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Classic Thailand (East Coast)

Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16
Avg user rating: 
3
Asia, Thailand | 18 days
Trip code: 
TTSBC
What's included: 

Transport - Bus, Ferry, Overnight Sleeper Train, Songthaew, Taxi

Accommodation - Hotel (4 nts), resort (4 nts), homestay (1 nt), guesthouse (2 nts), Overnight sleeper train (2 nts), Bungalow (2 nts)

Meals - 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 1 dinner

Trip Highlights: 
Explore Sukhothai's ruins by bicycle
Feast on scrumptious Thai cuisine
Cruise among Thailand's stunning islands
Swim and snorkel among colourful reefs
see full itinerary >>

Trip Highlights: 
Explore Sukhothai's ruins by bicycle
Feast on scrumptious Thai cuisine
Cruise among Thailand's stunning islands
Swim and snorkel among colourful reefs
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

Transport - Bus, Ferry, Overnight Sleeper Train, Songthaew, Taxi

Accommodation - Hotel (4 nts), resort (4 nts), homestay (1 nt), guesthouse (2 nts), Overnight sleeper train (2 nts), Bungalow (2 nts)

Meals - 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 1 dinner

Trip Overview: 

Northern Thailand is a treasure-trove, filled with glittering temples, ancient ruins, exotic markets and sumptuous foods. Explore the capital of Siam's golden age at Sukhothai, browse the bustling markets of Chiang Mai, stay at a special homestay with a local family and enjoy a traditional khan toke dinner - there is so much to discover in Thailand's northern kingdom. Heading down to the south you will then encounter clear blue waters, white sand and swaying palm trees... the ideal recipe for paradise. Explore Thailand's beautiful southern islands, relax in the sun and try some of the special Thai food that this region is famous for. 

Itinerary: 
Day
1-2
Bangkok

Bangkok

Take an overnight flight - on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 2.

You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food.

Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore - why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage?

Optional Activities

  • Bangkok - Thai kickboxing exhibition - THB2000
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Thai massage - THB350

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
3-4

Sukhothai

Head north by train to Phistanulok (approx 6 hrs).

In Phistanulok you make a visit to the Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat (Wat Yai) temple - one of the most important and beautiful in Thailand for its bronze Buddha image cast in the 14th century with flame-like halo.

Transfer to songthaews (open-backed pick-ups) for the journey to Sukhothai (approx 1 hr).

The first ancient capital of Siam, Sukhothai was established in the 13th century. Located on a fertile plain, Sukhothai means the 'Dawn of Happiness' and is now famous for its World Heritage-listed historic park, which celebrates the Golden Age of Thai civilisation.

Try a local dish such as Sukhothai noodles at the fascinating local night market.

Included Activities

  • Sukhothai - Historical park guided cycle tour & home-cooked picnic lunch

Accommodation

Resort (2 nts)

 

Day
5
Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Take a songthaew to the nearby hot springs where you can have a well-deserved soak in the mineral pools or a massage.

Continue for the short distance to Chiang Mai (approx 40 mins).

The most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has many famous temples and an interesting old city area. This 'Rose of the North' is also known for its beauty and the friendliness of the local people.

A great way to see the surrounding countryside is our cycling tour, on which you will visit temples and other places of interest. In your free time, you can visit the hilltop temple of Doi Suthep for stunning views over the city, attend Thai cooking classes, shop or indulge in traditional Thai massage.

Board an overnight train for Bangkok (approx 13 hrs). You use soft sleeper class trains for all of our overnight train journeys. Multishare compartments with air-conditioning and bunk beds - sheets and a pillow are provided. Our baggage travels in the carriage with us. There's a food and drink service available on board.

Included Activities

  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant

Accommodation

Homestay (1 nt)

 

Day
6-8
Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

The most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has many famous temples and an interesting old city area. This 'Rose of the North' is also known for its beauty and the friendliness of the local people.

Explore the famous temple complex of Doi Suthep. Drive along a scenic, winding mountain road that ends at an impressive 300-step naga-guarded stairway (approx 45 mins). The rewards justify the climb with one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand on display, not to mention fantastic panoramic views of the city and the opportunity to listen to hypnotic evening chanting by resident Buddhist monks.

Discover some of the secrets of Thai cuisine by joining a cookery course. Learn about the main ingredients used in Thai cuisine, how they are used and stored and what alternatives you can substitute if you can't get them at home. Questions are welcome and you are provided with a comprehensive book of recipes and ingredient details. For lunch, sit down and feast on the delicious results of your tuition. The meal is usually rounded off with a tasting of seasonal Thai fruit.

Our accommodation clean, comfortable in Chiang Mai is located by the famous night markets and has ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning.

Board an overnight train for Bangkok (approx 13 hrs). You use soft sleeper class trains for all of our overnight train journeys. Multishare compartments with air-conditioning and bunk beds - sheets and a pillow are provided. Our baggage travels in the carriage with us. There's a food and drink service available on board.

Included Activities

  • Chiang Mai - Hot springs

Optional Activities

  • Chiang Mai - Thai massage - THB350
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple - THB50

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)

 

Day
9/10
Bangkok

Bangkok

Make a visit to Wat Arun - the 'Temple of the Dawn'.

Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore – why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets; wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road; pay a visit to Wat Pho, home to the country's largest reclining Buddha and keeper of the magic behind Thai massage; explore the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; or travel by longtail boat down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous 'khlongs' (canals) of Bangkok. Life along these canals seems a world away from the chaotic streets of the capital.

No trip to Thailand is complete without an overnight train journey - in the evening you head south bound for Surat Thani, accommodated in air conditioned sleeping berths (approx 13 hrs). Multishare compartments have bunk beds; sheets and pillow provided. Our baggage travels in the carriage with us. There is a food and drink service available on board.

Included Activities

  • Bangkok - Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

Optional Activities

  • Bangkok - Wat Pho temple - THB100
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)

 

Day
11/12
Koh Pha Ngan

Koh Pha Ngan

Arrive into Surat Thani and continue by bus (approx 1.5 hrs) and boat (approx 3 hrs) over to Ko Pha-Ngan.

The beautiful island of Ko Pha-Ngan is a perfect spot for relaxing on the beach or exploring the island's fishing villages, temples and waterfalls. While here you can try a delicious seafood barbecue by the beach.

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nts)

 

Day
13/14
Koh Tao

Koh Tao

From one island paradise to another - it's about 2 hours by boat to Ko Tao.

Famous for its spectacular coral reefs, the delightful little island of Ko Tao is the place for immersing yourself in tropical waters and relaxing on the beach under swaying coconut palms - what a tough life!

Take a snorkelling trip to explore around the island. With coral and fish aplenty and the remote chance of seeing timid reef sharks amongst mesmerising coral formations, Ko Tao is undeniably one of the jewels in southern Thailand's crown.

In the evenings, you can stroll the beaches or sample local fare at a seafood restaurant. Ko Tao also has a small but lively scene for those who are interested in some dancing and drinking on the shoreline.

Included Activities

  • Ko Tao - Day tour & snorkelling

Accommodation

Bungalow (2 nts)

 

Day
15/16
Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Take a boat over to Ko Samui (approx 2.5 hrs).

Take a day trip to Ang Thong Marine National Park - an idyllic archipelago of around 40 islands - where you have the opportunity to explore some of the islands and do some snorkelling. Please note that if weather conditions are not suitable, an alternative activity will be substituted.

Included Activities

  • Ko Samui - Ang Thong Marine Park tour

Accommodation

Resort (2 nts)

 

Day
17-18

Tour ends

Your adventure ends today and you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight home.

 

Sukhothai

Nicknamed the Dawn of Happiness, Sukhothai still recalls Siam's golden age with its superb statues, marvellous monuments and lotus flowers in full bloom. Previously a Siamese capital, you explore and wander among the ancient ruins.

Chiang Mai

Situated at the crossroads of one of South-East Asia's most important trade routes, the northern capital is a legendary centre of ancient culture, adventure, relaxation and shopping. Bike between the temples, take a cooking class, cruise down the river on a bamboo raft or hone haggling skills at the markets.

Tropical Beaches

Thailand is well known for having some of the best beaches in the world. On this trip you will discover the long white stretches of sand, sea and gently swaying palm trees for yourself. Under the sea, you will find an equally fascinating, if otherworldy paradise, as you explore the reefs and marine life that surround the islands.

Seasonal Differences

Due to the changes in weather at different times of the year, it is necessary to have two alternative itineraries so that Southern Thailand can be a year-round destination. This means that between May and October you will visit the east coast, and from November to April you will visit the west coast, see tour code TTZBC. Although there will inevitably be some differences between the two, the itineraries are very similar.

Our Classic Thailand trip is just one of our many Thailand tours. To find out more visit our Thailand holidays page.