Saga launches new Gulf of Thailand escorted tourMonday 10 November 2014
Temples, long-tail boats and tropical beach treats included on Saga’s 13-night Gulf of Thailand tour
Saga launches new Gulf of Thailand escorted tour
Take a long-tail boat along a mangrove river and through the centre of Bangkok to tour Chinatown; view the former palaces of the Kings of Siam; relax on palm-fringed beaches and snorkel beside a coral reef on Saga’s new Gulf of Thailand escorted tour.
While in Bangkok, visit Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, the city’s largest Chinese Buddhist temple and make a stop at the highly scented flower market before entering the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, built from Italianate marble.
Travel on a section of the World War II Prisoner of War railway, immortalised in the film Bridge on the River Kwai. Learn more about the railway through a visit to the war museum and Kanchanaburi military cemetery where 5,000 Commonwealth casualties are remembered.Head for the beach resort of Hua Hin and stop at Phetchaburi, one of Thailand's oldest settlements which is dominated by the former royal palace and temples of King Mongkut, Siamese ruler of The King and I fame. See the Khmer architecture at Wat Mahathat monastery and later learn about the Royal Project of Hubkrapong, which aims to help local farmers.
Thailand's first beach resort has many whimsical buildings including the colourful Maruekhathaiyawan Palace. Visit the royal railway station and take tea in the elegant, colonial recesses of the former Railway Hotel and later join a rickshaw ride around Hua Hin.
Travel south passing a pineapple plantations to enjoy a long-tail boat ride along Pranburi River, join an excursion to see Wat Tang Sai Temple, a magnificent Buddhist temple which lies on Thongchai mountain and visit the Dan Singkhon Border, Thailand's narrowest point and checkpoint into Burma.Transfer by catamaran to the island of Koh Phangan for a three-night beachside idyll. At low tide cross the sandbar to Koh Ma for superb snorkelling. Take a tour to Kuan Yin Shrine, an ornate Chinese temple set high in the mountains and now an island landmark. Stop on the way to see how villagers peel and dry coconuts to sell to the mainland.
Hop to the next island Koh Samui, Thailand's third largest island for a two-night stay. Relax on the beach, join an elephant trek or discover Big Buddha, the scenic viewpoint of Grand Ma and Grand Pa rocks. Visit Namuang waterfall and Wat Khunaram temple to round up this fascinating escorted tour. No wonder Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles!13 nights from £1,699, departing March to June and September to October 2015 with an option to extend the holiday by seven nights, all-inclusive at Koh Samui from £2098.
Price includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights, airport taxes, accommodation, most meals, free 12-hour bar in two resorts, porterage, tour manager, travel insurance and cancellation cover.For details call free on 0800 414 8986 or visit travel.saga.co.uk/holidays
Editors: Saga Holidays is winner of nine British Travel Awards including Best Safari and Best Wildlife and Nature Holiday Operator, Southern Asia, Singles and Escorted Journeys.
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