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DAY 1 : Depart UK.

DAY 2 : Arrive Bangkok.

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for four nights.

DAY 3 : Bangkok.

The Thai capital is an exhilarating blend of exquisite historic and religious monuments, chic modernity, exciting shopping and friendly culture. A thrilling day of sightseeing lies ahead taking in the city's principal landmarks, such as the splendid Wat Trimitr temple with its precious gold Buddha, Wat Po, home of the stunning reclining Buddha, the gleaming Grand Palace - Thailand's most sacred monument - and the spectacular Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This afternoon, why not join the optional boat ride along the picturesque Thonburi canals and Chao Phraya River? This evening, enjoy a special Thai dinner accompanied by Thai classical music and dancers. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 : Bangkok.

Visit the legendary floating market of Damnoen Saduak, where traders sell all manner of items from their boats including exotic fruit and vegetables, silks and toys. Later, visit the world's tallest Buddhist pagoda, Phra Pathom Chedi, before heading to the Rose Garden cultural centre for lunch and a dazzling Thai show that includes a famous fingernail dance, sword fighting and Thai boxing. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 : Bangkok.

Explore Bangkok at leisure, perhaps enjoying the great value shopping, a lively market or some delicious Thai cuisine. Includes Breakfast

DAY 6 : Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - River Kwai.

Travel to Kanchanaburi on the banks of the River Kwai, famed for the River Kwai Bridge built during World War II. Visit the Allied Forces cemetery and spend time in the fascinating Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum. Today's highlight is a train ride across the famous bridge to Wang Po Station. This afternoon, visit Hellfire Pass Memorial, part of the Death Railway that cuts through the mountains and today houses a museum detailing the life of the Allied prisoners and Asian labourers who helped build and subsequently suffered or died at Hellfire Pass, before continuing to your hotel. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 : River Kwai - Ayutthaya.

Head north to the ruins of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. Visit Wat Phra Sri San Phet and Wat Mongkol Bophit, as well as Bang Pa-In, built in the 18th century as a summer residence for the kings of Ayutthaya, before continuing to your hotel for one night. Includes Breakfast, Lunch<./p>

DAY 8 : Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Phitsanuloke.

Journey amidst beautiful landscapes to Wat Phra Phutthabat to see its enormous snake-adorned staircase and footprint of Buddha before heading to Lopburi to visit the renowned Three Spires Pagoda and the Sarn Prakarn Temple - home to many monkeys. Later drive to Phitsanuloke and this evening, take an optional rickshaw ride to the colourful night market. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 : Phitsanuloke - Sukhothai - Chiang Rai.

Drive to Sukhothai, Thailand's 13th-century former capital and admire the atmospheric, moated old town. Visit Sukhothai Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore ruined temples and monasteries, including Wat Si Chum with its stunning seated Buddha. After lunch, drive through the rural countryside to Chiang Rai via Phayao. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10 : Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai.

This morning drive through panoramic uplands and breathtaking vistas to Doi Mae Salong and the region's tea plantations. Continue to Mae Sai, Thailand's northernmost town. After lunch, continue to the legendary 'Golden Triangle' where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. After an interesting optional boat tour on the Mekong River, return to Chiang Rai. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11 : Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai.

Today starts with a visit to Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) and then onto the hot springs at Mae Ka Chan, which locals believe relieve a host of ailments. After lunch, continue through lush jungle to Chiang Mai, a fragrant mountain retreat called the 'Rose of the North' for its refreshing climate. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Kantoke dinner and dance show. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 : Chiang Mai.

Begin with a visit to a Meo Hilltribe to observe their simple way of life. Next visit the 600-year-old Doi Suthep Temple near the summit of Doi Suthep, a stepped hilltop temple with spectacular views over Chiang Mai. This afternoon, visit San Kamphaeng to see local craftsmen make traditional lacquerware and teakwood furniture. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13 : Chiang Mai.

Today is free for you to enjoy this dynamic city. Why not join an optional Thai cooking class and learn the secrets of traditional dishes? This evening, explore the city's bustling night markets and bazaars, where you will find food stalls selling local specialities. Includes Breakfast

DAY 14 : Chiang Mai - UK.

Transfer to Chiang Mai airport for your flight to the UK via Bangkok, or extend your stay in Phuket or Koh Samui. Includes Breakfast

DAY 15 : Home landing in the UK.

What's Included

FREE VIP Home Chauffeur Service (Terms & Conditions apply)
Accommodation on tour
Meals on tour 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 2 dinners
Services of a tour guide

Holiday Highlights

Wat Po - reclining gold Buddha
Floating Market
River Kwai Bridge - Allied Forces Cemetery
Sukhothai - UNESCO World Heritage
Mae Sai - Golden Triangle