Central Thailand Tour

By Ruby Zhao | Updated Apr. 16, 2024

7-Day Tour to Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, and Khao Yai National Park

Thailand not only has a rich history and culture but also a charming natural landscape. Visit the majestic palaces and temples in Bangkok, experience Thailand's glorious past at the ruins of Ayutthaya, review the history of World War II at the River Kwai with its historic railway, and get close to nature and wildlife in Khao Yai National Park. If you are not only interested in Thai culture but also love adventure, travel with us.

Days

7

Price

from US$2,390 p/p

Best For

Discovery-Seekers

Best Time

Oct. to Apr.

Tour Highlights

Walk into majestic palaces and temples in Bangkok.
Walk into majestic palaces and temples in Bangkok.
Review Thailand's glorious past at the ruins of Ayutthaya
Review Thailand's glorious past at the ruins of Ayutthaya
Explore a floating market in Bangkok by boat
Explore a floating market in Bangkok by boat
Visit the famous bridge over the River Kwai by train
Visit the famous bridge over the River Kwai by train
Hike in Khao Yai National Park and search for wild elephants and other exciting animals
Hike in Khao Yai National Park and search for wild elephants and other exciting animals

Itinerary Details

Below is the detailed tour itinerary, which is designed to provide inspiration for your Thailand tour. We will follow your requests and assist you to customize your dream journey to Thailand.

Day 1
Bangkok Arrival

When you arrive at the airport, your guide will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name on it, and will then transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day by yourself as you adjust to the jet lag or wander around your hotel.

Day 2
City Exploration and Visit Bangkok's Top Attractions

Palace, Temples, and Ancient Canals

You will start your trip after breakfast by visiting some landmark sites in Bangkok, including Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of Dawn. Experience Bangkok's local transportation — the long-tail boat and a Thai tuk tuk. You will feel what it's like to be a local.

Have lunch at a local Thai restaurant.

Chinatown

Would you like to taste some local Thai food? Chinatown in Bangkok is a nice choice for food lovers. Tasting delicious local food is an important part of traveling and it will make you fonder of the city. Have a delicious food hunting tour with your guide.

Day 3
Bangkok to Kanchanaburi | Local Markets

Maeklong Railway Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

You will visit two unique markets in Thailand. After breakfast, you will be driven for about 2 hours from downtown Bangkok to Maeklong Railway Market. You will find the market vendors are all on the railway, which makes it special. A few times a day, the train runs directly through the market. Then, you will continue to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, which is the most popular floating market in Thailand. The market vendors there are all on the river and it will change your perception of a traditional market.

Have lunch in a local Thai restaurant.

Bridge Over the River Kwai

The bridge over the River Kwai is located in the center of Kanchanaburi. It was built by prisoners of war during World War II and was supervised by the Japanese. You will take an hour's train ride along the Death Railway on the River Kwai. Pass the original wooden viaduct built by Allied prisoners of war and lament the harm caused by the war.

Have lunch at a local Thai restaurant and return to Bangkok.

Day 4
Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya

Magnificent Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

After breakfast, you will be driven to Ayutthaya. First, you will visit Bang Pa-In Royal Palace. It was built in 1632 by the king of Ayutthaya. After Ayutthaya was captured by neighboring countries, the capital moved south and Bang Pa-In Royal Palace was abandoned for 80 years. From 1881, Rama IV and Rama V successively carried out restoration works and a large-scale expansion, which was completed in 1896.

Historical Ruins and the Buddha Head in the Tree Roots

Take a walk through the ruins in Ayutthaya Historical Park, which was the capital of the ancient Ayutthaya Kingdom. Two typical temples are recommended: Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Si Sanphet. You will a Buddha head among the tree roots in Wat Mahathat.

Rice Barge Dinner Cruise

In the evening, you will board a traditional teak boat and enjoy a special dinner experience. While enjoying the delicious food, you can watch the charming night view along the way as well as the daily activities of the local people. You can completely relax in this charming ancient town.

Day 5
Ayutthaya to Khao Yai | An Ancient Temple and Wine Tasting

Phra Prang Sam Yot (the Monkey Temple)

You will stop at Lopburi on your way to Khao Yai, which is better known as "Monkey City". Phra Prang Sam Yot is the landmark of Lopburi and was built by the Khmer in the 13th century, having a typical Khmer style. On the basis of the original architectural art, local craftsmen have made some changes and created Lopburi's own style.

The reason it was called "Monkey City" is that lots of monkeys walk freely in the city. On the last weekend of November every year, the Monkey Buffet Festival is held there. The locals will prepare a feast of rich fruity food. Hundreds of monkeys are invited to the festival — the scene is strange and spectacular.

PB Valley and Wine Tasting Tour

PB Valley Estate, the largest vineyard in Khao Yai, has introduced professional guided wine tasting tours to promote the Khao Yai wine region as a new local and international tourist destination in Thailand. Your guide will take you to visit the whole manor on a field trailer and will explain how to grow grapes, how to make wine, and how to taste wine.

Day 6
A Day Tour to Khao Yai National Park

Hike in the Jungle and Spot Wild Animals

Khao Yai National Park is a natural park and wildlife reserve in the northeast of Thailand. It is rated as one of the most popular national parks for outdoor travelers in Thailand. It attracts lots of tourists every year. The park is full of lush and humid tropical rain forests, mountain evergreen forests, and wild African grasslands. A variety of creatures live there, including apes, Asian elephants, bats, lizards, sambar deer, and more. In addition, there are many magnificent waterfalls in the mountains, surrounded by green forests and spectacular scenery.

You will be accompanied by your guide on a hiking tour. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and discover the footprints of wild animals.

Have lunch in a local restaurant inside the park.

Day 7
Bangkok Departure

Enjoy a refreshing breakfast in your hotel. Your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport in Bangkok and you can catch your departure flight.

Price Includes

Price from: $2,390 (Tour code: gh-ah-51)

One-to-one consultancy
One-to-one consultancy
Knowledgeable local guides
Knowledgeable local guides
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Hand-picked hotels
Hand-picked hotels
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Transportation as listed
Transportation as listed
A 24/7 helpline while traveling
A 24/7 helpline while traveling

Trip Notes

Every element of the tour above can be tailored. Feel free to tell us your ideas and we will be happy to make adjustment for you.

Tailoring Your Tour

This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, and extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest, and schedule. Feel free to tell us your requirements, and we will be happy to help you arrange a tour using our professional knowledge and experience.

About the Transportation

As a shorter trip that covers quite a lot of ground, there will be traveling every other day to the next destination, but the longest travel time is around 3 hours.

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