Thailand Highlights 12 days

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Explore Thailand’s classic destinations from the glittering temples of Bangkok, to the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya. Ride an elephant in the mountains of Chiang Mai and learn the secrets of Thai food with a cooking class. Head south to Phuket for a beach break, soak up the sun, swim and snorkel in the clear blue waters.

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Day 1: Bangkok Arrival            

Day 2: Bangkok    

Day 3: Bangkok – Ayutthaya 

Day 4: Bangkok – Chiang Mai 

Day 5: Chiang Mai 

Day 6: Chiang Mai 

Day 7: Chiang Mai – Phuket

Day 8: Phuket 

Day 9 – 11: Phuket  

Day 12: Phuket  

 

 

THAILAND HIGHLIGHTS 12 DAYS

 

Day 1: Arrival Bangkok                                    
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure and dinner tonight will be at a selected local restaurant.

Meals: N/A
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok                                 
Today explore Bangkok’s best cultural landmarks. See the glittering temples of the Grand Palace and the large reclining Buddha at Wat Po, one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. Cruise the mighty Chao Phraya by a longtail boat and pop into the famous Temple of Dawn. Marvel at how ancient sites lie alongside glittering shopping malls and skyscraper – that’s Bangkok!

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok

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Day 3: Bangkok – Ayutthaya 
Discover the grandeur of Ayutthaya the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Hear the tales of palaces filled with gold, lavish ceremonies and decorative monasteries that were the envy of old world Europe. See Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch, with its three-spire pagodas and the magnificent Buddha image at Phra Mongkol Bophit. Wander the grounds of King Rama V summer retreat and see Wat Chamrun Palace and Bang Pa-In, on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.  Cruise back to Bangkok on the Grand Pearl arriving in to the city late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok

Day 4: Bangkok – Chiang Mai 
Fly to Chiang Mai.  See Chiang Mai from a unique perspective as you travel the old walled city area by samlor – a cyclo. Pop into the Art and Cultural Centre for an introduction to the history and culture of Northern Thailand.  Continue to Wat Chedi Luang with its big stupa and Wat Prah Singha that houses a sacred Buddha. After a local lunch, drive to Chiang Mai’s most famous place, Doi Suthep Temple.  Climb the stairs to the top of the temple and be rewarded with magnificent views over the valley.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai

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Day 5: Chiang Mai  
Spend the day riding elephants through the forest and swimming in the Mae Ping River. See how these giants live and get a glimpse at the unique and very real relationships between elephants and their mahouts, often each other’s best friends for life.  See elephants at work, the baby training school and bath time!  On the return journey to Chiang Mai you will stop at an orchid farm to see exotic species in full bloom.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai

Day 6: Chiang Mai  
Learn the secrets to a good pad thai or green chicken curry with a cooking class at the Cooking@home Thai Culinary School.  Start with a tour of the village market where you will learn about the different herbs and spices. Then it’s off to spend the morning cooking in the open-air Thai style kitchen surrounded by herb gardens and overlooking rice paddies. Lunch is included, and after the class you’ll receive a full-colour guide to Thai cuisine.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai

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Day 7: Chiang Mai – Phuket
Fly to Phuket.  Enjoy a leisurely morning before flying to Phuket arriving mid afternoon just in time for a swim and a round of sunset drinks.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Resort in Phuket

Day 8: Phuket   
Start your beach break with a speedboat journey to Phang Nga Bay, a network of islands and lagoons in the Andaman Sea. Whizz to deserted beaches and looming caves before stopping at the infamous Khao Ping Gan (Leaning Rock), which was featured in the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. Here, a seafood lunch is served, and you’ll have plenty of time to relax and swim in the perfectly turquoise sea.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Resort in Phuket

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Day 9 – 11: Phuket  
Spend the rest of your trip enjoying some quality downtown on Thailand’s largest paradise island. If sitting all day on a beach is not your thing, the island offers many activities such as elephant trekking, white water rafting, rock climbing and plenty of water sports. Or stay in town and shop up a storm at the local markets

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Resort in Phuket

Day 12: Phuket  
It’s your last chance for a swim or last minute shopping before transferring to the airport and your onward travel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A

PRICE

This is a private and flexible tour according to your preferences, including arrival and departure time as well as your budget.

You can find out different packages through our website. The price excludes international flights but includes all services (accommodation, transport, sightseeing, guides, restaurants, domestic flights…) from your arrival to your departure.

Travel Vietnam offers vary according to different elements as follows:

  • Travelling period : the price of services in the high season (March, April, July, August, October, November, December), is normally higher than the off season (May, June, September) and the services are very limited in high season especially guides, flights tickets, hotels….
  • The number of travelers: the more you are numerous, the cheaper price is.
  • Selected hotels: the category of hotels, the locations, and the services is included in this hotel.
  • Activities during the trip: two programs with the same duration and at the same time can have two different prices, depending on the activities in the program.
  • The date of booking: a late booking may cause the higher price because of the weak availability of services.

For free questions, simply click on Customize this tour  one of our consultants will reply as soon as possible 

Gaffer B
Gaffer B
Rating 4

We had an wonderful time from the off beaten track in the North to the bustling cities in the South. A two weeks trip couldn't take us to every corner in Vietnam but to some extent we discovered a beautiful country and saw smiling welcoming and generous people. Thanks to Mr. Manh for great service

Visited October 2013
WildlifeFan01
WildlifeFan01
Rating 5

We pre-booked a short trip around Northern Vietnam with Vietnam Original tours. They responded very quickly to email and were very helpful. Our guide was excellent and we really enjoyed the activities they arranged for us. Our boat trip around Cat Ba island in particular stood out as being excellent and we also really enjoyed Van Long National Park.

Visited December 2014
maijoucki
maijoucki
Rating 5

if you want to travel without making you worry, this agency is to recommend. Everything is well organized and you can be confident in every way.

no forced shopping, happiness. The driver was very careful and he introduced me to this country as much in kind as far as food, I have very fond memories, to remake

Visited September 2013
kami_kara
kami_kara
Rating 5

I was referred by a friend to Mr. Ha Nguyen at Vietnam Original Travel - Hanoi Branch and I’m so very very pleased that I was. From the beginning of our correspondence, he went to great lengths to help me prepare my itinerary and gave me many tips to make sure I was travel smart in the busy streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Never was he pushy and many a time, when conversing over Skype chat did he contact me outside of his working hours. He even went so far as to meet me on a Sunday to take me around Hanoi. I cannot guarantee by any means that travel agents from VOT will do this for you as we had connections via friends, but what I do know is that they will go up and beyond to make sure you have a lovely holiday. Thank you Ha!

Visited January 2015
Max_Lhb
Max_Lhb
Rating 5

Found this trip organiser on forums/websites and thank to some very good reviews, my friend and I were looking to discover the Vietnamese's soul meanwhile going in such wonderful places: 100% success! 
From the beginning, the agency's team was helpful & replied us very quickly. They organised us a very convenient 5-days-trip from Saigon (HCMC) to Phnom Penh by the Mekong Delta, their proper accommodation in Mekong Garden. We've been in such traditional places far away from all others tourists, at any moment we were forced to buy something. Our guide was nice, so experienced and a good both English & French speaker. He introduced us ethnical peoples, they were so friendly, generous, welcoming with us. Amazing :)
Well organised agency which knows how to satisfy their clients, recommend it. Thank you VOT & see you hopefully in few years!

Visited January 2015
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