Best of Thailand Culture & Nature Tour

Best of Thailand Culture & Nature Tour

14 days Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak - Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai - Phuket private tour

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Highlights

Watch Thai traditional performance in spectacular Siam Niramit Show--learn the rise and fall of four dynasties of Thailand

Explore the mixture of modern and ancient Bangkok where temples hidden among the contemporary architecture

Feel the unspoiled parts of Thailand: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Explore the Mordern history of Thailand during world war II in Kanchanaburi

As an elephant volunteer, no ride, no hook, no chain. Give them a shower and enjoy a swim.

Learn the history of drug trafficking of Thailand in Golden Triangle and a glance at Laos markets across Mekong River

The classic Lanna - style White Temple and Black Temple in Chiang Rai--exotic culture about heaven and hell

Free yourself in beautiful tropical islands and swim in crystal-clear water

When you mention traveling to Thailand, what pops into your mind? The history, culture, floating market, elephant or beaches? This 13-day private tour includes all of these elements, which is perfect for first-timers looking to discover the very best of Thailand. Enjoy all the classic wonders in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Phuket; Get close touch with splendid temples in Grand Palace; Experience the traditional Thai Market-Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Explore must-see ancient temple arts and architecture in Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai. Escape from the hustle and bustle city life by taking a speed boat to one of the islands in Phuket for snorkeling in crystal clear tropical waters.

Itinerary idea in detail

Day 1Your First Step in Thailand!
Sights: Siam Niramit
Accommodation: U Sukhumvit Bangkok

Overnight: Bangkok

Meals:Dinner

Sawasdee ka!Welcome to Thailand! Upon arrival at Bangkok Airport, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Relax in the afternoon before heading to the Siam Niramit Show in the early evening by a private car. Siam Niramit, a world-class celebration of Thailand's art and cultural heritage, is a must-see spectacle through which you can get an overall idea of the four dynasties of Thailand and its culture. This show is highly recommended as a start to this historical tour and a great introduction to the following visit. It is performed on a gigantic stage featuring over 150 performers with as many as 500 costumes. Spectacular introduction to Thailand's art and cultural heritage. Enhanced special effects using the latest technology add to the inspiring experience. You will feel like you are really in the rural village without stepping out of Bangkok. Meanwhile, the performance also presents a soul - stirring historical panorama of Thailand. Enjoy the three-act performance: Act I takes you back into the rich history of the Kingdom, Act II introduces you to the three realms central to traditional Thai beliefs and Act III takes you on a journey through Thailand’s festivals. Return to your hotel.

Note:

1. The show include a buffet dinner and it served from 17.00 to 19.45. Our buffet-style dinner offers a delicious range of Thai and International dishes. The food served has attracted much praise from our guests.

2. Siam Niramit Show lasts about 80min,and begin at 20:00. Theatre doors open 30min before show time.

Day 2Authentic Bangkok!
Sights: Wat Phra Kaew >Wat Pho >Wat Traimit >Grand Palace >Asiatique The Riverfront
Accommodation: U Sukhumvit Bangkok

Overnight: Bangkok

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Your trip will start from visiting Wat Trimit,this temple is known for its famous Golden Buddha constructing during the Sukhothai period. The image of solid gold is 3 meters high and weighs five and a half tons. Your second stop will be Wat Pho, it is one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples. Wat Pho was built by King Rama I about 200 years ago and houses the gigantic gold plated Reclining Buddha image. This unique image is 49 meters long and 12 meters high with beautifully inlaid mother-of-pearl soles, then your last stop is The Royal Grand Palace, the nations's landmark and the most revered royal monuments. You will see the Palace that were used for different occasions as The Coronation Hall, Funeral Hall and Royal Guest House and the mysterious famous Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Lunch at local restaurant, and then return to hotel. Afternoon is free at leisure.

Free Time Idea: Asiatique is a nice place to chill out by yourself. It combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Open from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance.

Day 3Visit Unusual Local Markets and Transfer to Kanchanaburi
Sights: Bridge of River Kwai >Hell Fire Pass >JEATH War Museum (World War II Museum) >Kanchanaburi Don Rak War Cemetery >Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Accommodation: U Inchantree Kanchanaburi

Overnight: Kanchanaburi

Meals: breakfast and lunch

This morning you will check out from hotel and head out to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market,one of the Thailand’s most famous attractions. Drive through Thailand's picturesque countryside before an unforgettable boat tour on one of the many canals. Experience provincial Thai lifestyle and view the daily hustle and bustle at a popular Damnoen Saduak floating market. You will have a chance to take a ride on a long tail boat to get the real sense of floating market. After the long tail boat cruise aroud the market, you will stop at a transit point where you can choose to further explore by a 6-seat boat or stroll around by its banks.

Your second stop is Kanchanaburi. On arrival, you will visit the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai. The bridge was part of the Death Railway and was destroyed in Allied bombing raids towards the end of World War II but later rebuilt by the Japanese as war reparations. After experience a one hour train ride on the historic railway that memorialises the hard work of the POWs during the WWII, you will enjoy your lunch at a riverside restaurant. 

Then continue to the Hell Fire Pass and JEATH War Museum. It is dedicated to the Allied prisoners of war(POWs) and Asian labourers who suffered and died at Hillfire Pass and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region during the Second World War. And then to Don Rak War Cemetery to learn more about the history of the 6,982 Allied POWs who perished during the construction. Finally, check in at your hotel in Kanchanaburi this late afternoon.

Day 4Close Contact with Asia Elephant!
Sights: Kanchanaburi Elephant World
Accommodation: U Inchantree Kanchanaburi

Overnight: Kanchanaburi

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Today you will visit Elephants world. Founded in 2008, ElephantsWorld is a non-profit-organization which functions as a "retirement home" for elephants that have been working for humans before-either in the logging industry or entertaining tourists at camps and circuses or begging in the street of the big cities. At ElephantsWorld they don't have to work anymore- now WE work for them. The centre's aim is to give the elephants a place where they can enjoy themselves in their own natural environment. The conservation camp is located in peaceful natural surroundings. Prepare food for elephants, feed them, wash them- have really close contact to Thai Elelphant and you can be a part of it!

We pick you up at your hote at 9.00 a.m. Your daily program here includes meeting and feeding the elephants, observing the elephants bathing, cleaning fruit/vegetables, preparing and cooking sticky rice for old elephants. Then have a rest and a buffet lunch. In the afternoon, gather and plant food for the
 elephants. e.g banana trees, sugar
cane, banana grass or prepare fruit baskets etc, feed sticky rice balls to the old elephants and then take the elephants to the river for a
bath and swim with them.

NOTE:

1. Please note that small deviations in the itinerary are sometimes necessary, depending on road conditions and other factors. 

2. Please bring a change of clothes for you will get dirty and wet while washing and swimming with elephants. After those activities, you can have a bath on the bathroom there.

3. Please bring sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent, of caurse your camera and if you can some yellow bananas for our old elephants!

Day 5UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ayutthaya
Sights: Wat Phra Si Sanphet >Wat Mahathat >Wat Chai Wattanaram
Accommodation: Sala Ayutthaya

Overnight: Ayutthaya

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Today you will visit Ayutthaya History Park. Ayutthaya was the capital of the Thai Kingdom for 417 years. The city was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong and in 1767 it was destroyed by the Burmese army. Nowadays the ruins of the former city are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Stroll around the ruins of several ancient temples including Wat Phra Si Sanphet, a former royal temple during Ayutthaya's days of glory; Wat Mahathat, where the roots of a tree surround the head of Buddha; and if time allows, Wat Chai Wattanaram, a perfect example of Khmer architectural influence.

Day 6Fly to Chiang Rai
Sights: Black House >King Mangrai Monument
Accommodation: The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort and Spa

Overnight: Chiang Rai

Meals: breakfast and lunch

This morning you will fly to Chiang Rai.On arrival,please pick up your luggage and follow the walk path to the exit. After a short walk, you will find your private guide waiting for you near the exit with your name plate. 

After that, you will have a city tour in King Mangrai Monument in Chiang Rai where you will learn who established this city and how Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai city get their names.

Then, your guide will take you to visit Black House Museum. The Black House, also known as ‘Baan Dam’in Thai,is the unique creation of a Chiang Rai born Thai artist, Thawan Duchanee. He has created works with a unique artistic style that are universally acclaimed--that is a style representing the darkness in humanity,with lots of red and black hues, skins, skulls and various other animal parts made into eerie artwork. Thawan Duchanee has played an important role in making Thai art popular worldwide with his exhibitions in Thailand and abroad. He spent more than 50 years building a "Baandam musuem" musuem of folk art in a plot of land covering an arear of over 100 rai at BaanDam, Nang-lae, Chiang Rai, his hometown. The museum houses a large variety of folk arts, past and present. Its educational value is enormous, providing a place for learning for younger generations.

Before you head to check in at hotel, your guide will take you to enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon is free at your leisure.

Day 7Visit Golden Triangle and Opium Museum, Cross Mae Kong River to Visit Border of Laos
Sights: Hall of Opium Museum >Golden Triangle >Mae Kong River >Doi Tung Royal Palace and Garden (Mae Fah Luang Garden)
Accommodation: The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort and Spa

Overnight: Chiang Rai

Meals: breakfast and lunch

This morning, you will visit Golden Triangle, which renowned as the centre of the opium trade in the latter half of the 20th century. From a hilltop viewpoint, marvel at the splendour of the mighty Mekong as it joins the Ruak River forming the actual "Triangle" between Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. The Opium Museum near the view point of golden triangle was built to educate people about the dangers of the drug through an entertaining exhibition which traces the history of opium from its first use 5,000 years ago to current issues of drug abuse and addiction. Many publications regards it as one of the best museums in Thailand.

Chiang Rai's close proximity to Laos makes it easy to visit this mysterious country. You will cross the Mae Kong River into Laos to witness local village life. You can walk around the local market where you will have free time to browse and perhaps pick up a few bargains. Return to the Thai side of the Mae Kong River for lunch with river view before leaving for the Doi Tung Royal Palace and Garden (Mae Fah Luang Garden),Doi Tung was once a secluded area in the heart of the Golden Triangle-a leading region of illicit world opium production. The watershed area was denuded by slash and burn cultivation, and further accelerared by opium growing. After the Princess Mother's first visit to Doi Tung, She announced"I will reforest Doi Tung".The Princess Mother decided to improve the conditions of Doi Tung, socially, economically, and environmentally.She demonstrated her commitment by building her home in Doi Tung,which is what we called Mae Fah Luang Garden.

Day 8Transfer to Chiang Mai and Visit White Temple and Hot Spring
Sights: White Temple >Thaweesin Hotspring >Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Accommodation: U Nimman Chiang Mai

Overnight: Chiang Mai

Meals: breakfast and lunch

After breakfast, we will head to Chiang Mai today! On the way, we will visit Wat Rong Khun or ‘the White Temple’, blending traditional Buddhist art with contemporary themes. This temple was designed and built by Achan Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. Awhite ordination hall-Phra Ubosot- is decorated with silver glittering pieces of mirrors. There are large mural paintings of the Lord Buddha in different gestures. A gable- is decorated with a gable apex, al leaf-shaped gable-edging–in the shapes of Phya Naga, dragon and mythical creatures, which are entirely made of white stucco.

En route, stop at a hot spring for relaxion. The water has a high sulphur content and possesses curative and restorative properties. You can have a foot bath with hot spring water to relax muscles, relieve stress and improve the circulation. Then continue to Chiang Mai. On arrival, check in at hotel and enjoy your afternoon free time.

Free Time Idea: Chiang Mai is a shopping paradise,with its famous arts and crafts.Nothing beats shopping for a bargain more than in the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. The Night Bazaar, on the east side of the old walled city, is approximately 1km long. This evening, you can explore the night bazaar and to find all special handicrafts and souveniers you need along the street, plus a heap of mobile food street stalls.

Day 9Half Day Eco Tour in Mae Kampong and Enjoy Local coffee on a Big Tree
Sights: Mae Kampong Village >The Giant Chiang Mai
Accommodation: U Nimman Chiang Mai

Overnight: Chiang Mai

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Enjoy your morning half-day eco tour at the high-altitude village of Mae Kampong. The picturesque Northern Thai village of Mae Kampong is located only 50 kilometers from Chiang Mai city. Nestled on a hillside, 1300 meters above sea level and surrounded by pristine forest, Mae Kampong has a cool and pleasant climate. This village is surrounded by tea plantations which successive generations have woven into the verdant natural landscape. Visitors can experience reak thai village culture as well as enjoy several activities. You will walk around the village to enjoy the atmosphere and relax into the rustic charm of Mae Kampong. Visit local villager's house for a study of hand made pillow using local tea leaf. Walk through the forest and waterfall, passing tea, coffee and herbal gardens, enjoy strolling through pristine forest and learning how the community manage natural resources and harness hydropower. 

Then, set apart to The Giant, a coffee house located on the top of tree. Have you been to a giant tree house that serves coffee with a jungle view? A rope bridge that needs to be crossed to get there? This place seemed too surreal and beautiful to be true. But it is! From the top of the titanic tree and surrounded by virgin rainforests, there's a beautiful prospect over the valley. Enjoy your free afternoon cake or coffee on the tree before return to Chiang Mai.

Day 10Half Day Doi Suthep and Meo Hilltribe With Evening Traditional Northern Thai Food-Khan Toke.
Sights: Wat Phra That >Doi Suthep Mountain >Meo Hill Tribe Village >Khan Toke
Accommodation: U Nimman Chiang Mai

Overnight: Chiang Mai

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Morning departure to visit some of the local Meo hill tribe villages. The Meo, a subgroup of the H’mong, still wear traditional costumes and maintain a lifestyle unchanged in centuries. Notice how the Meo houses sit right on the ground (not on stilts), with the main floor resting on an open space for food storage. Interact with the villagers with your guide serving as a translator. Drive approximately 1hr to Doi Suthep Mountain, enjoying the spectacular views of Northern Thailand as you head past mountains and forests, towards Wat Phra That, one of Northern Thailand’s most sacred temples. Founded in 1383 AD, the temple is reached by climbing 309 steps (or for the less fitness-oriented, a tram is available for a small surcharge). The climb up is rewarded with a superb panoramic view over the city. Return to Chiang Mai with lunch at a local restaurant en route. Your can spend your afternoon at your lesure before your guide pick you up for your evening Khan Toke dinner,a traditional Northern Thai food serve on a small table with Thai style performance.

Day 11Fly to Phuket
Sights: Phuket
Accommodation: Novotel Phuket Resort

Overnight: Phuket

Meals: breakfast

Upon arrival at Phuket Airport, after you have picked up your luggage, please exit follow the walk path. After a short walk, you will find your guide waiting for you with your name plate. Then, he will take you to your hotel. The rest of the day you can arrange yourself.

Day 12Free Time in Phuket
Accommodation: Novotel Phuket Resort

Overnight: Phuket

Meals: breakfast 

Day at leisure. Relax at your hotel, or explore the surrounding area.

Day 13Free Time in Phuket
Accommodation: Novotel Phuket Resort

Overnight: Phuket

Meals: breakfast 

Day at leisure. Relax at your hotel, or explore the surrounding area.

Day 14Return Flight
Accommodation: -

Meals: breakfast      

After breakfast at hotel, free at leisure then depart for Bangkok by flight. On arrival, connect your international flight home or to your next destination.


What's Included

All transfers specified, in private car or air-conditioned minibus

The service of an English Speaking guide

Accommodation based on two people sharing (for each person not sharing a room, the single supplement will be added)

The flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai to Phuket, Phuket to Bangkok, including baggage fee

All excursions specified in the itinerary

All entry fees

All meals specified in the itinerary

One bottle of drinking water and cold towel per guest per day

City Map

SIM card

All bank charges and exchange rate changes at time of payment

All insurances including cancellation, travel, repatriation and lost luggage insurances

All drinks with meals and other items of personal expenditure

All tips

All services not specified in the itinerary

All meals not specified in the itinerary

Domestic flights not mentioned

International flights

Additional insurance

Entry visas and visa fees (contact us for further information)

Travel Insurance (Please DO purchase the Travel Insurance before your trip)

Reviews

4.7/5.0

Lillian

5.0/5.0

UME Travel met all my fantasy in the journey. I didn’t need to care everything because my designer has organized the itinerary well for me. This Thailand travel was perfect! Highly recommends to you!

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Mario

5.0/5.0

I took part in the Thailand tour as I longed for it long ago. And this trip turned out to be perfect to me, same as what I dream of. Every activity was well-arranged so we can fully focus on enjoying myself. Our tour guide was responsible, always tried to help us as much as he can, making this trip worry-free.

Bonnie

4.9/5.0

The design of this itinerary is very perfect. This itinerary gave me lots of free time to let me discovery the beauty of Thailand. I love this arrangement very much.

Ivan

4.7/5.0

The 13- day Thailand trip was genuinely one of the best experiences of my life! Every location was stunning with so many activities available. My awesome leaders made the trip incredible and stress-free. I cannot wait to go on another Free & Easy trip!

James

4.9/5.0

I didn't know what to expect in this trip because I've never been on a trip like this before. I can surely say that this a trip worth going to. Everybody is so friendly, the leaders are always willing to participate in any activities.

Jenny

4.3/5.0

The trip was incredible, better than I expected!

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