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The Grand Tour of Thailand
- 20 days
- General public
- Culture / Heritage
- Faune and flora
- Adventure / Sports & Leisure
- Free time
- Relaxation / Well-being
This indicative planning is voluntary. He offers an idea of travel over three weeks. Nothing prevents the removal or extension of a stage to enjoy a real rest or simply stay in a place where one feels good... It is clear that you cannot see everything from a large country like France within a few days!
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- Nakhon Pathom
- Chiang Mai
- Surat Thani
- Koh Samui - Bang Rak - Big Buddha
- Thong Sala
- Phang Nga
- Ton Sai
- Damnoen Saduak
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Details of the stay: The Grand Tour of Thailand - 20 days
Day 1 : The temples of Bangkok
Discover the capital in a panoramic way: long tail boat ride on the klongs and/or featured tour on the Chao Phraya River. Stopover at temple Wat Arun and visit the main jewels of Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew housing the Emerald Buddha and Wat Po with its large statue of the reclining Buddha
Day 2 : The floating market
Discovery of Flottant Saduak's floating market. Evening at Khaosan Road.
Day 3 : Temples and ancient capital
Day 4 : Bridge of the Kwai River
Kanchanaburi and the bridge of the Kwai River. On the road, discovery of Flottant Saduak's floating market and possibility to stop on Chemin Pathom, where you can see the largest pagoda in the world. Then, in the region east of Bangkok, discovery of Kanchanaburi and the famous bridge of the river Kwai, built during the war on order of the Japanese occupiers. The "Railway of death" takes the railway from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok and passes on the bridge. Impressive "Overview" of the valley. Possibility to make a night safari from an elephant camp. Evening restaurant in Kanchanaburi on the river side... or on the river.
Day 5 : Khmer and Thai remains
Phitsanulok and Sukkotai. Phitsanulok. In the morning, departure for the visit of the H'mong tribes of Lomsak, with a possible stopover at the Kengsopha waterfall. One hour by bus from Phitsanulok, Sukkotai. Bike tour of the ruins of the historic park classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, capital of the first Siamese kingdom and symbol of Thai greatness in the 13th century. Discovery of the Khmer and Thai remains: Wat Mahathat, former royal palace, Wat Si Chum, Wat Sa Da Pa Daeng, the oldest monument in the city. Evening in the city.
Day 6 : Chiang Mai Temples
Chiang Mai, the "Rose of the North". Discover the special charm of the old town. Visit of the oldest temples of the city: Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh... Evening in the Night Market, and then for younger ones, at Zoe in Yellow on the little square near Thanon Ratchaphakhinai.
Day 7 : Meeting the ethnic groups of the mountains
Trekking to discover the minority ethnic groups of the mountains: H'mong, Yao, Akha and Lahu or Karen. Combine with an elephant ride. If you stay there on a Sunday, don't miss the Walking Street market on Ratchadamnoen road in the evening.
Day 8 : Chiang Rai
The city is the gateway to the Golden Triangle. Visit of the Hilltribe Museum and the flower market. In the evening, an outing to the Night Market is a must. 13 kilometers away, Wat Rong Khun, better known as the white temple.
Day 9 : Towards Lampang
From Chiang Mai, departure to Lampang: demonstration of elephant training and visit of "the hospital". Stroll to the renowned Thung Kwian Forest Market, where wild plants and animals are sold for medicinal and culinary use. Visit of one of the oldest and most beautiful sanctuaries in Northern Thailand: Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. Back in the afternoon on Chiang Mai. Late afternoon and sunset from Doi Suthep: beautiful panorama of Chiang Mai and the mountains around 700 m above the plain.
Day 10 : Direction the beach
Day 11 : Koh Tao
To go directly to Koh Tao avoiding Koh Samui, transit to Barracudas (7 hours bus), followed by the crossing in express boat (combined ticket) to Koh Tao: landing at Mae Wanted... In program: diving, diving, diving...
Day 12 : Koh Pha Ngan
For its "Moon" evenings. Day at the beach.
Day 13 : Koh Pha Ngan in the Land
Possibility to make some excursions inside the land to discover the panoramas, diving, snorkeling...
Day 14 : To Phuket
For those who want to discover the Andaman coast (except in August-September because of the monsoon), transit by bus from Surat Thani, direction Phuket. Arrival in Phuket City (rather "quiet" city centre, but direct access by boat around morning) Koh Phi Phior Patong Beach, restaurants and shows or Walking Street and discos.
Day 15 : Phuket
Choice of excursions on the country's largest island or in the nearby surroundings, "Coral Island", a full day of diving and swimming
Day 16 : Phang Nga
Day 17 : Koh Phi Phi
Scuba diving day with one night on the spot.
Day 18 : Koh Phi Phi by night
Beach Day and Nightlife on Patong Beach: cabaret evenings, dinner in the restaurant...
Day 19 : Pattaya
Join the world famous seaside resort for Walking street.
Day 20 : Return to Bangkok
Return by bus, train or taxi. Last Day in the capital: last purchase at Chatuchak Market or Asia Riverfront. Traditional massage to Wat Po. A cocktail on the Sofitel So terrace.
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