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Adventurous Thailand

Highlights of siam... - Trip for singles

Book From   € 799,-
GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 13 DAYS

Adventurous Thailand

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Highlights

There's plenty to do in this beautiful region. Select below or on the map opposite, the highlight you want to read more information about. Read through carefully and then go directly to the tour description.
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Bangkok

Bangkok

Discover Bangkok in a special way. Call a Tuk Tuk and take part in the chaotic traffic. |Thailand

Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi

Discover the dark past of the seemingly idyllic Kanchanaburi! |Thailand

Sukhothai

Sukhothai

Culture in Sukhothai. Here, you'll find impressive ruins of temples and statues.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Experience the hike starting in Chiang Mai und ride an elephant. A memory never to be forgotten!|Thailand

Koh Samet

Koh Samet

Koh Samet is not too far from Bangkok. One side features sandy beaches, the other a rocky coast. | Thailand

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Bangkok Bangkok
2 Bangkok Bangkok
3 Boat, Bus Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak - Kanchanaburi Kanchanaburi
4 Bus Kanchanaburi - Sukhothai Sukhothai
5 Bike Sukhothai Sukhothai
6 Public transport Sukhothai - Chiang Mai Chiang Mai
7 Chiang Mai (optional 2-day trekking) Chiang Mai
8 Chiang Mai (2nd day of optional trekking) Chiang Mai
9 Train Chiang Mai - Bangkok Night train to Bangkok
10 Boat, Bus Bangkok - Koh Samet Koh Samet
11 Koh Samet Koh Samet
12 Koh Samet Koh Samet
13 Boat, Bus Koh Samet - Bangkok Bangkok - End of tour

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Day 1: Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand!

Your tour starts in Bangkok, where you can use your hotel room from check in time (12.00 hrs at noon) on day 1. Your travel companions will also arrive this first day, the exact time will be depending on their flight schedule. You will meet your English speaking tour leader at 12.00 hrs noon on day 1 in the lobby of your hotel in Bangkok.

You are in the busy city of Bangkok, the ‘City of Angels’ where you can explore this amazing vibrant city of contrast and colour. Stop at simple hot-dog stalls, shop in immense shopping centres, or visit one of the many Wats (temples). Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Po, Wat Arun and Wat Saket are the most popular temples. Immerse yourself in the busy Chinese district or go on a long-tail boat ride. On the organised excursions, our expert tour guides will accompany you and give tips and advice.

Day 2: Bangkok

Free day in Bangkok. The morning can be used for example to visit the famous Grand Palace and the (literally) stunning Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Both are easily reached by boat or tuk-tuk.

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In the afternoon you can choose the optional bike ride on quiet green klong paths that lead through the Bangkok of 30 years ago. At night you may opt to attend a performance at the Calypso Cabaret, Bangkok's famous "transvestite show.

At night Bangkok really comes alive! You can see the bustling night market of the famous Khao San Road, in the area of Banglumpoo, take in a Muay Thai kickboxing bout or perhaps take a leisurely evening cruise on the Chao Phraya River.

Day 3: Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak - Kanchanaburi

Today you'll travel a total of 4 ½ hours (160 km) through the colorful floating market of Damnoen Saduak to Kanchanaburi, in the area of ​​the River Kwai, and mainly known for the infamous Burma railway. This railway, linking Thailand with Burma was constructed during the Second World War in appalling conditions by Allied prisoner of war and Asian laborers. Tens of thousands lost their lives during construction of the line. You will take a ride on the Burma railway (included in the package), look at the famous bridge and visit the small but impressive museum and the largest war cemetery in the area.

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Then go by boat to a floating, romantic 'Floatel', Jungle Rafts, where you spend the night. These are floating houses built on bamboo rafts. Each floating house comes with a swimming ladder and hammock. There is no electricity. Light is provided by flickering oil lamps.

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Day 4: Kanchanaburi - Sukhothai

After breakfast, we make a stop at the war museum followed by the war cemetery before continuing the long but scenic drive to the beautiful historic city of Sukhothai. We arrive in Sukhothai in the afternoon where the rest of the day is then free. Today’s travel time is approximately 7 hours.

Day 5: Sukhothai

Today, your tour leader will accompany you on a bicycle tour of the vast Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The bicycle tour will last roughly 3 hours, including ample time to visit the temples. Your hotel is situated close to the park so you can continue to spend time there by yourself if you wish, or instead explore the charming 'New Sukhothai' or maybe indulge in a Thai massage.

The bike tour is included but you must pay a fee for Sukhothai entrance locally (about € 5, this is subject to change).

Day 6: Sukhothai - Chiang Mai

We leave Sukhothai this morning and journey by public bus to Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Thailand. Chiang Mai offers a mix of ancient and modern, where you can wander through the small shopping streets, with their array of fascinating shops, dine at one of the many local restaurants, visit the evening market or hire a bike and explore. You can watch a Thai boxing match, visit a Buddhist monastery or travel to Doi Suthep just outside the city and climb the 300 dragon flanked steps to the exquisite temple. You can also tour one of the many temples in Chiang Mai, such as the Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple in the city, famous for its 4-inch tall crystal Buddha statue.

Your hotel in Chiang Mai offers a swimming pool. This is a refreshing experience as you can cool down after a day of action in the tropical heat. 

Day 7: Chiang Mai (optional 2-day trekking)

Free day in Chiang Mai. When booking you can apply for an optional 2-day trek through the hills which starts today (see 'Excursions' for more info), highly recommended! If not, then you can spend today exploring Chiang Mai and its surroundings in your own way.

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For 'non-walkers " it is possible to learn Thai cooking (optional). The course starts with a visit to the market and then you learn how to make 3 or 4 different dishes. 

Another optional excursion for those who are keen on more action can be to opt for the 'Flight of the Gibbon' through the jungle near Chiang Mai. Hanging in a harness you glide along a cable hundreds of feet from treetop to treetop. You will know exactly how a monkey feels, high in the trees! plus, the views are amazing!

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Day 8: Chiang Mai (2nd day of optional trekking)

Free day for those who have not opted for the optional two-day hike. As you have read earlier in this description: there is plenty to do in Chiang Mai and the surrounding area. Travelers who have chosen the beautiful optional hike will spend today hiking and at night like the rest of the group again in Chiang Mai.

Day 9: Chiang Mai - Bangkok

This morning you can enjoy a stroll around Chiang Mai, stretching your legs before leaving in the afternoon to the station, where you will board the comfortable air-conditioned overnight train to Bangkok (in reserved couchettes). The journey is some 745 km, taking about thirteen hours to reach the capital.

Day 10: Bangkok - Koh Samet

You’ll be met in Bangkok and brought further to Southeast Thailand and the village of Ban Pe. From here you will sail to Koh Samet, one of the most beautiful islands of Thailand. You stay in a nice hotel where you can relax, taking in all the impressions from the past days.

Day 11: Koh Samet

Free day. Koh Samet Island is 6 by 3 km wide and has numerous small bays with brilliant white beaches and blue sea. Koh Samet is part of the Koh Samet National Park which consists of three islands including the intervening sea. While on Koh Samet you will have time for swimming, windsurfing, snorkelling (best from late October to May) and sunbathing. On top of this, you can take beautiful walks along the coast and in the jungle-covered interior.

Day 12: Koh Samet

Free day. Another full day to enjoy beautiful Koh Samet. Fans of "seafood" can indulge themselves in the abundance of fresh fish and shrimp.

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Day 13: Koh Samet - Bangkok

The last day of your tour and the last few hours on your 'bounty island'. You travel back to Bangkok this morning where your tour will draw to an end. We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Thailand.

Your personal ‘my.shoestring’ page on our website is the perfect way to make contact with other travellers before and after your trip. You can read and create journals from trips and upload your photos onto the photo gallery. Visit my shoestring today.

When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 13) is not included. Note: Any above mentioned journey times are of course approximate.


FESTIVAL TOURS


On the trip departing April 12, 2017 visit the Songkran Festival in Bangkok.
On the trip departing October 28, 2017 visit the Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai.

On the trip departing April 12, 2018 visit the Songkran Festival in Bangkok.
On the trip departing November 16, 2018 visit the Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai.

The itineraries may be modified during our festival tours. For more information about festivals please look under the heading 'More Info' then 'Festivals'.
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