Please find below an example of an 8 day itinerary through Thailand:
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok
Upon arrival you will be met by your guides and transferred to your accommodation, where you will be staying for 2 nights. Orientation and welcome to the tour. Get a first insight of Thailand through a tour of inner Bangkok and visit the fantastic city temples such as Wat Pho, Wat Mahathat and Wat Arun. The evening will come to an end with a lovely dinner and the King Power Aksra Theatre Puppet Show.
Depart Bangkok via road to Kanchanaburi where you will stay one night. Visit the famous Bridge over the River Kwai and the Thai-Burma Railway Centre. Take a step back in time while exploring the WWII museum and the Allied War Cemetery. Later on you have the change to fulfil your dreams of getting up close with elephants at the Kanchanaburi Elephant Camp. Be brave and take the opportunity to wash these amazing mammals, guarantying a unique experience. Explore the incredible rainforest on the backs of these giants, alongside a river and through beautiful fields.
Day 3: Hindad Hot Springs-Bangkok-Chiang Mai:
Early rise to visit the Hindad Hot Springs, where you can take a relaxing swim in very warm geothermal heater water. Return back to your accommodation, pack up and depart for Bangkok, where you will fly from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Chiang Mai. Once arrived in Chiang Mai you are transferred to accommodation.
Depart Chiang Mai for overnight tour to a local-hill tribe village (Karen village). Here you are greeted by a special ‘Welcome to the Village’ by the locals. You will experience life in the community, learn about village life and local livelihoods and customs at first hand. See how they manage village herds, crops and making of textiles and other products and adapt to changes within the community. It is an excellent opportunity to experience and appreciate the cultural differences and practices of the community and to gain further understanding of their unique lifestyle.
Day 5: Karen Village-Chiang Mai:
Interact with the Karen village people through fun group activities. Later on participate in a discussion on village issues, such as strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to cultural integrity, which will allow you to apply theoretical knowledge with a real scenario. Also analyse possible solutions to problems such as poverty alleviation and exploitation that may help the community with their issues. Partake in an exciting river adventure on a bamboo raft as it winds its way through the forest. In the afternoon, depart Karen Village to Chiang Mai where you will stay for two nights.
Depart on a ‘Golden Triangle’ tour, visiting the far northern border area of Thailand. Be amazed by the beauty of White (Buddhist) Temple of Chiang Rai. Enjoy a nice lunch overlooking the Chiang Saen Lake, which is famous throughout Asia for bird-watching. Take a Mekong River Cruise with a view of all three ‘Golden Triangle’ countries Myanmar, Lao PDR and Thailand. Explore ‘The Hall of Opium’ museum and get an understanding for the current opium problems faced by the three nations.. Travel to the border town of Mae Sai, where you can wander around interesting markets and even venture over to Myanmar for 30 minutes (Optional).
Day 7: Chiang Mai-Bangkok
Tour of Chiang Mai, seeing unique buildings such as the famous Wat Prathat, featuring a fantastic view over Chiang Mai. Take the chance to meet and talk with a monk, which is an excellent opportunity to become familiar with their daily life and the principles of Buddhism. Visit a handicraft centre to learn about wood carving and weaving and other livelihoods which have been largely influenced by tourism. Depart Chiang May to Bangkok via Train, where you will sleep in comfortable sleeping cabins.
Day 8: Treasures of Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok and check into accommodation. Visit the spectacular Grand Palace, Bangkok’s most famous landmark and home to Thai kings. Relax while on a boat cruise along the Chao Phraya River and take in the sounds, smells and sites. Enjoy your leisure time until dinner, which in itself will be a memorable experience at the famous ‘Royal Dragon’ restaurant where food is brought to you in extraordinary and unusual ways. A truly exceptional farewell to Thailand!