CENTRAL THAILAND
AND BEACH EXTENSION 

Length

11 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURE/NATURE

Type of service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

  An unconventional 11-day tour to the main historical highlights of Central Thailand, from the cosmopolitan capital Bangkok to the Khwai River Bridge and Erawan National Park, with a beach extension in Krabi.

Discover the Grand Palace and the main temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Traimit.

Immerse yourself in the chaotic and picturesque Damnoen Saduak floating market and at the Umbrella Pull-down Market built on the railway tracks.

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Kingdom of Ayutthaya, once the most populated and remarkable city in the world, the precursor to modern Thailand.

Retrace history at the iconic Khwai River Bridge and explore natural beauty at Erawan National Park.

Relax on the stunning beaches of Krabi on the west coast of southern Thailand, popular for its gorgeous offshore islands and dense mangrove forests.

This example itinerary can be customised according to actual travel needs and can be combined with other routes. 

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Length : 11D 10N
From : BANGKOK
To : BANGKOK
Destinations  : Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak floating market, Railway Market, Ayutthaya, Amphawa, Kanchanaburi, River Khwae, Erawan National Park, Krabi

ITINERARY

01. ARRIVAL IN BANGKOK

Arrival in Thailand, the “Land of Smiles“.Welcome meeting by our staff at Bangkok international airport and transfer to the hotel.

Included : Private transportation and hotel 

02. BANGKOK CITY TOUR

Wat Phra KaewWat Phra Kaew

After breakfast we begin an unforgettable day trip to the main historical highlights of Bangkok.

Visit Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, the Buddhist complex built in the 17th century, one of the country’s most important historical landmarks for its impressive central Prang encrusted with colourful porcelain.

Afterwards, we cross the Chao Phraya River by ferry and proceed to Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the religious complex housing Thailand’s largest collection of Buddha images, including the 46-metre-long Reclining Buddha statue. It is considered the earliest centre for public education and houses the School of Thai Medicine and the School of Traditional Thai Massage.

Our tour continues with the visit to the Grand Palace, the building complex at the heart of the capital, official residence of the monarchs of the Kingdom of Siam since 1782, followed by the Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Built in 1783 within the perimeter of the Grand Palace, it is considered the most sacred Buddhist temple in the country. Nearby we pay a visit to Tha Phrachan’s Amulet Market, one of the largest and most important amulet markets in Thailand.

We then proceed to the Chinatown district, one of the liveliest and most colourful areas of the capital. Visit Wat Traimit, or the Temple of the Golden Buddha, which houses the largest solid gold statue in the world weighing 5.5 tonnes and 3 metres high.

Return to the hotel. The afternoon is free at your leisure.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

03. AYUTTHAYA

Wat Mahathat - AyutthayaWat Mahathat – Ayutthaya

Today a memorable visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site awaits us. The most populated and remarkable city in the world from the 14th century until the Burmese invasion in 1767, considered the precursor of modern Thailand: The Ancient Kingdom of Ayutthaya.

We visit the most important monuments in Ayutthaya including Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, or Summer Palace, the complex once home to Thai monarchs.

We continue through the rice fields to Wat Phanan Choeng, one of the oldest temples in Ayutthaya, and then on to Wat Yai Chai Mongkol Monastery built in 1357, or Victory Temple, known for its history and its large stupa visible from afar.

Later we continue to Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the Temple of the Holy,  among the most visited in this area. 

In the afternoon we carry on visiting Wat Mahathat, known for its iconic stone Buddha head encrusted in tree roots.

Afterwards we return to the hotel in Bangkok.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

04. DAMNOEN SADUAK AND RAILWAY MARKET

Maeklong Railway MarketMaeklong Railway Market

Early morning transfer to Damnoen Saduak, 90 km from Bangkok in Ratchanaburi province.

Upon arrival we embark on a traditional boat to explore the artificial canal built over 150 years ago and its remarkable floating market, where vendors on small wooden boats sell a variety of local products such as Thai snacks, vegetables, colourful fruits, desserts and handicraft items.

Over the years, the floating market has become a popular tourist attraction. Nonetheless, it is such a characteristic slice of day-to-day life that it is worth a visit.

Afterwards we go to the coconut sugar farm, specialised in processing coconut and its derivatives, to watch the production process and taste some exquisite products.

Next, we visit the Maeklong Railway Market, also known as the Umbrella Pull-down Market, the most picturesque and authentic Thai market built in 1905 literally on railway tracks still in use today. At the time, the local authorities decided to build this railway line to transport goods quickly. Today, eight times a day, when traders hear the approaching train, they remove goods and parasols from the rails with astonishing rapidity to enable the train to pass. Right after that, they reset everything and carry on selling until the next train ride.

We continue our visit to Wat Bang Khae Noi, famous for its central shrine made of gold and teak wood, and for its special location where a giant banyan tree covers the entire Bangkung Camp palace.

At the end transfer to the hotel in Amphawa.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, boat and private transportation 

05. AMPHAWA - THE DEATH RAILWAY

Death Railway KanchanaburiDeath Railway

In the morning we observe the Morning Alms Ritual that has been practised for over 2500 years. Buddhist monks walk barefoot through the village streets collecting food offerings for their daily meal.

Afterwards we travel to Kanchanaburi for a visit to the War Cemetery dedicated to over 6000 prisoners of the Imperial Japanese Army who lost their lives between 1942 and 1943 during the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway, later called the “Death Railway“.

We visit the famous bridge over the Khwai River built by the Japanese Empire in 1943, one of the most important historical landmarks in the province. Once part of the Death Railway, it was partially destroyed by air raids and later rebuilt for passenger rail transport. On board an original train of that era, we ride a short stretch of the Death Railway to Tham Krasae station.

On arrival we visit the Krasae Caves, which house a sacred Buddha image and offer a spectacular view of the railway.

In the afternoon we experience bamboo rafting on the Khwai River before returning to the hotel.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

06. ERAWAN NATIONAL PARK

Erawan WaterfallErawan Waterfall

After breakfast we head to Erawan National Park to visit the beautiful waterfalls forming enchanting natural pools where we can take a refreshing dip. If you wish, you can venture along the path that leads to the top of the waterfall.

Afternoon visit to the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum dedicated to all the prisoners of war who died during the construction of the railway line. Hellfire Pass was a particularly difficult section of the line to build, and it was the largest rock cutting on the railway. The pass is noted for the harsh conditions and heavy loss of life suffered by its labourers during construction. A path leads down 500 metres through the beautiful trails to the pass cut.

Next, we move to the Sai Yok district to the River Kwai Jungle Rats, the floating eco-resort on the Khwai River, decorated in the artistic tradition of the Mon people. We reach the resort by a long-tail boat through an area surrounded by beautiful limestone mountains.

Staying at the floating resort not only helps to support the ethnic community, but also offers us an unforgettable experience of being in touch with nature. As an eco-friendly facility, the entire resort does not use electricity and paraffin lamps are available for the night.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets, boat and private transportation

07. MINORITY VILLAGE - FLIGHT TO KRABI

Khwae RiverKhwae River

During the morning we visit the ethnic village inhabited by the Mon ethnic group and we relax with the view of the Khwai river. If you wish, a last refreshing dip is possible. Afterwards transfer by boat to Bangkok.

On arrival, we head to the domestic airport in time for the flight to Krabi on the west coast of southern Thailand, popular for its stunning beaches and dense mangrove forests.

Pick-up at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets, boat and private transportation 

08. KRABI

KrabiKrabi

Free day at the beach at your own pace.

Included : Hotel and breakfast

09. KRABI

KrabiKrabi

Free day at the beach at your own pace.

Included : Hotel and breakfast

10. KRABI

KrabiKrabi

Free day at the beach at your own pace.

Included : Hotel and breakfast

11. FLIGHT TO BANGKOK - DEPARTURE

Transfer to Krabi airport in time for the domestic flight to Bangkok.

Included : Breakfast and private transfer to the airport

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