Thailand in Depth

  • days: 17
  • from $4,395

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Thailand

Description

Discover the culture and history of Thailand on this scenic journey. Explore the gilded palaces and waterways of bustling Bangkok and pay tribute to our soldiers at Hellfire Pass. Uncover the intrigue and mystique of the Golden Triangle and experience the incredible beauty of Khao Sok National Park.

The real Bangkok

Our tour begins in the bustling city of Bangkok, where we’ll visit the stunning Grand Palace and the Golden Buddha. Tour the city by tuk tuk, take a boat ride along the canals and witness a more traditional side of Thai life, as we float past old houses built on stilts and visit a colourful floating market. 

The Golden Triangle

As our tour continues north, we visit the Hellfire Pass and learn about our World War-II diggers before heading to the World Heritage-listed ruins of Ayutthaya. In the Golden Triangle we’ll visit various hill tribes and a tea plantation, and take a cruise on the Mekong River, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet.

Rainforests and Raft Houses

We catch a flight to Khao Sok National Park where we spend 3 nights in this breathtaking reserve, one of the world’s oldest evergreen rainforests characterised by the dramatic limestone formations that rise out of the water. We also enjoy a boat ride to Coral Cave and explore the raft houses that the park is famous for.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand and bustling Bangkok! The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse cities in Asia, full of mega-malls, Buddhist temples, floating markets and intense traffic.

Day 2. Bangkok

Today we tour the city. Our first stop is the monolithic Golden Buddha, weighing more than 5.5 tonnes, then we explore the many buildings that make up the Royal Grand Palace. We’ll also see Wat Pho and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This afternoon we enjoy a typical Thai longboat cruise through the canals before our group welcome dinner tonight. [B,D]

Day 3. Bangkok

Enjoy the day at leisure to experience Bangkok at your own pace. This evening we’ll visit the Asiatique night market and then witness the buzzing nightlife on a tour by tuk tuk. [B]

Day 4. Bangkok - Kanchanaburi

This morning we visit the floating markets at Damnoen Saduak to watch the locals in traditional boats selling a variety of fruit, vegetables and souvenirs. We’ll then leave the city behind and travel to Kanchanaburi, crossing the famous bridge over the River Kwai by train and visiting the Allied War Cemetery en route. [B,D]

Day 5. Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya

We visit Hellfire Pass and the Australian-funded museum and memorial to our World War II diggers. We then travel north to the ruins of the former capital of Siam, Ayutthaya, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: Tonight we’ll dine on board a converted teak rice barge as it drifts down the Chao Phraya River and tributaries, enjoying the beautiful setting at dusk. 

Day 6. Ayutthaya - Phitsanulok

We travel north through the Thai countryside to Phitsanulok and visit Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat - a working Buddhist temple. This evening we’ll experience the culinary theatrics of the Morning Glory show. [B,L]

Day 7. Phitsanulok - Chiang Rai

Before we depart Phitsanulok, we visit Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand. After a lovely lunch here we’ll continue our journey north to Chiang Rai. [B,L]

Day 8. Golden Triangle

Today we explore the ‘Golden Triangle’, the former centre of the world’s opium trade. Our day begins with a visit to the hill tribe villages of the Akha and Yao people, where women still wear the traditional clothing and headdress. We then visit a tea plantation and try some of the local brew. [B,D]

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Special Experience: This afternoon we’ll enjoy a cruise along the Mekong River in a traditional boat to where the borders of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar meet.

Day 9. Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

After breakfast we take the scenic route to Chiang Mai, stopping at the craft workshops in San Kamphaeng. Here we’ll be able to see silk being woven, visit a bronze workshop, and watch as beautiful hand-painted silk parasols are made. We’ll visit the beautiful Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, with stunning views over Chiang Mai from its location high up on the mountain. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. [B,L]

Day 10. Chiang Mai

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Special Experience: Visit the Elephant Nature Park and watch these rescued elephants enjoy their freedom while bathing and playing in the river. Learn about the park’s objectives and how the Save the Elephant Foundation works. 

Why not explore Chiang Mai’s colourful night markets tonight? [B,L]

Day 11. Chiang Mai

Enjoy a day at leisure. [B]

Day 12. Chiang Mai - Khao Sok National Park

The morning is at leisure before our flight to stunning Khao Sok via Sura Thani. [B,D]

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Special Experience: We’ll spend the next 3 nights in the truly breathtaking Khao Sok National Park, one of the world’s oldest evergreen rainforests, characterised by the dramatic limestone formations that rise out of the water.

Day 13. Khao Sok National Park

This morning we head out on a jungle walk to discover more of the park’s abundant flora and fauna and enjoy some incredible views. After lunch at the lodge we’ll explore the Sok River by canoe. Enjoy the evening at leisure with dinner at the lodge. [B,L,D]

Day 14. Khao Sok National Park

After a quick jungle walk we arrive at the pier of stunning Cheow Lan Lake, where we’ll take a short boat ride to Coral Cave. We’ll enjoy lunch and some time at leisure on one of the traditional raft houses that the park is famous for. We’ll then cruise back to Cheow Lan Lake by long-tailed boat and return to the lodge in time for our group farewell dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Khao Sok National Park - Phuket

This morning we transfer to the resort town of Phuket, where the rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure. [B]

Day 16. Depart Phuket

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 17. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Thailand. Taxes included
  • 1 economy-class flight within Thailand
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water based activities)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $80pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 15 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 15 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Bustling Bangkok

  • Full day of sightseeing in Bangkok including a Tuk Tuk tour to the flower and fruit market, a cruise on the klongs, a visit to Wat Pho, Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo with Emerald (Golden Buddha) 

Hellfire Pass

  • Visit the famous floating markets of Damnoen Saduak
  • Cross the famous bridge over the River Kwai and visit Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum and the Allied War Cemetery

History and Hill Tribes

  • Overnight in the historic city of Ayutthaya and visit the ruins of Phra Mahathat Temple & Wat Phra Si Sanphet
  • Enjoy dinner on a converted teak rice barge in Ayutthaya
  • Experience the culinary theatrics of the unique Morning Glory show in Phitsanulok
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand
  • Travel through the Golden Triangle and visit the Akha and Yao hill tribe villages
  • Travel by boat along the Mekong to where the borders of Thailand, Burma & Laos meet

Captivating Chiang Mai

  • Browse the many craft shops of San Kamphaeng Road in Chiang Mai
  • Visit the holy temple of Wat Phra That, located near the top of Mount Suthep, still a working monastery today
  • Visit the Elephant Nature Park, a natural sanctuary for rescued elephants and other animals where you can watch them enjoying their freedom
  • Wander through the colourful night markets of Chiang Mai

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Khao Sok National Park

  • Spend 3 nights in Khao Sok National Park, one of the oldest evergreen rainforests in the world, characterised by the dramatic limestone formations that rise out of the water. 

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
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Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $80pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $210pp
Single supplement: from $750
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation listed is subject to change and the list should be used as a guide only. Every effort is made to avoid changes however if a change becomes necessary then accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Furama Silom Hotel, Bangkok

Located in the heart of Silom, Bangkok's main shopping and entertainment district, the Furama Hotel is just a 15 minute walk from Patpong Night Market and Lumpini Park. Among the hotel's amenities are a rooftop pool, fitness room & sauna and a restaurant offering a diverse range of food from Thai to International flavour. The rooftop bar also offers a selection of creative beverages and light snacks with stunning views of the Bangkok skyline.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

River Kwai Village Resort, Kanchanaburi

As the first jungle resort in Kanchanaburi, the hotel boasts the tranquility of being surrounded by beautiful nature. The resort's amenities include a mini-mart, 3 swimming pools, massage service and restaurant. The Jungle View restaurant offers a variety of dishes ranging from authentic Thai to European cuisine.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar; safe deposit box (at reception); outdoor swimming pool

Krungsri River Hotel, Ayutthaya

Regarded as one of the premier resorts in Ayutthaya, the hotel is perfectly located with easy access to Ayutthaya's best sites. With 4 restaurants to choose from including Lieto Italian, Gu Cheung Chinese and Traditional Thai at Suan Rim Num, all tastes will be catered for. The property also features an outdoor pool, fitness centre and bar/lounge.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

The Grand Riverside Hotel, Phitsanulok

The Grand Riverside Hotel is situated in the heart of Phitsanulok, on the banks of the Nan River. Boasting beautiful natural scenery and tranquility, the hotel features a restaurant, terrace and laundry services. The property is near the Phitsanulok Bazaar, and just across the Ekathotsarot Bridge to the night market for shopping.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Golden Pine Resort, Chiang Rai

The Golden Pine Resort consists of beautifully designed cottages located in the heart of the Lanna countryside. The site was previously a rural village and is surrounded by rice paddies on either side. The property features a full-service spa, restaurant, bar/lounge and an outdoor pool and jacuzzi.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

The Park Hotel, Chiang Mai

The Park Hotel is located in central Chiang Mai, approximately 2 km from the Handicraft Centre. The hotel offers Thai massage, laundry services and currency exchange. Western and Asian specialties are served at The Jed Rin Coffee Shop, while drinks are available at the lounge and poolside bar.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box (at reception); outdoor swimming pool

Khao Sok River Lodge, Khao Sok

Located beside the Sok River, this rustic lodge is just a 3 minute walk to the Khao Sok National Park Headquarters. The hotel has an in-house restaurant and all guestrooms include a mosquito net and private balcony.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box (at reception); tea & coffee making facilities (public areas)

The Front Village Karon Beach, Phuket

Nestled in lush tropical gardens against a backdrop of mountains, the Front Village is the perfect place for an exotic getaway in the quieter part of Phuket. The property is just a 5-minute walk from the white sands of Karon Beach and boasts a full-service spa, large free-form swimming pool with swim-up bar and restaurant.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Weather

Weather

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Wet Season: June to October

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Currency

Currency

Baht

The official currency of Thailand is the baht (THB; ฿).

  • 1 Thai Baht = 100 Satang
  • Notes are in denominations of ฿1,000, 500, 100, 50 and 20
  • Coins are in denominations of ฿10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 satang.

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Special Experiences!

  • Dine on board a converted teak rice barge as it drifts down the Chao Phraya River and tributaries, enjoying the beautiful setting at dusk.
  • Enjoy a cruise along the Mekong River in a traditional boat to where the borders of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar meet.
  • Visit the Elephant Nature Park and watch these rescued elephants enjoy their freedom while bathing and playing in the river. Learn about the park’s objectives and how the Save the Elephant Foundation works.
  • Spend 3 nights in the truly breathtaking Khao Sok National Park, one of the world’s oldest evergreen rainforests, characterised by the dramatic limestone formations that rise out of the water.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, tuk tuk, plane, local train, canoe & boat

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $80pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Visit the famous floating markets of Damnoen Saduak • A moving visit to Hellfire Pass Memorial and the Allied War Cemetery • See the World Heritagelisted sites of Ayutthaya (Siam) and Sukhothai • Experience the unique morning glory show in Phitsanulok • Explore the Golden Triangle, meeting various hill tribes and cruising the Mekong River

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