Best of Thailand

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Experience the best of Thailand, north and south, on a compact, 18-day journey. There's no need to choose between an active adventure in the mountains or a lazy sojourn on the beautiful beaches because this trip caters to both. Discover the remote north, with its hilltribes and gorgeous green scenery, as well as the striking jungle and emerald islands of the tropical south. Explore Thailand from top to bottom and really get to know the country. Meet the locals and come to understand the wonderful cultures that make up this fascinating corner of the earth.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Bangkok

Get acquainted with Bangkok on a walk through its bustling streets. Discover colourful markets, tranquil temples and delicious hawker-style food. For a break from the tuk-tuks and traffic, why not take a longtail boat through the khlongs? Then it's all aboard the overnight train bound for Chiang Mai.

Day 3 Chiang Mai

Sharpen bargaining skills at Chiang Mai's Night Bazaar, cycle into the countryside or climb the dragon staircase to the Doi Suthep temple.

Days 4-6 Hilltribe Trek

Hike into the northern hills for a unique glimpse of rural Thailand and meet smiling locals on the way. At night, experience a slice of hilltribe life, staying in a village hut.

Day 7 Chiang Mai

Pick up last-minute mementos, indulge in a massage or continue to temple-hop before boarding the train back to Bangkok.

Days 8-9 Bangkok

Back in the fast-paced capital, there are plenty more palaces and temples to explore.

Days 10-11 Khao Sok National Park

After an overnight train journey it's time to go wild in the thick jungles of Khao Sok. Roam beneath the shady canopy, cool off under waterfalls or trek one of the jungle paths.

For trips May-Oct (East Coast)... Days 12-13 Ko Samui

Kick back on the white sands, laze beneath palm trees, swim in warm waters or sip a Singha beer while watching the sunset from one of the world's favourite island getaways.

Days 14-17 Ko Tao

The tiny island of Ko Tao is famous for its clear waters and unspoilt reefs teeming with colourful marine life. Slip on some scuba gear and go for a dive or wander along the beaches to see fishermen hard at work.

For trips Nov-Apr (West Coast)... Days 12-13 Ko Lanta

Swap the sounds of the jungle for the turquoise waters lapping at the shores of Ko Lanta. Kayak, snorkel, swim or laze on the white, sandy beach.

Days 14-17 Ao Nang/Krabi

Back on the mainland there's plenty of free time for exploration. Spend time snorkelling over colourful coral or climb the steps up a limestone karst to see what is said to be the footprint of Buddha.

Day 18 Bangkok

Return to this vivacious city after an overnight train ride. Check out its shopping malls, thumping nightlife and gourmet delights.

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