The perfect Thailand-for-first-time-visitors tour. Experience two of its most thriving cities: Bangkok and Chiang Mai; all transfers pre-booked.
Days 1 - 3 - Bangkok
You arrive at Bangkok airport and quickly transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon a long tail boat will whisk you down the Chao Praha River and its side canals, known as klongs. Here, you can experience daily life as it is lived in the wooden stilted houses on the river banks. This is where bangkok's nickname 'Venice of Asia' gets its true meaning. You pause at the magnificent Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun. By boat you continue to the pier at Chinatown from where you take a walk through the narrow alleys and enjoy the authentic Chinese atmosphere. A visit to a local Chinese temple completes this experience. Return to your hotel.
Day 2 immerses you again in Thai culture. You visit two of the major highlights of Thailand: Bangkok's Wat Po and its Royal Palace. Wat Po is famous for its 15m x45m long, gilded, reclining Buddha. The Royal Palace is part of a vast and colourful temple complex which bears witness to the wealth of Siam (the ancient name of Thailand). The Emerald Buddha, the most venerated statue in Thailand is housed here. To round off your day's exploration in colourful and fragant way, you stroll around the Pa Klong flower market in the company of your guide.
Day 3 will bring you leisure and excitement as you fill in your favourite, optional full day excursion. Will it be the age-old Ayutthaya, Damnoek Saduak’s floating market or an early morning cycle trip through the hustle and bustle of rising Bangkok?
Day 4 - Bangkok > Chiang Mai
Breakfast and then it is time to pack. You can book an optional excursion or do some early shopping or just relax. In the Superior version of the tour you board the night train to Chiang Mai where you arrive the next morning. In the Deluxe version you board the plane to Chiang Mai and spend an extra night at the hotel in Chiang Mai.
Days 5 - 6 - Chiang Mai
Arrival at Chiang Mai, transfer to your hotel and afternoon visit of Wat Doi Suthep, the most important landmark of Chiang Mai, a hilltop sight. This implies that in order to enjoy the spectacular views of the surroundings you will need to conquer 309 steps. The staircase is flanked by colourful Naga serpents, the perfect photoshoot stop!
Then you travel on to the San Kamphaeng region where you can enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon you will be introduced to local crafts, the pride of Chiang Mai. In the evening a visit to the popular night market of Chiang Mai is an unforgettable experience.
You spend the next day at leisure exploring the city or book an exciting excursion: Thai cookery classes or a visit to the elephant nursery. Need inspiration? Browse through our excursions in Chiang Mai.
Day 7 - Chiang Mai
Hotels & Meals
Thai cuisine blends five fundamental tastes: sweet, spicy, sour, bitter, and salty. Some common ingredients used in Thai cuisine include garlic, chillies, lime juice, lemon grass, and fish sauce. The staple food in Thailand is rice, particularly jasmine variety rice (also known as "hom mali" rice) which is included at almost every meal. Thailand was long the world's largest exporter of rice, and Thais domestically consume over 100 kg of milled rice per person per year. Over 5,000 varieties of rice from Thailand are preserved in the rice gene bank of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), based in the Philippines. The king of Thailand is the official patron of IRRI.
Belgian travellers (babies and children included) must be in possession of an international, machine readable passport, with at least 2 blank pages, valid for 6 months after return. A 30-day tourist visa can be obtained at arrival free of charge.Please verify the latest updates on travel advice, documents and requirements on https://www.evisa.gov.kh and http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en.
Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy or Consulate to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.
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+ 6h (Winter), + 5h (Summer).
Thaise Baht; 100 THB = 2,79 EUR and 1 EUR = 35,60 THB (01/05/2019)
Cash euros can be exchanged at most places and credit cards are widely accepted as form of payment. AtMs are available in all tourist centres.
Thailand is a year-round destination with a tropical climate, influenced by monsoon winds. On the mainland the rainy season extends from May to October. Then it's warmer and you get, usually at the end of the day, hard but short rain showers. On the island of Koh Samui the rainy season runs from November to January. Up North you can count on cool temperatures during winter.
Average Temperatures (°C):
- 5 nights in B&B (3x Bangkok; 1 aboard the train 2x Chiang Mai = Superior & (3x Bangkok; 3x Chiang Mai = Deluxe)
- Overnight train ride Bangkok - Chiang Mai, in the specified travel class and air-conditioned sleeper couch (superior)
OR your domestic flight To Chiang Mai TG/ G-class + extra night hotel at Chiang Mai (Deluxe version of the tour)
- All listed transfers
- Entry fees to all the programmed highlights with English speaking guide
What's not included?
Your international flights, your flight on day 7, optional excursions.
Mandatory gala suppers on 24 & 31 December in Chiang Mai.
Good to Know
This tour programme is also available with domestic flights Bangkok - Chiang Mai and an extra night in Chiang Mai.
Please contact your Customer Service Centre on 070 23 33 13 or pop in at your favourite Connections travel shop for a custom made itinerary. Check out your accommodation in Cambodia in our online Thailand brochure!
Superior Price per person
Deluxe Price per person