TOUR 8C – (B or S); Thailand Meanderer All: Small Group Tour
28 Days. From AUD $2,340

 

THIS THAILAND SMALL GROUP TOUR HAS THE OPTION OF BUDGET OR STANDARD ACCOMMODATION.

While all Baktrax trips try to show you the real culture of the destinations you visit, the Meander trips along with our Pure Central Thailand tour are probably more suitable for those visiting Asia for the very first time and who want to see a cross section of what it’s all about while travelling slowly enough to make it an even more relaxing holiday as well as a small group tour.

They would be even more suitable for families also.

SEE THE REAL THAILAND.

GO FOR IT! LISTEN! LOOK! SMELL! TASTE! LEARN!

The Meander All takes in the better know destinations of Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Hua Hin as well as the six less visited provinces of Phitsanulok, Chai Nat, Lopburi, Samut Songkram, Phetchaburi, (Cha-Am) and  Prachuap Khiri khan.

 

B = (1 to 2 star guest houses and hotels x 9 nights, Simple guest houses x 17 nights, Sleeper train x 1 night).

S = (4 star hotel x 3 nights, 3 star hotels x 12 nights, 1 to 2 star hotels x 11 nights, Sleeper train x 1 night).

Traders on the floating market in Bangkok, Thailand
Thai woman during Loy Kratong festival
the great stupa in a thai buddhist temple

From AUD $2,340

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
BANGKOK - CHIANG MAI - PHITSANULOK - CHAI NAT - LOPBURI - SAMUT SONGKRAM - CHA-AM - PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN - HUA HIN

Accommodation
BUDGET

  • One to two star guest houses and hotels, (9 nights).
  • Simple guest houses, (17 nights)
  •  Second class overnight sleeper train, (1 night).
STANDARD
  • Four star hotel, ( 3 nights).
  • Three star hotels, (12 nights ).
  • One to two star guest houses and hotels, (11 nights).
  • Second class overnight sleeper train, (1 night).

Transport
Bus, Train, Taxi.

Day Trips

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.

Meals
27 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 small group Thailand tour will stay on; OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN - A free morning to explore Bangkok before our small group tour catches an overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai. B.

Day 3:

Tonight our small group Thailand tour will stay in; CHIANG MAI - Our small group tour will arrive a.m. in Chiang Mai with the rest of the day free to explore the Northern Thai capital. Just a few of the easy to visit sights by foot, Tuk Tuk or Sawngthaew, (share taxi) include Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Jet Yot and Wat Phan Tao among dozens of others.

If you don't temple out there is still the mountain top temple of Phra That Doi Suthep, approx fifteen kilometres away in a national park. For shoppers it doesn't get much better than Chiang Mai. After a day at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Centre, Worowat Market, and/or dozens of other speciality shops all over the place you can barter hard at the famous Night Bazaar. Arts and crafts, textiles, silver and clothing are but a few of the great bargains to be had in Chiang Mai. A budget trip to a dentist is another possiblity as well. No meals.

Day 4:

CHIANG MAI - With all of the above and more you'll be glad to have almost three totally free days to meander in this travellers favorite destination. B,

Day 5:

CHIANG MAI - See day 4. B.

Day 6:

Tonight our small group Thailand tour will stay in; PHITSANULOK - A morning train will see our small group tour arrive in Phitsanulok (P-Lok to the locals), mid afternoon. B.

Day 7:

PHITSANULOK - Again with lots to see and do in P-Lok you'll be glad to have two full days here. One of the most revered temples in the kingdom of Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, ( Wat Yai), a folk museum, Buddha casting foundry or a short bus ride out of town to Wat Chulamani which dates back to the 14th century. There will also be the opportunity, (not included), to visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sukothai Historical Park which is two hours away. Restaurants and markets abound as usual with a particularly good afternoon market setting up for a smorgasboard of local choices for dinner. Another of those great Thai markets that very few tourists get to see. B.

Day 8:

PHITSANULOK -  See Day 7. B.

Day 9:

Tonight our small group Thailand tour will stay in; CHAI NAT - A change to local buses today will see our small group tour in the central province of Chai Naat. This off the beaten track destination will give you a great chance to experience a rarely visited Thai provincial capital. B.

Day 10:

CHAI NAT - A free day to explore Chai-Nat which has a bird park as it's main attraction. Another local street vendors market or a floating restaurant on the Chao Praya river are two of the better options for dinner. B.

Day 11:

Tonight our small group Thailand tour will stay in; LOPBURI - Two local bus trips will see our small group 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. No meals.

Day 12:

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, Prang Khaek and Prang Sam Yot with the latter usually covered in the local monkey population. We 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. Yet another 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 13:

Tonight our small group Thailand tour will stay in; BANGKOK - A morning train sees our small group tour back in Bangkok. Rest of the day is free to sightsee or shop with a Tuk Tuk ride being the local way to get around. B. D.

Day 14:

BANGKOK - A full day to explore or go shopping. Optional day trips are available or maybe just a movie at a Mall. A budget trip to a Dentist is again another possibility . B. 

Day 15:

Tonight our small group Thailand tour will stay in; SAMUT SONGKRAM - An almost secret little rail line will see our small group tour travel by two very local trains, bisected by a river ferry crossing, to the geographically smallest province in the Kingdom, Samut Songkram. Also known as Mae Klong by the locals. It would be most unlikely to see any other non locals on this train. A fascinating look at local life both on the train and along the tracks.  B.

Day 16:

SAMUT SONGKRAM - A free day to wander around this REAL Thai provincial capital, it seems once again that the Baktrax philosophy of small is best rings true because the local population must surely be in the running for the friendliest people in this Kingdom of friendly people. Wat Phet Samut Worawihan will give you a look at a local temple. In the evening you will get the chance to have a ten or more courses dinner for a few dollars as you meander around the evening market sampling the numerous delights on offer. B.

Day 17:

Tonight our small group Thailand tour will stay in; CHA-AM - Our small group tour heads for the beach today via local buses. Cha-Am is a very popular weekend beachside destination for Bangkokians and other locals but as we are there mid week and there are less crowds, this beautiful coastal destination is even more appealing. B.

Day 18:

CHA-AM - This lesser known seaside resort has a great atmosphere whether laying on the long beach during the day or eating seafood at night. The local town part of Cha-Am is a short motor bike taxi ride away from the beach where we will be able to visit the once weekly night market with lots of goodies on offer to tempt and delight. B.

Day 19:

 CHA-AM - See day 18. B.

Day 20:

Tonight our small group Thailand tour will stay in; PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN - By bus or train today will see our small group tour in 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 coldie. No meals.

Day 21:

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PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN - A totally free day to lay on a beach or by the pool, (standard accommodation option only for the latter), or perhaps explore this peaceful little seaside town. For the active, Khao chong Krajok, (mirror tunnel 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 22:

Tonight our   Thailand small group tour will stay in: HUA HIN - A very short bus ride will see our Thailand small group tour in the far more famous seaside destination of Hua Hin. For those who want a more touristy destination Hua Hin fits the bill perfectly. The town itself makes for a pleasant stroll and beaches are only a few minutes walk away also. In the evening one of the best night markets for seafood in all Thailand sets up on a daily basis. B.

Day 23:

HUA HIN - If you must be in a tourist destination then we guess we best do what tourists do. Lay on a beach, eat, drink and be merry.  Hua Hin won't dissapoint in this respect. B.

 

Day 24:

HUA HIN - More of the same seaside in tropical climes. B.

Day 25:

HUA HIN - Yet another day to laze, shop, or meander around town or along the beach. B.

Day 26:

Tonight our small group Thailand tour will stay in; BANGKOK - By bus or train Our small group tour will return to where we began,  Bangkok, with the rest of the day free. B.

Day 27:

BANGKOK - Last minute shopping, sightseeing or a day trip are among the myriad of options for your last day in the city of Angels known as Krungthep to the locals. A farewell dinner will be had in the evening. B. D.

Day 28:

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

Tour Departure Dates

2017
01 Jul, 05 Aug, 02 Sep, 07 Oct, 04 Nov, 02 Dec

2018
06 Jan, 03 Feb, 03 Mar, 07 Apr, 05 May, 02 Jun, 07 Jul, 04 Aug, 01 Sep, 06 Oct, 03 Nov

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

Price

P/P, land only;
Budget: AUD $2,340
Single Suppliment: AUD $790
Standard: AUD $3,400
Single Suppliment: AUD $1,670