Thailand, we're ready for you. Bringing together the best of North and South, this trip lets you explore lush green jungles, world-famous cities, quaint villages and palm-fringed islands. From the classics like wild Khao San Road in Bangkok and buzzy night markets in Chiang Mai, to the roads less travelled through the mountain-town of Pai and tropical paths of Koh Lanta, this adventure lets you cover Thailand completely without compromise. We've hand-picked inclusions and optionals so you get to experience it all in a full 16 days.
The heat and hustle of Thailand's capital will hit you the moment you land, with 16 glorious days ahead of us. After checking into our hotel you're free to do some DIY exploring, treat your muscles to a soothing massage or just lie by the pool soaking up the first rays of that sweet Thai sunshine. Later we'll rendezvous as a group back at base so you can hear what's in store for the trip, then the night is yours to take to the streets for some authentic pad Thai and nightlife on Khao San road.
With so much to see there's no time to waste, so we'll jump right into it this morning. After a quick breakfast, we set out on a locally guided visit to Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, before catching a local ferry to make our journey to visit the Grand Palace. Finally we'll finish up our morning with a tour of the Klongs (canals), watching locals go about their day living life along the river. This afternoon you're free to head to a local rooftop bar to toast the beginning of your trip with your new Contiki fam. Have one for us!
Bangkok you've been a dream, but we're ready to rock and roll on. This morning we're swapping the big city for the sleepy town of Kanchanaburi.
Here it's about living local. We'll start with visiting iconic historic sites including the WWII Cemetery, for a glimpse at darker past times, and the famed Bridge on the River Kwai. Since we all know there's nothing quite like local transport to make you feel really alive, this afternoon we'll pop into a boat along the River Kwai where we'll reach our home for the night: The Floating Jungle Raft Hotel. This place is every bit the dream Thailand location you've imagined, so you may have to pinch yourself as you're greeted with rooms lit by candlelight, followed by a delicious local dinner at dusk. If you're game, which of course you are, you can even jump into the river directly from your room. #Travelgoals, check!
We’ll start our day with a visit to the breathtaking Erawan Falls, one of the most famous National Parks of Thailand, made up from seven levels of incredible waterfalls. Take a quick dip in the emerald-hued ponds, dive into the clear waters & get an unreal FOMO Insta shot before we head off to our next stop Ayutthaya.
We’ll make a stop in the UNESCO listed city of Ayutthaya, once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam before being destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century. Here we’ll grab bikes & cycle past ornate temples, towering spires, and quaint villages. Tonight, we forgo a hotel to board our overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai.
We'll pull into Thailand's northern capital of Chiang Mai bright and early, but we're going to keep this adventure going as we roll on into Pai this morning.
Rise and shine from your railway slumber and prepare to fall in love with this picturesque mountain town. The rest of the day is yours to explore this traveller's paradise your way. Head out on foot or by bike, and adventure down Pai's little streets that pack some punch. Be sure to head out to experience Pai by night - an experience to rival that of its big sister Khao San Road in Bangkok.
With another full day in this charming town, be sure to have a strong shot of Thai espresso from one of the local cafes to get up and get going again. Just try to save some juice in the tank for an optional afternoon Muay Thai skills class with an expert, before we head out for our final night in Pai.
This morning we're Chiang Mai bound, but we're treating ourselves on the way with a visit to the Elephant Nature Park. This Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre that not only provides a sanctuary for the elephants, but gives us the once in a lifetime chance to get up close to these gentle giants. You'll have a chance to feed the elephants and watch them splash around on the river bank.
Tonight, there's a chance for you to explore the buzzy night markets that make Chiang Mai so legendary. Just ask your Trip Manager for the best tips on where to head and what to do.
Today is yours to make the most of the laid-back city of Chiang Mai. Either head out into the city's heart on foot and explore the old town, or if you're feeling a little more adventurous and want to make something special of your last full day, how does ziplining through the tree tops sound? Later this evening, you have the chance to dabble in the art of authentic Thai cooking so you can wow everyone back home with a mean Pad Thai.
This morning we say goodbye to Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand as we return to the bustling city of Bangkok.
Hot, hustling, manic & magical - welcome back to Bangkok. Your night is wide open in this vibrant city and how you fill your time is up to you. Catch a tuk-tuk to hit the Patpong Night Markets, or make your way to one of the many lively rooftop bars, buzzy nightclubs or cocktail lounges to toast the halfway point in your Thai adventure.
Shortly after breakfast we'll be taking our included flight to the beautiful Khao Sok.
Welcome to Khao Sok! After arriving in Surat Thani, we'll head to Cheow Larn lake for a day trip. We'll cruise the oldest lake in Southern Thailand, kayaking, swimming & soaking up the sun. From there we'll make our way into the Khao Sok jungle where our riverside accommodation awaits.
Today, you have a full free day to enjoy the lush surroundings. You're free to spend your afternoon swimming and tubing in the river, grabbing a paddle for a river canoe ride, or getting a selfie in front of the limestone cliffs with a fresh juice in hand.
The beach is calling and we know you're ready! We're jumping in a van and taking a ferry to the palm-fringed island of Koh Lanta this morning.
Ultimate tropical vibes await us on the charming island of Koh Lanta. Slipping contently into island life, we'll have time to snorkel, swim & bathe in the sun while sipping fresh coconut juice.
Stay on island time with a free day to do whatever makes you happy. If lying in a hammock gets old, you can sign up for a snorkelling cruise exploring the rich marine life in crystal clear waters surrounding the Koh Lanta coast.
It's back on the boat this morning, we're heading to Phuket where we continue to our last stop on your ultimate Thai trip.
You've got time to squeeze in a traditional Thai massage this afternoon before we hit Bangla Road this evening, where the bright lights kick things up a level.
Now that we're done bouncing through Bangla Road, today choose to explore coastal caves & limestone karsts. You're free to hit the beach again in the afternoon, or brush up on those bartering skills and squeeze in some shopping while marveling at the Chinese architecture in Phuket Town.
Our trip will wrap up shortly after our last team breakfast. Time to say fond farewells to your new BFFs and leave with a new place in your heart for the Land of Smiles.
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Duration: 16 Days
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