With some insider knowledge a visit to Thailand is as exhilarating, rewarding and fulfilling as it ever was. The 'Land of Smiles' with bustling Bangkok, the remote hill tribes and elephants of the north and the irresistible southern beaches, Thailand should still be considered as a must visit destination.
Start your Thailand holiday amidst the canals and Temples of Bangkok. This vibrant city is bursting with sites, from the soaring spires of the Grand Palace to the explosion of colour at the flower market and the constantly busy waterways, teeming with barges and boats going about their daily business. Continue north to the Golden Triangle and the cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to experience a more rural side of Thailand with hill tribe villages, lush scenery and the chance to interact with elephants. No trip to Thailand would be complete without some time to relax on a white sandy beach and Phuket offers some of the best in the country. The perfect trip for a first time visit to Thailand.
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Fly London to Bangkok overnight
Day at leisure in Bangkok
If you enjoy cities then Bangkok is a must when visiting Thailand. Busy, hectic and sometimes overwhelming it is a true attack on the senses. With exquisite temples, a beautiful Grand Palace plus street markets and long tailed boats, there is so much to explore and enjoy. Glittering temples vie for space with modern skyscrapers and hotels, while quiet back lanes carry the sounds of every day life.
You will be staying at Peninsula Hotel
Choice of activties and excursionsSome suggestions for sightseeing are:• Cooking lesson in a private home• Travel by private long-tailed boat along the small rivers, known locally as klongs• Visit the Grand Palace• Have lunch at Jim Thompsons House, explore the museum and buy some of Thailand’s best silk• Visit the ancient capital of Ayutthaya• Travel outside the city to the Bridge on the River Kwai• Spend the morning at the authentic Tha Kha floating market
Fly Bangkok to Chiang Rai
Known as the gateway to the Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai was founded in 1262 by King Mengrai as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Wat Pra Keow in Chiang Rai was once home to the famed 'Emerald Buddha' now residing at Wat Pra Keow in the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Chiang Rai itself is situated in a valley and the mountains in the surrounding area are home to many people of the various ethnic minority 'hill tribe' groups. It is possible to arrange treks into the nearby mountains to visit the villages where these people still live a basic lifestyle, albeit one that is changing rapidly.
You will be staying at Anantara Golden Triangle
Full Days Sightseeing in Chiang RaiVenture out for a full day exploring this northern region. Visit the Opium Museum, looking into the infamous history of this regions former role in the opium trade, explore the Golden Triangle with Lanna Hill Tribe villages, speed up the Mekong on a private long tailed boat to the walled city of Chiang Saen and most importantly learn more about the majestic Asian Elephant. The best way to do this is become a Mahout, learn how to 'drive' these wonderful animals, trek through the local jungle and finish with a dip in the river, the elephants favourite part of the day.
Travel from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai
Driven from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai, a drive of around four hours. En route stop for lunch and at local sites.
The capital of the North, Chiang Mai, is a wonderful small city, yet increasingly busy city with a history spanning more than 700 years old. Sitting in a beautiful valley, surrounded by farmland, orchards and forested mountains, Chiang Mai still retains a charm of its own.Visitors to Chiang Mai are sure to find themselves busy exploring old temples, bustling markets, and mountain top temples, such as Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. The streets and lanes are lined with shops selling a fantastic range of goods and of course the famous night bazaar is a great place to explore.
You will be staying at Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel
Choice of activties and excursionsSome sightseeing suggestions include:• Chiang Mai Temples with time with the monks• Visit the Karen Long Necked Hill Tribe village• Spend the day at the Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang• Flight of The Gibbon Treetop Adventure (zip wiring)!• White Water Rafting• Chiang Mai is also a good place to consider a cooking lesson• Visit the charitable Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens
Time to Yourself
Fly Chiang Mai to Phuket
The famous island of Phuket is located in the south of Thailand and is the country's largest and most popular island. It is where the lush forests of the south meet the exquisite waters of the Andaman Sea, and has long attracted visitors in their droves. Though it remains Thailand's most popular destination, the island's size makes it relatively easy to avoid the tourist traps.
You will be staying at The Sarojin
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