ITINERARY BY DAY
Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok
On arrival into Bangkok you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure to relax or explore the city.
Day 2: Bangkok
Spend the day visiting Bangkok’s magnificent temples, Wat Trimitr which houses a Buddha made of solid gold, Wat Po and the famous reclining Buddha and the Grand Palace, considered one of the most sacred sites in the Kingdom. Set in an ancient Thai courtyard with well manicured lawns and gardens, the palace consists of several buildings and pavilions that make a reflective stroll. After lunch in a local restaurant, head off on a long tail boat down the Chao Phraya River, exploring the canals and watching riverside life on the way to visit the Temple of Dawn. This is a famous temple said to be made from the pottery shards from a nearby shipwreck that dates back over 100 years.
Day 3: Bangkok – Khao Yai National Park
Today, head to Khao Yai National Park about three hours from Bangkok for a jungle safari. Join your guide on a trek through grasslands to the wildlife watchtower and salt lick to spot animals. Then cool off with a swim at the Heiw Sawat Waterfall before returning back to town. This evening head out again for a night safari and if you are lucky you might see the nocturnal animals that roam the park such as large Indian civet cats, porcupines, samba and other deer. You might even see wild elephants!
Day 4: Khao Yai National Park - Korat
Travel to Korat stopping along the way to see ancient ruins at Buriram. The temples here are built in the Khmer style and date back centuries and see the impressively restored Phnom Rung and its sister Muang Tham. Pop into a small pottery village along the way and try your hand at making a pot on the wheel.
Day 5: Korat – Pi Mai Historical Park - Bangkok
Visit the Ban Prasart archaeological excavation site. Set up as an outdoor museum, it consists of three pits that have been landscaped and are open to the public. Bones and pots have been found dating the site as far back as 3,000 years. Then head to Bangkok arriving late in the afternoon.
Day 6: Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Khao Leam Houseboat Lake Safari
Learn the tragic history behind one of the world’s most famous bridges as you head to Kanchanaburi about four hours by road. Take a walk over the bridge at River Kwai, built by prisoners of World War II, and slave labour many of whom lost their lives during construction. After lunch, the journey continues to a lakeside village where you will board a Thai houseboat. Spend the afternoon swimming, relaxing on deck, or napping in a hammock as the houseboat slowly cruises around the lake.
Day 7: Lake Cruising - Coconut Island
Today the houseboat heads off along the lake, gently gliding past a traditional Mon fishing village built entirely on stilts. Soak up the scenery and the tranquillity of the lake. In the afternoon take a guided tour of Coconut Island, one of the few inhabited islands on the lake. It takes its name because of the 1,200 coconut trees that yield up to 500 nuts each week.
Day 8: Lake Cruising - Caves - Tribal - Elephant Ride - River Rafting
Wake up to the sound of the water gently lapping against the boat. Get set for a day of adventure starting with kayaking to small caves inhabited by hundreds of bats. Board a long-tail boat to reach a Karen hill tribe village and take a walk through the village and say hi to the locals. Then meet your elephant for a walk through the jungle followed by bamboo river rafting. Return to the houseboat in the afternoon just in time for snooze in a hammock.
Day 9: Khao Leam - Hua Hin
Enjoy your last morning swimming, fishing and sunbathing on your water based home. Around mid morning, a motorboat will take you to the village of Wang Kha, home to a number of ethnic minorities. Explore a picturesque temple and wander through a Burmese market selling crafts and jewellery. Continue to Sangkhlaburi via Thailand’s longest wooden bridge, where a vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to Hua Hin for a relaxing beach break.
Day 10 - 13: Hua Hin - Leisure
Spend the next few days on the beach, by the pool or exploring the town of Hua Hin. There are adventure tours to the nearby national park where you can raft, kayak or go mountain-biking. Explore markets, temples and a royal summer palace, or simply sit back and relax in the comfort of your hotel.
Day 14: Hua Hin - Bangkok - Departure
After breakfast you will be transferred to Bangkok’s international airport in time for your onward flight.