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7-Day Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, and Khao Yai National Park Tour

This itinerary is a good combination of historic sights and stunning landscapes. From the celebrated palace in Bangkok and the UNESCO World Heritage temples of Ayutthaya to the famous Bridge over the River Kwai and its historic railway to the tropical rain forest in Khao Yai National Park, you will have the opportunity to witness the past glories of the Siam empire, learn about the Second World War’s effect on Thailand in Kanchanaburi, enjoy the spectacular natural scenery, and spot different kinds of wild animals.

Journey route

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Highlights

  • Cruise along Bangkok’s ancient canals and visit a floating market, which gives you an insight into a bygone way of life.
  • Take a historic train ride across the famous Bridge over the River Kwai.
  • Walk into the largest and most beautiful royal palace in Thailand.
  • Enjoy the spectacular sight of Ayutthaya’s historical ruins when they’re lit up at night.
  • Walk through the forest and spot wild elephants in Khao Yai National Park.

Itinerary in detail

This sample itinerary provides inspiration yet your preferences design the real journey. Following our Tailor-made Guidelines to create a wonderful Thailand holiday in your own way.

Day 1 Bangkok Arrival

Your private guide will be waiting for you in the airport arrivals area. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check in.
The rest of your day is free to spend at your leisure.

Hotel suggestions:
Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok ****
Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel *****

Day 2 City Exploration and Visit Bangkok’s Top Attractions

A Palace and Temples

Explore Bangkok’s famous highlights in the morning when it is cooler. The landmarks of Bangkok include Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of Dawn.

Try out Bangkok's different forms of public transport — the public taxi boat, a long-tail boat, and the infamous Thai tuk tuk. This is a fun excursion that gives you a fantastic insight into the capital as well as the local people.

Have Lunch in a Local Thai Restaurant.

The Grand PalaceThe Grand Palace

Chinatown

Bangkok’s Chinatown is a popular tourist attraction and a food haven for gourmands who flock there to explore the vibrant streetside cuisine, especially after sunset. It’s also very busy during the daytime as hordes of people descend upon this 1-kilometer strip and the adjacent Charoen Krung Road to get a day’s worth of staple goods, to trade gold, or to pay a visit to one of the Chinese temples.

A Railway Market and a Floating Market

After breakfast, drive for about an hour southwest of Bangkok to visit Maeklong Railway Market, which is a traditional Thai market selling food including fresh fruit and vegetables. What makes it special is that the market is located on a train line where, a few times a day, the train runs directly through the market. Later, drive for another 20 minutes to visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. It is the most popular floating market in Thailand and is great for photo opportunities, food, and giving you an insight into a bygone way of life.

Damnoen Saduak Floating MarketDamnoen Saduak Floating Market

Have Lunch in a Local Thai Restaurant.

Visit Bridge over the River Kwai and Take a Historical Train Ride

Located in downtown Kanchanaburi, Bridge over the River Kwai was built by prisoners of war during World War II, overseen by the Japanese. Board the train and take an hour’s ride along the Death Railway over the Kwai Noi River, traveling over the original wooden viaduct (Bridge over the River Kwai) that was constructed by the Allied POWs. Pass through magnificent scenery and spend a moment reflecting on those who were forced to give their lives in the process of bending this environment to man’s will.

Bridge over the River KuaiTake a historical train ride along the Death Railway over the River Kuai

Hotel suggestions:
Felix River Kwai Resort ****

Magnificent Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

Situated 60 kilometers north of Bangkok and 20 kilometers south of Ayutthaya is the illustrious Bang Pa-In Royal Palace. The original palace was built by the king of Ayutthaya in the first half of the 17th century. When Ayutthaya was invaded and destroyed by the Burmese in 1767, Bang Pa-In Royal Palace was left abandoned for almost a century. The palace was rebuilt during the reign of King Mongkut (Rama IV) in 1850. Nowadays, the palace is still used by the royal family. It is a picturesque and very photogenic place.

Bang Pa-In Royal PalaceBang Pa-In Royal Palace

Have Lunch in a Local Thai Restaurant

Historical Ruins and the Buddha Head in the Tree Roots

Ayutthaya Historical Park is comprised of ruins of temples and palaces from the capital of the ancient Ayutthaya Kingdom. The park is located on an island surrounded by three rivers where the old capital used to be. During the tour in Ayutthaya, you will visit two typical temples: Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Si Sanphet. The most famous scene that you’ll see is the Buddha head among the tree roots in Wat Mahathat.

Wat Mahathat in AyutthayaWat Mahathat in Ayutthaya

Rice Barge Dinner Cruise

In the evening, board a converted traditional teak rice barge and drift slowly along the majestic Chao Phraya River and her tributaries. Appreciate the stunning night views of the historical ruins of Ayutthaya and observe the timeless day-to-day activities of the people living along the riverbank, while enjoying a selection of Thai food. Relax in the romantic atmosphere of the old capital.

Hotel suggestions:
Iudia on the river Hotel****
Sala Ayutthaya*****

Phra Prang Sam Yot (the Monkey Temple)

After breakfast, drive for about an hour to Lopburi and discover the monkey temple in the city. Phra Prang Sam Yot is Lopburi’s best-known landmark and one of its oldest. It is one of several monuments that date back to the Khmer era. The monument, located in the center of Lopburi, is perhaps best known for the large number of monkeys that run around freely, constantly on the lookout for food.

The Monkey Temple in Lopburi The Monkey Temple in Lopburi

Have Lunch in a Local Thai Restaurant

PB Valley and Wine Tasting Tour

PB Valley Estate is situated on the edge of Khao Yai National Park and is the birthplace of the Khao Yai wine region. Take a guided tour of the vineyards and listen to explanations about the various wine grapes grown at the estate. The tour also includes other fruit orchards, such as those for dragon fruit and passion fruit. These are also interesting to many visitors, who enjoy tasting different kinds of wine during the wine tasting session as well as visiting the education center.

Hotel suggestions:
Dusit D2 Khao Yai ****
Atta Lakeside Resort Suite *****

Hike in the Jungle and Spot Wild Animals

Established in 1962 as Thailand's first national park, Khao Yai is the third largest national park in Thailand. The park covers an area of 2,168 square kilometers, including rain/evergreen forests and grasslands. The average altitude of the national park ranges from 400 to 1,000 meters above sea level. It is a good place to go hiking in the jungle and search for wild elephants and other exciting animals.

For a day tour, activities include hiking in the jungle, in search of elephants and other wild animals, visiting a viewpoint, and enjoying the stunning Haew Suwat Waterfall, which was featured in the movie The Beach.

Have Lunch in a Local Restaurant inside the park

Khao Yai National ParkEnjoy the spectacular natural scenery in Khao Yai National Park

After breakfast, you will have a private transfer to Bangkok Airport.

Asia Highlights handpicked hotels

Thailand never goes short of hotel choices. Only one category of hotels is used in this itinerary yet it can also be tailor-made to your own preferences.

superior sky room at eastin grand sathorn bangkok hotel
Bangkok Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok
  • #9 and granted Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor.
  • Centrally located in Sathorn, subway stations and malls nearby.
  • Superior Sky Room, 32sqm, higher floors and better city views.

Trip Notes

Every element of the tour above can be tailored. Feel free to tell us your ideas and we will be happy to make adjustment for you.

  • Tailoring Your TourThis tour is very flexible.You can alter the itinerary, and extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest, and schedule. Feel free to tell us your requirements, and we will be happy to help you arrange a tour using our professional knowledge and experience.
  • About the TransportationAs a shorter trip that covers quite a lot of ground, there will be traveling every other day to the next destination, but the longest travel time is around 3 hours.

Our Service Includes

  • One-to-one consultancy with our travel expert
  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling
7 Days from $2390p/p (Based on 2 persons & 4-star hotels for reference )

Local guide

Most of our guides in Thailand have at least 5 years of experience and their are extremely passionate for introducing you their motherland. We assign different guides in all destinations so as to better your chance blending with the locals.Having a private guide and an itinerary allows visitors not only to see as many attractions as possible, but also to learn about them from a local. Guides can also teach travelers about important features of visiting Japan, such as how to navigate public transportation.

Mini van

All of vehicles are in good maintenance and with A/C. Experienced, polite and professional drivers take the wheel, they will ensure you have a safe and smooth ride. We have bottled water, wet tissues, first-aid kit and baby car seat equipped with our vehicles.
 

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