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Classic Thailand featuring Koh Samui

Duration
10 Days
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US$ 1,173

A combination of three totally different aspects of Thailand – lively Bangkok with its Grand Palace and temples, Chiang Mai with its quiet charm and scenery and Ko Samui, a charming beach resort.


Thailand is often called the land of smiles and rightly so. The people will make an impression on you with their gentleness and polite, respectful approach. Perhaps this involves the major religion here, Buddhism which is all pervasive. However, besides the people, the visitor can enjoy a wide variety of experiences.

It might be helpful to consider Thailand as having 3 distinctly different areas of interest, namely Bangkok, Northern Thailand and the Southern beaches.

Bangkok, the Thai capital since 1782, is a national treasure with its Buddhist temples, palaces, floating markets on small canals, legendary nightlife and abundant shopping opportunities. It offers visitors the opportunity to experience fascinating glimpses of Thailand's gentle culture amid the bustle of a great and diverse metropolis. This dynamic city has successfully combined the ancient and modern worlds. Bangkok, the Thai capital since 1782, is a national treasure with its Buddhist temples, palaces, floating markets on small canals, legendary nightlife and abundant shopping opportunities. It offers visitors the opportunity to experience fascinating glimpses of Thailand's gentle culture amid the bustle of a great and diverse metropolis. This dynamic city has successfully combined the ancient and modern worlds.

Your stay begins with a visit to the renowned Grand Palace, the former residence of Thai kings. In this complex, you will be able to relive the splendour and pageantry of the past. A highlight will be the impressive Emerald Buddha. After this, continue to Wat Po, one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok where the large Reclining Buddha is housed. In the evening, you will have an enjoyable cruise on the Chao Phraya River which traverses the city with spectacular sights to be experienced on both banks including the Temple of Dawn, the Grand Palace and many other interesting landmarks. During the cruise, Thai delicacies will be served. 

The following morning, head outside the city to Damnoen Saduak to see the colourful floating market where the customers travel in their boats to the merchants who are lined up on the sides of the canals selling their wares. Also visit the tallest Buddha pagoda in the world, the Phra Pathom Chedi. After lunch at the nearby Rose Garden, you will be entertained by a Thai cultural show including music, singing and the martial arts. Return later back to Bangkok.

Chiang Mai is the principal city in the north surrounded by the highest mountains in the country and here the atmosphere is much more serene than Bangkok. It has a wall surrounding the old part of the city and also has over 300 temples. Chiang Mai, "The Rose of the North", is famous for its history, culture, ancient temples, lush hills, shopping and fascinating tribal people.

During your stay, visit the Wat Chiang Man Temple, the oldest in the city built in the 13th Century with its two statues of Buddha, one of which is made of crystal, the Wat Phra Singh, built in Northern Thai classical style with its exquisite wood carvings and the Wat Chedi Luang with its Lama style chedi (a conical shaped stupa). The last temple to be visited is the Wat Suan Dok built in the 14th Century and one of the most famous for Monk studies. After this, head to the Varoros Market, the expansive market where you can buy almost anything. The afternoon is free to explore further, shop etc.

The next morning, travel outside the city to Doi Suthep, a temple built on top of a mountain with amazing views of the surrounding countryside and even Chiang Mai in the distance. After this, visit a hill tribe village and meet the Hmong tribe close up with their colourful ethnic outfits and special way of life.

Fly the next day to the south of Thailand to the beach resort of Ko Samui, your home for the next 3 nights. Ko Samui is the third largest island in Thailand measuring 25 kilometres/15 miles long by 21 kilometres/13 miles wide. It is an island of natural beauty offering white sand, coral reefs and many coconut palms. There are several beach areas from which to choose. The best known are Chaweng (most developed with good nightlife), Lamai (similar to Chaweng), Bophut (laid-back with its colourful fisher’s village) and Mae Nam (scenically beautiful).

The day after arrival, travel by boat to AngThonNational Parknorth west of Ko Samui It is a marine park consisting of 40 plus islands all different in size and shape of which only two are inhabited. Experience caves, hidden lagoons, steep limestone cliffs and white sand beaches. Arrive on the main island of Wau Ta Lab where your time is your own to explore, swim, snorkel or just relax. After lunch on board, head to Mae Ko Island which is stunningly beautiful.

The following day is totally at leisure to explore, swim, relax or go shopping as you wish.

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,173

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Day 1

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok Hotel With Guide

Duration90 Minutes

Nouvo City Hotel

Nouvo City Hotel is a modern boutique hotel located near Khao San Road, within walking distance of many of Bangkok's attractions. Facilities include a fitness centre, swimming pool, steam room, spa, pool bar and the Sara Restaurant.

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Nouvo City Hotel

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    Nouvo City Hotel



    Nouvo City Hotel is a modern boutique hotel located near Khao San Road, within walking distance of many of Bangkok's attractions. Facilities include a fitness centre, swimming pool, steam room, spa, pool bar and the Sara Restaurant.

    Nouvo City Hotel is a modern boutique hotel located near Khao San Road, within walking distance of many of Bangkok's attractions. Facilities include a fitness centre, swimming pool, steam room, spa, pool bar and the Sara Restaurant.

    Facilities

    • Fitness Centre
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Pool bar
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Steam Room
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Half Day Grand Palace and Temple Tour

Today you will visit the famous Grand Palace, Chakri Maha Prasad, one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Thai court. The palace was the former residence of the Thai kings. There are several things here to admire, including the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Funeral Hall, and the beautiful Temple of the Emerald Buddha, also known as "Wat Phra Kaew". You can easily visualize the splendour and pageantry of the past.

Later, you will proceed to Wat Po, home of the enormous Reclining Buddha and one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok.

Please note that modest dress is expected on this tour.

Duration4 Hours

Manohra Dinner Cruise

You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Pier to join the Manohra Rice Barge Dinner Cruise, a romantic and unique culture experience. The cruise sets sail at 7:30PM. Cruising along the Chao Phraya River on this elegant, restored wooden rice barge, you will be introduced to Bangkok by night. It's a spectacular and memorable experience as Thai culinary delicacies are served as you glide down The River of Kings. Manohra can accommodate a maximum of 70 guest diners and en route you will pass the famous Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), the magnificent Grand Palace, The Royal Barge Boathouse, and numerous other temples and fascinating landmarks. A delicious Thai set Dinner (Gold Menu) is included and features delicacies such as Thai dumplings, prawn skewers, spicy soups, regional curries, stir fries, fresh seafood, and a traditional Thai dessert. The cruise concludes at 10:00PM and you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Full Day Floating Market and Sampran Riverside with lunch

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, starting with a visit to the famous floating market in Ratchaburi Province. The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market dates back to 1866 when King Rama IV ordered that a canal be dug here to connect the Mekong and Tachin rivers. The Floating Market is an ideal place to witness the traditional ways fruits and vegetables were sold and to see the way locals continue to use boats in their everyday lives. Continue to Phra Pathom Chedi, the world's highest stupa, then visit Sampran riverside village. Here you will have the chance to engage in a variety of Thai arts and crafts workshops, including pottery, martial arts, music and dance, food and herbs, weaving and silk processing. Later in the afternoon, return to your Bangkok hotel.

Duration10 Hours
Day 4

Bangkok Hotel to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport With Guide

Duration90 Minutes

Chiang Mai Airport to Chiang Mai Hotel

Duration10 Minutes

X2 Vibe Chiang Mai Decem Hotel

The X2 Vibe Chiang Mai Decem Hotel emphasizes style and simplicity, located in the hip and happening neighbourhood of Nimman. With exceptional cafes and great shopping, this is an ideal base from which to explore Chiang Mai, and the hotel is within an easy walk of the old city. Special features include an exterior vertical garden and saltwater pool.

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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X2 Vibe Chiang Mai Decem Hotel

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    X2 Vibe Chiang Mai Decem Hotel


    The X2 Vibe Chiang Mai Decem Hotel emphasizes style and simplicity, located in the hip and happening neighbourhood of Nimman. With exceptional cafes and great shopping, this is an ideal base from which to explore Chiang Mai, and the hotel is within an easy walk ...

    The X2 Vibe Chiang Mai Decem Hotel emphasizes style and simplicity, located in the hip and happening neighbourhood of Nimman. With exceptional cafes and great shopping, this is an ideal base from which to explore Chiang Mai, and the hotel is within an easy walk of the old city. Special features include an exterior vertical garden and saltwater pool.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Business Centre
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Garden
    • Guest Laundry
    • Library
    • Saltwater Pool
    • Tour Desk

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Day 5

Half Day Chiang Mai City Temples Tour

Today you will explore some of Chiang Mai's most notable temples including Wat Chiang Man, the city's oldest temple and famed for a Chedi supported by rows of elephantine buttresses; Wat Phra Sing home to the beautiful Lai Kham chapel with its exquisite woodcarving and northern style murals; Wat Chedi Luang and its enormous Pagoda (which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545); and last, Wat Suan Dok, which dates back to the 14th century when it served as gardens to the Thai Monarchy. Nowadays Wat Suan Dok contains the ashes of the Chiang Mai Royal family and also houses one of the most famous Monk Schools in Chiang Mai. Continue onto to see Chiang Mai's old city walls, moat and gate, and local market.

Duration3 Hours
Day 6

Half Day Doi Suthep and Meo Tour

This tour features a scenic drive through the most historic areas of Chiang Mai, including a pass through the old city walls, city gates and moat. The drive continues into Chiang Mai's tourist attraction area, past the local market, foreign consulates, government buildings and 'Tapae Gate' before continuing to the acclaimed temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, home to a holy relic of the Lord Buddha and considered by many to be the most sacred Wat in northern Thailand. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3520 feet), the temple is reached using a Naga (a 7- headed dragon head serpent) railing rising along both sides. The temple compound, accessed via 300 stairs, offers a beautiful view of Chiang Mai city and the surrounding countryside. Continue on to visit the primitive Meo Pui village, a local community known for its unique culture and colourful costumes.

Note: Please dress respectfully. No sleeveless shirts, shorts or strapless sandals are allowed when visiting the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.

Duration4 Hours
Day 7

Chiang Mai Hotel to Chiang Mai Airport

Duration10 Minutes

Koh Samui Airport or Pier to Koh Samui Hotel or Pier

Duration30 Minutes

Fair House Villas And Spa

Fair House Villas & Spa, Koh Samui is the ideal choice for those seeking simplicity in a modern Thai style setting, beautifully located in tropical surroundings next to the sea. Enjoy romantic atmosphere, exciting activities, fabulous gastronomy, and true traditional revival. The 4 kilometer beach strip of Maenam provides a charming and romantic backdrop for a magic holiday at Fair House Villas & Spa. The nearby Fisherman's Village offers a wide range of dining opportunities and local shops.

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Fair House Villas And Spa

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    Fair House Villas And Spa



    Fair House Villas & Spa, Koh Samui is the ideal choice for those seeking simplicity in a modern Thai style setting, beautifully located in tropical surroundings next to the sea. Enjoy romantic atmosphere, exciting activities, fabulous gastronomy, and true traditional revival. The 4 kilometer beach ...

    Fair House Villas & Spa, Koh Samui is the ideal choice for those seeking simplicity in a modern Thai style setting, beautifully located in tropical surroundings next to the sea. Enjoy romantic atmosphere, exciting activities, fabulous gastronomy, and true traditional revival. The 4 kilometer beach strip of Maenam provides a charming and romantic backdrop for a magic holiday at Fair House Villas & Spa. The nearby Fisherman's Village offers a wide range of dining opportunities and local shops.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Water sports/ Equipment
    • Watersport Activities

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Day 8

Full Day Angthong Marine Park Day Cruise By Big Boat

Ang Thong National Marine Park is a fascinating archipelago of 40 uniquely shaped islands northwest of Koh Samui. This magical island chain, spread over approximately 97 square miles, are characterized by hundreds of limestone monoliths, carved into fantastic shapes by years of erosion and offer a breathtaking panorama. Today you will be met at your hotel and taken to Nathon Pier to board your cruise for a full day enjoying the pristine beaches, secluded lagoons and natural caves and stunning rock formations. You will visit Mae Koh Island where the inner salt lake is located and later lunch will be served on the boat while heading to Wau Ta Lab Island, also the National Park headquarters, for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling or just simply relaxing on the white sandy beach. Return back to the pier and transfer back to your hotel.

Duration8 Hours
Day 9

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 10

Koh Samui Hotel or Pier to Koh Samui Airport or Pier

Duration30 Minutes

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Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Coach sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated. 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Flights within Asia are additional

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