Tales of Old Siam
Confucius say man who walk through airport turnstile sideways going to Bangkok.
(Was Siam Encounter)
Day 1-3 - Bangkok - Kanchanaburi
Best bits: Bridge on the River Kwai, Hellfire Pass, Erawan National Park, local guesthouse, swimming in a seven-tiered waterfall, jungle trek.
- Arrive in Bangkok and spend a bit of time getting to know the city
- Arrive in Kanchanaburi and transfer by songthaew to a fan-cooled guesthouse situated near the river
- Take ride on a rickshaw to the famous Bridge on the River Kwai and an Allied war cemetery
- Enjoy a full day tour to Hellfire Pass and Erawan National Park and relax in the cool blue waters of the pools beneath the seven-tiered waterfall
- Perhaps trek along the jungle trail to the top of the falls
- At Hellfire Pass, walk down the cutting dug by Allied POW’s during World War II
- Explore the museum and learn more about the POW’s and ASEAN Labourers experience
Day 4 - Ayuthaya
Bike is the most fun way to explore the temples in this ancient capital. Don’t miss Wat Mahathat with its row of decapitated monkey statues (you can thank the Burmese for that). Make friends with the locals on the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
- Travel by local bus through rich farming lands to Ayuthaya, the former capital of old Siam
- Jump on a bike and ride to one of the many temples located in Ayuthaya for a guided tour
- Perhaps continue on to visit more temples, go for a leisurely ride around town or head back to the hotel to chill out
- Board the overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai in the evening
Day 5-8 - Chiang Mai - Hill Tribe Trek
You've got a day to chill out in Chiang Mai before our trek to the highlands. Yes, your legs will hurt but wait until you meet your next mode of transport... an elephant! There's also haggling for handmade arts and crafts plus an overnight stay in a local hut.
- Set off on an excursion to the top of Doi Suthep, with fantastic views over the city
- Perhaps get a traditional Thai massage or even partake in a cooking class
- Why not visit the Night Bazaar a great chance to practice those bargaining skills
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Take a two-day/one-night excursion to a Palong Village in the hills beyond Chiang Mai
- Try to get the hang of elephant riding
- Visit the local villages that are homes to various hill tribes - and perhaps haggle with them for authentic Hilltribe handicrafts
- Sleep overnight in a local village hut as a guest of the hill tribe people
- Return to Chiang Mai for a night and explore the town or shop at its markets
Day 9-10 - Bangkok
Back to civilisation. Mix it up with a visit to Wat Pho in the old section followed by a spot of shopping at modern-day MBK. Say goodbye to your new chums after breakfast.
- Enjoy a final free day in Thailand's capital city
- Perhaps visit some of Bangkok’s most famous sights, including the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha
- Shop for bargains, eat in exotic restaurants and perhaps hit some bars or nightclubs
- The trip ends today after breakfast
What to Know
An experienced local tour guide, and there will be the services of local site guides at some sites. All transportation, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
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Tales of Old Siam
Trudi - Australia, 30 Jun, 2012
I found the Siam Encounter + Beachcomber tours (Hill Tribes and Beaches) gave me great exposure to all aspects of Thailand. There was a mix of culture/history, time for shopping, eating and relaxing. Exposure to all modes of transport also made this trip very enjoyable.
Tales of Old Siam
Corinne - Switzerland, 14 Jul, 2012
It was my first experience traveling in a group. These 10 days (start 21.07.2012 - 30.07.2012) have been very interesting imbuing and fun. Especially our tour guide, Damrong did a really great job. Everything was well organized. I would highly recommend this trip.