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  • Tour 1: 1 - 14 December
From € 2,356 per person

Saturday 1st December 2018

You will meet your experienced group leader at Malta International Airport at 18:00PM to check in for your direct Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul departing at 20:15PM. You are due to arrive at 00:35AM local time and continue to transfer onto your direct Turkish Airlines flight to Bangkok departing at 01:55AM local time. You are due to land in Bangkok at 14:50PM local time the following day, Sunday 2nd December.

Sunday 2nd December 2018

Welcome to Thailand! Your private coach will be waiting for you to transfer to Novotel Fenix Silom 4* hotel in central Bangkok. After some free time to unwind, your local Thai guide will take you to the Chao Praya River for your dinner cruise on a luxury rice barge with traditional music and dancing on board. Return to hotel.

Monday 3rd December 2018

A full day tour visiting some of the Thai capital’s highlights including the Grand Palace, Wat Po and Wat Arun. The Grand Palace was built in 1782 in time for the coronation of King Rama I, and served as the official residence of the King of Siam, the Royal Court and administrative seat of government until the early 1900’s. Despite no longer being the official residence of the king the Grand Palace is still very much the spiritual centre of the nation and used for various ceremonies during the year. Included in the trip will be a visit to Wat Phra Kaew which houses the revered Emerald Buddha. Continue to Wat Po (the temple of reclining Buddha). In 1801 the temple was renamed Wat Phra Chetuphon. The temple is the centre of the Buddhist religion in Thailand, the country’s first university and is still a centre of learning for traditional Thai massage and medicines. Across the river is Wat Arun, (the temple of Dawn). It is a Khmer-style Buddhist temple and major landmark on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Afterwards, board a long-tail boat for a journey along the river and into the klongs (canals) of Bangkok. In centuries gone by Bangkok was often referred to as the “Venice of the East” with a vast network of klongs through the city which were utilized as a transport.

These are special and unique sites which attract visitors to Bangkok from around the world! In the evening, a visit to Asiatique: The Riverfront, where you’ll have the opportunity to experience a ride on the 60-metre high ferris wheel, catch a show or wander through the many artisanal shops. Return to hotel.

Tuesday 4th December 2018

Your first stop is the Bang Pa Inn Palace, a former summer retreat of Thai kings on the Chao Phraya River 65 kilometres north of the capital (approximately 1.5 hours). Admire the magnificent grounds, which are a combination of European and Thai designed buildings and gardens. Next, visit Ayutthaya, one of the ancient capitals of Siam and a World Heritage Site. Here, explore Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, a temple that might offer a glimpse into the future, as it’s home to a fortune teller! Continue to Wat Phanan Cheoeng, Ayutthaya’s answer to the Taj Mahal (approximately 40 minutes). It is one of Ayutthaya’s oldest temples and home to a 19-meter-high Buddha image. Behind the temple is a small 18th century shrine built to honour a Chinese Princess, who drowned herself because of the king’s infidelity. After that, move on to the 13th century ruins of Wat Phra Mahathat. The rows of Burmese beheaded Buddhas are very atmospheric, and a Buddha head surrounded by Banyan tree roots is perhaps the most photographed site in all of Ayutthaya.

Travel back to Bangkok to visit Chinatown. Step back in time with a visit to the old markets in Yaowarat, located in the heart of the vibrant Chinatown district. The original Chinese citizens were traders living in the village of Bangkok before it became the capital of the Kingdom of Siam. The land now occupied by the Grand Palace originally belonged to the traders. When King Rama I moved the capital from Ayutthaya to Bangkok over 200 years ago, the community was asked to move to its current location. Continue to Issarnuparb Road and a market specialising in Chinese religious products and fresh food. In the evening Yaowarat Road becomes a sea of street stalls, collectively forming a giant food bazaar.

Dinner tonight will be at a local Thai restaurant. Return to hotel.

 

Wednesday 5th December 2018

You’ll start your tour with a drive by private vehicle to the Railway Market. Vendors set up their goods along active railway tracks, with fresh produce, fabrics, cooking supplies and more all lined up a mere few inches from the track’s edge (and in some cases, right on top of the tracks). You’ll get to see what happens when the train comes through: vendors gather up their things and lower their canopies, and both vendors and shoppers step aside as the train travels right through the middle of the market. Once the train leaves, business resumes as though nothing had disrupted them! Between the train schedule, your guide will lead you around the market and introduce you to traditional Thai foods, from desserts to snacks to fresh fruits. Don’t be shy — be sure to try a taste of the market!

We’ll then continue on a short drive to a palm sugar plantation, where we’ll visit the house of a villager who still makes palm sugar the traditional way. There are a lot of coconut palm tree plantations in Thailand, and the local wisdom of making organic palm sugar from the nectar of coconut flowers has been passed down from generation to generation.

Onward, we’ll board a small boat for a ride through narrow village canals, to reach the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market — keep your camera ready as this place is a non-stop photo op. If anything catches your eye along your boat ride, let your guide know and you can stop to chat with vendors and purchase something to take home (or to eat right there!).

We’ll then depart the boat and walk around to explore more of the market. You’ll find a variety of Thai foods, such as seasonal tropical fruits from local orchards, as well as souvenirs, all available on both river banks.

Around noon, we’ll head south to Hua Hin.  Spend your free time here exploring and swimming in the numerous white sandy beaches by day and indulging in amazing food by night. This beautiful coastal spot is located right by a sophisticated city that has everything you need. But its slickness takes nothing away from the gorgeous beach and blue-green waters, which are perfect to laze around in. Hua Hin was once a sleepy fishing village before Thai royalty made it their beachside getaway in the ’20s. Check in to your hotel, Chom View Resort 3*.

Thursday 6th December 2018

After breakfast, you will travel to The Hua Hin Railway Station. It is one of the country’s most beautiful train stations marked by its meticulous details in architecture. Built in the reign of King Rama VI, the station features a Royal Waiting Room with Thai architectural style, a room which was relocated from Sanam Chan Palace in Nakhon Pathom province during the reign of King Rama VI.

Next, continue to Phraya Nakhon cave. It is another site of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park with an uncommon big karst window and a Thai-style pavilion built in honor of King Rama IV on his visit. Dinner tonight will be at a local seaside Thai restaurant. Afterwards, move on to Hua Hin night market. The walking street of Hua Hin night market is closed entirely to traffic and becomes the focal point for vending stalls, particularly consumer goods and souvenirs. Return to hotel.

 

 

Friday 7th December 2018

Today you leave Hua Hin and make your way to Bangkok International Airport to check in for your direct Thai Smile Airways flight to the island of Phuket at 15:25 and arrive at 16:45PM. Your private transport will be waiting to transfer you to Charm Resort 4* hotel in Phuket.

Saturday 8th December 2018

After breakfast, you will head out to Phuket’s Big Buddha which is one of the island’s most important and revered landmarks. The huge Buddha statue sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills at 45 metres tall and can be seen from far away. Home to some of Phuket’s best 360-degree views, this is a great spot for a photo opportunity and to get your bearings of the island.

Nai Harn beach is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket and with undeveloped tree covered mountains on either side, the beach offers some of the cleanest and clearest water on the island. While Nai Harn’s secret is out, it’s less crowed than other beaches which makes it perfect for a game of beach football and a favorite with those who are in the know. Kata viewpoint  is one of the greatest viewpoints on the island. From there, you can take the splendid views of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon beaches.

Promthep cape is one of the best locations for photographing in Phuket which boasts sensational views and magical sunsets. Take some time to soak up the day’s last rays with a cold drink, and let the world go by. Return to hotel.

Sunday 9th December 2018

An early start today to make the most of your full day boat trip to the Phi Phi Islands, including Maya Beach and Bamboo Island with lunch on the boat. We will depart from Royal Phuket Marina to experience some of the world’s most beautiful coastal scenery, take a dip in the amazingly clear waters, enjoy with local marine life during some snorkelling, spot a monkey on famous Monkey Beach or just take it all in from the comfort of your seat on the boat. Lunch today will be on Phi Phi Don Island. Return to hotel.

Monday 10th December 2018

Take some time for yourself this morning which is at your own leisure, then in the afternoon you will visit one of Phuket’s most visited majestic temples, Wat Chalong. Then enjoy a Thai Cooking Class where you’ll discover some of the secrets of Thai cuisine, learn the key ingredients, how to use them, and what to use in their place if you can’t get them at home. Then, you’ll be able to impress family and friends back home! As well as taking your own comprehensive recipe book with you after the class, you’ll feast on the foods of your labour for dinner. Return to hotel.

Tuesday 11th December 2018

After breakfast, you will travel to Bang Pae waterfall, where you can also take a refreshing dip in its cool waters!

Then we move to Sirinat National Park, which was formerly known as Nai Yang National Park.  It is the marine national park in the northwest part of Amphur Talang, Phuket. There are sparse forests, evergreen forests, mangrove forests, wildlife and marine life in the park, which shows just a little of Thailand’s incredible wildlife and natural beauty.

 

Your next attraction, will be a walking tour of the streets of Old Phuket Town. The old town has a distinctive architectural style in Thailand, thanks to the mix of different nationalities living there and the once strong links with Penang. Rich tin mining barons brought in architects and builders from the island to fashion their opulent houses. Walk though the beautiful restored architecture of Sino-Portuguese, Sino-colonial and Chinese style buildings of Baan Chinpracha, Thalang Road, Soi Rommanee, Yaowarat, Deebuk, and Krabi Roads and get an insight into the area’s history. Perhaps pick up some sweet snacks along the way, then enjoy a local Phuket-style lunch. Finish at Khao Rang View Point with coffee and a spectacular view of Phuket Town. Return to hotel.

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Today is a free full day at your own leisure. You can take this time to go to a nearby water park, get pampered with a traditional Thai massage, treat yourself to a spa day, pick up some last minute gifts or simply order a cocktail by our resort’s pool and watch the world go by.

Your local Thai guide or your Hamilton Travel group leader will be more than happy to make some recommendations for you.

Thursday 13th December 2018

Today you head out for another full day at sea, to experience the unique beauty of Ko He and Ko Racha Yai (Coral and Racha Islands) by boat including a Thai buffet lunch on Coral Island. During the trip, you will also make stops at Patok Bay which boasts powder-white beaches, and also Konkae Bay which has some of the best snorkelling in the region. Return to hotel.

Friday 14th December 2018

This is the day you say goodbye to Thailand and depart early from your hotel and go to Phuket International Airport to check in for your direct Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul at 06:00AM arriving at 13:05PM local time and continue to transfer onto your direct Turkish Airlines flight to Malta departing at 18:50PM local time. You are due to land back in Malta at 19:20PM local time on the same day.

PRICE per person

*Special Price
2 ADULTS SHARING IN ONE ROOM €2,374
3 ADULTS SHARING IN ONE ROOM €2,356
SINGLE €3,008
CHILDREN €2,033

**Quad rooms are not available.

**Families with 2 adults and 1 child can be accommodated.

** Thai visas are required for Maltese passport holders and can be obtained from the Royal Thai Consulate in Sliema. Application forms are provided by Hamilton Travel. The visa costs €30 per person including children. Passports must have a minimum of 6 months validity.

**For assistance and guidance on vaccinations, if you wish to do so, kindly contact the National Immunisation Service in Floriana on 25680227.

**Travel Insurance is compulsory for all guests on this tour.

**Euros can be easily exchanged into Thai Baht on arrival at Bangkok International Airport.

**Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions

Price Includes

  • Direct Turkish Airlines flights to Bangkok and return from Phuket, includes 20KGS checked baggage per person
  • One-way flight from Bangkok to Phuket with Thai Smile Airways, includes 20KGS checked baggage per person
  • Airline, fuel surcharges and service charges – €100
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast in central Bangkok
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast in Hua Hin
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast in Phuket
  • All excursions and transfers as shown in itinerary
  • All taxes
  • Local Thai guide
  • Services of an experienced Hamilton Travel group leader

EXCURSIONS

Dinner river cruise - Bangkok
Grand Palace / Wat Po / Wat Arun / Asiatique Riverfront - Bangkok
Ayutthaya / Chinatown / Thai Lunch - Bangkok
Railway Market / Damnoen Saduak Floating Market - Bangkok
Hua Hin Railway Station / Praya Nakhon Cave / Thai Dinner / Hua Hin Night Market - Hua Hin
Big Buddha / Kata View Point / Nai Harn Beach / Promthep Cape - Phuket
Phi Phi Islands by boat with lunch - Phuket
Wat Chalong / Thai Cooking Class - Phuket
Phuket Old Town / Khao Rang / Bang Pae Waterfall / Sirinat National Park - Phuket
Ko He (Coral Island) / Ko Racha Yai (Racha Island) by boat with lunch -Phuket

EXTRAS

Travel Insurance: 16-69 years old: €55 per person (Standard Cover)
Travel Insurance: 70-75 years old: €108 per person (Standard Cover)
Travel Insurance: 76-80 years old: €130 per person (Budget Cover)
Travel Insurance: Children: 2-15 years old: €30 per person (Standard Cover)
Half Board basis (optional) - €185 per adult and €150 per child

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