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Classic Thailand

11 Day Escorted Tour

Thailand, South East Asia
All Meals Included
Intermediate Pace

Setting off from the neon lights of bustling Bangkok, this comprehensive, eleven-day tour travels up through the ancient Siamese Kingdoms of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, to the mountainous jungle landscapes of northern Thailand.

2022 Dossier

2023 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Full day city tour of Bangkok
  • Experience UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ayutthaya & Sukhothai Historical Parks.
  • Visit the war cemetery and Bridge on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi
  • Witness the colourful Damnoen Saduak floating market
  • The Thai Elephant Conservation Centre
  • Tour the golden triangle
Number of nights


Day 1
UK to Bangkok

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Bangkok International Airport.

Day 2


On arrival into Bangkok you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. The day will be at leisure to settle in and explore your new surroundings. Originally a small harbour village, Thailand's vibrant capital infuses grand Buddhist architecture within an ultramodern metropolis interspersed by aromatic food markets and waterways that unite this Venice of the East. In the evening, enjoy a buffet dinner before witnessing the highly acclaimed Siam Niramit or Grand Pearl Cruise., one of the world's largest shows depicting each region's fascinating cultural heritage through music, dance and stunning visual effects.

Day 3

Breakfast & Lunch

Today's full day city tour takes you through Chinatown to the city's colourful flower market where beautifully scented jasmine buds are hand made for temple offerings. Visit Wat Pho, home to one of the country's longest and most impressive reclining Buddha images, before visiting Thailand's most important landmark, The Grand Palace. The royal complex displays European-inspired halls partitioned by tranquil gardens, ornate pavilions representing 200 years of successive Kings and the magnificent golden chedi of Thailand's most sacred temple - Wat Phra Kaew. In the afternoon board a traditional long-tail boat to navigate Bangkok's khlongs, where local wooden-stilted houses line the banks. Pass the domineering Wat Arun temple, encrusted with porcelain mosaics that reflect the sunlight with a lustrous glow, before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 4
Bangkok to Ayutthaya

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, leave Bangkok to visit the famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak, a man-made river network populated by wooden canoes piled high with colourful produce. En-route, pass mango and lychee plantations and make a brief stop at a coconut farm to learn how the nuts are harvested and manufactured into a variety of products by hand. On arrival at the floating market, observe local traders paddling their fragile boats whilst preparing fragrant dishes within teetering woks. Continue west to the historical jungle town of Kanchanaburi to visit the humbling war cemetery and nearby Thailand-Burma railway museum which documents the brutal Japanese occupation and harrowing conditions faced by prisoners during World War II. Enjoy lunch at a floating restaurant near the infamous railway bridge that inspired Pierre Boulle's novel and the film - the Bridge Over the River Kwai. Transfer to the city of Ayutthaya for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Day 5
Ayutthaya to Phitsanulok

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Start the day at Ayutthaya's UNESCO historical park, an ancient royal capital that was once considered one of the region's most illustrious cities. Wander the Summer Palace, surrounded by rivers and lakes, the beautifully landscaped grounds boast romantic European style architecture, commissioned by the Royal family and still used on special occasions. After your guided tour, visit the ancient royal monastery of Wat Yai Chaimongkhol to see impressive constructions built after King Naresuan's victory over the Burmese in 1592. Departing Ayutthaya, journey through rural Thailand past typical Thai houses, peanut plantations and farmers working on the verdant rice paddies. A lunch stop will be made before continuing on to Phitsanulok for your overnight stay.

Day 6
Phitsanulok to Lampang

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

One of Thailand's most impressive UNESCO sites awaits this morning - the ancient Sukothai Historical Park. The peaceful surroundings contain ancient ruins hidden amongst lakes of lotus flowers, a stunning setting crafted during the country's golden era of religious architecture that formed the blueprint of quintessential Thai style. Continue to Si Satchanalai and cross the river to a local fishing village where women can be seen weaving cotton and men cast nets for the day's catch. Following lunch, journey into the jungle area, stopping at a local hill tribe to learn how native plants are used in traditional cooking. Arrive into Lampang late this afternoon.

Day 7
Lampang to Chiang Mai

Breakfast & Lunch

After breakfast, drive to the Elephant Hospital and nearby Conservation Centre. Here you can observe these majestic creatures playing in the water with their mahout keepers. Arriving into Chiang Mai, visit a gem and silk factory to see how these local handicrafts are produced before making a stop at Bo Sang's craft market, known as the 'umbrella village' after its ornate and vivid oil paper creations. This evening you can enjoy some free time to relax or experience a local tuk tuk ride to the nearby famous night market - head out after 7pm to explore the many stalls, restaurants and bars with live music and delicious street food.

Day 8
Chiang Mai

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Roll up your sleeves and try your hand at cooking the most famous food and desserts in the country at the cookery school and try your hand at Thai cooking. After being collected from your hotel this morning, you will visit a local market to learn how to choose fish, meat and vegetables whilst at the same time learning about the herbs and spices that are needed and used in Thai cooking. Late this afternoon, your guide will take you to Doi Suthep, a nearby mountain, for panoramic views at sunset over the city's vast tropical plains. Near the summit discover Wat Phra That, Northern Thailand's holiest shrine, where kneeling worshipers gather around the dazzling golden dome to light aromatic incense and lay lotus flowers before immaculate icons of the Buddha. As night falls, return to the city to sample a traditional Khantoke dinner and show, where food is served on large platters at low tables as you enjoy a performance by local Lanna dancers.

Day 9
Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, begin your assent of northern Thailand's mountainous regions, through mist-coated fern forests to the charming town of Thaton. After lunch, board a traditional long-tail boat for a tranquil cruise along the Kok River; traverse slow moving waters to a chorus of cicadas to observe the thatched bamboo huts of the northern hill tribes dotted throughout the picturesque countryside. Disembark and drive to the infamous Golden Triangle, a mountainous range where Thailand, Laos and Burma converge which was once a prolific area for opium production. Continue to your hotel for a night in the laidback city of Chiang Rai.

Day 10
Chiang Rai to Bangkok

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning visit the stunning Wat Rongkhun, an art instillation in the form of a temple. Designed by visual artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, its striking white exterior is mixed with mirror fragments to create a mesmerising effect symbolising the Buddha's purity. Wander to the temples entrance over a sea of sculpted hands reaching out in desperation and admire the interior murals, an incongruous mix of traditional Buddhist images with modern icons including Superman, the international space station and George Bush. After lunch head to Chiang Mai Airport for your flight to Bangkok, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a farewell dinner.

Day 11
Bangkok to UK


Transfer to Bangkok airport in the morning for your direct flight back to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2023
from £1,999
3 Dates
9th Jan - 19th Jan
23rd Jan - 2nd Feb
30th Jan - 9th Feb
February 2023
from £1,949
2 Dates
6th Feb - 16th Feb
20th Feb - 2nd Mar
March 2023
from £1,849
2 Dates
6th Mar - 16th Mar
13th Mar - 23rd Mar
April 2023
from £2,049
1 Date
17th Apr - 27th Apr
May 2023
from £2,099
1 Date
8th May - 18th May
June 2023
from £2,099
1 Date
5th Jun - 15th Jun
July 2023
from £2,299
1 Date
31st Jul - 10th Aug
September 2023
from £2,099
1 Date
25th Sep - 5th Oct
October 2023
from £2,099
1 Date
23rd Oct - 2nd Nov
November 2023
from £2,049
2 Dates
6th Nov - 16th Nov
20th Nov - 30th Nov


The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Century Park Hotel Bangkok
3 nights
Bangkok, Thailand
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Classic Kameo Hotel
1 nights
Ayutthaya, Thailand
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Tour Reviews

Raymond Kane

30 Mar 20

All good except one which had no swimming pool

Linda Durno

26 Mar 20

All hotels were excellent

Thomas Kerr

22 Mar 20

Some hotels better than others but all were very clean and comfortable.

Janet Castle

16 Mar 20

Hotels good, hotel in Hua Hin Especially good. The rest of the holiday was superb and we hope to travel with Mercury again

K Barker

24 Feb 20

Vanda our guide went above and beyond expectations, she made sure all the guests in the group had a great holiday.

Georgina Dymond

20 Feb 20

very comfortable hotels. Very clean, good location.

Gareth Davies

19 Feb 20

Excellent choice of hotels at all places visited. The 5 star Hua Hin was particularly impressive.

Robert Barton

18 Feb 20

All the hotels in the tour were of very high quality always well organised with all checking ins pre organised and ready for us to go straight to our room . All the food was of high quality.

Wayne Sherratt

29 Mar 19

I can't fault any of them. The Imperial Hotel in Chiang Rai was my favourite, but coming a close second was the Kata Palm in Phutket, although I didn't think much of Kata Beach Resort - not my cup-of-tea!

C Jones

12 Mar 19

We enjoyed the tour sometimes it was a bit hectic for example very early starts and tight schedule. We understand that's necessary to see everything.

Sue Hall

27 Nov 18

Some hotels better than others, but all were good.

J Needle

16 Nov 18

Eddy the guide was superb, attentive, efficient, knowledgeable, polite and eloquent. The driver was excellent.

Frances Stunell

24 Nov 17

most hotels were lovely but some better than others

Ashleigh Ulrich

15 Jul 17

Excellent choices of hotels all very clean and comfortable, friendly staff, great service, lovely food, very happy with all the hotels.

Vijaykumar Kara

19 May 17

All Hotels were excellent & had no Issues at all.

Terry Thomas

31 Oct 16

The guide was excellent and knowledgeable. We picked the tour because we've had a good experience with Mercury Holidays before and the price was great.

Kim Johns

31 Oct 16

We had a really good time.

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Important Information

A visa is not required before you travel to Thailand; you will be issued with a tourist visa valid for 30 days on arrival into the country. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport is with British Airways (BA), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 5. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage. There is also an allowance of one cabin bag not exceeding 25cm x 45cm x 56cm in size and one personal bag not exceeding 45 cm x 36 cm x 20 cm that you can take on the aircraft as hand luggage. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your final documents. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay an additional fee for this at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that you should arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to your flight time for international departures. IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 11, and the maximum will be 30. If in the unlikely event there are less than 11 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout your stay until you depart Chiang Mai, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB). We recommend that you exchange you currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour.