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As you soon as you mention the name of the country called 'Thailand', you automatically think of Bangkok and the country's wonderful beaches. However, there is lot more to this country and one of the best ways of travelling here is by train. You can travel by night trains using either 2nd class (corridor carriage split up into two berth cubicles by corridor and separated by curtains with either ceiling fans or with air conditioning) or in the Ist class in relative comfort. This is a convenient way of travelling from Bangkok or Ayuthaya to Chiang Mai in the north or from Bangkok - Surat Thani to see the island of Koh Samui. Buddhist temples (called Wats) are scattered everywhere and some of the favourites are in Ayuthaya, Sukothai, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The excellent beaches are everywhere with the most popular being in the island resorts such as Koh Samui, Ko Phi Phi, Phuket in addition to coastal points in Krabi. The railways can also be used to visit the Bridge on river Kwai. There are many possibilities of rail travel with one of the itineraries given below:-

THAILAND SAMPLER: BANGKOK - CHIANG MAI - AYUTHAYA - KO SAMUI - BANGKOK

DAY ITINERARY HOTEL
01 Arrive in Bangkok. Royal (2 nights (01,02))
03 Bangkok - Chiang Mai: Overnight train to Chiang Mai. Holiday Garden (1 night (04))
05 Local Planning in Chiang Mai No hotel.
06 Local planning in Chiang Mai No hotel
07 Overnight stay in Chiang Mai Holiday Garden (1 night (07))
08 Chiang Mai - Ayuthaya: Overnight train to Ayuthaya. Day in Ayuthaya. No hotel.
09 Ayuthaya - Bangkok: Local train to Bangkok. Catch connecting train to Surat Thani for Ko Samui. Novotel, Ko Samui (3 nights (10,11,12))
13 Surat Thani - Bangkok: Catch the overnigt train back to Bangkok. Royal (one night (13)
14 Check out of hotel. Trip concludes.  
+ Arrival one day later by overnight train.

Clients make their own arrangements from Day 05 - 07. Possibilities include elephant/rafting hill tribe trek, a visit to chiang Rai or to the Golden Triangle area or Mae Hong Son. Cost of excursions between Day 05 & Day 07 not included. Cost of Ferry boat from Surat Thani to Ko Samui on Day 10 & Surat Thani to Ko Samui on Day 13 is not included.
A tailor made rail/hotel combination can also be made. Please complete the form below or send us an email with your specific requests.
Cost per person based on twin share basis is £ TBA.
Cost includes: travel on Thai Railways in 2nd class AC & 2nd class non A/C with fans (corridor carriage split up into two berth cubicles by corridor and separated by curtains)) for above itinerary; hotels as mentioned on the itinerary on a twin share room only basis.

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