|Purpose:||Adventure - Relaxation - Culture|
|No. of days:||10 days - 9 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Bangkok|
|Other cities:||Chiang Mai - Phuket|
Your Tour includes:
Price does not include:
Hotels in your Tour:
|City||Hotel name||Tripadvisor||Hotel Name||Tripadvisor|
|Bangkok||Riva Surya||4.5||Peninsula Hotel||4.5|
|Chiang Mai||Siripanna||4.5||137 Pillar House||4.5|
|Phuket||Sala Phuket||4.5||Banyan Tree||4.5|
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking
Day 1: Bangkok
Upon arrival and after clearing formalities, you will be welcomed by our representative and then transferred by air-conditioned coach to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Well known as the City of Angels, Krungthepmahanakorn (Bangkok) is the present capital city and the focal point for Thailand. It was made the capital of Thailand in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri Dynasty. It is a vibrant city, a national treasure house and Thailand’s spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic center with endless choices of sightseeing and entertainment opportunities. In addition to the many temples and historic buildings, such as The Grand Palace and Wat Arun, the list of interesting places to visit is endless. There are numerous canal (klong) networks, the Chaophraya River, giving it the name of “Venice of the East”. In Bangkok, there are also bustling markets, Jim Thompson’s House, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Wat Po, Wat Benjamorpit and Mahboonkrong Shopping Center. Food and entertainment opportunities in Bangkok are endless with excellent eating options, from international style restaurants to roadside stalls almost 24 hours a day. Bangkok is home to many excellent Spa facilities, both in large hotels and privately run. Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 2: Bangkok
This morning set off with Bangkok’s significant highlight City, Temples and Grand Palace tour. The Grand Palace is the “must see” attraction in Bangkok. It is an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colorful mosaics. Previously the residence of past Kings of Thailand, you will see palaces once used for different occasions; the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Throne Hall, the Royal Guest House and Wat Phra Kaew. The architecture is predominantly Thai, though there are some European influences. The palace served as the official residence of the kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building within the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew and this is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Continue to Wat Po, with its massive reclining Buddha. Thai Set Lunch will be provided at Supattra River House Restaurant. Continue the afternoon visit with Thonburi Klong tour to see Thai’s way of life along the cannel. One of the best ways to explore Bangkok is by boat. A cruise along the Chao Phraya River and the canals of Thonburi, on the east side of the river, reveals a scene that offers a stark contrast to the frenzied activity of the modern metropolis that is Bangkok. The city’s network of canals earned Bangkok the title of “Venice of the East”. We travel along these waterways by long-tail speed boat to see family homes and temples. On the return journey, we stop at the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) whose towering spire has become an iconic symbol of Bangkok. There will be ample opportunities to photograph the magnificent multi-colored porcelain-studded tower of this temple. Afterward return to your hotel for refreshment and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Bangkok. [B]
Day 3: Bangkok
There are countless floating markets throughout Thailand, but the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the most famous. Situated 68 miles from Bangkok, in Ratchaburi province, this market is like a trip back in time to the Siam of old. You will see colorfully clad merchants paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit, vegetables and other foodstuff to sell to shoppers on the canal banks. There are lots of activities and bargaining is part of the fun of the sale. This buzzing market is at its best in the early morning before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up. After visiting the market, we continue onto Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakorn Pathom, reportedly the largest pagoda in South East Asia. The golden-tiled dome of the Chedi towers points almost 380 feet into the air. Note: It is possible to take an optional paddleboat ride at extra cost. Afterwards return to your hotel and spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure until you are picked up for dinner. A perfect ending to the perfect day, this dinner cruise offers the ultimate view of the city’s legendary riverside buildings lit up at night. You will enjoy a sumptuous Thai dinner on a converted rice barge as it travels slowly along the Chao Phraya River, past iconic sights such as the Wat Arun (The Temple of the Dawn) and the glittering illuminated Grand Palace. Guests are welcomed aboard the beautiful antique teakwood rice barge by traditionally attired hostesses. During the candle-lit and sedate cruise, traditional Thai music is played in the background. You will enjoy delicious traditional Thai dishes, using only the freshest top-quality ingredients, drawing upon dishes from each of Thailand’s distinct regions. A choice of Thai and Thai vegetarian food is available. Every dish is labeled and guests are provided with a description of the dishes and the regions from which they originate. Return to the hotel for overnight. [B/D]
Day 4: Bangkok, Chiang Mai
After your leisurely breakfast in Bangkok, transfer to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport to board your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to Chiang Mai city for sightseeing. The city of Chiang Mai has an abundance of beautiful and historic Buddhist temples and this tour takes in the most interesting of them. One of the highlights is a visit to the 600 year-old temple of Wat Pra That Doi Suthep, near the summit of Doi Suthep’s mountain. After a drive up the mountain’s winding road, the final climb to the site is via a magnificent Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase of 306 steps. Inside is an intriguing copper-plated chedi (Buddhist stupa) topped by a five-tier gold umbrella which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. On a clear day, there are incomparable views over the city of Chiang Mai. Other temple visits on this tour include: Wat Suan Dok, whose large central stupa contains the ashes of Chiang Mai’s royal family; Wat Chedi Luang, where the Emerald Buddha was once enshrined; and Wat Phra Singh, housing a very sacred 1,500 year old Buddha image. Afterwards return to your hotel for check in and a refreshment. Spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure. Later today, you will be picked up from your hotel to head south towards Bandoo in Hangdong district. The home you will be visiting belongs to the Raunkaew-Yanon family, who arrived in the area possibly on elephant back, almost 150 years ago. The family is Lanna’s family, continuing the traditions of many generations in building their homes of teak wood and maintaining the natural surroundings in manner now rarely seen in Chiang Mai. You will experience the simple Lanna way of life including the family orchard with many types of fruit such as banana, mango, coconut, while the garden is filled with herbs for cooking. You will also have the opportunity to join cooking and escorting with a local family. Your evening meal will be served on the second floor terrace of the home of the Raunkaew-Yanon family from where you will enjoy the panoramic view of this Lanna village. The tour is designed to give you a real experience and understanding of Lanna life its traditions and buildings, the relationship between their religion and ancestors, and the way this all works together with nature. Return to Chiang Mai for overnight. [B/D]
Day 5: Chiang Mai
Today you will visit the Patara Elephant Farm, in the hills outside Chiang Mai, where you will learn some of the care and skills needed to handle an Elephant. The elephant farm is a Thai owned and managed farm focusing on health-care and breeding management for friendly, beautiful and special. You will learn about the correct behavior around elephants, how to mount and direct and elephant and will spend the day with your new found friend in the jungle. There will be time spent bathing the elephant at a waterfall/stream and you will ride bareback dressed in Karen ethnic type clothes as the mahouts typically wear. This will be a day you will never forget.
What To Bring: Other than your belongings and camera, you might need to bring some sunscreen, a swimming suite, insect spray and a change of clothes so you have something dry to wear.
What to Wear: Comfortable clothes such as long loose pants, T-shirt and thongs or sandals
7:30 - Pick up from hotel in Chiang Mai city hotel and transfer direct to Patara Elephant Farm. Briefing on history of domestic elephant in Thailand.
8:15 - Arrive at the Patara Elephant Farm. Make registration. Get change to our training outfit.Prepare for training.
8:30 - Training session includes, hiking to find the elephant in the bush. Learn about elephant farm management and our breeding program. Train to approach and be near elephant. Learn to observe elephant temperament. Introducing to every of our elephants. Morning feed. Daily health care for elephant. Pregnancy test for elephant and care taking for mother with small baby. Train to unchain and walk your elephant to the river. Learn about elephant skin care and bath your elephant in the river. Instructed training to get on the elephant neck with difference technique, sitting on the elephant, basic riding skill and spoken commands for elephant Practice on getting upon and coming down from the elephant.
10:00 - Bare-back riding session. Practice on easy riding trip within the farm and a short trip to visit local temple. Learn about elephant the Buddhism and the believe of the Thais people relate to elephant.
11:00 - Setting of for a long uphill trip to visit waterfall for picnic lunch and refreshing in the water with your elephant.
14:00 - Elephant riding trip back to the farm for evening feed.
15:00 - Farewell and photo taking with your elephants. Receive a souvenir CD with photos from your tour.
1600 - Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Chiang Mai. [B/L]
Day 6: Chiang Mai
One of the most unique experiences in Thailand is a visit to a Buddhist temple to offer alms to the monks. Each morning before dawn, the monks put on their distinctive saffron robes and emerge from their monasteries to collect alms from the population. Participate in this highly spiritual ceremony before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Today you’ll join a cooking class at A Lot of Thai cooking school where your teacher is a young couple who opens their homely environ in traditional Thai way and makes it as a class. This half-day course will be a lot of fun. Start a unique day with a ride by classic vehicles. You will have a chance to visit a local market where you can still glimpse the feeling of local grocery stores rather than a supermarket chain, a way to share good fortune with their community. You will have a hands-on experience cooking your 3 dishes with different menu every day day. Enjoy your “self-cooked” lunch proudly and take back home your cooking skills and, as a souvenir, a cookbook written and designed by your “teacher”. Lunch will be provided at the cooking school where you will try your own master dishes. **Note: The cooking school normally closes on Sundays. Overnight in Chiang Mai. [B/L]
Day 7: Chiang Mai, Phuket
After some leisurely time in Chiang Mai, transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport to board your flight to Phuket. Upon arrival in Phuket International Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Phuket. [B]
Days 8/9: Phuket
Phuket is located on Thailand’s largest island is well known by beach lovers and divers who enjoy the tranquil beaches and submerge themselves in the Andaman Sea. Blue lagoons and fiery sunsets create a dream-like atmosphere and a feeling of surreal. Watersports are the most popular activities, though once you’ve had enough sun there’s still plenty to explore at the island’s aquariums, gardens, and Buddhist temples. Enjoy two free days at leisure. [B]
Day 10: Phuket, Bangkok, USA
Enjoy a few more hours relaxing before you are met and transferred to Phuket International Airport to board your Bangkok bound flight the first leg of your return back home. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/D] = Breakfast and Dinner
|01 Apr - 30 Apr||$1,825||$3,095||$2,655||$1,745|
|01 May - 31 Oct||$1,805||$3,055||$2,615||$1,725|
|01 Nov - 20 Dec||$2,069||$3,579||$3,139||$1,985|
|06 Jan - 07 Jan||$2,749||$4,935||$4,499||$2,665|
|08 Jan - 10 Jan||$2,195||$3,825||$3,389||$2,109|
|11 Jan - 28 Feb||$2,159||$3,759||$3,319||$2,079|
|01 Mar - 31 Mar||$2,109||$3,659||$3,219||$2,025|
|01 Apr - 31 Oct||$3,175||$5,795||$5,355||$3,095|
|01 Nov - 20 Dec||$3,849||$7,139||$6,705||$3,769|
|21 Dec - 23 Dec||$4,095||$7,625||$7,189||$4,015|
|06 Jan - 10 Jan||$6,389||$12,225||$11,785||$6,309|
|11 Jan - 14 Jan||$6,145||$11,735||$11,295||$6,065|
|15 Jan - 31 Mar||$3,849||$7,139||$6,705||$3,769|
* Single (1): Price when traveling alone - SIngle (2): Price when traveling with others
Prices are per person and may change without notice
Tour Code: TH01BKK17DA
Economy Class Domestic Fares in Thailand:
|Routing||Price per person|
|Bangkok / Chiang Mai||USD $125|
|Chiang Mai / Phuket||USD $275|
**Above airfares are subject to change without prior notice**
Domestic airfares may be more economical if constructed with the international fare. Please ask Holidays with Downtown or your travel agent for advice.