THAILAND - Highlands To Islands (3 Weeks)Culture, partying, ancient cities, monkeys, trekking, beaches & diving
After landing in Bangkok, spend a couple of days seeing it's stunning temples, awesome markets and lively nightlife. Then make your way north to Ayutthaya to see the ancient ruins of Thailands former capital. Followed by another short trip north to Lopburi, an old city overrun with monkeys. Onwards to the north-west to the cultural capital of the north, Chiang Mai. Where you can enjoy the relaxed city atmosphere and impressive temples. Plus get your fill of whitewater rafting and other adventure sports. Then head to Pai, the picturesque backpacker favourite of the north set in a mountain valley. Take in the beautiful scenery and do some trekking. Alternatively, if you fancy something a little quieter, head to Chiang Dao for some superb trekking and scenery. Then back to Chiang Mai to then make your way to the Lower Gulf islands, either direct by plane or via Bangkok by land. For your islands tour, first stop off at Ko Samui for the beach party scene. Then if you want some perfect beaches, head to Ko Pha Ngan. Finally, on to Ko Tao to go diving in the underwater wonderland and soak up the laid-back backpacker scene.