PASSION OF CENTRAL THAILAND
Day 1: PASSION OF CENTRAL THAILAND: Bangkok - Nakhon Pathom ( 20 - 40km) (L)
Heading out of town we travel by car to Samut Songkhran and begin biking on village roads past orchards, coconut plantations, temples and traditional Siam houses towards the floating market of Damnoen Saduak. This market is always a hive of activity as many people come from the surrounding areas to trade their goods. After seeing this sight we continue cycling to the Maekong River where we board a boat for an exciting trip. The pace is very relaxed, a perfect way to observe the rural life close up. Along the way we anchors at the King Rama Park II, a traditional teak house museum in a large tropical park which displays rare Thai flowers and plants. We drive to the Rose Garden, our final destination. O/N at Nakhon Pathom.
Day 2: PASSION OF CENTRAL THAILAND: Nakhon Pathom - Kanchanaburi (15 - 20 km) (B/L/D)
Today we make our way by car to Nakhon Pathom to visit the Phra Pathom Chedi as well as the large open market before we drive to Kanchanaburi. This enchanting town has plenty to see, some of which are the famous bridge over the River Kwai , the sobering War Cemetery and the Jeath War Museum. We also explore the beautiful countryside by riding our bike to the Hellfire Pass, where we visit the fascinating museum chronicling the events of World War II and board the train for a trip across the infamous "Death Railway". The remainder of the day is free for your own exploration of the town. There are numerous options to choose from; however our guide are on hand to advise you invaluable information. O/N in Kanchanaburi.
Day 3: PASSION OF CENTRAL THAILAND: Kanchanaburi - Ayuthaya ( 20 - 40 km) (B/L)
The former capital of Thailand, Ayuthaya lies along the Chao Phraya River, and is surrounded by many canals giving this region a lovely name “ Venice of the East”. After breakfast we drive to the outskirt of Ayuthaya and commence our biking trip on village roads. This is a wonderful experience as we pass through many villages and make fun with waving kids. We arrive at the ruin of Ayuthaya and have a chance to explore the many masterpieces by bike. The largest temple of Wat Phra Sisanphet, which was used as the Royal Temple Palace by several kings. The following sight is Wat Chai Wattanaram built by King Prasathong in 1630 with a huge prang surrounded by smaller ones to symbolize mount Meru, the abode of the heavenly gods. O/N at Ayuthaya.
Day 4: PASSION OF CENTRAL THAILAND: Ayuthaya - Bangkok ( 20 - 40 km) (B/L)
Upon leaving the town we enjoy a short boat trip on the Chao Phraya River to Bang Pa In which was served as the summer palace for many Thai monarchs from the 17th century. This structure has a captivating collection of marvelous pavilions in a variety of Thai, Chinese, Italian and Victorian architectural styles, encircled by lush beautiful gardens and lake. We cycle towards the agricultural village of Bang Bua Thong and head across the Chao Phraya River to Koh Kred. After lunch at local restaurant we continue riding around the island and pass through many orchards, villages and pottery factories before we meet up with our car for few hour drive back to Bangkok. The trip ends after arrival at your hotel in Bangkok.
INCLUSIONS: Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver and tourist bus + Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner + Accommodation: home stay + English or French speaking guide + Entrance fee to indicated sights + Bike equipment + Kayaking
EXCLUSIONS: Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room supplement, personal expenses, travel insurance, visa, flight in / out of Thailand, any optional additional tours or activities during free time, surcharge for peak season, local holiday days and gala dinner
THE ITINERARY IS CORRECTED AT THE TIME OF VIEWING. OCCASIONALLY, THE PROGRAMME CHANGES AS WE MAKE IMPROVEMENT STEMING FROM OUR PAST TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS AND OUR OWN RESEARCH OR DUE TO LOCAL CONDITIONS OR CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. THIS INCLUDES FESTIVAL, PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, WEATHER AND FLIGHT DELAY,.. THAT MAY EFFECT THE ITINERARY.
THE TRIP INCLUDES SOME MEALS AS MENTIONED AT THE ITINERARY HOWEVER OUR GUIDE WILL BE ON HAND TO ADVISE YOU AS FAR THE AVAILABLE RESTAURANTS WHERE YOU CAN ENJOY LOCAL FOOD AT YOUR OWN BUDGET. THE MEAL COST IS ALL DEPENDING ON YOUR CHOICE OF EATING PLACE. THE PACKAGE TOUR WITH FULL BOARD MEAL IS ARRANGED UPON REQUEST .
THE DRESS STANDARDS ARE CONSERVATIVE THROUGHOUT ASIA. LOOSE , LIGHTWEIGHT, LONG CLOTHING ARE ALL RESPECTFUL AND COOL IN ASIAN HOT CLIMATE. IN ADDITION TO YOUR ITEMS OF PERSONAL CLOTHING, WE SUGGEST YOU TO BRING TRAINER OR SNEAKER SHOES, JACKET FOR COLD WEATHER, TORCH/FLASH LIGHT, HAT, RAIN COAT FOR WET SEASON, SUN CREAM, SUNGLASSES, DAYPACK, TOILETRIES AND SMALL TOWER, INSECT REPELLENT.