Thailand - A Land of Smiles

From $4,049
Duration 12 Days
Departures from Nov 2020 - Nov 2021
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From $4,049
Duration 12 Days
Departures from Nov 2020 - Nov 2021
Tour Overview

​This adventure through Thailand begins as you discover the exciting city of Bangkok by tuk-tuk, where dazzling sights include the Grand Palace and the Wat Pho temple, home of the incredible Reclining Buddha. You'll then travel northwards to discover the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ayutthaya and in the company of a local history expert, you can admire some of Thailand's finest architecture at Sukhothai. You'll stay in Lampang in a traditional Lanna style hotel set in beautiful grounds before taking a tour of the area and learning more about local customs in Lampang and Chiang Mai. Highlights here include a private blessing ceremony with monks and a visit to an elephant rehabilitation centre. The rest of your holiday is spent at the coastal resort of Cha-Am, so spend days of relaxation on the beach. You can also opt to learn how to cook Thai cuisine, a wonderful skill to take back home!

  • Classic Touring
  • Half Board
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • 11 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • 23 included meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners including a welcome dinner & drink & farewell get-together
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure. Other transport & porterage included.
  • Audio Guide

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy an authentic Thai dinner at Kinnaree Gourmet Thai​
  • Discover Bangkok at night by tuk-tuk
  • Bangkok city tour
  • Thai classical dance show
  • Visit the ruins of Ayutthaya
  • Boat trip in Uthai Thani
  • Admire the Wat Yai temple in Phitsanulok
  • Discover UNESCO-listed Sukhothai
  • Sample Sukhothai Noodles and create your own lucky charm
  • Tour of Lampang including a chance to learn about textile weaving
  • Chiang Mai tour including visits to a local family plus the Wat Palat & Doi Suthep temples
  • Receive a blessing from a monk
  • Visit the Elephant Nature Park

Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok

​Make your own way to Bangkok where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. 

There's plenty of time to relax at your leisure this afternoon, before we get together for an authentic Thai dinner at Kinnaree Gourmet Thai. We'll sample a wide selection of traditional dishes and then discover the delights of Bangkok at night. Travelling by tuk-tuk, we'll soak up the city's atmosphere and see many of its famous ​landmarks.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Bangkok

Situated on the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is Thailand's exciting capital and we'll see many of its highlights on today's included sightseeing tour. We begin with a visit to Wat Pho, one of the city's largest temple complexes and home to a leading school of massage. We'll hear the morning chant of the saffron-robed Buddhist monks and see the 46-metre-long golden Reclining Buddha. Next we'll head to the magnificent Grand Palace, Bangkok's most famous landmark and for 150 years the home of the Thai kings, the Royal court and the government. Within its grounds we'll see the sacred Wat Phra Kaew, the temple containing the Emerald Buddha, a small revered image carved from a single piece of jade.

After lunch we'll take things at a slightly slower pace as we step aboard a long-tail boat for a cruise on the Thonburi klongs on our optional excursion. Thonburi is the old capital of Bangkok and on our journey along the klongs, or canals, we'll see traditional wooden townhouses and local people going about their daily life. Along the way we'll visit the Royal Barges National Museum and you can admire the stunning exterior of the Wat Arun temple with its majestic spires rising from the water's edge. Alternatively, explore more of Bangkok at your own pace.

This evening we'll gather together and enjoy a Thai dinner, where a variety of local dishes will be served. Afterwards we'll enjoy a performance of traditional Thai dance.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 3 Bangkok

After ­breakfast ­this ­morning­ we'll ­begin­ our­ explorations ­at ­the­ beautiful ­Bang ­Pa-In­ Palace,­ which­ was ­once­ a­ royal ­summer ­residence. We'll ­then ­continue­ to­ the ­UNESCO-listed ­ruins ­of­ Ayutthaya. We'll ­take ­a ­stroll ­around ­the­ impressive­ remains, ­which ­include ­a ­head ­of ­Buddha ­embedded­ in­ a ­tree­ trunk ­surrounded ­by ­tangled­ roots. Lunch­ is ­included ­at ­a ­restaurant, ­and­ this ­evening­ there's ­an ­opportunity ­to ­see ­Bangkok­ from ­another­ perspective ­with ­an ­optional ­evening ­dinner ­cruise ­on­ board ­a ­converted­ teakwood­ barge­ with ­traditional­ Thai ­dance ­entertainment.  ​​

Meals included: B,L

Day 4 Bangkok - Phitsanulok

​We'll depart Bangkok after breakfast and drive to Phitsanulok, one of Thailand's most historic cities. En route we'll make a stop at Uthai Thani to enjoy lunch on board a boat. On arrival in Phitsanulok we'll visit the 14th century Wat Yai, a stunning temple which houses a bronze statue of Buddha and an array of decorative features.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Phitsanulok - Lampang

Our journey continues today as we drive to the ancient city of Sukhothai, which flourished during the 13th and 14th centuries. This walled city was the birthplace of some of Thailand's finest art and architecture, and as we explore the UNESCO-listed site we'll discover magnificent Buddha images, wall paintings and beautifully carved elephants supporting a towering stupa. Next, we'll meet a local history expert to learn about the heritage and traditions that live on in this area and get a hands on experience making your own lucky charm, before we sample Sukhothai noodles – rice noodles served in a broth, usually with meat and green beans – for lunch.

This afternoon we'll drive to Lampang for an overnight stay.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Lampang - Chiang Mai

After breakfast this morning, we'll make our way to Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang - an incredible example of Lanna-Buddhist architecture, comprising an ancient fortress wall guarding the central chedi. Our next stop is at Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao, a temple built on the site of an 8th century fortification that once guarded the routes to Lampang. This temple is one of the few places known to have enshrined the Emerald Buddha - one of the most sacred images of the Thai Kingdom. Continuing on, we'll visit Ban Sao-Nak, a beautiful wooden house built in a combination of northern Thai and Burmese architectural styles.
Lunch will be served in a restaurant and this afternoon, we'll journey to Chiang Mai. We'll pass through the ancient city of Lamphun, stopping to learn about traditional silk weaving. Later, we'll admire Wat Ton Kaew, and see the gold-coloured structures at Wat Phrathat Haripoonchai. 
If you want to get out and about in Chiang Mai this evening, why not join our optional excursion to the Chiang Mai night bazaar.

Meals included: B,L

Day 7 Chiang Mai

​Chiang Mai was once the capital city of the Lanna Kingdom, which covered much of northern Thailand in the late 13th century. Today we'll visit a local family to learn about Lanna traditions which live on to this very day. The family will be happy to tell you all about local architecture, handicrafts and food, and after we've explored the traditional houses and gardens we'll enjoy a meal cooked over a fire.
This afternoon we'll take the winding road up to the sacred temple of Doi Suthep. Considered to be the most important temple in Chiang Mai, it sits on a hilltop overlooking the city. En route we'll stop at Wat Palat, a peaceful temple tucked away in the jungle and surrounded by hills, forest paths, shrines and a tumbling waterfall. When we reach Doi Suthep there will be plenty of time to explore this intriguing site and we'll get an insight into the importance of religion in Thai society at a private monk blessing ceremony.
This evening has been left free for you to dine at leisure. Why not head out with your travelling companions and sample the delicacies on offer at one of Chiang Mai's outstanding eateries.

Meals included: B,L

Day 8 Chiang Mai

​We've got a great day planned today, as we head to the Elephant Nature Park, just an hour's drive out of Chiang Mai. The sanctuary is home to many of these majestic creatures, which roam free in this rural setting. You'll learn all about how the elephants are rescued and get the chance to feed them from a special viewing platform.
After a buffet lunch we'll head to the river where we can see these gentle creatures as they bathe and play in the water.

Meals included: B,L

Day 9 ​Chiang Mai - Cha-Am

​After breakfast we'll transfer to Chiang Mai airport for our flight back to Bangkok. Upon arrival we'll transfer to the laid-back coastal resort of Cha-Am, our base for the next three nights. Your hotel is set beside a long sandy beach and the rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy this lovely location. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Cha-Am - at Leisure

​Spend today enjoying the facilities at your hotel, perhaps take a dip in the outdoor pool or Jacuzzi, or go for a stroll along the beach.
If you like to cook, we also offer a fantastic optional excursion to the nearby beach resort of Hua Hin, where you can learn the art of Thai cookery. Beginning with a visit to a local market, you'll shop for fresh ingredients and then create something delicious for lunch using herbs, spices, limes and other wonderful flavours.

Meals included: B

Day 11 Cha-Am - at Leisure

​Enjoy a final day at leisure. You could choose to soak up the sun on the beach, or perhaps head out with your travelling companions to one of the nearby seafood restaurants for lunch.
If you're feeling energetic, you could rent a bicycle and explore the hotel's grounds, or perhaps visit the well-equipped fitness centre. Your hotel also boasts a fabulous spa, so maybe treat yourself to a pampering session.
This evening we'll gather together for a farewell drink before dinner.

Meals included: B,D

Day 12 Departure

Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport, please see www.justyou.com/transfers ​

Meals included: B

Accommodation

FuramaXclusive Sathorn Hotel

Sathorn is one of Bangkok's newest areas that has experienced remarkable growth in recent years due its proximity to the prime areas of Silom, Siam, Sukhumvit and the riverside. The location also boasts eateries serving local and international cuisine, trendy nightlife as well as Lumpini Park, Bangkok’s largest park. For shopping, hop onto the BTS skytrain which will take you to popular malls just stops away and FuramaXclusive Sathorn is conveniently located in the heart of Bangkok’s Central Business District within a three-minute walk to Chong Nonsi BTS skytrain station. Banks, convenience stores and shopping malls are aplenty at this prime area. Nestled in a peaceful lane, a short stroll leads you to the bustling streets of Bangkok, where you can experience the bustling city life.

Topland Hotel & Convention Centre

Situated in Phitsanulok, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahatat Woramahawihan, Wat Nang Phaya, and Wat Ratburana. Folklore Museum and Phitsanulok Night Bazaar are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Lampang River Lodge

The peaceful Lanna Resort Hotel in Lampang is set in an area of outstanding cultural beauty with fertile nature, aside the Wang River. Lampang is a small town near Chiang Mai, full of fascinating stories. Lampang River Lodge Hotel creatively develops the Lanna styled resort that exudes a sense of tranquility and tradition. This sense of culture and peace is enriched by the Lanna interior, large natural green garden, wooden furnishing throughout and the great views of the enormous natural pond surrounded by lush green garden.

Amora Thapae Hotel Chiang Mai

Amora Hotel is a short walk away from the ancient Tapae Gate and Chiang Mai night bazaar market.

Each room features air-conditioning, TV with cable channels and a minibar. Other hotel amenities include international restaurant serving both Thai and International cuisines, a lobby lounge, an outdoor pool, gym and a day spa.

Regent Cha Am Beach Resort

Set in a stunning tropical landscape overlooking the beach, you will stay at The Regent Cha Am Beach Resort.

Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, fitness centre and pool. Bedrooms have private facilities.