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Thailand - A Land Of Smiles At Christmas

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSXLTHA

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

Discover the many attractions of exciting Bangkok then travel northwards through Thailand to the city of Chiang Mai. Along the way we'll visit ancient ruins and stunning temples, before we celebrate Christmas in the relaxing coastal resort of Cha-Am.

Discover the many attractions of exciting Bangkok then travel northwards through Thailand to the city of Chiang Mai. Along the way we'll visit ancient ruins and stunning temples, before we celebrate Christmas in the relaxing coastal resort of Cha-Am.

PRICE FROM ? £3249 per person
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What's Included

• Just You Tour Manager as your host

• Return flights from Heathrow with Thai Airways and internal flights

• Use of an airport lounge in the UK

• 11 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight

• 25 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners


• Specialist Local Guide

• Welcome drink & farewell get-together

• Overseas transfers & other transportation

• Porterage

• Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports

• Audio Guide

• Discover Bangkok at night by tuk-tuk

• Bangkok city tour

• Long-tail boat cruise along the Thonburi Klongs

• Thai classical dance show

• Visit the ruins of Ayutthaya

• Admire the Wat Yai temple in Phitsanuloke

• Discover UNESCO-listed Sukhothai

• Enjoy dinner at the Vongburi teak house

• Tour of Phrae by bicycle taxi & visit to a Mo Hom dyeing workshop

• Chiang Mai tour including visits to a local family and the Wat Palat & Doi Suthep temples

• Spend a day at the Elephant Nature Park

Not Included


  • DAY 1 UK to Bangkok
  • Depart on your overnight flight to Bangkok, arriving on day 2.
  • DAY 2 Bangkok
  • We'll arrive in Bangkok this morning and transfer to our hotel for a three-night stay. There's plenty of time to relax at leisure this afternoon, before we get to know one another better over dinner at the hotel this evening. Later we'll head out to discover the delights of Bangkok at night. We'll travel by tuk-tuk, an open-air vehicle invented in Thailand more than 50 years ago. As we wind our way through the city's streets we'll soak up the atmosphere and aromas and see many of its famous landmarks. Look out for the spectacular Grand Palace, the Wat Pho temple and Sanam Luang Park, also known as the Royal Field.
  • DAY 3 Bangkok
  • Situated on the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is Thailand's exciting capital and we'll see many of its highlights on today's included sightseeing tour. We begin with a visit to Wat Pho, one of the city's largest temple complexes and home to a leading school of massage. We'll hear the morning chant of the saffron-robed Buddhist monks and see the 46-metre-long golden reclining Buddha. Next we'll head to the magnificent Grand Palace, Bangkok's most famous landmark and for 150 years the home of the Thai kings, the Royal court and the government. Within its grounds we'll see the sacred Wat Phra Kaew, the temple containing the Emerald Buddha, a small revered image carved from a single piece of jade.

    After lunch we'll take things at a slightly slower pace as we step aboard a long-tail boat for a cruise on the Thonburi klongs. Thonburi is the old capital of Bangkok and on our journey along the klongs, or canals, we'll see traditional wooden townhouses and local people going about their daily life. Along the way we'll visit the Royal Barges National Museum and you can admire the stunning exterior of the Wat Arun temple with its majestic spires rising from the water's edge.

    This evening we'll gather together and enjoy dinner at an authentic Thai restaurant. We'll be able to sample a variety of local dishes and afterwards we'll enjoy a performance of Thai classical dances.

  • DAY 4 Ayutthaya
  • After breakfast this morning we'll begin our explorations at the beautiful Bang Pa-In Palace, which was once a royal summer residence. We'll then continue on to the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ayutthaya. Once a wealthy and glittering city, this was the capital of Siam between 1350 and 1767. It fell to the Burmese army in 1767 and was all but abandoned when the capital was transferred to present-day Bangkok. We'll take a stroll around Ayutthaya's impressive remains which include a head of Buddha embedded in a tree trunk surrounded by tangled roots. Lunch is included at a restaurant today.
  • DAY 5 Phitsanulok
  • We'll depart Bangkok after breakfast and drive to Phitsanulok, one of Thailand's most historic cities. En route we'll make a stop at Uthai Thani to enjoy lunch on board a boat. On arrival in Phitsanulok we'll visit the 14th century Wat Yai, a stunning temple which houses a bronze statue of Buddha and an array of decorative features.

    After checking into our hotel, we will meet with our fellow travelling companions for dinner this evening at the hotel.

  • DAY 6 Sukhothai/Phrae
  • Our journey continues today as we drive to the ancient city of Sukhothai, which flourished during the 13th and 14th centuries. This walled city was the birthplace of some of Thailand's finest art and architecture, and as we explore the UNESCO-listed site we'll discover magnificent Buddha images, wall paintings and beautifully carved elephants supporting a towering stupa. Next we'll meet a local history expert to learn about the heritage and traditions that live on in this area, before we sample Sukhothai noodles – rice noodles served in a broth, usually with meat and green beans – for lunch.

    This afternoon we'll drive to Phrae, a friendly and charming city famous for its old wooden buildings and attractive temples. This evening dinner will be served at Vongburi House, an intriguing teak building which is decorated with ornate balconies, doors and windows and furnished with antiques from the 19th century. The owner of the house will prepare some of her favourite local dishes for us to try.​

  • DAY 7 Chiang Mai
  • This morning we'll experience everyday life in a Thai town when we step aboard cyclos, three-wheeled bicycle taxis, for a tour of Phrae – once an important trading post for teak wood. We'll visit local homes and call at workshops to see how handicrafts such as woven hats and wood carvings are made.

    Later we'll learn all about the traditional dyeing process known as Mo Hom, where we visit a workshop in a nearby village and then we will transfer to the historic and colourful city of Chiang Mai for a three-night stay. Upon arrival you'll have some time to relax at leisure and dinner will be served at the hotel this evening.

  • DAY 8 Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Mai was once the capital city of the Lanna Kingdom, This morning we'll take the winding road up to the sacred temple of Doi Suthep. Considered to be the most important temple in Chiang Mai, it sits on a hilltop overlooking the city below. En route we'll stop at Wat Palat, a peaceful temple tucked away in the jungle and surrounded by hills, forest paths, shrines and a tumbling waterfall. When we reach Doi Suthep there will be plenty of time to explore this intriguing site and we'll get an insight into the importance of religion in Thai society at a private monk blessing ceremony.

    We will return to the hotel for some free time, why not sample the delicacies on offer at one of Chiang Mai's outstanding eateries. Later today we'll visit a local family to learn about Lanna traditions which live on to this very day. The family will be happy to tell you all about local architecture, handicrafts and food, and after we've explored the traditional houses and gardens we'll enjoy a meal cooked over a fire, a real highlight into local life.

  • DAY 9 Chiang Mai
  • Today we will spend the day at the Elephant Nature Park, a rescue and rehabilitation centre which has cared for dozens of vulnerable elephants. It is the flagship sanctuary of the Save Elephant Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation set up by Sangdeaun Lek Chailert, a remarkable lady who is dedicated to elephant conservation. We will hear touching stories about the rescued animals and will learn more about how the park is helping to protect them. If you wish, there will be an opportunity to get up close to the animals, feeding and bathing them as they splash around in the river. It's probably a good idea to bring your swimming costume and maybe a change of clothes!
  • DAY 10 Christmas Eve Cha-Am
  • After breakfast we'll transfer to Chiang Mai airport for our internal flight back to Bangkok. Upon arrival we'll transfer to the laid-back coastal resort of Cha-Am, our base for the next three nights. Your hotel is located beside a long sandy beach and the rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore at leisure. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant this evening.
  • DAY 11 Christmas Day Cha-Am
  • It's Christmas Day, so why not relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel. You could perhaps take a dip in the outdoor pool or Jacuzzi, or go for a stroll along the beach with your travelling companions. If you wish, you could explore Hua Hin further at your leisure, visit the local markets or explore the Maruekhathaiyawan Palace – a restored teak-wood palace designed by King Rama VI, the choice is entirely yours.
  • DAY 12 Cha-Am
  • Enjoy a final day at leisure. You could choose to soak up the sun on the beach or perhaps head out with your travelling companions to one of the nearby seafood restaurants. If you're feeling a little more energetic, how about renting a bicycle and exploring the hotel's bike park, or trying out the well-equipped fitness centre. There's also a fabulous spa at the hotel, so you could book a treatment if you wish.

    This evening we'll gather as a group for a farewell dinner and drink, the perfect way to round off our holiday.

  • DAYS 13 & 14 Cha-Am to UK
  • We'll transfer to the airport in Bangkok for our flight back to the UK, arriving on day 14.
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    • Eastin Hotel Makkasan Bangkok
    • Eastin Hotel Makkasan Bangkok is designed with an emphasis on supreme comfort and style featuring a contemporary interior reflecting our international chain brand essence. Our 4-star hotel in Bangkok provides excellent in-room facilities, various dining options, fully equipped function rooms and all the amenities expected of a deluxe hotel including complimentary Wi-Fi Internet throughout the property.
    • Topland Hotel & Convention Centre
    • Situated in Phitsanulok, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahatat Woramahawihan, Wat Nang Phaya, and Wat Ratburana. Folklore Museum and Phitsanulok Night Bazaar are also within 1 mi (2 km).
    • PhoomThai Garden Hotel
    • Located in Phrae, this charming hotel is surrounded by a tropical garden and offers massage services and rooms with a private balcony. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are available.
      The Phoom Thai Garden Hotel offers rooms with Thai-style décor. They include cable TV, a minibar and air conditioning. Guests can enjoy drinks on their private balcony.
      The Phoom Thai’s restaurant serves regional and international dishes prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. The Phoom Thai also has massage rooms where guests can enjoy a relaxing Thai massage. The Ban Pra Tub Jai and Ban Wong Bu Ri museums are just a few minutes’ drive away.
    • Amora Thapae Hotel Chiang Mai
    • Amora Hotel is a short walk away from the ancient Tapae Gate and Chiang Mai night bazaar market.
      Each room features air-conditioning, TV with cable channels and a minibar. Other hotel amenities include international restaurant serving both Thai and International cuisines, a lobby lounge, an outdoor pool, gym and a day spa.
    • Regent Cha Am Beach Resort
    • Set in a stunning tropical landscape overlooking the beach, you will stay at The Regent Cha Am Beach Resort.

      Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, fitness centre and pool. Bedrooms have private facilities.
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Further Information

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