• 14 days/13 nights
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  • From $5,998 / person
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Discover Thailand on this adventure!

Welcome to the Land of Smiles! You’re invited to discover true hospitality on this action-packed, small group journey through Thailand. Savor a warm welcome and a delicious taste of Thai culture, cuisine, tradition, and scenery on this extraordinary Bangkok to Krabi adventure. During this all-inclusive vacation package, our expert guides introduce you to the boundless treasures of this Southeast Asia country from the jungle-clad mountains of Chiang Mai to the scintillating flavors of Bangkok on a Chinatown “foodie” tour. Take in the dazzling architecture of Sukhothai, and get to know your personal elephant at Patara Elephant Camp. Keep an eye out for gibbons, monkeys, and hornbills on a hike through evergreens, and relish a refreshing dip below cascading waterfalls. Explore Krabi by mountain bike, kayak, and mask and snorkel, taking in one of the most serene and spectacular coastlines the world has to offer. Throughout this exclusive voyage, enjoy the best in regional accommodations as Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to soak in the many surprises and wonders of Thailand.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Safari / Wildlife
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Easy

About
This Tour

Experience the best of Southeast Asia on this classic tour of thrilling Thailand. From the jungles in the north to the white-sand beaches in the south, you're bound to fall in love with the people, places and fascinating culture of this wondrous country. Our expert guides get you up-close-and-personal with elephants, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the zany buzz of Bangkok, and the bountiful natural gems of Thailand on this 14-day, custom itinerary. An unforgettable journey awaits!

  •  Introduce your palate to the flavors of Bangkok on a Chinatown "foodie" tour
  • Take in the dazzling architecture of Sukhothai, once the capital of Siam
  • Get to know your personal elephant at Patara Elephant Camp, where you'll learn to ride, feed, and bathe your new gargantuan friend
  • Keep an eye out for gibbons, monkeys, and hornbills on a hike through the evergreens of Khao Yai National Park
  • Relish in a refreshing dip at the base of the waterfall made famous in The Beach
  •  Explore Krabi by mountain bike, kayak, and mask and snorkel, taking in one of the most serene and spectacular coastlines the world has to offer
Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

14 days/13 nights

Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok
Arrival in Bangkok
Overnight: Riva Surya

On arrival in Bangkok International Airport, meet your guide and driver for a private transfer to your hotel in Bangkok. Rest of day is free at your own leisure.
About Riv Surya
Riva Surya Bangkok is a luxurious 4-star hotel located 14.2km (8.8mi) from the centre of Bangkok. Local tourist attractions such as National Gallery Bangkok, Thammasat University and National Museum Bangkok are not far from the hotel. The property boasts a garden, a swimming pool and 68 comfortable and well-equipped, air-conditioned guestrooms. Room facilities include an iPod docking station, LCD TV, DVD player and a mini bar.

Day 2: Best of Bangkok with Klong Bang Luang
Best of Bangkok with Klong Bang Luang
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Riva Surya

Meet your guide after breakfast and head to Wat Po, one of Bangkok's oldest and largest temples famous for the 43 metre long reclining Buddha. Visit Lak Muang, Bangkok's city pillar, before heading to the famous Grand Palace. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom. Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant before boarding a longtail boat to explore the klongs, Bangkok's maze of canals and waterways - see parts of Thai traditional life, which have disappeared, from most of Bangkok. We continue by long tail boat and embark on a klong tour, a great way to observe local life along the canals and stop at a kind of local artist community; Khlong Bang Luang. Well preserved wooden homes more than a century old and historic but non-touristy temples join smaller art studios, vintage antique galleries and several family-run cafes, convenience shops and barbers. We visit Baan Silapin (Artists House), which occupies a traditional two-storey wooden building; prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture and exhibit. Before you return to your hotel stop to visit Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn.

Day 3: Traditional Thai Houses, Heritage of Bankok
Traditional Thai Houses, Heritage of Bankok
Overnight: Riv Surya

Meet your guide at 08:30 and head to the Vimanmek Teak Mansion, an impressive teak building, which used to be the residence of King Rama V in the early 1900s. The exhibition shows some of the personal effects of King Rama V and a collection of early Ratanakosin art and antiques. Next visit Jim Thompson's House, which consists of a complex of six traditional Thai-style houses made of teak. The extensive art and antique collection is predominantly of Asian origin and includes detailed sculptures, paintings, porcelain and more. After lunch at Jim Thompson's continue to Suan Pakkard, a museum complex that comprises several traditional Thai houses, including the famous Lacquer Pavilion before returning to your hotel.

Day 4: Bangkok - Sukhothai
Bangkok - Sukhothai
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Legendha Sukhothai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Sukhothai. Sukhothai was the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries. It has a number of fine monuments, illustrating the beginnings of Thai architecture. The great civilization, which evolved in the Kingdom of Sukhothai, absorbed numerous influences and ancient local traditions; the rapid assimilation of all these elements forged what is known as the 'Sukhothai style'. On arrival, meet your guide and driver and transfer to your hotel and rest of the day free at leisure.

About Legendha Sukhothai Resort
Inspired by the beauty of Sukhothai's traditional village, The Legendha Sukhothai Resort is spectacularly designed and landscaped in a Thai village concept. It is set among numerous major ancient temples and historical sites including Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. All rooms feature teak wood furniture and generous amenities.

Day 5: Explore Sukhothai
Explore Sukhothai
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Legendha Sukhothai Resort

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Sukhothai. Sukhothai was the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries. It has a number of fine monuments, illustrating the beginnings of Thai architecture. The great civilization, which evolved in the Kingdom of Sukhothai, absorbed numerous influences and ancient local traditions; the rapid assimilation of all these elements forged what is known as the 'Sukhothai style'. On arrival, meet your guide after being picked up between 08.15 - 08.30 AM from your hotel, this cycling tour begins at Ban Greay, a quaint village in Sukhothai. We take a dirt road passing through beautiful rice paddies. Alongside enjoying the scenery we will witness many aspects of rural life in Thailand while interacting with local people where possible. We may have the chance to participate in planting next season's crops. We will also see how traditional rice whiskey is produced, of course with a chance to taste some if you so wish. The tour is designed for those interested in learning about Thai culture and traditions in the rural countryside. After lunch at the local restaurant, we will spend a half-day exploring the ancient capital of Sukhothai, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Thailand's premier archaeological and historic park. Founded in the 13th century by Khmer rebels, Sukhothai flourished as the capital of Thailand until the 15th century. Spend the day exploring the archaeological park and rambling through the central temples, past brick-and-stucco towers, serene Buddhas and moats clogged with lotus blossoms. There will be ample time to visit the remarkable ruined temples of Wat Chang Lom and Wat Mahathat. Return to your hotel after a tasty local lunch with the evening at leisure. nd driver and transfer to your hotel and rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 6: Sukhothai - Chiang Mai
Sukhothai - Chiang Mai
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: The Rim Resort

This morning, meet your guide and depart Sukhothai drive to Chiang Mai, making a full day of it with interesting stops along the way. First stop at Si Satchanalai, located just north of Sukhothai. This 12th-century Khmer outpost was also an important pottery-producing center, known as Sawankholok. Next stop in the town of Lampang. Visit the famous Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, a great example of Northern Thai Style architecture. After that we take the back roads along the Ping River to Lamphun, where we will visit Wat Haripunchai in Lamphun. If we have time left, we visit Ban Tawai. This village has rapidly gained a reputation as the best place to shop for handicrafts. Late afternoon arrival in Chiang Mai and this evening is free at leisure.

The Rim Resort
Inspired by the beauty of Sukhothai's traditional village, The Legendha Sukhothai Resort is spectacularly designed and landscaped in a Thai village concept. It is set among numerous major ancient temples and historical sites including Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. All rooms feature teak wood furniture and generous amenities.

Day 7: Discovering Chiang Mai
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: The Rim Resort

Early departure for a full day trip to this wonderful national park, declared in 1981. We will start our exploration at the observatory where you will make a short nature walk through deciduous oak forest and mixed deciduous evergreen forest. Your guide will explain about the different forest types in the national park. We continue to visit Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, the most famous temple of Chiang Mai. After this visit we will walk to the national park headquarters where we will stop briefly at the tree nursery of FORRU, the forest restoration unit of Chiang Mai University. We will embark on a nature walk through evergreen forest. You will hear the remarkable story of the giant fig tree and enjoy the towering trees, wild banana trees, ferns, Pandanus and various palms. Picnic lunch at the headquarters. Continue to the Hmong village Doi Pui. Despite being a key tourist attraction, and therefore probably not as authentic as it could be, this village still offers an insight into how Thailand's tribes live. The villagers wear traditional Hmong clothes, sell traditional Hmong handicrafts, and live in traditional Hmong-style homes. Views from the village are spectacular. Continue to the top of Doi Pui where your guide will tell a famous legend. On the way back visit the Montatarn Waterfall.

Day 8: The Land of the Elephant
The Land of the Elephant
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: The RIm Resort

This morning, you'll be driven to the Patara Elephant Camp for unique experience. Thailand is truly "the land of the elephant" with nearly 5,000 wild and domesticated elephants in the country. Your experience at Patara will be much more than they typical, touristy elephant ride most visitors to Thailand experience. Once at the camp, you will be briefed on the history of the domestic elephant in Thailand before beginning your training session. During the course of the day, you will learn about elephant farm management and elephant breeding programs. After you're briefing, walk into the jungle to find the elephants in the bush. Learn how to approach and be near elephants and observe their temperament. Spend some time feeding and taking care of your elephant. You'll then walk your elephant to the river for a bath. Learn the different techniques for getting on your elephant, as well as basic riding skills and spoken commands for elephants. Late in the morning, take part in a bareback riding session. Enjoy a short ride to a local temple where you'll learn about the role elephant's play in Buddhism and how Thai people relate to them. In the early afternoon, ride to a waterfall and cool off in the falls with your elephant. Then ride back to the camp for the elephant's afternoon feeding. It is then time to say goodbye. Your driver will be waiting to take you back to the hotel.

Day 9: Wine Tour
Wine Tour
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Botanica Khao Yai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Bangkok. On arrival, meet your guide and transfer to Khao Yai. En route to Khao Yai, enjoy lunch at the local restaurant and then continue transfer to PB Valley Winery, situated on the edge of the National Park. Traditionally, grapes for winemaking have been grown between the 30th and 50th parallels in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Thailand has pioneered wine production in a narrow band in the North between the 14th to 18th parallels. Years of research, testing and development have opened up new frontiers in viticulture. The winery sits amidst a lush 800-acre plantation. Now into its 16th year of operation, the winery has become the center for Thailand's premium wines. Today, the PB Valley Khao Yai Winery is Thailand's. You will enjoy a tour of the vineyard and the winery, followed by wine tasting. After that we will transfer to your resort. Check-in at your hotel and rest of the day free at leisure.

Khao Yai established in 1962 as Thailand's first national park. It is the third largest national park in the country covering an area of 2,168 square kms. The park has many open grassland areas, which increases the chances to see some amazing mammals. There are many saltlicks on open areas, which attract bigger mammals such as elephants, gaurs, deer and many more.

About Botanica Khao Yai
Inspired by the beauty of Sukhothai's traditional village, The Legendha Sukhothai Resort is spectacularly designed and landscaped in a Thai village concept. It is set among numerous major ancient temples and historical sites including Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. All rooms feature teak wood furniture and generous amenities.

Botanica is newly built and is designed to bring visitors and nature together, with an open architectural style that allows guests to fully appreciate the natural beauty of their surroundings. A total of 115 guestrooms including 68 suites provide luxurious and spacious accommodation, with each providing views across the hills and forestlands of Khao Yai, and with private balconies from which to enjoy the cool fragrance of the countryside. The resort's restaurant, Tempo, serves Thai and international cuisines, and each room's mini-bar is entirely complimentary.

Day 10: Khoa Yai National Park
Khoa Yai National Park
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Botanica Khao Yai

Wake up at 07.00 AM and be ready to depart at 08.00 AM. We drive to the National park and stop along the way at a fantastic viewpoint and the interesting visitor center. Here we meet a park ranger, who will accompany you and your guide on today”™s trek. We go hiking for about 2 hours through dry evergreen forest where gibbons, monkey, hornbills, are often seen. This can be done by anyone who's reasonably fit as the trails are going up and down a bit, but never steep. Next we drive up to "Haew Suwat" waterfall (famous from the movie "The Beach"!), have lunch nearby and afterwards you can go swimming in a natural pool. In the afternoon we will drive to the second highest mountain of the park to go and relax at a great viewpoint. In the evening on the way back we drive slowly to spot any wild elephants that might come to the salt licks. We return to our hotel around 19.30 PM. Other, more strenuous hikes can be arranged on request.

Day 11: Fly to Krabi
Meals Included:  B

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Bangkok airport for your flight back to Krabi. On arrival, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel.

Day 12 & 13: Optional Day Tours
Optional Day Tours
Meals Included:  B

Choices of optional tours are available. Recommendations include:

Full Day Phi Phi Island by Speed Boat
Phi Phi Island is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Pick-up from your hotel and head to Nopparatthara Pier to board the speedboat for the 45 minutes cruise to the island. Visit Maya Bay, the most famous beach on Phi Phi Island, Pileh Cove, Monkey Beach, Viking Cave. Phi Phi Lay Island is composed of limestone and steep cliffs rising up from the sea. This is a great place for snorkeling and swimming. A buffet lunch will be served in a local restaurant on Phi Phi Don Island. After lunch head to Bamboo Island, an island with beautiful white sandy beaches. Depart from Phi Phi Island and head back to Krabi, arriving back at your hotel around 5:00 p.m.

Koh Hong & Ao Thalene Kayaking
Pick up from your hotel and head to the Sea Kayak pier at Ao Thalane. Transfer to Koh Hong by long tail boat, board the kayaks and enjoy exploring the fantastic area around Hong Island. There's time for swimming, snorkeling or feeding the fish. After lunch, the long tail boat takes a cruise through the surrounding small islands. Arrive at Ao Thalane and board kayaks to explore the mangrove forest and Limestone Mountain, lagoons and canyon. Several species of Kingfishers, little Herons and Crab Eating Macaques are usually seen in this area. Head back to the pier, get changed and transfer back to your hotel.

Day 14: Back to Bangkok
Meals Included:  B

After breakfast, it is already time to leave this little piece of paradise! Meet our representative and transfer back to Krabi airport.

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  • 14 days/13 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $5,998 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Your trip begins with your arrival in Bangkok where you'll be greeted by a representative of Khiri Travel. Your trip ends with a drop-off back at Bangkok International Airport.
Activities
  • Hiking  Easy to moderately strenuous hikes.
  • Biking  Equipment provided, prior bike experience necessary.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy, air-conditioned suite with panoramic windows and private bath.
  • All meals while on board the Aqua Mekong.
  • Fully trained, bilingual, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any necessary equipment - all safe and well maintained.
  • All excursions.
  • Transfer to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights.
  • Beverages (non-alcoholic).
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt and luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Guide & crew gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Boutique purchases and personal expenses.
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A FEW MORE REASONS WHY YOU'VE GOTTA GO...
  • 1. The food: Besides Pad Thai, Thailand boasts some fantastic, fresh fare for your taste bud's pleasure!
  • 2. The tradition: Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia to have never been colonized by a European power.
  • 3. The temples: With 95 percent of the population practicing Buddhism, Thailand is home to some of the world's most spectacular temples.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With accommodations like the Rim Resort, explore the wonders of Thailand by day and enjoy ultimate relaxation at night.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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