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Day 01: BANGKOK – KANCHANABURI
Arrival in Bangkok before 8am - free lunch and dinner – night at Kanchanaburi
You are welcomed at the airport in Bangkok by our local team and your English speaking guide and drive to Kanchanaburi. Upon arrival in Kanchanaburi, check in to your hotel to enjoy the free time.
Free lunch. Tour by train, the railroad lovers can travel on one of the historic routes of Southeast Asia, the remaining part of the "Death Railway” from the provincial capital to the Namtok train station. Boat Tour to Kanchanaburi : this trip is an unforgettable experience, this part of the Khwae Noi River is rich with natural beauty and wildlife. River Kwai Bridge: known worldwide thanks to several films and books, it is still used today. The river is lined with restaurants, souvenir and jewelry shops. A steam locomotive from World War II and an amazing hybrid car / wagon of the same time are part of a small Railway Museum near the bridge. The War Museum JEATH: plunge into the historical atmosphere of the Second World War. These places testifying to appalling conditions of prisoners make this museum a genuine place.
Free dinner. Overnight in Kanchanaburi
Day 02 : KANCHANABURI – LOPBURI – NAKHON SAWAN - KAMPHAENG PHET
Free lunch and dinner – night at Kamphaeng Phet - 6.5h drive
Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to Lopburi, one of the most ancient Khmer capitals. Many Khmer-style monuments were constructed such as the Hindu shrine, the tomb of Phra Kan. Lopburi is also the city of Thailand where there is most monkeys. Discovery of Phra Prang Sam Yot and Wat Phra Sri Rattanamahathat, a very important monument in the history and archeology.
Lunch during the visit (suggestion at Lopburi Inn). Then you will continue your journey. Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to Nakhon Sawan. Wat Woranat Banphot is an ancient temple of the Province on the top of Khao Kop, 185 meters above the sea level. On its peak, a replica of the Buddha footprint and a pagoda encasing the relic. Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to Kamphaeng Phet. Located 77 km from Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, a UNESCO heritage site, contains 3 Buddhas at Wat Phra Kaew. Ideal for a bike ride, the city of Kamphaeng Phet is a quiet little touristic town. Visit the Historical Park, including Wat Phra Kaeo temple, Wat Phra That, Sa Mon, Wat Phra Non, Wat Phra Si Iriyabot, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chang Rop.
Free dinner. Overnight in Kamphaeng Phet
Day 03 : KAMPHAENG PHET – TAK – MAE SOT – UMPHANG
Free lunch and dinner – night at Umphang- 6h drive
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Mae Sot, outside the city is the Mu Soe Hill Tribe Market, which offers a wide range of local fruit, vegetables, but also silverware, clothes and other local products. It offers a unique atmosphere created by the local community of hill tribes in the province of Tak. The dynamic Burmese Market, in the city center, represents an amazing cultural mix. There Indo-Burmese textiles, food and teak, the stalls are Karen, Mon, Hmong ... There are turtles, eels, frogs galore and much more on food stalls. There are many gems of shops and Jade. The Rim Moei Market is also very interesting. Lunch during the visit.
To reach Umphang from Mae Sot, you should absolutely take the "Death Highway" which is now secure but very steep. On the way, visit the following sites: Pha Charoen waterfalls, the Hmong village of Ban Pa Kha Kao. Arrive by late afternoon in the small town of Umphang, get carried away by the tranquility of the place and choose among the many shops, a trip that will take you to the most spectacular waterfalls in the country. To access this area quite remarkable, it takes several hours. The path leads through more than 1,000 curves along a desert breathtaking. The small town of Umphang is surrounded by dense jungle. The Huai Kha Khaeng Thungyai wildlife sanctuary, 6000 km², is a Unesco World Heritage site since 1991. Dinner and overnight in Umphang.
Day 04 : UMPHANG
Free lunch and dinner - Free day – night at Umphang
Breakfast at hotel and free day in the middle of these amazing and beautiful natural surroundings. Mae Klong River is popular for rafting, because of its many rapids, stunning jungle scenery and countless waterfalls and cascades. (Level 4-5). Make a full day cycling in the rain forest with a mountain bike. Or a full day of moderate trekking (5-6hrs walk) in the rain forest, then 1 hour elephant ride, visit villages of local tribes.
Day 05 : UMPHANG – MAE SOT – MAE SARIANG
Free lunch and dinner - night at Mae Sariang - 8h drive, 418km
Breakfast at hotel then drive to Mae Sot. You will continue your journey along the Thai-Burma border. Discovery of Karen and Lawa villages along the Moei River which forms the border between Thailand and Myanmar. The road follows the river before going up north to reach Mae Sariang. One of the cultural highlights of this region is the authentic hill tribe villages scattered around Mae Sariang.
A visit to these villages will be a complete cultural immersion and an introduction to their local life. Lunch during the visit. Then drive to Mae Sariang, a village where mountaineers from the region come to buy local goods. A pretty river runs on the western side of the city with beautiful teak houses. You can visit two beautiful temples in the city: Wat Si and Wat Jong Bunruang Sun, built in the 19th century in Burmese style.
Visit of Mae Sariang Museum, a wooden building in a traditional Thai design. The museum displays and sales "One Tambol One Product" (OTOP) and includes presentations on the lifestyle of indigenous peoples, including Lua, Thai Yai, Karen, Hmong and Lawa with their local history. Dinner, overnight in Mae Sariang.
Day 06 : MAE SARIANG – MAE HONG SON
Free lunch and dinner - night at Mae Hong Son -2,5h drive, 164km
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Khun Yuam, during the month of November, the Bua Thong Flowers (wild sunflowers) are in full bloom on the slopes of the mountain. The Khun Yuam War Museum has military equipment and an interesting collection of photographs from the Second World War. Imperial troops of the Japanese army stationed in Khun Yuam during the construction of a road which cross Burma to India. Visit the "Museum of Japan” with pictures and documentaries about the Second World War. The Nam Tok Mae Surin National Park is one of the most popular national park in the province of Mae Hong Son and is visited preferably during the cool season between November and April. You can visit the beautiful waterfall of Mae Surin, falling from a height of 80 meters. Then you will continue with a visit to a Hmong village.
The Thais call the Hmong "Meo" from South China via Laos. Very attached to their traditions, they know the harshness of mountain life, living between 1000 and 2000m altitude. They produce rice and corn, according to the will of the authorities who wish to divert the illicit cultivation of opium poppy. Lunch. Drive to Mae Hong Son with the visit of three temples near the picturesque Jong Kham Lake. This is one of the central points of the city, the western part of the lake has a few restaurants, a night market and a walking path along the lake. Visit Wat Chong Kham next to Wat Chong Klang is the older of the two Wat founded in 1827 by the Shan ruler of Mae Hong Son. Wat Chong Klang was built in the 1860s, its Burmese style chedi can be easily seen from the shore of the lake. Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu is the main attraction of Mae Hong Son, keeping the city like a sentry. The best time to visit is at sunset between November and February when the surrounding mountains are shrouded in fog. Dinner and overnight in Mae Hong Son.
Day 07: MAE HONG SON – THAM LOD - PAI
Free lunch and dinner – night at Pai -2h drive, 107km
Breakfast at hotel, then visit Karen villages. The Padaung also known as the Kayan. They live near the northern border, migrated from Burma in recent conflicts. Meet the “Giraffes Women" and the "Women with long ears"
Kayah Li women could be called "Women Elephants" because they wrap lacquered cotton rings around their legs. Drive by jeep to Mae Hong Son. Lunch. Visit the Tham Lod cave by bamboo raft on the inland lake, exploring its many limestone concretions and its prehistoric coffins. Depending on the time, you can visit the remote village of Pai and three other villages of the local ethnic groups: Ban Bang Paek (Lisu tribe) - although they represent only about 5% of the total population of the tribes, Lisu are present, particularly because of their bright clothes. They are established in areas of high altitude. Ban Mae Ping (Karen tribe) and finally Ban Ban Jabo and Payang (Lahu tribe).
Lahu called by the Thai "Muser" are hunters by tradition. With animistic origin, like most tribes, many of them have converted to Christianity. The Lahu women wear red and black jackets with narrow black skirts. Dinner and overnight in Pai.
Day 08 : PAI – CHIANG MAI – NIGHT BUS – BANGKOK – HUA HIN
Free lunch and dinner - night in VIP Bus - 2h drive
Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to Chiang Mai. Visit of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, 15km away from the city center, culminating at over 1,000 meters above sea level. It offers great views over the city and countryside. It is accessible by a staircase of 290 steps or funicular. At the top, the golden chedi protects the relics of the Buddha.
Lunch during the visit. In the afternoon, enjoy a bike ride in the old city center and visit three Lanna style temples: Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Chiang Man. Walk around Chinatown and near the Warorot colorful market. If time permits, go to Baan Tawai, a village of wood carvers.
Free dinner. Overnight in the VIP bus (cover and pillow – touch screen, per pax)
Day 09: BANGKOK - HUA HIN - BANG SAPHAN
Free lunch and dinner – night at Bang Saphan- 2h15 drive
Early morning arrival in Hua Hin. Breakfast at hotel, then walk around the fishing pier and the beach of Hua Hin. Drive to Bang Saphan, small paradise for nature lovers and tranquility. Its main attraction is the large sandy beach lined with coconut trees and bungalows
Free afternoon. We suggest you to visit the local market and in the evening, to participate in a local style barbecue on the beach. Free lunch and dinner. Overnight in Bang Saphan
Day 10: BANG SAPHAN – AO MANAO BAY - PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN
Free lunch and dinner –night at Prachuap Khiri Khan- 1h boat
Breakfast at hotel. Then morning transfer by private minibus to Bang Saphan to take a boat (10 minutes) to reach Koh Thalu Island, a private island in the Gulf of Thailand with beautiful pristine beaches lined with coconut trees. Swim in the clear blue sea rich in marine life.
Lunch during the visit. Return by boat at 1pm. Prachuap Khiri Khan is a fishing port with a superb bay. Beautiful beaches are nearby. Visit the monastery on the top of Khao Chong Krachok (or Mount Mirror), 395 steps lead to a small pagoda populated by monkeys players. Then, drive to Ao Manao (Lemon Bay), a pleasant beach.
Free dinner. Overnight in Prachuap Khiri Khan
Day 11: PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN – HUA HIN
Free lunch and dinner – night at Hua Hin- 1.5h drive
Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to Hua Hin, famous for its traditional fishing port, seafood restaurants and the beautiful sandy beach that stretches for three kilometers. Visit the Klai Kangwon Palace composed of three Spanish-style villas facing the sea, the Summer Palace built in 1926 by King Rama VI.
Free end of the day. Lunch and dinner. Overnight in Hua Hin
Day 12 : HUA HIN – RATCHABURI – SAMUT SONGKHRAM
Free lunch and dinner – night at Samut Songkhram- 2h drive
Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer by private minivan to Ratchaburi (100 km way from Bangkok) to visit the floating market of Damnoen Saduak, one of the most famous floating markets in Thailand. Discovery of the largest market Ton Kem and its delicious fresh food.
Free lunch. Bike ride to the Amphawa Floating Market. You will take a canoe to discover the attractions. Free dinner. Overnight in Samut Songkhram
Day 13 : SAMUT SONGKHRAM – BANGKOK
Free lunch and dinner – free afternoon – night at Bangkok- 2h drive
Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer by private car to Bangkok. Visit Wat Traimit (Big Golden Buddha) located in Chinatown, this temple houses an extraordinary representation of Buddha in gold built 700 years ago. Walking-tour with a guide in Chinatown Historic District, discovery of markets, food and culture. The tour starts on the Ratchawong dock on the Chao Praya, the Yaowarat old market and the Song Wat Road lined with old buildings and warehouses. Walk into the plastic and leather quarter and stop in a café 100 years old to appreciate the atmosphere. Visit of Issarnuparb, a busy market specializing in Chinese religious items and fresh products, and the Saphan Put market, which offer a wide range of clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, secondhand objects and antiques. The last stop will be at Pakklong Talad, the biggest market of flowers and vegetables in Bangkok.
Lunch. Free time in the afternoon. Option-suggestion: you can go shopping at the Mah Boon Krong shopping center, the largest center in Asia to find all kinds of fashion products, accessories, decoration, souvenirs, jewelery and electronic equipment. You also have the Siam Paragon, more elegant and cheaper. Transfer by late afternoon to your hotel.
Dinner on the most luxurious ship in Bangkok. Modern comfort and friendliness will seduce you. You can taste the varieties of Thai cuisine and seafood for a cruise on the Chao Phraya River.
Overnight in Bangkok
Day 14 : BANGKOK
Transfer to Bangkok- international flight
Breakfast at hotel.
At your request, transfer from your hotel in the city center to the international airport of Bangkok for your international flight.
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Note: The order of visits may at any time be amended in case of force majeure. If specific tour elements - mentioned in above itinerary - for some reason are effected and are not executable, they will be replaced by other valid alternatives of a similar quality.