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Tailor Made Thailand Holidays

The Warmth and Beauty of a South East Asian Jewel

A popular destination with independent travellers, regularly appearing in 'top ten' lists of the world's favourite destinations, Thailand's nickname - the 'Land of Smiles' - is as applicable to visitors as it is to the country's population, famed for their graciousness and hospitality. The warmth of its people is matched by Thailand's climate; abundant sunshine and some of the most exquisite beaches on earth proving an irresistible draw for holidaymakers.

However, there is far more to Thailand than meets the eye, and you can explore beyond the immaculate palm-fringed sands on a bespoke itinerary from GRJ independent. Select your favourite hotels, upgrade rail and flight classes, and discover as many of the country's must-see destinations as you wish by planning your holiday with one of our Tour Advisors.

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A Bespoke Experience in Bangkok

Bangkok, by turns chaotic and calm, provides an exhilarating starting point to your tailor made rail experience. Western and Eastern cultures meet in Thailand's thoroughly enjoyable capital city. A stroll along the legendary Khao-San Road is an essential. On this constantly-busy thoroughfare you'll find trinket stalls, street performers, tuk-tuks, backpackers and an eclectic selection of shops, bars, restaurants and clubs jostling together to create a truly atmospheric experience.

By contrast, Bangkok's most famous landmark - the Grand Palace - is an oasis of calm. The former residence of the King of Thailand is every bit as visually stunning as you would expect. A wealth of traditional Thai architecture, exquisitely decorated and gilded, ensure that an exploration of the palace, its reception buildings, and grounds are an attraction not to be missed.

A Place of Contrasting Landscapes

If you'd like to explore Thailand's contemporary history on your independent rail holiday, a visit to the charming town of Kanchanaburi is highly recommended. Here you'll find the famous bridge which spans the River Kwai, and can visit the poignant JEATH War Museum. This recounts the chilling and moving story of the construction of the 'Death Railway' by prisoners of war, to create a transport link between Thailand and neighbouring Burma in World War II.

Kanchanaburi is also the gateway to some of Thailand's most spectacular national parks, such as Sa Yok, wherein limestone caves and stunning waterfalls complement the natural beauty of a wilderness environment.

Kheaun Sri Nakarin National Park - Thailand's largest - surrounds a large lake, and among its bamboo forests you'll find bubbling thermal springs and a host of exotic wildlife.

Whatever your idea of paradise, Thailand almost certainly meets it thanks to its friendly and multicultural people, wonderful native cuisine and a wealth of beauty both natural and man-made. Explore Thailand by rail and you'll be left in no doubt as to why it is known as the land of smiles.

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