Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food.
Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore - why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage?
We pay a visit to Wat Arun - the 'Temple of the Dawn' . Named after the Indian God of Dawn - Aruna, this impressive landmark of Bangkok sits majestically on the westbank of the Chao Phraya River.
You may wish to also visit Wat Pho, the oldest and largest wat in Bangkok featuring the 46 m-long reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is also the national headquarters for the teaching of traditional Thai medicine so you could take time for a Thai massage at the massage school within the grounds before our afternoon departure south.
Otherwise, why not take a visit to the Grand Palace or the National Museum, both of which are located in the vicinity of Wat Arun and Wat Pho. Of course, the tourist mecca of Khao San Road also attracts many visitors with its offerings of cheap, funky clothing, tasty snacks, and ice-cold beer.
We head southbound for Surat Thani on an overnight train, accommodated in air conditioned sleeping berths (approx 13 hrs). Multishare compartments have bunk beds; sheets and pillow provided. Our baggage travels in the carriage with us. There is a food and drink service available on board.