TOUR 8A – (B or S); Thailand Meanderer North: Small Group Tour
14 Days. From AUD $1,160

 

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

While all Baktrax trips try to show you the real cultures 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 a relaxing holiday as well as a tour. They would be even more suitable for families also.

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

The North Thailand Meander takes in the better known destinations of Bangkok and Chiang Mai as well as the three less visited provinces of Phitsanulok, Chai Naat and Lopburi.

 

B = (1 to 2 star hotels x 6 nights, Simple guest houses x 6 nights, Sleeper train x 1 night).

S = (4 star hotel x 3 nights, 3 star hotel x 3 nights, 1 to 2 star hotels x 6 nights, Sleeper train x 1 night).

chedi temple in Chiang Mai Thailand
statue of the teaching buddha at a thai temple
a collection of statues of the meditating buddha

From AUD $1,160

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
BANGKOK - CHIANG MAI - PHITSANULOK - CHAI NAAT - LOPBURI.

Accommodation
STANDARD

  • Four star hotel, (3 nights).
  • Three star hotel, (3 nights).
  • One to two star guest houses and hotels, (6 nights).
  • First class overnight sleeper train, (1 night).
BUDGET
  • One to two star guest houses and hotels, (6 nights).
  • Simple guest house, (6 nights).
  • Second class overnight sleeper train, (1 night).

Transport
Bus, Train, Taxi.

Day Trips
None included.  

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.

Meals
13 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 North 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 in; 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:

CHIANG MAI - Our small group tour arrives 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 travelers favorite destination. B.

Day 5:

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:

See Day 7. B.

Day 9:

Tonight our small group Thailand tour will stay in; CHAI NAAT - 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 NAAT - 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 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. In the evening a farewell dinner will be had. B. D.

Day 14:

Our North Thailand small group tour is officially over when you check out of your 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, 01 Dec

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

Price

P/P, land only;
Budget: AUD $1,160
Single Suppliment: AUD $550
Standard: AUD $1,720
Single Suppliment: AUD $590