Wendy Wu | Thailand Highlights

Thailand weaves a tapestry of glittering temples, lush jungle and golden sunshine, all entwined with a rich heritage that has remained staunchly unchanged for centuries. It is also fun-loving, friendly and exotic – discover more of Bangkok and the northern highlands.


Inclusions: 

  • Domestic transportation 
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • International flights and current taxes
  •  3 – 4 star accommodation and eco-lodge
  • Breakfasts: 11 , Lunches: 10 , Dinners: 11
  • Visa fees & processing for NZ passports


Itinerary:


DAYS 1 - 2 - FLY TO BANGKOK 

Fly to the vibrant city of Bangkok. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.


DAY 3 - DISCOVER BANGKOK 

Bangkok is an exotic assault on the senses, a whirlwind of chaos, refinement and rewarding sights where you can hop from tranquil golden temples to forests of gleaming skyscrapers before experiencing authentic Asia on bustling streets. Today's sightseeing includes Wat Pho, the dazzling Grand Palace and a stroll through Chinatown. Later, take to the Chao Phraya River on a longboat to get an alternative view of the city as you travel to the Pak Khlong Talaat Flower Market.


DAY 4 - BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI 

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the bizarre Samut Songkhram market before heading out of Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. Stop at the famous bridge on the River Kwai before visiting the Allied Cemetery to pay your respects to the POWs and forced labourers who suffered here in WWII.


DAY 5 - EXPLORE KANCHANABURI 

This morning visit Hellfire Pass, a dramatic part of the railway that literally cuts through mountain, and take a 3 kilometre walk through the pass. Explore the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, which tells the stories of human suffering at the hands of this engineering feat before boarding the train at Nam Tok Railway Station. After lunch, travel back to Bangkok. This evening, enjoy a delicious Thai meal for dinner and watch a performance of traditional Thai dancing.


DAY 6 - AYUTTHAYA 

A sacred city and former royal capital, Ayutthaya today is a crumbled kingdom that has retained its bygone splendour. Explore this impressive archaeological site, touring the principal sights including BangPa-In, the former royal summer residence. Return to Bangkok and fly to Chiang Rai, a city in Thailand’s northern highlands.


DAY 7 - GOLDEN TRIANGLE 

Transfer to the area known as the Golden Triangle – the point where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet and notorious for the cultivation of opium that used to take place here. Take a boat ride on the Mekong over the border into Laos and visit Don Sao Island where you can take a leisurely stroll through the local market. Return to Chiang Rai. Explore the night market this evening.


DAY 8 - QUAINT MAE SALONG 

Travel to Mae Salong Mountain, an area well known for its tea plantations – you can sample some of the local brew whilst you are here. Enjoy a 'Yunnanese' lunch before meeting the Yao Tribe, taking a walk through an Akha village, and visiting a tea plantation.


DAY 9 - THE STUNNING WHITE TEMPLE 

Explore the striking Buddhist White Temple before departing Chiang Rai. Heading in the direction of Chiang Mai, you’ll travel along a beautiful mountain road with breathtaking views. Entering Chiang Mai province, spend tonight at Lisu Lodge (or similar), an eco-lodge operated by Lisu hill tribe villagers. Rooms are built in the traditional Lisu style and overlook lush fields and hills. Dinner is followed by a Lisu folklore performance.


DAY 10 - DISCOVER CHIANG MAI 

Depart for Chiang Mai. Visit the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam and spend the afternoon visiting Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh. There’ll also be time to examine the wares at a handicraft village.


DAY 11 - THAI ELEPHANT CARE CENTRE 

Spend the day at the Thai Elephant Care Centre where you can meet, feed and bathe the resident pachyderms. Enjoy a relaxed rafting trip in Mae Daeng before returning to Chiang Mai.


DAY 12 - CHIANG MAI COOKING CLASS 

Discover the secrets of traditional Thai cooking with a morning cookery class. Ascend to Wat Doi Suthep, a temple perched on top of Doi Suthep Mountain. This evening, sit down to a Thai Kantoke dinner, and be entertained by a selection of cultural performances.


DAYS 13 - 14 - FLY CHIANG MAI TO NEW ZEALAND 

This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Chiang Mai airport to board your flight to New Zealand, arriving home the same or following day.


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13 Nights fr $5,680* Enquire
*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to flight ability, airline surcharges may apply, and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. For full terms and conditions go to https://www.wendywutours.co.nz/help-and-advice/booking-conditions/.
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