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  • Authentic Central Thailand

    Code: TCT03 - Duration: 8 Days
    Start: Bangkok | Finish: Bangkok
  • As a wondrous kingdom, Thailand is famous for Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife and spectacular islands. This 8-day tour will take you to Central Thailand – the heart of Ayuthaya Kingdom. Starting in Bangkok - the center for most commercial and economical activities, you will be given a chance to discover this charming city with a variety of tourist sites such as: Royal Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, etc. Moreover, you can enjoy the sights of rural Thailand via an overnight upstream cruise from Bangkok to Aythaya. Continue the trip further into the heart of rural Thailand at Uthai Thani and then to Kanchanburu town in the west of Thailand and the capital of Kanchanaburi province where will experience elephant riding before immersing in the serenity of the lush forest along the Kwai Yai River.

    Highlights:

    • Discover all the alluring attractions of Central Thailand 
    • Exploration in Bangkok city with most splendid temples and its evocative floating markets
    • Board a long-tail boat along the water way to the picturesque floating market of Damnoen Saduak - the most popular floating market to get an insight into a bygone way of life
    • Enjoy the unique and unforgettable experience of the world-renowned Thai Village Cultural Show
    • Take a Mekhala luxury cruise and overnight onboard on the Chao Praya river
    • Experience with elephant back riding before immersing in the serenity of the lush forest settingin Kanchanaburi
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:Authentic Central Thailand 8 days

    Day 1: Bangkok Arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Bangkok Arrival (B/-/-)
    Day 3: Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak Floating market (B/-/-)
    Day 4: Bangkok - Mekhala (B/-/D)
    Day 5: Bangkok - Ayuthaya - Uthai Thani (B/L/-)
    Day 6: Uthai Thani - Kanchanaburi (B/L/-)
    Day 7: Kanchanaburi - Bangkok(B/L/-)
    Day 8: Bangkok - Departure (B/-/-)

    • Ability to change the direction of the program
    • Possibility of an extension in Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam 

    Notes:

    - We specialize in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    - The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    - Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on "TOUR PRICE"

    - If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in Customize your trip” 
    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request. 

  • Day 1: Bangkok Arrival (-/-/-)

    Bangkok - Airport: 30km, ~40min drive

    bangkokUpon arrival at Bangkok airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel by our driver. After making sure of your successful hotel check-in, he will be pleased to leave you free time for your own lunch and leisure to recover after the long flight. The rest of the day is free for your own exploration of this exciting city.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok

    Day 2: Bangkok (B/-/-)

    bangkok tourAfter breakfast at hotel, we start our city tour with a visit to Royal Grand Palace, dedicated to the Thai Royal Family’s ceremony. In the same compound is the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew, which is famous for the Emerald Buddha Image. After visit these complex we followed by visit to Wat Pho a house gigantic Reclining Buddha. We visit Wat Arun, the temple of Dawn, before lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will drive visit the Wat Traimit  well known as the Golden Buddha. Return to hotel and free for relaxing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok

    Day 3: Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (B/-/-)

    Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak : 95km, ~1h30min drive

    floating market thailandEarly morning after breakfast, we drive to the south- west of Bangkok, visit to local market at Samut Songkram before we continue driving to Damnoen Saduak a rural floating market. We will stop to visit coconut sugar palm industry. Arriving at Damnern Saduak we will board on a long tail boat ride along the water way to the picturesque floating market of Damnern Saduak. After visit these sites we continue to visit the royal Thai handicraft industrial, Lunch will be in the Rose Garden and then visit the Rose Garden, its consists of over 50 acres of tropical paradise with flower gardens, orchards and a typical Thai village. Thai village showstarts at 3:00 p.m. and you can witness ordination into the fingernail dance, Thai boxing, hill tribe dance, sword fighting, elephants at work and folk dancing.. After that transfer back to Bangkok.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok

    Day 4: Bangkok - Mekhala (B/-/D)

    Mekhala tonkin travelMorning free and our excursion starts as the Mekhala casts off around 1.30 pm and heads up the Chao Phraya River, passing the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn and observing the way of rural life along the riverArriving at Pathum Thani in the afternoon, you will visit a fresh market where local people shop for food, fresh produce and a variety of Thai sweets. At sunset, the MEKHALA will dock at Wat Kai Tia, a Buddhist temple located in a tranquil rural village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai cuisine will be served on the deckYou will spend the night on board the boat, in your air-conditioned cabin.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Accommodation: Overnight on Mekhala Cruise

    Day 5: Mekhala - Ayuthaya - Uthai Thani (B/L/-)

    Ayuthaya - Uthai Thaini: 148km, ~2h45h drive

    ayuthayaFor early risers, you can partake in the Buddhist tradition of offering alms to monks at dawn. Following a sumptuous breakfast, we disembark from Mekhala at Bang-Pa-In for Summer Palace, which showcases some of the finest examples of Thai architecture. Cruise along the river to the Ayuthaya where you will witness the splendor of the ancient ruins in this old capital city. Drive northwards into the heart of rural Thailand at Uthai Thani to visit Wat Tasung and the Crystal and Golden Hills.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Uthai Thani

    Day 6: Uthai Thani - Kanchanaburi (B/L/-)

    Uthai Thaini - Kanchanaburi: 216km, ~4h drive

    Kanchanaburi tonkin travelIn the morning after breakfast, we stroll through the morning market to experience the languid pace of life in the countryside before driving to Kanchanaburi. Visit the war museum and second World War cemetery, and even ride a train on the infamous death railway through the dramatic Kwai Noi gorge if time permits.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kanchanaburi

    Day 7: Kanchanaburi - Bangkok (B/L/-)

    Kanchanaburi - Bangkok: 160km, ~3h drive

    Kanchanaburi-thailand-tour-tonkin-travelAfter breakfast at hotel, we head out of the town to the elephant camp where you will experience riding on an elephant before immersing in the serenity of the lush forest setting as you gently float down the Kwai Yai River. In the afternoon, you will be taken to Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, also known as Tiger Temple, an animal rescue center where you can get up close with the tigers when monks walk these big cats in the evening. Return to Bangkok in the late afternoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kanchanaburi

    Day 8: Kanchanaburi (B/-/-)

    After breakfast at hotel, time is free until our driver meet and transfer you to airport for flight to Bangkok to connect your flight home. End of our services./.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • Seasonal: during high season (October-April), the prices of services are generally higher when compared to the low season (May-September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you that travel together the less you will pay!
    • The choice of hotels: Fairly obvious one here; a 5-star hotel can cost ten times as much as a 2 star hotel.
    • The activities during the trip: Two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: In some cases, booking your trip late can drastically affect prices due to their low availability.

    Inclusion:

    • Accommodation as recommended or similar category according to availability.
    • Transfers according to program by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver except free day
    • English-speaking guide’s assistance at every stage
    • Meals as indicated in program (B: Breakfast /L: Lunch / D: Dinner)
    • Entrance fees for attractions included in the program
    • Mekhala cruise 2 days/ 1 night on Chao Praya River
    • Thai village culture show
    • Elephant riding
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Early check-in, late check-out
    • Personal expenditures, tips
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air transfers associated with airport taxes
    • Visa and visa arrangement (available upon request)

    Booking

    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.

    Accommodation

    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.

    Transport

    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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