Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Discovery Thailand The Golden Chersonese

Thai Marano Travel
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
15 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit The Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace, The Golden Palace in Bangkok.
  • Explore Chiang Mai City, The Ancient Capital of Lanna Kingdom
  • See the Phi Phi island, the most beautiful island on the Andaman Sea, and the location of the famous movie - The Beach

Short Description

Start in Bangkok and end in Phuket! With the discovery tour Siam(Thai) Essentials tour, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Bangkok to Phuket and through Bangkok, Thailand and 4 other destinations in Thailand. Discovery Thailand The Golden Chersonese tour is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights and more.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Bangkok
End City Phuket

Trip Includes

  • Entrance fee, to the places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transports throughout your trip / Boat (included fuel oils)
  • Domestic one way flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi.
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Breakfast / Lunch mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation mentioned in the itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok Arrival

Welcome to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. You will be met at Bangkok International airport by our tour guide and taken to the hotel for a two-night stay. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon and take the opportunity to visit Chatuchak market — one of the largest in Thailand.

Day 2: Bangkok Discovery and Canal Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. The tour of Bangkok begins with a visit to the Royal Grand Palace — one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siamese court, and the residence of previous Kings of Thailand. Experience the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Throne Hall, Coronation Hall, Royal Guest House, and beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple. Lunch is served in one of Bangkok’s delightful riverside restaurants. After lunch, sail through the canals of Thonburi on a long-tailed boat as it passes by the imposing temples, wooden houses built on stilts, coconut groves, decorated shrines, spirit houses, and canal vendors. Bangkok is known as the “Venice of the East”. Life along the river has become an integral part of the Thai lifestyle, and a boat cruise allows visitors to see the traditional Thai way of life along the riverbank — despite the passing years, it remains much the same. • Step off the boat and visit Wat Pho — the temple of the reclining Buddha — top of a list of six first-class royal temples in Thailand and recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. The afternoon ends with a visit to Wat Traimit — Bangkok's most famous temple with the Golden Buddha made with 5.5 tons of solid gold. Return to the hotel for a second night in Bangkok.

Day 3: Floating Market — Kanchanaburi

Have a nice breakfast at the hotel. You will be picked up to Ratchaburi Province. At the pier, absorb the scenery of rural life with a long-tail speedboat ride to the floating market. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market seems barely touched by modern life. Take the opportunity to buy food, fruits, flowers, and other local products from the boat vendors. Experience the Thai lifestyle of ancient times, still widely practiced in this area as the boat sails into the side market, offering various kinds of exotic Thai fruits and handicrafts. Continue on the long-tail boat to Kanchanaburi and the famous Bridge over the River Kwai — now a memorial to World War II. After that, we will visit the nearby war cemetery. Overnight Stay in Kanchanaburi

Day 4: Kanchanaburi — Erawan Waterfall — Ayutthaya

Have a breakfast at the hotel. We will check out and take the one-hour drive to the Erawan National Park. you will experience the spectacular Erawan Waterfalls, and spend about three hours walking around the park and swim in the seven layers of falls. Lunch at a local restaurant (not included in the price), and we continue on to Ayutthaya, and check in at the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Stay in Ayutthaya

Day 5: Ayutthaya City Discovery — Chiang Mai by Train

Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit the fascinating city of Ayuthaya, along the Chao Phraya River. You will experience the past glory of the Ayutthaya Empire (1350–1767A.D.) and explore the remains of temples such as Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Chai Wattanaram, and Wat Yai Chai Mongkol. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Bang Pa-In Royal Summer Palace. Return to the hotel in Ayutthaya and spend some free time relaxing until your ride to Ayutthaya Train Station. Overnight Train to Chiang Mai

Day 6: Chiang Mai Tour

Arrive in Chiang Mai. Have road trip to the famous Doi Suthep Mountain and follow the path to the Wat Prathat Temple near the summit (1,000 meters high), and savor the amazing panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. We will visit the contrasting old and new parts of the town. As Thailand’s “Rose of the North”, Chiang Mai is noted for its exquisite handicrafts, and with a range of traditional offerings from the hill tribe people, it present a fantastic shopping opportunity. In the afternoon, you will be driven to the neighboring villages of San Kampaeng and Borsang to take in the various cottage industries — silk weaving, wood carving, silverware, and umbrella-making. Overnight Stay in Chiang Mai

Day 7: Trekking in the Samoeng Area

Breakfast at the hotel. You will be picked up at the hotel to the Samoeng area. We will stop on the way to visit a local market and to pick up supplies for the trip into the hills. Lunch will be in the hill tribe village with the Shan people to get ready for the trek. We will be trekking through the jungle and visit a Hmong hill tribe village. You will explore the village and learn about the local lifestyle, and we will trek deeper into the jungle to a village of Karen people, where your accommodation is a local homestay. We will take a stroll around the village for a spot of sightseeing and social interaction with the locals before dinner. Overnight — enjoy the cozy local atmosphere of the homestay.

Day 8: Trekking — Elephant Ride — Rafting

Breakfast in the fresh morning air, before saying goodbye to your hosts. We will set off for a short trek to the meeting point and experience a one-hour elephant ride through the jungle, and will trek to a waterfall and swim in the wonderful natural environment. You can enjoy a picnic lunch at the waterfall. Afterward, we will trek out of the jungle towards the riverbank where a bamboo raft will take you down the river. You can relax and savor the beautiful scenery or test your rafting skills. We will have road trip back to Chiang Mai. You can pend the evening roaming around the lovely city at your leisure or simply just relax. Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Chiang Mai

Day 9: Thai Cooking Class

Breakfast at the hotel. You will be picked up for the half-day cooking class. We will visit an organic farm and then off to the market to learn about Thai cooking ingredients. Arrive at the class and immerse yourself in the cooking course guided by a professional chef. Relish the lunch you have prepared and receive a cookbook and souvenir of your cooking experience. At the end of the course, you will be returned to the hotel. The afternoon is free for exploring the town or enjoying an optional Thai massage and spa (on our recommendation). Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Chiang Mai

Day 10: Chiang Mai — Chiang Rai — Golden Triangle — Chiang Mai

Have an early breakfast at the hotel. We will depart Chiang Mai for a day-long tour to the Golden Triangle border areas. Our first stop is at Mae Kachan Natural Hot Springs in the Wieng Pa Pao District to visit the springs and wander around the local market. Afterward, we will visit to the Wat Rong Khun (WhiteTemple) at Chiang Rai — a unique Hindu and Buddhist temple with amazing white architecture. Arrive at around noon in Chiang Saen — formerly Wiang Hiran Nakhon Ngoen Yang, and the capital until 1262. We will have lunch, and a brief stop at the ancient Wat Chedi Luang. We will head toward the famous Golden Triangle where the countries of Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand meet. All three countries can be seen here. Next, we will visit the Opium Museum and learn more about the name “Golden Triangle”, and have another stop at Mae Sai, the northernmost Thai town on the Myanmar border. You will be delighted in the local market and interact with the locals. After enjoying the market, we will continue to Chiang Mai. You will have free time to rest in the evening.

Day 11: Chiang Mai — Krabi — Railay Beach

Have a breakfast at the hotel. You will have free time in the morning. Our guide will pick you up to the airport for the flight to Phuket. Upon arrival at Krabi airport, you will be taken to Phuket Pier to take ferry to Railay beach. You will have fun and relax time at Railay beach. Overnight Stay on Railay Beach(Four stars resort).

*Please kindly prepare separated small luggages, or backpack bag for your stay in Railay Beach, Phi Phi Island since we need to commute to the hotel by a long tail boat. Your big luggage will be transferred from Krabi International Airport to the hotel in Phuket.

Day 12: Railay Beach — PhiPhi Island — Free Day for Activities of Your Choice

Have breakfast at the hotel. We will take a ferry ride from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi Islands. After arriving the island, we will check in at the hotel, and you can have your free day to spend on activities of your choice. Please note: lunch and dinner are at your own expense. Overnight Stay on Phi Phi IslandOur first stop is the Viking Cave to see the ancient wall art and watch the thousands of swallows on the high ridges. You can swim and snorkel among the colorful fish and coral at Lohsamah Bay. Our next stop is Maya Bay to see the stunning location of the Hollywood movie “The Beach”. You can feed wild monkeys in the hidden cove of Ao Ling or Monkey Bay. After that, we will have lunch on Phi Phi Don Island. We will sail across to Hin Klang for an open-sea snorkeling experience. You can swim off the spectacular beaches of Bamboo Island. We will return to the hotel to check in and enjoy some relaxation. Overnight Stay on Phi Phi Island.

*Please kindly prepare separated small luggages, or backpack bag for your stay in Railay Beach, Phi Phi Island since we need to commute to the hotel by a long tail boat. Your big luggage will be transferred from Krabi International Airport to the hotel in Phuket.

Day 13: Phi Phi — Phi Phi Island Tour by Boat

Have breakfast at the hotel. We will have an island tour(including snorkeling) so that you can see see the beautiful scenery of Andaman sea. The itineraries are below: Due to recent National Park regulations, MAYA BEACH is closed INDEFINITELY for preservation but MAYA BAY is open : All boats will be able to stop at the entrance of the bay to watch an unspoiled, empty and beautiful Maya Bay, to take a picture or swim and snorkel but nobody will be allowed to go on the beach - All tours are still running. Please find detailed itinerary below for both options

Itinerary when may a bay is open:

09h30: We will depart the hotel to the snorkeling rental shop

10h30: Arrive the snorkelling rental shop, and chose and try your snorkelling equipment.

10h50: Move to the boat

11h00: Monkey Beach, Shark Point and Rantee Bay : Discover the wildlife of Phi Phi and enjoy snorkelling with the harmless blacktip reef sharks

12h30: Bamboo Island : Enjoy a crystal clear water and relax on the beach

14h00: Lunch Time : Fried Rice and Fruits

14h30: Passing through Mosquito Island, Hin Klang and Phaknam Bay : Swim and Snorkelling

15h30: Nui Bay and Wang Long Bay : Discover these 2 magnificent bays which are include only in limited trips in Phi Phi.

16h30: Phi Phi Ley : Stop in front of Viking Cave (listen the story of our guide), then the wonderful Pi-Leh Lagoon and Loh Samah for a last snorkeling stop.

17h30: MAYA BAY : Relax on MAYA BAY outside rush hour times (The Beach), chill on this mythical beach or discover the backside jungle.

18h30: Sunset : Enjoy a wonderful sunset on the Andaman sea

19h00: Come back to Phi Phi Don

19h30: Come back to the hotel

Itinerary when Maya Bay is CLOSED

09h30: We will depart the hotel to the snorkeling rental shop

10h30: Meet at the snorkeling rental shop. Chose and try your snorkeling equipment.

10h50: Move to the boat

11h00: Monkey Beach, Shark Point and Rantee Bay : Discover the wildlife of Phi Phi and enjoy snorkelling with the harmless blacktip reef sharks

12h30: Bamboo Island : Enjoy a crystal clear water and relax on the beach

14h00: Lunch Time : Fried Rice and Fruits

15h30: Passing through Mosquito Island, Hin Klang and Phaknam Bay : Swim and Snorkeling

16h00: Nui Bay and Wang Long Bay : Discover these 2 magnificent bays which are include only in limited trips in Phi Phi.

17h00: Phi Phi Ley : Stop in front of Viking Cave (listen the story of our guide), then the wonderful Pi-Leh Lagoon and Loh Samah for a last snorkeling stop.

18h00: MAYA BAY : Take a picture of an unspoiled, empty and beautiful Maya Bay from outside and swim and snorkel at the entrance of this mythic bay

18h30: Sunset : Enjoy a wonderful sunset on the Andaman sea

19h00: Come back to Phi Phi Don

19h30: Come back to the hotel

Please kindly prepare separated small luggages, or backpack bag for your stay in Railay Beach, Phi Phi Island since we need to commute to the hotel by a long tail boat. Your big luggage will be transferred from Krabi International Airport to the hotel in Phuket.

Day 14: Phi Phi

Phuket by Boat: Have breakfast at the hotel. We will take a boat trip from Phi Phi Island to Phuket and on to the hotel. You will check in and spend free time for the remainder of the day. Overnight Stay in Phuket

Day 15: Phuket — Bangkok — Departure

Have breakfast at the hotel. You can relax until check out time. Hotel pick up for your flight to Bangkok and your onward flight home. Have a safe journey — we hope to see you again!

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Small Group Guided Trips - 24 or less number of people in a group

Accomodations

Value - 3 start level accommodations - Trips labeled “Value” fall into a mid-range budget and the accommodations can range from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

  • 13 nights accommodation, and one night over the train.
  • 2 x nights at Hotel de Bangkok, Pratunam(3* Star Hotel), or equal
  • 1 x night at Home Phutoey, Kanchanaburi(3* Star Hotel), or equal
  • 1 x night at Classic Kameo Hotel & Serviced Apartments, Ayutthaya(3* Star Hotel), or equal
  • 1 x night at Sleeper train to Chiang Mai
  • 4 x night at Victoria Nimman Hotel, Chiang Mai(3* Star Hotel), or equal
  • 1 x night at Phumorkdao Resort, Samoeng(best scenery resort)
  • 1 x night at Railay village resort & spa, Phi Phi Island(4* Star Hotel), or equal
  • 2 x nights at Phi Phi Natural Resort, Phi Phi Island(3* Star Hotel), or equal
  • 1 x night at Chill House at Naiyang, Phuket(3* Star Hotel), or equal

Additional Information:

Moderate -  Trip involves regular walking or cycling over long distances on sometimes hilly, or bumpy terrain.

Trip ID#:

DisThaMar

Trip Excludes

  • Tips for guide and diver
  • The travel insurance is not included in this trip, but it is mandatory to have.
  • Other personal expenses
  • Stamp VIP at the Border
  • Visa fee & Airport tax
  • International airfare
  • Personal Expense: Tel, Fax, Laundry, Tipping etc
  • Other services which not mention in the itinerary

Meals Included:

  • 14 Breakfasts and 10 Lunches
  • For other meals, our local expert guides will bring you to great street food spots, and best local restaurant, and make suggestion which will suit your preference.

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