Thailand Highlights


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.

tour duration 14 Days from
tour price 2,190pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Bangkok (4N) - Kanchanaburi (1N) - Chiang Rai (2N) - Mae Kampong (1N) - Chiang Mai (3N) - Bangkok - UK

Tour Highlights

Travel along part of the infamous Death Railway
Discover the former splendour of the ancient capital of Ayutthaya
Cruise the mighty Mekong where Thailand, Laos and Burma meet
Explore the striking Buddhist White Temple in Chiang Rai
Come face to face with the local hill tribes in Mae Kampong
Learn the secrets behind Thai cuisine at a Thai Cooking Class

Days 1-2 Fly overnight to Bangkok.
Fly overnight to Bangkok.
Days 1-2 Fly overnight to Bangkok.
Day 3 Discover Bangkok
Sightseeing today includes a visit to Wat Pho and the Grand Palace with its colourful temples and golden stupas. You'll also enjoy a ride in a long tail boat along the Chao Phraya River to Pak Klong Talaat Flower market followed by a stroll through Chinatown.
Day 3 Discover Bangkok
Day 4 Bridge over the River Kwai
Visit the Damneon Saduak floating Market and the Railway Track Market before travelling to Wang Po to take a train ride on the Death Railway through the Kwai Gorge to Kanchanaburi. You'll stop at the Bridge over the River Kwai before visiting the Allies Cemetery and War Museum.
Day 4 Bridge over the River Kwai
Day 5 Explore Kanchanaburi
Drive to Hellfire Pass before hiking through the pass on a scenic 3km route. Return to Bangkok that afternoon.
Day 5 Explore Kanchanaburi
Day 6 Fly to Golden Triangle
Head to the Golden Triangle, the point where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Burma meet. Take a boat ride on the Mekong River and visit Done Sao Island where we stroll through the local market before continuing by road to Chiang Rai.
Day 7 Chiang Rai Hill Tribes
Travel to Mae Salong Mountain, which is renowned for its Hill Tribes and tea plantations. Later, stop at a tea plantation and walk through the village of Ban Lorcha.
Day 8 White Temple
Visit the exquisite White Temple and then head to the local market before continuing to the village of Mae Kampong for an overnight stay with a local family where you can assist in preparing the evening meal.
Day 9 Chiang Mai Wats
Rise early to take part in the alms ritual then head to Chiang Mai to visit Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam. You'll also visit a handicraft village.
Day 9 Chiang Mai Wats
Day 10 Explore Chiang Mai
Visit the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp and experience an elephant ride and gentle bamboo river rafting along the Mae Ping River. After dinner, wander through the colourful night market.
Day 10 Explore Chiang Mai
Day 11 Chiang Mai Cooking Class
Take part in a cooking class to learn the secrets of traditional Thai cooking. After lunch, visit the city's biggest market, Talat Warorod, for a stroll among the colourful stall. In the evening, enjoy a performance of ancient dances and songs from Northern Thailand.
Day 12 Discover Lampang
Travel to Lampang where we take a horse-cart ride around the Old Town. Visit Phra That Lampang Luang, Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao and a local market before returning to Chiang Mai.
Day 12 Discover Lampang
Days 13-14 Fly Chiang Mai to UK
Enjoy a free morning in Chiang Mai, before catching an overnight flight to the UK via Bangkok, arriving home the following day.
Days 13-14 Fly Chiang Mai to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

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 Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

11-Nov > 23-Nov - £2,290 £2,190 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1790 (Bangkok - Chiang Mai)
Single room from £260
Tipping paid locally US$60

10-Feb > 22-Feb - £2,390 BOOK NOW
10-Nov > 22-Nov - £2,390 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1790 (Bangkok - Chiang Mai)
Single room from £260
Tipping paid locally US$60

16-Feb > 28-Feb - £2,590 BOOK NOW
09-Nov > 21-Nov - £2,590 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1790 (Bangkok - Chiang Mai)
Single room from £260
Tipping paid locally US$60

Hua Hin Beach Stay - 4D/3N

Hua Hin Beach Stay - 4D/3N

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 270pp

A visa is not required for visitors to Thailand.

International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), 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. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. 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.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and China is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) 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 for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
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, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
all meals
entrance fees, guides and daily tours

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time and who are looking for a comprehensive tour of the main sights and cities in Thailand. This tour utilises the time to optimise your visit in each destination.

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