February

Luxury Small-Group Tour of Exotic Thailand including a Floating Hotel Stay & Boat Cruise on the River Kwai

From bustling cities to verdant mountains, ancient Buddhist temples and palm-fringed rivers, immerse yourself in the exotic beauty of Thailand on a 12-day small-group, luxury tour (max. 16 travellers). Learn the secrets of traditional Thai recipes during a hands-on cooking class, cycle your way through the historic ruins of Old Sukhothai, soak in the surrounds on a scenic cruise on the River Kwai and indulge in local flavours during a lunch on board a traditional rice barge. Includes 11 nights of luxury accommodation – including an incredible stay in a floating hotel on the River Kwai, accessible only by boat – daily breakfast plus additional dining experiences, private return airport transfers and private transportation throughout, the services of expert local, English-speaking guides, a 60-minute massage and so much more.

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12 Days
TWIN SHARE
  • Valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase two packages
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in hand-picked luxury hotels and feature stays
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • Boat cruise on the River Kwai and visits to the infamous sites such as Hellfire Pass and the Nam Tok Train Station
  • Visit to the stunning temple city of Ayutthaya
  • Lunch cruise on a traditional rice barge
  • Bike tour through the historical ruins of Old Sukhothai
  • Visit to the textile and handicraft producers at Baan Ontai Village
  • Visit to an ethical elephant sanctuary
  • Thai cooking class followed by dinner
  • A relaxing 60-minute traditional Thai massage or foot massage
  • Visit to the “Golden Triangle” to learn of its historic past in the opium trade
  • All airport transfers and air-conditioned transport throughout
  • The services of a local, English-speaking guide and entrance fees to all sightseeing listed
12 Days
SINGLE TRAVELLER
  • Valid for one person
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in hand-picked luxury hotels and feature stays
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • Boat cruise on the River Kwai and visits to the infamous sites such as Hellfire Pass and the Nam Tok Train Station
  • Visit to the stunning temple city of Ayutthaya
  • Lunch cruise on a traditional rice barge
  • Bike tour through the historical ruins of Old Sukhothai
  • Visit to the textile and handicraft producers at Baan Ontai Village
  • Visit to an ethical elephant sanctuary
  • Thai cooking class followed by dinner
  • A relaxing traditional 60-minute Thai massage or foot massage
  • Visit to the “Golden Triangle” to learn of its historic past in the opium trade
  • All airport transfers and air-conditioned transport throughout
  • The services of a local, English-speaking guide and entrance fees to all sightseeing listed

Experience Thailand in luxury with insider experiences and exquisite accommodation, on a 12-day small-group tour (max. 16 travellers).

Encounter fragrant cuisine, ancient temples, bustling markets and a sense of inherent spirituality as you journey from Bangkok to the waters of the River Kwai, ancient Ayutthaya and Sukhothai and the lush mountains of historic Chiang Mai.

What You’ll Love…

Your Accommodation – A selection of unique, hand-picked properties from a five-star city haven to a boutique resort nestled in the mountains

The beautiful Anantara Siam Bangkok is a serene oasis amidst the bustle of Thailand’s vibrant capital. Just steps from the BTS Skytrain, the hotel is ideally located for exploring the city that never sleeps and is home to award-winning dining and a blissful luxury spa.

Enjoy a stay you’ll never forget at The Floathouse River Kwai, an exquisite boutique hideaway reachable only by boat. This floating hotel finds its home on the River Kwai surrounded by verdant green jungle. Stay in an elegant Floating Villa, where the waters of the river trickle soothingly past your private pier.

Nestled amongst the lush, misty hills of Northern Thailand, Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa offers a tranquil escape with sweeping views across mountain lakes, verdant hills and emerald valleys. Soak up spectacular vistas from your huge 90sqm suite, complete with a private balcony.

The Experiences – Float along waterways and see elephants in their natural habitat

Thailand is famous the world over for its deliciously fragrant cuisine, and you’ll have the chance to learn its secrets with an authentic cooking class. Discover the key ingredients used in traditional dishes and how to use them before feasting on your creations.

Visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, a World War II memorial created to honour the Asian workers and Allied prisoners of war who lost their lives during the construction of the Thai-Burma railway, and the final stop on the line: Nam Tok Train Station.

Enjoy a cycling tour through the ruins of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sukhothai Historical Park, which date back to the 13th and 14th centuries and are located amongst tranquil lakes, gardens and ponds dotted with lotus flowers.

Encounter Thailand’s majestic elephants at an ethical sanctuary which cares for adopted, orphaned or rescue elephants. See these incredible animals as they play and eat in their natural habitat and learn about the organisation's efforts to feed and care for the animals and provide education on humane treatment to the local community.

Visit a handloom house in Baan Ontai Village, where a local artisan will share the age-old techniques of bamboo-weaving before helping you to make your own creation.

Watch local life unfold along the river banks as you enjoy a delicious lunch aboard a traditional rice barge.

Float along the waterways of the ‘Venice of the East’ to reach the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market, where vendors sell their wares from traditional wooden boats.

Visit the home of a local villager to discover how organic palm sugar is created from coconut flower nectar using generations-old techniques. Plus, sample the famous street food of Bangkok in the China Town district, and enjoy an authentic Thai lunch at an organic farm crafted using fresh farm fare.

Your Package Includes:

  • 11 nights’ accommodation in hand-picked luxury hotels including Anantara Siam Bangkok, and an incredible stay at The Floathouse River Kwai
  • Daily breakfast plus a selection of dining experiences
  • Boat cruise on the River Kwai and visits to the infamous sites such as Hellfire Pass and the Nam Tok Train Station
  • Visit to the stunning temple city of Ayutthaya
  • Lunch cruise on a traditional rice barge
  • Bike tour through the historical ruins of Old Sukhothai
  • A master class with the textile and handicraft producers at Baan Ontai Village
  • Visit to an ethical elephant sanctuary
  • Thai cooking class followed by dinner
  • A relaxing 60-minute traditional Thai massage or foot massage
  • Visit to the “Golden Triangle” to learn of its historic past in the opium trade
  • Private airport transfers and air-conditioned transport throughout
  • The services of expert local, English-speaking guides and entrance fees to all sightseeing listed

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Thailand on your chosen tour start date.

Valid for the following departure dates:

20 April 2019

11 May 2019

15 June 2019

20 July 2019

10 August 2019

14 September 2019

12 October 2019

16 November 2019

07 December 2019

11 January 2020

15 February 2020

14 March 2020

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Twin Share Package: The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Private Departures Available: Guests must be aged 18 years or older. If you wish to travel with children, or on your own private tour together with friends, please enquire for further information (minimum four travellers).

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Anantara Siam Bangkok – Deluxe Room

The Floathouse River Kwai – Floating Villa

Classic Kameo Hotel Ayutthaya – Deluxe Room

Sriwilai Sukhothai – Superior Room

Chala Number 6 Chaing Mai – Deluxe Room

Katiliya Mountain Resort Chiang Rai – Mountain Suite

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults.

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Packages do not include international flights, visa fees, travel insurance, additional activities and upgrades and anything else not listed in the itinerary.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Massage is subject to availability and should be booked in advance on either day 5 or 6. Massage should be requested at time of booking, otherwise guests can inform their Tour Leader in Bangkok to make a reservation (final appointment time is 9pm).

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

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