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Highlights of north Isan

Private journey 10 days hailands northeastern region Isan is the least changed part of Thailand. It offers a fascinating mix of traditional rural life, mountain sceneries and spectacular temple ruins from the Angkor period. Traveling through Isan is like going back in time. The people of the Isan pursue agrarian lifestyles dictated by the annual cycle of the farming seasons and unchanged by the passage of time. The region's ancient cultural traditions and customs in music, folk dances, legends and festivals are better preserved here than anywhere else in Thailand. You will visit the national park of Khao Yai and the beautiful old Angkor temple of Phimai. You will stay at home with a charming Thai hostfamily in a quiet Isan countryvillage and take part in authentic daily village life. Experience first hand how life on the quiet Thai countryside still is. See also our other journey Highlights of east Isan in which you explore the eastern part of Isan with a lovely journey along the Mekong river and the border with Laos. Both journeys are example journeys and can be adapted to your individual requirements. You can also design your own journey through Isaan, for instance by combining parts of these two Isan journeys or by adding destinations yourself. Let us know your wishes and we will send you the possibilities and prices. Day 1. Khao Yai National Park Morning pickup from your hotel in Bangkok. You make a sightseeing tour through the national park of Khao Yai. It is a beautiful route. Depending on the season you will see growing trees, wild orchids and rare butterflies. The experience of being in the jungle with its countless noises is unique. The park has an extensive fauna, among which Thailands largest population of elephants (200), many kinds of deer, cats,…read more →

Highlights of east Isan

Private journey 10 days Thailands northeastern region Isan is the least changed part of Thailand. It offers a fascinating mix of traditional rural life, mountain sceneries and spectacular temple ruins from the Angkor period. Traveling through Isan is like going back in time. The people of the Isan pursue agrarian lifestyles dictated by the annual cycle of the farming seasons and unchanged by the passage of time. The region's ancient cultural traditions and customs in music, folk dances, legends and festivals are better preserved here than anywhere else in Thailand. You will visit the national park of Khao Yai and the beautiful old Angkor temple of Phimai. You will stay at home with a charming Thai hostfamily in a quiet Isan countryvillage and take part in authentic daily village life. Experience first hand how life on the quiet Thai countryside still is. See also our other journey Highlights of north Isan in which you explore the northern part of Isan with much nature and a stay with a Thai host family. Both journeys are example journeys and can be adapted to your individual requirements. You can also design your own journey through Isaan, for instance by combining parts of these two Isan journeys or by adding destinations yourself. Let us know your wishes and we will send you the possibilities and prices. Day 1 - 2. Khao Yai national park & vineyards Via a lovely country route you will drive from Bangkok to the Granmonte vineyards near the Khao Yai national park. You have ample opportunity to visit the vineyards and taste the wines. Your guide will show you around. Of course there is also wine for sale, should you want to lighten up your stay in Thailand. The next morning you'll drive deep into the mountains. Walk through refreshing…read more →

Angkor secrets of Thailand

6 days Angkor route Via the mountains of Khao Yai national park you will visit the mighty Angkor temples of Phanom Rung and Khao Phra Wihan and enjoy a leisure day at the Mekong river watching the beautiful sunset over the mountains of Laos. The highlight of this tour is a visit to Khao Phra Wihan, a stunningly beautiful Khmer temple sanctuary in Si Saket province and a majestic example of architectural design from the Angkor period. It is located in a beautiful natural setting with spectacular views over the Cambodian lowlands. This is Thailand at its best. Day 1. Bangkok - Khao Yai In the morning transfer from your hotel in Bangkok to Khao Yai National park. The tour that we have set out is easy going and can be enjoyed by nature lovers of all ages. The car will drive you through the most beautiful parts of Khao Yai and you will have ample time to relax near the beautiful Haew Suwat waterfalls where you can swim if you like. Later you will visit the vulcanic caves and the bat caves and see more than a million bats swarming out to hunt for nightly food. Falcons try to seize the bats as food, an experience not to be missed. In the evening you can optionally visit the night market at Pak Chong. You will stay overnight in an airconditioned room at the Khao Yai Garden Lodge Hotel, a spaciously set up nature resort with picturesque accommodation that fits perfectly in the natural landscape of Khao Yai National Park. The hotel has a large garden with orchids, turtles, butterflies and plants, a swimming pool with bar and a cozy restaurant. Day 2. Khao Yai national park Drive deep into the mountains and walk through refreshing and scenic landscapes of…read more →

The other Thailand

Isan 5 Days Thailands northeastern region Isan is the least changed part of Thailand. It offers a fascinating mix of traditional rural life, mountain sceneries and spectacular temple ruins from the Angkor period. Traveling through Isan is like going back in time. The people of the Isan pursue agrarian lifestyles dictated by the annual cycle of the farming seasons and unchanged by the passage of time. The region's ancient cultural traditions and customs in music, folk dances, legends and festivals are better preserved here than anywhere else in Thailand. You will visit the national park of Khao Yai and the beautiful old Angkor temple of Phimai. You will stay at home with a charming Thai hostfamily in a quiet Isan countryvillage and take part in authentic daily village life. Experience first hand how life on the quiet Thai countryside still is. Day 1. Bangkok - Khao Yai In the morning transfer from your hotel in Bangkok to Khao Yai National park. After lunch the journey through the park begins. You will drive through the most beautiful parts of Khao Yai with time to relax near the beautiful Haew Suwat waterfalls where you can swim. Later you will visit the volcanic caves and the bat caves and see more than a million bats swarming out to hunt for nightly food. Falcons try to seize the bats as food, an experience not to be missed. In the evening you can optionally visit the friendly night market of Pak Chong. You will stay overnight near the Khao Yai National Park in a spaciously set up nature resort spread out over a large terrain with picturesque accommodation that fits perfectly in the natural landscape of Khao Yai. The hotel has a large garden with orchids, turtles, butterflies and plants, a swimming pool and a…read more →

Thailand Bounty islands

7 Days Relax for 6 full days on the tropical beach islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. On the morning of day 1 you will travel from your hotel in Bangkok by luxury airconditioned coach to Chumphon and onward by speed ferry to Koh Tao. Stay 2 nights in the Koh Tao Resort. On day 3 you travel by ferry to Koh Phangan for 2 nights in the Milky Bay Resort. On day 5 you will sail by ferry to Koh Samui for your last 2 nights in the Arayaburi Boutique Resort. The last day 7 you will fly from Koh Samui back to Bangkok and onward transfer to your hotel in down town Bangkok where this tour ends. This tour can be adapted to your personal desire. You can extend your stay on each of the 3 islands with any number of days you like and you can choose other resorts. Thailand Bounty islands Comfort journey   All-inclusive journey   2p 4p   2p 4p Start Date of your tour: 1-Nov-13 14-Dec-13   $ 394 $ 394   $ 577 $ 516 15-Dec-13 8-Jan-14   $ 439 $ 439   $ 621 $ 561 9-Jan-14 30-Apr-14   $ 433 $ 433   $ 615 $ 555 1-May-14 8-Jul-14   $ 400 $ 400   $ 582 $ 522 9-Jul-14 31-Aug-14   $ 433 $ 433   $ 615 $ 555 1-Sep-14 25-Oct-14   $ 400 $ 400   $ 582 $ 522read more →

Thailand Discovery

19 Days Bangkok offers a fascinating mix of oriental cultures with its countless temples, foodstalls and hidden places. Dive into the peaceful northeastern region of Thailand, the Isan. Visit the National Park of Khao Yai, the beautiful Angkor temple of Phimai and stay a few days at home with a Thai hostfamily in a quiet Isan country village. Take part in authentic daily village life and experience first hand how life on the quiet Isan countryside still is. Admire the wonderful temples and ruins in the historical park of Sukhothai. Visit the Elephant Conservation center in Lampang and see what these impressive creatures are capable of. Onward to Chiang Mai for a 2 day trek through the beautiful mountains of Thailands northern region. After the trek there is time to explore the cozy city of Chiang Mai, visit the famous night bazar or dine in one of the countless restaurants or terraces. After all these impressions you have time to rest and relax on the beaches of Koh Samui (2 flights included). Day 1 - 3. Bangkok & Ayutthaya Arrival at Bangkok International Airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Day 2 visit Bangkok's most famous landmarks: the Grand Palace and the Wat Phra Kaew temple with the Emerald Buddha, the national Buddha statue. Several of Thailand's most significant religious ceremonies are here performed by the King. The entire complex represents more than 200 years of history and architecture. Enjoy a a romantic evening dinner cruise on board an old rice barge which has been rebuilt. Listen to the traditional Kim (Thai xylophone) music during a romantic candle lit tour. Day 3 depart to Bang Pa In, the King's beautiful summer palace. Onward to Ayutthaya, the former Thai capital and destroyed in 1767 by…read more →

Thailand Nature of the South

12 Days Travel through the beautiful jungles of Thailands south. After an introduction with Bangkok you will move onward to Khao Yai National Park. Walk through refreshing forests with scenic mountain landscapes, along elephant trails and mountain streams. See magnificent waterfalls where you can take a swim. Via the ancient capital city Ayutthaya you travel by nighttrain to Surat Thani. Here your Tree Tops safari starts, in the tropical rainforest of Khao Sok National Park where untouched jungle still exists. Being in the jungle itself with its uncountable sounds all around you is an experience in itself. The lake is an oasis of peace and an ideal place for relaxation. This dream holiday ends on the beaches of Koh Samui. Day 1 - 2. Bangkok arrival Arrival at Bangkok International Airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. On day 2 visit Bangkok's most famous landmarks: the Grand Palace and the Wat Phra Kaew temple with the Emerald Buddha, the national Buddha statue. Several of Thailand's most significant religious ceremonies are here performed by the King. The entire complex contains more than 200 buildings, representing more than 200 years of history and architecture. The evening you will dine in the rotating restaurant of Thailands highest building: the Baiyoke Sky tower with 82 floors. Enjoy a delicious Thai meal and the nightly view over Bangkok city. Overnight stays in Bangkok. Day 3 - 4. Khao Yai National Park Travel from Bangkok to Khao Yai. After lunch visit the volcanic caves and the bat caves and see more than a million bats swarming out to hunt for nightly food. Falcons try to seize the bats as food, an experience not to be missed. Stay overnight in a spaciously set up nature resort spread out over a large…read more →

Thailand Adventure in the North

12 Days This holiday offers lots of adventure. A bicycle journey through Bangkok takes you to places that remain hidden for many Thailand visitors. In Kanchanaburi you visit the wonderful Erawan waterfalls, make a spectacular trainride on the Burma Death railway and you stay overnight in a fairytale, torch lit floating hotel. Travel by nighttrain to Chiang Mai, the capital of Thailands north. During a two day naturetour you will explore the beautiful mountain around Chiang Mai, float down a river on a bamboo raft, make a ride on an elephants back and stay overnight in a hilltribe mountain village. This adventurous holiday ends on the beaches of Koh Samui. Day 1 - 2. Bangkok Arrival at Bangkok International Airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. On day 2 you will explore Bangkok by bicycle. This tour will bring you to places hardly visited by tourists. You will ride through markets and little alleys. The route changes every day. Take a boat trip across the Chao Phraya river and continue your tour through a green landscape scattered by fruit plantations and typical Thai style houses. Listen to the singing birds and get a friendly Hello from everyone you meet. No cars, no traffic jams. Overnight stays in Bangkok. Day 3. River Kwai Drive through the rural landscapes outside Bangkok. A longtail boat takes you to the famous Floating Market of Damnoen Saduak. See, feel and smell the old style and traditional way of selling and buying vegetables and fruits from small boats. Onward to Kanchanaburi to visit the famous Bridge over the River Kwai. The worldwar II history of the bridge is beautifully depicted in the famous movie of David Lean in 1957. Later you will visit the Jeath museum and the war cemetery.…read more →

Thailand Journey through the past

10 Days A journey through Thailands past, along old cities and cultural heritage sites of the land of smiles. Visit the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the teakwooden palace of Chulalongkorn, the 5th king of Thailand. Relive Thailands fascinating past in the historical parks of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, former capital cities and impressive heritage sites of Thailands ancient cultures and civilisations. Lampang is the center of Thailands northern teakwood industry, which has resulted in many teakwooden temples. In the north you make a sightseeing tour along the Golden Triangle, visit the golden temple of Doi Suthep as well as Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain of Thailand. Day 1 - 2. Bangkok Arrival at Bangkok International Airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Day 2 you will tour along Bangkoks palaces and temples. Visit the Grand Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha (the national Buddha image). Several of Thailand's most significant religious ceremonies are here performed by the King. In the afternoon visit the Vimanmek Teak Mansion, built by Chulalongkorn the 5th King of modern Thailand. A beautiful teakwood villa of 3 storeys high. The interior contains several personal posessions of the King and many art objects and antiquities from the Rattanakosin period. Enjoy a romantic dinner cruise in the evening on board of an old rice barge which has been rebuilt. During a quiet and romantic candle lit tour you can enjoy the traditional Kim (Thai xylophone) music. This cruise passes by Wat Arun, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Royal Palace. Overnight in Bangkok. Day 3 - 4. Ayutthaya & Sukhothai Transfer from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. From the 14th to 18th centuries, Ayutthaya was the capital of the central kingdom of Thailand and as its cultural…read more →

Thailand Temples & Elephants

10 Days Thailands fascinating capital city Bangkok and a trek through the mountains in the north are the most important elements of this journey. Bangkok has so much to offer that 3 days is still too short. You will visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, make a boattour through the canals of Bangkok and dine in an authentic Thai teakwood house while enjoying a classical Thai dance performance. Onward by nighttrain to the north, where you will make a 2 day nature trek through the wonderful mountains around Chiang Mai. The last days of this tour you will spend on the beaches of Phuket. Day 1 - 2. Bangkok Arrival at Bangkok International Airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. On day 2 visit Bangkok's most famous landmarks: the Grand Palace and the Wat Phra Kaew temple with the Emerald Buddha, the national Buddha statue. Several of Thailand's most significant religious ceremonies are here performed by the King. The entire complex contains more than 200 buildings, representing more than 200 years of history and architecture. In the evening a traditional Thai dinner will be served in an authentic Thai teakwood house. Artists in beautifully decorated costumes and theatrical Khon masks give a dancing performance while you enjoy your evening meal. The dancers move graciously on the rythm of the music of a classical Thai orchestra playing percussion instruments. Overnight stays in Bangkok. Day 3. Canal tour Bangkok has long been known as the "Venice of the East" - for good reason. Bangkok and its suburbs have more than 20,000 km of canals. This exclusive tour has been specially designed to offer visitors an unforgettable insight in life along the klongs (canals) of Bangkok. Different kinds of boats are used,…read more →

Introduction to Thailand

8 Days An introduction to the country of smiles. Spend the first days in Thailand's bustling capital Bangkok. Of course you will visit the most beautiful palaces and temples but also you will experience a surprising bicycle ride through Bangkoks hidden alleys, you'll dine on board of a cruiseship and you'll visit the famous Floating Market. In Ayutthaya you can enjoy the ancient temples and ruins. In Kanchanaburi you will stay overnight in a fairytale floating hotel and visit the famous Bridge over the River Kwai and the wonderful Erawan waterfalls. This short tour ends on the beaches of Hua Hin. Day 1 - 3. Bangkok Arrival at Bangkok International Airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. On day 2 you will visit Bangkok's most famous landmarks: the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew with the Emerald Buddha and you will dine on a river cruise boat, an old rebuilt rice barge. During a quiet romantic candle lit tour you can enjoy the traditional Kim (Thai xylophone) music. On day 3 you'll explore Bangkok by bicycle. This tour will bring you to places hardly visited by tourists. You will ride through markets and little alleys. Take a boat trip across the Chao Phraya river and continue your tour through a green landscape scattered by fruit plantations and typical Thai style houses. Listen to the singing birds and get a friendly hello from everyone you meet. No cars, no traffic jams. All overnight stays in Bangkok. Day 4 - 5. Ayutthaya & River Kwai Morning departure to Bang Pa In, the King's beautiful summer palace. Onward to Ayutthaya. Visit the most important ruins and the remaining historical attractions. Back to Bangkok by cruiseboat over the mighty Chao Phraya river. On day 5 drive through the…read more →

Doi Inthanon trek 2 days

Doi Inthanon is Thailand's highest mountain with an altitude of 2565 meter above sea level. The national park with the same name is covered with green forests and offers magnificent views. During this two day walk you will explore the jungle and valleys, and you will have the opportunity to see the many bird species, waterfalls and hill tribe villages. 5,400 Baht (€ 154 / U$ 171 / 2p)read more →

Tree House Safari

Khao Sok is the largest of the national parks in south Thailand. During this tour you will enjoy tropical rainforests with waterfalls, mountains and limestone rockformations. Stay overnight in tree huts high above the ground and in floating bamboo bungalows on the Chiew Larn lake. Wake up with the morning calls of gibbons and hornbill birds. The overnight stays in the tree huts are an adventure in itself. The lake is a serene oasis of peace and tranquillity. This adventurous tour includes various jungle and mountain walks and wading through rivers. 9,400 Baht (€ 269 / U$ 297 / 2p)read more →

Touching Burma

his challenging nature tour "Touching Burma" takes you in 4 days through the magnificent scenery of Tak's undiscovered forests. The absolute highlight is the Thi Lo Su waterfall. The mountainous province of Tak borders Burma, giving the province and its population distinct Burmese influences. The area is far away from mass tourism. This is one of our most adventurous holiday trekking modules, but also among the most traditional. Not suited for children. 8,000 Baht (€ 229 / U$ 253 / 2p)read more →

Lisu Lodge

Only an hour's drive north of Chiang Mai, nestled in a rich green valley that time seems to have forgotten, is a Lisu tribal community that has managed to hold onto its cultural origins while benefiting from the effects of responsible tourism. There's a tranquil and soothing atmosphere surrounding the settlement that is staffed and managed by a Lisu tribe. Built in traditional style with an eye for Western comforts, the lodges overlook the lush fields of the valley and serve as your base-camp for a magical blend of adventure, relaxation and insight. Not suited for children. For prices see the tour descriptionread more →

Elephants & Rafting

Adventurous tours that include mountain walks, elephant rides, rafting down a river and overnight stays in hilltribe villages, guided by an experienced, English-speaking guide. Our 2-day trek is ideal if you have limited time or do not wish to make a long jungle trek. Our 3-day trek is a little more heavy duty with some tough climbs in it. Nights are in primitive dormitory type-rooms. These tours are suitable for everyone in good health, reasonable condition and a sense of adventure. 3,150 Baht (€ 90 / U$ 100 4p / 2 days) 1,800 Baht (€ 51 / U$ 57 4p / 3 days)read more →

Suwan Macha Tropical Island cruise

As a long-standing icon of the region, the Suwan Macha sails a relaxed course between Phuket, Phang Nga Bay, Krabi, and the Phi Phi Islands – a storybook setting for a romantic adventure at sea. On a voyage with no more than 10 guests, your experiences will be as personalized as they are memorable. A sense of discovery accompanies much of what you see and do with an emphasis on ease, comfort and choice. 32,250 Baht (€ 921 / U$ 1020)read more →

June Bahtra Cruises

The romance and beauty of the Phang Nga Bay are yours to enjoy from the deck of the June Bahtra, a traditional Siamese Junk. All the journeys onboard the beautifully-appointed June Bahtra start from Phuket and take you on a magical cruise along one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines. A variety of cruises are available to choose from, including full-day cruises with a visit to James Bond Island (with lunch), sunset cruises (with dinner) and a “Twilight” tour, combining the afternoon sun with an evening sunset (with snacks). 3,700 Baht (€ 106 / U$ 117)read more →

Mekhala River Cruise

Absorb centuries of history and culture along Thailand's "River of Kings" on board the legendary Mekhala. Cruise between Bangkok and the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, staying overnight alongside a traditional Buddhist temple. Ayutthaya once was the capital of Siam, a great trading city before it was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. The ruins still remain a haunting reminder of its former splendor. The Mekhala, a former rice barge, transformed to a floating boutique hotel, provides your accommodation, complete with air-conditioned cabins and comfortable chairs on deck to view life along the waterways. 9,450 Baht (€ 270 / U$ 299)read more →

Indochina gateway

Travel through the most remote areas in the easternmost part of Thailand. This journey takes you along the Mekong river. See country life as it has been lived for ages, visit Phra That Phanom the most sacred monument of Isan and watch the sunset over the mountains of Laos. The region is the least-visited by foreign tourists. It gives a genuine impression of the way that the Thais live their daily lives and also an opportunity to admire the beautiful scenery. 11,530 Baht (€ 329 / U$ 365 / 4p)read more →

Self-drive tour northern Thailand

Stay a few days at home with a Thai host family in a small Thai country village. Take part in authentic daily village life and experience first-hand how life on the quiet Thai countryside still is. For instance, you will visit the village people at home and see how they earn their daily living, go into the rice fields and visit the village school and see how a typical school day begins. For a few days you are really among the charming Thai country people of Isan, northeast Thailand. 8,000 Baht (€ 229 / U$ 253 / 4p)read more →

Around Mae Hong Son 4 days

A relaxed sightseeing tour with overnight stays in beautiful luxury hotels. Visit the Golden Triangle, once the infamous once the infamous opium production area of Thailand but now a much visited tourist destination. Meet hilltribes and see how they live. See the opium museum and the small hilltribe museum. In Chiang Dao you can see how elephants are trained to work in the jungle. The northern border village Mae Sai has many markets with countless goods for sale. Also Chiang Rai's famous "white temple" is included in this program. 11,090 Baht (€ 317 / U$ 351 / 4p)read more →

North Thailand experience

Sightseeing tour 4 days This tour is the ideal combination of recreation, adventure and sightseeing. A beautiful and relaxed tour with overnight stays in wonderful hotels that gives a good and complete impression of the beautiful northern region of Thailand. You will visit the famous Golden Triangle, once the infamous opium production area of Thailand but now a much visited tourist destination. You will meet hilltribes and see how they live. You will be among elephans and see how they are trained to work in the jungle. You will visit the opium museum, make a ride on the back of an elephant and you will float down the river on a bamboo raft. At the border with Myanmar, the former Burma, the village Mae Sai has many markets with countless goods for sale. Of course also the famous "white temple" of Chiang Rai is included in this program. Start & end in Chiang Mai. This tour can be adapted to your personal wishes, for instance a 3 day version or with a light trekking and overnight stay in a hilltribe village. See the possibilities of this tour. Day 1. Elephants & bamboo rafting Today begins with a visit to an elephant training camp in the wonderful area of Mae Taman, north of Chiang Mai. Here you will see how these giant creatures are trained to work in the jungle, a training that requires many years. During a special performance the elephants will show their skills. You will make a ride on the back of an elephant of approximately 1 hour. Enjoy the jungle views from the elephant's back. After this tour you will go to a camp on the river where bamboo rafts are prepared. You make a bamboo rafting tour, gently floating down the river. Onward to the Chiang…read more →

Angkor heritage

Between 900 and 1200 B.C. large parts of Thailand were conquered by the Angkor empire. Thailand has a wealth of Angkor temples, built at the beginning of the 12th century, when the Khmer empire had its glory period. This module takes you to the Angkor sanctuaries of Phimai, Phanom Rung. They are the best restored of all Angkor monuments in Thailand. Both temples are of great historic and aesthetic importance. They became the example and prototypes for the later built and world famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. 5,210 Baht (€ 149 / U$ 165 / 4p)read more →

Ayutthaya & Sukhothai

Sukhothai was founded in the 13th century as the first capital of Thailand (then Siam). Ayutthaya was for 4 centuries the capital and cultural centre of the Thai kingdom until in 1767 it was completely destroyed by the Burmese. What was left of these great cities has been extensively restored in 2 Historical Parks, both a must-see for all travelers to Thailand. The many ruins of palaces, temples & monuments of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya are of impressive beauty and of great aesthetical and archaeological importance. 9,470 Baht (€ 271 / U$ 299 / 4p)read more →