6 days, 5 nights: Waterfalls, Elephants, Hot Springs, Sunken Temples, Bamboo Rafting
Day 1: As soon as you arrive at the airport in Bangkok, one of our friendly tour guides will pick you up and you’ll comfortably be driven to your hotel. Take some time to relax, enjoy good Thai food, visit the spa where you can receive a soothing and rejuvenating wellness treatment or go for a swim in the pool.
Day 2: After breakfast, your guide will be ready to bring you to the Erawan National Park. This bus ride takes about four hours, and we’ll have lunch there. Afterwards, we’ll go for 20 minute walk through light forest on a comfortable walking path to the waterfalls. These are some of the most beautiful and enjoyable waterfalls of Thailand. There are seven tiers of waterfalls, and each one is unique and pleasant to bath in. The different tiers are connected by trekking tracks, wooden bridges that have to be crossed, and that can be quiet a little adventure in and of itself.
Monkeys play in the trees, and on level one there are fish in the water that will nibble at your skin. Don’t worry, it’s not painful, but if you are ticklish, you might want to skip to level two. This is in fact a skin care treatment that is offered for high prices in spas across the world, but here you can enjoy it in a natural environment.
We then go to eat at a delicious local restaurant together before checking in at hour cosy resort for the night.
Day 3: After breakfast, we’ll move on to Hin Dat – a natural hot spring adjacent to a Buddhist monastery. Here, you can enjoy the healing properties of the hot, mineral rich water and then jump into the cold water stream right next to it. There are also massage treatments directly by the water available. We’ll spend a couple of relaxing hours here before moving on to our destination at the Burmese border, a small town called Sangkalburi that we will reach in the evening.
Our guesthouse is located directly at the lake and during dinner we have a beautiful view of the landscape and the huge golden pagoda in the distance on the other side of the lake. In the night time, jump into the lake for a swim or sit by the water and enjoy the serene scene.
Day 4: We enjoy our breakfast overlooking the lake and then get on a small boat that takes us to Thailand’s longest wooden bridge. Afterwards, the boat brings us to the sunken temple – a complete Buddhist temple that is under water. Then, we pass the beautiful mountainous landscape before leaving the boat and getting back on land. There, you get on an elephants back and ride through the jungle and cross rivers. It is an amazing experience to be so close to these gentle giants in their natural surroundings. After over an hour of elephant riding, we’ll enjoy a delicious picknick by the river, and one of the locals will pick some fresh herbs from nearby mountains for you.
Then, we go for a short trekking trip until we get on bamboo rafts and go down the stream Thai-style – lots of fun is guaranteed.
In the evening, we get back to our guesthouse and visit the local market for an authentic Thai dinner.
Day 5: After breakfast, we leave and make another stop at the Hin Dat hot springs. Our travelers always wanted to come back here, so we adjusted our itinerary accordingly – it’s a great place to relax, let go of all worries and stress and charge yourself up with good feelings and fresh energy. Around lunch time we move on to Kanchanaburi, where we go to visit the famous bridge at the River Kwai. If you have seen the movie, you know about the sad history of this bridge. Hundreds of thousands died in the second world war building this bridge and it is one of the most popular historic tourist destinations in Thailand.
In the afternoon we go back to Bangkok where we arrive in the evening.
Day 6: Your airport transfer will be arranged at a time convenient for you. Remember checkout time is before noon.