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Temples of Thailand Tour

Welcome to the magical world of Thailand and an exclusive opportunity to not just tour one, but ALL of Thailand’s most famous temples led by our Professional Tour Guides.

The Temples of Thailand Tour takes you behind the scenes of some of the most magnificent Asian Architecture and its history, people, and lore! With 12 Days in this exotic place, you’ll develop an appreciation for a different culture, step out of your comfort zone, and be wowed by these incredible structures!

After arrival in Bangkok, Thailand, you’ll enjoy an incredible first week of Temple Tours and leisure activities!  Begin by getting to know the vibrant city of Bangkok with a private tour before a train ride to your first adventure: the Ayutthaya Temple Sites!!

After an eye-opening Bicycle Tour of the Ayutthaya Temple Sites, the Temples of Thailand Tour takes you (in a VIP Coach no less) on the journey to one of Thailand’s most historic cities, Chiang Mai!

This magical city plays host to some of the best views, ancient temples, and unique people in the country. Chiang Mai is highlighted by Private Temple Tours of Doi Suthep and Doi Inthanon!

Day Seven of the Temples of Thailand Tour is an absolutely breathtaking day of private tours deep into Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle Region! The next day is a high altitude treat: The Chalermprakiat Mountain Temples!

The conclusion of the visit has truly saved the best for last: Journey to Siem Reap, Cambodia (via flight) for a local town tour and some entertaining cultural immersion. Step out of your comfort zone and into a new world!

Awake with an open mind the following day for a Private Sunrise Tour of the Angkor Temples! A Full Day Tour of these historic temples will increase your appreciation for Thai Architecture and plunge you into a different world! You don’t want to miss these structures!

On this Twelve Day, life-changing opportunity, see some of the most wondrous ancient architecture that Asia has to offer, all while gaining a newfound knowledge and appreciation for a different culture and an in-depth understanding about the story of this fascinating nation!

With adventure, scenic tours, and entertaining cultural immersion, the Temples of Thailand Tour is the Ultimate Educational Vacation!

  • Day 1: Arrival Day


    Welcome to Thailand! And welcome to day one of the most incredible tour of the ancient history of the Siamese and Khmer empires of Asia!

    On arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport our team on the ground will meet you and transfer you to the first stop on your tour located in central Bangkok. Depending on your arrival time, once you’re checked in you’ll have free time to either rest up and recover from your trip to Thailand or to get out and explore the local area.

    Evening: We will have an informal get-together over a couple of drinks to get know each other more before we embark on this incredible adventure.

  • DAY 2: Orientation & Thailand Basics

    The day kicks off with breakfast at the hotel.

    Following that we’ll have a more in-depth orientation of the tour, update you on any itinerary developments and teach you the basics of Thailand, the culture and customs and give you everything you need to make the most of your time on the tour.

    Once we’re ready and prepared we’ll head off to begin a factual and fascinating tour of Bangkok city.

    We’ll visit sites such as The Grand Palace, Wat Po, Wat Arun, The Golden Mountain and the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall where you’ll receive a detailed insight in to the rich and incredible history of Thailand, the former empire known as Siam.

    Evening: Dinner at a popular local restaurant to officially celebrate the start of your tour.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 3: Modern History of Thailand & The City of Ayutthaya

    After exploring what is the more modern history of Thailand, today we’ll jump onboard a train for the hour trip north of Bangkok to the former capital of the Siam Empire – The City of Ayutthaya.

    Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was the second capital city of the Siam Empire until destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century.

    Ayutthaya was one of the largest urban areas on the planet.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 4: Bicycle Tour of Historical Ayutthaya Temple Sites

    The history here is clear to see with ancient temples and locations of worship dotted around the city in an area now protected by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

    This is a wonderful place to explore and we’ll be doing so by bike.

    Ayutthaya is as flat as a pancake and so you don’t need to be a professional cyclist to enjoy this tour.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 5: The Kingdom of Chiang Mai

    Today we’re heading north again, and further back in time, to the ancient Lanna Capital of the Kingdom of Chiang Mai – a tributary state of the empire of Siam.

    Chiang Mai, in addition to being steeped in history, is one of Thailand’s most up and coming tourist destinations. The largest city in the north of Thailand, surrounded by mountains and dense jungle, the weather climate here makes it a draw for those who want to escape the oppressive heat of the central and southern regions.

    We’ll arrive in Chiang Mai in the early evening and head straight to our new hotel located in the heart of the old city.

    We’ll check-in and discuss our itinerary over dinner either at the hotel or at a local restaurant.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 6: Hidden Temples of Chiang Mai

    After breakfast we’ll head out for a private guided tour to learn more about the history and the culture of this beautiful part of the country.

    Our guide will offer an expert insight in to the history and the local culture, which is fascinatingly different to that of much of the rest of Thailand.

    We’ll visit hidden temples and receive an off-the-beaten-track tour of Chiang Mai.

    This really is one of the most picturesque cities in Thailand and will absolutely be a highlight of your trip.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 7: The Golden Triangle

    The history of this region cannot be understated!

    Because of it’s close proximity to the borders of both Laos and Myanmar (formerly Burma), today we’ll take a trip to where the three countries meet – an area known as The Golden Triangle.

    This area was nicknamed The Golden Triangle by the C.I.A. due to the incredible opium productivity here.

    We’ll learn all about the C.I.A.’s involvement, how this area developed from a small trading post to a global distribution centre, how this affected the local people and economy and what’s happening now.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 8: Wat Chalermprakiat Mountain Temples

    Today will also be a highlight of your tour – a visit to the stunning and truly unforgettable Wat Chalermprakiat Mountain Temples.

    Located about 1 hour from Chiang Mai, these temples sit atop high mountain peaks that rise 800 meters from the car park.

    Built to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Dynasty of King Rama IV, and completed as recently as 2010, these are a modern monument to commemorate a recent historical event.

    Sat on top of several mountain peaks there are many metal steps that need to be climbed to reach the top but trust us when we say that it’s absolutely worth the effort.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 9: The Ancient Town of Siem Reap in Northern Cambodia

    After breakfast we depart Chiang Mai, and Thailand to head back even further in time to the ancient town of Siem Reap in northern Cambodia.

    Our flight will take us there via a quick stop back in Bangkok but we should be at your fabulous new hotel in the heart of the city, by mid-afternoon.

    Once we’re checked in and have sorted ourselves out, we’ll head out for a leisurely walking tour of the town to find our bearings and to point out places of interest.

    We’ll introduce you to the Khmer (pronounced; c-my) way of life, the people, the food, the culture and customs.

    We’ll stop off at a popular restaurant for a traditional Khmer meal to officially kick off our Cambodian portion of the tour.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • DAY 10: Angkor Wat Temple Region

    It’s an early start this morning as we want to head off to the stunning Angkor Wat Temple Region to experience a life-changing sunrise view of these remarkable monument to human endeavor.

    Constructed over a period of a 100 years, and dating back almost 1,000 years, this area has to be explored to be believed.

    Angkor Wat itself, is just one of over 40 temples in this area, and is still the largest religious building on earth.

    This area is now protected by UNESCO, however, visitors can still walk amongst the temple structures where each stone, each statue, each doorway has a million stories to tell.

    Your guide here wil be a local expert who will explain to you the significance of each temple, the fascinating history that dates back to the 11th century, how the area still remained relatively untouched during the horrific reign of the Khmer Rouge and even more.

    This area is truly incredible and will absolutely be a highlight of your adventure and the perfect way to end your tour.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • DAY 11: Flight Back to Bangkok & Final Night Group Dinner

    This morning we’re giving you some time to yourself. Simply rest by the pool or head out to grab some last-minute mementos of your time here.

    Around lunchtime we’ll take the 20 minute trip back to the airport for our 1 hour flight back to Bangkok’s International Airport.

    It’s then a quick hop to a hotel close to the airport where we’ll enjoy a Final Night Group Dinner to reminisce about the highlights of our time-travelling adventure through the ancient history of the Siamese and Khmer Empires.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • DAY 12: Departure Day

    It’s time to say our sad farewells today as our whirlwind tour is officially over.

    Your guide will still be around for the morning to help you with any onward travel that you may require, or to help you get back to the airport.

    MEALS: Breakfast.


    All accommodation for the duration of your stay. Accommodation types are a combination of 3-star hotels and luxury dorms.
    All transport throughout the tour, including return flights to Siem Reap, Cambodia with up to 20kgs luggage allowance.
    Airport pick-up on arrival in Bangkok.
    29 meals – 11 breakfasts, 10 dinners, 8 lunches.
    All entry fees to all historical sites.
    24/7 expert, English-speaking guides.
    Day tour of Bangkok.
    Bicycle tour of Ayutthaya.
    Day tour of Chiang Mai.
    Day tour of the ‘Golden Triangle’.
    Day trip to the stunning mountain-top temples of Wat Chalermprakiat.
    Sunrise tour of the wondrous Angkor Wat temple region.

    Return flights to Thailand.
    Travel and medical insurance.
    Spending money.
    Meals not stated in the above itinerary.
    Visa entry to Cambodia – $37 and available online here – https://www.evisa.gov.kh/.
    Visa entry in to Thailand, if required. You can check your visa requirement status here – https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/changes-visa-exempt.php

Like all of our exciting Educational Tour options, this tour offers participants a carefully crafted balance of learning elements (lessons, lectures, seminars, field study, etc), planned activities and excursions (cultural activities, mini-tours, sightseeing, etc) and free time for you to explore in your own way or to simply relax. This is what makes Worldaway Learning Tours so unique!

Here’s what you can expect on this tour*:

Free Time

*Breakdown provided for informational purposes only. Individual experiences may differ. 

Our ‘Start Dates’ represent the day that you should arrive into the country. This is officially the first day of the tour and is the day that the local guide has set aside to meet and collect the tour participants. To allow this to be a smooth process, we ask that you do your best to arrive in the morning of the official start day. If you’re having troubles finding a suitable flight, or if you are worried about your flight arrival time, let us know so that we can assist.

No. Flights are not included in the listed tour price. We have participants joining our tours from all around the world, and as such we believe that individuals can find the best deals on their own. Need some help finding flights? We can guide you to some great resources, so just ask.

*We strongly recommend that you only purchase flights once your tour has been confirmed.

Yes. It is important that you are covered in the event of something terrible (or just terribly annoying) happening. Whether it’s a last-minute flight change, losing your luggage, or falling ill while abroad, if you have proper travel insurance cover, you can sit back and enjoy the experience worry-free.

We believe that World Nomads is the best insurance provider for adventure travelers. Policies through World Nomads cover trip cancellation, medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, as well as lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Their policies are extremely competitive so get your free no obligation quote here!

It is each traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct tourist entry visa/s and any necessary vaccinations. Both of these items depend on your own background – i.e. What passport are you travelling on? What vaccinations you have had previously? We can certainly help guide you through the process and have lots of great advice to give, so again, just ask.

Yes! While we welcome groups, families, couples and friends, our Learning Tours are also designed with individual travelers in mind. You’ll be part of a larger group which is made up of other intrepid travelers from all over the world. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and we’re sure you will make a few long-lasting friendships.

On most tours the minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 12. Group sizes vary at different times of the year, but generally speaking we will do our best to ensure there is at least 4 participants on each tour where possible.

In most cases, yes! There are some instances where tour participants will travel by foot, like walking a short distance between your accommodation and a learning or activity center for example, but for everything else, the transport is all arranged for you!

As mentioned above, flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations are not included – so these costs are additional to the listed tour price. In addition, you should consider the following:

  • Airport taxes and entry/departure fees (if not included in your flight ticket)
  • Additional food, drinks and snacks
  • Money for optional activities /excursions (where available)
  • Personal spending money (think souvenirs!)

The amount of additional money you may need is impossible for us to judge, and really does depend on your own spending habits, but if you have any questions about this, or want some help working out your budget, just let us know.

In most cases, no. Breakfast is often included at your accommodation, but lunches and dinners will be subject to the tour itinerary. As such, some are included, some are not, but this does of course provide a wonderful opportunity to try out the local cuisine for yourself.

Yes. It has become fairly common for tour participants to request special dietary provisions, so in most cases this can easily be catered for. If you have concerns about this though, let us know and we can discuss it with complete confidentiality.

Yes, absolutely! Free time is an important part of every tour. There is nothing more frustrating than having to follow a strict and unforgiving itinerary. Where possible, you will have free time to explore, partake in some of the local attractions and activities, or simply relax – it’s up to you!

Great! Simply follow the prompts on the ‘Book Now’ tab to secure your spot on this truly unique adventure. As soon as we receive your booking, we’ll get to work making sure everything is organized for you. It’s that easy!

Once you have completed the booking form you can secure your spot by paying a deposit of US$500. This is part of the total tour price and will be deducted from your final invoice. The balance needs to be paid 6 weeks prior to your tour start date. Don’t worry – we will send you a reminder when that time comes and an invoice which you can simply click and pay.

*If you wish to join a tour that is starting in less than 30 days, you will be prompted to pay the entire tour fee at the time of booking.

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Temples of Thailand Tour (12 Days)

Learn about the History of the Asian Temples
US$ 1802
  • 3+ Star Hotels & Luxury Dorms
  • Private Room Accommodation + Daily Breakfast
  • Tour of Bangkok City - The Grand Palace, Wat Po, Wat Arun, the Golden Mountain & the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall
  • Day Tour of the 'Golden Triangle'
  • Day Trip to the Stunning Mountain-Top Temples of Wat Chalermprakiat
  • Sunrise Tour of the Wonderous Angkor Wat Temple Region
  • Airport Pick-up on Arrival in Bangkok
  • including:
  • Return Flights to Siem Reap, Cambodia + Train Trip to Ayutthaya for a Bike Tour + Day Tour of Chiang Mai
  • Certificate of Completion

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