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Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Phuket

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Itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok

Upon your arrival in Bangkok, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
Once you’ve had the chance to check in and freshen up, you’ll be taken on an unforgettable tour of the city’s top sites. You’ll be driven through Bangkok’s charming old quarter, where you can take in the magnificent Grand Palace, the Royal Gardens and a host of stunning temples. You’ll enjoy a sumptuous Thai dinner with cocktails at one of the exquisite riverside restaurants, before taking a walk down the river to the amazing Flower Market, where dozens of beautiful orchids and exotic flowers are on show. Next, we’ll visit Memorial Bridge’s Night Market, where you can shop for souvenirs as you enjoy the views of the Chao Phraya River.
You will stay overnight at Bangkok. Dinner is included.

Hotel:

Ariyasom Villa

Room Type:

Studio

Inclusions:

Airport pickup with guide

Pick up time:

TBC


Day 2: Bangkok Sightseeing

Your day starts early, as you’re driven to Wat Pho to see the monks’ fascinating early morning chanting. After this, you’ll visit the temple of the famous 46 metre long golden reclining Buddha, and then continue to the Thailand’s most important landmark; the Grand Palace. At the Palace, you’ll be able to explore the majestic throne rooms and see the beautiful Emerald Buddha, which is the most highly-esteemed Buddha image in most of South East Asia. You will then be treated to a delicious lunch with views of the Chao Phraya River.

Next, you board a boat for a trip along Klong Bangkok Noi, where you’ll get a fascinating look into busy Thai life on the water. We’ll make a stop at Wat Arun, which is widely agreed to be Bangkok’s most impressive temple. After visiting the temple, our next stop is Chinatown Square, where you can enjoy a walk through one of Bangkok’s oldest districts. Explore and sit down to a cup of delicious Chinese tea with locals before we move to Talad Kao to visit the market, which is known for its variety of foods, fruits and traditional herbs.
You will stay overnight at Bangkok. Breakfast and lunch is included.

Example Hotel:

Ariyasom Villa

Room Type:

Studio

Inclusions:

Day tour with local guide

Pick up time:

8:30am


Day 3: Bangkok countryside tour

Your full-day tour today takes you to the Samut Songkhran Province. An hour drive will take you from the city to this beautiful lush countryside where your tour begins.

Your first stop is at a local train station, where a busy country market is located right along the tracks. The busy vendors setting up and clearing away their stalls each time a train arrives is a sight to be seen! From the station market, your tour then moves to the Floating Market of Tha Kha, where narrow wooden boats line the canal, trading their fresh goods and people socialising.

Relax and enjoy the boat ride through the maze of canals before you the chance to visit a local family and see how they make palm sugar syrup before we stop for lunch at one of the local restaurants. We then visit a local Buddhist temple and the King Rama II Memorial Park, with its beautiful, ornate Thai-style pavilions. The last stop on your tour is a visit to a nearby pottery village, where locals produce the most exquisite hand-decorated Benjarong porcelain. If your visit falls between a Friday and Sunday, you’ll also be able to visit the evening floating market which takes place over the weekends, and enjoy the lively atmosphere and hundreds of coloured lanterns.

You will stay overnight at Bangkok. Breakfast and lunch is included.

Example Hotel

Ariyasom Villa

Room Type:

Studio

Inclusions:

Day tour with local guide

Pick up time:

8.00am


Day 4: Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok

Your local guide will meet you in the morning and make your way to Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Train Station by either a taxi or public transportation. From the station, a train will take you to Ayutthaya, where you can enjoy beautiful scenery en route. Please be advised that the train service in Thailand does experience delays from time to time, and should this occur, may result in changes to your programme.

Once you arrive in Ayutthaya, you’ll enjoy a tour in a ‘Kermit’ Tuk Tuk; a type of motorised Tuk Tuk that is unique to the Ayutthaya area. You’ll enjoy fantastic views from your Tuk Tuk journey, which takes you to the ancient temples and magnificent ruins of the historical park. There will be time to visit the Muslim sector and taste one of their most unique delicacies - a candy floss roti. If there’s time, you’ll also be able to visit some local houses and learn how fascinating crafts such as palm leaf fish mobiles are delicately handmade. Next, you’ll be taken to a local market for some lunch, where your guide can help you choose some of the local delicacies to suit your palate.

After you’ve finished lunch, you’ll be treated to a leisurely long-tailed boat ride to the magnificent Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, where you can explore the royal mansions in the quiet of the afternoon. We then continue our journey to Wat Niwet Thammaprawat; Thailand’s only neo-gothic monastery. You’ll be in awe at the remarkable stained glass windows and the exceptionally delicate details of every aspect inside the monastery.
A private van transfer will take you back to Bangkok.
You will stay overnight at Bangkok. Lunch is included.

Example Hotel:

Ariyasom Villa

Room Type:

Studio

Inclusions:

Day tour with local guide

Pick up time:

8.30am


Day 5: Bangkok - Chaing Mai

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai by your guide at a time confirmed with you the previous day.

Upon your arriving in Chiang Mai, you’ll be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

Once you have checked in at your hotel, you’ll travel a half hour north by car to the long-tail boat dock. Here, you can explore the grounds and aromatic herbal garden before embarking on a half hour cruise of the Mae Ping River by long-tail boat. You can enjoy beautiful views from the boat and see the traditional wooden houses dotted along the shore between modern residences. When you arrive at the dock, you’ll take a short walk to the Waroros fresh food market, where you can take in the atmosphere of the busy Northern Thai lifestyle.

After your tour, you’ll be transported to one of the local restaurants for dinner or back to your hotel if you prefer.
You will stay overnight at Chaing Mai. Dinner is included.

Example Hotel:

Yaang Come Village

Room Type:

Superior room

Inclusions:

Day tour with local guide,transfer, flight ticket

Time:

TBC


Day 6: Chaing Mai - Chieng Dao

After breakfast, you’ll be driven north through the forested hills of Chiang Mai’s outskirts to the elephant camp at Chiang Dao. Here, you’ll enjoy an elephant back ride and then a gentle cruise down to the calm Ping River on a traditional bamboo raft.

After a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant with stunning views of the river, you’ll be driven further north to visit the tribal villages of Akha, Palaung and Lisu in the Chiang Dao area. Here, you will see the unique way of life of the mountain tribes that is starkly different to that of people living in the lowlands.

You will return to your hotel in the afternoon, and the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore or relax at your leisure.
You will stay overnight at Chaing Mai. Lunch and dinner is included.

Example Hotel:

Yaang Come Village

Room Type:

Superior room

Inclusions:

Day tour with local guide

Pick up time:

8.30am


Day 7: Chieng Mai

The day starts bright and early when you depart from your hotel with a pre-packed breakfast at 6:00am and drive to the foothills of Doi Suthep Mountain in time to purchase offerings so you can join local residents for the monks’ daily alms-giving procession. The ceremony is deeply traditional and serene, and involves a procession of Buddhist monks walking saffron-clad and barefoot through the streets collecting gifts of food and necessities from the faithful. Your tour then continues up the mountains to Wat Doi Suthep, where you will climb the Golden Naga Staircase’s 309 steps to the golden pagodas of one of Chaing Mai’s best kept secrets – the Temple below the Temple; the jungle temple of Wat Palad. The beautiful Wat Palad holds great significance in Chiang Mai’s history.

We then proceed to the 14th century Wat Umong, set deep within the forest. The temple, which has been semi-reclaimed by the forest, is covered with moss and plants, giving it a richness that you will not have experienced at other temples on your journey. You can walk through its secretive tunnel system until you reach the temple’s Viharn, where your private blessing ceremony will take place.

We will then stop for lunch, where you can enjoy some delicious Khao Soy, a combination of crispy noodles, coconut cream and delicious spices, a dish which northern Thailand is famous for.

Your next stop is the Three Kings Monument before the Chiang Mai Arts and Culture Centre, housed in an elegant old building dating back almost 100 years. The building used to be the Royal Hall in the time of Siam, before becoming Chiang Mai’s Provincial Hall. Please be advised that the Centre is closed every Monday and during the Songkran Festival.
You will stay overnight at Chaing Mai. Breakfast and lunch is included.

Example Hotel:

Yaang Come Village

Room Type:

Superior room

Inclusions:

Day tour with local guide

Pick up time:

6.00am


Day 8: Chieng Mai - Mea Kampong

You set off after breakfast through Chiang Mai’s picturesque countryside towards the village of Mae Kampong in the district of Mae On. We’ll stop en route at a local market where you can select the ingredients for lunch later in the afternoon. As you arrive in Mae Kampong, you’ll be met by local villagers and taken on a tour of the community forest, past the vast fields of coffee and tea. When you return to the village, you’ll join a local family who will prepare your lunch in their home from the ingredients purchased earlier at the market. After lunch, you’ll be treated to a traditional Thai massage and enjoy a serene stroll through the village where you’ll see how tea leaves are processed and how various products are handmade by the villagers. Later in the afternoon, we’ll drive back to Chiang Mai through the beautiful mountains.
You will stay overnight at Chaing Mai. Breakfast and lunch is included.

Example Hotel:

Yaang Come Village

Room Type:

Superior room

Inclusions:

Day tour with local guide

Pick up time:

8.30am


Day 9: Chieng Mai - Phuket

The day is yours to enjoy until you’re collected by your guide and transferred to the airport for your short flight to Phuket. On arrival, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

After checking in, the afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure on the beach.
You will stay overnight at Phuket, breakfast is included.

Example Hotel:

U Zenmaya 

Room Type:

Deluxe Sea View

Inclusions:

Day tour with local guide

Pick up time:

TBC


Day 10: Phuket

After breakfast, you’ll set out on your half-day tour of Phuket. This multicultural tour takes you to Siray Island, which is the home of the Moken people or Sea Gypsies as they’re also known. This fascinating community lives entirely off fishing. Your exploration of the island will include a stop to sample the famous ‘roti and copi’, a local coffee drink served with a sweet. Roughly a quarter of people living in Phuket are Muslim, and you will have a chance to visit one of the island’s mosques. You’ll then visit the Kathu area, where you’ll find Phuket’s oldest Chinese shrine. Here, you’ll also find the remains of the 18th century tin mining works that brought scores of Chinese to Phuket. Your day ends with a lunch of Hokieng noodle soup, a local favourite dish.

The rest of the afternoon is then yours to soak up the sun on the beach or explore.
You’ll overnight in Phuket.

Example Hotel:

U Zenmaya 

Room Type:

Deluxe Sea View

Inclusions:

 Day tour with local guide

Pick up time:

TBC


 Day 11: Phuket

The day is yours to soak up the sun and unwind on the beautiful beach. Breakfast is included.

Example Hotel:

U Zenmaya 

Room Type:

Deluxe Sea View

Inclusions:

None unless require

Pick up time:

TBC


 Day 12: End of the tour

You will be met at your hotel after breakfast by your guide, and transferred to the airport to begin your journey home.

Inclusions:

Transfer to airport

Pick up time:

TBC

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  • Accommodation in selected hotels as specified.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for specified visits.
  • Tours and transfers as specified by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Internal flights

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EXCLUSIONS

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • International and domestic flights not mentioned
  • Laundry, phone calls, tips and any expenditure of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance.

  • While the Tha Ka Market is held daily on weekends, it is subject to the lunar cycle calendar during the week days and we cannot guarantee it will be open. On days when we are unable to visit the Tha Ka Market, we will visit the Ladplee Floating Market instead

  • The train service in Thailand does occasionally experience delays. Should this occur, there may be changes to your programme for the day

  • The State Railway of Thailand has advised that the route to the Maeklong Market from Baan Laem will be closed for renovations between 13 May and 8 November 2015. You can still visit the Maeklong Market however.

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