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13 Nights - £2,195pp

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  • International Flights
  • Domestic flights
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast & some other meals
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Thailand Uncovered

Cooking Class

Cooking Class

Hill Tribe Lodge

Hill Tribe Lodge

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

Wat Po, Bangkok

Wat Po, Bangkok

Farmer in Chiang Mai

Farmer in Chiang Mai

 

Thailand Uncovered

This In Depth Thailand tour is designed to reveal aspects of Thai culture and way of life beyond the Temples and Palaces and standard sights.

In Bangkok enjoy a guided cycling excursion around a quieter part of the city, take part in a Thai cooking class and discover Thai cuisine and culture on an evening culinary journey.

In Chiang Mai meet the monks at a local monastery and experience being a rice farmer for a day before spending two nights in a hilltribe lodge to experience a totally different culture.

See the best of the south of Thailand with a day excursion to Phi Phi Island and 2 nights in magnificent Khao Sok National Park.

Finish the trip with a couple of nights in a beach destination of your choice to relax and reflect on a unique and inspiring journey into Thai life and culture.

At a Glance

  • 3 nights Bangkok
  • 3 nights Chiang Mai
  • 1 night Hilltribe Lodge
  • 2 nights Phuket
  • 2 nights Khao Sok National Park
  • 2 nights Krabi
  • Cycling Bangkok
  • Cooking Class Bangkok
  • Culinary evening tour
  • Local Tour of Chiang Mai
  • Rice Farmer for the day
  • Meet the monks
  • Hilltribe experience
  • Phi Phi Islands tour
  • Elephant Experience: Feeding and washing the elephants
  • Jungle trekking
  • Canoeing along jungle streams
  • Cruise Chow Charn Lake on traditional Burmese Junk
  • Stay in luxury tented camp

Day 1: Fly UK – Bangkok

Overnight flight from the UK to Bangkok.

Day 2: Bangkok

Transferred to hotel, rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight Bangkok. Breakfast included.

Day 3: Bangkok

Morning cycling in Bangkok; Chinatown, Wat Arun and off the beaten path. Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight Bangkok. Breakfast included.

Day 4: Bangkok

Morning cooking class. Afternoon at leisure. Evening, Thai culinary journey in Chinatown.

Overnight Bangkok. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 5: Chiang Mai

Fly to Chiang Mai. Morning tour of ‘local’ Chiang Mai, by local transport. Aftenoon at leisure.

Overnight Chiang Mai. Breakfast included.

Day 6: Chiang Mai

Morning at leisure. Visit Buddhist temples in the afternoon - meet the monks.

Evening guided culinary tour.

Overnight Chiang Mai. Breakfast & Dinner included.

Day 7: Chiang Mai

Spend the day with Thai rice farmers - learn about rice farming.

Overnight Chiang Mai. Breakfast included.

Day 8: Chiang Mai

Drive to Lisu Lodge. Village walk and a choice of activities: Guided bike tour around the Lisu Lodge area; Steam bath or Massage or an Ox-cart ride through farmlands and orchards to a Thai Village (about 1 hour).

A second additional 1-hour activity at additional cost. Dinner and traditional Lisu dance show.

Overnight Lisu Village. All meals included.

Day 9: Lisu Lodge - Phuket

Fly to Phuket, rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight Phuket. Breakfast included.

Days 10: Phuket

Full day tour Phi Islands. Swim, snorkel or just relax on the beach.

Overnight Phuket. Breakfast included.

Day 11: Khao Sok National Park

Transfer to Elephant Hills.

Canoe Safari down Sok River. Elephant Experience at Elephant Hills.

Overnight at Elephant Hills Luxury Tented Main Camp

Day 12: Khao Sok National Park

Cruise across Cheow Larn Lake by longtail boat.

Jungle Trekking through Southern Thailand's unique rainforest environment.

Overnight at Elephant Hills luxury floating tented camp.

Day 13: Khao Sok National Park

Join a guided canoe safari through the narrow channels of Cheow Larn Lake.

After lunch, transfer to your hotel in Krabi.

Overnight Krabi. Breakfast included.

Day 14: Krabi

Enjoy the day at leisure in Krabi to relax.

Overnight Krabi. Breakfast included.

Day 15: Krabi - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Day 16: Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK

Day 1: Fly UK – Bangkok

Overnight flight from the UK to Bangkok.

Day 2: Bangkok

On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred by private car to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight Bangkok. Breakfast included.

Day 3: Bangkok

In the morning enjoy a fascinating glimpse into the Bangkok of old by bike, taking in popular sites such as Chinatown and Wat Arun, whilst also venturing off the beaten path a little bit to see some lesser known sites not on the tourist map.

The cycling is not strenuous and is conducted with a guide and support and is a great way to see the city from a different angle.

The afternoon is at leisure for you to relax or explore independently.

Overnight Bangkok. Breakfast included.

Day 4: Bangkok

In the morning enjoy a fun morning cooking class in one of Bangkok’s excellent cooking schools - a great way of becoming more acquainted with Thai cuisine.

A one-course meal will be prepared and of course, your efforts will serve as your lunch. Afterwards, transfer back to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

This evening, discover Thai food in Chinatown. Accompanied by a local expert, visit 7 different locations and discover 11 different dishes, from simple street food stalls to plusher restaurants. This is a great way to experience some of the most interesting places to eat and the variety of Thai food.

More than a culinary journey, this evening also offers insights into the life and characters of this lively district of Bangkok.

Overnight Bangkok. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 5: Chiang Mai

Fly to Chiang Mai. On arrival enjoy a morning tour of ‘local’ Chiang Mai, by tuk-tuk, samlor (cycle rickshaw) and songthaew (a mini pick-up truck).

This experience is about discovering the real Chiang Mai, visiting various temples and markets along the way. The tour has no fixed itinerary and spontaneity is the key.

The afternoon is at leisure to relax or further explore Chiang Mai.

Overnight Chiang Mai. Breakfast included.

Day 6: Chiang Mai

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Chiang Mai to relax or explore on your own.

In the afternoon visit one of Chiang Mai’s most important and culturally interesting Buddhist temples. Spend time talking with the monks and find out more about life as a Buddhist monk. This is a rather unique opportunity to learn about Thai Buddhism and the lives of the monks.

In the evening enjoy a guided culinary tour, and sample the delights of Chiang Mai’s fabulous cuisine, including various local delicacies, and the delicious kao soi, a delightful coconut curry noodle dish, unique to Chiang Mai.

Overnight Chiang Mai. Breakfast & Dinner included.

Day 7: Chiang Mai

Enjoy a unique day experience, discovering the life of a Thai rice farmer. On this fascinating and immersive day experience, enjoy a privileged and unique insight into the processes involved
 in rice farming, spending the day with Thai rice farmers.

After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel for a day learning about life as a rice farmer. On arrival, exchange your clothes for traditional Thai farmers clothes, and become part of the farm staff for a day, helping to plant and harvest the rice, and learning about the whole process of rice cultivation.

This isn’t a day of back-breaking labour, but a unique way of getting underneath the surface of Thai life and culture.

Overnight Chiang Mai. Breakfast included.

Day 8: Chiang Mai

Drive to the Lisu Lodge, a comfortable lodge run by Lisu villagers, offering a great insight into the way of life and culture of the Lisu.

Enjoy a walk from Ton Lung temple to visit the herbal garden accompanied by a Lisu villager as guide.

Continue through the village with a stop for a cup of tea at the village shaman’s house. Chat with the Lisu Shaman and learn about his life, beliefs, curing rites and Lisu traditions.

Enjoy lunch at Lisu Lodge and afterwards visit the cultural center and ‘museum’ created by the villagers. Inside is a collection of typical household items and tools from the Lisu as well as the Akha mountain peoples.

Afterwards, you have a choice of activities: Guided bike tour around the Lisu Lodge area; Steam bath or Massage; Ox-cart ride through farmlands and orchards to a Thai Village (about 1 hour).

A second additional 1-hour activity can be booked at a nominal charge but as a free activity you are welcome to go cycling by yourself.

Dinner is served at the lodge with a traditional Lisu dance show.

Overnight Lisu Village. All meals included.

Day 9: Lisu Lodge - Phuket

After breakfast, depart by private car back to Chiang Mai and fly to Phuket. Transfer to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight Phuket. Breakfast included.

Days 10: Phuket

Enjoy a full day tour to Phi Phi Islands, renowned for spectacular scenery.

Lunch is included, after which there will be ample time to shop,
 swim, snorkel or just relax on the beach.

Arrive back in Phuket
 in the late afternoon and transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight Phuket. Breakfast included.

Day 11: Khao Sok National Park

Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Elephant Hills.

After lunch enjoy a guided jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River, paddled by a local river guide, passing limestone mountains and cliffs and primary rainforest thousands of years old. Hornbills can sometimes be seen overhead or reptiles basking on the riverbanks.

After the canoe trip, head to the Elephant Sanctuary and see, touch and learn about the life of Thai elephants.

The local guide will explain about the mahout, the elephant caretaker. This is a great way to get close up to the elephants, by preparing their meals, feeding and washing them.

After the Elephant Experience, check-in to your luxury safari tent at Elephant Hill’s main camp. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding jungle-covered mountains.

Overnight at Elephant Hills Luxury Tented Main Camp

Day 12: Khao Sok National Park

Self paddle canoe through the rainforest channels.

Wake up to the sounds of gibbons calling in the valley and birds calling from the bushes next to the tent.

Today explore Cheow Larn Lake by local long-tail boat. Cruise across emerald waters passing towering rainforest covered Limestone Mountains to the ‘Guilinof Southern Thailand’.

The Cheow-Lan-Lake is a little known wonder of southern Thailand and features a first-class habitat for wild elephants, the rare Asian ox, hornbills and hundreds of other tropical birds, various monkey species, amphibians, reptiles and even tigers and leopards.

This combined with a myriad of other species hidden in the rainforest-covered hills make it one of the most unique and important areas of rainforest in South East Asia.

Head to the floating Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp, situated in the heart of the national park, and check in to your luxury tent set on a platform over the lake.

After a buffet lunch, enjoy a walk through the Primary Rainforest. The trek is along easy jungle footpaths, although the occasional stretch is a little bit steep and it can be slippery when wet.

This is one of the world’s oldest rainforests, with a great variety of exotic plants, tropical hardwood trees with huge roots, orchids, palms, ferns, bamboos and mosses.

Hornbills are common, gibbons can often be heard calling to their mates, a macaque or a leaf monkey may be swinging through the branches, beautiful butterflies flit around.

After the Jungle trek, head back to the Floating Camp for sunset and a buffet dinner.

Overnight at Elephant Hills luxury floating tented camp.

Day 13: Khao Sok National Park

Enjoy Jungle Trekking through Southern Thailand's unique rainforest environment with the chance for more canoeing or swimming in the lake waters.

Join a guided canoe safari through the narrow channels of Cheow Larn Lake. After lunch, transfer to your hotel in Krabi.

Overnight Krabi. Breakfast included.

Day 14: Krabi

Enjoy the day at leisure in Krabi to relax.

Overnight Krabi. Breakfast included.

Day 15: Krabi - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Day 16: Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK

Standard Hotel Suggestions Chiang Mai:

Tamarind Village
De Naga Hotel
Puripunn

Standard Hotel Suggestions Bangkok:

Shanghai Mansions
Cabochon
The Lit

Standard Hotel Suggestions Khao Sok:

Elephant Hills

Standard Hotel Suggestions Beach Resort:

Indigo Pearl (Phuket)
Ayara Hilltops (Phuket)
Cape Sienna (Phuket)
Chong Fah (Khao Lak)
Paradise Koh Yao Noi (Koh Yao Noi)

13 nights Thailand Uncovered - Standard:

  • Price from £2,195 pp

This is a guide price only, based on travel in low season.

Prices will vary according to choice of hotel and seasonal airfare and hotel surcharges. Please ask us for any current special offers.

All of our Thailand In Depth Tours are completely tailor-made and can be adjusted to suit your interests or budget.

Bapai Cooking School Bangkok

Bapai is a charming two-storey Thai style house set in the tranquil surroundings of a residential area in central Bangkok.

The home-like kitchen has a modern and professional set-up with a cooking station for each ‘student’.