This 7-day program combines Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok together with the important northern city of Chiang Mai. In Bangkok, a ‘‘must visit’’ is the Royal Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The grandeur of the palace grounds is simply amazing. A boat ride on the Chao Phraya River, or ‘‘River of Kings,’’ takes you to the Temple of Dawn, and affords a glimpse of a more traditional way of life along its riverbanks. Also included is an excursion to the world-famous Damnern Saduak Floating Market. A one-hour flight north of Bangkok brings you to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s ‘‘Rose City of the North.’’ Sightseeing here includes a tour of the city’s most important temples, an excursion to the mountain temple Doi Suthep, and visits to an elephant camp and orchid farm. Rounding out the program is a special Khantoke dinner, a tasty meal of northern Thai delicacies.
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 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.
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!
Transfer to the airport this morning and fly to Chiang Mai; Thailand’s ‘‘Rose of the North’’ and former capital of the Lanna Kingdom. This afternoon become acquainted with the city on a tour of some of Chiang Mai’s most notable temples, as well as stops at the old city walls, gates, moat, and local market. Highlights include Wat Chiang Man, the city’s oldest temple and famed for a Chedi supported by rows of elephantine buttresses; and Wat Phrasing, home of the beautiful Lai Kham chapel with its exquisite woodcarving and northern style murals.
Embark on a half-day tour to visit 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.
This 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. 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
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Note: extra nights in Bangkok or Chiang Mai can be added upon request.
Bronze package based on
|Bangkok||Rembrandt Hotel & Towers|
|Chiang Mai||Tamarind Village|
Gold Package based on
|Bangkok||Royal Orchid Sheraton|
|Chiang Mai||The Chedi Chiang Mai|
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