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Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

1. Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

Choose from either a shared group or private guided experience to see 2 iconic markets on a day trip from Bangkok. See a market located on the railway tracks, the Maeklong Railway Market, and a market that floats on the canals at the Damnoen Saduak Market. After pickup, arrive at the Maeklong Railway Market, also known as Talad Rom Hup (“Umbrella Pulldown Market”). Maeklong is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and hugs the track of the Maeklong Railway. Gain fascinating insights into how the market is run and what products are sold here from your local guide. Marvel at how market stalls and awnings are pulled back from the tracks every time a train approaches to let the train pass through. Next, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of the most famous floating markets in Thailand. To reach the market, take a short ride in a paddleboat. Enjoy plenty of time to meander around the colorful market, where friendly vendors sell directly from their boats. Take in the sights and sounds, and try local specialties like mango sticky rice. Your guide will give you advice on what not to miss. Return to Bangkok in time for the early afternoon.

Phuket: Maya, Phi Phi, and Bamboo Island with Buffet Lunch

2. Phuket: Maya, Phi Phi, and Bamboo Island with Buffet Lunch

Depart from Phuket and cruise in a speedboat across the ocean to the Phi Phi Islands. Enter the picturesque Loh Sama Bay and walk across the sands to relax on Maya Bay. Spot local wildlife at Monkey Beach and indulge in a beach-side restaurant buffet before snorkeling on Bamboo Island. Get picked up from your hotel in Phuket and travel to the pier to meet your friendly crew and group for the day. Be welcomed onto the boat with a soft drink and seasonal fruits as you're briefed about the tour. Arrive at Loh Sama Bay, a famous site of Koh Phi Phi Leh. See the small islet in the center and the tiny beach. Next, head to Maya Bay, where they filmed the movie The Beach. Relax on the white sand beach and explore Maya Bay on your own. As you stroll, appreciate the restoration work around the bay, before heading to Pileh Lagoon, an uninhabited national park. Marvel at this enclosed lagoon's bright emerald waters encircled by towering limestone cliffs. Head down to the cliffs and relax on the hidden beach by the lagoon before continuing to Viking Cave. Discover the historic industry devoted to the harvesting of swiftlet bird nests and learn their importance to Chinese culture. Next, view the magic of Monkey Beach from the comfort of your boat. Stop at an idyllic spot, surrounded by nature and steep rock formations, and relax in paradise, surrounded by limestone cliffs. Look around to see the wild monkeys climbing the cliffs, relaxing on the beach, or swimming. Enjoy a delicious international buffet lunch at a beach-side restaurant on Phi Phi Don. After lunch, travel to Nui Bay, a dive site on the northwest coast of Koh Phi Phi Don. Go for a swim in the clear water, if you wish. Finish your tour with some free time on heart-shaped Bamboo Island, where you will be able to swim, relax, or sunbathe for 1.5 hours. After relaxing, return to your speedboat and enjoy a comfortable transfer back to your hotel.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with Lunch

3. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a small-group tour of the magnificent temple ruins of Ayutthaya, the capital during the golden age of Siam. All entrance fees, an expert guide, and lunch at a local restaurant are included. Travel from Bangkok in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle or choose to join the tour at your first stop in Ayutthaya, Wat Lokayasutha. This temple is known for its giant reclining Buddha image, one of the few structures remaining intact here. Your next stop is Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, being part of the royal palace complex this is where royalty performed rituals. It is considered the most important temple of Ayutthaya. Then, visit Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya. One of the oldest and most significant temples in the history of Ayutthaya, it once housed the Buddha's holy relic. Admire the famous Buddha head entwined within the roots of a Bodhi tree. After, tuck into a hearty lunch at a local Thai restaurant, where your guide will be available to advise on local culinary specialties. Last but not least, finish your trip at the grand, riverside Wat Chaiwattanaram. Marvel at its compelling architectural style, influenced by the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, as you wander around the monumental grounds.

Chiang Mai: Waterfall, Elephant Sanctuary, and Rafting Tour

4. Chiang Mai: Waterfall, Elephant Sanctuary, and Rafting Tour

Embark on a one-of-a-kind experience and visit an ethical rescued elephant facility in the jungle outside Chiang Mai. Cool off in a waterfall, savor a traditional Thai lunch, and become a caretaker for the day as you interact, feed, and observe the gentle giants in their natural environment.  Begin with a pickup from your hotel or accommodation in downtown Chiang Mai. Take a scenic drive southwest of Chiang Mai and see local farms, hill tribe villages, and rice fields along the way.  Journey to the Mae Wang Waterfalls, where you'll relax and take a dip in the water. Arrive at the Pon Elephant Thailand located deep in the jungle. You'll be welcomed to the sanctuary by a guide who will lead you through the experience. Next, get a briefing on Asian elephants and the background of the sanctuary. Come and meet the friendly rescued elephants and feed them bananas. Walk up the hill with elephants through the forest and watch the elephants forage for food in the wilderness. Observe elephants interacting between families in their natural environment. Head down to the river and enjoy bathing with the elephants. Walk with the elephants back to the sanatorium and embrace the memories and have time to say goodbye to these marvelous creatures. Finish off with a scenic bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Wang River before you get dropped off at your hotel in Chiang Mai.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip

5. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip

Discover some of the notable historical sites of Ayutthaya on a day trip from Bangkok. Visit ancient temples and palaces as well as the Ayothaya Floating Market with an expert guide. After meeting in Bangkok in the morning, start the 2-hour drive to Ayutthaya. The ancient city of Ayutthaya was founded around 1350 and became the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai. On this full-day trip, you will explore the ruins of the old city, in the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya Historical Park. The park is an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries, and statues. Visit the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, originally built in 1632 by King Prasat Thong. At this spot, you can find a number of impressive buildings built in different architectural styles from Thai, Chinese and European design. Continue your tour with a visit to the Ayothaya Floating Market and enjoy some free time for lunch at your own expense. After lunch, you will visit 2 more historical sites, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Mahathat, to discover the ruins of the great temple sites. You will return to Bangkok in the early evening, where you will be dropped off at a location close to the original meeting point.

Bangkok: Railway & Floating Market Tour with Paddleboat Ride

6. Bangkok: Railway & Floating Market Tour with Paddleboat Ride

Explore Thailand's world-famous markets on this tour. Visit the town of Mae Klong and discover local products and goods at its popular railway market. Then, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where you can taste and shop for local food. After meeting your guide, leave the city of Bangkok and travel by road until you reach the small town of Mae Klong. There, you get to explore the railway market. This traditional market is a spectacle visited by both locals and tourists. Witness how the stands selling local products are set up and dismantled at each train pass and be acquainted with the market's hustle and bustle and its different aromas. Have an unforgettable experience as you wait for the train to pass before browsing through a variety of local products. Next, continue your journey to the Thai province of Ratchaburi to visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Take a typical paddle boat to discover the market and sail along the canals. See how locals buy and sell from boat to boat. You can also shop for spices, fruits and vegetables, crafts, and souvenirs. Then, enjoy some free time to walk through the town's narrow streets, taste local products, and observe people's lifestyles before returning to Bangkok.

Suvarnabhumi Airport: 3-Hour Miracle Lounge Access

7. Suvarnabhumi Airport: 3-Hour Miracle Lounge Access

Enjoy VIP access at Miracle Lounge Suvarnabhumi for a relaxing wait in between flights. Be pampered with unlimited food and hot or chilled beverages, including delicious Thai food from The Miracle Group Hotel chef. Each lounge has comfortable couches, free WiFi, work stations and international TV channels, magazines, and newspapers. The lounge also offers a shower room, a prayer room, and open-air space (Concourse D). At the breakfast counter, you will find fresh cookies, pies, sandwich, and cakes. This is the best place enjoy a break before your next flight.

Bangkok: Mahanakhon SkyWalk Entry Ticket with Options

8. Bangkok: Mahanakhon SkyWalk Entry Ticket with Options

Conquer your fear of heights with a trip to the top of the King Power Mahanakhon building with entry tickets to the Mahanakhon Skywalk in Bangkok. Get unique views of the most iconic sights in Bangkok, like the towering red columns of the Giant Swing or the golden pagodas of the Wat Phra Kaew. Head to the 74th-floor indoor observation deck, 314 meters above the ground. Go up to the 78th floor and step out to the outdoor 360-degree observation deck. Muster a little courage and step out onto the see-through glass floor panels. Feel the breeze as you stand on top of the highest point in the Thai capital and enjoy panoramic views of the bustling metropolis of Bangkok below. Look at the city in all its morning glory, under a sublime dusk skyline, or see it burst into life in the evening with dazzling night lights. Upgrade to elevate the Mahanakhon Observatory experience by gaining access to Thailand's highest rooftop bar with a drink package. You can also opt for a SkyRide and glide through your own choice of scenery – city or mountain — for a fully immersive and interactive thrill.

From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Day Trip

9. From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Day Trip

Get picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city center for a day to explore one of Thailand’s original national parks and highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. This tour will feature picturesque landscapes, remote villages, and incredible viewpoints. After getting picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai, head to your first stop, one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in the country, Wachirathan Waterfall. Over 80 meters high, the power of this waterfall creates a refreshing mist that feeds the surrounding vegetation. Next, stop at the stunning 50-meter cascade, Sirithan Waterfall, which is fed by the Mae Klang River.  Take a leisurely stroll along this short boardwalk and take in the scenic surrounds of Angka Nature Trail. Read the placards that point out some of Thailand's local fauna and admire the beauty and tranquility of Mother Nature. Then, stop at the famous twin pagodas: the Napamatanee Don and Napaphon Bhumisiri. Built for the Royal King and Queen, they are located at the highest point in Thailand. Round out the tour with a visit to the Karen Tribe locale. Learn a bit about the hill tribes people’s culture and way of life in their village of Sobhad. The road trip to Doi Inthanon will have you spending a lot of time on the road. You can choose to upgrade your transportation to a premium and more spacious Alphard. This ensures bigger and more comfortable seats, less people in one van (maximum of 6 people), and free snacks, cool towels, and soft drinks. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Krabi: 7 Islands Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner and Snorkeling

10. Krabi: 7 Islands Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner and Snorkeling

Enjoy an island-hopping adventure to 7 beautiful islands near Krabi on a long tail boat tour. Visit a variety of picturesque islands and enjoy a tasty BBQ dinner as you watch the magical sunset on Koh Poda. Start the 7 island sunset tour with pickup from your hotel in Krabi, or at one of several meeting points in the area. Depart by traditional longtail boat from Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang, with a short stopover at Railay Beach to pick up fellow travelers. Continue to Koh Yawasam and dive into a paradise of large shallow gardens of coral surrounded by flat sandy areas. Cruise around the chicken-shaped rock at Koh Kai. Enjoy an excellent photo opportunity at this oddly-shaped natural landmark. The next stop is at Koh Tub for some beach time or (at low tide) a walk across the spectacular sandbank that connects it to Chicken and Mor Islands nearby. Swim in the crystal-clear water at Koh Tan Ming, a small rock islet in front of Koh Poda. After plenty of exertion and activity, you will then enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner right on the beach of Koh Poda as the sun goes down. Complete the evening with a short swim amidst the bio-luminescent plankton in the surrounding ocean of Koe Raeng before returning to the pier in Ao Nang.

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This was a great hike. Our guide was very informative and attentive. He constantly took photos and videos throughout the whole hike. His assistant attended to all our needs from assisting on some hard parts of the trail to going back for a hiker who left her glasses at the last rest stop. The homemade lunch each of us was given was really good which we ate by the beautiful waterfalls. I wore shorts but I would wear pants next time.

Lovely guide who was very informative and the places we went were beautiful. I had a great day. Would have like a little more time at the lake but overall loved the experience

Amazing tour!! Jackie & Nick were great guides and explained everything perfectly. Loved the tour, it went by too fast! Would highly recommend the tour & our guides.

very nice time spent on the boat, canoeing was an amazing experience while James Bond island wasn't too special. On the boat everything was perfect

Liked that I was contacted by Whatsapp and I could ger help there. Good connection to Wi-Fi