13 DAYS ●
Thailand weaves an image of glittering temples, lush jungle, and golden sunshine, all entwined with a rich heritage that has remained staunchly unchanged for centuries. It is also fun-loving, friendly and exotic – discover both sides of Thailand on this tour of Bangkok and the northern highlands.
Discover the former splendour of this ancient capital
Cruise the mighty Mekong River where Thailand, Laos and Burma meet
Explore the striking Buddhist White Temple in Thailand's northernmost city
Come face to face with the local hill tribes
Our Thailand Highlights itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to the vibrant city of
Bangkok. Depending on your time
of arrival the rest of the day
is yours to start soaking up the
Bangkok is an exotic assault
on the senses, a whirlwind of
chaos, refinement and rewarding
sights. A city of many faces, go
from tranquil golden temples to
forests of gleaming skyscrapers
before experiencing authentic
Asia on bustling streets. Today’s
sightseeing includes Wat Pho and
the dazzling Grand Palace. Take
to the Chao Phraya River on a
longboat to get an alternative view
of the city as you travel to the Pak
Khlong Talaat Flower Market, then
stroll through Chinatown.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of
the Damnoen Saduak Floating
Market and the bizarre Railway
Track Market before heading out
of Bangkok to Kanchanaburi.
Stop at the famous bridge before
time to visit the Allied Cemetery
and War Museum.
Drive to Hellfire Pass and visit the
fascinating museum before a short
walk through the pass. Hop on
board an old locomotive to travel
along a section of the notorious
Death Railway passing through the
Kwai Gorge. Return to Bangkok in
the afternoon. This evening enjoy
a dinner accompanied by Thai
A scared city and former royal
capital, Ayutthaya today is a
crumbled kingdom that has
retained its bygone splendour.
Explore this impressive
archaeological site, touring the
principal sights including BangPa-In,
the former royal summer
residence. Return to Bangkok.
Fly to Chiang Rai, a city in
Thailand’s northern highlands.
Transfer to the area known as the
Golden Triangle – the point where
the borders of Thailand, Laos and
Burma meet and notorious for the
cultivation of opium that used to
take place here. Take a boat ride
on the Mekong over the border
into Laos and visit Don Sao Island
where you can take a leisurely
stroll through the local market.
Return to Chiang Rai. Explore the
night market this evening.
Travel to Mae Salong Mountain,
an area well known for its tea
plantations – you can sample
some of the local brew whilst
you are here. Enjoy a 'Yunnanese'
lunch before meeting the Yao
Tribe, taking a walk through an
Akha village, and visiting a
Explore the striking Buddhist White
Temple before departing Chiang
Rai. You will stop at a bustling
local market to purchase fresh,
local ingredients for this evening’s
dinner. Travel to the mountain
village of Mae Kampong where
you will immerse yourself in the
local culture by spending the night
with a family. Spend the afternoon
exploring the village and the
surrounding area before returning
to your host family for dinner.
Being involved in preparing the
evening meal is an excellent way to
get to know the Thai people and
their way of life.
Depart Mae Kampong for Chiang
Mai. Visit the ancient city of
Wiang Kum Kam and spend the
afternoon visiting Wat Chedi
Luang and Wat Phra Singh.
There’ll also be time to examine
the wares at a handicraft village.
Spend the day at the Chiang Dao
Elephant Camp where you can
meet the resident pachyderms.
Enjoy a relaxing float on a bamboo
raft down the Ping River. The rest
of your afternoon is at leisure.
After dinner, you have some
free time to wander through the
colourful night bazaar.
Discover the secrets of traditional
Thai cooking with a morning
cookery class. Ascend Wat Doi
Suthep, perched on top of Doi
Suthep Mountain. Then browse
the wares of Chiang Mai's
biggest market Talat Warorot.
This evening, sit down to a
Thai Kantoke dinner, and be
entertained by a selection of
Fly to the UK, arriving home the
same or following day.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
Furama Silom Bangkok is centrally located, close to the Patpong Night Market, and stylishly modern. The hotel's numerous facilities include a fully equipped gym, steam room, rooftop pool and rooftop restaurant which have fantastic views over the city. The accommodation is spacious with contemporary décor with Thai touches. Floor to ceiling windows keep it light and the en suite bathroom has a shower, bathrobe and slippers....Read more
This boutique resort set in beautiful natural surroundings outside of Kanchanaburi’s downtown, the Mida exudes a contemporary Thai-style. The stylish rooms are elegantly furnished with views of the tropical gardens – the en suite bathroom complete with bath and shower as well as a private outdoor shower. The restaurant has beautiful views over the river and there is a swimming pool plus pool bar. ...Read more
Excellently located right next to the famous night bazaar, the Duangtawan Hotel has a full range of facilities, from seven bars and restaurants, a swimming pool, fitness centre and spa. The spacious, light and airy rooms have city views and a bathroom with both a bath and shower. ...Read more
Just minutes from the famous night bazaar, the Laluna offers cosy Thai-style bungalows tucked amongst lush, tropical gardens. The lagoon-style pool, Jacuzzi, massage service and deck makes the friendly, relaxed atmosphere even more pronounced. The bungalows are spacious and simple with large beds and an en suite bathroom and views over the gardens. ...Read more
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
A visa is not required for visitors to Thailand.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Thailand is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
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