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The ultimate trip for those wanting to experience a unique yet luxurious way of travelling
Explore the jungle and rice paddies of northern Thailand from your base in Chiang Mai
Before starting your rail journey, enjoy two nights in Bangkok, soaking up the buzzing atmosphere and exploring the city's temples and markets
The Eastern and Oriental Express was originally built in Japan in 1972 and still remains the most exclusive way to travel between Bangkok and Singapore
Langkawi with its historic rainforest andstunning beaches makes it the perfect spot to end your adventure.
With a tropical climate, November to April are the best months to visit the northern parts of Thailand with the least rain. May to October are wet and thunderstorms are common during these months. Langkawi has a similar climate, and the best months to visit are November to April, with low changes of rain and high temperatures. Langkawi's greener season is between May and October and although temperatures are still in their thirties.
Visit the stunning scenery of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, enjoy the bustle of Bangkok, relax and watch the scenery go by on the opulent Eastern & Oriental Express, and then enjoy the beautiful beaches of Langkawi off the west coast of Malaysia.
Your exploration of Thailand and Malaysia by train starts in the lush greenery of the Chiang Mai countryside in northern Thailand. A lesser explored region Chiang Mai offers intrepid visitors sensational scenery from the emerald green rice paddies that stretch for as far as the eye can see to the dominant peaks of some of Thailand’s tallest mountains.
Whilst in Chiang Mai, explore the surrounding jungle on a guided trek or head into the historic city to admire the ornate architecture of the regions many historical buildings. Hire bicycles and cycle around the neighbouring countryside, encountering local villages rarely visited by tourists or simply enjoy Chiang Mai’s plethora of markets and street food stalls serving a wide variety of local delicacies.
Next, fly south to the sprawling cosmopolitan city of Bangkok. A city that never sleeps, Bangkok expertly contrasts with Chiang Mai to offer visitors a complete picture of the Thailand of today. Whilst in Bangkok the options are endless. Visit some of the countries sensational statues and temples including the famous Golden Buddha or explore the riverside markets and floating villages as part of a river cruise. With a huge variety of accommodation on offer as well as everything from street-food market to Michelin star restaurants and even one of the world’s highest bars – Bangkok offers something for everyone.
Next, board the elegant Eastern & Oriental Express where you can watch the world go by from the observation car, relax in your own luxurious private cabin or indulge in a cocktail or two at one of the train’s bars. The cuisine on board is divine and the perfect way to round off days of exploring the villages and towns at the various stops along the route. Journey from Bangkok through southern Thailand before crossing the border into neighbouring Singapore. On arrival in the island state you will be whisked off directly to the airport for your flight to paradise - the island of Langkawi .
Langkawi is located in the northwest corner of Peninsula Malaysia and offers visitors 99 utterly sensational islands, endless golden beaches, lush green vegetation and azure clear water speckled with a huge variety of marine life. A place of dreams, Langkawi defines rest and recuperation. Explore the underwater world, snorkelling or diving on the nearby reefs of trek high into the interior learning about local flora and fauna by your guide. Head deep into ancient caves littered with stalagmites or for the less intrepid enjoy a cable car trip to the highest point of the island – on a clear day you can sometimes see all the way to the coast of Thailand. However, you wish to spend your time on the island of Langkawi one things for sure - it wont disappoint.
Spend half a day exploring one of Bangkok's most vibrant artisan communities, travelling by private longtail boat accompanied by your own English-speaking guide. Learn about traditional and modern art, including the intricate designs of Thai puppetry.
Discover the flavours and spices of Bangkok's 'Village of Love', the historic Bangrak area. Enjoy unique local food tastings whilst learning of how locals live, eat and shop. Ideal for foodies, it is an experience bursting with authentic encounters.
This half day tour takes in Chiang Mai's best known and most impressive temples. Accompanied by your own English-speaking guide, learn more about the history of Chiang Mai and northern Thai culture and craftsmanship.
No trip to Thailand is complete without sampling some of the country's mouth-watering cuisine. Spend a lively evening in the vibrant Chiang Mai street food market, enjoying the wonderful array of traditional dishes and local delicacies on offer.
Spend two hours exploring the 'Bangkok Jungle' by bicycle, passing by canals, mangrove forests, traditional Thai houses and hidden temples. This is a great way to experience the sleepier side of Bangkok and gain a different insight into local life.
Only open at weekends, Khlong Lat Mayom is one of Bangkok's best floating markets, and it is only a short journey from the city centre. This is one of the prettiest floating markets, and a great place to try some mouth-watering local Thai delicacies.
Leave Bangkok's skyscrapers behind and head out into the suburbs to experience some of Thailand's most vibrant and bustling markets, ranging from railways to rivers.
Spend half a day exploring two of Bangkok's most iconic sites; the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Accompanied by your own English-speaking guide, you will learn more about Buddhism in Thailand as well as the country's much loved Royal Family.
Spend a full day exploring some of the highlights and hidden gems of Bangkok, accompanied by your own English-speaking guide. The tour encompasses impressive temples and palaces, and offers the chance to learn more about the country's thriving art scene.
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Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, Thailand
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