Thailand Adventure – 14 Days

Southeast Asia> Thailand

Thailand is well known for its tropical beaches, rich culture, ancient ruins, royal palaces and temples displaying ornate figures of Buddha.

 

It is a Southeast Asian country. The Andaman Sea, the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and southeast Burma boarder Thailand.

Thailand has a population of over 65 million people. It spans an area of 198,000 square feet. The capital of Thailand is Bangkok. Many people that travel to Thailand make it a point to see some of the iconic temples, such as Was Pho, Wat Arun, and Wat Phra Kaew.

1

Day 1: ARRIVE IN BANGKOK WITH FAST TRACK SERVICE

Upon arrival at Bangkok Airport, an airport representative will greet you at arrival gate with your names on a signboard. You will then be lead through fast track immigration counters for immigration procedures followed by baggage collection. After clearing customs, your guide will be waiting at arrival hall and arrange your private transfer to hotel.

Overnight at Riva Surya Bangkok (Breakfast)

2

Day 2: BANGKOK GRAND PALACE, WAT PO TEMPLE AND SPECIAL BUDDHIST BLESSING RITUAL

Today you will visit the most iconic sights in Bangkok, the Grand Palace with the Emerald Buddha and the famous Wat Po Temple. Constructed in 1782, the Grand Palace in Bangkok is one of the most important highlights as it was a former residence for King Rama I to King Rama V of the Rattanakosin Kingdom. Today, the place is used for hosting royal ceremonies and welcoming the king’s guests, State guests, and other foreign dignitaries. You will explore two main zones, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the former royal residence. Located south of the Grand Palace, Wat Po is the most iconic temple in Bangkok and also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand and the famous 150 ft. long reclining Buddha. It is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced in the temple. Continue to a local Buddhist temple to perform a private blessing ritual known as Sangkatarn. Here you will distribute daily necessities and food items with some cash donation to the Buddhist Monks. This is a popular local ritual to obtain blessings for good luck, good health, safe travel and longevity. Your final stop is a famous local shop for coconut ice cream before returning to your hotel.

Overnight at Riva Surya Bangkok (Breakfast)

3

Day 3: KHLONG BOAT TOUR & KOH KRED CYCLING

This morning, take a boat ride through the Klongs (canals) to Bang Luang, a local artistic enclave where you can see well preserved century old houses, small temples, art studios and vintage antique galleries. Alongside typical local shops and noodle houses, the centerpiece of this community is Baan Silapin, a traditional artist house centered around a 300 year old Chedi. A traditional Thai shadow puppet show is sometimes held here at 2pm (daily except on Wednesdays). After, finish your boat tour at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), the iconic pagoda incrusted with colored faience.
Continue to Wat Sanam Nua, Pakkret. From there you will take a short 5 minute ferry ride to Koh Kret, a small island in the Chao Phraya River. This island is actually man-made, the result of the construction almost 300 years ago of a channel cut through a sharp bend in the River. Koh Kred’s inhabitants are mainly Mon (originally tribes who dominated central Thailand between the 6th and 10th centuries) and have retained a distinct identity in their flavor of Buddhism and their pottery skills. You will do an easy biking ride around the island (or a walking tour) through local villages, temples, old kilns and pottery shops along the way. If your visit falls over the weekend (Saturdays & Sundays), your will get to stop at a unique local microbrewery where you can enjoy a refreshing glass of home brewed beer and sunset views over the water. Meet the master brewer who offers weekend lessons to locals and visitors alike. The microbrewery offers up to six beers on draft, as well as several craft ales in bottles.

Overnight at Riva Surya Bangkok (Breakfast)

4

Day 4: DRIVE ABOUT 2.5 HOURS TO KANCHANABURI

This morning, meet your private guide and drive about 2.5 hours to Kanchanaburi to learn more about the infamous Death Railway. Visit the well-kept War Cemetery of Allied Prisoners, which contain the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers who lost their lives while building the bridge. Next, take a short train ride over an original section of the Railway before visiting the JEATH Museum, where the past has been created and relived with pictures and artifacts. Late afternoon, transfer to your hotel for an evening to relax and dine on your own.

Overnight at The Float House River Kwai Resort Kanchanaburi (Breakfast)

5

Day 5: HELLFIRE PASS, SAIYOK NOI WATERFALLS AND LAWA CAVE

After breakfast, visit “Hellfire Pass”, known by the Japanese Army as the "Konyu Cutting", where Allied POW's were forced to cut through solid rock, sometimes for days at a time with little or no food and rest. Stop by the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum before doing a short hike down the valley to see the actual cutting of the Hellfire Pass. Afternoon, take a boat trip to the beautiful Saiyok Noi Waterfalls and Lawa Cave. This cave has beautiful stalactites and stalagmites cast by nature. The entrance to the cave is a bit narrow but spacious chambers are hidden inside.

Overnight at The Float House River Kwai Resort Kanchanaburi (Breakfast)

6

Day 6: FLY TO CHIANG RAI

Enjoy a relaxing morning before meeting your guide for the 3-hour drive to Bangkok Airport for a flight to Chiang Rai, home to the famed Golden Triangle region. Upon arrival at Chiang Rai Airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the evening is free to explore the night market on your own.

Overnight at Le Patta Hotel (Breakfast)

7

Day 7: FULL DAY TOUR OF GOLDEN TRIANGLE

After breakfast, meet your guide and drive about an hour to the Burmese border at Mae Sai, the northernmost town in Thailand. Then continue to the region known as the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. Enjoy lunch overlooking the mighty Mekong River before visit the fascinating Hall of Opium - an exhibition that details this notorious history. Afternoon, take a long-tail boat cruise and travel on the Khong River to the old city of Chiang Saen, the ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom. On the way there is a chance to step foot into Laos. This point is famous for the local rice whiskey sold from distilleries on the banks of river. After, proceed to see the ruins at ancient Chiang Saen which was an early Lanna kingdom to visit a couple of old temples like Wat Chedi Luang and Chom Kitti before returning to your hotel late afternoon.

Overnight at Le Patta Hotel (Breakfast)

8

Day 8: FULL DAY TOUR OF MAE SALONG

This morning, start your day with a scenic drive to Doi Mae Salong and visit Akha and Yao villages at the top of this mountain. Mae Salong, also known as Santikhiri, is an ethnic Chinese enclave, inhabited by remnants of the Kuomintang (Nationalist) army of Chiang Kai Shek. Continue in the direction of the village Mae Moh along a mountainous road with incredible views. Numerous Akha villages are located alongside the road. Take a walk to the village of Phaya Phrai, and pass a small Red Lahu village. Next, go through an extensive tea plantation and visit the Chuifong tea factory, stopping for a taste of their Ulong tea. Arrive at your resort late afternoon.

Overnight at Phu Chaisai Resort (Breakfast)

9

Day 9: DRIVE TO PAI VIA MOK FAH WATERFALL AND PONG DUAD HOT SPRINGS

After breakfast, take the picturesque road to Pai for about 6 hours, with stops at the beautiful Mok Fah Waterfall and the Pong Duad Hot Springs. Today's journey is a long windy drive with lots of curves and turns, but you will be treated with scenic countryside views, rolling hills dotted with luscious green paddy fields. Nestled in the mountains and surrounded by waterfalls, Pai is quaint little town made for adventure and nature lovers. From town, you can hike to waterfalls, wander through farms and rice terraces or explore the surrounding areas by bike.

Overnight at Pai Island Resort (Breakfast)

10

Day 10: PAI THAM LOD CAVES

Despite being one of Asia’s most impressive natural wonders, the Tham Lod Caves receives limited foreign visitors. You will explore by a bamboo raft along a tiny river that winds through the caves. Three huge caverns await, each filled with stunning limestone formations and dramatic stalagmites and stalactites. Afternoon, return to Pai for to relax, dine and explore on your own.

Overnight at Pai Island Resort (Breakfast)

11

Day 11: DRIVE TO CHIANG MAI - EVENING BIKE FOODIE TOUR

Enjoy a leisure morning, meet your guide and travel about 3 hours down from the highlands to the Rose Capital of the North,
Chiang Mai. This evening, you will be introduced to traditional North Thailand cuisine at a local market hidden away from the usual tourist circuit. Meet your specialist guide and bike mostly along back alleys with limited traffic. Some sections will be along main streets with traffic and crossing busy junctions, but your guide will assist with navigation.The first stop is a small temple before riding to a local market. Here you will feast with your eyes and mouth as your guide introduce you to an array of colorful local snacks, fresh tropical fruits and sample over 10 different traditional Lanna dishes. Dinner will be served local family style at a food stall in the market.

Overnight at Yaang Come Village (Breakfast, Dinner)

12

Day 12: AFTERNOON TEMPLE TOUR BY RICKSHAW

Enjoy a relaxing morning. Afternoon, start your tour with a local trishaw ride, stop at two famous ancient Lanna temples, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh. Before sunset, drive up the mountain to Wat Doi Suthep and climb the 309 steps of the Golden Naga staircase (or take an elevator) to reach its golden pagodas. After admiring the beautiful sunset and panoramic views of Chiang Mai, stop by one of the best-kept secret temples of Chiang Mai, Wat Palad, known as the Temple below the Temple. This temple is significant to Chiang Mai’s history with its temple grounds dated beyond 650 years old. Return to your hotel in the evening and you can explore the bustling night markets on your own.

Overnight at Yaang Come Village (Breakfast)

13

Day 13: FULL DAY PRIVATE DOI INTHANON WATERFALLS HIKE

Meet your hiking guide this morning for a day trip to Doi Inthanon waterfalls. Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain of Thailand (2,565 m). It was declared a national park in 1972 with the greatest diversity of forest types and bird species found in any single park in the country and many beautiful waterfalls. Drive up to the summit of Doi Inthanon to visit two chedis, one called Naphamethinidon, meaning “by the strength of the land and air”, and the other, Naphaphonphumisiri, meaning “being the strength of the air and the grace of the land”. These temples were built to honour the 60th birthday anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1987, and the 60th birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit in 1992, respectively. Then enjoy lunch will be at local restaurant. Afternoon, drive for five minutes to the starting point of our hike. You will hike for about 2 hours along a majestic waterfall accompanied by a local Karen guide. You will have to cross the river several times. This multi-tiered waterfall cascades wildly towards the Karen village Ban Mae Klang Luang, where our hike ends. After this, spend some time in the village and learn about coffee cultivation. You can taste a delicious cup of Mae Klang Luang coffee before returning to Chiang Mai. Along the way, stop at the Vachirathan and Mae Klang waterfalls. Arriving late afternoon at your hotel.

Overnight at Yaang Come Village (Breakfast, Lunch)

14

Day 14: DEPART CHIANG MAI

Transfer to airport for onward journey. You can extend your trip with a relaxing beach stay before returning home.

(Breakfast)

Accommodations

RIVA SURYA BANGKOK

Situated along the Chao Phraya River and surrounded by heritage sites like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, Riva Surya Bangkok is just minutes walk from local restaurants and the bustling Khao San Road filled with numerous cafes, bars, restaurants and night street vendors. This modern boutique hotel in Bangkok features 68 beautifully designed rooms, elegant dining options, a riverside swimming pool and a spa.

THE FLOAT HOUSE RIVER KWAI RESORT KANCHANABURI

The Float House River Kwai Resort is a charming 4 star boutique hideaway located along the famous River Kwai at Kanchanaburi province. The only way to reach the resort is by boat and the resort floats on a flowing river surrounded by thick green jungle. Each luxurious and spacious floating villa provides a private balcony and custom tailored-made teakwood furniture with thatched roofing.

 LE PATTA HOTEL

Le Patta is located in the heart of Chiang Rai city, surrounded by popular sights such as the Clock Tower, Night Bazaar, Saturday Walking Street Market and Wat Phra Kaew. This boutique hotel features 40 comfortable rooms, a swimming pool and a restaurant.

 PHU CHAISAI RESORT

Phu Chaisai is family-owned and originated from the inspiration of M.L. Sudavdee Kriangkrai, Thailand’s leading interior designer. Set amongst 800 acres of unspoiled and lush subtropical mountain forest with views of the Mae Salong Valley and Doi Tung, this 4 star mountain resort features 50 charming rooms and cottages with wifi and private balconies. The resort also offer spa facilities and an all-day dining restaurant.

PAI ISLAND RESORT

With only 10 villas, Pai Island Resort is an upscale boutique hotel is located at a peaceful area surrounded by forests and ponds. Each villa is equipped with fine beddings and furnishings, and comes with private gardens and patios. They are beautifully decorated and have modern amenities like wifi, minibar, air conditioning and outdoor bathtub.

YAANG COME VILLAGE

Yaang Come Village Hotel has chosen to remain true to its Thai heritage by retaining the architecture, feel, surroundings, and traditional Thai service. Nestled in the lush greenery of Chiang Mai, the 42 guestrooms have been integrated into the natural surroundings, creating the most relaxing atmosphere. Guests can take advantage of the beautiful outdoor pool, massage parlor, or just walk around the area and enjoy the natural setting.

  • Meet & assist at airports with transfers between the airports and hotels
  • Accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis
  • Surface transportation per itinerary by air-conditioned vehicle with driver
  • Private tours per the itinerary with the services of local English-speaking guides unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to listed sights and activities
  • Meals per itinerary
  • In-country flight in Economy Class including 20kg (44 lbs) check-in luggage per person

1 Bangkok to Chiang Rai

  • International airfare to/from Thailand
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverage during meals
  • Tipping
  • Personal expenses (like laundry and internet connection at hotels)