Thailand - In the Kingdom of Siam
Thailand, Discovery, 13 days - from £1,095 (land only) - from €1,315 (land only) - from $1,805 (land only)
- Thailand Discovery - from Bangkok to Koh Tao
- Trek in search of wild elephants at Khao Yai Nature Reserve
- Meditate with monks at ancient Ayutthaya
- Relax in jungle raft houses on the River Kwai
- Try snorkelling in the reef on the idyllic island of Koh Tao
After arriving in the vibrant Thai capital city, Bangkok, we travel north-east to the wilderness nature reserve of Khao Yai where we stay in comfortable jungle lodge accommodation. We'll enjoy a short trek into the jungle in search of wildlife. There are 300 different species of bird in the park including hornbill, red-breasted flycatchers and silver pheasants. The park is also home to gibbons and stump-tailed macaques, and is one of the few places in Thailand where you can still see wild elephants! Transferring to the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya, we tour the site by bicycle taking in famous temples such as Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Wat Mahathat. Later that day we'll enjoy the spectacle of local monks sitting down to prayer and join them with our own personal meditation session. An evening cruise aboard a traditional teak rice barge on the Chao Phraya River rounds off the day nicely. Next stop is Kanchanaburi to visit the famous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai' and the Death Railway cemetery. Later we travel by train and longtail boat up the River Kwai to our overnight accommodation in Raft Houses. In a tranquil location by the river there are 2 days to chill out here and take part in the activities or relax and enjoy the unique atmosphere. Four days on the heavenly Thai island of Koh Tao, with it's lush reef and a day out snorkelling, concludes this varied and relaxing Thai holiday.
Is this holiday for you?
This is primarily a Discovery adventure holiday which includes wildlife, culture, boat trips, overnight train journeys and water activities. To be able to include all these highlights in the itinerary involves some overland travel by private car. There is some river and ocean travel, some of it in private "long tail" boats and some by public ferry. Accommodation throughout is in simple but comfortable hotels, although there are 2 nights on overnight trains. With the exception of the train journeys, all accommodation will be ensuite. Some of the sightseeing is done on foot and by bicycle, and there is a full day aboard a boat from Koh Tao to allow everyone to try snorkelling.