Thailand Land of Smiles


As you explore Thailand, it isn’t hard to see why it’s known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ whether they are yours or those of the friendly locals. This wonderful private tour immerses you in Thailand’s rich and rewarding history as you travel from vibrant Bangkok up to the fascinating northern highlands.

tour duration 12 Days from
tour price 3,090pp
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Bangkok (2N) - Kanchanaburi (1N) - Ayutthaya 2N) - Phitsanulok (1N) - Lampang (1N) - Chiang Rai (1N) - Chiang Mai (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Discover the glittering Wat Phra Kaew and Grand Palace in Bangkok
Ride on the infamous Death Railway, constructed by Allied POWs.
Explore the impressive archaeological remains of the ancient capital of Ayutthaya
Lose yourself in the rich history of Lampang
Admire the glistening brightness of Chiang Mai’s White Temple
Ascend Wat Doi Suthep Mountain for spectacular vistas over Chiang Mai

Day 1-2 Fly to Bangkok
Fly overnight to the vibrant city of Bangkok. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 1-2 Fly to Bangkok
Day 3 Explore Bangkok
Bangkok is an exotic assault on the senses. This morning embark on a city tour that includes an exploration of the dazzling Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and the adjacent Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha. The afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Day 3 Explore Bangkok
Day 4 Kwai River
Transfer to Kanchanaburi. Visit the Thailand - Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum dedicated to the history of the notorious Death Railway. Take a moment to reflect at the Allied War Cemetery and see the famous Bridge over the River Kwai. The rest of the day is free. (B)
Day 4 Kwai River
Day 5 Ride the Death Railway
Hop on board an old locomotive to ride the Death Railway, passing over the wooden viaduct constructed by Allied POWs. Depart Kanchanaburi for Ayutthaya. (B)
Day 5 Ride the Death Railway
Day 6 Explore Ayutthaya
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. (B,L)
Day 6 Explore Ayutthaya
Day 7 Lopburi
Depart Ayutthaya for Wat Phra Buddha Badh. Travel on to the city of Lopburi. An administrative centre for four empires, this historic town is an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Continue to Pitsanulok. (B,L)
Day 7 Lopburi
Day 8 Sukhothai
View Phitsanulok’s Wat Maha Dhat before departing for Sukhothai where you can explore the ruins of the ancient first capital. Journey on to admire the Wats of Sri Satchanalai, the northern outpost of the kingdom of Sukhothai, before reaching today’s final destination, Lampang. (B,L)
Day 8 Sukhothai
Day 9 Lampang
An old city rich in history, explore Lampang’s famous Emerald Buddha at Phra Dhat Lampang Luang before departing for Chiang Rai. On arrival in Chiang Rai, visit the striking White Temple. (B,L)
Day 9 Lampang
Day 10 Ban Lorcha hill tribe village
Begin the day with a walk through Ban Lorcha, an Akha hill tribe village, and visit the community centre. Transfer to Chiang Mai. This evening you can enjoy a wander through the buzzing night bazaar in search of bargains. (B,L)
Day 10 Ban Lorcha hill tribe village
Day 11 Discover Chiang Mai
Ascend Doi Suthep Mountain to visit Wat Doi Suthep that perches at its summit. There are fantastic views over Chiang Mai from this towering vantage point. After descending, head out into the countryside to visit an elephant camp and orchid farm. This afternoon, back in Chiang Mai, visit a famous Thai wood carving factory. (B,L)
Day 11 Discover Chiang Mai
Day 12 Onward journey
Transfer to Chiang Mai airport to travel to your onward destination – be it home to the UK or on one of our excellent extensions. (B)
Day 12 Onward journey

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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.

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Additional Price Information:

Tour departs any day subject to availability
3* and 4* hotels used
Upgrade to 4* hotels from £2,890
Upgrad to 5* hotels from £3,190
Single room option from £290
Land only from £2,100 (Bangkok - Bangkok)

Hua Hin Beach Stay - 4D/3N

Hua Hin Beach Stay - 4D/3N

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 270pp
Koh Lanta Beach Stay - 4D/3N

Koh Lanta Beach Stay - 4D/3N

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 460pp

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

International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
all accommodation
Meals as stated
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Excludes tipping

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with a reasonable amount of time and who are looking to do a private tour of Thailand’s most iconic sights and historical cities. This tour relies heavily on land travel which allows you to really experience the Thai countryside. This is a private tour so some dining options will be organised by yourself independently, allowing you to further immerse into the culture.

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