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Treasures of Thailand [TCNX 1201]

 

Route: Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Lampang – Sukhothai – Kanchanaburi – Hua Hin  - Bangkok

Route Overview: Land & Air

Tour Duration 12 Days 11 Nights

Tour Style: Culture, History & Nature

Level of Difficulty: Moderate – Challenging

Season: All Seasons

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Tour Briefing:

 

Experience the exquisite 'Land of Smiles' in comfort. Thailand conjures up images of spicy cuisine, majestic elephants, golden Buddha's, colourful hill tribe villages, fantastic shopping and exotic hideaways - this trip has it all. Discover the traditional way of life in a Hmong  Hill tribe village, support the rehabilitation of the endangered Asian elephant, step back in time to imagine the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai's 'Dawn of Happiness' and try your hand at conjuring up some Thai gastronomic delights.

 

Lampang is the only province in Thailand still retaining horse-drawn carriages as a means of transport within city limit. You can explore places such as markets, traditional houses along the river bank and the numerous temples in town. Lampang boasts a long history of human settlements on the Wang River basin, some of which dating back to more than 1,000 years. It is rich in archaeological evidence reflecting the ancient civilisations of Hariphunchai, Lanna and Burma.

 

Route Detail:

1st Day: Bangkok Arrival (D)

 

Upon arrival in Bangkok meet your guide who will escort you to your hotel. Check-in hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring Bangkok with you own personal guide.  In the evening you will be taken to the Chao Phraya river for a wonderful dinner cruise by candle light under the stars and moonlight with a live band.

 

Overnight: Baiyoke Sky Hotel or Similar Class.

 

2nd Day: Bangkok City & Temples Tour (B, L)

 

You will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel by a local guide to visit the Royal Grand Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This Bangkok landmark which features some of the most spectacular architecture in South East Asia should be the first place on any visitor’s itinerary. Building the Palace begun in 1782 and consists of several buildings with highly decorative architecture that details the magnificent Royal Chapel, Wat Phra Kaew, which in the same compound houses the Emerald Buddha, the most sacred Buddha image in Thailand.

 

Enjoy your lunch along the River of Kings: The Chao Phraya River. After lunch you will visit Buddhist temples in Bangkok: Wat Pho, with the world famous largest reclining Buddha and a traditional Thai massage school, also the Marble Temple Wat Benchamabopit.

 

Then return to your hotel. Free evening to choose your own activity or one of our optional tours (price not included).

 

Optional Tours: Dinner on the 78th floor of the world’s highest hotel. A special experience to have dinner and enjoy the view of Bangkok by night.  Mua Thai Boxing.  The Night Bazaar Market. Or for the not so fain of heart the famous red light districts of Nana Plaza or Patpong (adults only).

 

Overnight: Baiyoke Sky Hotel or similar  class.

 

3rd Day: Bangkok – Chiang Mai (B, D)

 

A relaxing morning by the pool or short shopping trip are available if you wish then to the airport leaving for Chiang Mai TG114 (15:00 – 16:10). Arrive Chiang Mai Airport, your guide will meet you and take you to your hotel. After refreshment, visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. A famous landmark of the city, tucked away on the mountain at an elevation of 1,056 meters, the temple is reached by climbing 290 steps or by gondola to the top of the mountain.  Wonderful views of the surrounding countryside can be seen. Later we will enjoy the world renowned Lanna show performed at Khuntoke Dining  and was the traditional Tribal dance show followed by the presentation of traditional Hill Hmong culture show.

 

Overnight: The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel or Similar Class, which is located near the Night Market. (Suriwongse Hotel)

 

4th Day: Elephant Safari / Bamboo Rafting & Orchid Farm (B, L)

 

Early morning pick then drive north of Chiang Mai to Mae Taman to the Elephant Camp. At the elephant camp you will see the elephants taking their morning bath and demonstrating some of their skills such as playing soccer and painting . Enjoy your lunch along the river at the elephant camp.

 

After lunch we will stop at the butterfly farm & orchid nursery and have the opportunity to admiring the many different kinds of butterflies & orchids. Afterwards we will return to your hotel for a free evening so that you can explore the wonders of the Chiang Mai Night Market.

 

Optional Tours: At the elephant safari take an elephant ride for one hour to a Lisu hill tribe village. The ride takes you through the forest and along the river. You will come back to the elephant camp by ox-cart. Then take a bamboo raft trip down the river, admire the scenery and absorb the tranquility as you float down the river (price not included).

 

Overnight: The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel or similar class.

 

5th Day: Chiang Mai – Lampang – Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (B, L, D)

 

From Chiang Mai, we will drive to Lampang province to visit Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (approx. 1hr).  Here you will tour the facilities of the elephant hospital and see how the elephants are weaned from their mothers. All the money raised by this centre goes towards the care of the elephants. After lunch you have the opportunity to take 1 hour horse-drawn carriage through the town, an experience which many find to be a highlight of their visit to this enchanting town with photo stops at two interesting temples, each which its own unique architectural style and history: Wat Si Rong Muang and Wat Pratu Phong.  Then check in to the beautiful Lampang River Lodge.

 

Overnight: Lampang River Lodge or Similar Class.

 

6th Day: Lampang – Sukhothai (B, L, D)

 

Start your day early so as not to miss out anything! Check-out hotel, visit Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang one of the most beautiful temples in the North that dates back more than 1,300 years. Also visit the ceramic home industry to learn about the process of pottery creation as well. Continue your journey to Sukhothai province (approx. 4hrs), where you will visit the ancient ruins at the UNESCO World Heritage sites: Sukhothai Historical Park. The city of Sukhothai “Dawn of Happiness” was the first truly independent Thai Kingdom, which enjoyed a golden age under King Ramkhamhaeng, credited with creating the Thai alphabet.

 

The religious art and architecture of the Sukhothai era are considered to be the most classic of Thai styles. The Sukhothai ruins contain the remains of 21 historical sites with awe-inspiring Buddha images and 4 large ponds often filled with stunning lotus flowers in full bloom. Explore the remains of the ancient royal realm, now one of Thailand's World Heritage sites and marvel at the evocative religious art and architecture of the classic Sukhothai era. After lunch at Sri Satchanalai we continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Optional Tour: Bicycle tour will be available for you to explore the Sukhothai Historical Park (price not included).

 

Overnight: The Legendha Sukhothai Resort or Le Charme Sukhothai Resort or Similar Class.

 

7th Day: Sukhothai – Kanchanaburi (B, L)

 

On our seventh day we head out to explore the natural beauty and fascinating history of the riverside city of Kanchanaburi and its surrounding area. No trip to Thailand would be complete without seeing the Bridge over the River Kwai,  A trip to historic Kanchanaburi and the legendary of World War II Death Railway with visits to Bridge over the River Kwai, which is part of The “Death Railway”. The black iron and concrete bridge also constructed by Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts has become a famous tourist attraction.  Later we stop at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum, built to honour the Allied POW's and Asian conscripts who died while constructing some of the most difficult stretches of the Burma-Thailand “Death Railway”. Lunch, will be at the restaurant near the bridge along the river bank. Then book into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your own leasure

 

Overnight: The Legacy River Kwai Resort or Similar Class.

 

8th Day: Kanchanaburi – Bangkok (B)

 

In the morning we head back to Bangkok (approx 3-4 hrs), check-in hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing or enjoying a guided shopping expedition.  You have time to visit any number of sights, such as the Baiyoke Sky Tower and its external observation deck at the 78th floor which offers a spectacular view of Bangkok and its surrounds. Pick all manner of electronics at Bangkok's premier IT superstore, Pantip Plaza. Jim Thompson's house, complete with antiques and a wonderful silk gift shop.

 

Optional Tour: Royal Thai Traditional Massage, Herbal Pad & Herbal Steam Bath. A visit to Thailand is not complete without a traditional Thai massage and basic meditation tips. Aroma Oil Massage, Thai Spa or Buffet Dinner with Calypso cabaret show or a Thai set dinner with the puppet show at the renowned Joe Louis Puppet Theatre (price note included).

 

Overnight: Baiyoke Sky Hotel or Similar Class.

 

9 - 11th Day: Bangkok – Hua Hin (B)

 

Leaving Bangkok early morning we drive to Hua Hin a beautiful beach town resort in Prachuapkhirikhan province (approx 3 hrs). Favoured in past times as a Royal retreat, Hua Hin is an ideal escape from the pressures of the city at the end of an adventure-filled holiday.

 

Spend 3 nights in this tropical paradise isle taking boat rides, exploring its many beaches and participating in all the water sports it has to offer. Justly famous for the delicious fresh seafood, indulge yourself on the plentiful fish, crab, lobster and squid that is on offer! We will visit Maruka Thai Yawan Palace (Palace of love & hope) designed by King Rama VI, and completed in 1924. We will spend time walking around the beautiful Teakwood Palace, now restored to its former glory. In the evening we will take you to explore the town by pedal trishaw “Samlor” and go through the bustling town to see the busy fishing pier, watch the day’s catch being off-loaded before we enjoy dinner in one of Hua-Hin’s Thai seafood restaurants. After dinner we will walk to the “Night Market” and enjoy time to explore before our return to the hotel.

 

Optional Tour: Golf, Sailing, Scuba Diving & Snorkelling, Horseback Riding, Thai Traditional Massage are available at your leisure (price not included).

 

Overnight: Wannara Hotel or Similar Class.

 

12th Day: Hua Hin – Bangkok, Departure (B, L)

 

Return to Bangkok in the morning and be dropped off at your hotel to continue your holiday or to the airport for your connecting flight back to your country.

 

Daily Departures

 

PRICE: per person in Thai Baht

Restriction: Minimum 2 persons.

Separate rooms at extra cost.

Child Policy: Reduced rate for children under 12 years old, if accompanied by two full paying passengers.

 

Inclusive:

· Roundtrip transfers by air-conditioned car / coach with English speaking tour guide.

· All accommodations based on deluxe room in 5 stat hotel (or similar) with breakfast.

· All meals, admission fees, boat fees as program mentioned.

· Travel insurance.

· Service charges, baggage handling, room tax and 7% vat.

 

Exclusive:

· Domestic airfares and airport tax. Domestic air tickets will be issued by our tour operator and charged for separately.

· Other service not mentioned on this program such as optional tours.

· Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, gratuities, laundry etc.

· Additional charge for photo & video (if any).

· Any surcharge due to the festival, high season, holidays and any special events.

 

Remark:

· In case of full bookings during the festival, high season, holidays and any special events, we reserve the right to book a similar

  class of hotels or higher instead.

· Minor program changes are sometimes necessary, depending on traffic conditions and room availability.

· The hotel check in time and check out times are at 12:00 hrs.  Late check out will incur additional charges.

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