Introduction to Thailand
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 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 Bridge over the River Kwai, the Jeath war museum and the war cemetery. A longtail boat will take you, over the River Kwai, to the River Kwai Jungle Rafts Hotel, nicknamed the Floatel. This place is magic. The floating bungalows are built on bamboo-rafts surrounded by magnificent jungle. The accommodation is basic with private bath and shower. There is no electricity but oil lamps and a very cosy atmosphere. It is possible to see Burmese Mon dancing or take a swim in the river.
Day 6. Erawan waterfalls
Visit the wonderful Erawan waterfalls in the National Park with the same name. The Erawan falls cover 7 levels over a total distance of 1550 meter. They belong to the most beautiful falls in Thailand. You can walk up to all 7 levels. The highest levels require some creative walking but the climb is more than worth the effort. You can swim on various locations. Around the park there are various caves with impressive and sometimes bizarre stone formations. Early afternoon you will make a trainride on the famous Death railway. The scenery is stunning, especially the part over the wooden bridge construction is spectacular. Make sure that you have your cameras ready. Onward to Hua Hin. You will arrive at your hotel in Hua Hin in the early evening.
Day 7 - 8. Hua Hin beach
Two free days in Hua Hin to enjoy the beach and the sun. On day 8 you will travel comfortably by private airconditioned minivan to Bangkoks international airport. There you will arrive on time for your connecting flight back home. This tour ends upon arrival at Bangkok International Airport.
Instead of visiting the River Kwai and the Erawan waterfalls, it is also possible to visit the national park of Khao Yai. For a description of this tour please follow the link to Introduction to Thailand (Khao Yai).
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From: U$ 570 per person
From: € 505 per person
Start: Day 1 at Bangkok International Airport (upon arrival from abroad)
End: Day 8 at Bangkok International Airport (before departure to abroad)