For detailed departures, itineraries and prices please visit our website96THAILANDItineraryNorthern Thailand Encounter 9 daysCovering the best of Northern Thailand.Get amongst the best of northern Thailand - explore ancient Sukhothai, encounter elephants up close, visit hill tribes, glimpse Burma and shop in Chiang Mai's famous Night Market.Trip InfoDeparture DatesDay 1 / Bangkok No activities are planned on our first day, so you are free to arrive at any time and start exploring.Day 2 / Sukhothai A day train to Phitsanulok then a short local bus trip takes us to ancient Sukhothai, Thailand's first capital. Ride bicycles to explore the site's many impressive temples.Day 3 / Lampang Our next port of call is home to the unique Elephant Conservation Centre, where we spend a night in a home stay and learn about these majestic creatures.Day 4-5 / Chiang Mai Get up early and help the mahouts (elephant handlers) bring in their elephants from the forest - an unforgettable close encounter with these mighty animals. We then travel by songthaew to Chiang Mai.Perhaps hire a bicycle to visit the many temples and museums for which Chiang Mai is renowned. Home to a colourful array of hill tribes, hit the surrounding hills, ride elephants and trek to meet many intriguing people. Back in Chiang Mai, get busy bargaining while wandering the Night Market.Day 6-8 / The Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai We head for the hills and spend a night in a lovely Thai homestay - a real grassroots experience. Nearby Mae Sai, located inside the Golden Triangle, is the departure point for our afternoon foray into Burma (Myanmar).Day 9-10 / Bangkok Early in the morning, we reach Bangkok's Hualamphong Railway Station and embark on a tour of the City. See Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha. Our Thailand adventure ends after breakfast on Day 10.Group size: Maximum 16.Grade: Walking Easy.Transport: Aircon bus, Elephant, Local fan bus, Sleeper train, Songthaew, Taxi, Tuk-tuk.Accommodation: 1 night sleeper train, 4 nights guesthouse, 2 nights hotel, 1 night homestay.Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner.Start Day: Sunday End Day: TuesdayTour code: GTENStart FinishStart Finish201102-Jan 11-Jan16-Jan 25-Jan30-Jan 08-Feb13-Feb 22-Feb27-Feb 08-Mar13-Mar 22-Mar27-Mar 05-Apr10-Apr 19-Apr24-Apr 03-May08-May 17-May22-May 31-May05-Jun 14-Jun19-Jun 28-Jun03-Jul 12-Jul17-Jul 26-Jul31-Jul 09-Aug14-Aug 23-Aug28-Aug 06-Sep11-Sep 20-Sep25-Sep 04-Oct09-Oct 18-Oct23-Oct 01-Nov06-Nov 15-Nov20-Nov 29-Nov04-Dec 13-Dec18-Dec 27-Dec201201-Jan 10-Jan15-Jan 24-Jan29-Jan 07-Feb12-Feb 21-Feb26-Feb 06-Mar11-Mar 20-Mar25-Mar 03-Apr08-Apr 17-Apr22-Apr 01-May06-May 15-May20-May 29-May03-Jun 12-Jun17-Jun 26-JunTOP SELLER
BOOK NOW at www.imaginative-traveller.com or CALL 0845 287 0769THAILAND97Siam Encounter 10 daysA short, but in-depth adventure to Thailand.Explore off-the-beaten-track Thailand at Kanchanaburi, the Bridge over the River Kwai, where we include a long-tail boat ride. Visit museums and pay homage to the brave deeds of the Second World War. Discover Hellfire Pass and Erawan Falls. Learn of rich ethnic cultures in Chiang Mai and trek through remote hill tribe villages.Trip InfoDeparture DatesGroup size: Maximum 16.Grade: Trekking Moderate.Transport: Bus, Elephant, Sleeper train, Songthaew, Tuk-tuk.Accommodation: 2 nights sleeper train, 1 night village hut, 4 nights guesthouse, 2 nights hotel.Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.Start Day: Saturday End Day: MondayTour code: GTSEStart FinishTrip departs every Saturday.See our website for detailsItineraryDay 1-3 / Bangkok - Kanchanaburi Day 1 is free for you to explore Bangkok at your leisure. Then we're off to Kanchanaburi to check out the Bridge over the River Kwai and to wander through the WWII war cemetery and museum. On Day 3, we traverse Hellfire Pass and enjoy a dip in Erawan Falls.Day 4 / Ayuthaya Travelling through rich farmland, we arrive at the ancient royal capital of Ayuthaya. Here we have the opportunity to check out the World Heritage-listed temple complex, before boarding the overnight train to Chiang Mai.Day 5-8 / Chiang Mai - Hil Tribe Trek We have two full days to explore this exciting city. We also enjoy a trek in the highland region, try our hand at elephant riding and bamboo rafting, and spend a night in a hill tribe village hut. On the evening of Day 8, we board the sleeper train to Bangkok.Day 9-10 / Bangkok Free time today. Perhaps explore the old section of Bangkok, where Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha await. Wander on your own or book a city tour. Our short Thailand adventure ends on Day 10.