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Spoons traditional cooking classes, Elephant Camp - where you can see the animals bathing and even go trekking with them through forests - or a guided tour of the area with a private car and driver. Overnight in Chiang Rai. DAY 7: CHIANG MAI Today, depart for Chiang Mai. Visit the sacred Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which is found near the top of Mount Suthep and is still a working monastery. Experience a private blessing and see the chanting monks before continuing on to Waroros Market - featuring food and flower stalls. Try Thai sweets and buy some souvenirs before your overnight stay in Chiang Mai. DAY 8: VILLAGE VISIT IN HANG DONG DISTRICT Head to the countryside on the outskirts of Chiang Mai in the Hang Dong district and meet a local family. Spend today experiencing the customs and traditions of the family and learn about local crafts, cuisine and architecture. Explore the area before enjoying a freshly-cooked meal. Later, return to your hotel for free time. DAY 9-12: KOH YAO NOI Transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport for your flight to Phuket. Transfer to Koh Yao Noi and check-in at your hotel on this laid- back island. Found in Phang Nga Bay, you have the beauty and relaxation of Phuket without the crowds. Enjoy hiking, kayaking and snorkelling at the beach, or explore the area with a motorbike or tuk-tuk ride to see buffalos, mangroves, wooden houses, and rubber plantations. Relax with a spa treatment or unwind with a drink from one of the beach huts and cafés.

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN BANGKOK On arrival in Bangkok, enjoy a VIP meet-and- greet service - where you bypass queues at the immigration counter - before you’re taken to a limousine for your hotel transfer. After check-in, spend time exploring the area. Later, you’re picked up and driven to Asiatique The Riverfront to see Muay Thai Live - a show featuring Thai culture and martial art. Try local street food and look around the night bazaar before returning to your hotel. DAY 2: BANGKOK Visit Wat Pho and see the famous Reclining Buddha. Continue to Temple of the Emerald Buddha, before viewing Grand Palace and having lunch near Amulet Market. Ride a rickshaw to Wat Saket, climb the Golden Mount, and look at south-east Asian antiques in Jim Thompson House. Return to your hotel by taxi or BTS Skytrain. DAY 3: KANCHANABURI After breakfast, head to Kanchanaburi. This is a famous tourist spot mainly because of its Death Railway - memorialised in the film “The Bridge on the River Kwai” - and fascinating Thailand-Burma Railway Museum. Then, travel across jungles and rivers as you wind around mountains on a scenic train journey before lunch at a local restaurant. Go to your hotel in the Kanchanaburi province and enjoy the natural landscape before your overnight stay. DAY 4: KANCHANABURI TO BANGKOK Have breakfast before visiting Hellfire Pass, which is a part of Death Railway that was especially difficult to build due to harsh conditions. This site truly highlights the danger involved in the railway’s construction. Return to Bangkok for dinner and your final overnight stay in the capital city. DAY 5: CHIANG RAI Today, fly to Chiang Rai. Based in the Golden Triangle region, Chiang Rai gives you the opportunity to see where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet. View the stunning White Temple - a modern art exhibit that glistens in the sun - and visit House of Opium Museum. Enjoy tasty dishes of curry, spiced chicken, and rice noodles for lunch and dinner before your overnight stay. DAY 6: GOLDEN TRIANGLE Choose from a selection of excursions to experience the remarkable Golden Triangle area, including: spa packages, Spice

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Highlights

• Watch live martial arts and sample authentic Thai street food in Bangkok • View decorated Buddha statues and wander through the capital city’s lavish Grand Palace complex • Explore the infamous Death Railway of Kanchanaburi - featured in the film “The Bridge on the River Kwai” • Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep near the top of Mount Suthep and experience a private monk blessing • Enjoy snorkelling, kayaking and spa sessions on the paradise-island of Koh Yao Noi • Enjoy 4* and 5* accommodation throughout

What’s included

National and regional flights

Flexible durations Fully escorted transfers

DAY 13: DEPART FROM PHUKET End your tour with a transfer to Phuket International Airport for your flight home.

Why not add... + Extra night from £32pp + Phuket Half-day Safari from £63pp

Guide price Flights, escorted transfers and 12 nights with selected meals from £3,699

Koh Yao Noi

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