HIGHLIGHTS OF THAILAND
Cultural tour of Thailand

This tour is specially designed to discover the cultural heritage of Central Thailand along with a “taste” of what we called Bangkok-on-a-plate!

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 09 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 16 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Bangkok
Day 02: Bangkok
(B, L)
Day 03: Bangkok/Ayutthaya (Drive/Boat)
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Ayutthaya/Kanchanaburi (Drive/Boat)
(B, L, D)
Day 05: Kanchanaburi
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Kanchanaburi/Bangkok (Boat/Drive)
(B, L)
Day 07: Bangkok
(B, L, D)
Day 08: Bangkok
(B, L)
Day 09: Depart Bangkok
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Bangkok

Arrive Bangkok international airport, meet and greet and transfer to your hotel.   Check in time starts from 1500 hrs.  Rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps you could indulge yourself with a traditional Thai Massage, surprise your taste buds with the amazing local flavors and cap off the day by enjoying sunset in any of the stylish rooftop bars which have blossomed in the city’s skyscrapers in recent years… the options are limitless.
Overnight: Eastin Makkasan Hotel, Bangkok (2 nights)

Day 02: Bangkok

Explore the wonderful city of Bangkok on a Bangkok Walking Tour. Pickup from your hotel in Bangkok city. First visit Wat Ratchanatdaram - this temple is most popular for Loha Prasat the brazen palace, which is a multi‐tiered 36‐metre high structure. It is one of only three brazen palaces that still exist in the world. Then a short walk to Golden Mount, which is located in the compound of Wat Saket. Built by King Rama IV, the golden chedi can be reached by a 344‐step spiral stairway. While on top, you'll have a wide view of the older part of Bangkok. Next visit at Baan Bat, which is the last of a series of villages established in the 18th century by King Rama I to create the monk bowls. Continue to the Giant Swing “Sao Ching Cha”.   After that walk to Wat Suthat, which is one of the most important and one of the oldest temples of the Rattanakosin era in Bangkok. It is one of the six temples in Thailand of the highest grade of the first class Royal temples.  Last visit of the day is Tiger God Shrine “Sarn Chao Por Seua”, which is dedicated to the spirit of a tiger who once lived in the jungle surrounding this area.   Return to the hotel.   The rest of the day is free at leisure. (B, L)

Day 03: Bangkok/Ayutthaya (Drive/Boat)

Travel from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, a former capital of Thailand. Change your transportation to an eco - friendly bike tour to explore the marvelous of Ayutthaya Historical Park, featured as a UNESCO list of World Heritage sites since 1991. Continue visiting the Elephant Kraal Pavilion and enjoy a delicious Thai lunch onboard a unique restored rice barge, while you cruise along the river. In the afternoon and the evening join in the activities on the boat like take a bike ride or walk to a nearby community to experience the life of local people. Afterwards it is time for a delicious dinner onboard. Accommodation in comfortable private air - conditioned twin cabin, each with a top and bottom berth, share WC facilities.
Overnight: Rice Barge, Ayutthaya (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 04: Ayutthaya/Kanchanaburi (Drive/Boat)

Rise early to join activities like preparing some traditional Thai Sweets "Khanom" or offering food to the Monks on their morning alms round. After breakfast continue to Kanchanaburi province. Visit Thai Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum, information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand - Burma Railway. The fully air - conditioned center offers the visitor an educational and moving experience. Visit Allied War Cemetery which is memorial to some 6000 allied prisoners of war (POWs) who perished along the death railway line and were moved post - war to this eternal resting place. Visit the world famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of Death Railway constructed by Allied POWs. Take a long tail boat on River Kwai to our lodging for the next two nights.   Please be advised that there is absolutely no electricity at all at this place, candles and kerosene lamps will be used in the nights.  A unique concept of A Check in and have lunch upon arrival.   In the afternoon, take a long tail boat ride downstream to Resotel pier and continue by road to visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial. Then return to the rafts. Dinner followed by a 45 minutes presentation of traditional Mon performances.
Overnight: River Kwai Jungle Raft, Kanchanaburi (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 05: Kanchanaburi

After breakfast trekking on the new jungle trail to visit a nearby Mon Tribal Village. Explore the flora and fauna along the trail. Visit a Mon temple, a village school and a little handcrafts center.   The rest of the day is free to just relax or take in optional activities, with extra costs. (B, L, D)

Day 06: Kanchanaburi/Bangkok (Boat/Drive)

Morning time will be free at leisure. Lunch then take a long tail boat to Resotel pier and continue by road to take a historic ride on Death Railway Train passing over original wooden viaduct constructed by Allied POWs. Transfer back to Bangkok and drop off at the hotel.
Overnight: Eastin Makkasan Hotel, Bangkok (3 nights) (B, L)

Day 07: Bangkok

What we have in store for you with this tour will fill your stomach with the taste of real food and your heart with the memory of real local people and hidden culinary gems that you never knew existed in the sprawling metropolis of Bangkok.  Savour the flavour of the original curry puff from the very first street food vendor in the area and continue to a famous Southern Thai tea house where you will be treated to a tasty tea or coffee. Explore a local market where you will be introduced to basic Thai ingredients and stop by a local curry paste shop where you will be shown the secrets to making the perfect Asian curry. Round off the experience with a delicious and authentic coconut-based Thai dessert. Rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Note: Transfers to/from meeting point are not included in the above tour. Guests will need to make own transfer to meeting point at BTS Saphan Taksin Skytrain station exit 2 by 1000 hrs.
In the evening, enjoy a pleasant and relaxing river cruise aboard an original antique teakwood rice barge experiencing first-class Thai hospitality and delicious food from around the country. The cruise takes you on a journey through Thai culture along the Chao Phraya River as you pass by many significant monuments in the comfort and tranquillity of the open-air cruise. Enjoy traditional Thai music and classical dance while having a choice of three degustation menus: Thai traditional, Thai seafood, or Thai vegetarian. (B, L, D)

Day 08: Bangkok

The cuisine of Thailand is one of the country’s proud cultural heritages and Thai cuisine is internationally renowned as one of the best in the world. Spend half a day developing and practicing the skills you need to impress your friends and family back home enjoying a cooking lesson on traditional Thai recipes in an ideal home-style learning environment. There are two sessions a day and in each session participants will learn to make four Thai dishes. The cooking class includes lesson fee, use of school’s cooking utensils and all ingredients.   The rest of the day is free to enjoy the last night in this magical city. (B, L)

Day 09: Depart Bangkok

After our enlightening journey through this fascinating country, we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Every Saturday from Jan 01 to Oct 28, 2017

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017 US$ 1495 US$ 380

Notes

Please be advised that guests are to carry their own luggage on/off the boat/raft and since the weight limit for personal belonging is only up to 5kg per person for the overnight on days 3, 4 & 5; therefore, excess luggage should be stored at the hotel in Bangkok.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 19 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers on seat-in-coach basis
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1200

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1200

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 16 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.