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Off the Beaten Track in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

This 11 day adventure in Thailand will immerse you in the culture, cuisine and lifestyle of this vibrant country.
Discover Thailand as a local as you embark on a truly unforgettable itinerary bursting with authenticity.

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From £2,499pp
Based on 2 Adults
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 Avg. Flight time: 11.5 hours
 Avg. Temperature: 24-26c
 Local Currency: ฿ Thai baht
Offer Details
Bangkok, Thailand
Based on March 2022 Depature
10 Night Tour
Depart London Gatwick (LGW) 26/02/2022
Various departure points available
Return Transfers
Overnight Accommodation included (see itinerary)
Bed & Breakfast

Included in this package..
Overnight Direct Flights
Various overnight accommodation
All transfers & transport
English speaking guide
Meals, all entrance fees & activities on tour


Other dates & departures are available on request. Subject to availability and price changes.


ALSO INCLUDES FREE LOUNGE PASSES*!

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* Lounge passes are subject to availability at the time of booking, applicable to London Heathrow departures. Lounge opening times may vary. Passes are not transferrable and cannot be applied retrospectively to existing bookings

Experience Highlights
  • Small private groups of 2 – 8 people with local host Martin.
  • Explore the bustling city of Bangkok by bike, by day and by night! Enjoy island life on the beautiful Island of Koh Phayam with tranquil white sand beaches and their crystal waters.
  • See for yourself the mighty elephants and bison in Thailand’s largest natural park. Discover how traditional batik fabric is made and design and make your own batik!
  • Return to Bangkok on an overnight sleeper train, quite simply a 'must do' experience.

More information about this Experience

Your off the beaten track Thailand adventure starts in bustling Bangkok, before travelling south to traverse the lush rural landscape, with the opportunity to see mighty elephants and bison in Thailand’s largest natural park and then relaxing on stunning beaches with crystal clear waters.

Embark on an afternoon biking adventure through Bangkok, discovering the western bank of the Chao Phraya River and the third capital of Siam: Thonburi, a vibrant local community of people and places that we’ll explore as we ride through the back streets, contrasting with the imposing skyscrapers of downtown before visiting one of Bangkok’s greatest landmarks: The Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun.  To end your biking adventure, we will enjoy a night time bike ride through an unusually quiet Bangkok whilst enjoying some authetic Thai street food. There are few better ways to enjoy the sites of Bangkok than when most of the other visitors have retreated to their hotels.

Journey South to the East coast of the Malay Peninsula and the beautiful beach resort of Sam Roi Yot in Pran Buri.  When you arrive at Pran Buri, you will take a Songtheaw  (the local transport, which is a covered pickup truck with rows of seats in the back for transporting  local people along routes) to your accommodation in Sam Roi Yot village.  Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is the next stop on your ‘off the tourist track’ adventure. It is the largest marine national park in Thailand and has the largest area of  wetlands in the country.

Visit Kui Buri National Park for some wildlife spotting. The park is home to one of the biggest populations of gaurs and bison in Thailand, there are around a hundred in the area, alongside over 300 wild elephants. Hike across the gorgeous landscape to a hidden bay and discover the beauty of Phraya Nakhon Beach.

Explore Chumphon off the beaten track, visiting the artisans at a Yui Batik shop and design and make your own batik.

Feel like a castaway on the tranquil island of  Koh Phayam, one of the most beautiful, and undiscovered, of Thailand’s islands, it is relatively unknown and is not yet on the tourist trail. Enjoy white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.

End your adventure travelling by overnight train back to Bangkok.


Package Itinerary

Fly from your chosen departure airport to Bangkok (BKK) airport.

On arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, you will take a private transfer to your hotel where you can relax and explore for the rest of the day.

Bangkok is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, which is home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple.

Accommodation

The Raweekanlaya Bangkok Wellness Cuisine Resort Built in the late 1800’s as a royal residence, the hotel has been restored and carefully designed to reflect the heritage of Old-Siam with contemporary touches. It is a true urban oasis with lush greenery, and its iconic 120 year old Banyan tree

 

Start the day with your first Thai breakfast at the hotel, and then in the afternoon meet up with your local guide to start exploring Bangkok by bike!

Your guide will show you the Bangkok that most people don’t have the chance to visit

Away from the shopping malls and tourist hotspots of metropolitan Bangkok, we’ll discover the western bank of the Chao Phraya River and the third capital of Siam: Thonburi.
We’ll ride through the Bang Rak neighbourhood, head to the pier and take a ferry over to this less-traveled destination.
Today, Thonburi is a vibrant local community of people and places that we’ll explore as we ride through the back streets, contrasting with the imposing skyscrapers of downtown.

Next, we’ll take secret paths to the Turtle Temple, where these sacred animals are kept in a beautiful garden. This area is also home to a Sino-Portuguese community with a long and fascinating history. We’ll stop at a museum-café to learn about the history and taste the local pastries made with recipes passed down through generations.

We’ll then change gears from these hidden enclaves and visit one of Bangkok’s greatest landmarks: The Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun, as sunset shows us a different side to this majestic highlight. Leaving Thonburi behind, we’ll embark on another ferry and cross the river back into the city. Right at the pier we’ll stop at a little rooftop bar with views of the surrounding sites and enjoy a cold refreshment before we continue.

To end the biking adventure, we will enjoy a night time bike ride through an unusually quiet Bangkok. There are few better ways to enjoy the sites of Bangkok than when most of the other visitors have retreated to their hotels.

We’ll visit the must-see Wat Po temple and enjoy an almost silent and magical experience where, only hours earlier, stampeding hordes were clicking away with their cameras! As we start to cycle back we’ll stop and admire the spectacular Flower Market where we’ll also have chance to sample some authentic Thai street food.

You will arrive back  at to the hotel at around 9.30pm.

Accommodation

The Raweekanlaya Bangkok Wellness Cuisine Resort, the Montha Room.

 

After an early breakfast, check out of your hotel, and begin your journey South to the East coast of the Malay Peninsula and the beautiful beach resort of Sam Roi Yot in Pran Buri.

A private transfer will take you to Mochit New Van Terminal where you will board a public van to Pranburi (departure at 8:00 with an expected arrival around 12:30).

When you arrive at Pran Buri, you will take a Songtheaw (the local transport, which is a covered pickup truck with rows of seats in the back for transporting local people along routes) to your accommodation in Sam Roi Yot village.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is the next stop on your ‘off the tourist track’ adventure. It is the largest marine national park in Thailand and has the largest area of  wetlands in the country.
The most famous landmark in the park is Phraya Nakhon Cave with its iconic royal pavilion and huge chamber and the freshwater marsh and mangrove forests are home to  an amazing number of wildlife species.

All this, plus stunning beaches, limestone islands, walking trails and spectacular views are in store for you tomorrow.

This evening relax at the hotel and enjoy a walk on the quiet beach or perhaps have a cold beer at one of the several bars close to your hotel.

 
Accommodation

Namaste Resort, Sam Roi Yot. Namaste resort offers accommodation with a garden views and a balcony

 

This morning you’ll hop on a local vehicle to Phraya Nakhon Beach.

Enjoy a fun ride in the countryside and, on arrival, start hiking on the trail to a hidden bay, which will take around an hour’s moderate walk over the hill to enter the cave that hosts a beautiful landmark. Alternatively, you can arrange a local boat to sail directly to the hidden bay. You are sure to be blown away by the natural beauty and lush landscape.

We then continue to Kui Buri National Park for some wildlife spotting. The park is home to one of the biggest populations of gaurs or bison in Thailand, there are around a hundred in the area, alongside over 300 wild elephants.

The best time to see the wildlife is in the early evening and seeing these amazing wild animals up close in their natural habitat is a breathtaking experience.

We will drive back to Sam Roi Yot for the night, where you can relax and spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Accommodation

Namaste Resort in a Standard Room, in Sam Roi Yot.

This morning, you will be continuing your journey south to Chumphon, by private transfer.

Chumphon is a southern Thai province known for its coral reefs and a long coastline dotted with beautiful beaches.

Upon arrival check in to your hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure in this stunning location; take a walk and explore or unwind in the luxury of your hotel.

Accommodation

Nana Beach Resort Nana Beach is located on a private spot with a white-sand beach, Turquoise Ocean and breathtaking sunshine. It is an oasis for those wishing to truly get away from it all.

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we will embark on our day exploring Chumphon.

We start with a visit to the local artisans at the Yui Batic shop where you will discover how traditional batik fabric is made, and have the opportunity to design and make your own batik!

We will continue to the beautiful viewpoint of Khow Muttree, a definite photo opportunity and then visit the famous Prince of Chumpon Shrine before stopping for a delicious lunch of local Thai dishes.

We will then spend a couple of hours relaxing on the beach or taking out a kayak to explore the coastline, before heading back to the hotel.

Accommodation

Nana Beach Resort in a Standard Room.

Today you will have an early start and a tasty breakfast before embarking on a fisherman’s longtail boat and head back to the mainland.

On arrival at the village, you can enjoy a refreshing shower and then head further south to your next destination, Ranong, on the west coast of the peninsula, along the Andaman Sea.

Once you arrive in Ranong, you will have the chance to unwind and relax in your new hotel.

Accommodation

Tinidee Hotel Ranong, in a Deluxe Room.

After breakfast at the hotel, get ready to experience island life.

Today you will be transferred from your hotel to the pier, where you will board a speed boat taking you to stunning Koh Phayam.

Koh Phayam is one of the most beautiful, and undiscovered, of Thailand’s islands, it is relatively unknown and is not yet on the tourist trail.

This peaceful and tranquil location has stunning white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, the perfect island getaway!

Accommodation

Nitiporn Resort in Koh Phayam

Enjoy a delicious breakfast, to start the day and today you have the the entire day to simply enjoy the island life!

If you feel energetic you may want to explore by kayak or bicycle, or simply relax by the pool or beach and make the most of this island paradise.

Accommodation

Nitiporn Resort in Koh Phayam.

Begin your last day with a delicious Thai breakfast.

Today is the last day on this paradise island, as you will be transferring to Bangkok.

After you checking out, you will be taking a speedboat to the mainland and a transfer to the train station for your overnight train back to Bangkok, a truly local adventure for your last day here!

This is not the most luxurious overnight of your stay, but is a ‘ must do’ when in Thailand!

Accommodation

2nd Class Overnight Train ( 1st Class Cabin, if available, will be provided- these are limited on some dates)

You will arrive in the early morning at Bangkok station and a private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight back home.

This marks the end of your amazing off the beaten track adventure in Thailand. We wish you Bon Voyage, you have only managed a small glimpse of this diverse and wonderful country, so we look forward to welcoming you back and showing you more!

EXCLUSIVE: FREE AIRPORT LOUNGE PASSES

Start your adventure with stunning runway views, a complimentary drink of your choice in hand, free digital newspapers and a wealth of facilities available to you in the Club Aspire Lounge at Heathrow Airport.

Enjoy a complimentary freshly prepared, seasonal menu, which is served throughout the day. Free teas, coffees, juices, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages (including beers, wines and spirits) are also served up at this lounge via the fully tended bar. This really is the perfect way to start your holiday in style.

Lounge passes will be added free of charge when you book this amazing adventure!

Terms and Conditions

Lounge passes are subject to availability at the time of booking, applicable to London Heathrow departures.
Lounge opening times may vary. Passes are not transferrable and cannot be applied retrospectively to existing bookings.

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