Amazing Thailand

Discover the old world charm of Bangkok, ride on a Tuk Tuk & visit ancient & modern temples!

Package includes:
  •  Round trip International air from IAD
  •  Airport Tranfers if your air is arranged by Tour Oerator
  •  8 Nights Hotel accommodation
  •  8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 4 Dinners
  •  Sightseeing per Itinerary
Accommodations:

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
Days Two through Four – Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside,
Bangkok, Thailand

Days Five through Seven – Siripanna Villa Resort and Spa,
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Days Eight and Nine – The Legend, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Trip details

TRIP #2007A

Dates: Feb 13 - 22, 2020

Cost: $3999

Deposit: $250pp

Single Sup: + $749

Air between Bangkok & Chiang Mai: + $400

Balance due: 11/8/19

Optional Insurance:  + $299*

*Must be paid with deposit

UNSOLD SEATS WILL BE RECALLED ON 7/3/19

 

Tour Operator Activity Level is a 4
1 = Easy 5 = Energetic

3 Day Optional Post Tour to Cambodia:

Cost: $449pp

Single Sup: + $199

Plus $200pp Flights between Thailand & Siem Reap

Price includes visa fee for Cambodia

Itinerary:

DAY 1 – Depart the USA
Depart the USA for your overnight flight to Bangkok, Thailand.
DAY 2 – Bangkok
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a representative of
Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to your hotel situated
along the Chao Phraya River – the legendary River of Kings. The remainder of the day is free before enjoying a welcome dinner at the
hotel. Meal: D
DAY 3 – Bangkok
Immersion into this ancient culture begins with a city tour visiting
three of the most unusual Buddhist temples: Wat Trimitr with its invaluable Golden Buddha; Wat Po, with its colossal Reclining Buddha; and the Chedis of the Kings. At the Grand Palace, former
residence of the Kings and Thailand’s most sacred site, admire the
beautiful architecture and intricate detail. See several palaces, each
significant in its own right: the Funeral Palace, the Reception
Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall and the Temple of the
Emerald Buddha. Having explored this landmark of the Thai Kingdom, return to the hotel for an afternoon and evening at leisure.
Meal: B
DAY 4 – Bangkok
Today is about exploring local markets. Begin with an excursion to
a floating market, a true Thai phenomenon. Colorfully clad merchants paddle boats along narrow canals, same as they did in the ancient times of the Siam Kingdom. See the traditional way of buying and selling fruits, vegetables and other goods and how the locals use the boats in everyday life. Amongst the hubbub of activity, visitors have the chance to bargain for handicraft items in the area. A visit to the rural Maeklong Railway Market is truly something to witness as a trains roll right through the center of the market, with inches to spare! This evening, it’s time for an eating adventure on a food tour via the iconic 3-wheel Tuk Tuk! Cruise through local streets to taste a variety of savory menus at some of the most beloved spots of the locals. This unique experience lets you discover a side of Bangkok unknown to visitors. Meal: B, D

DAY 5 – Bangkok – Chiang Mai
After breakfast, depart for the airport and the flight to Chiang Mai.
Upon arrival, meet your local guide and drive up the serpentine
road to the magnificently situated Wat Doi Suthep. Perched atop a
forested mountain with sweeping views of the city below, this most
sacred of Chiang Mai’s temples houses a wealth of Buddha images,
murals and art. On your return to the city, visit two important temples – Wat Chedi Luang, “The temple of the Great Stupa”, located in the ancient walled part of the city. Continue on foot to Wat Phan Tao, an ancient temple known for its exquisite Lanna-style ordination hall (Wihan). Entirely made of teakwood, it is one of the few remaining all wooden structures of its sort in Chiang Mai. A stop is made at the city’s biggest market, Talat Warorot, before arriving at
the hotel for a bit of relaxation before tonight’s special event. This
evening, enjoy a superb Northern Thai Dinner, complete with folk
dances and presentations by hill tribes at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center. Meals: B, D

 

DAY 6 – Chiang Mai
After breakfast, head to the private Baan Hongnaul cookery school.
Accompanied by an English-speaking instructor, travel to the Nong
Hoi local market to purchase fresh ingredients for your class. Partake
in a hand-on experience, cooking a Lanna Thai meal and enjoy
the finished product for lunch. After lunch, journey to the Lanna
Wisdom School, known for its activities with the aim of compiling
information of local knowledge and wisdoms from village elders
and traditional teachers. The teachings include the Lanna language,
local musical instruments, basket weaving, traditional poem composition, dancing, lantern making, drawing, making children’s toys, sculpting and carving among others. Return to your hotel for the rest of the day at leisure. Meals: B, L
DAY 7 – Chiang Mai
Enjoy the beauty of the lush tea plantation and learn all about the
tea growing process on the visit to the Araksa Tea Plantation. Meet
local tea pickers and watch how the leaves are processed according
to age-old traditions. At the roasting station, staff will demonstrate
the art of making tea by hand from kneading to roasting tea leaves.
When the roasting is done, enjoy a cup of tea with a delicious Thai
snack. Cultural preservation, sustainable agriculture and healthy
living are all demonstrated on this excursion. Following lunch at a
local restaurant, visit Baan Tong Luang, home of the Long-necked
Padong tribe whose female members are known for wearing numerous brass rings around their elongated necks. End the day with a stop at an Orchid Farm to see some exotic species before returning to the hotel. Meals: B, L
DAY 8 – Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai
Depart Chiang Mai and journey to Chiang Rai via Mae Kachan Hot
Spring and Wat Rongkun, also known as the ‘White Temple’. This
temple differs from most in that its history does not go back many
centuries. This extraordinary place of worship, the realization of a
dream for Thailand’s noted artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, was built
only recently. Arriving in Chiang Rai, visit Wat Rong Suer Ten (Blue
Temple), distinguished by its vivid color and intricate carvings.
After lunch at a local restaurant, visit a local market before returning
to the hotel. Meals: B, L
DAY 9 – Chiang Rai
After breakfast, explore the mountainous area of Mae Salong (Santikhiri), originally settled by the renegade KMT 93rd regiment that fled to Myanmar from China in 1949. Dine at a local restaurant for lunch. Explore the "Golden Triangle" (once a center for trading
opium) and taking its name as the location where the borders of
Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet. Relax on a one-hour boat trip
on the mighty Mekong River before continuing by minibus to Chiang Saen, a small crossroads town on the banks of the Mekong
River. A visit is made to the Opium Museum before returning to
Chiang Rai for a farewell dinner. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 10 – Chiang Rai – Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Chiang Rai airport where you’ll connect
with your flight to your onward destination. Meal: B
Itinerary is subject to change.

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