Mountain & Beaches Explorer - 16 DAYS

Mountain & Beaches Explorer - 16 DAYS

TOUR OPERATES: Mountain & Beaches Explorer

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From the fertile mountains, valleys and rivers in the North to the pristine white sandy beaches and idyllic tropical islands in the South – you will experience it all on this tour. Thailand offers such a variety of scenic and climatic diversity to be discovered and explored and you will get to see it first-hand.

From the high rising peaks in Chiang Mai, the rough nature in Chiang Rai at the borders to Laos and Myanmar to the stunningly beautiful remote island of Koh Phi Phi, the natural wonders of Khao sok national park and the paradise island feeling on Koh Samui.

Your knowledgeable tour leader will give you unique insights in each and every destination visited to travel conveniently but with the expertise of a local. 

 

TOUR SUMMARY

Day 1: Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok - Saraburi - Bangkok

Day 3: Bangkok - Chiang Rai

Day 4: Chiang Rai

Day 5: Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

Day 6: Chiang Mai

Day 7: Chiang Mai - Phuket

Day 8: Phuket - Koh Phi Phi

Day 9: Koh Phi Phi

Day 10: Koh Phi Phi - Ao Nang

Day 11: Ao Nang

Day 12: Ao Nang - Khao Sok National Park

Day 13: Khao Sok National Park

Day 14: Khao Sok National Park - Koh Samui

Day 15: Koh Samui

Day 16: Koh Samui - Bangkok

 

 

DAY 1: BANGKOK

Welcome to Thailand, the land of smiles. Upon your arrival at the international airport, you will be welcomed and greeted by your private driver and you are escorted to your hotel in Bangkok. No other activities are planned on your arrival day until your 6 pm tour briefing. Please remember that hotel check-in times are after midday – unless the hotel has some rooms already available. If you do arrive early you can leave your luggage at the reception and we would encourage you to get out and explore Bangkok – but please take a hotel business card so that you will be able to find your way back. Before leaving the hotel, please contact the hotel reception staff to take a note to advise your room number for your tour leader and if you already have any other contact details please provide them as well. It is important that you attend the tour briefing in the evening and afterwards, for those interested, your tour leader will be happy to escort you to a local restaurant to sample the delights of Thai cuisine and toast to a great start of what will be an unforgettable journey in Thailand.

Overnight in BANGKOK. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 2: BANGKOK - KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK - BANGKOK

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked-up at your hotel in the early morning for your daytrip to Saraburi. We are going to explore the stunning flora and fauna of Khao Yai National Park, one of the must-see highlights in the central area close to the capital. The cool climate in the mixed forest and rainforest is a refreshing breeze especially at hot summer times. Khao Yai means translated the big Mountain, as it revers to its many peaks in between 800 to 3000m above sea level. We will go for some wildlife watching and enjoy the view at one of the National park’s view points and enjoy trekking through the jungle to reach the stunning Haew Narok Water Fall. You will see families of friendly monkeys and maybe some inquisitive deer too. After this refreshing stop at the waterfall, we proceed to drive back to Bangkok in the afternoon.

The evening is free at leisure. Overnight in BANGKOK. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 3: BANGKOK - CHIANG RAI

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked-up from your hotel in Bangkok by minibus and you are transferred to Don Muang international airport for your brief 1hour domestic flight to Chiang Rai, the center of the golden Triangle area of northern Thailand. The region earned its name Golden Triangle from the fact, that three countries (Laos, Myanmar & Thailand) share borders here and the region was infamous in the past for its flourishing opium trade.

Upon arrival at the airport in Chiang Rai, you are welcomed again by your new driver and you accompanying tour leader will take you on a Half Day City Tour in the center and near surroundings of the city. The highlight of this brief city encounter is the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun, a modern white stucco temple to show some contrast to other more traditional temple compounds. The all-white exterior represents Buddha’s purity and the bridge to the entrance crosses over a sea of arms reaching out for help from the fiery depths of hell. Skulls, demon heads, and pop-cultural figures from the underworld - Hellraiser; Hellboy - are harbingers of what’s to come. This temple is truly unique to connect tradition to modern times for amazing pictures and extraordinary impressions. In the afternoon, we are returning back to the city center and check-in our hotel. The evening is free at leisure.

Overnight in CHIANG RAI. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 4: CHIANG RAI - GOLDEN TRIANGLE - CHIANG RAI

Today, after breakfast at the hotel, we start with our excursion to the regions of Ching Saen, Mae Sai and the Golden Triangle. This area of Thailand is well-known for its infamous trade between borders and the fascinating views of Thailand, Laos AND Myanmar from one view point. Hence people are always fascinated with this region and its lush green hills and rivers. In addition, also various hill tribes are settled in this region who are still living in their traditional ways but obviously also adapting on some ways to modern cultures and tourism. This clash of fast paced modern age and the authentic local life style inherits a unique charm to be observed in this area.

We will also enjoy a sumptuous local lunch before we return to your hotel and you are free to relax or further explore in the evening on your own.

Overnight in CHIANG RAI. Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 5: CHIANG RAI - CHIANG MAI

After our breakfast at the hotel, we will take the minivan from your hotel to drive to Chiang Mai, the biggest city in the north of Thailand and a travel hub for international visitors. Upon arrival in the late mornings we will go for a visit to the Doi Suthep temple (Wat Phra That Doi Suthep) and the Phuping Palace before we check in later in our hotel.

Doi Suthep Temple is located on top of the neighboring Doi Suthep Mountain with 1,676 metres (5,499 ft) and can be reached by 309 step hike from the car parking area. By stepping on the temple’s terrace, you will have stunning views of the surrounding area of Chiang Mai and the beautiful Doi Suthep National Park.

Afterwards, we are making our way to The Phuping Palace. The Phuping Palace is located on Doi Buak Ha, Muang District, Chiang Mai Province. It is the royal winter residence in Chiang Mai where the Royal family stays during seasonal visits to the people in the northern part of Thailand. The palace is also the royal guesthouse for prominent state visitors from abroad. However, in the recent past his Majesty welcomed or granted royal audience to State visitors only in the capital of Bangkok. In the early evening we are returning to our hotel and you are welcome to take a dip in the hotel pool to refresh after a day full of cultural sightseeing and travel.

Overnight in CHIANG MAI. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 6: CHIANG MAI

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked-up at the lobby and we take an excursion to Mae Sa Elephant Camp in the hills beyond Chiang Mai. Here we can get to try our hand at elephant riding. From on top of these magnificent creatures, we get to enjoy the spectacular surrounding scenery. After this we continue our trip with a visit to the Orchid Farm nearby to learn more about these fascinating flowers and admire their beauty and the dance of their versatile colors in the sunlight. In the early afternoon we are returning to your hotel and you are free to explore the afternoon and evening by yourself. Ask your guide for local highlights to see and to experience.

Overnight in CHIANG MAI. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 7: CHIANG MAI - PHUKET

In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, we take our private transfer van to the airport to connect to your domestic flight to Phuket and the south of Thailand. After your arrival, you will be welcomed once more and transferred to your hotel in Phuket town. The rest of your day is free at leisure to adjust to your new surroundings and take the first dip in the Andaman Sea or relax at Patong beach.

Phuket is Thailand’s biggest island with several smaller islands just off shore.

Overnight in PHUKET. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 8: PHUKET - KOH PHI PHI

Today, after breakfast at the hotel, we will take our transfer to the main pier to catch our ferry for our island hopping to the world famous island of Koh Phi Phi. Koh Phi Phi has two main islands, Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh. You will stay on Koh Phi Phi Don on Long Beach, for a more remote and relaxing island experience. If you want to mingle with more travellers then the island’s main town is just a short walk or long-tail boat ride away.After your arrival on the island, you are transferred by a local boat to your resort, you may have to carry your luggage over the beach, as this area does not have a pier and you are transferred to shallow waters for your remote island feeling.

Once you are settled in your accommodation, you are free to enjoy the beach, go snorkeling or explore the island free at leisure.

Overnight in KOH PHI PHI. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 9: KOH PHI PHI

Today you are free to explore the island on your own or enjoy the beautiful beach at the waterfront directly in front of your accommodation.

Koh Phi Phi has a lot to offer to discover the hidden beauties of the island with nature walks, white beaches and a beautiful underwater world to discover with frequently offered snorkeling and diving trips around Koh Phi Phi Leh and other surrounding islands. Especially Maya Bay become famous after it has set the stage for the Hollywood movie, The Beach, with Leonardo Di Caprio.

However, we recommend exploring other surrounding Islands, such as Bamboo Island, or hiring one of the many available longtail boats with a captain for a few hours to take you around the islands and bring you to hidden spots for snorkeling.

Overnight in KOH PHI PHI. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 10: KOH PHI PHI - KRABI/AO NANG

After our breakfast at the resort, you will have the morning free at leisure before we take around noon the local boat back to the main pier to connect with the ferry to the Krabi/Ao Nang. The ferry ride will take about 90 minutes and upon arrival at the main land at Krabi town, you are transferred for about 20 minutes to the coastal area of Ao Nang where we will stay for the next two nights.

Ao Nang is set in a landscape of magnificent limestone hills reaching in the sky next to the marine blue sea. You are free to explore the area on your own in the afternoon/evening once we are checked in the hotel.

We recommend to walk around the town area first on your arrival day to Ao Nang to familiarize yourself first with your new environment.

Overnight on KRABI/AO NANG. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 11: KRABI/AO NANG

You are free to explore this beautiful area on your own today. Ask your guide for local recommendations and inside knowledge for worthwhile experiences and must-see area highlights.

Note: We recommend to either renting a motorcycle from your accommodation to discover hidden caves, temples and mountains in the area (International driving license required!) or arranging a private tour to the remote area of Railay Bay, which is a world famous rock climbing destination but also a great sight for nature lovers to visit. Ask your guide for assistance to arrange transportation.

Overnight on KRABI/AO NANG. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 12: AO NANG - KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast at the hotel, a van is waiting for us to bring us to the heart of Thailand’s jungle, Khao Sok National Park, a paradise for nature lovers.

The park does not only include a lush green forest but also a huge lake to explore and enjoy for a refreshing dip. You are again free to explore the National Park with its several nature walks on your own in the afternoon. The scenery is stunning to explore and highly recommended.

Your accommodation for this unique nature experience will be a Bungalow in the treetops being close to nature but also while having modern conveniences. However, please keep in mind that you are at a national park and not a metropolitan area, therefore, power blackouts may also occur, especially during the hot season (March –August).

Overnight in KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 13: KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK

This morning, after breakfast at the resort, you will take a 2 hour canoeing trip with a knowledgeable local guide to give you insights in how to properly use the canoe and also share some of the history and nature knowledge. After your return from your canoe nature experience, you are free to relax in the afternoon or go for more nature walks around your resort. Ask your knowledgeable local guide for activity recommendations in the area or just take in the magnificent rainforest atmosphere with its wilderness and heritage. You may experience the fascinating nature of Khao Sok first hand and get inspired by its tranquility.

Overnight in KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 14: KRABI - SURAT THANI - KOH SAMUI

Today a long day of travel awaits us. After our breakfast at the resort, we take a shared transfer from your resort to the eastern coast of southern Thailand to Surat Thani. Here we will then take a local transportation, called TukTuk, to bring us to the main pier for our ferry to Koh Samui. The ferry ride will take approximately 2 hours, once you arrive on the island, your transfer will already await you and bring you to your hotel. The islands name is most likely an extension of the name of one of the native trees, mui, or derived from the Malay word saboey, meaning “safe haven”, as it was a big center for fishermen in southern Thailand. Koh is the Thai word for “island”.

The afternoon is free at leisure to rest after all travel of today either at your hotel in the late afternoon or go for a first swim in at the beach.

Overnight on KOH SAMUI. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 15: KOH SAMUI

We are starting our day with a sightseeing tour around the island after our breakfast at the hotel. You will be picked-up and then explore the natural highlights of Samui. We will visit several viewpoints, Big Buddha, Grandfather & Grandmothers Rock, waterfalls as well as other local attractions. Around lunch time we are returning to your hotel and you again free to relax on the beach or go for a delightful swim in the Gulf of Thailand.

Note: If you are interested in a Full Day Trip by speedboat to the neighboring islands of Koh Tao & Koh Nangyuan for snorkeling instead of the half day island sightseeing, please inform us at the booking.

If you desire more excitement, Koh Samui also offers all kind of Watersports you may choose to experience on your time free at leisure. Ask your local guide to support you with all arrangements.

Overnight on KOH SAMUI. Hotel Accommodation is included in this package.

 

DAY 16: KOH SAMUI - SURAT THANI - BANGKOK

Unfortunately, our tour comes to an end today after more than 2 weeks of experienced packed travel in the lush green northern Thailand and the south with island hopping and national park encounters. After breakfast at the hotel, you are escorted from your hotel to the main pier to catch again the ferry (2hours) back to Surat Thani where you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your connecting flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival at Don Muang International airport in Bangkok your tour will end. Please let us know if you wish to have post tour accommodation or any other transfers to make your holiday most enjoyable.

We hope you had a great time traveling with us and you met amazing people while having extraordinary experiences. We wish you a save journey and we are looking forward to welcome you back to Asia soon.Please keep in mind that for Day 16 no accommodation is included and your tour ends at Don Muang International Airport.

* Hotel check-out times are midday. Late check-out is not included.

 

 

PRIVATE TOUR

BASED ON

TWIN SHARE

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Price per person

USD 3,132.00

USD 589.00

*Accommodation & Transportation is subject to availability at booking moment & Tour price is subject to seasonal fluctuations 

 

Included:

  • Accommodation as displayed in itinerary
  • Daily breakfast at hotel/resort; Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • English speaking local guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise
  • Domestic Flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai;Chiang Mai to Phuket; Surat Thani to Bangkok
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

 

Excluded:

  • Any surcharge/extra fees
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc.)
  • Gratitude to guide and driver
  • Optional excursions
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fees, airport taxes or any other government fees or additional surcharges

 

Supplements (Optional)

 Price

Private Airport Pick-up/drop-off (from/to Hotel in Bangkok / no guide)   

 USD 20.00 per person per way (based on 2 people)

Krabi: Hong Island (Joint) Tour by Speedboat (incl. lunch)

 USD 69.00 per person

Half-Day Thai Cooking Course in Chiang Mai (joint)

 USD 40.00 per person

Koh Samui: Koh Tao (shared) Tour by Speedboat

 USD 79.00 per person

Hotel Upgrade (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Samui, Phuket)

 USD 215.00 per person

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