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Classic Thailand including

Hua Hin Beach Stay


Route:
  • London
  • Bangkok
  • Ayuttaya
  • Phitsanulok
  • Lampang
  • Chaing Mai
  • Chaing Rai
  • Bangkok
  • Hua Hin
  • London

4 NIGHTS from £289pp

Tour Highlights
  • Relax for 4-nights on the beach
  • Full day city tour of Bangkok
  • Experience UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ayutthaya & Sukhothai Historical Parks.
  • Visit the war cemetery and Bridge on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi
  • Witness the colourful Damnoen Saduak floating market
  • The Thai Elephant Conservation Centre
  • Tour the golden triangle

Extension from £289pp

Tour + Extension from £2058pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Hua Hin Beach Stay

Extend your trip with a 4 night stay to the pristine coastline of southern Thailand. This popular resort is made up of a vibrant cosmopolitan city brimming with character and, a serene stretch of beach that is perfect for unwinding.

After undertaking our captivating 11 day itinerary across Thailand, this extension will allow you to unwind and enjoy Thai culture at your own pace. We have handpicked two hotels that mirror the ambience of Hua Hin, at the modern 4 star Novotel Hua Hin and the 5 star paradise resort of Hyatt Regency Hua Hin.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Bangkok

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Bangkok International Airport.

2
Bangkok

On arrival into Bangkok you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. The day will be at leisure to settle in and explore your new surroundings. Originally a small harbour village, Thailand's vibrant capital infuses grand Buddhist architecture within an ultramodern metropolis interspersed by aromatic food markets and waterways that unite this Venice of the East. In the evening, enjoy a buffet dinner before witnessing the highly acclaimed Siam Niramit, one of the world's largest shows depicting each region's fascinating cultural heritage through music, dance and stunning visual effects.

  • Dinner
3
Bangkok

Today's full day city tour takes you through Chinatown to the city's colourful flower market where beautifully scented jasmine buds are hand made for temple offerings. Visit Wat Pho, home to one of the country's longest and most impressive reclining Buddha images, before visiting Thailand's most important landmark, The Grand Palace. The royal complex displays European-inspired halls partitioned by tranquil gardens, ornate pavilions representing 200 years of successive Kings and the magnificent golden chedi of Thailand's most sacred temple - Wat Phra Kaew. In the afternoon board a traditional long-tail boat to navigate Bangkok's khlongs, where local wooden-stilted houses line the banks. Pass the domineering Wat Arun temple, encrusted with porcelain mosaics that reflect the sunlight with a lustrous glow, before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
4
Bangkok to Ayutthaya

This morning, leave Bangkok to visit the famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak, a man-made river network populated by wooden canoes piled high with colourful produce. En-route, pass mango and lychee plantations and make a brief stop at a coconut farm to learn how the nuts are harvested and manufactured into a variety of products by hand. On arrival at the floating market, observe local traders paddling their fragile boats whilst preparing fragrant dishes within teetering woks. Continue west to the historical jungle town of Kanchanaburi to visit the humbling war cemetery and nearby Thailand-Burma railway museum which documents the brutal Japanese occupation and harrowing conditions faced by prisoners during World War II. Enjoy lunch at a floating restaurant near the infamous railway bridge that inspired Pierre Boulle's novel and the film - the Bridge Over the River Kwai. Transfer to the city of Ayutthaya for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Ayutthaya to Phitsanulok

Start the day at Ayutthaya's UNESCO historical park, an ancient royal capital that was once considered one of the region's most illustrious cities. Wander the Summer Palace, surrounded by rivers and lakes, the beautifully landscaped grounds boast romantic European style architecture, commissioned by the Royal family and still used on special occasions. After your guided tour, visit the ancient royal monastery of Wat Yai Chaimongkhol to see impressive constructions built after King Naresuan's victory over the Burmese in 1592. Departing Ayutthaya, journey through rural Thailand past typical Thai houses, peanut plantations and farmers working on the verdant rice paddies. A lunch stop will be made before continuing on to Phitsanulok for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Phitsanulok to Lampang

One of Thailand's most impressive UNESCO sites awaits this morning - the ancient Sukothai Historical Park. The peaceful surroundings contain ancient ruins hidden amongst lakes of lotus flowers, a stunning setting crafted during the country's golden era of religious architecture that formed the blueprint of quintessential Thai style. Continue to Si Satchanalai and cross the river to a local fishing village where women can be seen weaving cotton and men cast nets for the day's catch. Following lunch, journey into the jungle area, stopping at a local hill tribe to learn how native plants are used in traditional cooking. Arrive into Lampang late this afternoon.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Lampang to Chiang Mai

After breakfast, drive to the Elephant Hospital and nearby Conservation Centre. Here you can observe these majestic creatures playing in the water with their mahout keepers. Arriving into Chiang Mai, visit a gem and silk factory to see how these local handicrafts are produced before making a stop at Bo Sang's craft market, known as the 'umbrella village' after its ornate and vivid oil paper creations. This evening you can enjoy some free time to relax or experience a local tuk tuk ride to the nearby famous night market - head out after 7pm to explore the many stalls, restaurants and bars with live music and delicious street food.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
8
Chiang Mai

Roll up your sleeves and try your hand at cooking the most famous food and desserts in the country at the Mama Noi Cookery School and Organic Farm this morning. After being collected from your hotel this morning, you will visit a local market to learn how to choose fish, meat and vegetables whilst at the same time learning about the herbs and spices that are needed and used in Thai cooking. From the market you will proceed to the cooking school for your class followed by lunch before returning to your hotel. Late this afternoon, your guide will take you to Doi Suthep, a nearby mountain, for panoramic views at sunset over the city's vast tropical plains. Near the summit discover Wat Phra That, Northern Thailand's holiest shrine, where kneeling worshipers gather around the dazzling golden dome to light aromatic incense and lay lotus flowers before immaculate icons of the Buddha. As night falls, return to the city to sample a traditional Khantoke dinner and show, where food is served on large platters at low tables as you enjoy a performance by local Lanna dancers.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Today, begin your assent of northern Thailand's mountainous regions, through mist-coated fern forests to the charming town of Thaton. After lunch, board a traditional long-tail boat for a tranquil cruise along the Kok River; traverse slow moving waters to a chorus of cicadas to observe the thatched bamboo huts of the northern hill tribes dotted throughout the picturesque countryside. Disembark and drive to the infamous Golden Triangle, a mountainous range where Thailand, Laos and Burma converge which was once a prolific area for opium production. Continue to your hotel for a night in the laidback city of Chiang Rai.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Chiang Rai to Bangkok

This morning visit the stunning Wat Rongkhun, an art instillation in the form of a temple. Designed by visual artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, its striking white exterior is mixed with mirror fragments to create a mesmerising effect symbolising the Buddha's purity. Wander to the temples entrance over a sea of sculpted hands reaching out in desperation and admire the interior murals, an incongruous mix of traditional Buddhist images with modern icons including Superman, the international space station and George Bush. After lunch head to Chiang Mai Airport for your flight to Bangkok, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Bangkok to UK

Transfer to Bangkok airport in the morning for your direct flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast
12
Bangkok to Hua Hin

Transfer from Bangkok to your chosen beach hotel in Hua Hin. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.

13
Hua Hin

This day is yours to spend how you wish.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Hua Hin to the UK

Transfer to Bangkok Airport for your flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Your Meals

Breakfast is always western style and served in the hotel each morning. Lunch and dinner will be taken at local restaurants or at your hotel. Meals will generally be Thai cuisine in local restaurants and international buffet style or set meals at the hotels.

Important Information

Visas

A visa is not required before you travel to Thailand; you will be issued with a tourist visa valid for 30 days on arrival into the country. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport is with British Airways (BA), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 5. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage. There is also an allowance of one cabin bag not exceeding 25cm x 45cm x 56cm in size and one personal bag not exceeding 45 cm x 36 cm x 20 cm that you can take on the aircraft as hand luggage. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay an additional fee for this at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that you should arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to your flight time for international departures.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout your stay until you depart Chiang Mai, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB). We recommend that you exchange you currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2021 DATES
Novotel Hua Hin
02 Aug 202116 Aug 2021£299£2049£2348SOLD OUT
27 Sep 202111 Oct 2021£299£1899£2198Please call to book
0800 781 4893
25 Oct 202108 Nov 2021£299£1899£2198Book Now
08 Nov 202122 Nov 2021£289£1899£2188Book Now
22 Nov 202106 Dec 2021£289£1929£2218Book Now
2022 DATES
10 Jan 202224 Jan 2022£359£1999£2358Book Now
24 Jan 202207 Feb 2022£359£1999£2358Book Now
31 Jan 202214 Feb 2022£419£1999£2418Book Now
07 Feb 202221 Feb 2022£419£1949£2368Book Now
21 Feb 202207 Mar 2022£359£1949£2308Book Now
07 Mar 202221 Mar 2022£359£1899£2258Book Now
14 Mar 202228 Mar 2022£359£1899£2258Book Now
18 Apr 202202 May 2022£299£1899£2198Book Now
09 May 202223 May 2022£299£1839£2138Book Now
06 Jun 202220 Jun 2022£299£1769£2068Book Now
01 Aug 202215 Aug 2022£299£2099£2398Book Now
26 Sep 202210 Oct 2022£299£1949£2248Book Now
24 Oct 202207 Nov 2022£319£1949£2268Book Now
07 Nov 202221 Nov 2022£319£1899£2218Book Now
21 Nov 202205 Dec 2022£329£1949£2278Book Now
2023 DATES
09 Jan 202323 Jan 2023£359£1999£2358Book Now
23 Jan 202306 Feb 2023£359£1999£2358Book Now
30 Jan 202313 Feb 2023£419£1999£2418Book Now
06 Feb 202320 Feb 2023£419£1949£2368Book Now
20 Feb 202306 Mar 2023£359£1949£2308Book Now
06 Mar 202320 Mar 2023£359£1899£2258Book Now
13 Mar 202327 Mar 2023£359£1899£2258Book Now
17 Apr 202301 May 2023£299£1899£2198Book Now
08 May 202322 May 2023£299£1839£2138Book Now
05 Jun 202319 Jun 2023£299£1769£2068Book Now
31 Jul 202314 Aug 2023£299£2099£2398Book Now
25 Sep 202309 Oct 2023£299£1949£2248Book Now
23 Oct 202306 Nov 2023£319£1949£2268Book Now
06 Nov 202320 Nov 2023£319£1899£2218Book Now
20 Nov 202304 Dec 2023£329£1949£2278Book Now
2021 DATES
Hyatt Regency Hua Hin
02 Aug 202116 Aug 2021£529£2049£2578SOLD OUT
27 Sep 202111 Oct 2021£449£1899£2348Please call to book
0800 781 4893
25 Oct 202108 Nov 2021£519£1899£2418Book Now
08 Nov 202122 Nov 2021£519£1899£2418Book Now
22 Nov 202106 Dec 2021£519£1929£2448Book Now
2022 DATES
10 Jan 202224 Jan 2022£619£1999£2618Book Now
24 Jan 202207 Feb 2022£619£1999£2618Book Now
31 Jan 202214 Feb 2022£619£1999£2618Book Now
07 Feb 202221 Feb 2022£619£1949£2568Book Now
21 Feb 202207 Mar 2022£519£1949£2468Book Now
07 Mar 202221 Mar 2022£519£1899£2418Book Now
14 Mar 202228 Mar 2022£519£1899£2418Book Now
18 Apr 202202 May 2022£459£1899£2358Book Now
09 May 202223 May 2022£459£1839£2298Book Now
06 Jun 202220 Jun 2022£459£1769£2228Book Now
01 Aug 202215 Aug 2022£539£2099£2638Book Now
26 Sep 202210 Oct 2022£459£1949£2408Book Now
24 Oct 202207 Nov 2022£519£1949£2468Book Now
07 Nov 202221 Nov 2022£519£1899£2418Book Now
21 Nov 202205 Dec 2022£519£1949£2468Book Now
2023 DATES
09 Jan 202323 Jan 2023£619£1999£2618Book Now
23 Jan 202306 Feb 2023£619£1999£2618Book Now
30 Jan 202313 Feb 2023£619£1999£2618Book Now
06 Feb 202320 Feb 2023£619£1949£2568Book Now
20 Feb 202306 Mar 2023£519£1949£2468Book Now
06 Mar 202320 Mar 2023£519£1899£2418Book Now
13 Mar 202327 Mar 2023£519£1899£2418Book Now
17 Apr 202301 May 2023£459£1899£2358Book Now
08 May 202322 May 2023£459£1839£2298Book Now
05 Jun 202319 Jun 2023£459£1769£2228Book Now
31 Jul 202314 Aug 2023£539£2099£2638Book Now
25 Sep 202309 Oct 2023£459£1949£2408Book Now
23 Oct 202306 Nov 2023£519£1949£2468Book Now
06 Nov 202320 Nov 2023£519£1899£2418Book Now
20 Nov 202304 Dec 2023£519£1949£2468Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Travelling alone?

Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own room.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Thai Baht

Average Flying time

12 hours

Min/Max temperature

28 °C / 38 °C

Spoken languages

Thai, English

When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Bangkok

Ayutthaya

Phitsanulok

Lampang

Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai

Hua Hin

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream and a hat with a big brim for sunny days
  • Comfortable walking shoes such as trainers
  • Sunglasses
  • Ruck sack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Travel plug adapter - the electricity supply on board the boat is 220V. You will need a 2 pin round plug adapter.
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Raymond Kane
30th Mar 2020

All good except one which had no swimming pool

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Linda Durno
26th Mar 2020

All hotels were excellent

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Janet Castle
16th Mar 2020

Hotels good, hotel in Hua Hin
Especially good.
The rest of the holiday was superb and we hope to travel with Mercury again

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Gareth Davies
19th Feb 2020

Excellent choice of hotels at all places visited. The 5 star Hua Hin was particularly impressive.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Robert Barton
18th Feb 2020

All the hotels in the tour were of very high quality always well organised with all checking ins pre organised and ready for us to go straight to our room . All the food was of high quality.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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