Marvel at beautiful Buddhist temples, share smiles with villagers during a remote hillside trek, and dive into southern waters – this comprehensive 20-day tour gets you to the cultural heart of Thailand and its best beaches. After elephant rides and temple ruins, head south for a week of island-hopping in search of great snorkelling and cold drinks on the best beaches. This trip is the perfect introduction to Thailand.
East Coast and West Coast itineraries: Klong boat tour (Bangkok). Wat Po entrance and guided tour. Doi Suthep temple entrance (Chiang Mai). Hilltribe village trek (3 nts). Elephant ride. Temple ruins tour (Ayutthaya). Floating rafthouse overnight stay (Kanchanaburi). River Kwai War Museum visit. Erawan Falls visit. West Coast: Koh Klang village tour. Snorkel trip. Local island homestay. Free time on spectacular beaches. East Coast: Snorkel trip. Free time on spectacular beaches. Internal flights.
West Coast: 16 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners. East Coast: 16 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners. (Allow USD380-500 for meals not included.)
West Coast itinerary: Hotels/guesthouses (7 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), hilltribe village huts (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper trains (3 nts), simple bungalows (4 nts, fan-cooled), camping (1 nts), homestay (1 nt). East Coast itinerary: Hotels/guesthouses (13 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), hilltribe village huts (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper trains (3 nts).
Train, cycle-rickshaw, longtail boat, elephant, walking, minibus, songthaew, local bus, boat, plane.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12