We are delighted to let you know about a number of excursions that we can offer which will not only save you up to 50% off the local ticket prices, but save you valuable time during your stay.
You can call us free of charge on 01737 646416 to book any of these trips & tours.
Elephant Jungle Trek and Bamboo River Rafting, £89 per person - Chiang Dao literally translated means "the City of Stars", is North of Chiang Mai en route to Tha Ton. Chiang Dao town centre has charming old style wooden shops flanking the highway. Chiang Dao is famous for its Elephant Camp and Elephant show. You will arrive at the camp after a drive along picturesque routes - winding around the bends of the road high above the Mae (River) Ping. Watch the elephants taking their morning bath and demonstrating some of their skills. Afterwards take an elephant ride through some of the lovely forest scenery and along the river. After lunch, you will take a bamboo raft trip down the Mae Ping. Admire the scenery and absorb the tranquility as you float down the river. On your return trip to Chiang Mai, you will visit an orchid farm.
Elephants at Work, £29 per person - Spend a memorable morning watching these gentle giants at play and in training. Elephants have always been an important part of Thai culture. Today, they are mainly used as powerful beasts of burden, but in earlier times these giant animals were an integral part of the Royal Army and played an important role in Thai History. This charming tour takes you to the Mae Sa Elephant Camp, situated in lush tropical jungle. The centre’s philosophy is to create a natural and healthy environment for the elephants and here you will have the chance to watch these amazing creatures take their daily bath and then witness the traditional training techniques still used today.
Chiang Mai City and Temples Tour, £29 per person - Get a flavour for Chiang Mai’s beautiful and historic Buddhist Temples including a fascinating visit to the 600 year old temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep perched near the summit of Doi Suthep at 5300 feet. Chiang Mai and the surrounding area enjoy a wealth of exquisite Buddhist Temples. Locally referred to as ‘Wats’ these buildings are beautiful examples of Thai architecture and often full of holy treasures and ancient relics. This revealing tour introduces you to three of her most fascinating and renowned temples.
Half Day Sankampang and Handicraft Village, £19 per person - Many of the very best handicrafts in all of Thailand are produced right here in the North. We can now visit a number of workshops and factories where these Northern handicrafts are made, all the way along Sankampang Road to the village of Bo Sang. Bo Sang itself is known as the umbrella making village, and here you will see how we make 'saa' paper from mulberry trees, and make a wide range of products from it, including the village's famous painted umbrellas. On the way back to Chiang Mai, there is a myriad of other handicraft industries to visit and see including silk and cotton weaving, lacquer ware, silverware, teak wood furniture carving, gems and jewellery, ceramics and pottery.
Phuket Half Day Safari, £57 per person - Your day starts with a drive by 4WD Land Rover along the dirt tracks into the Chalong Highlands where you will discover the Siam Safari Elephant Camp. Here there is the chance to learn about elephant conservation and the role of mahouts or carers. You will see the traditional training methods and there is also the memorable opportunity to touch and feed the young elephants. From here, climb onto the back of one of these mighty beasts for an exciting elephant trek through the Chalong Highlands with wonderful views of Chalong Bay and Phi Phi Island. On completion of the trek, there is a chance to learn about some of the local crafts. See how monkeys are trained to pick coconuts and after watching them in action, see how the locals process the milk and oil. You will also see how rubber trees are ‘tapped’ to produce natural latex rubber and offered the chance to take a ride on an ox cart. One of the highlights of this tour is the opportunity to see how a traditional Thai curry is prepared and needless to say, you can try some if you dare!
Phuket Canoe Cave Explorer, £83 per person - Phang Nga Bay is famous for the sheer limestone cliffs that vertically jut out of the emerald green water, but recently it was discovered that the islands in the bay are also full of hidden caves and inland lagoons or ‘hongs’. This unique experience allows you to leisurely explore this breathtaking scenery – widely considered some of the finest in Thailand. The only way to enter the hongs is through stalactite-filled tunnels. Your experienced canoe guide is on hand to take you through these dark passages to the spectacular open-air lagoons beyond. This is undisturbed nature at its best and your canoe trip will also include the chance to pause at one of the secluded beaches for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear water.
Phi Phi Island by Speedboat, £83 per person - The quickest way to get to Koh Phi Phi is by speedboat. Ideal for those with limited time in Phuket the exciting hour-long speedboat ride will ensure you spend less time on the water and more time exploring these magical islands. As you approach the islands you are greeted by breathtaking rock formations rising from the vivid turquoise waters which give way to picture-postcard beaches surrounded by jungle. Here you will discover the fantastic landscapes of 'Maya Bay' made famous by the film 'The Beach' and after a delicious lunch at a beachside location on Phi Phi Island you will be taken to a secluded paradise beach where you can enjoy swimming, snorkelling or simply soak up the sun on the beach.
Trekking & Rafting Adventure, £77 per person - This eco adventure is one of the best kept secrets in Phuket. Your day starts with a scenic 2 hour drive drive to Tone Pariwat Sanctuary Station for the start of your white water rafting adventure. This action-packed ride takes you along the Phang Nga River, a beautiful mountain river fringed with forest. Needless to say, you are sure to get very wet! There is roughly 4-5 persons per raft and you will be accompanied by an experienced instructor. The rafting lasts around 60 minutes. After lunch at the Songpreak restaurant, head to the elephant camp for the second part of your experience. Climb atop one of these mighty creatures for an exciting one hour trek through the tropical rainforest past bamboo trees, rattan overhangs, lianas, swaying palms and tropical flora. Afterwards there is a chance to swim in a natural pool by a waterfall before returning back to your hotel.
Khoa Sok Jungle Safari, £77 per person - Khao Sok is one of Thailand's hidden secrets. Here you will find one of the oldest evergreen rainforests in the world, huge limestone mountains, deep valleys, breathtaking lakes, spectacular caves, wild animals and much more. An early morning drive from Phuket will take you through the Phang Nga Province to Khao Sok and as you near the national park, the rubber plantations are replaced with views of forest covered mountains. One of the best ways to experience this beautiful jungle is by inflatable canoe, taking you along an ancient trade route that once linked China and India. A local guide will gently paddle your canoe along the River Sok, past scenes of exotic tropical vegetation clinging to the river banks, towering trees and stunning limestone river cliffs and mountains. Birds such as hornbill, kingfisher, heron and egret plus reptiles and monkeys can often be spotted along the way. On conclusion of your jungle river canoe trip, enjoy a delicious Thai buffet lunch before heading to the Siam Safari Elephant Camp. Here you will learn about local elephant conservation projects and see the traditional training methods before joining an unforgettable elephant trek.
Krabi by Speedboat, £84 per person - Situated to the east of Koh Phi Phi, Krabi is world renowned for its limestone cliffs and picture postcard white beaches. This adventure tour by speedboat will introduce you to the beaches, coves, caves and cliffs of Krabi National Park and there is plenty of time for swimming and snorkelling. The first stop of the day is Hong Island, home to arguably the most beautiful beach in the Andaman Sea. Here you can soak up the sun or explore the coral reefs. After a delicious buffet lunch, continue to explore the beautiful coves and white sandy beaches of Krabi National Park by Speedboat. Highlights include the spectacular formations and hidden lagoons of the Pra Nang Caves and the fine white sands of Bho-Da Island. The sea caves which are home to the edible-nest swiftlet, whose nests are valued at over US $2000.00 per kg. The snorkelling is particularly good at Dham Kwan Island.
Phuket FantaSea with Dinner, £50 per person - Phuket FantaSea, winner of Thailand’s “Best Attraction Award”, is a unique cultural theme park and entertainment complex that offers a great night out in Phuket. You'll be picked up from your Phuket hotel and taken to the wonderful and mystical world that is FantaSea. Inspired by Thailand’s rich and exotic heritage, Phuket FantaSea not only showcases the charm and beauty of Thailand, but also enriches ancient Thai traditions with the wonder of cutting edge technology and special effects. The result is a stunning 140-acre theme complex, packed with a multitude of activities and entertainment.
Damnern Saduak Floating Market, £35 per person – Hop into a narrow long-tailed speedboat and visit Damnoen Saduak, Thailand’s most famous floating market. These colourful, bustling floating markets travel along the canals in canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. Join in the excitement and try your hand at bartering!
Bridge on the River Kwai, £49 per person – In this excursion you can get away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and discover the famous bridge over the River Kwai, only 100 kilometres from the city. This trip will take you to the province of Kanchanabury, located to the West of Bangkok. Once there you will have the opportunity to visit the war cemetery where more than 9000 allied soldiers are buried as well as a reconstruction of a POW camp that also houses a museum. Discover the Bridge over the River Kwai, notorious for having built by allied POWs during the Second World War. Take a train across the river along the original “death railway” while you enjoy the views and spectacular jungle landscapes. Enjoy this popular and unrepeatable experience while a knowledgeable local guide provides a fascinating commentary about this famous and spectacular place.
Thai Boxing, £75 per person – Where better to watch the thrilling sport of Thai Boxing than in one of the two most-important boxing stadiums in Thailand’s capital of Bangkok! After being collected from your hotel, you’ll be taken to one of Bangkok’s two boxing stadiums where matches are held most nights. Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, now a popular sport all over the world, begins with a special pre-fight ceremony to show respect for the fighters’ religion, their trainers and the sportsmanship involved. Once the match begins, the atmosphere inside the stadium becomes electric as opponents use every part of their body to kick, punch and fight their way to victory – all played out to the sound of gamblers shouting the odds on the winner and strident background Thai boxing music! At the end of the match, you’ll be returned safely to your centrally located Bangkok hotel.
Thai Booking Class in Bangkok, £59 per person – Thai cuisine is one of the country's cultural heritages and it is renowned internationally to be one of the best cuisines in the world. Spend only half a day to discover a true Thai taste that you will never want to miss and that you will be able to impress your friends with. You can enjoy the cooking lessons with traditional and practical Thai recipes in an ideal home-style learning environment. There are two sessions a day and in each session participants will learn 4 Thai dishes (one set menu). The price includes lesson fee, use of school's cooking utensils and all fresh and dry ingredients.
Grand Palace Tour, £29 per person – The Grand Palace, home to the Emerald Buddha, is the most important of all Thai monuments and a must-see when visiting Thailand. Built over two centuries ago, it was the residence of the Kings of Siam and its beauty must be seen to be believed! Book this tour in advance to ensure you don’t miss out. Take a tour of the Grand Palace, one of the most important Thai monuments, which was once the home of the Kings of Siam. This magnificent palace was built in traditional Thai style combined with European designs. Within the extensive Palace grounds is the Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred and important of all Thai temples. This contains the most revered Buddha image in the country - the Emerald Buddha - which is made from one solid piece of translucent green jade. At the end of the tour, you’ll be dropped off at your centrally located Bangkok hotel.
Bangkok Waterways, £39 per person – Bangkok’s waterways are what earned it the title ‘Venice of the East’ and these ‘klongs’ provide the city’s lifeblood. On this exciting morning tour, enjoy a journey along the Choa Phraya River by motor boat to Thornburi where Bangkok was founded, and visit the Temple Wat Arun and the Royal Barges Museum. Hop into a motor boat which will whisk you along the Chao Phraya River to the klongs (canals) of Thornburi where Bangkok was founded. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of ordinary Thai people as they go about their day cooking in floating kitchens, purchasing goods from floating shops and living in the traditional manner along the riverbank. During the tour, you’ll visit the magnificent Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). A Wat is a Buddhist religious where men and women can be ordained as monks or nuns. The tour also includes a visit to the Royal Barges Museum which houses the eight elaborately decorated long-boats which are used during royal ceremonial processions. At the end of the tour, you’ll be returned to your hotel.
Floating Markets and Bridge on the River Kwai, £59 per person – Discover two of Thailand’s most popular attractions on this full day experience from Bangkok, perfect for those who have limited time in Thailand’s capital. Your day commences with a scenic drive through sugar cane fields, rice paddies and pineapple plantations before embarking on an exciting long tail speed-boat ride to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, passing traditional stilt houses and scenes that have changed little over the centuries. Enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the famous market where you will find hundreds of Thai style canoes laden with fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats. If you want to get really close to the action, your local Thai guide will help you organise a local boat ride through the markets (optional extra, payable locally)..
Half Day Bangkok Temples Tour, £29 per person – Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist country with around 95% of Thai's practicing the Theravada discipline of Buddhism. Therefore on the streets of Bangkok it is not unusual to see monks walking along the road and it is no surprise that Thailand has over 26.000 Wat's (the local name for Temple). You cannot leave Thailand without taking this half-day tour and visiting three of the most significant temples in Bangkok renowned for their cultural values and Buddhist sacredness.