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Phuket Beach Stay

  • London
  • Bangkok
  • Ayuttaya
  • Phitsanulok
  • Lampang
  • Chaing Mai
  • Chaing Rai
  • Bangkok
  • Phuket
  • London

4 NIGHTS from £249pp

Tour Highlights
  • 4 nights by 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 £249pp

Tour + Extension from £2018pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Phuket Beach Stay

Following your 11 day adventure across Thailand, extend your stay with a 4 night extension on the exotic island of Phuket. Framed by turquoise waters, golden sand and verdant jungles, the 'pearl of the Andaman' boasts vibrant towns brimming with quirky bars and luxurious spas to relax within.

We have chosen two hotels that compliment this idyllic island gateway and provide guests with a fantastic selection of amenities at both the charming 4 star Chanalai Garden Resort, or the unique 5 star Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Bangkok

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


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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bangkok to UK

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

  • Breakfast
Bangkok to Phuket

Transfer to Bangkok airport for your flight to Phuket. Upon arrival transfer to your chosen hotel

  • Breakfast

This day is yours to spend how you wish.

  • Breakfast
Phuket to the UK

Transfer to the 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


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.


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.


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;,,, 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
Kata Palm Resort and Spa
02 Aug 202116 Aug 2021£249£2049£2298SOLD OUT
27 Sep 202111 Oct 2021£249£1899£2148Please call to book
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25 Oct 202108 Nov 2021£369£1899£2268Book Now
08 Nov 202122 Nov 2021£369£1899£2268Book Now
22 Nov 202106 Dec 2021£369£1929£2298Book Now
2022 DATES
10 Jan 202224 Jan 2022£469£1999£2468Book Now
24 Jan 202207 Feb 2022£419£1999£2418Book Now
31 Jan 202214 Feb 2022£419£1999£2418Book Now
07 Feb 202221 Feb 2022£419£1949£2368Book Now
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07 Mar 202221 Mar 2022£419£1899£2318Book Now
14 Mar 202228 Mar 2022£419£1899£2318Book Now
18 Apr 202202 May 2022£279£1899£2178Book Now
09 May 202223 May 2022£279£1839£2118Book Now
06 Jun 202220 Jun 2022£279£1769£2048Book Now
01 Aug 202215 Aug 2022£279£2099£2378Book Now
26 Sep 202210 Oct 2022£279£1949£2228Book Now
24 Oct 202207 Nov 2022£379£1949£2328Book Now
07 Nov 202221 Nov 2022£379£1899£2278Book Now
21 Nov 202205 Dec 2022£379£1949£2328Book Now
2023 DATES
09 Jan 202323 Jan 2023£469£1999£2468Book Now
23 Jan 202306 Feb 2023£419£1999£2418Book Now
30 Jan 202313 Feb 2023£419£1999£2418Book Now
06 Feb 202320 Feb 2023£419£1949£2368Book Now
20 Feb 202306 Mar 2023£419£1949£2368Book Now
06 Mar 202320 Mar 2023£419£1899£2318Book Now
13 Mar 202327 Mar 2023£419£1899£2318Book Now
17 Apr 202301 May 2023£279£1899£2178Book Now
08 May 202322 May 2023£279£1839£2118Book Now
05 Jun 202319 Jun 2023£279£1769£2048Book Now
31 Jul 202314 Aug 2023£279£2099£2378Book Now
25 Sep 202309 Oct 2023£279£1949£2228Book Now
23 Oct 202306 Nov 2023£379£1949£2328Book Now
06 Nov 202320 Nov 2023£379£1899£2278Book Now
20 Nov 202304 Dec 2023£379£1949£2328Book Now
2021 DATES
Metadee Resort and Villas
02 Aug 202116 Aug 2021£359£2059£2418SOLD OUT
27 Sep 202111 Oct 2021£359£1899£2258Please call to book
0800 781 4893
25 Oct 202108 Nov 2021£399£1899£2298Book Now
08 Nov 202122 Nov 2021£399£1899£2298Book Now
22 Nov 202106 Dec 2021£399£1929£2328Book Now
2022 DATES
10 Jan 202224 Jan 2022£429£1999£2428Book Now
24 Jan 202207 Feb 2022£429£1999£2428Book Now
31 Jan 202214 Feb 2022£429£1999£2428Book Now
07 Feb 202221 Feb 2022£429£1949£2378Book Now
21 Feb 202207 Mar 2022£429£1949£2378Book Now
07 Mar 202221 Mar 2022£429£1899£2328Book Now
14 Mar 202228 Mar 2022£429£1899£2328Book Now
18 Apr 202202 May 2022£359£1899£2258Book Now
09 May 202223 May 2022£359£1839£2198Book Now
06 Jun 202220 Jun 2022£359£1769£2128Book Now
01 Aug 202215 Aug 2022£359£2099£2458Book Now
26 Sep 202210 Oct 2022£359£1949£2308Book Now
24 Oct 202207 Nov 2022£439£1949£2388Book Now
07 Nov 202221 Nov 2022£439£1899£2338Book Now
21 Nov 202205 Dec 2022£439£1949£2388Book Now
2023 DATES
09 Jan 202323 Jan 2023£429£1999£2428Book Now
23 Jan 202306 Feb 2023£429£1999£2428Book Now
30 Jan 202313 Feb 2023£429£1999£2428Book Now
06 Feb 202320 Feb 2023£429£1949£2378Book Now
20 Feb 202306 Mar 2023£429£1949£2378Book Now
06 Mar 202320 Mar 2023£429£1899£2328Book Now
13 Mar 202327 Mar 2023£429£1899£2328Book Now
17 Apr 202301 May 2023£359£1899£2258Book Now
08 May 202322 May 2023£359£1839£2198Book Now
05 Jun 202319 Jun 2023£359£1769£2128Book Now
31 Jul 202314 Aug 2023£359£2099£2458Book Now
25 Sep 202309 Oct 2023£359£1949£2308Book Now
23 Oct 202306 Nov 2023£439£1949£2388Book Now
06 Nov 202320 Nov 2023£439£1899£2338Book Now
20 Nov 202304 Dec 2023£439£1949£2388Book 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

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.





Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai


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:
Georgina Dymond
20th Feb 2020

very comfortable hotels. Very clean, good location.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
M Green
22nd May 2019

The driver on the tour was also exceptional going above and beyond.
Please advise customers that when they arrive in Phuket they will have to pay a deposit on arrival at the hotel. There was no mention of this on the itinerary and no mention from the tour guide in Bangkok when we left.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
Wayne Sherratt
29th Mar 2019

I can't fault any of them. The Imperial Hotel in Chiang Rai was my favourite, but coming a close second was the Kata Palm in Phutket, although I didn't think much of Kata Beach Resort - not my cup-of-tea!

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
D Leech
14th Feb 2019

The rep Chan was good. Kata paim resort was 100% good.

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
Sue Hall
27th Nov 2018

Some hotels better than others, but all were good.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
J Needle
16th Nov 2018

Eddy the guide was superb, attentive, efficient, knowledgeable, polite and eloquent.
The driver was excellent.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
Vijaykumar Kara
19th May 2017

All Hotels were excellent & had no Issues at all.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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