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Classic Thailand West Coast (nov - apr) Itinerary
Day 1 Bangkok
Make the most of a day in bewitching Bangkok city, a place full of skyscrapers, temples, chaos and calm. Nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is a frenetic fusion of tradition and modern. Perhaps visit the towering Turquoise Buddha at Bangkok's Grand Palace or cruise around the city in a tuk-tuk.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1
Days 2-3 Sukhothai
Enjoy the tranquillity of Thailand's first capital, Sukhothai, set amid leafy forests, perfumed gardens and fertile rice paddies. A trip to the night market is a real eye-opener - the culinary smorgasbord ranges from fried rice to fried bugs.
ACCOM: Resort - 2
Day 4 Homestay
Situated at the crossroads of one of South East Asia's most important trade routes, Thailand's northern capital is a legendary centre of ancient culture, adventure, relaxation and shopping. Bike between gold-gilded temples, enjoy a cooking class, take a river tour aboard a bamboo raft or hone haggling skills at the markets. Perhaps wake early to give alms to the monks at the Kad Ton Payom flea market and then sample the best local specialties in town.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1
Days 5-7 Chiang Mai
Rise early to offer alms to the monks before travelling to Chiang Mai, via relaxing thermal hot springs. Situated at the crossroads of one of South East Asia's most important trade routes, Thailand's northern capital is a legendary centre of ancient culture, adventure, relaxation and shopping. Bike between gold-gilded temples, enjoy a cooking class, take a river tour aboard a bamboo raft or hone haggling skills at the markets.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1
Days 8-9 Bangkok
Fast-paced and fascinating, Bangkok's chaotic streets are a traveller's delight. Head out to Wat Arun to visit the 'Temple of the Dawn' and see its ornate Khmer-style tower. Then climb aboard a southbound overnight train.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1
Days 10-11 Ao Nang/Krabi
Soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches of Krabi before taking a snorkelling day trip to Phi Phi Island.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2
Days 12-13 Ko Yao Noi
Sail around admiring Phang-Nga Bay's spectacular jagged cliffs and islands before pulling on a mask for more fantastic snorkelling. A tour of Ko Yao Noi provides a fascinating glimpse of daily life on a tropical island.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2
Days 14-16 Phuket
Take a refreshing dip in a waterfall en route to Phuket's Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre. There is so much to see and do on Thailand's largest island. Bungee jump, go deep-sea fishing, take in a cabaret show or kick back with a cocktail for a seaside sunset.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2
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