Thailand on a Shoestring 20 days

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This 20-day tour program is the perfect combination of culture, history, nature, tradition and people of Thailand.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Children, Culture, Discovery, Family, Guided Tours, History
    • Activity Level Fairly Easy
    • Group Size Small Group
    All about the Thailand on a Shoestring 20 days.

    Thailand on a Shoestring 20 days

    Explore numerous highlights such as JEATH War Museum, the Royal Palace, the Memorial Cemetery, etc
    • Discover the former royal capital, Ayutthaya with its monuments and temple ruins
    • Get insight into the daily working of local people through the visit to “train market”
    • Admire picturesque natural scenery along the Chao Phraya River by long-tail boat
    • Have chance to live in traditional Thai-style bungalow in the lush jungle
    • Relaxing time to admire the atmosphere in beautiful nature, swimming in sparkling water
    • Discover the former royal capital, Ayutthaya with its monuments and temple ruins
    • Discover the lifestyles of hill tribe minorities through the visit to hill tribe village
    • Take interesting trek and hike to explore hidden caves and picturesque waterfall

    This 20-day tour program is the perfect combination of culture, history, nature, tradition and people of Thailand. With the long time duration, you have great opportunity to uncover the mysteries of culture and history through the heritage sites, step your feet on beautiful natural wonders, experience local life in remote hill tribe villages, enjoy delicious food and beautiful textiles. This promises to bring you’re a memorial trip that you can’t forget in your life.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    16 nights of accommodation
    03 nights on train
    Daily western-style breakfasts
    Meals as in itinerary
    Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles
    01 domestic flight Ko Samui – Bangkok
    Domestic airport & government taxes
    Local English-speaking guides
    Water & tissues on coach
    Boat trip in Bangkok
    Train ticket in Bangkok
    Train tickets to Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya, Surat Thani
    Bus, trekking fees, elephant riding, bamboo raft in Chiang Mai
    Ferry in Surat Thani
    Entrance fees as in itinerary

    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    International flights to/from Bangkok
    Travel insurance
    Early check-in & late check-out surcharge
    Personal expenses
    Meals not mentioned
    Drinks not mentioned
    Tips & gratuities for guide and driver
    Others not mention

    1. Day1 Bangkok

      Activities:Arrive in Bangkok, relax
      Included:Airport pickup with guide, hotel in Bangkok
      ou will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    2. Day2 Bangkok

      Activities:Explore the highlights of Bangkok
      Included:Breakfast, guide, ground transportation, entrance fees, hotel in Bangkok
      Discover three of Bangkok’s finest temples: Wat Traimit houses a striking 3-metre tall Golden Buddha image – a gleaming, 5-ton figure of solid gold. Wat Pho houses the highly revered giant Reclining Buddha and traditional massage school, while Wat Benjabophit is famous for its elegant, white marble facade and Buddha images lining the cloister walls behind the main chapel. Alternatively, combine a tour to the three temples above with a visit to the Grand Palace. Inside its 61-acre complex, you’ll encounter what is undoubtedly one of the wonders of the world, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Overnight in Bangkok

    3. Day3 River Kwai – Kanchanaburi

      Activities:Travel to the River Kwai by minibus, stop at ’train market’, take a boat into jungle, arrive at floating bamboo bungalow
      Meal:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Included:Breakfast, lunch, dinner, guide, ground transportation, boat trip, train ticket, bungalow on river
      You’ll be picked up early this morning for the next stage of your Thailand trip; travelling by air-conditioned minibus to the River Kwai accompanied by an english-speaking guide. First stop will be the Samut Sakhon ’train market’ where you’ll get to try your haggling skills. Afterwards you’ll continue to the famous Bridge over the River Kwai, where you’ll take a train ride along a stretch of the infamous Burma Death Railway. On arrival at the small station, a tasty lunch will be served and you’ll step into a longtail boat. This boat will drift along the River Kwai, deep into the thick evergreen jungle. Just fourty minutes later, you’ll arrive at your floating bamboo bungalow on the river. You’ll have your own room with a swimming jetty and a hammock. There’s no electricity, and you’ll eat an ambient dinner by the light of flickering oil lamps. Seated at long tables, you’ll share the meal with your fellow travelers with a background chorus of jungle sounds.

    4. Day4 River Kwai – Kanchanaburi

      Activities:Ride to Erawan Waterfall, visit to the JEATH War Museum and the Memorial Cemetery
      Included:Breakfast, guide, ground transportation, boat trip, entrance fees, hotel in Kanchanaburi
      Waking up from a night in the jungle and sail along the river by boat for the hour long ride to the Erawan Waterfalls (400 Baht, approx £8 entrance fee paid locally). The waterfall has seven different levels, dropping a total height of 1500m. You can reach the top in about 1½ hours depending on your walking speed, but you’ll be duly rewarded for your efforts. Sparkling water cascades down into bright turquoise pools against a backdrop of smooth limestone rocks. You’ll have three hours here, so don’t forget your swimsuit. At the end of the day the guide will drop you off at your friendly hotel in Kanchanburi. From here it’s only a short walk to the JEATH War Museum and the Memorial Cemetery (option not included).

    5. Day5 Kanchanaburi - Night train to Chiang Mai

      Activities:Take a train to Chiang Mai
      Included:Breakfast, guide, ground transportation, train to Chiang Mai, overnight on train
      After breakfast in the morning, you have free time before taking the bus back to Bankok for the night train to Chiang Mai Early in the evening you’ll take the overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai. When you’re ready for bed let the train gently rock you to sleep. If you’re a light sleeper, don’t forget to bring along your ear plugs. You’ll be woken an hour before arrival in Chiang Mai to continue your trip.

    6. Day6 Arrival in Chiang Mai - Free time

      Activities:Arrive in Chiang Mai and check in hotel
      Included:Hotel in Chiang Mai, breakfast
      Arrive Chiang Mai in the morning, you’ll be picked up and transfer to your hotel. Spent time at your leisure

    7. Day7 Arrival in Chiang Mai - Free time

      Activities:Arrive in Chiang Mai and check in hotel
      Included:Hotel in Chiang Mai, breakfast
      Arrive Chiang Mai in the morning, you’ll be picked up and transfer to your hotel. Spent time at your leisure

    8. Day8 Chaing Mai - Jungle trek, Elephant Ride and Hilltribe stay

      Activities:Have trekking in the mountains around Chiang Mai, reach the Palong village
      Meal:Breakfast, Lunch
      Included:Homestay in Chiang Mai, ground transportation, entrance fees, guide, breakfast, lunch
      Today you’ll begin your two day trek in the breathtaking mountains surrounding Chiang Mai – another great highlight of your Thailand holiday. You’ll be collected from your hotel and travel by bus to a local market. From here you’ll continue to an elephant camp in Keng Keud for an elephant ride. Lunch will be served in the jungle and you’ll begin trekking once you’ve finished. The trail has a few steps hills but most of it is relatively easy if you have a good level of fitness. You’ll trek for about 2.5 – 3 hours until you reach the Palong village Pang Hoo. The Palong recently moved to Thailand from Burma and there are only a handful of Palong villages in Northern Thailand. They wear distinctive clothes, mostly in red, with rattan hoops worn around the waist. Your accommodation is simple – a small wooden hut, just like the villagers, with a mattress on the bamboo floor. A mosquito net is also provided

    9. Day9 Jungle trek and Bamboo Rafting - Chaing Mai

      Activities:Hike to the Karen village of Thakilek, take a raft along the river, back to Chiang Mai
      Meal:Breakfast, Lunch
      Included:Hotel in Chiang Mai, ground transportation, trekking fees, bamboo raft, guide, breakfast, lunch
      After breakfast you’ll begin today’s trek. You’ll hike for about an hour and a half to the Karen village of Thakilek. After a short rest you’ll travel by bus to a riverside camp where a bamboo raft will be prepared for you. You’ll take your place on the raft and the helmsman, armed with a long pole, will float you peacefully down the river. On the way back to Chiang Mai you’ll stop to visit an orchid farm, arriving back into Chiang Mai at about 5pm

    10. Day10 Chiang Mai – Ayutthaya

      Activities:Free time at your leisure, travel to Ayutthaya
      Included:Overnight on train, ground transportation, train to Ayutthaya , breakfast
      (Travel time approx: 10 hours) After breakfast, spend time at your leisure. Late afternoon, heading to the railway station. After stocking up on a few snacks for the trip, your tour continues south to Ayutthaya on the overnight sleeper train.

    11. Day11 Arrival in Ayutthaya - Free Time

      Activities:Arrive in Ayutthaya, check in hotel
      Included:Hotel in Ayutthaya, hotel transfer, breakfast
      Arrive in Ayutthaya early in the morning, transfer to your hotel. Free time, discover by yourself .

    12. Day12 Ayutthaya - Bangkok - Night train to Surat Thani

      Activities:Explore Ayutthaya, travel to Bangkok
      Included:Overnight on train, ground transportation, breakfast, night train to Surat Thani
      (Travel time approx: 11 hours) After breakfast, you will have a little more free time this morning to explore Ayutthaya. In the afternoon you’ll continue with your Thailand trip as you collect your luggage from the hotel and travel to Bangkok. We’ll arrange your comfortable second-class couchette aboard the air conditioned sleeper train down to Surat Thani, the gateway to the tropical islands of the south

    13. Day13 Surat Thani - Ko Phangan

      Activities:Arrive in Surat Thani, take a boat across the Gulf of Thailand to Ko Phangan
      Included:Hotel in Ko Phangan, ground transportation, boat riding
      (Travel time approx: 2 hours) When you arrive in Surat Thani, you’ll make your way to the ferry port where you’ll take the 3-hour boat ride across the sunny Gulf of Thailand to Ko Phangan. Ko Phangan is known for its full moon parties. These parties are held on Haad Rin beach during the full moon and attract thousands of people from across the world. If you like, you can have your visit to Ko Pha Ngan coincide with the full moon, giving you the opportunity to join the legendary party.

    14. Day14 Ko Phangan - Free Time

      Activities:Free time at your leisure
      Included:Hotel in Ko Phangan, breakfast
      Spend time at your leisure.

    15. Day15 Ko Phangan - Free Time

      Activities:Free time at your leisure
      Included:Hotel in Ko Phangan, breakfast
      Spend time at your leisure.

    16. Day16 Ko Phangan - Ko Samui

      Activities:Head to the Ko Pha Ngan pier, take ferry to Ko Samui island
      Included:Hotel in Ko Samui, breakfast
      After breakfast you’ll head over to the Ko Pha Ngan pier on your own and you’ll buy a ticket for the ferry to the tropical island of Ko Samui; the end point of your Thailand trip from Bangkok to Ko Samui. The ferry ride will take about an hour and a half. Arrive in Ko Samui and make your way to the hotel. Free time in the afternoon

    17. Day17 Ko Samui - Free Time

      Activities:Free time at your leisure
      Included:Hotel in Ko Samui, breakfast
      Spend time at your leisure, discover by yourself.

    18. Day18 Ko Samui - Free Time

      Activities:Free time at your leisure
      Included:Hotel in Ko Samui, breakfast
      Spend time at your leisure, discover by yourself.

    19. Day19 Ko Samui - Bangkok

      Activities:Enjoy time at the island, fly to Bangkok
      Included:Hotel in Bangkok, airport transportation, breakfast
      After breakfast, enjoy your last time at the island. Transfer to the airport, take the flight to Bangkok. As you arrive in Bangkok, overnight in Bangkok

    20. Day20 Bangkok

      Included:Airport transfer with drop-off guide, breakfast
      Depending on what time your flight, you’ll have plenty of time to do some last minute shopping in Bangkok. Transfer to Bangkok airport, take your flight home.

    Accommodation for Your Journey

    Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

    It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

    We pick hotels for you based on:

    Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

    Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.

    Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

    Hotel Standards

    3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

    4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

    5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Accommodation for Your Journey

    The Prices showed on our system is in USD (United State Dollar), INCLUDED Tax and Service Charge but EXCLUDED Bank Fee. Please check carefully the inclusion and exclusion of services before booking. Included and excluded services will also be listed in our confirmation email.

    Important note:

    – Price is in United State Dollar (USD)

    – Price is based on Double/Twin Occupancy accommodations.

    – Price does NOT include surcharges for Bank Fee and other surcharges if any.

    Before making a reservation, please check the price of the tour by filling the number of pax, choosing the departure date, and clicking “Check Rates” button in “Check Rates” tab. Click “Book It” button to reserve the accommodation type you prefer for the tour and process to the next step. Please select the optional transfer services or extra services of your choice from the list then click ‘Add To Cart’ button to navigate to the next step.

    Re-check the services you would like to book then click “Submit Booking” (“Send My Inquiry” for Land Tours) to navigate to the final step. At the final step, fill your necessary information in the detail information form.

    Please fill correct information, especially the email address and phone number so that we can contact with you to process the booking. Once finish filling the information, click “Submit” button to send the request to us.

    Note: An automatic email will be sent to your email address and our salespeople will soon contact you regarding the reservation. In the meantime, you have successfully sent your request to us. Please remember to utilize our “Book Together” feature in reservation process to have more savings.

    The booking process is represented through 5 steps below:

    Step 1: Check Rates

    Fill in the numbers of adults, children and infants of your group, enter your departure date and click ‘Check Rates’ button, you will see the accommodation prices.

    Once you selected an accommodation, click ‘Book It’ button to continue.

    Tips: To get more special discounts, please take a look at ‘Trip saving for booking together’ section where you can check rates and get a discount for booking 02 services at the same time. The discount amount ranges from US$3 to US$60 per room per night (hotel) or per pax (tour).

    Step 2: Book Extra Services

    This step meets your needs in booking optional services like transfer, visa, kayaking or other interesting activities related to your current booking.

    Tips: Don’t forget to book hotels, tours together in this step! It’s a smart way to get more savings.

    Step 3: Submit Booking

    Here you can review, add or remove your booking items, complete and submit your booking form.

    After your booking is submitted, the system navigates to a ‘Thank you page and send you an automatic email listing all the services you requested.

    Our travel consultant will get in contact with you within 01 working day to inform about the service availability & payment.

    Step 4: Confirm Availability & Deposit

    1. Check availability :

    After receiving your booking request, our consultant will check the availability of the services. If the services are available, our consultant will send you a payment link for the deposit by email, otherwise we will give you some alternative suggestions.

    Notice: our email may go to your spam mailbox, please check your spam mailbox if you don’t receive our response in one working day.

    2. Deposit:

    After receiving the payment link in the email sent from our consultant, please make the deposit as soon as possible to secure your booking. When we receive your deposit payment, our consultant will reserve the services for your booking as following:

    If all of the services are reserved successfully, we will send you a Confirmation Email including the deposit invoice and other useful information

    If the services are fully booked and are not available, we will inform you and suggest other options. In case you no longer want to book these services, we will refund all of the deposit amount.

    Notice: Your booking will NOT be confirmed until we send you the Confirmation email. The remaining balance can be paid later – before departure date. For some urgent bookings or special types of promotion, 100% of the total cost will be required.

    Step 5: Final Payment

    The full payment must be made before your departure date. The exact deadline will be confirmed by our travel consultant depending on each service you booked.

    The remaining balance can be paid by Cash (VND, USD, AUD, EUR) or by credit card. For the customers who’re going to stay in Hanoi, we are able to setup a direct meeting to collect the final payment.

    Notice: Payment by cash on arrival is only applied for trips starting from Hanoi and the arrival date is before the payment deadline (confirmed by our travel consultant). All currencies are exchanged by local rate.

    At the end of booking process, on the “Make a booking” page, you can enter any special requests into the “Special Request” box before submitting your booking. Another easy way is sending us your special request directly by email.

    The deposit is required to guarantee your reservation (tours, hotels, transfer, etc.). After receiving your deposit, we’re going to reserve the services for you. So the deposit is required to secure your booking. Normally, 30% of total cost will be required for deposit at the booking time. For some urgent cases or special types of promotion, we will require full payment at the booking time. Learn more: how to pay deposit

    Normally Journey Expedition Travel includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


    It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.


    Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.


    Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

    If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs

    You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

    All tour guides of Journey Expedition Travel are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

    Private Tour Guide

    You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

    All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

    If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

    Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

    With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

    Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

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