This 9-night tour of Thailand will have you navigating the bustling streets of Bangkok, delving deep into the history of Kanchanaburi and soaking up the sun on the island of Phuket. With beaches aplenty and a colourful history running through the core of this fascinating Southeast Asian country, prepare for the holiday of a lifetime!
Situated in Southeast Asia, Thailand is a beautiful tapestry of eclectic cuisine, dazzling beaches and azure waters dotted with plump limestone karsts which sprout from the surface like green geysers. This tropical kingdom provides visitors with a welcome break from the dizzying madness of back home in the form of colourful sacred spaces, soothing massages and a rural heartland which contrasts with the roaring cities which surround it.
Your holiday of a lifetime begins in the capital city of Bangkok where culinary flair and urban jungle collide. A veritable concoction of old-meets-new, Bangkok is a place where regal-looking temples are perched beside ironclad skyscrapers, and 200-year-old rickety village homes rub shoulders with colossal shopping centres containing quirky keepsakes and bejeweled designer gear.
Spend some time at the Grand Palace, home to the Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist temple, and marvel at the divine Emerald Buddha statue. Kick back and relax in Silom’s Lumphinin Park if you’re looking to escape the city’s hustle and bustle or take a TukTuk tour, an age-old symbol of the city which offers a speedy (if a little shaky) tour of the city’s hidden crevices.
Two nights beneath the bright lights of Bangkok will be followed by a stay in Kanchanaburi, a peaceful province which is home to the Bridge over the River Kwai and infamous “Death Railway”. The chilled-out riverside vibe running through the core of Kanchanaburi and its significant WWII importance may provide a welcome breather from Bangkok’s frenetic back-alleys.
Staying at the Hintok River Camp, this leg of your trip will provide an emotional insight into the horrific conditions prisoners of WWII underwent during the construction of the “Death Railway.” Visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial and Thailand-Burma Railway Centre to catch a glimpse into the ghastly goings-on of this tumultuous era.
Your next destination will be Phuket, a twinkling paradise nestled on Thailand’s Indian Ocean coastline which abounds with fluorescent coral reefs begging to be explored. Home to jet-skiing, snorkeling, diving, yachting and parasailing, much of Phuket’s beauty lies on or beneath its shiny ocean surface.
If you’re not satisfied with beach-bumming and cocktail-guzzling, take yourself off on a speedboat tour of the islands around Phuket, such as Phang-nga Bay and Phi Phi Island. With turquoise waters and playful marine life frolicking about beneath the ocean’s ripples, you might find a spot of island-hopping will wash all your troubles away.
After zipping through crystal-clear waters and being rewarded with ocean scenery you’ll recognize only too well from holiday brochures or Hollywood flicks, take some time out to rest up at one of Phuket’s many renowned spas.With fabulous massages and unlimited pampering opportunities, you’ll leave Thailand feeling refreshed and well-rested, ready to wax lyrical to friends and family back home about this beautiful part of the world.
Luxury accommodation coupled with a handful of excursions and plenty of R&R!
- Return flights from UK
- A fabulous 3 nights’ accommodation in Bangkok at the Hotel Century Park
- A lovely 2 nights’ stay in Kanchanaburi at the Hintok River Camp
- A memorable 4 nights’ accommodation in Phuket in a Superior Room at the Chanalai Garden Resort
- A tour of the famous River Kwai and Hintok with the assistance of an English-speaking guide and coach transfer
- See the Hellfire Memorial Pass
- Ride alongside the River Kwai on a bicycle tour and visit a local temple
- Take a train ride along the historical Death Railway route
- Internal flight from Bangkok to Phuket
- Tour a traditional Mon Tribal Village
- Marvel at the history within the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre
- See the Allied War Cemetery
- Breakfast included in Phuket and Bangkok
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided in Kanchanaburi
- Air-conditioned transportation and coach transfers as stated in the itinerary
The sun, sea and gorgeous scenery of Thailand all rolled into one package deal!
- Discover the bright lights and mouthwatering cuisine of Bangkok, a city which never sleeps.
- Stand in awe of the Royal Grand Palace, an outstanding piece of architecture which never fails to impress.
- Visit the famous “Wat PhraKaew,” Thailand’s most sacred temple which houses the impressive Emerald Buddha.
- Venture to the scenic Kanchanaburi province and visit the renowned Bridge on the River Kwai.
- Step back in time at the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, providing an insight into the history and horrors of the construction of this railway.
- Soak up the sun on the impossibly beautiful island of Phuket.
- Try your hand at snorkeling, diving or sailing among the kaleidoscopic reefs which lie peacefully beneath Phuket’s waters.
Century Park Hotel is ideally positioned to be your selected accommodation for both leisure and business. Easily accessible by Expressway, Motorway, Mass transit BTS, amidst shops, restaurants, banks, and night markets, the hotel offers beautiful facilities and professional friendly service. The 24 storey hotel tower stands prominently in the Victory Monument area of inner Bangkok. This hotel has received the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.
This 24-storey, four-star city hotel features 380 well-appointed rooms, each tailored to satisfy the demands of modern travellers. Rooms are fitted with carpeted flooring and wooden furnishings, air-conditioned rooms all come with a satellite TV and minibar.
The hotel’s rooftop pool is a great place to kick back and relax, while a team of trained staff is on hand for advice at the fitness centre. The equipped business centre offers mobile phone rentals and secretarial services.
Roberto serves Italian cuisine, while JESS offers international buffet spreads. Cakes and pastries can be enjoyed at Patisserie. In the evenings, cocktails and live music are available at Signature Bar or Fountain Lounge.
Located on a gigantic cliff overlooking the River Kwai, Hintok River Camp is a great holiday destination in the abundant green nature of Kanchanaburi near Saiyok National Park with the hidden historical stories of WW 2. There is also a museum right at the camp site called Hintok Story Museum.
At Hintok River, guests can relax on sun loungers that overlook the river. Canoeing trips can also be organised by the hotel staff.
Tents at Camp Hintok River are spacious and furnished with luxurious wooden furniture . They feature outdoor showers with hot water, in-room air-conditioning and private verandas.
The restaurant and bar is set amongst tropical trees. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves a varied menu.
Chanalai Garden Resort is ideally situated in a peaceful corner of Kata Beach, on the western coast of Phuket Island, one of the most popular spots in Thailand. Less than a minute's walk away from the Beach and a 20-minute drive from downtown Phuket, the Resort is within easy access of shopping areas and a 45-minute drive from Phuket International Airport.
Rooms at Chanalai Garden Resort are decorated in a modern Thai style. Each room is equipped with a satellite TV, minibar and tea/coffee maker.
An outdoor free-form swimming pool with swim-up bar is filled with sport activities. The Kids Pool is separate from the adult pool and parents can enjoy swimming and sunbathing while looking after their kids. On the other side, Mook is an outdoor semicircle pool with swim-up bar, suitable for those who seek privacy, sunbathing, reading and relaxation.
You can rejuvenate and treat your body with our numerous Spa courses from top to toe at Mali’s luxury Spa & Massage. Especially for your privacy you will be treated in one of our private Spa's Luxury rooms with includes private Jacuzzi, sauna or steam room, and outdoor shower. Thai massage also available poolside in our Mali’s Thai massage parlor.
Morakot Restaurant serves buffet breakfast and local and European fare for lunch and dinner. Spice Trail specialises in seafood and grilled dishes. Guests can enjoy cocktails at the Lobby Lounge.
Day 1 ARRIVE BANGKOK
Welcome to Bangkok! One of our trusty representatives will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel where you’ll spend the rest of the day at leisure. Keep that pesky jetlag at bay by indulging in a relaxing Thai massage or get your taste buds tingling with tasty local cuisine beneath the glow of the sunset in one of the city’s stylish rooftop bars.
OVERNIGHT IN BANGKOK
Day 2 BANGKOK
Today there is no set itinerary so you’re free to explore the lively streets of Bangkok of your own accord or take one of the many optional excursions available. We recommend a half-day tour for first-timers to the city, involving a visit to the most popular Buddhist temple and landmark in the “city of angels” (this is not included).
Stop off at the Royal Grand Palace – a real must-see! This architectural powerhouse served as a royal residence from the 18th to the mid-20th century and is possibly the most visited royal monument of Thailand. The building is also home to Bangkok’s most sacred temple, the “Wat PhraKaew” and the famous Emerald Buddha.
OVERNIGHT IN BANGKOK
Day 3 BANGKOK - KANCHANABURI
Set off bright-eyed and bushy-tailed between 6.00-6.30 from your hotel via transfer. You’ll be whisked off to the Kanchanaburi province (128km west of Bangkok) where you’ll visit the famous Bridge over the River Kwai and take a train ride along the scenic and historic Death Railway route. Get off the train and chow down on a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, proceeding then to the Hellfire Pass Memorial. When you reach Hintok River Camp you’ll check in and have dinner. Overnight in the resort with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
OVERNIGHT IN KANCHANABURI
Day 4 KANCHANABURI
Join a leisurely bicycle tour along the River KwaiNoi early this morning where you’ll pass a hanging bridge and feast your eyes on a local temple. Watch as the locals offer food and alms to the Buddhist monks and discover this naturally beautiful and wonderfully serene area. Overnight in the resort in Kanchanaburi with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
OVERNIGHT IN KANCHANABURI
Day 5 KANCHANABURI - BANGKOK
After breakfast you’ll check out from the hotel and head off on a long-tailed boat tour to the River Kwai Jungle Rafts. The route will take you alongside untouched verdant jungle landscape and to an ethnic Mon Tribal Village. Optional: bike tour as you exit the bamboo jungle trek (300 Baht pp) or relaxing Thai massage (not included). As you venture away from the village, proceed to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, both an interactive museum and research facility dedicated to preserving the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway. It’s an educational and moving experience for all who visit (plus there’s air conditioning!).
Next, visit the Allied War Cemetery, a memorial to some 6000 allied prisoners of war who perished along the Death Railway line. You’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok city centre. Overnight with breakfast and lunch included.
OVERNIGHT IN BANGKOK
Day 6 BANGKOK – PHUKET
Spend the first part of your day at leisure until you board your coach transfer to Bangkok Airport bound for your next destination… Phuket! Breakfast included.
OVERNIGHT IN PHUKET
Day 7 PHUKET
Today will be spent at leisure too so we recommend taking it easy and exploring your home for the next few nights. During the day you could relax on the beach and in the evening explore Phuket’s charming and lively streets in search of handicrafts and traditional Thai cuisine. Overnight in Phuket.
OVERNIGHT IN PHUKET
Day 8 PHUKET
Spend your day however you please, whether it be seeking out souvenirs at Phuket’s market stalls, sampling some wonderful Thai cuisine or enjoying the night-time entertainment (not included).
OVERNIGHT IN PHUKET
Day 9 PHUKET
Take some time to explore the island yourself today. Phuket is the sailing and yachting centre of Thailand, so you could very well spend your day doing a spot of island-hopping on a yacht charter or sailing boat excursion.
OVERNIGHT IN PHUKET
Day 10 DEPARTURE
Load up on a tasty breakfast and relax until your transfer to Phuket airport ready for your flight home. We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay! Breakfast included.
END OF TOUR
- We recommend that you buy a travel Insurance as any costs incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc. are not included and will be passenger’s responsibility.
- Accommodation will be on twin sharing basis unless otherwise stated.
- The package is non-refundable for any inclusion items not used/taken.
- Anything not included in the package will be charged separately.
- Please note city local taxes apply, this cannot be prepaid.
- Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above.
- Early Check in / Late Check out.