Thailand is one of the world’s most visited countries for a reason. It’s packed with culture, the food is amazing, the people are friendly and it’s very welcoming to gay people. On this trip, you’ll see the cultural highlights including must-sees like Bangkok and Phuket. You’ll also head off the beaten track and visit remote villages in Chiang Rai, take a teak barge down Chao Phraya River and visit the site of the “Bridge over the River Kwai”.
You’ll be travelling with an all-gay group and you discover Thailand. A particular favourite is Ayutthaya, the historic capital of Thailand – until it was overthrown by the Burmese. You’ll see many old temples and even some new ones, such as the iconic White Temple of Chiang Mai.
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- 30th December 2020 Wednesday
Group Trip Breakdown
Day 1-2: Bangkok
Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. We’ll have a welcome dinner and cruise down the Chao Praya River. Our temple discover begins tonight. You’ll see the Temple of Dawn, Royal Barges House and the Grand Palace.
After breakfast we’ll visit the king of Thailand’s main residence, the Grand Palace. We’ll visit the Emerald Buddha and Jade Buddha. We’ll also visit the Wat Pho, the canals of Thonburi and Wat Arun, named after the goddess of dawn. After exploring Chinatown, it’ll be time to get ready for New Year’s Even. We’ll mark the occasion with a dinner cruise.
Day 3: Damnoen Saduak – Kanchanaburi
Today we’ll travel to Samut Songkhram province. Here we’ll explore the Maeklong Railway Market and the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market. We’ll take a boat down the canal and see how the locals live, including farmers working in the salt fields.
We’ll then head to Kanchanaburi, famed as the site of the “Bridge over the River Kwai”. We’ll catch a glimpse of WW2 history at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and JEATH War Museum. This will give us the chance to learn about the prisoners of war who built the treacherous Thai-Burma Railway.
Day 4: Erawan National Park – Saiyok
Lots of action today. We’ll head for a bamboo rafting adventure down the River Kwai. The Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum is a must-see, as is the vast Erawan Waterfall by the Kwai Tai River. We’ll have some time to enjoy the serene setting before heading back to Saiyok.
Day 5: Ayutthaya
Today we’ll take a trip to Thailand’s historic capital, Ayutthaya. It’s a splendid, ruined city that served as the key economic and political hub of Thailand until the Burmese invaded in 1767. They raised the city to the ground and it was largely abandoned. Visiting Ayutthaya today allows you to glimpse into Thailand’s long and fascinating history.
Day 6: Wat Phananchoeng – Chao Phraya River
In Ayutthaya we’ll explore the Chinese district, the Muslim quarter and the Japanese village. taste quirky delicacies like candy floss roti. After lunch, we’ll visit take a trip down the Chao Phraya River on a teak rice barge. Onboard we’ll have some classic Thai food as we cruise around Ayutthaya. Back on dry land, we’ll visit Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, a summer residence of the Royal Family.
Day 7: Bangkok/Chiang Rai
Today we’ll drive back to Bangkok airport and transfer to Chiang Rai. Upon arrival we’ll go for a cruise down the Mae Kok River. You’ll be impressed by the spectacular mountain scenery.
Day 8-9: Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai
There’s a lot to see in Chiang Rai. We’ll visit Santi Khiri, a former retreat for Burmese soldiers. We’ll also visit old villages and bucolic tea plantations. On our travels we’ll visit the village of the Akha ethnic group. The following day we’ll visit the extraordinary White Temple of Chiang Rai. It’s a modern temple with a classic style and it’s quite a dazzling sight to behold. We’ll then visit some very old relics at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Enjoy a tasting menu at the cultural centre in the evening. We’ll have a Khantoke and sample some local delicacies.
Day 10: Elephant Nature Park
Fantastic beasts and where to find them… Mae Taman Elephant Camp, to be precise. See elephants going about their business and then we’ll go for a short hike through the mountain to the river. An ox cart ride will convey us to our al fesco lunch.
Day 11: Phuket – Khao Sok
Today we’ll fly to Phuket and transfer to Khao Sok National Park. We’ll take a canoe ride down Khao Sok River, have a coffee in a bamboo stick with bamboo cups. At night we’ll sleep in an eco-lodge in the jungle.
Day 12: Cheow Lan Lake
Morning boat ride down Cheow Lan Lake. We’ll then pick up the pace and head for a walk in the jungle. Keep an eye out for exotic plants and animals. At 500 Rai Lake we’ll take a bamboo raft over to a cave packed with stalagmites to look like coral. We’ll have lunch at a floating restaurant and then take a boat back to the hotel.
Day 13: Khao Sok National Park – Phuket
On our last full day we’ll visit Khao Sok National Park and head for a 3-hour hike. We’ll have lunch at a mountain view restaurant. It’ll then be time to pack up and head to Phuket for our farewell dinner.
Day 14: Departure
It’s our last day in Thailand. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your return flight.
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