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|DAY 1: Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Thailand. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey.
|DAY 2: Arrive in Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel.
|DAY 3: Bangkok City Tour
This afternoon, enjoy a half day city and temple tour. This tour will introduce you to 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, 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.
Evening you may choose our optional (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: Full Day in Bangkok
Full day at leisure to explore Bangkok independently. Morning you may 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.
Evening you may choose our pptional (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: 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 )
|DAY 6: 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: 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 )
|DAY 8: 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 into Myanmar is obtained locally, at the border crossing, and 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.
Afternoon, you may choose our optional (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: Travel to Chiang Mai
After a morning at leisure, 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
Morning you may choose our optional (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.
Evening you may choose our optional (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: 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. 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.
Morning, you may choose our optional (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.
Afternoon, you may choose out optional (Half Day Mae Sa Elephant Camp with lunch PM). 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. ( B )
|DAY 11: 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 )
|DAY 12: Flight to Phuket
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Phuket, via Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. ( B )
|DAY 13: Full Day in Phuket
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Phuket, the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. Perhaps sample some of the islands delicious Malay, Sri Lankan, and Thai cuisine or stroll the beautiful, world-class beaches. You may choose out optional (Full Day Phang Nga Bay and Lawa Island by Cruiser with lunch). Enjoy a full day excursion to Phang Nga Bay and Lawa Island, including lunch. This exciting tour takes you to the Phang Nga Bay, one of the most unusual and beautiful coastal locations in the world. Travel by cruiser through the mangrove jungles and limestone peaks, where cliff faces rise vertically from the sea. Visit Koh Ping Kan, the island made famous by the James Bond film "The Man With The Golden Gun." In the afternoon, visit Koh Pannyi Sea Gypsy Island for lunch. This remarkable village is built over the water on wooden stilts, and is guarded by a giant rock monolith. After exploring the village, cruise to Lawa Island to relax on its white-sand beach. Departs at 7:00 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Pick-up and -off at the hotel. ( B )
|DAY 14: Full Day in Phuket
Full day at leisure to explore Phuket independently. You may choose our optional (Full Day Phi Phi & Khai Islands by Speedboat with lunch). Enjoy a full day excursion to the Phi Phi Islands, with lunch. Departing from the pier by speedboat, travel first to Monkey Beach for sightseeing and a relaxing swim. The tour continues to the island of Phi Phi Ley where you will discover the beautiful scenery of Maya Bay, the site where the movie The Beach was partially filmed. Here you will have time for snorkeling in the refreshing waters of the Bay. Afterwards, continue to Lho Sa Mah Bay and Pi Leh Cove before arriving at Viking Cave, which is named for its numerous cave paintings of vessels resembling Viking longboats. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant nearby and time at leisure to walk along the beach or sunbathe before continuing to Bamboo Island. Afterwards, stop at Khai Nai Island for the chance to swim, snorkel or simply relax on the beach before returning to the pier. Departs at 7:30 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Pick-up and -off at the hotel. ( B )
|DAY 15: Flight to Bangkok
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. ( B )
|DAY 16: Depart for the USA
This morning, transfer to the airport for your departure flights. ( B )
|Optional tours, and gratuities|
|Day 4||Siam Niramit Show & Dinner|
|Day 4||Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha|
|Day 9||Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe|
|Day 9||Kantoke Dinner & Show|
|Day 10||Half Day Mae Sa Elephant Camp with lunch|
|Day 10||Traditional Thai Massage|
|Day 13||Full Day Phi Phi & Khai Islands by Speedboat with lunch|
|Day 14||Full Day Phang Nga Bay & Lawa Island by Cruiser with lunch|
All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.