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Thailand Culture and Beach Tour

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Duration: 16 days

Destination: Bangkok / Kanchanaburi / Ayutthaya / Sukhothai / Lampang / Chiang Rai / Chiang Mai / Koh Lanta Island

US$ 2,538 US$ 2,115 per person

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This will be perfect option to take you through outstanding natural scenery and give you a great chance to visit the remote places in Thailand, from the bustling Bangkok with many historical sites to Koh Lanta – one of the most pristine and beautiful island in southern Thailand

trip highlight

  • Admire the most grand and beautiful building in Bangkok: Wat Traimit, Wat Po, Royal Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha Pagoda
  • Journey to famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Admire the otherworldly beauty of Erawan Waterfall, Kanchanaburi
  • Take a bicycle trip to Sukhothai historical park
  • Explore the hill-tribe groups in Chiang Rai and come to see the Golden Triangle
  • Get to Chiang Mai and visit Pagagayaw Karen Neck Hill Tribe Village 
  • Visit Doi Suthep and Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep – the most sacred temple lying upon the hill 
  • Enjoy the trekking in Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Free day to relax and enjoy your time in Koh Lanta Island and optional trip to explore Koh Phi Phi

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Day 1: BANGKOK ARRIVAL

Meal provided: no Meals

Upon arrival at Bangkok airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel (check-in time from 2:00 p.m., early check-in is subject to availability).

The glorious history of the capital of Thailand, Bangkok is closely linked to the Chakri dynasty that still reigns but does rule in Thailand.


Enjoy your free time at the hotel or wander to explore the city.

Stay overnight in Bangkok

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Day 2: BANGKOK – FULL DAY CITY TOUR

Meal Provided: Breakfast

After breakfast, we visit the Grand Royal Palace dedicated to the ceremony of the Thai royal family.

It is the most sacred place, respected and majestic in Bangkok. The Grand Palais, or the Royal Palace, is a resort with many historical monuments built for centuries. For most, these are temples and official buildings still used today.

In the same compound is the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew, which is known for the statue of the Emerald Buddha.

After visiting this complex, we continue to visit Wat Pho, a giant house of the Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist temples in Bangkok. It is located at the shore of the eastern Chao Phraya River, south of the Grand Palace. The temple of the symbol is the famous statue “Reclining Buddha”. This statue represents Buddha on his deathbed. It is 45 meters long and 15 meters high. His feet are inlaid with mother of pearl.

After lunch at the restaurant (pay on the spot), a walk-in Chinatown is considered the busiest area in Bangkok and is known for various specialties from countries in the region. The dishes are prepared only with the freshest ingredients of the day. Visit the Wat Traimit which is well known as the Golden Buddha.

Afternoon, board a long-tail boat for a trip along the Chao Phraya River and many lively inner canals of Thonburi bank offering fantastic views of the local life nearby. You will have the opportunity to snack, buy trinkets, or use the toilet at stops along the way. We stop at Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn along the way. Return to the hotel for free time.

Stay overnight in Bangkok.

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Day 3: BANGKOK – MAE KLONG RAIWAY MARKET – DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET – KANCHANABURI

Meal Provided: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, take just a short drive from the bustling streets of Bangkok, the high-rise urban landscape dissolves into a lush green rural idyll. This full-day trip to Samut Songkhram Province, only an hour outside the capital, allows guests to experience the traditional charms of the Thai countryside.

The day starts with a trip to the Mae Klong Railway market; a country market has sprouted up along the tracks. When a train pulls in or out of the station, the vendors quickly clear their stalls, only to set them up again moments later when the train has passed! From here, the journey continues to the very famous tourist Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

Although quite touristy today, the market remains the best example to showcase what a floating market originally was like decades ago. A relaxing paddle boat ride through the labyrinth of canals offers the chance to see the old part of the floating market and the local lifestyle along the canal side. Off the boat, it is time to enjoy strolling around the colorful floating marketplace bustling with boats and vendors selling tropical fruits and other delights.

For visits falling on a Saturday or Sunday, the tour offers the option of an exploration choosing between visiting Damnoen Saduak or the smaller and less touristy floating market Tha Kha where a short paddle boat tour in the backwaters offering a visit to an old Thai ho Duse making coconut palm sugar.

Next, we depart for Kanchanaburi where we have a chance to visit the World War II memorial including the Jeath War Museum, and Cemetery. Then take boarding for a train ride along the railway from Wang Pho to enjoy the beautiful scenery and river for around 30 minutes. Pick up and transfer by car to the hotel.

Stay overnight in Kanchanaburi.

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Day 4: KANCHANABURI – ERAWAN PARK – AYUTTHAYA

Meal Provided: Breakfast

Morning breakfast and depart for Erawan Waterfall – a beautiful seven-tiered waterfall. Located in Erawan National Park, Walking up to see each of the picturesque falls, it is best to bring good walking shoes. Also, guests should remember to bring their swimming suits if they wish to swim in the fall’s natural pools.

In the afternoon we continue the road to Ayutthaya. The ancient city of Ayutthaya is known as the ‘Venice of the East’ because it is found along the Chao Phraya, the tributaries that surround the province of Ayutthaya River. Many monuments and remains of the period can be visited in this city founded in 1350 by King Uthong when the Thai had to migrate to the South under pressure from their neighbors to the North.

Stay overnight in Ayutthaya

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Day 5: Ayutthaya – Sukhothai

Meal Provided: Breakfast

The morning after breakfast we will catch Kermit tuk tuk. These ‘cute’ tuk tuks are found in only two of Thailand’s provinces: Ayutthaya, and Trang. Along the ride, explore the temple highlights of the city from Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Wat Mahathat (with a Buddha face emerging from a tree), and stroll through a local market en route to Wat Phra Srisanphet

Then we continue the road trip to Sukhothai via Uthai Thani and Phitsanulok.

Sukhothai is Thailand’s ancient capital and is considered to be the birthplace of Thai culture and “Thainess”, Sukhothai is rich with historical history and intrigue.

Upon arrival in Sukhothai in the late afternoon, check in the hotel and relax.

Stay overnight in Sukhothai.

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Day 6: Sukhothai – Lampang

Meal Provided: Breakfast

After breakfast, meet your guide and transfer to the bicycle parking area where we will take the bike to visit the Sukhothai historical park, the park contains nearly 200 ruined chedis in remarkable condition.

First, we visit the image of Ajana Buddha, the legend of the Buddha spoken at Wat Srichum.

Then we take the bike to Wat Prapailuang, the community center before starting the Sukhothai kingdom in the past. The next temples we will visit are Wat Sri Sawai and Wat Sra Sri and Wat Trapang Ngoen.

In the afternoon, head to Lampang then free at leisure.

Stay overnight in Lampang.

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Day 7: Lampang – Chiang Rai

Meal Provided: Breakfast

After breakfast, we will visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, one of the best examples of Lanna-style architecture in Thailand. Its viharas open on all sides are typical of the Lanna style. While some temples have been restored using modern materials and modern building techniques, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang has been preserved in its original state. The temple was built in the 13th century. Its name translates to “the temple of the Great Relic of the Lampang Buddha”. The architecture is a mix of Lanna and Thai Lü styles. After, we will take a 30-minute horse-drawn carriage tour through the city and the villages.

Lunch by your own account at the local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we continue to Chiang Rai. On the way we will have a stop at Phayao Lake where we can have a coffee and enjoy the view of the lake.

Arrived in Chiang Rai at the end of the day.

Stay overnight in Chiang Rai.

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Day 8: CHIANG RAI - FULL DAY CITY

Meal Provided: Breakfast

The morning after breakfast, we will visit the local market to discover the local products. After that, we visit the world-famous Wat Phra Kaew where the Emerald Buddha image was once enshrined. Move on to Wat Phra Singh where one of Thailand’s most beautiful Buddha images is now enshrined.

Then take a short drive from Chiang Rai City to Black House. Baan Dam (Black House) is the unique creation of national artist, Thawan Duchanee. Part art studio, part museum, part home, Baan Dam is an eclectic mix of traditional northern Thai buildings interspersed with some outlandish modern designs.

Lunch on your own and afternoon we will take on our boat cruise on the Mae Kok River from Chiang Rai to Karen village where you can watch elephants or feed them. After that, you will take 1 hour of elephant trekking.

Have a private transfer back to Chiang Rai.

Stay overnight in Chiang Rai.

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Day 9: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Mai

Meal Provided: Breakfast

After breakfast, we will have a ride to visit Chiang Saen the ancient city which is located on the Khong River Bank.

After that, visit to Opium Museum which shows opium’s history in the past in Thailand.

Have lunch on your own account at the local restaurant at the Golden Triangle.

Then you will take a boat trip along the Mekong Kong River to see Thailand, Burma & Laos meet at the Golden Triangle. 

Afternoon we transfer directly to Chiang Mai. 

Check-in at the hotel and relax.

Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

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Day 10: Chiang Mai City & Doi Suthep

Meal Provided: Breakfast

The morning will be mainly devoted to the walking tour of the old town with a stop at the old wall, the moat, and a door of the old town. You will see the most beautiful temples of Chiang Mai: Wat Phra Singh templeWat Pan Tao temple, and Wat Chedi Luang temple.

Then you will stroll along small streets lined with traditional houses, where you will take a rickshaw tour.  After that, you will take a walk through the central market of Warorot before visiting Doi Suthep Hill.

To brighten up your evening, browse the Night Market for yourself.

Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

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Day 11: Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon – Chiang Mai

Meal Provided: Breakfast

In the morning we will take approximately 2 hours to the highest peak of Thailand – Doi Inthanon National Park. On arrival, we will spend 2-3 hours trekking through the jungle following a narrow mountain trail that leads us to a stunning hidden waterfall in the middle of the lush jungle. Along the way before reaching the Pagagayaw Karen hill tribe village, we will pass through the farmland where you will see the coffee plantation, flower farm, and beautiful rice terraces. Discover the Pagagayaw Karen hill tribe village and taste a cup of locally grown coffee then move on to Vachiratharn Waterfall, a 70 meters high thunderous waterfall. Enjoy the cool fresh air at the waterfall before we continue back to the ground.

After that, you will visit the beautiful architecture of Napamaytanidol Chedi and Phra Mahatat Napaphon Bhumisiri which build to honor the 60th birthday of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit.

Then transfer back to Chiang Mai.

Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

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Day 12: Chiang Mai – Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch

The morning after breakfast, we drive to Elephant Jungle Sanctuary to visit the program below:

Join-in Itinerary:

08:00 – 08:30: Pick up from your hotel or accommodation.

08:30: Drive approximately 1.5 hours South of Chiang Mai through rolling hills, forest, and local farming areas.

10:30: Arrive at the Sanctuary. Meet your guide and walk for 10-15 minutes through the Jungle to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Change into traditional Karen clothing. Enjoy an introductory lesson about elephant anatomy, history, and behavior.

11:00: Meet the elephants. Feed, interact, and play with the elephants in a natural environment as you learn about their behavior and history. Take photos with the elephants.

12:00: Enjoy a lunch of traditional Thai food and fresh fruit.

13:00: Learn how to make herbal medicine balls, feed the Elephants and then walk with the elephants to the river. Bathe and brush the elephants.

14:00: Join the elephants for a therapeutic mud spa. Swim in the river and take photos with the elephants.

15:00: Change clothes and say goodbye to the elephants.

15:30: Leave the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and drive approximately 1.5 hours to Chiang Mai.

17:00 – 17:30: Drop off at your hotel or accommodation.

Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

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Day 13: Chiang Mai – Flight to Krabi – Koh Lanta Island

Meal Provided: Breakfast

Morning free until time transfer to the airport for onward flight to Krabi, on arrival, pick up and transfer to Ao Nang where you will take the ferry to Koh Lanta Island

Check-in at the hotel. Have time free & easy on the island.

Koh Lanta is one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands, located just off the coast of Krabi. Its long coastline has nearly a dozen beaches; some considered the finest in the country, each one with its own charm and atmosphere.

Stay overnight in Koh Lanta

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Day 14: Koh Lanta Island free & easy

Meal Provided: Breakfast

You have all day free in Koh Lanta to participate in activities around the island.

Option: A day on the island of Phi-Phi by speed boat (Lunch included) –  Join a group with English speaking guide.

Price: starting from US$ 79/adult; US$ 59/child (2-11 years old)

Duration: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.
Enjoy a speed boat to the Phi Phi Island Group. Phi Phi Island is one of the best places in the world due to its magnificent resources of marine life.

Itinerary:

08h00-08h30: Pick up from your hotel.

Board a speedboat for Phi Phi Leh and visit the Viking Cave and the lagoon of Phi Phi Leh, one of the most beautiful lagoons.

Stop at Loh Sa Ma Bay to swim and snorkel. Head to Maya Bay. It’s very beautiful, that’s why the film The Beach was filmed there in 2000. After Maya Bay, we will go to Monkey Bay where you will be greeted by many little monkeys.

Have a delicious buffet lunch and relax at the restaurant on Phi Phi Island.

After lunch, no more snorkeling in Hin Klang. It is snorkeling in the open sea along the colorful coral reef gardens with exotic fish.

In the end, we stop and spend time swimming, relaxing, and sunbathing on Bamboo Island.

Return to the pier and transfer back to your hotel.

Notes: Program details may change depending on the tide or weather conditions.

Bring Sunscreen, sunglasses, a camera, a hat, towels, a swimsuit, and flippers. (in low season a waterproof jacket is a good idea in case of rain)

Price included: Transfer from/to the hotel, entrance fees, accident insurance, mask and snorkel, life jacket, first aid kit, water and soft drinks, fruit, lunch (for halal or vegetarian Muslim food, please ask on reservation), and an English-speaking guide.

Stay overnight in Koh Lanta.

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Day 15: Koh Lanta Island free & easy

Meal Provided: Breakfast

Free day on Koh Lanta Island.

Stay overnight in Koh Lanta

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Day 16: Koh Lanta Island – Krabi – Departure

Meal Provided: Breakfast

Free day at leisure till check-out time. Transfer from Hotel Krabi airport for a flight to your next destination.

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Tour prices shown are 'per person', based on a travelling party of 4 adults, and sharing double or twin room.

** If you travel in groups of 2, 3 and so on. Please feel free to contact us for specific offer.


** If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you also earn money by using the Share Button above to invite your friends and family to book this tour with you.


Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

What's Included:
• 15 nights base in double/twin sharing rooms at centrally located & well selected Comfort hotels (3 star-hotel). 
[ Superior (4 star-hotel), Luxury (5- star hotel), High-end (best of the best hotel) properties are also available upon request] 
• Daily buffet or set breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges. 
• Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary. 
• Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver as specified in the itinerary. 
• Sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary. 
• Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner. 
• Entrance fees according the above program
• Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers 
• VAT and all taxes and service charge. 

What's Excluded:
• International flight tickets and Visas stamp 
• Domestic and regional flights in the tour
• Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls 
• Personal, travel and health insurance
• Early check in and late check out 
• Single room supplement if request 
• Drinks during meals
• Meals that are not specified
• Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff 
• Surcharge for peak season & compulsory dinner on X’mas and New Year’s Eve 

Remarks

1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the “Tailor this trip" button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:
• Boutique & character hotels: from $50-$80 USD per room/ per night
• Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night
• Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/ per night
• Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night
• High-end = Best of the best hotels from US$ 250++ per room/ per night

3. Child policy: 
• Ages 0-2: free of charge for tour. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 2-5: 50% of adult price. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 6-10: 85% of adult price & airfare fully charges
• 11 years and older: 100% (charged as an adult)

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.


  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asianwaytravel.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

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  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

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Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.


  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( with at least 3 vacats pagess and valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

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We will send the visa approval letter via email to you after 7 working days.
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).


  • Step 3: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
    Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($25 for single entry visa; $50 for 1 month multiple entry visa ). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

    Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

  • For those who is applicable for E-visa, our travel experts will consult case by case.

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