Thailand12A brief introduction to Bangkok - eclectic capital of the Thailand - & Chiang Mai, the chief city of northern Thailand as well as the major gateway to the hill tribe villages. Take in the spectacular show at Siam Niramit theatre-restaurant in Bangkok, the famous floating market, folkshow at the Rose Garden, cruise the canals and visit the impressive temples. In Chiang Mai one has the chance to see the amazing works of northern Thailand's cottage industry, arts & handicraft centers, waterfalls, trekking to hill tribe villages, experience exciting activities like elephant safari, bamboo rafting and white-water rafting, "Flight of the Gibbon", tigers, monkeys, snakes all interesting performers.

 Route: Bangkok and Chiang Mai

 

check16 Inclusive:

• Accommodation in shared twin rooms with daily breakfast
• English, Thai, Chinese speaking guides
• Transport in a private air-conditioned vehicle
• Transfers Airport-Hotel-Airport
• 3 lunches & 2 dinners (one with show)
• All entrance fees of the tours stated in the itinerary
• Boat fares for river tours in both Bangkok & Chiang Mai

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 Exclusive:

• International & domestic air tickets BKK-CNX-BKK
• International airport departure tax (700 Baht/US$19)
• Personal expenses
• Gratuities to guide and driver
• Travel insurance
• Christmas & New Year gala dinner

 

Itinerary:

 Day 1: Bangkok - Arrival

Arrive in Suvarnabhumi Airport meet and transfer to hotel for check-in. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner and spectacular extravaganza show at "Siam Niramit" theatre-restaurant. Pick up at the hotel lobby at 5.30pm. By about 9.30pm we can be back to our hotel or be dropped off in the night entertainment district of Patpong or Sukhumvit where you can enjoy yourself in the coffee cafes, shop at the stalls or department stores, try some local snacks, have a good health Thai massage and experience the liveliness of Bangkok city. You will find everything you could want in this area. Overnight in hotel, Bangkok.

Day 2: Bangkok - Full Day Tour (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast at the hotel. Full-day tour to the largest and most authentic floating market at Damnern-Saduak about 105km southwest of Bangkok, and see a folkshow at the Rose Garden as well as an elephant show. Lunch at the Rose Garden is included in this tour. Return to hotel by 5 or 5.30pm. and be at leisure for the evening.
Overnight in hotel, Bangkok.

Day 3: Bangkok - Canal & Temple Tour (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning pick-up at 8am to tour the klongs (canals) of the Chao Phraya River and Thonburi to see riparian life as it was lived two hundred years ago with little change. Visit the Temple of the Dawn (Wat Aroon) built by King Taksin the liberator of Siam before Bangkok was founded. Feed the giant catfish in the canal to gain merit. Tour the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple as well as Wat Pho (the Reclining Buddha Temple) which was 225 years old and highly reputed as a monastic school which until today teaches the ancient form of Thai massage. Overnight in hotel, Bangkok.

Day 4: Bangkok - Chiang Mai (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to the domestic airport for the flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival at Chiang Mai airport, meet and transfer to hotel. Lunch in Tha Nam riverside restaurant of good Thai food. Afternoon sightseeing of Chiang Mai city. This old city founded by King Mengrai of Chiang Rai in 1296 still has its old walls and four-sided moat standing although much crumbled. Its serene temples like Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Suan Dok are free of entrance fees and when the monks are gathered under the tamarind tree of the temple they welcome people to approach them and have a chat about their life as a monk, about Thai culture and Buddhism. Be ready at 7pm to be taken to a Khantoke dinner at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center to experience a cultural practice of the northern Thais hosting friends and relatives at dinner and entertaining them. (A traditional Thai show and some hill tribe dancing are performed during this dinner. And as in olden times, the food comes non-stop.) At 9.30pm this event will be over and you can be taken to the Night Bazaar for an interesting evening browsing among the stalls selling northern Thai souvenirs and handicrafts. There are coffee cafes, small restaurants, ice-cream parlours, money-exchange booths, pubs and western folksong establishments in the Night Bazaar road for entertainment. Overnight in hotel, Chiang Mai.

Day 5: Chiang Mai - Elephant Safari & Show (Breakfast/Lunch)

Breakfast at the hotel. Your guide will call for you at 8am to take you to an elephant camp in the Mae Taeng valley or in Chiang Dao north of Chiang Mai where a herd of out-of-work elephants roam about. Learn much about elephants by watching them take their morning bath, feed them, see them being put through the paces in an obedience demonstration show, and have a ride on them for a romp in the jungle. Experience an ox-cart ride - the ancient mode of transport in old Lanna Thai. Have a simple Thai buffet lunch in the riverside restaurant. Then glide downstream on a bamboo raft to where your transport waits to take you back to the city. In the afternoon go up Doi (mountain) Suthep to visit the famous mountain monastery, a fabled temple with its golden chedi sitting in the centre. On a clear day the view of Chiang Mai city spread out below is charming. There is a small museum housing votive tablets, amulets and Buddha statues of various sizes in Lanna style. Be sure to ring all the bronze bells surrounding the main golden chapel for good luck. Return to Chiang Mai and be at leisure.
Overnight in hotel, Chiang Mai.

Day 6: Chiang Mai - Departure (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Free until time to transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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