Departure Date: 10/11/2019
Thailand is Asia in miniature, representing its natural beauty, incredible culture and history as well as some of the warmest people you could ever wish to meet. With such diversity, the only question is which side of Thailand do you want to see first? Thailand has rich rewards for the adventurous.
It’s impossible to discuss Thailand without mentioning the food. Bold and fresh flavours which pack a punch are a feature of Thai cuisine, and you don’t need to book a table to get consistently excellent seafood, stir fries and curries. Thailand’s street kitchens offer delicious fayre at great value prices. Coupled with a superb selection of teas, beers, wines and fresh juices, you can always dine in style in Thailand.
Day 1: Bangkok
Welcome to Thailand.
After finalizing immigration formalities and collecting your luggage, please, walk into the arrival area. Our driver will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name. You will be transferred to your hotel.
Standard check-in time in the hotels in Thailand is 2 pm. Early check-in is a subject of availability.
The rest of the day is at leisure
Hotel: Rembrandt Hotel. Room. Type: Deluxe. Inclusions: Transfer from airport to hotel
Day 2: Bangkok – Highlights of Bangkok tour (B)
Your guide will meet you in the lobby at 9 am.
Using public transport and tuk-tuks you will head to explore the historical part of Bangkok. After a walk through busy Chinatown with lots of small shops and stalls hiding in the alleyways, you will continue to Pak Klong Talat - the Flower market, - where fresh flowers are sold 24/7. As any market in Asia, it also offers a huge variety of food and souvenirs.
Then you will visit Wat Pho – the famous Temple of Reclining Buddha, and the first university of Thailand. After a short lunch stop (not included, but your guide will show you the best places to eat and will recommend some great Thai dishes) you will board a private long-tail boat to cruise Chao Praya river and nearby canals.
After the boat ride, you will stop to explore Wat Arun – the Temple of the Dawn. One of the most photographed locations in Bangkok.
After the tour, you will return back to your hotel. Enjoy your time in Bangkok.
Hotel: Rembrandt Hotel. Room Type: Deluxe. Inclusions: Highlights of Bangkok private guided tour.
Day 3: Bangkok – Mae Klong and Damnoen Saduak markets tour (B)
At 7 am our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby, and you will travel to one of the hidden Bangkok gems - Mae Klong Railway market. Also knowns as an Umbrella market, it sits atop the train tracks. Every time a train comes, vendors quickly move their stalls and umbrellas, letting the train pass. Amazingly, nothing gets lost of broken. As soon as train passes, all activities continue as normal.
From the Railway market you will board a private long-tail boat for a 30 minutes ride to another famous market - Damnoen Saduak Floating market. There you will see vendors quickly zig-zagging across the river in small boats, selling fruits and vegetables, snacks and famous boat noodles. Enjoy your surroundings and take in the buzz of Thai market.
After lunch (not included, but our guide will make sure to give you good recommendations), you will visit Wat Bang Koong - a beautiful temple completely covered with roots of four types of trees and plants.
After sightseeing you will return back to your hotel.
Hotel: Rembrandt Hotel. Room Type: Deluxe. Inclusions: Mae Klong Railway market and Damnoen Saduak Floating market private guided tour.
Day 4: Hua Hin (B)
After leisurely morning, you will check out, and will be greeted by our driver in the hotel lobby. You will be transferred to Hua Hin – a beautiful seaside town approximately 3.5 hours drive from Bangkok.
Upon arrival and checking in – free time.
Hotel: Amari Hua Hin. Room Type: Deluxe. Inclusions: Transfer from Bangkok to Hua Hin.
Day 5: Hua Hin (B)
Day at leisure
Hotel: Amari Hua Hin. Room Type: Deluxe
Day 6: Hua Hin – Sam Roi Yod National Park tour (B/L)
You will be picked up at your hotel at 8:30 am and set off from Hua Hin on scenic drive to the south. After passing through the park’s entrance, you will visit a pineapple plantation. Then continue onwards to Bang-Pu, a thriving fishing village for a glimpse into the lives of the fishermen. There you will board a motorboat. Cruise away from the shoreline and enjoy fabulous vies of the ocean and the coast.
After twenty minutes, the boat will dock at a beautiful beach. Walk to the nearby entrance of Phraya Nakhon cave where a longer 430 meters walk awaits. Although called a “cave”, Phraya Nakhon is actually a sunlit cavern formed by two sinkholes. Travel deeper into the earth, enjoying the surreal landscapes before reaching the centre of the cavern. There you will find a Royal pavilion, surrounded by dripping stalactites and illuminated by the sun.
Return to the beach where a delicious lunch awaits you. The afternoon is free to relax on the pristine sands and swim in the warm sea, before returning to Hua Hin.
Hotel: Amari Hua Hin. Room Type: Deluxe. Inclusions: Sam Roi Yod National Park guided tour.
Day 7: Hua Hin (B)
Day at leisure
Hotel: Amari Hua Hin. Room Type: Deluxe.
Day 8: Hua Hin – Suvarnabhumi airport - departure (B)
Check out time is 12 pm (midday). If your flight departs in the evening, you can leave your bags in the hotel storage until your transfer arrives.
At agreed upon time your driver will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby. The drive to Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok takes approximately 3 – 3.5 hours. You will arrive with enough time to spare for your flight home. Inclusions: Transfer form Hua Hin to Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok
Return flights ex Johannesburg via Dubai to Bangkok, approx. airport taxes, accommodation & meals as listed in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), English speaking local guides (one place = one guide), tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles and entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary.
7 Nights from R28,680 pps
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