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Thailand is a firm favourite with travellers, thanks to its lively cities, scenic natural beauty, historic sites, rich culture and welcoming people!
This escorted coach tour starts in Bangkok and travels southwest to Kanchanaburi and the renowned River Kwai, which you might know from the famous book and film, ‘Bridge on the River Kwai.’ Walk the bridge and visit the historic War Museum, before travelling to Ayutthaya. Once the second Siamese capital after Sukhotai, today Ayutthaya is a World Heritage-listed site that gives you a memorable impression of the grandeur and splendour of the former kingdom.
After the thrill of exploring central Thailand, continue to Pattaya. The seaside resort on the East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand is a beautiful place to relax for two nights and enjoy the beaches and sparkling azure waters.SEE THE BROCHURE
Inclusions at a glance
- Accommodation – 8 nights hotel accommodation, twin rooms with private facilities
- 3 nights Bangkok
- 2 nights Kanchanaburi
- 1 night Ayutthaya
- 2 nights Pattaya
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- Meals – 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
- Tour – Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Please note: Departures are subject to availability and prices will be confirmed at time of booking.
- In Bangkok, visit serene Wat Po, home of the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long
- Visit the buzzing and vividly colourful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
- Walk the Bridge over the River Kwai & explore the War Museum
- Visit Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, used as a summer palace by the Siamese royalty
- Marvel at Chai Wattanaram Temple, one of Ayutthaya’s most impressive remaining monuments
- Pattaya, a seaside resort town with beautiful beaches and sparkling azure waters
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Tour Starts in Bangkok
Welcome to Thailand! Arrive in exotic Bangkok and make your own way to your hotel; remainder of the day is at leisure. Time to rest, relax and acclimate.
Bangkok City Tour
This morning, take a tour that introduces you to Bangkok, the "City of Angels". Drive through Chinatown packed with hundreds of market stalls, street-side restaurants, and gold shops. On to colourful "Little India" with its bright hanging walls of glistening fabrics and the fragrant wholesale Flower Market. Visit serene Wat Po, (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) the oldest and largest temple in the city, with its astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive via Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King's Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure before tonight's Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Full Day in Bangkok
Today is yours to explore Bangkok independently. Or, take the optional tour to the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom, and to Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), with its brightly coloured buildings, golden spires and gorgeous mosaics. You'll see the distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace. In the evening, attend the optional buffet dinner and stunning performance of the "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam". Boasting over 150 performers, this lavish production delves into Siam's history and culture.
Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)
Travel to Kanchanaburi, Visit Bridge over River Kwai & War Museum
Travel southwest this morning to the vibrant Damnoen Saduak Floating Market; observe how the ancient trading of wares is conducted between hundreds of local farmers and villagers aboard small sampan boats. The boats are fully loaded with all kinds of products including fruits, vegetables, dry goods, and freshly cooked food. From the Floating market, continue to the quiet provincial capital of Kanchanaburi, with its stunning natural beauty and beautiful rivers.
Walk over the stone bridge at the River Kwai, one of the most famous rivers in the world, which gained international fame in the book and film, "Bridge on the River Kwai". The bridge, several museums, and cemeteries have respectfully preserved the history and memorialized the dead. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a hotel restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Full Day in Kanchanaburi
Today is at leisure to explore Kanchanaburi independently. Or, take the optional full day Hellfire Pass and Death Railway tour. Hellfire Pass derives its name from Allied POWs forced to work day and night in the jungle to complete the bridge and rail line using only simple tools; more than 12,000 soldiers and 80,000 Thais perished during the construction. Lunch en-route before returning to hotel.
Optional: Full Day Hellfire Pass & Death Railway with lunch
Travel to Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya City Tour
Depart Kanchanaburi and travel to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once glorified as the largest city in Southeast Asia. In the centre of the city lies Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, monasteries, and towers - one can envision the grandeur and splendour that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. After lunch, continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Thong, a commoner who overthrew the previous king and took his throne. Here, you can enjoy the peaceful and tranquil surroundings of Siam before dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Travel to Pattaya
Start your morning with a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake. Originally built by King Prasat Thong in 1632, this served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Continue to Pattaya, a seaside resort on the East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand, with its beautiful beaches and sparkling azure waters. En route stop at a gem gallery to watch jewelry being made and learn more about the gems used. Arrive at the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure
Full day in Pattaya
Today is at leisure to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Perhaps, escape by speedboat to the stunning Coral Island, Koh Larn, brimming with an abundance of coral formations and underwater life. Unwind at the beach or, try out some water sports, including waterskiing, parasailing, and windsurfing. Choose to visit the Pattaya Floating market, one of the biggest in the world. Separated into four sections, with each offering and representing items from the four major regions of Thailand. Here, you will find food and fruit stalls as well as souvenir shops. Tonight, time on your own to savor a delicious dinner at a seaside restaurant or enjoy the vibrant nightlife that the town is known for
Tour ends in Bangkok
Check out of the hotel and make your way to the airport in Bangkok for your departure flight. The ride from your hotel to the airport will take about 2 hours
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Thailand is a firm favourite with travellers and for good reason. This tour is a shortcut to seeing the highlights and offers amazing value for a 8-night trip!
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Regular departures on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in 2023.
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Tour start time
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Is this tour right for you?
This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is fast, where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.
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The day-by-day tour descriptions are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, sea or river conditions, road accessibility, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.
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