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Total Thailand

Land of Smiles - Trip for singles

Book From   € 1,099,-
GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 20 DAYS

Total Thailand

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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

Surat Thani

Surat Thani

Surat Thani can be seen as the entrance to the South of Thailand. If you want to visit the islands Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, you cannot miss out on this city. Tip: most of the ferries leave close to Surat Thani (Don Sak).

Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is a green island with beautiful bounty beaches in the South of Thailand.

Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Enjoy the snow-white beaches and crystal clear water at Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach!

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Bangkok Bangkok
2 Bangkok Bangkok
3 Boat, Bus Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak - Kanchanaburi Kanchanaburi (Jungle rafts)
4 Bus Jungle rafts - Erawan waterfalls - Kanchanaburi Kanchanaburi
5 Bus Kanchanaburi - Sukhothai Sukhothai
6 Bike Sukhothai Sukhothai
7 Public transport Sukhothai - Chiang Mai Chiang Mai
8 Chiang Mai Chiang Mai
9 Chiang Mai / Optional trekking Chiang Mai
10 Chiang Mai / Optional trekking Chiang Mai
11 Train Chiang Mai - Bangkok Night train to Bangkok
12 Bangkok Bangkok
13 Train Bangkok - Surat Thani Night train to Surat Thani
14 Boat, Bus Surat Thani - Koh Phangan Koh Phangan
15 Koh Phangan Koh Phangan
16 Koh Phangan Koh Phangan
17 Boat Koh Phangan – Koh Samui Koh Samui
18 Koh Samui Koh Samui
19 Boat, Bus, Train Koh Samui – Surat Thani - Bangkok Night train to Bangkok
20 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 lively city of Bangkok, the ‘City of Angels’ where you are free to discover the huge variety, the colours, the sights, and the smells. Stop at road-side hot-dog stands, shop in giant shopping centres, or visit one of the many Wats (temples). Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Po, Wat Arun and Wat Saket are the most popular of the temples. Taking a bike ride along the green klongs (canals) is a special experience, immerse yourself in the busy Chinese district or go on a long-tail boat ride. Our tour leader is fully equipped to give you all the advice and tips that you will need.

Day 2: Bangkok

Today you are completely free to do as you please in Bangkok. It is highly recommended 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.

How green can you go? TIP

Later in the day you may choose that optional bike ride along the quiet green klong paths that lead you through the Bangkok of 3 decades ago.

At night the city is buzzing with activity- take in a performance at the Calypso Cabaret, Bangkok's famous "transvestite show, watch a Muay Thai bout (kickboxing) or take a leisurely evening cruise on the Chao Phraya River.

Day 3: Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak - Kanchanaburi

Today we travel on to Kanchanaburi via the colourful floating market of Damnoen Saduak. We will visit the famous bridge over the River Kwai and there is the opportunity to visit the small but impressive War Museum and the largest memorial site in the region, the final resting place of many World War II soldiers.

How green can you go? TIP

On arrival in Kanchanaburi, we board a long-tail boat that will take us to the charming Jungle rafts floating hotel, or ‘floatel’ for an overnight stay.

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Day 4: Jungle rafts - Erawan waterfalls - Kanchanaburi

How green can you go? TIP

After breakfast we take the boat again and go to the Erawan Waterfalls, arguably the most beautiful falls in all Thailand. We visit the waterfalls (entrance fees not included) where you have the opportunity to go swimming in the clear waters so remember your swimming suit!
We then continue to Kanchanaburi town where we overnight in the Tamarind Guesthouse (subject to change), which has a swimming pool available for use.

Day 5: Kanchanaburi - Sukhothai

After an early start, and then breakfast, we make the long but scenic drive to the beautiful ruined city of Sukhothai.

Day 6: Sukhothai

Today, your tour leader will take you on a bicycle tour of the expansive Historical Park, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The bicycle tour is likely to take about 3 hours, including frequent stops to visit temples. The fee you pay for Sukhothai locally (about € 5, this amount is subject to change). Your hotel is close to the Historical Park so you can spend the rest of the day there by yourself if you wish, or explore the charming town of new Sukhothai or perhaps enjoy a Thai massage.

Day 7: Sukhothai - Chiang Mai

We leave Sukhothai this afternoon and take a public bus to the Northern capital of Chiang Mai (approx. 6 hours). Travel is comfortable and provides you with a unique way to see the landscapes of Northern Thailand. On arrival we’ll make our way to the hotel and then we suggest a visit to the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

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Day 8: Chiang Mai

You are free to explore Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Thailand, which 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 that way. 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 (subject to change) offers a swimming pool, a lovely way to end your day and relax in the tropical heat.

Day 9: Chiang Mai / Optional trekking

When booking your trip 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.

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 through 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 outstanding!

Day 10: Chiang Mai / Optional trekking

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

Day 11: Chiang Mai - Bangkok

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

Day 12: Bangkok

On arrival into Bangkok, you are taken to your hotel before having the rest of the day off. You must remember to see Wat Po! After visiting the temple with a reclining Buddha of 46 m in length, you can progress to the Wat Po medical school where the masseurs really throw themselves into vigorously pushing and pulling at you- it is a must!

Less well known is Wat Saket. This beautiful golden temple sits atop a hill that you access via a spiral path. Once at the top, you have a great view of the city and an impressive sun set.

At night, Bangkok comes to life. At the "night market" on Khao San Road, you can try the delicious Thai cuisine. Enjoy a dish of Pad Thai noodles, a cob of corn or a steamed meat pie while watching the life pass by. You can find massage parlors, bars and many shops.

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Day 13: Bangkok - Surat Thani

Much of the day you have free to explore Bangkok. You can, for example take the river taxi along the Chao Praya river to Wat Arun, an architecturally impressive temple. It is plastered with colourful pottery shards! Or stroll around (again) around the bustling Chinatown where there is always something to catch your eye.

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At the end of the day you step onto the night train with comfortable air-conditioned couchettes reserved to Surat Thani in southern Thailand. You bridge the 670 km stretch in about twelve hours. A relaxing way to make this long journey!

Day 14: Surat Thani - Koh Phangan

On arrival into Surat Thani we travel by bus and by ferry to Thong Sala (Koh Phangan) where we’ll transfer to our bungalows and relax on this paradise island. If you prefer, you can take exciting ATV (quad bikes) safaris, go fishing with a local fisherman, walk to refreshing waterfalls or enjoy a barbeque on the beach at sunset.

Day 15: Koh Phangan

The attractions of the island include a temple on a mountain top, the Wat Khao Tam, which is ideal for meditation, the Tan Sadet waterfall, Hat Rin Beach, Paeng National Park and satellite islands such as Koh Tao where you will find beautiful beaches and coral reefs. Koh Phangan is familiar to many - largely due to the monthly Full Moon parties when, at each full moon there is a big party on the beach. Choose your departure date carefully if this is something for you!

Day 16: Koh Phangan

Your last full day on Koh Phangan. Maybe take a Songthaew (pick up truck) across the island and explore other idyllic beaches, try out a new restaurant or cafés, or look for those local handicrafts.

Day 17: Koh Phangan – Koh Samui

Today we swap our paradisiacal island for another. We transfer by songthaew and ferry to Koh Samui, where we spend the next couple of days.

Although tourism is developing rapidly in Samui you can still come here to relax. You'll find perfect beaches with beautiful white sand fringed with coconut palms, warm and crystal clear water and long sunny days. The green hues of the lush forests and coconut plantations blend harmoniously with the blue of the sea and the picturesque waterfalls which come together to form a varied landscape that is rarely equaled in other islands. The sea around Koh Samui is famous for its marine life. Besides sunbathing and swimming you can also partake in snorkelling and diving.

Day 18: Koh Samui

Another free day in paradise. The best known beaches on Koh Samui are Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach. Chaweng Beach is the largest and has seven kilometers of pearl white sand with crystal clear water. In the central part there are many nice shops, good local restaurants and bars close by, it is very pleasant, particularly in the evening. Located south of Chaweng is Lamai Beach, a beautiful four kilometer long beach. The audience is generally younger than Chaweng and evening entertainment goes on well until the early hours.

Besides beaches, Koh Samui has other attractions like the coral world Laem Sed and Tong Takien, waterfalls at Hin Lat and Na Muang, phallic rock formations south of Lamai Bay, butterfly gardens, a honey farm, a massive high sitting Buddha, a monkey training center in Ban Khao Phra and then there's Na Thon where shops, restaurants and travel agents have all settled.

Day 19: Koh Samui – Surat Thani - Bangkok

Today we sadly bid farewell to our island paradise and at the end of the day, after travelling by boat and bus to Surat Thani, we catch the overnight train back to Bangkok.

Day 20: Bangkok

You arrive into Bangkok for the last day of your tour. You can spend some more time this morning exploring Bangkok before you leave to travel home. We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Thailand.

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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 20) is not included.

Note: The above journey time per day is of course approximate.

It is possible that the group for a part of this trip is combined with the participants of our 20-day Thailand and Laos trip. Obviously, we ensure that the maximum of 24 participants is not exceeded. The local English-speaking tour guide(s) ensure(s) proper execution of the trip.

Change in itinerary September - December:

For all departures from September until the end of December, there will be a different itinerary. You will stay in Krabi instead of Koh Phangan/Samui because of the monsoon rains in the region. The itinerary will thus be:

  • 1 Bangkok
  • 2 Bangkok
  • 3 Kanchanaburi (Jungle rafts)
  • 4 Kanchanaburi
  • 5 Sukhothai
  • 6 Sukhothai
  • 7 Chiang Mai
  • 8 Chiang Mai
  • 9 Chiang Mai
  • 10 Chiang Mai
  • 11 Night train to Bangkok
  • 12 Bangkok
  • 13 Night train to Surat Thani
  • 14 Bus to Krabi
  • 15 Krabi
  • 16 Krabi
  • 17 Krabi
  • 18 Krabi
  • 19 Night train to Bangkok
  • 20 End of tour - Bangkok

FESTIVAL TOURS

On the trip with departure date October 27, 2017 visit the Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai.

On the trip with departure date April 12, 2018 visit the Songkran Festival in Bangkok.

On the trip with departure date November 15, 2018 visit the Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai.




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