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Exploring Thailand

Thailand in a nutshell

Discover Thailand’s main points of interest in just nine days.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Visit dazzling Wat Doi Suthep and offer alms to the monks in Chiang Mai
  • See the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok
  • Watch traders frantically pull the awnings of their stalls from the path of an approaching train at the Mae Klong Railway Market
  • Relax at the long beach of Hua Hin

This itinerary is ideal for first-time visitors to Thailand and can easily be combined with another trip to a neighbouring country, e.g. Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Chiang Mai

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai International Airport, you will be picked up by your Fleewinter guide and transferred to your hotel. We have nothing planned for you today so you can get accustomed to your new surroundings. Try one of the local restaurants for dinner or take a stroll through Chiang Mai’s lively night market. (Rimping Village, Superior Room)

Day 2 - Chiang Mai's Highlights done right

Start your day early with alms offerings to the monks. After, your guide will take you to the magnificent temple of Wat Doi Suthep at the top of Doi Suthep (Suthep Mountain) – fabulous views included. Next, your guide will take you to Chiang Mai’s biggest market – the colourful Waroros Market – and stop on the way to show you the impressive temples Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh.

Day 3 - Explore Chiang Mai

We have nothing planned for your today, so you can explore Chiang Mai at your own pace. We recommend to take a Thai cooking class, visit one of the elephant camps (ask us for advice) or explore the surroundings by bicycle.

Day 4 - Bangkok's highlights

This morning we fly you to the Thailand’s bustling capital. Your guide will take you to visit Bangkok’s key sights today: First, head to the dazzlingly ornate Grand Palace, the former seat of the king. In the palace grounds stands Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), the most sacred temple in Thailand. Continue to Wat Po, the most extensive temple in Bangkok, with its colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chedis of the Kings. (Villa Phra Sumen, Standard Street View Room)

Day 5 - Bangkok's colourful markets

Bargaining is a way of life in Thailand and every trip should involve a look at some of the country’s fantastic markets. Observe local life as the catch is unloaded at Mahachai seafood pier and watch traders frantically pull the awnings of their stalls from the path of an approaching train at the amazing Mae Klong Railway Market. The tour also includes a visit to the skilled artisans at Benjarong House and Museum, and a cruise along the scenic canals and river on the way to the unique Wat Bang Kung, a temple where a tiny chapel is completely embraced by the roots of a huge banyan tree.

Day 6 - 8 - Relaxing on the beach of Hua Hin

This morning, we take you to the beach. Hua Hin, situated only some 160 km from the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, is a delightful mix of city and sea with long beaches, colourful markets and a great infrastructure. We have nothing planned for you here so you can relax and dig your toes into the sand and relax in your luxurious hotel room. (Anantara Hua Hin, Premium Garden View Room)

Day 9 - Farewell Thailand

Enjoy your last morning in Hua Hin. After breakfast your private chauffeur will drive you to Bangkok International Airport so you can catch your flight home. Bon Voyage!

What's included?

DETAILS

This itinerary costs from £870 per person B&B based on 2 sharing and including all private transfers but not international flights.

Do ask us for advice in regards to booking international flights. We are also happy to book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

Please remember this is a sample itinerary and we are happy to modify it to suit your plans.  We can add or remove days and look at different places to stay.

INCLUDED

  • Prices start from £870 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle)
  • All entrance fees with service of English speaking guide for excursions
  • Internal flight
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
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Discover Thailand’s main points of interest in just nine days.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Visit dazzling Wat Doi Suthep and offer alms to the monks in Chiang Mai
  • See the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok
  • Watch traders frantically pull the awnings of their stalls from the path of an approaching train at the Mae Klong Railway Market
  • Relax at the long beach of Hua Hin

This itinerary is ideal for first-time visitors to Thailand and can easily be combined with another trip to a neighbouring country, e.g. Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar.

Bangkok
Bangkok’s bustling capital began as a small trading centre at Chao Phraya River 200 years ago. Today, the city is well known for its great shopping possibilities, diverse nightlife and endless dining options. But, visitors can still find hints of its illustrious past and dazzling temples, glamorous palaces, and colourful markets.
Ayutthaya
The Ayutthaya Historical Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site just a 2-hour drive from Bangkok. More
Chiang Mai
During a visit to Thailand’s picturesque North, you will discover Thailand’s spiritual side. Life is a lot slower and more traditional here. We love the green hills and serene landscape of Chiang Mai, its rich heritage, the countless trekking possibilities and the possibilities to see wildlife up close. More
Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle
A three-hours drive from Chiang Mai leads to Chiang Rai and the legendary Golden Triangle, where the mighty Mekong and Ruak rivers meet and where Thailand borders Laos and Myanmar. This mystical area with its scenic charme is dotted with remote villages populated by the Hmong, Shan, Yao, Karen, Lahu and Lisu ethnic groups. Here, guests will find an abundance of possibilities to get in touch with local communities. More
Koh Kood (aka. Koh Kut)
Ko Kood (also known as Koh Kut) in the Gulf of Thailand is the country’s fourth largest island. However, it is only little developed and still relatively untouched. We love this island not only because of its tropical rainforests, breathtaking waterfalls and empty white beaches, but also because of the fantastic hotel options we have found here. More
Koh Samui
Ko Samui is one of the most visited islands in Thailand, and with good reason: The country’s third largest island is in our opinion one of the best places for an active beach holiday in Thailand. Although busy in parts, it is still possible to find real solitude if you know where to look. More
Sukhothai
The UNESCO World Heritage site Sukhothai was the capital of the Thai Empire for approximately 140 years. As of 2014, 193 temples have been excavated and partly reconstructed.

Koh Phangan
Despite its reputation as a party place, most visitors coming to Koh Phangan are not interested in Hat Rin’s party scene but looking for beautiful beaches, turquoise waters and strolls through the national park with its diverse flora and fauna. We love this hippie-at-heart island and have found beautiful boutique hotels and luxurious resorts for you. More
Khao Sok National Park
Get close to nature at the Khao Sok National Park – one of the oldest evergreen rainforests in the world. Conveniently situated on the mainland between Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koh Samui, a stop at this nature reserve can easily be combined with a trip to one of Thailand’s amazing beaches. Visitors will find rare flora & fauna, huge limestone mountains, deep valleys, breathtaking lakes, exciting caves and wild animals.

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Hua Hin
Hua Hin, situated only some 160 km from the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, is a delightful mix of city and sea with long beaches, colourful markets and a great infrastructure. If you are looking for a palm-fringed hideaway, Hua Hin is probably not the place for you. But, this friendly beach town is a great spot if you are looking for some fun beach days and you don’t have the time (and money) to go all the way down South to the islands. More
Phuket
Despite its reputation as party headquarter, Phuket has some gorgeous corners and fantastic beaches on offer. In fact, we found some of Thailand’s most innovative hotels and luxury resorts on this island.

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Khao Lak
Khao Lak is located an hour’s drive north of Phuket on the Andaman Coast. In contrast to Phuket the area is peaceful with a backdrop of jungle covered mountains and kilometre long beaches. More
Koh Lipe
With its sandy white beach and turquoise waters, Koh Lipe might be the island paradise you have been looking for. It takes a little longer to get there but the ferry ride is oh so worth it: Gorgeous salt-white sand crescents, jungled hills, fabulous dive sites and lovely bars with a hippie vibe. This island is one of our favourites. More
Krabi
With its own airport Krabi is now easily accessible from Bangkok and thus no longer just the haunt of intrepid backpackers. The main beach resort Ao Nang is a little developed for our tastes, but hidden in a small peninsula nearby sits Railay Beach. Accessible only by boat due to high limestone cliffs which cut off the mainland, Railay attracts rock climbers from around the world, but is just as popular for its beautiful beach. Our favourite beach in Krabi is the Tup Kaek Beach with its quiet surroundings, stunning sunsets and fabulous hotel options. More
Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi is a couple of hours North West of Bangkok. It is best known for its part in the Second World War when thousands of allied POWs and Asian workers lost their lives during forced construction of the Thai-Burma Railways. Kanchanaburi is a fascinating and moving place, but it is also great for hiking, bamboo rafting and home to a number of tribes. More
Pai
Pai is a peaceful town of laidback charm and simple character. Visitors will find unspoilt forest, thundering waterfalls, huge limestone caves and traditional mountain villages.
Isaan
Isaan is located in the northeastern region of Thailand, close to the borders to Cambodia and Laos. If you want to learn more about Thai traditions and the daily way of life in a beautiful rural area, this is the right place for you. More

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