THAILAND SHORT TRIPS

  
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KHAO SOK RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE ( 3D/2N )

Code KHS

Khao Sok is one of the wettest areas in Thailand with an average annual rainfall of around 3,500mm between May and November. At other times of the year the area is generally dry apart from the odd day of rain which helps to maintain the lush surrounding rainforest. Khao Sok is made up of hundreds of limestone Karst Mountains which vary in height starting from around 400 m and reaching to 960 m at the peak of the highest.

Day 1 ARRIVAL KHAO SOK (-/L/D)
visit asia - tours to asia Pick up from hotels in Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani & Khao Lak and transfer to Khao Sok. En- route glimpses of tropical rural life here in southern Thailand can be seen along the way. Arrive at the Elephant Hills camp, here you can find out about life of Thai elephants. Jungle trek on elephant back, a unique experience in the rainforest to get a bird’s eye view of nature. Back to the camp enjoy a Thai buffet lunch. Afternoon take a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River. Drift along the jungle river passing limestone mountains and cliffs covered with exotic tropical vegetation. Some times hornbill can be seen flying high overhead or reptiles basking in the sun on the riverbanks. From the canoe you can experience a world that has changed little in thousands of years, some of the last areas of primary rainforest. After all this activity close to nature it is time for a hot shower and what better place than in the unique bathroom of your safari tents. Evening relax and enjoy your dinner with panoramic views of the surrounding jungle covered mountains. A wide selection of cocktails, wines, and spirits are available at the “Jungle explorer’s club bar. Overnight in safari tents with comfortable beds, reading lights, hot water and western style toilets. The tents doors and windows are covered with mosquito netting as well as canvas flaps so insects and reptile is not a problem. The temperatures at night drops, the tents are well ventilated and blankets provided.

Day 2 KHAO SOK (B/L/D)
visit asia - tours to asia Wake up to the sounds of nature and birds calling from the bushes close to the tent. When the sun comes up and clears the mist over the mountains and jungle to the south of Elephant Hills, the gibbons start to make their morning territorial calls that echo down the valley. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the tent for early risers; breakfast is at your leisure. The activity planned for today is to explore a lake in the jungle by local boat. The lake is surrounded by Limestone Mountains and cliffs covered in tropical rainforest that rise up from the shore of the lake and disappear into the far distance. The scenery has been compared to Qualin in China or Halong Bay in Vietnam. Few people know of the lake and even less has visited it. There are over one hundred islands in the lake and it is over 60 km from north to south. In the 70’s the area was a hide out for communist and students opposing the military dictatorship. We will see some of the spectacular scenery from the boat and have time for a swim depending on the weather. Please bring swimwear and a towel. A packed lunch will be provided. In the late afternoon return to Elephant Hills for dinner. Overnight in your safari tents

Day 3 KHAO SOK – DEPARTURE (B/L/-)
visit asia - tours to asia After breakfast come face to face with the jungle by exploring it on foot. You have seen it from elephant back and from your canoe on the river but nothing compares to actually walking yourself inside the jungle. It is an opportunity to explore the ecology of the rainforest, to see a great variety of exotic plants: tropical hardwood trees with huge roots, orchids, palms, ferns, bamboos, moss; the variety is unlimited. Birds such as the hornbill live high up above, gibbon can often be heard calling to their mates, a macaque or leaf monkey may be heard swinging through the branches, every day is different but it is truly wonderful to discover the great variety of life forms that co-exists together, this can only by experienced on foot, take it slowly, look, learn and listen then you too will start to discover some of the secrets of the rainforest. Lunch will be served in the rainforest cooked in bamboo, a tradition of jungle explorers for centuries past. In the afternoon its time to return to Elephant Hills then onward transfer to your hotel in Phuket, Khao Lak or Krabi.
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Tour price : £495
Single supplement : £95
Price is per person and based on a minimum of 2 pax travelling together 

Price includes :
• Pick up from and drop off to hotels in Phuket, Surat Thani, Khao lak or Krabi • 02 nights accommodation in safari tents
• Join-in trek in the jungle, elephant ride
• Canoe ride
• Meals as specified

Price excludes :
• All airfares, hotels in PhuKet, Khao Lak, Surat Thani or Krabi
• Meals and services other than those mentioned in the programme.
• Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, tipping, etc.
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NOTE: 20 tents are tailor-made and set in the largest area of rainforest in Southern Thailand. Each tent features twin beds, fan, kettle, and a luxurious bathroom with toilet and hot/cold shower. The tents provide ample space and are well protected against mosquitoes and other possible intruders. The furniture is handmade by skilled craftsmen using natural materials and provides all the comfort a guest would normally find in a hotel room. There are enough lights to read by and fill your diaries with the day’s observations. 

What to bring ?
Walking shoes, loose comfortable clothes, a change of clothes in case you get wet, sun protection and a rain coat depending on the weather, swimming costume and a towel.

Please note that the above itinerary may have to be altered depending on weather, road & jungle conditions.

  
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THE HILL TRIBE EXPERIENCE ( 2D/1N )

Code TRI
Hills and mountains covered in tropical jungle are home to the Lisu hill tribe and their very own way of life. Witness the lifestyle of the Lisu people during your stay at the award-winning Lisu Lodge and enjoy exciting outdoor activities in the beautiful Mae Taeng Valley.

Day 1 Chiang Mai - Lisu Lodge (-/L/D)
08h00, Depart from hotel in Chiang Mai town for Lisu Lodge by private open-air local truck transfer without guide. 09h00: Arrival at the Lisu Lodge and start the tour with 13 km (8 miles) of cycling to the Elephant Camp. Enjoy an hour of elephant ride through the mountainous jungle scenery down to the river. After a healthy picnic lunch on the bank of the river enjoy a 45 minutes white water rafting that takes you to a traditional Thai country village. From there return to Lisu Lodge either by bike or by local truck, whichever way you prefer. On the way back we stop at the traditional Akha village for a chat with the shaman (spirit doctor). Arrive back to Lisu Lodge at around 4 p.m. and our Lisu ‘guide’ will take you for a walk through the village. Start from Ton Lung temple to view the herbal garden then continue visiting some local families for a chat over a cup of tea and to the shaman’s house for a brief presentation about traditional medicine. Next visit the cultural centre and ‘museum’ created by the villagers. Inside you will find a collection of typical household items and tools used by the Lisu and Akha mountain tribes. Evening, Enjoy a Thai dinner with a traditional Lisu dance show. Overnight at Lisu Lodge

visit asia - tours to asia Day 2 Lisu Lodge - Chiang Mai (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the lodge Morning, take an ox-cart ride through farmlands and orchards to the Thai village of Baan Pang Mai Daeng – about an hour ending up back at Lisu Lodge. Note: A second additional 1-hour activity can be booked at a nominal charge but as a free activity you are welcome to go cycling by yourself and we will give you a road book of recommended itineraries. Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch before transfer back to your hotel in Chiang Mai by private open air local truck without guide.

Notes :
- Elephant ride (2 persons per elephant)
- Water rafting (4 - 5 persons per rubber boat)
- Oxcart (4 persons per cart).
- In dry season, white water rafting by rubber boats will be changed into bamboo rafting.
- To do this tour you must be healthy and in good physical conditions.
Weather condition may impose changes in the program or the cancellation of certain activities.
- Biking and Rafting not recommended for children under the age of 10 years old.

Tour price : £120
Single supplement : £25
Price is per person and based on a minimum of 2 pax travelling together .

Price includes :
• Private transfer from/to Lisu Lodge by open-air truck without guide.
• Join-in 2 days 1 nights The Lisu Lodge Experience with English Speaking Guide
• Join-in One-day Lisu Lodge Soft Adventure with English Speaking Guide
• Accommodation at Lisu Lodge in non air-conditioned rooms.
• Meals as specified
Price excludes :
• All airfares and airport taxes.
• Meals and services other than those mentioned in the programme.
• Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, tipping, etc.

  
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NORTHERN THAILAND by 4WD (4D/3N)

Code NOR
Chiang Mai – Khum Lanna – Pai – Mae Hong Son Experience Northern Thai Life Style at Khum Lanna and off road along Myanmar border from Wiang Haeng (the border town) to Huay Nam Dang to discover Pai & Mae Hong Son with visit to Long neck villages & other hill-tribes.

Day 1 Chiang Mai – Khum Lanna (B/L/D)
Morning, depart by 4WD to visit Doi Suthep, the most famous landmark of Chiang Mai. Then onto Ban Chang Khien to visit White Hmong. Continue along the road to end up at Huay Tung Tao. Then onto local restaurant. Lunch provided at local restaurant. Afternoon, drive to Khum Lanna. 16h00, arrived at Khum Lanna and be greeted by local Lanna people. Tasty welcome drink (herbal tea or fruit juice from the garden) will be serving prior to the briefing and orientation for you to select your next day activity. Thai farmer shirts will be provided for guests use during their stay in Khum Lanna. Get your free sample of our “Khum Lanna Thai Recipe Book” before the first Thai cooking class begins. Enjoy your own cooking with a full 4-course sit-down Thai dinner with your host and friends. Get an introduction to Thai language (which will prepare you for your market shopping next day). Evening savour the atmosphere of a campfire in the garden. Overnight at Khum Lanna.

Day 2 Khum Lanna – Pai (B/L/-)
Morning Lanna-style breakfast, which can be set on the riverside. After breakfast, drive to Wiang Haeng to visit Lak Taeng and Wat Fah Wiang In. (the border between Thailand & Myanmar) Picnic lunch in Doi Sam Meun. Afternoon, drive to Pai via Huay Nam Dang National Park, the mountain has verdant forests that are the sources of tributaries and various streams. Upon arrival, visit Pai city. Overnight at Hotel in Pai.

visit asia - tours to asia Day 3 Pai – Mae Hong Son (B/L/-)
Drive to visit Lod cave for a bamboo rafting along the peaceful river through the caves. Continue driving from the caves back to the village. Continue to Mae La Na via Red Lahu village of Ya Pa Nae. Drive along spectacular dirt roads along a high mountain ridge to visit the village temple. From Ya Pa Nae continue to the Shan village of Mae La Na and onto Mae Hong Son, passing by Shan village. Lunch provided at local restaurant in Mae Hong Son. Afternoon, enjoy a boat trip along Pai river to visit Long Neck Karen village. Overnight at Fern Resort.

Day 4 Mae Hong Son – Chiang Mai – Departure (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to visit Pang Ung Royal Project by Queen Sirikit (Ban Ruam Thai). Then onto Yunnanese village of Ban Rak Thai (Taiwan of Mae Hong Son). Lunch provided at local restaurant. Afternoon, onwards transfer to Mae Hong Son airport for flight to Chiang Mai.

REMARKS:
- Travellers must be in good physical conditions to do this tour.
- Slight alterations to the itinerary are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions and room availability.

Tour price : £418
Single supplement : £50
Price is per person and based on a minimum of 2 pax travelling together 

Price includes:
• Transfers and tours as mentioned by private 4WD (capacity 3 persons max ) with English speaking guide, except transfers, tours and activities operated by Khum Lanna which will be on Join-in basis.
• Meals as specified.
• Accommodation in air-conditioned room at mentioned hotels and non air-conditioned room with fan at Khum Lanna based on sharing twin-bedded room.

Price excludes:
• All international & domestic flights as well as all airport taxes.
• High season surcharge and/or compulsory meal during festive seasons.
• Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme.
• Hotel early check-in, late check-out.
• Expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, tipping, laundry, telephone calls, etc…

  
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BANGKOK THE CITY OF ANGELS (3D/2N)

Code BAN
BANGKOK, Thailand’s capital city, known to Thais as “Krung Thep” (the City of Angels) is one of the world most exciting cities. Let’s go see what Bangkok is famous for!

Day 1 Bangkok (-/L/D)
Pick up at your hotel or from Bangkok airport. Transfer to the pier and board a public shuttle boat on the Chao Phraya River (River of Kings). Like the Bangkokians, water way is one of the popular means people commute in their daily life. Disembark at Tha Chang pier and stroll along local market to the Grand Palace area. Visit to the most beautiful temple of an ancient Siamese court, which used to be the residence of the Kings. Here, you will see palaces which were used for different occasions; the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House and the Beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple housed the most sacred Buddha in Thailand. After the visit, walk to nearby amulet market. See how extensive the amulets trade is at the riverside market. Then cross the river by a ferry boat to Supatra River Restaurant overlooking the Grand Palace, for a sumptuous Thai set lunch. Afternoon, cross the river by ferry boat back to Bangkok side and continue by Tuk Tuk ( open air three wheeled motorcycle ) to Bangkok old quarter. We visit the old Mahakan Fort Community where you can see fighting cock farm and wooden bird cage produce. Climb up to the top of the artificial mountain “Golden Mount”. See the glittering golden pagoda and the 360° view on top of Rattanakosin Island. Visit Baan Bart Alley well-known for its effort to keep alive the ancient craft of making “Bart”, the alms bowl used by Buddhist monk. Our next stop is a lesser known area of Sam Phraeng which is a bit further in steps. Visit a small shop selling “Khanom Buang Boran” Thai crispy crape. Grandma will cooks Khanom Buang with typical ingredients on a charcoal stove and serve you hot. Evening, meet at hotel’s lobby and transfer for dinner and show at Joe Louis Puppet Theatre, the last of the kingdom’s traditional Thai small puppets troupe, was awarded the ‘Best Traditional Performance Award’ in recognition of the troupe’s presentation of The Myth of Rahu and the Lunar Eclipse at the 10th World Festival of Puppet Art held in Prague, Czech Republic, during June 1-10, 2006.Thai theatrical puppetry is unique among the various forms of puppetry. After the show, take a stroll through Suan Lum Night Bazaar before transfer back by car to the hotel. Overnight at Millennium Hilton (Deluxe Room)

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Breakfast at hotel Morning, take a ride on Bangkok Transit System (BTS) and travel to Siam Paragon, the latest world class shopping complex. A short briefing by Siam Paragon staff. Then, your leisure time to explore shops and activities around this trendy mall. Optional Lunch (not included). Food court with varieties of dishes and all types of restaurants within the premises are available for you to test. Afternoon, take the Sky Train with your guide to Jim Thomson’s House. This remarkable Thai style house was the home of Jim Thompson, an American who came to Thailand after the Second World War and was largely responsible for introducing Thai silk to the world. His later disappearance in the jungles of Malaysia remains a mystery to this day. His house is now a museum, located opposite the National Stadium on Rama I Road. Visitors can explore an impressive collection of artifacts and memorabilia on display and take home some souvenirs from the museum shop. After visit, depart for hotel by BTS sky train and boarding public shuttle boat. Evening transfer from hotel by private vehicle to The Bed Supper Club for a set dinner.
Note: Friday – Sunday, arrival time at The Bed should be 20:30 hours as dinner starts at 21:00 hours. (Dinner time is subject to change depends on the hotel policy. All guests must be 20 years old minimum. A photo ID card, or passport is requested to secure admission. Dress code at The Bed Supper Club : smart casual, no shorts, no flip-flops ).
After dinner, enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Bangkok by night over a glass of beer at Sirocco Sky bar on the 64th floor of State Tower. Vehicle is ready to take you back to the hotel after dinner. A drop off can be arranged at Patpong, ( used to be known as the Red-light District, now a lively night market ) for shopping. Overnight at Millennium Hilton (Deluxe Room)

Day 3 Bangkok (B/-/-)
Enjoy American Breakfast at hotel. Morning at leisure in Bangkok. Check-out from hotel at noon.

Note: Sirocco Sky Bar subject to space availability.

Tour price : £440
Single supplement : £135
Price is per person and based on a minimum of 2 pax travelling together

Price includes:
• Transfers and tours as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle, open-air boat & Tuk Tuk, join public shuttle boat, join BTS sky train with English-speaking guide as indicated.
• Admission & entrance fees on mentioned visits.
• Meals as specified.
• One glass of cocktail or beer at Sirocco Sky bar of Le Bua at State Tower.
• Accommodation at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok Hotel with daily breakfast.

Price excludes :
• All airfares and airport taxes.
• Meals and services other than those mentioned in the programme.
• Drinks during meals (apart from one glass of local beer mentioned on Day 2).
• Hotel early check-in, late check-out and high season ( 24 Dec – 04Jan ) surcharge.
• Personal expenses.

  
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RV RIVER KWAI CRUISE (4D/3N)

Code RIV
The RV River Kwai is a newly built colonial style river cruiser based on designs used by the original Irrawaddy Flotilla which was founded in Burma in 1865 and by 1920 was the largest privately owned fleet of ships in the world. The RV River Kwai opens up an entirely new area for river travelling in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok. Land excursions are offered to visit attractions along the river

ITINERARY 1: Upstream cruise/ Monday Departure
Day 1 Bangkok – Kanchanaburi - Ban Kao (-/L/D)
07:00 Depart by coach from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi via Nakorn Pathom.
09:00 Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
10:30 Visit to Khao Noi Cave Temple (Wat Tham Khao Noi) located on the west bank of the river. The monastery was constructed on a hill, decorated in the form of Chinese architecture and cultural art. From the top of the monastery observe the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi and its mountainous horizon. Also visit to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua) nearby, built in the form of Thai cultural art. The great Buddha image and pagoda placed in the temple are respected by all Buddhists.
11:30 Continue to Kanchanaburi and visit to JEATH War Museum, a realistic depiction of a prisoner of war (POW) camp with bamboo huts which give an inkling of the grim living conditions and atrocities endured. On display are tools, bombs, photographs, original sketches, testimonies, pictorials and physical memorabilia dating from World War II.
12:30 Embark RV River Kwai at Nong Ya dock.
13:00 Lunch on board while cruising on Kwai Noi River.
14:30 Visit to Wat Tham Khaopoon,a Buddhist temple which served as a big camp of World War II. There is a middle cave containing stalactites and stalagmites and many remarkable Buddha images. Behind the temple enjoy a marvelous view down the valley of the Kwai Noi River.
15:00 Proceed by coach to visit Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin Park, located in the Kanchanaburi Agriculture College. It is known as "Stone Garden" covering 200 rai (96 acres), since most of its area is scattered with stones of different sizes and shapes, similar to animals. 16:30 Return to boat and continue cruising upriver to Wang Pla Moo Bridge. (Optional: Elephant Driving License is available with an extra charge per person)
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18:00-18:30 Lecture part 1
18:30-18:40 Coffee break
18:40-19:00 Lecture part 2
19:30 Dinner and overnight on board, near Ban Kao.

Day 2 Ban Kao - Sai Yok (B/L/D)
Breakfast on board while cruising upriver on the Kwai Noi River to Muang Singh.
09:00-09:30 Exam on theory 10:00 Visit "Prasat Muang Singh", historical park with Khmer architecture from the late Lopburi period, some 700-800 years ago. The extensive ruins of the temple beside the River Kwai Noi are a potent reminder of the vast expanse of the Khmer empire. The ancient border town of Muang Singh, "City of the Lions", was probably established as a trading post.
11:00 Continue by coach to Tha Kilen Train Station. 11:47 Take a 3rd class train to Saphan Tham Krasae passing over the long wooden viaduct.
12:02 Arrive at Saphan Tham Krasae and visit to Krasae Cave situated on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, an excellent view point. The cavern houses a Buddha image.
12:30 Continue by coach and short stop at Sai Yok Elephant Village located right on the river bank, upriver from Wang Pho Bridge. (Optional: Half an hour elephant riding through the jungle and along the Kwai Noi River is available with extra charge per person) Training and practical exam for Elephant Driving License
14:00 Lunch on board while cruising upriver. Afternoon at leisure on the boat. (Optional: One hour Thai Traditional Massage is available with extra charge)
19:30 Dinner and overnight on board near the Resotel. (Optional: 45 minutes Mon dances performance is available with extra charge)

Day 3 Sai Yok - Sai Yok Yai - Ban Hin Dad (B/L/D)
Breakfast on board.
09:00 Walk uphill to visit Kaeng Lava Cave. From the landing a short trail leads to the cave which boasts admirable stone draperies and concretions in large chambers. The stalactites and stalagmites are a spectacular creation by nature.
10:30 Cruise upriver to Ban Haad Ngiu and continue by coach to Hell Fire Pass, a part of the Death Railway cut through the stone-mountain. Trails lead to Hin Tok Bridge and Konyu Cutting where a plaque commemorates the ordeal of Australian and British POW's who undertook the hazardous work in precarious conditions at the aptly named pass. The memorial complex (Hin Lek Fai) is intended to honour the Allied Prisoners of War and conscripted people from India, Burma, Malaysia and other countries who died during construction of the railway, as well as all who suffered as a consequence of the hardships. Rejoin the boat at Kaeng Pa Lorm.
13:30 Lunch on board while cruising upriver, passing Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls. Afternoon at leisure on the boat.
15:30 Visit a boarding school nearby the bank of Kwai Noi River built under the patronage of H.R.H. Crown Princess Sirindhorn for refugee children.
16:30 Back to boat and cruising upriver.
19:00 “Farewell Dinner” and overnight on board at Daowadueng Bridge.

Day 4 Ban Hin Dad – Kanchanaburi - Bangkok (B/L/-)
07:00 Offering food to monks (making merit in Buddhist style) at nearby temple.
08:30 Breakfast on board. 10:00 Disembark and return to Kanchanaburi by coach. Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum, an interactive museum which provides a remarkable research and information centre dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway. Also visit to the Donrak War Cemetery which contains the remains of 6,982 Allied prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the “Death Railway”. Continue to the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai. The sturdy Iron Bridge spanning the River Kwai Yai, which was a crucial part of the Death Railway, was built in some 16 months by Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts. The bridge was destroyed in Allied bombing raids towards the end of World War II and was later rebuilt by the Japanese as war reparations. 13:00 Lunch at River Kwai Restaurant, next to the bridge.
14:00 Proceed to Bangkok.
18:00 Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel or to Bangkok Airport.

ITINERARY 2: Downstream cruise / Thursday Departure
Day 1 Bangkok – Kanchanaburi - Thong Pha Phum - Ban Hin Dad (-/L/D)
07:00 Depart by coach from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi via Nakorn Pathom.
09:00 Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
10:30 Visit to Khao Noi Cave Temple (Wat Tham Khao Noi) located on the west bank of the river. The monastery was constructed on a hill, decorated in the form of Chinese architecture and cultural art. From the top of the monastery observe the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi and its mountainous horizon. Also visit to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua) nearby, built in the form of Thai cultural art. The great Buddha image and pagoda placed in the temple are respected by all Buddhists.
11:30 Continue to Kanchanaburi.
12:30 Lunch at Sommai Restaurant.
13:30 Proceed to Hell Fire Pass, a part of the Death Railway cut through the stone mountain. Trails lead to Hin Tok Bridge and Konyu Cutting where a plaque commemorates the ordeal of Australian and British POW's who undertook the hazardous work in precarious conditions at the aptly named pass. The memorial complex (Hin Lek Fai) is intended to honour the Allied Prisoners of War and conscripted people from India, Burma, Malaysia and other countries who died during construction of the railway, as well as all who suffered as a consequence of the hardship.
16:00 Embark RV River Kwai at Daowadung Bridge and cruise downstream on Kwai Noi River 19:30 Dinner and overnight on board at Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls.

Day 2 Ban Hin Dad - Sai Yok Yai - Sai Yok (B/L/D)
Breakfast on board while cruising downriver
08:30 Visit a boarding school nearby the bank of Kwai Noi River built under the patronage of H.R.H. Crown Princess Sirindhorn for refugee children.
09:45 Continue by coach to visit Hin Dad Hot Spring, formerly called Kui Mang. It was accidentally discovered by Japanese soldiers who were supervising the construction of the Death Railway. The natural hot spring features two large pools and private baths. The mineral in the spring is believed to cure many diseases, e.g. beriberi (lack of vitamin B), arthritis, etc.
10:30 Visit to Pha Tad Waterfall located in the western zone of Si Nakharin Dam National Park. It originates from a small stream called Huai Kui Mang. Pha Tad is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kanchanaburi Province and flows into the Kwai Noi River.
11:30 Board RV River Kwai at Kaeng Pa Lorm. (Optional: Elephant Driving License is available with extra charge per person)
12:00 Basic information on elephants
12:00-12:30 Lecture part 1
12:30-12:40 Coffee break
12:40-13:00 Lecture part 2
13:30 Lunch on board while cruising downriver to the Floatel Jungle Raft.
15:00 River rafting or canoeing downstream on Kwai Noi River. If time allows, visit nearby Mon Village. (Optional: One hour Thai Traditional Massage is available with extra charge) 19:30 Dinner and overnight on board near the Resotel. (Optional: 45 minutes Mon dances performance is available with extra charge)

Day 3 Sai Yok - Ban Kao (B/L/D)
Breakfast on board while cruising downriver.
09:00-09:30 Exam on theory
10:15 Short visit at Sai Yok Elephant village located right on the river bank (Optional: Half an hour elephant riding through the jungle and along the Kwai Noi River is available with extra charge per person) Training and practical exam for Elephant Driving License
11:45 Lunch on board while cruising downriver to Wang Pho Bridge
13:00 Board the coach to visit the Krasae Cave situated on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, an excellent view point. The cavern houses a Buddha image.
13:36 Take a 3rd class train to Tha Kilen Train Station passing over the long wooden viaduct.
13:51 Arrive Tha Kilen and continue by coach to "Prasat Muang Singh", historical park with Khmer architecture from the late Lopburi period, some 700-800 years ago. The extensive ruins of the temple beside the River Kwai Noi are a potent reminder of the vast expanse of the Khmer empire. The ancient border town of Muang Singh, "City of the Lions", was probably established as a trading post.
15:00 Return to the RV River Kwai at Prasat Muang Singh and cruise downstream Afternoon at leisure on the boat
19:00 “Farewell Dinner” and overnight on board, near Ban Kao.

Day 4 Ban Kao – Kanchanaburi - Bangkok (B/L/-)
08:00 Breakfast on board while cruising downstream to Wat Tham Khaopoon
09:00 Visit to Wat Tham Khaopoon, a Buddhist temple which served as a big camp of World War II. There is a middle cave containing stalactites and stalagmites and many remarkable Buddha images. Behind the temple enjoy a marvelous view down the valley of the Kwai Noi River.
09:30 Continue by coach to Kanchanaburi to visit the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai. The sturdy Iron Bridge spanning the River Kwai Yai, which was a crucial part of the Death Railway, was built in some 16 months by Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts. The bridge was destroyed in Allied bombing raids towards the end of World War II and was later rebuilt by the Japanese as war reparations. Continue to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum, an interactive museum which provides a remarkable research and information centre dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway. Finally, visit to the Donrak War Cemetery which contains the remains of 6,982 Allied prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the “Death Railway”.
12:30 Rejoin RV River Kwai at Saphan Mai and lunch on board while cruising towards Nong Ya dock.
15:00 Disembark RV River Kwai at Nong Ya dock nd return to Bangkok by coach
18:00 Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel or to Bangkok Airport.

REMARKS:
- All cabins are twin bedded. No triple room or extra bed is available.
- Children of 4 years old and older, must solely occupy a berth and pay the full rate same as adults
- Infants below the age of 4 can sleep in their parents' cabin without extra charge but the availability of a cot is not guaranteed and parents are to provide own baby food.
- Boat capacity: 20 passengers maximum in 10 teakwood twin cabin (single deck)
- Though every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible, given uncertain river and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alternations and delays at short notice.
- During the river stops, an escorted service is provided but not always a licensed guide service.
- Whilst the crew do everything in their power to facilitate landings, access to the ship at certain river stations can be difficult, with steep and sometimes slippery riverbanks. Elderly should consult their doctor to ensure that they are fit for travel. Wheel chairs are not allowed.

Specifications of the Vessel: The RV River Kwai is an inland water class vessel, with the following specifications: Length: 120 ft / 36 m Beam: 25 ft / 7.6 m Draft: 3 ft / 91 cm
Air Draft: 11.5 ft / 3.5 m Tonnage: 155.69 tons Engines: 2 x 200 hp Hino engines with inboard propulsion; propellers have 4 blades, 3ft diametre Speed: 8 knots cruising Power: 1 x 75kva Caterpillar (recon) genset, 1 x 20 kva port / emergency genset, shore lines to bases on river Cabins: 10 deluxe staterooms of 3m x 4m with own shower, water closet, air-conditioned, mini safes, etc. Public: Upper deck is open plan with dining, bar and seating areas covered by a collapsible frame awning to enable vessel to pass under low bridges.
Water: Water tanks Sewage: Holding tanks to pump out to on shore sceptic facility Comms: Thai GSM cellular, FM Radios, P A system, Tannoy
Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins, emergency lighting and generator, fire extinguishers, pumps and hoses, life jackets for all passengers, life rafts, ship’s motorized tugboat.
Navigation: Ship’s horn, searchlights, Garmin GPS (Global Positioning System) Amenities: Fully equipped kitchen, refrigeration units
Crew: Thai crew of 11

Tour price : £705
Single supplement : £225
Price is per person and on seat-in-coach basis

Prices include:
• Transfers and tours as mentioned based on seat-in-coach (joint) arrangement with local English / French or German speaking guide (together with other cruiser members).
• Admission and entrance fees to mentioned visits.
• Accommodation on RV River Kwai cruise with meals, coffee, tea & drinking water mentioned in the programme.

Prices exclude:
• Optional tours / Gratuity to crew
• Other meals and services than mentioned.
• Expenditures of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, tipping, etc.

  
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MEKHALA LEGENDARY RIVER CRUISE ( 2D/1N )

Code MEK
There is no better way to view the captivating way of life on Thailand "River of Kings". In a simple one-day river trip on the Mekhala, you can absorb centuries of Thailand history and culture.

UPSTREAM CRUISE (BANGKOK - AYUTHAYA): Daily departure at 14h30, (except Friday)
Day 1: Bangkok - Mekhala (-/-/D)
Start cruising up the Chao Phraya River with spectacular views of the Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn. Just after sunset, the MEKHALA docks at Wat Kai Tia, a Thai temple set in a tranquil rural village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai cuisine is served on the deck. Overnight on board in your air-conditioned cabin.

Day 2: Mekhala - Ayuthaya - Bangkok (B/L/-)
An option for alms offering to monks can be made prior to a delicious breakfast served on board. Then depart for Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace where you will disembark nearby at approx. 10h00. Then your guide will take you to visit the Summer Palace. Continue by long-tail boat to the ancient capital of Ayuthaya. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the idyllic ruins of the once glorious capital destroyed by the Burmese. In late afternoon our air-conditioned mini-bus will take you back to your hotel in Bangkok.

Tour price : £245
Single supplement : £105
Price is per person and on seat-in-coach basis

Price includes:
• 2 days cruise (Join-in) with stops and visits as mentioned in the programme.
• 1 night accommodation on board in double berth air-conditioned cabin
• Meals as mentioned in the programme.
• Coffee, Tea & Water on board and during breakfast
• Coffee, Tea, Water & Soft drink during dinner
• Services of a qualified crew
• English speaking guide with (private) land services and transportation in Bangkok & Ayuthaya.
• Group Insurance
Price excludes:
• Transfer in Bangkok from hotel to Mekhala pier or vice-versa.
• Transfer in Bangkok from Bangkok Airport to Mekhala pier/Bangkok hotel or vice-versa.
• Other drinks and meals not mentioned in the program
• Other personal expenses.

DOWNSTREAM CRUISE (AYUTHAYA - BANGKOK)
Daily departure at 14h30, (except Saturday)

Day 1: Bangkok - Ayuthaya - Mekhala (-/L/D)
Depart from your hotel around 08h00 and travel by road to Ayuthaya. Upon arrival, visit the archeological site of the once glorious capital destroyed by the Burmese. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant and then travel to Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace by long-tail boat, exploring a rural life along the river. After this visit, your guide will drop you off, to board the Mekhala. Start cruising downstream from the pier near Bang-Pa-In Palace, captivating the spectacular views of rural life along the “River of Kings”. Just after the sunset, the MEKHALA docks at Wat Kai Tia, a Thai temple set in a tranquil rural village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai cuisine is served on the deck. Overnight on board in your air-conditioned cabin.

Day 2: Mekhala – Bangkok (B/-/-)
An option for alms offering to monk can be made prior to a delicious breakfast on board, cruise down the river to Bangkok, passing spectacular views of the Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn. Arrive Bangkok in the late morning.

NOTE:
- Mekhala Cruise’s check-in time is requested around 14h00
- Child fare: Child under 12 years old sharing a double room with 2 adults will be charged 50% of adult rate. Infants (under 2 years old) travel free of charge.
- Slight alterations in the cruise itinerary are sometimes necessary, depending on weather & river conditions.

  
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UNDISCOVERED CENTRAL THAILAND ( 5D/4N )

Code UND
Bangkok – Chacheongsao – Prachinburi – Sa Kaew

Day 1 Bangkok - Chacheongsao (-/L/-)
Morning, pick-up from your hotel in Bangkok and take a journey back through the old time. Visit the lesser known and peaceful town of Paed Rew or Chacheongsao in the official name. Stop en route at a 100-year old canal side market Talad Klong Suan, the traditional market on the banks of Prawetburirom Canal that's being going for more than a century spreading over Samut Prakhan and Chachoengsao, where you will be impresses with their simple lifestyle. Visit Wat Sothorn Wararam with its dramatic ordination hall housing one of the most sacred Buddha Images in Thailand. Next take a leisure boat trip along Banpakong River. Disembark at Talad Baan Mai, another hundred-year-old market filled with beautiful old shop houses, where you will have time to enjoy a wide variety of Thai food, dessert, etc. with a recommendation from our guide for delicious local dishes. Next walk to visit a nearby ancient Chinese Temple, Wat Leng Hok Yee, a sibling temple to Wat Leng Nei Yi in Bangkok China Town. Afternoon, drive to visit Muban Namtan Sot, the palm sap village and the sole production source of ready-to-drink palm sap in the East. See the procedures of making palm sap from a palm tree. Witness the lifestyle of farmers who make palm sap. Continue to visit Wat Po Bangkla with its remarkable flying foxes. The trees within this peaceful temple are the home for thousands of fruit bats. During the day, they cling upside down off the branches of the trees, but at dark, they wake and leave to search for food. Then take a late afternoon cruise around Koh Lad, an agriculture homeland of Chacherngsao. Continue to the resort for check-in and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Wangtara Resort.

Day 2 Chacheongsao - Prachinburi (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the resort Depart for a visit of Murrah Farm (buffalo farm), the first and only milking buffalo farm in Thailand and produce dairy products from buffalo milk such as ready to drink milk, ice cream, yogurt and mozzarella cheese.. The Murrah breed of Water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) is the premier milking buffalo, originated from Haryana and Punjab states of India/Pakistan. Its unique characteristics are black skin, curly horn, and large udder. They each give milk about 2,000 kilograms per lactation period (9-10 months). With two years of research, the buffalo milk is widely popular especially in Italy where the buffalo milk will be specifically used to produce Mozzarella cheese. Buffalo milk is a highly nutritious product. It has pure white color, clean smell and great fresh taste. The two main factors that distinguish buffalo milk from other animal milk are it has higher percentage of protein/fat and is lower in cholesterol. (If it’s in season and time’s allowed, en route to Murrah Farm opportunity to visit Mango Orchards or Hydroponics vegetables, which are famous products of Chacheongsao province) 11.30 Arrive Murrah Farm & experience the demonstration of Mozzarella cheese making process. 12.30 Lunch at Murrah Farm and try out fresh cheese from the farm. After lunch, Introduction and History of Murrah Farm with its process and then visit the farm and buffalo milking process. 15.00 Depart for Prachin Buri, en route stop to visit Sa Morakot Ancient Site situated in Wat Morakot, these are the the gigantic Buddhist sites and the most fascinating attraction is the largest and oldest Lord Buddhas Footprints which were carved on the natural laterite floor dated between 13th to 15th centuries B.E. Another interesting thing to see is Sa Morakot which is a rectangular pool, with the total area of about 25 Rai. It is assumed that this pool was dug as a reservoir. Then if time’s allowed, visit Si Mahosot Ancient Towns constructed in the Davaravati Period. There are moats, earth walls, and more than 100 interesting ancient venues. Most of the archeological materials are related to Hinduism. The most important site is in the centre of town. Made from laterites, many materials found were in Lop Buri, Ayutthaya, and Rattanakosin Periods such as Buddha images and pottery. Arrive at the hotel and check-in and rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Tawa Ravadee Hotel

Day 3 Prachinburi (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel Morning, depart for a visit of Ban Dongbang. The village of Dongbang has flourishing rice fields, fruit orchards, as well as producing mid-size trees suitable for landscape gardening, but during the mid-1990s, the Ban Dongbang (‘Dongbang Village’) group opted to differentiate itself from the mainstream by producing organic, chemical-free herbs. After years of struggle, the group has now managed to make traditional, local knowledge sustainable for the benefit of the community. Ban Dongbang has supplied a wide variety of organic herbs to the province’s Chao Phya Abhaibhubej Hospital - the country’s largest producer of herbal products. Continue to visit Chao Phraya Abhai bhubate building, an ancient monument which is located in Chao Phraya Abhai bhubate Hospital. It was constructed by the budget of Chao Phraya Abphaibhubate in 1909 as a residence for King Rama V on his royal visit to Prachin Buri. Its architecture is a 2-storey Renaissance building with the front porch featuring a central dome. Floral design ornated the outside walls, doors and windows. The inside is decorated in a western style. It’s now the Abhaibhubejhr Thai Traditional Medicine Museum, the centre for collection of Thai traditional books, herbs, medicine, and local medicine. It is also a study centre for research and dissemination of knowledge on the local's lifestyle related to local herbs and medicine. Opportunity to try a traditional Thai massage at this place. Lunch at local restaurant. Then visit Wat Kaeo Phichit located on the right coast of Bang Pakong River, an old and major temple, the place was built in 1879 by a PrachinBuri millionaire and Yusuksuwan Museum, exhibiting the collections lamps and other old items of various uses such as wares, toys, books and household appliances. The museum is surrounded by the well-arranged garden. Before returning to the hotel, stop to visit Phan Hin Ancient Monument, a large square ancient monument made solely of laterite with 15.50 metres wide on each side. Its is a shrine for the Hindu God, Vishnu, built during the 7th - 9th Century in the reign of King Jayavarman I of Chenla. Arrive at the hotel and rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Tawa Ravadee Hotel

Day 4 Prachinburi – Sa Kaew - Aranyaprathet (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning, depart for a visit of Pang Sida National Park, comprises steep ondulating mountain ranges, moist evergreen forest, hill evergreen forest, dry evergreen forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest, savanna, etc. It is also a remaining source of freshwater crocodiles and origin of many rivers and streams. Visit Pang Sida Waterfall and View Point. Then visit ThaKrabak Reservoir, a large reservoir under the Royal Initiative of H.M. the King to improve the irrigation system on the plain in the valley and Chong Klam Bon Wildlife Captive Breeding Centre under the Royal Initiative of H.M the Queen, to be a breeding station for rare and endangered animals. It is also a research station on the wildlife, providing knowledge and understanding on wild animals. Picnic lunch will be provided. Continue to Sadok Kok Thom and en route visit La-Lu in Khmer language means “penetrated”. It is a natural phenomenon caused by the erosion of rainwater and the subsidence or collapse of soil. The condition of some part of the soil at this place is hard and durable. However, the wind has eroded it into many shapes similar to a city wall or cliffs, while some are pillars Arrive and visit Sadok Kok Thom, another important historic site in Sa Kaeo, this Khmer style sandstone castle was established to house idols and to be the site for conducting Hindu's rituals. The castle comprises three towers. "Sadok Kok Thom" means a city that has plenty of reeds in this large swamp. Check-in at the hotel for time at leisure. Overnight at Aran Mermaid Hotel

Day 5 Aranyaprathet – Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning, visit Talat Rong Kluea, renowned for selling used designer labelled garments at very cheap prices. Originally, brand name clothes in good conditions were donated to Cambodian people through the United Nations. Cambodian people brought the clothes to sell at the Thai border. At present, there are no more donated clothes. Nevertheless, the market is still popular because of its former business. These days, goods which are on sales there are exported from Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong. They are bought to be resold at Rong Kluea Market, which is the largest source of used clothes from abroad, while shoes, purses, winter sweaters and jackets will be sorted into containers and shipped to Laem Chabang Sea Port, Chonburi Province. After the visit, transfer to Aranyaprathet border for crossing to Poipet, Cambodia. (Clients will cross border and arrange visa formalities on their own). Otherwise, transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok or Bangkok Airport for departure flight to next destination.

Tour price : £525
Single supplement : £85
Price is per person and based on a minimum of 2 pax travelling together

Price includes :
• Accommodation with daily breakfast
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
• Transfers & sightseeing tours by private air-conditioned vehicles
• English speaking local guides
• Admission fees

Price excludes :
• All airfares and airport taxes.
• Other meals and services than mentioned in the program.
• Optional tours
• Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, tipping, etc
• Hotel early check-in and late check-out as well as high season surcharge and/or compulsory meals during festive seasons.

  
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THE SECRET BEAUTY OF EASTERN THAILAND (7D/6N)

Code SEC
Bangkok – Rayong – Chantaburi – Koh Chang

Day 1 Bangkok – Koh Si Chang - Rayong (-/L/-)
Morning, pick-up from your hotel in Bangkok for a beautiful boat journey to a small island close to Bangkok. Koh Si Chang is normally a peaceful fishing community and holiday destination amongst Thai people. Not many tourists know this place. We take a public ferry across the sea and ride on Skylab, a unique motor-trishaw around the island. Visit Koh Si Chang Community, local temple, Chinese shrine, cliff view point, King Rama V Royal Palace and pristine Tham Pang Beach. Enjoy swimming in this beautiful curved bay. The white-sand beach is ideal for relaxing, swimming or snorkeling. Lunch at local restaurant on Koh Si Chang. Continue to Rayong via stop for a visit of Wat Ban Don Shadow Play Museum, located in Wat Ban Don, exhibiting a hundred Nang Yai shadow play characters. The Shadow Play character, or Nang Yai, is a large piece of leather carved and painted into different characters. Aged over 200 years, these characters were brought from Phatthalung in 1988. Then visit Ban Kon Ao (The Fisherman's village), the best place in town to discover the traditional way of life is from a small but typical fisherman’s village and follow the beach road, a bit beyond Ban Kon Ao, to reach the seaside hill of Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park. From this sunset viewpoint, comprising scrub forest and cape, it is possible to see Mae Ramphueng Beach and Ko Samet. Arrive and check-in at the hotel for rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Palmeraie Beach Hotel Rayong.

Day 2 Rayong (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the resort Depart for Laem Mae Phim pier for a joined boat ride to Koh Mun Nai to visit Sea Turtles Conservation Station, which has been developed under the royal initiative of Her Majesty the Queen, and the exhibition of many species of turtle in Thailand being discovered. Beside the exhibition hall is the pond for many turtles such as Hawksbill turtle. There is also the exhibition hall of the giant clam of genus tridacna. The beach at the north of the island called Naban Beach is a swimming area. Picnic lunch on the island. Afternoon, continue to Koh Mun Klang for snorkeling before return to the pier. Then transfer to hotel for rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Palmeraie Beach Hotel Rayong.

Day 3 Rayong – Chantaburi (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel Morning, drive to Paknam Pra Sair – the place where it’s easier to see the fishermen community with simple homes by the sea that have not changed much, a common view is people fishing and boats coming in and out and also enjoy 1-hour boat ride to visit a rich mangrove forest in the area. Continue to visit Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park. This lush forest with a great variety of flora and fauna is the watershed of the Prasae River. Explore the Khao Chamao national park with herbs and animal behaviour by walking along 2-3 kilometres nature trails. Lunch at local restaurant Afternoon visit Tham Khao Wong, made up of a 3-kilometer-long limestone mountain, has cave halls as many as 83 with only 17 allowed for visitors being zoned into 3 walking routes. The route we will take is about 1 hour in total by climbing up cement steps through the cave mouth on the hill to get to several caves with exquisite stalagmites and stalactites of Tham Singto Yai & Tham Singto Noi. After the visit proceed to Chantaburi and if it’s in fruit season and time’s allowed, en route visit fruit garden to experience various kinds of tropical fruits and taste them freshly on spot upon its season. Then check-in at the hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Maneechan Resort

Day 4 Chantaburi (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning, Depart for a visit of Oasis Sea World to enjoy a Dolphin show (show time: 09.00 – 10.00 hrs.). Oasis Sea World is the place for feeding and breeding 2 species of dolphins: Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins (the pink dolphins) and Irawwaddy dolphins. Optional activity: Swim with the dolphins at additional charge with a maximum of 15 persons / round of 40 minutes. (Swim time: 09.45-10.45 hrs.). Continue to visit Samet Ngam Shipyard (King Taksin’s Shipyard) believed having played a vital role in the establishment of King Taksin the Great’s navy in 2310 B.E. and Reed Mat Weaving Centre of Samed Ngam Village, the villagers usually weave mats out of their harvesting season and the centre also puts on exhibition various steps of reed mat weaving as well as their traditional designs. The mats have been adapted into various useful items such as briefcase, shoes, hand bag, place mat, etc. Lunch at local restaurant in town Afternoon, walking tour to explore the old city of Chantaburi, occurred in 1767 after the fall of Ayutthaya period and where the King Taksin the great consolidated an arm force of the East and fought the freedom of Thai people. Until now, Chantaburi is a serene city with many interesting aspects representing the largest gem and jewellery trading market and the best place to grow tropical fruits in Thailand. We will visit: - Tha Luang area is the local road along Chantaburi River, representing the old city of Chanthaburi and life of the local resided by the river since the French colonial era. The old time architecture and art can be witnessed along the line of old buildings. - Gems Market (Gems Road) is on Sri Chan road & Trok Krachang, the centre of gems business and the largest gems market in the country which is very bustling in particular on Fridays and weekends when both Thai and international gems traders gather for gems trading, representing the unique way of life of Chantaburi people. - Namphu Local Market; the place where you will see all kinds of local products and shops. Then before returning to the hotel, visit The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located on the opposite site of Chantaburi River and is the largest and most beautiful cathedral in Thailand (built in 2254 B.E.) and re-constructed about 300 years ago by a Christian Vietnamese migrant. The Cathedral has been part of the Catholic community of the area for 300 years and is full with historical values of the community along Chanthaburi River. Also visit Wat Phai Lom, an ancient temple of the late Ayutthaya period. Inside the chapel, there is a mural painting portraying the story of Lord Buddha’s ten incarnations and the biggest Buddha image in the eastern region in a reclining position. Overnight at Maneechan Resort

Day 5 Chantaburi – Trad – Koh Chang (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning, depart for Koh Chang via Trad. Arrive Koh Chang and check-in at the hotel and rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Koh Chang Kacha Resort

Day 6 Koh Chang (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure for relaxation on the beach. Overnight at Koh Chang Kacha Resort

Day 7 Koh Chang – Departure (Had Lek Border / Bangkok) (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Check-out and transfer to Trad city or Trad Airport. (Optional Transfer to other destinations, such as hotel in Bangkok, Bangkok Airport, Had Lek Border, Pailin Border and Poipet Border, are available at extra charges)

REMARKS:
The below regulations for Swim with the dolphins activity are for the clients’ and dolphins’ safety:
1. Wear swimming suit or shorts with T-shirt without zip or any sharp or metal-made.
2. Do not bring any belonging into the water.
3. Nail trimming before getting into the water.
4. Take a shower and put on the life jacket before getting into the water. (no sun skin)
5. People with the following conditions are NOT allowed to swim : Asthma, Epilepsy, Heart diseases ,Tuberculosis, Cold, Leprosy, Convulsion, HIV, Conjunctivitis, Indigestion and any contagious diseases.
6. It is prohibited to take any alcolholic drinks, drugs and smoke before getting into the water.
7. Do not make noise and hurt dolphins.
8. Do not jump into the water. Diving is strictly prohibited.
9. Do not touch the head and the blow-hole of the dolphins.
10. Follow the instructions of the trainers.
Slight alterations to the itinerary are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions and room availability.

Tour price : £650
Single supplement : £100
Price is per person and based on a minimum of 2 pax travelling together 

Price includes :
• Accommodation with daily breakfast
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
• Transfers & sightseeings by private air-conditioned vehicles
• English speaking local guides
• Admission fees

Price excludes :
• All airfares and airport taxes.
• Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme.
• Optional tours
• Personal expenses such as drinks,laundry, tipping, etc
• Hotel early check-in and late check-out as well as high season surcharge and/or compulsory meals during festive seasons.

  
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THAILAND HIGHLIGHTS ( 6D/5N)

Code HIG
From Bangkok to the Northern Frontier with Laos & Myanmar Explore the cultural and natural highlights of Thailand on this tour from Bangkok up to the Golden Triangle. Travel by car or bus, boat and horse carriages to ancient temples, magnificent palaces and rural villages. From Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North” experience a night train back to Bangkok.

Day 1 Bangkok - Phitsanuloke (-/L/-)
Pick up from your hotel in Bangkok to Bang-Pa-In to visit the magnificent of Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace. Proceed to Ayutthaya; the old capital of Siamese Kingdom to admire the ancient ruins of Wat Panan Choeng, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and Wat Chai Wattanaram. Continue to Lopburi. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Lopburi. Afternoon, visit San Phra Karn (the Monkey Temple) and the Prang Sam Yod (the Three Spire Pagoda), the ancient Hindu Shrine in Khmer style architecture, a landmark of Lopburi Town. Leave Lopburi via the central plain of the kingdom for Phitsanulok. In late afternoon, arrival in Phitsanulok followed by a short visit of Wat Phra Sri Rattana Maha Dhat where houses the fine seated Buddha image “Phra Buddha Chinaraj”. Check in at hotel and time at leisure. Overnight at The Amarin Lagoon Hotel.

Day 2 Phitsanuloke - Lampang (B/L/-)
After breakfast, visit the private Ethnic & Folklore Museum at the house of Mr. Thavee Buranakhet (closed on Mondays). Transfer to Sukhothai to visit the Sukhothai Historical Park and its compound as well as Wat Sri Chum with its giant seated Buddha image. Depart Sukhothai via Sawankalok for Sri Satchanalai, a sister city of Sukhothai in the past, located by the Yom River. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afternoon Visit Sri Satchanalai Historical Park, a World Cultural Heritage, designated by UNESCO. Afterwards transfer to Lampang. In late afternoon, arrival in Lampang and followed by a horse carriage ride to visit Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao, one of the most revered Buddhist temples in town. Check in & time at leisure. Overnight at Wiang Lakor Hotel.

Day 3 Lampang – Chiang Rai (B/L/-)
After breakfast at the hotel, a short visit will be made to Baan Sao Nak, a Lanna-style wooden house with a lot of wooden pillars and Wat Chedi Sao with twenty cute pagodas. Depart Lampang for Phayao to visit Kwan Phayao, the largest Fresh Water Swamp in Thailand. Also visit Wat Sri Khom Kham, one of the finest Buddhist temples by the Phayao Lake with a large, massive Buddha image. Depart Phayao for Chiang Rai with an opportunity to visit a colourful pineapple plantation en-route. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Chiang Rai. Afternoon Enjoy a boat cruise on the Mae Kok River to visit the White Karen Hill tribe before checking in at the hotel. Overnight at Wiang Inn Hotel.

Day 4 Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai (B/L/-)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Mae Sai, the northernmost town in Thailand, bordering Myanmar. Enjoy strolling, shopping and bargaining at the local market of the town before leaving for the Golden Triangle. Visit the Golden Triangle, where the border of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar converge. Proceed to Chiang Saen to visit the 1st Ancient Empire of the “Tai Tribe” Kingdom by the Mae Khong River, as well as the Chiang Saen Museum and Wat Pa Sak. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afternoon Leave Chiang Saen for Chiang Mai via Chiang Rai and Wiang Pa Pao with an opportunity to visit the Hot Springs at Mae Kha Chan en-route. In the early evening, arrives in Chiang Mai and check-in at the hotel. Overnight at The Empress Hotel (Superior Room)

Day 5 Chiang Mai - Bangkok (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel Morning is at leisure Mid afternoon transfer to Chiang Mai Railway Station for boarding the 2nd Class air-conditioned Express Train (Sleeper Berth) to Bangkok. Overnight on train and arrive Bangkok early in the morning.

Day 6 Bangkok (-/-/-)
Arrival in Bangkok (no breakfast) in early morning. Transfer from Bangkok Station (Hua Lam Pong Railways Station) to your hotel in Bangkok.

Tour price : £565
Single supplement : £95
Price is per person and based on a minimum of 2 pax travelling together 

Price includes :
• Accommodation with daily breakfast
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
• Transfers & sightseeings by private air-conditioned vehicles with local English speaking guides
• Admission fees

Price excludes :
• All airfares and airport taxes.
• Accommodation in Bangkok
• Meals and services other than those mentioned in the programme.
• Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, tipping, etc
• Hotel early check-in and late check-out as well as high season surcharge and/or compulsory meals during festive seasons.