Iconic Thailand

Feb 9-23, 2019

Hit the highlights of Thailand on a 15-day adventure that strikes a balance between cultural landmarks and stunning beaches, activity and relaxation. Up north, ponder the River Kwai and eat your way through Chiang Mai. Then head to the southern shores for some downtime at Koh Samui and Krabi. Along the way, bask in the radiance of golden temples, enjoy long-tail boat rides, and learn to cook authentic Thai food.

15 Days - Bangkok to Bangkok

$3249USD

Book by October 12, 2018.

Per person, based on double occupancy.

Minimum of 8 travelers required. Maximum group size is 16 travellers.

 

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

TRAVEL STYLE:

NATIONAL
GEOGRAPHIC
JOURNEYS

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

SERVICE LEVEL:


UPGRADED
 

UPGRADED

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

PHYSICAL RATING:

 
2 - LIGHT
 

2 - LIGHT

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

TRIP TYPE:


SMALL GROUP

SMALL GROUP

Small group experience; Max 16.

AGE REQUIREMENT:


12+
 

AGES 12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM ICONIC THAILAND

KRABI VILLAGE EXCURSION

Cross the scenic and serene Krabi River and explore some of its caves aboard a long-tail boat. Then step onto a tuk tuk to be whisked through nearby villages and rice fields, and say hello to the locals who tend to the crops and neighbouring vegetable farms.

MEET WITH MONKS

Visit the 14th-century Wat Chedi Luang Buddhist temple in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city. Sit down with young monks to discuss daily life and Buddhism, and leave feeling spiritually refreshed.

RAINFOREST ECO-WALK & DINNER

Explore the lush rainforest of Klong Phanom National Park with an expert tracker dedicated to the conservation of large animals. Learn about the park’s incredible wildlife as you walk, before sitting down with our host at a campfire dinner of rainforest specialties.

TRADITIONIAL THAI GUESTHOUSE & HOME DINNER

Visit a family home in a village outside of Chiang Mai and sit down to a traditional (and so delicious) Khantoke dinner. Learn about life in rural Thailand from the family and walk through their lovely garden to discuss herbs and spices used in local cuisine.

WAT PO VISIT

This temple is known for its reclining Buddha, its feet covered with mother-of-pearl engravings of Buddhist symbols. Explore the large grounds and other compounds to see other Buddha figures, murals and the chedis that contain the ashes of Buddha. This is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - FEB 9

BANGKOK

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
DAY 2 - FEB 10

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.
Meals included:
Breakfast
DAY 3 - FEB 11

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.
Meals included:
Breakfast | Dinner
DAY 4 - FEB 12

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.
Meals included:
Breakfast
DAY 5 - FEB 13

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.
Exclusive inclusions:
Hands-On
Cooking Class
  National Geographic Journeys Exclusives
Meet with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang
Meals included:
Breakfast | Lunch
DAY 6 - FEB 14

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.
Exclusive inclusions:
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives
Traditional Thai Guesthouse & Home Dinner
Meals included:
Breakfast | Dinner
DAY 7 - FEB 15

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.
Meals included:
Breakfast
DAY 8 - FEB 16

BANGKOK

Enjoy the day in bustling Bangkok. Option to visit temples, museums, a spa, or go shopping.
Meals included:
Breakfast
DAY 9 - FEB 17

BANGKOK / KO SAMUI

Catch a flight to the tropical island of Koh Samui, settle in at the resort hotel and relax at the pool bar. Opt to visit the Beach or town.
Meals included:
Breakfast
DAY 10 - FEB 18

KO SAMUI

Embark on a private traditional longtail boat and travel off the tourist trail to the pristine islands of Koh Madsum and Koh Tan. Savour a local lunch on the beach and opt to enjoy included kayaking and snorkelling.
Meals included:
Breakfast | Lunch
DAY 11 - FEB 19

KO SAMUI / KHAO SOK

Catch the ferry back to the mainland and drive to Anurak Community lodge, located just outside Khao Sok National Park. Surrounded by lush rainforest, the lodge focuses on environmental sustainability and working with the local community. This evening, we take a rainforest walk with a community guide and enjoy a campfire dinner under the canopy.
Exclusive inclusions:
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives
Rainforest Eco-Walk & Dinner
Meals included:
Breakfast | Dinner
DAY 12 - FEB 20

KHAO SOK

Today is free to relax at the lodge or enjoy a walk along the trails. Opt to enjoy various jungle activities.
Meals included:
Breakfast
DAY 13 - FEB 21
KHAO SOK / KRABI
This morning drive to Krabi. On arrival, cross the river by private longtail boat past mangroves forests, visiting the Khao Khanab Nam caves to view the prehistoric paintings and limestone formations. Later, on Koh Klang, jump in tricycle tuk-tuks to explore local communities and rural industries, including a rubber plantation to see tree tapping, rice fields and a batik workshop. Learn about the culture and daily life of rural southern Thailand villagers.
Exclusive inclusions:
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives
Krabi Village Excursion
Meals included:
Breakfast
DAY 14 - FEB 22

KRABI

Enjoy the day to relax in paradise. Opt to catch a tuk tuk to Aonang Beach, visit spas, rent kayaks, or snorkel.
Breakfast
DAY 15 - FEB 23
KRABI / BANGKOK

Return to bustling Bangkok. The tour ends at the airport.

Meals included:
Breakfast
PLACES VISITED
Thailand
 
WHAT'S INCLUDED
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS
TRANSPORTATION
STAFF & EXPERTS

What's Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Thai Guesthouse & Home Dinner, Chiang Mai
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Rainforest Eco-Walk & Dinner, Khao Sok
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Krabi Village Excursion, Krabi
  • Hands-On: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance to Thai-Burma war museum and train ride
  • Visit to Erawan National Park
  • Guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Dinner on a converted rice barge
  • Bangkok boat tour of the klongs (canals) and Wat Phra Kaew temple
  • Koh Madsum and Koh Tan Excursion
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
WHAT'S INCLUDED
ACCOMODATIONS
MEALS
TRANSPORTATION
STAFF & EXPERTS

Accomodations

  • Hotels (12 nights)
  • Lodge (2 nights)
WHAT'S INCLUDED
ACCOMODATIONS
MEALS
TRANSPORTATION
STAFF & EXPERTS

Meals

  • 14 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Allow USD190-250 for meals not included.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
ACCOMODATIONS
MEALS
TRANSPORTATION
STAFF & EXPERTS

TRANSPORTATION

  • Private bus/minivan
  • Tuk tuk
  • Tricycle
  • Boat
  • Train
  • Plane
  • Walking
WHAT'S INCLUDED
ACCOMODATIONS
MEALS
TRANSPORTATION
STAFF & EXPERTS

Staff & Experts

  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
  • Local guides

Available Extras

(Add these to your tour when you book)
PRE/POST
ACCOMMODATION
FuramaXclusive Sathorn (or similar)
From $75.00 per night, based on double occupancy
 
MY OWN ROOM
Available by request
Single occupancy $1,259.00 extra

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