Cool Bangkok, river cruise to the old capital Auythaya by houseboat and some beautiful days on the beautiful island of Koh Samet which offers both relaxation, wonderful atmosphere and chalk-white sand between your toes!
Here you get to experience Thailand’s fantastic nature, delicious food, nice people and some of the exciting cultural sights. Even if you do not have a lot of time, you can experience some of Thailand’s most beautiful luxuries in a short time. We want to give you an exciting taste of the land of smiles – in short!
The adventure starts in the vibrant city of Bangkok with its many experiences. We also have lots of good suggestions if you want to see a slightly different side of town than the tourist trails! A cozy houseboat is the perfect way to experience life on Chao Phraya – the River of Kings. From here you can take in the peace and quiet of hundreds of years of Thai culture and history while the boat slowly takes you towards Ayutthaya. This ancient royal seat and former capital is only 70 km from Bangkok. The large temple area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an exciting experience to cycle around the charming countryside, where you encounter one well-preserved temple after another. After a night in Bangkok, you will have the opportunity to relax with sand between your toes. You stay five nights on the small tropical island of Koh Samet, where you can sleep for a long time.
Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia
You travel from Scandinavia to Bangkok where you arrive the next day.
Day 2: Arrival in Bangkok
Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be picked up at the airport and driven to your accommodation. New Road Guest House is very centrally located and has a nice and homely atmosphere. In the lobby there is a service center that is happy to assist with travel tips and practical questions. In addition, New Road Guest House has i.a. own restaurant, hammocks on the terrace, DVD room and a cozy bar. The rest of the day is open for your own exploration of Bangkok.
Day 3: Bangkok on your own
You have all day to explore Bangkok on your own. Go on a journey of discovery in the exciting city where lots of experiences await. We have lots of suggestions for great experiences if you need inspiration. We recommend i.a. a bike ride behind the city facade or exciting trainspotting in Mahachai. In this way, you replace the hectic life in Bangkok with an incredibly lively and green landscape where you get to experience the local everyday life.
Day 4: Houseboat from Bangkok to Ayutthaya
A cozy houseboat is the perfect way to experience life on Chao Phraya – the River of Kings. From here you can take in the peace and quiet of hundreds of years of Thai culture and history while the boat glides along the water. Around lunch, the boat departs from Bangkok and moves slowly up the King’s River past the magnificent Grand Palace and Dawn Temple, Wat Arun. Your place on the deck gives you the first floor over everyday life by the river. In the afternoon, visit a market in the small town of Pathum Thani, where locals come to buy fresh produce and sweets. When the sun goes down, the boat arrives at a quiet and peaceful village where you will find the beautiful Wat Kai Tia Buddhist temple. You will be served a wonderful Thai dinner on the deck by candlelight before spending the night in your private cabin. ( F)
Day 5: Ayuthaya by bike and return to Bangkok
Early in the morning the boat leaves for the small village of Baan Saladang, which is a very old Mon community. The Mon people emigrated from Burma to the area in the early 19th century and have since adhered to their traditional customs and practices. In the charming little village there are also a number of well-preserved Thai houses. After the visit, it’s time for a delicious breakfast on the boat. Only in the morning does the boat arrive in Ayutthaya province, where you disembark at Wat Niwet Thama Prawat Temple – right next to the Royal Summer Palace Bang Pa. Here is your guide waiting for you. Together they cycle north along the rice fields and through picturesque villages. You make a stop at a local school (if it is open) so you can talk a little with the children. The closer you get to the old capital, the more temple ruins you will see. You will be served a typical Thai lunch at a riverside restaurant before cycling into Thailand’s former capital Ayutthaya. During the day you cycle around the large area around Ayutthaya while the guide tells about the city’s exciting history, its temples and kings. The area is very impressive with its well-preserved temples, palaces and Buddha statues. In the late afternoon, cycle along the Chao Praya River back to Ayutthaya. From here the journey goes back to Bangkok, where you arrive in the evening. ( In the late afternoon, cycle along the Chao Praya River back to Ayutthaya. From here the journey goes back to Bangkok, where you arrive in the evening. ( In the late afternoon, cycle along the Chao Praya River back to Ayutthaya. From here the journey goes back to Bangkok, where you arrive in the evening. (F , L )
Day 6: Bangkok – Koh Samet
Today the journey goes to the more beautiful than Koh Samet. After a drive of about three hours plus a little over half an hour long boat ride, you arrive at Koh Samet. There you are met by a real Thai paradise island with white sandy beaches and green palm trees. In these fantastic surroundings you will spend the next four nights.
Day 7-9: Relaxation on Koh Samet
You have three full days on this nice little tropical island. Here you can sleep long, relax and fully enjoy life. Koh Samet is just under 30 sqm2 and the island is perfect for a few days of relaxation in beautiful and quiet surroundings. Read a good book, take long walks, enjoy nature, the white sandy beaches and the inviting, clear water. Koh Samet is truly a tranquil and relaxing beach experience. The island is the perfect destination for the locals in Bangkok when they want to get away from the stressful city and spend the weekend sunbathing and swimming under the swaying palm trees.
Day 10: Koh Samet – Departure from Bangkok
The journey back to Bangkok begins with a ferry to the mainland and then by car to the airport. The time depends on your flight.
Day 11: Arrival in ScandinaviaArrival in Scandinavia after a wonderful adventure in the land of smiles.
Three nights at a guesthouse in Bangkok
One night on the houseboat
Five nights on Koh Same