycling – After picking you up from your hotel in Bangkok, we drive 3 hours to reach the starting point of the ride. On a sleepy beach far from the bustle of Bangkok, we unload and set up the bikes before embarking on a lovely ride along the dramatic coast of Thailand’s Gulf. At times a few small hills will provide nice views out over the water, and just as our stomachs begin to grumble we discover our lunch stop where the first of many great meals awaits. We pedal into the regional town of Chanthaburi in the mid-afternoon where our friendly host awaits to introduce us to the cozy guesthouse and vegetable garden that he is very passionate about.

Riding: 60km cycling – As we leave Chanthaburi, we will pedal through the old town area and the Catholic quarter before we reach the surrounding orchards. We are on well-made, back roads today with hardly a car in sight. A little before lunchtime, we will pack up and drive a busier section to our next stop on the food adventure. From there we spend 30 minutes in the car to reach the Cambodian border. After completing border formalities, we ride on to the hotel that is set among the gem-studded hills of Pailin. This town is famous not only for its gems but also for harboring a number of senior members of the Khmer Rouge for many years after the fall of the tyrannous regime. With these characters now long gone, the historic town of Pailin is now hoping to put itself on the tourist map a little by providing hospitality to those passing through.

Riding: 55km cycling – Today we leave the paved surface and cycle on some fun red dirt roads and trails through the villages behind Pailin town. Despite a steady trickle of foreign travelers through this area, you will still be the center of much attention in the villages as friendly locals curiously watch you pedal by. We rejoin the main road after an hour and a half or so and then enjoy some rolling hills down out of the highlands onto the plains. The final stretch of riding is through the outskirts of Battambang City, as the day heats up and the population increases. We reach the heart of the quiet city in time for a delicious local-style lunch. Once the sun gets a little lower in the sky, we take to the bikes again and ride to see one of the province’s most stunning 11th-century temples at Phnom Banan. We check into our centrally located accommodation and have some time to explore this charming town.

Riding: 25km cycling – Soksabike is a program created by a local vocational training NGO called Kinyei. This morning we will enjoy a tour led by students of Kinyei. Our cycling tour around the suburbs and villages of Battambang introduces us to the many village products that are made here. Most of these are food products, so any hopes of losing weight on this tour will be firmly extinguished by this stage. We will, however, get a great insight into how people here live and survive. We see how rice wine, dried bananas and a tasty snack called Kralanh are made before we return to town for lunch. This afternoon you can rest during our 3-hour drive to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, there will be an option to see the sunset over the largest lake in South East Asia- Tonle Sap- from a small mountain on the shore.

Riding: 25km cycling – In the quiet and cool darkness, you will be out at the most important religious monument in Cambodia, anticipating the sunrise over the imposing towers of Angkor Wat. Even in the wet season, this is a magical time to see Angkor. As the crowds thin, we’ll take an unforgettable walk through the temple, where the soft light and cool temperatures present this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site at its best. A short pedal away, a delicious breakfast spread awaits. After breakfast, we ride around the hidden trails of the Angkor complex to visit some of its best-kept secrets and the iconic temples of the Bayon, Tha Prom and The Elephant Terrace. As the day heats up, we enjoy lunch with a view of Sra Srang Lake and then return to our hotel by vehicle around 2pm. This tour is the essential introduction to the Angkor park and will give you not only a great historical overview, but also a geographic orientation, so if you plan to visit the temples again tomorrow you can explore on your own with confidence.

Please note: Appropriate dress (knees and shoulders fully covered) is compulsory for entry into certain sections of Angkor Wat, and should also be observed throughout all temple areas for reasons of cultural sensitivity.

Siem Reap, once a dusty little town, has now blossomed into a charming destination with an amazing array of food options and a good variety of activities. From zip-lining to an acrobatic circus performance and an emerging arts scene, this city will not disappoint. There is always a good massage and the pool for those who fancy some relaxation.

Riding: 55km cycling – Starting with an early pickup from your hotel, we have a 2.5 hour drive to reach Kampong Thom, the neighboring province to Siem Reap. After a bike fitting, we set off on a ride north of the town to find the sprawling complex of pre-Angkorian temples known as Sambor Prei Kuk. These ruins date back as far as the 7th century and are remarkably intact for their age. The lush green surrounds and absence of tourists make this a really special cycling exploration. After we see out the heat of the day in the shade, we return to Kampong Thom by a different route and enjoy a tasty, authentic meal.

Riding: 45km cycling – Following a laid-back start in order to time our day correctly, we drive around 3 hours to Oudong Mountain. This place was the former capital of Cambodia and hosts a hilltop temple with fine views. We enjoy a Cambodian-style picnic before hopping on our bikes for an afternoon ride on lovely village roads and trails which are mostly unpaved. We pedal our way through rice fields and farmland, passing Oudong’s smaller brother; Basset Mountain. Crossing a recently refurbished but un-operational railway line, the scenery changes rapidly. For those comfortable cycling in traffic, you can ride right up to the hotel door. For those who are not game, the support vehicle awaits. Dinner tonight will be enjoyed by the Tonle Sap River, not far from where the three main rivers of Cambodia converge.

Riding: 30km cycling – This morning we take to the bikes again and explore the nearby Mekong islands. Here we pedal through charming village communities, fruit orchards, traditional silk weaving workshops and a variety of temples from a more recent time. This is a highlight ride and gives a unique perspective to Phnom Penh and its surroundings.
Phnom Penh has a turbulent history. Little more than a collection of wooden shacks when the French first arrived, the colonials transformed it into a beautiful city. With the evacuation of the city by the Khmer Rouge in 1975, its decay and decline began, with regeneration and rapid economic development only a recent trend. Your guide can dispense a great deal of advice on how the city can be explored and will offer a late afternoon walk to introduce you to some of the lesser-known aspects of this eccentric Cambodian capital.

Today we rest our legs and stay off the bikes. In the morning we can have a bit of leisure to enjoy the pool or wander around Phnom Penh. After an early lunch, we board the international boat which will take us down the Mekong River into Chau Doc, Vietnam: a bustling Delta town with a specialization in salted fish.

Riding: 75km cycling – Our Mekong Delta adventure begins in earnest today. The first of many short ferry rides comes after about 15km and the rest of the day will involve crossing numerous canals by bridge and boat and following a path through the maze of waterways. You will likely notice the fertility of the land, as every square inch is cultivated for food production and each person in sight works hard to grow, harvest, process or transport these products. The riding is predominantly on small, paved canal paths with only bicycles and motor scooters to accompany us. We roll into the substantial town of Long Xuyen in the late afternoon.

Riding: 70km cycling – Our final ride of the trip continues on canal paths which become even more interesting as we go. The countryside is just as scenic as yesterday, but with an even higher concentration of canals and the farm produce now includes large hanging fruit such as jackfruit. We encounter mat weaving and wooden boat building today as well as yet another amazing lunch. We finish up with a boat ride and arrive into the pleasant, bustling town of Can Tho in the late afternoon.

An early morning visit to the floating markets is on offer today. It’s an impressive sight, with boats of varying sizes and all manner of fruit and vegetables being bought and sold, and a good insight into local Vietnamese life. After breakfast, we pack up and board the van for a 3-hour drive into Saigon. After seeing out the heat of the day, we explore the city on foot, including the former French Quarter, the former Presidential Palace and the Ben Tanh Market. It’s then time to celebrate a fantastic journey with our final meal together.

Your Bangkok to Saigon Explorer concludes after breakfast this morning. Your guide will be on hand to assist you with your travel arrangements as required.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 10USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
February: 02USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
June: 28USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
August: 02, 29USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
November: 15USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
December: 20USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 09, 27USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
June: 27USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
July: 18USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
August: 29USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
November: 14USD $4,000.00
December: 19USD $4,000.00USD $5,350.00
Private Tour also AvailablePrice on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 11 Dinners
Transport:Hotel Transfer to starting point of the ride & Cannondale (Cambodia), GT (Vietnam) and Merida (Thailand) mountain bikes
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage. In the Mekong Delta, we are on narrow bike and pedestrian style paths and trails where the support vehicle cannot follow. It will, however, meet us at intervals of 10km or so and can meet us at closer intervals if there is an urgent need.
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Explore the Highlights of Northern Thailand by bike

Our cycling journey through Northern Thailand begins in the city of Chiang Rai, home to the famous White Temple which we will pedal to visit. After an exploration of the local night market, we’ll hop on our bikes and ride to the dramatic Chiang Dao mountain where our efforts will be rewarded with jaw-dropping views. Here we’ll have the chance to pedal our way through Pha Daeng National Park, past impressive limestone karsts and idyllic waterfalls.

Ride to the sloping landscapes of Maetang, where we’ll have the chance to learn about a carefully-chosen elephant sanctuary and make the most of our surroundings with some engaging activities.

From here, we make our way on two wheels to Chiang Mai, perhaps the most well-known northern Thailand city. We’ll delve into the local culture with a food tour that showcases the highlights of this flavorful (and often spicy!) cuisine, a tour of a local botanical garden, and visits to the spiritual sites of Doi Suthep and the Monk’s Trail. This tour encapsulates the best of the Chiang Mai region and provides the opportunity to make genuine connections with friendly locals, great riding and plenty of picturesque landscapes.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Riding: 45km cycling – Welcome to Chiang Rai! We’ll start our tour by meeting in the lobby at 10 am ready to head out and explore this interesting Northern city. Our loop ride along the Kok river takes us pedaling through the region’s bucolic countryside, past coffee and tea plantations, local communities and riverside fields.

We’ll stop for a quick look at the local pineapple market, with produce so fresh from the surrounding farms that it often sells out early in the day! Our first day’s ride drops us right back at the hotel door and you can spend the afternoon at your leisure. Tonight we’ll enjoy the first of many delicious Thai dinners after a walking tour of the lively Night Bazaar.

Riding: 65km cycling – We’ll start off the morning with a ride through the backroads and fields, pedaling to the city’s iconic White Temple. Wat Rong Khun, constructed in 1997, is an unconventional piece of Thai architecture that looks like something out of an ice kingdom and is sure to spark your interest. After our visit, we’ll hop on the bikes again and ride out to Singha Park. This place is extremely popular with the Thai community and will give you a snapshot of the fun lifestyle of modern Thais’.

In the afternoon we will visit a locally-based coffee house known as The Roastery, where we’ll meet the owner, who has not only built a successful business but is also deeply passionate about helping local hill tribe communities start sustainable coffee plantations. He’ll take us through the growing and roasting process, and everything that goes into making a great coffee before we try it for ourselves.

Riding: 40km cycling – Our morning begins with a longtail boat transfer up the Kok river, avoiding the hilliest terrain outside of Chiang Rai to Tha Ton district. This is the perfect time to sit back and enjoy the scenery as your guide shares more about the surrounding region. From here we mount the bikes and head south, reaching further and further into Thailand’s rural landscapes, riding through local communities on quiet roads surrounded by greenery.

A nourishing lunch is followed by a transfer through the hills to our destination, the mountainside town of Chiang Dao. In the evening we’ll enjoy a good meal made with fresh local ingredients and meet a local beer brewer to sample some of his amber goodness.

Riding: 60km cycling – Today is the day the mountains of Northern Thailand truly shine! We begin with a transfer into the hills of the Araksa Tea Plantations for a cup of their finest brew to settle ourselves for the ride ahead. Astride your wheels today we’ll be exploring the district of Mae Taeng. Our ride consists of several short sharp hills, but don’t be afraid to put in a solid effort today as tomorrow we have a day off the bikes to enjoy the mountain tranquility. A support van is always on hand, as it is throughout the tour, if you feel like giving your legs a rest. Our ride concludes with a final climb into Mae Rim and the door of our impressive mountainside accommodation.

On our day off the bikes in the hills of Chiang Mai province, you’ll have the opportunity to seek out some more active adventure, whether it be trekking through the bamboo forests, white-water rafting, or ziplining through the jungle. You could also take advantage of the breathtaking surroundings with a hike to a nearby waterfall for a blissful swim.

Alternatively you can use this day to rest and recharge. Our chosen resort has many recreational facilities to take advantage of, including a large swimming pool overlooking the valley where you can spend the morning soaking up the views. There is also a spa where you can pamper yourself with a traditional Thai massage or any number of their available treatments. The day is yours to enjoy as you wish.

Riding: 40km cycling – Let’s saddle up on our bikes and start the ride to Chiang Mai! Today the hills are in our favor as we pedal down to meet the scenic Ping River. From here, the route is quite flat and a welcome respite from the previous climbing, allowing you to enjoy the views from over your handlebars.

Upon our arrival in Chiang Mai, we’ll check into our delightful resort before taking part in an afternoon cooking class and getting truly hands-on with traditional northern Thai cuisine. This is an experience that keeps on giving, in addition to enjoying all the delicious dishes you prepare, you can take your new-found skills home with you and share your favorite Thai specialties with family and friends.

Riding: 40km cycling – Today we’ll make our way on two wheels through the surroundings of Chiang Mai, cycling through the countryside, over mild hills to a botanical garden. After a tour of the botanical garden’s vibrant hues and sweet fragrances, we will make our way back along scenic roads to the hotel, where you’ll have time to enjoy the pool or another well-earned Thai massage before our evening activity.

Tonight we give our taste buds a workout on a food tour of the city, and you’ll likely have worked up a healthy appetite from today’s adventures! We’ll make our way through this famous northern city to hole-in-the-wall local restaurants, markets, and bars to try authentic dishes such as red curry, spicy papaya salad, classic pad thai, and mango sticky rice. Is your mouth watering yet? Along the way, we’ll meet countless friendly Thai locals, likely curious about your adventures, and will have the opportunity to trade stories with these people in the “Land of Smiles”.

Riding: 35km cycling – Today we have a bit of a climb in store as we tackle the route up Doi Suthep, a landmark mountain that stands over Chiang Mai and offers incredible views of the city down below. Although this ascent will work out the leg muscles, you’ll be rewarded with one of Chiang Mai’s most famous and culturally significant sites, the beautifully ornate Wat Phra That Doi Suthep pagoda and panoramic views over the city!

After exploring the site we can enjoy a nature walk in one of Thailand’s national parks and possibly sample some mountain-grown coffee before a transfer back down the hill.

Hike & Cycle options – Enjoy the morning at your leisure, exploring town, relaxing by the pool or maybe trying some other activities in town, your tour leader can help with suggestions. The tour concludes upon checkout from our Chiang Mai resort.

Your guide is happy to assist you in making further travel arrangements, or you are welcome to join any Grasshopper day tour in Chiang Mai for further bike exploration of the city and surrounds.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 11USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
February: 15USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
June: 13USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
October: 03USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
November: 21USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
December: 19USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 09USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
February: 14USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
June: 19USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
October: 02USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
November: 20USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
December: 18USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
Private Tour also AvailablePrice on ApplicationPrice on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport: Cannondale Quick 1 Disc mountain bikes
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation:8 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Thailand & The Temples of Angkor

The temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok give way to the ancient traditions of Chiang Mai on this in-depth trip. A journey from the colourful streets of Bangkok to the sacred spaces of Chiang Mai. You’ll visit the terracotta-coloured ancient ruins of Ayutthaya and enjoy a northern Thai-style lunch with a family in their wooden stilt house.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

Say sawadee ka to the land of smiles, starting your Thai adventure in Bangkok. Transfer to your hotel where this evening, we meet our Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetisers.

Hotel: Shangri-La, 3 nights

Day 2: Bangkok Sightseeing

Rise early and join the locals for a graceful T’ai Chi practice in Lumpini Park to kick-start your day. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely start before joining your fellow travellers on a City Tour, which begins with a visit to Bangkok’s Grand Palace, where you’ll visit the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. See the largest-reclining Buddha in Thailand in Bangkok’s oldest temple, Wat Pho, and enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the temple’s massage centre. Return to your hotel by express river boat, cruising down the Chao Praya past beautiful Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn.

Day 3: Bangkok

Immerse your senses in the five flavours of Thai as you join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a traditional cooking class in a colonial-style house. Visit a local market nearby to source the freshest ingredients that reveal the sweet, sour, salty, bitter and hot flavours of Thai cuisine. Sample the results later, then spend the afternoon exploring the City of Angels on your terms, or consider joining an Optional Experience to Jim Thompson’s House, home to an impressive collection of Asian art.

Day 4: Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak – Kanchanaburi

A riot of colours greets us this morning as we embark on a visit to the famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak. Connect with the friendly merchants who paddle along the congested canals in their sturdy canoes, laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. En route, we’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’, stopping at a coconut palm sugar plantation where we’ll discover how the farmer extracts the sap from his palm trees to create palm sugar. After lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, revealing insights into the history of the infamous railway line built during WWII by the Imperial Japanese army. Our final stop today sees us pay tribute to the thousands of allied prisoners of war who were laid to rest at the War Cemetery.

Hotel: Away Kanchanaburi Dheva Mantra Resort and Spa, 2 nights

Day 5: Kanchanaburi Sightseeing

This morning, we visit Hellfire Pass, a section of the Thailand-Burma “Death Railway”, so named for the tortuous conditions that prisoners of war endured during WWII to build it. After lunch, we embark on a thrilling train ride across wooden viaducts, skirting the winding waters of the Kwai River. We’ll disembark and see the wooden viaducts first-hand walking across one. This evening, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6: Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya – Sukhothai

After breakfast, we travel to the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, once the second-most important ancient capital of Old Siam and the largest city in the world. Here, we’ll delve into the trading heritage of a mighty city that was all but raised to the ground by an 18th century Burmese invasion. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then return to Bangkok for our flight to Sukhothai, Thailand’s first capital.

Hotel: Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort and Spa, 2 nights

Day 7: Sukhothai Sightseeing

Gain insights into a powerful kingdom that enjoyed its golden age during the 13th and 14th centuries and shaped modern Thailand as we know it today. Start the day with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Sukhothai Historical Park which reveals thousands of years of history and a 15-metre seated Buddha secreted within its walls. Your choice of exploring will see you engage with the historic complex by bicycle or on the internal tram. This afternoon, visit the home of a local family and learn how to make amulets which are thought to protect the owner from harm.

Day 8: Sukhothai – Chiang Mai

Our day begins with a visit to the village of Natonchan, where we ‘Make A Difference’ with our visit by supporting the community’s eco-tourism project. We’ll interact with the locals and meet one of the villagers to learn about ‘gymnastic doll’ making and the villagers’ traditional cotton clothes which are soaked in mud to protect them from fading. We continue north, enjoying lunch en route and make a brief visit to the ‘Friends of the Asian Elephant’ Hospital, a foundation that cares for wounded elephants. Arriving in Chiang Mai, we enjoy an evening walk with our Travel Director and visit the colourful Sunday market. Our hotel tonight is located in the old town of Chiang Mai.

Hotel: The Rim Resort, 3 nights

Day 9: Chiang Mai Sightseeing

Admire the delicate hand-painted fans and colourful paper umbrellas that are famously crafted in Chiang Mai’s Sankamphaeng district and meet the children and teachers at a local school to which Trafalgar will donate much-needed supplies. We continue to a small village nearby where we’ll ‘Connect with Locals’, joining a family in their typical stilt house for a northern Thai-style ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. Next is a visit to Wat Suan Dok where we’ll meet a local monk and learn about Buddhism, against the backdrop of the temple’s magnificent golden chedi.

Day 10: Chiang Mai

Your morning is free to spend as you please or consider joining an Optional Experience to the Ban Tong Luang Hilltribe Village. Later, we visit Wat Doi Suthep, one of Thailand’s most sacred temples. As the sun sets over this mystical temple, listen quietly to the tranquil sounds of the monks chanting. This evening, we join fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a traditional Thai restaurant located next to the river.

Day 11: Chiang Mai – Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for the short international flight to Bangkok and onward to Siem Reap. On arrival meet your Cambodia Travel Director and check in to your hotel. This afternoon is at leisure.

Hotel: Le Meridien, 4 nights

Day 12: Angkor Wat And Siem Reap Sightseeing

Today, we venture deep into the Cambodian jungle, through a pyramid-shaped gateway into an ancient world. Serene stone faces watch over us as we cross the causeway suspended over a moat into the spiritual heart of the ancient lost city of Angkor. A ‘Local Specialist’ and renowned Khmer scholar brings to life the stories behind the intricate carvings and murals of celestial nymphs and mythical serpents along the abandoned hallways of Angkor Wat. Our next stop are the terracotta-hued walls of Banteay Srei Temple – the “Citadel of Women” dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. We’ll have time to admire the 10th century carvings of women, said to have been too delicate to have been carved by a man, hence its name. We’ll return to Siem Reap and this afternoon embark on a walking tour. We ‘Make A Difference’ to the lives of rural youths during our visit to Artisans d’Angkor, where we’ll witness the revival of Khmer arts and crafts. Later we’ll visit Wat Damnak and participate in a private blessing ceremony during which a sacred thread will be tied around our wrists to protect against evil spirits. Our final stop today is to the labyrinthine Old Market, where the locals spend their early mornings shopping for fresh fruit, vegetables and spices. Wander past the busy stalls and smell freshly baked baguettes, a remnant of the country’s French heritage.

Day 13: Angkor And Siem Reap

Our intimate encounter with a lost empire continues today, as we uncover other iconic sites of the ancient abandoned city of Angkor that have been devoured by the Cambodian jungle. We explore its ancient ruins in the company of saffron-clad monks and monkeys that clamber up and over the roots of centuries-old trees that have carved their way deep into the Great City’s walls. Our first stop today is a visit to the fortified Angkor Thom, where we’ll see such iconic sites as the Terrace of Elephants, the Royal Enclosure and the Temple of Bayon with its giant smiling faces of Buddha. We venture underneath the dense tree canopy to the crumbling, moss-covered ruins of the Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm, which featured as the location for the film ‘Tomb Raider’, exploring its towers courtyards and corridors to uncover the intricate stone reliefs that are shielded by the surrounding foliage. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience to learn the secrets of Khmer cuisine.

Day 14: Peak Sneng Village

We begin the day in the company of local Khmer villagers and ‘Make A Difference’ with a visit to their local school (term time only) for an opportunity to chat to some of the children who will join us on our walk through the village to see how they spend their day-to-day lives. We’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’, gaining insights into their time-honoured craft traditions, such as palm leaf weaving. After the rest of the day at leisure, we’ll join our Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Farewell Dinner with Apsara dance show.

Day 15: Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 12$6,750.00$8,710.00
February: 16$6,550.00$8,510.00
March: 01$6,550.00$8,510.00
April: 05$6,325.00$8,045.00
May: 17$6,325.00$8,045.00
June: 14$6,325.00$8,045.00
July: 12$6,325.00$8,045.00
August: 09$6,325.00$8,045.00
September: 13$6,325.00$8,045.00
September: 27$6,450.00$8,170.00
October: 11$6,450.00$8,170.00
November: 15$6,595.00$8,445.00
December: 20$7,150.00$8,445.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned Coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Bangkok - Sukhothai / Chiang Mai - Siem Reap
Accommodation:14 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Laos & Cambodia Experience

Experience the picturesque countryside of laidback Laos & Cambodia hidden south coast on this unforgettable journey. Cruise down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, kayak along the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng and discover the sacred temples of Vientiane. Unravel Cambodia’s history in Phnom Penh, venture to the south coast and explore the temples of Angkor.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Chiang Rai (Thailand)

On arrival in Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Laos tour briefing.

Hotel: Laluna Hotel & Resort or similar

Day 2: Chiang Rai to Pakbeng (Laos)

At the Lao border, board a private boat and cruise pass small villages along the Mekong to Pakbeng.

Hotel: Phetsokxai or similar

Day 3: Pakbeng to Luang Prabang

Continue cruising, stopping at Pak Ou Caves to see thousands of Buddha statues. On arrival in Luang Prabang, take a tuk-tuk to your hotel.

Hotel: Sala Prabang  or similar, 3 nights

Day 4: Luang Prabang

Explore the National Museum, visit Wat Mai temple and continue on to Wat Xieng Thong Temple on a walking tour. After a free afternoon, play a game of petanque before sunset drinks and traditional local snacks overlooking the Mekong.

Day 5: Kuang Si Falls

In the early morning, see brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms and enjoy a local noodle breakfast. Drive to Kuang Si Falls to swim in the turquoise pools before spending the afternoon at leisure. Late afternoon take part in the Bamboo Experience cooking school and learn about Lao cuisine.

Day 6: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Drive through stunning scenery to Vang Vieng and climb to the entrance of Tham Chang cave for impressive views of town.

Hotel: Thavonsouk Bungalows or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Vang Vieng

After breakfast, enjoy some light kayaking along the Nam Song River as you soak in the beautiful scenery. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Continue overland to Vientiane with a stop at ‘Kilometre 52’, a village with a large ethnic H’mong population. On arrival in Vientiane, discover Pha That Luang and Wat Sisaket before seeing the Patuxai Monument.

Hotel: Lao Orchid Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 9: Vientiane

See intriguing ‘Buddha Park’ filled with statues inspired by Buddhist and Hindu epics. Visit the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre and COPE Centre to learn about the inspiring work done by both organisations. Spend the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, receive a traditional Lao blessing at a ‘baci’ ceremony and enjoy a Lao ‘jaew’ feast.

Day 10: Vientiane to Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Fly from Vientiane to Phnom Penh. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Cambodia tour briefing.

Hotel: Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 11: Phnom Penh Tour

Spend the day exploring Phnom Penh’s main attractions and take a fun cyclo ride to the Central Market. Visit Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. In the afternoon, explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by drinks at the iconic Foreign Correspondence Club.

Day 12: Phnom Penh to Kampot

Travel by train along an historical route from Phnom Penh to Kampot on Cambodia’s south coast. Cruise on Preaek Tuek Chhu River and visit local fishing villages inhabited by the local Cham Muslim population.

Hotel: Columns Hotel or similar

Day 13: Kampot to Kep

On the way to Kep, visit an ancient temple at Phnom Chhnork. Renowned for its salt and Kampot pepper, stop to learn about the production of one of Cambodia’s most valuable exports before continuing to Kep.

Hotel: The Beach House or similar, 2 nights

Day 14: Kep & Rabbit Island

Explore Kep’s ruined French villas and uncover the busy crab market which specialises in the region’s most popular dish, Kampot pepper crab. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on Rabbit Island, a rustic, rural island.

Day 15: Kep to Takeo

Travel north to Takeo and enjoy an exhilarating speedboat ride before visiting Phnom Da, a striking hilltop temple. Stay overnight at a home-stay in Takeo and share a home-cooked meal with the family.

Hotel: Home-stay or similar

Day 16: Takeo to Kampong Thom

Drive through rural Cambodia to Santuk Silk Farm and learn about silk production techniques. After a delicious home-cooked lunch, continue the drive to Kampong Thom. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Sambor Village Hotel or similar

Day 17: Kampong Thom to Siem Reap

On the way to Siem Reap, stop at Kampong Kdei to walk across a Naga Bridge, one of the longest corbelled stone arch bridges in the world. Take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake before arriving in Siem Reap.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa or similar, 3 nights

Day 18: Temples of Angkor

Venture to Angkor Wat’s seldom-used East Gate by tuk-tuk for sunrise. Travel on to the nearby Angkor Thom complex for a monk blessing, explore Bayon temple and visit jungle-covered Ta Prohm. Return to town for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 19: Outlying Temples

Discover Banteay Srei, an intricately carved temple and Boeng Mealea, a lesser known temple overgrown by the jungle. Stop at a small roadside village which makes palm sugar and visit the fascinating Aki Ra Landmine Museum. In the evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner.

Day 20: Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January 15$4,159.00$5,115.00
February 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
March 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
April 09$4,159.00$5,115.00
May 14$4,029.00$4,869.00
June 11$4,029.00$4,869.00
July 09$4,029.00$4,869.00
August 13$4,029.00$4,869.00
September10$4,029.00$4,869.00
October 08$4,159.00$5,115.00
November 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
December 10$4,159.00$5,115.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January 14$4,565.00$5,629.00
February 11$4,565.00$5,629.00
March 10$4,565.00$5,629.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 19 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers, Boat & air-conditioned vehicle
Flight: Air Ticket: Vientiane - Phnom Penh
Rail: Train Ticket: Phnom Penh - Kampot
Accommodation: 19 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Bike Adventure from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

This is the best way to tour Thailand’s north, cycling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Start off in Thailand’s busy capital, Bangkok, before riding through the ancient kingdoms of Sukhothai and Chiang Mai. Explore the highlights of the rural north on two-wheels and immerse yourself in the country’s early history along the way. Among many other cultural and historic sites of note, this back-country cycle route takes you past Thailand’s tallest mountain, Doi Inthanon, through small Thai villages and the imposing walled city of Lamphun.

With smiling locals cheering you on, you will discover a great deal about the northern reaches of this exciting country on two wheels, topping off a memorable bike adventure with your arrival in the city of Chiang Mai.

This is a fulfilling bike tour that will leave you with new cherished memories of your journey from one great Thai city to another, through back roads and byways, with plenty of sights, smells, delicious food and highlights discovered best on two wheels.

326 Km riding. This ride is a mixture of flat terrain with a few days of rolling hills. Most of the trip is on rural back roads and occasionally on dirt roads and highways. This ride is achievable by anyone who can ride a bike for the distances involved (and if not just jump in the air conditioned support vehicle for a rest).

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok & Overnight Train

We will meet in the late afternoon at a hotel near Bangkok’s main railway station. If you are flying in, we will gladly pick you up from the airport (Please note that your flight needs to arrive before 3 pm) before we board a train. The sleeper train is a nice alternative to flying for long-distance travel in Thailand. The train is well run, relatively punctual and a pleasant way to travel through the country. We have dinner before boarding the train, and as we leave the metropolis of Bangkok the rocking motion will send you into an early sleep.

Riding: 66km cycling – The train arrives early in Uttaradit, so we make use of some rooms at a guesthouse to shower and change into cycling gear. Enjoy a great local breakfast before setting off on the bikes. As we leave town, we find Wat Phrathat Thung Yang, an ancient temple that features an unusual image of the Buddha and is still in use today. From there, we cycle to the countryside, pedaling through sugar fields and orchards over fairly flat terrain. We reach the small town of Si Satchanalai in the early afternoon and have plenty of time to explore this small town at a relaxed pace.

Riding: 88km cycling – This morning we will ride along country roads next to the Yom River and visit artisans who are weaving gold into cloth and crafting pieces of pottery. From there we cycle through the Si Satchanalai Historical Park past ancient ruins. This evening we settle in our hotel outside the city gate of Thailand’s first capital: Sukhothai.

Riding: 12km cycling – Today is our first opportunity to stretch out and enjoy the landscape of the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai. We start off with a gentle pedal through the Sukhothai Historical Park, visiting the scattered ruins of the ancient city. We then cycle south along the base of a mountain to a temple in the Ramkhamhaeng National Park.

Following lunch, we have a fun outing to explore the local community. You’ll have the chance to see and experience local life as we join Thai in the rice fields and their places of work, checking out rural handicrafts such as weaving, woodwork or making coal. This will be a fascinating cultural immersion.

Riding: 80km cycling – Following a 1.5 hour transfer, you’re in store for one of our most scenic and enjoyable days of cycling! Today’s ride brings us into hill country with lots of easy ups and downs and interesting twists and turns. The cycling journey is peppered with villages and charming hilltop temples and stupas – the most impressive of these being Wat Prathat Huai Thom. At the end of a great day’s cycling, we transfer 1 hour to Chom Thong.

Riding: 80km cycling – Starting off in the shadow of Thailand’s tallest mountain Doi Inthanon, we pedal our way across rice paddies and through small villages and towns to the site of the ancient Kingdom of Hariphunchai- now called Lamphun. From Lamphun, we ride out of town down tree-lined roads, through fruit orchards, along irrigation canals, and across fields. Eventually, we arrive in the artisan village of Ban Tawai. From Ban Tawai we will transfer the last bit by van into the city of Chiang Mai. This evening we’ll enjoy a special dinner to commemorate the final evening of your tour.

The bike tour concludes after breakfast today. Our team, including your leader, will be more than happy to assist you in confirming any onward travel plans from Chiang Mai. Should you need to reach the airport, our van will be waiting for you.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 05USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
February: 23USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
June: 28USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
August: 02USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
October: 16USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
November: 01USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
December: 28USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 03USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
February: 28USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
June: 27USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
August: 15USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
October: 31USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
December: 28USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
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Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Merida mountain bikes
Rail: Train Ticket: Bangkok / Uttaradit
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation:6 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Treasures of Thailand

The temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok give way to the ancient traditions of Chiang Mai on this in-depth trip.

A journey from the colourful streets of Bangkok to the sacred spaces of Chiang Mai. You’ll visit the terracotta-coloured ancient ruins of Ayutthaya and enjoy a northern Thai-style lunch with a family in their wooden stilt house.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

Say sawadee ka to the land of smiles, starting your Thai adventure in Bangkok. Transfer to your hotel where this evening, we meet our Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetisers.

Hotel: Shangri-La, 3 Nights

Day 2: Bangkok

Rise early and join the locals for a graceful T’ai Chi practice in Lumpini Park to kick-start your day. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely start before joining your fellow travellers on a City Tour, which begins with a visit to Bangkok’s Grand Palace, where you’ll visit the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. See the largest-reclining Buddha in Thailand in Bangkok’s oldest temple, Wat Pho, and enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the temple’s massage centre. Return to your hotel by express river boat, cruising down the Chao Praya past beautiful Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn.

Day 3: Bangkok

Immerse your senses in the five flavours of Thai as you join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a traditional cooking class in a colonial-style house. Visit a local market nearby to source the freshest ingredients that reveal the sweet, sour, salty, bitter and hot flavours of Thai cuisine. Sample the results later, then spend the afternoon exploring the City of Angels on your terms, or consider joining an Optional Experience to Jim Thompson’s House, home to an impressive collection of Asian art.

Day 4: Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak – Kanchanaburi

A riot of colours greets us this morning as we embark on a visit to the famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak. Connect with the friendly merchants who paddle along the congested canals in their sturdy canoes, laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. En route, we’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’, stopping at a coconut palm sugar plantation where we’ll discover how the farmer extracts the sap from his palm trees to create palm sugar. After lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, revealing insights into the history of the infamous railway line built during WWII by the Imperial Japanese army. Our final stop today sees us pay tribute to the thousands of allied prisoners of war who were laid to rest at the War Cemetery.

Hotel: Away Kanchanaburi Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa, 2 Nights

Day 5: Kanchanaburi

This morning, we visit Hellfire Pass, a section of the Thailand-Burma “Death Railway”, so named for the tortuous conditions that prisoners of war endured during WWII to build it. After lunch, we embark on a thrilling train ride across wooden viaducts, skirting the winding waters of the Kwai River. We’ll disembark and see the wooden viaducts first-hand walking across one. This evening, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6: Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya – Sukhothai

After breakfast, we travel to the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, once the second-most important ancient capital of Old Siam and the largest city in the world. Here, we’ll delve into the trading heritage of a mighty city that was all but raised to the ground by an 18th century Burmese invasion. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then return to Bangkok for our flight to Sukhothai, Thailand’s first capital.

Hotel: Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort & Spa, 2 Nights

Day 7: Sukhothai

Gain insights into a powerful kingdom that enjoyed its golden age during the 13th and 14th centuries and shaped modern Thailand as we know it today. Start the day with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Sukhothai Historical Park which reveals thousands of years of history and a 15-metre seated Buddha secreted within its walls. Your choice of exploring will see you engage with the historic complex by bicycle or on the internal tram. This afternoon, visit the home of a local family and learn how to make amulets which are thought to protect the owner from harm.

Day 8: Sukhothai – Chiang Mai

Our day begins with a visit to the village of Natonchan, where we ‘Make A Difference’ with our visit by supporting the community’s eco-tourism project. We’ll interact with the locals and meet one of the villagers to learn about ‘gymnastic doll’ making and the villagers’ traditional cotton clothes which are soaked in mud to protect them from fading. We continue north, enjoying lunch en route and make a brief visit to the ‘Friends of the Asian Elephant’ Hospital, a foundation that cares for wounded elephants. Arriving in Chiang Mai, we enjoy an evening walk with our Travel Director and visit the colourful Sunday market. Our hotel tonight is located in the old town of Chiang Mai.

Hotel: The Rim Resort, 3 Nights

Day 9: Chiang Mai

Admire the delicate hand-painted fans and colourful paper umbrellas that are famously crafted in Chiang Mai’s Sankamphaeng district and meet the children and teachers at a local school to which Trafalgar will donate much-needed supplies. We continue to a small village nearby where we’ll ‘Connect with Locals’, joining a family in their typical stilt house for a northern Thai-style ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. Next is a visit to Wat Suan Dok where we’ll meet a local monk and learn about Buddhism, against the backdrop of the temple’s magnificent golden chedi.

Day 10: Chiang Mai

Your morning is free to spend as you please or consider joining an Optional Experience to the Ban Tong Luang Hilltribe Village. Later, we visit Wat Doi Suthep, one of Thailand’s most sacred temples. As the sun sets over this mystical temple, listen quietly to the tranquil sounds of the monks chanting. This evening, we join fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a traditional Thai restaurant located next to the river.

Day 11: Depart Chiang Mai

Our exhilarating encounter with old Siam and new Thailand at its end, we take a transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 12$4,925.00$6,455.00
February: 16$4,925.00$6,455.00
March: 01$4,925.00$6,455.00
April: 05$4,795.00$6,245.00
May: 17$4,795.00$6,245.00
June: 14$4,795.00$6,245.00
July: 12$4,795.00$6,245.00
August: 09$4,795.00$6,245.00
September: 13, 27$4,795.00$6,245.00
October: 11$4,795.00$6,245.00
November: 15$4,950.00$6,480.00
December: 20$4,975.00$6,505.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned Coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Bangkok / Sukhothai
Accommodation:10 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Thailand Experience

Highlighting Thailand’s rich history, fascinating culture, and religious monuments, this Thailand tour includes overnights in Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai. This tour through Thailand includes visits to some of the cities that have served as the country’s capital: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Hotel: Narai Hotel, 4 nights

Day 2: Bangkok

Bangkok is an exhilarating blend of historic and religious monuments, chic modernity, exciting shopping, and friendly culture. An exciting day of sightseeing is ahead. Take in the city’s principal landmarks such as the splendid Temple Of The Golden Buddha and the spectacular Temple Of The Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. You will also visit the gleaming Grand Palace, Thailand’s most sacred monument, and the spectacular Temple Of The Emerald Buddha.

Day 3: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Bangkok

Today’s full-day excursion takes you to Kanchanaburi on the banks of the Kwai River, famed for the River Kwai Bridge, built during WWII. Visit the Allied Forces Cemetery and spend time in the fascinating Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. Today’s highlight is a Train Ride across the famous bridge to Wang Po Station. This afternoon, visit Hellfire Pass Memorial, part of the Death Railway that cuts through the mountains. Today, it houses a museum detailing life of the Allied prisoners and Asian labourers who helped build the railway, and subsequently suffered or died at Hellfire Pass

Day 4: Bangkok

Today is yours to explore Bangkok at leisure, perhaps enjoying the greatvalue shopping, lively market, and delicious Thai cuisine. You may opt to join an optional excursion to the legendary Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where traders sell all manner of items from their boats, including exotic fruits, vegetables, silks, and toys.

Day 5: Bangkok – Ayutthaya –  Phitsanulok

Today, head to Ayutthaya, ancient capital of Siam. Here, you will visit Bang Pa-In Palace, which was built in the 18th century as a summer residence for the Kings of Ayutthaya. Later, drive to Phitsanulok, one of Thailand’s oldest cities, founded over 600 years ago. This evening, consider an optional rickshaw ride to experience Phitsanulok’s colourful night market.

Hotel: Grand Riverside Hotel

Day 6: Phitsanulok – Sukhothai

Journey to Sukhothai, Thailand’s 13th-century former capital, and admire the atmospheric, moated Old Town. Here, you will visit Sukhothai Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore ruined temples and monasteries, including Wat Si Chum with its stunning seated Buddha.

Hotel: Legendha Sukhothai Thai Village Resort

Day 7: Sukhothai – Lampang – Chiang Rai

This morning, travel to Lampang. Here, visit Phayao Lake and Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. Built in 1476, this ancient Buddhist temple is often thought to be the oldeststanding wooden structure in the country. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue through rural countryside to Chiang Rai.

Hotel: Wiang Inn Hotel, 2 nights

Day 8: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai

Enjoy breathtaking vistas as you journey to Doi Mae Salong and visit a Tea Plantation. Continue to Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost town, and on to the renowned Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Burma, and Laos meet. You may consider an optional boat tour on the Mekong River.

Day 9: Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai

This morning visit Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. Then, continue through lush jungle to Chiang Mai, a fragrant mountain retreat known as the “Rose of the North” for its refreshing climate. Upon arrival, visit San Kampaeng to see local craftsmen make Thailand’s traditional lacquerware and teakwood furniture.

Hotel: Empress Hotel, 3 nights

Day 10: Chiang Mai

Spend the morning at an Elephant Sanctuary, where over 30 elephants roam freely in a safe and sustainable environment and are not subjected to mistreatment (including rides). Here, you have the chance to touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviours. This afternoon, visit Wat Phra SINGH with its famous Buddha image, and Wat Doi Suthep, a temple tucked away in the mountains. For the final ascent to the temple, you can take a tram car or walk up the Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with more than 300 steps.

Day 11: Chiang Mai

Today is free for you to enjoy this dynamic city. You may opt to join our optional Thai cooking class and learn the secrets of traditional dishes.

Day 12: Depart Chiang Mai

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 12, 19$2,089.00$2,621.00
February: 02, 09, 23$2,089.00$2,621.00
March: 01, 15, 22$2,089.00$2,621.00
April: 12$2,089.00$2,621.00
May: 03, 17, 31$2,089.00$2,621.00
September: 13, 27$2,089.00$2,621.00
October: 25$2,089.00$2,621.00
November: 01, 08, 22$2,089.00$2,621.00
December: 06$2,089.00$2,621.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 10, 17, 31$2,229.00$2,796.00
February: 07, 21, 28$2,229.00$2,796.00
March: 14, 21$2,229.00$2,796.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches
Transport: Touring by private, air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation:11 nights accommodation
Guide: Services of a professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Old Kingdoms of Thailand

Travel through the heart of old Siam on this 10 Day The Old Kingdoms of Thailand tour that emphasises the cultural aspects of this ancient kingdom. Travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and visit the historical Parks of ayutthaya, Kamphaengphet, Sukhothai and Sri Satchanalai.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

On arrival at the Bangkok International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Hotel: Pathumwan Princess, 2 nights

Day 2: Bangkok

An interesting introduction to Bangkok which combines two of the city’s must-see attractions, both located within a tranquil walled compound, close to the Chao Phaya River. This royal oasis encloses Thailand’s most revered temple of Wat Phra Kaew, home to the unique, centuries-old, gold-clad Buddha figurine: “The Emerald Buddha” and the wonderfully impressive Royal Grand Palace, more stunning in real life than photography can convey. The whole area occupies almost one square mile, and would represent a lifetime of study for a serious historian. The 66-centimetre tall Emerald Buddha, carved from a single piece of jade, has a compelling history of its own, and is so sacred that only the Thai King may touch it. This happens three times a year during a devout ceremony when the statue is clothed in different gold and jewelled attire, according to the changing seasons. The spectacular Grand Palace dates back to 1782 and was home to Thai royalty until 1925. Today, it still houses some important royal offices, but mostly serves as a museum reflecting unique and glorious testament to the architectural genius and creativity of the Thai people. The entirety of its stunning beauty is difficult for the human eye to encompass, and the effect can be overwhelming.

Day 3: Bangkok – Ayutthaya

Depart Bangkok to visit the old capital city of Ayutthaya (70 km north of Bangkok) a World Heritage Site, and on to the beautiful summer palace at Bang Pa-In. Take a journey into the past, viewing the silent monuments and temple ruins at Ayutthaya, destroyed by the Burmese in 1767, but still reflecting their intrinsic and noble beauty. Admire the fabulous architecture and absolute elegance of the Bang Pa-In royal palace.

Hotel: Sala Ayutthaya

Day 4: Ayutthaya – Kamphaengphet – Sukhothai

This morning we continue north to the Kamphaengphet Historical Park. The Park contains the ruins of the ancient town of Kamphaeng Phet, an important town in the Sukhothai Kingdom. The park that is little visited by foreign tourists contains monuments built during the 13th to 17th centuries by the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya empires. The city of Kamphaeng Phet derives its name from the ancient walls protecting it. Kamphaeng Phet translates to “wall of diamonds”. The town was an important part of the defense system of the Sukhothai Kingdom. Kamphaeng Phet was a “wang” or garrison town to protect the capital Sukhothai from invasion by Burmese armies. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before making our way to Sukhothai. Upon arrival and after check in, visit at the local market in Sukhothai Town before return to the hotel for relaxing and overnight.

Hotel: Ruean Thai Hotel, 2 nights

Day 5: Sukhothai Historical Park

This morning transfer to Sukhothai Historical Park for a walking tour. Having gained recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Sukhothai Historical Park is situated at the actual site of the ancient kingdom. Many of the important ruins are located within the walled Royal City. Ruins of royal palaces, temples, city walls, moats, dams, ditches and other infrastructures have been well preserved and constantly restored to display the magnificent beauty of Thailand’s cultural heritage.  Located in the North zone, outside the walled city is the Wat Si Chum temple, known for its mondop with a large image of the Buddha partly visible from the outside. The name of the temple translates to “temple of the Bodhi tree”. Bodhi trees are found in many temples around Thailand, because it was this tree that the Buddha meditated under when reaching enlightenment.  An ancient stone inscription is found in the mondop of the Wat Si Chum giving information about how the Sukhothai Kingdom was founded. The 13th century temple comprises of a mondop and a viharn. The viharn or assembly hall, of which just the base and rows of pillars remain, stands in front of the mondop.

Day 6: Sukhothai – Sri Satchanalai – Lampang – Chiang Mai

This morning visit Sri Satchanalai Historical Park, located on the banks of the Yom River at Tambon Muang Kao, Amphoe Sri Satchanalai. This ancient town, formerly called ”Muang Chaliang” was named “Sri Satchanalai” during the reign of Phra Ruang when a new administrative center was established to replace Chaliang. The ruins of 134 monuments have been discovered within the park.  Continue to Lampang, where we visit the most sacred of Lampang people, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. The temple is the most complete wooden temple in Thailand with significant historical and architectural value.  Arrive Chiang Mai and check in at your hotel.

Hotel: Imperial Mae Ping, 3 nights

Day 7: Half Day Doi Suthep & Temples

Visit the most sacred temple in the North of Thailand: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. The most sacred temple in Chiang Mai and which contains a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3,520 feet), the temple can be reached by the carved mythical Naga Serpent Staircase. The temple offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and its surrounding countryside. Drive back down to the city centre to visit some of the other impressive temples of Chiang Mai. Wat Suan Dok is one of them, and dates back to the 14th century when the Thai monarchy was taking leisure walks in its gardens. Nowadays, it houses several white Chedis, all containing the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former Royal family, and features one of the most famous Monk Schools in the whole locality of Chiang Mai. We will also visit Wat Jedyod, also known as The Temple of Seven Spires.

Day 8: Cooking Class with local Family 

Depart your hotel to join in a Cooking Class with a local Family. Besides Thai cooking, it will be a great opportunity to discover the lifestyle of Chiang Mai people; their house, cooking, vegetable garden. With your host, you will prepare your meal. Your host speaks only Northern dialect and your guide will serve as an interpreter. You will be collected from your hotel and with your guide go to the house of Mae Janfong family. Their teak Thai house is located in the region of Hong Dong. On arrival, you will tour the house with Mae Janfong who will explain why – in all Thai houses – you will find the Buddha image, the House of spirits and their influences on daily life.  You will then collect herbs in the garden; onions, green peppers, galangal, ginger, cumin, basil. Then you will start preparing your meal with the assistance and advice of the hostess. You will then enjoy your preparations (4 Thai dishes + dessert + Thai seasonal fruits). Return to your hotel at approx 14h30 and the remainder of the afternoon at leisure

Day 10: Depart Chiang Mai

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Bangkok:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:9 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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