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DAY 1: BANGKOK ARRIVAL
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Upon arrival in Bangkok, meet with guide and transfer to the hotel. After a short interval at the hotel, your orientation relaxing evening begins with a drive through Bangkok’s old quarters that delivers sights of an illuminated Grand Palace, the Royal Ground, temples and the lit-up Rachadamnoen Avenue. A lavish Thai dinner and cocktails against the stunning backdrop of the Rattanakosin skyline at “The Deck” riverside restaurant will keep your night pleasurable. Then stroll along the Flower Market to see the myriad varieties of exotic orchids and sweet smelling flowers. The buzz in this market is best experienced at night during which busy vendors load their wares up and down their mopeds. A potential shopping opportunity awaits you at an adjacent local night market along the Memorial Bridge that overlooks the Chao Phraya River, where you can rummage for handicrafts or souvenirs to bring back home for your family and friends. Overnight at Bangkok.
DAY 2: BANGKOK
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An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual (chanting starts at 09.00 Hrs). After this uplifting and often private experience visit the temple grounds and the famous 45-metre reclining Buddha. Continue to The Grand Palace, Thailand’s most important landmark, where you will be awed by the grandeur and majesty of the building and its throne halls. Then, of course, marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Delicious Lunch is served at the delightful Supatra River House overlooking the Chao Phraya River. Afternoon, we drive to Chinatown square where you start an interesting walk through one of the oldest parts of Bangkok. Walk along Yaowarat Road where you visit interesting shop selling birds nests and shark fins, continue to a very old teashop to enjoy a cup of Chinese tea with the locals before heading down Trok Leng Moi Eia (a small soi)to Talad Kao for an interesting local market with variety of fresh foods, fresh & dry fruits, Chinese herbs, groceries. End the walk at Wat Leng Neng Yee to visit the Taoist temple before continuing by car to Rachawong pier and board on boat for the trip along Bangkok Noi klongs (Thonburi klong tour) sampling Thai houses and Thai life along the way with stop for visit to Wat Arun. Return to hotel later afternoon. Overnight at Bangkok.
DAY 3: BANGKOK COUNTRYSIDE
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In the morning, we drive south of Bangkok for 80 kms to Samut Songkram, the city offers visitors a glimpse into Thai countryside life. We will start the day with a stop at a local train station to experience a short regional Train Ride bounding for an amazing country market that has sprouted along the railway tracks. Here, you will witness the dexterity and speed of the vendors as they quickly pack their stalls away whenever the trains approach, hence bringing shopping to a brief halt. It is a standard practice and stall holders have learnt the art of assembling and reassembling their wares at a moment’s notice! Then we will visit Tha Kha**, one of the many floating markets in the area where you can observe local trading in its authenticity. We will take a fascinating paddleboat journey through the maze of klongs (canals), cruising past plantations and Buddhist temples before stopping to enjoy a glass of palm sugar syrup and chat with a friendly local family (** The Tha Kha market is held every Saturday and Sunday. Weekday availability is 5-6 times a month depending on the lunar cycle calendar. On days when Tha Kha is not open, we will head to Ladplee Floating Market). Following lunch at a local restaurant, proceed to King Rama II Memorial Park which houses a Thai style pavilion museum displaying artefacts from the early Rattanakosin era and a landscaped garden filled with native flowers. A relaxing stroll or trishaw ride through the orchards provides great fun and completes the village experience. Visit artisans who produce exquisite hand-painted Benjarong porcelain and potteries before returning to Bangkok in the late afternoon. If the visit falls on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, we will spice up your upcountry trip with a visit to the weekend evening floating market full of vendors selling local delights. Overnight at Bangkok.
DAY 4: BANGKOK –AYUTTHAYA – BANGKOK
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Meet your tour guide in the morning and take the taxi or public transportation to Bangkok’s Hualamphong Train Station. Board the local train heading to Ayutthaya and enjoy scenic views along the way. Upon arrival at Ayutthaya, hop onto a “Kermit” Tuk Tuk (a special type of motorized Tuk Tuk available only in Ayutthaya and Trang province in the South) to discover the magnificent ruins and ancient temples in the historical park. Briefly stop near the Muslim quarter and sample one of the most famous delights of Ayutthaya – candy floss roti. If time permits, visit local houses to see how handicrafts such as famous Palm leave fish mobile, are made. You will then be taken to the local market for a free style lunch and our guide can give you recommendations on which local delicacies to try. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely long-tailed boat ride to Bang Pa In Summer Palace and explore the majestic royal mansions which are usually quiet in the afternoons. Continue to Wat Nivet Thammmpravat, one of the most distinctive Buddhist temples with its remarkable Gothic style architecture and stained glass windows. A short transfer takes you back to the railway station where you will board the train back to Bangkok. Overnight at Bangkok.
DAY 5: BANGKOK – CHIANG MAI
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Transfer to Airport with your guide (time to be confirmed the day before) for your flight to the northern capital of Thailand “Chiang Mai”. After checking in at the hotel, drive to a local farmhouse in Mae Rim on the outskirts of Chiang Mai where you will take a leisurely stroll around the grounds. Then board a long-tail boat and enjoy a 30 minute cruise along the rural Mae Ping River. Along the river banks you will see traditional wooden houses and modern residences. Arrive at a boat landing and walk for about 10 minutes from the landing to Waroros fresh food Market for a visit, experiencing the Northern Thai way of life. Late afternoon, continue exploring ancient Chiang Mai, including its old city walls, gates, moat and markets. After visiting Wat Suan Dok, where the ashes of Chiang Mai’s royal family are interred, and the historic Jed Yot temple, you continue to Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, the temple on the mountain, and the most sacred in North Thailand. Your experienced guide will explain the story of the temple, the white elephant and lead you around its impressive chedi and show its beautiful murals. The tourist masses have already left the temple grounds and dusk will give a very special atmosphere. The tour ends with the spectacularly romantic evening view over Chiang Mai with its millions of glittering lights. Return to Chiang Mai city and transfer to your hotel or to one of the restaurants for our own dinner. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
DAY 6: CHIANG MAI – CHIANG DAO – CHIANG MAI
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After Breakfast, drive north through the hilly, wooden area on the outskirts of Chiang Mai to the Chiang Dao elephant camp for elephant riding and a gentle bamboo raft journey down the Ping River. After lunch at a scenic local restaurant drive further North to Chiang Dao area where you visit Palaung, Akha and Lisu tribal villages. Living separately from lowland Thai’s the tribal mountain people retain a different culture and way-of life unique to every ethnic group. Return to the hotel late afternoon, and the rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
DAY 7: CHIANG MAI
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In the morning after the breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a 30 minute trishaw ride in the town passing through local houses watching Chiang Mai waking up and temples. Ride until you arrive at the covered market, purchase food, sweets and flowers as offerings to your monk and your blessing. Continue to Wat Ket by trishaw, here is little visited by tourists and is a very picturesque place. You will be at the temple when the monks are in prayer. Once the ceremony is over, offer your food and flower to the monk and receive the blessing. This is an authentic experience in Buddhist philosophy. Afternoon, discover the lost city of Wiang Kum Kam, “The Underground Empire”, one of the greatest cultural and historical significances. Following a massive flood, the city of Wiang Kum Kam vanished without a trace. For over 200 years Wiang Kum Kam became a lost civilization buried under layers of earth. You explore the main ancient ruined temples by bicycle: Wiang Kum Kam, Wat Chedi Liam, Wat Phraya Meng Rai, Wat Kan Thom, and Koo Paa Dom. Afterward you visit Wat Chiang Mun, the first temple built in Chiang Mai, containing numerous old artifacts. Continue to the Three Kings Monument, and The Chiang Mai Art and Culture Hall, which offers a wonderful collection of the chronicled history of Chiang Mai. Return to your hotel in the afternoon. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
DAY 8: CHIANG MAI – MAE KAMPONG
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Depart for Mae Kampong village in the Mae On district and drive through the picturesque countryside of Chiang Mai. Enroute a stop is made at a local market to select ingredients for your lunch. Continue to Mae Kampong village where you are met upon arrival by villagers before beginning a stroll through the community forest, passing tea and coffee fields. Return to the village in time to watch lunch being prepared by your host family to see how Thai food is prepared in the countryside. After lunch relax with Thai traditional massage and take a walk around the village to see the processing of fermented tea leaves, and various products which are hand-made in the village. Late this afternoon drive back through the mountains to Chiang Mai. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
DAY 9: CHIANG MAI – PHUKET
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Free at leisure in Chiang Mai city until the guide picks you up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Phuket. Upon arrival, meet up with guide and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon, free at leisure to relax on the beach. Overnight in Phuket.
DAY 10: PHUKET
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In the morning, drive to a rubber plantation and get an explanation how exactly the rubber is collected from the trees and how rubber is processed. Visit then the gibbon’s rehabilitation project in Tong Sai National Park where a volunteer is leading you around and explains all steps the gibbons go through before being brought back in the jungle. Before continuing, we have a break to taste the traditional Phuket Copi (coffee) with some local specialties. You will have a guided tour through the Thalang National Museum to get a glimpse of the former glory of Phuket, its people, its economy and its history. Stop at a cashew nut factory (so you finally discover why cashew nuts are one of the most expensive nuts on earth). Wat Prathong one of the oldest temples in Phuket and gives a deeper insight in Buddhism. It’s the last place to visit today and together with the guide you will discover different Buddhist rituals to pray for good luck. Afternoon, free at leisure to relax on the beach. Overnight in Phuket.
DAY 11: PHUKET
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Day free at leisure to relax on the beaches or you may wish to book optional excursions with us. Overnight at Phuket.
DAY 12: PHUKET DEPARTURE
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You will be at leisure until our guide arrives for your transfer to the airport for your flight that will take you back to Bangkok for your international flight connection.
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