Thailand

Day 1 – 4

Depart Heathrow for Bangkok

Spend three nights at a good central hotel with a star rating of your choice.

Bangkok is like no other city in the world, a discovery for even the most seasoned of travellers. Ancient golden temples, mystical pagodas, saffron-robed monks, towering skyscrapers and bustling open air markets.

Don’t miss a visit to the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or a trip on the klongs (canals) and floating market. Dinner on an outside deck of a cruise on the Chao Phraya River is a relaxing way to see the city skyline and riverside activity.

Day 5

River Kwai tour

Bangkok/River Kwai: Early morning departure from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi province.
(approximately 2.5 hours). Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum and the moving war cemetery of
the Allied prisoners of World War II who perished building the railway. Continue to the world-famous Bridge
over the River Kwai before travelling 25 minutes by road and long-tailed boat on the River Kwai to your hotel.
After lunch take an exciting boat ride upstream to visit the nearby ethnic Mon Tribal Village.

1 night at the River Kwai Resotel on a full board basis.
Day 6

Kwai/Bangkok: This morning return downstream by boat and visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial. After
lunch at a local restaurant you will take a ride on the Death Railway Train passing over the original wooden
viaduct constructed by Allied POW’s. Afternoon departure for Bangkok.

Bangkok/Chiang Mai/Pai: Early morning one hour flight to Chiang Mai. Drive north through spectacular jungle-clad mountain scenery to Pai in the province of Mae Hong Son. Late afternoon visit to local temples and night market. (approx 160 miles/5 hours drive).

Day 8

Mae Hong Son: Depart Pai to visit Tham Plaa Fish Cave before visiting the hill temple in Mae Hong Son. After lunch, an unforgettable visit to see elephants in the jungle. Continue into the countryside by pick-up truck to the Long Neck Karens, a colourful hill tribe village where the woman wear numerous brass coils around their neck and legs. Return by long tailed speedboat along the River Pai before your journey back to Pai (approx 21/2 hours drive).

Day 9

Pai/Chiang Mai: Early morning drive to Chiang Dao Elephant Camp in an unspoiled setting. Stop at an orchid and butterfly farm in Mae Sa and after lunch drive to Chiang Mai. An afternoon at leisure followed by a traditional North Thailand evening of Khantoke dinner and folk dance (approx 156 miles/5 hours drive).

Day 10

Chiang Mai: A full day to explore, including sacred Wat Phrathat Temple at Doi Suthep. In the afternoon, see local craftsmen at work as you tour Chiang Mai’s thriving cottage industries.

Day 11

Chiang Mai/Golden Triangle: Drive north to Chiang Rai through splendid scenery, stopping at Mae Ka Chan a locally renowned hot spring. After lunch continue by ‘pick-up’ truck to the mountains of Doi Mae Salong to visit a remote Chinese settlement as well as Akha and Yao hill tribe villages (approx 158 miles/5 hours drive).

Day 12

Golden Triangle: Visit Mae Sai, a fascinating trading post, stop in the ruins of the 13th century city of Chiang Saen before continuing to the heart of the Golden Triangle.

Day 13

Golden Triangle/Bangkok: Return flight to Bangkok then on to Phuket for some time to relax on the beach or if you would prefer you can return to Heathrow.