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- Boat through Chao Praya’s local canals
- Explore ancient temples in Ayuthaya
- Learn how to cook Thai cuisine
- Relax and unwind in tropical Hua Hin
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Start and end in Bangkok! With the discovery tour Classic Thailand, you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Bangkok, Thailand and 6 other destinations in Thailand. Classic Thailand is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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- AnonymousWritten on March 8, 20134.0 - GoodA good varied holiday that wasn't too rushed. It was nice to spend a couple of days in each place.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Lots of things. It was really interesting seeing all the bits of the thailand Burma railway and hearing about what happened. The night in the hills near Chiang Mai was lovely. Food was fab and I really enjoyed the cooking day although there was too much food to eat!What did you think of your group leader?She was Ok. Because we travelled in 2 buses rather than all together it made it difficult for her to tell us extra stuff about Thailand. On previous holidays with Exodus the guide has talked during longer drives and answered questions about the country and culture etc. I missed that on this trip. Got a bit of conflicting info at times.Is there anything else you would like to add?On the day we travelled from the hioll tribe back to Chiang Mai it would have been better to do a longer walk before we got back on the bus. We arrived in Chaing Mai at 12.00 and our hotel rooms weren't ready so we wasted a couple of hours hanging about. I would have preferred to walk for longer or go somewhere else and then get back at 14.00 so we could go straight to our rooms and then go out exploring.
- AnonymousWritten on March 4, 20134.0 - GoodA good experience of the basic highlights of Thailand, done at a reasonably leisurely pace in reasonable accommodation. Basically delivering what was promised.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting away from the built up and to be frank, somewhat tawdry modern Thailand. The trips to the Natioal Parks were especially enlightening.What did you think of your group leader?She was adequate. She did the basic organisational stuff well but was a bit short on interesting background. However as the group was split between 2 minibuses it was somewhat difficult for her to provide a consistent service to all parties.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Try to ensure that the group is small enough to travel in one single group rather than split in two. The 2 buses were not ideal. Not sure why Exodus couldn't provide a single vehicle given that we were only 17 including our guide. Also in Hua Hin the hotel was a bit past its best and some way out of the centre, necessitating a drive every evening to the restaurants and town action.Is there anything else you would like to add?We had a good and varied group, and apart from the afore mentioned comments, the trip did what it said on the tin!
- AnonymousWritten on February 4, 20135.0 - ExcellentA very smoothly organised, varied trip.What did you think of your group leader?Boom was a conscientious, communicative and very committed tour leader.She answered a lot of questions and took her role seriously, but always kept smiling.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This isÂ a very good first introduction to the country.Is there anything else you would like to add?My negatives on this tour were the so called trekking days which were much too short and barely worth classifying as "trekking". One was a stroll to a waterfall of about an hour.The other was a walk through a hilltribe village, which was also underwhelmingly short.I would also prefer to have more time in Bangkok at theÂ beginning, one night is not enough.The activities on the programmeÂ were too condensed in the first 6 days, they should have been more spread outÂ throughout to get a better balanceÂ between travel, activity and relaxation.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The riding on elephants and the Thai cookery school, which was very well run.
- AnonymousWritten on January 14, 20135.0 - ExcellentA great way to see and experience the many things that Thailand has to offer, including the capital, the former capital, the countryside, the rivers, the mountains, the coast, the national parks, the museums, the temples, the thai massages, the local enterainment and much more. You get to travel by plane, air conditioned mini-bus, train, sleeper-train, and even tuk tuk!! You get to sample Thai food in hotels, local restaurants and street markets and also learn to cook your own!! All this in just two weeks!!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting the sleeper train from Ayutthaya to Chaing mai.Thai cookery school.Elephant trekking.Phraya Nakhon cave at Khoa Sam Roi Yot National Park.New Year in Bangkok.Riding a tuk tuk. What did you think of your group leader?Boom our group leader was very knowledgeable and helped us to be safe and informed at every step of the way. She was friendly, made us laugh and always went the extra mile. She had lots of local knowledge and could confidently guide us to the best restaurants and street markets and help us order from the menu. She taught us how to be responsible tourists and helped us to learn some Thai phrases. Her excellent organisational skills and strong inter-personal skills allowed the trip to run smoothly and made us all bond as a group. Thank you Boom.Â Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The start of the trip is quite fast paced, but there is time to relax at the end :)Is there anything else you would like to add?Thank you Exodus for a great adventure!
- AnonymousWritten on January 2, 20135.0 - ExcellentFantastic trip with excellent hotels, superb group leader, interesting and varied activities/sights and great mix of city and rural time. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were so may highlights but probably favourites were:-Â visiting the Hellfire Pass and Death Railway - the moutain location for the Hilltribe stay (after the bustle of Bangkok the silence aside from cow bells was so tranquil)- the cookery school was great fun and a brilliantly run day- our group all really enjoyed the overnight rail tripWhat did you think of your group leader?Our group leader, Soon, was an amazing lady - funny, extremely knowledgeable, kind and had a really flexible appoach.Â She managed to accommodate our varied interests and preferences, take control, look after various dietary requiremets, and went out of her way to introduce us to all kinds ofÂ weird and wonderul foods, facts and tucked away markets and so on - all the while being great company.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The travel notes were pretty comprehensive. It is important to know that for visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok you need to wear skirts below knee length or full length trousers - long shorts or 3/4 length trousers aren't allowed (for men or women).Â You also are advised to keep your shoulders covered for visiting any of the temples - and there are quite a few visited over the first few days, and more to be seen if you wish in Chiang Mail and Hua Hin....so think less strappy tops and more proper t-shirts or blouses for ladies to demonstrate respect.Â Â Â Â The first few days are pretty full onÂ -Â and can be tiring with the heat, after the travel out to Bangkok but you do get to slow down when you get into the hills.Â You may wish to have a sweatshirt /jumper for the evenings in the hills asÂ it is a bit cooler.Is there anything else you would like to add?I can't recommend this trip enough - I felt like we saw and did a huge amount - from cooking thai food to sliding into natural waterfalls to experiencing lots of cultural and historic sites.Â There wasn't a lot of 'down' time - mainly in the hills or in Hua Hin but it was welcome when we had it.Â Â The hotels were good to excellent (Hua Hin being the real 'wow' hotel) and the food was without exception fantastic - whether eating from street vendors or in hotels. Massages were amazing valueÂ (Â£4 on the beach/on streets or a 'pricey' Â£10-ish in hotels).Â As I've mentioned before Soon, ourÂ tour leader, wasÂ fab, andÂ this really helped makeÂ everything fun and easy.Â Â
- AnonymousWritten on August 31, 20124.0 - GoodWide range of places visited-leisurely in second half!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Several-hard to choose:Elephant riding in Chang Mai- Day at cookery school- Hotel by beach in Hua Hin!What did you think of your group leader?James was very obliging and has been a tourÂ leader for many years!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Limited free time to explore in first week-more leisurely thereafter!Â Â Overnight train surprisingly pleasant -but it often arrivesÂ five hours late if the engine is having an off day!!!Â Cooperate over wearing life jackets- if you don't it wil just cause delay to whole group!Take lots of Â insect repellant and cover legs and arms at night.Is there anything else you would like to add?Hotels mostly excellent - good rooms and clean Visit Canal market on journey from Hua Hin,Â Street massages cheap and Wonderful!
- AnonymousWritten on January 25, 20125.0 - ExcellentThis was an amazing holiday, truly the best way to see Thailand at its finest. Exodus have some great tour guides and our tour guide for this trip was one of the most informative guides I've met [Da]. There is alot of travelling involved so be prepared!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Most likely seeing Hellfire Pass, once you read all about what happened to these POW's and how they were treated it gives you a different look on life and how you must cherish it at all costs. It was very eye opening.What did you think of your group leader?Da was a great tour leader, always ready to answer any questions you had for her and was always integrating herself with the group and getting involved. Would love to have her again as our group leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The flight sucks, be prepared for this! Some of the things that are mentioned in the FAQ for gear you need also isnt required and takes up more room in your bag then necessary. I wouldnt take a sleeping bag if I had to go again, you only need a sleeping bag liner and you're all set. Make sure you take something to listen to music with or a book to read as some of the travelling between places is very long and tiring! Is there anything else you would like to add?Its a shame they changed the itinery for this trip in 2012 as the old itinery was absolutely amazing, I'd still go again though so dont hesitate to book this!
- AnonymousWritten on March 1, 20114.0 - GoodA well paced, smooth and balanced holiday which gave a true insight of Thailand.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Staying at the Hmong hilltribe lodge, trekking in the jungle.. Thai cooking course.What did you think of your group leader?Bond was a fantastic tour leader with a good sense of humour, passion for his country and a very pleasant personality.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Yes, do go on this tour and you will enjoy every minute of it.
- AnonymousWritten on September 19, 20095.0 - ExcellentWhen they say'no frills' they ain't kidding! Sleeper trains, bamboo beds, basic accomodation. But if, like me, that doesn't bother you in the slightest, it is a FANTASTIC holiday. Amazing sights, beautiful waterfalls, elephants, rafting, wonderful food. The pace is fast, but it all comes to a relaxing end with the 3 days at the beach. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting a picture of me sitting on an elephant's knee with his trunk wrapped round my neck - a slightly scary yet wonderful moment. Because we had a fairly large group of us (16), we hired a speedboat and went island-hopping for the day - saw some amazing beaches, went snorkelling in a beautiful bay - it was wonderful. The waterfalls were AMAZING, swimming with the fish under the waterfalls was the ultimate in relaxation. I also got a Thai oil massage - 1 hour of heaven (for about a fiver!).What did you think of your group leader?Bandito! Was a very funny, lovely chap. His knowledge of everywhere we went was incredible. He could have been a little more concise when advising us over gear we'd need for the day - otherwise he was great. He sent me to a superb tailor in Chiang Mai - got a lovely suit :).Do you have any advice for potential travellers?YES I DO! If you go in the rainy season - IT WILL RAIN! So an absolute MUST is a waterproof for the trekking, and a torch! In terms of how many clothes to pack - you'll get a couple of opportunities to get your clothes washed (very cheaply), so there's no need to pack 2 week's worth of clothes - it can be a real pain lugging around a heavy suitcase when you know that you're not going to use half of the stuff in there! Everything there is sooo cheap - I took around £400, spent £100 of it on a suit + shirts - yet still had enough money to have a great time and eat very well.Is there anything else you would like to add?I went as a solo traveller - it was my first ever solo holiday - and I had a fantastic time. Don't be nervous about it - take the plunge!
- AnonymousWritten on March 28, 20095.0 - ExcellentThis was a great experience that more than lived up to expectations. The range of activities, sights, different types of travel and above all the knowledge and experience of our guide made the trip unforgettable. We saw a lot of Thailand in two weeks.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were many and it is difficult to choose. The trek in the north and staying amongst the hill tribes was wonderful, descending in to the valley of the first village, arriving at the second village by elephant and departing by bamboo raft the next morning was magical. The contrast of of the bustle of the floating market compared to the poignancy and sadness of the museums, war cemetery and Hell Fire Pass. The peacefulness and scenery of the raft rooms we stayed at on the river Kwai. The beauty of the beaches, early morning swims and snorkeling in the south. Bangkok at night.What did you think of your group leader?We were very lucky in having Samart as our leader. Nothing was too much trouble and he looked after us making sure we had a good trip from beginning to end. His local knowledge was invaluable and his openess and friendliness both with the group and local people made everyone feel relaxed. When the group wanted to do something different either together or apart he happily accommodated their requests. He was great fun, a smashing sense of humour and very inclusive of everyone in the group.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We travelled in the dry season. There is no need to take too many clothes or too much equipment. Most things are available and you can get clothes laundered very cheaply. Make sure you have comfortable light weight walking boots and trekking sandals. We were not sure whether to take suitcases but found medium sized wheely suitcases from which we could decant in to small rucksacks (35 litre) for the trek worked well. Read the trip notes, this is a busy, active no frills trip with lots of different types of transport and accommodation which we found added positively to the whole experience.Is there anything else you would like to add?This is probably one of the best holidays we have had to date. We will be looking at Exodus again for future travels.
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- Day 1: Arrive Bangkok.
- Day 2: City tour including Grand Palace
- Day 3: Drive to Kanchanaburi; visit waterfalls of Erawan N.P.
- Day 4: Ride on Death Railway; visit 'Bridge on the River Kwai'.
- Day 5: Visit Ayuthaya's temples, overnight train to Chiang Mai.
- Day 6: Cookery class, late afternoon visit to Doi Suthep Temple for monk chanting.
- Day 7: Free day; option to visit Elephant Nature Park or join a bike ride.
- Day 8: Transfer to lodge in the jungle.
- Day 9: Gentle trek to visit local hilltribe village; return to Chiang Mai.
- Day 10: Fly to Bangkok; drive to Hua Hin.
- Day 11: Relax at the beach; day trip to Sam Roi Yort N.P.
- Day 12: Hua Hin free day.
- Day 13: Drive Bangkok; free afternoon.
- Day 14: End Bangkok
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Covering a total distance of approx 1,841 km.
- Bangkok (Thailand)
- 106 km
- Kanchanaburi (Thailand)
- 59 km
- Erawan National Park (Thailand)
- 59 km
- Kanchanaburi (Thailand)
- 119 km
- Ayutthaya (Thailand)
- 520 km
- Chiang Mai (Thailand)
- 582 km
- Bangkok (Thailand)
- 165 km
- Hua Hin (Thailand)
- 32 km
- Sam Roi Yot National Park (Thailand)
- 32 km
- Hua Hin (Thailand)
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