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  • Bangkok
  • Chiang Mai

The perfect Thailand-for-first-time-visitors tour. Experience two of its most thriving cities: Bangkok and Chiang Mai; all transfers pre-booked.

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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? 

Superior Hotel:  Century Park Hotel (Breakfast)
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Deluxe Hotel:  LIT! (Breakfast)
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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.

Superior Hotel:  Train Bangkok - Chiang Mai
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Deluxe Hotel:  Train Bangkok - Chiang Mai 1st class
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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.

Superior Hotel:  Dusit Princess
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Deluxe Hotel:  Dusit D2 (Breakfast)
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Day 7 - Chiang Mai

After breakfast, your transfer to the airport awaits you. Then you are spoiled for choice. Extend your stay and visit Mae Hong Son or the River Kwai, go trekking in Sanpatong, fly back to Bangkok or fly direct to the fun-filled beaches of Phuket!

Full Day in Bangkok

 Full day

Combine the Klongs, Wat Arun & Chinatown excursion with the guided visit of the Royal Palace, temples and flower market and enjoy a favourable rate. As a treat, we include lunch in a local restaurant!

All our guided excursions in and from Bangkok are operated by an enthusiastic team of young local guides who are passionate about their city and gladly share their insiders knowledge with you. You will discover Bangbok's many faces and use public transport such as the subway, skytrain, taxi, tuk tuk, public boat ... just as locals do. On top of interesting facts about the sites and cultural highlights along your path, you will receive many tips' n tricks and will get to know the locals favourite restaurants and bars and see a glimpse of the daily lifestyle of Thai people. You will feel much more confident and at ease to go about your own discovery.
 
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Deluxe Streetfood Tour

 Full day

Go on a culinary guided tour through the old city and Chinatown. All day long you stop at numerous food stalls and authentic restaurants. You taste many typical Thai dishes and discover that there is more to Thai cuisine than just red curry and Pad Thai. You visit Chinatown, the food district par excellence and in order to stretch your legs a little you call in at two lesser known yet stunning temples: Wat Suthat and Wat Saket, the golden mountain, which offers extraordinary views of Bangkok's skyline.

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Bangkok's Klongs, Wat Arun & Chinatown

 5 - 6 hours

In Bangkok, you board a motorized long-tail boat  and travel the majestic Chao Phraya river and its klongs, the smaller arteries. It will soon become apparent why the City Of Angels has been nicknamed 'Venice of the East' . You will drift past exquisite temples and tradional wooden houses on stilts. A visit to Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn with its 79m high pagoda adorned with ceramics is included. Next on your programme is a boat ride to Chinatown, where you stretch your legs as you walk through its narrow alleys of the authentic neighbourhood and visit a local Chinese temple.

All our guided excursions in and from Bangkok are operated by an enthusiastic team of young local guides who are passionate about their city and gladly share their insiders knowledge with you. You will discover Bangbok's many faces and use public transport such as the subway, skytrain, taxi, tuk tuk, public boat ... just as locals do. On top of interesting facts about the sites and cultural highlights along your path, you will receive many tips' n tricks and will get to know the locals favourite restaurants and bars and see a glimpse of the daily lifestyle of Thai people. You will feel much more confident and at ease to go about your own discovery.


 
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Bangkok's Royal Palace & temples

 5 - 6 hours

This excursion in Bangkok is al about culture as you visit 2 of the most important temples of the country: Wat po with its gigantic statue of The Reclining Buddha, covered in gold leaf and The Royal Palace, a landmark which reflects the splendour and glory of the Kings of Siam. Within its compounds you will find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha which houses houses Thailand’s most venered statue of Lord Buddha.

All our guided excursions in and from Bangkok are operated by an enthusiastic team of young local guides who are passionate about their city and gladly share their insiders knowledge with you. You will discover Bangbok's many faces and use public transport such as the subway, skytrain, taxi, tuk tuk, public boat ... just as locals do. On top of interesting facts about the sites and cultural highlights along your path, you will receive many tips' n tricks and will get to know the locals favourite restaurants and bars and see a glimpse of the daily lifestyle of Thai people. You will feel much more confident and at ease to go about your own discovery.


 
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The Train & Floating Market

 Full day

From Bangkok you head towards the province of Samut Songkran.  You visit:  

  • a coconut farm & learn about the production process
  • the closing umbrella or rail market, a unique location on the train tracks where sellers install and take away their goods at each passing. 
  • the temple Wat Bang Kung which is partially overgrown by nature. 
  • Damnoen Saduak or floating market which you will reach after lunch by longtail boat. Although very touristy, this must-see remains a colourful buzz not be be missed.

All our guided excursions in and from Bangkok are operated by an enthusiastic team of young local guides who are passionate about their city and gladly share their insiders knowledge with you. You will discover Bangbok's many faces and use public transport such as the subway, skytrain, taxi, tuk tuk, public boat ... just as locals do. On top of interesting facts about the sites and cultural highlights along your path, you will receive many tips' n tricks and will get to know the locals favourite restaurants and bars and see a glimpse of the daily lifestyle of Thai people. You will feel much more confident and at ease to go about your own discovery.

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Bangkok By Bike

 1/2 day (+/- 4 hours)

This bike tour starts amidst the morning commotion when the city unfurls it splendour and hawkers drag their goods to their local stalls. You cycle through narrow back alleys, past colourful temples in through neighbourhoods off the beaten track. You cross the Chao Phraya river and continue your ride through the Thonburi district. Definitely one of the memorable moments of your trip.  This gentle 15 km guided bike tour narrated in English is suited for all - children included.

All our guided excursions in and from Bangkok are operated by an enthusiastic team of young local guides who are passionate about their city and gladly share their insiders knowledge with you. You will discover Bangbok's many faces and use public transport such as the subway, skytrain, taxi, tuk tuk, public boat ... just as locals do. On top of interesting facts about the sites and cultural highlights along your path, you will receive many tips' n tricks and will get to know the locals favourite restaurants and bars and see a glimpse of the daily lifestyle of Thai people. You will feel much more confident and at ease to go about your own discovery.


 
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Bangkok by bike by night

 Evening (+/- 3 hours)

During this tour you bike through Bangkok's cooler evening air. Bangkok's skyline by night is one of the highlights of this 3-hour bike tour. Traditional Chinese street lamps combined with multicolored banners create a sublime atmosphere, while along the main roads the motorized traffic are slowly replaced by numerous food stall crowded with enthusiasts looking for a tasteful dinner.

All our guided excursions in and from Bangkok are operated by an enthusiastic team of young local guides who are passionate about their city and gladly share their insiders knowledge with you. You will discover Bangbok's many faces and use public transport such as the subway, skytrain, taxi, tuk tuk, public boat ... just as locals do. On top of interesting facts about the sites and cultural highlights along your path, you will receive many tips' n tricks and will get to know the locals favourite restaurants and bars and see a glimpse of the daily lifestyle of Thai people. You will feel much more confident and at ease to go about your own discovery.


 
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Ayutthaya & Bang Pa In

 Full day

Today you travel between the locals. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you by skytrain, taxi or metro to the train station. Here you board a local train that drives north. After a little hour you arrive in Ayutthaya, for 400 years the capital. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes numerous palaces and temples. By bike you go from peak to peak. After this refreshing cycling trip, it goes further to the summer residence of the Chakrikoningen. The beautiful palace is an oasis of calm. After lunch, you step on a lantern boat and make you unique trip on the canals of Ayutthaya. You sail along picturesque places and beautiful temples. Keep your camera in the attack! In late afternoon, return to Bangkok.

Today you travel as locals do. Your guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you by skytrain, taxi or underground to the railway station, where you board a train heading north. One hour later you arrive at Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. Your day begins with a visit to the summer residence of the Chakri kings at Bangpa-In. Then you go to the ancient capital where you visit the most famous temples such as Wat Chai Wattanaram, Wat Phra Si San Phet and Wat Mahatat. The ruins, relatively well preserved give you a good image of the grandeur of yesteryear. After lunch, you leave the car and embark on a 'long tail' boat to make a unique stroll along the Ayutthaya canals. Aboard your boat, you will pass through picturesque places and magnificent temples. Keep your camera under the elbow! Return to Bangkok in the late afternoon.

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Chiang Mai by bicycle

 1/2 day (+/- 4 hours)

Thanks to its quiet nature and mild climate, Chiang Mai is the ideal city to explore by bicycle. This half day excursion you take you to the lesser known parts of Chiang Mai where your guide wil acquaint you with Thai culture, traditions and gastronomy. You ride along the banks of the Ping river and visit some local temples and markets and meet the locals. A refreshing way to look at Chiang Mai and its inhabitants.

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Chiang Mai Temples & local crafts

 Full day (6 - 7 hours)

The sacred temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep lies 15km outside of the city centre of Chiang Mai and owes its name to the mountain it is located on. To access the temple and its spectacular view over the city, you need to climb a challenging 309 steps to be exact, flanked by beautifully adorned Naga Serpents.  

In the centre of Chiang Mai, you visit Wat Chedi Luang and the temple complex Wat Phra Singh, located to the west of the city walls. Its entrance guarded by Singhs (lions). The lovely lanna style Lai Kam chapel houses the revered Phra Buddha Singh image.

Afterwards you'll travel to San Kamphaeng where you can enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon you get to know the local craftsmanship, the pride of Chiang Mai. In the evening you stroll around the famous local night market.

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Chiang Mai Thai Bio Cookery Class

 Full day (+/- 6 hours)

You stop at the big local market just outside the city and learn all about the Thai ingredients there. Then you drive to the country cooking school with its own organic herbs, vegetables and fruit garden. Your Thai chef guides you around the bio-plantation and again you learn tons. After all these interesting facts, it's time to cook up your own storm. You prepare a curry paste in a mortar and 5 typical Thai dishes. That's a feast because obviously you are invited to munch your meal! A recipe book, lemongrass tea and water are included. In short, you learn about healthy Thai cooking, you enjoy the stunning setting and you are immersed in the enthusiasm of your Thai chefs. An absolute topper!

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Elephant's Friend Day

 5 - 6 hours

In the area surrounding Chiang Mai you will find numerous elephant camps and reserves. Of course, coming eye to eye with these majestic creatures is a must-do during your iinerary. In the Baan Elephant Camp, a conscious choice has been made to create an animal friendly and natural environment for the elephants. therefore there are no elephant shows and no chairs are placed on the back of the elephants. 
During this day you learn interesting facts about the animals, prepare their food and feed them, go on a walk with them in the forest (not on elephant's back). After lunch it's time to give the elephants a wash and enjoy their playful behavior. Back in your hotel in Chiang Mai around 16:00.

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Doi Inthanon National Park

 Full Day

Today a full day's excursion through the pristine nature setting in the vicinity of Chiang Mai has been programmed. Your driver drops you at the highest peak in Thailand, the Doi Inthanon, the starting point of your guided walk along the Angkha Nature Trail. Next, you visit the iconic twin pagodas, built to commemorate the 60th birthday of the king's parents. After lunch you are introduced to the royal minority project that supports the Hmong and Karen tribes that live here. Via the Giw Mae Pan trail you finally reach Wachirathan, the most impressive waterfalls of Chiang Mai. An 'imaginative' place to round off your chock-a-block nature highlights in an appropriate way.

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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.

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Travel Documents

  • 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. 


Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to www.itg.be

Time Zones

+ 6h (Winter), + 5h (Summer).

Currency

Currency

Thaise Baht; 100 THB = 2,79 EUR and 1 EUR = 35,60 THB (01/05/2019)


Payment Methods

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. 

Prices

 

Climate

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):

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Chiang Mai 28 31 34 36 33 32 31 31 31 31 29 27
Bangkok 31 32 33 34 33 32 32 32 31 31 31 30
Phuket 31 32 32 32 31 30 30 30 29 30 30 30
Koh Samui 30 31 33 33 32 32 31 31 31 30 28 28
Siem Reap 31 32 33 34 33 32 31 31 30 30 30 30
L.Prabang 27 31 33 34 33 32 31 31 30 30 30 30

 

What's included?

  • 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!


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