11 Days Thai Culture Explore Inside

Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Lampang, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai

Tour Code: TAT-Thailand-10

Tour Type: Private Tour

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Tour Feature

  • Visit the great wonders, UNESCO World Heritage in the ancient capital of |Siam - Ayutthaya
  • Explore the historical former capital Sukhothai, to find the well-preserved ruins of temples and palaces
  • See three countries from Golden Triangle, the confluence of the Ruak and the Mekong River. 
  • Immerse yourself in the charming Chiang Mai with historical temples, and delicacy Thai food, and have fun with elephants

 

 

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Day 1 Arrival Bangkok

Airport pick up, Transfer service to hotel

Meals: No meal
Overnight: In Bangkok

 

Welcome to Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. Except for the beautiful beaches, crystal blue sea waters, and the vibrant islands, the rich history, and time-honored world culture heritages are also charms for thousands of tourists every year. 

 

You will be met and greeted by our local tour guide with a warm smile, who will transfer you to your hotel in downtown Bangkok. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. 

Night View of Bangkok
Night View of Bangkok

 

Day 2 Bangkok

the Grand Palace, Long-tailed boat ride along Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Bangkok

 

Today, a classic sightseeing tour will uncover the mystery of Bangkok, the charming capital of Thailand. The first must-see place is the Grand Palace, a palace complex that was once the home to the Thai king. Inside, its dazzling architecture, spectacular roof lines, extensive murals, and extravagant ornamentation, are the best proof of Thai people's creativity and craftsmanship.

Followed by is a long-tailed boat ride along the small canals of the Chao Phraya River. When the boat leaves the modern city center, you will enter a hidden historical area where people still live in traditional ways. You can see traditional Thai houses with carved designs instead of skyscrapers, and wave hello to them as cruising by the houses of the local people.

Before nightfall, step into the Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn. With its 80-meter-high main tower decorated by colorful porcelain, rising on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, the temple is generally considered to be one of the most photogenic landmarks in Bangkok, especially at sunset.

Chao Phraya River
Chao Phraya River Long-tailed boat ride

 

Day 3 Bangkok - Kanchanaburi

Hellfire Pass Museum, Death Railway, Bridge over the River Kwai, Don Rak War Cemetery

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Kanchanaburi

 

Your destination today, the city of Kanchanaburi, will lead you to the time of World War Ⅱ. Visit the Hellfire Pass Museum firstly when you arrive. The museum tells the poignant stories of these prisoners of war and laborers, who were forced to use hand drills, pickaxes, and shovels to cut through the mountain to build the Death Railway. Nowadays, you can also walk along the trail to feel what the prisoners felt as they constructed the railway.

After lunch, continue to Krasae Cave with its wooden railway bridge where you have a nice view over the Kwai River. Later, go to Kanchanaburi Town where you can walk across the Bridge over the River Kwai and enjoy a boat ride on the Kwai River. The last stop is a visit to Don Rak War Cemetery to remember those who lost their lives during World War II during the construction of the 'Death Railway.

Trip of Kanchanaburi
the Death Railway & Don Rak War Cemetery

 

Day 4 Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya

Historic City of Ayutthaya, Bang Pa-In Summer Palace

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Ayutthaya

 

After breakfast, you will head to the Historic City of Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital found in 1350, to discover more f Thailand's rich and compelling history. Once an important center of global diplomacy and commerce, and now an archaeological ruin and a World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya is reasonably compact with most of the must-see sights contained within the west side of the moated island area, including the Wat Chaiwatthanaram, the Wat Ratchaburana, the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and the most impressive Wat Mahathat which is famous for the face of a stone Buddha peeking out from the roots of a Banyan tree. Though the city was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century, its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, still offer a fascinating glimpse into the city’s past size and splendor of its heyday.

En route to Ayutthaya, you will stop at the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, a site that was first used by the Thai kings as a summer retreat in the 17th century.

Historic City of Ayutthaya
Historic City of Ayutthaya

 

Day 5 Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Sukhothai

Drive to Sukhothai via Lopburi, Wat Phutthaisawan, Phra Prang Sam Yot

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Sukhothai

 

Take some time to explore Wat Phutthaisawan, just outside of the city island of Ayutthaya. This riverfront temple survived during the Burmese-Siamese War and is still inhabited by monks. Inside, you will see a huge reclining Buddha image and a row of Sukhothai Buddha images, whose headdress and sitting posture make them easily distinguishable from other Buddhas.

Afterward, proceed north to Lopburi for a visit to Phra Prang Sam Yot, a 13th-century temple in Khmer style. It also has another famous name, Monkey Temple, which comes from a large group of long-tailed macaques living in and around the temple. Ramble around and play with these furry little mischief-makers, but be cautious of everything that they may snatch. You will reach Sukhothai in the early evening. Check into your hotel and take a rest.

Wat Phutthaisawan
Wat Phutthaisawan

 

Day 6 Sukhothai - Lampang

Sukhothai Historical Park, Sri Satchanalai Historical Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Lampang

 

The UNESCO-listed Sukhothai Historical Park is one of Thailand's cultural highlights, along with Ayutthaya. A deep exploration of the park will give an insight into the Sukhothai Kingdom, which is commonly described as "the first Thai kingdom". The remains of the royal palace and countless beautiful temple ruins within the old walls, covering an area of 29,000 acres, all are the epitome of that era.

Only 55 km north of the town of Sukhothai lies the Sri Satchanalai Historical Park. It is similar to Sukhothai but smaller and less known. You can enjoy the historical atmosphere and find the best angles to shoot the ruins, without the crowd. Afterward, arrive at Langpang for overnight.

Sukhothai Historical Park
Sukhothai Historical Park

 

Day 7 Lampang - Chiang Rai

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, Baan Sao Nuk, Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao, Drive to Chiang Rai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Chiang Rai

 

In Lampang, one of the major cities of the Lanna Kingdom from the 13th to 18th centuries, several Lanna-style buildings are still well preserved. Before leaving for Chiang Rai, you will visit three of them today, to see the history and culture of Lanna.

One is Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, which is arguably the most beautiful wooden Lanna temple in Northern Thailand and the oldest standing wooden structure in Thailand. The next is a complex of Lanna-Burmese wooden houses named Baan Sao Nuk, where many displayed stuff that was used in northern people's lifestyles in the past are waiting for you to explore. The last one, Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao, is the principal Buddhist temple in Lampang built in an interesting mix of Lanna, Shan, and Burmese architectural styles.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang
Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

 

Day 8 Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

Golden Triangle, Long Neck Karen Village, White Temple, Drive to Chiang Mai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Chiang Mai

 

Compared with its nearby town Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai retains its strong Lanna characteristics and has its own cultures and traditions. But it is often overlooked by travelers because it is the northernmost major city in the country, located in the jungle and mountainous areas. It is also the location of the famous Golden Triangle, where Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand are separated by the chocolate brown water of the Mekong River.

At Mae Sai Border, you can cross Myanmar for a short exploration, with an extra migration fee on your own. At the top of the Golden Triangle, you can stand on the Thai side and see Laos to your right and Myanmar to the left. At Long Neck Karen Village, you can meet colorfully dressed women with shiny rings around their necks. At the White Temple, you can see the amazing integration of Thai traditional elements with modern design and popular culture. After the tour, proceed to Chiang Mai for the night.

Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Khun - White Temple

 

Day 9 Chiang Mai

Lanna family visit with cooking class, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Chiang Mai

 

Different from other Thai dishes, northern Thai food, also known as Lanna food, is characterized by salty and sour taste. This morning, you will head to the outskirts of Chiang Mai to visit a Lanna family. Upon arrival, the hospitable host will introduce you to his family, show you their family photos and houses, tell you the history of this area, educate you on the traditions of the Lanna family, lead you to explore his garden full of fresh vegetables and herbs will be used in cooking, and teach you to cook some authentic Northern Thai flavors. And finally, you can enjoy a delicious lunch – your work and some extra dishes - together with the family.

At the end of the tour, climb up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on a hill for the panoramic views of the whole Chiang Mai city.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

 

Day 10 Chiang Mai

Baan Chang Elephant Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Chiang Mai

 

Thai elephants, as the symbol of Thailand, mostly live freely in the lush forest in the northern part of the country. Today you will join a small group to visit Baan Chang Elephant Park, making friends with these giant gentlemen.

There are many opportunities to get close to them in the park. Learn the general knowledge of elephants, prepare food rich in vitamins to feed them, take them through the forest and go down to the water for bathing, and so on.

Have fun with elephants in Chiang Mai
Have fun with elephants in Chiang Mai

 

Day 11 Departure Chiang Mai

Free and transfer to airport

Meals: Breakfast

 

Enjoy a free breakfast time. We have to say goodbye to you. You will be picked up from the hotel lobby and transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home or to your next destination.

 

Note: 
1. If you like jungle adventure, 1-2 days extended in Chiang Mai to experience the exciting jungle adventure activities will be a good choice.

2. If you would like to take a beach escape holiday after this rich cultural trip, Phuket will be recommended to you.  Phuket is the perfect base for island hopping in the Andaman sea with convenient transportation. There are 32 islands around Phuket. It is easy to travel from Phuket to Krabi, to Phang Nga. Besides, Kho Sumai is also a good destination for island escape with your loved ones. 

 

Service ends

Price Includes

  • Internal flight or train as specified
  • Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  • Private licensed English speaking guide and driver service
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
  • All attraction entrance fees as specified
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary

 

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets or train tickets for arrival and departure
  • Gratuities to your tour guide and driver at your own discretion
  • Visa Fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours, meals, activities, and services
  • Comprehensive travel insurance

 

Remarks:

-The reference prices are based on a group of 6 persons, with local 4- start superior accommodation

-The prices are not valid during the national holidays. Please feel free to contact us to ask the detailed prices based on your traveling dates and group size.

What our clients say

4.9/5.0 | Excellent

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Kellie Stack

5.0

Jun 11 ,2022

We had an exceptional 11-day trip to Vietnam and Thailand that surpassed all expectations. We traveled with our entire family of 5 including our son who was adopted from Vietnam, going back for the first time. Top Asia Tour, with the help of Lily, fashioned a perfectly balanced trip of tours, an excursion to his birth town and orphanage, down time, and excursions. My teenage boys loved the experience from beginning to end

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Lois Gibson

5.0

May 19 ,2022

An Excellent Short Tour
Firstly, our tour guide David has provided support and comfort beyond his expectations and his role. He has bought everyone under his arm looking after each and every one. Has always been there even in odd times to finding out or arranging best of what's needed. 
The experience and transports and accomodation has been great, different and memorable, doubt we would have done this as an individual trip.

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Debellis

5.0

Apr 29 ,2022

The amazing experience of a lifetime!
My 23-yo daughter and I had the experience of a lifetime on this trip. I am an experienced traveler but for our first time in Thailand I decided to book an organized tour and it was fabulous.

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Madeline

5.0

Apr 07 ,2022

A trip of a lifetime! every detail & top attention from staff. So fortunate to have TopAsiaTour for our adventure in Thailand. Tony & Big were so attentive & fun!! Riding in Tuktuks allowed for open-air excitement on the curvy mountain roads & accommodations were wonderful thanks B team for everything!

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Patricia Stewart

5.0

Apr 06 ,2022

What a trip!
Thank you for arranging such a fantastic trip to Thailand. This was my first holiday since the pandemic. Our guide Linda was amazing from the minute we met to saying our goodbyes. What a great way to discover a country with someone so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. She made sure we were all ok, healthy and happy with any suggestions she made. It was so nice to be with someone so full of energy - all week, with 9 of us! And so caring. Linda also gave us flexibility in what we wanted to do so it really felt like we were friends on a trip with someone who knew what she doing. I would highly recommend a trip like this and I will be looking to book my next tour next year. It’s nice to not have to think about every step of the trip as I usually work out my own itinerary and try to see as much as possible when I visit a country, but this was all taken care of and I definitely experienced things I wouldn’t have been able to were I alone. The quality of accommodation and transport was fantastic as well. See you next year!

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Matthew Power

5.0

Dec 25 ,2021

honestly the best!
The Thai Experience trip with the tour operator was honestly the best! There was so much included in the trip and the accommodation was top notch. The guide was really well organised and lovely! We've already booked to go to Sri Lanka next year.

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Daniel

5.0

Dec 14 ,2021

Excellent
Both Jose and Nancy are very friendly, funny, responsible, trustworthy, and well-organized people, who love their job. I'm feeling lucky that exactly they were my tour guides. I strongly recommend them. Also thanks to TopAsiaTour, you really make me a lifetime trip to Asia. Definitely will travel with TopAsiaTour again. 

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Monica H

5.0

Sep 15 ,2021

So glad I booked to travel to Thailand through TopAsiaTour . Amazing activities, an awesome tour guide and everything was stress-free, didn’t have to worry about a thing. There was a good mix of culture, fun and chilled time. I’ve made friends for life during the tour and cannot wait for my next tour with Top Asia Tour!

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Josephine Kepich

5.0

Feb 10 ,2020

We had the best time!
I went on the Thai Experience Tour arranged by Top Asia Tour and I can't recommend it more! I had the best time traveling with an amazing bunch of people. Before this trip I was a first-time solo traveller. The accommodation, the food and all the activities were so well planned and special. My highlights were the floating bungalows, the visit to the Elephant Sanctuary and the Sarana Bungalows. My tour guide Ben was awesome and always around whenever we needed him and he made sure we had the best time!

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Pavlina

5.0

Feb 01 ,2020

My experience with Top Asia Tour Best of Thailand 9 Day tour was phenomenal. We got to do so many activities while still having some free time to explore on our own. Every activity was perfectly timed, incredibly well done and organized, and all the guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable and made sure every person had an amazing time. I would definitely love to travel with TopAsiaTour again.

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Charlotte Nicod

5.0

Jan 30 ,2020

Grace came and picked us up from the airport in Bangkok she was really friendly messaging us to make sure we knew she would be there and she got the taxi to the hotel with us and told us what there was in the area for us to see. She was always contactable for any questions or problems even before our tour started. We then met Ming and Oat the following day on the first night of the tour who were so friendly and took the time to get to know us and spend the time with us. We also met our tour guide Gun who is so friendly, outgoing and knowledgeable. Grace, Ming, Oat and Gun have made this whole experience amazing with their support, fun and knowledge of the places. They were all constantly taking pictures of our group having fun and making memories that will last a lifetime. The first 8 days with Ming, Grace and Oat were so lovely as they are doing such a great job, they are all going to be such great tour guides! Nothing was ever too much to ask any of them and they always checked to make sure you are okay! Thank you to all of them for making the experience amazing!

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Kyle Schreiber

5.0

Jan 09 ,2020

First time using Top Asia Tour and have to say we were very impressed, we can’t wait to book our next trip, Brendan is an absolutely legend of a tour guide and really helpful. He even organised a fantastic surprise for our honeymoon!

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Leyla Marrs

5.0

Dec 12 ,2019

I am really happy with the organisation,both tour guide were really helpful un every moment needed. The activities prepared.. everything was great.

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DANIEL IBANEZ

4.5

Dec 11 ,2019

A great overall trip, we were able to see the countries and learn a lot of the history in the areas. The highlights for me were the personal encounters with the local people and being able to see how they live.

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Kate Numa

4.0

Dec 02 ,2019

The guides were polite, courteous, knowledgeable, and had good fun. They were happy to fit in a few extra stops/sights that customers were keen to visit. Great accommodation and a wide range of activities, sights and experiences provided. Excellent experience all around.

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Cecilia LIM

5.0

Sep 27 ,2019

Excellent organisation. Great hotels, well chosen restaurants. Knowledgeable tour guides, especially Laki in Vietnam who went out of his way to make sure we were informed and entertained

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Paul W Cook

5.0

Sep 21 ,2019

Wow!
Wow! Every single second of this trip was incredible! Our local guide was down to earth, helpful and really easy to talk to. She went above and beyond for us and made everything just a little bit more special.

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Victoria Alexander

5.0

Aug 13 ,2019

A well-planned tour took in some excellent places and sights. Hotels were to the standard expected, and some exceeded. Our tour guide, York, was superb - very knowledgeable, informative with a great sense of humour. Would certainly recommend Top Asia Tour

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John McLean

5.0

Aug 06 ,2019

We really loved Thailand and Laos, the accommodation was great and the trips excellent as were both our guides the only reason for not giving 5 stars is because when we arrived in Bangkok early morning after a sleepless flight we were told our room would not be ready till 2pm. We were exhausted but had to wait in the reception for 4-5 hrs even though the hotel was half empty due to coronavirus. We did understand that is hotel's regulation. I would just like to say that our guide Ken was exceptional. He helped us to communicate with the hotel and let us check in around 10 a.m. He also would not leave us until we were at the airport with tickets in hand. I really do hope that you recognise his dedication and professionalism.

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Diana

5.0

May 20 ,2019

This was my third tour. As a single traveller I always feel safe and welcomed. Amazing to see three countries in two weeks. The guides were exceptional.

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MichelleCarmen

4.0

Apr 18 ,2019

Yes, I would recommend TopAsiaTour and use again. Lily who helped me with my booking was friendly and efficient and took her time to sort out any queries I had. She also kept contact with us during trip to ensure we had a good time. All the guide and drivers are patient and kind. TopAsiaTour offer great holidays and we would certainly use them again.

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Helena Marcal

5.0

Apr 07 ,2019

I Just have to share an amazing adventure I experienced not so long ago in Phi Phi islands. I wanted to do something different so I decided to do the Antrek jungle trek !! wow, that was probably one of the best things I did! We trekked in the jungle, side by side with monkeys and beautiful nature!! We walked to the highest top of the island, down to an paradise lonely beach where we could swim and watch the most beautiful sunset I saw!!

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Rod Henney

5.0

Mar 08 ,2019

We started our tour in Phuket city where we met up with Gun at our hotel, had a few hours to settle in and have a look around, dinner was lovely on Patong beach, had a wander around the town and filled in with culture about the surroundings from Gun

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Grace Moroziuk

5.0

Feb 22 ,2019

Jeremy was great! He had lots of energy and kept the group upbeat even in bouts of long travel. Great experiences of the nightlife throughout this trip, and a good organized way to see different areas. We definitely could not have seen Thailand without Jeremy! He was intuitive to everyone's needs and very welcoming. Definitely made lifelong friends on this trip! The accommodation was comfy beds with subpar bathrooms but that's Thailand! Traveling was hard but not much Top Asia Tour could do about that, they kept it organized! Thanks for the great memories!

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Melissa Bech Madsen

5.0

Feb 13 ,2019

We have been planning a trip with Top Asia Tour for the past few weeks. 3 girlfriends and I are traveling to Thailand in January. We started looking at big bus trips, since we don’t know the country or language but didn’t like the restrictions of doing only what they had on their itinerary. I research trips thoroughly and discovered Top Asia Tour. Again, I researched them as much as possible but didn’t find any red flags so started working with Joyce. What a wonderful experience! She is very professional and pleasant. She adjusted our itinerary, answered all questions, and organized an amazing trip. She answered promptly. I was a little hesitant about working with a company in China, but the deposit was made through PayPal which made me feel better. I will post again when we return, but I anticipate a fabulous trip. Thank you, Joyce, for all your help! I hope I can work with you again in the future.

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Juan Pablo COVO

5.0

Dec 05 ,2018

Our guide was so helpful and knowledgeable. She helped us with our ongoing travel as well. She gave us advice with any other activities the whole way through. Busy itinerary with time for chilling as well.

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John Rae

5.0

Nov 30 ,2018

We thought the tour was well-planned and organised. We enjoyed eating most meals in local restaurants. Yes, we would consider TopAsiaTour tours again.
We found all three guides very good, they were informative and genuinely interested in telling us about their respective countries.

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Jessa s. Albao

4.0

Nov 06 ,2018

From when our guide picked us up at Bangkok until we left Laos the holiday was well organized and with a good range of activities. The guides were very knowledgeable. The only drawback to the holiday was that being vegetarian we seem to have well-cooked but rather bland tasting dishes. Eating at different restaurants meant that we quite often had similar dishes throughout the holiday.

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Emily Arkells

5.0

Oct 25 ,2018

We loved the full itinerary with York throwing in a few little extras like stopping in a field to watch the farmers harvesting rice and thenbeing offered a chance to have a go. Good vallue for money with so much packed into the itinerary and good flights

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Robin Bliss

4.0

Feb 14 ,2018

Amazing! I really enjoyed every part of it. Thailand, the accommodations, the tour itinerary, arrangement & our guide were all incredible.

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Monique Woon

5.0

Dec 03 ,2017

We had 22 wonderful days in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Every time we arrived in a new place, there was always someone waiting for us. This really comforted us a lot. Reduce our nervous feeling in a totally strange place with no language understanding. We were picked up from the airport with our luggage stored in a van every time then assisted on hotel check-in and toured with our private chauffeur and tour guide. Our tour guides are very professional and knowledgeable about their country and history and made us feel very welcome and relaxed like touring with old friends.

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Sophie Deltour

5.0

Nov 15 ,2017

Culturally Rich, Busy Programme - Loved it!
The tour is short but with a busy programme and lots to see so you feel you get the most out of this 7 days itinerary. Enjoyed the tour. Thanks

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Mary Ordonez

5.0

Mar 06 ,2017

For anyone that wants adventure and a fabulous experience, I would suggest the 11 day Thailand Experience tour with Top Asia Tour. So much fun. Words cannot express how wonderful the guides were, and how they took care to keep us safe and teach us about the beautiful country of Thailand. Lots of walking, but at 75 years old, I did fine. So many places that most tourists don’t even know exist. . So very happy I did this trip.

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