Day 1 Arrive Bankok
Welcome to Bangkok fellow globe roamers, where a trip packed with Asia explorations lie ahead of us. After checking into our swanky hotel you may wish to do some DIY exploring, grab a massage or just lie by the pool soaking up those sweet Thai rays. Later the group will join forces to hear what's in store for the trip, then the night is yours. Maybe take to the streets for some authentic pad thai and eye-popping nightlife, or jump in a tuk-tuk and hit the buzzy Patpong Night Market, with its neon lights and vibrant street life.
Day 2 Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
The Royal Palace and its 61 acres of incredible buildings will be number one on today's to do list. We'll start the day early, with so much to see there's no time to waste. We'll start with a tour of the klongs (canals) and some fish feeding, as well as watching locals go about their day and living life along the river. Just listing today's sites gives us the butterflies, and we'll take it all in with our Local Guide leading the charge. Armed with more Local knowledge than we know what to do with, get ready for ME Time. From shopping, grabbing a massage to indulding in delicious local eats, this afternoon is gearing up to be brilliant.Bangkok, you've been a dream, but the show must go on! Fast becoming a must-visit in this part of the world, we make tracks to our next destination, the sleepy town of Kanchanaburi to really get local. There's nothing like getting some local transport to keep things interesting, so we'll pop into a boat along the River Kwai where we'll reach our home for the night, the The Jungle Raft Hotel, Kanchanaburi. Rooms lit by candle light are what you'll be greeted with, followed by a delicious included dinner of local specialities at dusk. You can even jump in the river directly from your room. Amazing! Because of course here at Contiki we like to keep things a bit special. Tonight as we watch the sunset over the landscape we'll no doubt be toasting our first full day on the trip and contemplating just how good life is.
Day 3 Kanchanaburi
We'll wake up in jungle paradise, eat breakfast and take some time to enjoy our surroundings. Next up on today's activities is Sai Yok Elephant Sanctuary, where we'll spend half a day learning about how the sanctuary rescue and care for these beautiful creatures. Have a go at bathing the elephants, they love a bit of mud - so hope you're ready to get a little messy. Finish up with some lunch and a shower before visiting the famed Bridge on the River Kwai, without our guide giving us all the info we need on this riverside spot steeped in history. Afterwards, you've got some free time to explore Kanchanaburi town or just do some relaxing. It's up to you!
Day 4 Kanchanaburi to Overnight Train via Ayutthaya
We'll make a stop in the UNESCO listed city ofAyutthaya, once the capital Kingdom of Siam before being destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. We'll grab bikes and ride past ornate temples, towering spires and beautiful palaces. Later tonight, we'll be boarding our overnight train to Chiang Mai, for a truly local travel experience.We’ll make a stop in the UNESCO listed city of Ayutthaya, once the capital of Kingdom of Siam before being destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century. We'll grab bikes & ride past ornate temples, towering spires and beautiful palaces. Ride past ornate temples, towering spires, and beautiful palaces. Later, we board our overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Day 5 Overnight Train to Chiang Mai
The laid-back city of Chiang Mai is ours as we wake this morning. Buddhist rituals, traditional architecture & surrounding countryside will see us smitten. The city is yours to make the most of YOU style - maybe that means roaming the old quarter or the city's heart on foot.
Day 6 Chiang Mai
For those feeling a little adventurous, ziplining is on the cards. You'll be soaring with the birds amongst the treetops, there's nothing quite like it! Tonight we'll be dabbling in the art of Thai cooking - this is one class that's deliciously irresistable.
Day 7 Depart Chiang Mai
With memories firm in tact and firm plans for a reunion trip being discussed over one last delicious Asian breakfast we end our trip here in Chiang Mai. For those choosing to travel back to Bangkok, speak to your Travel Agent/Contiki about adding on a flight back to Bangkok where your trip will end on arrival.
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