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|DAY 1: Thursday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Thailand. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey. Please note that many flights leave just after midnight. Be aware that in such cases, you must check in at the airport the evening prior to your departure date
|DAY 2: Friday - Arrive in Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel.
|DAY 3: Saturday - Optional Tour, Bangkok
Morning at leisure. This afternoon, enjoy a half day city and temple tour. This tour will introduce you the City of Angels, Bangkok. Drive through Chinese Town, the Indian Market, and the Wholesale Flower Market. Visit Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), the oldest and first school for people in the olden days. See the biggest Reclining Buddha statue, that is 150 feet long and 40 feet high. Before continuing to the Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the Palace of the Present King.
Or you can choose our optional tour (Siam Niramit Show & Dinner). Buffet dinner at the Siam Niramit Restaurant before this evenings stunning performance of the journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam. Boasting over 150 performers, this $40 million production delves into Siams history and culture, featuring scenes taken from the Norths Ancient Kingdom of Lanna, the famed sea traders of the South, Khmer heritage, and the Central Plains traditions. Then in a journey reminiscent of Dante, venture into the heart of Thai mythology with scenes of Fiery Hell, Mystical Himapaan Forest, and Blissful Heaven. Lastly, enjoy a montage of joyous celebrations honoring the Buddhist tradition of merit-making festivals. ( B )
|DAY 4: Sunday - Full Day in Bangkok
Full day at leisure. or you can choose our optional tour (Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha). Half day morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the adjoining Grand Palace. Together they form what is perhaps the greatest spectacle for the visitor to Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew consists of over 100 brightly colored building, golden spires and glittering mosaics, and dates back to 1782, when Bangkok was founded. From Wat Phra Kaew head to the Grand Palace. Despite the proximity of the two, theres a distinct contrast in style between the very Thai Wat Phra Kaew and the more European-inspired designs of the Grand Palace. The Grand Palace is used only for occasional ceremonial purposes and is no longer the royal residence.
Afteroon you can choose our optional tour (Chao Phraya River Cruise with dinner). A very relaxing cruise on the River of King, Chao Phraya. Enjoy the beautiful picturesque of Bangkok by night along the river. You will cruise slowly up the river, passing by the Royal Navy Fort, Grand Palace and many beautiful temples which are illuminated at night. An International Buffet Dinner on board with the entertainment of live band along the way. ( B )
|DAY 5: Monday - Travel to Ayutthaya
Depart for Ayutthaya, the second and most prosperous capital of Thailand, from 1350-1767. On the way, stop at Bang Pa In Royal Palace. Bang Pa In was the royal summer palace for Thai kings. Originally constructed in 1632, the complex fell into disrepair. In the mid-1800s, King Mongkut restored the site to its former glory. Upon arrival in Ayutthaya, enjoy sunset at Chai Wattanaram Temple. This temple was built by King Prasat Tong, who was actually a commoner who overthrew the previous king and took his throne. This is a lovely place to take in the nature and peace of Siam. ( B, L )
|DAY 6: Tuesday - Travel to Sukhothai
Depart Ayutthaya and travel north to Sukhothai. Sukhothai was found in the 13th Century by King Ramkhamhaeng, as the capital of Siam. ( B )
|DAY 7: Wednesday - Sukhothai Historical Park, Travel to Chiang Rai
Sukhothais golden era was from the 13th to the 14th century, the art and architecture produced in this period are considered to be some of the best. Sukhothai today consists of the old and new towns. The old town of Sukhothai consists mainly of the large Historical Park, where most of the remains of the original city can be seen. Today you will have the opportunity to tour this historical site and marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palace buildings and ruined temples. Later in the day, we will venture north to Chiang Rai. ( B, L )
|DAY 8: Thursday - Optional Tour, Mae Sai Border Town & Golden Triangle
This morning, travel to the town of Mae Sai, the northern-most point of Thailand on the border of Myanmar. Here you will have the opportunity to cross over into Myanmar (Visa fee into Myanmar, at own expense). After the morning excursion, we will stop at the infamous Hall of Opium. This tour combines a museum of the history of opium and the impact of illegal drugs, with an information center for research and extension education on opium, opiates and other narcotics. Later, visit the night bazaar for an evening of shopping the local wares of Chiang Rai.
Or you can choose our optioanl tour (Mekong River Cruise). The Mekong River, is 2,703 miles long and originates from the Tibetan Plateau. It runs through China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. The section of the river at this Golden Triangle flows through the spot where three countries Myanmar (Burma), Laos and Thailand meet. The afternoon cruise will board you on a motor boat and cruise slowly along the banks of these three countries, near enough to really shout "Hello" to those villagers who are living here along the banks. The timing is quite perfect as local folks who live along the river come to the river at this time to bathe. Later today, continue to Don Sao, a small island of Laos. Enjoy shopping and leisure time in Laos. Continue back to Thailand. ( B )
|DAY 9: Friday - Travel to Chiang Mai
Morning at leisure or you can choose our optional tour (Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe). Your tour begins with hour drive from Chiangrai City. Upon arrival, change transportation to the local Thai Combi which will take you up to the Doi Mae Salong to visit the hill that is still inhabited with the hill tribes. See the unique way of life & culture of the various tribes that is still maintained today. As you ascend the hill, you will have the opportunity to visit several different hill tribes before arriving to the peak.
Afternoon we will head to Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is the cultural heart of Northern Thailand. Located in the rolling foothills of the Himalayas, Chiang Mais remained isolated from the world until the 1920s.
Or you can choose our optional tour (Kantoke Dinner & Show). This evening, delight in a Kantoke dinner with traditional dances from Northern Thailand. As guests of this unique event, you will be seated on the floor, as is customary, and enjoy acted scenes depicting the local culture as you dine. After dinner, villagers from various hilltribes will perform an exciting array of cultural dances, including the Fon Lep (Fingers Dance), Sword Dance, Fon Thien (Candle Dance), and Ramwong, in which all guests are invited to participate. ( B )
|DAY 10: Saturday - Optional Tour, Full Day in Chiang Mai
Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Chiang Mai independently. Chiang Mai is a city known for culture, nature and handicrafts.
Or you can choose our optional tour (Half Day Mae Sa Elephant Camp with lunch). Travel northwest along the Mae Sa Valley, with its scenic botanical gardens and ten-tiered waterfalls, to visit the Mae Sa Elephant Training Camp. Here you will see elephants bathing in the running streams or demonstrating their daily feats of skill and strength in a show with music and dance, a soccer match, or an abstract painting demonstration. Even more impressive is the camps goal to protect the endangered Thai Elephant by controlled breeding, a program which has flourished since it was established in 1995. At an additional charge, you may choose to ride on the back of a Thai Elephant, making for a truly memorable experience. Enjoy time at leisure to walk the exhibition greenhouses, gardens and nature trails.
This afternoon, visit the handicraft street of Sankampang for on site demonstrations of how the silk, lacquer, silver, wood and bronze wares are made. Later today, visit the worlds largest gem factory, where you will learn about gem stones, visit the mining area and watch while stones are cut and set.
OR you can choose our optional tour (Traditional Thai Massage). Travelling to Thailand will never be complete without having a traditional Thai Massage. Different than other kinds of massage, your masseuse will stretch, bend, and contort your body into various positions. Known to quickly ease the stress of muscle tension and aides in curing minor illness. You will receive a set of personal cotton clothing to wear during the massage. ( B )
|DAY 11: Sunday - Chiang Mai City & Temples Tour Dinner at Private Home
This morning is at leisure in Chiang Mai. This afternoon, enjoy a half day city and temples tour. Visit the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai. Visit Wat Suan Dok, where the remains of the Chiang Mai Royal family are enshrined. The tour continues to visit Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep, erected in 1384 A.D. Located 3500 feet above sea level, Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep is Northern Thailands most sacred temple, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha and a copper-plated chedi topped by a tiered-gold parasol in its interior cloister. Equally impressive is the mythological Naga (Dragon-headed serpent) staircase, consisting of 290 steps leading up to the temple grounds. As you decline down the stairs, there will be an opportunity to visit a local jade factory. In the evening, enjoy the authentic experience of dinner in a local Chiang Mai family home. Enjoy a tour of the home, open conversation of how a typical Thai family lives all while enjoying the savors of home cooked Thai cuisine. ( B, D )
|DAY 12: Monday - Travel to Siem Reap
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, via Bangkok. Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon to explore Siem Reap on your own. ( B, D )
|DAY 13: Tuesday - Siem Reap
This morning, enjoy sunrise at Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. World-famous for its beauty and splendor, Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. Proceed to other temple complex monuments including Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda and Ta Keo. Of special note is Ta Prohm, where most of the jungle has not been cleared from the monuments, leaving the site as it would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon it. Continue to the Buddhist Banteay Kdei Temple, Srah Srang, Preah Khan, and the five towers of Prasat Kravan. ( B, L )
|DAY 14: Wednesday - Siem Reap, Bangkok
This morning visit the fortified city of Angkor Thom where you will see the Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper Kings, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, and the Royal Enclosure. Continue to the highlight of Angkor Thom, the mysterious Bayon Temple, replete with beautifully preserved bas-reliefs and giant stone faces smiling enigmatically. Afterwards, enjoy a boat excursion on the Tonle Sap, or Great Lake, located in the heart of Cambodia. It boasts a rich and diverse ecosystem as well as floating fishing villages. Late this afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. ( B, L )
|DAY 15: Thursday - Depart for USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure Flight. ( B )
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