TASTE OF THE THAI LIFE

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rang­ing from the cul­ture of an­cient tem­ples to ir­re­sistible shop­ping bo­nan­zas give Thai­land the wow fac­tor as a des­ti­na­tion.

King Wil­liam Travel, with Ven­ture Hol­i­days, is of­fer­ing a 12-day fully es­corted Mon­eysaver Thai­land tour on Novem­ber 13.

Day one will see you chauf­feured from your home to Ade­laide In­ter­na­tional Air­port where you will meet your tour es­cort. You will fly Sin­ga­pore Air­lines to Sin­ga­pore and catch a con­nect­ing flight to Bangkok. A coach will take you to the Asia Ho­tel Bangkok where you will stay for two nights.

On day two, take a tour of the Grand Palace on the Chao Phraya River. In the com­pound is Wat Phra Kao, the chapel of the Emer­ald Bud­dha.

Af­ter break­fast on day three you will leave the city’s hus­tle and bus­tle for Kan­chanaburi, stop­ping to visit to the World War II ceme­tery and the Thai­land-Burma Rail­way Cen­tre.

Then it is on to the fa­mous Bridge on the River Kwai, built by prisoners of war. A train takes you to Tamkrasae sta­tion from where you con­tinue by coach to Hell­fire Pass and visit the AN­ZAC Me­mo­rial. You will then be trans­ferred to the River Kwai Vil­lage Ho­tel for one night.

The next day, there’s a cruise along the Skaerang River aboard a khiri nava – a tra­di­tional Thai rice barge. Then it is on to the town of Uthai Thani, con­tin­u­ing to Sukhothai. Day five starts with a tour of the 13th-cen­tury cap­i­tal and Lam­pang, the only Thai town that still uses horse-drawn car­riages.

Be­fore ar­riv­ing in Chi­ang Mai for your two-night stay, you can as­cend 290 steps to the hill­top tem­ple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. A cable car to the top of the hill is avail­able. Spend day six in Chi­ang Mai ex­plor­ing. A

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