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Explore - Thailand

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Explore lush rainforest on elephant back, visit the famous bridge over the River Kwai, learn the secrets of delicious Thai cuisine, and immerse yourself in the distinctive culture on this unforgettable journey through Thailand.

Begin your adventure in Bangkok, one of the most vibrant cities in the world, where you will experience the hustle and bustle of lively streets, explore sacred temples and tour the city’s interlocking canals by boat.  Next, travel north to the city of Chiang Mai. Located high in the mountains and encircled by jungle, here you will visit magnificent temples and come face to face with one of the region’s native hill-tribes, learning all about their unique way of life. Round off your Thai experience with a few days by the beach in Phuket, where you can browse local markets for crafts and souvenirs, explore nearby coral reefs and karst islands by boat, or simply relax and admire the spectacular scenery.  

A wonderfully friendly and laid-back holiday destination, discover for yourself why they call Thailand the “Land of Smiles".

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Thai Baht
Local Time
GMT +7 hours
Passport, Visa & Vaccinations
Irish and UK citizens may enter Thailand for up to 30 days without obtaining a visa. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure date from Thailand. Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Climate

Thailand has a tropical climate. There are three distinct seasons in Northern Thailand; cool from November to February, hot from March to June and rainy from July – October. Southern Thailand generally just experiences rainy and hot seasons but the coastal regions are generally sunny year round.

Food & Drink

Thai cuisine is light, aromatic and can have a slightly spicy edge. Rice is a staple part of the Thai diet and accompanies most meals. Expect to have all of your five taste senses sparked as you indulge in tasty local dishes made from pork, chicken, fish or shrimp accompanied by exotic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Seafood is abundant, fresh and cheap in coastal areas. Banana pancakes are a great choice for dessert or for breakfast!

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 60B
  • Beer: 100B
  • Main course: 150B
  • Soft Drink: 18B
  • Bottled Water: 10B
  • (100 baht = €2.60)
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes that are easily removed when entering Temples, shops and restaurants
  • Camera
  • You can pick up a cheap scarf or shawl locally to cover arms and shoulders when entering temples

Holiday highlights

The Grand Palace Bangkok

The Grand Palace is the must-see attraction in Bangkok. An architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colourful mosaics it was previously the residence of past kings of Thailand. The architecture is predominantly Thai, though there are some European influences. The palace served as the official residence of kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building within the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew and this is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.

River Kwai & the Death Railway

Visit one of Kanchanaburi's best known attractions, The Bridge on the River Kwai, which is part of the infamous Death Railway. Spanning over the Kwai Yai River, the 415-kilometer railway was built to connect Thailand and Myanmar to secure supplies to the Japanese army during World War II and was built by the prisoners of war. It is called the Death Railway as it involved the death of too many people during the construction period. The Bridge, together with the Death Railway, is now regarded as a significant symbol of peace.

Khao Sok

Established as a national park in 1980, the Khao Sok National Park is a virgin rainforest surrounded by limestone mountain ranges and high cliffs. With an area of approximately 646 square kilometers, the main attractions in the park include Namtok Mae Yai and Namtok Sip Ed Chan which can be reached by car while other waterfalls and caves are accessible by foot. The area is home to wildlife animals like elephants, leopard, serow, langurs, tigers and bear.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Thai Baht
Local Time
GMT +7 hours
Passport, Visa & Vaccinations
Irish and UK citizens may enter Thailand for up to 30 days without obtaining a visa. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure date from Thailand. Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Climate

Thailand has a tropical climate. There are three distinct seasons in Northern Thailand; cool from November to February, hot from March to June and rainy from July – October. Southern Thailand generally just experiences rainy and hot seasons but the coastal regions are generally sunny year round.

Food & Drink

Thai cuisine is light, aromatic and can have a slightly spicy edge. Rice is a staple part of the Thai diet and accompanies most meals. Expect to have all of your five taste senses sparked as you indulge in tasty local dishes made from pork, chicken, fish or shrimp accompanied by exotic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Seafood is abundant, fresh and cheap in coastal areas. Banana pancakes are a great choice for dessert or for breakfast!

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 60B
  • Beer: 100B
  • Main course: 150B
  • Soft Drink: 18B
  • Bottled Water: 10B
  • (100 baht = €2.60)
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes that are easily removed when entering Temples, shops and restaurants
  • Camera
  • You can pick up a cheap scarf or shawl locally to cover arms and shoulders when entering temples

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Depart for Thailand

Morning

Depart for Thailand

Depart Dublin on your overnight flight to Bangkok.

Day 2 – Arrive in Bangkok

Full Day

Arrive in Bangkok

Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be met by your local expert guide and transferred to your hotel in Bangkok. You will have the remainder of the day to settle in and get to know your surroundings in bustling Bangkok.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Bangkok (4 nights)

Day 3 - Bangkok City Tour

Morning

Bangkok's Temples

Depart on an intimate group tour of Bangkok city to visit the sacred Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the opulent Royal Grand Palace. The Royal Grand Palace consists of over 100 brightly coloured buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics, that all date back to the foundation of Bangkok in 1782. Explore the surviving 19th century canals of Bangkok before discovering Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), which is best known for its porcelain encrusted 79-metre central sparkling pagoda.

Afternoon

Bangkok's Temples

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will explore 3 of Thailand’s most popular temples; Wat Traimit, with its 5.5 ton heavy Golden Buddha Image, Wat Benchamaborpit, a stunning marble temple and Wat Chetuporn (Wat Pho), the reclining Buddha Temple. You will learn about Buddhism and its history, while being fascinated by the busy city life.

Day 4 - River Kwai

Full day

River Kwai

Discover the world famous bridge on the River Kwai, built during World War II by the prisoners of the war. You will visit the well-kept War Cemetery of Allied Prisoners, which contains the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers and the JEATH Museum, one of two war museums in Thailand about the Death Railway. Experience a train ride over the original Death Railway track before enjoying a lunch at the disembarkation station.

Day 5 – Bangkok at Leisure

Full Day

Bangkok at Leisure

Indulge in a free day discovering Bangkok independently. You will have ample time to explore this fascinating city and all it has to offer.

Day 6 – Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Morning

Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Say goodbye to Bangkok as you catch an internal flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival in Chiang Mai you will transfer to your hotel where you will have the rest of the day to settle in to your new surroundings. Please note that internal flight times are subject to change.

Evening

Hilltribe Dance Show

Enjoy a Khantoke dinner with Northern & Hilltribe Dance Show, in a reserved area. One of the most famous traditions in Chiang Mai, a Kanthoke dinner invites diners to sit on the floor and share a succession of tasty dishes, accompanied with sticky rice. You will be entertained by local dancers, dressed in traditional clothing while they perform sword dances, candle dances and the traditional Ramwong, followed by a special hill tribe show which showcases the authentic dress of a number of various tribes.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Chiang Mai (4 nights)

Day 7 - Chiang Mai

Morning

Chiang Mai City Tour

This morning you will explore the most sacred temple in the North of Thailand, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which contains the holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3,520 feet), the temple can be reached by the carved mythical Naga Serpent Staircase. The temple offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and its surrounding countryside. You will also visit Wat Suan Dok and Wat Jedyod, known as The Temple of Seven Spires. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant for an authentic eating experience! Please note that respectful dress is required when visiting Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. Shorts, sleeveless t-shirts and strapless sandals are not permitted.

Afternoon

Tribes at Baan Tong Luang

Explore the Mae Rim district of Chiang Mai where you will visit a hill-tribe village at Baan Tong Luang. You will also have the unique opportunity to join a Long Neck hill-tribe and admire their colourful costumes as you experience their way of life. Observe how the women of this tribe wear brass rings around their necks as a sign of their individual identity, as well as learning about their farming work and unique crafts.

Day 8 - Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School

Morning

Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School

Experience a local market where your guide will help you identify the various vegetables, fruits and numerous other amazing items for sale followed by a Thai Cooking Class at Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School. Each dish will be demonstrated and you will then have the opportunity to cook it yourself. Teachers will be on hand to guide you with step-by-step instructions to ensure you have a delicious meal to enjoy for your lunch!

Day 9 - Chiang Mai at Leisure

Full Day

Chiang Mai at Leisure

Embrace a full day of exploring Chiang Mai independently at your leisure; you could do some shopping, book a local optional tour or simply relax at your hotel.

Day 10 - Chiang Mai to Phuket

Full Day

Chiang Mai to Phuket

Depart Chiang Mai on your internal flight to Phuket. Upon arrival in Phuket you will be transferred to your hotel where you will have the remainder of the day at leisure. Please note that internal flight times are subject to change.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Phuket (4 nights)

Day 11 - Khao Sok

Morning

Elephant Trekking

Enjoy an adventurous full day excursion to Khao Sok International rain forest. There will be an opportunity to experience elephant trekking through the spectacular jungle valley surrounded by the limestone cliffs & mountains. Indulge in a Thai buffet Thai lunch before some time at your leisure.

Afternoon

Sok River

Take a jungle river canoe along the Sok River with your local guide. Sit back, relax and watch the jungle float by. The canoe ride gives you the perfect opportunity to observe the wildlife and local fishing on the river banks.

Day 12 – Phuket at Leisure

Full Day

Phuket at Leisure

You will have a full day at leisure in Phuket to spend as you choose. Relax by the beach or enjoy some shopping at one of the busy local markets.

Day 13 – Phuket at Leisure

Full Day

Phuket at Leisure

You will have another full day to indulge in some relaxation on the island of Phuket.

Day 14 – Depart Phuket

Full day

Depart Phuket

You will have one final day to soak up Phuket before your transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home

Day 15 - Arrive Home

Morning

Arrive Home

Arrive home following your once in a lifetime adventure in Thailand.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Woraburi Sukhumvit Hotel & Resort 3

Woraburi Sukhumvit Hotel & Resort is situated in the vibrant Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. The hotel is close to key attractions and is situated in an entertainment and shopping district close to several large shopping centres including Central World, and Sia... read more read more read more

Woraburi Sukhumvit Hotel & Resort is situated in the vibrant Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. The hotel is close to key attractions and is situated in an entertainment and shopping district close to several large shopping centres including Central World, and Siam Paragon Mall. Guests can enjoy the hotel facilities including the restaurant, bar and the outdoor pool. 

Hotel address
Woraburi Sukhumvit Hotel & Resort
128/1 Sukhumvit Soi 4
Klongtoey
Bangkok 10110
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Eurasia Chiang Mai Hotel 3

The Eurasia Chiang Mai Hotel is located in northern Thailand, in the peaceful outskirts of Chiang Mai. The hotel is close to several attractions including Chiang Mai's famous Night Bazaar, the Wat Chedi Luang Temple and Chiang Mai Zoo. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s facilities... read more read more read more

The Eurasia Chiang Mai Hotel is located in northern Thailand, in the peaceful outskirts of Chiang Mai. The hotel is close to several attractions including Chiang Mai's famous Night Bazaar, the Wat Chedi Luang Temple and Chiang Mai Zoo. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, bar, and a free shuttle service to the city centre.

Hotel address
Eurasia Chiang Mai Hotel
1 Likkasithradvidhee Rd
Nong Pakrang, Muang
50000 Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
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Nipa Resort 3

Nipa Resort is located in the prime area of Phuket, only a few minutes walk from the world-famous Patong Beach and 3 minutes to the Jung Ceylon. Guests can enjoy the hotel's facilities including the swimming pool and jacuzzi.... read more read more read more

Nipa Resort is located in the prime area of Phuket, only a few minutes walk from the world-famous Patong Beach and 3 minutes to the Jung Ceylon. Guests can enjoy the hotel's facilities including the swimming pool and jacuzzi.

Hotel address
Nipa Resort
33 Sainamyen Road
Tumbon
Amphur Kathu
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*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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