TOUR 11 (M); Pure Central Thailand: Small Group Tour
14 Days. From AUD $1,670

 

This Thailand small group tour is a fantastic way to experience pure Thai culture. It has the least amount of travel time of any of our trips and this is all done in daylight hours. It is one of our best itineraries for delicious REAL Thai food and for sure you will see even less tourists on this trip than on any of our others. This is pure Thailand at its best.

Along with our Meander trips it is probably the most suitable tour for families also. Welcome to the real Thailand where you will be both surprised and exhilerated.

ACCOMMODATION = (3 star hotels x 5 nights, 1 to 2 star hotels x 6 nights, Simple guest house x 2 nights).

monkey posing for photo in Lopburi, Thailand
temple of the emerald buddha in Bangkok, Thailand
hand painted umbrellas in bangkok, Thailand

From AUD $1,670

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
BANGKOK - LOPBURI - KANCHANABURI and all its attractions including THE RIVER KWAI - RATCHABURI - PHETCHABURI - PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN.

Accommodation

  • Three star hotels, (5 nights).
  • One to two star guest houses and hotels, (6 nights).
  • Simple guest house, (2 nights).

Transport
Bus, Train, Taxi.

Day Trips

  • Kanchanaburi area including The River Kwai, death museum, allied war cemetery  and more, (half day).

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.

Meals
15 meals included as per itinerary.
B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Tonight our Thailand small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK - Our Thailand small group tour officially starts when you check into your Bangkok accommodation. A welcoming dinner will be had in the evening. If you arrive early enough your free time could be spent visiting the enormous Chatuchak weekend market and/or, Wat Phra Kaew & the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, MBK or Siam shopping centres or take a boat ride with the locals on the Chao Phraya express to some local shops in Nonthaburi.

A few of the dozens of other options may be Vimanmek Teak Mansion, Chinatown, Wat Traimit, Jim Thompsons House, Silom or Sukhumvit road shops.

OR? Maybe just lay back and have a traditional Thai Massage. A month in the capital wouldn't allow you enough time to see it all. D.

Day 2:

Tonight our Thailand small group tour will stay in; LOPBURI - A morning commuter train will see our small group Thailand tour in the once important historical, but now monkey ruled town of Lopburi. Lopburi is one of the oldest cities in Thailand dating back to before the 11th century which accounts for some of the Khmer style architecture of the old temples. B.

Day 3:

LOPBURI - A free day in the historical section of old Lopburi to explore the many ruins right beside or close to your accommodation. These include The former royal palace of Phra Narai Ratchaniwet, Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, Pang Khaek and Prang Sam Yot with the latter usually covered in the local monkey population You may also see a monkey or two roaming freely around town.

Lopburi also has a great night food vendors market which sets up daily in the streets for dinner with the locals. Your first chance to taste some great Thai food that very few tourists get to try. Hoi Tawt, (mussels in batter), is just one of the local favs. B.

Day 4:

Tonight our Thailand small group  tour will stay in; KANCHANABURI - Two short bus rides via Suphanburi and travelling through some scenic countryside will see our Thailand  small group tour in Kanchanaburi.  On arrival your time could be spent visiting the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum, Allied War Cemetery or Lak Meuang, (city pillar). B.

Day 5:

KANCHANABURI - A half day tour of the region with a local operator which among other things will include the River Kwai and Bridge, death museum and allied war cemetery. B.

Day 6:

Tonight our Thailand small group tour will stay in; RATCHABURI - Another scenic bus ride will see our Thailand small group tour in Ratchaburi. A local indoor market has more great local Thai food and will be a great introduction to authentic Thai sweets and desserts. B.

Day 7:

RATCHABURI - A free day to just wander around this typical neat and very tidy central Thai town with possibly not another tourist in sight. B.

Day 8:

Tonight our Thailand small group tour will stay in; PHETCHABURI - A short train trip sees our Thailand small group tour in Phetchaburi. Phetchaburi is known to many Thais as the dessert capital of Thailand. (A big claim after seeing Ratchaburi).

Phetburi as it's better known , seems to have a temple on almost every corner. This makes it a great place to stroll around and experience the serenity of local temple life with, again, very few, tourists, if any at all in sight. B.

Day 9:

PHETCHABURI - A relaxing stroll around town is the way to go today. Visit a temple or three and try the local desserts as you go. A short taxi ride out of town is one of the provinces main tourist attractions.   King Mongkut's 19th century summer palace  is on a hilltop which is part of  an historical park. On the way up you will see some more temples and maybe a monkey or two. Take a strenuous walk to the top or a tram instead. The views from the top are wonderful on a clear day. B.

Day 10:

Tonight our Thailand small group tour will stay in; PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN - Another short train ride will see our Thailand small group tour in the seaside provincial capital of Prachuap Khiri Khan. Prachuap is far less famous than its neighbour Hua Hin but also has some great beaches and seafood but without the hordes of tourists. The stunning limestone karsts jutting out of the ocean make the perfect backdrop for an evening cocktail. A nearby night market again sets up for dinner with the locals. A last thai dessert maybe? What a great way for our real Thailand small group tour to finish seeing Pure Central Thailand. B.

Day 11:

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN - A totally free day to lay on a beach or by the pool or perhaps explore this peaceful little seaside town. For the active, Khao chong Krajok, (mirror tunel mountain), is a tough walk to the temple on the top of Wat Thammikikarem. Even more monkeys will entertain you along the way before more great town and ocean views. B.

Day 12:

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN - Refer to day 11. B.

Day 13:

Tonight our Thailand small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK - By bus or train back to Bangkok for any last minute sightseeing or shopping you may wish to do in the city of angels. It doesn't get much more Thai than to finish with a Tuk Tuk ride through the chaotic traffic.
A farewell dinner will be had in the evening. B. D.

Day 14:

Our Thailand small group tour is officially over when we check out of our Bangkok accommodation. An airport transfer is included also. B.

By travelling the Baktrax way on our Pure Central Thailand small group tour you got to see the real thing with a mall piece of the Kingdom almost to yourselves.  Something that very few tourists ever get to experience. Real Thai people, real Thai food and really real Thai yummy desserts.

Tour Departure Dates

2017
08 Jul, 22 Jul, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 09 Sep, 23 Sep, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 11 Nov, 25 Nov, 09 Dec, 23 Dec

2018
13 Jan, 27 Jan, 10 Feb, 24 Feb, 10 Mar, 24 Mar, 14 Apr, 28 Apr, 12 May, 26 May, 09 Jun, 23 Jun, 14 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug, 25 Aug, 08 Sep, 22 Sep, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov, 08 Dec

Any other date on application. (Minimum two people).

Price

P/P, land only;
AUD $1,670
Single Suppliment: AUD $870