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Treasures of Thailand with Phuket

14 Days 1 Country 6 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

      A journey from the colourful streets of Bangkok to the sacred spaces of Chiang Mai. You'll visit the terracotta-coloured ancient ruins of Ayutthaya and enjoy a northern Thai-style lunch with a family in their wooden stilt house.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: CSOP

      13 Nights

      accommodation

      27 Meals
      • 13 buffet breakfasts

      • 9 lunches (including Be my Guest)

      • 5 dinners

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      Highlights

      What's Included

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        • CITY TOUR of Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket Town

        • VISIT the Grand Palace, the temples of Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho in Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak floating market, the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai Heritage Park, Baan Chinpracha and the Thai Hua Museum

        • SEE the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 13 buffet breakfasts

        • 9 lunches
          (including Be my Guest)

        • 5 dinners


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • Handcrafted Highlights


        Airport Transfers

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


      1. ARRIVE BANGKOK (3 NIGHTS)

      Say sawadee ka to the land of smiles, starting your Thai adventure in Bangkok. Transfer to your hotel where this evening, we meet our Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetisers.

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Hotel
      Shangri-La

      2. BANGKOK SIGHTSEEING

      Rise early and join the locals for a graceful T'ai Chi practice in Lumpini Park to kick-start your day. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely start before joining your fellow travellers on a City Tour, which begins with a visit to Bangkok's Grand Palace, where you'll visit the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. See the largest-reclining Buddha in Thailand in Bangkok's oldest temple, Wat Pho, and enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the temple's massage centre. Return to your hotel by express river boat, cruising down the Chao Praya past beautiful Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Lunch

      3. BANGKOK

      Immerse your senses in the five flavours of Thai as you join a 'Local Specialist' for a traditional cooking class in a colonial-style house. Visit a local market nearby to source the freshest ingredients that reveal the sweet, sour, salty, bitter and hot flavours of Thai cuisine. Sample the results later, then spend the afternoon exploring the City of Angels on your terms, or consider joining an Optional Experience to Jim Thompson's House, home to an impressive collection of Asian art.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Lunch

      Optional Experiences

      Dinner Cruise on The Loy Nava (with drinks)

      Experience Bangkok at its best while cruising along the historic Chao Phraya River, aboard the "Loy Nava", a 40-year-old antique rice barge which was entirely re-built and beautifully restored to its former glory. On board, you will be welcomed by traditionally dressed hostesses with a rose water sprinkling ceremony. With traditional Kim music playing in the background savour Thailand’s finest regional specialties, whilst passing some of Bangkok’s most famous cultural and majestic landmarks. Price includes dinner, tea/coffee, four alcoholic drinks and bottled water. The price shown is in Thai Bhat.

      Adult Price: ฿2650.00

      Dinner Cruise on The Loy Nava (without drinks)

      Experience Bangkok at its best while cruising along the historic Chao Phraya River, aboard the "Loy Nava", a 40-year-old antique rice barge which was entirely re-built and beautifully restored to its former glory. On board, you will be welcomed by traditionally dressed hostesses with a rose water sprinkling ceremony. With traditional Kim music playing in the background savour Thailand’s finest regional specialties, whilst passing some of Bangkok’s most famous cultural and majestic landmarks. Price includes dinner, tea/coffee and bottled water. The price shown is in Thai Bhat.

      Adult Price: ฿1800.00

      Jim Thompson House

      Jim Thompson House is one of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture and houses a breath-taking collection of Southeast Asian art. Jim Thompson, born in Delaware in 1906, fell in love with Thailand while posted as an intelligence agent in Bangkok during WWII. He later made it his permanent home and started a business supplying fine Thai silk to overseas fashion houses, single-handedly saving what had been a dying cottage industry. His silk company continues to flourish today. With the proceeds of his success, Thompson collected an impressive range of art works, and sections of teak houses, assembling them into a museum complex set in a lush garden alongside central Bangkok’s Saen Saep Canal. The main house is full of tastefully displayed Asian art and curios including Buddha images, paintings, ceramics and antique furniture. The living areas have been preserved as they were when Thompson lived there before his mysterious disappearance. There is also a Thai restaurant and bar plus, a sizeable boutique selling quality silk items, books and prints. The price shown is in Thai Bhat.

      Adult Price: ฿1350.00

      Walking Tour Talad Noi

      Discover Chinatown's most characterful lanes in the Talad Noi area; a short walk from the hotel. The area is home to some interesting street art and is very much the ‘Real Bangkok’ which many visitors don’t get the opportunity to discover. Walk past centuries-old shop houses and some impressive buildings including Sol Heng Tai; a Chinese mansion that is over 200 years old. Talad Noi’s narrow streets aren’t clogged up with traffic which makes it the perfect place for a walking tour. Sneak a peek inside locals' homes and see the unique sight of recycled engine parts piled up on the side of the road, ready to be converted into longtail boat engines for the nearby Chao Phraya river. The walking tour finishes with a drink in a hidden away local rooftop bar with magnificent views of the river. Enjoy a drink whilst watching boats pass by as the sun sets over Bangkok. Later jump on board a tuk tuk to see the bright lights of Chinatown before being dropped off back at the hotel. The price shown is in Thai Bhat.

      Adult Price: ฿1275.00

      4. BANGKOK - DAMNOEN SADUAK - KANCHANABURI (2 NIGHTS)

      A riot of colours greets us this morning as we embark on a visit to the famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak. Connect with the friendly merchants who paddle along the congested canals in their sturdy canoes, laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. En route, we'll 'Dive Into Culture', stopping at a coconut palm sugar plantation where we'll discover how the farmer extracts the sap from his palm trees to create palm sugar. After lunch in a local restaurant, we'll visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, revealing insights into the history of the infamous railway line built during WWII by the Imperial Japanese army. Our final stop today sees us pay tribute to the thousands of allied prisoners of war who were laid to rest at the War Cemetery.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Lunch
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Away Kanchanaburi Dheva Mantra Resort and Spa

      5. KANCHANABURI SIGHTSEEING

      This morning, we visit Hellfire Pass, a section of the Thailand-Burma "Death Railway", so named for the tortuous conditions that prisoners of war endured during WWII to build it. After lunch, we embark on a thrilling train ride across wooden viaducts, skirting the winding waters of the Kwai River. We'll disembark and see the wooden viaducts first-hand walking across one. This evening, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Lunch
      Regional Dinner

      6. KANCHANABURI - AYUTTHAYA - SUKHOTHAI (2 NIGHTS)

      After breakfast, we travel to the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, once the second-most important ancient capital of Old Siam and the largest city in the world. Here, we'll delve into the trading heritage of a mighty city that was all but raised to the ground by an 18th century Burmese invasion. We'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then return to Bangkok for our flight to Sukhothai, Thailand's first capital.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Lunch
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort and Spa

      7. SUKHOTHAI SIGHTSEEING

      Gain insights into a powerful kingdom that enjoyed its golden age during the 13th and 14th centuries and shaped modern Thailand as we know it today. Start the day with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Sukhothai Historical Park which reveals thousands of years of history and a 15-metre seated Buddha secreted within its walls. Your choice of exploring will see you engage with the historic complex by bicycle or on the internal tram. This afternoon, visit the home of a local family and learn how to make amulets which are thought to protect the owner from harm.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Lunch

      8. SUKHOTHAI - CHIANG MAI (3 NIGHTS)

      Our day begins with a visit to the village of Natonchan, where we 'Make A Difference' with our visit by supporting the community's eco-tourism project. We'll interact with the locals and meet one of the villagers to learn about 'gymnastic doll' making and the villagers' traditional cotton clothes which are soaked in mud to protect them from fading. We continue north, enjoying lunch en route and make a brief visit to the 'Friends of the Asian Elephant' Hospital, a foundation that cares for wounded elephants. Arriving in Chiang Mai, we enjoy an evening walk with our Travel Director and visit the colourful Sunday market. Our hotel tonight is located in the old town of Chiang Mai.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Lunch
      Hotel
      The Rim Resort

      9. CHIANG MAI SIGHTSEEING

      Admire the delicate hand-painted fans and colourful paper umbrellas that are famously crafted in Chiang Mai's Sankamphaeng district and meet the children and teachers at a local school to which Trafalgar will donate much-needed supplies. We continue to a small village nearby where we'll 'Connect with Locals', joining a family in their typical stilt house for a northern Thai-style 'Be My Guest' lunch. Next is a visit to Wat Suan Dok where we'll meet a local monk and learn about Buddhism, against the backdrop of the temple's magnificent golden chedi.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Be My Guest

      10. CHIANG MAI

      Your morning is free to spend as you please or consider joining an Optional Experience to the Ban Tong Luang Hilltribe Village. Later, we visit Wat Doi Suthep, one of Thailand's most sacred temples. As the sun sets over this mystical temple, listen quietly to the tranquil sounds of the monks chanting. This evening, we join fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a traditional Thai restaurant located next to the river.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Hill Tribe Village Experience

      Head to the north of Chiang Mai to visit Baan Tong Luang Village, an ecological Paduang village situated in a beautiful valley and home to Long Neck Karen hill tribe from Myanmar. The women wear heavy copper neck rings as a ritual starting from when they are 5 or 6 years of age. Other hill tribes such as Lahu, Hmong and White Karen can also be seen in the village in their traditional costumes. The price shown is in Thai Bhat.

      Adult Price: ฿2015.00

      11. CHIANG MAI - PHUKET (3 NIGHTS)

      We leave Chiang Mai bound for Phuket, Thailand's largest island. On arrival, we'll check into our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Hotel
      Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

      12. PHUKET SIGHTSEEING

      There's more to Phuket than its glorious beaches and dazzling nightlife. The island is a captivating fusion of Thai, Chinese, Indian, Arabic and even Portuguese influences, which you'll have an opportunity to encounter first-hand during your walking tour of Phuket Town with a 'Local Specialist'. Visit the early morning fresh food market, rubbing shoulders with the locals who stop by daily to shop and enjoy a quick breakfast. Continue to the amulet market and learn how these metal charms are worn to protect the wearer from harm or bring good luck. Discover the trading history of the island, admiring the beautifully restored shop-houses along your route. You'll visit the beautiful Sino-Portuguese-style colonial mansion of Baan Chinpracha and the Thai Hua Museum, which reveals the history of Phuket, before sampling some of the region's local snacks in a restored coffee house. The walking tour ends with lunch in one of Phuket Town's restaurants where you'll have the opportunity to sample local flavours after which you'll return to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Lunch

      13. PHUKET FREE DAY

      Enjoy a full day to indulge in whatever your heart delights. Take advantage of your tropical surroundings and spend the day relaxing at your beachfront hotel or consider joining one of our Optional Experiences. You could, for example, try your hand at making some classic Thai dishes during a cooking class on Koh Yao Noi island, with time afterwards relaxing on its beaches. Alternatively opt to take a cruise to Phang Nga Bay and spend the day on board a traditional junk style schooner boat sailing around the archipelago, swimming in crystal clear waters and enjoying the dramatic beauty of the islands as they pass you by.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      14. DEPART PHUKET

      Your captivating encounter with Thailand at its end, take a transfer to Phuket International Airport for your onward flight.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
        Join the Saiwangjit family who live in a wooden Thai stilt house for a traditional northern Thai-style meal. (Day 9)

      • STAYS WITH STORIES
        Relax at your charming hotel with its exotic Lanna-Burmese style architecture, perfectly positioned near the Pratu Suan Dok Gate in Chiang Mai's Old Town. (Day 8)

      • DIVE INTO CULTURE
        Visit an early morning food market. (Day 12)

      • MAKE A DIFFERENCE
        Visit the village of Natonchan and the`Friends of the Asian Elephants', a Thai registered foundation looking after the welfare of elephants throughout Thailand (Day 8). Visit a local primary school (Day 9).

      • LOCAL SPECIALIST
        in Phuket Town for Walking Tour. (Day 12)

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        • CITY TOUR of Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket Town

        • VISIT the Grand Palace, the temples of Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho in Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak floating market, the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai Heritage Park, Baan Chinpracha and the Thai Hua Museum

        • SEE the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 13 buffet breakfasts

        • 9 lunches
          (including Be my Guest)

        • 5 dinners


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • Handcrafted Highlights


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