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Thailand Journey

Discover as much of northern Thailand as you can on this eight-day trip packed with unforgettable cultural experiences. Explore the serene UNESCO World Heritage site Ayutthaya Historical Park and enjoy dinner on a converted rice barge. Travel to a traditional village outside of Chiang Mai and visit the home of a local family. Introduce yourself to a colourful and enchanting part of the world.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATTNG/155181
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
You will Visit
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

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Day 2: Bangkok/Kanchanaburi

Travel to Kanchanaburi, home to the "Bridge on the River Kwai." Take a train journey over the bridge and take in a piece of World War II history.

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Day 3: Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Enjoy a morning visit to Erawan National Park and waterfall then visit the Thai/Burma War Museum and War Cemetery. This afternoon, travel to Ayutthaya and enjoy dinner on a converted 1930s rice barge.

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Day 4: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ayutthaya Historical Park, which served as Thailand's capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Later, return to Bangkok to catch a flight to Chiang Mai.

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Day 5: Chiang Mai

Following a visit to the local markets with a chef we will enjoy a Thai cooking class at a private culinary school, then have the dish for lunch. Later we'll visit the historic Wat Chedi Luang and sit down with one of the young Monks to discuss daily life and Buddhism. Listen to monks chanting at Doi Suthep Temple, one of the most stunning golden Temples in Thailand.
Monk Chats are a great cultural exchange, but is also important in helping the young Monks improve their English.

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Day 6: Chiang Mai

Enjoy the day to explore or participate in some optional activities. Later we travel to the countryside, visiting a local village and enjoying an authentic khantok dinner in a family's home.
Travel to the countryside near Chiang Mai and enjoy dinner northern khantok style, a must-do when you reach northern Thailand. Khantok in the Northern dialect means wooden tray, used for carrying dishes, round in shape and made of teak wood. The host will invite guests to sit on the floor around the khantok. Main dishes usually include sticky rice, hang-le curry (Burmese-styled curry), and some chill-pasted crispy pork. Later, enjoy tea time with the opportunity to talk with local people to learn their way of living.

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Day 7: Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Flight to bustling Bangkok for a klong riverboat ride through Bangkok's canals and visit to Wat Po, the famed Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

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Day 8: Bangkok

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Thai Home Dinner, Chiang Mai Hands-On: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai
    • Arrival transfer
    • Entrance to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre war museum and train ride
    • Visit to Erawan National Park
    • Guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park
    • Dinner on a converted rice barge
    • Sunset visit to Doi Suthep monastery
    • Explore Bangkok and take a klong boat ride
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts)
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Private bus/minivan, tuk tuk, train, boat, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Take a train over the "Bridge on the River Kwai"
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Take an authentic Thai cooking class with a local chef
  • Discuss Buddhism with the monks at the Wat Chedi Luang temple