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Thailand: Old & New

Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Phang Nga

A lovely two-week itinerary taking in ancient temples, 20th Century history and breathtaking vistas, all whilst staying in some of the country's most characterful hotels.

At a Glance

  • A trip that covers ancient history and also explores Thailand's role in one of the biggest global occurrences of the 20th Century - World War II

  • This can be completely tailored to your interests, be that in wildlife, active pursuits, or fitting in as many temples as you can!

  • This covers a great range of hotels, from quirky boutique to rustic luxury, and even one that floats!

  • A great itinerary for those who don't want to take too many domestic flights, as most of the transfers are by private car

Adventure, Couples, Culture, Beach

Insider's View

Try the candy floss from the Muslim Quarter in Ayutthaya - both colorful and delicious!

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Insider's View

A must-see in Ayutthaya is Wat Mahathat, where you can see a Buddha statue's head peeping through the tree roots

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Insider's View

The Floathouse in Kanchanaburi is a really fun experience - why not jump off your deck and have a float down the river!

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Insider's View

Your time in Bangkok can be completely tailored around what interests you, be this foodie experiences, temples or markets - or a bit of everything

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Insider's View

Try the slow-cooked organic carrot at the Dining Room at Six Senses Yao Noi - it sounds a bit dull, but it is divine!

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation.

Description

All visits to Thailand should include at least a few nights in the country's colorful and exciting capital, Bangkok. We would suggest three nights at the quirky but comfortable Chakrabongse Villas, a tiny little gem of hotel right in the heart of Old Bangkok on the Chao Phraya River.

One of the highlights of Thailand is definitely the delicious cuisine, and there is no better place to make the most of this than Bangkok. Whilst the city has a number of Michelin starred restaurants, this is also the perfect opportunity to meander through the markets, trying tasty local dishes from the many street stalls.

We would also recommend spending a day discovering some of Bangkok's historical and cultural highlights. A nice way to start is with a boat trip along some of the canals followed by a visit to Wat Arun, one of country's prettiest temples. We also recommend a visit to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, home to Emerald Buddha and one of the most sacred sites in the country.

From Bangkok, go north by private car to Ayutthaya, one of Thailand's ancient capitals. Spend the day exploring the ancient temple complexes, and enjoy lunch on a private rice barge. We also recommend a stroll through the Muslim Quarter where you can sample some of the most brightly colored candy floss you will ever see!

Your next stop would be Kanchanaburi, also reached by car, known for its pretty countryside and poignant World War II history. There is so much to see and do here, from visiting the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and the Bridge over the River Kwai, to taking a boat trip to visit beautiful waterfalls or venturing into mysterious caves. Staying at the Floathouse, actually on the river, is an experience it itself!

Fly from Bangkok down to Phuket, and finish your trip with a week at the wonderful Six Senses Yao Noi. Few hotels offer such incredible views, and the top notch service and cuisine make for an all-round idyllic stay. Whilst you can spend your time relaxing by the main pool or beach, or by your villa's own private pool, for those who want to keep busy it is also possible to rent vespas to explore the island, or to go on some exciting boat trips amongst the lime stone karsts.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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1 night Fly to Bangkok
3 nights

Bangkok, Thailand

Chakrabongse Villas
2 nights

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Sala Ayutthaya
2 nights

Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort
Fly from Bangkok to Phuket
7 nights

Phang Nga, Thailand

Six Senses Yao Noi
Fly Home via Bangkok

Location & Directions

Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Phang Nga

Chakrabongse Villas is located in the heart of Old Bangkok on the banks of Chao Phraya River. It's not far from Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. Sala Ayutthaya is also set right on the Chao Phraya River, three hours drive away from Bangkok. From there the FloatHouse can be found in Kanchanaburi, to the west. Finally Six Senses Yao Noi is found on the island of Yao Noi between Phuket and Krabi among the dramatic pinnacles of Phang Nga where you will end your trip.

When to go

Thailand remains tropical and humid for most of the year and overall the best time to visit is between November and February when temperatures are more manageable and rain is less common. There are three main seasons, the cool season (mentioned above) when temperatures in the North are lower for longer, the rainy season from May to October when warm humid air brought from the Indian Ocean causes the south to be wettest (low season and when fewer tourists travel) and the hot season from March to May. There are of course regional variations across the country, however generally there is little difference in temperature across the center and the south of the country, related to its proximity to the equator.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation.

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