Tales of Old Siam (2014)
Bangkok = cocktails, markets, cheap, cheap fish pedicures. Sukhothai = bicycles, temples, bicycles. Chiang Mai = more temples, elephants (!), massages, cheap, cheap food. Golden Triangle = long-tail boat rides, homestays, more temples. Northern Thailand = awesome.
It’s only a quickie but in that time we’ll get you on a bike, long-tail boat, sleeper train, songthaew, taxi, train, tuk-tuk and a bus with the locals (if you’re nice they’ll share their snacks).
Please note in 2015 this trip will be 8 days long. The 2015 itinerary will be available online 1st of October 2014.
Day 1 - Bangkok
You're officially on holidays. We think that deserves a toast. Our pick for cocktails is Bed Supper Club or Vertigo. Ask your guide for directions or grab your new mates and attempt to navigate the Skytrain.
Arrive in Bangkok and get to grips with this awesome city. There is a Welcome Meeting at approximately 6 pm tonight.
Day 2 - Sukhothai
Apparently riding a bike helps build new brain cells in the hippocampus – the bit of your brain responsible for memory (sadly not a university for hippos). So you’ll never forget all the temples you see today.
- Travel to Sukhothai - 'The Dawn of Happiness'
- Ride bicycles around the temples and other archaeological relics in Sukhothai's historic area
- Visit a local pottery factory in the area.
Day 3-4 - Chiang Mai
And early start for the trip to Chiang Mai. Temples, museums and hill tribe villages are all on the cards once you’ve arrived.
Along the way to Chiang Mai we call in to say hello to the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in Lampang.
- Spend a free day exploring the northern city of Chiang Mai, with over 120 temples in the centre alone
- 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
Day 5-7 - Thaton - Chiang Rai - The Golden Triangle
Spend a cheeky few hours learning a bit about the opium trade in the Golden Triangle (this is the bit where Laos, Burma and Thailand meet. It has a pretty sordid little history).
- Journey through the countryside to Thaton, situated on the banks of the Mae Kok River
- Board a long-tail boat for a journey down stream, passing several villages along the way
- Enjoy the surroundings along the Kok River, then meet your northern Thai hosts for this evening
- Spend the night in a village homestay
- Travel to the Golden Triangle - the point where the three countries, Laos, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand meet
- Optional visit to the small opium museum that provides information on the infamous trade for which this region is known
Breakfast | Dinner
- For early risers there's time to visit the temples of Chiang Rai, such as Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Jet Yot
- Perhaps browse the markets, where the local hill tribe people sell their wares
Day 8 - Chiang Mai - overnight train
Catch a local bus back to Chiang Mai, then overnight sleeper train to Bangkok
Day 9-10 - Bangkok
Trying to find the best food in Bangkok is like trying to spot the real girls at a Ladyboy show: impossible - it's all just so good. Find the nearest street food vendor and tuck in.
Arrive back into Bangkok on day 9 at approx 7am (trains are often delayed)
- Visit some of Bangkok’s most famous sights, including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho - the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
- Enjoy the rest of the day to further explore the city
- Shop for bargains, eat in exotic restaurants and perhaps hit some bars or nightclubs
- Trip ends after breakfast on Day 10
What to Know
An experienced local tour guide, 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.
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price 14 Sep 2014 - 23 Sep 2014 Available US $740 On Sale Sale: US $629 Book Now 19 Oct 2014 - 28 Oct 2014 Available US $740 Book Now 16 Nov 2014 - 25 Nov 2014 Available US $740 Book Now 21 Dec 2014 - 30 Dec 2014 Available US $740 Book Now 04 Jan 2015 - 11 Jan 2015 Available US $740 Book Now 18 Jan 2015 - 25 Jan 2015 Available US $740 Book Now 15 Feb 2015 - 22 Feb 2015 Available US $720 Book Now 08 Mar 2015 - 15 Mar 2015 Available US $720 Book Now 29 Mar 2015 - 05 Apr 2015 Available US $720 Book Now 03 May 2015 - 10 May 2015 Available US $720 Book Now 07 Jun 2015 - 14 Jun 2015 Available US $720 Book Now 05 Jul 2015 - 12 Jul 2015 Available US $720 Book Now 04 Oct 2015 - 11 Oct 2015 Available US $720 Book Now 01 Nov 2015 - 08 Nov 2015 Available US $720 Book Now 29 Nov 2015 - 06 Dec 2015 Available US $720 Book Now 13 Dec 2015 - 20 Dec 2015 Available US $720 Book Now
Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
Tales of Old Siam (2014)
Jamie - New Zealand, 5 May, 2013
I had a fantastic time on my tour. My wife and I are 23 and 25 respectively and like to have an occasional drink, do some shopping and see the local sights. You get it all with this tour. Our tour guide had great English and was a absolute laugh!!!!
Tales of Old Siam (2014)
Faruk - Canada, 5 May, 2013
overall great activities and great to travel with enthusiastic travelers I don't mind travelling for a few hours in a bus or train but a full day of that is too much. 1 person and myself ended up dropping the overnight train and took a flight from ChiangRai to Bangkok instead. otherwise it would have been a full day of travelling.
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