This itinerary is a good combination of culture, local people, exciting activities, great food, and stunning scenery. Cruise along the ancient canals and visit a floating market in Bangkok, visit the legendary Bridge over the River Kwai and multitiered Erawan Falls in Kanchanaburi, explore the historical ruins at Ayutthaya, learn about and interact with elephants in Chiang Mai, have a memorable Thai Krathong(floating lantern)-making & releasing experience, discover the charming island of Koh Samui, introduce your kids to a new world, and enjoy a great vacation at the same time during this family-friendly trip.ah-56
- Cruise along Bangkok's ancient canals and visit a floating market, which gives you an insight into a bygone way of life.
- Splash in the emerald green water at Erawan Falls in Kanchanaburi.
- Walk through the historical ruins and see the sights at Ayutthaya, witness the capital of Siam's glorious past.
- Have a close encounter with elephants in Chiang Mai's jungle.
- Enjoy a Thai Krathong (floating lantern)-making experience and a riverside dinner
- Relax and spend some quality time at the wonderful beach in Koh Samui.
Itinerary in Detail
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 this day is free for you to spend at your leisure.
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.
A Railway Market and a Floating Market
After breakfast, drive out for about an hour southwest of Bangkok to Maeklong Railway Market, which is a traditional Thai market selling food, such as 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.
Bridge over the River Kwai
Located in downtown Kanchanaburi, Bridge over the River Kwai was built by prisoners of war during World War II, overseen by the Japanese. Walk across the bridge and learn about how World War II affected Thailand, spending a moment to reflect on those who were forced to give their lives in the process of bending this environment to man's will.
Splash in the Emerald Green Water in the Forest
Erawan National Park is one of the most famous national parks in Thailand. The major attraction at the park is Erawan Falls, which has emerald green ponds. Erawan Falls has seven major tiers and a few smaller tiers. All of the tiers are easily accessible by a series of trails and footbridges all the way up to the sixth tier. The last tier is a bit more challenging to access. The total distance from the trailhead up to the top tier is nearly 1.5 kilometers. There are many emerald green ponds that you are allowed to swim in, so this is a good place to visit, especially for families with children. You can enjoy some gentle trekking in the forest, splashing around in the water, and relaxing while you spot some wild monkeys.
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. Have lunch in a local Thai restaurant.
Walk Through the Historical Ruins in Ayutthaya
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 you will see is a Buddha head among the tree roots in Wat Mahathat. In the evening, board the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Spiritual Tour with Two Sacred Temples
In the morning, upon your arrival at Chiang Mai Railway Station, your private tour guide and driver will meet you and then transfer you to the downtown area. Have breakfast and taste some local Chiang Mai dishes.
Later, visit two landmarks in Chiang Mai. Wat Chedi Luang is one of the six most important temples in Chiang Mai. Doi Suthep is one of the most famous national parks in Northern Thailand. Despite the stunning natural beauty, the main reason many visitors go to Doi Suthep Mountian is to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. It is one of the most holy Buddhist sites in Thailand.
A Day Program at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
About 1? hours' drive away from Chiang Mai, located beside a Karen village in a densely forested mountainous region, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is surrounded by a spectacular forest landscape. During the day program, you will get to know each of the remarkable elephants and gain a special understanding of their daily lives and behaviors. Learn how to make herbal medicine balls, feed the elephants, and then walk with the elephants to the river. Bathe and brush the elephants.
Create and Release Thai Krathong (floating lanterns) & Riverside Dinner
Loy Krathong(floating lantern festival) is one of Thailand's most-loved festivals. During the celebration, Thai people make their own Krathong (floating lantern). On the night of the November full moon they will make a wish as they release their Krathongs to float down the river.
To offer you the opportunity to experience the local culture and tradition of Loy Krathong, we have arranged a lantern-making & releasing activity at a peaceful and secluded restaurant overlooking the Ping River.Making a lantern together will create an unforgettable moment for you and your family.
After creating your lantern, take a break to try some delicious northern Thai dishes while enjoying the view of the sunset over the river. Once it is dark, release your floating lantern on a pond or river and don't forget to make a wish.
After breakfast, you will take a private transfer to the airport and fly to Koh Samui.
Upon your arrival in Koh Samui, take a private transfer to your beautiful hotel by the beach.
These two days are free for you to spend at your leisure by the beach in Koh Samui.
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- Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
- Governmental taxes
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