• Chiang-Mai—Local-with-tra

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  • Chiang-Mai—Wat-Phra-That-

  • Bangkok—Damnoen-Saduak-Fl

  • Kanchanaburi—-wooden-brid

  • Thailand—Elephants-huggin

  • Thailand—Som-Tam-(spicy-p

Glimpses of North & South Thailand

  • City tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
  • Cycling and boat rides.
  • Mount an elephant in an elephant camp.
  • Visit the Khun Sa Museum, the once heroin trading area of Khun Sa.
  • 3 nights in Phuket with great snorkeling on the magical coral reef.
Day 1
Arrive Bangkok

On arrival at Bangkok Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel to unwind and relax.

Overnight at Holiday Inn Silom (Superior room).

Day 2
Bangkok (B)

In the morning you will have a half day visit to the Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful samples of the ancient Siamese court. It used to be the residence of the Kings of Bangkok. Here you will see palaces which were used for different occasions: the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and Wat Phra Keo, the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple. Return to hotel to spend the rest of day at leisure.

Overnight at Holiday Inn Silom (Superior room).

Day 3
Bangkok / Damnern Saduak Floating Market / Kanchanaburi / Bangkok (B/L/D)

Check out from hotel early morning and proceed to Damnern Saduak Floating Market for sightseeing – 62 miles south-west of Bangkok. This buzzing market is at its best in the early morning before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up. The colorfully clad merchants paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks.

Continue to Kanchanaburi by visiting Tiger Temple. Lunch en-route. Return to Bangkok and enjoy a dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River. The Loy Nava Cruise will be passing by the Wat Arun – the Temple of Dawn and the Grand Palace and the Wat Prakaew – the temple of Emerald Buddha. Enjoy the Thai music and classical dance.

Overnight at Holiday Inn Silom (Superior room).

Day 4
Bangkok / Chiang Mai (B/L)

Pick-up from the hotel for exploring the bustling everyday life of China town. Through narrow alleyways and winding pathways best accessed through two-wheel transport, you pass markets, local Buddhist temples and a vast array of “street life”. Cross the Chao Phraya River by ferry and continue the tour in Thonburi, a former capital city of Thailand. A 30 minute break from cycling to take a relaxing long tail boat ride through local canals of Thonburi. After disembarking from the long tail boat, enter one of the surprising green belt areas found in urban Bangkok. Cycling on elevated walkways. Stop for local lunch then continue cycling to another long tail boat ride and return across the river to China Town where your tour finishes. Return to hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Later, check out and transfer to Bangkok Railway Station for a ride to Chiang Mai.

Overnight on the train (2nd class).

Day 5
Chiang Mai (B)

On arrival at Chiang Mai Railway Station you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Afterwards, visit Waroros Market for a tour of Chiang Mai’s oldest and largest market where you can explore the stalls of flowers, local food and produce and necessary items for daily life, etc. Next change the mode of transportation to foot-pedal trishaw and ride through different parts of the city passing old City walls, gates and city moat and Tapae, Chiang Mai’s main street to 3 Kings Monument. Drive on to visit Wat Phra Singh (A.D.1345) housing a very old and sacred Buddha image; Wat Chedi Luang (A.D.1411) where the famous Emerald Buddha was once enshrined; walk to visit Wat Pan Tao also on the grounds, has a wooden northern architecture reclining Buddha and fine carving on the eaves and door. Then drive up to Doi Suthep mountain to visit Prathat Doi Suthep temple and to enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the mountain top.

Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (Superior room).

Day 6
Chiang Mai (B/L/D)

Depart from Chiang Mai city and transfer to Lisu Lodge – approx 1 hourr. Upon arrival enjoy a traditional welcome drink. After a briefing, your Lisu guide will take you for a walk through the village, starting fom the Ton Lung temple to view the herbal garden and visit some local families with a stop for a cup of tea and a spot of traditional medicine at the shaman’s house. Return to Lisu Lodge for a tasty Thai Lunch. After lunch visit the cultural center created by the villagers, where you will find a collection of typical household items and tools used by the Lisu and Akha mountain tribes.

Afterwards you have a choice of activities:

  • Guided bike tour around the Lisu Lodge area.
  • Steam bath.
  • Massage.
  • Ox-cart ride through farmlands and orchards to the Thai village of Baan Pang Mai Daeng – about an hour, ending up back at Lisu Lodge.
Notes

A second additional 1-hour activity can be booked at a nominal charge but as a free activity you are welcome to go cycling by yourself. We will give you a road book of recommended itineraries.

Time at leisure until the Thai dinner with a traditional Lisu dance show.

Overnight at Lisu Lodge.

Day 7
Chiang Mai / Chiang Rai (B/L)

After breakfast depart early morning to get close and personal with endearing and skilful Thai Elephants at the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Camp. Proceed to Ta Ton, a small village just a short distance away from the Burmese border. An exciting long-tail boat trip will take you from Baan pa tai to Chang Rai, passing by various Hill Tribe villages and other wonderful sights. Stop at the elephant camp at Karen village. Mount an elephant (1 elephant: 2 pax) through jungle surrounding Baan Huay Mae Sai, a Yao hilltribe village. Lunch at the village. Afterwards visit an Akha village nearby, then take the local transport to Chiang Rai and check in at hotel.

Overnight at Dusit Island Resort (Superior room).

Day 8
Chiang Rai (B/L)

Drive to Doi Mae Salong, passing through beautiful mountain scenery. Stunning views from the top takes in a large part of Thailand, Burma and the Mekong Valley with the visit of a Yao and Akha village and the Kuomintang, a Chinese Refugee village. Continue to visit the Khun Sa museum, the heroin trading area of Khun Sa gangsters in the past which has now become a museum and drive along the mountains to visit Yao village. Lunch at local restaurant.

The journey continues to Mae Sai border market, the northernmost point in Thailand situated on the border with Burma where the shops and street stalls are full of Chinese and Burmese handicrafts and antiques. Thereafter drive to your hotel.

Overnight at Dusit Island Resort (Superior room).

Day 9
Chaing Rai / Phuket (B)

Early morning after breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Chiang Rai Airport for flight to Phuket. Arrival in Phuket and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at Novotel Phuket Resort (Superior room).

Day 10
Phuket / Phi Phi Island (B/L)

Pick up from your hotel and transfer to departure lounge at Boat Lagoon Marina. Depart to Phi Phi Islands by speedboat. First Island at Phi Phi Ley with the magical landscape of Maya Bay. Sightseeing Loh Sa mah and Pi Leh Cove, great snorkeling on the magical coral reef. Sightseeing Viking Cave and Monkey Beach. Join the buffet lunch at Phi Phi Island. Visit Ton Sai Bay and spend some free time on your own in the village. In the afternoon you will have time for snorkeling, swimming or simply relaxing on a white sandy beach at Khai Island. Return to Boat Lagoon Marina and transfer back to hotel.

Overnight at Novotel Phuket Resort (Superior room).

Day 11
Phuket (B)

Breakfast will be served at the hotel.

Day at Leisure

Overnight at Novotel Phuket Resort (Superior room).

Day 12
Phuket / Bangkok / Departure (B)

After breakfast at your hotel, spend a morning at leisure until your transfer to Phuket Airport for flight to USA via Bangkok.

Land cost per person on twin sharing basis.
Please call us for a customized quote.

Travel Protection is offered by us and is an additional cost.

Includes:
  • Transfers and tours with English speaking guide.
  • Excursions and entrance fees as mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation and meals as mentioned in the program.
  • Service charges and taxes of 7%.
Excludes:
  • Air ticket and airport tax for both international and domestic.
  • Optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the program.
  • Other meals not mentioned in the program.
  • Personal expenses.