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Thailand Cultural Adventure with Island Hopping

On this Thai odyssey we start in the capital city of Bangkok then head north to the charming city of Chiang Mai. We explore the ancient temple ruins of Sukhothai and the former royal capital of Ayutthaya as well as cruise the Chao Phraya River in a converted rice barge. We see the infamous 'Bridge over the River Kwai' where we sleep in a jungle raft house and visit a Mon village. Finally heading south to relax on the idyllic islands of Koh Yao Noi, Koh Lanta and Koh Hai in the Andaman Sea.

Tour Highlights

  • Bangkok - Explore the glittering Grand Palace complex and Wat Po, the beautiful temple of the Reclining Buddha
  • Chiang Mai- Bustling walled old town and the serene hillside Doi Suthep Temple
  • Sukhothai - Cycle around the historic park housing the remains of this ancient capital
  • Kanchanaburi - Jungle rafts, minority villages and the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Island Hopping - Snorkelling, swimming and relaxing on some of Thailand's most beautiful beaches in the Andaman Sea


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    Join tour in Bangkok

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    In Bangkok, visit Grand Palace; sleeper train to Chiang Mai

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    Arrive in Chiang Mai; visit Doi Suthep temple; walking tour of Old Town

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    In Chiang Mai, free day with option to visit Lampang Elephant Sanctuary

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    Drive to Si Satchanalai temple ruins en route to Sukhothai

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    In Sukothai, explore old city ruins by bicycle; board rice barge on Chao Phraya River to Uthai Thani

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    Visit morning market; travel by rice barge and bus to ancient Ayutthaya; visit Royal Palace

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    Drive to Kanchanaburi; journey on Death Railway and by boat on River Kwai; overnight in raft houses

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    In Kanchanburi, take bamboo rafts on River Kwai; visit Mon minority village

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    Return to Bangkok by boat and bus

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    In Bangkok, visit Grand Palace and Wat Po; overnight train to Surat Thani

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    Drive to Phang Nga Bay; island hopping cruise to Koh Yao Noi

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    Free day on Kho Yao Noi

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    Public ferry to Ao Thalene for kayaking; drive to Nopparat beach in Krabi

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    Free day in Krabi; optional cruise to Koh Phi Phi

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    Public ferry to Koh Lanta; free afternoon

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    Free day on Koh Lanta

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    Public ferry to Koh Hai; free afternoon

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    From Koh Hai, boat trip to Ko Muk; swim through Emerald Cave; free afternoon

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    Free day on Koh Hai

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    Free morning; afternoon public ferry to Trang, and overnight train to Bangkok

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    Free time in Bangkok

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    Tour ends in Bangkok

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Old Siam & The River Kwai + Islands In The Sun
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Why Book this tour
This three week adventure is an in-depth exploration of Thailand, from Bangkok to the cultural and historical central and northern regions to the beautiful tropical islands of the south, this holiday really shows you the diversity and beauty of Thailand. You also get to travel by alternative forms of transport: overnight trains, a rice barge and public ferries. This tour is a combination of our Old Siam and the River Kwai (OS) tour and our TT (Islands in the Sun) tour.
Included meals 19 6 6
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train, Boat
5 nights Comfortable Hotel
3 nights Simple Overnight Train
8 nights Standard Hotel
2 nights Simple Raft House
4 nights Standard Bungalow
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16