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Treasures of Thailand

10 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

The temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok give way to the ancient traditions of Chiang Mai on this in-depth trip.

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About this trip

The temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok give way to the lush forests of Kanchanaburi and ancient traditions of Chiang Mai, on this in-depth exploration of Thailand.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… observing local people making traditional bamboo furniture and handicrafts, before a delicious meal with the chief of Ban Mae Kampong village. Or easing out the stresses, with a massage at ancient Wat Pho temple.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: CSOT

9 Nights

accommodation

17 Meals
  • 9 buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 lunches (including Be My Guest).

  • 3 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Bangkok and village tour of Ban Mae Kampong

    • Visit Wat Pho Temple, the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak floating market and the Hall of Opium

    • Cruise along  the Mekong River

    • View the Golden Triangle where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos converge

    • See the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 3 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Treasures of Thailand

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Bangkok (4 Nights)

Day 2

Bangkok Sightseeing - Free Time

Day 3

Bangkok Sightseeing

Day 4

Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Bangkok

Day 5

Bangkok – Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle (2 Nights)

Day 6

Golden Triangle and Laos

Day 7

Golden Triangle - Chiang Mai (3 Nights)

Day 8

Chiang Mai - Ban Mae Kampong

Day 9

Chiang Mai Free Time

Day 10

Depart Chiang Mai

Day 1

Arrive Bangkok (4 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Bangkok (4 Nights)

Welcome to Bangkok. Transfer to your centrally located riverside hotel and relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetisers.

Hotel

Royal Orchid Sheraton

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Royal Orchid Sheraton

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Bangkok Sightseeing - Free Time Day 2 - Bangkok Sightseeing - Free Time

For the early risers, start your day with a visit to Lumpini Park to join the locals and learn the basic principles of T'ai Chi, a Cultural Insight. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely start to the day before joining your fellow travellers on your city tour starting with a visit to Bangkok's most well-known fruit and flower market, Pak Klong Talad. Next visit the Grand Palace, which served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid 20th century. The most famous building in the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Enjoy some free time this afternoon and evening to relax or take part in an Optional Experience.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Bangkok Sightseeing Day 3 - Bangkok Sightseeing

Make an early start this morning to visit the famous floating fruit and vegetable market at Damnoen Saduak and arrive there before the crowds. The colourfully clad merchants at this lively market paddle along the congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. En route make a short stop at a coconut palm sugar plantation and discover how the farmer extracts the sap from the palm trees to eventually be turned into sugar, a Cultural Insight. Returning to Bangkok visit Wat Pho, Bangkok's oldest temple, which features the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. Wat Pho is also famous for Thailand's first University, and is a centre for traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a Thai massage, a Cultural Insight, in the grounds of the temple. Later take a ferry across the Chao Phraya river to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and its impressive ceramic covered Pagoda.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 3

Day 4

Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Bangkok Day 4 - Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Bangkok

Travel to Kanchanaburi for a visit to the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum; a facility dedicated to presenting the history of the famous railway line built during the Second World War by the Imperial Japanese army using Allied prisoners of war alongside Asian labourers. Visit the War Cemetery, the final resting place for over 6,000 Allied prisoners, before reaching the world famous Bridge over the River Kwai. After lunch at a local restaurant, board the local train, a Cultural Insight, for a thrilling ride across wooden viaducts offering fantastic scenery along the Kwai River. Later travel back to Bangkok, where the evening is yours to relax.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 4

Day 5

Bangkok – Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle (2 Nights) Day 5 - Bangkok – Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle (2 Nights)

After breakfast at your hotel head to the airport for your flight to Chiang Rai. On arrival visit an Ahka village to see the local people wearing their bright colourful headdresses. Continue to Doi Tung, a pilgrimage site for Thai, Shan and Chinese Buddhists and once a cultivating site for opium, for a visit to the Royal Development Project. The late Princess Mother of Thailand initiated this project to help the struggling local people to educate and empower themselves to be economically self-reliant. Continue to your hotel in the Golden Triangle for dinner and your overnight stay.

Hotel

Imperial Golden Triangle Resort

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Imperial Golden Triangle Resort

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Golden Triangle and Laos Day 6 - Golden Triangle and Laos

Today drive to Chiang Saen, the former capital of the first Thai Lanna Kingdom. Transfer to a boat and cruise along the Mekong River towards the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. Stop in Laos and visit the Don Sao Island Markets, which have an abundance of local handicrafts. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Hall of Opium, situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle, providing an excellent Cultural Insight into the opium trade so prevalent in this area in the past century. Later return to your hotel in the Golden Triangle for an evening at leisure.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 6

Day 7

Golden Triangle - Chiang Mai (3 Nights) Day 7 - Golden Triangle - Chiang Mai (3 Nights)

Depart early this morning with a brief stop at the unique white temple of Wat Rong Khun. Proceed to Chiang Mai, which has a rich cultural and agricultural heritage, and is famous for the production of high-quality handicrafts. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the handicraft villages in Sankamphaeng before continuing to Wat Doi Suthep. The temple is located near the top of Doi Suthep (Mt. Suthep) and was built as a Buddhist monastery in 1383. This evening perhaps take part in an Optional Experience or simply relax at your hotel.

Hotel

De Naga Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Hotel

De Naga Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 7

Day 8

Chiang Mai - Ban Mae Kampong Day 8 - Chiang Mai - Ban Mae Kampong

Today depart in small vehicles to visit a local school before continuing on to Ban Mae Kampong village, which is 1,300 metres above sea level. On arrival meet the village chief, or a member of his family, who will talk about the culture and way of life on these remote settlements before joining the family for a Be My Guest lunch. After lunch, take a village tour to observe the making of local hats, bamboo furniture, handicrafts, herbal products and the process of fermenting old tea leaves, a Cultural Insight. See the Mae Kampong temple and waterfall before transferring back to Chiang Mai for a free evening.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 8

Day 9

Chiang Mai Free Time Day 9 - Chiang Mai Free Time

Enjoy a day at leisure or choose to join an Optional Experience. This evening enjoy a delightful Farewell Dinner with your fellow companions and Travel Director at a local restaurant.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Chiang Mai Day 10 - Depart Chiang Mai

Transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport for your onward flight

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

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    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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    Primary school visit, Chiang Mai You'll discover how the school helps integrate local children with those of the Hmong and Lahu hill tribes. Your visit also helps provide essential supplies.

  • Be My Guest
    Experience warm Northern Thai hospitality at Ban Mae Kampong.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit a coconut palm sugar plantation, ride a train on the bridge over the River Kwai, visit the Hall of Opium, learn T'ai Chi, enjoy a Thai massage.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    De Naga Hotel Chiang Mai: Perfectly positioned in Chiang Mai's Old Town, the De Naga Hotel Authentic Accommodation is an excellent illustration of the exotic Lanna style of Architecture. Hidden in the design are displays of the magnificent Phaya Naga Serpentine, the symbol of strength, opulence and eternal life.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Bangkok and village tour of Ban Mae Kampong

    • Visit Wat Pho Temple, the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak floating market and the Hall of Opium

    • Cruise along  the Mekong River

    • View the Golden Triangle where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos converge

    • See the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 3 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 4 Reviews

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    good hotel, great guide

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    Service:

    I thought my travel director was a fantastic guide, but it was hard to understand him and I know I missed a lot of his knowledge. He did go out of his way for us. I feel spending four days in Bangkok was way too long.

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    Service rating : Trafalgar did an excellent job. Especially outstanding was our guide, Anu, in Thailand. He was extremely knowledgeable and energetic. He always made sure that everyone went above and beyond. However, as much as we enjoyed Anu, we were severely disappointed in the Cambodian

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    Service rating : Our tour director was wonderful and the itinerary well-planned. An extra nice touch was Trafalgar taking care of airport transfers.Product : Thailand was a great visit and the extension to Angkor Wat in Cambodia the highlight of the trip.

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