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Thailand - A Land of Smiles

From £2,949
Duration 14 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Nov 2023
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From £2,949
Duration 14 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Nov 2023
Tour Overview
This adventure through Thailand begins as you discover the exciting city of Bangkok by tuk-tuk, where dazzling sights include the Grand Palace and the Wat Pho temple, home of the incredible Reclining Buddha. You'll then travel northwards to discover the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ayutthaya and in the company of a local history expert, you can admire some of Thailand's finest architecture at Sukhothai. You'll stay in Lampang in a traditional Lanna style hotel set in beautiful grouns befire taking a tour of the area and learning more about local customs in Lampang and Chiang Mai. Highlights here include a private blessing ceremony with monks and a visit to an elephant rehabilitation centre. The rest of your holiday is spent at the coastal resort of Cha-Am, so spend days of relaxation on the beach. You can also opt to learn how to cook Thai cuisine, a wonderful skill to take back home!
  • Classic Touring
  • Half Board
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Private Chauffeur Service, Free Airport Parking or £100 reduction if you make your own arrangements
  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights from London
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 11 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 23 included meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners including welcome dinner & drink & farewell get-together
  • Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation & porterage
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Bangkok at night by tuk-tuk
  • Bangkok city tour
  • Thai classical dance show
  • Visit the ruins of Ayutthaya
  • Boat trip in Uthai Thani
  • Admire the Wat Yai temple in Phitsanulok
  • Discover UNESCO-listed Sukhothai
  • Discover the art of Sukhothai Noodles and create your own lucky charm
  • Tour of Lampang including visit to textile weaving
  • Chiang Mai tour including visits to a local family & the Wat Palat & Doi Suthep temples
  • Receive a blessing from a monk
  • Visit the Elephant Nature Park
  • Enjoy an authentic Thai dinner at Kinnaree Gourmet Thai by Vanessa Wu
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AIRPORT TRAVEL Service

On all flight inclusive holidays, you can choose to start your holiday with our Private Chauffeur Service* or we can organise free airport parking*. If you'd prefer to make your own arrangements, we'll give you a £100 price reduction* on the value of your booking.

*Mileage restrictions apply over 100 miles. Please see our Terms & Conditions for information

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Bangkok

Today, make your own way to the airport or be collected by our Private Chauffeur (if you've pre-booked) for your overnight flight to Bangkok, arriving on day 2.

Day 2 Bangkok

​Welcome to Bangkok - the quintessential eastern metropolis and Southeast Asia’s most vibrant capital city. Known in Thai as the city of angels, Bangkok is a city of mind-boggling history and spirituality, where you can expect ancient Thai temples that rise magnificently from the riverbanks, colourful palaces that glisten spectacularly in the sunlight, and a snaking river that audaciously wind its way through the heart of the city. Fabulous shopping awaits you, whether you’re after high quality artisanal handicrafts or excellent bargains in Asia’s most stylish shopping centres. If you’re a food lover, you will delight at the exceptionally delicious meals that can be enjoyed at every corner of the city. On arrival in Bangkok this morning we'll transfer to our hotel for a three-night stay. 

There's plenty of time to relax at your leisure this afternoon, before we get to know one another better over a wonderful authentic Thai dinner at Kinnaree Gourment Thai, prepared by Vanessa Wu, where you'll sample a wide selection of traditional dishes. 

Later we'll head out to discover the delights of Bangkok at night. We'll travel by tuk-tuk, an open-air vehicle invented in Thailand more than 50 years ago. As we wind our way through the city's streets we'll soak up the unique atmosphere and aromas and see many of its famous landmarks. Look out for the spectacular Grand Palace, the Wat Pho temple and Sanam Luang Park, also known as the Royal Field. Be ready to witness a side of Bangkok that you would never normally have the chance to see and experience.

Meals included: D

Day 3 Bangkok

Situated on the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is Thailand's exciting capital and we'll see many of its highlights on today's included sightseeing tour. We begin with a visit to Wat Pho, one of the city's largest temple complexes and home to a leading school of massage. We'll hear the morning chant of the saffron-robed Buddhist monks and see the 46-metre-long golden Reclining Buddha. Next we'll head to the magnificent Grand Palace, Bangkok's most famous landmark and for 150 years the home of the Thai kings, the Royal court and the government. Within its grounds we'll see the sacred Wat Phra Kaew, the temple containing the Emerald Buddha, a small revered image carved from a single piece of jade.

After lunch we'll take things at a slightly slower pace as we step aboard a long-tail boat for a cruise on the Thonburi klongs on our optional excursion. Thonburi is the old capital of Bangkok and on our journey along the klongs, or canals, we'll see traditional wooden townhouses and local people going about their daily life. Along the way we'll visit the Royal Barges National Museum and you can admire the stunning exterior of the Wat Arun temple with its majestic spires rising from the water's edge. Alternatively, explore more of Bangkok at your pace at leisure.

This evening we'll gather together and enjoy a Thai dinner, where a variety of local dishes will be served. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Bangkok

After ­breakfast ­this ­morning­ we'll ­begin­ our­ explorations ­at ­the­ beautiful ­Bang ­Pa-In­ Palace,­ which­ was ­once­ a­ royal ­summer ­residence. We'll ­then ­continue­ to­ the ­UNESCO listed ­ruins ­of­ Ayutthaya. We'll ­take ­a ­stroll ­around ­the­ impressive­ remains, ­which ­include ­a ­head ­of ­Buddha ­embedded­ in­ a ­tree­ trunk ­surrounded ­by ­tangled­ roots. Lunch­ is ­included ­at ­a ­restaurant, ­and­ this ­evening­ there's ­an ­opportunity ­to ­see ­Bangkok­ from ­another­ perspective ­with ­an ­optional ­evening ­ dinner ­cruise ­on­ board ­a ­converted­ teak wood­ barge­ with ­traditional­ Thai ­dance ­entertainment. Meals included: B,L

Day 5 Bangkok - Phitsanulok

​We'll depart Bangkok after breakfast and drive to Phitsanulok, one of Thailand's most historic cities. En route we'll make a stop at Uthai Thani to enjoy lunch on board a boat. On arrival in Phitsanulok we'll visit the 14th century Wat Yai, a stunning temple which houses a bronze statue of Buddha and an array of decorative features.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Phitsanulok - Lampang

Our journey continues today as we drive to the ancient city of Sukhothai, which flourished during the 13th and 14th centuries. This walled city was the birthplace of some of Thailand's finest art and architecture, and as we explore the UNESCO-listed site we'll discover magnificent Buddha images, wall paintings and beautifully carved elephants supporting a towering stupa. Next we'll meet a local history expert to learn about the heritage and traditions that live on in this area and get a hands on experience making your own lucky charm, before we sample Sukhothai noodles – rice noodles served in a broth, usually with meat and green beans – for lunch.

This afternoon we'll drive to Lampang for your overnight stay.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Lampang - Chiang Mai

Breakfast at hotel. Spend this half day morning visit Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang - an incredible of example of Lanna-Buddhist architecture, comprised of an ancient fortress wall guarding the central chedi. Then visit to Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao, a temple built on the site of an 8th century fortification that once guarded the routes to Lampang. This temple is one of the few places known to have enshrined the Emerald Buddha - one of the most sacred images of the Thai Kingdom. Continue to visit Ban Sao-Nak is a teak wood house in a combination of northern Thai and Burmese architectural styles which is distinctive and individual with its 116 teak pillars. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon, journey to Chiang Mai with drive through the ancient city of Lamphun. In Lamphun, northern Thailand’s historical home of textile weaving, learn firsthand the centuries-old Yok Dok weaving technique. Later, visit Wat Ton Kaew, marveling in the eclectic mix of architectural styles, and admire the cascading gold structures at Wat Phrathat Haripoonchai before transferring to Chiang Mai. Check in at your hotel in Chiang Mai. The remainder of the evening is at leisure or you can joing us on an optional excursion to Chiang Mai night bazaar with our guide where we can shop for souvenirs and enjoy something to eat.

Meals included: B,L

Day 8 Chiang Mai

​Chiang Mai was once the capital city of the Lanna Kingdom, which covered much of northern Thailand in the late 13th century. Today we'll visit a local family to learn about Lanna traditions which live on to this very day. The family will be happy to tell you all about local architecture, handicrafts and food, and after we've explored the traditional houses and gardens we'll enjoy a meal cooked over a fire.
This afternoon we'll take the winding road up to the sacred temple of Doi Suthep. Considered to be the most important temple in Chiang Mai, it sits on a hilltop overlooking the city. En route we'll stop at Wat Palat, a peaceful temple tucked away in the jungle and surrounded by hills, forest paths, shrines and a tumbling waterfall. When we reach Doi Suthep there will be plenty of time to explore this intriguing site and we'll get an insight into the importance of religion in Thai society at a private monk blessing ceremony.
This evening has been left free for you to dine at leisure. Why not head out with your travelling companions and sample the delicacies on offer at one of Chiang Mai's outstanding eateries.

Meals included: B,L

Day 9 Chiang Mai

​We've got a great day planned today, as we head to the Elephant Nature Park, just an hour's drive out of Chiang Mai. The sanctuary is home to many of these majestic creatures, which roam free in this rural setting. You'll learn all about how the elephants are rescued, and get the chance to feed them from a special viewing platform.
After a buffet lunch we'll head to the river where we can see these gentle creatures as they bathe and play in the water.

Meals included: B,L

Day 10 ​Chiang Mai - Cha-Am

​After breakfast we'll transfer to Chiang Mai airport for our flight back to Bangkok. Upon arrival we'll transfer to the laid-back coastal resort of Cha-Am, our base for the next three nights. Your hotel is set beside a long sandy beach and the rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy this lovely location. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Cha-Am - at Leisure

​Spend today enjoying the facilities at your hotel, perhaps take a dip in the outdoor pool or Jacuzzi, or go for a stroll along the beach.
If you like to cook, we also offer a fantastic optional excursion today as we head to the nearby beach resort of Hua Hin, where you can learn the art of Thai cookery. Start by visiting a local market to shop for your fresh ingredient. During your class you'll cook with ingredients such as fish sauce, herbs, spices, limes and coconut milk, and whatever you cook you'll eat for lunch.

Meals included: B

Day 12 Cha-Am - at Leisure

​Enjoy a final day at leisure. You could choose to soak up the sun on the beach and later, perhaps head out with your travelling companions to one of the nearby seafood restaurants for lunch.
If you're feeling energetic, you could rent a bicycle and explore the hotel's grounds, or perhaps try out the well-equipped fitness centre. Your hotel also boasts a fabulous spa, so maybe book yourself in for a pampering session.
This evening we'll gather together for a farewell drink before dinner.

Meals included: B,D

Days 13 & 14 Cha-Am - UK

We'll transfer to the airport in Bangkok on day 13 for our flight back to the UK, arriving on day 14. Upon arrival, either make your own way home or your Just You Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home (if you've pre-booked).

Meals included: B
  1. Memorable Moment

    Visit a rescue and rehabilitation centre for vulnerable elephants and marvel at these gentle giants.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

FuramaXclusive Sathorn Hotel

Sathorn is one of Bangkok's newest areas that has experienced remarkable growth in recent years due its proximity to the prime areas of Silom, Siam, Sukhumvit and the riverside. The location also boasts eateries serving local and international cuisine, trendy nightlife as well as Lumpini Park, Bangkok’s largest park. For shopping, hop onto the BTS skytrain which will take you to popular malls just stops away and FuramaXclusive Sathorn is conveniently located in the heart of Bangkok’s Central Business District within a three-minute walk to Chong Nonsi BTS skytrain station. Banks, convenience stores and shopping malls are aplenty at this prime area. Nestled in a peaceful lane, a short stroll leads you to the bustling streets of Bangkok, where you can experience the bustling city life.

Topland Hotel & Convention Centre

Situated in Phitsanulok, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahatat Woramahawihan, Wat Nang Phaya, and Wat Ratburana. Folklore Museum and Phitsanulok Night Bazaar are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Lampang River Lodge

The peaceful Lanna Resort Hotel in Lampang is set in an area of outstanding cultural beauty with fertile nature, aside the Wang River. Lampang is a small town near Chiang Mai, full of fascinating stories. Lampang River Lodge Hotel creatively develops the Lanna styled resort that exudes a sense of tranquility and tradition. This sense of culture and peace is enriched by the Lanna interior, large natural green garden, wooden furnishing throughout and the great views of the enormous natural pond surrounded by lush green garden.

Amora Thapae Hotel Chiang Mai

Amora Hotel is a short walk away from the ancient Tapae Gate and Chiang Mai night bazaar market.

Each room features air-conditioning, TV with cable channels and a minibar. Other hotel amenities include international restaurant serving both Thai and International cuisines, a lobby lounge, an outdoor pool, gym and a day spa.

Veranda Resort

Located on a beautiful beachfront setting, the Veranda Resort is perfect space to relax in at the end of your tour. There are 3 restaurants at the resort, the Dining Room, the Isea beach bar and restaurant and the Glass Room – espresso bar. Why not enjoy something in each of them, during your stay?

What our customers say

  1. Not a large group

    "This was my first time on a solos holiday and I really enjoyed it - everyone was very welcoming, the tour guide was excellent and I wouldn’t hesitate to book with Just You in the future. Well organised and not a large group" - Mary Copare

  2. Monet gardens was fabulous

    "The trip to Monet gardens was fabulous. The Monet house and gardens really beautiful we could have spent longer there and the sun made it more so. We had excellent lunch and would definitely go back there. The hotel where we stayed was also very good well presented and in a quiet, clean, nice area with local parks and shops in vicinity. Very welcoming.The groups are not too large and everyone is friendly and keen to enjoy the places visited" - Pamela Bulmer

  3. Guide was outstanding

    "Very enjoyable, well organised, comfortable hotel, pleasant coaches and courteous drivers. No delays or problem. Guide was outstanding, definitely enhanced the whole experience" - Sally Baron

  4. Beautiful gardens

    "A glorious tour of beautiful gardens with a great group of like-minded travellers and a wonderful guide" - Anna Evripidou.

  5. First time I travelled alone

    "This was the first time I travelled alone. I had a lovely weekend, good company & places to visit. Good way to travel & meet people" - Jennifer Jones

  6. Confidence building

    "As a first time lone traveller I was very apprehensive but found it a great and confidence building experience. I will do it again!" - Victoria Taylor

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Bangkok - Thonburi Klongs Boat cruise

Bangkok - Thonburi Klongs Boat cruise

This afternoon why not experience a long-tail boat tour on Thonburi khlongs, revealing another face to Bangkok. Far away from the skyscrapers and dense traffic jams of the new part of the city, Thonburi reveals a more traditional side of Bangkok with old wooden townhouses and a more simple way of life. Travelling on a long-tail boat, you can see scenes of daily life: children swimming, fishermen, locals selling vegetables from their boats. Travel to Bangkok-Noi canal and visit the Royal Barge National Museum and then to Chak Phra canal before passing along Bangkok Yai canal and finally stopping at outside Wat Arun). Here you will be able to take beautiful pictures of the famous temple of the dawn. Return to your hotel.

Afternoon excursion - Minimal Walking - Authentic experience
This afternoon why not experience a long-tail boat tour on Thonburi khlongs, revealing another face to Bangkok. Far away from the skyscrapers and dense traffic jams of the new part...

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Chiang Mai night bazaar including dinner

Chiang Mai night bazaar including dinner

Tonight, enjoy an evening in Chiang Mai, enjoy dinner tonight in a local restaurant followed by a drive to visit the Night Bazaar and explore the local shops. Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is one of the city’s main night-time attractions, it is the legacy of the original Yunnanese trading caravans that stopped here along the ancient route between Simao (China) and Mawlamyaing (on Myanmar’s Gulf of Martaban).

Evening excursion – Moderate walking – Market life
Tonight, enjoy an evening in Chiang Mai, enjoy dinner tonight in a local restaurant followed by a drive to visit the Night Bazaar and explore the local shops. Chiang Mai Night Baza...

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Bangkok - Loy Nava Dinner Cruise

Bangkok - Loy Nava Dinner Cruise

Dine in style on the Chao Phraya River on the Tahsaneeya Nava, a teakwood barge now converted into a lovely cruise boat. As you sail down the river you will be presented with a dynamic backdrop with sights such as Wat Arun and the Grand Palace whilst traditional Thai dances perform to classical Thai 'Kim' music. You will then be served a feast of traditional delicacies and you can even sip on delicious cocktails if you wish before returning to your hotel or carrying on the excitement in Bangkok's bustling nightlife.
Dine in style on the Chao Phraya River on the Tahsaneeya Nava, a teakwood barge now converted into a lovely cruise boat. As you sail down the river you will be presented with a dyn...

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Hua Hin - Thai Cooking Class

Hua Hin - Thai Cooking Class

Today, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at creating the same delicious local specialties that play a starring role in Thai cuisine. Start the course by heading to a local market in Hua Hin to gather your fresh ingredients. After the morning’s shopping trip, head to your cooking school’s headquarters for a quick briefing over a freshly-brewed cup of coffee. Finally, set up at your own cooking space, with utensils and instructions on how to cook some of the country’s most famous dishes over the next few hours. Listen and learn as the trained chefs explain every detail, making sure your end product looks, smells and tastes like the original. Afterwards, get a taste of your delicious creations!

Full day – Moderate walking – Experience local culture
Today, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at creating the same delicious local specialties that play a starring role in Thai cuisine. Start the course by heading to a local mar...

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