This fantastic Multi-centre Thailand holiday consists of 3 nights in Bangkok followed by 5 nights at a luxury 4* resort in Karon beach, Phuket and then 2 nights in Elephant Hills. A tmulti-centre holiday in Thailand is a great way to see what this breath taking country has to offer. Few countries in the world can offer such a diverse range of culture, history, natural wonder, excitement and outright indulgence and relaxation.
Elephant Hills - here you can see, touch and find out about the life of Thai elephants and about the elephant project the company is running.
We are currently offering FREE Transfers throughout your holiday, a FREE floating markets tour and £200 per person discount.
We are delighted to let you know about a number of excursions that we can offer which will not only save you up to 50% off the local ticket prices, but save you valuable time during your stay.
You can call us free of charge on 01737 646416 to book any of these trips & tours.
Damnern Saduak Floating Market, £35 per person – Hop into a narrow long-tailed speedboat and visit Damnoen Saduak, Thailand’s most famous floating market. These colourful, bustling floating markets travel along the canals in canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. Join in the excitement and try your hand at bartering!
Bridge on the River Kwai, £49 per person – In this excursion you can get away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and discover the famous bridge over the River Kwai, only 100 kilometres from the city. This trip will take you to the province of Kanchanabury, located to the West of Bangkok. Once there you will have the opportunity to visit the war cemetery where more than 9000 allied soldiers are buried as well as a reconstruction of a POW camp that also houses a museum. Discover the Bridge over the River Kwai, notorious for having built by allied POWs during the Second World War. Take a train across the river along the original “death railway” while you enjoy the views and spectacular jungle landscapes. Enjoy this popular and unrepeatable experience while a knowledgeable local guide provides a fascinating commentary about this famous and spectacular place.
Thai Boxing, £75 per person – Where better to watch the thrilling sport of Thai Boxing than in one of the two most-important boxing stadiums in Thailand’s capital of Bangkok! After being collected from your hotel, you’ll be taken to one of Bangkok’s two boxing stadiums where matches are held most nights. Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, now a popular sport all over the world, begins with a special pre-fight ceremony to show respect for the fighters’ religion, their trainers and the sportsmanship involved. Once the match begins, the atmosphere inside the stadium becomes electric as opponents use every part of their body to kick, punch and fight their way to victory – all played out to the sound of gamblers shouting the odds on the winner and strident background Thai boxing music! At the end of the match, you’ll be returned safely to your centrally located Bangkok hotel.
Thai Booking Class in Bangkok, £59 per person – Thai cuisine is one of the country's cultural heritages and it is renowned internationally to be one of the best cuisines in the world. Spend only half a day to discover a true Thai taste that you will never want to miss and that you will be able to impress your friends with. You can enjoy the cooking lessons with traditional and practical Thai recipes in an ideal home-style learning environment. There are two sessions a day and in each session participants will learn 4 Thai dishes (one set menu). The price includes lesson fee, use of school's cooking utensils and all fresh and dry ingredients.
Grand Palace Tour, £29 per person – The Grand Palace, home to the Emerald Buddha, is the most important of all Thai monuments and a must-see when visiting Thailand. Built over two centuries ago, it was the residence of the Kings of Siam and its beauty must be seen to be believed! Book this tour in advance to ensure you don’t miss out. Take a tour of the Grand Palace, one of the most important Thai monuments, which was once the home of the Kings of Siam. This magnificent palace was built in traditional Thai style combined with European designs. Within the extensive Palace grounds is the Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred and important of all Thai temples. This contains the most revered Buddha image in the country - the Emerald Buddha - which is made from one solid piece of translucent green jade. At the end of the tour, you’ll be dropped off at your centrally located Bangkok hotel.
Bangkok Waterways, £39 per person – Bangkok’s waterways are what earned it the title ‘Venice of the East’ and these ‘klongs’ provide the city’s lifeblood. On this exciting morning tour, enjoy a journey along the Choa Phraya River by motor boat to Thornburi where Bangkok was founded, and visit the Temple Wat Arun and the Royal Barges Museum. Hop into a motor boat which will whisk you along the Chao Phraya River to the klongs (canals) of Thornburi where Bangkok was founded. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of ordinary Thai people as they go about their day cooking in floating kitchens, purchasing goods from floating shops and living in the traditional manner along the riverbank. During the tour, you’ll visit the magnificent Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). A Wat is a Buddhist religious where men and women can be ordained as monks or nuns. The tour also includes a visit to the Royal Barges Museum which houses the eight elaborately decorated long-boats which are used during royal ceremonial processions. At the end of the tour, you’ll be returned to your hotel.
Floating Markets and Bridge on the River Kwai, £59 per person – Discover two of Thailand’s most popular attractions on this full day experience from Bangkok, perfect for those who have limited time in Thailand’s capital. Your day commences with a scenic drive through sugar cane fields, rice paddies and pineapple plantations before embarking on an exciting long tail speed-boat ride to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, passing traditional stilt houses and scenes that have changed little over the centuries. Enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the famous market where you will find hundreds of Thai style canoes laden with fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats. If you want to get really close to the action, your local Thai guide will help you organise a local boat ride through the markets (optional extra, payable locally).
Half Day Bangkok Temples Tour, £29 per person – Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist country with around 95% of Thai's practicing the Theravada discipline of Buddhism. Therefore on the streets of Bangkok it is not unusual to see monks walking along the road and it is no surprise that Thailand has over 26.000 Wat's (the local name for Temple). You cannot leave Thailand without taking this half-day tour and visiting three of the most significant temples in Bangkok renowned for their cultural values and Buddhist sacredness.
Half Day Tour with 60 minute Elephant Trek, £49 per person (Transfers available from Karon, Kata and Patong Areas) - Come on this thrilling jungle adventure and experience sensational views from the back of a gentle elephant. . The elephant is one of the national symbols of Thailand and in this excursion you will get a unique chance to learn more about the life of these fascinating animals and the people who look after them. You’ll be amazed at how much this friendly animals can eat and then enjoy an hour’s ride through tropical rainforest and rubber plantations with great views. On the way you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible elephant show. You’ll even get to stroke a baby elephant. Transfer to point of departure is included.
Full Day James Bond and Beyond By Speed Boat, £99 per person - Come and visit Khao Phing Kan, better known as James Bond Island, featured in “The Man with the Golden Gun”. Khao Phing Kan is now one of the most popular destinations in Thailand due to its marvelous landscapes with caves, beaches and rock formations including an impressive 20m monolith known as Ko Tapu, one of the symbols of the island. You will enjoy a fast crossing by speedboat, making for Ao Por Grand Marina Resort in beautiful Phang Nga Bay studded with over 3500 islands. When we arrive at Talu Island, it’s time to board a canoe and follow your knowledgeable local guide who will show you limestone caves and strange rock formations. We will paddle deep into hidden grottos where you will able to see the small lagoons known as “hongs” that can only be accessed at low tide. Equipped with helmets and lamps you will discover caves with imaginative names such as Ice-Cream Cave and Mangrove Cave. You will observe stalactite and stalagmites, some of them over 50m high. We will also make several stops for you to go for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the bay. Finally you will be served a traditional Thai lunch at Panyi, a picturesque Muslim settlement built on stilts over the sea.
Full Day Phi Phi Island By Speedboat, £95 per person - The Phi Phi Islands are located to the South East of Phuket and are made up of two limestone islands covered in lush greenery and surrounded by crystal clear waters. Although these islands have lost some of their attractiveness over the years due to the large influx of visitors, they are still considered to be an incredible natural paradise. You will be taken right around both islands in an entertaining crossing by speed boat, coming up close to Maya Bay (where The Beach starring Leonardo di Caprio was filmed), Loh Samah Beach, Monkey Beach, Pileh Cove and the Viking Cave, inhabited by thousands of swallows whose nests are still collected by the locals for making soup. You will be served lunch at a beach restaurant and we will stop a couple of times for you to go swimming or scuba-diving among the rainbow-coloured fish. The shallow waters off the Phi Phi Islands are a paradise for divers. In mid-afternoon we will return to Phuket and you will be transferred to your hotel. After having visited this earthly paradise, you will never hear yourself saying that you don’t like beaches again.
Full Day Cooking Class Phuket, £75 per person (Transfers available from Karon, Kata and Patong Areas) - Pick up from the hotel by air conditioning vehicle. Arrive to Ka-Set market in Phuket town where we will do the first activity. (Tour and Shopping at the local fresh market). Arrive to Phuket Thai Cookery School at Sirey Bay, warm welcome with our staff, water, tea and coffee will be served. Start to enjoy with the perfectly cooking demonstration that everyone would be earning the correctly Thai cooking knowledge and cooking tips, cook by self and eat your own food. The classes finished as everyone is extremely full, the time to deliver the certificate and say good bye so driver will take you back to your place safety. Remark: We do 5 dishes per day, teach, cook and eat as dish by dish, not do all in the meantime so cooking schedule will suitably run by chef.
Phuket Fantasea, £59 per person - Feast on a mouth-watering grand buffet as you spend an unforgettable evening at the Phuket Fantasea – a theme park offering the ultimate in entertainment and effortlessly combining Thai culture with magical mixture of illusions, 4-D effects, aerial ballet, acrobatics, a cast of hundreds, 30 elephants, pyrotechnics and incredible stunts – all in one unique and unforgettable performance!
Day by Day
Day 1 London - Bangkok
Fly overnight direct from London to Bangkok.
Day 2 Bangkok
Arrive at Bangkok airport and join your transfer to your city centre hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and unwind after your flight from the UK.
Day 3 Bangkok
Today will be spent visiting the floating markets of Bangkok as part of your FREE trip.
Start your day at the world famous floating market of "Damnern Saduak", which is located about 100 km southwest of Bangkok. There are countless floating markets throughout the country, many within a couple of hours of the capital. The colourfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruits and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. There is a lot of chatter and activity - bargaining is common - that's all part of the fun - but don't expect to get the price down more than a few baht. From fruits and flowers to everyday needs, it leaves nothing to be desired, althought it is now somewhat over commercialized. You visit the lively market at itsbest, early in the morning, before the crowds arrive and the day's heat breaks. This is an exciting and fun way to see the local life and to go bargain hunting.
Day 4 Bangkok
Today you can explore Bangkok at your leisure and maybe visit the city’s temples or the Grand Palace. Take a trip to the Bridge on the River Kwai or even take a Thai Cooking class or travel around the city on a Tuk Tuk. There are also fabulous shops to grab those last minute bargains.
Day 5 Bangkok – Phuket
This morning you’ll be collected from your hotel and transferred to Bangkok airport to catch your short internal flight to Phuket where you’ll then be met and transferred to your hotel. Once you have checked-in to your Phuket hotel the rest of the day is spent at your leisure.
Day 6 – 10 Phuket
Your days at leisure can be spent by simply relaxing on the one of the many white sandy beaches or exploring the many sights of the island. Whilst on the Island of Phuket you can visit several of the other Islands of Thailand such as Phi Phi and Krabi. You could also take a speedboat trip to Phang Nga Bay which was made famous by the James Bond film ‘The Man with a Golden Gun’. Why not try a canoeing adventure or even river rafting.
Day 11 Phuket – Elephant Hills
This morning you will be collected from your hotel. En-route glimpses of tropical rural life here in southern Thailand can be seen along the way. Arrive at the elephant camp, here you can see, touch and find out about the life of Thai elephants and about the elephant project the company is running. Also the guide will explain about the mahout, the man who takes care of the elephant. During our Elephant Experience you will get close to and experience hands on these magnificent animals, you will have the chance to interact with them and learn the secrets of their mahouts. You must prepare and feed them one of their daily meals, scrub and clean and watch the elephants bathe. Feed them their dietary supplements that help with digestion and overall well being and plant some of their food which will be ready for next year’s crop. A once in a lifetime chance to experience the Asian Elephant, the largest land animal in this part of the world. Returning from your Elephant Experience with a huge appetite you will appreciate the buffet lunch that is served, a variety of Thai dishes cooked not too spicy. After lunch take a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River. The canoes are very stable and safe; life jackets are provided as well as a local river guide to paddle the canoe. Drift along the jungle river passing Limestone Mountains and cliffs covered with exotic tropical vegetation. Sometimes hornbill can be seen flying high overhead or reptiles basking in the sun on the riverbanks. From the canoe you can experience a world that has changed little in thousands of years, some of the last areas of primary rainforest. After all this activity close to nature it is time for a hot shower and what better place than in the unique bathroom of your luxury safari tents. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding jungle covered mountains, 100% real nature. A wide selection of cocktails, wines, and spirits are available at the “Jungle explorer’s club bar”. Afterwards it’s time for dinner in this unique location beside the rainforest, the sounds and atmosphere will make this a memorable experience. Overnight in luxury safari tents with comfortable beds, reading lights, hot water and western style toilets. Real luxury close to the heart of the rainforest. The tents doors and windows are covered with mosquito netting as well as canvas flaps so insects and reptiles are not a problem. Temperatures at night drop, the tents are well ventilated; blankets keep you snug in the cool of the night.
Wake up to the sounds of nature and birds calling from the bushes close to the tent. When the sun comes up and clears the mist over the jungle covered mountains to the south of Elephant Hills the gibbons start to make their morning territorial calls that echo down the valley. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the tent for early risers; breakfast is at your leisure. The activity planned for today is to explore a lake in the center of the jungle by local boat. Check out and head to the Cheow Larn Lake. Arrive at the dam and board our boat. Cruise across emerald waters passing towering rainforest covered Limestone Mountains to the “Guilin” of Southern Thailand. The Cheow Larn lake is a little known wonder of Thailand’s southern rainforest and holds prime habitat for wild Elephant, the rare Asian Ox, Hornbill, various monkey species, hundreds of tropical birds, amphibians, reptiles and Tiger. This combined with a myriad of other species hidden in the rainforest covered hills make it one of the most unique and important areas of rainforest in South East Asia. Take time to marvel at the majestic mountains rising sheer out of the water and experience nature at its best. Head to Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp, situated in the heart of the jungle where our staff will check you in to your luxury tents with private en-suite bathrooms, Solar electricity and hot and cold water. Find all the conveniences of a modern hotel room inside, combined with solid beds, tea and coffee making facilities and nature at your door step. Sit back and enjoy the surrounding views of Cheow Larn Lake whilst enjoying a fabulous lunch of Thai dishes which are cooked not too spicy. Swim in the emerald waters of the lake or head out and explore the jungle lake by Canoe. Take one of our ‘sit on-top’ canoes for a guided self paddle adventure into the surrounding rainforest channels. Search the towering trees for monkeys and hornbill, a silent adventure into the heart of the rainforest. Sometimes Gibbon can be heard calling and langurs and macaque monkeys spotted in the trees, this truly is nature at its best. Return to the camp in time to experience the sun setting over the jungle, relax and enjoy a cocktail at the front of your own private tent while the rainforest wakes up around you. In the evening dinner is served to an array of jungle sounds, a unique once in a lifetime experience here on the lake. There is the option to head out with our small boats to search for wildlife with our guides. Take a torch and the right attitude and you may see some of the nocturnal inhabitants of the forest. For those of you who wish to relax at the camp, reading lights are available in the tents and the floating jungle bar is open for a late night drink or two.
Day 13 Elephant hills to Phuket
Wake up to the sounds of Gibbons calling high up in the trees after which the mist which shrouds the rainforest slowly burns away revealing the true beauty of the lake. Tea and coffee making facilities are available for those early risers, the jungle starts to stir. A leisurely breakfast is served after which there is time to relax or take a dip in the emerald green waters of the lake and feel truly refreshed. After breakfast we will meet the jungle face to face, a rainforest trek is the planned activity for today. It is not an army survival exercise, there are no prizes for the fastest and snakes and spiders do not jump out at you, it is an opportunity to explore the ecology of the rainforest, to see a great variety of exotic plants, tropical hardwood trees with huge roots, orchids, palms, ferns, bamboos, mosses; the variety is unlimited. Birds such as the hornbill live high up above, gibbon can often be heard calling to their mates, a macaque or leaf monkey may be heard swinging through the branches, every day is different but it is truly wonderful to discover the great variety of life forms that co-exists together. This can only by experienced on foot, take it slowly, look, learn and listen then you too will start to discover some of the secrets of the rainforest. Emerging from the jungle with a feeling of accomplishment return to the raft house one last time to enjoy lunch and one final swim or canoe before sadly we head toward the pier and then onward transfer to your hotel. Unfortunately our visit to the lake ends here but you will always know what it feels like to experience the rainforest first hand, a truly once in a lifetime experience. A transfer will take you back to Phuket airport ready for your flight home.
Day 14 London
Arrive back into the UK after an unforgettable holiday.