Tour Overview :
Pristine beaches, buzzing cities & intriguing cultures; uncover Thailand’s exotic wonders.
|Go on an insider’s walking tour of Bangkok’s oldest district, stopping for tea with locals.|
|Visit a provincial market held on the train tracks and a little known floating market where local traders are selling their wares on boats.|
|Watch the sunset from a Buddhist temple overlooking the forests of Chiang Mai.|
|Ride an elephant and raft down the river to hill tribe villages deep in the Thai countryside.|
|Visit a local host family at a community ecotourism project.|
|Visit a Gibbon Rehabilitation Project in Tong Sai National Park.|
Departure Date :
All year - Daily
Tour Inclusion :
|Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels|
|Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary|
|Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles|
|Service of English speaking guides in every location|
|Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited|
|Meals as mentioned in the itinerary|
Tour Exclusion :
|Domestic & international flights|
|Departure taxes if applicable|
|Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary|
|Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.|
|Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)|
|Tips for guides and drivers|
|Personal travel insurance|
|Visa fees (contact us for further information)|
Day by Day Itinerary :
Date 1 : BANGKOK - BANGKOK
Our Backyard Travel guide will be waiting to meet you when you arrive in Bangkok, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel by limousine. Take some time to enjoy the hotel, then your evening will begin!
Date 2 : BANGKOK - BANGKOK
Bangkok-life starts early, and we’ll get into the local spirit of things with a morning trip to the famous temple, Wat Pho. Here you’ll see the temple’s monks begin their early morning chanting ritual; a serene and often moving experience.
Date 3 : BANGKOK - BANGKOK
Experience the slowed-down rhythms of rural Thailand with a full day excursion to the countryside. We’ll head south to the city of Samut Songkram and start the day with a short train ride to a quirky country market that goes on alongside the railway tracks
Date 4 : BANGKOK - BANGKOK
Today we’ll leave Bangkok for a day trip by local train to the ancient capital, Ayutthaya. Upon arrival at the former Siamese kingdom, hop into a distinctive frog-shaped Tuk Tuk (known as a ‘Kermit’), and spend the rest of the morning touring the magnificent ruins and ancient temples of Ayutthaya historical park.
Date 5 : BANGKOK - CHIANG MAI
Today we change the pace, departing The Big Mango (as it’s affectionately referred to by expats) for the beautiful, peaceful ‘Rose of the North’, Chiang Mai. The flight takes one hour and after checking into your hotel, we’ll visit a farmhouse in Mae Rim, a district on the outskirts of the city.
Date 6 : CHIANG MAI - CHIANG MAI
Head to the Chiang Dao (Elephant Mountain) camp, set amongst the magnificent scenery of the Mae Sae valley, and take a one hour ride by elephant into the surrounding forest. Leave the elephant camp for the Mae Ping River, where you’ll ride a bamboo raft, following the lazy current of the winding river as you pass its lush jungle riverbanks.
Date 7 : CHIANG MAI - CHIANG MAI
In the morning we’ll hit the town for a 30 minute rickshaw ride through Chiang Mai, passing neighborhoods buzzing with early morning life. Glide along until you arrive at a local market; where you’ll pick-up sweet delicacies and flowers to offer the monks in a blessing ceremony at the rarely visited Wat Ket Temple.
Date 8 : CHIANG MAI - CHIANG MAI
Now we head for Mae Kampong village, in the countryside outside of Chiang Mai. It’s a 12 year old Community ecotourism project, set up to help local villagers find a sustainable means of income to prevent them from illegal forest encroachment. Stop en-route at a farmers market to choose fresh ingredients to be cooked for lunch.
Date 9 : CHIANG MAI - PHUKET
You are free at leisure this morning until your transfer to the airport for a direct flight to Phuket.
Date 10 : PHUKET - PHUKET
We’ll hit the touring trail again with a visit to a rubber plantation; this Amazonian tree has for many years been an important part of Thailand’s economic life.
Date 11 : PHUKET - PHUKET
This day is free at leisure to relax by the beach or if you’d like to, you can further explore the island with some optional excursions, which can be requested in advance from Backyard Travel.
Date 12 : PHUKET - PHUKET
Your day is free at leisure until you transfer to Phuket International Airport for your onward flight.