Travel 2 Touring 18/19

ASIA

LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

MYANMAR

1

2 Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai

2

LAOS

LAND NIGHTS STAYED

1

THAILAND

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

1

Kanchanaburi

2

3

Bangkok

LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

1

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Experience Bangkok at night by tuk tuk • Stay in a floating lodge on the River Kwai • Feed and bathe elephants at an ethical elephant camp LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

INDEPENDENT TOUR PRICES FROM £1759pp

Boutique Asia - 10 day Thailand Experience Bangkok • Kanchanaburi • River Kwai • Chiang Mai • Chiang Rai

LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

• Stay in specially selected boutique accommodation • Flexible touring options 1

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

FEATURED IN YOUR ITINERARY

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Day 1: Arrive Bangkok You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Ariyasom Villa (3 nights) Day 2: Bangkok Visit the Grand Palace, a must-see attraction in Bangkok and an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colourful mosaics. After the sun goes down join an eye-opening tour of Bangkok’s famed sights, often overlooked at night. Visit a selection of scrumptious street-side food stalls and sample some of the best. (B) Day 3: Bangkok The day is at leisure to explore or join one of the recommended optional tours. Option 1: Half-day Colours of Bangkok by bike – suitable for all levels of fitness. You will be amazed that a city of nearly 10 million people can have an oasis of calm so close to the central business district. Stop at a Buddhist temple, an open-air Muay Thai school and finish with a short boat trip. Option 2: Half-day Thai Cooking School – learn the secrets of Thai Cooking and enjoy a tasty Thai lunch Option 3: Full-day Ayutthaya by Cruise – visit the former capital containing UNESCO-listed temples and stupas. (B) Day 4: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi Transfer to Kanchanaburi province, where you will spend the following 2 nights at a floating lodge on the River Kwai. The day’s tour provides a fascinating insight into Thailand’s Second World War history. The infamous River Kwai Bridge and the beginning of the “Death Railway”. You’ll also visit the town’s famous JEATH War Museum and take a train ride along the historic railway tracks. (BLD) The Float House River Kwai (2 nights) Day 5: Kanchanaburi After breakfast, take a long–tailed boat downstream to Resotel Pier and continue on road to visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial. After lunch, the rest of your day is at leisure. (BLD)

Day 6: Kanchanaburi – Bangkok – Chiang Mai Transfer to Bangkok for your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon reaching your hotel, the rest of your day is at leisure to explore. You have an option to add on a Lanna Dinner Experience – Join a family at Lanna Village, experience their way of life and traditions and enjoy a home cooked meal. (B) Akyra Manor (2 nights) Day 7: Chiang Mai & Elephant Nature park A full-day visit to the Elephant Nature Park on a join in group tour, is a wonderful introduction to the Asian elephant in their unique natural habitat in Mae Rim near Chiang Mai. You will learn about the plight of these elephants and the personal stories of resident elephants while able to observe the incredible elephants from a viewing platform as they explore the park with their family groups. Highlights include the Transfer to Chiang Rai. On the way visit Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), very different to any of temple you are likely to see in Thailand. Upon Arrival the rest of your day is at leisure. (BL) The Legend Chiang Rai (2 nights) Day 9: Chiang Rai In the morning, visit Mae Salong, set high amid magnificent mountain scenery. The combination of pack horses, hill tribes (Akha, Lisu, Mien, and Hmong) and southern Chinese-style houses conjures up images of a small town in Yunnan Province China. Continue to The Hall of Opium museum (closed Mondays), giving a haunting insight into the history of the drug trade, both past and present. Then visit the Golden Triangle hillside vantage point for a superb view of the point where the mountains of Laos, Myanmar (Burma), and Thailand merge. The tour then heads to Mae Sai where there are numerous shopping opportunities to buy local handicrafts. (BL) Day 10: Depart from Chiang Rai You will have time at leisure until your transfer to Chiang Rai Airport. (B) interactive bath and feeding times. (BL) Day 8: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai

Accommodation is basic but why not stay overnight at the Elephant lodge for a more in- depth experience.

TOUR DETAILS

£1759 per person

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PRICES INCLUDE • 9 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 9 breakfast, 5 lunches, 2 dinners • Transfers on a private basis by air- conditioned vehicle • Service of English-speaking local guide for all included sightseeing and transfers • Private boat from/to resort in Kanchanaburi

DEPARTURES Daily

TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 2+

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 4 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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