This central Thailand round trip emphasizes on the nature, culture and its people. It leads along the Chao Phraya River to the magnificent temple compounds of the former capital of Siam. On the way visit the small river communities. Discover the traditional way of life and unique landscapes in Uthai Thani. Explore the dense jungle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Khao Yai with a local ranger.
In the morning pick up at your hotel in Bangkok. Drive north to Pak Kret and visit the local market on the river banks of the Chao Phraya. Boat ride with a traditional longtail boat to Koh Kret. The small island is home to the Mon people. Explore the island with a bicycle, passing through orchards and small villages. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the royal summer palace at Bang Pa In. Board a longtail boat and drive along small river communities to Ayutthaya. After arrival in Thailand’s old capital visit the huge seated Buddha at Wat Phanang Choen. Continue to Wat Yai Chai-Mongkol with its large chedi. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. In the evening visit the lively night market.
After breakfast in the hotel drive by long tail boat along the river around Ayutthaya. Visit the former Royal Palace Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Mongkonbophit. Lunch in a local restaurant at the riverside. Drive along rice fields and plantations to Singburi. Visit a local temple whose surrounding trees are home to giant bats. Continue to Uthai Thani. Cruise along the Sakae Krang River in an old rice barge. Discover the river and the traditional way of life. Drive to the resort and check-in. Dinner with a beautiful view over the lake.
After breakfast walk through the lively morning market in Uthai Thani. Visit the nearby Wat Ta Sung. It is one of Thailand’s largest meditation centers. The interior of the main temple hall is covered with mirrors. Drive to Hup Pa Tat valley, also known as Jurassic park. The valley is complete surrounded by high cliffs. It has a higher humidity than its surroundings, providing an abundant flora. On the way back visit a mountain temple. Enjoy the beautiful view over the idyllic countryside. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to the resort. Walk or cycle around Koh Thepto Island and visit bamboo weavers and incense stick makers. Dinner at the resort.
After breakfast in the resort drive to Lopburi. Visit the ancient Khmer temple, home to hundreds of small monkeys. Continue to Khao Yai National Park and stop at a view point. Lunch at a local restaurant by the National Park’s visitor center. Afterwards a local ranger leads a trek along a small river surrounded by dense tropical vegetation. Chance to see some of the wildlife such as Great Hornbill birds, lizards and Gibbons. On the way you pass the Orchid Cliff Waterfall bounded by a large number of wild orchids. Visit Haew Suwat Waterfall. Drive and short walk to the 1,119 meter high Pha Deaw Dai plateau. Enjoy the panoramic view over nearby valleys and mountain ranges covered with evergreen forest. Drive on the winding road to an observation tower. Afterwards transfer to the resort with check in.
After breakfast in the resort drive back to the national park. Trekking with a local ranger through a remote part of the park. Stop at the 30 meter high cliffs of Pong Ta Long Waterfall. During the picnic you can overlook the dense vegetation of Khao Yai. After lunch follow the small river upstream to another hidden waterfall. Relax and swim in the clear water of the cascade and enjoy the tranquil jungle environment. Walk back to the waiting car and transfer to the resort. Late afternoon visit a nearby bat cave. Millions of bats leave the cave just before sunset and fly towards the national park in search of food. Afterwards return to the resort.
After breakfast relax at the resort and enjoy the fresh clean air. Early afternoon return to the airport or your hotel in Bangkok.
With a surcharge, the tour can end on the island of Koh Chang or Koh Samed.
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|Uthai Thani||Uthai River Lake Resort||Superior Room||2|
|Ayutthaya||Krungsri River Hotel||Luxury Room||1|
|Khao Yai||Greenery Resort||Greenery Room||2|
Air-conditioned car /van and driver
English speaking guide (French and German speaking guides available upon request)
Rates include all entrance fees as per program.
Accommodation as listed on twin sharing basis
Daily breakfast in the hotel (B)
Other meals as per itinerary (L/D)
Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults with extra bed 70% of adult rate.
Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults without extra bed 50% of adult rate.
Valid only if child travels with two paying adults.