Day 1, Arrive Bangkok (-)
Meet & greet at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport and transfer by air conditioned vehicle to your hotel in downtown Bangkok.
Day 2, Bangkok (B)
The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Keo is one of the most beautiful examples of ancient Siamese court. Home of the Kings of Siam of the Chakri Dynasty, originally built by King Rama I, it served as the royal residence until 1946. Today the palace is still used on certain occasions for visiting royalty or special guests of the Kingdom. Adjoining the Grand Palace you will find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keo), this is probably the best known of the royal temples. It is regarded as the most important temple in all Thailand and it is the venue of many of the numerous religious ceremonies in which the King participates, especially at the beginning of each of the three seasons when His Majesty personally changes the elaborate robes of the Buddha image, carved out of a single piece of emerald-green jasper.
Day 3, Bangkok – Ayuthaya – Kanchanaburi (B/L/D)
Visit Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, was first used by the royal court as a summer retreat in the 17th century. However, the Palace was destroyed with the fall of Kingdom of Ayutthaya and was restored by King Rama IV in the mid-19th century. Most of the buildings that exist today date from the reign of King Rama V, who regularly spent his summers there. The structures represent a variety of architectural styles, set in a large park around ponds and waterways. The only royal residence open to the public is the Chinese-style Wehat Chamroon Palace, constructed entirely of materials imported from China. In addition, there is an Italian-style palace, a circular pavilion with steps leading down to a pool, the graceful Thai-style Aisawan Tippaya Asna Pavilion in the middle of a lake, and, across one of the waterways, a Buddhist chapel in the neo-Gothic style with stained-glass windows. Scattered around the extensive gardens are European statues as well as monuments ordered to be built by King Rama V in memory of members of his family, one of them a much-loved Queen who drowned in a boating accident.
Ayuthaya is one of Thailand’s historical and majestic highlights, serving as the Thai capital for 417 years (1350 – 1767), it was once glorified as one of the biggest cities in the world – a Southeast Asia center for civilizations. During the 17th century, most foreign visitors to Ayutthaya, traders or diplomats alike, claimed Ayutthaya to be the most illustrious and glittering city that they had ever visited.
Visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet, in 1491 the temple was located inside the compound of the Grand Palace-the foundations of which are still visible-and served as the royal chapel, as Wat Phra Kaeo does in Bangkok. This Royal Palace was built by King U-Thong upon the founding of the city. In Ayutthaya’s heyday, this was the largest temple in the city.
After drive overland to Kanchanaburi, arriving in the western town in the late afternoon or early evening.
Day 4, Kanchanaburi – Cha Am (B/L)
At first we will visit 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. We also take a ride along the infamous Death Railway as we pass hanging cliffs and river scenery. After transfer to Cha Am beach resort for a relaxing stay.
Day 5, Cha Am – Chumphon (B/L)
After breakfast in the hotel drive southwards along the coast and visit Sam Roi Yot National Park. The Park is Thailand’s first coastal nature reserve with over 600 meter high limestone mountains, shrimp farms, mangrove forests, beaches, islands and caves. On the way chance to stop at a shrimp farm. Continue the tour by boat to a nearby secluded beach inside the National Park. Walk up a rocky mountain surrounded by dense jungles. On the way stop at a view point overlooking the neighboring bays and islands. Arrive at the hidden Phraya Nakhon Cave and its Royal Pavilion. The cave has two very large chambers which are both open towards the sky. Large trees grow in the main chamber and a small temple honoring King Chulalongkorn who visited this cave in 1890 was build in its center. The sunlight falling through the opening in the cave’s ceiling, the dark limestone walls and the huge trees together with the golden temple in its middle create very unique, mesmerizing and mystical atmosphere. Continue back to the beach and return by boat to the waiting car. Enjoy lunch of fresh seafood at a local restaurant while overlooking the bay and the surrounding islands. Drive southwards along the west coast to Prachuap Khiri Khan Province and visit Khao Chong Krajok known as the mirror mountain (Optional). On the way to Chumphon stop over at Ban Krut Temple with its huge Golden Buddha located on the top of a hill near the beach. Time to visit the temple and enjoy the panoramic view. Drive to the hotel in Chumphon for check in and overnight stay.
Day 6, Chumphon – Khao Sok (B/L/D)
After breakfast in the hotel drive to the scenic Hat Sai Ri Beach 20km south of Chumphon. The long white sandy beach is shaded by pine trees facing smaller islands. Visit the nearby Prince of Chumphon Shrine located on top of a mountain. Enjoy the panoramic view overlooking the beach and surrounding islands. Afterwards, drive to Lang Suan and stop at a local fruit market. Drive to Chaiya one of Thailand’s oldest cities located on the western gulf coast. Visit the temple complex of Phra Borom That Chaiya with its ancient chedi and Buddha relicts. Arrival at Khao Sok Riverside Cottages and check-in. Relax and later enjoy dinner.
Day 7, Khao Sok (B/L/D)
A day of activities begin after your breakfast. In the morning we take a canoe ride down river offering a nice cool way to view the scenery and wildlife along the riverbank. Return to the resort for lunch. This afternoon we trek upstream on to enjoy a different vantage point over forest high above the majestic Asian Elephant.
Day 8, Khao Sok – Krabi (B/L)
After breakfast explore the surrounding jungle on a 2 hour trek, before returning to the camp in time for lunch and check-out. Transfer overland to Krabi beach resort for a relaxing stay at your beachside hotel.
Day 9 – 11, Krabi (B)
Days at leisure to enjoy the sun, sea and sand.
Day 12, Depart Krabi (B)
Pick-up from your hotel for the transfer to Krabi International Airport.
|Kanchanaburi||River; Kwai Jungle Rafts||Standard|
|Cha Am||Novotel Hua Hin at Cha Am Beach||Superior|
|Chumphon||Chumphon Cabana Resort||Superior Bungalow|
|Khao Sok||Khao Sok Riverside Cottages||Standard|
|Krabi||Beyond Krabi Resort||Cottages|
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
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International flights to/from Thailand