Ok, so now im probably going to bore you all. Im just really looking forward to Thailand that I thought I should let you all know what im doing in DETAIL!!!
SO, stop reading if you feel that this could get boring- it may!!
So I arrive in Bangkok and settle in and meet my group and go out for dinner that evening.
Day 2-3: We transfer to the Southern Bus Station for the two hour bus journey to Kanchanaburi. On arrival we transfer to fan-cooled guesthouses situated near the river from where, in the afternoon, we take a long tail boat ride to the famous bridge on the River Kwai and an allied war cemetery. We also enjoy a ful day tour to Hellfire Pass and Erawan National Park. We can then relax in the cool blue waters of the pools beneath the beautiful seven tiered waterfall.
Day 4: Today is an early start where we begin a 5 hour trip by local bus through rich farming lands to Ayuthaya, the former capital of old Siam. In the afternoon we jump on a bike and ride to one of the many temples located in Ayuthaya for a guided tour. In the evening we board an overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai!
Day 5: We arrive in Chiang Mai in the morning and transfer to our hotel which is centrally located and close to the night market. The day is free to do as much as you wish as there is much to see in the northern city, with over 120 temples in the centre alone. A visit to the Tribal Research Institute is an ideal preparation for your hill tribe trek, whilst an excursion to the top of Doi Suthep offers fantastic views over the city. Its best to visit Doi Suthep in the morning before the heat of the day as there are over 300 steps. You may also wish to get a traditional Thai Massage or even partake in a cooking class.
Day 6-8: We take a two dya/one night excursion to a Palong Village in the hills beyond Chinag Mai where we get to try our hand at elephant riding. From on top of these magnificent creatures we get to enjoy the spectacular surounding scenery around us, dominated by Chiang Dao mountian. There are a number of villages in this area that are home to various hil tribes- each unique their own customs, housing and clothes. The night is spent sleeping in a local village hut as a guest of the hill tribe people. After our trek we return to Chiang Mai for a night and then catch the overnight train back to Bangkok.
Day 9-10: Arriving in Bangkok early in the morning we have two days to explore the fascinating Thai capital. On a city tour, we are introduced to some of Bangkoks most famous sights, including the impressive Grand Palace and adjoining Temple of the Emerlad Budda (Wat Phra Kaew) We also visit Wat Po- the temple of the famous Reclinibng Buddha. We then jump aboard a local Khlong (canal) boat, before catching a public bus. In the evening \we catch the overnight train to Surat Thani, in the south of Thailand.
Day 11-12: Our train arrives in the eraly morning and we transfer by bus to the ferry terminal for the two hour ferry trip to the beautiful iosland of Ko Samui. In the afternoon we take a trip around the island in a songthaew, visiting the 15 metre tell Big Buddha. There is time to take a dip in the cool tropical waterfalls of Na Muang and also to drop in to see the Mummified Monk. In then evenings you can relax, dine on the beach at the waters edge and soak up the pleasant tropical atmosphere.
Day 13: We then take the ferry back to the mainland and then continue to Khao Sok National Park by local songthaew. This is one of Thailands best kept secrets, containing some of the countrys finest rainforests and home to a rich variety of wildlife. From our jungle guesthouse, we head down to the river for a canoeing trip. There is every chance of seeing monkeys playing by the waters edge during your excursion.
Day 14-15: From Ao Nang we catch a boat to the beautiful and secluded beach area of Ton Sai, where we spend two days appreciating the peace and tranquillity. This is a great place to kick back, relax and swim in the warm waters of a hidden tropical paradise. We spend the night in bungalows. Those looking for action can catch a boat to beaches in nearby Phra Nang or Rai Leh, where there are p[lenty of optional activities to keep you busy. You can choose cove exploring, sea kayaking, diving and rock climbing.
Day 16: We catch the bus towards beautiful Phang Bay, which is full of spectacular limestone islands jutting out of the water. A long tail boat takes us out in the midst of this beautiful area, whivch was used as a setting for the James Bond movie, The man with the Golden gun. We pass traditional southern Thai muslim villages, built on stilts, and spend a night camping on a beach, on a small and secluded island
Day 17-18: Our final stop is Phuket, the largest island in Thailand.
So there you have it guys! I CANT WAIT!