This classic 12-day program covers the highlights of Thailand, from the scenic green mountains of the north to the sparkling tropical waters of the Andaman Sea in the south. In Bangkok, visit the magnificent Royal Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, ride a long tail boat on the Chao Phraya River (‘‘River of Kings’’), and venture outside the city for an excursion to the world-famous Damnern Saduak Floating Market. Discover rural Thailand in Chiang Rai, populated with colorful hill tribe villages, and home to the Golden Triangle --- where Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet. Chiang Mai, Thailand’s ‘‘Rose City of the North’’, features tours of the city’s most important temples, an excursion to the famous mountain temple Doi Suthep, and visits to an elephant camp and orchid farm. Finish in Phuket, Thailand's tropical paradise, where you will find palm-fringed white beaches, forested hillsides, and majestic bays and coves. Included during your stay is an excursion to the scenic Phi Phi Islands.
Golden and glittering temples abound in amazing Bangkok, capital city of The Kingdom of Thailand. One of Asia's most dynamic and vibrant cities, Thailand's unique culture, charm, and renowned Thai hospitality are evident from the moment you arrive. A boat cruise on the Chao Phraya River, or "River of Kings," is a wonderful way to witness the traditional way of life that take place along the banks and small canals; while a visit to see the incomparable Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha is truly a highlight of any visit. When the sun goes down relax over drinks along the riverside, dine on a meal of exquisite Thai cuisine, enjoy Bangkok by night on a dinner cruise, and feel the pulse of the city in one of Bangkok's trendy bars or nightclubs. A shopper’s paradise, try your hand at bargaining for local crafts in the marketplace, and explore the chic department stores and boutiques. Don't forget to leave time to enjoy a traditional Thai massage during your visit.
About Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai is a land of outstanding natural beauty, where visitors looking to avoid the hordes can visit remote hill tribes, spot exotic wildlife, and check out the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet. A former center of the world’s opium trade, today’s Chiang Rai is a traveler’s paradise, endowed with abundant natural attractions and antiquities. Attractions range from ruins of ancient settlements and Buddhist shrines to magnificent mountain scenery and hill tribe villages. For those interested in the natural side of Chiang Rai, jungle trekking is a magical experience; explore the mountains of the north along various hiking trails, many of which access the villages of diverse hill tribes groups, many of whom maintain their traditional lifestyles.
About Chiang Mai
Thailand’s ‘‘Rose of the North’’ is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to experience both historical and modern Thai culture coexisting side by side: the city features centuries-old chedis and temples next to modern convenience stores and boutique hotels. This dichotomy is best appreciated within the moat-encircled old city, which retains much of the fortified wall that once protected the city center as well as the four main gates that provided access to the former Lanna capital city. Intriguing diversity among ethnic tribes, a number of elephant camps, many cooking & massage schools, numerous outdoor activities, a variety of handicrafts workshops, various cultural performances, and breathtaking scenery make Chiang Mai one of Asia’s most attractive tourist destinations.
Phuket is affectionately known as The Pearl of the Andaman Sea. Here you will find palm-fringed white beaches, forested hillsides, and majestic bays and coves. Luxury resorts and world-class hotels pamper their guests in this idyllic setting, all set against a backdrop of the glistening azure waters of the Andaman Sea. Phuket has some of the world's finest beaches, and the clear waters make it the ideal destination for diving or snorkeling, as well as sailing, yachting, or deep-sea fishing. Head to Phrom Thep Cape on the southern tip of the island for beautiful views of the Andaman Sea and gorgeous sunsets, or embark on a Sea Canoe adventure to explore the mysterious limestone caves that dot Phang Nga Bay. Phuket is also the perfect place to unwind and relax. Enjoy a refreshing tropical cocktail poolside, and indulge yourself with a visit to the spa for a range of soothing and luxurious treatments.
Arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport and transfer by sedan to your hotel in Bangkok. Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok is filled with luxurious hotels, upscale boutiques and eclectic markets, glittering golden temples, tuk tuks (auto rickshaws), a vibrant nightlife, and exquisite dining options. Few cities can boast such a dazzling mix of things to do and places to see.
Today embark on a half-day tour of the city. One of Bangkok’s greatest attractions is the magnificent Grand Palace, former residence of the Kings of Thailand. On the palace grounds is Bangkok’s greatest landmark, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Buddha is carved from a single piece of jade and is one of the most holy and revered religious objects in Thailand. Afterwards enjoy an exhilarating boat ride along the bustling Chao Phraya River, and cruise through the quiet Klongs (canals) in a long-tail boat. Along the banks of the river is Wat Arun, the magnificent Temple of Dawn with its 259-foot pagoda built in the Khmer style. The afternoon is free to enjoy Bangkok on your own.
Head out of the city this morning for a half-day tour to the rural, yet world-famous, floating market of Damnern Saduak. Located 62 miles west of Bangkok, the market is bustling with activity from very early morning until about 11.00am. For those who want to buy some souvenirs, be mindful that you bargain!
Fly to Chiang Rai this morning, the northern city that is home to remote hill tribe villages and gateway to the Golden Triangle. In the afternoon board a long tail boat for a scenic ride on the Kok River, and visit a Karen Village.
Today embark on a full-day tour of the region. Travel to the city of Chiang Saen along the Mekong River, and board a long tail boat for an upstream ride to the Golden Triangle area. Afterwards continue to Mae Sai, the border city with Myanmar, to see the local trading activities at the market. Finish with a visit to Mae Salong, nestled high in the mountains, to see local Akha and Yaho hill tribe villages.
Breakfast - Lunch
Visit Chiang Rai’s local market, and main temple Wat Phra Keo, before departing by road for Chiang Mai. Northern Thailand is famous for local handicrafts, and a stop will be made en route to see the factories producing various products such as silk, umbrellas, jade jewelry, and woodwork. In the evening enjoy a true northern Thailand dining experience --- the khantoke dinner. Diners sit on the floor and share a succession of tasty dishes, while being entertained by local dancers in traditional clothing. A special hill tribe show follows the dinner, and affords an excellent opportunity to see a number of tribes in rotation and to note differences in appearance and costume.
Breakfast - Dinner
Discover Chiang Mai today on a full-day tour. In the morning venture out of the city to visit an Elephant Camp and Orchid Farm. The elephant has long been revered in Thailand and is one of the country’s national symbols. You can see the elephants at work, and how they are trained to help the local community in logging work. Afterwards see another national symbol of Thailand, the orchid, and admire the beauty of the various species grown on the farm. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue the tour to Chiang Mai’s most acclaimed temple, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. Doi Suthep is home to a holy relic of Lord Buddha, and is considered by many to be the most sacred temple in northern Thailand. Situated 3,500 feet above sea level, visitors ascending the temple steps to the top of the summit will be treated to a panoramic view of the city. Afterwards visit a Meo Hill Tribe village located at Doi Pui. The Meo people, or Hmong, are known for their unique culture and colorful costumes.
Breakfast - Lunch
Today is free to relax, shop, and explore Chiang Mai on your own.
Fly south to the Thailand’s famous resort island, Phuket, home to palm-fringed white beaches, forested hillsides, and majestic bays and coves. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and enjoy the next three nights in this lovely, idyllic setting.
Today set out on a full-day tour of the Phi Phi Islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, located about 28 miles from Phuket and reached by cruiser boat. Sightseeing excursions include Loh Sa Mah and Phi Phi Leh cove as well as Maya Bay, where the 2000 film ‘‘The Beach’’ (Leonardo DiCaprio) was filmed. Phi Phi Leh is home to the Viking Cave, a large limestone cavern where ancient rock paintings can be found. Thought to resemble Viking ships, hence the name of the cave, they are predicted to be 3000-4000 years old.
Breakfast - Lunch
Today is free to relax and unwind. Phuket epitomizes the splendor of tropical Southeast Asia, with spectacular stretches of white sand beaches, and towering limestone stacks rising from the gentle aquamarine waters. A wide variety of activities are available, from sailing, snorkeling, sea canoeing, to pure relaxation.
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Note: extra nights in Phuket can be added upon request.
Bronze Package based on
|Bangkok||Rembrandt Hotel & Towers|
|Chiang Rai||The Legend Chiang Rai Resort|
|Chiang Mai||Tamarind Village|
|Phuket||Cape Panwa Hotel|
Gold package based on
|Bangkok||Royal Orchid Sheraton|
|Chiang Rai||Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort|
|Chiang Mai||The Chedi Chiang Mai|
|Phuket||The Surin Phuket|
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