Thailand Guided Walking Holiday

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From the vibrancy of Bangkok to the rural heartlands of the north, this tour encapsulates many of Thailand’s stunning facets. Dazzling white temples, fascinating history, remote villages and bustling markets enrich your experience of this wonderful country as you explore on foot. A highlight of the trip will undoubtedly be our time with the elephants in the jungle and the warmth of the welcome from the Thai people we meet as we travel through this beautiful country.

Holiday highlights include:

  • Exploring Bangkok’s hidden gems and sample delicious Thai food
  • Hikes which explore Thailand’s lush interior
  • Stay at the serene Lisu Lodge, north of Chiang Mai
  • Visit Chiang Rai and its Opium Hall
  • Meet and walk with elephants

Price includes:

  • A full programme of guided walks and sightseeing led by Local Guides
  • 'With flight' holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • Half Board with en-suite accommodation 
    • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 evening meals
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All transport, internal flights and tips

Accommodation

Across Thailand we use 3 to 5-star standard partner hotels and lodges, all of which offer comfortable, spacious rooms with excellent facilities. The hotels are ideally situated for our itinerary, offer unique experiences and provide ideal locations for superb access to the country’s stunning landscapes.

Stay at Navalai River Resort in ThailandNavalai River Resort

The Navalai River Resort in Bangkok offers riverside serenity combined with the convenience of proximity to the city, which makes it ideally located to explore this vibrant capital.

Stay at the Away Kanchanburi Dheva Manta Resort in ThailandAway Kanchanburi Dheva Manta Resort

In Kanchanburi relax at the Away Kanchanburi Dheva Manta Resort, a luxurious 5-star resort set in a serene tropical paradise. World class facilities ensure you a comfortable stay.

Stay at the Kantary Hotel in ThailandKantary Hotel

During our time in Thailand’s ancient capital, Ayutthaya, enjoy a stay at Kantary Hotel: a modern, elegant property with exceptional accommodation.

Stay at the Bodhi Serene Chiang Mai Hotel in ThailandBodhi Serene Chiang Mai Hotel

The Bodhi Serene Chiang Mai Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel situated within the old walls of downtown Chiang Mai. Nestled amongst old temples it showcases a fusion of Lanna tradition and culture with modern conveniences.

Stay at Lisu Lodge in ThailandLisu Lodge

North of Chiang Mai, we stay at Lisu Lodge. Managed by the Lisu villagers and built in a traditional style, guest cottages are set within lush gardens and offer ensuite facilities. The lodge offers us a truly authentic stay in this part of Thailand: as such, it is a little more basic than our other accommodation.

Stay at the Le Patta Chiang Rai in ThailandLe Patta Chiang Rai

Amid city life, the Le Patta Chiang Rai hotel offers a peaceful atmosphere. Rooms are cosy and comfortable with modern conveniences, and the hotel features an outdoor salt water pool.

Itinerary

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The itinerary described is a guideline to the likely walks and activities for this holiday. It may be necessary to change the itinerary owing to local conditions – e.g. weather – or other factors and alternative walks or activities to those described may be offered if necessary.

Day 1: 

Depart the UK

Day 2: Arrive in Bangkok

On arrival and after you’ve collected your luggage, head to Bangkok airport’s arrivals’ hall on the second floor where your local guide will meet you. You’ll then transfer as a group to the hotel.

This evening experience the vibrant city and its incredible food scene by tuk tuk. Bangkok is said to be ‘the city that never stops eating’ so a visit for dinner to some of the favourite places of Bangkokians to eat seems a fitting introduction.

Try the local favourite kao mun kai (Hainanese chicken rice) as well as the best pad thai noodles. Our evening will also include a visit to some of the city’s old town landmarks and temples, such as the Marble Temple, Anantasamakhom Thorne Hall and Pak Klong Talad flower market, before we return by tuk tuk to our hotel.

Day 3: explore Bangkok

This morning, we’re collected from the hotel’s pier by a boat to cruise the Chao Phraya River. We pass through the Kudichin neighbourhood, an area established before the city’s official founding, and we’ll see the locals going about daily life.

We’ll explore the local area on foot. We walk to Wat Kalayanamitr and on to Kian Un Keng Shrine. This is one of the area’s oldest shrines and houses a statue to the goddess Guanyin. We continue to Santa Cruz Church, one of Bangkok’s many old Catholic churches, before we enjoy a delicious lunch at a family-owned Thai-Portugese restaurant. The set menu of appetisers, main course dishes and a dessert will showcase how the Portuguese greatly influenced Thai cuisine.

Afterwards, we’ll return to our hotel by boat. In the afternoon, we visit the Royal Grand Palace, the most important and spectacular of all Thai monuments. Now used only by the King for ceremonial occasions, the palace is made up of more than 100 buildings. Explore the complex and learn more about its architecture and history on a guided visit before we return to the hotel, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 4: to Kanchanaburi

We depart from Bangkok to Kanchanburi. Enroute we’ll visit Damnoen Saduak floating market, where we’ll see the traditional Thai way of life. We continue to Kanchanaburi, where we have a walking tour.

We’ll visit the infamous bridge over the River Kwai and the Death Railway, built by thousands of Allied prisoners of war captured by the Japanese during the Second World War. We’ll also visit the cemetery where those who lost their lives during the railway’s construction are buried.

There will be time to explore the Death Railway Museum, which features photographs and objects from the period, before we take a ride on a train along the infamous railway through the lush jungle. This is sure to be a poignant but fascinating day. We continue to the hotel, where any remaining time is at leisure before dinner.

Day 5: to Ayutthaya

After breakfast, we’ll visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial, part of the Death Railway, where walking trails now exist along with a museum dedicated to the Allied prisoners of war and Asian labourers who suffered and died both here and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region during the war. 

We drive to Erawan National Park, well known for its beautiful and spectacular waterfalls with turquoise water. Here, we’ll walk through the park’s tranquil wilderness to hidden caves before continuing our journey to Ayutthaya via Suphan Buri through fertile farmland and past jungle-clad mountains, stopping enroute for lunch.

Once arrived in Ayutthaya, any remaining time is at your leisure.

Day 6: explore Ayutthaya and to Chiang Mai

Wake early to see the sunrise over the stupas at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet then return to the hotel for breakfast.

We then enjoy a walking tour to explore Ayutthaya Historical Park, visit temples and Bang Pa In, the former summer residence of the kings of Ayutthaya set amidst extensive park grounds and built in an intriguing and exotic mix of Thai and European architectural styles.

This afternoon we transfer to Bangkok airport and fly to Chiang Mai in the north of the country. On arrival, meet your local guide at the information booth and transfer as a group to the hotel.

Day 7: Chiang Mai

Our morning walk takes us through Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and its beautiful forests. We’ll drive from our hotel to the park, where we will visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a mountain-top temple which attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world and which offers panoramic views over Chiang Mai and the Ping Valley.

From the temple we’ll walk downhill to the national park headquarters and continue to the Mon Tha Than waterfall, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in its cool waters. We follow a trail which meanders through bamboo forests, tall hardwood trees, a variety of brightly coloured flowers and a rich diversity of birdlife. This is a moderate walk, but the views, quiet grandeur and serenity make it an incredible experience.

We return to the hotel and later head out to explore Chiang Mai’s cottage factories and workshops. Chiang Mai is Thailand’s main centre for handicrafts, and we’ll visit several villages and districts around the city to observe the intricate processes and skilled talents of the craftspeople in the production of silk and cotton, hand-painted paper umbrellas, ceramics, lacquerware and silverware.

Tonight, enjoy a delicious feast of northern Thai cuisine as we watch various traditional dances from the ancient Lanna culture.

Day 8: Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

We depart early from our hotel and drive through the agricultural landscapes of northern Thailand, where we can glimpse rural life. After about 2 hours we’ll arrive at a Karen village in a densely forested mountain region. Our guide will walk us through the village, where we’ll learn more about the local way of life and the elephant sanctuary. The sanctuary is an ethical and sustainable eco-tourism project borne out of local concern for the welfare of elephants in Thailand and which is now home to over 30 Asian elephants.

Change into traditional Karen clothing and prepare to meet the sanctuary’s residents! In small groups you’ll be able to meet and interact with the elephants as you learn more about them: you can touch, feed and photograph the elephants before we head to the river to bathe and brush them. While they play in the river, enjoy lunch on a platform overlooking the river and surrounding jungle.

Reunited with our gentle giant friends, we head into the jungle to walk alongside them through the forest and rural countryside. This will undoubtedly be a special experience and a highlight of your trip. We bid farewell to the elephants and return to the village and change before we return to Chiang Mai through picturesque scenery.

There are no formal timings or schedules for our time at the sanctuary to allow you to spend as much time as possible with the elephants. The jungle walk is approx. 1½ hours and the distance is variable.

Day 9: Mae Tang District and Lisu Lodge

We depart Chiang Mai and drive north to the Mae Tang District and Lisu Lodge, where we’ll meet and spend time with the Lisu people, one of Thailand’s most remote tribal groups.

Join your Lisu guide on a walk from the Ton Lung temple to visit a herb garden and explore the village, where we’ll visit a shaman’s house to learn about his life, beliefs and Lisu traditions. We’ll return to the lodge for lunch then visit a cultural centre before enjoying an afternoon activity of your choice: you may enjoy a steam bath, a massage, or a guided walk and visit to a tea plantation. The remainder of the day is at your leisure before we enjoy a Thai dinner with a traditional Lisu dance show.

Day 10: Jungle and rainforest walks and return to Chiang Mai

Enjoy an early breakfast then head out on today’s walk. We hike through the Lisu village community then head into the jungle and head uphill through untouched rainforest to the summit of the mountain, with spectacular views as you walk. We descend on the other side of the mountain and pass through similar scenery to a newer hill tribe community and return to Lisu Lodge.

There’ll be time to freshen up before we enjoy lunch and return to Chiang Mai, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 11: Mae Kampong and on to Chiang Rai

An early departure gets our full-day trip started. We begin with a visit to the high-altitude village of Mae Kampong, which lies 30 miles east of Chiang Mai.

We’ll drive through picturesque countryside along a winding road to this beautifully rustic village at over 4,000 feet above sea level. Here, we’ll walk through the beautiful community forest where the villagers grow tea and coffee, and visit a local’s home to learn more about some of the local traditions. We’ll enjoy lunch and depart for Chiang Rai.

Enroute to Chiang Rai we’ll stop to visit the famous Wat Rong Khun. Also known as the White Temple, the temple is an unconventional and privately-owned art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple. You’re sure to find its brightness and design striking and memorable.

Once in Chiang Rai, enjoy the rest of your day and evening at leisure.

Day 12: Chiang Saen and Mae Sai

This morning we drive to Chiang Saen and visit the ancient city at Wat Chedi Luang, built in the early 13th century during the classical era of Chiang Saen.

We’ll walk through the town, along the river front and on to the Hall of Opium Museum at Golden Triangle Park. Carved into a hill, the museum presents the history of opium and its global journey along trade routes and the renowned Opium Wars.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we travel to the northernmost point of Thailand, Mae Sai. Here, you can view the border bridge between Thailand and Myanmar and shop the local handicrafts, including items from nearby Myanmar. We return to Chiang Rai where this evening we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner and a chance to reminisce about our holiday experiences at a local restaurant.

Day 13: departure day

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

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Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
21 Feb 2020 TLWHW - Thailand
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

THAI AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 21 Feb 2020, 12:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Feb 2020, 6 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi

Flight - Return

THAI AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 4 Mar 2020, 9:45 a.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Mar 2020, 11:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: Chang Rai
  • Arrive at: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
12 £2,999.00 £2,849.00 SAVE £150 PER PERSON Book Now
22 Feb 2020 TLWHW - Thailand - Without Flights 11 £2,299.00 £2,149.00 SAVE £150 PER PERSON Book Now
16 Oct 2020 TLWHW - Thailand
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

THAI AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Oct 2020, 12:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Oct 2020, 6 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi

Flight - Return

THAI AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 28 Oct 2020, 9:45 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Oct 2020, 11:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: Chang Rai
  • Arrive at: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
12 £2,999.00 £2,999.00 Book Now
17 Oct 2020 TLWHW - Thailand - Without Flights 11 £2,299.00 £2,299.00 Book Now
20 Nov 2020 TLWHW - Thailand
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

THAI AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 20 Nov 2020, 12:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Nov 2020, 6 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi

Flight - Return

THAI AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 2 Dec 2020, 9:45 a.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Dec 2020, 11:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: Chang Rai
  • Arrive at: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
12 £2,999.00 £2,999.00 Book Now
21 Nov 2020 TLWHW - Thailand - Without Flights 11 £2,299.00 £2,299.00 Book Now

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