9 Days / 8 Nights
Day 1, Arrive Bangkok (-)
Arrive Bangkok International Airport and transfer to your hotel downtown for check-in and overnight accommodation.
Day 2, Bangkok (B)
The Grand Palace was the seat not only of the king and his court, but contained within its crenellated walls the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai though there are some European designs as well. Brilliantly colored and gilded, and decorated with intricate detail, the overall effect is dazzling. The palace served as the official residence of the kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. Construction of the temple began when King Rama I moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785. Unlike other Thai temples, it does not contain living quarters for monks; rather, it has only the richly decorated holy buildings, statues, and pagodas. The main temple building is the central ubosoth, which houses the Emerald Buddha. Though green in color, the Buddha is actually carved from a single piece of jade, and though only 17 inches tall, is the most revered object in Thailand. Also within the grounds are several palaces, used for various occasions: the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Throne Hall, Coronation Hall, and the Royal Guest House. The majority of halls and palaces can be viewed from outside only, but the exteriors are captivating enough to please.
Day 3, Bangkok - Kanchanaburi (B/L/D)
Following breakfast at the hotel you will be picked up along with other passengers before leaving Bangkok for River Kwai. Our first stop in Kanchanaburi will be at the Railway Museum which will give you a good overall view concerning this portion of the track. After visit the War Cemetery and the famous bridge over the River Kwai before proceeding by long tail boats for the River Kwai Jungle Rafts for check-in and lunch. In the afternoon visit the Hell Fire Pass. Dinner at the hotel followed by a Mon cultural dance and song.
Day 4, Kanchanburi (B/L/D)
Wake up to the sounds of nature. Breakfast at the rafts, followed by a stroll to the Mon tribal village. The remainder of the day is at leisure for personal activities.
Day 5, Kanchanburi - Cha Am (B/L)
Breakfast at the resort. Just before lunch we head down stream to take a ride along the infamous Death Railway as we pass hanging cliffs and river scenery. After transfer to Cha Am, a quiet beach resort town located on the West Coast.
Day 6 - 8, Cha Am (B)
Morning pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the pick-up point where you will board the coach to Chumphon province in the South of Thailand prior to connecting to a ferry which will take you across to Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and finally Koh Samui. Upon arrive on Koh Samui you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Day 7 - 8, Cha Am (B)
Breakfast followed by a full day at leisure for personal activities or optional tours.
Day 9, Depart Cha Am (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out time is at 12 noon. Pick-up for Bangkok International Airport will be approximately 5 hours prior to your flight departure time.
||River Kwai Jungle Rafts
||Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach
||Superior Ocean Front
Accommodation as stated
Sightseeing tours and transfers as outlined
Meals as mentioned
English speaking tour guide
Air-conditioned private vehicles
Services not mentioned
Expenses of a personal nature
Tips and porterage
Domestic flights in Thailand
International flights to/from Thailand