Essential Thailand

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Meet the friendly locals, enjoy the beautiful scenery and take a glimpse into the country’s intriguing history on the 7-day Travel Talk tour of Essential Thailand. Become adventurous in Bangkok, discover hidden secrets in Kanchanaburi and get an authentic Asian experience during your visit to Thailand.

The wellbeing and safety of our passengers, staff and communities visited have always been our utmost priority. We are committed to ensuring your peace of mind with our enhanced Safe Travels protocols and Special Flexible Conditions, so that you can book and travel with confidence. We have also recevied the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which allows travellers to recognise companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

7 Day
Starts in / Ends in
Bangkok / Chiang Mai
Departs on
Hotel Rating
4&3 Star
Average Tour Group Size Avr. Group Size
25-30 people

Sight Visited

  • Ayutthaya

    Founded in 1350 by King Uthong, the Siamese capital at Ayutthaya was one of Asia's grandest cities until Burmese forces overran it in 1767.

  • Bangkok

    Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district.

  • Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai is home to hundreds of elaborate Buddhist temples, including the 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang, adorned with carved serpents.

  • Kanchanaburi

    Located at the confluence of the Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai Rivers and lies at the source of the Mae Klong River, and these majestic bodies of water are defining characteristics of the town.


Day 1: Bangkok
Welcome to Bangkok! At the airport terminal keep your eyes open for the Travel Talk sign, as we pick you up from the airport and take you to our Bangkok hotel. Gather round in the hotel lobby at 6:30pm as we meet both the other tour members and the guide. Listen up for a fast and informal meeting with the leader including registration and a short brief about the adventures ahead and information about Thailand. After the meeting, you can join the optional group dinner.
  • Included Activities; Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner
  • Meals ; No
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour
Today explore the city! We will start by visiting the beautiful 24-hour flower market. Here restaurants, hotels and florists come to buy their daily stock of fresh locally grown flowers. Its then on to the famous Wat Pho with its massive golden reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is also known as the Home of Thai Massage, as the training centre here is world renowned for its levels of excellence. We then take a local tuk tuk, for an exhilarating transfer to the Grand Palace. The Palace is the royal and religious heart of the country, with the revered Jade Buddha taking pride of place and next to the Palace is the royal and religious heart of the Royal Coronation Rooms. We then take a break to enjoy lunch before boarding a private long tail boat which takes you on a ride through the many klongs (canals) that cover the city. The rapid transformation from vibrant city to relaxing suburbia with gilded temples, stilted house, giant basking monitor lizards and old men fishing from the walkways is remarkable. During your hour long exploration, you will have time to feed some of the giant catfish that live in the water here before disembarking near to the famous backpacker district of Khao San Road. This is where many expeditions around the region start and finish, and the area is imbued with an atmosphere of adventure with its mixture of street bars, market stalls, music and travellers.
  • Included Activities; Bangkok Guided City Tour
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Brekfast
Day 3: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi
This morning we set off for Kanchanaburi, home of the famous bridge on the river Kwai. Our first stop is at the bridge itself, where we learn about its history. We then visit the Allied War Cemetery before boarding a train for a 90-minute ride on the 'Death Railway'. This section of track was dug out and laid by allied POWs and locals as forced labour under the Japanese Imperial Army. We then disembark for lunch. Afterwards you will pay a visit to Hellfire Pass, which has an excellent visitors’ centre that gives details on how the workers dug the railway cutting with their bare hands. We take time to visit the cutting itself before driving to a nearby pier and taking a long tail boat to our hotel for the night. Your room is in a floating raft on the Kwai River, facilities are simple (no electricity) however the setting and experience are both breath-taking.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Kanchanaburi
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Brekfast
Day 4: Kanchanaburi
Today is free for you to relax and enjoy the facilities at your resort at leisure. There is kayaking, rafting, swimming as well as trekking in the local villages. Or if you prefer, you can just relax in your hammock next to the river and read a book!
  • Optional Activities ; Kayaking, Trekking, Rafting
  • Meals ; Brekfast
Day 5: Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai
After breakfast, we then drive for 3 hours to the ancient capital of Ayuthaya. We pass countryside and small towns before arriving and taking a break for lunch. Afterwards we get to visit some of the key sites in this ancient capital taking time to visit the impressive ruined temples of Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. It’s then on to a local restaurant for a dinner at your own leisure before we board our train northwards to Chiang Mai.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Ayutthaya
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner
  • Meals ; Brekfast
Day 6: Chiang Mai
This morning you are met at the train station and are taken to your hotel. After lunch we visit foothills of the impressive Doi Suthep Temple and then have to switch to local vehicles for the journey up the mountain. The temple on the summit stands like a sentinel over the valley below, and monks chanting adds to the sense of atmosphere. The site has been a place of worship since the 14th Century, and is one of the most sacred sites for Thais. This evening we set off an orientation tour of the Chiang Mai Night market. All kinds of wonders can be found on sale, from hand painted umbrellas to intricately carved soaps; freshly cooked street food to linens made by the hill tribe communities.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Chiang Mai,  Orientation walk in the market
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; No
Day 7: Chiang Mai
Our trip will end today after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, bid you safe travels, and check-out of the hotel at 11:00am.
  • Meals ; Brekfast

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Price ($)

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:


4 and 3 star hotels | Sleeper cabin accommodation in overnight train | Floating house in Kanchanaburi


5 breakfasts | 2 Dinners


Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus | Sleeper cabin accommodation in overnight trains as mentioned in the itinerary | Local tuk tuk | Long tail boat | Train ride on the Death Railway


Services of experienced guide licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary




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