Day 1: Arrival In Bangkok
Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand’s throbbing metropolitan capital. Upon your arrival, your friendly local tour guide will be waiting to meet you and take you to your hotel for check-in. Spend the evening indulging in your first REAL taste of vibrant, world-renowned Thai-cuisine, or living the high life at a rooftop bar, marvelling at the pulsating city below.
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, your local guide awaits to begin your discovery of the Land of Smiles. After a short drive to Ratchaburi Province, you’ll spend the morning aboard a private longtail boat, snaking your way through the winding canals to one of the country’s most iconic sites, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Grab a fresh coconut juice or mid-morning snack from one of the vendors as they paddle by in their wooden canoes laden with tropical fruit.
After the market, you’ll be driven back to heart of Bangkok to explore Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace. These two dazzling 18th-century structures are some of Thailand’s most striking, and it’s easy to see why the western world was once so envious of their architectural brilliance. Wat Phra Kaew is the holiest site in the country, and home to its most important icon, the Emerald Buddha; the Grand Palace has been the official residence to the Kings of Siam since 1782, and it’s not hard to see why with the kind of oriental opulence displayed here. After the Palace, you’ll make a quick stop to admire the world’s largest solid gold Buddha, standing some three metres high, before moving on to Wat Arun, or ‘Temple of the Dawn’, Bangkok’s towering, most-distinctive landmark, considered one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand. We end the day at Wat Pho, the city’s oldest temple and home to the magnificent forty-five metre-long Reclining Buddha, a depiction of the true Buddha entering nirvana. The temple is also a centre for traditional medicine, and is the ultimate place to unwind with a Thai massage before you’re taken by to your hotel for the night.
Day 3: Bangkok- Ayutthaya Highlights
In the morning you will be driven north to the ruins of Ayutthaya, a designated UNESCO World Heritage and former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. En route you’ll have time to call in at the beautifully eclectic Bang Pa-In, serving as the Summer Palace to the King and Queen, made up of Thai, European and Chinese influenced architecture. Once you arrive in Ayutthaya, you’ll visit the grand Wat Chai Wattanaram, a thirty-five meter-tall, Khmer-style prang that was blanketed in thick jungle only 40 years ago. Now it is one Ayutthaya’s most photographed sites. Next you’ll visit what is perhaps Ayutthaya’s most iconic image, the bell-shaped Wat Phra Si Sanphet, before making a brief stop to see a gold statue of Buddha at Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit. You’ll round off the day’s tour with visits to Wat Phra Mahathat, home to a mysterious sandstone Buddha head tangled within the roots of a tree, andWat Ratburana to see the beautiful carbings of lotus and mythical creatures. After being driven back to Bangkok, the evening is yours to relax in the comfort of your hotel, or perhaps to experience some of the local nightlife.
Day 4: Bangkok-Chiang Rai
This morning is yours to explore the city on your own, until it’s time to catch your short flight to Chiang Rai.Upon your arrival, your friendly local tour guide will be waiting to meet you and take you to your hotel for check-in.the evening is yours to relax in the comfort of your hotel, or perhaps to experience some of the local nightlife.
Day 5: Chiang Rai City Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, your guide awaits to drive you to the extravagant yet highly unusual ‘White Temple’ of Wat Rong Khun. While much of Thailand’s temples have centuries of history, this is a modern take on a classic design, a brilliant-white temple encrusted with clear-mirrored chips that make for a dazzling sight in the morning sun. It’s quite unlike any other temple in Thailand, or elsewhere for that matter. Next, you’ll wind through the lush forests and limestone mountains of Chiang Dao, where you will visit a sacred cave extending some 10km into the mighty Doi Chiang Dao Mountain, Thailand’s third tallest peak stretching some 2,175 metres into the heavens from the fertile plains below. Then back to Chiang Rai. the evening is your own to relax.
Day 6: Golden Triangle Discovery
Today’s tour begins with an adventure to the heart of the Golden Triangle, Sop Ruak, where the Thai, Myanmar and Laos borders meet. Gaze into each of these ancient kingdoms from Wat Phra That Phu Khao Temple, a temple that has watched over the region from its hilltop vantage point for over a thousand years. Next you’ll get a chance to learn about the fascinating culture in the curious village of Mae Salong, a hilltop of ramshackle housing and tea plantations settled by Chinese hilltribes yet officially remains part of Thailand. After lunch, you will spend the afternoon in a village of Karen Long-necked women, your knowledgeable guide explaining their unusual yet ancient traditions. After driving back to Chiang Rai, the evening is yours to relax in your hotel.
Day 7: Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be driven to Chiang Mai.Stop en route at Sankampang District which is famous for Thai Northern Handicraft Villages, such as silk weaving, umbrella making, wood carving and silvers ware. Upon arrival, check in your hotel and free at leisure rest of the day.
Day 8: Chiang Mai Sightseeing Tour
This morning, drive 16km northwest to a mountain named Doi Suthep to visit the golden temple of Wat Doi Suthep. Doi Suthep rises to a summit elevation of 1,676m above sea level. See the marvelous golden pagoda which is containing the relics of the Lord Buddha. From the temple you will enjoy a panoramic view of Chiang Mai city. In the afternoon we continue to the biggest market in Chiang Mai, Talad Vororot and visit other main temples, such as Wat Suan Dok, Wat Chiang Mun, Wat Chediluang and Wat Phrasing.
Day 9: Chiang Mai's Elephant Camp
After breakfast, you’ll visit the nearby Maetaman Elephant Camp. Here, you’ll have the chance to trek through the forest and across shallow rivers on the back of one of the Camp’s gentle giants. After a local lunch, you’ll spend some time up close with the animals, aiding in the feeding and bathing process, during which the young elephants are especially playful. Later in the afternoon you’ll try your hand at bamboo rafting along a relaxing stretch of the river, and take a leisurely oxcart ride through the countryside before your driver returns you to Chiang Mai. The rest of the day is yours to relax.
Day 10: Chiang Mai- Phuket
This morning is yours to explore the city on your own, until it’s time to catch your short flight to Phuket Island. Once you’ve checked in at your beach resort, the remainder of the day is yours for lounging on the fine white sand.
Day 11-12: Phuket R&R
Time to unwind with two days of rest and relaxation in this tropical paradise. Phuket island is the pearl of the Andaman coast, boasting the softest, whitest sand, the bluest waters, great towering limestone cliffs, and the most luxurious resorts. This is one part of the world that postcards just can’t do justice! The more adventurous can try their hands at snorkelling, scuba diving, sea kayaking, or exploring one of the many smaller islands just offshore.
Day 13: Departure From Phuket
Enjoy one final morning of sun and sand before you are taken to the airport for your onward flight, leaving Thailand having explored its most authentic region, and lived a postcard dream in a tropical beach paradise - it won’t be long before you’re craving another trip to Southeast Asia.
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